4/29/17

Roster Moves - Columbia

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Please note the following New York Mets minor league transactions.

Effective Saturday, April 29, 2017

                - RHP Colin Holderman transferred from Columbia’s active roster to the disabled list

                - RHP Harol Gonzalez transferred from the disabled list to Columbia’s active roster

                - INF Reed Gamache transferred from Columbia’s active roster to the disabled list

                - INF Andres Gimenez transferred from the Dominican Summer League Mets to Columbia

                - INF Blake Tiberi transferred from Columbia’s active roster to the disabled list

                - RHP Darwin Ramos transferred from Advanced-A St. Lucie to Columbia

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Richard Herr - Injuries

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Injuries
I’m sure a lot of you were watching the Mets game on SNY when Yoenis Cespedes pulled his hamstring. Terry Collins and Ray Ramirez went running out to second base to see how he was doing. As they were helping him off the field, SNY showed a video of Cespedes taking batting practice the day before. He hit one ball, and immediately contorted in pain as his hammy acted up. With that one take, I could see that Cespedes should have been on the DL. I didn’t need no steenking medical knowledge to be able to tell that. Whatever Ray Ramirez’s opinion was about whether or not Yoenis should be playing, a rank amateur could tell that he was in no shape to play the game. I might mention that one of the coaches was throwing batting practice and saw Cespedes’ reaction.

What’s the conclusion I’ve drawn? I want to take Ramirez off the list of people I blame for Yoenis re-injuring his hammy. The decision to play him didn’t need any special medicl knowledge to know that he should have been on the DL. This one falls directly on management’s shoulders. They should learn to “not panic.” It’s a 162-game season. If guys are hurt, let them heal.  

Whenever Richard Herr isn’t solving all the Mets’ problems, he spends his time writing humorous science fiction novels.


You can see his books at https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Herr/e/B00J5XBKX4.
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ROSTER MOVES - RUMBLE PONIES

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

April 29:
  • RHP Mickey Jannis activated from Temporary Inactive List
  • LHP Ben Griset placed on Disabled List
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Robert Ippolito - The Blame Game

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With last night's game in the bag, the Mets currently sit at 9-13. Not really the ideal start we all had in mind after resigning Yoenis Cespedes this past off season. So much was set to hinge on our "centerpiece" for the offense and a starting rotation that was compared to the best in the bigs. A month later, our rotation has a lot of question marks and our star power is on the 10 day DL with a bum hammy. We can only hope for the best in regard to Noah's health, praying that the Mets aren't trying to hide a more serious issue.

I have my doubts, however, and I don't think that they are without reason. Instead of putting Cespedes on the DL with his first instance of hamstring issues, he was given minimal rest and put back into games. While nobody can say for sure if this was management's or his decision, it should have never been an issue to begin with. I get he is pretty much our entire offense, or at least it feels like it, but being so early in the season means we get him healthy to have down the long summer stretch. The real questions start when we start pointing the finger. Do we blame Yo for telling everyone he was ok to play? Or how about Terry Collins for inserting him back into the lineup too early and not 100 or even 85%. If you can barely stand up for batting practice, how does anyone expect you to play in the field or run the bases.

Lets not forget about our GM, Sandy Alderson. With so much pressure to succeed this season, and not much of an offensive haul this past winter, does he pull Terry into his office and tell him who needs to play and when? I'd say we could monitor the Michael Conforto situation, but with limited players as it is, we all know he is going to play now. Another superstar to match with Yo this past off-season, and maybe we don't miss him that much. Who am I kidding, we miss him regardless! While we are still playing the blame game, can we throw David Wright into the mix. An inability to stay healthy has cost our Captain many games and more than likely the rest of his career. While we are all holding our breath and hoping for the best, it might be time to face the cold hard truth.

Even if Wright never plays again, he is not the right person to blame for this mess. A front office that should have never gambled house money on his health...seems a bit more fair. Continuing down the line, lets not forget about Ray Ramirez and his crack team of condition coaches and trainers. When players proactively run the opposite way from this man, that says a whole lot more about the issue than I want to know. I could continue to go down the list of options, but lets get to the point before I commit anymore run on sentences. There is no one reason or person to blame for this unexpected start. Its a team effort on and off the field, and this is no different. That being said, its still early and there is so much baseball left to be played. Lets all take a couple of deep breaths, wait for some players to return, and hope we can win the division...or at least another wild card birth.

Let me take this time to offer my thanks and appreciation to Mack and the rest of the guys on the blog for allowing me the opportunity to contribute this season. Let's Go Mets.
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Reese Kaplan -- The Bizarro World of Sandy Alderson

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Earlier in the week we excoriated the on-field manager for his ponderous decision making, his overuse of the bullpen, his unwillingness to integrate younger players into regular playing roles, his blind spot regarding underperforming veterans and his inability to motivate his offensive players to perform.  Today we turn our attention to the smartest guy in the room, Sandy Alderson, and what he’s done (and not done) to put the Mets into the predicament in which they thus far have been unable to extricate themselves.

Going into the 2016 season the Mets had several players coming back from major injuries, some of which required off-season surgery.  The walking wounded included Jacob de Grom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steve Matz, David Wright, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores and Lucas Duda.  Zack Wheeler had just missed his second full season after Tommy John surgery.   In addition, the end of the year saw DL stints by  Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes.  Throw in the DL time for a getting older Jose Reyes as well. Then, of course, you had the annual injuries by Travis d’Arnaud and Juan Lagares.  By my count that’s 14 out of 25 roster spots that should have been major health concerns – more than half.

So what did the smartest guy in the room do?

Well, he did make a $17.2 million qualifying offer to a guy coming off back surgery which represented a 72% salary increase.  That didn’t seem to be a good use of scarce resources but at the time, to be fair, he didn’t know if Yoenis Cespedes was returning or not.

In a similar hedged bet he picked up the $13 million option on Jay Bruce.  Granted, he didn’t do a whole lot upon his arrival until the final two weeks of the year, but he was a proven hitter and run producer who was necessary and came at a relatively bargain price tag.

He then inked Mr. Cespedes to a middle-of-the-order type of contract which was music to the fans’ ears.  He was clearly the best offensive player the Mets have had since Mike Piazza and Darryl Strawberry.

Now let’s look at what he didn’t do.

He let big Bartolo Colon waddle his way to Atlanta.  At $12 million per year for his services it was an understandable maneuver.  He was insurance and would not have been guaranteed a starting spot in the rotation.  He probably didn’t want to be the long man out of the pen and the Mets surely didn’t want to pay him that much money to do so.

Once he secured Yoenis Cespedes he had to deal with the traffic jam in the outfield.  In addition to his returning left fielder, he had just re-upped Jay Bruce in right and still had Curtis Granderson in center.  He had Michael Conforto who tattooed AAA pitching, glove man extraordinaire Juan Lagares and the somewhat surprising Brandon Nimmo.  Surely he would make a deal to clear up the logjam out there, right?

Wrong!

Not only didn’t he execute a trade, he actually did what almost no GM in the history of the game did from one season to the next – he didn’t add a single new player to the major league roster.  Now I’ve said in the past I could perhaps give him a pass on that strategy if he’d won the World Series in 4 straight.  In case you hadn’t noticed, the team didn’t advance beyond the one-and-done wildcard game.  Hmmn…that would have suggested there was certainly room for improvement.

What did he do to prepare for the walking wounded’s inevitable time away from the playing field?  Well, again he leaned on what didn’t work last year.  Jose Reyes was brought back as a failsafe for David Wright.  Michael Conforto would be in the minors to make room for Lagares and Nimmo as backups, 36 year old Curtis Granderson would man CF and the duo of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman would be available should one of the starters hit the DL.

Well, the best laid plans oft go awry.  David Wright is already on the 60-day DL.  Lugo is down for the count.  Ditto Matz.  Lagares and Nimmo started the year on the DL.

So what did these developments do to the team?  Surely Michael Conforto would be available to play the outfield  Yes, but the guy Alderson hired to make the on-the-field decisions has decided it is more important to get Curtis Granderson going than to play the guy who is in the top 10 in the NL in batting.  The only reason he has enough ABs to qualify is the spate of injuries that opened up playing time out of not merit but necessity.

Jose Reyes’ struggles are well documented.  The blame partially goes to the Skipper who has decided he would get more productivity out of the combination of Reyes and Cabrera than he might get from Flores (when healthy) or T.J. Rivera and Cabrera.

However, there is a guy inside the Mets organization hitting over .400 in AAA by the name of Amed Rosario.  Here the blame completely goes to Sandy Alderson.  Why would you go with the .100 hitting Reyes rather than the .400 hitting Rosario?  The answer seems to be a combination of both money and stubbornness.  The plan was for Rosario to take over in 2018 and it’s not in his DNA to change course.  Furthermore, the plan was to have him start logging service time 2 weeks after the beginning of the 2018 season.  Bringing him up now would remove the extra year of control that had been budgeted.

So again I must ask the question – are the Mets really “all-in” to win or is the “plan” more important to execute blindly without revision?  They’re in free fall and once again the front office is doing nothing to stop the bleeding.  Wait, wait…they did deliver Matt Reynolds from AAA.  Isn’t it ironic nowadays that the better you are the less likely it is you will be promoted and given a starting assignment.  Ask Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario about that.  If your future is likely that of utility or borderline player who won’t cost a lot of money (Matt Reynolds, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, etc.) then the majors are beckoning for your arrival  It’s kind of like Superman’s Bizarro World where everything is the exact opposite of how it should be.

If the Mets remained mired in a battle for the basement, does the plan change then?  Do they start trying to sell off pieces who likely won’t be here next year (Bruce, Duda, Granderson) or do they double down on the reluctance to promote or start younger players for fear of what it might cost them down the road?  Some assert that actual lineup decisions are dictated from the front office.  If so, I may owe Terry Collins an apology.

Nah, he still needs to go, too.

In a private email exchange prompted by our own Tom Brennan I asked the following question:  What do these players have in common:

  • Daniel Murphy
  • Justin Turner
  • Chris Young (outfielder)
  • Angel Pagan

They all did markedly better after escaping from the clutches of the Great Motivator.

Now on the flip side, who's done better with the bat since arriving in Queens?  I'll give you Yoenis Cespedes...anyone else...Bueller???

How is it that people improve upon leaving but diminish upon arriving?

That being said, allow me to clear my throat and praise the old dog for learning a new trick.  Just last night Jeurys Familia once again had lost it and it was clear to everyone.  This time Collins finally yanked his closer despite his stubborn reluctance to do so in the past.  How did that work out?  Josh Edgin induced a 1-2-3 double play off the bat of Bryce Harper.  What happened?  Who whispered into his ear to do something DIFFERENT that he's never done before?   Whomever it was, thank you for the win.


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4/28/17

Fireflies Game Notes: April 28 @ Hickory (Game 23)

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Columbia Fireflies (12-10) at Hickory Crawdads (7-14)

LHP Blake Taylor (0-3, 5.06) vs. RHP Edgar Arredondo (0-2, 6.97)

Friday, April 28, 2017 — L.P. Frans Stadium (Hickory, NC) — First Pitch 7:00 p.m. — Game 23

LISTEN: ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM & 1230 AM / ColumbiaFireflies.com / TuneIn Radio App

ABOUT LAST GAME: Mother nature halted Columbia’s comeback attempt on Thursday night. The Fireflies nearly erased a seven-run deficit but eventually fell to the Crawdads, 8-7, in eight innings. Two fog delays - the latter leading to the eventual calling of the game - interrupted play. The Fireflies scored three runs in the sixth and then three in the eighth to slash the deficit to one. Columbia did not have a chance in the top of the ninth after the game was called because of the weather.  

LINDSAY’S BLAST: Desmond Lindsay’s three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning is what pulled Columbia within a run of the Crawdads. It was his first longball of the year and his first since August 24 of last year.   

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Lindsay drove in five runs on Thursday, a Fireflies’ season high. That’s not a personal high, though. Last August 12, the outfielder knocked in seven runs in a game for the Brooklyn Cyclones. That included a three-run home run, a three-run double and an RBI single.

CHOMPING THE COMPETITION, Pt. II: Tim Tebow is hitting .435 since Friday, April 21. That’s the fourth-best batting average in the South Atlantic League during that span.

IN THE MIDLANDS: The Fireflies once again partnered with Dutch Fork Middle School this week to fight bullying. A number of Fireflies players teamed with groups of kids from the Dutch Fork Middle School Action Club to write skits that advocate against all forms of bullying.

THE OTHER GUYS: The following Crawdads are Texas Rangers prospects:
1. OF, Leody Taveras                     8. INF, Anderson Tejeda
15. OF, Yanio Perez                        17. INF, Yeyson Yrizarri
18. RHP, Jonathan Hernandez     29. OF, Jose Almonte.
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RUMBLE PONIES GAME NOTES: Game #18 - Rumble Ponies (9-8) vs. Fisher Cats (7-12) - 7:05 PM

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BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
(9-8), 4th Eastern, 2.0 GB
(New York Mets)











New HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS
(7-12), 6th Eastern, 5.0 GB
(Toronto Blue Jays)


Friday, April 28, 2017  7:05 PM
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY
RHP Casey Delgado (0-3, 9.69) vs. LHP Shane Dawson (0-2, 5.82)
WNBF 1290 AM


BINGHAMTON TAKES RUBBER GAME FROM RUBBERDUCKS: Prior toThursday’s league-wide off day, the Rumble Ponies beat Akron, 4-1, in the series finale. Despite collecting a season-low five hits, Binghamton swiped five bases and added aDavid Thompson home run. Corey Oswalt received the win for the second straight start, while Rumble Ponies pitching held the RubberDucks to five hits.

BINGHAMTON  STARTER: RHP Casey Delgado looks for his first win of the 2017 season Friday against New Hampshire. After facing Portland in his first start, Delgado made back-to-back appearances against Erie. The 26-year-old Miami native has allowed 14 earned runs in 13 innings in his three starts. In his lone start against the Fisher Cats last season, Delgado lasted seven innings, giving up just three earned runs in a 4-2 Binghamton loss at NYSEG Stadium.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: LHP Shane Dawson searches for his first victory of the season on Friday. A 17th round pick in 2012, Dawson has tossed consecutive quality starts without much offensive support. The southpaw held Trenton scoreless through six innings in a 1-0 New Hampshire loss on April 17, before being hit with the loss in a 3-2 defeat against Hartford on April 22. Against the Yard Goats. Dawson allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. The six-year pro made two starts against Binghamton in 2016, allowing two earned runs in ten total innings.

DAVID BOMB-SON: David Thompson launched his first home run of the season inWednesday’s 4-1 win at Akron. Thompson’s solo shot marked the first time he’s hit a long ball since 9/2/16, when he hit two with St. Lucie. The 2015 fourth-round pick holds the Florida State high school record for home runs in a season (55), a record previously held byPrince Fielder.

TRIPLE CROWN: Champ Stuart had three stolen bases on Wednesday, giving him an Eastern-League best nine thieves in 2017. The speedster has collected 110 stolen bases and has been caught just 15 times in his Minor League career.

NEED FOR SPEED: Binghamton stole five bases on Wednesday for the first time since August 5, 2015. Champ Suart, Luis Guillorme and Patrick Biondi swiped all five bases in the first three innings. The Rumble Ponies and Fisher Cats are tied for second in the Eastern League with 22 stolen bases, trailing only Hartford (23).

SIX STRAIGHT SCORELESS: Rumble Ponies RHP Tim Peterson has not allowed an earned run this season in eight innings (six appearances). It is the longest such streak to start a season in Peterson’s six-year professional career. The 26-year-old picked up his first save of the season in Wednesday’s win, the eighth of his Minor League career.

UP NEXT: The Rumble Ponies continue their three-game set with the Fisher Cats on Saturday, when Binghamton RHP Mickey Jannis faces New Hampshire’s RHP Sean Reid-Foley. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05.
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Albuquerque Isotopes 11, Las Vegas 51s 7

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The Isotopes defeated the 51s, 11-7, in the opener of the five-game series and nine-game homestand before a Budweiser Dollar Beer Night crowd of 7,279 at Cashman Field.

Albuquerque rallied from a 4-0 deficit and scored eight runs over the middle innings and shortstop Rafael Ynoa was 3-for-3, walk, two triples, RBI, three runs scored and center fielder Raimel Tapia was 3-for-4, double, triple, walk, 2 RBI.

Las Vegas catcher Xorge Carrillo was 4-for-4, double, solo homer, two runs scored and has five straight hits over his last two games. Center fielder Desmond Jennings was 2-for-3, two walks, HR, 2 RBI, two runs scored.

Las Vegas left-hander Adam Wilk suffered the loss. He pitched 5 innings and allowed 8 hits, 6 runs, walked 2 and struck out 6.

Game two of the series is Friday at 7:05 p.m. on Stars Wars Night and a post-game Fireworks Show is scheduled.


Albuquerque Isotopes (10-10) 11, Las Vegas 51s (10-11) 7
April 27, 2017
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
Albuquerque
0
0
0
2
2
4
2
0
1
11
15
0
Las Vegas
1
2
1
0
1
0
0
1
1
7
17
2
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Albuquerque
AVG
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
PO
A
.381
4
2
3
1
1
0
2
1
0
1
0
  House, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
  b-Brown, D, PH
.250
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
  Moll, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
Gibson, 3B
.304
5
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
2
1
4
Tauchman, LF-CF
.293
6
1
2
0
0
1
3
0
2
1
0
.378
6
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
.500
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
5
0
  Lee, CC, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
  a-Denorfia, PH-LF
.262
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Ynoa, R, SS
.313
3
3
3
0
2
0
1
1
0
2
5
.241
4
1
1
1
0
0
2
1
1
5
3
.314
4
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
4
2
.000
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
  Patterson, 1B
.194
2
1
1
1
0
0
1
1
0
6
0
Totals
.280
40
11
15
4
3
1
11
7
10
27
17

a-Flied out for Lee, CC in the 7th. b-Walked for House in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Cuevas, N (2, Wilk); Castro, D (1, Wilk); Tapia, R (9, Wheeler, B); Patterson (4, Wheeler, B).
3B: Tapia, R (2, Wilk); Ynoa, R 2 (2, Wilk, Wheeler, B).
HR: Tauchman (2, 5th inning off Wilk, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Ynoa, R (7); Castro, D 2 (6); Tauchman 3 (9); Tapia, R 2 (13); Gibson (7); Hanigan (6); Patterson (10).
SAC: Ynoa, R (off Wilk).
SF: Hanigan (off Wheeler, B).
Team RISP: 5-for-16.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
SB: Gibson (2, 2nd base off Wheeler, B/Carrillo).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Ynoa, R-Castro, D-Patterson 2).

Las Vegas
AVG
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
PO
A
.239
3
2
2
0
0
1
2
2
0
4
0
.229
5
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Rosario, SS
.397
5
2
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
3
.357
5
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
8
0
.301
4
0
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
.366
3
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
3
  Wheeler, B, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
  Roseboom, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
  a-Pill, PH
.500
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
  Burns, C, P
.000
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
  b-Boyd, J, PH
.276
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
.105
5
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.282
4
2
4
1
0
1
1
0
0
10
1
Wilk, P
.250
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
  Evans, 3B
.258
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
Totals
.285
39
7
17
2
0
2
7
3
3
27
9

a-Flied out for Roseboom in the 7th. b-Singled for Burns, C in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Carrillo (2, Carpenter); Smith, D (6, Carpenter).
HR: Jennings, D (1, 2nd inning off Carpenter, 1 on, 2 out); Carrillo (3, 8th inning off House, 0 on, 1 out).
RBI: Taijeron (8); Jennings, D 2 (7); Rodriguez, J 2 (7); Carrillo (6); Boyd, J (3).
SAC: Wilk (off Carpenter).
GIDP: Evans; Taijeron.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Rosario (6, 2nd base off Carpenter/Hanigan).
CS: Jennings, D (3, 2nd base by Carpenter/Hanigan); Rodriguez, J (1, 2nd base by Lee, CC/Hanigan).

FIELDING
E: Wilk (1); Burns, C (1).
PB: Carrillo (1).

Albuquerque
ERA
IP
H
R
ER
BB
SO
HR
BF
5.17
4.1
10
5
5
0
2
1
22
Lee, CC (W, 2-0)
1.59
1.2
3
0
0
1
0
0
7
0.84
2.0
1
1
1
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