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Outs are outs. And strikeouts are just another kind of out.Yes, making contact leads to productive outs, moving runners over, sac flies, all that good stuff. But contact also creates the possibility of hitting into rally-killing double plays. Anyway, the point is, a whole bunch of strikeouts on their own aren’t necessarily something to freak out about.This is particularly true for teams such as...Read more »
Frank Viola is resting comfortably with his family, the Mets announced on Wednesday, when the East Meadow native underwent heart surgery.
“From that standpoint, we’re all extremely pleased,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Viola, who had been promoted to Triple-A pitching coach after drawing raves for his work at Class-A Savannah.
-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected...Read more »
Relievers represent the most volatile investments in baseball. Even the shrewdest organizations will be prone to their share of misses. No team is exempt. Building a bullpen isn’t easy.But few make it look harder than the Mets.Not once during Sandy Alderson’s tenure as general manager with the Mets has he pieced together anything close to an adequate bullpen. And as the Mets begin their fourth season...Read more »
It's only day two of the MLB season and already we've seen some major changes at closer.
Entering the 2014 season there were already concerns about Bobby Parnell's health after he suffered a herniated disc in his neck and missed the last two months of the season in 2013. But it's a different injury that has Parnell on the shelf now. Doctors discovered a partial tear...Read more »
Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.
Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins offered some clarity about his plans for the outfield yesterday, hinting strongly that both Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares would make the Opening Day roster.Later on a team official took things a step further, saying explicitly that the Mets intend to carry both players to begin the season, leaving Collins to juggle their playing time.But those...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets still envision Bobby Parnell in their bullpen by Opening Day. But after a long rehab from neck surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 season, Parnell may see limits on his usage when the new season begins.
Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Newsday he and manager Terry Collins have discussed curbing Parnell’s workload, at least temporarily, holding him to nothing...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Wilmer Flores found himself among the latest round of cuts on Monday. Flores was optioned along with infielder Zach Lutz, and outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
At Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores will see more playing time at second base and shortstop, where he will serve as the Mets’ Plan B in case Ruben Tejada suffers an injury or struggles at the start of...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell believes he could pitch in a big league game right now.“I feel like I’m there,” Parnell said on Friday, when he threw two shutout innings in a minor league game against the High-A Cardinals. “My stuff’s there. I let a few go today a little more and just worked on getting the arm strength up. But my stuff’s there. And I feel like if I need to, I can...Read more »
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy will miss Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves with a sore right leg.The second baseman said that after injuring his calif during a recent game, he may sit out a few games as a precaution. He last played on Sunday and may not be back in action until Saturday.“Play it safe, try and get healthy right now,” Murphy said.Manager Terry Collins limited...Read more »