How steep will the Mets’ “June Swoon” be?

Some things are simply inevitable. Like death and taxes. For the last 15 years or so, an addition to that short list has been necessary: the Mets’ early season promise disappearing as the All-Star break approaches. Even in the grand years, like 2015 and 2016, mid-June-to-early-July has been a tough slog for the boys from [...]

Beyond the record: signs the Mets are having a good year

Sometimes, you just…know, y’know? A long baseball season is always fraught with signals and portents about what type of season it will be. We all try and read the tea leaves, especially in April and May. A baseball season is long, of course, and this week’s harbinger is next week’s dashed hope. Even a flying [...]

Jeff McNeil is playing himself off the trade market

Yeah, it’s only two games. I know. Two games against the Washington Nationals, this year’s NL East putative doormats. So as is the case every April, all enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that the sun hasn’t really risen on this season yet. But man, the Mets look good! Tylor Megill’s surprise quality start in [...]

Finally, the Mets are as serious as we are

Spring Training camps open today. I expected to write that a month ago, but whaddayagonnado? The principal players in the bad production called “The Odious Baseball Lockout of 2022” provided the drama and suspense needed for good theatre, but the audience certainly suffered for it. At least there was a happy -- if unsatisfying for [...]

Gil Hodges’s Hall of Fame election and the Mets managerial search

Nothing causes you to examine your present quite like something good happening to someone from your past. Your childhood best friend gets married and that makes you wonder why you can’t get a date. A co-worker – hired the same day as you -- gets a great promotion and you find yourself still in the [...]

The 2021 Mets and the 1985 Mets: similar, but not the same

As this is written, the New York Mets are coming off a very large win over their crosstown rivals, the New York Yankees. The victory restores their record to .500, squaring up at 71-71 and putting them a bare half-game behind the Philadelphia Phillies for second place in the NL East, five behind the Atlanta [...]

The Mets could be this year’s runaway hit

A couple of weeks ago, much was made of Broadway’s return to action. In the early summer, post-pandemic atmosphere of gaiety, the comeback of the theatre was hailed as yet another sign of the world’s slow return to normalcy: the Great Bright Way is shining once again. The baseball season is looking pretty bright around [...]

Jacob deGrom’s elbow spotlights the Mets’ tenuous hold on first place

You can pretty much say that baseball is back. On Friday night, June 11, a maximum allowable capacity – 90% in these post-COVID days – stuffed Citi Field for the beginning of a much-anticipated series. Everyone’s darling, the “It Girl” of 2021, the San Diego Padres came to town for their first and only road [...]