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If momentum really is only as good as the next day's starting pitcher, the Binghamton Mets never had a chance with Greg Peavey on the mound.
Any momentum the Mets’ had following Wednesday’s walk-off win was washed away as an ineffective Peavey lasted a mere six outs during Portland’s 7-0 thrashing of Binghamton in Game 2 of the Eastern League Eastern Division series.
The best-of-five...Read more »
MIAMI -- Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson prefers to leave his players’ swings alone. That’s especially true in the middle of the season, when large-scale adjustments can be difficult to make.
The offseason, however, is a different matter. And that's particularly relevant to struggling Mets slugger Curtis Granderson, who Johnson said may be due for some offseason changes that go beyond just...Read more »
Wednesday was the first day of the playoffs for the three Mets minor league affiliates who made the postseason. Here’s a look at how they fared in Game 1:
TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s vs. Reno Aces (Diamondbacks)
The skinny: L.J. Mazzilli singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth to score Cory Vaughn with the go-ahead run, and Gonzalez Germen pitched a perfect ninth to save the 5-4...Read more »
MIAMI -- This week, I asked Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares about his favorite defensive plays of the season. At first, he sounded like a parent who was put on the spot, asked to choose between children.
“Every time I do something good, I like them all,” Lagares said.
This season, he’s done a lot of good. By one advanced metric, Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, the most of any centerfielder...Read more »
Three Mets affiliates begin minor league playoff series on Wednesday. Here’s a breakdown of each series:
THE MATCHUP: Las Vegas (81-63), Pacific Southern winner, vs. Reno (81-63), Pacific Northern winner
THE SERIES: Begins with two games at Cashman Field on Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to Reno on Friday. If needed, the final two games of the five-game series...Read more »
Perhaps Instagram commenter stevenmurray10 said it best: "Use your left hand next time!"
Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard recently took a trip to the Lion Habitat Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, a 20 minute drive down I-15 south from Cashman Field, where Syndergaard plays with the Mets' Triple-A squad, the Las Vegas 51s
The Lion Habitat Ranch offers, for $100, the chance to hand...Read more »
MIAMI -- Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper.
“I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big leagues,’” Collins told Newsday. “And I hope you’ll get one of these guys like you on your team.”
Perhaps,...Read more »
The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Before several of the Mets’ affiliates begin postseason play, here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):
Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)
1. Jairo Perez - .364 (A+, Rk)
2. Eric Campbell - .355 (AAA)
3. T.J. Rivera...Read more »
The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders for the Yankees’ affiliates (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):
Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)
1. Connor Spencer - .364 (A-)
2. Carlos Vidal - .361 (FRk)
3. Bryan Cuevas - .356 (Rk)
4. Algeni Mateo...Read more »
A pair of pitchers from Long Island will become major leaguers on Tuesday as part of their teams' September call-ups.
Starting Sept. 1, teams are allowed to expand their big league rosters from 25 to 40 players.
Righthander Nick Tropeano, who attended West Islip High School and Stony Brook University, was called up by the Astros. Lefthander Sean Nolin, a Seaford High School alum, was...Read more »