Chris Young: Is he deja vu all over again?

There’s an old saying, “those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. It seems that while watching the 2014 version of the New York Mets, that management hasn’t learned that lesson. For example, in December of 2009, the Mets outbid no one in order to overpay for a solid defensive corner outfielder that was supposed to have a big bat too. That player is Jason...
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WATCH: Justin De Fratus makes great pitch then makes error

The Philadelphia Phillies were already down 6-2 to the New York Mets before Chris Young cued this Justin De Fratus curveball between the pitcher’s mound and first base. The awkwardness understandably threw off De Fratus, who made a great pitch and he couldn’t throw out the speedy Young at first. Lucas Duda scored and Travis d’Arnaud went to third ( The Mets wound...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Need help Sandy? NY Mets Life knows what to do at the trade deadline

The trade deadline is just hours away and it is still unknown what the Mets are going to do. They have several options this year. They currently trail the division leading Washington Nationals by 7.5 games and are 6 games out of a wild card spot. Sandy Alderson recently said that the most likely situation is that the Mets will stand pat and hope they can make a run at the playoffs...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors: Rockies edition

Questions have been swirling over the past two weeks regarding the Colorado Rockies’ apparent willingness to part with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and/or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. The New York Mets have been mentioned in connection to both players as we are slightly more than 24 hours away from the trade deadline. Certainly the Mets have a need for both. Ruben Tejada still has...
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MMO Game Thread: Phillies vs Mets, 12:10 PM Rubber Match

Last night was the opposite of the first game of the series with the Phillies beating the Mets 6-0 behind Cole Hamels to setup a rubber match. This afternoon they look to take the series behind Zack Wheeler as he squares off against Kyle Kendrick in an early 12:10 PM matinee at Citi Field. Starting Lineup Curtis Granderson – RF Daniel Murphy – 2B David Wright – 3B Lucas Duda...
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Stirring The Pot

You would think Terry Collins would be happy, what with the way his team has been playing lately. But ask him about playing … or not playing Wilmer Flores as our buddies at Sports Talk NY did, then you get an interesting pre-game exchange. The best part about it is that I was thinking about reenacting the exchange on video with legos or Starting Lineup action figures … or something...
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Show Us the Money?!

Ever since the end of the 2009 season, financial issues have been a critical if not overriding factor for the New York Mets and their decision making. Whether it was the $140+ million major league payroll loaded with “toxic” contracts for a sub .500 mostly veteran team, the subsequent decline in attendance and related revenue, possible effects of the Madoff-Ponzi-scheme, including...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

This Week In Tribe: 7/29-8/3

If the past week and a half were perfectly set up for the Indians to regain ground in the AL Central, this week is set up for them to make a move on the Wild Card. They may have faltered against Kansas City, losing three of four, but are still well within both races. Starting on Tuesday, the Tribe will take on two teams out of the AL West, including the Wild Card leading Mariners...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Di-JEST: The MMO Chat You Missed

This MMO Chat isn’t loading for me… OK.  Truth be told you didn’t miss this Mets Merized chat on account of the fact that it never happened.  Here’s the back-story. I’m a sucker for online chats and read them at MLB Trade Rumors, Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs, and wherever else I stumble upon them.   I don’t know why I bother since I rarely find more than 10% of...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Game Recap: Brewers 5, Mets 2

Photo Credit: Jeffrey Phelps, AP The Mets (49-55) lost to the Brewers (59-46) by a score of 5-2 on Saturday night at Miller Park. Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was pretty good, but not great. Niese allowed 3 runs in 5 innings on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a wild pitch, striking out 4 and throwing 89 pitches. The Mets scored first in the top of the third when Curtis Granderson...
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Mets Willing To Eat Some Salary To Move Colon

Sources have told Andy Martino of the Daily News that the Mets are willing to eat approximately $2 million what remains on Colon’s two-year, $20 million contract ($11 million next season). He adds that despite being 42 next season, given Colon’s current level of performance, it is not crazy to think he could find a one-year, $9 million deal this winter, if he were a free agent...
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Bartolo Colon Is Upping His Trade Value At The Perfect Time

Bartolo Colon was an interesting gamble for Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in the off-season.  I believe Sandy had every intention of flipping Colon for young prospects prior to this year’s trade deadline.  Bartolo’s Cy Young caliber performance in Oakland last year was expected to carry over to Flushing in 2014 and while it hasn’t been that stellar, he has put up above...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Di-Jest: Wilpons Hatch Plan For Bogus Wright Retirement Tour

The crack investigative unit here at MMO has uncovered a cynical plot developed by Jeff Wilpon with the approval of Papa Fred and Uncle (“Can I sell yet?”) Saul. The younger Wilpon has become envious of what the Yankees, another team on the down slide, have done during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Last year Mariano Rivera spent the entire season being praised and lavished with...
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Mets Injury Update: Chris Young exits with leg cramp

Left fielder Chris Young experienced cramping in his left leg in the eighth inning of the Mets 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners, according to Adam Rubin of Young did not return for the ninth inning and is labeled "day to day." His line is .202/.288/.352 (OPS+ 82) with eight homers and 27 RBI in 75 games.After taking treatment, Young said, "Right now...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Young Left Game With Leg Cramp

Mets outfielder Chris Young left Monday’s game in the eighth inning with a cramp in his left calf, the Mets announced. “I felt it a few steps out of the box and tried to kind of push through it and it seemed like it went away,” Young told reporters. “I think I made the right decision coming out of the game, for sure, just to try to catch it before anything went wrong...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Have Sandy Alderson’s moves aided the success of the pitching staff?

Throught the first 100 games of the season, the Mets pitching staff has a nearly identical Fielding Independent Pitching (3.77) as it did last year (3.79), but it’s ERA has greatly improved (3.53 vs. 3.78). So with peripherals that indicate similar outcomes, the results have been much better this year.  That 0.25 difference translates to 42 fewer earned runs over the course of...
10 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO First Half Report Cards: No Straight A’s, But Plenty Of High Marks

With the All-Star Break behind us, we’re officially into the 2nd half of the 2014 MLB season. Over the break, I opened up a roundtable and invited some other MMO writers to chime in with their grades. How did the Mets do on their first-term report card? Keep reading to find out! INFIELDERS   Lucas Duda, 1B: Duda won the 1st base competition over Ike Davis, leading to the trade...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Current situation at the halfway point

We are now halfway through the 2014 MLB season. And it is that time of year where every MLB team does their midseason evaluation. These past few days are the time when teams begin to realistically look at the likelihood of postseason baseball. Once this point of contention is settled, the team can decide if they are going to be ‘buyers’, ‘sellers’, or even do a little bit...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Trade Deadline: Buy, Sell, or Hold

Yesterday we went through some notable names to keep an eye on as the MLB trade deadline nears. Now, how about a thought on what each team's intentions should be as we head towards the deadline? AL East Baltimore Orioles: Hold The Orioles did all of their spending in the off-season and have seen it pay off so far as they sit atop the AL East. They don't really have...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Which pitcher is most likely to be dealt?

As the trade deadline approaches, rumors will continue to swirl about the likes of Bartolo Colon and Daniel Murphy. With the Mets’ glut of outfielders, they will likely be looking for takers for the Youngs (Chris and Eric Jr.) as Granderson and Lagares are mainstays. My bet is that Eric Young Jr. remains in the lineup part-time, with Kirk Nieuenhuis and Eric Campbell coming off...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

How Should Mets Navigate the Trade Deadline?

The Mets are in the middle of the pack in the division and the wild card race, and fans are taking sides on whether their Amazins should be buyers or sellers.  Let’s look at both sides and afterwards I will tell you why the Mets should hold on tight and not make any rash deals. The Mets Should Be Buyers: Being just seven games out of the division lead and with the wild card at...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: An Analytical Look at the Mets at the All-Star Break

An MMO Fan Shot by Josh Eichenbaum The New York Mets enter this year’s All-Star Break with a 45-50 record, which, at first glance is not terribly impressive. A deeper look, however, reveals a Mets team that has suffered a good deal of bad luck and may be primed for a post-break run. Pythagorean Record A team’s Pythagorean Record is often more indicative of a team’s performance...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the NL East at the All-Star break

The National League East unfolded in an unexpected way when the season began. The Miami Marlins, losers of 100 games last year, threatened the status quo by flirting with the division lead through June's midway point. Order has since been restored as the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves are tied for first. Expected near the bottom of the standings, the New York Mets have...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Mid-Season Grades Are Coming In…

I always enjoy checking out all the mid-season grades that come out during the All Star break and so far we have Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mike Puma of the NY Post and Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger checking in. Here is a small spattering of what they are saying: ESPN New York Sandy Alderson gets a C+ The final 10 games have mellowed fans, but the Mets still may be headed for...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Players of the Week: Past, Present and Future All-Stars

If you told me that the Mets were going to take 3 of 4 from the then first place Braves and follow that up with a sweep of the Marlins at home, I would have called you crazy. Now, I’m starting to wonder if I’m crazy for thinking this team has a shot to make a run for it. The Mets have been unarguably been playing their best ball of the season lately: capitalizing with RISP, attacking...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss
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