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When we projected Lucas Duda in the third week of February, mine was one of the bullish predictions, as I forecasted a .268/.348/.475 line for him. Duda then proceeded to start off Grapefruit League play 0-for-8 with six strikeouts, which earned him some time off and made me feel a bit queasy. However, the rest worked wonders, as since then Duda has recorded 11 hits in 35 ABs (.314) with six of those hits going for extra-bases.
Our official projection for Duda is a .255/.340/.425 line. After 47 PA this Spring, he has a .256/.319/.535 line for an .854 OPS. It’s hard not to notice how similar his OPS in Florida so far is to his 2011 season, when he notched an .852 OPS in 347 PA.
While the OPS numbers are similar, the components are completely different. In 2011, Duda had a strong AVG (.292) and an excellent OBP (.370) to go along with a solid SLG (.482). In Grapefruit results this year, Duda has a mediocre AVG but makes up for it with his SLG. An ISO of .279 would be a wonderf...
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I wanted to share Adam Rubin’s projected Opening Day roster which is not too dissimilar to what I projected.
Rotation: Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner.
Bullpen: Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison, Josh Edgin, Pedro Feliciano and Greg Burke.
Infield: Ike Davis, Justin Turner, David Wright, Ruben Tejada and...
With Frank Francisco working very slowly back from elbow soreness, presumably an effect of the surgery he underwent in December to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, the Mets closer going into Opening Day will be Bobby Parnell.
The 28 year-old right-hander will be getting his first long-term shot at the closer role. He has been given some time in August and September over...
The Mets have until Tuesday to make a decision on whether to add Pedro Feliciano, LaTroy Hawkins and Tim Byrdak to the 25 man roster.
According to the rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, the Mets must inform each player by Tuesday if they intend to carry them on the major league roster. The alternatives are that either will be assigned to the minors and receive $100...
The Mets made possibly their most underrated signings of the offseason in late-January when they signed right-handed relief pitcher Scott Atchison to a minor league contract.
Atchison, 36, has bounced around baseball in his 14-year professional career. He came out of TCU as a starting pitcher in the late ’90s. Drafted by the Mariners, he rose up through the system, but stalled...
I spent most of the day on the backfields at Port St. Lucie yesterday and had some fun watching many of the minor leaguers already in camp, many of whom are reporting early. I made a few small notes I wanted to share with the readers on MMO, but mostly wanted to pass along a significant health update on one of our top prospects.
As most of the readers here know, 19-year old righthander...
There must be times Mets manager Terry Collins sits in his office with the door shut, puts his head in his head and wonders how he is going to handle his team.
There are probably times he thinks retirement might not be such a bad thing.
COLLINS: What’s he thinking?
In most camps, positions and batting orders are set a week from Opening Day. That isn’t the case with the Mets,...
The worst-case scenario seems imminent for the Mets.
They faced a myriad of pitching questions entering spring training, including: Johan Santana’s availability after shoulder surgery; Dillon Gee coming off surgery to repair an injury to his shoulder; and injury-prone Shaun Marcum.
All three have been answered in the negative.
One would think a free agent would report to camp in...
Most readers on MMO know full well my detailed account about what went down when the Mets failed to sign 2012 Draft second rounder RHP Teddy Stankiewicz. Here is but a reminder from what I wrote last July:
With their second, second-round pick (75th overall) in this year’s First Year Player Draft, the Mets selected RHP Teddy Stankiewicz, an 18-year-old pitcher from Fort Worth, Texas...
The 2013 All-World Baseball Classic team was announced Wednesday, and the squad is riddled with Mets both current and former alike.
Of course “Captain America” aka David Wright, who’s .438 batting average and 10 RBIs earned him the nickname made the team. Wright was also the only American to make the cut.
From the reigning champion Dominican Republic, former Met spark plug...
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Terry Collins just announced that the Mets have named David Wright the captain of the New York Mets.
Wright becomes the fourth captain in team history, joining Keith Hernandez, Gary Carter, and John Franco.
“This is probably one of the proudest days of my career so far,” Wright said.
“To be viewed in this light – by ownership, by Sandy and the front office...
Duffy Dyer was a true Met. He ably served as Jerry Grote’s back-up and caught many of the Mets greatest pitchers. He played for the team from 1969-1974. He appeared in 375 games and accrued 1167 Pas.
He had one AB in the 1968 season but earned more playing time in 1969. He had one at bat in the 1969 World Series. He hit an Opening Day three-run pinch-hit HR at Shea Stadium...
It’s long been said that sequels are rarely ever as good as the original. It’s an undeniable truth. Of course there are exceptions like The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather: Part Two, but for the most part sequels genuinely suck, to put it bluntly.
No-Han was everything any Met fan could have ever hoped for last season and when it happened there wasn’t a dry eye in the...