MLB Power Rankings: The Padres reach a season high and the Phillies are flying

Every week,​ we​ ask all​ of our baseball​ writers​ — both the​ local​ scribes​ and the national team,​ more​ than​​ 30 writers in all — to rank the teams from first to worst. Here are the collective results, the TA30. The first time Ozzie Smith made an All-Star team was 1981, and The Wizard was … Read more

Mets ride Taijuan Walker’s gem in win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Taijuan Walker was the hardest-working pitcher on the Mets’ marathon West Coast swing that concluded Sunday night.  Seldom does a pitcher receive three starts on the same road trip, but there was Walker facing the Angels to bookend a journey that began with him on the mound at Dodger Stadium on June … Read more

Mets not waiting for Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer to be ‘savior’

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Francisco Lindor understands the anticipation of two Mets aces potentially returning in the coming weeks, but isn’t waiting around to get rescued.  As the NL East race continues to tighten, the Mets shortstop said Sunday that any thoughts Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer alone will carry the team upon returning are misguided.  … Read more

Luis Guillorme Receives All-Star Praise From Buck Showalter

Photo by Roberto Carlo If Mets’ manager Buck Showalter had his way, Luis Guillorme would be going to the 2022 All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Having established himself as a regular on the Mets’ lineup card this season, Guillorme has won the trust of Showalter and he’s paid that back with some clutch performances at the … Read more

David Peterson remains part of Mets’ rotation plan

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mets are still deciding when David Peterson will pitch again, but the left-hander remains part of the team’s rotation plans, pitching coach Jeremy Hefner said. Tylor Megill’s return from the injured list means team officials must decide whether Peterson or Trevor Williams will get squeezed from the rotation. For now, the … Read more

Mike Trout’s two homers sink Mets as Angels roll

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Mets weren’t lucky enough to leave town before Mike Trout got healthy. Flush it and move on. That is the best advice Buck Showalter’s team can take after Trout tormented it Saturday night, with a hand from Shohei Ohtani, in the Mets’ 11-6 loss to the Angels. Trout blasted two homers … Read more

Brandon Nimmo played through injury to ease burden on teammates

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The easiest thing for Brandon Nimmo would have been to take two weeks off, allowing his wrist to heal and ensuring his numbers wouldn’t suffer.  But that is not part of the Mets outfielder’s DNA.  Nimmo has struggled at the plate after a late-May sprained right wrist forced him to miss games … Read more

Seth Lugo ‘overthrew’ amid rare closing opportunity

SAN DIEGO — Seth Lugo’s ninth-inning meltdown against the Dodgers could have been a product of the situation.  In assessing the right-hander’s woes from the previous day, when Lugo surrendered two runs in the ninth inning for a blown save, pitching coach Jeremy Hefner on Monday indicated the reliever was overthrowing, which might have had … Read more

Examining Baseball America’s Latest Mock Draft

Photo via Virginia Tech athletics. The most recent mock draft from Baseball America has the Mets selecting two of the more popular prospects in this year’s Amateur Draft. Baseball America mocks the New York Mets selecting Virginia Tech OF Gavin Cross and St. Mary Prep HS RHP Brock Porter at numbers 11 and 14 respectively. The … Read more