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The Mets' closer role has been a mess since Bobby Parnell went down with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow on Opening Day after first suffering the blown save.
Since then, veterans Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth have both had a go at the role, but Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that the ninth-inning man will be "kind of a game by game" situation. Now that the...Read more »
It was a virtuoso performance.
Masahiro Tanaka completely shut down a Mets lineup that had scored 21 runs during the previous two games, restoring order to the Yankees' universe. Tanaka allowed four hits (one double), walked none and struck out eight over nine scoreless innings.
It was the third complete game shutout in Subway Series history. Dave Mlicki tossed the first for the Mets...Read more »
We get it: Mets pitchers don't have a hit yet.
But does that mean they've been unproductive?
One of the prevailing narratives surrounding the Mets during the early part of this season has revolved around Mets hurlers' almost inexplicable inability to manage even a single. They're 0-for-64 and counting, the lone National League team without a hit from their pitching staff. Among American...Read more »
When Rafael Montero steps on the mound at Citi Field to start Wednesday's Subway Series game for the Mets, he'll be just the sixth player on either team to make his MLB debut during the intra-city contest.
When Chase Whitley debuts as the Yankees starter on Thursday, he'll also join the club.
When Jacob deGrom debuts as the Mets' starter on Thursday, he will, too.
A Mets or Yankees...Read more »
Rafael Montero, one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets organization, makes his major league debut in a start against the Yankees on Wednesday night.
Here's what you can expect to see from the 6-foot righthander:
Montero's calling card is his excellent command. In 390 minor league innings, he's struck out 367 hitters and walked 85 -- a 4.32 strikeout to walk ratio.He's...Read more »
Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.
But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.
Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):
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Ruben Tejada figured a turnaround might require just a bit more time.
Like many of the Mets, the hits had not been falling for Tejada, who believed he deserved better than a .183 average. After all, he had actually been making solid contact. His assertion had been backed up by publicly available metrics.
According to FanGraphs.com, Tejada boasts an abnormally high line-drive rate of...Read more »
Faced with an awful weather forecast, the Yankees postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Mariners.
The game has been rescheduled for Monday, June 2 at 7:05 p.m.
There was no immediate word on how the postponement would impact the club’s rotations.
David Phelps, filling in for the suspended Michael Pineda, was scheduled to face Seattle’s Roenis Elias (1-2, 3.54) Wednesday...Read more »
Just a few notes from another windy day here at Citi Field.
1. Welcome Bobby Ball
It’s Throwback Thursday on Twitter, and apparently, the same goes at Citi Field. Bobby Abreu, 40, will start his first big league game since July 25, 2012. Despite a swirling wind similar to Wednesday night, manager Terry Collins is going with Abreu.
“He’s 40 years old,” Collins said. “He probably...Read more »
Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):
Vic Black, 25, RHP
One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...Read more »