Michael Conforto flops in his personal “playoff series’

Before the Subway Series, Michael Conforto tried to downplay comparisons to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge. But it was obvious to Mets manager Terry Collins how important the series was to his young outfielder.It was four games in front of packed crowds, a big stage for Conforto.“This is a playoff series

It doesn’t get any easier for Mets: Giancarlo Stanton’s next

Aaron Judge’s titanic 457-foot blast into the third deck at Citi Field on Wednesday night may only be a preview.Giancarlo Stanton, baseball’s home-run leader who is known for tattooing Mets pitching — he has 32 homers all-time in 102 games against them — comes to Queens on Friday. And by

Yankees own New York once again

Remember all the way back to spring training when this was going to be a Mets town?Well, not so much.The point did not need to be accentuated by a face-to-face meeting in the third week in August. But it was. The Yankees swept four games from the Mets culminating with

“It sucks to suck’: Steven Matz’s career suddenly in crisis

Not too long ago Steven Matz was the hometown hero.On Thursday night, the lefty from Long Island’s Ward Melville High School was booed heavily at Citi Field in the fourth inning of the Mets’ horrendous 7-5 loss to the Yankees which gave the Bronx Bombers a clean sweep of the

Mets’ roster shuffle continues as Jose Reyes heads to the DL

The rib cage epidemic that hit the Mets this week landed Jose Reyes on the disabled list Thursday, with Wilmer Flores possibly awaiting an identical fate.Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini were summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas, giving the Mets infield depth a night after Travis d’Arnaud was pressed into starting

Finding a Mets third baseman, from status quo to flipping Matz

Sandy Alderson publicly acknowledged the obvious this week — that you cannot assemble a contender with hope and heart.David Wright failed to conquer his spinal stenosis enough to play regularly as a productive third baseman in 2017, and Alderson stated the Mets would not wait around for a baseball miracle

Alderson: David Wright’s career at third base could be over

The Mets bet on David Wright for 2017 and lost, but likely won’t take the same gamble next season.With the Mets captain still trying to get into the baseball shape necessary to play this season, general manager Sandy Alderson on Wednesday acknowledged the organization may have to consider Wright as

Travis d’Arnaud plays two new positions and Joe Girardi loves it

This was peak 2017 Mets.In a year when seemingly everything that could go wrong has, there was this oddity: Catcher Travis d’Arnaud starting at third base for the first time in his professional career, and rotating to second with Asdrubal Cabrera to avoid having to field any balls put in

Steven Matz hopes mechanical fix sticks versus Yankees

It wasn’t much, but the Mets will take any positive they can find these days when it comes to Steven Matz.The struggling, young left-hander allowed two earned runs over 5 ²/₃ innings against the NL East cellar-dwelling Phillies on Saturday, a sign manager Terry Collins took to mean Matz was

A good start won’t erase Met underachiever’s dumb comment

The carnage of this Mets season can be traced to two distinct factors, each with its own poster child.On one poster the word “injuries” would be spelled out in block letters, and below it Noah Syndergaard’s picture — perhaps with the pitcher in “Game of Thrones” attire — would appear.The

Sandy Alderson delivers warning to Mets pitcher who didn’t ‘care’

Robert Gsellman might want to start caring.The Mets right-hander was firmly in general manager Sandy Alderson’s crosshairs Wednesday, even before throwing his first pitch against the Yankees in his return from the disabled list.A night earlier Gsellman had been asked about Alderson’s recent assessment he needed to start pitching better

Gregorius’ clutch hit, Judge’s HR power Yankees past Mets again

After the Red Sox knocked the Yankees around over the weekend in The Bronx, all the Yankees needed to get healthy was a dose of the Subway Series.The Yankees won their third straight Wednesday night, knocking off the Mets, 5-3, at Citi Field.Didi Gregorius provided the crucial blow, a two-run

How Dominic Smith’s Yankees idol is showing him the way

Growing up, Dominic Smith didn’t have to look far for inspiration. All he had to do was show up to the MLB-affiliated Compton Academy in Los Angeles, and watch Aaron Hicks play.“As a younger guy, seeing what he was able to do and accomplish, really inspired me to want to

Matt Harvey: I’m “moving in the right direction’

Matt Harvey bounced back nicely Wednesday night.After a shaky performance on Saturday in his first rehab start for the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets right-hander said he was pleased with his second rehab start, a three-inning stint against the Aberdeen Ironbirds at MCU Park in Brooklyn.Harvey allowed just one hit

Mets rue bad call that led to Didi Gregorius’ game-winning hit

Mets manager Terry Collins laughed at the question — how did the blown strike three call against Aaron Hicks change Wednesday night’s fateful seventh inning? — but it wasn’t joyful glee. It was more of a way to soothe the pain following another dismal defeat.“It brought [Didi] Gregorius up,” Collins

Is MLB’s sneaky superstar a $132M bargain — and trade chip?

We have spent so long calling Joey Votto’s 10-year, $225 million extension with the Reds a team-wrecking disaster that we just may have missed one thing – he just might be a bargain to acquire.Think of it like this: Giancarlo Stanton cleared waivers this week and that, combined with the

Why Yankees’ organizational mindset is better than the Mets’

OK. So it wasn’t his old man.His old man would’ve bloviated longer and louder about what he expected out of this team. His old man would’ve issued a warning that they’d damn well better play well at Fenway Park this weekend, and, by God, had better string together another winning

Dellin Betances beats Michael Conforto with borderline pitch

The Mets’ Michael Conforto thought the 3-2 pitch was low. The Yankees’ Dellin Betances thought it was at the knees.Home plate ump Adam Hamari sided with Betances. So the reliever got one of the biggest outs of the night, striking out Conforto in a battle of All-Stars that ended the

Dominic Smith belts 1st MLB HR after resisting Yankee Stadium urge

Dominic Smith was mesmerized by the right-field porch at Yankee Stadium.Finally resisting the urge to shoot for that short fence, the Mets’ lefty-swinging first baseman returned to being the hitter who got to the major leagues last week by using the entire field.In the seventh inning he was rewarded —

Noah Syndergaard loves new workout routine

Noah Syndergaard, with a new workout regimen in place, still has his eyes on 2017.The stud right-hander realizes he won’t be returning to help the Mets clinch a playoff berth, but nonetheless deems it important to pitch again for the club before this season concludes.On Tuesday, he threw from a

Amed Rosario won over Mets’ clubhouse but can he ever walk?

One thing stands out, especially, for manager Terry Collins about Amed Rosario in the Mets’ clubhouse:Amed Rosario doesn’t stand out.The heralded rookie shortstop is more old school than millennial in his approach and demeanor. Putting the physical gifts aside, that businesslike conduct says a lot.“There are certain guys who think

Seth Lugo DL-bound as another Met returns to face Yankees

Seth Lugo is back where he started his season — on the disabled list.The Mets right-hander has been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and was placed on the DL on Tuesday, a day before he was scheduled to face the Yankees at Citi Field.Robert Gsellman will be activated from the

Rafael Montero wasn’t himself and Mets couldn’t be happier

Beleaguered Rafael Montero facing the Yankees in the home-run haven that is Yankee Stadium screamed “bloodbath” Monday night, but the undependable right-hander had a surprise for everybody.In his best start of the season (factoring the environment and opponent), Montero held the Yankees to two runs over six innings and received

Curtis Grandson ready to listen if Derek Jeter calls with a job

If Curtis Granderson decides to retire after the season, he intends to explore a variety of options for life after baseball.And the Mets’ outfielder says he would certainly listen if his friend, Derek Jeter — who is set to become CEO of the Marlins as part of an ownership group

Chad Green’s studious mind has led to “impressive’ season

Chad Green believes he and Adam Warren, especially, are really in this Yankees bullpen picture together. Green picks the brains of all the relievers, including Dellin Betances and David Robertson. But he goes to Warren even more.“Because he was a converted starter to a bullpen guy,” said Green, a converted

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez join elite company with homers

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have both gone through stretches when they’ve been among the most dominant hitters in the game — and they’ve also suffered through maddening periods when it was easy to wonder what happened to their bats.If the Yankees are going to go anywhere this season —

Curtis Granderson could be the next Met to go as interest grows

Curtis Granderson was in the Mets’ lineup Monday for the start of the Subway Series, but could be elsewhere by the time these four games against the Yankees conclude.Interest in the 36-year-old outfielder has picked up in recent days, according to industry sources, making it possible Granderson will join Lucas

Yankees tee off on Mets bullpen to take Subway Series opener

When you compare the Yankees to the Mets these days, it’s on a curve.The Yankees traded for players to bolster their postseason hopes and the Mets dealt players to shed dollars to spend after this stinker of a season ends.That disparity was on display Monday night in the first of

Mets fan says brute owes her $100K for punch to the face

A Mets fan who allegedly clocked a woman in the face during a home game against the Phillies is facing a $100,000 civil lawsuit over the incident after he ducked a potential assault conviction with a plea deal.Danielle Nero, 33, was at Citi Field for the Aug. 28, 2016 game

The Mets are what the Yankees desperately need right now

Ideally, every year would have a little 2015 in it. That year was a double-postseason bonanza in New York City, both the Yankees and the Mets finding their way to the playoffs. It was also a year in which the two Eastern divisions played each other in interleague play, so