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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 […]

Baseball America Gives Mets “C” on Draft Rating

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I always have to give the guys at Baseball America credit. In preparation for the issuing of their annual prospect guide, they come up with something new and interesting on annual basis. This year, Jim Callis has graded all 30 big-league teams on how they drafted between 2005-08. The Mets, with a 2.13 GPA, rate […]

Pineiro, Molina, Delgado “Absolutely Realistic Scenario”

Monday, January 11th, 2010

NYBD contributor Joe Demayo had this to say on twitter yesterday: joe_demayo Asked if signing Joel Pineiro,Carlos Delgado,Bengie Molina is a realistic scenario for #mets and was told “definitely” We discussed all three players in a rumor mill from last week. If these are the three remaining “big” acquisitions I would be happy with the […]

Mets Should Try to Acquire Duke to Bolster Staff

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

With Jason Bay finally in the fold, the Mets need to make a move to bolster their starting staff. Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez and Jon Niese are presently their top five. The club, in optimistic tones, feels this group could do the job in 2010. Perhaps that’s the case, but the […]

Top 10 Indicates Mets Should Break the Bank

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

If there is one thing I learned from BA’s Mets Top 10 prospects is that you shouldn’t expect any impact players outside of Ike Davis in 2010. Here are some numbers that Mets fans should take very seriously: 33 31 27 Those are the ages that Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, David Wright, and Jose Reyes […]

Niese Out for Year, Reyes Has Scar Tissue

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Howard just sent me this official word from the Mets. The injury to Jonathan Niese is pretty clear cut. He is out for the year thanks to a complete tear of the right upper hamstring tendon from the bone. He is expected to be ready for spring training. Tough break for Niese who made huge […]