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The Francoeur Conundrum

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The conundrum inherent in supporting the New York Mets was never clearer than last night, when Jeff Francoeur hit a home run that ultimately beat the Atlanta Braves. Yes, Mets fans were happy to win what amounted to a vital game, as are all contests against Atlanta. Doing so against Billy Wagner didn’t hurt, either. […]

Is Ike Davis Really Mike Jacobs?

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Herb Uzzi of ESPN down in Florida made called Ike Davis “Ike Jacobs” on Twitter this afternoon. It got me to wondering how Davis’s production is faring in comparison to Jacobs. Going into tonight’s game Davis has put up a .252/.329/.426 which translate to a slightly above average hitter with an OPS+ of 103. If […]

The Lesson of Daniel Murphy

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

This season couldn’t go any worse for Daniel Murphy who suffered his second injury, this one far more serious, during last night’s game in Buffalo. Murphy was taken out on a dirty slide at second base and will miss the remainder of the season. It was reported earlier today that his recovery time will be […]

B-Mets Bats Are Hammering the Eastern League

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Something not so unexpected is going on in Binghamton that just might make a Mets fan smile. The B-Mets, who entered last night’s play in the Eastern League with an 8-6 mark, just a half-game behind Trenton and New Hampshire in the Eastern Division, have belted 21 home runs and scored 95 runs in their […]

Reasons for Mets Optimism

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I have been on record thinking the Mets are not as bad as everyone believes through the first two weeks of the season. Yes, there are concerns about the message being sent down by Omar and Jerry, but the release of Mike Jacobs is a start towards putting the best lineup on the field. The […]

Keep The Head Up There is Hope

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Sitting in an empty Citi Field last night reminded me how disengaged the Mets fan base has become. What should have been a nightly sellout, or near sellout, of a ballpark that was long overdue has become a mausoleum in short time. With the early morning rain today, I can’t see tonight being much different, […]

NY Baseball Fans Headed to Early Burnout

Friday, April 9th, 2010

To say the mainstream media is overanalyzing the start of the baseball season is this site acting as “the pot calling the kettle black.” We, after all, try to delve into the details from the Independent League to the majors. Regardless, the amount of over analysis of the Mets and Yankees just 3 games in […]

Opening Day Observations

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

I spent this Opening Day (yes, always capitalized, in honor of the national holiday it should be) at home with my wife and brand-new daughter. Seven-day-old Mirabelle was dressed in a David Wright shirt, which turned out to be a far better choice than the Mike Jacobs alternative. Anyhow, here are some preliminary observations, keeping […]

Why Not Give Ike a Chance at First?

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Maybe it was the Sports Illustrated jinx. The Baseball Preview arrived earlier this week, complete with a glowing story on Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy. Mets hitting coach Howard Johnson was quoted as stating Murphy, “was going to surprise a lot of people with some big numbers in 2010.’’ Those plans will be on hold, […]

Give Chris Carter His Chance

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

I am not about to call Daniel Murphy “Wally Pipp,” but there is irony in the fact that, days before Chris Carter would be likely sent down, Murphy injures his MCL. We all know what Mike Jacobs can do, and yes he is an adequate replacement at first, but Chris Carter might be able to […]

Listen: Grapefruit Round Tonight @7pm

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Howard Megdal of SNY and I talk about the latest from both Port St. Lucie and Tampa. We kick off the show talking about Phil Hughes in the rotation and the future of Joba Chamberlain in the bullpen. I will also ask Howard if a better solution would be to follow Rob Neyer’s column regarding […]

Daniel Murphy Doesn’t Deserve 1B Job

Friday, March 19th, 2010

After today’s game against Minnesota Daniel Murphy is hitting .133. First base, and specifically Murphy, were huge question marks coming into spring training. The Mets already will be short on power without Carlos Beltran, and the absence of Jose Reyes makes it hard to carry any subpar offensive players. Joel Sherman made a great point […]

Scouts Say Davis is Real Deal but Should Start in Minors

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Ike Davis had another solid game today and there will be talk about him making the opening day roster. I emailed several scout friends of mine asking them their thoughts on the Mets Ike Davis. Below are some of their thoughts. I love his poise on the field. He needs more seasoning in the minors, but I think the kid is […]

Gary Matthews Jr. Clogging Things Up

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Angel Pagan seemed poised to win the CF job for the Mets this spring. As a matter of fact, I could see him supplanting Jeff Francoeur, upon Beltran’s return, if Frenchy returns to his 2008 Atlanta levels of offense. Jason Pridie drove in four runs this week and we all know what Frank Catalanotto can […]

Colin Curtis Early Favorite to be 2010 Darren Reed

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last year I had some fun late in Spring Training and speculated who would be the Darren Reed of spring training. Many fans may not remember Reed. After all he only had 153 major league at bats, but did play for both the Mets and Yankees. Reed was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1984 […]