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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 […]

MLB: Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves

Nationals series preview April 21-23

As they wrap up the third week of a young but already very eventful season, New York welcomes the first-place Washington Nationals to town for a three-game set with both teams seemingly headed in opposite directions. Decimated by a rash of injuries and coming off of two straight series losses at the hands of Miami […]

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: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Game recap October 2: Good thing this game didn’t matter

Gabriel Ynoa was a little shaky, but kept the Mets in Game 162 by only allowing one run in his 4.2 innings. However, the Phillies celebrated Ryan Howard’s final game with the team by doing damage to the bullpen in the seventh. However, this game was largely uneventful, as the Mets rested players and pulled […]

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Game recap September 21: Erase this one from your memory (trust me)

WHO WON: The navy-colored not-Mets WHAT HAPPENED, NOTHING REALLY MATTERS: Things looked great for the first six innings of this one. Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera used the long-ball to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Bartolo Colon was doing Bartolo Colon things, as he allowed no runs, walked nobody and struck out six batters. […]

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: Minnesota Twins at New York Mets

Game recap September 17: Never say die

What Happened: After a long and painful day, the Mets got to celebrate a franchise-record 201 home runs in a season as Curtis Granderson hit a game-tying homer in the 11th and a game-winning homer in the 12th. Fans probably walked in to yesterday’s game a little bummed out. It was Jacob deGrom hair hat […]

MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets

See You In September!

September is upon us. The leaves are changing, the Mets are still on the edge of the playoff race, and major league teams can recall up to 40 players to the active roster. Four call-ups have already been confirmed by Betsy Helfand of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I brought out my Magic 8-Ball to predict […]

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

The Mets’ Offense and the Burden of Context

Often, when watching a lot of games by the same baseball team, we might say things like “boy it sure feels like Bobby Ballplayer strikes out a lot on high fastballs,” or “golly it seems like Javier Hitter grounds into a double play every time there’s a runner on first.” Often, we seek to prove […]