Forget Captain Kirk, Nieuwenhuis should be called Captain Clutch

The 2012 Mets are succeeding thanks to a great record in close games. It is up for debate if they will be able to continue this performance throughout the year but for right now they are 11-3 in games decided by one or two runs. Most fans would say they have done a good job [...]

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D.J. Carrasco called up; Bobby Parnell drawing interest

Well the Mets ended their four game losing streak last night with Johan Santana on the mound. He gave them seven solid innings of work, and the bullpen managed not to blow the lead in their two innings of work. The Mets are 14-13 this year despite having one of the worst team ERA’s in [...]

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How does Thole handle Gee and other questions I’d like to see asked

Here at Mets360 we write about the team every day and we do it without access to the players. This has its advantages and disadvantages and it is silly to pretend otherwise. Having first-hand quotes gives stories a legitimacy that they would not have otherwise and frequently there is value to the insight given by [...]

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After terrific start, Mets’ bullpen is starting to show its flaws

After a sterling beginning to open the Mets’ 2012 campaign, the bullpen has been more bearish than bullish lately and is starting to become a major concern. Outside of a fine performance on Saturday by Bobby Parnell and Frank Francisco (and finally securing a win for Johan Santana), the bullpen has been far from dependable. [...]

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Looking for rotation help beyond Schwinden and Batista

I like Chris Schwinden and think with patience he could be a back-end starter or AAAA backup for most teams.  However if the Mets are going to try and stay relevant in the NL East and in the 2012 season they cannot continue to toss Chris out there every 5th day… at least not with [...]

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Would Bobby Parnell have been perfect laughter?

Former pickle factory worker, postal clerk and poet Charles Bukowski once remarked: ”The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” I think it takes some confidence to start a blog, put your real name on your opinions, allow others to share [...]

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Amid Schwinden’s problems, when do the Mets seek outside relief for rotation?

Do you miss Mike Pelfrey yet? After two less-than stellar outings by Chris Schwinden, the Mets are looking more and more vulnerable and are now amidst a three-game losing streak after being swept in Houston by the Astros. Of course, Schwinden didn’t pitch in every game and is not at most fault, but his two [...]

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Why Is Jordany Valdespin still up?

When the Mets re-activated Andres Torres from the DL they had a choice of either sending down Zach Lutz or Jordany Valdespin. They picked to send down Lutz, who didn’t do much in his eight at-bat stint, collecting just one hit and striking out five times. It’s not like Valdespin had earned the right to [...]

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Mets Card of the Week: 1999 Brian McRae

1999 SKYBOX THUNDER RAVE BRIAN McRAE Ah, the underappreciated art of penning baseball-card backs... At its best, card-back text is an intersection of Hemingway and haiku, delivering key information and sublime insight in a tiny, rhythmic capsule of words: “Holder of host of fielding marks for NL 3rd sackers, Ron topped former high in RBI's [...]

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The Kids Are Alright: Mets Owe Successful April To Nieuwenhuis, Tejada, Niese & The Youngsters

The Mets finished April ahead of even the most optimistic Met fans’ hopes. I should know; I’m one of them. 13-10 is a damn sight better than the 11-16 of last year, and those of us with longer memories will recall that they had to scramble to achieve even that wretched mark -- the 2011 [...]

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Home runs haunt R.A. Dickey in 2012

If you ask major league hitters what is the toughest pitch to hit, undoubtedly one of the top answers would be the knuckleball. Which makes the following stat a bit tough to believe: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is the easiest pitcher in baseball right now for batters to hit a HR once they hit the ball [...]

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