• Jacob deGrom-less Mets fall to Phillies after Seth Lugo falters in ninth

    Jacob deGrom-less Mets fall to Phillies after Seth Lugo falters in ninth

    PHILADELPHIA — Five runs for a Jacob deGrom start might have cut it, but forget about it on a night the Mets were forced to test their ultra-thin starting pitching depth yet again. With Jacob deGrom’s neck hurting and the bullpen on fumes from recent activity, team brass saw Walker Lockett as the best option …
  • Mets clip Nationals as Rick Porcello steps up

    Mets clip Nationals as Rick Porcello steps up

    WASHINGTON — The battle between 2016 Cy Young award-winners ended with one injured and the other in control. If you guessed Rick Porcello as the injured, given the Mets’ health misfortunes this week and Max Scherzer’s ability to dominate, wrong answer. In the kind of performance the team envisioned when it gave Porcello a one-year …
  • Mets blow six-run lead as bullpen implodes for crushing loss

    Mets blow six-run lead as bullpen implodes for crushing loss

    ATLANTA — Meet the Mess, 2020 version. Just over a week into their 60-game season, the Mets have a glaring problem that will keep them socially distanced from even the expanded playoff format if they can’t find a fast solution. Just like old times, the bullpen is a raging inferno. Friday night it was Dellin …
  • Mets bullpen flops as rally falls short in loss to Red Sox

    Mets bullpen flops as rally falls short in loss to Red Sox

    The sight of Seth Lugo or Justin Wilson to protect a lead or tie usually ensures the Mets are in good shape, but Wednesday night they got hit with a double whammy. First, the ultra-reliable Lugo flushed a lead in the seventh inning by surrendering a long ball to tie it. Wilson took matters a …
  • Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes provides glimpse of what he was — and can be

    Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes provides glimpse of what he was — and can be

    He has been the old Sinatra song, all of it, a jumble of personas and personalities, going all the way back to the first day he showed up one week shy of five years ago. He’s been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn and a king — seizing New York by …
  • Mets mailbag: Figuring out the inevitable Noah Syndergaard contract mess

    Mets mailbag: Figuring out the inevitable Noah Syndergaard contract mess

    You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Mets. With Noah [Syndergaard] out all of 2020 and probably at least half of 2021 and probably due …