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Do the Mets really believe in Church?

Updated: April 7, 2009, 4:00 PM ET
By Rob Neyer

Ben Shpigel on what's up with Ryan Church:

The more I think about it, the less I understand the motivation for tweaking Church the way the Mets have. When they acquired him from Washington, the Mets thought they got lucky, finding a talented defender with perhaps the best arm of a right fielder this side of Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur. They thought he would thrive playing his home games in a smaller ballpark, and that his 2007 struggles against left-handed pitching (.229) were an aberration. ...

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