NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 26: General Manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets announces that pitcher Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) on August 26, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

He Did It Again! He Did It Again!

So when did Sandy Alderson become Phil Esposito? He goes a year and a half without trading for a major league player, then he grabs two in one day. And not only that, they’re two lefties for the bullpen at that. And he trades for the second one right after I hit publish on the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 9: Jason Kipnis #22 of the Cleveland Indians is tagged out by relief pitcher Alex Torres #54 of the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field on April 9, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Padres 2-0. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Southpaw By Southwest

I leave for an hour and the Mets make a trade for a major league baseball player? I really wish they would consult me first, but alas … no. The Mets, who danced around the thought of acquiring Brian Matusz from the Orioles but couldn’t get them to pay some of the freight, instead went […]

FORT MYERS, FL - MARCH 16:  Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the third inning of a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park at Fenway South on March 16, 2015 in Fort Myers, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Why Pitching Matt Harvey Second Matters

I wonder all the time about whether this rebuild that the Mets have been on for years and years and years has been for real or whether it will turn out to be all a mirage. I don’t think any of us really know. But we will one day … and one day soon. And […]

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Ouchie

So Daniel Murphy is out for at least a week and could miss Opening Day, Noah Syndergaard is headed for Las Vegas, and … Got even stronger indication from 2nd source — while it’s not official,

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 28:  Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets poses for a portrait on February 28, 2015 at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Why Is This Man Smiling?

I can’t remember a spring training day where the Mets had a split squad day … and both games were on television at the same time. This was an excuse to use the picture in picture on the television. There was a lot to keep track of. The big studs in the lineup were in […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 27:  Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets walks back to the dugout after the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 27, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Clouds Of Perception

If there’s one thing I noticed in the ensuing frustration surrounding Zack Wheeler’s injury and Sandy Alderson defense of the way the Mets handled him, it’s this: The people that cover this team day in and day out … the local guys … are all over the Mets for this. While people on the outside […]

Mets Optimism Has Opening Day Tickets Averaging Over $150 on Secondary Market

Progress is progress. The New York Mets weren’t great a year ago, going just 79-83 and handing in a sixth straight losing season. However, they finished second in the NL East behind the powerhouse Washington Nationals and had a positive +11 run differential. Even better? They enjoyed their best season since 2010. There is hope […]

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 06: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks on before the game at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

This Doesn’t Happen Often

The Mets beat the Nationals 13-4 in spring training on Saturday. And while you probably shouldn’t get used to this, I will say this: The Mets have some games to pick up to get over .500 … and they have a lot of games to pick up if they want to contend for a playoff […]

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 11:  Matt Reynolds #55 of the New York Mets swings at a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins swings at a pitch at Roger Dean Stadium on March 11, 2015 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Depths

When I left the restaurant to return home, the Nationals were winning 4-3 in the eighth. When I returned, the Mets were up 11-4. Outside of my head exploding, I thought … well this could be to our advantage. If, say, on the eve of a Nationals/Mets three game series, David Stern and Dan Aykroyd […]

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 11:  Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets greets teammates in the dugout during the third inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium on March 11, 2015 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Sequels Usually Suck Anyway

Matt Harvey had his second start of the spring on Wednesday against the Marlins in Jupiter. Unlike his first start, his numbers weren’t stellar. Six hits in 2 & 2/3’s innings, giving up two runs and striking out two batters in a 7-4 loss to Miami. Two things are key here. First is this: Harvey […]

NEW YORK - AUGUST 06:  New York Mets Chief Executive Officer Fred Wilpon , Manager Terry Collins, prospective Mets owner David Einhorn and General Manager Sandy Alderson (L-R) talk during batting practice before a Major League Baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 6, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

I’m Here To Help

The recent story about Fred Wilpon visiting Terry Collins after the Mets got pummeled 13-2 in a spring game on Monday, on the surface, seems like a glimpse of impending trouble regarding Terry Collins’ job security. Or perhaps its a signal of a new penchant for meddling for the Mets owner. But in reality, this […]

Wheeler Burnett

The Great A.J. Burnett Escape

All right, so not every Mets starting pitcher is going to dazzle Major League Baseball in their first start of the spring. And frankly we’ve gotten spoiled by Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom this week. But it’s safe to say that Zack Wheeler’s first start of the spring did not go well as he gave […]

Tradition Field

Tough Pill To Swallow

Sunday saw the biggest crowd in Tradition Field history. In the world of fantasy, it is because everyone was hot to see Jon Niese’s first start of the spring. In reality, the extra bump into history was probably provided by Red Sox fans. And they went home happy as their favorite nine defeated the Mets 6-3 […]

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