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Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The consensus on Buck Showalter as a potential Mets' managerial candidate comes from interviews with scouts, executives, and media members who all know him well, and it is straightforward: his attention to detail, in-game managing, and knack for having his team prepared is all second to none.

But…

He wants to do it his way, which can mean everything from input into personnel decisions to potential clashes over the level of day-to-day front-office involvement that characterized Brodie Van Wagenen's first year as GM. 

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the end, Mickey Callaway gave the Mets no choice. The in-game mistakes continued to be too glaring for a team that expects to contend next season, and so GM Brodie Van Wagenen made the proper call by firing his manager with a year remaining on the contract.

Sure, you can make the case that Callaway was sabotaged by the back end of the bullpen, and could well have guided the Mets to the playoffs with even decent seasons from Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia.

But that would have been overlooking Callaway's obvious flaws. In year two on the job, he simply offered no indication that he was ever going to develop the feel that good managers have for situations, for strategy, for everything that goes with making important decisions and explaining them afterward.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Early Sunday afternoon, when Pete Alonso was still basking in the glow of Saturday night's historic 53rd home run -- the most ever for a major-league rookie -- he was telling SNY's Steve Gelbs in a pre-game interview that one of his primary goals going into next season is to improve his defense at first base.

"I want to win a Gold Glove," he said.

Suffice it to say that spoke not only to Alonso's pursuit of greatness, but the outlook for the Mets in the years to come.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 255 K's in 204.0 IP (32 starts), 6.7 WAR (FanGraphs)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing two hits while striking seven and walking none on Sept. 25.
Next start: Following playoff elimination, deGrom's final start was on Wednesday vs. the Marlins.
Trending: UP, having finished the season on a 23-inning scoreless streak.

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The Mets (85-76) finish out their season against the Atlanta Braves (97-64) Sunday at 3:10 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

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


Pete Alonso launched his 53rd home run of the season to break Aaron Judge's rookie record for homers in a season. >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

For most of the season, Dodgers' lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu was a runaway favorite for the Cy Young Award.

The National League's starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, Ryu made 17 starts in the first half, pitching to a ridiculous 1.73 ERA. But his numbers trailed off a bit in the second half, as he entered his final start of the season with a 3.51 second half ERA.

He was dominant in his final start of the year on Saturday, tossing seven scoreless innings against the Giants, but when asked after the game about who he thinks should win the Cy Young, Ryu gave an answer that Mets fans will appreciate.

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.43 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 255 K's (11.25 per 9) in 204.0 IP (32 starts), 6.7 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing two hits while striking seven and walking none on Sept. 25.
Next start: Following playoff elimination, deGrom's final start was on Wednesday vs. the Marlins.
Trending: UP, having finished the season on a 23-inning scoreless streak.

Max Scherzer, Nationals

Key stats: 2.92 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 243 K's (12.6 per 9) in 172.1 IP (27 starts), 6.5 WAR (FanGraphs), 5.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Allowed four runs on five hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out 10 in 6.0 IP against the Phillies on Sept. 24
Next start: Sept. 29 vs Indians
Trending: DOWN, as his ERA has risen from 2.30 on July 6 to 2.92 while he has failed to pitch more than 6.0 innings in any start during that span

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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the years I've come to rely on scouts for their observations, insights and opinions, so when John Morris, a scout and special assistant to the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, called me recently and said, "I've got a great Jacob deGrom story for you," I was all ears.

I assumed John was going to put deGrom's second straight sensational season in some unique perspective for me, as only a long-time scout could, and as it turned, out, I was right.

Only it wasn't about his pitching. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (84-76) continue a season-ending three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (97-63) Saturday at 7:15 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

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


1B Pete Alonso tied Yankees RF Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record when he hit his 52nd of the year >> Read more

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deGrom talks Cy Young race 00:06:11
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom sits with SNY's Steve Gelbs and discusses his success in 2019 and possibly adding another Cy Young award.

A pair of Mets cracked the Top 20 list of MLB's list of most popular jerseys of 2019, with Pete Alonso finishing at No. 14 and Jacob deGrom slotting in at No. 19. 

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge finished atop the list for the third consecutive season. 

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (Aaron Doster)
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The Mets (83-75, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins (55-103) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the second Wild Card. The team still went on to beat the Marlins 10-3 as Jacob deGrom was dominant in his final start of the season. The potential Cy Young Award winner threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. He ends the season with 23-straight scoreless innings pitched and 255 total strikeouts. Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run of the season, as the first baseman is one homer shy of tying the rookie home run record held by the Yankees' Aaron Judge. Prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins, the team activated Dom Smith from the 60-Day IL and announced Jeff McNeil will need surgery for his fractured wrist that he suffered in Wednesday's game.

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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In his final start of the season, Jacob deGrom allowed just two hits while striking out seven during 7.0 scoreless innings against the Marlins. 

As a result, it seems like a lock that he will win his second consecutive Cy Young Award.

DeGrom leads all NL pitchers in WAR, regardless of the system being used to calculate the stat. He has 6.9 WAR, according to Baseball Reference and 6.7 WAR according to FanGraphs.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (83-75) wrap up their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Jacob deGrom almost certainly cemented his second-straight Cy Young award and Pete Alonso inched closer to the rookie home run record in the Mets' 10-3 win over the Marlins, but the Mets were still eliminated from playoff contention >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

We won't be certain until the Cy Young voting results are announced in November. But we know already, right?

Jacob deGrom, pitching in uncharted territory Wednesday night - hey, the Mets scored bushels of runs for him! - put an exclamation point on another historic season in his final start of the year. Now he's poised to win a second straight National League Cy Young Award and join some of the biggest names in pitching history in that rare feat. 

He'll also carve out his own spot in Mets lore: No Met pitcher - not even Tom Seaver - has ever won back-to-back Cy Young Awards. And once deGrom wins again, he'll join Seaver as the only Mets pitchers with more than one Cy Young.

DeGrom, who got 29-of-30 first-place votes to win the award last season, threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing only two hits. It was his third consecutive start with seven shutout innings and he finished his year with 23 straight scoreless frames. 

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

We won't be certain until the Cy Young voting results are announced in November. But we know already, right?

Jacob deGrom, pitching in uncharted territory Wednesday night - hey, the Mets scored bushels of runs for him! - put an exclamation point on another historic season in his final start of the year. Now he's poised to win a second straight National League Cy Young Award and join some of the biggest names in pitching history in that rare feat. 

He'll also carve out his own spot in Mets lore: No Met pitcher - not even Tom Seaver - has ever won back-to-back Cy Young Awards. And once deGrom wins again, he'll join Seaver as the only Mets pitchers with more than one Cy Young.

DeGrom, who got 29-of-30 first-place votes to win the award last season, threw seven shutout innings against the Marlins, allowing only two hits. It was his third consecutive start with seven shutout innings and he finished his year with 23 straight scoreless frames. 

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Pete Alonso likes Mets future 00:02:48
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is bummed the Mets missed the playoffs but explains the positives he's seen this season.

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom said that potentially winning a second-straight Cy Young Award was on the back of his mind on Wednesday against the Miami Marlins. 

But he also admitted it was a weird night, too. 

That's because deGrom and the Mets knew early that the Brewers put up five runs in the first inning against the Reds in their game thanks to Citi Field's out of town scoreboard. Even though his team went on to win 10-3 against Miami, their postseason chances were done with the Brewers' win. 

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Mets smack Marlins 10-3 00:01:34
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 51st HR and is one shy of tying the rookie record. The Mets were also eliminated from the playoffs.

The Mets hit early and often and got another gem from Jacob deGrom en route to a 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Citi Field, but they were also eliminated from playoff contention. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Mets won 10-3 after keeping their slim playoff chances alive on Tuesday with some heroics from Michael Conforto. However, the odds were still stacked against the Mets and even with their win, they were eliminated from postseason contention thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers, which was the overlying story from this one. The Mets needed to win their final five games, including Wednesday, to stay alive, while the Brewers had to lose out. Instead, they beat the Reds on Wednesday, 9-2. 

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final homestand of the season as they face the Marlins (55-102) on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

Following Tuesday's win, the Mets now have 21 wins on the season that have come in their final at-bat, the second most in the majors. ... The Mets have clinched a winning record for the first time since they went 87-75 in 2016. ... Michael Conforto, who is hitting clean-up tonight, recorded his sixth career two-homer game on Tuesday. ...  Jacob deGrom aims to become just the third Mets pitcher ever to post consecutive 250-strikeout seasons... With two more strikeouts, he would join Tom Seaver (1970-1971) and Dwight Gooden (1984-1985).

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Because Jacob deGrom's 2019 season has not been as eye-popping as his 2018 season, the incredible numbers he has put up have flown under the radar a bit. But as was the case in 2018, deGrom will enter his final start of 2019 as a heavy favorite to win the Cy Young award.

Entering Wednesday night's start, here's where deGrom stands in the National League:

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eleventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eleventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the more interesting games of the season for the Mets -- one that had a pair of two-run home runs by Michael Conforto, including one in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off walk to keep New York in playoff contention with five games left in the season -- the craziest story of the night came from Paul Sewald.

Sewald, pitching in his third year for the Mets, picked up the first win of his career Tuesday night against the Marlins.

He entered the game having appeared in 118 games without a win, the longest streak in MLB history and the next highest pitcher still 38 games less than his mark.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (81-75, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final homestand of the season as they take on the Marlins (55-101) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are just 5-5 in their last 10 games against the Marlins. ... With their next win, the Mets would clinch their first winning season since the 2016 campaign. ... Pete Alonso has hit 24 home runs at Citi Field this year, tied with Darryl Strawberry's 24 at Shea in 1990 as the most by a Met at home in team history. ... Mets pitchers have struck out 1,448 batters this season, a new franchise record.

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Mets LHP Steven Matz
Mets LHP Steven Matz

The Mets (81-75, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Steven Matz allowed six runs and the Mets couldn't dig themselves all the way out of that hole as they lost to the Marlins, 8-4, on Monday night at Citi Field as their playoff hopes faded away almost entirely >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 248 K's (11.3 per 9) in 197 IP (31 starts), 6.7 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Reds, allowing four hits while striking nine and walking none on Sept. 20
Next start: Sept. 25 vs. Marlins
Trending: UP, having allowed just one run over his last 21 IP spanning three starts as his ERA has dropped from 2.76 to 2.51

Max Scherzer, Nationals

Key stats: 2.81 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 233 K's (12.6 per 9) in 166.1 IP (26 starts), 6.4 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.0 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Allowed five earned runs in 6.2 innings against the Cardinals on Sept. 18
Next start: Sept. 24 vs Phillies
Trending: DOWN, as his ERA has risen from 2.30 on July 6 to 2.81 while he has failed to pitch more than 6.0 innings in any start during that span

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

The Mets (80-73, 14.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


After five scoreless innings, the Mets drew first blood in the sixth and added seven runs through the next three frames to take the 8-1 opener against the Reds  >> Read more

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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

With the regular season winding down, Jacob deGrom continues to pitch himself towards a second straight Cy Young Award.

Friday night's 8-1 Mets' win over the Reds was just the latest example of deGrom's flat-out brilliance, as the right-hander struck out nine over seven shutout innings, allowing just four singles. 

DeGrom has now gone at least seven innings in 12 of his last 14 starts. During that span, he's pitched 94.0 innings and allowed just 17 earned runs while striking out 120 hitters.

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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

With the regular season winding down, Jacob deGrom continues to pitch himself towards a second straight Cy Young Award.

Friday night's 8-1 Mets' win over the Reds was just the latest example of deGrom's flat-out brilliance, as the right-hander struck out nine over seven shutout innings, allowing just four singles. 

DeGrom has now gone at least seven innings in 12 of his last 14 starts. During that span, he's pitched 94.0 innings and allowed just 17 earned runs while striking out 120 hitters.

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 248 K's (11.3 per 9) in 197 IP (30 starts), 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.3 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Reds, striking out nine while allowing just four singles on Sept. 20
Next start: Sept. 25 vs. Marlins
Trending: UP, having allowed just one earned runs in 21.0 innings over his last three starts, dropping his WHIP under 1.00 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Mets win 8-1, Alonso's 50th HR 00:01:29
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings. Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run and the Mets are 3 games back after a 8-1 win.

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a ninth inning rally. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Not even Tom Seaver won back-to-back Cy Young Awards, so perhaps that gives you an idea of how difficult it is to achieve what Jacob deGrom just might do by the end of this season.

But while the Mets ace has been masterful -- again -- this year, he's not as clearly the best pitcher in the National League the way he was in 2018. The rest of his season, beginning with his start Friday night in Cincinnati, will have a massive impact on whether deGrom hoists another trophy.

In taking a look at how he can get it done, let's start with this: deGrom is in terrific shape in this race. He leads the NL in multiple important categories -- strikeouts, WHIP, bWAR and lowest opponent OPS. He's second in FIP (fielding independent pitching), third in ERA and fifth in both innings and ERA-plus.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

While the Mets' focus down the September stretch of the 2019 regular season remains on the final push for the postseason, two key catalysts for the team's contention since April are on a potential path to history.

Before New York starts the second half of its six-game road trip with the weekend's three-game series Friday at 7:10 p.m. against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, 1B Pete Alonso and RHP Jacob deGrom have made strong cases for two of the NL's top awards.

DeGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA), who takes the mound Friday for the Mets against the Reds and RHP Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA), and Alonso are respectively in consideration for the NL CY Young and Rookie of the Year.

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With September dominance, including Sunday night's gem of a start against the Dodgers, Zack Wheeler is making it awfully difficult for the Mets to let him walk out the door as a free agent.

Which prompts a couple of obvious questions:

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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The Mets (77-72, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) hit Denver for a three-game set against the Rockies (65-85). Steven Matz will get the ball for New York, with Antonio Senzatela pitching for the home team.

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


Zack Wheeler was a stud for the Mets on the bump last night, but the bullpen couldn't match it in a tough 3-2 loss to finish the series against the Dodgers. >> Read more

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (77-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) wrap up their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-54, 19.5 GA in NL West) on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday night thanks to a clutch hit by Rajai Davis. The 38-year-old came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning and delivered a three-run double to give the Mets their only runs of the day. Jacob deGrom threw 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. Justin Wilson sealed the deal with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the save.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Rajai Davis, Zack Wheeler
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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.61 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 239 K's (11.3 per 9) in 190 IP (30 starts), 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Threw seven scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Saturday, striking out eight and allowing just three hits.
Next start: Sept. 20 @ Reds
Trending: UP, with back-to-back dominants starts against the D-backs and Dodgers. He's thrown seven innings in six straight starts 11 of his last 13.

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Mets

The Mets (77-71, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Dodgers on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. with Zack Wheeler and Walker Buehler on the mound.

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


Rajai Davis came to the plate in the eighth inning last night, and delivered big time with a bases-clearing double that led the Mets to a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. >> Read more

 

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Jacob deGrom meant business on Saturday. 

He's still looking for his first-career regular season win against the Los Angeles Dodgers as he didn't get the decision, but that hardly mattered. He was the winner in the Mets' 3-0 win against the Dodgers at Citi Field. 

But at 101 pitches, deGrom was yanked from the game after seven innings. 

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Mets blank Dodgers 00:01:13
Veteran Rajai Davis ripped a clutch three-run double in the 8th inning to push the Mets past the Dodgers 3-0

Mets keep 3.0 games back in Wild Card race thanks to Rajai Davis' clutch hit in 3-0 win vs. Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Rajai Davis, the hero we all expected. In what went down as the Mets' final at-bat, the 38-year-old vet was called off the bench and delivered as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Both Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo were hit by pitches to start the rally, then Amed Rosario walked to load the bases. Due up was pitcher Seth Lugo, but skipper Mickey Callaway subbed in Davis, a righty hitter against lefty hurler Julio Urias. Battling through the plate appearance, fouling off two pitches, Davis pulled a double to left field, which cleared the bases, scoring all three base runners. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Seth Lugo
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (76-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-53, 20.5 GA in NL West) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

After being held out of Friday's starting lineup, Pete Alonso is back in the starting nine on Saturday, batting fourth. ... Mets starter Jacob deGrom leads the NL with a 2.20 ERA since May 22. ... The Mets have matched a franchise record with four players hitting at least 20 home runs. JD Davis currently stands at 19. ... Seth Lugo has given the Mets 13.0 straight scoreless inning out of the pen, dating back to August 17.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets (76-71, 15.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Noah Syndergaard put his performance against the Dodgers into perspective after he pitched to Wilson Ramos >> Read more

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With the Mets 2.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot with 16 games to go, Jacob deGrom remains lined up to start the Wild Card Game on Oct. 1 should New York make it. 

The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard

DeGrom will start next on Saturday against the Dodgers, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule -- which he has been on over the last month -- his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25 against the Marlins at Citi Field. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Standing next to Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday afternoon, you noticed his downcast eyes and slow, careful tone. He was trying to parse questions about his relationship with the Mets organization and he just looked...exhausted.

Come to think of it, we're all fairly beaten down by now by the trickle of news about unpleasant moments between the team and a player who was once its most marketable star.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Andy Martino
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (74-70, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


Zack Wheeler tossed 7.0 strong innings and Todd Frazier drove in all three runs before the Mets' bullpen hung on by the skin of their teeth to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field to draw within 3.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jacob deGrom pushed himself a little closer to a second straight Cy Young Award with seven brilliant innings on Monday night, and yet there's a case to be made that he was the Mets' second-best pitcher in the 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks.

Seth Lugo was that good, retiring six straight hitters, four by strikeout.

"They didn't have a chance against him," was the way one scout who was at Citi Field described Lugo's outing on Tuesday. "For me, he was even more dominant than deGrom. It's two innings compared to seven, but he flat overmatched hitters with his mix of curveball and fastball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Wilmer Flores 1 on 1 00:03:59
Former New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores reminisces about his tenure with the Mets and discusses the homer he hit off Jacob deGrom.

After he made his return to Citi Field for the first of four games Monday with the Diamondbacks' series against the Mets, Wilmer Flores processed the 1-for-3 performance -- which included a solo home run off Jacob deGrom -- before Tuesday's tilt.

What did Flores think about the first game back and what does he remember from his five-plus seasons with the Mets?

Flores went 1 on 1 with SNY's Steve Gelbs, discussing Monday's home run off deGrom and reflecting on the "special" experience back in New York.

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Syndergaard on Wilson Ramos 00:01:29
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard explains the leaked conversation he had with the front office and his relationship with Wilson Ramos

A day after a New York Post story came out regarding Noah Syndergaard's desire to not pitch to Wilson Ramos and a "livid" confrontation he had with his bosses over it, Syndergaard addressed the situation. 

"First and foremost, the whole idea that we had a livid (discussion) or I was livid with the conversation was completely false," Syndergaard said outside the Mets' clubhouse before Tuesday night's game. "We had a very cordial and adult conversation. As far as Wilson, I have nothing but respect for the guy. It doesn't change our relationship between one another. He busts his ass every day."

Syndergaard said it was "unfortunate" his meetings with team brass leaked out and that he was just having "open dialogue with the front office and coaching staff" to try to get to the bottom of "the extreme splits" that have impacted him when Ramos catches him instead of Tomas Nido

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