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New York Mets’ Bullpen Appears Perilously Thin at Crucial Time
August 20th, 2015 at 7:09 PM
Once a defined strength of the New York Mets, the club's bullpen has eroded over the last few weeks. The addition of Tyler Clippard looked to be a move to fortify a strong unit back in late July, but Clippard merely replaced Jenrry Mejia after the latter was suspended for...

New York Mets Concerned About Bobby Parnell’s Recent Struggles
August 17th, 2015 at 11:37 AM
The New York Mets' bullpen, considered one of the team's strengths, was a major letdown this weekend. The unit gave up the game in extra inning affairs on Friday and Saturday and was torched for seven runs yesterday afternoon. The main culprit in two of those outings was Bobby Parnell,...

Minor League Mondays: Josh Smoker Making Push to Contribute to Major League Bullpen
August 10th, 2015 at 1:32 PM
Its no secret that the New York Mets have been searching for a left handed reliever that can get lefties out for much of the season. Jerry Blevins started the season as a lights out fit in the role, but he had his forearm fractured on a line drive in...

Mets Reliever Jenrry Mejia Suspended 162 Games for Second PED Violation
July 28th, 2015 at 9:30 PM
For the second time this season, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has tested positive for a banned substance. This violation will cost Mejia 162 games and put his Mets-and possibly MLB-career in jeopardy. Should he test positive again, Mejia will face a lifetime ban from the league under the...

Report: New York Mets Acquire Tyler Clippard in Deal with Oakland A’s
July 27th, 2015 at 6:50 PM
The acquisitions of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves last Friday showed that the New York Mets are in a win now mode. The Mets, finally becoming buyers at the trade deadline, were rumored to be seeking numerous other upgrades to their club over the weekend. This...

Jeurys Familia Bringing up Rear in All Star Final Vote
July 9th, 2015 at 10:57 AM
New York Mets' closer Jeurys Familia was snubbed by National League manager Bruce Bochy for the All Star team on Monday. Thanks to a rule requiring all teams be represented at the Mid-Summer Classic, Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Papelbon made the team ahead of Familia. Bochy attempted to rectify the...

Jenrry Mejia’s Return Should Boost New York Mets’ Bullpen
July 7th, 2015 at 2:27 PM
The New York Mets are set to add a meaningful piece to their bullpen tonight. Jenrry Mejia, the team's Opening Day closer, is set to return from an 80 game steroid suspension tonight as the Mets continue their series with the San Francisco Giants. While Mets' GM Sandy Alderson initially...

Jacob DeGrom Named to National League All Star Team, Jeurys Familia in Final Vote Mix
July 6th, 2015 at 10:31 PM
In the end, most figured that the only two All Star candidates the New York Mets really had were starting pitcher Jacob deGrom and closer Jeurys Familia. Mets' skipper Terry Collins stumped for both of his players' candidacies over the weekend, although he noted he has no control over the...

Jenrry Mejia Likely to Become Setup Man After Suspension Ends
June 18th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
It's hard to believe there was actually a point this season when Jeurys Familia wasn't the New York Mets closer. That period extended from spring training until Opening Day, when Jenrry Mejia couldn't get loose and was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. A few days later,...

Minor League Mondays: Akeel Morris Gets Surprising Call to Majors
June 15th, 2015 at 11:26 AM
***PHOTO1*** Of the New York Mets' pitching prospects, one of the ones on the rise in the past few years has been 22 year old righty Akeel Morris. Morris, who has been in the organization since 2010, originally started as a starting pitcher but ran into difficulty in his second...

New York Mets Set to Get Three Injured Players Back This Week
June 8th, 2015 at 2:44 PM
The New York Mets have had more than their fair share of injuries this season, as 13 different players have hit the disabled list since spring training. Of those 13, only Dillon Gee has come back from the DL and the Mets weren't thrilled to get him back. That will...

Minor League Mondays: Duane Below Tosses Back to Back Complete Games
May 26th, 2015 at 12:35 AM
***PHOTO1*** The New York Mets have been lauded throughout baseball for their incredible pitching depth. The big names have garnered the most hype, like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and the recently promoted Noah Syndergaard. The key to that depth, however, is having an arsenal of arms in the minor leagues...

Bobby Parnell and Vic Black Moving Rehab to Las Vegas
May 14th, 2015 at 8:42 AM
The New York Mets could use some reinforcements in the bullpen. The unit has struggled of late, particularly in the middle innings. While the bullpen's 2.67 ERA is strong, they have benefitted from being hidden by strong starting pitching. The group has pitched the fewest innings in the major leagues...

Alex Torres’ Control is a Big Problem for New York Mets
May 13th, 2015 at 12:00 PM
When Jerry Blevins went down with a broken forearm, the New York Mets turned to Alex Torres for an expanded role. Torres struggled early in the season with his control, but he appeared to right the ship. Despite a low ERA (3.18) through his first 16 appearances, Torres has a...

Mets 101 Met of the Month, April 2015: Jeurys Familia
May 3rd, 2015 at 9:38 AM
The competition for the first Met of the Month award for 2015 was fierce. With the Mets off to a 15-8 start and having an 11 game winning streak in April, there were a lot of key contributors. Starting pitchers Bartolo Colon (4-1, 3.31 ERA) and Matt Harvey (4-0, 3.04...

Bobby Parnell Shut Down for Week with Forearm Soreness
April 25th, 2015 at 9:10 AM
Just like fellow reliever Vic Black, Bobby Parnell's rehab assignment has been temporarily halted. Parnell had his elbow examined after complaining of forearm soreness, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. The exam came back clean, so right now the plan of action is to shut Parnell down for a week...

Mets 101 Bio Blast: Hansel Robles
April 21st, 2015 at 11:06 AM
When Jerry Blevins went down with a forearm injury Sunday, the New York Mets knew they would need to add an arm to their bullpen. The top lefty in their system, Jack Leathersich, has pitched well to start the season. With two other lefties in the bullpen, however, the Mets...

New York Mets Will Add Kevin Plawecki and Hansel Robles to Roster
April 19th, 2015 at 5:47 PM
With Jerry Blevins and Travis d'Arnaud staring at extended absences, the New York Mets already have chosen the first fill ins. After their win over the Miami Marlins, Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson spoke to reporters and revealed that Kevin Plawecki and Hansel Robles will be added to the roster...

Vic Black Could Be Back Within a Week
April 19th, 2015 at 7:54 AM
The New York Mets' bullpen, which has already performed well in the early going, may be about to get some reinforcements. Vic Black, who has been sidelined since the middle of spring training with a shoulder issue, is currently out on rehab. ESPN New York's Adam Rubin is reporting that...

Settling Bullpen Roles Key to New York Mets’ Season
April 17th, 2015 at 3:43 PM
The New York Mets' bullpen looks a lot different now than it did just two months ago when pitchers and catchers reported to spring training. Its top lefty reliever, Josh Edgin, is out for the season with Tommy John surgery. Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, two relievers who figured to...