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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

After two years at the helm, Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties as Mets manager on Thursday. After making the decision, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked about the managerial search and much more...


Van Wagenen discussed the decision to move on from Callaway and said the team already has an "expansive" list of potential replacements that they'll begin reaching out to in the coming days >> Read more

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon talked about the Mets' unfulfilling season, saying "It hurts watching those games on TV right now" >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After the Mets announced on Thursday that the team had relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed the move and answered questions on a conference call with media.

Van Wagenen gave some insight on the team's trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3, 2018.

"From my standpoint on the Diaz and the Cano trade, I would say first off that every move that we made last off-season and hopefully every move we'll make going forward is rooted in wanting to win in this current season, and wanting to continue to win in subsequent seasons," Van Wagenen said.

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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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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating 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 third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard's name was out there in trade rumors last offseason and again this past season, and Edwin Diaz joined him in the rumor mill during the summer. But don't expect their names to be out there this winter.

Speaking Thursday after discussing the decision to move on from manager Mickey Callaway, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- unprompted -- all but guaranteed that Syndergaard and Diaz will be on the Mets when the 2020 season begins. 

"I know it hasn't been asked necessarily, but there's been speculation that we would be trading some of the players off of our roster," Van Wagenen said. "Two in particular that were talked heavily about at the trade deadline I presume we'll be asked about here in the offseason. But before all those questions come I think this group should be aware that Edwin Diaz is gonna be on our team next year. That's our full expectation. And Noah Syndergaard is gonna be on our team next year."

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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

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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

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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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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Mets (83-76, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) start their final series of the season with the Braves (97-62, 7.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night, despite Zack Wheeler throwing seven scoreless innings. The righty had a rough eighth inning, allowing three runs on two home runs. Wheeler even helped his own cause, driving in an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Marlins extended their lead to 4-2 in the ninth inning after Edwin Diaz gave up another home run... it's the 15th homer that Diaz has allowed in the ninth inning this season. Robinson Cano exited the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand, as he avoided injury, but is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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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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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the Marlins up 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, relief pitcher Edwin Diaz entered the game for the Mets, hoping to hold the Marlins lead to just one run.

Instead, Diaz gave up his 15th ninth inning home run of the season. It's the most home runs allowed by a Mets pitcher in the ninth inning in a single season, and matches the total number of home runs that Diaz has allowed in the previous two seasons combined.

After the game, manager Mickey Callaway spoke on the former All-Star closer's struggles this season.

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Mets lose 4-2 to Marlins 00:01:21
The New York Mets took a late lead in the 7th inning but the Marlins answered with 3 runs in the 8th to eventually win 4-2

The Mets struggled to get much going on offense, losing 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) In what could be his final appearance as member of the Mets, Zack Wheeler pitched one of his best games of the season. The righty allowed three earned runs on just five hits, while striking out 10 batters. Wheeler had allowed just two hits heading into the eighth inning, but gave up two home runs, including a two-run blast from Tyler Heineman -- the first of his career. The other homer was hit by former Met, Curtis Granderson (12). Wheeler hadn't given up a home run since Aug. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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While the Mets' 2019 season wound up with them missing the playoffs, the emergence of a young core of offensive players meant all was not lost amidst the wreckage of the bullpen carnage that was the main reason the team will be sitting home in October.

The emergence of that core will mean some good problems regarding playing time in 2020. And the struggles of the bullpen will mean some tough decisions regarding how to fix it.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard had another mediocre outing, but the Mets -- with Michael Conforto blasting a pair of two-run homers -- rallied from a 4-0 deficit before a literal walk-off in the 11th inning >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Diaz 1 on 1 with Gelbs 00:03:16
New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz opens up about his struggles this season and how his teammates kept supporting him.

The 2019 regular season has not been kind to Edwin Diaz.

The 25-year-old righty went from the MLB's best in 2018 with the Seattle Mariners to a liability for most of his first year in New York, battling through ups and downs as he assumed the Mets' closer role.

Despite a 2-7 record and 5.59 ERA in 56.1 innings over 64 games on the season, Diaz has bounced back recently and hopes to parlay his late-September success into a comeback campaign for 2020.

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Mets win final road game of year 00:01:22
Callaway, Stroman, Conforto and Alonso on Stroman battling thru illness, Conforto's HR and the Mets attitude heading into the final week

RHP Marcus Storman battled into his way into the fifth inning before he exited Sunday's game early, leaving the final four-plus frames in the hands of the bullpen and putting the Mets' series finale in jeopardy.

The four Mets relievers, however, collectively answered the call for Stroman and manager Mickey Callaway.

With insurance home runs on solo shots from OFs J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo, the Mets kept control of the lead established off the offense's four-run first inning and recorded the 6-3 win to secure the three-game set against the Reds (73-83).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Mets power past Reds 00:01:21
Michael Conforto ripped a 3-run HR while J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo added solo shots as the Mets topped the Reds 6-3

Michael Conforto's three-run home run came early and made the difference in the game, as the Mets defeated the Reds by a final score of 6-3 on Sunday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets did the majority of their damage in the first inning of Sunday's game and it proved to be enough offensive firepower for the victory. Robinson Cano knocked in Pete Alonso with an RBI double before Conforto delievered the game's big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Conforto blasted a Trevor Bauer fastball deep into the seats in right for his 31st home run of the year.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Rockies pound Mets 00:01:05
The Mets postseason hopes continued to fade as the Rockies scored 6 runs in the 4th inning and cruised to a 9-4 win

The Mets started their six-game road trip on the wrong foot Monday at Coors Field in Denver, where they dropped the opener of a three-game series with their 9-4 loss to the Rockies (66-85). >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets provided the run support early, highlighted by home runs from CF Brandon Nimmo and 3B Jeff McNeil in the first half of the game. Nimmo set the tone in the top of the first inning, going with an opposite-field solo shot to left and putting the Mets on the board. Two frames later in the top of the third inning, McNeil hit his 21st homer on the season when he ripped a deep fly ball down the right-field line, sneaking inside the foul pole and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game 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 manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The most important inning of the Mets season began and ended with strategic intrigue -- hardly unusual for the Mickey Callaway era, which has been marked by curious managerial moves.

In this case, however, the primary issue -- whether Callaway should have allowed Zack Wheeler to begin the eighth -- is shaded by nuance.

Wheeler had pitched the game of his life, grinding his way out of tense situations in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, he struck out MVP candidate Cody Bellinger with a runner on second and two outs. In the seventh, he stranded two runners by striking out Matt Beaty with his 97th pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)
Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)

Former Mets prospect Justin Dunn struggled badly in his first major league start for the Mariners on Thursday night, failing to get out of the first inning while throwing far more balls than strikes.

Dunn opened the game by walking the bases loaded, with many of the pitches nowhere near the strike zone. After allowing a sacrifice fly, he walked the next two batters before allowing a second sacrifice fly and walking one more batter. He was then removed from the game. 

Overall, Dunn allowed two runs on no hits while walking five and striking out none in 2/3 of an inning. He threw 37 pitches (24 balls and 13 strikes).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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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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Frazier on his recent usage 00:01:41
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier came up big in the Mets 3-2 win over the D-Backs but understands his platoon with J.D. Davis.

The Mets bullpen struggles have been well documented this season. The team came into Tuesday's game against Arizona with 26 blown saves, the second most in the NL.

But on Tuesday night, with a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Justin Wilson for a four-out save, something the lefty had not done all season long.

Callaway's decision paid off, as Wilson, despite not being at the top of his game, was able to pin down the final four outs in the Mets' 3-2 win over the D-backs.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso
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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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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The number that matters most to the Mets' slim Wild Card dreams is, of course, four. That's how many games they are behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot at the start of play Tuesday.

It's also how many teams they have to pass if they're going to make the postseason. In addition to the Cubs, the Brewers, Diamondbacks and Phillies are ahead of them.

Daunting? Yep. FanGraphs says their playoff odds are 8.6 percent. That's not great, but it's not Elimination-ville, either. Maybe if the Mets can wrangle some of the following numbers their way, they've got a shot.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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What's the future for Familia? 00:00:37
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the offseason options for the Mets and the struggling Jeurys Familia.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino return with an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the guys dig deep into some pitching problems. Doug and Andy explore the possible offseason options the Mets may have with Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia, and they break down some numbers surrounding Marcus Stroman in New York so far - and what those numbers may mean for Stroman and the Mets heading into 2020.

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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

Former Mets prospect Anthony Kay (traded in the Marcus Stroman deal) made his major league debut for the Blue Jays this past weekend, and it looks like another former Mets prospect will be called up in a matter of days.

Justin Dunn, who was traded along with Jarred Kelenic and others to the Mariners in the Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano trade, is expected to be called up, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.

Dunn spent the entire minor league season with Double-A Arkansas, posting a 3.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 158 strikeouts in 131.2 innings (25 starts).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies 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 first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game home series with the Philadelphia Phillies (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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


RHP Edwin Diaz blew another save in the top of the ninth inning, but the Mets rallied back in the bottom half and walked off for the 5-4 win on 1B Pete Alonso's bases-loaded walk >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Thomas Szapucki, Todd Frazier
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Mets talk resiliency after win 00:01:40
After Pete Alonso walked off in the ninth, the Mets had a clear message of resiliency and the clear sense of the urgency to win.

The Mets walked off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday, but perhaps the biggest storyline from the game was the latest entry into Edwin Diaz's disastrous first season in New York.

With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Mets rallied to put two runs on the board. The first came on an RBI single by Pete Alonso, giving the Mets a one-run lead. Wilson Ramos then followed up with an RBI single of his own, making it a 4-2 game.

With a two-run lead, Mickey Callaway elected to turn the ball over to Edwin Diaz in a high-leverage situation. 

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Alonso walks off in ninth 00:01:32
Edwin Diaz blew another save but Pete Alonso played hero, walking it off in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.

The Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but they managed to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

1) With a 4-2 lead in the ninth, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Edwin Diaz. After striking out Logan Morrison, Diaz allowed a single to Jean Segura, and then the big blow, a two-run home run by JT Realmuto on a hanging slider. Diaz's nightmare of a first season with the Mets continued on Friday night, as he allowed two more earned runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.88 and recording his seventh blown save. Diaz has now allowed 14 ninth-inning home runs this season, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2014 Brewers) for the most in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

2) In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied to load the bases with two outs, setting the stage once again for Pete Alonso. With a 3-2 count, Alonso laid off of a high breaking ball from Nick Vincent, forcing in the winning run on a walk-off walk.

3) In the bottom of the third inning, Todd Frazier led off with a looping single up the middle, just out of the reach of Cesar Hernandez. It was the 1,000th hit of Frazier's big-league career. Frazier moved to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a Jeff McNeil RBI single, putting the Mets up 1-0. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (71-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) were off on Thursday and will open a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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


Jed Lowrie continued his rehab assignment with Brooklyn in the playoffs, hitting a home run and speaking after the game about his season-long injury woes >> Read more

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Five weeks ago I was convinced that selling low on Edwin Diaz at the trade deadline would have been a mistake for the Mets, largely because the year-to-year volatility of relievers suggested that he could have a big bounce-back season in 2020.

However, I think there's a point where the scar tissue from big-stage failure supersedes more measurable factors, and that seems to apply to Diaz at this point, after his rock-bottom moment in Tuesday night's unfathomable loss to the Nationals.

Clearly he's not fixed, no matter what the Mets had been saying, mostly because he has zero command of his fastball, and that's not going to change over the final few weeks of this season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, John Harper
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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

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


For the first time in franchise history, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead of six runs or more. Entering the bottom of the ninth leading 10-4, Paul Sewald lit the game on fire and Edwin Diaz couldn't put it out as New York lost, 11-10 >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mickey on late game moves 00:01:40
Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains what went wrong during a tough 8th inning on Sunday night, as the Mets fell to the Phillies, 5-2.

Marcus Stroman pitched into the seventh inning in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, giving up two runs on seven hits, good for his first quality start in a Mets uniform. Despite his struggles on paper, the Long Island native insists this start wasn't all that much different than his previous five.

"I've felt pretty good since I've been here," Stroman said. "It's just a matter of making key pitches in big moments. In previous starts, I haven't made key pitches and I've let it get away from me."

"But I feel great. It's just a matter of battling and adjusting to hitters and being better when it counts." 

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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after they both scored in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after they both scored in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

By now, we know the 2019 Mets are nothing if not unpredictable.

So it's still possible, even after their six-game losing streak stalled much of their August momentum, that September will prove memorable for them.

But even if they fail to make another charge, it seems there is always drama around this team.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jose Reyes, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after they both scored in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after they both scored in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

By now, we know the 2019 Mets are nothing if not unpredictable.

So it's still possible, even after their six-game losing streak stalled much of their August momentum, that September will prove memorable for them.

But even if they fail to make another charge, it seems there is always drama around this team.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jose Reyes, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Mets beat Phillies 11-5 00:01:38
New York Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier come up big in the 8th inning to secure the Mets a 11-5 victory against the Phillies.

The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  In the top of the eighth inning, the Mets loaded the bases off of Phillies reliever Mike Morin, and Amed Rosario delivered in the clutch. His single up the middle to score two runs, putting the Mets up 3-1. After a pitching change, Todd Frazier hit a line-drive three run shot over the wall in left field, extending the Mets' lead to 6-1. The five-run outburst from the Mets broke a previously tied game wide open.

Then in the ninth, Michael Conforto blasted a two-run shot to right field, giving the Mets an 8-1 lead. After getting a couple of more runners on base, Frazier slammed his second three-run shot in as many innings, making it 10 runs for the Mets in the final two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

The Mets (67-66, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) lost to the Cubs on Thursday night as they fell for the sixth-straight time and dropped even further back in the Wild Card race. They open a three-game series with the Phillies on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. on SNY at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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


Jacob deGrom was dominant on Thursday night -- retiring 18 of the first 19 batters he faced -- but two soft hits and a homer from Victor Caratini in the seventh inning did the Mets in >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (67-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) try to stop their five-game losing streak and series sweep when they face the Cubs (71-61, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 2.0 GA for second Wild Card) Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost four straight games at home for the first time all year and the first time overall since their seven-game skid June 23-29. Despite the losing streak, the Mets have won 14 of their last 19 home games. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 21-9 in their last 30 games. As of late, the bullpen is improved -- Mets relievers have combined for a 2.33 ERA with 10 earned runs over 38.2 innings, striking out 51 while walking 26 and allowing 26 hits -- most recently with Wednesday's 6.0 shutout frames against the Cubs. At the plate, Wilson Ramos continues to ride a career-best hitting streak of 21 games -- the longest active streak in baseball -- hitting three home runs and 15 RBI while slashing .425/.452/.575 during the stretch since Aug. 3's 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the season, the catcher has 13 home runs, 64 RBI and a slash line of .290/.354/.417.

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

Edwin Diaz is a two-pitch pitcher who has been operating without his quality slider for the majority of this season. With some help from Jacob deGrom, though, it seems like Diaz might be getting his slider back.

Mets pitching coach Phil Regan said last week that Diaz was close to rediscovering his slider, and manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's outing that it was the best he had ever seen Diaz -- adding that he is now using deGrom's slider grip.

Diaz struck out the side during his appearance Wednesday night, getting Jason Heyward, Nicholas Castellanos, and Kris Bryant all swinging.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (67-62, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) complete their series with the Braves on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX.

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


The Mets fell to the Braves for the second straight night, losing 9-5 on their home turf. This came after a tough 14-inning loss on Friday night, one the Mets could have won at multiple times. >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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The Mets were down and out against the Braves on Saturday and then down went Edwin Diaz

After allowing a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the ninth inning to bring the score to 8-5, Diaz struck out Josh Donaldson and walked Charlie Culberson. Then his night came to an end with what he described as "trap tightness" near his neck.

Despite leaving the game, Diaz said following the 9-5 loss that he doesn't anticipate missing any time and suggested he's OK. 

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Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)
Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)

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When Steven Matz noticed Mickey Callaway striding towards him with two on and one out in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, the lefty shook his head and cursed. His reaction was a reasonable one: The last time Callaway removed Matz from a tight game, Seth Lugo blew a lead against the Braves.

This time, of course, proved to be different. Lefty Justin Wilson pounded his cutter in on switch hitter Francisco Lindor, who was batting right-handed, and Oscar Mercado -- another righty. He struck out both.

Wilson has lately proven to be a strong offseason signing by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- and a major part of the team's surprising bullpen resurgence. While still shaky in spots, the Mets' pen has progressed from terrifying to stable. Or at least stable-ish. However one chooses to describe it, the facts show tangible improvements since June.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Royals beat Mets 4-1 00:01:23
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was the only batter to drive in a run in the Mets 4-1 loss to Kansas City.

The Mets fell to the Royals 4-1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was magnificent through the first four innings. He ran into trouble quickly in the fifth, allowing a single and then back-to-back double by Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez. Two runs scored in the fifth, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Syndergaard got into another jam in the sixth, but with tow runners on, he struck out Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat. Syndergaard went six innings, allowing just two earned on five hits. He had gone at least seven innings in each of his prior six starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets beat Braves 10-8 00:01:38
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Pete Alonso combine for 10 hits as the Mets beat the Braves 10-8.

The Mets escaped Atlanta with a 10-8 series finale over the win thanks to an early offensive outburst. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario led an early offensive outburst for the Mets, as New York scored three runs in the first two innings. In the first, Rosario doubled and Joe Panik singled, which helped the Mets cash in three runs on Alonso's 39th home run. In the next inning, Rosario tripled after Ronald Acuna missed a liner with a dive. That scored Marcus Stroman and then Wilson Ramos plated two more runs with a single to right field later in the second. 

In total, both Alonso and Rosario had five hits and Alonso tallied six RBI. 

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

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

Matz had thrown just 79 pitches

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

The National League Wild Card race is exactly how it is described: wild.

The Nationals and Cardinals continue to cling to the top of the standings. However, entering play today, five teams are within five games of the final postseason spot.

There are roughly 47 days and 40 or so games left in the season, depending on each team's respective schedule. Here is a breakdown of their chances, strengths, and weaknesses...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Braves on the road with Zack Wheeler getting the start. 

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


Entering this new series, Mickey Callaway has a decision to make with his bullpen. Edwin Diaz isn't helping matters as he continues to struggle, but Matt Cerrone believes Callaway couldl deploy his pen in this manner to maximize its current strengths. >> Read more

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The time is quickly approaching for Mickey Callaway to lock in on roles for his relievers.

By taking two of three this past weekend from the Nationals, the Mets proved they are more than just a team that can make up ground by beating on teams below .500. And at just one game back of Washington for the final Wild Card spot and 44 games left in the season, most of which will be against other teams in contention, Callaway can't risk his bullpen reverting to what it was before July.

Sadly, had the bullpen performed just average -- instead of losing an NL-worst 17 games the first three months of the season -- they would likely be leading the Wild Card and a just few games behind the NL East-leading Braves.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With speculation ramping up that the Mets could or should option beleaguered reliever Edwin Diaz to the minor leagues, the team remains committed to working with Diaz with the big club, and does not intend to send him down at this time.

Diaz, the best closer in baseball last year, has effectively lost that job with the Mets. Mickey Callaway has been using Seth Lugo in higher-leverage spots.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Andy Martino
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The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off on Monday, as they hit the road for Atlanta to face the NL East-leading Braves on Tuesday to kick off a three-game series. 

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


The Mets fought their way back, but it wasn't enough as the Nationals ended their eight-game win streak in a 7-4 loss at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.  >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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