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I probably wasn’t the only person frustrated last year watching Kirk Nieuwenhuis, or Lucas Duda, or Ike Davis appearing to take fat pitches down the middle of the plate only to see them swing at a breaking pitch in the dirt or a fastball at eye level.
On several notable occasions Keith Hernandez himself went off on hitters taking 2-1 fastballs “right down the pike” as he’d say. There was a perception among many fans that the organizational philosophy emphasizing plate discipline while honing in and attacking the zone, as implemented by Dave Hudgens at the major league level, had in practice resulted in a Mets lineup that was taking too many pitches. In truth there is something to be said for going against the grain if only to keep opposing pitchers honest. Watching the games you were left with the impression that the Mets were very very predictable at times and that they lacked aggressiveness, but was that perception accurate?
Fans also lamented the fact that had the Mets put in a p...
BEST OF MAXIM
It took until the Mets’ fourth Spring Training game for the team to finally be outscored, so that’s good. Although New York lost to Washington last night 6-4, there were a number of positives to take away. For one, Wilmer Flores looked comfortable at second base.
I wondered earlier this month about the longtime prospect’s future on defense. Based on how they are playing him...
SMELL THE GLOVE
Video: Future star robs a HR
It’s been widely reported that Kirk Nieuwenhuis will be strongly considered as a leadoff candidate this season despite a 31% strikeout percentage, a low contact rate and on-base percentage, and a poor batting eye.
Assuming he could improve his on-base and strikeout rates a little, his batting eye still is what it is, and he doesn’t fit the mold of an ideal leadoff man...
I expressed my concerns about Lucas Duda’s 0-7 start late last night, which you can read below. I was not surprised by what I predicted would be an avalanche of “it’s only two games” rebuttals. There they are for all of you to see.
It seems like many readers chose to ignore that it was Terry Collins who referred to Duda as a “work in progress” and that those were his...
Over the course of Spring Training, we will be doing a series of articles where we analyze the Mets announcers (both current and former). Today we bring you the first article in the series: Gary, Keith and Ron.
There are two categories of baseball broadcasters: Vin Scully and everyone else.
In recent years, one television crew has begun to emerge as the leader of the “everyone...
Last season, the New York Mets answered the pleas of Mets fans everywhere and gave us the blue walls we so desperately wanted at Citi Field.
As a show of good faith, this season, the Mets have graciously decided to add a matching blue awning to go with the blue outfield walls… And the best part is that we didn’t even have to beg for it… Ain’t she a pretty site?
I know what...
Zack Wheeler hadn’t been pitching particularly well when he agreed to do this interview late last season. During his previous seven outings — three with Double-A Binghamton and four with Triple-A Buffalo — he’d allowed 28 runs in 35 innings. Deep into his second full professional season, the New York Mets’ best prospect seemed to have hit a wall.
This season, the 23-year...
Ah, spring training, when a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of a great season to come.
The team has provided you with new dress whites, a fresh stiff-brimmed cap, sharp blue spats– the works.
Maybe you’ll hold on to your grungy nondenominational batting glove, which saw you through the previous season in good stead…
And hey, here comes the Topps photographer. He wants...
As MLB spring training is officially underway, we have our first home run robbery to take note of.
In the seventh inning of the Mets/Nationals game on Tuesday night, New York outfield prospect Matt Den Dekker took what appeared to be a home run from the Nationals Anthony Rendon:
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Entering the offseason, one of the New York Mets’ top
priorities was improving their outfield. This ultimately didn’t happen, but
there was a time in January when general manager Sandy Alderson expected to
acquire Justin Upton or Michael Bourn, according to John Harper of The New York
Alderson wouldn’t admit that he missed out on either player,
I love the air of optimism that occurs this time of year. Over the last few days we’ve seen a slew of MMO writers share their optimistic predictions for 2013, all sharing the same tone “Why not us?”
In truth, the question is fair. Last year, nobody saw Oakland coming. The year prior, Arizona caught the league off guard and took the division from the 2010 World champion Giants...