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Bobby Abreu’s Hot Start with Las Vegas Could Force New York Mets’ Hand

April 17th, 2014 at 1:16 PM
By Mike Phillips

When the New York Mets signed outfielder Bobby Abreu to a minor league deal on April 1st, not much was made of the signing. Abreu has been a great player in the past, but at the age of 40 expectations were low for the veteran. Abreu has surprised at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .429 in his first 11 games with three doubles and five RBI's.

'Bobby Abreu' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Abreu's hot start could force the Mets' hand soon. Abreu's minor league contract reportedly contains an April 30th opt out if he isn't promoted to the major leagues. If Abreu opted out, he would become a free agent and would likely sign with a major league team as a bench player. Given how good a start he is off to, it is likely the Mets would simply consider adding him to the active roster at the end of the month to avoid losing him.

The Abreu situation could play to the Mets' benefit by ending the merry go round platoon at first base. The Mets named Lucas Duda their starter at first base two weeks ago, but Ike Davis has still managed to get a start at first in every series since then. This situation isn't really working for either player, and as we've covered before this stop and start pattern at first base isn't beneficial for the team in the long term.

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Mets Complete Sweep of D-Backs with 5-2 Win

April 17th, 2014 at 1:03 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (8-7) completed a three-game sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-14) Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field in Phoenix. With the victory, the Mets wrapped up their nine game road trip with an impressive 6-3 record and moved their overall record above .500 for the first time this season.

The Mets have gotten a ton of offensive contributions from unlikely sources this season and Wednesday was no exception. Backup catcher Anthony Recker, in his third start of the year, homered in the second inning, a solo shot, to put the Mets up 1-0.

The Mets would turn back to small ball to continue to build the lead, getting a sacrifice fly from Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth, scoring Ike Davis.

After loading the bases in the sixth with one out, Mets starter Dillon Gee (W, 1-0) would add to the lead, grounding out to first to push home Andrew Brown. On the mound, Gee was impressive over seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits and zero walks while striking out three.

D-Backs Starter Brandon McCarthy (L, 0-3) He would finish with a line of three runs (all earned) allowed on seven hits on three walks, while striking out five over 5.2 innings.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks

April 16th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
By Mike Phillips

After cruising to a 9-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, the New York Mets reached the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Mets (7-7) have won the first two games of their series with the Diamondbacks (4-13) by a combined score of 16-2. The Mets will look to complete the sweep this afternoon. First pitch at Chase Field is scheduled for 3:40 pm.

'Dillon Gee' photo (c) 2014, slgckgc - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Mets will send Opening Day starter Dillon Gee to the mound to try and complete the sweep. Gee (0-0, 5.03 ERA) is looking for his first win of the season after a rough outing last weekend against the Angels inflated his ERA. The Diamondbacks will counter with righty Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.78 ERA), who has struggled mightily to begin the season.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Eric Young Jr
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Ike Davis
  5. RF Andrew Brown
  6. CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
  7. C Anthony Recker
  8. SS Ruben Tejada
  9. SP Dillon Gee

Pre-Game Notes:

  • The Mets outrighted John Lannan to Triple-A Las Vegas prior to the game and added Daisuke Matsuzaka to their bullpen.
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Mets Cruise to 9-0 Win Over Diamondbacks

April 16th, 2014 at 12:31 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (7-7) defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-13) by a score of 9-0 Tuesday night at Chase Field in Phoenix. After five previous attempts to get to .500, the Mets finally evened up their record on the season, breaking out the bats in the process. The Mets exploded offensively early in this one, jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the D-Backs even had a chance to bat. First pitch swinging, along with excellent small ball and base running got the Mets on the board, scoring on a fielders choice (Lucas Duda scoring Eric Young Jr.), a sacrifice fly (Andrew Brown scoring Daniel Murphy) and a two-out RBI single from Kirk Nieuwenhuis that plated Duda.

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Things were quiet for the next few innings, until Nieuwenhuis belted a two-run homer, his first of the year, scoring Brown, with nobody out in the fifth. From there the Mets would bat around, sending eleven to the dish and adding six runs on six hits and one error to extend the lead to 9-0. D-Backs starter Bronson Arroyo (L, 1-1) would leave the game after just 3.1 innings pitched and would be charged nine runs on ten hits and a walk with one strikeout. Arroyo had come into the game with an impressive 8-3 lifetime record against the Mets with a 3.63 ERA across fourteen starts. Randall Delgado helped put out the fire in the fourth, allowing just one inherited runner to score on a fielder's choice.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks

April 15th, 2014 at 7:17 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets were able to bounce back from a bad outing on Sunday afternoon with a 7-3 victory last night. Zack Wheeler picked up his first win of the season for the Mets (6-7) by holding the Arizona Diamondbacks (4-12) to two runs over 6.1 innings pitched. The Mets and Diamondbacks will resume their series tonight at 9:40 pm at Chase Field.

'Chase Field Panoramic' photo (c) 2011, Clintus - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Mets will send young righty Jenrry Mejia (1-0, 4.09 ERA) to the bump. Mejia, who is seeking his second win of the year, will look to bounce back from a rough outing against the Atlanta Braves last time out. The Diamondbacks will counter with veteran right hander Bronson Arroyo (1-0, 4.82 ERA), who the Mets were linked to in the offseason before they added Bartolo Colon.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. LF Eric Young Jr
  2. 2B Daniel Murphy
  3. 3B David Wright
  4. 1B Lucas Duda
  5. RF Andrew Brown
  6. CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
  7. C Travis d'Arnaud
  8. SS Omar Quintanilla
  9. SP Jenrry Mejia

Pre-Game Notes:

  • Today is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball. All teams will wear #42 today in honor of Robinson.
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