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Ernie Palladino

Lucas Duda hits a seventh-inning single against the Miami Marlins on April 16, 2015 at Citi Field. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: So Far, So Good For Mets’ Duda

Lucas Duda could well become the face of the offense, at least until David Wright gets back. Think about that for a second.

04/17/2015

Tom Coughlin (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Palladino: Change Is The Only Status Quo In The NFL

The term “status quo” apparently does not appear in the NFL’s competitive lexicon.

04/15/2015

Jenrry Mejia (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Palladino: Mets’ Outlook Takes Dive Thanks To ‘Old-School’ Cheat Mejia

People attached a lot of adjectives to the Mets’ chances before Saturday’s news. Young. Eager. Resilient. Solid. It’s amazing how the conversation changed so quickly.

04/13/2015

Dellin Betances (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Girardi Should Give Betances The Closer Job

Girardi needed something to give his team a boost, and he got it with the Betances-to-Miller progression. Now he should go back to the book. The one that will tell him to let Betances do his job in the ninth.

04/10/2015

Masahiro Tanaka  (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images), David Wright (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Palladino: It’s Opening Day — Believe It!

If spring training was a time for hope, Opening Day is a time for belief. So go ahead. Believe.

04/06/2015

Curtis Granderson poses for a picture with a fan prior to a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Tradition Field on March 20, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Palladino: Young-Gun Mets In Position To Take Over City

No one can guarantee it will ever happen. These are the Mets, after all. But the foundation exists. The Yanks have left the door wide open.

04/03/2015

Alex Rodriguez (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: ‘Black-Sheep’ A-Rod’s Versatility Could Change Yanks’ Opinions

Judging by recent events, the Yanks may have to come to the understanding that their $22 million PED albatross may provide more of a boost than they ever thought possible.

04/01/2015

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams of USC competes during the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 22, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Palladino: Pass Rusher Should Be Jets GM’s Draft Alternative

Another good pass rusher will make that reunited CB tandem of Revis and Cromartie look even better. If it translates into winning, Jets fans might even forgive for not getting the QB at all costs.

03/30/2015

Dellin Betances (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Palladino: Betances’ Spring Problems Should Not Be Shrugged Off

Dellin Betances has looked no where near the flamethrower who made the All-Star team as David Robertson’s setup man. And Andrew Miller has had just a so-so spring.

03/27/2015

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Palladino: Colon Just As Good An Opening Day Choice As Harvey

If the Mets expect to be relevant this year, Matt Harvey will pitch plenty of pressure games. Opening Day is not one of them. It’s just one of 162.

03/25/2015

Chris Borland  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images), Peyton Hillis

Palladino: Hillis, Borland Show NFL Concussions No Laughing Matter

The Giants did Peyton Hillis a big favor when they cut him. They gave him a chance to preserve his brain by taking away the one incentive — dollars — that keeps players coming back.

03/23/2015

Greg Hardy (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Palladino: Cowboys’ Signing Of Hardy Shows Nothing Has Changed

Don’t play them. Don’t sign them. Don’t even answer their agents’ phone calls. It’ll never happen. The teams don’t care, not really. Not when it gets in the way of a winning record.

03/20/2015

David Wright #5 of the New York Mets looks on before the game at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Palladino: Zack Wheeler Is Replaceable, But David Wright Isn’t

There are bad breaks, and then there are bad breaks. Some just make it harder to win. Others destroy teams.

03/18/2015

Ryan Fitzpatrick (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Palladino: Jets’ Trade for Fitzpatrick Just As Vital As Revis Signing

He’s not as sexy as Revis, for sure. But sometimes the smaller offseason moves can affect a unit as profoundly as the big ones.

03/13/2015

Masahiro Tanaka speaks with teammates in the dugout before the start of a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 4, 2015 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Palladino: Yankees’ Early Mojo Calls Only For Guarded Optimism

Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.

03/11/2015

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