Mets Make Changes to Staff

Former St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert has been named the Mets new hitting director. The team has also signed on Eric Jagers as a coach, interestingly enough, Jagers has never played professionally.

John Mozeliak, the president of Baseball Operations has praised the work of Albert, in the past. “Jeff accomplished exactly what we were hoping he would do.

Mozeliak continued to state, “He modernized our hitting program, our strategy. He made a huge contribution to our minor-league side. From that standpoint, it was a success.

Jagers, 41, formerly a coach in the Cincinnati Reds system, will join the Mets system as the team’s new Pitching Director.

The team has also added Eddie Rodriguez to be their Minor League Field Coordinator. Rodriguez spent the last three seasons with the Miami Marlins as the team’s catching coach on the Fish’ Major League staff.

Also… Will the Mets and Rays work something out before the deadline for the 40-man roster is set?

Also Read: Mets Make Some Bullpen Moves

Sunday’s Pitching Preview (8/1)

The 55-48 New York Mets will play the last game of a three-game set against the 55-50 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets have split the series till now and look to take the rubber match on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets plan to send veteran right-hander Marcus Stroman to the mound, making his 22nd appearance of the year. The Medford, New York native is 7-9 and owns a 2.63 ERA while having struck out 97 batters in 116.1 innings pitched.

In his last outing, Stroman pitched five innings and gave up two runs while allowing eight hits and a walk in a losing effort against the Braves.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 25-year old rookie right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez on the mound. In his last start, Gutierrez earned a victory against the Cubs as he tossed 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits as well as walking three.

Gutierrez, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.75 ERA while owning a 5-3 record. The Havana, Cuba native has also struck out 42 batters in 60.2 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Friday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup (7/30)

The 54-47 New York Mets will play the first game of a three-game set against the 54-49 Cincinnati Reds. The Mets lost the last series to the Braves, and as we approach August, the Mets must stay on track and maintain first place in the standings.

The Mets plan to send right-hander Carlos Carrasco to the hill, making his much anticipated debut for the Orange and Blue. The Barquisimeto, Venezuela native was 3-4 last season and sported a 2.91 ERA throughout 68 innings pitched.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 31-year old right-hander Sonny Gray on the mound, a former first round pick of the Oakland Athletics back in 2011. In his last start, Gray didn’t fare too well as he only pitched 3.1 innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits.

Gray, so far is having a mediocre season, pitching to a 4.50 ERA and owning an ugly 2-6 record. The Smyrna, Tennessee native has also struck out 89 batters in 70.0 innings pitched, so far this season.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY.

Mets strike a deal with Reds

The New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Mark Payton to the Mets. In return, the Reds will receive cash considerations.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets have transferred David Peterson to the 60-day injured list.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets shut Reds outs

The Mets needed one thing in particular from Marcus Stroman, and it was to eat innings on Wednesday afternoon at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The right-hander did exactly that, and gave the bullpen a well-deserved rest after pitching eight innings.

The Long Island, New York native gave up just one in his outing while yielding just one walk as well. Stroman did also strike out seven and has now lowered his ERA to 2.59 after picking up his seventh victory.

Jonathan Villar popped his 10th home run of the year, a solo shot that came in the second inning. Villar finished the afternoon going 1-4 and currently owns a .230 batting average.

In the top of the third, Dom Smith lofted an opposite field grand slam to put the Mets up 5-0. The home run came off of starter Jeff Hoffman, who’s no stranger to giving up the long ball whether it be with his time with the Rockies or the Reds.

Besides hitting his 11th home run of the year, Smith also singled giving him a multi-hit game, bringing his slash line up to .257/.327.410/.737 after 300 at-bats.

Luis Guillorme pushed the game up to 7-0 when he hit a home run in the fifth inning off of reliever Tony Santillan. The home run counts as Guillorme’s 1st home run of the season, and just the 2nd of his career.

Jeurys Familia relieved Stroman in the ninth with a perfect inning that included striking out the side. Familia now has a 3.56 ERA after making his 31th appearance of the campaign.

The Mets are now at 50 wins on the year and will host the 48-44 Toronto Blue Jays on Friday evening. The Mets will have Tyler Megill on the hill as he takes on Long Island, New York product and former Met Steven Matz.

Wednesday’s Pitching Preview & Lineup 7/21

The 49-43 New York Mets will play the last of a three-game set against the 49-46 Cincinnati Reds. After splitting the first two games, the Mets look to take the rubber match against this scrappy Cincinnati club.

This afternoon’s contest will feature Long Island native Marcus Stroman on the hill. Stroman owns a 6-8 record and has pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 103.1 innings. In his last seven however, he’s struggled a bit as he’s been pitching to a 3.62 ERA with a 1-2 record during that stretch.

Stroman picked up the loss in his last out but did pitch well. The right-hander tossed five innings while giving up two runs on on eight hits against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Cincinnati Reds will have 23-year old, Latham, New York local Jeff Hoffman on the mound, a former first round pick (9th Overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2014 draft. In his last start, Anderson pitched 1.1 innings while giving up two runs on five walks and two hits in a loss against the Washington Nationals.

Hoffman, so far is having an mediocre season, pitching to a 4.61 ERA while owning a 3-4 record. The right-hander has also struck out 39 batters in 41.0 innings pitched, so far this season. In his career, Hoffman owns a 13-20 record to go alongside a 6.13 ERA in 78 games.

First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 PM EST and will be televised locally on SNY, as well as nationally on MLB Network.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Fall Short; Continue to Struggle

The New York Mets haven’t been exactly up to snuff while coming out of the All-Star break. While the Mets have been healthy with a couple of exceptions, they’ve still been struggling a bit in this early stages of the second half.

The Cincinnati Reds hosted Tuesday’s contest at The Great American Ballpark and the Mets were able to get on the boards quickly via a Pete Alonso solo shot. His second home run since the All-Star break, as well as in the last two games.

The home run would go down as the sluggers 19th of the year. Alonso finished the contest going 2-5 and has now pushed his average up to .259 with an .830 OPS.

The Reds struck right back to tie it up when lead-off batter Jonathan India hit a home run off of Mets starter Robert Stock. While I’m not too familiar with the infielder, the rookie is hitting .276/.406/.525/.831 over the span of 275 at-bats… quite impressive.

Robert Stock only threw one inning after being removed after dealing with a hamstring injury. David Jauss had this to say about Stock and his injury.

“I definitely don’t know how serious. My wife’s a nurse…my medical background is I stay away from doctors”David Jauss via SNY

Stephen Nogosek had gotten five straight outs and was looking extremely sharp until Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino hit back to back home runs in the bottom of the third. The pair of home runs from the Reds gave them a 3-1 to lead.

Jonathan Villar scored on a play you don’t normally see, especially from a player like Joey Votto. While Pete Alonso grounded one to pitcher Brad Brach, Votto dropped the throw allowing Villar to put the second run up for the Mets.

Geoff Hartlieb made his Mets debut as the right-hander displayed a pretty good slider but would give up a run in 1.1 innings pitched.

Luis Guillorme hit an RBI double in the eighth, however it wasn’t enough for the Mets to comeback. The Reds would take the second game of the series with a 4-3 victory.

Mets catcher James McCann went 2-4, bringing his average up to .251 on the season. In his last 15 games, McCann is slashing .302/.400/.372 but only has four RBI’s during that period.

Both teams will face off again on Wednesday at 12:35 PM with Marcus Stroman facing off against right-hander Jeff Hoffman in the rubber match.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Comeback in Ninth

Taijuan Walker would only throw 35 pitches as he would give up six runs, three coming on a huge blunder by the pitcher. While it did look like the ball might have hit the batter’s shin while coming out of the box, Walker shouldn’t have given up on the play.

Drew Smith pitched 2.2 innings in relief, giving up just one hit while striking out a pair. Miguel Castro had a bounce back appearance as the right hander pitched a scoreless inning, now bring his ERA to 3.65 on the year.

Travis Blankenhorn aka Blanken-bomb came off of the pine and went “bench-mob” on pitcher Brubaker with a three-run home run. The home run, his first of his career, would cut the lead to 4-6. Although it’s just six at-bats, Blankenhorn is hitting .333 in his last seven games and is proving to be a solid bench piece.

Left-hander Aaron Loup threw two scoreless innings while lowering his ERA to 1.48 after making his 33rd appearance. Jeurys Familia picked up the win as the righty lowered his ERA to 3.68 after pitching a pair of scoreless innings of his own.

While some fans have been piling on Michael Conforto and his sub .200 batting average, he’s still been getting on base at a .347 clip. However, today it was the long ball as Conforto hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning off of Pirates closer Richard Rodriguez.

Trevor May picked up his second save of the year as he pitched a scoreless bottom half of the ninth. May did walk a batter but also struck one out as he lowered his ERA to 3.38 after making his 37th appearance.

The Mets will travel to Ohio to take on the Cincinnati Reds for a three-game set. Jerad Eickhoff will be on the mound as the Reds plan to send right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez to the hill for the 7:10 PM start.

Stars are aligning for Bauer/Mets Marriage

By Jeremy M

The romance began shortly after Sandy Anderson’s opening press conference as the new President of the new and improved New York Mets (Steve Cohen’s Mets).

In his very first radio interview with the (also) brand new WFAN drive time tag team of Craig Carton and Evan Roberts, the historically reticent baseball executive, Alderson, gushed about Bauer, catching so many Mets fans in almost a state of disbelief.

“I actually think Bauer would be a great personality in New York. The kind of guy that fans would endorse. We’re in the entertainment business.” Alderson explained.

Trevor Bauer, MLB’s reigning Cy Young winner and social media bad boy, might be courted by the Mets? The same Mets that had reasoned away not pursuing Alex Rodriguez in 2000, as it being unfair to other players (24 and 1 couldn’t work they said), this organization was now throwing out pick-up lines into the social media universe for today’s premiere primadonna…Bauer…can this be true?

But like all high profile figures, its one thing to flirt, it’s another thing to back that up with a hard commitment. Stars need more than a swipe right. So were the Mets for real? Maybe?

While Alderson and his lieutenants might have preferred a more traditional union with the non-controversial George Springer (a trusted source told me they were not able to make a final offer), Bauer has continued to be on their radar as a potential match.

So as we close in on spring training and the number of seats at the free agent table left available to tantalizingly talented Bauer are dwindling, the Mets are still there, with bright orange and blue flowers and a bag of Steve Cohen’s cash, and no one else seems to be bidding.

It seems almost fate-and a matter of time- before these two parties complete their nuptials and say I do.

Photo from NJ.com