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The Sweet Release Of Another Season's Death Is Near

By: metstradamus | June 26, 2019 In seasons past when things wouldn’t go so well, frequently I’d assume defeat. Either before the game, or sometime during the fifth inning down by two or three runs, I’d say to myself “this one’s over”. And there would be a lot of times that the Mets would surprise me and win. It was those times that I would remind myself that the team isn’t a caricature. They’re just bad. So as the Mets got off to a 5-2 lead I’m thinking “okay, dude … c’mon. The Mets can’t stick to the script...

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Franchise Held Hostage

By: metstradamus | June 25, 2019 The one thing that Mets fans were hoping for was that “See You Tomorrow” would turn into some sort of galvanization for the ballclub as they rip off 13 straight victories and prove to everybody that Brodie’s vision was correct all along. But give the Mets credit for this: They’re great at busting myths. Monday (or as Handsome Art Howe knows it as … “tomorrow”) was one of those Citizens Bank Park slugfests which saw a whole bunch of lead changes and, at one point, a 6-5 Mets lead. But Steven Matz was...

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Unfulfilled

By: metstradamus | June 24, 2019 The Mets addressed Sunday night’s chaos before their game against the Phillies today … and no, they did not fire Mickey Callaway. Fine, whatever. While it was a possibility, and probably would have sunk another manager in another organization, that’s not how things are done here. Neither Callaway nor Vargas were even suspended for their actions on Sunday, which is a little bit strange, but it’s something that we probably need to accept, because even though we have a pretty good account of what happened, there’s no smoking gun in terms of video....

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Driven Into Darkness By A Caravan Of Clowns

By: metstradamus | June 24, 2019 I suppose we should go about this chronologically, shall we? First, the Mets trotted out a lineup on Sunday that could only be described as “the B lineup.” Okay, fine. Players need rest, and there are pre-determined plans. I get it. But in the midst of this important stretch of games with a chance to take three out of four from a division leader on the road, I would have at least thought Handsome Art Howe would have flipped some of his scheduled days off around so that the lineup wasn’t a wasteland...

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Just Your Average Picket Fence At Wrigley

By: metstradamus | June 22, 2019 When you look on Baseball Reference, the Mets hover around league average in most offensive categories (except OPS, where they are third in the N.L.) Maybe it’s the perspective of having a putrid offense last season, but it seems rather hard to believe. This team can hit, especially when you look at the whoopin’ they put on Jose Quintana and the Cubs today. Pete Alonso, of course, is a huge reason for all of this, having tied Darryl Strawberry’s rookie record for home runs in a season … on June 22nd. (To be...

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Idealism Becomes Reality

By: metstradamus | June 21, 2019 I’ve had this thought about Jeff McNeil for a while now. But it really became crystal clear during today’s 5-4 victory at Wrigley. McNeil had a two run homer to make it 3-2 after the Mets were demoralized by a Yu Darvish RBI hit to give the Cubs the lead. McNeil also drove in the winning run in the seventh off a decent pitch from Mike Montgomery. He also made a good catch in right field by the ivy, a position unfamiliar to him. And finally in the 8th, he showed good instincts...

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And The Razor Shines Award For Decision Making Goes To …

By: metstradamus | June 20, 2019 I hope I’m never in a burning building with Gary DiSarcina. Because I’m sure that if he’s waving me to an exit that on the other side of that exit is a pool filled with acid rain and alligators that have jagged teeth laced with mercury and SARS. What the hell was that????? It’s 2-2 in the 6th. Charlie Culberson is in deep right field in Williamsport, Amed Rosario, who was 2-for-2 was on deck, and J.D. Davis is a rotisserie chicken short of Lucas Duda. But sure let’s send him and make...

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Sleep Well

By: metstradamus | June 19, 2019 So let’s review what happened on this fantastic Tuesday: Brandon Nimmo was shut down from baseball activities for 30 days. Justin Wilson was scratched from his appearance in Syracuse with elbow tightness. Jeurys Familia, twelve minutes after Handsome Art Howe told the media he was fine, was put on the injured list with a shoulder injury. Bennett Lesion. Bone Spur. Something or other. And sometime during all of this, Handsome Art called a team meeting. As Gare said tonight with a hint of cynicism, it’s a good idea to call a team meeting...

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