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Does Ike Davis Need to Turn It Around This Road Trip to Avoid a Demotion?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

.132/.192/.265/ That is the batting line for Mets first baseman Ike Davis going into tonight’s game. It was Davis, along with Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada, the Mets were relying on to emerge as part of the young positional core that will be on the field for years to come. Out of that foursome, Davis had the best resume […]

Growing Up Together

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

When I looked at the Mets lineup yesterday afternoon against the Braves, I swore I saw it before. Indeed I did, as it was a version that has played together in Binghamton and Buffalo. Some have donned the uniform of the Brooklyn Cyclones and St. Lucie Mets. In total, 7 of 8 starters came up […]

Season Preview: 2012 Mets Not Measured in Wins & Losses

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

When you look at the 2012 Mets’ roster you can’t logically predict anything more than 75-77 wins. That best case scenario is still probably good for last place in the National League East. It also probably won’t allow for any mid-summer tease in the form of competing for the second Wild Card, and the right […]

Taking Small Pleasures in a Challenging Season

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

If you listen to the mainstream media, there appears to be no reason to watch the 2012 New York Mets. Some pundits (Michael Kay- ESPN) have the team winning 55 games. I would imagine that most publications will have them a lock for last place when they post their predictions later this month. Even the […]

Young Mets Hitters Could Develop Into Solid Core

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

All the talk around the Mets has been about the young pitchers. Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jeurys Familia and the forgotten man, Jenrry Mejia, will be a huge focus throughout the season. Although a lot of the excitement about the future will be in Binghamton and Buffalo, there is an intriguing young offensive core coming together at Citi field. Lucas […]

NY Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Going Into 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I always like to try new things here, so instead of doing a “year in review,” I am doing a “Stock Up/Stock Down” heading into 2012 for New York baseball. This includes a “watch list.” The list could include players, coaches, minor leaguers, and the media. Stock Up  Curtis Granderson - When the Yankees acquired […]

2012 Mets Infield: Best Infield Ever?

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Back in 1999, John Olerud, Edgardo Alfonzo, Rey Ordonez, and Robin Ventura donned the cover of Sports Illustrated as “The Best Infield Ever.” Although they were, with the exception for Ordonez, a solid offensive group, they are better known for setting the Major League record for fewest errors with 33 total that season. At this time next year, will we […]

Alderson’s First Coup, The Beard, NBC Cuts Francesa, Play For DH in World Series

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Sandy Alderson has received accolades to date more for what everyone anticipates him doing versus actual accomplishments. The front office was able to find some gems this offseason that have paid off. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen, Chris Capuano, and Ronny Paulino are all important contributors for less than $4 million dollars. That was the sandbox, now comes the deep end […]

The Surprising Mets Defense

Friday, July 1st, 2011

One of the biggest criticisms of Jason Bay when he signed with the Mets was not for picking a cavernous stadium that would swallow up his home runs, but his inability to play defense. The Boston media, known to take swipes at players on the way out of town, made this widely known upon Bay’s […]

Shades of 1997 With This Mets Team

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Going into the spring of 1997 the Mets were not highly regarded. The up and coming trio of Generation K was injured, the front office had made no significant offseason moves (or so they thought, John Olerud turned out ok), and the Yankees were coming off a World Series. Some prognosticators had them pegged for […]

Is This the End of the Line for the Mets?

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

At the beginning of the season I thought the Mets would win 85 games and be on the peripheral of the Wild Card race. I thought there would be a point this summer where they would tease the fans; making everyone believe they could pull off an unlikely playoff appearance. In the end, I thought […]

No Prospects? Homegrown Mets Made an Impact All Weekend

Monday, April 4th, 2011

All I keep hearing is how “barren” the Mets farm system which even prompted me to ask Sandy Alderson his thoughts on a conference call during Spring Training. For the record he didn’t agree, nor did he care what any of the independent publications had to say. Interesting how during the opening weekend in Florida […]

Can Homegrown Mets Win Over Fans?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

There were reports this weekend of much weaker than expected Mets season ticket sales. I don’t think that should be a surprise after how last season ended, the lack of a big free agent catch, and the negativity surrounding the Madoff scandal. However, winning will change things very quickly. Remember, before Mike Piazza‘s arrival in […]

Still Searching for the Happy Medium

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

What I have found amazing is some of the recent quotes by members of the baseball community when they are questioned about much of the new age ideology when it comes to statistical analysis. Let’s take a look: Mets Assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi “We never said we should get rid of scouts and just use […]

Can Ike Davis Win a Gold Glove?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

With his September surge, Ike Davis is putting a stamp on what is becoming a solid offensive season. To date, he has 18 homers, 69 RBI, OPS of .797, and an OPS+ of 116. Certainly not in the class of Fielder, Pujols, or Votto, but certainly solid numbers for his first go around the league. […]