Terry Collins Made The Right Call On Matt Harvey And Still Screwed Up

It was a Mets season that began with, and briefly threatened to founder upon, questions of how many innings Matt Harvey would be allowed to throw, and for how many innings he’d be able to be effective. In the end, Harvey threw 216 innings—the most ever for a pitcher coming off of Tommy John surgery—and on the whole he… »11/02/15 9:17am11/02/15 9:17am

Royals Toy With Mets Like A Cat With A Mouse, Kill Them, Win Series

With the Mets up 2-0 in the bottom of the eighth, manager Terry Collins and ace Matt Harvey argued about whether Harvey would pitch the ninth. He’d pitched a four-hit shutout up to that point, on 102 pitches, a high but not unreasonable number. Of course, the health of Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013… »11/02/15 12:31am11/02/15 12:31am

Noah Syndergaard Challenged The Royals To Fight Him And Kept The Mets Alive

Alcides Escobar has a habit of swinging on the first pitch. It helped him lay down maybe the best ALCS for a leadoff hitter ever, and he even led off the World Series with a first-pitch, inside-the-park home run on Tuesday. Last night in Game 3, the first pitch went quite different, as Noah Syndergaard sent a 98 mph… »10/31/15 11:20am10/31/15 11:20am

MLB Wants Teams To Chill Out With Their Champagne Celebrations

Celebrating a clinch with a clubhouse champagne shower (or a beer slip ‘n slide) is a baseball fixture dating back to the 1960s, according to this interesting ESPN account of the tradition’s evolution. But in recent years it’s become as managed and regulated—and sponsored—as anything else baseball has to offer. And… »10/23/15 11:32am10/23/15 11:32am