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Vargas, Ramos struggle again in loss to Brewers

For a team built around pitching, the Mets find themselves, a little more than one-third of the way through this season, with precious few pitchers they can trust. The Mets signed Jason Vargas during the offseason to provide stability for their rotation. Vargas has given them anything but, allowing five runs in three innings of their 17-6 loss to the... more

Ramos walks in winning run as Mets fall in extras

AJ Ramos’ final pitch Friday never came close to its target, bouncing in front of home plate, skipping off catcher Devin Mesoraco’s glove and careening to the backstop. By the time the ball rolled to a stop in the nearby grass, it had been forgotten. Eric Sogard was jogging home with the winning run of the Brewers’ 4-3 win over... more

Nimmo an on-base machine as Mets cruise

Up and over Brandon Nimmo climbed, ahead of Freddie Freeman, then Mookie Betts, then Mike Trout — a triumvirate of MVP candidates bested. When he walked off the field after the Mets’ 5-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday, Nimmo led them all with a .450 on-base percentage, reaching safely in each of his five plate appearances at Miller Park.... more

deGrom takes NL ERA lead, but Mets bullpen blows win

By the time Jacob deGrom finished carving up the Marlins on Wednesday, he stood alone as the National League’s ERA leader, seven more shutout innings slicing his mark to 1.54. The Mets are a .500 team when he pitches. That is the reality of deGrom’s season, a case study in excellence unfulfilled. Despite the best efforts of one of the... more

Bautista run all Mets manage behind Wheeler

The Mets’ acquisition of Jose Bautista on Tuesday, and their promise of playing time to him, was an open acknowledgement of a withering lineup. Since the start of May, only one big league club has scored fewer runs per game than the Mets. Since Opening Day, no team has posted a lower OPS against left-handed pitching. Perhaps Bautista, even at... more

Vargas returns to form as Mets win 4th straight

Of all the statistics capable of explaining the Mets’ inconsistencies this season, perhaps none are more telling than this: Entering Monday’s play, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were 8-1 with a 2.37 ERA. All other Mets starters were 3-11 with a 6.37 mark. Reluctant to criticize, even manager Mickey Callaway has admitted that the Mets won’t improve if others don’t... more

deGrom ties career high with 13 K’s in Mets win

In a sense, Jacob deGrom said recently, the most frustrating part of May was that he had pitched so well. Before the Mets removed deGrom from a May 2 start due to a hyperextended right elbow, he felt untouchable. When they skipped deGrom’s next start out of caution, he believed he was healthy enough to pitch. When the Mets again... more

Thor keys offense as Mets break out vs. Jays

When their bus pulled back into Citi Field late Sunday following a road trip starved for offense, the Mets ranked dead last in baseball in runs over the past calendar month, and bottom five in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging. So desperate were the Mets for offense that they were willing to gamble with their most expensive player’s health,... more

Mets fall as key pitching decision misfires

Before arriving at Citizens Bank Park this weekend, Mickey Callaway and his coaches met to discuss their pregame procedures in light of last week’s lineup card snafu, as well as their overall processes as a team. Self-evaluating, Callaway tweaked things here and there in hopes of helping the Mets snap out of their May malaise. But when it came time... more

Back-to-back HRs in 9th rescue Mets in Philly

So enthused was Mickey Callaway with Michael Conforto’s first three plate appearances Friday — a single, a lineout, a walk — that before Ruben Amaro Jr. left the dugout to coach first base in the top of the ninth inning, the Mets manager mentioned that Conforto might hit a homer. Two pitches into the at-bat, Callaway nearly felt prophetic, as... more

Mets lose again as solid Wheeler outing goes for naught

The Mets’ struggles have descended beyond mere hitting slumps and pitching slumps at this point, even beyond simple wins and losses. A sliver of the absurd played into their undoing Wednesday, when the Mets batted out of order en route to a 2-1, 10th-inning loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won back-to-back games for just... more

Vargas stumbles again as Mets fall to Reds

When the Mets acquired Jason Vargas in February, they believed they were bringing stability to their rotation. Scroll-like injury histories had cast uncertainty over most other members of the Mets’ rotation, prompting the team to sign a player with enough durability to glue things together. Vargas, however, has provided nothing of the sort. The four runs Vargas allowed in four... more

Mets edged by Rockies as losing skid hits 6 games

Whatever goodwill the Mets engendered with their brilliant first dozen games of the season has expired. In losing to the Rockies, 3-2, on Sunday, the Mets dropped their sixth straight game to cap a winless homestand. Since opening the year 11-1, they have gone 6-14, posting one of Major League Baseball’s five worst records over that stretch. Culprits lurk in... more

Matz deals season-high 6 IP but Mets bats fall flat

The Mets didn’t want to see Steven Matz unravel at the sight of a little adversity or a big traffic jam on the bases against the Rockies on Saturday night at Citi Field, like he did against the Cardinals in St. Louis during his previous start. “His stuff is there,” manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets’ 2-0 loss to... more
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