1:02 AM EDT, Sun April 21, 2019
5 hours ago
X-rays come back negative on Pete Alonso’s right hand

X-rays come back negative on Pete Alonso’s right hand

Alonso appears to be fine after taking a fastball to his right hand X-Rays on New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso’s right hand have come back negative, according to according to Matt Ehalt. During the team’s 10-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, Alonso was hit on the right hand while swinging during his eighth inning at-bat. He remained in the game to complete his turn and was replaced at first base by Dominic Smith in the bottom of the eighth. Prior to the results of the X-Ray being made public, manager Mickey Callaway noted that he was “not overly...
5 hours ago
Pitching struggles and offense falls flat in loss to Cardinals

Pitching struggles and offense falls flat in loss to Cardinals

The only highlight of the game was Jeff McNeil’s record-setting 100th hit. The Mets lost 10-2 to the Cardinals in the second game of a three-game series in St. Louis in what was a poorly played game by the Mets all around. They pitched poorly, the offense was completely stymied by Miles Mikolas, and they didn’t look particularly sharp in the field either, giving off an air of general “day game after a night game” malaise. That said, it’s not as if this result was really all that unexpected. With deGrom skipping a start out of an abundance of caution due to soreness in his elbow...
6 hours ago
Mets send down Chris Flexen, recall Daniel Zamora

Mets send down Chris Flexen, recall Daniel Zamora

Chris Flexen was only needed for a start today in St. Louis before being sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse. The New York Mets have sent Chris Flexen back down to Triple-A Syracuse following his start this afternoon, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey. In a corresponding move, the team has called up left-hander Daniel Zamora. Flexen started for the Mets today in place of an injured Jacob deGrom. The righty allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits while walking four in 4.1 innings. He did not record a strikeouts in taking the loss during the 10-2 defeat to the St. Louis...
7 hours ago
Final Score: Cardinals 10, Mets 2—Pitching Depth

Final Score: Cardinals 10, Mets 2—Pitching Depth

Chris Flexen’s spot start did not go well, the bullpen didn’t pitch any better, and the Mets were shut out until the seventh inning. Today’s game went just about as expected for the Mets, as the Cardinals evened up the series in dominating fashion today, beating the Mets 10-2. Chris Flexen made his season debut for the Mets in place of Jacob deGrom and took the loss, giving up six runs—five of them earned—in 4 1⁄3 innings of work. The Cardinals piled on against the Mets bullpen. Luis Avilan, Jacob Rhame, and Paul Sewald combined to give up four additional runs. Meanwhile, the...
11 hours ago
Open Thread: Mets vs. Cardinals, 4/20/19

Open Thread: Mets vs. Cardinals, 4/20/19

The Mets have called upon Chris Flexen to make a spot start in place of Jacob deGrom. Mets lineup Brandon Nimmo - CFPete Alonso - 1BRobinson Cano - 2BMichael Conforto - RFWilson Ramos - CJeff McNeil - LFAmed Rosario - SSJ.D. Davis - 3BChris Flexen - P Cardinals lineup Matt Carpenter - 3BPaul Goldschmidt - 1BPaul DeJong - SSMarcell Ozuna - LFJose Martinez - RFYadier Molina - CDexter Fowler - CFKolten Wong - 2BMiles Mikolas - P Broadcast info TV: WPIXRadio: WCBS 880
12 hours ago
Jacob deGrom may not get an MRI

Jacob deGrom may not get an MRI

The Mets have seemingly reversed course on yesterday’s decision. After news yesterday that the Mets were sending Jacob deGrom back to New York for an MRI, it turns out that he may not undergo an MRI after all. Doctors are apparently on board with this decision, which came shortly after deGrom was seen playing catch in left field prior to Saturday’s game with the Cardinals. On the one hand, it suggests deGrom’s issues may be less serious than initially feared. Perhaps slipping from his usual routine due to illness (compounded by potential side effects from amoxicillin, a typical strep...
12 hours ago
Chris Flexen to start Saturday

Chris Flexen to start Saturday

The former top prospect has some big shoes to fill. With Jacob deGrom heading to the injured list, the Mets will call up RHP Chris Flexen to start against the Cardinals on Saturday. Flexen has 54.1 innings of major league experience, split between relief and starting, but hasn’t been very good, with a career ERA of 8.45 and a FIP of 7.26. Entering 2018, we rated Flexen as the fourth best prospect in the system. He features a low-to-mid 90s fastball and a solid slider and curveball, along with a bad changeup. In recent years, he’s struggled with conditioning and wouldn’t hold his...
15 hours ago
Mets hang on for a wild win in St. Louis

Mets hang on for a wild win in St. Louis

It was a nail-biter, but the Mets came out on top, defeating the Cardinals 5-4 in the series opener. Jason Vargas entered last night’s game with his rotation spot hanging in the balance. With Jacob deGrom unable to pitch today after all due to elbow soreness that will sideline him at least until next Friday, the Mets desperately need the other members of the rotation to step up. Vargas may not have been spectacular, but he gave the Mets enough to eke out a 5-4 victory in the first of a three-game set in St. Louis. It helped that the Mets were able to pounce on Adam Wainwright early....
15 hours ago
Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/20/19

Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/20/19

Catch up on all the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action! *All results from games played on Tuesday, April 19, 2019. Triple-A - Syracuse Mets (7-7) NO GAME (RAIN) Double-A - Binghamton Rumble Ponies (5-4) NO GAME (RAIN) ROSTER ALERT: The Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed outfielder Barrett Barnes on the 7-day injured list, retroactive to April 17, 2019. ROSTER ALERT: Right-handed pitcher Chris Mazza has been assigned to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies from the Syracuse Mets. Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (8-7) NO GAME (RAIN) Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (7-7) NO GAME...
16 hours ago
Mets Morning News for April 20, 2019

Mets Morning News for April 20, 2019

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets rolled into St. Louis and sent Jason Vargas to the mound. While Vargas hasn’t inspired confidence so far in 2019, he was passable on the night, giving up just one run in four innings of work, as the Mets managed to muster just enough offense, thanks in part to another massive Pete Alonso homer, to beat the Cardinals 5-4. Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Daily News, Post, Newsday, Bergen County Record, MLB.com The big news of the day is that Jacob deGrom is set to...
Apr 19, 2019
Final Score: Mets 5, Cardinals 4—Come on Vargy, let’s go party!

Final Score: Mets 5, Cardinals 4—Come on Vargy, let’s go party!

Vargas had a bounce back outing, the Mets offense collected eleven hits, and the bullpen bent but didn’t break. It was a tense affair in the Mets’ series opener in St. Louis, but the Mets pulled out a one-run victory against the Cardinals. The Mets made Wainwright work, opening up a 3-0 lead early and chasing him from the game after 3+ innings of work. It was only a four-inning outing for Jason Vargas, but he kept the Mets in the game, allowing a solo home run to Jose Martinez, but nothing else. Pete Alonso launched a low pitch from Ryan Helsley over the center field wall in the top of...
Apr 19, 2019
Open Thread: Mets vs. Cardinals, 4/19/19

Open Thread: Mets vs. Cardinals, 4/19/19

Jason Vargas looks to redeem himself on the mound as the Mets open a series in St. Louis. Mets lineup Jeff McNeil - LFPete Alonso - 1BRobinson Cano - 2BMichael Conforto - RFWilson Ramos CJ.D. Davis - 3BAmed Rosario - SSJuan Lagares - CFJason Vargas - P Cardinals lineup Matt Carpenter - 3BPaul Goldschmidt - 1BPaul DeJong - SSMarcel Ozuna - LFJose Martinez - RFYadier Molina - CDexter Fowler - CFKolten Wong - 2BAdam Wainwright - P Broadcast info TV: SNY, MLBN (out-of-market only)Radio: WCBS 880
Apr 19, 2019
Jacob deGrom to undergo MRI

Jacob deGrom to undergo MRI

The star right-hander felt some pain in his right elbow on Thursday. Jacob deGrom is headed back to New York for an MRI on his elbow after experiencing some discomfort while playing catch. The Mets described the pain as “barking”, and “do not have a high level of concern” about their ace per Andy Martino. Mickey Callaway added that deGrom might have pitched through the injury later in the season, but there was no reason to push things just 18 games in. Regardless of the outwardly calm demeanor from the Mets, this is extremely concerning news. Fresh off winning the Cy Young award,...
Apr 19, 2019
Mets look to avoid feeling the St. Louis blues as they face the Cardinals

Mets look to avoid feeling the St. Louis blues as they face the Cardinals

The Mets have lost four of their last five as they enter this series. The New York Mets (10-8) embark on the final leg of their ten-game road trip as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals (10-8) for three games at Busch Stadium. So far, the Mets have split a four-game set with the Atlanta Braves and have dropped two out of three against the Philadelphia Phillies on this trip. The Mets and Cardinals split the season series in 2018, with each club claiming two out of three on their home turf. The Mets limp into play tonight after taking game one against the Phillies in a back-and-forth, extra...
Apr 19, 2019
This Week in Mets Quotes: (Let’s create some drama) Conforto thinks the Braves may not be very good

This Week in Mets Quotes: (Let’s create some drama) Conforto thinks the Braves may not be very good

Lots of interesting, funny, idiotic, and insightful things were said by the Mets—and about them—recently. Here are some of our favorites. Who’s the ‘or four’ (Braves?) that got shade. “[The division’s] been what we expected. Three or four really good teams. Great lineups. Every time we go out, we’ve got to bring our ‘A’ game. We’ve just got to do more. We’ve got to put the whole thing together.” -Michael Conforto [MLB] Narrator: He was. [As every pitcher in the league does.] “If I were doctoring up the baseballs, I wouldn’t be throwing 86 mph sliders.” -Noah...