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The Mets currently sit second to last in the NL East with a record of 11-15, four games ahead of the lowly Miami Marlins.
With a losing record, the chances of closing out a game for a pitcher become less then more, because you obviously need to be ahead in ballgames when it comes to the ninth inning in order to earn saves.
So far this season, closer Bobby Parnell has had five opportunities to covert saves. He’s been successful in converting three of them.
It’s a small sample size, but converting 60 per cent of your save opportunities isn’t exactly a good number.
However, when you look at Parnell’s ERA of 1.46 and his six hits allowed in over 12 innings of work and 11 strikeouts, you’d have to agree that he has pitched pretty well this season, just not in a closing role thus far.
This leads me to Frank Francisco, the team’s closer from last season. How is Franky doing?
Francisco – who has been on the shelf with right elbow inflammation and who is recovering from off-season surgery...
BEST OF MAXIM
Blue chip pitching prospects are professional sports’ most delicate flower. Except, unlike a flower, no scientifically proven method has been established regarding proper cultivation.
There’s no “right” way to bring a teenager up through an organization’s system while still absolutely maximizing his production at the major league level. And in the back of everyone’s mind...
When you live on the West Coast, sometimes you have to listen to the other team’s broadcast. It can be excruciating. When your team starts winning, especially in clutch fashion, there’s nothing better.
That’s what happened to me while listening to the Braves announcers last night. When the Braves made a move, the Mets had an answer. Clutch offense was the theme of the game...
Erie 11, Binghamton 4
The Erie SeaWolves tagged Rafael Montero for ten runs on ten hits and handed the Binghamton Mets an 11-4 loss on Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Francisco Pena collected three hits and drove in two runs in the losing effort.
The B-Mets were in control for the first three innings. Binghamton grabbed the lead in the second against Erie starter Victor Larez....
Matt Harvey was named the Pitcher of the Month for April, the first Met to win the honor since R.A. Dickey last did so in June, 2012.
Harvey, 24, went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 46 strikeouts in six April starts. His four wins tied for the National League lead, while his 1.56 ERA is third in the league for the month. His 46 strikeouts are tied for fourth in the league.
Mets Starting Lineup
1. SS: Ruben Tejada
2. 2B: Daniel Murphy
3. 3B: David Wright
4. C: John Buck
5. 1B: Justin Turner
6. LF: Lucas Duda
7. CF: Marlon Byrd
8. RF: Andrew Brown
9. SP: Shaun Marcum
Collin Cowgill was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear the roster spot for the promotion of fellow outfielder Andrew Brown. Cowgill, 26, hit .157 (8-for-51) with two homers...
Fort Myers 3, St. Lucie 2
The Fort Myers Miracle edged out the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday, on a night where Alex Panteliodis made his FSL debut. Pants was able to provide five effective innings in his season debut and first start off the DL, where he allowed an earned run off just four hits and a walk. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run in the fourth inning, and otherwise...
The New York Mets have a weapon, and that weapon's name is Jordany Valdespin. The 25 year old made his MLB debut last season and has been belting clutch homeruns ever since. In his brief career (117 games), he's blasted 6 pinch-hit homeruns in 58 plate appearances. That's 1 pinch-hit homerun for every 10 pinch-hitting opportunities. His pinch-hitting OPS is .842...
When logging on to Twitter, you’ll often notice the most popular topics bandied about are a daily redundancy of Justin Bieber, a sporting event or athlete that is making news, and middle-schoolers telling you what not to do on a first date. However, every once in a while a hash tag like #MetsBandNames or #MetsYouveForgottenAbout will sneak into the “Trending Topics” column...
#Mets lineup: bit.ly/135Wm9LTejada SSMurphy 2BWright 3BBuck CTurner 1BDuda LFByrd CFBrown RFMarcum P
— MetsBlog.com (@metsblog) May 3, 2013
Tonights Braves lineup vs Mets: Schafer RF, Simmons SS, J Upton LF, Freeman 1B, Gattis C, Uggla 2B, BJ Upton CF, Francisco 3B, Minor P
— Braves Radio Network (@BravesRadioNet) May 3, 2013
Oh god. I just remembered we have to suffer through...
In honor of the Kentucky Derby, I decided to give the Mets – past and present – horse names. Some are humorous, some are descriptive, and some are critical. I know I missed some. If you have suggestions, let’s hear them.
The Man With Words
Matt Harvey: “Nasty Stuff’’
Jon Niese: “Lefty Heat’’
Zack Wheeler: “Promises, Promises’’
Ike Davis: “Hole...
First off, I want to make sure that I cover the beginning of the game and give proper due to John Buck, Lucas Duda, and Marlon Byrd. All three hit home runs before the ninth inning. Buck keeps his hot start to the season alive with a two run home run. Lucas Duda's home run came in the next inning and proved that he can stop being so damn streaky and hit a home run every once...
Is it time to worry about Zack Wheeler?
No, it's not.
I know it's not a good way to hold the reader's attention to give the answer at the top. But I've never been into one singular form to translate into function. But all this hullabaloo about Zack Wheeler is useless. Bottom line is that Wheeler's stats in Las Vegas mean nothing, and we knew that going...