What do the Mets have a better chance of producing? A no-hitter or a 20-game winner? On the surface, the question appears to have a simple answer. Considering that the Mets have had five different pitchers produce a total of eight 20-win seasons (Tom Seaver accomplished the feat four times, while Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, David Cone and Frank Viola each did it once), yet they’ve never pitched a no-hitter, it would seem that the [...]
For this MMO Sunday Flashback, we go to July 24, 2010 when Ed Leyro was shocked to see Jamey Carroll step up to the plate for the Dodgers wearing No. 14. What ensued after that, was this gem of an article. Enjoy… * * * * * * * * On Friday night, I sat down to watch the Mets game against the Dodgers and something unusual caught my eye when Jamey Carroll stepped into the batters [...]
From 1983 to 1990, Darryl Strawberry was a staple for the Mets in right field. In fact, for seven consecutive years (1984-90), no other rightfielder appeared on the Opening Day lineup card but the Straw Man. But my, how things have changed over the past 22 seasons. If Lucas Duda is given the start on Opening Day in right field – and from all indications, it appears as if this will be the case – [...]
Enjoy this MMO Sunday Flashback by Ed Leyro that was originally posted on April 20th, 2011. You can catch more from Ed on his site, Studious Metsimus. It seems odd to compare Ike Davis to Darryl Strawberry. After all, Darryl was the #1 pick in the 1980 amateur draft, took home the Rookie of the Year Award in 1983, and is at or near the top of many of the Mets’ all-time hitting records. [...]
Since late July, the Mets have parted ways with several players. First, it was Carlos Beltran leaving his heart in New York to go to San Francisco. Then Jose Reyes decided to take the money and run the basepaths in Miami. Soon after, Angel Pagan flapped his wings to the Bay Area. Even Nick Evans took the job security by signing in Pittsburgh. What do all these players have in common, including the too-good-for-Triple-A, too-blah-for-the-major-leagues [...]
Recently, Brian Joura at mets360.com posted an interesting piece on whether Carlos Beltran would wear a Mets hat when elected to the Hall of Fame. The thing that struck me the most about the title was the word “when”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Carlos Beltran and was hoping the Mets would re-sign him to an incentive-laden short-term contract, but at the same time, I am a realist. I knew the Mets would [...]
If you’re a true Mets fan, then you know how much the Marlins have been a thorn in the team’s side since 2007. First, Tom Glavine was able to retire only one more batter than I did in the 2007 regular season finale, completing the Mets’ collapse. One year later, the Marlins wouldn’t get off the field after they once again eliminated the Mets (and Shea Stadium) in Game No. 162. Three years after that, [...]
I’m very happy that John Franco has become the latest member of the Mets’ Hall of Fame. He is more than deserving of the honor, having pitched 14 seasons with the Mets and becoming the franchise’s all-time saves leader. However, I am surprised by the fact that Franco was inducted this year, when there is another reliever who’s been waiting longer and is equally, if not more deserving of enshrinement into the team’s hallowed Hall. [...]
As the dawn of the new millenium arrived, while people were talking about whether Y2K was going to give them the blues, the Mets were one of the best teams in the National League. They were in the middle of their only back-to-back playoff appearances in franchise history and things appeared to be on the up-and-up. Only two years later, the Mets were at the bottom of the NL East standings, becoming laughingstocks of the [...]
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