Redoing the Mets’ 2023-24 offseason, while maintaining future payroll flexibility

Now that Grapefruit League games have started, it seems unlikely that the Mets will make a move to add to the 2024 Opening Day roster. Sure, J.D. Martinez is still out there and the loss of Kodai Senga might make a SP more attractive. But David Stearns doesn’t seem inclined to spend any more on [...]

State gets back in the win column with a victory over BC

Unlike in recent games where the team dug itself an early hole, N.C. State scored the first six points, extended to a double-digit lead with 7:42 remaining in the half and cruised to an 81-70 win over Boston College Saturday afternoon at PNC Arena. It was an emotional win for the Pack, as they honored [...]

Jose Butto and Joey Lucchesi hope that rotation spot isn’t gifted to Tylor Megill

So, Kodai Senga will open the year on the IL, making this the fifth straight year that the Mets will begin the year with one of their five starting pitchers sidelined. Last year it was Jose Quintana and Justin Verlander. In 2022 it was Jacob deGrom. In 2021, it was Carlos Carrasco. And in 2020 [...]

This year’s farm system will try to match what the Mets had in 2013

Because of last year’s deadline deals to restock the farm system, there’s been a lot more talk about prospects now than there’s been in many years. It’s really nice to see all of the attention being given to prospects. It’s even better to hear David Stearns talk about youngsters from the farm system needing to [...]

State’s big comeback falls short in home loss to Syracuse

N.C. State rallied from a 15-point deficit to take a one-point lead but poor execution down the stretch led to an 87-83 loss to Syracuse Tuesday night in Raleigh. It was the seventh-straight loss to the Orange and put a serious crimp into finishing fourth and getting a double bye in the conference tournament. Syracuse [...]

Why we want Jeff McNeil to pull the ball in the air to the outfield

There were several articles written last year discussing Jeff McNeil's results when pulling the ball. If you don’t want to click on the links, the main takeaway is that the shift didn’t affect McNeil as much as conventional wisdom would have you believe, at least from a raw number of balls hit to the pull [...]

History, revisionist history and post-revisionist views on deals containing top prospects

Prior to the 2019 season, new GM Brodie Van Wagenen made a big trade to acquire Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. It was a win-now move, with the hope that Cano would produce enough in the first few years of the deal to make up for expected diminished production at the end of his contract. [...]

DJ Horne’s big game leads to State’s first Quad 1 win of the season

DJ Horne hit a floater with just under 10 seconds remaining and NC State survived a last-second shot in the paint to emerge with a 78-77 win over Clemson Saturday night in Littlejohn Coliseum. It was the first Quad 1 win of the year for the Pack and the victory put them into a three-way [...]