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Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Roughly 45 minutes before Mickey Callaway cursed out a Mets beat reporter in the clubhouse on Sunday -- with Jason Vargas threatening to knock the reporter out -- Callaway's non-move on the field arguably cost his team the game.

That non-move -- and questions about it -- helped lead to Callaway's blowup, but was then buried. Let's excavate it...

With the Mets leading the Cubs, 3-2, heading into the seventh inning, Callaway turned to Seth Lugo in the hope of getting two innings out of him. After Lugo worked around a one-out single while striking out two in a scoreless seventh, it was clear he didn't have it in the eighth inning as he allowed a hard-hit single to Kyle Schwarber before a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo put runners on first and second with one out.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (37-41, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a new series with the Phillies (39-38, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Steven Matz will get going up against Zach Eflin on the mound.

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


Following a tough loss to the Cubs, manager Mickey Callaway snapped on Newsday's Tim Healey, calling him "motherf---er" multiple times and demanded he left the clubhouse. The altercation came after Healey said "See you tomorrow, Mickey" and even had Jason Vargas fired up to the point where he tried approaching Healey. Read More

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

After Mets beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday was called a "motherfu--er" by Mickey Callaway and threatened by Jason Vargas -- who said he would knock Healey "the f--k out" -- Healey explained what happened before the incident.

Once Callaway was done with his postgame scrum after the Mets' loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Healey said  "See you tomorrow, Mickey," as the manager walked by. "Don't be a smarta--" was Callaway's response to Healey, as Healey recounted to fellow Newsday writer David Lennon.

"I couldn't confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, 'You know we're going to be in a bad mood after a loss,' or something like that," Healey explained. "And I tried to tell him, I didn't mean anything by it. I was just saying I'll see you tomorrow. And then he said, 'Get this guy out of here,' and that got the attention of Jason Vargas."

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway argues a call against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway argues a call against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and LHP Jason Vargas were involved in a shouting incident with a reporter following Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Callaway called Newsday reporter Tim Healey "motherf---er" multiple times and told him to leave the clubhouse, while Vargas needed to be restrained by teammates as he defended Callaway, according to the New York Daily News' Deesha Thosar.

"The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the Mets said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (35-40, 9.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field for a Friday matinee as they take on the Cubs (41-33, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets dropped the opener of the four-game series and are now 5-14 in their last 19 road games and are 7-22 at Wrigley Field since 2010....While the Mets have struggled on the road, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have not. McNeil is hitting .361 with 18 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI away from Citi Field while Alonso has a .297 average. Alonso also homered on Thursday night, his 25th of the season, which is second in the MLB. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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The Mets decided to shake things up with their coaching staff on Thursday, firing pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez. Eiland joined the Mets last year and his departure was definitely felt by the pitching staff.

Jacob deGrom credited Eiland, 52, for playing a significant role in his success last season that helped the right-hander win the NL Cy Young award and that the pitching coach informed deGrom personally of the news. 

"Dave called me and I told him, thank you for everything you did," deGrom said before Thursday's game against the Cubs. "I'm going to miss him. He helped me out quite a bit last year. I'm thankful for the time that I had with him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, 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 (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a season-high 11-game road trip against the Braves, Cubs, and Phillies on Monday night at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In their 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, Jason Vargas left early due to a cramp and it was Chris Flexen who was on the mound in the eighth inning to give up the deciding run >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East) look to split their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-34, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 30-34 all-time on Father's Day. ... Although the superficial numbers may not indicate such, Michael Conforto continues to be a steady presence in the Mets' lineup. He's sixth among NL outfielders in fWAR and he's hitting .286 during an 11-game on-base streak. ... J.D. Davis is coming off a career-best four-hit night. His 1.038 OPS at home this season ranks behind only Conforto among Mets. ... Robinson Canó returns to New York's lineup after landing back on the IL on June 6 to fully rehab from a left quad injury.  

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (33-34, 5.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what went down on Wednesday, in case you missed it:


With the Mets nearing full strength, how will be the odd-men-out when Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano -- who continued their rehab assignments with Triple-A on Wednesday -- return? Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) celebrates with teammates 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 starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) celebrates with teammates after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas is back to doing what he does best on the mound. And, because of it, while keeping the Mets afloat in the standings, he's also establishing trade value.

During last night's game, the Yankees managed to score three runs on seven hits against him during his six innings on the mound. The results helped even his record at 3-3 through 11 appearances, during which his 3.68 ERA ranks behind only Jacob deGrom among the team's starting pitchers.

"This is who we signed. This is who we wanted," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. "He's doing now (what he did in) the second half last year."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (33-34, 5.0 GB in the NL East) are off on Wednesday before opening a four-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night at Citi Field. 

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


After Zack Wheeler got hit hard in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Mets had a strong response in the nightcap as Pete Alonso blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and Jason Vargas had another strong start >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Callaway proud after 10-4 win 00:01:06
Mickey Callaway and Pete Alonso spoke after the Mets 10-4 win against the Yankees. Jason Vargas and Pete Alonso have both been dominating.

On a night where the Mets needed their pitching to respond, Jason Vargas gave the Mets a quality outing for the third-straight time on Tuesday.

The Yankees' bats were on fire in Game 1 of the doubleheader, putting 12 runs on the board and jumping all over Zack Wheeler.
But just as he's done in his last two outings against the Dodgers and Giants, Vargas was locked in on Tuesday night, giving the Yankees six solid innings in their 10-4 win over the Yankees.

"This is who we signed. This is who we wanted," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "Obviously, he had his struggles at the beginning of last season. He settled into basically what he's doing now the second half or the last eight or nine starts during the season last year.

"This is who he is. This is who he's been. This is who we signed, and it's just good to see. You want your fifth starter out there doing what he's doing."

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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets win night cap vs. Yankees 00:01:26
The Mets split the day-night double header against the Yankees, winning 10-4. Pete Alonso shined with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning.

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 3, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton (65) pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees (41-24, 0.5 game lead in AL East) take on the Mets (32-34, 5.5 GB in NL East) for Game 2 of the Subway Series doubleheader on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

Yankees notes

The Yankees won the opener of the doubleheader, 12-5, behind the bats of Luke Voit and Gio Urshela. ... Voit went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and now has 16 on the season. Urshela, went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a two-run home run, his fifth of the season. ... Gary Sanchez also continued his hot-hitting, blasting his team-leading 20th home run and driving in three on the day. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Luke Voit, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (32-34, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (41-24, T-1st in AL East) in the second game of a Tuesday's doubleheader at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil had two more hits for the Mets in Tuesday's first game, including a three-run home run that gave the Mets a brief 4-1 lead. ... McNeil is now batting .337 on the season and leads the Mets with 64 hits. ... Wilmer Font bailed out the Mets' bullpen with 2.1 innings in Game 1, leaving the Mets with most of their options available out of the pen in Game 2.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants 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 manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (32-33, 4.5 GB in the NL East) play a Subway Series doubleheader on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium due to Monday night's rainout.

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


With Monday night's rainout, Zack Wheeler will get the ball in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, while Jason Vargas starts the nightcap >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Ronny Mauricio, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) in the first game of a two-game Subway Series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Mets notes

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 21 home runs, trailing only the Brewers' Christian Yelich. ... Todd Frazier is slashing .352/.435/.630 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his last 15 games, raising his batting average .060 points and his OPS .195 points. ... Mets relievers have an 8.05 ERA in the month of June, which ranks the worst in the majors. The Yankees' bullpen, meanwhile, ranks 28th in June with a 6.59 ERA.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning at Rogers Centre. (John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) take on the Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) in the first game of a two-game Subway Series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Over his last 13 games, Gleyber Torres is hitting just .196 with two home runs and seven RBI. ... Luke Voit, currently the leading vote-getter among American League first basemen for the All-Star game, is slashing .308/.400/.538 with two home runs and four RBIs over his last 10 games. ... The Yankees' bullpen has the third-worst ERA (6.59) in June, while the Mets' 8.05 bullpen ERA is the highest in that span.

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Mets LHP prospect Anthony Kay has been turning heads all season while dominating for Double-A Binghamton, putting himself on the radar for a potential call-up later this season. And now he's getting recognition from the industry.

Kay has vaulted into the Baseball America Top 100 prospects list in their latest update, coming in at No. 91.

He joins Ronny Mauricio (No. 81 after being No. 98 during the offseason) and Andres Gimenez on the list. Pete Alonso was BA's No. 48 prospect coming into the season, but he has now graduated from prospect status.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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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)

The Mets (29-32, 5.5 GB in the NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Giants at Citi Field on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what went down on Wednesday in case you missed it:


Jason Vargas tossed a shutout in a 7-0 win over the Giants as the Mets bashed three homers to back him up >> Read more

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Mets talk shutout victory 00:00:54
Jason Vargas, Mickey Callaway, and Amed Rosario talk about a complete game shutout and some big home runs in a 7-0 Mets win on Wednesday.

The best way to avoid questions about going to the bullpen too soon is to not go to the bullpen at all.

One night after the Mets' bullpen collapsed late in the game, Jason Vargas gave the Mets his best outing since joining the team prior to last season, tossing a five-hit shutout in the Mets' 7-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday.

Vargas seemed to cruise throughout the entire game. Giants second baseman Joe Panik doubled to lead off the game, but after that, no Giant would reach second base the rest of the game. Vargas struck out eight hitters and coerced two double-play balls from the Giants.

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Vargas delivers a 5-hit shutout 00:01:27
Jason Vargas dazzled the Citi Field crowd with a complete game, 5-hit shutout as the Mets beat the Giants, 7-0, on Wednesday night.

Jason Vargas pitched his best game in a Mets' uniform, tossing a five-hit shutout, while Robinson Cano left the game early during the Mets' 7-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Vargas had his second-consecutive brilliant start for the Mets on Wednesday. After lasting seven innings just one time in 2018, Vargas has now accomplished that feat in each of his last two starts. The lefty pitched a five-hit shutout, only allowing one runner to pass first base, while striking out eight batters. He is quickly becoming the most consistent starter in the Mets' rotation.

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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Following Tuesday's disheartening 9-3 loss to the Giants, the Mets and Giants face off in the second game of their three-game set on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Robinson Cano makes his return to the Mets' lineup on Wednesday. He'd been on the Injured List since May 22nd due to a strained left quad. ... Despite Tuesday's loss, the Mets have still won nine of their last 11 games at Citi Field and are 15-10 overall at home this season. ... The Mets have homered in 11-straight home games, tied for the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Pete Alonso has hit eight home runs in his last 17 games. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants
Moneyline: NYM -140/SF +130
Over/Under: 8.5
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.46 ERA) vs. Tyler Beede (0-1, 7.82 ERA)

After dropping a heartbreaker in extra innings at home last night, the Mets will play host to the Giants for the second meeting in this three-game set, looking to put a stop to its three-game skid that began Saturday night in Arizona.

Previously, it would be downright uncomfortable relying on Vargas for such a task, but believe it or not, the 15-year veteran has actually been one of the club's most consistent options on the mound as of late.

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New York Mets vs. San Francisco Giants
Moneyline: NYM -140/SF +130
Over/Under: 8.5
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Jason Vargas (1-3, 4.46 ERA) vs. Tyler Beede (0-1, 7.82 ERA)

After dropping a heartbreaker in extra innings at home last night, the Mets will play host to the Giants for the second meeting in this three-game set, looking to put a stop to its three-game skid that began Saturday night in Arizona.

Previously, it would be downright uncomfortable relying on Vargas for such a task, but believe it or not, the 15-year veteran has actually been one of the club's most consistent options on the mound as of late.

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu returns to the dugout after striking out New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (27-29, 6 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a four-game series against the Dodgers 2-0 despite Jason Vargas pitching seven solid innings.

They begin a three-game series against the Diamondbacks on the road on Friday at Chase Field at 9:40 p.m. Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) takes on Jon Duplantier (1-0, 2.25 ERA) in the opener.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


The Mets managed just four hits and lost to the Dodgers 2-0, losing for the third time in the last four games. The Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings, while Vargas gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, marking the first time this season he threw at least six innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas and J.D. Davis comment on the Mets 2-0 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night

Thursday's game in Los Angeles turned out to be a pitchers' duel, with Jason Vargas and Hyun-Jin Ryu going head-to-head in the Dodgers' 2-0 victory.

Ryu has been stellar for the Dodgers all season, and Thursday was just the latest example of his excellence. He shut the Mets out for 7.2 innings, striking out seven batters while allowing just four hits to earn his 8th victory of year, dropping his ERA to 1.48.

"He mixes it up better than I've seen in a long time," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "There's no pattern whatsoever. He drives his arm through every pitch and he sells everything, whether it's his changeup, curveball, he gets through it. He uses his fastball at the top of the zone at the right times. It's just kind of really a pitching to everybody sitting there watching him. He pitched a heck of a game."

 

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Hyun-Jin Ryu out-dueled Jason Vargas, allowing just 4 hits as the Dodgers shut out the Mets, 2-0 on Thursday night

Jason Vargas gave the Mets his best outing of the season, but they couldn't get their bats going in 2-0 loss to Dodgers on Thursday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game

1) The Dodgers jumped on Vargas right out of the gates. Chris Taylor led off the game with a triple on a diving effort from J.D. Davis. The next batter, Max Muncy, doubled him home to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead before Vargas could record an out. But to the lefty's credit, he settled down after the rocky start, giving the Mets a strong seven innings of work (his longest outing of the season), allowing just one run. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pete Alonso
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets will try to salvage a split of their four-game series against the Dodgers Thursday night at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Jason Vargas doesn't typically pitch deep into games, but the Mets will need him to go as long as he possibly can Thursday as Edwin DíazJeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman are all taxed. Díaz has pitched in three of the last four games, throwing 46 pitches over the last two days and said he's unavailable Thursday; Familia has also gone three of the last four, including the last two; Gsellman has thrown 41 pitches over the last two days. ... Tomás Nido steps in for Wilson Ramos behind the plate, while Dominic Smith is back on the bench with J.D. Davis starting in left field.

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Robert Gsellman
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New York Mets go the distance in walk-off fashion thanks to the bats of catchers Wilson Ramos and Tomas Nido.

The Mets won a wild, ugly game against the Tigers in 13 innings on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field >> Box score

Six things to know about Saturday's game

1) Leading off the bottom of the 13th inning with the game tied, 4-4, Tomas Nido smoked a homer to right field to give the Mets a 5-4 win. Nido's homer came after Hector Santiago escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 12th inning before working a scoreless 13th.

2) With the game tied, 4-4, in the bottom of the 11th, the Mets wasted a golden opportunity to win. After a one-out walk by Wilson Ramos (who was pinch-run for by Steven Matz), consecutive singles by Dominic Smith and Todd Frazier loaded the bases for the Mets with one out. That brought up Aaron Altherr, who struck out swinging after getting ahead in the count 3-1. Things were left to Adeiny Hechavarria, who grounded out to the pitcher on a 3-2 pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (24-26, 5.5 GB in NL East) look to get back on track agianst the Detroit Tigers (19-29, 14 GB in AL Central) at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. 

Mets notes

Infielder Luis Guillorme was optioned down to Triple-A to make room for LHP Jason Vargas, who is back from the IL, which leaves Todd Frazier as the Mets' emergency backup infielder. ... Pete Alonso is tied for fourth in Mets' franchise history with 17 rookie home runs (Jay Paton, 2000 and John Milner, 1972). He is also just one of seen players with at least 17 home runs through his first 50 career games. ... Wilson Ramos is batting .353 with two home runs, nine RBI and nine runs scored in his last 12 games.  

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Luis Guillorme (15) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Luis Guillorme (15) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets officially activated LHP Jason Vargas off the IL to start Saturday's game against the Tigers. In doing so, they optioned Luis Guillorme down to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Guillorme was just recalled on Thursday to provide some infield depth after both Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil were placed on the IL. 

Without Guillorme, the Mets are thin at infield depth with no middle infielders behind Adeiny Hecchavaria and Amed Rosario for Saturday's game. Mickey Callaway said that Todd Frazier is the backup middle infielder in case of an emergency. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Luis Guillorme
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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied again on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals. They begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Carlos Gomez hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into s 6-3 lead as they won their season-best fourth straight game.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Rajai Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday). 

The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

As far as the Mets' injured starters go, one seems ready to return and the other is very close.

Steven Matz spoke Thursday after throwing a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and said he feels great. During the bullpen session, Matz said he's ready to return and that he's "really happy."

"I threw a bullpen yesterday and I feel good today," Matz said, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are still without Steven Matz and Jason Vargas, and while both continue to throw, manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that there wasn't a set return date for either. But that doesn't mean a return for one or both isn't imminent. 

Matz, who is dealing with a nerve issue, played catch on Tuesday and has been having regular bullpen sessions.

Vargas, who has a hamstring issue, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

With Sunday's rainout and Monday's off-day, the Mets have a bunch of options when it comes to how they could set up their starting rotation against the Nationals. But Mickey Callaway said Sunday that the plan is simply to push everyone back.

That means a rotation that looks like this against the Nats from Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday, May 14: Noah Syndergaard vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

With Steven Matz and Jason Vargas sidelined, the Mets decided to use newcomer Wilmer Font to spot start on Wednesday against the Padres. 

The Mets acquired Font, 28, on Monday from the Rays and while he has mostly been used as a reliever he is stretched out to make a start. 

Font threw 59 pitches over three innings on May 1 in relief and the Mets plan to use him for about 75 pitches or so on Wednesday. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during manager Mickey Callaway's first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they're just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it's early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (16-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were shut out by the Padres as they lost their fourth-straight game and fell three games under .500 for the first time this season. They continue their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Chris Paddack -- who openly challenged Pete Alonso before the game -- dominated New York for 7.2 innings as he stalked and screamed around the mound >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas on Vargas' injured hamstring and the Mets continued struggles on offense

The Mets placed LHP Jason Vargas on the injured list on Monday due to a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday against the Brewers.

New York does not believe the injury to be considered serious, SNY's Andy Martino reports, and Vargas is eligible to return on May 16. 

Vargas was lifted after four innings and 50 pitches on Sunday, a day after an 18-inning marathon game, due to "mild hamstring tightess."

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz has avoided the injured list for now after undergoing tests on his elbow and receiving a cortisone shot, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game against the Padres.

Matz will not make Wednesday's scheduled start after he traveled back to New York with a nerve issue in his forearm. Callaway said the newly-acquired Wilmer Font could be an option to start Wednesday, though the team hasn't made anything official yet.

Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Matz's elbow, SNY's Andy Martino reported, which the team views as optimistic. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Mets swung a trade for Rays reliever Wilmer Font on Monday, and while Font could help a depleted relief corps that is currently without Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan. he could also be an option for the starting rotation.

Font has a 5.79 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP this season and has struck out 18 batters in 14 innings (10 appearances). He had a 1.67 ERA (3.98 FIP) and 0.96 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings for the Rays last season.

Here's the gist on Font...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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