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Jacob DeGrom Could Be National League Rookie of the Year
August 1st, 2014 at 7:27 AM
The New York Mets didn't have Jacob deGrom highly rated on their organizational depth chart headed into the season. deGrom was in the competition for the fifth starter's job in spring training, but was realistically the fourth choice behind Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard. deGrom has not only...

Zack Wheeler Emerging as Top Line Starter for New York Mets
July 30th, 2014 at 7:36 PM
Since he came to the New York Mets in the Carlos Beltran trade a few years ago, expectations have been sky high for Zack Wheeler. Wheeler was widely expected to team with Matt Harvey to form a dynamic 1-2 punch in the Mets' starting rotation. Expectations for Wheeler skyrocketed when...

Minor League Mondays: Cory Mazzoni Finally Makes It to Las Vegas
July 28th, 2014 at 3:04 PM
The Las Vegas 51's rotation was expected to be a stellar one at the beginning of the season. The New York Mets had already committed Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard to that rotation. Cory Mazzoni, a 2011 second round pick out of North Carolina State, was supposed to...

Lucas Duda Coming into His Own at First Base for New York Mets
July 27th, 2014 at 8:16 PM
The New York Mets have had a problem at first base for several years now. Ike Davis, who was supposed to be the long term solution when he was drafted in 2008, was never able to put it together in New York and got traded away in April. Once Davis...

Daisuke Matsuzaka Heads Back to New York for Elbow Exam
July 25th, 2014 at 6:17 PM
Daisuke Matsuzaka has been an unsung hero for the New York Mets this season. Matsuzaka has pitched as both a reliever and a starter and has filled both roles admirably. Matsuzaka was shifted back to the bullpen this week when Jonathon Niese came off the disabled list, and was tattooed by the Milwaukee...

Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia Have Become Lethal 1-2 Punch for New York Mets’ Bullpen
July 24th, 2014 at 8:53 AM
For years, the New York Mets struggled to put a bullpen together. The Mets have rolled through various high and low cost veterans for the past five years trying to find a mix of relievers that could effectively close games for them. No combination has worked, causing the Mets to...

Brandon Nimmo Struggling to Adapt to AA
July 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 PM
When Brandon Nimmo was promoted from Single-A St. Lucie to AA Binghamton nearly one month ago, the former first-round pick was tearing the cover off the ball, batting .322 with 73 hits through the first 62 games of his season. Since, the 21-year old hasn't been able to find that...

Wilmer Flores Has 22 Game Hitting Streak with Las Vegas 51′s
July 22nd, 2014 at 2:32 PM
The New York Mets demoted Wilmer Flores to the Las Vegas 51's last month to try and find him regular playing time. Flores had been added to the big league roster in May to supplant Ruben Tejada at shortstop, but it somehow never materialized. Tejada hit well enough to maintain...

Mets 101 Flashback: David Wright’s Major League Debut
July 21st, 2014 at 9:45 AM
We don't flash back too often here at Mets 101, but when we do it is for a special occasion. A couple of years ago we flashed back to the 10th anniversary of Mike Piazza's first home run in the first professional sporting event in New York City after the...

Mets 101 First Half MVP: Daniel Murphy
July 16th, 2014 at 11:40 AM
The New York Mets have had an interesting first half to say the least. The Mets came out of the gates strong in April, struggled mightily in May and June, but appeared to find their way right before the All Star Break. While the Mets dealt with injuries and inconsistent...

Report: New York Mets are Getting Calls on Bartolo Colon
July 14th, 2014 at 2:58 PM
The New York Mets are in a tricky position at the All Star Break. While many would have pegged the Mets as sellers just 10 days ago, an 8-2 stretch to end the first half has given the team a new lease on life. The Mets have a pulse right...

Minor League Mondays: Kevin Plawecki and Noah Syndergaard Represent New York Mets at Futures Game
July 14th, 2014 at 10:24 AM
MLB's annual Futures Game took place yesterday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Futures Game is baseball's annual showcase of the top minor league talent in the game, and the New York Mets had two players representing them in the contest. Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard made his second consecutive Futures...

What Does Daniel Murphy’s All-Star Selection Mean for His Mets Future?
July 13th, 2014 at 8:33 PM
When Daniel Murphy was named to his first MLB All-Star team this past week, it marked a high point in a season that has been a bit tumultuous away from the field for the Mets second baseman. From public criticism for missing Opening Day while on paternity leave, to rampant...

Scott Boras: Tommy John Rehab Should Take 14-16 Months
July 12th, 2014 at 10:41 PM
The New York Mets and Matt Harvey have had a disagreement for a few weeks about how quickly the star pitcher should rehab from his surgery. Harvey wanted to throw off a mound last month, aiming to make 5-7 starts with the Mets before the season concluded. The Mets and...

Chicago Cubs, New York Mets Could Discuss Starlin Castro Deal in Offseason
July 8th, 2014 at 10:20 AM
The Chicago Cubs made big waves last week when they dealt two starting pitchers, including ace Jeff Samardzija, to the Oakland A's in exchange for a package of prospects headlined by shortstop Addison Russell. This created a glut at shortstop for the Cubs, who have 24 year old All Star...

Minor League Mondays: 2013 First Rounder Dominic Smith Holding His Own with Savannah Sand Gnats
July 7th, 2014 at 8:19 AM
One of the more highly touted first round picks in years for the New York Mets was made last season. The pick, which was expected to be highly scrutinized since General Manager Sandy Alderson refused to part with it to sign Michael Bourn, resulted in high school first baseman Dominic Smith...

Daniel Murphy Sole Representative for New York Mets at All Star Game
July 6th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
The 2014 All Star Game rosters were announced tonight, and the New York Mets will have only one player representing them. This year's game, which will be played at Minnesota's Target Field on July 15th, In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the Mets' lone All Star representative will be...

Matt Harvey Expected to Throw Off Mound After All Star Break
July 5th, 2014 at 9:41 AM
Matt Harvey was making rapid progress in his rehab from Tommy John Surgery earlier this season. The New York Mets and their medical staff were concerned that Harvey was moving too quickly, and as such slowed down his rehab in early June. Harvey had been slated to throw off a...

Mets 101 Met of the Month, June 2014: Bartolo Colon
July 2nd, 2014 at 1:40 PM
This month's Met of the Month pick was actually a very easy one. The New York Mets went 11-17 in the month of June, something that was hard to fathom considering that they got strong performances from a number of players. Daniel Murphy, Curtis Granderson, and Lucas Duda all delivered...

Subpar June Leaves New York Mets Close to Having Worst Record in Baseball
July 1st, 2014 at 10:11 AM
When we took a look at how the New York Mets fared in May, we noted that the Mets would be facing a lot of contending teams and would need to play very well to play .500 baseball in June. The Mets, aside from one stretch in the middle of...