Meet the Mets
The third game of the Subway Series was a back and forth affair until Didi Gregorius broke it open with a two-out hit double the bases loaded in the seventh. Considering Travis d’Arnaud was playing the infield and Robert Gsellman was making his first start back from the disabled list, this game was actually a lot better than it could have been. Unfortunately it once again came down to the bullpens, and the Yankees have won that battle every time.
Sandy Alderson was not particularly happy with Robert Gsellman before the game, but afterward the righty was contrite for the remarks he made.
Terry Collins was displeased with a missed strike-three call that heavily impacted the game.
Both Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario are here to stay and they can offer a glimpse into the future.
Smith is trying to learn all he can from his idol Aaron Hicks.
The top of these two organizations set the tone for these teams, and that could be exactly where the problem lies for the Mets.
David Wright is still hoping to return sometime this season, but the Mets have to face a future where they can no longer count on the captain to man third base. It is unclear what Wright has to offer on the field, but his presence is certainly missed in the clubhouse.
Terry Collins’s strategy to move d’Arnaud around the infield left an impression on Joe Girardi.
Steven Matz is hoping his mechanical issues are behind him when he takes the mound in the series finale against the Yankees.
Matt Harvey’s latest rehab outing went much better than the first and he is pleased with the progress he made.
Around the NL East
Giancarlo Stanton did not hit a home run, but the Marlins won anyway. Miami might be willing to deal their powerful slugger but several factors might prevent that from happening before the season ends.
Around the Majors
Former All-Star pitcher Jered Weaver officially announced his retirement after struggling all season with the Padres.
Padres’ first baseman Wil Myers stole three bases in a single inning against the Phillies.
Yesterday at AA
Jonathan Maseng covered d’Arnaud’s debut at third.
Aaron Yorke wrote about Sandy Alderson’s discussion of the Mets’ payroll and the revelation that they were over budget.