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Vargas’ solid 6-inning start not enough for Mets

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

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

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

Gardner HR leads Yanks over Mets 4-1 as Tanaka hurt

Gardner HR leads Yanks over Mets 4-1 as Tanaka hurt
Brett Gardner has always enjoyed the heightened atmosphere of the Subway Series, saying that he is entertained by the jockeying that takes place in the grandstands, no matter which borough the game is played in. That surely made his trip around the bases in Friday’s intercity opener all the more enjoyable. Gardner slugged a tie-breaking home run in the eighth... more

Lugo, Frazier lift Mets over Severino, Yankees

Lugo, Frazier lift Mets over Severino, Yankees
The Mets arrived at Citi Field on Sunday facing an unenviable ultimatum: defeat Luis Severino, an early American League Cy Young Award candidate, or cap a winless homestand with their ninth straight loss. Increasing the degree of difficulty was the fact that their own starter, Seth Lugo, was stretched out only enough to give them approximately 80 pitches. On paper,... more

Wheeler’s solid night spoiled by grand slam as Mets fall to Dodgers

Wheeler’s solid night spoiled by grand slam as Mets fall to Dodgers
Before Friday night’s series opener against the Dodgers at Citi Field, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that New York could be a seller at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline unless there was “improvement in our win-loss record almost immediately.” That improvement would have to wait, as the Mets lost to Los Angeles, 5-2, to fall to a season-worst... more

Mets’ bullpen plan falters against slugging Dodgers

Mets’ bullpen plan falters against slugging Dodgers
Only after Jerry Blevins arrived at Citi Field on Sunday did Mickey Callaway ask him how he felt about starting on the mound. At first, Blevins, a 12-year veteran with 532 relief appearances and no starts, thought his manager was joking. Once he started to piece together the circumstances, Blevins accepted the assignment with enthusiasm. Far from an ideal situation... more

Mets’ early errors spoil Lugo’s strong start in loss

Mets’ early errors spoil Lugo’s strong start in loss
Speaking before the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Monday, their seventh straight and their 19th in 23 games, manager Mickey Callaway stressed the importance of his demeanor as his team’s once-promising season smolders. Callaway, who rarely raises his voice and almost never offers negative critiques of his players, remarked, “I hate losing more than anybody,” but, “I understand... more

Flores walk-off hit in 10th caps late Mets push

Flores walk-off hit in 10th caps late Mets push
The careers of some Mets, more than others, will always be intertwined with that of Sandy Alderson. Zack Wheeler’s life flipped upside down when Alderson made him the first significant acquisition of his tenure as general manager back in 2011. Yoenis Cespedes represented one of the largest risks that Alderson took. Brandon Nimmo became one of the boldest Draft choices... more
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