The Atlanta Braves edged the New York Mets to continue their winning streak in MLB.
Anthony Kay is on his way to becoming a member of the ever-growing club of former Mets prospects who might one day come back to haunt the organization. The MLB trade deadline was just three days away when the left-handed pitcher learned on Twitter he and fellow hurler Simeon Woods Richardson were being sent from the suddenly surging Mets to the Blue Jays for veteran starter Marcus Stroman. Stroman has helped the Mets remain in contention, two games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Meanwhile Kay, like Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn — the pair of talented prospects traded last winter to the Mariners for the so-far disappointing Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano — is impressing with his new organization.
In partnership with Alzheimer's New Jersey® and the New York Mets, RPM Raceway, America's ultimate all-electric indoor karting and entertainment destination, will be raising funds and awareness for dementia and brain health by honoring Tom Seaver, the New York Mets Hall-of-Famer who was recently diagnosed with dementia. On Wednesday, August 28, current New York Mets player, Jeff McNeil, will drive the RPM Raceway track to help honor Tom Seaver. McNeil, who will be joined by RPM Raceway representatives and a lucky fan selected upon arrival to the event, will complete 41 laps around RPM's quarter-mile track, symbolic of the number Seaver wore throughout his legendary career. RPM Raceway's doors
Pete Alonso crushed a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game against the Braves. It marked his 41st home run of the season, tying the Mets' single-season home run record held by Todd Hundley (1996) and Carlos Beltrán (2006). The Mets are playing their 130th game of the season today, so Alonso has 32 more games with which he can add to his total. He's currently on pace for 51 homers. Entering Sunday's action, Alonso was batting .266/.369/.593 with 26 doubles, 100 RBI, and 77 runs scored along with the 41 dingers. With the Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. likely out for the remainder of the season due to a stress reaction in his lower back, the NL Rookie of the Year
The Mets have accomplished plenty this season, but unless their bullpen improves, the best they could hope for is a one-and-done playoff trip.
Like a Timex watch, the Atlanta Braves take a licking but keep on ticking. They ran their win streak to eight straight Sunday with a 2-1 win over the New York Mets at CitiField. Eight-game streaks are not common in baseball but even less so when the streaking team has five key position players on the shelf. Outfielders Nick Markakis, Ender Inciarte, and Austin Riley have been out for weeks, preceding shortstop Dansby Swanson and catcher Brian McCann on Atlanta's over-crowded injured list. Somehow, the Braves have maintained their comfortable lead atop the National League East, where they led the Washington Nationals by six games. A young team defending a 2018 division crown no one expected, Atlanta
Steven Matz has been excellent for much of the second half and delivered another strong outing in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Braves, but there remains cause for concern with the left-hander, who is dealing with a blister on his middle finger. The blister, he said, cropped up after the All-Star break and affected him again Sunday, which was one of the reasons Mickey Callaway elected to take Matz out after six innings and 102 pitches — despite Matz having allowed just one run on two hits. “He's been battling a blister the last few starts and it was just so sore,'' Callaway said after the Mets were swept by Atlanta at Citi Field. “He came in after the fifth and was like, 'Probably one more,' so it
A look at what's happening around the majors today: WHO ARE THOSE GUYS? A marquee matchup is set at Dodger Stadium when major league wins leader Domingo Germán (16-3, 4.15 ERA) starts for the Yankees against Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 2.71). It's the last game of the day, meaning the final time we'll see those, um, unusual uniforms big leaguers have been wearing during Players' Weekend. The all-white and all-black, monochromatic outfits have been widely panned by fashionistas — not to mention that it's hard to read the numbers and nicknames on the jerseys. "What's the slogan, 'Let the kids play'?" Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. "Let the grown-ups look like morons." Said Dodgers
Forget how it ends: What the Mets have done these past few weeks is one of the rare things we ever see around here, which is to take a season that had already been helplessly, hopelessly given up on and inject it with real hope, real life. We have written plenty about the '73 Mets, who went from last place in the NL East on Aug. 30 all the way to Game 7 of the World Series, and they are the patron saints of these lost causes. But every now and then, they produce heirs, in baseball and elsewhere, that remind us: Whenever you think it's totally irrational to wait for the big winning streak to salvage the season …… sometimes it's not so irrational. Here are some of our favorite in-season comebacks,
The clubhouse door swung open and in strode Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario. Together — as usual. The veteran and the youngster aren't next to one another in the field lately because Cano is attempting to return from a torn left hamstring, but that hasn't changed the dynamic between the two. When there is downtime, they are often side by side. It can be in the clubhouse. It can be in the dugout. But when you see Cano, you usually see Rosario right there, listening to advice from the eight-time All-Star. “They're together constantly,” manager Mickey Callaway said. It's not a stretch to say Cano, 36, has at least helped Rosario break out and become an impact player in the second half of the season,
Adeiny Hechavarria's double helped Atlanta beat the Mets on Friday. Hechavarria was DFA'd by the Mets a day before his $1 million bonus was due.
Follow the money. Adeiny Hechavarria was due a $1 million bonus and was designated for assignment just before the deadline to pay him earlier this month. That's why he is no longer a Met, the veteran infielder believes. “It can't be a coincidence that the day before I was due a bonus it obviously went down. I think the same thing happened with [Carlos] Gomez as well,” Hechavarria said. “It's hard to believe to say it was a coincidence. But that's baseball and that's the business of the game.” He got revenge in his return to Queens. Hechavarria set up the game-winning rally Friday night at Citi Field, doubling to the gap in right-center field against Jeurys Familia in the 14th inning of the Braves'