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Jacob deGrom merits serious Rookie of the Year consideration

Jacob deGrom was brought up at the exact same time as Rafael Montero, but was looked at as the weaker link.  However, two and a half months later, deGrom is 5-5 and Montero is playing for the Las Vegas 51’s.  Of course, 5-5 is not a great record for a pitcher, but that is because the Mets have not scored runs while deGrom is on the bump (clearly shown by the fact that he has...
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Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Kyle Kendrick (7/30/14)

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Mets Card of the Week: 1978 Willie Montanez

1978 TOPPS ZEST WILLIE MONTANEZ Guillermo Montañez Naranjo was not long for the Mets. He came to the team on December 8, 1977 in a quadratic equation of a trade that involved the Mets, Braves, Pirates, and Rangers. Ultimately, the Mets surrendered Jon Matlack and John Milner and received Montañez, Tom Grieve, and Ken Henderson. Montañez had a thoroughly decent, bat-flippingly...
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Game Chatter: Cole Hamels vs. Dillon Gee (7/29/14)

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Mets On the Rise: 1968, 1983…2014?

It’s a fun thing to wake up overseas, on a fantastic vacation, roll over, grab your cell phone and follow the last couple of innings of a Mets’ win. That’s exactly what your intrepid columnist experienced as the All-Star break ended. Germany was awesome, but Saturday morning looked a little bit better with the Padres having been dispatched just before my morning shower. ...
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Troy Tulowitzki: The must haves and the must avoids

Over the last few weeks, the Mets seem to have a different overall energy than they had in May or June resulting in a positive opening to the second half and each day the possibility grows that October baseball could return to Queens. However, there are holes to fill and holes that might grow as the deadline nears. There are current holes include leftfield and shortstop, while there...
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The 2015 shortstop free agent market benefits Ruben Tejada

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but there is a good possibility that Ruben Tejada will be the Mets shortstop in 2015. There is a huge caveat with that statement, and that is the assumption that Wilmer Flores fails to take the position via his superior offensive capabilities, or Matt Reynolds down in Triple-A does not impress. Both could make a strong case either during the...
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Game Chatter: Bartolo Colon vs. A.J. Burnett

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Mets Minors: No room for Bartolo Colon in Queens

Sometimes I’m wrong, like when I said that Juan Lagares would show no offensive growth in 2014 and would instead backslide into being unplayable.  Sometimes I’m right, like when I said that Jacob deGrom might have the brighter future than Rafael Montero.  I was wrong about Bartolo Colon… to a point. Colon has been great.  He’s easily earned his $10 Mil per year contract...
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Three years after the Beltran-Wheeler swap, a look back

July 28th marks the three-year anniversary of Sandy Alderson’s first ‘big’ move as General Manager of the Mets, trading Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler.  At the time, the move was cheered by many as the first step in the arduous process of rebuilding the Mets from laughing stock into contender. Beltran’s career...
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Answers needed for the 2015 Mets

There are two months left in the 2014 season, and it does not look like the Mets will be competing for a playoff spot. There have been flashes and streaks where the Mets’ play raises hopes and expectations for next year. If the Mets plan to compete next year, here are some questions that they need answered: 1. Is Ruben Tejada the starting shortstop? As I wrote last week, this...
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Game Chatter: Jacob deGrom vs. Jimmy Nelson

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Lucas Duda justifies decision to keep him as a first baseman

Before the season started, we had an anonymous survey on the site where we asked various questions. One of them was: What should the Mets do about 1B? By far the most popular response among the four available answers was to go with Ike Davis. Here’s what you said: 54% – Go with Ike Davis/Josh Satin platoon 22% – Go with Lucas Duda/Satin platoon 14% – Acquire someone...
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Game Chatter: Jon Niese vs. Wily Peralta (7/26/14)

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Celebrating the last 12 starts of Zack Wheeler

Everyone’s an expert (or critic) after the fact. That’s why preseason projections are such a nice thing to have. Before the season started, the official Mets360 projection for Zack Wheeler was for a 3.48 ERA and a 3.68 FIP. Currently, he has numbers that are almost perfectly reversed, as he sports a 3.64 ERA and a 3.47 FIP. Essentially, he’s pitching just the way the average...
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Quick Hitter: Scouting Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto is finally playing for Brooklyn and there is certainly a lot to like about what we’ve seen so far.  What struck me about seeing him is how unlike the scouting report I’d read, he played. Conforto was pegged to be a power hitting outfielder who was good with the bat but in the mold of a power hitter.  That means his batting average would be fairly low and that...
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How to read minor league stats (Fun with park factors!)

When trying to project if a prospect will be able to produce at the major league level, it’s not as simple as looking at stats. Of course, you never really know how they will perform against the top level competition, but it’s also hard when the minor league stats are skewed because of where they are playing. How do you normalize the stats when you want to project them to a major...
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Game Chatter: Zack Wheeler vs. Yovani Gallardo (7/25/14)

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Who do the Mets turn to at shortstop?

Somehow it feels wrong writing this just days after Ruben Tejada took a mid-90s fastball to the head, but there’s no denying shortstop – and left field – has been a weakness for the New York Mets. Tejada’s numbers improved some as the 2014 campaign progressed, but a .235/.347/.292 slash with mediocre defense isn’t going to wow any competent front office as a starter. So...
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The price of trading Bartolo Colon

It’s widely thought that Bartolo Colon will not finish this season as a member of the New York Mets. Colon helped this cause mightily by pitching a perfect game on Wednesday night into the seventh inning, before Robinson Cano broke it up with two outs. The only team directly connected to Colon has been the San Francisco Giants, although multiple teams are known to be in need...
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Game Chatter: Dillon Gee vs. Matt Garza (7/24/14)

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Poll: If Bartolo Colon pitched a perfect game, would you still want to trade him?

Wednesday, Bartolo Colon had a perfect game through 6.2 innings, retiring the first 20 batters he faced. While he did not complete a masterpiece, it did bring to mind a thought: Would the perception of fans change if he did throw the franchise’s first perfect game? In all seriousness, would you be able to pull the trigger and deal a player the same season he tossed a perfect...
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The pros and cons of trading Lucas Duda

As the trade deadline draws uncomfortably close, the question looms whether or not the Mets will be buyers or sellers. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been on record as saying the next ten games will decide the team’s fate. While there have been rumors abounding that link the Mets to trading veterans like Bartolo Colon and even All Star Daniel Murphy at one point, there is one player...
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Wilmer Flores or Daniel Murphy: A decision needs to be made

Since Sandy Alderson took over as the general manager of the New York Mets, offense has been the need. Through the draft, Alderson and Co. have attempted to replenish a minor league system that desperately needed offense. They signed guys like Curtis Granderson in the hopes that he can give the lineup a boost over the next four seasons. At one position, second base, the Mets have...
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Game Chatter: Bartolo Colon vs. Taijuan Walker

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