Danny Abriano

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

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)

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been the best pitcher in the National League this season. Better than Max Scherzer. Better than Aaron Nola. As it stands right now, he should be the frontrunner for the Cy Young award.

But he might not be, because of his won/loss record. And that's the one big difference between deGrom and the above pitchers...

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Brandon Nimmo saw two hand specialists and the MRI on his left hand came back clean, Mets managery Mickey Callaway said before Friday's game.

Nimmo is day-to-day.

Nimmo was hit by a pitch while attempting to check his swing in the third inning against the Phillies in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, fell to the ground immediately, and exited the game after standing up. X-rays came back negative, and he pinch-ran during Game 2 of the doubleheader.

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Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Wahl (61) pitches during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Wahl (61) pitches during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets have placed RH reliever Bobby Wahl on the 10-day DL due to a right hamstring strain and promoted LH reliever Daniel Zamora from Double-A Binghamton, the team announced Friday.

Wahl, who was acquired in July from the A's in the Jeurys Familia deal, allowed six runs in 5.1 innings (seven appearances) while walking four and striking out seven for the Mets after being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old Zamora's first Mets appearance will be his big league debut.

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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Top 100 Prospect rankings are in parenthesis) are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas (No. 63) -- ETA 2018

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Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)
Aug 13, 2016; Bronx, NY, USA; Former New York Yankees Derek Jeter leaves the field following a ceremony for the reunion of the 1996 World Series Championship Team prior to a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hunger)

It has been 20 years since the Yankees were crowned World Series champions during the 1998 season. But when the team recognizes the anniversary on Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter won't be there. 

Before the game, an on-field reunion will occur, with Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, David Cone, Darryl Strawberry, and former manager Joe Torre. 

The only key cogs from that '98 team who won't be there are Jeter and Scott Brosius, who is a coach for the Mariners. 

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

X-rays came back negative on Mets OF Brandon Nimmo's left hand after he left Thursday's game early.

Nimmo was hit by a pitch while checking his swing in the third inning on against the Phillies, fell to the ground immediately, and exited the game after standing up.

The play counted as a ground out to third base since Nimmo had been deemed to swing -- and his hand is part of the bat...

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Keith Hernandez discusses his comments about Ronald Acuna Jr, and the idea of throwing at hitters and pitching inside in today?s game.

SNY's Keith Hernandez spoke with Doug Williams on Thursday to discuss comments he made Wednesday night concerning Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena's right to pitch inside to Ronald Acuna of the Braves after Acuna had homered in five straight games

While noting that the intent should never be to hurt someone and that any pitches should brush batters off the plate or be "at waist level," Hernandez stood by what he said on Wednesday.

"I stand firmly by what I said, and I don't think the pitch was that terrible," Hernandez said.

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With the Nationals falling out of playoff contention, could infielder Daniel Murphy be a fit for the Yankees? ESPN's Buster Olney suggested early Thursday that Murphy could be a good fit for AL teams in need of a DH and a fit at first base for the Yanks.

The 33-year-old Murphy is hitting .310/.354/.466 with six homers and nine doubles in 52 games with the Nats this season after missing the first few months while recovering from knee surgery.

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesAssuming Murphy could get to the Yankees' waiver position, making a move for him would make a lot of sense for New York. This isn't about ragging on Greg Bird or suggesting he has no future with the Yankees as much as it has to do with the first baseman's season-long struggles. When excitement forms over very scattered hard-hit balls and excuses abound for the lack of actual results (90 OPS+ over 256 plate appearances coming into today), then a playoff club has to ask the question, "Can we get better in this spot?"

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Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)
Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is back from his lifetime ban. And he was nearly perfect his first appearance since the ban was lifted, because of course he was.

Pitching for the DSL Mets on Thursday, Mejia allowed one hit in four scoreless innings while walking none and striking out three, according to Michael Mayer

The Mets reliever, who was banned from baseball for life in February of 2016, had been granted his conditional reinstatement for the 2019 season back on July 6...

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Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Odell Beckham (13) Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is still waiting for a contract extension, and reiterated Thursday that he's confident it will happen.

"I definitely think it's gonna work itself out," Beckham told reporters. "You know, when is it gonna happen, you don't know. That's the business side that is new, is still new to me in a sense, it's the first time I've ever had to deal with this or go through any of those things. I believe that it's gonna work itself out. It's a matter of time, just like anything in life, it's timing."

It's the second time during camp that Beckham has talked about his potential new deal -- something Giants co-owner John Mara expressed optimism about in July.

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in what will be his fourth game in five days.

Wright drew a walk while playing seven innings on Wednesday night, but is still looking for his first hit since beginning his rehab assignment.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets captain David Wright is making serious progress as he tries to return to the majors for the first time since 2016.

Wright's comeback attempt has gone from pipe dream to realistic, with him suiting up Wednesday night for the third time in four games as he rehabs with St. Lucie. But the odds are still stacked against him.

If Wright does defy the odds and returns to the field with the Mets, what kind of future could be in store for him? Here are three scenarios...

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic in the dugout during 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 in the dugout during batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

19-year-old Mets outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic started off his professional career hot, tailed off, and has picked things up again as he adjusts to the minors.

Specifically, Kelenic is building confidence in center field and at the plate, which he discussed with The Athletic's Tim Britton during a wide-ranging piece.

"I get to make some crazy plays," Kelenic said. "When you play in like that, you kind of have this swaggy confidence: Try to hit it over my head and see what happens. It's helped me in the batter's box, too. Carry that confidence in the outfield and bring it into the batter's box."

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

RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, the Mets' second-round pick (48th overall) in June's MLB Draft, has been dominant for the GCL Mets as he's started his professional career. 

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of Kempner High School in Houston, Texas, has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings (two starts, three relief appearances), while allowing nine hits, walking four, and striking out 15.

Woods-Richardson features a fastball that touches 95 MPH while also flashing a plus curveball to go along with good arm speed and athleticism, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com...

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. in what will be his third game in four days.

Before having a scheduled off-day on Tuesday, Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game on Monday.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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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 begins a rehab assignment on Tuesday night, and his return could potentially block Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso from getting called up this season. Bruce will get time at first base and the outfield during his rehab assignment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, and the expectation is that he will get plenty of time at first base when he returns to the majors.

The Mets are reportedly not preparing to call up Alonso this season, and the return of Bruce and his presence at first base would seemingly make an Alonso call-up even less likely.

Read More: Point/Counterpoint: How could Bruce at 1B impact Alonso?

 

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May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) attempts to complete a double play with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the sixth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 12, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie (8) attempts to complete a double play with New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) during the sixth inning of the game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Yankees are 10 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East and seem destined for the Wild Card game. And the red-hot Athletics are gaining on them for home field advantage in the game that will determine who advances to the ALDS.

8-2 over their last 10 games, the A's are now just 3.5 games behind the Yankees for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The Yankees are 6 games clear of the Mariners, who are chasing the A's for the second Wild Card spot.

The Yankees took two of three games from the A's from May 11-13 at Yankee Stadium, and face them again for the last time this regular season from September 3 to 5 in Oakland.

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

It seems that Peter Alonso thinks he's ready to be called up by the Mets.

The slugging first base prospect "liked" a tweet on Monday suggesting that keeping him down in Triple-A due to his potential defensive issues wasn't a good reason. 

A team source recently told Mike Puma of the New York Post that the Mets "likely" wouldn't call Alonso up in September, but that nothing was set in stone. 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Let's get this out of the way first...

Mets ace Jacob deGrom has six wins. Nationals ace Max Scherzer has 15 wins. It doesn't matter. The won/loss stat for pitchers, which is almost completely useless, should have zero bearing on who wins the Cy Young Award. It's team-dependent. It's archaic. It doesn't tell us anything about the performance of the pitcher it's attached to. It should go the way of the Dodo bird.

Now, using numbers that actually matter, here's Jacob deGrom's Cy Young Award case...

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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)

Baseball America's new farm system rankings have the Mets as the No. 19 overall system in baseball, up from No. 27 before the season.

Since the season began, the Mets have gotten a breakout season from 1B Peter Alonso (Triple-A Las Vegas), a rebound season from RHP Justin Dunn (Double-A Binghamton), rapid advancement by 19-year-old SS Andres Gimenez (Double-A), a return to injury by LHP Anthony Kay, and a strong campaign from LHP David Peterson, among other impressive performances in the minors.

In the lower levels of the minors, the team is getting strong production from 18-year-old SS/3B Mark Vientos and 17-year-old INF Ronny Mauricio...

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom was his usual dominant self on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds, and his team actually scored runs for him. Seriously.

DeGrom exited the game after the sixth inning with a 5-0 lead, having thrown six scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking one and striking out 10 as he lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.77.

DeGrom has allowed more than three runs just once this season, and has held his opponent to two runs or fewer in five of his last six games. 

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USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso may still be at least a few weeks away from his big league debut, but his knocks on the door are getting louder. And it can be argued that he should already be in Queens. 

Alonso crushed a three-run homer and RBI double while going 4-for-5 during Triple-A Las Vegas' win on Tuesday after also homering this past Friday and Saturday.

The 23-year-old Alonso has 13 hits in his last 29 at-bats, and now has 27 homers in 108 games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Vegas. Overall this season, Alonso is hitting .285/.402/.557...

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

If they'll have him, Jose Reyes would love to return to the Mets for the 2019 season. "Of course I'd want to come back," Reyes told Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. "My body feels good. I feel healthy. We'll see if there's an opportunity."

Reyes added that he doesn't know what the future holds, but that he wants to "finish the season strong and see what happens."

After hitting .246/.315/.413 with 15 homers last season, the Mets re-signed Reyes with the idea that he would be valuable as a jack-of-all trades off the bench. And that belief was a fair one given how he performed in 2017. But Reyes is hitting .186/.257/.281 with three homers in 81 games this season...

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With center field in 2019 and beyond an uncertainty, the Mets have "had some internal conversations" about trying Amed Rosario in center field, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

According to Kernan, though the Mets have kicked the idea around, putting it into action is "not on the table" at the moment. That's a good thing, since it's a fantastically bad idea. Here are three reasons why...

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets have placed LHP Steven Matz on the DL due to a flexor pronator strain, while calling up Corey Oswalt to take Matz' spot in the rotation for Sunday.

Matz said he expects to miss only one start.

An MRI on Matz revealed no structural damage, with assistant GM John Ricco saying Thursday that the team would probably go the conservative route and skip his rotation turn...

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After missing most of 2016 and 2017 due to injuries, Jeff McNeil reworked his swing, was one of the best hitters in all of the minors this season, and is now turning heads with the Mets at the major league level.

So, could the 26-year-old be the Mets' starting second baseman in 2019 and potentially beyond?

Is this the real McNeil or a mirage?

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Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) makes a pass during the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

If not for the fan uproar surrounding Eli Manning's benching last season -- leading to his return as the starter -- it seems the Giants were about to give Davis Webb a three-game look as the starter.

Webb said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN on Carlin, Maggie, and Bart that then-head coach Ben McAdoo had informed him that the plan was for Webb to start the final three games of the season in place of Manning.

Instead, Geno Smith started one game with Manning as the backup. That situation went down after Manning had been brought to tears earlier in the week -- a scene that led most of the Giants fanbase to lose their collective minds...

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso may still be at least a few weeks away from his big league debut, but his knocks on the door are getting louder.

Alonso crushed a three-run homer and RBI double while going 4-for-5 during Triple-A Las Vegas' afternoon game on Tuesday after also homering this past Friday and Saturday.

The 23-year-old Alonso has 11 hits in his last 25 at-bats, and now has 27 homers in 108 games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Vegas. Overall this season, Alonso is hitting .278/.397/.543.

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Matt Harvey returns to Citi Field and looks back on his time with the Mets, and acknowledges mistakes and mixed emotions.

Matt Harvey regrets the way things ended with the Mets, and wants fans to know that he gave "his all" to the organization.

"There's a lot of things I wish I obviously hadn't done," Harvey said Monday night in the visitors dugout at Citi Field. "When injuries kind of took a toll on me and I wasn't able to do my job the way I wanted to, I made a lot of mistakes."

"I really put everything out there and it was a lot of fun," he added. "Something I'll always remember."

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Aside from Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz, the Mets have one spot in their starting rotation that has been taken up by a mix of Jason Vargas, Corey Oswalt, and others this season.

And even though Vargas has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this year, dealt with multiple injuries, and shuffled between the bullpen and rotation, he'll likely have a regular spot in the rotation down the stretch instead of Oswalt. But Oswalt does have a fan in Mickey Callaway.

"I'd like to see him pitch as much as possible," Callaway said over the weekend. "I think what we need to focus on is that he's pitching every fifth day, and it doesn't have to be here. We have to get him in a routine to see what he can do because if he does the right things, he's got the stuff."

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Matt Harvey returns to Citi Field as a member of the Reds on Monday night.

SNY'tv's Danny Abriano and Matthew Cerrone discuss what his Mets legacy should be...

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Jun 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)
Jun 15, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Matt Harvey (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports (Ben Queen)

The Mets will have a tribute video for Matt Harvey on Monday night at 7 p.m., before Harvey's Reds open a three-game set at Citi Field.

Harvey, who was traded to Cincinnati earlier this season for Devin Mesoraco, has a 4.79 ERA (4.81 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP with 57 strikeouts in 77 innings (15 starts) since the trade.

He had a 7.00 ERA (5.68 FIP) and 1.55 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings (four starts, four relief appearances) earlier this season for the Mets.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Padres, who were in touch with the Mets in late-July about trading for Noah Syndergaard, are a team to watch when it comes to a potential offseason trade of Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

If the Mets choose to move deGrom or Syndergaard in particular, the Padres -- who have a loaded farm system that most consider the best in baseball -- would be a perfect match. 

DeGrom is the best pitcher in baseball right now, and should net more than the Rays recently got for Chris Archer (Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, and a PTBNL). Syndergaard would likely net a bit less. With the Padres not ready to contend, trading for Wheeler probably doesn't make sense for them. Here are some of the Padres minor leaguers (with their MLB Top 100 Prospect rankings in parenthesis) the Mets could target if they put Jake and/or Thor on the market...

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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018

 

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said earlier this week that Jay Bruce would get lots of time at first base when he soon returns from the DL.

What could Bruce at first base this season mean for Triple-A Las Vegas first baseman Peter Alonso? And what could it mean in 2019 and beyond? 

SNY.tv's Matthew Cerrone and Danny Abriano discuss...

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Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets are calling up right-handed reliever Bobby Wahl -- one of the prospects they acquired from the A's in the Jeurys Familia trade -- the team said on Thursdsay.

Since Wahl is not on the 40-man roster, the Mets DFA'd OF Kevin Kaczmarski to make room.

The 26-year-old Wahl was one of the best relievers in the A's farm system before he was traded. Over 39.2 innings in Triple-A for the A's this season, he had a 2.27 ERA/2.52 FIP and 0.86 WHIP. 

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will have surgery on his right heel on Thursday, which will be followed by surgery on his left heel in roughly two or three months.

With Cespedes' 2018 season over, his 2019 season may be impacted as well, with the expected recovery window at least eight-to-10 months.

"It's possible it will be longer than that," assistant GM John Ricco said last week. "It won't be shorter than that."

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Jets rookie Sam Darnold talks about the quarterback competition with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting spot in 2018.

Jets rookie QB Sam Darnold was honest when asked if he wanted to be the starter in Week 1.

"The competitor in me, yeah, I want to start," Darnold said on Wednesday while making his first comments since ending his brief holdout.

Darnold went on to say that he knows it will be up to the coaches and that he welcomes competition, noting his relationships with Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater.

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Should Gray start in playoffs? 00:01:02
Will the Yankees entrust Sonny Gray with a playoff start after continual poor outings in Yankee Stadium or choose Lance Lynn instead?

Boos rained down on Yankees RHP Sonny Gray on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium after he was shelled by the Orioles.

Gray exited after 2.2 innings, having allowed seven runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three as his ERA for the season rose to 5.56.

With his rotation spot in jeopardy last month, Gray had responded with three strong starts before Wednesday's drubbing -- allowing just three runs in 16.1 innings. 

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) pitches during the eighth inning Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) pitches during the eighth inning Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets infielder Jose Reyes pitched on Tuesday night as the Mets were annihilated by the Nats, because of course he did.

The sight of Reyes on the mound, chucking pitches between 49 and 85 MPH brought back memories of some other Mets position players who toed the rubber. Here they are, ranked from worst to best...

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Injury Update: Matz's forearm 00:00:18
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa provide a brief update on Steven Matz's injury following Tuesday night's huge loss to the Nationals.

Mets LHP Steven Matz will likely have an MRI Wednesday or Thursday due to tightness in his forearm, manager Mickey Callaway said before Wednesday's game.

Matz, who allowed seven runs in 0.2 innings on Tuesday night, said after the game that he had been going through a 'dead arm' period during his last three starts.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): This is not just disappointing news for us and the Mets, but also for Matz, whose arm just can't seem to let him pitch a full season.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) is tagged out by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) as he attempts to steal second base during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) is tagged out by New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) as he attempts to steal second base during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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The Mets and Nationals were expected to battle for the NL East title this season. Instead, the Mets are staring at a second straight losing season while the Nats are under .500 and recently flirted with the idea of trading Bryce Harper.

So, which team is set up better for 2019 and beyond?

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets assistant GM John Ricco is realistic about where the team is, and said after the trade deadline passed that a determination hasn't yet been made on how they'll proceed as they approach 2019 and beyond.

"All that happened today was we did not make a trade by the trade deadline," Ricco said on a conference call Tuesday with fellow assistant GMs J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya. "I don't think that necessarily means we've committed to one direction or another for next season."

Ricco was responding to a question about whether the team had decided what to do with its most valuable assets after holding on to them through the deadline -- specifically Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler.

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Zack Wheeler thinks Mets can win 00:00:34
Zack Wheeler talks about not being traded, and says that the Mets can win next year if they keep the starting rotation together and healthy.

Mets righty Zack Wheeler said last week that he didn't want the Mets to trade him, and his reaction after the trade deadline passed struck a similar chord.

"It's nice to have all four of us stay together," Wheeler said about him remaining with the Mets along with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz.

Wheeler added that it wasn't exactly a sense of relief to stay put, but that he was looking forward to what the four could accomplish together heading in to 2018 and beyond. 

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Mets did not make any moves.

After trading Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera last week, the Mets were open to dealing Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores, Jose Bautista, and Devin Mesoraco, with the latter two also candidates to be dealt through waivers in August.

As far as Wheeler, the Mets hadn't been getting offers they deemed acceptable, with teams looking to pay for what Wheeler's full history is and the Mets placing a greater emphasis on Wheeler's 2018 season and the value he currently has, SNY's Andy Martino had reported.

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

When the deadline passes Tuesday at 4 p.m., any argument for the Mets showcasing players for potential trades will be out the window.

So, will it then be time to promote 1B prospect Peter Alonso from Triple-A Las Vegas?

After crushing Double-A pitching to the tune of a .314/.440/.573 line with 15 homers, Alonso was slow out of the gate after being promoted to Vegas. But he's been coming on lately...

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Jun 2, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits a double against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jun 2, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) hits a double against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Add Andrew McCutchen of the Giants to the list of the outfielders the Yankees have interest in trading for before Tuesday's trade deadline.

The Yankees have "soft interest" in McCutchen, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

McCutchen, 31, is hitting .258/.352/.407 with 10 homers in 104 games this season for the Giants while playing only right field. He is a free agent after the season...

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Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)
Bryce Harper isn't a big fan of New York, finds the city too 'hectic.' (Alex Brandon)

That was quick.

After it was floated Monday night that the Nationals were open to trading superstar and pending free agent Bryce Harper, GM Mike Rizzo said on Tuesday with just about five hours to go until the trade deadline that Harper was going nowhere.

In addition to Rizzo's proclamation that Harper isn't getting traded, the Nationals are expected to keep Gio Gonzalez and their entire bullpen as they try to win the NL East, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

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New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees, who are still searching for rotation help after trading for J.A. Happ, are still scouting Mets RHP Zack Wheeler, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The Yanks will be in on Wheeler until he's moved elsewhere or the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passes, but it seems unlikely the Mets and Yankees will agree on a deal, notes Martino. 

There is heavy interest in Wheeler, but with the Mets so far not getting offers they feel are worthy, they are sending mixed messages regarding whether they'll trade Wheeler. 

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Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees, who are still searching for rotation help after trading for J.A. Happ, are still scouting Mets RHP Zack Wheeler, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The Yanks will be in on Wheeler until he's moved elsewhere or the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passes, but it seems unlikely the Mets and Yankees will agree on a deal, notes Martino. 

There is heavy interest in Wheeler, but with the Mets so far not getting offers they feel are worthy, they are sending mixed messages regarding whether they'll trade Wheeler. 

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