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End of season post-mortem: New York Mets

A possible second-place finish in the NL East and near-.500 record has to be considered an improvement over the 74 wins the New York Mets earned in 2013. Of course, finishing second would be an indictment of the rest of the division, especially the cratering Braves. But the final standings could also reflect how the balance of power has changed in the NL East. The Mets and Marlins...
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7 hours ago  |  Discuss

What Will The Mets Do This Off-Season?

Well, it looks like another sub-.500 season is close to the end, and we can expect Alderson and Collins back, so it’s time to look at what the off-season might have in store for the Mets. I think we can eliminate “spend big and acquire two or three major stars”, but it’s still somewhat of a mystery what the Amazins will do. Here are a few possibilities.  1. Minor Tinkering...
Via Mets Merized Online
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Eric Campbell and the utility trap

Eric Campbell has shown enormous flexibility on the field for the Mets in 2014. He has played everywhere except center, and catcher, and has a .698 OPS to show for very sporadic playing time. However, just last year his OPS stood at .910 for the entire season, and early this year, he posted a .967 over 33 games in Las Vegas. Play it off as friendly confines if you wish, but there...
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Sandy Alderson Set to Return to Mets Through 2017

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to sign a three-year extension with the organization. The 66-year-old had previously expressed his desire to remain with the Mets through a potential renaissance. Alderson’s tenure has not produced much in the way of big league results, but has overseen an organizational transformation that has laid the...
Via Around Citi
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Latest On Collins, Backman, Coaching Changes

With the big news that the Mets and Sandy Alderson have agreed on a 3-year extension, reports are also circulating that the Mets will soon announce that Terry Collins is returning as the team’s manager in 2015. Additionally, Mike Puma of the New York Post was told that the Mets are considering Tim Teufel as a possibility to replace Lamar Johnson as the team’s hitting coach...
Via Mets Merized Online
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Sandy Alderson Gets 3-Year Extension From Mets

Multiple sources including Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, are reporting that Sandy Alderson has reached a deal with the Mets on a 3-year contract extension. However, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has learned that the Mets will wait until the season’s end to make an official announcement. Andy Martino of the Daily News confirms that it will be a 3-year extension. This means that...
Via Mets Merized Online
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bright spots in a twilight season for the Mets

With a week remaining in the 2014 season, it is time to look back on another year of rebuilding for the Mets. Although the team was not in contention throughout the season, the team had a couple of bright spots along the way that we must remember as we approach the season’s finish 1. Sandy Alderson Deserves Recognition for the First Base Outcome The starting line up in the beginning...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Injury Update: Dilson Herrera exits with quad strain

The New York Mets improved to 75-80 on the season following a 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday. Dilson Herrera went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored. But he left the game for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning with a right quad strain. While there is no official word as to how much time Herrera will miss, he could be done for the season. #455758014 ...
Via MLB Injury News
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Niese continues his second-half comeback

This weekend my brother, who I haven’t seen in nearly two years, was in town visiting. We were watching the Mets game Saturday night and he made some comments about Jon Niese that caught my ear. Essentially, he said that he keeps waiting for Niese to take the next step but that with all of the pitching the Mets have in the pipeline, he’s okay if he doesn’t get any better...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Niese Wins, But Can’t Slam The Door

At 27, left-handed and with a reasonable contract, there’s a lot to like about Jon Niese, both from the Mets and the opponents that tried to pry him away from them. However, a combination of poor run support, a porous bullpen, injuries, and above all else, the inability to put away an inning once he gets in trouble explains his 51-51 record and only one winning season – 13-9...
Via New York Mets Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Fan catches Lucas Duda’s home run in popcorn bucket

As long as popcorn buckets are being sold at ballparks, there’s no need to even bring a mitt to games anymore, apparently. When New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda crushed a 2-run home run into the right-field bleachers at Turner Field, one particular Braves fan put his popcorn bucket to good use. After munching on some popcorn, he quickly made the decision to use the bucket as a glove...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets’ playoff drought up to 8 seasons

Friday, September 19, 2014. The last day of relevance of the New York Mets’ season. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers to officially eliminate the Mets from Wild Card contention. With the Nationals clinching the National League East earlier in the week, the Mets are playing the rest of the way for pride and the slim chance to achieve a .500 record. It would take...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Dillon Gee or Jonathon Niese be on the 2015 New York Mets?

The New York Mets have positioned themselves as a club ready to take a step toward playoff contention in 2015. Boasting tremendous hitting depth and emerging position players, some believe the team is not far off from being a legitimate threat . While skeptics may be quick to point out GM Sandy Alderson’s comments pertaining to contention in 2013, it’s important to realize the...
Via Around Citi
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Wally Backman’s Addition Serve as a Distraction?

ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports Las Vegas 51’s manager Wally Backman may be a permanent addition to the New York Mets coaching staff. The 55-year-old took reign of the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2010 and has risen through the team’s farm system, ultimately leading the 51’s to the playoffs in 2014. He remains a fan favorite as the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia bear the fruits...
Via Around Citi
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Key Numbers Say Mets On The Cusp

Just when you begin to get the warm-and-fuzzies about the New York Mets, they lose a series to the Miami Marlins, a team they trailed by just a game starting the week. Granted, third place in nothing to raise a banner over, but it is better than fourth. Also, at the end of last week, they trailed Atlanta by 2.5 games with a chance at second … small steps for a team learning to...
Via New York Mets Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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