Jared Hughes and the benefits of being ahead of the curve

In the 1960s and 1970s, the National League dominated the American League in the All-Star game. And the reason is pretty simple. The NL was quicker to embrace black players than the AL was. The 1965 starting lineup for the NL had black stars Ernie Banks, Dick Allen, Willie Stargell, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron. [...]

Gut Reaction: Mets 11, Nationals 6 (8/12/20)

Robert Gsellman got the starting nod and responded by putting the Mets in an immediate 3-0 hole. But that just set the stage for the Mets’ first come-from-behind win, as the bats awakened from hibernation to deliver 11 runs and 13 hits en route to an 11-6 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. If nothing [...]

J.D. Davis working to prove that 2019 was no fluke

With his two-hit game Saturday night, J.D. Davis extended his hitting streak to 12 games. After starting the season 0-6, Davis now boasts a .319/.389/.532 slash line. Those numbers compare favorably to his breakout year of 2019, when he slashed .307/.369/.527 in his first shot at consistent playing time in MLB. In 154 games as [...]

Andres Gimenez stakes claim to remain in the starting lineup

Some eyebrows were raised when Andres Gimenez made the Opening Day roster once the 2020 season got underway. But manager Luis Rojas has done a good job finding ways to get Gimenez’ feet wet. He’s come in as a defensive replacement in his first five games and now he’s been the starter five of his [...]

Gut Reaction: Mets 3, Nationals 1 (8/5/20)

The Mets got a strong pitching performance from Rick Porcello and just enough timely hits to earn a 3-1 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. It was the 150th career victory for Porcello. After starting his Mets career with two disastrous outings, Porcello gave up a run after facing just four batters and it looked [...]