David Peterson’s big strikeout game, Conforto’s big strikeout week, Shreve’s big season

David Peterson opened the year as a depth starter. Saturday night he allowed just 1 ER in 6 IP against the East-leading Braves to pick up his fifth win of the season, tops on the Mets. He pitched out of some trouble in the second inning, escaping without a run after starting the inning with [...]

How the Mets stack up against the competition for a playoff spot

The Mets did enough in their series with the Phillies, winning two of three games, to remain alive in the chase for the playoffs. With 10 games remaining, they are 23-27 and are one of eight teams fighting for the four-remaining spots in the postseason. The Braves, Cubs, Dodgers and Padres have either clinched or [...]

The six 2020 Mets who deserve All-Star consideration

There’s no All-Star game in 2020 yet if there was one, the Mets would have no fewer than six candidates worthy of a long look. It’s kind of remarkable that the team with the fourth-worst record in the league could make a case for that type of representation. It’s either a perfect representation of how [...]

Gut Reaction: Mets 5, Phillies 4 (9/16/20)

If before the game started, you were told that Jacob deGrom got pulled after two innings and that Michael Wacha was coming in with the game already at a 3-0 deficit, well you wouldn’t have given the Mets’ a snowball’s chance of winning. The Phillies actually had an 85.4 Win Expectancy during the second inning. [...]

Jeff McNeil’s power surge, Jeurys Familia’s rebound and more on blowouts

It used to be that you talked about a team’s performance with runners in scoring position and people’s eyes would glaze over. And then 2016 happened, when for nearly five months out of the season, the Mets had the worst performance in the category since the expansion Padres in 1969. Then people started taking notice. [...]

Gut Reaction: Blue Jays 3, Mets 2 (9/12/20)

If you like lousy hitting, poor baserunning, bad umpiring and terrible defense, boy this game was for you. It sure didn’t resemble major league baseball, which is fitting since the game was played in Buffalo. The Blue Jays won the game on a pickoff play, one that was originally called safe and overruled by replay, [...]