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Mets 101 Met of the Month, July 2015: Noah Syndergaard

August 4th, 2015 at 7:29 AM
By Mike Phillips

When it came time to choose our Met of the Month winner for July, it was a bit of a difficult choice. Lucas Duda nearly stole the award with his showstopping end to July, and he actually hit eight homers and 12 RBI's for the month. The thing that cost Duda this award, however, was his .178 batting average for the month, proving that one strong week shouldn't be enough to win the Met of the Month Award. It came down to a pair of pitchers for the Mets, last month's winner Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. By the narrowest of margins, we have chosen to give Syndergaard the Met of the Month Award for July.

While Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom have stolen the headlines, Syndergaard has come into his own to form a true three headed monster atop the Mets' rotation. July was Syndergaard's coming out party, as he went 2-1 with a miniscule 1.32 ERA for the month in five starts. Syndergaard also demonstrated pinpoint control, striking out 38 and walking only 10 batters in 34 innings pitched. The Mets had a chance to win all five of Syndergaard's July starts, but a lack of run support cost him three more wins. With a better offense behind him, Syndergaard could pick up some more wins down the stretch if he keeps pitching well. Syndergaard could even make himself a threat to become the Mets' second straight National League Rookie of the Year.

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New York Mets Rout Miami Marlins 12-1 and Move into Sole Possession of First Place

August 3rd, 2015 at 11:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

Miami-After a three game sweep of the Washington Nationals over the weekend, the New York Mets headed on the road looking to build some momentum. The Mets knew they would need to avoid a letdown against the lowly Miami Marlins, who have begun their fade into oblivion for the summer. A letdown would be common for the old Mets, but they avoided that quickly today. The Mets (56-50) exploded for 12 runs on 15 hits and routed the Marlins (43-63) 12-1. The win, combined with a Nationals loss, gave the Mets sole possession of first place in the National League East.

The Mets got on the board in the top of the second inning, when Michael Conforto ripped his first career homer. Conforto's first homer was a three run shot off Marlins' starter Tom Koehler, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead. The Mets hammered Koehler (L, 8-8) again in the fifth, getting the first two men on for Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes doubled them home, extending the Mets' lead to 5-0. Koehler got an out before Flores doubled home Cespedes to make it 6-0. That blow ended Koehler's night, but the Mets kept pouring on the offense against the Marlins' bullpen. Kelly Johnson drove in another run in the fifth to make it 7-0, and Cespedes drove in two more runs with another double in the sixth to make it 9-0. Cespedes would come home on a wild pitch, and Curtis Granderson would add a two run single of his own to make it a laugher at 12-0.

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Minor League Mondays: Amed Rosario Could Be New York Mets’ Future Shortstop

August 3rd, 2015 at 7:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets were very active at the trade deadline, trading away five minor league pitchers to try and bolster themselves for a playoff run. While pitching prospect Michael Fulmer was sacrifice to acquire outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, one prospect who was reportedly untouchable for the Mets is 19 year old shortstop Amed Rosario. Rosario, who the Mets signed as a 16 year old three years ago, has quickly gained attention as a potential future star. The Mets currently have Rosario playing with High-A Port St. Lucie, and he is the spotlight for this week's edition of Minor League Mondays.

In 83 games with Port St. Lucie this season, Rosario is hitting .263 with 22 RBI's and 11 stolen bases on the season. While those numbers may not seem too impressive, its worth noting that Rosario is one of the youngest players in the Florida State League. The fact that Rosario is holding his own against pitchers 2-3 years older than him is very impressive. Rosario is also a very strong defender, posting a .967 fielding percentage.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Miami Marlins

August 3rd, 2015 at 4:05 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets (55-50) made quite a statement this weekend. By sweeping the Washington Nationals, the Mets moved into a tie for first place in the National League East. The Mets now have one of the majors easiest schedules with 57 games to go, giving them a great chance to make a playoff run. In order to really get the run going, the Mets will need to play better on the road than they have so far. While the Mets' 38-18 home record ranks as one of the majors' best, their 17-32 road mark is one of the worst in the big leagues. The Mets will have a chance to rectify that as they kick off a six game trip in Florida tonight against the struggling Miami Marlins (43-62). First pitch for the opener of a three game set is scheduled for 7:10 pm at Marlins Park.

The Mets will send righty Bartolo Colon (9-10, 4.96 ERA) to the mound to try and extend their winning streak to four. Colon was roughed up in his last outing, giving up six runs in 2.1 innings against the San Diego Padres last Wednesday to take a loss. The Marlins will counter with right hander Tom Koehler (8-7, 3.38 ERA). Koehler got beat up in his last start, giving up five runs in six innings against the Nationals last Wednesday.

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New York Mets Launch Three Homers in Third, Win 5-2 to Move into First Place Tie

August 2nd, 2015 at 10:55 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The New York Mets came into this weekend's series with the Washington Nationals looking to make a statement. The Nationals entered the weekend up three games on the Mets in the National League East, and the Mets wanted to win this series to show they would be a factor in the race. They did more than simply win the series. Powered by a three homer third inning, the Mets (55-50) beat the Nationals (54-49) 5-2 to complete a three game sweep and move into a virtual tie for first place in the division.

The Nationals would grab an early 1-0 lead after Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer (1) off Mets' starter Noah Syndergaard. The homer was initially ruled a double, but Nationals' manager Matt Williams challenged and it was successfully overturned on a replay review. Syndergaard would settle down after the homer, retiring the next 13 batters he would face. That gave the Mets a chance to come back against Nationals' starter Jordan Zimmermann, and they would do just that in the third inning. Kevin Plawecki would lead off the inning with a single, and was moved over to second by Syndergaard. Zimmermann (L, 8-7) snared a liner from Ruben Tejada for the second out, leaving it in the hands of Curtis Granderson. Granderson came through, ripping a two run homer (17) to put the Mets in front 2-1. Daniel Murphy followed with a bomb of his own, launching a solo homer (7) into the Pepsi Porch to make it 3-1. Yoenis Cespedes singled to keep the inning going, and Lucas Duda brought him home with a towering two run homer (21) that hit the right field foul pole t extend the lead to 5-1.

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