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After struggling in left field in 2009, the Mets moved Daniel Murphy to first base when Carlos Delgado was lost for the season. Read the rest of this entry »

The Daniel Murphy bandwagon is a lonely place these days.  But I am not going to let 182 PA overshadow 430 PA in determining his ability to hit.

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I finally had a few moments to do a review of the first month of the season for the Mets.  The record was disappointing but there were some fine individual accomplishments that should not be ignored.  And I conclude with an update on my Daniel Murphy wagers.

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The first week of the Major League Baseball season is in the books. Should New York Mets fans be encouraged or discouraged? It probably has a lot to do with whether you are an optimistic fan or a pessimistic fan. Pessimists will probably point out that the New York Mets are only 3 – 4, are fourth in the division and lost the first game at their new stadium. But as an optimist I think fans should be encouraged by the New York Mets so far.

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Few things in life are better than an Opening Day win.  But it’s even better when everything goes right, like it did for the Mets yesterday.

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How likely is a starting outfielder to amass 450 at-bats in a season?  Last year in the National League it happened just 57 percent of the time.  Can Daniel Murphy be counted on to exceed that mark if he stays injury-free?

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While the media focuses on the controversy of Jerry Manuel’s first few proclamations this spring, I think the substance of his comments is a harbinger of good things to come in 2009.

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There are a bunch of excellent blogs out there about our favorite team.  One that I particularly enjoy is Mets Tailgate.  James Kannengieser is the brains behind that site and recently he agreed to do a Q&A with me on the upcoming season.  Here are his responses to my questions about the 2009 Mets.

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Mets fans disgusted with Luis Castillo are clamoring for them to sign free agent Orlando Hudson.  Be careful what you wish for.

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What do you get your favorite MLB player with an eight-figure contract?  Here I give them what they really need!

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