Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

The problem is that, during these nine games, every team they face is also either leading or within striking distance of a spot in the postseason. Oh, and after playing the Phillies and Nationals on the road, the Mets host the Diamondbacks and Dodgers, both of whom are also in the hunt for October.

It's a highly competitive, vital stretch. The Mets have played well this season at Citi Field regardless of the level of their competition. They have not played well on the road, especially when facing teams above .500. 

The Mets are talented and hot enough to win the majority of the games these next eight days at Citi Field. If they do, they will -- at the very least -- give themselves some margin for error during September.

Will Pete Alonso become the new Mets home run champion?

It was fun while it lasted, Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran. But, at some point during this current nine-game homestand, in front of tens of thousands of the team's fans, rookie Pete Alonso -- who has 40 homers -- is likely going to become the franchise's new single-season home run champion. Hundley first hit 41 in 1996. Beltran hit 41 in 2006.

It's already been an amazing, powerful season for Alonso, who hit his first major league home run on April 1.

In the span of nearly five months; he's already broken the National League record for most home runs hit by a rookie before the All-Star break, he passed Darryl Strawberry for most home runs hit by a rookie in Mets history; he won the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby, and passed Cody Bellinger for most home runs ever hit by a National League rookie.

By the way, if Alonso finishes this season with 50 home runs or more, he will be roughly 20 percent of the way to becoming the franchise's all-time home run leader, a record currently held by Strawberry with 252.

Is the cavalry about to arrive?

It's quite possible that -- during the current homestand -- we could see Jeff McNeil hitting leadoff, followed in order by J.D. Davis, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo -- with Jed Lowrie and Joe Panik on the bench.



McNeil has been out since Aug. 13 with a strained hamstring. He ran the bases and took batting practice Tuesday and could play in rehab games before returning. He is eligible to be activated Aug. 24. The current homestand ends Aug. 29.

Nimmo, who had a breakout season in 2018, has been on the IL since May 21 with a bulging disk in his neck. He continued his rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Syracuse.

Lowrie, who I still have never seen in a Mets uniform, began a rehab assignment Tuesday in St. Lucie. He's been in Florida more or less the entire season recovering from a variety of injuries, including to his hip and hamstring.

How will losing Robert Gsellman impact the bullpen?

Gsellman was not having the best season of his career. However, given the up-and-down nature of the team's bullpen, losing anyone at any point is a concern. Due to his partially torn lat, Gsellman will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season.

Gsellman finally started finding success this season immediately after the All Star break. Now he's gone, which means the bullpen is down one reliever at a time when late-game relief becomes more important than usual.

In his place, Paul Sewald will need to step up and pitch like he did during most of 2017. He has struggled since, mostly due to injuries and a steady diet of promotions and demotions. He was added to the roster last week. He'll most likely just pitch in middle relief, but at this point in the season -- as arms grow tired and competition heats up -- every pitch is important. He has the experience and previous success. In Gsellman's absence, it would help if he could tap into it again.

Can Steven Matz keep it going?

It was less than one month ago that Mickey Callaway would not say whether or not Steven Matz would find his way out of the bullpen. He did and since then he has a 2.81 ERA, and has struck out 38 batters in 41.2 innings while allowing just three home runs.

Whether due to a slight to change to his position on the pitching rubber, being motivated by his temporary move to the bullpen, or something else, Matz looks like a different pitcher than he did earlier in the season. He looks free and easy, he's strategically commanding his innings and being far more economical with his pitches than at any point in his career.

Matz had been a liability during most of June and early July. However, since his start on July 16, he's been more productive (1.2 WAR) than Zack Wheeler (0.9 WAR) and nearly on par with Noah Syndergaard (1.5 WAR). 

His next start is slated to be against the NL East-leading Braves. It will be the first time he has made back-to-back starts at Citi Field during his current hot streak, which includes three consecutive quality starts. 


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Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Heading into Saturday's meeting with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had been dealing as of late. 

Wheeler had only allowed one earned run in his last four-straight outings.

Make it five.

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Reds hand Mets crushing defeat 00:01:10
Callaway, Wheeler and Frazier on today's devastating loss to the Reds

With just a handful of games remaining on the schedule, every single game is crucial for the Mets as they look to make one final push towards a potential Wild Card spot.

But Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Reds was a crushing blow, as the Mets wasted a great outing by Zack Wheeler and squandered run-scoring opportunities with men on base, losing to a team that's been near the basement of the NL Central all season long.  

"It hurts," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We had multiple chances. I think the way we lost hurts. We had a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn't come through. I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position. We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn't get it done."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Reds edge Mets 00:01:04
The Mets postseason hopes took a crushing blow as the Reds scored in the 8th inning off Seth Lugo to win 3-2

The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler gave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely. The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. Wheeler would then retire the next two hitters to work his way out of any more trouble. 

2) The Mets got on the board in the third inning after avoiding potential disaster. After Todd Frazier singled to get things started, Amed Rosario roped a ball into the right-center gap for a hit. Frazier was held at third, but Rosario kept running towards third anyway. The Reds got the ball to the plate, but Rosario was quickly able to scramble back to second base safely. Wheeler then grounded out to second, but Frazier came in to score the Mets' first run. 

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Nimmo VS McNeil: Office Olympics 00:02:01
On Episode 4 of Game On, presented by GEICO, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

On Episode 4 of "Game On," presented by GEICO, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

Who's going to come away with the win?

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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:01:00
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #8, the Mets retired Mike Piazza's Number 31 on July 30th 2016!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 8 is when the Mets retired Mike Piazza's No. 31 on July 30, 2016.

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the past two weeks featured mixed performances with Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos as the Mets -- from general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to manager Mickey Callaway -- mulled the pitcher-catcher combination, Ramos has broken his silence.

Before the Mets' 8-1 win Friday against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, he sat down with Mike Puma of the New York Post and defused any further drama that could be tied to him and Syndergaard.

Poor results from Syndergaard's starts with Ramos at catcher most recently led to the Mets' decision Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, starting Rene Rivera but still struggling despite the team's 7-4 win.

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (84-68, 1.0 game ahead for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Marlins, Saturday at 6:10 p.m. (RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Jordan Yamamoto)
Latest result: 6-4 win over Marlins on Friday
Current odds to make playoffs: 96.4 percent
Latest news: 3B Anthony Rendon is among the NL MVP race amid the Nats' postseason surge

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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

The Mets (80-73, 14.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


After five scoreless innings, the Mets drew first blood in the sixth and added seven runs through the next three frames to take the 8-1 opener against the Reds  >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
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With the regular season winding down, Jacob deGrom continues to pitch himself towards a second straight Cy Young Award.

Friday night's 8-1 Mets' win over the Reds was just the latest example of deGrom's flat-out brilliance, as the right-hander struck out nine over seven shutout innings, allowing just four singles. 

DeGrom has now gone at least seven innings in 12 of his last 14 starts. During that span, he's pitched 94.0 innings and allowed just 17 earned runs while striking out 120 hitters.

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Pete reacts to 50th home run 00:01:30
Pete Alonso reacts to being just the second rookie to hit 50 home runs. Alonso, loving the history of the game says it's mindboggling.

Pete Alonso became just the second rookie in baseball history to hit 50 home runs, slamming a 437-foot two-run home run deep into the Ohio night in Friday's 8-1 win over the Reds, his 50th of his stellar rookie campaign.

"I touched that one up pretty good," Alonso said after the game. 

Alonso passed Mark McGwire to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time rookie home run list. He now trails Aaron Judge's all-time record by just two home runs with nine regular season games remaining. 

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 248 K's (11.3 per 9) in 197 IP (30 starts), 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.3 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Reds, striking out nine while allowing just four singles on Sept. 20
Next start: Sept. 25 vs. Marlins
Trending: UP, having allowed just one earned runs in 21.0 innings over his last three starts, dropping his WHIP under 1.00 on the season.

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Mets win 8-1, Alonso's 50th HR 00:01:29
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings. Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run and the Mets are 3 games back after a 8-1 win.

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a ninth inning rally. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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A look at Zack Wheeler's market 00:01:15
BNNY and Adam Fisher debate whether Zack Wheeler is worth a 100 million dollars on the starting pitching market this offseason.

In addition to the Mets needing to finish hot in hopes of snatching the final Wild Card spot, it would help GM Brodie Van Wagenen's off-season strategy if the following four players finished strong as well:

Edwin Diaz

The difference between Diaz being a bust or being the closer he was for Seattle in 2018 will determine whether Van Wagenen feels the need to spend big this winter on another reliever.

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Not even Tom Seaver won back-to-back Cy Young Awards, so perhaps that gives you an idea of how difficult it is to achieve what Jacob deGrom just might do by the end of this season.

But while the Mets ace has been masterful -- again -- this year, he's not as clearly the best pitcher in the National League the way he was in 2018. The rest of his season, beginning with his start Friday night in Cincinnati, will have a massive impact on whether deGrom hoists another trophy.

In taking a look at how he can get it done, let's start with this: deGrom is in terrific shape in this race. He leads the NL in multiple important categories -- strikeouts, WHIP, bWAR and lowest opponent OPS. He's second in FIP (fielding independent pitching), third in ERA and fifth in both innings and ERA-plus.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

One of the top prospects in the Mets' farm system is now officially on the national radar.

Francisco Alvarez -- the No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 catcher in New York's organization, according to MLB Pipeline's 2019 Prospect Watch -- cracked Baseball America's updated list of top 100 prospects Friday.

"The Mets' top international signing last year, Alvarez's defense and power improved dramatically in his first year of pro ball and have turned him into one of the most promising all-around young catchers in the minors," Baseball America said.

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Kranepool: Life After Baseball 00:00:45
New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
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On Thursday, MLB.com named Mark Vientos as the Mets' Hitting Prospect of the Year.

Vientos' stats from this past season are not overly impressive as he hit .255 with a .300 OBP, 12 home runs and 27 doubles in 111 games in Single A. However, at just 19 years old and two years removed from being a senior in high school, because he made improvements and completed his first 100-game season, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves as a potential big-league third baseman.

"He's as close to a professional hitter as you'll find in the minors," a team insider told me during spring training. "He's got raw power, but needs to start going the other way more and reduce the hitch in his swing, which is something coaches will work on with him this spring."

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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:47
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #9, Matt Harvey starts the MLB All-Star Game on July 16th 2013!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 9 is Matt Harvey starting the MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013.

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

While the Mets' focus down the September stretch of the 2019 regular season remains on the final push for the postseason, two key catalysts for the team's contention since April are on a potential path to history.

Before New York starts the second half of its six-game road trip with the weekend's three-game series Friday at 7:10 p.m. against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, 1B Pete Alonso and RHP Jacob deGrom have made strong cases for two of the NL's top awards.

DeGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA), who takes the mound Friday for the Mets against the Reds and RHP Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA), and Alonso are respectively in consideration for the NL CY Young and Rookie of the Year.

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Amazin' Life: Welcome Back Nimmo 00:01:52
On an all-new episode of The Amazin' Life, Todd Frazier helps Brandon Nimmo catch up on all the crazy things he missed while he was away.

In this episode of The Amazin' Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier welcomes back Brandon Nimmo. And since he's been gone awhile, Frazier wanted to catch the outfielder up on some things he might have missed...

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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:57
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #10, Jacob deGrom closes out his Cy Young campaign on Sept 26th 2018!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 10 is Jacob deGrom closing out his Cy Young campaign on Sept. 26, 2018.

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After blasting homers in his last two games -- including his MLB-leading 49th of the season on Wednesday -- Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is now on pace to tie Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52.

Judge hit those 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017 during a season where he slashed .284/.422/.627 and finished second in American League MVP voting to Jose Altuve

With 10 games left in the season, Alonso is now projected to hit 52 homers, according to ESPN.

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New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Pete Alonso is having one of the best seasons by a position player in Mets history.

He's already set numerous records, and since he should get another 40 at-bats or so this season, he will likely hit his 50th home run (and possibly more) before all is said and done.

He better win Rookie of the Year.

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (83-68, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Marlins, Friday at 7:10 p.m. (Anibal Sanchez vs. Robert Dugger)
Latest result: 5-1 win loss to Cardinals on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 93.7 percent
Latest news: Sean Doolittle is still a work in progress

Cubs (82-70, tied with Brewers for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Cardinals, Thursday at 7:15 p.m. (Kyle Hendricks vs. Jack Flaherty)
Latest result: 3-2 loss to Reds on Wednesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 58.2 percent
Latest news: Anthony Rizzo is dealing with an ankle injury

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Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (79-73, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Reds on Friday night in Cincinnati. 

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


The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday trailing by a run. They then plated four runs to take a 7-4 lead before hanging on to beat the Rockies -- taking two of three games in Colorado >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard says he's tried everything to help his trademark slider this season, but things just haven't come around. Now he's even casually mentioning maybe famed therapist and talk show host, Dr. Phil, can help.

Syndergaard was pleased his teammates bailed him out on Wednesday with a 7-4 comeback win in the ninth against the Colorado Rockies. He only tossed 5.2 innings while striking out six, but he allowed four runs on 10 hits and two walks in the outing, one he called "pretty disappointing." Seth Lugo picked up the win in relief. 

The reason he pointed to for his struggles was the slider, a pitch he hasn't had confidence in this season, at times. That's where he's requesting Dr. Phillip McGraw's help came into play. 

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Mets react to comeback win 00:00:42
Noah Syndergaard was frustrated by his start but happy the team ultimately won. Pete Alonso stays positive that the Mets can keep winning.

From here on out, every single game remaining on the Mets' schedule is an important one.

And just as it looked like Wednesday's game against the Rockies was slipping out of their grasp, the Mets rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a 7-4 win over the Rockies, winning two of three in Denver.

The inning began with a leadoff walk from pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. JD Davis quickly singled into right, moving pinch-runner Juan Lagares to third. Brandon Nimmo then singled through the right side to tie the game 4-4 and keep the gears in motion.

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Mets rally to win 7-4 in COL 00:01:41
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso cranks his 49th homer of the year as the Mets score 4 in the 9th to take the series in Colorado.

The Mets (79-73) rallied again to top the Rockies (66-87) in their rubber match, 7-4. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The comeback kids struck again on Wednesday. With a four-run final inning, the Mets rallied to beat the Rockies, 7-4. Wilson Ramos pinch hit to start the rally with a walk, then JD Davis and Brandon Nimmo singled, the second which of which tied the game at four.

The ensuing at-bat saw the Mets load the bases as Jeff McNeil walked. Excitement filled the air for the Mets as Pete Alonso then walked to the plate, but instead of swinging, he walked on four-straight pitches, which brought in the game-winning run. Later in the inning, Robinson Cano hit into a sloppy looking double play, but it also scored a run, as did a shocking at-bat. Seth Lugo's first time hitting this year saw him knock an RBI single, to bring the score to 7-4. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Alonso ties McGwire with 49th HR 00:00:26
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits his 49th home run to tie Mark McGwire's rookie mark.

With one swing, Pete Alonso made some more Mets history on Wednesday afternoon in Colorado.

Alonso tied Mark McGwire's rookie home run record with his 49th blast of the season -- a shot to left field to bring the Mets within one. It was also the Mets' 225th homer as a team this season, setting a new franchise record...

Before that, Jeff McNeil showed off more power at the plate when he dropped his bat head and launched a curveball over the right field fence to the second deck...

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Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (78-73, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series with the Rockies at Coors Field in Denver on Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. on SNY.

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"Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast" drops a new episode as Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo who are joined by J.D Davis

Davis discusses the mentality and leadership roles the younger Mets players are taking on as well as how he idolized the legendary David Wright and still has the goal to be the Mets starting third baseman. 

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Instead of catering to Noah Syndergaard's request to pitch to Tomas Nido or Rene Rivera -- which they are reportedly doing on Wednesday -- they should be fixing the issue in order to make Wilson Ramos Syndergaard's top choice.

Bobby Valentine says it will take more than the just two players to resolve the issue.

"It's not just a player situation. It's a situation that involves the whole team," Valentine told me when recording the former Mets manager's new podcast, The Bobby V Experience. "I would involve the pitching coach, the catching coach, the catchers, and maybe a pitcher or two that understand where Syndergaard is coming from and figure out the true problem because sometimes it's only a make-shift problem."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) hugs shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) hugs shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (78-73, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado on Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Marcus Stroman fired 7.0 scoreless innings in what was his best start as a Met, and the offense came alive as New York topped the Rockies, 6-1, on Tuesday night to draw within 4.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has turned in two really good starts and is confident in himself and the Mets down the stretch.

This is exactly the Marcus Stroman the Mets thought they were getting at the trade deadline.

After a string of up-and down starts to begin his Mets career, the right-hander was dominant on Tuesday night at Coors Field, tossing seven shutout innings in the Mets' 6-1 victory.

Stroman allowed just four hits, all singles, and only allowed one runner in scoring position all night. He kept the ball down and threw 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes, as he struck out seven while walking just one.

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso retakes the home run lead with his 48th round-tripper of the season, Mets beat Rockies 6-1.

The Mets defeated the Rockies 6-1 on Tuesday night at Coors Field.  Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Marcus Stroman pitched what was easily his best game as a Met. The right-hander breezed through seven innings, allowing just four hits and holding the Rockies scoreless in the notoriously batter-friendly Coors Field. All four hits allowed by Stroman were singles, and the Rockies only moved one runner into scoring position against Stroman all night. Stroman's previous start against Arizona, when he went 6.1 and allowed just one earned, combined with Tuesday's strong outing should give Mets fans a lot to like. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashes his 48th home run and retakes the lead for most HRs in the league.

As part of four-run top of the fifth inning on Tuesday night in Colorado, Pete Alonso slammed his 48th home run of the season.

A towering shot to center field, Alonso sat on a 3-0 fastball from Rockies starter Tim Melville and launched it to center field, moving ahead of Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez for the National League lead in home runs. 

Earlier in the inning, Amed Rosario got the Mets on the board with a two-run shot, and two batters later, Brandon Nimmo smacked his second home run in as many nights. 

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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (77-73, 15.5 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (66-85) Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. With 99 hits on the road, Amed Rosario is on the cusp of 100 hits away from home, which would make him the eighth player in Mets history to reach the century mark as a visitor. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

News broke yesterday that Noah Syndergaard won't be pitching to Wilson Ramos during his Wednesday afternoon start in Colorado. Instead, Rene Rivera will make the start behind the plate, and manager Mickey Callaway explained why. 

"It sounds like he's gonna catch him," Callaway said, confirming MLB.com's report. "We feel that's probably going to be the best thing with this night game-day game in this altitude. We think that Noah is going to pitch well with him. So we'll probably go that route tomorrow."

Callaway added that there are "a lot of circumstances" that has Rivera behind the plate, with the quick turnaround from a night game to day game being one of them. Ramos is going to get the start tonight to catch Marcus Stroman.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Kevin Smith was the Mets' 7th-Round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft out of the University of Georgia. Smith split the 2019 season between High-A St Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, where he had a 3.15 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 117 innings pitched.

Smith split time in college between starter and reliever, but the Mets have exclusively been developing him as a starter to date. If he ends up not working out as a starter or there is more of a need in the bullpen, he has the experience and repertoire to work as a lefty out of the bullpen. I talked to Smith recently when I visited Binghamton...

On his upbringing and how he found baseball

"I was born and raised in Dunwoody, Georgia which is about 20 minutes outside of Atlanta. I played all sports growing up but I always had more love for baseball and just developed and grew as a player as I got older."

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (77-73, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado on Tuesday at 8:40 p.m.

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


Steven Matz was done in by an awful fourth inning, where he allowed six two-out runs as the Rockies turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead in the Mets' eventual 9-4 loss on Monday night >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Callaway and Matz discuss the fateful 4TH inning that saw the Rockies score 6 runs and deal another blow to the Mets playoff hopes

In the aftermath of Monday's 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Mets sunk another game back as the window for the second Wild Card spot slides closer shut.

Wins by the Chicago Cubs (82-68, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GA for second Wild Card) and Milwaukee Brewers (81-69, 3.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GB for second Wild Card) put New York (77-73, 16.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) further away from postseason contention.

With 12 games left over the next two weeks, is the season slipping away from the Mets?

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The Mets postseason hopes continued to fade as the Rockies scored 6 runs in the 4th inning and cruised to a 9-4 win

The Mets started their six-game road trip on the wrong foot Monday at Coors Field in Denver, where they dropped the opener of a three-game series with their 9-4 loss to the Rockies (66-85). >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets provided the run support early, highlighted by home runs from CF Brandon Nimmo and 3B Jeff McNeil in the first half of the game. Nimmo set the tone in the top of the first inning, going with an opposite-field solo shot to left and putting the Mets on the board. Two frames later in the top of the third inning, McNeil hit his 21st homer on the season when he ripped a deep fly ball down the right-field line, sneaking inside the foul pole and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett
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Brandon Nimmo gets the Mets off to a quick start with a leadoff HR

The Mets wasted no time getting on the board Monday against the Rockies.

With a 1-1 count in the top of the first inning, CF Brandon Nimmo took an outer-half pitch from Colorado RHP Antonio Senzatela the opposite way and deposited the ball into the left-field seats, giving New York its early spark.

Nimmo's sixth home run of the season set the stage for the Mets' early lead over the Rockies through the game's first half.

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Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

When pitcher Noah Syndergaard takes the mound on Wednesday for the Mets during their series against the Colorado Rockies, Rene Rivera will reportedly catch for the righty, not Wilson Ramos

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, the Mets will make that lineup change behind the plate.

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed a report from The Post on Sept. 9 that Syndergaard had previously voiced his frustrations with the Mets' brass in regard to him having to pitch to Ramos. 

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The Mets (77-72, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) start a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (65-85) Monday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, 3-2, after Seth Lugo gave up an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko in the ninth inning. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 together in the three-game series. Despite going hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats, Alonso (47) still has a shot at breaking Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) by the end of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

There are only 13 games left in the regular season, but Dominic Smith is still hoping to return. And he took a big step on Monday.

Smith, who had been with the team, has traveled to Florida to start doing "more baseball activities and maybe getting some at-bats," manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday night's game in Colorado.

Smith, who has been out since July 26 due to a stress fracture in his left foot, ran and hit off a tee last week for the first time since suffering the injury, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 24-year-old Smith was recently transferred from the 10- to 60-day IL, meaning he won't be eligible to return to the active roster until Sept. 25. 

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The Mets gather in their dugout wearing hats honoring first responders before their game on Sept. 11, 2019.
The Mets gather in their dugout wearing hats honoring first responders before their game on Sept. 11, 2019.

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In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Mets played a role in helping the city heal. Some of their players visited ground zero, and Shea Stadium's parking lot served as a staging area. Once games resumed, the team wore first responder hats representing the various city agencies that were impacted by the horrific events.

On Sept. 21, 2001, with the Mets still wearing the first responder hats -- in defiance of the league's efforts to stop them -- and with Mike Piazza having placed an 'NYPD' patch over the 'NY' insignia on his catching helmet -- Piazza hit an emotional, go-ahead and decisive eighth-inning home run at Shea Stadium against the Braves during what was the first game played in New York City after the attacks.

The Mets have tried to wear the first responder hats in-game on the anniversary of Sept. 11 numerous times since 2001, and have been denied by the league and/or threatened with fines.

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