Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The best I can tell, 10 of the league's 15 teams in AL still consider themselves "contending," while seemingly only the Giants and Marlins are, at this point, set on beings sellers before the deadline.

At 28-32 and five games back of the last Wild Card spot, the Mets are presently among the NL teams riding the fence. To hit 90 wins, which is what it typically takes to reach the postseason, the Mets will need to play .560 baseball, which is not out of the realm of possibility. If this is going to happen, it has to start now, specifically this week playing the Giants and Rockies at home.

It's not going to be easy, though, especially with multiple key players underperforming, banged up, or on the injured list. Best case scenario, the Mets get themselves to be slightly above .500, and well within reach of the Wild Card by winning or splitting every series between now and the end of July. This level success would hopefully make them buyers.

However, if they play sideways or worse during the next few weeks, they'll no doubt be sellers looking to move pitching and bench players.

In the event GM Brodie Van Wagenen decides to become a seller, here are five players from his roster that will draw interest in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, followed by teams that could have interest.

Seth Lugo

Lugo was activated last week after spending time on the injured list recovering from right shoulder tendinitis. To date, he has been one of the team's best relief pitchers. His 2.86 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 28.1 innings has impressed teams in need of help in the bullpen.

Plus, with 168 innings during his career as a starting pitcher compared to 126 innings as reliever, he brings additional value to a new team by providing depth in the rotation.

Lugo is due to earn roughly $300,000 between now and the end of the season, making him a bargain compared to the $4-5 million in WAR value he is projected by FanGraphs to provide during that time. He is eligible for arbitration next season for the first time in his career, and is not due to be a free agent until after the 2022 season, at which point he'll be 32 years old.

The Mets might be reluctant to deal him because of his value during the next few seasons, but that is exactly why he has significant trade value.

Lugo is a perfect fit for the Braves, who need both a starting pitcher and reliever. However, I assume Van Wagenen would be reluctant to deal him to Atlanta if he believes he can compete with them for the division during the next few seasons. 

That said, the Twins, A's, Cubs, and Dodgers are rumored to all be in the market for versatile, back-end bullpen help, but I'd bet that list also includes another 10-12 teams. 

Robert Gsellman

More or less everything I just wrote about Lugo can be applied here to Gsellman, including the salary, years of arbitration, and experience as a starting pitcher and reliever.

Gsellman is a few years younger than Lugo, but he's been far more inconsistent and a bit less effective. That said, he has shown he can be an effective closer with his sink and ability to get quick, inning-ending ground balls. In the wake of the Mets trading Jeurys Familia last summer, Gsellman assumed the closer role and locked up nine second-half saves. The thing is, when that sinker isn't working, he tends to get hit hard and for deep extra-base hits.

I'd expect any team interested in Lugo will also have interest in Gsellman, which puts Van Wagenen in an interesting position. He could rely on his in-house stats, scouting, and player development people to rule on who he should keep and who he should deal. Or he can keep or trade both players. The point is, in having two pitchers making little money each with three years control and the ability to serve in multiple roles, Van Wagenen has options in an end of the market where lots of teams will be buying.

Noah Syndergaard

The market for starting pitching will be busy and is not likely to take shape until late July, though I do think the Giants will move Madison Bumgarner as soon as they are met with an appealing deal.

It's early, but I hear the Cardinals, Astros, Braves, Pirates, Brewers, Padres, Rockies and Angels are already reaching out to teams to lay ground work for July.

At the same, a few of these organizations expect the Nationals, Rangers, Blue Jays and, of course, the Mets to have pitching to sell, specifically Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler.

I know, I know, you've heard and read it all before: Syndergaard has trade value, he's sought after by several teams, reports indicate Van Wagenen is open to trading him, the Mets deny all reporting and inevitably Syndergaard stays put...

I expect the same will happen again between now and July. However, if the Mets are ever going to deal him, this summer might be the best time to do it.

Syndergaard is 26 years old, due to earn $3-4 million the rest of this season, after which he is again eligible for arbitration and set to be a free agent after 2021. At the same time, he's having a good-not-great season. Or, I should say he's not having the dominant, Thor-like season expected of him.

He's on pace to throw 210 innings and roughly 3.5-4.0 WAR, according to FanGraphs. This is underwhelming for Syndergaard, but would be a huge addition to any team needing a pitcher. Plus, the acquiring team has him for two additional seasons.

In the past, be it under Van Wagenen or his predecessor, Sandy Alderson, the Mets were rumored to be asking for elite prospects and one or two big-league players in a deal for Syndergaard.

The Mets were usually fielding offers for Jacob deGrom at the same time. With deGrom now inked to a long-term extension, the focus will be on Noah, who Van Wagenen almost certainly has considered being worthy of his own long-term deal.

Van Wagenen could always keep Syndergaard, determine the likelihood of the Mets contending in 2020, and look to deal his No. 2 pitcher this winter. The risk the Mets run in keeping Syndergaard, though, is a potential injury, which makes it almost impossible to deal him now or this winter. It also likely punts contract negotiations to the next year. 

It seems other teams may look at him the same way.

"Right now, we see him as a top 20 starting pitcher in the National League, not top a 10," an AL talent evaluator told me. "To be honest, I'd rather give up less for Wheeler and get a guy for just this season because I still see some risk associated with Syndergaard given how he throws the baseball."

Zack Wheeler

The ask on him will be less than Syndergaard, yet Wheeler has slightly less mileage on his arm, he's having the better of the two seasons, and he is also on pace to throw 200 innings.

Also, unlike Syndergaard, Wheeler is due to be a free agent this fall, which will likely motivate him to push himself the final two months of the year.

It was difficult to get a read on Wheeler's trade value because he will likely make three, maybe even four more starts before we see legit trade rumors. However, I'd look to what the Giants get for Bumgarner for a clue on who may have interest in Wheeler, and what they'll be willing to pay.

Edwin Diaz

It will be very interesting to see how Van Wagenen handles Diaz, especially since up to six teams will be in the market for an established closer. 

The thing is, in addition to having a ton of talent, a proven track record, and three more years under contract, Diaz was a major part of Van Wagenen's marquee swap this past winter with the Mariners. If Diaz is dealt away and Robinson Cano continues to underperform, the trade with Seattle will prove to have been a colossal bust.

Cano's contribution during the next few years is needed, but Diaz as a high-end reliever provides a unique value to Van Wagenen, especially considering Diaz is just 25 and arbitration eligible for the first time this winter.

"He's been up and down, but still having a very good year compared to other possibly available back-end guys," the same evaluator mentioned above said. "I can think of a few teams off the top of my head that will almost certainly ask about him."


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Jacob deGrom had been superb on the mound, allowing just one run through six innings, but the Mets hadn't scored any runs for him.

No matter.

The pitcher took things into in his own hands, launching a solo home run to left to tie the game at one.

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring on Aug. 13 against the Braves. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 23, 7:01 PM:

McNeil played in all seven innings of Game 1 of Brooklyn's doubleheader, going 1-for-4 and playing both right field and third base. Not only did he collect a hit in his first at-bat, but he legged out an infield single, a good sign for a player recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Mickey Callaway said prior to Friday's game that he was unsure whether McNeil would be available to return from the IL on Saturday, the first day he'd be eligible to do so.

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Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB for second Wild Card) start up their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (77-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished off their sweep of the Cleveland Indians, beating them 2-0 on Thursday night. Noah Syndergaard was spectacular on the mound, throwing just 73 pitches through 6.0 innings. He had a perfect game going on until Tyler Naquin singled to center field with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Then the rain came down, as the game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 16-games, it's the longest active streak in the MLB. He delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Joe Panik and Michael Conforto scored the only runs of the game. The Mets have outscored their opponents 114-73 so far in the month of August, and rank third in the majors with a .292 batting average this month.

 

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How Mets were able to get Davis 00:02:16
SNY's Steve Gelbs explains why Mets assistant GM Adam Guttridge was high on outfielder J.D. Davis and how the Mets were able to get him.

Mets assistant GM Adam Guttridge, who is in charge of systematic development, was one of many assistants hired by Brodie Van Wagenen during this offseason. But Guttridge stands out compared to the others, according to Van Wagenen, since he is the one who brought J.D. Davis to the front office's attention.

"Brodie Van Wagenen gives a lot of credit to his assistant general manager... he said that Guttridge really pushed hard trying to acquire J.D. Davis this offseason," SNY's Steve Gelbs said.

Davis, who is currently fifth in the NL with a .361 batting average and seventh with a .418 OBP since the All-Star break, was acquired by the Mets in a trade with the Houston Astros on Jan. 6.

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has not played since May, is getting close to being activated from the IL. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 23, 3:13 PM:

Nimmo is in center field and leading off for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night after getting the day off on Thursday.

While Nimmo is getting closer to a return, it doesn't seem like his activation is imminent.

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J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets start a huge three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday night.

It's nice to have the best pitcher in baseball taking the mound the day after completing a sweep of the Indians, who are just a half game back of the second American League Wild Card, isn't it?

The Mets have been hot, but so has Atlanta. Exactly like the Mets, the Braves have won 11 of their past 15 games. Unfortunately, two of those 11 wins came at New York's expense when the two teams met in Atlanta last week.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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 (70-57, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Cubs, Friday at 2:20 p.m. (Anibal Sanchez vs. Jon Lester)
Latest result: 7-1 win over Pirates on Thursday
Current odds to make playoffs: 90.4 percent
Latest news: Max Scherzer was rusty but effective in his return from the IL

Cardinals (68-58, 1.5 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Rockies, Friday at 8:15 p.m. (Jack Flaherty vs. Peter Lambert)
Latest result: 6-5 win over Rockies on Thursday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 50.6 percent
Latest news: Matt Carpenter's role is still up in the air

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after a Patriots touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady applied for the "Tom Terrific" copyright this spring and later said it was all a mixup. Still, the application reached a decision-maker recently. And it was denied.

There is only one Tom Terrific, and the ruling made that clear.

"Although Tom Seaver is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Tom Seaver is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection," the ruling stated. :As such, the applied-for mark TOM TERRIFIC is refused because it identifies a name of a particular living individual whose written consent to register is not of record." 

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Before Thursday's series finale at Citi Field, the Indians tweeted a message to their fans that also contained what some -- including a few Mets players -- saw as a dig at the Mets.

"We didn't erase an 11.5-game deficit to roll over. We split a series with one of the best teams in MLB at their home ballpark," part of the tweet said. "We lost the last 2 to a fringe postseason team."

Click below to see the exchange...

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Pete Alonso

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Wilson Ramos provided the offense as the Mets won a rain-shortened game against the Indians on Thursday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more

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Noah dominates in Mets 2-0 win 00:01:28
Syndergaard was perfect through 5 1/3 innings, giving up a single in the sixth. Wilson Ramos drove in the 2 runs while rain caused havoc.

The Mets' pitching staff led by Noah Syndergaard worked its way through rain delays to help bring home sweep of Indians in a 2-0 win.. >> Box score 

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard had his start cut short thanks to an extensive rain delay, about an hour. Syndergaard's night ended at 73 pitches as he unsurprisingly did not come back out to the mound when play resumed at 11:10 p.m. Still, it was a productive outing for Syndergaard in the win. Over six innings, the righty allowed only two hits and shutdown the first 15 batters he faced. Syndergaard struck out five, including the first two batters he faced in the game to set the tone early. 

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos gives Mets 2-0 lead 00:00:16
In a game where Noah Syndergaard is still perfect, Wilson Ramos gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Looking for a sweep of the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday night, Wilson Ramos certainly played his part in making that happen. 

The "Buffalo" laced a two-run double down the right field line to put the Mets on the board first...

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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)

Mets prospect Freddy Valdez could bring his professional career stateside in 2020. The team will get an ever better feel of the young, power-hitting player then... 


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Weight: 212 lbs

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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)

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-53, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 0.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets are now a season-high six games over .500 after their 4-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night. J.D. Davis was the hero, hitting his first career walk-off in the 10th inning. He is second in the NL with a .371 batting average and tied for ninth with a .429 on-base-percentage since the All-Star break. ... The team has now won 12 of its last 13 home games and is 36-21 at Citi Field this year. ... With a win tonight the Mets will match the total amount of victories at home in both 2017 and 2018. ... Wilson Ramos is currently on a 15-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors. The last Met to have a 15-game hitting streak was David Wright from June 9-25, 2012.

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets 2B Robinson Cano has been out since Aug. 5 due to a partially torn left hamstring, and is working his way back from the injury with an eye on returning before the season is over. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 22, 4:03 PM:

Cano ran in the outfield at Citi Field before Thursday night's game against the Indians.

He took early batting practice on Wednesday and the plan after was for him to run on Thursday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets INF Jed Lowrie has not played yet this season due to an assortment of injuries, but is making progress as he attempts to return. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 22, 4:21 PM:

Lowrie is back in the St. Lucie lineup on Thursday, serving as the DH and batting second.

The Mets' plan is to determine next steps (including whether McNeil is ready to play the field) after the game. 

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Apr 20, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen (64) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 20, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen (64) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The day after Marcus Stroman left his start before the fifth inning due to hamstring tightness, the Mets have called up Chris Flexen, who could potentially slide into the rotation if Stroman is unable to make his next start.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Ruben Tejada was DFA'd as the Mets reverted to a four-man bench.

Flexen, who the Mets used out of the bullpen earlier this season after also using him as a starter, had been working as a reliever with Triple-A Syracuse since June 12. But he returned to the rotation on Aug. 10 -- making two starts since then.

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Noah plays Backyard Baseball 00:01:32
If you grew up in the 90's, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

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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)

Mets assistant GM Adam Guttridge, who was hired by Brodie Van Wagenen as part of a series of front office moves this offseason, has been Van Wagenen's most important hire, writes Tim Britton in a wide-ranging piece for The Athletic that traces Guttridge's rise and details how he has impacted the Mets.

Among the things Guttridge has his fingerprints on? Bringing J.D. Davis to the attention of the Mets this offseason as a trade target and helping them decide in-season to start using their closer in tie games on the road.

"Sometimes data can be intimidating, sometimes it can be overwhelming," Van Wagenen told Britton. "But Adam is able to communicate that as effectively to our analysts as he does to myself, to our other leaders, to ownership and to players and coaches as well … He understands how to put people in situations to succeed."

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Most everything about the Mets' second-half run has been remarkable, but the emergence of J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario, in particular, has bulked up a youthful position-player core that suddenly gives this franchise an entirely different feel, both in the present and the future. 

Add that duo to Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, and you can make the case the Mets have five cornerstone players, four of which are under contractual control at least through the 2023 season. 

And that's not counting Dom Smith, who probably looms now as a valuable off-season trade chip, or Brandon Nimmo, who figures to be an important player when he comes back from his neck injury, even if it's more for depth at this point. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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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 (69-57, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Thursday at 7:05 p.m. (Max Scherzer vs. Steven Brault)
Latest result: 11-1 win over Pirates on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 89.6 percent
Latest news: Scherzer is ready for his return from the IL

Cardinals (67-58, 1.5 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Rockies, Thursday at 7:45 p.m. (Miles Mikolas vs. German Marquez)
Latest result: 5-3 loss to Brewers on Wednesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 49.6 percent
Latest news: The Cards' loss on Wednesday was rain-shortened

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets entered the bottom of the 10th inning against the Indians trailing, 3-2, but erased the deficit with some tremendous at-bats and some help from Cleveland closer Brad Hand (who failed to cover first base on a potential inning-ending double play as the Mets tied the game).

After Hand's miscue, J.D. Davis put together an incredible at-bat, eventually ripping a game-winning hit to left field as all hell broke loose on the field, with Pete Alonso ripping Davis' jersey off in what is now a walk-off ritual.

With the win, the Mets crept to within 1.5 games of the second Wild Card spot. Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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J.D. Davis

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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


In a wild game at Citi Field, the Mets fell behind, 3-2, in the 10th inning after Luis Avilan served up a solo homer to Carlos Santana. But the Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with J.D. Davis capping things off with a walk-off hit to left field after an incredible at-bat against Brad Hand >> Read more 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have officially found their post-game celebration for walk-off hits, at least for now.

Pete Alonso confirmed the celebration while laughing with reporters in the locker room after the big win.

"If you hit a walk-off, your shirt's coming off," Alonso said.

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J.D. Davis: 'We did it again' 00:01:55
Fresh off the walk-off win J.D. Davis talks to Steve Gelbs saying, 'this team has no quit' and has that 'New York swagger'.

To say that J.D. Davis was excited after hitting his first career walk-off would be an understatement.

"Hey Mets fans, we did it again," said Davis. "This team has no quit, we were grinding all game... we had that New York swagger, that New York attitude, we didn't quit, we didn't quit."

He mentioned how excited the team gets if they fall behind in games. This was the fifth time all season that the Mets had won on a walk-off hit.

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Stroman had only allowed one run over four innings, but the Mets pulled him from the game with what they called left hamstring tightness. 

It was observed by the SNY booth that head trainer Brian Chicklo was checking out Stroman's hand before his at-bat, but that wasn't the case per the official announcement. 

Stroman tossed just 62 pitches, allowing five hits and that one earned run while striking out one and walking one over that span. 

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J.D. Davis walks off in 10th 00:01:28
J.D. Davis hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to propel Mets to 4-3 win over Indians.

The Mets beat the Indians 4-3 in extra innings thanks to a J.D. Davis walk-off hit. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman was cruising in his start tonight, but he had a premature exit after the team announced he was experiencing left hamstring tightness. Stroman allowed just one earned on five hits while striking out one and walking one over 62 pitches.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Mets take 2-1 lead in 5th inning 00:00:13
Luis Guillorme hit a ball to dead single to drive in Juan Lagares and give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the 5th inning.

It has been a pitcher's ballgame at Citi Field tonight, but the Mets did manage to plate two runs in the bottom of the fifth. 

Luis Guillorme came up to pinch hit in place of Marcus Stroman, and he came up clutch with an RBI double to send hom Juan Lagares

And Lagares was on second to begin with after an RBI double himself to plate Todd Frazier...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets in the heat of the playoff chase, they have kept their heads above water despite being without some key offensive pieces lately. That looks like it's about to change.

As key players start to return, the Mets will have to clear room on the 25-man roster for each and map out a plan of attack regarding who plays regularly and what the lineup should be (and whether the lineup should be static or malleable).

This is a good problem to have, but there are some tough decisions coming.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in NL Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-52, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won nine of their last 11 series since the All-Star break, have won three games in a row and four of their last five with a 25-10 record -- best in the MLB -- to sneak back into the Wild Card hunt.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Michael Conforto
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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. 

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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Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)
Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)

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When Steven Matz noticed Mickey Callaway striding towards him with two on and one out in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, the lefty shook his head and cursed. His reaction was a reasonable one: The last time Callaway removed Matz from a tight game, Seth Lugo blew a lead against the Braves.

This time, of course, proved to be different. Lefty Justin Wilson pounded his cutter in on switch hitter Francisco Lindor, who was batting right-handed, and Oscar Mercado -- another righty. He struck out both.

Wilson has lately proven to be a strong offseason signing by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- and a major part of the team's surprising bullpen resurgence. While still shaky in spots, the Mets' pen has progressed from terrifying to stable. Or at least stable-ish. However one chooses to describe it, the facts show tangible improvements since June.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Entering his start on July 16, Mets LHP Steven Matz had a 4.87 ERA and was coming off a brief demotion to the bullpen. 

And while Matz was in the bullpen, Mickey Callaway wouldn't even commit to his eventual return to the rotation. 

Since then, Matz has a 2.81 ERA (his overall ERA has dipped to 4.18) and has struck out 38 batters in 41.2 innings (seven starts) while walking eight and allowing just three home runs. So, what triggered the turnaround?

Tags: Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)
Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Behind a strong start from Steven Matz and a late offensive eruption, the Mets took down the Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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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 (68-57, 1.0 game up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Joe Musgrove)
Latest result: 4-1 loss to Pirates on Tuesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 89.1 percent
Latest news: The Nats suffered another bullpen meltdown on Tuesday

Cubs (67-58, 2.0 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Giants, Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. (Yu Darvish vs. Dereck Rodriguez)
Latest result: 5-3 win over Giants on Tuesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 78.5 percent
Latest news: Ben Zobrist could be getting closer to a return

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Mets rout Indians 9-2 00:01:02
The Mets rolled to a 9-2 win over the Indians, a playoff contender. The win's a good sign for the Mets who are operating on all cylinders.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was very pleased with his team's performance Tuesday night, as they beat the AL Wild Card-leading Indians 9-2. 

"They're relentless in their approach, no matter who comes in, they're up there grinding it out," Callaway said. "And that's what good teams do, they add on. Tonight, we added on enough to where we could stay away from Lugo and Diaz. Now we're set up in a better situation tomorrow because our hitters are relentless."

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Offense powers Mets to 9-2 win 00:01:24
Steven Matz pitched well, Justin Wilson was clutch and Davis and Conforto had key home runs to lead Mets to well-rounded 9-2 win.

The Mets kicked off their nine-game homestand with a big 9-2 win over the Indians at Citi Field on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was allowed to go deep into the game this time around, as he continues to show success on the bump. He did allow a solo homer to 2B Jason Kipnis in the top of the second, but the run that came across in the fourth was unearned. Overall, the lefty went 6.1 innings, allowing that one earned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway dropped some big news that Jed Lowrie, who hasn't played with the Mets at all this season due to various injuries, was starting a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night. 

And it looks like he's moving around pretty well, finishing the night 1-for-4 with an RBI.

This is some of the first footage we've seen of Lowrie in action this season, as he's seen running out a ground ball to first base...

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Big Bomb for J.D. Davis 00:00:14
In his return to the lineup J.D. Davis hit a huge 2-run home run in the second inning against the Indians.

LF J.D. Davis returned to the Mets' lineup on Tuesday night. And he let everyone know it in his first at-bat. 

Davis parked a fastball from RHP Shane Bieber over the center-field fence, dropping right next to the home-run apple to put the Mets up 2-1...

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Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

After an off day, the Mets (64-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) are back in action as they start their nine-game homestand at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Cleveland Indians.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won 10 of their last 12 series since the All-Star break, most recently taking two out of three games over the weekend at the Kansas City Royals. During that span, they boast a .706 win percentage while going 24-10, topping the Yankees (.684, 26-12) for the best in the MLB. LF J.D. Davis, who had tightness in his right calf, returns to the lineup after Sunday's 11-5 win over the Royals, when he subbed in the top of the seventh inning with his pinch-hit RBI single. On the season, Davis is slashing .312/.375/.513 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has not played yet this season due to a variety of injuries, is starting a rehab assignment on Tuesday night with High-A St. Lucie, where he will serve as the DH.

"It's still a situation where it's gonna be day-to-day, obviously, but for him to get on the field and get his blood flowing in a big situation for him to this point is exciting," manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think we'll just see how he comes out of it and then make the schedule out the next day."

The 35-year-old Lowrie, who suffered a "low grade" right calf strain in July while rehabbing, has also dealt with knee and hamstring injuries to his left side this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is taking the final step in his road back from injury, joining Triple-A Syracuse as he continues his rehab assignment, SNY's Andy Martino reports.

The 26-year-old Nimmo has been out since May 21.

Nimmo (back) began his rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie last week and played two games there -- serving as the DH on Aug. 16 and playing the outfield on Aug. 18. St. Lucie was off on Monday.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets head toward the homestretch in the regular season, it looks like they'll be losing a bullpen piece.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Robert Gsellman has suffered a partial lat tear. And though his timetable hasn't been determined yet, it would need to be a speedy recovery to see Gsellman back on the mound at full health this year. 

Gsellman hit the IL on Aug. 17 with right triceps tightness, but there was clearly more to his injury after tests were done. 

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a couple transactions before starting their series with the Indians on Tuesday night. 

Rajai Davis is back with the big club, the team announced, as he was recalled with RHP Walker Lockett being sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse.

Davis played in four games with the Mets before he was sent down to Triple-A. He went 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBI during that span. In Triple-A, he owned a .287/.334/.410 slash line with eight homers and 28 RBIs over 84 games. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario

In the span of two years, Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has gone from the top prospect in baseball to a defensive liability who could be moved to center field, to back to being a young star on the rise.

"My confidence has been at an all-time high," Rosario recently told Deesha Thosar of the Daily News. "I didn't start the season this great, but now it's been going well."

Rosario, who is still just 23 years old, had been struggling offensively earlier this season while making errors and mistakes in the field. However, during his most recent 100 or so games, he's batting around .300 and has returned to being the quick and slick fielder he projected to be when he was in the minor leagues...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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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 (68-56, 2.0 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Pirates, Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. (Stephen Strasburg vs. Chris Archer)
Latest result: 13-0 win over Pirates on Monday
Current odds to make playoffs: 92.5 percent
Latest news: The Nats are in the midst of an insane scoring stretch

Cubs (66-58, 2.0 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Giants, Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. (Cole Hamels vs. Tyler Beede)
Latest result: 7-1 win over Pirates on Sunday night. 
Current odds to make playoffs: 75.0 percent
Latest news: INF David Bote was optioned to Triple-A

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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

After being on fire for the better part of a month, Mauricio is in the midst of a huge funk, with zero hits in his last 23 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .273/.311/.366 with four homers, four triples, and 20 doubles in 105 games this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets remain in the NL Wild Card hunt.

The guys talk about the state of the bullpen after the Mets 6-game road trip, Pete Alonso becoming the new NL rookie home run champion, and Amed Rosario blossoming into a hitting threat.

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets family unfortunately lost one of its original members in Al Jackson, who passed away in Port St. Lucie on Monday at 83. 

Jackson pitched for the Mets in their inaugural season in 1962, where he spent four seasons before being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. He would return to the Mets in 1968 and played halfway through the 1969 season before being traded to the Reds where he would finish his career that season. 

Jackson's 43 wins with New York was the team's record until Tom Seaver would break it. But his connection with the Mets didn't stop after his playing days. 

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