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Moments after Terry Collins told the media he was not embarrassed by the teams current starting lineup, the New York Mets manager penciled in John Mayberry Jr. as his cleanup hitter in the series opener against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the record: Mayberry Jr., who was signed last winter to bolster the teams bench depth, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts dropping his batting average to .165.

The move prompted one Mets player to say, hitting one f-ing seventy. Well, after the game its a buck sixty-five.

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Baseball Prospectus’ “Playoff Odds Report” suggests there are only a handful of teams that could possibly win the World Series.

According to the report, the New York Mets have a 38.7% chance of making the post season, a 32.5% of making it to the Divisional series and a 2.6% chance of winning the World Series. The data is based on each team’s “adjusted playoff percentage and expected win percentage.” Baseball Prospectus simulated calculations suggest the Mets will win 84 games and finish with a .515 winning percentage.

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In many ways, the first half of the New York Mets 2015 season reads like it was ripped right out Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

Sound familiar?

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Matt Harvey has won games that, maybe, he shouldn’t have. He’s lost games he should have won. His fastball is not as overwhelming as it once was and his control is excellent, then a few innings later poor. He walked five batters on Sunday and allowed multiple home runs in four of his 16 starts.

On May 1, Harvey pitched seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals and improved his season record to 5-0. Over his first eight starts Harvey’s ERA was under two (1.98 ERA), striking out more than one batter an inning (56 K’s in 54.2 IP).

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