The New York Mets ended an eventful Monday with a much-needed win. However, if they want to finally keep the drama to a minimum, they’ll need to carry the momentum of that victory into Tuesday night, when they host the Washington Nationals in the second game of a four-game series. The Mets’ Zack Wheeler (3-3, 4.85 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Nationals’ Erick Fedde (0-0, 3.38) in a battle of right-handers.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 6:59 am
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and Washington outfielder Adam Eaton had a heated exchange between innings that was caught by a television camera Monday night at Citi Field. The two players jawed at each other from a distance, prompting several Nationals to take a few steps out of the dugout before Frazier and Eaton were guided in opposite directions. Eaton took his position in right field, and Frazier was led back to the Mets bench on the first base side.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 6:00 am
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the team was informed Saturday night that Cespedes sustained multiple ankle fractures on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where the club’s spring training complex is located. He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position,” said Van Wagenen, who was Cespedes’ agent before becoming GM of the Mets last offseason. The 33-year-old Cespedes enjoys riding horses.
Posted: May 21, 2019, 5:01 am
Grim faces and awkward body language as Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and manager Mickey Callaway listen to GM Brodie Van Wagenen on Monday. NEW YORK — Coming off a disastrous 1-5 road trip capped by a three-game sweep at the hands of the Miami Marlins, the worst team in baseball, the Mets could very well have chosen to fire Mickey Callaway. “Mickey is our manager now and Mickey is our manager going forward,” Van Wagenen declared.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 11:37 pm
In a stunner — even for the New York Mets — GM Brodie Van Wagenen revealed Monday that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes sustained multiple fractures in his right ankle during a non-baseball related accident on his Florida ranch. Cespedes did not suffer the injury on a horse, Van Wagenen said — seriously. “He had a violent fall in which he stepped in a hole and put his leg and foot in a difficult position,” Van Wagenen said.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 9:00 pm
The Atlanta Braves acquired relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for a pair of relievers — injured Arodys Vizcaino and Jesse Biddle. Seattle will also send about $2 million to Atlanta to balance out the finances, according to Jon Heyman of the MLB Network. Swarzak, 33, is 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA this season, giving up six home runs in 13 2/2 innings in his first season with the Mariners.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 6:40 pm
Managers are rarely the focal point of a baseball series, especially one between two longtime rivals expected to battle each other for a division title this season. But the New York Mets and Washington Nationals are both a long way from looking like contenders, which is why Mickey Callaway and Dave Martinez are likely to be in the uncomfortable spotlight Monday night when the Mets host the Nationals in the opener of a four-game series. Mets right-hander Drew Gagnon (1-0, 4.09 ERA) is expected to make his first start of the season when he opposes Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.91).
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:49 am
Despite failing to run out a double-play ground ball for the second time in three games Sunday, New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano isn’t feeling any heat from his manager for the lack of hustle. With a runner on first and one out in a scoreless game in the top of the fourth Sunday, Cano chopped a ball that landed behind home plate and rolled into the batter’s box — a foul ball — and stepped out of the box rather than running to first. Miami catcher Chad Wallach, however, scooped up the ball as it rolled into fair territory, threw down to shortstop Miguel Rojas standing on second, and Rojas took his time in throwing to first baseman Neil Walker to complete the double play.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:11 am