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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Relief Pitchers

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If you’re familiar with Mets history, and by this point you’re basically an expert, you should understand heartbreak. The Mets are like the Country Music of the MLB. Rooting for the Mets is like having your wife cheat on you, the dog run away and the pick up truck died. It’s so disheartening. While injuries are at the forefront of the heartbreak, relief pitchers are a close second place. I won’t even bring up Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden. That’s heartbreak that even the countriest of country singers can’t relate to. The history of Mets relievers is not pretty. Most have been huge fans of giving up walks and then a backbreaking homerun. Give this for the relievers of the past – they had the flair for the dramatic. No,…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Starting Pitcher

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When I think of the Mets starting rotation this year, I think of Pamela Anderson. Trust me, the connection is there. Anderson wasn’t a very good actress, or model, or singer, or whatever she was supposed to be. I honestly have no idea. Whatever her field was, she certainly isn’t remember for it. No, Pamela Anderson was known for two things - her left breast and her right breast. It was this pair of assets that helped her break into fame and fortune. Way to break the glass ceiling Pam. The Mets rotation is a lot like Pamela Anderson’s frame - extremely top-heavy. Thank you. I’ll be here all week. There’s only a few rotations in baseball with a comparable 1-2-3 punch than the Mets. The Nationals have Scherzer, Strassburg, and Corbin,…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Outfield

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We’re going to start this position preview with something a bit different from normal – positivity. I know, I was surprised too. Last season, Brandon Nimmo had a great spring and was surprisingly given a role on the Mets Opening Day roster. Nimmo’s scouting report was a player who worked the count and drew walks. That was really it. There wasn’t anything else on his report. He didn't even have a picture - just a generic Question Mark like in Franchise Mode 5 years in the future.  Many outlets mocked the Mets who having a player like Nimmo on their team. He was the textbook Moneyball player, a tough out but far from a superstar. The New York media didn’t understand how Nimmo was anything but the last man on…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Third Base

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In a season plagued by injuries and disappointment, or you know, every season, there were a few bright spots. Few were brighter than the play of Jeff McNeil. McNeil was not in the Mets plans for 2018, but after everyone broke their bones, they had no choice. He couldn’t have played better. Seriously, this might have been the peak. What gives me hope for McNeil is his minor league track record. He is a career .311 minor league hitter, so the potential to continue that in the majors is there. While he’s not the most powerful bat, he’s a solid contact hitter who rarely strikes out. Huh. That archetype sounds familiar. The Mets have had several players of his ilk in recent years, with none working out great.  Well, for…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Shortstop

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Traditionally, top prospects get every opportunity to succeed. Most players aren’t Ronald Acuna – hitting the ground running from his debut to becoming a first round fantasy pick in his next season. Personally, I think that’s a bit high, but there’s no doubt Acuna is the real deal. As a rookie, he was everything the Braces could hope for. Oh joy. I look forward to him stomping on my heart for 15 years. Not every prospect is a stud from day 1. We all know Mike Trout is the best player in the baseball (We do know this right?... RIGHT?!). Few people remember his initial September call up. Before Trout was a household name, at least where people care about baseball, he struggled. He struggled pretty hard. If the Angels…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Second Base

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This isn’t the first time the Mets have tried to plug a veteran star at 2nd. Unfortunately, this is a team philosophy they won’t break. It’s like the Wilpons always say - “If at first you don’t succeed, try the same thing again until something breaks”. Remember, this only seems like a retread of the 1B article because it is. Way back in 2002, when Bloggin Hood was still young, spry and not nearly as cynical, the Mets stunk. Some things never change. After a surprising run to the World Series in 2000, the Mets regressed to being a bottom feeder yet again. Former team cornerstone Edgardo Alfonzo left after the 2001 season, never to be heard from again (basically). The Mets needed an answer at the position. Enter Roberto…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – First Base

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First base is a position where one of the team’s best hitters usually resides. Typically a lefty, a lot of poor fielders play first to keep their bats in the lineup and their glove out of the way. Don’t tell this to Keith Hernandez though. If you do, you’ll hear a impassioned speech about the fundies for about 3 innings. To be fair, even if you don’t mention it, Keith will still give you the same speech. The Mets’ solution to the first baseman puzzle has traditional been to sign declining veterans for an absorbent amount of money. I remember back in the early 2000s, the Mets signed Mo Vaughn. In the Subway series, Vaughn hit the longest homer I’ve ever seen. The ball was traveling upwards when it bounced…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Catcher

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Years ago, catcher was a proud and majestic position. These iron men would don heavy equipment and squat for 2 hours a day for 140 games. They would catch small, hurled projectiles traveling well above 90 miles per hour. Often, catchers would be involved in dangerous collisions with base runners, potentially ending their career on any given play. They also were expected to hold their own with a bat, limping around the bases on shoddy knees and feet. But hey, in the 40s they didn’t make a livable salary, so it was certainly all worth it. Today, the iron man catcher is all but extinct, except for Salvador Perez, but he’s a Royal, so who cares? Catchers barely crack the 110 games played mark. Some of the important defensive capabilities…
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New York Mets 2019 Preview – Intro

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As many of us struggle adjusting to daylight savings time, waking up an hour later then we should (is that just me?), another marquee date looms. No, not tax day. You're probably screwed if you're still trying to put together taxes. No, I'm talking about baseball, America's past time. Ok, you got me. Baseball is no longer America's past time. Nobody gives even the smallest shit about the “sport”. Football reigns king. Fantasy football is the second biggest sport in America, and I don't think it's that close. Afterwards, you have some combination of Basketball, E-Sports, and watching whiny Youtubers play shooting games. If we're considering the world, Soccer would reign first, and fantasy football would be bumped out, unless it's spelled futbol. Seriously, why did we name American Football,…
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Smash Ultimate Review – Mewtwo

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Welcome to the Smash Ultimate Character Review. In this series, brought to you by no one because who would sponsor this, Bloggin Hood will review each character in Smash Ultimate, a daunting task for anyone without a crippling addiction for Nintendo products. This series will review important topics like best costume, taunt, and the most stylish moves in the character's arsenal to embarrass opponents. It'll also discuss less important topics, like best moves, character strength and weaknesses,a and overall playstyle. If you survive the boring stuff, you'll know just how to play to be the biggest baller online with a Kill Death Ratio at -3. This all comes from a casual player's mindset. Whle I'm not a button mashing new player with no concept of the shield button and I…
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