Meet the Mets
The Mets’ first game of their series against the Cubs didn’t go quite as planned. Though Michael Conforto hit a blast of a home run, the Mets’ pitching on the evening doomed them to a loss. Noah Syndergaard had a mediocre night, getting hit hard, and surrendering four runs in six innings of work. Jerry Blevins was downright bad, giving up three hits and two runs while retiring zero batters in relief. Though the Mets nearly staged a rally in the ninth inning, their night ended with a couple of strikeouts and a loss.
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The Mets are trying to work out a trade with the Phillies for Jose Bautista.
Time is running out for the Mets to decide the next step with David Wright. Wright was given the day off as he wasn’t feeling up to playing three games in a row yet.
Andres Gimenez wants to be MLB’s next teen superstar.
Fangraphs says the Mets have done a rare good job in letting Brandon Nimmo grow.
Around the National League East
Kelvin Herrera is headed to the 10-day DL with a foot injury.
The Nationals beat the Phillies 5-3 in their game.
The Marlins will be lowering season ticket prices by as much as 25% after coming to the startling realization that they may have alienated their already small fan base.
Around Major League Baseball
Daniel Murphy is attempting to move past his controversial comments about Billy Bean as he starts his tenure with the Cubs.
Managers salaries aren’t what they used to be.
The MLBPA has hired veteran attorney Bruce Meyer to help them negotiate the new CBA.
Former Diamondbacks star Luis Gonzalez will be one of the pallbearers at John McCain’s funeral.
Fangraphs on the “Most Important Thing About Clutch.”
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa brought you the Daily Prospect Report.
Linda Surovich looked at Jacob deGrom’s latest start.
Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Mets/Cubs series.
Allison McCague had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.
This Date in Mets History
Frank Viola won a monumental pitching duel against Orel Hershiser on this date in 1989 as the previous year’s Cy Young Award winners met for the first time ever after Viola was traded to the NL.