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Author: Mike Phillips

9/25/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

The inevitable elimination of the New York Mets (73-80) from playoff contention could come at any moment. The Mets lost for the 11th time in their last 14 games last night, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers (92-62) 5-1 to continue their winless start to this road trip. Any one of three results can officially eliminate the Mets today, but they would prefer to not have it be by their own hand, so a win over the Brewers would be a good morale booster. First pitch for the middle game of this series is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at American...

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9/24/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers

There are 10 games left in the regular season and the New York Mets (73-79) are essentially playing out the string. The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games to reduce their playoff hopes to a mere fraction but there is still something to be said for finishing the year on a strong note. Next up for the Mets is the second stop on their five-game road trip, which concludes with a weekend series against the postseason-bound Milwaukee Brewers (91-62). First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. at American Family Field. Right-hander Tylor Megill...

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9/22/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Boston Red Sox

The dim playoff hopes that the New York Mets (73-78) are holding got even dimmer last night. The Mets fell 6-3 to the Boston Red Sox (87-65) last night to reduce their postseason odds to just 0.1 percent, meaning they are far closer to mathematical elimination than making any kind of late push. The task for tonight is to try and win in order to keep hope alive and salvage a split against the Red Sox tonight. First pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park. Right-hander Taijuan Walker (7-10, 4.27 ERA) is set to...

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9/21/21 Game Preview: New York Mets at Boston Red Sox

The regular season is winding down and the New York Mets (73-77) have slim playoff hopes. The Mets did good work to snap a five-game losing streak on Sunday by picking up a win over the Philadelphia Phillies but they will have to essentially run the table to have a shot at making the postseason. That work will have to continue today as the Mets open up a five-game road trip against the AL Wild Card leading Boston Red Sox (86-65). First pitch for the opener of this two-game set is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park. Right-hander...

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Minor League Mondays: Carlos Rincon finishes the year strong in Binghamton

Sometimes Major League Baseball teams can find diamonds in the rough by making minor trades. The New York Mets hope they have a diamond on their hands in outfielder Carlos Rincon, who they acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Billy McKinney after they designated the latter for assignment this summer. Rincon, 23, finished this year out with AA Binghamton and is the focus of this week’s edition of Minor League Mondays. The Dodgers gave Rincon a $350,000 signing bonus when they signed him as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2016....

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9/19/21 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

A week of wasted opportunities has all but buried the New York Mets (72-77) in the playoff race. The Mets have dropped five straight games against playoff contenders, including the first two of their series against the Philadelphia Phillies (76-72), which have reduced their playoff odds to just 0.4 percent. Right now the best the Mets can hope for is to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Phillies tonight. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. and will be televised nationally as part of ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball package. Left-hander Rich Hill (6-7, 3.88...

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9/18/21 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

The season has been unraveling for the New York Mets (72-76) for a while now. The Mets dropped their fourth straight game last night, falling by a run to the Philadelphia Phillies (75-72), moving one step closer to nailing the coffin shut on their playoff hopes. The tone inside the locker room hasn’t changed as the Mets continue to insist they believe they can do the near-impossible but they will need to start stacking up wins sooner rather than later. The Mets will have to do that by evening their series with the Phillies tonight. First pitch for today’s...

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