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May 29, 2009

Let's Go To The Videotape - Just Not So Much

Like our boss, Mike himself, I've been fairly quiet on the blogging scene these past few months. This is due to several factors. First, I hadn't felt inspired to add much to the conversation that hadn't already been said about this team. The first quarter of the season has given...

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May 22, 2009

Go New York, Go New York, Go!

The one thing I have learned in my old age is never say never. In my younger days, I uttered the never word frequently, and specifically when it came to rooting for the other team in town. I would say there is no scenario that exists in which I could...

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May 20, 2009


MISSING COGS In this day and age of grossly inflated salaries, intense media scrutiny and over-the-top expectations, it is not too difficult to get caught up in the downdraft of a couple of painful loses. The talk radio pundits and even many (not all) in the blogging community fail to...

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May 14, 2009

A Fifth Is Down the Hatch

Little has been made of the Mets ascent to first place in the NL East simply because this is a team that is constantly overanalyzed and ripped asunder to the negative. Early spring twinges in the left arm of Johan Santana led to absurdly out-of-proportion speculation. John Maine, rehabbing from...

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May 12, 2009

A Question of Trust

As I was watching last night's game against the Braves slip away from the Mets, I can't say I was all that surprised. Despite the 7-game winning streak I never had the feeling that the team had put it all together. I should clarify, though, and say that I wasn't...

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May 11, 2009

Jonathon Niese 2009 Season Pitching Stats

Updated Monday, May 11, 2009 Jonathon Niese (1-0) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 5/8PIT62275003.001.17WND May   (1 Games)62275003.001.171-00-0 Season   (1 Games)62275003.001.171-00-0 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG May16. Season16. 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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May 10, 2009

Pirates Series Game 3

Game 30: Mets 8 - Pirates 4 The Mets' first true series win of the season extends their winning streak to 7 and puts them four games over .500. Last year it took the Mets until July 10 to get 4 games over, in game 6 of an eventual 9-game...

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May 9, 2009

Pirates Series Game 2

Game 29: Mets 10 - Pirates 1 Jon Maine was fairly hard on himself after this one, but I was happy to see him pitch a game with only 2 walks. Although obviously still not at his best, Maine is starting to look like a dependable starter again. For all...

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May 8, 2009

Pirates Series Game 1

Game 28: Mets 7 - Pirates 3 I personally found the most significant number from Jon Niese's first start of the season the 67 strikes thrown out of 95 total pitches. Niese made three starts for the Mets last September, and the one he was effective in was the one...

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Phillies Leave Empty-Handed In Actual Wins

Game 27: Mets 7 - Phillies 5 I was somewhat amused reading around some of the Phillies sites that somehow the Phillies have left Citi Field with a moral victory. Hey, no problem, I'm happy with two wins that count in the standings. Some things do concern me, though. The...

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May 7, 2009

25 + 1 Games In

Note: This is a conclusion to this piece posted yesterday, where I share some thoughts on the Mets 25 26 games into the season. J. J. Putz (continued) I mentioned yesterday that Putz' fastball has topped out at 92-93 mph this season, which is a drop from where he was...

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Insert Superlative Here for Johan

Game 26: Mets 1 - Phillies 0 I'm old enough to remember all the great Mets pitchers: Seaver, Koosman, the underrated Jon Matlack and Gooden. There were many near-greats who put up some great seasons: Swan, Darling, Ojeda, El Sid, Viola, Saberhagen, Leiter, etc. There were guys that could have...

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May 6, 2009

25 Games In

Now that we're caught up on all the games, I thought I'd take a few moments to share some random thoughts on the first 25 games of the season. The Backup Catcher Remember how popular Ramon Castro was here a couple of years ago? Now his propensity for going on...

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Mets Hold On For a Series Win

Game 25: Mets 4 - Braves 3 Glass half empty: The Mets left some men on base and made a couple of bad errors, including one by Delgado in the ninth that turned it into a nail biter. Glass half full: Livan Hernandez actually pitched into the seventh, David Wright...

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May 5, 2009

Amazing!: Mets Come From Behind

Game 24: Mets 6 - Braves 4 The Mets were playing in Atlanta, their starter was struggling early and allowed the Braves to put a crooked number up in the second inning, and looked dead offensively against a Braves starter who was pitching very well. All the ingredients were in...

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May 4, 2009


Well Ollie, this is another fine mess you've gotten us into. A 3 year, $36 million mess to be exact. And it leaves us with a huge hole to fill in an already Swiss-cheese like starting rotation. And don't think for one minute I believe this nonsense that his knee...

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May 2, 2009

Phillies Series Game 2

Game 23: Phillies 6 - Mets 5 (10) Ollie Perez was once again awful in a supposed make or break game, but the Mets scored some runs off Jamie Moyer, who usually pitches well against them. 40-year-old rookie Ken Takahashi gave them 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while they...

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May 1, 2009

Phillies Series Game 1

Game 22: Mets 7 - Phillies 4 Losers of 6 of their last 9 games, the Mets limp into Philadelphia looking for a tonic to get May off to a good start. They found one in Phillies starter Chan Ho Park. The Mets score all 7 runs against Park, then...

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Checking In

I'm not going to title this, "I'm Back", because I did that last week and then wasn't. Some people have been expressing concern about my lack of posting, so I thought I'd check in. I've been having some health problems over the past few months, and then my mother had...

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