The Mets have played surprisingly well this season on the strength of a probably overachieving pitching staff. However they remain limited by an offense that does more damage to the Shea faithful than to the opposition. An obvious target has been the cobbled-together right fielder Sharim Spencia. Recently it has been reported that the Mets have indeed upgraded the corner. (Free Preview of Premium Content)
June 18, 2004
The Mets had made it a focus under the management of Steve Phillips to maintain a corps of (expensive) veteran relief pitchers that would provide above average support to the Mets starting pitchers. The Mets continued the practice of having high paid relievers form the core of the bullpen in 2003 with the signing of Mike Stanton and the carryover of David Weathers. This edition of the Met relief corps, however, did not generate the expected performance associated with some of those dollars.
January 30, 2004
After going on a torrid nine game hit streak over the past week and a half, Jose Reyes hit a snag on Tuesday night, going 0-4 against Ben Sheets and the Brewers. Reyes redeemed himself Wednesday night when he smashed a triple to rightfield and scored on a Cliff Floyd groundout in the third inning, providing Al Leiter with the only offense he would need in a sparkling seven inning outing against the Brew Crew.
July 30, 2003
With injuries plaguing several contenders, interim general manager Jim Duquette is fielding a large amount of calls, undoubtedly more than he had anticipated a few weeks ago. Over six teams are fascinated by the idea of acquiring closer Armando Benitez and Jeromy Burnitz's name continues to be circulated throughout baseball. Right-handed starter Steve Trachsel is currently on one division leader's radar map.
July 10, 2003
Of all people to snap the Mariners' nine-game winning streak, it ended up being New York Mets' rookie right-hander, Jae Weong Seo. The 26-year-old escaped trouble in the early innings and pitched seven strong, giving up only two runs along the way.
June 7, 2003