Found March 29, 2012 on
PLAYERS: Jon NieseDillon Gee
TEAMS: New York Mets
As we approach the start of the season, the Mets’ pitching staff has to accomplish a lot in order to win the trust of hopeful fans. If there is to be any glimmer of hope for a respectable season, the staff has to not only meet expectations, but most likely exceed them. One thing that can foster some belief among fans is for Jonathon Niese to have his breakout year and perhaps become the ace of the Mets this year. Niese certainly has the potential to make his mark on this staff With injury concerns, inconsistencies and several question marks surrounding the Met’s staff -a staff that is void of a true ace- Niese could be the best they got. Let’s break it down this way: Johan Santana, despite all the physical tools he has, is coming back from a major shoulder surgery and he can’t be conceivably be trusted to pitch upwards of 200 innings this year. Oh, he will be exciting to watch and is still the most talented pitcher on the staff, but counting on him to be your ace comes with a hug...

Mets lose as Murphy boots two

Well, this is something we might see more than a few times this season. Daniel Murphy collected a pair of hits, but also botched a couple of plays in the field in the eighth inning to cost Frank Francisco the game in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals. This will happen more than a few times this season, so let’s get used to it. Murphy is learning the position and the Mets don’t have...

Mets Opening Day Roster just about set

If you trust Adam Rubin of ESPN New York and his sources, then the Mets Opening Day roster picture is quickly coming into focus. Rubin says that as long as Byrdak doesn’t somehow recover from knee surgery in time to make the roster, the Mets will start out with Daniel Herrera as the lefty specialist in the bullpen. Although it has been reported before that Herrera was not an option...

The curious case of Danny Herrera

Adam Rubin reported yesterday that Daniel Herrera is most likely going to be given a spot in the bullpen for Opening Day. Tim Byrdak is recovering from knee surgery, but he’s expected only to miss  a couple games. To this point in Spring Training, Herrera has thrown 6.1 innings, posting a 1.42 ERA with two walks and one strikeout. So when Byrdak comes back, the Mets are going...

Mets Curse? Jason Bay The Modern Day Roberto Alomar?

Throughout spring training, I have heard interviews and read many articles about Jason Bay and his approach to hitting. Every Mets fan, let alone baseball fan knows of Bay's woes. For someone who was a solid power hitter before joining the Mets, with the Mets he has been more of a power outage.This spring Bay is trying to simplify his approach, and get back to his hitting basics...

Jason Bay returns to line-up and to his struggling ways

After being hit on the right forearm by a Stephen Strasburg pitch on Sunday, New York Mets outfielder Jason Bay was forced from the line-up and given a couple days off.  Yesterday he returned to action and proceeded to go 0-3, dropping his Grapefruit League average to .212.  What’s even more amazing to me is that Bay has failed to drive in a run in 33 at-bats this Spring, something...

The 1962 Mets vs. The 2012 Mets

In the Mets first season in 1962 the team won only 40 games and lost 120. It was one of the worst team records in MLB history. Now, we all know that you can never go by Spring Training number or stats. BUT...with the Mets only chalking up 7 wins so far this Spring in 35 games...if they carry this win/loss ratio in the regular season...they may only win 35 games all year! What a lovely tribute

Collins believes Duda is going to be a dynamic talent

Add Terry Collins to the list of people close to the game who are coming up with a somewhat unanimous opinion about New York Mets rightfielder Lucas Duda.   The 26-year-old hit his 4th homer Grapefruit League homer against the Braves yesterday and has put together quite an impressive Spring. #bbpBox_184980845893922816 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_184980845893922816...

From Left Field: Mets Picked To Finish 4th?

As most readers of this site know, I’m the eternal optimist. Until the Mets are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, I still have hope—no matter how bad the team is playing. But even I have to admit that this year, it will be tough for the Mets to finish higher than fifth place in the NL East. That’s based though more on the other teams in the division on paper...

Mets send 6 down roster almost set...

Photo by Michael BaronThe Mets sent down six more players and in doing so pretty much set their roster to open the season, barring a signing, trade or injury. No big surprises, Mike Baxter beat out Adam Loewen for the left handed outfielder on the bench.  Daniel Herrera will be the left handed reliever if Tim Byrdak isn't ready.  Mike Nickeas will be the back-up catcher and...

Hey Mets Fans... Don't Worry, The Sky Is Not Falling.

The Mets are currently the worst team in the 4 major sports to be a fan of, but don't worry Mets fans... The team is telling you that the sky is not falling! Enjoy the 2012 season, with a half empty stadium and a crappy team on the field.

The Bad Guy

"Mike Pelfrey impressive""Strong outing for Mike Pelfrey" "Pelfrey Finally Puts Together a Solid Spring Outing" I see that I'm going to have to be the bad guy, once again. Not that I expect your major websites to harp on this, but somebody has to say it. I'm fine with it being me. But ...IT'S THE ASTROS!You see that lineup? Shutting down...

Carlos Beltran Pays For A Nosejob

Having bags full of money won’t make you happy, but it can buy your teammates new noses.  Yesterday it was announced that Carlos Beltran, the new St. Louis Cardinals outfielder had made a 10K payment to former Mets teammate Jon Niese for a nosejob Beltran had promised to pay for. And yes, you read that right, Beltran paid for Niese’s nosejob. I assume this whole situation...
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