Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Weekend pitching assignments –
Saturday: Bartolo Colon, Josh Smoker, Jeurys Familia, Gabriel Ynoa
Sunday: Matt Harvey, Duane Below, Hansel Robles, Addison Reed
Yoenis Cespedes is one of nine outfielders in MLB history to have at least 50 extra base hits in each of his first four seasons.
Asdrubal Cabrera is flying to NY for a second MRI and to be examined by team doctors. He’s been shut down by the team for at least two weeks.
Sandy Alderson - “He may not be ready for Opening Day. It’s one of the reasons we have the depth on our roster that we have now."
Adam Rubin - Terry Collins says Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Matt Reynolds (when healthy) will all get reps at shortstop. Reynolds has tight hamstring.
Mack – TC is saying all the right things at this point in camp; however, trust me, on split schedule days, look for T.J. Rivera in the mix also.
Six players were (already) returned to the minor league side of the camp (technically, a ‘cut’)… P Rafael Montero, RPs Chason Bradford, Akeel Morris, Paul Sewald, and Dario Alvaraez… and catcher Raywilly Gomez.
The way camp works is, if you cut five pitchers, you don’t need as many catchers… thus ‘86’ Gomez.
The Montero cut comes early and has to be a major disappointment to both the team as well as the pitcher. He simply couldn’t get anyone out this spring (2.0-IP, 6-H, 5-ER, 1-K, 2-BB, 22.50).
Dan Warthan on the Montero cut –
"He missed almost a whole year. It's going to take at least a couple of months for him to get back into throwing, get his arm in full shape, get himself going. We're going to use a sixth starter during the course of the year. So he has to get down there and get some innings in, start to get the velocity back, start to see hitters again, start to do the things that we were so high on him about before. When you miss a whole year, it takes a while to get back."
Yes, some of the highest ERA’s in camp at the time of the cuts were Sewald (18.00), Bradford (12.00), and Alvarez (9.00) but cut with three or less innings pitched?
Getting tougher to make a winner.
Mack – Montero seems to be at a critical point in his young career. Returning him to the Las Vegas rotation might not give him or his team the confidence to move his ahead again someday.
Montero needs to create a new persona as a quality one inning reliever and he needs to convince the Mets that’s what his role should be in the future.
There was a 1pm press conference Friday thrown by the guy I promised I wouldn’t write about anymore. The problem is today looks to be a light day for Mets news and how do you walk away from this story? Says he’s innocent (do I have to go on?). Says MLB threatened third positive test if he didn't give up info on another player. Said "I was and am sure that I have not used anything. God will help me out of all this."
Lawyers say two witnesses told them MLB had hired 3rd party to get into players' social media accounts. Lawsuit coming soon. Mr. Boogy Man and his lawyer said league communicated they would “go out of their way” to find third failed drug test if he didn’t cooperate.
Friday wasn’t a particularly good game for the Mets… lost 9-5 to the Nats… Steven Matz pitched on one less day (why?) and his lack of effectiveness showed… 2.0-IP, 2-H, 3-R, 1-K, 2-BB… look for Duane Below (ERA: 23.14) to be part of the next cuts…
There are some particularly outstanding stat lines so far this spring:
IF Wilmer Flores - 14-AB .500/.588/.571/1.160
OF Alejandro De Aza – 16-AB .438/.500/.563/1.063
OF Roger Bernadina - 7-AB .429/.500/.571/1.071
OF Travis Taijeron - 18-AB .389/.429/.722/1.151
Some players you might see cut soon…
2B Danny Muno (.397-OPS), 2B Ty Kelly (.521-OPS), 1B Dominic Smith (.558-OPS)