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6/15/19 Game Preview: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 15, 2019 Things are starting to go off the rails again for the New York Mets (33-36), who found a way to lose twice in one day without playing a doubleheader yesterday. After dropping the end of a suspended game against the St. Louis Cardinals (35-33), the Mets watched Jeurys Familia implode for four runs in the eighth inning of a 9-5 loss. The Mets have now dropped the first two games of this series and will look to get on the board tonight. First pitch for the contest is scheduled for 7:10 p.m....

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New York Mets sign first round pick Brett Baty

By: Mike Phillips | June 15, 2019 The New York Mets may not be doing well at the big league level, but they have had a bit more success with this year’s draft class. The organization has been locking up a ton of their top picks, and they just signed their top choice, prep third baseman Brett Baty. Baty signed for a signing bonus of $3.9 million, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports, which is about $400,000 below the pick’s slot value. More Brett Baty news: His signing bonus is $3.9 million, a source says. That’s $466,600 below slot, nearly another...

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6/14/19 Game Preview: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 14, 2019 This will be a bit of a different game preview today. The New York Mets (33-34) could have won a game with the St. Louis Cardinals (33-33) last night, but things took a turn when the umpires decided to give in to the Mets’ pleas to finish the game in a down pour. That choice backfired spectacularly as Edwin Diaz blew the save in the top of the ninth, with the rain coming down so hard that the game had to be suspended. Instead of having a win on the board and...

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Jed Lowrie still isn't close to coming back to New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 14, 2019 The Jed Lowrie situation is becoming even more ridiculous for the New York Mets. The Mets signed Lowrie back in January to a two year, $20 million deal to give themselves depth and a proven switch hitter at the top of the lineup, a move that looked very smart at the time. The problem is that Lowrie has yet to play a game for the big league club, injuring his knee in spring training and then hurting his hamstring while rehabbing the knee injury. It’s been a few weeks since Lowrie played,...

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6/13/19 Game Preview: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 13, 2019 The New York Mets (33-34) had a one day road trip to the Bronx this week and it was relatively successful. After splitting a doubleheader with the New York Yankees, the Mets are back home again and just a game under the .500 mark. The Mets will be looking to get back to the break even point tonight, when they kick off a four game set with the St. Louis Cardinals (33-32). First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New...

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New York Mets may not be getting a ton of All Stars this year

By: Mike Phillips | June 13, 2019 The All Star game is less than a month away, and its as good a time as any to speculate on how many representatives the New York Mets will be sending to Cleveland next month. Ace Jacob deGrom was the Mets’ lone All Star a year ago, and he would have likely started the game if it was anywhere except Washington. The Mets haven’t exactly set the world on fire this year, entering play today a game under .500, and their lack of consistency will likely limit the amount of All Stars...

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Anthony Kay is just a step away from the majors after AAA promotion

By: Mike Phillips | June 12, 2019 The New York Mets could use some insurance in terms of their pitching depth, and their top pitching prospect is now just one step away from the majors. Lefty Anthony Kay, who was the Mets’ second first round pick in 2016 as compensation for losing Daniel Murphy in free agency, was bumped up to AAA Syracuse over the weekend. Prior to the call, Kay had spent the start of the year with AA Binghamton, where he dominated to the tune of a 7-3 record with a 1.49 ERA in 12 starts for...

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Zack Wheeler's year has been really strange for the New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 12, 2019 If you look at the numbers, Zack Wheeler is having a really bad year for the New York Mets. Over his first 14 starts, Wheeler is 5-4 with a 4.87 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, with both ratios taking bit hits after he was battered by the New York Yankees yesterday. While the numbers say that Wheeler has been pretty bad for the Mets, it doesn’t always feel like that he has been as poor as his statistics indicate. Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Zack Wheeler (45)...

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6/11/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at New York Yankees, Game 2

By: Mike Phillips | June 11, 2019 After dropping the opener of the Subway Series 12-5, the New York Mets (32-34) will have to hope the old adage about doubleheaders holds true. There is a belief in baseball that sweeping doubleheaders is very difficult, so the Mets have to hope that the New York Yankees (41-24) don’t pull off that feat tonight. First pitch for the night cap of the twin bill is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela (29) is tagged out at third...

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Zack Wheeler delivers stinker as Mets drop Subway Series opener

By: Mike Phillips | June 11, 2019 Inconsistency has been a big problem in Zack Wheeler’s career, and it reared its ugly head again today for the New York Mets. The Mets (32-34) staked Wheeler to a 4-1 lead in the third inning, but Wheeler (L, 5-4) proceeded to give it all back and then some. The New York Yankees (41-24) ripped off eight unanswered runs en route to a 12-5 win over the Mets in the opener of the doubleheader. Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Luke Voit (45) rounds the bases after...

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6/11/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at New York Yankees, Game 1

By: Mike Phillips | June 11, 2019 After Mother Nature wiped out the first game of the Bronx half of the 2019 Subway Series, the New York Mets (32-33) are in for a long day of baseball today. Thanks to a very inconvenient schedule and high school games scheduled at Yankee Stadium tomorrow, the Mets and New York Yankees (40-24) will play a split doubleheader to get the games in. First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. Jun 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria (11)...

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6/10/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at New York Yankees

By: Mike Phillips | June 10, 2019 A return home was exactly what the doctor ordered for the New York Mets (32-33), who began a rough stretch of the schedule by going 4-2. The Mets have played well at home this season but struggled mightily away from Citi Field, going just 13-22 in road games. The schedule has the Mets on the road again today, but they won’t have to travel far, simply taking a bus out to the Bronx for a two game series against their cross town rivals, the New York Yankees (40-24). First pitch for the...

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Minor League Mondays: Mark Vientos could be long term option for New York Mets at third

By: Mike Phillips | June 10, 2019 The New York Mets’ upper level farm system has some talent in it, but the majority of the team’s best prospects are in the lower levels of minor league baseball. One affiliate that is particularly stacked is the Columbia Fireflies, who we have already checked in on once this season with a look at shortstop Ronny Mauricio. We’ll take our second trip to South Carolina this week with a look at Fireflies’ third baseman Mark Vientos, who is the focus of this week’s edition of Minor League Mondays. Vientos, the Mets’ second...

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What is the New York Mets' best way to utilize Dominic Smith?

By: Mike Phillips | June 9, 2019 When the New York Mets went to spring training this year, Dominic Smith was pretty much an afterthought. After getting shuttled between first base and left field in a disappointing 2018, Mets’ fans had no expectations for Smith, instead waiting to see Pete Alonso become the first baseman of the future. Alonso has certainly lived up to the hype, threatening to obliterate several franchise single season home run records this year, but Smith has also been a standout performer in his limited opportunities. All of that success has left the Mets with...

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6/9/19 Game Preview: Colorado Rockies at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | June 9, 2019 The New York Mets (31-33) had a very nice bounce back effort yesterday. After dropping the opener of their weekend series with the Colorado Rockies (33-30), the Mets got some timely home runs and a good pitching performance from Steven Matz to secure a 5-3 victory last night. The two teams have now split the first two games of the series and will look to secure the rubber game this afternoon. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA;...

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