Do the Mets need to acquire a first baseman this winter? Or, do they have enough internal options to make the position work in 2019?

Justin Smoak, Matt Adams, Marwin Gonzalez, and Logan Morrison are expected to be the top first basemen available on the free agent market this winter. It's too early to know if anyone better will be available and more affordable in trade.

That said, the Mets have at least five internal options worth considering, though no one candidate is perfect given the team's need to improve its fielding and power at the plate.



In August, 2017, it was assumed the position would go to 1B prospect Dominic Smith, who made his debut as the game's top prospect at that position. Instead of soaring, he struggled, gained weight, was lectured in public by Sandy Alderson and ended up losing his job to 35-year-old, fading star Adrian Gonzalez for the beginning of the 2018 season.

In early June, as expected, Gonzalez was designated for assignment, after which Smith was immediately called up from Triple-A.

In the 77 games played since last summer, Smith is hitting just .193 with 23 extra base hits, which has people questioning whether he is just another kid in a long line of overhyped prospects. 

The thing is, Keith Hernandez was hitting just .257 with only 16 extra base hits through the first 78 games of his career, during which he was also temporarily sent back to Triple-A.

The point is, like Keith, Smith may simply need more big-league time to succeed and fail -- and succeed again -- before his career begins to click. 



That said, the clock is ticking, because the team's Triple-A first baseman, Peter Alonso, is crushing home runs and making a name for himself on the farm.

It was obvious during Spring Training when he was mashing the baseball that Alonso, 23, was ready to rattle cages, after which he's hit 21 HR in 91 minor league games this season.

He then hit a monster home run during this past weekend's MLB Futures Game, which is watched by nearly every team's front office, prior to which he won a pre-game BP contest with other top prospects that included him hitting a ball over the left field stands in Nationals Park.

"Alonso was the standout among standouts," Baseball America's J.J. Cooper later wrote. "We've received multiple reports that his exit velocities are top tier. We saw why (during the Future's Game)."



The knock on Alonso is that he's a righty and not very athletic, putting in to question whether he has the tools needed to play first base every day in the big leagues.

Of course, the first base position has changed since the days of Hernandez and Don Mattingly. It's no longer home to slick fielding, graceful, left-handed hitters that do as much on field as they do in the batters box. These days, most of the league's top first basemen have power, hit and throw with their right hands, and are hardly known for their fielding.

In this new MLB environment, it seems like Alonso will fit right in...

Meanwhile, in addition to Smith, the big-league roster also includes Wilmer Flores, Jay Bruce, and Yoenis Cespedes, all of whom can, have, or are willing to play first base

Cespedes played nine innings at first base during his third and likely final rehab game on Wednesday. He has never played the position in a big-league game during his seven-year career.

Mickey Callaway said this past weekend that Cespedes may return as a DH for the team's series against the Yankees in the Bronx, which begins Friday. 



Similar to Cespedes, Bruce is capable of playing first base, where he's done well 14 times for the Mets. However, he clearly prefers to play right field. Frankly, after this most recent bout of lower-body injuries, I'm not convinced he can physically handle the constant activity needed to play the position.

This can probably also be said about Cespedes, who has missed roughly 30 percent of the team's games with leg injuries since he was acquired in 2015.

In case you haven't noticed, given all the stretching, lunging, leaning and quick reactions on balls in the dirt, down the line and in the hole, legs and feet are pretty important when playing first base.

In Flores, the Mets know they have a guy that can hit at least .270, bang 15 home runs and handle a steady diet of starts at first, second and third base over the course of a full season. He's the definition of a 'super utility guy,' but hardly the level bat most teams need at first base when building their roster.  

Flores is not making a lot of money and is under contract through next season. He will be attractive in trade to contending teams this July because he also has experience playing in the postseason. However, for the same reason a team might want to trade to get him, I think it's possible the Mets keep him for 2019.



Ideally, the job belongs to Smith or Alonso because they're the best long-term options, especially since each player will be earning the league minimum the next few years.

The thing is, if Smith or Alonso take over first base, at at a time when Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo are in the outfield, what happens to Bruce and Cespedes, both of whom have been injured, are due a lot of money and are essentially untradeable?

This is why it is so important to know if Cespedes can play even part time at first base, because him doing so can create options for the Mets when building for 2019. 

If Cespedes can play first base, he can split time there with one of the two kids and/or Flores, freeing up room in the outfield for Nimmo, Conforto, and Bruce. On the other hand, if Cespedes can only play left or right field, which is hardly a guarantee given his health, someone among Nimmo, Conforto and Bruce will be pushed aside. It also means first base is still a need if Alonso or Smith do not step up and own the position.

The most realistic outcome will be Alonso needing more time to adjust, like Smith, all while Cespedes and Bruce continue being obstacles after the free agent market provides no great stopgap solution. If this is how things play out, I expect a carousel of options rotating across first base in 2019, during which all five of the above players might get time at the position.

In an ideal world, though, Alonso is soon promoted and quickly becomes a given. That would allow the Mets to trade Bruce this winter, deal with Cespedes, put Nimmo and Conforto in the outfield, sign a hit-first third baseman, and acquire a legit, Gold Glove-caliber catcher and center fielder. One step at a time, though.


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Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are down an arm in the bullpen.

Manager Mickey Callaway announced before Saturday's game against the Royals that Robert Gsellman is headed to the IL with triceps tightness.

Callaway had said after Friday's game that Gsellman had not been available to pitch, and now the team will be without him for the immediate future.

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The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Royals 4-1, they continue their three-game series in Kansas City on Saturday night at 7:15 PM. 

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


Humid weather conditions in Kansas City frustrated Noah Syndergaard, who failed to reach seven innings for the first time in seven starts. "I felt like i had to battle the elements out there. I don't know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along," Syndergaard said. >> Read more

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Davis on his calf injury 00:01:52
New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis describes his calf injury but doesn't seem to worried about the severity of it.

Noah Syndergaard wasn't just battling the nine hitters in the Royals' lineup on Friday.

He was also battling the conditions.

It was a hot, humid evening in Kansas City, and though Syndergaard did his best to battle through six innings, the conditions ultimately got to him. 

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Royals beat Mets 4-1 00:01:23
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was the only batter to drive in a run in the Mets 4-1 loss to Kansas City.

The Mets fell to the Royals 4-1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was magnificent through the first four innings. He ran into trouble quickly in the fifth, allowing a single and then back-to-back double by Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez. Two runs scored in the fifth, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Syndergaard got into another jam in the sixth, but with tow runners on, he struck out Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat. Syndergaard went six innings, allowing just two earned on five hits. He had gone at least seven innings in each of his prior six starts.

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Conforto RBI single 00:00:14
New York Mets first outfielder Michael Conforto smack and RBI single to put the Mets up on the Royals 1-0.

Michael Conforto gave the Mets an early lead on Friday night. 

In a scoreless top of the third inning, JD Davis singled to reach base, and then made his way to second on a fielder's choice that turned into an error by Whit Merrifield. With Davis on second, Conforto lined a single the other way to put the Mets on the board first.

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Brandon Nimmo rehab game 00:00:20
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo singles in his first action since being sidelined with a neck injury.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo began his rehab assignment Friday night for the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets.

Serving as the DH and batting second, Nimmo went 1-3 with a walk. His one hit was a line-drive single up the middle.

The outfielder last played for the Mets on May 20, but has since been sidelined with a neck injury.

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Aug 13, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. walks to the dugout after striking out during the sixth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
Aug 13, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. walks to the dugout after striking out during the sixth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

In recent weeks, the NL Rookie of the Year race has boiled down to a two-man race between Pete Alonso and Padres' shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Now, the field may be narrowed down to one. 

Padres manager Andy Green told reporters on Friday that 20-year-old star is likely done for season, due to a back issue that has landed him on the IL. Green said that an MRI revealed a stress reaction in his back, causing the Padres to sit their young star.

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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals (43-78, 30 GB in AL Central) on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.

Mets Notes

In Thursday's win over Atlanta, Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso became the first Mets ever to both record five hits in the same game. ... The Mets's 23 hits on Thursday were tied for the second most in team history for a nine-inning game. ... The Mets are 10-4 against the AL this season, the highest interleague win percentage for any NL team.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Where it matters most, the Mets' trade for Marcus Stroman has worked out. 

In Stroman's first three starts with the Mets, the team is 3-0. 

But Stroman hasn't exactly excelled. His three stats include 15.2 innings of work, a 1-0 record, nine earned runs surrendered with an ERA of 5.17. 

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The Mets had 23 hits in their Thursday win over the Atlanta Braves. It wasn't a must win, but after dropping the first two games of the three-game set, it was a big one.

With a sentence like that, most could assume the score wasn't close, however, it was a 10-8 game mostly due to do the performance of reliever Drew Gagnon

Marcus Stroman recovered from 33 first-inning pitches to 5.1 frames of work for the win. Luis Avilan and Brad Brach then held the Braves at bay... then Gagnon. Not his best outing, as he allowed four home runs, including a two-run shot to make the game way-too-close for comfort late. Three of those game in the ninth inning. 

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The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Royals in Kansas City at 8:15 PM on SNY. 

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


The Mets had 23 hits to salvage a win in their three-game series against the Braves, but somehow things got tight at the end thanks to Drew Gagnon. >> Read more

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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 (65-55, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Brewers, Friday at 7:05 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Adrian Houser)
Latest result: 17-7 win over Reds on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 86.5 percent
Latest news: Max Scherzer is 'itching' to return from his injury

Cubs (64-57, 1.0 game up for second Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Friday at 7:05 p.m. (Kyle Hendricks vs. Joe Musgrove)
Latest result: 7-5 loss to Phillies on Thursday, swept in three-game set. 
Current odds to make playoffs: 72.1 percent
Latest news: Bryce Harper hit a walk-off grand slam to cap a six-run ninth inning by the Phillies, stunning the Cubs on Thursday. 

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Callaway praises Rosario, Alonso 00:02:20
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway praises both shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Pete Alonso with how well they've been hitting.

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso made Mets history on Thursday night.

During Thursday's 10-8 win over the Braves, Rosario and Alonso each recorded five hits, the first time two Mets have ever done that in the same game. 

Rosario went 5-6 on the night with four runs scored, providing a spark at the top of the lineup and upping his season average to .289.

"He has really upped his game on top of what he did last season," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "He is continuing to develop, like we talked about the last couple years, right in front of our eyes, and he's becoming a great hitter. What he's done the last few months is spectacular."

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Mets beat Braves 10-8 00:01:38
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Pete Alonso combine for 10 hits as the Mets beat the Braves 10-8.

The Mets escaped Atlanta with a 10-8 series finale over the win thanks to an early offensive outburst. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario led an early offensive outburst for the Mets, as New York scored three runs in the first two innings. In the first, Rosario doubled and Joe Panik singled, which helped the Mets cash in three runs on Alonso's 39th home run. In the next inning, Rosario tripled after Ronald Acuna missed a liner with a dive. That scored Marcus Stroman and then Wilson Ramos plated two more runs with a single to right field later in the second. 

In total, both Alonso and Rosario had five hits and Alonso tallied six RBI. 

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Alonso crushes 39th homer 00:00:25
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso gives the Mets an early 3-0 lead with his 39th home run of the season.

The Mets are hoping to leave their three-game set against the Atlanta Braves with at least one win.

Wrapping up the series on Thursday, Pete Alonso put the Mets in a great position to do so before the Braves even recorded an out. 

In the top of the first at SunTrust Park, Alonso sent a pitch from Julio Teheran over the outfield wall in dead center field, 451 feet away from home plate. 

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth 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 first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Another night, another milestone for Pete Alonso.

In the top of the first inning, Amed Rosario and Joe Panik both recorded hits to get things started, setting the stage for Alonso, who slammed a three-run home run to dead center, splashing down well beyond the fence to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The blast was Alonso's 39th home run of the season, tying Cody Bellinger's 2017 mark for the most home runs by a rookie in National League history. 

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first 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) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (61-59, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB in Wild Card) wrap up a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (72-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Thursday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost three straight games, but have still won 15 of their last 19. ... The Braves have taken eight of their last 10 matchups with the Mets. ... The Mets have not been swept in a three-game series by the Braves since May 1-3, 2018. ... Wilson Ramos is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .400 with 10 RBI during the stretch.

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports  (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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


Aug. 15, 4:07 PM:

A day after being placed on the IL, McNeil was out before Thursday night's game in Atlanta jogging and doing agility drills, reports MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

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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 Carlos Cortes is heating up in St. Lucie, should open next season with Double-A Binghamton, and could reach the Mets by 2021...


The Skinny

Height: 5-foot-8

Weight: 197 lbs

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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The Mets had come back late again, this time turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead against the Braves in the seventh inning in Atlanta on Wednesday night. And then Mickey Callaway made a move that pulled defeat from the jaws of victory. 

With Steven Matz cruising -- having retired 14 Braves in a row -- he was pulled in favor of Seth Lugo entering the bottom of the seventh. That move alone was curious enough, but when you dig deeper, things look so much worse than they do on the surface. Here are four reasons why...

Matz had thrown just 79 pitches

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Callaway justifies pulling Matz 00:01:17
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains why he chose to put in pitcher Seth Lugo in the 7th after Steven Matz was dealing.

Steven Matz gave the Mets six very strong innings on Wednesday night in Atlanta, holding the Braves to just two hits.

Heading into the seventh inning, the left-hander had retired 14 straight batters and thrown just 79 pitches. He'd also allowed just two hits and one earned run.

Yet, when the bottom of the seventh rolled around, Matz stayed in the dugout. Mickey Callaway elected to make a pitching change, bringing in Seth Lugo with a one-run lead. 

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Braves edge Mets 6-4 00:01:26
New York Mets scored two big runs in the 9th but the rally fell short with the bases loaded and the Mets drop another game in Atlanta.

The Mets fell to the Braves 6-4 on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was tremendous for the Mets on Wednesday night. He got into some trouble in the second inning, allowing an RBI double to Ender Inciarte, but outside of that inning, he made easy work of the Braves' lineup. The lefty allowed just two hits, striking out five. His night came to a close after six innings and 79 pitches, a questionable decision by Mickey Callaway to turn things over to the pen. Matz also helped himself with two hits of his own.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Matt Harvey has found a new team.

According to a report from MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the right-hander is joining the Athletics on a minor-league deal.

The former Met was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 19, and after going unclaimed on waivers, became a free agent. 

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Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)
Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) continue a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (71-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Wednesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets placed Jeff McNeil on the 10-day IL before Wednesday's game. ... Ruben Tejada is making his first appearance in the Mets lineup since the 2015 postseason. ... The Mets are just 4-7 against the Braves this season, but still have a winning record overall against the NL East.

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie is advancing as he continues rehabbing the assortment of injuries that have kept him out all season, with Brodie Van Wagenen saying Wednesday that a rehab assignment could be in the cards in the not-too-distant future.

According to Van Wagenen, Lowrie is "running, hitting, and fielding ground balls," and recently started facing live pitching during simulated games.

As far as Lowrie returning this season, Van Wagenen said "it's absolutely our hope and expectation that he can."

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen was on hand in Atlanta before the team's second game against the Braves on Wednesday to deliver some promising news about his injured players. 

One of them was Brandon Nimmo, who has been out since May 20 as he's dealing with a bulging disc in his neck. Nimmo has been working hard to get back on the field, and Van Wagenen noted that day may be coming "very soon."

"Same story," Van Wagenen told reporters about where Nimmo is at in his rehab. "He took live at-bats today. He's been progressing well and we could see him in a rehab game very soon, as early as the next few days. But we'll keep a close eye on him and hopefully he can get back out there in the very near future."

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta was the sight of Jeff McNeil pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring after trying to leg out an infield hit in the ninth inning.

McNeil walked off the field with a noticeable limp and said after the game that he "felt a little snag" and was hoping it was just a cramp.

But while the Mets got good news after McNeil's MRI, he has been placed on the 10-day IL. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Before dropping their last two games, the Mets had won 15 of 16 to vault themselves firmly into the playoff race -- getting as close as a half game back of the second Wild Card spot.

The Mets are now 61-58 and 2.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, and their playoff odds (per FanGraphs) and World Series odds are better now than they were on Aug. 6.

New York now has a 39.1 chance to make the playoffs, compared to 32.7 percent on Aug. 6. And those odds are still better than two of the teams right in the thick of the race with them -- the Phillies are at 8.4 percent, while the Brewers are at 25.3 percent. 

As far as their World Series odds (per Bovada), they have improved from +2800 on Aug. 6 to +2200 now. 

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night at 7:20 PM on SNY. 

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


Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night was the hamstring injury suffered by Jeff McNeil, who said "I don't think it's terrible" after the game. McNeil will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

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Jeff McNeil on his injury 00:01:13
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil explains what he felt in his injured hamstring when trying to beat out a throw to first.

Jeff McNeil has done it all for the Mets this season, but now the team's best hitter could be facing time on the Injured List.

With the Mets trailing the Braves 5-3 in the ninth inning, McNeil did his best to try to leg out a grounder to short for a base hit. McNeil was out on a close play, and after lunging to reach the first base bag, he came up limping, immediately slamming his helmet down in frustration. 

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Mets drop opener in Atlanta 00:01:43
New York Mets lose their 2nd game in a row as the bats went cold against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried.

The Mets fell to the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler entered the game fresh off of two tremendous outings, but Tuesday was simply not his night. The right-hander gave up a career-high 12 hits over 5.0 innings of work. Wheeler gave up two runs in the first, snapping his 15-inning scoreless streak, and was seemingly never able to find his groove. Ronald Acuna Jr. slammed his 34th home run of the season off of Wheeler in the fourth inning. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jeff McNeil RBI 1B 00:00:10
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil hits a 2-out RBI single to cut the Braves lead to 2-1.

The Braves jumped on Zack Wheeler in the first inning, striking for two runs and ending Wheeler's 15-inning scoreless streak.

The Mets answered back in the top of the second. After Wheeler was hit by a breaking ball to extend the inning, Jeff McNeil singled off of Max Fried to cut the Braves' lead in half.

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (70-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Tuesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets enter the series winners of 15 out of 17. ... The Mets have gone 29-25 against the NL East this season, but just 4-6 against Atlanta. ... The Mets are 21-7 since the All-Star break, the best second half record in baseball, and their starters have a 2.93 ERA during that period. ... The road has been kind to the Mets lately, as they've won five of their last six away from Citi Field.

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Alonso vs. Tatis Jr. for NL ROY 00:00:47
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is leading for NL Rookie of the Year but SNY's John Harper explains what more he can do to clinch it

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So just how many home runs does Pete Alonso need to hit this season to lock up the Rookie of the Year Award, anyway? You'd think 50 would leave no doubt, right?

Well, maybe not, judging by the support Fernando Tatis Jr. seems to be gaining.

Alonso has been the favorite from early in the season, thanks to his eye-opening home run power, but the Padres' 20-year old shortstop is making a big run, putting up impressive offensive numbers while earning raves for his defense practically on a daily basis.

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Every series is crucial to the Mets from this point on, with the team sitting just a game out of the second Wild Card spot after taking two out of three from Washington.

Next up for the Mets, another divisional foe in the Atlanta Braves, a team entering this three-game series with the second best record in the National League.

The Mets have won 16 of 19 dating back to July 23, but the Braves represent the latest test of the Mets' winning ways. Atlanta has won six of 10 from the Mets this season, and with nine more head-to-head matchups on the schedule, the Mets know the challenge that the Braves represent.

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The National League Wild Card race is exactly how it is described: wild.

The Nationals and Cardinals continue to cling to the top of the standings. However, entering play today, five teams are within five games of the final postseason spot.

There are roughly 47 days and 40 or so games left in the season, depending on each team's respective schedule. Here is a breakdown of their chances, strengths, and weaknesses...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After an off day on Monday, the Mets enter Tuesday night with a prime opportunity to keep their hot streak alive against the NL East-leading Braves. And if they can get through their foe in Atlanta over these next three games, their playoff odds will only continue to grow. 

Through this streak that's seen 15 wins in their last 17 games, the Mets have jolted their way into the playoff conversation -- something that didn't seem possible just a couple weeks ago.

Right now, the Mets are still one game back of the second Wild Card slot that is currently held by the Cardinals. And the Brewers are still just a half game in front of them in the standings as well. 

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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Braves on the road with Zack Wheeler getting the start. 

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


Entering this new series, Mickey Callaway has a decision to make with his bullpen. Edwin Diaz isn't helping matters as he continues to struggle, but Matt Cerrone believes Callaway couldl deploy his pen in this manner to maximize its current strengths. >> Read more

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Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

When you're as hot as the Mets have been over the last few weeks, everyone in the baseball world is bound to take notice. 

That includes the manager of the defending World Series champions, who played 62 games for the Mets in 2010.

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The time is quickly approaching for Mickey Callaway to lock in on roles for his relievers.

By taking two of three this past weekend from the Nationals, the Mets proved they are more than just a team that can make up ground by beating on teams below .500. And at just one game back of Washington for the final Wild Card spot and 44 games left in the season, most of which will be against other teams in contention, Callaway can't risk his bullpen reverting to what it was before July.

Sadly, had the bullpen performed just average -- instead of losing an NL-worst 17 games the first three months of the season -- they would likely be leading the Wild Card and a just few games behind the NL East-leading Braves.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April 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...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Gimenez remains mundane out in Binghamton, going 3-for-20 with a double and an RBI this past week. He is only hitting .239 on the season (95 games), but has a .306 OBP with 23 walks and 12 hit by pitches to boot. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets find themselves right in the middle of the NL Wild Card chase.

The guys talk about the intense atmosphere at Citi Field during the memorable series against the Nationals, the fan reaction to the remarkable recent run, the navigation of the choppy waters of the Mets bullpen, and if there are any players out in the market that can potentially help the team.

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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets may be looking to finish this season's schedule strong, but their 2020 season schedule has been released as well. 

New York will be opening their season at Citi Field on March 26 to open up the new year against the Nationals. The Mets will, then, stay home on March 30 when the Phillies come to town for a three-game series. 

Looking at the schedule, some notable series are with the Marlins in Puerto Rico at the end of April, the Dodgers coming to town at the end of May, and Fourth of July weekend with the Padres in town. The Mets also have a long West Coast stretch in August, playing the Rockies and Dodgers from Aug. 3-9 followed by series with the Angels and A's on Aug. 18-23.

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Amazin' Life Baseball Switcheroo 00:03:01
In this episode of The Amazin' Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reveals what really happened in 2018 when he fell into the L.A. stands.

In this episode of The Amazin' Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reveals what really happened in 2018 when he fell into the L.A. stands.

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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will be making their way to Puerto Rico during the 2020 season to play a three-game series against the Marlins in San Juan. 

The series will take place on April 28-30 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, as the MLB makes their way to Puerto Rico for the second time in the past three seasons.

"Puerto Rico has a rich baseball history and passionate baseball fans," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in an official release. "We are honored to represent the Mets, and Major League Baseball, and are looking forward to returning to Puerto Rico to play the Marlins in 2020."

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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With speculation ramping up that the Mets could or should option beleaguered reliever Edwin Diaz to the minor leagues, the team remains committed to working with Diaz with the big club, and does not intend to send him down at this time.

Diaz, the best closer in baseball last year, has effectively lost that job with the Mets. Mickey Callaway has been using Seth Lugo in higher-leverage spots.

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The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off on Monday, as they hit the road for Atlanta to face the NL East-leading Braves on Tuesday to kick off a three-game series. 

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


The Mets fought their way back, but it wasn't enough as the Nationals ended their eight-game win streak in a 7-4 loss at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.  >> Read more

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Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (23) cannot catch up to a two run RBI double hit by San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (not pictured) during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (23) cannot catch up to a two run RBI double hit by San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (not pictured) during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals

Cabrera was designated for assignment by the Rangers last week, but signed with the Nationals on Tuesday. He went 1-for-4 against the Mets on Saturday, but delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday. The former Met also played for the Nationals in 2014.

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A feel-good weekend at Citi Field ended with a crashing thud on Sunday, not because the Mets lost the series finale to the Nationals so much as Edwin Diaz gave up still another home run, again raising the question of how this team, even as hot as it is, can survive its own bullpen. 

Mickey Callaway has already taken an important and necessary step toward a solution, making Seth Lugo at least the co-closer, using him as he did for two innings to finish out Saturday night's win.

But because the Mets are restricted in how much they can use Lugo, who has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, it's far from a perfect situation. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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