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  1. The 2015 Mets: 40-WAR scenario

    Mark Simon

    The New York Mets are talking a good game in the days leading up to spring training. General manager Sandy Alderson made news last week when he set a 10-win improvement as a target for 2015. This fits in well with our annual look at what the Mets ...

    Blog | February 11, 2015
  2. Ten best games by the Unit, Pedro, Smoltz

    David Schoenfield

    Colleague and SweetSpot contributor Mark Simon had a fun idea: What were the 10 greatest games pitched by new Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz? The easiest way to determine those 10 games is by searching Baseball-Refere...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
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  4. Defensive storylines of the offseason: NL

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesJason Heyward, Miguel Montero and Howie Kendrick are notable defense-minded acquisitions. The major league baseball offseason still has a way to go, but I thought I'd take a look at how teams have changed defensively heading into 2015. ...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  5. Defensive storylines of the offseason: AL

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesRussell Martin, Didi Gregorius and Yoenis Cespedes are notable defense-minded acquisitions. The major-league baseball offseason still has a ways to go, but we thought we'd take a look at how teams have changed defensively heading into 20...

    Blog | January 08, 2015
  6. Mets did OK vs. Johnson, Smoltz, Biggio

    Mark Simon

    We ran through Pedro Martinez's success against the Mets earlier today, and his accolades are well deserved. But the Mets did fairly well against the three other players elected Tuesday, and we thought that was worth noting as they are saluted on th...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  7. Pedro Hall-worthy, and memorable Met

    Mark Simon

    Pedro Martinez takes his deserved spot among baseball's immortals Tuesday, and though he won't be wearing a New York Mets cap into the Hall of Fame, his time with the team was significant and well worth remembering. Martinez becomes the 14th playe...

    Blog | January 06, 2015
  8. A look at Pedro's once-in-a-lifetime run

    Mark Simon

    Pedro Martinez's anticipated election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday gives us a chance to reflect on a two-year stretch that was as good a run of pitching as most of us have seen in our lifetime. Pedro's 1999 and 2000 seasons with the Red Sox rank am...

    Blog | January 05, 2015
  9. Zobrist is the guy for Mets to get

    Mark Simon

    Perhaps there is a reward to be had for Sandy Alderson's patience after all. The Rays' signing of infielder Asdrubal Cabrera creates an infield logjam for them. And one way to address that would be to trade one of their better players, utility man...

    Blog | December 30, 2014
  10. Acquiring Rivera key to all of Rays' moves

    Mark Simon

    I can't help but think that the 11-player trade involving the Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals wasn't so much about the Rays acquiring Steven Souza as much as it was about getting Rene Rivera. Based on how much the Rays on...

    Blog | December 21, 2014
  11. Top 10: Mets best defensive plays (Part 2)

    Mark Simon

    Nick Laham/Getty ImagesEndy Chavez's catch has no match in Mets history.This is the sixth in a series of blog posts ranking the bests in New York Mets history. Though we covered the best defensive players in Mets history, we never got around to r...

    Blog | December 17, 2014
  12. Top 10: Mets best defensive plays (Part 1)

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Chris KassonOne of the many examples of the greatness of Rey Ordonez.This is the sixth in a series of blog posts ranking the bests in Mets history. Though we covered the best defensive players in Mets history, we never got around to rank...

    Blog | December 16, 2014
  13. Top 10: Best Mets trades (Part 2)

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesThough significantly different in skills, catchers Jerry Grote and Mike Piazza were among the most vital acquisitions for the Mets.This is the fifth in a series of lists we will be generating related to the history of the New York Mets. ...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  14. Top 10: Best Mets trades (Part 1)

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesThe Mets made among their smartest deals to obtain Jesse Orosco and John Olerud.This is the fifth in a series of lists we will be generating related to the history of the New York Mets. Since it's winter meetings week, we'll cover the top...

    Blog | December 09, 2014
  15. Didi's D: Web Gems aplenty

    Mark Simon

    Don't be shocked if Didi Gregorius leads the majors in Web Gems in 2015. Gregorius is a vastly different type of defender than Derek Jeter was. Gregorius' game is about the "wow" factor. Highest Good Play/Misplay Ratio 2014 Season (Shortsto...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  16. Didi Gregorius has hard-hitting history

    Mark Simon

    General manager Brian Cashman has previously talked about diving into the lower end of the pile in looking at batting average on balls in play (BABIP) to pick up players with upside beyond their basic numbers. It worked with Nick Swisher. Now the ...

    Blog | December 05, 2014
  17. Top 10: Best singles in Mets history (Part 2)

    Mark Simon

    Matt Campbell/AFP/Getty ImagesRobin Ventura got lifted by Todd Pratt after his grand slam single, but does he stand atop our rankings of the best singles in Mets history?This is the fifth in a series of lists we will be generating related to the hist...

    Blog | December 03, 2014