It was always going to be a long shot for Johan Santana to return to his former dominance in 2012, as Adam Rubin illustrates well here. The Mets got a half-season of it, including a no-hitter to bookend his dominant 2008 season, which ended with Santana’s astounding 125-pitch complete game… Read More →
Murphy back tomorrow. Wright hopefully back Saturday. Terry ready to head north, clearly.
Let’s hope this one doesn’t linger. Audio here:
Greetings from Port St. Lucie! Jon Niese looks good so far, though doing so against the traveling Astros is a limited accomplishment. In an effort to open 40-man roster, the Mets traded Elvin Ramirez to the Angels for cash. Spoiler alert: probably not a lot of it. More to come…. Read More →
Johan Santana is hurt. Shaun Marcum is hurt. Jeremy Hefner, Santana’s replacement at the expense of carrying a long man, is… hurt. Jenrry Mejia is hurt. The Mets have no plans to add a starting pitcher. But when you are at Citi Field, the home team is trailing 6-1 in… Read More →
We have a winner in the Jordany Valdespin Fan Fiction contest! The entries were spirited and wide-ranging. But the best was short, yet I felt best captured the essence of what Jordany Valdespin can be. Brevity is the soul of wit, or lingerie, depending on whether you believe Shakespeare or… Read More →
1. Jonathon Niese is the Opening Day starter. 2. David Wright is the team captain. 3. Johan Santana will begin the year on the disabled list. 4. If you are surprised by any of these things, you probably haven’t been paying attention.
So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Mets fared poorly in position-by-position rankings in the outfield. Fangraphs has the Mets 29th in left field, 28th in center field and 28th in right field. On LF: “It’s something to say that a -9.7 fielding rating would represent great improvement,… Read More →
In the abstract, it shouldn’t be a huge problem that David Wright and Daniel Murphy, the team’s expected 3B and 2B, might start the year on the disabled list. Both have injuries that aren’t considered major, and Opening Day, for all the attention associated with it, is just 1 of… Read More →
So I have no idea what to expect from Jordany Valdespin, do you? Will he hit? Will he walk? Can he play even a passable center field? Will he wear proper protection? Can he procreate after this week? So I have a copy of Knuckleball! to give away, and it… Read More →
I don’t know what all the fuss over Mariano Rivera is about. The guy’s been in the major leagues since 1995, and he’s collected a grand total of zero hits in three at-bats, striking out once. That’s just a day’s work for Jason Bay. Ah, but it seems he’s pitched,… Read More →