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  • 01:53

    Ep. #119 Rising Apple Report: Calm Before The Storm; Next Stop, Los Angeles

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    The Mets 2015 regular season ended on a high note thanks to Curtis Granderson.  

    The N.L. East champs did not, however, wrap up their final week of play in optimal fashion as fans would have preferred.

    On the west coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business winning 5 of their final 6 games to secure home field advantage through the upcoming NLDS.  

    The Mets, meanwhile, lost 5 of their last 6 games, as well as their last four home series, posting a 4-8 record in their final 12 games at Citi Field.

    The 2nd place Nationals also earned a measure of consolation over the Mets.  In a brilliantly dominating performance, Max Scherzer no-hit them in the first game of Saturday's (make-up game) double-header.   Washington then completed a sweep in the nightcap.

    Some question Terry Collins' strategy and implementation down the stretch, while others point to Yoenis Cespedes' decreased production as potential explanations for the team's recent slide.

    The crew at Rising Apple will attempt to make sense of it all.

    The omniscient Rich Sparago will host this evening's 119th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  He'll be joined by site editor Danny Abriano, senior staff writer Michael Lecolant, and the Converted Mets Fan Sam Maxwell.

    Together, they'll review the season that was, and discuss their major concerns as the Mets head into the post-season.

    The show starts at 9pm (EST) sharp.  As always, you're welcome to call and participate.  The number is 646-929-0337.

  • 01:41

    Ep #106 - Rising Apple Report: Night Flight; Here Come The Champs

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    Welcome to the Night Flight from Phoenix...

    The Mets are off today, flying home from Arizona where they gained a series split with the Diamondbacks.

    On Tuesday, they begin a series against the defending world champions, San Francisco Giants.

    For tonight's 106th episode of the Rising Apple Report, the Converted Met Fan Sam Maxwell and the Brooklyn Trolley Blogger Michael Lecolant will review the Arizona series that was, and preview the upcoming set against the incoming Giants.

    They'll additionally analyze the Mets' standing as they enter their 2nd trimester of the season, as well as take a look back at the 2006 season, and players who've worn #6 in Mets history.

    As an extra added feature the boys will take a retrospective look at the 1915 New York Giants baseball club, and the Giants  overall time spent in upper Manhattan.

    Should be a lot if fun.

    As always, you're more than welcome to join the conversation.  The number to call is 646-929-0337.  The show kicks off at 8:00pm ET sharp.

  • 01:26

    Epidode 91 - The Rising Apple Report: A Winter of Dissatisfaction?

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    The Mets hot stove is failing to generate sufficient heat.  That's the sentiment among a growing number of fans.

    While the N.L. East has worked itself into a trading frenzy this winter, the Mets lone off-season acquisition remains outfielder Michael Cuddyer.

    With a shortstop situation screaming for resolution, and a need for a lefty in the bullpen, Mets boosters are growing increasingly perturbed with the lack of front office activity.

    Clearly then, ownership's financial straits continue to hamper team operations.  Ticket prices are rumored to be going up this coming season, yet, there's been no uptick in payroll.

    How is it possible then, Fred Wilpon was named to head Major League Baseball's finance committee?

    Tonight, the 91st episode of the Rising Apple Report will try and make sense of it all.  Rich Sparago will host what is sure to be a spirited roundtable discussion, and will be joined by fellow Rising Apple staff writers Michael Lecolant and Kevin Baez.

    Joining the crew to share his insights will be special guest, John Coppinger, from MetstradamusBlog.com.

    Tonight's opening pitch is at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

    Of course, we'd love to have you call in as well.  Please do, at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:31

    Episode 94, The Rising Apple Report: Camp Bravado is open for business

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    The caleder still says February, the temperature in the northeast is still below freezing, and for many the winter snow has been relentless.  However, nothing advertises a changing of the season quite like Spring Training.

    Port St. Lucie is finally open for business.  All position players were due by Tuesday, and today marked the first day of full squad workouts.

    Over the winter, the Mets contracted a strong case of confidence.  Tonight's 94th episode of the Rising Apple Report will swing the gates open to Camp Bravado, and debate the merits of their words.

    If the Mets indeed seem emboldened to you, perhaps the return of Matt Harvey is one reason why.  On March 6th, he will tentatively take the mound and face live competition for the first time since 2013.

    Also up for discussion are the potential crowding of the bullpen and a lack of another lefty, Lucas Duda's injury, the never ending quest to rectify shortstop, the 1994 regular season, and much more.

    Rising Apple staff writer Rich Sparago will host this evening's discussion, and will be joined by fellow staff writer Michael Lecolant.  As always, you are most welcome to call the show and join the conversation.

    The number is 646-929-0337.  The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

  • 01:30

    Ep. 90 The Rising Apple Report - More on the QBC, and ruthless baseball analysis

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    Tonight will mark the 90th episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Senior staff writer Michael Lecolant will hos this evening,

    Joining the show for a first time will be a recent, and welcome addition to the Rising Apple staff, Justin Weiss.

    Returning to share anecdotes from their recent QBC experience will be Mets fan extraordinaire/photographer Sharon Chapman, and “A Gal For All Seasons” Taryn “the Coop” Cooper.

    This evening, the Rising Apple Report will also feature ruthless baseball analysis from the best writer you’ve never heard of, author Paul Lebowitz.

    Together, they’ll continue discussing the recent Queens Baseball Convention, how recent transactions have shaken up the N.L. East, share some retrospective thoughts on the 1990 season, and stray anywhere else the conversation may lead.

    Of course, you’re always welcome to join. Give the show a call tonight at 646-929-0337.  Rising Apple would be happy to hear from you.

    Tonight’s podcast starts at 9:00pm EST.

  • 01:40

    Ep #92 - The Rising Apple Report: 21 Days till Pitchers and Catchers

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    Let the countdown begin!

    Pitchers and catchers report to camp on February 19th, and the first full squad workout is scheduled for February 26th.

    Until then, it's time to heave another log into the old Hot Stove.

    Michael Lecolant will be hosting tonight's 92nd episode of the Rising Apple Report.  Joining him from the RA staff will be the Converted Mets Fan, Sam Maxwell.

    Their guests will include Stephen Keane from KranepoolSociety.com, and John Pielli, host of the Passed Ball Show at JohnPielli.com.

    Sandy Alderson still has work to do.  That will kick off the evening's discussion.

    If his mind is truly focused on contending in 2015, he'd still be trying to resolve an unsatisfactory situation at shortstop, pursuing another established left-hander for the bullpen, and avoiding a logjam in the starting rotation.

    They'll also discuss the appearance of six Mets on Keith Law's top 100 prospects list, and the interview that took place between Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Commissioner Robert Manfred regarding the Wilpons financial condition.

    The show kicks off at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.

    As always, your participation is most welcome.  Please call the Rising Apple Report at 646-929-0337.

  • 01:27

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 117 - 7.5 up with 16 to Go, But Anxiety Does Flow...

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    The Rising Apple Report returns at 9pm ET for its 117th episode! Jack Ganchrow will host, with site editor Danny Abriano and staff writers Sam Maxwell and Brian Farrell joining them for all the piping hot 1st place Mets talk!

    And 1st place the Mets do still reside in, and how lucky are we that they are only in a position on this offday for that to either change to 7 or 8 up? No matter whether the Mets could blow this, as our anxiety tells us is a potential for them to do, they can't on THIS offday that the Nats are playing, so let's bask in the current glory whilst awaiting the New York Yankees for what will most likely be the most juiced up Subway Series in regular season history.

    On top of the current positives and negatives we wil all go over as we head into this weekend's series, we wil also discuss the the players to wear #17 in Mets history, as well as the 1917 Brooklyn Robins and New York Giants seasons.

    So, join us at 9pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:18

    The Rising Apple Report: Episode #93 - Two Weeks Left Till Pitchers and Catchers

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    With two weeks remaining before pitchers and catchers are due to report, the New York Mets still have unsettled business.

    The failure to trade Dillon Gee thus far poses a log jam in the starting rotation, and potentially crowds the bullpen with yet another right-hander.  Unless something changes, it seems then, southpaw Josh Edgin is destined for an abusive workload.

    Meanwhile, the general manager down ticked his personal expectations this season by one game, to 89 victories, yet is formulating a tentative plan to monitor Matt Harvey's innings in order to have him pitch into October.  In much clearer terms, Terry Collins is also making pretty bold playoff predictions for the upcoming season.

    The 93rd episode of the Rising Apple Report will discuss these matters, and more.  Hosting this evening's roundtable discussion will be Rich Sparago.  He will be joined by fellow staff writers Michael Lecolant and Chris Schubert.

    Tonight's special guest will be Greg Prince, from FaithAndFearInFlushing.com.

    They'll also discuss the recent departure of SNY's pre and post game analyst, Bobby Ojeda, and of course, revisit the 1993 regular season.

    The show starts at 9:00pm (EST) sharp.  You're always welcome to call and join the discussion.  The number to dial is 646-929-0337.

  • 00:20

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 115 - Greg Prince Joins to Talk Still 1st Place Mets

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    The Rising Apple Report turns 115 at 9pm ET, and though it was a rough weekend, we're still excited to be talking 1st place Mets! Rich Sparago will host, senior writer Mike Lecolant joins, with Faith and Fear in Flushing's Greg Prince as their guest.

    The Mets got swept by the Pirates at Citi Field with two well-fought extra-inning games and a 3rd that fell apart after ANOTHER 45-minute rain delay. The Nats continue to implode, getting swept out in San Francisco pretty soundly, letting the Mets maintain their 4.5 game lead. Many questions linger as the Mets head for a 9-game road trip with the O's, the Rockies and the Phillies: What's up with Duda's bat? What's happened to Bobby Parnell? Does the bullpen need to add another arm? Can the offense become more consistent again?

    And as always, we'll discuss the players to wear 15 in Mets history, as well as a history lession on the 1915 Federal League season.

    So, join us at 9pm ET for the latest edition of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 00:40

    Rising Apple Report, Ep. 58: Spring is in the Air

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    With tons of Mets players already in Port St. Lucie ahead of Saturday's scheduled date for pitchers and catchers to report, tonight's podcast will focus primarily on spring training storylines and how the offseason went.

    Rich Sparago will be hosting, Taryn Cooper from a Gal For All Seasons will be calling in, and Danny Abriano will be joining them for the best half hour of Mets talk on the airwaves!I

    How did the offseason go?  What should be done at shortstop and first base?  Who should play center field?  What about the leadoff spot?

    The above topics and many more will be discussed tonight, as will all the Mets who have ever worn number 58 (with this being our 58th show).

    So tune in tonight at 6:30PM ET for the newest episode of the Rising Apple Report!

  • 01:03

    Rising Apple Report, Episode 79 - with Greg Prince & John Coppinger

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    Want your Mets fill during Monday's off day? Tune in for the Rising Apple Report at 8 PM!

    Joining Rising Apple's Rich Sparago and Sam Maxwell, will be Greg Prince of Faith and Fear in Flusing, and John Coppinger.

    There's plenty to discuss Monday night, including the fate of Chris Young, the trade rumors surrounding Daniel Murphy, and the imminent return of Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Join in tonight for the best hour of Mets talk on the internet airwaves!

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