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September 29, 2008

Once Again, No October

Game 162: Marlins 4 - Mets 2 I'm going to be pretty brief today. I want a day or two just to not think much about the Mets, and then I'll be back with many more thoughts. Also, if I'm late to respond to an email you've sent me, I...

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September 28, 2008

Stayin' Alive

Game 160: Marlins 6 - Mets 1 (Friday) Game 161: Mets 2 - Marlins 0 (Saturday) And now the season comes down to Oliver Perez on short rest. Somehow that seems fitting. Of course Johan Santana was all that and a bag of chips today. I've been watching this team...

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September 26, 2008

This Time They Pulled It Out

Game 159: Mets 7 - Cubs 6 In the bottom of the ninth yesterday, Carlos Beltran delivered the big hit that was sorely lacking late in Wednesday's game. While perhaps not an artistic success, this one kept things alive going into the final rainy weekend of the season. Kudos to...

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September 25, 2008

The Nearer Your Destination, The More You're Slip Sliding Away

Game 158: Cubs 9 - Mets 6 (10) Yesterday was probably my last game at Shea Stadium. If somehow the Mets could have overcome their almost bizarre problem with scoring runners from third with no outs, it could have been up there with the best games I ever attended. As...

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September 24, 2008

Four Omar - Five to Go

Upon the revelation that Omar Minaya is about to be extended four more years, it is time to reflect on the still to be determined 2008 Mets campaign. Nothing is more obvious than the high quality pitching delivered start in and start out by Johan Santana. Not since Tom Terrific...

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Santana Has Stones

Game 157: Mets 6 - Cubs 2 If the Mets didn't make the deal for Johan Santana this past winter, they would be playing out the string right now. Whether or not they make the playoffs with him is still an open question, but the fact that they still have...

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September 23, 2008

It Getting Late Early Again

Game 156: Cubs 9 - Mets 5 I debated long and hard whether I would even post today. I have no desire to beat the same old tired talking points to death. I did very little of my usual reading today because I'm tired of reading all of the same...

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September 22, 2008

It Doesn't Matter Who's To Blame

Game 155: Braves 7 - Mets 6 We're reading a lot about the bullpen today. While they certainly deserve their fair share of culpability, the Mets haven't gone 4-6 over their last ten games -- played against the two bottom teams in the division -- just because their bullpen sucks....

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Looking Back To 1962 - Al Jackson -The Mets' ONLY Good Pick

Editor's Note: I've been privileged for the last couple of years to run Barry's pieces on Mets history on this site. Barry isn't blogging currently, but I will rerun some of my personal favorites of Barry's writings once or twice a month for the benefit of new readers. - M.S....

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September 21, 2008

Pedro Isn't Pedro Anymore

Game 154: Braves 4 - Mets 2 With 19 starts under his belt and the season winding down, I think it's fair to say that the Pedro Martinez that we've been seeing is likely to be the only Pedro we're going to get this year. While I certainly am not...

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September 20, 2008

Mini Reviews

One of the things I have enjoyed doing the most since I started blogging is reviewing books and DVDs that are Mets and baseball related. I have always felt a responsibility to put a sincere effort into these reviews. Although in most cases I have received the book or DVD...

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The Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few

Game 153: Mets 9 - Braves 5 With nine games left to go in their regular season, the New York Mets reclaimed first place with a win that featured anything but their crispest baseball. Over the past couple of months the Mets have worked their way back into contention for...

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September 19, 2008

Fahrenheit 2008

I was reading through a dog-eared copy of Fahrenheit 451 the other day, a very good book which was unfortunately coupled with a very ordinary movie version. The more I watch cable news and network newscasts, and try to cut my way through the 24/7 crap they dish out, the...

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Johan and Brian

Game 152: Mets 7 - Nationals 2 Remember back when we seemed to be reading something almost every day about Johan Santana's diminished velocity? Suddenly that seems to be much less of a factor as Santana continues to pitch like an ace despite a fastball that doesn't have quite the...

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September 18, 2008

Insanity Reigns

Game 150: Nationals 1 - Mets 0 (Tuesday) Game 151: Mets 9 - Nationals 7 (Wednesday) Sorry I didn't check in yesterday. I made a couple of attempts to write about Tuesday night's game, but felt I was just rehashing what I wrote after Monday's loss. Before Manuel took over,...

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Brandon Knight 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Thursday, September 18, 2008 Brandon Knight (1-0) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 7/26STL54474207.201.80L July (1 Game)54474207.201.800-1 DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 9/7*PHI10001000.000.00-- 9/9*WAS11110109.002.00-- 9/17WAS52265403.602.00W September (3 Games)73376503.861.711-0 Season (4 Games)12771410705.251.751-1 * Used as a reliever Team results in starts only. Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG July15. August---------- September15. Season25. All numbers except IP/Start inlcude all appearances....

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September 16, 2008

It's High Noon, Gangster Jerry

Game 149: Nationals 7 - Mets 2 I never felt any sense of surety that the Mets would make the playoffs, but I have to admit that I didn't see this coming. I don't believe that you can take a win for granted against any team in September, but I...

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September 15, 2008

The Heartbreak Kids

Game 146: Braves 3 - Mets 2 (Saturday Afternoon) Game 147: Mets 5 - Braves 0 (Saturday Night) Game 148: Braves 7 - Mets 4 (Sunday) Sorry, everybody. I really got jammed up with work today. I've been keeping up with that by working weekends, but I spent all day...

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September 14, 2008

Jonathon Niese 2008 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Jonathon Niese (1-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeam Result 9/2@MIL355724115.003.67W 9/13ATL80067200.001.00W 9/22CHC366722118.003.00L Season   (3 Games)1411112011827.072.002-1 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG September34.712. Season34.712. 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 grateful for...

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They Are What They Are

I didn't post yesterday because I was spending a long day in New York City with the Metropolitans. Thanks to Mother Nature, tickets I had with Lisa to see an afternoon game against the Braves turned into tickets for an old fashioned Twi-night double header. One thing I've noticed about...

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September 12, 2008

Borne Back Ceaselessly

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald We had a Shakespeare quote here the other day, so I thought I would try to class things up again with a literary allusion. I read The Great Gatsby for the first...

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Remembering the Heroes of 9-11

Gary Sparber, who shares some of his terrific game pics with us here from time to time, attended the memorial service at Point Lookout beach. He shares this picture of the memorial with us, and also has a gallery of pictures posted that you can access here....

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September 11, 2008

Winning Ugly Never Looked So Good

Game 145: Mets 13 - Nationals 10 I have little inclination to dwell on the relative aesthetic merits of any September win. I know there are those who question how a team that gives up 18 runs in two games to the Nationals can hope to go far in the...

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Nostra Dennis. Mets Heretic

Billy Wagner's elbow has given the Mets pause to ponder their course for the rest of their stay at Shea, and their first season on the other side of the parking lot. Wagner is one of those rare Mets who's been unafraid to call out teammates, or even himself, for...

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September 10, 2008

Pulling One Out Of the Fire

Game 144: Mets 10 - Nationals 8 Not all that long ago, a night this bad from a starting pitcher would have led to a dreary blowout loss for the Mets, particularly when that starter had given up two leads. Given the uncertainty in the bullpen and the bottom of...

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John Delcos Update

I guess I'm a bit late on this -- what else is new lately? -- but this was something for those of you who might have missed it. Former Journal News Mets beat reporter John Delcos has a new blog, John Delcos' NY Mets Report, hosted byNY Sports Day. I...

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September 9, 2008

Don't Let the Terrorists Win

It seems lately that half of what I read or hear about the Mets from the mainstream media contains references to last season's collapse. When Jose Reyes has a bad six game start to September, the Post's Bart Hubbach "subtly" works it in to his notes column: Is Jose Reyes...

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September 8, 2008

Applying the Tourniquet

Game 141: Phillies 3 - Mets 0 (Friday) Game 142: Phillies 6 - Mets 2 (Sunday Afternoon) Game 143: Mets 6 - Phillies 3 (Sunday Night) The difference between the 2008 Mets and their 2007 counterparts was in evidence Sunday night. The 2007 club went into a tailspin and never...

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September 7, 2008

Being a Fan

Excuse the couple of days without posts. I was writing an opinion piece Friday that work-related obstacles never allowed me to finish, and yesterday I was busy with some work around the house. I set out this morning to write a piece on Friday night's loss, but after about a...

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September 5, 2008

Playing for Peanuts

Earlier this year, the SNY network was showing the Playing for Peanuts documentary series chronicling former Met Wally Bachman's return to managing with the independent minor league South Georgia Peanuts. Producer John Fitzgerald and the Mets network had a falling out and the shows were pulled. You could read about...

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September 4, 2008

A Rare Easy Win Gives Mets the Sweep

Game 140: Mets 9 - Brewers 2 This game wasn't completely sweat free, but with the Mets jumping out to a 6-0 first inning lead and never holding less than a 4-run bulge, this was as close as it gets for Mets fans to a complete laugher. I have a...

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September 3, 2008

Another Game, Another Ulcer, Another Win

Game 139: Mets 6 - Brewers 5 (10) Earlier this year I got tired of the feeling that I was writing about the same depressing loss over and over again. The feeling of déjà vu I've been experiencing lately is much more pleasant. We spent much of last year and...

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September 2, 2008

High Water Mark

Game 138: Mets 4 - Brewers 2 With yesterday afternoon's win in Milwaukee, the Mets are 16 games over .500 for the first time in 2008. While this doesn't make them a great team, or even guarantee anything as far as the playoffs, I think it is safe to say...

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September 1, 2008

Winning Is Harder When You Have Something to Lose

Game 135: Mets 5 - Marlins 4 (Friday) Game 136: Marlins 4 - Mets 3 (Saturday) Game 137: Mets 6 - Marlins 2 (Sunday) Sorry for being MIA for a couple of days. It's been a busy holiday weekend for me and Lisa. The title of this post came to...

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