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Entering the 2015 season, expectations are high for the New York Mets. Ace Matt Harvey will return after having Tommy John surgery. Harvey’s presence will be a welcome addition to a team that won 79 games last season. Harvey will join a rotation that features Rookie of the Year, Jacob deGromm, Zach Wheeler, and Bartolo Colon. Harvey was masterful during the 2013 season by striking out 191 hitters over 178 innings while posting an impressive 2.27 ERA. deGromm stepped up in Harvey absence by posting a 2.69 ERA over 140 innings. Run support has been an issue and has limited win totals for its starting pitchers. New York added outfielder Michael Cuddyer and will hope for a bounce back campaign from David Wright. Cuddyer rejected a $15 million qualifying offer from Colorado in order to join New York on a two-year deal. Cuddyer only appeared in 49 games last season as he dealt with injuries, but the 36-year-old outfielder should provide leadership  to a younger lineup. Wright posted career lows last season as he dealt with an ailing shoulder injury. Wright’s home run total (8) and on-base percentage (.324) were career lows. 

Entering the 2015 season, the Washington Nationals are clear favorites in the National League East. Still, New York has the young talent to compete for a Wildcard spot. New York’s National League East foes are also expected to have down seasons. Atlanta is building for the future while Miami is dealing with a few injuries. The opportunities will be there for the Mets to compete in the 2015. 

On Thursday, the New York Mets signed 40-year-old RHP Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million contract. Last season, Colon posted a 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA as a member of the Oakland A’s. Colon was surprisingly durable, striking out 117 batters in 190 innings. Over the last three season, Colon has tossed at least 152 innings, silencing his critics that his girth (265 LBs) and age (41 in May) will lead to his decline. Still, this signing is high risk and there are a few reasons why Colon could crap out in New York:

  1. Home Run Rate: Over the course of his career, Colon has given up one home run per every eight innings. Colon called Oakland home for the last two seasons and only allowed one home run per every 9.1 innings. The Oakland Coliseum, which is known as a pitcher’s park, is the fifth friendliest stadium for pitchers. After moving its fence in, Citi Field was 14th last season. On the surface, the change from the AL West to NL East should present easier line-ups, but the park factors may make this a moot point.
  2. Injuries: Despite throwing 152+ innings over the last three seasons, Colon has made multiple trips to the disabled list for thigh, abdomen, and groin issues. 
  3. 2013 Playoffs: Colon was passed over for the inexperienced Sonny Gray during the ALDS. Colon had an ugly August (0-2, 8.41 ERA in three starts) and A’s promptly sat him down for two weeks. Colon responded and went 4-1 during September, but the need for a ‘break’ does not exactly installed confidence in Met fans.
  4. Pitch Selection: Call it an aberration or a way to beat Father Time, but a whopping 87% of his pitches last year were fastballs. Curve balls and sliders obviously cause stress on the arm, but one has to wonder how long Colon’s fastball velocity will remain a Major League level. Last season, Colon’s fastball averaged 90.1 MPH. 

If you examine signings thus far, Colon’s deal appears to be a good one. Dan Haren (1 year, $10 million), Scott Feldman (3/30), and Tim Hudson (1/12), received similar deals, but Colon’s workload and performance has been better.However, a 2-year, $20 million deal for a Met team that isn’t expected to compete doesn’t make a lot of sense. The Met won’t have their ace as Matt Harvey rehabs from Tommy John surgery. Colon could arguably be the Met ‘ace’, but he could also re-injure his thigh and miss two months. Colon has never been one to mentor younger players, so the Mets aren’t getting a player that’s interested in helping develop younger players. A two-year deal to a contender would make sense, but for a Met team that needs to develop younger players, it’s a waste of money. This move was strictly done to appease the Met fan base. 

We didn’t give you a full analysis of Thursday’s Yankee-Ray match-up. After trailing 12-0 after five innings, the Yankees made a little bit of comeback, but ultimately fell 15-8. Bartolo Colon pitched pretty poorly and probably pitched himself out of a post-season start. 

After Friday’s rain out, the Yankees squared off against Jon Lester on Saturday afternoon. Holding a 2.5 game Wild Card lead with six games to go, Lester came out and gave the Red Sox his worst performance of the year, yielding eight runs in only two innings. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs as the Yankees topped the Sox, 9-1. 

Big Blast By Montero

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The New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays tonight by a final score of 6-4. Bartolo Colon was serviceable, but Boone Logan picked up the win and Dave Robertson picked up a two-inning save as the Yankees take a full-game lead over the Red Sox in the division. 

Career Hit #1 for Jesus - Jim McIsaac, Getty Images

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The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 5-4 this evening. Per usual, the starter (Bartolo Colon) gave up multiple earned runs while the bullpen shut it down, but tonight the offense wasn’t able to provide a bail out. With the loss, the Yankees move to 74-47 on the season and remain a half game up on the Red Sox in the division with their afternoon loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Robinson Cano’s seventh inning grand slam broke a 2-2 tie as the Yankees went on to edge the Angels, 6-5. Holding a 6-2 advantage heading into the ninth, things got a little dicey. Mariano Rivera inherited two Cory Wade base runners and gave way to a Russell Branyan three-run homer. Mo went on to retire the next two hitters to preserve the win, but Mo has given up a home run in each of his last three appearances. However, the Yankees held on and won this series, improving to 71-45, eight games ahead of the Angels in the AL Wild Card race.

Atta boy, Robbie.

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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox tonight by a score of 3-2. By no means was it a pretty win, but you know what? The Yankees just won their eighth straight game, and are now in sole-possession of first place in the American League East and American League with a 69-42 record. 

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The New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles twice on Saturday; 8-3 in the afternoon game, and 17-3 in the nightcap. 25 runs in one day – wow. Both starters, Bartolo Colon and Ivan Nova, won their respective starts. With the two wins, the Yankees  move to 63-42 and pick up a half game on the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the Chicago White Sox 10-2. 

Total Team Effort on Saturday - AP

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The New York Yankees posted a victory in the rubber match of the Oakland Athletic series with a 7-5 victory. The game honestly should not have been as close as it was, but it was still an entertaining game for all those in attendance and those watching from home. With the win, the Yankees move to 19 games over .500 for the fifth time this year.

This Weather Looks Just Ugly - Al Bello, Getty Images

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A famous broadcaster once again, ‘Welp, you can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’. Oh how the irony reigns supreme.

With the Yankees clinging to a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning with TB runners on first and second, a fly ball was hit fairly deep to center. The Grandy Man went back and lost the ball in the ceiling. We’ve seen him make that routine play time after time, but Granderson lost the ball in the ceiling, allowing all runners to advance. Boone Logan induced a grounder back to the mound for the 1-2-3 double play, but it hopped off his glove, allowing the Rays to take the lead, 3-2. The Rays would not relinquish this lead, which leads me back to this famous saying: ‘You can’t predict baseball, Suzyn’.

Crap.

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