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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the Mets bullpen is bad. The pen’s 5.28 ERA is second worst in all of Major League Baseball. They also rank in the lower half of the league in HR/9 and in the lower quarter in K/9.
While Terry Collins deserves his fair share of the blame for his utterly confusing bullpen management, the modern “norms” of bullpen usage deserve to shoulder at least some of the burden.
What norms do I speak of? The closer’s role and the silly idea that is engrained in the minds of most baseball folks that he is to be used only in ninth inning save situations.
There is perhaps nothing more detrimental to the functionality of a bullpen than taking your best reliever and pigeon-holing him into only pitching in a certain inning, regardless of game situation.
Before I go and introduce my solution, here’s a quick introduction to the Leverage Index. The Leverage Index calculates the, well, leverage of the game situation when a reliever is used. The higher the Leverag...
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Just when they needed him most, Jeremy Hefner pitched a lights-out game for the Mets with eight shutout innings, but was betrayed by another ninth-inning collapse in a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins, which extended their losing streak to six games. Pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan led off the ninth with a single, took second on a passed ball by catcher Anthony Recker, advanced to third...
The New York Mets optioned struggling left handed pitcher Josh Edgin to Double-A Binghamton on Saturday. Don’t fret Mets fans, unlike what is being reported by some sites, the truth is that the reason they chose Double-A over Triple-A to get his confidence back is because it is closer to their major league club and this allows for a more hands-on approach to getting his confidence...
Edgardo Alfonzo remains one of the most beloved Mets alumni, both for his post-season heroics (e.g. 3 HR’s including a ninth inning grand slam in the space of two vital 1999 playoff games against the Reds and Diamondbacks), and his role as part of the “Best Infield Ever” as dubbed by Sports Illustrated. His flexibility as a player made him an invaluable asset to the team which...
What can be said about last night’s Mets game that hasn’t already been said about my high school prom.
It was long, nobody could score and it turned out to be a huge waste of time.
They say hindsight is 20/20, but my foresight in this one wasn’t so bad either. There were a few poor decisions that were easily predictable.
I’m still flabbergasted by Terry Collins’ inexplicable...
Akron 7, Binghamton 5
A promising pitching duel turned into a home run derby at Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium, as Akron flexed more muscle than the B-Mets in a 7-5 Aeros victory.
B-Met starter Jacob deGrom and Paolo Espino traded zeroes through three scoreless inning to start the contest. DeGrom cruised in the early going allowing only a lead-off single to Jesus Aguilar in the second...
Anyone out there remember Ray Sadecki? He was a starter/reliever for the Mets from 1970-1974 and was the kind of pitcher the Mets could actually use right now because of his effectiveness in that role.
They could have also used Sadecki in 2007 or 2008, which is when I chose his name on the LoHud blog when John Delcos was running the site before Howard Megdal. Those two seasons will...
New York Mets
Mike Baxter RF
Justin Turner 3B
Daniel Murphy 2B
Lucas Duda LF
John Buck C
Ike Davis 1B
Ruben Tejada SS
Jordany Valdespin CF
Matt Harvey RHP
Juan Pierre LF
Donovan Solano 2B
Giancarlo Stanton RF
Placido Polanco 3B
Greg Dobbs 1B
Justin Ruggiano CF
Rob Brantly C
Nick Green SS
Jose Fernandez RHP
David Wright is out of the...
Ruben Tejada – SS
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
John Buck – C
Lucas Duda – LF
Marlon Byrd – RF
Ike Davis – 1B
Juan Lagares – CF
Jonathon Niese – LHP
John Buck’s eight April homers tied the club record for a catcher in the month (Mike Piazza in 2001, Todd Hundley in 1996), and are one shy of the team record shared by Carlos Delgado...
Welcome to the first post in a weekly series called “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not,” in which we look at the hottest and coldest players in the Mets’ minor league system from the past week. Here’s a look back at the week that was. NOTE: Stats are from April 20 through April 27.
Jayce Boyd 1B (SAV)- Boyd has come out of nowhere this season, hitting .405/.490/.583 through...
Akron 7, Binghamton 5
The Akron Aeros used the aid of four home runs to beat the Binghamton Mets, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.
After both teams were held scoreless for three innings, Akron cracked the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth inning against Jacob deGrom. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Danny Muno tripled home Cesar Puello to put the B-Mets on the board...
After getting off to a 7-4 start to the season, the Mets have now lost nine of their last 12 games and aside from when Matt Harvey and Jon Niese are on the hill, you don’t get the sense that the Mets will win that day.
Part of the problem was a middle to back end of the rotation that was ill-conceived from the beginning. The ever so reliable R.A. Dickey was replaced with Shaun...
The Phils’ offense comes out smoking as they take the series from the Mets, defeating New York, 9-4.
The Mats took the lead in the bottom of the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Jordany Valdespin hits an RBI double, scoring Ike Davis, who had earlier doubled, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead. The Phils tied the game up at one-all in the top of the third as, with...
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— RageWynn (@RageWynn) April 30, 2013
I’m sure that the Mets player that is his roommate on the road has got some amazing stories to tell already.
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