Connor O'Brien

Connor O'Brien is a 17 year-old high school student and lifelong Mets fan. He embraces a sabermetric point of view in his articles, but also recognizes the importance of scouting, player development, and the immeasurable aspects of baseball. Follow him on Twitter @UpAlongFirst

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2013 Mets Projection: Scott Atchison, RHP

An article by posted on March 23, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Scott Atchison, RHP

The Mets made possibly their most underrated signings of the offseason in late-January when they signed right-handed relief pitcher Scott Atchison to a minor league contract. Atchison, 36, has bounced around baseball in his 14-year professional career. He came out of TCU as a starting pitcher in the late ’90s. Drafted by the Mariners, he […]

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2013 Mets Projection: Bobby Parnell, Closer

An article by posted on March 22, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Bobby Parnell, Closer

With Frank Francisco working very slowly back from elbow soreness, presumably an effect of the surgery he underwent in December to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow, the Mets closer going into Opening Day will be Bobby Parnell. The 28 year-old right-hander will be getting his first long-term shot at the closer role. He […]

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Featured Post: How On-Base Percentage Directly Relates To Runs Scored

An article by posted on March 19, 2013 0 Comments
Featured Post: How On-Base Percentage Directly Relates To Runs Scored

There has long been a debate over the value of On-Base Percentage in baseball. The traditionalists say that On-Base Percentage has its place, but is not one of the main statistics front offices should be using when evaluating players. The fans that embrace advanced stats, however, argue that it is a very effective way of […]

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2013 Mets Projection: Shaun Marcum

An article by posted on March 17, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Shaun Marcum

The Mets made arguably their biggest addition of the offseason in late January, when they finally filled in the slot once filled by R.A. Dickey. The man chosen to fill the spot was 31 year-old right-hander Shaun Marcum. Marcum is a seven-year MLB veteran with the Blue Jays and Brewers, and has spent the last […]

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2013 Mets Projection: Dillon Gee, SP

An article by posted on March 7, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Dillon Gee, SP

Mets starter Dillon Gee took a significant step forward last season, improving in a few key areas. Gee lowered his ERA from 4.43 in 2011 to 4.10 last season. He took some big steps forward and has me optimistic for this upcoming season. The biggest sign of Gee’s improvement last season came from his so-called […]

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2013 Mets Projection: Jon Niese, LHP

An article by posted on February 25, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Jon Niese, LHP

The Mets signed Jonathon Niese at the perfect time early last April, inking the left-hander to a five-year extension worth just over $25 million. The contract the two sides agreed to kept Niese a Met for his final pre-arbitration years (2012), all three of his arbitration years, and at least one year of free agency. […]

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2013 Mets Projection: Johan Santana, SP

An article by posted on February 19, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projection: Johan Santana, SP

Johan Santana‘s 2012 statistics look awful at first glance. No, they are awful. His 4.85 ERA and 1.33 WHIP are both his worst since becoming a starter. That, combined with the fact that Santana missed the last two months of the season might have you down on the 33 year-old lefty. But when you look […]

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2013 Mets Projections: Matt Harvey, SP

An article by posted on February 18, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projections: Matt Harvey, SP

Despite losing a Cy Young Award winner via trade this offseason, the Met pitching rotation is still arguably the club’s biggest strength. The rotation is built around a few young and talented pitchers, with a more just a few months from the big leagues. The most promising of the bunch is Matt Harvey, who catapulted […]

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The Bourn Debacle Was Mishandled By All Sides

An article by posted on February 12, 2013 0 Comments
The Bourn Debacle Was Mishandled By All Sides

The big Mets news from last night was Michael Bourn, who decided not to sign with the Mets. Instead, Bourn signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians with an easily-attainable fifth option year that would bring the total contract to five years and $60 million. Regardless of what you think of Bourn as […]

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2013 Mets Projections: David Wright, 3B

An article by posted on February 11, 2013 0 Comments
2013 Mets Projections: David Wright, 3B

A year ago, all the talk surrounding David Wright involved his long-term future with the club. A few down years in a row made people start to wonder if we would ever see the David Wright of old (circa 2006) ever again. Would the Mets re-sign him? Would they sell low and flip him for prospects? Well, […]

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