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Why is Luis Rojas suspended?

Luis Rojas was suspended for two games following his ejection and on-field antics in Sunday's win over the Pirates. Major League Baseball announced that in addition to the suspension, which was the result of “excessive arguing,” Rojas was also fined an undisclosed amount. New York Daily NewsMets' Luis Rojas suspended 2 games for ‘excessive arguing’ with umps

Why was Mets manager suspended today?

CINCINNATI — 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. The Washington PostMets manager Rojas suspended 2 games for outburst

By Jared Greenspan

July 20, 2021 | 4:22pm | Updated July 20, 2021 | 4:23pm

Steve Cohen certainly hears the cries of Mets fans, but that doesn’t mean he is inclined to listen to them.

As the Mets continue to be ravaged by injuries, their position atop the NL East has grown increasingly precarious, the lead just 2.5 games over the red-hot Phillies. While fans plead the franchise to acquire reinforcements, Cohen took to Twitter during Monday’s game to pose a somewhat loaded question.

“Let’s play GM again,” Cohen wrote. “Make a trade now and pay a big price or wait until closer to the deadline and pay a reasonable price?”

If Cohen’s thinking is at all indicative of the Mets’ trade deadline approach, New York may have to stay afloat with its current pieces until July 30 comes around.

Let’s play GM again. Make a trade now and pay a big price or wait until closer to the deadline and pay a reasonable price ?

In the four days since the All-Star Break, the Mets’ trade needs have increased drastically. Jacob deGrom’s forearm injury has left them with just three healthy starting pitchers, while Edwin Diaz has suddenly become a ninth-inning liability, blowing three consecutive saves.

Those issues came to a head in a thrilling, 11-inning victory in Cincinnati on Monday, when Diaz coughed up a lead in the ninth inning and the Mets pitching staff surrendered 11 runs, nearly wasting a 15-run outburst by the offense.

Entering the All-Star break, the Mets figured to be in the market for sluggers, considering the fact that the offense ranked 29th in MLB with 3.7 runs scored per game at the time. Though that unit has come to life with 29 runs in the past three games, they could certainly still benefit from the presence of an All-Star caliber hitter like Kris Bryant, especially in the wake of Francisco Lindor’s oblique injury.

This isn’t the first time that Cohen has poked fun at the fanbase in regard to trade speculation. On July 2, the Mets owner tweeted, “To play GM, you have to say what you are willing to give up to get somebody.”

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Mets manager Luis Rojas suspended two games for 'excessive arguing' vs. Pirates

CBS Sports 20 July, 2021 - 05:10pm

MLB has suspended New York Mets manager Luis Rojas for two games fined him an undisclosed fine for his "excessive arguing" with umpires during Sunday's eventual win over the Pirates. Rojas will begin serving his suspension during Monday night's game against the Reds. The league made the announcement on Monday afternoon. 

Rojas on Sunday objected vigorously to a fair-foul call that, combined with the Mets' focus on arguing the call rather than fielding the batted ball, resulted in three Pittsburgh runs. Here's a look: 

As you can see, Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker thought the ball was rolling foul and tossed it aside. However, home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs ruled the ball fair, and play continued. The resulting Kevin Newman infield "single" along with Walker's error -- and Walker's pausing to argue rather than immediately retrieving the ball -- allowed the bases to clear and Newman to advance to second. 

Rojas, as you can see, objected vigorously and, in MLB's estimation, went too far. "We deserve a chance where the umpires can meet and talk about it," Rojas told reporters, including Tim Britton of Newsday, after the game. "That's what I tried to get and I was denied, and that got me fired up."  

Riggs' call, however, appeared to be correct: 

Here are the best replays of the Kevin Newman hit and Taijuan Walker error pic.twitter.com/FIeHj2jLHB

Fortunately for the Mets, they were able to come back from down 6-0 in the first to prevail 7-6 and move to 48-42 on the season. They remain in first place in the NL East, albeit by a margin of just two games over the Phillies

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Mets manager Luis Rojas suspended two games for ejection after Taijuan Walker gaffe vs. Pirates

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"My intention," he added, "is always to fight for the guys out there."

He did that, and there were consequences. Rojas on Monday received a two-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for "excessive arguing" of a call that led to an embarrassing play in the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s win against the Pirates, MLB said in a release.

Rojas said the letter alerting him of his suspension did not provide any further reasoning than "excessive arguing" and did not give him the opportunity to appeal his suspension, which begins with Monday night's series opener in Cincinnati. 

Bench coach Dave Jauss will manage the Mets, while major league field coordinator Brian Schneider will be a bench coach of sorts.

"Obviously, I’m a little upset that I’m going to be missing the next two games," Rojas said. "I always want to be there. I missed the team for 8 2/3 (innings) yesterday, ended up not getting to watch from the dugout. Same feeling here."

Rojas will watch the games — just not from the dugout or the clubhouse. Rojas said he cannot be in the clubhouse once the team's pregame workout is over.

He didn't know if he could watch the game from somewhere else in the stadium, such as a suite. In other words: He can help prepare the club and even throw batting practice, which he did on Monday, but he can't manage games. 

The play Rojas argued: Pittsburgh's Kevin Newman hit a dribbler down the third-base line and starting pitcher Taijuan Walker ran off the mound and batted it out of play because he thought it was foul and wanted it to stay that way.

Mets manager Luis Rojas got ejected immediately as he bumped into the umpire pic.twitter.com/Clb2hNnYnw

Home plate umpire Jeremy Riggs ruled it fair, though, and as Walker argued with Riggs, no one grabbed the ball and three Pirates scored. The play was not reviewable. 

Rojas stormed out of the dugout to argue with Riggs. He appeared to bump into Riggs — something he said he didn't remember doing. And he added that he never intended to bump Riggs, but knew the two were so close that they could've made contact. 

Another umpire came over to restrain Rojas, but Rojas moved him aside. Bench coach Dave Jauss tried to do the same, but Rojas judged him aside, too.

Rojas, while upset about the suspension, said he's not fighting it. "The league's got to do what they got to do, right?" he said. But he still maintains Riggs made the wrong call. 

"The ball starts foul and it’s tailing back toward fair territory. As the ball is rolling, I don’t think it touches the mark at all. I just think it’s close to the edge, but there’s still a small separation between the ball and the line, and that’s when Walker touches it," Rojas said. "As soon as he touches it, the ball’s still foul. But if the ball’s going from fair to foul and it’s leaving the line and then Walker touches it, I can see when a play is probably going to be called fair — because then it’s too close going fair to foul. But going foul ball to fair, that’s what, for me, a play like this should be reviewable moving forward."

Sunday marked the third ejection of Rojas' big-league managing career. He said he's never been suspended — not in the minors, not in the Dominican Winter League, not in the majors — until now. 

He understands why the league suspended him, but he's bummed he can't be around his players during games. 

"It is what it is at this point," Rojas said. "We got a game to play. This shouldn’t be the main focus of our day. The main focus of our day should be our game that we’re playing against the Reds. Let’s go, let’s get started with the suspension and let’s get it over with. I can’t wait to be back in the dugout and watch these guys play a game from my seat."

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Analyzing Mets closer Edwin Diaz's struggles: Bad mechanics, sticky substance crackdown, or something else?

Yahoo Sports 20 July, 2021 - 10:10am

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

Two of those blown saves come with a bit of an asterisk, since the first (against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field during the last game before the All-Star break) came after he secured four outs of a five out save.

The second one was worse than the first, with Diaz blowing a 7-5 lead against the Pirates in Pittsburgh in the second game after the break, though the game-ending grand slam he allowed with two outs had an expected batting average of .030. It was also a good pitch.

The third blown save, which came on Monday night against the Reds in Cincinnati, was the most alarming, with Diaz's command all over the place. The tying run scored on a two-out single after a leadoff walk.

Amid the wreckage of the last three weeks or so for Diaz has been one dominant performance -- striking out the side in a perfect frame against the Pirates on July 10. After that outing, his ERA was 2.86.

Since then, he has allowed seven runs in three innings over three appearances while being touched up for seven hits, walking three, and striking out six.

"The thing that has been a little bit alarming to me is the way he's losing balls, especially on his arm side," Zeile said. "Since the 20th of June, since the middle of June -- before that he was a 3.00 ERA and since then it's almost 7.50. So obviously he's having some trouble since that part.

"That happens to be coincidentally when the crackdown started to come on sticky substances. He's a guy that I think has a tendency when he's really good, he gets that good bite on his slider. He's been losing some of that bite on his slider. It's been spinning, staying in the middle of the zone. Maybe that's been an issue. Maybe that's been a little bit of an issue to his confidence.

"But whatever it is, he's not been the same consistent guy. He's averaging over six walks a game now since the middle of June, too. He's not got the command."

Whether the issue with Diaz has to do with the crackdown on sticky substances, his mechanics, a bit of both, or something else, it needs to be fixed quickly.

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Mets' Luis Rojas 'a little upset' after two-game suspension for 'excessive arguing'

Yahoo Sports 19 July, 2021 - 04:41pm

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Rojas -- who said Monday that he wasn't given a chance to appeal, but wouldn't fight it anyway -- will begin serving his suspension Monday night, and will miss the first two games of the Mets' series against the Reds, according to the league.

Rojas' ejection on Sunday stemmed from what he perceived as a missed foul ball call. On the play, Taijuan Walker swatted a squibbed hit that started in foul territory toward Pittsburgh's dugout.

The ball was ruled fair and allowed three Pirates to score, opening the floodgates in a six-run first inning.

During the commotion, Rojas appeared to bump home plate Jeremy Riggs, though he said Monday there was no mention of contact being made by MLB as a reason for the suspension.

"There was no intention whatsoever," he said. "That's not me."

After the game Sunday, Rojas stuck by his opinion that the ball was foul, which he reiterated Monday, making a point to say he thinks the play should be reviewable.

"I still firmly believe it was foul," he said.

Rojas was able to be with the team on Monday for pregame and batting practice, but said he wouldn't be allowed to watch from the clubhouse.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas suspended 2 games, fined for excessive arguing

The Athletic 19 July, 2021 - 04:31pm

New York Mets manager Luis Rojas was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB on Monday for his "excessive arguing" with the umpires in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. His suspension will start with Monday night's game against the Reds.

"Obviously, I'm a little upset I'm going to miss the next two games ... but the league's got to do what they've got to do," Rojas said.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman hit an infield dribbler down the third-base line that pitcher Taijuan Walker thought was a foul ball and threw away toward the dugout. No Mets players made a move to get the ball, and three runs scored for the Pirates.

Rojas came out of the dugout to argue the call, but he was quickly ejected and then got chest to chest with the umpire. He said afterward he still believed it was a foul ball, and that he shouldn't have been ejected so quickly.

"We deserve a chance where the umpires can meet and talk about it," Rojas said at the time. "That's what I tried to get and I was denied, and that got me fired up."

This week may have given the Mets a rest, but it sure didn’t provide a break as Saturday was the toughest day of a tumultuous season so far.

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Mets' Rojas slapped with 2-game suspension, fine

ESPN 19 July, 2021 - 04:29pm

Rojas began serving his suspension before Monday night's 15-11 win at Cincinnati. He said he was not offered the chance to appeal. The amount of the fine was not revealed.

Bench coach Dave Jauss will take over managerial duties.

"I'm a little upset that I'm going to be missing the next two games," Rojas said before going out to pitch batting practice on Monday. "I missed the team for 8 2/3 (innings) yesterday, not getting to watch from the dugout. But the league's got to do what they gotta do. We know how sometimes things get heated up."

Mets starter Taijuan Walker made a huge misplay in the first inning Sunday with the bases loaded and the Pirates leading 3-0. Kevin Newman hit a dribbler down the line and the ball started in foul territory but then began spinning back toward the line.

Walker swooped in and swatted at the ball, trying to make contact while it was still foul. But TV replays showed the ball was touching the chalk when Walker hit it, and plate umpire Jeremy Riggs called it a fair ball.

Walker turned to argue the call as the ball rolled toward the Pirates dugout. No Mets reacted to retrieve it and all three Pittsburgh runners came around to score.

Walker said he didn't realize the ball was still in play. Rojas immediately ran out to argue the call and was ejected. He said he wanted the umpires to conference to make sure the call was correct, even though the play was not reviewable.

"I got hot because it was a bad call," Rojas said Monday. "He made an embarrassing play. That's what led me to escalate the way I did. It's the heat of the moment, the play. Getting close and arguing. I wanted it to be checked with the other umpires and I was denied. I still firmly believe it was foul. I would love for a play like that to be reviewable."

Rojas said he would watch Monday night's game on television. He had to leave the clubhouse after the pregame workout.

"I'll be rooting for the guys," Rojas said.

Mets’ Luis Rojas suspended 2 games following ejection vs. Pirates

NJ.com 19 July, 2021 - 04:06pm

The Mets played the majority of Sunday’s game without manager Luis Rojas on the bench. Now they’re going to need to tackle two more without their skipper.

Rojas was suspended two games following his ejection from Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. MLB said Rojas was banned due to excessive arguing, which led to him being tossed in the first inning of a 7-6 win at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Rojas will serve his suspension on Monday and Tuesday when the Mets visit the Cincinnati Reds. Bench coach Dave Jauss will manage in his place.

The ejection stemmed from the Mets’ mind-boggling fielding blunder in the first inning against the Pirates on Sunday. When Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker tried to swat a potential foul ball off the third-base line, the hit was correctly ruled fair. As the Mets argued the call, three Pirates scored as the ball sat near the Pittsburgh dugout.

Rojas raced out to defend Walker and confront home-plate umpire Jeremy Riggs. An irate Rojas was quickly tossed, and while he continued to argue, his chest made contact with Riggs.

Despite the fielding blunder that capped off a six-run first inning for the Pirates, the Mets rallied to win the game, thanks in part to a go-ahead, two-run home run by Michael Conforto in the top of the ninth inning.

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Can Mets maintain through more adversity?

MLB.com 19 July, 2021 - 09:41am

But one thing the Mets have established by now, even when they aren’t hitting or aren’t pitching or both, is that nobody in baseball has been tougher, or better at taking a punch this season, than they have.

The Mets did it again on Sunday against the Pirates after a weekend in which maybe only the Phoenix Suns felt more knocked down in sports.

Here’s what happened to the Mets in Pittsburgh before they even started the last game of a three-game series against the Pirates:

They found out that Jacob deGrom, the best pitcher on the planet but only when he is healthy, is going back on the injured list with more tightness in his right forearm.

Found out that Francisco Lindor, who had really started to play after a nightmare beginning to his career with the Mets, is not just going on the IL as well, but going on with an oblique injury, which means that nobody knows when Frankie Lindor might be back on the field.

On Saturday night the Mets blew a 6-0 lead, saw their bullpen give up nine runs in the last two innings, the last four coming off a two-out, walk-off grand slam hit by Jacob Stallings off Mets closer Edwin Diaz who, as they say, was having another moment in the ninth inning.

Finally on Sunday, as if to top -- or bottom -- things off, the team’s second-best pitcher after deGrom this season, Taijuan Walker, gave up six runs in bottom of the first on Sunday, which made it 11 for the Pirates over their last two innings. The highlight -- or lowlight -- of all that was a roller down the third-base line with the bases loaded that Walker thought was foul. Walker tried to glove-sweep the ball into the dugout, only the ball touched the line as he did. So a dribbler that had gone about thirty feet, tops, ended up clearing the bases. And now the Pirates were ahead 6-0.

Walker didn’t make it out of the first inning. Neither did manager Luis Rojas, who got tossed, because he thought Kevin Newman’s ball was foul, too. And the first-place Mets were about to get swept by the last-place Pirates.

Except the Mets then did what they have been doing all season, after every bad loss and every injury and every new call-up: The Mets got up

They sure did. Now it was the Mets coming all the way back from 0-6 down to win, 7-6, on a Michael Conforto two-run homer in the top of the ninth. They were on their way to Cincinnati, leading the Phillies by two games instead of one. Staggered again by a flurry of punches. Still on top of the East. Even still a game better, record-wise, than the Yankees.

“We’re going to continue to expect to win,” Conforto said when Sunday’s game was over. “That’s just the culture we’ve built. Obviously there’s some adversity we have to face, but up to this point, it feels like we’ve thrived on that adversity. It’s only going to bring us closer together.”

Nearly half of the Mets' Opening Day lineup has spent extended time on the IL this season: Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis. Davis, who was gone from the lineup for nearly three months, came back and looked like he was going to be a home run hero for the Mets on Saturday night before the Pirates came back on his team. Conforto has slumped badly since he came back from a hamstring injury, and really was a Mets home run hero on Sunday.

The Mets have seen so many starting pitchers go down -- starting with the great deGrom -- you lose count: deGrom has lost time, Marcus Stroman has, David Peterson. Joey Lucchesi is gone for the year with a UCL tear. Noah Syndergaard is still recovering from Tommy John surgery. Carlos Carrasco, who came to the Mets in the trade that brought them Lindor, still hasn’t pitched, though he is supposed to be getting closer to being back on the mound.

Of course, the Mets have benefited from the Braves and Nationals and Marlins all still being under .500 at this point in the season. But when you look at everything that has happened to the Mets so far, you can make the case that they should be right in there with them.

Now, they have lost their best pitcher -- everybody’s best pitcher -- to the IL again. They lose their most talented player in Lindor, who was just beginning to show New York how much game he has. They are in Cincinnati, then play the Jays and Braves and Reds at home before the Trade Deadline. But for now, they are still standing. Staggered, but still in first in the East.

“I’m very proud of this group,” Rojas, a terrific manager, said after his team’s comeback on Sunday.

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