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May 30, 2009
You Just Have to Outsmart God
by: David Simons on May 30, 2009 11:17 AM | Filed under: Articles, News

This was originally published back before the 2007 season, and it’s one of my favorite pieces that we’ve ever run here. I thought it would be fitting to post it again today.

Dateline: Anywhere. October, any year. It’s the late innings…

April 9, 2009
Oliver Perez vs. Derek Lowe: It’s On.
by: Tino Evangelou on Apr 9, 2009 1:39 AM | Filed under: News

During the offseason, one of the critical decisions Omar Minaya and the Mets front office made was the one to bring Oliver Perez back to the Mets for 3 years and 36 million dollars. The two parties, by that point,…

March 24, 2009
Meet Your New Fifth Starter, Livan Hernandez.
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 24, 2009 11:50 PM | Filed under: News

It’s official. With the unsurprising designation of Freddy Garcia to minor league camp, Livan Hernandez will enter the 2009 season as the New York Mets’ fifth starter. Aided by the injury to Tim Redding and the decidedly underwhelming competition in…

March 23, 2009
Amazin’ Avenue: The Tao of Ryan Church
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 23, 2009 10:23 PM | Filed under: News

Over at Amazin’ Avenue, Meddler takes a closer look at Ryan Church and what the Mets can expect from him this season. Turns out that if you’re counting on the pre-concussed, All-Star caliber Ryan Church to show up for all of…

Matthew Artus: Chass Continues Piazza Witch Hunt
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 23, 2009 5:01 PM | Filed under: News

Since I last posted here (it’s been a while, I know) about Murray Chass’ diatribe vis a vis our former catcher and the Mets’ conspiracy keeping his PED usage under wraps, the story has lingered on, largely thanks to Chass himself….

March 10, 2009
Costa: Pagan to Have Surgery, Will Miss 6 to 8 Weeks
by: Alex Nelson on Mar 10, 2009 5:49 PM | Filed under: News

Brian Costa of The Star-Ledger lets us know that reserve outfield contestant Angel Pagan will have his surgery:

Mets outfielder Angel Pagan will have arthoscopic surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow tomorrow.

Pagan was vying for a spot on…

Mets Release Sanchez
by: Alex Nelson on Mar 10, 2009 1:46 PM | Filed under: News

Been written about several places, but here’s Marty’s Noble’s recap:

Convinced that Duaner Sanchez would not regain the form he had in 2006, the Mets released the 29-year-old right-handed relief pitcher on Tuesday morning.

Sanchez left the Mets complex with moist…

March 6, 2009
Crashburn Alley: How Do the Phillies and Mets Stack Up?
by: Alex Nelson on Mar 6, 2009 8:52 AM | Filed under: News

Over at Crashburn Alley, Bill Baer compares the Phillies and Mets using their projections for 2009. Here’s his conclusion:

Keep in mind that with the projections I’ve listed, defense and base running are not factored in, both of which are advantages…

Murray Chass, The Muckraker That Could’ve Been
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 6, 2009 12:38 AM | Filed under: News

In case you missed it, Murray Chass’ blog-that-isn’t recently featured an article on Mike Piazza and his now famous back acne. Chass’ post was inspired by Post writer Joel Sherman, as Murray makes abundantly clear in the most vindictive way possible:

Baseball writers…

March 5, 2009
Amazin’ Avenue: Infielder WAR, Citifield and the Starting Pitchers
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 5, 2009 10:26 PM | Filed under: News

Amazin’ Avenue gives us a couple of good nuggets on an otherwise quiet day. First off, an article on NL East Infielder WAR Projections. Resisting the hacky jokes about David Wright manning a howitzer and firing on Citizen’s Bank Park,…

March 4, 2009
The Fifth Starter Race Plods Forward
by: Tino Evangelou on Mar 4, 2009 4:40 PM | Filed under: News

Yesterday’s 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER debacle by Freddy Garcia against the Cardinals helped move Livan Hernandez, he of the 180 IP and 69 (!) ERA+ last season, into the lead for the fifth spot in the rotation by default….

Always Amazin’: Pelfrey’s Chances on Beating the Verducci Effect
by: Alex Nelson on Mar 4, 2009 8:23 AM | Filed under: News

A nice piece of work from NJ.com blogger Matthew Artus concerning Mike Pelfrey’s injury risk:

Now we have some meat. To reiterate, 5 of the 7 Verducci Effect candidates suffered significant arm or shoulder injuries in 2008 as a result of increased…

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