deGrom drops frustrating decision to Giants

All season long, Jacob deGrom has been extremely even-keeled, never letting anything get to him. His signature saying after a tough game always resembles something of “controlling what I can control.” On Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, in a 3-1 loss to the Giants, the Mets’ ace finally showed a bit of frustration, which was reasonable. With the end of... more

McNeil, Smith lead Mets past Giants

Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith are two names that play an important part in the Mets’ future. Both players have been given their chances to prove themselves at the Major League level and have had differing levels of success entering Wednesday night. Both contributed to New York’s 5-3 win over the Giants at Citi Field. McNeil stayed hot, going 2-for-4... more

Syndergaard shaky, bats struggle vs. Phils ace

As the summer ages, three National League Cy Young Award contenders have poked their necks above the rest. There is Jacob deGrom, New York’s local favorite, who needs no introduction for those within a baseball’s throw of Queens. There is Washington’s Max Scherzer, whose gaudy strikeout total could be his ticket to the Cy. And there is Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola,... more

Matz ineffective vs. Phillies in return from DL

Since the calendar flipped to August, the Mets’ rotation has begun to resemble what the team once believed it could be. Jacob deGrom remains Jacob deGrom, one of baseball’s best pitchers. Zack Wheeler has developed into a worthy sidekick. Slowly, Noah Syndergaard has returned to form, while Corey Oswalt has emerged as an intriguing rookie. Even Jason Vargas is fresh... more

deGrom dominates in complete game win for Mets

Jacob deGrom stole glances at the clock, knowing if a half-hour melted into three-quarters of one, pitching coach Dave Eiland wouldn’t let him continue. Outside, tens of thousands of fans were ducking for cover, as lightning and rain mingled in the Philadelphia sky. Sequestered in the visiting clubhouse, deGrom applied a heat pack to his arm, then kept it loose... more

Plawecki’s slam caps 9-run 6th in Mets’ rout

Most afternoons, Kevin Plawecki heads out of the Mets’ clubhouse and into the heat for a catching session with third-base coach Glenn Sherlock, who has been schooling the backstop on his throwing footwork. The Mets are pleased with Plawecki, whom they feel has improved, slowly bringing his pop times closer to the league average. Following one recent such session, Plawecki... more

Vargas’ solid 6-inning start not enough for Mets

From their vantage point in the third-base dugout, the Mets watched Jason Vargas deliver two- and four-seam fastballs down in the strike zone, dumping in a liberal number of changeups and curves. He worked quickly, buzzing through the Orioles’ lineup without much issue. This was the Vargas the Mets thought they acquired when they committed two years and $16 million... more

deGrom K’s 12 as Mets top Yankees

As Mets manager Mickey Callaway approached the pitcher’s mound in the seventh inning Monday, he heard a cacophony of voices rising above the Yankee Stadium crowd. Jacob deGrom had retired his last six batters, four via strikeout. He was one out away from placing a capstone not only on his night, but on his latest volley in the National League... more

Thor handles Marlins as Mets earn series win

Noah Syndergaard’s seventh career start against the Marlins was much like the first six — dominant. After a quick turnaround from Saturday night’s extra-innings loss, which included 4 1/3 innings from the Mets’ bullpen, New York needed a quality start from its horse on Sunday and the right-hander delivered. Syndergaard went seven frames, striking out seven and allowing three runs... more

Mets fall in extras after Oswalt goes 6 strong

The Mets may have lost Saturday night, 4-3 in 11 innings to the Marlins, but Corey Oswalt continues to impress with another promising performance. Jacob Rhame was tagged with the loss on Saturday — the right-hander surrendered a walk-off base hit to Marlins backup catcher and pinch-hitter Bryan Holaday. Since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 3, to... more

Wheeler’s streak ends as Mets thump Fish

Hours before Friday night’s 6-2 victory against the Marlins, Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke about monitoring Zack Wheeler’s innings as the season forges onward. He said he would be OK with his right-hander pitching deep into games so long as he’s holding his velocity and checking in frequently with Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen. Wheeler gave Callaway no reason to... more

deGrom lowers ERA to 1.77 with 10-K gem in Mets win

All afternoon, Jacob deGrom teetered on the edge, waiting for the anguish that would inevitably arrive, that had to arrive, that always arrives on the days that he pitches. In the first inning, a single through a defensive shift put deGrom in danger. In the second and third, the Mets stranded a trio of runners in scoring position. Even as... more

Rain delay forces Mets to go to ‘pen early in loss

At this point, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Reds, how Jason Vargas fares in the waning months of a lost season matters little. The Mets simply want Vargas, whose disjointed campaign has included multiple injuries and near-constant mechanical issues, to log as many innings as possible. In that fashion, Vargas can prime himself to... more

McNeil stays hot as Mets, Thor hold off Reds

Speaking about his young second baseman a few hours before Monday’s 6-4 win over the Reds at Citi Field, Mets manager Mickey Callaway noted, in rather stark terms, that Jeff McNeil’s performance down the stretch may determine whether the team looks to replace him during the offseason. “I think we need to, first and foremost, evaluate … is this guy... more

Bullpen falters as Mets fall to Braves in extras

Given the Mets’ stated goal of winning as much as possible down the stretch, the team has an opportunity to play spoiler against all three National League East teams in contention. So far, however, they haven’t found much success upending their rivals’ plans. After dropping two straight in Washington last week, the Mets returned home to lose three of four... more

He’s a keeper: Wheeler fans 9, as Mets beat Atlanta

After his last start, Zack Wheeler wasn’t sure if he would sport a Mets uniform again. With all of the trade rumors circulating and his value peaking, Wheeler was a hot commodity leading up to Tuesday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline. New York decided to keep him, though, and the 28-year-old is looking more and more like a promising part of the... more
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