The Mets are missing two key cogs in their bullpen, closer Bobby Parnell and setup man Josh Edgin, who are both out as New York opens a series against the Kansas City Royals.
In the middle of the clubhouse stands Byrd, bat in hand, explaining the mechanics of a swing, with Josh Satin and Justin Turner listening intently. You want to know why Marlon Byrd is still a Met after 4 p.m. on July 31? That’s why.
Baseball’s trading deadline came and went without any movement from the Mets.
Parnell knows he could be trade bait — no matter how unlikely a deadline deal appears for the Mets.
“We’re not motivated to move anybody,” a Mets official told the New York Post. “It’s hard to go to people, they have to come to you. It’s better to be asked to the prom than have to ask somebody.”
The Braves’ Jason Heyward made a diving catch with runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth inning Monday night, putting the finishing touches on a loss the Mets won’t soon forget.
Gonzalez Germen came out of the bullpen to bail out fellow rookie Zack Wheeler and help the Mets hold off the Phillies 5-4.
Ian Desmond doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals rallied late after a dominant Matt Harvey departed, overtaking the New York Mets 6-4 Friday night.
Matt Harvey pitched six hitless innings, John Buck homered and the New York Mets held off another Atlanta comeback, beating the Braves, 4-3, on Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader.
The Mets have arms — especially at the minor-league level — to trade for bats. But Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler aren’t the only pitchers who general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t willing to part with. Add Bobby Parnell to that list.
Steve Lombardozzi’s sacrifice fly in the ninth Tuesday night gave the Washington Nationals their first late-inning comeback win of the season, capping a two-run rally for a 3-2 victory over the New York Mets.
“The Mets, when (starting pitcher Matt Harvey) doesn’t pitch now, are so bad that it is embarrassing,” Francesa said. “They are so listless. They are so unwatchable. This is as bad as I have ever seen it. This is Craig Swan bad for these Mets.”
Center fielder Juan Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning, then pinch-hitter Mike Baxter’s single in the bottom half sent the New York Mets over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Thursday night.
“Harvey was as advertised tonight,” Ventura said after the game. “He was as dominant as anyone they’ve seen. He’s (Justin) Verlander-like — he has velocity, movement and his presence is as good as advertised.”
As long as the bulldog attitude continues, the Mets may have found themselves a closer.