Meet the Mets
With yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the Marlins, the Mets now have the worst record in the National League. The Mets managed just two solo home runs against Pablo Lopez in his major league debut. Jacob deGrom was his usual dominant self until the sixth inning got away from him and although he limited the damage, it was enough to earn him the loss.
In a season where the goalposts for “rock bottom” continue to move on what feels like a daily basis, this certainly feels like rock bottom.
Noah Syndergaard continues to make progress in his rehab and will start a simulated game in Port St. Lucie next week.
John Harper explores potential trade partners for a Noah Syndergaard deal.
It seemed of late that the Mets had been prioritizing wins over development when it came to the allocation of playing time between Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith at first base. However, Smith is reportedly banged up with a sore right wrist, which explains his absence from the lineup.
David Lennon delves into the Mets’ dysfunctional front office situation and questions what the future holds for the GM position.
Mike Vaccaro views April 1, 1987—the day that the news broke that Dwight Gooden had tested positive for cocaine—as an infamous turning point in franchise history.
Around the National League East
Markakis shies away from the spotlight, but his All-Star caliber season is certainly being noticed.
Braves emerging star Ronald Acuna Jr. was overlooked by many international scouts, who are definitely kicking themselves now.
The Phillies’ bullpen was forced to carry a heavy load, as Vince Velasquez left the game early after being struck in the forearm by an Adam Eaton line drive, and they did so admirably, carrying the Phillies to a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. In a piece of good news for the Phillies, Velasquez’s x-rays were negative.
Around Major League Baseball
Count Scott Boras among those who want to get rid of defensive shifts in baseball. He claims they are “discriminatory,” disproportionately affecting left-handed hitters.
It was Turn Ahead the Clock Night in Seattle, which produced some interesting aesthetics.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Thomas Henderson brought us the daily farm report.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets have had their share of pitchers who can rake in their history and that includes Dwight Gooden, who hit his franchise-leading seventh career home run on July 1, 1993.