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6-1 Means I’m Back

I haven’t been to a Mets game since May 31st in Philadelphia. My last game at Citi Field was May 14th. Did I give up on the team? No, because “ya gotta believe.” But I didn’t want to give any more of my money to the Wilponzis knowing that they won’t invest in the team.

Over the last few years, the week leading into the All-Star break has been a struggle for the club. I gave the Mets (personally) an ultimatum…win six out of seven against the Braves and Marlins this week and I’ll buy back in.┬áThe impossible happened, and the Mets took a series from the Braves and swept the Marlins.

Some may call it a “fake Pennant race”, but I call it a chance at the impossible. The Mets sit five games under .500, seven games out of the division, and seven games out of the Wild Card. It is still a long shot, but if this type of good baseball continues we can experience something we haven’t seen since 2008…meaningful August baseball.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Jay Horwitz And Mets Renege On Ticket Contest

Earlier today Mets PR guru Jay Horwitz tweeted this:

As you can see, the player’s name (Shawn Fitzmaurice) is on the photo. Fitzmaurice only played nine games in his career, all with the Mets in 1966 with two hits, two runs and a stolen base.

Now, Jay Horwitz has this to say:

Now, I wasn’t the first to tweet at Jay with the answer, but he did have ANY fan. We all clearly saw the name at the bottom. Do the right thing Mets! Don’t ruin the good vibes surrounding the ballclub with a PR blunder.

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Murphy, Not Wright, Named All-Star

The Mets will have only one representative at the 2014 Mid-Summer Classic in Minnesota next week. Second baseman Daniel Murphy was named to the National League team as a reserve. It is his first All-Star selection.

David Wright lost out to Aramis Ramirez of the Brewers for the the starting third baseman nod by 338,728 votes. Tood Fraizer was selected by the NL manager Mike Matheny as the back-up third baseman.


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Cuban Defector Could Effect Mets

Let’s face it, the Mets will be sellers at the trade deadline.

And let’s face it, some time in the next 18 months Daniel Murphy will be traded, because the Mets are cheap and won’t pony up the dough to the second best player on the team.

So let’s take a look at a potential deal. Here’s how it would go down:

Dodgers sign Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo. It is likely given Yasiel Puig’s and Alex Guerrero’s presence that Castillo could sign with the Dodgers.

With the presence of Hanley Ramirez, Dee Gordon and Alex Guerrero clogging the middle infield, someone needs to go. Likewise, the newly acquired Castillo creates a logjam in the Dodgers’ outfield with Puig, Carl Crawford, Matt Kemp, Andre Either and the aforementioned Castillo.

So how about this:

Dodgers Get:

Daniel Murphy (.302 BA, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 11 SB)

Mets Pitching Prospect (the better the prospect, the more cash in return)

Mets Get:

Dee Gordon (.297 BA, 2 HR, 25 RBI, 40 SB)

Matt Kemp (.270 BA, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 5 SB)

Cash (to offset some of Kemp’s remaining $107 million, based on quality of prospect)

Now, from a Mets viewpoint, they could solve two major needs. Gordon is tops in the National League in stolen bases and has raised is batting average to near .300 and has an OBP above .350. More importantly for the Mets, he hasn’t even reached arbitration yet and is under team control until 2019.

Kemp gives the Mets a proven bat in the middle of the lineup and he could benefit from a change of scenery. Although his production has waned of late, if he is healthy, he will produce. The Dodgers would obviously need to absorb a large amount of the remaining $107 million on his contract, but they may be willing to do that to create space in their outfield.

Here is a what a post-trade Mets’ lineup could look like:

Gordon - 2B

Lagares - CF

Wright - 3B

Granderson - RF

Kemp - LF

Duda - 1B

d’Arnaud - C

Tejada - SS

…not too shabby.

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Mets To Honor Cashen With A Sleeve Patch

It took a few days, but the Mets did right by their organizational past and the fans by announcing they will add a patch to the right sleeve under the “Kiner” patch to honor the life of the late former GM Frank Cashen.

Cashen oversaw the Mets for the 1980s which included two of the best Mets prospects (that actually came to fruition) in Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden and many high profile trades, including Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter, that shaped the 1986 World Champion team.

The patch will feature Cashen’s initials and will be worn on all uniforms the remainder of the season starting Friday. There will also be a moment of silence before Friday’s game at Citi Field.

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