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July 31, 2008

Chasing First Again

Game 108: Marlins 7 - Mets 5 Sorry to be so late with this. My food poisoning from early in the week has proven to be the gift that keeps giving, as I struggle to shake off the effects and catch up on the work. It was disappointing that the...

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July 30, 2008

Bouncing Back

Game 106: Marlins 7 - Mets 3 (Monday) Game 107: Mets 4 - Marlins 1 (Tuesday) As previously mentioned, a case of food poisoning has laid me low for the last couple of days. I was pretty far out of it Monday night, which somewhat limits the observations I have...

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Probably Shouldn't Have Eaten That Moldy Egg Salad...

Sorry for the absence. I developed a mild but persistent case of food poising Monday afternoon. Joking aside, I have no idea what I ate that set it off, but I was feeling pretty lousy for a couple of days there. I'm going to catch up on the two games...

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July 28, 2008

The Afternoon After

Game 105: Mets 9 - Cardinals 1 I have to admit that I was concerned going into Sunday's game. I worried that there might be a hangover from Saturday night's long, frustrating loss. If there was a hangover, it was the Cardinals who were experiencing it. On a day when...

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July 27, 2008

A Long Night With No Reward

Game 104: Cardinals 10 - Mets 8 (14) I guess if you want to look on the bright side, this was a game that the Mets would have lost with a lot less fight earlier this season. On the other hand, it's tough to have to burn your bullpen the...

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July 26, 2008

No Letdown

Game 103: Mets 7 - Cardinals 2 St. Louis may be struggling recently, but they were ten games over .500 when they rolled into town and are always a tough team to beat. Given all of the brouhaha from the Phillies series, I was a little worried going into this...

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July 25, 2008

Not So Fast...

Game 101: Mets 6 - Phillies 3 (Wednesday) Game 102: Mets 3 - Phillies 1 (Thursday) I've made the point previously that two years ago the bullpen was the glue that held this team together. While not terrible (think of that 2005 Mets 'pen for that distinction), this year's group...

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July 24, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing

I owe you all a post on the last two games of this series, but I have to run out of here in a few minutes for a much-needed night out. Before I go, I just wanted to weigh in on a couple of things. I have a missing person's...

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July 23, 2008


Game 100: Phillies 8 - Mets 6 Games like this make you wish you never became a fan, at least for a little while. They used to absolutely kill me years ago. I handle them better now, but they still suck. A bad loss like last night's make it very...

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July 22, 2008

Time to Bring It

I had a really busy day which kept me from really sitting down and knocking off something for the blog. To be frank with you, though, I'm not sure there is anything to be said off the field that really matters any more. The Mets need to play this series...

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July 21, 2008

The Team to Beat

With the Phillies rolling into town tomorrow for a three-game series, the question arises as to which team is the favorite to capture the NL East with 63 games to go. NJ.com links to a Jayson Stark chat on ESPN where Stark comes to the following conclusion: The fashionable choice...

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July 20, 2008

It Could Have Been Worse, I Guess

Game 97: Reds 5 - Mets 2 (Friday) Game 98: Reds 7 - Mets 2 (Saturday) Game 99: Mets 7 - Reds 5 (Sunday) Going into this series I wouldn't have called a 2-2 split a bad result. The Reds have been playing well and they were throwing a couple...

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July 19, 2008

As the Game Rolls On

ALL-STAR FOLLIES The All-Star break has come and gone and the greatest fear of all Mets fans was front and center. Wags had the game and the World Series home field advantage on his arm and blew the opportunity. Had the game gone on and David Wright actually pitched with...

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July 18, 2008

Keeping Those Good Feelings Coming x10

Game 96: Mets 10 - Reds 8 With all due respect to Twins fans who come to this site and feel the need to defend their ex-ace, there is little doubt that Johan Santana has been a disappointment this season. He signed a contract based on being a legitimate ace...

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July 17, 2008

The Mighty Pelf

Interesting pair of articles on Mike Pelfrey yesterday. The first one (link purloined from Matthew Artus' Always Amazin' blog) was Beyond the Box Score's Peter Bendix' The Emergence of Mike Pelfrey? The question mark at the end of the title kind of tips the author's conclusion, which is basically that...

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Willie at the All-Star Game

I have received several e-mails on this topic, and no one was thrilled with Willie's decision to be Steinbrenner's guest at the All Star Game. They felt his presence was an intentional embarrassment to the Mets. My take, for what it's worth, is that Willie doesn't owe the Mets any...

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July 16, 2008


I thought I'd do something a little different before the games start again tomorrow. I'm going to knock off some short takes on some different topics. In yesterday's post I linked to a really egregious example of the sort of intellectually lazy, over-the-top provocative sportswriting that we're starting to see...

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July 15, 2008

The Mets: Old Pitchers and Lazy Shortstops

Sunday night while basking in the glow of the return of good baseball to Queens, I caught a comment about the Mets by ESPN's Buster Olney. I think it was on Sportscenter, but it may have been Baseball Tonight. Anyway, talking about the Mets, Olney made the point that the...

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July 14, 2008

Mets and Pelfrey Go Into Break on a High

Game 95: Mets 7 - Rockies 0 I posted a piece from Barry Duchan earlier today where Barry writes about how surprised he was by the emergence of Mike Pelfrey. Unlike Barry, I've always thought Pelfrey had the stuff to be a pretty good pitcher if he would just throw...

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Mike Pelfrey

OK, So I Was Wrong... There probably isn't a Mets fan, blogger, or beat writer who hasn't at one time or another in the past few years pointed out what an awful trade the Mets made when they sent Scott Kazmir away for Victor Zambrano, even though few if any...

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July 13, 2008

I Would Drive Five Hundred Miles

I've been fortunate throughout my baseball-loving life to pick just the right games to attend. For some details, check my biography in the "Our Writers" sidebar on this blog. This week, I added to that good fortune with Wednesday night-Thursday day games against the hapless Giants. In the process, I...

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Mets' Extend Streak to Eight

Game 93: Mets 2 - Rockies 1 (Friday) Game 94: Mets 3 - Rockies 0 (Saturday) Even when the Mets face a couple of tough pitchers and only manage 5 runs in two games they still win both of them. After a year of the constant negativity and finding ways...

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July 12, 2008

Old Time Mets - John Stearns

In the 1973 Amateur Draft, right after the Texas Rangers selected the highly regarded and ultimately ill-fated David Clyde with the first pick, the Phillies used the second selection to take catcher John Stearns out of the University of Colorado. The next two picks both turned out to be hall-of-famers,...

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Going to Today's Game

Lisa and I will be attending today's Mets-Rockies game. I will be leaving in a few minutes. I'll have to catch up on everything tomorrow. In the meantime, please enjoy Barry Duchan's piece, which I will be posting shortly. Let's go Mets! About Mike: I was the original writer on...

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July 11, 2008

Get Well, Bob Klapisch

I was sad to see in a link from Ken Davidoff's baseball insider blog that Bob Klapisch suffered a serious eye injury in a baseball game last night. Details can be found here. I always respect someone who finds a way to continue to compete in the sports they love...

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A Sweet Sweep

Game 91: Mets 5 - Giants 0 (Wednesday) Game 92: Mets 7 - Giants 3 (Thursday) It seems like every time the Mets got it going for a while this year they would stumble into a momentum killer -- often against opponents who were not top echelon teams. In May,...

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July 10, 2008

The Right Kind of Streak

I made my fourth visit to Shea yesterday. My previous trips yielded two dismal losses and a rainout, so like Johan Santana I was hoping for a streak breaker yesterday. It took a little extra time and the need to dodge some raindrops, but in the end it was all...

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July 9, 2008

It's More than Astrology for Pelfrey

Game 90: Mets 7 - Giants 0 When Mike Pelfrey pitched the Mets to a victory in Colorado June 22, I posted some stats that clearly showed that he turned a corner with his terrific late-May start against the Dodgers. The trend continues: Mike Pelfrey (Last 8 starts) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result...

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July 8, 2008

Winning Ugly Beats Losing Pretty Every Time

Game 89: Mets 10 - Phillies 9 When you score ten runs it's supposed to be a laugher. It turned out to be anything but that, but it was still a win. Pedro looked much more in command last night. He's throwing a lot more sinking fastballs, and is getting...

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July 7, 2008

Three Days in Philly

Game 86: Phillies 3 - Mets 2 (Friday) Game 87: Mets 9 - Phillies 4 (Saturday) Game 88: Mets 4 - Phillies 2 (12) (Sunday) The question has to be asked: Are the Mets now in the Phillies' heads? Yes, that's a ridiculous question, but no sillier than some of...

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Back To Blogging

Sorry for the interruption this weekend. I'm updating the pitching stats from the Phillies series, then I'll be back with a game post. After that I will catch up on the email. Thanks for your patience. About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only...

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July 4, 2008

Mighty Mike

Game 85: Mets 11 - Cardinals 1 This will, of necessity, have to be a quick post. I've got a bunch of people waiting for me to burn some burgers for them. First of all, I'd like to wish all of you a happy Fourth of July. Enjoy the day...

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July 3, 2008

Armas Gets a "W", Pedro Is Hit Hard Again

Game 83: Mets 7 - Cardinals 4 (Tuesday) Game 84: Cardinals 8 - Mets 7 (Wednesday) As nice as Tuesday night's victory was, I had the feeling that they would follow it up with a loss. To their credit, they fought back from a big deficit, and Pedro overcame an...

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July 2, 2008

Short Stops -- Mid-season edition

At the midway point, disappointment surely reigns, but the less-than-Amazins are amazingly in the running to win their division. ALL-STARS (or not) The fact that David Wright (.287/15 HR/64 RBI) is the only Mets position player without a doubt deserving of an All-Star nod, pretty much says it all. An...

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July 1, 2008


Game 82: Cardinals 7 - Mets 1 At its best, baseball reminds us of all the things we like best about ourselves. When you're rooting for a team that can't get out of its own way, not so much. The 2008 New York Mets seem to be about embracing mediocrity....

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