Brett Baty has arrived, and the Mets should keep him here

There are three primary narratives playing out this season for the 2023 Mets, and all of them are having an impact on the team’s underwhelming performance in a season preceded by sky-high expectations: the state of an old starting rotation that is struggling both with performance and health, another year in which we’re discussing a [...]

Kodai Senga and shifting expectations

Expectations are an interesting aspect of human psychology. They can be sky high, subdued, or somewhere in between. They’re sometimes called “premeditated resentments” when there’s a high probability that they won’t be met, which leads to all kinds of disillusioned heartache and regret. At a very basic level, we’re content when they’re met and disappointed [...]

The Mets’ defense and changing the rules

To say that the Mets during the Sandy Alderson years undervalued defense would be putting it lightly. In fact, and usually to their detriment, there were times that the team deliberately sacrificed defense to get more pop in the lineup. Anyone remember Lucas Duda in left field? Actually, throwing players into the outfield to shoehorn [...]

Pete Alonso: A glove away from an MVP award?

The Mets’ extension with Jeff McNeil was a no-brainer, particularly with such seemingly team-friendly terms. As noted in Brian’s article detailing that news, the next logical question relates to the team doing the same with Pete Alonso. Despite the love for him in New York (and his record-setting arbitration award for a first baseman), Alonso [...]

Dominic Smith’s release is bittersweet

They say prospects will break your heart, and that sentiment is affirmed exponentially more often than not. Fans that closely follow their favorite team’s farm system exhibit a special kind of fandom that enjoys tracking the youngsters’ continued growth as they (hopefully) climb the ladder to the show. There’s just something special about watching the [...]

Luck and the Mets’ approach at the plate

Every now and then it’s worth lurking in the comments sections of websites for opposing teams when they’re playing the Mets. It (sometimes) provides interesting assessments from opposing fans, and it adds a bit of perspective when their gnashing highlights things about the Mets we as fans may not generally notice. If you do take [...]

The elite Edwin Diaz is back, but he’s been here a while

We don’t really need to completely rehash the trade that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets before the 2019 season, though suffice it to say it didn’t start out well from the Mets’ perspective. Cano’s tenure was a mixed bag of up-and-down performances and a PED suspension that culminated in the team [...]

James McCann is back, but should he be the starting catcher?

The Mets activated catcher James McCann yesterday after the backstop completed his recovery from surgery to address the broken hamate bone he suffered in May. He’s the first of a trio of core Mets starters (the others being Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom) to return from injuries that sidelined them early this season, though realistically [...]