Can the Mets count on Johan Santana in the second half?

For once, the Mets’ beleaguered bullpen cannot be blamed for another tough, gut-wrenching defeat, when on Friday night the Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6. The Mets have now dropped eight out of their last ten. Ironically, it was the Mets’ bullpen that kept the team in Friday’s affair, as four Mets’ relievers [...]

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Jonathon Niese and gopher balls, Valdespin’s PH magic, Bay’s return

After a brutal outing in his last appearance before the All-Star break, Jonathon Niese rebounded with, according to Game Score, his best outing of the year. Niese allowed just one run and three hits in seven innings and he fanned eight batters for a Game Score of 75, the 10th-best mark for the Mets this [...]

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Mets Game Chatter – 7/19/12

Mets turn to R.A. Dickey to stop the bleeding today against the Nationals. Game time is 12:35 on this getaway day. Brian Joura July 19, 2012 - 12:23 pm START 7/19 CHATTER Brian Joura July 19, 2012 - 12:26 pm Howie just said it was 87 degrees in Washington today. Brian Joura July 19, 2012 [...]

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Is there any possible way the Mets can overcome these bullpen disasters?

Does anyone want this guy pitching in relief in lieu of what we have now? No, we won’t get that far, but at this point it has been becoming comical, hence the reason for the placement of a picture of third-string catcher Rob Johnson in this headline. Heck, Johnson does have the best numbers in [...]

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Mets Card of the Week: 1967 Cleon Jones

1967 CLEON JONES TAB BOTTLE CAP So imagine if you will that it's 1967. You're a happening guy/groovy chick. You're in your pad, listening to the Airplane, tripping on some of Owsley's finest. The Baleroesque thrum of White Rabbit kicks in and just then you realize that you're incredibly parched. After spending a few seconds [...]

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Mets In July: Beginning Of The End Or Just A Bad Couple Of Weekends?

The Mets have looked awful the last six games. No sense being coy about it. Since the glorious Fourth, the Amazin’s have looked decidedly less so. In fact, four of the six games were a horror show. Listless hitting, shoddy defense, sub-par starting pitching, bad medical news, possible mishandling of a prized prospect – this [...]

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Will Josh Edgin be a lefty reliever, rather than a LOOGY?

If you asked most people what they disliked most about modern bullpen usage, the most common answer would be managing the game with the idea of maximizing saves for one pitcher. There is no doubt that is a sub-optimal way to do things. But to me there is something even more revolting and that is [...]

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