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Zack Wheeler is becoming a mature pitcher

April 6, 2014
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Zack Wheeler is becoming a mature pitcher

A couple of years ago the Mets had two brilliant pitching prospects: Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey. Wheeler was thought to be the one with the higher ceiling as he had a more polished repertoire than Harvey. People were wrong. In fact, last year, Matt Harvey proved just how wrong they were when he pitched his way into the elite class of pitchers. Wheeler made his debut last year, and during those innings looked pretty…

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Maybe it’s time for the Mets to extend Dillon Gee

March 30, 2014
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Maybe it’s time for the Mets to extend Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee is not the most exciting name on the Mets. Gee is known as the reliable pitcher who can produce some quality innings. Gee is not an innings eater, and he’s surely not a dominant player. When healthy, he can be counted on to keep the team in the ball game. He’s also the Mets’ opening day starter,not that that title means anything. Gee is the opening day starter by default and not necessarily…

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Jonathon Niese’s uncooperative arm

March 16, 2014
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Jonathon Niese’s uncooperative arm

There’s something pretty simple that everyone knows about pitchers: they get hurt. Mets fans learned that the hard way with Matt Harvey last year. Before Harvey, it was Johan Santana. Before Santana, it was Pedro Martinez. This list could go on forever. One pitcher Mets fans are hoping not to add to the list is Jonathon Niese. Right before spring training games started up, Niese was complaining about feeling like he had a dead arm.…

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Comparing Eric Young and Juan Lagares with Inside Edge data

March 9, 2014
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Comparing Eric Young and Juan Lagares with Inside Edge data

Evaluating defense has always been imperfect. Primitive statistics, such as number of errors or fielding percentage, were very flawed. Newer statistics — such as UZR and DRS — are better, but still are flawed. It takes three years for UZR data to become a reliable sample, and three years is a good amount of time for a player to completely change. DRS also has its flaws because it is partly a human calculation, and humans…

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Will Cory Mazzoni be an internal solution for the Mets’ bullpen?

March 3, 2014
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Will Cory Mazzoni be an internal solution for the Mets’ bullpen?

Sandy Alderson did a decent job this offseason making upgrades that will hopefully make the Mets more competitive, if not this year then next year. Alderson addressed the outfield situation with the signings of Chris Young and Curtis Granderson. Alderson added an arm in Bartolo Colon to hold down a spot in the rotation until Matt Harvey is ready to come back. For the most part, people would agree that these signings improved the team.…

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Outfield conversations: Eric Young Jr. or Juan Lagares?

February 23, 2014
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Outfield conversations: Eric Young Jr. or Juan Lagares?

The Mets are making strides towards opening day. Spring Training has begun, and players are down in Port Saint Lucie working out. In less than a week, Spring Training games begin. With the start of Spring Training comes conjecture. The media follow everyone on the team, asking questions in hopes of creating interesting stories. A couple of days ago Terry Collins told the press that four guys are competing for outfield spots: Juan Lagares, Chris…

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Comparing the current state of the Mets and Yankees

February 16, 2014
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Comparing the current state of the Mets and Yankees

Since Derek Jeter has announced that he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, there have been conversations comparing the Yankees great shortstop to Mets’ third-baseman David Wright. Comparing one of the best shortstops of all-time who has his whole career behind him to a great third baseman who still has 10 years of playing time ahead of him, is not fair. However, it is fair to compare the current state of the…

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Sandy Alderson passes on Fernando Rodney to sign Kyle Farnsworth

February 9, 2014
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Sandy Alderson passes on Fernando Rodney to sign Kyle Farnsworth

Rumors floated around the past couple of weeks that the Mets were going to try to sign reliever Fernando Rodney. For some, this was disheartening because Rodney was going to be expensive considering his record. Rodney did sign a contract, but not with the Mets, and he was expensive — a two-year, $14 million deal with the Seattle Mariners. However, the Mets did not stand idle when it came to signing a reliever, as they…

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The Duda-Davis dilemma is still prevalent

February 2, 2014
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The Duda-Davis dilemma is still prevalent

One could argue that Sandy Alderson’s offseason moves have all been admirable. Certainly the signings of Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, and Bartolo Colon all improve the team. All those moves were necessary, as Alderson needed to find a way to replace the value of Matt Harvey and Marlon Byrd. Whether or not he replaced their value, we don’t know yet, but at least he made an attempt to do so. Despite Alderson’s success in making…

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Coming to grips with Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop

January 26, 2014
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Coming to grips with Ruben Tejada as the starting shortstop

Sandy Alderson has been cryptic this offseason in regard to what he is going to do about the shortstop position. On the one hand, he hinted at signing Stephen Drew when he stated that he would be open to signing any free-agent on the market. However, he also said he believed that Ruben Tejada could be the Mets starting shortstop, and could handle the position as a regular. It’s been confusing, because sometimes we have…

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Was the John Lannan signing a smart one?

January 19, 2014
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Was the John Lannan signing a smart one?

Yesterday, it was announced that the Mets signed John Lannan to a minor-league deal. The Mets starting rotation has already been filled out by the signing of Bartolo Colon, and it’s safe to say that Mets fans would be outraged if Lannan had been chosen to fill out the rotation instead of a pitcher like Colon. However, that doesn’t mean that a pitcher like Lannan doesn’t have a role with the Mets. The team could…

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The underrated Jonathon Niese

January 9, 2014
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Jonathon Niese

Last week, Dave Cameron of FanGraphs set out to find potential comparisons for Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. The profile for Tanaka is pretty interesting. The scouting reports are that he throws strikes, gets ground balls, and has a good fastball-splitter combo that gets some strikeouts. When Cameron ran his list to find guys who fit that profile, he found that Jonathon Niese looked a lot like Tanaka. The list included guys who had a minimum…

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