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    Share this: Joan Hodges, the widow of Hall of Famer and World Series-winning New York Mets manager Gil Hodges, died following a long illness. The team said she died Saturday night, 10 days shy of her 96th birthday. The Mets held a tribute and a moment of silence before Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh. Gil Hodges was induced into baseball’s Hall of Fame in July. He hit 370 home runs in a big league career spent mostly with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, then managed the 1969 Miracle Mets to the franchise’s first title.
    Atlanta Braves fans aren’t going to like how the New York Mets broadcast treated Ozzie Albies’ latest injury.  It seems like Ozzie Albies had just returned to the Atlanta Braves lineup after coming back from a broken foot. Just as Braves fans were getting excited to have one of the key pieces of the lineup back, his season looks to be over after breaking his right pinky finger in Saturday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Just to set the table here: Albies broke his finger in a game between the Braves and Phillies. The New York Mets were not involved at all, at least until they inserted themselves into the narrative thanks to the broadcast team. Mets broadcasters brought up Albies’ latest injury with a comment making light of the situation. The Mets organization desperately needs some class. pic.twitter.com/ctmbF1xAPi — Baseball GIFs (@gifs_baseball) September 18, 2022 The Braves and Mets are fighting for the top spot in the NL East this season, and hve three games left against one another at the end of the month. Needless to say, Braves and...
    The Mets lost a member of the family this week. John Stearns, the catcher who spent ten years with the Mets from 1975 to 1984 and made four All-Star teams, died from cancer late on Thursday night. Stearns, 71, was also a coach for the Mets from 2000 to 2001 and recently made an appearance at the team’s Old Timers’ Day. Mets president Sandy Alderson released a statement on Friday mourning Stearns’ passing. “No one played the game with more spirit or determination than John Stearns. He literally willed himself to attend Old Timers’ Day last month so he could visit friends and old teammates. “Despite his illness, he even managed to step into the batting cage to take a few swings. His nickname, ‘Bad Dude’ couldn’t have been more appropriate. A four-time All-Star, John was one of the most complete catchers in Mets history. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.” Stearns spent nearly his entire major league career with the Mets. A Denver, Colo. native, he was drafted second overall by Philadelphia in the 1973...
    If you never heard of Chicago Cubs’ starting pitcher Javier Assad before Monday night, you were not alone. Based on some of the swings they were taking off him, it looked like the Mets might not have known much about him either. Assad helped the Cubs defeat the Mets 5-2, throwing six innings while masterfully limiting hard contact. Making just his fourth career start in the big leagues, the 25-year-old out of Tijuana, Mexico pitched like a man trying to make a case to be in next year’s starting rotation. He used a low-voltage cutter (average velocity: 88.7 miles per hour) to get a surprising amount of whiffs, also keeping the pitch consistently on the edges of the plate to stay off the Mets’ barrels and drive them into fits of frustration. In many ways, this game was every contending team’s nightmare. The Mets are miles and miles better than the Cubs, but the Cubs also have very little to play for beyond pride and auditions. In addition to playing with house money, the Cubs also had the element of...
    Mookie Wilson is stepping up to the plate again. The long-retired Mets fan favorite, 36 years after his integral role in the team’s 1986 World Series triumph, has swapped his old No. 1 jersey for a chef’s apron. The 66-year-old Wilson, along with a half-dozen family members, recently launched their “Legacy Catering” business featuring southern-style cuisine in their home state of South Carolina. “I’ve always cooked, even when I played,” Wilson told the Daily News. “I’d cook in the rooms in spring training, trying different dishes. Some worked, some didn’t … And after I retired, it gave me something to do that I really enjoyed.” The crew, including four of Mookie’s brothers, his son Preston and a son-in-law, are prepping for a major November gig: Catering the annual Mets Fantasy Camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla. What can the campers expect? More than just autographs, promised Wilson, who credits his mother for his culinary skills. In addition to feeding her family, she cooked for years in the South Carolina school system. “Legacy is in there for a reason,” he said...
    The National League East standings may try to tell you something different, but the Mets are not collapsing. Granted, there is still enough time in the regular season for them to fully blow it, but the 9-8 stretch they just turned in over their last 17 games does not constitute a full-fledged collapse. The Mets lug a half-game lead in the division into Thursday, a day that both Buck Showalter’s club and the Atlanta Braves have off. The story should not be about the Mets’ much-exaggerated demise, it should be how well the Braves played. The Braves were 24-27 entering play on June 2, sitting 10.5 games behind the Mets. Since then, Atlanta played like one of the best teams of all time. That’s not hyperbole, either. The Braves’ 62-24 ledger over their last 86 games is good for a ridiculous .720 winning percentage, which computes to 116 wins over a full season, the current major league record. Essentially, it took one of the greatest heaters in the history of the sport to catch the Mets. Unlike the Braves, the...
    The home team taking batting practice on the field has become increasingly rare. That’s one of the main things Showalter has noticed since coming back to a managerial role after three years away. “That’s one of the biggest changes I’ve seen,” Buck Showalter declared. “I miss walking around and talking to the bullpen guys in the outfield. I think a lot of it has to do with the facilities inside being so much better now.” With so much importance being put on player performance data now, which is a major difference between the league that Showalter managed in during the 90s and early 2000s, the entire thinking around the once-daily ritual has changed. “You look at batting practice as an entertainment feature as opposed to, ‘Are you getting the best out of getting ready for the game?’ Is it smart to come out after a four-hour night game and take BP for a day game the next day when it’s 95 degrees?” Other things have gone the way of the dodo bird as well, but Showalter does not mourn the...
    The only person who could get to Jacob deGrom on Wednesday was arguably the best player in the National League. The play of the night, though, came from one of the senior circuit’s most underrated players. In the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Dodgers, the only Dodger run came from a Mookie Betts solo home run in the sixth inning. Everyone else in the Dodgers’ lineup went 2-for-24 off the two-time Cy Young winner. He struck out nine hitters and walked one, with the only two non-Betts hits going for measly singles. There would have been one more, very crushing hit, but some of the best outfield defense you’ll ever see kept that from happening. Perhaps most encouraging, the Mets left deGrom in for a full seven innings, the first time this season that he’s recorded 21 outs in a game. “Tonight, against the Dodgers, that was a great atmosphere,” deGrom said, noting yet again that after ramping up to a new season-high in innings, his arm felt fine. “The fans were in it the whole time, and that makes...
    The only person who could get to Jacob deGrom on Wednesday was arguably the best player in the National League. The play of the night, though, came from one of the senior circuit’s most underrated players. In the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Dodgers, the only Dodger run came from a Mookie Betts solo home run in the sixth inning. Everyone else in the Dodgers’ lineup went 2-for-24 off the two-time Cy Young winner. He struck out nine hitters and walked one, with the only two non-Betts hits going for measly singles. There would have been one more, very crushing hit, but some of the best outfield defense you’ll ever see kept that from happening. Perhaps most encouraging, the Mets left deGrom in for a full seven innings, the first time this season that he’s recorded 21 outs in a game. One of those outs, though, stands far, far above the rest. Clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, deGrom’s 0-1 fastball to Justin Turner caught a little too much plate. Turner whistled a line...
    The Atlanta Braves were presented with a perfect opportunity to make headway in the NL East race but squandered it at a time when they can’t afford to. If you’d have told the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday morning that they would be able to face a struggling Colorado Rockies team starting a pitcher with a 5.80 ERA on the season, that the Rocks would be matched up against the World Series champions’ ace, Max Fried, and that the New York Mets would fall at home to the Dodgers, the team would’ve likely jumped for joy. When you paint the picture in that light, it was the perfect opportunity for Atlanta to chip away at the 3-game lead New York entered the day with in the NL East. But despite that being the exact situation that played out before the Braves, they failed to take advantage of it. New York lost but, on an occasion that has been extremely rare since the All-Star break, Atlanta tasted defeat as well on the same day.Braves waste fantastic chance to make up ground on...
    It’s hard to envision a world in which the Mets are playing for a World Series title without first beating the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers’ persistent greatness has reached the point of almost feeling mundane. Every Dodgers’ regular-season win feels totally expected, just another step on their pre-programmed march toward the postseason. This autumn will bring the franchise’s tenth consecutive postseason appearance. Under manager Dave Roberts, who took over before the 2016 season, the Dodgers have made the same amount of playoff trips as the Padres and Nationals/Expos have as a franchise, and even more than the Mariners and Rockies ever have. Despite their overwhelming dominance, the Dodgers — who have a 7.5-game lead over the Mets in the National League heading into Monday night’s game in Miami — have every reason to view Buck Showalter’s club as a formidable foe. A three-game sweep by the Mets this week at Citi Field would tighten the race for the NL’s No. 1 seed, which provides a better chance of avoiding the Braves in the NLDS. In looking at this trio...
    One part of Sunday’s game between the Mets and Rockies, which the Rockies won 1-0, was entirely predictable. Max Scherzer flexed his muscles all over Colorado, which came into the game ranked 24th out of 30 teams in wRC+. Rockies’ pitcher German Marquez filling the Mets’ bats with pudding, though, was much harder to foresee. No pitcher in the majors this season has given up more hard contact than Marquez, whose 5.22 ERA prior to his Sunday start was the highest among all qualified National League starters. A 2021 All-Star, who has filled the role of Rockies’ de facto ace many times, Marquez looked like his best self on Sunday. For all seven of his innings, Marquez was nearly unhittable. The Mets scraped together one base hit and two walks against him. The 27-year-old righty retired ten in a row between Pete Alonso’s first-inning walk and Jeff McNeil’s fifth-inning single, the only Met hit of the afternoon before Colorado went to its bullpen. Marquez was able to use the Mets’ contact-oriented strategy against them, as the limited amount of strikeouts...
    There may not be anything the Mets need more over the final month or so of the regular season, and presumably, the postseason, than a healthy and sharp Jacob deGrom. That’s one of the reasons the Mets moved deGrom’s start this week back two days, from Tuesday against the Yankees to Thursday against the Rockies. DeGrom missed more than half this season while rehabbing a shoulder injury and if there’s ever a chance to give him an extra couple of days of rest, the Mets will take it. DeGrom responded well, striking out nine, allowing three hits and just one run in the Mets’ 3-1 win over Colorado at Citi Field. The Mets won their 80th game of the season and are now up two full games on the second-place Braves, who were off. Adam Ottavino picked up his first save of the season with a perfect ninth after Edwin Diaz pitched the eighth. The Mets (80-46) returned home after going 4-6 on a 10-game road trip that included a two-game sweep by the Yankees in the Bronx. But they...
    Phillies manager Rob Thomson might’ve cost his team the game on Sunday against the New York Mets by overusing David Robertson. Robertson has been phenomenal since coming over from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline. In the City of Brotherly Love, he’s pitched to a 2.08 ERA and 1.038 WHIP in eight appearances. However, being a reliever, Robertson needs scheduled off days. Thomson hasn’t provided the right-hander with that sort of stability, and despite his old-school approach, it’s pretty evident that Robertson needs that time. Robertson pitched two innings on Saturday, throwing 36 pitches in the process. Despite all that work, Thomson deemed him ready for Sunday’s outing. Spoiler: It didn’t go as planned. Mark Canha’s bat flip is a thing of beauty pic.twitter.com/RHNTQuEgLC — Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 21, 2022 When Mark Canha is pimping go-ahead home runs off you, something has gone horribly wrong.Phillies: Did Rob Thomson mismanage his bullpen?Thomson has been one heck of a find for the Phillies. It speaks volumes to the Phils front office and Dave Dombrowski for knowing exactly what this...
    ATLANTA — Brett Baty is officially the new kid in the Mets’ clubhouse. The 22-year-old, wearing a jersey number that matches his age, stood in a small room in the lower level of Truist Park before Wednesday’s game and explained his transformation from minor leaguer to starting third baseman for the New York Mets. “I got the call yesterday, got on a flight and got here last night,” Baty said. “I’m just super excited to get out there and start playing.” He immediately went out there and contributed to a 9-7 Mets’ win. Baty mentioned that the original plan was to have him join the Mets on Tuesday, but air travel has a way of ruining plans. “I didn’t make the first flight, so here I am today.” It didn’t take long for the kid to make an impact. In his first MLB at-bat, he turned a Jake Odorizzi curveball into a line drive home run. By going yard on the second pitch of his career, and first swing, Baty became the fifth player in Mets history to hit a...
    New York Mets prospect Brett Baty found a way to make an immediate impact with the team, as he homered in his first MLB at-bat. The New York Mets have shown recently that they could be legitimate World Series contenders, especially after shutting out the Philadelphia Phillies in the final two games of their three-game series this past weekend. That, and the Mets got Jacob deGrom back, who is in his usual dominant form. How could things get better for the Mets, you ask? Brett Baty, the team’s No. 2 prospect in the farm system, made his debut with the team on Aug. 17 against the rival Atlanta Braves. In the top of the second inning, Baty stepped into the batter’s box for the first-time as an MLB player, and he sent a baseball flying over the right field wall at Truist Park on a two-run homer! First AB…HOME RUN for @baty_brett. #LGM pic.twitter.com/cI44N57mlc — New York Mets (@Mets) August 17, 2022 Mets: Brett Baty hits home run in first MLB at-bat What a way to make a statement in...
    Noah Syndergaard was traded to the Phillies at the deadline and Thor is now making his return to New York to face the Mets and had some strong words. Though he was injured for many of them, Noah Syndergaard spent six seasons with the New York Mets before the club elected to not bring him back ahead of the 2022 season, which led to him signing with the Los Angeles Angeles. However, LA traded Thor at the deadline this year and, as fate would have it, he landed on an NL East rival of his former club, the Philadelphia Phillies. On Friday, the Phillies traveled to Citi Field for the start of a three-game series against the Mets and, though Syndergaard wasn’t slated to be on the bump for the series opener, he didn’t hesitate to take a massive shot at his former team. Prior to the game, Syndergaard was asked about his return to Citi Field and had this to say, “I’m still taking it all in. I’m glad to be playing for a team that has a shot...
    In case you lost track, or weren’t paying attention to it anymore, the Mets are still on track to break the single-season record for hit-by-pitches. “I thought we were going to fall off the pace but now I guess we’re back ahead of it again,” manager Buck Showalter said before Tuesday’s game. The Mets were hit 75 times in their first 110 games, putting them on pace to finish the year with 110. The 2021 Cincinnati Reds are the current record holders after getting drilled 105 times. Mets’ hitters Mark Canha, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso and Starling Marte are all among the 12 most-plunked in the league this year. Showalter was asked if he has any explanation for this painful phenomenon. “You don’t think I’ve looked hard into that?” Showalter said playfully. “[Mark] Canha came with that skill set. He’s always been one of the leaders in hit by pitch.” Among active players, Canha ranks eighth in career hit by pitches. Starling Marte — who’s been in the league three years longer than Canha — is all the way up...
    New York Mets star Pete Alonso was initially ruled out after a tag at home plate by Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Instead, the Mets challenged the play, and Alonso was called safe. What makes a rivalry game that much more intense? How about a controversial call? That is exactly what happened during the Aug. 6 game between the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Mets outfielder Mark Canha hit a ground ball to Braves third baseman Austin Riley, who then threw it to catcher Travis d’Arnaud. Mets star Pete Alonso was heading to home plate and collided with d’Arnaud, and was called out in the process. Alonso indicated that he was safe, and manager Buck Showalter decided to challenge the play. Following a review, the umpires overturned it and called Alonso safe, giving the Mets a 4-0 lead. Pete Alonso was called out after this play by Travis dArnaud at the plate, but it was overturned ???? (via @BravesOnBally) pic.twitter.com/ZwZAdNiaJ1 — SI MLB (@si_mlb) August 7, 2022 Twitter reacts to controversial call...
    Vin Scully, the radio and TV icon who called Dodgers games from broadcast booths in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, died on Tuesday at age 94. Scully started calling games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, not long after he graduated from Fordham, where he helped start the student-run radio station, WFUV. When the Dodgers left Brooklyn for L.A. in 1957, he went west with them and became arguably the most famous and beloved baseball broadcaster in history. Known for his smooth delivery and ability to tell stories while often working alone in the booth, Scully also made a name for himself calling World Series games. One of his most famous moments behind the microphone came when the Mets rallied to beat the Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. On the game’s final play, Scully put words to a moment that left just about everyone else speechless. “Little roller up along first,” Scully said after Mookie Wilson hit a weak ground ball toward Boston first baseman Bill Buckner. “Behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes...
    The Philadelphia Phillies were able to get a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, and it was none other than former New York Met Noah Syndergaard. The Philadelphia Phillies were in the market for a starting pitcher heading into the trade deadline. In the final hour of the cut-off point for trades, the Phillies were able to land a veteran option, and a familiar face from the NL East. According to Jayson Stark of The Athletic, the Phillies have acquired Noah Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Mickey Moniak and another prospect. Phillies have traded Mickey Moniak and a second prospect to the Angels for Noah Syndergaard, sources tell @TheAthleticMLB — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 2, 2022 Noah Syndergaard heading back to NL East to pitch for Phillies Phillies Get RHP Noah Syndergaard Angels Get OF Mickey Moniak Prospect to be Named Later Syndergaard was one of the Angels’ top free agent signings this past offseason, as they sgined him to a one-year, $18 million contract. With the Angels in shambles following a disastrous start to...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Heading into the trade deadline, it’s nice to have problems as minor as the ninth spot in the order not hitting very much. That’s been one of the only real nits to pick with the Mets (65-37), who have batted their catcher in the nine hole for 97 of their 102 games this season. Those catchers — Tomas Nido, James McCann and Patrick Mazeika — have a collective 54 wRC+, analytics-speak for 46% worse than the average major league hitter. The only team getting worse offensive production from their catchers is the Houston Astros (51 wRC+), who addressed that issue head-on by swinging a trade for Boston backstop Christian Vazquez on Monday. Armchair general managers across the tri-state area can all agree that the Mets should also look to upgrade the position before the trade deadline, which hits at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Buck Showalter isn’t really the type of guy to dwell on the negative, though, at least not with cameras and recording devices around. Rather than bemoan the lack of offense, Showalter focused on...
    MIAMI (AP) — New York Mets star Jacob deGrom will make his season debut against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said before a series finale against Miami. “His workday went well today, a light side,” Showalter said Sunday. “The plans are for him to pitch Tuesday in Washington.” The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has not pitched for the Mets since July 7, 2021. The 34-year-old right-hander was sidelined the final three months of last season with right forearm tightness and a sprained elbow, then was shut down late in spring training because of a stress reaction in his right scapula. DeGrom has made four minor league rehab starts totaling 12 2/3 innings, two at Class A St. Lucie and two with Syracuse. He’s allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits with 21 strikeouts and four walks, hitting 100 mph on the radar gun even in his first outing. “I think more than anything feeling for him and the emotions he’s going through,” Showalter said. “It’s been a long haul for him,...
    Follow Sportsmail's live blog as the Yankees and Mets go head-to-head in the second match of the two-game Subway Series.  Ben Nagle Host commentator 22:33 How game one unfolded It was a very fast start in Queens last night, with the Yankees scoring twice in the top of the first, before the Mets hit back - and fast - with four runs of their own in the bottom. The Mets then extended their lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the third, before the Yankees pulled back to 5-3 in the fourth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets extended once again to 6-3, and the Yankees had no reply in the ninth. Aaron Boone will be hoping his side are much-improved tonight... 22:22 It was a beautiful night for baseball at Citi Field Let's hope for more of the same tonight The sunset behind Citi Field during the third inning between the Mets and the Yankees last night Eduardo Escobar celebrates with Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso after...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitched four innings Wednesday for Triple-A Syracuse, finishing strong after a shaky start in what could be his last minor league rehab outing before rejoining New York’s rotation. Sidelined all season by a stress reaction in his right scapula, deGrom gave up four runs on a pair of homers and threw 41 of 67 pitches for strikes. He struck out six and walked three in a game that began at 12:05 p.m. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner could return to the Mets early next week in Washington. If he pitches Monday or Tuesday, he would be lined up on full rest to make a start in a potentially pivotal five-game series Aug. 4-7 at home against defending World Series champion Atlanta. New York entered Wednesday with a two-game lead in the NL East over the Braves. However, the Mets have not committed to that timeline — and manager Buck Showalter said if deGrom needs another rehab start after this one, then that’s what the team will do. He said deGrom...
    The first game of the 2022 Subway Series hit all the notes one would expect. Players on both sides stepping up, delivering big home runs and scintillating defensive plays? Check. Fans of both teams displaying behavior that should probably get them institutionalized? You bet. A game time well over three hours? Absolutely. In the end, the Mets won 6-3. They got a four-out save from Edwin Diaz — who has struck out more than half of the batters he’s faced this year — and an encouraging showing from their starting pitcher. Taijuan Walker, who figures to be a load-bearing beam in the Mets’ rotation down the stretch, overcame a brutal first inning to turn in a gutty performance. Walker went six innings for his ninth consecutive start, the longest streak of his career. His first inning began with a 104 mile per hour comebacker, which he snared on a bounce to throw out DJ LeMahieu. Then Aaron Judge sliced a ball over the right-center field fence to give the guests an early lead, and before the Yankee fan contingent could...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mets ace Jacob deGrom will make at least one more minor league rehab start before rejoining New York’s rotation. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, sidelined all season by a stress reaction in his right scapula, threw 60 pitches over five innings in a simulated game Thursday at the team’s complex in Florida. Mets manager Buck Showalter said deGrom felt good Friday and his next step will be a throwing session Sunday as part of a work day at Citi Field in New York. After that, if all goes well, he’ll pitch for a minor league affiliate a few days later and then get slotted into the big league rotation. That means deGrom definitely won’t return in time to face the crosstown New York Yankees at Citi Field next Tuesday or Wednesday. The earliest possibilities for his season debut would be July 31 at Miami or a three-game series in Washington from Aug. 1-3. The right-hander has already made three minor league rehab starts totaling 8 2/3 innings. He’s allowed an unearned run and five...
    San Diego Padres (52-42, second in the NL West) vs. New York Mets (58-35, first in the NL East) New York; Friday, 7:10 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.41 ERA, .99 WHIP, 100 strikeouts); Mets: Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.22 ERA, .88 WHIP, 90 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -182, Padres +155; over/under is 6 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets host the San Diego Padres to begin a three-game series. New York is 58-35 overall and 28-15 in home games. The Mets have the sixth-best team ERA in the majors at 3.64. San Diego has gone 27-21 on the road and 52-42 overall. Padres hitters are batting a collective .240, which ranks ninth in the NL. Friday’s game is the fourth time these teams square off this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Pete Alonso has 15 doubles and 24 home runs for the Mets. Francisco Lindor is 13-for-43 with a double, a triple, three home runs and nine RBI over the last 10 games. Manny Machado has a .303 batting average to lead the Padres, and...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Joc Pederson should be someone to appear in upcoming New York Mets rumors if the San Francisco Giants become sellers. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Juan Soto’s name headlines the latest New York Mets rumors but the team can trade for these three All-Stars instead of him. Juan Soto’s name has been mentioned in plenty of New York Mets rumors over the last few days as it has become apparent that the Washington Nationals are ready to listen to offers. The All-Star outfielder and 2022 Home Run Derby Champion would cost a king’s ransom, maybe more so if dealt within the division. The Mets have a farm system and a few major leagues they could send to Washington to complete a deal. However, instead of trading for Soto, what if they pulled together their resources and traded for three other All-Stars? The Mets are hoping to win it all this year. Rather than blow up the farm system and acquire one All-Star, maybe they should pivot and see if they...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Longtime New York Mets Spanish broadcaster Juan Alicea died Monday, the team said. He was 85. The Mets said Alicea died in his sleep at home in Florida. Alicea joined the Mets in April 1969, the season they won their first World Series championship, and worked in the scouting and community relations departments. Alicea started doing Spanish broadcasts for the Mets in 1982 and called more than 4,000 games through 2019. The Mets named the Spanish radio booth at Citi Field in his honor last year. During the 1986 postseason, Alicea was the lead voice on the International Spanish Network. “Juan was an innovator and pioneer in the Spanish broadcasting field as well as renowned and respected throughout the industry as an extraordinary broadcaster,” Mets President Sandy Alderson said in a statment. “He was instrumental in the creation of Hispanic Marketing, Promotions and Community Events. His 50 years of service made him a highly regarded member of the Mets family.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    The New York Mets drafted an incredible hitter with their first-round pick in the MLB Draft. Is this a sign of a potential trade coming? The oldest line in the book when it comes to the MLB Draft is ‘take the best available player, not just from a position of need’. While that line is mostly always true, sometimes the best available player doesn’t have a fit in the organization drafting him. When the New York Mets were up in tonight’s MLB Draft with the 11th pick in the first-round, very few in the industry expected them to take Kevin Parada — a catcher. With uber-prospect Francisco Álvarez already in the organization, this pick feels a little strange. While Parada is one of (if not the) best hitters available in this year’s draft class, the presence of Álvarez makes this pick a head-scratcher. From an agent who doesn’t represent either player: “With Alvarez and Parada, it will be like the Mets having Gary Carter and Mike Piazza on the roster at the same time.” — Tim Healey (@timbhealey) July 18,...
    CHICAGO — Marcus Stroman’s revenge game will have to wait. The Mets-Cubs game on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field was postponed due to rainy weather in the forecast. The game was rescheduled as part of a split doubleheader on Saturday. Game 1 is set for 2:20 p.m., followed by Game 2 at 8:20 p.m. The Mets announced that Taijuan Walker will start Game 1 and Max Scherzer will get the ball for the second game. The Cubs will send Stroman to the mound in Game 1, followed by Drew Smyly in Game 2. Stroman, who went 14-15 and posted a 3.21 ERA over 1.5 seasons with the Mets from 2019-2021, will be looking to dominate against his former team. In February during the MLB owners’ lockout, the right-hander had some choice words about the Mets organization that suggested the two sides left on sour terms. “Just look at who the Mets hired as their GM…that tells you enough,” Stroman tweeted in late February. “His lack of awareness in his previous position is being exposed to the public. I’m beyond thankful...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The second game of the New York Mets’ four-game series at the Chicago Cubs has been postponed by rain. Steady rain fell in Chicago on Friday morning, and it was expected to continue for much of the afternoon. The game was rescheduled for a split-doubleheader on Saturday. The NL East-leading Mets rolled to an 8-0 victory over the lowly Cubs on Thursday night. Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo homered, and Carlos Carrasco pitched six effective innings in New York’s third win in four games. Chicago has dropped seven in a row. Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.91 ERA) is slated to start the doubleheader opener against his former team, and Drew Smyly (2-5, 4.43 ERA) is lined up for Game 2 for the Cubs. There was no immediate word on New York’s starters. Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.63 ERA) was scheduled to pitch on Friday, and Max Scherzer (6-1, 2.15 ERA) was Saturday’s starter. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Chicago Cubs will have to wait another day to try to end their seven-game losing streak. Their game Friday against the New York Mets, scheduled for 1:20 p.m., was postponed because of inclement weather and has been rescheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday as part of a split doubleheader. Separate tickets are required for each game. Gates for the make-up game will open about 60 minutes before first pitch. The Cubs (34-55) are trying to build a little momentum with three games remaining before the All-Star break. But the offense isn’t cashing in on enough opportunities while the pitching staff has struggled to deliver consistency. Entering Friday, the Cubs lead the National League and rank second in the majors with 953 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. However, the Cubs have hit .221 in such situations, the second-lowest mark in the big leagues behind the Pittsburgh Pirates (.205). The Cubs went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position during Thursday’s 8-0 loss to the Mets and, notably, that lone hit failed to score a run. ()
    CHICAGO — Two of the Mets’ four All-Stars returned to the starting lineup Thursday for the series opener against the Cubs. Jeff McNeil and his wife, Tatiana, welcomed baby squirrel, Lucas Hayden, into the world at 4:45 a.m. on Wednesday July 13 in California. McNeil spent about 12 hours with his first-born child before hopping on a flight to Chicago on Wednesday evening. He landed around midnight on Thursday and, after a good night’s sleep, joined his teammates at Wrigley Field in the afternoon, batting fifth and playing left field against the Cubs. Outfielder Ender Inciarte was designated for assignment to make room for McNeil. Starling Marte also returned to the lineup on Thursday, batting second and playing right field, with his groin discomfort behind him. Marte was able to avoid the injured list, but he was sidelined for four games after he exited in the fourth inning of the Mets’ 5-4 win over the Marlins at Citi Field last Saturday Both Marte and McNeil were selected on Sunday to their second-career All-Star Game. Asked to summarize the past few...
    CHICAGO — Jacob deGrom passed another big test Thursday. Now, his first major-league start in over a year could be just around 10 days away. DeGrom allowed two hits, one run (unearned), and walked one batter while striking out four in a four-inning, 42-pitch outing for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday night. The Mets ace was super efficient, needing just 42 pitches to complete his third rehab assignment, even though he was scheduled to go up to 50. He dialed his fastball up to 100 mph on Thursday, one to two ticks down from the high velocity he put on display during his last two rehab outings. “Feel good,” deGrom told reporters afterwards, per SNY. “I felt a little bit out of whack the first couple of innings, then tried to make a little bit of an adjustment. I wasn’t locating my fastball quite like I wanted to early on. But the last couple of innings, I felt a lot better.” DeGrom also used his deadly slider plenty, pitching to catcher Francisco Alvarez. The Mets No. 1 prospect also caught Max...
    New York Mets (55-34, first in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (34-54, fourth in the NL Central) Chicago; Thursday, 8:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Carlos Carrasco (9-4, 4.55 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 94 strikeouts); Cubs: Keegan Thompson (7-3, 3.16 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 74 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Mets -144, Cubs +122; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets to begin a four-game series. Chicago has a 17-29 record in home games and a 34-54 record overall. The Cubs have the eighth-ranked team batting average in the NL at .244. New York is 27-19 in road games and 55-34 overall. The Mets are 39-6 in games when they have more hits than their opponents. Thursday’s game is the first meeting between these teams this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Patrick Wisdom leads the Cubs with 34 extra base hits (17 doubles and 17 home runs). Seiya Suzuki is 9-for-29 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over the past 10 games. Pete Alonso leads New York with 23 home runs while slugging...
    ATLANTA — With All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Starling Marte absent, Francisco Lindor stepped up. Two weeks ago, when the Mets were in a rut offensively, fans would have had a hard time believing they would take a series from the defending champion Braves without two of their best hitters. With McNeil on paternity leave and Marte dealing with groin discomfort, it was Lindor who brought the lineup back from the dead. “I’m happy. I’m happy I’m contributing to the team,” Lindor said. “I came here to win ballgames. However, we’re still not done. We got a long way to go.” The Mets star shortstop went 5-for-14 with four RBI, a home run and a triple in three games at Atlanta. No game was bigger than Wednesday for Lindor, when he cranked a three-run home run off Braves right-hander Charlie Morton that gave the Mets a 4-0 lead in the third inning. The Mets went on to beat the Braves, 7-3. Lindor has 68 RBI on the year, which is one more than he had all of last season. Yes, Lindor...
    The universal designated hitter, enjoying its first season in the National League, was meant to give each NL team one more potent bat in the lineup. Major League Baseball finally decided to eliminate the farce of pitchers trying to hit, injecting more life into every batting order. At least, in theory. The Mets have gotten a collective .217/.295/.332 slash line from their designated hitters this season. They’ve posted an 85 wRC+ and -0.6 Wins Above Replacement. While it’s a much smaller sample size, last year Jacob deGrom had a 112 wRC+ and was worth 0.6 WAR just as a hitter. With such a miserable sound coming from the DH’s bats, the Mets could obviously look for someone else to man the position. Orioles’ veteran Trey Mancini has hit at least 24 home runs in each of the last four seasons he’s played and has a mutual option with the O’s at the end of the year, something that is very rarely exercised. Mancini has been at the top of the speculation heap for the last few weeks, and Washington’s Josh...
    Defying his own personal prediction, Keith Hernandez made it through his entire pregame ceremony without getting swept up in emotions. With nary a tear in sight, Hernandez stood near the pitcher’s mound at Citi Field before the Mets’ game on Saturday and basked in the glow of his number retirement. After the fans finally stopped chanting his name, he strode to the microphone. “New York has been great to me. The Mets have been great to me,” said Hernandez, who spoke about how “humbled” he was to see his No. 17 plaque finally get unveiled. “I thank you all, I am truly overwhelmed.” With former teammates Mookie Wilson and Ed Lynch, plus ex-teammate and current broadcast partner Ron Darling sitting behind him, Hernandez spoke to a packed stadium like a king addressing his royal subjects. Mike Piazza, who himself has a number in the rafters, introduced Hernandez by noting that he could feel No. 8 (Gary Carter) with them as well. Saturday brought a full docket for Hernandez, whose brother, daughters, grandson and other family members were flown in by...
    On Thursday, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the All-Star Futures Game, the league’s annual showcase of its best minor league talent. Francisco Alvarez, the highly-touted catcher of the future, is the Mets’ lone representative. Alvarez, who was promoted to Triple-A earlier this week, is the Mets’ top prospect according to MLB.com, FanGraphs, and Baseball America. On MLB.com’s list, he is the second-best prospect in all of baseball. In 67 games at Double-A before his promotion, Alvarez posted a robust .277/.368/.553 slash line. He also pummeled 18 home runs at that level while drawing a walk in 12.2% of his 296 plate appearances. Alvarez, known primarily for his light-tower power, was behind the plate for Max Scherzer’s recent rehab start in Double-A. The 20-year-old drew praise from Scherzer, who said Alvarez “made some adjustments along the way” and “worked with me pretty well.” It’s certainly possible that Alvarez makes an appearance in the big leagues this season, as he’s proven to wield a beastly bat. Despite Scherzer’s comments, it is extremely unlikely that he gets any playing time at...
    New York Mets slugger Eduardo Escobar wasn’t happy with the Reds and Dauri Moreta, who threw a fastball up and in. Escobar has not been on a roll of late, and yet surprisingly has the confidence to clap back at a pitcher like Moreta. Any batter who has that kind of nerve is typically playing well, considering the circumstances — Moreta could’ve very well beaned him on the next pitch. ICYMI: Eduardo Escobar exchanged some words with Dauri Moreta ????#LGM #ATOBTTR pic.twitter.com/TEfvWuOm9Y — SportsGridRadio (@SportsGridRadio) July 7, 2022 Moreta didn’t take kindly to Escobar’s words, either, but the two dugouts never emptied, and the drama was quelled shortly thereafter. New York did respond with an offensive outburst, however. Only up by a run at that point, the Mets scored four more that inning to put the game away in the tenth. Going back to Eduardo Escobar’s anger over being thrown in on a few moments ago, that did indeed spark the #Mets offense. Hopefully they’re back on the rails here. — Michael Baron (@michaelgbaron) July 7, 2022 Mets, Eduardo...
    It was triple digits at Port St. Lucie, and we’re not talking about the temperature. Jacob deGrom returned to the mound Sunday and pitched in a professional game for the first time in 361 days. In his first rehab assignment, a nightcap for the Single-A St. Lucie Mets, deGrom struck out five of the six batters he faced. The only batter that reached was hit by a pitch. The ace was done after 1.2 innings and 24 pitches. DeGrom’s first pitch of the evening was a 100-mph fastball that went for a strike. That at-bat ended like most do when deGrom is looming 60 feet and six inches away from the batter’s box. He struck out his first two batters, and hit his third by a slider on the foot, before fanning his final hitter to strike out the side in the first inning. The two-time Cy Young award winner was on a 25-pitch limit in his first rehab start of many before he returns to the Mets. He struck out his first two batters in the second inning before...
    The Mets rotation only has to survive three more days without one of their co-aces. Max Scherzer said he will start for the Mets on Tuesday against the Reds at Cincinnati. Scherzer will come off the injured list roughly seven weeks after he sustained a left oblique strain in the middle of his May 18 start against the Cardinals at Citi Field. “I have a much better grasp of what this is,” said Scherzer of his oblique tear. “Definitely crossed that six-week timeline, so you feel a lot more confident in what you have with the injury. Now it’s starting to be in my rearview mirror. I’m able to really start getting after it here.” He is expected to throw around six innings and 90 pitches on Tuesday. Scherzer said he feels 100 percent back to normal, with no physical limitations when he plays. He threw 80 pitches and 4.2 innings on Wednesday in his second and final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. Scherzer will return to the Mets rotation before Jacob deGrom, who has been rehabbing from a stress...
    A FORMER baseball prospect has died at the age of 21 after a horror car crash this week. Darwyn Encarnacion died after the smash in Dominican Republic on Wednesday. 1Former New York Mets prospect Darwyn Encarnacion has died at the age of 21Credit: FACEBOOK He signed a minor league New York Mets contract in 2019 and played for their Dominican Summer League team. Encarnacion was driving his SUV when it fell off a bridge and into a ditch below, MLB insider report. He survived the initial impact but later died at hospital. A Mets academy executive told TMZ Sports: "He was a great human being, very disciplined, respectful and polite. "He played with us for just one year, in 2019. "He was even using his scholarship that the team gave him when he signed and was currently studying at university." Most read in SportMONEY'S MILLIONS Inside Floyd Mayweather's $450m business empire as Money targets NBA teamDAV PAIN New Orleans Saints star Marcus Davenport has finger amputated after complicationSEA R7 Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez relax on £5.5m yacht in MajorcaMAC...
    That was something to be proud of. After getting shellacked in his previous outing and feeling “beyond embarrassed” for leaving the bullpen vulnerable, Chris Bassitt pounded the Brewers through eight shutout innings in Tuesday night’s 4-0 Mets victory at Citi Field. Bassitt, an All-Star last season with the A’s, pitched to just five batters over the minimum while collecting seven strikeouts and allowing three hits. He was assisted by strong defensive plays from Brandon Nimmo in center field – including a horizontal dive on a liner to thwart a double – and was only in trouble once, when the Brewers had runners at the corners with one out in the sixth inning. Bassitt then induced his third double play of the night – a career high – and set the Brewers down in order in the seventh and eighth innings to cap his best outing of the season. He totaled 109 pitches, striking out his final batter, Jace Peterson, to a standing ovation. Bassitt’s ERA dropped from 4.35 to 3.89, six days after he allowed seven runs over 3 ½...
    Don’t look now, but we might have a race on our hands. The Mets still enter their weekend series against the Angels with a 6.5-game lead in the National League East, the largest cushion of any NL division leader. But the Phillies have rattled off seven wins in a row and are inching toward .500 again, while the Braves have done them one better. Atlanta charges into the weekend having won eight in a row to claim their spot in second place. Even the Marlins are lurking beneath the surface. Miami, sitting in fourth place, has a better run differential and record against NL East teams than the Braves. The Marlins’ 6-3 start to June has made things more interesting, and the team also has Sandy Alcantara, who’s doing his best impression of Jacob deGrom’s first half from last year. Washington’s biggest impact on the 2022 season will come at the trade deadline when they decide who to get rid of. With the teams in the Mets’ rearview mirror finally playing up to their capabilities, the division has a much...
    SAN DIEGO – Who’s on first? J.D. Davis, of course. Davis was the starting first baseman, hitting sixth, for the Mets’ series opener against the Padres on Monday at Petco Park. First baseman Pete Alonso was the designated hitter. Buck Showalter said he wanted to give Alonso a day off from being on his feet. The slugger has played in all 57 games for the Mets this season, including 42 starts at first base. “[Joey] Cora and Buck have asked me what my thoughts are on first base, and I’m a little new over there, but I said I can go over there and catch the ball and do my part,” Davis said on Monday. “I think Pete was a little heavy on the legs yesterday so he needs a day for DH. It’s my part to step in and play first base.” Davis has played 15 career games at first base, including eight starts. His most recent appearance at the corner position was in 2018 with the Astros. He walked into Petco Park about five hours before first pitch...
    A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ FALLEN ANGELS Mike Trout is mired in the worst slump of his brilliant career and the Angels are one loss from matching their longest skid in 34 years. Noah Syndergaard (4-3, 4.02 ERA) starts as Los Angeles (27-28) returns home looking to stop an 11-game slide in the opener of a four-game series against Michael Wacha (3-1, 2.43) and the Boston Red Sox, who have won four straight. Trout is hitless in his last 26 at-bats, his longest drought in the majors. “Things will start falling,” the three-time MVP said Sunday after an agonizing loss to his hometown Philadelphia Phillies. “Had some good at-bats today, just try to take it into tomorrow.” Syndergaard was knocked out in the second inning at Yankee Stadium last week, Winless since May 24, the Angels are on their longest losing streak since an 11-game slide in August 2016. They haven’t dropped 12 in a row since the last 12 games of the 1988 season under managers Cookie Rojas and Moose Stubbing, who...
    A look at what’s happening around the majors on Monday: ___ FALLEN ANGELS Mike Trout is mired in the worst slump of his brilliant career and the Angels are one loss from matching their longest skid in 34 years. Noah Syndergaard (4-3, 4.02 ERA) starts as Los Angeles (27-28) returns home looking to stop an 11-game slide in the opener of a four-game series against Michael Wacha (3-1, 2.43) and the Boston Red Sox, who have won four straight. Trout is hitless in his last 26 at-bats, his longest drought in the majors. “Things will start falling,” the three-time MVP said Sunday after an agonizing loss to his hometown Philadelphia Phillies. “Had some good at-bats today, just try to take it into tomorrow.” Syndergaard was knocked out in the second inning at Yankee Stadium last week, Winless since May 24, the Angels are on their longest losing streak since an 11-game slide in August 2016. They haven’t dropped 12 in a row since the last 12 games of the 1988 season under managers Cookie Rojas and Moose Stubbing,...