MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Receiving Gifts

Baseball Prospectus readers are six times more likely than other MLB fans to apply their love of numbers to non-baseball pursuits. [Citation needed.] Since you’re mathy enough to be reading this, you’re probably familiar with the psychological studies demonstrating that people are happier to receive a gift they asked for than the one you regifted […]

MLB: NL Wild Card-San Francisco Giants at New York Mets

2016 Wild Card Game Recap: Wait Till Next Year

Executive Summary Conor Gillaspie hit a three-run ninth-inning home run in support of a Madison Bumgarner shutout. Giants 3, Mets 0. Discussion and Analysis Conor Gillaspie batted only 205 times during the regular season. He started last night because Eduardo Nunez, the Giants’ big trade-deadline acquisition, injured his hamstring down the stretch. Gillaspie playing hero in the […]

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Game Recap September 27: Post-Traumatic Strep Reorder

Executive Summary Norse gods are rejuvenated by the strep throat bacterium. Mets 12, Marlins 1. Discussion and Analysis Noah Syndergaard started for the first time in eight days. While extra rest this late in the season is a good thing in itself, Thor appeared unaffected by his recent illness. The Marlins scored a lone fluky run off the Mets’ ace. Dee Gordon […]

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Game Recap September 20: Can’t watch, can’t look away

Executive Summary Julio Teheran held the Mets to a .238 average on balls in play over seven innings. When this offense doesn’t hit home runs, it’s borderline unwatchable. Braves 5, Mets 4. Discussion and Analysis The Mets have lost six of eight against the Braves at Citi Field this year. Considering the Braves are 53-89 when they don’t play in […]

MLB: New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Game Recap September 12: Know When to Fold ‘Em

Executive Summary The Mets gambled that Rafael Montero could tame the second-best offense in baseball. Didn’t happen. Nationals 8, Mets 1. Discussion and Analysis Mat Latos was cut by the White Sox after posting a 7.25 ERA from April 30 through June 7. In two relief appearances for Washington, Latos’ 7.71 ERA was even worse. Yet […]

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Game Recap August 30: Met Momentum

Executive Summary Behind Seth Lugo and Curtis Granderson, the Mets leapfrogged Miami in the Wild Card standings. Mets 7, Marlins 4. Discussion and Analysis A few short years ago, sabermetric Seth Lugo appreciation would consist of astonishment that a 26-year-old never-prospect with a 7.73 ERA in Triple-A could defy his Davenport Translation to post a 2.51 […]

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Game Recap August 29: Walks and a Walkoff

Executive Summary The starting pitchers combined to walk 10 batters. Yoenis Cespedes walked off in the tenth inning. Mets 2, Marlins 1. Discussion and Analysis Miami entered last night’s contest one game ahead of the Mets in the Wild Card standings, with the Marlins a game and a half behind St. Louis for the second spot […]

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Game Recap August 23:  It’s Pronounced “Gazelle, Man”

Executive Summary Robert Gsellman bailed out the injured Jon Niese. Mets 6, Cardinals 3. Discussion and Analysis That the Mets would miss Jon Niese was supposed to be a #HotTake when I predicted it on April 4. Truth be told, despite his reacquisition on Aug. 1, the Mets have not appreciated Niese’s second act: Prior to the game, […]

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets

Game Recap August 10: Blevins Blunders, Bats Brittle

Executive Summary Jerry Blevins gave up Oscar Hernandez’s first major-league home run in the 12th inning. Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2. Discussion and Analysis It’s no surprise that a lineup featuring Ty Kelly, T.J. Rivera, Matt Reynolds and Bartolo Colon — a mediocre spring training B-squad — mustered merely three baserunners against a pitcher who entered the game […]