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Dessens and better late than never

May 31, 2010 by


For Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya it is a case of better late than never. Slowly but surely the Mets are making moves that should have been obvious in either Spring Training or even the offseason. Gary Matthews opened the season getting regular at-bats. Now he is chained to the bench. Angel Pagan, despite excellent […]

The underappreciated Johan Santana

May 24, 2010 by


After his blowout loss in Philadelphia, the whispers started that Johan Santana was done as an elite starter. And following Mike Pelfrey’s strong outing Saturday night against the Yankees, there was even talk about how Santana was not even the ace of the Mets’ staff. Sunday night, Santana showed that both of those ideas were […]

Serenity for me, wisdom and courage for Minaya

May 20, 2010 by


“Serenity Now!” This was the mantra of Frank Costanza, a phrase he said to keep his blood pressure down. The problem, of course, was that Frank would scream the phrase at the top of his lungs. And that is pretty much my reaction with Jerry Manuel’s bullpen deployment. There may not be a baseball fan […]

Jeff Francoeur: How do you like him now?

May 16, 2010 by


Back on April 16th, the headline that accompanied David Lennon’s piece in Newsday read, “Francoeur to Moneyball Gurus: How ya like me now?” Jeff Francoeur was great the first 10 days of the season but since then he has been horrible. And when I say horrible, I do not mean average, run of the mill […]

Manuel's bullpen decisions

May 13, 2010 by


During the middle of Spring Training, if you asked 10 different people to predict who would be in the Mets’ bullpen on Opening Day, you might have gotten 10 different answers. Manager Jerry Manuel did not go for either the popular or conventional way when he constructed his bullpen. Manuel opted to look elsewhere besides […]

Time to promote Chris Carter

May 10, 2010 by


The bench for the Mets is comprised of Henry Blanco, Frank Catalanotto, Alex Cora, Gary Matthews and Fernando Tatis. Blanco and Cora are fixtures, there as much for their ability to play key defensive positions as anything they do with their bats. The other three players need to produce more offense to justify their spots […]

Niese rewards Minaya's faith

May 6, 2010 by


This offseason everyone criticized Omar Minaya for not picking up at least one starting pitcher. I advocated for the club to sign John Lackey, and after he inked a deal with the Red Sox, I suggested the club pick up Jon Garland. Some people thought that the Mets needed to add two starting pitchers but […]