On-Base Perception

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Mets' 0-2 start is bad, historically

Mets' David Wright looks up as he

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The record after their first two games was historically bad. The record following the third won't bode well for a successful season either.

After falling to the Nationals on Wednesday, it wouldn't have been much of a stretch to say the Mets were off to their worst start since 1965.

Yes, that would be the worst start in 49 seasons.

That's because the Mets have started the season...

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Daniel Murphy returns, plus actual Mets baseball news

Daniel Murphy is congratulated by teammates in the

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Daniel Murphy will return to the Mets lineup on Thursday, presumably bringing a measure of comfort and relief to those who have have made it their business to criticize the second baseman for tending to a private matter such as the birth of a child.

Of course, it wasn’t the comfort or relief of those folks that Murphy was considering when he exercised his collectively bargained right to go...

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Welcome to Strikeout Citi

Curtis Granderson walks back to the dugout after

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Outs are outs. And strikeouts are just another kind of out.Yes, making contact leads to productive outs, moving runners over, sac flies, all that good stuff. But contact also creates the possibility of hitting into rally-killing double plays. Anyway, the point is, a whole bunch of strikeouts on their own aren’t necessarily something to freak out about.This is particularly true for teams such as...

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On Viola, Murphy, Niese and more

New York Mets Daniel Murphy infielder photographed during

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Frank Viola is resting comfortably with his family, the Mets announced on Wednesday, when the East Meadow native underwent heart surgery.

“From that standpoint, we’re all extremely pleased,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Viola, who had been promoted to Triple-A pitching coach after drawing raves for his work at Class-A Savannah.

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected...

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Sandy Alderson and his abysmal track record with the Mets bullpen

Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to the media

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Relievers represent the most volatile investments in baseball. Even the shrewdest organizations will be prone to their share of misses. No team is exempt. Building a bullpen isn’t easy.But few make it look harder than the Mets.Not once during Sandy Alderson’s tenure as general manager with the Mets has he pieced together anything close to an adequate bullpen. And as the Mets begin their fourth season...

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CC Sabathia's Opening Day woes continue

CC Sabathia delivers a pitch against the Houston

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It's safe to say that CC Sabathia doesn't usually have his best day on Opening Day.

The Yankees lefty was shelled by the Astros on Opening Day Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on eight hits in six innings in a 6-2 loss.

Sabathia, who has started every Opening Day for the Yankees since joining the team in 2009, has historically done poorly in the season opener. Here's how he's fared...

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Yankees DFA Eduardo Nunez to make room for Yangervis Solarte

Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees runs home to

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Eduardo Nunez has gone from being the Yankees' starting shortstop in 2013 to out of a job in 2014.

The Yankees designated Nunez for assignment on Tuesday, days after the 26-year old shortstop lost the utility infielder job to Yangervis Solarte in spring training.

Nunez played 69 games at shortstop and 14 games at third base in 2013 while Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez rehabbed injuries....

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Fantasy baseball: Closer carousel starts spinning early

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting

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It's only day two of the MLB season and already we've seen some major changes at closer.

 

Mets

Entering the 2014 season there were already concerns about Bobby Parnell's health after he suffered a herniated disc in his neck and missed the last two months of the season in 2013. But it's a different injury that has Parnell on the shelf now. Doctors discovered a partial tear...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Welcome to the 2014 MLB season

The cover for Newsday's 2014 baseball preview section,

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The arrival of the baseball season is a time for firsts, even in a year that will be defined by one distinguished “last.’’

Derek Jeter established the template for 2014 when he announced that he will retire at the end of it. So our annual Baseball Preview section is here to reflect on a career that is destined for Cooperstown — and we reflect on the destination, too.

But first things...

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