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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)

The Mets began a 13-game stretch last week that included 10 games against the Phillies and Braves.

I believed the Mets would need to win at least six of those 10 games -- which would put them around 14-10 heading into their next homestand -- to avoid hitting the panic button too early.

To date, they have won just two of seven during this stretch, with three left against the Phillies, whom they will play at Citi Field after beginning a three-game series Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Mets (10-7, second place in the NL East, 0.5 game back of first place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' ugly 14-3 loss to the Phillies, Steven Matz couldn't record an out and the team made four errors >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

If the Mets are going to be this careful about protecting Edwin Diaz, refusing to use him in the highest of high-leverage eighth-inning spots Monday night against the Phillies, then there's only one way to justify such caution:

Go sign Craig Kimbrel. And do it quickly before someone else does.

It's the obvious take, I know, and it might make for a touchy situation as to who gets the ninth inning if the Mets actually were to sign him.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (10-6, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

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


In the Mets' wild 11-inning win over the Phillies, Edwin Diaz was held back until the save situation and proceeded to blow the heart of Philadelphia's order away >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Edwin, Mickey, Brodie talk role 00:01:19
New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen discuss why Diaz wasn't used in high leverage situation.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision not to use Edwin Diaz in a pivotal eighth-inning spot after Monday's 11-inning win over the Phillies, saying he wouldn't use his closer for a four-out save unless it was the playoffs.

Callaway said the Mets wouldn't have Diaz, who has a 1.35 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings this season, pitch more than one inning or enter in a tie game on the road.

After Jeurys Familia pitched into a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the eighth in a 6-5 game, Callaway turned to Robert Gsellman instead of Diaz to try to escape the jam. Gsellman then walked in the game-tying run on four pitches to blow the save.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas has a 14.21 ERA after allowing four runs in 1/3 of an inning on Saturday. New York's bullpen ranks 27th with a 6.18 ERA.

And even though starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and reliever Craig Kimbrel are still free agents, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he isn't tempted to make a run at either.

"I don't think we operate in the world of temptation," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said before Sunday's game against the Braves. "We like the guys we have here. We'll always monitor ways to get better, but we like the guys we have, including Jason Vargas."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

As the Mets traveled north from Port St. Lucie, their bullpen looked to be a solid unit. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen landed the MLB's saves leader in closer Edwin Diaz and brought back Jeurys Familia to join Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Lefty Justin Wilson was also a crucial free agent pickup.

But this group has not gotten off to the start they hoped for in 2019.

As a whole, though, the seven bullpen arms - that includes Luis Avilan and Tim Peterson as well - own a combined 5.76 ERA to start the new year. Avilan has the worst ERA of the relievers, sitting at 16.20 after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings. Lugo is also struggling with a 8.10 ERA after allowing six earned over 6.2 innings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Dec 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Sports Illustrated Hope Award recipient and World Series Champion with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Dec 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Sports Illustrated Hope Award recipient and World Series Champion with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

One of the most successful players in recent Mets history, Carlos Beltran, kept a close eye on the Mets' busy offseason that included several moves to bolster the bullpen and establish depth on the roster.

And Beltran likes how the moves have translated onto the field in the young season. 

"They're doing great. They're putting a good team together," Beltran told Fox-58/WOLF TV on Sunday. "I think that [Robinson Cano] playing second base, [Edwin Diaz] as the closer, bringing [Jeurys Familia] back, signing [Jacob deGrom], they have a good, solid ball club." 

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Marlins made a late comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but the Mets finished them off to sweep their first series of 2019 on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Jacob deGrom asserted his dominance once more, and collected a career-high 14 strikeouts in the process. Everything was working for deGrom in this one, as he mixed things up each time he went through the Marlins lineup. He allowed only two hits and walked one batter over his seven-inning, 114-pitch outing. DeGrom also helped himself out with a solo homer in the top of the third as well. The 2018 Cy Young winner just does it all.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets' bullpen nearly let a 6-2 lead evaporate against the Marlins on Tuesday night, as most of the pitchers who came out of the 'pen struggled. And while Mickey Callaway's bullpen management was questioned during the game, something he revealed after the game made it even more curious.

Here are three reasons why his bullpen management -- which must improve if the Mets want to contend in a division that is expected to be the toughest in baseball -- left a lot to be desired on Tuesday night...

Lugo was left in while struggling -- and sick

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

Amed Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single and Pete Alonso broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single off Drew Steckenrider with two runners on and one out in the top of the ninth. Alonso then followed with a 444-foot homer to center field to give the Mets a four-run lead.

2) Edwin Diaz pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. After a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, Diaz struck out Jorge AlfaroPeter O'Brien and pinch hitter JT Riddle to end the game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

The Mets are no longer waiting on home runs and 'hunting strikes,' a hitting approach pushed the past few years by Sandy Alderson and his hitting coaches Dave Hudgens and Kevin Long. Instead, manager Mickey Callaway and new hitting coach Chili Davis worked this past spring to get their roster to focus more on hitting behind runners, ways to oppose the shift, making good contact, and putting the ball in play.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Trending Up 

1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Neither Dallas Keuchel nor Craig Kimbrel are expected to sign with the Mets this year. 

But the team is nonetheless maintaining a dialogue with the pair of unsigned hurlers. 

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin, the Mets have "checked in" with Keuchel and Kimbrel "as a matter of due diligence." 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino is only about 10 miles from downtown Washington D.C., and, well, you'd have to think Brodie Van Wagenen was at least tempted to take a cab ride Thursday night and hit the gaming tables.

When you're hot, you're hot, right?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino is only about 10 miles from downtown Washington D.C., and, well, you'd have to think Brodie Van Wagenen was at least tempted to take a cab ride Thursday night and hit the gaming tables.

When you're hot, you're hot, right?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Mets win 2-0 behind deGrom 00:01:33
Mets beat the Nats 2-0 on Opening Day. The pitching matchup lived up to the Cy Yong hype with deGrom striking out 10.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. on Opening Day >> Box score

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

1) Jacob deGrom struggled with his location in the first inning, but settled in and was his usual dominant self -- striking out 10 batters over 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing five hits and walking one. He struck out the side twice, and escaped a jam in the sixth inning after Trea Turner had reached first base with one out by striking out Juan Soto on a filthy 88 MPH changeup (below) and getting Ryan Zimmerman to fly out on what was his 93rd and final pitch of the game. DeGrom's fastball topped out at 98 MPH and his slider reached as high as 92 MPH...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

After two days off (one due to a scheduled off-day and one due to rain), the Mets face the Marlins at First Data Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base as the Mets trot out a lineup that should very closely resemble what we see on Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets reliever Drew Smith, who seemed on track to be in the Opening Day bullpen, needs Tommy John surgery, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday.

Smith, who had been sent back to New York to be evaluated by team doctors, is out for the season. 

The 25-year-old Smith had been solid so far in Spring Training, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while walking three and striking out four. 

Tags: Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets lost to the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game

1. Jason Vargas tiptoed around trouble, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking one, and striking out two. His ERA this spring is 2.08.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (6-5-1) travel to face the Marlins (3-7) on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes...

Brandon Nimmo will serve as the DH for the second-straight game, while Michael Conforto gets the start in right field. ... Jason Vargas makes his second start of the spring. ... Edwin Diaz is scheduled to pitch in relief. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Diaz (SNY)
Edwin Diaz (SNY)

Edwin Diaz is almost certainly worth more than he will make during the 2019 season. 

The new Mets closer is not yet arbitration eligible, though, meaning he has essentially no leverage during contract negotiations. Players who haven't hit their arbitration years have terms dictated to them by the clubs. 

However, teams usually find a compromise and agree to deals, as the Mets did with 25 of their players Monday, the team announced. But the club technically "renewed" the contract of Diaz, indicating the right-hander wanted more money than what the Mets were willing to give him. The refusal to agree to a deal is largely symbolic. 

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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets will get to unveil one of their new additions to the team on Saturday as closer Edwin Diaz is expected to make his spring debut as the Mets host the Astros at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil returns to the lineup and is batting cleanup after being sidelined with a scrape on his elbow/wrist earlier this week. Brandon Nimmo was expected to return to the lineup after a stomach virus but will sit out again. The hot-hitting Dominic Smith will DH and bat fifth. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Houston Astros, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs home to score on first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) first inning single against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) runs home to score on first baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) first inning single against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Within an hour of the news the Bryce Harper saga was finally over, a gambling website, BetOnline.ag, sent out an email offering updated odds on the state of the NL East, essentially declaring the Phillies as heavy favorites to win the division.

With Harper on board, signing a 13-year, $330 million contract, the site's odds on the Phillies winning the NL East went from 2-1, a number that already made them co-favorites with the Nationals, to 5-4, or practically an even bet. 

That feels like way too much of an overreaction, especially in a division with four legitimate contenders, including the Mets. 

Tags: Bryce Harper, Edwin Diaz, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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Early arrivals at Mets camp 00:01:10
SNY gets first look at New York Mets early arrivals to '19 Spring Training in Port St. Lucie. We see Matz and Syndergaard playing catch.

With free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper still available, some fans have wondered why the Mets have not aggressively pursued the two All-Stars. 

Yet GM Brodie Van Wagenen assured that the moves they have made this winter have significantly improved the team. 

"I think fans always have their right to an opinion...but I hope the fan base recognizes the amount of work we've done this offseason and number of needs that we addressed," he told reporters on Monday.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Could this be Mets 2019 bullpen? 00:00:30
The New York Mets have made a lot of moves this offseason to help strengthen their bullpen, is this how it will look in 2019?

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Before we throw too many compliments around, let's see how this revamped Mets' bullpen performs in the cauldron of the regular season for Brodie Van Wagenen's "Come get us" Mets. 
 
Relief pitchers are, after all, a famously combustible lot that can experience dips and surges in performance from year to year.
 
But the Mets' relief corps is, on paper, at least, much deeper this winter and the addition Friday of lefty Justin Wilson only bulks up a unit that mostly betrayed the club last year, even as Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo emerged as bullpen assets. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Anthony McCarron
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | In the interest of equal time, if you will, I thought it only fair to bring the Mets into this week's Hall of Fame discussion, if not the actual proceedings. 

Because, let's face it, in a feel-good week for the Yankees, the only good news to come out of the voting for Mets' fans was the lack of a significant increase for Roger Clemens. The Rocket may be paying the big price for his steroids taint but in Queens he remains forever branded as a villain for once famously throwing that broken bat in Mike Piazza's direction.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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