New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (David Goldman/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)

David Wright will play his first game with the Mets in over two years this Saturday at Citi Field.

Wright is a Mets legend, as I explained here in a post last week.However, to most Mets fans, David is more than a bunch of stats. He was our rock. In good times he made us smile and feel a sense of pride only experienced from a great, passionate, homegrown player. And in bad times, he always stood out front, answering difficult questions, and convincing us to stay loyal.

In my 15 years writing MetsBlog, I have done one-on-one interviews with David by phone or in person more than 20 times. The following Q&A, which we did in January of 2016 in advance of him writing the foreword to my book, The Mets Fans Bucket List, Wright speaks about his family and memories of Shea Stadium.

More than anything, though, it's his comments about having a similar respect and appreciation for Mets fans that stick out most...


Matthew Cerrone...

It's been more than 14 years, nearly 6,000 at bats, close to 1,800 hits, and more than 1,500 games ago that you made your debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium in July, 2004. What do you remember from that morning when you got the call that you'd finally be promoted and joining the big-league team?

David Wright...

Well, it's funny because that morning I woke up in Virginia -- in my home town -- because I was playing for the Norfolk Tides, and I don't even think I slept the night before because I was told by our manager, John Stearns, that I was going to the big leagues the next night.



So, the friends I grew up with and I celebrated a little and then I celebrated with my parents and family that lived there and by the time I got packed up and in bed it couldn't have been before 2:00, 3:00 a.m. and I had to catch a flight first thing the next morning. I woke up in Virginia with an incredible amount of adrenaline, getting on an hour-long flight and going straight to the field, where I spent the first couple of hours sitting in my locker just staring at my jersey.

Matthew Cerrone...

I know you grew up rooting mostly for the Mets because you would see guys coming up and playing with the Tides in Virginia. So, had you ever attended a game at Shea Stadium prior to setting foot on it as a player?

David Wright...

The only game I had been to at Shea was after I was drafted and signed. I was 18 years old. It was my first time in New York. The Mets were kind enough to fly out my family -- my three brothers, my mom and my dad.

At the time, they let their draft picks take a round of batting practice before the game. I took batting practice and then went in to the dugout, sat and watched everybody else. Then I hear Bobby Valentine yelling at me, saying, "Hey, what are you doing?"

And I'm like, "Uh oh, what?" I was scared to death. He said, "You think you're going to hit without taking ground balls? Get your glove and get out to third base."

So, I went out and took ground balls. I coudn't believe I was playing catch right next to Mike Piazza. I was so nervous that a throw would get away from me and hit Mike. I've never been that nervous to play a game of catch in my life. I was 18 years old, I had just signed my contract to start my career in the minor leagues and there I am playing catch next to Mike Piazza after my brothers had annoyed him on the field to get his autograph. It was surreal.

Matthew Cerrone...

I remember talking to you by phone when you were a rookie. It was probably a month after you were called up -- it was actually one of the first ever interviews, for what it's worth -- and you were still in awe of where you were in your career and that you were able to realize your goal and all of the hard work needed to get to the major leagues. Now, after all of these years, do you view it the same way? Do you still see it as unique and something most fans can only dream of and never experience?

David Wright...

Yes, 100 percent. My father was a police officer; my mom worked in the school system; I have a brother that's an engineer, another brother that is a business major, and my youngest brother is about to graduate college. And on a consistent basis they tell me how lucky I am to play baseball for a living. So, I think it always really hits home.

I really don't know what my life would be like without baseball. Sure, there are some days when it's a rough day at the office. But, you look back on it and I think, 'I get to play baseball for a living.' And I remember being a kid going out to games and yelling and screaming for autographs and telling my dad how cool it was that these guys got to play baseball every day, and so I try to remember that as often as possible.

I know every day there's a kid out there in the stands that's watching me for the first time and so I'm going to do whatever I can to play the game the way I think it's meant to be played, which is to have fun, enjoy it and play hard because this kid could look at me and say to himself, 'I'd like to grow up to be the next Mets third baseman,' and I don't want to let him down when he comes to the games and watches me for the first time.



I literally grew up with my dad telling me -- not in a negative way -- that chances are I was never going to play baseball for a living. I've had elementary school teachers that have come up to me or my parents and given me papers and stories from when I was kid saying, 'I'm going to play major league baseball.' And the teachers were like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm sure you will.'

My parents were the same way, saying, 'You need to get your education.' To this day my dad is harping on me because -- when I'm done with baseball -- he wants me to go back to school and get a college degree. There's not one time where I visit my parents does that not get brought up. He's always trying to convince me that it is the way to go. That type of upbringing certainly gives you an outlook and a foundation where I hope I never become the salty, bitter kind of older guy. I want to always view the game like when I played Little League on Saturday mornings.

Baseball has given me so much more than I could have ever dreamed. Getting the chance to call Citi Field and Shea Stadium my office is about as cool as it can get...

Matthew Cerrone...

In case you forgot, which I doubt you have, you popped out to the catcher against John Patterson and the Expos in your first big league at bat. Jae Weong Seo started for you guys. Jose Reyes was at second base because Kaz Matsui was at shortstop. Of course, your boy, Cliff Floyd, was in left field. Ultimately, you went 0-for-4, but you did hit .294 the next two weeks. Aside from those top line moments, what do you remember about your first big-league at bat?

David Wright...

Not much, seriously. It's still a bit of a blur. I remember stepping out of the on-deck circle and just wanting to look at the scoreboard to see my face on it. I'll never forget it. I then started walking to the plate trying to be cool and soak it all in and realize that this is my first major league at-bat. But, again, all I kept doing was looking up at the scoreboard and looking at myself in a Mets uniform on the Jumbotron. I think seeing myself up there helped me get out of the moment and see that this was real.

Matthew Cerrone...

As you know, Mets fans are a lot of things. Obviously, we're passionate and pumped up when the team is playing well. But, we can also be irrational and emotional and angry at times because we expect all-out hustle and max effort and, unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. We're a wild ride. So, after more than a decade of listening to us, what have you learned most about Mets fans that you'll always remember?

David Wright...

Loyalty. The loyalty that this fan base has shown to me has been off the charts and something I will never forget when things are all said and done. I respect that and I think Mets fans know that I truly appreciate it. 

Also, for them, it's not just about coming to the ballpark and watching a baseball game. Mets fans really know the game. They know when a guy does something well that may not show up in the box score, and they also know when you didn't get the job done. I mean, it's pretty special when fans cheer for you after hitting a ground ball to the second baseman with a guy on second and nobody out just so you can get a runner to third. I think there's more of an appreciation for that type of baseball -- when you do the small things correctly -- than anywhere else.



I truly appreciate that they don't just come to the ballpark, watch a game, have a beer, have a hot dog, go home and never think about it again. Our fan base is a lot more rabid that that. Their knowledge level is high that their expectations are always high, too. And when that happens, it's a lot more fun to come to the ballpark; not just for the fans, but also for us as players.

Matthew Cerrone...

Well, now I know you're not lying when you say you don't have a Twitter account! In all seriousness, though, I tend to agree with you, especially about our affinity for the little things, the pitching-and-defense, situational-hitting type of baseball. Why do you think that is? Where do you think that comes from?

David Wright...

The fans I encounter on the streets -- in a casual setting -- all seemed to grow up playing baseball. In New York, for whatever reason, it seems like everybody's played the game. Whether it's an older guy that played stickball in Brooklyn or a younger guy that played Little League or is playing college or high school ball or in an adult league, it doesn't matter what level, it could be Wiffle Ball, I think they just love talking about the game.

They love interacting and talking shop. It's not just, 'Hey, nice win last night.'

For instance, when I'm struggling at the plate, in New York, I suddenly meet thousands of hitting coaches I'm walking down the street to get a sandwich... and, to me, that's a good thing, that's cool, because it means they're into the game. It's more than just wins and loses. They want to get to know you as a person, but as a player they want to offer advice. To some guys I think that's intimidating, but to me it's cool that there's so much intensity you can get stopped on the street and they feel like they can genuinely help you out because they played high school baseball or they went to fantasy camp last year or they've been watching you since you were 18 years old and they think they can fix your swing. That's awesome and it speaks to the passion and intensity there is for baseball in New York.

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Pete Alonso knocks in first run 00:00:12
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso grounds into a double play but it's enough to get the game's first run in

In a game that's shaping up to be a pitchers duel between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, Pete Alonso put the Mets on the board first.

After Jeff McNeil lined Bumgarner's first pitch of the game into left-center for a double, JD Davis followed up with a single to give the Mets first and third with nobody out. Alonso then bounced into a double play, but the Mets took an early 1-0 lead.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (44-51, 13.0 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set with the Giants (47-49, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets' current four-game win streak matches their longest streak of the season, which came May 20-23. ... The last time the Mets won five games or more in a row was a nine-game win streak in April 2018. ... The Mets have clubbed 134 home runs in 95 games this season. The team hit 170 home runs all of last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets have officially tabbed righty Walker Lockett to start on Saturday against the Giants in place of the injured Zack Wheeler.

Wheeler, of course, was placed on the injured list on Tuesday with right shoulder fatigue, an injury that could complicate things for the Mets as the July 31st trade deadline approaches. Wheeler is 6-6 on the season with a 4.69 ERA, but with his contract up at the end of the season, he's been at the center of a number of trade rumors.

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Reliever Jacob Rhame will not be available out of the Mets' pen on Thursday night as he serves his one-game suspension.

Rhame was originally handed a two-game suspension on April 25th for "throwing a pitch in the area of the head" at Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. He was then sent down to Triple-A Syracuse the next day to make room for Jacob deGrom as he returned from the Injured List.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Zack Wheeler
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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 Shervyen Newton is a raw but versatile infield prospect from the Netherlands who has recently started tearing the cover off the ball for Low-A Columbia...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 180 lbs

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

Everyone involved insists that Zack Wheeler's shoulder injury is not serious, and that he will be back in no time.

We take that at face value, but there's still a problem. Teams previously interested in trading for Wheeler are now nervous about his health.

Perhaps Wheeler will return from the IL in time to pitch well and assuage those concerns, but the Mets know that the timing of his injury might hurt his value to the point where keeping him and making a qualifying offer at the end of the season is the smarter move.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets' current four-game winning streak is their longest since the middle of May. And while it's still a long shot, they are finally moving in the right direction when it comes to a potential miracle run to win a Wild Card spot and get to the playoffs.

Entering play this past weekend, the Mets had just a 4.1 percent chance of winning a Wild Card, according to calculations provided by FanGraphs. Following Wednesday's 14-4 win against the Twins, that number went to 9.2 percent. 

Baseball Prospectus has the Mets' Wild Card chances at 9.8 percent.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dominic Smith has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Mets this season in a part-time role, proving his value to the team but potentially forcing himself off of it in the process.

While there hasn't been any serious buzz yet about the Mets trading Smith any time soon, his name has been out there simply because he might not have a place to play with the Mets going forward. 

On Wednesday, Smith -- who is hitting .294/.376/.536 this season with nine homers in 173 plate appearances -- weighed in on the trade whispers.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Mets (44-51, 13 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday at 9:45 PM on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 14-4 win over the Twins, New York came back three separate times before a late offensive explosion that was helped along by shoddy defense by Minnesota >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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First things first: I wouldn't trade Dominic Smith.

I love his bat and he's looking surprisingly comfortable in left field, to the point where I don't think he'd be a liability even as an everyday player in that spot. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Mets react to timely home runs 00:01:21
Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso react to their home runs, while manager Mickey Callaway is jovial after the 14-4 win.

If any Mets fans still have concerns that Pete Alonso's Home Run Derby showing could hurt his swing in any way, the rookie gave 474 reasons to think otherwise on Wednesday.

In the top of the eighth inning of the Mets' 14-4 drubbing of the Twins, Alonso locked in to a back-up slider from Matt Magill. From the second the ball hit the bat, there was absolutely no doubt that the ball was leaving the park. The only question was how far it would fly.

As it turned out, the answer was 474 feet.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso
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Mets big bats power 14-4 win 00:01:31
Dominic Smith gave the Mets the lead in the seventh inning, but Pete Alonso's monster home run wowed in the eighth in the 14-4 win.

The Mets hit a bunch of homers and took advantage of lots of shoddy defense by the Twins to sweep their two-game set on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) With two outs in the top of the eighth and New York leading, 5-3, the Twins gave the Mets a gift when left fielder Eddie Rosario dropped what should've been a routine fly out by Adeiny Hechavarria. Two runs scored on the error as the Mets extended their lead to 7-3. Jeff McNeil then followed with an RBI double before Dominic Smith's RBI single made it 9-3, New York. Pete Alonso -- who had gone 0-for-4 up to that point -- then demolished a 474 foot two-run homer to the second level of the upper deck in left field to make it 11-3. The Mets added three runs against Twins position player Ehire Adrianza in the ninth inning.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) reacts in the dugout after pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Wilmer Font (68) reacts in the dugout after pitching against the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets announced on Wednesday that they have traded RHP Wilmer Font to the Blue Jays for cash considerations. 

Font was DFA'd by the Mets, but he must have cleared waivers if the team was able to trade him.

New York initially traded for Font back in May with the Rays in exchange for 18-year-old prospect Neraldo Catalina. He was brought in to help out the bullpen early on in the season, but things didn't work out between both sides. 

Font had a 4.94 ERA and 6.47 FIP in over 31 innings (15 appearances) with the Mets. He also allowed eight homers, and had a 24/13 strikeout-to-walk ratio. 

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Pete Alonso moonshot in 8th 00:00:19
Pete Alonso had a no-doubt home run in the 8th inning for his 31st this year. It hit the 3rd deck at Target Field in Minnesota.

The Twins may have gotten on the board first, but Amed Rosario tied it up quickly in the top of the third. 

In his first at-bat of the day, Rosario took a Martin Perez cutter over the left field fence to make it a 1-1 game....

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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Two days after Zack Wheeler landed on the IL, putting a potential crimp in the Mets' ability to trade him before the July 31 deadline, the right-hander was out playing catch at Target Field in Minnesota.

Wheeler, who said Tuesday that the injury is a shoulder impingement, is eligible to be activated from the IL on July 22 (an off-day for the Mets), meaning he can potentially pitch two more times between now and the trade deadline.  

Wheeler, who underwent an MRI, said Tuesday that the injury is something he has dealt with in the past, noting that he began feeling it halfway through his start against the Yankees as well as the entire outing against the Phillies. 

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates after his home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates after his home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (43-51, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card spot) continue their series with the Twins (58-35, 5.0 GA in AL Central) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are now 4-0 all-time at Target Field after their win last night. Overall, the team is 20-35 on the road this season. ...Robinson Cano is hitting .370 with two homers, a double, five RBI and five runs scored over his last 13 games. ...Michael Conforto went 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored last night. Since the All-Star break, he's 6-for-16 with RBI. ...Jeff McNeil is hitting .364 with five homers, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored on the road this season. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets (43-51, 14 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 3-2 win over the Twins, Michael Conforto notched four hits and the bullpen tossed 5.0 scoreless innings -- with Edwin Diaz escaping a bases loaded jam in the ninth >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets win 3rd straight game 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway, Edwin Diaz and Michael Conforto on Diaz escaping a 9th inning jam along withConforto's 4 hits and great catch.

Mickey Callaway knew he'd have to rely on the Mets' bullpen on Tuesday night, and the group answered the call and then some against a potent Twins lineup, leading to a 3-2 win.

Before the game, Callaway set a 75-80 pitch limit for Steven Matz, making his return to the rotation after a brief stint in the pen. After 68 pitches over four innings from the lefty, Callaway turned the ball over to the bullpen, where six relievers combined to hold the Twins scoreless over the course of five innings.

Robert Gsellman, Luis Avilan, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to keep the Twins' bats at bay, allowing a Michael Conforto fifth-inning RBI single to decide the game. Callaway said after the game that he believed this was the bullpen's best overall performance of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets keep potent Twins in check 00:01:11
Michael Conforto had 4 hits and the beleaguered Mets bullpen tossed 5 scoreless innings as they won their 3rd straight game, 3-2

The Mets' bullpen pitched five shutout innings to help lead the way to a 3-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.  >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz gave the Mets four solid innings of work in his return to the rotation, allowing just two runs on five hits. First inning troubles have plagued him all season long, allowing 23 first inning runs in his first 17 starts, but he pitched an easy first inning on Tuesday in Minneapolis. His night came to an end after 68 pitches, slightly under the 75-80 pitch limit that Mickey Callaway set for him before the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Conforto flashes some leather 00:00:15
Michael Conforto robs Nelson Cruz of an extra-base hit with a great catch at the wall

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto flashed some leather on Tuesday vs. the Twins. In the bottom of the third inning, Nelson Cruz belted a ball to left-center field that looked like it was at least going to be an extra-base hit, but Conforto raced it down to make a leaping catch while crashing into the wall, robbing Cruz and ending the inning. 

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Wheeler talks shoulder injury 00:02:08
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses the severity of his shoulder injury and the results of a recent MRI.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler gave his official diagnosis after hitting the IL on Monday, telling the media Tuesday it is a shoulder impingement that has been bothering him. 

This is an ailment that Wheeler has dealt with in the past, noting that he began feeling it halfway through his start against the Yankees as well as the entire outing against the Phillies. 

After receiving an MRI, Wheeler isn't too worried that this will keep him sidelined for too long.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (42-51, 15.0 GB in NL East) take on the Twins (58-34, 6 GA in AL Central) in the opening game of a brief, two-game series on Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets are returning to Target Field for the first time since 2013, where they took all three games from the Twins that season. It took two visits to complete the series six years ago, as April weather in Minnesota forced a postponement and a return trip to complete the series in August... The Mets split a two-game series against the Twins at Citi Field earlier this season, but have won eight of their last nine games against them dating back to 2013... Amed Rosario is batting .287/.317/.431 with 11 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 24 RBI and nine walks in 50 games on the road this season... Coming off homers in back-to-back games for the first time since 2017, Robinson Cano is slashing .395/.422/.558 over his last 11 contest... Jeff McNeil's .366 batting average on the road is tops in all of baseball.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Sep 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) walks off the field after speaking with an umpire in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter (26) walks off the field after speaking with an umpire in the third inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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After Travis d'Arnaud had stunned Aroldis Chapman and the Yankees on the greatest night of his baseball life, the type of night the Mets gave up on waiting for, Buck Showalter had an interesting take that served as a reminder he's available to manage next season. 

In Queens, perhaps? 

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they re-examine the trade options for the Mets after the news came out that Zack Wheeler has hit the injured list. They also look into the future for potential moves involving Noah Syndergaard, while looking back at the past to judge previous moves made on Travis d'Arnaud and Jacob deGrom.

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud belting three homers on Monday night against the Yankees in the Bronx, it gave the Mets' self-loathing fan base (of which I am a member) an excuse to launch another "woe-is-us" campaign. To chalk this up as another "LOLMets" moment. But it wasn't one.

Were the Mets wrong to tender d'Arnaud a contract in the offseason only to DFA him after only 10 games and 25 plate appearnaces as he returned from Tommy John surgery? Yes. The smart move would've been to non-tender him in order to not waste that money.

Most expected the Mets to move on from d'Arnaud after they signed Wilson Ramos to be their starting catcher and added Devin Mesoraco on a minor league deal. For some reason, they didn't.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last Friday that the team needed to face its "reality." Part of that reality meant realizing their place in the standings and trading Zack Wheeler before the July 31 trade deadline. On Monday, those plans took a hit.

Wheeler landing on the IL with right shoulder fatigue (reportedly precautionary, he's expected to be fine and return soon) makes any potential trade of him in the next 15 days more complicated. It doesn't torpedo those plans, but it does make Van Wagenen's job harder. 

Assuming Wheeler is pretty much fine and returns to start on July 23 or shortly after, here are three scenarios that could play out...

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Travis d'Arnaud nearly missed the team bus to Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees probably wish he had. 

The Tampa Bay Rays catcher has suddenly emerged as a new Yankee-killer in the past month. D'Arnaud has four home runs in his last eight at-bats against the Yankees, which include a walk-off home run and a ninth inning, three-run go-ahead shot on Monday night that doomed the Bombers in a 5-4 loss. 

D'Arnaud was responsible for driving in all five of Tampa Bay's runs, with two solo home runs off James Paxton, finishing the night 3-for-3 with a walk. He became the first catcher to hit three home runs in a game out of the leadoff spot, per Elias Sports Bureau.  

 

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, James Paxton, Tampa Bay Rays, Travis d'Arnaud
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American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)
American League starting pitcher Deivi Garcia delivers in the first inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Mets are sending their most trusted evaluator, former GM Omar Minaya, to scout the Triple-A debut of Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia on Monday night, according to major league sources.

The Yankees promoted Garcia, their top pitching prospect, after he started the Futures Game in Cleveland last week. At 20 years old, Garcia is the youngest player in Triple-A.

The Mets and Yankees have had many discussions about Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, stretching back to last winter. The Yankees will not trade Garcia for a rental player like Wheeler, who will be a free agent after this season.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are placing RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day IL due to shoulder fatigue he experienced Sunday while preparing for his next start, the team said Monday. 

A person close to Wheeler told SNY's Andy Martino that the pitcher is fine, should be back pitching in time to be traded by July 31, and that the IL situation is seen as a blip.

Wheeler, who had been slated to start on Tuesday night against the Twins in Minnesota (Steven Matz will start in his place), will be eligible to be activated from the IL on July 22.

Tags: Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, including five multi-hit games in that span. 

Overall, he is hitting just .243/.309/.364 in 71 games this season with four homers, four triples, and 13 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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During the All-Star break, the Yankees and Red Sox were both talking to the Mets about Zack Wheeler, setting up a potential race between division rivals to acquire the pitcher.

Then, when the Sox acquired righty starter Andrew Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday, it left rivals to wonder if that took them out of the Wheeler sweepstakes.

That does turn out to be the case: According to major league sources, Boston is out on Wheeler now. With Cashner on board, the Sox expect to now look for bullpen help.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (42-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening a two-game set with the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday night. 

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


In the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom bent but didn't break over 5.0 solid innings and Robinson Cano had another big game >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Robinson Cano has been one of the Mets' hottest hitters of late.

Cano went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, helping power the Mets to a 6-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

Since June 28, Cano has a .395 batting average with two home runs and four RBIs. In those 11 games, he has raised his batting line from .222/.270/.358 to .251/.295/.392.

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McNeil calls shot in Mets win 00:01:30
Callaway, McNeil, deGrom on McNeil's "called shot" and deGrom's gritty effort in the road series win over the Marlins

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told left fielder Jeff McNeil what he expected when he led off in Sunday's series finale against the Marlins.

"I told him, 'I want to see an 11-pitch at-bat and then a homer, and it'll be 1-0,'" Callaway said. "And he goes, 'What about a first-pitch homer and make it 1-0?' I said, 'Well it better be a homer.'"

It was.

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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws out a Miami Marlins base runner in the third inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws out a Miami Marlins base runner in the third inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario was not in the starting lineup in Sunday's 6-2 win against the Marlins, one day removed from an apparent lack of hustle on a fly ball. 

There were mixed messages as to why Adeiny Hechavarria started at shortstop over Rosario for the rubber match.

Prior to the game, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters that Rosario had the day off, however, Wayne Randazzo said multiple times that Callaway informed him that Rosario was benched for not running out a fly ball in the eighth inning on Saturday.

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Mets finally win series on road 00:01:22
Robinson Cano had 4 hits including a home run and Jacob deGrom gave the Mets 5 gritty innings as they finally won a series on the road, 6-2.

Robinson Cano's bat stayed hot after knocking a two-run homer in the eighth inning game-winning home run on Saturday. Cano had four hits on Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) It only took one pitch for the Mets' offense to get going. Jeff McNeil knocked the first throw from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara over the right field fence, giving his team the early lead. McNeil has notched a hit in each game this series against the Marlins, including a two-hit outing on Saturday. McNeil entered Sunday's game batting .350, which leads the National League. McNeil also hit a first-pitch homer on July 3 against the Yankees this year. 

2) Robinson Cano could be changing his fortunes on the road this year. Cano carried his home run momentum into Sunday, as he nearly hit for the cycle with four hits on the day. Cano doubled, singled, knocked a solo home run, and then singled again against the defensive shift in his final plate appearance. 

Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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McNeil HR's on first pitch 00:00:14
Jeff McNeil homers on the first pitch of the game off Sandy Alcantara to give the Mets a 1-0 lead

Jeff McNeil isn't known for his power as much as he is for his ability to hit anything. On Sunday, he wasted no time reminding everyone of his power as he gave the Mets the 1-0 lead with a home run on the game's first pitch from Sandy Alcantara. 

The Mets' leadoff man isn't a stranger to hitting a quick dinger, though. 

During the recent Subway Series against the Yankees, McNeil knocked a home run on the first Yankees' pitch from Domingo German on July 3 at Citi Field.

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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)

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...


Matt Harvey, Angels

Harvey took the mound for the Angels on Saturday for the first time in seven weeks after being sidelined with an upper back strain. The right-hander turned in a strong performance, going 5.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out three against the Mariners. The run did not come until a sac fly in the sixth, opening the game with five scoreless frames. 

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores
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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (41-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a win on Saturday and will take on the Marlins in the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in Miami. 

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


Behind Noah Syndergaard and Robinson Cano, the Mets managed a 4-2 win over the Marlins. >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mets on Cano's positive attitude 00:02:05
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano discusses his positivity during a bad hitting stretch and ignoring people who doubt his ability.

On a 1-1 pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday, Robinson Cano sent a pitch into the upper deck behind right field of Marlins Park. He also sent his team home with a 4-2 win thanks to the two-run homer.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said following the win that the outcome was just what the doctor ordered for the 36-year-old infielder, who's had a tough season on the road, specifically. 

"Yeah, he needed it," Callaway said. "Obviously we've talked about his struggles on the road and to get a go-ahead home run, has to make him feel good tonight."

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Syndergaard records his 9th K 00:00:11
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard strikes out Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro to get his 9th strikeout of the game.

Noah Syndergaard picked up his seventh win of the season on Saturday against the Marlins. The Mets pitcher navigated his way through seven innings, with nine strikeouts along the way.

Unfortunately for Syndergaard, one good outing doesn't make up for an entire team's season. Unless the Mets' fortunes don't change in a hurry, trade rumors will continue to grow and there's already been plenty with Syndergaard's name attached to them. 

After the 4-2 win, in which Snydergaard said his slider felt the best it's been all season, the right-hander addressed potentially being dealt before the July 31 trade deadline. Personally, Syndergaard would much rather stay in New York. 

 

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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

Coming out of the All-Star break, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said that the lineups would likely be more fluid on a nightly basis.

He delivered on that statement on Saturday, moving Michael Conforto up to the second spot in the lineup, hoping to get Conforto more pitches to hit in front of Pete Alonso.

"Pete's behind me today? Yeah, so I'll probably get some pitches to hit," Conforto said before the game. "They're not going to want to face that big boy behind me."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

With two outs in the third inning, the Mets didn't waver against the Marlins on Friday and started off the second half of the season on a positive note.

Jeff McNeil started right where he left off the first half of the season, singling to center field. Then back-to-back walks from JD Davis and Pete Alonso, respectively, juiced the bases against Miami pitcher Caleb Smith for Wilson Ramos. He delivered.

Ramos kept the rally going and had a hard-hit grounder to the left side of the infield. Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas lunged to his right on the play, but Ramos' shot had too much on it to haul it in.

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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Steven Matz' tenure in the Mets' bullpen is over, as he's set to return to his spot in the team's starting rotation on Wednesday against the Twins.

The lefty will reportedly rejoin the starting staff, per Newsday's report on Saturday. Manager Mickey Callaway made the decision to move Matz to the bullpen prior to the All-Star break and at the time the bench boss indicated the move could be short lived.

"It's going to allow guys in the starting rotation to not have too many days off, so they can stay effective. Coming out of the break, we can reset whatever we need to," Callaway said.

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Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (54) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 28, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (54) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Boston Red Sox have gotten the wheels spinning for this year's MLB trade deadline.

The team announced on Saturday afternoon that they had acquired starting pitcher Andrew Cashner from the Orioles in exchange for two minor leaguers. Cashner has pitched to a 9-3 record with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts with the Orioles this season.

This trade may have a ripple effect for both the Mets and Yankees. 

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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (40-51, 14.5 GB in NL East) continue their three-game set with the Marlins (34-55, 19.5 GB in NL East) on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets .347 road winning percentage ranks 28th in baseball and last in the National League. ... The Mets have struggled as of late against the NL East, dropping 11 of their last 14 games against divisional foes. ... The Mets have shown some power on the road lately, belting 19 home runs in their last nine road games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Now that Brodie Van Wagenen has made his concession speech, admitting that his "come get us" bravado resulted in "they came and got us," the Mets can officially move on to the brainstorming portion of the schedule.

That is, everything they do over the final two and a half months should be with a vision of 2020 and beyond in mind, rather than trying to squeeze the most possible wins out of a lost season. 

Mostly that means getting answers to as many questions about the future of this team as possible. I'd start with these 10: 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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