Entries from Mike's Mets tagged with 'Carlos Beltran'

Playing the Long Game

I haven't been able to post for a while, so I'd like to belatedly chime in on the Carlos Beltran trade. I've always been a fan of Carlos, and I was sorry to see him go last week. Not only...

K-Rod Trade Was the Right Move

I was working on another piece for the blog tonifht when I read the news that Frankie Rodriguez was traded to Milwaukee along with cash for "two players to be named". I was somewhat surprised when I read this. While...

Frozen Ropes

Einhorn or Einstein? It can often be wise to hold off on commenting about certain current events until additional facts are revealed. Nothing can be truer in terms of David Einhorn's investment in the Mets. If the information unearthed by...

Just When You Think It Can't Get Any Worse

I received an email last night from The New Yorker magazine plugging an article about Fred Wilpon that would be coming out today. To be honest with you, I expected a fairly boring read with the standard denials of foreknowledge...

Quick Hits -- Friday the Thirteenth Edition

Just a few quick thoughts on what's been happening: Beltran This is undoubtedly Beltran's last season in New York, and he seems determined to go out with a bang. As remarkable as today's three home run game was, even more...

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....

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...

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...

Perchance to Dream

Low Expectations May Be the Elixer For the first time in several campaigns, no one picks the Mets the win the NL East and few pick them for the NL Wild Card. Perhaps we have been blessed by the lowering...

Looking Back, Looking Ahead (Part 1)

Going into this winter I thought that the Mets had too many question marks to consider themselves a player or two away from being legit contenders, particularly with the Phillies and Braves looking solid. There were some pundits and...

Watching the Train Wreck in Slow Motion

There's no doubt that I should not be unemployed. The effect on our household income is serious. Even more serious, though, is that I'm watching more Mets games on television. This too is having a devastating effect on my psyche....

Missing

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...

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...

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...

The Big Hits Prove Elusive

Game 4: Marlins 5 - Mets 4 Tough one tonight. I guess some will harp on the fact that Maine allowed those two solo home runs, but I came away from his 5-inning stint fairly satisfied. Hopefully it's something he...

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...

Demolition Man, Part IV - The Outfield

In many ways, the Mets' outfield is the part of their team with the most question marks. Despite the string of injuries suffered by Mets outfielders, though, it's the place where they're most likely to stand pat this winter. Fernando...

Stop the Talk Radio-Driven Insanity

If WFAN's resident blowhard Mike Francesa ever decides to switch careers and go into marriage counseling, I predict an immediate increase in the Metropolitan area's divorce rate. Apparently, el hombre gordo feels the Mets must trade one or more of...

The Future Is Now

Doubtless, the All-Star break was the worst thing that could have happened to the NY Mets and their fans. It is analogous to, but not quite as heinous or impactful as the Colorado Rockies nine-day break between their sweep of...

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....

The Angels Series

Game 69: Mets 9 - Angels 6 (Monday) Game 70: Angels 6 - Mets 1 (Tuesday) Game 71: Mets 5 - Angels 4 (10) (Wednesday) With all of the excitement over changing managers I neglected to post on the first...

Leave 'em Smiling

Game 55: Mets 6 - Dodgers 1 There were a lot of things that have gone right for the Mets all of a sudden since their return home this week, and that carried over into last night's win. Once again,...

Mets Slug Their Way to Series Win

Game 35: Mets 8 - Reds 3 Two components of the Mets that have been MIA for much of the season wree present in winning the rubber game of the Reds series Sunday afternoon: Oliver Perez and extra base hits....

Johan Gets Lots of Support

Game 33: Mets 12 - Reds 6 Johan Santana left his two starts with the lead, but the bullpen cost him the victory both times. Today the Mets rewarded a gritty if not particularly awe-inspiring performance from their ace with...

Trivial Pursuits

Some people like to divide a major league baseball season into halves or quarters. Managers often try to help their team focus on the task at hand by concentrating on a ten-game stretch. Me, I'm a little weird. I like...

Putrid Baseball

Game 26: Pirates 13 - Mets 1 I have to admit that I pretty much stopped paying attention to this game about halfway through when it became obvious most of the players had stopped paying attention. While it's certain that...

Sanity Win

Game 23: Mets 4 - Braves 3 My feelings at the end of this one trended more towards relief than anything else. A win over the Braves was a welcome occurrence after the Mets came up short 3 times against...

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...

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