May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets are "shopping around" Juan Lagares for a potential trade, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Lagares, who is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League, had his 2018 season end in mid-May after toe surgery.

He has one year and $9 million left on his deal, along with a $9.5 million option for 2020 that can be bought out for $500,000. 

Before getting hurt last season, Lagares was hitting .339/.375/.390 in 30 games while playing his usual tremendous defense in center field.

With the Mets wanting to play Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in the corner outfield spots and in search of a right-handed hitting outfielder with more power than Lagares has, he could be the odd-man out.

If the Mets decide to trade Nimmo or Conforto, though, it could make sense to hang on to Lagares -- especially since Yoenis Cespedes is not expected to return until at least the second half of the 2019 season. 


RELATED: The latest on the Mets' trade talks for J.T. Realmuto >> Read more

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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) reacts after giving up a two run home run to New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) reacts after giving up a two run home run to New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (not pictured) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Chris Paddack hasn't made any friends among Mets fans this season.

The rivalry dates back to earlier this season, when Paddack voiced some displeasure about losing out on April's Rookie of the Month award to Pete Alonso. The right-hander went 5-1 with a 1.91 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .126 batting average.

Still, Alonso took home the hardware for the first month of the season. 

"Do you want to be Rookie of the Month or Rookie of the Year? We'll see who the top dog is," Paddack said before his first matchup with Alonso and the Mets. "I'm coming for him."

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Cano's big night 00:01:26
Mickey Callaway, Robinson Cano and Jason Vargas on Cano's monster 3 home run game in win over Padres

Robinson Cano has had an illustrious career in the big leagues.

He's been selected to the All-Star team eight times. He's won two Gold Gloves. He's finished top-five in MVP voting four times, and, of course, he won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009.

But in Tuesday night's win over the Padres, Cano did something he'd never done before, slamming three home runs en route to a 5-2 win.

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Cano has first 3 HR game 00:01:18
Robinson Cano delivered the first 3-HR game of his career and drove in 5 runs to lead the Mets past the Padres 5-2

The Mets rode Robinson Cano all the way to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday over the Padres at Citi Field. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) What do you know, Robbie Cano? After hitting just one a home run at Citi Field the first half of the season, the Mets second baseman belted three against the Padres in a 4-for-4 day at the plate on Tuesday. Cano crushed a solo shot in the fourth inning and laced a two-run blast in the sixth, both off ace Chris Paddack. He gave an encore performance in the seventh when he turned on a 95 mph fastball and sent it into the upper deck in right field off reliever Logan Allen to put the Mets up 5-0. Cano is now hitting .342 with five home runs and 10 RBIs since the All-Star break. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robinson Cano
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Cano hits his 3rd HR of gm 00:00:12
Robinson Cano crushes his 3rd homerun of the night, the first three-homer game of his career extending the Mets lead to 5-0

Robinson Cano's power numbers dipped drastically during the season's first half, but he's certainly showed some power since the All-Star break.

Cano ripped his third home run of the night deep into the right field seats to put the Mets up 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. For Cano, it was the first three-homer night of his pro career. It's the first three-homer night for any Met since Yoenis Cespedes against the Phillies in 2017.

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Amed Rosario
Amed Rosario

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When it comes to Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, two things can be true.

It can be true that Rosario hasn't yet put it all together during an at-times frustrating three seasons -- especially when you consider the expectations that were heaped on him when he was viewed as one of the best prospects in all of baseball.

It can also be true that at just 23 years old, Rosario has shown more than enough to potentially be part of the Mets' solution going into 2020 and beyond. Definitely not up there with Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, or Michael Conforto, but in the conversation nonetheless.

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Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Tebow has landed on the injured list at Triple-A Syracuse due to a left hand laceration.

The left-handed hitting outfielder cut his hand while fielding a ball on Sunday in Toledo. No exact timetable has been give as to when Tebow may return, though he's been placed on the seven-day IL. 

According to Syracuse.com, Tebow received eight stitches in what Syracuse manager Tony DeFrancesco called "an awkward spot between his index finger, his ring finger and pinkie."

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Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden spoke for the first time since his second DUI arrest in the last two months when he addressed The Post reporters outside his house in Piscataway, NJ on Tuesday. 

Gooden, who was arrested on Monday in Newark after driving the wrong way on a one-way street, acknowledged he needs help. 

"Basically, I'm going away tonight to try to get some help to save my life," he said. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (45-54, 14.0 GB in NL East) are back home and open a three-game homestand against the San Diego Padres (47-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Tuesday at Citi Fielda at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets pitching staff has been the best since the All-Star break, posting a 2.83 ERA while the bullpen's 2.43 ERA is the lowest mark in the National League since the All-Star break. ... Michael Conforto has been heating up, hitting .324 with two home runs and a .861 OPS over his last eight games. ... Amed Rosario has been one of the Mets' best hitters over the last four weeks, hitting .360 with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI, five steals and a .944 OPS since June 17. 

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Mickey updates Wheeler injury 00:02:13
Mets Manager Mickey Callaway talks about Zack Wheeler bouncing back, Pete Alonso becoming the ROY and Amed Rosario's evolution this season.

Zack Wheeler's return could be imminent. 

The Mets right-hander, who is on the IL with shoulder impingement, threw live batting practice on Tuesday at Citi Field against Tomas Nido, Juan Lagares and Adeiny Hecchavarria

Wheeler walked off the mound and told reporters it went "good" and gave a thumbs up. He elaborated more in the clubhouse afterward. 

 

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Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden has been arrested once again for driving under the influence on Monday night, reports The Post.

Just a month after being arrested for cocaine possession, Gooden was pulled over after driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Newark, NJ. Cops said he was a mess and he had to be taken to University Hospital in Newark.

Gooden was arrested back on June 7 and charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Post. 

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David Wright at 'No Kid Hungry' 00:02:49
Former Mets David Wright attends the 'No Kid Hungry' event. David talks about Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil being legitimate threats.

Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil

"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."

Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."

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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) face Chris Paddack and the Padres on Tuesday at Citi FIeld at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Zack Wheeler came through his bullpen session fine, and is ready to return to the mound for one start before the trade deadline >> Read more

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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)

Forbes released its 2019 version of the 50 most valuable sports franchises in the world on Monday, and all 50 teams have a value of at least $2 billion. 

Six New York teams made the cut, with two of those teams (Yankees and Knicks) leading their respective sports. No NHL or MLS teams made the top 50, although the Rangers are the highest-ranking hockey team at 72 with a value of $1.55 billion. 

Here are the local rankings, which are based on Forbes' published valuations over the past 12 months:

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Shea Anything: Dom Smith's value 00:02:07
SNY's Andy Martino and Doug Williams give reasons why they believe Mets outfielder Dom Smith is better than Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they discuss whether the Mets should trade Michael Conforto before Dominic Smith. The guys also get into the latest on Zack Wheeler -- who could get traded before the July 31 deadline -- and more...

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' key trade deadline piece is feeling healthy and ready to return to the rotation.

According to major league sources, Zack Wheeler came through a Sunday bullpen session well and was feeling good on Monday. He is set to rejoin the rotation either Friday or Saturday against the Pirates this weekend.

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Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)
Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is heating up again after an 0-for-10 skid early last week. In his last three games, Gimenez has gone 5-for-10 with one double, one triple, and two RBI. 

Overall, he is hitting just .246/.310/.370 in 76 games this season with four homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While Jarred Kelenic has been a former-Met for longer than he was an actual Met, the coverage of him in New York (here and elsewhere) continues.

One person surprised by that? His mom. 

"It still surprises me seeing him in New York newspapers after all this time," Kelenic's mother, Lisa, told Joe Doyle of Baseball America. "He's 19. He was yours for four months. You broke up with him."

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New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

"Go back to where you came from."

The phrase has dominated the American consciousness for more than a week, following President Trump's suggestion in a Tweet that four Congresswomen of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Several days later, Trump presided at a campaign rally over a "send her back" chat directed at Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn).

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets, and many other teams, saw some good news surface from New York's series finale in San Francisco on Sunday. 

Zack Wheeler, who went on the IL with a shoulder impingement last week, threw his first bullpen session and said he felt "very good," according to Newsday's Tim Healey.

The Mets were hoping that Wheeler could return for their homestand against the Padres this week, and they have yet to announce their rotation for the three-game series that starts on Tuesday. SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier that teams interested in Wheeler via trade were "nervous" about his health. 

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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) celebrates as he rounds the bases on a solo home run for a walk-off win against the New York Mets during the twelfth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) celebrates as he rounds the bases on a solo home run for a walk-off win against the New York Mets during the twelfth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

When Mike Yastrzemski lofted a fly ball to left field off the end of his bat in the 12th inning on Sunday against the Mets, no one thought it was going to leave the ballpark. Not Yastrzemski, not Robert Gsellman (who threw the pitch), and not Mickey Callaway

But it kept carrying, Jeff McNeil ran out of room, and the ball dropped into the first row of the left field seats to give the Giants a walk-off win in the 12th inning.

After the game, Gsellman was blunt about whether he thought the ball was going to leave the park.

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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off Monday as they return home for a series with the Padres beginning Tuesday.

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


Following a strikeout Sunday, Pete Alonso was frustrated with himself to the point that he snapped his bat over his knee. He regretted the moment after the game. >> Read more

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Mets react to disappointing loss 00:00:57
Michael Conforto summed up the Mets disappointment in losing the series. They lost 3-2 in the series finale in 12 innings to the Giants.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was back in the starting lineup on Sunday for the team, but it wasn't his most memorable performance to date in the 3-2 extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants. 

One day removed from the slugger hitting a three-run homer as a pinch hitter, he took frustrations out on his bat. In the third inning, Alonso worked a 1-2 count against pitcher Conner Menez. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Alonso chased a fast ball out of the zone for the final strike. 

During the post-strikeout walk of shame back to the dugout, Alonso returned with two parts of a bat instead of one as he snapped it over his knee. 

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Mets fall 3-2 in extras 00:01:07
The Mets lost 3 out of 4 in extra innings against the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk off home run in the 12th inning

The Mets lost for a third time in extra inning to the Giants on Sunday, 3-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets went 5-4 in their road trip following the All-Star break and the pitching staff has played well and while the offense has struggled. From the 3rd inning to the 11th, the Mets did not record a hit against the Giants on Sunday. Over the final two innings, the bats were once again silent. Robert Gsellman took the loss as he gave up the walk-off home run to Mike Yastrzemski. However, the inning prior, Gsellman entered the game and recorded three outs as Jeurys Familia walked two batters and was pulled in the 12th inning. From innings seven to 10, Justin Wilson (1 IP), Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Edwin Diaz (1 IP) held the Giants without a hit. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, San Francisco Giants, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Conforto gives mets 1-0 lead 00:00:14
Michael Conforto hit a solo shot to right that landed in McCovey Cove for a 1-0 lead against the Giants.

For the second game in a row the Mets took an early lead on the San Francisco Giants in the second inning thanks to the long ball.

This time the Mets decided to double-down. 

After Dominic Smith hit a solo second inning home run on Saturday, Michael Conforto did the same on Sunday. Then Amed Rosario followed suit two at-bats later, as their solo shots off of lefty Conner Menez, who was making his first-career start for the Giants, gave New York the early 2-0 lead in the Bay Area. 

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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (45-53, 13.0 GB in NL East) finish up their four-game series with the Giants (49-50, 16.0 GB in NL West) on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets are one of three teams in the league this season with three players 24 or younger with double-digit homers in Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario and Dom Smith. ...Alonso broke the franchise rookie RBI record after his three-run homer gave him 75 RBI. ...Rosario is hitting .363 since June 22, which is the 10th-highest mark in the bigs. ...The Mets have seven pinch-hit homers this year, tied for fourth in the MLB. 

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

The Mets (45-53, 13 GB in NL East, 6 GB of second Wild Card) complete their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Sunday at 4:05 PM on SNY.

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


Walker Lockett collected his first career win for the Mets, and his teammates made sure his celebrated the best way possible. >> Read more

 

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 (John Hefti)
(John Hefti)

Walker Lockett tossed 58 pitches over five innings on the mound for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday during an 11-4 win. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out three.

It was a day he'll never forget.

In Lockett's third-career start with the Mets, he finally earned his first win in the majors while filling in for Zack Wheeler

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Smith happy to produce in win 00:01:22
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith was happy he was able to knock in 4 RBIs after committing a game-ending error the night before.

The key for Dominic Smith was keeping an even-keeled approach, he said following the Mets' 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Smith was less than 24 hours removed from costing the Mets a gem of a game from pitcher Jacob deGrom.

Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball into shallow left field in the 10th inning and Smith miscommunicated with shortstop Amed Rosario on the play. The ball fell to the ground and the Giants' Alex Dickerson, hustling around the bases on the play, crossed home plate for the walk-off win. 

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Pete Alonso launches 33rd HR 00:00:14
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso's 33rd homer of the season gives him 75 RBI on the year, a new Mets rookie record.

Not a bad "day off" for Mets first baseman Pete Alonso on Saturday.

The rookie began his day on the bench and by the end of it, he set another franchise rookie record. 

Pinch hitting in the sixth inning, Alonso hit home run No. 33 on the year, a three-run shot. Coming into the game, Alonso was in a 3-for-30 slump coming out of the All-Star break and his Home Run Derby win.

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Smith happy to produce in win 00:01:22
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith was happy he was able to knock in 4 RBIs after committing a game-ending error the night before.

A day after a costly error in the outfield, Dom Smith's bat led the way for the Mets in an 11-4 win over the Giants. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) Smith had a tough Friday evening in the outfield, but his fortunes have since changed drastically. After his costly error less than 24 hours earlier, Smith scored the first run of the game with a bomb of a solo home run, which went over the deepest part of Oracle Park, Triples Alley in right-center field. Smith then recorded his second RBI of the game on a single in the fourth inning. As the Mets were padding runs on late in the ninth inning, Smith added two more RBI, bringing his game total to four with a single. 

2) Smith was in the game early because Pete Alonso was not. Skipper Mickey Callaway gave Alonso the day off and started Smith at first base, despite Alonso's wishes to play. It paid off with Smith's early performance, but Alonso, despite not starting due to his rare day off, still found a way to contribute. Coming off the bench in the sixth inning, Alonso hit a 444-foot, three-home homer. Alonso reached 75 RBI on the season with the shot, a team rookie record. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Dom Smith HR give Mets lead 00:00:17
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith clubs a solo shot to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in San Francisco.

It's a massive 421 feet to the Triples Alley in right-center field of Oracle Park out in the Bay Area. The baseball that Dom Smith connected with early against the San Francisco Giants had a birds-eye view of it.

The Mets have played plenty of extra innings in the first two games of their series against the Giants but there haven't been a ton of runs.

Smith made sure there was at least one early on Saturday, as he crushed a solo home run in the second inning off of pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Smith semn the ball over the part of the Giants' home field that is the deepest part of the ballpark.  

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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) walks through the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) walks through the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have struggled to score runs through the first two games of their series with the Giants, pushing just two runs across in 26 innings.

But as they look to get the offense going on Saturday, they'll do so without Pete Alonso.

Dominic Smith will get the start at first base on Saturday against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija, as Mickey Callaway looks to give his rookie first baseman a bit of a breather.

"I was talking to [Todd] Frazier the other day, just about his experience, and he said coming out of that Home Run Derby the year he did it, he was worn out. We kind of took it out of Pete's hands. We've got the righty going today, we've got the lefty tomorrow, give him a day and let him get after it tomorrow."

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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

The Mets (44-53, 14.0 GB in NL East) continue their four-game set with the Giants (49-49, 15.0 GB in NL West) on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets have allowed four runs or fewer in four of their last six games, going 4-2 in that stretch. ... Following the back-to-back extra-inning losses to the Giants, the Mets are now just 3-7 in extra-inning contests. ... The Mets are 21-34 away from Citi Field this season, the worst road record in the National League.

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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (44-53, 14 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday at 4:05 PM on PIX 11 and FS1. 

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


In the Mets' 10-inning loss to the Giants on Friday night, they wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Tyler Bashlor, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose in extras again 00:01:49
Mickey Callaway, Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario and Jacob deGrom on Smith's 10th inning error that led to the Mets 1-0 loss

For the second straight night in San Francisco, a pitchers' duel carried the ball game into extra innings. And while Friday's game didn't last 16 innings like the previous night, it ended in a loss just as deflating.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, with two runners on, Jacob Rhame forced a weak pop up to shallow left field off the bat of Pablo Sandoval. With Dominic Smith coming in and Amed Rosario drifting out, there was a brief moment of hesitation Smith's part, and just like that, the ball dropped to the grass and a hustling Alex Dickerson scored all the way from first base, handing the Mets a 1-0 loss

Smith was charged with an error on the game-ending play.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos
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Mets suffer another tough loss 00:00:54
Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over 7 stellar innings of work but Dom Smith's error in the 10th dealt the Mets another heartbreaking loss, 1-0

The Mets wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error as the Giants beat the Mets 1-0 in 10 innings. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, the Mets turned the ball to Jacob Rhame. Coming off of his one-game suspension, Rhame walked two batters in the inning, but with two away, Joe Panik struck out to send the game into extra innings.The Mets stuck with Rhame to start the 10th. After walking Alex Dickerson to start the inning, Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball to left, and after Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith had some miscommunication, the ball fell in for an error charged to Smith, allowing Dickerson to score the winning run all the way from first base.

2) Jacob deGrom dazzled through seven innings on Friday night. Though the Mets couldn't give him any run support, deGrom was as dominant as he's been all season, allowing just three hits while striking out 10. He allowed just one extra-base hit, a double to Kevin Pillar in the fifth. DeGrom was pulled after 108 pitches, 74 of which was strikes. He also passed Ron Darling for sixth place on the Mets' franchise strikeout list.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have five players who are worth a combined 12.2 WAR this season, according to FanGraphs.com.

The above group, plus Brandon Nimmo, means Brodie Van Wagenen will, at the very least, enter next season with a bonafide ace, a unique and versatile reliever and a legit core of young position players. Which is why I want him to sell at the trade deadline.

It may be a long shot, but I do believe the Mets can claw their way in to the top group competing for a berth into this season's Wild Card game. The thing is, even if they do pull off a miracle and get in and past the one-game playoff, I'm not confident they have the ammunition to take down the Cubs or Braves, let alone the Dodgers, in a five- or seven-game series.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Former Met Matt Harvey's time with the Los Angeles Angels may have come to an end.

The 30-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, a day after allowing six earned runs in six innings against the Astros. Harvey allowed two more home runs on Thursday, giving him a total of 13 homers allowed this season in just 59.2 innings.

Signed this offseason to a one-year, $11 million guaranteed deal, Harvey has scuffled all season long, pitching to a 3-5 record with a 7.09 ERA. In 12 starts this season, Harvey has allowed opposing left-handed hitters to bat .295 against him. His strikeout numbers are also down, as he's punched out just 39 batters this season in those 59.2 innings, while walking 29 hitters as well.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With the trade deadline just 12 days away. Mickey Callaway updated the status of Zack Wheeler, whose name has come up in rumors time and time again.

"Wheeler played catch, I think he went 70-100-120 (feet), 10 apiece, and then threw 13 off the mound, which is more just continued glorified catch off of a slope," Callaway said before Friday's game with the Giants. "We'll see how he comes in tomorrow and go from them."

Friday night would have been Wheeler's turn to start, thought he right-hander remains on the Injured List with a right shoulder impingement. Walker Lockett will make his third start of the season for the Mets in Wheeler's place.

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May 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor (49) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
May 27, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tyler Bashlor (49) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Mets announced Friday that the team has recalled pitchers Tyler Bashlor and Stephen Nogosek and optioned pitcher Chris Mazza and SS Luis Guillorme to Triple-A Syracuse.

The move gives Mickey Callaway more options out of the bullpen for Friday's game after Thursday's contest lasted 16 innings, with the Mets using a total of eight pitchers in an eventual 3-2 loss. Mazza was saddled with the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with a chance to close the game out in the 16th.

Guillorme logged five games played with the Mets since being recalled on July 2. He's appeared in 17 games overall this season, hitting .182/.217/.182.

Tags: Jacob Rhame, Luis Guillorme, Tyler Bashlor
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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets (44-52, 13.0 GB in NL East) continue their four-game set with the Giants (48-49, 15.0 GB in NL West) on Friday night at 10:15 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

As the Mets continue their 10-day, nine-game road trip, a win on Friday night would guarantee at least a .500 trip away from Citi Field. ... The Mets are batting .270 as a team with eight home runs in their last five games, going 4-1. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .356 with 27 runs scored and 24 RBIs on the road this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil
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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are expected to be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, and there is a possibility Noah Syndergaard could be on the move. Here is the latest...


July 19, 12:39 PM:

The Twins had a top evaluator at Thursday night's matchup of Syndergaard vs. Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, reports Jon Morosi, who notes that Minnesota has the prospects to make a "strong play" for either pitcher.

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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets dispatched Ruben Amaro Jr., special assistant to the general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, to Phoenix to scout the Brewers/Diamondbacks game on Thursday, according to major league sources.

Milwaukee is interested in trading for Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets are far more likely to trade Wheeler, but that will depend on how his shoulder injury impacts his value.

According to a source, Amaro's is "floating" around to various scouting assignments right now, which is standard pre-deadline activity. The Mets are doing legwork on various trade possibilities, including extensive scouting of Yankees prospects.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.

Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (44-52, 13 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Friday at 10:15 PM on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 16-inning loss to the Giants on Thursday night, they broke through in the top of the 16th when Pete Alonso homered, but Chris Mazza ran out of gas in the bottom half of the frame as San Francisco rallied to win >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Alonso positive despite loss 00:01:26
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso liked the team's fight against the Giants despite losing in the bottom of the 16th inning.

The Mets scored their first run of the game in the first inning on Thursday night, and they wouldn't score again until Friday morning.

After an extremely well-pitched game from the starters, Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, the game went to extra innings locked at 1-1.

And it stayed that way for six more innings.

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Giants outlast Mets in 16 00:01:26
The New York Mets took a late lead off of first baseman Pete Alonso's solo home run but fall short to a Giants rally to walk it off.

The Mets and Giants played a game that just didn't seem to want to end, but the Giants ultimately found a way to win 3-2 in 16 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso entered his 16th inning at-bat 0-6. The Mets hadn't scored since the top of the first inning, and and 15 innings later, Alonso delivered with his 32nd home run of the year. The Mets had used all of their available pitchers out of the bullpen and every player off of their bench as well, making it the perfect time for Alonso to deliver in the clutch.

But Chris Mazza couldn't hold the lead. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants then loaded the bases with nobody out, and Donovan Solano delivered the game-winning single.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Pete Alonso knocks in first run 00:00:12
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso grounds into a double play but it's enough to get the game's first run in

In a game that's shaping up to be a pitchers' duel between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, Pete Alonso put the Mets on the board first.

After Jeff McNeil lined Bumgarner's first pitch of the game into left-center for a double, JD Davis followed up with a single to give the Mets first and third with nobody out. Alonso then bounced into a double play, but the Mets took an early 1-0 lead.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (44-51, 13.0 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set with the Giants (47-49, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.

Mets notes

The Mets' current four-game win streak matches their longest streak of the season, which came May 20-23. ... The last time the Mets won five games or more in a row was a nine-game win streak in April 2018. ... The Mets have clubbed 134 home runs in 95 games this season. The team hit 170 home runs all of last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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