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August 31, 2006

In Defense of Defense

When I was growing up a million years ago in the late '60s, early '70s, I was fortunate enough to become a New York Knick fan in the golden years of the franchise. Those Knicks used to win against bigger and more athletic teams because they emphasized teamwork on offense...

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Another Rocky Mountain High For the Mets

Mets 11 - Rockies 3 David Wright had a big offensive game for the Mets, and Dave Williams had another successful audition for a place on this ball club in 2007. Rockies outfielders continued to treat every ball hit to them like a hand grenade. It all added up to...

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August 30, 2006

How About Letting the Mets Name Their Stadium?

George Vecsey and Billie Jean King feel that they can tell the Mets what to name the new ballpark? Apparently, it would be "the right thing" and a "no-brainer" for the club to forgo an estimated $10 million in naming rights to honor pioneer and former Mets great Jackie Robinson....

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Mets Romp in Colorado

Mets 10 - Rockies 5 Steve Trachsel teetered on the edge of disaster for most of the night, but always managed to pull himself out just in time. Meanwhile, the Mets offense took advantage of some shoddy Rockies defense and bad pitching, and it all added up to another win....

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August 29, 2006

Where Have All The Pond Scum Gone?

I've got a bone to pick with this team. Things are going so well right now that they're harder and harder to write about. The team is good, the manager is good, the GM is good, and life is good ... I'm getting bored just writing this. The team was...

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August 28, 2006

Mets Use Big Inning to Defeat the Phillies

Mets 8 - Phillies 3 The Mets hung a 6-run third inning on Jamie Moyer, and John Maine bounced back to beat the Phillies for the third time in Augus. The Mets ended their season series against Philadelphia on a positive note with two straight wins. John Maine got off...

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DirecTV DVR -- Don't Do It

Because my cable system in Connecticut is one of those who doesn't carry SNY, I switched to DirecTV. Other than losing signal for a few minutes here and there when it rains hard, and the fact that the installer drilled through my phone line while setting up the satellite and...

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In the News

The game is close to starting, so I'll pass on a full posting this morning. Here are a few items you may find to be of interest. NY Times: Endy Ben Shpigel offers up another fine profile of Chavez. After more than 35 years as a fan, Chavez impresses me...

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August 27, 2006

... Sometimes It Rains

There's nothing like a cool, rainy day in late August to remind you that summer is slowly giving way to autumn. The weather has also conspired to deprive us of our game today. If you haven't heard, the game has been rescheduled for noon tomorrow. Some thoughts and news bits...

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Mets Stage Impressive Comeback to Sink Phillies

Mets 11 - Phillies 5 Mets fans who watched tonight's game were treated to the good, bad, and just plain ugly of Oliver Perez, all in 5 innings of work. He showed off that tremendously deceptive delivery and that amazing slider. He also showed a fastball that consistently reached the...

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August 26, 2006

Arms

After getting my quite tardy game recap up earlier in the afternoon, I took a quick glimpse at some of the headline in SportsSpyder. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle caught my eye, particularly 3 paragraphs on the Mets: At full strength, the Mets remain an absolute monopoly in...

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Mets Drop Another to the Phillies

Phillies 4 - Mets 3 Sorry for being so late with this. I wasn't feeling too great last night and the Mets offense did little to pick me up -- or Brian Bannister, either. Anyway, on to your belated recap: It started out quite ugly for Bannister, who was pitching...

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August 25, 2006

Skipping El Duque's Start Just a Smart Move

I wasn't surprised by the news that the Mets were going to skip Orlando Hernandez' scheduled start for tonight. I wrote back on August 16 that I found it to be of concern that El Duque was approaching his innings total for 2005, which he surpassed in his last start...

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Mets Sweep Reeling Cardinals Out Of Town

Mets 6 - Cardinals 2 The Mets received a well-pitched game from fill-in starter Dave Williams and another home run from the hot Carlos Delgado to complete a sweep of the free-falling Cardinals. It was their seventh win in a row and eleventh straight win at home. It took the...

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August 24, 2006

No Sympathy for the Devil

Any Mets fan old enough to remember the 1980s feels an extra jolt of satisfaction when the Mets defeat the Cardinals -- especially given how it's been since we've taken a series from them before last night. The battered Redbirds have certainly taken a step backwards this year, primarily due...

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Mets Score Early and Then Hold On

Mets 10 - Cardinals 8 The Mets staked Steve Trachsel to a 10-2 lead, but needed 4 innings out of 5 relievers to secure the win. The last time Trachsel and Mulder met resulted in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss for the Mets; this game played to a much different script....

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August 23, 2006

Birthdays and Other Celebrations

While I was reading that today is Julio Franco's forty-eighth birthday, I realized a couple of things. The first is that Julio Franco is two months older than I am and is still able to compete at the highest level of professional athletics while I need to take a nap...

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No Joy in Hooterville Tonight

Mets 8 - Cardinals 7 In a game of high-stakes baseball dominated by the long ball, the Mets proved that two Carloses will always beat an Albert. In a thrilling finish, they battled back from a 7-1 deficit to win on Carlos Beltran's 2-run walkoff homer in the bottom of...

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August 22, 2006

It's Not Easy Being Green

Update (10:54 PM): It's Green after all. I have to admit that I still would have been happier with Alou, but the Mets have indeed acquired Shawn Green for minor-league lefty Evan MacLane. I wondered while I was taking my walk after posting this whether this was a ploy on...

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The Reports of Our Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

As first reported by the Post's Mark Hale, and now confirmed by many others, it looks like all the gloom and doom melodrama from the weekend can die down now. Tom Glavine will be able to return to the Mets and his quest for 300 wins in about a week....

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August 21, 2006

I'm Happy That the Mets Are Not the Yankees

In this week's Sunday Punch column on the New York Baseball Central web site, Mike McGann takes a tongue-in-cheek look at this past weekend's celebration of the 1986 championship team: I suppose it was inevitable that the Mets would go nuts over the 20th anniversary of winning the World Series....

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August 20, 2006

El Duque Leads Mets to Sweep

Mets 2 - Rockies 0 Orlando Hernandez shook off any aftereffects from Tuesday's ugly pounding to toss 6 innings of shutout ball at the Colorado Rockies, out-dueling Jason Jennings and helping the Mets to a sweep of the series. There wasn't much offense to speak of in this game, with...

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Mets Acquire Guillermo Mota

The Mets picked up 33-year-old reliever Guillermo Mota from the Cleveland Indians for the ubiquitous Player to be Named Later. Mets.com's Bryan Hoch quotes GM Omar Minaya: Our scouts say the velocity is good, he's healthy. Hopefully a change of scenery and change of leagues will help him produce better...

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If This Is Sunday, the Sky Must Be Falling (Again)

Adam Rubin from the Daily News broke the story today that Tom Glavine is undergoing tests for a possible blood clot in an artery, with the chance under a worst-case scenario that Glavine might be lost for the season. Needless to say, the usual suspects will take this latest piece...

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Williams Shines, Milledge Busts Out, Mets Win

Mets 7 - Rockies 4 On the night the Mets honored their 1986 World Champions, the 2006 Mets pulled off a very '86-like come from behind victory over the Colorado Rockies. Emergency starter Dave Williams pitched a very strong game, and Lastings Milledge woke up and demonstrated the talent that...

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August 19, 2006

Mets Take Opener Behind Trachsel

Mets 6 - Rockies 3 Steve Trachsel gave the Mets 7 strong innings, Endy Chavez hit a key 2-run homer, and David Wright broke out of a slump with a pair of RBI hits as the Mets took the opener in Queens against the Colorado Rockies. Trachsel, who often has...

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August 18, 2006

Revenge of the Nerd?

In a post from Monday, I took exception to a ridiculous jibe at Jose Reyes on The Hardball Times web site. In what was supposed to be a weekly power ranking of major league teams, somehow David Gassko used that as license to take a cheap shot at Jose Reyes...

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If You Missed It

It was a tough day at work today, and I didn't have time to do anything more early in the day than get the Mets DVD set contest up there. There was a few items I would like to have pointed to from this morning, and a couple that came...

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August 17, 2006

Mets Salvage Finale In Philly

Mets 7 - Phillies 2 Behind some strong pitching from John Maine and the bullpen, and 3 home runs from the Carloses, the Mets were able to leave Philadelphia with a little dignity and a 13 game lead in the division. Unlike the first three games of the series, the...

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1986 World Series DVD Set Giveaway

The folks who bring you the A&E Home Video/MLB Productions DVD boxed set of the 1986 World Series have generously allowed some bloggers, including this one, to give away a set of these terrific DVDs. The first person to email me the answer to the following 3 Mets trivia questions...

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Offensive Doldrums

Phillies 3 - Mets 0 I think tonight's game was the culmination of something we've been seeing for a while. I thought that Xavier Nady brought a lot to the bottom of the batting order, and they would miss him. What's happening now, however, goes way beyond the loss of...

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August 16, 2006

Pedro Placed On the 15-Day Disabled List

In a move that should surprise no one, Pedro Martinez has been placed on the 15-Day Disabled List by the New York Mets. Heath Bell has been called up for now, but there is no word on who might get the nod for Saturday's start. It's somewhat depressing for Mets...

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Something Old...

I've been generally pleased with Orlando Hernandez's pitching since he came to the Mets, especially over the last month. One thing that's been nagging me, however, is the fact that at 125 innings combined between the Mets and D-backs, he is getting close to the innings total he had for...

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Another Fine Mess

Phillies 11 - Mets 4 I worked very late tonight, and was hoping for the opportunity to relax and enjoy a good ballgame. Needless to say, that didn't happen. El Duque was very bad tonight, and the Mets offense -- outside of Jose Reyes -- remains in the stupor they...

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August 15, 2006

Speaking Of Train Wrecks...

A game like last night's is a lot easier to shake off than our concerns about Pedro Martinez. With about six weeks to go until the post-season, Pedro is looking about as fragile as a papier-mâché tree. As Mets fans, we're never the most optimistic of folks to begin with....

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August 14, 2006

Mets Play Their Worst Game Of 2006

Phillies 13 - Mets 0 I apologize to those who came here looking for a comprehensive recap of tonight's game. Down 6-0 after an inning tonight, it quickly became so obvious that the Mets were taking the rest of the night off that I decided to follow suit. Pedro Martinez...

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Of Stat Geeks and Train Wrecks

I'm a regular reader of The Hardball Times web site, which I'd recommend as one of the top free baseball sites on the web. I've been busy with the real paying job lately, though, so I missed this item in the THT Dartboard last Friday. Thanks to Ryan from Always...

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August 13, 2006

Tucker's Blast Helps Mets Take Series

Mets 3 - Nationals 1 The Mets offense continued their lost weekend in the nation's capitol, but fine pitching by Steve Trachsel and the bullpen, combined with some shaky play by Washington, gave the Mets a win in the rubber game of the series. We saw a Steve Trachsel this...

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Looking For an Outfielder

The two hottest rumors for outfield help this weekend seem to be Arizona's Shawn Green and Houston's Preston Wilson. The Green rumors have been around since before the trade deadline, while Wilson was just designated for assignment by the Astros yesterday. In a story today, the local Phoenix area East...

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Maine Gives Up Runs, Mets Win Anyway

Mets 6 - Nationals 4 John Maine managed to tack another 3-2/3 innings onto his scoreless streak before Nick Johnson's long home run ended it with a bang. Maine would ultimately give up another long jack to Alfonso Soriano and settle for a no decision, but the Mets jumped on...

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August 12, 2006

Please Share Your Day at Shea Tips with Other Mets Fans

About a month ago I asked Mets fans if they had any tips for people coming to the ballgame from Connecticut. I'd like to expand that to ask some of you game day pros out there to share your tips with other Mets fans to enhance their game-day experiences. I...

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The Waiting Game

Last night's game against the Nationals was the kind that would drive you crazy if you were in a tight pennant race. Fortunately for the Mets, the last dying embers of a pennant race flickered out at the end of July when the Mets waltzed out of Turner Field with...

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August 11, 2006

Mets Lulled To Sleep by Traber and Nats

Nationals 2 - Mets 1 Last week I mentioned that I was looking to cut down on writing long game recaps. The Mets and Nats made it easy for me tonight by playing a game where practically nothing happened. Former Mets farmhand Billy Traber had the Mets absolutely hypnotized with...

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Keep Those Comments Coming

Just a little under a year ago, the predecessor of this blog began existence at Blogger.com. The first comment I ever had posted to the blog was from a Yankees fan telling me the Mets sucked. Then they started poring in. When I saw all the comment notification emails, I...

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August 10, 2006

Comments Guidelines

[Updated April 4, 2011:] I am NOT automatically moderating comments that contain links anymore. Movable Type has come out with improved SPAM filtering capabilities and they have alleviated the problem. If, however, for any reason your comment doesn't get posted, feel free to email me and I'll figure out what...

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Mets Sweep Padres Behind Hernandez and the "B" Squad

Mets 7 - Padres 3 The Mets swept their first 3-game series of the season today behind another strong start by Orlando Hernandez and the offensive support of Jose Reyes and Jose Valentin, despite giving Carlos Beltran and Paul Lo Duca the day off. Hernandez has experience some troubles early...

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Daryl, Rethink Your Boycott

With the news that Daryl Strawberry will not attend the 1986 Mets reunion because of a dispute over deferred money, I'd like to offer Daryl some advice: put your differences aside and just show up. When Mets fans old enough to remember the '80s think back on Daryl and Doc...

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August 9, 2006

Mets Win Fourth in a Row Behind Pedro

Mets 4 - Padres 3 Pedro Martinez gave the Mets 7+ strong innings as they managed to survive 3 solo home runs -- 2 by Mike Piazza -- to take another close game and stretch their winning streak to four games. Pedro got off to a strong start tonight, setting...

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The New York Media Is Disgusting

While trying to catch up on my Mets news this morning, I come across the really important information that Paul Lo Duca's wife acted in a soft-porn video. I'm sure that this has important implications for the post-season, I just haven't figured out exactly what that might be yet. There...

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August 8, 2006

Mets Win a Nail Biter, Spoiling Piazza's Return

Mets 3 - Padres 2 At this stage of their careers, Steve Trachsel and Woody Williams are very similar pitchers. Neither one possesses the raw stuff to aggressively challenge hitters consistently, and both will slow the game down to a crawl when men are on base. It's not very often...

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Mikey's Back In Town

With Mike Piazza's return to New York, perhaps we could temporarily put aside all of the manufactured talk radio controversies over late-night cab rides, favoritism of Wright over Reyes, Paul Lo Duca's love life, booing opposing players and the rest of the nonsense that floats out on the endless radio...

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August 7, 2006

Please Make Up Your Mind About Omar Minaya

So now there is controversy that David Wright got a bigger contract than Jose Reyes, with speculation that nationality might have factored into the higher amount received by Wright? I think it's important for a rabble-rousing segment in the media to decide what it is exactly that they are accusing...

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Mets Prospects Looking Up

Yes, yes, I get it. You keep telling me how bad the farm system is. Oh, by the way, how many of those "elite" farm systems have produced two 23-year-old All-Stars? If the Mets were crazy enough to do it, how many of them wouldn't be willing to practically empty...

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Reyes Slams Mets Past Phillies

Mets 8 - Phillies 1 John Maine managed to shake off the rust of ten days between starts and extended his scoreless inning streak to 23, while Jose Reyes provided the offensive spark with a long grand slam homer in the pivotal fourth inning. Maine's string of zeros was in...

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August 6, 2006

Mets Lock Up David Wright with 6-Year Contract

SI.com's John Heyman and WFAN are both reporting that the Mets and David Wright have agreed to a 6-year, $55 million contract with an option for a seventh year. Coming on the heels of Jose Reyes' signing earlier in the week, the Mets have ensured that their 2 young all-stars...

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Booing Utley

With a hat tip to Can't Stop The Bleeding for the link, I see that on Newsday's Mets blog, Bob Herzog takes the Mets fans to task who booed Chase Utley Friday night. Herzog can bemoan the "lack of class" from Mets fans all he wants, he himself is indulging...

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Oliver Perez' First Norfolk Start Was Better Than It Looked

On his Surfing the Mets Blog, Adam Rubin interviews Mets' Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Waits regarding Oliver Perez' first Norfolk start: [Perez] was missing down a lot, which is a good sign. He just had a little problem with his fastball command. We're going to go to work today....

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A Little Luck + A Little Skill = A Win for Glavine

Mets 4 - Phillies 3 When Tom Glavine got his eleventh win of the season on June 23 in Toronto, none of us -- including Glavine -- suspected it would take eight more tries to win number twelve. Even then it didn't come easy, but thanks to some shoddy Philadelphia...

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August 5, 2006

Happenings Down on the Farm

For an organization that is ranked at or near the bottom of farm systems, the Mets do seem to possess some quality, even if the quantity is lacking. A couple of young guys made debuts of a sort last night far from the spotlight that shines on Shea stadium. Phil...

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August 4, 2006

Dog Days, Indeed

Phillies 5 - Mets 3 Another disappointing result against a team in our division, another repeated failure to get that one clutch hit or sacrifice fly. As we head into the dog days of August, with two months left to go in a regular season and the Mets sitting on...

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I Need To Work On My Communication Skills

In my earlier post, I tried to give everyone a heads-up on what's going to be going on over the next few months. I seem to have inadvertently given some the idea that I will be retiring or not posting as often. That's not the case, please allow me to...

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A Slight Change of Direction

I'd like to take a moment to let you know of some changes I'll be making in the way I do things in this space. Since there is nothing that really compels me to write about today, I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk to the regular...

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August 3, 2006

Pedro Shines, But Mets Drop Series

Marlins 4 - Mets 1 Does it seems sometimes that the Mets are the only team against whom Dontrelle Willis still pitches well? Willis, who has been struggling lately, held the Mets to one run over 8 innings. Pedro Martinez also pitched well, but all he had to show for...

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Opinion: The Reyes Signing

Note: The official press release on the signing is up on Mets.com. I was watching Daily News Live on SNY, and there was some opinion voiced on the show that this was a steal for the Mets. I believe that is missing the point. While Reyes is undoubtedly costing himself...

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Reyes Will Be Sticking Around For a While

On SI.com, John Heyman is reporting that the Mets have ensured that Jose Reyes will be their shortstop in the new ballpark, now that they have signed him to a 4-year, $23.25 million contract. Great move by the Mets, we hope that David Wright is next in line. Update: The...

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Trachsel Can't Start a Playoff Game

With apologies to those who feel that I spend too much time on Steve Trachsel in this space, I'm becoming more and more convinced that Trachsel's pitching has become an issue for this team that needs to be addressed. He has a winning record and seems to motivate the offense...

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Mets Survive a Sloppy Game to Defeat Florida

Mets 6 - Marlins 5 A few more wins like this one will probably finish me for the season. When the game was over, it was hard for me to decide how I felt about it, much less be able to write about it. I took a walk in the...

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August 2, 2006

Chris Russo Has No Shame, Pelfrey Sent Down

I read Shari's post at Take the "7" Train concerning WFAN's Chris Russo implying on his radio show that Duaner Sanchez brought his misfortune upon himself by deciding to be out at 2 in the morning. I could identify with what Shari was talking about when she shared her own...

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The Rotation Shuffle -- Who Is Odd Man Out?

In my recap of last night's game, I mentioned that I thought Mike Pelfrey should go back down to the minors. It's not that I haven't been impressed with Pelfrey, but I think he would benefit from pitching on turn in the minors and honing those off-speed pitches. Although the...

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August 1, 2006

Wagner Gives It Up

Marlins 6 - Mets 5 This one was looking a lot like a very satisfying Mets win, right up until Billy Wagner grooved a fastball to pinch hitter Josh Willingham. It turned into a very tough loss, but not even Wagner's fifth blown save of the season could completely ruin...

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Some Thoughts on Yesterday

I have a bear of a day in front of me, but I thought I'd like to take a few minutes to weigh in on yesterday's happenings. Please hang with me a little if I present my thinking in a random manner -- I have only a little time to...

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