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With the All Star Break underway, the New York Mets are one game above .500 at 46-45 on the season, and trail the wild card leading Atlanta Braves by 7.5 games. The Mets have certainly exceeded expectations thus far in 2011, as most fans would’ve expected them to be way out of the playoff run at this point in the season. Now, this doesn’t mean Mets fans should get crazy excited about making a push for October baseball. Three of the team’s four starting infielders (David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jose Reyes) are currently on the disabled list, and will probably make their return after the trade deadline. But, regardless, the Mets have played very nice baseball over the first 91 games of the season, and I’m going to evaluate the areas that deserve the most credit.

Terry Collins deserves much of the credit for a winning baseball team in Queens.

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Carlos Zambrano pitched 6 strong innings for the Chicago Cubs (and went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI), Mets starter R.A. Dickey had to leave in the 3rd inning with an apparent foot injury, and the Cubs won in a rout.  The loss drops the Mets to 23-26 on the year.

It was a blustery day in Chicago, with the gameday temperature starting at 42 degrees.  Zambrano and Dickey traded zeroes until the top of the 3rd inning.  With one out in that inning, Jose Reyes smacked a double to right field.  Instead of just stopping at second, however, a couple of bad throws during the play allowed him to come around and score.  To quote Gary Cohen, it was a little league home run.

Will Ike and Wright have company? (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

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The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a 6-3 victory Friday night. The win puts them at a record of 14-18 on the season. The Mets look to make it a winning streak tomorrow night against LA.

 

Reyes thinking “Gotta Get My Engine Going”

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The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a 2-1 victory on Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park as they avoid a sweep. In six games, all played in Philadelphia, the Mets are 2-4 in the divisional rivalry. As they head home, the Mets are 12-16 and look to win some games against west coast teams.

Tag, you’re it!

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The New York Mets extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Relief pitching bailed Chris Young out of a shortened start and the bats continued to showcase their strengths. The Mets record currently sits at 10-13 as they inch their way closer to a .500 record.

Chin up, Murph! You're doing great.

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The New York Mets swept the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 8-4 win on Sunday afternoon. The Mets bats powered their way through the game and they got a decent performance out of their starter. The victory brings their winning streak to four games and their record now stands at 9-13 for the season.

Did I really just hit two home runs at this stadium? Maybe it is all in my head...

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The New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field. Their losing streak finally comes to an end at seven. The Mets return to CitiField with a 5-11 record to face a struggling Houston Astros squad.

Reyes and Thole make a good duo at the top

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Game 1:

The Braves hit 4 solo home runs, 3 of them off fill-in starter D.J. Carrasco, to beat the Mets 4-2 in the first game of today’s twin bill.

Chipper Jones got the Braves on the board immediately, hitting an opposite field bomb in the first inning.  Alex Gonzalez later hit 2 of his own, and that would be all Derek Lowe needed, as he looked sharp early.  The Mets were held scoreless until the 5th inning, when Reyes produced an RBI on a groundout.  That cut the deficit to 3-1, and while Willie Harris doubled home a run an inning later to bring it to 3-2, that was all they would get.  As has been the case recently, the Mets’ bats were silenced in the late innings, and Freddie Freeman’s solo shot in the 6th would provide the final score of 4-2.

 

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On this dreary Wednesday evening in New York, let’s take a look at some random shots with New York’s sports teams.

  • Yesterday, the Yankees put reliever, Luis Ayala on the disabled list. To make matters worse, lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano suffered another set back with his strained rotator cuff. The Yankees called up Hector Noesi from Triple A Scranton. Noesi, 24, will serve as the 25th man on the roster and will take over long relief and emergency pitching situation duty. This will be Noesi’s first trip to the Bronx.
  • The injury bug has bit the Mets as well. After a stellar first start, Chris Young was pushed back to this weekend from Friday’s schedule start due to bicep tendinitis. After his one-hitter through seven innings on Sunday, the Mets can’t afford to lose Young.
  • The eighth seeded New York Rangers will take the ice tonight at 7:30 PM in Washington. The Rangers needed a late push to make the playoffs, winning seven of their last ten games. Skeptics are a little worried about goalie, Hendrik Lundqvist (15-17 in the playoffs), but a lot of the loses were due to a poor defense. However, Lundqvist’s eleven shutouts were the most of his career. Lundqvist has only allowed four goals in three games this season against the Capitals.
  • There, I wrote about some hockey.

Hi I’m Scott Kasper and I’ll be contributing a weekly MLB Power Ranking article. Baseball is back so let’s check out the first power rankings. Let the debate and frustration begin..

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