Looking over the stats, the Mets had one of the better offensive clubs in the National League, but also put together just about the worst pitching staff. With everyone speculating every which way to acquire pitching while re-signing Jose Reyes, I say: If the Mets really need pitching THAT badly -which they do-, why not let Reyes walk and sign C.J. Wilson instead? The Mets managed to finish sixth in the National League in runs scored with 718 in 2011. To put that figure into perspective, […]
Coming off a postseason berth, the 2010 Rays were gutted beyond comprehension. Their star left fielder and sparkplug Carl Crawford left for Boston. Their shut down closer Rafael Soriano, now sporting pinstripes. Carlos Pena going to the windy city, Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett dealt for prospects, and a bullpen left in tatters. All that they got to replace these cornerstone players was a past-his-prime outfielder and a few relievers. Yet some how, some way, […]
Walking into the movie theater to see Moneyball, I had my doubts. Will this capture what the book is about? How can Brad Pitt play a hot-head GM like Billy Beane? Is this going to be another Hollywood interpretation of the true essence of sports? To say the least, I had my doubts. I had very low expectations as the lights dimmed and the previews started rolling. But from the moment the opening scene began with the […]
As most of you know, Daniel Murphy has proven himself to be asset with the bat in 2011, hitting .320 with 28 doubles and 49 RBIs, but has yet to find the proper position. Since his arrival to the show in 2008, we have seen Murphy jump around from 3rd base to left field to 1st base and most recently to 2nd. Still, after being bounced all over the diamond, the 26-year old Florida native has yet to […]
When Sandy Alderson took the job as General Manager of the New York Mets, we knew this ballclub would likely take a few more pitches and maybe have the feel of the Moneyball Oakland A’s to an extent; but if you check the stats, you will see that the effect of Alderson in Flushing has already produced results, particularly on the offensive side of things: The Mets are leading the National League in walks with 534, […]
The Mets have made their first move towards shaping up the bullpen for 2012 in bringing back veteran southpaw Tim Byrdak for next year. “Going into last offseason we really didn’t have lefties that we felt we could count on,” Alderson said. “This year going into the offseason we’ll have two — Tim and Danny Herrera. So that’s a positive step forward for us. So we’re very pleased he’s coming back.” The 37-year old is 2-0 […]
Let this be one of the first “Should The Mets Do This” articles of the soon-to-be-offseason: Should the Mets target future hall-of-fame backstop Ivan Rodriguez during this winter? I say 100% yes, they should. The 39-year old Puerto Rican native would serve as an exceptional backup to Josh Thole. Not only providing gold-glove defense and a cannon of an arm, but also as veteran presence to the young Thole, much better of an influence than Paulino, a […]
Inspired by my colleague Annie Savoy, I thought I would share my experiences from 9/11 as well. As some of you may already know, I am 16 years old and a senior in high school; putting me in 2nd grade at merely the age of six on the morning of September 11th, 2001. Despite being so young, I remember that day quite vividly, here is what I recall about that tragic day: On Sunday, September 9th, I was coming back […]
When the morning of September 11th came, many of us just thought of it as any other day, ready for the usual daily grind. Many of us baseball fans were anxious about the pennant races as the 2001 baseball season wound down to the last few games. But with the falling of the World Trade Center towers, everything stopped, everything became different. All the usual minuscule worries we found to be so paramount suddenly became negligible and unimportant. A sense […]
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