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Updated: 2017-02-28T12:35:45-05:00

 



Open thread: Mets vs. Marlins, 2/28/17

2017-02-28T12:35:45-05:00

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The Mets play in Jupiter on the last day of February.

Broadcast: WOR

Lineup

Jose Reyes - SS
Juan Lagares - CF
Michael Conforto - RF
Neil Walker - 2B
Travis d’Arnaud - C
Brandon Nimmo - LF
T.J. Rivera - DH
Dominic Smith - 1B
Gavin Cecchini - 3B

SP: Seth Lugo




David Wright suffers shoulder impingement, unlikely for Opening Day

2017-02-28T12:28:19-05:00

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Wright will not throw a baseball for “a couple of weeks.”

David Wright has been shut down from throwing a baseball for “a couple of weeks” according to Anthony DiComo at MLB.com, following what is being called an ‘impingement’ in Wright’s right shoulder. Wright has not played the field yet this spring, and before camp began had not thrown a baseball since last June.

Team doctors believe the injury springs from surgery Wright had to repair a herniated disc in his neck in June 2016. Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson told reporters, "What's happening here is that the muscles around the shoulder have not re-engaged since the surgery.” Wright’s readiness for Opening Day was already in question before the news of this impingement.

Wright was limited to just 37 games in 2016, and has been relegated to the designated hitter role in two games thus far this spring.

While the Mets have a fair amount of infield depth, DiComo also reported that T.J. Rivera and Gavin Cecchini were both taking extra reps at third base today, perhaps due to Wright’s setback. Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores are likely to get ample time at third during the spring and early season. Flores has also been playing first base while Lucas Duda has been dealing with back and hip issues.




Mets Morning News: Familia’s debut a dud; Tebowmania arrives

2017-02-28T09:19:46-05:00

Your Tuesday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Jeurys Familia did not have a good spring training debut, giving up a run on three hits in one inning of work in the Mets 5-2 loss to the Astros. Meanwhile, the Mets are still uncertain about how long Familia will be suspended for, or if he’ll be suspended at all. In other news, Tim Tebow arrived in camp. There’s no way you could have heard about it, because it wasn’t covered at all. Did you know he hit nine homers in batting practice? Because he did. Juan Lagares is looking to impress in a crowded outfield. Around the NL East The Braves took on the Tigers and lost. The Braves also agreed to key terms regarding a new spring training home. Tanner Roark was on point, but the Nationals blew a late lead to the Cardinals. The Marlins lost to the Twins in a high-scoring game. Pete Rose or Scott Rolen for the Phillies Wall of Fame? An interesting argument. The Nationals have shown interest in former Met and Giant Angel Pagan. Around MLB All spring training ballparks must now have metal detectors. Buck Showalter is still searching for that elusive World Series win. Mike Matheny, proving he is cold as ice, tried to have his own son picked off at first base. MLB is looking into new, stickier balls that would give pitchers a better grip without the need for foreign substances. Reid Brignac is trying to become a switch hitter at the age of 31. Rick Renteria is enjoying life on the other side of Chicago. Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt will pitch in a spring training game this week. Yesterday at AA Matt Varvaro brought you another edition of the Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler. This Date in Mets History Dave Kingman made his return to the Mets on this date back in 1981. [...]



Open thread: Mets vs. Astros, 2/27/17

2017-02-27T12:40:01-05:00

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The Mets take on Houston in Port St. Lucie.

Broadcast: SNY

Lineup

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera - SS
  2. Curtis Granderson - CF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes - LF
  4. David Wright - DH
  5. Jay Bruce - RF
  6. Wilmer Flores - 1B
  7. T.J. Rivera - 2B
  8. Rene Rivera - C
  9. Phillip Evans - 3B

SP: P.J. Conlon - LHP




Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler: Managers

2017-02-27T10:00:01-05:00

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Can you name every manager in Mets history?

Last week, we asked you to name every general manager in Mets history. For this week’s Mind Boggler, we’re asking you to do the same for Mets managers.

Mets managers

The Mets hired Terry Collins, their current manager, after the 2010 season. Collins was an unorthodox choice. At a time when hiring young, recent former players started becoming the norm, Collins was a 61-year-old baseball lifer. Moreover, while he did have major league managing experience, he had not managed a major league team since 1999, when he resigned from the Angels’ job midseason amid intense clubhouse controversy.

The unlikely Mets manager ultimately found success in New York. After four straight losing years, Collins steered his team to a World Series appearance in 2015 and a Wild Card berth the following year. Assuming he finishes the 2017 season as the Mets’ manager, Collins will rank second in franchise history in managerial wins and first in games managed.

You’ll have five minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!

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Mets Morning News: Michael Conforto’s hot spring continues, Jay Bruce works out at first

2017-02-27T08:30:02-05:00

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud both had productive days at the plate in the Mets’ 5-2 win against the Tigers. All of the work Conforto put into the offseason seems to be paying off so far this spring. Conforto’s promising spring could push Jay Bruce over to first base. Bruce put in some work at first in case Lucas Duda’s back continues to bother him. Duda was not that concerned about this most recent issue, and he thinks he should return to action soon. Neil Walker felt great after appearing in his first game since undergoing back surgery. Unfortunately, the entire Mets infield will need to be monitored considering their various injuries last season. Pitching coach Dan Warthen was impressed with Zack Wheeler’s progress Sunday. Baseball Prospectus made its predictions for the 2017 season. Tim Tebow will report to camp today, and he could see some at-bats with the big league team during spring training. T.J. Rivera continues to serve as an inspiration as he tries to work his way onto the team. Former Met David Cone weighed in on various topics, including Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling’s commentary. Minor league pitching instructor Phil Regan has seen quite a bit of baseball history throughout his time in the game. Around the NL East Julio Teheran was solid in his spring debut with the Braves. Closer A.J. Ramos was ranked as number 31 on the top 100 Marlins of All-Time. The Nationals could be interested in acquiring reliever David Robertson. Around the Majors Players around the league shared what movies they thought were Oscar-worthy this year. Indians infielder Jason Kipnis was diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff and will be shut down for a few days. The Red Sox are considering using sleep as a competitive advantage. Pitcher Sonny Gray will be unable to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because he was denied insurance coverage. Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward had a disappointing 2016 but manager Joe Maddon likes what he sees so far out of Heyward. This Date in Mets History Happy birthday to the sacrifice fly! [...]



Open thread: Mets vs. Tigers, 2/26/17

2017-02-26T12:40:01-05:00

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The Mets host the Tigers for a spring training game.

Broadcast: WPIX, WOR

Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes - SS
  2. Juan Lagares - CF
  3. Michael Conforto - RF
  4. Neil Walker - 2B
  5. Travis d’Arnaud - C
  6. Brandon Nimmo - LF
  7. Ty Kelly - DH
  8. Dominic Smith - 1B
  9. Matt Reynolds - 3B

SP: Paul Sewald




Mets Morning News: Duda’s injury demons

2017-02-26T10:30:01-05:00

Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Despite a loss to the Nationals, Mets fans have some reason for encouragement. The captain is back in action. But there are also alarm bells ringing. Lucas Duda’s injury woes are still plaguing him. Kevin Plawecki could also be on the shelf. He suffered a knee contusion in a nasty collision at home plate. On the brighter side, who are these mustachioed men in Mets pitcher disguises? Could a rumored extension of Neil Walker have ripple effects when it’s time to re-sign players in the Mets’ young core? Around the NL East Bryce Harper got his spring off to a very good start for the Nationals. The Marlins opened their spring training schedule with a loss to the Cardinals. News also came out Saturday that the girlfriend of the late Jose Fernandez gave birth to their daughter. Bartolo Colon was on the mound as the Braves won their Grapefruit League opener. The Good Phight really enjoyed Maikel Franco’s inside-the-park home run. Around the Majors The Royals took a moment to honor Yordano Ventura before their first spring training game. The Pirates named Gerrit Cole their Opening Day starter. Dellin Betances says he’s happy to have Aroldis Chapman back as the Yankees closer. He’s always had unconventional ideas before, so Joe Maddon says he has this idea for the fifth spot in the Cubs starting rotation. Check out what delayed the Reds-Indians game Saturday afternoon. This Date in Mets History His injury news is an even tougher pill for him to swallow, considering Sunday is Kevin Plawecki’s 26th birthday. [...]