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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With news Tuesday that Brandon Nimmo will be shut down for 30 days came a potential new outfield alignment for the Mets -- one that could provide the team with an offensive jolt while sacrificing defense.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that with Nimmo now out long-term, a change could be coming in center field. And that change would have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the outfield and open up playing time for hot-hitting Dominic Smith.

Here's how things could shake out with each impacted player...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Cardinals Friday night, twice, losing a suspended game, 5-4, then the regularly scheduled game, 9-5. They return to face the Cardinals on Saturday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. 

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


After blowing the save in Thursday night's suspended game, Edwin Diaz returned for the 10th inning to pitch again only to allow another run and take the loss as well. In the regularly scheduled game, it was Jeurys Familia who cost the Mets, blowing a one-run lead in the eighth by allowing four runs, including two home runs, in a 9-5 loss. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Todd Frazier
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

There's been a lot of questions floating around about Dominic Smith this season.

Will he get any playing time at first base with the way Pete Alonso's hitting?

Can he play the outfield?

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Michael Conforto 2-run home run 00:00:15
Michael Conforto hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead against the Cardinals.

In the bottom of the third inning Thursday night against the Cardinals, Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer to right-center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead at Citi Field. Conforto has 13 homers this season.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Subway Series can be an intimidating backdrop for an inexperienced MLB player. However, it wasn't surprising that Jeff McNeil left his mark on one of the Mets' marquee series of the season.

McNeil played in both games of the doubleheader and went a combined 4-10 with three runs, three RBI and a home run en route to a series split. If Yankees fans in attendance or the national audience that paid attention to the series didn't know who McNeil was before, they sure know now.

McNeil succeeds by playing a different brand of baseball than the rest of the Mets. In an era where home runs are prominent and strikeouts verge on acceptable, the Mets live and die by swinging big. There's a lot of power in the lineup, but the team has also struck out the seventh-most times in the MLB.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

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

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

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

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (33-34, 5.0 GB in the NL East) are off on Wednesday before opening a four-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night at Citi Field. 

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


After Zack Wheeler got hit hard in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Mets had a strong response in the nightcap as Pete Alonso blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and Jason Vargas had another strong start >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets crushed 12-5 by Yankees 00:02:02
New York Yankees took game 1 of the Subway Series double-header behind home runs from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gary Sanchez, Jeff McNeil, Luke Voit, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith

It was roughly two years ago that Dominic Smith was considered the top first base prospect in all of the minor leagues. As the Mets' second-best prospect, according to MLB.com, he was touted as their future long-term first baseman.

Pete Alonso had a different plan in mind.

In less than a few months, the 24-year-old Alonso hit his way past Smith on the depth chart, flying up the ladder between Double and Triple A and debuting with the Mets this past Opening Day.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in the NL East) picked up a win against the Rockies on Saturday, 5-3, to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

The rubber match will be on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.83 ERA) going up against Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 7.29 ERA) on the mound. 

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The shadier side of human nature tells us that this should be a relationship full of side-eye, judgmental head shakes and half-hearted high-fives, even during happy home run celebrations.

Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are both first basemen, after all. If one guy has the job, that means the other does not. You love the co-worker who's up for the same promotion you are? Yeah, sure. Frenemies is more like it, forced smiles and all.

But something wonderful has happened this Mets season as two young talents are establishing themselves in the Major Leagues: Alonso and Smith have formed an engaging friendship that's obvious each time the Mets dugout explodes when one or the other has done something big.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Anthony McCarron
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Todd Frazier launches to left 00:00:16
Todd Frazier launches a home run to left field, giving the Mets a late lead over the Giants on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Time to deal Dom Smith? 00:02:27
HOFer Frank Thomas and former Met Mo Vaughn believe the Mets should deal Dom Smith. Check out their new clothing line at mvpcollections.com

Prior to the start of the Met's three-game set with he San Francisco Giants, manager Mickey Callaway offered a few injury updates.

Callaway said this afternoon that an MRI revealed that Dominic Smith has a sprained thumb, though the left-handed hitter should be available to come off the bench on Tuesday.

As for outfielder Brandon Nimmo, Callaway explained that he's been "progressing really well" and that he was participating in full baseball activities on Tuesday. Nimmo was placed on the Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano
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Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)
Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was after midnight when a long-time scout of amateur talent finally had a couple of minutes to get on the phone, as the first day of the MLB Draft was coming to conclusion. I wanted to talk to this guy because it was only a few days ago that he had touted Brett Baty as one of a few players he was hoping his team would select. 

"He's about as dynamic a hitter as I can remember seeing when you consider his combination of power and pure hitting ability," the scout told me then. "I think he'll be there and he'd be a great get."

Turned out Baty wasn't there when that scout's team picked, because the Mets grabbed the lefty-slugging high school third baseman from Texas with the 12th pick Monday night. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-31, 5 GB in the NL East) dropped the rubber game to the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Sunday to cap their west coast road trip.

New York will have an off day as they travel back east, where they await the Giants at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) getting the ball against Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA).

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dom Smith was initially slotted in a spot that has become normal for him over the last week or so -- hitting second in the order and playing left field.

A sore right thumb kept him out of Sunday's game, however. After the game, manager Mickey Callaway said Smith will undergo an MRI and was not available off the bench during the Mets' 7-1 loss in Arizona. 

Aaron Altherr played left field in Smith's stead Sunday. The injury wasn't affecting him Saturday, when he was 2-for-5 with a solo homer to dead center field.

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Mets blow lead, lose to D'Backs 00:01:30
The Mets saw a pair of four-run leads vanish as the D'Backs came back to edge the Mets, 6-5 in 11 innings

The Mets' bullpen imploded Saturday night, wasting Jacob deGrom's strong start after deGrom left with an apparent injury, and they ultimately fell to the Diamondbacks in 11 innings, 6-5.  >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) DeGrom got off to a roaring start, his nasty slider helping him get through the first five innings on just 47 pitches. He allowed two baserunners in the sixth before getting away unscathed. With two outs and a runner on second in the seventh, Adeiny Hechavarria stopped a hard grounder but the ball popped up off his glove. He decided to try to get the out at first and made an inaccurate throw, allowing Adam Jones to score.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The MLB will hold it's first-year player draft on June 3, and as a result of winning just 77 games in 2018, the Mets have the overall No. 12 pick. The only NL East team with a better draft position is the Marlins at No. 4.

And even more importantly, it will GM Brodie Van Wagenen's first draft since taking over as GM for Sandy Alderson last fall.

Tommy Tanous (Director of Scouting) and Mark Tramuta (Director of Amateur Scouting) will be Van Wagenen's point persons on draft day. Tanous took hold of the draft in 2016, replacing Paul DePodesta. His most notable pick to date is Pete Alonso, who the Mets selected with their third pick (64 overall) in 2016...

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Matthew Cerrone
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (27-29, 6 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a four-game series against the Dodgers 2-0 despite Jason Vargas pitching seven solid innings.

They begin a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road on Friday at Chase Field at 9:40 p.m. Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) takes on Jon Duplantier (1-0, 2.25 ERA) in the opener.

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


The Mets managed just four hits and lost to the Dodgers 2-0, losing for the third time in the last four games. The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Vargas gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, marking the first time this season he threw at least six innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Amidst the wreckage of Wednesday night's devastating defeat for the Mets, Pete Alonso had a spectacular night in Los Angeles, as his two home runs tied him with Mark McGwire at 19 for the most ever by a rookie before June 1.

Oh by the way, Dom Smith raised his batting average to .370 with a 3-for-5 night in his first start in left field.

Make no mistake, there is no dilemma here, at least as it applies to first base: Alonso is the real thing and should be the Mets' middle-of-the-lineup slugger for the next decade or so. He has a chance, if healthy, to someday surpass Darryl Strawberry as their all-time home run leader.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Diaz meltdown leads to 9-8 loss 00:01:32
The Mets had a 5-run lead thanks to the bats of Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith, but Edwin Diaz allowed 4 runs in the 9th for the loss.

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

Seven things to know about Wednesday's game

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Los Angeles Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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The Mets (27-27, 5.0 GB in the NL East) took the second game of their four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on the strength of another strong Steven Matz start and a grand slam by Michael Conforto. 

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


In the Mets' win over the Dodgers, Steven Matz allowed two runs in six innings before giving way to the bullpen, which allowed one run over the final three frames >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Dom Smith vs. Clint Frazier 00:00:59
Jim Duquette weighs the pros and cons of Dominic Smith and Clint Frazier, whose value is higher when it comes to the trade deadline?

The Mets' Dominic Smith and Yankees' Clint Frazier are both finally starting to play up to their potential. The only problem is that there does not seem to be enough room on either roster to move the players. 

Smith, who has been used more as a pinch-hitter, is hitting .345/466/.500 with a home run and six RBI in 58 plate appearances this year. 

Frazier, on the other hand, is in a starting role now and hitting .284/.324/.552 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI but could be resorted to the fifth outfielder on the team once Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from their injuries. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dominic Smith
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Dom Smith vs. Clint Frazier 00:00:59
Jim Duquette weighs the pros and cons of Dominic Smith and Clint Frazier, whose value is higher when it comes to the trade deadline?

The Mets' Dominic Smith and Yankees' Clint Frazier are both finally starting to play up to their potential. The only problem is that there does not seem to be enough room on either roster to move the players. 

Smith, who has been used more as a pinch-hitter, is hitting .345/466/.500 with a home run and six RBI in 58 plate appearances this year. 

Frazier, on the other hand, is in a starting role now and hitting .284/.324/.552 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI but could be resorted to the fifth outfielder on the team once Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton return from their injuries. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Dominic Smith
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

Five things to know about Thursday's game

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

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

Five things to know about Monday's game

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

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

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Last season, we saw Dominic Smith test the outfield waters, as the Mets wanted to see if he could be of versatile use in the future. While he had a couple hiccups, which were expected, he still managed to be a decent defender out there. 

Fast forward one year and Smith has been in the spotlight for his bat in timely situations with the Mets. He is hitting .344/.462/.500 as strictly a left-handed bat off the bench, and in his first game back with the Mets on Tuesday night after briefly being sent down to Triple-A, he had a pinch-hit homer. It was his first of the season. 

Smith has proven his bat can be consistent for the Mets, which begs the question why he isn't featured in the lineup more to start this season. Obviously, Pete Alonso has solidified himself as the team's starting first baseman as a rookie. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:25
Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings and Wilson Ramos provided the offensive support with a grand slam as the Mets beat the Nats, 6-2

Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

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

1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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


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

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

It was a shock to Mets fans when Dom Smith was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse, as Adeiny Hechavarria took his spot on the 25-man roster. Smith was there only for a hot minute, though, as Steven Matz hitting the IL prompted his to return to Flushing.

So when asked how he felt about the demotion, Smith said the shock value was mutual.

"A lot of it was just more shock than anything," Smith told reporters before the series opener against the Marlins. "I'm a very passionate person, I'm a competitior and like I said, a lot of it was definitely shock."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets announced Thursday that Steven Matz has hit the IL with radial nerve discomfort, but it doesn't appear he will be there too long. 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Matz is "progressing well," and if that continues, he should be able to return to the mound on Thursday against the Nationals. 

Matz initially received a cortisone shot after undergoing tests on his elbow in his last start against the Brewers. The tests revealed no structural damage, but manager Mickey Callaway noted earlier this week that Matz had been dealing with a nerve issue in his forearm for around two weeks. It reached its peak when Matz couldn't throw his bullpen session. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (17-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) came back from a late 5-2 deficit to beat the Padres and snap a four-game losing streak. They wrap up their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' exhilirating win over the Padres, Pete Alonso broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning by hitting a 449 foot two-run homer that ricocheted high off the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dom Smith being optioned down to Triple-A Syracuse was a shocker to Mets fans. But to other teams, it came a good chance at an opportunity. 

Just as SNY contributor Anthony McCarron wrote when the move went down, it was the right call by the Mets to send Smith down. He may have been performing well, but there is no true spot on the team for him other than a left-handed bat off the bench. Pete Alonso is a mainstay at first base after his stellar April, and there isn't enough room in the outfield for him to be explored there further. 

Other teams around the league recognize this, and according to MLB.com's Marc Feinsand, they are targeting him for a potential trade situation with New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Mets (16-16, 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) dropped the first of a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers. They prepare to face the Brewers again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

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


Steven Matz did not have his best outing, but still managed to go 5.2 innings allowing just three runs but the offense was unable to back him up in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dom Smith carved a decent niche for himself so far this season -- part left-handed bench threat, part dugout caffeine. But the Mets did the right thing Friday when they optioned Smith to Triple-A to make roster room for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Here's why: Smith needs to play every day and that won't happen on the Mets, where Pete Alonso owns first base. But if Smith goes to Syracuse and thrives as a starter, he can maximize his value.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Anthony McCarron
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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The talk surrounding the Mets' depth players has always been who will be sent down when Jed Lowrie returns to the team. But the move made by the team on Friday caught many by surprise. 

Manager Mickey Callaway announced they have sent down 1B Dom Smith to Triple-A Syracuse, and called up INF Adeiny Hechavarria. 

It's a shocking move to say the least, as Smith was not just the Mets' only left-handed bat on the bench, but he has been raking. In 29 games this season, he's hitting .333/.459/.400 with two doubles and four RBI in 37 plate appearances. Pete Alonso has been a mainstay at first base, though, which has limited Smith's chances to start. Still, Callaway has managed to get him in all but two games this season. 

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Mets beat Reds 1-0 00:01:01
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard put on a clinic against the Reds by striking out 10 batters and hitting a home run of his own.

Noah Syndergaard did it all for the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field as they beat the Reds, 1-0, to earn a split of their four-game series..  > Box score


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

1) On a day where the Mets' bullpen was exhausted and Syndergaard was in need of a strong start after struggling for most of the season, Syndergaard delivered -- hurling a shutout in a thorough dismantling of the Reds. With his fastball topping out at 101 MPH and featuring a wicked curve ball, Syndergaard entered the ninth inning having retired 15 of the last 16 batters to face him. He retired the first two batters before allowing a broken-bat single to Derek Dietrich. After Dietrich was pinch-run for by pitcher Michael Lorenzen -- who stole second base -- Syndergaard struck out Yasiel Puig to end the game. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (13-12) face the Brewers (14-13) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. 

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


Jacob deGrom returned from the injured list Friday in the series opener against Milwaukee, but he struggled after a rain delay pushed the start time to 9:50 p.m., and he's not happy with himself. >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Mets have two, young, productive first basemen, only one starting spot for each of them, and a crowded infield and bench.

As a rookie, Peter Alonso has jumped on top of the national radar hitting .306 with 8 HR, 8 doubles and 21 RBI. His current 1.2 WAR has him jockeying with Arizona's Christian Walker for talk about Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Smith, who has played in 23 games this season, is currently batting .400 with a whopping .516 OBP in 31 sporadic at-bats, most of which he's had coming off the bench. He hit .321 in 19 games this past spring, suggesting his current in-season success is not a fluke...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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