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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

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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

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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

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A feel-good weekend at Citi Field ended with a crashing thud on Sunday, not because the Mets lost the series finale to the Nationals so much as Edwin Diaz gave up still another home run, again raising the question of how this team, even as hot as it is, can survive its own bullpen. 

Mickey Callaway has already taken an important and necessary step toward a solution, making Seth Lugo at least the co-closer, using him as he did for two innings to finish out Saturday night's win.

But because the Mets are restricted in how much they can use Lugo, who has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, it's far from a perfect situation. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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The struggles for Edwin Diaz continued on Sunday, after the right-hander entered the game in the top of the ninth with the Mets trailing the Nationals, 5-4. By the time the inning was over, Washington had tacked on two more runs, thanks to a two-run home run by Victor Robles

Mickey Callaway said after the game that the team has no plans to use Diaz in more lower-leverage spots to try to get him back on track.

"At this point, the way we're set up, we really can't afford to do that," Callaway said. "He's going to continue to get big outs for us and pitch in big games. We're going to pick our spots and do the best that we can with him to win a game every single night."

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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Zack Wheeler wasn't his sharpest but still fired 8.0 shutout innings to make big nights from Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, and Pete Alonso stand up >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets win game one 6-2 vs. Miami 00:01:21
McNeil got his 200th career hit in record fashion against Miami, he also hit a home run. DeGrom was true to form as the Mets won 6-2.

The Mets offense showed support for Jacob deGrom on Monday en route to a 6-2 win vs. the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field, putting the team at a .500 record for the first time since May 28 (56-56). >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) While known for his skills at hitting anything, Jeff McNeil's started to build himself a power reputation over the past few days. McNeil homered for the third-straight game on Monday and wasted little in doing so. McNeil hit a homer on the first throw from Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger in the game. Not only that, Dugger was making his major league debut, so McNeil sent the first pitch of his career over the right field fence in Citi Field. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

It's not just a fantasy anymore: now on runs of 9-1 and 15-5, the Mets are pitching and playing well enough to have a real shot in the wild-card race, the caveat being the problem they have in the ninth inning:

What to do with Edwin Diaz?

The best solution is to win 13-2, as they did in Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the reality is they're going to need a dependable closer to have any chance to continue climbing the wild-card standings.

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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) takes the field to warm-up before his New York Mets pitching debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) takes the field to warm-up before his New York Mets pitching debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (54-56, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Pirates on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

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


As Edwin Diaz struggles, Mickey Callaway didn't back him up when asked if he was locked in as the Mets' closer. >> Read more

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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Edwin Diaz's struggles as the Mets closer have been well documented this season.

On Saturday night, he allowed a two-run home run to Starling Marte, allowing the Pirates to cut the Mets' four-run lead in half. Diaz did eventually close the door on the Pirates, but it was his second straight appearance allowing a home run. 

With two more runs allowed on Saturday, Diaz's ERA now stands at 5.44, prompting his manager to have some very interesting comments about the closer role after the game.

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Ramos has career-best 6 RBI night 00:01:31
Wilson Ramos homered, doubled and drove in 6 runs to lead the Mets to a 7-5 win as Marcus Stroman made his Mets debut

The Mets overcame a so-so start from Marcus Stroman, as Wilson Ramos came up huge in the 7-5 win over Pittsburgh.  >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman's Mets' debut got off on the wrong foot. The right-hander struggled with his command early, and allowed four consecutive singles to start the game, including an RBI knock from Starling Marte. Stroman walked in another run later in the inning, needing 35 pitches to get out of the first frame. He was pulled from the game after just 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

By keeping his best talent and replacing his No. 5 starter with an ace, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen signaled to his players, Mets fans and all of baseball that he believes his team can still find its way into the 2019 postseason.

If there is a shot at winning around 35 of their remaining 55 games, it will be because the new Fab Five of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz consistently pitch to their potential.

"I was praying we didn't trade any of those guys that we're being rumored about," Stroman said late Wednesday. "I actually think we can have the best staff in all of baseball."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (52-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Brodie Van Wagenen is confident. Or, at the very least, he doesn't see himself as being in the business of rebuilding the Mets. Instead, his goal continues to be to win and, like he said this past winter, win now.

Otherwise, he would have accepted one of the many offers he reportedly received for Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Edwin Diaz

The plan for this post was to break down the moves or lack of moves made by Wagenen. However, the story of this year's trade deadline is less about what he did and more about what he didn't do...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets keep Zack and Thor 00:02:26
Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the Mets moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, as the team kept Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets have been expected to trade pending free agent Zack Wheeler before the July 31 trade deadline. Here's the latest...


July 31, 4:03 PM:

The Mets do not have a last minute deal in place and will not be trading Zack Wheeler, reports SNYs Andy Martino.

Also notable at the deadline: Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, and Mike Minor all stayed put. 

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Syndergaard dominant in Chicago 00:02:02
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a gem but back-to-back HRs from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto secured the victory in 11.

The Mets let a masterful start from Noah Syndergaard go to waste, but they fought back to win 5-2 in 11 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was stellar, and at times absolutely unhittable, especially early on in the game. He breezed through the first four innings on just 41 pitchers and allowed one baserunner, a third-inning walk to Yolmer Sanchez. He finished the game with just five hits allowed over 7.1 innings, giving up just one unearned run. He also struck out a season-best 11 hitters. If this was Syndergaard's last start with the Mets, it was a terrific one. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Mets win 6th straight game 00:01:31
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational tossing 11 Ks. Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto led the way on offense in this 4-2 win.

The Mets' bats came to life in the ninth inning, leading to a 4-2 win over the White Sox, the team's sixth straight victory. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Jacob deGrom continued his stellar pitching for the Mets while getting little run support from the team's lineup, an unfortunate trend this season when he starts. In seven innings of work, deGrom allowed one run on five hits. In total, deGrom fanned 11 batters, the seventh time this season and 39th time in his career he's reached double-digit strikeouts in a game. Overall, deGrom has at least eight strikeouts in 13 of his 22 starts this season. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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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)

The Mets are operating simultaneously as buyers and sellers as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, and the possibility that Edwin Diaz could be on the move is a real one. Here's the latest...


July 30, 11:12 AM:

The Mets are still evaluating the Braves' top prospects, reports MLB.com's Mark Bowman, who says that Diaz seems to be a more likely target for the Braves than Noah Syndergaard.

SNY's Andy Martino has reported on the Braves' interest in Zack Wheeler, who could be headed to the Astros

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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The reaction on Sunday when the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman was one of shock -- from fans to executives to reporters. Why would the Mets do such a thing? Was it part of a larger plan?

While acknowledging the shock waves the trade caused, it should be noted that no one really should have been that surprised.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets sweep Pirates 00:01:15
The Mets started strong, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and held on to complete a sweep of the Pirates, 8-7

The Mets took their first home sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010 with an 8-7 win on the back of a big offensive-explosion early. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Right out of the gate, the Mets got a scare. Potential batting title candidate Jeff McNeil was hit with a pitch near the shin and limped over to first base. McNeil ran the bases, but then was replaced by Aaron Altherr. Despite that, McNeil only suffered a shin contusion, the team announced a short time later. After the game, McNeil told reporters he does not anticipate missing extensive time. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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The Mets (49-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6 GB of second Wild Card) wrap their three-game set against the Pirates on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field...

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

Steven Matz went the distance for the first time in his career en route to a shutout win vs. the Pirates. >> Read More

 

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New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have fielded calls on many pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo and Jason Vargas. But perhaps the biggest trade deadline development is the heavy interest in Edwin Diaz, which has increased the likelihood that he will be moved.

First, a mea culpa. A few days ago I tweeted that Diaz wasn't going anywhere -- which was the sense at the time through sources, but worded too definitively. The widespread interest, which reflects a belief in Diaz's talent over his mixed results this year, has increased the chances that Diaz will, in fact, go somewhere.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have fielded calls on many pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo and Jason Vargas. But perhaps the biggest trade deadline development is the heavy interest in Edwin Diaz, which has increased the likelihood that he will be moved.

First, a mea culpa. A few days ago I tweeted that Diaz wasn't going anywhere -- which was the sense at the time through sources, but worded too definitively. The widespread interest, which reflects a belief in Diaz's talent over his mixed results this year, has increased the chances that Diaz will, in fact, go somewhere.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (48-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) host the Pirates on Saturday night at 7:10 at Citi Field on SNY...

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

With Zack Wheeler possibly pitching in his final game with the Mets, the right-hander went 5.1 strong innings to pick up the win. >> Read more

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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)

Mets closer Edwin Diaz was taken out of Thursday's game against the Padres in the ninth inning after taking a line drive off his left foot. X-rays taken after the game came back negative.

The ball deflected into left field after hitting Diaz, and he began limping around the infield.

Mickey Callaway and the trainers came out and quickly decided to take Diaz out. He was replaced by Luis Avilan.

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Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) react after defeating the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) react after defeating the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (47-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 8 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Pirates on Friday night at 7:10 at Citi Field on SNY...

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


The emerging possibility of the Mets extending Zack Wheeler and trading Noah Syndergaard instead overshawoded the Mets' win over the Padres. Here's the latest on the trade rumors >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For several weeks, the Mets' trade deadline thinking was fairly clear and straightforward. They expected to move Zack Wheeler, along with possibly Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier. They would listen on Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz and others, but dramatic moves remained unlikely.

Then, Thursday brought a flurry of reports that indicated the team had become more open to moving Syndergaard by July 31.

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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Things continue to heat up on the Mets trade deadline rumor mill.

A source tells SNY Insider Andy Martino that the Mets have sent top evaluator Omar Minaya to scout the Braves Double-A team in Jackson, Tenn. on Wednesday night.

Martino notes that the Braves have enough talent in their farm system to match up with the Mets on any potential deals for Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, or Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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Mets shut out Padres 4-0 00:01:05
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational throwing 7 shutout innings against the Padres and took the series with the win.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent play against the San Diego Padres en route to a 4-0 win on Thursday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets jumped on Padres pitcher Eric Lauer early, as his day only lasted 2.1 innings. All four of the Mets' runs came in the first inning. Wilson Ramos scored J.D. Davis on a sac fly for the game's first run, then Todd Frazier knocked in two more on a line-drive double to center field. Michael Conforto then scored Frazier on a soft ground ball to right field against the defensive shift, giving the Mets their fourth and final run of the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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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)

Don't look now, but the much-maligned Mets bullpen seems to be on the cusp of a breakthrough.

After having the most blown saves in the first half of the season (21) and heading into the All-Star Break with the third-worst bullpen ERA in the league (5.63), the Mets' bullpen since the break has been a different story.

The unit has the fifth-best ERA in the league since then, and hasn't had any blown saves. It's a change that manager Mickey Callaway credits to the team's refined focus on being aggressive.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo
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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (46-55, 13 GB in NL East, 8 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Padres on Thursday at 12:10 PM at Citi Field on SNY...

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Padres, Noah Syndergaard pitched well over 7.0 innings but was betrayed by his defense as Dominic Smith had an adventurous night in left field >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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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)

The Mets are open to listening if teams come calling on Edwin Diaz before the trade deadline, as SNY's Andy Martino reported on July 2. And with that mindset, the Mets have been seeking a ton in return, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan.

According to Passan, the Mets are asking for "more than they gave up for him."

In the deal that brought Diaz to the Mets along with Robinson Cano, they sent prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to Seattle in order to pry Diaz away in what was part of a much larger package.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Danny Abriano
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Cano has first 3 HR game 00:01:18
Robinson Cano delivered the first 3-HR game of his career and drove in 5 runs to lead the Mets past the Padres 5-2

The Mets rode Robinson Cano all the way to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday over the Padres at Citi Field. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) What do you know, Robbie Cano? After hitting just one a home run at Citi Field the first half of the season, the Mets second baseman belted three against the Padres in a 4-for-4 day at the plate on Tuesday. Cano crushed a solo shot in the fourth inning and laced a two-run blast in the sixth, both off ace Chris Paddack. He gave an encore performance in the seventh when he turned on a 95 mph fastball and sent it into the upper deck in right field off reliever Logan Allen to put the Mets up 5-0. Cano is now hitting .342 with five home runs and 10 RBIs since the All-Star break. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robinson Cano
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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While Jarred Kelenic has been a former-Met for longer than he was an actual Met, the coverage of him in New York (here and elsewhere) continues.

One person surprised by that? His mom. 

"It still surprises me seeing him in New York newspapers after all this time," Kelenic's mother, Lisa, told Joe Doyle of Baseball America. "He's 19. He was yours for four months. You broke up with him."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall 3-2 in extras 00:01:07
The Mets lost 3 out of 4 in extra innings against the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk off home run in the 12th inning

The Mets lost for a third time in extra inning to the Giants on Sunday, 3-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets went 5-4 in their road trip following the All-Star break and the pitching staff has played well and while the offense has struggled. From the 3rd inning to the 11th, the Mets did not record a hit against the Giants on Sunday. Over the final two innings, the bats were once again silent. Robert Gsellman took the loss as he gave up the walk-off home run to Mike Yastrzemski. However, the inning prior, Gsellman entered the game and recorded three outs as Jeurys Familia walked two batters and was pulled in the 12th inning. From innings seven to 10, Justin Wilson (1 IP), Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Edwin Diaz (1 IP) held the Giants without a hit. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, San Francisco Giants, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets (43-51, 14 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 3-2 win over the Twins, Michael Conforto notched four hits and the bullpen tossed 5.0 scoreless innings -- with Edwin Diaz escaping a bases loaded jam in the ninth >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets win 3rd straight game 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway, Edwin Diaz and Michael Conforto on Diaz escaping a 9th inning jam along withConforto's 4 hits and great catch.

Mickey Callaway knew he'd have to rely on the Mets' bullpen on Tuesday night, and the group answered the call and then some against a potent Twins lineup, leading to a 3-2 win.

Before the game, Callaway set a 75-80 pitch limit for Steven Matz, making his return to the rotation after a brief stint in the pen. After 68 pitches over four innings from the lefty, Callaway turned the ball over to the bullpen, where six relievers combined to hold the Twins scoreless over the course of five innings.

Robert Gsellman, Luis Avilan, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to keep the Twins' bats at bay, allowing a Michael Conforto fifth-inning RBI single to decide the game. Callaway said after the game that he believed this was the bullpen's best overall performance of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets keep potent Twins in check 00:01:11
Michael Conforto had 4 hits and the beleaguered Mets bullpen tossed 5 scoreless innings as they won their 3rd straight game, 3-2

The Mets' bullpen pitched five shutout innings to help lead the way to a 3-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.  >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz gave the Mets four solid innings of work in his return to the rotation, allowing just two runs on five hits. First inning troubles have plagued him all season long, allowing 23 first inning runs in his first 17 starts, but he pitched an easy first inning on Tuesday in Minneapolis. His night came to an end after 68 pitches, slightly under the 75-80 pitch limit that Mickey Callaway set for him before the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeurys Familia's return to the New York Mets has been less than ideal. 

A year ago in July of 2018, the Mets shipped Familia out to the Bay Area's Oakland Athletics. At the time, the righty had a 2.88 ERA. 

 

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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