Adam Fisher on Bruce, Dom Smith 00:05:18
Former Mets and Braves front office executive Adam Fisher joins Mets Hot Stove to break down Jay Bruce and the Mets' plans at first base.

Former Mets and Braves executive Adam Fisher, who left the Braves earlier this offseason amidst their front office upheaval, was on Mets Hot Stove on SNY on Thursday night to discuss the team's acquisition of Jay Bruce, and how the Adrian Gonzalez signing might impact Dominic Smith.

Fisher, who had been serving as the Mets' director of baseball operations before joining the Braves, said one of the reasons the Mets brought Bruce back was because "he showed the Mets that he had the character to succeed in this city."

"One of the biggest challenges for a front office in this market is figuring out who has the makeup and character to succeed here," Fisher said. "There were questions about whether Jay would have success here, coming in to last season after he struggled coming over from the Reds. And he completely turned around that narrative. He was a very consistent presence in the Mets' lineup, he improved his defense, and he was also a very positive person in that clubhouse."

Regarding the impetus behind signing Gonzalez, Fisher spoke about GM Sandy Alderson's familiarity with him.

"Sandy had Adrian Gonzalez in San Diego," Fisher said. "He's familiar with the player, and he's comfortable taking a risk on a mimimum salary."

While Gonzalez is expected to enter the season as the Mets' starting first baseman, Fisher doesn't believe it changes anything about Smith being the eventual stalwart at first base.

"This buys the Mets some time, potentially," Fisher said. "Dominic could go down to Triple-A for a couple of months, or potentially the whole season if Adrian has success.

"I think we saw that the speed of the game was a little fast for Dom in that last month. He struggled in all facets, and I don't believe that changes the fact that he is the first baseman of the future for the Mets organization." 

The 39-year-old Fisher, who had been with the Mets since Omar Minaya's first stint in the front office, worked alongside Alderson and had previously been manager of baseball operations before he was promoted to director in 2013.

Fisher had worked alongside Mets assistant GM John Ricco for more than 12 years, the New York Times' James Wagner wrote last year. He graduated from Harvard in 2001.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (51-67) open a five-game series with the Phillies (66-53) with Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 4:05 p.m.

Mets notes

Jacob Rhame has been added as the 26th man in advance of the doubleheader. ... The Mets have won five of their last seven games and seven of their last 11. ... The Mets are 19-19 since July 1. ... David Wright will play his fourth game in five days on Thursday night as he continues to rehab with High-A St. Lucie. 

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Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)
Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is back from his lifetime ban. And he was nearly perfect his first appearance since the ban was lifted, because of course he was.

Pitching for the DSL Mets on Thursday, Mejia allowed one hit in four scoreless innings while walking none and striking out three, according to Michael Mayer

The Mets reliever, who was banned from baseball for life in February of 2016, had been granted his conditional reinstatement for the 2019 season back on July 6...

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in what will be his fourth game in five days.

Wright drew a walk while playing seven innings on Wednesday night, but is still looking for his first hit since beginning his rehab assignment.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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On Episode 4 of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets third baseman Todd Frazier! There's all kinds of hilarious stories told by the New Jersey native, such as memories of his early job as a carnival barker and how he got a sneaky edge on the way to winning the Little League World Series. The guys also discuss Todd's early days in the majors and playing in New York close to his family.

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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)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver a "way, way, way too early" forecast of the 2019 New York Mets roster. Speaking of 2019, they also drop their weekly update on the search for the next Mets GM.

Don't forget -- we want hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

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Mets hammer Orioles in Baltimore 00:01:29
Brandon Nimmo went 5-for-5 and Todd Frazier had four RBIs to pace a 19-hit attack as the New York Mets routed the Baltimore Orioles, 16-5.

Brandon Nimmo went 5-for-5 and Todd Frazier had four RBIs to pace a 19-hit attack as the New York Mets routed the Baltimore Orioles, 16-5.

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Nimmo on his big night at plate 00:00:54
Mickey Callaway and Brandon Nimmo comment on the outfielder's 5-for-5 performance during the New York Mets' rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

He may not have hit the long ball, but Mets OF Brandon Nimmo did everything else on Wednesday night in Baltimore. 

Nimmo notched his first career 5-for-5 night with a triple, two doubles and three RBI. He also was hit by a pitch, making him reach base all six times he went to the plate. 

The 25-year-old brought home his first run of the night with a double in the top of the fourth. And he was part of the Mets' nine-run sixth with a two-run triple for his sixth on the season. 

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The guys talk Nimmo and Wheeler 00:02:02
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Brandon Nimmo's 5-for-5 night and Zack Wheeler's sixth straight win in the Mets' lopsided win.

 

The Mets pounded out 19 hits and scored nine times in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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

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Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered Wednesday having won five straight starts. And with a healthy lead, that number can be pushed to six after another good outing. 

Wheeler only tossed five innings due to a 95 pitch count, but he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. 

In the beginning, Wheeler didn't breeze through his first batters the way he has recently. Instead, Adam Jones hit a single to center to score Jonathan Villar, who got on base with a single himself to kick off the bottom of the first. 

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Wright and Bruce rehab in FL 00:00:49
David Wright and Jay Bruce played in a rehab game for Class A-Advanced Port St. Lucie, as they both try to work their way back to the Mets.

Mets 3B David Wright played his third game in four days with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night. But after four plate appearances, Wright is still searching for his first hit. 

Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, which makes him 0-for-7 in his three games. At third base, he managed to have two putouts in the game as well. 

Before his game Monday, Wright said that he wasn't worried about not getting a hit yet. He said the more live at-bats he has under his belt, he'll begin to see the ball better, resulting in more contact. 

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New York Mets' Todd Frazier (21) hits a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Todd Frazier (21) hits a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets were already up 4-1 in the top of the fifth when Todd Frazier came up to the plate. But he didn't think that was enough. 

With two outs, Frazier swung at the first pitch and sent a moonshot over the left field wall for his 11th homer of the season.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets captain David Wright is making serious progress as he tries to return to the majors for the first time since 2016.

Wright's comeback attempt has gone from pipe dream to realistic, with him suiting up Wednesday night for the third time in four games as he rehabs with St. Lucie. But the odds are still stacked against him.

If Wright does defy the odds and returns to the field with the Mets, what kind of future could be in store for him? Here are three scenarios...

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (50-67) finish their quick two-game series with the Orioles (36-84) on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on SNY at 7:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games and six of their last 10. ...The Mets have yet to beat the Orioles last season after another loss last night. They are 0-3 in contests vs. Baltimore. ...New YOrk has the eighth-ranked road OBP this season at .328. 

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic in the dugout during batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic in the dugout during batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

19-year-old Mets outfield prospect Jarred Kelenic started off his professional career hot, tailed off, and has picked things up again as he adjusts to the minors.

Specifically, Kelenic is building confidence in center field and at the plate, which he discussed with The Athletic's Tim Britton during a wide-ranging piece.

"I get to make some crazy plays," Kelenic said. "When you play in like that, you kind of have this swaggy confidence: Try to hit it over my head and see what happens. It's helped me in the batter's box, too. Carry that confidence in the outfield and bring it into the batter's box."

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, the Mets' second-round pick (48th overall) in June's MLB Draft, has been dominant for the GCL Mets as he's started his professional career. 

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder out of Kempner High School in Houston, Texas, has not allowed an earned run in 11.1 innings (two starts, three relief appearances), while allowing nine hits, walking four, and striking out 15.

Woods-Richardson features a fastball that touches 95 MPH while also flashing a plus curveball to go along with good arm speed and athleticism, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com...

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Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed two runs in six innings against the Orioles on Tuesday night in Baltimore.

Vargas allowed his first run in the fourth inning when Mark Trumbo drove in Renato Nunez with a sacrifice fly. The Orioles tied the game in the sixth inning when Adam Jones hit a solo home run. Vargas walked three batters and struck out one while throwing 82 pitches.

The 35-year-old Vargas also turned in a quality start against the Orioles earlier in the season when he allowed two runs in five innings in the Mets' 2-1 loss on June 5 at Citi FIeld. He has found success against Baltimore in the past; he pitched a complete-game shutout against the Orioles in 2012 and pitched another complete game against them in 2013.

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Orioles power past Mets 00:01:08
Jason Vargas turned in his best performance of the season but the Mets bullpen faltered late in a 6-3 loss to the Orioles.

The guys talk Vargas 00:02:11
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Jason Vargas' best performance of the season in the Mets' loss to the Orioles.

The Orioles scored four times in the seventh and eighth innings to snap a 2-2 tie en route to a 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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

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

1) Bobby Wahl and Paul Sewald combined to allow four runs on six hits -- including two homers -- and two walks in 1 2/3 innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 Orioles lead. Wahl (0-1) suffered his first Major League defeat.

 

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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

 Mets SS Amed Rosario hit an RBI single to give his team the lead against the Orioles on Tuesday night.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce went 0-for-2 with a walk for Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday in his first rehab game.

Bruce, who started in right field and played five innings, struck out and flied out. He is expected to see playing time at first base and is currently scheduled to play there on Wednesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. At that point, he will alternate between right field and first base.

Bruce is also expected to get playing time at first base upon his return to the major league team.

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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is congratulated by first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is congratulated by first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets begin a two-game series with the Orioles on Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have won three of their last five games. They are also 23-28 on the road this season. ...The Mets' next 11 games with be played in five different cities. ...New York is ranked sixth with a .329 road OBP this season. ...The Mets managed to work 11 walks on Wednesday night against the Reds, which is the most in a game since 2008. 

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Mookie on his Playing Days 00:00:47
Mookie Wilson reminisces about his playing days and what it takes to survive the 162-game grind.

Mookie Wilson reminisces about his playing days and what it takes to survive the 162-game grind.

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce begins a rehab assignment on Tuesday night, and his return could potentially block Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso from getting called up this season. Bruce will get time at first base and the outfield during his rehab assignment, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, and the expectation is that he will get plenty of time at first base when he returns to the majors.

The Mets are reportedly not preparing to call up Alonso this season, and the return of Bruce and his presence at first base would seemingly make an Alonso call-up even less likely.

Read More: Point/Counterpoint: How could Bruce at 1B impact Alonso?

 

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This past weekend, David Wright played in a minor-league rehab game, marking his first game action in more than a year. Meanwhile, Jose Reyes has remained on the Mets, despite the fact that he's hitting .193/.266/.304 while playing subar defense.

There have been countless times this season when fans had questioned why Reyes was not being released. Similarly, multiple reports have been written indicating Reyes was nearing the end of his time playing for the Mets. However, that day has yet to arrive, leaving fans, radio hosts and columnists to speculate Reyes is being protected because of his spot in team history. 

After Wright successfully made it through five innings with St. Lucie on Sunday, it occurred to me that maybe Reyes is still around because there's a chance the former dynamic duo can suit up at the same for the Mets one last time this season...

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

It seems that Peter Alonso thinks he's ready to be called up by the Mets.

The slugging first base prospect "liked" a tweet on Monday suggesting that keeping him down in Triple-A due to his potential defensive issues wasn't a good reason. 

A team source recently told Mike Puma of the New York Post that the Mets "likely" wouldn't call Alonso up in September, but that nothing was set in stone. 

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Not only do you get an amazin' HD picture so every game feels like you're in Citi Field, but now, every Tuesday home games, Fios customers can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets, exclusive access and experiences at Citi Field through the SNY Superfan Sweepstakes, courtesy of Fios.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he was hardly as dominant as he has shown he could be in past starts, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 strong innings in Monday's 8-5 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

DeGrom's ERA went up from 1.77 to 1.81 after he allowed three runs (two earned), but he pitched a quality start for the 16th consecutive outing as the Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Manager Mickey Callaway said before the game he thought his ace should win the National League Cy Young Award despite not having as many wins as Max Scherzer, who leads the NL with 15, and deGrom did his best to prove him right on Monday.

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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets hit a season-high five homers to back Jacob deGrom, who struck out 12 during an 8-5 win over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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

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

1) Amed Rosario started the Mets' home run barrage with his first career leadoff blast. Jose Bautista and Todd Frazier also went deep before Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto connected on consecutive homers in the seventh. The Mets entered Monday's game with 10 home runs in 11 games this month. Jeff McNeil added an RBI single in the Mets' two-run opening frame. 

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David Wright plays again Monday 00:01:02
David Wright played a second straight rehab game on Monday, saw action in the field at third and ran the bases after reaching on a walk.

Mets third baseman David Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Monday.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

Wright, who last appeared in a major-league game in May 2016, went 0-for-3 and played five innings on Sunday in his first rehab game as he looks to return from various back, neck and shoulder injuries.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the MLB lead with 15 wins and ranks second in the National League with his 2.19 ERA. 

But Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes his ace, Jacob deGrom, who only has six wins despite leading the majors with a 1.77 ERA, should be the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young Award.

"I think if we ended the season right now, he should win it," Callaway said prior to deGrom's start on Monday. "I think it's probably twice as impressive to see what he's done with the run support he's gotten compared to the pitchers who get tons of it. It's part of pitching in those high-stress situations."

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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

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David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After playing in his first live game since last August on Sunday, Mets 3B David Wright is back in the lineup for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday. 

Wright will play third and bat second, and hopefully collect his first hit. The 35-year-old went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a fly out yesterday, but noted that getting back on the diamond was "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," Wright said after Sunday's contest. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees reportedly tried multiple times in July to trade for Mets ace Jacob deGrom. He remained in Queens and, instead of pitching for the Yankees, he'll be pitching against them Monday night in the Bronx.

The Mets were off last Thursday. Instead of giving deGrom an extra day of rest, Mets manager Mickey Callaway adjusted his rotation and will throw him on normal rest.

"The one thing that helped was we got a little bit of a lead his last game, where we were able to get him out probably an inning earlier than we had been going," Callaway explained last week. "So, pitching on the fifth day this time seemed to make some sense."

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This season, thanks to Citi, each time the home run apple goes up at Citi Field, another step is taken in the fight against childhood hunger.

For each Mets home run hit at Citi Field this season, Citi has pledged to donate enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 20,000 meals to kids in need in NYC and throughout the U.S. Learn more about the Citi Community Home Runs program at Mets.com/Citi.  

 

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Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard won for the fourth time in his last five starts by striking out seven baters and allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

"I felt a lot better mechanically today," Syndergaard told reporters. "I worked on it a lot in between starts and today I felt really comfortable out there. I wasn't really fighting myself on the mound. I really had to dig deep in the seventh inning to get through it."

Syndergaard (8-2) won his second straight start despite allowing at least three runs for the third straight outing. He allowed one run in the first inning, one in the fourth and another in the sixth, but neither he nor the bullpen allowed the Marlins to tie the game after Michael Conforto's sixth-inning homer gave the Mets their fourth run.

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Mets hold off Marlins 00:01:15
Noah Syndergaard tossed seven strong innings and Jose Reyes belted a two-run homer as the Mets held off the Marlins, 4-3.

Noah Syndergaard tossed seven strong innings and Jose Reyes belted a two-run homer as the Mets held off the Marlins, 4-3.

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The guys talk Syndergaard 00:01:52
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Noah Syndergaard's strong performance despite the difficulty he has preventing stolen bases.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings and Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer as the Mets won the rubber game against the Marlins, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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

1) Syndergaard allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was the 13th time in 14 starts the right-hander surrendered three runs or fewer. Syndergaard (8-2) won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions and improved to 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins.

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Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Mets' road matchup against the Marlins on Sunday.

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Wright gets back on the field 00:00:52
David Wright played in his first rehab game since August 2017 and later talked about the progress he's made in his comeback attempt.

Mets captain David Wright said he felt butterflies on Sunday in his first taste of live baseball since last August, but by the end of his day he felt he had "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," said Wright, who started at third base for Single-A St. Lucie and went 0-for-3 at the plate in his first rehab game. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets captain David Wright started at third base and played five innings in the field for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in his first rehab game since last August.

Wright struck out in each of his first two at-bats before flying out to left field in his third and final at-bat in the top of the sixth inning. He was replaced after that at-bat, as he was only slated to play five innings.

The 35-year-old has been limited to just 75 games since the 2015 season amid neck, back, and shoulder injuries. His last major league game was on May 27, 2016 against the Dodgers at Citi Field.

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Mets captain David Wright struck out in his second at-bat during a rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B David Wright is starting at third base and hitting third for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in the first game of a rehab assignment.

Wright last played in an MLB game on May 27, 2016. The 35-year-old has played only 75 games since the 2015 season as he has been plagued by neck, back, and shoulder injuries.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (48-66) will play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Marlins (48-70) on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX.

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games. ... Corey Oswalt has worked 5.0 or more innings in four straight
starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in five consecutive starts. ... Jerry Blevins has not allowed a run in his last 6.1 innings. During that span, he's allowed two hits and struck out six.

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Marlins edge Mets in extras 00:01:19
The Mets failed to hold a three-run lead, losing a battle of the bullpens to the Marlins, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings, but the Mets failed to score after the fourth and fell to the Marlins, 4-3, in extras.

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The guys talk Corey Oswalt 00:01:44
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss another solid start from Corey Oswalt and the possibility of a six-man rotation.

Bryan Holaday hit a pinch-hit, walk-off RBI double against Jacob Rhame in the 11th inning to lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night in Miami.

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

1) The Mets' three-run fourth inning would be their busiest of the night on offense. Wilmer Flores hit a one-out double before Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo each walked, which set up Todd Frazier's three-run double to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed three runs on six hits in six innings against the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.

Oswalt, who returned to the rotation following the injury to Steven Matz, pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings.

Starlin Castro hit a one-out single to get the Marlins going on offense in the fifth and Derek Dietrich followed it up with a double. Martin Pradio drove them both in with a two-run single to right field.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) connects for a three run RBI double in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) connects for a three run RBI double in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in the top of the fourth inning to give the Mets the lead.

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)
Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched 56 pitches during a simulated game on Saturday and is expected to return to the team's rotation on Thursday, reports Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

Matz is recovering from a flexor pronator strain in his left forearm, which has sidelined him for multiple starts.

"Just going out there and treating it like a start day and seeing how the elbow responded. It responded really well," Matz said, according to NorthJersey.com. "I felt nothing wrong and I feel like I'm right where I need to be."

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and INF Jose Reyes are happy to see 3B David Wright returning to baseball action on Sunday, when he will play five innings with Single-A St. Lucie.

"I think a lot of people want to get their eyes on him and see how the ball is coming off his bat, how he's moving around third, how he was throwing the ball," Callaway said before Saturday's game. "Everyone felt confident that he was in a good spot to go out and compete in a game."

Currently, the 35-year-old Wright's arm strength isn't great, according to Callaway, but his accuracy is there.

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