Gut Reaction: Mets 6, Braves 2 (4/12/19)

If this first series is any indication, the nineteen contests between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves in 2019 will be entertainment of the highest order. Taut pitching and clutch hitting have been the touchstones for New York here in the early going. A day after Pete Alonso announced himself -- loudly -- [...]

Gut Reaction: Twins 14, Mets 8 and (4/9/19)

You could kind of tell, y'know? When he went 3-2 on the leadoff hitter, you might have gotten an idea. A delayed start on a chilly night, coming off an historically good performance, with an extra day of rest... A number of factors conspired to have Jacob deGrom deliver a sub-par outing against the Minnesota [...]

“…And the starting pitcher, number forty-one, Tom Seaver.”

Baseball, and Mets fans in particular, received some terrible news yesterday, but the news wasn’t wholly unexpected. Just the same, though, it came as a shock. Tom Seaver, arguably the greatest pitcher of his generation – certainly, the greatest right-handed pitcher – has withdrawn from public life at age 74, due to a losing battle [...]

Worlds collide: Brodie Van Waganen discusses the Mets with Scott Boras

So the MLB General Managers’ Meetings are happening this week in Carlsbad, California. Various front office and agent types are bobbing in and out of each others’ lives, trying to lay the groundwork for some future cooperation. It’s a nice little prelude to the big Winter Meetings to be held in Las Vegas – that [...]

Mets take a left turn with their GM selection

The [former-agent-as-General-Manager] situation looks better in other sports, particularly in the NBA, where agents have gone on to be successful GMs, including Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors. One of the things that Myers has done successfully in Oakland is to install an organization-wide culture of togetherness. And if there’s any MLB team that [...]

Gut Reaction: Mets 1, Marlins 0 (9/30/18, game #162)

If this weekend is any kind of harbinger of anything, 2019 is going to fun on most days, frustrating on others. On the day the fans gave Jose Reyes a mini-me version of David Wright's sendoff, Noah Syndergaard changed his geeky nickname today from "Thor," to "Th0r." He completely shut down Miami with a five-hit [...]