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April 9th, 2012

The first weekend of the baseball season is in the books, and the Mets are in first place. Sure, it’s only 3 games. And we all know the Amazins will have their struggles this season at some point. But for a franchise that was steeped in more shit this off season than a dog park garbage can, it was as good of a start to 2012 as I could have hoped for.

The Mets did a little bit of everything in their three-game sweep of their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves- quality starting pitching, lights out dominance from the re-tooled bullpen, power in bunches on Saturday afternoon, and timely hitting all around. They even flirted with history when Jon Niese took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Easter Sunday. Combine the wins with an 0-3 start by the Yankees, and it is one of the rare weekends we have had in the past 5 years when we can walk around New York proud to be Mets fans.

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April 5th, 2012

It’s been an off season filled with negativity and disgust. I, along with all the other Mets fans I know, am angry and bitter. I had no hope from last October through this March. But Opening Day changes everything. The slate is truly wiped clean and every team in the division (except Miami!) is 0-0. It’s a brand new year, and while I have no delusions that 2012 will bring the Mets their first title since 1986 I am hopeful that this will be a turning point for the franchise. Perhaps we can have a season where the club plays hard, exceeds expectations, and… dare I say it… stays healthy? My goal for the Metsies this season is for the team to overachieve, stay in the race late into the Summer, and give me reason to get excited for 2013. It’s a reasonable goal, but after the last 5 seasons it’s difficult to imagine.

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June 17th, 2011

I was supposed to write a recap of the Mets/Braves game Thursday night, and had my ideas all laid out in my head, ready to blog about an unprecedented sweep at Turner Field. A 7-3 road trip was on the horizon, and the Mets were about to be OVER the .500 mark for the first time since the opening week of the year. Even Jason Bay was hitting the ball well! I was in a great mood- there was going to been nothing but positive vibes surrounding the club for the first time in a full calendar year.

Despite falling behind 6-2 early, the Amazins battled back, and tied the game on Scott Hairston’s 3-run bomb. They later took the lead, and added an insurance run, and went into the 9th inning with a seemingly comfortable 8-6 lead.

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June 14th, 2011

As the Mets 4-1 lead was trimmed to 4-3, and Chipper Jones came to bat in the 8th, flashbacks of the 80 losses the Mets have suffered at Turner Field flew around my brain. But somehow the fate was different, and for at least one night the Amazins got Chipper and beat the Braves on the road 4-3.

Jon Niese pitched another great game, mixing up his curve and cutter to the tune of 6 1/3 innings and 2 earned runs. After a David Ross double that cut the lead to 4-2, Niese left the game and put his outing in the hands of the shaky bullpen. Pedro Beato immediately came in and walked future Hall of Famer Joe Mather on 4 pitches, and I was pacing around my office at work thinking “here we go again.”

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June 5th, 2011

As the rubber game of the Mets/Braves series opened on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, focus rested on Jose Reyes and Brian McCann as the two best players of their positions.  While McCann contributed little in the Braves’ loss, Jose was right in the middle of the Mets’ victory.  He came into the game leading the league in triples, hits, and multi-hit games, batting .340, and having stolen more bases by himself than the entire Braves roster has.  Feeding off of the energy of the “Don’t trade Reyes” crew, he started the game with excitement.

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June 3rd, 2011

Coming off of a split series with the Pirates, the New York Mets knew that they had to turn it around.  The Braves were coming in, so there was no question about the fact that if this were to be a victory, it would not be an easy one.  Before the game, a lot of attention was put on Rookie of the Month of May, Justin Turner, but the true star of the night would prove to be Jonathon Niese.

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August 2nd, 2010

Note: this post appears in full at http://atmajors.com/2010-articles/august/stretch-run-forecast.html

With two months left before the end of the season, we’re basically in stretch run territory. Or the dog days, or where Men Prove That They’re Men or whatever you want to call it. We’re coming pretty close to the end of the season, is what I’m saying, and given that we’re through with the trade deadline (non-waiver, of course) most teams are fairly close to having geared up as best they can. So it seems like a good time to look at how the rest of this season could play out; which teams could get hot, which teams could fade, and which teams could, however improbably, disband after what could only be called a wild scandal involving copious amounts of cocaine and Mickey Tettleton. I figured the best way to do this was with power rankings of some sort, except that I don’t actually think power rankings are all that useful, so I ended up adopting the old Simmons technique of grouping teams together based on how I expect them to play the rest of the way.

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July 31st, 2010

This post appears in full here: http://atmajors.com/2010-articles/july/trade-deadline-winners-and-losers.html

Alright, I’m finally feeling well enough to be coherent for at least some amount of time longer than 140 characters. And just in time, as there was a pretty busy trading deadline that we just finished up with. Let’s take a quick look at the so-called Winners and Losers of the day, because everything in life is immutably binary. NO SHADES OF GREY ALLOWED IN PUNDITRY.

WINNERS

Pittsburgh Pirates

Yeeah! How bout them fellas, pickin up a good catcher in Chris Snyder for essentially nothing useful, and then flipping a couple of middling relievers (Octavio Dotel and Javier Lopez) for a handful of useful prospects in pitchers James McDonald and Joe Martinez and outfielders Andrew Lambo and John Bowker? Kudos to Neal Huntington for adding good pieces and sending away some of the organizational chaff.

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