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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


During the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Phillies, a 5-2 sixth inning lead turned into a deficit in the blink of an eye as the bullpen imploded >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Mets SS prospect Ronny Mauricio is holding his own this season as an 18-year-old in Low-A Columbia. With plus potential on both sides of the ball, Mauricio will likely be ranked as the Mets' No. 1 prospect sooner rather than later...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 166 lbs

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Mets lose to Braves 7-2 00:01:17
New York Mets kept it close until the 6th inning when Josh Donaldson broke the 2-2 tie with a home run.

Things fell apart for Steven Matz and the Mets in the sixth inning on Wednesday in Atlanta, as they fell to the Braves 7-2.  >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) The Braves jumped on Matz right out of the gates. In the first inning, Dansby Swanson roped a single to center, followed by a two-run shot from Freddie Freeman. The Mets had given Matz an early 1-0 lead, but the lefty couldn't shut down the Braves in the bottom half of the first. He rebounded to keep the Braves quiet for the next four innings, but a Josh Donaldson two-run home run broke a tie and gave the Braves the lead for good.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Amed Rosario RBI double 00:00:16
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario ties the game 2-2 with an RBI double over Ronald Acuna's head.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning on Wednesday against Atlanta, Wilson Ramos doubled to keep the inning alive. The next batter, Amed Rosario, lined a ball to center field that was misplayed off the bat.

Rosario was thrown out at third base, but his double tied the game at 2-2 ...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

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After an ugly loss in which their all-too obvious flaws were exposed, the Mets suddenly find themselves 8.5 games behind the streaking Braves, and perhaps on the precipice of another lost season.

In June. Again.

Last year they went 5-21 in June to make the rest of the season feel more like an exercise in garbage time. This month hasn't spun out of control quite yet, as the Mets are 6-9 as of Tuesday. But at 34-38 they are only a few games better than their record at this time last year.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After giving up two runs to blow the save Thursday night before the game was suspended, Edwin Díaz returned for the 10th inning Friday when the game was picked up and took the loss as the Mets fell to St. Louis, 5-4, in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's first game...

1) Upon the restart, the Mets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Díaz came on for the 10th, staying in after blowing the save Thursday. He allowed a leadoff single, after which Yairo Munoz stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and was driven in by Paul DeJong. In addition to his third blown save, Díaz took his fourth loss.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

The Mets got a strong start from Jacob deGrom, but Edwin Díaz gave up two runs in the ninth to blow the save, and rain caused the game to be suspended at 4-4 before the bottom of the ninth. The game will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m.. >> Box score

Five things to know from Thursday's game...

1) For the first time since April, Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for a second consecutive start, and the results have been positive for the Mets. DeGrom allowed two runs in seven innings on six hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. Matt Carpenter recorded an RBI infield single in the third when he beat the shift, and Paul DeJong tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo homer, but the Mets reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeGrom has allowed 10 homers this season, matching his total from all of last season. He was in line for the win until Díaz blew the save by giving up two runs in the ninth.

In his last start with Ramos, deGrom had 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings but took a tough-luck loss. Thursday's outing marked the 33rd time since the start of the 2018 season deGrom allowed two or fewer runs. The Mets were 16-16 over the first 32 such starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (33-34, 6.0 GB in NL East) will continue their suspended game with the Cardinals (33-33, 5.0 GB in NL Central), which is tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, on Friday at 6:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead but as rain began pouring down the groundscrew began to roll out the tarp. The Mets convinced them to hold off so they can try to finish the game, but that decision backfired and Edwin Diaz blew the save. He allowed a leadoff walk, got the next two batters out before allowing a two-out RBI single to Kolten Wong and a double to Harrison Bader to tie the game. ... The Mets will have Todd FrazierWilson Ramos, and Amed Rosario up in the ninth against Andrew Miller.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Mets crushed 12-5 by Yankees 00:02:02
New York Yankees took game 1 of the Subway Series double-header behind home runs from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

A promising start turned into a nightmarish finish as the Mets lost to the Yankees, 12-5, in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) In a game the Mets led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, things got ugly fast. Done in by poor defense, bad pitching by Zack Wheeler, and some bloop hits mixed in with blasted ones, the game was 9-4 Yankees by the time the fifth inning was over. Overall, Wheeler allowed nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six in 4.2 innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gary Sanchez, Jeff McNeil, Luke Voit, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Todd Frazier launches to left 00:00:16
Todd Frazier launches a home run to left field, giving the Mets a late lead over the Giants on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

What's the perfect way to kick off a game? Going back to back in the first inning is a pretty good way.

Amed Rosario and Dom Smith hit just that against the Giants this afternoon...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier
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Mets beat Giants 7-3 00:01:55
Thanks to 3 home runs, including one by Todd Frazier, the Mets were able to take the series against the Giants.

The Mets strung together a four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Giants to win, 7-3, in the rubber match at Citi Field Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Five things to know from Thursday's game...

1) The Mets delivered in the bottom of the eighth to blow the game open. It was Todd Frazier's two-run homer that broke the tie, making it a 5-3 game. But they weren't done as Juan Lagares' double brought home Adeiny Hechavarria. Then, Jeff McNeil brought his hot bat to the plate again, singling home Lagares to cap the four-run inning. It could've been more if Pete Alonso delivered with bases loaded, but he popped out.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Conforto hits 11th home run 00:00:16
Michael Conforto hit his 11th home run of the season, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead over the Giants in the 4th inning on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto smashed his 11th home run of the season, giving the Mets' a 2-0 lead in the the bottom of the fourth inning.

Conforto's shot made it 12-straight games at Citi Field that Mets have hit at least one home run...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto
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Mets lose 7-1 to Diamondbacks 00:01:28
Wilson Ramos connected for a monstrous home run but that was the only highlight of the Mets 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Mets dropped the rubber game of the series against the Diamondbacks, 7-1, to end their West Coast road trip 2-5. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Manager Mickey Callaway lauded Steven Matz as the Mets' most consistent starter after his start in Los Angeles. But the left-hander faltered early, as Ketel Marte led off the home half of the first with a 482-foot blast to center field. Tim Locastro, Saturday night's hero, singled and Eduardo Escobar lifted a two-run homer down the line in left to make it 3-0 before Matz had even recorded an out. He settled down from there until two outs in the fifth, when the Diamondbacks recorded four straight singles and pushed across two more runs. By the time he left the mound after the sixth, Matz yielded five earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Arizona Diamondbacks, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Diaz meltdown leads to 9-8 loss 00:01:32
The Mets had a 5-run lead thanks to the bats of Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith, but Edwin Diaz allowed 4 runs in the 9th for the loss.

Pete Alonso ripped a pair of home runs and Noah Syndergaard battled through six inning, but Edwin Diaz blew the save in the 9-8 loss to the Dodgers. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth with a three-run lead, but he gave up back-to-back home runs to Joc Pederson and Max Muncy, followed by back-to-back doubles to Turner and Bellinger to tie the game. Eventually, the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out and Alex Verdugo delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly.

2) Alonso got the Mets started early, hitting a laser-beam home run to right-center off of Dodgers' starter Walker Buehler. The Polar Bear's 18th home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead before Syndergaard even took the mound. Then, with the game tied at 3-3 in the fifth, Alonso broke the tie with his second two-run homer of the game (19th of the season). Thirty-one of Alonso's 51 hits on the season have gone for extra bases.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Los Angeles Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets win 7-3 vs. Dodgers 00:01:26
Steven Matz pitched a gem, while Michael Conforto showed off his power with a grand slam in the 7th. Frazier also shined in the big win.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Dodgers outslug Mets 00:01:27
Cody Bellinger homered and had a pair of outfield assists in leading the Dodgers past the Mets, 9-5

The Mets' bullpen allowed six runs in the sixth inning and their late rally fell short as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Monday at Dodger Stadium. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) After Jacob deGrom was taken out of the game through five innings at 105 pitches, Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora combined to give up six runs and six hits in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 lead into an 8-3 deficit, the big blow a Kiké Hernandez three-run homer off Zamora that gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Mets win streak ends with 9-8 L 00:01:31
New York Mets were fresh off a sweep of the Nationals but their 8 runs weren't enough to keep the Tigers at bay

The Mets crushed five home runs, but their pitching couldn't hold up in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Friday's game

1) The Tigers jumped on Noah Syndergaard early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each drove in a run in the first, and Jacoby Jones jolted a two-run homer in the second. Syndergaard's night came to an end after 5.1 innings, as he tied his season-high with 10 hits allowed, leading to six Tiger runs. 

2) The middle infielders provided a spark for the Mets, as Amed Rosario jump-started the offense in the third inning with a solo home run. Then, in the fourth, Adeiny Hechavarria slammed an opposite-field three-run shot, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Alonso homers off foul pole 00:00:17
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashes his 17th home run off the foul pole to give Mets the lead against the Tigers.

Pete Alonso just keeps mashing. His solo home run off the left field foul pole put the Mets ahead 6-5 in the bottom of the fifth Friday against the Tigers and was his 17th homer of the season. 

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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field as they won their second straight game. They host the Nats again on Wednesday night at 7:10.

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' win over the Nats, Pete Alonso hit a mammoth game-tying homer in the eighth inning before Amed Rosario walked it off in the ninth with an infield single >> Read more

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Mets talk walk-off win 00:01:55
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Pete Alonso talk about their clutch hits to help Mets walk off against Nationals.

The Mets topped the Nationals in dramatic fashion Tuesday night at Citi Field with a 6-5 walk-off win courtesy of Amed Rosario's hustle. 

The shortstop hit a chopper to short but out-ran the throw to score Adeiny Hecchavaria from third base to win the game. 

"It was an incredible feeling," Rosario said through a translator after the game. "How emotional I was just because it was my first walk-off and it's our second game in a row that we won after a bad stretch."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals
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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both hit home runs and the Mets' bullpen hang on to beat the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario and Alonso both hit solo homers off Patrick Corbin in the first inning. Rosario hit an 0-2 fastball to center field to make it 1-0, and two batters later Alonso hit a 1-2 fastball to left-center for his 15th home run of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Carlos Gomez hits RBI double 00:00:15
Carlos Gomez gets his 1st hit as a Met in 12 years on Monday night against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field

When Carlos Gomez first came up with the Mets, they still played at Shea Stadium.

Twelve years later, Gomez recorded his first hit at Citi Field as a member of the Mets, and it was a big one.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 GB in NL East) take on the Washington Nationals (17-25, 7 GB) in the rubber game of a three-game set on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on SNY.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday. During his hitting streak, the 23-year-old Rosario was slashing .333/.368/.528 with one home run and seven RBIs. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-18 slump that has dropped his batting average from .284 to .263. ... Mets catchers this season have hit .211 (ninth worst in the majors) with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (19-20, 4.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) travel to the nation's capital to begin a three-game series against the Nationals (16-24, 8.0 games behind Phillies) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

In the leadoff role, Jeff McNeil has hit .357 (30-for-84) in 20 games atop the lineup. He owns a .522 average (12-for-23) in the opening frame, which ranks second in the majors. ... Amed Rosario enters Tuesday night's game on a seven-game hit streak and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight of his last night plate appearances. ... In 21 career games against the Nationals, Robinson Canó owns the second highest active batting average against the team (.363). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The NL East will not end the exact way it stands today, at least that's what three scouts, two rival executives and my own common sense is telling me...

"If you think this thing doesn't move, and then move again, you're either not paying attention to the talent or you haven't watched enough baseball in your life," I was told last week by an NL East team executive who has been in baseball for decades. "It's still a four-team race, regardless of the standings, and that's how we're all looking at it."

The Phillies have been playing well, but have also been playing the least competitive teams, which is almost certainly inflating their stats and perceived dominance. At the same time, the Mets and Braves are playing better opponents and because so have been bobbing around .500. The Mets and Braves have also bounced around between being league average to slightly-below league average in runs scored and runs allowed. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (18-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) finally woke up at the plate and erupted for 11 runs, including an eight-run first inning for an 11-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. They face the Marlins again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Six takeaways plus highlights from the Mets' offensive explosion over the Marlins on Friday night behind the pitching of Zack Wheeler. >> Read more

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

Six things to know about Friday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Amed Rosario grand slam 00:00:21
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario smacks his first career grand slam to give the Mets a 7-0 lead against the Marlins.

As part of a huge eight-run first inning for the Mets, Amed Rosario hit a grand slam to break the game open, 7-0. The homer was Rosario's third of the season.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They're 17-20, have won just one of their last 10 series, and currently sit 4.5 games back of the first-place Phillies. However, they're also about to get 16 straight games against teams below .500, 10 of which will be in their home ballpark.

"What we're doing right now is not acceptable," manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's loss in San Diego. "We have to do better. We can't all of a sudden score a few runs one game and everything is OK. We have to continue to do it."

Thankfully, Callaway's team will play the Marlins next, who have the league's worst record. Then it's the Nationals, who may be the league's most disappointing team, the Marlins and Nats again, and finishing off with the Tigers.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Two weeks ago the Mets seemed to have no need for Jed Lowrie. No room, either. Now, suddenly, with the free-agent infielder finally ready to play, his new team is hoping desperately he can provide exactly the type of offensive spark Brodie Van Wagenen had in mind when he signed him.

For that matter, as badly as the slumping Mets need Lowrie to deliver offensively, it's fair to say Van Wagenen might need it even more.

There is plenty of blame to spread around, obviously, as this team has fallen off a cliff in going 4-10 over the last couple of weeks, beset by problems in all phases of the game.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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After missing the first month and change of the season due to a knee injury, the Mets could be getting Jed Lowrie back on Friday when they return to Citi Field.

When it comes to playing time after Lowrie returns, it should shake out like this most days: Lowrie at third base (relegating the struggling Todd Frazier to the bench), Amed Rosario at shortstop, Robinson Cano at second base, Pete Aloso at first base.

When it comes to who the Mets remove from the 25-man roster to make room for Lowrie, things get trickier. Here are the likeliest potential roster casualties:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Cano tallies 2,500th hit 00:00:19
New York Mets second baseman launches a deep ground-rule double to collect his 2,500th hit of his career.

Robinson Cano ripped a ground-rule double in the first inning for his 2,500th career hit. Cano has the third-most hits among active players and sixth-most among Dominican-born players in MLB history. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during manager Mickey Callaway's first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they're just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it's early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) slides into second base with a double before the tag by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the 14th inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 4, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) slides into second base with a double before the tag by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the 14th inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Amed Rosario made two more errors in the Mets' brutal 4-3, 18-inning loss Saturday night and made another bad play on which he wasn't penalized. He now leads the National League with nine errors.

"It's just not happening for him," Mickey Callaway said. "He's a diligent worker. He'll work through it. There's no doubt that he's not gonna let it bother him coming to the field."

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Brewers beat Mets in 18 innings 00:00:13
The Mets played a marathon in Milwaukee and fell short, losing to the Brewers, 4-3, in 18 innings after letting a late lead get away.

It took an entire second game for the Mets to break a deadlock after tying it in the ninth, but Chris Flexen blew it in the bottom of the 18th as the Mets took a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Brewers. They fell under .500 for the first time this season. >> Box score


Seven things to know about Saturday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Pete Alonso HR ties the game 00:00:17
Pete Alonso launches his 10th home run of the year to get the Mets even in Milwaukee in the top of the 9th inning on Saturday night.

Pete Alonso came through in the clutch once again.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 entering the ninth, Alonso led off the inning with a first-pitch solo homer to right-center to tie the game and help get the game to extra innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie's Mets debut could be on the horizon.

After being hampered by a sprained knee capsule throughout Spring Training, Lowrie is playing in rehab games and will move from High-A Port St. Lucie to Triple-A Syracuse. He should be in the Syracuse lineup on Saturday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

There's no debating that Pete Alonso is having the best start to a career among the thousands of players to wear the Mets uniform.

Thankfully for him, he's doing it at a time when Mets fans are seeking an heir to the throne left behind by David Wright. He's also doing it during the social media age, through which we get a better look into his personality and popularity than would have been the case had he broken out at any other point in history.

In a season when much of the attention in the National League has been on San Diego's much-hyped rookie Fernando Tatis Jr., it's Alonso that won the league's Rookie of the Month for April.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets fall short 5-4 to Reds 00:01:15
The Mets capitalized on a big fourth inning against Tanner Roark and the Reds, but Edwin Diaz gave up the go-ahead run to lose 5-4.

Edwin Diaz allowed a go-ahead home run to Jesse Winker in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets lost to the Reds 5-4 on Monday at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Entering in a 4-4 game, Diaz retired the first two hitters before his first-pitch fastball to Winker was sent 415 feet to right field. Diaz had retired all 15 left-handed batters he faced before Winker homered.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Cincinnati Reds, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets avoid sweep, top Brewers 00:01:32
The Mets got clutch hits late from J.D. Davis and the just-recalled Tomas Nido to help the Mets top the Brewers, 5-2, avoiding a sweep

The Mets avoided the sweep -- and going under .500 -- by defeating the Brewers, 5-2, at Citi Field on Sunday. >> Box score 

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Steven Matz was brilliant for six-plus innings and only faltered at the end of his outing. He'd delivered six scoreless frames before Mike Moustakas took him deep to right-center field for a two-out, two-run blast that evened the game at 2. The lefty struck out four and didn't issue a walk. He now sports a 3.68 ERA, but aside from his debacle in Philadelphia, Matz has yielded six earned runs across his other five starts (29 1/3 innings). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Milwaukee Brewers, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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Rosario 2B makes it 2-0 00:00:17
Amed Rosario lines an RBI double to score Brandon Nimmo, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead

Amed Rosario might be finding his power stroke to the opposite field. 

After he drilled an opposite-field homer in Saturday's loss to the Brewers, the shortstop made it 2-0 Mets in the second inning with a double off the wall in right-center that scored Brandon Nimmo from first. 

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

MLB.com currently considers 19-year-old Mets minor-leaguer Ronny Mauricio to be their third-best prospect, slotting just behind 20-year-old shortstop Andres Gimenez.

Last week, Mauricio cracked MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect List for the first time during his brief career, though it's worth noting they ranked him at exactly 100.

In either case, the hype train beneath Mauricio is gaining momentum, and I predict by the end of this summer, he and Gimenez will both be talked about the same way we pumped up Amed Rosario in 2016.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Ronny Mauricio, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered in the seventh inning to make things interesting but the Mets could not overcome an early 5-1 deficit as they fall to the Brewers, 8-6, Saturday at Citi Field.  >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard's start to the season has been less than ideal and those struggles continued on Saturday. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. He has now allowed at least four earned runs in five of his six starts this season and has not made it past the fifth inning in his last three. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Milwaukee Brewers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud
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Alonso hits 9th HR of the year 00:00:23
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso crushes his 9th home run to get Mets within 1 run against the Brewers

Pete Alonso pulled the Mets back into Saturday's game with a three-run blast in the seventh inning, his ninth of the season. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso
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