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What a Matt Harvey Extension Could Look Like

Through the first month of the season, the main attraction in Flushing has been Matt Harvey. Harvey has dazzled both Mets and baseball fans alike with a 1.54 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, and 3.90 K/BB. He’s even won 4 of his first 5 starts in 2013. But with each dominant game the 24 year-old ace spins, his future price tag only increases. And that’s why the Mets need to extend Harvey soon–if not next week.

Even though Harvey has yet to pitch a full season, there is still plenty of incentive for the Mets to extend their brightest homegrown pitcher since Dwight Gooden. In 15 career starts, Harvey has owned a 2.29 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 3.03 K/BB–but he’s also been worth 3.4 WAR. Since 1.0 WAR is roughly equivalent to $5.5 million, Harvey has been worth around $18.7 million in just 88 1/3 innings.

But as great as Harvey has been so far, how much will he be worth in the future? Continue reading

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Why Hasn’t David Wright Hit a Homerun Yet?

David Wright is having a great start to the 2013 season. To-date, the 30 year-old Mets captain is batting .293 with a 17.7% BB%, 139 OPS+ (4 points above his career rate), and has even made some fantastic defensive plays. With teammates John Buck, Daniel Murphy, and Lucas Duda all powering the Mets offense, the fate of the Mets’ run production hasn’t entirely fallen on the shoulders of the Virginia native. Heck, Matt Harvey‘s ace-like three starts have even pushed Wright out of the New York Mets spotlight for the time being.

That said, through 11 games, Wright has yet to hit a homerun.

Even though it’s far too soon to actually be worried, Wright’s inability to go yard is perplexing, and would certainly become an issue once Buck ceases to hit like Lou Gehrig. Despite the small sample size, some of the Wright’s peripherals look similar to or worse than his 2009 peripherals; the season Wright only hit 10 homeruns. Continue reading

How Bad Is the New York Mets’ Outfield?

Everyone knows “bad” when he or she sees it.

The 2003 Ben Affleck-Jennifer Lopez film “Gigli” scored a 7% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Canadian rock band Nickelback, despite having sold 50 million records worldwide, is often the subject of ridicule among music aficionados.

And even the durian, a notoriously stinky fruit native to and beloved by Southeast Asia, is abhorrent to just about everyone else.

Yet some things, joking or opinions aside, are actually bad.

The 2013 New York Mets outfield is, unfortunately, a prime example. It is indisputable how untalented, and frankly, unacceptably dismal the Mets’ outfield will be this coming season. Continue reading

Trade Deadline Can’t Come Soon Enough for New York Mets Fans

The 2013 baseball season is still in its fetal state. Teams like the Colorado Rockies, for instance, have until March 31–about 17 days from now–to make organization-altering decisions, like tapping Miguel Batista over Daniel Rosenbaum as their long man.

Oh, there will be blood (or at least, poetry).

For the New York Mets, however, there are grander issues at hand. As etched in stone as the Mets’ poor fate seems to be, there are some key future dates that will help shed light on the team’s actual chances this coming season. From April 19 through April 28, the Mets play nine games against perennial rivals, the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition, the oft-anticipated Subway Series (consisting of four games) commences May 27 at Citi Field, and concludes May 30 at Yankee Stadium. Heck, even the free post-game Foreigner concert is scheduled for June 14–which will be 67 games into the season. By mid-June, will the Mets be “Hot Blooded” or “Cold As Ice”? Only time will tell. Continue reading