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Mets Card of the Week: 2014 Matt Harvey

April 16, 2014
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2014 Harvey

2014 TOPPS MINI DIE-CUT MATT HARVEY Episode 7F16 of The Simpsons is a classic entry from 1991 named “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”– a title cribbed from Preston Sturges’ 1941 comedy Sullivan’s Travels, and later appropriated by the Coen brothers for their Depression-era riff on Homer’s “Odyssey.” In the episode, Homer (the Springfieldian one, not the ancient Greek) discovers through a cascading series of events that he has a long-lost half-brother. Herb Powell (voiced by…

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Game Chatter: Jenrry Mejia vs. Bronson Arroyo (4/15/14)

April 15, 2014
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Time is running out for Eric Young, Jr.

April 15, 2014
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Time is running out for Eric Young, Jr.

Eric Young, Jr. has been auditioning for a starting outfielder position since the 2014 season began. He was given this opportunity for two reasons; Terry Collins likes to have speed at the top of the order, and Chris Young was hurt. Young just started a rehab assignment in Las Vegas, where he promptly hit two home runs and drove in five on his way to a 5-5 night on Sunday, then added another two hits…

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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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Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Josh Collmenter (4/14/14)

April 14, 2014
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Mets Minors: Rafael Montero impressive in Vegas

April 14, 2014
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Rafael Montero

The Mets have quite the collection of starting pitchers.  There is not much that anyone could complain about in the Las Vegas starting rotation, but it seems that Rafael Montero deserves additional praise.  Through his first three starts, he’s been the picture of an “Ace”. What Makes an “Ace”? A Low ERA – Montero’s ERA is 2.60 after 17.1 IP A Low WHIP – Montero’s WHIP is a crisp 0.87 A High K/9 – Montero’s…

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Mets you’ve forgotten about: Glendon Rusch

April 14, 2014
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April 27, 2000.  On a Thursday afternoon getaway day, the Mets were set to face off against the Cincinnati Reds in the rubber game of a three game series.  Steve Parris would toe the rubber for the Reds, and the Mets would send lefty Glendon Rusch to the hill in front of the “B” squad. Soon-to-be eight-year-old Joe Vasile sat down in the loge section along the third base line to take in his first…

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Game Chatter: Bartolo Colon vs. C.J. Wilson (4/13/14)

April 13, 2014
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Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares exemplify small sample sizes

April 13, 2014
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Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares exemplify small sample sizes

The Mets’ 2014 season is a mere 11 games deep, and the team sits at five wins to their six losses. That’s hardly enough time to gauge where the team will end up at the end of the season, though topping out at 73 or 74 wins at their current pace is certainly within the realm of reason. The team could defy expectations and win 85 or more games or completely implode and win less…

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Mets get first-hand experience against all-righty bullpen

April 13, 2014
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Mets get first-hand experience against all-righty bullpen

Generally speaking, Interleague games are not my favorites. My preference is for a balanced schedule and you simply cannot have that with Interleague games. Be that as it may, the last two games against the Angels have been fun, even if they have both been four-hour affairs that required extra innings. There’s the joy of seeing Mike Trout, the chance to once again see Albert Pujols and even old friends Collin Cowgill and Joe Smith…

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Game Chatter: Jonathon Niese vs. Jered Weaver (4/12/14)

April 12, 2014
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The night Neil Allen got bad advice

April 12, 2014
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The night Neil Allen got bad advice

By the end of the 1982 baseball season, Neil Allen was arguably one of the best pitchers in New York. Yes, the Yankees had Ron Guidry, Dave Righetti, and Tommy John and yes, the Mets had Craig Swan but consider what Allen had achieved in his career by that point. By the end of 1982, Allen had become a very successful closer for the team (22 saves in 1980 and 18 saves in the strike-shortened…

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