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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If The Mets Were In The Nats Shoes

An article by posted on August 15, 2012 0 Comments
If The Mets Were In The Nats Shoes

It’s 2013, the Mets are 72-45 (stop laughing) and Dillon Gee has recovered nicely from his surgery and has won 13 games on the hill for the Mets. He’s looking like a Game 2 playoff starter at worst. Prior to the season starting, everybody knew that Gee would be shut down not for any statistical […]

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Giving Baxter The Ovation He Deserves

An article by posted on July 30, 2012 0 Comments
Giving Baxter The Ovation He Deserves

As the sun begins to set on what appeared to be a magical season, we cannot forget all of the good that came out of the improbable first half. On June 1, 2012, Johan Santana did what many thought would never happen. He threw the first ever Mets no-hitter, and gave many fans a “where […]

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Can’t Fix A Mess Overnight

An article by posted on July 24, 2012 0 Comments

Let’s talk realistically here for a second. Let’s stop the whole “buyer” or “seller” talk. To me, you’re only a “buyer”, if you’re a shoe-in for the playoffs or are a team with legitimate expectations of making a run. You’re only a “seller”, if things are just so bad, you need to get some prospects […]

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Bullpen Is Better Than You Think

An article by posted on July 16, 2012 0 Comments
Bullpen Is Better Than You Think

It’s funny how sometimes a conversation opens your eyes to something and you just have to get it off your chest. We often here about how bad the Mets bullpen is. How it’s the worst in the league, and how Sandy Alderson did a terrible job at getting bullpen help. To me, I always thought […]

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Hold Up On Harvey

An article by posted on July 12, 2012 0 Comments

As you probably could have guessed, I’m not in favor of bringing Matt Harvey up right now. I think just as with the Upton discussion, too many people are quick to jump to the easy solution. The Mets can easily send some top prospects for Upton, that doesn’t mean there’s no negative side to the […]

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Who Are Your All Time Favorite Mets?

An article by posted on June 18, 2012 0 Comments
Who Are Your All Time Favorite Mets?

Last night, SNY announced the Mets All Time Greatest Players at each position over their entire franchise history, it got me to think about just how different we all are. Some of us lived through the Dodgers and Giants and welcomed in the new Mets because they couldn’t stand to root for the Yankees. Some […]

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View From My Window: Reds Roll Into Town

An article by posted on June 15, 2012 0 Comments

What could have turned into a disaster of a road trip, ended up being a memorable one. Everybody seems to be on cloud 9 after the sweep in Tampa Bay. Just as the Mets have had to forget about their poor outings and focus on the next game, they must forget about the sweep and […]

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Dark Cloud Rolling Into Philly?

An article by posted on June 12, 2012 0 Comments
Dark Cloud Rolling Into Philly?

As the 2012 season continues, I am starting to think back to 2009 when many of us tossed everything off our desks and felt defeated after the Phillies acquired Roy Halladay. Fast forward to them “stealing” Cliff Lee, and were pegged the best rotation ever by some. Now, the Phillies are 29-33, sitting in last […]

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An Organizational Flaw

An article by posted on June 11, 2012 0 Comments

As I watched the Subway Series this weekend, I couldn’t help but feel disgust for the Mets bullpen. I know I’m not alone here. In terms of Rauch, Francisco and Ramirez, I felt that the “back of their baseball card,” was enough to make me feel okay about their acquisitions. I still think they are […]

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Enough Is Enough: Ike’s Gotta Go

An article by posted on June 6, 2012 0 Comments
Enough Is Enough: Ike’s Gotta Go

About two weeks ago, I questioned if hype got the best of us with regards to Ike Davis. Today, I was hoping I’d write about how he has snapped out of it. The truth is, it’s time to go Ike. This is not about last night. I don’t think last night was a pack it […]

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