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March 31, 2008

Opening Day Wishes

Sorry about the late post today. I had a client come over and that chewed up most of the day. This will be posted so close to game time, I'm assuming that most of the people who read it will read it after the game. You'll already know how Johan...

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March 30, 2008

Archived Pitching Stats and Previews

I've created this page for the purpose of archiving pitching previews and starting pitching stats from previous years. I will begin tracking the stats of the 2009 Mets starting rotation as soon as they pitch their first games. 2008 Final Mets Starting Pitching stats Here are the links to the...

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Smith and Clark Nab Last Spots, Pelfrey Takes the Fifth

Wow. The Mets filled the last two roster spots for opening day, and both turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. We all thought Joe Smith was almost certain to be demoted since he still had minor league options. He hadn't been pitching all that well, either, with a...

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Old Time Mets - Cliff Cook

One of the very first trades the Mets made after the 1962 season began was the one that sent veteran Don Zimmer, who had just broken an 0-for-34 slump, to the Reds for lefty Bob Miller (not to be confused with righty Bob Miller, an original Mets' draft pick) and...

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March 29, 2008

Book Review: The Knuckleball From Hell

The Knuckleball From Hell Author: Michael Wayne Paperback, 288 pages, iThink Books This book is the first fiction book I have reviewed for this web site. While much of the baseball fiction that is written tends to be formulaic, that's not a label you can stick on Michael Wayne's novel....

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March 28, 2008

And Your Fifth Starter Is...

... Looking like El Duque, provided he still feels good tomorrow. Going back to a high leg kick, but with the modification of keeping his right foot flat on the ground, Hernandez pitched 5 successful innings against the Orioles. He allowed a run on 4 hits, striking out 2 and...

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March 27, 2008

How to Predict the NL East

"I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability." Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets (1997) It seems to me we're at the time of year when fearless forecasts are made to predict how the upcoming 162-game marathon might play out. Of course,...

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March 26, 2008

Step Up and Take the Fifth

Someone. Anyone. Please. In today's game vs. the Marlins Nelson Figueroa wasn't sharp. He couldn't find the strike zone with many of his pitches, and when he did they were hit hard. Figueroa becomes yet another figure in the Mets search for a fifth starter who has taken a step...

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March 25, 2008

Four Out of Five Ain't Bad

With the Mets committing to using all five starters right from the get-go, I'm starting to flash back to 2006. For a while that summer, every fifth day featured guys like Jose Lima, Geremi Gonzalez and Alay Soler give a clinic in pitching futility. That the Mets managed to win...

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March 24, 2008

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

My Easter Sunday mass experience this year was, in a word, awful. We got to the 12:15 pm mass at about 12:14 pm, knowing we'd be standing for an hour and a half. We squeezed up against the wall somewhere in the general vicinity of our regular seats. Then the...

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March 23, 2008

Old Time Mets - Felix Mantilla

Felix Mantilla, not to be confused with Felix Millan, was an original expansion draft choice of the Mets. He had been a utility infielder for the Milwaukee Braves for the previous six years, and had that tag when the Mets drafted him. Mantilla might have been a better choice for...

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March 22, 2008

A Week to Go

It's so close you can taste it now. We are a week away from playing real baseball games that really count. The time for speculating and prognosticating is waning. Actually was able to watch some of today's game against the Indians. It was televised on their network and DirecTV wasn't...

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March 21, 2008

Going Into the 2008 Season

Right now, in blogs and in columns, people are analyzing the upcoming season in the way that cable news analysts cover a political election. Baseball is being treated as if it were a horse race, a game, a mere competition between entities whose real and potential strengths and weaknesses can...

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March 20, 2008

Guys Who Could Surprise

With spring winding down and struggling somewhat to come up with a topic for today's post, I thought it might be interesting to try to pick which players might contribute more than expected to the success of this club in 2008. Olmedo Saenz With the Mets likely to carry only...

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March 19, 2008

A Counterfeit Keith

I was watching the Mets game against the Indians tonight and was somewhat surprised to hear Keith Hernandez mention that someone was impersonating him on a MySpace page. Keith didn't like the "tribute" very much, and seemed to be under the impression that there were people leaving comments on the...

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March 18, 2008

Bob Costas Clarifies and Amplifies

In case you haven't seen it, Bob Costas did an interview with Deadspin regarding the controversy stirred up by his comments that were reported by the Miami Herald last week. I've already written twice on this, here and here. Costas didn't deny the accuracy of the quotes in the story,...

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March 17, 2008

Pedro, Ramon, and Duaner

I mentioned a couple of days ago that spring training was starting to wear thin for me. Gratitude that they're playing baseball again has been replaced by impatience for the season to get going. Watching Pedro Martinez pitch against the Tigers yesterday, however, felt more like an event than just...

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March 16, 2008

Spring Training Pics

Our friend Gary Sparber made the trip down south for Spring Training. He has some great pictures posted from Port St. Lucie and a side trip to Dodgertown: Port St. Lucie album Dodgertown album As always, thanks Gary. About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually...

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Mets Trades of the Past - The Biggest One Ever

On December 8, 1977, the Mets were one of four teams involved in one of the most complex deals in the history of baseball. This was it: The Mets sent John Milner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Atlanta Braves sent Willie Montanez to the New York Mets. The Texas Rangers...

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March 15, 2008

More on Bob Costas

I don't know about you, but I feel like we've reached the "dog days" of spring training. That's the time when I stop being grateful that there is some baseball to watch and long for the real games to start. I guess I should just be thankful that the injured...

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March 14, 2008

"Wanting It" More

Link via MetsBlog's Mike Nichols, there was an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer a couple of days ago quoting a Jimmy Rollins interview in Men's Journal magazine: MJ: Are the Phils still the team to beat in '08? Rollins: That wasn't a one-year thing. It's still gonna ring true in...

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March 13, 2008

Thoughts on the Bullpen

I DVRed yesterday's game against the Orioles and watched it last night. Of particular interest was Duaner Sanchez' inning that has received a lot of favorable play in the news today. While Duaner did indeed hit 90 on the radar gun, Kevin Burkhardt correctly pointed out that the couple of...

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March 12, 2008

It's the Community, Stupid

Last night I had the opportunity to participate in a bloggers roundtable at The Happy Recap along with Caryn aka Mets Grrl, Matthew Artus from Always Amazin' and John Young from Shea Nation. It was an interesting hour or so of Mets talk, and when it was finished I was...

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March 11, 2008

Appearance on TheHappyRecap.com

Sorry for the late notice on this, but if you get the chance at 8PM tonight I'll be taking part in a live bloggers roundtable at The Happy Recap web site, along with Mets Grrl and the bloggers from Always Amazin' and Shea Nation. To take part you'll need to...

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Some Thoughts on the Starting Pitching

We spent a lot of time last spring looking at the pitching. Pedro wasn't due back until after the All Star Break and Johan Santana was a Minnesota Twin. Tom Glavine was the default "ace" of the staff, with El Duque the nominal number two. John Maine and Oliver Perez...

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March 10, 2008

Monday Odds and Ends

Just a few random thoughts on some Mets-related items to share today: Barry Bonds The discussion on whether the Mets should consider signing Bonds begins with both bloggers and media types weighing in. For me, it's not really a moral question. I've always seen Bonds as a convenient scapegoat for...

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March 9, 2008

Maine Looks Strong

I haven't written about the actual games too much this spring. I haven't really had the chance to sit down, relax and really soak in a game before today. I DVR everything on tv, but mostly I'm just scanning the game for highlights when I watch it later. We had...

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March 8, 2008

Old Time Mets - Jim Hickman

If Marv Throneberry symbolized the bumbling incompetence of the early Mets, Rod Kanehl the everyman quality, Ed Kranepool the hope for the future, and Roger Craig the frustration, nobody symbolized all of these qualities wrapped into one player the way Jim Hickman did. If Al Jackson was the Mets' best...

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March 7, 2008

On Bob Being a Dick

There is little doubt in my mind that the Mets get more than their share of unfavorable and downright negative coverage in the local media. To some extent, the organization is to blame for this -- for a team that competes in the media capital of the world, they can...

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March 6, 2008

What Now?

The bad news about Moises Alou has been dispensed, and the endless string of handwringing and negativity begins anew. The euphoria over the Santana trade is all but forgotten. Look, we all knew that Alou was a crapshoot in LF this season. I thought John Delcos had it right in...

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March 5, 2008

The Black and Blue Crew

A couple of weeks into training camp, and the Mets are dropping like flies. The team is running up a bill for MRIs that is liable to exceed John Maine's salary for this season. I'm not a big fan of pushing the panic button, but I am a little worried...

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March 4, 2008

Duque and More

Sorry, today was another crazy day. Still, I'm here to try to keep my pledge going to post every day during the season. Interesting news from Florida that El Duque is working on cutting down his leg kick, with the idea that it would take pressure off his aching right...

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March 3, 2008

Arms for Sale?

I was somewhat surprised to find this in the Daily News today: Mets GM Omar Minaya has let teams know that relievers Scott Schoeneweis and Jorge Sosa can be obtained in trades, according to sources briefed on the players' availability. Schoeneweis has two years and $7.2 million left on his...

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March 2, 2008

One-Game Wonders: Truly Obscure Mets of the Past

From 1962 to 1996, here's a list of players who played exactly one game for the Mets. The stats are taken from "Total Mets", a 1997 publication, but the recollections are my own. HITTERS: Luis Alvarado - a utility infielder who I remember with the Red Sox and Tigers, he...

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March 1, 2008

Book Review: Mets Fan

Mets Fan Author: Dana Brand Paperback, 212 pages, McFarland In one of the many things that didn't get done during the hectic last year of my life, I really regret that it took so long to write this review. I mentioned on several occasions how much I enjoyed the book,...

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