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The Soundtrack of Failure

By: metstradamus | August 21, 2018 Sometimes errors are just errors. Other times, errors are the residue of years of poor planning, poor execution, poor design, and poor effort … quickly followed by the din of Gregorian chants around Flushing that sound eerily like the name “Castillo“. This was the latter … It was the 13th inning … an inning we would have never seen had the Mets been able to hit in Citi Burial Ground at all this season. But after Tyler Bashlor had basically escaped a first and third nobody out jam by getting Brandon Crawford to...

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Children Are Our Greatest Resource

By: metstradamus | August 20, 2018 The Mets were victorious in the 2018 Little League Classic, which started as a question regarding whether Jason Vargas could get little leaguers out, and ended with Phillies fans questioning their very existence. What?? The wheels are coming off right in front of our faces — Michael Battaglia (@taggs24) August 20, 2018 Fine Kevin . I just don’t see them winning games like they were earlier in the season. Something’s not right if they can’t beat the Mets in this statement game — Michael Battaglia (@taggs24) August 20, 2018 But it also featured...

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Platitudes And Outrage: Cy Young Edition

By: metstradamus | August 18, 2018 There was a new twist to Jacob deGrom’s incredible season on Saturday: a rain delay. I wasn’t sure deGrom would come out for the fourth inning after rain held up Saturday’s game for close to an hour. I wasn’t sure deGrom should have come out for the fourth inning. Nothing, not a team win, not a deGrom win, not a Cy Young award is more important than Jacob’s long term health or the long term well being of the organization. So when deGrom did come out after the delay, I was scared to...

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8/18/2018 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

By: metstradamus | August 18, 2018 It’s almost over. The road trip created from a blindfolded dart thrower is in its next to last day as the Mets will spend one more day in Philadelphia before heading down to Williamsport. Game time is 4:05 from Citizens Bank Park. If you’re headed there with a kid, that kid will get a Jake Arrieta Players Weekend Shirsey absolutely free. How To Enjoy Radio Coverage: 710 WOR or ESPN Deportes 1050 here in New York, and  either either 94 WIP or WTTM 1680 in Philadelphia, if you’re at the game with a...

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Here's a Take That Aged Well

By: metstradamus | August 18, 2018 I’m quoting a smart man here: But if there’s anything to Syndergaard’s season to marvel at, it’s his consistency. There have only been two starts where he has given up more than three runs. First start of the year, and the start before Sunday against the Reds.  Yup, that was me. Five days before Noah Syndergaard took the mound against the Phillies and gave up three runs in the first inning (and was hit hard) and four in his 5 and 2/3’s innings of work. Immediately after I point out the consistency, he...

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Mets Score 30 Runs … And Somehow Lose A Game In The Process

By: metstradamus | August 17, 2018 Think of the absurdity of that title. If you score 30 runs in a day, you’re supposed to win. If you score 30 runs in the span of 8 hours, you’re supposed to win two games. (Or one if Steve Trachsel is pitching.) The Mets would have won two games if Steven Matz had been the Steven Matz we all dream he can be. Or even the Steven Matz in the month before he got hurt. But we love baseball in its absurdity. It’s the Mets, so you know they excel at the...

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8/16/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies Game 1

By: metstradamus | August 16, 2018 The Mets are still trudging through a road trip that has them playing four teams in five different cities in a span of ten days. They won the series against Florida, finished off a series win against the Yankees, and split a series against Baltimore. Now they head to Philadelphia for four against the Phillies before finishing off the five game series at Williamsport on Sunday. Game One is in the land of Cheesesteak at 4:05 PM. The Phillies are throwing back to their Von Hayes era uniforms today, so if you squint...

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Mets Spill Perfume on Fresh Kills … Win 16-5

By: metstradamus | August 16, 2018 At least beating the Orioles 16-5 will help the Pythagorean W-L record, (which going into the night stood at the same 50-67 that the team is in real life.) Brandon Nimmo went 5-for-5 and was hit by a Sean Gilmartin pitch (so we know it didn’t hurt.) Kevin Plawecki hit a grand slam. Wilmer Flores drove in three runs and had a home run, and Todd Frazier went 3-for-6 with a home run and 4 RBI. Camden Yards seems to agree with the Mets … but then again, at 27-30 on the road...

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A Decade Went Into This Post

By: metstradamus | August 15, 2018 The Olbermann-less SNY television booth had mentioned that Tim Beckham was the number one overall draft pick in 2008. Beckham’s knee injury early in his career has limited his effectiveness in the show. But it got me thinking: How did the Mets do in the 2008 draft? Here are the notables: Ike Davis Kirk Nieuwenhuis Josh Satin Eric Campbell Collin McHugh Chris Schwinden This list is not just six players who made the major leagues, this is the most fantastically mediocre list of baseball players ever to be taken in one draft. I’m...

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