It's Thole time now

With Rod Barajas clearing waivers and being traded to the Dodgers over the weekend, the Mets made a statement about their catching plans going forward. That is, it’s time to think about the future, and the future at the position is obviously rookie Josh Thole. It took a while, but the Mets finally got it [...]

Cutter helps Niese to nice rookie year

No matter how you look at things, the development of Jonathon Niese has been one of the top storylines for the Mets in 2010. But coming into this season mainstream scouting reports were behind the times on Niese. Baseball America had this report on his arsenal: Niese's signature pitch is a 12-to-6 curveball, though he [...]

Minaya, the Wilpons and Dave Cameron

FanGraphs Managing Editor Dave Cameron is one of the most influential online baseball writers around. Because of this he has had to take a fair amount of garbage over the years from people who comment on his stories. Some of the hostility is deserved; most of it is not. Highly visible people are subject to [...]

Mets left to ponder what if with Milledge

When the New York Mets travel to PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday, they will get re-acquainted with old friend Lastings Milledge. These days Milledge is platooning in right field with Ryan Doumit for the Pirates and hoping to secure a spot for the future. He is arbitration eligible in 2011 so the remainder of [...]

Mets should close the door on K-Rod

In what has been an exasperating year and half of duty with the New York Mets, Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod) may have written his last chapter with the team after last Wednesday’s altercation with the father of his girlfriend. In K-Rod’s brief stint with the Mets, there have been plenty of highs and lows, with this [...]

Mets pitchers and Quality Starts

The Mets’ offensive troubles have become the story of the season and have overshadowed some terrific pitching performances. How many times have pitchers ended up with no-decisions in games where they pitched brilliantly? Here is a chart of all Mets starters, their Quality Starts and decisions in those games. Name Quality Starts QS Record Johan [...]