July 24th, 2014 at 8:53 AM
By Mike Phillips
For years, the New York Mets struggled to put a bullpen together. The Mets have rolled through various high and low cost veterans for the past five years trying to find a mix of relievers that could effectively close games for them. No combination has worked, causing the Mets to have one of the worst bullpens in the majors. The Mets tried something different in May, turning the bullpen over to a group of talented young arms instead. The move has paid off in spades.
The closer's chair was initially supposed to belong to Bobby Parnell, who had a strong season as closer in 2013 before being lost for the season in August with a neck injury. Parnell's rehab was slow in the spring, and he ended up being lost for the season on Opening Day after an MRI revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Mets played musical chairs with Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth for a few weeks, but finally gave the job to Jenrry Mejia after he lost his rotation spot in mid-May. Mejia has taken to the closer's role beautifully, potentially giving the Mets a blossoming young star in the back of the bullpen.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 PM
By Steve Popoloski
When Brandon Nimmo was promoted from Single-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton nearly one month ago, the former first-round pick was tearing the cover off the ball, batting .322 with 73 hits through the first 62 games of his season. Since, the 21-year old hasn't been able to find that same success, hitting just .198 (21-for-106) over his first 30 Eastern League games.
The thirteenth overall pick by New York in 2011, Nimmo has taken the tour of the Mets farm system, also making stops at Kingsport (Rookie), Brooklyn (Short-A), Savannah (A) since debuting as an eighteen-year old that same year. Overall, he's had some offensive success, holding a career minor league average of .267 with 19 homers, 124 RBI and 22 stolen bases. It hasn't come without it's ups and downs and the numbers could be even more impressive had he not suffered a pair of injuries in 2012 that derailed a hot start for the Sand Gnats, dropping a once plus-.400 average to .273 by season's end.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 23rd, 2014 at 8:07 PM
By Mike Phillips
Seattle-One of Bartolo Colon's favorite places to pitch over the years has been Seattle's Safeco Field. Colon entered today's game against the Seattle Mariners with a 12-1 record lifetime at Safeco, The New York Mets hoped that Colon's success would continue today as he showcased himself for a possible trade. Colon delivered in spades, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Mets (48-53) defeated the Mariners (53-48) 3-2.
The Mets grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Daniel Murphy's RBI double brought home Eric Young Jr. The lead would remain the same until the sixth, when a sacrifice fly from Juan Lagares made it 2-0. The last Mets' offense came in the top of the seventh when David Wright delivered an RBI single to make it 3-0. While offense was at a premium for the Mets, the shining star of today was Colon.
Colon (W, 9-8) was outstanding, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning. Colon lost his perfection when Robinson Cano singled to left with two outs in the seventh inning, but got Kyle Seager out to end the frame. Colon was not so lucky in the eighth, as he got hit a bit and gave up an RBI double to Brad Miller to get Seattle on the board at 3-1. Colon left with two men on in favor of Jeurys Familia, who got him out of the jam but at the cost of another run.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 23rd, 2014 at 2:57 PM
By Mike Phillips
After getting a strong performance from Jacob deGrom last night, the New York Mets (47-53) managed to even their series with the Seattle Mariners (53-47). The Mariners won the series opener 5-2 on Monday night, while deGrom's gem helped the Mets snap a three game losing streak last night. The two teams will look to grab the rubber game in the matinee finale today. First pitch at Safeco Field is scheduled for 3:40 pm.
The Mets will send 41 year old right hander Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12 ERA) to the mound. Colon took a no decision in his last start against the San Diego Padres, allowing four runs in five innings in the series opener Friday night. The Mariners have recalled right hander Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60 ERA) from Tacoma to start opposite Colon. Walker is one of Seattle's top young pitching prospects, but has had injury problems slow his first full major league season.
New York Mets Lineup:
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- LF Eric Young Jr
- 2B Daniel Murphy
- 3B David Wright
- 1B Lucas Duda
- DH Bobby Abreu
- RF Chris Young
- CF Juan Lagares
- C Anthony Recker
July 23rd, 2014 at 8:31 AM
By Mike Phillips
Seattle-The New York Mets have played in their share of pitcher's duels this season. The close games haven't been too kind for the Mets, who have struggled to deliver offense in critical situations. When they handed rookie Jacob deGrom a 2-0 lead against the Seattle Mariners last night, deGrom knew he had to make it count. deGrom did, tossing seven innings of one run ball to help the Mets (47-53) snap a three game losing streak and beat the Mariners (53-47) 3-1.
The Mets scored two runs in the top of the second inning against Mariners' starter Erasmo Ramirez. After Bobby Abreu singled to lead off the inning, Travis d'Arnaud brought him home with a triple to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, Ruben Tejada brought him home with an RBI single to make it 2-0. That would be all the damage against Ramirez (L, 1-5) who gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings of work. Ramirez walked two and struck out 10 on the evening.Read more... Join the Conversation...