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New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets outrighted catcher Jose Lobaton to Triple-A Las Vegas, two days after designating him for assignment, according to MetsMerized's Jacob Resnick.

Lobaton hit .152 with no home runs and three RBIs with the Mets, being replaced on the active roster by Tomas Nido's promotion to the majors and New York's acquisition of Devin Mesoraco in the Matt Harvey trade earlier this month.

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another episode of Shea Anything, where they take their first real look at Mickey Callaway's job performance managing the Mets. They also discuss the Matt Harvey trade to Cincinnati and all the twists and turns that led to the deal.

Devin Mesoraco -- the man who the Mets received in the trade -- is also a topic of conversation as the guys take a look at the catching position and how it'll change once Kevin Plawecki returns from injury. And, finally, Dominic Smith is called up to the big leagues, but is it just for a few games? The guys discuss that as well, and why Dom may not be the type of player the organization really wants.]

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets C Kevin Plawecki is heading to Florida to ramp up his rehab and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in about a week, he told reporters on Friday.

Grip strength in Plawecki's left hand doubled earlier this week and he began a hitting progression on Wednesday.

Plawecki has been out since April 11 due to a hairline fracture in his left hand, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week that once Plawecki showed improvement with his grip strength that his return could happen "very rapidly."

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Grip strength in Kevin Plawecki's left hand has doubled over the last few days and he will start a hitting progression on Wednesday.

Plawecki, who played catch for the first time on Tuesday, told reporters the news is "a nice change of pace."

Plawecki has been out since April 11 due to a hairline fracture in his left hand, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week that once Plawecki showed improvement with his grip strength that his return could happen "very rapidly."

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Tomas Nido (3) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves in twelve innings at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Tomas Nido (3) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves in twelve innings at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets need better catchers behind the plate than rookie Tomas Nido and veteran Jose Lobaton, who are hitting a combined .150. 

Lobaton is a useful second-string catcher. He should not be an everyday player or even a platoon guy. And, while Nido has the tools and talent to eventually be an everyday guy, he's too young and inexperienced to be charged with leading Mickey Callaway's pitching staff.

For instance, Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA) struck out five batters, allowed two runs, six hits and four walks during his six innings Sunday against the Rockies. In his view, it was a "mediocre start," which is also how he categorized his previous three starts, during which he has a 3.20 ERA, is winless and the Mets are 1-3...

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said six days ago that Kevin Plawecki was at least another week away from returning from a broken hand that has kept him out since April 11. Since then, there have been no new updates on Plawecki, who has been throwing but not catching or hitting as he works his way back. 

"The grip strength hasn't improved to this point," Alderson said. "There's still a little pain in the hand." Alderson noted that once Plawecki shows improvement on the grip strength, his return could happen "very rapidly."

Without Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud (who is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery), the Mets have been using a combination of rookie Tomas Nido and veteran Jose Lobaton behind the plate...

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton "haven't been contributing much on the offensive side" while being good defensively, and that he's open to improving the catching situation with an external acquisition.

"The situation with the catching, you can go out and look for a significant improvement, or you can look for an incremental improvement," Alderson said, noting that he has to weigh whether an incremental improvement would be worth it due to the "lack of familiarity" a new catcher will have with the pitching staff. Alderson added that the team has "looked at a significant improvement, and we just don't think that's available."

Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact): I've seen reports indicating the Mets are not talking to teams about trading for a catcher, and I think that's true. That said, I have no doubt they've been in contact with free-agent C Miguel Montero, who was designated for assignment by the Nationals and declared a free agent last month...

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets C Kevin Plawecki (broken left hand) is expected to be out at least another week, GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.

Plawecki has been out since April 11, and the initial expectation was that he would miss three-to-four weeks, but Alderson said Tuesday that the absence would be "at least" four weeks.

"The grip strength hasn't improved to this point," Alderson said. "There's still a little pain in the hand."

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Mets catchers talk injuries 00:01:39
Mets catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki talk about their injuries, which will cost d'Arnaud the season and Plawecki several weeks.

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki has begun throwing again after breaking his non-throwing left hand when he was hit by a pitch 2 1/2 weeks ago in Miami, according to The Record's Matt Ehalt. Ehalt also reported Plawecki has yet to catch yet during his rehab process.

After the injury, Plawecki said he expected  to return quickly.

The injury was initially viewed as short-term, with Plawecki expected to return in as little as two-to-three weeks, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

The Mets had given a timeframe of three-to-four weeks, though Plawecki said that three weeks would be on the longer end of what he thought the rehab period would be.

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are 'kicking the tires' on trading for a catcher but aren't having much luck, according to Mike Puma of NY Post.

With Travis d'Arnaud (partially torn UCL) likely out for the season and Kevin Plawecki (fractured hand) out for a few weeks, the Mets have gone from what they hoped would be an effective platoon behind the plate to a crisis. Currently, the Mets have Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton as their catching options. 

According to Matt Ehalt of The Record, the team has made some calls but they are not willing to overpay. A popular name fans hope the Mets will turn to is Marlins C JT Realmuto, but Ehalt also notes that there is 'some hesitation as to whether Realmuto is actually available.'

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets reportedly have not reached out to the Boston Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays regarding a catcher after their two starters were placed on the disabled list last week, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

New York has gone with a combination of Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton after it placed Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki on the DL with, respectively, a partially torn UCL and a hairline fracture in Plawecki's left hand.

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets made repeated inquiries with the Marlins this offseason about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and will "at some point try to revisit the Realmuto situation," Ken Rosenthal said Monday on Fox Sports. 

Mike Puma of the NY Post reported last week that the Mets had expressed interest in Realmuto, though he didn't specify when they reached out.

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Mets catchers talk injuries 00:01:39
Mets catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki talk about their injuries, which will cost d'Arnaud the season and Plawecki several weeks.

Mets C Kevin Plawecki suffered a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch during Wednesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami, and expects to return quickly.

The injury is viewed as short-term, with Plawecki expected to return in as little as two-to-three weeks, according to SNY's Gelbs.

The Mets had given a timeframe of three-to-four weeks, though Plawecki said Friday that three weeks would be on the longer end of what he thought it would be...

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Mets GM on catcher injuries 00:02:08
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks about the injuries to catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, and options moving forward at the position.

The Mets are comfortable at catcher for now, but that could change relatively quickly, GM Sandy Alderson said Friday at Citi Field.

"I think we're comfortable for the very short-term," Alderson said. "We'll see how things go." But the Mets will monitor and be aware of the trade market and their current comfort level "certainly could change"

With Travis d'Arnaud likely done for the season due to Tommy John surgery, and Kevin Plawecki expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to a broken left hand, the Mets have turned to Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.

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Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery next week to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow, it was announced Friday. The surgery will almost certainly end his season. Along with d'Arnaud, the Mets are without C Kevin Plawecki, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to a hairline fracture to his left hand. 

To replace d'Arnaud and Plawecki on the roster, the Mets have called up Double-A Binghamton catcher Tomas Nido and Triple-A Las Vegas catcher Jose Lobaton. D'Arnaud was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Lobaton on the 40-man roster.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | Well this just sucks. Is it possible for the Mets to go one season without a player needing Tommy John surgery? It doesn't feel like it is. Yes, the recovery from TJS is not as bad for a position player as it is for a pitcher, but still...

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have spoken to the Marlins about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post. Realmuto, who has not yet played this season due to a back injury, requested a trade prior to the season amidst the Marlins' recent firesale. However, the Marlins are under no obligation to obey that demand. 

The 27-year-old Realmuto will earn $2.9 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season and next -- before being eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Realmuto would be a perfect fit for the Mets, regardless of how quickly Kevin Plawecki returns from his hand injury. And with the Marlins in a deep rebuild, the idea that the Mets could find enough minor league pieces to entice Miami isn't far-fetched...

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kevin Plawecki's left hand was described as red and swollen, but not broken, following Wednesday's win against the Marlins. But on Friday, it was revealed that the hand is indeed broken, though he is expected to miss only two-to-three weeks.

The Plawecki injury happened hours after the Mets announced Travis d'Arnaud had been diagnosed with a partially torn right UCL, which could require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Tommy John surgery for a position player is not as devastating (in terms of time lost) as it is for a pitcher's throwing elbow. However, given the throw to second from behind the plate, the operation would certainly mean losing d'Arnaud for an extended period of time. So, what do the Mets do now? 

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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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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

The Mets wanna know, do you want to build a snowman? Monday night's game has been postponed due to snow, and four players took to the infield at Citi Field to make a snowman -- complete with a pepper shaker.

AJ Ramos, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, and Phil Evans then posed with their masterpiece. Or should we say, Metsterpiece.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals 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 left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) and thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) are greeted by teammates on the field after the 9th inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Toward the end of our marathon pregame broadcast yesterday on SNY, the Baseball Night in New York crew batted around the question of "what would it take for the Mets to surprise this year?"

It's obvious that the team needs dominant starting pitching if it hopes to contend, so I suggested that a true key to their playoff hopes lies in a less obvious place -- the offense. If the Mets want to be relevant all summer, their lineup needs to be solid and competent, enough to help the excellent top half of the rotation, and high-ceiling bullpen.

The Mets won't be able to compete with the depth and quality of the position players suiting up for the Cubs, Nationals, or Dodgers but they can win plenty games in a weak division if their patchwork lineup delivers on its modest potential.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets game 00:01:41
Michelle Yu breaks down Monday's intrasquad game for the Mets as the team gets set to leave Port St. Lucie and head north.

Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off teammate Paul Sewald during the Mets' intrasquad game on Monday in what was their final tuneup before Opening Day at Citi Field this Thursday >> CLICK HERE for the full boxscore

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings.

Conforto, who is ahead of schedule as he recovers from shoulder surgery, was a candidate to be on the team's Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but will remain in extended Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Along with Conforto, all of the Mets' everyday players participated in Monday's game -- with half playing for the 'Mets' and the other half playing for the 'Las Vegas 51s.'

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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BNNY: Conforto in Port St. Lucie 00:07:10
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals and went 1-for-4 in his first Spring Training game.

The Mets enter the 2018 regular season with projected wins ranging from 80 to 83 -- a disappointing set of expectations. But projections are always rough and it's normal to have a swing of plus or minus six-to-nine wins, which would give the Mets a shot at a playoff spot if things break right.

So what are the key breaks the Mets need to make it to the postseason?

A strong return by Michael Conforto

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:42
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz put forth a solid performance in Monday's loss to the Astros, striking out nine over six innings.

Steven Matz tossed six strong innings as the Mets lost to the Astros, 2-0,  on Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

1) Matz struck out nine batters in six innings, including six of the last seven he faced >> CLICK HERE to read more about his start

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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and catcher Kevin Plawecki said they were encouraged by RHP Jeurys Familia's latest Grapefruit League outing.

Familia, who had been dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder, threw a perfect inning in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins.

"He was more Familia-like today than he had been," Callaway told reporters. "Way more arm speed. Better sink, better action on his two-seamer, which is what he does the best."

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:54
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway break down Matz's Spring Training start on Friday against the Tigers.

The Mets tie the Tigers 8-5 as Steven Matz threw four scoreless innings, Hansel Robles imploded with four earned runs, and Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each had a homer. 

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It has been 10 years since Travis d'Arnaud first appeared on a top prospect list in baseball.

He'll enter this season 29 years old and, again, his team's starting catcher. However, despite 11 seasons in professional baseball, he has played just 393 big league games behind the plate.

In 2016, talking specifically about d'Arnaud, Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza told me it is not always easy for a catcher to reach his potential during his early-to-mid 20s. More realistically, he said, catchers tend to need until their late 20s, early 30s before finding a successful routine and establishing their own game...

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Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway would like to see Mets catchers demonstrate better pitch selection during spring training.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Piazza 00:01:10
Mike Piazza, serving as a guest instructor at Mets camp, discusses the positive energy around the club that Mickey Callaway has brought.

Mike Piazza has joined the Mets at Port St. Lucie hoping to impart some wisdom to the team and is impressed with what he's seeing from  Mickey Callaway. He also challenges Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki to improve and take the next step.

In the wide-ranging discussion, the affable Piazza spoke insightfully across many topics. He spoke about the Mets catchers, Callaway, the Italian soccer team he owns and more.

On Catchers

As a Hall of Fame catcher, Piazza was asked for his thoughts on the Mets current catching situation...

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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6:30 on SNY, where GM Sandy Alderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, 1B Dominic Smith, and catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be among the guests.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is already showing his team how competitive he is, and it isn't just on the field. 

After seeing OF Brandon Nimmo's big sailfish scatch the other day, he decided to organize a shark fishing outing on Friday night to see if he can top Nimmo.

Infield prospects Phillip Evans captured C Kevin Plawecki's first catch of the night. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway expressed optimism on Tuesday that a platoon between catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki can work this season, adding that he knows how hard it is to be a catcher.

"I think what we are going to do with the catching is going to be very important," Callaway said. "And I know how stressful it is to be a catcher. I sat next to catchers the last five years and constantly talked to them about what they need to do on a daily basis. And it is a lot."

And Callaway weighed in on the offensive potential of the two catchers, noting that they each bring something different to the table...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Plawecki on doubters 00:03:37
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses Kevin Plawecki's comments about Mets fans heavily underestimating him and Travis d'Arnaud.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Kevin Plawecki knows there are folks out there who hold low expectations for the Mets' catching tandem. And, yes, he's aware that some baseball pundits have suggested this winter that backstop is still an area of real Met need, that it should be fixed by bringing in free agent Jonathan Lucroy or another catcher.

But Plawecki, who split duties with Travis d'Arnaud at the end of last season, believes he and his teammate are being misjudged. It's part annoying, part motivating.

"I think we're very underestimated," Plawecki said in a telephone interview with SNY.tv. "But that comes with the territory of playing in New York. They underestimate a lot of things...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.

"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."

D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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MHS: Plawecki on his development 00:02:36
SNY's Steve Gelbs sits down with Kevin Plawecki to discuss his gradual improvement and what he hopes to contribute to the Mets in 2018.

Mets C Kevin Plawecki is confident that a 50/50 platoon with him and Travis d'Arnaud is sustainable over an entire season.

"Yeah, I do think so," Plawecki told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "I think it's important for both of us to stay healthy and just kind of giving eachother a break every couple of days is nice. We kind of feed off eachother as well. We like to compete against eachother."

The 26-year-old Plawecki finished the season strong after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .364/.440/.591 in August and .283/.406/.434 in September. Overall in 2017, he hit .260/.364/.400 in 37 games.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) looks on in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) looks on in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The Mets have signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league deal with an invite to major league Spring Training, the team announced Friday.

Lobaton, 33, hit .170/.248/.277 with four HR in 51 games last season for the Nationals

He has hit .218/.295/.324 with 21 HR in eight seasons, while playing for the Padres, Rays, and Nationals.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Associated Press Images
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Associated Press Images

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | No one could possibly know what Matt Harvey will bring to the Mets next season, certainly not with spring training still two months away and so much doubt lingering over the pitcher once known as the Dark Knight of Gotham.

Still, several teammates expressed hope Thursday that Harvey can rebound from the wreckage of two injury-ravaged seasons, including the worst one of his career in 2017.

"I'm rooting for him, always pushing for him," Noah Syndergaard said Thursday at the Mets' annual holiday party for kids. "A healthy Matt Harvey is pretty dangerous, so hopefully he can come back to (2013). I'm looking forward to seeing how 2018 pans out for all of us."

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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 (Teddy Aviles)
(Teddy Aviles)

The Mets are hosting their annual Holiday party for local children at Citi Field this afternoon.

Santa Claus is being played by Brandon Nimmo.

His elves are Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, and Jerry Blevins.

Click below for photo

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jerry Blevins, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard
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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

All season, the Mets had a significant problem at the catcher position. Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki were each batting under .240 with an OPS under .700 at the end of August and minimal history of success to look back on, particularly in Plawecki's case. But both have had a surge of production that may help simplify an issue for a team facing a very complicated offseason.

On September 1, d'Arnaud was sitting on a .232/.281/.394 slash line over 306 plate appearancesm -- a deeply disappointing season in which he finally seemed to be capable of staying healthy for a long stretch. Since the beginning of the month, though, he has been on fire, batting .315/.367/.741 with six home runs in 60 plate appearances, while striking out only five times.

It hasn't all been against September call-ups either -- five of his six home runs came against established major leaguers, and his OPS is seventh-best in baseball for the month. D'Arnaud's season line is still below major league average overall, but better than the average catcher, particularly in regards to power. He's not out of the woods yet, but this explosion could not have come at a better time.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/26 00:03:32
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 win over the Braves.

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

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

 1) Travis Taijeron singled home Juan Lagares with one out in the ninth inning to complete the Mets' rally from a 3-0 deficit. Kevin Plawecki singled to start the frame and Dominic Smith walked. Amed Rosario struck out after failing to get a bunt down before Taijeron's walk-off hit.

2) Plawecki's two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the seventh ignited New York's offense and Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice fly tied the game in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo singled, doubled and scored a run for New York, which entered the seventh with just two hits.

3) Rafael Montero allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The Braves scored three times in the first two frames against the right-hander, who surrendered two walks and hit a batter while striking out three.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:47
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-1 win over the Reds.

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

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

1) Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the Mets scored three times in the seventh to break open a close game. Nori Aoki doubled in two runs and Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Dominic Smith had a two-out RBI single in the sixth while Mark Reynolds finished with two hits.

2) Rafael Montero struggled through five innings, despite allowing one run. The 26-year-old surrendered four hits and struck out five, but matched his season-high with five walks, the second consecutive start he's issued five free passes.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero
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d'Arnaud homers to extend lead 00:01:05
Travis d'Arnaud crushes an offering from Nick Pivetta over the right field wall to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that he is comfortable again using Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as his primary catchers in 2018.

"It's a big compliment for the both of us," d'Arnaud told reporters Wednesday. "We're working as hard as we can, especially for the pitchers to win ballgames and win series. This is all we can control."

D'Arnaud, 28, has four hits, including a home run and three RBI, during his last two games.

"Travis, over the course of the season, has improved," Alderson added. "Some of the more esoteric metrics that we look at indicate that."

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Alderson watches players take batting practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla (Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)
Alderson watches players take batting practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla (Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

MLB teams are now allowed to promote any player who's on their 40-man roster to the majors. Typically, in the case of non-contending teams like the Mets, organizations wait to promote people until after their minor league affiliates finish their respective seasons.

At that point, teams promote players already on the roster to add depth and guys that will soon have to be added to the 40-man roster due to their Rule 5 Draft eligibility.

Here are 10 players that will be talked about being promoted, only some of which will actually get the call during the next month.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Though he has been in and out of the major leagues since his 2015 debut, Kevin Plawecki has yet to prove himself capable of hitting at the major league level. But the departure of Rene Rivera has given him another opportunity to show he can adjust and provide value to the Mets.

Plawecki is now 26 years old and would be considered well past the development phase of his career at any other position. But catchers do peak late and it's possible that Plawecki will earn a spot in the majors long-term.

Contrary to scouting reports early in his professional career, Plawecki has excellent defensive tools as a catcher. He has a moderately good arm and blocks well, but he excels most in pitch-framing -- the catching skill with the biggest impact on run-prevention. He consistently ranks highly among major league catchers in runs saved via pitch-framing despite having relatively few innings...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/19 00:04:19
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. Miguel Rojas' error allowed two runs to score which gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field home run in the eighth.

2) Rafael Montero snapped a seven-start winless streak that dated back to June 25. He allowed a run over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)
Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)

The Mets have announced that C Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

In 54 games this season, the 34-year-old is hitting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBI. 

With Curtis Granderson traded to the Dodgers as well, the Mets have recalled LHP Tommy Milone and C Kevin Plawecki.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Tommy Milone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.

Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, Washington Nationals
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