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August 22nd, 2011

As the Mets hit their roughest skid since the opening weeks of the season, they travel to Philadelphia to play a rival team that is cruising into the playoffs. The Phillies have baseball’s best pitching staff, and they have it’s best record as well. Like the Mets, Philly has had injury problems of it’s own, and Jimmy Rollins is the latest star headed for the disabled list. But as they lose one player they seem to be getting another back. Placido Polanco has not played in 2 weeks due to a sports hernia, but he has now been activated from the DL. Despite having some health issues all over the place, the Phils have not skipped a beat, having already clinched a .500 or better season with 81 wins.

One Mets killer has gone down in Jimmy Rollins, but now another returns in Placido Polanco.

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July 15th, 2011

The All-Star break has come and gone, and so has Francisco Rodriguez. Trading K-R0d was almost certainly the right move for Sandy Alderson to make, but in the short term it makes the Mets a worse team for the rest of THIS season. Now the Amazins will have to find a way to stay above .500 and remain on the outskirts of the wild card race without their star closer. It’s a daunting task for an already overachieving team as the second half of the season begins, and with the Phillies coming to town it gets even tougher.

Gone are the days of Frankie Rodriguez closing out games for the Mets. Can anyone step up and replace him this season?

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May 27th, 2011

The Mets have half their team on the disabled list, look more like a Triple-A team than a pro team, have a black cloud over their franchise due to a myriad of ownership issues, are the butt of every joke in New York, and just lost 2 out of 3 to one of the worst teams in the National League. What a great time for the red hot arch-rival Phillies to come to town!

The Mets finally get Angel Pagan back after a month on the DL. Now he just needs to raise his .159 average.

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May 18th, 2011

 It was a strange night Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. The game was just shy of five hours long, Chris Young pitched scoreless innings, and the crowd starting chanting U-S-A! after a certain piece of breaking news spread to the masses. Both benches were out of pinch hitters, which led to some funny sights, most notably was Cole Hamels pinch hitting for Philly.

One night after losing a close one to Roy Halladay, the Mets were looking to face another Cy Young winner in Cliff Lee. The Met’s answer to Lee? Chris Young, who’s stock is continuing to rise as this season progresses. Young was masterful, only having a few shaky moments but getting 7 strikeouts in 7 innings pitched while only allowing 2 hits and 3 walks. It’s a shame he couldn’t get the decision, as this was clearly his best outing of the season so far.

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April 29th, 2011

Here we go again! Winners of 6 their last 7, the Mets continue their road trip and head to the City of Brotherly Love (misnomer) for a huge three game weekend series with the Fighting Phils. The first place Phillies are off to a great start, but they do have some missing pieces. As we all know, Chase Utley is still on the shelf with a knee injury and there is no timetable for his return. But then this week Philly lost two members of their phenomenal rotation. First, Roy Oswalt left the team indefinitely to be with his family amidst these terrible tornadoes.  And yesterday the Phils took another hit when Friday’s scheduled starter Joe Blanton went to the 15-day DL. Add Jose Contreras and J.C. Romero going on the disabled list this month, as well as Carlos Ruiz complaining of back problems, and at first glance Philadelphia’s roster appears to be decimated at first.

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April 5th, 2011

I was in Atlanta for a wedding this past weekend, but my DVR was churning hard, slapping down 14 hours of Mets baseball that were patiently waiting for me when I got home Sunday night. After zipping through the roller coaster series with Florida that started low, got lower when K-Rod blew his first save opportunity, and then quickly turned around for the better (and became great once I realized the Mets won AND K-Rod didn’t get to finish the game Saturday night), I went to bed very late tired but happy knowing the Mets had a 2-1 record. Before the team comes home and kicks off their third season at Citi Field they have one more road series, as they take on the four-time defending NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies.

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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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