Entries from Mike's Mets tagged with 'New York Mets'

Sorry Karl - This time there ARE words - EMOTIONAL and ECSTASY

Editor's Note: This post was written by MetsFanSZ. Please direct any comments or feedback to him. - Mike S. Met fans of our age, mine, Mike's, NostraDennis, and probably Gary Cohen, have many words that go with the occasion of...

And So It Begins...

It happens but once a year... Opening Day for the Mets and their die-hard fannies. Today, things get real and exciting. Hot Stove and Spring Training are behind us and the 162-game grind begins. For Terry Collins' band of bargain...

Touching Second

We'll get back to our "Things I Hope to See in 2012" series next time out, but I wanted to take a moment and share a few more thoughts on the second base job that I touched on in part...

Things I Hope to See in 2012, Part 1

I spent some time this weekend trying do something I've done just about every spring since I started this blog -- write some sort of preview of the upcoming season. I finally gave up on it after wasting more time...

Those Small Market Mets

I wanted to do a quick follow up to yesterday's post. I understand that Scot Boras is a controversial guy, and that he very much had ulterior motives in suggesting that large market clubs have a responsibility to spend at...

The Elephant in the Room

It's been months since I've been able to post regularly to this blog for reasons I talked about in yesterday's post. Back in the spring and early summer of 2011 the big story that dominated all Mets conversation was the...

Our Town

[This post is dedicated to my neighbor Jim -- not just for being a fellow Met fan in a sea of Yankee and Red Sox worshipers, but also for prodding me this week to get off my a** and write...

In Search of Grit

Despite the reality of rapidly dwindling playoff hopes, key injuries and the trade of Carlos Beltran, many of us Mets fans are still tuning in to watch our team play. The local media has reacted to this in various ways,...

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...

Link: Brandon Nimmo

I have to confess that I almost never find feature stories written on draft picks worthwhile reads. They're usually formulaic and superficial. That said, Andy McCullough's long feature on Mets' top pick Brandon Nimmo in The Star-Ledger is very much...

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...

A Reasonable Plan, Part 1

Joel Sherman had a column in Monday's New York Post citing two unnamed sources that Sandy Alderson is now "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season to try to retain [Jose] Reyes". We started the season with...

Blog Link: 7th Inning Sketch

I was forwarded a link earlier today for Gary Finkler's new sports art blog 7th Inning Sketch. Below is a sample of his work: I'll be looking forward to seeing more from him. Good luck, Gary! If you are just...

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....

The Reyes Dilemma (Archive Copy)

Note: This is not new content. This article in its entirety has already been published on the Mets Today web site earlier this week. It is reposted here for archive purposes. While Sandy Alderson had to know the job he...

New Guest Post on Mets Today

I have written a new guest post for Joe Janish's Mets Today blog. I wrote about the dilemma the Mets face in deciding if they will pursue a contract with Jose Reyes and, if they do, how far they are...

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...

Make Up Your Minds, Please

All spring and into the early part of the season I've been reading over and over again about how the Mets needed to sell off their veteran assets to stock up their farm system. The Post's Joel Sherman has been...

Loving the One You're With

Thanks to this post by Rob Neyer I came across this one on David Schoenfield's SweetSpot blog about the difficulty in teams producing homegrown pitchers that win at least 50 games for their franchise. The criteria was that the pitcher...

The Land Where Rational Thought Does Not Prevail

I have felt for a long time that the Mets needed to place much more of a priority on developing their own young talent. Back in 2005, the first year of this blog's existence, I wrote a long piece about...

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...

Then and Now

I was sitting in my living room watching the Mets drop last night's game to the Rockies when it occurred to me that the optimism I had at the start of the season was gone. As I sit here writing...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

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  ...

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  ...

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....

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...

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...

Duh! Vindicated!

When I was a teenager I had an itch to travel, despite the fact that I never had any money. I spent a lot of time hitchhiking around the country, and I met a wide variety of people in this...

Dillon Gee 2011 Season Stats

Updated Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Dillon Gee (8-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/17@ATL5.21154201.591.24WW 4/23ARI64255113.001.00WW *4/29@PHI1.244112121.601.80---- April   (3 Games)13.1971110524.731.202-02-0 *5/3SFG1.20012100.001.20---- *5/4SFG10011000.001.00---- 5/7LAD5.12273313.381.88WND 5/13@HOU54455407.201.80WND 5/19WAS7.20023300.000.65WW 5/25@CHC64444206.001.00WW 5/30PIT73358013.860.71WW May   (7 Games)33.2131325261323.481.135-03-0 6/4ATL70042200.000.86WW 6/10@PIT81185001.131.00WW 6/15@ATL40015200.000.75WND 6/21OAK44431609.002.25LL 6/26@TEX63381214.501.67WW June   (5 Games)298824141212.481.244-13-1 Season   (15...

Chris Capuano 2011 Season Stats

Updated Saturday, June 25, 2011 Chris Capuano (6-7) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result *4/3@FLA.211301013.506.00---- 4/9WAS64478126.001.33WW 4/14COL5.277852111.121.76LL *4/17@ATL.10000000.000.00---- 4/21HOU71164201.291.14WW 4/28@WAS5.244102016.351.76LL April   (6 Games)25.117173419646.041.582-22-2 5/4SFG6.12285302.841.74LL 5/9@COL6.22254312.701.20LL 5/15HOU52266303.601.80WW 5/21@NYY5.166650410.131.13LL 5/27PHI62148101.500.83LND May   (5 Games)29.1141329281053.991.331-41-3 6/1PIT65582107.501.50LL 6/7@MIL61165211.501.33WW 6/12@PIT70035200.000.71WW 6/17LAA63285303.001.83LL 6/23OAK60057000.000.83WW June   (5 Games)31983024812.321.233-23-2 Season  ...

Chris Young 2011 Season Stats

Updated Friday, May 13, 2011 Gone, but not forgotten... Chris Young (1-0) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/4@PHI5.11157401.691.69WW 4/10WAS71115201.290.43LND 4/26@WAS4.23343235.791.29WND April   (3 Games)17551015832.651.062-11-0 5/1@PHI70027300.000.71WND May   (1 Game)70027300.000.711-00-0 Season   (4 Games)245512221131.880.963-11-0 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April35.75.37.94.21.62.65.167.265.350 May17.02.69.03.90.00.00.091.231.136 Season46.04.58.34.11.11.88.146.255.293 If you are...

R.A. Dickey 2011 Season Stats

Updated Saturday, June 25, 2011 R. A. Dickey (3-7) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/3@FLA61057300.001.33WW 4/8WAS53363505.402.20LL 4/14COL6.15584417.111.89LL *4/17@ATL10011000.001.00---- 4/20HOU84484214.501.25LL 4/27@WAS6.22283102.701.35WND April   (6 Games)33151436221523.821.552-31-3 5/3SFG66671119.001.33LND 5/8LAD743103213.861.71LL 5/14@HOU5.1661120210.132.06LL 5/20@NYY61146311.501.17WW 5/26@CHC2.20041000.001.50LND 5/31PIT7.233510203.520.91LL May   (6 Games)34.220194123854.931.411-51-3 6/5ATL81143111.130.63WW 6/11@PIT83384203.381.25LL 6/16@ATL46464319.002.25LND 6/22OAK81139111.130.50WND June   (4 Games)281172020732.250.962-21-1 Season...

You May Ask Yourself, Well, How Did I Get Here?

Last night, I had a dream. I had an awesome dream. The Mets were in first place, and a Mets pitcher not named Santana was leading all of baseball in ERA. This despite the fact that, as a team, they...

Curiously, What's Wrong With the Mets?

Understanding that hindsight is 20/20, much of the blame for the present travails of the Mets falls squarely on personnel decisions that should have been dealt with very differently. We will never now for sure which decisions can be attributed...

Game 6: Evoking Memories of 2009

Nationals 5 - Mets 2 I'm not trying to do a ton of game analysis this season. I try to get something with some thoughts on each game, but my work schedule doesn't allow me to post after games in...

Game 5: Ollie Being Ollie

Nationals 4 - Mets 3 One of the bigger questions for the Mets this year is which Oliver Perez will show up -- the good Ollie, who can be a dominating left-handed pitcher, or the bad Ollie, who doesn't have...

Oliver Perez 2010 Season Stats

Updated Sunday, April 11, 2010 Oliver Perez (0-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/10WAS5.24446406.351.41LL April   (1 Game)5.24446406.351.410-10-1 Season   (1 Game)5.24446406.351.410-10-1 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April15.76.49.56.40.06.35.190.320.286 Season15.76.49.56.40.06.35.190.320.286 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer...

Mike Pelfrey 2010 Season Stats

Updated Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Mike Pelfrey (3-5) 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 June   (3 Games)1811111811135.501.061-20-1 Season   (14 Games)814946884523125.111.374-103-5...

Jon Niese 2010 Season Stats

Updated Sunday, April 11, 2010 John Niese (0-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/8FLA61145204.501.67LL April   (1 Game)63383204.501.670-10-1 Season   (1 Game)63383204.501.670-10-1 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April16.012.04.53.00.04.50.308.357.462 Season16.012.04.53.00.04.50.308.357.462 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer...

John Maine 2010 Season Stats

Updated Sunday, April 11, 2010 John Maine (0-0) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/7FLA61145207.201.80LND April   (1 Game)54483127.201.800-10-0 Season   (1 Game)54483127.201.800-10-0 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April15.014.45.41.83.67.20.364.391.682 Season15.014.45.41.83.67.20.364.391.682 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only writer...

Johan Santana 2010 Season Stats

Updated Monday, April 12, 2010 Johan Santana (1-1) DateOpp.IPRERHKBBHRERAWHIPTeamResultPitcher Result 4/5FLA61145201.501.00WW 4/11WAS55553319.001.60LL April   (2 Games)116698514.911.271-11-1 Season   (2 Games)116698514.911.271-11-1 Month By Month MonthStartsIP/StartH/9K/9BB/9HR/9ERAAVGOBPSLG April25.57.46.54.10.84.91.231.318.410 Season25.57.46.54.10.84.91.231.318.410 About Mike: I was the original writer on this web site, actually its only...

Game 4: Solid Pelfrey + 4 Homers = Win

Mets 8 - Nationals 2 All of the hand-wringing over Mike Pelfrey's spring numbers can come stop, at least for a few days, as Pelfrey delivered a solid 6 inning effort in his first game that counts. That split-fingered change...

Game 3: Niese Okay, Offense Not So Much

Marlins 3 - Mets 1 Jon Niese looked pretty good in his first start, but the Mets left their bats at home last night. I was impressed how much mileage Niese got out of his fastball and cutter last night....

Game 2: Forgetting the Maine

Marlins 7 - Mets 6 (10) There were several different story lines running through this one -- the offense was pretty bad, some dumb plays on the bases, and the Marlins bullpen looks a little shaky in the early going....

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...

Game 1: Hope Still Has a Pulse

Mets 7 - Marlins 1 I was at Opening Day yesterday thanks to Dana Brand, the author of the wonderful The Last Days of Shea. The sun was shining, the temperature was comfortable, and for at least a day we...

Mets Fans Understand What's Relevant

Thanks to George Vecsey for yet another condescending piece on the Mets from the New York Times. I used to enjoy the Times' sports coverage once upon a time, but there is a certain arrogance to it now that makes...

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...

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...

Checking In

Sorry for disappearing on you for a few days. On top of work I was trying to write something on my concern with the way the Mets are handling top prospect Jenrry Mejia. I do think it's a mistake that...

Spring Is Here and the Positives May Be Outweighing the Negatives

Two-thirds through spring training and halfway through the exhibition schedule, things are not so bad in Metsville. In fact, things are pretty darn interesting. Can the Mets contend? Sure. Can they win the East? Only if a lot goes well...

Book Review: Faith and Fear in Flushing

Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets By Greg W. Prince Hardcover, 320 pages, Skyhorse Publishing I'm going to start off this review with a disclaimer. Thanks to a Federal Trade Commission rule...

We Have Seen the Future and His Name Is Hisanori Takahashi

Despite the fact that he has made only one spring training start we here at Mike's Mets are ready to completely give up on Oliver Perez. Sure, at first we actually were impressed that Perez was pitching with better balance...

You Don't Need Rose-Colored Glasses to Believe

When I decided to start blogging again early last month I felt that my starting point would have to be the Mets' bizarre hot stove strategy of allowing almost all of their targeted free agents to sign with other teams...

Back In High School

Back in high school there were always a few people who liked to instigate fights. They would go up to a guy and ask, "Did you hear what Jimmy is saying about you?" He'd say something back, which of...

Job Insecurity

In his Daily Scoop column today at SI.com, Jon Heyman doesn't travel very far out on a limb when he pronounces Mets manager Jerry Manuel as "on the hot seat." I'm going to preface what I say next by noting...

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...

The Third Man?

I'm still trying to finish Part 2 of my Looking Back, Looking Ahead post. Hopefully I will have it up Sunday night, possibly Monday. I've been spending a lot of time job hunting this week and that has cut...

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...

About a Bay

I received an email earlier this week from a blogger from StalkingStevePhillips.com who thought I might be interested in his take on Jayson Bay and Johnny Damon. Actually, most of the piece was on Damon, with the following on...

The Benefit of the Doubt

Sorry it took so long to get this first one posted. I haven't written much for the past few months and the words still aren't quite flowing freely. I promise we'll get to some talk about the Mets off-season soon,...

This Blogging Life

The last thing I posted in this space was a piece about Newsday's new pricing model back in mid-November. Since then, I've probably started a dozen or so posts running the gamut from the Bay signing to reaction to Mark...

Revelation and Speculation

Bay Play Jason Bay will be roaming the vast expanse known as left field at Citi Field for the next four seasons. While I am not particularly enamored with such a development, it should be good for the Mets for...

Looking to the Future in our Bay Leaves

In the first few weeks of this off-season, while other teams scooped up free agents and the Mets did next to nothing, some fans grumbled about the team's inactivity. Now that they've signed Jason Bay, other fans are grumbling that...

All the Panic is Sheer Madness

As we turn the corner on another decade, the Mets find themselves at another sort of crossroad. Should (or better put--can) they go for broke, or be clever and prudent and see exactly what they have in-house? If the latter,...

My Pessimism May Have Been Optimistic!

In my most recent posts to this site, I lamented how the Mets in one season went from a legitimate World Series contender to a distant also-ran in the NL East. I also speculated that financial constraints would restrict the...

The Tweak's the Thing

In my previous post, we discussed some creative tweaking of the Mets roster. Let's try to put away all the diatribe aimed at the Wilpons, Minaya and Manuel and analyze just some of the various items that must be considered...

Sell High, Buy Low and Other Unlikely Strategies

Hot Stove has arrived and speculation runs rampant as usual. As Mets fans, we have little else to think about or cheer. So, how do Jeff and Omar set forth to right the ship? Let me throw my two cents...

Predicting the Mets' Off-season

Several weeks ago, I wrote that the Mets would retain Minaya and Manuel and make only enough moves to give the impression that they are trying to improve the team, with an eye on the pocketbook. Well, M and M...

Closure

We attended our last home game of the 2009 season on Friday night. It was truly bittersweet. There was good news and bad news. The good news was that this 2009 season was coming to an end. The bad news...

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...

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...

Savor the Irony

As I watched the Mets come from behind to just about dash the Fish's dwindling playoff shot, I was surprised that it didn't mean just a little bit more to me. For two straight years the teal-clad bunch played loose...

September 24

Today is the first anniversary of the most disappointing game I ever attended at Shea stadium. To mark it, I would like to share a portion of a chapter of my new book The Last Days of Shea: Delight and...

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",...

We're Back, and This Time We Mean It

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a Mets game with Dana Brand, Greg Prince and Matthew Silverman. Dana was kind enough to provide the tickets and ride to the game (we live about 20 miles apart up here...

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...

Professor Clerihew's Mets Year in Review

1B Carlos Delgado Avoids playing Lotto But he did less than zip When he messed up his hip. 2B Alex Cora Was looking to restore a Career path like his chums But alas he's all thumbs. SS Jose Reyes Likes...

Cruel September

I started writing this blog in August of 2005. The Mets under rookie manager Willie Randolph had treaded water around the .500 mark for most of the season, and then put a little run together in late August to force...

At The Crossroads - A Thoroughly Pessimistic View Of The Mets

In the Mets' history, there have been several periods in which the Mets were barely competitive, where the attraction of going to or watching a Mets game was in hoping the underdog Mets could win and maybe knock off a...

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...

Short Stops

THE INJURY BUG BITES AGAIN The sight of Jon Niese sprawled out by the pitchers mound was as disheartening as anything we have witnessed this season. But following the freak injury to Luis Castillo the night before and Sheffield removing...

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