Rich Coutinho

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Coutinho: The Media Has It All Wrong With Rex Ryan

The media plays a shell game with the Jets and their fans. They ask leading questions and illicit responses that will create headlines, sell papers and keep the conversation going that will talk about anything but the game.


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Coutinho: Sandy Has A Plan And Must Stick To It

Mets fans are upset and feeling sorry for themselves these days because the club has lost 10 of their last 11 games, falling 5 1/2 games behind in their chase for a playoff spot.


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Coutinho: What Can We Expect From Matt Harvey

The Matt Harvey era will begin this Thursday night in Arizona when he starts against the Diamondbacks and Mets fans keep asking me what can be expected of him?


Jordany Valdespin

Coutinho: It’s Time To Play Jordany Valdespin Every Day

A power surge is staring the Mets right in the face. They’d be foolish not to take advantage of the free-swinging Valdespin, and they must do it NOW.


David Wright #5 of the New York Mets is mobbed by his teammates after his game-winning hit against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Coutinho: There Is Still Plenty Of Fight Left In The Mets

There is no sugarcoating the recently completed Mets road trip, as losing five-of-six to division opponents is unacceptable on a number of levels. But there is plenty of fight left in this team.


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Coutinho: K-Rod Could Fix Mets’ Struggling Bullpen

The Mets bullpen meltdowns can ravage a team and it needs to be fixed. So how do you do it? A great start would be to bring back Francisco Rodriguez who could have a huge impact


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Coutinho: 9 Crucial Days, 9 Crucial Games For The Mets

At the end of this stretch, we will know whether this team is here to stay. Most of the baseball world thinks they will fade into the sunset. I firmly believe the Mets have other ideas.


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Coutinho: Mets Fans, Best Is Yet To Come

Happy July 6. The Mets were supposed to be long removed from the NL East conversation by now, weren’t they?


LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets throws to first base for the double play as Elian Herrera #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into second base in the eighth inning during the MLB game at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Mets defeated the Dodgers 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Ruben Tejada – Poised And Determined

Ruben Tejada personifies the attitude of this Mets team — go ahead keep overlooking us and pretty soon we will pass you in the standings.


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Coutinho: Are The Mets For Real? You Better Believe They Are

Here we are in the first full week of July and the New York Mets — you know that team that everyone just wanted to go away — are very much a playoff contender.


Frank Francisco #48 of the New York Mets celebrates the win with Josh Thole #30 after the game against the New York Yankees. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Coutinho: ‘Chickengate’ Is Much Ado About Nothing

When you get past all of the “chicken talk” you see that Mets closer Frank Francisco has been one of the best closers in the league for the last five weeks, and the numbers prove it.


Francisco Cervelli #29 of the New York Yankees is late with the tag on David Wright #5 of the New York Mets who scored in the first inning on June 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Coutinho: What Is The Most Memorable Subway Series Game?

As we head into Round 2 of the 2012 Subway Series, I am often asked what is the best game in this series I have ever seen since I have been at all of these encounters.


R.A. Dickey (credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images), Johan Santana (credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Coutinho: Mets Aces Santana, Dickey Blazing Trail To October?

All winter I insisted that a healthy Johan Santana would redefine the Mets. Well, I was right — and I was wrong.


R.A. Dickey (credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Coutinho: R.A. Dickey Is What’s Good About Baseball

For Dickey, it’s rarefied air indeed. For Met fans, it’s a magic carpet ride — and they’re savoring every moment of it.


Jason Bay leaves the field with an injury. (credit:  Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Coutinho: The Nightmare Continues For Mets Left Fielder Jason Bay

The nightmare continues for Bay, who must be feeling like he is living his own personal “Groundhog Day.” He was once again hurt trying to make an aggressive defensive play, which is the only way he knows how to play the game.