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May 31, 2007

Nada

Giants 3 - Mets 0 from Wednesday, May 30, 2007 It started off looking like a really bad night for Tom Glavine as the Giants beat him up for 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk through the first three innings. Credit to Glavine for righting the ship and...

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Balking Bob Does It Again

Mets 5 - Giants 4 (12) from Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Only Bob Davidson would have called that balk with Reyes at first base in the 12th inning of a tight extra inning contest. It takes a lot of arrogance for an umpire to impose himself on a game in...

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Mets Sweep Fish Behind Sosa

Mets 6 - Marlins 4 from Sunday, May 27, 2007 Jorge Sosa bounced back from his awful start against the Braves to help the Mets sweep their weekend series against the Marlins. He was throwing strikes and dominating through the first four innings of the game allowing only 2 hits...

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Here's the Plan

Now that I have survived the move into the new house and a few days without DSL courtesy of my local phone company, I'm ready to get back in the swing of things with Mike's Mets. The Game recap format allowed me to keep this blog going while I was...

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Fo', Fo', Fo'

I'm borrowing from Moses Malone' nearly correct 1983 playoff prediction (the Sixers lost one game in the middle series, so they were actually "Fo', Fi', Fo" in that postseason). I'm also borrowing from the riff our friend Greg from FAFIF put forth after last weekend's perfect results: Mets sweep, Braves...

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May 30, 2007

Back Tomorrow

Sorry, everyone. The DSL went down for a couple of days. We're back up and running, and I will resume posting again Thursday. If you sent me an email over the past few days and didn't get an answer, I promise I wasn't being rude. I'll catch up on all...

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May 27, 2007

Maine Bounces Back

Mets 7 - Marlins 2 Although he struggled a little with his control in the last 2 innings of his 6 inning effort against the Fish last night, John Maine looked a lot more like the pitcher who dominated in April than he has in his three previous outings. Maine...

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Pitching Prospects of the '60's - Before The Amateur Draft, Part 2

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Anytime the early Mets acquired a pitcher under the age of 30 from another team, he could have been considered a prospect, since they were hungry for any dose of...

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May 26, 2007

El Duque Comes Back Strong

Mets 6 - Marlins 2 While the Mets as a team were not particularly sharp last night, Orlando Hernandez more than made up for it. After a month off with bursitis in the shoulder, Hernandez didn't miss a beat as he dominated the Marlins for 6 strong innings. Unfortunately, however,...

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May 25, 2007

Not Quite the Same as Last Year

Braves 2 - Mets 1 Sorry for the late post. DSL was down here at the new house for most of the day. It could have been worse -- when it went down today, I was told that I wouldn't have it back until Thursday. Needless to say, my frustration...

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May 24, 2007

Perez Shuts Down the Braves Again

Mets 3 - Braves 0 Greetings from the new house. DSL has been iffy for most of the day, and probably won't be any better tomorrow. I figured I'd better sneak this one in pretty quick while AT&T allows me the opportunity. Oliver Perez has established himself as somewhat of...

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May 23, 2007

Sosa Stumbles

Braves 8 - Mets 1 I had a bad feeling about Jorge Sosa last night, and I was sorry to see that it was justified. I kind of figured he would get all geeked up returning to the scene of the crime, and it did seem to play out that...

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May 22, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun

Sigh... Two days before moving day and the water heater dies into a pathetic puddle on the basement floor. Replacing it will be tonight's project. While I sacrifice another finger or two to the joys of home ownership, and my admittedly long-shot chances of walking through the pearly gates some...

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How Much Do I Hate The Braves? Let me count the ways...

Those of you who know me well from the 7 Train know I hate the Braves more than anything. Even when they are in a downswing it doesn't last long. We all know when the Mets hit the wall it last for years, hence the dark periods of 1977-1984, 1988-1998,...

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May 21, 2007

On To Atlanta

Yankees 6 - Mets 2 Damn, I wanted that sweep... This is three bad starts in a row now for John Maine, featuring too many pitches, too many walks and too many runs. He's lost the excellent fastball command he had for the first month of the season, and the...

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May 20, 2007

Ugly, But Still A "W"

Mets 10 - Yankees 7 The Mets made Tom Glavine sweat a little for career win number 295, but in the end were able to overcome the elements, a stingy home plate umpire and themselves to hold on for a victory. Glavine was not at his best yesterday, and had...

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Pitching Prospects of the '60's - Before The Amateur Draft

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Before baseball had a free agent draft and before the Mets produced a bumper crop of talented young pitchers like Seaver, Koosman, Ryan, and Gentry, the Mets had their share...

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May 19, 2007

Perez Hops to Another Big Win

Mets 3 - Yankees 2 A lot has been made in the press of Oliver Perez' up and down season. Yes, going into last night's game against their cross-town rivals Perez had gone W-L-W-L-W-L-W in his first seven starts, but he wasn't that bad against the Nationals on April 27,...

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Mets Apparently Obsessed With Getting Pedro Back

That which drives me nuts; hearing/reading how the Mets better get another starting pitcher, else they will not ever win in October. It started last summer BEFORE we knew Pedro was going down. Mets withstood that AND El Duque going down AND Trachsel bombing out and came within one inning...

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May 18, 2007

A Dominant Sosa and an Improbable Comeback

Mets 8 - Cubs 1 Mets 6 - Brewers 5 After watching Jorge Sosa's third start as a Met, I'm starting to become a believer that there is more to his success so far than just catching the league by surprise -- such as what Jae Seo did in 2005....

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True Confessions

If Mike will indulge me, there is something I need to come clean about. My name is Joyce and I am a Yankee hater. There. I said it for all of you to hear and know. This statement will come of absolutely no surprise at all to those of you...

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May 17, 2007

1st Quarter Report

Hard to believe, but the Amazins are about to hit the quarter-season mark around the middle of Friday night's game against the Highlanders. So, what have we learned thus far? The 2007 Mets are far better at hitting southpaws than they were last season. Certainly, the addition of the oft...

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May 16, 2007

The Lefty Who Couldn't Pitch Straight

Cubs 10 - Mets 1 I'm going to be very brief today, because blowout games don't command much analysis and I have 2 very large holes to dig for two 15 foot shade trees (Princeton Elm and Red Sunset Maple) in the front yard of the new house. I guess...

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May 15, 2007

An Imperfect Win

Mets 5 - Cubs 4 If, at the end of the season, you were going to put together a portfolio of the Mets most aesthetically perfect wins of the year, this one surely winds up on the cutting room floor. Fortunately for the Mets, style points don't play a part...

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May 14, 2007

Mets Take Series

Brewers 12 - Mets 3 Mets 9 - Brewers 1 A confession on Saturday's loss. I heard some of it on radio, but didn't watch any of it. I went to my niece's first birthday party early in the day, and then worked in the yard at the new house...

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May 13, 2007

Power Hitting Prospects of The Early 1960's

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Over 44 years, the Mets have done an abysmal job in developing power hitters in their organization. Of course, there was Darryl Strawberry and David Wright looks like a real...

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May 12, 2007

Mets Take Opener Against Milwaukee

Mets 5 - Brewers 4 I have to make this one short and sweet today. I'm leaving in a few minutes for my niece's first birthday party. Just a few thoughts on last night's win. Jorge Sosa: Another strong performance by the right-hander. He's using his slider to good effect,...

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Chunky Bits of Tid

Who likes brain teasers? Okay, here's one. What's the next number in this sequence? -1, 0, -1/2, -1, -1/2, -1/2, -1/2, +1/2, -1/2, +1/2, -1/2, +1/2, +1/2, +1/2, +1/2, -1/2, -1/2, +1/2, -1/2, -1/2, -1/2, 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, 0, -1/2, -1/2, ____. Answer: I'll tell you after...

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May 11, 2007

There Is No Moral High Ground with Steroids

This was a topic that I planned to write about after Lisa and I complete our move into the new house and I have more time to develop my pieces. I reserve the right to touch on this again in more detail, but recent events have brought the steroid issue...

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May 10, 2007

An Old Friend Helps the Mets Pull One Out

Mets 5 - Giants 3 Armando Benitez had a better Mets career than he is given credit for, but he undoubtedly lacked the resilient psyche to match his gifted right arm. Up until the infamous "high-five gate" game last year where Lastings Milledge homered off him to tie the game,...

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May 9, 2007

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I now love this team. Well, I've always loved them, but now I respect them. I love what they did yesterday. The fact that they went out and won a ball game against the SF Giants was nice too, but I love that they shaved their heads. All of them...

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Alzheimer's Awareness Day at Shea Stadium

I received an email today about a great way Mets fans can support a fantastic cause by attending a Mets game: METS FANS JOIN THE BATTLE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter Invites New Yorkers To Celebrate The 3rd Annual Alzheimer's Awareness Day At Shea Stadium On...

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The Return of Solid Play Nets Glavine Number 294

Mets 4 - Giants 1 Thanks to a return to quality baseball on the part the Mets, Tom Glavine ended a personal 3-game winless streak that temporarily halted his march to 300 wins. With 294 wins, Glavine is now only 6 wins away from that fabled number. The Mets scored...

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May 8, 2007

The Bad News Mets

Giants 9 - Mets 4 I have to run out of here to meet with a client, so I don't have time to say much. Not to worry, as last night I preferred to paint on in silence after Molina hit his second home run of the inning, and I...

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May 7, 2007

For Pelfrey, Just Another "L"

Diamondbacks 3 - Mets 1 If there's one thing that certain about a baseball season, it's that no team can hope to keep their pedal to the metal day in and day out for 162 games. Even good teams have their share of performances like the Mets came up with...

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May 6, 2007

Sosa Joins the Party

Mets 6 - Diamondbacks 3 First of all, a confession. I didn't get a chance to watch a lot of this game, not even listen to it on the radio. Hopefully one or more of the regular readers who saw more of the game will tell me about it in...

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Trades From The Distant Past - Don Bosch

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Since Johnny Lewis wasn't the next Willie Mays and Billy Cowan wasn't the next Mickey Mantle, the Mets were still going to need a long-term centerfielder. Maybe the search for...

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May 5, 2007

Our Maine Man Takes the Maine Event Throwing Mainely Fastballs

Mets 5 - Diamondbacks 3 Jae Seo's heir as the Mets pitcher whose name lends itself to excruciatingly bad headline puns won his fifth game of the season on a night when he forgot to bring his best stuff to the ballpark with him. After the game, John Maine admitted...

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Friday Night Lights

I am such a creature of habit. It boggles my mind how ballplayers and coaches can go on the road and adjust so well and so easily. I had stayed up to watch the entire game Thursday night. After only a couple of hours of sleep Thursday night, I was...

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May 4, 2007

No Place Like Chase

Mets 9 - Diamondbacks 4 When Shawn Green hit a harmless grounder to first base with one out in the ninth, it seemed that Tom Glavine was on his way to a somewhat hard luck loss. But Tony Clark did something for the Mets that he didn't do very often...

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Act One of a Six Act Play

As I'm sure I've told you all already, I'm an unabashed stats geek. I love numbers. I don't judge a team's value, or a player's, either, solely by the numbers they put up. But I love what numbers can reveal sometimes. In particular, I like the touchstones of fractions within...

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May 3, 2007

Sympathy for the Heilman

Fact: Aaron Heilman gave up the home run to Yadier Molina in game 7 of the NLCS last year. Fact: Aaron Heilman has struggled early this season. The above two facts are undeniable. What rather bugs me is the beating that Aaron takes from some of the faithful. Heilman is...

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Road Trip

The Mandelkerns are hitting the road with the Mets. We are going to Arizona and going to 3 of the 4 games scheduled there. No, I am not a stalker or a groupie. We actually go back and forth to Arizona very often during the course of the year. It...

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May 2, 2007

Baby Steps

Marlins 5 - Mets 2 Mets 6 - Marlins 3 I was listening to last night's loss while working at the new house. I had the feeling all night -- at least until Heilman gave up that home run -- that the game was out there to be won. Once...

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"Their Enemy Is Not Only the City but the Mets"

Editor's Note: This is C. J. Cross' first contribution to this blog. - M.S. I am not sure at what point it came to this. Were the New York Mets ever is a position to reject a fan from joining the rest of it's loyal followers? Was it Tom Seaver...

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May 1, 2007

Not a Good Night for Chan Ho

Marlins 9 - Mets 6 We're going to do a little something different here today. My colleagues Joyce and Dennis have, in their own unique ways, already covered important aspects of last night's inglorious defeat. I think I'll pass on talking much about the game. Actually, the original plan for...

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Tough Crowd

There were 39,000 people at Shea last night that I did not recognize. My Shea brethren, for the most part, disgusted me. When did this happen? When did we Met fans become so intolerant and demanding of our hometown heroes? When did we become so arrogant that we expect to...

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Thank You for Flying Air Mets. Buh-Bye Now...

"Good morning, passenger, and welcome to US Air Flight 1643, with service from LaGuardia Airport to Charlotte, North Carolina, on through to New Orleans, Louisiana on US Air Flight 1503. My name is Jane Jarvis, and I'll be your flight crew chief for today's travel. Our scheduled departure time is...

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