October 3rd 2015 -- (Game 2) Nationals 2, Mets 0

Saturday in Flushing in game 2 of a day/night double header, Max Scherzer threw his 2nd no-hitter on the season, and for the Mets it was the2nd time they were no-hit at Citi field this season. The Nationals beat the Mets 2-0 as the Mets lost their 5th straight game. It was Scherzer vs Harvey. The game was scoreless until the top of the 6th inning.  Michael Taylor reached first on an error by Kelly Johnson at first. Clint Robinson singled to make it 1st and 3rd with 1 out.  Wilson Ramos then hit a sac-fly to score Taylor to make it 1-0. That run was unearned.  While Scherzer was tossing zeroes, Matt Harvey did his part going 6 innings allowing just 4 hits the 1 run (unearned) striking out 11. In the top of the 7th Hansel Robles came in and yielded a solo homer to Dan Uggla. For Uggla his 2nd on the year and the Nats had a 2-0 lead.  Scherzer was amazing going 9 striking out a career high 17 batters including 9 in a row.  Scherzer becomes the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw 2 No-Hitters in the regular season. The Mets were no-hit previously by the Giants Chris Heston on June 9th. Scherzer retired the first 15 batters until an error by Yunel Escobar in the top of the 6th inning allowed Kevin Plawecki to reach. Harvey takes the hard luck loss and falls to 13-8. Between Harvey, Robles, Goeddel and Carlos Torres the Mets struck out 18 Nationals. Scherzer becomes 1 of 5 major leaguer to even throw 2 no-hitters in the same season.  With the win Scherzer improves to 14-12 on the season. With the loss the Mets have lost 5 straight and now stand at 89-72 with 1 game remaining. Their home record is 48-32.  The Dodgers are yet to play, they lead the Mets by 1 ½ games for the home field advantage in the NLDS. Sunday afternoon is the final game of the regular season. Jacob deGrom (14-8 2.60) goes for the Mets, Tanner Roark (4-7 4.63) goes for Washington.

October 3rd 2015 -- (Game 1) Nationals 3, Mets 1

Saturday Afternoon at Citi Field in Game 1 of a day/night doubleheader Bryce Harper smoked a long 2 run homer into the Pepsi porch in the top of the 8th inning. The Nationals beat the Mets 3-1.  The Met offense continued to slumber in this one as the Mets dropped their 4th straight game.  The game was a scoreless pitching duel between Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard.  The game was scoreless into the top of the 7th when Syndergaard gave up a solo homer to Clint Robinson, his 10th on the year for a 1-0 Nat lead. In the bottom of the 7th the Mets came right back to tie it.  Lucas Duda walked. Ruben Tejada singled. Curtis Granderson pinch hit for Syndergaard and hit into a force play to make it 1st and 3rd. Juan Lagares then singled to tie the game at 1.  In the 8th, Addison Reed came in. With one out he walked Anthony Rendon. Yunel Escobar then hit a perfect double play ball to Daniel Murphy who bobbled the flip and the Mets could only manage a fielder’s choice rather than an inning ending DP. It hurt them as the next batter was Harper who launched his 42nd homer way up into the upper deck of the Pepsi porch to give the lead to the Nats.  Syndergaard gets the no-decision but was brilliant once again. Going 7 innings allowing just 2 hits, the 1 run (earned) walking 1 and striking out 10. For Thor his 5th time this year he has struck out at least 10 batters in a start. Gonzalez pitched 6 scoreless allowing just 3 hits. Rafael Martin gets the win in relief improving to 2-0. Felipe Rivero notched his 2nd save. Reed takes the loss for the Mets he falls to 1-1 as a Met and 3-3 overall.  With the loss the Mets fall to 89-71 on the year. They are 48-31 at Citi Field.  Currently they are 1 game behind the Dodgers for home field advantage in the NLDS, but the Dodgers are yet to play today and the Met s have a second game tonight. Speaking of which…Game two starts at 7:10 pm est. Matt Harvey (13-7 2.80) goes for the Mets, Max Scherzer (13-12 2.91) goes for the Nationals. 

Reese Kaplan -- Will the 2016 Squad Repeat?


Right now everyone is patting themselves on the back for the Mets’ triumphant late season push to the Divisional pennant.  The story lines are familiar and we all look forward to seeing the team regroup after the Nats series this final weekend and begin the playoffs against the Dodgers.  There are a lot of people who made this post-season possible but a great many may not be here come 2016.  Let’s take an early look at who is on the team and who may not be.

The Keepers
  • Lucas Duda – the big man got hot at precisely the right time as he is arbitration eligible.  With no guarantee of retaining Yoenis Cespedes and no predicting the long term impact of David Wright’s spinal stenosis the team has no choice but to pony up and pay whatever the going rate is for his services.
  • Wilmer Flores – a productive hitter at a bargain price, he’ll be back for sure unless he becomes part of another trade
  • Ruben Tejada – his late season surge with the bat probably guarantees him a spot on the bench and too many ABs in the starting lineup
  • David Wright – the $20 million man will be back, but at what capacity is anyone’s guess
  • Travis d’Arnaud – another bargain basement productive hitter, the challenge will be keeping him healthy
  • Michael Conforto – he certainly hasn’t looked as if the jump from AA has intimidated him at all. Look for him to be starting in LF
  • Curtis Granderson – after his first season for the Mets it was looking almost as if they’d done another Jason Bay deal, but he rebounded nicely in 2015.  He’s still not the 35+ home run threat he once was but he plays hard and actually seems to thrive in the leadoff role
  • Michael Cuddyer – unless he’s platooning with either Lucas Duda or Michael Conforto he looks to be an extremely expensive bench piece
  • Juan Lagares – his contract extension after his Gold Glove season guarantees him income but not necessarily coming from the Mets
  • Kevin Plawecki – he demonstrated that he can handle catching duties, offers more long term potential than Anthony Recker and is insurance against another DL stint by d’Arnaud
  • Matt Harvey – enjoy him until free agency kicks in
  • Jacob deGrom – the 1B ace assuming Harvey is 1A
  • Noah Syndergaard – he showed flashes at times to rival both Harvey and deGrom
  • Steven Matz – if he can stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe he won’t dominate at this level, too
  • Jon Niese – ironically the number five starter is the one who will be earning more than the rest of them combined
  • Jeurys Familia – arguably the team’s MVP, look for him every 9th inning with a lead
  • Sean Gilmartin – a bit of a Rodney Dangerfield, he’s been terrific and adapted well to the long man role in the pen
  • Erik Goeddel – another starter turned reliever, if he’s healthy he’s there in the bullpen
  • Hansel Robles – he’ll keep getting the ball in strikeout situations
  • Addison Reed – I believe he will assume the 8th inning role currently held by Tyler Clippard as he is only arbitration eligible and won’t require a long term commitment until the team sees how he does over more than a 6 week audition
  • Carlos Torres – arbitration eligible, his performance over the past few years has been good, so I don’t think one injury-riddled end to 2015 necessarily spells the end of his Mets career.  He is on the bubble, however

 The Soon-To-Be Departed
  • Bartolo Colon – he says he wants to pitch again in 2016 and he probably should given his pinpoint control and ability to get people out with lackluster stuff.  It just won’t be with the Mets
  • Tyler Clippard – coming off an $8.3 million salary as a setup man, I think they’d love to have him back but at nowhere near that number.  Considering his downturn in the 2nd half of September, it could depress his price but probably not enough to warrant a return
  • Eric O’Flaherty – good riddance
  • Bobby Parnell – ditto
  • Daniel Murphy – it’s unlikely they want to pay him $10 million or more per year for multiple years when they have both Dilson Herrera waiting in the wings at minimum wage and Wilmer Flores needing a regular place to play.  A qualifying offer is probably off the table, too, because if I’m Murphy, I’d take the $15 million and then become a free agent again at age 31
  • Yoenis Cespedes – as hot as he was, you have to believe he’ll want to test the free agent waters and frankly it’s unrealistic to expect he will be worth what he gets.  He already cooled after his unworldly production in August and early September.  Yes, he’s probably close to a lock for 100 RBIs and those kinds of bats are hard to find, but given the commitments to David Wright and others the team is likely going to be outbid for his services
  • Terry Collins – a first-time pennant pretty much guarantees a return for 2016 but how he fares in the post-season determines whether it’s a one-year or long term deal

 In order to return to the post-season they need to replace Cespedes in CF, commit to either a Flores/Herrera DP combo or sign someone like Ian Desmond for SS and then let Flores/Herrera fight it out for 2nd base.  Another solid relief pitcher would be helpful, too, if they don’t retain Clippard.

Mack's Morning Report - 10-3-15 - David Wright, Drew Storen, Starlin Castro, Michael Conforto


Good morning.

 Comment From Sirras - What do you forsee the Mets doing in the offseason? I’m not convinced they win the Cespedes bidding war (which I think is a good thing honestly). They seem set in the middle infield with Tejada/Flores/Herrera. Maybe get a few bullpen arms and a decent utility type (Kelly Johnson again?)?

Dan Szymborski: I think they’ll make a better-than-token attempt to re-sign Cespedes and give him a legitimate offer, but someone will offer him more than the Mets will be willing to pay. And the Mets escape a terrible contract by being cheap, not because they actually understood the underlying reason it was a bad contract

Comment From Sirras - How surprised ar you with how David Wright has played since coming back from the DL?

Dan Szymborski: I’m not all that surprised. He actually got time to recover from injury instead of foolhardy showing how tough he is.

Comment From Izzy - What are the Mets chances of winning the NLDS against the Dodgers with and without home field advantage?

Dan Szymborski: I dont’ have the numbers in front of me, but probably 44/40 or something like that.  Playoff formats favor the Dodgers – kershaw/greinke pitch a greater proportion of games in playoffs than they would in regular season.

Mack – Regarding Wright, I’m thrilled with what he has done since his return. And, in the long run, I applaud the Mets in not bringing him back earlier and trying to rush things.

I think he can consistently hit in the .300 range for the next 2-3 years while producing an average of 15 home runs per season. That’s a fine number three hitter in my book.

This is an  absolutely great story about the Nats, Jonathan Papelbon, Drew Storen and Mike Rizzo.

Here’s the start of it –

As July neared its close, and the Washington Nationals tried to cling to their spot atop the National League East, General Manager Mike Rizzo manned his iPhone at all hours. The Nationals were in Miami for an off day before three games against the Marlins. Rizzo’s top choices as trade targets were two of the best closers in the game, Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman and San Diego’s Craig Kimbrel.

Yet as Rizzo went back and forth with those two clubs, it quickly became obvious that the cost for either would be too much. “We’ve made it clear to teams that we’ve talked to,” Rizzo said, “that there are certain guys that we’re not going to talk about.”

The Nationals wouldn’t trade pitcher Lucas Giolito, one of the top pitching prospects in the game. They wouldn’t trade shortstop Trea Turner, who they thought might be the replacement for incumbent Ian Desmond someday. The Reds and Padres each wanted two of the Nationals’ top five prospects. Rizzo moved on.

Comment From Andrew - Should I be concerned about Matz’s back stiffness? It seems like he gets one freak injury after another. Does this mean anything for the playoffs?

Eno Sarris: He’s been injured a lot in minors too. Fortunately stiffness sounds like something that could clear up in 10-14 days.

Comment From Guest - What to make of Starlin Castro for next season?

Eno Sarris: Full time work somewhere else, above-average shortstop, below average fantasy shortstop.

Comment From Andrew - What do you expect from Conforto next year? So far he’s been fantastic.

Eno Sarris: I’ll take a little power regression, but half his homers have been oppo, which is a *really* good sign. I’ll take the way over on the rest of season projections for next year.

Mack -  There’s a bunch of good stuff here in Eno’s thoughts, but I couldn’t help throw in another shout out to Castro who would be my perfect shortstop in 2016 for many years to come.

Regarding Conforto, I don't expect the Mets to change how they use Conforto this playoff season, but I do expect to see him used more next season; however, the Mets will still be paying Michael Cuddyer $12.mil and they will need to reserve hom some major at-bats also. 2017 may be the first year he will hit full time from both sides of the plate.


Ernest Dove - What Should Mets Do With Jon Niese for Postseason and Beyond?


  Well, the playoffs are almost here and its decision time coming for the Mets (I still can't believe it's really happening).

  Of all the decisions coming up for the Mets one that has become very interesting to me is that with Mr. Niese. Love him or hate him, Jon Niese has been a constant on this team since making his debut in 2008 with a brief cup of coffee on the team that year.  And so began his entire career up till now, pitching for a losing team, through the good and bad (mostly bad).  Niese has even pitched opening day, and has shown some level of consistency on this team, and has since remained one of the few players within the organization the past number of years to be given an extended long term contract.  From what I understand, while becoming more and more expensive through the contract years, 2016 looks to be the last of the guaranteed years, with 2017-18 both being 'team options'.  Some would consider Niese an 'average' pitcher, and having stats like a career win loss record of 61 wins and.......well...... 61 losses almost fits the description in and of itself.

  But Niese remains a 28 year old LEFTY pitcher who has been said to be finally pitching healthy in 2015.  But the playoffs are coming, and the Mets have already made a decision in regards to Niese role, if any, into October.  And so far the results have not been promising.

  The decision to place Niese into the bullpen has been an interesting one from the beginning.  Obviously, the experience of Niese with this team and organization can be a factor, and being a lefty doesn't hurt.  Niese is also a fighter who hates coming out of games and thus does make every effort to give his all for this team.  I even noticed during his first relief appearance that he immediately topped 91 mph on his fastball, which for Niese is a good thing.  However, the other results have not been promising.

  Niese has given up 4 hits and a run in his two appearance spanning 2 total innings.  And lefty hitters have had no problem during this time.  And, as we know, getting righties out in the bullpen is not necessarily a problem for the Mets come postseason, and its the lefties this team is looking for help in getting out. Righty or lefty the fact remains that opposing hitting, during the month of September, were hitting .319 against Niese.  

  It also doesn't help that the manager himself has even admitted publically that he has concerns for Niese and "the big inning" of giving up multiple runs, like that recent string he had of giving up a 5 run inning twice back to back. So what are the managers, staff and fans supposed to think when seeing Niese possibly take the mound, regardless of situation, in the playoff spotlight?

  Niese can pretty much match any player on the team, and the MLB, in intensity, and we know he wants the ball in his hands, but we've also seen instances in which Niese has let a walk or a hit lead to multiple walks and hits.  Be it from a bad call, an error, or somebody on the Mets pulling a 'Murph", the concern remains that sometimes it all comes crashing down, very quickly.

  I myself have continued to have concerns for the thought of Colon being in the bullpen for some of the same reasons.  A 'soft tossing' pitcher needs pinpoint accuracy,  And for Niese, he needs his breaking stuff to be extra sharp and crisp at all times to be effective. And the question is whether or not Niese can come into a game, virtually ice cold (compared to what he's used to) and literally get one lefty batter out if needed.  And that lefty will most likely be one of the better and power hitting lefties in this league, especially if it its that one particular first baseman over there in Dodgerland.

  We already know that the Mets have a projected rotation of guys all younger than Niese, with much less experience, but much more power and dominant potential.  We already know that Niese has no innings limits or caps, and we still know that he is a lefty.  But I'm wondering if Niese would even be a better option at this point as  LOOGY then even the young, inexperienced and recently coming off injury Alvarez.

  Every pitch will count in the postseason.  Terry Collins and his staff will be prepared to make any moves necessary, especially with how the games are set up and spread out, and that would include, in my opinion, the option of literally pitching Reed, Clippard and Familia in all 5 possible games of the upcoming series with the Dodgers if needed.

  And we've already seen Terry have not problem pitching the above named guys even with 4 and 5 run leads, in order to secure a run.   So there's no telling how much use certain bullpen arms will get.....that is except for the role of the guy who may be asked to get a LEFTY out.

  This is a game by game occurrence that will be coming for sure.    Lefties are hitting .297 against Niese this year.  In 162 plate appearance, opposing lefties though seem to only have 7 doubles, a triple and 4 homers about Niese.  But the question remains the same, what to do with Niese come postseason?  Does he face one batter, a lefty?  Does he come in and be trusted with getting multiple outs in a close game.  Would he only be on the roster to eat innings in a quick blow out loss?  Not sure if that will happen or occur because of the potential of the Mets entire rotation being lined up for the series, and every series for the postseason.

  There's the question, long term, of what to do with Niese.  The team appears committed without the further services of Bartolo Colon going forward, even with his self report this week of possibly wanting to pitch in the league again next year.

  However, the Mets were already going with a 6 man rotation as it was this year, and next year there would conceivably be no pitchers anymore on any kind of pitch limit.  (Don't count Wheeler because he may only start half the season anyway).

  This may be Jon Niese swan song with the Mets.  And the jury is still out on whether or not he will get to experience his first taste of playoff baseball.  Do I think he has the toughness for it......yes.   Do I believe it would be a travesty if he was on the playoff roster.......no.  Do I think he can help this team win games in the postseason and help them make it the promised land..................................

I'm wondering what everyone else out there thinks?  I know there's any obvious knee jerk reaction to go with the negative here, but again Niese is healthy, a lefty, a fighter, and a competitor who has been with the team since 2008 and deserves his chance to shine in the games biggest spotlight because he still had a say in helping this team get here. 


Mack's Morning Report - Mets Playoff Starters, Minor League Top 5 Starters, Jonathan Papelbon

Good morning –

Injuries...Wilmer Flores goes out with a strained back... then Yoenes Cespedes gets hit on his wrist. ..  Now Steven Matz is put on the shelf for back stiffness after sleeping wrong on a couch.

Again,,, guys... get off your ass and wrap your wrist, put a band around your backs, use your beds, and get the f back out on the field!

Feel free to save all your ticky tacky bumps and dings for the end of October after the World Series is over.

Got no time for all this pussy stuff. If you don't break a bone or tear a tendon, pick up your glove and get back out in the field.

Fangraphs http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-mets-are-a-scary-playoff-team/ had a feature on the first time the Mets four main starters played back-to-back all season –

Christopher Soto talked about this earlier this week, but I thought you would like to see how this looks in an Excel sheet form:

Mets Starters vs CIN
Jacob deGrom6.050091.500.151.62
Noah Syndergaard7.2510112.351.971.24
Matt Harvey6.290062.701.353.12
Steven Matz5.2100084.760.321.37

Mack – Look, I know Cincinnati isn’t a very good team and it seems like the only teams the Mets win a series against are bad teams, but, if we turn this around and look at it differently, we might be watching this pitching staff peaking at the right time of the season.

You put these four guys up there, followed by a relief threesome like Addison Reed, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia and there just may be some longevity on this race to the World Series.

Frankie asked –

Mack, you outlined last week the sheet load of minor league pitching prospects that were dealt off in order to create the playoff team we have for 2015.

Who would you rank as the top five pitchers still in the system?

          Mack – Thanks for the question, Frankie.

          Let me answer this in four ways.

First, the ‘system’ still has Zack Wheeler and Rafael Montero in it. They aren’t really minor league prospects anymore and should be part of the Mets 25-man squad in 2015. Trust me, the Mets knew these guys would still be in the system when they traded all those secondary prospects. Both these guys easily rank ahead of all of them and, frankly, all of the ones that remain.

As for the top 5 pitching prospects that remain, if I ranked them by affiliate levels, they would be Chris Flexen, Rainy Lara, Corey Oswalt, Marcos Molina, and Robert Gsellman.

If I rank them as what I project as possible front end prospects, they would only be two… Flexen  and Nicholas Debora.

In addition, I project Ricky Knapp, Nabil Crismatt, Thomas McIlraith, and Merandy Gonzales as possible back-end starters.

Warning - This is not the best representation of Mets minor league starters over recent years...  but... the good news is if Wheeler and Montero return to form, we may not need anymore new starters until the turn of the decade.

Comment From Zen - bigger choke job: nationals season or papelbon?

Dan Szymborski: I think the Nats. We all expected the Nats to be good. We never really expected Papelbon to not be an asshole.

Comment From Phillies113 - If I were the Nationals manager and, as a Phillies fan, was actively trying to sabotage the team, would I still be a better manager than Matt Williams?

Dan Szymborski: Probably. At least they’d get a good draft pick

Comment From Omar - Who would you rather hang out with , John Rocker or Jonathan Papelbon?

Dan Szymborski: Rocker

          Mack – These are bad times for everybody involved with the Nationals.

There will be some big changes here in the off-season. This was a team with a $162million dollar payroll in 2015 that imploded.

Seven players are scheduled to depart via free agency… RHP Jordan Zimmerman, 2B Dan Uggla, RHP Doug Fister, SS Ian Desmond, CF Denard Span, LHP Matt Thornton, and OF Reed Johnson.

Papelbon is under contract for 2016 ($11mil), but my guess is his chances of coming back are equal to the return of both their manager and General Manager.

One bright not for them is you could see the debut of SP Lucas Giolito next season.



October 1st 2015 -- Phillies 3, Mets 0

Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia, Darin Ruf continued to be a Met nightmare as he connected on a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 4th inning. The Phillies sweep the Mets in a 3 game set with a 3-0 win. Sean Gilmartin got the emergency start for the Mets and pitched very well. As a matter of fact he held the Phillies hitless into the 4th inning With 2 out Jeff Francoeur doubled and Ruf followed with the 2 run homer, his 12th on the year to make it 2-0.  In the bottom of the 8th, Andres Blanco connected for a solo homer against Dario Alvarez to cap the scoring, for Blanco his 7th on the year.  Gilmartin lasted 5 innings allowing 3 hits the 2 runs (earned) walking 1 and striking out 3. For Philadelphia Jerad Eickhoff pitched 7 scoreless innings allowing just 4 hits while walking 1 and striking out 10.  Eickhoff gets the win improving to 3-3; Gilmartin is the loser falling to 3-2. Offensively the Mets managed only 6 hits on the day. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3 for 4. Kelly Johnson had 2 hits, Ruben Tejada had the other. With the loss the Mets fall to 89-70 on the season and finish 41-40 on the road. With the loss the Mets are ½ game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for home field advantage in the NLDS pending the outcome of the Dodgers, Giants game later on Thursday. Friday night the Mets travel home to start their final 3 games of the season vs The Nationals at Citi Field (weather permitting)  Noah Syndergaard (9-7 3.34) goes for the Mets, Gio Gonzalez (11-8 3.93) goes for Washington. 

METS PROSPECT TOP 50 by Tom Brennan

METS PROSPECT TOP 50 by Tom Brennan

           The Mets likely had the best (or at least a top 5) minor league system in 2015, but traded 9 of the organization's best minor league pitchers, all of whom are likely to have some sort of major league success, and promoted Syndergaard, Matz, Verrett, Conforto, Robles and Plawecki in 2015.  Great organizational systems yield dividends, and those dividends in 2015 got us to a long-overdue PENNANT!
          Now, that sort of plundering, however advantageous to the mother ship in Queens, will set back any organization's minor league system going into 2016, and the Mets are no different.  Talent is still there, but it has taken a hit.  Having said that, let me lay out my top 50, 5 at a time, starting with the lowest ranked hombres in that list of 50:
46.          IVAN WILSON: I lightened up on this 2013 3rd round stud, who struck out at imponderable levels until his time at Kingsport this year.  He got the Ks down to 58 in about 165 at bats, a big improvement.  He is far from fixed, and I am not optimistic, but a similar improvement in his strikeout rate in 2016 and we may be talking, folks.

47.          SCARLYN REYES: he did not even start in the DSL until 2013, when he was 23; as a 25 year old in Savannah and St Lucie this year, he was 12-7, 3.52 in 2015, a remarkable jump – but he is older and has to keep up the momentum in 2016.

48.          BECK WHEELER:  the Jeff Beck Man has had his ups and downs in the minors, but in 2015, after a rough start, he ended up a fine 5-1, 3.38, K per inning in 43 relief appearances.  Can the hard throwing righty, in the organization since 2011 and compiling 250 Ks in 199 career innings, take it to the next level successfully?  Perhaps, but Beck, who turns 27 in 2016, needs to do more to break through to the bigs, as I would put Zach Thorton in the same boat, except Zach is closer to making the bigs.
49.    PJ CONLON: the 2015 thirteenth round lefty has a very hard act to follow in 2016: himself.  In Brooklyn, he finished with an ERA in relief of 0.00, and struck out 25 in 17 innings while allowing just 8 hits. Not sure how his stuff will play out at higher levels but he sure rocked the Penn League in his brief debut.  It earned him a spot on my list.

50.          TYLER PILL / MATT BOWMAN: I wanted to get them onto my list somewhere, so I tied them for my #50 slot.  Tyler gets the edge over Matt in my mind due to his bat and also having gone 6-0 in AA when not being pounded in AAA. 

But these two guys, good up through 2014 and more highly ranked, both slipped in 2015, and were an utterly miserable 9-23 in 223 combined AAA innings, allowing a staggering 167 runs.  Reading that, I feel bad not giving the #50 slot to someone else, like Rainy Lara, or Logan Taylor, or Casey Delgado, or Corey Oswalt, all of whom had solid years as starting pitchers in the lower minors, but I caved, so Pill and Bowman stay in, in hopes 2016 will allow them to break through despite appearing to follow the track of former Met minor leaguer Mark Cohoon, who excelled in the lower minors but flamed out in the higher minors due to inadequate stuff.
NEXT TIME: my 41 thru 45 prospects.


The Morning Report 10.01.2015 | Cespedes Dodges a Major Scare, Colon Intends to Pitch in 2016, Gilmartin to Start Today


Mark Townsend Yahoo Sports- After clinching their first division title since 2006 over the weekend, the only thing that could go wrong for the New York Mets this week would be an injury to a key player. On Wednesday night in Philadelphia, things very nearly went catastrophically wrong, as star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was struck on the left hand with an 89-mph fastball from Phillies right-hander Justin De Fratus. Fortunately, the Mets star avoided a major injury. X-Rays were taken and no broken bones were revealed. Cespedes was diagnosed with contusions to two fingers, meaning he should be good to go again in a couple days. 

(Chris Soto: The moment I saw the HBP my immediate reacton was "Oh no...there goes the Mets luck." Luckily, Yeonis Cespedes escaped with only bruising rather than a devastating fracture this late in the season. Which brings me to this point....as much as the team wants to win home field advantage, at what point can you just not continue putting players at risk for injury. Your in the playoff already and the only way your going to win is to have everyone at 100%. It is certainly a thin line that Terry is going to have to teeter on during these last 4 days of the season.)

Kenny DeJohn Rising Apple- Bartolo Colon...intends to pitch in 2016. “I think for personal records I think I was OK,” Colon told Ackert. “I know 14-13 means a lot for me. I think I did everything in my power to help the team and put it in position to win.” Colon, who will be 43 next May, has gone 29-26 with a 4.14 ERA, 3.71 FIP and 1.235 WHIP in two years (396 innings) with the Mets. He leads all starters in 2015 with 1.1 BB/9.

(Chris Soto: Good for Colon. Despite what the stats or the radar gun may say, Bartolo has still been an effective pitcher at his advanced age. He could very well be the next Jamie Moyer, pitching until age 45/46. Unfortunately, I just don't see that being with the Mets. It's been fun having him around the past two seasons and he has been certainly worth every penny despite the WAR statistic saying he wasn't. However, the Mets just have WAY too much good, talented, and young arms that will be in the rotation or fighting for a rotation spot next year already. Going into 2016 you already have Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz, and Niese [who is still under contract], followed by Rafael Montero and Zack Wheeler, who is scheduled to return in June.)

David Hong Metsmerized Online- With the news that left-hander Steven Matz has been scratched altogether from starting against the Phillies because of back stiffness, manager Terry Collins announced on Wednesday night that left-hander Sean Gilmartin will start for the Mets on Thursday during the series finale at Citizens Bank Park. Backing up Gilmartin after an expected four inning work load, or piggy-backing him if you will, is right-hander Tim Stauffer.

(Chris Soto: This is actually going to be a very interesting audition for Gilmartin. Carlos Torres is arbitration eligible this off-season and I do not expect the Mets to tender him a contract for 2016. This means that swing man long relief/occasional high leverage role is going to be open next season and Gilmartin seems like an excellent fit for that role in the future. At the same time, since they now control him fully via the Rule 5 draft, the Mets could send him down to AAA next season to be a full-time starter as an insurance policy should one of the big guns get hurt next season.)


September 30th 2015 -- Phillies 7, Mets 5


Wednesday night at Citizen’s Bank Park, Carlos Torres tossed a wild pitch scoring Freddy Galvis with the go head run in the bottom of the 6th inning. The Phillies beat the Mets in an ugly affair 7-5. This game had everything.  Four hit batters, including Cespedes who was knocked out of the game, but thankfully no broken bones. Seven wild pitches, the ejection of Hansel Robles and Terry Collins in the 6th, just an all-around ugly game.  The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. Curtis Granderson doubled and reached third on a wild pitch. David Wright walked. Daniel Murphy then hit his career high 14th home run to make it 3-0.  Cespedes then walked and reached 2nd on a wild pitch and Michael Conforto hit a 2 run opposite field homer, his 9th on the year and things were looking good.  The Phils got 2 runs back off Met starter Logan Verrett in the bottom of the 3rd on a Darin Ruf 2 run double.  In the 5th Verrett hit Odubel Herrera with a pitch. Aaron Altherr walked. Erik Goeddel came and retired his batter, Jonathon Niese came in and surrendered an RBI single to Cody Asche and it was 5-3 Mets.  In the 6th, it all fell apart for the Mets. With one out Robles was ejected for decking Ruf with a hit tight pitch.  Bobby Parnell came in walked Mike Rupp and Chase d’Arnaud and advanced them to 2nd and 3rd with a wild pitch and then gave up a 2 run single to Freddy Galvais to tie the game at 5. Dario Alvarez came in and retired Herrera. He then hit Altherr with a pitch to make it 1st and 2nd.  Carlos Torres came in and retired the side, but not before he gave the Phillies the lead on a wild pitch that scored Galvis.  In the bottom of the 8th, the Phils brought home an insurance run…when Tyler Clippard tossed yet another wild pitch to score Andres Blanco to make it 7-5. Bobby Parnell takes the loss he’s now 2-4.  Kenny Roberts gets his first ML win he’s 1-0. Ken Giles pitched the 9th for this 15th save. With the loss the Mets fall to 89-69 on the season and they are now 41-39 on the road.  The Mets currently lead the Dodgers by ½ game for the home field advantage in the NLDS, that is pending the outcome of the Dodgers, Giants game. Thursday’s game has been scheduled for 12:05 pm to beat the advancing bad weather.  The Mets starter is TBD, Jerad Eickhoff (2-3 3.07) goes for Philadelphia.
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