Category: Analysis

Which Mets reliever is best suited for the 8th inning?

Which Mets reliever is best suited for the 8th inning?

Major League Baseball seems content to wait until after the World Baseball Classic to announce Mets closer Jeurys Familia’s suspension for domestic abuse charges. While Familia is out, potentially for up to a month, the Mets are likely to turn to Addison Reed to close games. With Reed pitching the ninth inning, the Mets need …

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Flores, Rivera, Walker: Solving the Mets’ second base wild card

Flores, Rivera, Walker: Solving the Mets’ second base wild card

By now word has gotten around about Wilmer Flores’s position preference. The utility infielder recently spoke about how he prefers to play second base but is willing to go where the team needs him. At least for 2017, his path is blocked on the infield by Neil Walker, who accepted the team’s qualifying offer this …

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What did luck have to do with Eric Campbell’s roster spot?

What did luck have to do with Eric Campbell’s roster spot?

Eric Campbell unceremoniously made the Mets’ Opening Day roster for the first time in his career amid fan backlash that a poor 2015 season will serve as a harbinger of future performance. The 28-year-old was 12-for-48 (.292), drew 11 walks and produced  a .433 on-base percentage this spring, earning the versatile utilityman his first Opening …

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In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

In Michael Conforto, the Mets have replaced Yoénis Cespdes

The New York Mets will look to 23-year-old outfielder Michael Conforto to replace Yoénis Cespedes’ production in 2016. Conforto batted .270/.335/.506 in 56 major-league games during his rookie season. After Conforto hit .200 over his first 48 plate appearances, he produced a .291 batting average in his final 146 regular season plate appearances. Despite a …

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Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

Mets face familiar foes in Dodgers’ Rollins, Turner and Utley

The National League division series will feature remnant foes from the Mets’ less formidable years, including former Philadelphia Phillies infielders Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley and former Mets infielder Justin Turner. Both Rollins (247) and Utley (179) have played in more than one full season’s worth of games against the Mets. Rollins has hit 33 …

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Can Bobby Parnell’s rocky journey have a silver lining?

Can Bobby Parnell’s rocky journey have a silver lining?

There has been little fanfare surrounding Bobby Parnell since the veteran returned from Tommy John surgery, his job Wally Pipped by Jeurys Familia. At 31-years-old, Parnell is now the Mets’ fourth-longest tenured player -he debuted less than two weeks after Jon Niese- and the second-longest consecutively tenured reliever by one team in the National League, …

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Exploring a Yoenis Cespedes extension

Exploring a Yoenis Cespedes extension

Yoenis Cespedes has been everything the Mets hoped for during his first three games with the team. The 29-year-old outfielder connected for three doubles and drove in four runs during Monday night’s rout of the Miami Marlins, and yet his presence on a resurgent Mets team feels like a mirage due to his contractual status. …

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What is happening with Lucas Duda’s production?

What is happening with Lucas Duda’s production?

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda’s season has been enigmatic. An electric start appeared to prove his breakout 2014 was no fluke, but with Travis d’Arnaud and David Wright both on the disabled list, his production quickly fell. So what should one make of Duda’s season and recent power surge? Duda has produced a .771 on-base …

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What has spurred Kelly Johnson’s resurgence in 2015?

What has spurred Kelly Johnson’s resurgence in 2015?

The Mets acquired utility man Kelly Johnson and third baseman Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves on Friday evening in exchange for minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen, the team announced Friday evening. Johnson, 33, will be reunited with former hitting coach Kevin Long, for whom he played under during his 2014 tenure …

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How does Jon Niese match-up against the Dodgers?

How does Jon Niese match-up against the Dodgers?

Top New York Mets prospect Michael Conforto will make history tonight when he becomes the 1,000th player to don a Mets uniform. But it is the club’s second-longest tenured player, left-handed pitcher Jon Niese, who tonight will have a greater burden of responsibility facing the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are the National League’s second-best …

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