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I previously compared the 1969 ‎Mets to the 2015 version. But the three-game sweep by the Pirates is indicative that, other than the starting rotation, there is not much likeness.

1969 Gil Hodges with New York Mets Staff

The 1969 version played impeccable defense...not only did they make the plays...but they knew HOW to properly play the game. There were not a lot of bonehead mistakes...which is so indicative in today's game in general. The 2015 version seems to make a mistake and the doors come off. It is obvious that the Mets have the ability to beat up on the bad teams like the Rockies but run into a buzz saw when they meet up with good teams like the Pirates and Rays who are so fundamentally sound. Bartolo Colon, Jonathan Niese, and Matt Harvey were not on top of their games, yet they still turned in good performances. The fact is, the Mets are STILL having trouble hitting consistently and against the good teams, it shows, as do all of the mental lapses in the field.

 

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Alan Karmin is an award-winning journalist and author. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and spent most of his life growing up in the New Jersey suburbs. Alan's family were avid Brooklyn Dodgers fans and when the Dodgers moved west, the Mets became the team to root for. The Mets have always been a true focal point, Alan even wrote a term paper in high school to analyze what was wrong with the Mets. While at the University of Miami, Alan honed his craft covering the, gulp, Yankees during spring trainings in Fort Lauderdale for a local NBC affiliate, as well as the Associated Press and UPI. He broadcasted baseball games for the University of Miami, and spring training games for the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. New York Mets Mania is a forum for Alan to write about his favorite team and for baseball fans to chime in and provide their thoughts and ideas about New York's Amazin' Mets.