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So far, this has been a compelling playoffs with plenty of excitement and widespread interest. Major League Baseball is thrilled, and hopefully this trend will continue in the League Championship Series and World Series.
That’s what baseball should be about.
Hopefully, the Mets are taking notes. Four of the teams in the playoffs – Oakland, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Washington – have payrolls less than the $100 million the Mets shelled out this year for the joy of finishing 14 games below .500.
Here’s what the playoff teams have that the Mets lack:
Pitching: Both starting and bullpen are vital to winning. Always has been, always will be. That’s why I get frustrated when I hear complaints about the Mets’ lack of power. Home runs are the great eraser and the Yankees proved that last night. But, they were in position to win because of pitching. Three games against the Orioles and their starters reached the eighth inning each time. Unheard of. All of the teams have solid pitching and a ...
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Ike Davis played in 156 games for the Mets in 2012. He knocked 32 balls out over the fence, he drove in 90 base runners and he did all of this in the midst of a BAD season. It was a bad season. Davis hit .227 and had the worst year in his career. We’ll look at how his numbers changed over the course of the year, analyze the splits and even try to surmise what COULD have...
The New York Mets didn’t come anywhere close to playing meaningful October baseball this year and it could be a couple more before that even happens. They finished 24 games out of first place in the National League East and clearly have work to do. What’s unclear, though, is how they plan to get it done.
The Mets don’t really have much financial flexibility, even though they...
Photo by Michael BaronIf the Mets are to retain David Wright and R.A.Dickey while keeping the payroll at $100M, then they will have to be creative to fill the holes on the roster. Sandy Alderson has already stated that the roster will change while the organization is not big players in the free agent market, meaning they will be involved in the trade market... One of the areas...
First things first: It must be clear that this is strictly a hypothetical situation. There is no rumor or truth to this, but it is a situation that the Mets may find themselves in when it comes to the future of star third baseman David Wright.
If the Mets decide they cannot resign Wright to an extension this offseason, then the team must trade him. Wright has a $16 million...
The New York Mets haven’t been competitive for a few seasons now and it could be a few more before we really see them get back in the thick of things. They could definitely stand to make a number of changes this offseason but the problem is that they simply don’t have the financial flexibility to do so.
On one hand, the Mets are in better shape than they’ve...
The Mets’ fear in releasing Jason Bay is he would suddenly find it somewhere else. They had the same trepidation with Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo.
Watching these playoffs, it is easy to see their thinking, but that doesn’t mean it is justified.
Outfielders Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan, and reliever Darren O’Day all distinguished themselves yesterday, and wouldn’t you...
Maybe one of these Octobers I'll actually be blogging about Mets games. But until then, I'm here with the obligatory post about the past and the future, since the present is filled with the hits, runs, and errors of other teams. And other players which include Carlos Beltran ... Angel Pagan ... backup outfielders who have more success than the three that are starting for...
Mr. Met may be the New York Mets' lovable, baseball-headed mascot, but for intents and purposes, it is third baseman David Wright who is truly Mr. Met. Now, the Metropolitans are looking to make sure that Wright remains a Met for life. CBSSports.com reports that the Mets are looking to sign Wright to a contract extension, and it's likely that deal will be in the neighborhood...
The New York Mets are set to start negotiations with David Wright very soon, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. The opening offer will start off in the neighborhood of $100mm with the Mets set to give negotiations all of October in hopes of working out a deal. If the sides are unable to work out a deal, the Mets may look at trading the third baseman.
The obvious goal for the Mets...