Found June 19, 2012 on Mets Fever:
Photo by Michael BaronThe Mets weren't as concerned as many fans with the departure of Jose Reyes because they considered Ruben Tejada an adequate replacement and for the most part, minus the flashiness Tejeda was doing a solid job until his injury.

They had a veteran journeyman in Ronny Cedeno to fill-in if there was an injury but when Cedeno also went down there were many questions about the team's depth.  Prior to his injury Justin Turner wasn't seen as an everyday shortstop and Jordany Valdespin quickly showed that he should stick to the right side of the infield.

Even as Omar Quintanilla was being called up some thought the Mets should have just promoted Sean Kazmar, considered a a weak hitting defensive specialist.  But it was Quintanilla who arrived and received very little fan fare.  He still hardly gets mentioned as his defense has been serviceable and he has made solid contributions at the plate.

Quintanilla is hitting .258 with 4 doubles, 1 homerun and 4 RBIs while posting a .97 fld. pct. .973, two errors in 53 attempts while turning 12 doubleplays.

(Updated) Dickey’s Recent Stretch Ranks Among The Best In Mets History

On Monday night, R.A. Dickey was in complete control of his craft.  He pitched his third complete game of the season.  He struck out a career-high 13 batters.  He extended his streak of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run (42⅔ and counting).  And oh yes, he became the first pitcher in Mets history to pitch back-to-back complete game one-hitters. But this particular...

Mets Farm Report: Peavey Rocked, Mejia Shaky In Relief, Camarena Tosses Gem

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R.A. Dickey shows how to throw a knuckleball

THAT's what's up 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...

Mets Minors: Cam Maron defies reason with hot streak

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Hard To Put 'Spin' On This Middle Infield Tonight: Mets Lineup V. Orioles - June 20, 2012

The Mets are not putting their best defensive middle infield out on the diamond tonight, but the way they've handled Baltimore the last three games, it might not be such an issue. Coming off Santana's first solid outing since his no hitter on June 1st, Dillon Gee is looking to keep the Mets on their winning ways in their recent lose three, win three, lose three, win three...

Fantasy Knucklehead: What to do With R. A. Dickey

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Mets Farm Report: McHugh Suffers Loss In AAA Debut, Cyclones Top Yankees In Season Opener

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R.A. Dickey THEN and NOW

R.A. Dickey in 1996 as a member of the USA Olympic Team R.A. Dickey in 2012 There’s not really a point to this post. I just thought you guys might want to see the physical difference between Dickey 16 years ago and now. At that time, Dickey threw 95 MPH and he was a young kid. Let’s just say a lot has happened since then, which you can read all about in his awesome book.

R.A. Dickey’s Three Movingest Knucklers from Monday

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Mets 5, Orioles 0

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