Archive for February, 2007

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Pitching: Perfect World

Hope springs eternal, and as far as baseball goes, spring is eternally hopeful. Optimism abounds at every camp in Arizona and Florida in Februray through the end of March, as every team has a chance to contend in the coming year (OK, except for the Devil Rays). Inexperienced youngsters are “up and coming phenoms”; fading […]

Pitching Staff, Spring Training 2007
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Who Is Chip Ambres and Why Do We Care?

On December 19th, the Mets added invited several non-roster players to spring training, among them, Chip Ambres. The move was about as loud as a mouse fart, though a few decibels quieter. Very few, if any, Mets fans know who Chip Ambres is, and if they do, they likely had no idea he would be […]

Spring Training 2007
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The Business of Milledge

This week, before either player even stepped on to the field, many members of the media and blogosphere were debating the “competition” between Shawn Green and Lastings Milledge. (For the record, Willie Randolph has already stated that as of now, Green is his rightfielder.) It’s clear to anyone with two eyes that Green is in […]

Spring Training 2007
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Pitching: Keeping Seats Warm

Obviously, we won’t know anything about how the Mets’ pitching staff will shake out come the end of March. Right now, it’s all guesswork. Injuries can occur to anyone at anytime; for all we know, we’ll start the season with Tom Glavine and Billy Wagner on the DL. Or Willie Collazo will surprise everyone and […]

Spring Training 2007
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Pelfrey and Humber

The multitude of young arms will make this spring will be especially exciting for Mets fans, with the bulk of the eyes glued to Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber. There are even a number of MLB writers and pundits projecting Pelfrey as the #5 starter. However, Mets fans should enjoy the spring moments of these […]

Pitching Staff, Spring Training 2007

Continuity is Key

For once, let’s forget about the Mets’ starting rotation and focus on a positive: the continuity of the regular lineup from last year to this year. It may seem like a small detail, but in fact it may be significant that the 2007 lineup will look very similar to the 2006 lineup. Let’s look at […]

Spring Training 2007
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Lastings Impression

Lastings Milledge has entered the building. The heralded, cocky, misunderstood, enigmatic, immature, tremendously talented Milledge reported to Mets spring training today, one day before the rest of the position players are expected to show up. Though it’s nice that he showed the initiative to arrive one day early, there are already folks on his back […]

Spring Training 2007
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Who who, who is Carvajal?

I’m dating myself here, but anyone remember Donovan? The song (not the soda) Mellow Yellow? He also sang a song that went, “goo goo, goo goo Barabajagal, was his name now …” It may be a stretch, but one day at Shea you may hear that song being played when a pitcher emerges from the […]

Spring Training 2007
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Kobe vs. Matsuzaka

What’s this? Daisuke Matsuzaka has challenged Kobe Bryant to a game of one-on-one? Or is Dice-K going against Masahiko Kobe on an episode of Iron Chef? Neither. In fact, it’s a battle of the beef. As you may be aware, Kobe beef has become de rigeur in the finer steakhouses and uppity restaurants. It’s revered […]

News Notes Rumors
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Spring Training Pre-Predictions

Last year, right before Opening Day, I made some predictions about the 2006 season. Some were close to right on, some were completely off the mark, on the whole I was far from making people forget Nostradamus, or the local weatherman, for that matter. But, predictions are fun for me to write, and fun for […]

Spring Training 2007
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Finally! Pitchers and Catchers Report

The Hot Stove season is finally over, and we can now stop speculating and wondering about things we can’t see. Spring training has arrived, pitchers and catchers are reporting to Port St. Lucie, and all is right with the world. As spring training opens, the Mets have been indirectly blessed by the circus tent that […]

Spring Training 2007
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Hatin’ on Shawn Green

It’s amazing how quickly — and with such finality — New York fans can get down on a particular player. In a town that boos the greatest baseball player on the planet (perhaps of all time), even after winning the AL MVP, it shouldn’t be surprising that New York Mets fans and media are down […]

Spring Training 2007
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Chan the Man

By now you’ve no doubt found out that the Mets have signed yet another c(h)an of paint to throw at the wall — Chan Ho Park. Last year, a few days before pitchers and catchers reported, the Mets gave a flyer to another righthander who had success in the past — Jose Lima. Hopefully Park […]

Spring Training 2007

Ten Things that Must Go Right in 2007

In 2006 the Mets benefitted greatly from a combination of breakout or career years from many of their veteran bats and an overall lack of depth and talent in the NL East — a combination that allowed them to breeze to an easy division title. However, 2007 promises to be a much more difficult season […]

Spring Training 2007

Aaron Heilman’s Elbow

Most people probably glazed right over this little tidbit in Marty Noble’s recent column on the New York Mets — it was under the heading “Returning from Surgery”: “Heilman: The right-hander kept his need for elbow surgery quiet. He suffered from tennis elbow last season.” Quiet? That is an understatement. Other than this little sentence […]

Pitching Staff, Spring Training 2007