On-Base Perception

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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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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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Mets will carry Young Jr., Lagares, but change could come quickly

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr., left, prepares

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins offered some clarity about his plans for the outfield yesterday, hinting strongly that both Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares would make the Opening Day roster.Later on a team official took things a step further, saying explicitly that the Mets intend to carry both players to begin the season, leaving Collins to juggle their playing time.But those...

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Jose Valverde could see some save chances with Mets

Jose Valverde poses for a portrait during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets still envision Bobby Parnell in their bullpen by Opening Day. But after a long rehab from neck surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 season, Parnell may see limits on his usage when the new season begins.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Newsday he and manager Terry Collins have discussed curbing Parnell’s workload, at least temporarily, holding him to nothing...

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Wilmer Flores among Mets' latest cuts

Wilmer Flores catches a ground ball during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Wilmer Flores found himself among the latest round of cuts on Monday. Flores was optioned along with infielder Zach Lutz, and outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

At Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores will see more playing time at second base and shortstop, where he will serve as the Mets’ Plan B in case Ruben Tejada suffers an injury or struggles at the start of...

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Mets closer Bobby Parnell sees bump in velocity

Bobby Parnell of the Mets walks off the

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets closer Bobby Parnell believes he could pitch in a big league game right now.“I feel like I’m there,” Parnell said on Friday, when he threw two shutout innings in a minor league game against the High-A Cardinals. “My stuff’s there. I let a few go today a little more and just worked on getting the arm strength up. But my stuff’s there. And I feel like if I need to, I can...

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Daniel Murphy sits out with leg injury

Mets runner Daniel Murphy rounds third base to

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Daniel Murphy will miss Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves with a sore right leg.The second baseman said that after injuring his calif during a recent game, he may sit out a few games as a precaution. He last played on Sunday and may not be back in action until Saturday.“Play it safe, try and get healthy right now,” Murphy said.Manager Terry Collins limited...

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