What the Mets can learn from the overachieving Rays

What the Mets can learn from the overachieving Rays

The Rays had 13 players hit more than six homers last year. Of those, only Kevin Kiermaier (15) remains. Their three pitchers who made their most starts (Chris Archer, Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi) are gone. Their three starter prospects most equipped…

Do-nothing Mets need elite GM in 2019 if they want to contend

Do-nothing Mets need elite GM in 2019 if they want to contend

WASHINGTON — Add it to the all-time “That’s so #Mets” files. Of course, hours after sticking with their roller-coaster starting rotation at the non-waivers trade deadline, the Mets suffered the worst loss of their franchise history Tuesday night, 25-4 to the Nationals…

Wilmer Flores shows love for Mets as trade possibility hovers

Wilmer Flores shows love for Mets as trade possibility hovers

TORONTO — Wilmer Flores cried when he thought the Mets had traded him to the Brewers. Nearly three years later, his sentiment about possibly leaving the only organization for which he has played hasn’t changed. “I don’t want to go anywhere,” Flores…

Mets’ one-time vital cog is now just a forgotten man

Mets’ one-time vital cog is now just a forgotten man

MIAMI — This is crystal clear. These Mets are no longer Yo’s team. The Mets came to Marlins Park on Friday and Yoenis Cespedes, who is rehabbing two hours north up Interstate 95 in Port St. Lucie, was not a visitor. “He…

Mickey Callaway delivers a necessary lesson to the Mets

Mickey Callaway delivers a necessary lesson to the Mets

PHOENIX — All the Mets position players gathered near home plate hours before Saturday night’s game against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Instead of taking batting practice, the group moved to first base along with base-running coach Ruben Amaro Jr. and the…

Offensive funk starting to frustrate the Mets

Offensive funk starting to frustrate the Mets

Brandon Nimmo made the Mets believe the offense’s long-awaited breakout was coming. The Mets followed by making everyone else believe it may never happen. Despite taking their first lead in a week with Nimmo’s leadoff home run, the Mets failed to score…

Asdrubal Cabrera bunted … disaster ensued

Asdrubal Cabrera bunted … disaster ensued

Asdrubal Cabrera was bunting on his own. But what might have seemed like a good idea turned into disaster for the veteran infielder, who popped up the bunt in Wednesday’s eighth inning and watched reliever Richard Bleier turn an easy double play…

How Yoenis Cespedes’ eventual return will ripple through Mets

How Yoenis Cespedes’ eventual return will ripple through Mets

The Mets moved closer to whole Tuesday, when they activated Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak from the disabled list. The next move, though, will be most fascinating and revelatory about the Mets. Jose Reyes was spared in this latest roster shuffle. But…

Mets manager must recall bullpen vision he once preached

Mets manager must recall bullpen vision he once preached

MILWAUKEE — Some Mets fans have lost confidence in Jeurys Familia, who has blown four saves, the most by any closer. Mickey Callaway hasn’t lost any confidence. In fact, the Mets manager said Thursday that Familia is pitching at the top of…

Mickey Callaway rotation gambit pays immediate dividends

Mickey Callaway rotation gambit pays immediate dividends

Score one for Mickey Callaway. Splitting up Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard in the rotation is something the Mets hope will get them playing competitive baseball again, and it worked to perfection Friday night against the Diamondbacks at chilly Citi Field. DeGrom…

DeGrom isn’t the star whose health Mets are gambling with

DeGrom isn’t the star whose health Mets are gambling with

PHILADELPHIA — There are decisions that ruin games and then there are decisions that ruin seasons, and Mets fans should appreciate that difference as well as any sports enthusiasts on this planet. Mickey Callaway made one call Sunday afternoon that cost the…

Asdrubal Cabrera could be free-agent test case next season

Asdrubal Cabrera could be free-agent test case next season

PHILADELPHIA — What could Asdrubal Cabrera do to boost his market this coming winter? He seems determined to find out. Oh, Cabrera won’t discuss this much. “I don’t want to think about it,” he said Saturday at Citizens Bank Park, before the…

Now comes the Mickey Callaway test that Collins usually aced

Now comes the Mickey Callaway test that Collins usually aced

Forget about the honeymoon being over. Mickey Callaway is one bad bullpen decision away from Mets fans suggesting they visit a relationship counselor together. So this is when Callaway declares himself, right? It’s going to have to be, with the Mets in…

Mets can’t even win a game when they get a good start

Mets can’t even win a game when they get a good start

The sun rose and set, fans came to the game despite pockets of migraine-inducing traffic. So, while enduring Life After Matt, matters pretty much stayed the same for the Mets on Saturday. And yes, they lost again, a fifth straight defeat, this…

Cabrera’s blast, deGrom’s gem propel Mets past Padres

Cabrera’s blast, deGrom’s gem propel Mets past Padres

SAN DIEGO — Another strong pitching performance by an ace had kept the Mets ahead into the seventh inning Friday night, but that guaranteed nothing. Enter the As-man. Asdrubal Cabrera had spent his previous three at-bats swinging right-handed against lefty Clayton Richard,…

Mets manager facing his first moment of truth

Mets manager facing his first moment of truth

ST. LOUIS — Now comes the true test for Mickey Callaway & Co. The Mets were on quite the role to start the season, but they have lost seven of 11 games — including an excruciating, 4-3, 13-inning defeat to the Cardinals…

Mets not quite sure what to do with Matt Harvey

Mets not quite sure what to do with Matt Harvey

ATLANTA — Matt Harvey may still believe he is starting-rotation material, but his manager holds the only vote that counts, with input from the Mets’ staff and front office. And for now Mickey Callaway is still trying to find an answer. On…

Matt Harvey’s latest stinker could be the last straw for Mets

Matt Harvey’s latest stinker could be the last straw for Mets

ATLANTA — The Mets’ symbolic salt-and-pepper shaker disappears on the days Matt Harvey pitches and is replaced by a jug of toilet water. Once the Dark Knight, the right-hander may have lost his opportunity to remain in the Mets’ rotation, with a…

Todd Frazier bringing all of his value to the Mets now

Todd Frazier bringing all of his value to the Mets now

ATLANTA — Over in The Bronx, Neil Walker looks more out of rhythm than Elaine dancing on “Seinfeld,” and right here with the Mets, Jose Reyes has raised early concerns about an expiration date. The Pirates’ Josh Harrison (fractured bone in left…