Labels and ghosts: when will the Mets alter the narrative?

Baseball fans – and particularly Mets fans, I think – are a lot like dogs: if something happens once, it happens all the time, every time. It becomes instant tradition. It seems that’s how the Baseball Gods want it. We Mets fans used to listen to Ralph Kiner on the broadcasts and he would bluntly [...]

Gut Reaction: Braves 5 Mets 2 (9/30/22)

Oh, what might have been… The Mets looked primed to take a major step towards securing the NL East Division title. Looks can be deceiving. For ordinary mortals, Jacob deGrom’s stat line would be impressive: six innings, five hits, no walks, 11 strikeouts, three earned runs. That last bit was the problem. deGrom was rocked [...]

Timing is everything: the Mets lose another lead in September

Let’s get this out there, right now: this is not last year. The Mets will not finish under .500. That is a mathematical impossibility, as they already have 87 wins on their tally. This is also not 2007, as they are all but guaranteed a playoff spot, even in the absence of a division title. [...]

The Mets’ approach at the plate seems very familiar

The last two games notwithstanding – a 2-1 loss and a 1-0 win, both vs. Philadelphia at home – the Mets’ offense has been generally robust this season. They haven’t clubbed teams to death, no. They don’t have Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hitting back-to-back in a hitters-favorable ballpark, no. They have been opportunistic, adept [...]

As the dog days approach, the Mets face new challenges

The 2022 season is really humming along, isn’t it? The Mets are 21 games over .500, in first place in the NL East and, according to Fangraphs, have a 98.9% chance to make the playoffs. Baseball-Reference.com is less sanguine, putting their odds at 98.4%. As has been exhaustively chronicled, the Mets faced down their daunting [...]

How steep will the Mets’ “June Swoon” be?

Some things are simply inevitable. Like death and taxes. For the last 15 years or so, an addition to that short list has been necessary: the Mets’ early season promise disappearing as the All-Star break approaches. Even in the grand years, like 2015 and 2016, mid-June-to-early-July has been a tough slog for the boys from [...]

Beyond the record: signs the Mets are having a good year

Sometimes, you just…know, y’know? A long baseball season is always fraught with signals and portents about what type of season it will be. We all try and read the tea leaves, especially in April and May. A baseball season is long, of course, and this week’s harbinger is next week’s dashed hope. Even a flying [...]

Jeff McNeil is playing himself off the trade market

Yeah, it’s only two games. I know. Two games against the Washington Nationals, this year’s NL East putative doormats. So as is the case every April, all enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that the sun hasn’t really risen on this season yet. But man, the Mets look good! Tylor Megill’s surprise quality start in [...]

Finally, the Mets are as serious as we are

Spring Training camps open today. I expected to write that a month ago, but whaddayagonnado? The principal players in the bad production called “The Odious Baseball Lockout of 2022” provided the drama and suspense needed for good theatre, but the audience certainly suffered for it. At least there was a happy -- if unsatisfying for [...]

Gil Hodges’s Hall of Fame election and the Mets managerial search

Nothing causes you to examine your present quite like something good happening to someone from your past. Your childhood best friend gets married and that makes you wonder why you can’t get a date. A co-worker – hired the same day as you -- gets a great promotion and you find yourself still in the [...]