7:06 PM EDT, Sun July 21, 2019
16 hours ago

Mets see ‘long-term option’ in improving Walker Lockett

SAN FRANCISCO — Walker Lockett’s performances for the Mets continue to gradually improve. The right-hander was stomped by the Cubs in his Mets debut last month, but followed that with a start against the Phillies that kept his team in the game. And Saturday he was good enough for his first major league win. Over...
18 hours ago

Mets still confident in Zack Wheeler’s trade value as return nears

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Wheeler may throw a full bullpen session as early as Sunday, possibly the final step before he is considered for activation from the injury list. The right-hander has not pitched in two weeks because of an impingement in his right shoulder. If the Mets are going to deal Wheeler by the...
23 hours ago

Pete Alonso awakes Mets bats for win they badly needed

SAN FRANCISCO — Pete Alonso’s day off was less eventful than Ferris Bueller’s, but it created about as much havoc. The Mets first baseman, who Saturday arrived in a slump and was deemed in need of rest, spent the first five innings on the bench before entering as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. And with...
Jul 20, 2019

The Matt Harvey moment that could have changed it all

The fantasy of any sports always includes the omniscient fast-forward and rewind buttons of memory. Oh, to be an old Brooklyn Dodgers fan and be able to travel back to Oct. 3, 1951, and whisper into Ralph Branca’s ear: “Maybe go with the curve on this one, Ralphie.” Oh, to be an old Browns fan,...
Jul 20, 2019

Travis d’Arnaud epitomizes huge Mets flaw that needs to end

You know what would scare the heck out of me if I ran the Mets and was considering whether to trade Noah Syndergaard? Travis d’Arnaud. The Mets botched every step along the way this year with d’Arnaud. They tendered him a contract when maybe they should have just redirected his $3.515 million elsewhere. If you...
Jul 20, 2019

Fielding gaffe adds to Mets’ pain after Jacob deGrom dominates

SAN FRANCISCO — It was déjà vu all over again. As Dominic Smith converged with Amed Rosario on Pablo Sandoval’s pop-up in the 10th inning Friday night, the Mets left fielder’s thoughts turned to his collision last season with the shortstop that had cost their team a game, against the Giants. This time there would...
Jul 19, 2019

Zack Wheeler moves step closer to Mets return

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Wheeler was back on a mound Friday, if only for 13 pitches. The Mets right-hander, who is recovering from a shoulder impingement, played catch for a third straight day and then took to a bullpen mound, where he threw from the slope. He will need to throw a full bullpen session...
Jul 19, 2019

Why the Mets’ chances of trading Wilson Ramos are slim

SAN FRANCISCO — As disappointing as Wilson Ramos has performed for the Mets in his first season, some level of hope had existed in recent weeks among team officials that a trade market might materialize for the veteran catcher. But the inquiries so far have been scarce, according to industry sources, leaving a sense Ramos...
Jul 19, 2019

Matt Harvey designated for assignment by Angels

SEATTLE — The Los Angeles Angels gave up on their $11 million investment in Matt Harvey, designating the 30-year-old right-hander for assignment on Friday. Harvey was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts. He gave up six runs, seven hits and five walks over six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros...
Jul 19, 2019

Mets lose long one in brutal fashion

SAN FRANCISCO — The seagulls hovering above the left-field grandstand had company in the 16th inning Thursday night as Pete Alonso took a mighty cut and pushed the Mets to the brink of uncharted territory for this season. But Alonso’s tie-breaking home run only made what awaited all the more unbearable. Rookie Chris Mazza, the...
Jul 19, 2019

Zack Wheeler report comes in with Mets watching closely

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Wheeler has taken the first steps in what the Mets hope will be a fast return from the injured list. On Thursday, the right-hander played catch for a second straight day and reported feeling OK as he battles an “impingement” in his right shoulder. The earliest Wheeler can pitch again is...
Jul 19, 2019

ESPN gets more cringeworthy by the day

“Here in the South,” writes reader Bill Hoyt, “they say, ‘I’ve been to two county fairs and a road pavin’ but I ain’t never seen nuthin’ like that!’ ” Thus we’re blessed that ESPN, which wasn’t around in 1969, could not own exclusive TV rights to the Apollo 11 lunar landing, 50 years ago Saturday. Alex...
Jul 18, 2019

Inside the Mets’ plan to to save Jeurys Familia

SAN FRANCISCO — Simply, it can be called “Project Familia.” The Mets began this second half last week with slim NL wild-card possibilities, which had improved modestly with a four-game winning streak entering Thursday night against the Giants. But any talk of a revival hinges largely on getting the bullpen right, with their $30 million...
Jul 18, 2019

Mets better off pushing for playoffs than same lame trades

The Mets should have Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard available in trades, set a $1.50-on-the-dollar price and see if the Yankees, Braves, Astros, Padres, etc., are willing to overpay. The fade of Matt Harvey, the recent injury of Zack Wheeler and the record over the past two and a half seasons (37 games under .500)...
Jul 18, 2019

Mets’ Jason Vargas is covering up his biggest flaw

MINNEAPOLIS — The ball is flying against Jason Vargas, but he has still managed to keep his season afloat. The veteran lefty surrendered two home runs Wednesday — running his total to eight over his past six starts — but limited the damage in the Mets’ 14-4 victory over the Twins at Target Field. Vargas...