Could the Mets Finally Be Getting It Right?

Two entities celebrating fiftieth anniversaries this year grab my interest. The first, obviously, is the New York Mets. The second is the Beach Boys. We’ve heard a lot about both lately and reflections on their respective pasts, both glories and warts. There have been retrospectives on the radio, revisits on the field. Face it: for [...]

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Will Scott Hairston be odd man out when walking wounded return?

A typical National League roster in 2012 has 12 pitchers and 13 hitters. The breakdown of the hitters usually is: 2 catchers, 6 infielders and 5 outfielders. Because of the ability of Justin Turner to play all four infield positions, the Mets have gone with 5 infielders and 6 outfielders recently. But Turner’s injury yesterday [...]

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Like Terry Collins, you should have faith in Frank Francisco

About three weeks ago, I asked how you felt about Frank Francisco. The comments ranged from “CRINGE” to “nervous” to “HORRIBLE.” Since then he’s pitched in eight games, has an 0-2 record with 5 Saves and an 8.10 ERA. Yet I actually feel better about Francisco now then I did when I wrote the earlier [...]

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What should David Wright’s extension be worth?

Right now David Wright in mired in a deep slump. In his last two games he is 0-6, and in his last five games he is 4-19. He’s seen his batting average drop from a respectable .415 to an abysmal .390. Wright has been sensational this year, and he is showing the baseball world really [...]

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Sunshine Supermen: Why the 2012 Mets have exceeded expectations

Even after winning Saturday’s game by nine runs, the Mets have a -21 run differential for the season, meaning they have been outscored by 21 despite winning more games than they have lost. This fact has been beaten home, both at this site and others, because it is so hard to be a playoff team [...]

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Thole, Tejada and Bay can’t come back soon enough

As the Mets sit at 26-21, they are admirably exceeding expectations and staying afloat the standings in the cutthroat NL East. However, if they want to keep it up, they are going to need to ramp up their offense and the return of Josh Thole (concussion), Ruben Tejada (quad strain) and Jason Bay (fractured ribs) [...]

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Jenrry Mejia, Chris Young and Pedro Beato: On the mend and on the way

Jenrry Mejia: Was just sent up to AAA.  This tells me that the Mets are serious about the potential of Mejia going into the bullpen in 2012.  I don’t like this plan and am in the camp of keeping Mejia in the minors and starting throughout 2012.  Now… this is a little bit conspiracy theory [...]

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2012 Mets: Santayana, Salfino and welcoming the impossible

Edmund Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Some variation of these two quotes is repeated today in nearly every field of study. In the case of the Mets, in 2012 it is used to combat [...]

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Does Jason Marquis make sense for the Mets?

After watching yet another disappointing performance by a Mets’ fifth starter, I am left asking myself numerous questions.  The most important one of all is, if the Mets truly want to stay in this race all year long, why are they continually giving away games?  First it was Chris Schwinden, now Jeremy Hefner.  While the [...]

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Into the minds of Mets pitchers including Jeremy Hefner and R.A. Dickey

We are always quick to judge a pitcher on his work performance. If he does not perform up to our standards, then we have no problem calling for management to give him his walking papers. Yet how often do we really think about what is going on in the mind of a pitcher? When was [...]

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My experience on SNY’s “Beer Money”

Do you fancy yourself a Mets trivia connoisseur? Well, I do (especially any trivia from 1984 and beyond) and I always thought I could do well on SNY’s New York sports-themed trivia show Beer Money. To my astonishment, the show was taping an episode at my local Buffalo Wild Wings establishment and I was given [...]

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