SNY will air live coverage of the Brooklyn Cyclones game against the Lowell Spinners tonight at 7 p.m. ET.


 Andrew Battifarano, SNY.TV:

Cyclones infielder David Thompson emerges from the first base dugout at MCU Park and trots to his position at third base. The Mets 2015 fourth-round pick out of the University of Miami is just getting used to life in professional baseball, and he’s still trying to adapt to all the changes happening in front of him.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Thompson said. “It’s definitely been a big adjustment coming from college to here, but we’ve got a great group of guys on the team, and it’s cool to play in front of so many fans every day.”

Long bus trips, the grind of daily games and better pitching present all new tests for the 22-year-old Miami native. But as much as these may pose challenges for Thompson, he is taking it all in stride and soaking it all in. After all, he knows his career could end at any moment. Because a year ago, it nearly did.


After finishing a weekend series with Georgia Tech, Thompson, then a sophomore at Miami, decided to get some exercise and go for a bike ride. But as he hopped on the bike that Monday morning, he felt numbness in his arm and couldn’t grip the handlebars. It was painful, but Thompson shrugged it off.

Attempting to get back on the field the next day, Thompson couldn’t ignore the pain anymore. The numbness intensified. His normally white arm turned into a sickly shade of purple. The next day, it was more of the same. He went to the hospital and got what seemed to be a grim diagnosis  — a blood clot-related thoracic outlet syndrome, a disease that affects the nerves and blood vessels near the shoulder.

“I was scared. Honestly, at first I didn’t know how serious this was,” Thompson said. “I heard blood clot and I’ve heard a lot of scary stories about things like that. Then I wondered if I would ever play baseball again.”

He would need surgery, one that required him to have the clot removed, along with his first rib, so the pressure in his arm could be relieved. Thompson had previously undergone surgeries on his labrum for injuries he suffered while playing high school football. It wouldn’t be his first surgery, but it felt like the worst.

Dr. Lee Kaplan, Miami's team doctor and the one who diagnosed the syndrome, assured Thompson that he would recover and get back on the field. Other players before him, like former MLBers Josh Beckett and Chris Carpenter, had dealt with similar situations and made comebacks. Thompson would be no different.

He went on to have the surgery and wound up missing 32 games in 2014. Not being on the field was only part of the difficult situation, however.

“I had to inject myself with a shot every day just to play for about six months after that,” Thompson said. “And if I knew if I got hit by a pitch or something I would have to come right out of the game. I was always trying to get out of the way of stuff as quick as possible.”

(Dustin Satloff / Brooklyn Cyclones)

But Thompson pushed through this trying time with the support of family, teammates and coaches. By the beginning of the 2015 season, he was ready to get back on the field. The symptoms and side effects from the syndrome past him, Thompson had one of the best seasons of his career. He finished his junior year with 19 home runs, 90 RBIs and a .328 batting average, all among the team’s best. With his help, Miami reached the College World Series for the first time in seven years.

“I always dreamed about going to Miami ever since I was little kid,” Thompson said. “This year was a great group of guys, closest team I’ve ever been on. And just being able to get as far as we did and play as well as we did was an amazing and fun experience.”

An exciting time, yes, but Thompson admitted that there was at least one stressful moment during the early days of June. The MLB Draft was nearing, and he wondered if -- or when -- he would be selected. In 2012, he was taken in the 38th round by the Yankees, but had no intention of signing. Professional baseball was his goal, but it could wait until after he had some college experience. On June 9, the wait proved to be worth it.

Anxiously waiting his name to be called, it finally was on the second day of the draft when the Mets selected him with the No. 119 overall pick. Just a little over a year after he thought it was all over, Thompson was now a professional baseball player.

“It was real nerve-wracking,” he said of draft day. “Honestly, out of high school I didn’t expect to get drafted at all just because I knew I was going to college. And then in high school I got drafted and I wasn’t even watching, I wasn’t paying any attention, it was kind of funny. But this was real nerve-wracking. I was definitely sitting on the edge of my seat for a while, but it was an amazing experience when the Mets called.”

Now in Brooklyn, Thompson is attempting to acclimate himself to a new environment. Having spent much of his life in South Florida, the scenery of Coney Island presents some culture shock. Trading palm trees for skyscrapers and car rides for subway trips can seem overwhelming at times. To him, in a sense, it’s a foreign land.

“Well it’s weird not being able to drive anywhere, ever,” Thompson said with a laugh. “Miami’s a big city, but it’s nowhere near the size of New York. It’s a definitely a lot different here. Taking the train, just getting everywhere and finding little stores to get places.”

(Dustin Satloff / Brooklyn Cyclones)

Baseball has given him some stability in this new place, yet at the same time, it has even brought its own, new difficulties. As a star in both high school and college, Thompson always succeeded at every level. But through 49 games, Thompson is hitting .229 with a .289 on-base percentage, three home runs and 19 RBIs. His defense has been superb, according to Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa, but at the plate, Thompson needs to hone in on pitches he can handle.

“He’s certainly a very aggressive guy, which I personally like, but we have to harness that aggressiveness a little bit because he’s had a lot of nights where when we critique the game the next day, I said he’ll have five at-bats, maybe get one hit and strike out two or three times,” Gamboa said.

“But he’s got a great attitude, like I said, very aggressive. He’s got all the prerequisites for a third baseman, defensively and he’s got the power."

For Thompson, he believes his success predicates on staying focused and not letting any outside distractions get in the way.

“It’s definitely a grind, coming every single day no matter if you go 0-for-4 or 4-for-4, you’ve got to come with a fresh mindset and just know that today’s a new day no matter what happened yesterday," Thompson said.

And luckily for him, he has one now has one less distraction. Any feeling of pain from the blood clots is a thing of the past.

“No, it’s under control,” Thompson said. “Nothing bothers me at all.”

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets prospect Freddy Valdez could bring his professional career stateside in 2020. The team will get an ever better feel on the young, power-hitting player then... 


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Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 212 lbs

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB in NL Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-53, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 0.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets are now a season-high six games over .500 after their 4-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night. J.D. Davis was the hero, hitting his first career walk-off in the tenth inning. He is second in the NL with a .371 batting average and tied for ninth with a .429 on-base-percentage since the All-Star break. The team has now won 12 of its last 13 home games and is 36-21 at Citi Field this year, with a win tonight they would match the total amount of victories at home in both 2017 and 2018. Wilson Ramos is currently on a 15-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors. The last Met to have a 15-game hitting streak was David Wright from June 9-25, 2012.

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports  (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring on Aug. 13 against the Braves. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 22, 4:07 PM:

McNeil will begin a rehab assignment on Thursday night with Triple-A Syracuse, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. According to Callaway, McNeil will play five-to-seven innings while getting time in both left and right field.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Ruben Tejada, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets 2B Robinson Cano has been out since Aug. 5 due to a partially torn left hamstring, and is working his way back from the injury with an eye on returning before the season is over. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 22, 4:03 PM:

Cano ran in the outfield at Citi Field before Thursday night's game against the Indians.

He took early batting practice on Wednesday the plan after was for him to run on Thursday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets INF Jed Lowrie has not played yet this season due to an assortment of injuries, but is making progress as he attempts to return. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 22, 4:21 PM:

Lowrie is back in the St. Lucie lineup on Thursday, serving as the DH and batting second.

The Mets' plan is to determine next step (including whether McNeil is ready to play the field) after the game. 

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Apr 20, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen (64) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 20, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen (64) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The day after Marcus Stroman left his start before the fifth inning due to hamstring tightness, the Mets have called up Chris Flexen, who could potentially slide into the rotation if Stroman is unable to make his next start.

To make room on the 25-man roster, Ruben Tejada was DFA'd as the Mets reverted to a four-man bench.

Flexen, who the Mets used out of the bullpen earlier this season after also using him as a starter, had been working as a reliever with Triple-A Syracuse since June 12. But he returned to the rotation on Aug. 10 -- making two starts since then.

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Noah plays Backyard Baseball 00:01:32
If you grew up in the 90's, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

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

Mets assistant GM Adam Guttridge, who was hired by Brodie Van Wagenen as part of a series of front office moves this offseason, has been Van Wagenen's most important hire, writes Tim Britton in a wide-ranging piece for The Athletic that traces Guttridge's rise and details how he has impacted the Mets.

Among the things Guttridge has his fingerprints on? Bringing J.D. Davis to the attention of the Mets this offseason as a trade target and helping them decide in-season to start using their closer in tie games on the road.

"Sometimes data can be intimidating, sometimes it can be overwhelming," Van Wagenen told Britton. "But Adam is able to communicate that as effectively to our analysts as he does to myself, to our other leaders, to ownership and to players and coaches as well … He understands how to put people in situations to succeed."

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Most everything about the Mets' second-half run has been remarkable, but the emergence of J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario, in particular, has bulked up a youthful position-player core that suddenly gives this franchise an entirely different feel, both in the present and the future. 

Add that duo to Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, and you can make the case the Mets have five cornerstone players, four of which are under contractual control at least through the 2023 season. 

And that's not counting Dom Smith, who probably looms now as a valuable off-season trade chip, or Brandon Nimmo, who figures to be an important player when he comes back from his neck injury, even if it's more for depth at this point. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (69-57, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Thursday at 7:05 p.m. (Max Scherzer vs. Steven Brault)
Latest result: 11-1 win over Pirates on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 89.6 percent
Latest news: Scherzer is ready for his return from the IL

Cardinals (67-58, 1.5 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Rockies, Thursday at 7:45 p.m. (Miles Mikolas vs. German Marquez)
Latest result: 5-3 loss to Brewers on Wednesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 49.6 percent
Latest news: The Cards' loss on Wednesday was rain-shortened

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets entered the bottom of the 10th inning against the Indians trailing, 3-2, but erased the deficit with some tremendous at-bats and some help from Cleveland closer Brad Hand (who failed to cover first base on a potential inning-ending double play as the Mets tied the game).

After Hand's miscue, J.D. Davis put together an incredible at-bat, eventually ripping a game-winning hit to left field as all hell broke loose on the field, with Pete Alonso ripping Davis' jersey off in what is now a walk-off ritual.

With the win, the Mets crept to within 1.5 games of the second Wild Card spot. Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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J.D. Davis

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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


In a wild game at Citi Field, the Mets fell behind, 3-2, in the 10th inning after Luis Avilan served up a solo homer to Carlos Santana. But the Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with J.D. Davis capping things off with a walk-off hit to left field after an incredible at-bat against Brad Hand >> Read more 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have officially found their post-game celebration for walk-off hits, at least for now.

Pete Alonso confirmed the celebration while laughing with reporters in the locker room after the big win.

"If you hit a walk-off, your shirt's coming off," Alonso said.

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J.D. Davis: 'We did it again' 00:01:55
Fresh off the walk-off win J.D. Davis talks to Steve Gelbs saying, 'this team has no quit' and has that 'New York swagger'.

To say that J.D. Davis was excited after hitting his first career walk-off would be an understatement.

"Hey Mets fans, we did it again," said Davis. "This team has no quit, we were grinding all game... we had that New York swagger, that New York attitude, we didn't quit, we didn't quit."

He mentioned how excited the team gets if they fall behind in games. This was the fifth time all season that the Mets had won on a walk-off hit.

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Stroman had only allowed one run over four innings, but the Mets pulled him from the game with what they called left hamstring tightness. 

It was observed by the SNY booth that head trainer Brian Chicklo was checking out Stroman's hand before his at-bat, but that wasn't the case per the official announcement. 

Stroman tossed just 62 pitches, allowing five hits and that one earned run while striking out one and walking one over that span. 

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has not played since May, is getting close to being activated from the IL. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 21, 11:17 PM:

Nimmo went 0-for-3 as he continued his rehab assignment with Syracuse. 

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J.D. Davis walks off in 10th 00:01:28
J.D. Davis hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to propel Mets to 4-3 win over Indians.

The Mets beat the Indians 4-3 in extra innings thanks to a J.D. Davis walk-off hit. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman was cruising in his start tonight, but he had a premature exit after the team announced he was experiencing left hamstring tightness. Stroman allowed just one earned on five hits while striking out one and walking one over 62 pitches.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Mets take 2-1 lead in 5th inning 00:00:13
Luis Guillorme hit a ball to dead single to drive in Juan Lagares and give the Mets a 2-1 lead in the 5th inning.

It has been a pitcher's ballgame at Citi Field tonight, but the Mets did manage to plate two runs in the bottom of the fifth. 

Luis Guillorme came up to pinch hit in place of Marcus Stroman, and he came up clutch with an RBI double to send hom Juan Lagares

And Lagares was on second to begin with after an RBI double himself to plate Todd Frazier...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets in the heat of the playoff chase, they have kept their heads above water despite being without some key offensive pieces lately. That looks like it's about to change.

As key players start to return, the Mets will have to clear room on the 25-man roster for each and map out a plan of attack regarding who plays regularly and what the lineup should be (and whether the lineup should be static or malleable).

This is a good problem to have, but there are some tough decisions coming.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in NL Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-52, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won nine of their last 11 series since the All-Star break, have won three games in a row and four of their last five with a 25-10 record -- best in the MLB -- to sneak back into the Wild Card hunt.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Michael Conforto
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)
Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When Steven Matz noticed Mickey Callaway striding towards him with two on and one out in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, the lefty shook his head and cursed. His reaction was a reasonable one: The last time Callaway removed Matz from a tight game, Seth Lugo blew a lead against the Braves.

This time, of course, proved to be different. Lefty Justin Wilson pounded his cutter in on switch hitter Francisco Lindor, who was batting right-handed, and Oscar Mercado -- another righty. He struck out both.

Wilson has lately proven to be a strong offseason signing by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- and a major part of the team's surprising bullpen resurgence. While still shaky in spots, the Mets' pen has progressed from terrifying to stable. Or at least stable-ish. However one chooses to describe it, the facts show tangible improvements since June.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Entering his start on July 16, Mets LHP Steven Matz had a 4.87 ERA and was coming off a brief demotion to the bullpen. 

And while Matz was in the bullpen, Mickey Callaway wouldn't even commit to his eventual return to the rotation. 

Since then, Matz has a 2.81 ERA (his overall ERA has dipped to 4.18) and has struck out 38 batters in 41.2 innings (seven starts) while walking eight and allowing just three home runs. So, what triggered the turnaround?

Tags: Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)
Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Behind a strong start from Steven Matz and a late offensive eruption, the Mets took down the Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (68-57, 1.0 game up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Pirates, Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. (Patrick Corbin vs. Joe Musgrove)
Latest result: 4-1 loss to Pirates on Tuesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 89.1 percent
Latest news: The Nats suffered another bullpen meltdown on Tuesday

Cubs (67-58, 2.0 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Giants, Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. (Yu Darvish vs. Dereck Rodriguez)
Latest result: 5-3 win over Giants on Tuesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 78.5 percent
Latest news: Ben Zobrist could be getting closer to a return

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Mets rout Indians 9-2 00:01:02
The Mets rolled to a 9-2 win over the Indians, a playoff contender. The win's a good sign for the Mets who are operating on all cylinders.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was very pleased with his team's performance Tuesday night, as they beat the AL Wild Card-leading Indians 9-2. 

"They're relentless in their approach, no matter who comes in, they're up there grinding it out," Callaway said. "And that's what good teams do, they add on. Tonight, we added on enough to where we could stay away from Lugo and Diaz. Now we're set up in a better situation tomorrow because our hitters are relentless."

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Offense powers Mets to 9-2 win 00:01:24
Steven Matz pitched well, Justin Wilson was clutch and Davis and Conforto had key home runs to lead Mets to well-rounded 9-2 win.

The Mets kicked off their nine-game homestand with a big 9-2 win over the Indians at Citi Field on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was allowed to go deep into the game this time around, as he continues to show success on the bump. He did allow a solo homer to 2B Jason Kipnis in the top of the second, but the run that came across in the fourth was unearned. Overall, the lefty went 6.1 innings, allowing that one earned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Mets manager Mickey Callaway dropped some big news that Jed Lowrie, who hasn't played with the Mets at all this season due to various injuries, was starting a rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night. 

And it looks like he's moving around pretty well, finishing the night 1-for-4 with an RBI.

This is some of the first footage we've seen of Lowrie in action this season, as he's seen running out a ground ball to first base...

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Big Bomb for J.D. Davis 00:00:14
In his return to the lineup J.D. Davis hit a huge 2-run home run in the second inning against the Indians.

LF J.D. Davis returned to the Mets' lineup on Tuesday night. And he let everyone know it in his first at-bat. 

Davis parked a fastball from RHP Shane Bieber over the center-field fence, dropping right next to the home-run apple to put the Mets up 2-1...

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Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

After an off day, the Mets (64-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) are back in action as they start their nine-game homestand at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Cleveland Indians.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won 10 of their last 12 series since the All-Star break, most recently taking two out of three games over the weekend at the Kansas City Royals. During that span, they boast a .706 win percentage while going 24-10, topping the Yankees (.684, 26-12) for the best in the MLB. LF J.D. Davis, who had tightness in his right calf, returns to the lineup after Sunday's 11-5 win over the Royals, when he subbed in the top of the seventh inning with his pinch-hit RBI single. On the season, Davis is slashing .312/.375/.513 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has not played yet this season due to a variety of injuries, is starting a rehab assignment on Tuesday night with High-A St. Lucie, where he will serve as the DH.

"It's still a situation where it's gonna be day-to-day, obviously, but for him to get on the field and get his blood flowing in a big situation for him to this point is exciting," manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think we'll just see how he comes out of it and then make the schedule out the next day."

The 35-year-old Lowrie, who suffered a "low grade" right calf strain in July while rehabbing, has also dealt with knee and hamstring injuries to his left side this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is taking the final step in his road back from injury, joining Triple-A Syracuse as he continues his rehab assignment, SNY's Andy Martino reports.

The 26-year-old Nimmo has been out since May 21.

Nimmo (back) began his rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie last week and played two games there -- serving as the DH on Aug. 16 and playing the outfield on Aug. 18. St. Lucie was off on Monday.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets head toward the homestretch in the regular season, it looks like they'll be losing a bullpen piece.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Robert Gsellman has suffered a partial lat tear. And though his timetable hasn't been determined yet, it would need to be a speedy recovery to see Gsellman back on the mound at full health this year. 

Gsellman hit the IL on Aug. 17 with right triceps tightness, but there was clearly more to his injury after tests were done. 

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a couple transactions before starting their series with the Indians on Tuesday night. 

Rajai Davis is back with the big club, the team announced, as he was recalled with RHP Walker Lockett being sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse.

Davis played in four games with the Mets before he was sent down to Triple-A. He went 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBI during that span. In Triple-A, he owned a .287/.334/.410 slash line with eight homers and 28 RBIs over 84 games. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario

In the span of two years, Mets shortstop Amed Rosario has gone from the top prospect in baseball to a defensive liability who could be moved to center field, to back to being a young star on the rise.

"My confidence has been at an all-time high," Rosario recently told Deesha Thosar of the Daily News. "I didn't start the season this great, but now it's been going well."

Rosario, who is still just 23 years old, had been struggling offensively earlier this season while making errors and mistakes in the field. However, during his most recent 100 or so games, he's batting around .300 and has returned to being the quick and slick fielder he projected to be when he was in the minor leagues...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (68-56, 2.0 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Pirates, Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. (Stephen Strasburg vs. Chris Archer)
Latest result: 13-0 win over Pirates on Monday
Current odds to make playoffs: 92.5 percent
Latest news: The Nats are in the midst of an insane scoring stretch

Cubs (66-58, 2.0 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Giants, Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. (Cole Hamels vs. Tyler Beede)
Latest result: 7-1 win over Pirates on Sunday night. 
Current odds to make playoffs: 75.0 percent
Latest news: INF David Bote was optioned to Triple-A

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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

After being on fire for the better part of a month, Mauricio is in the midst of a huge funk, with zero hits in his last 23 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .273/.311/.366 with four homers, four triples, and 20 doubles in 105 games this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets remain in the NL Wild Card hunt.

The guys talk about the state of the bullpen after the Mets 6-game road trip, Pete Alonso becoming the new NL rookie home run champion, and Amed Rosario blossoming into a hitting threat.

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets family unfortunately lost one of its original members in Al Jackson, who passed away in Port St. Lucie on Monday at 83. 

Jackson pitched for the Mets in their inaugural season in 1962, where he spent four seasons before being traded to the Cardinals in 1966. He would return to the Mets in 1968 and played halfway through the 1969 season before being traded to the Reds where he would finish his career that season. 

Jackson's 43 wins with New York was the team's record until Tom Seaver would break it. But his connection with the Mets didn't stop after his playing days. 

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If you've been following the Mets this year, you know that they've become highly reluctant to publicize estimated timetables on when injured players will return.

That said, we hear that Jeff McNeil, eligible to come off the injured list Aug. 24, might need to play in minor league rebab games before he returns. The team has not yet determined a schedule for those games, but it seems they could push back his return just a bit.

Still, the news on McNeil has been positive since an MRI revealed that his hamstring strain was "mild."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Andy Martino
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The Mets are in the thick of the Wild Card race -- 2.0 games out of the second spot with 38 games to go. And if they make it to the do-or-die play-in game, it seems that Jacob deGrom is already lined up to start it.

The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard

DeGrom started on Saturday night against the Royals in Kansas City, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule, his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 18, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with designated hitter Wilson Ramos (40) after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 18, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with designated hitter Wilson Ramos (40) after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Mets came away with yet another series victory as their hot second half continues. And their World Series odds continue to get better because of it. 

Entering a new week, Bovada updated their World Series odds, and the Mets came in at +2000. They were at +2200 last week, and it was even higher the week of Aug. 6 -- at +2800. 

The Mets, of course, must first make the playoffs and they currently sit 2.0 games back of the second Wild Card slot iwth a little over a month left to play. The Brewers are also there at 64-60, while the Cubs hold that second spot at 66-58. Per FanGraphs, the Mets' Wild Card odds are set at 42.9 percent.

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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (67-56, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Pirates, Monday at 7:05 p.m. (Joe Ross vs. Trevor Williams)
Latest result: 16-8 win over Brewers on Sunday
Current odds to make playoffs: 89.8 percent
Latest news: Struggling reliever Sean Doolittle was placed on the 10-day IL due to a knee injury

Cubs (66-58, 2.0 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Giants, Tuesday at 8:05 p.m. (Cole Hamels vs. Tyler Beede)
Latest result: 7-1 win over Pirates on Sunday night. 
Current odds to make playoffs: 75.6 percent
Latest news: Nicholas Castellanos has been on fire since being traded to Chicago

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(Geoff Burke)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals

Cabrera has had a relative resurgence since joining the Nationals, going 9-for-26 with five RBI in eight games. He singled in his only at-bat on Sunday and added two multi-hit games to his ledger in the past week. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Mets overwhelm KC 00:02:02
Mickey Callaway, Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario on Alonso's 40th HR, the team's patient approach at the plate and tough upcoming schedule

JD Davis pinch-hit for Aaron Altherr in the seventh inning of Sunday's win with a single, but when Mickey Callaway noticed him moving with what he said was not a "smooth gait," the manager's decision on who would take over in left field came down to one person, Amed Rosario

"Sometimes you have to do whatever you have to do to win a game and that's what we did tonight," Callaway said. "We knew that this could be a possibility. We were ready to go that route a few days ago. [Rosario's] ability to go out there, and his willingness more than anything, allows you to win games." 

"He's an unselfish player, and we have a bunch of them out there."

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis
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Mets hammer Royals 00:01:32
Michael Conforto had 4 RBI and Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with his 40th HR as the Mets charged past the Royals, 11-5

The Mets handed it to the Royals in a 11-5 win to take the series in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler looked to be cruising in his start today, but he hit a wall in the fifth inning when he allowed three runs to reliniquish the Mets' lead. His day would be done after that frame, with his final line being four runs, three earned on four hits while walking one and striking out two. He would get a no-decision thanks to the Mets' offense.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Kansas City Royals, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Alonso hits #40 00:00:26
Pete Alonso sets a new NL rookie record , launching his 40th HR of the season

Pete Alonso was having himself a fine day at the plate in Kansas City on Sunday, and his final at-bat put his name next to some more league history. 

Alonso mashed his 40th homer of the season in the top of the ninth inning, and with that he is now the owner of the most homers ever by a rookie in the National League. He broke Cody Bellinger's 2017 record when he hit 39 homers. 

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Conforto bombs one 00:00:14
Michael Conforto crushes a 3-run HR in the first inning to get the Mets off to a quick 3-0 lead.

Michael Conforto has been swinging a hot bat lately, and he didn't waste any time showing the Royals exactly how hot it is. 

On the first pitch from Glenn Sparkman, Conforto lifted a three-run homer for the right field fence to put the Mets up early in the first...

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

The Mets (63-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) will finish their series with the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have won eight of their last 10 series since the All-Star break. They also have a .697 win percentage since that span, which is good for second in the MLB. ...J.D. Davis snapped his 10-game hit streak yesterday during a pinch hit appearance. ...Wilson Ramos is on a 12-game hit streak at the moment. He's hitting .447 during that span.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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