MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets

What You Need to Know: July 2

The Mets’ week began with an up-and-down home series against the Pirates. Losing twice in three games, their mediocre pitching wasn’t enough to offset the sputtering offense. Take Monday night as an example, where the Mets erred right off the bat. Starling Marte hit a routine grounder between second and third, Mets third baseman Luis […]

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What You Need to Know: June 25

The Mets entered this week with a 30-38 record, but they played like a 38-30 team on Monday night. Jacob deGrom shut down the Rockies over eight characteristically excellent innings, striking out seven and allowing one run. Then the Mets offense exploded, scoring twelve times. Brandon Nimmo began the game with an inside-the-park homer, hit […]

MLB: Colorado Rockies at New York Mets

What You Need to Know: May 7

Lamenting a landslide of losses It’s the end of an era. Matt Harvey, the former super-ace and Gotham fireballer, was released by the Mets on Friday after refusing a minor league assignment. His tantalizing four-pitch mix and overpowering fastball once inspired comparisons to the best pitchers in history. In 2013, Sports Illustrated described him as […]

MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres

What You Need to Know: April 30

The Mets had mixed success against the Cardinals early last week. On Tuesday, Jay Bruce made the headlines for his astonishing offensive performance. He mashed an early triple, bringing the Mets within two runs of the lead, and hit the go-ahead shot in extra innings. His heroics were overshadowed by Yoenis Cespedes’ ludicrous 453 foot […]

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

What You Need to Know: April 23

The Mets are off to a stupefyingly good start. After rocketing to 12 wins in 14 games, the obvious question is: will this last? Can the rotation stay healthy? Somehow, the Mets’ mixed showings against their NL East rivals created more uncertainty this week. On Monday, the Mets suffered a brutal loss to the Nationals. […]

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

What You Need to Know: October 2

Monday Takeaway On Sept. 28, Marc Carig’s bombshell Newsday piece revealed that the Mets front office tried to fire manager Terry Collins “at various points during his tenure.” Drawing from over a dozen anonymous team insiders, the article alleged that owner Fred Wilpon prevented the front office from exploring different managerial options because he was […]

MLB: Washington Nationals at New York Mets

What You Need to Know: September 25

 Monday Takeaway Matt Harvey is moving farther and farther away from his former self. The struggling right-hander had a rough Monday night against the Marlins, allowing seven runs, twelve hits, and two walks over four innings. “You’re going to write what you’re going to write anyway,” he told reporters post-game. “And obviously, it’s deserved. So […]

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

What You Need to Know: September 18

Monday Takeaway Another week goes by, and the New York Mets have played yet another series of unimportant games. They first traveled to Chicago for a three-game series, where they were outscored 39-14 by the lethal Cubs offense. “We certainly got them ready for the Cardinals,” mused Terry Collins. Next up was the Atlanta Braves, […]

MLB: Game One-New York Mets at Houston Astros

What You Need to Know: September 4

Monday Takeaway Rafael Montero is barely a below-average pitcher. On Wednesday, though, everything clicked perfectly into place, and the 26-year-old with a career 5.14 ERA pitched 8.1 masterful innings against the Reds. “I’ve regained the confidence that I had when I was in the minor leagues,” Montero said, and “I think that confidence is definitely […]