"The Mets are not only getting a Cy Young winner, but an absolute bulldog who's great in the clubhouse. He's going to dominate that league. They're going to absolutely love him in New York...I know he's happy, too, because he really wanted to go to the Mets. He's always wanted to swing the wood. He can hit...So I don't know who's happier, Johan, the Mets, or everyone in the American League because they don't have to face him anymore."
Mets LHP Steven Matz, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Astros, pitched through pain last season before undergoing elbow surgery in August that ended his season. And he's ready for a fresh start.
"I'm expecting to be back where I want to be as soon as I get in a game versus hitters," Matz said on Thursday. "I'm a feel guy, so I'm not the type of guy that can really ease into things. I'm gonna have to try to treat it like a game and kind of get that game speed going again so I can feel all my pitches and feel comfortable out on the mound."
And Matz has changed his delivery at the suggestion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, with the hope that the adjustment will prevent further injury. Eiland has told Matz to be cleaner with his left arm during delivery, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
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Mets 1B Dominic Smith was scratched from Friday's lineup due to being late for a team meeting.
Smith was originally in the lineup, at first base and hitting fourth (as Mickey Callaway announced Thursday). He was then replaced by 1B Peter Alonso.
"I'm more upset I let myself down," Smith said. "I was so excited to be in the lineup and be playing. ... I'm kind of more disappointed in myself and with myself, than anything else."
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The Mets open their Grapefruit League schedule against the Braves at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.
Who is pitching today for the Mets?
RHP Zack Wheeler gets the start, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul Sewald, Corey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.
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Spring training is here, and Mets fans are gearing up for 2018 at Citi Field! While this season will certainly bring some changes (new faces and a new manager, to start) we know one thing that will stay the same - the Mets pride we see from fans season after season. We can't wait to see Mets fans repping the latest orange and blue gear in the stands at Citi Field - and for the second year in a row, Citi and the Mets are hosting a fan vote to pick the new exclusive Citi Perk Patrol t-shirt designed by The 7 Line.
The Mets, Citi and The 7 Line are inviting fans to vote for their favorite design starting today through March 4th. Fans can check out and vote on the designs on the Mets Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The winning t-shirt will be announced on March 22, and by Opening Day at Citi Field on March 29, the shirts will be loaded into Citi Perk Patrol cannons and ready to be launched into the hands of lucky Mets fans all season long at Citi Field.
Brandon Nimmo saw success for the first time in his young career in 2017, despite an unusual profile and an inconsistent role on the team. The team's outfield alignment may not have an opening for him on a regular basis but can one plus-plus tool force their hand?
Nimmo arrived in the majors with the expectation that he would get on base and he has done exactly that. Over 215 plate appearances in 2017, he put up a .379 on base percentage, which would have ranked him in the top 20 of all hitters in baseball if he qualified. A high strikeout rate held him back from a high batting average, but his 15 percent walk rate was elite and anyone getting on base that often has significant value, regardless of his other qualities.
When a young player puts up an exceptional statistic like a 15 percent walk rate, it makes it difficult to project future seasons with accuracy. ZiPS, Steamer, and PECOTA all expect a big drop off, based on the assumption that his walk rate will fall back to earth and his power will regress...
Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins discussed what the dynamic will be like with former pitching coach Mickey Callaway as manager.
"We'll feel that out," Blevins said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "Your pitching coach is always your guy you go to. You kind of don't want to go over anyone's head. But Mickey is so approachable and he's such an easy guy to talk to -- I'm sure a casual conversation, we'll be able to talk about pitching. But for the most part, I talk to Ricky (Bones) in the bullpen, and then Dave is the top guy. And if we need to go anywhere else, we will."
Blevins, who reiterated his belief that the team's closer by committee philosophy will work, said that he wouldn't have to change his routine. However, he noted that AJ Ramos is adjusting his routine since it used to revolve around being ready for the ninth inning.
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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | It's impossible for anyone to write a piece about Mets veterans and leadership without acknowledging David Wright. He's been the face of the franchise. He's been the guy in the clubhouse mentoring young players, both in on the field and off the field actions. He has been the guy who is great with the New York media. He has been our Captain.
But unfortunately, Wright isn't able to be the Wright we all want him to be right now. His presence is still extremely important. But his future is unknown -- he even admits this. And with the potential of Wright not being there (and having not physically been there these past couple of seasons) this is a huge void that needs to be filled.
It's been great seeing Wright in Port St. Lucie so far, training (as much as he can) with his team, and just being there with his teammates. But at the same time, it's been a bit bittersweet, as none of us know what to expect from him...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Michelle Ioannou
Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting lineup for tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener against the Braves, which will air on SNY at 1:10 p.m.
The lineup is as follows:
1. Brandon Nimmo, CF
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby girl -- Aniston Grace -- Wednesday morning.
DeGrom left Spring Training Tuesday to be with Stacey, who had been scheduled to give birth.
He plans to return to the team on Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.
Jacob and Stacey welcomed their first child -- a boy named Jaxon -- in April of 2016.
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Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6 p.m., where Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Adrian Gonzalez, and AJ Ramos will be the guests.
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LHP Jason Vargas, who agreed last week to a two-year deal worth $16 million, cited the rest of the starting rotation as one of the reasons he signed with the Mets, and said pitching after Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could have its benefits.
"I knew that they battled a few injuries last year," Vargas said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "But you take that chance and you bank on people being healthy when you look at those decisions."
"I sure hope guys are getting speeded up and then I get to slow them down," he added about slotting in behind Syndergaard and deGrom. "We're way different."
Mes 1B prospect Peter Alonso is going to make a lot of noise this summer...
I assume he'll begin his 2018 season in Double-A Binghamton, but he'll be with Triple-A Las Vegas sooner than later. And when he gets there, with his size and strength, and being already 23, he's going to hit a ton of home runs and rattle Dominic Smith's cage a bit...
Alonso hit a ball that sounded like he jumped on a case of empty tin cans as the ball sailed over the outfield fence. The sound caught Callaway's ear, he looked up and ducked, even though the ball was easily 100 feet over his head and cruising for distance...
Noah Syndergaard is impressed by the passion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, specifically how he emphasizes owning the inside part of the plate.
"One of my attributes I use in pitching is being able to establish the inside part of the plate," Syndergaard said Tuesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "That's something he advocates quite a bit. Just listening to him talk about throwing inside kind of just fires him up, which fires me up on the inside as well."
Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
Juan Lagares looks older and heavier, yet stronger and somehow quicker that I remember him being during previous spring trainings. The same can be said for Yoenis Cespedes, who at first glance doesn't appear in great shape, but is without question moving better and significantly more agile.
This was on display today during a drill run on the main field by Ruben Amaro Jr., whom the Mets hired over the winter to work with the team's outfielders and coach first base.
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Wednesday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.
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The Mets will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school baseball team during their Grapefruit League opener on Friday at First Data Field, the team announced.
Players and coaches will then sign the caps to be auctioned in support of those affected by the mass shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida last week that left 17 people (14 students and three faculty members) dead.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday that all teams would wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps prior to their Spring Training openers, and that teams would also have the option to wear the caps in-game.
MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone and David Lennon of Newsday wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.
Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul Sewald, Corey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.
Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
After announcing the pitching schedule for the first three Grapefruit League games, Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed the shape Dominic Smith is in, why Juan Lagares will lead off a lot during Spring Training games, and more while speaking on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.
"Lagares is going through some swing changes, so you might see him leading off a lot in Spring Training," Callaway said. "Just to make sure he gets as many at-bats as possible."
\Watch Callaway's full talk with reporters below
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In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."
"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."
Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.
Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
Adrian Gonzalez is the boss of the infield -- there is no getting around it. Dominic Smith has been nowhere to be found on field around first base this week during infield drills.
Instead, Monday it was just Gonzalez and Tuesday it was Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores.
Smith handled first base, but both days it was with the minor league players invited to camp...
Mets GM Sandy Alderson told SNY on Tuesday that he's "very happy" with the way the team's offseason turned out.
"I think that we benefited from the slow market," Alderson said. "It allowed us to make a deal, absorb it, think about it, move on to the next thing. And it gave us plenty of time to get through six or seven acquisitions."
The Mets signed RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, OF Jay Bruce, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 3B Todd Frazier, and LHP Jason Vargas, and re-signed INF Jose Reyes.
It was nice to see David Wright on field stretching with his teammates Tuesday, but he's clearly pushing himself just to be out there.
He did some stretches, but avoided others. In one instance, it looked like he needed to create leverage on a teammates shoulder to push himself up after doing squats. This is all to be expected, but an indicator of where he's at in his rehab.
That said, right now, he's a pair of sunglasses and a one fungo bat away from looking more like a coach than a player...
Former MLB player Billy Bean, who now works as the league's Ambassador for Inclusion, joined BNNY on Wednesday night to talk about his role and experiences.
Bean, who is the only openly gay major league baseball player (current or former), also discussed his relationship with former-Met Daniel Murphy, who said a few years ago that he disagreed with Bean's lifestyle -- shortly after Mets GM Sandy Alderson had invited Bean to Mets camp.
"We all know conflict is more interesting than harmony and acceptance, and I think the person that asked Daniel that question knew the type of person he is -- the type of family man, what his value system is," Bean said about Murphy's comments at the time, adding that he and Murphy have maintained a dialogue.
Mets 1B Dominic Smith is confident that his new, slimmed-down frame could help him hit more home runs this season.
"I know I have more power than I had last year," Smith said, per the New York Post. "I worked on my swing, too, so I actually improved my mechanics and that is going to help me elevate the ball easier."
Smith lost roughly 30 pounds during the off-season following his first stint in the major leagues. The 22-year-old hit just .198 but had nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 big-league games last season.
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Family is everything, and for Mets 3B Todd Frazier, baseball what his family is all about.
Todd's father, Charlie, was present to watch his son practice with the Mets on Tuesday as he was staying at his vacation home. The home is shared with two other families that grew up playing Little League ball with Todd, which is why it is fitting he now plays for the Mets.
Signing a two-year deal to stay around his Toms River, NJ hometown, and conveniently having a vacation home just minutes from the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie makes this new journey for Todd feel right.
Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is concerned that new rules regarding mound visit limitations could impact the way players determine signs on the field.
Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talked to SNY's Steve Gelbs about the upcoming 2018 season.
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SS Andres Gimenez and LHP David Peterson are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on MLB.com's Top 30 Mets Prospects list.
They are followed by RHP Justin Dunn, 1B Peter Alonso, LHP Thomas Szapucki, SS Mark Vientos, OF Desmond Lindsay, RHP Marcos Molina, RHP Chris Flexen, and INF Luis Guillorme.
"Longer-term, the Mets do have some possible impact talent coming, largely via the international market," writes MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. "Top prospect Andres Gimenez is a future Top 100 candidate as he matures, even if he has to slide over to second in deference to (Amed) Rosario."
Mets minor league LHP P.J. Conlon, who is transitioning to the bullpen full-time, could be an option as a second left-hander to complement Jerry Blevins.
Conlon, 24, had a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 108 strikeouts in 136 innings (22 starts, six relief appearances) for Double-A Binghamton last season. That included a 2.53 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 42.2 innings against lefties, who he has been working on refining his changeup against.
"It's kind of been my pitch for the last two seasons," Conlon recently told the AP. "When I started to come out of the `pen last year, I made it a goal of mine to start throwing it against lefties more."
Terry Collins spent part of Tuesday afternoon perched up high with Sandy Alderson and John Ricco in the organization's viewing tower, which is located in the middle of the complex's training fields.
First off, Collins looks fantastic. He looked 80 after the last game of last season. He's 68, but now looks at most like he's 60. It's interesting what a peaceful winter home with family not worrying about the roster and lineup will do for a man...
Obviously, he isn't and shouldn't be down on field. This is Mickey Callaway's first camp and no new manager needs his immediate predecessor kibitzing with players from the previous season. Collins is a stand-up, old-school guy and I'm sure he knows he should be exactly where he was today, which is up high, watching over, available for input when needed...
AJ Ramos puts on an SNY shirt to crash a Michael Conforto presser, and asks some interesting questions.
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Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery.
Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January to start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1 date that was projected by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason.
"Timetable is fluid," Conforto said on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. "As of right now, I'm swinging, I'm hitting off the tee. So that's good. I've been waiting forever to be able to do that, and it feels great. Really makes you understand how much you love it."
Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed Michael Conforto's recovery, the schedule for the starting pitchers, and more while speaking with reporters on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.
Watch Callaway's full Tuesday press conference below...
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The Mets have 12/1 odds to win the National League pennant, according to Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas.
The Dodgers have the best odds, at 9/4, followed by the Nationals (7/2), Cubs (15/4), Cardinals (9/1), Giants (10/1), and Diamondbacks -- who have the same 12/1 odds as the Mets.
As far as the rest of the Mets' NL East competitors, the Phillies have 50/1 odds, the Braves are at 75/1, and the Marlins are at 250/1 -- the worst odds in baseball.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who is in his eighth year with the club, discussed his future plans and potential successor with SNY contributor Andy Martino. Regarding how much longer he wants to hold the position of GM, Alderson said it's something he thinks about "from time to time."
"Throughout my career, I've never really focused on the next thing," he said. "I've always kind of said to myself -- I tell people this, too -- focus on the job you have right now because it's the most important job you'll ever have."
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About): If the Mets are winning and in a good spot when Alderson retires, Ricco will almost certainly get the job. He's qualified, perfect for being a modern day GM, and he's earned the gig. If the Mets are struggling and thinking they may be due for another rebuild, I'm not sure how ownership will handle the transition. It could certainly be entrusted to John, but it would also be understandable (given his connection to Alderson, Omar Minaya, and Jim Duquette) that the Wilpons would want a new perspective and voice when carving a new path...