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Sep 27, 2018

This is the ideal Jacob deGrom stump speech for Mets fans

Dwight Gooden assumed his status was safe. The gold standard in Mets history — set by Gooden in 1985 — most prominently featured baseball’s second-lowest ERA (1.53) since 1920, and the former Cy Young winner believed his magnum opus was unapproachable. Then came Jacob deGrom, giving Gooden a different perspective of unparalleled dominance. “I followed...
Sep 27, 2018
Jason Vargas ends season with gem to propel Mets

Jason Vargas ends season with gem to propel Mets

Jason Vargas spent most of his disastrous year with the Mets appearing unfit to hold a roster spot. But somehow, the veteran will enter the offseason with an argument to remain in the rotation. In his final start of the season, Vargas capped his bounce-back second half with his strongest outing of the year, throwing...
Sep 27, 2018

Mets manager opens door to an earlier David Wright appearance

David Wright ripped a few balls to right field. He lined several more to left. When Thursday’s batting practice was over, the seven-time All-Star had put two balls into the seats in left field, and added another four homers to left center. When Friday night comes, Wright may get an opportunity to step to the...
Sep 27, 2018

Michael Conforto is ready to build on startling breakthrough

Sometimes, Michael Conforto looks at a largely empty Citi Field, and can hardly comprehend it. He can easily picture when every seat was filled, when it was a challenge to hear the person next to you speak. Conforto was a 22-year-old rookie in 2015, and the third-youngest player ever to homer in the World Series,...
Sep 27, 2018

Dominican native Virgil named honorary Mets coach

Jose Reyes is one of the greatest players ever to come from the Dominican Republic. Amed Rosario hopes to be the next standout from that nation. But neither could ever mean as much to their country as the man beside them in the dugout Wednesday night. Ozzie Virgil Sr., the first Dominican-born player to appear...

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