New York Mets Injury Report: September 14, 2020

With about two weeks worth of games left, the New York Mets have plenty of work to do to get themselves in a postseason spot. Will any key players return to action soon during the last few games?

Jeff McNeil is day-to-day after leaving Sunday’s game with “gastrointestinal discomfort” or, in other words, a stomach ache. Diarrhea is a COVID-19 symptom, but it currently seems like the issue is only a one-day issue for McNeil. He should return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Jake Marisnick is sidelined with a right hamstring injury that hampered him earlier in the season. The is no word on how long he will spend on the sidelines, but the Mets have not opted for an IL stint yet. As one of their best hitters against lefties, they will need his bat in the lineup as soon as possible.

Instead of optioning Franklyn Kilome, the Mets sent him to the 10-day IL with a split fingernail. It should not take a long time to recover, but the Mets may not need him back soon. Erasmo Ramirez took his role as a long man in the bullpen.

Dellin You There?

Dellin Betances played catch on Friday for the first time since landing on the IL with a right lat issue. His timetable to return is questionable, and the earliest the Mets should have him back is during the last week of the season. If the Mets are out of the race, we may not see him throw another pitch this season.

Corey Oswalt (right biceps tendinitis) and Tomas Nido (COVID-19) are two players who the Mets have been silent about. Both resumed baseball activities but have not returned to the active roster. For Nido, the acquisition of Robinson Chirinos closed out an opportunity for Nido to return when cleared.

Robert Gsellman, Rene Rivera, and Eduardo Nunez are out for the season with their respective injuries. When healthy, they did not provide much for the Mets, combining on for a -0.4 WAR.

Noah Syndergaard is still rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery as he looks forward to the 2020 season.

Also, if you are wondering, yes, Jed Lowrie will not touch a baseball field this season. Even manager Luis Rojas said he has no idea what Lowrie is doing.

New York Mets Injury Report (8/6/20)

New York Mets, Marcus Stroman

The New York Mets injuries piled up over the second week of the season and it decimated three-quarters of their infield. Here is a look at all of the injuries the Mets are dealing with.

Amed Rosario has left quad tightness that he suffered during Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves. The injury kept him out of both games against the Washington Nationals but it was not serious enough to put him on the Injured List. He should return to the lineup during the weekend.

Robinson Cano landed on the 10-day IL after a Grade 2 left adductor strain. He suffered the injury attempting to score from second on an infield single and sliding into home plate. It was clear Cano would suffer some type of injury when he had to run at 100%. Cano is confident he will be ready to play once his stint on the IL finishes.

Jeff McNeil has an intercostal strain that kept him out for the last three games. He also sees the injury as minor and should expect to find time in the lineup over the weekend. J.D. Davis solid defense at third base gives real question to McNeil possibly playing left field when he is healthy.

Depth Injuries

Rene Rivera hyperextended his elbow after only two games in 2020. His timetable for a return is unclear but the Mets likely will not carry a third catcher when the roster shrinks on Thursday.

Jake Marisnick has a left hamstring strain which has plagued him since summer camp began. He is scheduled to come off the IL over the weekend but the Mets trading for Billy Hamilton shows the injury is severe. Hamilton was brought in to replace the defense of Marisnick on the roster.

Eduardo Nunez has a left knee contusion he suffered attempting to beat out a ground ball. There is no timetable for his return and upon it he will be unlikely to make the 28-man roster with the play of Andres Gimenez and Luis Guillorme.

Marcus Stroman threw a four-inning simulated game last Friday and is scheduled to throw another on Thursday in Brooklyn. HIs left calf tear has kept him out through the first two weeks of the season but the Mets rotation needs him back. The biggest challenge for Stroman is to field his position. It clear he can pitch but he cannot move off the mound at 100%.

Robert Gsellman should return within the next few days from right triceps tightness. He still has to throw live batting practice but will join the Mets as soon as healthy. Gsellman will be a good addition to the Mets’ middle relief core.

Brad Brach tested positive for COVID-19, which landed him on the IL. He should return a few days after Gsellman and started throwing bullpen sessions during the week. Much like Gsellman, Brach sures up the middle relief core.

Long Term Injuries

Noah Syndergaard started throwing in his recovery from Tommy John Surgery. He had a catch with 2020 draft pick, J.T. Ginn, about a week ago but will not see the field until the 2021 season.

Jed Lowrie’s season came to an end when he landed on the 45-day IL with PCL laxity in his left knee. It affirmatively ended his Mets career, recording zero hits and going down as one of the worst contracts in Mets history.

Pete Alonso says the New York Mets ‘have the pieces’ to win

New York Mets, Pete Alonso

Pete Alonso and the New York Mets are preparing for a fan-less 60-game regular season. The Mets have played a handful of exhibitions over the last week, getting a sense of what games without fans will look like.

Alonso compares playing in empty stadiums to playing in the Florida State League (quotes per amNY’s Joe Pantorno).

“It felt exactly like playing in the Florida State League,” Alonso said. “You can probably count how many fans are in the stands on both your hands in Florida State League games.”

Alonso says the Mets have to be “motivated” this season.

“At the end of the day, we have to be motivated to try and win a ballgame,” Alonso said. “We have to be motivated to try and win a championship.”

The Mets will be without Noah Syndergaard this season due to an elbow injury. Wednesday afternoon their starting rotation was dealt another blow with Marcus Stroman being placed on the injured list with a calf injury.

Alonso expects Stroman to be back “very soon.”

“I know Marcus is such an incredible worker. That’s the one thing when he got traded to us last year, that man works, he takes care of himself,” Alonso said. I respect the hell out of him and he’s a great teammate. I know he’s going to be back very soon.”

Alonso says the Mets have an “extremely dynamic lineup.”

“I think we have an extremely dynamic lineup. When we’re hitting on all cylinders, we are extremely dangerous,” Alonso said. “We have a really well-balanced lineup. There’s no easy out.”

“I think we have the pieces to do it. I think we have everything that it takes.”

Alonso feels the Mets “have the pieces” to win a championship.

“Falling short of the postseason leaves a sour taste,” Alonso said. “We don’t want to leave anything in question. We want to do it, we want to be there, we want to compete for a championship.

“I think we bottled the feeling of going home in September and not playing in October. We’re all extremely motivated and we’re going to find out a lot about our character. We have the pieces, we just have to out between the lines and do it.”

Last season the first baseman hit .260, posted a .941 OPS and 148 OPS+ and totaled 53 home runs and 120 RBIs. That production helped Alonso win the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

Steven Matz is wowing the New York Mets with his curveball

New York Mets, New York Yankees, Steven Matz

New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz is entering his sixth season in the big leagues. Across 103 appearances, 101 of which have been starts, Matz has recorded a 4.05 ERA, a 4.30 FIP, a 1.30 WHIP and 516 strikeouts.

Matz has caught the eye of his new manager, Luis Rojas, in summer training, as the skipper says the southpaw’s curveball has been “really good” (quotes by means of Zach Braziller of the New York Post).

“The velo difference in the ones that he’s throwing is really good,” manager Luis Rojas said of the velocity. “There are some things he can do off that curveball with his fastball, up in the zone or sneak one on. There are so many things he can do. Adding that weapon to the contrast of his pitches and repertoire of his pitches, it will be great for us and himself.”

According to FanGraphs, Matz threw his curveball roughly 14.9 percent of the time while clocking it in at roughly 78.6 mph last season.

Rojas gives props to pitching coach Jeremy Hefner for his work with the Mets pitching staff.

“I know Hef is really good at working on expanding repertoires and teaching details of release points,” Rojas said.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery in March which will keep him off the field this season. The Mets starting rotation projects to be Matz, Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman and free agent signees Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello in some order.

Last season Matz recorded a 4.21 ERA, a 4.60 FIP, a 1.34 WHIP and 153 strikeouts across 32 appearances, 30 of which were starts.

Rojas says that both a player’s past and the way they look in summer camp will play a role in finalizing the roster.

“It will be a balance of both,” Rojas said.

“It should be a late, late call as far as getting real close to the season for that,” he said.

Matz is under team control through 2021.

New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard Shares His Apartment Story

After news circulated on the New York Mets Noah Syndergaard pending lawsuit for his NYC apartment, he shared his side to the story. The original tale pitted him as the bag guy after he decided not to pay rent on his eight-month lease for his Tribeca apartment.

Syndergaard’s landlord says the Mets pitcher abandoned the apartment, refusing to pay for it. Since the season’s postponement, the city-wide shutdown, and Syndergaard’s Tommy John Surgery, there was no longer a need for him to live there. The landlord leaked the story then filed the $250,000 lawsuit against Syndergaard.

All About the Money

Syndergaard’s statement likely came with the guidance of the lawyers. His side makes it seem like the landlord just wanted to steal all the money he can from an All-Star athlete in the middle of a pandemic. But we should be aware that the details of the lease have not surfaced.

The lease could have been non-negotiable. If so, Syndergaard’s hands become tied if the landlord did not want to budge. There are still plenty of variables in this case, and there is a long road ahead for everyone involved. Between rehabbing his elbow and dealing with the case, it will be a busy summer for Thor.

 

MLB News: Grim news for Judge, Mets star Syndergaard sued, and more

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge news not encouraging

The New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames reported on the status of Aaron Judge’s recovery, and, while the news isn’t bad, it’s not good either.  It’s days from June 1st, and the slugger has not recovered fast enough to even swing a bat.  It’s been reported that the most he is doing on the field is picking up balls for the guys at the batting cage.

New York Yankees medical staff believe that Judge fractured his first rib when he dove for a ball in the outfield at Yankee Stadium.  That also resulted in a partially collapsed lung which had completely healed.  After a long period of tests and MRIs early in spring training, it was finally discovered that the shoulder pain Judge was experiencing was sympathetic and the source of the pain was the cracked rib.

Once they discovered that actual problem, he was shut down and started rehab treatment.  Recently a doctor familiar with that type of injury at New York’s Presbyterian Hospital who has not seen Judge explained that his injury is actually quite rare.  Most people have twelve ribs on each side of the rib cage.  In a fall usually, the middle ribs that bulge out further are the one’s to be fractured.  In Judge’s case its the first rib up top.  That’s rare and the healing takes longer due to all the muscles that are attached to that rib.

That explanation makes it easy to understand why Judge can’t swing a bat.  Thames said he continues to heal but it’s slower than expected.  It was hoped that the delayed season would benefit him in his healing.  With the slowness in recovery, there is no opinion as to when Judge will be able to swing a bat and take part in spring training when it starts, which is expected sometime in June.  It now looks a surety that the star will not be ready to play when the Yankee season starts or possibly not at all in the worst-case scenario.

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard sued for not paying rent

A federal document shows that Noah Syndergaard’s landlord is suing him for not paying his rent on a Manhattan penthouse. He reportedly made an agreement to rent the $27k a month apartment as of March 20th. The agreement was approved back in February and was submitted for evidence in the suit. The deal was for the residence that Syndergaard was to inhabit during the season through November 30th.  The suit claims that the Mets star has failed to honor the agreement or pay any rent.

The choice New York apartment is a penthouse in downtown Manhattan. The apartment has three bedrooms, three and a half baths, a chef’s kitchen, and three expansive terraces. The high style residence has all the latest amenities and the high-end finishes, including the kind of architectural touches you would expect in an expensive penthouse.

Syndergaard is coming off a fairly disappointing 2019 season. He went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197⅔ innings while earning $6 million.  His new contract for this season is $9.7 million.  His nine-month lease agreement for $234k is something he can afford. Noah offered to pay two-months rent and told the landlord that due to the coronavirus, he would not be taking residence.  His lawyers responded to the suit “he has no intention of taking possession of the subject premises, and the landlord is hereby free to re-rent it as he sees fit.”  Syndergaard said he made a good faith effort and is confident in his case, saying, see you in court.

MLB negotiations at a standstill and the clock is ticking

The clock is ticking away on a Yankee baseball season as the MLB negotiations appear to be at an absolute standstill.  If there is any progress, the sides have been tight-lipped.  The negotiations are entering the third week.  The stumbling blocks have been player health, and the owners demand that the players take part in the losses of not having fans in the stands. So far both sides have failed to compromise on the money although the health situation has been addressed with a 67-page health initiative

This week there may be a breakthrough in the talks as the owners and MLB have come up with a new economic proposal.  That proposal is assumed to have a deal that would be more liked by the players union. According to The Atlantic, the proposal will be put forward this coming Tuesday. Hopefully, that will resolve the stalemate to getting a baseball season started this year. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on an already shortened season.

If the sides come together on a deal, the teams still have to get a three or four-week spring training 2.0 accomplished to prevent injuries and afford some training before the regular season can begin.  An early July start is still hoped for as both the Yankees and Mets are telling players to get ready to arrive at their Florida training facilities.

 

New York Mets: Noah Syndergaard Sued For Missing Rent

2020 has not been a rough year for New York Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard. After a flurry of events changed his plans, Syndergaard decided he was not going to live in his New York City apartment.

Syndergaard is being sued in Manhattan federal court after he decided not to pay rent for his $27,000 apartment. He signed an eight-month lease in his Tribeca apartment, which began on March 20. Syndergaard found out he would need the surgery right around the time the tenancy started. His injury, combined with the season’s postponement, gave him little incentive to continue with the lease.

What is His Next Move?

Syndergaard treated the lease “like an option” and never did anything with the apartment. Syndergaard signed the least about a month before the city-wide Coronavirus shutdown. The shutdown postponed season, and surgery all gave Syndergaard no reason to live in New York.

After he missed the first payment on April 17, the landlord said Syndergaard defaulted on the lease. Then two weeks later, his lawyer told the landlord he could re-rent the apartment since Syndergaard was not moving in. All of this leads to a lawsuit where the landlord is seeking all $250,000 from Syndergaard, the full payment of the eight-month lease.

We are no legal experts here, but it seems hard for Thor to come out victorious.

New York Mets: The Variables of the Pending Season

After MLB owners approved the plan to continue the baseball season, the war between the league and the players union is ready for its first battle. Out of all teams, the New York Mets find themselves in a unique situation compared to the rest of the league.

Outside of health concerns, the battle of salary negotiation is going to be the biggest fight in the process. Union chief Tony Clark and legendary agent Scott Boras both agree that being paid a pro-rata salary would be the agreement whenever games resume. The sacrifice stands at 30-40% of wages, which the owners claimed as feasible, according to the owners.

According to Boras, his clients are not willing to budge from the agreement. If salaries receive a blindsided cut, it will extend the baseball drought longer. Should the union have a legitimate legal case, the damage could wipe out the rest of the season. But Clark is just as poor as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. This situation serves as a prologue to how next year’s discussions on a new collective bargain agreement will play out.

The Mets Effect

The only Boras represented Met is Michael Conforto, and luckily 30-40% of his $8 million salary is $2.4 million through $3.2 million. That number is no worry for the organization, especially with the rest of their high priced talent.

The conflict comes from Wilpon ownership and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen. First, the Wilpon’s have continuously lost money from the Mets franchise over the last few years. The revenue from SNY, which the Wilpons also own, covers the losses from the organization.

Due to the revenue from SNY, the Wilpons call it untouchable in any team sale discussions. Since revenue should grow from SNY, since fans will not attend games, they might squeak by and suffer minimal damage to their finances due to the lack of fan revenue. But you can never be sure with the Wilpons.

Agent to GM

Van Wagenen plays a role more connected to the players. Not too long ago, he was the co-head for CAA Sports Baseball Division, which happens to represent the most players (6) on the current 40-man roster. Should the Mets look to cut more money from the players, Van Wagenen would have to side with ownership since they write his paychecks.

Four of those players make less than three million, including Brandon Nimmo and Robert Gsellman. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the two high priced/talented members of CAA. Van Wagenen also negotiated the current contracts Yoenis Cespedes, and Robinson Cano collect. Cespedes already lost money in the offseason due to an injury on his ranch.

Van Wagenen does not make any final decisions, but he knows both sides of the fence. His voice will be heavily relied upon to fix and issues between players and ownership without it creating a media storm. Not to mention, he has to figure out the best pieces for a potential 82-game season at the same time.

Van Wagenen is a master agent and earned the GM job because he knows how to handle strenuous situations. He will be able to take any negative that comes out of the meetings and make it a positive. Few GMs in baseball have that ability.

New York Mets: Is the Starting Rotation Actually Set?

Each day inches closer to the hope of baseball returning, and the New York Mets will have some crucial decision to make with their roster. Seth Lugo is a versatile weapon in the pitching staff and could sneak his way back into the starting rotation during this shortened season.

The original thought when Noah Syndergaard had to get Tommy John Surgery was Michael Wacha sliding in to take his place. As the season gets shorter and shorter, the idea of Seth Lugo moving into the rotation should have weight.

Reasons to Start Lugo

If Syndergaard were healthy, the urgency would not be as high. The Mets need to replace his production, and there is no guarantee Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, or Wacha could do the same. Lugo has a 4.06 ERA during his career as a starter, compared to 2.52 in the bullpen. His K/9 is three better as a reliever. A move to the rotation moves him from a dominant reliever to a solid starter.

There are concerns about Lugo’s workload as a reliever, which limited his usage early in the season. The extended period on the sidelines has allowed his injured elbow to heal. If the season is 100 games and everything works as planned, Lugo makes no more than 20 starts. His average 5.5 innings per start would equal 110 innings. It would be the most he has thrown in a season, but there are ways to limit the number.

The shortened season could include a roster expansion from 26 to 30. The Mets could implement a six-man rotation that includes Lugo in the mix. In that situation, he could pitch out of the bullpen late in the season as well. It would keep him around the 100 inning mark Lugo reached in 2017 and 2018.

Lugo could also remain in the rotation until the Mets acquire a starter. He spends half the season starting and the rest in the bullpen. It becomes another way for the Mets to get the most out of him.

There are plenty of avenues for the Mets to go with Lugo. Teams throughout baseball do not have weapons like these, and the Mets should make the most out of a shortened season.

Bartolo Colon’s “Big Sexy” nickname was born in the New York Mets

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The man known as “Big Sexy” is a big personality in the baseball industry. However, that nickname may be actually even bigger than him. Ever since Bartolo Colon adopted the “Big Sexy” phrase, fans and teammates alike loved it and it became part of the culture of the sport. And it all started on the New York Mets.

The former Cy Young winner, the owner of a career 4.12 ERA, reveals in his upcoming book that the nickname was born when he was an active member of the New York Mets roster a few seasons ago.

Colon played for the Mets between 2014 and 2016, and even made it to the World Series in 2015, losing to the Kansas City Royals. In his biography “Big Sexy: In His Own Words,” he recalls that it was current Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard the one that dubbed him “Big Sexy” during the 2015 season.

“Noah Syndergaard just started calling me Big Sexy in 2015, and the name stuck,” Colon wrote, according to Newsday. “I don’t think I’m sexy, but if the fans like the name, I like it, too.”

Another epic Colon moment with the Mets

Colon was a trending topic in social media this week because of the fourth anniversary of his first and only home run as a major leaguer, a scene that took place in San Diego in 2016 against James Shields. That was an epic moment, one that also happened when he was a member of the New York Mets.

The aforementioned book is expected to be released on May 12 according to the New York Post, and will cover Colon’s colorful 21-year tenure in the Major Leagues. Over that span, he played for the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and Texas Rangers in addition to the Mets.

The “Big Sexy” nickname was probably born in the clubhouse, but it really went viral when Syndergaard published an Instagram post of his entire family sporting Big Sexy T-Shirts with Colon’s face on them in December 2015. In 2016, Colon filed for a trademark on the popular nickname.