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April 28, 2011

Thoughts on David Wright

Andy McCullough, the Mets beat writer for The Star-Ledger, had an interesting column Tuesday on the possibilities of the Mets trading David Wright. Well worth the read, if you haven't checked it out already. I'm not a big fan of the notion promoted by some New York media types that...

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April 25, 2011

As The Mets Turn

In spite of the whirlwind of analysis and criticism that can only germinate from the ultimate major market in sports, for the first 22 games of the season this scribe has calculatedly refrained from rendering judgment on our 2011 Mets. Playing, coaching, managing and administrating in the New York fishbowl...

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April 24, 2011

Dillon Gee

At the risk of sounding hard-hearted, I'm fine with Dillon Gee shuffling back off to Buffalo where he can start games and be ready for the next time they need him. I know he pitched well here in 5 starts last September and a couple of starts this April. If...

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April 22, 2011

Is Wilpon the Next Owner Out?

The decision by Major League Baseball to take control of the Dodgers from Frank McCourt has led to much speculation on the implications of this move for Mets ownership. One of the more serious problems that McCourt had in the eyes of baseball was the way he used the Dodgers'...

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A Punchers Chance (Archive Copy)

Note: This article in its entirety has already been published on the Mets Today web site earlier this week. It is published here for archive purposes. Since coming up a whisker short of making it to the World Series in 2006, the Mets have had a way of failing to...

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April 21, 2011

Zen and the Art of Self-Delusion

The Post's Joel Sherman has written several times this spring advocating for the Mets to go into full fire sale mode. I don't agree with this point of view, of course, but I do understand the logic behind it. In his Hardball Blog yesterday, however, Sherman made the following point...

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April 20, 2011

Fire Sale Blues

Remember back a few winters ago when you were constantly reading that a trade that would bring Manny Ramirez to the Mets was inevitable? This year's "inevitable" seems to be a fire sale this summer in Flushing. Particularly with Jose Reyes, the question of a trade doesn't seem to be...

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Your Obligatory Brad Emaus Post

As I'm sure you already know, the Mets designated Brad Emaus for assignment today. It's at least unlikely that we'll see him in a Mets uniform again. That the Mets made this move so quickly tells you just how bad things are going for them right now. If they were...

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April 19, 2011

Guest Post on Mets Today

I have written my first guest post for Joe Janish's Mets Today blog. I hope you will give it a look. Also, a reminder that I will be a guest tonight on Steve Keane's "This Call To The Bullpen" podcast tonight at 11 PM. Details here. I'm working on a...

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Appearance Tonight on This Call To The Bullpen

I'm going to be a guest tonight (Tuesday, April 19) on Steve Keane's terrific This Call To The Bullpen podcast. The show will be broadcast live at 11 PM Eastern Time. I hope you can find the time to listen to it live. If you do miss the broadcast, you...

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April 15, 2011

It's All Your Fault, Terry Collins

The Mets and their new manager weren't promising fans a championship in 2011, but they did assure us that we would be watching a better brand of baseball this season. After falling to the Rockies in both games of Thursday's doubleheader, the Mets have lost five in a row and...

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April 11, 2011

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Since early on in the history of my blogging career I have received my share of nasty emails and comments. It comes with the territory -- if you're going to share your thoughts about a subject that people care about, you really shouldn't be surprised when a reader takes it...

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April 9, 2011

Opening Week Observations

I was sitting in front of my television set yesterday doing my best to enjoy yesterday's home opener. Several times during the game I found myself muttering "this team sucks" in frustration with yet another failure to deliver a big hit. This is coming from a guy who has spent...

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April 8, 2011

Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose, Sometimes It Rains...

I have a friend who's a Red Sox fan, so that allows me to put my disappointment over the last couple of games into some perspective. I can't even imagine what it would be like to be a prohibitive favorite to make the playoffs and still be winless six game...

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April 7, 2011

Farm Fresh

As the Mets are in the midst of playing the rubber game in Philadelphia (not very well, sadly), players who might be part of the future of this organization are getting their seasons underway. Today is the first game for all of the full-season Mets farm clubs: Buffalo (AAA), Binghamton...

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Pelfrey's No Ace, But We Already Knew That

It was kind of heartening to see the fight that the Mets showed tonight in Philadelphia, although I most decidedly not one who believes in moral victories. Still, I know the big story from this game will be another ugly implosion from Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey's inability to stop the bleeding...

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April 6, 2011

Quick Hits 4-6-2011

Back when I had more time to do this blog I frequently used to post my reaction to items I came across in my reading. I had a couple of extra minutes today, so... Mike Pelfrey as potential trade bait. Ed Ryan at Mets Fever links to a Jayson Stark...

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Chris Young

I was impressed with Chris Young's effort in the Mets win over Philadelphia tonight. When a right-handed pitcher with a mid-80s fastball can pitch that well against the Phillies in that bandbox of a park, he's accomplished something. The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on Young, with the...

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April 5, 2011

Silence Is Golden

When I was a kid I was raised primarily by my grandmother, who I wrote about at some length in this piece. No one on earth loved me more than this great woman, but on occasions when I got on her nerves she wasn't afraid to let me know that...

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April 4, 2011

A Personal Note -- What Happened and What Will Happen

I wrote my last blog post of the 2010 season on April 12. Fully eleven months elapsed before I began blogging again in April. The vast majority of citizens of the world, including Mets fans who read blogs, paid little notice to the disappearance of one of a chorus of...

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April 3, 2011

A 161 Win Season Is Still Within Reach

The New York Post's Mike Vaccaro wasted no time in piling it on after the disheartening Opening Day loss to the fish: In so many ways, Pelfrey's quagmire reflected something the Mets are going to encounter time and again this season. They have good players; other teams have better players,...

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April 1, 2011

Season Preview: The Conventional Wisdom Ain't Always Right

I've already given my thoughts on the roster and my initial prediction that the Mets will be a .500 team with a chance to do better. Here are a few more thoughts as we approach the opener this evening on where I believe some of the conventional wisdom regarding this...

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Season Preview: Can Anyone Here Play This Game?

In our third installment of our season preview series we'll take a look at the position players. Catcher Josh Thole is going to be the guy this year. As a hitter, he's somewhat of a throwback to guys I watched in the 70s and 80s. He chokes up, uses the...

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Mike Pelfrey 2011 Season Stats

Updated Sunday, June 26, 2011 Mike Pelfrey (4-6) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/1@FLA4.155424110.381.85LL 4/6@PHI276811127.004.50LND 4/11COL5.14363405.061.88LND 4/16@ATL555424110.381.85LL 4/22ARI71154201.291.00WW 4/29@PHI4.14483118.312.08LL April   (6 Games)28252342161337.391.961-51-3 5/5SFG7.22145211.170.78WW 5/10@COL6.23362134.051.05WW 5/16FLA71161211.291.14LND 5/22@NYY65584217.501.67LL 5/28PHA7.22246202.350.78LND May   (5 Games)3513122818963.091.062-32-1 6/2PIT5771031112.602.20WND 6/8@MIL62242013.000.67LND 6/13@PIT72246202.350.57LL 6/18LAA91155011.000.56WW 6/24@TEX64483216.001.67LL June   (5 Games)3316163119354.361.032-31-2 Season   (16 Games)9654511015325144.781.315-114-6 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April64.713.55.14.21.07.39.341.410.528 May57.07.24.62.31.53.09.217.273.380 June56.68.55.20.81.44.36.244.262.386 Season166.09.55.02.31.34.78.266.316.430...

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Jon Niese 2011 Season Stats

Updated Tuesday, June 28, 2011 John Niese (7-6) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/2@FLA72243102.570.71WND 4/7@PHA466871013.502.25LL 4/13COL65575327.501.67LL 4/19HOU62273503.002.00LL 4/24ARI73263202.571.14WW 4/30@PHA6.12263212.841.26LL April   (6 Games)36.1201938241434.711.432-41-4 5/6LAD5.23375314.761.76WND 5/12@COL6.15573227.111.42WW 5/18WAS70067100.001.00WW 5/24@CHC56275103.601.60LL 5/29PHI6.11056400.001.42WW May   (5 Games)30.1151032261132.971.424-13-1 6/3ATL7.22287112.351.17LND 6/9@MIL7.21138401.170.91WW 6/14@ATL6.12254002.840.79WW 6/19LAA45483009.002.00LL 6/25@TEX5.22267223.181.41WW June   (5 Games)31.112113029733.161.183-23-1 Season   (16 Games)984740100793293.671.359-77-6 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April66.19.45.93.50.74.71.277.357.401 May56.19.57.73.30.92.97.264.326.388 June56.38.68.32.00.93.16.250.297.400 Season166.19.27.32.90.83.67.265.329.397...

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