Matt Balasis

A Met fan since August 1969 when the Red Cross placed my family on the 6th floor of a building in Willets Point because of a fire. I could see Shea from our balcony. I missed the fall of 86 because I was in Boot Camp and I've been serving penance ever since in Minnesota. I write about the Mets to share with a tradition that made much of my childhood worthwhile. Follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewBalasis

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The Horrendously, Impossibly, Unclutch 2016 Mets

An article by posted on July 1, 2016 0 Comments
The Horrendously, Impossibly, Unclutch 2016 Mets

Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted the following yesterday: “In short: the Mets have been so horrendously unclutch that it’s hard to think they could sustain that level of crappiness.” Carig was referring of course to an article by Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs detailing just how “unclutch” the Mets have been. Clutch, as calculated on Fangraphs, measures […]

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MLB Feature: Why Steroids Aren’t Going Away

An article by posted on May 27, 2016 0 Comments
MLB Feature: Why Steroids Aren’t Going Away

Last spring I interviewed Steve Kettmann for Metsmerized Online following the publication of his book “Baseball Maverick,” and one of the questions involved whether he’d noticed any indication that the Mets front office was adjusting to a post-steroid era. I thought his response was interesting. MB: Given this front office’s statistical predilections, have there been […]

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It’s February, But Spring Is In The Air

An article by posted on February 8, 2016 0 Comments
It’s February, But Spring Is In The Air

When I was a kid I’d run to the drug store on the corner of Junction Blvd. and Roosevelt Ave. as my dad was pulling up the big chain link. I’d get a paper and I’d head across to the diner for a cup of coffee and a couple of fried egg sandwiches. Two dollars […]

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2015 Mets Contact Rates: A Tale Of Quality vs. Quantity

An article by posted on February 4, 2016 0 Comments
2015 Mets Contact Rates: A Tale Of Quality vs. Quantity

It used to be you could tell when a ball was hit hard because it made a loud noise and it moved quickly through the air. Now, according to Baseball Information Solutions, you need an algorithm … “BIS now records certain hard data (duration of hang time and landing location) with the observed hit type […]

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No Ugly Ducklings In This Mets Rotation

An article by posted on January 28, 2016 0 Comments
No Ugly Ducklings In This Mets Rotation

I remember watching the Munsters when I was a kid and even then I didn’t understand the whole Marilyn Munster thing. In what world was she more attractive than Lily? I mean I understand Lily is undead and all, but come on. Sometimes I’d see Al Lewis (sad that he passed) sweeping the sidewalk on […]

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The Cespedes Shortcut

An article by posted on January 27, 2016 0 Comments
The Cespedes Shortcut

It’s like a haircut, only with more Cespedes. In the future, cadets in baseball general manager academies will gather around mock boardrooms and recreate the events of the great Yoenis Cespedes shortcut. They’ll be judged on their ability to focus on the mission while sticking to contractual parameters in a city gripped by panic, and their final […]

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Mets Offseason Strategy May Be Better Than You Think

An article by posted on January 11, 2016 0 Comments
Mets Offseason Strategy May Be Better Than You Think

I’ve been accused of having rose colored glasses permanently affixed to my head when it comes to the Mets. When I was a kid I used to pour over potential lineups rationalizing how they could actually win games. Richie Hebner batting third? That could work… Wayne Garrett leading off? Why the hell not? Of course […]

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The Sustainability Doctrine And The 2016 Mets

An article by posted on December 26, 2015 0 Comments
The Sustainability Doctrine And The 2016 Mets

Sustainability. Wikipedia tells us: In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. It seems like every time a member of the Mets front office is questioned about the possibility of the Mets inking a […]

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Walker for Niese Is A Major Win-Win For Mets

An article by posted on December 10, 2015 0 Comments
Walker for Niese Is A Major Win-Win For Mets

The Mets stay hot in the “sometimes the best deals are the one’s you don’t make” category. In failing to reach a deal with Ben Zobrist — who opted for the bespectacled weirdness of Joe Maddon over the inscrutable gremlinese of Terry Collins — a chain of events was set in motion that resulted in […]

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The Daunting Task Of Defending An NL Championship On A Shoestring

An article by posted on November 10, 2015 0 Comments
The Daunting Task Of Defending An NL Championship On A Shoestring

The 2016 Mets promise to look a lot different from the 2015 Mets, which is something that makes a lot of fans nervous, particularly as this was a team that made it to the World Series. The Mets currently have 18 players reaching free agency, including Bartolo Colon, Daniel Murphy, Yoenis Cespedes, Bobby Parnell, Tyler […]

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The Massive Monetary Implications Of A Winning Mets Team

An article by posted on October 26, 2015 0 Comments
The Massive Monetary Implications Of A Winning Mets Team

Regardless of what your thoughts are concerning former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, as a Mets fan you have to consider the fact that he may have had more of an impact on your team’s fortunes than you realize. The Mets in 2010 were a mess with two sub .500 seasons coming on the heels of […]

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