Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Sandy on state of the Mets 00:01:39
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gives an honest assessment of the team's record, and the chances they trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets are 31-41, having gone 6-20 in their last 26 games, and 14-32 since May 1. They are 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East, and 8.5 games behind the Nationals for the second Wild Card in the NL.

But Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn't ready to say whether the team will be buyers or sellers in advance of the trade deadline. 

"I would put us in the middle," Alderson said on Friday, while realistic about what needs to happen to avoid the team being sellers.

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Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field. 

Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June 10.

Wright, who missed the 2017 season and has been limited to 75 games since 2015 due to various back, neck and shoulder injuries, had been swinging off a tee, playing catch, and fielding grounders. 

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week while dealing with a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said Friday that he has also been dealing with a hip issue since March -- and that it has probably negatively affected his play.

Bruce said there is no timetable for his return. 

"The injury has not been apparent for that long," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. "It really hasn't been about playing him through injury."

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) will continue to play catch Friday before hopefully advancing to the next step in his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

The next step for Syndergaard would likely be a bullpen session, followed by a rehab start. 

Syndergaard resumed his throwing program on Monday and increased his throwing distance on Tuesday...

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad), who was expected to potentially ramp up his activity earlier this week, may do so this coming Monday or Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

But the Mets said there would be no running or baseball activities for Cespedes until he's symptom-free.

"I'm hopeful that it's gonna be relatively soon," Alderson said. "Once you recognize that there's a lingering issue -- possibly chronic -- you have to deal with it."

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Hansel Robles DFA'd by Mets 00:01:03
The Mets announced on Friday that they have DFA'd struggling reliever Hansel Robles, potentially ending a tumultuous career with the team.

The Mets have designated reliever Hansel Robles for assignment, potentially marking an end to his rocky Mets career.

Needing to clear 40-man roster spots for Drew Smith and Kevin Kaczmarski, who arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets chose to transfer AJ Ramos to the 60-day DL and DFA Robles. The choice to DFA Robles was interesting, since the Mets could've simply transferred Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL instead.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterA good, surprising move by the Mets. Hansel Robles wasn't contributing and he was doing more harm than good. The Mets just couldn't dealing with that. And the fans couldn't keep watching it...

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Turner says Mets kicked him out 00:01:22
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss the claim made by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner that he was "kicked out" by the Mets back in 2013.

Justin Turner, in town with the Dodgers to play the Mets, used the words "kicked out" to describe the end of his Mets career, and said he was left with a chip on his shoulder.

Turner, who landed with the Dodgers after the 2013 season and immediately became one of the best players in baseball, said during an appearance on WFAN with Carlin, Maggie, and Bart on Friday that "it's hard to say" whether he would have blossomed in the same way if he stayed with the Mets, adding later that he "would like to think so."

"I know what I did in 2013, start talking to Marlon Byrd about the different hitting philosophy," Turner said. "We were hitting four to five days a week for the entire offseason. ... I was looking forward to coming back and bringing my new swing into spring training. Unfortunately, I never got that opportunity. I was left looking for a job."

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What will Mets do with deGrom? 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino reveal what the Mets are thinking regarding their future with Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

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Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets' Triple-A to the majors bullpen revolving door moved again on Wednesday, with the team sending Hansel Robles to Las Vegas and recalling Chris Flexen.

Maybe Robles turns things around at some point and maybe Flexen becomes more than a mop-up guy, but at this point, it makes sense for the Mets to try someone different.

24-year-old Drew Smith, who was acquired from the Rays last season for Lucas Duda, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 30.0 innings (21 appearances) this season for Las Vegas in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League. He also excelled last season for Double-A Binghamton, with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

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Jonathan Loaisiga (38) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jonathan Loaisiga (38) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Yankees rookie right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga has made just one big-league start, and he has a fan in Rays manager Kevin Cash.

"He looked like a young Mariano Rivera," Cash told Newsday about the 23-year-old, who tossed five scoreless innings last Wednesday night. "Hopefully, he doesn't develop a cutter or anything."

"It's an honor being compared to someone like that," Loaisiga told Newsday through an interpreter. "Mariano is one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball.''

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, with a promotion to Double-A Binghamton possible before the end of the season. 

The 19-year-old shortstop is hitting .279/.352/.434 with four HR, 16 doubles, three triples, and a league-leading 23 stolen bases in 62 games this season.

What makes Gimenez's line even more impressive is that he's putting up those numbers while playing in a league where he's roughly three years younger than the average player.

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Brandon Nimmo's great two days 00:01:31
Check out the homers and the happiness provided by Brandon Nimmo over the past two days as he's helped the Mets to dramatic wins.

The Mets (31-38) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (34-38) on Tuesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets are 18-17 on the road this season. ... Monday night's game was the second time since the start of 2015 that the Mets had at least one hit in every inning. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games and 29 home runs in their last 23 games, though 22 of those home runs have been solo shots. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA over their last 28 games (162.1 innings). 

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets are calling up reliever Tim Peterson from Triple-A Las Vegas, reports Betsy Helfand of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In order to promote Peterson, who was sent down on June 14, the Mets will need to place someone currently on the 25-man roster on the DL. The reason is because a player must spend at least 10 days in the minors after being optioned, unless he is replacing an injured player.   

Jay Bruce, who is dealing with multiple injuries and has played in just one game since last Wednesday, was set to be reevaulated Tuesday -- with a DL stint possible.

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history. 

Here's a look...

  • DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.51 ERA, ahead of Justin Verlander (1.61), Max Scherzer (2.06), and Luis Severino (2.09).
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May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
May 19, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Yankees were knocked down a peg in the latest All-Star Game balloting update, with Gary Sanchez no longer leading for catchers.

Sanchez, whose slump has knocked his triple slash down to .194/.294/.440, has been overtaken by Wilson Ramos of the Rays, who is leading by roughly 60,000 votes.

The one Yankee who seems like a lock is Aaron Judge, who is third in outfield voting (with the top three vote-getters getting selected). Judge leads fourth-pace Michael Brantley by roughly a half million votes. 

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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (30-38) open a four-game series against the Rockies (34-37) on Monday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Jay Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness.

Bruce said Monday that he hates the idea of going on the DL, but will be reevaluated on Tuesday with a DL stint on the table.

He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

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Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Feb 15, 2018; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Islanders need a new head coach, and Barry Trotz -- who just led the Capitals to the Stanley Cup -- has resigned. 

"Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals," the team said in a statement. "We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise." 

The Capitals tried to work out a new extension with Trotz, whose automatic two-year extension for winning the Cup was below market value, explained Elliotte Friedman of TSN. Trotz's extension would have been worth $1.8 million per season, according to Pierre LeBrun of TSN

 

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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)

The Mets are "ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone" on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom, having the best season of his career and in the midst of one of the more dominant stretches in recent memory, is under team control through 2020, while Syndergaard is under control through 2021. 

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A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Mets LHP prospect David Peterson was solid in his debut for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings while allowing six hits, walking three, and striking out two. 

Peterson was promoted from Low-A Columbia earlier this week on the heels of his stellar outing last Saturday, where he struck out a career-high 10 batters in eight innings. He had a 1.82 ERA with 57 strikeouts in nine starts (59.1 innings) this season for Columbia. 

The 22-year-old Peterson, who was selected 20th overall in last June's MLB draft, is ranked No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list

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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)

The Mets have struck a deal with their No. 6 overall pick, high school OF Jarred Kelenic, and have assigned him to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Mets. 

Kelenic's pick value had been projected to be $5.525 million, and the Mets signed him for $4.5 million, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. 

The 18-year-old Kelenic, who attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a left-handed hitter and thrower. 

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets, who were about to emerge from a long rebuild and contend for seven straight years, acquired Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals on today's date in 1983.

In exchange, the Mets sent relievers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to St. Louis. 

''It's not often that you get the chance to acquire someone with the talent of Keith Hernandez,'' Mets GM Frank Cashen said after swinging the trade. ''His addition should improve our club in two areas, the starting lineup and the bench.''

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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | While discussing the future of Jose Reyes on Tuesday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that if they replace the 35-year-old, the team would have to be comfortable with the player who would be stepping in.

"We have to have somebody that we want to replace him that meets that threshold," he said. "If we contemplate that kind of move, it will be appropriate in terms of timing as well."

Alderson has an option in Jeff McNeil, who was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. And the 26-year-old is the player who should replace Reyes.

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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

Help isn't immediately on the way to the Mets, but it's one step closer.

1B Peter Alonso and 2B Jeff McNeil, who had been crushing Eastern League pitching while with Double-A Binghamton, have been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The righty-hitting Alonso, 23, is viewed as one of the Mets' best prospects and a Top 100 prospect in all of baseball. He was hitting .315/.442/.574 with a league-leading 15 HR to go along with 52 RBI in 65 games this season. 

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last season that he wouldn't hesitate to make a trade with the crosstown Yankees. And with Jacob deGrom's name swirling around, the idea of a blockbuster between the two teams has been kicked around.

But it doesn't seem the Yankees have the stomach for what it would take to land deGrom.

One Yankees person told FanRag's Jon Heyman that the team would never trade Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar. If accurate, that should pretty much end any Mets/Yankees/deGrom fantasy. That same Yankees person also said the Mets would never trade deGrom across town... 

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last season that he wouldn't hesitate to make a trade with the crosstown Yankees. And with Jacob deGrom's name swirling around, the idea of a blockbuster between the two teams has been kicked around.

But it doesn't seem the Yankees have the stomach for what it would take to land deGrom.

One Yankees person told FanRag's Jon Heyman that the team would never trade Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar. If accurate, that should pretty much end any Mets/Yankees/deGrom fantasy. That same Yankees person also said the Mets would never trade deGrom across town... 

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New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Lost a bit in the Mets' ongoing offensive ineptitude during Wednesday afternoon's loss was the lackadaisical and flat out inexcusable defense they played.

The culprits were Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario, who were all guilty of lazy efforts.

With one out in the seventh inning, Bruce slowly approached Ender Inciarte's seeing-eye single, allowing Inciarte to turn the hit in to a double. On that same play, Rosario was caught off guard and was out of position for Bruce's throw to second base...

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Jacob deGrom's seven strikeouts 00:00:42
The Mets struggled again and dropped another in Atlanta, but here's Jacob deGrom's seven strikeouts in 40 seconds.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Jacob deGrom dominated and the Mets didn't score.

DeGrom, who fired 7.0 innings of one-run ball against the Braves in Atlanta (and could've easily pitched the eighth) during Wednesday's 2-0 loss, continues to be the best pitcher in the league. And the Mets continue to do nothing to support him.

Todd Frazier felt so bad that he apologized to deGrom after the game for the team not scoring...

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Bruce talks deGrom starts 00:00:30
As the Mets offense continues to crater, Jay Bruce admits that the team has "wasted" excellent starts by Jacob deGrom.

Mets OF Jay Bruce, who misplayed two balls in the outfield and charged another ball slowly (resulting in Ender Inciarte taking an extra base) during Wednesday's loss to the Braves, is dealing with a sore back, manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. 

Bruce said after the game that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently. 

Bruce, who is also dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will likely not be in the starting lineup on Thursday when the Mets open a series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, Callaway said...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team is planning to play 2B Asdrubal Cabrera on Tuesday night against the Braves in Atlanta. 

Cabrera remained in New York on Monday with the team having left for Atlanta in advance of the series-opener. However, it appears he will be in the lineup after all.

Cabrera, who left Sunday night's 2-0 win against the Yankees before the fourth inning due to a tight left hamstring, was reevaluated Monday before a next step was determined...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Danny Abriano
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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets OF Jay Bruce is hitting just .219/.299/.328 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just four extra-base hits since then. And he's fed up. 

"When I came over here in 2016 and I went through that stretch, I was f---ing lost," Bruce told Mike Puma of the NY Post. "I did not have a chance up there. But every day I f---ing come in here and I feel good. I feel like I am taking quality at-bats and putting good swings on balls and there is a confidence there."

Bruce, who has been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said the pain is still there "a litle bit," but wouldn't blame it for his poor production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso (No. 73), recently-drafted OF Jarred Kelenic (No. 96), and High-A St. Lucie SS Andres Gimenez (No. 103) are the Mets represented on FanGraphs new Top 131 Prospects list. The Yankees, whose farm system is viewed as one of the best in baseball, have four players on the list.

Peter Alonso

The 23-year-old Alonso is hitting .310/.441/.567 with 15 HR and 50 RBI in 62 games (210 at-bats) this season for Binghamton. Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote earlier this season that Alonso is becoming a more complete hitter who doesn't strike out a lot and is displaying more patience at the plate. And a look at his numbers -- 43 walks and 49 strikeouts -- bears that out.

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A Gon is Bye Gon 00:01:22
On Daily News Live, the panel discusses the move by the Mets to release Adrian Gonzalez, and to see what they have in Dom Smith.

The beneficiary of the Mets releasing the struggling Adrian Gonzalez will be Dominic Smith, who will get the call from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday's game against the Braves in Atlanta. 

That the Mets opted for the lefty-hitting Smith over the righty-hitting Peter Alonso (currently slugging .567 for Double-A Binghamton) isn't a surprise, but it should at least pave the way for Alonso to get promoted to Triple-A. But let's get back to Smith, who is hitting just .260/.343/.370 with two HR and 16 doubles in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterFinally. You all know I have been team Dominic Smith since last year. I was not a fan of the offseason move of getting Adrian Gonzalez for a plethora of reasons. I kind of warmed up to him when he hit that grand slam against the Nationals earlier this season, but this has been a long time coming. Smith is getting a second chance. And I am excited to see what he can do...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Mets not needing a fifth starter due to off days last Thursday and today, they will be skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation.

Zack Wheeler will start against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday, with Jacob deGrom getting the start on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mets are again evaluating Seth Lugo's role, after he fired 6.0 shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday night. If the Mets move Lugo to the rotation full-time, that will likely mean Vargas shifting to the bullpen. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

If you have been holding your breath waiting for the Mets to call up 23-year-old first baseman Peter Alonso, you should probably stop.

The Mets have no plans to bring Alonso to the majors this season "no matter what," Mets radio announcer Howie Rose said on Sunday night, citing a "pretty strong source" within the organization. 

Adrian Gonzalez was released after Sunday night's win over the Yankees, with Dominic Smith on the way from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the team before Tuesday night's game in Atlanta...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets released struggling 1B Adrian Gonzalez after Sunday's 2-0 win over the Yankees and announced they will promote first baseman Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of Tuesday's game in Atlanta against the Braves.

The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Sunday, hit .237 with a .299 OBP and .373 SLG in 54 games (169 at-bats) for the Mets this season. He was in the midst of a 1-for-22 slump at the time of his release and had hit just one home run since May 7. 

Gonzalez was signed before the season, with the Mets all but guaranteeing him the starting job before Spring Training began. He started off April cold, though his advanced statistics suggested he was hitting in to bad luck. After a solid May, Gonzalez fell off badly in June. And his struggles making contact recently (he had six strikeouts in his last nine at-bats) were glaring...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Danny Abriano
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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets released struggling 1B Adrian Gonzalez after Sunday's 2-0 win over the Yankees and announced they will promote first baseman Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas in advance of Tuesday's game in Atlanta against the Braves.

The 36-year-old Gonzalez, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts on Sunday, hit .237 with a .299 OBP and .373 SLG in 54 games (169 at-bats) for the Mets this season. He was in the midst of a 1-for-22 slump at the time of his release and had hit just one home run since May 7. 

Gonzalez was signed before the season, with the Mets all but guaranteeing him the starting job before Spring Training began. He started off April cold, though his advanced statistics suggested he was hitting in to bad luck. After a solid May, Gonzalez fell off badly in June. And his struggles making contact recently (he had six strikeouts in his last nine at-bats) were glaring...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Danny Abriano
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Trade deGrom or Syndergaard? 00:00:47
On Daily News Live, the panel debates whether or not the Mets should be open to trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The 27-32 Mets are not considering a rebuild at this point, though that could change, GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week. However, Alderson called the possibility "remote" -- meaning dealing Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard at this point should also be viewed as remote. 

Still, the narrative that the Mets should trade one or both of them will not die. Nor will the idea that the Yankees are a perfect fit if the Mets do decide to trade one or both of them. And as much as this makes most Mets fans want to vomit, the Yankees really would be a perfect fit.

So, in a world where the Mets end up putting deGrom and/or Syndergaard on the trading block, what would it take to trade one of them to the Yankees? 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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21 Subway Series Facts 00:01:02
The Subway Series turns 21, so SNY delivers 21 Subway Series facts in 1 minute as the Mets and Yankees get ready to play at Citi Field.

The Mets (27-32) open the Subway Series against the Yankees (40-18) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will not return from the disabled list as planned on Sunday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.

"Syndergaard played catch. Had a little bit of swelling (in his finger), a little bit of discomfort," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Friday night's game. 

Seth Lugo will start in Syndergaard's place. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Yankees played their first regular season series in 1997 at Yankee Stadium as interleague play debuted throughout Major League Baseball.

With the 2018 Subway Series beginning Friday night, here are the top five Mets moments...

5.) Dae-Sung Koo's double and dash: May 21, 2005

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Feb 26, 2017; Hollywood, CA, USA; Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox present the award for Achievement in film editing during the 89th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY NETWORK (Robert Deutsch)
Feb 26, 2017; Hollywood, CA, USA; Seth Rogen and Michael J. Fox present the award for Achievement in film editing during the 89th Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY NETWORK (Robert Deutsch)

Looky what we have here. 

The Mets have gone Back To The Future by drafting Cal State Fullerton RHP Tommy Wilson -- the son of Thomas F. Wilson, who played Biff Tannen in the Back To The Future trilogy.

The younger Wilson is the spitting image of his dad. And really, with the way the Tannen men looked almost identical to one another, should we be surprised? Think, McFly! Think! Click below to see...

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The 27-32 Mets are not considering a rebuild at this point, though that could change, GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week. However, Alderson called the possibility "remote" -- meaning dealing Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard at this point should also be viewed as remote. 

Still, the narrative that the Mets should trade one or both of them will not die. Nor will the idea that the Yankees are a perfect fit if the Mets do decide to trade one or both of them. And as much as this makes most Mets fans want to vomit, the Yankees really would be a perfect fit.

So, in a world where the Mets end up putting deGrom and/or Syndergaard on the trading block, what would it take to trade one of them to the Yankees? 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP prospect Justin Dunn -- one of their top prospects -- has been promoted from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton, reports Michael Mayer.

Dunn, 22, is coming off his best outing as a professional, having tossed 7.0 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out 10. 

He had a 2.36 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 51 strikeouts in 45.2 innings this season for St. Lucie, allowing two earned runs or fewer in eight of nine starts.

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