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Almost Put My Money Where My Mouth was

So I was in Las Vegas the weekend before last (just a short four-hour drive from sunny Los Angeles, although I did hit a bit of snow in the mountains on the way back!) and I wandered into the sports book at the hip, fancy Cosmopolitan where I was somehow staying. Everybody was watching March […]

THE Poll: How Many Games will Mets Win in 2012?

It’s a simple question really: if you were a betting man (or woman, I suppose), how many games do you think the Mets will win in 2012? How many wins for Mets in 2012? More than 100 90-100 80-89 70-79 60-69 Fewer than 60 pollcode.com free polls

Mets in 3rd Place?! Contend for 2nd Wild Card?!

Mets in 3rd Place?! Contend for 2nd Wild Card?!

Yes. And yes. But there is a huge, tremendous caveat to my admittedly ambitious, over optimistic projection — absolutely nothing can go wrong. And I mean nothing;  no injuries to any of the starters that cause them to miss extended time, no continued Jason Bay slump, Johan Santana must make 30 starts (okay, 28).  If […]

Yes! Cut Mike Pelfrey Now!

Yes! Cut Mike Pelfrey Now!

Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Mets Blog) has an intriguing idea — release Mike Pelfrey right now. He writes on something called Sulia.com: Asked a Mets official about the possbility of the team dumping Mike Pelfrey, who has a non-guaranteed contract and would be owed only a fraction of $5.68 million if cut […]

My Appearance on “The Phil Naessens Show”

Phil Naessens was kind enough to invite me back on his podcast Monday night, and we discussed all things Mets, including Johan Santana’s encouraging comeback from injury, David Wright’s discouraging injury, and my prediction for the surprise team of the 2012 season. Hint: it’s not the Mets. Check it out here: http://phillipnaessens.mlblogs.com/2012/03/20/new-york-mets-baseball-with-mr-mark-berman/

Wilpons Settle Madoff Lawsuit for $162 Million

Wilpons Settle Madoff Lawsuit for $162 Million

The Wilpons have settled their lawsuit with the trustee of the Bernie Madoff victims on Monday, the day the trial was set to begin. The deal calls for them to pay $162 million. But in the end, they may not have to pay a dime. “I am very, very pleased for ourselves and our families. […]

Only 1 Reason Jose Reyes Left Mets

Only 1 Reason Jose Reyes Left Mets

Every week we seem to get a new reason why Jose Reyes left the Mets. A couple of weeks ago Reyes claimed he would have stayed in Flushing for less money. Then last week Marlins president David Samson refuted that, saying Reyes was going to the highest bidder. Thursday Reyes countered that by saying he […]

Mike Pelfrey Battered Around, Again

Mike Pelfrey Battered Around, Again

Mike Pelfrey was the starting pitcher for the Mets today, and once again, he failed. Get used to seeing that sentence because you will see it roughly 30 times during the season. That Pelfrey is still wearing a Mets uniform is another example that Sandy Alderson is not a particularly good general manager. Pelfrey lasted […]

Tim Byrdak Needs Knee Surgery

Tim Byrdak Needs Knee Surgery

The Mets lack of depth has already reared its ugly head — Tim Byrdak, the Mets lone lefty in the bullpen, needs knee surgery and will be out for six weeks. Byrdak will undergo surgery Tuesday morning in New York to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his left knee (perhaps they can do some work […]

David Wright Sent to NY for Treatment

David Wright Sent to NY for Treatment

Well, this can’t be a good sign — the Mets have sent David Wright to New York for treatment on his injured rib cage. Excellent, because you know what kind of great medical care Mets players get there. Sandy Alderson said Wright will get an “ultrasound-guided cortisone” shot during his mini-vacation to the city. Wright […]

Ex-Met Jason Pridie to be Suspended for Drugs

Ex-Met Jason Pridie to be Suspended for Drugs

It appears we now know why the Mets released Jason Pridie — he has reportedly tested positive for drugs and will be suspended for 50 games. Pridie played reasonably well in his limited time with the Mets in 2011 and it appeared he would be in competition for a roster spot as a backup outfielder […]

Logic? Sports Illustrated Don't Need No Stinkin' Logic!

Logic? Sports Illustrated Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Logic!

Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion, of course. For example, many people think the extra Wild Card team is a good thing, others don’t like it. That is all well and good. But it shocks me when supposedly respected sportswriters attempt to back up their opinion with facts that actually undermine their […]

Could Mets Release Jason Bay?

Could Mets Release Jason Bay?

In a post on MLB Trade Rumors on Wednesday, Tim Dierkes speculated on which highly-paid, under-performing players could be released during the season. He mentioned Jason Bay, owed $35 million (including a $3 million buyout in 2014), as a possibility. So could the Mets release Bay if he gets off to another poor start? On […]

Johan Santana Faces Major Leaguers

Johan Santana Faces Major Leaguers

For the first time since September 2, 2010, Johan Santana faced major league batters on Tuesday, taking on the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition game. Santana threw 29 pitches over two innings, allowing just one hit. ESPNNewYork.com reports Santana was able to dial one fastball up to 90 mph, but most of them settled […]

Wilpons Owe at Least $83 Million, Must Go to Trial

Wilpons Owe at Least $83 Million, Must Go to Trial

A judge on Monday refused to dismiss the lawsuit against the Wilpons in the Madoff matter and ruled that they must pay back at least $83 million in fictitious profits. But most of any money collected will go to the attorney who has not let up in his pursuit of the Wilpons, the increasingly sleazy […]

THE Poll: Who is Your Favorite Met (with One Exception)?

If we polled Mets fans, I assume the vast majority of them would say that David Wright is their favorite Met. A poll with an obvious answer is no fun, but what if we left Wright out of the equation? So here’s my poll question: aside from Wright, who is your favorite Met? I chose […]

Ike Davis has Valley Fever

Ike Davis has Valley Fever

It has begun — the Mets have not even played an exhibition game yet and they are already dealing with player ailments, and either misdiagnosing things or not being totally honest about them. Sound familiar? ESPNNewYork.com reports that Ike Davis may be suffering from something called Valley Fever, which is a fungal infection found in […]

MLB to Add Extra Wild Card in 2012

MLB to Add Extra Wild Card in 2012

MLB has announced that its new playoff system with two Wild Cards in each league will go into effect this season. But in typical baseball fashion, the league can’t get its act together to do it properly. The two top non-division winners will face off in a one-game playoff to determine which team moves onto […]

$75 Million for Yadier Molina?!

$75 Million for Yadier Molina?!

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Thursday that they have signed catcher Yadier Molina to a five-year extension for $75 million. $15 million per year for Yadier Molina?! Who’s the one dumb owner now? I should point out that this is not sour grapes, although Molina did break the hearts of every Mets fan with […]