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Braves pounce on bullpen to take second straight from Mets

Braves pounce on bullpen to take second straight from Mets
Though the Braves have recently experienced frequent frustration with their bullpen, they have spent this season routinely damaging opponents with late-inning uprisings similar to the five-run seventh that gave them a 6-4 win over the Mets on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. After Mets starter Steven Matz made an unexpected exit after batting in the top of the seventh, Seth... more

Braves, Acuña Jr. sink Mets on Tuesday night

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As Ronald Acuña Jr. continues to manufacture one of the most impressive seasons MLB has seen from a player 21 years old or younger, he has created reason to think Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich will not be the only National League players who receive first-place MVP votes. Acuna strengthened his MVP resume as the Braves cooled a hot division... more

Ex-Met Cabrera lifts Nats past former team

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Before Sunday’s game against the Mets, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said his team had to be aggressive against Jacob deGrom. Washington was aggressive against the right-hander, all right. He was out of the game after throwing 101 pitches in five innings. But deGrom didn’t figure in the decision as the Nationals defeated the Mets, 7-4, at Citi Field. Washington was... more

Mets stay smoking hot with 8th straight win

Mets stay smoking hot with 8th straight win
In beating up on various underachieving teams to make themselves relevant again, the Mets proved they could defeat teams that will sit home in October. This weekend they are proving they can beat just about anyone. For the second straight night on Saturday, the Mets came from behind to upend the Nationals, this time 4-3 at Citi Field. Luis Guillorme... more

Mets sweeps Miami to win 6 games in a row and 13 of 14

Mets sweeps Miami to win 6 games in a row and 13 of 14
Over the past two weeks, the Mets have proven their mettle against a third-place team and two fifth-place clubs, winning 13 of their last 14 games to rocket back into the National League postseason race. That’s no criticism; the Mets have played the schedule as presented to them and thrived, achieving their best run since winning 16 of 17 in... more

Mets cruise to 5th straight win as Wheeler goes 8 innings

Mets cruise to 5th straight win as Wheeler goes 8 innings
In the days, hours and minutes leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline, the Mets paid close attention to rumors regarding Zack Wheeler. The industry-wide assumption was that general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, whose team had fallen as far as 11 games below .500 following the All-Star break, would trade the impending free agent before 4 p.m. ET that... more

Red-hot Mets now over .500 with doubleheader sweep of Marlins

Red-hot Mets now over .500 with doubleheader sweep of Marlins
he climb was more than two months in the making, and at times, it seemed as if the Mets might never complete it. The first step in reestablishing themselves as bona fide contenders, the Mets knew, was to clamber back up to .500. Only from there could they pursue loftier goals. So it was with some measure of anticipation that... more

Pirates ride big innings to end Mets’ streak

Pirates ride big innings to end Mets’ streak
The Pirates’ decision to retain All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez beyond Wednesday’s Trade Deadline was, first and foremost, a statement about the trade market. But keeping Vazquez was also, in a way, a vote of confidence in the Pirates’ core. Even if this season is spiraling downward, the Bucs believe they could be a postseason contender as soon as next season.... more

Mets blank White Sox as win streak hits 7

Mets blank White Sox as win streak hits 7
Hours before this season’s second act began, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen sat in the visitors’ dugout at Marlins Park and dissected all the things that had gone wrong to date. He spoke about slumping Robinson Canó, one of his primary offseason acquisitions. He indicated that the Mets would have little choice but to trade Zack Wheeler, an impending... more

Mets win 6th straight behind strong deGrom start

Mets win 6th straight behind strong deGrom start
Hours after the Trade Deadline came and went and Mets officials finished spinning their strategy as a way to stay relevant in 2019, the Mets stepped back between the lines to face the hard part. This may well be a much-improved team. But to make an improbable run to the postseason, they will need to achieve near-perfection. Jacob deGrom was... more

deGrom silences Padres as Mets take series

deGrom silences Padres as Mets take series
So devilish was Jacob deGrom’s slider on Thursday that when he bent one toward the inside corner in the second inning, Padres catcher Francisco Mejía hacked at it, lost his balance and fell to the dirt, his helmet spinning to rest beside him. “That was probably my best slider of the day,” said deGrom, who had plenty to choose from.... more
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