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 →
That’s right; no one. Including, by the way, the best-hitting catcher, by far, in the history of baseball.
Let’s take a quick look at how the current Mets stack up to their counterparts, the 2003 Mets. Catcher: Mike Piazza/Vance Wilson vs. John Buck/Travis d’Arnaud: Advantage has to go to the 2003 Mets, who received a 126 OPS+ from Piazza over 273 plate appearances. The gap was expected to… Read More →
Raul strikes down Young Chavez treats Rauch like Twitter Yankee pen apes Mo
Niese recovery Supported by Wright and Kirk Frank: Automatic!
First, Turner rings Bell Then, Frank Frank treats ump like chair Fin: Giancarlo’d
Call him a stopper Call him ace, call him healthy Call him Santana
Some terrible news to report. Gary Carter, the former catcher, has died at the age of 57. The full New York Times obit is here, and tremendous. I found myself re-reading a terrific Bob Klapish piece about Carter as well, from the day he was diagnosed with the brain tumor… Read More →
The Mets announced Thursday that John Franco has been elected to the team’s Hall of Fame, the 26th person in team history to be so honored. Franco pitched for the Mets from 1990-2004, and serves in my mind as a constant in what was a turbulent decade to be a… Read More →
Very little to report on in terms of Met acquisitions. (Spoiler alert: free agents don’t play for free.) But some truly sad news came down last week. Gary Carter, who has been fighting brain cancer, took a turn for the worse. The outlook doesn’t appear to be very good. I… Read More →
A thought-provoking piece is up from the tremendous Brian Joura at Mets360.com about Gil Hodges’ Hall of Fame case. Joura writes: “Hodges had a very fine playing career and seems by all accounts to have been an outstanding person, too. It’s a combination that has always led many people to… Read More →
Jon Niese turns 25 this Thursday. Put another way: someone was born, grew up, went through the minor leagues and established him as a major league starting pitcher since the last time the Mets won a World Series. I’ve often thought of looking at Niese as a good measuring stick… Read More →
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times has a new piece up, detailing his system for determining the best postseason series of all time. He uses a similar theory to Bill James’ game score for pitchers, and the Mets placed two series in the top ten ever. At number 6, the… Read More →
It would be fair to say my first vivid memory of the New York Mets, as a fan, happened 25 years ago today. On a Saturday afternoon, as a six-year-old, I watched Lenny Dykstra’s game-winning home run next to my father. As I recounted in my book, Taking the Field,... Read More →
Hope you are enjoying the holiday. As most of you know, it was on this date back in 1492 that Christopher Columbus built three ships and sailed all the way from Italy to America using a map of the West Indies. Just a spectacular accomplishment in 24 hours. Here are… Read More →