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August 31, 2007

It Ain't Easy Being Orange and Blue

Sorry I haven't written much this week. I picked up a third big project for work, and I just don't have much free time. I did watch the games, and frankly was grateful to have a lot of work to bury myself back into when they were over. One thing...

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August 29, 2007

Riding the See-Saw

I have a friend of a sort you might find familiar. He's got brains and some talent, but he never quite seems to put it all together. Things will be going fine for a while, but then he runs into some "bad luck" and his life becomes a mess again....

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August 27, 2007

Please Don't Feed the Fat Lefty

Dodgers 6 - Mets 2 Played Sunday, August 26, 2007 Is it just me, or does it seem like the Mets save some of their worst efforts for these ESPN Sunday night games? The paying job is still crazy busy, so I don't have a lot of time for this...

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August 26, 2007

Mets Trades of the Past - Tim Teufel

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. Ask me who the Mets traded for Keith Hernandez and I'll immediately tell you Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Who'd they trade for Sid Fernandez? Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz....

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Cuban Magic

Mets 5 - Dodgers 2 Played Saturday, August 25, 2007 After pitching another 7 brilliant innings against the Dodgers yesterday, Orlando Hernandez is one win away from becoming the fourth New York Mets starter to achieve double-figures in victories. Think back to the spring, when the Mets were being mocked...

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August 25, 2007

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Editor's Note: Joyce wrote this piece before the Dodgers series. - M.S. My daughter-in-law, whom I love and adore with all my heart, and I, have a long standing "joke" that she is to put on my gravestone, "Here lies my mother-in-law...the Mets bullpen put her here." Granted some years...

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Perez Bounces Back

Mets 5 - Dodgers 2 Played Friday, August 24, 2007 Sorry for the quick post today, but I'm juggling a couple of major projects this weekend. Although he wasn't razor sharp with his control, Oliver Perez bounced back in a big way last night against LA. His velocity was back...

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August 24, 2007

Tough Town

Last night's game, which I attended with Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing, had all of the elements of an all-time classic except for the ending. The juice in the ballpark when Marlon Anderson hit that home run was amazing. The Mets improbably battled their way back into...

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August 23, 2007

Heading To Tonight's Game

I will be leaving in a short while to make the trip into NYC, watching tonight's game live and in person with Greg Prince from Faith and Fear in Flushing. I'll have to keep my recap on last night's game brief. Padres 7 - Mets 5 Played Wednesday, August 22,...

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August 22, 2007

A Different Vibe

When the Mets disappointing home stand against Atlanta and Florida dropped their record to 6-5 for the month and 31-34 since June 1, I honestly wondered if they could shake the doldrums and put together a run of solid play that would last longer than 5 or 6 games. It...

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August 21, 2007

David versus the Deuce

Found an interesting piece on ESPN Insider ($) about David Wright's resurgence after that terrible start he got off to. According to the folks at Inside Edge, David's return to being the .300 hitter we know and love can be attributed to rediscovering his ability to hit breaking pitches: ......

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August 20, 2007

Playing With a Purpose

I've been hard on this team at times this season. Although I certainly took the injuries into account when judging their performance, there were just too many stretches of games where the Mets played sloppy and were outworked by their opposition. Frankly, I thought this club would be motivated by...

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August 19, 2007

The Ones Who Got Away - Paul Blair

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. In their long history, the Mets have had more than their share of young players who were dealt away and became stars with other teams. Nolan Ryan and Amos Otis...

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August 17, 2007

The Chickens Come Home To Roost

Pirates 10 - Mets 7 Played Thursday, August 16, 2007 The less-than-stellar aspects of the Mets last 3 wins came back to bite our lads last night in Pittsburgh. First they staked Brian Lawrence to a 5-0 lead, but the pitcher who has made a career of throwing strikes wasn't...

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August 16, 2007

Your 2007 Metropolitans

I've been on record since back when the team was winning regularly as questioning their sporadic sloppy and/or indifferent play. It bothered me during the months of June and July when the Mets were playing sub-.5oo ball and seemed more interested in finding excuses or pointing out that they were...

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August 15, 2007

Comments Are Temporarily Off

I apologize that it was necessary to temporarily disallow commenting. Since about 11 AM EDT this site has been subjected to a flood of spam comments at the rate of several per minute. Usually these attacks blow over in a few hours. I will try to re-enable comments later this...

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A Bullpen on the Brink

Perhaps his performances in the would-be #300 and the later would-be #301 might indicate that Guillermo Mota harbors some sort of resentment towards Tom Glavine, the venerable lefty, whose Houdini-esque efforts went for naught against the Brewers and Marlins, respectively. After all, we are well aware of a certain resentment...

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August 14, 2007

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

I've been quiet for a long time in hopes of being able to write something truly positive. And there have been moments where I actually thought that was going to happen. There have been more times, however, when the exact opposite as occurred. Since I did not want to be...

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August 13, 2007

My Personal Tribute to Bob Ojeda

In September of 1988, left-hander Bob Ojeda almost severed the tip of one of his fingers while using an electric hedge trimmer. Many Mets fans who are too young to remember the 80s don't realize what a great pitcher Ojeda was before arm injuries and this little faux pas eroded...

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August 12, 2007

Mets Memories 1964 - Ron Hunt, Pete Rose and Bobby Klaus

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. In the 1963 NL Rookie Of The Year voting, the top two were both second basemen - Pete Rose of the Reds and Ron Hunt with the Mets. Neither had...

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August 11, 2007

Another Frustrating Step Back

Marlins 4 - Mets 3 Played Friday, August 10, 2007 I can't blame this one on Billy Wagner. He's been so good, and everyone slumps at some point of the season. I mentioned after his Houdini act in the win against the Braves that Wagner had allowed 7 hits and...

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Season Pitching Stats for Triple-A Pitchers

Back in June we took a look at some of the pitchers in New Orleans who might possibly pitch in New York this season. Since that time Brian Lawrence has been promoted to the Mets and Mike Pelfrey has made some more major league starts. Jason Vargas was torched in...

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Brian Lawrence 2007 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Tuesday, January 1, 2008 Brian Lawrence (1-2) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 8/2@MIL53383015.401.60W 8/10FLA62286303.001.83L 8/16@PIT54443417.201.60L 8/22SDP54472407.202.20L 8/27@PHI4.255101129.642.36L August   (4 games)25.2181837151246.311.911-4 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 9/17@WAS3.144631010.802.10L Season (5 Games)25.2181837151246.311.911-5 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer for the first 15 months of existence. Although I am...

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August 10, 2007

Mets Come Up Short Again

Mets 4 - Braves 3 Braves 7 - Mets 3 Played Wednesday, August 8 - Thursday August 9, 2007 Sorry I didn't post yesterday. I haven't been feeling too good this week. I still don't feel that great, so rather than try to write something exhaustive about these past two...

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August 8, 2007

Time to Step Up

Braves 7 - Mets 3 Played Tuesday, August 7, 2007 I could tell in the first inning that Oliver Perez was in for a long night. His slider wasn't really biting and his fastball wasn't popping. As Ron Darling pointed out later on, he just wasn't getting the swing and...

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August 7, 2007

Not Ashamed of the Old Girl

You could put down the frying pan, Lisa. This isn't about you... I grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Hamden, Connecticut. With its small single family homes and 2- and 3- family houses, we were a lot a closer to the bottom of the middle class than the top....

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August 6, 2007

300

Mets 8 - Cubs 3 Played Sunday, August 5, 2007 I have to confess that the emotion I felt watching Glavine's 300th win last night wasn't what it would have been if Dwight Gooden had managed to overcome his demons and win 300 games in a Mets uniform. Unlike some...

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August 5, 2007

Mets Memories - 1964

Editor's Note: We will publish a post from Barry Duchan every Sunday covering some aspect of Mets history. - M.S. In 1964, their third year of existence, the Mets moved from the dilapidated old Polo Grounds to brand new Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows. This was especially good news for...

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A Quick Exit for John Maine

Cubs 6 - Mets 2 Played Saturday, August 4, 2007 John Maine has given us a lot of reasons to forget that he is 26 years old, but yesterday he reminded us that he's still a young pitcher learning on the job. After yet another blown call at first base...

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August 4, 2007

Best Baseball of 2007

Yes, this week, the Mets are playing their best baseball of the season, including the 13-inning loss to the Brew Crew on Tuesday night. At 15 games over .500, they also sport the best record in the NL and third best record in MLB behind the BoSox and Halos, who...

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Another Solid Road Win

Mets 6 - Cubs 2 Played Friday, August 3, 2007 It looked like a fun pitching matchup going in and it was. Orlando Hernandez and Carlos Zambrano locked up into a pretty good one -- at least until Zambrano left with cramps in the sixth inning. El Duque lasted another...

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August 3, 2007

A Warm Blast from the Past

Mets 12 - Brewers 4 Played Thursday, August 2, 2007 There was a time when the Mets offense would bail out a starter having a great day. We saw it for most of last year. Even when the Mets were winning in April and May, however, a quick look back...

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August 2, 2007

Ollie is Never Boring

Mets 8 - Brewers 5 Played Wednesday, August 1, 2007 After a game like last night's, you see a lot written about the "volatility" of the Mets young left-hander. Sometimes I think the people writing about him forget that he won't turn 26 until August 15. He may have major...

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August 1, 2007

300 Must Wait

Brewers 4 - Mets 2 (13) Played Tuesday, July 31, 2007 For a while it looked like it might happen, but Pedro Feliciano continues to show that he is mortal, and Guillermo Mota was lucky to escape the eighth inning with only a blown save. For Tom Glavine, another potential...

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