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The Boston Red Sox placed catcher Kelly Shoppach on waivers Friday, giving life again to clamoring by fans of the New York Mets to deal for the righty-hitting catcher they targeted before the trade deadline.
But what’s really interesting is that the Shoppach news has also reborn some of the Jason Bay to the Red Sox debate, especially in a deal for underperforming Carl Crawford.
Let’s be clear about things here. This is not a trade for talent; this is a trade about money, change of scenery and risk. I’m not here to pretend Bay’s .150 batting average and 7 extra base hits in 2012 are better than Crawford’s .267 average and 10 extra base hits. Rather, it’s a question of Crawford’s future, and if he is poised to become the next Jason Bay.
Bay signed a four-year/$66 million deal in December 2009. That includes a $17 million vesting option for the fifth year if he has 600 plate appearances in 2013 or 500 plate appearances in both 2012 and 2013, or a $4 million buyout if he doesn’t. Th...
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EL Pitcher of the Week Mark Cohoon alongside Bisons starter Collin McHugh
Behind his complete game shut out and near no-hitter on Friday night against the Harrisburg Senators, Binghamton Mets starter Mark Cohoon has been named as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the August 6th to August 12th time frame. The game on Friday night would prove to be the only one Cohoon pitched...
The Mets refuse to tie the toe tag on Jason Bay. After putting up yet another hitless night for the Mets vs the Braves, Jason has now entered full platoon mode primarily only facing lefties. Mets Blob is sure most fans will be thrilled to see less of the Mets' biggest free agent dog during the dog days of Summer. However, what makes no sense is that Jason is hitting .160 when facing righties
The New York Mets’ farm system has improved over the years, and it looks like they have a handful of players that can help them in the future. People have their own opinions on who the top prospects are, and where they rank. Here is where I rank the Mets top 20 Prospects. On the [...]
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Jon Niese tied his longest outing of the year going 8 innings against Atlanta on Sunday night.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game looking to salvage a win from their three-game series against the Braves and did just that as Jon Niese had one of his best starts of the season, allowing only a Freddie Freeman solo home run and pitching a solid eight innings.
To sum up the first...
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Jacoby Ellsbury: Ellsbury had a tough game 2, but he looked good in the other 3. Ellsbury contributed 5 hits in those 3 games, giving the Sox some chances to make things happen.
Carl Crawford: Only 1 good game for Carl Crawford, then we hear more about surgery...
Let’s just say that Johan’s first start off the DL was not a successful one. That was one über ugly performance. Johan’s last three starts against the Braves have been just awful. 1 1/3 innings and 8 runs, 5 innings 6 runs, 1 1/3 innings 6 runs (4 earned).
For some unknown reason, ESPN/MLB has decided that this game is so big that it has been moved to an 8pm start. Luckily...
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Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks was hit in the wrist with a pitch and reportedly could be out a while. See the details of the injury and the timetable for his return here.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
ESPN – 8:05 PM
Ben Sheets (4-1, 1.41) vs Jonathon Niese (8-6, 3.82)
The Mets and Braves play a prime time game tonight as the Mets try to forget everything about the baseball since the All-Star break. Last night was rough as Santana struggled allowing too many runs in too short of a period of time. Tonight Jon Niese looks to play stopper as he steps up...
Jonathon Niese pitched six-hit ball over eight innings, David Wright sparked the offense with a pair of doubles against Ben Sheets, and the New York Mets just hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-5 Sunday night and salvage the finale of a three-game series.
A night after the Braves battered Johan Santana, Niese (9-6) tamed Atlanta's offense and stopped yet another slide by the...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Freddie Freeman had five RBIs in the first two innings and the Atlanta Braves battered Johan Santana in his return from the disabled list, routing the sluggish New York Mets 9-3 on Saturday night.
Michael Bourn had three hits, Chipper Jones chased Santana with an RBI single in a seven-run second inning and Atlanta sent the two-time Cy Young Award winner to the worst...
Johnny Pesky was so much bigger than just a player for the Boston Red Sox. And Red Sox nation made sure to recognize that fact after the legendary shortstop passed away on Monday. Fans stopped by Fenway Park, even though the Red Sox were off for the day, after learning of the news and paid their respects to Pesky. Many of those fans dropped by the "Teammates" statue out...
With a solid first half that saw the Mets only 4.5 games out of first place at the All-Star break, the Wilpons commitment to spending became a non-story. That quickly changed thanks to a stretch where they lost 11 of 12 and nightly bullpen implosions thrust them into the second division.
Many fans questioned the inactivity of Sandy Alderson. Huston Street, K-Rod and Grant Balfour were...
The third part of my birthday box break extravaganza is upon us. First came the Panini All Goalies throw-in from D&A, followed by the first of my two boxes of 2010 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats, which produced a Junichi Tazawa blonde bat #'d /20. Here's box and bat number two, and needless to say, I had no idea what the signature said.Because it wasn't written in...
To say Lester has been struggling all season long would be a huge understatement. Lester hasn't had a win since June 27th and both he and the ballclub were in desperate need of one today. Lester looked like that guy we have always known him to be and dominated the Indians lineup.
Lester gave up his one and only run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Lester gave up two...