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August 17th, 2011

The Mets had gone 36 games without a starter allowing less than 2 runs. The last time it happened was July 5. It was the longest streak in the Majors since 2002, and the longest for the Mets since 1982. But that infamous streak came to an end Wednesday night at Petco Park, as Dillon Gee’s 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball led the Mets to a 7-3 victory over the Padres.

Dillon Gee became the first Mets rookie to win 11 games since Ron Darling.

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August 15th, 2011

The dog days of summer have not been kind to the orange and blue this August.

The Mets are fading fast into obscurity as the dog days of summer quickly weed the pretenders out of the playoff race. After getting swept by Arizona the Mets are now the proud owners of a 5 game losing streak- tied for their longest since early April and the 2nd such streak this month. They have fallen 20.5 games out of first place and 11.5 out of the wild card lead, and since the injuries to Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy the Amazins have nose-dived in the NL, going from “long shot” to “no shot.”

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August 10th, 2011

There were no magical heroics Wednesday night at Citi Field. A comeback win was not in the cards. Instead of celebrations and cream pies the Mets were left shaking their heads after their 9-5 loss to the Padres, and they had no one to blame but themselves.

A bad outing from starter R.A. Dickey, failed clutch hitting, and a total lack of fundamentals all doomed the Mets, as the Padres led from start to finish and finally notched a win in the 4-game series.

Will Venable paced the Padres with a 4-5 effort, including a triple to lead off the game followed by the first run to make it 1-0. R.A. Dickey got pounded to the tune of 6 hits and 5 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings. He suffered his 11th loss of the season, and raised his ERA to 3.75. There have been a lot of nights when R.A. Dickey took a loss he did not deserve. Tonight was not one of those nights, as he put the Amazins in a 5-0 lead by 8:15pm.

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August 8th, 2011

With their ace starting pitcher, star young first baseman, star closer, and star outfielder already gone via injury or trade, the Mets have now lost two more very important pieces of their team for extended periods. Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy, number one and five respectively in the NL batting race, both left Sunday’s game due to injury, and both appear headed to the disabled list. Reyes is projected to miss the next 2-3 weeks with another hamstring strain, while Murphy is lost for the season with an MCL tear. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter have been recalled from the minors to replace the latest injured Mets.

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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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July 24th, 2010

A report from Science Daily (whose logo actually kind of resembles the San Diego Padres’) has produced some new information about injuries in baseball – specifically, to whom they happen and where they most frequently happen. In the study, they analyzed players’ stints on the DL from 2002-2008. Some of the tidbits:

Pitchers are more likely to get hurt than fielders

No kidding, right? If you read FanGraphs, then you’ve no doubt seen their Trade Value Top 50 series that ran in the last few days. Mentioned a few times in there is that position players got a bump in value because they’re considered safer bets to stay healthy; what’s not mentioned is that pitchers are 34% more likely to get hurt than fielders.

When pitchers get hurt, they’re hurt longer

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