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Curtis Granderson, the latest unlucky Mets Opening Day cleanup hitter

April 20, 2014
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Curtis Granderson, the latest unlucky Mets Opening Day cleanup hitter

On Opening Day, the Mets had big free agent acquisition Curtis Granderson hit cleanup. He started his Mets career 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. And it hasn’t gotten much better since. Last night, Granderson heard Mets’ fans boo him, as he twice came up empty with multiple runners on base in the late innings. With runners on first and second in the eighth inning, he weakly popped up to third base. Then in the ninth inning…

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Lucas Duda swings, Jeurys Familia’s opponents don’t, Anthony Recker wins

April 18, 2014
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Lucas Duda swings, Jeurys Familia’s opponents don’t, Anthony Recker wins

One of the unsung stars of the early going for the Mets has been the offensive production of Lucas Duda. Slowed by an injury in Spring Training, Duda has also suffered somewhat from management’s refusal to solve the three-headed first baseman issue. But when he’s got on the field, Duda has been a productive offensive player. Among those with at least 20 PA, Duda leads the Mets with a 133 OPS+. We’ve seen a much…

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Enjoy Eric Young Jr’s great start for however long it lasts

April 17, 2014
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Enjoy Eric Young Jr’s great start for however long it lasts

My strong preference was for the Mets to sign Shin-Soo Choo this past offseason. However, Sandy Alderson did not want to put all of his eggs into one basket and instead spent $32.25 million on Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson and Chris Young. While it will be interesting to see the value the Mets get for their free agent dollars versus what Choo puts up, it will also be interesting to see at the end of…

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Mets get first-hand experience against all-righty bullpen

April 13, 2014
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Mets get first-hand experience against all-righty bullpen

Generally speaking, Interleague games are not my favorites. My preference is for a balanced schedule and you simply cannot have that with Interleague games. Be that as it may, the last two games against the Angels have been fun, even if they have both been four-hour affairs that required extra innings. There’s the joy of seeing Mike Trout, the chance to once again see Albert Pujols and even old friends Collin Cowgill and Joe Smith…

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Game Chatter: Bartolo Colon vs. Aaron Harang (4/8/14)

April 8, 2014
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Early on 2014 Mets rely too much on HR for offense

April 8, 2014
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Early on 2014 Mets rely too much on HR for offense

How many of you had Ike Davis and Juan Lagares as the club’s top two offensive players? That’s where we sit after a tiny sample size of six games. The pitching is bearing the brunt of most of the criticism here in the early going but the offense should not get off so easily. The output has been one dimensional and the early results are worse than what the club produced a season ago. The…

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Rafael Montero continues to defy MLB betting lines

April 6, 2014
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Rafael Montero continues to defy MLB betting lines

After three games, the starting pitchers for the Mets have a 4.82 ERA, having allowed 10 ER in 18.2 IP. While that’s still less than half the ERA of the bullpen, it’s nowhere near what many hoped from out of the group that was expected to carry the 2014 club. While it’s still weeks away from being a legitimate cause for concern – recall that the 2013 club had Dillon Gee with a 5.96 ERA…

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Game Chatter: Jordan Zimmermann vs. Zack Wheeler (4/3/14)

April 3, 2014
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The Chris F. Game Chatter (4/02/14)

April 2, 2014
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Mets first base dilemma solved in the weirdest way

April 1, 2014
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Mets first base dilemma solved in the weirdest way

The Mets won't have Lucas Duda to kick around anymore.

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Predictions for the 2014 Mets

March 30, 2014
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Predictions for the 2014 Mets

With Grapefruit Season over and the regular season yet to begin, it’s time to check in with my annual predictions column. These are not safe picks and if history is a guide, a majority won’t come true. Last year was a pretty good year as I got seven out of 15 right and a couple just missed. My goal is to hit over 50% and hopefully this will be the year. So, here are my…

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Jenrry Mejia hurt again; will he ever pitch a full season?

March 29, 2014
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Jenrry Mejia hurt again; will he ever pitch a full season?

Those of us rooting for Jenrry Mejia to be the Mets’ fifth starter this year were dealt a blow Friday night when he had to leave his start early after getting hit in the forearm. It’s another in a long list of injuries that have kept the former top prospect from settling in at the major league level. It also brings up more questions about if players have the capacity to avoid injuries or whether…

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