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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (42-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening a two-game set with the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday night. 

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


In the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom bent but didn't break over 5.0 solid innings and Robinson Cano had another big game >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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McNeil calls shot in Mets win 00:01:30
Callaway, McNeil, deGrom on McNeil's "called shot" and deGrom's gritty effort in the road series win over the Marlins

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told left fielder Jeff McNeil what he expected when he led off in Sunday's series finale against the Marlins.

"I told him, 'I want to see an 11-pitch at-bat and then a homer, and it'll be 1-0,'" Callaway said. "And he goes, 'What about a first-pitch homer and make it 1-0?' I said, 'Well it better be a homer.'"

It was.

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Mets finally win series on road 00:01:22
Robinson Cano had 4 hits including a home run and Jacob deGrom gave the Mets 5 gritty innings as they finally won a series on the road, 6-2.

Robinson Cano's bat stayed hot after knocking a two-run homer in the eighth inning game-winning home run on Saturday. Cano had four hits on Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) It only took one pitch for the Mets' offense to get going. Jeff McNeil knocked the first throw from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara over the right field fence, giving his team the early lead. McNeil has notched a hit in each game this series against the Marlins, including a two-hit outing on Saturday. McNeil entered Sunday's game batting .350, which leads the National League. McNeil also hit a first-pitch homer on July 3 against the Yankees this year. 

2) Robinson Cano could be changing his fortunes on the road this year. Cano carried his home run momentum into Sunday, as he nearly hit for the cycle with four hits on the day. Cano doubled, singled, knocked a solo home run, and then singled again against the defensive shift in his final plate appearance. 

Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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McNeil HR's on first pitch 00:00:14
Jeff McNeil homers on the first pitch of the game off Sandy Alcantara to give the Mets a 1-0 lead

Jeff McNeil isn't known for his power as much as he is for his ability to hit anything. On Sunday, he wasted no time reminding everyone of his power as he gave the Mets the 1-0 lead with a home run on the game's first pitch from Sandy Alcantara. 

The Mets' leadoff man isn't a stranger to hitting a quick dinger, though. 

During the recent Subway Series against the Yankees, McNeil knocked a home run on the first Yankees' pitch from Domingo German on July 3 at Citi Field.

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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

Coming out of the All-Star break, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said that the lineups would likely be more fluid on a nightly basis.

He delivered on that statement on Saturday, moving Michael Conforto up to the second spot in the lineup, hoping to get Conforto more pitches to hit in front of Pete Alonso.

"Pete's behind me today? Yeah, so I'll probably get some pitches to hit," Conforto said before the game. "They're not going to want to face that big boy behind me."

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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Now that Brodie Van Wagenen has made his concession speech, admitting that his "come get us" bravado resulted in "they came and got us," the Mets can officially move on to the brainstorming portion of the schedule.

That is, everything they do over the final two and a half months should be with a vision of 2020 and beyond in mind, rather than trying to squeeze the most possible wins out of a lost season. 

Mostly that means getting answers to as many questions about the future of this team as possible. I'd start with these 10: 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets fall 8-4 in Miami 00:01:23
Wilson Ramos and Todd Frazier provided the runs in the 8-4 loss to Miami, but NY dropped the first game after the All-Star break.

Mets pitchers allowed three home runs as they fell to the Marlins 8-4 to start the second half. >> Box score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Jason Vargas' night got off to a strong start, as he retired the first six batters he faced. The lefty got into trouble in the third, though, after the Mets had just given him a 2-0 lead. Jorge Alfaro singled and stole second to start the inning, and he came around to score on a Miguel Rojas sac fly. Then, another former Met struck again, as Curtis Granderson lofted a two-run home run to give the Marlins the 3-2 lead. The next batter, Garrett Cooper, homered as well, staking the Marlins to a 4-3 lead. Vargas ended up going five innings for the Mets, allowing six earned runs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (40-50, 13.5 GB in NL East) open their second half schedule with a three-game series against the Marlins (33-55, 19.5 GB in NL East), starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets went 38-30 in the second half of their schedule in 2018. ... The road has not been friendly to the Mets this season, as they've gone just 17-31 away from Citi Field. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .413 with 15 runs, four home runs, and 16 RBIs over his last 18 games. ... Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with 68 RBIs before the All-Star break.

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Van Wagenen addresses media 00:02:46
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke to the media about the Mets' first half, looking into trades, and Mickey Callaway.

Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. 

"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."

That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; (From left to right) National League outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) of the New York Mets, infielder Kris Bryant (17) of the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Christian Yelich (22) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and outfielder David Dahl (26) of the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; (From left to right) National League outfielder Jeff McNeil (6) of the New York Mets, infielder Kris Bryant (17) of the Chicago Cubs, outfielder Christian Yelich (22) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and outfielder David Dahl (26) of the Colorado Rockies prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

CLEVELAND - After the All Star Game on Tuesday, Jeff McNeil expressed his displeasure that the scoreboard at Progressive Field displayed Jacob deGrom's picture when he batted.

"That was tough to see deGrom's picture up there," McNeil said. "I didn't really like that. I want to see my picture up there. I know my family did too. What are you gonna do, I guess. I don't think that should happen."

Now, the Indians are apologizing to McNeil, in addition to Colorado's David Dahl and the Cubs' Willson Contreras, whose names were misspelled.

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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In making calls for a Wilson Ramos column last week, I heard a comment from a scout that in some ways summed up Brodie Van Wagenen's misguided attempt at assembling a win-now team in his first attempt as a GM.

"The Mets need to figure out who they are," the scout said.

He explained that for a team that believed its strength was a dominant starting rotation, the Mets needed a defense-first catcher who could enhance the abilities of the starting pitchers -- not a defensive liability like Ramos.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Alonso: 'I'm so thankful' 00:01:57
Pete Alonso caught up with Andy Martino after an unforgettable All-Star Game experience. Alonso definitely isn't taking it for granted.

After Jacob deGrom recorded a scoreless inning earlier in the game, the Mets' talented young duo of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil made their first career All-Star Game appearances in Cleveland.

The night ultimately belonged to the AL, who took home a 4-3 victory, but the Mets All-Stars fared well in the Midsummer Classic.

A night after taking home the Home Run Derby crown, Alonso entered his first All-Star Game in the bottom of the fourth inning. His first at-bat came in the top of the sixth, as he went down swinging against Oakland's Liam Hendriks

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jeff McNeil (68) reacts after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The hit was his first major league hit. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jeff McNeil (68) reacts after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The hit was his first major league hit. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff McNeil said earlier on Monday that he was ready to be Pete Alonso's "hype man" during the Home Run Derby and he continued to hype Alonso up even after he had won.

McNeil was ecstatic for Alonso's feat, and while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. generated the most buzz during the Derby, McNeil made sure to stress this night belonged to his teammate. 

"The show Vlad put on was pretty incredible, but I think Pete put on a better on," McNeil said. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Catching up with Alonso, McNeil 00:03:25
Andy Martino asks Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso questions about each other to mix things up and learn about the Mets All-Stars.

Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil have certainly made their marks this season, not just with the Mets, but in all of baseball.

Alonso has established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game with 30 home runs at the break while McNeil leads MLB with a .349 batting average. 

SNY's Andy Martino caught up with them both on Monday in Cleveland and had them answer questions about each other, including one involving tattoos. 

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Jeff McNeil on Home Run Derby 00:00:54
In a non shocking move, McNeil picked his teammate, Pete Alonso, to win the Home Run Derby. McNeil also talked about pitching to Alonso.

When Jeff McNeil learned he was an All-Star, he didn't call his wife or parents. He called his agent. 

During All-Star media availability on Monday, McNeil admitted to keeping the All-star information to himself. He wanted to wait until ESPN aired the results of the entire All-Star team rosters for his wife to find out. 

"I didn't call the wife. I know they did the whole ESPN show and I just played dumb for her, 'I don't know if I made it. You're gonna have to watch.' She ended up watching on TV and saw my name pop up."

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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Back in March I picked the Yankees to win the World Series against the Nationals, and thanks largely to Max Scherzer's spectacular June, broken nose and all, I've still got a chance to be right on both ends, as the Nats have come storming back from the dead.

In truth, as the season reaches the All-Star break, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series looks more realistic, and that would be great for baseball -- two glamorous franchises renewing October hostilities for the first time since 1981.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Back in March I picked the Yankees to win the World Series against the Nationals, and thanks largely to Max Scherzer's spectacular June, broken nose and all, I've still got a chance to be right on both ends, as the Nats have come storming back from the dead.

In truth, as the season reaches the All-Star break, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series looks more realistic, and that would be great for baseball -- two glamorous franchises renewing October hostilities for the first time since 1981.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .363/.485/.775 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 5.65 ERA, which ranks 28th in the majors. ... Jeff McNeil, who is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, is hitting .415/.449/.723 with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 16 games.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Todd Frazier and Mickey Callaway were ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-5 win. Frazier was ejected for arguing after he was hit by a Jake Arrieta pitch. After warnings were issued, Arrieta hit Amed Rosario with a pitch, however was not ejected. Callaway argued with the umpires and was ejected. In front of his locker after the game, Arrieta said, "If Frazier's not happy about it, he can come see me. I'll put a dent in his skull."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Todd Frazier
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Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff McNeil added four hits, Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Mets beat the Phillies 6-5 on Saturday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard battled his way through five innings, but he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs to Jay Bruce and Maikel Franco in the top of the second inning, putting the Mets in an early 3-1 hole after Michael Conforto had given them a 1-0 lead.. Syndergaard finished his first half of the season with a 4.68 ERA.

2) McNeil, looking to become just the second Met ever to lead the majors in batting average at the All-Star break, helped his cause in a big way on Saturday, recording four more hits. McNeil now has four four-hit games on the season, and his league-leading batting average is up to .356

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (39-49, 13.5 GB in NL East) continue their three-game set with the Phillies (46-42, 6.5 GB in NL East) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are just 2-8 in their last 10 games, but they have been better at home this season, posting a 22-18 record at Citi Field. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in 21 or their last 24 games, posting a collective 7.32 ERA during that span. ... Jeff McNeil leads the Major Leagues with his .348 batting average. He is looking to become just the second Met to ever lead the majors in hitting at the All-Star Break (Jose Reyes, .354 in 2011).

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Mets bullpen fails again 00:01:14
Despite another home run from Pete Alonso, the Mets bullpen proved to be unreliable yet again in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies

The Mets' bullpen struggled late against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's game

1) The Mets bullpen fell apart once Edwin Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning. After Seth Lugo successfuly stranded a man in scoring position for New York in the eighth inning, Diaz coughed up the game. J.T. Realmuto knocked a ground ball double down the third base line and former Met Jay Bruce hit an RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. Roman Quinn replaced Bruce as a pinch-runner on first, and successfully stole second base and an errant throw from Wilson Ramos moved Quinn to third while Cesar Hernandez was at the plate. Hernandez walked and stole second base, and pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez knocked in Quinn against Diaz to bring the score to 4-2. Diaz was then replaced by Jeurys Familia after 0.1 innings pitched. Familia also only recorded one out. Familia allowed a double to Jean Segura which scored Hernandez and Rodriguez. Segura then scored on a Bryce Harper double, putting the Phillies up 7-2. Philadelphia batted around their lineup in the ninth and Luis Avilan was brought in to finish the inning for the Mets.

2) Jacob deGrom very briefly struggled in his start against the Phillies. As briefly as one can get. On the game's first pitch, Scott Kingery hit a home run. The homer didn't phase deGrom in the slightest, though. Through seven innings, deGrom allowed two earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts, including three against Harper. While another dominant outing for deGrom, he only has one win in his last 10 starts despite a 3.29 ERA over that stretch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (39-48, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB in NL wild card) open the final three-game series of the first half of the 2019 season against the Phillies (45-42, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB in NL wild card) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil has the third-most hits in the majors through 500 career at-bats since 1935 with 170, trailing only Wade Boggs (178) and Joe DiMaggio. ... Amed Rosario is batting .339 with 10 runs, four doubles, a home run, six RBIs, two walks, four steals and a .914 OPS over his last 16 games. ... Todd Frazier is batting .293 with 25 runs, six doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 27 RBIs and a .903 OPS since May 16.

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Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (39-48, 12 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the Fourth of July off before they start a three-game series with the Phillies before the All-Star break. 

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


After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Vargas was strong. However, the Yankees didn't let up in a 5-1 loss to even the two-game Subway Series set at Citi Field. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets fall to Yankees 5-1 00:01:22
The New York Mets were only able to muster up one run off of a Jeff McNeil home run as they lose to the Yankees 5-1.

Jeff McNeil provided the Mets' only run in their 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Fresh off the heels of three straight multi-hit games, McNeil got the Mets' started with a bang on Wednesday night, depositing the first pitch of the game from Domingo German into the bullpen to put the Mets on the board. McNeil still leads the Major Leagues with his .349 batting average after one more hit on Wednesday.

2) Jason Vargas didn't have his best outing for the Mets, but he did keep them in the game. The lefty went 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs. He got into trouble early, allowing an RBI double to Aaron Judge and an RBI single to Gleyber Torres in the first inning, but he settled down after that. He was pulled from the game in the sixth inning after allowing a solo home run to Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Jeff McNeil clubs 7th HR 00:00:15
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil launches his 7th home run of the season to narrow the Yankees lead to 2-1.

The Yankees came out hot against the Mets in their final meeting of the season. But Jeff McNeil came out hot as well.

After the Yankees scored twice in the top of the first inning at Citi Field on Wednesday, McNeil wasted no time in cutting into their lead. Swinging at the first pitch of the game from Domingo German, McNeil sent it over the right field fence to get the Mets on the board.

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This or That: Jeff McNeil 00:00:37
Does New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil prefer Xbox or Playstation? Peer into McNeil's personality while he plays This or That.

How does Jeff McNeil feel about shifting in baseball? How about crunchy vs. smooth peanut butter? Xbox or PlayStation?

The Mets All-Star answered all of our hard-hitting questions in the latest edition of This or That. Check out the video to find out the rest of his answers.

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Mets down Yankees 4-2 00:01:26
New York Mets rally from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 4-2 off of big hits from outfielders J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto.

The Mets sparked an eighth inning rally against the Yankees' vaunted bullpen on Tuesday, coming back to beat the Yankees 4-2 on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Trailing by a run in the eighth inning, the Mets built another late comeback for the second straight game. After Pete Alonso reached on a DJ LeMahieu throwing error, JD Davis stung a double into center field, just out of the reach of Aaron Hicks, tying the game at 2-2. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out, and Michael Conforto delivered with a two-run double off of Zack Britton to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening Round 2 of the Subway Series on Tuesday night at Citi Field. 

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


The Mets used an eighth-inning rally to top the Braves and break their seven-game losing streak >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets comeback tops Braves 00:01:52
Mickey Callaway , Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso on ending the Mets losing streak and a look ahead to the upcoming Yankees series

The Mets put together a late-inning surge on Sunday night, beating the Braves, 8-5, at Citi Field. >> Box score

Six things to know from Sunday's game...

1) It was just what the doctor ordered for the Mets in the eighth, when Todd Frazier began things with a solo homer on an 0-2 count to make it a 5-4 game. From there, the Mets capitalized on their opportunities with two outs. Jeff McNeil had a two-run single to take the lead, and Pete Alonso's RBI double gave the Mets some insurance as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Mets 2019 All-Stars are named 00:01:54
Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Jacob deGrom share their thoughts on being named to the 2019 National League All-Star team

Three Mets, including rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, were selected to the All-Star Game, the league announced Sunday.

Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Jacob deGrom made the National League roster as reserves and will participate in the All-Star Game festivities, which take place July 8-9.

"It's a dream come true," Alonso said. "I wouldn't think in a million years I'd be an All-Star as a rookie. It's crazy. It's a dream come true."

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Mets fall to Braves on late HR's 00:01:28
Dominic Smith homered for the 4th time in 6 games but the Braves hit back-to-back HR's in the 8th to edge the Mets, 5-4

The Mets' bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead, and the Mets dropped their seventh straight game, falling to the Braves 5-4 on Saturday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Mets, but things collapsed in the eighth. With one away, Lugo allowed back-to-back home runs to Nick Markakis and Austin Riley. They Met's 4-3 lead turned into a 5-4 deficit in two swings of the bat. 

2) Steven Matz's afternoon was cut short due to a lengthy rain delay, but he once again struggled in the first inning, continuing a season-long trend. After loading the bases with one away, Matz allowed a two-run single to Ozzie Albies, putting the Mets in an early 2-0 hole. The lefty pitched a scoreless second inning, but he was then pulled from the game following a lengthy rain delay at Citi Field. Matz's ERA is now 4.95 on the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets drop sixth straight 00:01:06
Pete Alonso hit a solo home run for his 28th this season but it wasn't enough as the Mets lost 6-2 to the Braves.

The Mets' lineup couldn't solve Braves' pitching in Friday's 6-2 loss at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Jacob deGrom continues to look more and more like the Cy Young winner that he is, giving the Mets another quality start. DeGrom went six innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out seven. The big blow against deGrom was an Austin Riley two-run home run in the top of the second inning. He finished the month of June with six quality starts and a 2.70 ERA,

2) Robert Gsellman couldn't get out of trouble in the top of the eighth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Gsellman hit Riley with a pitch to load the bases. Johan Camargo then doubled in two runs to push the Braves' lead to 6-2. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman
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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil has picked up this season right where he left off during his blistering rookie campaign, coming in to Thursday's game hitting a ridiculous .351/.414/.514 in 67 games.

While McNeil has pushed for the league-lead in batting average and become a near-lock to be selected as a reserve to the All-Star Game, he broke a 36-year-old MLB record on Wednesday night.

When McNeil doubled on Wednesday night in his 475th career at-bat, it was his 162nd career hit -- the highest total by any active major leaguer and the most in the majors since Wade Boggs had 166 hits in his first 475 at-bats from 1982-1983, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Jay Bruce walks off against Mets 00:01:34
Former Mets Jay Bruce walked off against the Mets in the 10th inning as NY dropped their third straight. Bullpen woes continue.

The Mets bullpen allowed another late-inning lead to disappear, and the Phillies walked off with a 5-4 win in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game

1) In the bottom of the 10th inning, Stephen Nogosek allowed the first two Phillies batters to reach base, setting the stage for former Met Jay Bruce to give the Phillies a walkoff win on an RBI double, just over the outstretched glove of Juan Lagares in center field.

2) Jason Vargas cruised through the first five innings on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit the first two times through the order. The Phillies finally got on the board against him in the sixth, as Jean Segura lofted a solo home run with one out. Vargas got out of the sixth by striking out Rhys Hoskins for his 10th strikeout of the game, tying his career high. He left the game after 6.1 innings, having allowed just three hits.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo
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Mets fall 7-5 to Phillies 00:01:28
Lockett makes strong start in Syndergaard's absence, but the bullpen faltered in the 6th inning for the 7-5 loss. Smith and Rosario homered.

The Mets' bullpen issues came back to haunt them again, blowing a 5-2 sixth-inning lead to the Phillies in Tuesday night's 7-5 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday was another example of the Mets' bullpen ineptitude. After Walker Lockett gave the Mets a solid 5.1 innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 lead and two runners on, Wilmer Font had a nightmare of a game. In just a third of an inning, Font allowed three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. In the blink of an eye the Mets 5-2 lead became a 7-5 deficit. Font then hit Scott Kingery with a high fastball before being pulled.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (left) and left fielder Raphael Gladu (12) celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (left) and left fielder Raphael Gladu (12) celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

The Mets (37-40, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) complete their four-game series against the Cubs on Sunday at 2:20 p.m.

It will be a good pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels going at it on the bump.

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

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Mets thump Cubs 00:01:59
Callaway, Alonso, McNeil, Wheeler and Frazier on the Mets dominating 10-2 win over the Cubs

The Mets have taken back-to-back games from the Cubs, and the top of the lineup has been the biggest reason why.

Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have combined to hit .333 in the last two games, hitting a pair of home runs and driving in seven runs. 

McNeil has recorded two hits in both games, while Alonso regrouped from a frustrating day on Friday to blast his 26th home run of the season on Saturday.

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Mets rout Cubs 00:01:30
Pete Alonso tied a Mets club record with his 26th HR while Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI as the Mets pounded the Cubs, 10-2

The Mets clubbed three home runs on Saturday to beat the Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso's historic rookie season continued as he tied the Mets' rookie home run record of 26 held by Darryl Strawberry in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Alonso also now holds the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break and is on pace for 54 home runs, which would break Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field on Saturday as they take on the Cubs (41-35, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets evened their four-game series with the Cubs on Friday after Jeff McNeil drove in three runs en route to a 5-4 victory. McNeil blasted a tw-run home run in the third inning, giving the Mets home runs in 17 of their last 19 games. ... J.D. Davis is batting third as he enters the game with a .368 average and 1.060 OPS over his last 14 games. ... Michael Conforto's home run on Friday made it 11 of his last 12 games in which he has hit safely in. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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


Jeff McNeil led the way for the Mets with three RBI in a 5-4 win over the Cubs. >> Read more

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Mets edge Cubs 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway and Jeff McNeil on McNeil's clutch performance and his quest to become an All-Star

Friday afternoon was just another day at the office for Jeff McNeil.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Friday afternoon was just another day at the office for Jeff McNeil.

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McNeil leads Mets past Cubs 00:01:16
Jeff McNeil homered and drove in three runs including the eventual game-winner as the Mets edged the Cubs 5-4

Jeff McNeil's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh led the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

5 things to know from Friday's game...

1) Jeff McNeil provided the offense for the Mets as he continues to be one of the few to have an impressive road trip. He went 2-for-5 on Friday, making it four straight multi-hit games for McNeil, and it included a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead in the third and a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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McNeil hits 2-run home run 00:00:15
Jeff McNeil hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning for the Mets to take a 3-2 lead against the Cubs.

The Mets are facing the Cubs on Friday afternoon in Chicago.

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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is having a historic rookie season, but trails significantly in All Star Game voting, nowhere near the top three of Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman, or Anthony Rizzo.

The top three will advance to the next round of voting as the starter is determined. Alonso, in fifth place with just over 319,000 votes per the latest update, is over 600,000 votes shy of Rizzo. 

The fact that Alonso trails by that much is simple -- Mets fans aren't voting enough, and fans of Bell, Freeman, and Rizzo are.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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