• Bullpen is always the culprit behind Mets’ heartbreak

    Bullpen is always the culprit behind Mets’ heartbreak

    Bart Giamatti once wrote of baseball, “It breaks your heart,” and just think, the late commissioner published that 31 Mets bullpens ago. If it’s a Mets gut-punch loss, it must be their bullpen. OK, to be fair, their 10-inning, 9-8 defeat to the Phillies on Monday afternoon at Citi Field could’ve been far more pedestrian …
  • Seth Lugo give Mets’ rotation big lift in win over Phillies

    Seth Lugo give Mets’ rotation big lift in win over Phillies

    The Mets have enough problems filling a rotation that includes Seth Lugo. Without Lugo’s transition from the bullpen, this starting pitching mess would be piled higher and deeper. Saturday night the right-hander completed his buildup, reaching five innings for the first time and giving the Mets hope they have a respectable No. 2 behind Jacob …
  • Mets blanked twice in sweep in return from coronavirus hiatus

    Mets blanked twice in sweep in return from coronavirus hiatus

    After spending the weekend cooped up inside their homes following a player and coach testing positive for COVID-19 last Thursday, the Mets resumed their season Tuesday. They were quickly reminded of frustrations that don’t exist in quarantine: rain delays, runners left in scoring position and all-around sloppy play. What was a problem before the Mets’ …
  • Mets need bullpen to save their season this time

    Mets need bullpen to save their season this time

    Many of them know the journey. Now all they must do is carve a radically different route. Think of it like opting for the alternate course on Google Maps. The meandering Mets thumped the surprising Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park, 11-4, a much-needed reboot after the Phillies swept them out of Citizens Bank …
  • Mets 2020 preview: Shaky bullpen will make or break playoff chances

    Mets 2020 preview: Shaky bullpen will make or break playoff chances

    Rewind to early March, when life still seemed mostly normal and the countdown was underway to the Mets opening the 2020 season. At the time, the Mets didn’t resemble a team that was an obvious favorite in the NL East, but likewise it was hard to say they shouldn’t compete for first place. The lineup …