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@MikeLecolant haha I do like Murph a lot, and his ups and downs can definitely be shown as the Mets story this season. I hope he keeps proving me right at least!
2 years, 4 months ago on Daniel Murphy's Hot Streak Coming at Right Time
Another great story...unbelievable that Seaver won 16 games out of the Mets 61 overall wins.
2 years, 4 months ago on This Date in Mets History Double Header: Gm. 1: 1967 - Kranepool and Seaver help to beat out Giants, 5-3, at Shea
@Will DeBoer I've been leaning more towards Balfour because of Street's inability to stay healthy. K-Rod is a big personality and I don't think he would enjoy being traded unless he was closing games.
2 years, 4 months ago on MLB Trade Rumors: Francisco Rodriguez on Mets' Radar?
@SuperfanXavier Thanks for reading and good points made all around. From the other comparisons I made, I agree with your agrument of Sandoval over Wright two years ago, the most deserving should get the start. Unfortunately, MLB has lost sight of the true meaning for the All-Star game because of the revenue.
I agree with you, non-players and coaches shouldn't vote for the starters, and if it were up to me, I would have that done. I do have a little bias for Wright on the East Coast, but he is clearly having a better year; this jump in votes at the end show that Giants fans may be a little more dedicated than others, especially in the immediate area of San Francisco compared to NYC.
2 years, 4 months ago on David Wright Voted to NL All-Star Team as Reserve; is MLB Voting System Flawed?
Couldn't have said it better myself... being able to shake up the divisional standings after a good series for the Mets is all we could ask for...much more than anyone was expecting too.
2 years, 4 months ago on The Mets Continue to Warrant a Move at the Trade Deadline
@MikeLecolant Agreed, it's lost is appeal to many purists. I wish it didn't determine home field advantage in the WS either...one of the many things Bud Selig has done that has made me scratch my head.
Awesome...what a freakin beard! They gotta bring stuff like that back.
2 years, 4 months ago on This Date in Mets History: 1978: Pat Zachry and his Beard Get Best of Cubs at Wrigley
Great piece, and I wholeheartedly agree. Hopefully they don't drop the ball, literally.
2 years, 4 months ago on Last 12 Games Before All-Star Break Vital to Mets Season
Seriously! That was tough to watch. Hard to jump out to early leads two nights in a row and expect our bullpen to hang on both times, although they didn't pitch badly last night. Hopefully there won't be much need for them with R.A. on the bump tonight!
2 years, 5 months ago on Game Recap: Yankees Use Late Home Runs to Down Mets 4-3
Great piece. I agree with you; it seems like everyone is calling for Murph's head and I don't get it. He'll come out of it because he's a good hitter. Is he the future answer at 2nd base? Probably not, but he will continue to be the answer this year.
2 years, 5 months ago on Should Daniel Murphy Be Worried About His Job?
@MikeLecolant Another good point that I didn't think about... could play a role as well.
2 years, 5 months ago on What's With Daniel Murphy's Slump?
@MikeyJoe Thanks for your comment and I appreciate you reading! I'm glad that you enjoyed article and I agree with you. When Murph is hitting well, everyone is all over him, but when he struggles lots are looking for an alternative. I do think TC will be patient and be sure to put him in positions to succeed and get him back on track, just like he did for Ike.
It is odd that Ike gets more of a pass with fans and mgmt; I guess that's what home run power can do. Valdespin has done a great job to pick up the slack while Murph is struggling, but I'm sure once he adjusts to how he's being pitched, he'll be in there everyday again. Thankfully, Ike has picked it up so we don't have to watch both of them struggle at the same time!
@MikeLecolant well that certainly sounds like fun. I'm going to have to put it on my things to do list. What can I say, you sell it well.
2 years, 5 months ago on Twelfth Season of Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball by the Seashore... Fuhgeddaboudit!
I agree with you; if this were previous years, I would also write this team off, but I'm not doing that just yet. These guys are different and I want to see how they react to these tough times.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mets Swept By Cincinnati Reds, But Don't Judge Till After Orioles Series
Bringing baseball back to Brooklyn has been a wonderful thing. I have yet to catch a game there, but it is definitely on my list of things to do!
It sure is...unfotunately, he had to get hurt for playing time situation to get a little easier.
2 years, 5 months ago on Game Recap: Homers by Hairston and Nieuwenhuis Not Enough in 7-3 loss to Reds
This series has been very frustrating because we really wanted to see these two take the lead and continue to put this team on a roll. Thankfully, we have Johan and R.A. to act as stoppers again. If the Mets want to continue to compete into the summer though, at least one of these two need to step up.
2 years, 5 months ago on Last Two Mets Losses Equal One Big Lost Opportunity
@MikeLecolant Absolutely!! I agree 100%, pitching has become a little more complicated than it needs to be.
2 years, 5 months ago on Jon Rauch Demoted From Mets Setup Role
This picture made me laugh out loud.
2 years, 5 months ago on Padres' Owner Expected to Choose Winning Bidder Next Week
@MikeLecolant Yea, contention can make teams make some crazy moves, but I don't think Alderson will do anything crazy because of the asking prices. He will definitely be asking about certain players, but once the asking price is set too high, he will back out. Hopefully Beato and Mejia will give the 'pen enough of a shakeup to help them perform more consistently.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mets Trade Rumors: Alderson Looking for Bullpen Help?
@MikeLecolant Agreed. I thought it was very odd that the Red Sox didn't go after him as hard as everyone was expecting them to.
2 years, 5 months ago on Jason Bay Needs the Ike Davis Treatment
NIcely put. His defense does need some improvement, but I think that will take some time. His production in the lineup has come at a great time since Ike has been non-existent.
2 years, 5 months ago on Lucas Duda's 2012 Season So Far
@MikeLecolant It sure has. That's a great stat about the SS errors...I would have never thought that for sure.
2 years, 5 months ago on The Mets Suffer a Humbling Weekend of Defeat
I think reality has also hit them as well. They realize that they can't keep playing the way they've been playing to stay above water at .500, so something has to change, quick.
2 years, 5 months ago on Reality Check for the Mets
Nicely put. What's the most frustrating part is the unreliable defense, which has obviously cost them some games within the last week or two. Good teams don't give other teams more than three outs and inning, and the Mets need to stop that ASAP.
He has definitely impressed everyone with his recent performances. Out of the big three pitching prospects, I would anticipate him being the first one to get the call to Flushing. Alderson has said that doesn't plan on rushing any of their young arms, so I sure hope he stays the course despite all the injuries. I wouldn't be surprised if he's a September call-up.
2 years, 5 months ago on Mets' Harvey Continues to Impress
This dude has been off the chain; and none of those home runs have been wall scrapers, either.
2 years, 5 months ago on Giancarlo Stanton's Mammoth May
@MikeLecolant haha just sayin' man! Not saying it's going to happen, but hey, you never know. I do evny you for being able to see Brett and Carew play, I wish I did.
2 years, 6 months ago on David Wright: MLB's Next .400 Hitter?
@Will DeBoer Agreed, I think with the years he's been in the league, he's gained enough wisdom to know when to stay come and when he can start to holler. It's the perfect balance for a reasonably young and mostly homegrown ballclub.
2 years, 6 months ago on Fire and Ice: Terry Collins and His Impact on the Mets
Another great piece; the way he has been handling his players since day one as Mets manager has impressed me.
@Will DeBoer Agreed! It was definitely refreshing to hear about. We put professional athletes and umpires/refs on this pedestal, like they're not real, but this shows us they're just like us!
2 years, 6 months ago on Terry Collins Received Apology from Brian Knight
Absolutely agreed; he's a platoon player at best. Sandy has shown that he's willing to eat contracts for underperforming players, such as our buddies Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. So, if it keeps going that way, I hope he does the same here. I like Jason a lot, but enough is enough.
2 years, 6 months ago on Jason Bay vs. Kirk Nieuwenhuis: The Defensive Comparison
I agree with both of you guys; I hope that sending him down will help him reset, and it's at the point now where he's just thinking way too much. It only takes one swing to get back on track, but it doesn't seem like it's going to come right now.
2 years, 6 months ago on Patience for Ike Davis is Wearing Thin
Agreed; after his solid performances, it's only fair to give him a fair shake in the rotation with Batista on the DL. I'm interested to see how he performs from the first inning on instead of relieving.
2 years, 6 months ago on New York Mets News: Jeremy Hefner to start Thursday
very interesting...I didn't realize Davis was originally drafted by Tampa Bay before he went off to school. He's struggled an awful lot, but I think he'll eventually be just fine. Him and Pena seem to have a lot of similarities though, not only offensively, but they are both very strong around the bag at first base.
2 years, 6 months ago on The Ones That Got Away: Ike Davis
A very unique look at the back end of the bullpen. Looks like Collins is staying with Francisco for now, but this would be an interesting way to look at things if he once again implodes.
2 years, 6 months ago on Closer by Committee: '86 the 9th
This is great news...I hope something gets done quickly because he is the face of the franchise, and he's leading the league in hitting to boot.
2 years, 6 months ago on New York Mets Preparing David Wright Long-Term Extension
Agreed; a lot of us forget that most of these homegrown players are products of what Minaya did (myself included)....great piece.
2 years, 6 months ago on Omar Minaya and The Media; Where's The Revisionist History?
Great recap of this game... I would have loved to have been at Shea with Seaver there, but not in the orange and blue.
2 years, 6 months ago on This Date in Mets History: May 5, 1980 - Mets Hold Off Tom Seaver and Reds, 3-2, in 10 innings
I agree as well. It took him a little while to have everything click, but I think he's finally put it together.
2 years, 6 months ago on Bobby Parnell: The Amazins' Most Reliable Reliever
Absolutely! A great piece at a very frustrating time right now. The good thing is that the plan looks to be workingt and the team is headed in the right direction.
2 years, 6 months ago on Patience Is A Virtue Mets Fans Must Have
Awesome run down... Excited to see how teams bounce bak from their early season results!
2 years, 7 months ago on MLB Power Rankings: Los Angeles Dodgers surprise
Fantastic piece; let's hope that the rotation shows us that what they've been doing is a trend!
2 years, 7 months ago on David Wright Gives Philadelphia the Phinger
Tough break for the Giants. However, his beard is definitely my favorite.
2 years, 7 months ago on Analysis: Brian Wilson Injury
I totally agree. This is the time for the Mets to put the Phillies back in their place and show them that they're for real. Let's Go Mets!
2 years, 7 months ago on Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Phillies?
Great breakdown of his strikeouts. I agree with you that him not crumbling under pressure is a huge win for him. Hopefully we can build upon that for his next start.
2 years, 7 months ago on Praise For Pelfrey
Great article; I totally agree. Seaver is the best pitcher in Mets history and our only Hall of Famer at this time (before Piazza gets inducted), so it only makes sense for us to honor him with a statue. The Mets have listened to us since Citi Field opened, so hopefully they'll hear this one.
2 years, 7 months ago on Why is There No Tom Seaver Statue at Citi Field?
Great analysis showing that Big Pelf isn't all that terrible. It's been frustrating to watch this Spring and I was hoping that having Johan back would help his confidence, but not so much thus far. Now that he's not worried about getting released, maybe he'll pitch a little better.
2 years, 7 months ago on Mike Pelfrey avoids release
Nicely done; I think this team will continue to dominate this season as well. I wonder how Jason Kubel will have an affect on the offense.
2 years, 7 months ago on 2012 MLB Season Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks
As a Mets fan, it pains me to agree with you, but I think you're dead on with everything you've said. Too many things need to go right for a team where just about nothing has gone right in the last six years. Hopefully Wright can return and play 150 games and Santana can pace the rotation with close to 30 starts. After watching Pelfrey pitch a couple of times this spring, I wish they would just cut him. Great review.
2 years, 8 months ago on 2012 MLB Season Preview: New York Mets