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Four years ago, before he matured into one of the best catchers in baseball, Jonathan Lucroy was languishing as a rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers.
At age 24, he had been promoted on his reputation as a hit-first catching prospect. But he quickly fell into a familiar trap. He threw himself into learning the nuances of handling a pitching staff, a catcher’s most important job, even at the...Read more »
Giants manager Bruce Bochy told KNBR radio he thought that Zack Wheeler’s plunking of Hunter Pence on Sunday appeared to be a “cheap shot.” But the Mets righthander called the notion of any intent behind the pitch “just dumb.”“They were up 3-2 in the third and I obviously didn't have my stuff,” Wheeler told Newsday. “That's the last thing I would want to do is hit him right there and put him on...Read more »
The Mets begin a three-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Brewers lead the AL Central by five games over the Cardinals and have the second-best record in the National League. The Mets enter play five and a half games back of Atlanta and Washington, which are tied for the NL East lead.
Here’s what to watch for in this series:
OPPOSING PITCHER SCOUTING REPORT
GAME...Read more »
SAN FRANCISCO -- The whole of the contribution made Friday night by Travis d’Arnaud served as a perfect reflection of what has been a dismal season.In the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Giants, d’Arnaud popped up and hit into a pair of double plays, an 0-for-3 performance that dropped his average to .180. Behind the plate, he failed to block a wild pitch that helped the Giants score the game-tying run.D’Arnaud,...Read more »
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets highlighted their second day of the amateur draft on Friday by choosing Milton Ramos, a defensive wizard at shortstop, and Eudor Garcia-Pacheco, a power-hitting third baseman.
“We had a really productive day today,” said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous, who addressed reporters on Friday along with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ vice president of scouting and player...Read more »
One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.
The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...Read more »
Before the Mets had Juan Lagares, they had another defensive stud in centerfield by the name of Matt den Dekker. And with Juan Lagares on the disabled list, den Dekker stepped right in to fill his shoes.
With the Mets leading 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard drove a 3-2 pitch from Bartolo Colon to dead centerfield. Den Dekker tracked it down with ease, leaped...Read more »
At first, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee insisted that he’d take his time, for fear that trying to rush back from his strained lat muscle would cause a setback. It’s why he wanted to pitch in at least one game-like situation before being activated from the disabled list.
He thought he’d miss just two starts.
But Gee’s DL stint will likely linger into June after the pitcher said on Tuesday night...Read more »
This just in -- Yasiel Puig is good at baseball.
The Dodgers rightfielder made a highlight-reel catch on a fly ball hit by Wilmer Flores of the Mets in the bottom of the second inning on Thursday night at Citi Field.
Flores put the ball between Puig and Matt Kemp in right-centerfield, and it appeared to be a sure double off the bat. But Puig seemingly came out of nowhere to make the...Read more »
Consider the pall that hovers above Citi Field, which has been a house of horrors for any Met who happens to be holding a baseball bat. By now, the problem is well documented. The Mets have a .700 OPS on the road and a dreadful .598 OPS at home.
They can't hit here, and some of the issue may be talent. You get what you pay for, after all, and there's a price to pay for slashing payroll $60...Read more »