Found March 01, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Check out this great SNY interview with Buffalo Bisons manager Wally Backman. Wally gives his thoughts on the Underdog t-shirt and Ithink most of you will love his response. Backman also tabs Familia, Harvey and Gorski as prospects who could soon make an impact on the Mets. He also goes in depth on Daniel Murphy’s transition to everyday second baseman. Check it out!

Top five bounce back players for the Mets

The Mets have a lot of questions marks coming into the 2012 season. If you look at their starting line-up, every player either had an injury riddled year and is a young talent trying to live up to what they did in 2011. There are some guys on the team who need to be their old selves if this team wants a chance to compete. I’m not counting players who were injured last year, just...

Mets Spring Notes: Gee Hopes To Avoid Fatigue and Pitch More Effectively In 2012

Mets starter Dillon Gee got off to a blazing 8-1 start in his rookie season, but by the time August rolled around he was mired in a big slide that lasted until the end of the season. After posting a remarkable 3.32 ERA in the first half, the young right-hander finished with a 5.91 ERA over his final 10 starts. According to an interview he did with the Daily News, Gee hopes that...

Ike Davis Is Pure Chaos At The Plate, Poetry In Motion On The Field

Terry Collins can’t seem to stop talking about Ike Davis. Everyday you read those quotes or hear him on SNY and he just raves about him endlessly. “I’ve only seen this guy for a little over a month and that was enough to convince me that, with 550 plate appearances, he can’t help but walk into 30-40 (home run) fastballs,” Collins was saying Tuesday. “Ike being back now...

Mets prospect Havens sidelined by back soreness

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- New York Mets infield prospect Reese Havens has been sidelined by a sore back and probably won't participate in spring training until the weekend.

Mets Consider Signing Pudge Rodriguez

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, a Mets official spoke with Ivan Rodriguez as recently as 10 days ago, and the team hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing Rodriguez as a backup to Josh Thole. Puma adds that before the Mets spend the roughly $2 million they have remaining in the budget, their priority is to ensure Johan Santana is healthy. Otherwise, the remaining...

Mets Spring Training Battle Positions Heading Into March (Are Not Really Battles)

On the eve of the first Intrasquad game of the season, heading into the 31 games in March, the Mets battles are starting to take shape. For the most part the Mets roster is set, with a group of players that positions to lose. Here’s the break down: Centerfield: Center is not so much a battle in spring as it will be later on in the season. Torres will have the position heading out...

Duda staying put in Mets' right-field spot

Despite his significant Minor League experience at the position, Lucas Duda will not serve as the Mets' backup first baseman -- even if regular first baseman Ike Davis is sidelined for a significant period of time.

Mixed Emotions On The Addition Of A Second Wild Card Spot

The announcement this afternoon the MLB has chosen to add a second Wild Card spot in each league means a lot of things. I suppose to a Mets fan it means that the team has a slightly larger chance of making it to the post-season for the first time since 2006, but there are much bigger consequences to be weighed.First allow me to explain how we got here. The final night if the 2011...

The Warning Track 2-28-12, Meet the Mess

Joining host Karen Vankat of The Warning Track is Michael Cohen of the Open Mike show. Today we are discussing the Mess that is the New York Mets and owner Fred Wilpon throwing the fans under the bus. Is Wilpon getting ready for the mid-season fire sale? The Yankees coming into camp lighter and ready to go and the young arms that will propel them through the season. Who will be the...

The Lineup Card: 14 Choices for 2012 Breakout Players by Baseball Prospectus

1. Jon Niese Now 25, Niese is nearing the age where he needs to make good on his promise, or otherwise be labeled a fourth starter for good. Niese, a big lefty with the stuff to pitch inside to righties and get ground balls, improved on his peripherals in 2011 but saw his earned run average worsen. Assuming Niese’s abdominal strain doesn’t become an issue again, this could...

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