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…

Why this Mets win felt like Game 162

Why this Mets win felt like Game 162

You are a Mets fan and you were thinking the worst. Four batters into the game Steven Matz had allowed a three-run homer to Ryan Zimmerman. Seven innings done and the Mets had two hits. The outs and innings were ebbing away…

Mets can’t rebound from brutal loss, fall to rival Nationals again

Mets can’t rebound from brutal loss, fall to rival Nationals again

In this version of “The Hangover,” the Mets applied pressure on the Nationals before fading into hibernation on a wintry night. Opportunities were plentiful for the Mets, but the hit that would have turned the previous night’s bullpen implosion into something of…

Mickey Callaway can’t regret this cruel managing lesson

Mickey Callaway can’t regret this cruel managing lesson

It’s probably best that Mickey Callaway learned in his 15th game as a manager the harshest of all lessons that eventually visit all major league managers, rookie or veteran, lessons that have been handed down since Connie Mack and John McGraw were…

The Mets’ 2017 misery could be saving them now

The Mets’ 2017 misery could be saving them now

You know what this year’s Mets have done? Confused me about last year’s Mets. I picked the 2017 Mets to win the NL East because I thought their late-season run to the wild card the previous season through some significant injury had…

Mets prove they can win in spite of Mickey Callaway, too

Mets prove they can win in spite of Mickey Callaway, too

When Wilmer Flores delivered his third career walk-off homer Sunday afternoon, allowing the brave denizens of arctic Citi Field to depart happily with a 3-2 Mets victory over the Brewers, baseball’s most surprising team proved another point: Their success can’t be attributed…

It has somehow gotten uglier for Jose Reyes

It has somehow gotten uglier for Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes and David Wright may never play together again, but the forever-intertwined teammates still share so much in common — including the fact neither one of them has a hit this year. Reyes went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday’s 3-2…

How Mets have looked like team Yankees were supposed to be

How Mets have looked like team Yankees were supposed to be

Hollywood has played with the theme of identity switching quite often — whether Lily Tomlin morphed into Steve Martin in “All of Me” or Tom Hanks became “Big” or Nicolas Cage and John Travolta (spoiler alert) switched faces in “Face/Off.” For two-plus…

Inside look at why Mets are off to stunning 10-1 start

Inside look at why Mets are off to stunning 10-1 start

Envisioning the best start through 11 games in Mets history likely would have included the idea of dominant starting pitching. But the Mets are 10-1 largely because of factors beyond Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, who…

Mets building team chemistry, just like Salt & Pepper

Mets building team chemistry, just like Salt & Pepper

MIAMI — Mickey’s magic Mets. The happiest baseball place on earth right now. Mickey Callaway continues to push all the right buttons and on Wednesday night the Mets’ winning streak jumped to eight games as they blazed to the best 11-game start…