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2011 Mets Final Report Card

2011 Mets Final Report Card

We wait all winter for the baseball season, then it seems to come and go in the blink of an eye. 2011 is in the books — the Mets finished 77-85, in fourth place in the NL East. Poor starting pitching and virtually everybody in the lineup getting injured proved to be the team’s downfall. […]

Extraordinary Night for Baseball

Wednesday night was perhaps the most extraordinary night of baseball ever.  And I got to watch it all. To recap, going into the final day of the season, the Braves and Cardinals were tied for the NL Wild Card, and the Red Sox and Rays were tied for the AL Wild Card. The Braves and […]

Shameful: Jose Reyes Gets Hit, Leaves Game

Shameful: Jose Reyes Gets Hit, Leaves Game

Wednesday’s final game of the season may have also been Jose Reyes’s final game in a Mets uniform. The fans who showed up at Citi Field were likely planning on giving him a standing ovation every time he came to the plate in an effort to show their love and persuade him to stay. People […]

Wilpons, Collins Win; Mets Lose

Wilpons, Collins Win; Mets Lose

On this second to last day of the 2011 season, the Mets made news off the field, with Terry Collins getting a big vote of confidence and a huge victory for the Wilpons that likely means they will be the owners of the Mets for a long time to come. The judge in the Madoff […]

Jose Reyes: Please Follow Lead of Piazza, Leiter

Jose Reyes: Please Follow Lead of Piazza, Leiter

Jose Reyes went 3-4 in Monday’s loss to the Reds and is now tied with Ryan Braun for the NL batting crown at .334. These could be the final games for Reyes in a Mets uniform, as he seems intent on testing the free agent market. He might want to follow the leads of Mike […]

Citi Field Wall Will Come Crumbling Down

Citi Field Wall Will Come Crumbling Down

I meant to write about this last week, but I got bogged down in… uh… well… something, but it appears the long-desired changes to the outfield wall at Citi Field will finally happen next season. And this won’t be along the lines of slicing that sliver of wall in front of the Home Run Apple. […]

On “Moneyball” and Walks

With the release of “Moneyball” this weekend, it got me thinking about the whole sabermetrics nonsense that is spreading through baseball, and that baseball writers and websites quote like it is gospel. As loyal readers of this site know, I have no use for these alleged advanced statistics. Some of them are helpful, some of […]

Damn You Time Warner Cable!

Damn You Time Warner Cable!

My greatest fear (well, not my greatest fear — cough cough, marriage) is that a Mets pitcher would throw a no-hitter on a Saturday when a Fox Game of the Week preempts the game here in sunny Los Angeles. It hasn’t happened yet obviously, but I had a bit of a panic attack that I […]

Red Sox Actually Want Chris Capuano!

Red Sox Actually Want Chris Capuano!

A strange story out of Boston on Thursday — the Red Sox were trying to acquire Chris Capuano as they stumble towards the end of the season trying to hold onto the Wild Card. The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox “have spent the better part of a week” trying to pry Capuano loose […]

Not Even .500 (2011 Edition)

Not Even .500 (2011 Edition)

Last season I didn’t have to write this article until September 30, but here we are nine days earlier on the 2011 calender and I regret to report that the Mets have lost their 82nd game, which means they will finish below .500 for the third straight season. This is truly pathetic. I know they […]

D.J. Carrasco Strikes Again

D.J. Carrasco Strikes Again

Explain to me again why D.J. Carrasco is anywhere near the pitchers mound during a regular season baseball game, let alone when the game is on the line? The awful seventh inning in which the Mets blew Tuesday night’s game to the Cardinals was not all his fault, but he delivered the pitch that broke […]

Spoiler Role Suits Mets

Spoiler Role Suits Mets

The Mets certainly are not going to make the playoffs this season, but they are playing a role in deciding who does. They took two out of three from the Braves over the weekend as Atlanta fights to stop a collapse of Metsian proportions. As recently as September 5 they had an eight and a […]

Seriously, Fox, Soccer on a Sunday?

I know this is a Mets and baseball blog, but forgive me for writing about football for just a moment. Those of you hoping to settle down on Sunday for a doubleheader on Fox were likely shocked to find another kind of “football” — soccer. Fox thinks it is a good idea to air soccer […]

Which Season Worse for Injuries, 2009 or 2011?

Which Season Worse for Injuries, 2009 or 2011?

If this season’s rash of injuries on the Mets seems familiar, it’s because it has happened before, and pretty recently, too. In 2009 much of the Mets called the disabled list home at one time or another. But which season was worse? Let’s take a look at the key injuries on both teams: 2009 Jose […]

Mets Respond to Collins Comments, Win 12-2

Mets Respond to Collins Comments, Win 12-2

Maybe Terry Collins should have insulted his team sooner. A day after he said the Mets have “folded it up,” the team responded with an 11-run onslaught against the Braves, in the chamber of horrors called Turner Field, no less. The Mets exploded for four runs in the first inning, two of them courtesy of […]

Worst Home Series Ever?

Worst Home Series Ever?

Last year the Mets lost a four-game series to the Marlins in Florida that I said was the worst series the Mets had ever played. Well, on Thursday the Nationals completed a four-game sweep of the Mets at soggy Citi Field, perhaps their worst home series ever. They lost by scores of 3-2, 3-2, 2-0 […]

How About Carlos Quentin in Mets OF in 2012?

How About Carlos Quentin in Mets OF in 2012?

As we attempt to ignore another miserable Mets loss, their fifth straight, that featured yet another David Wright error that led to the only two runs in a 2-0 loss, let’s contemplate a 2012 outfield that features slugger Carlos Quentin. In an online chat with fans on ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday, White Sox beat writer Doug […]

2012 MLB Schedule: More Cold Weather Games

2012 MLB Schedule: More Cold Weather Games

The mental defects who concoct the schedule for Major League Baseball are at it again, for some reason insisting on staging games during opening weekend at the beginning of April in cold-weather cities, leaving perfectly good warm-weather stadiums and domes empty. Judging by Wednesday’s release of every team’s tentative schedule, they didn’t learn from previous […]

Can Season End Soon Enough?

Can Season End Soon Enough?

As I was watching the Mets lose their fourth straight game Tuesday night, I was thinking that this season cannot end soon enough. They are playing terribly, losing to the Cubs and the Nationals, crummy teams both. And at home, no less. But then I got to thinking about how sad I feel when the […]

The Mets Will Not Get to .500

The Mets Will Not Get to .500

I hate to say this, but the Mets goal of reaching .500 this season will remain elusive. With the Mets dropping Monday’s game to the Nationals 3-2, they would have to go 10-5 the rest of the way to reach mediocrity. Is there anyone out there who thinks they can do that, considering how poorly […]

Mets Lose 5-4 in Ninth; Who to Blame?

Mets Lose 5-4 in Ninth; Who to Blame?

So who’s to blame for Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Cubs? Jose Reyes? Bobby Parnell? Ryota Igarashi? Terry Collins? I’m going to go with Collins on this one. I’ll explain in a moment. But first, let’s take a look at the other suspects. The Cubs scored their first two runs courtesy of errors by Jose […]

Mets Beat Cubs; Is Manny Acosta the Closer?

Mets Beat Cubs; Is Manny Acosta the Closer?

The Mets beat the Cubs 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the ninth Friday night. But the big question emerging from the game — has Manny Acosta taken over the closer role from Bobby Parnell? Early on it looked like it was going to be another of those Mike Pelfrey nights. He walked […]

Trivia Contest: Win 1986 World Series Game 6 DVD!

Trivia Contest: Win 1986 World Series Game 6 DVD!

In association with the good folks at A&E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions, I am holding a trivia contest with five winners receiving a DVD of one of our favorite Mets games ever, and arguably one of the greatest games ever played — Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. You may remember it; some guy hit […]

Mets Drop Doubleheader to Braves

Mets Drop Doubleheader to Braves

Well, that was a waste of seven hours — the Mets dropped a doubleheader to the Braves on Thursday. On the plus side, it looks like Jason Bay may have remembered how to hit. Game one saw the major league debut of Chris Schwinden. It was not one to remember. He allowed three runs in […]