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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 […]

Mets Pitching Depth Could Get Scary

Friday, February 24th, 2012

No one expects much from the Mets, but the reports of them being a 100-loss team are, in my opinion, greatly exaggerated. Vegas has their over/under at 74.5. I have also seen 70.5 as the number. I believe their offense and bullpen gives them a decent shot at about 75-77 wins, and that number doesn’t include Johan Santana in […]

Should Mets Push Wheeler, Harvey and Familia?

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Could there be a benefit to the Mets pushing their young pitchers? I am not suggesting eschewing any innings targets, but pushing them to compete at a higher level before they are ready. Wally Backman talked about some the young pitchers with WGR 550 in Buffalo. “I don’t know if they (Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia) start the season […]

Mets Have Plenty to Be Positive About This Spring

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

It is common knowledge among the electorate the 2012 New Mets aren’t going to be that good. Without a deep starting pitching staff and not even a true ace, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has attempted to follow the lead of the Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers by building up a solid bullpen to improve their […]

Learning From Generation K- A Second Chance

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

 Paul Wilson, Jason Isringhausen, Bill Pulsipher. For now, that is the order in which their lockers are situated in the clubhouse at the Mets’ spring training complex. Someday soon that could be the order of the team’s starting rotation, perhaps as early as this season if Wilson can live up to all the hype surrounding his arrival. […]

Banuelos Groomed to Be LOOGY? Yanks Ultimate Losers at Deadline?, Grading Alderson, Early View of Mets Top 10 Prospects

Monday, August 1st, 2011

The promotion of Manny Banuelos to Triple-A coincided with the Yankees inactivity at the deadline. No Ubaldo Jimenez, Wandy Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Matt Thornton, or Randy Choate. The Yankees have never replaced Pedro Feliciano, who went down in spring training. Boone Logan has been the lone lefty in the bullpen, and he’s been rather uninspiring against LH (.761 OPS). Back in May, Brian Cashman said […]

2010 Mets Top Prospect List

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Each year we do a top prospect list here at NYBD. Of course, everyone has a list, but it’s fun to see how each site looks at players. Jed Weisberger of MILB will be doing his Yankees list sometime in the near future, but as he does each year Joe Demayo put up his top […]

Mets Not Willing to Meet Houston’s Price for Oswalt

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

We have been trying to dig over at NYBD the last few days to find out exactly what the Mets will do for starting pitching now that Cliff Lee is out of the picture. Names like Dan Haren, Ted Lilly, and Roy Oswalt aren’t news - many have discussed them over the last few months […]

Rumblings: Seattle Wants Pagan From Mets

Monday, June 28th, 2010

We all know the Mets interest in Cliff Lee, but to date all we have heard is what they don’t want to give up in a deal. Yesterday, NYBD talked to a league source that indicated parameters of a deal would include Josh Thole, Angel Pagan, and a prospect for Cliff Lee. At this point […]

Is it Mets vs. Twins for Lee?

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Reports today indicate that it very well could come down to the Mets or Twins for Cliff Lee. I still believe the Yankees will monitor the situation and get involved if the price is right. Joe Delgrippo, formerly of this site, threw some information out about a deal between the Twins and Mariners falling through […]

Francesa: “Mets Don’t Want Oswalt”

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

While listening to WFAN’s Mike Francesa today he threw out an interesting blurb when a caller told him he wasn’t a supporter of the Mets going after Roy Oswalt. “The Mets don’t want Oswalt.” the “Sports Pope” proclaimed. Whether this is opinion or fact remains to be seen, but Mike was the one that broke […]

Why Renting Cliff Lee Might Make Sense

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

For the better part of six months we have been mentioning Cliff Lee in connection with the Yankees. There continues to be rumblings that Lee wants to pitch in the Bronx and be reunited with former teammate CC Sabathia. The Yankees have mutual interest, especially since they may have two openings in their 2011 starting […]

Oswalt Would be a Risky Move For Mets

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Kevin Kernan of the NY Post suggested today that Roy Oswalt could be the missing piece that would turn around the Mets season. I agree with Kevin that Oswalt could change the dynamic of the Mets rotation and make them legitimate Wild Card contenders, but only with a caveat: Carlos Beltran. It’s painfully obvious the […]

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 […]