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Ya Gotta Believe! ~ Tug McGraw
About a week ago, I posted an opinion piece about having hope in the spring. Why? Because there is no reason to be negative and already count your team out just days before or after pitchers and catchers report.
I got a lot of feedback on the post — both good and bad.
As I sit here on Feb. 16 to write a follow-up post, I watch college basketball with my New York Mets hat on with the door wide open in my family room because it’s nice and cool outside here in Florida.
And as we get closer to yet another season, I can’t help but think to myself, “What if?”
What if the Mets surprise people and can grab a Wild Card? What if they stay healthy, play technically sound baseball, and make a run at the division title? Once they get into the playoffs, what if everything clicks and it goes further?
All of those are what ifs, which, essentially, mean nothing. But they are reasons to hope that the losing is over. They are reasons to hope that this team is turning the...
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Johan Santana‘s 2012 statistics look awful at first glance. No, they are awful. His 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP are both his worst since becoming a starter. That, combined with the fact that Santana missed the last two months of the season might have you down on the 33 year-old lefty. But when you look deeper, there is some reason to be optimistic that Johan Santana can bounce back...
Just before Thanksgiving 2010, the Mets hired Terry Collins to shepherd the Mets into their new era. The talk at the time was based in GM Sandy Alderson’s history – apocryphal though it might be – of disdain for the position. There isn’t a copy of Moneyball handy, but the quote was something about the man in the dugout being nothing more than a “middle-manager,” a...
Like every manager in the history of the game, I love to tinker with batting orders. So much can happen between now and Opening Day, but when it is below freezing it is as good a time as any to think of what Terry Collins’ lineup could be this summer.
Collins is on record with Ruben Tejada in the leadoff slot, but I’m suggesting a different direction.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had...
Robinson Cano: The reality is, Cano will be 31 and may not stick at second for the remainder of his career. The reality ALSO is that he’ll cost a lot of money and the Mets seem to have the position reasonably covered with Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Wilfredo Tovar, Danny Muno, Phillip Evans and Gavin Cecchini. The reality ALSO ALSO is that Robinson Cano is one of the...
It’s not very often that mainstream media paints the Mets in a positive, or better yet, glowing light. So in those rare instances when they do, I like to point it out here on MMO. I give you Chris Cwik of CBS Sports.
Chris is doing a team by team review of each minor league system and pointing out which prospects are the ones to keep an eye on this season. It’s not a top prospect...
We dont have to go another weekend with out some type of Mets baseball. I admit I have been with with the family and our little one and have not watched 1 episode of cold stove this off season. I will thought try to get some time in front of the TV this weekend when the Mets will be on the air !
Will be good to see Gary, Keith and Ron and here there take on the lackluster off season. It
Continuing from our season preview of the Mets earlier today...
Can the Mets possibly go forward with this patchwork outfield?
To say that the Mets outfield is unsettled is an understatement. If the season were to start today, the outfield would be manned by a rotating cast of five different men, possibly six if a proper right-handed complement to Lucas Duda emerges. Alas...
Rumors surfaced yesterday that the New York Mets were
leaving the possibility of signing free agent Jose Valverde open, but it’s “really,
really unlikely” that the team acquires the right-hander, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
A team insider labeled to ESPNNewYork.com the chances of
signing free agent Jose Valverde "really, really unlikely."...
Updated by Joe D.
You can deny it all you want, jump up and down, throw a tantrum, or just ignore the facts – the choice is yours. But when you look at the evidence, there is no denying that David Wright has practically mirrored Derek Jeter in terms of overall production and value to the team during the regular season. In fact, Wright outproduced Jeter over a broad array of offensive...
Casey: I’ll take Mets Oddities for $400, Alex.
Alex: The answer is Bobby Bonilla and Jason Bay.
Casey: Who are the highest paid outfielders on the 2013 Mets?
Alex: Good job, Casey, and I’m afraid we’re all out of time for this round as we head into Final Jeopardy. The Final Jeopardy category will be “Ponzi Schemes.” Think about your responses while we go to a quick commercial...
Despite having a terrible bullpen, last year at the All-Star break the Mets were 46-40. Shortly after the break, on July 14th, Dan Stack noted that the Mets “rank last in bullpen ERA (4.94), 28th in WHIP (1.48) and 27th in batting average against (.267).” The bullpen is one of the easiest areas to improve around the All-Star break because teams out of the race are willing to...
Maybe its because I spent the better part of the off season lowering my expectations, but the PECOTA spreadsheets came out recently and I’m not disappointed entirely with what they say for the Mets. In fact, some of what they say is a lot better than what I thought.
In addition, the pick up’s in the bullpen help the team’s weakest area (after the Outfield). I underestimated...
Welcome one and welcome all to a true baseball sideshow...New York Mets Day here on The Outside Corner! Let's be honest, it's probably going to be a pretty depressing year in Flushing, but that doesn't mean we can completely write the Mets off.
Speaking of depressing teams, yesterday was Marlins Day here at TOC, and here's your recap.
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