Jose Butto shines in his first MLB start of the season

Back in the middle of March, there was a piece here called, "Jose Butto should be in the rotation over Adrian Houser." It was a good piece because it was a real opinion backed up with facts. Additionally, it was something just about no one was saying and even fewer were writing. Of course, even [...]

Gut Reaction: Mets get first win of 2024 with twinbill split with the Tigers

The Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 win and a split of their doubleheader with the Tigers Thursday afternoon. It was the first victory of the year for the Mets, who had dropped their first five games of the season. Pete Alonso led off the ninth inning [...]

Mets go dumpster diving to sign Julio Teheran

Longtime readers will know my oft-stated distaste of the Mets’ organization’s preference for guys who were good on another team three or more years – but who now stink – over giving guys from their own organization a shot. And it’s true whether it was dumpster diving for starting pitchers or recycling old first basemen [...]

Step off the ledge Mets fans, it’s four games

In 2023, the Braves won 104 games. No rational person can claim that they weren’t a fantastic regular-season team. And yet they had three separate times when they lost four straight games. From 4/19-4/23 and again on 7/15-7/19 and once more on 9/15-9/18, the Braves lost four straight games. Of course, it helped when they [...]

The Pack earns an Easter Sunday win over the Devils to punch their ticket to the Final Four

N.C. State exploded for 55 points in the second half to turn a 6-point halftime deficit into a 76-64 win over the Duke Blue Devils and a trip to the Final Four. It will be State’s first trip to the Final Four since 1983, when they won it all. The one thing that State hadn’t [...]

The Mets’ rotation, the whiffs of Brandon Nimmo and DJ Stewart and the curse Harrison Bader looks to break

When Kodai Senga went down, it was natural to have Jose Quintana take the ball for the Mets on Opening Day. Not only was Quintana a veteran who pitched well when healthy last year, he was the only one of the remaining four initial pitchers in the rotation who played for the Mets in 2023. [...]

How will Carlos Mendoza and the Mets respond to Rhys Hoskins?

While still hungover – figuratively – from N.C. State’s third NCAA win and eighth-straight victory, it dawned on me that today is the fifth Saturday of the month and no one was scheduled to write an article today. For me, these early-season articles are the toughest ones to write. What has happened that isn’t already [...]

State blitzes No. 2 Marquette to advance to the Elite Eight

No one gave N.C. State a chance in its Sweet 16 matchup with No. 2 Marquette. The Big East club, the story went, just had too much going for it. They shot better, had more weapons and would force too many turnovers for the No. 11 Wolfpack to handle. Well, time to come up with [...]