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Mets 101 Player Review Series: Gonzalez Germen

October 24th, 2014 at 7:25 PM
By Mike Phillips

Now that the 2014 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have already taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. We will now take a look at every player on the active roster from A (Bobby Abreu) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2014 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at relief pitcher Gonzalez Germen.

Mets 101 Player Review: Gonzalez Germen

2014 Stats: 25 Games, 30.1 Innings Pitched, 4.75 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 31:14 Strikeout: Walk Ratio, 1 Blown Save

2014 Story: Gonzalez Germen surprisingly found his way into the Opening Day bullpen when Vic Black and Josh Edgin's control problems cost them spots. Germen started out hot, but quickly got tattooed as hitters adjusted to him in his second year in the majors. Germen got himself demoted to the minors in May for giving up too many base runners, and from that point forward he was just a fill-in arm. Germen made a couple of cameo appearances as an injury replacement in the summer, and only pitched three times in September as the last man in the bullpen.

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New York Mets Would Like Michael Cuddyer on Two Year Deal

October 24th, 2014 at 12:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

The free agent period will begin in a couple of weeks, giving fans of the New York Mets a little more time to speculate on which players will join their team. One name that has drawn a lot of attention is Colorado Rockies' outfielder Michael Cuddyer, a righty who can also play a bit of first base. The match appears good to the Mets as well, who are interested in Cuddyer, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Cuddyer, 35, missed most of the season with injuries but was very effective when he played. Cuddyer hit .332 with 10 homers in only 49 games this season. Cuddyer has also been an effective hitter against lefties this year, an area the Mets struggled with last season. Martino's report indicates that the Mets consider Cuddyer attractive on a two year deal.

Cuddyer will draw interest from a lot of teams as a good complimentary piece, but the Mets do have an ace in the hole. Cuddyer is good friends with Mets' third baseman David Wright due to growing up in the same area. Wright picked Cuddyer to participate in the Home Run Derby last season at Citi Field, and he could help pitch Cuddyer on the merits of playing with the Mets. The good news is that Cuddyer's age and injury problems should keep the market around two year deals, giving the Mets a chance to get him.

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Mets Hire Hitting Coach Kevin Long

October 24th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets announced Thursday that they have hired Kevin Long as their new hitting coach for the 2015 season. Let go by the cross-town rival New York Yankees earlier this month after spending seven seasons in the same position for the Bombers. As we mentioned earlier today, Long will be reunited with Curtis Granderson, who enjoyed some of his best offensive years under Long's watch, including back-to-back 40+ home run seasons from 2011-12. The 47-year old Long was a member of the Yankees World Series winning coaching staff in 2009, a club that ranked amongst the best in the AL that season with a collective .283 average and 244 home runs.

Long brings eighteen years of coaching experience to the Mets, dating back to 1997 when he became manager of the Single-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Northwest League. That career move came following an eight-year Minor League career in the Kansas City Royals system. where he had played since being drafted by the club in the 31st round of the 1989 draft out of the University of Arizona.

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New York Mets Interview Kevin Long for Hitting Coach Vacancy

October 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have interviewed their first candidate for their vacant hitting coach position, and it is a familiar name to New Yorkers. The Mets have expressed interest in hiring former Yankees batting coach Kevin Long to fill the same position in Queens, CBS New York's website is reporting. Long is looking for a new job after being let go by the Yankees at the end of the 2014 season.

If the Mets hire Long, he will be reunited with outfielder Curtis Granderson. Granderson had his best success under Long's tutelage, hitting 40+ homers in consecutive seasons with the Yankees in 2011 and 2012. Granderson struggled in his first year away from Long, hitting only .227 with 20 homers and 66 RBI's in 2014.

Long may well be the front runner for the job, as he was the first interview from Sandy Alderson's short list of candidates. Long's hitting philosophy fits in with Alderson's beliefs on hitting, and he has shown he can repair hitters' swings very effectively. Long has also drawn interest from several other teams, so if the Mets believe he is their guy, they may want to move quickly to hire him.

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Mets 101 Player Review Series: Dillon Gee

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:51 AM
By Mike Phillips

Now that the 2014 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have already taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen. We will now take a look at every player on the active roster from A (Bobby Abreu) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2014 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at starting pitcher Dillon Gee.

Mets 101 Player Review: Dillon Gee

2014 Stats: 22 Starts, 137.1 Innings Pitched, 7-8, 4.00 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 94:43 Strikeout: Walk Ratio, 18 Home Runs Allowed

2014 Story: Dillon Gee came into spring training in 2014 established in the rotation after the best year of his career in 2013. Gee ended up as the Mets' Opening Day starter after Jonathon Niese was injured in spring training, and he continued to build on his strong finish to 2013. Gee started off the season 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his first eight starts before landing on the disabled list in mid-May with a oblique strain. The Mets initially expected Gee to miss only one start, but he missed six weeks rehabbing the injury. Gee returned for one more start before the All Star Break, winning against the Atlanta Braves to put him at 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA for the first half of the season.

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