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New York Mets Defeat Boston Red Sox 5-4 to Avoid Sweep

August 30th, 2015 at 5:57 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The New York Mets looked absolutely exhausted in the opening games of their weekend set with the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox took full advantage of the Mets' tired efforts, winning the first two games of the three game set. The Mets got a bit more rest ahead of this afternoon's series finale, and looked much more resilient when dealing with some adversity. The Red Sox rallied twice to tie the game at four, but Michael Cuddyer was able to give the Mets the lead late. The Mets (72-58) were able to hold on and defeat the Red Sox (60-50) 5-4 to avoid a series sweep.

The Mets grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Noah Syndergaard helped his own cause with an RBI single to score Cuddyer. Syndergaard cruised with that lead until the sixth inning, when he allowed a runner on and fell behind David Ortiz in the count 3-1. Ortiz took full advantage of a get me over fastball, crushing it off the Pepsi Porch for a two run homer (28) to give Boston their first lead of the game. The Mets bailed out Syndergaard in the bottom of the inning, when Juan Uribe's two run double put the Mets back in front 3-2. Anthony Recker singled home Uribe to extend the lead to 4-2, and those insurance runs would prove critical. With a tired bullpen, Mets' manager Terry Collins tried to squeeze another inning out of Syndergaard.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Boston Red Sox at New York Mets

August 30th, 2015 at 12:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

After coming home on a high note, the New York Mets (71-58) appear to have hit a bit of a pothole this weekend. The Boston Red Sox (60-69) won the first two games of this three game series, scoring impressive wins in games started by Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. The Mets have hit a bit of a rough patch at home as well, dropping their past five games at Citi Field. That trend needs to change, and the Mets will look to snap their losing skid as they wrap up their weekend set with the Red Sox this afternoon. First pitch at Citi Field is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

The Mets will send rookie right hander Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19 ERA) to the mound as they try to avoid a series sweep. Syndergaard recorded his first career road win in his last outing despite giving up four runs in five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies last Tuesday. The Red Sox will counter with left hander Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51 ERA). Miley got roughed up in his last outing, giving up five runs on 13 hits as he lost to the Chicago White Sox last Tuesday.

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New York Mets Add Addison Reed to Beleaguered Bullpen, Working on Another Possible Deal

August 30th, 2015 at 8:54 AM
By Mike Phillips

For a while, it seemed like the New York Mets were content to let things play out for their beleaguered bullpen. Outside of Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard, the Mets need to find reliable arms out there if they want to have success down the stretch. Mets' General Manager Sandy Alderson previously indicated the team was content to promote from within once rosters expanded in September. The way things have gone in recent days appears to have changed Alderson's mindset, as the Mets have aggressively been searching for relievers. They managed to acquire one reliever and have a successful waiver claim on another.

The Mets acquired Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks last night in exchange for two minor league prospects, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Reed, 26, is 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 38 appearances for Arizona this season. The Diamondbacks had Reed start the season as their closer, but he lost the job eventually and was demoted to the minor leagues after struggling with his command. Reed returned from the minors at the beginning of this month and has looked more effective, but despite that he managed to clear waivers. The Mets are clearly taking a flier on Reed and hope that he can catch lightning in a bottle down the stretch run. Reed has experience working late in games, so that certainly can't hurt.

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Boston Red Sox Get to Jacob DeGrom in Sixth to Record Second Straight Win

August 29th, 2015 at 8:53 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-With how hot the New York Mets were earlier this week at the plate, the worm was due to turn eventually. That has happened this weekend against the Boston Red Sox. After Boston won the opener in extra innings last night, the Mets looked to have the edge in the pitching matchup with Jacob deGrom against Joe Kelly. The numbers favored deGrom, but Kelly was the pitcher who had the better outing. The Red Sox (60-69) got to deGrom (L, 12-7) for two runs in the sixth and held on to defeat the Mets (71-58) 3-1.

While the Mets struggled with Kelly (W, 8-6), deGrom had equal success against the Red Sox through the first five innings. The sixth was where things began to fall apart for deGrom. The Red Sox opened the scoring when Pablo Sandoval recorded an RBI double to bring home Mookie Betts for a 1-0 Boston lead. Sandoval would eventually come around to score, making it 2-0. The Mets would pull deGrom after six, and Hansel Robles entered in the seventh and promptly served up a solo homer to Betts (12) to make it 3-0. Kelly finally relented a bit in the seventh, giving up an RBI double to Juan Uribe to get the Mets on the board at 3-1. That would be as close as the Mets could get, as the Red Sox' staff held the Mets scoreless for the final two innings to preserve their win. Jean Machi tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his third save of the season.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Boston Red Sox at New York Mets

August 29th, 2015 at 12:21 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets (71-57) seem like they can even win when they are losing lately. Despite losing 6-4 to the Boston Red Sox (59-69) last night, the Mets maintained their 6.5 game lead in the National League East after the Washington Nationals also lost last night. The Mets will now look to start a new winning streak as they continue their series with the Red Sox this afternoon. First pitch for the middle game of this three game series is scheduled for 4:05 pm at Citi Field.

The Mets will send right hander Jacob deGrom (12-6, 2.29 ERA) to the mound this afternoon. deGrom battled food poisoning in his last outing and had a rough time, giving up seven runs in 2.2 innings against the Phillies on Monday. The Mets bailed deGrom out that day by rallying for a 16-7 victory. The Red Sox will counter with righty Joe Kelly (7-6, 5.18 ERA). Kelly was sharp in his last start, tossing 7.1 innings of two run ball to beat the Chicago White Sox on Monday.

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New York Mets Lineup:

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
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