After Sunday's game, the Mets sent three players who were not performing like big leaguers to AAA and replaced them with three players unlikely ever to contribute like big leaguers. It speaks to just how poorly the Mets are playing, and the lack of immediate Major League help that the team could execute a three-for-three swap, or four-for-four if one expands the moves by two days to include the Rick Ankiel/Kirk Nieuwenhuis swap, or five-for-five to add Collin McHugh/David Aardsma and expect to see such little return on the field. It was the first time the Mets made three MLB demotions in a day since 2004.

The TrioThe Mets sent 1B Ike Davis, OF Mike Baxter and LHP Robert Carson down to AAA Las Vegas. The plan is to select 1B Josh Satin (and add him to the 40-man roster) and recall LHP Josh Edgin and OF Colin Cowgill, who are already on the 40-man roster. This is action (the WSJ word, or a message says the Post), but the players coming to the big leagues will not materially move the Mets towards fielding a winning team.

Davis is the most important player of the six moving before the Mets begin a series Tuesday against St. Louis. Coming into 2013, his age 26 season he was a career .252/.336/.461 hitting over 339 Major League games with 58 homers and a 11% walk rate against 23% strikeout rate. The Mets were counting on him to be part of  their core group of position players moving into a more win-filled future in 2014. Instead, Davis did not just not hit like a productive 1B, he did not hit like a Major League player in 207 PA. His wRC+ of 39 (! - where 100 is MLB average) was the second-worst among qualified Major League hitters, better than only Jeff Keppinger. Overall, he was hitting .161/.242/.258 with a 9% walk rate and an unacceptable 32% strikeout rate. Davis has been a win below replacement level one third of the way through the 2013 season.

He belongs in AAA. Recall that Davis played just 10 games in AAA at the start of the 2010 season before the Mets got sick of the Mike Jacobs experiment at first base. At the time, the move made sense for a Mets' team that still thought it was a competitor. Once down in AAA, Davis has no excuse for not producing. He will be playing in one of baseball's environments most conducive to offense in a market far removed from New York both geographically and metaphorically in terms of pressure.

The 28-year-old Baxter, and one of the heroes of Johan Santana' 2012 no-hitter had not hit while working as the Mets' fourth or perhaps fifth outfielder. In 102 PA, he hit .212/.333/.282 with five extra-base and zero homeruns. He draws walks (12% walk rate) in 2013, but that's about all he has done as his .070 isolated slugging percentage is anemic. With respect to Baxter, Terry Collins' has deployed him as well as he could have, playing him nearly exclusively against righties. From 2010 through 2012, Baxter hit righties capably - .275/.370/.440 with 15 doubles and four homers in 200 AB. He never hit lefties (1-for-21; a .048/.200/.095 line) for an extreme platoon split. In 2013, Baxter is 3-for-9 against lefties, but has failed against righties (.197/.326/.276 in 76 AB). There are small sample size issues here under 100 PA, but a platoon bench-hitter who doesn't hit against the side he is supposed to menace has no big league value.

Rob Carson has just never given any indication that he can retire big league hitters. His year, he owns a 8.50 ERA, and in 18 innings has given up 19 hits, 18 runs, 17 ER, 8 (!) HR, with seven walks and seven strikeouts. Carson's size and fastball (~93 mph in 2013) got him to the big leagues where his below average secondaries and fastball command made him a late-inning gift to opposing hitters.

Coming BackSo, how about that help coming back to the Mets? Expect little.

In the outfield, the Mets are recalling Cowgill, who owns a .235/.291/.308 MLB line in 268 MLB PA over the last three years. While playing in the PCL in 2011 through 2013, he has hit .307/.381/.476 in 885 PA over his age 25-27 seasons.

In the bullpen, Edgin gave up over a run an inning his big league tour early in the season. The Mets sent him back to AA where he gave up seven runs in eight innings and was scored upon in three of his five appearances. That was good enough to earn a return trip to Las Vegas where he's allowed seven runs on 14 hits in 10.2 innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks, which is better. Yes, he's only four outings without allowing a run: that's a stretch of 4.2 innings with two hits, a HPB, a walk and 4 K. Break out the champagne. Edgin was a below replacement pitcher in 2012, and was significantly worse in 2013. Major small sample size caveat here, but the reason he moved from tolerable to intolerable was that he lost his slider which had a pitch value of +2.8 runs above average in 2012 to -1.6 in 2013.

The 28-year-old Satin is 5-for-26 (.192) in his brief big league looks in 2011 and 2012. Like Cowgill, he has been a productive hitter at AAA: .297/.397/.447 in 951 PA between 2011-2013, two-thirds of which was in the International League and this season in the Pacific Coast League. The notion that he is an important part of the Mets' future at first base is laughable. Rather, he belongs, perhaps, as a right-handed bat off a bench. A collegiate second baseman, Satin has played 47 games at first for Las Vegas this year and one game in left. In the past he has played a little third, although his arm is short for the position.

Who should be playing first base? Lucas Duda. Despite a low batting average (.228) Duda, through the strength of walks (13.3%) and homers (10 in 57 games) has been an above average hitter (.336 OBP/.440 SLG and a 118 wRC+) in 2013. A star? No. A useful big league hitter? Yes. The problem is that he gives back nearly all of his offensive production with his defensive foibles in the outfield. UZR puts him an extraordinary -35 runs/150 games defensively in the outfield. If that seems too bad to be true, Total Zone puts him -19/1200 innings while BIS put him a similar -20 runs above average per 1200 innings. Lucas Duda's defense makes him unplayable in the outfield. As long as Ike Davis is in the minors, starting Duda in the outfield is a waste of time.

Younger in the OutfieldPerhaps the fourth move that should be lumped in here is the Mets' designating Rick Ankiel for assignment, which will likely foreshadow his release. Ankiel hit an entirely predictable and putrid .182/.239/.364 in 20 games for the Mets. His departure opens the way for Kirk Nieuwenhuis' return and more playing time for Juan Lagares and Jordany Valdespin. Over his last 26 games in AAA, Nieuwenhuis hit .250/.353/.550 with 9 homers and 26 strikeouts. The strikeouts will always be a problem for him in the big leagues, but at 25 years old, it makes a lot more sense to run him out there in centerfield instead of Ankiel.

 

Older in the StaffGoing all the way back to Saturday, the Mets sent Collin McHugh, who just turned 26, back to AAA and replaced him with 31-year-old David Aardsman. This pains me because I really like McHugh who is funny and insightful, but he just was not pitching well enough to stay in the big leagues (7 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 2 HR, 3 BB, 3 K). Aardsma has thrown one Major League inning in the last two years, but hey, in 2009 and 2010 he was a capable, if unspectacular reliever for the Mariners. For his career, he owns a 105+ ERA+. Perhaps he can be a non-flammable middle reliever.

 

Wither Wilmer?Fans want to see 21-year-old Wilmer Flores. After a slow opening week for AAA Las Vegas, he's been very productive. In his last 50 games, he has hit .318/.356/.512 with 27 extra-base hits (20 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR), 10 walks, and 26 strikeouts. He's played 47 games at second, two at first and one at third. He is just not an option at first base for the Mets until he plays more first in the minors. However, his value will be much, much higher if he can play second where his bat profiles better.

And for now, the Mets do not need a second baseman. Daniel Murphy is fourth overall in baseball in WAR (1.9) for 2B, part of a pack that includes Marco Scutaro (1.9), Murphy, Brandon Philips, Howie Kendrick and Jedd Gyorko (1.8 each) and Robinson Cano (1.6).  Defensive metrics are imprecise over partial seasons and some of Murphy's value comes from his +5.3 UZR, which is better than all of his peers listed above. I don't think there's any executive in the game who would take Murphy over Cano or Philips. So let's revise and instead of labeling Murphy a Top 5 second baseman, call him Top 10.

Can Flores play second? Even Las Vegas manager Wally Backman is not sure. As he told MiLB.com:

"The thing is, he turns the double play well, he has good hands," he said. "His range is a little limited, but we're working on trying to increase it as much as possible. The more he plays second base, the better he'll become. Position will be a big factor for him."
The Mets seem committed to getting Flores repetitions at second now. What's that means for Murphy? Nothing yet. One of two three scenarios is likely for Murphy and the Mets: either 1. the team trades Murphy and rolls with Flores at second, or 2. gives up on the Flores at second base idea and moves him to first, 3. moves Murphy to first to make room for Flores (and Ike Davis and Lucas Duda disappear). Three is unlikely to happen, and Murphy's offense - no seasons above a .450 slugging percentage in which he's played 50 games, just is not worth much at first. Still, Flores is hardly a finished product - he either needs to improve defensively at second or develop more power to play first. Either is possible, but there's no urgency here.

 

And So...Where does this leave the Mets? Still 23-35 with the second-worst record in the National League. Swapping out Ankiel for Nieuwenhuis is a net positive and opened a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Putting Ike Davis in AAA where he has a chance to fix himself is appropriate. Adding David Aardsma over Collin McHugh is a small net gain for the bullpen, but Aardsma himself has little chance of contributing to the Mets' next winning team. In this sense, the move carries little significance.

Everything else that has happened roster-wise in the last two days is just churn. The moves all are justifiable, reasonable and well-intentioned, and even you know, right. And yet, they will not make the Mets materially better. That's a weird and sorry commentary.

Tags: Analysis, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde

Jose Bautista (11) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jose Bautista (11) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Bautista's calling card in the past has been his powerful bat. And though he has had a decent start to his Mets campaign thus far, he hadn't hit a home run entering tonight's game against the Dodgers. 

Well, that changed in the bottom of the sixth as he launched a two-run shot to left-center field to put the Mets' on the board. 

Now that he got the first one out of the way, Bautista is hoping he sees more balls fly over the fence soon. 

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Mets fall to Dodgers, 5-2 00:01:15
Zack Wheeler and the Mets offense came up short again, dropping the opening game of their homestand to the Dodgers, 5-2.

Cody Bellinger's grand slam off Zack Wheeler proved decisive as the Mets lost to the Dodgers, 5-2. Jose Bautista hit his first home run as a Met.

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Gary, Keith and Ron on urgency 00:01:36
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling say that the Mets need to change things between now and the All-Star break to save the season.

Zack Wheeler made just one mistake, but it cost him as the Mets couldn't rebuttle Cody Bellinger's grand slam in the sixth in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. 

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

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

 

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was cruising during his start on Friday night against the Dodgers. That is until the sixth inning came, and one pitch ruined everything. 

Wheeler began his night setting down six straight Dodgers, which included striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, Michael Conforto helped out Wheeler by making a terrific diving grab in center field on a liner off the bat of Joc Pederson

After putting runners on the first and second to lead off the fourth, Wheeler worked out of another jam. But that wasn't the case when the sixth rolled around. 

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Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the game still scoreless, the Dodgers had a runner on second with two outs when Joc Pederson squared up a pitch from Zack Wheeler

The ball was drilled to center and looked to be destined for an extra-base hit. However, centerfielder Michael Conforto tracked it down, and laid out to save the run. 

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (31-41) kick off a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the visiting Dodgers (38-35) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets have scored eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time since May 3-6, 2017. ... They have lost back-to-back games while scoring eight or more runs for the second time in team history (only other time was April 7-8, 2004 at Atlanta. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs over their last 12 games and 29 in their last 25 games. 

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Sandy on state of the Mets 00:01:39
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gives an honest assessment of the team's record, and the chances they trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets are 31-41, having gone 6-20 in their last 26 games, and 14-32 since May 1. They are 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East, and 8.5 games behind the Nationals for the second Wild Card in the NL.

But Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn't ready to say whether the team will be buyers or sellers in advance of the trade deadline. 

"I would put us in the middle," Alderson said on Friday, while realistic about what needs to happen to avoid the team being sellers.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field. 

Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June 10.

Wright, who missed the 2017 season and has been limited to 75 games since 2015 due to various back, neck and shoulder injuries, had been swinging off a tee, playing catch, and fielding grounders. 

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

Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week while dealing with a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said Friday that he has also been dealing with a hip issue since March -- and that it has probably negatively affected his play.

Bruce said there is no timetable for his return. 

"The injury has not been apparent for that long," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. "It really hasn't been about playing him through injury."

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) will continue to play catch Friday before hopefully advancing to the next step in his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

The next step for Syndergaard would likely be a bullpen session, followed by a rehab start. 

Syndergaard resumed his throwing program on Monday and increased his throwing distance on Tuesday...

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad), who was expected to potentially ramp up his activity earlier this week, may do so this coming Monday or Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

But the Mets said there would be no running or baseball activities for Cespedes until he's symptom-free.

"I'm hopeful that it's gonna be relatively soon," Alderson said. "Once you recognize that there's a lingering issue -- possibly chronic -- you have to deal with it."

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Hansel Robles DFA'd by Mets 00:01:03
The Mets announced on Friday that they have DFA'd struggling reliever Hansel Robles, potentially ending a tumultuous career with the team.

The Mets have designated reliever Hansel Robles for assignment, potentially marking an end to his rocky Mets career.

Needing to clear 40-man roster spots for Drew Smith and Kevin Kaczmarski, who arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets chose to transfer AJ Ramos to the 60-day DL and DFA Robles. The choice to DFA Robles was interesting, since the Mets could've simply transferred Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL instead.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterA good, surprising move by the Mets. Hansel Robles wasn't contributing and he was doing more harm than good. The Mets just couldn't dealing with that. And the fans couldn't keep watching it...

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Turner says Mets kicked him out 00:01:22
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss the claim made by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner that he was "kicked out" by the Mets back in 2013.

Justin Turner, in town with the Dodgers to play the Mets, used the words "kicked out" to describe the end of his Mets career, and said he was left with a chip on his shoulder.

Turner, who landed with the Dodgers after the 2013 season and immediately became one of the best players in baseball, said during an appearance on WFAN with Carlin, Maggie, and Bart on Friday that "it's hard to say" whether he would have blossomed in the same way if he stayed with the Mets, adding later that he "would like to think so."

"I know what I did in 2013, start talking to Marlon Byrd about the different hitting philosophy," Turner said. "We were hitting four to five days a week for the entire offseason. ... I was looking forward to coming back and bringing my new swing into spring training. Unfortunately, I never got that opportunity. I was left looking for a job."

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 (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
(Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Drew Smith looked terrific early in spring training right through his 21 appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. Now, he will be promoted and join the Mets before Friday's game.

Smith, who was acquired last summer from the Rays for Lucas Duda, is known for throwing a quick and slippery fastball. At first glance, I was concerned with how far down he dips his throwing shoulder, seemingly scraping the ball against his calf muscle, but it works for him and appears to be all part of his ability to look like he's throwing a lot harder than he is.

In 30 innings this season, Smith, 24, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He had a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP last season in Double-A.

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The Mets will be pitched by teams looking to acquire Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. However, despite all the buzz, I expect both pitchers will continue being Mets at least through the next two seasons.

Frankly, the only way I see either of these two pitchers being traded is if a new GM and front office takes the wheel. Otherwise, it's ride or die with deGrom and Syndergaard for Sandy Alderson. 

Similarly, while there will be interest in (and it's worth listening to offers for) Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, my hunch is Alderson would prefer to keep them as well -- especially given the delicate state of his rotation.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino chat about the discussion around trading Jacob deGrom, whether or not Yoenis Cespedes can still be an impact player, and what the future holds for Sandy Alderson. They also talk music!

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

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Despite not being on the All-Star ballot, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he would be open to the idea of competing in the Home Run Derby.

"I'm intrigued by it for sure," Nimmo said, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. "It would be a really cool experience. There will be other factors, how I'm feeling at that point. So much can happen in a month. I think it's going to go more into how I'm feeling, but heck, it's an honor to even be asked that question."

A year ago, Nimmo hit just five home runs in 69 games; he has more than doubled that in six fewer games in 2018.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets will call up Triple-A Las Vegas RH reliever Drew Smith and OF Kevin Kaczmarski prior to Friday's game, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

They optioned RHP Chris Flexen and RHP Paul Sewald to Triple-A Las Vegas after Thursday's game. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | I noted earlier that the Mets could go one of two ways here. They could call up two relievers or call up one reliever and one position player, which would restore the five-man bench. The latter is the route that made sense, and the way they went. I wrote on Wednesday about how it's time to give the 24-year-old Smith a chance. He isn't on the 40-man roster, but the Mets can clear a spot by shifting either AJ Ramos or Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL. Smith has pitched incredibly well and has lots of upside. It's time to see what he can do.  

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Asked after the Mets' third straight loss on Thursday if he was worried about the team's 31-41 record, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he wasn't.

"You don't worry about the record," Callaway said. "You just worry about how you do your thing every day and how you are playing the game and we'll start syncing everything up."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | I understand what Callaway was trying to say -- that if the Mets keep following their process, things will fall in to place and the record will take care of itself. But when you're asked point blank if you're worried about the record of your team that's in a free-fall, it makes sense to say 'yes.'

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Frazier doesn't want a re-build 00:01:06
After another tough loss, Todd Frazier makes the case for the Mets to stay together and not trade away starting pitchers for prospects.

Veteran 3B Todd Frazier joined the Mets with the vision of winning. He wasn't looking for a rebuild. 

It was reported by SNY's Andy Martino that the Mets are having "internal discussions" about whether they want to hear offers on their stud flamethrowers in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.  

If one or both of these arms end up moving by the trade deadline, Frazier wouldn't be happy.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose series to Rockies 00:01:06
Steven Matz struggled early and the Mets' offense couldn't do enough in their third straight loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Steven Matz struggled early, and the Mets offense couldn't do enough in their third straight loss to the Colorado Rockies.

 

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Gary and Keith on bullpen blues 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez look for positives in the Mets' starting rotation but find major problems in the bullpen.

Steven Matz allowed five runs in the first two innings and the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-4, to the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

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

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

 

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Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets LHP Steven Matz had a rough start in Colorado on Thursday afternoon, but he settled in before his day ended. 

Four straight Rockies reached base to lead off the bottom of the first, with Nolan Arenado sending one over the fence for a three-run homer. After Trevor Story's double, a mound visit was used to calm Matz down. It worked as a double play following a strikeout got him out of the inning. 

The second inning wasn't any better for Matz, though, as the Rockies' struck for two more runs. It was Arenado picking up his fourth and fifth RBI on the day as he smacked a double to right to make it 5-1. 

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 (Dale Zanine)
(Dale Zanine)

The Mets (31-40) wrap up their four-game series against the Rockies (36-38) on Thursday afternoon in Colorado at 3:10 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have scored eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time since May 3-6, 2017. ... They have lost back-to-back games while scoring eight or more runs for the second time in team history (only other time was April 7-8, 2004 at Atlanta. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs over their last 12 games and 29 in their last 25 games. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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What will Mets do with deGrom? 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino reveal what the Mets are thinking regarding their future with Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Steven Matz, on the hill Thursday afternoon against the Rockies, entered the 2018 season coming off an injury-shortened 2017 campaign in which he put up a brutal 6.08 ERA. Amid doubts of his ability to pitch in a major league rotation as well as health scares, he has surprised with a 3.31 ERA in his 13 starts -- the same number he made before being shut down last season.

But questions remain about his peripherals as well as his durability as the Mets consider what their pitching staff will look like in the second half and beyond.

The results for Matz could not be more different than they were last year. He has allowed just 24 earned runs over 65.1 innings, after allowing 45 over the same timeframe in 2017. Batters have hit just .221 against him, and his 52.5 percent ground ball rate is the best of his career...

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Rockies outlast Mets 00:00:59
The Rockies mounted a pair of comebacks in a see-saw battle to defeat the Mets, 10-8, at Coors Field on Wednesday night.

The Rockies mounted a pair of comebacks in a see-saw battle to defeat the Mets, 10-8, at Coors Field on Wednesday night. 

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Rockies top Mets, 10-8 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the effect of playing high-scoring games at Coors Field on a nightly basis.

The Mets failed to hold a pair of multi-run leads in dropping their second straight to the Rockies, 10-8, on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

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

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

1) After the Mets rallied to take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the fifth, a usually rock-solid Robert Gsellman retired the first two batters before falling apart. He issued a walk to Ian Desmond, a single to Tom Murphy and a pinch-hit three-run homer to Ryan McMahon. Charlie Blackmon added a solo blast in the sixth for the final margin of victory.

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Callaway, Lugo on Mets' loss 00:00:54
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Seth Lugo comment on Lugo's struggles in the Mets' rollercoaster 10-8 loss to the Rockies.

Mets RHP Seth Lugo wasn't sharp again in his second straight start, but his defense wasn't much help either. Lugo's final line says six runs allowed, however, only three struck his ERA in the end.

It was in the top of the second that things started to unravel for Lugo. After allowing a solo shot to Nolan Arenado in the top of the first, Lugo's second inning started with a throwing error from Todd Frazier to allow Trevor Story to move to second. Gerardo Parra roped a single to drive Story home in the next at-bat. 

Then, after walking Ian Desmond and striking out Tom MurphyDevin Mesoraco had a passed ball that allowed Parra and Desmond to move into scoring position. The Rockies would drive in both runs to tie the game at four apiece. 

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Check back here for in-game highlights from Mets vs. Rockies on Wednesday night at Coors Field.


The Mets were already up 1-0 when catcher Devin Mesoraco came to the plate with bases loaded. And though Rockies starter Chad Bettis had him down 0-2 with two outs, he turned on a fastball and roped it down the left-field line for a two-RBI double.

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo rounds the bases after hitting a home ru5 off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo rounds the bases after hitting a home ru5 off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Mets (31-39) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (35-38) on Wednesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets had their three-game win streak snapped last night. ...The Mets ahve 15 homers in their last 11 games and 29 homers over their last 24 games. ...The Mets had a hit in 14 straight innings dating back to the eighth inning on Sunday until the third inning on Tuesday night. It was the longest streak since 2014.

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Feb 19, 2018; Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY
Feb 19, 2018; Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets' Triple-A to the majors bullpen revolving door moved again on Wednesday, with the team sending Hansel Robles to Las Vegas and recalling Chris Flexen.

Maybe Robles turns things around at some point and maybe Flexen becomes more than a mop-up guy, but at this point, it makes sense for the Mets to try someone different.

24-year-old Drew Smith, who was acquired from the Rays last season for Lucas Duda, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 30.0 innings (21 appearances) this season for Las Vegas in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League. He also excelled last season for Double-A Binghamton, with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have signed recent fifth-round (140th overall) draft pick Ryley Gilliam, a right-handed reliever who could rocket through the system and get to New York "very quickly," according to MLB.com's Jim Callis

The 21-year-old Gilliam, who features a high-octane fastball and hammer curve, signed for $550,000 -- over the slot value of $379,400. 

Gilliam, who was ranked as MLB.com's 127th-best Draft prospect, had a 1.41 ERA while striking out 54 batters in 38.1 innings (27 appearances) for Clemson this season. 

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Familia gone before deadline? 00:04:31
Should the Mets consider trading Jeurys Familia before the trade deadline, and how would this benefit the team?

The Nationals acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week for three prospects, though only one of them -- Blake Perkins at No. 8 -- was on ESPN's Nationals Top 10 Prospects list.

So, how does this impact the Mets and the potential that they could trade Jeurys Familia? Does it impact them at all?

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | If this deal impacts Familia's value, that's bad news for the Mets. But realistically, the team can't hope to get a top prospect for a closer with shoulder issues, who has not been consistently healthy or effective for nearly two years.

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The Amazin' Life: Freaky Friday! 00:02:36
On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling literally switch bodies before a game!

On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling literally switch bodies before a game!

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, with a promotion to Double-A Binghamton possible before the end of the season. 

The 19-year-old shortstop is hitting .279/.352/.434 with four HR, 16 doubles, three triples, and a league-leading 23 stolen bases in 62 games this season.

What makes Gimenez's line even more impressive is that he's putting up those numbers while playing in a league where he's roughly three years younger than the average player.

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Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch to Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch to Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Mets coaches and players alike are making it clear that they believe Jacob deGrom is an irreplaceable asset on the mound and should not be traded. Pitching coach Dave Eiland, who is in his first season with deGrom and the Mets, called the deGrom trade talk "asinine" and asked who would replace all of the innings deGrom's innings this season, next season, and in 2020.

"These guys don't just fall off trees, it's total nonsense,'' he said, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "Say you got five prospects, who is to say those prospects are going to work out?'' Manager Mickey Callaway agreed, calling him "irreplaceable." 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | I feel ya, Dave. Been saying the same thing myself. But here's the difference between me and you: your bosses are actively discussing doing the thing that you called "asinine." They might have preferred a softer word...

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Rockies hit four homers vs. Mets 00:00:55
The Rockies chased Mets starter Jason Vargas with three home runs in a six-run third inning and held off the Mets, 10-8, on Tuesday night.

The Rockies chased Mets starter Jason Vargas with three home runs in a six-run third inning and held off the Mets, 10-8, on Tuesday night.

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Rockies rough up starter Vargas 00:01:41
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss what the Mets should do with pitchers Jason Vargas and Seth Lugo moving forward.

Jason Vargas allowed three straight home runs in the third inning and the Mets could not catch up in a 10-8 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

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

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

1) Betrayed by poor defense and bad luck in the first inning, Vargas (2-6) allowed two runs on four hits in the frame before falling apart in the third. The southpaw surrendered back-to-back-to-back homers and was removed after allowing five of the six batters he faced in the inning to reach safely. Vargas has a 13.50 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field after he was charged with seven runs and nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. He hit a batter and did not issue a walk or record a strikeout.

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Callaway, Vargas on tough loss 00:01:11
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas discuss Vargas' poor outing in the New York Mets' loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed seven runs -- including back-to-back-to-back home runs -- on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each hit RBI singles in the first inning before Vargas fell victim to the long ball in a six-run third inning.

He allowed three home runs in that sixth inning, as Nolan Arenado took Vargas deep in the third inning with a two-run home run, then Story and Desmond struck again with solo home runs right after.

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May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher AJ Ramos (44) reacts after walking Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (not pictured) with the bases loaded to force in thw winning run in the tenth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher AJ Ramos (44) reacts after walking Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (not pictured) with the bases loaded to force in thw winning run in the tenth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets reliever AJ Ramos will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week that Ramos was getting a second opinion and surgery could be an option. 

Ramos, who landed on the 10-day DL due to rotator cuff tendinitis, struggled on the mound before his DL stint. He last pitched against the Brewers on May 25-26, where he walked in the winning run in extras, and allowed three earned runs over 0.2 innings in those two contests respectively.

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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets minor league infielder Jeff McNeil is drawing trade interest from other teams, reports Matt Ehalt of The Record.

McNeil is having a tremendous season and was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he has four hits in 11 at-bats.

McNeil, 26, has hit off the bench and served in utility roles while working his way up the Mets' farm system beginning in 2013.

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Gleyber Torres vs. Brandon Nimmo 00:00:17
SNY lines up the numbers for Gleyber Torres and Brandon Nimmo to see just who is the best young hitter in New York.

Lost a bit in the Gleyber Torres mania in the Bronx -- at least until Tuesday night -- was the emergence of Brandon Nimmo in Queens. 

The 25-year-old Nimmo is hitting .287/.410/.603 for the Mets with 12 HR, nine doubles, five triples, and seven stolen bases in 60 games this season -- and is currently one of the most valuable players in the majors.

Nimmo has the best slugging percentage in the National League (min. 200 plate appearances) and the fifth-highest in all of baseball. His 1.013 OPS is the best in the NL and fourth-best in baseball. 

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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Dominic Smith is making his first career start in the outfield on Tuesday night when he will play left field in the Mets' road matchup against Rockies at Coors FIeld.

Smith is shifting to the outfield in the absence of Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes, who are both on the disabled list. Bruce landed on the disabled list earlier in the day on Tuesday after playing in just one game since last Wednesday. 

Smith told reporters before Tuesday's game that he had a chance to work in the outfield at Coors Field on Monday and is excited about the opportunity.

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Brandon Nimmo's great two days 00:01:31
Check out the homers and the happiness provided by Brandon Nimmo over the past two days as he's helped the Mets to dramatic wins.

The Mets (31-38) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (34-38) on Tuesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets are 18-17 on the road this season. ... Monday night's game was the second time since the start of 2015 that the Mets had at least one hit in every inning. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games and 29 home runs in their last 23 games, though 22 of those home runs have been solo shots. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA over their last 28 games (162.1 innings). 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Danny Abriano
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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history. 

Here's a look...

  • DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.51 ERA, ahead of Justin Verlander (1.61), Max Scherzer (2.06), and Luis Severino (2.09).
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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