Robinson Cano back in New York 00:01:31
Take a deeper look at one of the newest Mets, Robinson Cano. The veteran is expected to bring a lot to New York, this season.

During their first meeting about 2019, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway agreed that their roster needed a well-respected, accomplished, battle-tested player that could handle New York and provide a heavyweight presence in the clubhouse.

According to MLB sources familiar with the deal, Van Wagenen quickly identified Robinson Cano as a possible fit. It was well known the Mariners were eager to move his contract, which -- by the way -- Van Wagenen negotiated for Cano when representing him in 2014.

In return for taking on roughly half of the $120 million left on Cano's current contract, the Mets wanted closer Edwin Diaz. In the end, after shopping a similar deal to other teams, the M's sent Cano and Diaz to the Mets for top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and prospect Gerson Bautista while no longer having to pay roughly $60 million in payroll during the next five years.



The popular talking point against Cano's potential production in 2019 is that he will be playing his first season in the National League and without the DH.

However, in 14 big-league seasons, while Cano has only ever played in the American League, he hit as the DH in just two percent of his more than 8,000 career at-bats. The point is, while the DH would be a nice fallback, it's not like Cano is a career DH now playing without it in the NL.

As a result, I buy in to projections made by PECOTA, Zips, Steamer and the FanGraphs community, which have Cano hitting around .280 with just over 20 HR, 80 RBI and 2.5-3.5 WAR.

This level production across a full season of at-bats is not far off from what is projected for Jeff McNeil, who started 63 games for the Mets at second base last season.

As a result, between McNeil, Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores, the Mets had the second-most WAR of any group of second basemen in the NL last season. In Cano, Jed Lowrie and McNeil, the trio is projected this season to have the third-most WAR from second base.

The thing is, while accumulating stats and driving in runs is obviously important, as noted at the start of this post, Cano's influence may be felt more from what he does off field.

"It's no disrespect to other guys, but Cano is a Hall-of-Famer, he's already at that level," Callaway told me during February. "He's all about winning and he brings a different level of experience and leadership to the ballpark than most guys in the game today."



Cano told me a few weeks ago that he prides himself on being open to giving advice or guidance to any player in the clubhouse, especially young guys still adjusting to the big leagues.

He again said the same when talking to reporters earlier this week.

"I don't want to say they rely on me, but I know that they are watching," Cano said, according to the Daily News. "I'm always open to any question, any advice. I hope that I can help them and be the leader for the team."

In the way Jacob deGrom is front and center when the pitching staff is on field together before games this spring, Cano is the man when position players take the stage.

He's been a dynamic, but laid back presence. He's free and easy in his movements. He's comfortable and natural. This is clearly not his first rodeo. And, while he put his teammates and the media at ease with his smile and stance, he can quickly shift in to focus mode, peer over his shoulder and indicate to everyone in his circle that it's time to get to work.



For instance, whereas Jose Reyes made for a familiar, inspirational life coach and someone that had known Amed Rosario since he was a teenager, Cano is a boss with a reputation, a ring, 2,400 hits, eight All-Star appearances, MVP votes and 11 postseason series on his resume. He can push Rosario (and anyone else for that matter) in a way that would never work for Reyes or, frankly, anyone else to wear a Mets uniform now or during the past decade.

Cano's mentors included Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams, he explained, all of whom he is trying to emulate when talking with his current teammates.

It's not just Cano's words and hits that will impact his teammates, but also his actions.

For instance, Michael Conforto recently explained how closely watching Cano from the on-deck circle has helped the young outfielder this spring with pitch-selection and his approach at the plate, specifically when hitting against the shift.

"He's a guy that every day, you see the same thing," Conforto said, according to the Daily News. "It's really good for me to be able to watch that. ... He's going to be a big part of our success this year and I hope I can learn a little bit from him."

If Cano can play in at least 130 games, hit around .275 with roughly 15-20 HR and 20 doubles, while striking out on average less than once per game, I think he'll be treated fairly by fans.

If his presence and leadership help Conforto, Rosario and Brandon Nimmo live up to and possibly beat expectations, while also helping them to find their own brand of leadership, Cano's stats will be the least of his value in 2019.


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Alonso ties record but Mets lose 00:01:26
Callaway, Wheeler, Alonso and Davis on Wheeler's off-night, Davis' mental error, Alonso's record-tying HR and the Diaz injury

Despite a 9-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Mets rookie slugger Pete Alonso still had reason to smile as he tied the franchise's single-season home run record with his 41st of the year on Saturday at Citi Field. 

Alonso crushed a three-run shot that put the Mets in front of the Braves for a brief time, 5-4, in the fifth inning. 

He's is now tied with Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley for the club's record. Those two had 41 dingers in 2006 and 1996, respectively.

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The Mets were down and out against the Braves on Saturday and then down went Edwin Diaz

After allowing a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the ninth inning to bring the score to 8-5, Diaz struck out Josh Donaldson and walked Charlie Culberson. Then his night came to an end with what he described as "trap tightness" near his neck.

Despite leaving the game, Diaz said following the 9-5 loss that he doesn't anticipate missing any time and suggested he's OK. 

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Mets drop 2nd straight game 00:01:26
Pete Alonso tied a club record with his 41st HR but it wasn't enough as the Braves took advantage of every Mets mistake and prevailed, 8-5

Pete Alonso ties another team record, but the Braves still top the Mets 9-5. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler worked his way through six innings of modest work. Wheeler allowed four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The Braves capitalized on Wheeler with the long ball, as Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson homered in the third inning, and free bases, as Wheeler walked four.

Despite Friday's 14-inning game, the Mets still used four relievers on Saturday. Luis Avilan escaped with a strikeout and clean seventh inning, but the Braves added two insurance runs against Brad Brach in the eighth and then Edwin Diaz allowed two more in the ninth. Diaz also left the game with an injury and Chris Flexen came in to record the final two outs. 

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Alonso crushes #41 00:00:14
Pete Alonso crushes his 41st HR, tying the Mets club record and putting the Mets in front, 5-4

The Mets completed a comeback against the Atlanta Braves with some history on Saturday. 

Trailing 4-0, the Mets turned things around and took a 5-4 lead as Pete Alonso tied the team's single-season home run record with his 41st home run of the year. 

Alonso's shot was drilled to center field and capped a four-run inning for the team. 

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Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) follows through on a swing and hits New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) in the sixth inning during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) follows through on a swing and hits New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) in the sixth inning during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After leaving Friday's meeting with the Atlanta Braves, Mets catcher Tomas Nido has been placed on the seven-day injured list with a concussion, the team announced on Saturday. 

Nido was hit in the side of the head by the bat of Atlanta's Josh Donaldson as he followed through on a swing in the sixth inning. Nido left the game and Wilson Ramos replaced him. 

The Mets called up veteran catcher Rene Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse in a corresponding move.

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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

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The number seemed symbolic somehow. For the first time since early May, Hyun-Jin Ryu's ERA started with a two rather than a one, thanks to the thumping the Yankees gave him on Friday night.

Barely two, that is, at in 2.00, but the jump in one game from 1.64 was significant, especially on a night when Jacob deGrom lowered his ERA to 2.56 and racked up 13 more strikeouts, raising his league-leading total to 207.

Bottom line, as hot as deGrom has been for several weeks, posting a 1.04 ERA since the All-Star break, it felt as if he still had quite a gap to close if he were going to pull off the spectacular feat of winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards.

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
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. 24, 6:04 PM:

Lowrie's rehab stint with the St. Lucie Mets continues, but Lowrie will play the field for the first time on Saturday. Lowrie is in the team's starting lineup and batting second. He'll play the field at second as well. Lowrie hasn't lined up in a defensive role since May 11. 

Lowrie served as St. Lucie's DH in his first four apperances with the team. He's currently batting at a .200 average with St. Lucie.

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws 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 starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (67-61, 10.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (78-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost a tough 14 inning game to the Braves 2-1 on Friday night, despite Jacob deGrom doing everything he could to help the team win. The righty allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out 13 batters over 7.0 innings of work. During a stretch through the middle innings, deGrom struck out eight batters consecutively. Leading off the bottom of the sixth, deGrom hit a first pitch home run to tie the game... it was his second home run of the season and third of his career. Jeff McNeil will be active for Saturday night's game against the Braves, as he was removed from the IL.

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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. 24, 3:50 PM:

Jeff McNeil will be active for the Mets game on Saturday night against the Braves, it is the first day that he was eligble to be removed from the IL. He will not be in the starting lineup.

The Mets have designated Aaron Altherr for assignment to make room for McNeil on the active roster.

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Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

RHP Jacob deGrom fanned 13 and hit a game-tying solo home run to leadoff the bottom of the sixth inning, stretching seven frames while scattering four hits and one run, but the Mets were unable to breakthrough offensively, tying a National League record by striking out 26 opposing batters but losing 2-1 against the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Citi Field >> Read more

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Former Met Agbayani reminisces 00:01:07
Former Mets OF Benny Agbayani reflects on team's memorable 2000 season including his walk-off HR in the 2000 NLDS

When former Met Benny Agbayani looks back at the magical season the Mets had in 2000, he can draw a lot of similarities from the team currently looking to go on a similar run 19 years later.

"You look back at it, it's been a long, long time," Agbayani said. "That whole month we just went out there and played. It almost seems like the way these guys are playing now."

"They're putting everything together. If one guy doesn't do it, the next one will. They're putting things together and winning games."

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Braves outlast Mets in extras 00:01:01
Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom discuss deGrom's dominant performance in the extra-inning loss to the Braves

When Jacob deGrom struck out Freddie Freeman to end the top of the third, it began a string of eight straight Braves hitters who would be retired on strikes. 

He got everyone in the Braves lineup to strike out except for Ozzie Albies, who broke up the eight consecutive punchouts with a single in the top of the seventh. 

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Mets lose in extras 00:01:11
Jacob deGrom struck out 13 and even belted a solo HR but the Braves prevailed in 14 innings, 2-1.

The Mets offense was unable to capitalize on a stupendous night from the reigning NL Cy Young Award Winner -- both on the mound and at the plate -- and they lost Friday's game to the Braves, 2-1, in 14 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Friday's game

1) RHP Jacob deGrom was positively brilliant, including a stretch through the middle innings where he retired eight straight Braves batters on strikes. His lone slip-up came in the sixth, when Ozzie Albies singled, stole second and scored on a Freddie Freeman base hit to give the Braves a 1-0 lead. DeGrom finished his night with seven innings pitched, allowing just the one run on four hits with 13 strikeouts. But he made even more noise with the bat.

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deGrom homers to tie game 00:00:12
Jacob deGrom belts his 3rd career HR to tie the game at one

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 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)
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.

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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

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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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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard

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
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. 

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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... 


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-3

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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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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

Tags: JD Davis, Pete Alonso
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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)
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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