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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the season in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

The 22-year-old Rosario homered to tie the game at 1 in the sixth inning, and after Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh, Rosario hit his second of the game.

"For me, it's amazing," Rosario told reporters after the game. "It's my first time hitting two homers. I've been waiting for this moment and this opportunity so I'm feeling great."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/20 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the excellent pitching from Robert Gsellman after Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit homer snapped a 1-1 tie and Amed Rosario homered twice to back Noah Syndergaard as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Having been limited to one hit through five innings by Clay BuchholzRosario went deep for the first time in 200 at-bats dating back to last season to tie the game. D-backs reliever Jorge De La Rosa retired the first two batters of the seventh, but Tomas Nido singled and Cabrera followed with his third career pinch-hit homer. Rosario went deep on the next pitch to increase the Mets' lead to 4-1.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets are satisfied with what they have seen so far from Amed Rosario, Mets assistant GM John Ricco recently said.

"He's a young player who is certainly doing more than hold his own at the big-league level, but I think in the future as he gets his feet under him, you're going to see better and better things," Ricco told The Record's Matt Ehalt. "He's a young player in the big league who's learning but also competing.'

I can't say that I'm satisfied with the 81 games that he's played to date, but I still see plenty of potential and understand why he was the game's top prospect just a year ago...

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Amed Rosario, who has been back hitting ninth the last few games, went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly in the Mets' 7-6 win over the Reds at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Monday night.

One of Rosario's doubles, which was roped to center field -- would almost certainly have been a triple had starting pitcher P.J. Conlon not been on first base when it was hit.

Rosario, who is hitting .243/.275/.330, has seen his average rise from .222 to .243 over the last four games. 

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DNL: Martino on Mets' loss 00:03:27
Andy Martino joins Daily News Live to break down the Mets' recent struggles following their 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Braves came to New York this week and dropped a good ol' fashioned whupping on the Mets, announcing their presence as a National League East team of the future, and possibly the present. The Mets fell out of first place and saw their ace leave a game with an elbow injury.

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

Jason Vargas is still doing an Ollie Perez impersonation. Braves starter Julio Teheran seemed for most of Thursday's game like he was going to throw a no-hitter. Matt Harvey flopped in a mop-up appearance, two days after the manager and GM chose to publicly engage a Page Six report about his late-night partying...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of Jose Reyes leaving the Mets in 2011 to take a $100 million deal to join the Marlins, the Mets turned to Ruben Tejada to start at shortstop. Tejada struggled, leaving Sandy Alderson to lean on veterans like Omar Quintanilla as he searched the free agent and trade markets for an everyday middle infielder.

If you recall, there were countless posts on every New York news site under the sun pointing to connections between the Mets and Mariners, as well as the Mets and D-backs, who were reportedly looking to deal 24-year-old SS Didi Gregorius. At the time, Gregorius was a career .243 hitter with just 13 home runs, despite 191 big league games under his belt.

Arizona had been shopping Gregorius for more than a year before he was eventually sent to the Yankees in a three-way deal that sent reliever Shane Greene to Detroit...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals was difficult to swallow, especially since the Mets are now 2-4 on this road trip -- 4-7 during their last 11 games -- and have dropped three consecutive series.

Closer Jeurys Familia has blown three of his last five save opportunities. The thing is, had Juan Lagares not lost Jose Martinez's fly ball in the sun, the Mets win the game, 3-2. Instead, Tommy Pham scored to tie the game, Paul Sewald ran out of gas in the 13th inning and the Mets eventually lose.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Paul Sewald, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Syndergaard on his performance 00:00:50
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and manager Mickey Callaway break down Syndergaard's performance in the Mets' extra-inning loss on Thursday.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was largely dominant in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, but was done in by poor defense from his teammates in the seventh and eighth innings.

With the Mets up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Yoenis Cespedes slid and had Tommy Pham's leadoff pop up in his tracks, but had it go off his glove for a double. Pham then came around to score on a bloop single to right field by Marcell Ozuna.

Later in the seventh, Todd Frazier couldn't field a hot shot off the bat of Paul DeJong that extended the inning and led to Syndergaard's pitch count elevating even further...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The debut of top prospect Amed Rosario was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary 2017 for the Mets, but his performance at the plate had some red flags. This year, he's showing some real promise in addressing his biggest concerns. And while he isn't yet tearing the cover off the ball, he's already showing the growth the Mets need from him.

Rosario's patience at the plate last season was almost impossibly poor. In 46 games, he drew just three walks, with a walk rate under 2 percent that ranked him dead last in the majors among players with at least 100 plate appearances. In just 18 games so far this year, he's already matched his walk total from last year. He has dropped his swing percentage significantly -- particularly on pitches outside the zone -- and lowered his swinging strike rate from a lofty 18 percent to a more manageable 13 percent.

While the walks are steadily improving, Rosario has made only a small dent in his strikeout rate, which is still well above average. He wasn't always a strikeout machine in the minors, so as he continues to train his eye against major league pitching, he may refine his game further. At 22 years old, he is still very raw in this regard, but the increase in contact he has shown is a good sign...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Maggie Wiggin
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino definitely give a hoot about Keith's tweets as they sit down for another Shea Anything podcast. The guys discuss the bullpen implosion against the Nats and the possibility of an Amed Rosario for J.T. Realmuto trade. Later, Andy pitches Doug on an idea for Baseball Night in New York, and talks about his post on MetsBlog about Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's tenuous spots in the starting rotation.

Click below to listen...

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Los Mets: Amed Rosario's journey 00:06:27
SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back the journey of Mets shortstop Amed Rosario.

SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back the journey of Mets shortstop Amed Rosario.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Los Mets: Baseball in the DR 00:02:41
Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic premieres on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on SNY.

Amed Rosario was discovered in Dominican Republic.

Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic premieres on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Jose Reyes is starting at shortstop over Amed Rosario for the second time in three games, and Mickey Callaway explained his reasoning before Thursday's game.

"I thought that Reyes vs. Strasburg would probably be a pretty good matchup," he said, calling it one of the "basic reasons" why Reyes is in.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mickey Callaway has spoken about not being seduced by small sample sizes when it comes to setting the lineup. And he's right to take that approach. But starting Reyes over Rosario twice in three games is something that simply shouldn't happen...

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have a lot to be satisfied with at this early point in the season, with the second-best batting average in baseball and an overall offense in the top third of the league. But behind those numbers are some very different stories -- some good and some not so good.

While it's still early to come to any conclusions, let's take a look at the trends emerging for the 2018 Mets...

The Good

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Maggie Wiggin
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Mickey Callaway on his bullpen 00:05:13
Mickey Callaway discusses his bullpen's performance and the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Amed Rosario went 2-for-3 with a two-out, two-run triple that scored Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, his second of the season.

2) Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, but he needed 92 pitches to get through four innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Familia on growing up in D.R. 00:00:21
Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic premieres this Thursday at 6:30 PM on SNY.

Tune in to SNY Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the premiere of Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, featuring Jeurys Familia, Amed Rosario, and a trip to the Mets' Academy in the D.R. 

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New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

For the Mets' second game of the season, Mickey Callaway opted to start Juan Lagares over Brandon Nimmo while Amed Rosario is batting behind the pitcher again.

Nimmo reached base four times on Opening Day, going 2-3 with a walk and HBP, scoring two runs. Callaway, at his pregame news conference ahead of the game against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, explained what went into his lineup decisions. 

"We thought it was a decent matchup for Lagares with their starting pitcher," Callaway said...

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Toward the end of our marathon pregame broadcast yesterday on SNY, the Baseball Night in New York crew batted around the question of "what would it take for the Mets to surprise this year?"

It's obvious that the team needs dominant starting pitching if it hopes to contend, so I suggested that a true key to their playoff hopes lies in a less obvious place -- the offense. If the Mets want to be relevant all summer, their lineup needs to be solid and competent, enough to help the excellent top half of the rotation, and high-ceiling bullpen.

The Mets won't be able to compete with the depth and quality of the position players suiting up for the Cubs, Nationals, or Dodgers but they can win plenty games in a weak division if their patchwork lineup delivers on its modest potential.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:13
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Matz pitched four scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back homers, and the Mets finished their Grapefruit League season with a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Matz ended his season with yet another strong outing, limiting the Marlins to just two hits while striking out four. >> Read more about his start here.

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Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Mets have long struggled with infield defense, culminating in last year's all-around disaster. Between all four spots, they totaled an incredible -68 defensive runs saved (roughly equivalent to losing seven games more than they would have with average defense) -- a mark double that of the second worst team.

No position was better than -10 defensive runs saved, with shortstop taking the cake at -24. There was no place to go but up and thankfully, with some new faces and some positional changes, the Mets should be in line for a big step forward.

Asdrubal Cabrera was one of the worst offenders in 2017 and while he's the only starter returning, he should benefit considerably from a positional change. While he is not expected to be a defensive whiz at second base, his performance there over the course of his career has far exceeded his performance at shortstop, where he has been a major liability almost every season. In a small sample in 2017, he was still a net negative at second, but more consistent time there should help significantly...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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Point of View: Amed Rosario 00:01:57
During Spring Training, New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario wore an SNY camera to show fans a live infield session from his point of view.

During Spring Training, Mets shortstop Amed Rosario wore an SNY camera to show fans a live infield session from his point of view.

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Reyes, Rosario debut handshake 00:00:42
It's a new season for Jose Reyes and Amed Rosario and that means a brand new handshake

It's a new season for Jose Reyes and Amed Rosario, and that means a brand new handshake

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Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a double to left field during the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 10, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a double to left field during the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Mets SS Amed Rosario said he experienced no pain on his way around the bases Saturday afternoon when he returned to the lineup for the first time since being sidelined with knee and groin injuries earlier this month.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:54
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway break down Matz's Spring Training start on Friday against the Tigers.

The Mets tie the Tigers 8-5 as Steven Matz threw four scoreless innings, Hansel Robles imploded with four earned runs, and Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each had a homer. 

To see the full box score, click here!

Things you should know about today's game...

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Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) singles against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) singles against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Amed Rosario (knee/groin) is 'tentatively' scheduled to return to action on Friday as a DH then Saturday at shortstop.

Rosario was initially pulled from last Saturday's game against the Marlins with 'knee irritation.' He said the knee injury may have come from compensating with a minor groin issue as well.

"It was during the sprint I made from second base to home plate, that I felt something in my knee," Rosario said. 

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New York Mets' Amed Rosario throws during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario throws during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets SS Amed Rosario, who is dealing with a groin issue, said Wednesday that he expects to return to the lineup later this week.

Rosario, who hasn't played since this past Saturday due to what was initially irritation in his left knee, said the knee feels better but that compensating for it might have led to the minor groin issue.

A precautionary MRI on Rosario's leg/groin on Tuesday came back clean.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players. Here's the rundown...


Amed Rosario (left knee irritation):

Rosario, who is day-to-day, received an MRI on Tuesday on his upper leg that came back clean, manager Mickey Callaway said, adding that Rosario is feeling better...

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players. Here's the rundown...


Amed Rosario (left knee irritation):

Rosario, who is day-to-day, received an MRI on Tuesday on his upper leg that came back clean, manager Mickey Callaway said, adding that Rosario is feeling better...

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Amed Rosario was removed from the Mets spring training game against the Marlins on Saturday early due to left knee irritation. 

Rosario was hit by a pitch on the hip as well before being taken out, though he said that the two issues are unrelated.

"It was during the sprint I made from second base to home plate, that I felt something in my knee," Rosario said. 

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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Off-the-field news carried the day, and plenty of other stuff happened at Spring Training. Here's what went down, in case you missed it...


The Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. He will have a spot in the rotation, meaning there is an open competition for the two remaining spots. >> Read more

In light of Vargas signing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a six-man rotation is not likely. >> Read more

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(Andy Marlin)

With the acquisition of Todd Frazier, the Mets' contingent of position players is largely settled. But some questions remain, including one that has plagued the team for several seasons now: who will lead off?

On Friday, new Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler mentioned Frazier, Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Reyes as potential leadoff candidates. And there should be even more candidates than the above. So, who should it be?

The classic "old school" leadoff man is whoever is fastest -- who will steal the most bases? Of the Mets' projected starters, clearly Amed Rosario fits that mold best. He is projected to steal anywhere from 15-to-25 bases in 2018, and his raw speed is clearly elite...

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Forecasting Rosario's future 00:02:58
The Baseball Night in NY panel discusses Mickey Callaway's comparison of Amed Rosario to Cleveland's All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said SS Amed Rosario's talent is "right on par" with Francisco Lindor's, who was on the 2015-17 Indians teams while Callaway served as pitching coach.

The 24-year-old Lindor is a career .293/.349/.474 hitter with the Indians, and has been a plus defender at shortstop all three seasons.

"I've gotten to see a lot (of Rosario)," Callaway said Wednesday. "Unbelievable athlete. I think, obviously, right on par with (Francisco) Lindor. Extreme athletes can move around really well -- go left, right, good arm. He has all the tools."

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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

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BNNY: Frazier joining Mets 00:06:00
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down Todd Frazier signing with the Mets on a two-year deal worth $17 million.

Todd Frazier's new Mets teammates are excited about the acqusition of the third baseman, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million earlier this week.

Amed Rosario, who will share the left side of the infield with Frazier, is eager to learn from him.

"I feel really good because he's a veteran guy and I can learn a lot from him," Rosario said, according to the NY Daily News. "I'm probably going to pick his brain out."

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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

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Well, to no one's surprise (as I've already spoken about), Jose Reyes is back. Obviously, he took to social media to show his gratitude and excitement over staying with his beloved team.

His bestie Amed Rosario also took to social media to show his gratitude that his bffl is back.

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

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BNNY: Mets' payroll 00:06:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Mets' payroll and speculates on New York's intentions for the remainder of the offseason.

Earlier today, I wrote that the Mets would be better off signing Mike Moustakas to play third base, while starting rookie Luis Guillorme at second instead of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Here's a more detailed explanation and why I actually think such a swap is possible...

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Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was quite the week for Mets fans. Well, to be more specific, it was quite the weekend for Mets fans, as the Queens Baseball Convention was on Saturday.

For those of you who weren't there, those of us in attendance fell in love with Brandon Nimmo a little bit, myself included...

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Amed Rosario, who is expected to be the Mets' starting shortstop this coming season, is already in St. Lucie working on improving his strike zone recognition and patience at the plate.

"I've been working hard, steadily, every single day,'' Rosario told The NY Post through translator Melissa Rodriguez. "Coming into this year, I've really been focusing on my strike zone, trying to make that smaller and, of course, trying not to go for some of those bad pitches."

As a 21-year-old in what was his first taste of the majors, Rosario hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases, but walked just three times in 170 plate appearances. He also struck out 49 times -- a rate of 28.8 percent. For comparison, Yankees OF Aaron Judge -- who was challenging the all-time strikeout record last season -- struck out 30.7 percent of the time.

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