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Two outs in the bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second in a one-run game ... who gets the call?

The BNNY crew discusses which current Met or Yankee they'd want to have up at the plate with the game on the line ...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles -- a rather large one -- is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)
Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)

Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling were back in the virtual SNY booth on Tuesday night to call game No. 36 between the Mets and the Cincinnati Reds, and they were joined by a special guest.

Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil joined the crew for a few innings on Tuesday night to talk about a number of baseball topics (You can skip ahead to around the 45-minute mark in the video below to jump to when McNeil joins). Meanwhile, virtual McNeil delivered at the plate, hitting a pair of home runs in the Mets' win. 

Here are the five biggest takeaways from what McNeil had to say during Tuesday night's stream:

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Jeff McNeil joins Steve Gelbs to talk about his digital counterpart and SNY's simulated Mets season on MLB the Show 20.

On Tuesday night, McNeil will join Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling in the virtual SNY booth as the virtual Mets play the virtual Reds at 7 p.m.

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

When it comes to gaming, multiple Mets are on a roll. 

Not only are our virtual Mets (19-12) now in first place in the NL East, Jeff McNeil and his Mets advanced out of the MLB The Show Players League quarterfinals on Friday night.

"On to the semi finals in @MLBTheShow players league!! Let's go mets!! About to get on twitch to play some Mlb the show and talk about the series!! Follow me on the link!" he tweeted.

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@Mikempo926: Will the Mets sign Millie Betts?

I freakin love the exact wording of this question.

@Verd25: How are you still a beat reporter?

I'm not.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@Mikempo926: Will the Mets sign Millie Betts?

I freakin love the exact wording of this question.

@Verd25: How are you still a beat reporter?

I'm not.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets legend David Wright joined The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, and two of the most enlightening (and at times amusing) takeaways were his untold stories about Jacob deGrom and Jeff McNeil.

"Jake is a different type of intense. The fire that burns within him is amazing," Wright said. "And it's not like outwardly where -- you're not gonna see him break a lot of stuff. Although, I do have a great memento from Jake.

"He got beat up a couple of starts. ... And he came in after like the second or third poor start -- which is shocking, that he'd have that many poor starts -- and he ripped his jersey off, and buttons are flying everywhere. And he just threw it in the middle of the ground. I'm being serious, but from afar I'm trying not to laugh. So then he tries to pull off his Nike shirt, and he's like trying to 'Hulk Hogan' it, and he's going and he's going and he's going, and it won't rip! So finally he just sits in his chair and he looks at me and goes 'I give up.'"

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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On The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome the Captain, David Wright, for special untold stories about Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, and cookies.

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jose Reyes
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The Mets are well-positioned to contend in 2020 and beyond, with a young core of high-upside offensive players and a starting rotation built around the best pitcher in baseball.

In 2021, though, things get interesting with Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and Steven Matz among the expected free agents and the expectation that a new ownership group will already be in place and looking to put their stamp on the franchise.

Meanwhile, New York also did a solid job building their farm system back up to a middle of the pack one that has a handful of legitimate blue chip pieces at the top that should be ready around 2022-23.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Mark Vientos, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@bigdog44K: When do the owners sell the team?

We've gotten a ton of questions over the past several weeks about how the current shutdown will impact the sale of the Mets. We can tell you that the team is still for sale -- nothing has changed there -- and at least one man is pursuing a bid. As you know, that man is named A-Rod.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets star Jeff McNeil went 3-0 Sunday night during the MLB The Show Players League.

That dominance included Robinson Cano, McNeil, and others winning at Wrigley Field.

Back at home, McNeil used Pete Alonso to complete a victory at Shea Stadium before screaming for his virtual teammates to rip off virtual Alonso's shirt. Click below to watch...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) congratulates teammate Brandon Nimmo (9) after they both scored in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) congratulates teammate Brandon Nimmo (9) after they both scored in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil, like many of his teammates, has been in Florida during the coronavirus shutdown.

On SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio channel with hosts Steve Phillips and C.J. Nitkowski on Thursday, McNeil talked about how the team will deal with Noah Syndergaard's injury, what to expect from new manager Luis Rojas, and more.

"Brodie (Van Wagenen) did a good job with (getting) some extra guys with (Rick) Porcello and (Michael) Wacha this offseason," McNeil said about the absence of Syndergaard. "Even though he was supposed to help us a lot, be a key part of the rotation, we've got some guys that can fill in and can get the job done for us."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is greeted at home by left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is greeted at home by left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting a grand slam home run in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Former Met Todd Frazier took some time out of his Tuesday to delve into numerous topics on SNY's Instagram Live with Justine Ward, and one of them was the answer to this question: What other Mets hitter stood out to you last season? 

The answer was quick and concise: Jeff McNeil

A contact-first hitter with surprising pop in his bat, McNeil truly impressed Frazier with what he did in a season where he slashed .318/.384/.531 with 23 homers and 75 RBI. He's such a tough out at the top of the lineup, especially when there's two strikes on him and he chokes up on the handle of his bat. 

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Part of the players' MLB The Show league, Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil took on Reds reliever Amir Garrett on Tuesday. And McNeil got off to a rough start in the first inning.

After one of Garrett's batters struck out and the ball got past the catcher, McNeil mistakenly threw to second base instead of first base. At that point, Garrett started talking all types of smack.

But when Garrett got a bit too aggressive, McNeil made him pay. Click below to watch...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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If/when the 2020 Major League Baseball season starts, it almost certainly won't look like anything we've ever seen before on a big league diamond.

As the league continues to come up with scenarios for how the season might look if there is baseball this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, we've gotten details on two of those potential scenarios.

The first one, known as the "Arizona plan," would mean all 30 teams playing in and around Phoenix in order to minimize travel and have everyone centrally located. And with the potential of doubleheaders being played every week and other quirks possible, it's fair to believe the universal DH could be implemented under the Arizona plan.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

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With the 2020 MLB season still on pause, let's dip into the mailbag to answer some Mets questions ...


@MikeKan67783465 How good of a fielder was Rey Ordonez vis a vis today's best shortstops

I liked this question. But my first thought was, I'm not a scout and wasn't even covering baseball in 2000. So I reached out to Steve Phillips, who was Ordonez's GM and is now a Sirius/XM host covering the current game. Few on earth are better positioned to answer this one.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets infielder/outfielder Jeff McNeil and Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle are among 30 MLB players who will be representing their team in a new MLB The Show video game league put together in coordination with MLB and the MLBPA, it was announced Friday.

The league, with games shown via Twitch, is scheduled to run until early-May.

SNY has been running a live simulation of the Mets' 2020 regular season on MLB The Show, matching up with their schedule and airing each game day/night on SNY's YouTube and Twitter pages.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil, an offensive machine during the 2019 season, didn't really slump -- as he not so subtly pointed out Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. But there was one time where he was in need of help. And one of his teammates delivered -- literally.

"When he was in a slump, he was like 0-for-5 or 0-for-6 in a game, and the only way to bring happy squirrel back was Dom (Smith) running inside and getting him a hot dog mid-game," J.D. Davis said. "And then him virtually going up the very next at-bat and getting a hit. And he was still pissed off."

"The hot dog thing is true," a smiling McNeil announced while interrupting Davis' story. "I got a hot dog mid-game."

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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With the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Mets have been trying to stay ready as they wait for information regarding a potential start date.

Dominic Smith has been taking try hacks and running with J.D. Davis in a hotel parking lot.

Edwin Diaz has been staying ready while pitching in an empty ballpark.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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On Episode 3 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, fellow club member Jeff McNeil joins the show, and big secrets are revealed!

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Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil, joined by his wife, Tatiana, and their dog, Willow, issued a message of thanks to healthcare workers who are doing everything they can to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

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The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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As you practice social distancing and self-isolation, you might need some new shows to binge while staying at home. Luckily for you, the Mets have you covered. 

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and more give you their favorite TV shows to choose from...

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jeff McNeil and his Mets teammates were supposed to be at Citi Field right now facing the Nationals in Opening Day.

Instead?

McNeil, who is still in Florida, spent part of his Thursday chasing a snake out of his backyard/pool area, where Willow (his dog) and Mac (his cat) were trying to have a relaxing afternoon. Click below to see...

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New York Mets players weigh in on which teammates remind them of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and more from the hit TV show, The Office.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Right now, we're all finding ways to keep ourselves entertained while at home.

When it comes to Jeff McNeil, we've already seen him playing some Toy Story monopoly, which he boastfully claimed he won, and now ... ping pong.

It's no shock at all that McNeil looks like a natural with the paddle, effortlessly switching between forehand and backhand. As for his cat, Mac, well, that's a different story.

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Hitting for average is seemingly a lost art in today's MLB.

"These guys (current players) are entirely focused on power, things like exit velocity," a minor-league hitting instructor recently told me. "They almost never talk about batting average."

And then there's Jeff McNeil...

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Unfortunately, It feels like it could be a long time before we'll have actual baseball to talk about again. 

So with that in mind, though the potential coronavirus ramifications have more real-world importance, I'm going to offer one last look at the optimism I felt oozing from Mets' camp before the interruption.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Clover Park
Clover Park

Despite spring training games being cancelled, there was still plenty going on in Mets land. Here's what happened, in case you missed it...


The Mets released a statement on Friday to fans, thanking them for their patience in such a fliuid time >> Read more

Mets' director of player personnel and community engagement Donovan Mitchell Sr. tests negative for coronavirus >> Read more

Jeff McNeil is playing Monopoly in his spare time >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

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

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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Injured Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose status for Opening Day on March 26 is very much in doubt, spoke on Wednesday at spring training about his status.

Conforto, who suffered a grade 1 oblique strain on Saturday when he twisted his body to make a catch in right field while shielding his eyes from the sun, said that while there's currently no timetable for his return, he already feels better. 

"Definitely feel better than a couple of days ago," Conforto said. "My symptoms weren't all that crazy. After a couple of days of treatment, I felt quite a bit better. So right now I feel pretty good."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Jacob deGrom once again gets the ball for the Mets, as they take on the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup, and he will look to continue his hot spring. He's slashing .435/.458/.696 with a homer and three doubles over nine games. The Mets also gave an update on Michael Conforto's status on Tuesday, saying the veteran outfielder has an oblique strain that leaves Opening Day in doubt. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A scenario where the middle of the Mets' lineup does not feature Michael Conforto is not one the team wants to think about, but it's one they're possibly facing now that Conforto's status is in doubt due to a side injury he suffered on Saturday.

Conforto, who has returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie, will hope for good news. But even if the news is good, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day (on March 26) and beyond could be in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mets, Conforto is the only key player who is currently dealing with a new injury. And unless his absence is months-long, they should be able to withstand it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If Dominic Smith were to be completely honest, he might say that he was hoping to get traded over the winter. 

After all, even after something of a breakthrough season with the bat in 2019, his playing time is blocked every which way as a Met, with Pete Alonso at first base and a crowded outfield that might once again include Yoenis Cespedes

But Smith offered no hint of any such desire when I spoke to him last week in Port St. Lucie, and good for him for trying to make the best of what could be a frustrating situation. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes
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With Opening Day less than three weeks away, the Mets have some clear starpower in their lineup.

But their roster is filled with guys who are looking to make a major impact this upcoming season.

Here are three under-the-radar Mets you should keep an eye on to make a difference this year:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The Mets and Cardinals finished in a 7-7 tie on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was dominant, tossing 3.0 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out four as he lowered his spring training ERA to 1.50.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello gets his third start of spring training as the Mets take on the Cardinals for the second-straight day, this time on the road in Jupiter, Fla. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday, as Marcus Stroman threw 3.0 scoreless innings and Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano will start as the middle infielders, with Dominic Smith playing first base and Luis Guillorme at third base. Pete Alonso will be the DH after going 1-for-3 on Wednesday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Mets spring training brought some different buzz Wednesday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where New York's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals came with an all-access broadcast by ESPN.

Players wore earpieces during the game and communicated with the ESPN broadcast crew up in the booth, providing an in-depth perspective into a professional game as the action unfolded.

With the Mets, there were light moments -- a lot of them -- too. Below is a sampling of the Mets' all-access ESPN broadcast.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Live from first base, it's Pete Alonso

And won't this be entertaining. On a day when ESPN mic'd up Mets' players for its telecast of the Cardinals-Mets game, Alonso announced that he has agreed to let MLB Network put a microphone at first base at Citi Field to capture some of his conversations with opponents. 

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets and was dominant, striking out the side in the second inning while tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. Overall, he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four. He has a 2.70 ERA so far in spring training.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


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The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

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

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits -- which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Wilson Ramos
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Jeff McNeil has picked up right where he left off last season, and that continued on Tuesday when he hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Port St. Lucie.

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May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

J.D. Davis, who is ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, has been hitting in the batting cage for the last few days, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury last Tuesday when he dove for a ball at third base, and had an MRI the next day.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, noting that the MRI revealed what looked like an old labrum injury but no new damage.

NorthJersey.com's Justin Toscano reported late last week that Davis -- who began rehabbing the day after suffering the injury -- was taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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