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The Future of MiLB All-Stars Flores and Dykstra

The only questions about Flores are when and where.

The only questions about Flores are when and where.

Infielder Wilmer Flores and first baseman Allan Dykstra are headed to their respective league’s all-star games this year – Flores in Triple-A and Dykstra in Double-A. Each player took a different path to get to where they are now, and may still take a different path to the majors. Let’s take a look where these two might end up in the Mets plans.

Wilmer Flores

Flores has steadily grown more comfortable at the Triple-A level, and he’s starting to make it look easy. On Tuesday, he went 5-6 with 2 doubles. He’s hitting .320/.357/.520 this year with 27 doubles, 4 triples, 10 home runs, and 64 RBIs. Sandy Alderson considers him a propsect, and that’s not going out on a limb.

The 6’3″, 190 lb Flores was signed out of Venezuela at the ripe old age of 16. It feels like he’s been in the Mets farm system forever, but even after 6 seasons in the minor leagues, he’s still only 21 (turning 22 on August 6th).

He projected to fill out into a Miguel Cabrera-type frame, and that still may be a possibility. He doesn’t have Cabrera’s power as of now, but there’s no question he can hit. And his 41 extra base hits this year shows that he’s no slap hitter.

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Link Roundup: Demotion Emotion

In case you missed it, Ike Davis was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas after another embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Marlins. Mike Baxter and Rob Carson joined Davis on the trip to Sin City.

In their place, the team is expected to recall 1B Josh Satin (who is having a tremendous year, but needs to be added to the 40-man roster), OF Collin Cowgill, and LHP Josh Edgin. Cowgill and Edgin will begin their second stint with the Mets – neither did very well their first time around.

In addition, Rick Ankiel was given his walking papers following the 20-inning game on Saturday.

Davis had practically the same numbers this year as he did last year at this time. But the Mets stuck with him in 2012, and he went on a tear in mid-June.

This is the first mass demotion since 2004.

Sandy Alderson is finally making some moves, but are they too conservative? Should Zack Wheeler come up sooner than the road trip in Atlanta, for instance? Should he send down the rest of the team?

If it were possible, should the Mets trade Davis and move Lucas Duda to first?

Cesar Puello is a Mets farmhand who may get a cup of coffee in Queens before all is said and done. He’s tearing up the Eastern League with a .326/.401/.606 slash line, while belting 13 home runs and stealing 17 bases. He’s also under suspicion for PED use tied to the Miami Biogenisis Clinic.

First round pick Dominic Smith took batting practice at Citi Field yesterday.

The drama never stops in Flushing. Like my mother says, watching the Mets is like watching a real-life soap opera. Stay tuned to Mets Today for all the coverage.

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Ike Davis is the Key to Mets Offense

Ike Davis K

Ike Davis strikes out on Sunday during a key moment in the game.

OK, you’re probably reading the headline and thinking, “more like ‘Seven Guys Not Slumping at the Same Time is the Key to Mets Offense.'”  Yes, the Mets are not exactly the reincarnation of the 1927 Yankees.

They don’t have an ideal leadoff hitter or a steady center fielder or right fielder.  Ruben Tejada has been nearly as unspectacular with the bat has he has been with the glove this year, and Daniel Murphy, after a hot start, has slumped mightily.  On April 25th, he was batting .346/.388/.538.  Since then, he’s hit only .130/.161/.167.

It seems in late April, everyone went into a slump following their hot start.  But the Mets need a stabilizing presence in the middle of the lineup to mitigate poor performance from the rest of the team – let’s say…a power-hitting left-handed bat.  Someone like Ike Davis.

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Blog Roundup: 2-Out Rally Edition

The Mets have won two stunners in a row against the rival (still, I guess) Phillies.  First, a Jordany Valdespin homer off of Jonathan Papelbon helped them overcome a good start by Roy Halladay.  Then, a series of 2-out singles and some Phillies Phielding Phollies helped the Mets beat the red hot Joe Blanton 7-4.  What will they do for an encore in the final game of the series?  Maybe a two-out rally in the 9th?  Or maybe get a lead and hold it throughout the game – that would be novel.

Here’s some late-inning magic from the Blogs:

  • Metstradamus says the Phillies’ ugliness outweighed the Mets’ ugliness.
  • NJ.com says Howard Johnson tweeted some heavy advice for Ike Davis.
  • Andrew Fiorentino reports that Wilmer Flores may finally be breaking out in the minors.
  • MMO wonders if Jenrry Mejia is nearing a spot in the Mets rotation, as he begins his rehab assignment season in St. Lucie.
  • Real Dirty Mets infamously tells us what the Mets and Aretha Franklin may have in common.
  • Daily Stache looks at the ball that bounced off of Mookie’s bat, between Buckner’s legs, and into an auction in Dallas.

Follow the bouncing ball to Mets Today for more news, analysis, opinion, and yes…links.

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28 Days Later: The State of the Mets

David Wright is off to a great start.

28 games into the season, the Mets are 15-13, sitting in third place in the NL East.  And if it weren’t early May, I’d say something like, “if the season were to end today, the Mets would be the second Wildcard team.”  But it is only early May.  With that said, let’s take a look at the current state of the team.

Positives

First, the good news.  The Mets are exceeding expectations.  Yes, the expectations were low, but expectations are being exceeded nonetheless.

They went 13-10 in April, which isn’t bad in and of itself.  However, according to the May 7th issue of Sports Illustrated, they faced the 4th toughest schedule by winning percentage (.535) in the major leagues.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers and Nationals, teams that got off to screaming hot starts,  faced the 30th and 29th toughest schedules, respectively.

Individually, several players are off to great starts in 2012.  David Wright is off to one of the best starts of his career, hitting .375/.481/.545 with a team-leading 14 RBI.  Daniel Murphy is hitting .315/.358/.378.  The Mets need more extra base hits out of Murphy, but it’s hard to be dissatisfied with his average and OBP.  In addition, he’s played a surprisingly competent second base.  He hasn’t been without errors, but like his team, he has exceeded expectations.  Similarly, Josh Thole (.282/.356/.372) has performed well at the plate, while showing improvement behind it.

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Blog Roundup: The .500 Edition

There have been times over the past couple of years where a Mets record of .500 was a good thing.  But after a 7-3 start in their first 10 games, the Mets have gone 1-5 against the Braves and the Giants to drop their record to 8-8.  The hope, if you’re looking for some, is that they have a tough schedule in April.  A .500 record at the end of this month would not be the worst thing in the world.  By the way, has anyone seen Ike Davis‘s swing?

The even-handed Blogs:

  • Metsblog has quotes from manager Terry Collins, who keeps his chin up regarding Ike and Lucas Duda.
  • MMO reports the Mets have recalled the electric and eclectic Jordany Valdespin from Buffalo in place of Jeremy Hefner, who did a fine job in game one of Monday’s double header.
  • Adam Rubin has more injury fun for your favorite New York baseball team!
  • Mack wants to know if New York reporters will call for the lopping of Dillon Gee‘s…facial hair?
  • Sweet Spot goes all Hitchhiker’s Guide on us (I hope you remembered to bring your towel).
  • Palm Beach has Jose.  Jose, Jose, Jose.  Reyes.  You know.

Stay tuned to Mets Today, where we’re planning a video tribute to Brad Emaus.

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