Mets Game 20: Loss To Cardinals

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After being handed a shutout loss in game one, the Cardinals return the favor by shutting out the Mets in game two.
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Mets Game 19: Win Over Cardinals

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Jenrry Mejia and the bullpen shut out the mighty Cardinals as the Mets climb over .500.
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Mets Lineup: Chris Young Bats Cleanup

Here is tonight’s Mets lineup vs. Cardinals lefty Tyler Lyons:

Eric Young Jr., lf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Chris Young, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Josh Satin, 1b
Travis d’Arnaud, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Jenrry Mejia, rhp

Chris Young batting cleanup, and Daniel Murphy fifth … hmm … Murphy is one of the team’s better hitters thus far, yet he keeps moving down the lineup.

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Mets Promote Abreu, Demote Brown

It’s official: Bobby Abreu is a Met (at least for today).

To make room on the roster, Andrew Brown is sent to AAA Las Vegas.

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Mets to Promote Bobby Abreu – Will Josh Satin Be Demoted?

Buzz around the blogosphere is Bobby Abreu will be joining the Mets in Flushing by game time tonight.

Abreu has an opt-out clause in his minor-league deal that expires on April 30. He’s hitting .395 with a .489 OBP in 45 plate appearances in AAA Las Vegas, so the argument is “you can’t keep a good man down.” I suppose he slots in as the top pinch-hitter off the bench.

As of this morning, no corresponding move had been announced. Considering Abreu bats from the left side and plays the outfield, pundits suggest Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be demoted. Others say Andrew Brown. Since it’s my nature to have the opposing viewpoint, I’ll offer up Josh Satin, who is off to a rough start and may not be fit for a pinch-hitting role. But then who will be the backup first baseman, you ask? Easy — Andrew Brown, who began his pro career as a corner infielder and has played over 240 minor league games at 1B (as well as another 42 at 3B). Now that Lucas Duda has been installed as the starting first baseman, perhaps the Mets will go all the way in providing confidence by jettisoning Josh Satin. Satin is the main backup to David Wright, as well, but how often will Wright be on the bench — especially now that he’s on a hot streak? Omar Quintanilla can handle 3B, and Brown should be able to play a few innings there as well, in a pinch.

Most likely, it won’t happen — the Mets will probably demote an outfielder. But hey, it’s more fun to think out of the box.

What do you think? Who should head to Las Vegas to make room for Abreu? Answer in the comments.

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Mets Game 18: Win Over Braves

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Mets outlast Braves in a 14-inning snoozefest.
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Curtis Granderson Moves to Two Spot

Here are this afternoon’s lineups:

Braves
Jason Heyward, rf
B.J. Upton, cf
Freddie Freeman, 1b
Justin Upton, lf
Chris Johnson, 3b
Dan Uggla, 2b
Andrelton Simmons, ss
Gerald Laird, c
David Hale, rhp

Mets
Eric Young Jr., lf
Curtis Granderson, rf
David Wright, 3b
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Chris Young, cf
Lucas Duda, 1b
Anthony Recker, c
Omar Quintanilla, ss
Zack Wheeler, rhp

Daniel Murphy and Curtis Granderson switch places in the Mets lineup. Granderson is batting .140 and is 2 for his last 16. What do you do with someone slumping so mightily? Move him up in the lineup, of course, so he can get more at-bats. Wait, what?

Hey, maybe it’ll work. The theory, I imagine, is that Grandy will see more fastballs with Eric Young, Jr. hitting ahead of him. Of course, that’s assuming Eric Young, Jr. gets on first base. And thus far, Young, Jr. has been getting on base 35% of the time, which is pretty good.

Well, now, hold on a second — let’s look at this more fully. So, in theory, Young, Jr. gets on first base somehow, and since he’s a threat to steal, more fastballs will be called with Granderson at the plate. Additionally, the first baseman will be holding the runner so there’s presumably a larger hole on the right side of the infield for the pull-happy Granderson to hit through. However, the whole point of Young at the top of the lineup is that he is a steal threat — so, do you want Granderson taking pitches so that Young can take second base? Hmm …

Further, let’s say it works out that Young gets on first and steals second. Now what? Will the opposing pitcher be throwing more fastballs with a man on second? If anything, he’ll probably be offering more breaking pitches, and pitches out of the strike zone, especially with first base open.

And then there’s the other situation — the one where Young, Jr. makes an out / is not on first base. With one out and no one on base, will Granderson get many fastballs?

Finally, there is protection for David Wright. I think that Granderson’s presence on the on-deck circle can help convince pitchers to pitch to Wright in certain situations — regardless of how poorly Granderson is hitting. However, is anyone going to worry about walking Wright with Daniel Murphy on deck? Never mind the fact that Murphy hits fairly well with RISP, and incredibly well with two outs and a man on third — there are few pitchers in baseball who would rather pitch to Wright than Murphy. But, maybe that will work out well for the Mets — pitchers will walk Wright to face Murphy, and Murphy will get big hits. But, that’s getting away from the crux of the matter, which is that Granderson is slumping, and now he’ll be getting more at-bats than anyone other than the leadoff hitter.

Your thoughts?

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Mets Game 17: Loss to Braves

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Mets rally in the ninth but fall short as they lose the game and the series. However, there’s still a chance to salvage one on Sunday.
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Mets Game 16: Loss To Braves

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Mets nearly no-hit by someone from the scrap heap.
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Mets Trade Ike Davis To Pirates

Somewhat fittingly, the Mets pass Ike Davis over to Pittsburgh.
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Mets Game 15: Win Over Diamondbacks

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Look at that — not only do the Mets sweep the Snakes in Arizona, but they also rise above .500 for the first time in 2014. 90 wins, here they come!
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Mets Game 14: Win Over Diamondbacks

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Mets mash Diamondbacks early and don’t let up. This, my friends, is what we call a “laugher.”
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Mets Game 13: Win Over Diamondbacks

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For all the lack of sleep, long ballgames, and difficult travel, the Mets put out a great effort in burying the snakes.
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Mets Game 12: Loss to Angels

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Perhaps the exhaustion of this Left Coast trip finally caught up to the Mets, as they were clobbered by the Compton Angels. Unfortunately, there are still three more games to go on this western swing.
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Mets Game 11: Win Over Angels

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Unlikely heroes Omar Quintanilla, Anthony Recker, and John Lannan lift the New York Mets over the Whittier Angels in extra innings.
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