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The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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The guys talk Wheeler 00:01:26
Gary & Keith discuss how Zack Wheeler has joined the ranks of the elite pitchers in baseball

The Mets hit three homers and pounded out 14 hits to back Zack Wheeler who dominated the Marlins en route to a 13-0 win on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Originally scheduled to play a doubleheader, the clubs were delayed by more than 5 1/2 hours before starting the game at 6:45 p.m. The twin bill was pushed to Thursday afternoon.

 

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The guys talk Dom Smith 00:01:41
Gary, Ron & Keith discuss Dominic Smith's home run in tonight's game and his future with the Mets organization

The Mets managed to bring around three runs on Cy Young hopeful Aaron Nola, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

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

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

 

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The Mets have said 1B prospect Peter Alonso was not promoted this September because they wanted to see if Jay Bruce could be an option at first base next season.

The team also didn't want to promote Alonso so they could delay beginning his service time clock until next season. That said, it does make sense to see Bruce play as much first base as possible to best gauge how he can be used going forward...

"I think we need to make some sort of determination going into the offseason whether it is feasible bringing him back as a first baseman next year," Mets manager Mickey Callaway admitted last month. "I definitely think that is a possibility. I think that is one of the things we need to find out this last part of the season."

Unfortunately for Callaway, Bruce continues to look mostly adequate and - at times - below average when faced with rare situations in the field.

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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.

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto
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Gary and Keith talk Wright 00:01:49
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez shed light on David Wright potentially returning to the Mets and playing again after his medical setbacks.

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

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

1) Wheeler (9-7) took the tough-luck loss after he allowed one run on just four hits while striking out nine and walking none. The righty threw 97 pitches on the night, 65 of which were strikes. Wheeler's only run allowed came on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Chris Shaw -- good for the first RBI of his Major League career -- in the seventh inning. He has now allowed only two runs in his last three starts and has struck out 23 batters in 21 innings pitched during that span. 

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run 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 right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Mets 1B Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against the Dodgers. 

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For the first time this season, OF Jay Bruce and LHP Jason Vargas are seemingly both healthy and finally producing for the Mets.

Bruce returned from the disabled list and started in right field on Friday, after which he has three hits, including a double and a home run, in 11 plate appearances. Overall, he's hitting .215 and on pace to hit fewer than 10 home runs for the first time since during his 11-year career.

"It's something I am not proud of, but I can only move forward," Bruce admitted Friday. "I have little over a month this year and two more seasons to right the ship."

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Jay Bruce will have roughly 35 games between now and the end of this season to keep himself healthy and prove his value to the Mets and the rest of MLB.

When asked Friday if he could envision Bruce as the team's full-time first baseman in 2019, manager Mickey Callaway said "I definitely think that's a possibility."

Bruce entered this season having played at least 137 games each of the last eight seasons, the last half of which he hit at least 30 home runs each year.

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

The Mets activated Jay Bruce from the disabled list on Friday and also called catcher Tomas Nido up from Double-A Binghamton.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Dominic Smith and Jack Reinheimer were optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The move for Nido comes after catcher Devin Mesoraco left Thursday's game early due to a neck issue he was sent for an MRI on.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After recording a 1-for-4 night on Tuesday, Mets 3B David Wright went 0-for-3 in his latest rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Wednesday night. 

Though he may have gone hitless, Wright collected a two-hit game on Sunday to go along with his hit on Tuesday. 

Although the Mets' captain continues to work his way towards a potential return, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two-run double against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a two-run double against the Atlanta Braves in the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jay Bruce collected three hits and played nine innings in right field for Single-A St. Lucie in a rehab game on Tuesday.

Bruce, who hit fourth behind David Wright, doubled in the second inning and came around to score, singled in the fourth and sixth and popped out in the seventh.

Bruce is expected to get playing time at first base upon his return to the major league team. 

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Wright and Bruce rehab in FL 00:00:49
David Wright and Jay Bruce played in a rehab game for Class A-Advanced Port St. Lucie, as they both try to work their way back to the Mets.

Mets 3B David Wright played his third game in four days with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night. But after four plate appearances, Wright is still searching for his first hit. 

Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, which makes him 0-for-7 in his three games. At third base, he managed to have two putouts in the game as well. 

Before his game Monday, Wright said that he wasn't worried about not getting a hit yet. He said the more live at-bats he has under his belt, he'll begin to see the ball better, resulting in more contact. 

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce went 0-for-2 with a walk for Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday in his first rehab game.

Bruce, who started in right field and played five innings, struck out and flied out. He is expected to see playing time at first base and is currently scheduled to play there on Wednesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. At that point, he will alternate between right field and first base.

Bruce is also expected to get playing time at first base upon his return to the major league team.

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce begins a rehab assignment on Tuesday night, and his return could potentially block Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso from getting called up this season. Bruce will get time at first base and the outfield during his rehab assignment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, and the expectation is that he will get plenty of time at first base when he returns to the majors.

The Mets are reportedly not preparing to call up Alonso this season, and the return of Bruce and his presence at first base would seemingly make an Alonso call-up even less likely.

Read More: Point/Counterpoint: How could Bruce at 1B impact Alonso?

 

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said earlier this week that Jay Bruce would get lots of time at first base when he soon returns from the DL.

What could Bruce at first base this season mean for Triple-A Las Vegas first baseman Peter Alonso? And what could it mean in 2019 and beyond? 

SNY.tv's Matthew Cerrone and Danny Abriano discuss...

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Jul 1, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) looses his bat on a swing in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 1, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) looses his bat on a swing in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jay Bruce are ready to take their next steps in their rehabs from their respective injuries.

Frazier, who has been out since July 9 with a ribcage strain, has been hitting off a tee and will begin "more intense baseball activities" later this week, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Sunday's game.

Bruce, however, has yet to start swinging a bat since he was placed on the disabled list in mid-June. While he was originally placed on the DL with plantar fasciitis, he has since been shut down due to a right hip strain and a butt/back issue. 

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce has been out of the Mets' lineup for over a month, and as one would think, frustration has set in. 

Bruce was originally placed on the 10-day DL last month after experiencing a butt/back issue as well as plantar fascitis in his left foot. Most recently, he had a setback after suffering a right hip strain, which forced the Mets to shut him down. 

"This has been a pretty helpless feeling for me," Bruce said prior to Friday's game against the Yankees to kick off the second half of the season.  

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Do the Mets need to acquire a first baseman this winter? Or, do they have enough internal options to make the position work in 2019?

Justin Smoak, Matt Adams, Marwin Gonzalez, and Logan Morrison are expected to be the top first basemen available on the free agent market this winter. It's too early to know if anyone better will be available and more affordable in trade.

That said, the Mets have at least five internal options worth considering, though no one candidate is perfect given the team's need to improve its fielding and power at the plate...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL last month due to a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, suffered a setback two days ago when he felt an issue in his hip while doing baseball activity, manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday.

Bruce has been shut down for 10 days and will be reevaluated after that time is up.

He said after being placed on the DL that there was no timetable for his return, and that the injuries may have impacted his play all season.

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Nimmo, Bruce, Frazier, McNeil and Alonso, Cespedes. Credit: USA Today Images
Nimmo, Bruce, Frazier, McNeil and Alonso, Cespedes. Credit: USA Today Images

The Mets have scored the fewest runs in the National League since May 1, which encompasses roughly 70 percent of the season. They also have the league's worst record during that time, 19-42, which is eight fewer wins than their NL East rival Marlins.

To make matters worse, they Mets have the fifth-worst run differential in all of baseball.

In case you missed it...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week while dealing with a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said Friday that he has also been dealing with a hip issue since March -- and that it has probably negatively affected his play.

Bruce said there is no timetable for his return. 

"The injury has not been apparent for that long," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. "It really hasn't been about playing him through injury."

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets are calling up reliever Tim Peterson from Triple-A Las Vegas, reports Betsy Helfand of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In order to promote Peterson, who was sent down on June 14, the Mets will need to place someone currently on the 25-man roster on the DL. The reason is because a player must spend at least 10 days in the minors after being optioned, unless he is replacing an injured player.   

Jay Bruce, who is dealing with multiple injuries and has played in just one game since last Wednesday, was set to be reevaulated Tuesday -- with a DL stint possible.

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Jay Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness.

Bruce said Monday that he hates the idea of going on the DL, but will be reevaluated on Tuesday with a DL stint on the table.

He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) is unavailable to pinch hit against the Diamondbacks on Thursday and is unlikely to play on Friday, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

After the Mets 2-0 loss to the Braves on Wednesday, Bruce said that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently. 

The 31-year-old Bruce is hitting just .216/.297/.327 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just five extra-base hits since then. 

Against the D-Backs on Thursday, the Mets moved Brandon Nimmo to right field as Michael Conforto starts in center and Jose Bautista in left.

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are 4-16 since May 22, during which they've become the first team in modern history to score fewer than 15 runs during an 11-game stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Interestingly, the Nationals, Marlins, and Phillies immediately follow the Mets on the list of worst-scoring teams during the last three weeks...

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New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Lost a bit in the Mets' ongoing offensive ineptitude during Wednesday afternoon's loss was the lackadaisical and flat out inexcusable defense they played.

The culprits were Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario, who were all guilty of lazy efforts.

With one out in the seventh inning, Bruce slowly approached Ender Inciarte's seeing-eye single, allowing Inciarte to turn the hit in to a double. On that same play, Rosario was caught off guard and was out of position for Bruce's throw to second base...

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Bruce talks deGrom starts 00:00:30
As the Mets offense continues to crater, Jay Bruce admits that the team has "wasted" excellent starts by Jacob deGrom.

Mets OF Jay Bruce, who misplayed two balls in the outfield and charged another ball slowly (resulting in Ender Inciarte taking an extra base) during Wednesday's loss to the Braves, is dealing with a sore back, manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. 

Bruce said after the game that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently. 

Bruce, who is also dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will likely not be in the starting lineup on Thursday when the Mets open a series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, Callaway said...

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Braves overpower Mets 00:01:37
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Zack Wheeler's sixth-inning meltdown, which led to the Braves coming away with an 8-2 win over the Mets.

Ozzie Albies' grand slam off Paul Sewald capped a five-run sixth for the Braves, who sent the Mets to their ninth loss in 10 games, 8-2, on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

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

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1) Zack Wheeler allowed a game-tying homer to Freddie Freeman on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth and a two-out, RBI single to Ender Inciarte. The right-hander walked consecutive batters and gave the ball to Sewald, who surrendered Albies' grand slam that broke the game open. New York would have been out of the inning trailing, 3-2, but Asdrubal Cabrera could not hold on to Devin Mesoraco's throw to second on Inciarte's stolen base. 

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Jay Bruce drove in Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo with a two-run double in the sixth inning to give the Mets their first two runs of the night.

Video: Bruce socks a two-run double to give Mets the lead

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets OF Jay Bruce is hitting just .219/.299/.328 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just four extra-base hits since then. And he's fed up. 

"When I came over here in 2016 and I went through that stretch, I was f---ing lost," Bruce told Mike Puma of the NY Post. "I did not have a chance up there. But every day I f---ing come in here and I feel good. I feel like I am taking quality at-bats and putting good swings on balls and there is a confidence there."

Bruce, who has been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said the pain is still there "a litle bit," but wouldn't blame it for his poor production.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:13
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss Jacob deGrom's misfortune and the Mets' silent bats.

The Mets suffered their seventh straight loss as the Yankees took the first game in the Subway Series, 4-1, at Citi Field.

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

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

 

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

I believe outfielder Jay Bruce is struggling on all sides of the baseball because he's playing through painful plantar fasciitis under his left foot.

In addition, because Todd Frazier and Yoenis Cespedes have been on the disabled list, Bruce is often being protected in the lineup by Kevin Plawecki, Devon Mesoraca and Jose Bautista.

To be fair, it's not like Bruce was hitting well prior to Frazier and Cespedes leaving the lineup, though he had been showing signs of life in late April, early May hitting .320 during a 10-game stretch. That said, since Cespedes last played on May 13, a week after Frazier disappeared, Bruce has been batting just .200 with no home runs and only one RBI.

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Matz, Callaway on Baez's steal 00:00:59
Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway react to Javier Baez's steal of home plate during the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Keith Hernandez refers to good fundamentals as "good fundies." On Sunday, the Mets' fundies were not good as two lapses in the field led to two Cubs runs in the Mets' 2-0 loss at Citi Field.

Mets LHP Steven Matz's lack of attention to Javy Baez on third base led to his steal of home, while a lack of communication between right fielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Luis Guillorme led to a sacrifice fly as New York was swept at home.

"You're giving them the game instead of them winning the game from you," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "That's always hard to accept."

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May 7, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
May 7, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a single against the Cincinnati Reds during the ninth inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) was scratched from the starting lineup ahead of Saturday night's game against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Bruce, who leftt Friday night's game in the fifth inning, said his back remained tight on Saturday but expects to play on Sunday, reports Tim Healy of Newsday. Bruce described his absence on Saturday as more of a precautionary move. 

He said after Friday night's game that he did not anticipate his back issue to be a serious problem and said he needed to be more practive with stretching moving forward. 

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce's one hit, one walk line against the Cubs on Thursday was, in a vacuum, not a bad night. But it was just another in a long line of powerless performances, bringing his season OPS to .659 -- his lowest mark since an injury-riddled 2014. Signed through 2020, the Mets badly need Bruce to pick up the pace, so what is holding him back?

In many respects, much of what Bruce is doing in 2018 is little different from his excellent 2017. His walk rate, moderately above league average, has held steady. And he has even shaved a few points off his strikeout rate -- something he frequently struggled with earlier in his career. His batting average on balls in play, never particularly high because of his fly-ball approach, is almost identical to last year's. So how is it that his batting average and on base percentage have both tumbled more than 20 points?

The answer is the complete evaporation of his power swing. Over his career, Bruce has averaged 31 home runs per 162 games played, but in 2018 he is on pace for only nine. Overall, he is expected to fall 21 extra-base hits short of last year's total.

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With the Mets holding on to a 3-1 lead, the Braves were knocking on the door after back-to-back hits from Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. But, with one out and runners at the corners, Amed Rosario began a 6-4-3 double play with a beautiful dive and flip to Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera bare-handed the flip and threw a dagger to first to get out of the jam.

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Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce
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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double 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 shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets down to three healthy outfielders on their 25-man roster -- and with zero outfielders on their 40-man roster beyond those three -- Dominic Smith (yes, Dominic Smith) made his professional outfield debut over the weekend with Triple-A Las Vegas. The slimmed-down Smith started in right field on Saturday night, and threw a runner out at second base.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway smirked prior to Sunday's game while addressing the Smith-to-the-outfield thing -- not because the idea of Smith being out there is crazy, but because it was done due to the fact that the Mets are simply running out of healthy outfielders.  At the moment, Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans are the Mets' backup outfielders. 

"The way he's been moving around, the way he's been working, he's a really good athlete," Callaway said about Smith. "With the injuries we've had, it makes some sense for him to go out in right field and get some reps. ... This only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute." In the short-term, if Smith can hack it in the outfield, it will give the Mets an option to turn to if another outfielder is lost due to injury. The long-term options are even more interesting...

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Callaway grade 00:02:19
Baseball Night in New York drops by GEICO SportsNite to discuss the job Mickey Callaway has done as Mets manager so far this season.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter 

No one in the Mets front office is kidding themselves about Mickey Callaway's week. From a batting order snafu to questionable bullpen management, the rookie manager has shown his inexperience.

Behind the scenes, at least, his work has been more encouraging: Callaway is said to be communicating well with his bosses, making adjustments to his game management based on their feedback and displaying none of the apparent defensiveness that occasionally emerges in his postgame sessions with reporters. The Mets consider Callaway thoughtful and responsive, and remain hopeful about his future.

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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThis week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell -- their second child. But that's not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action... eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night's game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.

Speaking of Friday night's game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team -- that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon's game, but it unfortunately didn't happen...

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith handles a grounder during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets called up Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas and placed Jay Bruce on the paternity list prior to Friday's series-opener against the Phillies in Philadelphia.

Bruce, who is traveling home to Texas to be with his wife for the birth of their second child, expects to miss all three games against the Phillies.

Smith, 22, is hitting .278/.390/.417 with two HR, eight doubles, and one triple in 31 games (115 at-bats) this season for Las Vegas.

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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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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Things got weird for the Mets in the top of the first inning against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon when they batted out of order and were charged with an out -- leaving Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.

The Mets' lineup card in the dugout (and in the Reds' dugout) had Brandon Nimmo leading off, followed by Wilmer Flores second and Cabrera third. However, the lineup card the Mets delivered to the umpires before the game had Nimmo, followed by Cabrera and Flores.

After Cabrera doubled with two outs in the first inning, Reds manager Jim Riggleman alerted the umpires, who charged the Mets with an out. That wasn't the end of the confusion, though...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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