The Morning Report 9.8.2015 | Niese Continuing to Make Mistakes, Cespedes Scorching HOT = Payday is Rising, Harper Calls Out Nationals Fans, More Reinforcements from AAA
Posted by Christopher Soto at 8:00 AM
Marc Carig | Newsday- Jonathon Niese retreated to the dugout, where he waved his arms and muttered as he slammed his glove into the bench. "We're going to get this thing right," said Niese, who was shelled for five runs in 31/3 innings in the Mets' 8-5 victory. Niese's anger stemmed from the curveball he threw to Wilson Ramos, which came to rest above the Mets' bullpen. The grand slam shaped Niese's five-run implosion in the fourth. "I promise you guys I'm not insane because I've been making the same mistake the last three games trying to get different results," Niese said. "It's just not working."
(Chris Soto: As of right now...Johnathan Niese is not in this club's playoff rotation. Colon's improvement over the past few starts at the same time of Niese's demise has all but sealed the deal. Even if Niese does right the ship during the rest of the season, it's going to take a massive collapse by Colon to jump over him in the depth chart at this point.)
Kristie Ackert | NY Daily News- Yoenis Cespedes may not be in a Mets uniform next season, but the slugger is certainly doing everything to extend his time with the team this season. “I don’t really know what they are thinking, but my plan is to go out there and have fun,” Cespedes said of possibly re-signing with the Mets. “I enjoy the team. It’s a really great team. I love the city of New York, I love the fans and what we’ve got going here is a really good thing.“I don’t really think about (the future), I just want to go out there and do my job and produce and get great numbers.”
(Chris Soto: Folks...I'll be the first one to say it....With Cespedes performance since coming over to NY, I don't think there is any way imaginable that the club is going to be able to re-sign him. If you remember back in 2004, Carlos Beltran had an unbelievable September and October for the Houston Astros. Despite hitting .267 on the season his ridiculous .417 AVG and 8 HRs in October led to a massive contract offer from the Mets that many others were willing to match. Cespedes may be looking at a $22-25M payday per year with his performances, something I'm not sure the Mets can, nor wish, to match.)
Mikah Sargent | TCPalm- Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is known for his brash attitude, but on Monday he may have crossed a line — by calling out the home fans. Asked after the Nats' Monday loss to the New York Mets about the game's atmosphere, he quipped, "I mean, [the fans] left in the seventh, so that was pretty brutal." Harper isn't even the only Nats player to call out their fans recently. Closer Jonathan Papelbon said he had a "bone to pick" with fans who weren't enthusiastic during a recent extra-inning win Friday.
(Chris Soto: The frustrations continue to boil over for the Nationals. Anytime they score 5 runs with Max Scherzer on the mound....they expect to win. However, the Mets offense came out and punched the Nationals right in the gut by scoring 5 on Scherzer and another 3 on their bullpen to drop the magic number by 2 in one night. With Harvey and deGrom scheduled for the next two games...the Nationals have their backs to the wall and are going to be swinging like hell. It's the Mets job to kick them through that wall and FINISH THE JOB!)
Avery Decker | Metsmerized Online- The Mets announced they have recalled infielder Dilson Herrera, catcher Johnny Monell and RHP Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas following Monday’s game. The Las Vegas 51′s season came to a close after they were eliminated from postseason play, so the timing here made sense. Verrett appeared in 10 games for the Mets in 2015, going 1-0 with a save and a 1.93 ERA. Monell hit .178 with four RBIs in 24 games earlier this season for the Mets. Herrera was with the Mets at the beginning of the 2015 season, hitting .195 with two homers and four RBIs before being sent to the minors in June.
(Chris Soto: Some more reinforcements for Terry Collins bench. Verrett may be the most important guy here as they look to continue to limit Harvey's innings. Verrett and Harvey may end up in a piggyback system like the ones used down in the Savannah and Port St. Lucie minor league teams; Harvey for 4 IP, Verrett for 3IP, then turn it over to the bullpen.)