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Chad Qualls could use some fist-pumping lessons from Joba Chamberlain.
The situation: With runners on the corners and the game tied at 2, Qualls struck out Mets shortstop Omar Quintanilla to end the top of the eighth. The excited Marlins reliever fist-pumped as he walked towards the dugout, but he lost his footing midway between the mound and the third-base line, leading to one of the most...Read more »
MIAMI -- The non-waiver trade deadline hits at 4 p.m. on Wednesday but the Mets still don't appear inclined to move perhaps their most marketable trade piece, outfielder Marlon Byrd.
Industry perception remains that the Mets appear willing to move Byrd. However, one source said that the Mets have not backed off their "extremely high" asking price for the veteran outfielder, whose...Read more »
The Mariners designated outfielder Jason Bay for assignment Monday afternoon in order to clear a roster spot for returning slugger Mike Morse, the team announced.
Bay, a former 30-home run bat, was released by the Mets after three unproductive and injury-riddled seasons in Flushing after the 2012 season. He signed a one-year, $1 million deal with Seattle this offseason and won a spot on the...Read more »
WASHINGTON -- With innings limits bearing down on Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, the Mets will switch to a six-man rotation, manager Terry Collins said following an 11-0 drubbing of the Nationals on Friday afternoon.
Jenrry Mejia will slide into the six-man rotation, his reward for tossing seven shutout innings against the Nationals in his first start of the season. Mejia, 23, struck out seven...Read more »
Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was a late scratch for Friday's doubleheader matinee against the Nationals.
Young injured his right knee when he stepped on the ankle of Braves pitcher Tim Hudson during Wednesday's game at Citi Field. Though the pain he complained of on Thursday is gone, Young said he needed another day of rest and treatment.
Mets manager Terry Collins initially inserted...Read more »
The Atlanta Braves walked away with an 8-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday, but the winning pitcher wasn't able to walk under his own power after.
In the eighth inning while covering first base, Tim Hudson got his right heel stepped on by Eric Young Jr., who was trying to beat out a base hit. Hudson fell to the ground writing in pain, and after being examined by the Mets' medical staff, had...Read more »
Big news: Mets rookie centerfielder Juan Lagares is the National League Player of the Week for July 15-21.
What, you thought it was the royal baby?
Lagares was scorching this past week, hitting .700 with a 1.900 on-base plus slugging percentage, including a three-run home run in a 5-0 victory over the Phillies on Sunday. He went 7-for-10 with five RBIs and three extra-base hits against...Read more »
1. TRAVIS D’ARNAUD, C, Las Vegas 51s (AAA)
.250 BA, .429 OBP, .472 SLG, 1 HR, 8 RBIs
Recovering from a fracture in left foot.
2. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Binghamton Mets (Class AA)
5-3 (16 starts), 2.69 ERA, 90 K, 20 BB
2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts since being promoted to AA.
3. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas 51s
8-5, 3.07 ERA,...Read more »
Stats are a better indicator of talent than the "eye test," but they have their flaws. Especially when it comes to pitching numbers.
Case in point: Matt Harvey has consistently pitched brilliantly, yet he takes a 7-2 record into the All-Star break. The seven wins ties him for 31st in MLB among qualified pitchers.
Wins have long been used to measure a starter, dating to when...Read more »
Shaun Marcum has been diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome and will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, according to multiple reports.
The Mayo Clinic describes TOS as such: "Thoracic outlet syndrome is a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the thoracic outlet — the space between your collarbone and your first rib — become compressed."
The...Read more »