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The Ruben Tejada Experiment is Over, It is Time to #FreeWilmer: Part I

In Sports on July 21, 2014 at 4:12 pm

By: Brian Mangan

Perhaps you are an optimist.  If you are a Mets fan, the odds are that you are optimistic by nature (the odds are that you are also a fan of the Jets, for that same reason).

If you were an optimist, it would have been totally defensible for you, in the Spring of 2014 to think that it would be within the realm of possibility for the Mets’ former-incumbent and oft-maligned shortstop Ruben Tejada to return to Flushing and turn in a decent season after two lost years.  I wasn’t optimistic about the chances of that happening, but I was willing to hope.

As you recall, Tejada first appeared in the major leagues as a precocious 21 year old, filling in for the injured and soon-to-be departed Jose Reyes.  The next season, however, was Tejada’s miniature star-turn: in 96 games, he batted .284 with an on-base percentage of .360.  He only slugged .335, but so what?  He posted positive defensive numbers and a total of 1.6 WAR in only 96 games.  And remember, he was only 22 years old.

The Mets Offense Has Been Better Than It’s Pitching in 2014

In Sports on July 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

By: Brian Mangan

I’ve alluded to this in several prior articles, and I talk about it on twitter a couple times a week.  I tell my friends in person, and I write it into comments on Metsblog, Amazin Avenue, and the like.  Yet no matter how many times I say it, the point hasn’t yet come through.  So here’s my best attempt to grab a megaphone and stand on a soap box and let everybody know once and for all:

The Mets offense has been better than the Mets pitching in 2014!!!!

How can that be, you say?  Well, it’s easy.

The very first thing that you need to know when you are looking at the statistics this year, is that we are playing a brand new type of baseball here in 2014.  Run scoring is down — way down.  Home runs are down.  Strikeouts are up.

In Building Up, Knicks and Yanks Go Their Separate Ways

In Sports on July 16, 2014 at 9:12 am

By: Alan Levy

We’re so shortsighted or too distracted as fans to see what’s directly in front of us, and we’re always looking for the next big thing.  So let’s spend the summer  . . . giving all our attention to NBA free agency!  New York fans have been getting a front row seat to team building on several levels for several teams.

The “Melo-drama” (sorry about that) which was pretense for Carmelo Anthony getting a max contract in the neighborhood of $120 million for five years from the Knicks is only worth paying attention to if your baseball was doing nothing (Hello, New York fans!) or you don’t have a beach house.   Phil Jackson’s master plan started with the acquisition of Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert, drafting Cleanthony Early, developing Tim Hardaway Jr. and signing Anthony as the centerpiece.  As a Knick fan, you have to ask the next question – how does this make you a contender?

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