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New York Mets Squeak Out Late Win Over Los Angeles Dodgers

July 4th, 2015 at 8:03 AM
By Mike Phillips

Los Angeles-Things weren't looking good for the New York Mets' offense heading into this series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers had ace Clayton Kershaw on the bump, riding a personal three game losing streak, so the motivation to snap that skid was very high. Fortunately for the Mets, they were able to squeak a run off Kershaw and get him out of the game eventually. Working against the Dodgers' bullpen, Kevin Plawecki hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to give the Mets (41-40) a 2-1 win over the Dodgers (45-36).

The Dodgers got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Adrian Gonzalez launched a solo homer (14) to center off Mets' starter Noah Syndergaard. The Mets evened it up in the top of the fourth on an RBI single from Wilmer Flores. That would be all the damage either starter would allow. Syndergaard lasted six innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking two and striking out six. Kershaw lasted seven innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out seven.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers

July 3rd, 2015 at 9:00 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets' (40-40) offense has disappeared at the worst possible time. Over their last 29 innings, the Mets have scored exactly one run, so it is no surprise they were swept by the Chicago Cubs. Things won't get any easier as the Mets head on the road, where they have an 11-26 mark this season, to take on the National League West leading Los Angeles Dodgers (45-35). First pitch for tonight's game at Dodger Stadium is scheduled for 10:10 pm.

The Dodgers have led the NL West for most of the season and currently lead the San Francisco Giants by three games for first place. The key to the Dodgers' success has been a superb pitching staff, which has allowed the second fewest runs in the National League. Their staff is headlined by a pair of aces, the reigning NL Cy Young and MVP winner Clayton Kershaw (5-6, 3.20 ERA) and Zack Greinke (6-2, 1.58 ERA). Unfortunately for the scuffling Mets' offense, they will both take the mound in this series. The Dodgers' offense has withstood some key injuries thanks to strong performances from Rookie of the Year candidate Joc Pederson (team high 20 homers), first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (.293, 13 HR's, 48 RBI's), and former Met Justin Turner (.314, 11, 37).

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New York Mets’ Flight Makes Emergency Stop in Detroit After Howie Rose Falls Ill

July 3rd, 2015 at 3:50 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets' flight from New York to Los Angeles last night was forced to make an emergency landing in Detroit. The reason for the emergency landing was that Howie Rose, the radio play by play voice of the Mets, fell ill on the flight. The plane was diverted to Detroit so that Rose could see a physician, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

Rose's condition was not life threatening, but doctors recommended that he stay home considering the amount of travel left on the trip. As a result, Rose has flown back home to New York and will miss the Mets' upcoming road trip to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Mets' flight was diverted into Detroit for just over an hour before they resumed the flight to Los Angeles.

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Mets 101 Met of the Month, June 2015: Jacob DeGrom

July 3rd, 2015 at 10:02 AM
By Mike Phillips

Unlike in April and May, there wasn't much competition for the Met of the Month Award in June. The offense's nose dive into oblivion forced us to disqualify anyone from that side of the ball, so Curtis Granderson's hot finish to June didn't factor into our decision. The pitchers fared much better in June than Mets' hitters did, but thanks to that woeful offense far too many of them received tough luck losses. One pitcher, however, really shone and cemented his case for a bid to the 2015 All Star Game in the process. It should come as no surprise, then, that Jacob deGrom will take home our Met of the Month Award for June.

In five June starts, deGrom went 3-1 with an outstanding 1.21 ERA. deGrom also demonstrated pinpoint control throughout the month, striking out 37 batters in 37.1 innings pitched while walking only five. In all five of his June starts, deGrom went seven innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer. Thanks to the Mets' lack of offense, deGrom got stuck with a loss in one and a tough no decision in the other one. deGrom did, however, pitch good enough to win all five starts and lowered his ERA from 2.71 to 2.15 in the process. Thanks to this tremendous stretch, deGrom has become the Mets' leading candidate to appear in the All Star Game.

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David Wright May Be Cleared for Baseball Activities Next Week

July 2nd, 2015 at 8:53 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have only had David Wright in their lineup for eight games this season. Wright's absence has been felt severely by the offense this season, which ranks as the second worst in the major leagues in terms of batting average. The Mets have had no timetable for Wright's return for weeks now since his diagnosis of spinal stenosis. That may change soon.

Wright may be cleared for baseball activities this coming week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. The activities will be light, just fielding and running, and could begin as soon as Monday if Wright is cleared by Dr. Robert Watkins and Mets' doctors. Manager Terry Collins told reporters prior to yesterday's game with the Chicago Cubs that he had a very good talk with Wright, who was feeling upbeat and better than he was in weeks.

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