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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied again on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals. They begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Carlos Gomez hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into s 6-3 lead as they won their season-best fourth straight game.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Rajai Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil is out of the Mets' lineup on Wednesday night due to a hamstring issue he first felt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win.

"Felt it last night, got some treatment," McNeil said before the game. "It's tight."

In the ninth inning on Tuesday, McNeil reached on a fielder's choice before taking second base on defensive indifference, where he said he first felt the hamstring bothering him -- "kind of tigthened up on me there and I was feeling it."

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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets INF Jeff McNeil left Thursday's game against the Nationals, as he felt abdominal tightness. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about. 

McNeil told reporters after the game that it is a tightness he's felt in the past. He explained that it is due to scar tissue that built up in the area from sport hernia surgery he underwent in the past. 

"It [was] just kind of a pain -- pain I had throughout the day," he said. "When I was running to first base, once I got there it just kinda felt tight. I've had the four hernia surgeries basically, so it's just probably some tightness and scar tissue that's irritating me."

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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Last season, we saw Dominic Smith test the outfield waters, as the Mets wanted to see if he could be of versatile use in the future. While he had a couple hiccups, which were expected, he still managed to be a decent defender out there. 

Fast forward one year and Smith has been in the spotlight for his bat in timely situations with the Mets. He is hitting .344/.462/.500 as strictly a left-handed bat off the bench, and in his first game back with the Mets on Tuesday night after briefly being sent down to Triple-A, he had a pinch-hit homer. It was his first of the season. 

Smith has proven his bat can be consistent for the Mets, which begs the question why he isn't featured in the lineup more to start this season. Obviously, Pete Alonso has solidified himself as the team's starting first baseman as a rookie. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (19-20, 4.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) travel to the nation's capital to begin a three-game series against the Nationals (16-24, 8.0 games behind Phillies) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

In the leadoff role, Jeff McNeil has hit .357 (30-for-84) in 20 games atop the lineup. He owns a .522 average (12-for-23) in the opening frame, which ranks second in the majors. ... Amed Rosario enters Tuesday night's game on a seven-game hit streak and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight of his last night plate appearances. ... In 21 career games against the Nationals, Robinson Canó owns the second highest active batting average against the team (.363). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The NL East will not end the exact way it stands today, at least that's what three scouts, two rival executives and my own common sense is telling me...

"If you think this thing doesn't move, and then move again, you're either not paying attention to the talent or you haven't watched enough baseball in your life," I was told last week by an NL East team executive who has been in baseball for decades. "It's still a four-team race, regardless of the standings, and that's how we're all looking at it."

The Phillies have been playing well, but have also been playing the least competitive teams, which is almost certainly inflating their stats and perceived dominance. At the same time, the Mets and Braves are playing better opponents and because so have been bobbing around .500. The Mets and Braves have also bounced around between being league average to slightly-below league average in runs scored and runs allowed. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (19-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) got a second-straight strong start from Jacob deGrom and belted a pair of homers as they beat the Marlins for the second-straight night. They wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what went down on Saturday in case you missed it:


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom allowed one run over 7.0 dominant innings, Pete Alonso hit a tie-breaking opposite-field homer, and Edwin Diaz nailed it down >> Read more

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso
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Mookie Wilson praises McNeil 00:00:38
New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson has high praise for utility man Jeff McNeil and describes him as a 'throwback player.'

Mets legend Mookie Wilson talks with SNY's Steve Gelbs about what he likes about Jeff McNeil, calling the left fielder a "throwback player." 

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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense finally had a big night on Friday, and they'll look to produce plenty of support for Jacob deGrom as they continue their three-game set against the Marlins Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Flushing.

Mets notes

The Mets tied a season-high with 11 runs on Friday. Their eight-run first inning was their highest-scoring first inning at home in 40 years. ... Jeff McNeil is hitting .363 in 19 games as the leadoff hitter, and he'll hit leadoff again Saturday. ... J.D. Davis is starting again at third base, meaning Todd Frazier is not the starting third baseman today.. ... DeGrom has lost four straight decisions dating back to April 9, one shy of his career-high. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.76 ERA over the last 10 games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Todd Frazier
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Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the media at a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the media at a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Heading into last night's contest against the Marlins, the Mets desperately needed a spark. They had lost five games on their six-game road trip, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon saw a glimpse of the 2018 freefall and called a meeting with Mickey Callaway and Brodie Van Wagenen to figure out what the team could do better. 

Callaway, then, gave a message to his team that he reiterated to reporters at Citi Field. And the inspiration behind his message comes from a little book called "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--k."

"There comes a point where you just got to forget it," Callaway said. "Whatever has happened, if you are not injured, you are the same player you were two weeks ago when you were raking. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

Six things to know about Friday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are back from their road trip in which they lost five of six games but hope to turn things back around at Citi Field on Friday when they host the Miami Marlins for a three-game homestand, starting at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets are certainly happy to see the Marlins. They have won five straight against Miami dating back to last season and are 11-8 against the NL East this season as they begin a stretch of 13 straight games against division opponents. .... Jeff McNeil has been a real bright spot for the Mets this season. His .356 batting average is second in the majors and .433 on-base percentage is fifth. He is tied for the second-most multi-hit games in the majors with 16. ... Pete Alonso provided ninth-inning heroics earlier this week and is hitting .538 (7-for-13) with seven runs, four home runs, eight RBI and two walks in the ninth this season. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets at 17-20 and 4.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, the team is in a dangerous spot. It's still very early, but if they don't right the ship soon, things could begin to spiral out of control.

And one of the reasons the Mets are 17-20 at the moment is the fact that they have gotten almost impossibly bad performances from a handful of players who were expected to be key contributors.

Those struggles are detailed below, with us breaking down what's going wrong and determining just how worried the Mets should be about each...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Two weeks ago the Mets seemed to have no need for Jed Lowrie. No room, either. Now, suddenly, with the free-agent infielder finally ready to play, his new team is hoping desperately he can provide exactly the type of offensive spark Brodie Van Wagenen had in mind when he signed him.

For that matter, as badly as the slumping Mets need Lowrie to deliver offensively, it's fair to say Van Wagenen might need it even more.

There is plenty of blame to spread around, obviously, as this team has fallen off a cliff in going 4-10 over the last couple of weeks, beset by problems in all phases of the game.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

The Mets (17-20, 4.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) squandered numerous scoring opportunities as they lost to the Padres, 3-2, in the final game of a three-game set. They are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday night. 

Here's what went down on Wednesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Wilmer Font got the start and filled in admirably, but Pete Alonso was robbed of a go-ahead homer before two other New York rallies were short-circuited >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall 3-2 in series finale 00:01:30
The Mets lost 3-2 against the Padres. Nimmo flashed his defense, while McNeil showed his hustle and Alonso almost homered.

The Mets couldn't finish their road trip on a high note, as they fell to the Padres, 3-2, at Petco Park on Wednesday afternoon. > Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Wilmer Font made his Mets debut this afternoon, and he did a solid job over four innings. In 60 pitches, Font allowed two runs on three hits while collecting one strikeout and no walks. The Mets should feel fine with sending Font back out to start if they need him to moving forward.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, San Diego Padres
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Front office values Wright 00:03:20
New York Mets special advisor David Wright discusses how valuable his advice has been to the front office and ownership thus far.

David Wright wasn't even in his new role for over a month before GM Brodie Van Wagenen came forward following Jacob deGrom's extension to say the former captain was a vital piece in making the highly-anticipated new deal come to fruition. 

That is exactly what the Mets and Wright envisioned when he took the special advisor role with the team following his final season in the blue and orange last year. Wright's years not only as a leader on the field, but in the clubhouse has given him invaluable experience that Van Wagenen and Jeff Wilpon are using wisely so far this season. 

"What I think is great is Brodie and Jeff wanting a player's perspective on some things, bouncing ideas off of a guy that -- I don't know much about front office work -- but I do know the difference in some of the very good teams that I've played on and kinda the chemistry that we had in that clubhouse," Wright told SNY's Steve Gelbs during Wednesday's game against the Padres. "I think sometimes that often gets overlooked and it's easy to go out there and try to get the best players. Obviously, that's important, but what goes on behind the scenes in the clubhouse and how they gel and how they get on that same side of the rope and pull together to accomplish that goal I think is important as well. I think it's that type of perspective that I can bring to the table."

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McNeil plays Backyard Baseball 00:02:00
If you grew up in the early 2000s, then you'll remember Backyard Baseball. Jeff McNeil fielded a team, and as he said, "I love this game!"

If you grew up in the early 2000s, then you'll remember Backyard Baseball. Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil fielded a team, and as he said, "I love this game!"

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Just two days after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, Font will be thrusted into a big spot right away in his Mets debut this afternoon as the Amazins play the series finale of their three-game set with San Diego.

The interesting thing about this is that Font isn't your typical starter. In fact, of his 37 big-league appearances, only five were starting assignments, and even some of those weren't your garden variety, with Font being deployed as the "opener" in Tampa Bay's bullpen game strategy.

Still, the potential is there for Font to come through with a useful outing in his first game in blue and orange. Although he sports some undesirable numbers in the early going, that came exclusively as a reliever.

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Just two days after he was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later, Font will be thrusted into a big spot right away in his Mets debut this afternoon as the Amazins play the series finale of their three-game set with San Diego.

The interesting thing about this is that Font isn't your typical starter. In fact, of his 37 big-league appearances, only five were starting assignments, and even some of those weren't your garden variety, with Font being deployed as the "opener" in Tampa Bay's bullpen game strategy.

Still, the potential is there for Font to come through with a useful outing in his first game in blue and orange. Although he sports some undesirable numbers in the early going, that came exclusively as a reliever.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws the ball against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws the ball against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets begin a three-game series against Chris Paddack and the San Diego Padres on Monday at 10:10 p.m. at Petco Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have lost three games in a row and are 3-8 over their last 11 games. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 4-for-23 slump since April 30 that has dropped his batting average from .304 to .280 and his OPS from 1.065 to .964. ... Over his last 10 games, Jeff McNeil is slashing .317/.391/.415 with non home runs and two RBIs.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, San Diego Padres
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Brewers sweep Mets 00:01:09
Christian Yelich returned to the lineup and launched a two-run homer to help the Brewers complete a sweep of the Mets

A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500. >> Box score


Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss, Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenen rolled out a lineup that was without Jeff McNeil (Callaway said he needed a day), Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos. J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Brewers beat Mets in 18 innings 00:00:13
The Mets played a marathon in Milwaukee and fell short, losing to the Brewers, 4-3, in 18 innings after letting a late lead get away.

It took an entire second game for the Mets to break a deadlock after tying it in the ninth, but Chris Flexen blew it in the bottom of the 18th as the Mets took a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Brewers. They fell under .500 for the first time this season. >> Box score


Seven things to know about Saturday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Brewers stifle Mets 00:00:55
Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

The Mets struck quickly Friday night in Milwaukee but fell flat the rest of the game, losing to the Brewers 3-1. They've scored just two runs in their last three games. >> Box score


Six things to know about Friday's game...

1) The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and couldn't muster another run. Wilson Ramos drove in Robinson Canó with a two-out single. The Mets had three hits in the first inning but had just four hits over the final eight innings and zero hits from the sixth through the eighth.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie's Mets debut could be on the horizon.

After being hampered by a sprained knee capsule throughout Spring Training, Lowrie is playing in rehab games and will move from High-A Port St. Lucie to Triple-A Syracuse. He should be in the Syracuse lineup on Saturday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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deGrom dominant in 1-0 loss 00:01:10
Jacob deGrom looked like his dominant self again. However, Edwin Diaz gave up a home run for the second straight night for the loss.

Edwin Diaz allowed another homer in the top of the ninth to give the Reds the win, 1-0, at Citi Field on Wednesday night.  > Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) On Monday, Diaz allowed a solo homer to Jesse Winker with two outs to give Cincinnati a 5-4 lead that would be the eventual win. Well, that happened again in the same fashion tonight on two outs. This time is was Jose Iglesias that hit a line drive homer to left field to give the Reds the lead and the win. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and Reds continue their four-game set at Citi Field on Wednedsay at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso hit his first career walk-off, a sacrifice fly to right field, on Tuesday night to propel the Mets over the Reds. He also had a record-setting month as he was tied for home runs by a rookie with Darryl Strawberry (9). He also tied the club record for homers prior to May 1. ...Robinson Cano is back in the lineup tonight after getting hit by a pitch in the hand on Sunday. Over his last 12 games, Cano is hitting .360 with a homer, six doubles, six RBI four runs scored. ...Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine straight games. ...Amed Rosario recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season in last night's win. ...The Mets' team average of .259 this year is ranked fourth in the NL and seventh in the league thus far. ...Jeurys Familia has hit the IL with shoulder soreness. He received an injection in his shoulder today. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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McNeil shines in 4-3 win 00:01:36
While Pete Alonso hit the walkoff sac fly, it was Jeff McNeil's 4-5 night that stood outlonso and Callaway had high praise after the win.

Jeff McNeil was receiving some awfully high praise following the Mets' 4-3, 10-innning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. 

The Mets second baseman went 4-fot-5 with a run and RBI in the victory and raised his batting average to .370 -- second-best in the National League behind Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger at .434. 

Pete Alonso, who hit the walk-off sacrifice fly on Tuesday, likened his teammate to one of the best to play the game. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso
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Frazier hits go-ahead home run 00:00:24
Todd Frazier connected for his second home run of the season against the Reds to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Mets got on the board first at Citi Field on Tuesday night against the Reds, and that was all thanks to Jeff McNeil's hustle. 

With Juan Lagares on third base and two outs, McNeil pulled a fast one and dragged bunt toward first base. McNeil beat Luis Castillo to the bag and allowed Lagares to score to put the Mets up first. 

But it wasn't just offense that the Mets showed off. Michael Conforto raced all the way to the right field line to make a nifty sliding catch...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Mets walkoff to win 4-3 in 10th 00:01:19
Pete Alonso hit a sac fly in the 10th to walkoff against the Reds. Jeff McNeil also had a 4-hit night capping an exciting win.

Pete Alonso helped the Mets overcome a ninth inning meltdown from Jeurys Familia by hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning in a 4-3 win over the Reds Tuesday night at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Alonso may have been 0-for-4 on the night, but he continued to show his knack for coming through in a big spot by lifting a fly ball to deep right field to allow J.D. Davis to tag up from third base and the Mets win in walk-off fashion. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler and the Mets begin a four-game series at Citi Field against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso has a .275/.370/.775 batting line with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 11 home games, while his road splits are .327/.417/.621 with four homers and 11 RBIs. ... Since his streak of six consecutive multi-hit games, Jeff McNeil is hitting .235 (8-for-34) with one home run and one RBI over his last nine games. ... Despite having the fourth-worst run differential in the National League, the Mets are tied with the Brewers for the seventh-best NL record.

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz and the Mets (13-13, 1.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) will look to salvage the final game of their three-game set Sunday at Citi Field against the Brewers (15-13, 2 games behind Cardinals in NL Central) at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

With his ninth home run of the season, rookie Pete Alonso has tied the Mets' home-run record for most in April. ... Jeff McNeil collected his 12th multi-hit game of the year Saturday. ... Brandon Nimmo is batting .333 with three home runs, seven RBI, four doubles, seven walks and a 1.012 OPS over his last 16 games. ... Michael Conforto is not in the starting lineup for the first time this season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Milwaukee Brewers, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered in the seventh inning to make things interesting but the Mets could not overcome an early 5-1 deficit as they fall to the Brewers, 8-6, Saturday at Citi Field.  >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard's start to the season has been less than ideal and those struggles continued on Saturday. The right-hander allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks over five innings. He has now allowed at least four earned runs in five of his six starts this season and has not made it past the fifth inning in his last three. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Milwaukee Brewers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets routed by Brewers 00:00:46
Lorenzo Cain drove in 3 runs and made a pair of great defensive plays to help the Brewers rout the Mets, 10-2

Jacob deGrom returned to the mound on Friday night after a two-hour, 42-minute rain delay but it did not go well for the right-hander, who allowed five runs over four innings en route to a 10-2 loss.  >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) DeGrom, who made his first start after a brief stint on the IL with elbow soreness, struggled for the third consecutive game where he failed to pitch beyond the fifth inning. He struggled with his command, walking three batters and hitting two more. He managed to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second inning but he ran into trouble again in the third and was not as successful.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Milwaukee Brewers, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Mets have two, young, productive first basemen, only one starting spot for each of them, and a crowded infield and bench.

As a rookie, Peter Alonso has jumped on top of the national radar hitting .306 with 8 HR, 8 doubles and 21 RBI. His current 1.2 WAR has him jockeying with Arizona's Christian Walker for talk about Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Smith, who has played in 23 games this season, is currently batting .400 with a whopping .516 OBP in 31 sporadic at-bats, most of which he's had coming off the bench. He hit .321 in 19 games this past spring, suggesting his current in-season success is not a fluke...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Matz bounces back 00:01:46
Steve Matz comments on bouncing back from his last start while Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil discuss the Mets offensive performance

The Mets moved into a first-place tie in the NL East as they beat the Phillies 5-1 on Monday night at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put last week's nightmarish start against the Phillies behind him, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out six, as he lowered his ERA to 4.03. Matz retired the first six batters he faced and worked around a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third inning. He held the Phillies scoreless until Rhys Hoskins hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning. Included in Matz' night were two strikeouts of Bryce Harper, who was ejected in the top of the fourth for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout before bounding onto the field and losing his mind (more on that below). 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A Mets player was hit on the hand for the third straight game.

This time, it was Jeff McNeil who was hit on the hand by a Jose Alvarez fastball in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets officially activated third baseman Todd Frazier on Monday and placed reliever Justin Wilson on the injured list with elbow soreness.

Frazier, who will play third "quite a bit," according to manager Mickey Callaway, has been out since spring training due to an oblique injury.

He played 13 rehab games with High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Syracuse, going 10-for-42 with one home run and nine RBIs. Frazier also played four games at shortstop.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Mets are activating Todd Frazier before Monday night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field, and his return will have an impact on Jeff McNeil -- but fans can breathe a sigh of relief about the kind of impact it will have.

"I envision him playing third -- playing it quite a bit and kind of going from there," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday afternoon about Frazier. "It will be something that we'll have to be diligent about."

While Frazier is going to play third "quite a bit," Callaway said the player that will impact the most is J.D. Davis, who has been splitting time there with McNeil. As far as McNeil, most of his playing time will likely come in left field...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (11-9) look for a series win over the Cardinals (11-9) in the rubber match of the three-game set at Busch Stadium on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. 

Mets Notes

A win Sunday would give the Mets their third series win of the season. Additionally, a win would give the Mets their 10th road win of the season, which would tie the Mariners for the league lead. ... Pete Alonso is one of two New York rookies to bash seven homers through his first 20 games. Aaron Judge did it for the Yankees in 2017. ... Brandon Nimmo has reached base safely in each of his last 10 games, batting .355 (11-31) with 10 runs, three doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, seven walks and a .487 on-base percentage. ... Jeff McNeil's 100 career hits are the most all-time through 82 games by a Met.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, St. Louis Cardinals
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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As Jeff McNeil is already making it clear that last year was no fluke, that he's going to hit in the big leagues, and probably for a long time, he's become a favorite topic of conversation among scouts.

Part of it is his throwback approach, choking up on a knob-less bat, making contact to all fields, which appeals to the purist nature of scouts who for the most part have disdain for the home run-or-strike out style that is so prevalent in today's game.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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