MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets

Saving Steven Matz May Mean Shutting Him Down

In a season ripe with disappointment and underachievement, Steven Matz has been a steadying source of happiness. After his superb performance in the playoffs last year, all the chatter was that he would stand as the primary challenger to the Dodgers’ Corey Seager for National League Rookie of the Year honors. That race hasn’t quite […]

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres

The Slide Comes For Us All

There are a couple of ways to look at the trade with Cincinnati yesterday that brought Jay Bruce to the Mets. One is that the move was made to make back page headlines. Sure, it’s neat that Bruce leads the league in RBIs, but he’s done so while hitting after a guy posting a 144 […]

MLB: NLCS-New York Mets at Chicago Cubs

The Fine Line Between Hope and More

It felt positively fitting that the Mets’ 81st game of the season happened to coincide with Sunday’s complete drubbing of Chicago, that the midway mark of this back-and-forth 2016 campaign was capped off by a week-long stretch that witnessed a truly dreadful three-game sweep by the Nats segue neatly into that four-game sweep of the […]

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Terry Collins Needs a Day Off

This past week was not a particularly stellar one for Terry Collins—although, to be fair, his truly bad stretches as a manager have historically involved some kind of player uprising, so his bar might look unreasonably high. Nonetheless, it was a pretty putrid string of recent days by almost measure. To wit: On Wednesday, he […]