Tag: Hefner

Here are the Moneyball Players

"I have Marlon Byrd's agent on the line..."

“I have Marlon Byrd’s agent on the line…”

On May 23rd, ESPN’s Mets beat reporter Adam Rubin asked where all the “Moneyball” players are. Where are the players you could sign at bargain-basement prices who could become the Mets’ version of Scott Hatteberg (as seen in the book and movie “Moneyball”)?

It was a fair question, given that the Mets were still fumbling with players like Collin Cowgill, Shaun Marcum, and Scott Atchison (as he mentioned) at the time.

But since then, several “hidden-value” players worthy of Billy Beane’s teams of the aughts have emerged.


Link Roundup: Snow Day Edition

Jeremy Hefner works on his new pitch: The Snowball.

Jeremy Hefner works on his new pitch: The Snowball.

The Mets/Rockies game was snowed out last night.  I mean really, REALLY snowed out.  I live here in the greater Denver area, so I can attest to that.  Seven inches of snow on Tax Day just ain’t right.

They’ll try to play two today, but the weather isn’t looking so great.  Not snowing as of this writing, but more rain and snow is predicted for this evening – which would threaten game 2 of the double header.

And while it’s not snowing, the frozen stuff needs to be delicately removed from the field, or else the players are going to have to exchange their spikes for snow shoes.

UPDATE (10:50 AM MDT): Here’s what Coors Field looks like now as they try to clear the snow – still a lot of work to do.

In uniform news, the Mets and Rockies will all wear number 42 in game 1 to belatedly honor Jackie Robinson Day.  In game 2, they’ll wear their 1993 uniforms to commemorate Colorado’s first game as a franchise – a 3-0 loss to Dwight Gooden and the Mets at Shea.  In an odd anomaly, the Mets will wear their home jerseys from that year, and the Rox will wear their old road unis.

Of course, there was much bigger and more serious news that brought us down to reality once again, the way the real world has a habit of doing on occasion.  Here is some reaction to the terror attack in Boston yesterday, and what baseball means in its context.

Maybe baseball is one of many reminders that for every one maniac who feels the need to take people’s lives away, there are a million good-hearted people who can’t possibly fathom anything of the sort.


Mets/Rockies Snowed Out, Will Play 2 Tomorrow

Tonight’s Mets vs. Rockies game has been postponed due to…this:

harvey snow

Matt Harvey enjoys the frozen tundra of Coors Field.

A separate-admission double header has been scheduled for tomorrow.  Game 1 will take place at 3:10 PM EDT, and game 2 is scheduled for 8:40 PM EDT.

Dillon Gee will start the first game, according to Terry Collins. He said he may pitch Jeremy Hefner tomorrow night, instead of Aaron Laffey, but he hadn’t decided yet.


Link Roundup: Minor League Openers and Monkeys

Sure, the Mets lost yesterday, but I’m still fired up about Matt Harvey.

Triple-A Las Vegas started their season last night, and Zack Wheeler struggled with his command.  Considering how little he pitched in March, this is still his Spring Training, so there’s no need to panic.  C Travis d’Arnaud went 2 for 4 and 2B Wilmer Flores had a 3 for 3 night.

Double-A Binghamton also opened their season, and starting pitcher Rafael Montero looked every bit as polished as people in the Mets organization say he is.  He struck out nearly half of the batters he faced, allowing just a pair of singles, and tossing 75% of his pitches for strikes (63 of 84).

As for the parent club, they have an opportunity to continue their fast start with the retooling Marlins coming to Queens this weekend.  In order to do so, Jeremy Hefner is going to have to prove he belongs in the major league rotation.  This is especially important considering Shaun Marcum seems to come down with a new malady every day.

Loge 13 has an interesting piece on the designs of the “convertible” Shea Stadium.

And finally, here’s Orioles slugger Chris Davis with a monkey.

The Mets begin their weekend series with the Marlins tonight at Citi Field.  Stay tuned to Mets Today for coverage.


Blog Roundup: Back to Earth

After a euphoric end to a 7-4 homestand, one that included 3 complete game shutouts and a no-hitter (!), the Mets have come back down to Earth.  They lost the first two games in The District to drop 2.5 games behind the first place Nationals.  Obviously affected by their close proximity to the federal government, the Mets have been playing no-so-smart baseball.  They’ve committed more errors than the Congressional Budget Office, and even messed up an appeal play to second base (everyone on the field was ready for it, but someone forgot to tell the pitcher, who threw home).

In fairness,  they are short 2 relievers, and they had a game started by a rehabbing Chris Young, and unproven Jeremy Hefner.  But a win tonight would do a lot for the team’s confidence as they head into a weekend series in the Bronx.  R.A. Dickey is on the hill, so one can’t help but feel hopeful.

But enough of this palaver – Blogs:

  • St. Lucie to Flushing did a tremendous job covering the Rule 4 First Year Player Draft this week.  Check out his analysis of all 41 players the Mets drafted.
  • Seedlings to Stars takes a good look at a former number one draft pick, the improving Matt Harvey.
  • LoHud Mets examines the parchment-paper thin depth at shortstop, a situation made even worse after a finger injury to Omar Quintanilla.
  • Metszilla basks in the awesomeness of Scott Hairston.
  • The Eddie Kranepool society is still “with 28,” despite some bumps in the road (“the road” being the infield dirt between home and second base)
  • ESPN Mets Blog says a DL decision on Jon Rauch is “looming.”  Looming like a 6′ 11″ shadow over the Mets bullpen.

Also looming – more news, opinion, and coverage of the Mets here on MetsToday.


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.