Mets lose Taijuan Walker, fall to Braves as NL East lead shrinks

ATLANTA — At least they have got Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom aligned for the next two nights? The Mets need something to which they can cling for the rest of this series against the Braves, and the presence of their aces — provided they can stay on the mound — serves as comfort food. … Read more

Surging Mets at top of their game, about to get ‘challenged’

They opened the homestand by bashing the Braves and ended it by stifling the Phillies. In between, they overmatched the Reds. The Mets are at the height of their powers. They shut out the Phillies for the final 18 innings of the series while allowing two runs in total to a loaded lineup, albeit without … Read more

Mets waste Max Scherzer’s gem in extra-inning loss to Phillies

The Mets lost two contributors, then lost a winning streak in a heartbreaker. The Phillies cut down the potential winning run at the plate in the ninth inning and then capitalized with a run in the 10th to steal a 2-1 victory in front of 38,467 at Citi Field on Friday night. The Mets’ six-game … Read more

Mets’ Francisco Lindor may end up being worth $341 million

Francisco Lindor slid a bag over his shoulder, fist-bumped a few young boys eating pizza in the clubhouse, then headed for the Citi Field door and a desperately needed day off after playing his 111th game out of a possible 112 this season. The Mets shortstop stopped for a minute when a reporter asked how … Read more

Braves’ Spencer Strider not impressed with Mets: ‘A lot of luck’

The Mets chased Spencer Strider out in the third inning of Sunday’s victory over the Braves – though the rookie pitcher did not sound impressed. Strider was tagged for four runs and six hits before Braves manager Brian Snitker pulled him after 2 2/3 innings and 79 pitches thrown. Shortly after the 5-2 loss, the … Read more

Mets piling up wins by playing old-school gritty baseball

You’re telling me that Buck Showalter couldn’t get back into a major league dugout for three years because teams’ owners and new-age front office personnel thought the old school manager would demand too much authority? Oh, my goodness graceful. The culture shift in Queens has been as dramatic as the turnaround in the Mets’ record … Read more

Max Scherzer, Pete Alonso propel Mets to sweep over Braves

The NL East cannot be won in August, never mind in one series, even if it is five games. But the Mets are at least giving themselves a little more room to breathe. Strong starting pitching from David Peterson and Max Scherzer, plus standout offensive performances by Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso, fueled the Mets … Read more

David Peterson, Francisco Lindor power Mets over Braves

After nearly coming all the way back from an eight-run deficit Friday night, the Mets made things much easier for themselves to start their doubleheader Saturday. Of course, it helps when Francisco Lindor and David Peterson have the kind of games they did. The Mets grabbed the lead in the first inning, kept adding to … Read more

Taijuan Walker’s ugly start dooms Mets in loss to Braves

With a doubleheader looming on Saturday, the Mets could ill afford a short start Friday night. But Taijuan Walker gave them that short start, a potential injury scare and an eight-run deficit in one fell swoop. Walker’s night ended before he could record a fourth out, and he had dug the Mets a big hole … Read more

Mets’ new additions erupt for three homers in win over Braves

The Mets are whole, playing their best baseball of the season and establishing their promise against a team with postseason bona fides. They entered a five-game set against the Braves in first place in the NL East, and the Mets will finish the series in the same spot after riding four home runs to a … Read more