Meet the Mets
After two straight rain outs, the Mets split a doubleheader against the Braves. The Mets lost the first game 9-8, as they kept battling but could not overcome Denyi Reyes’ bad performance. Atlanta jumped ahead with a three-run homer by Sean Murphy and, after a Francisco Lindor single cut the lead to two in the bottom of the frame, they grew their lead thanks to a two-run homer from Kevin Pillar and a massive solo shot from Ronald Acuña Jr. A Pete Alonso three-run blast made it 6-4, and a solo shot from Brett Baty got New York to within one, but Murphy’s second three-run shot of the game was the deciding factor. The Mets clawed back to within one, but that was as close as they would end up getting.
They won Game 2 by a 5-3 score to avoid the doubleheader (and series) sweep. Daniel Vogelbach got the scoring started with a second inning double, and Starling Marte added to the lead with a fifth inning single. After Eddie Rosario drove home three with a double in the sixth, Francisco Álvarez put New York ahead with a two-run double in the sixth. Jeff McNeil added a solo homer, and David Robertson closed things out for the win.
The split yesterday doubled the fun for the Mets’ kids, writes David Lennon.
Prior to their doubleheader, the team activated Stephen Nogosek from the injured list.
The Mets also called up left-hander Zach Muckenhirn, who becomes the first big leaguer from the University of North Dakota. Reyes was optioned after Game 1, and Stephen Ridings was transferred to the 60-day IL to make room for Muckenhirn.
Tim Britton spoke with some MLB players on what it’s like being a rookie under manager Buck Showalter.
Showalter told David Peterson to “pitch better” upon his demotion to Triple-A.
With Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer set to return, the team’s pitching staff is finally on the mend.
The Mets will take their revamped rotation to Detroit.
Here are five notable trends from the first season of Mets’ baseball.
Around the National League East
Justin Toscano offered five observations from the Braves’ doubleheader split with the Mets.
Bryce Harper hinted on his Instagram that he was ready to play, and Jeff Passan then confirmed that Harper has been cleared to return. He will be back in the lineup as DH tonight, 160 days after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.
Cristian Pache will miss four to six weeks after undergoing a right knee lateral meniscectomy.
Around Major League Baseball
The latest MLB Power Rankings are here, with two surprise teams making big jumps.
One month into the baseball season, here is what each team has learned.
Tom Verducci examines why throwing over 100 m.p.h. is no longer a novelty.
Michael Baumann explores David Bednar’s stuff, which is unhittable at any speed.
Aaron Judge was officially placed on the 10-day IL with a right hip strain.
With his latest IL stint, the Ferrari that is Jacob deGrom is once again in the shop, writes Jay Jaffe.
It appears some of Trevor Bauer’s teammates in Japan don’t like him, either.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Episode 220 of from Complex to Queens is here for your listening pleasure.