Mets hold their own while playing a challenging schedule

In all professional sports leagues, the conventional wisdom is to play .500 versus the good teams and then clean up against the bad teams. But does it work? Here are the MLB teams that essentially played .500 versus teams who were .500 and above last year and how they fared overall: Teamvs. .500+PCTOverallPlayoffs Rays48-44.52299-63Yes Phillies47-43.52290-72Yes [...]

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Gut Reaction: Mets 6, Pirates 3 (4/15/24)

The Mets fell behind by three runs but put up two crooked run innings late to defeat the Pirates, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game set Monday night at City Field. The victory got the Mets to .500 at 8-8. Starling Marte and Francisco Lindor opened the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back [...]

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We are witnessing Jose Butto’s breakout

On Sunday afternoon, Jose Butto took the mound and faced two challenging tasks: taking the mound on the day that the Mets retired Dwight Gooden’s No. 16, and facing a hot Kansas City Royals team. The 26-year-old right-hander rose to the occasion and then some – tossing 6.0 shutout innings while striking out a career-high [...]

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Gut Reaction: Mets 2, Royals 1 (4/14/24)

After failing to score a run in four straight innings with at least two runners on base, the Mets scored twice in the eighth inning and held on for a 2-1 win over the Royals Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. It was the third straight series win for the Mets after starting out the year [...]

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Pete Alonso’s hot start, the surprising Jorge Lopez & Drew Smith and the team’s recent offense

Pete Alonso followed up on what Gary Cohen called an O-for-Cincinnati with an 0-4 in his first game in Atlanta. That brought his line down to .167/.222/.310 in 45 PA. But the four games since then, Alonso has been on fire. He has multi-hit games in his last four appearances, including a 3-3 with two [...]

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Gut Reaction: Royals 11, Mets 6 (4/13/24)

The Mets’ offense came thru again, this time with three home runs. Unfortunately, the pitching did not and the result was an 11-7 loss to the Royals Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. Sean Manaea was staked to a 3-1 lead but was unable to hold it. Pete Alonso tied the game in the bottom of [...]

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Brett Baty and the power of attitude

It’s been said that if one comes at an endeavor with a positive outlook, it makes whatever you’re up to that much easier. A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, right? Not that playing a baseball game is a drudgery or anything, but there is a school of thought out there – famously [...]

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Gut Reaction: Mets 6, Royals 1 (4/12/24)

The Mets’ offensive explosion continues, as they banged out 14 hits and six runs en route to a 6-1 win over the Royals Friday night at Citi Field. It was their sixth win in their last eight games and brings them within a game of .500 at 6-7. Trailing by a run, the Mets tied [...]

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Mets’ offense busts out so what do we think of the team now?

The Mets started off 0-5, mostly due to a bad offense that looked like one of the worst in the entire league. Since then, they’ve gone 5-2, with three of those seven games coming in Atlanta versus a Braves team that had gone 16-4 against the Mets in the last 20 games between the two [...]

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