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Rising Apple

New York Mets: Lucas Duda for Drew Smith trade looks like a win

Last year, the New York Mets traded Lucas Duda for minor league relief pitcher Drew Smith. The early results suggest the Mets are the winners in this swap. Among all of the seller trades made by the New York Mets over the last two seasons, a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays is paying off […] New York Mets: Lucas Duda for Drew Smith trade looks like a win - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Post

Brandon Nimmo dodges bullet

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Nimmo’s left hand remains intact, but his return to the Mets lineup might not come for another couple of days. The Mets received about the best news possible on the outfielder Friday, when an MRI exam confirmed previous X-rays that showed no structural damage to Nimmo’s left index finger. Nimmo was struck...

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers had the depth to survive key injuries in the past; Kenley Jansen is a different story

When the New York Mets spent the first pick of the 1961 expansion draft on a catcher, manager Casey Stengel explained why. “You gotta have a catcher,” he said, “or you’re gonna have a lot of passed balls.” There was a similar mystery, if not a treasured quip, when the Florida Marlins selected Bryan...

Amazin Avenue

Mets place Bobby Wahl on the DL; Brandon Nimmo is day-to-day

Daniel Zamora will come up to fill Wahl’s spot There were two injury updates for the Mets this afternoon, one good one bad. The good news, as reported by Tim Healey: MRIs and examinations by two hand specialists said outfielder Brandon Nimmo’s left index finger is fine, and is considered day-to-day. The bad news, as announced by the Mets: reliever Bobby Wahl is headed to the DL with a hamstring strain suffered in last night’s game against the Phillies. Left-hander Daniel Zamora was selected from Double-A Binghamton in to fill his spot in the bullpen. Nimmo crumpled to the ground after...


X-rays negative after Mets' Brandon Nimmo leaves game due to hand

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo was hit in the left hand by a pitch while checking his swing in the third inning on Thursday against the Phillies.

New York Post

Brandon Nimmo collapses in pain after plunking

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Nimmo hit a roller to third base in Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader, except the pitch never struck the bat. Instead, Nimmo’s left index finger served as the impetus, and the Mets outfielder crumpled to the ground in agony. Initial X-rays taken on the finger during the Mets’ 24-4 victory over the...

Amazin Avenue

Brandon Nimmo leaves game after being hit on left hand

X-rays came back negative Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo exited today’s game against the Phillies in the third inning after taking a pitch off the left hand. He received x-rays on his left index finger, which the team announced came back negative. He was replaced by Jose Bautista. Nimmo took the 90 mile per hour fastball off his hand from Ranger Suarez. However, the ball also hit his bat and rolled into fair territory, where Maikel Franco fielded it and threw to first for the out while Nimmo laid in the batter’s box. It ended Nimmo’s streak of reaching base in ten straight plate...

New York Post

David Wright does not have a Plan B away from third base

BALTIMORE — David Wright’s road back to the Mets, at this point, does not appear to include a potential position change. The Mets captain admitted in an interview with The Post this week that his throwing is still an issue following 2016 neck fusion surgery, but said he’s still a third baseman. Wright had a...


Happ, Yankees roll to 4-1 win over Rays

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

River Ave. Blues

Game 119: Homefield Advantage

The one-game series with the Mets is over and now the Yankees welcome the Rays to the Bronx for a three-game set. Homefield advantage has been very real for these two the last few years. The Yankees can’t win in Tropicana Field and the Rays can’t win at Yankee Stadium. Since Opening Day 2016: Rays […] The post Game 119: Homefield Advantage appeared first on River Avenue Blues.


New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays lineups for Tuesday night

The Yankees announced their lineup for Tuesday nights tilt against the Rays as New York looks to bounce back from its loss to the Mets.        


New York Yankees lineup vs. Tampa Bay Rays for Tuesday night

The Yankees announced their lineup for Tuesday nights tilt against the Rays as New York looks to bounce back from its loss to the Mets.         

Pinstripe Alley

NYY vs. TB: J.A. Happ vs. Hunter Wood

The Yankees kick off a three-game set against the Rays with J.A. Happ on the mound. After a dispiriting one-off loss to the Mets in a makeup game last night, the Yankees will try to get back on track as they begin a series with the Rays. The three-game set continues an 11-game homestand and a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, a stretch that is set to conclude this Sunday. J.A. Happ will make his third start with the Yankees. The veteran lefty was solid as he returned from a bout with Hand, Foot and Mouth disease, tossing six innings of three-run ball agains the Rangers, striking out nine. The...

River Ave. Blues

Fan Confidence Poll: August 13th, 2018

Record Last Week: 6-1 (44 RS, 26 RA) Season Record: 74-43 (608 RS, 468 RA, 72-45 expected record), 9.5 GB in ALE, 6.0 GU for WC spot Schedule This Week: One game vs. Mets (Mon.); Three games vs. Rays (Tues. to Thurs.); Three games vs. Blue Jays (Fri. to Sun.) Top stories from last week: […] The post Fan Confidence Poll: August 13th, 2018 appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Call to the Pen

New York Mets David Wright to begin rehab assignment

Don’t look know, but there is going to be a David Wright sighting in St. Lucie, as the New York Mets third baseman will begin a rehab assignment. May 27, 2016. That was the last time that David Wright suited up for the New York Mets, as a litany of injuries have derailed what was […] New York Mets David Wright to begin rehab assignment - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

David Wright to begin rehab assignment

The Mets’ captain is set to play in a game for the first time in a long time. The Mets announced this afternoon that David Wright will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow with the St. Lucie Mets and is scheduled to play five innings at third base. Wright hasn’t played in a major league game since May 27, 2016, and he last played in a minor league game on August 26, 2017, which was his third and final game in a rehab stint last year. The greatest position player in franchise history, Wright has a .296/.376/.491 line for his career with 242 home runs and a 133 wRC+. Before his injuries...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for August 10, 2018

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Zack Wheeler took longer than many to return to form from Tommy John surgery, but he’s back, and his catcher is singing his praises. Fancred’s Jon Heyman listed eight early candidates for the Mets’ general manager vacancy. A day before hunting for Marlins pitchers’ offerings, Brandon Nimmo caught some actual fish off Florida’s shore. Tim Healey shared the names Mets will be rocking on their jerseys come Players Weekend, when the team will host the Nationals from August 24 to 26. The Bergen...

Amazin Avenue

Michael Conforto is looking more like himself in the second half

The first half of the season was not all that kind to Michael Conforto, but he seems to be righting the ship in the second half. The end of Michael Conforto’s 2017 season and the beginning of his 2018 season are closely intertwined. Conforto broke out in a big way in 2017, putting in the best season of his career, hitting .279/.384/.555 with a whopping 146 wRC+. It did not end well, as a horrific and freak shoulder injury finished his season prematurely—and cast a ray of doubt on the beginning of 2018. Lo and behold, Conforto began this year with the Mets, and for the most part, the...


Matt Harvey regrets mistakes he made with Mets, particularly with injuries

Matt Harvey returned to Citi Field on Monday for the first time since being traded.        


Bad night for Cincinnati Reds: Bailey struggles, Votto's injury worsens, Tucker hurt

Veteran right-hander Bailey went 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on 11 hits in a 6-4 loss to the New York Mets.         

Red Reporter

Reds at Mets, Game One - Preview and Lineups

Homer Bailey takes the mound in New York. As jarring as it is to say it, Homer Bailey has been a really good pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds since returning from the 10-day DL and again muddying the heck out of the team’s rotation plans. In his two starts since bucking the knee injury and returning to the bigs, he’s fired 14.2 IP and allowed just 4 ER, his 2.45 ERA and .498 OPS against in that time every bit as juicy as his 14/3 K/BB in that time. The velocity has been there, as he’s run his fastball up over 95 mph repeatedly. The strikeouts are finally back, too, after he was barely...

Amazin Avenue

Final Score: Mets 3, Braves 0—Zack Attack

Zack Wheeler continues his dominance as the Mets shutout the Braves. The Mets snapped their four-game losing streak Saturday night, toppling the second-place Braves by a score of 3-0 on the back of a dominant outing by Zack Wheeler. By most measures, it was Wheeler’s best start since his return from Tommy John surgery last season. He dazzled over seven shutout innings, allowing only three hits and a walk with nine punchouts in his fourth-straight victory as he continues to round more and more into a top of the rotation arm. The offense was not outstanding, but did do enough to back...

Amazin Avenue

Zack Wheeler electrifies, offense provides enough support to beat the Braves

The Mets snapped their losing streak. Over the past few months, we’ve watched Zack Wheeler evolve from an unstable, bottom-of-the-rotation pitcher into a reliable, top-end starter before our eyes, and it only seems like he’s still getting better with every outing. Last night was another big step forward for Wheeler, who delivered possibly his best performance since his Tommy John Surgery in 2014 en route to a 3-0 Mets victory over the Braves. Wheeler was dominant from right from the word “go” last night. He struck out the side in the first inning and basically never...


NY Mets' manager Mickey Callaway explains Anthony Swarzak's injury

Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks about why reliever Anthony Swarzak is headed to the disabled list again.        


Mets manager Mickey Callaway on his club’s injured leaders

Manager Mickey Callaway discusses how injuries are affecting leadership in the Mets’ clubhouse.        

New York Post

What the Mets can learn from the overachieving Rays

The Rays had 13 players hit more than six homers last year. Of those, only Kevin Kiermaier (15) remains. Their three pitchers who made their most starts (Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi) are gone. Their three starter prospects most equipped to help this year — Anthony Banda, Jose DeLeon and Brett Honeywell —...

New York Post

Mets send Steven Matz to DL, announce his replacement

The Mets’ injury woes just got worse. Steven Matz was placed on the disabled list Friday with a flexor pronator strain, the team announced. Corey Oswalt will take his roster spot and start Sunday against the Braves. Matz lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his last start, as the Nationals shellacked him for seven...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Would you object to the Cubs using an ‘opener’?

The Tampa Bay Rays have tried it. Should the Cubs? Baseball changes are incremental. Teams usually like to see if something works for them, before instituting the change across the board. Pitching used to be about the starting pitcher almost exclusively. Then, the closer became important. Now, the term Opener is getting into vogue. Would you be in favor of the Cubs experimenting with an Opener? My introduction to the opening pitcher debate goes to Wayne Randazzo. Now with the New York Mets gameday crew, he used to call games for the Kane County Cougars when they were a Cubs affiliate. He...

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Mets Aces Discuss Expectations

From Port St. Lucie, Al Leiter talks to Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom about returning from injury, expectations to make another run in the playoffs and more.

Evaluating Matt Harvey's first spring training start: Good or Bad?

On SNY's Loud Mouths, Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discussNew York Mets starter Matt Harvey's first spring training start as he works his way back from injury.

David Wright discusses shoulder injury and immediate Mets future

New York Mets captain David Wright addresses the media for the first time since being shut down with his shoulder injury.