Browsing Posts tagged Johan Santana

With the Wilpons’ financial mess emerging as the dominant Mets-related story throughout the entire offseason, it’s easy to forget that the actual team will start playing regular season games in 2 weeks.  While Team Wilpon scored a win in court, will the Mets themselves be worth watching after they didn’t add any big names following a 77-85 season?  Here are a few reasons to tune in…

 

Comeback kid (Jeff Robertson/AP)

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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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The New York Mets looked fatigued from their previous two victories in Detroit. Justin Verlander wasn’t even at his best and pitched seven strong innings. A couple of solo homers off the bats of Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran were all the runs the Mets offense scored.

 

Beltran and Murphy both homered in Thursday’s matinee.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 11-0 on Thursday afternoon. Jonathon Niese was taken advantage of throughout his start. The Mets lose their first series against the Phils, and finally head home with a 3-3 record.

Niese looks frustrated, to say the least!

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This Year's Ace?

Opening Day is now less than a week away and rosters across the league are rounding into shape. Vying for supremacy in the National League East will be a tough task for the Mets this upcoming year, what with the Phillies assembling a fantasy-type rotation, the Braves looking to build off of last year’s playoff appearance, and even the Marlins and Nationals boasting some premier talent. Because the division is loaded, the Mets will need a number of factors to break right if they are to contend deep into the season, as well as improved production from several crucial players. The following Mets must each take their games to a higher level this year if the team is to make some noise in 2011… continue reading…

December has arrived, and you know what that means. Bring on the Winter Meetings! With the New York Mets front office and managerial position filled, we finally get to discuss how to transform this subpar group of individuals into a playoff caliber team. This year, the Baseball Winter Meetings will take place in Disney World from December 6-9, where we can expect a lot of major trade talks to develop. What tricks might new GM Sandy Alderson have up his sleeve in the coming weeks?

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Philadelphia Phillies 8-4 on Friday night. The Mets had the lead for a split second, but a Ryan Howard home run began a rally that would lead to another tough loss for blue and orange. They now fall to 6-7 against the Phillies this season.

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Our Mets managed to find Johan Santana a few runs, and he did what he does for 5 innings, picking up his 11th win of the season as the Mets climbed back to within two games of the .500 mark at 66-68.

Carlos Beltran thrilled about the BIG WIN TONIGHT!!

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Wednesday night. Even a different look to the lineup could not improve the Mets offense, managing only four baserunners in the game. Atlanta continues to dominate the series and look to sweep the Mets in tomorrow night’s game.

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The New York Mets were defeated by the Houston Astros 4-1 on Saturday night. The offense has looked like a minor league team for the majority of the second half. With the loss, the Mets fall a game under .500, and continue to struggle against teams with bad records.

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