Brad Kallet

Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets sends the ball to first for the out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins on September 15, 2014 at Citi Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kallet: Assuming Offseason Is Complete, Mets Are Not A Playoff Team

Heck, the Mets aren’t even the second-best team in their division. The Marlins, amazingly, have surpassed them following a highly productive winter.

01/20/2015

Mike Piazza celebrates after the Mets' victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the 2000 National League Championship Series. (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)

Kallet: Overlooked And Underappreciated Piazza Belongs In Cooperstown

It’s a baseball crime that the Mets legend wasn’t elected in his first two years on the ballot, and if he’s shunned a third time it will be a full-blown disgrace.

01/06/2015

Sandy Alderson (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kallet: Sandy Not Upgrading At Shortstop Would Be Inexcusable And Unacceptable

If the Mets don’t make one more significant move in the coming months, this offseason will go down as a complete failure. This team can’t go into Opening Day as is. No way.

12/10/2014

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Kallet: Mets Would Be Downright Foolish To Trade Daniel Murphy

The Mets have the pitching, from top to bottom, and they need as much offense as they can get. They need to keep Murphy.

11/17/2014

Joe Maddon (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Kallet: If Mets Are Serious About Winning, They Should Hire Maddon Or Gardenhire

Terry Collins will be the Mets’ manager in 2015. But he shouldn’t be. It’s just a shame that this franchise, supposedly on the rise, isn’t willing to take a risk.

10/27/2014

Lucas Duda hits a home run, scoring teammate Daniel Murphy, in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Citi Field on September 28, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Kallet: Lucas Duda Puts A Beautiful Bow On His Breakout Season

There’s plenty more to prove, but there is no longer — by any stretch of the imagination — a hole at first base. Duda is the guy moving forward, and the Mets can now say that with authority and confidence.

09/29/2014

Jacob deGrom pitches in the third inning at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Kallet: Jacob DeGrom Should Be Your 2014 National League Rookie Of The Year

Assuming nothing drastic happens over the final two weeks of the season — such as deGrom allowing eight runs in consecutive starts — the right-hander should edge the speedy Hamilton.

09/15/2014

Curtis Granderson  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Ranking The 10 Most Disappointing Local Baseball Players Of 2014

The Bombers spent nearly $500 million in the offseason and this was the year that the Mets were finally expected to contend. Let’s just say it hasn’t worked out for either party.

09/04/2014

Wrigley Field (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

7 Ballparks That Are Better Than Yankee Stadium And Citi Field

Without further ado, here are seven major-league ballparks that are better — for a variety of reasons — than Citi Field and Yankee Stadium.

09/03/2014

Lucas Duda (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images), Juan Lagares (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) and Travis d'Arnaud (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Kallet: Unlikely Trio Is Making Mets’ Future Look Even Brighter

Fast forward to mid-August, and Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares have made tremendous progress — and taken their games to new levels.

08/18/2014

Troy Tulowitzki (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Kallet: Surging Mets Need To Get An Impact Bat And Go For It

There’s no reason to wait anymore. We’ve waited long enough. Make your move, Sandy, and let’s see what this club can do.

07/16/2014

A sparse crowd at Citi Field. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kallet: I Love The Mets, But I Just Can’t Watch Them Anymore

It’s late-June, and I have stopped watching games. I’m done. It’s just too infuriating, too maddening, too depressing, too boring.

06/27/2014

Jacob deGrom (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Kallet: The Mets Have Great Pitching, But Does It Even Really Matter?

It’s fantastic that the Mets have a wealth of pitching. But do you know what else it is? Infuriating.

06/02/2014

Daniel Murphy (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Kallet: Murphy Has Emerged As Mets’ Most Dangerous Offensive Weapon

In a tight situation, with the game on the line, ask yourself the following: Do you want David Wright or Daniel Murphy at the plate? If you’ve been paying attention, the answer should be Murph.

05/19/2014

Ike Davis (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Kallet: Goodbye And Good Luck, Ike — It Was Time For You To Go

I don’t want to hear about upside, the fact that Ike Davis was once a top prospect who had brief success at the major league level. He had over four years to cement himself within this organization, and he never did.

04/21/2014

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