Danny Abriano

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

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The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Royals in Kansas City at 8:15 PM on SNY. 

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


The Mets had 23 hits to salvage a win in their three-game series against the Braves, but somehow things got tight at the end thanks to Drew Gagnon. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Drew Gagnon, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (65-55, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Brewers, Friday at 7:05 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Adrian Houser)
Latest result: 17-7 win over Reds on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 86.5 percent
Latest news: Max Scherzer is 'itching' to return from his injury

Cubs (64-57, 1.0 game up for second Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Friday at 7:05 p.m. (Kyle Hendricks vs. Joe Musgrove)
Latest result: 7-5 loss to Phillies on Thursday, swept in three-game set. 
Current odds to make playoffs: 72.1 percent
Latest news: Bryce Harper hit a walk-off grand slam to cap a six-run ninth inning by the Phillies, stunning the Cubs on Thursday. 

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports  (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring on Aug. 13 against the Braves. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 15, 4:07 PM:

A day after being placed on the IL, McNeil was out before Thursday night's game in Atlanta jogging and doing agility drills, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Ruben Tejada, Danny Abriano
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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The Mets had come back late again, this time turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead against the Braves in the seventh inning in Atlanta on Wednesday night. And then Mickey Callaway made a move that pulled defeat from the jaws of victory. 

With Steven Matz cruising -- having retired 14 Braves in a row -- he was pulled in favor of Seth Lugo entering the bottom of the seventh. That move alone was curious enough, but when you dig deeper, things look so much worse than they do on the surface. Here are four reasons why...

Matz had thrown just 79 pitches

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie is advancing as he continues rehabbing the assortment of injuries that have kept him out all season, with Brodie Van Wagenen saying Wednesday that a rehab assignment could be in the cards in the not-too-distant future.

According to Van Wagenen, Lowrie is "running, hitting, and fielding ground balls," and recently started facing live pitching during simulated games.

As far as Lowrie returning this season, Van Wagenen said "it's absolutely our hope and expectation that he can."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Before dropping their last two games, the Mets had won 15 of 16 to vault themselves firmly into the playoff race -- getting as close as a half game back of the second Wild Card spot.

The Mets are now 61-58 and 2.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, and their playoff odds (per FanGraphs) and World Series odds are better now than they were on Aug. 6.

New York now has a 39.1 chance to make the playoffs, compared to 32.7 percent on Aug. 6. And those odds are still better than two of the teams right in the thick of the race with them -- the Phillies are at 8.4 percent, while the Brewers are at 25.3 percent. 

As far as their World Series odds (per Bovada), they have improved from +2800 on Aug. 6 to +2200 now. 

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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees and Dodgers have both already reached the 80-win mark, with the Yanks recently taking three of four games from the Red Sox before struggling against the Blue Jays while beating the absolute tar out of the tanking Orioles sandwiched around the Toronto series.

Despite annihilating most of their competition, the Yankees still have only the third-best odds to win the World Series, per Bovada.

Aside from the Dodgers, the Astros -- who traded for Zack Greinke on July 31 to add another ace to their starting rotation -- are also ahead of the Yanks.

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night at 7:20 PM on SNY. 

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


Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night was the hamstring injury suffered by Jeff McNeil, who said "I don't think it's terrible" after the game. McNeil will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (59-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a huge three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets stayed hot while sweeping the Marlins. And after the Phillies lost, New York woke up on Thursday just a half game out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League >> Read more

Tags: Dilson Herrera, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa. 

And the Yankees and White Sox will be descending on the Field of Dreams site on Aug. 13, 2020 for the first-ever MLB game at the site -- though it won't take place on the original field where the film was shot.

Instead, it will take place on a newly constructed field just an Aaron Judge moonshot away The new field will still be surrounded by cornfields. And it will still be awesome.

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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered again, Michael Conforto homered again, Jeff McNeil homered again, and Steven Matz was strong as the Mets topped the Marlins on Thursday to polish off a 4-game sweep.

About 10 hours later, the Phillies (with Jason Vargas allowing four runs) lost to the Diamondbacks to allow the Mets to creep within a half game of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Here's how the NYC back pages reacted...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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In the middle of the Mets' surge that has them back in contention came extremely bad news about Robinson Cano.

Right as he was getting hot at the plate (9-for-15 with four doubles and a homer in four games), Cano went down with a hasmtring injury. It was later confirmed that the hamstring injury was a tear, which means that Cano's season could possibly be over.

Since Cano's injury, the Mets have used Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, and Adeiny Hechavarria at second base. Aside from those three are options in the minors (Dilson Herrera, Ruben Tejada) and the recently DFA'd Joe Panik.

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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) go for a four-game sweep of the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field on SNY at 12:10 p.m.  

Mets Notes

The Mets have won 12 of their last 13 games, including five straight. ... The Mets have a .750 winning percentage (18-6) in the second half, which is the best mark in the majors. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.16 ERA over their last 19 starts. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 3.16 ERA since the All-Star break.

Tags: Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Zack Wheeler wasn't his sharpest but still fired 8.0 shutout innings to make big nights from Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, and Pete Alonso stand up >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets won again on Tuesday night, topping the Marlins for their fifth-straight victory and 12th win in their last 13 games.

A few hours after the Mets won, the Phillies lost to the Diamondbacks, allowing the Mets to pull within 1.5 games of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

Deivi Garcia jumping to No. 1 (while Estevan Florial slipped to No. 2) and stud international signing Jasson Dominguez coming in at No. 3 are just some of the changes on the new Yankees Top 10 prospects list that was released by MLB Pipeline.

Also of note: Albert Abreu dropped to No. 7 and Luis Gil jumped all the way from No. 13 to No. 4.

RHP Deivi Garcia, No. 1
OF Estevan Florial, No. 2
OF Jasson Dominguez, No. 3
RHP Luis Gil, No. 4
RHP Clarke Schmidt, No. 5
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga, No. 6 
RHP Albert Abreu, No. 7
RHP Yoendrys Gomez, No. 8
C Anthony Seigler, No. 9
OF Everson Pereira, No. 10

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs on to the field before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) runs on to the field before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets WR Quincy Enunwa left Tuesday's practice due to a groin injury and will undergo an MRI.

"We'll see where he's at the rest of the week," head coach Adam Gase said after practice.

Gase added that after suffering the injury, Enunwa wanted to return to practice but was kept out.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Marcus Maye, Quincy Enunwa, Danny Abriano
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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After losing to the Marlins in Miami on July 12 in their first game of the second half of the season, the Mets were 40-51 and facing an imminent sell-off at the trade deadline and the prospect of another losing season.

Since then, New York has gone 17-5 to move their playoff odds from close to non-existent to 32.7 percent, per FanGraphs. Those odds are better than two of the teams they're chasing -- the Phillies have 24.8 percent odds while the Brewers' odds are at 22.3 percent.

The Mets -- now 57-56 and 2.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot, have also seen their World Series odds go up a substantial amount.

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Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 5, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) celebrates with catcher Austin Romine (28) after the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have overcome an almost impossible to believe rash of injuries and find themselves at 73-39 -- 9.0 games up on the Rays in the AL East and a whopping 14.5 games up on the reeling Red Sox.

While the Yankees' .652 winning percentage is tied with the Dodgers for the best in baseball, the Bombers are not viewed as the favorites to win the World Series, per Bovada.

Part of the reason the Yankees aren't higher probably has to do with the uncertainty of their starting pitching. 

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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets entered Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since late-May, and they did just that -- in front of a raucous crowd at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom was dominant in Game 1, and the Mets hit three homers in the seventh inning of Game 2 to erase a 4-2 deficit and get to 57-56 while pulling within 2.5 games of a playoff spot.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)  (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Still hoping to land with a team for the upcoming season, former Knick Carmelo Anthony went on ESPN First Take on Friday morning to discuss a host of topics, including almost bolting the Knicks for the Bulls in 2014 before eventually re-signing.

"The New York Knicks situation, I was going to Chicago," Anthony said. "Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah. I was there. I was there. And then I started getting whispers behind the scenes -- 'yo, look, this person ain't gonna be there' . ... all of that started to come up in the midst of my decision. I wasn't gonna let anything cloud that. I met with New York last. They was the last time I met with because I knew that I was ready to move on from that situation because of what I was dealing with and going through in New York. After that, I met with New York the last meeting and said 'tell me what you're gonna do for the organization, for us to try to put a team together to go compete and try to win."

After that meeting and a lot of things the Knicks promised, Anthony made his decision to stay.

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (53-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

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


Behind a dominant start from Zack Wheeler and a big game from Robinson Cano, the Mets shut out the White Sox to win their seventh-straight game >> Read more 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom ended July in dominant fashion, with a five-start stretch where he posted a 1.09 ERA while striking out 46 and walking just 12 in 33.0 innings. And he kept moving up the Mets' all-time leaderboards in the process.

With his 11 strikeouts on Wednesday night against the White Sox, deGrom passed David Cone for fifth on the Mets' all-time strikeouts list.

DeGrom now has 1,174 strikeouts, and is looking up at these four pitchers:

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (52-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Van Wagenen reacts to deadline 00:02:09
Brodie Van Wagenen reacts to the Mets moves, or lack there of, at the trade deadline. The GM is happy with Stroman and not forcing a deal.

After trading for Marcus Stroman and dealing Jason Vargas, the Mets made no other moves before the trade deadline passed on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Shortly after the deadline, Van Wagenen talked about his thought process behind his moves and non-moves. Here are the takeaways...


How close were they to trading Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler?

"We had a lot of incoming calls. We've got a lot of players that are extremely talented and some of our players had years of control, like Noah. (Wheeler) is an extremely high-end, impact starting pitcher. There were lots of teams interested. There were a lot of teams interested in trying to acquire pitching -- especially of this magnitude. At the end of the day, we weren't gonna move key pieces to our club unless we felt like we were gonna be better positioned as we look at the long-term outlook of the team and the franchise. We didn't find those opportunities and we frankly weren't necessarily seeking those opportunities out. Those opportunities were being presented to us on an hourly basis, but we maintained our focus."

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees were hoping to trade for a starting pitcher, and had been linked to most of the top names on the market. Here's the latest...


July 31, 4:01 PM:

GM Brian Cashman failed to bring in a new rotation arm as the trade deadline has now passed. Instead, the only move the Yankees made was a minor-league one, acquiring Rockies LHP Alfredo Garcia for RHP Joseph Harvey

With an hour left to go before the deadline, all signs were pointing to the Yanks missing out. Zack Wheeler talks weren't going well and Madison Bumgarner's name was virtually non-existent. Now the Yankees will continue to rely on who they got in their rotation and bullpen, hoping Dellin Betances and Luis Severino can return to help them with their World Series run. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Mets have won five games in a row, are 5.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the National League, and have two months left to make something special happen.

With that in mind, Pete Alonso penned an impassioned rallying cry on Wednesday:

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(David Kohl)

While looking at possible returns for their available players in advance of Wednesday's trade deadline, the Mets have also looked into trading for big league bullpen help, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

According to Martino, the Mets at one point even talked about Reds reliever Amir Garrett, who reached a level of infamy on Tuesday night when he basically took on the entire Pirates team in a wild brawl in Cincinnati. 

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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Minutes after Noah Syndergaard picked apart the White Sox over 7.1 dominant innings -- sitting 98-99 MPH with his fastball and unleashing secondary pitches that were as nasty as they've been all season -- he stood in the Mets' clubhouse and made it clear what he wants the team to do at the trade deadline.

"Five games out and two months left to play in the season," Syndergaard said. "I think technically selling would just be giving up. I think we have plenty of opportunities to make a run at this thing."

Syndergaard, who had earlier said the rumors about his future were "getting kind of old" and that he expected to stay put, wasn't talking about himself when addressing the trade deadline plan. He was talking about the team as a whole.

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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets scratched Ervin Santana from his start for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, which could mean absolutely nothing. Or it could mean that a trade of Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard is about to go down.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said over the weekend that the team had a plan in place in the event they needed a starting pitcher from the minors to replace one that was traded.

For Santana, that could mean potentially flying to Chicago to pitch for the Mets on Tuesday night in place of Syndergaard. The likelier scenario would be him taking the spot of Wheeler, who is slated to pitch on Thursday.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are operating simultaneously as buyers and sellers as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, and the possibility that Edwin Diaz could be on the move is a real one. Here's the latest...


July 30, 11:12 AM:

The Mets are still evaluating the Braves' top prospects, reports MLB.com's Mark Bowman, who says that Diaz seems to be a more likely target for the Braves than Noah Syndergaard.

SNY's Andy Martino has reported on the Braves' interest in Zack Wheeler, who could be headed to the Astros

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Stroman reacts to becoming a Met 00:01:18
Marcus Stroman talked to the media for the first time since being traded. He refuted a report about his initial reaction being negative.

Less than 24 hours after being traded to the Mets, Marcus Stroman hopped on a conference call with reporters from New York and Toronto to discuss the deal. Here are the takeaways...


On his initial reaction to the the trade

"Yeah, I was definitely shocked. I definitely was expecting to get moved to some team at some point before the deadline. ... so hearing that it was the Mets I was shocked. And then after it was followed by a level of excitement as well, because of my family, because of my friends. ... I'm excited to be a New York Met. I can't wait to get there and kind of be a part of it."

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Matthew Allan
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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats. 

Overall, he is hitting just .244/.305/.367 in 83 games this season with five homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The reaction on Sunday when the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman was one of shock -- from fans to executives to reporters. Why would the Mets do such a thing? Was it part of a larger plan?

While acknowledging the shock waves the trade caused, it should be noted that no one really should have been that surprised.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (John E. Sokolowski)
(John E. Sokolowski)

There were some whispers in the days leading up to the Mets' trade for Marcus Stroman that they could potentially buy and sell at the deadline, with an eye toward competing in 2020. Still, the Stroman news was a shock to fans and reporters alike.

By trading for Stroman, the Mets have arguably cornered the starting pitching market, prevented the Yankees (who had the far bigger need) from acquiring him, and have created more questions than answers when it comes to their plan moving forward.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When thinking about whether the Mets are better off with Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard long-term, it's important to first understand that the answer doesn't revolve simply around who will be better in 2020 and beyond.

For the Mets, who have been attempting to be more creative under new GM Brodie Van Wagenen (his megadeal with the Mariners hasn't yielded the desired results so far), the Wheeler/Syndergaard choice will likely be the biggest one he makes since that swap with the Mariners. And the impact could be even bigger.

Wheeler, 29, is under contract through the end of this season and set to hit free agency after. If the Mets don't trade him, they can extend a qualifying offer after the season. If he accepts, they will owe him roughly $19 million for 2020. If he rejects, they will get a compensation pick in next June's MLB Draft.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Jets rookie Quinnen Williams has signed his contract and is ready to get out on the field and begin his first Jets training camp.

Jets rookie Quinnen Williams arrived at training camp on Friday after signing his deal, and revealed he was using an outside the box training method while waiting to sign.

"I just worked out on my own," he said. "Not really much I can do. I can YouTube everything. I don't really have to go pay like a superstar -- a super performance dude. I can just do it. ... you can't take the performance coach with you. So YouTube a lot. I did a lot of stuff that we do here, over and over. I did a lot of conditioning. I ran track a lot."

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Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) react after defeating the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) react after defeating the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (47-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 8 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Pirates on Friday night at 7:10 at Citi Field on SNY...

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


The emerging possibility of the Mets extending Zack Wheeler and trading Noah Syndergaard instead overshawoded the Mets' win over the Padres. Here's the latest on the trade rumors >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell was full of energy during his media availability and sees a lot of promise in QB Sam Darnold.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell spoke on Thursday at training camp about his long layoff, his thoughts on Sam Darnold and Adam Gase, and much more. Here are the takeaways...


On Sam Darnold

"Sam looks good. He's young, a lot of potential. I think the more and more he plays, each rep he plays, he gets better. You can really see the growth in him every single day. I'm excited to play with him."

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Danny Abriano
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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (46-55, 13 GB in NL East, 8 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Padres on Thursday at 12:10 PM at Citi Field on SNY...

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Padres, Noah Syndergaard pitched well over 7.0 innings but was betrayed by his defense as Dominic Smith had an adventurous night in left field >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are open to listening if teams come calling on Edwin Diaz before the trade deadline, as SNY's Andy Martino reported on July 2. And with that mindset, the Mets have been seeking a ton in return, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan.

According to Passan, the Mets are asking for "more than they gave up for him."

In the deal that brought Diaz to the Mets along with Robinson Cano, they sent prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to Seattle in order to pry Diaz away in what was part of a much larger package.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Danny Abriano
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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold scrambles out of the pocket against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets QB Sam Darnold spoke at training camp on Wednesday, weighing in on a bunch of topics as Gang Green gets ready for a season they hope will result in their return to contention. Here are the takeaways...


What does he expect this season?

"A lot of wins. I think for us we're locked in on the present. ... When it comes down to it, it's really focusing one week at a time. That's kind of how it's always been here and I think all our players are really used to it. My teammates are very locked in on what's going on right now."

Tags: Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Speaking Wednesday at Jets training camp, head coach Adam Gase weighed in on the absence of unsigned top draft pick Quinnen Williams. And he didn't seem too bothered.

"This is part of the end of the draft process," Gase said. "When he's ready, he's ready. When they're ready to get it done, whenever that happens it happens. We'll coach the guys that are here."

Pressed on whether Williams' absence was irritating, Gase suggested it wasn't.

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Andrew Yang (Stephen McCarthy / Collision / Sportsfile)
Andrew Yang (Stephen McCarthy / Collision / Sportsfile)

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- has been sounding off on the Knicks and everything NBA. Here's the latest...


August 2, 1:40 PM:

Yang has a take on what the Charlotte Hornets, should do -- and it involves two former Knicks.

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Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; General view during pre game introductions before a game between the New York Knicks and the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang -- a big Knicks fan who was very active on social media leading up to free agency -- is sounding off on the team again. This time, it's all negative. 

"I think the New York Knicks need to fall back, on so many levels," Yang said during an appearance on The Beat with Ari Melber. "Oh my gosh, I've been a fan since I was a kid. And so the Summer League Knicks skipped shaking hands with their opponents after they had lost their third straight game."

That "poor sportsmanship led Yang to bash the Knicks' roster management, which included signing a half dozen or so lower tier free agents after missing out on their top targets.

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Former Mets David Wright attends the 'No Kid Hungry' event. David talks about Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil being legitimate threats.

Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil

"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."

Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."

Tags: David Wright, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)
Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is heating up again after an 0-for-10 skid early last week. In his last three games, Gimenez has gone 5-for-10 with one double, one triple, and two RBI. 

Overall, he is hitting just .246/.310/.370 in 76 games this season with four homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While Jarred Kelenic has been a former-Met for longer than he was an actual Met, the coverage of him in New York (here and elsewhere) continues.

One person surprised by that? His mom. 

"It still surprises me seeing him in New York newspapers after all this time," Kelenic's mother, Lisa, told Joe Doyle of Baseball America. "He's 19. He was yours for four months. You broke up with him."

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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a catch during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a catch during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

During a wide-ranging interview with GQ, former Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ripped into his former team yet again, seemingly placing most of the blame for the bad blood on GM Dave Gettleman.

"My initial reaction was not disappointment.… I felt disrespected," Beckham said about the exact moment he found out he was traded to the Browns -- adding that he didn't care what the Giants got back. "Like, after everything I've done for them. This is me being honest..."

Pressed further on who specifically disrespected him, Beckham said it was Gettleman -- while at the same time showing love to John Mara.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Danny Abriano
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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Just as he closed so many games during his storied career with the Yankees, legendary closer Mariano Rivera closed the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday in Cooperstown, with a touching extemporaneous speech.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted after Mo's induction...

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