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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 22, 2009
The Mets Should Consider Trading Frankie

Several weeks ago, I declared Francisco Rodriguez an “untouchable” member of the Mets, a player who should not be available for trade. On that day, the Mets were just twogames out of first place and the chances of the missing…

July 21, 2009
Scouting Report: Kyle Allen

Kyle Allen is relatively unknown in prospect circles, but he won’t be for long. A 24th round pick in the 2008 draft who dropped significantly due to a strong commitment to North Carolina State as a two-way player, Allen’s true…

July 20, 2009
Is Oliver Perez Already in His Decline Phase?

The Mets were swept by the Phillies, shut out two games in a row, traded a personal favorite of mine in Ryan Church for Jeff Francoeur, and are now nine full games back. This is what greeted me upon my…

July 14, 2009
The Biggest Hits of the First Half

I have been writing pessimistic things about the Mets recently, so I figured I would write something positive: a look at the biggest hits of the first half of the season. To do this, I determined the top 10 most valuable…

July 13, 2009
Scouting Report: Robert Carson

Robert Carson (5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K) – After receiving some serious publicity by tossing a three-hit, nine-inning shutout versus the Lexington Legends, prospect junkies are clamoring for whatever information they can find on the young…

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 6, 2009
Scouting Report: Jeurys Familia

Earlier in the year, I wrote a so-so game report on 19-year old Jeurys Familia who, at the time, was armed with a low-90’s fastball and not much else. In only a couple of months, Familia has grown significantly as…

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