Mets Game 10: Loss to Angels

Angels 5 Mets 4

The New York Mets lose an eleven-inning marathon to the Cucamonga Valley Angels.
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Mets Game 9: Win Over Braves

Mets 6 Braves 4

Are the Mets this good? Are the Braves this bad? Or is it a function of it being April?
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Mets Game 8: Loss to Braves

Braves 4 Mets 3

Mets lose, but do what they can to make it exciting at the end.
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Mets Game 7: Win Over Braves

Mets 4 Braves 0

The Mets beat the mighty Braves on Hank Aaron Night.
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What is a Platelet-rich Plasma Injection and Would it Have Helped Bobby Parnell?

In the latest episode of The Fix, Angel Borrelli and I discuss the following:

- How can a pitcher know the difference between “normal soreness” and a pain that requires medical attention?

- What is a “platelet-rich plasma injection” and how could it have helped Bobby Parnell‘s partially torn UCL? (Note, we recorded this episode on Saturday afternoon, prior to the news that Parnell would be getting Tommy John surgery.)

- What is the difference — if any — between a UCL and MCL tear?

- Brian Wilson is suffering “ulnar nerve irritation” in his elbow — what is that, and does that mean he needs another Tommy John surgery?

- A new paradigm for preventing pitcher injuries that will allow MLB pitching coaches to sleep soundly at night.

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Mets Injuries, Pitching Mechanics

Bobby Parnell Will Have Tommy John Surgery

Bobby Parnell has decided to have Tommy John surgery, and, as a result, will be out for the rest of 2014.
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Mets Injuries

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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Lineups

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.

Mets 2014 Games

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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Lineups

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?