March 10th, 2014 at 12:50 PM
By Mike Phillips
One of the big headlines for the New York Mets this spring has been the battle for the first base job. Lucas Duda and Ike Davis were expected to spend much of the spring competing for that job, with manager Terry Collins even vowing to get Davis 100 at bats in the spring to try and get him off to a quicker start. Things have not gone according to plan for either player as injuries have kept both Davis and Duda out of action for over a week now.
Even though both Davis and Duda were expected back last Friday, neither one got into a game over the weekend. Davis showed up to camp this morning wearing a boot over his injured right calf, MetsBlog.com reports. Davis is expected to wear the boot until his calf heals, although Davis hopes to be back in a few days. Duda is still batting a tight hamstring, but he did take indoor batting practice Monday. The Mets are hopeful they can get him back into a game by the weekend.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 9th, 2014 at 6:22 PM
By Mike Phillips
New York Mets' pitcher Zack Wheeler certainly isn't shy in confidence. Wheeler told reporters when he arrived at spring training that he was aiming to be the team's Opening Day starter. Even though the Mets are very unlikely to give Wheeler a shot at the Opening Day gig, he will still be a very important part of the team's starting rotation. Wheeler looked sharp in his start today, going three scoreless innings as the Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-2 at Tradition Field.
Wheeler let up three hits and a walk while striking out three in his three innings of work. Wheeler managed to get himself into a few jams, but was able to find his way out of them like he did for most of last season. Wheeler will need to cut down on his base runners if he wants to improve as a starter this season, but the Mets have to like his ability to get out of trouble. The other pitching headline of the day came as reliever Bobby Parnell made his first appearance of the spring in the ninth inning. Parnell threw a scoreless inning in his first game action since July, Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 7th, 2014 at 10:29 PM
By Mike Phillips
The New York Mets have been holding an open competition at shortstop throughout spring training. While Ruben Tejada has been viewed as the favorite to win the job due to the lack of competition, he hasn't blown away Mets' officials. The Mets continue to be linked to external candidates like Stephen Drew and Nick Franklin, but at this point the cost is prohibitive. The Mets have been looking to get creative this spring, and one way is the use of top hitting prospect Wilmer Flores at shortstop, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.
Flores is scheduled to get a start at shortstop next week, and if he plays well he could force his way into the starting job. Flores is no stranger to the position, as he came into the Mets' organization as a shortstop. The Mets moved him away from the position due to concerns about Flores' range and conditioning, but Flores improved his physical conditioning at the team's fitness camp this winter. The Mets appear to be confident enough in Flores' improved range that he will get a shot at shortstop, and even if he doesn't make the team he could be the team's starter at short with Triple-A Las Vegas. Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 6th, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Mike Phillips
The New York Mets have been offensively challenged for a few seasons now. While the Mets made strides to improve their lineup in the offseason by adding outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, they still have a number of questions offensively. With the prospect of a major addition before the season starts slim, manager Terry Collins has been thinking of creative ways to improve his lineup's productivity. One of those ideas may be batting his pitcher in the eighth spot in the lineup, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Batting the pitcher eighth is a strategic move that was popularized by former St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa. While most conventional wisdom says to bat the pitcher last since he is the weakest hitter, batting a pitcher eighth has its advantages. By batting the pitcher eighth, a manager can put a regular hitter in the ninth spot, potentially creating another base runner in front of the middle of the order batters. The Mets may be able to utilize that idea to get extra base runners on for David Wright and Curtis Granderson after the first time through the batting order.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 5th, 2014 at 8:18 PM
By Kyle Brosnan
As we progress further into Spring Training, the Mets have as many questions regarding the shortstop position now as they did in December. It is clear that the Mets’ brass does not want Ruben Tejada to be the opening day starting shortstop. The internal options are underwhelming and it doesn’t look like the Mets are willing to spend a lot of money on the open market. Lets take a look at what the Mets’ options are at this point in Spring Training.
Like it or not, Tejada is the favorite to earn the starting shortstop job at this point. The Mets were displeased with how Tejada came into camp out of shape last spring and his performance during the season was dreadful. As we all know he was demoted during the year and we all thought that his tenure in Flushing was over.
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Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.Read more... Join the Conversation...