Sports of The Times: The Mets Are Deeply, Thoroughly Broken

The Mets are a vase fallen from a high shelf and shattered. The way the team handled the departure this week of General Manager Sandy Alderson, who is taking a leave of absence to focus on treating his cancer, underlined the club’s broken nature. It is in hot pursuit of the worst record in the National League. They have lost 44 of their last 65 games and were only 1.5 games ahead of the Miami Marlins, a team that is striving to lose every game possible, entering Wednesday. The team’s…

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Yankees 6, Phillies 0: The Yankees Find Reasons to Smile, Even Beyond Getting a Win

Severino, who fancies himself as the best hitter among the Yankees pitchers, playfully mocked Betances earlier on Tuesday and then handled the bat competently in the game. He lifted a fly ball to right in his first at-bat and then, after being unable to advance Romine — who had opened the fourth inning with a double — with a bunt, took an abbreviated but unabashed hack after showing bunt. Severino fouled off the pitch, drawing oohs from the crowd and more giggles from the dugout, and on the next pitch,…

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Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson Steps Down as Team Spirals Downward

As the Mets spiral to the bottom of the standings, their general manager, Sandy Alderson, announced Tuesday that he would take a leave of absence to address a recurrence of cancer. Alderson, 70, who has been the general manager since 2010 and presided over the team’s World Series run in 2015 as well as its epic collapse this season and last, had announced he had cancer in the fall of 2015. In his place, the team will be led by three executives: John Ricco, the longtime assistant general manager; the…

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Pirates 6, Mets 4: For Their Latest Loss, Mets Rely on Their Defense

Josh Bell hit a two-run homer and Gregory Polanco also went deep as the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage of some dreadful defense by the Mets to snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory Monday night. In a series opener between tumbling teams, Pittsburgh built a five-run lead and held on to hand the Mets their seventh straight defeat before a mostly quiet crowd of 22,135. The Mets are 6-24 in its last 30 games. Playing at home has hardly helped. The reeling Mets (31-45) have lost 14…

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Yankees Will Be Without Gary Sanchez for Three to Four Weeks

PHILADELPHIA — Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez will miss three to four weeks with what was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of his right groin, Manager Aaron Boone said Monday. Sanchez, who was injured Sunday while trying to beat out a double-play grounder in the 10th inning of a loss at Tampa Bay, will be replaced in the lineup by his backup Austin Romine. Kyle Higashioka was called up from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as Romine’s backup. Sanchez has endured a sluggish season offensively, batting a team-low .190, though…

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Mets Start a Reliever and Dodgers Have a Blast, Hitting Seven Homers

The Mets managed to surrender seven home runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday and, of course, lost the game, their sixth straight defeat in a season that continues to deteriorate. But the backdrop for this latest mini-catastrophe at Citi Field actually came late Saturday night, when Mets Manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that the team did not know whom the starting pitcher would be on Sunday, even though the game was less than 15 hours away. That may sound like plenty of time, but major league pitchers normally…

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Rays 7, Yankees 6 | 12 Innings: Rays’ Unorthodox Rotation Stymies Yankees and Completes a Sweep

Advertisement Rays 7, Yankees 6 | 12 Innings Jake Bauers was mobbed after hitting a game-ending home run in the 12th inning.CreditKim Klement/USA Today Sports, via Reuters June 24, 2018 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Manager Kevin Cash has found himself on the phone with the opposing manager with increasing regularity this season, telling him who will be his starting pitcher the next day. These courtesy calls are necessary because the Rays again are challenging convention, this time on what it means to be a starting pitcher. The thought-provoking…

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Dodgers 8, Mets 3: Jacob deGrom Blames Himself as the Mets Lose to the Dodgers in a Team Effort

The language he used to describe his pitches sounded like hyperbole: words like terrible and garbage, plus O.K. The changeup was terrible, he said, the slider inconsistent to the point where at times it was not even close to the strike zone, and he was having trouble commanding his fastball, the pitch he seemed forced to rely on the most. “You’re trying to get big league hitters out with a pitch you don’t really know where it’s going,” he said, “and the other ones were garbage. So it just wasn’t…

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Rays 4, Yankees 0: Yankees’ Strategy, for Better or Worse: Take a Borderline Pitch

Saturday’s loss ensured that the Yankees would lose a series for the first time in a month, since they dropped two of three at Texas late last month. “As hitters, we’re not coming through in big situations,” shortstop Didi Gregorius said. Boone acknowledged that the Yankees had not been swinging the bat well over the last few weeks — they have been held to four runs or fewer in 13 of their last 16 games — and his actions backed up the point. He pulled the infield in with the…

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Extra Bases: From High School Outfielder to Cardinals Flamethrower

Most pitchers throw hardest by holding their fastball across the seams, meaning all four seams backspin through the air on each revolution. But Hicks prefers a two-seamer (also known as a sinker), which gives him that natural tailing action without sacrificing velocity. He rarely throws the four-seamer, but the Cardinals expect him to use it more, in time. “I think it’s something he’ll add to his repertoire,” Manager Mike Matheny said. “The goal would be elevating it a little bit more, using the top of the zone à la Chapman…

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