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Chris McShane

Simulating the 2020 Mets: Taking two of three from the Phillies, March 30-April 1

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Coming off a three-game sweep of the Nationals, my simulated Mets continue the season with a series against the Phillies.

Having started off the 2020 season in sweeping fashion by beating the Nationals three times, my Mets were feeling pretty good when the previous installment of the series ended, though the big question mark was what exactly was going on with Michael Conforto.

March 30, Game 4: Phillies 2, Mets 1 (10)

Steven Matz makes his first start...

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Michael Wacha Embracing Analytics with Some Help From Dad

The Mets brought in Michael Wacha this offseason on a “prove it” type deal, signing him to a one-year, $3 million deal that can elevate to $10 million if he hits all his incentives. At Spring Training, Wacha was gunning for the rotation despite the team having six pitchers to fill a five man rotation. However, with the injury to Noah Syndergaard that will sideline him the entirety of the season, Wacha finds himself as a near guarantee to get the ball every fifth day. The Tennessee native...

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Amazin’ Avenue Recommends: Recipes to cook

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We continue to recommend ways to pass the time at home. This time, 100% more delicious distractions!

Today, we continue with recommendations of things to do while you’re staying at home with some recipes to cook when your favorite restaurant is too busy to make your order. We’ve all picked dishes that don’t require expensive ingredients or advanced techniques, so anyone should be able to try these! or And if you’ve missed the other posts in...

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More historical comps for Amed Rosario

Three weeks ago, an article was published at this site comparing Amed Rosario to other young shortstops. Gus identified Xander Bogaerts as a potential comp for Rosario, which would be a wonderful thing if it turned out to be the case. Bogaerts hits for average, is willing to take a walk and the last two years his ISO has been over .200 – which is a good total for anyone and outstanding for a young shortstop. This is another look at comps for Rosario. The guidelines are as follows: Must...

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Mets Video Vault: Sept. 8, 2015 at Nationals

Since watching any live-action between New York and Washington has been rendered impossible right now, save for an MLB: The Show simulation, let’s revel in one of the most thrilling and satisfying wins over the Nationals — a victory that all but sewed up the Mets most recent division title. Heading into a Labor Day series in D.C., New York’s NL East lead was getting less comfortable. The gap between them and the Nationals was now games. And despite the Mets taking the opener in...

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Allison McCague

Mets Morning News for March 29, 2020

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

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Michael Wacha’s dad has always been “way more interested” in analytics than Wacha himself. But this past offseason, after a poor performance in 2019, he turned to videos of his starts that he looked at with his dad—assessing release point, spin rate, arm slot and other mechanics—to try to improve.

“Service time was the focal point,” said Tony Clark, the...

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So You Think You Know The Mets: Top 25 WAR Seasons (Hitters)

During the 2019 season, Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers posted a 9.1 bWAR (Wins Above Replacement) to lead Major League Baseball. Bellinger walloped 47 home runs last season, drove in 115 while slashing at a .305/.406/.629 clip en route to winning the National League MVP Award. His 9.1 bWAR would’ve ranked No. 1 among the Mets all-time franchise leaders. This weeks edition of our quiz wants you to name the Top 25 Mets Hitters who posted the highest single season bWAR in franchise...

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Chris McShane

1986 NLCS Game 5: Lineups, broadcast info, and open thread

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MLB Network is airing Games 5 and 6 of the ‘86 NLCS today, so we’re doing open threads for both.

Mets lineup Lenny Dykstra - CF Wally Backman - 2B Keith Hernandez - 1B Gary Carter - C Darryl Strawberry - RF Mookie Wilson - LF Ray Knight - 3B Rafael Santana - SS Dwight Gooden - P Astros lineup Bill Doran - 2B Billy Hatcher - CF Denny Walling - 3B Glenn Davis - 1B Kevin Bass - RF Jose Cruz - LF Alan Ashby - C Craig Reynolds - SS Nolan Ryan - P Broadcast

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Chris McShane

Amazin’ Avenue Recommends: Video games to play

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We continue our series of recommendations for things to do while staying at home.

Today, we continue with recommendations of things to do while you’re staying at home with video games. And if you’ve missed the other posts in the series, here they are:

TV shows Movies Books Podcasts Music Michael Drago

Spider-Man: I never thought we’d get a superhero video game that was as successful as the Batman: Arkham series was at capturing the essence of...

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Matz Staying In Shape, Ready To Answer The Call

Photo by Ed Delany/MMO The New York Post’s Dan Martin checked in with Mets starter Steven Matz on Friday. The southpaw is busy trying to stay in shape at his home in Nashville, Tennessee but can’t help worrying about his family in Long Island. “We’ve got stores and places shut down here, but I’m really monitoring what’s going on in New York with all my family there,’’ Matz said. Matz, who turns 29 in May, is joined by fellow teammate Brad Brach during his regular twice weekly...

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The loss of Noah Syndergaard and the Mets’ playoff hopes

News of Noah Syndergaard‘s Tommy John surgery, which occurred successfully this past Thursday in Florida, wasn’t really all that surprising given the prevalence of the procedure across baseball and the max effort delivery of his 100+ mph heaters. It was actually more surprising that he was the lone outlier in his own rotation for two seasons before the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman last summer, as Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas all had the surgery at some...

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Michael Drago

Mets Morning News for March 28, 2020

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

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The Mets confirmed on Friday that Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery went “as expected.”

The Wilpons are still trying to sell the organization amidst all this chaos, but they may have to settle for a lower price than they originally envisioned.

Despite the pledge from Mets and other MLB teams to support their ballpark employees during the shutdown, Citi...

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Kingman Homers In Opening Day Mets Debut

Earlier in the week, we posted an MMO Roundtable where we each reminisced about our most memorable Mets Opening Day.  And for me, nothing was more exciting than watching Gary Carter hit that walk-off home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985. I was on cloud nine… But 10 years earlier, I was on hand for a not-as-famous, yet just-as-exciting Mets moment that was also among one of my biggest thrills ever at Shea Stadium. The date was April 8, 1975 and that was the day I first saw Dave...

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Mets still pursuing sale efforts

If you presumed the Mets had suspended their efforts to find a new owner, think again. Per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic (subscription link), the club’s representatives are continuing to seek purchasers. It’s hard to believe it was less than two months ago that the club broke off its anticipated deal with minority owner Steve Cohen. Under that arrangement, the current Wilpon ownership group would’ve retained operational control for a five-year period. The team is now offering an...

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Mets Continuing Efforts To Find A New Buyer

According to a formal team announcement (via Dan Kaplan, The Athletic), the New York Mets are continuing their efforts to sell the franchise after an agreed-upon $2.6 billion deal with hedge fund investor Steve Cohn fell through in February. As per a press release from the team at the time of the fallout, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon vaguely addressed the situation, stating, “We would like to share more information explaining the proposed transaction that has ended, however, due to confidentiality...

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Chris McShane

Simulating the 2020 Mets: Starting the season, playing the first three games

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Using OOTP, I’m going to attempt to simulate a hypothetical full 2020 Mets season.

The fine folks over at OOTP had reached out to us—and a bunch of other baseball sites—coming into the 2020 season, offering to send a copy of their management and simulation game to have some fun with and write about in ways that we saw fit. Now that we’re in a reality in which there is definitely not going to be a full season of baseball this year, if there’s a...

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Report: Mets still trying to find new owner during pandemic

Not long ago, the New York Mets were worth $2.6 billion as part of a sale. Now, things are a lot different. According to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, the Mets are still pushing for a sale as soon as possible. Allen & Co., the adviser to the Wilpon family, has continued to try to find potential buyers for the franchise. They have been unsuccessful thus far. A large amount of this is due to global events. The coronavirus pandemic has led to major losses in the stock market, significantly...

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Mets Strike Gold in Trade For David Cone

On this date in 1987, the Mets traded for a young right-handed pitcher from the Royals, David Cone. Cone, 24 at the time of the trade, struggled in his first taste of the major leagues with the Royals in 1986. The former third round pick posted a 5.56 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 22 2/3 innings. The Mets sent catcher Ed Hearn, pitcher Rick Anderson, and pitching prospect Mauro Gozzo to Kansas City for Cone and one of the Royals top prospects in catcher Chris Jelic. Early results from the trade were...

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Noah Syndergaard reportedly underwent successful Tommy John surgery

Despite COVID-19 putting a halt to many nonessential surgeries around the world, New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John Surgery on Thursday, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Syndergaard underwent the surgery in Florida. It was deemed essential by doctors due to the impact it would have on his career if he waited to get it done. Regular recovery time for Tommy John surgery is about 12-16 months, which means Syndergaard will miss the entire 2020 season, if it's...

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Mets Video Vault: Opening Day 1987

For all the Opening Day re-broadcasts shown by SNY yesterday, one which wasn’t shown, but can be found on YouTube, came in the afterglow of the Mets’ most recent World Series title. Following a pre-game ceremony in which the championship flag was raised and the players, coaches, and personnel received their jewelry, the Mets rung in the new year with a narrow victory over the youthful and rebuilding Pittsburgh Pirates. A few things to look for: Unfortunately, the video picks up at the...

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