Found January 30, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
Bill Petti of Baseball Nation penned a post on how much Park Factors play into a team’s success. He noted the following about the Mets since their move to Citi Field: After opening Citi Field in 2009, the New York Mets saw a significant decline in their ability to score runs. The team averaged 681 runs scored per year from ’09-’11 compared to 812 over the previous three seasons. Additionally, management worried that pitchers were developing bad habits while pitching at their spacious home park that led to worse performances on the road. The decline in run production is no surprise and has been well documented. It is no doubt tied into the decrease in home runs. But wouldn’t that also hold true for Mets opponents? What bothers me more is that the starting pitchers picked up bad habits, in fact I believe Terry Collins addressed that a few months ago and suspected that the starting pitchers and bullpen got far too comfortable and it led to too many mistakes. They forgot how to pitch a...

Can Mike Pelfrey Bounce Back in 2012?

I was reading this great article by CBS Sports’ Rich Countinho asking if Mike Pelfrey can bounce back for the Mets this season. Countinho stated that in order for Pelfrey to bounce back for the Mets this year, he needs to go back to his “old” roots. I agree with Rich because the old way of pitching for Mike Pelfrey was what gave him the confidence to go out and be the pitcher...

Mets To Sell 10 Shares Of Team

According to Steven Marcus of Newsday, the Mets expect to complete the sale of ten minority shares of the team at $20 million each by the end of February. It previously was believed that the Mets would close on a minimum of four units by the end of January. No reason was given for the new timetable or whether the closings would take place at the same time. None of the potential...

Prospect Pulse: The 2012 Buffalo Bisons

And now for your amusement, Part 4 of the four part mini-series exclusive, right here on MMO. The internet place where baseball imagination runs rampant! First we brought you Part 1, which seemed like a good place to start, but it was so long ago that I forgot what it was about, so here’s the link: The 2012 Savannah Sand Gnats. Then we brought you Part 2, which makes perfect...

Still No Light At End Of The Tunnel

Pitchers and catchers report to St. Lucie in three weeks and where is the sense of optimism that comes with the approaching baseball season? In the past three years the Mets entered spring training without realistic hope save wishing they could muster a competitive season to keep their dwindling fan base interested and enthused. This year included. It is not healthy when the fans’...

Mets Notes: Bucholz To Skip 2012, Ankiel Still On Mets Radar, Oberkfell To Bears

Reliever Taylor Buchholz, who has dealt with anxiety and depression issues throughout his career, plans to skip the 2012 season, agent David Pasti told ESPN New York. Buchholz signed with Mets last offseason and went on the DL on June 2 with what was announced as shoulder fatigue. But a month later both Buchholz and the Mets jointly announced that he was dealing with the emotional...

Breakdowns on veteran outfielders Mets are interested in

In an article for the New York Daily News, Andy Martino wrote that the Mets are searching “for a veteran lefthanded bat for the bench, and [are] shopping in the aisle that includes Rick Ankiel, Kosuke Fukudome, Raul Ibanez and Johnny Damon.” Right now Mike Baxter and Adam Loewen are the only candidates for a lefty bat off the bench, and neither of those two players are experienced...

The Perfect Way For The Mets To Stick It To The Marlins

If you’re a true Mets fan, then you know how much the Marlins have been a thorn in the team’s side since 2007.  First, Tom Glavine was able to retire only one more batter than I did in the 2007 regular season finale, completing the Mets’ collapse.  One year later, the Marlins wouldn’t get off the field after they once again eliminated the Mets (and Shea Stadium) in Game...

Murphy: We expect to go to the playoffs

#bbpBox_164499755324538880 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_164499755324538880 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Daniel Murphy on #Mets expectations this season: "We expect to go to the playoffs."11 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@DPLennonDavid Lennon Love hearing stuff like that from the players on the team. Murphy is a winner and a hard...

Dickey reflects on charity climb at awards dinner

Since arriving home less than two weeks ago after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, R.A. Dickey has spent time reflecting on his journey, on what he called a "mental grind" that also taxed him physically.
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