Archive for July, 2007

Mets Game 106: Loss to Brewers

Brewers 4 Mets 2 Number 300 will have to wait, though it was no fault of Tommy Glavine. Glavine looked great in his first three innings, holding the Brewers hitless. However, he walked J.J. Hardy to begin the fourth, then gave up a single to Ryan Braun that Moises Alou bobbled, allowing Hardy to reach […]

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Back to the Ballgame

OK, four o’clock has come and gone and the Mets did not make any additions other than Luis Castillo. That may be a good thing — sometimes the best deals are the ones never made. A year from now we may be very happy the Mets did not trade away Philip Humber for Chad Cordero, […]

News Notes Rumors

Offers On the Table

There is a smorgasboard of players rumored to be on the trading table, but this isn’t an all-you-can eat. Let’s take a quick look at some of the athletes the Mets are purportedly thinking about obtaining. Eric Gagne He’s going to cost, at minimum, Mike Pelfrey or Philip Humber (or both), plus another prospect. The […]

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Deadline Deals: The Last 10 Years

Just for fun, thought I’d post a list of the last New York Mets “deadline deals” from the last 10 years. 2006: Xavier Nady to Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez Nice deal for both sides, as it turned out. Mets also nabbed Ruben Gotay a week earlier. 2005: None. 2004: (Four deals) 1. […]

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Milwaukee Brewers: 10 Questions

This three-game set in Milwaukee is a huge series for both the Mets and the Brewers, as each team holds similarly slim leads over their respective divisions. While both teams remain in first, each have changed a bit since their last meeting in May. We called on David Hannes of Brewers Bar to help get […]

Series Previews

Series Preview: Mets vs. Brewers

The last time the Mets faced the Brewers, the Brew Crew had the best record in MLB, and were fulfilling the “surprise” role that many pundits predicted. However, with the Mets going into Milwaukee to start a three-game series today, the Brewers find themselves with a slim lead over the Cubs, a team on a […]

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Do We Want Castillo?

OK, so now the deal looks more reasonable: minor league catcher Drew Butera and outfielder Dustin Martin for Luis Castillo. I have no qualms about the talent exchange here. Drew Butera will be lucky to reach the glorious heights of his dad Sal — who was nothing more than a mediocre third-string catcher. Martin’s future […]

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Teixeira to Braves: Now What?

So it’s only a matter of time before the Mark Teixeira trade to the Braves becomes official. Now what? How about this: nothing. While the Braves are about to acquire one of the elite hitters in the American League, the biggest fish the Mets appear to be after is a hobbling, aging, Luis Castillo. The […]

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Mets Game 105: Win Over Nationals

Mets 5 Nationals 0 The Mets won behind a one-hit shutout by John Maine … albeit, it was a five-inning game called by rain. In the five innings, Maine gave up one hit, walked none, and struck out five en route to his 12th victory. A Ron Belliard single in the first inning prevented the […]

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Willie’s Head-scratcher

Willie Randolph, on his managerial gaffe of pinch-hitting his last position player in the seventh inning last night — causing Tommy Glavine to be used as a pinch-hitter in the ninth: “Yeah, we were short…When Lo Duca went down, we had to get somebody to run for him, and I was thinking maybe I’d have […]

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Mets Game 104: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 6 Mets 5 How did this happen? Mike Pelfrey was shaky early in the game, allowing three runs in the third inning. After getting eighth-place hitter Ryan Langerhans to ground out to lead off the inning, pitcher Joel Hanrahan followed with a triple — in his first Major League at-bat, and likely his first […]

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Mets Game 103: Win Over Nationals

Mets 3 Nationals 1 Orlando Hernandez was brilliant. And, he had to be. El Duque pitched seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits and two walks, striking out eight. The only run came via a Felipe Lopez solo homer. The Mets hitters, however, curiously struggled against Tim Redding, who has mysteriously thrown […]

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Second Base Question

No, this isn’t a question about a second baseman for the Mets. The question is: how did the Phillies — in the market for a second baseman for about three hours — pick up a very serviceable one from the White Sox in return for an A-ball middle reliever? Don’t believe the headlines that state […]

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Mets Game 102: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 6 Mets 2 Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Washington Nationals that they were supposed to roll over and lose to the Mets amicably. The worst-hitting team in MLB — the one that’s averaging less than four runs per game — crossed the plate six times against the Mets in gaining their 44th win […]

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Series Preview: Mets vs. Nationals II

The soft part of the Mets’ schedule continues as the Nationals come into Shea for a four-game set, including a day / night doubleheader on Saturday. The Nats are expected to send four journeymen to the mound, as their already awful pitching staff has been recently decimated by injuries. Which poses a problem for the […]

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