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Sunday night Terry Collins was faced with a dilemma: Use Miguel Batista for a second inning or bring in Tim Byrdak to face more than one batter.  Collins opted for Batista, who promptly gave up the game-winning home run to Robinson Cano, a lefty.  The Yankees had Cano, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher due up in the inning.  Both Teixeira and Swisher are switch-hitters who are worse against LHP than RHP yet Collins chose to stick with Batista and paid the price. The Mets’ reaction to this situation is to add another LHP to their roster, as they promoted Justin Hampson who was not even on the team’s 40-man roster.  To make room for Hampson, the Mets DFAd Vinny Rottino, taking away a RHB in the process. Is this really the best allocation of resources? Byrdak is on the roster to get out LHB yet in a tie game in the 8th inning with a key lefty at the plate and two switch-hitters, he couldn’t be used.  And to rectify this situation, they add another lefty, presumably another guy who can’t b...

Why R.A. Dickey’s success might not mean a lot of future knuckleballers

“I definitely believe that Dickey’s success will lead to more interest in the knuckleball by other professional and even amateur pitchers. However, the interest in the pitch may be short-lived if no one out there can teach it. R.A. worked hard to connect with those who could help him develop his knuckleball. Others may not have the same perseverance.: Mets General Manager Sandy...

Muddle in the Middle Infield: What To Do At Second Base

Murphy may be modelling for our website, but he isn’t putting up model numbers With the All-Star break looming, the Mets likely have a bit more time to deliberate before we determine if the team will be buying or selling on the trade market. This is generally the time of year where the stars and liabilities on every team surface from the woodwork. And unfortunately, a fan favorite...

Talking Mets Minors With Mets Prospect Hub

Coming Soon: SS Gavin Cecchini and C Kevin Plawecki. A couple of weeks ago I had a chance to send out a few general questions to our old pal Tejesh of Mets Prospect Hub. Tej was kind enough to take some time to share his thoughts about the Mets with regard to the First Year Player Draft and some other minor league things I threw at him. Duck! 1. Let’s begin with the just completed...

R.A. Dickey apologizes to A-Rod after nearly hitting him in the head

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey had a knuckleball get away from him in the first inning, and it almost hit New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in the head. However, it was obvious to everyone that it was just an accidental wild pitch, and Dickey was immediately apologetic afterwards. A-Rod ended up on the ground while ducking the pitch, but was smiling and laughing...

Mets put Francisco on disabled list

New York Mets closer Frank Francisco was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday because of a strained left oblique. Francisco sustained the injury while pitching in the ninth inning on Friday. Mets manager Terry Collins said Bobby Parnell will be the team's closer in Francisco's absence. Francisco, who is 1-3 with a 4.97 ERA, is 18 for 21 in save situations this season.

Terry Collins opted not to use Byrdak and I’m still wondering why…?

Photo taken by Michael Baron New York Mets starter, Chris Young was cruising through six scoreless innings — allowing just two hits — before the wheels fell off in the top half of the seventh inning.  With the Mets leading 3-0, the 6’10″ right hander walked New York Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira to start the frame.  Nick Swisher followed the seven-pitch walk with a...

Final Score: Cubs 6 Mets 1

The New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago Cubs tonight by the score of 6-1. The Mets looked atrocious tonight, they committed their fourth 3-error game of the season, allowing four unearned runs in the 7th inning. Tonight’s Winning Pitcher: Travis Wood (2-3, 3.54) was tonights winning pitcher for the Cubs. Wood Pitched 7 innings and allowed zero earned runs. He allowed...

Yanks rough up Dickey, edge Mets

Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a 6-5 victory over the Mets on Sunday night. Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters, making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup...

Game Preview: Mets @ Cubs

The Pendulum in the Mets opponents had to swing back eventually. The Mets have faced in their last several series the Nationals, Yankees, Rays, Reds, Orioles and Yankees again. Finally they draw someone with a losing record, the Cubs. In the first game in Chicago, the Mets will be sending out Johan Santana as he takes on Travis Wood. Santana is 5-3 on the season with a 3.00 ERA over...


Remember yesterday when I stood up for Terry Collins by saying that there was no need to waste Tim Byrdak on Raul Ibanez because Raul Ibanez was absolutely terrible lately and that Robinson Cano was a much better lefty to use Byrdak on?Well after Collins got away with using Miguel Batista in a 1-2-3 seventh in a 5-5 tie (after R.A. Dickey didn't quite have his best stuff yet...

The Mets make top 10 in this weeks power rankings

This week’s Top 10 Power Poll: 1. TEX. 2. NYY. 3. LAA (33-19 since Trout call-up). 4. WAS. 5. LAD. 6. CINC. 7. SF. 8. BALT. 9. TB. 10. NYM. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 24, 2012
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