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August 19, 2009
Draft Clarifications
by: Alex Nelson on Aug 19, 2009 8:53 AM | Filed under: Articles

The Mets took an awful lot of flak for their draft, especially the fact that they only spent $1,864,300 over the first 10 rounds. Some of those criticisms are totally justified, others less so. I just wanted to offer some…

August 17, 2009
Deadline Day
by: Alex Nelson on Aug 17, 2009 6:00 AM | Filed under: Articles

The deadline for signing draft picks arrives at midnight tonight, and thus far the Mets have signed 32 of their 49 selections. Of those 17 who have yet to sign, the most notable ones are top high school arms Steven…

July 28, 2009
A Few Thoughts
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 28, 2009 8:28 AM | Filed under: Articles

A few thoughts on yesterday’s press conference, since it touches on things I wrote about last week:

1. Omar Minaya has always enjoyed a positive relationship with the press. That’s going to change in a hurry.

2. Full disclosure: I like Adam…

July 24, 2009
Instability
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 24, 2009 8:51 AM | Filed under: Articles

In the first column I wrote here at MetsGeek, back in November 2005, I reflected on how lucky the Mets were to have brought Omar Minaya aboard in light of the Dodgers’ recent dismissal of Paul DePodesta. As 2005 wound down,…

July 10, 2009
AP: Mets Trade OF Church to Braves for OF Francoeur
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 10, 2009 6:30 PM | Filed under: Articles

From the AP:

The slumping New York Mets have traded outfielder Ryan Church to the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Jeff Francoeur.

The deal came Friday, with the injury-ravaged Mets trying to avoid falling farther back in the NL East race.

Church is hitting…

How to Watch a Ballgame When Your Team Loses 11-2
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 10, 2009 8:52 AM | Filed under: Articles

So, I had the misfortune of going to the Mets game last night. In case you didn’t notice, Livan Hernandez got bombed, the Mets offense was quiet once again, and the Mets lost 11-2. And as I was sitting there…

July 8, 2009
Upcoming Series: Los Angeles Dodgers Pitchers, Game 2
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 8, 2009 8:17 AM | Filed under: Articles

Here’s today’s pitching matchup as we wonder whether the Mets will ever win another game. Hiroki Kuroda (3-4, 3.91) opposes the returning Oliver Perez (1-2, 9.97).

Game 2: Hiroki Kuroda, RHP

What’s the Story? After signing a three-year, $35 million deal with the…

July 7, 2009
Upcoming Series: Los Angeles Dodgers Pitchers, Game 1
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 7, 2009 8:29 AM | Filed under: Articles

We’ll be sticking with the daily upcoming series reports for the time being, at least for weekday series. It means I don’t have to set aside a single large block of time to write them, and it spreads out the…

July 3, 2009
Upcoming Series: Philadelphia Phillies Pitchers
by: Alex Nelson on Jul 3, 2009 7:00 AM | Filed under: Articles

Well, I took a little break from the Mets while they were stinking up the joint, and, well, they might not be finished yet. But for better or for worse, I’m back with another Upcoming Series. Next up, the Mets…

June 25, 2009
Upcoming Series: St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers, Part 3
by: Alex Nelson on Jun 25, 2009 8:09 AM | Filed under: Articles

Today’s finale will feature two aces: Chris Carpenter (5-1, 1.53) and Johan Santana (8-5, 3.22).

Game 4: Chris Carpenter, RHP

What’s the Story? Here’s an honest question: if Chris Carpenter were ever able to stay completely healthy, what would his career look like?…

June 24, 2009
Upcoming Series: St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers, Part 3
by: Alex Nelson on Jun 24, 2009 8:31 AM | Filed under: Articles

In today’s game, Brad Thompson (2-2, 3.89) takes on Fernando Nieve (2-0, 1.84).

Game 3: Brad Thompson, RHP

What’s the Story? After posting ERAs in the bullpen of 2.95 and 3.34 in 2005 and 2006, Thompson has struggled since, posting a 4.71 ERA…

June 23, 2009
Upcoming Series: St. Louis Cardinals Pitchers, Part 2
by: Alex Nelson on Jun 23, 2009 8:35 AM | Filed under: Articles

First of all, I’d like to mention my prediction to yesterday’s game:

I think Redding pitches halfway decent today, Wellemeyer doesn’t, and the Mets win by something like a score of 6-4. Provided Jerry doesn’t screw up with the bullpen again.

And…

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