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June 23, 2011

Quick Hits: Reyes Edition

Apologies for disappearing for a few days. I've been fighting some sort of summertime flue that's really floored me. I tried three separate times to write a follow-up to my Reyes piece from last week that I finally just scrapped. I just wasn't able to concentrate and it was basically...

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June 12, 2011

Thoughts on the Mets 2011 Amateur Draft

I've always taken a lot of interest in player development. Years ago there was little opportunity to hear much about your team's minor league system behind some few paragraphs in the Sporting News that was already out of date when you got it. The internet can be a mixed blessing...

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April 20, 2011

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 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 7, 2011

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 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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March 30, 2011

Season Preview: Armed or Just Dangerous?

In Part One of our season preview we put forth our thoughts on the financial situation surrounding the Mets. In part 2 we'll take a look at the team that's been assembled and what can be reasonably expected from them. Starting Pitching Obviously the biggest story here is Johan Santana's...

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March 28, 2011

Season Preview: Not So Great Expectations

While it's admittedly hard for even the most optimistic of Mets fans to foresee a run into October for this year's edition of their team, the local media seems to have doubled down on the pessimism. Over the last few years the Mets coverage in the local papers has been...

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March 19, 2011

Thoughts on Luis Castillo

I always kind of liked and respected Luis Castillo as a ballplayer, and I don't harbor any lingering bad feelings towards the guy. I may even be one of the few big-time Mets fans who didn't spend the whole winter obsessively hoping for the Mets to release Luis Castillo. Still,...

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April 3, 2010

Season Preview: The Bullpen

The news is out on the latest round of cuts, and they pretty well clarify the bullpen the Mets are going north with: Francisco Rodriguez (R) Ryota Igarashi (R) Jenrry Mejia (R) Sean Green (R) Fernando Nieve (R) Hisanori Takahashi (L) Pedro Feliciano (L) It's somewhat surprising that Kiko Calero...

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March 31, 2010

Season Preview: Starting Pitching

Before I get into the meat of this piece I'd like to offer a quick apology for the sporadic posting. The "part-time job" that I started working early this month has developed into a 6 day a week more than full time job. I'm supposed to start full time early...

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February 22, 2010

Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Part 2)

[Note: This is the conclusion of a 2-part article. For Part 1 of this article, please click here.] For all appearances, the Mets operated this past winter without a real plan. Despite claiming that they were putting together a team that would contend for the division title in 2010,...

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November 12, 2009

Life Beyond Newsday

I live in Waterbury, CT, about 70 miles or so away from Shea Stadium. The local paper doesn't offer any Mets coverage at all outside of the standard wire service stuff, so I need to go elsewhere to find my New York Mets news. Thanks to the Internet, I've been...

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October 6, 2009

The Wrong Move

I'll give the Mets some credit yesterday for trying to prove to all of us that the organization is determined to fix what has been broken over the last couple of years, but it seems to me that they've already made their first mistake of the off-season by electing to...

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September 28, 2009

Please Spare Me Another Quick Fix

Just a quick note before I get started here. I want to take a minute to thank those of you who continue to support this blog despite the circumstances in my life that have led to what was essentially a lost summer. I'd also like to thank the contributing bloggers...

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September 24, 2009

The Future of Daniel Murphy

Whether you like Daniel Murphy, as I do, or not, his 2009 season has inarguably been a disappointment. The Post's Joel Sherman went as far as identifying Murphy as "one of the key faces of the Mets' failure in 2009", but that strikes me as just hyperbole. In my last...

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September 9, 2009

Going Forward

There was a lot of hoopla over Jayson Stark's "break it all down and start over" prescription for fixing the Mets at ESPN.com last week. I don't think Stark got everything wrong, but the piece read very much like it was written by a Phillies beat writer, which is indeed...

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August 21, 2009

Let's Get Some Perspective on Sheffield

If you don't mind, I'd like to weigh in briefly on the Sheffield situation. I read something today by the Post's Joel Sherman that I strongly disagreed with. Let me preface this by telling you that I consider Sherman one of the most worthwhile reads on baseball in the local...

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July 14, 2009

Mets at the Crossroads: Be It Ever So Humble

Note: This is the first of a series of articles on the current state of the Mets. David Wright has 5 home runs in 327 AB. Of course, only 2 Mets have hit more this season -- the disabled Carlos Beltran and 40-year-old Gary Sheffield. Among all the theories on...

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July 13, 2009

French Twist

Okay, we're going to try this again. My Mom is now settled in a convalescent home, but her finances are a mess. Things are still kind of nuts, but I figure if I'm ever going to get back to blogging this season it's pretty much now or never. I have...

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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 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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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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April 7, 2009

Thoughts on Opening Day

Sorry I'm later than promised with more in-depth thoughts from yesterday's game. I find that I'm writing more often and with better quality this year when I try to do a little more than I think I can do. Sometimes I drop the ball, or in last night's case passed...

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April 5, 2009

Your Official 2009 Keys to the Mets, Part 1

As I mentioned Thursday, I think there are too many variables in place to make any effort to predict what might happen this season a crapshoot. I can see this team anywhere from around .500 to well into the 90s in wins. I don't have a really solid read on...

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April 4, 2009

Sheffield

I was going to try to give my mangled right hand one more day off, but the Mets signing of Gary Sheffield is something to which I just had to contribute my two cents. I have my concerns about this signing, but not for the reason that many media types...

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April 1, 2009

Your Opening Day Roster

Although it was somewhat of a surprise that the Mets made their final roster calls today, the players going north hold no surprises. ROTATION: Johan Santana Mike Pelfrey Oliver Perez John Maine Livan Hernandez (will be added to roster for April 11 start) Quick Thoughts: Santana has looked great his...

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March 31, 2009

Some Thoughts with a Week to Go

I watched last night's game against the Orioles and came away impressed by several things I saw. Although Oliver Perez still wasn't throwing his best fastball, he certainly looked much better than he did his first couple of outings back from the WBC. The first thing that I noticed was...

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March 25, 2009

Two Weeks to Go -- The Bullpen

It's not exactly a secret that the Mets bullpen was their downfall last September, so it's no surprise that most of us are wishing, hoping and praying that this year's edition performs as well as it looks on paper. In less than two weeks we will begin to find out....

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March 23, 2009

Two Weeks to Go -- Starting Pitching

Two weeks from today the Mets will be in Cincinnati playing a baseball game that will count in the standings. Sometime between now and then the 25-man roster will be finalized. As of today it looks like most of the decisions are at least close to being made, with a...

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March 20, 2009

More Thoughts on the Bench

In many ways, the battle for bench and bullpen spots have been the most compelling of the spring for the Mets, particularly since no one really seemed inclined to battle Livan Hernandez all that hard for the fifth starter's job. The latest speculation is that Nick Evans has forced himself...

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March 18, 2009

He Shall Be Livan

I watched a couple of innings of Livan Hernandez' start today, and DVR'ed the rest to watch later. I came away from it convinced of two things: one, that Hernandez has a huge lead in the fifth starter derby, and two, on a good day I can still bring my...

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March 13, 2009

The Bullpen and Fifth Starter

By all accounts, Freddy Garcia had his best outing of the spring so far and still hasn't improved his chances of locking down a fifth starter's job that many thought was his to lose coming into camp. Garcia allowed the Tigers 2 runs in 2 1/3 innings, with one of...

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March 10, 2009

Adios, Duaner

I was surprised to see the Mets cut Duaner Sanchez today. I wasn't totally shocked, but I expected them to wait until closer to the end of spring training. Sure, it would have cost them another $100,000 or so to keep him for another couple of weeks, but for a...

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February 25, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- Conclusions

I understand that the team has a lot of question marks going into this season, but I can't help but feel more optimistic this year. I'm sure the revamped bullpen plays a part in this, but that's not the only reason. Although I defended him for quite a while, I...

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February 23, 2009

Out of Left Field?

I promise to get to the conclusions for the 2009 Mets previews series, but I wanted to weigh in on some of the weekend's news. The biggest news was Jerry Manuel's pronouncement that Daniel Murphy was the Mets everyday LF and Ryan Church could find himself in a platoon in...

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February 20, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- The Bench

We'll finish up our initial thoughts on the 2009 Mets -- which was supposed to be a brief overview but somehow grew into War and Peace -- with a look at the bench today and conclude with a final summation tomorrow. The consensus seems to be that the Mets are...

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February 19, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets -- Position Players

Yesterday I shared a few initial things that I'm paying attention to this spring from the 2009 Mets starting rotation and bullpen. Today we'll take a look at the position players, tomorrow the bench. Catcher Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro will most likely share this job. Schneider will play more...

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February 18, 2009

Preliminary Thought on the Mets: Pitchers

They haven't even played intersquad games yet, but while we're waiting for things to get underway here are a few keys I see early on, along with some from the gut picks on who I think might be on the opening day roster. Today we'll do the pitchers, tomorrow the...

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August 17, 2008

The Ayala Deal -- First Thoughts

Not exactly the reliever acquisition that most fans dreamed of, it seems to me the Mets picked up a competent, experienced middle reliever for a player (Anderson Hernandez) who really isn't in their plans any more. Of course, Ayala is having a brutal year, and it remains to be seen...

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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 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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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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April 5, 2008

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

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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March 27, 2008

How to Predict the NL East

"I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability." Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets (1997) It seems to me we're at the time of year when fearless forecasts are made to predict how the upcoming 162-game marathon might play out. Of course,...

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August 21, 2007

David versus the Deuce

Found an interesting piece on ESPN Insider ($) about David Wright's resurgence after that terrible start he got off to. According to the folks at Inside Edge, David's return to being the .300 hitter we know and love can be attributed to rediscovering his ability to hit breaking pitches: ......

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July 24, 2007

A Belated Look Ahead at the Final 2 Months

Back during the All Star break I tried to write a series of articles on the state of the Mets just past the halfway point of the season. One thing I've learned in just a shade under two years of blogging is that you can count on not being able...

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July 11, 2007

Mets at the Break: The Bullpen

Last year, due to injury and the inefficiency of the early replacements, the Mets had more guys passing through their starting rotation than Paris Hilton has passing through her bedroom. Ordinarily, this would kill a team's post-season chances, but one of the best bullpens in the league saved them. All...

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July 10, 2007

Mets at the Break: Starting Pitching

We begin our look at the Mets season so far with the starting pitching. Here is a look at the starters as a group: Mets Starters -- 87 Games Innings ERA Hits/9 K/9 BB/9 HR/9 AVG OBP SLG 521.2 4.05 8.1 6.2 3.5 1.1 .241 .315 .395 While the numbers have trended down over the last 6 weeks, it's hard not to like what the starting...

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June 5, 2007

Mets Pitching 55 Games In

The Mets are now exactly one game past a third of the way through the season. With 33% of the games and just under 500 innings in the book, I think it's fair to say the staff has debunked the extravagant predictions for their failure in 2007: Mets Pitching Staff...

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April 26, 2007

Mets Pitching 20 Games In

Sitting just at the one-eighth pole of the season, the Mets pitching hasn't been quite the disaster it was supposed to be. Four of the five starters are pitching well, and the bullpen -- while still a work in progress -- has held it's own in the early going. After...

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April 15, 2007

Numbers for a Rainy Sunday

As I'm sure you know by now, the Mets and Nationals were rained out this afternoon -- one of six major league games that fell victim to the nor'easter. With the season two weeks old, the 7-4 Mets are sitting a full game behind the Braves in the NL East....

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April 11, 2007

The Return of the Pitching Charts

Around the middle of last year I started updating a chart for each starting pitcher with every game. I enjoyed doing them, and a lot of the blog's readers seemed to like them. This year I thought we might get an early jump on watching our starting staff progress throughout...

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February 27, 2007

Hope and Hype in the NL East, Conclusions

Last week I previewed the other teams in the National League Eastern Division, primarily concentrating on the pitching staffs. I thought it was important to take note of the fact that all of these teams, including the mighty Phillies, have some huge question marks heading into the 2007 campaign. While...

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February 24, 2007

Hope and Hype in the NL East, Part 4

We continue our quick looks at the NL east with a preview of the one team that has no chance of competing for the division title this year. Washington Nationals Two years ago, in their first season in Washington, the Nationals managed to ride the enthusiasm of their fans to...

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February 23, 2007

Hope and Hype in the NL East, Part 3

We continue our quick looks at the NL east with the self-appointed division favorites from down the turnpike. Philadelphia Phillies Last year the Phillies played to their predictable pattern of the last few years -- after playing bad enough to fall out of the race they played well enough to...

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February 22, 2007

Hope and Hype in the NL East, Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, I wanted to do some comprehensive previews of the other NL teams this spring, but work and being in the process of buying a house haven't allowed me that much time. Consider this a "Preview light" (with 40% less calories than regular previews, it's a favorite...

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February 21, 2007

Hope and Hype in the NL East, Part 1

Jimmy Rollins is shooting his mouth off again and I'm supposed to get worked up about it. Sorry, I just can't. Maybe it would matter if the Phillies hadn't spent the last six seasons wallowing in mediocrity. They were supposed to be the team to end the Braves streak of...

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December 18, 2006

Analysis: The Bullpen So Far

Given the recent losses of Chad Bradford and Darren Oliver, there is certainly some concern among Mets fans that what was the strength of the team in 2006 may well be weaker heading into 2007. Here's a look at the candidates for the bullpen so far. For the purposes of...

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November 2, 2006

Eating Those Innings

Yesterday I wrote why I wouldn't be in favor of a "whatever it takes" approach to acquiring Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins. My fear is that Willis' value would be based on his 2005 Cy Young caliber season, which at this point looks like somewhat of a career year where...

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October 16, 2006

Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your NLCS

I think there were many folks who just expected the Mets to go away and die after disheartening losses in games 2 and 3 of the National League Championship Series. They were especially confident that the Mets bullpen, so severely overtaxed in game 2, would take a backseat to the...

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October 3, 2006

Final Regular Season Grades -- New York Mets Position Players and Manager

Note: I feel as terrible about Orlando Hernandez' injury as anyone, but will take my cue from the Mets players and proceed with business as usual in this space. There are already enough in the media willing to wring their hands or twirl their moustaches over the latest bad news....

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Final Regular Season Grades -- New York Mets Pitchers

Our illustrious commenter "Micalpalyn" correctly pointed out to me that it was time to get off my rear end and post the final regular season grades for the Mets. We'll start with the pitchers, including all 13 guys who took a start for this team: Starters Tom Glavine After a...

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September 30, 2006

Perez on the Playoff Roster?

I was watching a little of the Marlins-Phillies game this afternoon and thinking ahead to the playoffs. One thing that has intrigued me somewhat is that whenever he talks about the pitchers on his playoff roster, Willie Randolph keeps bringing up the name of Oliver Perez. Although my personal opinion...

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September 22, 2006

Playoff Roster Revisited

We took a preliminary glimpse at what the 25-man roster for the Division Series might look like a week and a half ago. Things are starting to come into clearer focus since then, and I'm going to take another shot at making my picks. I will lean towards who I...

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September 16, 2006

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

As we wait around for tonight's second chance at clinching the NL east, I'm looking for things to occupy my mind. Although I pulled for the Phillies to hold on and win last night so that the Mets would have a second chance to clinch on the field, I've decided...

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September 12, 2006

A Preliminary Look at the Playoff Roster

With so little left to play for in the regular season, auditions are fully underway for the honor of playing for the New York Mets in the National League playoffs and (hopefully) beyond. I thought it might be a good idea to start thinking about who gets invited to dance...

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September 8, 2006

Another Important Start for John Maine

With all of the questions as to who might be on the playoff roster and who might be watching in street clothes, every start for John Maine is an important audition. Maine has had an eye-opening first season with the Mets, with a 5-3 record, an ERA of 3.44 and...

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