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Aug 5, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a two RBI home run in front of Miami Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday (28) during the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 5, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a two RBI home run in front of Miami Marlins catcher Bryan Holaday (28) during the eighth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets have met with the representative for free agent infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post, who says the Mets are seeking a player who can play second base (either as a starter or reserve) while also giving the team a backup shortstop option. The soon-to-be 33-year-old Cabrera hit .262/.316/.458 with 23 homers in 147 games last season split between the Mets and Phillies, who the Mets traded him to for RHP Franklyn Kilome

While the Mets have Jeff McNeil "penciled in" as their second baseman, according to GM Brodie Van Wagenen, they are in need of a backup shortstop since Jose Reyes' Mets career is over.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets are truly interested, a reunion with Cabrera as a jack-of-all-trades who can fill in at second base, shortstop, and third base makes sense. As someone who would potentially start on a team that hopes to contend, it does not...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Wilmer Flores
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Jose Reyes leaves the game and takes a bow to an ovation from the home crowd

One day after David Wright was given a special sendoff from the fans at Citi Field, Jose Reyes had a moment of his own in front of the home crowd.

Reyes started at shortstop and had one at-bat -- a groundout -- before he was replaced at shortstop by Amed Rosario in the top of the second inning. Reyes waved to the fans and gave one last curtain call.

Reyes, the franchise leader in stolen bases and triples, started alongside Wright on Saturday for the 878th time -- the most by any pair of teammates in Mets history. 

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David Wright and Jose Reyes share a laugh and embrace during pre-game warmup in the outfield

This weekend will likely be the official end of the David Wright-Jose Reyes Era with the Mets in Queens.

We don't yet know what the future holds for Wright, who will start Saturday at Citi Field for the first time since early 2016. However, it's quite clear, based on multiple reports, that Reyes will not be retained, though he has said he would like to continue playing beyond this season.

In either case, fully understanding the significance of the moment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said he plans to start Reyes at shortstop on Saturday, allowing the two long-time friends and teammates one more chance to play next to one another.

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jeff McNeil (68) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets 2B Jeff McNeil left Sunday's game against the Nationals with right quad tightness but does not consider it to be serious.

McNeil, who extended his hit streak to 11 games with a single in his second plate appearance of the day, left the game prior to the seventh inning and was replaced by Jose Reyes.

The 26-year-old McNeil said he thought the injury was "nothing too major."

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It appears Amed Rosario is turning a corner in his development and becoming a shiny silver lining to what has otherwise been a lost season for the Mets.

Rosario had three hits and three RBI against the Phillies on Sunday and is now batting .398 during his last 10 games, while driving in 11 runs and belting two home runs. In addition, he's tied for second in the NL with eight stolen bases since the All-Star break and has been successful in 13 of his last 15 stolen base attempts.

Overall in August, he is hitting .292/.333/.431 with two homers, four doubles, and five stolen bases...

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This past weekend, David Wright played in a minor-league rehab game, marking his first game action in more than a year. Meanwhile, Jose Reyes has remained on the Mets, despite the fact that he's hitting .193/.266/.304 while playing subar defense.

There have been countless times this season when fans had questioned why Reyes was not being released. Similarly, multiple reports have been written indicating Reyes was nearing the end of his time playing for the Mets. However, that day has yet to arrive, leaving fans, radio hosts and columnists to speculate Reyes is being protected because of his spot in team history. 

After Wright successfully made it through five innings with St. Lucie on Sunday, it occurred to me that maybe Reyes is still around because there's a chance the former dynamic duo can suit up at the same for the Mets one last time this season...

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Noah Syndergaard's strong performance despite the difficulty he has preventing stolen bases.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings and Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer as the Mets won the rubber game against the Marlins, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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

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

1) Syndergaard allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was the 13th time in 14 starts the right-hander surrendered three runs or fewer. Syndergaard (8-2) won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions and improved to 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins.

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Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Mets' road matchup against the Marlins on Sunday.

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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Jose Reyes doesn't want to retire and he hopes to again play for the Mets next season, he told reporters Tuesday, according to the NY Post.

"I just want to enjoy each day and then we'll see what happens," Reyes said. "I'm just trying to enjoy my time here because you never know if it's going to be your last year or not. ... My body feels good. I feel healthy. We'll see if there's an opportunity."

In 183 sporadic plate appearances this season, he's batting .186 with 10 extra base hits, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in 81 games, while playing shortstop, third base, second base and, of course, one eventful inning on the mound.

He is batting .185 when starting the game, he's batting .186 when coming off the bench. He's batting .191 with the bases empty, he's batting .178 with men on base. When behind in the count, he's batting .066 in 61 plate appearances.

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The guys talk Corey Oswalt 00:01:34
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the merits of keeping Corey Oswalt in the starting rotation.

Devin Mesoraco hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, but Nick Markakis answered with a solo home run in the 10th inning to propel the Braves to a 5-4 win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) The Mets watched their 3-0 lead evaporate by the seventh inning and found themselves playing catch-up in the ninth. Atlanta scored a run in the fifth, two in the seventh, and took a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning before Mesoraco's home run saved the Mets for one more inning.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jerry Blevins, Jose Reyes, Paul Sewald, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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Mets pitcher/infielder Jose Reyes has made history.

The night after Reyes allowed two homers while pitching in the Mets' 25-4 loss, he hit homers from both sides of the plate.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Reyes is the first player in baseball history to ever allow multiple home runs as a pitcher before hitting multiple home runs the next day.

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The guys talk bad Mets defense 00:02:21
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' poor defensive effort in their loss to the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.

Noah Syndergaard was solid in his return from the disabled list, but the Mets were unable to overcome an early deficit and were swept by the Nationals in the two-game series, 5-3, on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.

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

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

1) Syndergaard (6-2) allowed an RBI single to Bryce Harper in the first and a two-run homer to Anthony Rendon in the third. He blanked the Nationals over his final four frames while retiring 12 straight and 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. Syndergaard was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in seven innings and lost for the first time in six starts.

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) pitches during the eighth inning Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) pitches during the eighth inning Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets infielder Jose Reyes pitched on Tuesday night as the Mets were annihilated by the Nats, because of course he did.

The sight of Reyes on the mound, chucking pitches between 49 and 85 MPH brought back memories of some other Mets position players who toed the rubber. Here they are, ranked from worst to best...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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Callaway, players talk huge loss 00:00:46
Mickey Callaway, Steven Matz and Jose Reyes talk about Tuesday night's 25-4 loss, which set a new Mets franchise record for a defeat.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday night's historic defeat against the Nationals was a "tough loss" for his team.

"It's embarrassing," Callaway said. "We got to do better than that."

The Mets were in trouble from the get-go, as Steven Matz allowed seven runs before the end of the first inning and the Mets' bullpen went on to allow 18 more runs in a 25-4 loss.

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Jose Reyes takes the mound 00:00:38
With the Mets getting blown out in Washington, Jose Reyes made his debut as a pitcher in the eighth inning against the Nationals.

Mets INF Jose Reyes entered Tuesday night's game against the Nationals -- to pitch.

Reyes, who pitched the bottom of the eighth inning, got Ryan Zimmerman to fly out for the first out of the inning, but Juan Soto doubled and Matt Adams hit a two-run home run before Reyes went on to walk back-to-back batters.

Mark Reynolds then blasted a three-run homer to give the Nationals a 24-1 advantage.

 

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Coming off a 70-92 season in 2017, the Mets signed a slew of second-tier free agents while gearing up for what they hoped would be a third postseason appearance in four seasons.

The results have been almost impossibly bad, with each of their five key free agent signings having arguably the worst season of their career...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jose Reyes is hitting .168/.238/.235 in 64 games (130 plate appearances) this season while being worth -2 DRS at third base and -3 DRS at shortstop.

Beyond Reyes being unable to get on base, hit for power, or field at an average level, he is also no longer a true stolen base threat.

Despite the above, Mickey Callaway said Monday that with Todd Frazier out, Reyes "deserves" to start regularly at third base.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | In the midst of their freefall, the Mets are now benching Amed Rosario for at least a few games in favor of Jose Reyes.

The reason for benching their young shortstop and replacing him with a player who arguably should have been designated for assignment over a month ago is that the Mets want Rosario to "take a break, work on some things and go from there," manager Mickey Callaway explained on Sunday.

"We can get more and more work in when he's not having to perform that night," Callaway added...

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Brandon Nimmo hits a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger to give the Mets a 4-3 lead with two outs in the ninth inning in Arizona.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a two-out, two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning to key a comeback victory in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Nimmo's home run off Brad Boxberger turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo homer as the Mets won back-to-back games for the first time since May 18-21, when they won four in a row.

"To come back and get a win like that," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game, "that was something that we were doing early on, feels like three years old, but that was a really good win for us."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes
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Nimmo gives the Mets the lead 00:01:12
Brandon Nimmo hits a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger to give the Mets a 4-3 lead with two outs in the ninth inning in Arizona.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a two-out, two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning to key a comeback victory in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Nimmo's home run off Brad Boxberger turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo homer as the Mets won back-to-back games for the first time since May 18-21, when they won four in a row.

"To come back and get a win like that," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game, "that was something that we were doing early on, feels like three years old, but that was a really good win for us."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes
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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | While discussing the future of Jose Reyes on Tuesday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that if they replace the 35-year-old, the team would have to be comfortable with the player who would be stepping in.

"We have to have somebody that we want to replace him that meets that threshold," he said. "If we contemplate that kind of move, it will be appropriate in terms of timing as well."

Alderson has an option in Jeff McNeil, who was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. And the 26-year-old is the player who should replace Reyes.

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson answers questions about the status of Jose Reyes, and makes it clear that roster spots will be earned on merit.

With Adrian Gonzalez released by the Mets due to his struggles, many are wondering when Mets GM Sandy Alderson will let INF Jose Reyes go. 

Reyes has been struggling all season with a .149/.213/.203 slashline over 74 at-bats. But, unlike Gonzalez, Reyes has a long history with the Mets. Though Alderson said he is very aware of what Reyes has accomplished with the team over his career, he admitted to the media during a conference call on Tuesday that any decisions on whether or not to let go of a certain player is based off merits...

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Whether or not you believe Reyes has been given the best opportunity to succeed with the Mets this season, the fact right now is that he doesn't offer even average production in any facet of the game. At the moment, Reyes is one of the worst hitters in the league, one of the worst defensive players in the league, and he doesn't even provide much speed/stolen base ability when he's called upon to pinch run. And while he hasn't gotten a ton of at-bats or time in the field in 2018, this jack of all trades bench role is the role he signed up for. And the role the Mets signed him for. If he can't do it, that's all that matters...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes, Scott Thompson
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Asdrubal Cabrera Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Asdrubal Cabrera Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's 2-0 win against the Yankees before the fourth inning with a tight left hamstring, the team announced.

Cabrera grounded out in both of his at-bats. In the first inning, he grabbed the back of his left leg after he slipped while running out of the batter's box.

He stayed in the game for two more innings and changed his cleats before he was replaced by Jose Reyes. Manager Mickey Callaway said Cabrera will be reassessed on Monday, however he added he does not think the injury warrants a stint on the disabled list.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were shut out for the first time in 2018 after their eighth-inning rally fell through in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Down 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second thanks to Miguel Andujar's single and Aaron Judge reaching on two Jose Reyes errors on a neighborhood play on a potential double-play ball, but Gleyber Torres fouled out and Brett Gardner flied out to end the threat.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jose Reyes, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We've reported that the Mets are discussing the timing of a Jose Reyes release. What does that mean exactly?

Here's the deal: Given what they see as Reyes stature with the organization and in the clubhouse, the Mets would love to work with Reyes' camp on a stage-managed exit -- perhaps in the form of a retirement news conference.

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are getting lost in the chaos and drama associated with their team's current losing streak. It was only a few weeks ago that most Mets fans and media, myself included, were freaking out over how these two pitchers were progressing...

However, during the past month, Wheeler has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Meanwhile, in his last six starts, Matz has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Unfortunately, because of a lack of offense and relief pitching, the team is just 3-7 during those 10 starts.

In Wednesday's start against the O's, Wheeler tossed 93 pitches, seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one batter before his bullpen stumbled.

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will be getting some reinforcements before Tuesday night's game, with Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak being activated from the disabled list.

New York needed to clear two 25-man roster spots to make room for Frazier and Swarzak, and did so by optioning RH reliever Gerson Bautista to Triple-A Las Vegas and DFA'ing LH reliever Buddy Baumann. By removing two relievers from the roster, the Mets now have a seven-man bullpen. 

Meanwhile, while Jose Reyes wasn't be DFA'd on Tuesday, his job is not safe long-term or even in the near future, SNY's Andy Martino wrote Monday.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jose Reyes, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For more than a week, folks both inside and outside the Mets organization have speculated as to whether Anthony Swarzak's return from the disabled list will cost Jose Reyes his roster spot.

But with Swarzak's activation expected Tuesday, Reyes appears safe for now...

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the sad state of affairs surrounding Jose Reyes, the Jose Bautista signing, and the importance of getting quality starts from the likes of Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas.

Plus, Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen!

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LM: Should the Mets DFA Reyes? 00:05:17
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets' slumping offense and whether veteran infielder Jose Reyes is in serious danger of being DFA'd.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Word this afternoon is that Jose Reyes' roster spot remains safe, at least over the next several days. The Mets do not plan to cut him as a reaction to last night's two error performance.

That equation could change before long, though -- especially when Todd Frazier returns from the disabled list. At that point, the team could buy time on a Reyes decision by optioning Luis Guillorme or a reliever. Or they could decide that Reyes' long Mets career is over.

Reading between the lines, if Reyes doesn't show value soon, the end could be drawing near. It just won't come today.

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May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday night, and was done in by an inexcusable error by Jose Reyes in the second inning. 

With runners on first and second and one out in the second, pitcher Caleb Smith bunted toward Reyes at third base while attempting to move the runners over. Reyes fielded the ball and would have had the runner out by 20 feet at second base, but didn't throw there. Instead, he hesitated before throwing wild to first base -- allowing Smith to reach.

After Wheeler got Martin Prado to pop out for the second out of the inning, J.T. Realmuto's two-run single made it 3-0, Marlins, with both runs unearned due to Reyes' gaffe...

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The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) took batting practice on Monday for the first time since landing on the DL on May 8. The 32-year-old Frazier was eligible to return from the DL this Friday.

While Frazier is progressing, he will need to run before the Mets clear him for a rehab assignment, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Monday night's game. 

In Frazier's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Wilmer Flores, Luis Guillorme, and Jose Reyes at third base. 

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) told reporters on Saturday that he does not know when he will return from the disabled list.

Frazier said a rehab assignment has not yet been scheduled.

The 32-year-old Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, was eligible to return from the DL on Friday.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are now down Yoenis Cespedes, who was put on the disabled list Wednesday. Todd Frazier is also on the disabled list, and is eligible to return on Friday. As a result, the outfield and infield will be a bit mixed up and needing support for at least a few more days. 

That said, Jose Reyes probably shouldn't even be be on the roster -- let alone starting at third base for Frazier as he did Tuesday. Instead, especially when a left-handed starting pitcher is on the mound like Wednesday, Wilmer Flores or Luis Guillorme should be at third, with Flores or Jay Bruce at first base, and Juan Lagares always in center field.

Case in point, on a night when the Mets had 16 hits and scored 12 runs with a lefty starting the game, Reyes was 1-for-5. Flores started at first base, leaving Bruce, Brandon Nimmo, and Lagares in the outfield. Cespedes (hip) and Michael Conforto had the night off...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThis week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell -- their second child. But that's not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action... eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night's game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.

Speaking of Friday night's game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team -- that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon's game, but it unfortunately didn't happen...

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Michelle Ioannou
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Jose Reyes, who is adjusting to a bench role, began the season by going 0-for-20 through April 19. Since then, he's gone 5-for-12 with a home run.

Overall, Reyes is hitting .156/.206/.250. And though his BABIP is an impossibly low .148 and some improvement on the outcomes for the balls he puts in play can be expected, it's fair to wonder how much longer the Mets will carry him.

Along with his poor offensive production, Reyes is a liability in the field -- where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) last season while playing primarily shortstop, third base, and second base. If the Mets choose to move on from Reyes at some point this season, who could replace him? Here are the three most likely options, who are all on the 40-man roster and currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

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

 

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

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Adrian Gonzalez goes the other way on his three-run home run in the seventh inning to give him five RBI on the day and the Mets a 7-2 lead.

Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs to break out of a slump while the rest of New York's infield combined for six hits and five RBIs in Sunday's 14-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The Mets scored five runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth innings to turn a 4-2 lead into a 12-run rout, ending a nine-game road trip as they head home for a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

Gonzalez broke out of a 1-for-17 slump with a two-run double in the third inning and a three-run home run off Jordan Lyles in the seventh to break the game open.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, San Diego Padres
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New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)
New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a right hamstring issue, manager Mickey Callaway said, noting that Cabrera has not had an MRI. 

Wilmer Flores is starting in Cabrera's place at second base.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Jose Reyes is the first Mets position player since Phil Linz in 1968 to open a season hitless in the first 20 at-bats of the season.

Reyes is 0-for-20. Linz went 0-for-25 before getting his first hit. 

Is Reyes at risk of being designated for assignment? Doug Williams and Andy Martino discussed that question on the Shea Anything podcast...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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SNY insider Steve Gelbs discusses the ongoing issues that Jose Reyes has been having since the start of this 2018 season.

In spring training, I heard multiple Mets people say Jose Reyes was re-signed mostly to be a mentor to Amed Rosario, while also acting as a hedge against any infield injuries.

So far, there has been no such injury. Rosario looks totally comfortable in the big leagues and is seen spending most of his time before games with Yoenis Cespedes -- not Reyes.

Meanwhile, Reyes, who signed a one-year, $2 million this past winter, entered Wednesday's game hitless in 17 at-bats...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) walks back to the dugout in the spring training game against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

With the Mets trailing by the score of 3-2 in the sixth inning on Tuesday night and runners on first and third with one out, Mickey Callaway turned to Jose Reyes to pinch-hit.

Reyes looked badly overmatched against Nationals reliever LHP Sammy Solis -- who replaced LHP Gio Gonzalez after Reyes was announced -- and was fooled on the 2-2 fastball as he was looking for something off-speed. The result was Reyes taking a feeble, halting swing as he struck out. Along with Reyes, Callaway had Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jose Lobaton on his bench and at his disposal in that spot. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Callaway has done a terrific job so far, but going to Reyes on Tuesday night when he had Conforto and Nimmo available was a poor choice -- regardless of Conforto and Nimmo both being left-handed hitters. In that spot, at the very least, you want someone who can hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Juan Lagares from third base. Conforto has been having terrific at-bats all season, and entered Tuesday night having reached base safely in every game he had played in. Nimmo entered the night having reached base at a .481 clip...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Jose Reyes is starting at shortstop over Amed Rosario for the second time in three games, and Mickey Callaway explained his reasoning before Thursday's game.

"I thought that Reyes vs. Strasburg would probably be a pretty good matchup," he said, calling it one of the "basic reasons" why Reyes is in.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mickey Callaway has spoken about not being seduced by small sample sizes when it comes to setting the lineup. And he's right to take that approach. But starting Reyes over Rosario twice in three games is something that simply shouldn't happen...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes
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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have a lot to be satisfied with at this early point in the season, with the second-best batting average in baseball and an overall offense in the top third of the league. But behind those numbers are some very different stories -- some good and some not so good.

While it's still early to come to any conclusions, let's take a look at the trends emerging for the 2018 Mets...

The Good

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Maggie Wiggin
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