MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

Braves series preview April 25-27

The sky is falling in Flushing as the reeling Mets welcome last-place Atlanta to Citi Field for the second time this month in the midst of 32 straight games against National League East opponents to open the season. Playing shorthanded offensively due to a bevy of injuries to key players, New York was swept by […]

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Game recap April 21: Pitchers hitting, pitchers running, some pitchers pitching better than others

Primer A bruised and battered Met team faced off against the Washington Nationals, starting a three-game set over the weekend to start the season series against their biggest rival for the division crown. Jacob deGrom was slated to start, but was of course hurt (stiff neck), meaning Matt Harvey got to move up a day […]

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Game recap April 15: The luck always runs out

What Happened, In a Moment: Terry Collins treated Fernando Salas as his lockdown Eighth Inning GuyTM instead of a reliever running on fumes. Salas surrendered back-to-back homers to give Miami a 5-4 win. deGrom Overpowering: It seems odd to say a pitcher needs to go deep because the bullpen is over-taxed in the second week […]

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins

Game Recap April 14: No Rest for the Weary

Mets News Entering last night’s game, the first-place Mets had won five in a row. I’d say the Mets were “fresh off their fifth straight victory,” but nobody was fresh after Thursday’s five-hour-and-thirty-eight-minute, 16-inning affair. Except Sean Gilmartin. He was recalled from Las Vegas today to bolster a bullpen that had thrown 18 innings over the past […]

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Game Recap April 11: Home Run Haven

Mets News Before last night’s game, Jay Bruce’s 2017 slugging percentage (.870) was nearly 200 points higher than his OPS with the 2016 Mets (.685). He’s buoyed the Mets offense this season. Some say Bruce’s Mets-debut-slump is over. Others are already using Bruce’s hot start to justify the Mets’ decision to bury Michael Conforto, even […]

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Game recap April 8: Lucas Duda homered, other people did less good things

What happened, in a moment Keith Hernandez threw paper in to a garbage can before SNY went to commercial in the seventh, giving the perfect (unintended?) metaphor for the Mets listless offense in a 8-1 loss. Rough start for Gsellman Robert Gsellman was a nice unexpected surprise at the end of last season. This year […]

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Game recap April 7: Some hope, then some rust

Primer Nearly any Mets fan perusing these pages likely remembers that amazing doubleheader in 2013 when Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler teamed up to give a terrible Mets team a glimpse of hope. Friday night was a throwback, with Wheeler making his first start in two years the night after Matt Harvey made a solid […]

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Statistically Projecting Mets Position Player Injuries for 2017 (Part 1)

After the 2010 season, Jeff Zimmerman posted a series of articles on FanGraphs using regression models to try and predict the probability that a starting pitcher would get injured. It makes a lot of sense that he’d focus on pitchers. After all, the saying is “pitchers break.” Yet for the 2016 Mets, “everyone breaks” may […]

MLB: Spring Training-Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Statcast Catch Probability Shows the Mets No (G)Love

With the plethora of outfielders on the New York Mets roster it will be hard to determine who should play where and how much they should play. While Yoenis Cespedes will get the bulk of the time in left field, playing time in center field and right field will likely be shared among Jay Bruce, […]

MLB: New York Mets-Workouts

What Would Not Surprise Us About the 2017 Mets

Way way back many centuries ago, not long after the blogging began, Will Leitch started a site called Deadspin. He relied upon tips from the common man. Will’s vision for Deadspin was to publish sports news that never made it into the public domain “because of either corporate obligations or just plain laziness.” Deadspin needed […]