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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

There are still many potential roadblocks ahead and an air of uncertainty about the 2020 MLB season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the blueprint for what it could look like has reportedly come together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league will have a call with the owners on Monday. And if the proposal the league has outlined for the 2020 season gets approval from the owners, it will be presented to the players on Tuesday.

The bullets:

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who has been preparing for the 2020 MLB season while at home in Puerto Rico, continued to get ready on Thursday, throwing to live batters.

Diaz flashed a fastball that reached 97 mph and a slider at 91 mph.

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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Though his strikeout numbers were still elite and he flashed unhittable stuff at times, Mets reliever Edwin Diaz had a nightmarish first season in Queens as his location betrayed him far too often as he gave up 15 home runs and posted a 5.59 ERA.

Part of what ailed Diaz in 2019 was his inability to harness his slider, but his fastball also found way too much plate. And new Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is working on fixing both of those issues after diagnosing the problems.

"Edwin got in trouble with a little bit of arm-side run to his fastball and it ended up finding a few more barrels than he was used to in his career," Hefner said Wednesday night during an appearance on Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition. "And so that's all we've been trying to do is straighten out his fastball so he can get it to his glove side more consistently. There's a grip adjustment in there, there's an intent adjustment in there, and there's also some physical, mechanical adjustments in there as well."

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@Mikempo926: Will the Mets sign Millie Betts?

I freakin love the exact wording of this question.

@Verd25: How are you still a beat reporter?

I'm not.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@Mikempo926: Will the Mets sign Millie Betts?

I freakin love the exact wording of this question.

@Verd25: How are you still a beat reporter?

I'm not.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are well-positioned to contend in 2020 and beyond, with a young core of high-upside offensive players and a starting rotation built around the best pitcher in baseball.

In 2021, though, things get interesting with Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and Steven Matz among the expected free agents and the expectation that a new ownership group will already be in place and looking to put their stamp on the franchise.

Meanwhile, New York also did a solid job building their farm system back up to a middle of the pack one that has a handful of legitimate blue chip pieces at the top that should be ready around 2022-23.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Mark Vientos, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen's first big move as Mets general manager was orchestrating a trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets. Both had their share of struggles in 2019, though. 

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Maria Marino discuss which player the Mets will need a better 2020 season from ...

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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who is hoping to bounce back in 2020 if/when the season gets underway, is staying ready with MLB on hold indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Diaz's biggest bugaboo in 2019 was his slider -- specifically his inability to harness it, with the pitch often hanging in the fat part of the strike zone and getting smoked.

The slider was something Diaz was working on during spring training, with the pitch coming in at the bottom of the zone most often during games. And the one he broke off on Saturday looked nasty. Click below to watch...

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The Baseball Night in New York crew is in the comfort of their own living rooms, but they are still talking about Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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The Baseball Night in New York crew being in the comfort of their own living rooms doesn't mean it's not a good time to go through The Lineup Card.

The panel goes through questions about the Mets' bullpen, talks video games, predicts the AL East standings, and much more...

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In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Marc Malusis explains why he thinks the best is yet to come for Edwin Diaz in a Mets uniform, why Gary Sanchez is the Yankees' x-factor, and who his favorite moose of all time is ...

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season on hold indefinitely, Noah Syndergaard, the Mets, and their fans received news Tuesday that put a huge dent in their 2020 hopes -- and maybe their 2021 hopes as well.

Syndergaard, who had up to this point avoided a serious arm injury despite being one of the hardest throwers in the game, needs Tommy John surgery.

That surgery, which means the loss of Syndergaard for at least the entire 2020 season, will send ripple effects up and down the Mets' roster in 2020 and beyond and could have a huge impact on Syndergaard's personal future and his future with the Mets.

Tags: David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso each had exceptional seasons in 2019. And yet, despite their incredible performances, the Mets at 86-76 still missed the postseason by three games.

In addition to deGrom and Alonso continuing to be awesome, I see success for the Mets in 2020 hinging on the performance of the following five players...


Amed Rosario

He struggled so much to begin 2019 that there was a question in June about whether Rosario should moved to the outfield or even be sent back to Triple-A. Then, seemingly overnight, he got himself stable and performing well in the field, he started swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone, and swinging at more pitches in it. He started making better contact, getting on base more, the Mets started winning, and his entire season turned around.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We're all thinking it, so let's discuss: the Mets bullpen blew the 2019 season for them, right? There are woulda-coulda-shouldas dotted all over their schedule -- moments where if they had gotten competent relief, October dreams might've had a chance. 

Overall, Mets relievers had a 4.99 ERA, the worst in team history. Worst! That means even the 1962 Mets, a team that went 40-120, had a lower mark (4.76). Yeah, it was a different offensive era, but we're using that comparison as a statistical jump-scare of sorts, to really bring home the terror the '19 bullpen brought.

With such room for improvement, it's clear the Mets relievers will have a massive impact on the high hopes for 2020, too -- perhaps even more so than a much-scrutinized stat such as Pete Alonso's homer total. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Anthony McCarron
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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

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

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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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)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

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Mets manager Luis Rojas
Mets manager Luis Rojas

In the past week I was sent many of the same questions, so I rolled them together with the following four responses.... Let's Go Mets!!


If a trade is on the table, would you trade Steven Matz for Miguel Andujar?

No. I realize the Mets have a multitude of starting pitchers, specifically Matz and Michael Wacha, both of whom believe they're worthy of the rotation instead of the bullpen.

However, as the old saying goes, you can never have enough pitching. And, this is especially true for a team that intends to rely heavily on their rotation and the hope of a significantly-better bullpen.

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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.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

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


Michael Conforto explained why he feels he can make a Christian Yelich-like jump to superstardom >> Read more

Brodie Van Wagenen gave an update on Jed Lowrie, who is still not close to returning to game action >> Read more

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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Mets reliever Seth Lugo is about to cross the final hurdle in his return from a fractured pinky toe.

Lugo, who has yet to appear in a game at spring training, will throw a simulated game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie as most of the team travels to face the Cardinals, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

According to Puma, Lugo was given the option of traveling with the team and pitching in Thursday's game against St. Louis or throwing a sim game in Port St. Lucie, and opted for the sim game.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The pressure is on Edwin Diaz this season - and he knows it.

Diaz posted a 5.59 ERA just one season after winning the AL Reliever of the Year with the Seattle Mariners, and then being traded to the Mets, along with Robinson Cano.

While appearing Wednesday on WFAN's "Moose & Maggie," Diaz spoke about the pressure he faces entering this season, and what he has done in the offseason to make sure this season is not a repeat of last.

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets and was dominant, striking out the side in the second inning while tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. Overall, he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four. He has a 2.70 ERA so far in spring training.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets' farm system took hits last offseason and again during the 2019 season when a bunch of highly-rated prospects were traded away in deals for immediate fixes. But their farm system entering the 2020 season is in solid shape, according to Keith Law of The Athletic.

Law, whose rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems were released on Monday, ranked the Mets No. 16 overall, noting that despite the trades of so many of their top prospects, the Mets' recent drafts and international signings (with many of those signings producing right away after coming stateside) have kept them afloat.

"I can understand Met fans' concerns that their elite prospects will be traded for short-term help in the majors, but there's enough in the second tier of guys - after Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez and the 2019 draftees - to help patch the roster in July as needed," Law writes.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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The Mets took down the defending champion Nationals, 3-1, in a split-squad spring training matchup in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. >> Box Score

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

1) Jacob deGrom picked up right where he left off last year, tossing three scoreless innings in his spring debut. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit and punched out two batters in 33 pitches. He retired the first four batters he faced in just eight pitches. The only hit he allowed was a single to Andrew Stevenson.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


After a few days of cardiac-related screenings, Brandon Nimmo has been cleared to resume baseball activities >> Read more

Rick Porcello tossed two scoreless innings as a Mets team of mostly minor leaguers lost to the Marlins on Thursday >> Read more

The Mets have reportedly checked in on veteran free agent catcher Russell Martin >> Read more

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The Mets got a clean pair of innings from Rick Porcello before ultimately falling to the Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

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

1) After pitching just one inning in his spring training debut, Rick Porcello pitched two scoreless innings on Thursday. After striking out Brian Anderson for the second out in the first inning, Porcello allowed back-to-back singles to Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar, but he was able to get Garrett Cooper to ground into a force play to end the inning. Porcello then pitched a perfect second inning, forcing two ground-outs and striking out Ryan Lavarnway to end the inning. 

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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz
Mets reliever Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It can be hard when watching meaningless baseball to not react strongly to a good or bad performance. Despite the outcome of the game meaning nothing and the fact that the players involved in that meaningless game are working on things, stifling fandom and not overreacting one way or the other is not natural.

That takes us to Edwin Diaz and what went down on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

Diaz, fresh off a disastrous 2019 season, made his spring training debut and the results of his one inning mirrored the innings he turned in on many occasions last season.

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


The Mets got good news on injured J.D. Davis after the MRI on his shoulder revealed no new structural damage >> Read more

Edwin Diaz reacted after his uneven debut, saying he was "a little bit anxious" >> Read more

After his spring training debut, Noah Syndergaard spoke about the connection he had with Wilson Ramos >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Tim Tebow, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets got a good start from Noah Syndergaard, but a shaky Edwin Diaz outing ultimately led to a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Port. St. Lucie. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had exactly the kind of performance Mets fans were hoping to see. After an up-and-down 2019 campaign, Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his 2020 spring debut. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters, showcasing that nasty slider that seemed to avoid him for large stretches of last season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Edwin Diaz had an uneven spring training debut, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking none in his only inning of work while also flashing a swing-and-miss slider and hitting 98 mph with his fastball.

"I felt good out there," Diaz said after the game through the Mets' translator. "A little bit anxious because it was the first time being out there in a real game and facing real batters. But other than that I felt really good."

After allowing a ground ball single and run-scoring double to Aledmys Diaz to start his outing, Diaz struck out Kyle Tucker swinging with a down-and-in slider before inducing a fly out to right field. Diaz then allowed a run-scoring double down the line before ending his outing by getting a soft ground ball back to the mound.

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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)

Noah Syndergaard gets the ball for the first time this spring, as the Mets host the Astros at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on SNY Wednesday. 

Mets notes

After Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz is lined up to be one of the pitchers to go for the Mets. Justin Wilson will also get the ball, along with Tyler Bashlor

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Mets' Seth Lugo (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Seth Lugo (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

All eyes may be on Edwin Diaz in spring training, as a return to dominance by the young closer is widely considered crucial to the Mets' hopes of winning the NL East. But is he really the key to bullpen success in 2020? 

Or is it Seth Lugo?

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Jeurys Familia put all his offseason work to the test on Sunday, when he made his spring training debut against the Cardinals in the Mets' 3-3 tie in Port St. Lucie. 

Familia got the first two hitters he faced out, and after allowing a single and a walk, he got out of his one inning on the mound without allowing a run. Overall, it was a solid start to his spring, especially with his splitter looking to have that sharp bite back. 

"I was excited to be out there," he said through team translator Alan Surriel after his performance. "It's been awhile since I've been on a mound actually pitching in real game action, to be able to go out there and to throw and to see the results of my hard work this offseason. It felt good."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets kicking off their spring training schedule on Saturday when they open Grapefruit League play with split squad games against the Marlins and Cardinals, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter.

While it will be fun to see Pete Alonso taking his hacks against another team's pitcher and Jacob deGrom's glare 60 feet, six inches away, it's important to enjoy these games for what they are: fun distractions on the march to the first game that actually matters, when the Mets host the Nationals on Opening Day on March 26 at Citi Field.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training
Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training

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


Yoenis Cespedes tracked fly balls with the rest of the outfielders as he continued to progress toward a return >> Read more

Seth Lugo talked about his injured toe and updated his timeline >> Read more

J.D. Davis will take 50 percent of his spring training reps at third base, where he is most comfortable >> Read more

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Mets manager Luis Rojas was not ready Jan. 25 to definitively say RHP Edwin Diaz would be the team's closer, but the fifth-year reliever is preparing for whatever comes his way in 2020.

Ahead of Year 2 in New York after what was a disappointing 2019 debut, going 2-7 with a 5.59 ERA and 99 strikeouts against 22 walks and four hit batsmen in 58.0 innings pitched over 66 appearances, he's prepared to bounce back.

"Once last season ended, that was last season," Diaz told SNY's Steve Gelbs through Mets communications assistant and Spanish language translator Alan Suriel in an interview Wednesday. "So what I did, I took the positives from that season, I brought that with me, left all the negative in the back and I just try to continue to stay positive and I put a lot of work in to have a good season this year."

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Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is very excited about his club's outlook for the 2020 season. 

Appearing Tuesday's Mets Hot Stove, Van Wagenen expressed his confidence in the current roster, highlighting the team's strong second-half effort in 2019.

"We have talent, we have experience, and we have a team that's returning from last year that's carrying a great deal of momentum and confidence," said Van Wagenen. "So, we're very excited to get these guys in camp.

"The first half of the year last year, we were in a lot of close games and we couldn't figure out how to win those games. Second half of the year, that changed. The team had a better focus. The team had better chemistry and understanding of the small margin of error between winning and losing, and I think the goal is that they can carry that over into this year."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets reliever Seth Lugo has a small fracture in his left pinky toe that he suffered in his hotel room on Monday night, manager Luis Rojas said on Tuesday.

Rojas said there is "no concern at all" and that Lugo will refrain from throwing for roughly three days before ramping back up again.

"It's probably gonna take a little later until he starts participating in games, but we're not concerned about it. ... they're doing a padding on his spikes," Rojas added. "He was testing it walking around today and everything. It's his left foot, so landing on it the next three days we'll see how it progresses and then he'll start throwing."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

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Spring Training is in full swing for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, with games starting in just four days.

While every member of the team has arrived in camp, some (Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes to name two) don't appear to be on track to be ready for game action when the bell rings on Saturday.

Going by the above, listening to manager Luis Rojas talk, and reading between the lines, here's our roster prediction 3.0...

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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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

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


Seth Lugo is dealing with a small fracture of his left pinky toe but the Mets are not concerned >> Read more

Brodie Van Wagenen detailed what's ailing Jed Lowrie and touched on what his chances are of being ready for Opening Day >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets pitchers and catchers continued to work out in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

Check out some of the action, as Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz were among the pitchers to hit the practice fields ...

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

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


Brodie Van Wagenen jabs back at Zack Wheeler >> Read more

Jake Marisnick is remorseful about role in Astros' scandal >> Read more

J.D. Davis is "ashamed" of his part of Astros' sign-stealing >> Read more

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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

Barring a blockbuster trade, which for an outfielder at this point is improbable, the outfield is set up to be J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Yoenis Cespedes is the wild card. If Cespedes is jacking the ball, running well and showing strength, I think he and Davis platoon from the start of the season, with Davis also backing up Jeff McNeil at third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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So much of the Mets' 2020 season already feels as if it's dependent upon Edwin Diaz re-discovering the form that made him arguably baseball's best reliever two years ago in Seattle. 

As one scout this week told me, "They'll win 90-95 games easy if Diaz figures it out again. And they should have a championship bullpen."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, John Harper
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