New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Juan Lagares is working this winter with Craig Wallenbrock, who is the hitting instructor credited with changing J.D. Martinez's swing, according to NY Times reporter James Wagner. 

Lagares is looking to follow the greater trend of Major League Baseball: hit more fly balls and, in turn, more home runs. 

"This was my idea," Lagares told Wagner. "I'm trying to find the help that may benefit me."

Of course, Lagares isn't about to turn into Aaron Judge, but any excess home runs would be a good thing for both player and club.

"It can help me," Lagares said. "I have to keep working on it. Just because I went to them doesn't mean I'm going to hit 50 home runs.''

Lagares, though, says nothing matters if he doesn't get the at-bats. 

"It's my first year doing this," Lagares said. "I hope to have a good year. And it also depends on the opportunities I get. I can do all this, and if I don't get the chances to play, I can't do anything."

Last season, in 252 at-bats, Lagares hit .250 with a .365 SLG and .296 OBP. He hit 3 HR and notched 15 RBI.

Wallenbrock's greatest success story is Martinez. Prior to working with Wallenbrock, Martinez hit .251 with a .300 OBP and just 24 home runs in nearly 900 at-bats, during which he bounced between the Astros and their upper-level affiliates. 

The season after working with Wallenback, at which time Martinez was 26-years-old, he hit .315 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI, while striking out less and getting on base more than earlier in his career.

In his subsequent three seasons, Martinez has hit 105 home runs and enters this winter a top free agent corner outfielder reportedly seeking a $200 million contract.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

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Health Tips with Mookie 00:00:47
Mookie Wilson reminisces about his playing days and what it takes to survive the 162-game grind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subway Series notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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David Wright and the Mets have adjusted their expectations over the past few years, knowing that the captain's injuries have made it unlikely that he will ever again be a major league regular. But a variety of endings are still possible for his outstanding career, and Wright has more than earned a happy finale. 

Here's hoping that Sunday's minor league rehab game, Wright's first since last summer, is the start of exactly that.

Every time Wright steps on a field, he is taking a calculated risk. On Monday, he could wake up to bad news emanating from his back or neck or shoulder. It isn't hard to imagine that he is close to a point where doctors tell him that is no longer wise to try. No one would be shocked if Sunday's game was his last as a professional baseball player.

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Jul 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (48-65) begin a three-game series on the road with the Marlins (47-70) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets notes

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

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The Amazin' Life: MetsFellas 00:02:43
On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith and Ron turn GoodFellas into MetsFellas, making them both funny guys!

In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Ron Darling thinks Keith Hernandez is a "funny guy."

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Wheeler outstanding again in win 00:01:20
Zack Wheeler held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings and the Mets pounded out 13 hits in their 6-2 win on Friday night in Miami.

Zack Wheeler held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings and the Mets pounded out 13 hits in their 6-2 win on Friday night in Miami.  

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The guys talk Wheeler 00:02:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss whether Zack Wheeler can sustain the success he's enjoying the rest of this season and beyond.

Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over six innings and lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.77 as the Mets took the rubber game of the series from the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up his first victory since June 18. The 30-year-old allowed four hits and a walk while recording his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 27th of his career. DeGrom's 183 strikeouts are second in the National League behind Washington's Max Scherzer (216). Wednesday marked the first time in five starts he failed to pitch seven innings.

 

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Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler's scoreless innings streak may have snapped, but he secured yet another win in his start Friday night. 

Wheeler entered this contest with the Marlins not allowing a single run over his last two starts. And he kept that streak going to start his night. 

The righty got seven straight Marlins hitters out before an error by Amed Rosario allowed Miguel Rojas on base in the bottom of the third. Wheeler, though, would get out of the inning without letting the error hurt him. 

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are taking on the Marlins down in Miami on Friday night, and Zack Wheeler once again was dominating to start the game. All the Mets needed was a couple runs to back him up. 

Leave that to Michael Conforto

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The Mets (47-65) begin a three-game series on the road with the Marlins (47-69) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

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

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

Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Top 100 Prospect rankings are in parenthesis) are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas (No. 63) -- ETA 2018

The 23-year-old Alonso had a great week with Triple-A Las Vegas, going 6-for-13 with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI. His best night was a 4-for-5 night on Tuesday, where he was a triple shy of the cycle. Alonso's slash line has now rose to .251/.350/.556 with 13 homers and 49 RBI over 44 games with the 51s. His line on July 7 was .171/.330/.368. Assistant GM John Ricco said earlier last week that Alonso is entrenched in Triple-A for now.

 

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

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Andy Martino is joined by guest co-host John Harper to talk about the team's trade deadline decisions, what the TBD front office should do in the offseason, and where this season fits in the history of disappointing Mets seasons of the past. A bonus listen…be sure to wait for John's fantastic David Cone story from 1992.

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

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It is too soon to say what type of general manager the Mets want to hire. Over the past few weeks, the organization has batted around names of potential candidates with a variety of backgrounds. There are many voices involved, from Fred and Jeff Wilpon to Omar Minaya, to John Ricco, and no consensus yet.

As the Mets weigh their options, here's an opinion from someone (uh, me) who has covered the organization for the better part of a decade: Hire a GM with deep experience and credibility in the game. Focus more on gravitas than scouting versus analytics, or any other particulars of philosophy. The best executives are the moderates who draw from all belief systems, anyway.

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Baseball America considers the Mets to have the 11th-worst farm system in baseball. However, that is eight spots better from where they ranked the Mets at the start of this season...

MLB.com recently added Andres Gimenez (59), 1B Peter Alonso (63), 3B Jarred Kelenic (67) and pitcher Justin Dunn (97) to their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Mets prospects infielder Ronny Mauricio and pitchers David Peterson and Anthony Kay were all considered to be among the "best of the rest," according to Baseball America's report.

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deGrom's pitching grips 00:00:28
On Science of Baseball, Ron Darling looks at how Jacob deGrom grips some of his pitches.

According to Fangraphs, deGrom is throwing his fastball 51.7% of the time this season, slider 24% of the time and his changeup 15.6% of the time.

Join the Mets and Memorial Sloan Kettering as we team up to Strike Out Cancer. Visit http://giving.mskcc.org/mets to learn more about the K's for Cancer program and your chance to donate.

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The most important word to understand about the Mets' search for their next general manager is "early." As in, ownership and the front office are in the brainstorming phase, batting around not just names but types.

When you hear Ben Cherington, Michael Chernoff, Dan Duquette, Jed Hoyer, Dan O'Dowd, and Jared Porter you think, "Wow, those are a lot of different philosophies and backgrounds." Indeed, the team is considering a wide variety of possibilities before narrowing its search.

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Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) celebrates hitting a home run with New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) celebrates hitting a home run with New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

MLB is returning Players' Weekend on Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, where the players will get to wear nicknames on the backs of their special non-traditional jerseys.

These are the best Mets' nicknames:

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