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Left field has always been used as a kind of defensive dumping ground for many teams trying to find a way to get a bat in the lineup. Not requiring the arm strength considered de rigueur for Right, and less daunting in the presence of a fleet centerfielder, it is often a place for players whose offense demands playing time, but are not “natural” outfielders and have been blocked from a preferred position by a regular or superior defender.
Even good glovemen have been known to regard the territory with disdain: following his trade to the Texas Rangers, Lee Mazzilli reacted to being shifted from center to left to accommodate Rangers’ rookie George Wright by referring to his new spot in the outfield as “an idiot’s position.” Surely an overly harsh judgment, but objectively, it is accepted baseball wisdom that players with less speed, weaker throwing arms, and generally questionable glove skills are best relegated to the “low glamor” pasture to best hide their defensive shortcomings. A...
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TweetIn today’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs, Matt Harvey once again proved the validity of our 20% Theory of Mets games as he won for the fifth time this season against no loses – but he basically had to do it all himself, as not only did he retire 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, but also drove in the game winner with an RBI single in the seventh.
He struck out 6, and all six...
Rafael Montero Is Heading To AAA (Photo by MMO Contributor Gordon Donovan)
The Mets have promoted RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas, according Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Lynn Worthy of Press and Sun Bulletin, later reported that this was likely just a spot-start situation, as the B-Mets expect to have Montero back in their rotation for the end of next week. He did note...
Last Night’s Quick Scores
Las Vegas defeated Omaha, 7-3.
Binghamton took down Portland, 6-3.
St. Lucie was edged by Bradenton, 5-4.
Savannah was one-hit by Augusta, 11-0.
Jenrry Mejia made his first “real” rehab start in St. Lucie last night where he lasted three innings. He threw only 61 pitches, and threw 41 of them for strikes, which was a good sign...
The Mets’ 2013 season is going down in flames faster than even the most pessimistic fan could have predicted. Sure, the team was not expected to be playoff bound and eventually slot into fourth or fifth place in the National League East, but the fall has been fast and unrelenting. This writer, for one, expected a semi-competitive first half with the annual Mets Second Half Collapse...
The early season struggles of Ike Davis have been well-documented. Following his second four-strikeout game of the season yesterday against the St. Louis Cardinals, he’s now hitting an awful .157/.245/.268 in 127 at-bats. That line is hard to look at, but it gets even harder when you realize it only includes four home runs, nine RBIs, and 45 strikeouts.
I’ve been in favor of...
On Sunday, Bobby Parnell notched his sixth save of the season, recording the final three outs of the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Cubs. With the save, Parnell now has 20 in his six-year career with the Mets. Now that may not seem like much, but it does give Parnell a special title.
Tell me, my fellow Mets fans. Do you know which homegrown Met has the most saves in team history...
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes a column about how the Mets went about building their current outfield which started with a joke and ended with a joke in my opinion.
Rubin spoke with Scott Hairston who dismissed rumors that the Mets had made him an offer, but understood the situation and respected Sandy Alderson’s decision.
“There were times where I wasn’t sure what they...
Mike Baxter – RF
Daniel Murphy – 2B
David Wright – 3B
Ike Davis – 1B
Lucas Duda – LF
John Buck – C
Rick Ankiel – CF
Ruben Tejada – SS
Jeremy Hefner – RHP
Jeremy Hefner has posted a 3.33 ERA (10 earned runs/27.0 innings) over his last four starts, including three quality starts. Hefner has issued eight walks and struck out 19 during that...
While all the talk lately has been about whether or not it’s time to end the Terry Collins era as manager of the Mets, how much of the blame for the team’s poor performance should be equally shared with the architect and general manager, Sandy Alderson?
Joel Sherman of the New York Post, pops the question and defends Collins, saying:
“It is relatively easy to argue his second...
“This is Craig Swan bad for these Mets.”
Say what you will about longtime WFAN sports commentator Mike Francesa, but he is probably the best in the business at giving the Mets a critical run for their money. And every time they have a big meltdown, be it bullpen or offense related, I wait in earnest to hear what the loudmouth from Long Beach has to...