In the Ralph Kiner edition, Jeffrey and Matt reminisce about Ralph, Sunday afternoon baseball, and WWOR. We also answer your emails on Mets prospects and potential TRAIDs the Mets should consider in 2014 before wrapping up with our take on Greg Prince’s query about what World Series title we’d most like to add to the trophy case.
In the “Ramon Ramirez is why you don’t try and project the next 50 innings of a reliever’s career” edition, Rob and Jeffrey don’t even have enough “news” to qualify for a slow news week segment. So instead we’re forced to kvetch about Eric Young again (apparently Jeffrey didn’t punch himself out on twitter), and consider the Dadaist beauty inherent in Wilmer Flores, starting shortstop. Then we answer your e-mails on the 2015 rotation (might as well get a jump on things), what to do with 13 million dollars that the Mets probably don’t have, prospect food puns, overall organizational pitching philosophy, and Ed Kranepool. We wrap things up with Jeffrey going 0-3 at Mets trivia and lamenting the lack of a Wednesday game to make this Saturday a completely drunken debacle.
In the “Sid Fernandez was the best baseball player from Hawaii, unless you give extra credit for hilarious GIFs” edition, Jeffrey eats a burrito, Rob relives childhood trauma, and we talk a whole lot about the entire Davis family. There’s also some chat about our favorite NHL ’95 squads, replacement level shortstops, and perfect-world pitching scenarios.
In the ” Hey, did you know Jon Niese was born the same day the Mets won the World Series?” edition, Rob and Jeffrey do their best to contrive a podcast out of a slow Mets news week. We talk #MetsTwitter (literally), the non-roster Spring Training invites, the 2014 Mets ZIPS projections, and English soccer for some reason. Then it is e-mail time, wherein Rob and Jeffrey have to make some hard decisions and confront their own mortality. We also discuss Dom Smith, small sample sizes, and declining offensive levels, before wrapping up with our picks for Mets players who should end up in the broadcast booth (and more soccer talk).
In the “Aaron Heilman was a pretty good reliever before he ruined all our lives forever” edition, Rob and Jeffrey cover all the Mets news of the last week. That takes about two minutes. So then we spend the next ninety minutes admiring Anthony Recker’s ass (and twitter feeds devoted to said ass), discussing our favorite games of 2013, considering whether it is better to lose with Wright or win without him, ranking Mets Hall of Famers not named Tom Seaver, prognosticating the NL East, picking our first baseman of the future, looking at wikipedia video game timelines, not really talking about Matt Reynolds, and finally, wondering what we’d do with Kevin Mitchell on the 2014 Mets.
In the “Jeffrey has blocked out how much money the Mets paid Oliver Perez” edition, Rob and Jeffrey catch you up on the paucity of Mets news since last week, give their thoughts on the Curtis Granderson deal, plea for sanity about the Rule 5 draft, and answer your prospect-centric e-mails. And of course there’s an Arruebarruena Avenue Audio update as well.
In the “Ya Gotta Believe (the Mets will spend money)” edition, Jeffrey and Chris catch you up on all the news since Episode 44, and it’s a lot. First, we discuss about the Justin Turner and Jeremy Hefner non-tenders, before Jeffrey delicately talks about baseball players on twitter. Then we give you up-to-the-minute thoughts on the Mets and Curtis Granderson…that are no longer, uh, up-to-the-minute. Finally, we talk about this past TRAID Tuesday and answer your e-mails about hypothetical TRAIDs for Matt Harvey and Daniel Murphy. And hey, this time we made it a whole twelve hours after recording before the podcast became horribly dated!
In “The Second Spitter” edition, Chris and Jeffrey keep it to punk-rock-2xLP length, mostly because there is very little Mets news, and partially because you didn’t send us nine e-mails this week. On the docket: a discussion of the Mets recent minor league free agent moves and how Jeffrey is completely useless at gathering info on non-Mets prospects, how Sandy Alderson’s recent media blitz changes…uh, nothing, and whether or not Ruben Tejada has beef with the Mets management of his service clock. Then it’s e-mail time as we talk more about a possible Elvis Andrus trade with an assist from Lone Star Ball and grimly entertain some David Wright trade possibilities. Of course, Jeffrey also refers to Chris as “Rob” multiple times and uses profanity in reference to the Cardinals.
In the milestone Tom Seaver edition, Jeffrey and Rob take on the hot stove rumor mill. First, we discuss the Phillies signing Marlon Byrd, before moving on to some TRAID thought experiments (which Rob manages to ruin). Then it’s e-mail time, and you sent us nine goddamn emails. On the docket: Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda, part 75, our feelings on trading for Nori Aokia and a potential Curtis Granderson deal, some wacky roster talk, some depressing ownership talk, an analysis of the 1971 Cy Young ballot, and whether or not just taking walks is an actual indicator of plate discipline. Phew, that’s a lot.
In the “Well, nothing really happened in Metsland, and you didn’t send us any e-mails” edition, we finally get under an hour of podcast content! Scheduling conflicts mean Jeffrey flies solo for this week, but we invited Howard Megdal of Sports on Earth and Capital New York to come on and chat about the Mets financial situation. Consider it our most depressing offseason preview yet!