James McCann delivers off bench in 'big' Mets move


New York Post 20 July, 2021 - 12:56am 24 views

Why is Mets manager suspended?

New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended Monday for two games and fined for excessive arguing with umpires, an outburst that followed a bizarre play a day earlier at Pittsburgh. Rojas was to begin serving his suspension Monday night at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. NBC New YorkMets Manager Luis Rojas Suspended Two Games, Fined for Outburst at Umps

By Mike Puma

July 20, 2021 | 1:56am | Updated July 20, 2021 | 1:57am

CINCINNATI — James McCann had a good idea he would be involved Monday night, even before he was called to pinch hit in the eighth inning.

An inning earlier, the Reds had turned to lefty Amir Garrett. At the time McCann was alerted his bat might be needed. With another lefty, Josh Osich, called on for the eighth and Tomas Nido’s spot in the order arising, McCann got his chance and delivered a go-ahead, two-run homer.

“Our staff has been on top of moves really from Day 1,” McCann said after the Mets won 15-11 in 11 innings at Great American Ball Park. “If there’s been surprises, I don’t know that anybody has been caught off guard.”

McCann returned to the plate in the 10th inning and stroked an RBI single that brought in the automatic runner from second base and gave the Mets a 10-9 lead.

“McCann and Nido are both really good hitters,” said bench coach Dave Jauss, who managed in place of the suspended Luis Rojas. “McCann is really good against lefties also and dangerous in this park. … We have done this before. It turned out results-wise to be a big move, but it’s not a big move.”

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GALLERY: New York Mets at Cincinnati Reds, July 19

Cincinnati.com 20 July, 2021 - 03:04am

Mets' Luis Rojas suspended two games following ejection vs. Pirates

Yardbarker 20 July, 2021 - 01:02am

The New York Mets will be without Luis Rojas on Monday and Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds after the manager was ejected in the first inning of Sunday's win at the Pittsburgh Pirates for arguing with umpires. 

Per ESPN , MLB has handed Rojas a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for "excessive arguing" following a wacky play that involved Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker accidentally knocking a fair ball into foul territory and allowing the Pirates to score three runs in the process: 

Luis Rojas has been ejected from the game after 3 runs scored on this ground ball up the third base line: pic.twitter.com/dDECsIlOpt

Rojas believed the ball was foul when it was touched by Walker's glove, but replays showed it was on the chalk of the third-base line when knocked into foul territory by the righthander. Rojas will be serving his suspension over the next two games and reiterated on Monday afternoon he believes the ball was foul: 

He added that he's unapologetic about fighting for his players: 

"My intention will always be to fight for the guys out there" - Luis Rojas pic.twitter.com/e5aJ9bOk9P

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Reds vs. Mets: Pitching preview, prediction, and more

Blog Red Machine 19 July, 2021 - 04:00am

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Jesse Winker #33 of the Cincinnati Reds hits the game winning home run in the ninth inning as Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets defends at Citi Field on April 29, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 5-4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

CINCINNATI, OHIO – JULY 16: Tyler Naquin #12 of the Cincinnati Reds kneels by second base after a double in the first inning. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

There’s no way to be subtle about it; this past weekend has a disaster for the Cincinnati Reds. Unfortunately, it’s become a recurring nightmare since the 2018 season as the Milwaukee Brewers marched into Great American Ball Park and waxed the Redlegs (48-45), sweeping the three-game set.

Cincinnati dropped seven of nine to the Brewers this year in the Queen City, and over the past four seasons, the Brew Crew is an astonishing 22-10 at GABP. If there’s a positive to take away from the weekend, it’s the fact the Beer Makers will not be appearing in the visitor’s dugout again during the 2021 campaign.

In all honesty, two of the three games this past weekend were winnable, but twice when the Reds’ bullpen was handed a lead, it was surrendered immediately. Although bullpen implosions are nothing new for the Reds relief corps, the weekend meltdown may very well be the most significant damaging in the Reds season.

Entering play today, the Redlegs have fallen seven games off the pace in the National League Central race and 5.5 games behind the San Diego Padres for the final Wild Card spot. Cincinnati could find themselves as sellers instead of buyers as the July 30th trade deadline approaches without a quick turnaround.

The start of the second half of the 2021 campaign has been nearly as cruel to the National League East-leading New York Mets. Yesterday’s ninth inning come from behind victory salvaged the final game of the three-game set with the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates in the Steel City. Their division lead has shrunk to two games over the charging Philadelphia Phillies.

Over the past decade, the Mets (48-42) have found GABP to be one of the more hospitable visiting ballparks for the New Yorkers. Since 2012 the Mets are 16-9 in Cincinnati, and you have to go all the way back to the 2013 campaign to find the last time they dropped a season series to the Reds.

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