Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Months ago, WFAN host Mike Francesa derided the notion Tim Tebow would make the Major Leagues in 2019 with the Mets. 

But on Tuesday, the "Sports Pope" flipped the script and posited that, with recent injuries to veteran infielders Jed Lowrie (knee) and Todd Frazier (oblique), the former Heisman Trophy winner has a shot of making the Mets' Opening Day roster.

"Especially with the injuries to Frazier and Lowrie, what it does is two things," he said at the open of his show. "Number one: It opens up a bigger opportunity for [first baseman PeteAlonso. And I hate to say this, but it opens up a bigger opportunity for Tebow to start the season with the big team. Tebow's wearing a number that means business. He's not wearing number 78 down there if you've noticed. He's wearing his number [15]. He's wearing a baseball number."

With Double-A Binghamton in 2018, Tebow hit .273/.336/.399 with six homers and 36 RBI. The lefty whiffed 103 times in 271 at-bats and a broken hand ended his season in July. 

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Tebow will open the season with Triple-A Syracuse and the new boss has maintained the stance the 31-year-old can make an impact in Flushing. 

But, the way Francesa sees it, the Mets would love to have Tebow break camp with the club and have him skip Syracuse all together, at least to start the year.

"They want to bring him north," he said. "They want a reason to bring him north. I saw his first two at-bats the other day. He hit a couple of line drives that were caught. He hit them hard. They're dying to bring that guy north. Dying.

"I tell you, the fans, they love him. There's no question about it. Everything stopped when he went in the cage the other day. ... Everyone knows Tebow. The Mets are looking for that buzz and they like that idea, even if he's just someone on the bench. He's not going to be an everyday player, you know that, even if he got up here. But he could wind up on the Opening Day roster with these injuries. There's no question."


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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8:05 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves, Steven Matz held Atlanta in check until the sixth inning before faltering >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Callaway not happy after loss 00:00:26
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway isn't happy that the Mets dropped below the Nationals in the standings after 7-2 loss to Braves

A controversial coaching decision swung the momentum back into Atlanta's favor on Wednesday night.

With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, the Mets started a one-out rally. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier notched a pair of singles, putting the Mets in prime position to take the lead.

Wilson Ramos then looped a single to right field, and with Braves right fielder Charlie Culberson playing the ball on a hop, Mets third base coach Gary DiSarcina aggressively waved Davis home. The throw beat Davis in plenty of time, and despite a leaping effort from the Mets' left fielder, he was out at home plate.

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Mets lose to Braves 7-2 00:01:17
New York Mets kept it close until the 6th inning when Josh Donaldson broke the 2-2 tie with a home run.

Things fell apart for Steven Matz and the Mets in the sixth inning on Wednesday in Atlanta, as they fell to the Braves 7-2.  >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) The Braves jumped on Matz right out of the gates. In the first inning, Dansby Swanson roped a single to center, followed by a two-run shot from Freddie Freeman. The Mets had given Matz an early 1-0 lead, but the lefty couldn't shut down the Braves in the bottom half of the first. He rebounded to keep the Braves quiet for the next four innings, but a Josh Donaldson two-run home run broke a tie and gave the Braves the lead for good.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Amed Rosario RBI double 00:00:16
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario ties the game 2-2 with an RBI double over Ronald Acuna's head.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning on Wednesday against Atlanta, Wilson Ramos doubled to keep the inning alive. The next batter, Amed Rosario, lined a ball to center field that was misplayed off the bat.

Rosario was thrown out at third base, but his double tied the game at 2-2 ...

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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-31, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets are 3-6 in rubber games this season, though they have won each of their last two. ... The Mets have slugged 27 home runs during the month of June, tied for the third-most in the National League. ... Michael Conforto has strung together a nine-game hitting streak, driving in six runs with a pair of homers during that span. 

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop a new episode of Shea Anything, and take a look at a crucial road trip that could define the season for the Mets.  

They also examine the trade value of Zack Wheeler, wonder whether it's worth it to even deal him, and look behind the power numbers behind Pete Alonso's rookie season so far. 

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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Although Noah Syndergaard says his hamstring injury is fairly minor, he will have to miss at least one start while on the IL. In his place Thursday, 25-year-old Walker Lockett is expected to make his first start as a Met.

The Mets acquired Lockett this past offseason from Cleveland in the Kevin Plawecki trade. Lockett had a cup of coffee in the big leagues last year for the Padres, which didn't go well in a small sample size (four games, 9.60 ERA).

Lockett's minor league profile shows he can help the Mets by pitching in a different way than most of the other pitchers on the team do. Lockett has a 53.7 percent ground ball rate for his minor league career, which is higher than any pitcher on the Mets right now. This extreme ground ball approach means that Lockett doesn't give up too many home runs, which would be a welcome change for the Mets' staff if he can keep it up at the big-league level.

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deGrom talks about rotation 00:00:54
Jacob deGrom reveals what some of the Mets starting pitchers are like behind the scenes. See who he think's is the nicest or funniest.

Who is the best-dressed guy in the Mets' starting rotation? The angriest? The toughest competitor? Jacob deGrom tells all...

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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With news Tuesday that Brandon Nimmo will be shut down for 30 days came a potential new outfield alignment for the Mets -- one that could provide the team with an offensive jolt while sacrificing defense.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that with Nimmo now out long-term, a change could be coming in center field. And that change would have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the outfield and open up playing time for hot-hitting Dominic Smith.

Here's how things could shake out with each impacted player...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Needing someone to fill Noah Syndergaard's spot in the rotation after hitting the IL, it looks like the Mets are dipping into their farm system. 

According to The Post's Mike PumaWalker Lockett will make his Mets debut in a spot start for Syndergaard on Thursday when New York opens up a four-game series against the Cubs. 

Lockett has made four appearances (three starts) in Triple-A Syracuse this season, and has done well with a 3.28 ERA over 24.2 innings. His latest outing came on June 13, where he allowed two earned on six hits (one homer) while striking out four and walking one over 5.2 innings...

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 10-2 win over the Braves, Jacob deGrom was dominant and came close to a shutout, while Pete Alonso went off at the plate >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Alonso and deGrom talk Mets win 00:01:21
Mickey Callaway, Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso discuss deGrom's dominating performance and Alonso's big night at the plate.

On a night where the Mets needed a spark, two of their leaders delivered in a huge way.

Jacob deGrom pitched one of his best games of the season, while Pete Alonso helped supply the power in the Mets' 10-2 victory over Atlanta.

It was a bit of a tumultuous day for the Mets, as they held a full team meeting not long before first pitch. The club then announced a series of roster moves to shake up the bullpen again. The Mets needed to come out and make sure they came out strong against the division-leading Braves and that's exactly what they did.

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Mets hammer Braves 00:01:31
Pete Alonso went 4-for-4, including his 24th home run and Jacob deGrom dominated the Braves, striking out 10 in the Mets 10-2 win

The Mets bounced back from Monday night's loss to beat the Braves in a big way, bursting out for 10 runs behind the bat of Pete Alonso while Jacob deGrom pitched deep into the game of a 10-2 win on Tuesday at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

5 things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso was not messing around this game. The Mets slugger went 4-for-4 with two walks and had three RBI, including an RBI double in the third and a two-run home run in the fourth inning -- his 24th of the season, which is second-best in the MLB. He has 24 extra-base hits with an exit velocity of at least 108 mph, which is seven more than the next best -- Gary Sanchez of the Yankees with 17. 

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

On Tuesday night, MLB Pipeline released its new list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Three Mets made the updated list: SS Andres Gimenez (#59), SS Ronny Mauricio (#83), and LHP Anthony Kay (#96).

Gimenez was the only Met on last year's edition of the Top 100 list, falling from number 55 to number 59 on this year's list. Mauricio and Kay are appearing on the list for the first time.

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Alonso's 2-run HR 00:00:15
Pete Alonso unloads a two-run HR, his third extra-base hit of the night, extending the Mets lead to 6-0.

Pete Alonso is at it again.

The rookie slammed his 24th home run of the season on Tuesday night against the Braves. 

His third extra-base hit of the night, Alonso's blast extended the Mets' lead to 6-0 ...

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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets desperately need bullpen help, but it appears they were dealt another setback in making that happen. 

Justin Wilson, who has been on the IL since early May with elbow soreness, was scratched from his rehab assignment on Tuesday due to left elbow tightness, the Mets announced. 

Wilson, 31, was close to returning to the majors, rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse since last week. It is still unclear just how significant of a setback this may be. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The bad news just keeps on coming for the Mets. 

Jeurys Familia is heading back to the IL with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder -- the same injury that placed him on the list last time around -- the team announced before Tuesday's contest with the Braves. 

Manager Mickey Callaway was asked about Familia's health on Tuesday, and he didn't give a straight answer...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-38, 8.5 GB in NL East) continue their crucial three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-30, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped four out of five and have come up on the losing end in six of their last 10 games. ... The Mets have gone 18-14 against the NL East this season, the most wins within the division. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in each of their last eight games, going 0-3 in that span with a 8.51 ERA.

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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)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

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After an ugly loss in which their all-too obvious flaws were exposed, the Mets suddenly find themselves 8.5 games behind the streaking Braves, and perhaps on the precipice of another lost season.

In June. Again.

Last year they went 5-21 in June to make the rest of the season feel more like an exercise in garbage time. This month hasn't spun out of control quite yet, as the Mets are 6-9 as of Tuesday. But at 34-38 they are only a few games better than their record at this time last year.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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SNY's exclusive evening to premiere our new documentary "62,000:1 -THREE TEAMS, ONE CITY, ONE YEAR," is just a few days away, but only 18 tickets remain to screening!

The premiere, which will take place at the Director's Guild of America theater on June 25th, will also include a panel discussion with some of the athletes featured in the film.

Hosted by SNY's Doug Williams and his father, MSNBC anchor Brian Williams, panelists will include Cleon Jones (Mets), Don Maynard (Jets), John Schmitt (Jets) and Dr. Dick Barnett (Knicks). 

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

With the Mets trailing the Braves, 5-3, in the seventh inning on Monday night, Jeurys Familia trotted in from the bullpen to try to hold Atlanta right there. He failed. Drew Gagnon came in to try to clean up Familia's mess. He failed.

A 5-3 deficit became a 9-3 deficit and eventually a 12-3 loss. 

And so it goes for a Mets bullpen that is the main reason why the team is staring at the possibility of another lost season right now instead of being in the thick of a playoff race.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) and center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) react after defeating the New York Mets at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies (1) and center fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) react after defeating the New York Mets at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (34-38, 8.5 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 12-3 loss to the Braves, the bullpen turned a 5-3 deficit into a 12-3 laugher >> Read more

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Reeling Mets routed by Braves 00:01:09
An exasperated Mickey Callaway discusses the Mets defense and bullpen woes while Zack Wheeler laments the Braves "soft contact" against him

The Mets fell to the Braves, 12-3, on Monday and once again it was the bullpen that was the biggest concern following the loss. 

Jeurys Familia struggled again, allowing three earned runs on a walk and two singles in just .1 of an inning. He was pulled from the game before allowing a run, though, but Drew Gagnon was unable to clean up his mess, allowing all three baserunners to score plus giving up four runs of his own in 1.1 innings pitched. 

"We just stunk," manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We weren't good. We gotta recalibrate what we're doing and have to do the job better. That's just plain and simple."

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Mets fall to four games under .500, much of the discussion is starting to shift on if they should become trade deadline sellers. 

One of those names they could potentially deal was Monday's starter, Zack Wheeler

The right-hander was not his best, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings. 

 

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Mets routed by Braves 00:01:20
The Mets were no match for the division-leading Braves who unleashed a 16-hit attack in a 12-3 rout of New York

The Mets fell for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping the opener of a three-game set on the road with an 12-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. >> Box score

5 things to know from Monday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler was once again not at his best. The right-hander was immediately tagged for a leadoff home run by Ronald Acuna as part of a two-run first then settled for three innings before running into trouble again in the fifth where he allowed three more runs which broke a 2-2 tie. Wheeler's final line was six innings, 10 hits, five runs -- four earned -- two walks and four strikeouts in the loss. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Wheeler RBI single 00:00:12
Zack Wheeler lines an RBI single to center field to tie the game at 2.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler helped himself out at the plate on Monday night by lining an RBI single into center field to tie the game up at 2 in the fifth inning. 

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East) open an 11-game road trip with a critical three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (42-30, 2.5 game lead in NL East) on Monday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets have not played well on the road this season. They are 14-23 away from Citi Field and 4-11 in their last 15 road games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in his last 12 consecutive games in which he is hitting .283 with three home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored. ... Todd Frazier enters the game one home run shy of his 200th career homer. ... Wilson Ramos is hitting .343 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 10 walks and 14 runs scored in his last 22 games. 

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It seems like the Mets may have gotten lucky when it comes to the severity of Noah Syndergaard's hamstring strain.

An MRI taken on Sunday revealed a "low-grade" strain, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game in Atlanta, noting that Syndergaard (who is on the IL and will miss his start on Thursday) will be evaluated again in the coming days.

Before Monday's game, Syndergaard -- who was on his way to the field to do agility drills -- said that he is in "tip top" shape, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

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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)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

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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 -- missed just over 10 days after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, and returned over the weekend.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a season-high 11-game road trip against the Braves, Cubs, and Phillies on Monday night at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In their 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, Jason Vargas left early due to a cramp and it was Chris Flexen who was on the mound in the eighth inning to give up the deciding run >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

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During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Sunday's game...

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts in the dugout after pitching in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts in the dugout after pitching in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets' starting pitching health has taken quite a hit over the last 24 hours. 

After Noah Syndergaard exited Saturday against the Cardinals with what was later diagnosed as a right hamstring strain that put him on the injured list, Jason Vargas left Sunday's game in the fourth inning

In the middle of his at-bat against St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson, Vargas fouled off a 1-0 pitch and was clearly uncomfortable after doing so. After consulting with training staff and manager Mickey Callaway, Vargas headed to the dugout. The good news, per the Mets, is that it is a calf cramp and nothing overly serious.

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Lagares hits RBI single 00:00:17
Juan Lagares hits an RBI single, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead on Sunday at Citi Field.

The Mets found themselves down from the start after a two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt. However, the Mets managed to charge back, and Juan Lagares came through when his team needed it. 

Already tying the score at two in the bottom of the third, Lagares hit a single to right field to score Adeiny Hechavarria to take a 3-2 lead...

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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)

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...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

As Edwin Diaz continues to falter in high-leverage situations, the trade that brought himself and Robinson Canó to Flushing draws increased ire. Kelenic was one of the main prospects included in the deal and got out to a scalding start with Class A West Virginia. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores
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Commemorative card for the 1979 National League Co-Most Valuable Players, Willie Stargell with Pirates and Keith Hernandez with Cardinals. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Seven Eleven, the card features a color photo of Stargell and Hernandez holding an MVP plaque in between them. (St. Louis Cardinals)
Commemorative card for the 1979 National League Co-Most Valuable Players, Willie Stargell with Pirates and Keith Hernandez with Cardinals. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Seven Eleven, the card features a color photo of Stargell and Hernandez holding an MVP plaque in between them. (St. Louis Cardinals)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Keith Hernandez is sitting in the press dining room at Citi Field on a recent afternoon, leaning back, relaxed. Why not? He's talking about the greatest individual season of his playing career, a baseball summer 40 years ago when the sweet-swinging lefty hit so much he shared the National League MVP Award with a slugger he admired.

He knows he and Willie "Pops" Stargell own a little slice of baseball history, perhaps forever. They're the only players ever to tie in the voting for the coveted award.

"It'll never happen again," Hernandez says. "It'll be a baseball trivia question way down the road. And people will go, 'Who's Willie Stargell? Who's Keith Hernandez?' a hundred years from now."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East) look to split their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-34, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 30-34 all-time on Father's Day. ... Although the superficial numbers may not indicate such, Michael Conforto continues to be a steady presence in the Mets' lineup. He's sixth among NL outfielders in fWAR and he's hitting .286 during an 11-game on-base streak. ... J.D. Davis is coming off a career-best four-hit night. His 1.038 OPS at home this season ranks behind only Conforto among Mets. ... Robinson Canó returns to New York's lineup after landing back on the IL on June 6 to fully rehab from a left quad injury.  

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed on Sunday that Noah Syndergaard has a right hamstring strain, as he heads to the IL. 

Syndergaard is getting an MRI to see the severity of the injury, but the Mets put him on the IL due to him not being able to go through his routine heading into his next start.

"He's actually getting an MRI right now, but we did put him on the IL," Callaway said. "Didn't seem like he would make his next start anyway because it would be hard to get his work in in between."

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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano looks on prior to a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano looks on prior to a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

After a stint on the IL with a left quad injury, Robinson Cano has finally returned to the Mets. 

Cano has been on a rehab assignment, with his most recent step in Triple-A Syracuse. But, on Saturday, he was seen with the Mets at Citi Field going through workouts in the outfield to test the quad as well as participating in batting practice. 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said that he was going through his pregame routine to see if he is fully recovered. He added he would be evaluated on Sunday to see if he could be activated, and luckily, that's the case. 

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

To illustrate the lovely bond that bloomed between the 1969 Mets and their roommates at Shea Stadium, the Jets, John Schmitt tells the following story: 

Schmitt, the center on the Jets' Super Bowl III champs, brought his young son, John-John, to the ballgame one night to see the great Tom Seaver pitch. Schmitt ushered John-John into the Mets' clubhouse, where Seaver was getting a pre-game massage. Schmitt did not want to disturb a fellow athlete's prep, but Seaver insisted. 

"He got off the rubdown table, put on his jersey and hat and took a picture with us," Schmitt recalls. "He was great. Then he takes off his jersey, gets back on the table and went out and won the game that night.

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch runner Jack Flaherty (22) is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) attempting to score on a base hit during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch runner Jack Flaherty (22) is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) attempting to score on a base hit during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a thrilling win over the Cardinals, 8-7, at Citi Field on Saturday night.

Both teams will finish their series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. It will be Jason Vargas against Dakota Hudson on the mound. 

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


The final play of the Mets' win wasn't pretty. Kolton Wong hit a blooper to right field and both Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil couldn't make the catch. Jack Flaherty, the pinch runner, tried scoring from first to tie the game, but McNeil wasn't about to let that happen. Here's what he had to say about his game-saving throw home. >> Read More

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The Amazin' Life: Todd's Tips 00:01:45
On the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier delivers all the Fatherly Advice and Dad Tips that you need!

On the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier delivers all the Fatherly Advice and Dad Tips that you need!

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Mets talk big win against Cards 00:01:26
New York Mets utility man Jeff McNeil explains what went through his head during the final play of the game.

The squirrel sealed it.

Just when it appeared Edwin Díaz was going to blow another game, Jeff McNeil prevented everything from falling apart at the seams, making a game-saving throw off Kolten Wong's bloop hit to shallow right to nail pitcher Jack Flaherty, a pinch-runner, at home plate, ending the game and preserving the Mets' 8-7 win over the Cardinals.

"I knew Mike (Conforto) was in no-doubles (defense,) so I know he's playing extremely deep," McNeil said. "So I do everything I can to get out there and try to make the catch. It was a really tough catch - Mike goes in there sliding, I go in there leaping. Once the ball hit the ground I knew they were gonna send him, they were gonna try to tie the game right there.

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Mets squeak by with 8-7 win 00:01:38
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil makes a great throw to home plate to nail the runner and seal the victory.

Noah Syndergaard left the game with an apparent leg injury, while Pete Alonso slammed another home run in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Cardinals Saturday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Syndergaard's night got off to a bumpy start, as Dexter Fowler followed up his three-run shot last night with a solo home run off of Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. He eventually settled down and pitched into the seventh inning, but after allowing a leadoff single, Syndergaard grabbed at the back of his right leg and was pulled from the game. He limped to the dugout with members of the training staff. His injury was later announced as a right hamstring strain.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier
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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard pitched into the seventh inning on Saturday, but after allowing a leadoff single to Yairo Munoz and falling behind Jose Martinez 2-0, Syndergaard reached down and started grabbing the back of his right leg.

Mickey Callaway and the training staff quickly came out the mound, and Syndergaard was immediately pulled.

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Pete Alonso launches 23rd HR 00:00:17
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashes his 23rd home run and puts the Mets on the board against the Cardinals.

Pete Alonso raked his longest home run as a Met on Saturday night, blasting a majestic three-run home run off of Michael Wacha in the bottom of the first inning.

Alonso's 23 home run of the year put the Mets up 3-1 ...

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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 (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East) look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-33, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but home cooking continues to help, as they've won 13 of their last 18 games in Queens. ... Four different Mets pitchers have homered this season (Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard twice), the most in a single season in team history. ... The Mets have homered in 18-straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.

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