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Allison McCague

Bright spots from the 2018 season

The Mets may have had a forgettable season collectively, but several players had individual performances to remember.

Perhaps it’s because I’m far enough removed now from the June 2018 Mets, but reflecting back on this past season of Mets baseball, I feel different than I did one year ago. The 2017 season was a mess. There was pretty much only one good thing about it—Michael Conforto—and his season ended on a swing that destroyed his shoulder. As far as overall results, the...

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Prospect Possibilities: Gimenez Has Power Potential

While Andres Gimenez is widely regarded as not just the Mets top prospect but also one of the Top 100 prospects in the game, the one area of his game which has still not quite developed yet is his power.  In Arizona Fall League action, Gimenez did something he has not done much of in his professional career – he hit a home run. With respect to Gimenez, the homer was noteworthy because he is coming off a season where he hit six homers in his time split between St. Lucie and Binghamton....

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Vasilis Drimalitis

Chris Beck pitched for the Mets in 2018

Beck was claimed off waivers, made a handful of unsuccessful relief appearances, and was designated for assignment

If you’re looking to test your memory, try recalling every reliever whom the New York Mets employed in 2018. It’s a lot harder than it sounds. Of the endless parade of pitchers who occupied the bullpen this year, Chris Beck was one of them. He lasted a little under one month, performed poorly, and was gone as quickly as he had arrived.

The Mets claimed Beck off waivers from...

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The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 6

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2018. Disclaimer: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2018 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams in 2018, seeing the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Las Vegas 51s, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. If a player is not on...

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The 1969 Mets: Engineering A Miracle

On October 16th, 1969 at Shea Stadium, in front of 57,367 hysterical fans the New York Mets wrote the final chapter of what is still today one of the most compelling “rags-to-riches” stories in Major League Baseball history. A team that for the first seven seasons of their existence had been a laughingstock and the brunt of countless jokes, was suddenly and inexplicably sitting on top of the baseball world. And no one except the Mets and their fans were laughing anymore. Was it a fluke...

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2018 Mets Report Card: Devin Mesoraco, C

Devin Mesoraco, C Player Data: Age: 30, B/T: R/R, Free Agency: 2018 Basic Stats: 66 G, 229 PA, 10 HR, .222/.306/.409 Advanced Stats: 96 wRC+, .306 wOBA, .230 BABIP, .187 ISO, 0.7 fWAR, 0.7 bWAR Grade: C- 2018 Review:  The former All-Star catcher and longtime Red was traded to the Mets on May 8 for the struggling Matt Harvey, another former All-Star who had had his career derailed by injuries. Both teams hoped that a change in scenery would help them at least get closer to what they used...

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Mets COO Jeff Wilpon Heaps Praise on Sandy Alderson

In an outstanding article by Tim Britton of The Athletic, a number of former New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s colleagues from his time here and in Oakland rained well-justified praise on the front office guru. Current Athletics executive vice president of baseball operations and former Alderson protege Billy Beane, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, Reds executive Walt Jocketty, along with current Mets execs, J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco, all shared terrific anecdotes and...

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Jonathan Maseng

Mets Morning News for October 16, 2018

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets have a bad reputation with executives around the league, and it’s hurting their ability to attract qualified GM candidates according to Matt Ehalt.

Joel Sherman has an even less charitable view of the team’s ownership, which he sees as disloyal, dysfunctional, and even delusional.

Andy Martino broke down some facts about the GM search, including that John Ricco will not be involved in...

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Winter League Recap: Nogosek Throws Scoreless Inning

Stephen Nogosek/Photo by Ed Delany, MMN Arizona Fall League (AFL) Mesa Solar Sox 8 – 0 Glendale Desert Dogs Peoria Javelinas 13 – 4 Salt River Rafters Surprise Saguaros 2 – 0 Scottsdale Scorpions 1B Peter Alonso: 0-for-4, K 2B Andres Gimenez: 0-for-4, K RHP Stephen Nogosek: 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 1 K It was an uneventful night for Mets hitters in the Arizona Fall League as they were shut down by a quartet of Kansas City Royals pitchers in Scott Blewett, Arnaldo Hernandez, Grant Gavin,...

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Kenneth Lavin

Open thread: NLCS Game 3, 10/15/18

Jhoulys Chacín takes on Walker Buehler at Dodger Stadium in Game 3 of the NLCS.

7:39 PM EDT: Brewers vs. Dodgers

Starting pitchers: Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers vs. Walker Buehler, Dodgers

Dodgers lineup

Joc Pederson - LF
Max Muncy - 1B
Justin Turner - 3B
Manny Machado - SS
Cody Bellinger - CF
Yasiel Puig - RF
Yasmani Grandal - C
Kike Hernandez - 2B
Walker Buehler - RHP

Brewers lineup

Lorenzo Cain - CF
Christian Yelich - RF
Ryan Braun - LF
Travis Shaw - 2B
Jesus Aguilar - 1B
Mike Moustakas - 3B
Erik Kratz...

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Brian Salvatore

Jason Vargas was Jason Vargas in 2018 - except when he was Vargy

Long live Vargy.

When the Mets signed Jason Vargas to a 2-year, $16 million contract before the start of the 2018 season, it was seen by some as a solid back-end of the rotation/innings eater deal, and others as a colossal waste of money. It turns out that both were sort of correct.

Vargas’s second stint as a Met got off to a shaky start, when he landed on the disabled list with a fracture in his non-throwing hand in Spring Training. Due to the subsequent surgery and recovery time, Vargas...

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Pete Alonso Among BA’s Hottest Players for AFL’s Opening Week

The Arizona Fall League kicked off this past week, and after an incredible 2018 season, New York Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso picked up right where he left off. After finishing the minor league season tied for the league lead with 36 home runs, Alonso added one more long ball to his resume with a first week two run home run. In total for the week, he hit .500/.556/.750, and along with the home run he added a double, six runs scored, four RBI, two walks, and two stolen bases. Josh...

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Michael Conforto Primed for A Big 2019 Season

For New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, the first half of the 2018 season was one to forget. After undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, Conforto was expected to return to the club in early May. However, he was rushed back and joined the team in Washington on April 5. Despite homering in his first game back, Conforto struggled early on.The lefty hit just ten home runs and had 76 strikeouts over the first three months of the season. He was performing so poorly that the team considered...

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Steve Sypa

The 10 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 7

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2018.

Disclaimer: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2018 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams in 2018, seeing the Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Las Vegas 51s, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect list. If a player is not on...

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Jacob DeGrom’s Best Quality Is His Reliability

If there was any debate about who the New York Mets’ ace of the pitching staff is prior to this year, right-hander Jacob deGrom has officially put that argument to rest. That’ll happen when you lead the league with a 1.70 ERA to go along with an 8.8 fWAR, 32.2% strikeout rate, and 5.5% walk rate in 217 innings. While the definition may differ depending on the team, every squad needs an ace — someone the manager can run out on a consistent basis and feel good about their overall...

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Winter League Recap: Urena On Base Twice

Jhoan Urena/Photo by Ed Delany Arizona Fall League (AFL) No Games Scheduled. Mexican Pacific League (LMP) Venados de Mazatlan 9 – 0 Charros de Jalisco Caneros de Los Mochis 8 – 6 Yaquis de Obregon Tomateros de Culiacan 2 – 1 Mayos de Navojoa Aguilas de Mexicali 8 – 3 Naranjeros de Hermosillo RHP Scott Copeland: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR allowed, Loss(0-1) Copeland’s first start with for the Naranjeros started out well as he got through the first inning with ease...

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Linda Surovich

Mets Morning News for October 15, 2018

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets are having trouble finding people who will agree to interview with them, and it could be stemming from the way the organization is currently structured.

Other teams are in the process of hiring new mangers and two names associated with the Mets have popped up. Bench coach Gary DiSarcina is on the list of 40 names the Rangers have compiled as they search for a new manager, and if Mickey Callaway...

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Mets Arizona Fall League Update: Week 1

Catch up on the Mets’ prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League with our weekly update. Tuesday, October 9 MESA 4, SCOTTSDALE 3 (BOX) 1B Peter Alonso: 2-4, 2 RBI, K RHP Matt Blackham: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, WP RHP Stephen Nogosek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K RHP Joe Zanghi: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, WP RHP Gerson Bautista: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, L (0-1) WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 SCOTTSDALE 10, MESA 3 (BOX) 1B Peter Alonso: 3-4, 3 R, 2B, HR (1), 2 RBI,...

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Allison McCague

Open Thread: ALCS Game 2, 10/14/18

Gerrit Cole takes on David Price at Fenway Park in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Astros Lineup

George Springer - CF
Jose Altuve - 2B
Alex Bregman - 3B
Yuli Gurriel - 1B
Tyler White - DH
Marwin Gonzalez - LF
Carlos Correa - SS
Martin Maldonado - C
Josh Reddick - RF

Red Sox Lineup

Mookie Betts - RF
Andrew Benintendi - LF
J.D. Martinez - DH
Xander Bogaerts - SS
Steve Pearce - 1B
Rafael Devers - 3B
Ian Kinsler - 2B
Jackie Bradley - CF
Christian Vazquez - C

Broadcast info

Time: 7:09 PM ET
TV: TBS
Radio: ESPN Radio,...

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Desmond Lindsay Changing Swing And Outlook

Following the League Championship Series, you have the opportunity to see players whose careers have been forever changed due to their implementation of a new swing. J.D. Martinez and Justin Turner were non-tendered the year before their breakout season. Max Muncy had not been in the majors in over a year. Those are the highest profile examples we know, and there are probably many more between the final four teams remaining in the postseason. The task for any franchise is to identify those...

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