Atlanta Braves sweep New York Mets, close on NL East title

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson and Matt Olson homered for the third straight game, Travis d’Arnaud hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday night to win a critical tiebreaker in their season series. The defending World Series champion Braves swept the three-game … Read more

Jacob deGrom falters as Mets drop series-opener to Braves

ATLANTA — Superman has suddenly developed a kryptonite problem, at the worst possible time for the Mets. Jacob deGrom is still faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, but he can’t avoid the long ball. To start their most anticipated series in several years, the Mets needed their ace Friday night, … Read more

This is just the start for Max Scherzer as Mets show true ambition

At the end, there was a sizeable gaggle of Mets fans ringing the lower stands at American Family Field, counting down the final outs. Maybe the players weren’t prepared to have an all-out celebration when Adam Ottavino struck out Hunter Renfroe with a filthy slider, clinching a 7-2 win over the Brewers and securing a … Read more

Max Scherzer exits amid perfect game bid, still wins 200th of career as New York Mets return to playoffs for first time since 2016

MILWAUKEE — For the New York Mets, a playoff spot was certainly worth celebrating. Even if they still have bigger goals on the table in the middle of a heated pennant race. Max Scherzer was pulled from his 200th win with a perfect game intact, and the Mets clinched their first trip to the postseason … Read more

Bowden: 13 MLB players who need to step up as the postseason races heat up

Only three more weeks remain in the MLB regular season and the postseason races are heating up. The Braves trail the Mets by only half a game in the National League East and the White Sox are just three behind the Guardians in the American League Central. The AL wild-card teams have separated from the … Read more

Mets can’t keep wasting games against MLB bottom feeders

The Mets heard a sound mainly foreign in 2022 at Citi Field on Tuesday night. Boos. They were not thunderous, but they also were not voiced once or twice. It was part of the soundtrack of yet another frustrating loss against a not-very-good opponent. This was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule, … Read more

Mets can build off this much-needed victory

MIAMI — A chant of “Let’s Go Mets” briefly broke out during the fourth inning Saturday night as the visitors scored eight runs, and a sense of relief enveloped the Marlins’ loanDepot park, which at times like these seems more like a southern precinct of Queens. The Mets and their traveling or transported band of … Read more

Mets need to get their mojo back —and fast

This kind of stretch happens in May, or in June, it might be concerning but not terrifying. For one thing, as Charles Barkley once said about early-season games against poor NBA teams: “This early, the [crap] teams don’t know they’re [crap] teams yet.” But forget the opponents. Forget the fact that the Nationals and the … Read more

Mets fall into first-place tie with Braves after losing to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Make room for the new (unwelcome) co-inhabitants to the NL East penthouse. After keeping the Braves in the rear view for the first 135 games this season, the Mets again lost to a last-place team, 8-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday, and hours later were hit with the sobering reality that first place … Read more

Mets fall into first-place tie with Braves after losing to Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Make room for the new (unwelcome) co-inhabitants to the NL East penthouse. After keeping the Braves in the rear view for the first 135 games this season, the Mets again lost to a last-place team, 8-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday, and hours later were hit with the sobering reality that first place … Read more