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Jason Vargas

The guys talk Vargas 00:01:54
Gary, Ron and Keith discuss whether the Mets can count on Jason Vargas to pitch in 2019 like he has in his last several starts.

Jason Vargas tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Mets to a 4-1 victory and series win over the Braves on Thursday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Vargas (7-9) surrendered three hits and struck out six while completing seven innings for the first time since June 30, 2017. The southpaw entered his start on Aug. 14 with an 8.75 ERA but sliced that to a season-low 5.77 by surrendering two or fewer runs in six of his final seven outings. He went 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 10 walks over 44 2/3 innings in that span.

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Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas ended his first season back in a Mets uniform with easily his best start.

Vargas three seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts and no walks. It was the first time this season Vargas had thrown more than six innings and only the fourth time he didn't allow a run.

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The guys talk Mets bullpen 00:01:24
Gary, Ron, and Keith discuss the up and coming prospects in the Mets bullpen who are getting their opportunities as the season winds down.

Jose Lobaton's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 12th inning lifted the Mets past the Nationals, 5-4, on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) New York loaded the bases on a single and two walks in front of Lobaton, who collected his first RBI since April 27 during his first big league plate appearance in more than three months. The Mets led 3-0 in the sixth and 4-2 in the eighth, but Anthony Swarzak allowed a single and a walk to begin the frame. Daniel Zamora battled Bryce Harper for nine pitches before getting him to fly out to the right-field fence, but Robert Gsellman surrendered an RBI groundout to Rendon and game-tying double to Juan Soto. Both runs were charged to Swarzak.

 

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Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit and defeated the Marlins, 5-2, to complete a sweep of Thursday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) After belting a game-tying homer in the ninth inning in the first game, Michael Conforto doubled, singled and drove in three runs in the nightcap. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with four homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in seven games during the homestand. His 11 home runs since Aug. 12 are tied with the Braves Ronald Acuna for the most in the Majors in that span.

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))

Early homers from Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto weren't enough as the Dodgers bludgeoned Jason Vargas and Corey Oswalt, sending the Mets to an 11-4 defeat on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Bruce opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning, and Conforto followed up with a two-run shot of his own in the third, putting New York ahead 4-0.

2) After Austin Barnes homered to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the third, L.A. pulled ahead in the fourth when Brian Dozier knocked in Barnes -- and knocked out Vargas. The veteran lefty allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Barnes had reached on an error by Todd Frazier, meaning that the go-ahead run was unearned.

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The guys talk Mets bullpen 00:01:53
Gary & Ron discuss the Major League debut of Eric Hanhold and the future makeup of the Mets bullpen

Jason Vargas coughed up an early 4-0 lead as the Dodgers rallied for 11 unanswered runs in an 11-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Despite being handed a 4-0 lead, Vargas (5-9) could not get out of the fourth inning when the Dodgers scored three times, aided by a Todd Frazier error. The 35-year-old was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 frames. It was his shortest non-weather interrupted start since he lasted 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on June 19. Vargas was looking to win four consecutive starts for the first time since last September.

 

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas held the Dodgers scoreless through the first two innings on Tuesday night, but ran into trouble he couldn't escape in the third and fourth innings.

Vargas struggled with the long ball, allowing a two-run home run to Austin Barnes in the third inning before David Freese added a solo blast in the fourth. Later in the fourth, Enrique Hernandez scored on a fielding error and Briaz Dozier drove in Barmes for the Dodgers' fifth run.

The 35-year-old Vargas allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits in 3 1/3 innings in what was his first start against the Dodgers since 2013. 

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Sep 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with center fielder Austin Jackson (16) after hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Sep 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with center fielder Austin Jackson (16) after hitting a three run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Mets and Dodgers will continue their three-game series on Tuesday night at 10:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.

Mets notes

Over his last nine games, Brandon Nimmo is slashing .469/.553/.813 with one home run, five RBIs and seven extra-base hits. ... Mets starting pitchers have registered a 3.25 ERA in the second half, which ranks sixth in the majors. The Dodgers, however, lead the majors as their rotation has a 2.81 ERA since the All-Star break.

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Gary and Ron on Vargas' start 00:01:46
Mets LHP Jason Vargas allows just one earned run and delivers six strikeouts across 5 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 10-3 victory over the Cubs.

Todd Frazier hit a first-inning grand slam and drove in a season-high five runs and Jason Vargas was effective for a fourth straight outing as the Mets avoided a three-game sweep with an 10-3 win over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Frazier's fourth career grand slam was his fourth homer in seven games. He added an RBI single in the ninth. Amed Rosario and Austin Jackson each singled twice and each plated a run in the seventh. Jose Reyes capped New York's second four-run inning with a pinch-hit two-RBI triple, the 141st of his career. 

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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (56-71) and Nationals (64-64) will open a three-game series at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets have won six of their last 10 games and 12 of their last 20 overall... The Mets have scored 172 runs since the All-Star break, which is the third-most in the majors ... The Mets are 12-11 during the month of August ... The Mets have won six games against the Nationals this season, but have not won the season series since 2015.

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Mets break down Williamsport win 00:02:00
Hear from Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas and Kevin Plawecki as they recap the Mets' 8-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday night.

Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Mets past the Phillies, 8-2, on Sunday night in the Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Rosario's two-run single capped a four-run second inning for the Mets. Jose Bautista and Kevin Plawecki had RBI singles when New York opened the frame with five consecutive hits. Jeff McNeil had a two-RBI base knock in the fourth and Rosario added another run-scoring single in the sixth. Dominic Smith had a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth.

 

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Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are keeping LHP Jason Vargas in the rotation.

Mickey Callaway told Wayne Randazzo that RHP Corey Oswalt will be moved to the bullpen in a traditional five-man rotation after talks of potentialy using six.

Vargas, 35, is 2-8 this season with an 8.10 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 53.1 innings.

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Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed two runs in six innings against the Orioles on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Vargas allowed his first run in the fourth inning when Mark Trumbo drove in Renato Nunez with a sacrifice fly. The Orioles tied the game in the sixth inning when Adam Jones hit a solo home run. Vargas walked three batters and struck out one while throwing 82 pitches.

The 35-year-old Vargas also turned in a quality start against the Orioles earlier in the season when he allowed two runs in five innings in the Mets' 2-1 loss on June 5 at Citi FIeld. He has found success against Baltimore in the past; he pitched a complete-game shutout against the Orioles in 2012 and pitched another complete game against them in 2013.

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The guys talk Vargas 00:02:11
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Jason Vargas' best performance of the season in the Mets' loss to the Orioles.

The Orioles scored four times in the seventh and eighth innings to snap a 2-2 tie en route to a 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Bobby Wahl and Paul Sewald combined to allow four runs on six hits -- including two homers -- and two walks in 1 2/3 innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 Orioles lead. Wahl (0-1) suffered his first Major League defeat.

 

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Gary and Ron on Rosario's bat 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling examine Amed Rosario's offensive woes and discuss what his future looks like with the Mets moving forward.

The Mets fell behind by three runs in a first inning interrupted by a lengthy rain delay and managed two hits in a 6-1 loss to the Reds on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jason Vargas allowed three of the first four batters to reach and allowed a run before play was halted due to severe weather. He did not return following the 100-minute delay and was replaced by Paul Sewald, who allowed both inherited runners to score. Vargas (2-8) was charged with three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

 

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Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas struggled from the outset against the Reds on Tuesday and went on to allow three runs in an outing that was cut short by a rain delay that lasted nearly two hours.

Vargas allowed a run on three hits before a thunderstorm rolled over Citi FIeld, which sent the game into a delay and ended his night early. He gave up a leadoff single to Jose Peraza, who stole second and reached third when Brandon Nixon struck out.

Scooter Gennett then drove in Peraza with a base hit to center field and Eugenio Suarez followed it up with a ground-rule double to move Gennett to third on the last play before the game entered a delay.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Aside from Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz, the Mets have one spot in their starting rotation that has been taken up by a mix of Jason Vargas, Corey Oswalt, and others this season.

And even though Vargas has been one of the worst pitchers in baseball this year, dealt with multiple injuries, and shuffled between the bullpen and rotation, he'll likely have a regular spot in the rotation down the stretch instead of Oswalt. But Oswalt does have a fan in Mickey Callaway.

"I'd like to see him pitch as much as possible," Callaway said over the weekend. "I think what we need to focus on is that he's pitching every fifth day, and it doesn't have to be here. We have to get him in a routine to see what he can do because if he does the right things, he's got the stuff."

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The guys talk bullpen car 00:01:25
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets bringing back the bullpen car to Citi Field.

The Mets were limited to six hits en route to their third consecutive loss, 4-2, to the Braves on Thursday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jason Vargas allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while tying a season-high with seven strikeouts in five innings. The southpaw allowed a run in the first and was betrayed by his defense in the third thanks to a poor throw by Wilmer Flores and a dropped pop up by Kevin Plawecki, which helped Atlanta tacked on three more runs. Vargas (2-7) extended his dubious record of not pitching into the sixth for the 11th consecutive start to begin a season. 

 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Coming off a 70-92 season in 2017, the Mets signed a slew of second-tier free agents while gearing up for what they hoped would be a third postseason appearance in four seasons.

The results have been almost impossibly bad, with each of their five key free agent signings having arguably the worst season of their career...

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Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas (calf strain) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings on Saturday night in a rehab start for Single-A Brooklyn.

Both runs allowed by Vargas were home runs. He threw 90 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

Vargas last pitched on June 19 when he was shelled by the Rockies. In that start, he allowed seven runs -- including three home runs -- in just 2 1/3 innings.

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Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas is headed to the disabled list after injuring his calf during conditioning earlier this week, manager Mickey Callaway said after Saturday's game.

Vargas was slated to start the series finale against the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets will promote RHP Chris Flexen from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Vargas' place but there is not yet any indication he will start on Sunday, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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Rockies rough up starter Vargas 00:01:41
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss what the Mets should do with pitchers Jason Vargas and Seth Lugo moving forward.

Jason Vargas allowed three straight home runs in the third inning and the Mets could not catch up in a 10-8 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Betrayed by poor defense and bad luck in the first inning, Vargas (2-6) allowed two runs on four hits in the frame before falling apart in the third. The southpaw surrendered back-to-back-to-back homers and was removed after allowing five of the six batters he faced in the inning to reach safely. Vargas has a 13.50 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field after he was charged with seven runs and nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. He hit a batter and did not issue a walk or record a strikeout.

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Callaway, Vargas on tough loss 00:01:11
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas discuss Vargas' poor outing in the New York Mets' loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed seven runs -- including back-to-back-to-back home runs -- on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each hit RBI singles in the first inning before Vargas fell victim to the long ball in a six-run third inning.

He allowed three home runs in that sixth inning, as Nolan Arenado took Vargas deep in the third inning with a two-run home run, then Story and Desmond struck again with solo home runs right after.

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Brandon Nimmo's great two days 00:01:31
Check out the homers and the happiness provided by Brandon Nimmo over the past two days as he's helped the Mets to dramatic wins.

The Mets (31-38) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (34-38) on Tuesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets are 18-17 on the road this season. ... Monday night's game was the second time since the start of 2015 that the Mets had at least one hit in every inning. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games and 29 home runs in their last 23 games, though 22 of those home runs have been solo shots. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA over their last 28 games (162.1 innings). 

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D'Backs outslug Mets 00:01:58
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' reliance on hitting home runs to win games after New York's 6-3 loss in Arizona.

Despite three solo homers, the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-3, in the first of four against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Brandon NimmoMichael Conforto and Amed Rosario homered for the Mets, who scored in more than one inning for the first time in 10 games. Of the last 21 home runs New York has hit, 17 have been solo shots. Dominic Smith singled for New York's only other hit. 

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D'Backs outslug Mets 00:01:58
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' reliance on hitting home runs to win games after New York's 6-3 loss in Arizona.

Despite three solo homers, the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-3, in the first of four against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Brandon NimmoMichael Conforto and Amed Rosario homered for the Mets, who scored in more than one inning for the first time in 10 games. Of the last 21 home runs New York has hit, 17 have been solo shots. Dominic Smith singled for New York's only other hit. 

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will be pushed back from Thursday to Saturday due to a blister on his left middle finger, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News

The Mets announced late Wednesday night that Jason Vargas -- who was supposed to be skipped this turn through the rotation -- will pitch Thursday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, followed by Seth Lugo on Friday. Zack Wheeler will pitch on Sunday. 

Matz had recently been dealing with a slight strain of his middle finger.

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Mets not needing a fifth starter due to off days last Thursday and today, they will be skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation.

Zack Wheeler will start against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday, with Jacob deGrom getting the start on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mets are again evaluating Seth Lugo's role, after he fired 6.0 shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday night. If the Mets move Lugo to the rotation full-time, that will likely mean Vargas shifting to the bullpen. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:21
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez answer viewer questions after the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Orioles at Citi Field.

The Mets mustered three hits en route to their fifth consecutive loss, 2-1, to the Orioles on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets' offense managed a run on two hits and a walk in six innings against Orioles starter Alex Cobb, who entered the game with a 6.80 ERA and 1.81 WHIP in nine starts. The right-hander did not allow a hit until Jay Bruce and Kevin Plawecki singled and doubled, respectively, leading off the fifth. 

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas limited the Orioles to two runs in five innings on Tuesday night during the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Orioles at Citi Field.

It was a rough start for Vargas, who gave up an RBI double to Manny Machado and a sacrifice fly by Danny Valencia in the first inning.

But Vargas would go on to pitch four scoreless innings, retiring 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (27-30) open a two-game set against the Orioles (17-41) on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

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Mets LHP Jason Vargas needed a strong outing to get his confidence back after a rough performance in Milwaukee. 

Well, he did just that as he stymied a potent Braves offense in his start Wednesday night.

Vargas got the start he wanted as Freddie Freeman was the only hitter to get to him in the inning. In the second, Charlie Culberson hit a double but it was a squib down the right field line. But no harm was done as Julio Teheran flew out to end the inning...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/30 00:01:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Mickey Callaway's handling of the Mets' bullpen in Wednesday night's win in Atlanta.

Jason Vargas tossed five scoreless innings on three-day's rest to help lead the Mets past the Braves, 4-1, on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Pitching on three-day's rest for the third time in his career, Vargas (2-3) limited the Braves to two hits and a walk with two strikeouts. He was lifted after throwing 44 of his 65 pitches for strikes while matching his season-high for innings pitched in a start. He lowered his ERA from 10.62 to 8.53.

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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate s with New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate s with New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (26-26) conclude their four-game series against the Braves (32-22) on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park in Atlanta at 7:35 on SNY. 

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Callaway, Vargas on blowout loss 00:00:45
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas discuss the Mets' 17-6 loss to the Brewers on Saturday evening.

The Mets haven't decided if LHP Jason Vargas will make his next scheduled start, assistant GM John Ricco said prior to Sunday's game.

"We are continuing to talk about a lot of different options," Ricco said. "I don't think any decisions have been made yet."

Unless Vargas has an injury, the options are either sending him to the bullpen, sending him to the minors (which he has the right to refuse), or skipping his next rotation turn. Vargas is scheduled to next start on May 31 against the Cubs at Citi Field...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/26 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss another poor outing by Jason Vargas and the state of the Mets' pitching staff.

The Mets jumped out to a quick start on offense, but the Brewers quickly responded and ultimately overwhelmed Jason Vargas and the Mets' bullpen in a 17-6 lopsided loss on Saturday afternoon. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the sad state of affairs surrounding Jose Reyes, the Jose Bautista signing, and the importance of getting quality starts from the likes of Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas.

Plus, Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen!

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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (25-22) continue their four-game series against the Brewers (32-20) on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 4:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets have won five of their last eight games. ... The Mets are 13-9 on the road this season. ... The Mets are 3.0 games behind the Braves (2.0 games in the loss column) for first place in the NL East. ... The Mets are currently 1.5 games back of the Pirates (tied in the loss column) for the second Wild Card spot in the NL. 

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Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are givens. Steven Matz has a 3.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and has allowed just six runs over his last four starts (21.0 innings).

Jason Vargas (one great start after three nightmare ones since joining the rotation) and Zack Wheeler (5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) have been a different story. And the Mets need them to start providing consistency to the back end of the rotation.

On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss below...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/21 00:01:42
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the strong pitching of Jason Vargas and AJ Ramos in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Marlins.

Jason Vargas turned in his best outing of the season, tossing five two-hit innings as the Mets extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-0 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Vargas (1-3) came into the game having allowed 34 baserunners in 12 1/3 innings over his first three starts. The 35-year-old retired the first nine batters and allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven to lower his ERA from 13.86 to 9.87. He was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the fifth after tossing 86 pitches -- 51 for strikes.

 

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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (23-19) open a three-game series against the Marlins (17-29) on Monday night at Citi Field at 7:10. 

Mets notes...

The Mets are 5-2 in their last seven games, including 4-1 on their current homestand. ... The Mets swept the Marlins in a three-game series in Miami earlier this season, April 9-11. ... The Mets have hit five HR over their last two games and 15 HR over their last 10. ... The Mets have 10 wins this season when the game is tied or they are trailing after six innings -- tied with the Mariners for the most in the majors. 

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets entered their series with the Diamondbacks having lost seven of their previous eight games. Meanwhile, the Mets are 11-7 in starts made by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and 17-3 when the team scores four or more runs in a game.

In other words, with deGrom and Syndergaard pitching two of three games, during which the Mets scored 12 runs, sweeping the D-backs this past weekend should be what is expected from a team that entered this season hoping to make the postseason.

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said after getting Sunday's win. "We'd kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterGive me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn't come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets' rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are now down Yoenis Cespedes, who was put on the disabled list Wednesday. Todd Frazier is also on the disabled list, and is eligible to return on Friday. As a result, the outfield and infield will be a bit mixed up and needing support for at least a few more days. 

That said, Jose Reyes probably shouldn't even be be on the roster -- let alone starting at third base for Frazier as he did Tuesday. Instead, especially when a left-handed starting pitcher is on the mound like Wednesday, Wilmer Flores or Luis Guillorme should be at third, with Flores or Jay Bruce at first base, and Juan Lagares always in center field.

Case in point, on a night when the Mets had 16 hits and scored 12 runs with a lefty starting the game, Reyes was 1-for-5. Flores started at first base, leaving Bruce, Brandon Nimmo, and Lagares in the outfield. Cespedes (hip) and Michael Conforto had the night off...

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May 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts after a home run by Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts after a home run by Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In an effort to get him right, the Mets will skip LHP Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation, manager Mickey Callaway said on Friday. Vargas had been on track to pitch on Tuesday at Citi Field. He will instead pitch a simulated game that day.

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jason Vargas has been so bad since making his Mets debut last month that it's almost impossible to believe. The numbers: Three starts spanning 12.1 innings, with 19 runs allowed on 26 hits (including five home runs), while walking seven and striking out nine -- and failing to toss more than 4.2 innings in any of those starts.

Vargas is allowing hits on nearly half the balls that have been put in play against him (.447 BABIP). That's insane and will come down a lot, but he's also allowing the worst line drive percantage (26.0) and hard hit percentage (38.5) of his career. So, while Vargas should improve, what happens if he doesn't do so to the extent required to keep his rotation spot? Here are four internal options the Mets have to replace Vargas if it comes to it...

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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Callaway on Vargas' outing 00:01:31
Mickey Callaway discusses the issues Jason Vargas had during his four-inning performance, and the role Devin Mesoraco will play in 2018.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Tuesday's game that LHP Jason Vargas will remain in the rotation despite his struggles early on.

Vargas allowed four runs on six hits in four innings on Tuesday night against the Reds.

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