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Sizing Up the NL East

As they prepare for a pivotal 2015 season, the Mets could be worse off than being in the National League East. Not every division features two teams in clear rebuilding mode. However, whether against the retooling Phillies or Braves, the fledgling Marlins, or the contending Nationals, the Mets will need to be at their best in their division as nearly half their season schedule is...
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Nipping LOLMets In The Bud

You would think the Mets’ new attitude would preclude potential PR disasters, but these are the Mets, after all. This week isn’t even over yet, and three potential storms have arisen. The wags on Twitter have taken notice… Wright/Syndergaard sandwich dispute, Murphy doesn’t like gays, fan buys anti-Wilpon billboard… This Mets season is off to a splendid start – Twitter...
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Interactive acronym quiz

Brett Smiley at Fox Sports has a fun interactive quiz — Distinguish sabermetrics terms from military acronyms. I expect everyone to get them all right. Take Quiz Related Posts: Game Chatter 3/31/14: Dillon Gee vs. Stephen Strasburg Mets Card of the Week: 1991 Julio Valera Sabermetrics in the booth Mets Card of the Week: 2012 Lastings Milledge Mets Card of the Week: 1995 Brett Butler
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A ranking of all 30 MLB jerseys

Major League Baseball prides itself on the jerseys worn by its teams. All 30 teams have three or more jerseys that they wore in 2014, some of them even have over 10. Some jerseys do a great job representing their teams, while others should be discontinued immediately. Within the past few seasons, ball clubs have gone crazy changing their uniforms, and most have developed a modern...
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Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Wandy Rodriguez (3/4/15)

Related Posts: Game Chatter: Shaun Marcum vs. Wandy Rodriguez (5/10/13) Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Kameron Loe (9/4/13) Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Julio Tehran (7/22/13) Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Jordan Zimmermann (4/21/13) Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Barry Zito (7/9/13)
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Mets Card of the Week: 1977-79 Sportscaster

1977-79 SPORTSCASTER RUNDOWN Sometimes you just have to go down the rabbit hole… This particular quest started innocently enough. I was searching for oddball Mets cards and I came across a late ’70s Sportscaster card titled “Rundown.” Now, if you were a sentient being during the days of Jimmy Carter and disco, you will be at least passingly familiar with Sportscaster cards...
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Jimmy Rollins and the New York Mets

“The Mets had a chance to win the World Series last year. Last year is over. I think we are the team to beat in the NL East, finally. But, that’s only on paper.” That infamous (or famous depending on whom you are a fan) quote precipitated the steep decline of the New York Mets and the sharp incline of the Philadelphia Phillies. Mets fans hate Jimmy Rollins, but this isn...
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What’s so special about Brandon Nimmo?

Brandon Nimmo is not a household name. His Twitter account @You_Found_Nimmo doesn’t have millions of followers. And in his first call-up to Double-A, he struggled by hitting .238 with a decent .338 OBP. Nothing special, right? So why is it that passionate Mets fans hate a move to bring in 36-year-old right fielder Michael Cuddyer, when Nimmo is still seemingly a few years away...
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Reinventing the Mets: 1970

The Mets were champions. All of the building that had occurred from 1962 on, with the team finally breaking through as a competitive unit in 1968, had resulted in a title in 1969. Soon after the World Series ended, Tom Seaver, who had won 25 games, struck out 208 batters and posted a 2.21 ERA, won the team’s first Cy Young award. Dick Allen, after a tremendous season in which...
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Kevin Long on Juan Lagares

“Juan is talented. I’ve noticed that,” Long said. “And I’m excited about this player. He’s got a nice demeanor about him. He’s confident. Obviously he’s going to have to hone in on the strike zone — and take these chases and swings out of the zone — and be able to lay off some pitches and determine what’s a pitch that he can do damage to. … Certainly laying...
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Mets non-roster invitee hitters to watch

The first breath of baseball season has finally arrived. Teams are getting into the preseason swing and the Mets are due for their first game this Wednesday at Atlanta. The Mets roster for the most part is set in stone, with the only real battles the fifth outfield spot and the last man in the bullpen. Otherwise most everyone knows their spot except maybe Wilmer Flores who if all...
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Why not use Wilfredo Tovar?

Last season, the Mets were hoping that Ruben Tejada would bounce back into a .280 hitter and a solid defensive player. The defense was not terrible, as he had a .984 fielding percentage, and was posted a 3 in defensive runs saved above average according to baseballreference.com. Sadly, the offensive side did not improve by much, as Tejada hit .237. Manager Terry Collins is trying...
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The career paths of Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto

In the pre-video age we used to play board games. On such was “The Game of Life” or just “Life.” In this game you had the option to go to college or start working right away. The Mets have their own version of this quandary with Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, two players born less than a month apart. Nimmo turned pro after high school while Conforto went to college...
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There may still be hope for Ruben Tejada

Ex-Met shortstop Jose Reyes made a small bit of news this week when he was critical of Ruben Tejada‘s inability to lock down the starting shortstop job. Specifically, Reyes insinuated that perhaps Tejada simply had not put in the required work to hold it down long-term. This is mostly of note because Reyes isn’t very critical of anybody publicly. It also wasn’t that long...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Bobby Parnell

Sometimes it seems like fate doesn’t want some people to succeed. Nick Johnson could have been great but each year some random injury would come up and sideline him. Rick Ankiel looked like he was going to be an All-Star pitcher for a decade or more and then his ability to throw strikes just left him. Now it’s fair to wonder if Bobby Parnell will fit in that same category...
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The time to trade Daniel Murphy is now

Unless there’s some sneaky underlying scheming occurring, Sandy Alderson just put the Mets in hot water about Daniel Murphy. Word broke Thursday morning that Murphy has yet to speak with Alderson and co. about extending his contract. The beloved second baseman will pull in $8 million this season as a 30-year-old with six prior seasons wearing orange and blue. He shouldn’t finish...
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Wright vs. Reyes – Did the Mets keep the right star?

At the conclusion of the 2011 season, General Manager Sandy Alderson was faced with what still stands as the biggest decision of his Mets tenure. David Wright and Jose Reyes were both 28 years old and set to become free agents. Alderson only had the budget to resign one of the team’s two homegrown, fan-favorite stars. While most Mets fans wanted both the slugging third baseman...
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The Mets’ Great Divide: What Is And What Should Be

Our friend Greg Prince, the grand guru of Faith And Fear In Flushing — and the nearest thing the Mets’ blogging community can get to its own Roger Angell or Red Smith, for my money — had a terrific post today, recapping Old Timers’ Day at Shea Stadium in 1977, complete with video. This was the sixteenth such celebration in Mets’ history. Think about that for a minute...
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Why is Terry Collins naming his Opening Day starter already?

The New York Mets have a log jam in the starting rotation. This is not news. They failed to trade anyone in the offseason. Also, this is not news. What is news, however, is the report on Tuesday that the team is leaning toward pitching Zack Wheeler (3.54 ERA, 11-11 in 2014) on Opening Day. This immediately brings up two questions: why does manager Terry Collins feel the need to...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Michael Cuddyer

The outfield has been a sore spot for the Mets for years. Following the 2013 season they addressed it by signing free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal. Early returns have been less than overwhelming. This offseason, they inked free agent Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal. Juan Lagares will more than earn his keep by covering extra ground from the two...
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The triumph of good over evil

There will be another baseball post today but right now, my thoughts are 100 percent on basketball. Last night was a reminder of why we invest so much in sports. My team, the North Carolina State Wolfpack was playing the Evil Empire, also known as the University of North Carolina. In recent years, the rivalry was extremely one-sided, with the good guys on the short end of the stick...
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Mets Card of the Week: 2015 Daniel Murphy

2015 TOPPS DANIEL MURPHY A few weeks back I bowed out of an online auction for this card when the price hit $10. By the time the virtual hammer fell, the price stood at just over $25 with shipping. So why is a 2015 Daniel Murphy card going for the price of a well-worn T206 Danny Murphy? One magic word: sparkle. Back in 2011, Topps celebrated its 60th anniversary in the baseball...
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Mets Camp 2015: Walking Soft, Talking Loud

For the first week of spring workouts and meet-and-greets, the excitement factor at the Mets’ Port St. Lucie home-away-from-home ratcheted up fairly quickly. Considering that a good chunk of the team was already there, it should come as no surprise that the annual spring time good timin’ machine was already in full swing when the gates “officially” opened. Matt Harvey “felt...
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What outfield? The Mets have an idea

Sandy Alderson has always considered himself somewhat of a jokester. He recently poked fun at the current Mets shortstop situation, has always provided a (surprisingly) clever rebuttal to Scott Boras’ Mets jokes, and is famous for his quote following the 2012 season: “What Outfield?” At the time, the outfield consisted of three lefties: Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Mike...
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Will the Mets’ defense really be that bad?

Much is often made of good defense on championship teams. But defense is hard to quantify. Take for example the drastic difference between the 2014 Champion San Francisco Giants who had a team DRS of -5, versus the runner-up Kansas City Royals, who scored a 40, the fourth-best team DRS in baseball. The Cincinnati Reds scored the best team DRS with 67, and they lost 86 games, so it’s...
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