Browsing Posts tagged Sandy Alderson

The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins in a 7-5 victory Thursday night. Miguel Batista made an efficient spot start, pitching six innings yielding only two runs. He definitely earned another start. The Mets offense scored four runs in the third inning and three insurance runs in the eighth inning to lead them to victory. They end their homestand with a 66-69 record.

Duda comes up with the big hit again!

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The New York Mets dropped their second straight game in a row on Sunday afternoon against the Washington Nationals in a 3-2 loss. Scott Hairston provided the sole offense with his two solo homers and Jonathon Niese pitched his best through 5 1/3 innings. Outside of Carlos Beltran earlier in the week, the Mets had a quiet trading deadline. They are now 55-53 heading into the dog days of August. 

Hairston would've been the hero of the game...except they lost.

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The New York Mets have worked out a deal on Wednesday to send RF Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for 21-year old pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and cash considerations. Rumors surfaced all throughout the afternoon as to who the Mets were going to get in return for the two-month rental. Originally, outfielder Gary Brown was speculated as the centerpiece of the deal but later discovered otherwise. The San Francisco Giants are said to have picked up about $2 million of the $6 million left on his contract. Below are Zack Wheeler’s stats for the 2011 season.

This young stud arm, Zack Wheeler, should be wearing blue and orange fairly soon.

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 Year IP Wins Losses ERA Hits BBs Ks
2011 88 7 5 3.99 74 47 98


As you can see, Wheeler has an enormous strikeout rate at a 10.02 K/9. His walk rates, however, for a guy at the Class A level is less than stellar, walking almost five batters per nine innings. The best thing Mets fans could hope for is that with further seasoning he can work on mitigating his control issues.

In my opinion, Sandy Alderson did a terrific job with this deal. It is a win regardless of how Zack Wheeler develops, but it’d be nice to see him turn into a top-of-the-rotation starter. The trade isn’t official until Thursday afternoon, due to the 24-hour window Carlos Beltran has to decline a team with his no-trade clause. However, the trade is basically official as Beltran has said he would accept a move to the Giants, who are en route to the playoffs.

How do you feel about this trade? Should the Mets have gone after Gary Brown instead?

The New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers shocked everyone after the All Star Game on Tuesday night when they announced a trade that sent closer Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. Although moving K-Rod was inevitable, no one would’ve expected it to occur immediately following the ASG. That being said, I hope Sandy Alderson made the best deal available. For anyone that does not know, a “player to be named later” is one in which the GM chooses from a list of players that the other GM has deemed available to acquire. In this case, Alderson has until September to scout and select any two players out of five that were offered. Regardless of the return, Alderson was able to move a guy with a huge 2012 option that was guaranteed to vest. This gives him more financial flexibility in the offseason to sign a Jose Reyes or other free agents to improve the organization.

With Francisco Rodriguez out, there is a vacancy in the closer role that is screaming Bobby Parnell’s name. Parnell has the makeup of a closer at 6’4″ 200 lbs throwing 98-100+ mph heat. The only question is whether or not he can turn his raw talent into success in the role. Since getting called up to the majors in 2008, Parnell has been thrust into and out of the starting and middle relief role. After a failed experiment as a starter, he was given an opportunity to setup for Francisco Rodriguez where he has struggled to find consistency ever since. When he is on his game, hitters can’t touch his fastball and slider combo. If he wants to excel in the closer role, these pitches need to be perfected. Otherwise, Terry Collins can look to Jason Isringhausen or Pedro Beato for the job.

Who would you like to see getting the bulk of the closing duties?

With the All Star Break underway, the New York Mets are one game above .500 at 46-45 on the season, and trail the wild card leading Atlanta Braves by 7.5 games. The Mets have certainly exceeded expectations thus far in 2011, as most fans would’ve expected them to be way out of the playoff run at this point in the season. Now, this doesn’t mean Mets fans should get crazy excited about making a push for October baseball. Three of the team’s four starting infielders (David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jose Reyes) are currently on the disabled list, and will probably make their return after the trade deadline. But, regardless, the Mets have played very nice baseball over the first 91 games of the season, and I’m going to evaluate the areas that deserve the most credit.

Terry Collins deserves much of the credit for a winning baseball team in Queens.

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The Freak, AKA Tim Lincecum, was wheelin’ and dealin’ on the mound tonight against the Mets. After giving up a run in the 1st, he shut them down through the next five innings. The Mets offense couldn’t put together any runs versus the bullpen and fell quietly in a 3-1 loss. Their record is currently 46-44 as they fall 7.5 games behind the wild card leading Atlanta Braves.

 

This is the response Tim Lincecum usually gets out of his hitters. Strike Three!

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Jose Reyes’ four-hit night led the way for the Mets 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Dillon Gee pitched six productive innings in his home state, bouncing back from his last start for his 8th victory on the year. The Mets take the series in Arlington and make their way back to .500 on the season.

 

Reyes always finds a way to get his uniform dirty.

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Dillon Gee’s winning streak came to a close tonight. He walked six batters and four of those occurred in the third inning alone. He couldn’t make it past the fourth inning. Mets pitching allowed seven runs to arguably the worst offense in the American League. The loss puts the Mets 10 1/2 back in the NL East as they fall to 35-38 on the season.

 

Reyes' expression perfectly describes this game. He was 0 for 5.

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The New York Mets swept the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-4 win on Sunday afternoon. The Mets bats powered their way through the game and they got a decent performance out of their starter. The victory brings their winning streak to four games and their record now stands at 9-13 for the season.

Did I really just hit two home runs at this stadium? Maybe it is all in my head...

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Hi, my name is Joe Cohen and I’m going to be contributing baseball pieces, primarily about the Mets, to NYSOS. Luckily, my time here begins on a high note, following yesterday’s main bit of news from Mets camp:

Taking a step forward yesterday, the Mets cut Luis Castillo from their roster and ate the remaining $6 million left on his contract. While it’s not necessarily going to win them a division title or maybe even third place this upcoming year, it keeps the ball rolling in the right direction.

What gave Mets fans hope when new GM Sandy Alderson arrived was that he would right the ship in a no-nonsense manner. He certainly has the credentials, previously working as the CEO of the Padres (winning 2 division titles during his tenure) as well as for the commissioner’s office. If anyone would be implementing the no-BS culture in the clubhouse that was sorely lacking with Minaya and Manuel, wouldn’t it be a former Marine?

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