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Cesar Puello faces crucial 2015

Finally things started to click for Cesar Puello, a player who has been playing for the Mets organization since he was 17, in 2013, where the 22 year-old hit .326, slugged 16 homers, drove in 73 runs and stole 24 bags. With this promising campaign, it looked that the Mets were going to have their corner outfielder of the future, but after being connected with the Biogenesis investigation...
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LOOGY history and the Mets’ dismal failure with the approach

There’s a school of thought that goes if you repeat a lie loud enough and often enough – it becomes truth. This is, unfortunately, not exclusive to one walk of life. Where it rears its ugly head in baseball is with the notion that you need to have multiple lefty relievers, with at least one of them utilized for only a batter or two at a time, to be successful. For well over...
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Josh Edgin could be in for a long season

Left-handed reliever Dana Eveland signed with the Red Sox earlier this week, removing an option for the Mets in their pursuit of an additional lefty in the bullpen. Eveland was signed by the Mets in February 2014 and called up in June of last season. He pitched very effectively for the team until he was shut down in September due to inflammation in his elbow. Eveland was probably...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Jacob deGrom

In 2012 the Mets debuted Matt Harvey and the following year they introduced Zack Wheeler. Then last year the club brought up Jacob deGrom. Harvey and Wheeler came with all types of hype and deGrom wasn’t nearly as highly regarded. This time last year, if you asked the fan base which Mets pitcher was going to walk away with the Rookie of the Year Award, deGrom would have been...
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The Yoan Moncada travesty

Yoan Moncada is the latest phenom to defect from Cuba. At 19 years old, Moncada is about as good of a prospect as one could hope for. With his tools, if he was a high school or college baseball player, Moncada would clearly be a potential top 10 draft selection, commanding a substantial bonus amount related to the pool of money that is sanctioned for each team. Since Moncada is...
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Daniel Murphy is irreplaceable, really

On paper Daniel Murphy is a good, but not great offensive player and below average fielder. He’s in his walk year and the Mets have two exciting young players who could take over the keystone in Wilmer Flores and the young prospect Dilson Herera. For these reasons, many Mets fans and sportswriters have been lobbying to trade Murph. Don’t count this writer/fan among them. On...
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Mets claim phenomenal growth in 2015 ticket sales

Ticket sales are up 19.26 percent over last year, according to Mets executive vice president Lou DePaoli. The numbers represent what would be an astonishing outlier for a team that’s failed to add any high-priced talent this offseason or post a winning record since 2008, the two primary drivers of attendance spikes for baseball teams. And the reported surge in ticket sales would...
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Mets settle on Wilmer Flores and that may not be a bad thing

From the beginning of the offseason, the rumor mill has been buzzing over the need for shortstop in the Mets infield. One by one, the names went flying around. The Mets seemed close at times to making a move just to see it fall apart when the asking price was too high. No one can really blame them for that. Why give up a Noah Syndergaard, who is the second top pitching prospect...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Lucas Duda

This time last year we were shocked we were still having the Lucas Duda or Ike Davis debate. It may have taken two years too long to decide but the good news is that Sandy Alderson held on to the right guy, as Duda turned in the best year of his career and Davis did not turn back the clock and become a useful player again. Now Duda is counted on to be the big power threat in...
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Comparing the 2012 Nationals to the potential 2015 Mets

Mets fans are one of a kind. They range from super optimistic to overwhelmingly pessimistic and with recent signing news, most of the fan base is firmly in the land of pessimism. This signing, of course, is the $210 million mega-deal handed out by the Nationals to the highly-regarded Max Scherzer. At this point, the Nationals have completely put themselves over the top. Only a few...
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Mets Card of the Week: 1966 Wes Westrum

1966 TOPPS WES WESTRUM My impressions of the 1960s? Well, not to wax all “We Didn’t Start the Fire” here, but to me it’s a blur of JFK, MLK, RFK, Nixon, Vietnam, Woodstock, men on the moon, and Miracle Mets. Of course, when it comes to Topps cards, the decade can only mean one thing: the screaming-manager pose. This basic tableau is illustrated ably by the 1966 card of Wes...
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Nationals Sign Max Scherzer, Mets’ Hopes Take A Hit

By now, you’ve lapped up all the ink spilled in praise of the Washington Nationals and their forward-thinking signing of Max Scherzer. The Scherzer deal wasn’t an old fashioned, Steinbrennerian, throw-bags-of money-at-Scott-Boras kind of agreement – although, in effect, that is surely what happened. No, this one actually took a page from the Mets’ old playbook: the deal...
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Just how many Mets sites are out there?

It seems like there are a lot of Mets sites out there. But does anyone have any idea how many? It feels like the number should be in triple digits, but that’s just a guess. Let’s limit this to active blogs (pour out a 40 for the late, great 2 Guys Talking Mets) with a requirement that they published something here in 2015. Here’s a list of 15 to get you started: Amazin’...
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Finances, extensions, and Juan Lagares

It’s no secret that the New York Mets are not a fiscally sound organization. This has played havoc with the on-field product for half a decade now at least, and will continue to curtail large free agent signings for some time to come. That may be for the benefit of the team, though. As more and more young stars are being locked up early, less and less talent hits the open market...
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Can the Mets compete with the Nationals this season?

The Nationals just signed Max Scherzer to a huge contract that improves their rotation. Rumors are floating that Stephen Strasburg is on his way out, which is good news for Mets fans as he has dominated them for the past few seasons. The Mets have a lot of young pitching that could compete against the Nationals, but the Nationals starters have experience on their side. Their bullpen...
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Kevin Long discusses his philososphy

“I feel very comfortable with what I see and taking that to the player and saying, ‘here’s what I’m seeing, here’s the adjustment I think needs to be made, here’s the drill I think can fix that, and let’s go to work.’ “Part of it is listening to their feedback too and creating a trust with the player. My philosophy is that I work within a guy’s individual scheme...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Manfred, man: Wilpon named chairman of finance committee

The big this weekend, as usual, had nothing to do with the Mets acquiring a shortstop, and once again had everything to do with Fred Wilpon and finances.  Except this time, the news is that Fred Wilpon has been selected by Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred as the new chairman of the finance committee, as first reported by Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. On the surface, appointing...
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Daniel Murphy’s Met career coming to an end

With another season of signing Daniel Murphy to an arbitration deal (worth $8 million), the Mets have their second baseman for one more season, if the team decides to not trade him. Since becoming a starter in 2012, Murphy has been a consistent fixture in the Mets starting lineup, Murphy has hit over .285, posted an OBP that has been around .320, and has appeared in over 140 games...
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Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares had identical 2014 xBABIP marks

Throughout history there have been players who put up fluke seasons in the majors. Undoubtedly, you’ve got a mental image in your head right now of some such season. Perhaps it’s 2000 Darin Erstad, who put up an 8.7 fWAR (next best season, 3.3 fWAR) or 1970 Billy Grabarkewitz and his 6.1 fWAR (next best season, 0.8 fWAR). The challenge has always been to find out which season...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Matt Harvey

The Mets have had 14 different pitchers in their history to post a 5.0 bWAR or greater in a season, including Matt Harvey in 2013. None of those 14 missed an entire season after putting up such a dominating performance. The closest we have is Johan Santana, who missed the entire 2011 season after notching a 4.6 bWAR as a 31 year old in 2010. When Santana came back in 2012, he...
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Travis d’Arnaud’s defense is not an issue…yet

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud had a rough go of it in 2014 on both sides of the ball. His early offensive struggles were well documented, as was his demotion and very strong comeback. His great second half went a long way towards putting to bed doubts about his ability to hit at the highest level. His defense, on the other hand, was the main story arc surrounding him heading into...
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Celebrity Mets Fans

Do you get a thrill when you see a Mets hat in a movie or on a TV show?  Do you enjoy when Keith Hernandez spots an actor or politician in the stands at Citi rooting on the Mets?  Let’s dust off the list of celebrity Mets fans and take a peek.  While this list is far from complete, it’s pretty good, and your additions and comments are appreciated. Actors/Comedians: Adam Sandler...
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Wilmer Flores equals hope for 2015

To most fans, this Mets offseason has been a disappointment. The Mets will trade Dillon Gee, most likely for prospects and/or a bullpen arm and will have signed Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr. That doesn’t seem like much, but the Mets didn’t need all that much offensively when you think about their offensive numbers from last year and compare that to expectations from...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Way too much hinges on Michael Cuddyer’s health

The 2015 Mets have a weak link and it’s not what you think. Mets fans want to start the season with a complete team, free of glaring weaknesses at any given position. Every third blog post has been about upgrading over Wilmer Flores, as if mortgaging the future for a proven veteran shortstop to replace a young, homegrown, cheap player with offensive potential would put us in the...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

We Are Not Alone: National Media Hears Mets Fans’ Cries

For the third week of January, there’s an awful lot of baseball talk around here. First there was the QBC on Saturday. Then, last night, there was a gathering called Pitch Talks at B.B. King’s Blues Club in mid-town Manhattan. The Pitch Talkers included – but were not limited to — FOX/MLB TV bowtie man Ken Rosenthal, Buster Olney of ESPN and NY baseball guys: Tyler Kepner...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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