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April 30, 2008

Another Hard Day's Night

Game 25: Mets 5 - Pirates 4 (11) I'm in agreement with most of what I read about last night's game. Hardly an artistic success, the bottom line is that the Mets managed to pull the game out. In that respect it reminded me a lot more of 2006 than...

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April 29, 2008

Retool, Not Rebuild

In a long piece I wrote yesterday on the fan booing, I also wrote a bit at the end in agreement with something that Matt Cerrone had written at MetsBlog. Based on a comment and some e-mails it's apparent that I need to clarify what I said. I personally don't...

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April 28, 2008

Curtains for Delgado?

Only the most optimistic of Mets fans are beyond any concern over Carlos Delgado based on one day of mashing like it was 1999. Still, it was awfully nice to see Carlos looking something like a $16 million slugger, even if only for a day. Of course, in Mets Land...

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Mets - Braves Pics

Our friend Gary Sparber has some nice pictures posted from Saturday's Mets - Braves game. You can check them out here: View Gary's pics I have some comments and emails to catch up on, then I'll be posting again this afternoon. Support Mike's Mets by shopping at our Amazon Store...

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April 27, 2008

The Braves Have Problems of Their Own

Game 24: Mets 6 - Braves 3 The thought that became the title of this recap occurred to me when John Smoltz left this game after 4 innings. The Braves had the favorable starting pitching matchups this weekend, yet not only did they lose both games but needed 9 innings...

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Sanity Win

Game 23: Mets 4 - Braves 3 My feelings at the end of this one trended more towards relief than anything else. A win over the Braves was a welcome occurrence after the Mets came up short 3 times against them three times. I don't think I saw anything yesterday...

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April 26, 2008

Sliding Backwards

Game 22: Braves 6 - Mets 3 I think we've reached the point in the season where picking apart individual moves is almost pointless. I've put off writing anything about yesterday's game because I feel as if I'm starting to write the same things over and over -- a common...

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April 25, 2008

Definition of Mediocre

Game 21: Nationals 10 - Mets 5 Sorry for being late to the party again. This has been an absolutely brutal week for me. (And that's not even counting the trauma of actually watching some of these games.) Due to the late hour (the Braves game starts in a few...

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April 24, 2008

Johan the Stopper

Game 20: Mets 7 - Nationals 2 Johan Santana did what he had to do last night -- he stopped the Mets losing streak at 3. He wasn't overpowering, managing only 4 strikeouts in 7 innings. The Nats managed 7 hits off of him, including a 2-run double by the...

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April 23, 2008

Offensive Ineptitude

Game 19: Cubs 8 - Mets 1 It would be redundant to enumerate the offensive shortcomings from yesterday afternoon's poor performance against the Cubs. In their 19 games played do far this season the Mets have scored 88 runs for an average of 4.6 per game. Not too bad, but...

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April 22, 2008

Rough Night at Wrigley

Game 18: Cubs 7 - Mets 1 It's obvious that John Maine still lacks the sharpness he had this spring, but for all of that the results haven't been too bad after four starts. Other than his terrible first game against the Braves, Maine has pitched well enough to win...

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April 21, 2008

Mets Can't Pull Off the Sweep

Game 17: Phillies 5 - Mets 4 It was cheering in a way that the Mets fought back from a 4-0 deficit, and again that they made Brad Lidge sweat a little in the ninth. Still, when it was all over I was left with a bit of an empty...

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April 20, 2008

Book Review: 101 Reasons to Love the Mets

101 Reasons to Love the Mets Author: David Green Hardcover, 120 pages, Stewart, Tabori & Chang David Green's 101 Reasons to Love the Mets is the latest in a series of books the author has written. Previous volumes in the series offered the same 101 reasons to love the Red...

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Trades from the Past - Sid Fernandez

When you think about the really good trades the Mets have made, the Cone and Hernandez deals come to mind first, but although few and far between, the Mets have made some other pretty good trades in their history, so as things continue to fall apart for this year's team,...

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April 19, 2008

Five in a Row

Game 16: Mets 4 - Phillies 2 The toughest part of this one was surviving the eighth inning and listening to Tim McCarver for almost 3-1/2 hours. Ollie Perez walked the shutout tightrope for 5-2/3 innings, and the bullpen did what they had to do. Slowly but surely, the Mets...

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Pictures from the Nationals Series

Our friend Gary Sparber has some pictures posted from this week's marathon vs. Washington. check them out. Support Mike's Mets by shopping at our Amazon Store...

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Mets Win One In Philly

Game 15: Mets 6 - Phillies 4 For seven innings this game was a masterpiece. It got a little messy in the eighth, but worked out well in the end. Santana was as sharp as we've seen him this season, with all three pitches working and pitching aggressively. Handed a...

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April 18, 2008

The Fourteenth Inning Stretch

Game 14: Mets 3 - Nationals 2 (14) It would have been nice if the Mets first series sweep of the year was punctuated by timely and fundamentally sound situational hitting. Of course that wasn't the case, which is why I was still watching this game as the clock crept...

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April 17, 2008

A Glass Half Full

The 2008 Mets season has been a bit ho-hum, but still enlightening for those of us who see the glass as half full rather than half empty. In spite of the minions of repulsive boo-birds, there is much to be pleased about early on, and a few things of which...

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The Longball Returns

Game 13: Mets 5 - Nationals 2 Sorry for being so late with this. It's been a brutal week with the real job. John Maine has struggled somewhat in the early going after looking like he was going to dominate coming out of spring training. It looks like his command...

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April 16, 2008

Pelfrey Dominates, Sanchez Returns

Game 12: Mets 6 - Nationals 0 For one day at least, life is good again. After looking like a lost soul this spring, Mike Pelfrey has looked like a legitimate pitcher in his first two starts of the year. Given the setbacks that Pedro and El Duque have experienced,...

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April 15, 2008

Crazy Love

Years ago I worked the night shift in a large plant that employed hundreds of workers, both male and female. As often happens when you throw a lot of men and women together working odd hours, there were enough relationships and affairs going on to fuel the plot needs of...

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April 14, 2008

Monday Odds and Ends

First off a quick programming note. I apologize to those of you who were looking for one of Barry Duchan's historical articles yesterday. I know they are a great favorite of many of this site's readers, as they are of mine. As Barry explained back in February on his Metscentric...

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April 13, 2008

Missed Opportunities

Game 11: Brewers 9 - Mets 7 So far this year we've been treated to several games where the Mets got a pretty good effort out of their starting pitcher but couldn't score. Today we had Ollie Perez down 2-0 before he recorded his first out, then settling down a...

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Booing Fools

Game 10: Brewers 5 - Mets 3 I was at this game yesterday, and then Lisa and I spent some time in New York afterwards. I didn't get home until very late, which is my excuse for not getting this up sooner. I won't talk much about the game. Of...

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April 12, 2008

Look Ma, A Winning Streak!

Game 9: Mets 4 - Brewers 2 I'm going to have to be brief here, as it's late and I'll be going to tomorrow's game. From where I live in Connecticut it's a long trip. The recent history of the Mets hasn't included starting pitchers who come from nowhere to...

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Nelson Figueroa 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Nelson Figueroa (2-3) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/2*@FLA10001000.000.00-- 4/5*@ATL122201018.0018.00-- 4/11MIL62226203.000.67W 4/17WAS72237212.570.71W 4/22@CHI53372505.402.40L 4/27ATL5.13373305.061.88W 4/30*PIT3.11153202.702.10-- April (7 Games)28.2131326221514.081.433-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/6@LAD55583419.002.40L 5/12WAS56454507.202.00L May (2 Games)10119137918.102.200-2 Season (8 Games)38.2242239292425.121.633-3 * Used as a reliever Team results in starts only. Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April45.88.26.94.70.34.26.236.328.327 May25.011.76.38.10.98.10.310.444.405 Season65.69.16.85.60.55.12.257.363.349 All numbers except...

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April 11, 2008

Evaluating Omar, Conclusions

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | conclusions (this article) In the three previous installments of this article we took a look at the moves Mets GM Omar Minaya has made since taking over the reins after the 2004 season. He made an immediate splash by signing both...

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Two in a Row

Game 8: Mets 4 - Phillies 3 (12) What a game. Taught, well-played, well-pitched. John Maine still wasn't at his best, walking five batters while striking out only one, yet he limited the Phillies to only one run in 6+ innings of work. Feliciano came into the game in the...

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April 10, 2008

Asterisk*

Last night's win was not the type of crisply played game that would instantly erase all doubts about the 2008 New York Mets. There were certainly plenty of things not to like about the 8-2 victory over their division rival. One local columnist even suggests an asterisk needs to be...

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Reprieve

Game 7: Mets 8 - Phillies 2 I'd hardly call this win over the Phillies an unqualified artistic success, but there were good things in what was certainly a sanity win for Mets fans. The offense still left a little to be desired, but Mike Pelfrey pitched to the blueprint...

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April 9, 2008

Mike Pelfrey 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Saturday, September 27, 2008 Mike Pelfrey (13-11) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/9PHI52253203.601.40W 4/15WAS70054200.001.00W 4/20@PHI544102227.202.40L 4/25ATL5.15591418.442.44L April   (4 Games)22.1111129101034.431.752-2 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/3@ARI55591409.002.60L 5/10CIN62283103.001.50L 5/15WAS7.21134301.170.78L 5/21@ATL466823113.502.75L 5/26FLA46463309.002.25L 5/31LAD72276102.571.14W May   (6 Games)33.2222041191515.351.661-5 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 6/5@SDP61181301.501.83L 6/11ARI81158201.130.88W 6/16@LAA66680209.001.67W 6/22@COL5.20035500.001.41W 6/27@NYY54485407.202.40W June   (5 games)30.2121232191603.521.574-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/3@STL71166201.291.14W 7/8SFG70035000.000.43W 7/13COL80065000.000.75W 7/20@CIN75564136.431.00W 7/25STL71175001.291.00W 7/30@FLA455830011.252.00L July...

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Here We Go Again - or Still

The more things change the more they stay the same. And when it comes to the 2008 Mets, that is not a good thing. I wish I had something new to bring to the table here folks. Truth is, I don't. I've said it all before. Unfortunately, I said it...

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The Last Home Opener at Shea

It's 8:30 am on April 8, 2008 and I begin my drive down to the last home opener at Shea Stadium. It's also the home opener of the 2008 season. These are two separate events, even though they are the same baseball game. I am grim and nostalgic about the...

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Reality Check - 156 Games to Go

I'm not happy about the Mets start, particularly with the similarities between how they lost the last 3 games and how they played last September. I'm not immune from worries that what we saw back then might be what this club really is. My makeup as a Mets fan does...

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April 8, 2008

(Still) Not Getting It Done

Game 6: Phillies 5 - Mets 2 Ugh. For the third consecutive game, the Mets were offensively inept and came up on the wrong side of the score. While I stick to my guns and refuse to panic, I don't think you could have scripted a worse early-season stretch for...

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April 7, 2008

Evaluating Omar, Part 3

part 1 | part 2 | part 3 (this article) | conclusions In this, the third segment of our analysis of Omar Minaya's tenure as GM of the New York Mets, we'll take a look at the moves he has made since the collapse of last year's club. 2007-2008 Free...

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It's Not Time for the Ledge

With due respect, I hope that the Mets have a little more pluck and resiliency than some of the fans who already seem willing to concede the season to the Braves based on 2 games. While I agree it was an extremely disappointing weekend, I'd be careful not to see...

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April 6, 2008

Not Getting It Done

Game 5: Braves 3 - Mets 1 Last year my biggest frustration with the Mets was with how often in games against the Braves and Phillies they seemed to lack the focus and determination of their opponent. I have to admit coming into this series against the Braves, I wondered...

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M. Donald Grant, Chairman of the Board

The person most responsible for the Mets' worst years was probably M. Donald Grant. He is best known for sending Tom Seaver away, but his influence in the organization was a detriment toward building a competitive team, or keeping one, and things didn't get better until he was out of...

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Mets Drop Stinker in Braves Opener

Game 4: Braves 11 - Mets 5 On afternoon where so little went right, it's hard to find much to talk about. Maine wasn't really sharp, throwing 96 pitches in 4 innings and taking the loss. The Mets had to reach deep into their bullpen as Joe Smith, Scott Schoeneweis,...

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April 5, 2008

John Maine 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Sunday, August 24, 2008 John Maine (10-8) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/5@ATL44485309.002.75L 4/10PHI61151511.501.67W 4/16WAS6.22254412.701.35W 4/21@CHC62256213.001.17L 4/26ATL52237303.601.20W April   (5 Games)27.2111126231733.581.553-2 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/2@ARI62266203.001.33W 5/7@LAD8.11144201.080.72W 5/13WAS62125111.500.50W 5/20@ATL44482309.002.75L 5/25@COL64338414.501.17L 5/30LAD64456116.001.00L May   (6 Games)36.1171528311333.601.133-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 6/4@SFG62174101.501.33W 6/10ARI53357315.401.60L 6/15TEX6.15575017.111.11L 6/20@COL6.22266312.701.35W 6/25SEA62253203.001.17W 6/30@STL45371306.752.50L June   (6 Games)34191637261234.241.443-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/5@PHI5.23315214.760.53W 7/10SFG4.23328505.791.50W 7/18@CIN4.25555519.642.14L 7/23PHI73365223.861.14W 7/28@FLA4.11146112.081.15L...

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Evaluating Omar, Part 2

part 1 | part 2 (this article) | part 3 | conclusions As mentioned in part 1 of this analysis, we're taking a look at the moves Omar Minaya has made as General Manager of the Mets. Minaya has taken a lot of heat lately for some of the moves...

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April 4, 2008

Slay the Dragon

Slay the dragon. These were the three words my oldest son texted me right before the Giants took the field against the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs. Although he is a Jet fan, he understood perfectly what it was going to take for the Giants to advance. And he was...

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Rained Out

Tonight's opener vs. the Braves has been rained out. According to John Delcos and the other beat writers, the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 20. Support Mike's Mets by shopping at our Amazon Store...

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Evaluating Omar, Part 1

part 1 (this article) | part 2 | part 3 | conclusions The honeymoon has been over for a while for Mets GM Omar Minaya. His first year on the job was received with a giant pat on the back from fans, the local media and most of the national...

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April 3, 2008

It All Started With Pedro

Watching Pedro Martinez get hurt in his first start of the season was depressing on several levels for me. As with so many Mets fan, Pedro holds a special place in my heart because his decision to sign with the Mets immediately gave juice to a franchise that badly needed...

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Mets Take First Series

Game 3: Mets 13 - Marlins 0 Ryan Church, who spent the whole spring making Mets fans wonder what Omar was thinking, is starting to look comfortable at the plate. Church hit the Mets first homer of the year off a left-hander, one of 3 hits on the night for...

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April 2, 2008

Oliver Perez 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Monday, September 29, 2008 Oliver Perez (10-7) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/2@FLA60058100.001.00W 4/8PHI5.20032300.001.06L 4/13MIL4.166843112.462.54L 4/19@PHI5.20047500.001.59W 4/24@WAS5.25563407.941.76L 4/30PIT1.272225010.804.20L April   (6 Games)29181328262114.031.692-4 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/5@LAD65563237.501.33L 5/11CIN63338404.501.17W 5/18@NYY7.22234212.350.65W 5/23@COL54462817.202.80L 5/29FLA65547434.501.33W May   (5 games)30.2191922242085.581.373-2 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 6/2@SFG.1665022162.0021.00L 6/7@SDP5.11145211.691.13L 6/13TEX71138311.290.86W 6/18@LAA64492306.002.00W 6/24SEA56573129.001.60L 6/29NYY71138011.290.43W June   (6 games)30.2191831261175.281.373-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/6@PHI70046200.000.86W 7/11COL61127611.501.33W 7/19@CIN63266303.001.50L 7/23PHI7.211612111.170.91W 7/29@FLA61155301.501.33W...

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And So It Begins

After too much overwrought speculation and meaningless spring second-guessing, the real season has begun with a flourish. It may not matter as much for other teams in other places, but in NY, the redundancy of the written word and broadcast prognostication is mind-blowing during Spring TRAINING (there is the key...

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Pedro Goes Down, Mets Follow Later

Game 2: Marlins 5 - Mets 4 (10) Sigh... Well that sucked. By now I'm sure you're aware that Pedro Martinez tweaked a hammy in the third inning of last night's extra inning loss to the Fish. He's flying into New York to get an MRI. By now the Mets...

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Pedro Martinez 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Friday, September 26, 2008 Pedro Martinez (5-6) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 4/1@FLA3.144411210.801.50L April   (1 Game)3.144411210.801.500-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 6/3@SFG63373304.501.67W 6/8@SDP544104007.202.00L 6/15TEX62164101.501.17W 6/21@COL4.166951212.462.31L 6/27NYY5.26664509.531.94L June   (5 Games)27212038201026.671.782-3 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/2@STL55574129.001.60L 7/7@PHI5.12256323.381.50W 7/12COL40013300.001.00W July   (3 Games)14.1771313744.401.402-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 8/1@HOU53355235.401.40L 8/6SDP6.13243322.841.11L 8/12PIT61133401.501.17L 8/16@PIT71184111.291.29W 8/21ATL74476115.141.14W 8/26@PHI55578229.001.80L 8/31@FLA62274103.001.33W August   (7 Games)42.1191841331493.831.303-4 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result...

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April 1, 2008

One Day at a Time

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful winter. I also hope we all have a wonderful spring, summer, and fall. However, I'm not going to count on it. And not because I'm not optimistic, but because I actually learned something this winter. Something that my New York Football...

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Game Recaps and Pitching Stats

Now that the season has begun I have completed my first of what will be many game recaps and updated starting pitching stats for the season. Just a quick note on both. Game Recaps: My first full season of doing this blog was 2006. I was recuperating from an illness...

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Johan Santana 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Sunday, September 28, 2008 Johan Santana (16-7) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 3/31@FLA72238212.570.71W 4/6@ATL71173001.291.00L 4/12MIL6.25467235.401.20L 4/18@PHI733410013.860.57W 4/23@WAS72274102.571.14W 4/29PIT5.22227323.180.88W April   (6 games)40.115142939873.120.924-2 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 5/4@ARI61168401.501.67W 5/10CIN633105114.501.83W 5/17@NYY7.24475234.701.17W 5/22@ATL743121003.861.71L 5/27FLA73387213.861.43W May   (5 games)33.215144326953.741.544-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 6/1LAD7.21166301.171.17W 6/6@SDP62175101.501.33L 6/12ARI700310300.000.86L 6/17@LAA65485216.001.67L 6/23SEA75174211.291.29L 6/28NYY63348404.501.25L June   (6 games)39.2161035381522.271.261-5 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/4@PHI82266002.250.75L 7/9SFG50035300.001.20W 7/17@CIN455623211.252.25W 7/22PHI82284012.251.00L 7/27STL91165111.000.78W...

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A New Season

Game 1: Mets 7 - Marlins 2 When Jose Reyes stepped into the batter's box Mark Hendrickson this afternoon in Miami, the Mets finally had the opportunity to leave 2007 behind. Johan Santana was as good as he had to be, the bullpen pitched a couple of scoreless innings, and...

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