Oh, wow, it's August already, huh? Four months into the season, let’s check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May and June.

1. RHP Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

After an injury-marred June, Thor seems to have turned a corner as July has come to a close. He's allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts. Overall, in those four, he has a 3.27 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with 26 strikeouts against eight walks against the 99 batters he's faced. It now seems possible, if not probable, that he will make his big league debut sometime in 2014.

He, Wally Backman and Frank Viola talked to Jared Diamond about his learning curve in Triple-A.

2. C Travis d’Arnaud

Stock: Up.

Travis d'Arnaud finished July at .272/.314/.481 with 10 extra-base hits in 21 games in the month. He's sitting at .288/.327/.500 in his 27 games since returning from his Triple-A exile. He's doing much better. He still has to learn a little more strike zone control as in those 27 games he's struck out 20 times and walked just five in 110 PA. There's nothing wrong with a strikeout rate of 18 percent - actually, that's really good - but a walk rate of 4.5 percent is just not going to cut it.

3. RHP Rafael Montero

Stock: In neutral

Coming off a left oblique strain on June 14, Montero made the full rehab tour stopping in with both complex affiliates in the GCL and the Florida State League, before returning to Triple-A on July 20. In his three starts this month in Triple-A, he allowed six runs on 14 hits in 15 2/3 innings with six walks and 15 strikeouts. That's solid, but hardly dominant. His 6 2/3 shutout innings on the final day of the month seems like a step in the right direction, however.

4. OF Cesar Puello

Stock: Down

Since coming off the disabled list on July 6, Puello hit a solid .282/.404/.513 in 15 games in the month with strike zone control - as he earned four walks against nine strikeouts. However, he started 13 of the 51s 24 games since his return. He lost playing time to a red-hot Matt den Dekker, Andrew Brown, Anthony Seratelli and Cory Vaughn. Even in Triple-A, plate appearances and innings pitched are investments in a team's big league future. The Mets are clearly choosing not to invest in Puello.

5. INF Wilmer Flores

Stock: Looking for an opening

He can hit in Triple-A, but he's still trying to prove he can do it in the big leagues. If the Mets were willing to move him around to all four of first, second, third and short in the big leagues (and use him as a platoon replacement for Lucas Duda — a career .215/.294/.323 batter vs. LHP — at first) he could start 4-6 games a week.

6. CF Brandon Nimmo

Stock: Up.

After finishing up the first half at .322/.448/.458 in the Florida State League, Nimmo earned his promotion to Double-A Binghamton. After a slow start, he's hit .243/.355/.447 in July with four homers and 18 walks against 25 strikeouts in 27 games. He's fine. Actually, he's better than fine, he's doing very well at age 21.

7. LHP Steven Matz

Stock: Up

Matz was roughed up a bit in his last start of the month, but he finished July with a 3.03 ERA in 29 2/3 innings with 24 (19.5 percent) strikeouts against six walks (4.9 percent). He's working on improving his curveball. As long as he's healthy, Mets fans should see him in 2015, or if there's a need in the rotation, September 2014 is a possibility too.

8. 1B Dominic Smith

Stock: Resting comfortably

Smith hit .292/.375/.333 in 26 games in July with 14 walks (12.5 percent) against 15 strikeouts (13 percent). He's doing everything good hitters do - making contact, walking and not striking out - except for hitting for power. Obviously, hitting for power is part of the job description at first, but Smith is 19 and playing in a huge ballpark to rightfield.

9. SS Amed Rosario

Stock: Unchanged

Rosario hit .286/.330/.371 in 27 games in July in the New York Penn League which is pretty close to his full-season line in the league of .289/.335/.380 in 44 games as a Cyclone as an 18-year-old. He's striking out in only 15 percent of his plate appearances, which is strong.

10. 2B Dilson Herrera

Stock: Up.

He just keeps hitting. In 26 games in July, he hit .340/.402/.585, with 14 extra-base hits. Sure, there's lots of batting average in there, but also a .245 isolated slugging percentage. In 37 games in Double-A, he's at .344/.404/.556. I wrote about the 20-year-old at more length here.

11. C Kevin Plawecki

Stock: Up

In a July in which he got to play in the Futures Game, Plawecki has hit .310/.383/.452 in 13 games for the 51s. He's run a 6/7 BB/K ratio in 18 games in Triple-A. The Mets have a good situation with d'Arnaud figuring it out at the big league level, and Plawecki progressing behind him. The Mets seem pleased by his progress defensively as we discussed here.

12. SS Gavin Cecchini

Stock: Oh, boy.

Cecchini earned a promotion after the first half from Savannah to advanced Single-A St. Lucie at age 20, where he has struggled, hitting .191/.246/.260 in 37 games. Some of that is BABIP - he's down to .219. But he's also not hitting for any power as evidenced by his .069 isolated slugging percentage and his 3.5 percent extra-base hit rate. Basically, he'll be repeating the FSL next year at age 21.

We discussed him in the mid-season promotion feature. In short, there’s a big leaguer in here, but his bat will have to keep improving for me to think there’s an above average everyday guy.

13. RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Stock: Up

Ynoa has been a little up and down in Double-A, but it's all worked out to a 4.08 ERA in 28 2/3 innings over five starts. He's been hittable, with 38 hits allowed and a .309 batting average against. Just 21, there might be a fly-ball oriented rotation piece in here. Our feature on him is here.

14. RHP Michael Fulmer

Stock: Slipping

In his last five starts, Fulmer owns a 2.22 ERA over 28 2/3 innings, but that overstates how well he's pitched as he's allowed six unearned runs to run his total r/9 to 4.13. However, in those five, he's fanned 30 and walked 10 for a 24 percent strikeout rate and an 8 percent walk rate, which are both very solid. So, maybe he's starting to figure it out.

15. RHP Vic Black

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now.

16. RHP Jacob deGrom

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now.

17. RHP Domingo Tapia

Stock: Down.

Well under the radar, Tapia put together a very solid July: 2.35 ERA, 23 IP, 21 H, 9 BB, 17 K. I still think he's a reliever in the end, but that's nice progress from a guy who had walked 31 and fanned 23 in his first three months. I love the arm, and who wouldn’t like 96-98 mph with sink and run?

18. RHP Jeff Walters

Stock: Down

Walthers, who was added to the 40-man roster in the fall, was ineffective in Triple-A and then had Tommy John surgery.

19. RHP Cory Mazzoni

Stock: Down

Mazzoni's rehab tour took him from the GCL to advanced Single-A to Triple-A. In three starts with the 51s, he's been wild: 14.1 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 10 BB, 8 K. Yeah, that's more walks than strikeouts. Not good. Maybe there's a big league reliever in here.

20. LHP Jack Leathersich

Stock: Barely holding

Still putting up big strikeout numbers in Double-A, while repeating the level.

21. RHP Luis Mateo

Stock: Same

Mateo's Tommy John rehab tour has stalled in Brooklyn where at last check, he was throwing "lots" of 89-90 mph fastballs.

22. CF Champ Stuart

Stock: Up

The 21-year-old hit .271/.358/.357 in 20 games in July in which he dealt with some relatively minor nagging injuries including a hip flexor and a pitch off his hand. Oh, and he was 11-for-11 stealing bases in the month. He might be the fastest player in the Mets' system now, which gives him a chance to really impact a game on the base paths and defensively in center.

I wrote about Stuart here and here.

Personal note: I enjoy watching Stuart run.

23. OF Ivan Wilson

Stock: Slipping

Wilson is big and strong, but strikes out a ton. In 22 games in July, he hit .256/.323/.360 in Kingsport with 38 strikeouts. Until he can cut down on the strikeouts, he's more great athlete, than really good baseball prospect.

His profile, about his adjustments, big and small, is here.

24. RHP Luis Cessa

Stock: Down

Meh. He was ok in July (23 IP, 4.70 ERA, 18 K, 6 BB) but he's been ok for most of the year. It's hard to project a big league future for Cessa, although he should make it up to AA and even AAA at some point.

25. RHP Robert Gsellman

Stock: Up

Gsellman was effective in five July starts: 2.93 ERA, 30.2 IP, 13 R, 10 ER, 11 BB, 30 K.

His is a funny profile as a fastball/changeup righty. Still, at 90-92, touching 93/94 with a big body and feel for a changeup, it’s not hard to imagine Gsellman in a MLB rotation. he found the curveball in his last two starts and was untouchable: 14.2 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 16 K. Do it again, and again, and again, and I'll believe and send him shooting up the list.

26. RHP Chris Flexen

Stock: Down

Just when he was starting to figure it out, he heads under the knife to have bone chips removed and for Tommy John surgery.

27. RHP Casey Meisner

Stock: Down

Keith Law saw Meisner pitch for Brooklyn, and was unimpressed: "Meanwhile, Brooklyn starter Casey Meisner was awful, throwing 87-91 mph with an above-average curveball but no command or deception."

In five starts in July, Meisner gave up 20 runs, 16 earned in 16.1 innings with eight walks and 20 strikeouts on 27 hits. Ouch.

28. RHP Andrew Church

Stock: Down

Last year's second round pick gave up 25 hits in 18 innings in Kingsport in July and 16 runs, nine of which were earned while only striking out 11. In six starts for the K-Mets, he's allowed 42 hits in 26.2 innings.

As I wrote in June, "I got a look at Church in Kingsport, Tennessee on June 23, and the word I kept coming back to, as I watched his first star of 2014 was “flat.” Kingsport Manager Jose Leger and Pitching Coach Jonathan Hurst also called his stuff “flat” as well. The Mets’ second round pick in 2013 out of high school in Nevada sat 90-91. His changeup was firm at 83-84 and he used a slurvy slider at 79-ish sparingly. I thought he lost his release point at times as he dropped his arm. Church is not physically imposing at 6’2″, but he will pitch the entire season as a 19-year old."

29. C Juan Centeno

Stock: Unchanged

He’s still a low-end backup catcher. And he even got six games in the big leagues already this year to prove it! Now, he's back in Double-A.

30. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Stock: Unchanged.

Thumb surgery in June interrupted his season when he was hitting .313/.377/.373, 47 games in. He's rehabbing in St. Lucie and should be back up to Binghamton in short order.

31. 2B LJ Mazzilli

Stock: Holding, barely

Promoted from Savannah, Mazzilli hit .265/.318/.398 in 25 games for St. Lucie in 25 games in July in his age-23 season, so he's sitting at .281/.338/.444 in 35 games in advanced Single-A. He need to get hot in August to move up this list.

He says some advice from Yogi Berra in early May helped turn around his season. Scouts describe his work at second as mechanical, but he he’s on pace to start 2015 in Double-A.

32. OF Jared King

Stock: Down

A broken fibula has kept King out from May 11 to July 4. When he was healthy, the Mets promoted him from Savannah to St. Lucie where he's hit a punchless .239/.316/.268 in 20 games.

33. RHP Erik Goeddel

Stock: Down

Goeddel pitched better in July: 13.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 15 K after nasty control problems earlier this year. With a good August, as a 40-man guy, he might get a big league look in September.

34. CF Matt den Dekker

Stock: Same

den Dekker had a monster July in Vegas, hitting .420/.508/.630 in 29 games. He'll be 27 in August. This is his peak.

35. OF Cory Vaughn

Stock: Down

In 17 games in Triple-A, he hit .180/.281/.280 in July to take his overall line in Vegas to .229/.327/.328 in 39 games. Yup, he's playing over Cesar Puello some nights for some reason.

36. RHP Logan Verrett

Stock: Down

His July saw him allow seven home runs in 30 innings over five starts on his way to a 5.10 ERA. This could be Luis Cessa's future.

37. RHP Akeel Morris

Stock: Up, but only a little

I know in theory what he's doing in Savannah - working to repeat his delivery to refine his command and improving his curveball. However, he could probably be doing those things in advanced Single-A against better competition. For the year, he's run a 0.78 ERA in 46 innings with 72 strikeouts against 18 walks.

38. RHP Ricardo Jacquez

Stock: Down

He’s injured, and was back in Texas.

39. RHP Bret Mitchell

Stock: Down

He was injured and then walked nine in 11 innings in the Florida State League and now he’s back in the SAL where he's been largely effective with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings in July.

40. 3B Pedro Perez

Stock: Down

After a slow start, he hit .272/.378/.446 in 26 games in July in Kingsport while playing more games at first than third. That move across the diamond cuts into his value in a big way.

41. SS Luis Guillorme

Stock: Up, a little

His July: .253/.324/.295. A slick defender, he's never going to hit for much pop.

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So much has been said and written about my brother Gary and me, and our ever-present father John. So in my first essay for SNY's website, I would like to share some thoughts with you about my mother, Jacquelyn Jordan Hernandez.

My mother was born on Feb. 9, 1929 in Beaumont, Texas, the second of what would be four children, my mother the only girl. My grandfather, R.D. was a rough-and-tumble Texas wildcatter who worked the oil fields at Port Arthur.

My maternal grandparents divorced at some point early in my mom's life. That's when my grandmother went to work for Ma Bell, and Mom's brother Carlos, being the oldest man in the family, had to quit school and go to work as well. With grandma working days, my mom had to babysit and raise her younger siblings, Jerry and Donald. Donald was sickly as a child (Rheumatic fever) and required extra care.

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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

This shouldn't be a surprise coming from the same guy who originated the #LFGM rallying cry last season, but Mets first baseman Pete Alonso penned an emotional missive on Friday as he reflected on the 2019 season and looked forward to the start of the delayed 2020 season.

"I catch myself every night watching 2019 Mets highlights," Alonso wrote in a post to Twitter. "The amount of time watching them varies, but it's a nightly routine at this point. Rewatching the crowd erupt and remembering those moments as I saw them never ceases to give me goose bumps

"I miss the feel of the Citi Field dirt beneath my cleats. As I'm writing this now, I can still see pitchers get nasty and go get a big strike out, someone running down a missile in the gap and making a diving catch, someone twisting up a sexy double play up the middle: I see it and remember it all. The thing that I remember the most is the roar from the fans after a play was made.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Brodie Van Wagenen said soon after signing Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello that the Mets had one of the deepest rotations in baseball. Now without Noah Syndergaard, Van Wagenen is confident his team will "rise to the challenge."

"Noah is a big part of the Mets family,'' Van Wagenen said in a text to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "Losing a player like him for the season is tough, but we are confident in the other pitchers we have on the roster can rise to the challenge. Adding depth to our rotation was a priority this offseason. Both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are proven Starting Pitchers with championship pedigrees who have been very impressive this Spring.''

As had been the case before the Mets signed Wacha and Porcello -- temporarily giving them six starting pitchers for five rotation spots -- Van Wagenen also talked up Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as part of the team's starting rotation depth with Syndergaard out for the entire 2020 season and perhaps into 2021.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Danny Abriano
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Since their inception in 1962, lots of incredible players have donned the orange and blue. Below, the All-Time 25-man roster is unveiled.

But first, some rules...

In order to be eligible for the team, a player must have spent a solid chunk of his career in Queens and experienced part of his peak during that time. That means Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan won't be in the starting rotation and Willie Mays won't be patrolling center field.

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With just about all gyms and public fields closed, athletes are doing everything they can to maintain their workout schedule while at home.

By the looks of it, Tim Tebow's home routine is going quite well. 

The Mets minor leaguer posted a series of workout videos and photos to his Instagram account on Wednesday, detailing how he's altered his workouts during baseball's hiatus while working out of what appears to be his garage.

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses Jeff McNeil's 2019 season with the Mets in detail, from his red-hot first half to a much more powerful approach in the second half ...

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In this edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling each give their top three albums of all time. Find out which band all three included on their lists ...

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.


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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

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Major League Baseball and the Players Association are willing to consider just about any idea that will enable them to salvage a piece of the 2020 season, including playing games at neutral sites.

That would seem especially relevant to the Mets and Yankees, who play their home games in a city that has become the country's worst hotspot for coronavirus. But there have not yet been serious discussions about moving New York games to other locations, according to people familiar with MLB's thinking.

As of Thursday morning, New York state had 92,381 confirmed cases of coronavirus discovered with more than 51,809 in New York City. The state had approximately 38 percent of the cases in the entire United States.

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Click below to watch the virtual Mets take on the virtual Nats in game 7 of the Mets' season on MLB The Show 20.

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club, Steve Gelbs was joined by Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis to discuss a number of issues, including one that relates to the team's wardrobe. 

Yes, the Mets' black uniforms are very polarizing. You either love them or you hate them, and there seems to be no middle ground. 

But a good number of people want to see the black jerseys brought back, and it sounds like Smith and Davis are 100 percent on board. 

"I mean, the old-school black, that's obvious, like that should already be in the rotation," said Smith. "I say we need to bring back maybe the Los Mets ones, the all-orange. I like the orange unis, those were pretty sick, or even the old school 1986 team, the pinstripes, I mean I like that one too. We need a rotation of like five unis so we can swag out. We need the orange. I even like the camo every Sunday for military appreciation night. We gotta swag it out!"

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On Episode 2 of The Cookie Club with J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, the guys share their favorite 2019 moments and review Pete Alonso's dancing...

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew plays Rapid Fire for the first time from their own living rooms. Tune in to see how the guys fare in rattling off lists of Mets and Yankees, as well as other MLB notable names ...

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The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 6 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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Former Met Wilmer Flores -- now with the San Francisco Giants -- is staying ready for the season poolside -- and his mom is helping out.

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Wilson Ramos and his brother, Efren -- a pitcher in the Mets' organization -- had a bullpen session of sorts with one another on Tuesday. Ramos captioned the video "we keep fit and just waiting for the call."

Unlike teammate Dominic Smith, who caught a Marcus Stroman street bullpen session barefoot and without a mask, Ramos looked to have both cleats and a mask on as he caught his brother.

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During April Fools' Day in 1982, I was the fool (or so I thought) when I was traded from the Texas Rangers to the New York Mets nine months after they had made me their No. 1 pick. Life is full of serendipity and that day changed my professional baseball life forever.

But, when I think of April Fools' Day, I always think of Jay Horwitz and his "little lies" he would send out in the notes to the media and one of the greatest hoaxes, the Sidd Finch story -- a must-read on April Fools' Day (Sports Illustrated, April 1, 1985).

Horwitz has been a friend to every ballplayer that has ever worn the orange and blue from 1980 to our present day. His new book, Mr. Met, will reveal how exactly a sports-mad kid from New Jersey became a family member to generations of major leaguers. If you have time, Google his relationship with Franklin Jacobs, the great high jumper who was the original Spud Webb.

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Wednesday, April 1, called Big Apple Sports Movies...

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Alex Rodriguez continued his string of Instagram live interviews with current and former Mets on Tuesday, this time welcoming Keith Hernandez.

After speaking with Pete Alonso on Sunday and then Darryl Strawberry on Monday, A-Rod welcomed Hernandez, the 11-time Gold Glove winner, one of the leaders of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets, and of course, a member of the SNY booth.

Hernandez and Rodriguez touched on a number of different topics, including who some of Hernandez's favorite defensive first basemen in the game today are, but they also spoke about how the game has changed.

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See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 5 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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Both Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge took Major League Baseball by storm, with each winning Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues.  

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Chris Williamson and contributor Jon Hein discuss which of the two they would rather build their team around  ...

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When the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery, it didn't just impact the 2020 season. With the recovery from the surgery likely to stretch into the 2021 season, New York -- which was already facing an uncertain situation regarding their rotation in 2021 and beyond -- is now looking at a potentially dire one.

While the 2020 Mets can simply slot both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha into a rotation that should also include Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello, the 2021 Mets are looking at just two returning rotation members they can count on at the moment: deGrom and Matz (who will be in his walk year, along with Syndergaard).

There are two important things to note when it comes to the Mets' starting rotation in 2020 and beyond...

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In the latest episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of New York's backstops: Mets C Wilson Ramos and Yankees C Gary Sanchez

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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said last week that while players would much rather play in front of fans than empty ballparks, they were open to whatever would get the season started the soonest -- including playing without fans.

And with the city of Toronto announcing Tuesday that it has banned all public events through June 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's nearly impossible to imagine the 2020 MLB season starting with fans in attendance.

Earlier Tuesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post cited two league sources who believed opening in empty ballparks seemed likely.

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Opening Day has come and gone, and I was surprised how both sad and nostalgic I felt this past Thursday. I've decided to write some things down as I've entered my 60th year on this planet, one that seems more compromised than ever.  

Opening Day day for a ballplayer is like no other day. Putting on your new, crisp uniform and making sure it fits just right. Is the length perfect, the waist slightly snug and the rise roomy enough for the protective cup which will be part of your armor for the next six months? Vanity is part of your power, like Superman's cape. Do I look good? A real question that needs to be answered in the affirmative. Is your gamer (glove) ready to go and is your backup, in your locker, game ready in case of a mishap?  

If you've done your due diligence, spring training broke your spikes in just right. Which jacket are they handing out this year (there's always a new one), because the weather is always unseasonably cold in the Northeast (Damn Dodgers!). Everything perfect? #LFG. 

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
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With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@NYCsporty: Have the #Mets officially recognized that @Noahsyndergaard had sucessful Tommy John surgery considering no PR about it yet??

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

With all elective surgeries on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, some eyebrows were raised when it was announced that Noah Syndergaard would have Tommy John surgery immediately rather than wait.

On Monday, Emma Baccellieri of SI published a piece after speaking with medical ethicists about whether it is wrong for players to get Tommy John surgery in the current climate.

When Pete Alonso got wind of the piece, he weighed in on the situation (and the article) in a series of tweets, coming down firmly in support of Syndergaard -- who had surgery in Florida on Thursday -- and other pitchers. For example, Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox also underwent the procedure.

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Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Since retiring from baseball, Paul Lo Duca -- whose nickname with the Mets was "Captain Red Ass" -- has not been shy about giving his opinion.

Speaking Monday on WFAN with SNY contributors Marc Malusis and Maggie Gray, the subject of Lo Duca's ire was Alex Rodriguez, who has gone in recent years from steroid-tainted pariah to beloved MLB commentator and personality.

And that irks Lo Duca, who referred to A-Rod as "one of the fakest people out there" who doesn't deserve to be put on the "pedestal" he is now on.

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As you practice social distancing and self-isolation, you might need some new shows to binge while staying at home. Luckily for you, the Mets have you covered. 

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and more give you their favorite TV shows to choose from...

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former outfielder Darryl Strawberry is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Just as he did with Pete Alonso on Sunday, former MLB MVP and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez returned to his Instagram Live to talk to Darryl Strawberry

Here's the best of what they discussed...


Strawberry explains how Keith Hernandez-Gary Carter impacted Mets

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Mets-Phillies
Mets-Phillies

See how the Mets fared against the Phillies in Game 4 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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The MLB and MLBPA made an agreement last week that has some key components for this extremely unique situation with the upcoming 2020 season. So the Baseball Night in New York crew broke them down to discuss how it would impact the league, and the Mets and Yankees specifically...

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While staying within the social distancing guidelines -- 60 feet, six inches apart, to be exact -- Mets right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman and outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith prepared for the season together on Monday.

In the street in Florida, Stroman pitched to Smith, who was sans shoes and not wearing a mask.

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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Luis Rojas swings a bat between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Luis Rojas swings a bat between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Major League Baseball remains on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the earliest start date for the regular season May 10.

On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA signed off on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

MLBPA chief Tony Clark said shortly after the deal was struck that while players prefer to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks, they are open to doing whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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Former Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon has amazed us with a behind-the-back flip and a home run deep into the San Diego night. Now, he's showing off his billiards skills.

The 46-year-old Colon hasn't yet hung up his spikes, but he's spending part of the coronavirus hiatus honing his trick shots.

We documented one of them on Sunday. Here's another...

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In the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Sal Licata embraces Tom Brady in the NFC South, believes in Yoenis Cespedes' home run power, and more!

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Monday, March 30 called Amazin' All-Stars...

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso joined former Yankee and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez on the latter's Instagram Live on Sunday to jump into a bunch of different topics. 

Here's the best of what the reigning NL Rookie of the Year and former MLB MVP discussed...

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The Baseball Night in New York crew is in the comfort of their own living rooms, but they are still talking about Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

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MLB The Show 20
MLB The Show 20

Watch how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 3 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Sure, Bartolo Colon accomplished a great amount during his MLB playing days. 

In 21 big-league seasons, Colon won 247 games, took home an AL Cy Young Award in 2005, and made the All-Star team four times.

While with the Mets, he also did this:

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We all miss Mets baseball.

Bobby Valentine really misses Mets baseball.

The former Mets manager tweeted out an two-minute video on Saturday morning of him showing off an extensive collection of Mets memorabilia while singing a terrific rendition of Meet the Mets.

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Watch to see how the Mets fared against the Nationals in Game 2 of the digital season on MLB The Show 20.

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Major League Baseball and the Players' Association signed off Friday on a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to multiple reports, the deal between MLB and the MLBPA focuses on how a shortened season will look (including the potential of an expanded playoff field), where games will be played (including the potential of playing at neutral sites and/or in front of no fans for a period of time), and how arbitration and free agency will be impacted if the season is shortened or canceled. 

Per Tony Clark, who is the chief of the MLBPA, players -- while preferring to play in front of fans and not empty ballparks -- are open to whatever gets them back playing as soon as possible.

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On the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Dan Graca remembers his favorite Mets Opening Day, talks about the Jets and Robby Anderson, and more!

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The Baseball Night in New York crew being in the comfort of their own living rooms doesn't mean it's not a good time to go through The Lineup Card.

The panel goes through questions about the Mets' bullpen, talks video games, predicts the AL East standings, and much more...

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