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8/18/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

By: Mike Phillips | August 18, 2019 It felt like pulling teeth at times, but the New York Mets (63-60) picked up a big win last night. Tied 1-1 in the seventh inning, Pete Alonso came through with a big two run single to help the Mets top the struggling Kansas City Royals (44-79) 4-1. The win evened up the series, and both teams will look to secure the rubber game this afternoon. First pitch for the contest is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Aug 17, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete...

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Juan Lagares is heating up at the right time for the New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | August 18, 2019 When Jeff McNeil went down with an injury, it appeared to create a big problem for the New York Mets’ offense. McNeil is contending for the batting title, and his ability to play the outfield on a regular basis allowed the Mets to avoid using Juan Lagares out there as more than a defensive replacement. Lagares has struggled for most of the season at the plate, hitting just .180 entering this road trip, but the injury to McNeil has forced him into an every day role. Fortunately for the Mets, Lagares’ bat...

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8/17/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

By: Mike Phillips | August 17, 2019 The New York Mets (62-60) looked flat last night and it cost them dearly. After arriving late from Atlanta after scoring 10 runs and pounding out 23 hits, the Mets mustered just a run on eight hits in a 4-1 loss to the woeful Kansas City Royals (44-78). The Mets will look to even their series with the Royals tonight, with first pitch for today’s game scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Aug 16, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets designated hitter Todd Frazier (21) hits a single against...

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Edwin Diaz isn't being put in positions to succeed

By: Mike Phillips | August 17, 2019 The New York Mets have to get Edwin Diaz right if they have any hope of making something happen down the stretch, but they aren’t exactly doing a good job of fixing their broken closer. Diaz was asked to handle an impossible situation last night, entering down a run with the bases loaded and no one out in the eighth inning. Things turned out poorly as expected, with Diaz giving up two runs (including a walk to force in one of them) and nearly giving up four more when a potential grand...

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8/16/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Kansas City Royals

By: Mike Phillips | August 16, 2019 The New York Mets (62-59) got a win they desperately needed last night, topping the Atlanta Braves 10-8 in a game that turned from a blowout into a nail biter late. Despite hanging on for dear life, the Mets were able to snap a three game losing skid and gain a game on two teams in the National League’s crowded wild card picture. The Mets will look to build on the momentum of that win when they continue their road trip with a visit to one of the American League’s worst teams,...

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Amed Rosario continues to shine for the New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | August 16, 2019 The biggest star of the New York Mets’ big win last night was Pete Alonso, who had a career night. Alonso had five hits, including a big three run homer, and drove in six runs to help the Mets top the Atlanta Braves 10-8. Lost in the shuffle of Alonso’s brilliance was the fact that one of his teammates also picked up five hits on the night. Shortstop Amed Rosario, who has been elevated to the leadoff spot with Jeff McNeil on the injured list, went 5 for 6 and scored four...

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8/15/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

By: Mike Phillips | August 15, 2019 After riding high for a while, the New York Mets (61-59) are starting to skid. After Mickey Callaway’s controversial choice to pull Steven Matz after 79 pitches last night blew up, the Mets fell to the Atlanta Braves (72-50) to drop their third straight game and lose their first series in three weeks. The Mets will look to avoid a sweep and salvage the series finale tonight, with first pitch for the contest scheduled for 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Matt Joyce...

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Mickey Callaway has to do a better job if the New York Mets want to complete their comeback

By: Mike Phillips | August 15, 2019 The New York Mets have been hot for a little while, but there is a bit of a black cloud hanging over them in the form of manager Mickey Callaway’s decision making. Callaway raised eyebrows last night when he opted to pull Steven Matz, who had retired 14 straight batters and tossed only 79 pitches, in the bottom of the seventh inning despite letting him hit in the top of the frame. Seth Lugo, the Mets’ most dependable reliever to date, had a rare implosion and the team couldn’t recover in a...

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8/13/19 Game Preview: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

By: Mike Phillips | August 13, 2019 The New York Mets (61-57) have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. After going 6-1 on their last homestand, the Mets have closed to within just a game of a playoff spot, but they clearly have their sights set higher. The Mets believe they have a shot at the National League East title, and in order to do that they need to start taking advantage of their remaining matchups with the Atlanta Braves (70-50), who enter the day eight games ahead of the Mets in the division standings. The two...

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Could the New York Mets still make a run at the NL East crown?

By: Mike Phillips | August 13, 2019 The New York Mets’ hot run of baseball has gotten them into prime position to make a run at a playoff spot. After wrapping up their 6-1 homestand, the Mets have 21 of their last 28 games and closed to within a game of a Wild Card spot. While that is a fantastic development for the Mets, a Wild Card spot guarantees only a one game shot at the playoffs, and they saw how wrong it can go back in 2016. A truly miraculous run would see the Mets come all the...

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Brandon Nimmo could be on his way back to the New York Mets

By: Mike Phillips | August 12, 2019 The New York Mets have done an admirable job playing themselves back into playoff contention, but they do have a few issues. The team’s bench is a bit thin after a run of injuries in recent weeks, with one of the most problematic areas being center field. The Mets have had to choose whether to prioritize offense or defense out there, with neither Juan Lagares or Aaron Altherr offering much offensively. The best case scenario for the Mets would be to get Brandon Nimmo back, and it appears that could be a...

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New York Mets officially announce their 2020 schedule

By: Mike Phillips | August 12, 2019 The New York Mets still have a lot to play for in 2019, but it’s never too early to look ahead to next season. Major League Baseball has officially revealed its 2020 schedules today, and the Mets were among the many teams to share theirs on social media. Here’s a look at the full slate courtesy of the Mets’ Twitter account. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s take a look at some highlights: The Mets open the season on Thursday, March 26, at home against the Washington Nationals. The opening...

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Minor League Mondays: Francisco Alvarez is destroying the baseball

By: Mike Phillips | August 12, 2019 The New York Mets have made a more concerted effort to invest in the international free agent market over the past several years. Since Omar Minaya returned to the organization, the Mets have done a better job identifying amateur talent in the international market, which is a great way to replenish a weak farm system. One of the Mets’ biggest impact additions has been catcher Francisco Alvarez, who has been killing the baseball in his first year as a pro, making him the focus of this week’s edition of Minor League Mondays....

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