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“If you ain’t got a bullpen, you ain’t got nothin’” – Yogi Berra, 1973 In 2011, the Mets didn’t have nothin’. Unless you’re a dominant team (like ’86) or a hapless collection (like…oh, never mind), the difference between being over .500 and under is a matter of a couple of wins. Last year, the Mets won 77 games and finished 8 games under the breakeven mark. That four-game swing can easily be hung on the pitching in general and the bullpen squad in particular. The cast – or castoffs, if you prefer – included Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco, Jason Isringhausen, Manny Acosta, Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell. Among them, they accounted for 19 blown saves and 10 additional losses which did not come in save situations. Of those blown saves, six of them came in games the Mets eventually won. So let’s say the blown-saves-and- losses combination could have been cut in half with better arms out there. That means a quality bullpen could have been the difference between a

Tuesday in PSL: Collins, Santana, Turner, #7

New York Mets starter, Johan Santana threw his second bullpen session of the Spring this afternoon at Digital Domain Park; tossing 29 pitches from a mound. Upon completion of his session, the former Cy Young Award Winner told reporters he was feeling good, but is still taking it “one step at a time”: Photo taken by Mets Official Twitter Feed It’s been a tough time, a lot of...

Using fWAR to project the Mets’ record in 2011 and 2012

At Mets360 we hold these truths to be self-evident: • That proper statistical evaluation is essential to understanding how baseball games are won and lost • That the stats that are available today are superior to the ones available in the 1950s for this purpose • That there is no one perfect stat to evaluate players The closest we have to a perfect stat is WAR, which attempts...

Will Mets Regret Not Adding A Starter?

With Mets pitchers and catchers set to report later this morning, lets take a look at a couple of things Sandy Alderson said over the weekend when he spoke to reporters in St. Lucie. I was a little taken back by what he said when he was asked where he’d like to see the team do better? “Well, just in a general sense, we need to pitch better than we did last year. The starting...

Jon Niese got a nose job after Carlos Beltran teased him, has lost 10 pounds since

Mets pitcher Jon Niese reported to spring training with a new look this week. Yup, Niese got a nose job and says he’s lost 10 pounds since getting it done because his breathing is now improved. But the reason he got it done is the best part. Niese says former teammate Carlos Beltran teased him last season and offered to pay for the procedure if Neise got it done. The pitcher got...

Pitchers and Catchers report: The Latest on Santana:Mets Spring TV schedule

Welcome to the first official day of spring training. At least for today Met fans need to show optimism.  Yes the team didnt do much this odd off season besides patch a couple of holes in the bullpen and bring in the walls for the whiny Wright and the lost Bay. Still you have to show optimism to begin the season. Otherwise doom and gloom will make it a very long season. Mets pitchers and

Angels sign RHP Isringhausen to minor league deal

Veteran right-hander Jason Isringhausen has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The 39-year-old Isringhausen agreed to the deal Wednesday. He went 3-3 with a 4.05 ERA while pitching in 53 games for the New York Mets last season, his 15th in the majors. Isringhausen is third among active players with 300 career saves despite missing most of the 2009 season...

Lutz doesn't draw a good number...

I like the numbers game, I don't know why and I even understand that it's generally absolutely meaningless.  But I find it interesting what players get what numbers, does Josh Satin with #3 have any greater chance of making the team then Reese Havens at #75. We've heard of players paying for lucky numbers and others keeping their first spring training number instead...

Mets have commitments for 7 of 10 shares

The New York Mets have commitments for seven of the 10 ownership shares of $20 million each they are trying to sell to pay off debt and raise capital. The sale of the limited partnership units will not take place until all 10 can close at the same time, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing....

Mets' Tejada remains in Panama while trying to obtain visa

Terry Collins knows that Ruben Tejada is not late. He also knows that the young man who will replace Jose Reyes has already impressed with hustle and precocious baseball instincts. The manager even called himself “selfish” for wishing that Tejada was already in Port St. Lucie. But still, despite all those qualifications, Collins’ visceral desire remains: He wants Tejada in camp, now.

Niese nose secret to weight loss

PORT ST. LUCIE — Jon Niese reported to camp yesterday about 10 pounds lighter — after he got a nose job. The Mets lefty revealed he had the procedure done last October at the urging of former teammate Carlos Beltran, who offered to pay for the surgery.During his pre-op consultation, Niese...

Davey Says Nats Have More Gifted Athletes Than 83-84 Mets

This, from Adam Rubin: Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was asked whether the current Nationals team, with young stars such as Stephen Strasburg, reminds him of the 1983-84 Mets, who were a couple of years away from winning a World Series. “This club has more potential than that club,” Johnson replied Monday at Nationals camp in Viera. “It just has a lot more gifted...

Around the NL East: Johan Santana ready for Opening Day?

<a href="" target='_new' title='Mets' Santana, Collins optimistic' >Video: Mets' Santana, Collins optimistic</a> “Suave, amigos. Everything is under control.” Those were the...

K-Rod sues former agents

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against his former agents at the Wasserman Media Group. "We are going to purse all of our legal options in the immediate future to the fullest extent possible,'' K-Rod’s attorney Richard Johnson said. "As you can see in this lawsuit, there were multiple incidents of concealment.'' In December...

2012 MLB Draft: Early Mock Has Mets Taking A LHP

With the college baseball season kicking off last night what better time to make my first mock draft than right now? With the volatility with baseball prospects I wouldn’t be surprised if 90% of these projections turn out to be wrong and that a small portion of them will fall out of the first round conversation by the time draft day comes around. Nonetheless, it is a good...
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