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July 31, 2007

The Nationals Series

Nationals 6 - Mets 2 Mets 3 - Nationals 1 Nationals 6 - Mets 5 Mets 5 - Nationals 0 Played Friday, July 27 - Sunday, July 29, 2007 I've taken a lot of criticism from some of the readers of this site over voicing my concerns about the Mets...

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July 30, 2007

Questions Anyone?

The best record in the NL isn't good enough for you? If I hear one more whining Mets fan on WFAN or on the blogs, I am going to stand up and scream. What do you guys want? There can only be one best record in the league. Sure, they...

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July 29, 2007

The Early Years - How The Braves Helped The Mets

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Those early Mets teams were awful, of course, but they would have been even worse if not for Milwaukee Braves GM John McHale who regularly sent his team's excess talent...

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July 28, 2007

I'm Speechless...

I honestly don't know what to make of this team right now. They're not really terrible, but not particularly good. I keep hoping for them to turn a corner, but they're a strange bunch. I think whether they turn it around this year or not this is a club due...

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July 27, 2007

One Bad Inning Sinks Oliver and the Mets

Pirates 8 - Mets 4 Played Thursday, July 26, 2007 We've seen this before from Perez, where things go wrong and he loses his composure. After sailing along with a 1-0 lead into the sixth, a leadoff single and then an infield hit by the pitcher put him in a...

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Glavine Gets 299

Mets 6 - Pirates 3 Played Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Just playing some quick catch-up on posts for the last 2 games: I was at this game Wednesday with the great Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing. I have to admit that things weren't looking good in the...

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July 26, 2007

Deal or No Deal

As the non-waiver trading deadline approaches, it is time challenge the semi-conventional wisdom being strewn about newsprint and the Internet and to think like a general manager. In particular, a guy by the name of Minaya. Wading into the last week of July, our beloved and oft times frustrating Amazins,...

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July 25, 2007

...And Batting Cleanup, John Maine

Mets 8 - Pirates 4 Played Tuesday, July 24, 2007 If Moises Alou doesn't get back soon, he might find he's lost his job to another right-handed slugger. Besides being the best pitcher on the team this season, John Maine is also serving notice that he is prepared to carry...

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July 24, 2007

A Belated Look Ahead at the Final 2 Months

Back during the All Star break I tried to write a series of articles on the state of the Mets just past the halfway point of the season. One thing I've learned in just a shade under two years of blogging is that you can count on not being able...

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July 23, 2007

A Hollywood Ending to a Decent Western Swing

Mets 5 - Dodgers 4 (10) Played Sunday, July 22, 2007 Chip Ambres, this Bud's for you... I gave some thought to what I might write about yesterday's game, and have to admit to coming up a little dry. I won't insult your intelligence by talking about the importance of...

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July 22, 2007

Mets Memories - Ron Swoboda

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. To most younger Mets fans with a sense of history, Ron Swoboda will always be remembered for his great catch and clutch hits that helped the Mets win the 1969...

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Sosa Coming Back To Earth

Dodgers 8 - Mets 6 Played Saturday, July 21, 2007 Back when Jorge Sosa was pitching great I remember thinking that on days when he didn't have the great slider things would get pretty ugly for him. Sosa's success was based on pitching backwards and using just enough fastballs to...

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July 21, 2007

Another Strong Start from Perez

Mets 4 - Dodgers 1 Played Friday, July 20, 2007 Following a night where the Mets needed 7 innings from their bullpen to notch a win, Oliver Perez provided 7-1/3 innings of high quality starting pitching, helping the Mets to take their second straight game in LA. It was his...

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July 20, 2007

The Fine Art of Scoreboard Watching

"I t'ink we ought to knock his block off" - Mickey Goldmill to Rocky Balboa, Rocky II "He's spinning the ball on his finger! Just take it!" - Krusty the Clown at a Globetrotters game, The Simpsons Being a Mets fan this summer brings both these quotes to mind for...

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The Real Meaning of Ralph Kiner Night

Every day we feel something different about the 2007 Mets. The confidence we have when we take three out of the first four games played after the All-Star break is gone in a single evening. A pitcher pitches well against us and we're certain that our offense is still it...

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Mets Bash Their Way to an Ugly Win

Mets 13 - Dodgers 9 Played Thursday, July 19, 2007 No style points for last night's win, but it's the game many of us were waiting for all season where the bats overcame a tough night for the pitchers. None had it tougher than Tom Glavine, who was staked to...

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The Little Comeback That Wasn't

Padres 5 - Mets 4 Played Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Just a couple of quick thoughts on Wednesday night's game, which I didn't have time to write about yesterday. Those five innings against Maddux were ugly to watch, but at least this time when they were stymied it actually seemed...

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July 19, 2007

Trying Times

The midseason travails of the NY Mets continues to be both a conundrum and a disappointment to the team, its management and its fans. However, the "less-than-Amazin's" remain reasonably well ensconced in first place due to far more inconsistent and lackluster play by the Braves and the Phillies. Those teams...

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July 18, 2007

Another Gem from El Duque

Mets 7 - Padres 0 Played Tuesday, July 17, 2007 It used to be that I was amazed at how dominant El Duque could be when he is on top of his game. In a season he has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts,...

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The Rise of Castro

Many Mets fans adore Paul Lo Duca, for as a player and as a man, he embodies much of what we root for. He is by no means an exquisite physical specimen, as far as professional athletes go, and he has no one extraordinary talent, as his defensive aptitude pales...

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July 17, 2007

Mets Offensive Blahs

On May 17th, the Mets put out a Spring training-ish lineup vs. the Cubs. Jason Vargas started and gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, but a dramatic 9th inning comeback from a 5-1 deficit gave the Mets the win. That was the last time the Mets won a game...

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Ralph

Great stuff on Ralph Kiner's tribute from Dana Brand and our friend Greg from Faith and Fear in Flushing, among others. In today's Daily News, Bob Raissman commends Saturday night's tribute to Ralph Kiner, but takes SNY to task for underutilizing the Mets icon: ...since SNY became the TV home...

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And a Fat Man Shall Beat Them

Padres 5 - Mets 1 Played Monday, July 16, 2007 I've been writing about games like this for much of the last six weeks, and frankly I feel like I'm writing the same story over and over. The way the Mets keep losing these drearily similar games has been compared...

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July 16, 2007

Milledge

After a rough introduction to New York last season, Mets prospect Lastings Milledge came into spring training with a determination to change the perception about him. By all accounts, he worked very hard both on the field and with his teammates. For virtually the first time since he was signed...

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A Nice Return for Perez

Mets 5 - Reds 2 Played Sunday, July 15, 2007 6 strong innings from Oliver Perez, a decent amount of runs and some more great work from the bullpen enabled the Mets to take 3 of 4 from the Reds en route to their first series win in July. Showing...

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July 15, 2007

298

Mets 2 - Reds 1 Played Saturday, July 14, 2007 No one can accuse Tom Glavine of backing into 300 wins. The Mets seem determined to make him earn each one. This one took 8 innings of 2-hit ball and a 2-out RBI from Lastings Milledge in the bottom of...

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Honoring Ralph Kiner at Shea

I wasn't really expecting the Mets' tribute to Ralph Kiner to be very good, because these things can be very disappointing. You have all of your emotions and there you are at the mercy of stadium sound systems, and athletes and officials and the way they use words. And then...

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What's The Catch? The Mets' Strange History With Catchers

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. In December, the Mets lost their best catching prospect when Jesus Flores, inexplicably left off the 40-man roster was selected by Washington. Sure, he may be offered back to the...

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July 14, 2007

Why Can't It Be Friday the 13th for the Other Guys?

Reds 8 - Mets 4 Played Friday, July 13, 2007 The season of Schizophrenia continues for the Mets, as they could look very sharp one night and then get pummeled the next. Last night John Maine looked rusty from the break, and was also betrayed by his defense. In an...

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July 13, 2007

El Duque and Hustle Win the Day

Mets 3 - Reds 2 Played Thursday, July 12, 2007 Watching Orlando Hernandez struggle through the second inning of last night's game, then walk Ken Griffey leading off the third, you had to wonder how long the veteran right-hander would last. It turned out that Griffey would be the last...

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July 12, 2007

Rickey Will Save This Club

Not really, but I'm sure that Rickey believes he will, and that's all that counts. Look, I've always hated firing a hitting coach or a pitching coach as a way of motivating a ballclub. I think there are literally a handful of hitting and pitching coaches that have more than...

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The New Hitting Coach

Wow. The struggling Mets offense will be under new leadership tomorrow. According to Newsday: The Mets will begin the season's second half with a dramatic change in their coaching staff, Newsday has learned. Rick Down is out as hitting coach, and Rickey Henderson is in. Down said that Willie Randolph...

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July 11, 2007

Mets at the Break: The Bullpen

Last year, due to injury and the inefficiency of the early replacements, the Mets had more guys passing through their starting rotation than Paris Hilton has passing through her bedroom. Ordinarily, this would kill a team's post-season chances, but one of the best bullpens in the league saved them. All...

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July 10, 2007

Mets at the Break: Starting Pitching

We begin our look at the Mets season so far with the starting pitching. Here is a look at the starters as a group: Mets Starters -- 87 Games Innings ERA Hits/9 K/9 BB/9 HR/9 AVG OBP SLG 521.2 4.05 8.1 6.2 3.5 1.1 .241 .315 .395 While the numbers have trended down over the last 6 weeks, it's hard not to like what the starting...

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Williams' Return Provides More Questions than Answers

Astros 8 - Mets 3 Played Sunday, July 8, 2007 I'm sure in Dave Williams' fantasies, his first start since returning from the neck injury would solidify his spot on the roster. After giving up 8 runs while failing to make it out of the fourth, it will be interesting...

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The Long Night

Mets 5 - Astros 3 (17) Played Saturday, July 7, 2007 The Astros have one of the worst bullpens in the National League so far, and Woody Williams has been one of the league's worst starting pitchers this season. Going in, if I was told Tom Glavine would pitch 7...

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Okay, Let's Try This Again

Sorry to be out of action for a couple of days again. I've been pretty sick, and a couple of things that I tried to write wound up not being worth the cyber ink spilled for them. We're going to catch up today with something brief on the last two...

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July 8, 2007

Mets' All-Time Homegrown All Star Team

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. There have been many all-time Met teams listed in the past, but most of those include a few players such as Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, and Mike Piazza who were...

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July 7, 2007

Really Bad Stuff

Astros 4 - Mets 4 Played Monday, July 2, 2007 It took Wandy Rodriguez all of 105 pitches to spin a 4-hit shutout against the Mets last night. It's something we've seen all too often since early June. Granted, Rodriguez was throwing strikes and home plate umpire Larry Vanover was...

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An A-Plus for Effort

After the lockout in 1995, I was pissed at Major League Baseball. The fact that the Mets were "The Worst Team Money Could Buy" (and who could disagree with Bob Klapisch's assessment?) made it that much easier for me to shake my fist at the lords of baseball and send...

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July 6, 2007

The Should-Have-Been All Star

Mets 6 - Astros 2 Played Thursday, July 5, 2007 While less deserving pitchers are honored with an place on the National League roster next Tuesday, John Maine quietly makes a case for being one of the top hurlers in the league. By dominating the Astros last night, Maine won...

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All-Snubbed Maine?

During the offseason amidst the constant bleating about why the Mets hadn't overpaid for some mid-rotation starter, you could always make the case there was no reason a guy like John Maine couldn't put up at least those sorts of numbers. Like the 12-10, 4.00 variety that was worth $10...

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Short Stops

The Maine Man To say John Maine deserves to be on the NL All-star pitching staff is an understatement. The real issue for the Senior Circuit, and its millions of fans, is don't they need him to try to shut down the powerful AL lineup for an inning or two?...

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July 5, 2007

Rocky Mountain Lower

Rockies 11 - Mets 3 Played Tuesday, July 3, 2007 Rockies 17 - Mets 7 Played Wednesday, July 4, 2007 I try not to spend too much time talking about personal stuff on this blog. While I have enjoyed becoming friends with quite a few regular readers, I understand that...

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July 3, 2007

Rocky Mountain Low

Rockies 6 - Mets 2 Played Monday, July 2, 2007 Tom Glavine managed to escape some first inning difficulty last night, but the third inning wouldn't be quite so kind to him. The Rockies sent 11 men to the plate as they utilized 5 singles, a home run and a...

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July 2, 2007

Confessions of an Amateur Dabbler

On Friday I wrote about the coverage in the Daily News of Paul Lo Duca's clubhouse blowup the night before. While the beat writers for most of the area papers seemed to go out their way to give Lo Duca a break in their stories of what happened, the News'...

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Mets Can't Pull Off the Sweep

Phillies 5 - Mets 3 Played Sunday, July 1, 2007 It seemed like a lot to ask coming into the game for a team that had been sucking wind a week and a half earlier, particularly when I heard Oliver Perez wouldn't be making the start. Mike Pelfrey, while still...

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Mike Pelfrey 2007 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Tuesday, January 1, 2008 Mike Pelfrey (3-8) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/13WAS5.22262403.181.76W 4/20ATL54463217.201.60L 4/25COL366811118.003.00L April   (3 games)13.21212206727.901.981-2 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/1FLA6.13353304.261.26L 5/6@ARI5.13331405.061.31L 5/12MIL5.04483307.202.20L May   (3 games)16.210101671005.401.560-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/1@PHI53243313.601.40L 7/6@HOU64475216.001.50L 7/13*CIN1.11121106.751.50-- 7/28WAS63385104.501.50L July   (4 games)18.111102114724.911.530-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 9/1@ATL61117301.500.67W 9/7HOU5.122103213.382.25W 9/11*ATL21131204.502.50-- 9/19@WAS53394305.402.40W 9/24WAS5.27653519.531.76L September   (5 games)24141328181524.881.793-1 Season (15 Games)72.2474585453965.571.714-9...

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July 1, 2007

Revitalized Offense Helps Mets Take Series

Mets 8 - Phillies 3 Played Saturday, June 30, 2007 The Phillies seemed to have Jorge Sosa on the ropes a couple of times yesterday, but he managed to dodge the worst of the bullets. What he couldn't evade was a hamstring injury while preventing himself from being doubled up...

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Old Time Mets: Would You Believe Wilbur Huckle?

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Every so often on eBay, someone auctions off a political button that reads "Wilbur Huckle For President - Metropolitan Party". Who was Wilbur Huckle, some obscure third (or 4th) party...

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