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  1. Have the Mets turned the corner?

    Rich Coutinho

    The New York Mets are on an incredible run, winning six of their last seven games including a sweep of the Atlanta Braves, a team many considered to be significantly better than the Mets coming into the season. So, with Joe Torre and the Dodgers arr...

    Blog | April 26, 2010
  2. Santana leads the way

    Rich Coutinho

    Johan Santana is everything you would want an ace of a pitching staff to be. He is a meticulous preparer, extremely talented, super competitive and has a desire to win that is very Jordanesque. And on a team that yearns for leadership, Santana not ...

    Blog | April 23, 2010
  3. Barajas and Blanco get rave reviews

    Rich Coutinho

    Over the years, the Mets have had some of the best catchers in baseball history when you consider both Gary Carter and Mike Piazza wore the orange and blue. Add in All Stars like Jerry Grote and John Stearns as well as the 40-homer season of Todd Hun...

    Blog | April 22, 2010
  4. Reyes launches his season

    Rich Coutinho

    For Jose Reyes, his return to regular-season action had not exactly been a smashing success and there were grumblings that he was not 100 percent. But the effervescent shortstop finally launched his season last night with a four-hit night. More th...

    Blog | April 21, 2010
  5. Mets feeling optimistic

    Rich Coutinho

    When the Mets left Florida in early April, many experts felt their starting rotation would hold them back but after 13 games of the regular season, the starters, aside from John Maine, are holding up their end of the bargain. Johan Santana (3.00 ERA...

    Blog | April 20, 2010
  6. The truth about the Mets' clubhouse

    Rich Coutinho

    It has been a fast and furious few days for the Mets as this road trip has had a little of everything from a rough start to a brilliant Mike Pelfrey performance to a 20-inning marathon. And yes, of course, questions about how the Met clubhouse feels...

    Blog | April 18, 2010
  7. Remembering Jackie Robinson

    Rich Coutinho

    It was 63 years ago that the single biggest moment in baseball took place on a little patch of green grass in Brooklyn known as Ebbets Field, a moment that transcended the sporting world and continues to have an impact on society. Of course, it was t...

    Blog | April 15, 2010
  8. Francoeur credits HoJo

    Rich Coutinho

    Jeff Francoeur is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise sluggish Mets start as he has pounded National League pitching to the tune of a .438 batting average. For a player who was practically thrown out of the Braves clubhouse, it is a rather re...

    Blog | April 15, 2010
  9. If it ain't broke ...

    Rich Coutinho

    From the moment the Mets arrived in spring training, Jerry Manuel preached that the team allowed far too many walks and in a spacious home ballpark, and that must change. He pointed out that the Mets issued more bases on balls than any team in the Na...

    Blog | April 14, 2010
  10. Mets must resist a panic move

    Rich Coutinho

    I will be the first to admit a 2-5 start is the last thing anybody in the Mets organization needed coming off a 70-92 season and an offseason littered with season-ticket cancellations, but knee-jerk reactions are better left for sports radio talk-sho...

    Blog | April 14, 2010
  11. A rough start for Manuel

    Rich Coutinho

    The words came out of Jerry Manuel's mouth in his postgame press conference, which I am sure made front-office personnel cringe a little. "Today's game was not a good game for us. I thought we appeared unprepared and I have to take the blame for that...

    Blog | April 12, 2010
  12. Where is Ollie's fastball?

    Rich Coutinho

    As Oliver Perez performances go, his Saturday start vs. the Washington Nationals was not great but not terrible. Still, it left you with the feeling something was missing -- namely his fastball. The enigmatic Met southpaw usually clocks in between 91...

    Blog | April 10, 2010
  13. The Reyes factor

    Rich Coutinho

    His undeniable talent, his effervescent personality, and his ability to change the game in a split second are all factors in determining the value of Jose Reyes. But there is also an "It Factor" that speaks to his very presence in the Met locker room...

    Blog | April 10, 2010
  14. Meet the new Mike Pelfrey

    Rich Coutinho

    It was late last season in Denver and Mike Pelfrey had just suffered through yet another poor performance, succumbing to the Colorado Rockies. So, instead of asking Pelfrey to explain what happened, I decided to instead ask Todd Helton, who had smac...

    Blog | April 09, 2010
  15. Pagan getting short shrift

    Rich Coutinho

    Both Angel Pagan and Gary Matthews Jr. played very well in spring training -- well enough that Mets manager Jerry Manuel suggested that the two centerfielders would share playing time based on matchups until Carlos Beltran returns to the active roste...

    Blog | April 08, 2010
  16. Strawberry comes full-circle

    Rich Coutinho

    With the exception of Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry is probably the most recognizable name in the history of the New York Mets. The ovation he received on Opening Day is a living testimony to how popular Straw still is in Flushing. It was not always ...

    Blog | April 06, 2010