Category: Analysis

What adjustment did Kirk Nieuwenhuis make?

What adjustment did Kirk Nieuwenhuis make?

Kirk Nieuwenhuis last Sunday made New York Mets history when he blasted three home runs at Citi Field, becoming the first Met to achieve the feat at home. For Nieuwenhuis, whose future appeared uncertain after being designated for assignment by both the Mets and Los Angeles Angels this season, his day was deemed “Highly illogical” …

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Michael Cuddyer’s woes examined

Michael Cuddyer’s woes examined

Michael Cuddyer has thus far not produced the results either he or the Mets would have liked when the two sides reached a two-year, $21 million agreement on November 10, 2014. The 36-year-old was signed to supplement an unestablished offense behind Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy, and David Wright, and to bridge¬†the gap to top organizational …

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Jeurys Familia needs to rely on control, deception

Jeurys Familia needs to rely on control, deception

The New York Mets’ bullpen will play host to a myriad of superb closer candidates this spring – perhaps none more so than Jeurys Familia. Familia, 25, has the opportunity to step into a closing role this spring while incumbent Bobby Parnell works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The dynamic pitcher’s emergence in …

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Ruben Tejada is free of expectations, but what is his value?

Ruben Tejada is free of expectations, but what is his value?

For the first time since Jose Reyes’ departure in 2011, Ruben Tejada will head to Spring Training free of high expectations. Tejada is no stranger to scrutiny; it oddly began three years ago when he arrived on-time for baseball activities. However, after an abysmal 2013, the Mets’ back-up middle infielder is a bargain at his …

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Where does Curtis Granderson rank among NL East left fielders?

Where does Curtis Granderson rank among NL East left fielders?

Curtis Granderson will be a starting left fielder for the first time in his career this season. Earlier this offseason, Around Citi¬†examined Granderson’s 2014, and why he should be more productive during his second season in Flushing. When the New York Mets inked outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract in late-2013, the …

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Where does Daniel Murphy rank among NL East second basemen?

Where does Daniel Murphy rank among NL East second basemen?

As Daniel Murphy readies to enter his seventh, and possibly final, season with the Mets, he stands as the second longest tenured player behind David Wright. Murphy remains a cog in the team’s lineup despite his successor, Dilson Herrera, in plain sight. How does he compare to his National League East counterparts*? Murphy hit .289/.332/.403 …

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Where does Lucas Duda rank among NL East first basemen?

Where does Lucas Duda rank among NL East first basemen?

Lucas Duda’s breakout 2014 campaign gave the Mets a middle-of-the-order presence it sorely needed. The 28-year-old will be of utmost importance to a club looking to take a giant step forward in 2015, but where does he rank amongst divisional first baseman? vs. Ryan Howard (Philadelphia Phillies) At one point one of the most feared …

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