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Amazin Avenue

Mets come out on top in Royal Rumble

Photo by Jamie Squire/ Despite their manager’s best efforts, the Mets take the rubber game. After a rough start from Zack Wheeler, the offense exploded in the late innings to top the Royals 11-5. The Mets had eight hits and six runs in the seventh, and Pete Alonso capped off the win with his 40th home run of the season in the ninth, giving him sole possession of the National League rookie record. All this happened in spite of some truly awful management from Mickey Callaway, including one decision that could have serious ramifications for the stretch run. The offense wasted no time...


Mets' Mickey Callaway explains why Drew Gagnon 'did a great job'

Mets manager Mickey Callaway says RHP Drew Gagnon did a great job vs Braves on Thursday.

New York Post

Mickey Callaway’s fatal blunder may have just finished the Mets

ATLANTA — Mickey Callaway never saw the iceberg. The double-down decision on the path to destruction by Callaway made little sense, and his Mets paid the price. This loss was on the manager, make no mistake. The Mets could have had one of those momentum-swinging wins Wednesday night over the Braves at SunTrust Park on...

New York Post

There’s suddenly hope Mets’ Jed Lowrie can play this season

ATLANTA — Jed Lowrie is forgotten (almost), but not gone. The veteran infielder — who still hasn’t appeared in a game for the Mets after arriving on a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason — has increased his workouts to the point he’s running, fielding and hitting in simulated games, according to general manager...

New York Post

Mickey Callaway’s curious decision dooms Mets

ATLANTA — Steven Matz’s best road start of the season carried the Mets into the seventh inning Wednesday night and then all hell broke loose. First, manager Mickey Callaway removed the left-hander at 79 pitches — after allowing him to bat in the previous half inning — and then the usually reliable Seth Lugo produced...


Mickey Callaway opts to take out Steven Matz, and Braves rally off Seth Lugo

The Mets manager pulls Steven Matz in favor of Seth Lugo. The Braves then rallied and a Mets rally in the ninth comes up short.        

New York Post

Seth Lugo bumps Edwin Diaz to uncertain place in Mets pen

ATLANTA — As Mets manager Mickey Callaway attempts to figure out roles for his relievers, this much seems clear: Edwin Diaz will only pitch when there’s a cushion or the team is losing. With Seth Lugo elevated to pitch in the Mets’ highest-leverage situations (including closing), Callaway was asked Tuesday about the possibility of using...

Amazin Avenue

Mets give updates on Brandon Nimmo, Jed Lowrie injuries

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports The Mets may have major league reinforcements on the way. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen gave some updates to reporters today regarding the Mets’ various injuries, and there’s relatively good news about Brandon Nimmo and Jed Lowrie: Nimmo could appear in his first rehab game within the next few days, while Lowrie played in a simulated game today and could be nearing a rehab stint of his own. A breakout player last year, Nimmo struggled on the field this year before hitting the injured list because of a bulging disc in his neck. In 161 plate...

New York Post

Why Mets could give Tim Tebow 2nd shot at Triple-A Syracuse

Could Tim Tebow play a second season at Triple-A Syracuse for the Mets? The chance of that happening isn’t out of the question, according to Syracuse manager Gary Tony DeFrancesco. “Right now, it’s a good place for Tim Tebow to be because there’s not a 22-year-old waiting in Double-A, the next phenom,” DeFrancesco told Syracuse.com...


Mets' recent hot streak has gotten the attention of Red Sox manager Alex Cora

The Mets recent hot streak has gotten the attention of the manager of the defending World Series champions.

Rising Apple

How Mets manager Mickey Callaway can ensure his job is safe

Only a few weeks ago, it felt inevitable Mickey Callaway wouldn’t open 2020 as manager of the New York Mets. Now, he has a believable chance of saving his job. In sports, there’s no secret formula to success; nor any better cure for pessimism or controversy than winning. In Mickey Callaway’s case, I’m not sure […] How Mets manager Mickey Callaway can ensure his job is safe - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Mickey Callaway setting high bar is extending unlikely Mets run

After the Mets had a seven-game winning streak snapped just over a week ago, Mickey Callaway came up with this sound idea. “Let’s just start another streak,” the manager said. That was last Friday night in Pittsburgh, after Steven Matz had stumbled against the Pirates and, while the premise sounded great, the Mets seemed due...

New York Post

Brodie Van Wagenen’s deal for J.D. Davis looking like a winner

Brodie Van Wagenen turned heads with his bold offseason trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano, believing the deal could put the Mets over the top. Turns out, the new general manager’s difference-making move would come one month later. On a roster in which so many vital pieces still have Sandy Alderson’s fingerprints, low-key acquisition...

New York Post

How Todd Frazier inspired New Jersey’s latest Little League World Series team

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, proud New Jerseyan that he is, has been keeping an eye on the Garden State squad that just reached the Little League World Series. Turns out they’ve been watching him for a lot longer. Matter of fact, the team wouldn’t even exist without him. Elmora Youth Little League manager Jairo...


Mets' Pete Alonso on 'playoff-type' atmosphere: 'It was like magic out there'

From start to finish, Citi Field was electric, something that both the players and the manager could feel.

Call to the Pen

Washington Nationals: When the pen isn’t mightier… (Cont.)

The Washington Nationals bullpen coughs up a vital Friday game to waste seven strong innings by Stephen Strasburg On Friday night, Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg built a 5-3 lead against the New York Mets through seven innings. Then Nats manager Dave Martinez turned the game over to his bullpen, which re-purposed that 5-3 lead […] Washington Nationals: When the pen isn’t mightier… (Cont.) - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB Bullets plays through the pain

Photo by Justin K. Aller/ An Oriole and his manager got into a fight in the dugout. The Mets are still going up. The Phillies and Pirates are going down. Two Dodgers don’t want you to quit baseball. The biggest story in MLB right now is Javier Baez batting left-handed and that’s not even my beat. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis had to be held back in a dugout altercation with manager Brandon Hyde in Wednesday’s game. Mark Brown has more on what happened between Davis and Hyde and notes that the Orioles to not intend to discipline Davis over the incident. Playing for the...

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New York Mets Season is Still Over

Despite the New York Mets recent hot streak, their season is already overdue to their lazy bullpen and their remaining schedule that includes the Cubs and Dodgers. Remember when the New York Mets were the most laughable franchise in all of baseball? Their manager cussed out a reporter because he said ‘See you tomorrow’. He […] New York Mets Season is Still Over - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Phillies: Deadline’s X factors for 4 NL Wild Card teams

After the dust settled, the Phillies and two other National League competitors are within 2.5 games, but how do general manager Matt Klentak’s moves compare to his contemporaries for the stretch drive?   Turn the page: Many Philadelphia Phillies fans have less interest in the wild-card race than New York Mets supporters. But if your […] Phillies: Deadline’s X factors for 4 NL Wild Card teams - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Steven Matz and four dingers have the scorching-hot Mets within a game of the wild card

In the eyes of their general manager, the Mets are underdogs. The National League East had all but counted them out two weeks ago, when the Mets’ chances of reaching the playoffs tumbled to a season-low 3.9 percent on July 24. Suddenly, the little guys who were thought to have minuscule odds of...


Mickey Callaway on the Mets doubleheader sweep

Manager Mickey Callaway reacts after the Mets doubleheader sweep on Monday.        

New York Post

Edwin Diaz’s Mets status appears safe

Edwin Diaz’s status appears safe. After hinting Seth Lugo could steal the closer’s role, and then using Diaz in a non-save situation in the opening win of Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins at Citi Field, manager Mickey Callaway shot down speculation that a switch had been made. “We brought in the guy that’s gonna be...

Pinstripe Alley

Yankees news: No plans to call up Clint Frazier anytime soon

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Yankees don’t plan to call up Clint Frazier anytime soon; DJ LeMahieu to man first base while everyone is injured; Aaron Hicks avoided worst-case scenario injury; Brian Cashman talks real reason trade with Mets didn’t happen New York Post | Howie Kussoy: Don’t plan on seeing Clint Frazier in the Bronx anytime soon. When asked if the Yankees had considered calling him up after the recent injuries, Aaron Boone said “no.” The manager went on to say that it is not true that he has fallen out of favor with the Yankees, however, and that if the right spot...

New York Post

Mets are finally acknowledging grim Edwin Diaz reality

PITTSBURGH — Seth Lugo was named NL Reliever of the Month on Saturday. Could a shift in job responsibilities be far behind? Following the Mets’ 7-5 victory over the Pirates, manager Mickey Callaway indicated he will consider Lugo for the closer’s role, as Edwin Diaz continues to struggle. The disappointing Diaz surrendered a two-run homer...

Rising Apple

Mets: Aftermath of the 2019 trade deadline is good news and bad news

It’s StroTime in Flushing as the New York Mets shock everyone and trade for Marcus Stroman. And of all the players the Mets talked about trading they only dealt away Jason Vargas. My take on the trade deadline moves is one of those good news, bad news jokes. New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van […] Mets: Aftermath of the 2019 trade deadline is good news and bad news - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Why the Mets suddenly changed their Amed Rosario plans

PITTSBURGH — The idea of experimenting with Amed Rosario in center field has been discarded, at least for now, by the Mets. Rosario is a shortstop — an improving one with whom manager Mickey Callaway isn’t about to tinker. “As an organization, we’re always going to be willing to do everything we can and think...


Vargas to make his Phillies debut as ChiSox come to town

Jason Vargas will make his Phillies debut on Friday night as he takes the mound as the Chicago White Sox visit Philadelphia to open a three-game weekend set at Citizens Bank Park.The Phillies acquired the 36-year-old from the Mets on Monday in exchange for minor league backstop Austin Bossart. In 19 appearances (18 starts) this year with the Mets the left-hander is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA to go along with a 1.27 WHIP.“He’s been a relatively effective Major League pitcher for the better part of a decade now,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said of Vargas earlier this week. “We’re...

Nick Swisher on Mickey Callaway's reporter feud and whether Mets need a change | MLB WHIPAROUND

Nick Swisher and Eric Karros join Chris Myers to discuss Mets manager Mickey Callaway's public feud with a beat reporter and whether the team needs to take immediate action. #FOXSports #MLB #MickeyCallaway #NewYorkMets

Mets introduce Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz at press conference

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen introduces the Mets' latest acquisitions, second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States

Brodie Van Wagenen is introduced as the Mets' new GM

The Mets introduce Brodie Van Wagenen as the 13th general manager in team history About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. an