Steve Cohen continues Mets tech craze with new machine

LOS ANGELES — The Mets’ next big potential will be waiting for them when they return to Citi Field in a week and a half.

Team officials and players are intrigued by a new high-tech pitcher the organization has purchased in Canada that represents another leap in the technology market under owner Steve Cohen.

According to batting coach Eric Chavez, the new machine will replicate the delivery of any seized pitcher.

“[The machine] will be the pitcher, so if we select Clayton Kershaw, we will face Kershaw, his windup and everything and his pitches,” Chavez said Friday before the Mets’ 2-0 loss to the Dodgers.

The technology is used by three or four other teams, according to Chavez, who added that the machine can only be used before the match; MLB rules prohibit its use once play has started.

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Chavez was asked if the machine would eventually be a game-changer.

“We tried to talk about it, to anticipate it, but until we have it in our hands and touch it, see it, we won’t know how exactly we are going to be able to apply it,” Chávez said. “It’ll just be one of those things this year when we get it, trial and error and we’ll see what happens.”

Brandon Nimmo said it’s no surprise the Mets are among the few teams equipped with the high-tech pitching machine.

“That’s one of the huge differences we’ve seen since the beginning,” Nimmo said. “If it’s going to help the team succeed, then [Cohen] is willing to do so, so it really doesn’t come down to a cost factor.

Jacob deGrom stayed in New York to continue his training after early indications that he would accompany the Mets on this trip to the West Coast. DeGrom is still in the long drawn out phase of his rehab due to a stress reaction in his right shoulder blade, with the possibility that he could progress to a mound soon.

Tylor Megill will pitch on Friday, after which he will be evaluated for a rehab start in the minor leagues. The right-hander should need one or two starts in the minors.

The Mets aren’t thrilled with working conditions at Dodger Stadium. One Met noted that the video room was “dirty” and smelled of “rat urine”.

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