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Why a Yankee Won’t Win MVP, Replay on Cervelli’s HR, Warthen’s Legacy of Failure, Val Pascucci Chant

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We can debate the merits of Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano when it comes to the American League MVP award, but no Yankees player will win it. Why? It has nothing to do with Jose Bautista‘s stats or the fact that three Red Sox are having MVP-caliber years. Its institutional bias against the Yankees by the baseball writers. Take this […]

DL on the DL: Keep the Exiles Away

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

As I started my car and merged with the happy traffic leaving Citi Field on SUN, the Mets had just put a bow on a 4-2 home stand. The 6-0 win brought them to a 17-6 record for the month and completes a 13-5 Interleague schedule. As we discussed a month ago, June represented a […]

Does Maine Have Trade Value?

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Jerry Manuel is rightfully questioning the value of John Maine returning to the rotation. For a team with playoff aspirations Maine has zero value working with an 88 mph fastball. His lack of command and dubious secondary pitches makes me believe he is a 4-A pitcher for the foreseeable future. There will come a time […]

Maine Effective in Rehab Start

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – Mets righty John Maine, who was placed on the disabled list May 21 with right shoulder fatigue, started on his road back to Jerry Manuel’s rotation yesterday in Waterfront Park. Maine, who was pulled from his last start May 20 in Washington after facing a single batter, was 1-3, 6.13 over nine […]

Havens Sore Again

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – Mets infield prospect Reese Havens was removed from Binghamton’s game with Trenton in the second inning last night. Havens, who is hitting .343 (23-for-67) in 17 games with the B-Mets, was benched as a precaution. “Reese had some soreness,’’ said Binghamton manager Tim Teufel.  “I took him out as a precaution. Let […]

DL on the DL: June Will Be Mets Proving Ground

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

As the Mets woke up in sunny San Diego to wrap up a month that saw them go 4-12 on the road so far, they have the look of a team that has mastered the art of winning ugly and losing pretty. At 26-26, the roller-coaster ride has seen the team take on a ‘damn […]

Mets Must Send Message With Ollie

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Recently I was told a former Mets player believed the club “didn’t take losing personally” and that was one of the problems with the team. He didn’t say they don’t care, but rather the “let’s get them tomorrow” mentality isn’t going to get them where they want to be. That statement is probably an indictment […]

A Simple Formula That Equals Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The Mets continue to play the “Citi is Burning” on a nightly basis. The owner wants to be a GM, their best player insists to swing for the fences, the closer is an emotional roller coaster, and a former star turned the clubhouse into chaos. If you didn’t know any better I could be talking […]

Mets Must Rid Themselves of High Maintenance Acts

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Jerry Manuel has done a lot of wrong the last year and a half managing the Mets, but last night he sent a message to his ballclub with the removal of John Maine: mediocrity is not acceptable. This is a far cry from the rationalization about poor processes and talk of “competing” that we saw […]

37% Chance of Sports Illustrated Jinx

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Derek Jeter didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Sports Illustrated jinx, saying the “last time he was on the cover was before Game 6 of the World Series, so there is your jinx.” Well, what Jeter should know is that appearing on the famous sports magazine’s cover isn’t guaranteed to cause […]