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After being selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, Dominic Smith ascended his way up through the Mets' minor league system, while receiving help along the way. 

One of the people who helped Smith become the major leaguer he is today is his now manager Luis Rojas, who coached Smith at multiple stops along the way to Queens. 

Appearing as a guest on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Rojas told a story of how he helped motivate Smith during his 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets, after Smith had shown up a bit out of shape and wasn't hustling the way Rojas and the rest of the coaching staff wanted him to.

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Mets manager Luis Rojas has been around the game of baseball his entire life. He's coached his way up through almost every level of the minor leagues and is now preparing for his first season as a big-league skipper.

Rojas was first hired by the Mets in 2007 as a Dominican Summer League coach, but it sounds like his coaching experience actually dates back a little further than that.

When Rojas was just 7 years old, his father, Felipe Alou, had to eject him from the dugout for being too critical of the players Alou was managing during a minor league game.

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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome in their manager Luis Rojas to talk about the universal DH and how it will affect the Mets, getting tossed from a game at seven years old by his father, and much more.

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On this episode of The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis and Dom Smith discuss a night after a Mets loss when they decided to step up and take the reins.

The trio remembers the young core collectively putting its foot down.

"This is not up to the standard that we want," Alonso recalls them saying. "This isn't the standard that the fans deserve. We want to actively be a part of something great, and say why not make something happen? Why not have it be us?"

Watch the entire story above.

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Baseball players are known to be a superstitious group. Whether it's a lucky bat or a favorite undershirt (or even underwear), when players find something that's working for them, they tend to stick with it. And if something's not working, they stay away from it.

Pete Alonso is no exception. 

Appearing as a guest on the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with Dom Smith and J.D. Davis, Alonso explained that he went through a bit of a slump following the All-Star Game. 

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso had a record-breaking rookie season in 2019, smashing 53 home runs to break Aaron Judge's single-season rookie record.

Alonso, who said he pressed for a week after hitting No. 51, explained Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies that it was hard to balance his home run chase against what was a Mets playoff chase in August and most of September.

"I think it really set in after I hit number 40 in Kansas City, where it's like -- I'm gonna say it -- 'holy sh-t, I've got a chance at this.' But I can't try and do it, because we're in a playoff run. if there's a guy on second (base), I gotta try and get a base hit and move him over. I can't just try and hit homers. I gotta be a good hitter first.

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On this episode of The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dom Smith reveal which of their Mets teammates they'd most like and least like to be with in quarantine.

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On this Mother's Day, Dom Smith and J.D. Davis want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day, and explain what makes their moms so special.

"I'm thankful for my mother because she taught me to fight and persevere, to (overcome) a ton of obstacles, and I feel like she shaped me into the man I am today," Smith said.

Davis added about his mom: "You have the biggest heart and I can't imagine life with you."

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Each week on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis and Steve Gelbs have some fun talking baseball, but now there's something even more important at stake.

In each of the last four episodes, the crew has participated in a segment called the Fortune Cookie, where Smith and Davis are typically asked to give an over/under prediction on a chosen event.

But this week on Episode 7, things got real as the Mets' duo decided on a punishment for the loser in the final Fortune Cookie standings, and, well, let's just hope both players are okay with showing their legs. 

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On The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith talk about how important building team chemistry is to this current Mets group, plus a cookie taste test and much more ...

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On The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, Steve Gelbs, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith ask David Wright about his favorite road ballparks and game ejection memories.

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Mets legend David Wright was a special guest of the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, joining Dominic Smith, J.D. Davis, and host Steve Gelbs.

The quartet discussed a number of different topics, including the ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls, The Last Dance. Specifically, they went into the antics of Dennis Rodman, who took a vacation to Las Vegas during the middle of the 1997-98 season.

Does Wright think that Smith could have a little bit of Rodman in him?

"Dom's going to come to spring training with his hair painted green with like the Mets symbol on top," Wright joked. "… If they need somebody to go get Dom from Vegas, I'm the guy."

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As a former Mets captain, David Wright knows how important it is for a team to have chemistry both on and away from the field. 

And he sees some similarities between this current Mets group and his former teams that make him believe the Mets can accomplish something special.

As a special guest on this week's edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Wright joined Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis to talk mainly about how important he was to the creation of the Mets' cookie tradition, but during their discussion he also brought up that he can see how close of a group the Mets currently have. 

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David Wright joined The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies to get one thing straight: He's the Mets OG of Insomnia Cookies. 

He said so during an interview with The Athletic last week, which is why he asked for his "props" from J.D. Davis and Dom Smith on Wednesday. 

"Before we went on, I told you I was eating Insomnia Cookies and buying them while you two kids were in diapers," Wright said laughing. "So I haven't once heard or got a text message about giving the OG here some props for originally find that place, and bringing generation to generation Insomnia Cookies for their cookies. So now I can get my props. So let me hear it."

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On The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome the Captain, David Wright, for special untold stories about Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, and cookies.

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Millions will once again be locked into Michael Jordan's new ESPN documentary The Last Dance on Sunday to see the next two episodes after it truly showed an inside look at how Jordan became the best to ever play basketball. 

The first two episodes showed Jordan coming up as a rookie and the work that he would put in on a daily basis to be great. And that was even when doctors believed he shouldn't be playing injured like he did in his sophomore season. 

On Episode 5 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, watching Jordan in the documentary got them thinking about what exactly it takes to be great from their professional athlete perspective.

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On Episode 5 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, the duo talk about who their most competitive teammates are and what it takes to be a great athlete. Plus, J.D. and Dom roast Steve Gelbs for one of his old college photos ...

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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With the season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@bigdog44K: When do the owners sell the team?

We've gotten a ton of questions over the past several weeks about how the current shutdown will impact the sale of the Mets. We can tell you that the team is still for sale -- nothing has changed there -- and at least one man is pursuing a bid. As you know, that man is named A-Rod.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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As the virtual Mets continued their 2020 season in MLB The Show 20, the Milwaukee Brewers came to Citi Field for a three-game weekend series.

And the team whipped out the Friday night black uniforms to get it started.

The black jerseys have become a bit of a hot topic as of late. Worn as an alternate jersey from 1998-2011, the black tops have their detractors (ahem, SNY's Andy Martino) but they also have their supporters, including a number of current Mets.

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Oh baby!

Dom Smith plays the game of baseball with a child-like enjoyment, but on Wednesday's episode of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Steve Gelbs dug way back to find a baby photo of Dom to share with fellow Club member J.D. Davis, and let's just say Davis was astonished. 

"What is that?" Davis said. "That's the best looking picture Dom has ever had right there. That's unbelievable. ... At least he had hair back in the day."

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Baseball players are all about about routine, right?

When you play 162 games a year in a game where you fail seven times out of 10 at the plate in a good season, players typically stick to their routines and superstitions to stay locked in. 

J.D. Davis proved to be a great addition for the Mets last season, hitting .307 with 22 home runs, boasting a .913 OPS against lefties. 

But we've got to talk about this cookie situation. 

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On Episode 4 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, the duo talk about their baseball heroes and some of their favorite teams growing up. Plus, J.D. gives a tutorial on how he likes to eat his cookies... with a spoon ...

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New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in action at the plate at Dolphin Stadium during the 2002 season. (RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza in action at the plate at Dolphin Stadium during the 2002 season. (RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports)

The consensus among Mets players is that the black uniforms the team wore from 1998 to 2011 are awesome. And those on the current roster -- including Pete Alonso and Marcus Stroman -- have been pushing for the team to bring them back.

Alonso renewed that call on Saturday night.

"The black unis are the dopest! No cap. It would be a mentality and attitude," Alonso tweeted in response to a graphic of him in the black uniform. "The orange and blue accents are like the city lights in the night sky. So many Mets greats wore the black. My only question is: why not?"

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Jeff McNeil, an offensive machine during the 2019 season, didn't really slump -- as he not so subtly pointed out Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. But there was one time where he was in need of help. And one of his teammates delivered -- literally.

"When he was in a slump, he was like 0-for-5 or 0-for-6 in a game, and the only way to bring happy squirrel back was Dom (Smith) running inside and getting him a hot dog mid-game," J.D. Davis said. "And then him virtually going up the very next at-bat and getting a hit. And he was still pissed off."

"The hot dog thing is true," a smiling McNeil announced while interrupting Davis' story. "I got a hot dog mid-game."

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With the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets have been trying to stay ready as they wait for information regarding a potential start date.

Dominic Smith has been taking try hacks and running with J.D. Davis in a hotel parking lot.

Edwin Diaz has been staying ready while pitching in an empty ballpark.

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On Episode 3 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, fellow club member Jeff McNeil joins the show, and big secrets are revealed!

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There's more that was discussed in the latest edition of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, where J.D. Davis, Dom Smith and SNY's Steve Gelbs also brought up Marcus Stroman. Does Dom really believe he has a stronger core than the man that said he has the strongest one in the league? 

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club, Steve Gelbs was joined by Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis to discuss a number of issues, including one that relates to the team's wardrobe. 

Yes, the Mets' black uniforms are very polarizing. You either love them or you hate them, and there seems to be no middle ground. 

But a good number of people want to see the black jerseys brought back, and it sounds like Smith and Davis are 100 percent on board. 

"I mean, the old-school black, that's obvious, like that should already be in the rotation," said Smith. "I say we need to bring back maybe the Los Mets ones, the all-orange. I like the orange unis, those were pretty sick, or even the old school 1986 team, the pinstripes, I mean I like that one too. We need a rotation of like five unis so we can swag out. We need the orange. I even like the camo every Sunday for military appreciation night. We gotta swag it out!"

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, the guys share their favorite 2019 moments and review Pete Alonso's dancing...

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Wilson Ramos and his brother, Efren -- a pitcher in the Mets' organization -- had a bullpen session of sorts with one another on Tuesday. Ramos captioned the video "we keep fit and just waiting for the call."

Unlike teammate Dominic Smith, who caught a Marcus Stroman street bullpen session barefoot and without a mask, Ramos looked to have both cleats and a mask on as he caught his brother.

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While staying within the social distancing guidelines -- 60 feet, six inches apart, to be exact -- Mets right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman and outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith prepared for the season together on Monday.

In the street in Florida, Stroman pitched to Smith, who was sans shoes and not wearing a mask.

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As J.D. DavisDominic Smith and the rest of the Mets practice social distancing, J.D. and Dom joined SNY's Steve Gelbs on a weekly show right here.  

On the debut episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, the guys talked about the origins of their Cookie Club, what they're doing to keep busy, and poked some fun at Pete Alonso.

The guys also talked about what they're doing to stay in baseball shape with much of Florida on lockdown, and there being no timeframe yet for when the season will start.

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On the debut of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom, SNY's Steve Gelbs talks to J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith about being home, cookies, and Pete Alonso.

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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Baseball isn't just about statistics, home run totals, and wins and losses. It's also about emotions, thrills, chills and personal stories that we can invest in.

Thankfully, the Mets are never short on stories and bizarre moments worth dissecting.

That said, here are five storylines I hope to see in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith walks between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith walks between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

J.D. Davis, Luis Guillorme, Robert Gsellman, and Dominic Smith are all quickly approaching a make-or-break point in their respective careers. And, though they have not yet hit the typical age considered to be a player's 'prime years,' their clocks are ticking given their ages and contract status.

If they were each a public traded company, would I be buying them, selling or holding?

1) Dominic Smith >> BUY

When first promoted to the Mets during the summer of 2017, Smith was considered their second-best prospect and the top first base prospect in baseball.

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

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Unfortunately, It feels like it could be a long time before we'll have actual baseball to talk about again. 

So with that in mind, though the potential coronavirus ramifications have more real-world importance, I'm going to offer one last look at the optimism I felt oozing from Mets' camp before the interruption.

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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

How does Michael Conforto's oblique injury impact any potential contract talks with the Mets? MLB agents and execs weighed in on that topic, as well as whether or not the Mets should bring in another outfielder. Plus, a look around the NL East, and more ...


Financial impact of Conforto's oblique

Michael Conforto's recent oblique injury certainly puts the Mets in a difficult position when looking at their early-season roster. Additionally, according to one agent and a rival team executive, it also could jeopardize the chance of the Mets making a lucrative contract extension offer. 

Extrapolated across a full season's worth of games, Conforto's production through 109 games in 2017 fueled hope he was turning a corner and capable of soon producing a 6.0 WAR season (if not more). He then took a dip, down to the mid 3's, and slightly improved from 2018 to 2019, playing at least 150 games in each season. 

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Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom made his second start of spring training Wednesday, headlining the Mets' 7-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Five days removed from his latest simulated game last Friday, he fired four near-perfect innings, striking out three with one run on one hit -- a solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the top of the fourth inning.

Following up on his March 1 debut in the Mets' 3-1 victory against the Washington Nationals, when he threw three shutout frames with two strikeouts and one hit.

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Injured Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose status for Opening Day on March 26 is very much in doubt, spoke on Wednesday at spring training about his status.

Conforto, who suffered a grade 1 oblique strain on Saturday when he twisted his body to make a catch in right field while shielding his eyes from the sun, said that while there's currently no timetable for his return, he already feels better. 

"Definitely feel better than a couple of days ago," Conforto said. "My symptoms weren't all that crazy. After a couple of days of treatment, I felt quite a bit better. So right now I feel pretty good."

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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

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A scenario where the middle of the Mets' lineup does not feature Michael Conforto is not one the team wants to think about, but it's one they're possibly facing now that Conforto's status is in doubt due to a side injury he suffered on Saturday.

Conforto, who has returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie, will hope for good news. But even if the news is good, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day (on March 26) and beyond could be in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mets, Conforto is the only key player who is currently dealing with a new injury. And unless his absence is months-long, they should be able to withstand it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


Michael Conforto is returning to New York to meet with the Mets' medical director after tweaking his side on Saturday >> Read more

Major League Baseball is among four leagues that will be closing their clubhouses to media due to the coronavirus >> Read more

Seth Lugo made his spring training debut >> Read more

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Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)

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If Dominic Smith were to be completely honest, he might say that he was hoping to get traded over the winter. 

After all, even after something of a breakthrough season with the bat in 2019, his playing time is blocked every which way as a Met, with Pete Alonso at first base and a crowded outfield that might once again include Yoenis Cespedes

But Smith offered no hint of any such desire when I spoke to him last week in Port St. Lucie, and good for him for trying to make the best of what could be a frustrating situation. 

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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Jacob deGrom established the terms of engagement with the very first pitch of his afternoon on Field 7 at Mets' spring training complex, an informal setting to be sure. 

Friendly fire with teammates at the plate? To deGrom there's no such thing.

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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The Mets and Cardinals finished in a 7-7 tie on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was dominant, tossing 3.0 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out four as he lowered his spring training ERA to 1.50.

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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello gets his third start of spring training as the Mets take on the Cardinals for the second-straight day, this time on the road in Jupiter, Fla. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday, as Marcus Stroman threw 3.0 scoreless innings and Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano will start as the middle infielders, with Dominic Smith playing first base and Luis Guillorme at third base. Pete Alonso will be the DH after going 1-for-3 on Wednesday.

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Mets spring training brought some different buzz Wednesday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where New York's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals came with an all-access broadcast by ESPN.

Players wore earpieces during the game and communicated with the ESPN broadcast crew up in the booth, providing an in-depth perspective into a professional game as the action unfolded.

With the Mets, there were light moments -- a lot of them -- too. Below is a sampling of the Mets' all-access ESPN broadcast.

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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Live from first base, it's Pete Alonso

And won't this be entertaining. On a day when ESPN mic'd up Mets' players for its telecast of the Cardinals-Mets game, Alonso announced that he has agreed to let MLB Network put a microphone at first base at Citi Field to capture some of his conversations with opponents. 

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