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Perspectives

Perspectives is a compilation of news, columns and team analysis

Ruben Tejada and time for a change

April 23, 2014
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Ruben Tejada

This is not anything new. Ruben Tejada is struggling. All Mets fans thought it would only be a matter of time before Stephen Drew was signed or a trade was made. Well Stephen Drew is still in a beach house in Florida and the only trade the Mets made was to ship Ike Davis off to Pittsburgh. Now with April almost over the Mets sit at 10-10, better than most expected but not playing their…

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The interesting case of Curtis Granderson

April 23, 2014
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granderson k

“Real New Yorkers are Mets fans,” are the most remembered words by Mets new outfielder Curtis Granderson during his press conference this past offseason.  Granderson entered 2014 with high expectations, and has seemed to fail each and every one of them.  Granderson has a batting average well below .200 after playing in 19 of the Mets first 20 games.  Of course, there is still time to turn everything around.  Granderson signed a four-year deal with…

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Speculation on the PTBNL in the Ike Davis deal

April 22, 2014
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Speculation on the PTBNL in the Ike Davis deal

Only minutes before beginning a dreadful game against Atlanta, the Mets had announced that Ike Davis had been traded. The first base situation had been a reoccurring problem ever since Carlos Delgado departed in the beginning of the 2009 season. Davis seemed to be able to take over after a very solid 2010 season and a superb 36 games in 2011. Fast-forward 41 home runs and a .729 OPS, Davis was traded only 30 AB’s…

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Is more Anthony Recker a good thing?

April 22, 2014
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Is more Anthony Recker a good thing?

Anthony Recker is a big man with a ton of natural power. When he crushes a home run over the left field wall, it can be easy to think a guy like that needs more playing time. Add in that he’s improved himself into a very well-rounded defensive backstop while Travis d’Arnaud has struggled both at and behind the plate this year, and the case for Recker getting more playing time seems an easy one…

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Daniel Murphy in the cleanup spot and optimizing the lineup

April 21, 2014
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Daniel Murphy

On Sunday, Terry Collins did some interesting shuffling of the Mets lineup.  What it essentially boiled down to was he flipped Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy in the two and four holes, a somewhat confusing swap.  Collins’ reasons for the change were, as Ron Darling put it, strange. He said that he made the change because Granderson has a good track record hitting in the two hole, and likewise for Murphy in the cleanup spot. …

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Will Vic Black be the Mets closer by season’s end?

April 21, 2014
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Vic Black

The 2014 season didn’t get off to a fast start for Vic Black.  In ten spring training appearances, Black pitched to a 5.79 ERA and 2.46 WHIP in 9.1 IP, a showing that promptly had him demoted to minor league camp much earlier than anyone could have expected.  Fans and upper management envisioned Black as a key component to this year’s bullpen, but with his setback in spring, reassurance was needed as criteria for a…

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Kyle Farnsworth, the next bad Mets closer

April 20, 2014
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Kyle Farnsworth, the next bad Mets closer

Mets’ fill-in closer Jose Valverde has been awful over his last three appearances. During that span of just three innings, he’s given up 8 runs (5 earned) on six hits. Four of those hits were home runs. It’s almost like he’s no longer a viable, high-leverage closer. Who would’ve thought it? Except for the Tigers, who released him after multiple failed attempts at reviving his closer role with the team. Also, all of the other…

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Curtis Granderson, the latest unlucky Mets Opening Day cleanup hitter

April 20, 2014
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Curtis Granderson, the latest unlucky Mets Opening Day cleanup hitter

On Opening Day, the Mets had big free agent acquisition Curtis Granderson hit cleanup. He started his Mets career 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. And it hasn’t gotten much better since. Last night, Granderson heard Mets’ fans boo him, as he twice came up empty with multiple runners on base in the late innings. With runners on first and second in the eighth inning, he weakly popped up to third base. Then in the ninth inning…

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Carlos Torres: The steady rollin’ man

April 19, 2014
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Carlos Torres: The steady rollin’ man

“I’m a steady rollin’ man. I roll both night and day. I’m a steady rollin’ man. I roll both night and day.” —Robert Johnson So far, so good. At least as far as Carlos Torres goes this year. He has maintained a very effective approach to hitters throughout all his appearances out the New York Mets’ bullpen. He’s a steady rollin’ man. As of the end of the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Torres has…

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Can Daisuke Matsuzaka cut it in the bullpen?

April 19, 2014
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Dice K

As the New York Mets came back to Queens to start their 10-game homestand last night, the team brought up Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday while reassigning John Lannan. With the Mets having five healthy starters (save for Jenrry Mejia’s blister issues and Bartolo Colon’s back problems), the only chance where Matsuzaka can make his mark with the club is in the bullpen. It’s not a place Matsuzaka is used to, as he only made one…

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Breaking: Ike Davis traded to Pittsburgh Pirates

April 18, 2014
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Ike Davis

After 18 months of teasing, the New York Mets have finally broken up with  Ike Davis, sending him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.  According to CBS’s Jon Heyman, the PTBNL is “significant”, so there’s that. Right now, this trade looks like nothing to celebrate but not necessarily a loss.  The biggest part of this trade is that we never have to hear about…

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Why a struggling Valverde still makes the Mets win

April 18, 2014
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Jose Valverde

Important caveat, 15 games is a good hitting streak, not a good base to establish trends. Warning aside, something interesting is happening with the 2014 New York Mets. A seemingly terrible omen in the form of an opening series sweep at the hands of the Washington Nationals has been settled for now with an 8-7 season record. In those first three games the starting pitching had a combined ERA just under 5, Mets batters hit…

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