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08:15 AM ET 01.21 | Chris Young is taking some San Diego sunshine to Queens. [Young] mostly was a witness to the Padres' surprising run in the NL West last season, making just one start in April and three more in September because of recurring shoulder problems. But the former All-Star hurler -- whose incentive-filled, one-year contract with the Mets was finalized Thursday -- spoke encouragingly about being more involved in a similar run in Flushing in 2011. ... "San Diego was picked to finish last, and maybe lose close to 100 games, by a lot of experts, and the team overachieved. Based on what I've seen here, this team has the same type of chemistry."

New York Daily News

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January 21, 2011  08:23 AM ET

Let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

January 21, 2011  09:11 AM ET

And I'm poised to finally get a tan and breed Scarlett Johansson. But I guess if Chris Young means that the Mets are poised to be like the 2010 Padres, I can accept that. Seeing how San Diego FAILED and let the division lead get away from them. Same old Mets.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

January 21, 2011  09:38 AM ET

At least they actually made a move to get what they need, pitching. Not enough and not good enough, but they are at least focusing on their needs.

January 21, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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At least they actually made a move to get what they need, pitching. Not enough and not good enough, but they are at least focusing on their needs.

As much as I hate to agree with anyone, I'll continue that trend here. Pitching was not their issue last year. It was hitting with RISP.

Although I'll partially agree that they needed pitching with Santana out probably for the year.

January 21, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

And I'm poised to finally get a tan and breed Scarlett Johansson. But I guess if Chris Young means that the Mets are poised to be like the 2010 Padres, I can accept that. Seeing how San Diego FAILED and let the division lead get away from them. Same old Mets. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Yes, the Padre's season played out in typical Mets fashion perfectly last year. I'm in favor of a return to the norm. It's kind of sad to see the Mets be the NL East.**** the entire season. Leave that to the Marlins and Nationals. Their fan bases have already adjusted to that fact.

January 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As much as I hate to agree with anyone, I'll continue that trend here. Pitching was not their issue last year. It was hitting with RISP.Although I'll partially agree that they needed pitching with Santana out probably for the year.

They've tried the Dominicans and then the White Stiffs. Surely they could have a tryout in the South Bronx and try some darker options.

January 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET

It's good to strive to be the Padres.

January 21, 2011  10:19 AM ET

Lets not forget about a little thing called The Philadelphia Phillies who are the heavy favorites to win the World Series this year....the season is a mere formality and if anybody besides them wins the whole thing it will be an upset.

January 21, 2011  10:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As much as I hate to agree with anyone, I'll continue that trend here. Pitching was not their issue last year. It was hitting with RISP.Although I'll partially agree that they needed pitching with Santana out probably for the year.

I do not like their rotation, it needs help after Santana. Pelfrey showed good signs last year, but i don't trust the other guys, though a few showed promise. I think their rotation needed/needs help.
Santana is out for the year? Oh they are screwed. think D'Backs not Pads.

January 21, 2011  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Lets not forget about a little thing called The Philadelphia Phillies who are the heavy favorites to win the World Series this year....the season is a mere formality and if anybody besides them wins the whole thing it will be an upset.

Upsets happen all the time...

January 21, 2011  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Lets not forget about a little thing called The Philadelphia Phillies who are the heavy favorites to win the World Series this year....the season is a mere formality and if anybody besides them wins the whole thing it will be an upset.

If by mere formality you mean hoping that amazing rotation that includes $70 million dollars in salary to 3 pitchers with a history of back problems. then yea....mere formality.

Although them beating the Mets this year is most certainly a formality.

January 21, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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If by mere formality you mean hoping that amazing rotation that includes $70 million dollars in salary to 3 pitchers with a history of back problems. then yea....mere formality. Although them beating the Mets this year is most certainly a formality.

Yeah, why play the season. I mean the Braves didn't win every season with Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. Wait.

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January 21, 2011  11:24 AM ET
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The Padres didn't make the playoffs. If that's something to get excited about, well, good for you.

They battled up until the end though. That long losing streak pretty much snuffed out their chances.

January 21, 2011  11:33 AM ET

what gives FN ... clicks go down when the spammers weren't allowed to post **** ???

January 21, 2011  12:08 PM ET

umm, my understanding is that the mets clubhouse has some of the worst chemistry in the league. lots of guys who are content to collect a paycheck. isn't everyone saying that's why they have all this talent and still can't win ballgames?

January 21, 2011  12:11 PM ET
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If by mere formality you mean hoping that amazing rotation that includes $70 million dollars in salary to 3 pitchers with a history of back problems. then yea....mere formality. Although them beating the Mets this year is most certainly a formality.

Philly is heavily favored according to the sports media. Mt comments were meant to be a poke at the media.

 
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