By the way, you can stream Sunday’s game at Yahoo’s Sports Home, MLB index and video home beginning at 1:10 p.m. Once loaded with arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, New York is currently down to Noah Syndergaard, who’s currently battling strep throat, and Bartolo Colon, who is officially its steadiest and healthiest rotation option. Therein lies the problem for the Mets.
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco is no longer being considered for the president of baseball operations job with the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. It was reported earlier this month that Minnesota had interest in Ricco. However, as of last week, the Twins had not yet asked the Mets permission to speak to Ricco, according to La Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune. Minnesota, which Neal says is looking for someone with an analytics background, has also reportedly looked at other candidates, none with GM experience. Ricco joined the Mets organization in 2004 and has been assistant GM since 2006.
Israel blanked Brazil 1-0 in the semifinals, advancing to the qualifier final that will be played on Sunday against the winner of Saturday’s semifinal round. Cardinals’ right-hander Corey Baker, who spent the majority of his season in Double-A Springfield, led the charge against Brazil with five innings of one-hit ball, permitting three walks and striking out six. As Israel’s bullpen combined for another four shutout innings, third baseman Cody Decker scored on a sac fly to give Israel the one-run backing they needed to advance to the finals. Great Britain, meanwhile, prevailed over Pakistan’s first national baseball team in seven innings by the mercy rule. It was the second such loss for Pakistan,