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Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares exemplify small sample sizes

April 13, 2014
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Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares exemplify small sample sizes

The Mets’ 2014 season is a mere 11 games deep, and the team sits at five wins to their six losses. That’s hardly enough time to gauge where the team will end up at the end of the season, though topping out at 73 or 74 wins at their current pace is certainly within the realm of reason. The team could defy expectations and win 85 or more games or completely implode and win less…

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Can the Mets win with so many strikeouts?

April 6, 2014
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Can the Mets win with so many strikeouts?

According to ESPN, the 2014 Mets have struck out 53 times over their first five games of the season. That’s a new team record, shattering the previous record of 44 strikeouts over their first five games in 1968. The high strikeout totals shouldn’t be a surprise to Mets fans. They were tied with the Braves in 2013 for third-highest team strikeouts in the MLB with 1,384. That was also the franchise record, by the way,…

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Jenrry Mejia is the Mets’ fifth starter, for now

March 30, 2014
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Jenrry Mejia is the Mets’ fifth starter, for now

With opening day mere hours away, the Mets finally named their fifth starting pitcher yesterday. The competition for the fifth spot in the rotation started out wide open, even including top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Raphael Montero. Realistically, though, the true competition came down to top prospect Jenrry Mejia and recently re-signed Daisuke Matsuzaka. Most observers would have pegged Matsuzaka as the odds-on favorite out of the gate, if for no other reason than Mets’…

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Can 2014 Mets repeat as kings of the basepaths?

March 16, 2014
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Can 2014 Mets repeat as kings of the basepaths?

The 2013 Mets, for all of their shortcomings, did one thing better than all other teams in baseball: running the bases. For a team without much speed, that’s pretty impressive. Though that ultimate outcome may be a bit of a surprise, Terry Collins has been pretty vocal in his desire to instill aggressiveness on the basepaths during his tenure as the Mets manager. This aggressiveness led to the Mets leading the league last season with…

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The 2013 Mets and difficult plays

March 10, 2014
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Inside Edge

Yesterday morning my colleague Spencer Manners introduced a new fielding data set, Inside Edge Fielding, that was unveiled this week at FanGraphs. This new data breaks down each play a player has the opportunity to make into six categories based on the difficulty of successfully making the play. The category titles are pretty self-explanatory. For example, the Impossible category represents plays that are literally impossible for a fielder to make. It’s pretty straight forward. The…

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Predicting the Mets’ top five prospects in 2015

February 23, 2014
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Predicting the Mets’ top five prospects in 2015

The Mets’ minor league system has seen a tremendous upswing in quality during the years Sandy Alderson and his front office have been in charge. It’s been a remarkable turn, really. ESPN’s Keith Law, a prospect pundit some Mets fans believe is generally negative toward all things Mets, recently rated the team’s system as sixth best in baseball. Just two short years ago Law had it ranked as 22nd. Alderson and his team have been…

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Eric Young, Jr. is a pretty good leadoff hitter

February 16, 2014
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Eric Young, Jr. is a pretty good leadoff hitter

Mets pitchers and catchers reported to Port St. Lucie yesterday, officially kicking off a new season of major league baseball. The Mets, like most teams, have several issues heading into Spring Training. One of those many issues is the team’s noted lack of an effective leadoff hitter. Terry Collins, as he’s apt to do, has agitated Mets fans by continuously declaring that Eric Young, Jr. is his preferred guy for the job. The reason Collins…

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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 bench

February 9, 2014
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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 bench

Note: This is the final entry in a short series comparing (at a high level) where the Mets roster stood last year at this time and where it stands heading into Spring Training 2014. We’re quickly approaching the reporting date for pitchers and catchers and the start of baseball for 2014. The off-season may not have gone as well for the Mets as some would have liked. It also may have gone better than some…

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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 bullpen

February 2, 2014
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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 bullpen

Note: This is a continuing short series comparing (at a high level) where the Mets roster stood last year at this time and where it stands heading into Spring Training 2014. We’re quickly approaching the reporting date for pitchers and catchers and the start of baseball for 2014. The off-season may not have gone as well for the Mets as some would have liked. It also may have gone better than some would have expected.…

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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 infield

January 26, 2014
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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 infield

Note: This is a continuing short series comparing (at a high level) where the Mets roster stood last year at this time and where it stands heading into Spring Training 2014. We’re quickly approaching the reporting date for pitchers and catchers and the start of baseball for 2014. The off-season may not have gone as well for the Mets as some would have liked. It also may have gone better than some would have expected.…

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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 Outfield

January 19, 2014
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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 Outfield

Note: This is a continuing short series comparing (at a high level) where the Mets roster stood last year at this time and where it stands heading into Spring Training 2014. We’re quickly approaching the reporting date for pitchers and catchers and the start of baseball for 2014. The off-season may not have gone as well for the Mets as some would have liked. It also may have gone better than some would have expected.…

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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 Rotation

January 12, 2014
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Taking stock: The Mets’ 2014 Rotation

Note: This is the first part of a short series comparing (at a high level) where the Mets roster stood last year at this time and where it stands heading into Spring Training 2014. We’re quickly approaching the reporting date for pitchers and catchers and the start of baseball for 2014. The off-season may not have gone as well for the Mets as some would have liked. It also may have gone better than some…

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