MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets

Our Picks for 2017 Mets Manager

In 1994, his first year as Houston Astros manager, Terry Collins inherited a team with 25-year-old Darryl Kile, 26-year-old Jeff Bagwell, Luis Gonzalez, Shane Reynolds, and Todd Jones, 28-year-old Craig Biggio, and 29-year-old Steve Finley and Greg Swindell. A 21-year-old Mike Hampton threw 41 innings out of the Astros’ bullpen. When Collins guided those mid-nineties […]

MLB: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Dear Terry: Be Like Maddon

The Mets, coming out of the trade deadline, have a very strange roster. They’re carrying five outfielders—six if you count Kelly Johnson—yet all but Yoenis Cespedes are left-handed, and there’s no clear center fielder with Cespedes hurt. The infield looks more stable, but probably shouldn’t be, with James Loney and Matt Reynolds locked into regular […]

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Terry Collins Needs a Day Off

This past week was not a particularly stellar one for Terry Collins—although, to be fair, his truly bad stretches as a manager have historically involved some kind of player uprising, so his bar might look unreasonably high. Nonetheless, it was a pretty putrid string of recent days by almost measure. To wit: On Wednesday, he […]

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

Game Recap May 17: Behind Blue Eyes

Executive Summary On the anniversary of Noah Syndergaard’s Citi Field debut, Thor bettered Max Scherzer and made two solo shots stand up. Mets 2, Nationals 0. Discussion and Analysis Noah Syndergaard’s dominating performance last night overshadowed: Max Scherzer’s next start after striking out 20 Tigers Daniel Murphy’s return to his old stomping ground Bryce Harper’s first […]

MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Our Probably Irrational Beliefs About 2016

Behavioral economists theorize that human activity is strongly influenced by context, particularly how the world presents us with choices. As Mets fans, however, our animal brains are conditioned to expect the worst. It’s an evolutionary defense mechanism, protecting us against the horrific memories of 2007 and 2008, when the Mets’ comfortable division leads evaporated in the seasons’ last three weeks. […]