Jeurys Familia trade piece makes great first impression

Jeurys Familia trade piece makes great first impression

If first impressions — regardless of how long — are important, figure Bobby Wahl made a good one with the Mets. “I really liked Wahl’s stuff,” said manager Mickey Callaway after Wahl, 26, part of the return from Oakland for Jeurys Familia,…

Balanced attack, solid bullpen work propel Mets past Jays

Balanced attack, solid bullpen work propel Mets past Jays

TORONTO — Seth Lugo’s role with the Mets can best be described as “tourniquet.” The right-hander admitted disappointment after he was shifted back to the bullpen from the rotation last week, but his two appearances since the switch have been instrumental in…

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…

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…

Adrian Gonzalez and Mets show no mercy in all-out eruption

Adrian Gonzalez and Mets show no mercy in all-out eruption

SAN DIEGO — For one afternoon in his old stomping ground, Adrian Gonzalez resembled the beast who has spent the past decade-plus terrorizing pitchers. The Mets had received small dosages of this from Gonzalez in his first month with the team, but…

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…

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…

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 storm to 10-1 as Zack Wheeler dominates in return

Mets storm to 10-1 as Zack Wheeler dominates in return

MIAMI — Zack Wheeler aced his comeback bid Wednesday night with nothing less than the best outing this season by a Mets starting pitcher. Just the fact Wheeler became the team’s first pitcher this season to work into the seventh inning was…

This unlikely duo’s relationship epitomizes Mets’ togetherness

This unlikely duo’s relationship epitomizes Mets’ togetherness

MIAMI — The Mets’ hot start didn’t just happen. The Salt and Pepper celebration didn’t just happen. Beyond the improvements made on the field, relationships had to build and one of the most interesting developments on the team is the friendship that…