What free agency is saying about Mets, Jacob deGrom’s value

When a team clinches a playoff berth, two quotes almost always come to that my mind The first is from Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, who told me several years ago — before Los Angeles had won its only championship since 1988 in 2020 — “If only one team has a successful year … Read more

Mets rally to beat Pirates, salvage Jacob deGrom’s start

A special day from Jacob deGrom turned sour with one swing of the bat. The Mets returned the favor — and then some — two innings later to finish off a four-game sweep. After deGrom’s 13-strikeout gem was spoiled by a game-tying home run in the sixth inning, Brandon Nimmo delivered a go-ahead single in … Read more

Chris Bassitt stops Pirates to lead Mets to third win in row

Jacob deGrom is a freak and Max Scherzer is a master, fully in charge at all times. Chris Bassitt’s game, by comparison, does not lend itself to much superlatives, yet the right-hander, whose fastball merely lives in the low-to-mid-90s, has been the most reliable Mets starter throughout this season. The overlooked and quietly overpowering No. … Read more

Breaking down factors that will decide the Mets-Braves NL East race

What will matter more: the Mets’ schedule or the Braves’ sizzle? No one has an easier slate remaining than the Mets. No one is playing better than the Braves. With 24 games left, the Mets have the smoother course ahead. The Braves, with 25 games left, have a seven-game winning streak and momentum that has … Read more

Mets give their fans reason to exhale with the sweep of Pirartes

There is one note-perfect scene in the movie “Fever Pitch” — the America remake, that is — that every sports fan understands. Jimmy Fallon and his fellow Red Sox fans are drowning their sorrows after Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. They are disconsolate. They are depressed. The Sox are down 0-3 in the best … Read more

Jacob deGrom puts the Mets back in first place with the sweep of the Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Two dominant starting pitching performances and quality offensive showings later, the Mets’ ship is sailing again. The 1-2 combo of Chris Bassitt and Jacob deGrom was too much for this boatload of Pirates, who were equally flustered in trying to contain the likes of Eduardo Escobar, Tyler Naquin and Francisco Lindor over 18 … Read more