Rich Coutinho

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Coutinho: Breaking Down The Off-The-Charts Ike Davis Saga

I have covered the Mets since 1984, and I should really know better, but this Ike Davis firestorm that surfaced yesterday is off the charts even for the fishbowl that is New York City.


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Coutinho: Firing Bobby V Would Be A Massive Mistake For The Red Sox

I have spent much of my baseball life around Bobby Valentine. He is as good a baseball man as I’ve ever known, and I think he is the man who could lead the Boston Red Sox out of the wilderness.


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Coutinho: Will Daniel Murphy Be Here In 2013?

Will Daniel Murphy be a Met in 2013?


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Coutinho: Chipper’s Last Days In New York

Rich Coutinho looks back at Chipper Jones’ moments over the years against the Mets.


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Coutinho: Mets’ R.A. Dickey Deserves NL Cy Young Award

The numbers jump off the page. 158 hits allowed in 198 innings. 195 strikeouts and only 45 walks. A WHIP of 1.03. Put it all together and it spells Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.


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Coutinho: Mets’ Third-Place Goal Is Nonsense? Nonsense!

I’ll never be critical of Terry Collins, or anyone else who sets a team goal that involves winning baseball games. Isn’t that why he’s the manager?


Josh Thole #30 of the New York Mets flips his bat after striking out against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on August 23, 2012. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Mets Fans Don’t Want To Hear Any Excuses!

Mets fans can accept the losing if it comes with passion, fire and maximum effort. But what they can’t accept is the perception that players are too tired to play or have lost interest in playing.


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Coutinho: Mets Packing It In? That Can’t Be Tolerated

Though I know many fans have given up on this team, there are many who still watch the games; so many who still care. The players should care about them if not about themselves.


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Coutinho: It’s Time To Shut Down Johan For The Remainder Of The Season

Although I am in favor of players fulfilling their obligation to their teams by showing up and performing, I do think it would be prudent to shut Santana down for a number of reasons.


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Coutinho: Jonathan Niese Continues To Make The Grade

Niese could turn out to be the pitcher that flies under the radar in this rotation but will also be the one you want on the hill when the team desperately needs a win.


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Coutinho: Mets’ Acquisition Of Kelly Shoppach Is A Solid, Understated Move

This is not the dramatic move that Mets fans had hoped for, but it is a solid, understated pickup. And it’s a good start to reshaping the Mets.


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Coutinho: What Do The Mets Have In Jordany Valdespin?

With so many questions about the future of the Met outfield, you cannot just dismiss the idea that Valdespin could play out there everyday. The next 50 games might help bring the future of Jordany Valdespin into focus.


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Coutinho: The Clock Ran Out On Jason Bay

Jason Bay could read the handwriting on the wall as his average continued to slip and his at-bats became more and more painful to watch.


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Coutinho: Let’s Not Overanalyze Every Matt Harvey Start

Matt Harvey is a young and talented player. We must all remember he is a developing pitcher who will experience some high moments and some not-so-high moments.


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Coutinho: Mets’ Collins Demands Maximum Effort — Nothing Less

The thing that I like about Terry Collins is that you never see him publicly berate a player, and he never uses the media to get his message across. But make no mistake about it — he gets his message across.