Pepper Show Throwback: The Great All-Star Debate

Originally aired April 12, 2014

MetsPlus for 9/19/14

Another day without Mets Baseball. Im actually excited for the offseason to start after the World Series. Don’t get me wrong, I love the World Series, I’d watch it before anything else anytime, it’s just this 2015 season for the Mets is looking so good, I just can’t wait to get the ball rolling. I’m itching to call 2015 “this year” and not “next year”, something I’ll be able to do come December. Anyway, let’s get down to some relaxed not-so-important business.

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Fall Fest is one week from today! While I’m excited to participate in all the fun events, I really want to see how the dimension changes are going. I’ll definitely post a recap with pictures the following week. For those of you that want tickets, you can head on over to Mets.com/fallfest .
Also, here’s a rundown of the events: -Mets Fan Fest Games
-Mr. & Mrs. Met Appearance
-Fall Themed Arts & Crafts brought to you by Oriental Trading
-Trick or Treating
-Kid’s Costume Contest
-Halloween Decoration Display
-Trick or Treat box-making station to help raise money for City Harvest
– Pumpkin Carving & Decorating and more!!!
Also, if you can’t make it, you can always go to “Citi Field Winter Fest”, which even though they haven’t officially released, it wasn’t hard to find as the URL is mets.com/winterfest (Great Hiding Mets!)
Anyway, the best news is that the Citi Field tours are coming back at Mets.com/tours I’ll be at the one on November 8th, but be warned, these tickets sell out fast, so get on over there now!

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5 (GOOD) reasons to be optimistic for Mets Baseball on 2015

Optimistic lists have never looked more favorable than this. Usually, I’d have to dig deep into stats that you’ve never even heard of to say something positive about the New York Mets. But this year, it’s really not like that. I can give you 5 reasons why the Mets will win the pennant let alone a NL East title. Anyway, here are 5 reasons to look forward to what should be a great year.

1. The Pitching Staff

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While this photo probably doesn’t strike fear into their opponents, I assure you their fastball will. deGrom, Wheeler, Harvey, Niese and Colon aside, the Mets have a lot of pitching promise coming up. I didn’t even mention Dillon Gee on the list above, who was the Mets Opening Day Starter in 2014. Rafael Montero, Noah Synndergaard and Steven Matz are all front-end pitchers that are Major League ready, that can’t even join the Major League rotation because it’s full! Now, I think you should keep some because injuries are inevitable, but gee whizz we got a packed rotation!

2. EXPERTS are picking the Mets
This is much bigger than you think. The Mets might be able to ditch the “underdog” slogan this year, and meet expectations. Expectations that include making it to October.

3. We are one big bat away

Let me ask you this, are you happy with Travis d’Arnaud at catcher? I am. Lucas Duda at first? I am. Daniel Murphy at Second? I am. David Wright at Third? I am. An outfield consisting of Eric Young Jr., Matt den Dekker, Juan Lagares and Curtis Granderson? I am.
Shortstop is the Mets only flaw. Get a Starlin Castro or Troy Tulowitski and we’ll be set.

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4. Bullpen is best in the league

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The demise of the 2007-2008 clubs were their weak bullpens. The Mets have always had a problem with their ‘pen, but no more. Torres, Familia, Parnell, Mejia and Edgin are no joke. Plus, an addition to the Mets bullpen wouldn’t hurt. Also, you could convert one of those stars waiting in the wings for the rotation to a major-league long man.

5. Better seasons from multiple players

Obviously, a lot of these Mets won’t meet expectations, like David Wright and Curtis Granderson last year. In 2015 however, I can see Wright and Grandy both hitting 20+ HR’s with 85+ RBI. Also, a great Fanbase doesn’t hurt anyone!

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This Date in Mets History: The Grand Slam Single

The date was October 17th 1999, the Mets were in the middle of the NLCS of 1999 versus the Atlanta Braves. The Braves were up 3 games to 1 on the Mets, and everything looked bleak at Shea Stadium. Octavio Dotel had just given up the go-ahead run in the 15th inning. The Mets had loaded the bases in the bottom of the 15th, and Robin Ventura stepped up to the play, and hit a “Grand Slam” Single.

So, basically it’s called the “Grand Slam” Single because he never actually circled all the bases. The Mets got eliminated in Atlanta the next day, but Bobby Valentine’s squad had a lot to be proud of in 1999.

Mets Random Thoughts

The offseason is almost one month deep and several headlines have surfaced:

- The Outfield Walls are currently undergoing a renovation. Changes of up to 10 feet in right-center will happen.

- Only four Mets ( Wright, Niese, Granderson, Colon) have guaranteed contracts for 2015.

- The Mets will be making a minor change to their uniforms as previously reported.

- Left hander Jon Niese is the Mets best trade chip per Joel Sherman.

- The Mets will be hosting a Fall and Winter fest this year. The first FanFest since Mets Caravan.

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Pepper Prime 2014 lists re-visited

For those Pepper readers that have been with me since the Blogger days, you probably remember the Pepper Prime lists. One of two offseason things I want to bring back to the blog this offseason. Along with the “Pepper Show” , the Prime lists were one of the staples of the blog listing some of the greatest players at each position. Now we revisit each and every list to see what we got right and wrong.

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-left-fielders.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-shortstops.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-relief-pitchers.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-first-basemenprime-first-basemen.html

http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-second-baseman.html

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http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2014/02/prime-catchers.html

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http://peppermlb.mlblogs.com/2014/03/20/prime-wild-cards/

As stated in Prime Wild Cards, this year, we will be removing the Managers category, and adding 3 new categories! 1.Designated Hitter, 2.Teams and 3.Mascots (for fun!)

Candids from Game 2 ALCS

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ALCS Game 2: Royals @ Orioles

There is nothing stranger than knowing that the game you attended will be the last game you’ll see live until March. That’s what I felt when I went to ALCS Game 2.

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This matchup featured the Kansas City Royals, and the Baltimore Orioles. While both teams are young and use the small-ball approach, the Orioles were definitely the favorites coming in. Don’t get me wrong, the O’s have a fair shot at this, it’s just no one expected this much from the Royals.

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We stayed at the Hilton Baltimore overlooking the yard for the one night, but what a special night it was. They gave us a “We Won’t Stop” rally towel as we entered, and I swear they never left our hands! The O’s fans kept on yelling and screaming until there voices gave way, the stadium SHOOK on numerous occasions, and the atmosphere was electrified.The only problem I had with the game is that the fans had to be prompted to “Stand Up” about 25 times. Don’t you guys know that in the 9th inning in a close ALCS game you shouldn’t be sitting down? Also, we had to “wave” our towels for TBS about 5 times. The game itself was awesome. Of course, I want Kansas to take it all, but to do that they are going to need some help from their big bats. Billy Butler and Alex Gordon need to do more offensively in order to reach set standards. The Royals are definitely in the drivers seat for the series, I expect them to go to the World Series.

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Championship Series Predictions

We have reached the final four in Baseball. The ALCS starts this Friday, and the NLCS starts on Saturday, and both series should be very memorable. Here is a preview of what’s to come in the 2014 Championship Series!

ALCS: Royals vs Orioles

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During the “Pepper Show Prediction Special”, former writer Borja stated that the Nationals we’re going to win the World Series. Ben said that it’ll be the Cardinals (fair enough, there in the NLCS) and I predicted the other team from Missouri, the Kansas City Royals, the team with the longest postseason drought in North American sports history. It would be cool if they can win it all, but it’ll be a tough challenge. And small ball can’t always take you to the crown. I say Royals in 7, just because the Orioles lack the bullpen depth to advance. This series will be a much more competitive match than the NLCS.

NLCS: Cardinals vs Giants

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Things have been pretty awesome on even ending years for the Giants this decade, but if my predictions serve me right, they will be gone by game 5. The Cardinals are in the midst of a super hot-streak, and won’t be silenced like 1-2-3. The Cardinals also have home field advantage, so I say St.Louis in 5.

For complete schedule and TV information, please read the image below

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Latest Leaders – September 2014

Niko Goutakolis:

I thank Mark Newman for this amazing opportunity. And of course I would like to thank all the readers that take time out of their day to read Pepper Mets Blog. MLBlogs is an amazing platform with endless opportunities. Big things in store for the winter! THX AGAIN MLB Fans! – Niko, Peppermlb.mlblogs.com

Originally posted on MLB.com Blogs Central:

Latest Leaders logoThe instant classics of this Major League Baseball postseason have given MLB.com Bloggers plenty to write about. Brandon and Brandon can share first-person accounts of October glory, while the brand-new Cardinals Insider is an absolute must-follow as the Redbirds seek their 12th World Series title. (How fast will it take the 11-time world champs to climb this list, currently dominated at the top by Dodgers?) Interestingly, only one of the top 11 MLB.com Beat Reporter blogs — #7 Britt’s Bird Watch — focuses on a team still alive as of this posting. Get in the game and take the first step to making our Latest Leaders by creating your very own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from September 1-30:

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The photo blogs have great images from the postseason…
1. Dodger Insider
2. Dodgers Photog Blog
3. John & Cait…Plus Nine

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