A look at the Mets' power drought

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In a world where Daniel Murphy
(nine) has more home runs than David Wright (eight) in less at-bats,
you know something is screwy with the Mets this season.




Team home runs:



26) Oakland – 116

27) Houston – 115

28) Pittsburgh – 109

29) San Francisco – 99

30) New York (NL) – 81



Yeah, it’s that bad. I’m no
prognosticator, but if you were to project the Mets’ current pace, they
would finish with roughly 96 home runs, their lowest tally since they
hit just 93 in 1992. Bobby Bonilla (19), Eddie Murray (16) and Darryl Boston
(13) were the only ones to make it to double-digits on that squad.




As the current Mets enter play on
Tuesday, Gary Sheffield leads the team with just 10 home runs. And he
probably won’t even play again this season
. Just for comparison’s sake,
the Rockies and Yankees have eight players with 10 home runs or more.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.