Mets make pitching changes 00:03:37
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway explain the reasons behind the firing of pitching coach Dave Eiland.

Noting the respect he and the organization has for outgoing pitching coach Dave Eiland, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen explained Thursday why Eiland was fired as part of a bigger series of moves that included the creation of the new position of "pitching strategist."

"As we evaluated the season so far, we have fallen short of a variety of things as a team, and we all have to look ourselves in the mirror for that shortcoming," Van Wagenen said Thursday at Wrigley Field. "And we have to make the best decisions we can in that moment to improve our stock."

Those decisions were the firing of Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, and the interim hires of Phil Regan (pitching coach), Ricky Bones (bullpen coach), and Jeremy Accardo (pitching strategist).

"As we look forward, we want to make improvements to our performance -- especially in the bullpen," Van Wagenen continued, adding that the decision was an organizational one that he had discussed with Callaway prior to making the decision on Thursday morning.

Asked what the "ultimate factor" was in the firing of Eiland, Callaway said it was the Mets' "own performance." 

"When we assessed the first two and a half months of the season, in particular over the course of the last several weeks, we felt like the bullpen performance had a lot of room to improve," Van Wagenen said. "I think that is the root of this move."

Van Wagenen added that they're hoping the new trio helps the bullpen succeed better and also leads to more consistent performance from the starting rotation. 

As far as the new interim hires, Van Wagenen explained why he felt they would succeed.

"Phil, Jeremy, and Ricky were all working together in the minor leagues," he said. "Most of the players here, including guys like deGrom and Matz and many others have come through Phil's guidance. ... Phil's understanding of what it takes to succeed at the big league level is something that was attractive to us."

When asked if the failure of the pitching staff had more to do with the front office than the staff itself, Van Wagenen said "we all have to look in the mirror"

With the firings of Eiland and Hernandez coming soon after Callaway's own status was in question (with Van Wagenen offering only tepid support), he was asked whether Callaway was the "next one in line" to get fired.

"Mickey has my full vote of confidence, he's our manager," Van Wagenen said. "This is a scenario where we want to continue to give Mickey the best resources and the best coaching staff to be able to help him achieve our goals." 

Meanwhile, while Van Wagenen wouldn't get into the exact specifics of why Eiland was fired, it's telling that the team added the position of pitching strategist in order to help the communication between the field staff and front office. And toward the end of his comments Thursday, Van Wagenen suggested that the collaboration needed to improve.

For now, that collaboration will still all be overseen by Callaway, who said the shakeup was something they "felt was necessary."

"I take it as a failure on my part," Callaway added. "I'm the manager. That's a tough thing -- to lose coaches. No manager wants that under their watch."

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Matz wanted to keep it close 00:01:43
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz knows he let his team down but the team isn't giving up hope just yet.

As Jorge Alfaro stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth inning, Steven Matz knew he had to be careful with his pitches.

Alfaro's second-inning solo shot to left field sparked Miami's early lead, which doubled to two runs following an RBI single into center field by Migual Rosas, the Marlins threatened when the cleanup hitter arrived at the plate after Matz began the sixth with three straight hits.

The Mets made a mound visit, but the southpaw's 1-1 pitch still missed, hanging the 89-mph slider at Alfaro's belt over the inner half of the plate and landing over the right-center field wall for a game-breaking grand slam.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose to Marlins 8-4 00:01:20
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes his 2nd career grand slam but the Marlins top the Mets 8-4.

A sixth-inning grand slam was unable to spark the Mets back from a six-run deficit Monday as New York fell 8-4 to the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. >> Box score

Seven Takeaways from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put the Mets in an early hole Sunday night, giving up a solo home run to Jorge Alfaro in the top of the second inning. The early scoring continued on into the third frame when Jon Berti hit a two-out double out to left-center field and Miguel Rojas brought him home with a RBI-single.

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets 1B Pete Alonso's historic rookie campaign continued early during Monday's series-opening game against the Marlins at Citi Field in New York, where he etched his name into the franchise's record book next to former 3B David Wright.

On a 2-1 changeup from Miami LHP Caleb Smith in the bottom of the third inning, Alonso reached down for the low-and-outside pitch, pulling a one-out single to left field and becoming the Mets' single-season leader in total bases.

Alonso's 335 total bases with six-plus games left on the regular season edged Wright's mark of 334, which stood for the past decade and change after the former third baseman set the record in 2008.

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What will happen with Callaway? 00:01:47
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the future of Mets manager Mickey Callaway once the season ends.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets head into the home stretch and the final week of the regular season.

The guys look into the future and speculate whether or not it includes Mickey Callaway, and discuss how to evaluate the successes of the second half of the season, balanced with the struggles of the first.

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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) winds up before a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) winds up before a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (81-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) begin their final homestand of the regular season in a four-game series with the Marlins (73-82, 41.0 GB in NL East) Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets Notes

Riding a six-game win streak against the Marlins since the second half of the season began, taking 2 of 3 in July and sweeping them in August in a four-game series. ...Coming off a 6-3 win over the Reds that saw Michael Conforto crush a three-run homer in the first inning to open up the scoring. ...Pete Alonso became the first rookie in MLB history to hit 50 home runs and 30 doubles in a season in the win. ...Alonso still has a shot at beating Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) with seven games remaining.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets have announced their minor league awards, which include INF Mark Vientos being named their hitter of the year and LHP Kevin Smith being named pitcher of the year.

Among the other awards: INF Andres Gimenez being named defender of the year and Sam Haggerty -- who recently made his Mets debut -- winning baserunner of the year. 

Vientos, 19, was recently named the Mets' hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Mark Vientos, Danny Abriano
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Mets outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto
Mets outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto

The Mets enter play on Monday with a record of 81-74, trailing both the Brewers (86-70) and Nationals (85-69) by 4.5 games for the two Wild Card spots in the National League.

As far as the free-falling Cubs (82-74), the Mets would draw even with them with a win against the Marlins on Monday night.

The odds for the Mets are very long -- FanGraphs gives them a just a 2.0 percent chance of making it. But until they're eliminated, the possibility remains that the Mets will do something miraculous and make it past Game 162.

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Kranepool: Life After Baseball 00:00:45
New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:48
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #6, Noah Syndergaard

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 6 is Noah Syndergaard throwing first pitch of Game 3 of the 2015 World Series over Alcides Escobar's head.

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 248 K's (11.3 per 9) in 197 IP (31 starts), 6.7 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.9 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Reds, allowing four hits while striking nine and walking none on Sept. 20
Next start: Sept. 25 vs. Marlins
Trending: UP, having allowed just one run over his last 21 IP spanning three starts as his ERA has dropped from 2.76 to 2.51

Max Scherzer, Nationals

Key stats: 2.81 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 233 K's (12.6 per 9) in 166.1 IP (26 starts), 6.4 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.0 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Allowed five earned runs in 6.2 innings against the Cardinals on Sept. 18
Next start: Sept. 24 vs Phillies
Trending: DOWN, as his ERA has risen from 2.30 on July 6 to 2.81 while he has failed to pitch more than 6.0 innings in any start during that span

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (David Kohl)
Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (David Kohl)

The Mets (81-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


The Mets made their four-run first inning stand up as they finished off a 4-2 road trip with a 6-3 win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 19, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Kay (70) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 19, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Kay (70) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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...


Anthony Kay, Blue Jays

After two no-decision starts, including Sept. 13's 4.1-inning struggle against the Yankees, Kay bounced back in last Thursday's outing at Baltimore. In his first career appearance as an MLB reliever, the southpaw logged 4.0 innings from the third frame all the way through the sixth, limiting the Orioles to two runs on four hits with three strikeouts to one walks. At the end of Toronto's 8-4 victory, Kay was credited with his first career win. Through three games (two starts), Kay is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts to five walks over 14.0 innings.

Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria, Anthony Kay, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Nimmo VS McNeil: Office Olympics 00:02:01
On Episode 4 of Game On, presented by GEICO, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

On Episode 4 of "Game On," presented by GEICO, Mets OF Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil go for the gold as they compete in Office Olympics!

Who's going to come away with the win?

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Amazin' Life: Welcome Back Nimmo 00:01:52
On an all-new episode of The Amazin' Life, Todd Frazier helps Brandon Nimmo catch up on all the crazy things he missed while he was away.

In this episode of The Amazin' Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier welcomes back Brandon Nimmo. And since he's been gone awhile, Frazier wanted to catch the outfielder up on some things he might have missed...

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Mets win final road game of year 00:01:22
Callaway, Stroman, Conforto and Alonso on Stroman battling thru illness, Conforto's HR and the Mets attitude heading into the final week

RHP Marcus Storman battled into his way into the fifth inning before he exited Sunday's game early, leaving the final four-plus frames in the hands of the bullpen and putting the Mets' series finale in jeopardy.

The four Mets relievers, however, collectively answered the call for Stroman and manager Mickey Callaway.

With insurance home runs on solo shots from OFs J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo, the Mets kept control of the lead established off the offense's four-run first inning and recorded the 6-3 win to secure the three-game set against the Reds (73-83).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Mets power past Reds 00:01:21
Michael Conforto ripped a 3-run HR while J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo added solo shots as the Mets topped the Reds 6-3

Michael Conforto's three-run home run came early and made the difference in the game, as the Mets defeated the Reds by a final score of 6-3 on Sunday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets did the majority of their damage in the first inning of Sunday's game and it proved to be enough offensive firepower for the victory. Robinson Cano knocked in Pete Alonso with an RBI double before Conforto delievered the game's big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Conforto blasted a Trevor Bauer fastball deep into the seats in right for his 31st home run of the year.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Davis hits #20 00:00:14
J.D. Davis drives a solo HR to the opposite field, the 5th Met to reach 20 HR's this season, a new team record

When J.D. Davis took a Trevor Bauer fastball over the wall in right for a solo homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he became the fifth Mets player to hit his 20th home run of the season. 

That marks the first time in franchise history the team has had five players crack the 20-homer plateau. 

 

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) runs after hitting an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) runs after hitting an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game against the Reds, after his left foot was hit by a pitch in the third inning. 

X-Rays on Cano's left toe came back negative, the Mets said. In the meantime, J.D. Davis entered the game for Cano, heading into left field, with Jeff McNeil taking over at second base.

Cano hit an RBI double in his first at-bat in the first inning before exiting the game.

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Conforto hits #31 00:00:14
Michael Conforto launches a 3-run HR off Trevor Bauer in the 1st inning to extend the Mets lead to 4-0

After Robinson Cano got the Mets on the board with an RBI double in the first, Michael Conforto delievered the big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give his team a 4-0 lead.

 

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) goes to the dugout between innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates 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 first baseman Pete Alonso (20) goes to the dugout between innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Pete Alonso collected the Mets' first hit of the game on Sunday, a double down the left field line in the top of the first inning against the Reds. In doing so, he became the first rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 30 doubles in the same season.

Alonso's 50th homer of the season came on Friday when the 24-year-old launched his third homer in as many games.

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) walks off the mound at the end of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) walks off the mound at the end of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (80-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series with the Reds (73-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. 

Mets Notes

Since being activated, Brandon Nimmo has reached safely in 28 of his 60 plate appearances, posting a .279/.467/.628 slashline in 18 games... Seth Lugo has struck out 100 in 76.0 innings, which places him tied for second in the NL in strikeouts as a reliever this season... The Mets haven't lost a season series to the Reds since 2013, a streak which will be on the line Sunday as the teams have split the first six games they have played against each other this season... Seven Mets have recorded 50 or more RBI this season, tying a franchise record.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:42
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #7, Daniel Murphy hits a huge home run in the NLCS on Oct 17th 2015!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 7 is Daniel Murphy hitting a huge home run in the NLCS on Oct 17, 2015.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Mets (80-74, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Reds (73-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning.  >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Adeiny Hechavarria was DFA'd by the Mets in a salary move in early August. That helped him land with the Atlanta Braves. 

A move he's more than thankful for. 

The utility infielder for the Braves said following the Braves' 8-1 win over the Giants on Saturday he's thanking a higher power

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Heading into Saturday's meeting with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had been dealing as of late. 

Wheeler had only allowed one earned run in his last four-straight outings.

Make it five.

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Reds hand Mets crushing defeat 00:01:10
Callaway, Wheeler and Frazier on today's devastating loss to the Reds

With just a handful of games remaining on the schedule, every single game is crucial for the Mets as they look to make one final push towards a potential Wild Card spot.

But Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Reds was a crushing blow, as the Mets wasted a great outing by Zack Wheeler and squandered run-scoring opportunities with men on base, losing to a team that's been near the basement of the NL Central all season long.  

"It hurts," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We had multiple chances. I think the way we lost hurts. We had a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn't come through. I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position. We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn't get it done."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Reds edge Mets 00:01:04
The Mets postseason hopes took a crushing blow as the Reds scored in the 8th inning off Seth Lugo to win 3-2

The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler gave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely. The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. Wheeler would then retire the next two hitters to work his way out of any more trouble. 

2) The Mets got on the board in the third inning after avoiding potential disaster. After Todd Frazier singled to get things started, Amed Rosario roped a ball into the right-center gap for a hit. Frazier was held at third, but Rosario kept running towards third anyway. The Reds got the ball to the plate, but Rosario was quickly able to scramble back to second base safely. Wheeler then grounded out to second, but Frazier came in to score the Mets' first run. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:01:00
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #8, the Mets retired Mike Piazza's Number 31 on July 30th 2016!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 8 is when the Mets retired Mike Piazza's No. 31 on July 30, 2016.

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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)

After the past two weeks featured mixed performances with Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos as the Mets -- from general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to manager Mickey Callaway -- mulled the pitcher-catcher combination, Ramos has broken his silence.

Before the Mets' 8-1 win Friday against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, he sat down with Mike Puma of the New York Post and defused any further drama that could be tied to him and Syndergaard.

Poor results from Syndergaard's starts with Ramos at catcher most recently led to the Mets' decision Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, starting Rene Rivera but still struggling despite the team's 7-4 win.

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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 (84-68, 1.0 game ahead for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Marlins, Saturday at 6:10 p.m. (RHP Stephen Strasburg vs. RHP Jordan Yamamoto)
Latest result: 6-4 win over Marlins on Friday
Current odds to make playoffs: 96.4 percent
Latest news: 3B Anthony Rendon is among the NL MVP race amid the Nats' postseason surge

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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

The Mets (80-73, 14.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


After five scoreless innings, the Mets drew first blood in the sixth and added seven runs through the next three frames to take the 8-1 opener against the Reds  >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

With the regular season winding down, Jacob deGrom continues to pitch himself towards a second straight Cy Young Award.

Friday night's 8-1 Mets' win over the Reds was just the latest example of deGrom's flat-out brilliance, as the right-hander struck out nine over seven shutout innings, allowing just four singles. 

DeGrom has now gone at least seven innings in 12 of his last 14 starts. During that span, he's pitched 94.0 innings and allowed just 17 earned runs while striking out 120 hitters.

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Pete reacts to 50th home run 00:01:30
Pete Alonso reacts to being just the second rookie to hit 50 home runs. Alonso, loving the history of the game says it's mindboggling.

Pete Alonso became just the second rookie in baseball history to hit 50 home runs, slamming a 437-foot two-run home run deep into the Ohio night in Friday's 8-1 win over the Reds, his 50th of his stellar rookie campaign.

"I touched that one up pretty good," Alonso said after the game. 

Alonso passed Mark McGwire to move into sole possession of second place on the all-time rookie home run list. He now trails Aaron Judge's all-time record by just two home runs with nine regular season games remaining. 

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Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is one of the top contenders to win the 2019 NL Cy Young. If he does, it would give him back-to-back Cy Young awards -- making him the first Met to ever accomplish that feat. Here's where things stand in the race...


Jacob deGrom, Mets

Key stats: 2.51 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 248 K's (11.3 per 9) in 197 IP (30 starts), 6.2 WAR (FanGraphs), 6.3 WAR (Baseball Reference)
Last start: Pitched 7.0 shutout innings against the Reds, striking out nine while allowing just four singles on Sept. 20
Next start: Sept. 25 vs. Marlins
Trending: UP, having allowed just one earned runs in 21.0 innings over his last three starts, dropping his WHIP under 1.00 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Mets win 8-1, Alonso's 50th HR 00:01:29
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings. Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run and the Mets are 3 games back after a 8-1 win.

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a ninth inning rally. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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A look at Zack Wheeler's market 00:01:15
BNNY and Adam Fisher debate whether Zack Wheeler is worth a 100 million dollars on the starting pitching market this offseason.

In addition to the Mets needing to finish hot in hopes of snatching the final Wild Card spot, it would help GM Brodie Van Wagenen's off-season strategy if the following four players finished strong as well:

Edwin Diaz

The difference between Diaz being a bust or being the closer he was for Seattle in 2018 will determine whether Van Wagenen feels the need to spend big this winter on another reliever.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Not even Tom Seaver won back-to-back Cy Young Awards, so perhaps that gives you an idea of how difficult it is to achieve what Jacob deGrom just might do by the end of this season.

But while the Mets ace has been masterful -- again -- this year, he's not as clearly the best pitcher in the National League the way he was in 2018. The rest of his season, beginning with his start Friday night in Cincinnati, will have a massive impact on whether deGrom hoists another trophy.

In taking a look at how he can get it done, let's start with this: deGrom is in terrific shape in this race. He leads the NL in multiple important categories -- strikeouts, WHIP, bWAR and lowest opponent OPS. He's second in FIP (fielding independent pitching), third in ERA and fifth in both innings and ERA-plus.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Anthony McCarron
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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)

One of the top prospects in the Mets' farm system is now officially on the national radar.

Francisco Alvarez -- the No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 catcher in New York's organization, according to MLB Pipeline's 2019 Prospect Watch -- cracked Baseball America's updated list of top 100 prospects Friday.

"The Mets' top international signing last year, Alvarez's defense and power improved dramatically in his first year of pro ball and have turned him into one of the most promising all-around young catchers in the minors," Baseball America said.

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Kranepool: Life After Baseball 00:00:45
New York Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

Mets legend Ed Kranepool discusses his life after baseball, including travel, work, and the kidney transplant he had in 2019.

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Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

On Thursday, MLB.com named Mark Vientos as the Mets' Hitting Prospect of the Year.

Vientos' stats from this past season are not overly impressive as he hit .255 with a .300 OBP, 12 home runs and 27 doubles in 111 games in Single A. However, at just 19 years old and two years removed from being a senior in high school, because he made improvements and completed his first 100-game season, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves as a potential big-league third baseman.

"He's as close to a professional hitter as you'll find in the minors," a team insider told me during spring training. "He's got raw power, but needs to start going the other way more and reduce the hitch in his swing, which is something coaches will work on with him this spring."

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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:47
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #9, Matt Harvey starts the MLB All-Star Game on July 16th 2013!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 9 is Matt Harvey starting the MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013.

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

While the Mets' focus down the September stretch of the 2019 regular season remains on the final push for the postseason, two key catalysts for the team's contention since April are on a potential path to history.

Before New York starts the second half of its six-game road trip with the weekend's three-game series Friday at 7:10 p.m. against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, 1B Pete Alonso and RHP Jacob deGrom have made strong cases for two of the NL's top awards.

DeGrom (9-8, 2.61 ERA), who takes the mound Friday for the Mets against the Reds and RHP Luis Castillo (15-6, 3.22 ERA), and Alonso are respectively in consideration for the NL CY Young and Rookie of the Year.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
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Top 10 Citi Field Moments 00:00:57
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history! At #10, Jacob deGrom closes out his Cy Young campaign on Sept 26th 2018!

Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Moments in Citi Field history!

After a fan vote, coming in at No. 10 is Jacob deGrom closing out his Cy Young campaign on Sept. 26, 2018.

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After blasting homers in his last two games -- including his MLB-leading 49th of the season on Wednesday -- Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is now on pace to tie Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52.

Judge hit those 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017 during a season where he slashed .284/.422/.627 and finished second in American League MVP voting to Jose Altuve

With 10 games left in the season, Alonso is now projected to hit 52 homers, according to ESPN.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)
New York Mets' David Wright watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, April 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Pete Alonso is having one of the best seasons by a position player in Mets history.

He's already set numerous records, and since he should get another 40 at-bats or so this season, he will likely hit his 50th home run (and possibly more) before all is said and done.

He better win Rookie of the Year.

Tags: Pete Alonso, 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 (83-68, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Marlins, Friday at 7:10 p.m. (Anibal Sanchez vs. Robert Dugger)
Latest result: 5-1 win loss to Cardinals on Wednesday
Current odds to make playoffs: 93.7 percent
Latest news: Sean Doolittle is still a work in progress

Cubs (82-70, tied with Brewers for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Cardinals, Thursday at 7:15 p.m. (Kyle Hendricks vs. Jack Flaherty)
Latest result: 3-2 loss to Reds on Wednesday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 58.2 percent
Latest news: Anthony Rizzo is dealing with an ankle injury

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Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (79-73, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Reds on Friday night in Cincinnati. 

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


The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday trailing by a run. They then plated four runs to take a 7-4 lead before hanging on to beat the Rockies -- taking two of three games in Colorado >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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