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Biggest Takeaways From the 2014 Season

Biggest Takeaways From the 2014 Season

With the Mets 8-3 win yesterday afternoon over the Astros, they closed out what was a rather hectic 2014 season, one filled with both surprises and disappointments, yet one that brought reasons to be optimistic for next season. They finished 79-83, solidly better than last year, but still leaving room to improve. Here are my five biggest takeaways from this year.

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The bullpen is legit

The bullpen…

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Looking At Mets Defense Through SABR Defensive Index

Looking At Mets Defense Through SABR Defensive Index

The Society for American Baseball Research doesn’t really sponsor particular statistics, but two years ago, it formed a committee to create a newer, better defensive statistic called the SABR Defensive Index. SABR has periodically released updates of this newly-created stat, and you may find the results interesting.

Defensive Index, or SDI combines a number of already established defensive…

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While Tulowitzki Fits, Gonzalez Does Not

While Tulowitzki Fits, Gonzalez Does Not

All the buzz surrounding the Mets this week as the trade deadline fast approaches has been about Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. I wrote extensively yesterday about why he is a good trade target for the Mets. However, reports indicate it is far more likely the Mets acquire Tulowitzki’s teammate, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez.

No one is going to argue that Gonzalez is anywhere near the level of…

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For The Right Deal, Tulowitzki Makes Sense For The Mets

For The Right Deal, Tulowitzki Makes Sense For The Mets

Jeff Passan put a match to the impatience of Mets fans yesterday, reporting that the Mets are “prepared to offer” Noah Syndergaard in a deal to acquire Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Passan did not say the Mets had offered a deal involving Syndergaard, only that they would be willing to part with him in a trade for Tulo. Even that made headlines and divided the Mets fanbase.

There is a “right…

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Appreciating Lucas Duda

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Lucas Duda came through once again yesterday, hitting another crucial home run that would be the difference in the game. The home run was his 18th of the season, tied for sixth best in the National League and second among National League first basemen. Going into yesterday’s game, he was tied for 16th in all of baseball in wRC+.

In roughly the same sample size as this season, Duda was a sub…

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Mets Land Five On MLB.com Top 100 Prospects List

Mets Land Five On MLB.com Top 100 Prospects List

MLB.com released its latest set of prospect rankings tonight, and the Mets have five prospects who made the cut.

Noah Syndergaard (13), Kevin Plawecki (67), Brandon Nimmo (67), Michael Conforto (86), and Dominic Smith (88) each made the overall top 100 list.

Here’s some of what the MLB.com staff had to say about each of them:

Syndergaard:

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup:…

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How Should the Mets Handle Matt Harvey’s Return?

How Should the Mets Handle Matt Harvey’s Return?

Mets fans can dream about next year’s starting rotation, which will presumably include Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, and Jacob deGrom. All of them will be 28 or younger when the season begins and all could be well above average next season.

There is no doubt that when Matt Harvey is healthy, the Mets are a much better team. While getting him back will be like trading for…

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Ben Zobrist: The Best Alternative To Castro And Baez?

Ben Zobrist: The Best Alternative To Castro And Baez?

Ben Zobrist: 2015 Met?

Ben Zobrist: 2015 Met?

The Mets have two clear-cut positions to fill by Opening Day 2015: shortstop and left field. The Mets have gotten very little in the way of offensive production from those positions. That is both good and bad. While it hurts them this season, it gives the Mets two well-defined areas they need to improve upon.

Given the run differential, production at each position, and…

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Jul 4

My Mets Mid-Season Report Card

At 37-45, the Mets are just over halfway through the 2014 season. So far this season, we’ve seen an exciting month of April, a dreadful May, and an only slightly better month of June. We’ve seen certain players play unexpectedly well and others not live up to expectations. From the players to the manager to the general manager, let’s dive into and evaluate the performance of each through the…

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Jul 4

Mid-Season Review: Las Vegas 51s

noah syndergaard Record: 46-32 Top Performers / Top Prospects
  • Noah Syndergaard, RHP: Syndergaard has not seen his typical success in Las Vegas by any means. The 21 year-old has struggled, posting a 4.98 ERA in 65 innings this season. He has fallen victim to the tough pitching conditions of Las Vegas, and currently has a 5.36 ERA at home, where conditions are the worst.He has seen his walk and strikeout rates…

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Jul 4

Plawecki And Syndergaard Named To Futures Game Roster

Plawecki And Syndergaard Named To Futures Game Roster

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The Mets will be represented by two players — Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki — at this year’s All-Star Futures Game. MLB Network announced the rosters for both the World and U.S. teams this afternoon. Both players will play for the U.S. team, which plays against a team of foreign-born prospects (the World Team) every year during All-Star Weekend.

For Syndergaard, it will be his second time…

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Jul 4

Mid-Season Review: Binghamton Mets

plawecki-milb Record: 43-32 Top Performers / Top Prospects
  • Kevin Plawecki, C: The biggest name on the B-Mets roster in the first half was definitely Kevin Plawecki, and deservedly so. The 23 year-old is having a monster season, batting .329/.376/.491 with six home runs and 18 doubles. He is second on the team in total bases and hits, continuing to prove his legitimacy at the plate. Plawecki is charging up the…

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Jul 4

Mid-Season Review: St. Lucie Mets

Mid-Season Review: St. Lucie Mets

Steven-Matz-550x479 Record: 40-29 Top Performers / Top Prospects
  • Brandon Nimmo, CF: After struggling for much of last season in Savannah, Nimmo has turned it around in a big way for St. Lucie, having one of the best seasons of anyone in the farm system. In 279 plate appearances, Nimmo is hitting .322/.448/.458 with four home runs (twice as many as last year) and nine stolen bases. Nimmo, along with four of his…

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Jul 4

Mid-Season Review: Savannah Sand Gnats

Dominic - Smith Savannahnow.com) Record: 44-22 Top Performers / Top Prospects:
  • Dominic Smith, 1B: After a very good season with the Gulf Coast League Mets last year, Smith has not been the same hitter. The 2013 first-round pick is hitting .271/.337/.314 on the season with ten doubles, but no home runs. Smith should be given the benefit of the doubt with the power numbers, however, as he is a left-handed hitter playing half of…

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Jul 4

Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

Mets Acquire LHP Blake Taylor From Pirates To Complete Ike Davis Trade

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The Mets have finally completed the Ike Davis trade, acquiring left-handed pitching prospect Blake Taylor from the Pirates.

Taylor, 18, was selected by the Pirates in the second round (51st overall) last year, signing exactly a year from today. Draft picks cannot be traded until a year after they sign, meaning Taylor had to stay with the Pirates until today. The Mets also acquired right-handed…

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