I know I’ve been quieter than usual this winter, I apologize for that. But here’s a look at how certain Mets players are performing this winter:

Wuilmer Becerra: .375/.375/.375/.750, 9 for 24, 4 runs, RBI, 3 Ks
Dom Smith finished the AFL hitting .362/.483/.511/.994, 17 for 47, 8 runs, 4 2b, HR, 6 RBI, 12/10 BB/K

Jenrry Mejia 1-3, 4.09 era, 7 GS, 33 IP, 37 H, 17/15 R/ER, 8/20 BB/K


1. Michael Cuddyer retired. That is a mixed blessing, as on the one hand it frees up some of the 12.5m he was owed in 2016 (depending on buyout) – but on the other hand, you hope and pray that this out of the blue retirement isn’t due to any health issues for him or his family. Also, the way he went out was awful, awful season and worse playoffs. I legit feel bad for Cuddy, one of the most classy players in baseball, and a stand-up citizen.

2. I’ve started work on MPHs postseason top 15/20/25/whatever number it ends up at. Expect it sometime in January.

3. Happy Holidays

4. LGM


Let that sink in for a second. The Mets – the Metropolitan Baseball Club of New York, which plays in the National League of Major League Baseball – is going to the World Series. As a diehard fan, this is… utterly incomprehensible. This run has had everything in it, too. From highs, to lows, to emotion (raw anger, pain, heartache, elation), all of it.

Going through the dark days of 2009-2014, the first few of those with no hope, no end in sight, no rays of sunshine, to the first few glimmers at the tail end of 2011 (almost ALL of them unfairly pinned on two kids in A ball, Harvey and Wheeler) to 2014 when we could see the light very clearly, we saw the endgame, but we weren’t sure ownership would allow us to get there. Well, here we are. We’ve made it. Sandy Alderson gambled on high end, high power arms, and every single roll has been 7/11, every river card’s completed a Royal for him. We boast the best, youngest, most nastiest rotation in baseball, perhaps ever. That’s backed up by young hitters in Conforto and d’Arnaud. Herrera and Cecchini are almost ready to takeover up the middle. Rosario and Dom are a bit further away. Becerra a bit behind them.

I became a Mets fan in 1996, there’s a certain… badge of honor there for me, I (vaguely) remember Pete Harnish, as I said on Twitter a couple days ago. My first favorite player was Todd Hundley, I was confused when we acquired Piazza. The ascent back then, to me, seemed quick from horrific team in 96/97 to contender in 98 to loathing the crap out of Armando Blownitez in 99/00 (amirite? Don’t answer, of course I am). Seeing BobbyV on the postgame last night, my only thought was “if he had Familia on his teams, he’s probably a 2 time World Series winner”.

So for all of you who lived through Frank Catalanotto cleanup, to Brad Emaus, to Omar Quintanilla, to GMJ, Fat Frank, to all of you who were there throughout the 6 years of misery – congratulations. We’ve made it through to the other side.

And it is glorious.

Lets celebrate one more time in 2 weeks.


With the big club in their first postseason in a decade, obviously all eyes have been on them, but with the offday today in between Games 2 and 3 of the NLCS, I thought now would be a perfect time to take a look at who’s where in the world of Fall/Winter Baseball.

Gavin Cecchini and Dom Smith are the headliners of a 7 player AFL contingent playing for the Salt River Rafters, and both are off to phenominal starts. In today’s game, Cecchini had a hit and walk in 4 PAs, he scored twice and is hitting .556 thru 3 games (5 for 9, 5 runs, 2b, 4 BBs, .556/.692/.667/1.359). Dom Smith had 3 hits and a walk, he’s hitting .750 thru 3 games (6 for 8, 3 runs, 2 2b, RBI, 5/1 BB/K, .750/.846/1.000/1.846). Neither has committed an error.

Jeff McNeil (1 for 8), Mickey Jannis (3 ip, 3 h, 2/1 r/er, 3/2 bb/k), Beck Wheeler (2 ip, h, bb, k), Mike Hepple (1.1 ip, 4 h, er, hr, bb, k) and Kyle Regnault (ip, h, er, 1/2 bb/k) round out the Mets AFL roster.
Across the Carribbean Leagues – Player Directory
Wilfredo Tovar (VWL Margarita)
Cody Satterwhite (VWL La Guaira)
Zach Thorton (VWL Magallanes)
Travis Taijeron (VWL Caribes)
Alex Torres (VWL Aguilas Zulia)
John Church, Rainy Lara, Luis Mateo (DWL Escogido)
Dario Alvarez, John Mora (DWL Aguilas Cibaenas)

Notes: OF Wuilmer Becerra, who is the third piece we got in the RA Dickey trade, was listed on the roster of the VWL Aragua Tigres as of October 11th, but currently is not.

This list was compiled off the team rosters on mlb.com. It may not be exhaustive.


So… who remembers this? Posted during the blackest of black days, just days before we transformed the offense from the fledging pile of steaming garbage posted below into one of the powerhouse offenses in the NL, this was an eye opening look at where we were at the time (July 22nd).

The 1962 New York Mets
With 300+ PAs (wRC+)

Ashburn 473; 124
Thomas 633; 113
Mantilla 518; 93
Hickman 452; 93
Neal 579; 90
Throneberry 396; 89
Christopher 314; 89
Chacon 449; 85
Kanehl 378; 63
The 2015 New York Mets
With 100+ PAs (wRC+)

Granderson 396; 120
Duda 383; 118
Tejada 236; 96
Cuddyer 314; 95
Murphy 290; 94
Flores 346; 88
Lagares 352; 73
Campbell 175; 73
Plawecki 192; 67
Mayberry 114; 61

And since, of course, you all know what’s happened. We got Uribe, KJ, Cespedes. d’Arnaud came back. Wright came back. Conforto came up. Duda found himself. And we suddenly had the 2006 offense paired with the 2015 pitching – is it any surprise we destroyed the NL for most of a 2 month stretch? Including the hapless Nationals?

The 2006 New York Mets
With 300+ PAs (wRC+)

Carlos Beltran 617; 148
David Wright 661; 132
Carlos Delgado 618; 128
Jose Reyes 703; 116
Jose Valentin (aka Pornstache) 432; 106
Paul Lo Duca (aka Captain Redass) 551; 105
Endy Chavez (aka The Catch) 390; 101
Cliff Floyd (aka Uncle Cliffy) 376; 89

2015 Mets
With 300+ PAs (wRC+)

Lucas Duda 537; 132
Curtis Granderson 663; 129
Daniel Murphy 519; 112
Michael Cuddyer 396; 103
Ruben Tejada 387; 98
Wilmer Flores 508; 94
Juan Lagares 457; 81

With 150+ PAs (as Mets)

Yoenis Cespedes 234; 160
Michael Conforto 177; 140
David Wright 156; 138
Travis d’Arnaud 252; 133


Ever since he came up and electrified everybody with a high octane upper 90s fastball and a slider from Hell, Matt Harvey’s made one thing abundantly clear. He wants to pitch. You’ll have to pry the ball out of his cold, dead corpse’s hand to get him off the mound. He’s a warrior. He’s a bulldog. He’s the ACE, the unquestioned leader of your staff. He’s the Dark Knight, etc… so on and so forth, that’s the persona Matt Harvey’s cultivated throughout his time in the major leagues.

And that’s the persona he’s torn to shreds in the last 3 weeks. Whether it’s Boras, or James Andrews, that doesn’t matter. Matt Harvey once said (famously) that Scott Boras “works for him, I don’t work for Scott Boras” – well, you know what that means? All of this, the innings limits, the pitch limits, last night’s five and fly with a scant 77 pitches thru 5 with 7 Ks, all of the skipping in September… that’s ALL on Harvey.

That persona? The bulldog/warrior/gimme the ball persona? All fraudulent. Matt Harvey is basically all talk and no bite. “HOLD ME BACK I’M GONNA TEAR HIM APART” except he doesn’t intend to do anything of the sort. If you let him go, he’ll tap out. That’s who Matt Harvey looks like right now. The fake tough guy. A fake. A fraud.

New York hates frauds. Fans hate frauds. And that’s what we have. A Grade A Fraud.


AA Eastern League: Binghamton 2/5/0 @ Reading 4/7/1

The season came to a crashing halt for the BMets in their opening round series versus the Phils, as they were swept away 0-3, thanks to being largely depleted (Conforto in the majors, Cecchini hurt, Fulmer traded away). Gabriel Ynoa got crushed, giving up 4 runs, all earned, on 6 hits in just 2.1 innings. The BMets quest to repeat as EL Champions will not be fulfilled.

8. ss Amed Rosario 0 for 3, BB, K, .200
Gabriel Ynoa 2.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3/3 BB/K, 2 HR, 15.43 era, L (0-1), 71:38:33, 2:2:3
Beck Wheeler 1.2 IP, 1/3 BB/K, 6.75 era
Jeff Walters 2 IP, 2/4 BB/K, 2.45 era, 36:20:16, 2:0:4
Josh Smoker IP, H, BB, 0.00 era, 22:11:11, 2:0:0
Jon Velasquez IP, 2 Ks, 0.00 era

A South Atlantic League: Savannah 1/8/1 vs Asheville 2/4/0

And Savannah, in their final game as the Savannah Sand Gnats, lost at home to bow out of the playoffs as well, losing to the Tourists 2 games to 1. The Savannah franchise is moving to Columbus, SC and being renamed to the Fireflies.

2. ss Luis Guillorme 1 for 3, BB, .364
3. rf Wuilmer Becerra 1 for 4, 2 Ks, .333
4. dh Eudor Garcia 0 for 4, 3 Ks, .333
5. lf John Mora 1 for 3, BB, .300
6. c Tomas Nido 1 for 4, run, K, .091
Casey Delgado 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1/6 BB/K, HR, 2.25 era, L (0-1)
Alex Palsha IP, 0.00 era

This concludes year number 9 of MPH. A proper goodbye will be posted in a couple of days, but for everyone, Eddie, Nick, David, Andrea, and myself, thanks for reading, thanks for following along, and (for the first time in way too long) LETS ENJOY SOME NEW YORK METS PLAYOFF BASEBALL.



**All Games @ 7pm EST unless noted**

Binghamton Gameday
Binghamton Boxscore

Savannah Gameday
Savannah Boxscore

Binghamton trails 0-2 in their best of 5 opening round series and sends Gabriel Ynoa to the hill in an effort to stave off elimination, on the road in Reading, PA.

While in Savannah, it’s a winner take all Game 3 with the opening round of the SAL Playoffs tied 1-1 (best of 3). Non prospect, minor league FA signee Casey Delgado takes the hill in Savannah.


AA Eastern League: Binghamton 0/3/0 vs Reading 3/10/0

Robert Gsellman gave up 2 runs on 9 hits in 4.1 innings, but it was not enough as the BMets were shutout to fall behind 2 games to none in the first round of the EL playoffs (best of 5). Amed Rosario had a single and 2 strikeouts.

8. ss Amed Rosario 1 for 3, 2 Ks, .286
Robert Gsellman 4.1 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 3/5 BB/K, 4.15 era, 84:52:32, 3:3:5
Jeff Walters 1.2 IP, H, ER, K, HR, 5.40 era, 17:10:7, 2:1
Adam Kolarek IP, 0.00 era
Jon Velasquez IP, 2 Ks, 0.00 era
Akeel Morris IP, K, 0.00 era, 16:12:4, 1:1:1

A South Atlantic League: Savannah 9/13/0 vs Asheville 2/7/1

Ricky Knapp fired 7 innings of 5 hit, 2 run ball to help Savannah stave off elimination and force a do or die Game 3 in their opening round playoff series against the Tourists. Four Gnats had multi hit games, led by 27 year old Jonathan Johnson.

2. ss Luis Guillorme 1 for 4, K, .375
3. rf Wuilmer Becerra 2 for 4, run, 2b (1), RBI (1), BB, .375
4. 3b Eudor Garcia 2 for 4, 2 runs
5. lf John Mora 1 for 3, run, RBI (1), BB, .286
6. c Tomas Nido 0 for 4, K, .000
Ricky Knapp 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1/3 BB/K, 2.57 era, W (1-0)
Luis Mateo IP, BH, K, 0.00 era\
Alberto Baldonado IP, H, K, 0.00 era


9/11 Links

Binghamton Gameday @ 630pm
Binghamton Boxscore

Robert Gsellman takes the mound looking to help the BMets salvage a split in the first two games of the series against the Phils, opposed by former Rangers prospect Jake Thompson.

Savannah Gameday
Savannah Boxscore

And in Savannah, Ricky Knapp tries to do the same for the Sand Gnats, who trail 0-1 in their best of 3. So tonight’s an elimination game for them.