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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View From My Window: Padres Here For 4.

An article by posted on May 24, 2012 0 Comments

Memorial Day weekend is a great time for baseball. Families around the northeast will have their first traditional BBQ of the year. I love Memorial Day because (with respect to Gary Keith and Ron), I enjoy sitting outside and listening to the WFAN broadcast while enjoying some delicious BBQ. This weekend, the San Diego Padres […]

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Rusty Staub On Ike Davis: You Can’t Go Up There Hoping

An article by posted on May 23, 2012 0 Comments
Rusty Staub On Ike Davis: You Can’t Go Up There Hoping

This evening, former Met Rusty Staub was joined by several Mets bloggers on a conference call. On June 2nd, the Mets 50th Anniversary Alumni Bobblehead series will feature Rusty Staub. The following day, Staub will be a judge during Banner Day! We were given a chance to ask Staub one question, so I decided to […]

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What If Hype For Ike Got The Best Of Us?

An article by posted on May 22, 2012 0 Comments
What If Hype For Ike Got The Best Of Us?

Yesterday, Joe D posted some thoughts regarding sending Ike Davis down to the minor leagues. During the discussion I threw a thought out there. “What if Duda is the 1B of the future, and not Ike?” For the most part it got ignored, but after last night’s poor at bat as a pinch hitter, I […]

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Series Preview: Mets @ Pirates

An article by posted on May 21, 2012 0 Comments
Series Preview: Mets @ Pirates

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…one of my all-time favorite cities, and home of one of the worst Mets memories of my life. It was September of 2006, my girlfriend and I had booked a trip to see the Mets face the Pirates long before the standings looked the way they did. As we walked the Clemente Bridge, you […]

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Series Preview: Reds @ Mets

An article by posted on May 16, 2012 0 Comments

There’s nothing like a little controversy to keep us all busy for the next 6+ hours before first pitch tonight huh? Doesn’t it seem like whenever the Mets lose the final game of a series, there is always that “how will they bounce back from ____?” Whether it be a bullpen disaster, injuries, or a […]

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Meet the (B) Mets!

An article by posted on May 15, 2012 0 Comments
Meet the (B) Mets!

There will be a special Meet and Greet with the Binghamton Mets on Monday, May 21, at 5:30 pm at New Britain Stadium before the start of the game at 6:35 pm. It is a great opportunity to meet the top prospects in the Mets farm system as they make their way to the big […]

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Series Preview: Mets @ Marlins

An article by posted on May 11, 2012 0 Comments

I’m not sure who is feeling better today, the Mets players or their fans? Sure, the Phillies didn’t have Howard or Utley, but they had Halladay and Lee and the Mets still swept them in Philadelphia! Before the Arizona series, I explained how I thought that series through the Toronto series were going to tell […]

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The New York Minayas?

An article by posted on May 9, 2012 0 Comments

I don’t know if you noticed (how could you not?) but it seems like every time a young player does something positive, we see discussions here, and even on WFAN yesterday regarding which GM brought that player to the Mets. First, as I’ve said here I think Minaya did a better job than most give […]

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Series Preview: Mets @ Phillies

An article by posted on May 7, 2012 0 Comments
Series Preview: Mets @ Phillies

The quickest homestand ever is now officially over. Taking 2 out of 3 from Arizona should be a nice boost in confidence for the Mets as they head into unfriendly territory at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The Phillies are coming off a 9-3 win in prime time over the Nationals, and are looking to […]

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Plate Discipline Doesn’t Mean “Don’t Swing.”

An article by posted on May 5, 2012 0 Comments
Plate Discipline Doesn’t Mean “Don’t Swing.”

Last night, we had a fan post on here in reaction to Bobby Ojeda’s mini rant on SNY. I have to say, I view it differently than how Ojeda made it sound, or at least how it was viewed by the fan post. Just because the Mets are looking to be disciplined at the plate, […]

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