7-28-14: Lucas Duda’s home run off former Met Francisco Rodriguez was a part of New York’s three-run ninth inning as the Mets defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-2, on Friday. Although New York dropped its game on the previous day, the organization recalled infielder Wilmer Flores who was hitting very well in the minors.
7-24-14: Jacob deGrom, who improved to 4-5 on the year, held the Mariners to just five hits and one run over seven innings of work as the Mets downed Seattle 3-1. DeGrom walked just one and struck out seven. During his past six starts, deGrom is 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA. He's 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA during his past three starts, walking just three and striking out 26. Lucas Duda hit his 15th home run of the season, a whopping 446-foot drive off the second deck scoreboard in right field in the eighth inning.
7-21-14: The New York Mets have been reluctant to make starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and second baseman Daniel Murphy available in trades but have since made Colon available this trading deadline. With Colon’s age the team does not expect to get significant pieces in return, like a shortstop for example, but may get a few pieces to help build towards the 2015 season. Colon has not received much interest to date but with the likes of Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and David Price still on the market that is understandable. Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. are also said to be available in trades for the right price. Young is a free agent after the end of the season but Young has two more years of team control after 2014.
7-19-14: The Mets improved their record to 8-1 in their last nine games with their 5-4 victory on Friday in San Diego. The win was more a result of the team’s bullpen than starter Bartolo Colon. Sources reported that the Mets made Colon, who threw five innings of four-run baseball on Friday, available for trades earlier this week. Travis d’Arnaud’s eventual game-winning single in the top of the ninth and New York’s bullpen, which threw four scoreless innings, helped the Mets get to the victory.
7-17-14: The Mets entered the All-Star break an NL-best 8-2 over their last 10 games, and had they not gone through a 1-7 rough stretch prior to getting hot, they could be right on the heels of the Braves and Nationals for the top spot in the NL East. Bartolo Colon could end up traded, even if the team doesn't sell aggressively. He has had a solid year, and the team is expected to have a plethora of starting pitching next year.
7-15-14: The New York Mets are falling out of contention in the National League East and are reportedly ready to move starting pitcher Bartolo Colon and possibly second baseman Daniel Murphy in a deal at the trading deadline. In previous weeks the reports have always stated the Mets would prefer to hold onto Colon to help ease Matt Harvey back from Tommy John surgery in 2015. The Mets were also said to be discussing internally an extension for Murphy. The team wants to contend next season and Colon’s $10 million could go a long way for the team plus whatever pieces they received for the hot and well sought after Murphy could push the team over the hump. The Mets are in third place with a 45-50 record and trail the first place Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves by seven games at the break.
7-14-14: On Wednesday, the Mets extended their season-long winning streak to four games. In that game, Dillon Gee, who was activated from the disabled list after missing two months, allowed just one run in seven innings in the Mets’ 4-1 victory. Although New York dropped Thursday’s game, David Wright and Zack Wheeler led the Mets to a 7-1 win against the Miami Marlins on Friday.
7-10-14: New York rookie Jacob deGrom fanned 11 batters in seven shutout innings of work and also delivered a hit from the No. 8 spot in the batting order as the New York Mets beat up on All-Star Julio Teheran and the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Tuesday night. The Mets set a team record at Citi Field with 18 hits. The win also marked the franchise's 4,000th victory since starting out as an expansion team in 1962.
7-7-14: The David Wright-less Mets rebounded from losing Jon Niese in the first inning of Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers at Citi Field. Carlos Torres struck out four batters over 4.2 innings of two-run baseball to keep New York in the game. Travis d’Arnaud’s double in the eighth inning drove in two runs and led the Mets to the 6-5 victory. This win ended their four-game losing streak.
7-3-14: Despite homers from Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy, the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Tuesday. The Mets have now lost three straight and six of their seven to fall 10 games below .500 for the first time this season. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the start for New York and allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He has now lost three straight starts. The Mets are nine games back of Atlanta in the relatively weak NL East.
7-2-14: The New York Mets are likely to be sellers at this year’s trading deadline but seem set to keep second baseman Daniel Murphy in Queens. The Mets are instead said to be internally discussing a contract extension with Murphy. The Mets may look at dealing away starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, although a deal seems unlikely, and other veterans not named David Wright. The Mets will need Colon next season as they continue to rebuild and try to bring Matt Harvey back from Tommy John surgery slowly. The Mets traded away first basemen Ike Davis a little over two months ago and have enjoyed a good season from first baseman Lucas Duda while Davis has continued to struggle in Pittsburgh. The Mets are down in the NL East division but seem to be unlikely to have much to sell despite a 37-45 record at the halfway mark of the 2014 season.
6-30-14: Until the last few days, the Mets had been playing very well recently. They had won three consecutive games and five of their last six contests, but then lost three straight games. They dropped Wednesday’s contest to the Oakland Athletics and lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday and Friday. They activated Juan Lagares from the disabled list, but David Wright is undergoing an MRI on his shoulder on Saturday.
6-26-14: Travis D'Arnaud hit a three-run homer in his return from a demotion, outfielder Chris Young hit two home runs and the New York Mets beat up Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics 10-1 Tuesday night for their season high-tying third consecutive victory. Bartolo Colon shut down his former team pitching four-hit ball over eight innings against MLB’s best team. David Wright tied a career high with an RBI in his seventh straight game. The Mets sit 5 ½ games back of Washington in the NL East.
6-24-14: The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with their first round pick Michael Conforto worth $2.97 million. The deal is right at the slot recommendation for the 10th overall pick as Conforto was one of the better and more polished bats in all of the draft this year. The Mets are faced with the predicament of what to do when Travis d’Arnaud returns to the big club and are weighing their options of whether to option Anthony Recker or expose Taylor Teagarden to waivers and possibly lose him if Teagarden elects free agency. The Mets could always let Teagarden walk and open up a spot for catching prospect Kevin Plawecki. The Mets announced this week that they would likely go the way of the Athletics and Rays signing smaller free agent contracts and building from within rather than acquiring a big name like Giancarlo Stanton. It may be another long summer or two in Flushing for the Mets fans.
6-18-14: Jon Niese allowed five runs, three earned, in six innings of work Tuesday night as the Mets fell to the Cardinals 5-2. The lefty has made 18 consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs. His streak is the longest active in the majors, extending to last September. However, he is only a pedestrian 5-5 during that span. David Wright did hit his first homerun on the road this season, which is a good sign. He entered the game 3 for 43 in his past 13 games. He does lead the Mets with 34 RBI, but has only four this month. New York is six games back of Washington.
6-17-14: The New York Mets finally got their player to be named later in the Ike Davis trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates and it is Blake Taylor. Taylor was the second round pick for Pittsburgh, 51st overall, in last year’s MLB First Year Players Draft. Taylor is a 19 year old starting pitcher that was ranked as the 40th best prospect in last year’s draft rankings. The Mets have also informed manager Terry Collins that his job is safe even though the team is well under the .500 mark and falling farther and farther behind in the National League East division. The Mets management has stated that if the team was contending in July they have the pieces to make a trade to improve the team but would not look at adding payroll until after this season which has to be disappointing for a team and a fan base that are right on the cusp of either continuing to be patient or wanting to seriously make a run at winning again.
6-10-14: The New York Mets selected Michael Conforto out of Oregon State with their first pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft on Thursday hoping he would be the future of their outfield. The Mets did some roster shuffling when they send relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle down to Triple-A Las Vegas after designating him for assignment last week. The Mets also demoted Travis d’Arnaud and called up Taylor Teagarden to handle the catching for club temporarily ending a frustrating tenure with the highly touted d’Arnaud. The Mets are falling in the National League East division and are currently 28-34 and five games back in a currently weak division.
6-3-14: The New York Mets already have two rookies in the starting rotation in Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero and it does not look like their top prospect Noah Syndegaard will be joining the duo after being placed on the Triple-A disabled list with an elbow injury. The Syndegaard injury does not sound good and the dreaded Tommy John surgery is a possibility, although right now it is merely being called mild flexor pronator strain. The MRI results were negative for Syndegaard but he will still be shut down for a few weeks just to be on the safe side. The Mets also released closer Jose Valverde and fired their hitting coach in Dave Hudgens this week. Manager Terry Collins, maybe feeling the ice under his feet thinning, went off in a postgame interview using expletives when asked about the firing. Vic Black seems like the likeliest of people to replace Valverde on the roster and Hudgens has been replaced by minor league hitting instructor coordinator Lamar Johnson. This may be just the beginning of roster and personnel shake ups coming the Mets way as the team continues to struggle once again in the National League East division.
5-28-14: The New York Mets were said to be targeting shortstop Stephen Drew as far back as this offseason and spring training and with him officially off the board the Mets search has shifted to the Mariners Nick Franklin and Brad Miller, and the Arizona Diamondbacks Didi Gregorious. It is probably worth mentioning that Mets GM Sandy Alderson is said to have a great relationship with both Tony LaRussa and Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers for whatever that is worth. The new has worn off the Mets as they have dropped to fourth place in the National League East Division and have multiple rookies in the starting rotation. The Mets also welcomes back Ike Davis and his new team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, for a series beginning on Memorial Day marking the first time David returned to Citi Field to face his former club.
5-21-14: The New York Mets are coming off a split in the latest edition of the Subway Series with the New York Yankees. The Mets won the first two games in Yankee Stadium and got shutout in the two games in Citi Field but did get encouraging starts from rookies Jake deGrom and Rafael Montero in the process. We also learned this week that Wil Myers, back when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals farm system, was offered in a trade with the Mets that would have sent Zach Wheeler and Jonathan Niese to Kansas City in return. The Mets could have had another young exciting player to build around but would have given up two quality arms to get the deal done. The Mets have slipped to fourth place in the National League East division and trail the first place Atlanta Braves by four games in the division.
5-15-14: The New York Mets look to keep their surprisingly successful season going this week as they play against the New York Yankees in the latest version of the Subway Series. The first two games are played in Yankee Stadium and the last two will be played at Citi Field. In the first game at the home of the Mets New York fans will get a glimpse into their future after top pitching prospect Raphael Montero has been called up and will make the start Wednesday. The Mets will shift Jenrry Meija to the bullpen to try and solidify the end of the games where the Mets have had some issues all season long. Montero is ranked as the 60th best prospects in all of baseball according to Keith Law and is the Mets third best prospect behind current major leaguers Noah Syndegaard and Travis d'Arnaud.
5-7-14: The New York Mets are struggling to find any kind of consistency in their bullpen and have recently been considering calling up their top pitching prospects in Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero to fill the void. deGrom can hit 94-95 MPH as a starting pitcher, although sits comfortably in the 92-93 MPH range, and would be better suited than Montero for the bullpen role. There has been some controversy over the Mets and their low payroll lately but the Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson stated that New York was ready and willing to add payroll at this year's trading deadline if it improved the team, specifically in the starting rotation. Alderson and the Mets organization is standing by their prediction of 90 wins for the team this season although they have a ways to go after starting the first month of the season barely over .500 with a negative run differential.
4-28-14: The New York Mets have had a bit of a surprising start to their 2014 season with the second best record in the National League East division to start the year. The Mets are above .500 and pitching well enough, even without Bobby Parnell and Matt Harvey who both had Tommy John surgery, to stay in every game. Long time Tigers closer Jose Valverde has had a roller coaster of a career the last few seasons but is back in the majors and in the closing role in New York and is as animated as ever. The Mets finally ended the Ike Davis era earlier in the month trading the struggling first basemen to the Pittsburgh Pirates allowing Lucas Duda to take over the roll full time in Flushing. Be sure to vote for Duda and all your favorite Mets players in the 2014 MLB All Star Game this July by voting now, voting opened up this week for the game.
4-14-14: The New York Mets haven’t been on top of their game to start 2014, as they sit at just 5-7 in fourth place of the NL East through the first couple of weeks. A 14-2 beatdown against the L.A. Angels capped a 2-1 series loss where they gave up 25 total runs. On the bright side, New York did kick off the week with a 2-1 series win over the Atlanta Braves. The Mets will need to pick up the pace on offense to get things going this season, as no one on the team has yet to top one homer.
4-7-14: The New York Mets continued their struggles to start the 2014 MLB season, as they got swept by the Washington Nationals in their first series of the year. The Mets brought the bats in a 9-7 opening day loss to the Nats, but couldn’t hack it with a combined three runs the next two games. New York got their first two wins of the season against the Cincinnati Reds in their second series of the year, but missed out on a sweep with a 2-1 loss at home.
4-1-14: The New York Mets looked good for much of their opening day battle with the Washington Nationals, but in the end they weren’t good enough. New York took a commanding 3-0 lead early on and led two more times, but couldn’t seal the deal in the ninth inning and ended up dropping their first game of the year to the Nationals, 9-7. Andrew Brown was a bright spot in the loss, as he hit a three-run homer in the first to start the scoring.
3-27-14: The New York Mets may have found their closer for the 2014 season as Jose Valverde has made the Opening Day team out of spring training camp and will be added to the 40 man roster. In nine innings this spring Valverde has allowed three runs and struck out seven batters and only walked one, on the Mets that's good enough apparently to warrant the 25 man roster spot. The Mets also re-signed Kyle Farnsworth to a deal that included a May opt out in his minor league contract after Farnsworth left the Mets looking for a Major League deal with no such luck. The Mets are still said to be interested in Stephen Drew for a one or two year deal but may wait until after Opening Day 2014 so Drew will not be eligible for another qualifying offer next season. The Mets payroll is down, and so are the expectations in New York, but they have shown products coming out of the farm system in recent years and the future may be bright in CitiField very soon.
3-20-14: The New York Mets seemed content heading into the season with a platoon of Lucas Duda and Ike Davis at first base but the Mets have recently been shopping the oft-injured Davis once again. The Mets did get some good news this week from their spring training camp and team of medical doctors as Jon Niese was cleared to begin a throwing program after his latest arm injury. The Mets need Niese, and all their arms really, with the Tommy John surgery Matt Harvey had this winter to compete and be relevant in the NL East. The Mets have been the subject of many trade rumors recently with names like Jimmy Rollins being floated around for young pitching while the hot stove is still in full swing as Stephen Drew is still available out there on the free agent market. The Mets need a shortstop, well let’s be honest the Mets have a lot of holes to fill, and New York has plenty of options to choose from at this point if they decide to go outside the organization for infield help. Noah Syndergaard, arguably the Mets best pitching prospect, was sent down to minor league camp after a strong spring camp for a little more seasoning in a move expected by most, including Syndergaard. The Mets have a below .500 record in the Grapefruit League this year but are not far behind their cross town rival New York Yankees in the standings.
3-13-14: The New York Mets have a couple new toys to show off this spring training with the additions of Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson to the team. The Metropolitans have a losing record this year in the Grapefruit League and sorely miss the presence of Matt Harvey around the team and especially in the starting rotation. There is plenty of young talent to get excited about in the Mets camp this year with Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Travis d'Arnaud, and Bobby Parnell penciled in to make the big league roster already. The Mets may not be ready to compete in the National League East just yet but they are getting close and doing it the right way building from within with their farm system.
3-5-14: New York Mets reported to spring training with several new faces along with several old faces. Last week starting pitcher John Nice headed back to New York for an MRI on his shoulder the results were negative and they displayed no damage. And other injury news it was revealed that first baseman Ike Davis hid an oblique injury from the mess the entire 2013 season. It was also reported that Matt Harvey's first throwing session went very well.
2-27-14: This week Jon Niese flew back to New York to get an MRI on his shoulder after complaining about pain in his throwing shoulder but the exam luckily found no problems meaning that Niese will be ready to go in 2014 for the New York Mets. Aside from Niese the Mets have a pretty good pitching staff including Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and the recently signed Jose Valverdes but will be without All-Star Matt Harvey who underwent Tommy John surgery last year. The addition of slugger Curtis Granderson will help David Wright as there is now another player who can provide some much needed offense at Citi Field.
1-24-14: The New York Mets have been struggling for quite some time now and hope that 2014 will finally be the year they start to turn things around even though they will be without stud pitcher Matt Harvey who underwent Tommy John surgery last year. The Mets signed Outfielder Curtis Granderson to help bolster their roster and provide some much needed offense to a small ball lineup in a ballpark that plays to his strengths as a hitter.
1-7-14: Newly acquired New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson said that the real baseball fans in New York route for the Mets. These might be choice parting words after leaving the Yankees via free agency or it could just be a publicity stunt to get the Mets fans revved up for this upcoming season. Either way Granderson will be wearing them at uniform alongside third baseman David Wright. It is unknown as to whether the Mets are done in terms of spending for this free agency period.
12-9-13: The New York Mets as an organization had promised their fans that by the year 2014 they would begin spending more money to build another winning team. The newest acquisition to the Mets outfield is former Yankee Curtis Granderson who signed a four-year deal worth $60 million. While with the Yankees Granderson was mainly a homerun or strikeout hitter but during his time in Detroit he was much more than that. Given the dimensions of Citi Field which like into that of the ballpark in Detroit Granderson should start using the entire field more and that will benefit the Mets greatly. Curtis Granderson has the ability to steal bases and also put pressure on defenses by taking the extra bag with his speed. The Mets also signed outfielder Chris Young Twitter one year deal. Another player on the Mets radar through free agency is outfielder Nelson Cruz. He will likely require a contract that is bigger and longer than the one that they gave to Granderson.
8-22-13: The Mets have signed Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka. Earlier in the week, Matsuzaka asked for and was granted his release from the Cleveland Indians.
8-21-13: For a team that lacks in household names the New York Mets have fared pretty decently this season so far. Despite being out of playoff contention they have competed and have won two straight games including last night's victory over the Atlanta Braves. Young pitcher Zack Wheeler got the wind pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up three runs and striking out five batters. Wheeler through 114pitches. It's a short two-game set against the Braves followed by a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers. All-Star third baseman David Wright is still on the DL but says he plans to return to the Mets this season.
8-6-13: The New York Mets continue to struggle and are now 17 games out of first place. This week they will face the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Third baseman David Wright continues to have a strong season batting .309 with 16 homers.
Minor leaguers Jordany Valdespin and Cesar Puello have accepted 50-game suspensions for violations of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention & Treatment Program in connection to the Biogenesis investigation.
7-18-13: The New York Mets are in fourth place and hosted the 84th annual All-Star game this past week. Their young pitching stud Matt Harvey was named the national league starting pitcher. Harvey has been sensational leading all of baseball in strikeouts. He has a record of 7– 2 and ERA of 2.35. The Mets will play the Phillies after the break.
7/7/13 - Two New York Mets have been chosen to be 2013 National League all-stars. Third baseman David Wright will start and make his second appearance, and 24-year-old rookie pitcher Matt Harvey will make his first appearance. David Wright will also be the captain of the National League home run derby team.
6/12/13 - The highlight of the season for the New York Mets may have already happened in late May when they swept the Yankees in four games. The recent demotion of Ike Davis is just a sign of where the Mets are right now. Currently in fourth place the Mets have only won 23 games and have lost 3 games in a row. The Mets are 13 games behind the first place Braves. For the second straight year, it seems that all-star third-baseman David Wright will be the lone bright spot on a roster lacking talent. This week the Mets will face the Cubs and Cardinals at Citi Field.