NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago this week, Luke Voit was demoted to Double-A by the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he's vying for an All-Star selection and a spot in the Home Run Derby.
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:
Twins slugger Nelson Cruz has homered in four straight games, his streak coming soon after his return from a strained...
NEW YORK (AP) — The first Subway Series game of the season never got on track Monday night.
The scheduled opener between the New York Mets and New York Yankees was postponed because of rain...
NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Matz did his best to convince New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway that the team's top three starters are now a fab four.
San Francisco Giants (25-35, fifth in the NL West) vs. New York Mets (29-32, third in the NL East)
Diamondbacks look to stop 5-game slide
New York Mets (28-29, third in the NL East) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (28-30, fourth in the NL West)
Phoenix; Saturday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.71...
Gómez helps Mets top slumping Diamondbacks 5-4
PHOENIX (AP) — When New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway went to Carlos Gómez, he delivered. Same for Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman.
Gómez snapped a tie with a pinch-hit double during New...
Detroit Tigers (19-30, fourth in the AL Central) vs. New York Mets (25-26, third in the AL East)
Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Spencer Turnbull (2-3,...
Washington takes on New York in division matchup
Washington Nationals (19-28, fourth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (21-25, third in the NL East)
New York Mets (20-21, third in the NL East) vs. Washington Nationals (17-25, fourth in the NL East)
Washington; Thursday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Zack Wheeler (3-2, 4.35...
New York tries for series sweep of Marlins
Miami Marlins (10-28, fifth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (18-20, third in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (1-3,...
NEW YORK (AP) — Back home from a frustrating road trip, the New York Mets immediately busted out of their offensive funk against the worst team in the majors.
Miami Marlins (10-27, fifth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (17-20, third in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.03...
New York Mets (16-16, third in the NL East) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (18-16, third in the NL Central)
Milwaukee; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Zack Wheeler (2-2, 5.05...
New York hosts Cincinnati following Matz’s strong outing
Cincinnati Reds (11-16, fifth in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (14-13, second in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tanner Roark (1-1, 3.24...
Mets take 3-game losing streak into matchup with Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers (15-13, second in the NL Central) vs. New York Mets (13-13, second in the NL East)
Philadelphia Phillies (12-11, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (13-10, first in the NL East)
Wheeler homers, strikes out 11 as Mets rout Phillies 9-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Power pitching, that's what the New York Mets hope to get from Zack Wheeler.
But power hitting?
Wheeler connected for his first major league home run and struck out 11...
New York faces off against Philadelphia in division play
Philadelphia Phillies (12-10, second in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (12-10, first in the NL East)
Phillies face off against the Mets in division play
New York Mets (10-7, second in the NL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (10-6, first in the NL East)
Philadelphia; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.47...
Nimmo, McNeil back Wheeler in Mets’ win over Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Nimmo didn't mind getting dropped from first to eighth in the Mets' batting order.
Nimmo couldn't say for sure if he felt less pressure Friday night against Atlanta,...
Mets to visit Braves Friday
New York Mets (8-4, first in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (7-5, third in the NL East)
Atlanta; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Zack Wheeler (0-1, 10.24 ERA) Braves:...
Scherzer, Nationals to face Wheeler, Mets on Sunday
Washington Nationals (3-4, fourth in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (6-2, first in the NL East)
Flushing, Queens; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Max Scherzer (0-2,...
New York Mets (77-85, fourth in the NL East in 2018) vs. Washington Nationals (82-80, second in the NL East in 2018)
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:
$140 MILLION MAN
Patrick Corbin begins earning the $140 million contract he signed with the Nationals, making his first start for...
Mets, deGrom agree to $17 million, 1-year contract
NEW YORK (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the New York Mets agreed to a $17 million, one-year contract, a record raise for an arbitration-eligible player from his $7.4 million salary last year.
The Mets reached deals with all six eligible players before Friday's scheduled exchange of salary figures. Starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz, outfielder Michael Conforto and catcher Travis d'Arnaud also got contracts for 2019.
King of clubs? Teams start to show cards at winter meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Deal the New York Yankees in for the Manny Machado tournament. And J.T. Realmuto? A lot of teams already are sitting at that table.
The baseball winter meetings began in earnest along the Vegas Strip on Monday, and clubs slowly started to show their cards.
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are attracting trade interest, the Mets say. Corey Kluber and Madison Bumgarner keep popping up in swap speculation. But still no indication of where hometown slugger Bryce Harper might go.
New Mets assistant GM Baird believes team ready to win now
NEW YORK (AP) — Allard Baird believes the New York Mets are ready to win now.
"You need impact starting pitching and they have it here. That was one of the attractive things," he said Thursday, a day after leaving the World Series champion Boston Red Sox to become an assistant general manager under new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
New York's rotation is headed by NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, and it also includes Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas,
Mets’ disappointing season a ‘roller-coaster’ of emotions
NEW YORK (AP) — On the final day of an emotionally draining season, Mickey Callaway knew exactly how to describe what he just went through with the New York Mets.
"It's been a roller-coaster ride," the rookie manager said. "There definitely were highs and lows."
New York said goodbye to captain David Wright, general manager Sandy Alderson and former ace Matt Harvey.
Jacob deGrom delivered a Cy Young-caliber performance that went to waste.
Mets shutting down Zack Wheeler after breakout season
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets are shutting down right-hander Zack Wheeler for the rest of the season as a precaution, ending a career-best year in which he logged nearly 100 more innings than 2017.
Manager Mickey Callaway said before Wednesday night's game at Philadelphia that they'd be "probably taking the best care of him" by holding him out of his final two starts.
Mets may shut down Wheeler after strong start vs Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If this was it for Zack Wheeler, he finished strong and — probably most importantly — healthy.
Wheeler pitched seven solid innings for his career-best 12th win in what may have been his final start of the season, Michael Conforto had a career-high six RBIs and the New York Mets beat the fading Philadelphia Phillies 9-4 on Monday night.
Mets pounce after 5 1/2-hour rain delay, beat Marlins 13-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Several hundred fans waited out a 5-hour, 35-minute rain delay Wednesday in Citi Field's covered areas, pouring back beer or coffee to pass the time. A handful along the first-base line chanted "Let's play ball!" to the tune of "Let's go Mets!" On the suite level, others napped on couches.
In the clubhouse, New York starter Zack Wheeler sat around, paced the room, then sat around some more.
Marlins-Mets doubleheader bumped back after 5 1/2 hour delay
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets and Miami Marlins have bumped their doubleheader back a day after the opener of Wednesday's scheduled twinbill was delayed by rain for 5 hours, 35 minutes.
The teams will play just one game Wednesday night, and then a single-admission doubleheader Thursday starting at 3:10 p.m. They were supposed to play two games Wednesday to make up Monday's rainout, but the weather was once again uncooperative.
Wheeler hit by liner, still pitches Mets past Dodgers 7-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite a chest contusion that necessitated a postgame X-ray and CT scan, New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler was not about to call it a day after a 91-mph comebacker hit him square in the midsection.
Wheeler gave up a two-run home run to Max Muncy three pitches after he was hit by Justin Turner's comebacker in the fourth inning but he still went seven sharp innings to lead the New York Mets over the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday.
Suarez outduels Wheeler as Giants defeat punchless Mets 7-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chris Shaw is still looking for his first big league hit. However, he already has a game-deciding RBI to savor in his 24-hour-old MLB career.
Shaw and fellow Giants debutante Aramis Garcia drove in the game's first two runs, and rookie left-hander Andrew Suarez outdueled Zack Wheeler as San Francisco beat the New York Mets 7-0 on Friday night.
Nats shut out record 3rd game in row; Wheeler, Mets win 3-0
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Nationals tried everything: two straight bunts to begin the game, a hit-and-run play, plus a delayed steal. Once more, it added up to zero.
Bryce Harper and the Nationals were shut out for the third game in a row, something that had never happened since the team moved from Montreal, when Zack Wheeler and the New York Mets posted a 3-0 victory Saturday.
"The name of the game is to score runs," Harper said. "Just couldn't get it done."
Wheeler wins 5th straight start, Mets beat Marlins 6-2
MIAMI (AP) — Once again, Zack Wheeler looked right at home at Marlins Park.
Wheeler won his fifth straight start overall, pitching seven solid innings and sending the New York Mets over the Miami Marlins 6-2 on Friday night.
He is 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in six career starts in Miami.
"I don't think it's anything in particular, maybe just pitching inside," Wheeler said. "I don't know. It's nothing in particular, but I have good numbers here and hopefully can keep it rolling."
NEW YORK (AP) — When the July 31 trade deadline came and went, Kevin Gausman switched uniforms while Zack Wheeler stayed put.
The two starters squared off just a few days later, and it was Wheeler who looked completely at ease.
Gausman was outpitched in his Braves debut as the New York Mets won 3-0 on Saturday night to stop Atlanta's five-game winning streak.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zack Wheeler didn't receive much help from the New York Mets on offense. Luckily for the Mets, Wheeler was prepared to help himself.
The right-hander pitched six strong innings and drove in the lone run, leading New York to a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — First with his bat and then with his brain, Devin Mesoraco gave the New York Mets a big lift Tuesday night.
The veteran catcher hit an early three-run double and made a heads-up play on defense that sent Zack Wheeler and the Mets to a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Wheeler finally wins, Mets beat Washington 7-4
NEW YORK (AP) — If this was indeed his final start as a member of the New York Mets, Zack Wheeler finally did something he hadn't done since May 20, 2017: win a game at Citi Field.
The subject of trade talk, Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning, Michael Conforto homered and the Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-4 Saturday afternoon.
"It's in the back of my head I guess," Wheeler said of the trade rumors. "My mind's right here right now and I'm trying to help this team win."
TORONTO (AP) — In line for his first win in more than two months, Zack Wheeler had to watch as the New York Mets bullpen turned a five-run lead into a two-run deficit.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the struggling Mets 8-6 on Tuesday night.
"Wheeler threw a gem," said Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak, who allowed three runs. "We should have won this game."
NEW YORK (AP) — After bringing in Felipe Vazquez with his team trailing by two in the eighth inning, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked by bench coach Tom Prince whether the closer would stay in the game if his turn to bat came up in the ninth.
"At the time, I counted off and said this is what the lead will be and I still think he's our best option to close," Hurdle joked. "We would be in a good spot if we can get Vazquez up to the plate."
NEW YORK (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sinking New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood's effective pitching.
NEW YORK (AP) — One timely swing by slumping Cody Bellinger turned a nip-and-tuck game in favor of the Dodgers.
Bellinger hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and Los Angeles beat the sinking New York Mets 5-2 on Friday night behind Alex Wood's effective pitching.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez had a spectacular homecoming at Petco Park.
Facing the hometown team he once played for, Gonzalez homered, doubled and drove in five runs on Sunday to help the New York Mets overwhelm the San Diego Padres 14-2.
"It's always good to be here, be in front of family and friends and loved ones, and overall just try to do what you can to help the team win," Gonzalez said.
Mets rally to beat Marlins 4-1 for 8th straight win
MIAMI (AP) — The New York Mets are winning even when they can't get a hit against the opposing starter.
Miami Marlins lefty Jarlin Garcia was pulled after pitching six hitless innings in his first major league start Wednesday, and the Mets rallied to take took advantage of a strong season debut by Zack Wheeler and win 4-1 for their eighth consecutive victory.
Wheeler back with Mets to complete their dream rotation
MIAMI (AP) — Zack Wheeler watched from afar as the New York Mets endured a succession of chilly games to start the season, while he was enjoying better weather with Triple-A Las Vegas.
"It has been like 70 and sunny and nice," Wheeler said Tuesday.
Even so, the right-hander was glad to leave Vegas and be back with the big league club. He'll make his first start of the year Wednesday against Miami as the last piece of a rotation expected to be one of baseball's best.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The New York Mets have waited years for this rotation.
Zack Wheeler will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Wednesday against the Miami Marlins, finally aligning the five-man rotation New York has hoped to use for years.