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Nobody is going to mistake the 2012 New York Mets for a team of power hitters. The clubs 55 homers on the season rank 24th in baseball and only one player has reached double-digit jacks for the year, Lucas Duda. The 26-year-old lefty is in his third season and has proved to be the one reliable source of power for New York in 2012.
Duda’s eleven long balls lead the team, as do his 42 RBI, but with the way he has been hitting of late fans are hoping the Big Ox is just scratching the surface.
Duda has reached base safely in a career-high 22 straight games dating back to May 27th and has raised his average over 20 points since batting just .245 back on May 29th.
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More importantly, the Dude has seemingly found his power stroke once again, having belted four homers in just 61 June at-bats. It’s great to see David Wright remain consistent and Ike Davis showing signs of life, but from a power standpoint, New York is going to need Duda to keep producing in the middle of the line-up if they are going to have sustained success as the season wears on. The team is 7-2 on the year in games in which Duda hit’s a long ball and while I’ll be happy to see him hit the 26 HR and 100 RBI that his numbers currently project out to, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I want to see #21 get his first 30 homer season.
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Dillon Gee was masterful, Frank Francisco walked the tight rope and a bunch of doubles were enough for the Mets on Wednesday night.
Gee went seven-and-one-third innings, allowing just two runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out nine in a brilliant outing, at one point retiring 13 in-a-row. He turned it over to the bullpen for the final five outs and they made it worth the...
They get swept, they sweep. They get swept, they sweep. That’s how it’s looked since Friday, June 8, when the Mets walked into Yankee Stadium, fresh off dropping two in Washington, with Johan Santana making his first nerve-wracking appearance since his no-hitter. It didn’t go well.
The gopher was well-fed by the time Sunday afternoon came around and the Yankees smirked...
Dillon Gee (left) and Tim Byrdak (second to right) definitely win outfit of the day. By the way, if you can’t tell, that’s Dillon Gee, Tom Goodwin, Bobby Parnell, Jay Horwitz, Jon Niese, Tim Byrdak, and Eric Langill (bullpen catcher).
Here’s another picture, where Mets PR man Jay Horwitz makes another appearance:
By the way, if you can’t tell, that’s Josh Thole, Jeff...
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We don’t need to scream from the back of the Dickey congregation any longer. He’s been found by all at this point. It’s simply awesome to watch. A knuckleballer that’s captivating any baseball fan worth his salt. The story is amazing. But, more impressively, the pitching is amazing. Dickey’s array of knucklers is dazzling. The fast one. The slower...
We all know that Darryl Strawberry, the former New York Mets great, has a few demons from his past. He has walked the straight and narrow the last few years and recently took part in an event honoring the All-Time Mets. He was asked a question about the 69 Mets and the 86 version, and [...]
In case you are unaware, R.A. Dickey is having one of the finest seasons in Mets history and currently on possibly the best stretch for a pitcher in the modern era. With all the thousands of pitchers who come and go throughout major league baseball, there is not a more fitting man to ascend to such a unheard of level of success in 2012.
We all know Dickey’s story of how the first...
Norfolk 7, Buffalo 5
By Andrew O’Brien
The Buffalo Bisons led 3-1 in the fifth inning, but the Norfolk Tides exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Monday night en route to a 7-5 win in the opening game of a four-game series. Colin McHugh got his first Triple-A start after getting promoted from Binghamton on Sunday. McHugh (0-1) went five innings...
R.A. Dickey's story is an incredible one. The veteran right-hander has seen ups and downs at every juncture of his life, but it's safe to assume he's never seen a peak this high. The Mets knuckleballer has found himself as a pitcher while throwing what some consider a gimmick pitch, and he's throwing it better than he ever has this year. Dickey has been relatively...
No reason for New York Mets fans to get steamed over ticket prices for the Subway Series.
As part of a summer promotion, the Mets tied the ticket price for some top seats this weekend against the New York Yankees to the gametime temperature Wednesday night.
With heat advisories posted in the city, it was 94 degrees when the Mets started against Baltimore, and that meant a nice...
R.A. Dickey’s impeccable control with that dancing knuckleball has made him the most dominant pitcher in baseball. Dickey became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters and Ike Davis hit a grand slam to lead the New York Mets past the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Monday night.
Coming off a one-hit gem at Tampa Bay last Wednesday, Dickey struck out a career...
R.A. Dickey leads the Majors in strikeouts. He has more than Stephen Strasburg, more than Justin Verlander, more than Gio Gonzalez. Nobody in baseball has generated as many strike threes as R.A. Dickey. Since he has never done anything like this before — his next strikeout will actually match his 2010 total — people are asking him what he’s doing differently. After his...