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Mets 101 Met of the Month for August: Yoenis Cespedes

September 4th, 2015 at 12:37 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The Mets 101 Met of the Month for August 2015 is outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Acquired from Detroit on July 31 for a package of minor leaguers, including solid pitching prospect Michael Fulmer, Cespedes has delivered as advertised, hitting .275 with eight homers and 23 RBI through his first 28 games as a Met and changing the dynamic of the Amazins lineup.

Before Cespedes, the Mets were hitting .234 with 89 homers and sat just above .500 with a 53-50 record. In August however, bolstered by the acquisition of Cespedes, Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson, as well as the callup of slugging prospect Michael Conforto, the Mets raked at a .269 clip, belting 45 homers and driving in 160 runs, as they went 20-8 and took a 5.5 game lead in the National League East.

With the added protection of Cespedes in the lineup, the Mets saw increased production across the lineup, as Daniel Murphy hit .311 and drove in 20, Curtis Granderson belted seven homers and hit .282, Michael Cuddyer finally caught fire hitting .375 and Luca Duda ripped three homers and hit .304 before going down with an injury late in the month. While you can't give Cespedes all of the credit for his teammates success, his presence certainly has altered the approach of the Mets at the plate and his ability to come through in big spots has certainly made New York an offensive threat as we head into the final month of the season.

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How to Design an Optimal Postseason Roster for the New York Mets

September 3rd, 2015 at 4:16 PM
By Mike Phillips

With the New York Mets holding a significant lead in the National League East, it's very easy to start thinking about October baseball. The Mets haven't been to the playoffs since 2006, so a lot of fans are excited about the prospect of watching Citi Field host playoff games for the first time. While nothing is official yet (see 2007 and 2008), one thing that could be interesting to look at on today's off day is how the Mets would design their postseason roster. The Mets are expected to carry up to 35 players once Lucas Duda returns from the DL and relievers Logan Verrett and Dario Alvarez rejoin the bullpen. 10 of them wouldn't be in the mix for a postseason spot, so we decided to try and optimize the Mets' roster for a postseason run. Here's what we came up with:

Catchers: Travis d'Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki

Travis d'Arnaud has hit very well since coming back from the disabled list, and he is a lock to be the starting catcher. The backup catcher's role will come down to Kevin Plawecki and Anthony Recker, and Plawecki just has more potential at the plate than Recker. Plawecki also has done very well catching for Noah Syndergaard, who figures to be in the postseason rotation, so that is another factor in his favor.

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New York Mets Announce Postseason Ticket Lottery Registration

September 3rd, 2015 at 10:58 AM
By Mike Phillips

With the New York Mets holding a 6.5 game lead in the National League East with just over a month to go in the season, people have begun to think about the playoffs. If the season ended today, the Mets would open the National League Division Series at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets for those games would be a hot commodity. If you're not a season ticket holder and want to snag some at face value, all you need to do is sign up for the Mets postseason ticket lottery and hope for a little bit of luck.

Starting yesterday afternoon, fans in the general public could register for the opportunity to purchase postseason tickets at Mets.com/Postseason. After fans fill out their registration info, they will be eligible for all ticket drawings for each playoff round as long as they register before that round's deadline. If you are looking to get a ticket to a potential first round series, you have to register by 12:00 pm Eastern time Thursday, September 10th. Winners will be drawn the next day and notified on the following Monday via email. NLCS registration locks on Monday October 5th at noon, with winners notified around Friday October 9th. World Series registration locks on Tuesday, October 13th and winners will be notified around Saturday the 17th.

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New York Mets Roll to 9-4 Win Over Philadelphia Phillies

September 2nd, 2015 at 11:49 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-After a rare loss to the Philadelphia Phillies last night, the New York Mets made sure it wouldn't happen twice in a row. Despite Matt Harvey having a rough outing, the Mets put up more than enough offense to handle the Phillies. The Mets (74-59) raced out to a 6-0 lead and held on to defeat the Phillies (53-81) 9-4.

Early on, the Mets were able to jump all over Phillies' rookie starter Aaron Nola. Kelly Johnson opened the scoring with an RBI double to make it 1-0 in favor of the Mets. Nola (L, 5-2) had a chance to limit the damage to only one run if he got Ruben Tejada out. Tejada worked the count full to 3-2, and ripped a ball down the right field line. Domonic Brown tried to play it on a hop near the low side wall and missed, flipping over the wall in the process. The ball rolled to the wall and Tejada raced all the way home for an inside the park homer (3) to put the Mets' up 3-0. The Mets added three more runs in the third inning when Daniel Murphy drove home an RBI double and Michael Conforto launched a two run homer (5) to extend the lead to 6-0.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

September 2nd, 2015 at 5:24 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (73-59) wrap up their series with the Philadelphia Phillies (53-80) Wednesday evening at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM. After taking the series opener, the Mets stumbled on Wednesday, losing 14-8, but maintaining a 6.5 game lead over second place Washington, who lost to St. Louis.

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Mets Starting Lineup

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. CF Yoenis Cespedes
  3. 1B Daniel Murphy
  4. 3B David Wright
  5. LF Michael Conforto
  6. C Travis d'Arnaud
  7. 2B Kelly Johnson
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Matt Harvey
Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) will face Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) in the pitching matchup.
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