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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals (43-78, 30 GB in AL Central) on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.

Mets Notes

In Thursday's win over Atlanta, Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso became the first Mets ever to both record five hits in the same game. ... The Mets's 23 hits on Thursday were tied for the second most in team history for a nine-inning game. ... The Mets are 10-4 against the AL this season, the highest interleague win percentage for any NL team.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Kansas City Royals, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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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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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets (61-56, 7 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) look to sweep the Washington Nationals (61-55, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets came from behind to win once again, beating the Nationals 4-3, as Luis Guillorme hit his first-career home run on a full count pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game. J.D. Davis then delivered in the clutch with a sacrifice fly, allowing Joe Panik to score the game-winning run. The Mets have now won 15 of their last 16 games, and extended their current eight-game win streak.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Luis Guillorme
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The Mets (61-56, 7.0 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) aim for the sweep of the Nationals and move into a Wild Card position for the first time this season this afternoon. Jacob deGrom will get the ball against Anibal Sanchez.

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


So the Mets won...again. This time it was Luis Guillorme that hit a clutch homer -- his first of the season -- to help New York take a 4-3 victory at Citi Field last night. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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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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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

It started by trading for Marcus Stroman.

To be fair, just prior to Stroman joining the Mets rotation, the team's starting pitchers had produced the fourth-most WAR among NL staffs. So it's not like they were struggling.

But the day Brodie Van Wagenen added Stroman, FanGraphs projected the Mets would elevate to being the best rotation in baseball for the remainder of the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (55-56, 10 GB in NL East, 3 GB in Wild Card) start a four-game set against the Miami Marlins (42-67, 22 GB in NL East, 15 GB in Wild Card) with the first game of a doubleheader at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are looking for their fifth-straight series win vs. the Marlins. ... With a Game 1 win against the Marlins, the Mets will hold a .500 for the first time since May 28. ... New York's .714 winning percent since the All-Star break in the best in the majors. ... Michael Conforto has 20 doubles and 22 home runs this season, it's the third-straight year he's recorded that 20/20 split. ...Seth Lugo has not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances for the Mets, along with a 1-0 record and save over 13.2 innings pitched. ... Amed Rosario has flashed in the field and at the plate recently as his .350 batting average in July was the fourth-best in the National League.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Walker Lockett
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning 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 starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (55-56, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) have a doubleheader with the Marlins on Monday, beginning at 4 p.m. with Jacob deGrom on the hill.

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


The Mets had a lopsided victory over the Pirates on Sunday, 13-2, as everything was clicking on all cylinders for the road team. >> Read more

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (53-56, 11.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) play the middle game of a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets jumped out to an early lead, but they couldn't make it last in their 8-4 loss to the Pirates on Friday, ending their seven-game win streak. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz
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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his solo home run with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) during the eleventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his solo home run with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) during the eleventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets suddenly have a reasonable chance at winning the second Wild Card. And I'll admit it -- as recently as just two weeks ago, I didn't expect to be writing those words.

To be fair, I'm not yet fully convinced that their current seven-game winning streak is an indication of how they'll perform during this season's final 54 games. Then again, there are two reasons to think they may be able to win enough games -- probably 33 or so -- to climb over the four games and three teams between them and playing in October.

Mickey Callaway's squad has won 13 of their last 18 games, all of which started the day after the All Star break. This is impressive, but 12 of those games were against teams who are below .500. Four were against the Giants (under .500 at the time, over. 500 now, and two were against the Twins). The easy schedule continues through next Thursday's off-day, prior to which the Mets travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates and then host the Marlins for four games at Citi Field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (53-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

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


Behind a dominant start from Zack Wheeler and a big game from Robinson Cano, the Mets shut out the White Sox to win their seventh-straight game >> Read more 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom ended July in dominant fashion, with a five-start stretch where he posted a 1.09 ERA while striking out 46 and walking just 12 in 33.0 innings. And he kept moving up the Mets' all-time leaderboards in the process.

With his 11 strikeouts on Wednesday night against the White Sox, deGrom passed David Cone for fifth on the Mets' all-time strikeouts list.

DeGrom now has 1,174 strikeouts, and is looking up at these four pitchers:

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

The Mets (51-55, 11.5 GB in NL East, 5 WCGB) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-58, 18.0 GB in AL Central, 13 WCGB) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. in the second game of a three-game series. 

The Mets enter the game on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season and have won seven of their last 10. ... Amed Rosario leads the National League with a .368 batting average in the month of July and has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games. ... The Mets bullpen continues to roll since the All-Star break as their 3.29 ERA is second-lowest in the NL since the Midsummer Classic. ... Pete Alonso (34), Michael Conforto (21), Todd Frazier (14), Jeff McNeil (11), Rosario (11), Dom Smith (10), J.D. Davis (10) and Wilson Ramos (10), all have double-digit home run totals. As a team, the Mets (8) are tied with the Cubs and Phillies for the most players in the NL with double-digit homers this season. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Chicago White Sox, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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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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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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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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Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The way Jacob deGrom is blowing away hitters again, more and more you can't help but wonder if he may have cost himself a real shot at winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards with those three straight starts in April when he gave up 14 runs, in large part because he was tipping pitches.

As much as deGrom hates excuse-making, and blames himself for throwing "too many pitches down the middle" during that mini-slump, I got him on Thursday to acknowledge, sort of, anyway, that something funny was going on in those starts. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, John Harper
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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 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (46-55, 13.0 GB in NL East) host the San Diego Padres (48-53, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday at Citi Field at 12:10 p.m. for the rubber match of their three-game series. 

Mets notes

Robinson Cano continued his strong play since the All-Star break on Thursday, adding an RBI to his totals (28). In his last 11 games, Cano has hit .320/ .333/ .714 ... Pete Alonso has played 100 games this season and has 33 home runs and 56 extra-base hits, those rank as the third-most and fifth-most for a player in the first 100 games in major league history, respectively. ... Relief pitchers Luis Avilan and Seth Lugo had led the way for the Mets' bullpen recently, Avilan hasn't allowed a run in six outings since returning from the IL on July 2 and Lugo has 11 strikeouts over his last eight games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (46-54, 13.0 GB in NL East) look to take home a series win against the San Diego Padres (47-53, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Wednesday at Citi Field, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

On Tuesday night, Robinson Cano became the 13th player in Mets history to hit three home runs in a game. Cano is hitting .342 with five home runs since the All-Star break. ... The Mets have posted a collective 2.76 ERA since the second half began the best mark in all of baseball. The Mets also have the lowest bullpen ERA in baseball since the break (2.70).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have a loose plan for who to start against the San Diego Padres as the team is figuring out when Zack Wheeler will return. 

The hope for the Mets was that Wheeler, who went on the IL with a shoulder issue last week, could return to face the Padres. Mickey Callaway tentatively plans to slot Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom to take the mound for the Mets in that series and will not start Wheeler before Friday against the Pirates. 

If Wheeler does start Friday, it will likely be the Mets' last chance to display him for potential trade partners before the July 31 deadline. SNY's Andy Martino previously reported that teams interested in Wheeler were "nervous" about his health. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (44-53, 14 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday at 4:05 PM on PIX 11 and FS1. 

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


In the Mets' 10-inning loss to the Giants on Friday night, they wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Tyler Bashlor, Zack Wheeler
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Mets suffer another tough loss 00:00:54
Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over 7 stellar innings of work but Dom Smith's error in the 10th dealt the Mets another heartbreaking loss, 1-0

The Mets wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error as the Giants beat the Mets 1-0 in 10 innings. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, the Mets turned the ball to Jacob Rhame. Coming off of his one-game suspension, Rhame walked two batters in the inning, but with two away, Joe Panik struck out to send the game into extra innings.The Mets stuck with Rhame to start the 10th. After walking Alex Dickerson to start the inning, Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball to left, and after Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith had some miscommunication, the ball fell in for an error charged to Smith, allowing Dickerson to score the winning run all the way from first base.

2) Jacob deGrom dazzled through seven innings on Friday night. Though the Mets couldn't give him any run support, deGrom was as dominant as he's been all season, allowing just three hits while striking out 10. He allowed just one extra-base hit, a double to Kevin Pillar in the fifth. DeGrom was pulled after 108 pitches, 74 of which was strikes. He also passed Ron Darling for sixth place on the Mets' franchise strikeout list.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have five players who are worth a combined 12.2 WAR this season, according to FanGraphs.com.

The above group, plus Brandon Nimmo, means Brodie Van Wagenen will, at the very least, enter next season with a bonafide ace, a unique and versatile reliever and a legit core of young position players. Which is why I want him to sell at the trade deadline.

It may be a long shot, but I do believe the Mets can claw their way in to the top group competing for a berth into this season's Wild Card game. The thing is, even if they do pull off a miracle and get in and past the one-game playoff, I'm not confident they have the ammunition to take down the Cubs or Braves, let alone the Dodgers, in a five- or seven-game series.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets (44-52, 13.0 GB in NL East) continue their four-game set with the Giants (48-49, 15.0 GB in NL West) on Friday night at 10:15 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

As the Mets continue their 10-day, nine-game road trip, a win on Friday night would guarantee at least a .500 trip away from Citi Field. ... The Mets are batting .270 as a team with eight home runs in their last five games, going 4-1. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .356 with 27 runs scored and 24 RBIs on the road this season.

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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (44-51, 13.0 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set with the Giants (47-49, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Friday night at 9:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets' current four-game win streak matches their longest streak of the season, which came May 20-23. ... The last time the Mets won five games or more in a row was a nine-game win streak in April 2018. ... The Mets have clubbed 134 home runs in 95 games this season. The team hit 170 home runs all of last season.

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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (44-51, 13.0 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set with the Giants (47-49, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets' current four-game win streak matches their longest streak of the season, which came May 20-23. ... The last time the Mets won five games or more in a row was a nine-game win streak in April 2018. ... The Mets have clubbed 134 home runs in 95 games this season. The team hit 170 home runs all of last season.

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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)

Reliever Jacob Rhame will not be available out of the Mets' pen on Thursday night as he serves his one-game suspension.

Rhame was originally handed a two-game suspension on April 25th for "throwing a pitch in the area of the head" at Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. He was then sent down to Triple-A Syracuse the next day to make room for Jacob deGrom as he returned from the Injured List.

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they re-examine the trade options for the Mets after the news came out that Zack Wheeler has hit the injured list. They also look into the future for potential moves involving Noah Syndergaard, while looking back at the past to judge previous moves made on Travis d'Arnaud and Jacob deGrom.

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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (42-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening a two-game set with the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday night. 

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


In the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom bent but didn't break over 5.0 solid innings and Robinson Cano had another big game >> Read more

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Mets finally win series on road 00:01:22
Robinson Cano had 4 hits including a home run and Jacob deGrom gave the Mets 5 gritty innings as they finally won a series on the road, 6-2.

Robinson Cano's bat stayed hot after knocking a two-run homer in the eighth inning game-winning home run on Saturday. Cano had four hits on Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) It only took one pitch for the Mets' offense to get going. Jeff McNeil knocked the first throw from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara over the right field fence, giving his team the early lead. McNeil has notched a hit in each game this series against the Marlins, including a two-hit outing on Saturday. McNeil entered Sunday's game batting .350, which leads the National League. McNeil also hit a first-pitch homer on July 3 against the Yankees this year. 

2) Robinson Cano could be changing his fortunes on the road this year. Cano carried his home run momentum into Sunday, as he nearly hit for the cycle with four hits on the day. Cano doubled, singled, knocked a solo home run, and then singled again against the defensive shift in his final plate appearance. 

Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (40-51, 14.5 GB in NL East) continue their three-game set with the Marlins (34-55, 19.5 GB in NL East) on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets .347 road winning percentage ranks 28th in baseball and last in the National League. ... The Mets have struggled as of late against the NL East, dropping 11 of their last 14 games against divisional foes. ... The Mets have shown some power on the road lately, belting 19 home runs in their last nine road games.

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Van Wagenen addresses media 00:02:46
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke to the media about the Mets' first half, looking into trades, and Mickey Callaway.

Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. 

"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."

That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In making calls for a Wilson Ramos column last week, I heard a comment from a scout that in some ways summed up Brodie Van Wagenen's misguided attempt at assembling a win-now team in his first attempt as a GM.

"The Mets need to figure out who they are," the scout said.

He explained that for a team that believed its strength was a dominant starting rotation, the Mets needed a defense-first catcher who could enhance the abilities of the starting pitchers -- not a defensive liability like Ramos.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Alonso: 'I'm so thankful' 00:01:57
Pete Alonso caught up with Andy Martino after an unforgettable All-Star Game experience. Alonso definitely isn't taking it for granted.

After Jacob deGrom recorded a scoreless inning earlier in the game, the Mets' talented young duo of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil made their first career All-Star Game appearances in Cleveland.

The night ultimately belonged to the AL, who took home a 4-3 victory, but the Mets All-Stars fared well in the Midsummer Classic.

A night after taking home the Home Run Derby crown, Alonso entered his first All-Star Game in the bottom of the fourth inning. His first at-bat came in the top of the sixth, as he went down swinging against Oakland's Liam Hendriks

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deGrom stops by from Cleveland 00:03:45
Jacob deGrom is having fun in Cleveland with his fellow Mets All-Star teammates. He gives his thoughts on the Home Run Derby.

Jacob deGrom competed in his third MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, but the Mets ace said this one was unique because he got to watch teammates Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil experience it for the first time. 

DeGrom joined SNY's BNNY crew before Tuesday's game to talk about a number of topics, including how the experience this year compares to others. 

"Last night watching Pete compete in the Home Run Derby and winning the whole thing was a lot of fun," deGrom said. "I've really enjoyed watching him and Jeff -- it's their first one -- taking it all in and being around those guys and seeing how excited they are, it's been a blast."

DeGrom also spoke about being a father and getting to experience the All-Star Game with his kids, the spike in home runs throughout the league and goals he has for the second half of the season. 

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deGrom reacts to 7-pitch outing 00:01:13
Jacob deGrom's favorite moment from the All-Star Game weekend might surprise you. His 7-pitch outing was one to remember.

Jacob deGrom's third All-Star Game appearance was over in the blink of an eye. 

The Mets ace had an easy seven-pitch, 1-2-3 bottom of the third as he tied Dwight Gooden for the second-most All-Star appearances by a Mets pitcher with three. Only Tom Seaver has more with six. 

DeGrom struck out Astros slugger George Springer, then got Yankees hit machine DJ LeMahieu out on a bouncer back to the mound. Up next was Mike Trout, who homered off deGrom last year, but this time the Mets ace won by getting Trout to pop out to first base on a fastball.

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Darryl Strawberry knows a thing or two about home runs. He hit 335 of them in his Major League career.

As the All-Star Game festivities continue in Cleveland, the hot topic has been about the 'juiced ball' theories and whether or not the balls are being created intentionally different than in prior years to increase home run numbers across the board. 

Everyone from Noah Syndeergard to Jacob deGrom to Justin Verlander has weighed in on the topic, but now Strawberry has spoken out on the subject as well, and even though he hasn't suited up for a Major League game in 20 years, he has his own reasons for why home run numbers have increased throughout the game.

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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Back in March I picked the Yankees to win the World Series against the Nationals, and thanks largely to Max Scherzer's spectacular June, broken nose and all, I've still got a chance to be right on both ends, as the Nats have come storming back from the dead.

In truth, as the season reaches the All-Star break, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series looks more realistic, and that would be great for baseball -- two glamorous franchises renewing October hostilities for the first time since 1981.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Todd Frazier and Mickey Callaway were ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-5 win. Frazier was ejected for arguing after he was hit by a Jake Arrieta pitch. After warnings were issued, Arrieta hit Amed Rosario with a pitch, however was not ejected. Callaway argued with the umpires and was ejected. In front of his locker after the game, Arrieta said, "If Frazier's not happy about it, he can come see me. I'll put a dent in his skull."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Todd Frazier
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Edwin Diaz is still the Mets' closer, for now. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway continued to commit to the struggling reliever a day after he was unable to hold onto a tie game in the ninth inning, allowing four runs for his sixth loss of the season. 

"Yes, he is. Going into today he is [our closer]," Callaway said after a long pause. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob deGrom tossed seven strong innings against the Phillies Friday night and left the game with the score tied at 2. 

The Mets did not win the game. 

It has become an all too familiar story for deGrom, which dates back to last season when he won the National League Cy Young award despite a 10-9 record. 

This year he is 4-7 with a 3.27 ERA -- not quite the Cy Young numbers he posted in 2018 but still good enough to earn a spot on the NL All-Star team. He has just one win in his last 10 starts and in his last 46 starts, the Mets are 16-30 while deGrom has an ERA of 2.15 -- the best mark in the majors over that span. 

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Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (39-49, 13.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) look to bounce back from another blown save on Friday night when they host the Philadelphia Phillies (46-42, 6.5 GB in NL East,0.5 GA in second Wild Card) for a 7:15 p.m. game at Citi Field. 

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


Jacob deGrom turned in another strong outing, allowing two runs over seven while striking out 10, but left with the game tied and the bullpen was unable to hold it as Edwin Diaz allowed four runs in the ninth en route to a 7-2 loss to the Phillies. >> Read more

 

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Mets bullpen fails again 00:01:14
Despite another home run from Pete Alonso, the Mets bullpen proved to be unreliable yet again in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies

The Mets' bullpen struggled late against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's game

1) The Mets bullpen fell apart once Edwin Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning. After Seth Lugo successfuly stranded a man in scoring position for New York in the eighth inning, Diaz coughed up the game. J.T. Realmuto knocked a ground ball double down the third base line and former Met Jay Bruce hit an RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. Roman Quinn replaced Bruce as a pinch-runner on first, and successfully stole second base and an errant throw from Wilson Ramos moved Quinn to third while Cesar Hernandez was at the plate. Hernandez walked and stole second base, and pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez knocked in Quinn against Diaz to bring the score to 4-2. Diaz was then replaced by Jeurys Familia after 0.1 innings pitched. Familia also only recorded one out. Familia allowed a double to Jean Segura which scored Hernandez and Rodriguez. Segura then scored on a Bryce Harper double, putting the Phillies up 7-2. Philadelphia batted around their lineup in the ninth and Luis Avilan was brought in to finish the inning for the Mets.

2) Jacob deGrom very briefly struggled in his start against the Phillies. As briefly as one can get. On the game's first pitch, Scott Kingery hit a home run. The homer didn't phase deGrom in the slightest, though. Through seven innings, deGrom allowed two earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts, including three against Harper. While another dominant outing for deGrom, he only has one win in his last 10 starts despite a 3.29 ERA over that stretch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (39-48, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB in NL wild card) open the final three-game series of the first half of the 2019 season against the Phillies (45-42, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB in NL wild card) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil has the third-most hits in the majors through 500 career at-bats since 1935 with 170, trailing only Wade Boggs (178) and Joe DiMaggio. ... Amed Rosario is batting .339 with 10 runs, four doubles, a home run, six RBIs, two walks, four steals and a .914 OPS over his last 16 games. ... Todd Frazier is batting .293 with 25 runs, six doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 27 RBIs and a .903 OPS since May 16.

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets might be prepared to deal Zack Wheeler this month, but their priority at the trade deadline ought to be trying to undo their mistake of signing Wilson Ramos last winter by finding a team that will take him off their hands.

Ramos has been worse than expected defensively, more immobile than the Mets imagined when they signed him to a two-year, $19 million contract after first trying to trade for J.T. Realmuto, and then deeming free agent Yasmani Grandal too expensive.

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