Found August 09, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
This week’s Met sweep of the Colorado Rockies is instructive.  In taking the broom to the Rockies at Citi Field, the Mets showcased the blueprint they hope can make them a contender as early as next season – solid pitching. In designing that building plan the Mets need look no further than their first World Championship team the 1969 Mets.  That Met team, a group that shocked the world, was built around solid starting pitching.  The ’69 Mets won 100 games.  When they held teams to three runs or less the ’69 Mets had an 80 percent winning record.  Take a look. Met pitchers in 1969 allowed opposing teams 3-runs or less in 63% of the 162 games played.  When Met pitchers in the championship year allowed 2 or fewer runs the Metss were almost unbeatable (65-8).  The ’69 Champions won 80% of their regular season games when they allowed 3 or fewer runs. Very different philosophies governed the ways teams used pitchers in 1969.  Pitch counts were not emphasized and starting pitchers often p...

Mets Even Thinking Of Trading Wilmer Flores Is Absurd

All of a sudden, I’ve been reading with head-scratching confusion how several bloggers are suggesting the New York Mets trade Wilmer Flores. Why? What good would it serve other than just giving away a prospect? What could they possibly get for him now? Their confused reasoning is since the Mets have few position player prospects they should trade their best one. Yup, makes sense...

Could this be the end of Justin Turner’s time with the Mets?

Although he had a solid outing (going 2-4 with three RBI’s)  in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, while giving Omar Quintanilla a spell at shortstop, could we be looking at Justin Turner’s last few months with the New York Mets? With the Mets calling up prospect Wilmer Flores this week, Turner’s role as super-utility player could be in peril as we head...

Mets 3B fouls off pitch by throwing bat (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores threw his bat at a pitch, and made enough contact with it to foul it off, during Friday night's game in Arizona. It happened in the eighth inning with one out and runners on second and third. Flores threw his bat at the 1-2 pitch from D-backs reliever Heath Bell, and the desparation move by...

Mets vs D’Backs: Wheeler Looks To Even Series, Davis Back At First

Mets at D’Backs • Chase Field • 8:10 PM Zack Wheeler (4-2, 3.91) vs. Brandon McCarthy (2-5, 4.94) Starting Lineup  Eric Young, Jr. – LF Juan Lagares – CF Daniel Murphy – 2B Marlon Byrd – RF Ike Davis – 1B Wilmer Flores – 3B John Buck – C Omar Quintanilla – SS Zack Wheeler – RHP Game Notes New York suffered its 10th walk-off loss last night. The 10...

Mets Fight Back Twice, But Lose Via Walk-Off To The D-Backs, 5-4

In a back and forth affair that saw multiple lead changes, some dumb decisions, and a Mets team that continues to show a little heart — they were sent away via a Paul Goldschmidt walk-off home run to start this road trip off with a loss. The Mets came in looking like a team with some momentum behind them, taking the lead in the 4th to break up what began as a pitcher’s duel....

Montero Picks Up Fourth Straight Quality Start With Seven Sharp Innings

Oh, Rafael Montero…way to put the exclamation point on a wonderful night of Mets pitching! I was originally so disappointed in the organization’s decision to put Montero in Triple-A where he could have been victimized by the factors that make the PCL so bad for pitchers… and originally, it seemed like he would be. But he battened down the mental hatches, turned it up a notch...

#MetsTwitterRecap: Late Night Loss

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Hicks Homers Again, But No Dice For Vegas In 6-4 Loss

Oklahoma City 6, Las Vegas 4 The Las Vegas 51s scored three runs in the first inning today against visiting Oklahoma City, but surrendered six unanswered runs in a 6-4 loss at Cashman Field. The good news for Las Vegas is Sacramento also lost today, meaning the 51s stayed one game behind the first-place River Cats in the Pacific Southern Division. The loss broke an eight-game winning...

Meet the Mets: L.J Mazzilli

The Mets selected L.J. Mazzilli in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB Draft. He was recently ranked the Mets 22nd best prospect in MMN’s Mid-Season Top 25. Upon being drafted, L.J told Newsday: “It all seemed to make sense,” said L.J., who played college baseball for UConn. “They say everything happens for a reason, and I feel like this is where I’m meant to be right now...

Battle For The NL Cy Young: Kershaw vs. Harvey

The NL Cy Young race has quite obviously become a two-man race between the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and our very own Matt Harvey. And although we may all be a tad biased towards Mr. Harvey, it’s important as baseball fans to give Kershaw a fair argument. Here’s a brief breakdown of the two: Clayton Kershaw Kershaw is sporting a sickeningly low 1.91 ERA, and is on pace to finish...

You Want Efficiency? Oh I Got Efficiency!

On Wednesday night, Matt Harvey was what Rick Vaughn wanted to be at the beginning of Major League II. Vaughn didn't want to depend on the strikeout, and he got shelled. But that was just a movie. Matt Harvey is better than a movie. And he showed it against the Colorado Rockies with his first major league complete game shutout ... a 5-0 shutout which only took 106 pitches and...
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