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Jeff Passan's Usual Snark

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Some snippets... In his preseason predictions last week, he picked Wright as the player most likely to be traded come July. Now here, he writes, "...the Mets might be more inclined to extend him than trade him..." Grudging respect, I guess. Regarding Niese, he says, "who Sunday made the Mets look like they hadn’t overpaid too badly when they guaranteed $25.5 million to a guy with an adjusted career ERA 12 percent below league average. Niese carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Atlanta, and while Freddie Freeman’s single made it 7,963 games and counting for the Mets without a no-hitter, the performance encapsulated a wondrous weekend for a franchise in desperate need of something to cheer about..." Oh yeah, but let's not mention his FIP and his K/BB ratio, because then it ruins my narrative of "Mets suck." But let's harp on the no-hit draught. He concludes his piece with, "Bobby V will be fine, as will his Red Sox and the Yankees, and the Orioles and Mets won’t, because 2 percent of the season is like a 3D picture: It may look beautiful, but reality just won’t allow it to be real."

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