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Official 2013 New York Mets Thread

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Parnell is not a closer

 

Probably not.  He seems a little soft mentally, he's always given up his share of hits, and something just seems to be missing.

 

BUT

 

Though it's a very small sample, since Sept 21 of last season, he has pitched 12.1 innings, allowed just three hits, and walked no one, striking out 10.  Yeah, he gave up a run yesterday, but at least it came in a situation where it didn't hurt the Mets one bit.   

 

But here is the good news, if you're looking for some with Parnell..up until late last season, he always gave up a lot of hits (especially for such a hard thrower), and his control wasn't great either.  Now he's not walking anyone and isn't giving up much in the way of hits either.  The $1000000 question is whether or not Parnell is pitching into better luck, as far as allowing hits goes, but at the very least, he's not giving up free passes, which can only make his life easier.

 

We'll find out soon enough if this is another Parnell tease, or if he has turned a corner...color me very cautiously optimistic.

 

Harvey...good lord, what else is there to say?  6 hits and 6 walks in 22 IP, 25 K, .088 batting average against.  Insane.

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As everyone here knows, Reyes is going to miss significant time.  That's now the fourth time in the last five season Reyes will miss a significant number of games...why I wasn't upset when the Mets didn't re-sign him to massive dollars. 

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Solid outing for Wheeler today in Las Vegas: 5.1 IP, 6 hits, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. Those latter two numbers are pretty key.

Didn't see the outing because the Las Vegas' home park camera angle is horrible.

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Here is a write-up on Wheeler's last start.

 

http://risingapple.com/2013/04/14/zack-wheeler-strong-in-3rd-aaa-start-could-be-close/

 

Lots of praise for start #3, but the one thing worth noting is that he threw 97 pitches in 5.1 innings...I'm guessing that even though he didn't walk anyone, he probably ran some deep counts here and there. 

 

Anyway, Zach's numbers after three starts:  0-1, 3.86 ERA, 14 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 17 K, 1.64 WHIP.  Outside of the Ks, not exactly wow numbers, but neither were Harvey's AAA stats (though they were solid), and Zach's numbers are clearly going to be hurt by pitching in the PCL.  The guess here is that he's going to do enough to get a call-up this year...he's really going to have to struggle not to.  

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He plays in a bandbox there in Vegas though right? It could be he was victimized by a cheap home run...or zero foul space on pop ups that would normally be caught but end up in the crowd

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Anyway, Zach's numbers after three starts:  0-1, 3.86 ERA, 14 IP, 17 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 17 K, 1.64 WHIP.  Outside of the Ks, not exactly wow numbers, but neither were Harvey's AAA stats (though they were solid), and Zach's numbers are clearly going to be hurt by pitching in the PCL.  The guess here is that he's going to do enough to get a call-up this year...he's really going to have to struggle not to.

For what it's worth:

Wheeler 9 starts in AAA (IL and PCL combined): 3.45 ERA, 24.2 K%, 11.1 BB%, 0.57 HR/9

Harvey's first 9 starts in AAA (IL only): 4.31 ERA, 23.6 K%, 10.1 BB%, 0.56 HR/9

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nothing you can do about it...but fvck this weather already

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Eh, the fewer Laffey/Hefner starts we have to deal with early in the season the better - although it might not matter this week since they wisely want to keep Niese out of the Colorado cold.  Of course we'll pay the piper for it at 'some' point, but hopefully the rotation will be better by then (Marcum, Wheeler, etc).

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yea Marcum seems to be inching closer. He's solid and should bolster the 3 spot, he's been a very solid below the radar pitcher since 2008. Even throwing in the AL East

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For what it's worth:

Wheeler 9 starts in AAA (IL and PCL combined): 3.45 ERA, 24.2 K%, 11.1 BB%, 0.57 HR/9

Harvey's first 9 starts in AAA (IL only): 4.31 ERA, 23.6 K%, 10.1 BB%, 0.56 HR/9

 

Interesting, though Zach's numbers are clearly going to be harder to read going forward because of that damned PCL.  Hopefully, he gets through his 10-15 starts out there intact, comes to the Mets, and never has to worry about the PCL again.  

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Eh, the fewer Laffey/Hefner starts we have to deal with early in the season the better - although it might not matter this week since they wisely want to keep Niese out of the Colorado cold.  Of course we'll pay the piper for it at 'some' point, but hopefully the rotation will be better by then (Marcum, Wheeler, etc).

 

Agreed, the less starts those two make, the better off the Mets are.  They're stopgap chum, nothing more.

 

A rotation of Niese, Harvey, Wheeler, Marcum and Gee will be fun to watch, especially since all five have a chance to figure into the Mets' plans, even if the results aren't always pretty this season.

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Laffey is going the 2nd game of tonight's doubleheader and Hefner goes tomorrow so we're not really benefiting in any way from these postponed games. We'll need a starter for Saturday's game now, which has to be Collin McHugh. So basically you're talking about 3 fringe or non-ML starters making 3 out of the next 6 starts: Laffey tonight, Henfer tomorrow, and McHugh on Saturday.

I really hope Marcum comes back soon.

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Laffey is going the 2nd game of tonight's doubleheader and Hefner goes tomorrow so we're not really benefiting in any way from these postponed games. It's actually worse because now we'll need another starter for Saturday, probably Collin McHugh. I like McHugh more than I do Laffey, certainly, but he'll be yet another non-Major League arm making a start for this team.

 

The price of rebuilding/transitioning...as long as all goes according to plan and everyone stays healthy, we shouldn't have to see these guys next season.  Doesn't make them easier on the eyes...does suck knowing those guys give you a minimal chance to win, unless the other guy on the mound is equally untalented.

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Some bad news on the farm last night: Luis Mateo, one of the better arms in the system, made a spot start for AA and left the game with an elbow injury. Someone in attendance claimed his fastball was up to 95 in the previous inning and was then low-80's to start the next inning before he left the game. Not good. Totally expecting the worst here, ugh.

Some better news: Brandon Nimmo has been on fire making his full season debut (18-for-42) and launched his first homer of the season last night. Travis d'Arnaud also launched his first homer of the season last night as part of a 1-for-2 effort with 3 walks. His walk rate definitely bares watching. Last season in AAA, he walked just 19 times in 303 PA. It's very early and this could very well be a blip, but he's already walked 12 times in just 43 PA this year.

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that ball held up in the air long enough to where Baxter has to get it. It was like a bloop double

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Wow Lyon misses an easy comebacker that allows CarGo to step in as tying run. He promptly singles. Tying run now on base with Parnell entering in the 8th with 2 out. Oh boy.

And now CarGo steals 2nd uncontested. WOW. WAKE UP.

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Now Tejada throws the ball away on an EASY play, tie game.

fvck this .

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Wright has absolutely atrocious range. He has to come up with that hit by Pacheco. But of course it's off Parnell so it's going to be hit hard.

 

He's not a closer...even though today isn't really his fault. But he's generally too scared of tight situations. Even the last out was very well hit to Baxter.

 

That 8th was a joke. They fvcked everything up every which way

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The offense has completely vanished after 8 runs. Granted it should've been enough anyway

 

Is the Rockies bullpen this good? I can't name anyone...

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The offense has completely vanished after 8 runs. Granted it should've been enough anyway

And it all started with Murphy refusing to take the walk Ottavino was handing him with the bases loaded.

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