4:29 PM EDT, Wed April 25, 2018
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A thorough analysis of Matt Harvey’s struggles over the past two years

A thorough analysis of Matt Harvey’s struggles over the past two years

We put a lot of time into this. He had surgery for Throacic Outlet Syndrome.
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Re-watching Yoenis Cespedes’s bomb all day

Re-watching Yoenis Cespedes’s bomb all day

Cespedes hit a 463-foot game-tying home run last night, and it’s worth watching over and over. Last night, Yoenis Cespedes turned a game that felt like it might be slipping away into one that the Mets wound up winning with one swing of the bat. The three-run home run was majestic, sailing well over the left field fence, just to the right of the second deck. It had a bit of a Mike Piazza feel to it, and despite the strikeout issues that he’s faced in the first few weeks of this season, Cespedes reminded us all that he’s fully capable of doing that sort of thing. And per the Statcast...
5 hours ago
Mets Roundtable: 2018’s pleasant surprises

Mets Roundtable: 2018’s pleasant surprises

We talk about some of the things that have surprised us thus far. Cory Lack: We’re a few weeks into the season, and that feels like a fair amount of time to start discussing it. What are everyone’s pleasant surprises so far? Allison McCague: Coming into 2018, the Mets finally had the pitching depth to convert some of their starting pitchers into relief pitchers. While more and more teams are adopting this method, it is easier said than done. Not every starter adjusts to a relief role. Not only that, both Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman came into 2018 with major question marks. Lugo still...
7 hours ago
Mets Morning News for April 25, 2018

Mets Morning News for April 25, 2018

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets defeated the Cardinals 6-5 in 10 innings on Tuesday night. Zack Wheeler got the start but only went 4 innings while giving up four runs. The Mets’ bullpen threw six innings in relief, allowing only one run. The Mets’ offense was fueled by the home run with a Yoenis Cespedes three-run shot in the fifth and Jay Bruce’s go-ahead shot in the tenth. Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long. Record, NY Times, Post, Newsday, and Daily News. Matt Harvey made his bullpen debut last...
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Mets use the long ball to defeat Cardinals

Mets use the long ball to defeat Cardinals

Both Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce went yard in the roller coaster victory. Despite not getting great starting pitching, the Mets managed to battle their way back with the help of two mighty swings by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. Both outfielders had been struggling at the plate but together they erased the Cardinals’ lead and led the Mets to a 6-5 victory. The Mets were behind right from the start. Zack Wheeler was his own worst enemy when he walked Matt Carpenter to start the game. Tommy Pham was up next and made it 2-0 when he sent a ball over the centerfield...
9 hours ago
Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/25/18: So much free baseball

Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/25/18: So much free baseball

Catch up on all the Mets prospects in yesterday's minor league action! *All results from games played on April 24, 2018 Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (5-14) NO GAME (SCHEDULE) Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (7-9) NEW HAMPSHIRE 9, BINGHAMTON 4 (BOX) The Fisher Cats scored early and often on Andrew Church, tallying eight runs (six earned) in a 9-4 loss for the Rumble Ponies. Church struck out only two and allowed nine hits in a very, very ugly start. David Roseboom was better in relief, but the game was long since lost by the time he entered the game. Levi Michael had a home run and Tim Tebow...
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Final Score: Mets 6, Cardinals 5-Home run happy

Final Score: Mets 6, Cardinals 5-Home run happy

The Mets used a pair of mammoth home runs to take down the Cardinals. The Mets came from behind and defeated the Cardinals by a final score of 6-5. Jay Bruce hit the go-ahead home run in the tenth to give the Mets their first lead of the game. Zack Wheeler was on the mound and had a typical Zack Wheeler start. He walked the first batter of the game and Tommy Pham came up as the second batter and promptly made the score 2-0. The Mets attempted to come back the next inning when Bruce hit an RBI triple, but they were unable to tie the game despite having multiple opportunities. Wheeler then...
Apr 24, 2018
Mets take on red hot Cardinals in St. Louis

Mets take on red hot Cardinals in St. Louis

The Mets travel to Busch Stadium for a three-game set with the first-place Redbirds. The New York Mets (14-6) continue their road trip with a stop in St. Louis to begin a three-game series with the Cardinals (13-8). The Mets are coming off back-to-back series losses to the Nationals and Braves, while St. Louis has won eight of their last nine games, including two sweeps over the last-place Cincinnati Reds and a weather-induced split with the Chicago Cubs. On Thursday, Matt Harvey pitched his way out of the rotation with another tough outing, allowing six runs in the first three innings in...
Apr 24, 2018
The New York Mets’ bullpen and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

The New York Mets’ bullpen and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

The ‘pen had a great start to the 2018 season but had two meltdowns last week. The Mets’ bullpen, which was an integral part of the team’s franchise-best 12-2 start to the 2018 season, came crashing back down to Earth last week. The pen cost the Mets—and specifically Jacob deGrom—two victories as the team lost four of its last six games. A.J. Ramos has been front and center, as he took the loss Monday night (0.1IP, 2ER, 1BB) against the Washington Nationals and helped start the Atlanta Braves’ rally in Saturday night’s loss (0.1IP, 2ER, 2BB). Ramos has struggled early in his...
Apr 24, 2018
Juan Lagares’s launch angle is down, so what’s up?

Juan Lagares’s launch angle is down, so what’s up?

Let’s look to see if anything has changed. After working over the offseason to join the launch angle revolution, Juan Lagares is off to a blazing start this year, hitting .379 with a .424 OBP in his first 33 plate appearances. But if you want to know why, you have to look past launch angle. In fact, you’re better off not looking at launch angle at all. Despite the new swing we heard about this winter, Lagares’s launch angle hasn’t gone up so far. His average sits at 7.47 degrees so far this year, lower than his 12.3 degrees and 8.5 degrees of 2016 and 2017, respectively. So where...
Apr 24, 2018
Mets Minor League Players of the Week: Week Two

Mets Minor League Players of the Week: Week Two

What minor league players put up the best numbers this past week, April 15th to April 21st? Pitcher of the Week Chris Viall 2018 Season: 2 G (2 GS), 9.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 BB, 17 K, 1 HB, 2 WP Week: 1 G (1 GS), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 1 HB In his second start of the 2018 season, Viall set a professional career high by striking out eleven batters. He did walk four and hit a batter, but that’s the thing with Viall: He is 6’9”, and tall pitchers are known for having issues with their mechanics. In Viall’s case, there are a bunch of things that I’ve noticed about his...
Apr 24, 2018
Mets Morning News for April 24, 2018

Mets Morning News for April 24, 2018

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links Meet the Mets Can the Dark Knight rise again or has Matt Harvey been forever broken? That seems to be the question on every pundit’s mind this week. Is Kevin Plawecki the long term answer for the Mets? Seth Lugo has been throwing more curve balls and it appears to be working wonders. Mickey Callway is a big fan of author Dan Coyle. A lot of Mets have gotten married this past year. Rusty Staub’s memorial service will take place on April 25 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Is Noah Syndergaard an Xbox thief?...
Apr 24, 2018
Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/24/18: Oh so close to a cycle

Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/24/18: Oh so close to a cycle

Catch up on all the Mets prospects in yesterday's minor league action! *All results from games played on April 23, 2018 Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (5-14) EL PASO 6, LAS VEGAS 3 (BOX) Jason Vargas’s rehab start was mediocre as the 51s blew an early lead and never rebounding. Vargas was handed an early 1-0 lead by Johnny Monell, but three doubles and a walk in the third led to three runs for El Paso. Vargas threw 66 pitches in his four inning start, striking out three and walking two (don’t read into the stats too much, it’s the PCL). Chris Flexen logged four relief innings, allowing two...
Apr 23, 2018
Player Meter: Pitchers, April 16-22

Player Meter: Pitchers, April 16-22

A quick review of how the Mets’ pitchers fared over the past week. After the Mets’ bullpen implosions over the last week, we know this week’s meter is going to be ugly. Hopefully the Mets have gotten it out of their system. Let’s start with something good: Jacob deGrom. He has been lights out his past two starts, looking very much like vintage deGrom. Over the past week alone, he has been worth 0.7 fWAR, which leads whole the team and blows the rest of the pitchers out of the water. He threw 14 1⁄3 innings in his two starts this week, striking out 22 batters. He...
Apr 23, 2018
The Mets might not need a second lefty in the bullpen

The Mets might not need a second lefty in the bullpen

Jerry Blevins in the lone lefty, but he does have some unexpected help in the bullpen. When the Mets signed Jose Reyes in the offseason, they designated lefty reliever Josh Smoker for assignment, a bit of a surprising move. It was curious because he was the only other left-handed option besides Jerry Blevins in the Mets’ bullpen, and righty Anthony Swarzak as their only addition to the bullpen in free agency. There has been a lot of chatter about how they are lacking another lefty weapon in the bullpen. Some theorized that Steven Matz would eventually wind up there when Jason Vargas...