MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

Game recap August 27: Home run cycles and playoff dreams

What Happened, In a Sentence The Mets overpowered Philadelphia’s weak pitchers, hitting four home runs in a 12-1 win. Top Hitters Beat Predictable Pitching If I were trying to teach a young pitcher why you can’t just stay away, away, away, I would show them Jeremy Hellickson’s performance against the Mets last night. Hellickson is a […]

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

Game recap August 26: Silver Slugger Bartolo Colon

Coming off a series win against the Cardinals in St. Louis that kept their wild card chances on life support (rather than in the grave), the Mets started a ten-game home stand against the Phillies on Friday. Bartolo Colon started for the Mets opposite Phillies lefty Adam Morgan. Morgan, you may remember, was on the […]

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Game recap August 25: Got the Wild Card teams right where they want them?

Sometimes baseball is hard to write about. This needn’t be because the game was uneventful – sometimes there’s just no clear thread linking the innings together, linking the plate appearances to one another with some sort of purpose. You’d think that in a game with 15 runs and one team continually breathing down the necks of […]

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Game recap August 24: A flirtatious smile, a hint of hope, a reminder of reality

WHO WON: The red-and-white arched not-Mets WHAT HAPPENED, ALRIGHT, WHO MESSED WITH THE DIAL ON JACOB DEGROM’S BACK? That’s a real question, in case you were wondering, because Jacob DeGrom looked rather…uninspiring. When all was said and done, deGrom surrendered five runs across 4.2 innings, but that just scratched the surface. Three of the 12 hits […]

MLB: New York Mets at San Francisco Giants

Last Men Standing: The Mets’ Bullpen

So it’s official—Steven Matz was placed on the disabled list Monday, making him the latest casualty in the Mets’ “dropping like flies” worst-case-scenario played out before our eyes. The good news is that Matz’s official diagnosis was “shoulder tightness” with no structural damage to the shoulder or arm, and with the DL-listing retroactive to August […]

MLB: New York Mets at St. Louis Cardinals

Game Recap August 23:  It’s Pronounced “Gazelle, Man”

Executive Summary Robert Gsellman bailed out the injured Jon Niese. Mets 6, Cardinals 3. Discussion and Analysis That the Mets would miss Jon Niese was supposed to be a #HotTake when I predicted it on April 4. Truth be told, despite his reacquisition on Aug. 1, the Mets have not appreciated Niese’s second act: Prior to the game, […]

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