Mets Game 6: Loss to Reds

Reds 2 Mets 1

Mets and Reds lock up in a pitchers’ duel on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The day reminded me of my youth; it could’ve easily been 1977, with Jerry Koosman going pitch-for-pitch against Jack Billingham, waiting for John Milner or Dave Kingman to run into one after a Felix Millan walk. Instead, the Mets would only score once, wasting another great Kooz effort, while Pedro Borbon finished up for a two-inning save.
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Mets Game 5: Win Over Reds

Mets 6 Reds 3

Well, now who is going to play first base?
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Mets Game 5 vs. Reds: Lineups

Today’s lineups:
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Prisoners to “Potential?”

Nice win last night. An encouraging outing by Jenrry Mejia and Lucas Duda hits two homers. Duda’s heroics coming the day after he was named the starting first baseman.

Maybe it’s age, but the cynic in me wonders what both of these players will do for an encore. Is this the beginning of a solid, 25-start season for Mejia, or will he once more land on the DL with yet another arm ailment? Does Duda continue to hit for power and maintain a high OBP, or was last night an alluring flash in the pan, with his two homers representing about 40% of the round trippers he will hit between now and mid-May?

Jeff Wilpon aside, this is the crux of the Mets’ problems: they don’t seem to be able to effectively gauge what they have in the players on their roster. As one of the posters on this site pointed out recently, the Mets get greedy with players they think they can get big time production from at a low cost. When that goes south, there is no backup plan. Example A is Ike Davis. It is painfully apparent that they have overvalued Ike, letting a 32 home run season and a few acrobatic catches cloud their judgement as to his true worth as a player. Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Bobby Parnell are also good examples of this, flashes here and there but no consistent performance. Couple this with critical flaws in each player’s game and you get what we are most likely in store for this year: another losing season.

I favor backing up the truck and getting rid of any player not named Wright or Harvey. Instead, I think they will peddle the Fool’s Gold that was last evening as a sure sign that a turnaround is underway.

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Mets Game 4: Win Over Reds

Lucas Duda 4 Jay Bruce 3

One down, 89 to go.

Is it safe to say that Lucas Duda at 1B was the right decision — at least, for this game?
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Mets Game 4: Lineup vs. Reds

Here are tonight’s lineups for the Mets and Reds, including Terry Collins‘ choice of first baseman for the next two weeks:
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Who Will Be Mets First Baseman?

During the postgame press conference yesterday, Mets manager Terry Collins stated that the first baseman who started against the Reds today would be the man to get the most ample opportunity — at least 60 at-bats — to win the job.

Who will it be?
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Buzz

Mets Game 3: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 8 Mets 2

It was a fairly interesting game until the seventh inning.
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Today’s Positive Thought: Mets Starting Pitching

Postgame recap for game three’s loss will come later tonight, after I’m able to view the game via the magic of DVR.

In the meantime, today’s positive thought for Mets fans is this:
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Shea What?

Mets Game 3: Lineups and Good News

The Mets may have caught a break this afternoon — scheduled Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman has been scratched due to flu-like symptoms. In his stead will be Washington’s fourth starter Tanner Roark, who went 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 0.913 WHIP in his first 14 games and 53 innings in MLB last year.

Other good news for the Mets is that their everyday second baseman has returned from paternity leave and is batting second.

Here are the lineups:
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Mets Game 2: Loss to Nationals

Nationals 5 Mets 1

Again, walk away from the ledge, Mets fans — it’s only two games. There is still plenty of time to win 90 games.
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Mets Game 2: Tonight’s Lineup and Notes

Here is the Mets lineup for Game 2 of 2014:
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Today’s Positive Thought: Bullpen

I’ve been inspired by visitors in the comments section to try to come up with positive thoughts. Some say I’m occasionally negative (at times ornery, believe it or not!) in my blogging about the Mets.

So here is today’s positive thought for the Mets: it won’t take much for the bullpen to improve upon its Opening Day performance. In fact, there is a VERY good chance that Mets relievers will pitch well tonight, compared to Game 1.

What’s YOUR positive thought for the Mets today? Share it below.

Praise the power of positive thinking!

Shea What?

Bobby Parnell Has Torn UCL

According to Mets.com, closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, and may require Tommy John surgery.

Jeez, only one game into 2014 and the Mets’ season is crumbling by the minute. What else can go wrong?

Per the Mets:

Parnell received a platelet-rich plasma injection and has been prescribed complete rest for the next two weeks. After that time, he will begin a throwing program that will determine whether elbow surgery will be required.

Well, if nothing else, news of the injury provides a segue into my latest conversation with sport kinesiologist Angel Borrelli, who wrote an entire book on the pitching elbow and knows a few things about how and why UCL tears occur. Among other subjects, we discuss what pitchers do after Tommy John surgery — and guess what? Matt Harvey could very well return at some point this year. You can listen to it below.

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Help On the Way: Mets Sign Bobby Abreu

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Step away from the ledge, Mets fans — there are still 161 games to go. And good news: the Mets have signed Bobby Abreu to a minor-league contract!
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