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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. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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(Jason Getz)

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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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:32
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez answer questions about Jason Vargas, Hansel Robles and old Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.

Jason Vargas suffered through a third straight poor outing and the Mets did not register a baserunner until the fifth inning as they lost for the seventh time in eight games, 7-2, to the Reds on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.

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

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

1) Vargas (0-3) surrendered multiple runs in the first inning for the third consecutive start after allowing the first four Reds to reach safely. Eugenio Suarez plated two with a single and Cincinnati tacked on two more runs in the fourth. Overall, Vargas allowed four runs, six hits and two walks with one strikeout in four innings. The 35-year-old has yet to complete five frames this season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the back end of the Mets' starting pitching rotation.

Jason Vargas struggled in his Mets debut, allowing nine runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings as San Diego routed New York 12-2 Saturday at Petco Park.

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

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets brought LHP Jason Vargas will them to Miami, but he won't be seeing live action any time soon. 

Vargas still can't field as the surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right hand has just allowed him to use the hand again. Manager Mickey Callaway says the veteran lefty will likely throw another simulated game on Thursday.

"He's gonna throw another 'game,' probably with a protective screen," Callaway said. 

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