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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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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(Noah K. Murray)

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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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...

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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.

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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.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald, Andy Martino
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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.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, 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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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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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 will travel home to Texas after Wednesday's game to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Bruce will be placed on paternity leave, and plans to miss all three games of the Mets' weekend series against the Phillies in Philadelphia. 

The Mets, who will call someone up to replace Bruce while he's on paternity leave, do not have any outfielders on the 40-man roster.

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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)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:05:29
The BNNY guys join GEICO SportsNite to talk about the Mets' 7-6 win and the interest Matt Harvey has been attracting on the trade block.

Adrian Gonzalez hit two of the Mets' four home runs in Monday's 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Gonzalez's fifth-inning home run off Jackson Stephens proved to be the difference after the Reds scored two runs in the sixth inning and another in the eighth as New York ended its six-game losing streak.

"This is one of those parks you feel good coming into," Gonzalez told reporters after the game. "You know all you have to do is barrel the ball."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Matt Harvey has been a Met his entire baseball career. But, after New York decided to designate The Dark Knight for assignment, he will no longer don the blue and orange. And among all the buzz swirling arond the news, the Mets still on the roster had a game against the Rockies Friday night (which they lost 8-7). 

So, not only did they have to deal with the loss of their fourth straight game, but they had to come to grips with the loss of a dear teammate. 

"I was shocked. I didn't think it would end this way," OF Michael Conforto, who struck out with the game-tying and game-winning run on second and third in the ninth, said after the game. "I wish him all the best. He was a good teammate, good friend. So I hope he does well in his future endeavors."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce will get his first start of the season at first base on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies at Citi Field on SNY at 7:10 p.m.

Bruce, who has been getting reps at first base before games over the last few weeks, has said repeatedly that playing there is not his preferred option. However, he said earlier this week that he will do whatever the team asks of him. Having Bruce at first base allows the Mets to get him, Brandon Nimmo, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto all in the lineup at the same time. And it means less playing time for Adrian Gonzalez.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Even before the Mets' offense went into a nearly-collective funk, the idea of Bruce playing first base was one that was being considered -- with GM Sandy Alderson saying that Bruce could play first base on a resonably regular basis if needed. Now, Bruce at first base is finally happening -- and it's something that should lengthen the lineup a bit as the team looks to shake off back-to-back shutouts...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo will be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies, manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game. Nimmo, who drew a walk in his only plate appearance on Thursday, is hitting .294/.467/.529 in 20 games (45 plate appearances) this season.

Despite his tremendous production earlier this season, Nimmo has been the victim of a crowded outfield situation lately, and has started just two of the last 14 games.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets' offense sputtering, Nimmo needs to be playing regularly at this point -- no matter what the Mets need to do to get him in the lineup. Jay Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and is expected to start at least one game at first base this weekend. Beyond that, he's 1-for-11 over his last three games and has hit just one homer since April 5. He is the most logical option to either be shifted to first base or receive days off in order to make room for Nimmo...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Summarizing Mets' 2018 season 00:06:48
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down the Mets' 2018 season thus far and debates how solid their hold is on the N.L. East.

Matt Harvey is in the bullpen. Steven Matz has a 4.98 ERA. Jay Bruce has only two home runs. Michael Conforto is batting just .222 and Yoenis Cespedes leads the league in strikeouts.

Nevertheless, the Mets begin May in first place in the NL East with a 17-9 record, thanks in large part to Mickey Callaway's decisions, the team's bullpen, two aces, Todd Frazier's attitude and performance, and Asdrubal Cabrera leading the league in hits.


Tune to SNY today at 3:45 to watch Sandy Alderson's first game of homestand press conference

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

This week in Mets Land we had a couple of birthdays -- both mine and Gary Cohen!

 

Whereas I was dying on my couch with a 103-degree fever watching the Mets forget how to play defense and losing in extra innings for my birthday on Thursday, Gary was serenaded and blessed with a Mets win for his on Sunday. Happy birthday, Gare!

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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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 has dusted his first base glove off recently to take reps before games, and the Mets will reportedly be using him there in at least one game this week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Bruce said before the season that he didn't expect to get time at first base unless it was an emergency, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team would be comfortable using Bruce there on a near-everyday basis if needed.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Gonzalez isn't hitting for average, he isn't getting on base at a decent clip, and he isn't hitting for power. His .317 slugging percentage is putrid. And him playing regularly at this point is untenable. I was of the opinion that Gonzalez shouldn't have been signed in the first place, but at least the Mets are seemingly willing to be proactive at first base due to his struggles -- and due to Nimmo's tremendous production...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is congratulated by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Matt Bowman (not pictured) during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is congratulated by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Matt Bowman (not pictured) during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Before the Mets' 5-1 win against the Padres on Friday night, Jay Bruce was taking reps at first base, which could mean fewer at-bats for  Adrian Gonzalez and more for Brandon Nimmo.

This season, both Gonzalez and Bruce aren't off to the hottest starts. Gonzalez is hitting .203/.300/.322 with 2 HR and 12 RBI in 59 at-bats. Bruce is hitting .238/.307/.413 with 2 HR and 11 RBI in 80 at-bats...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Jay Bruce's performance in the Mets' extra-inning win.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's solo homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Mets to their Major League-best 10th come-from-behind win of the season. It was his second long ball of the year and first since April 5, a span of 47 at-bats. Bruce also had an RBI triple and collected three of the Mets' six hits while falling a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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