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Friday night Terry Collins used both Josh Edgin and Ramon Ramirez for 1.1 innings each. Saturday afternoon the Mets used only Edgin. New York used five relievers, including three different pitchers in the decisive eighth inning. Yet Ramirez was not one of them, the bullpen imploded and the Mets lost a toss-up game they really should have won. Ramirez is in the dog house and if the Mets had better relievers on hand it would be easy to understand why. But when this year’s pen makes us long for the relievers from 2008, Collins simply cannot hold a grudge as long as he seemingly is with Ramirez. Has Ramirez been good this year? No, not particularly. Is Ramirez worth using in tight games? Yes, yes he is. And the sooner Collins accepts that, the better off the team will be. Leverage Index (LI) is an attempt to describe how important a particular game or at-bat is. The Average LI is equal to 1.0 and a high leverage situation is 1.5 and above. About 10% of all game situations h...

Should Wheeler be an option to replace Gee?

Prior to Saturday night’s 8-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets manager Terry Collins narrowed his options of replacing Dillon Gee to Miguel Batista and Matt Harvey.  Acording to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: Terry Collins said Chris Young should be fine for Wednesday’s start in Washington, and that the choice for Saturday against the Dodgers is pretty much down to...

MMO Hits & Misses: Don’t Blame Johan, Do You Believe What You See?

Anybody else notice how awful Johan Santana has pitched whenever Terry Collins makes a big issue of giving his ace some extra days of rest? First there was the debacle against the Yankees in the Bronx, then of course we had last night against the Braves. What was odd to me was how emphatic Santana was each time in saying he felt great and didn’t need the extra rest, but why listen...

Mets Have Set The Bar Higher For Second Half

In Doug’s Dugout today, we broach the second half, Tony LaRussa, and other observations. As the Mets embark on the second half sprint towards the post-season (who would’ve predicted that?) the benchmark is Ten. That is, ten games above .500. If the team can improve their 6 games above .500 mark, and make another strong a push upward, they could zero in on 90-plus victories. That...

Pre-Game: New York Mets (46-42) @ Atlanta Braves (48-39)

This afternoon at the “House of Horrors” the Mets try to avoid the sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.  With so much talk of how the Mets needed to get off to a good start in the 2nd half, they have come out and done the complete opposite.  Surprisingly, the culprit in the first two games has been bad starting pitching.  Chris Young and R.A. Dickey each allowed 5 runs...

You have to watch tonight’s Bisons game NOW

It’s funny how this stuff works out. Before each season, SNY and the Mets decide which Buffalo Bisons game to air on SNY. If you didn’t know, the Bisons are the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. So the Bisons play Toledo at home right now. Jason Bay is starting in left field and batting second. But that’s not the big news of the game. I’m sure that most of you have heard of Matt...

Former Owls Pitcher, Edgin, Debuts with Mets

From the CPL Former Forest City Owls pitcher Josh Edgin joined the New York Mets (courtesy of MLB from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, July 13, replacing Dillon Gee on the active roster. Edgin entered in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Mets game at Atlanta. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs - both earned - on two hits, while striking out three...

Game Preview: Mets @ Braves

The Mets will try to salvage the final game of the series today in Atlanta as Johan Santana takes the hill against Ben Sheets. Santana is 6-5 on the season with a 3.24 ERA over 17 games and 102.2 innings of work. Johan’s last outing was a rough one where he ultimately allowed 7 ER over 4.2 innings of work while having another play step on his calf while Santana was covering first...

Pre-Game: Mets (46-41) @ Braves (47-39)

  RA Dickey is coming off of a whirlwind week, let’s hope it doesn’t get to his ego. Aw who are we kidding, what ego? The Mets continue their three game series with the Atlanta Braves today at Turner Field with RA Dickey returning to the mound for the the first time since he pitched the 6th inning of the All Star Game on Tuesday evening. The Braves counter with Tommy Hanson...
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