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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Patience & Diligence: The Not So Sudden Ascent Of The 2015 Mets

An article by posted on October 21, 2015 0 Comments
Patience & Diligence: The Not So Sudden Ascent Of The 2015 Mets

The Mets of the past few seasons have been characterized by the steps they’ve taken to improve according to a carefully orchestrated master plan. It’s been lurch and surge all the way, like driving with a bad clutch, and then suddenly around half way through the 2015 season it all seemed to kick into gear. […]

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Unraveling The Arrieta Enigma

An article by posted on October 18, 2015 0 Comments
Unraveling The Arrieta Enigma

There have been late bloomers before. Jamie Moyer didn’t really see any sustained success until the age of 33. Also at age 33 R.A. Dickey began a fantastic string of three seasons with the NY Mets where he posted a 39 – 28 record with a 2.95 era and a Cy Young in 2012. Hoyt […]

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Bad Umpiring And Big Payouts Make For a Dangerous Mix On the Field

An article by posted on October 12, 2015 0 Comments
Bad Umpiring And Big Payouts Make For a Dangerous Mix On the Field

It took MLB years of wrangling to institute a policy for home plate collisions after Buster Posey was sidelined by a particularly brutal one in May of 2011. The rule states: A runner may not run out of a direct line to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher, or any player, […]

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The Inherent Chaos Of MLB’s Playoff Structure

An article by posted on October 7, 2015 0 Comments
The Inherent Chaos Of MLB’s Playoff Structure

There are no guarantees in baseball, no sure things. Of the eight teams left in the playoffs after tonight, there’s no telling who might win it. While it’s true that someone has to take the title, betting on baseball’s post-season results is a blind shot in the dark no matter how much you think you […]

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Burn Out Or Fade Away? The Matt Harvey Quandary

An article by posted on September 25, 2015 0 Comments
Burn Out Or Fade Away? The Matt Harvey Quandary

Our NY Mets broadcast team is, in my estimation, by far the most interesting and engaging television crew in the majors. On any given night you may receive a clinic on the splitter from Ron Darling, incredible tidbits of trivia from Gary, and the always unique and entertaining perspective of the incorrigible Keith Hernandez. During […]

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Cespedes Will Seek Six-Year Deal, But Will It Be With Mets?

An article by posted on September 19, 2015 0 Comments
Cespedes Will Seek Six-Year Deal, But Will It Be With Mets?

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told Marly Rivera of ESPN Deportes  that he will be seeking at least a six-year deal this Winter when he becomes a free agent. “My only hope is to stay healthy,” Cespedes said. “I’m not thinking about a contract, but I do know that I will be looking for a contract that is six years […]

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MMO Original: Pay The Man

An article by posted on September 12, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Original: Pay The Man

A lot of Mets fans are asking the same question these days, what will it take to sign Yoenis Cespedes to a long term deal? Well, lets look at some dollar numbers. $1.5 Billion per year through 2021 … That’s what MLB has coming through national television deals. There are also local television deals, which […]

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Featured Post: The Great Boras vs. Alderson Divide

An article by posted on September 8, 2015 0 Comments
Featured Post: The Great Boras vs. Alderson Divide

I’m a fan of some things and not others, for instance, I’m a big fan of smoothies. They are nutritious and they keep things moving along as they say. On the other hand, Grape Nuts, not a fan… I mean there’s crunchy and then there’s the sawdust bin at Home Depot, doesn’t matter how much […]

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MMO Original: It Was The Summer Of ’69

An article by posted on August 25, 2015 0 Comments
MMO Original: It Was The Summer Of ’69

I was 5 years old. My days were spent riding up and down the sidewalk on my bike, the same couple of hundred feet or so, over and over. I knew every crack and bump. I’d ride around until my sister would come out and yell for me to come up for dinner. She was […]

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Piggy-Backing Niese and Gee Could Be Solution To Mets Rotation

An article by posted on May 23, 2015 0 Comments
Piggy-Backing Niese and Gee Could Be Solution To Mets Rotation

Piggy-backing is a practice employed primarily in the low minors where teams will pair 8 starting pitchers into 4 tandems that alternate starting and relieving duties from one start to the next. The games are usually split into 5 and 4 inning increments. The idea behind it involves limiting pitch counts while helping to gradually […]

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The Mets Need To Diversify Their Hitting Approach

An article by posted on May 20, 2015 0 Comments
The Mets Need To Diversify Their Hitting Approach

Exit velocity reminds me of a roommate I had who once decided to chase a full turkey dinner with a Domino’s Hawaiian and a six-pack. He was in a recliner across the room making gurgling noises. I look up and realize the noises were coming from his belly, which was moving — on it’s own, like […]

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