Michael Branda

Michael Branda grew up a Mets fan watching the mid 1980's teams and his favorite Met of all-time is (and was) Wally Backman. When it comes to sabermetrics versus old school thinking, he's in the middle and believes adopting new ways to get answers is helpful, especially when the old way has not produced results.

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Mets Need a New Manager: Roger That.

An article by posted on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Need a New Manager: Roger That.

When the initial managerial search took place, I didn’t mind the hire of Terry Collins over Wally Backman. In fact, I thought it was the right move (and still do) because I felt that a Backman hire would have simply been a move to appease fans, but not to necessarily win ball games. Every fan […]

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My “Piazza” Like Proposal

An article by posted on July 18, 2014 0 Comments
My “Piazza” Like Proposal

The All-Star break tends to bring about random optimistic thoughts as well as trade discussions that most likely can’t or won’t happen. So before any baseball gets started today, let me jump on the “why can’t we do this” train and propose a thought to everybody. I mean, heck, Ron Darling is even thinking we […]

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Mets Need the Willingness to Fail

An article by posted on July 2, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Need the Willingness to Fail

As the Mets begin their 6th straight summer of “don’t call us, we’ll call you” caliber baseball, something has to change. The focus for this franchise has been shedding huge contracts, and building up the farm system and in reality – they succeeded in that feat. Whether players like Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud or Zack Wheeler […]

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The Easiest Thing To Do In Baseball?

An article by posted on June 16, 2014 0 Comments
The Easiest Thing To Do In Baseball?

By now, you all have read that Jose Reyes & Josh Thole shared their views of David Wright and the New York Mets as a franchise. You know, it’s funny to me. With Reyes, you have a guy who had his career built here in New York – a guy who took a big contract […]

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Prediction Audit: Hits and Misses…Mostly Misses

An article by posted on June 12, 2014 0 Comments
Prediction Audit: Hits and Misses…Mostly Misses

So here we are, 40% of the season is done and the Mets are 61 games away from the 90 win bar set by GM Sandy Alderson before the season started. So the Mets only need to play .628 ball the rest of the way to achieve their 90 wins, totally do-able (crickets). So, Sandy […]

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Mets Hitting Approach: Back to the Drawing Board

An article by posted on May 8, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Hitting Approach: Back to the Drawing Board

As I was driving around for work yesterday, I was listening to the Mets broadcast on the radio, and something occurred to me. At some point this year, this team will be no-hit, and you can pretty much assume that their current major league philosophy is the reason not only for that, but for their […]

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Stop Trying to Fix the Mets

An article by posted on May 2, 2014 0 Comments
Stop Trying to Fix the Mets

Everybody wants to fix the Mets, and it seems that in doing so, we tend to forget the recent past. When articles get written by the New York Times or ESPN’s Adam Rubin we tend to forget that the Mets were on the verge of something truly amazing in 2006. Here’s the truth about the […]

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And The Beat Goes On

An article by posted on May 1, 2014 0 Comments
And The Beat Goes On

You know what I am growing tired of lately? It seems the people who cover the New York Mets feel it is their obligation to contribute whatever they can to ensure the fan base feels as lousy as possible with regards to their support of the NY Mets. I don’t understand why crushing the team […]

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NL East Preview: Where Will The Mets Land?

An article by posted on March 30, 2014 0 Comments
NL East Preview: Where Will The Mets Land?

The NL East, the division we all REALLY care about right? This could be an interesting year in the East when you think about it. No division is more in limbo than the NL East. You have two teams that appear to be the heavy favorites on paper, but one of them already is decimated […]

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AL East Preview: The Price Is Right

An article by posted on March 29, 2014 0 Comments
AL East Preview: The Price Is Right

The AL East to me, is the most interesting division heading into 2014. Last year, the World Series champions (Boston) had what some might call, the luckiest season health wise in recent memory. In reality, if you picked any of the five teams to win this division – you wouldn’t be going out on a […]

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