Mack’s Morning Report – 5-22-15 – Erik Goeddel, Marlins Closer, Hansel Robles, Dillon Gee


Good morning.

Mack’s Mets has always been known for its talented writing staff, but what most readers don’t realize is all the writers here made their bones when they became a writer here.

With that, we need a couple more of you to join us as:
1.     A Monday 10 weekly writer (joining Tom Brennan, Reese Kaplan, and Ernest Dove)

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Joe Maddon says he has this written on his game card: "Do not be a fan." Says biggest way to avoid game stress is to not be a fan.

I guess we need to start taking Erik Goeddel a little more serious.

In the beginning, he was just an ex-minor league starter that was called up to fill a slot created by others going on the disabled list.

Since then, and prior to Tuesday night, he threw 11.1 innings of scoreless ball in 13 appearances. He’s also produced a 0.79 WHIP, and 12-Ks and only 2-BB, .250-BABIP, 1.86-FIP, 3.36-xFIP, and a 0.2-WAR during that period.

Marc Carig http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/erik-goeddel-moves-up-pecking-order-in-bullpen-1.10442972 wrote early this week that Goeddel has developed a splitter with a 36% swing and miss rate.

Michael Baron http://justmets.mlblogs.com/2015/05/17/erik-goeddel-is-earning-himself-higher-leverage-chances/ followed this up with a similar article after listening to Terry Collins sing the praises of Goeddel.

Let’s assume that Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, and Dillon Gee all work themselves back to the Mets 25-man. Will one of these returnees mark the return of Goeddel to Las Vegas, where he absolutely doesn’t deserve being sent?

My assumption right now is Hansel Robles, Jack Leathersich, and a toss between Goedell and Sean Gilmartin will be demoted.

Me? I’m not that impressed with what I see from Parnell yet so any decision to bring him to Queens could be delayed until around the All-Star break.

Carlos Gomez on Noah Syndergaard: “How can I guy like that get traded?”

I know that the last thing any team wants to do is help a divisional rival, but sometimes you can accomplish what you need to do by supplying another team a person that can fill a position that is desperately needed to be filled.

Miami has had eight blown saves so far this season.  Eight blown saves.

At the same time, the Mets bullpen may wind up being overfilled with quality arms once guys like Bobby Parnell and Vic Black come back.

My guess at this point is that, if a closer is chosen to be on the National League all-star team, it will be Jeurys Familia. One guy it won’t be is Jenrry Mejia.

The Marlins current shortstop is 26-year old Adeiny Hechavarria, who is currently batting .312. He’s being paid $1.925mil this season and is under team control through the 2018 season.

Miami also has 26-year old Miquel Rojas (AAA New Orleans - .331) in the wings, with Jordany Valdespin playing in the N.O. behind him.

Lastly, Hechavarria is ranked 5th in all of baseball with a .981 FPCT and has only three errors for the season.

Desperate teams sometimes make desperate trades and a Mejia for Hechavarria one-on-one deal once Mejia’s suspension is over could be just what Dr. Sandy ordered.

I watched the Mets-Cards game on ESPN Monday night and the announcer mentioned that there used to be a time that, if your bullpen had two or three guys that threw the ball in the 91-92 range, you were considered to have an electric bullpen. He also mentioned that now, everybody seems to have an entire staff that throws in the 94-98 range.

I don’t think it was a coincidence that St. Louis was playing that night. They just happened to be the team that all the rest in the league have tried to duplicate when it comes to 4-5 speed-ballers at the back end of their bullpen.

It also was interesting that he spoke when Hansel Robles had just thrown a 98mph fastball. I was thrilled when the Mets converted Robles to a reliever and he seems to be settling in just fine at the major league level.

As of 5-20, Robles has appeared in eight games, thrown 7.2 innings and has nine strikeouts and two walks. His ERA is 3.52, has a .327-FIP, 3.21-xFIP and 0.1-WAR.
Right now, it’s probably a toss-up if he stays in Queens once Bobby Parnell and Vic Black come back. My guess is first to go would be Jack Leathersich, but we’ll have to wait and see.

And since we’re talking about the pen, should we consider re-building this with the addition of Dillon Gee as the primary 2-inning long man?

We all know how much we hate the 5-7th inning of these games. Most of the Mets starters still haven’t mastered their skills past six inning and they also seem to come close to their innings limit at the same time.

The Mets need… well, the Mets need another starter to step in and get each game into the 9th inning for Jeurys Familia (who’s also starting to look a little worn out). Gee could be perfect in this role, at least two or three games a week.



Mets Minor League Games - 5-21-15

A come-from-behind win, a come-from-behind loss, a browbeating, and a pitching gem last night.

Minor League Player of The Night - Casey Meisner, doing his best impression of Jake deGrom. Awesome.

Honorable Mention - Dillon Gee with a rehab start almost as good as Casey Meisner's- and that's a compliment.

AAA - Las Vegas - (27-14) 11 - OKC (26-13) 6

    LHSP Steven Matz - see below.

Steve Matz is human.  He rarely gives up homers (13 in 326 career innings coming in), but surrendered back-to-back homers in the first inning.  One was to major league veteran Chris Heisey. 

Vegas responded to that 3 spot with a Conrad 3 run shot in the first and a 2 run jack by Danny Muno. The hitters were happy to be back in Vegas and were not done, adding two more 3 run outbursts.

In all, Matz gave up 6 runs (4 earned) in 6.1 IP. 1 BB, 8 H, 7 K.  His worst, against a very tough opponent, was really not so bad. Jake's bad start was followed by a payback start. Let's see Matz do likewise. Because we know he can.

    2B Danny Muno - 2-3, BB, HR, 2 RBI, .287.

   P Steve Matz - 1-3, 2 R, .294

Danny Muno always accelerates starting in the 2nd half of May. Wind him up, watch him go.  Steve Matz wants to hit in the majors. Matz and his relievers struck out 12 Dodgers.

AA - Harrisburg (17-22) 9  -  Binghamton (22-18) 2

    RHSP Luis Cessa -  4.1-IP, 10-H, 5-R, 2-K, 2-BB, 3.58

    3B Dustin Lawley -  2-4, 1-R, double, .248   

Cessa has worked his way off Brennan's Top 10 list with this one. Bullpen didn't help...Kolarek's fine relief streak ended with a 3 run inning.  4 errors. 5 hits.  Ugly in multiple respects.  Tomorrow's's another day.

A+ - Dunedin (19-22) 3  -  St. Lucie (18-23) 2

    RHSP Dillon Gee - 6.1-IP, 3-H, 0-R, 5-K, 0-BB, 0.87

   RHRP Vic Black -  0.2-IP, 2-H, 1-R, 0-K, 0-BB, 7.36

    3B Phillip Evans -  1-4, triple, 1-RBI, .258

Dillon was terrific. Black still unimpressive, and Hepple coughed it up with 2 in the 9th.  Quiet offensive night, but Dom Smith doubled again, his 8th. He is rolling.

A - Savannah (17-22) 2  -  Rome (17-22) 0

    RHSP Casey Meisner -  7.0-IP, 1-H, 0-R, 10-K, 3-BB, 1.93

    LHRP Ben Griset - 1.0-IP, 1-H, 0-R, 3-K, 1-BB, 1.80

    LHRP David Roseboom - 1.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 2-K, 0-BB, 1.77

Jake Meisner, or is it Casey deGrom.  Hard to tell the difference. What an overpowering performance by Meisner. He, Griset, and Roseboom struck out 15 Romans.  Augustus Caesar was not happy.



Harrisburg 9 - Binghamton 2


The Harrisburg Senators racked up 16 hits and cashed in on four Binghamton errors to slap the B-Mets with a 9-2 loss on Thursday night at Metro Bank Park. Tony Renda led the charge with a four-hit game, while three Senators pitchers no-hit the B-Mets over the final five innings in the rubber match.

The Senators used a misplay to crack the scoreboard in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Matt Skole sent a potential inning-ending double play ball to Josh Rodriguez. The second baseman made a clean toss to second, but Gavin Cecchini’s relay to first sailed over David Cooper’s head, allowing two runs to score.

Binghamton responded with a flourish to open the fourth inning against Harrisburg starter Dakota Bacus. Following a leadoff walk to David Cooper, Dustin Lawley scorched a double down the left-field line. Xorge Carrillo brought both home and tied the game by lining a single to right.
Binghamton’s sloppy defense burned them again in the fifth. With two aboard, the Senators executed a double steal. Carrillo’s throw to second skipped into center, prompting Derrick Robinson to come home. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez attempted to nab Tony Renda as he scampered to third, but his throw bounced past Lawley, allowing the runner to come home. Shawn Pleffner capped the inning with an RBI groundout.

The Senators earned all their offense in a three-run sixth against Adam Kolarek. After back-to-back singles by Ricky Hague and Derrick Robinson, Renda hooked a three-run homer inside the left-field foul pole, his first long ball since August 2013. The blast snapped Kolarek’s scoreless streak at 15 innings.

The B-Mets offense shut down after their two-run fourth inning. Carrillo’s RBI single proved to be their last hit of the game as they closed the contest hitless in their final 17 at-bats. Bacus capped his Double-A debut with two scoreless innings and Abel De Los Santos silenced Binghamton in the seventh and eighth. James Simmons closed the game with a perfect ninth.
Bacus (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings to earn the win. Cessa (3-3) was touched for five runs (four earned) on ten hits over 4-1/3 innings in his second straight defeat.

The B-Mets (22-18) open a Memorial Day Weekend four-game series against the Akron RubberDucks at NYSEG Stadiumon Friday at 7:05 PM. RHP Michael Fulmer takes the mound against RHP Will Roberts.  

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton’s four errors were a season-high…the B-Mets hit into 10 double plays in the series, the most they have hit into a in a series three or four games in length since at least 2007…Binghamton is 0-3 in rubber matches Team press release

Dunedin 3 - St. Lucie 2


The Dunedin Blue Jays scored two runs in the ninth to come back and beat the St. Lucie Mets 3-2 on Thursday at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead to the final frame but Derrick Loveless tied it with a leadoff home run off of Mike Hepple.

Matt Dean followed with a single to center and advanced on a wild pitch. An infield single by Dawel Lugo put runners at the corners with one out. The Mets intentionally walked L.B. Dantzler to load the bases and bring up Boomer Collins.

Collins took three straight balls from Hepple, then on a 3-1 pitch took a borderline fastball that was called ball four by home plate umpire Derek Gonzales. The walk forced home Dean as the winning run.

The loss spoiled a terrific rehab start for Dillon Gee, who pitched for the second time in six days for St. Lucie as he works his way back to New York after a groin pull landed him on the DL.

Gee went 6.1 innings and allowed just three singles while striking out five. He only faced two over the minimum and at one point retired 10 Blue Jays in a row. He struck out Loveless on his 93rd pitch for the first out of the sixth to end his night.

Vic Black, also making a rehab appearance, took over and got a deep fly out to the warning track for the second out. Mitch Nay then doubled to the wall in left. Lugo came up and doubled high off the wall in center, scoring Nay to cut the Mets lead to 2-1.

The Mets had plenty of chances to score runs. After stranding 12 runners on Tuesday and nine on Wednesday, they stranded nine more on Thursday night.

Yeixon Ruiz started the game with a leadoff walk and scored on Matt Oberste’s one-out single. The Mets would leave two on in the first.

Phil Evans tripled home Amed Rosario with one out in the fourth to make it 2-0. However, the Mets couldn’t get Evans home from third with one out.

Ruiz started the fifth with a walk and promptly stole second. He was stranded on third base. In the sixth, Dominic Smith doubled to start the inning but he was also left on third base.

The Mets put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth but could not get a hit to plate an insurance run.

Ruiz was the only Mets batter not to record a hit, but he did walk twice.

Chad Girado got the win for Dunedin by pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Starter Murphy Smith gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.Team press release



Stephen Guilbert - Jacob deGrom Just Pitched the 2nd Best Game in the MLB in 2015


ESPN uses a metric they devised called a "Game Score" to evaluate each player's performance in a single game. The scale ranges from 0-100. Corey Kluber's 8 inning, 18 strikeout performance has been baseball's best. That game received a score of 98. Jacob deGrom's outing this afternoon trails only Kluber for the best performance by a pitcher in 2015.

Corey Kluber- 98
Jacob deGrom- 91
Chris Heston- 89
Shelby Miller- 88
Felix Hernandez- 86
Shelby Miller- 85

Here is how ESPN calculates Game Score:

No other Met starter has pitched a game ranked in the top 30 this year, though the Mets have been the victim of two in the top 30: Kyle Lohse's 8 inning gem ranks 7th and Jake Arrieta's start in early May is tied for 20th. Matt Harvey's last two scoreless starts both received scores of 78, ranking just outside of the top 30 in baseball this year.

Full list: http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/topperformers/_/type/pitching

Fun fact: They have this metric for batters as well. As you might expect, no Met has had a game that ranks in the top 30 offensive games...until today. Lucas Duda's two-homer day should place him right around the 10th best offensive game in the MLB this year (if my mental math is correct).


May 21st 2015 -- Mets 5, Cardinals 0

Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, Jacob deGrom was dominant as he shut down a team that scored 19 runs against the Mets in the last two games.

Meanwhile  Lucas Duda hit a pair of homers and drove in 4, the Mets claim a split of the 4 game series with a 5-0 win.

DeGrom went 8 innings allowing just 1 hit. He retired his last 23 batters he faced and struck out 11 in the win. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th when John Mayberry’s RBI single scored Duda. Then in the 6th Duda connected for a solo homer, his 4th on the year and it was 2-0 Mets, in the 8th Duda greeted Randy Choate's first pitch with a 3 run homer, his 5th overall on the year and it was 5-0 Mets. Duda's mastery of lefties continues. Both his bombs were against lefties (Garcia and Choate). That was more than deGrom and the Mets needed. deGrom improves to 5-4 on the year and lowers his season ERA to 2.75. Jamie Garcia, just off the DL was surprisingly effective as he went 7 allowing 5 hits the 2 runs (earned) he walked 2 and struck out 5. He’s the hard luck loser falling to 0-1.  Jeurrys Familia pitched the 9th in a non-save situation.

Hitting-wise the Mets had 9 hits on the day, Duda went 2 for 3 with the 2 dingers and 4 RBI, Michael Cuddyer added 3 hits on the day.

With the win the Mets improve to 17-6 at home and are 24-18 overall and climb to within a ½ game of the idle Nationals.

Friday Night the Mets are off to Pittsburgh to take on the Bucs. Noah Syndergaard (1-1 3.18) goes for the Amazins, Gerrit Cole (5-2 2.40) goes for the Pirates


Binghamton Mets 2015 Game Notes


Binghamton Mets (22-17) at
Harrisburg Senators (16-22)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals)

RHP Luis Cessa (3-2, 2.97) vs. RHP Dakota Bacus (--)

Thursday, May 21, 2015  Game #40  Road Game #23
Metro Bank Park   Harrisburg, PA  6:30 PM

LAST GAME: Binghamton was handed their biggest loss this season, 10-1 in Harrisburg Wednesday morning. The bats never awoke, as the B-Mets loss by nine for the second time this season. Binghamton was held to seven hits, hit into four double plays, and went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position. Both Jayce Boyd and Albert Cordero had multiple hits. Gabriel Ynoa suffered the loss, allowing five runs in five innings. The bullpen combined to surrender five runs in their three innings of work.

BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP Luis Cessa makes his seventh start of the year and second against Harrisburg. The righty is coming off a loss last time out, allowing four runs in 6.1 innings against New Hampshire. The four runs tied a season-high, as Cessa also allowed his first home run of the year. He walked a season-high four batters. Cessa allowed an earned run in four innings pitched in his lone outing against Harrisburg. It was his shortest appearance of the season. Seven of the 13 runs he has allowed have come in the first two innings of his starts. Lefties are batting .333 against Cessa, compared to .211 for righties.

HARRISBURG STARTER: RHP Dakota Bacus makes his Double-A debut. He’s spent the past two seasons with Potomac (High-A), going 2-0 in eight appearances (five starts) this season. The righty pitched to a 2.33 ERA. He is coming off back-to-back wins, both against Frederick. Bacus allowed one total run and six hits in 11 combined innings. The starter struck out seven in both appearances. He registered a save in all three appearances out of the bullpen. Opponents hit .219 against Bacus.

FEAST OR FAMINE: Binghamton has played in 17 one-run games this season, while 13 other games have been decided by four or more runs. Those two outcomes account for 81% (30 of 37) of Binghamton’s games this season. Last season 68% of Binghamton’s games were decided by one run (19-16) or four or more (41-21).

DOUBLE-TROUBLE: Binghamton has grounded into seven double plays over the past two games, the most in a two game span since atleast 2007. The B-Mets have hit into a double pay in 24 of 39 games this season, including multiple in nine games, going 3-6. Binghamton is 12-12 when they hit into atleast one double play, and 10-5 when they don't. The B-Mets lead the league with 37 double plays, three more than any other team.

STRUGGLING VS. SENATORS: Dustin Lawley has played in all six games against Harrisburg, but is just 3-for-25 (.120) against Senator pitching. He has also committed three errors. Lawley is batting .272 against the rest of the league.

SCORING FIRST: The B-Mets have scored first in each of their last four road games, going 2-2. Overall, Binghamton has scored first in 14 of 22 road games, going 10-4 in those games. The road team has scored first in 27 of 39 Binghamton games this season. Overall, the B-Mets are 13-5 when getting on the board before their opponent.

HARRISBURG SLOW STARTS: The Senators have allowed 35 first inning runs in their 38 games this season. That total is 13 more than any other inning. Harrisburg has allowed a first inning run in eight of their last 12 games, surrendering 21 total runs during those frames.

PACE OF PLAY: The B-Mets games this season have been played in an average of 2:45, one minute longer than their 2014 average (2:44). 11 of their 39 games have taken atleast three hours. Their 11th three hour game last season wasn’t until June 11th (game 65).




Hitters go hot, hitters go cold.  A lot of hot guys have gotten promoted (6 offensive dudes from AAA alone in under 2 months), or have cooled off.

So in this episode of "Who's Hot...Who's Not," the list will emphasize more recently hot guys. Lots of new names.

Team-wise, Las Vegas has finally cooled a bit offensively, which can happen when Eric, Johnny, Dilson, Darrell and Kevin all get promoted.  Those guys combined were hitting .357 for Vegas, so that is hard to replace. With solid pitching, they have excelled, despite call ups in Leathersich, Robles, and Syndergaard.  Amazing, when you think about it.

Binghamton has played well, with several fine performers. The young St. Lucie squad has its hitting struggles, but some cold guys are heating up, and Tuesday's offensive explosion was encouraging, and Savannah has shown signs of improvement.


·        Travis Taijeron - AAA: .346, which leads the PCL, folks.  With 7 homers.  No signs of slowing down, and hitting .553 when he does not strike out, indicative of someone who hits the ball very hard. In an organization bereft of minor league power (and in need of more Queens power), I am pulling for Travis to somehow improve on his 1 strikeout every 3 plate appearances flaw,

·        Eudor Garcia – A: surprised the 3B did not break camp with the Gnats, but he is hitting .340/.375/.491 in 13 games since his promo to Savannah.  Reputed rake, who is raking.

·         Jonathon Johnson – A: 26 year olds don’t usually get any attention, but JJ has played 27 games, and the lefty hitting 2B is hitting .317/.380/.427 with 7 steals.  Good work.  Only 183 minor league official at bats in his career.

·        T J Rivera – AAA: recently promoted, T J has hit .314 in 26 games this year, in a season which unfortunately included a DL stint.

·        Josh Rodriguez – AA: 29 year old who can HIT.  The 3B has a superb .320/.420/.569 line in 34 games, with 7 HR and 25 RBIs.

·        Gavin Cecchini - AA: in 29 games, the 2012 first rounder is at .292/.353/.472 with a mere 10 Ks.  May be in a break out season.

·        Jayce Boyd – AA: the first baseman turned left fielder is channeling his inner Dave Magadan, with 14 doubles and no homers in 33 games.  .305/.360/.414 stat line, but .350 in last 10, so he is (as usual) heating up.

·        Dominic Smith: Hi A- A few weeks back, I wrote: “really struggling...9 for 59 (.153), 15 Ks, 3 RBIs.”  Well, in his last 10 games, much improved: 12 for 38 with 10 RBIs and just 4 Ks.  He’s back.  Next up: some homers?

·        Jeff McNeil – A: the 3B, who is also a 2B, is still rocking, at .326/.384/.356 in 34 games, good for 6th in the league’s batting race.

·        Xorge Carillo, Luis Guillorme and Wuilmer Becerra - A: for #10, could not make up my mind, so let me list 3 worthy candidates.  Xorge is a AA catcher hitting .307/.370/.455 after a slow start, and really should be higher.  My bad, Xorge.  Luis has been Mr. Consistent all year at .306/.379/.315. with a lack of power, but a superior glove.  20 year old Wuilmer, like Luis, who is a few weeks older, skipped a season in Kingsport and is doing nicely, with a .264/.311/.456 line with a team leading 14 extra base hits in 38 games. 

·        Darrell Ceciliani - AAA: .336, 5 homers, and a plane ticket to Queens.  A hit in his first Mets’ at bat. Great work.  Good luck.

Note: Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, Matt Reynolds, Alex Castellanos, Wilfredo Tovar – all having fine seasons, all cooled somewhat as of late, so all (temporarily at least) are bumped from the Top 10.  And I left out Brandon Nimmo due to his recent DL situation.


Steve Matz - AAA: great - a top tier major league starter currently disguised as a minor leaguer.  Get him into a phone booth so he can don his costume with the big S emblazoned on it that screams “SUPER STEVE”. Carries his cell phone at all times, awaiting the inevitable call.

Robert Gsellman - HI A: 7 Starts, 5-0, 1.43.   Tremendous all year.  Of the guys still in the minors, only Matz has been better.  As previously noted, with decent relief pitching, nobody beats the Giz.

Seth Lugo – AA: this hard throwing righty who came out of obscurity 34th pick in 2011, at the age of 21), is 2-1, 1.93, 32.2 IP, 33 Ks in his first 6 starts.  So he continues to really impress.

Brad Wieck – A: Big, Bad Brad is still giving up some runs, but he has shown an extreme affinity towards striking folks out.  35 K’s in last 21.1 innings, spanning 4 starts.  80 in 56 career innings. Love the lefty!

Luis Cessa - AA: 6 starts, 3-2, 2.97.  33 IP, 27 K’S, 8 BB. 

Rob Whelan - HI A: 1-2, 6 starts, sports a 2.50 ERA, and 1.08 WHIP.

Miller Diaz - HI A: 1-3, 3.06 in 6 starts.  30 Ks in 32.1 innings.

Casey Meisner - A: terrific, at 2-1, 2.31, 1.17 WHIP in 6 starts.

Tyler Pill – AAA: not often does a guy with a 5.75 ERA make the list, but in his last 2 starts, 15 innings, 8 hits, 1 walk, 14 Ks.  He’s adjusted.

Duane Below - AAA: OK, so the great and mighty Thor is called up to the big squad in Queens. Who will start in his place?  "Look Below". 

Duane Below steps in and tosses a 4 hit shutout vs. Tacoma on Tuesday. OK, OK, 3rd start for Duane, but don't mess up my story line!  Anyway, he tosses a complete 9 inning shutout!  3-2 and a 2.51 ERA for the veteran lefty, with 78 big league innings under his belt.  Hot enough for me. He's on the list.

Sad Note: Marcos Molina - HI A: Unbelievably, it appears he is another Tommy John surgery in waiting. I have developed a deep hatred for Tommy John.


Akeel Morris - HI A: sensational - 19 innings, 4 hits and 29 Ks.

Paul Sewald - AA:  3-0, 1.74, 6 saves, 22 Ks in 20.2 innings.  Wow. 

Adam Kolarek - started the season miserably, but the turnaround has been drastic. ERA has dropped from 14.14 to 4.50 in a very short period of time. 15 inning scoreless streak.

David Roseboom - A: 2-0, 1.86, 22 Ks in 19.1 innings. 0.83 WHIP. 

Scott Rice – AAA: 15 games, 10.2 IP, 3 H, 9 BB (none intentional), 10K, 0.84 ERA.  There if we need him.


Vicente Lupo – A - is (still not) hitting .159 with 39 Ks in 88 at bats.

Gil Gomez – AA - is 4 for 40 with 17 Ks. That bad is a scary place to be.

Back up catchers: Tyler Moore in A, and Jeff Glenn and Adrian Abreu in Hi A, are a combined 10 for 98.  Other ice cold catchers are AAA’s Nelfi Zapata and AA’s Al Cordero, who are a combined 10 for 66.  That is a whole lot of ugly from 5 catchers from just the top 4 Met teams.

Champ Stuart – started season like a house on fire, now down to .195 with 52 Ks in 33 games, and 4 for 42 in last 10 games.  Major swoon.

That's all, folks.  Until we meet again.

The Morning Report 5.21.2015 | Plaweck's Days Numbered, Dodgers Need Pitching, Citi Field 2014 Finances, Middle IF Defense Efficiency


David Wright Injury Tracker | Working Out in Port St. Lucie 

Kristie Ackert | NY Daily News- If Kevin Plawecki’s days in the majors are numbered, he has certainly given the Mets something to think about. “He’s done great, he has played very well,” Terry Collins said before Wednesday night’s 9-0 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field. “He’s caught the ball very well, he’s blocked the ball very well, he’s actually thrown better. While Plawecki has struggled at times at the plate, he is hitting .171 on the road and .224 overall. He has admittedly made the pending decision about whether to send him back to the minors a difficult one.

(Chris Soto: Quite frankly, I don't think it's a difficult decision at all. Yes, Plawecki has shown to be more than capable of being a full time everyday catcher. His receiving skills and throwing arm have been better than advertised. However, he is struggling at the plate and that is something the Mets cannot afford with the rest of the team ice cold right now. They need d'Arnaud's bat back in the line-up and Plawecki needs to go back to AAA to heat his bat back up in case he's needed again later in the year.)

Kate Feldman | Amazin Avenue- If he does go in for surgery, Ryu would join right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy in missing the rest of the season, leaving the Dodgers with three starting pitchers and a few "maybe" replacements. With the early success of Noah Syndergaard in his first two starts, the Mets will, once again, face a surplus of starting pitchers once Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list; Gee will pitch his second rehab start with St. Lucie on Thursday. Left-handed pitcher Steven Matz is also waiting in the wings (or Las Vegas) with a 1.80 ERA in 50 innings pitched. "From where we sit right now, if we can add an arm, that would certainly be helpful," Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman told Mark Saxon of ESPN.

(Chris Soto: The Dodgers and the Mets do match up well for a potential trade. However, I don't think any of the current Dodger IF's are of any interest to the team, except for Corey Seager. The Dodgers have made it perfectly clear that Seager is untouchable and Guerrero is a below average defender at SS making him and Flores essentially a wash. I think if anything is gonna get done here it will be a deal just to clear Gee's roster spot in exchange for a minor league and perhaps an IFA signing bonus slot.)

Mike Vorkunov | NJ Advance Media- For a fifth consecutive year, the Mets saw a dip in revenue generated at Citi Field. The ballpark took in a little more than $117 million in revenue in 2014 and $2.2 million fewer than in 2013. It is a 35.1 percent decrease from the amount Citi Field accumulated in 2009, the ballpark's inaugural year. Through their first 21 home games this season, excluding Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals, attendance is up by 4.79 percent, according to a Mets spokesman. Average weekend attendance is up by 26.5 percent this season. The Mets also took on an added cost this year. They took out a $4 million loan in February to install and construct an LED video sign in the parking lot adjacent to Citi Field.

(Chris Soto: It does seem like the darkest of financial times are finally behind the Mets. Despite last year's decrease, it was the "smallest" decrease of the past 5 years as attendance figures are starting to turn with the influx of better talent.)

(Chris Soto: Boy....that's not a metric the Mets want to be a part of. Middle infield defense is so important in today's game so to be near the bottom of this list is killing the Mets. At some point Alderson is going to have to look at Flores and Murphy and say enough is enough.)

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