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Blog Roundup: Dog Days Edition

It’s amazing how one 1-11 stretch can ruin an entire 162-game season.  The Mets had a relatively successful west coast road trip, going 6-5.  But following that 12-game stretch after the All-Star break (which included an 0-6 homestand) playing just a few games over .500 won’t cut it anymore.  At the All-Star break, they were a mere 4.5 games out.  Now, they’re 12.5 games behind the first-place Nationals.  They have also fallen 9 games out of a wildcard berth.  Just like that, a large measure of hope has been drained from the 2012 season.  And unless the Mets can get on a nice, long winning streak, the dog days of August are going to be a tougher slog than usual.

No slogs here, just Blogs:

  • Rising Apple says Josh Edgin is the lone bright spot in the Mets bullpen (I would add: for now)
  • Rich Coutinho wisely recommends that we don’t overanalyze every Matt Harvey start.  He’s a talented pitcher who’s still learning the game.
  • Metstradamus shares a similar sentiment (and reports that NASA has located a home run allowed by Steve Trachsel)
  • Kerel Cooper talks about the worst contracts in Mets history.
  • MMO has a nice interview with prospect Wilmer Flores.
  • Mets Minors has the video of Buffalo manager Wally Backman calling out the opposing manager for stealing signs.  Backman was suspended for his outburst.

Mets Today is still blogging away the moments that make up the dog days (or something), so keep checking us out.

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Blog Roundup: All-Star Break

The first half of the 2012 season is in the can, and the Mets are a respectable 46-40, sitting in third place in the NL East, 5 games behind the Washington Nationals.  They’ve certainly exceeded expectations.  This year’s edition of the Mets is loaded with overachievers, like Ruben Tejada, Scott Hairston, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and R.A. Dickey, as well as established veterans having bounceback seasons, like David Wright and Johan Santana.  They’ve had this success despite the early struggles of their bullpen, and the fact that they tend to play down to their competition (They’ve lost 7 games combined to the Astros and Cubs, each of whom have sub-.400 winning percentages).  And, unlike last year, the Mets are trade-market buyers at the midway point of the season.  So, fasten your seatbelts for half number two of the 2012 season.

The Blogs are strapped in:

Enjoy the All-Star game, and keep checking out Mets Today for all the latest Mets stuff in the second half.

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MLB Needs to Decide What the All-Star Game Is

Wright made the 2012 All-Star team, but not as a starter.

The 2012 All-Star Rosters were announced today, and the Mets will have two representatives.  R.A. Dickey and David Wright will join manager Terry Collins (who was selected to Tony LaRussa’s coaching staff) in Kansas City.

The big news for Mets fans is the fact that Pablo Sandoval of the Giants beat out Wright in the fan voting by 1.6 million votes.  Wright had been leading in the voting up until the last couple of days.

But fan voting is an important part of the All-Star Game.  After all, the fans should vote for the players they want to see, since it is an exhibition game held for the fans.

Wait…is it?  I thought “it counted this time.”

In 2002, the All-Star Game finished in a 7-7 tie in the 11th inning, when each manager simply ran out of players.  Because that’s what you did in an All-Star Game: get as many players in the game as possible.  Why?  So the fans of each team could see their men compete in the Summer Classic, that’s why.  Admit it, it was  a thrill to see Lee Mazzilli play in the 1979 All-Star game.  He even tied the game with a home run, and drove in the eventual game-winning run with a bases-loaded walk.  He somehow didn’t win the MVP, mostly because a more popular player (Dave Parker) from a winning team (the Pirates) threw a guy out at home.

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Series Preview: Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodger Stadium

The Mets (40-36, 3rd place in the N.L. East) begin a 4-game set with the Dodgers (43-33, 1st place in the N.L. West) in Los Angeles tonight at 10:10 PM EDT.

The Dodgers have lost 8 of their last 9 games, and are coming off a sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants.  This recent run of games dropped the Dodgers into a first place tie with the Giants, after L.A. had held a steady lead in the N.L. West for the first 3 months of the season.

The Mets followed their 4-game winning streak with a 4-game losing streak.  They lost 2 in a row to the last-place Cubs before steamrolling them in game 3 of the series.

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Blog Roundup: No-Spin Zone

R.A. Dickey pitched another routine gem last night, allowing a controversial infield hit to B.J. Upton in the first, then allowed an unearned run in the ninth after a David Wright error and two passed balls.  As the Rays radio announcer put it, the only chance Tampa Bay had was if Dickey accidentally locked himself in the bathroom.  The Rays had no chance against R.A.’s knucklers.  Dickey and Chris Young (with a big assist from the bullpen) have taken the first two games in St. Pete, as they try to bounce back from a stretch in which they lost 6 of 7.

And for more worthy coverage of the Mets, keep checking out Mets Today.

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Marte, McHugh Talk to Bloggers

Marte in last year's Future's Game.

On Friday, the Mets Media Relations department was kind enough to hold a conference call between Mets bloggers and B-Mets Jefry Marte and Collin McHugh.  Both players are off to prodigious starts for Binghamton.  Marte was named Mets minor league hitter of the month.  He’s hitting .326/.389/.442.  McHugh, the Mets minor league pitcher of the month, has a 4-2 record with a 2.05 ERA, and a K/BB ratio of 2.80.

During the conference call, they graciously answered one question apiece from each blogger.  Here were my questions:

MetsToday: Obviously you’ve made a smooth transition to AA, but what are the greatest differences you’ve found between A ball and AA, as far as the level of competition?

Marte: It’s the same game.  I try to stay focused, get good pitches to hit, and be confident in my approach at the plate.  Also, the umpire’s strikezones are better in AA, allowing me to get more consistent pitches to hit.

MetsToday: I’m not only a fan of yours as a pitcher, but also as a blogger.  What do your teammates think of your blog?

McHugh: I don’t think they know about my blog.  But I enjoy writing, especially on the road.  It’s a good outlet for my thoughts and perspectives.  Writing is something I’d like to do after my career is over, however many years down the line that is.

McHugh delivers.

Among other questions to Marte, he was asked what it was like to play third base in the Mets organization, knowing that David Wright may have the postition secured for many years into the future (about those contract talks…).  Marte said he will keep focusing on his game in the minors, and would be willing to change positions, or do whatever the Mets want him to, if and when he reaches the big club.

Throughout the call, Marte emphasized his approach at the plate and having confidence.  Marte spoke through a translator, but sounds like he’s focused on his game.

McHugh was asked if he felt the need to work harder to gain name recognition, like other players in the organization, such as Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Jeurys Familia.  He said he has respect for those pitchers, and doesn’t feel slighted.  He likes playing with the current starting rotation in Binghamton, because they challenge each other, and they win ballgames.  He feels that winning is part of their development.

McHugh is very articulate which would make him a good fit for a big media market like New York.  He’s also a good writer, but hopefully, his primary career will take place on the mound for many years to come.

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Blog Roundup: The True North Edition

After a brief homestand, the Mets head north to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays.  Yes, interleague play is here.  The Mets survived Brewing trouble and the Red scare to come away with a 2-2 homestand.  Now they venture not only into the true north (strong and free, apparently), but into the American League East.

Blogging about it…these guys:

  • MMO has pictures from the Mets latest “themed” road trip, as every Mets player dressed in hockey jerseys on their way to the home of the Leafs (Shouldn’t it be “Leaves?”).
  • ESPN NY Blog breaks down the white hot start of David Wright.
  • Patrick Flood wonders if Bobby Parnell is closer material.
  • On the Black has his own thoughts about the Mets closer situation.
  • B-Met Collin McHugh writes about a bat dog he saw in New Hampshire (Collin writes a great blog about his experiences in the minor leagues).
  • Rising Apple suggests combining to wrongs to set interleague play right.

So keep checking out Mets Today for full Mets coverage, eh?

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28 Days Later: The State of the Mets

David Wright is off to a great start.

28 games into the season, the Mets are 15-13, sitting in third place in the NL East.  And if it weren’t early May, I’d say something like, “if the season were to end today, the Mets would be the second Wildcard team.”  But it is only early May.  With that said, let’s take a look at the current state of the team.

Positives

First, the good news.  The Mets are exceeding expectations.  Yes, the expectations were low, but expectations are being exceeded nonetheless.

They went 13-10 in April, which isn’t bad in and of itself.  However, according to the May 7th issue of Sports Illustrated, they faced the 4th toughest schedule by winning percentage (.535) in the major leagues.  Meanwhile, the Dodgers and Nationals, teams that got off to screaming hot starts,  faced the 30th and 29th toughest schedules, respectively.

Individually, several players are off to great starts in 2012.  David Wright is off to one of the best starts of his career, hitting .375/.481/.545 with a team-leading 14 RBI.  Daniel Murphy is hitting .315/.358/.378.  The Mets need more extra base hits out of Murphy, but it’s hard to be dissatisfied with his average and OBP.  In addition, he’s played a surprisingly competent second base.  He hasn’t been without errors, but like his team, he has exceeded expectations.  Similarly, Josh Thole (.282/.356/.372) has performed well at the plate, while showing improvement behind it.

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