Coutinho: Are The Mets For Real? You Better Believe They AreHere 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.
Coutinho: Mets Fans, Keep It In PerspectiveThe Mets have bigger fish to fry than one game in the middle of the season, even if it is against a cross-town rival that their fan base vehemently dislikes.
Unexpected Mets Heroes Are Pleasant SurprisesPlenty of no-name Mets are contributing to the Amazins' unexpected rise toward becoming NL East contenders.
Coutinho: Mets Could Be This Year's Version Of Last Year's D-BacksThe 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.
Coleman: A Nice Start For NieseJonathan 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.
Coutinho: Another Good Day For Johan SantanaFor Johan Santana, it is a step-by-step process, but I must say he is progressing very nicely after yet another positive mound session.
Coutinho: Never Count Out Mets' Johan SantanaIn all my years of covering the Mets, I do not know if I ever met anyone like Santana. He is a confident pitcher who understands his responsibility and embraces it. And nobody wants to get back on the mound more than Johan.
Coutinho: Don't Blame Sandy For The Exodus Of Jose ReyesRich Coutinho believes that Sandy Alderson did what best for the Mets' long-term plans by not giving into Jose Reyes' demands and looking to the future.
Coutinho: Hale Will Be Missed, But Mets Coaching Changes Make SenseThe Mets have announced some coaching changes for 2012 and my immediate reaction is that losing Chip Hale is a big hit while adding Tim Teufel as third base coach and Ricky Bones as bullpen coach makes sense.
Coutinho: Top 5 Questions Mets Need To Answer In Next 6 WeeksThe 2011 season has been an interesting journey for the New York Mets. So, as they play out the string down the homestretch, they need to find out some things. Here is my Top 5 list...
Coutinho: Jose Reyes And Bullpen Will Be Top Off-Season Priorities For Mets Two things have been readily apparent in the latest Mets slide -- the bullpen needs an overhaul and Jose Reyes has been sorely missed. And, not coincidentally, those two things will be top priorities once the Mets start constructing their 2012 roster.