On-Base Perception

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Mets get first look at Marlins prospect

For the first time this season, New York

The amount of information available about players is staggering. Scouting reports are more sophisticated than ever. But when the Mets faces 20-year-old Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez on Sunday afternoon, they may have to resort to the most basic level of scouting: word of mouth.

While the Mets have seen tape of Fernandez, the highly touted prospect who is making his big league debut, nobody...

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Brett Gardner: The next $100 million man?

New York Yankees' Brett Gardner running to first

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Robinson Cano isn’t the only Yankee the team should worry about locking up to a long term extension. Brett Gardner might be the best value in the Major Leagues. For now.

Gardner, a .266 lifetime hitter with just 15 career home runs, has sneaky – but enormous – worth. From an offensive perspective, his .355 career on-base percentage and 81 percent success rate when stealing bases (127-for-167)...

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Ump asked fans to stop tipping off pitches for Mets

First base umpire Jim Joyce argues with Detroit

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Home plate umpire Jim Joyce stopped play in the eighth inning of the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Marlins on Saturday afternoon to ask that fans behind home plate stop tipping off pitch locations for Mets hitters.

"Apparently, there was a couple of fans screaming out location or something like that," Mets catcher John Buck said. "So, obviously, we don't want that. That could get...

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Mets clear space for Laffey, option Familia to Triple-A

Mets rookie Jeurys Familia faced three Cardinals, gave

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Following the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Marlins on Saturday, the club made two moves to clear space for their Sunday starter, lefthander Aaron Laffey.

The Mets optioned righthanded reliever Jeurys Familia to Triple-A Las Vegas, a move that opens space on the 25-man roster. The club also moved pitcher Johan Santana to the 60-day disabled list, which opened up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Laffey...

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Leaving Lucas Duda to 'fend for himself' in left field

FILE - New York Mets left fielder Lucas

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The Mets rely heavily on advance scouting reports to position their outfielders. Which is why in the seventh inning on Friday night, with the Marlins' Justin Ruggiano at the plate, centerfielder Jordany Valdespin shaded toward the gap in rightcenter.

From that position, the Mets were willing to concede the gap in leftcenter, knowing that leftfielder Lucas Duda most likely couldn't cover that...

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Breather coming for John Buck

Catcher John Buck doing catching drills today during

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John Buck strolled into the Mets clubhouse on Friday night wearing a pack of ice over his left elbow. "Standard catcher's stuff," Buck said, shortly after catching a Juan Pierre foul tip with his elbow.

Saturday's game against the Marlins gives Buck five starts in his first games. Indeed, with Buck  hitting .412 out of the gate, it would have been difficult for manager Terry...

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Ike's slump cures: Early BP and a clean shave

Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets

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Ike Davis entered the day hitting just .063. And while a four-game sample size is hardly worth getting worked up about, the Mets first baseman has taken some steps to be proactive about avoiding another early-season slump.

On Friday, he took early batting practice. And now on Saturday comes word that he's taken another step. According to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com, Davis is shaving his beard...

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Terry Collins likes his outfielders, but does he like-like them?

Terry Collins sits in the dugout before a

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Terry Collins stopped short of declaring a spring training do-over. But on Saturday morning, he acknowledged that the Mets don't have what he considers a set outfield. Translation: Don't be surprised to see more of the mixing and matching the Mets have done with their outfield the last few days.

Said Collins: "I wouldn't say we have a set-set outfield that's not going to change."

Indeed,...

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Tejada struggles to get a handle at shortstop

Ruben Tejada #11 of the New York Mets

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A year ago, Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada didn't commit his third error of the season until his 28th game. This year, he had equalled that total in his first four contests.

"I've seen what everybody else has and that is he's made some very, very good plays but he's let a couple plays get away that we're so accustomed to him making every play it's shocking when he doesn't make a play,"...

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Notes on jerseys, pitching, and David Wright

The Mets are debuting their blue jerseys at

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A few notes before the Mets face the Marlins at 7:10 p.m.:

-- On Thursday, the Mets debuted their new alternative orange-brimmed caps. On Friday, they broke out their new blue jerseys.

-- Entering play on Friday, Mets pitchers have  posted a 2.00 ERA, which ranks in the top five in baseball: Nationals 0.33 White Sox 1.00 Dodgers 1.33 Giants 1.73 Mets/Pirates/Twins 2.00

The...

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