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Three ways the Mets are like the AL champion Royals

Last night, the Kansas City Royals came within an out of defeating the San Francisco Giants to win their first World Series in 29 years. They left a runner stranded on third and the Giants hoisted the trophy. Being there, however, may be the bigger accomplishment for the Royals. This is a team that was mired in mediocrity for years. A team that would always fizzle out in the second...
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Mets360 MLB Project: Cleveland Indians

Indians fans will be thrilled to learn that a Mets fan had their team for this project. Hey, at least in the last four years the Mets have been run with a greatly reduced budget. So, Tribe fans, keep in mind that it could have been worse. Hopefully what I lack in familiarity I can make up for with a fresh perspective. To me, there are no sacred cows on the team and no built-in...
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Mets Card of the Week: General Managers

METS GENERAL MANAGERS Regular readers of this site will have noted the recent General Manager project, wherein our writers have assumed the GM role for all 30 MLB teams and endeavored to improve their respective rosters while working under realistic budget constraints. Well, your faithful site overlords knew better than to include Card of the Week in these reindeer games, no doubt...
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Mets360 MLB Project review and team capsules

The team at Mets360 along with assorted friends inside and outside of baseball took on the roles of all 30 MLB general managers. The idea, conduct the entire offseason in a week. This ended up a massive undertaking and if I had a dollar for every email, text and IM on this project alone, I’d have a down payment for a new car. For this project, we tackled arbitration, free agent...
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Mets360 MLB Project: Washington Nationals

When first approached by email for this project, it seemed like an idea that I have dreamed of for years. As a teenager in high school and looking toward my future, my dream to become a General Manager. Unfortunately, for this project I got stuck with a team I despise – the Washington Nationals. However, as I dug into the project I realized my assignment was proving to be quite...
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Mets360 MLB Project: Chillin’ With The Champs

If you’ve been following along, you’ve seen that we here at Mets360 were engaged in a project where each of us got to be the General Manager of an existing MLB team…for a week. It was my great good fortune to draw the defending National League Champion San Francisco Giants. I found that winning a pennant affords a GM certain luxuries, one of them being that the trade market...
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Mets360 2014 projection review: Vic Black

To wrap up our Projection Review series, we’ll take a look at one of the top relievers in 2014 for the Mets. As stated in the initial projection, “Vic Black throws gas.” Black stayed true to that assessment by averaging 95.7 mph on his fastball. However, Black also learned this season how to use his devastating curveball to more effect, tossing it nearly 27% of the time, while...
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Remembering Oscar Taveras

At the young age of just 22 years old, Cardinals’ top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras died Wednesday evening in a car crash. With him in the car was his girlfriend, whose name will not be included for personal purposes. But nonetheless, Taveras’ death means more than just another person dying. He was a “sky is the limit” type player, and played with his heart on his sleeve...
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Mets360 MLB Project: My week as Twins GM

Lately you’ve probably seen a couple of articles talking about a group project we’ve been doing, where we got to be the GM of a team and do a simulated offseason.  I was lucky/cursed enough to get the Minnesota Twins to be my team. You see, while the Twins have struggled and their payroll has declined over the past few seasons, they have the best farm system in all of baseball...
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Where did Matt Reynolds come from?

Before the 2014 season most Mets fans had not heard of Matt Reynolds and now some fans are clamoring for him to at least be given a shot at Opening Day shortstop. The Mets drafted Reynolds in 2012 in the second round with the pick they received from the Marlins for signing Jose Reyes. The Mets drafted him out of the University of Arkansas after his junior year in 2012 where he...
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Maddon managing the Mets makes sense

In 2005, Lou Pinella was managing the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and ownership decided that it was time for a managerial change. It took the struggling franchise seven years to win 70 games, and the man for the job was Joe Maddon. After two years of winning around 60 games, the team finally took off under Maddon’s leadership. When the Rays finally took off and competed, they won over...
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The Mets’ future dynasty started in 2010 with Omar Minaya

In 2006 we had the called third strike then in 2007 it was the collapse. The following year was the MVP chants for Carlos Delgado but only another frustrating September. In 2009 it was a great first five weeks and then every player on the team landed on the disabled list. But what do you remember about 2010? Yes, the team had more than an average share of injuries but it didn’t...
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Mets360 MLB Project: Rebuilding in San Diego

The 2014 Padres actually finished with a respectable record of 77-85. Respectable because well, if you remember how awful their offense was in the first half of the season, you probably thought they wouldn’t even sniff 80 wins. The Padres once again were last in the National League in scoring, scoring just 3.3 runs per game. Before the all-star break, the Padres were only averaging...
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Mets Double Take: Long hired, Lagares nominated

In a week where the baseball news has been dominated (and rightfully so) by the World Series, a pair of positive stories emerged from Flushing.  The first being the Mets hiring of Kevin Long as their new hitting coach, and the second being Juan Lagares being nominated for a Gold Glove after being snubbed in 2013. Long comes to the Mets after spending the past eight seasons with...
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Wilmer Flores should be the starting shortstop in 2015

The Mets offseason should be an interesting one.  There still is plenty of assessment needed to be made this offseason regarding the current roster with many variables to consider.  Sandy Alderson’s continuous evaluation process of the shortstop position will need to be fine-tuned into a definitive answer eventually. There will be many decisions to make regarding another outfielder...
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Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard

We’re winding down our projection review series. Today, we’ll look to the future – a future we all thought was closer than it turned out to be. Met fans were pretty lucky in 2012 and 2013 – all evidence to the contrary. In 2012, we got to witness Matt Harvey’s bursting arrival. From his very first start, we all recognized a talent that could not be contained, would not...
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Mets360 MLB Project: Being Billy Beane

When the MLB Project was being discussed at Mets360, I agreed to do so immediately. The chance to actually GM a team was something that couldn’t be passed up. When I was assigned the Oakland Athletics as my franchise, I found that kind of serendipitous. As a lifelong Mets and Baseball fan, I’m well aware of Billy Beane’s past and present connections with the Mets and his status...
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Who was the Least Valuable Met in 2014?

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look at the worst players of each section of the 2014 New York Mets roster: the starting fielders, the starting pitchers, the bullpen and the bench players. We’ve narrowed down a short list for each category and named a Least Valuable Nominee from each list to bring us to the final four of sorts. While there has been some debate on a few...
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My week as general manager of the Mets

On Sunday, Mets360.com writers kicked off a new project. Writers from this site and others are acting as the General Managers of all 30 MLB teams. For the most part, the teams were chosen at random, and I was fortunate enough to get the Mets. The evolving criteria for the project as of now: up to three trades per team, up to five NRIs, and a team could sign as many free agents...
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Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Jenrry Mejia

It was a tale of two seasons for Jenrry Mejia. He began 2014 as a starter, and turned in a couple of electric performances in that role, but by early May his ERA had ballooned up over 5 and he was moved to the bullpen. Mejia pitched well in a few late-inning appearances, and notched his first save of the season against the Nats on May 17. He went on to log 28 saves and record a 2...
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Three reasons not to panic over Dominic Smith

Over the past several seasons, Sandy Alderson has been criticized for numerous parts of his strategies regarding the front office. Of these criticisms, one seems to sneak in and out of the minds of Mets fans and that is his ability to draft quality talent. Brandon Nimmo is finally becoming a budding all-star, the jury will always be out on Gavin Cecchini, and Michael Conforto...
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Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Dillon Gee

Our projection review series continues with one of the larger enigmas of the 2014 Mets. Dillon Gee was coming off a surprisingly productive 2013. He logged a career-best 199 innings pitched, with above average rate stats, his 1.218 WHIP in particular. All signs pointed to a continuation of that trend in 2014, so much so that – in the face of a major injury to Matt Harvey, and...
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How many WAR do the Mets need?

Hardcore statistics readers, don’t let your heads explode. WAR is supposed to be a general, all purpose stat, so we are going to use it as such. By calculating the cumulative offensive and pitching WAR numbers for National League playoff teams the past two years, we’ll hopefully see just how far the Mets need to improve to realistically be in the running for October baseball...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabermetrics in the booth

Those tuning in to Fox Sports 1 last Saturday night were treated to something a little different.  Fox decided to run an “alternative broadcast” featuring former Mets sideline reporter Kevin Burkhardt leading Rob Neyer, Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black in a sabermetrics-filled broadcast. While it did have its hiccoughs early on, the broadcast...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Sandy Alderson make any moves?

In the past, Sandy Alderson has not made too many big splash moves to help the major league team. Most of the trades so far have involved selling off pieces of the Mets for prospects, which has worked out for the Mets as they are coming up through the system and making an impact on the big league club. The only big free agent contract he has handed out was to Curtis Granderson...
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