In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

The New York Mets will look to 23-year-old outfielder Michael Conforto to replace Yoénis Cespedes’ production in 2016. Conforto batted .270/.335/.506 in 56 major-league games during his rookie season. After Conforto hit .200 over his first 48 plate appearances, he produced a .291 batting average in his final 146 regular season plate appearances. Despite a …

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Projected 2016 New York Mets lineup and statistics

Projected 2016 New York Mets lineup and statistics

The New York Mets have added second baseman Neil Walker, middle-infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Alejandro De Aza. In the absence of Yoenis Cespedes, the team will look to 2014 first-round draft selection Michael Conforto to fill the team’s power void. Projections courtesy of Steamer. 1. RF Curtis GrandersonGames: 146 Batting average: .232 On-base percentage: …

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Alejandro De Aza’s signing leaves Nieuwenhuis vulnerable

Alejandro De Aza’s signing leaves Nieuwenhuis vulnerable

The New York Mets and outfielder Alejandro De Aza have agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract agreement, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. De Aza, 31, hit .262/.333/.422 in 2015 in 114 games with the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. The left-handed batter was primarily successful against right-handed pitching, against …

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Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

The National League division series will feature remnant foes from the Mets’ less formidable years, including former Philadelphia Phillies infielders Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley and former Mets infielder Justin Turner. Both Rollins (247) and Utley (179) have played in more than one full season’s worth of games against the Mets. Rollins has hit 33 …

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Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets-Dodgers NLDS, wild-card format and sandwiches

Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets-Dodgers NLDS, wild-card format and sandwiches

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger joins Around Citi’s “Baseball Chronicles” podcast to forecast the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers NLDS, MLB wild-card results, the most necessary playoff snacks and why a hot dog is not a sandwich. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227542649″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]

Can Bobby Parnell’s rocky journey have a silver lining?

Can Bobby Parnell’s rocky journey have a silver lining?

There has been little fanfare surrounding Bobby Parnell since the veteran returned from Tommy John surgery, his job Wally Pipped by Jeurys Familia. At 31-years-old, Parnell is now the Mets’ fourth-longest tenured player -he debuted less than two weeks after Jon Niese- and the second-longest consecutively tenured reliever by one team in the National League, …

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Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets playoff roster, Matt Harvey

Listen: Metstradamus talks Mets playoff roster, Matt Harvey

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger joined Around Citi’s “Baseball Chronicles” to discuss Mets playoff roster construction, managing a playoff bullpen, Matt Harvey, Mark Twain and “Fleak”. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225101107″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

Bobby Parnell once again at odds to rebound

Bobby Parnell once again at odds to rebound

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell, the team’s second-longest tenured player, is undergoing the rockiest stretch of his career during a time the team needs him to be better. Parnell has pitched to a 5.59 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season, though his 3.94 FIP indicates he has been a bit unlucky. Only 16 months removed …

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Listen: Metstradmus talks World Series hopes, MLB Wild Card chase

Listen: Metstradmus talks World Series hopes, MLB Wild Card chase

Metstradamus Blog’s John Coppinger joined Around Citi’s “Baseball Chronicles” to discuss the New York Mets’ recent surge into first place, a World Series premonition, Wild Card hunts, and, of course, his burger of the month (which may be a melt). [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/218942175″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]