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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 Should Use “Options” Wisely

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

According to MLB Trade Rumors Pat Misch, Nelson Figueroa, and Fernando Nieve are out of options this spring. Essentially they make the team or will be placed on waivers. If you wait till later in the spring the chances of them clearing might be good, but the state of MLB pitching makes it likely you […]

Mets Staff With Takahashi in Rotation

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Hisanori Takahashi has opened some eyes with his spring performance. As mentioned before, he has thrown six shutout innings while striking out nine in the Grapefruit League. Many, including me, have him penciled in as the long man in the bullpen. It’s the same type of role that Darren Oliver performed so well in back […]

No One is Talking About Nelson Figueroa

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

All spring you keep hearing how the Mets brass wants Jonathan Niese to grab the fifth spot. If he doesn’t, then Fernando Nieve very likely would be the next choice. Even Japanese import Hisanori Takahashi is talked about in the five hole. The ironic part is the best of them all, Nelson Figueroa, doesn’t seem […]

Niese Would Add to Short List of Homegrown Pitchers

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

If Jonathan Niese wins the fifth spot in the Mets rotation than he would be a rarity in recent years: A homegrown Mets starter. The Mets are an organization known for pitching, but even the late eighties championship team had 3/5 of the rotation acquired through a trade. Only Doc Gooden and Rick Aguilera were […]

Biggest Key: Maine and Perez

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I was a guest on The Happy Recap Radio Show last night. An interesting point was brought up during the segment regarding what is the biggest key to a successful 2010 campaign for the Mets. Are John Maine and Oliver Perez the two most important players on this team? More so, can they survive a […]

Positional Battles: Mets Starting Rotation

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

For all the criticism the Mets starting rotation has received Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, and Oliver Perez all have benchmarks of being solid pitchers. No one had a problem with these three behind Johan Santana in 2008, or when Perez and Maine combined for 30 wins in 2007. There is little doubt, barring injury, that […]

Poll: Who Do You Want for the 5th Spot?

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Earlier today I discussed the Mets rotation, and yesterday gave my thoughts on internal options. Some of the readers asked for a poll, so here you go: Who do you want to see get the 5th starter job? I gave an “other” write in option so you can add someone we haven’t been talking about. […]

Smoltz & the Internal Options

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It looks like the Mets will sign John Smoltz, and rely on numerous in house candidates for the rotation. Personally, I wanted Ben Sheets. As I predicted, it was going to take about $10 million dollars plus incentives to sign the righty. All winter we have told fans the Mets did not want to take […]

Report: Mets Will Go Hard After Sheets

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

This offseason has been filled with a lot of smoke, but very little fire. In an interesting twist, just a day after it appeared that Texas was the favorite to land Ben Sheets, reports are circulating the Rangers may not have the capital to go after his services. Buster Olney of ESPN believes the Mets […]