Cody Ransom hit a two-run homer and a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday night, handing New York its fourth straight loss.
The Mets should look very closely at the Diamondbacks when they hit the field this weekend at Citi, because in many ways the Mets may be this year’s version of the D-Backs.
The Mets won an 11-inning thriller on Sunday as they defeated the Rockies, 6-5 at Coors Field.
Neil Keefe is joined by Rich Coutinho to talk about the Mets’ undefeated start to the season and why they might be this year’s version of the 2011 Diamondbacks.
Sandy Alderson had a vision going into the offseason, and that was to re-shape the bullpen. So far, it has worked wonders.
Jonathan Niese was sharp on Wednesday in Jupiter as the Mets shutout the Marlins 7-0. Niese was a little anxious to get going before his first spring start, but he delivered two solid innings, striking out 2 while walking one. Niese was pretty happy with his performance.
Given the opportunity, Frank Francisco believes he has the stuff to be a dominant closer. The New York Mets think so, too, and will give him every chance.
The Mets will be hard-pressed to duplicate the numbers of the Braves’ bullpen trio, but this Met bullpen has a real chance to make a big difference for Terry Collins. And that could go a long way towards closing the gap in the National League East.
Sandy Alderson has stressed and desired financial flexibility since his arrival in New York. And one thing that is striking – and alarming – for the Mets’ budget in 2012 is the following: Three players will account for over 60% of the team’s payroll.
Scott Hairston is back. Jeff Stevens and utilityman Corey Wimberly have been signed to minor league deals. Please check IDs at the door so we know who you are.
The Mets responded to the departure of Jose Reyes with a busy Tuesday night in which they traded Angel Pagan and signed a pair of free agents. Rich Coutinho joined Neil Keefe for an epic email discussion to talk about the moves and to try and make sense out of the crazy week for the Mets.
Walking across the hotel lobby, Mets manager Terry Collins smiled. “Good, solid arms,” he said. “We’ve got some depth now.”
It didn’t take long. After enduring heavy criticism for letting Jose Reyes escape, the Mets moved swiftly and decisively on Tuesday night.
Clearly there is still much work to do, but Sandy Alderson gets rave reviews on a night in which he both reshaped and strengthened the Mets’ bullpen.
Sandy Alderson didn’t tip his hand that he was onto some big moves when he spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon, but he got quite busy a few hours later acquiring three relievers and a new center fielder.
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