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

Quick hits: Cardinals’ offense is MIA again in series-ending loss to Reds | St. Louis Cardinals

The Cardinals took the weekend series from the Cincinnati Reds three games to two but they were fortunate to achieve that result considering the slow-to-warm offense they trotted out for most of the four days at Busch Stadium. In four of the five games, the Cardinals had one run in the first eight innings, one … Read more

Edwin Diaz slams the door for Mets in win over Pirates

Edwin Diaz’s infrequent usage in recent weeks has allowed the Mets the kind of luxury they took advantage of Friday night. Thrust into the eighth inning to protect a one-run lead, the All-Star closer came trotting from the bullpen and retired both batters he faced. Then he returned for the ninth, for another three outs. … Read more

Daniel Vogelbach helps Mets’ bats break out in win over Pirates

Daniel Vogelbach snapped out of a 5-for-42 funk. His replacement, Mark Vientos, snapped an 0-for-10 skid to begin his career and found his first hit. Francisco Lindor snapped back into the star he has played like for much of this season. Facing Carlos Carrasco and a Mets bullpen that combined for 16 strikeouts, Pirates batters … Read more

Sarris: Across MLB, spin rates are back up near their peak. Is the sticky stuff here to stay?

Is the battle against spin hopeless? Spin rates around baseball are climbing back up — almost back to where they were before baseball started to more actively enforce the foreign substance rules mid-season last year — and it’s probably due to some sort of evolution in the sticky solutions used by pitchers to augment their … Read more

Mets’ NL East lead in jeopardy after ugly loss to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — This schedule against last-place teams isn’t working out for the Mets, so maybe they need to play the Old Timers who appeared at Citi Field recently. Other than one Brandon Nimmo swing in the seventh inning Tuesday night, the Mets were an ugly sight to behold offensively, continuing the doldrums from their series … Read more

Unexpected day off may benefit Mets ahead of Pirates series

PITTSBURGH — Like many working folks the Mets received a holiday Monday, but this Labor Day break wasn’t planned. The tarp remained on the field at PNC Park, and before the Mets and Pirates could get too far into pregame routines, a morning decision was reached for a postponement that left the teams facing a … Read more