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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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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 4-2 win over the Yankees, they broke the Bombers' streak of 31 conescutive games with a homer and rallied in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz closed the door >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Steven Matz is headed to the Mets' bullpen. 

Manager Mickey Callaway revealed before Tuesday's game against the Yankees that Matz will be used as a reliever between now and the All-Star break. 

Callaway anticipates that the move will be temporary, and expects Matz to be back in the rotation after the All-Star break, but also added, "we'll adjust that if we need to," leaving the door open. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a flurry of roster moves before Tuesday night's game against the Yankees, swapping three new relievers in while sending four relievers to Triple-A Syracuse and adding an additional bench player.

Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan were all activated from the IL, while INF Luis Guillorme was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.

To make room on the roster fot the four added players, the Mets optioned relievers Chris Flexen, Brooks Pounders, Stephen Nogosek, and Chris Mazza to Syracuse.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Danny Abriano
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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Eiland will be replaced by Phil Regan, according to Martino. 

Along with Eiland, the team has also fired bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He will be replaced by Ricky Bones, according to Mike Puma.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 10-2 win over the Braves, Jacob deGrom was dominant and came close to a shutout, while Pete Alonso went off at the plate >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets desperately need bullpen help, but it appears they were dealt another setback in making that happen. 

Justin Wilson, who has been on the IL since early May with elbow soreness, was scratched from his rehab assignment on Tuesday due to left elbow tightness, the Mets announced. 

Wilson, 31, was close to returning to the majors, rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse since last week. It is still unclear just how significant of a setback this may be. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Canó remains out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, but he did run on the field before the game and Mickey Callaway said he was hoping Canó would be available off the bench.

"He felt really good," Callaway said of Canó. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night.

"I think there's improvement," Callaway added. "He felt really good yesterday too, but there was minimal improvement."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As the Mets wrap up a West Coast swing Sunday, two veterans are on the mend and could be back in the near future. 

Manager Mickey Callaway said the Mets won't activate second baseman Robinson Canó until Tuesday at the earliest, when the team opens a series at Citi Field against the Giants. He's been on the injured list since May 22 with a quad injury he suffered legging out a ground ball. 

Adeiny Hechavarría has done a solid job as Canó's replacement, as he's batting .300 over his last 11 contests entering Sunday's game. Canó is hitting .241 with three homers. 

Tags: Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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


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

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Justin Wilson is back on the 10-day IL with the same left elbow soreness that put him there a couple weeks ago, according to multiple reports from Citi Field Saturday. 

Wilson went on the IL on April 22 after feeling discomfort in his elbow. Everything seemed fine after his rehab, but in his most recent outing on May 6, he allowed two runs on three hits over one inning of work. 

The 31-year-old, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal to be a much-needed lefty arm out of the bullpen this season, will hope to figure out the cause of the recurring soreness. The Mets have another lefty in Luis Avilan on the IL, which leaves Daniel Zamora as the only southpaw in the pen.

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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Mets swung a trade for Rays reliever Wilmer Font on Monday, and while Font could help a depleted relief corps that is currently without Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan. he could also be an option for the starting rotation.

Font has a 5.79 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP this season and has struck out 18 batters in 14 innings (10 appearances). He had a 1.67 ERA (3.98 FIP) and 0.96 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings for the Rays last season.

Here's the gist on Font...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Most Mets fans groaned before Tuesday night's game when manager Mickey Callaway said Jeurys Familia could be relied on for a two-inning save because Edwin Diaz (who had pitched three games in a row) was unavailable.

But then Familia entered the game in the eighth inning with the Mets leading by a run and looked as nasty as he has in quite some time -- firing sinkers with great depth while his slider dropped off the table.

After a long time in the dugout between innings as the Mets rallied for an insurance run, Familia looked similarly nasty to open the ninth inning as he struck out the first two batters and had the Mets one out away from victory while holding a 3-1 lead. Then the roof caved in. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets' bullpen battles consistency issues as a unit, one key piece may return soon.

Justin Wilson told reporters Tuesday he's "close" to rejoining the team. The lefty reliever was placed on the 10-day injured list last Monday with left elbow soreness. He threw off a mound Monday and threw again Tuesday off flat ground, with a bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday. 

Wilson also said he will travel with the Mets to Milwaukee this weekend for their three-game set against the Brewers. 

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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)

The Mets' 5.57 team ERA is the third-worst in the majors, better than only the Orioles and Red Sox. But manager Mickey Callaway isn't ready to sound the alarm.

"It's not concerning," Callaway said at Citi Field before Monday night's game against the Phillies, noting that the sample size is far too small for the team to be worried.

Is Callaway right to not be alarmed? Maybe...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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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)

The Mets began a 13-game stretch last week that included 10 games against the Phillies and Braves.

I believed the Mets would need to win at least six of those 10 games -- which would put them around 14-10 heading into their next homestand -- to avoid hitting the panic button too early.

To date, they have won just two of seven during this stretch, with three left against the Phillies, whom they will play at Citi Field after beginning a three-game series Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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deGrom loses 2nd straight start 00:01:03
Jacob deGrom lost for the second straight time as the Braves clubbed three home runs, beating the Mets 7-3

Jacob deGrom labored through five innings and the Mets' offense left 10 runners on base as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1) DeGrom (2-2) allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in five innings, tying a season high with 114 pitches but only in five innings. After going 2-0 with 13 shutout innings in his first two outings of the season, deGrom has allowed nine runs and 13 hits in his last nine innings across two starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Paul Sewald
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

As the Mets traveled north from Port St. Lucie, their bullpen looked to be a solid unit. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen landed the MLB's saves leader in closer Edwin Diaz and brought back Jeurys Familia to join Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Lefty Justin Wilson was also a crucial free agent pickup.

But this group has not gotten off to the start they hoped for in 2019.

As a whole, though, the seven bullpen arms - that includes Luis Avilan and Tim Peterson as well - own a combined 5.76 ERA to start the new year. Avilan has the worst ERA of the relievers, sitting at 16.20 after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings. Lugo is also struggling with a 8.10 ERA after allowing six earned over 6.2 innings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Mets shutout by Washington 00:00:48
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard lost a tough game to the Nationals but is happy with the progress of his curveball this season.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field in their home opener >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard wasn't at his best early, and a couple of walks in the second inning (due in part to a terrible zone by the home plate umpire) followed by a wild pitch and a safety squeeze, gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Syndergaard settled in after that, retiring 12-straight batters at one point and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The no-no was ruined when Victor Robles homered to left field on Syndergaard's first pitch of the sixth inning, extending Washington's lead to 2-0. Overall, Syndergaard allowed two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out six in 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets react to 6-5 win 00:00:25
The Mets react to the late inning runs scored by the Marlins. Wilson had a funny reaction to the last pitch of the game.

The Mets held off a late scare by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with Justin Wilson on the mound for the final five outs in a 6-5 victory. 

Mickey Callaway explained after the game why he went with Wilson in that spot and Wilson also reacted to getting out of the jam he created in the ninth inning to win the game. 

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Mets hold on to beat Marlins 00:01:31
The Mets jumped out to an early lead scoring 5 runs in the first. Lugo was shaky in relief leading to a clutch double play to end the game.

The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on Tuesday and survived a scare in the late innings with Justin Wilson getting a game-ending double play to work out of a jam for a five-out save in a 6-5 win over the Marlins.  >> Box score

Seven things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Amed Rosario, fresh off his go-ahead RBI base hit the night before, delivered the big blow in the first inning with a two-RBI double to put them up 4-0. He finished the game 1-for-4. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Justin Wilson, Miami Marlins, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

The Mets are no longer waiting on home runs and 'hunting strikes,' a hitting approach pushed the past few years by Sandy Alderson and his hitting coaches Dave Hudgens and Kevin Long. Instead, manager Mickey Callaway and new hitting coach Chili Davis worked this past spring to get their roster to focus more on hitting behind runners, ways to oppose the shift, making good contact, and putting the ball in play.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

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1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

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

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

After two days off (one due to a scheduled off-day and one due to rain), the Mets face the Marlins at First Data Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base as the Mets trot out a lineup that should very closely resemble what we see on Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets reliever Drew Smith, who seemed on track to be in the Opening Day bullpen, needs Tommy John surgery, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday.

Smith, who had been sent back to New York to be evaluated by team doctors, is out for the season. 

The 25-year-old Smith had been solid so far in Spring Training, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while walking three and striking out four. 

Tags: Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Justin Wilson joins Hot Stove 00:00:45
New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson explains why he chose the Mets and his initial impressions of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson joins Hot Stove and explains why he chose the Mets over offers from other teams. The 31-year-old's initial impressions of new GM Brodie Van Wagenen helped Wilson make the decision. 

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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees are interested in acquiring left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, according to the Detroit Free Press' Anthony Fenech, however the Tigers' asking price is "very high," according to the New York Post's George A. King III

The 29-year-old Wilson, who played with the Yankees in 2015, has 12 saves, 55 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 41 appearances this season. He had a 3.10 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 61 innings in 2015, but was traded that offseason to Detroit for pitchers Chad Green and Luis Cessa.

Fenech reports a potential trade for Wilson would be comparable to what the Pirates received from the Nationals for Mark Melancon last year. The Tampa Bay Rays, who acquired Lucas Duda from the Mets on Thursday, are also interested in Wilson, according to King.

Even after acquiring three players from the White Sox earlier in July, GM Brian Cashman said the Yankees would remain "careful buyers" leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Luis Cessa
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New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman (David Manning)

The New York Yankees left Nashville improved in two areas and depleted in another after making two trades, neither of which involved their most-rumored players Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller. The Winter Meetings can be considered a success for the Yankees, yet the team has plenty of business to attend to over the rest of the offseason.

The acquisition of three-time All-Star Starlin Castro stuck to the roster construction plan and put to rest the notion that the Yankees would enter spring training with a platoon at second base. Castro immediately made the infield better, but the deal put a dent in the Yankees pitching staff as they lost versatile right-hander Adam Warren.

The second trade further diminished the Yankees bullpen as they shipped lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers for two high-minors starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green. The Yankees were short of depth arms in the minor league system which was mostly solved with a singular trade.

Tags: Adam Warren, Andrew Miller, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Justin Wilson, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Rob Refsnyder, Christopher Carelli
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 ( Adam Hunger)
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The Yankees have traded LH reliever Justin Wilson to the Tigers, the team announced.

The trade will net the Yankees minor league RHP's Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

Speaking after the trade was finalized, Yankes GM Brian Cashman said the motivation was to secure two pitchers with a combined 12 years of team control.

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Jul 4, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) throws to first against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 4, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (18) throws to first against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Yankees have seven players eligible for arbitration this offseason. They must decide to tender or non-tender their contracts.

Those seven arbitration-eligible players are 2B/OF Dustin Ackley, RHP Nate Eovaldi, SS Didi Gregorius, RHP Ivan Nova, RHP Michael Pineda, RHP Adam Warren and LHP Justin Wilson.

MLB teams must decide by midnight Wednesday whether to tender contracts to their players under team control.

Tags: Ivan Nova, Adam Warren, Didi Gregorius, Dustin Ackley, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Tim Reilly
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