After two weeks of Mets Madness, the field is shrinking thanks to some close-calls, landslide victories, and our first upset of the tournament.
Thus far, the results have been the following:
December 1: Steven Matz wins with 60% of the vote over Joe McEwing for the number 11 seed
December 2: Endy Chavez wins with 63% of the vote over Billy Wagner for the number 15 seed
December 3: Art Shamsky wins with 85% of the vote over Jack Fisher for the number 14 seed
December 4: Lenny Dykstra wins with 53% of the vote over Ray Knight for the number 16 seed
December 5: Wilmer Flores (7) wins with 52% of the vote over Curtis Granderson (10)
December 6: Gary Carter (5) wins with 93% of the vote over Sid Fernandez (12)
December 7: Bartolo Colon (3) wins with 77% of the vote over Benny Agbayani (14)
December 8: Tom Seaver (1) wins with 95% of the vote over Wayne Garrett (16)
December 9: Noah Syndergaard (6) wins with 93% of the vote over Steven Matz (11)
December 10: Ron Darling (4) wins with 86% of the vote over Todd Hundley (13)
December 11: Edgardo Alfonzo (2) wins with 71% of the vote over Endy Chavez (15)
December 12: Cleon Jones (9) wins with 89% of the vote over Ron Hunt (8)
December 13: Jose Reyes (5) wins with 63% of the vote over Pedro Martinez (12)
December 14: Darryl Strawberry (3) wins with 97% of the vote over Bret Saberhagen (14)
In our third week, we begin with another 1 seed taking on an underdog 16. Hall of Famer and fan-favorite Mike Piazza will go up against Al Leiter in his Mets Madness debut. For as productive of a pitcher as Leiter was, Piazza is an all-time Mets player and should come away with an easy win.
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Our second match-up of the week should get a little dirtier. Over in the 60s/70s Conference, number 7 seed John Stearns goes to battle with number 10 seed Tommie Agee. I smell a potential upset here if only for the Mets’ fans cheering for an underdog. It should be close and we may even see both advance for a triple-threat match in a future round.
December 17 will feature two more recent Mets players. Number 4 seed Johan Santana will go up against number 12 Matt Harvey. Harvey still has fans in high places, but I suspect Santana has this one locked up. The Dark Knight could shock as we’ve seen those suit up for the Mets recently have an advantage in the voting thus far.
The following day, a Mets legend goes up against one of his former teammates. Fellow 1986 championships Dwight Gooden is a 2 seed going up against 15 seed Bob Ojeda. Ojeda should get some love, but not nearly as much as Doc will receive.
In what should be a highly-contested vote, December 19 is an 8 seed versus a 9. Jesse Orosco will go up against Lee Mazzilli in our Overflow Conference. I fully expect this one to be very close. Mazzilli has a really good opportunity for an upset.
As we approach the end of the week, we have another match-up of older Mets. Our 6 seed Jerry Grote faces number 11 seed Felix Millan. As with any of these polls involving older Mets, anything can happen. I still believe Grote comes away the winner.
We end the week with 3 seed Carlos Beltran going toe-to-toe with 14 seed Carlos Delgado. Delgado was a productive member of the Mets, but his short stint with them may hurt in this battle. However, Beltran’s “bat on the shoulder” reputation may lose a few too many votes to the big powerful first baseman. This one may end up closer than originally expected.
Please see below for a full recap of what you can expect in this week’s Mets Madness Tournament. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for an opportunity to vote daily.
December 15: (1) Mike Piazza vs. (16) Al Leiter
December 16: (7) John Stearns vs. (10) Tommie Agee
December 17: (4) Johan Santana vs. (12) Matt Harvey
December 18: (2) Dwight Gooden vs. (15) Bob Ojeda
December 19: (8) Jesse Orosco vs. (9) Lee Mazzilli
December 20: (6) Jerry Grote vs. (11) Felix Millan
December 21: (3) Carlos Beltran vs. (14) Carlos Delgado
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