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8/20/18 Game Preview: San Francisco Giants at New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | August 20, 2018 The New York Mets (54-69) are back home after their longest road trip of the season. The trip was a big success for the Mets, who went 7-4 over the course of 11 games in 10 days and scored a pair of series victories over division rivals. The Mets will now kick off a seven game home stand tonight against the only National League team they have yet to face this season, the San Francisco Giants (61-64). First pitch for the opener of this four game set is scheduled for 7:10 pm...

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Minor League Mondays: Triple-A Has Not Been Kind To Gerson Bautista

By: Mike Phillips | August 20, 2018 When the New York Mets traded Addison Reed to the Boston Red Sox last summer for a trio of bullpen prospects, the most highly touted in the bunch was right hander Gerson Bautista. Bautista possesses an electric fastball with questionable command, but a strong start at AA Binghamton combined with injuries in the big league bullpen earned him a shot in the majors. Things didn’t work out so well there for Bautista, who pitched to a 12.46 ERA in five appearances, relegating him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Bautista’s adjustment to the hitter...

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8/19/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

By: Mike Phillips | August 19, 2018 It took a while, but the New York Mets (53-69) have finally started to support their ace. Jacob deGrom tossed a complete game yesterday to earn his third consecutive win as the Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies (68-55) 3-1. The two teams have now split the first four games of this series, with the fifth game scheduled for tonight, but it will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania as the second annual Little League Classic. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 7:08 pm from BB&T Ballpark and will be televised nationally...

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Jason Vargas Will Remain In The Rotation As Corey Oswalt Gets Bumped To Bullpen

By: Mike Phillips | August 19, 2018 The New York Mets have opted not to pursue a six man rotation at this point, which makes sense with their goal of maximizing Jacob deGrom’s starts in an effort to help him try and win a Cy Young Award. That meant either Jason Vargas or Corey Oswalt was going to draw the short straw and get demoted to the bullpen. On results alone, the choice would be clear as Oswalt (2-1, 4.26 ERA since July 1st) has been far more effective than Vargas (0-2, 6.89 ERA since July 1st). Money appears...

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Michael Conforto Finally Looks Like The Pre-Injury Version of Himself

By: Mike Phillips | August 18, 2018 The New York Mets don’t have a lot to play for in terms of wins and losses this year, so a lot of their motivation in these games is to find answers on the field. One of the biggest questions the Mets have had to face is whether or not Michael Conforto would ever be the same again after a brutal shoulder injury ended his 2017 season early. Conforto got back on the field after only a few games this year, but the effects of missing all of spring training led to...

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8/17/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

By: Mike Phillips | August 17, 2018 The New York Mets (52-68) managed to score 30 runs in their doubleheader with the Philadelphia Phillies (67-54) yesterday, but somehow walked away with just one victory. That will happen when 24 of those runs come in one game, but Steven Matz’s implosion made the six runs the Mets scored in the night cap irrelevant. The two teams have now split the first two games of this five game set, which is set to continue tonight. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 6:05 pm at Citizen’s Bank Park. Aug 16,...

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Jenrry Mejia Works Four Scoreless Innings In First Appearance Since 2015

By: Mike Phillips | August 17, 2018 A piece of news that has been lost in the New York Mets’ disastrous season is the fact that one time closer Jenrry Mejia was granted reinstatement after being banned for life for steroid use. Mejia is eligible to play in the big leagues again in 2019, so the Mets have been permitted to let him pitch in minor league games this year in order to get into shape for spring training. The first of those appearances came this week for the Mets’ Dominican Summer League affiliate, where Mejia worked four scoreless...

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8/16/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

By: Mike Phillips | August 16, 2018 The New York Mets (52-67) will get a chance to keep rolling against the Philadelphia Phillies (66-54) quickly. After exploding for 24 runs in the opening game of the doubleheader earlier this afternoon, the Mets will have a chance to go for the sweep in Game 2 with the Phillies. First pitch for tonight’s game is coming soon at Citizen’s Bank Park. Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) hits a grand slam in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards....

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David Wright Set To Play For The Fourth Time in Five Days Tonight

By: Mike Phillips | August 16, 2018 Slowly but surely, it looks like the New York Mets may get their captain back at some point this season. Third baseman David Wright is going to continue his rehab assignment tonight with High-A St. Lucie, playing for the fourth time in the past five days. Wright, who started at third base and played seven innings last night, is 0 for 7 with a pair of walks over his first three rehab games. Tonight could be an important milestone for Wright, who made it through only 10 at bats in his comeback...

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8/15/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles

By: Mike Phillips | August 15, 2018 The New York Mets (50-67) finally got a quality start out of Jason Vargas last night, but it still wasn’t enough to defeat the worst team in baseball. The bullpen, led by Bobby Wahl and Paul Sewald, gave up four runs in two innings to let the Baltimore Orioles (36-84) defeat the Mets 6-3. The Mets will now look to salvage a series split as they wrap up their two game set with the O’s tonight. First pitch for today’s game is scheduled for 7:05 pm from Camden Yards. Aug 14, 2018;...

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New York Mets Planning On Using Jay Bruce At First Base When He Returns From Disabled List

By: Mike Phillips | August 15, 2018 A potential key piece to the New York Mets’ plans in 2019 is on the comeback trail. Outfielder Jay Bruce, who has been out since the middle of June with hip and back problems, began a rehab assignment last night by going 0 for 2 with a walk in five innings for St. Lucie last night. Bruce started in right field in the contest, but is scheduled to play first base there today as part of a plan to get him at bats there at the big league level, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo...

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8/14/18 Game Preview: New York Mets at Baltimore Orioles

By: Mike Phillips | August 14, 2018 The New York Mets (50-66) have been respectable since the All Star Break, going an even 11-11 since coming back to start the second half. That run of solid play continued last night, when the Mets defeated the New York Yankees 8-5 to secure a season split in the Subway Series. The Mets are now 3-1 on their 11 game road trip, which makes its third stop today for another interleague matchup with the Baltimore Orioles (35-84). First pitch for the opener of the brief two game series is scheduled for 7:05...

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Jacob deGrom Now Has Two Straight Wins In His Push For A Cy Young Award

By: Mike Phillips | August 14, 2018 In what can qualify as an absolute rarity for the New York Mets, they have won two consecutive games that ace Jacob deGrom has started. deGrom has been magnificent this year, leading baseball with a 1.81 ERA and recording 16 consecutive quality starts. The problems for deGrom have been a lack of run support, poor defense behind him, or the bullpen blowing leads after deGrom left the game. All of that has left deGrom with only a 7-7 record despite his brilliance over the course of 24 starts, which could hurt his...

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