2006 Postseason

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Offseason

My apologies to the half-dozen of you that may have come by in the last few days looking for morsels of Mets information. After Carlos Beltran struck out looking with the bases loaded, I swtiched off the TV and tried to forget about our dear Mets. The end of the season — this year, anyway […]

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Game Seven: Why Not?

After an unbelievable outing by John Maine to help extend the 2006 season, the Mets face the purest do-or-die game: Game Seven — the one that every young boy daydreams about in little league, whiffle ball, and the secrecy of their bedroom. You should be sleeping, but you’re awake, and you pick up an imaginary […]

2006 Postseason
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Super Maine Carries the Mets

Mets 4 Cardinals 2 John Maine did not look like a Cy Young Award winner, nor a future Hall of Famer. However, he also did not look like Steve Trachsel. Rather, he was somewhere in between, and in the end it will be judged as a masterful perfomance, not far away from among the greatest […]

2006 Postseason
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A Note on Albert Pujols

Amazing that Albert PoopHoles was able to hit a home run despite a terribly sore hamstring. However, he wasn’t good at all. I think he hit the ball hard, but he got some breaks. For example, he was struck out on the pitch before his homerun, except that home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg blinked as […]

2006 Postseason

Mets Preparation

So the Mets lost to the Cardinals … they couldn’t score several runs off surfer dude Jeff Weaver. What went wrong? Perhaps it is an issue with the Mets’ advance scouts — or the inability to decipher their reports — and the remarkable ability of the Cardinals to have their defense properly positioned on every […]

2006 Postseason
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Trachsel Messes the Bed

Steve Trachsel did everything he could to completely deject and demoralize his teammates and Mets fans as quickly as possible, and was 100 percent successful in attaining that goal. I’m not sure what is most painful — watching Trashel pitch, watching David Eckstein foul off pitches, or listening to the most annoying broadcast team of […]

2006 Postseason
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Mota Blows It

Cardinals 9 Mets 6 Sure, look at the game from the surface and blame Billy Wagner for the loss. However, the game was lost by Guillermo Mota, who refused to hit the target Paul LoDuca insisted on — twice — and allowed a below-average Major League batsman to beat him. Scott Spiezio was sitting on […]

2006 Postseason
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Glavine, Beltran Come Up Big

Mets 2 Cardinals 0 The New York Mets had to get a vintage Tom Glavine performance, one where Tommy goes deep into the game, is efficient with his pitches, and pitches just well enough to win. The veteran lefthander succeeded on all three counts. The St. Louis Cardinals — Albert Pujols included — were unable […]

2006 Postseason
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Mets to Meet Cardinals

While Yankee fans cry, kick, hiss, and moan, contemplating whether Joe Torre should be shot or A-Rod exiled, we Mets fans will ride this posteason high as far as it will take us. Let’s face it … with Pedro and El Duque done, Cliff Floyd barely able to walk, and John Maine suddenly our #2 […]

2006 Postseason
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John Maine vs. the Dodgers

Just when we thought our greatest fears had been realized — that Pedro would miss the postseason — El Duque followed him to the sidelines. Before, there was concern that Steve Trachsel might have to pitch in a playoff game, but now, we can’t imagine what we’d do without him — and even he is […]

2006 Postseason
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Meet Your Foe: the Dodgers

The New York Mets’ first-round foe is the Los Angeles Dodgers, which may be baseball’s version of Lieutenant Columbo — a group of rough-around-edges, unsuspecting ballplayers in trenchcoats who don’t look so fearsome to you until your three-game series with them is over and they’ve won two. The Dodgers have little flash — no dominant […]

2006 Postseason