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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets and their fans were taken on an emotional roller coaster this past season, going from hopeful to hopeless, back to hopeful, then landing in a cold bucket of September reality.

"We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at," Michael Conforto told reporters after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25. "We want to play in October. That's the goal. I think we have the guys in here to do it. We have to put six months of baseball together and we didn't do that this year."

The bullpen has been the default answer when media and fans debate what the Mets need to improve when building a better team for 2020. However, for me, it's third on the list...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Buck Showalter
Buck Showalter

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The consensus on Buck Showalter as a potential Mets' managerial candidate comes from interviews with scouts, executives, and media members who all know him well, and it is straightforward: his attention to detail, in-game managing, and knack for having his team prepared is all second to none.

But…

He wants to do it his way, which can mean everything from input into personnel decisions to potential clashes over the level of day-to-day front-office involvement that characterized Brodie Van Wagenen's first year as GM. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, John Harper
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil had surgery for the fractured wrist he suffered during the last week of the season, posting an upbeat message on Instagram afterwards:

"Surgery went great!! Looking forward to coming back stronger than ever in 2020!! Thank you mets fans for all the support! #lgm #lfgm #mets"

 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)
Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets' roster entering the 2020 season might look very similar to the one they currently have. But there are some key areas where they could use improvement.

New York ranked near the bottom of the league in 2019 in overall DRS, and adding a center fielder with the ability to at least be average defensively could go a long way toward improving the team's defense.

As presently constituted, the Mets' outfield heading into 2020 is J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto from left to right, with Jeff McNeil sliding to third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran
Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have gone through a lot of boom and bust cycles since their first-ever game in 1962, with just nine of those seasons ending with playoff appearances.

In 1969, the Mets came out of nowhere to win the World Series (though Gil Hodges and the players on that team didn't see it that way) and the 1973 squad benefited from a very weak National League to make it to the playoffs with just 82 wins and ride it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.

When it comes to teams ready to turn the corner, you can usually see it coming. And the 2019 version of the Mets -- finishing 3.0 games back of a playoff spot -- bear a much closer resemblance to their counterparts from 2005, 1998, and 1985 than the 1972 and 1968 squads. The 2005, 1998, and 1985 Mets all suffered near-misses when it came to making the playoffs, and all of them returned stronger the next season...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Early Sunday afternoon, when Pete Alonso was still basking in the glow of Saturday night's historic 53rd home run -- the most ever for a major-league rookie -- he was telling SNY's Steve Gelbs in a pre-game interview that one of his primary goals going into next season is to improve his defense at first base.

"I want to win a Gold Glove," he said.

Suffice it to say that spoke not only to Alonso's pursuit of greatness, but the outlook for the Mets in the years to come.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Nimmo + McNeil: HR training 00:02:08
On Episode 5 of Game On, presented by GEICO, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go through some baseball Human Resource training.

On Episode 5 of Game On, presented by GEICO, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go through some baseball Human Resource training...

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Marcus Stroman's first abbreviated season in a Mets uniform now seems to be at it's end.

The right-hander went 6.0 innings on Friday against Atlanta, allowing just two earned runs while striking out eight. He left the game with the Mets holding a two-run lead.

Stroman's 11 starts with the Mets were steady, but he never seemed to get in the same kind of groove that led him to a 2.96 ERA with the Blue Jays prior to being traded at the deadline. In those 11 starts, Stroman compiled 59.2 innings, pitching to a 3.77 ERA. He struck out 60 hitters while walking just 24, but opponents collectively hit .278 against him coming into Friday's start.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (83-75, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins (55-103) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the second Wild Card. The team still went on to beat the Marlins 10-3 as Jacob deGrom was dominant in his final start of the season. The potential Cy Young Award winner threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. He ends the season with 23-straight scoreless innings pitched and 255 total strikeouts. Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run of the season, as the first baseman is one homer shy of tying the rookie home run record held by the Yankees' Aaron Judge. Prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins, the team activated Dom Smith from the 60-Day IL and announced Jeff McNeil will need surgery for his fractured wrist that he suffered in Wednesday's game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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McNeil updates wrist injury 00:00:41
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil gives an update and timetable for his wrist injury. Says doctors assured him it won't be a 'big deal.'

Jeff McNeil said Thursday that he will need surgery for the wrist fracture he suffered on Wednesday night, but should be "good to go" for Spring Training. 

"They said this is kind of no big deal," McNeil said about the surgery he expects to take place on Tuesday. "Recovery time is quick after surgery, they said. They have no worries."

"I would imagine," McNeil said when asked if he would be ready for Spring Training in February. "I should be good to go. ... should be no problem."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (83-75) wrap up their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Jacob deGrom almost certainly cemented his second-straight Cy Young award and Pete Alonso inched closer to the rookie home run record in the Mets' 10-3 win over the Marlins, but the Mets were still eliminated from playoff contention >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway and OF Brandon Nimmo
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and OF Brandon Nimmo

Speaking Wednesday night after the Mets were officially eliminated from playoff contention after the Brewers beat the Reds, Mets manager Mickey Callaway addressed his job status for the 2020 season. 

"Obviously, I have the utmost confidence in myself. I'm never gonna give up, never gonna quit, and I think that I'm the right guy to lead that team in there," Callaway said. "And I will do that to the best of my ability as long as I can."

Callaway, 44, also spoke on Wednesday night about how proud he was of his players.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after being hit by a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after being hit by a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets lost their hopes for the postseason on Wednesday, along with Jeff McNeil.

The utility player was hit by a pitch which caused a broken wrist, a right distal ulnar fracture to be exact, during the sixth inning at Citi Field. LHP Josh Smith caught McNeil with an 89 mph fastball that caused him to immediately leave the game.

McNeil appeared to be in a high level of discomfort as he crouched into a catchers position along the first base line, as he waited for team trainers to arrive at the scene. McNeil didn't make it to first base as he was taken to the locker room. 

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Mets smack Marlins 10-3 00:01:34
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 51st HR and is one shy of tying the rookie record. The Mets were also eliminated from the playoffs.

The Mets hit early and often and got another gem from Jacob deGrom en route to a 10-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Citi Field, but they were also eliminated from playoff contention. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The Mets won 10-3 after keeping their slim playoff chances alive on Tuesday with some heroics from Michael Conforto. However, the odds were still stacked against the Mets and even with their win, they were eliminated from postseason contention thanks to the Milwaukee Brewers, which was the overlying story from this one. The Mets needed to win their final five games, including Wednesday, to stay alive, while the Brewers had to lose out. Instead, they beat the Reds on Wednesday, 9-2. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Mets beat Marlins 5-4 00:01:28
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers to supply 4 runs but Brandon Nimmo's walk-off walk sealed the victory.

The Mets overcame a four-run deficit and forced extra innings, coming back and pulling out a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday at Citi Field in New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Winless since Sept. 2's 7-3 road victory against the Washington Nationals, RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30 ERA) struggled early against the Marlins but limited the damage, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking none. Syndergaard's issues started in the top of the second inning, allowing Isan Diaz's leadoff home run to center field. The Marlins scratched another run across during the frame when Jon Berti beat out an infield single and Austin Dean scored from second, catching the Mets sleeping after 2B Robinson Cano's bare-handed grab on the ground ball to the right side went to 1B Pete Alonso. Diaz got Syndergaard again in the top of the third inning when his single past Cano scored Neil Walker, deepening the Mets' 3-0 hole. Liekly the 27-year-old Syndergaard's last start of 2019, he would end his season just short of 200 strikeouts at 193.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In what turned out to be the Mets' last gasp Monday night, and realistically the 2019 season as well, Michael Conforto struck out swinging with two runners on base to end the seventh inning.

That was fitting for a team that will have a number of important decisions to make this winter if it is going to make the jump from nice second half to legitimate contender in 2020, because in many ways, Conforto is a perplexing case.

He's had a solid season, highlighted by his 31 home runs. But in a year when more than 50 players around the Majors have already hit 30-plus long balls, that doesn't necessarily make you a star.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, John Harper
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Mets lose to Marlins 8-4 00:01:20
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes his 2nd career grand slam but the Marlins top the Mets 8-4.

A sixth-inning grand slam was unable to spark the Mets back from a six-run deficit Monday as New York fell 8-4 to the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. >> Box score

Seven Takeaways from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put the Mets in an early hole Sunday night, giving up a solo home run to Jorge Alfaro in the top of the second inning. The early scoring continued on into the third frame when Jon Berti hit a two-out double out to left-center field and Miguel Rojas brought him home with a RBI-single.

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Nimmo VS McNeil: Office Olympics 00:02:01
On Episode 4 of Game On, presented by GEICO, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

On Episode 4 of "Game On," presented by GEICO, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

Who's going to come away with the win?

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Davis hits #20 00:00:14
J.D. Davis drives a solo HR to the opposite field, the 5th Met to reach 20 HR's this season, a new team record

When J.D. Davis took a Trevor Bauer fastball over the wall in right for a solo homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he became the fifth Mets player to hit his 20th home run of the season. 

That marks the first time in franchise history the team has had five players crack the 20-homer plateau. 

 

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Reds hand Mets crushing defeat 00:01:10
Callaway, Wheeler and Frazier on today's devastating loss to the Reds

With just a handful of games remaining on the schedule, every single game is crucial for the Mets as they look to make one final push towards a potential Wild Card spot.

But Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Reds was a crushing blow, as the Mets wasted a great outing by Zack Wheeler and squandered run-scoring opportunities with men on base, losing to a team that's been near the basement of the NL Central all season long.  

"It hurts," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We had multiple chances. I think the way we lost hurts. We had a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn't come through. I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position. We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn't get it done."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Reds edge Mets 00:01:04
The Mets postseason hopes took a crushing blow as the Reds scored in the 8th inning off Seth Lugo to win 3-2

The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler gave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely. The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. Wheeler would then retire the next two hitters to work his way out of any more trouble. 

2) The Mets got on the board in the third inning after avoiding potential disaster. After Todd Frazier singled to get things started, Amed Rosario roped a ball into the right-center gap for a hit. Frazier was held at third, but Rosario kept running towards third anyway. The Reds got the ball to the plate, but Rosario was quickly able to scramble back to second base safely. Wheeler then grounded out to second, but Frazier came in to score the Mets' first run. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets win 8-1, Alonso's 50th HR 00:01:29
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings. Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run and the Mets are 3 games back after a 8-1 win.

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets react to comeback win 00:00:42
Noah Syndergaard was frustrated by his start but happy the team ultimately won. Pete Alonso stays positive that the Mets can keep winning.

From here on out, every single game remaining on the Mets' schedule is an important one.

And just as it looked like Wednesday's game against the Rockies was slipping out of their grasp, the Mets rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a 7-4 win over the Rockies, winning two of three in Denver.

The inning began with a leadoff walk from pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. JD Davis quickly singled into right, moving pinch-runner Juan Lagares to third. Brandon Nimmo then singled through the right side to tie the game 4-4 and keep the gears in motion.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets rally to win 7-4 in COL 00:01:41
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso cranks his 49th homer of the year as the Mets score 4 in the 9th to take the series in Colorado.

The Mets (79-73) rallied again to top the Rockies (66-87) in their rubber match, 7-4. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The comeback kids struck again on Wednesday. With a four-run final inning, the Mets rallied to beat the Rockies, 7-4. Wilson Ramos pinch hit to start the rally with a walk, then JD Davis and Brandon Nimmo singled, the second which of which tied the game at four.

The ensuing at-bat saw the Mets load the bases as Jeff McNeil walked. Excitement filled the air for the Mets as Pete Alonso then walked to the plate, but instead of swinging, he walked on four-straight pitches, which brought in the game-winning run. Later in the inning, Robinson Cano hit into a sloppy looking double play, but it also scored a run, as did a shocking at-bat. Seth Lugo's first time hitting this year saw him knock an RBI single, to bring the score to 7-4. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Alonso ties McGwire with 49th HR 00:00:26
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 49th home run to tie Mark McGwire's rookie mark.

With one swing, Pete Alonso made some more Mets history on Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

Alonso tied Mark McGwire's rookie home run record with his 49th blast of the season -- a shot to left field to bring the Mets within one. It was also the Mets' 225th homer as a team this season, setting a new franchise record...

Before that, Jeff McNeil showed off more power at the plate when he dropped his bat head and launched a curveball over the right field fence to the second deck...

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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (77-73, 15.5 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (66-85) Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. With 99 hits on the road, Amed Rosario is on the cusp of 100 hits away from home, which would make him the eighth player in Mets history to reach the century mark as a visitor. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Fateful 4th inning dooms Matz 00:01:01
Callaway and Matz discuss the fateful 4TH inning that saw the Rockies score 6 runs and deal another blow to the Mets playoff hopes

In the aftermath of Monday's 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Mets sunk another game back as the window for the second Wild Card spot slides closer shut.

Wins by the Chicago Cubs (82-68, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GA for second Wild Card) and Milwaukee Brewers (81-69, 3.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GB for second Wild Card) put New York (77-73, 16.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) further away from postseason contention.

With 12 games left over the next two weeks, is the season slipping away from the Mets?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Steven Matz
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The Mets (77-72, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) start a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (65-85) Monday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, 3-2, after Seth Lugo gave up an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko in the ninth inning. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 together in the three-game series. Despite going hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats, Alonso (47) still has a shot at breaking Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) by the end of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido
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The Mets (77-71, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Dodgers on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. with Zack Wheeler and Walker Buehler on the mound.

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


Rajai Davis came to the plate in the eighth inning last night, and delivered big time with a bases-clearing double that led the Mets to a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Rajai Davis
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Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have something good in Jeff McNeil, even Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had to admit it. 

McNeil, 27, the Mets' consistent batter and utility man in the field, has a skill set not many other players have. He can play just about anywhere, and can play it well. 

Roberts, who was the manager of the National League squad at the 2019 MLB All-Star game which included McNeil, said that versatility makes the Met a rare talent. 

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The Mets (76-71, 15.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Noah Syndergaard put his performance against the Dodgers into perspective after he pitched to Wilson Ramos >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A month ago a handful of the Mets' top scouts were watching a high school All-Star game at Long Beach State in California, the home field of one Jeff McNeil in college, and in that setting they couldn't help but marvel at the transformation of their former 12th-round draft pick.

"Jeff didn't hit a home run in his entire college career," Mets' scouting director Marc Tramuta said by phone, "so we're sitting there wondering if there has ever been a player with zero home runs in college who might hit 20 in a big-league season.

"Then the same bunch of us were texting about it when it happened (Wednesday night). It's crazy."

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jeff McNeil, John Harper
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Mets beat D-Backs 9-0 00:01:27
The New York Mets smack 5 HRs and cruise to a 9-0 victory over the Diamondbacks and jump them in the Wild Card standings.

The Mets smoked the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday in a 9-0 outing, a game which also included 11 hits from New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo got the Mets off on the right foot on Wednesday.

Amed Rosario doubled and stole third base and scored on a Wilson Ramos ground out. Then the fireworks started. A single by JD Davis scored Jeff McNeil, who was hit by a pitch, then Frazier cracked a two-run home run to bring the early score to 4-0. The Mets weren't done there though, as Nimmo hit his fifth home run to add another run on the very next pitch. Because of the damage, D-back started Robbie Ray only lasted 0.2 innings on the mound for the D-backs. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (74-70, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-70, 2.5 GB in Wild Card race) on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

After Tuesday's win, the Mets are now 6-4 in their last 10 and 28-15 overall in their last 43 games. ... Pete Alonso continues to be on pace to break Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record (52 in 2017) with 18 games remaining. ... Jeff McNeil's .322 batting average is currently the eighth highest mark in the MLB and the fifth highest in the NL.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets fall to Phillies 00:01:21
The Mets longest 9-inning game in club history ended in a 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon

The Mets pitching staff gave up three home runs in their 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard didn't have his best day on the mound, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. The righty struck out five and walked just one batter. He did allow a solo home run to Adam Haseley in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, which cut the Mets lead to 3-2. Then in the top of the fifth inning, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run double off of Syndergaard to give the Phillies their first lead of the day.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Alonso walks off in ninth 00:01:32
Edwin Diaz blew another save but Pete Alonso played hero, walking it off in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.

The Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but they managed to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

1) With a 4-2 lead in the ninth, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Edwin Diaz. After striking out Logan Morrison, Diaz allowed a single to Jean Segura, and then the big blow, a two-run home run by JT Realmuto on a hanging slider. Diaz's nightmare of a first season with the Mets continued on Friday night, as he allowed two more earned runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.88 and recording his seventh blown save. Diaz has now allowed 14 ninth-inning home runs this season, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2014 Brewers) for the most in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

2) In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied to load the bases with two outs, setting the stage once again for Pete Alonso. With a 3-2 count, Alonso laid off of a high breaking ball from Nick Vincent, forcing in the winning run on a walk-off walk.

3) In the bottom of the third inning, Todd Frazier led off with a looping single up the middle, just out of the reach of Cesar Hernandez. It was the 1,000th hit of Frazier's big-league career. Frazier moved to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a Jeff McNeil RBI single, putting the Mets up 1-0. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Todd Frazier's 1000th career hit 00:00:15
Todd Frazier hit a single to left in the third inning to secure his 1000th career hit. Mets are playing the Phillies.

Todd Frazier got things started for the Mets offense on Friday night, blooping a single into shallow center field in the third inning. The hit was Frazier's 1,000th as a big leaguer.

After advancing to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt, Frazier came around to score on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead at Citi Field.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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The Mets (71-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) return to Citi Field for their 10-game homestand Friday as they face the Philadelphia Phillies (72-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets come home on the heels of their six-game road trip last Friday through Wednesday, in which they went 4-2 with series wins over the Phillies and Washington Nationals. Last time out, the Mets answered after an 11-10 walk-off loss Tuesday with a 4-1 rebound victory Wednesday. After they took both of the three-game sets, the Mets have won 12 of their last 16 series since the All-Star break, going 31-18 dating back to July 12.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Late last week, when we reported that the Mets had let go of three respected scouts in addition to pro scouting director Jim D'Aloia, much of the public reaction had to do with complaints about the team's farm system and player development.

On this week's Shea Anything podcast, former Mets and Braves executive Adam Fisher spent a moment explaining why that was a misperception. It seems to me worth further elaboration on why the Mets' firings had little to do with their farm system.

This is inside baseball stuff that the average fan can be excused for not knowing. But in this case, it's useful in understanding what the Mets' recent shakeup does and does not mean.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Andy Martino
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (71-68, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


After the Mets raced out to a 7-1 lead, the bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Nats, 8-4, to take two out of three games in Washington, D.C. and gain some ground in the Wild Card race >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

In case you haven't noticed, Jeff McNeil has fallen in the race for the National League batting title. However, as his batting average has dropped, his power is up.

On July 30, McNeil led the batting title race with a .335 average. Dodgers OF Cody Bellinger was second, trailing by just one percentage point.

However, on Wednesday, McNeil is hitting .324, with Anthony Rendon of the Nationals now leading the league with a .338 average.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After the Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead and a Jeurys Familia relief outing put that lead in danger, they hung on -- with Seth Lugo tossing two scoreless innings and Justin Wilson shutting the door in the ninth -- as New York beat the Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After falling behind, 1-0, the Mets tied the game on a Juan Lagares solo homer to center field in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano lifted a two-run shot to left field to put the Mets up, 3-1, and Pete Alonso crushed a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning (his league-leading 45th of the season) to extend the lead further. The Mets added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Amed Rosario and a run-scoring knock off the bat of Jeff McNeil

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway's demeanor remained steady following Tuesday night's crushing loss where the bullpen blew a six-run ninth inning lead for the first time in franchise history, but several members of the team -- including Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil -- were devastated.

In the wake of that devastation, Callaway will be meeting with the team before Wednesday's series finale in Washington, D.C.

"I'm gonna talk to the guys today," Callaway said Wednesday morning during his pregame briefing. "I'm gonna meet with them after I get done here and just tell them 'hey, that was a tough loss but we have to put it behind us.' These guys have been battling all season and they'll continue to do that. I just want them to know that. We gotta get it done. And we'll talk a little about that."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

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


For the first time in franchise history, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead of six runs or more. Entering the bottom of the ninth leading 10-4, Paul Sewald lit the game on fire and Edwin Diaz couldn't put it out as New York lost, 11-10 >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning up six runs but fell apart, surrendering seven runs -- including a walk-off three-run home run -- as the Nationals stunned New York, 11-10, Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets' biggest weakest reared its ugly head at the worst-possible time. With a 10-4 cushion in the bottom of the ninth inning, RHP Paul Sewald ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits while getting only one out as the Nationals crept back. After LHP Luis Avilan allowed a hit and RHP Edwin Diaz entered with three runners on. With one out, Diaz left a pitch over the plate and C Kurt Suzuki did the damage, pulling a three-run home run to left field and walking the Nationals off against the Mets for the seven-run comeback.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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