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Mets To Formally Interview Kevin Long On Wednesday

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets will formally interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Wednesday, for the vacant hitting coach position created when Lamar Johnson was relieved of his duties. Long was the hitting coach for the Yankees for seven seasons before being fired by Brian Cashman two weeks ago. In addition to the Mets, he is drawing interest...
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4 hours ago  |  Discuss

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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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

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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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alderson’s Draft Picks Are Indication Of Long Term Plan

The hardest thing about building a winning team is the anticipation. Before 1996, there were no guarantees that Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the rest of a very young Yankees team would prosper at the same time, if at all. The same can be said about the 1986 Mets. Frank Cashen took Daryl Strawberry with the #1 overall pick in the 1980 draft. It happened to be the very first pick...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Familia Replacing Mejia As The Mets Closer?

Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com ponders if the Mets should just go with Jeurys Familia as the team’s closer next season. He argues that as as impressive as Jenrry Mejia was last season in his first stint as closer, Familia was far more consistent than him. “While Mejia’s saves could sometimes feel like he was walking a tight-rope (A 1.50 WHIP in save situations), Familia was more stable...
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15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nimmo and Mazzilli Off To Solid Starts In AFL

Jessica Quiroli of Minor League Ball is reviewing many of the prospects currently competing in this year’s Arizona Fall League. She had some interesting things to say about a pair of Mets prospects who have impressed her. Brandon Nimmo Brandon Nimmo is that rare breed of focused aggression and intensity, mixed with patience and teachability. His story is legend at this point:...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

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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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Will Square Off With Yankees During Spring

For the first time since 2012, the Mets and Yankees will face each other during Spring Training this year. While the Mets spring training schedule has not been released yet, the Yankees have released there schedule and it features a “Subway Series” matchup down south. The Yankees will visit Port St. Lucie on March 22nd and the Mets will play in Tampa on March 25th.
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Mets, Yankees Prospects Finding Common Ground In Arizona

It seems odd to think of a Yankees hitting coach working with an up and coming Mets hitter, but when young prospects arrive from around the country to play baseball in the Arizona Fall League, that’s just what happens. Both New York teams have sent a battery of players to Arizona and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been spending a great deal of time together. The Mets have sent...
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Jacob deGrom Named Sporting News Rookie Of The Year

Mets rookie starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is considered the heavy favorite to win the 2014 NL Rookie Of the Year award. This was further verified today when Sporting News announced the results of their annual player’s poll which is released prior to the official award. I’ll give you the skinny on deGrom’s season, but most of you know the numbers by now. deGrom had 22 starts...
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Mets and J.P. Ricciardi Working On Extension Deal

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets are working on an extension deal to keep J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. The two worked together for 12 years with the Oakland Athletics. Prior to joining the Mets, Ricciardi previously served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue...
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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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Should Mets Pursue Nick Markakis?

Devin asks… What do you think about signing Nick Markakis for the outfield? I know we’re not signing anyone big, but he shouldn’t cost that much. Joe D. replies… First of all, I’m not entirely sure that Markakis will hit free agency. Sure his $17.5 million option was declined by the Orioles, but he’s very popular with the fans and a few Baltimore writers think the two...
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How Alderson Stacks Up With Previous GM’s

Within the next two weeks we’ll witness the same scene that gets played out every October. Amidst the spray of champagne and exuberant shouts, the commissioner will be standing on a stage presenting a trophy to the owner, manager and General Manager of the World Champions. Now, if the commissioner would instead be presenting a trophy to the executives that promised the brightest...
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Offseason questions facing the Mets

With the 2014-2015 offseason about to begin, the Mets begin their quest to make a playoff appearance in the 2015 season. In order to make the postseason, there are a few questions the Mets should think over, and decide which decision would be the best for them. Here are some of those questions: 1. How much payroll flexibility is needed to make a splash? With Lucas Duda, Jenrry ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Have Drafted Highest Percentage Of High School Players

According to a new report by Baseball America, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and its bonus pools have created incentives for teams to select high school players early in the draft before spending less in the back half of the top 10 rounds. They write that 2014 was the most aggressive use of that strategy in the three years under the current CBA. Nearly half of the high...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Featured Post: Top 5 Underrated Mets Hitting Prospects

The top prospects of every minor league system always seem to receive endless amounts of hype. Most of the time this attention is deserved as elite prospects are often potential game changers for their franchises. However, sometimes the prospects that are rarely discussed can make the strongest impact. Mets fans have witnessed this recently with the development of Jacob deGrom and...
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Miracle Mets Still A Sore Spot For Frank Robinson

“It’s always good planning to have a baseball in the dugout with shoe polish on it, just in case.” That is the expression coined following the infamous Shoe Polish incident, when in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series, Cleon Jones hit the deck to evade a Dave McNally pitch that skidded into the Mets dugout, only to be retrieved by Mets skipper Gil Hodges to reveal a smudge of shoe...
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Are the Mets and Braves potential trade partners this offseason?

One of the staples of offseason talk radio and blog writing is the trade column. And unfortunately, a lot of times this takes the form of “let’s group together our trash and trade it for your star.” There are multiple reasons why this happens. Among other things, it’s hard to be objective about the talent on your team. Additional reasons are that fans are unlikely to...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Adding A Big Power Bat This Offseason

Stephen H. asks… Joe, why are you always so against the Mets adding a big power hitter in the outfield? This team needs to score a lot more runs and a Matt Kemp,  Jose Bautista or a Nelson Cruz could be the one piece this team needs to get us into the postseason. Imagine if we had one of them this season instead of Chris Young who was a complete waste of money? I usually agree...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Citi Field Fence Changes Could Change Team Strategy

In the last few years, the New York Mets have done a pretty good job building up their farm system with a lot of pitching. Ever since moving to Citi Field, hitters have found it difficult to drive the ball out of the ballpark. That leads to a focus on pitching, but things could change this upcoming season as the fences are moved in for the 2nd time since opening up in 2009. The New...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets 360 Projection Review: Zack Wheeler

One of the pleasant surprises this year was the emergence of the Mets young starting pitching.  While Jacob deGrom got most of the headlines, Zack Wheeler took several steps forward and looked fantastic, especially after the last dozen or so starts. We saw him taking steps forward, but not necessarily as many as he ended up taking.  Here is our official projection: IP: 179 ERA...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets By The Numbers: Lucas Duda Cleaned Up At Cleanup

It’s been an exciting postseason so far, one packed with plenty of memorable moments including dramatic comebacks, some thrilling clutch at-bats, and no lack of phenomenal pitching performances. This is what baseball is all about. All of that said, I’m still bored out of my mind with the Mets on the sidelines for yet another October. One of our readers brought something to my...
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When does a player peak?

There haven’t been any conclusive studies, but many fans (myself included) will tell you that age 27 is the average age for when a player “breaks out”. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, etc. Maybe breakout isn’t what we are looking for. Maybe we should look for when players traditionally hit their peak of baseball output...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

What Kind Of Free Agent Should Mets Sign?

Could The Mets Pursue Asdrubal Cabrera To Play Shortstop? What was the best free agent deal the Mets ever pulled off? Unquestionably, it was Carlos Beltran. The uber-talented thoroughbred outfielder that the Mets used to have patrolling center field during much of the last decade….when he was healthy enough to play. Those Mets clubs of the 2000′s will go down in history as a...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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