A Mets fan since 1971, Dan spent many summer nights of his childhood watching the Mets on WOR Channel Nine, which his Allentown, PA cable company carried. Dan was present at Game 7 of the 1986 World Series and the Todd Pratt Walkoff Game in 1999. He is also the proud owner of two Shea Stadium seats. Professionally, Dan is a Marketing Communications Coordinator. He lives in Bethlehem PA with his wife and son, neither of whom fully get his obsession with the Mets
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In today’s Newsday, Steven Marcus reports that tickets sales for the Mets are up by nearly 20% over last year and that season ticket sales are up nearly 13%. (Take that Leigh Castergine). We were told by Sandy Alderson that as soon as the fans started coming to the games, the Mets would start to add to their payroll. Well, the fans have done their part…

Meanwhile, as reported here and elsewhere, Anthony DiComo notified all of us that while the Mets have checked in on Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada, they have decided that he is an “unrealistic option, given their budget.”

Like most of the rest of you, I have no idea if Moncada can play shortstop at the major league level. Some team may be about to make a multi-million dollar mistake. If that is so, then I will be glad it wasn’t the Mets. But with less than one month before pitchers and catchers, it seems obvious that there are no new additions coming to the 2015 Mets, despite the renewed support of their fans and the need for at least a veteran presence or two to supplement the hope and prayer options at shortstop, the bullpen and the bench.

Instead, like just about everything else that has ever come out of this organization in the past several years, pledges to improve the product if they get support at the gate have turned out to be another load of crap. I am not talking about trading a stud pitching prospect for a questionable middle infielder, but  several good fits for the Mets have been traded to or signed with other teams in just the past few weeks,  while our moribund front office still appears to be on Christmas vacation. They can’t even trade Dillon Gee , just like I called it here.

While I will never root for the Mets to lose, I almost relish the thought of a slow start. It might be fun to watch Alderson and the Wilpons run for cover.

Have you bought tickets yet?


So This “Thor”– He is Really, Really, Really Good, Right?

The Mets have once again turned down the opportunity to fill their most gaping lineup hole, choosing instead to hold onto prized pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard rather than trade him for an all-star shortstop. That is at least two and possibly three (or more) chances they have passed up on, all of them apparently due to an unwillingness to part with Syndergaard, who also goes by the nickname Thor. He maybe ought to be dubbed “The Sure Thing.”

But is he really?


It’s All on Alderson Now

Raise your hand if you had Michael Cuddyer, John Mayberry, Jr and  Sean Gilmartin as the additions to the Mets roster for 2015. I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but the feeding frenzy that was the last two days of the Winter Meetings have left the cupboards bare of any impact or any serviceable players the Mets might hope to acquire. All that’s left are the mega-pitchers and a motley collection of castoffs and/or unwanted contracts. I will stick by my earlier prediction about a minor league contract offer to Everth Cabrera, provided  he survives his court date.

Other than that, those three names are all there is, there ain’t no more. See you in March.

A recent report indicated that the Red Sox asked for either Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom for Yoenis Cespedes, before they swapped him to Detroit for Rick Porcello.

The Mets don’t have a Rick Porcello on their roster to trade. What they do have is a bunch of Mystery Boxes (in the form of  their pitching prospects) along with at least a dozen movable, but essentially unremarkable players, most of which are more valuable to the Mets than to another team. Alderson doesn’t want to move any of his mystery boxes until he has opened them up and seen what they can do. This is what separates him from past Met GMs and from some of his more prominent contemporaries. He is cautious to the point of being miserly. They lost what,  five players in the Rule V draft?  You mean he couldn’t even make any trades at that level? What’s going on here?

This is the start of Year Five of the Alderson reign. This is 100% his team now and the coming success or failure is now all on him. We know how toxic the Wilpons are. Alderson knows it as well.  If he didn’t like the way they operate, then he shouldn’t have re-upped. If he is sick of the guys he inherited from Omar, he has had ample opportunity by now to unload them.  The first four years of  Alderson’s reign are much like the first four years of the Frank Cashen era. At the start of the 1984 season (Cashen’s fifth) the media and the fans where ready to run Bowtie Frank and his Baltimore Mafia out of town. For Alderson, this is his 1984.

The Mets need to win ten more games  than last year. 89 wins. Period. That total should at the very least qualify them for a wildcard berth. Anything else is unacceptable and is all on Alderson.  Think of anything that might go wrong on their march back to contention. If it is apparent to us outsiders, it stands to reason it would come as no surprise to our brainy front office. It’s time to hold Alderson 100% responsible for the 2015 team. There are no more excuses. So with apologies to Ray Liotta from Goodfellas…

89 wins is not unreachable. Doubling last year’s win total against Washington (four) and doing better against a fading Braves team might get them six of the 10. The math works. Will Alderson’s plan? Sound off below


Gee for Dee?

It’s Day Three of the Winter Meetings and I’ll bet Mets GM Sandy Alderson can’t wait for this afternoon’s daily rumor-squelching conference with the media. I wonder how he felt about the need to suppress Mathew’s rumor candy about Noah Syndergaard for Jurickson Profar. Bad enough he has to deal with Jeffy. Now he also has to muffle his youthful in-house shill.

I gotta hand it to Alderson. He is unflinchingly staying the course. The angst amongst the faithful is palpable as the Winter Meetings wrap up and once again, the Mets are spectators. 2015 should be year “the plan” bears fruit (although I still think 2016 is the first season they really contend). It would be real easy, one would think, to cave into the pressure from the fanbase and the many media sources and bust a move or two. The problem is that some of these moves look smart in December and really dumb by August. Think Lucas Duda for Matt Joyce, or the passel of other rumors about Duda soon on the move last winter.

Dillon Gee is this year’s Duda. The most prominent rumor has him going to Texas for INF Luis Sardinas. Really? Check out Sardinas’ slash line. Ruben Tejada V2 anyone? Plus, the Mets shouldn’t be so quick to run Gee out of town. While he isn’t as flashy or as personable as some of their other arms, he probably ranks around #6 on the rotational depth chart right now.  Remember, of the guys ahead of him, one is coming off of major arm surgery, two others are candidates for the same procedure, the fourth was a rookie (albeit an impressive one) last year and the fifth is 41 years old. Behind him are mostly untested arms with mixed minor league results. Gee represents something of an insurance policy, a semi-valuable asset, especially for a team that in their own words, fancies itself a contender next season.

If Sandy is indeed hell-bent on trading Gee,  he should ask his LA counterpart if is there is any truth to the Dee Gordon rumor. Long a fave of this board, Gordon had a semi-breakout last year, before tailing off (likely due to over-exposure) in the second half of the season. Gee has a higher career WAR than Gordon, but this move saves the Mets a potential $4M in salary. Gordon represents an upgrade over the departed Eric Young Jr. At 26 Gordon is three years younger than EYJ and has out-slashed him over his career. He gives the bench the speed element it needs. His presence would support, without upsetting, the Wilmer Flores/Daniel Murphy middle infield apple cart. It really appears that Flores is the starting shortstop in 2015. If he bombs, they will have to go outside the organization and more than likely sacrifice a pitching prospect to get a replacement.

This trade and the rumored acquisition of former Lehigh Valley Iron Pig John Mayberry Jr. would give the Mets a few different options for their 2015 bench. If Gordon and Mayberry are added, there are potentially eight players vying for five spots. Most of these guys have options, meaning they could be stashed in Vegas and called back up when needed. A versatile, deep bench is an often overlooked component on the type of team the Mets recently have talking themselves up as.

Speaking of talking, it’s your turn.