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The Cardinals and Pirates begin their portion of the National League Division Series on Thursday at 5 p.m. Here’s everything you need to know going into the game:
The Pirates and Cardinals play in the NL Central, which means we have a decent sample size of play – 19 games. Pittsburgh took the season series, just barely, 10-9. The Cardinals, however, actually outscored the...Read more »
The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.
Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.
Black tweeted from his verified...Read more »
The Mets traded Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. So who exactly are the Mets getting in this deal?
Herrera, 19, is a career .281 hitter with a .355 OBP, .455 slugging percentage and 21 home runs in 995 minor league plate appearances spread over three seasons. He was playing for...Read more »
John Buck has seen all this Matt Harvey mania before, only then the phenom went by a different name: Zack Greinke.
It took Greinke, the No. 14 prospect in MLB before the 2004 season, a little longer to establish himself as one of the game’s best. He suffered from two conditions that Harvey doesn’t have to worry about:
1) A social anxiety disorder that nearly caused him to leave the game
2)...Read more »
Here’s the first thing Mets fans need to know about the job General Manager Sandy Alderson has done over the last three seasons in Flushing: he’s acquired Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud, stud prospects kept from the major league roster by service time considerations and a freak injury, respectively.
The second thing is – wait, you still need a second thing?
Alderson has taken a lot...Read more »