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New York Mets trade rumors: Xander Bogaerts edition

Recent free agent signings by the Boston Red Sox have caused a shake up in some offseason predictions for the New York Mets. The Sox have reportedly signed both Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. This appears to completely rework the left side of the infield, as Sandoval plays third base and Ramirez, despite diminished defense in recent years, is still listed as a shortstop. This...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets 2015 preview: moving the fences in now makes no sense

This winter, the dimensions at Citi Field are once again being shortened, now to further mimic those of Shea Stadium.  In 2011, the high left field wall was cut down, and the left and right field fences were moved in.  This time, the big changes are coming in center and right-center field.  For those who don’t know or haven’t been to Citi Field, the right-center field fence...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Platooning Lucas Duda Isn’t A Bad Thing

First off, I am a huge fan of Lucas Duda.  When considering the question about platooning Duda, I have to ask myself a different question: Do the Mets have a better chance of winning with Duda in the lineup against left-handed pitching? As much as I want to see him get as many at-bats as possible, the answer to that question is still an overwhelming, NO.  Even if Duda becomes...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets free agent projections: position players

This is the final part of my offseason projections for the New York Mets. Read my analysis of the starters and the bullpen to get the full picture. The position players, home of the biggest question marks that Sandy Alderson will need to address this offseason. I’m going to go position by position to analyze every aspect of the team’s needs. First the infield: First Base This...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

How Should Mets Handle Duda’s Struggles Against LHP?

Coming off an incredible breakthrough season in 2014 that saw him hit 30 home runs while driving in 92 runs, Lucas Duda may participate in the MLB All-Star tour of Japan, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. While a final decision hasn’t been made yet, it’s quite an honor that Major League Baseball is looking at Duda to represent the best of the best for their team. Duda...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Lucas Duda the right fit at first base?

As it seems Lucas Duda proved his worth, at least for the time being in the eyes of the Mets management and fanbase, this season by putting up 30 homers, albeit hitting poorly against lefties. He hit well against righties with a slash line of .273/.372/.543, but against lefties he only managed to have a slash line of .180/.264/.252. Duda had significantly more at-bats against...
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Lucas Duda and the importance of 30 home runs

Lucas Duda hit his 30th home run of the 2014 season on the final day of play. It was significant for more than just a career stat line. It is a pivotal piece to the continued development of the players around him in the lineup. The Mets finally have a seemingly reliable source of power to hold down the cleanup spot in the order, and that could benefit everyone top to bottom. Duda’s...
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Can We Really Trust Lucas Duda?

On August 1st, Lucas Duda was batting .263. He had driven in 61 runs and had 20 home runs under his belt. Since that date, his numbers have slipped drastically. This morning he wakes up to a .248 batting average and has added 7 more home runs. The numbers tell the story of an emerging slugger at first base. The eye test tells a slightly different tale. Since Duda went on his home...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Mets: reevaluating Travis d’Arnaud

The New York Mets scored 14 runs last night (!!) so it’s probably a good day to reflect on some offensive production. Specifically, it’s a good time to reevaluate Travis d’Arnaud. d’Arnaud’s struggles early in the season were very well documented and he certainly deserved the demotion he received. But he’s been a completely different player since he’s returned. A batting...
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

The pros and cons of trading Lucas Duda

As the trade deadline draws uncomfortably close, the question looms whether or not the Mets will be buyers or sellers. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been on record as saying the next ten games will decide the team’s fate. While there have been rumors abounding that link the Mets to trading veterans like Bartolo Colon and even All Star Daniel Murphy at one point, there is one player...
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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