ICYMI: Collins has earned a respectful goodbye from MLB, Mets
Lately, Mets manager Terry Collins has acted so mellow, so indifferent to the losing and injuries, that it seems to me that he's accepted he will not be back next season. And, interstingly, he also seems OK with it. According to multiple reports, Collins has told people he's unsure if he'll return to managing after this season. There have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension. Basically, it's time. His job here is done. Remember, when he was first hired, the Mets were looking for someone to help change the clubhouse culture. They wanted someone old school and disciplined, who would be good leading a young team about to lose a lot and enter a
Red Sox keep Yankees at arm's length, Brewers inch closer to Rockies
The Boston Red Sox trailed the Baltimore Orioles by five runs before a six-run fifth inning and RBI single by Andrew Benintendi in the 11th propelled them to a 10-8 win. The Yankees posted a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Twins thanks a first-inning homer from Aaron Judge and nine strikeouts from starting pitcher Jaime Garcia. It just put them five games up on the Twins for home-field advantage in the wildcard game.
Giancarlo Stanton Is Chasing an MLB Home Run Record, but Whose?
Home run number 55 was one of those shots that only Giancarlo Stanton, maybe, in the whole of professional baseball can hit. Stanton is hitting with the certainty of a man closing in on a record. Only five players have ever hit the 60-home-run mark in a single season: Babe Ruth in 1927, Roger Maris in 1961, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.
Baseball results
Sept 20 (Gracenote) - Results from the MLB games on Tuesday (home team in CAPS) SAN FRANCISCO 4 Colorado 3 SAN DIEGO 6 Arizona 2 Texas 3 SEATTLE 1 Cleveland 6 LA ANGELS
Matt Harvey has a 13.19 ERA since coming back from the disabled list
Matt Harvey‘s season was mostly a loss due to extended time on the disabled list. Last night Harvey gave up seven runs on 12 hits and struck out only two batters in four innings against a Marlins team that, until facing him anyway, had been reeling. It was his fourth start since going on the shelf in mid-June and in those four starts he’s allowed 21 runs, all earned, on 32 hits in 14.2 innings, for an ERA of 13.19.
Giancarlo Stanton is one homer closer to reaching the rare 60-home run club
Giancarlo Stanton’s historic home-run tear may have slowed down once the calendar flipped from August to September, but entering play Monday night he was six homers away from reaching 60 with 13 games left to play. Score one more for Stanton. The mighty Marlins slugger hit homer No. 55 on Monday night, a 455-foot blast that came off New York Mets starter Matt Harvey in the fourth inning.
Mets news, standings, links, and schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 19
Matt Harvey was dejected after giving up seven runs in four-plus innings in Monday's 13-1 loss to the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Harvey, who is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list due to a scapula injury, said he wasn't exactly sure where to place blame -- other than himself -- on his recent struggles. "Everybody's watching. I don't really know what there is to say except for there is nothing to say," Harvey told reporters. "It's terrible. It's not fun. There's really nothing to say. There's no reason for questions. There's no answers. There really isn't."
Mets' Syndergaard plans to pitch once or twice before season ends
Noah Syndergaard is planning to make one or two starts down the stretch for the New York Mets before the end of the MLB season. Syndergaard suffered an injury in April after refusing to have an MRI on the issue. The 2016 National League (NL) Cy Young award candidate then started a game and came out early with a partially torn latissimus muscle and has been working his way back to the majors since.
Yankees' Judge ties one Maris mark, Stanton inches closer to another
Roger Maris' 1961 season with the New York Yankees is one of the best by any player in MLB history but Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton are on the cusp of matching some of those historic numbers after homering on Monday. Marlins slugger Stanton now has 12 games left to hit six home runs to tie Maris or seven to beat him.
Gsellman aiming to end season on high note after win over Braves
Mets RHP Robert Gsellman gave up one unearned run in seven innings during Sunday's 5-1 win against the Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Gsellman, who entered Sunday with a 5.58 ERA and had allowed three or more runs in seven of his last eight starts, shut down the Braves, retiring 19 of the first 22 batters he faced. "He's a competitive guy, an outstanding athlete and he's being challenged by something right now," manager Terry Collins said. "He hasn't the kind of year that we anticipated or he anticipated and he's got to show us he can be one of those guys again, and today he showed us he could." Pitching coach Dan Warthen said he thought Gsellman struggled earl this season by trying to emulate
Matt Harvey's redemption tour continues tonight in Miami
Mets RHP Matt Harvey is expected to make three more starts this season, the first of which is scheduled for tonight against the Marlins in Miami. Harvey had been 4-3 with a 5.28 ERA before missing two and a half months with a stress injury in his pitching shoulder, which was the result off offseason surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. In his three starts since returning from injury, he has a 12.19 ERA.  "It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after his last start. "It's extremely frustrating. ... That's really all you can say about tonight." The next day, Terry Collins told reporters he respects Harvey's passion... "It signals that he is a human being,"
Highlights of Monday's MLB games
(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games: Marlins 13, Mets 1 Giancarlo Stanton drilled his major-league-leading 55th homer to lead the Miami Marlins to a 13-1 win over the New
Giancarlo Stanton slugs 55th HR of season; most in majors since 2006
Giancarlo Stanton?resumed his home-run-hitting ways Monday night, slugging No. 55 on the season in the team's 13-1 rout of the? New York Mets.? Batting third for the first time this year, Stanton's three-run shot came off Mets right-hander Matt Harvey.? It ended a six-game, 29 at-bat home run "drought" for the Marlins slugger. That was the most games Stanton had gone without hitting a home run since a 14-game span from May 9 to 24. Stanton's homer total is the highest since Ryan Howard hit 58 in 2006. He added a run-scoring single in Miami's seven-run fifth. Stanton entered the game 2-of-17 against Harvey in his career. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Noah Syndergaard should not return this season
This season is over and has been for months for the Mets. At this late stage, what's the point of Noah Syndergaard returning to a lost season? None.  Syndergaard did say that he does not want for "10 months to go by without me competing in a meaningful game." Well, to put it bluntly, there is no game from now until the end of the season that will be meaningful for the Mets. Yes, I know, Syndergaard essentially meant he wanted to be back playing on the major league stage -- which I'm sure would give him confidence and make him feel good about returning in 2018. But is that worth it? It is worth putting his health at risk just to return this season? No, it's not. The Mets have recently realized
'Friends' and Joey Tribbiani helped Latino ballplayers learn English
When you think about the TV show “Friends,” chances are you don’t think of baseball. The titular friends don’t play baseball and they don’t really talk about baseball (despite living in New York, a city with two major league baseball teams). James Wagner of the New York Times spoke to several Latin American baseball players about their love of “Friends,” and they all gave the sitcom credit for helping them become more comfortable with English.
Fall Fun with Citi: Ballpark Bites
As summer fades away, New Yorkers trade in their swimsuits for sweaters and start getting ready to bulk up for winter. And what better way to build up that extra layer of winter warmth than with the delicious food at Citi Field? In the fall, we can throw caution to the wind and eat whatever we please. French fries? Yes please. Ice cream in the second AND seventh innings? Absolutely. Three steak sandwiches? Just try to stop us. Pro tip: You can get $3 off a Pat LaFrieda original filet mignon steak sandwich at Citi Field if you use a Citi debit or credit card. So getting three makes good economic sense… right? Win or lose, fall games with the Mets mean baseball with a side of mouth-watering food
Noah Syndergaard threw simulated game today, doesn't want to rush return
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami prior to the team's game against the Marlins, saying afterwards that he doesn't want to rush his return. "I don't want to try to rush it and jump back out there too early because it is kind of a serious injury," Syndergaard told reporters. The Mets are reportedly concerned about having Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, Ehalt reported on Sunday. Syndergaard had hoped to return from a partially torn lat during this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves and did not report any issues during a bullpen session on Thursday, however manager Terry Collins said he wanted Syndergaard to face live batters before he returns to a game, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.
Mets news, standings, links, and schedule for Monday, Sept. 18
The Mets are reportedly concerned about having RHP Noah Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, according to The Record's Matt Ehalt. Syndergaard had hoped to return from a partially torn lat during this weekend's series against the Atlanta Braves and did not report any issues during a bullpen session on Thursday, however manager Terry Collins said he wanted Syndergaard to face live batters before he returns to a game, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. Collins said Syndergaard will pitch in a simulated game at some point this week. "We're just trying to make sure we do it the right way, without rushing," said Collins,
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