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Mets Minors: Zach Lutz looking to force promotion with bat alone

August 20, 2012
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Zach Lutz

If a player can hit over .300 with good patience and power… why isn’t he playing in the big leagues?  The answers to that question are varied but in the particular case of Zach Lutz, let’s try to get to the bottom of it. Lutz was a 5th round pick for the Mets back in 2007.  Zach’s father, Yogi Lutz (…AWESOME!), was his coach through high school where Lutz played third base (The same position…

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Thoughts on Left on Base and GDPs for the Mets

August 20, 2012
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Alderson, Collins, Wilpon

Sunday the Mets left 10 runners on base and lost, 5-2. The story of the game is they had their chances but could not cash in. It stood in stark contrast to Saturday’s contest, where the Mets left only three runners on base but won the game. It’s easy to view Left On Base (LOB) as a negative thing but if you are ever asked to lead the league in a negative category, make sure…

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Mets Game Chatter – 8/19/12

August 19, 2012
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Mets Game Chatter – 8/19/12

Mets look to win a series from Washington for the first time all season. Jeremy Herner takes the mound for the 1:35 start Chris F August 19, 2012 – 1:32 pm Test Name August 19, 2012 – 2:08 pm I think a rain out would be good for the Mets. 3-5 aint too shabby vs the Braves/nats/Reds Chris F August 19, 2012 – 2:13 pm I’d take it too Chris F August 19, 2012 –…

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Just how amazing is the Mets’ 42-4 record in runs allowed split?

August 19, 2012
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Dickey & Niese

The Mets beat the Nationals Saturday night, 2-0, to bring their record to 42-4 when they hold their opponents to three runs or fewer. That amazes me. Obviously all teams will have a good record in these situations but for a sub .500 team to be playing at a .913 winning percentage seems significant. So let’s do a little digging to see how unusual this is or isn’t. Overall, the Mets have a .475 winning…

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Mets Game Chatter – 8/18/12

August 18, 2012
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Mets Game Chatter – 8/18/12

Can the Mets ever beat the Nats? Their best chance may come tonight with Jonathon Niese on the mound for the 7:05 start Peter Hyatt August 18, 2012 – 6:49 pm I’d love to see us put together a winning streak. Brian Joura August 18, 2012 – 6:51 pm Hey Peter – I’ll settle for a win tonight! Peter Hyatt August 18, 2012 – 6:54 pm i know, I know. I can’t give up the…

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Zach Lutz leads the list of Mets’ September call-ups

August 18, 2012
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Zach Lutz

Zach Lutz – A right-handed bat with power… go figure!  Who would have thought the Mets had one?  Well, there’s a caveat: Lutz doesn’t play in the outfield and probably can’t.  Because of this, all Lutz can really do is pinch hit and take some starts from Ike Davis.  His: .298/.406/.497 triple slash and his .903 OPS in AAA both speak to him being a useful bat… but the Mets lack for options where to…

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Is it time for Jon Rauch to replace Frank Francisco as closer?

August 18, 2012
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Frank Francisco

The title of this post begs to be asked. Considering that Frank Francisco’s last two outings were-to put it mildly-disastrous, and the fact that he had to be bailed out by Jon Rauch on both occasions, Terry Collins could be leaning towards making Rauch his new closer. Ever since he came off the DL, Francisco has not been quite the same. In four games back from the DL, Francisco has tossed 2.2 innings and has…

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Game Chatter – 8/17/12

August 17, 2012
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Game Chatter – 8/17/12

Johan Santana looks to put the ugliness of last start behind him as he takes the mound for the Mets tonight versus the Nationals Name August 17, 2012 – 8:17 pm First time thru: 0-9, second time:4-4 Name August 17, 2012 – 8:18 pm This may turn out to be a Jon Niese kind of outing Chris F August 17, 2012 – 8:19 pm ugly real ugly Chris F August 17, 2012 – 8:20 pm…

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Streaky Ike Davis, Splits by runs allowed, Byrdak v. Harvey

August 17, 2012
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Ike Davis

It has been a streaky season for Ike Davis here in 2012. The Mets hope that his 2-for-4 performance Thursday night which featured a double and a homer is an indication that Davis is about to go on another tear. On a team struggling to find power, the Mets need Davis to be a threat in the middle of the order if their offense is going to be productive. After bottoming out on June 5th,…

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Mets Game Chatter – 8/16/12

August 16, 2012
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Matt Harvey is on the hill tonight for the Mets, as they take on the Reds at 7:10 PM. It may take the software a minute to load when you first click on the page. Please be patient. If you’re having trouble getting in, try using Firefox instead of Internet Explorer. Enter your comments in the text box above where it says “Powered by Quick Chat” and the various emoticons. Right above that text box…

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It’s Hard For Fans To Get Excited When The Mets Don’t Know Where They’re Going

August 16, 2012
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It’s Hard For Fans To Get Excited When The Mets Don’t Know Where They’re Going

Fred Wilpon is approached at Citi Field, asked about next year’s payroll and says “Ask Sandy.” Sandy Alderson is approached a couple of days later with the same question and says “I haven’t discussed it with ownership yet.” Which way does the wind blow? Will the player personnel budget increase or decrease further in 2013? Will moves be made to improve the disappointing product on the field? Is 2013 to be the major stepping stone…

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Mike Baxter making the most of his time

August 16, 2012
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Baxter

What’s not to like about the Pride of Whitestone, Mike Baxter? The man could never play another single game again in his life and he’ll still be a celebrated Met for his lunging catch (which would knock him out of commission for a few weeks) that preserved the Mets’ first no-hitter thrown by Johan Santana. Aside from that terrific catch, Baxter is making a name for himself with his recent play on the field. Baxter,…

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