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Game Chatter: Bartolo Colon vs. Taijuan Walker

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It’s time for the MLB to shorten the season

The Mets have traded Ike Davis, released Kyle Farnsworth and Jose Valverde, put Bobby Parnell on the DL to have Tommy John’s Surgery, moved from last place to third place to fourth place in about two weeks, promoted and demoted Rafael Montero, demoted and then premoted Travis d’Arnaud, put starting pitchers Jon Niese and Dillon Gee on the DL and activated them, and done much...
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Mets Card of the Week: 1970 Bob Heise

1970 TOPPS WAX BOX BOB HEISE Previously on Mets on a Box, we looked at the mock Tom Seaver “card” on the 1970 Topps cello box, and the 1975 Topps wax configuration featuring Hank Webb. Today’s entry is a little bit of a mystery. Of course, it is no mystery why Topps would feature Mets players on its 1970 packaging. The 1969 team had set the world on its ear, and along with...
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Game Chatter: Jacob deGrom vs. Erasmo Ramirez (7/22/14)

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Mets Minors: Michael Conforto comes out hitting

Michael Conforto started the year as a preseason All-American and he even drew support for the Player of the Year in some corners. A junior season in which he did not set the world on fire saw his prospect star dim some. Still, he did enough to be selected by the Mets with the 10th overall pick of the draft. The Mets had selected high school products all three years Sandy Alderson...
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Sandy Alderson’s call to action is going unanswered

“I think the last 10 games were important because they make the next 10 games relevant to what happens at the trade deadline. We’ll see what happens over the next 10 days or so. But certainly the last 10 games have to make us a little more optimistic.” That’s what Sandy Alderson said to the New York Post just before the second half of the 2014 season started. It was a challenge...
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Game Chatter: Jon Niese vs. Roenis Elias (7/21/14)

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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...
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Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Odrisamer Despaigne (7/20/14)

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A look at the shortstop market

Since the departure of Jose Reyes, the Mets have been looking for that shortstop to take control and become a big piece for them. Ruben Tejada had the best chance to take over the job, and as a 22-year old, he hit .289 when he was named the starting shortstop. This looked like a promising start to his career, but after that, Tejada only hit .202 in 2013, and his hitting .239 this...
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Assuming free will, would any other manager utilize Josh Edgin this way?

Let’s say you’re a veteran baseball man, well-respected in the industry. You’ve taken three years off from the game and have only followed it sporadically. You tune in every now and then to the ESPN or Fox Games of the Week but you catch most of the playoffs and World Series in your time away from the game. Out of the blue, a team calls you one day, looking for you to take...
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Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Tyson Ross (7/19/14)

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What’s the single best offensive season for a Met?

If you ask most Mets fans, they will tell you that Dwight Gooden probably has had the best single-season pitching performance by a Met back in 1985 (13.2 WAR!). Nobody comes close to that. It’s the best performance in the post Babe Ruth era, with only Steve Carlton posting a 12.5 in 1972 coming close. The Mets are known for their pitching, between Seaver/Doc/Dickey, they have...
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On 7/17 I had the chance to go back out to Brooklyn and watch the Cyclones play.  I’m repeating myself but, it is a great ballpark and you should make the effort to get down there.  The game was televised on SNY and people might have been watching at home.  The starter, Casey Meisner, was not at his best.  Yet one Cylcone came to play. Amed Rosario did not receive high praise...
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For now, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas

It’s difficult to decipher much of the intel coming from the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas. The hitters are mashing and the pitchers are… well, crashing in the run-happy Pacific Coast League.  Of course, the most watchful eyes are focused on the Mets’ number one prospect Noah Syndergaard, who is having a less than stellar year.  In 17 starts and 84.2 IP, the big right...
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Travis d’Arnaud and the Mets’ youth movement

In 2012, the primary catcher for the Mets was Josh Thole, who posted a .584 OPS that year, showing what his career track attests, that he’s nothing more than a back-up. In 2013, primary catching responsibility was taken over by John Buck who also confirmed his career status by swatting 15 homeruns, supported by a meager .652 OPS. When the Mets season begins again this evening,...
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A positive line about each player on the Mets’ roster

Nothing puts a bounce in your steps quite like an 8-2 stretch before the All-Star break, especially when things looked bleak immediately before that. Much like Charlie Brown when he goes to kick the football, my optimistic side can’t help but to come out in times like this, when everything seems possible. Here’s hoping that we don’t have an opening to the second half like...
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How the Mets keep winning

On July 3 the fat lady was warming up her boisterous pipes. Sporting an abysmal 37-48 record, the remaining 77 games in the New York Mets’s 2014 campaign were worthless wastes of time. But the celebration of American Independence, defeating a disappointing powerhouse in the Texas Rangers on July 4 sparked an 8-2 run entering the All-Star Break that has fans in Queens talking about...
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Has the Sandy Alderson plan worked?

At the end of the 2010 season, the New York Mets were in shambles. They had multiple massive contracts for bad players, they were in the middle of a downward spiral of losing seasons and had a farm system that was a disaster. Due to the Bernie Madoff scandal, finances were abysmal and the organization under Omar Minaya’s direction had become the butt of every joke and the laughing...
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Making a play for Javier Baez

When the Cubs acquired Addison Russell from the A’s in a trade earlier this month, it was clear that both Starlin Castro and Javier Baez would be available in a trade.  Earlier this week, in a post for ESPN NY, Adam Rubin reported that an industry source has predicted that the Mets could end up with Cubs super prospect Javier Baez. Baez would be a great get for the Mets for many...
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What will the Mets have in store in the second half?

At 45-50, the Mets have played 95 of 162 games in the 2014 season.  Coming off an 8-2 home stand, the Mets were red-hot going into the All Star break, and they will hopefully continue their hot streak when they resume the season this Friday.  But whether the Mets continue their hot streak or not, the “second half” of the regular season is long, so there will be some ups and...
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Mets Card of the Week: 2014 Howard Johnson

2014 TOPPS ARCHIVES DECKLE EDGE HOWARD JOHNSON There is a parallel universe where Buckner fielded Mookie‘s grounder. In that universe, Buckner’s atrophied leg muscles still prevented him from beating Wilson to the bag. He was back on his heels, and he hopped toward first base in his ankle-high cleats, but Wilson was too fast out of the box and down the line. So what next? Let’s...
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What’s working and what’s not at each position (pitchers edition)

As the Mets head into the All-Star break raging hot, there are a number of factors that have contributed to this. The bats are finally clicking for the first time since 2011, Collins has finally figured out how to put together a lineup card, and the pitching has been spotless. Since the beginning of Mets history, pitching has been the sole promised-land for satisfaction. The Mets...
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The Mets would be crazy to trade Zack Wheeler

As an active reader of what is probably way too many Mets blogs, message boards, ESPN Insider articles, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a feeling that the Mets should considering dangling Zack Wheeler in a trade for a premium bat. The biggest name being thrown around right now is Starlin Castro, mainly because the Cubs suddenly became loaded at SS with the addition of Addison...
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Is Matt Harvey to the bullpen the best solution?

Let’s be clear, this is not meant as a permanent move to the bullpen, but rather one simply for the remainder of 2014. Matt Harvey, the Mets ace who underwent Tommy John surgery on October 22, 2013 is trying desperately to pitch this year. He recently began throwing off of a mound, which puts his timetable of possibly pitching somewhere in the next month or two. Whether he actually...
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