After winning the first two of a four-game series against the Brewers, the Mets finished with a disappointing split. Jacob deGrom was knocked around in Wednesday's 7-1 loss and the offense was unable to get anything going in support of Zack Wheeler on Thursday in a 2-1 defeat.
New York's fortunes didn't fare much better Friday, when they began a series with the visiting Pirates. Matt Harvey struggled on the mound, allowing five runs over five-plus innings of work. He was able to exit with a lead as the offense provided plenty of support, led by Lucas Duda's two home runs and a long ball from Michael Conforto. But, the bullpen faltered and the Mets were unable to keep pace in a 12-7 loss.
Home runs from Jay Bruce, Neil Walker and Wilmer Flores each went deep Saturday to help the Mets return to their winning ways. Robert Gsellman put together a strong start in what might have been his final turn in the rotation and Addison Reed shut the door with a six-out save. The Mets' poor pitching caught up with them once more in the rubber game Sunday. Rookie Tyler Pill was unable to escape trouble in the Mets' 11-1 loss as they dropped the series to the Pirates.
Steven Matz and Seth Lugo have completed their rehab assignment and are expected to join the team this week. Sandy Alderson refrained from providing an update on Yoenis Cespedes as he works his way towards a return from a hamstring injury. Alderson had been hopeful that Cespedes could ease his way back into the lineup by playing DH this week during interleague play.
Speaking of help, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone feels the time is now for the Mets to promote top prospect Amed Rosario. Asdrubal Cabrera has looked sluggish in the field and already matched his error total from last season. Cerrone believes Rosario would give the Mets a needed upgrade defensively and a potential spark in the lineup from the promising young shortstop.
Wilmer Flores had another strong week at the plate and is making a case for himself to be an everyday player. With David Wright sidelined due to injury, Jose Reyes received the first crack at third base. Reyes has struggled in the role this season while Flores is forcing Terry Collins' hand to increase his playing time.
On Friday, the Mets and Major League Baseball dedicated a youth baseball and softball field in the memory of Shannon Dalton Forde, a former public relations executive for the Mets.
This week the Mets head out to Texas for a two-game set with the Rangers and then make their way to Atlanta for a four-game series against the Braves that features a doubleheader Saturday.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was named the American League Rookie of the Month for May. He hit .347 with a .441 OBP and .642 SLG with five doubles, seven home runs, 17 RBI and 17 runs on the month. This marks the second time Judge has earned the honors already this season. He has also expressed his desire to participate in the Home Run Derby during the mid-summer classic festivities.
The Yankees began the week by wrapping up a series in Baltimore. After dropping the opener on Memorial Day, New York would split the final two games to secure a series loss.
On Thursday, the Bronx Bombers made a trip north of the border to begin a four-game set in Toronto. The bats came alive for the Yankees, pouring on 12 runs in a winning effort to kick off the series. Michael Pineda was unable to avoid trouble the following night as the Blue Jays took the second game, despite a sixth-inning rally that saw Judge hit his 17th home run of the season. Jordan Montgomery took the hill Saturday and put forth a stellar performance, allowing no runs over six innings to lift the Yankees to a bounce-back win.
Luis Severino closed out the series in Toronto, allowing two runs over seven innings. He received little run support for his efforts as the Yankees lost, 3-2. Matt Holliday was a bright spot offensively in the series finale as he drove in both of New York's runs.
With Chase Headley continuing to struggle at the plate, the Yankees have begun shopping for a third baseman.
Jacoby Ellsbury has been shut down from all baseball activities and will visit a neurologist early this week due to headaches and concussion-related symptoms. He was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list after crashing into the center field wall on May 24.
The Yankees will host the Red Sox and Orioles this week.
The Jets made a splash this week by trading safety Calvin Pryor to Cleveland in exchange for linebacker Demaro Davis. By drafting safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the first and second round, Pryor became expendable. Davis returns to New York after playing the first four years of his career with the Jets.
Sheldon Richardson has heard the rumblings about being involved in trade discussions this offseason. He remarked that he would be a "fool" to not be open about potentially being shipped elsewhere.
While there isn't a clear-cut quarterback depth chart, Bryce Petty does appear to have an uphill climb to make if he wants to supplant himself as the starting or backup quarterback.
After being underutilized in the passing attack last season, Matt Forte looks to make an impact catching the ball out of the back field next season.
Eli Manning is off to a strong start in his preparation for next season. According to reports, the two-time Super Bowl MVP has been a standout performer during Giants' OTAs.
Another bright spot in OTAs has been Eli Apple. Following a strong rookie campaign, Apple has put on weight and increased his speed to have him better prepared for his sophomore season. The Giants possessed one of the strongest secondaries in the NFL last season, and they could be an even more daunting task for opposing quarterbacks to handle with an improved Apple.
Absent from team workouts has been Odell Beckham Jr. While OTAs are voluntary, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano writes why Beckham's absence matters.
ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks point guard, Mark Jackson, had harsh words for team president Phil Jackson. He depicted his tenure as a "failure," citing how he has handled Carmelo Anthony as a setup to the organization.
SNY's Ketih Schlosser writes that 27-year-old forward Kyle O'Quinn could prove to be in demand and help land the Knicks another first-round pick. With the Trail Blazers possessing three first-round picks, the Knicks have reportedly had preliminary discussions about inquiring one of their selections.
Charles Oakley's trial date stemming from his February incident at Madison Square Garden is scheduled for August 4. He is facing charges of harassment, trespassing and assault after allegedly yelling insults at Knicks owner James Dolan
Scott Gomez, a 17-year veteran in the NHL, has been hired by the Islanders as an assistant coach.
Unfortunately for the loyal fan base in Nassau County, it was reported this week that the Islanders will not play four games at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum this season. While a deal was believed to be in place to bring the team back to their former home four times each season over the next 10 years, the NHL has yet to approve authorization for the team to do so.
Head coach Doug Weight knows how pivotal this offseason is for his club, and it all starts with John Tavares. He reiterated the Islanders desire to work out a new deal with Tavares this summer that would keep him in New York for years to come.
Rangers' goalie Henrik Lundqvist suffered an "isolated MCL sprain" during the World Championships and will rest for the next 4-6 weeks, the injury isn't believed to impact his preparation for next season.
The Devils are reportedly choosing between centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier in the June 23 draft in Chicago.
New York City FC played two matches this week. On Wednesday, New York squandered a one-goal lead late and settled for a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution. NYCFC would rebound with a come-from-behind win against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, 2-1.
The Red Bulls came up short in their only match of the week, falling to the Montreal Impact, 1-0 on Saturday.