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4/19/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

The New York Mets (13-4) may have lost their first series of the season, but they still found a way to keep their positive momentum going. A nine run eighth inning helped the Mets salvage the finale of their series with the Washington Nationals and put the league on notice that they won’t go quietly this season. The Mets have now won four of six games with their biggest competition in the National League East and will look to ride the good vibes from that comeback into this 10 game road trip. First up will be a four game...

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The New York Mets Changed The Narrative In The Eighth Inning Last Night

By: Mike Phillips | April 19, 2018 The New York Mets and their fans have been down this road many times before. The team has gotten off to hot starts and teased the fan base with its potential before injuries or poor play brought them back to Earth. After an eighth inning meltdown against the Washington Nationals on Monday, hardened fans braced themselves to get swept and have their hopes let down yet again. The Nationals picked up a win Tuesday and held a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning last night, setting the stage for more disappointment and...

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4/18/18 Game Preview: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | April 18, 2018 The New York Mets (12-4) have hit their first losing skid of the season, dropping their second game in a row to the Washington Nationals (9-9) last night. The game was more of a traditional loss than Monday’s as the Mets simply couldn’t capitalize on numerous opportunities with runners in scoring position. While the Mets have missed a chance to put the Nationals in a big hole in the standings, they can salvage the series finale with a win tonight. First pitch for the last game of the series is scheduled for...

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New York Mets Need To Find A Way To Control The Opponents' Running Game

By: Mike Phillips | April 18, 2018 The New York Mets’ catching situation has been a problem for the team due to injury. While most have been concerned about how much offense the Mets will get from the position with Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido filling in for the injured Kevin Plawecki, the bigger problem has been defense at the position. More specifically, the group’s unit has had difficulty throwing out base runners at an alarming rate, leading to opportunities for extra runs for the opposition. Apr 17, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Moises...

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4/17/18 Game Preview: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | April 17, 2018 It was a party for the first seven innings last night for the New York Mets (12-3), who jumped out to a 6-1 lead over the Washington Nationals (8-9). Jacob deGrom was cruising, becoming the first Mets’ starter to work into the eighth inning, but ran out of gas after recording an out. Mickey Callaway went to the bullpen, and what followed was an absolute horror show. The Nationals scored seven unanswered runs, including six in the eighth, to stun the Mets 8-6 and draw first blood in this three game set....

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Bullpen Meltdown Shouldn't Ruin New York Mets' Hot Start

By: Mike Phillips | April 17, 2018 In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, the New York Mets had an ugly loss last night. Leading the Washington Nationals 6-1 with one out in the eighth inning, the Mets’ previously dominant bullpen coughed it up in horrendous fashion. Seth Lugo, Jerry Blevins, A.J. Ramos, and Jeurys Familia combined to give up six runs in the frame, allowing the Nationals to steal a win in a game the Mets were dominating (partial credit also goes to Hansel Robles, who came on for the ninth and...

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4/16/18 Game Preview: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | April 16, 2018 Even though they left a small army on the basepaths yesterday, the New York Mets (12-2) found a way to win. Wilmer Flores played the role of hero, launching a walk off homer to help the Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2. The win gave the Mets five consecutive series victories to start the season, the first time in franchise history they have done that. The Mets now are staring at a tremendous opportunity to put even more distance between themselves and the struggling Washington Nationals (7-9) in the National League East...

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Minor League Mondays: Justin Dunn Off To Fast Start For St. Lucie

By: Mike Phillips | April 16, 2018 The New York Mets’ farm system received a lot of grief in the offseason, even from the front office. General Manager Sandy Alderson made it clear that he preferred to sign free agents rather than trade for players because the Mets simply didn’t have the high level prospects teams look for in deals. Alderson clarified his remarks later in the winter, indicating that the Mets do have talent teams want but a lot of it is based in the lower levels of the minor leagues. That’s certainly the case on the pitching...

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Matt Harvey Hasn't Been Very Efficient For A While

By: Mike Phillips | April 15, 2018 Matt Harvey didn’t look good for the New York Mets last night, giving up four runs on eight hits, including a pair of home runs in five innings of work. This marks the third consecutive start that Harvey has gone only five innings for the Mets, but this is hardly a new trend. Dating back to last season, Harvey has gone five innings or fewer in each of his last 11 starts, which has tied a franchise record for the longest stretch of a starter failing to record an out in the...

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4/14/18 Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | April 14, 2018 The New York Mets (11-1) are living very good right now. Despite losing their top two catchers to injury on the same day, the Mets keep rolling through the early season, picking up their ninth straight victory over the Milwaukee Brewers (7-7). The game was a close one, as most of the games during the winning streak have been, but the Mets simply found a way to get the job done again. The Mets will look to run that streak up to 10 as they continue their series with the Brewers tonight....

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Kevin Plawecki Injury Changes The New York Mets' Equation At Catcher

By: Mike Phillips | April 14, 2018 The New York Mets’ good injury luck didn’t last too long after all. Just a day after announcing that X-Rays on Kevin Plawecki’s left hand came back negative, further tests revealed a hairline fracture in the hand. Plawecki doesn’t need surgery, which is a positive development since that would have sidelined him for several months, but the Mets will still be without his services for 3-4 weeks. The Mets are already without Travis d’Arnaud for the remainder of the season after he opted to undergo Tommy John surgery, so the team’s current...

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4/13/18 Game Preview: Milwaukee Brewers at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | April 13, 2018 A lot has changed for the New York Mets (10-1) since the last time they were home. The Mets’ last home game came on April 4th, when they beat the Phillies in a game that wasn’t even available on television. That was the Mets’ second win in a row, and they have tacked on six more since then to claim the best record in the league. The Mets return home to some warm weather and a 3.5 game lead in the National League East, and the winning streak will be on the...

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10-1 New York Mets Might Get Even Better

By: Mike Phillips | April 13, 2018 In case you’ve been living under a rock, the New York Mets are off to the best start in baseball. The Mets are 10-1 and riding an eight game winning streak, shocking many throughout the country who assumed the National League East was Washington’s to lose. The Nationals are not only off to a slow start, going 6-6 over their first 12 games, but they trail the Mets by 4.5 games in the standings and were swept by them (at home no less) last week. Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New...

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