June has come and gone, and three months into the season, let's check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May.

1. RHP Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

"Thor" had a rough June that included a strain in his non-throwing shoulder (acromioclavicular joint) suffered covering home plate after a wild pitch in his first start back from a forearm strain (flexor-pronator). In four starts in June, he allowed 17 runs on 21 hits in 15 1/3 innings for a 9.98 ERA with 14 strikeouts against four walks.

He has a 5.35 ERA in a PCL where the average is 4.99. His secondary rates are still above average: he's struck out 23.5 percent of opposing hitters (the PCL average is 19.5 percent) and walked 7.6 percent (the PCL average is 8.8 percent). In a perfect Mets' world, Syndergaard would be MLB-ready by now. He's not, but he's really not that far away either.

2. C Travis d’Arnaud

Stock: Up.

Sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas, d'Arnaud had a little chat with himself and then went out and hit .436/.475/.909 with eight doubles and six home runs in 15 games. Returned to NYC, he's hit safely in each of his six games, going .348/.375/.565 with two doubles and a homer in six games. It's only a week, but it's a good week for a guy who should be a mainstay in the Mets' lineup for the foreseeable future.

3. RHP Rafael Montero

Stock: Middling

June was a lost month for Montero. In three starts in Triple-A, he allowed nine runs (four earned) on 13 hits and six walks in 8 2/3 innings. He then left his June 14th start with a left oblique strain.

4. OF Cesar Puello

Stock: Hurting

In a league where everyone hits, Puello, at age 23, has not and he is not longer playing everyday. In 63 games this year, he's hit .229/.332/.324. He's not strikiing out (37 strikeouts versus 18 walks in 188 AB). In 20 games in June, he's hit .137/.313/.255. He has not started a game since June 21 and was placed on the Las Vegas disabled list on June 24 after getting hit in the head by a throw on a play at the plate.

5. INF Wilmer Flores

Stock: Looking for an opening

The Mets brought Flores to the big leagues to push Ruben Tejada, and see Flores at the position. Then Tejada won his job back. Flores started six games at short in June and one at second for the big league club before he was optioned back to the minors at the end of the month. He hit .229/.229/.400 (8-for-35 with three doubles and a home run) in his 11 games in June. Returned to Triple-A, Flroes has played, in order: 2B, 3B, SS, 1B, 3B.

If the Mets were willing to move him around to all four of those positions in the big leagues (and use him as a platoon replacement for Lucas Duda -- a career .215/.298/.327 batter vs. LHP -- at first) he could start 5-6 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 ot Double-A Binghamton. His first 11 games in Double-A have included his first opposite field home run (watch here), a double and eight walks. He's walking at an 18.2 percent clip in Double-A, as part of a .171/.341/.286 line (6-for-35) in 11 games. He's bouncing between center and leftf ield -- first to make way for a rehabbing Juan Lagares, and then to help Darrell Ceciliani stay sharp in center as well. He'll be able to play either center or a corner in the big leagues.

7. LHP Steven Matz

Stock: Up

Two starts into his Souble-A career, Matz spun a gem in game two: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 WER, 1 BB, 9 K. At age 23, the best-left-handed pitching prospect in the system is well online for at least a 2015 MLB debut. There's some small chance, if Matz is lights out in double-A, and the Mets need arms in September, he will make his debut in 2014 since he's already on the team's 40-man roster.

8. 1B Dominic Smith

Stock: Resting comfortably

From April 24-June 30, Smith has hit .315/.381/.394 in his last 58 games with 17 doubles, 22 walks (9.2 percent) and 41 strikeouts (17 percent) while turning 19 in June. He's been driving the ball better - especially to left and center field recently - sending a few balls to the wall in centerfield at Historic Grayson Stadium. Here's a fun fact, as a 19-year old at the same level, in the same stadium in 2008, Juan Lagares hit .254/.285/.337 in 46 games as a shortstop. Obviously, Lagares has more defensive value, but Grayson Stadium is a tough place for teenage (or any age) hitters.

9. SS Amed RosarioStock: Unchanged

Rosario has hit .295/.343/.393 with five walks against 11 strikeouts in 17 games with Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League. That might not look like much, but he's doing fine: his strikeout rate (16.2 percent) is down from last year in the Appalachian League and his walk rate (7.4 percent) is up.

10. 2B Dilson Herrera

Stock: Up.

There's no magic here, just a good athlete with batspeed who has cleaned up his swing and is making lots of contact. In his first 11 games as the youngest player in the Eastern League, he has hit .365/.408/.489 (16-for-45) with three doubles, and a home run. I wrote about the 20-year-old at more length here.

11. C Kevin Plawecki

Stock: Up

He's done exactly what he's supposed to do earning a promotion to Triple-A by hitting .326/.378/.487 in 58 games in Double-A. He's 1-for-15 to begin his Triple-A career. The Mets seem pleased by his progress defensively as we discussed here.

12. SS Gavin Cecchini

Stock: Up, a little

Cecchini earned a promotion after the first half from Savannah to advanced-A St. Lucie at age 20. 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. He's off to a .256/.286/.308 start in 10 games in the FSL as he's striking out more and walking less than he did in the SAL.

13. RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Stock: Up

Ynoa will make his Double-A debut Thursday night. His last eight starts in advanced Single-A were dominant: 2.63 ERA, 51.1 IP, 47 K (23 percent), 2 BB (1 percent!) and an opponents' batting line of .260/.270/.370. He's sitting 92-94 with his fastball, his changeup flashes plus, and his slider could well get to MLB average. He turned 21 in May, and has added his curveball back into his arsenal as well. There's a pretty nice pitching prospect in here who projects toward the back of a rotation with outstanding control of his fastball, feel for his secondaries, and the intelligence to set up batters. Our feature on him is here.

14. RHP Michael Fulmer

Stock: Slipping

Fulmer made his best start of the year on June 29: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 HP, 2 BB, 8 K. The bad news is that overall, the 21-year-old's ERA is sitting at 4.43 with a strikeout rate of 17.9 percent. The good news is that his's cut his walk rate from 12.3 percent last year in the FSL to 6.9 percent this year. He needs to show more command in the second half of 2014 to show that he can remain a starting pitching prospect.

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.

This one's real simple. I love the arm and who wouldn't like 96-98 mph with sink and run, but he just hasn't thrown enough strikes. He's walked 31 batters and only struck out 23 in 58 2/3 innings.

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 made one rehab appearance on June 21 in the GCL. It's tough to progress if one is not pitching.

20. LHP Jack Leathersich

Stock: Barely holding

Leathersich is once again putting up big strikeout numbers in Double-A, which is part of the problem - he's repeating the level. Still, his walk rate is down from 16.5 percent last year to 10.6 percent this year, which is a little progress. Maybe there's a middle reliever in here.

21. RHP Luis Mateo

Stock: Same

Mateo has made three relief appearances in the GCL in the last 10 days as he works back from 2013 Tommy John surgery. There's good stuff in here and maybe a MLB middle reliever.

22. CF Champ Stuart

Stock: Up

He has a chance to be a plus defender out in center as he can really run. He has a plus arm (he threw out a potential tying run at the plate last weekend for Savannah). He needs to refine his swing (scouts are concerned about his full-effort cut), but if he hits at all, there's a big leaguer in here. He twalks a ton (16.8 percent) and is striking out less than last year (25.6 percent compared to 30.9 percent). He's making progress at age 21.

Personal note: I enjoy watching Stuart run.

23. OF Ivan Wilson

Stock: Unchanged, bias towards up...

Wilson is off to a .268/.302/.537 start in 11 games in the Appy League with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He's shown the defensive gifts, and power that make him such an intriguing centerfield prospect, but he's also fanned 18 times (against just 2 walks) in those 11 games. His profile, about his adjustments, big and small, is here.

24. RHP Luis Cessa

Stock: Down

Cessa's 4.43 ERA in the FSL at age 22 is unimpressive. Worse, there's no way to project to be an MLB starter's path with a 14.5% strikeout rate (41 K/67 IP). His June was not good: 7.23 ERA, 18.2 IP, 27 H, 15 R, 5 BB, 18 K.

25. RHP Robert Gsellman

Stock: Up

Working in the comfy confines of Historic Grayson Stadium, Gsellman, at age 20, is fourth in the SAL in ERA (2.49). Gsellman missed a few weeks in May with a hamstring strain, and I didn't think had his good command when he came back, but he settled down in four starts in June, working to a 2.84 ERA in 25.2 innings. Of slight concern is that he didn't miss many bats (14 K/8 BB). 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. His curveball early in the year looked better, but it has come and gone in the last few months. He needs to keep refining the offering.

26. RHP Chris Flexen

Stock: Holding

Here's his ERA - BB% - K % by month:

April - 7.11 - 11.8 - 12.9

May - 5.73 - 13.5 - 10.6

June - 2.57 - 9.9 - 19

So, yeah, he's throwing more strikes in June. He's still awfully inconsistent, (he'll try to spin his curveball too hard on two strikes for example, and end up burying it) but he turns 20 on July 1. There's an interesting arm in here with a low 90s fastball.

27. RHP Casey Meisner

Stock: Similar

The big Texan is off to a solid start (2.93 ERA, 15 K/6 BB) in 15 1/3 innings in Brooklyn.

28. RHP Andrew Church

Stock: Down

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. His line through two starts: 8.2 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HB, 2 BB.

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!

30. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Stock: Unchanged.

Thumb surgery in June interuppted his season when he was hitting .313/.377/.373, 47 games in.

31. 2B LJ Mazzilli

Stock: Up, a little

Mazzilli has done everything asked of him at age 23. He hit his way out of the SAL, into the All-Star Game, and then up to advanced Single-A. In his first 10 games in St. Lucie he's hit .324/.390/.568 with three doubles and two home runs. 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 since May 11. At age 22, he was hitting .231/.371/.375 with one home run in 31 games in the SAL playing all but one game in the corner outfield spots or DH.

33. RHP Erik Goeddel

Stock: Down

This one is simple: 24 walks in 39 1/3 innings in 30 relief appearances in Triple-A. That's not enough to help the big league team. He's had inconsistent command all the way through the system, which has been exposed at the highest level of the minors.

34. CF Matt den Dekker

Stock: Same

This ranking basically supposed that he would get MLB time, but would not be terribly effective. At .156/.224/.200 in 17 games in MLB, that's basically been the case.

35. OF Cory Vaughn

Stock: Down

Promoted to Triple-A on June 5, Vaughn has hit .259/.355/.358 in 22 games with Las Vegas with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. The promotion came on the heels of an unimpressive .190/.281/.293 line in 50 games with the B-Mets. Now 25 years old, he'd be a replacement level or below MLB player.

36. RHP Logan Verrett

Stock: Down

As a starter in Triple-A, he's run a 4.69 ERA in 94 innings with just 67 strikeouts - that's a strikeout rate below 16 percent. His slider is his best offering, and perhaps, he fits in an MLB bullpen as a slider specialist.

37. RHP Akeel Morris

Stock: Up, but only a little

His numbers have been terrific in the SAL: 0.25 ERA, 36.2 IP, 14 H, 1 R, 15 BB (10.7 percent), 57 K (40.1 percent). He has a live arm, and mostly succeeds off his fastball. His curveball comes and goes. Maybe there's an MLB middle reliever in here. Remember when Jack Leathersich and Bret Mitchell were putting up great numbers in the SAL?

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.

40. 3B Pedro Perez

Stock: Down

I liked the young third baseman's size, but he's been passed on the organizational depth chart at third by Eudor Garcia and Jhoan Urena. He's hit .194/.256/.278 in his first 10 games in the Appy League this year while repeating the league.

41. SS Luis Guillorme

Stock: Up, a little

I saw a little of Guillorme up in Kingsport. He's a slick defender at short, who is going to move up the system. He has well below average power, but a decent line drive swing.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the DL for Sunday's game against the D-Backs and RHP Jacob Rhame was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Familia had been on the disabled list since June 7 with soreness in his right shoulder.

The 28-year-old Familia has a 2.48 ERA with 14 saves and 33 strikeouts this season. His last save was on May 28 when he struck out three batters in two innings of work against the Braves.

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (29-38) will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks (39-31) at Chase Field on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI during the team's win over the D-Backs on Saturday night after he made an adjustment at the plate.

"Our hitting coaches saw something, and they were right," manager Mickey Callaway said. "And he's looked totally different at the plate."

The Mets noticed that Conforto was previously overextending on pitches, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-Backs on Saturday night.

Matz allowed hits in each of the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. The only run allowed by Matz came in the sixth inning when Nick Ahmed hit a leadoff triple and came around to score when the next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, grounded out to short.

Matz drew two quick groundouts in the seventh inning, but was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso.

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Aug 25, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) wears a patch on his uniform thanking his dad against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 25, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) wears a patch on his uniform thanking his dad against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterMy father passed away from Multiple Sclerosis when I was 18 years old.

The Mets were one of our things, arguably our biggest thing. And that's why no matter how dark things may get with this team, it's more than just a game. At least for me. It's a connection back to my father. It's a reminder of all of the good times, talks, and laughs we had together. And it's a happiness that something my father and I loved and shared. I can still treasure that, despite him not being here.

My father was taking me to Shea Stadium from a very young age. We'd sit there, doing the book, and he'd explain to me what was going on. We'd get our hot dogs, our french fries, and ice cream. On extra special days, he'd even let me paint the Mets logo on my face (usually with my mother's eyeliner -- sorry if you're reading this and just finding out, ma)...

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Michael Conforto had four RBIs and Steven Matz allowed just one run as the Mets defeated the D-backs, 5-1, on Saturday night.

Mets offense comes alive in win 00:01:36
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Michael Conforto's four-RBI game in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday night.

Steven Matz pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Conforto drove in four runs as the Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Matz was solid, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three as he recorded his fourth quality start in his last five appearances.

2) Conforto led the offense with a homer, a double and four RBIs. The outfielder put the Mets on the board in the second inning when he launched his ninth home run of the year, driving in Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. It was Conforto's third long ball in just eight career at-bats against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin. The 25-year-old added an RBI double off Corbin in the sixth.

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was "strongly considering" an offer from the Houston Astros before he re-signed with the Mets in November of 2016, which was one of the reasons why the Mets offered him a no-trade clause, reports John Harper of the New York Daily News.

Cespedes, who ultimately signed a four-year, $110 million contract, had a priority list consisting of three main factors, according to the report: He wanted to play with a contender; he sought a no-trade clause; and wanted to train near his ranch in Florida.

Furthermore, Cespedes did not enjoy playing for then-manager Terry Collins -- and that was said said to be a significant factor. 

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

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Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer in the second inning to put the Mets on the board. 

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

In RHP David Peterson, 3B Mark Vientos, SS Andres Gimenez and 1B Peter Alonso, the Mets have four prospects that are getting the attention of rival scouts and top prospect lists.

Unfortunatley, insiders repeatedly tell me Sandy Alderson's farm system is lacking depth, despite adding six hard-throwing relievers during last summer's sell off of veterans.

"They have projectable talent to lean on and at positions they're going to need," a friend with an NL East player development department recently told me. "If those guys don't pan out, they'll be thin. But, they have a few guys that can be everyday players, no doubt."

So, what has happened to the pitching prospects Alderson acquired last summer?

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) is getting "better and better" and is closer to a point where he can begin a throwing program, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Syndergaard received a second opinion on Tuesday afternoon that confirmed the initial diagnosis, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post

Syndergaard will rest before starting a throwing program, according to Puma. 

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) is still dealing with soreness and will not start his rehab again until Monday, reports Tim Healy of Newsday.

Cespedes, who played rehab games with Double-A Binghamton last week before suffering a setback, has not restarted any baseball activities.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 16 when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor.

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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-38) will continue their series with the Diamondbacks (39-30) at Chase Field on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino check in to see where they are as far as the rebuild discussion. They also chat about the Mets offensive struggles, trade possibilities, and the ongoing issues with Jose Reyes.

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

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D-backs pound Mets again 00:01:02
The Mets' offense continued to sputter in losing their fourth straight game, 7-3, to the D-backs on Friday night.

D-backs pound Mets again 00:02:21
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Mets' unprecedented ineptitude, falling to 10 games below the .500 mark in record time with another loss.

Seth Lugo couldn't carry the momentum from his last start into Arizona and the Mets lost to the D-Backs, 7-3, on Friday night.

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

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

1) Lugo came into Friday's start with 10 scoreless innings over his first two starts of the season, including a win over the Yankees on Sunday. However, he wasn't nearly as sharp from the beginning in Arizona, giving up a home run to Paul Goldschmidt on his second batter of the game. He allowed another homer to Daniel Descalso and finished with five runs in five innings.

 

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Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo came into Friday night's contest in Chase Field without allowing a run in two starts this season. 

Unfortunately, he couldn't move that streak to three as the Diamondbacks figured out Lugo, who has been stellar all season for the Mets. 

It was Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first that broke the 10-inning scoreless streak as a starter when he launched a solo homer to right center. But that wasn't the only offense the D-Backs strung together. 

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Todd Frazier (21) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Check back here for in-game highlights from Mets vs. Diamondbacks on Friday night in the desert.


Mets 3B Todd Frazier gets the road team on the board in the top of the third with an RBI double to score Seth Lugo

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Jun 14, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Jun 14, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

The Mets (28-37) look to bounce back against the Diamondbacks (38-30) on Froday in the desert at 9:40 p.m. on SNY. 

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores is back with the team after completing his DL stint for lower back soreness. The Mets have optioned Ty Kelly to the minors to make room for Flores. 

Flores was rehabbing with Single-A Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night, where he went 1-for-3 with a double. He has been on the DL since May 28 with his back injury. 

When Flores landed on the DL, assistant GM John Ricco said Flores has dealt with a "disc" issue, which caused the soreness in his lower back. 

Tags: Ty Kelly, Wilmer Flores
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A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Mets LHP prospect David Peterson was solid in his debut for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night, allowing two runs in 5.0 innings while allowing six hits, walking three, and striking out two. 

Peterson was promoted from Low-A Columbia earlier this week on the heels of his stellar outing last Saturday, where he struck out a career-high 10 batters in eight innings. He had a 1.82 ERA with 57 strikeouts in nine starts (59.1 innings) this season for Columbia. 

The 22-year-old Peterson, who was selected 20th overall in last June's MLB draft, is ranked No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list

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

The Mets have agreed with their recent second round draft pick, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson on a deal worth $1.85 million, reports Jim Callis of MLB.com.

Woods-Richardson, 17, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder out of Kempner High School in Houston, Texas. 

Selected 48th overall by the Mets earlier this month, he features a fastball that touches 95 MPH while also flashing a plus curveball to go along with good arm speed and athleticism, Callis noted. 

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have struck a deal with their No. 6 overall pick, high school OF Jarred Kelenic, and have assigned him to the Rookie level Gulf Coast League Mets. 

Kelenic's pick value had been projected to be $5.525 million, and the Mets signed him for $4.5 million, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. 

The 18-year-old Kelenic, who attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a left-handed hitter and thrower. 

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez 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 first baseman Keith Hernandez 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)

The Mets, who were about to emerge from a long rebuild and contend for seven straight years, acquired Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals on today's date in 1983.

In exchange, the Mets sent relievers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to St. Louis. 

''It's not often that you get the chance to acquire someone with the talent of Keith Hernandez,'' Mets GM Frank Cashen said after swinging the trade. ''His addition should improve our club in two areas, the starting lineup and the bench.''

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a number of free agent pick-ups this past offseason, some of whom -- such as Jay Bruce -- are struggling and some of whom - such as Anthony Swarzak - have missed significant time due to injury. But through much of the chaos of the tumultuous 2018 season, Todd Frazier has been the steady, consistent leader the Mets were looking for to man third base.

When Frazier signed a 2 year, $17 million dollar contract this February, it was the team's first step towards filling the hole left by David Wright at third base. While Frazier cannot match the statistical prowess of his perennial All-Star predecessor, nor his decade of experience as a Met, he is providing much-needed value both on and off the field.

Frazier has never had eye-popping numbers, but his performance throughout his career has been remarkably consistent. And this year is no different. His .744 OPS is just short of his career average, though notably much of that production came in hitters' havens such as Cincinnati. His .333 on base percentage is significantly higher than his career mark and, along with his impressive walk rate, demonstrates his ongoing commitment to a more patient approach at the plate that is helping him succeed as he enters his mid-thirties...

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D-backs outslug Mets 00:01:58
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' reliance on hitting home runs to win games after New York's 6-3 loss in Arizona.

Despite three solo homers, the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-3, in the first of four against the Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field.

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

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

1) Brandon NimmoMichael Conforto and Amed Rosario homered for the Mets, who scored in more than one inning for the first time in 10 games. Of the last 21 home runs New York has hit, 17 have been solo shots. Dominic Smith singled for New York's only other hit. 

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Mets fans have a brand new, exciting challenge to check out between innings at Citi Field this season! The Citi Community Home Runs Challenge is a new in-game feature - each home game, one lucky fan at the ballpark heads down to the field to take his or her best shot at launching a t-shirt from right field into the famous Mets Home Run Apple using an oversized Citi t-shirt launcher.

There is $100 on the line for the participant to potentially take home each game - but if he or she misses, their prize money gets added to a winner-take-all pool, which accumulates until someone makes the shot. And the prize pool can accumulate quickly - one lucky fan even took home $1,200 earlier this season following a stretch of 12 misses.  

In addition to getting fans in on the action at Citi Field, the Challenge also ties back to Citi's other Community Home Runs programming at the ballpark, all of which benefits No Kid Hungry.

Each participant in the Challenge, while getting the chance to win prize money, also triggers a Citi donation of enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 1,000 meals to kids in need. And as part of the overall Citi Community Home Runs program, for each home run the Mets hit at Citi Field, Citi will donate enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 20,000 meals to kids in need.

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Mets drop opener in Arizona 00:01:11
Despite three hitting home runs, the Mets fell to the D-backs, 6-3, on Thursday night at Chase Field.

Jun 14, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Jun 14, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) throws in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

Jason Vargas wasn't stellar against the Diamondbacks, but he wasn't awful either. 

In five innings in Arizona, Vargas allowed three runs in on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Two of the three runs were allowed on solo home runs. 

The Mets started Vargas out with a lead...

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Nimmo's monster home run 00:00:11
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo smacks a solo home run to deep right field in the top of the first inning to give New York the lead, 1-0.

Brandon Nimmo blasts a solo home run, his 9th of the season, to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets OF Jay Bruce (back) is unavailable to pinch hit against the Diamondbacks on Thursday and is unlikely to play on Friday, according to manager Mickey Callaway.

After the Mets 2-0 loss to the Braves on Wednesday, Bruce said that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently. 

The 31-year-old Bruce is hitting just .216/.297/.327 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just five extra-base hits since then. 

Against the D-Backs on Thursday, the Mets moved Brandon Nimmo to right field as Michael Conforto starts in center and Jose Bautista in left.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run in the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (28-36) continue to look to salvage their season against the Diamondbacks (37-30) on Thursday in the desert at 9:40 p.m. on SNY. 

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are 4-16 since May 22, during which they've become the first team in modern history to score fewer than 15 runs during an 11-game stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Interestingly, the Nationals, Marlins, and Phillies immediately follow the Mets on the list of worst-scoring teams during the last three weeks...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | While discussing the future of Jose Reyes on Tuesday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that if they replace the 35-year-old, the team would have to be comfortable with the player who would be stepping in.

"We have to have somebody that we want to replace him that meets that threshold," he said. "If we contemplate that kind of move, it will be appropriate in terms of timing as well."

Alderson has an option in Jeff McNeil, who was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday. And the 26-year-old is the player who should replace Reyes.

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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

Help isn't immediately on the way to the Mets, but it's one step closer.

1B Peter Alonso and 2B Jeff McNeil, who had been crushing Eastern League pitching while with Double-A Binghamton, have been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The righty-hitting Alonso, 23, is viewed as one of the Mets' best prospects and a Top 100 prospect in all of baseball. He was hitting .315/.442/.574 with a league-leading 15 HR to go along with 52 RBI in 65 games this season. 

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Dad Cam Moments from Citi Field 00:01:03
With Father's Day around the corner, check out some of the best Dad Cam moments from Citi field.

Check out some of the best moments from the 1-800-Flowers.com Dad Cam at Citi Field as we head towards Father's Day!

Visit 1-800-Flowers.com and save 20% by using the code DADSNY at checkout.

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last season that he wouldn't hesitate to make a trade with the crosstown Yankees. And with Jacob deGrom's name swirling around, the idea of a blockbuster between the two teams has been kicked around.

But it doesn't seem the Yankees have the stomach for what it would take to land deGrom.

One Yankees person told FanRag's Jon Heyman that the team would never trade Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar. If accurate, that should pretty much end any Mets/Yankees/deGrom fantasy. That same Yankees person also said the Mets would never trade deGrom across town... 

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In a thoughtful post for Baseball Prospectus, Rich MacLeod contemplated whether the Mets have already squandered their best shot to win with what was once believed to be MLB's next great rotation, which was a universal opinion during 2015.

David Roth wrote a similar article the next day for Deadspin, the topic of which has been debated all morning and afternoon on local talk radio.

Whether you agree with Roth, MacLeod, or the city's talking heads is irrelevant, because we will know the outcome sooner than later, either because the team manages to turn things around and win a ring during the next two years or because they don't, switch out management and start a rebuild. In other words, the proof will be in the pudding...

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Sep 10, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and umpire Jerry Layne (24) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 10, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and umpire Jerry Layne (24) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterI called Terry Collins this morning, curious if he knew that a video of him fuming at an umpire in 2016 had gone viral overnight. He did not. "You know when Syndergaard was thrown out of a game in 2016 for throwing at Utley?"

"Yeah."

"The ump was mic'ed."

There was a pause of three of four seconds, followed by a lighthearted, "Oh no."

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will be pushed back from Thursday to Saturday due to a blister on his left middle finger, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News

The Mets announced late Wednesday night that Jason Vargas -- who was supposed to be skipped this turn through the rotation -- will pitch Thursday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, followed by Seth Lugo on Friday. Zack Wheeler will pitch on Sunday. 

Matz had recently been dealing with a slight strain of his middle finger.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Lost a bit in the Mets' ongoing offensive ineptitude during Wednesday afternoon's loss was the lackadaisical and flat out inexcusable defense they played.

The culprits were Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario, who were all guilty of lazy efforts.

With one out in the seventh inning, Bruce slowly approached Ender Inciarte's seeing-eye single, allowing Inciarte to turn the hit in to a double. On that same play, Rosario was caught off guard and was out of position for Bruce's throw to second base...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom's seven strikeouts 00:00:42
The Mets struggled again and dropped another in Atlanta, but here's Jacob deGrom's seven strikeouts in 40 seconds.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Jacob deGrom dominated and the Mets didn't score.

DeGrom, who fired 7.0 innings of one-run ball against the Braves in Atlanta (and could've easily pitched the eighth) during Wednesday's 2-0 loss, continues to be the best pitcher in the league. And the Mets continue to do nothing to support him.

Todd Frazier felt so bad that he apologized to deGrom after the game for the team not scoring...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Bruce talks deGrom starts 00:00:30
As the Mets offense continues to crater, Jay Bruce admits that the team has "wasted" excellent starts by Jacob deGrom.

Mets OF Jay Bruce, who misplayed two balls in the outfield and charged another ball slowly (resulting in Ender Inciarte taking an extra base) during Wednesday's loss to the Braves, is dealing with a sore back, manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. 

Bruce said after the game that the back issue was "upper butt, top of hip" soreness that comes and goes and has "been kind of barking a bit" recently. 

Bruce, who is also dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, will likely not be in the starting lineup on Thursday when the Mets open a series against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, Callaway said...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Gary and Ron talk season on edge 00:01:36
After another tough loss in Atlanta, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling ask if the season is starting to slip away from the Mets.

The Mets were held to two hits time this season, 2-0, to the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

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

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

1) Mike Soroka held the Mets hitless through six innings in his first start off the disabled list before Michael Conforto reached on an infield single to begin the seventh. He reached second on a wild pitch with no outs but was stranded when the next three hitters were retired. The Mets have 48 hits over their last 11 games.

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The Mets have claimed RHP Chris Beck off waivers from the Chicago White Sox.

Beck will join the team on Thursday in Arizona, though a corresponding roster move hasn't yet ben announced. 

The 27-year-old Beck had one save and a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings (14 games) this season with the White Sox.

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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

There's been a lot of talk about whether the Mets should trade Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom. However, the better move might be to keep them both and, instead, look to deal Zack Wheeler, who is 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Tuesday night, the 28-year-old Wheeler tossed 100 pitches, walked four batters, struck out two and allowed six runs and eight hits during 5.2 innings against the Braves.

His ERA jumped to 4.98, despite giving up just one run during his first five innings.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrate a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrate a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (28-35) look to split their two-game set with the Braves (38-28) during a matinee on Wednesday at SunTrust Park at 12:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) hits a two RBI single against the Chicago Cubs during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Adrian Gonzalez' brief Mets career is over. And he -- and his daughter -- thanked Mets fans in a Twitter video on Tuesday night.

Click below to see...

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Potential rule changes for MLB 00:01:30
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred held a meeting Tuesday to discuss possible MLB rule changes, including a robotic strike zone and pitch clock.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Major League Baseball's Competition Committee met on Tuesday in Manhattan to discuss strategies for proposing changes to the sport, according to league sources.

The discussions, scheduled as part of the owners' meetings this week, came at a time when many dramatic proposals regarding pace of play are in the news (commissioner Rob Manfred addressed some of them in a recent Q and A with The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal). 

Two sources familiar with the committee's work indicated that some members were in favor of banning or limiting defensive shifts -- but other sources strongly cautioned that it was far too early to characterize any one issue as front-burner. Essentially, the committee is in discussion mode, batting around various proposals and ideas, and not ready to list which are most important...

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