Mets Game 15: Win Over Diamondbacks

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Look at that — not only do the Mets sweep the Snakes in Arizona, but they also rise above .500 for the first time in 2014. 90 wins, here they come!
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Mets Game 14: Win Over Diamondbacks

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Mets mash Diamondbacks early and don’t let up. This, my friends, is what we call a “laugher.”
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Mets Game 13: Win Over Diamondbacks

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For all the lack of sleep, long ballgames, and difficult travel, the Mets put out a great effort in burying the snakes.
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Mets Game 12: Loss to Angels

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Perhaps the exhaustion of this Left Coast trip finally caught up to the Mets, as they were clobbered by the Compton Angels. Unfortunately, there are still three more games to go on this western swing.
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Mets Game 11: Win Over Angels

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Unlikely heroes Omar Quintanilla, Anthony Recker, and John Lannan lift the New York Mets over the Whittier Angels in extra innings.
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Mets Game 10: Loss to Angels

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The New York Mets lose an eleven-inning marathon to the Cucamonga Valley Angels.
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Mets Game 9: Win Over Braves

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Are the Mets this good? Are the Braves this bad? Or is it a function of it being April?
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Mets Game 8: Loss to Braves

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Mets lose, but do what they can to make it exciting at the end.
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Mets Game 7: Win Over Braves

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The Mets beat the mighty Braves on Hank Aaron Night.
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What is a Platelet-rich Plasma Injection and Would it Have Helped Bobby Parnell?

In the latest episode of The Fix, Angel Borrelli and I discuss the following:

- How can a pitcher know the difference between “normal soreness” and a pain that requires medical attention?

- What is a “platelet-rich plasma injection” and how could it have helped Bobby Parnell‘s partially torn UCL? (Note, we recorded this episode on Saturday afternoon, prior to the news that Parnell would be getting Tommy John surgery.)

- What is the difference — if any — between a UCL and MCL tear?

- Brian Wilson is suffering “ulnar nerve irritation” in his elbow — what is that, and does that mean he needs another Tommy John surgery?

- A new paradigm for preventing pitcher injuries that will allow MLB pitching coaches to sleep soundly at night.

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Mets Injuries, Pitching Mechanics

Bobby Parnell Will Have Tommy John Surgery

Bobby Parnell has decided to have Tommy John surgery, and, as a result, will be out for the rest of 2014.
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Mets Game 6: Loss to Reds

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Mets and Reds lock up in a pitchers’ duel on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The day reminded me of my youth; it could’ve easily been 1977, with Jerry Koosman going pitch-for-pitch against Jack Billingham, waiting for John Milner or Dave Kingman to run into one after a Felix Millan walk. Instead, the Mets would only score once, wasting another great Kooz effort, while Pedro Borbon finished up for a two-inning save.
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Mets Game 5: Win Over Reds

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Well, now who is going to play first base?
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Mets Game 5 vs. Reds: Lineups

Today’s lineups:
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Lineups

Prisoners to “Potential?”

Nice win last night. An encouraging outing by Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda hits two homers. Duda’s heroics coming the day after he was named the starting first baseman.

Maybe it’s age, but the cynic in me wonders what both of these players will do for an encore. Is this the beginning of a solid, 25-start season for Mejia, or will he once more land on the DL with yet another arm ailment? Does Duda continue to hit for power and maintain a high OBP, or was last night an alluring flash in the pan, with his two homers representing about 40% of the round trippers he will hit between now and mid-May?

Jeff Wilpon aside, this is the crux of the Mets’ problems: they don’t seem to be able to effectively gauge what they have in the players on their roster. As one of the posters on this site pointed out recently, the Mets get greedy with players they think they can get big time production from at a low cost. When that goes south, there is no backup plan. Example A is Ike Davis. It is painfully apparent that they have overvalued Ike, letting a 32 home run season and a few acrobatic catches cloud their judgement as to his true worth as a player. Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Bobby Parnell are also good examples of this, flashes here and there but no consistent performance. Couple this with critical flaws in each player’s game and you get what we are most likely in store for this year: another losing season.

I favor backing up the truck and getting rid of any player not named Wright or Harvey. Instead, I think they will peddle the Fool’s Gold that was last evening as a sure sign that a turnaround is underway.

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