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Jenrry Mejia And The Mets’ Starters Recover At Their Favorite Spa

April 17, 2014
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Jenrry Mejia And The Mets’ Starters Recover At Their Favorite Spa

The Arizona Diamondbacks were established in 1998, a newly minted National League expansion team. They have had their fair share of success in a pretty short time frame, winning the NL West in only their second year of existence, winning a World Championship two years later – wrecking the Yankees’ latest dynasty in the process – and reaching the post-season three more times after that. All in the space of 17 seasons. All in all,…

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The Mets Appear To Be Doing It With Mirrors

April 15, 2014
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The Mets Appear To Be Doing It With Mirrors

NEWSFLASH: so far, the Mets’ offense stinks. As a team, they’re hitting .218, good for dead last in the National League. Team slugging percentage is .333, also 15th. As far as hits go, they again bring up the rear with 97 – and none of their pitchers has a safety as yet. Team OBP is .292, next-to-last. Their OPS+ is 72. Not 172, just 72. NEWSFALSH: overall, their pitching hasn’t been much better. The Mets’…

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An Early Loss Gives The Mets A Clue About Their Future

April 10, 2014
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An Early Loss Gives The Mets A Clue About Their Future

The 2014 season is all of eight games old. The Mets are 3-5, having been humiliated at home by the presumptive NL East champ Nationals and gained a measure of redemption vs. the Reds. That homestand was marred by ineffective hitting and woefully sub-par bullpen work. These themes had already been beaten to death in the blogosphere and by the MSM alike by the time the team’s plane touched down in Atlanta for the inaugural…

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Mets’ Early Spring: Colder Than The Weather

April 8, 2014
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Mets’ Early Spring: Colder Than The Weather

A week ago, Opening Day dawned 39 degrees and stinging rain. Eventually, the sun did come out and it warmed up considerably. The Mets tried to keep up, but ultimately failed. The temps then plunged again the rest of the week. Let’s face it: so far, early spring has been cold, damp and miserable. After six games, the Mets don’t even have it that good. A lot of us are feeling a stiff wind coming…

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After Two Games, The Mets Are Already At A Crossroads

April 3, 2014
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After Two Games, The Mets Are Already At A Crossroads

“Here’s the problem: the Mets aren’t just bad, they’re DULL and bad” Those were the words Tweeted by your intrepid columnist as Andrew Brown struck out against Craig Stammen to wrap up the Mets’ first 0-2 start in nine years. 2005, when the Mets got off 0-5 and were only rescued by a Pedro Martinez gem. The feeling around the team was better back then – Martinez and Carlos Beltran had just arrived, after all,…

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Mets Stumble In Opener: Welcome To 2014

April 1, 2014
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Mets Stumble In Opener: Welcome To 2014

Well, that escalated quickly. The Mets’ Opening Day started harmlessly enough; it snowed in Long Island, parts of New Jersey and Westchester. In some quarters, this was considered a terrific omen: it also snowed on arguably the most memorable lid-lifter of all. No matter the weather, it was a day for your intrepid columnist to make a schlep out to Queens for the earliest date he ever attended an official ballgame and his first Opening…

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The Mets Will Have A Very Good Bench in 2014

March 27, 2014
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The Mets Will Have A Very Good Bench in 2014

“Basically, the Mets have a strong bench. Unfortunately, it’s starting.” – Sports Illustrated, June 2, 1980. Such was the narrative when the Mets surprised everybody that year by flirting with .500 in mid-June. That gritty, gutty bunch warranted a feature in the leading national sporting publication of the time, on the verge of having a walk-off win worthy of 1969. The wheels eventually fell off that year, of course, but it was fun while it…

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What Can Met Fans Take Away From Spring Training?

March 25, 2014
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What Can Met Fans Take Away From Spring Training?

It doesn’t mean anything. Never believe what you see in March or September. You could write the results on a matchbook. You’ve never heard of any of these guys. It’s all just for fun, just to work on certain things, just to get into shape, just to show management what you might be capable of. These are the truisms and advice that mark spring training baseball – The Pastoral Season. As of this writing, we…

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Mets Aren’t Doing Themselves Any Favors Antagonizing Matt Harvey

March 20, 2014
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Mets Aren’t Doing Themselves Any Favors Antagonizing Matt Harvey

Fact: Matt Harvey is rehabbing his Tommy John repaired right elbow. Fact: the rehab will take a long time, most likely all summer. Fact: Port St. Lucie, Florida is dreary and kind of deserted in summertime. Fact: the New York Rangers do not play hockey in Port St. Lucie. Fact: very, very few supermodels tend to hang around Port St. Lucie. Fact: Matt Harvey likes to go to Rangers games, usually in the company of…

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The Final Two Weeks Of Spring Training Are Crucial For The Mets

March 18, 2014
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The Final Two Weeks Of Spring Training Are Crucial For The Mets

The final two weeks of spring training are crucial for every team. This is when we start to see fewer split-squad games. This is when we see regular lineups on a regular basis. This is when pitchers are fully “stretched out,” in the modern parlance – close to any pitch count or innings limit. This is when it all starts to feel real. This is when all your offseason questions should be answered. Enter the…

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The Forgotten Man: Zack Wheeler

March 13, 2014
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The Forgotten Man:  Zack Wheeler

If you’re reading this, you know the Mets have had very few things on which to hang their hat over the past few years. If the story isn’t about their bumbling, tone-deaf administration it’s about their finances or lack thereof. On the field, of course, their mere record – 374-436 from 2009 through 2013 – is testament to the fact that there have been very few positives to chronicle. Starting pitching, however, has been a…

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Ruben Tejada: Something’s Gotta Give

March 11, 2014
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Ruben Tejada:  Something’s Gotta Give

There were high hopes for this offseason from the New York Mets and Sandy Alderson. We fans were promised that with several onerous contracts off the books – if you’re reading this, you already know who they are – the ramp-up to 2014 was going to be an exciting shower of gold. To Alderson’s credit, he made good on that vow this winter. Hello, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young and Bartolo Colon! Somehow, though, for all…

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