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…

Michael Conforto, Steven Matz propel Mets to a rare victory

Michael Conforto, Steven Matz propel Mets to a rare victory

PHOENIX — The rare combination of Matz and bats convened Saturday night to end a Mets losing streak. There was Steven Matz with 6 ²/₃ superb innings, but more startling was the Mets lineup resembling a competent unit, carried by Michael Conforto’s…

Mets sending bad message by sticking with washed-up vets

Mets sending bad message by sticking with washed-up vets

PHOENIX — First things first. The Mets must stop being baseball’s junkyard. Sandy Alderson and the Mets can at least make it look like they have a clue if they stop taking on other team’s aging rejects and putting them on the…

Sandy Alderson’s plan worked, just in time to maybe blow it up

Sandy Alderson’s plan worked, just in time to maybe blow it up

The crux of Sandy Alderson’s plan may never have worked better, and the Mets have hardly ever played worse. The Alderson Mets were designed to be led by elite starting pitching. That was re-emphasized when a pitching coach, Mickey Callaway, was named…

Seth Lugo mercifully comes to Mets’ rescue against Yankees

Seth Lugo mercifully comes to Mets’ rescue against Yankees

The disappointment of Noah Syndergaard’s unavailability to pitch Sunday didn’t run too deep for the Mets given the manner in which his replacement was pitching. And then Seth Lugo took his trustworthiness to another level with a gem against the hated Yankees….

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…

Yankees were always going to destroy Mets’ hopes like this

Yankees were always going to destroy Mets’ hopes like this

The kickoff to the 2018 Subway Series evoked the spirit of Dennis Green, the late football coach who blessed us with an all-time press-conference proclamation/exclamation: The Yankees are what we thought they were. The Mets, too. On Friday night at Citi Field,…

Lenny Dykstra says he’s the real victim in Uber drug bust

Lenny Dykstra says he’s the real victim in Uber drug bust

Troubled Mets great Lenny Dykstra claimed Friday he was a victim in last month’s incident involving an Uber driver that led to his arrest – and he intends to seek damages against the ride-share app. “I mean, look, they don’t call me…

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’ 2017 draft stud showing signs he could move fast

Mets’ 2017 draft stud showing signs he could move fast

The Mets watched their present and their future face off — a big, burly left-hander against a smooth, compact, left-handed swing. Sure, Michael Conforto (10th-overall pick in 2014) launched one to the moon in the spring-training matchup. But David Peterson (20th overall…

Alderson now thinks Mets being ‘too cautious’ on the injury front

Alderson now thinks Mets being ‘too cautious’ on the injury front

After another season filled with injuries, the Mets overhauled their medical staff this past offseason. That hasn’t stopped their disabled list from getting overcrowded already, just 53 games into 2018. But now the franchise is rethinking the way it handles those injuries…

How Brockmire became Hank Azaria’s defining role

How Brockmire became Hank Azaria’s defining role

When word first hit last year about “Brockmire,” a show on IFC starring Hank Azaria as a weathered baseball broadcaster, it struck me the same way it would if, say, Derek Jeter decided to run a football team. After all, Azaria has…

Mets get another pitcher scare as Steven Matz leaves early

Mets get another pitcher scare as Steven Matz leaves early

ATLANTA — The Mets rotation received another potential whammy on Tuesday. Only hours after the team announced Noah Syndergaard was headed to the disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger, Steven Matz was removed early from his start…

Mets bullpen finally delivers to salvage day-night split

Mets bullpen finally delivers to salvage day-night split

ATLANTA — Of all the possibilities to stabilize the Mets’ hemorrhaging bullpen, Hansel Robles was among the least likely Monday night. But the erratic reliever, just back from the disabled list, followed a short and ineffective outing from rookie P.J. Conlon with…

Mets collapse reaches epic proportions in embarrassing loss

Mets collapse reaches epic proportions in embarrassing loss

MILWAUKEE — In a race to the bottom in which everybody associated with the Mets loses, Jason Vargas and AJ Ramos are galloping like Secretariat but without a finish line in sight. The duo is earning $15.225 million combined this season, money…

AJ Ramos walks in winning run as Mets lose crusher in 10

AJ Ramos walks in winning run as Mets lose crusher in 10

MILWAUKEE — AJ Ramos’ allergic reaction to the strike zone continues to confound the Mets and send the veteran reliever deeper into the abyss. The right-hander had a brutal two-batter stretch in his appearance in the 10th inning Friday night, walking in…

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…

Mets agree to a deal with Jose Bautista

Mets agree to a deal with Jose Bautista

The Mets are taking a shot on Jose Bautista after the Braves gave up on him two days ago. The Mets agreed to a one-year deal with Bautista on Tuesday, the team announced, as an option for a right-handed bat in the…