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Aug 8, 2018

Jose Reyes isn’t giving up hope on another season with Mets

Jose Reyes doesn’t want to retire, but he knows the decision might be made for him. Reyes is set to become a free agent again after this season, and is hopeful to return to Queens, but the affection of ownership toward the 35-year-old longtime Met may not be enough to outweigh his sub-.200 batting average,...
Aug 7, 2018

Vargas leads Mets to another ‘L’ but Callaway’s sticking with him

Despite how poorly Jason Vargas has performed in his first season with the Mets — and apparently, no matter how poorly he pitches the rest of the season — Mickey Callaway envisions the veteran remaining in the team’s rotation next year. Prior to Vargas’ rain-shortened start Tuesday night, the Mets manager endorsed the oft-injured, long-struggling...
Aug 7, 2018

Why Jason Vargas remains in Mets’ plans despite brutal 2018

Despite how poorly Jason Vargas has performed in his first season with the Mets — and apparently, no matter how poorly he pitches the rest of the season — Mickey Callaway wants the veteran in the team’s rotation next season. Prior to Vargas’ start Tuesday night — which the 35-year-old entered with an 8.27 ERA,...
Jul 29, 2018

Mets reliever finding himself amidst audition for closer’s role

PITTSBURGH — The Mets’ season became a bust before August. But Anthony Swarzak still has time to avoid the label. Since last weekend’s trade of closer Jeurys Famila, Swarzak has finally begun to resemble the reliever signed to a two-year, $14 million deal in the offseason, pitching 3 ¹/₃ scoreless innings and picking up two...
Jul 29, 2018

Mets’ catcher would love a trade to a contender

PITTSBURGH — Devin Mesoraco had been with one team his entire career and was stunned when he learned he was being traded by the Reds after 11 years with the organization. Should he be dealt for the second time this season, the Mets catcher won’t be caught off-guard. He probably won’t be upset, either. Though...
Jul 29, 2018

Exciting Mets rookie is getting his close-up

PITTSBURGH — Earlier this month, Jeff McNeil wondered when, or if, he would receive his long-awaited call-up to the majors. But for at least the next month, the infielder will get a legitimate opportunity to prove he deserves to stay. Following the trade of Asdrubal Cabrera, McNeil earned his second straight start at second base...
Jul 28, 2018

How past struggles helped spark Michael Conforto turnaround

PITTSBURGH — It has been three years since Michael Conforto made his major league debut, as a late July call-up inserted into a playoff race. Just over three months later, at 22, the outfielder became the third-youngest player ever to homer in the World Series, hitting two blasts in Game 4 in front of an...
Jul 28, 2018

Mets love that new outfielder doesn’t think defense is for birds

PITTSBURGH — The Mets have no way to replace Yoenis Cespedes, but they finally got around to trying to fill Juan Lagares’ absence. With Cespedes and Lagares out for the rest of season — and Jay Bruce still recovering from a hip injury — the Mets signed veteran outfielder Austin Jackson to a major league...
Jul 27, 2018

Mets’ bullpen implodes as modest winning streak snapped

PITTSBURGH — The Mets could handle the loss of their best hitter this season. They even showed the ability to overcome the return of Jason Vargas. But the bullpen had to have the final word. Taking the field just over an hour after trading Asdrubal Cabrera, the Mets missed a chance to earn their first...
Jul 27, 2018

Mets ship promising rookie to minors in favor of Jason Vargas

PITTSBURGH — Jason Vargas was signed to provide insurance and veteran stability to a pitching staff filled with numerous questions. Thus far, the 35-year-old lefty has made one more appearance with the Mets than Matt Harvey did this season. Vargas (2-6) will make his highly unanticipated return to the mound Friday night against the Pirates,...
Jul 26, 2018
Mets, led by top trade candidate, bust out and leave the cellar

Mets, led by top trade candidate, bust out and leave the cellar

PITTSBURGH — Break up the Mets — before they do. Coming off their first series win in more than two months, the Mets hopped out of last place in the NL East and claimed a share of the NL’s longest win streak with their third straight victory, 12-6 over the Pirates on Thursday night at...
Jul 21, 2018

Mets may have missed best time to trade Steven Matz

The Mets may have missed their chance to sell high on Steven Matz. In his first start back from the All-Star break, Matz had one of his worst outings of the season and continued his career-long second-half struggles, allowing a season-high nine hits, while matching a season-worst five runs allowed in a 7-6 loss to...
Jul 21, 2018

Mets outfielder just had the game from hell

Matt den Dekker struck out in his only three at-bats Saturday — and had an even worse day in the field. While den Dekker is now hitless in 17 at-bats this season, the veteran outfielder also struggled in his specialty, allowing three potential catches to fall for run-scoring hits in the Yankees’ four-run fourth inning,...
Jul 17, 2018

Yoenis Cespedes takes biggest step to Mets return

For the first time in more than two months, Yoenis Cespedes appeared in a real game. Now it’s even more realistic that the two-time All-Star could rejoin the Mets for the start of the second half of the season. Out since May 13 with a hip flexor and strained quadriceps, Cespedes appeared in his first...
Jul 16, 2018

Face of Mets PR for 40 years wouldn’t have it any other way

The autograph requests resume every season. The photo requests, too. A fan is never far. On an early July afternoon, the former bobblehead model sits in Citi Field’s home dugout. As Adam Stern, 34, arrives to watch batting practice, he spots the 72-year-old fiddling with his phone on the bench, and excitedly points out to...

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