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Date Added: 2005-04-11 17:02:08
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Mets' lack of home run power is nothing new
The Mets have been outhomered by their opponents every year since 2008. Since Sandy Alderson took over as general manager for the New York Mets, the offense, which has often struggled generally, has lacked power in particular. As Marc Carig from Newsday writes i...

Mets activate Bartolo Colon from bereavement list, option Gonzalez Germen to Vegas
Added to the roster to take Colon's place, Germen heads back to the minors. The Mets have activated Bartolo Colon from the bereavement list and optioned

Series Preview: New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Mets say hello to an old friend as they continue their west coast swing. What's going on with the Dodgers? Backed by a payroll of nearly $230 million and strong seasons from

The View From Behind the Backstop: Wuilmer Becerra
Wuilmer Becerra, the 'other' piece in the R.A. Dickey deal, has been tearing the cover off the ball in Kingsport over the last month. How excited should you be about about this toolsy rightfielder?   Wuilmer Becerra RF, Kingsport Mets (R) Height, weight: 6'4", 190 Age (2014 season age): 19 Acquired: Trade...

Numbers don't match up for Mets starter Dillon Gee
Can Dillon Gee's second-half struggles be explained away as just a poor stretch of pitching? Or is this closer to the type of pitcher he actually is? The answer probably lies somewhere in between. Even with Matt Harvey succumbing to Tommy John surgery last October, the

Mets might consider Roberto Carlos, Cuban shortstop
Could the 28-year-old shortstop be an upgrade for the Mets? The Mets might look at 28-year-old Roberto Carlos, a shortstop who defected from Cuba in late 2012, says Mike Puma of the Post. The team has had a glaring hole at shortstop since losing 

Mets prospect Dilson Herrera has New York in his sights
What seemed like a standard, late-season waiver-wire deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates actually might have handed the Mets one of their best prospects in years. With the Mets once again out of contention at this time last year, Sandy Alderson 

1999: Fonzie goes off the 'dome
This week in 1999: The Mets head to Houston, where Edgardo Alfonzo has a night for the ages After a tidy 4-2 homestand against the Cardinals and Astros, the

Making sense of the Mets' terrible August offense
August has been brutal for the Mets' offense, but things shouldn't stay so bad for long. In August, the Mets' offense has a 57 wRC+. The next three worst teams—the Rangers,

The Perception Gap, Part 3: How Mets fans, others view Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard
How do Mets fans and other baseball fans see youngsters Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard and veteran Bartolo Colon? The third part of this four part series on the perception of Mets' players and personnel takes a deep look into how New York Mets fans and other baseball fans view three Mets pitchers. For this series, writers from Amazin' Avenue, twenty ...

Mets Morning News: Tales of Duda and Wheeler to help you through the off-day blues
Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets didn't play a baseball game last night. They'll get back at it tonight at 10:10 p.m. against the Dodgers. Tim Healey of explains how

Sarris: Hard work, new pitches paying off for deGrom
deGrom was an underrated prospect who exploded onto the scene in 2014. Jacob deGrom has been a pleasant surprise for the Mets this year. Over at Fangraphs, Eno Sarris wrote an excellent piece on his developing arsenal of pitches—a big reason for the rookie's early succ...

Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/22/14: Now it's a peaceful oasis (you got it, you got it)
Catch up on all of the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action! *All results from games played on Thursday, August 20th, 2014 Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (74-60)_______________________________________ LAS VEGAS 13, NEW ORLEANS 5 (Box) "Down El Pas...

Mets Trade Rumors: Could Bartolo Colon be dealt to the Angels?
The Angels have a need, but could Colon even get to them in waivers? In the wake of Garrett Richards's gruesome injury covering ...

Healey: Wheeler's changeup a key part of success
As Zack Wheeler continues his development into a premier pitcher, much of his success can be attributed to his changeup. Zack Wheeler's road to Major League Baseball was predicated on his fastball. His ability to light up radar guns, seemingly with ease, was a major factor in his high prospect rankings and the

Mets captain David Wright is going to be just fine
Despite suffering the worst season of his career, the Mets' captain is going to be all right. We hope. It isn’t news that David Wright is having a bad year at the plate. It hasn't been fun to watch, and it has raised concerns that the current, diminished version o...

The Perception Gap, Part 2: How Mets fans, others see David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Juan Lagares
How are these three positions players viewed? In part two of this series, we take a look at how Mets fans and non-Mets fans see three of the team's players: David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Juan Lagares. Yesterday, we looked at the difference in perception between those two groups regarding 

The View From Behind the Backstop: Brad Wieck, Josh Prevost, and James Duff
The Mets 2014 draft class included a lot of very tall pitchers. Is this perhaps a new market inefficiency? Brad Wieck Height: 6'9" Weight: 255 LHP, Brooklyn (SS-A) Age: 22 Acquired: 7th round, 2014 Date(s) seen: 7/12/14 @ Connecticut Tigers 2014: 20 IP, 14 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 28 K, 0 HR Brad Wieck is a moun...

Mets Morning News: Mets' offense golden against A's, Colon to return Sunday
Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Apparently the Mets have an offense now? They scored eight runs yesterday in an 8-5 victory over the A's and are off today before a weekend set against the

Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/21/14: Bowmie Don't Play That
Catch up on all of the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action! *All results from games played on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014* Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (73-60)_______________________________________ NEW ORLEANS 4, LAS VEGAS 0 (

Mets vs. Athletics Recap: It wasn't pretty, but it'll do
The offense scored eight (!) runs and the Mets managed to split the series versus the Athletics. If you felt a rumbling under your feet at some point in the late afternoon, it was most likely the Mets' offense registering a pulse for the first time in ages. Today's win was not a total victor...

The Mets' offense is offensive
The Mets are close to last in the majors in nearly every offensive category since the All-Star break. The 1906 Chicago White Sox have a dubious place in baseball lore. They won the World Series in six games against their crosstown rivals, the

Final Score: Mets 8, Athletics 5—Offense shows signs of life, bullpen almost ruins it
The Mets held on to win today despite the best efforts of their pitching and defense. The Mets won a sloppy game today in Oakland, splitting their two-game series with the Athletics by beating the h...

Mets have weird "330 rule" they don't stick to
If Terry Collins abides by the guideline for young pitchers to throw more than 330 pitches in a string of three starts, Zack Wheeler is on a tight leash during Wednesday's start. It's commonplace to monitor a young hurler's pitch count during an outing, but the Mets have...

Mets pitcher Dana Eveland received cortisone injection in elbow
The veteran reliever received a cortisone injection for his elbow in hopes of avoiding a prolonged absence. Dana Eveland will miss at least today's game because of elbow ailments that prompted him to get a cortisone injection. 

The View From Behind the Backstop: Corey Oswalt, Scarlyn Reyes, and Luis Mateo
A closer look at a trio of Brooklyn Cyclones arms. Corey Oswalt RHP, Brooklyn (SS-A) Age: 20 Acquired: 7th round, 2012 Date(s) seen: 7/13/14 @ Connecticut Tigers 2014: 55.2 IP, 46 H, 17 R, 14 ER, 12 BB, 50 K, 0 HR Tall righthander wi...

Amazin' Avenue Audio, Episode 82: Cubs Shortstops, Mets Pitchers, Unfair Trivia
"Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It pounded on the mountain and recoiled around the place, For Vicente, mighty Vicente was advancing from third base." Run Time: 1:34:55 In the "The Mets should...

Is Gavin Cecchini the Mets' shortstop of the future?
A look at how Mets shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini is progressing in the minor leagues. Gavin Cecchini has always seemed disappointing as a prospect, lacking any explosive tools or flashy high ceilings expected of a first-round pick. He was drafted after

The Perception Gap, Part 1: How Mets fans, other fans see Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins
The first of a four-part series looking at how Mets fans and fans of other teams perceive the team, its management, and its players. Being a baseball fan demands a certain level of commitment and willingness to put your happiness in the hands of your favorite players on an almost daily basis. Being a New York Mets fan takes a devotion that has either been p...

Curtis Granderson's struggles come at a steep price
The Mets promised they would spend money to improve their club after the 2013 season. The centerpiece of the club's offseason was Curtis Granderson, signed to a four-year, $60 million deal. Unfortunately, the Mets are not getting their money's worth. The Mets' offensive ...

Mets Morning News: I'm never gonna dance again, Dillon Gee has got no rhythm
Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Choose Your Recap: Amazin' Avenue Short,

Potential waiver wire opportunities for the Mets
The non-waiver wire trading deadline passed by on July 31 with the Mets standing pat. Are there any viable remaining waiver wire opportunities? For the remainder of the season, teams are able to continue trading via the waiver wire, although players traded after August 31 cannot play in the postseason of the same season. As the waiver wire rules and process can be con...

Mets Daily Farm Report, 8/20/14: Counting Crows, Blue Cars, and magic numbers
Catch up on all of yesterday’s minor league action from around the Mets farm system! *All results from games played on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (73-59)_______________________________________ LAS VEGAS 10, OMAHA 4 (

Mets vs. Oakland Recap: Not ideal
The Mets did not put up much of a fight and were battered in Oakland. Fresh off a long airplane flight, the Mets found themselves in Oakland tonight for their final west coast road trip of the season. They were unable to start it off on the right foot, however, and now find themselves on a three-gam...

Final Score: Athletics 6, Mets 2—Sleepwalking in Oakland
The Mets could not muster much as they fell to the A's in the first of two games in Oakland. The Mets did not appear to have any interest in winning tonight's ballgame and were thoroughly beaten by the

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