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6/18/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Colorado Rockies

By: Mike Phillips | June 18, 2018 For only the second time since mid-April, the New York Mets (30-38) are on a winning streak. The Mets picked up their second straight victory with a ninth inning rally over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday thanks to some heroics from Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera. Those two wins appear to have stopped the bleeding for the Mets, who will look to pick up their third  in a row tonight when they continue their road trip against the scuffling Colorado Rockies (34-37). First pitch for the opener of this four game series is...

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Minor League Mondays: Drew Smith Could Provide A Boost To New York Mets' Bullpen

By: Mike Phillips | June 18, 2018 Last summer, New York Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson followed a very specific strategy when it came time to deal off his veterans on expiring contracts. Alderson targeted minor league relief pitchers in an effort to acquire cheap power arms for his bullpen, and that experiment has provided mix results so far. Of the seven arms the Mets acquired, three have reached the majors so far, with only Jacob Rhame spending any regular time in the bullpen. That could change soon as righty Drew Smith is making a strong bid to get...

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6/17/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks

By: Mike Phillips | June 17, 2018 For only the second time in June, the New York Mets (29-38) won a baseball game last night. The Mets rode an early three run homer from Michael Conforto and a strong start from Steven Matz to a 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks (39-31) to snap a four game losing skid. The Diamondbacks have won the first two games of the four game series, so the best the Mets can do is salvage a series split this afternoon. First pitch for today’s Father’s Day affair is scheduled for 4:10 pm at...

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Report: Yoenis Cespedes Received No Trade Clause From New York Mets Due To Serious Offer From Houston Astros

By: Mike Phillips | June 17, 2018 Its fair to say that Yoenis Cespedes’ second contract with the New York Mets has been a disaster so far. After posting strong statistical seasons in 2015 and 2016, the only two years in the last 12 that the Mets have reached the postseason, the team re-signed Cespedes to a four year contract worth $110 million. That deal also contained a no-trade clause, which assured that Cespedes would spend the next four years of his career in Queens. That clause turned out to be necessary because Cespedes was weighing a serious offer...

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6/16/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks

By: Mike Phillips | June 16, 2018 It seems like everything is going wrong for the New York Mets (28-38) of late, who finally fell 10 games below .500 last night after losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks (39-30). The Mets were 11-1 only two months earlier, meaning that they have played 20 games under .500 since then, a historically quick first to worst. Things have gotten very bad of late, with the Mets dropping 12 of their last 13 games dating back to May 31st, when manager Mickey Callaway said they had already hit rock bottom. The free fall...

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The Fallacy of “Fixing The Farm System” By Trading Jacob deGrom

By: Mike Phillips | June 16, 2018 Yes, this is another post about the idea of the New York Mets trading Jacob deGrom. This idea has continued to gain traction in the mainstream media as the Mets’ season spirals down the drain, especially with the team going 17-37 since their 11-1 start. The Mets are now 10 games under .500, and with few top prospects in the farm system there isn’t an immediate fix to the team’s many problems. This has led to the idea of trading deGrom, who is about to turn 30 and is pitching at an...

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6/15/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks

By: Mike Phillips | June 15, 2018 There isn’t much to say about the New York Mets (28-37) these days. The script for most of their games is pretty much the same: anemic offense (three runs, all courtesy of solo homers), a decent starting pitching performance (three runs in five innings for Jason Vargas), and lousy bullpen work (three runs allowed in four innings) leading to a loss. Last night’s 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-30) was the Mets’ 11th in their past 12 games, and they could fall 10 games below .500 for the...

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Jerry Blevins' Down Year Is A Big Part of the New York Mets' Bullpen Struggles

By: Mike Phillips | June 15, 2018 While everyone on the planet knows that the New York Mets can’t hit to save their lives right now, not everyone is as aware of the bullpen’s current struggles. After emerging as one of the best units in baseball over the first few weeks of the season, Mets’ relievers have been remarkably bad, entering play today with an ERA of 4.58 (which is the sixth worst mark in baseball). A big part of the failure has been a shockingly bad year for one of the group’s most reliable members, lefty Jerry Blevins....

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6/14/18 Game Preview: New York Mets At Arizona Diamondbacks

By: Mike Phillips | June 14, 2018 In what has become the typical story for a day ending in Y this year, the New York Mets (28-36) wasted a brilliant pitching performance yesterday. Jacob deGrom continues to pitch his heart out for the Mets, this time allowing only one run in seven innings of work, but the offense recorded only two hits in a 2-0 loss against the Atlanta Braves. The Mets have now dropped 10 out of their last 11 games and are hitting .137 for the month of June, and things could get ugly as they continue...

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Is There A Chance Mickey Callaway Could Be One And Done With New York Mets?

When he was hired this winter, everyone was praising the New York Mets for  tabbing former Cleveland Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager. Callaway drew acclaim for his masterful handling of the Indians’ pitching staff and the Mets were lauded for thinking outside the box to hire a former pitching coach to fix their young pitching staff. The early returns were great for Callaway, who seemed to push all the right buttons during the Mets’ 11-1 start. Everything has gone wrong since then, with the Mets going 17-35 over their next 52 games, and a once...

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6/13/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

By: Mike Phillips | June 13, 2018 The New York Mets (28-35) went back to their losing ways yesterday, starting their road trip with an 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves (38-28). Zack Wheeler ran out of gas in the sixth inning, but the Mets left him out there to protect their bullpen, and the result was a five run inning that put the game out of reach. The Mets will now look to avoid getting swept as they wrap up their brief two game series with the Braves this afternoon. First pitch for the matinee affair is scheduled...

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Sandy Alderson Offers A Relatively Bleak Outlook On New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 13, 2018 Prior to yesterday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson hopped on a conference call to update the beat reporters on the state of the team. The picture Alderson painted wasn’t very pretty, as most of the injury updates he provided were negative. Here’s a quick recap of what Alderson laid out yesterday (check out MetsBlog for more details on each story): Nov 8, 2016; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson during the MLB general managers meeting at the Omni Scottsdale Resort. Mandatory...

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6/12/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

By: Mike Phillips | June 12, 2018 The New York Mets (28-34) finally managed to stop the bleeding on Sunday night, recording a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees to snap an eight game losing streak. The win also helped the Mets avoid getting swept on a nine game home stand, which would have added more embarrassment to an already putrid two months of play. The Mets are still in deep trouble, and their quest to get back in the playoff hunt won’t get any easier as they begin  a ten game road trip tonight. Their first stop...

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Is Seth Lugo More Valuable As A Starter Or Reliever For New York Mets?

By: Mike Phillips | June 12, 2018 There aren’t many players performing very well for the New York Mets of late, but right hander Seth Lugo is a notable exception. Lugo has been outstanding for the Mets this season, going 2-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 45.2 innings pitched. The majority of that work has come out of the bullpen, where Lugo spent the first two months of the season after a rainout cost him a chance in the rotation. Lugo finally got his chance to start when Noah Syndergaard went on the disabled list and has run with...

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Minor League Mondays: Dominic Smith Gets His Second Chance At The First Base Job

By: Mike Phillips | June 11, 2018 With the New York Mets’ offense at a point where they have to draw blood with a stone to score runs, a lot of jobs should be on the line. One easy place to look for an upgrade is at first base, where Adrian Gonzalez has struggled mightily over the past month. Entering last night’s game, Gonzalez was batting just .234 with one homer in the last month with an OPS of .592, numbers that got him cut after the Mets’ 2-0 win. Gonzalez was brought in to keep the seat warm...

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