Joe D

I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction and interact with other passionate Met fans like you. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.

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How Much Do Stats Matter?

An article by posted on March 4, 2009

The 2009 PECOTA projections by Baseball Prospectus was the big topic on MLB Network recently, and a lively debate ensued on the decade old argument of how big a role stats play in the game. Harold Reynolds and Sean Casey stand up for the old standbys “touch and feel” and “heart”, with Reynolds going so far as saying […]

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Freddy Garcia Isn’t Fooling Anybody

An article by posted on March 3, 2009

The more you see of Freddy Garcia, the more grateful you become that he was only signed to a minor league contract. Garcia started today’s game against the Cardinals and once again he had a brutal outing. His fastball hovered at around 85 MPH and was as flat as a pancake. This time, Garcia was able to […]

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Pecota Projections Versus Las Vegas

An article by posted on March 3, 2009

Here are some new projections which certainly bode well for the New York Mets. The first is the most recently updated PECOTA Standings from Baseball Prospectus. Here are the Las Vegas Under/Over rankings for the NL. Interesting to note that even though both sources used uniquely different methods to calculate their projections, yet both have projected a 91 win season for […]

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Are Ramon Castro’s Days With The Mets Numbered?

An article by posted on March 3, 2009

According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets might not be entirely finished with their off season shopping. The Mets were unsuccessful in their attempts to shop Ramon Castro this offseason, but they still remain very interested in Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, according to a person familiar with the team’s thinking. Rodriguez, a free agent, is […]

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Are The Mets Holding Out For Matt Holliday?

An article by posted on March 2, 2009

What if there’s a method to the Mets madness? Could it be possible that the Mets refrained from pursuing Manny Ramirez or any other left fielder because they believe they have a real chance at securing Matt Holliday at the trade deadline? Adam Rubin of the Daily News hinted as much today when he opened […]

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Rounding The Bases

An article by posted on March 2, 2009

One post to recap all of your Mets news from the web… I Feel Fine – Everyone is breathing easier today after a whirlwind 24 hours that had some of us fearing the worst about Johan Santana’s sore elbow. He threw without incident yesterday, and it was Johan himself who insisted that he didn’t need an tests […]

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Prospect Watch: Josh Thole

An article by posted on March 1, 2009

Mets catching prospect Josh Thole, appeared in todays 7-2 loss to the Tigers and singled in his only at-bat. If you haven’t heard of Thole before, get used to hearing his name. Adam Rubin recently wrote: Thole, now 22, is the Mets’ best catching prospect, a title he did not have last spring. He was […]

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Prospect Watch: Brad Holt Ahead Of Where Pelfrey Was

An article by posted on March 1, 2009

Early this week, I participated in Adam Rubin’s chat and I was lucky enough to get two questions in. My second question was regarding last year’s top three picks from the June Amateur Draft. Joe - Which of last years three First Round Draft Picks (Davis, Havens, Holt) will we see in the big leagues first?  Adam […]

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Mets Call Off MRI – Santana Staying In St. Lucie

An article by posted on March 1, 2009

Just heard some great news from Kevin Burkhardt who announced that the Mets have canceled Johan Santana’s MRI that was scheduled for Monday. Burkhardt cited two reasons… 1. Santana is feeling good with no discomfort in his elbow. 2. The inclement weather (Nor’easter) in New York played into the decision as well. Either way this has […]

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Nationals GM Bowden Resigns Amid Bonus Probe

An article by posted on March 1, 2009

ESPN is reporting that Jim Bowden resigned Sunday after four seasons as the Washington Nationals general manager, leaving under the cloud of a federal investigation into the skimming of signing bonuses given to Latin American prospects. He has maintained his innocence in the matter, but said Sunday, “I’ve become a distraction.” “It’s an emotional decision. […]

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