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Kenneth Lavin

Open Thread: Nationals vs Astros, World Series Game 2

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Verlander and the Astros look to even the series against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals tonight in Game 2 of the World Series.

8:07 PM EDT: Nationals vs. Astros

Starting Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals, Justin Verlander, Astros

Nationals lineup Trea Turner - SS Adam Eaton - RF Anthony Rendon - 3B Juan Soto - LF Howie Kendrick - DH Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C Victor Robles - CF

Stephen Strasburg -...

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Steve Sypa

The 11 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 3, Junior Santos

Junior Santos | Steve Sypa

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2019.

DISCLAIMER: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2019 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams, attending Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies games, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Syracuse Mets, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect...

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Brian Salvatore

Robert Gsellman had a very Robert Gsellman season

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The right-handed reliever keeps flashing brilliance, but not often enough.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: the Mets had high hopes that Robert Gsellman would take a step forward in 2019, living up to some of the potential he flashed as a starter in 2016-2017. Unfortunately, in a refrain that is practically committed to memory by this point, Gsellman continued to struggle with consistency this season.

On an appearance by appearance basis,...

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Kory Powell

Mets Morning News for October 23, 2019

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The Mets contacted Mike Matheny to gauge his interest in the Mets position.

Carlos Beltran will have his second interview with the Mets later this week.

Tim Britton looks at what Zack Wheeler is worth and what the Mets should be willing to pay him.

Around the National League East

In their first ever World Series game, the Nationals topped the Astros 5-4 behind a big...

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Robert Wolff

UnforMETable: Kevin Bass

Prior to his forgettable stint with the 1992 Mets, Kevin Bass opposed New York in the 1986 National League Championship Series.

Welcome to UnforMETable, an Amazin’ Avenue Audio show that looks back on less heralded, more obscure, but quintessential Mets players from the past.

Kevin Bass came to the Mets in the summer of 1992, as New York tried to stoke the flaming embers of a near dynastic run and make a desperate playoff push.

Bass’s most indelible tie to the franchise, though, was at...

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Mets begin narrowing field in search for new manager

The Mets have begun narrowing the field in their managerial search, as Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that neither Padres first base coach Skip Schumaker nor D-backs director of player development Mike Bell will receive a second interview. Joe Girardi, Eduardo Perez, Carlos Beltran, Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas, Nationals first base coach and Twins bench coach Derek Shelton are all in line for second-round interviews in the near future. New York’s search doesn’t...

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Kenneth Lavin

Open Thread: Nationals vs Astros, World Series Game 1

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Max Scherzer and the Nationals take on Gerrit Cole and the Astros in game 1 of the World Series tonight in Houston.

8:08 PM EDT: Nationals vs. Astros

Starting Pitcher: Max Scherzer, Nationals, Gerrit Cole, Astros

Nationals lineup Trea Turner - SS Adam Eaton - RF Anthony Rendon - 3B Juan Soto - LF Howie Kendrick - DH Asdrubal Cabrera - 2B Ryan Zimmerman - 1B Kurt Suzuki - C Victor Robles - CF

Max Scherzer - RHP

Astros lineup George Springer -...

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Could a ‘bombshell candidate’ shake up Mets’ managerial search?

The search for a new manager rages on for the New York Mets, and several Tuesday reports suggest that if a clear favorite does not emerge for the job, a “bombshell candidate” could serve as a fallback option. Who might that “bombshell candidate” be? Some have suggested — and since dismissed — that David Wright could be the guy, while others have batted around names such as Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Valentine, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Joe Torre, Jessica Mendoza, Mike Piazza and...

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Steve Sypa

The 11 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 4, Thomas Szapucki

Thomas Szapucki | Steve Sypa

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2019.

DISCLAIMER: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2019 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams, attending Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies games, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Syracuse Mets, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect...

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Maggie Wiggin

Astros release appalling statement on disturbing behavior from assistant GM regarding Roberto Osuna

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Assistant GM Brandon Taubman is under fire for his behavior at the ALCS celebration, and the team is giving him cover.

In a disturbing article published last night by Sports Illustrated, Stephanie Apstein reported an incident during the Astros’ ALCS-winning celebration in which Houston Assistant GM Brandon Taubman came up to a group of reporters—all female with one wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet—and “yelled, half a dozen...

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David Capobianco

The Mets gave up on Travis d’Arnaud, and he made them regret it

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d’Arnaud helped the Rays to the postseason, while the Mets rostered Tomas Nido all year.

Last offseason, the Mets faced a tough decision with catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The once-heralded prospect had suffered through an injury-laden career to that point, and was coming off Tommy John Surgery. d’Arnaud had been a decent catcher when healthy, but was due $3.5 million in arbitration coming off a lost season, and the Mets already had Kevin Plawecki and...

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Vasilis Drimalitis

Mets Morning News for October 22, 2019

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Your Tuesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

The managerial picture has become (somewhat) clearer: Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Luis Rojas have been called back to interview for a second time as they look to become the next Mets’ manager. Tim Bogar may also still be in the running.

Each of the remaining candidates come with pros and cons.

Up to this point, it’s been difficult figuring out the...

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Steve Sypa

The 11 best Mets minor league pitchers I saw this year: 5, Ryley Gilliam

Ryley Gilliam | Steve Sypa

Counting down the best minor league pitchers I saw in 2019.

DISCLAIMER: This is a ranking of the best players that I saw during the 2019 season. I saw a wide cross-section of teams, attending Kingsport Mets, Brooklyn Cyclones, Columbia Fireflies, and Binghamton Rumble Ponies games, but I did not see the GCL Mets, St. Lucie Mets, or Syracuse Mets, nor did I attend every single game of the teams that I did see. As such, this is not a comprehensive Mets prospect...

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Michael Drago

Jeff McNeil established himself as a star in 2019

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The long disregarded prospect permanently silenced the doubters and cemented his status as a building block for the Mets.

Jeff McNeil’s debut in 2018 was fairly brief—he only appeared in 63 games for the major league team, as the front office resisted calls to promote him earlier in the season—but it was incredibly memorable. The then-26-year-old infielder did nothing but hit as soon as he was called up, and he ended his rookie campaign with a...

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Steve Sypa

From Complex to Queens: Minor league baseball is under attack!

The team talks about the proposed changes to the minor leagues, and boy, they aren’t happy.

Welcome back to From Complex to Queens, the podcast from Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system.

First, Steve, Lukas, and Ken honor Lynyrd Skynyrd by looking at the best players in the history of baseball from Alabama in Promote, Extend, Trade.

Next, with the fifth week of the Arizona Fall League in the books, they review how the players that the Mets sent to the AFL are...

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Chris McShane

Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi among Mets’ managerial finalists

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Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar round out the reported field.

As the Mets continue their search for the team’s next manager, the field is down to a few finalists: Carlos Beltran, Joe Girardi, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez. That’s according to Ken Rosenthal, who tweeted those names last night and mentioned that they will all get a second in-person interview with the Mets.

Beltran is, of course, one of the greatest position players in Mets...

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Richard Staff

Mets Morning News for October 21, 2019

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

For the second round of managerial interviews, the Mets announced that in addition to Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez would come in again.

Later in the night, Ken Rosenthal reported that Joe Girardi and Tim Bogar are the third and fourth names to official be accepted into the second round of interviews.

Around the National League East

While the franchise spent nearly 40 years occupying Olympic Stadium,...

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Steve Sypa

Mets Arizona Fall League Update: Week 5

Andres Gimenez | Photo by Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Catch up on the Mets’ prospects playing in the Arizona Fall League with our weekly update.

OCTOBER 14

SCOTTSDALE 6, SALT RIVER 5 (BOX)

SS Andres Gimenez: 2-5, R, K

2B Luis Carpio: 0-3, R, BB, 2 K

C Ali Sanchez: 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, E (1)

LHP David Peterson: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR

OCTOBER 15

SCOTTSDALE 2, SALT RIVER 1 (BOX)

1B Ali Sanchez: 0-4, K

C Patrick Mazeika: 1-3, E (1)

LHP Blake Taylor: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0...

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Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez confirmed for second interviews with Mets

The Mets are entering their second round of managerial interviews, with two names already scheduled for another meeting with team brass. SNY’s Andy Martino reported yesterday that long-time Mets star Carlos Beltran was expected to get another interview, and Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that the Mets have indeed asked the Yankees for permission to speak with Beltran (who is a special advisor to the Yankees GM Brian Cashman). Eduardo Perez, the former first baseman and current...

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Mets Rumors: Eduardo Perez to Get 2nd Interview Along with Carlos Beltran

The New York Mets are chipping away at managerial candidates. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal , the Mets are set to interview Eduardo Perez for the second time and "seeking" to also invite Carlos Beltran back for a second interview...

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