Archive for October, 2010

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Quick Primer on Wally Backman

Of all the potential candidates to be interviewed for manager of the New York Mets by General Sandy Alderson, only one has a detailed resume available in video form — both on DVD and via publicly accessible internet channels such as youTube and Blip.tv. So for every person who states “I’m not sure how Wally […]

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2010 Analysis: Ryota Igarashi

When the Mets opened camp in mid-February, Kelvim Escobar was penciled in as the setup man. Because of Escobar’s injury history, the Mets signed fireballing Japanese closer Ryota Igarashi as a backup plan. On Planet Omar, it made plenty of sense to stack two high risks into the second-most vital bullpen role. All the hype […]

10-11 Offseason

2010 Analysis: Sean Green

Remember when the Mets traded Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Jason Vargas, Ezequiel Carrera, and Maikel Cleto in return for Sean Green and two other Seattle Mariners? Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? Green was supposed to be Pedro Feliciano’s foil – a right-handed situational reliever with the ability to occasionally step in […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

Since It Doesn’t Matter Who the Manager Is …

Now that Sandy Alderson is in charge, and we know he does not believe a manager has any impact on a team’s success or failure — provided, of course, said manager follows orders and executes the plan issued from the front office — then how do we go about choosing the next Mets manager? Seriously […]

10-11 Offseason

Four Answers To Anti-Wally Questions

Before the interview process starts, the beat writers and blogosphere are already counting out Wally Backman as a viable candidate for Mets manager in 2011. Let’s address the top 4 “reasons” Wally won’t be hired by Sandy Alderson: 1. If Alderson hires Wally Backman, it proves to all of baseball that he is Jeff Wilpon’s […]

10-11 Offseason

2010 Analysis: Dillon Gee

I want to believe that Dillon Gee will continue to be as good as he was in five starts in September. I’d like to pencil him in to a 2011 rotation spot right now, and expect him to give the Mets 6 to 7 innings every five days, limiting opposing batters to a .212 batting […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

Will Sandy Alderson Answer the Steroid Question?

Ian O’Connor of ESPN-NY points out an intriguing chink in Sandy Alderson’s armor — and wonders if he’ll apologize for it:

10-11 Offseason

Sandy Alderson May Choose a Former Met to Manage

It’s not yet official but Sandy Alderson as Mets’ GM is as good as a done deal. So next we move on to who will be the next Mets manager? If you are a loyal reader of MetsToday then you know who my choice is — Wally Backman. But it doesn’t matter who MY choice […]

10-11 Offseason

Why I Haven’t Been Writing About the GM Drama

For the past few weeks, I’ve received several emails from MetsToday readers asking why there has been little to no coverage of the Mets’ search for a new General Manager. First of all,

10-11 Offseason

2010 Analysis: Pedro Feliciano

For the third consecutive season, Pedro Feliciano set a new Mets record for appearances by a pitcher, while leading the league in the same category. “Everyday Pedro” was exactly that, taking the ball 92 times – including a whopping 23 appearances in September / October. The modern-day Iron Joe McGinnity pitched without rest (i.e., back-to-back […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

2010 Analysis: R.A. Dickey

What is there to say? R.A. Dickey was the Mets’ MVP – “no question”, as Jerry Manuel might say. Without Dickey’s 11 wins and 175 IP, the Mets are battling the Washington Nationals to stay out of the NL East cellar, rather than staying neck-and-neck with the third-place Marlins. Dickey’s season was so magical it […]

2010 Mets Evaluations

Why Bobby Valentine Won’t Be the Next Mets Manager

Ever since Willie Randolph was fired — and probably even before — there has been a groundswell supporting the return of Bobby Valentine to Flushing as manager of the futiles. As time goes on, the legend of Bobby spreads further and grows larger — to the point where many Mets fans have reached a point […]

10-11 Offseason

2010 Analysis: Elmer Dessens

Every time I want to write off Elmer Dessens, he comes back and disproves my assertion that he stinks. Still, I maintain that he does not have the talent to pitch in the big leagues, and his incredible stat line must have something to do with either voo-doo or a pact with the devil; there […]

2010 Mets Evaluations
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2010 Analysis: Manny Acosta

Who would have thought, before the 2010 season began, that Manny Acosta would appear in 41 games for the New York Mets? As some may point out, Acosta is similar to Mariano Rivera in that he’s righthanded and from Panama; unfortunately, that’s where the similarity ends. The stringbean reliever with the 95-MPH fastball was plucked […]

2010 Mets Evaluations
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2010 Mets Player Evaluations

While the Mets continue their GM hiring charade (c’mon, was there ever a question once Sandy Alderson emerged as a candidate?) for the foreseeable future, we will individually review the 2010 performances of the players currently on the Mets roster. This way, when Alderson the next Mets GM arrives at his office in Flushing, he’ll […]

2010 Mets Evaluations