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"Now you listen to me, I'm a pitching man, not a red herring. I've got a mediocre baseball team, a...

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"Now you listen to me, I'm a pitching man, not a red herring. I've got a mediocre baseball team, a desperate front office, and several beard-grooming barbers that depend upon me and my sweet knuckler, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself 'slightly' killed." - Dickey Thornhill Click to embiggen

Any Twitters on AA?

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I've been digging Twitter since the baseball season started. I don't have access to the AA game threads on most nights (no internet at home), so following in-game commentary on Twitter is the next best thing. And having the opportunity to hassle Mets beat writers is also entertaining. I'm always looking for more Mets-centric Twitters to follow, so if you've got a Twitter account, like to write about the Mets, and want some followers, drop your Twitter name in the comments. You can follow me at @Englishgrey.

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Daily Mejia Update

After I complained about Mejia being used solely in low-leverage situations, Jerry Manuel decided in last night's game to use Mejia in one the highest-leveraged situations of the season thus far....

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Mejia and Low-Leverage Situations

Joel Sherman at the New York Post raised a good question this morning: Why is Mejia still in the Mets' bullpen? Here's his take on it: It is just one week of a season, but does this one week...

Castillo May Land on the DL

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Adam Rubin reports that Tejada could remain with the team once Reyes is activated because Castillo may land on the DL. "The expectation is rookie Ruben Tejada will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo when Reyes is activated. However, manager Jerry Manuel said there's an "outside possibility" Luis Castillo could land on the DL instead. Castillo was held out of Friday's starting lineup because he felt a pull in his right calf while stealing a base on Opening Day."

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A Case for Mike Jacobs

In a recent poll on the front page, 74 percent of Amazin' Avenue readers voted for Chris Carter to get the final bench spot on the Mets' 25-man roster.  The presumed front-runner for the final...

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Concerns About The 2011 Payroll

After looking at the Mets' current payroll and future payroll obligations on Cot's Baseball Contracts, I came to the following two conclusions:    The Mets cut payroll in 2010 by 10 percent, and...

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What is a "Complementary" Player?

In the aftermath of the Mets' dismal 2009 season, some commentators in the Mets blogosphere argued that the team's woes stemmed from Omar Minaya's failure to surround his core group of players -- D...

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The Future of the Mets' Starting Rotation

While it seems every other major market team is making big moves this offseason (Yanks, Red Sox, Phillies, Mariners, Rangers), the Mets have done pretty much nothing but sign backup catchers.  This...

Tim Hudson: A Potential #2 SP for the Mets? (Sorry, Sam)

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According to Fangraphs (via Ken Rosenthal), Hudson will be opting out of his contract with the Braves. I'm guessing that would make him the top free agent starting pitcher on the market, or close second behind Lackey.

Brad Hawpe: Trade Candidate?

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I always knew Hawpe could hit (he's averaged about a .380 wOBA the last four seasons), but I never realized his defense was downright Dunnian (yes, I just made that up). 2007: -27.2 UZR/150 in RF 2008: -46.6 UZR/150 in RF (Note: Holy Crap!) 2009: -19.5 UZR/150 in RF So he probably shouldn't be an offseason target for the Mets. Thoughts?

According to Fangraphs' E-F (ERA minus FIP) stat, Pelfrey had the 4th unluckiest E-F in all of...

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According to Fangraphs' E-F (ERA minus FIP) stat, Pelfrey had the 4th unluckiest E-F in all of baseball. HIs ERA for the season stands at 5.08, while his FIP stands at 4.38. The disparity most likely is a result of Pelfrey's low LOB% (66.4%, which is second-lowest in MLB) and his elevated BABIP (.322). For fun, check out Ricky Nolasco's E-F (1.77). He was by the far the most unlucky starting pitcher in baseball this year. Look for him and Josh Johnson to be a formidable 1-2 next year for the Marlins. Larger image here

Livan Hernandez pitches to Pablo Sandoval with Bengie Molina catching. Heaviest battery + batter...

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Livan Hernandez pitches to Pablo Sandoval with Bengie Molina catching. Heaviest battery + batter ever?

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Pitch F/X Analysis: Run Value by Movement

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This is not related to the Mets, but since Samt has been posting some great Pitch F/X analysis on this site, I thought this might be of interest to members of the community who, like me, have trouble understanding the vertical/horizontal movement graphs.

Manuel Fined For Delaying Game With Santos Pinch-Hit

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The love that dares not speak its name can be costly...

SI on Defensive Metrics

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A fairly interesting article about the rise of defensive metrics in statistical analysis. Highlight: Seeing Torii Hunter's ego get bruised when the author reveals that various defensive metrics showed him to be an average centerfielder last year. Also, the article talks about the Putz trade and how Seattle specifically targeted Endy and Gutierrez to improve on defense. So now we know that Endy wasn't a throw-in.

Raul Ibanez: Defensive Wizard

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A recent addition to Ibanez' highlight reel...

Today's Game: Braves 5, Mets 1

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The Mets' offense was quiet today, with the exception of the Irish Hammer, who went 3 for 4 and is currently hitting .400 in spring training (18 for 45). Can someone figure out a way for both USA and Puerto Rico to lose tonight so we can get back the heart of our lineup? Niese gave up two hits and three walks in four innings, along with two earned runs and a home run. Stokes and Parnell threw scoreless innings, while O'Day gave up one hit in 1 and 1/3 innings.

Today's Game: Nats 6, Mets 2

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Pelfrey threw four scoreless innings in his first start back. Livan also threw two scoreless innings, which probably makes him the official frontrunner for the fifth starting spot. Tatis, Kielty, and Reed provided most of the offense, with Tatis going 3-4 and Kielty and Reed going 2-3.

Today's Game: Washington 6, NY Mets 4

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Tatis and Castro went deep. Fatty and Pelf stunk it up.

Mets To Sign Livan Hernandez; Reyes To Bat Third?

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From Adam Rubin at the Daily News: "Luis Castillo may bat leadoff for the Mets. Potentially, Carlos Beltran could bat second and Jose Reyes third. It may make more sense to bat Carlos Delgado fourth and David Wright fifth in that scenario, since otherwise the Mets would be stacking a ton of lefties at the bottom of the order." Same source: The Livan deal is a minor league contract. He'll receive $1 million if he makes the team.

Adam Dunn Signs With Nationals

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I think most of us had given up hope of Omar signing Dunn, but now it's definitely not a possibility. With Abreu signing today as well, it looks like it's Manny or bust (i.e. Murphy/Tatis) for LF.

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