Found August 15, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
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Deadspin decided to an unscientific polling this season of who were the best and worst beat writers for every major league team. Today, they have released their results: For the Mets they selected: Best: ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is by far, the best Mets beat reporter. Jorge Castillo is a distant second. Worst: The Daily News’ Andy Martino is the worst and it’s by a country mile. He openly roots against the team, doesn’t do his research, brings no new relevant info to the table, and openly trolls the fans. I would have to agree with that assessment… I would also mention that along with Rubin and Castillo I enjoy following and reading Marc Carig, Mike Kerwick, Rich Couthino and Anthony DiComo very much. They are all passionate, objective and professional reporters, and they each do a good job of interacting with their readers.

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Harvey Lacked Command Of His Off-Speed Pitches Against The Dodgers

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Law Projects Syndergaard As Mid-Rotation Guy, Lacks Average Breaking Balls

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Mets 4, Padres 1

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This Might Explain Things

Things were going nicely ... the Mets had a 4-2 lead. Then SNY decided to show Orel Hershisher strike out Howard Johnson in Game 7 of the '88 NLCS ... on my 18th birthday ... like they do every year when the Mets visit Dodger Stadium. This marks the 25th anniversary of that monstrosity, so maybe they'll retire that video once and for all. Unfortunately in its place, they...
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