I hate that we have to have this conversation every year, but it is what it is... and I still love baseball.

That said, I never root for the Yankees in October unless they're playing the Phillies. Otherwise, the sooner the Yankees are eliminated, the better. They're success makes me feel worse about the Mets recent failures. I'm not proud of this, it's not the ideal way to live, but it's the truth. Frankly, they can't be eliminated fast enough...

In the end, I'll probably end up pulling for Oakland this October. They're an incredible story and proof of what good scouting and strategic thinking can do in this league, despite having a small budget. Plus, they've been up the mountain, fallen down and climbed it again, and I'd like to see them and their fans rewarded for their persistence.

In the National League, I'm rooting for Carlos Beltran - in spite of him being on the Cardinals. He's still one of my favorite players and he's pushing towards the end of his career. I'd like to see him reach the top, even if it means Yadier Molina (who I despise) getting a third ring.

Here is what other baseball fans told me on Twitter, when asked who they'd be rooting for (since they're favorite team didn't make it):

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Mets react to blowout win 00:05:45
Terry Collins, Asdrubal Cabrera and Steven Matz react to the Mets' dominant showing in Miami, as they beat the Marlins, 8-0.

Mets LHP Steven Matz picked up his second win of the year Wednesday, allowing six hits and one walk during seven scoreless innings against the Marlins.

Matz, who worked through first two innings unscathed, escaped a jam in the third with two runners on when he got Giancarlo Stanton to hit into a double play. Matz then induced an inning-ending double play from Christian Yelich in the sixth.

In the end, Matz threw 64 strikes with 110 pitches, after which he said he relied on his curveball at times to get weak contact.

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets got back in the win column Wednesday. They'll play one more game in Miami tonight before playing three this weekend against the last-place Phillies.

With 32 days before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets enter Thursday seven games below .500 and 10 games back of the Wild Card-leading Rockies, who have lost eight games in a row.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/28 00:03:50
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-0 win over the Marlins.

Click here for a full box score of the game

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

1) Matz was strong from the get-go, as he allowed just six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over seven strong innings. He's now thrown seven innings in three of his four starts this season. 

2) Asdrubal Cabrera got things started for the Mets with a two-run homer in the first inning. Jose Reyes, who had been hitting .183 in June, collected his third three-hit game of the season and drove in a run with a single in the first. Curtis Granderson went deep for the second straight day with a two-run shot in the seventh. 

Tags: Miami Marlins, Steven Matz
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Jun 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on prior to the game against the Palm Beach Cardinals at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on prior to the game against the Palm Beach Cardinals at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Tebow crushed his first home run with Class A Advanced St. Lucie in the nightcap of a doubleheader on Wednesday night. 

Playing in his second game with the Mets affiliate after a promotion from Low-A Columbia, Tebow crushed a homer to center off Cardinals prospect Junior Fernandez. The right-hander is the Cardinals' 10th-ranked farmhand, according to MLB.com. 

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New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) circles the bases after a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) circles the bases after a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker (hamstring tear) has resumed baseball activities and is in the beginning stages of running, he told reporters Wednesday. 

Walker, who was placed on disabled list on June 15 and has begun hitting and fielding, is pleased with his progress thus far. 

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The Mets (34-42) continue their three-game series against the Miami Marlins (35-40) at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

New York is coming off a 6-3 loss to the Marlins in the opener on Tuesday, which snapped its three-game winning streak. The Mets have now lost four games in a row. Curtis Granderson homered to lead off the game for the third time in six games and Travis d'Arnaud also homered while driving in two runs.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) makes his fourth start of the season and third on the road. The left-hander surrendered three runs over six innings during a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday in the Mets' 6-3 loss...

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FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)
FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)

As a standout prep player in Miami, David Thompson broke his high school's home run and RBI records, topping marks previously set by Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder. Now, after being selected by the Mets in the fourth round in 2015 out of the University of Miami, the 23-year-old Thompson has risen to Double-A Binghamton.

A third baseman, Thompson is hitting .259 with seven home runs and 38 RBI in 247 at-bats.

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Jun 27, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 27, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have placed RHP Robert Gsellman (hamstring) on the 10-day disabled list and recalled INF Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced prior to Wednesday's game against the Marlins in Miami.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Reynolds was en route from Triple-A Las Vegas and was expected to arrive in time for the game.

Gsellman left Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in the fourth inning after suffering a left hamstring strain while running to first base.

Gsellman was trying to reach base on a grounder and accelerated as he ran down the line, but appeared to hobble before crossing the base. He was then removed from the game.

Tags: Matt Reynolds, Robert Gsellman
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Jun 14, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is helped off the field at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 14, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is helped off the field at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Gsellman left Tuesday night's game in the fourth inning with a left hamstring strain.

He is expected to miss at least two-to-three weeks, though how long he's out will ultimately depend on the severity of the strain. In either case, it means both Tyler Pill and Rafael Montero could be in the team's rotation at the same time, depending on if Zack Wheeler is ready to return from the DL for Saturday.

I don't blame you for being confused. I'm confused. The roster is impossible to track.

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Collins, Gsellman on injuries 00:04:18
Terry Collins and Robert Gsellman discuss the injury Gsellman suffered tonight and where the Mets go from here in the rotation

It's the little things that kill a season, and the seventh inning last night felt like a microcosm of what is killing this team in 2017. I know, I know, it's the injuries too, but then it's the little things...

For instance, Travis d'Arnaud tied last night's game with a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Neil Ramirez then entered in relief for the Mets and began the bottom of the inning by walking Miami's leadoff batter, J.T. RealmutoJT Riddle then followed with a single to give the Marlins runners on first and third with no one out.

In relief of Ramirez, Jerry Blevins was called on to face pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki, who slapped a single on the ground to left field. Dee Gordon moved the runners up with a hit, and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked to load the bases. Christian Yelich then hit a a 2-2 pitch up the middle to drive in two more runs and extend Miami's lead to 6-3, which would end up being the final score.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Matthew Cerrone
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Remembering Anthony Young 00:00:31
Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young passed away on Tuesday after his battle with brain cancer at the age of 51

The Mets ended their three-game winning streak by losing Tuesday night. They also may have lost Michael Conforto and Robert Gsellman, as they dropped back to eight games under .500 with 86 games to play in the season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:00
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday night in Miami

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

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

1) Neil RamirezJerry Blevins and some poor defense by Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores led to three Marlins runs in the seventh. Ichiro Suzuki snapped a 3-3 tie with a pinch-hit RBI single and Christian Yelich third hit drove in a pair.

2) Robert Gsellman allowed three runs in the first but left after injuring his left hamstring trying to beat out a groundball in the fourth. The right-hander was charged with three runs on five hits while striking out four in three innings.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Robert Gsellman
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The Mets (34-41) open a three-game set against the Marlins (34-40) at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets swept the Giants in a three-game series over the weekend in San Francisco.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Robert Gsellman (6.04 ERA/5.28 FIP, 1.62 WHIP) who suffered his second straight loss in his last start against the Dodgers. He was lit up for eight runs, seven earned on nine hits including four homers in 4.1 innings. 

This will be Gsellman's fourth appearance against the Marlins this season. He has a 6.14 ERA in 14.2 innings pitched. His last start came at home where he earned the win in 5.0 innings. 

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Remembering Anthony Young 00:00:31
Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young passed away on Tuesday after his battle with brain cancer at the age of 51

Former Mets pitcher Anthony Young passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51 after suffering from a lengthy illness, the team announced. 

Drafted by the Mets in 1987, Young made his big-league debut in 1991 and posted a 5-35 record and a 3.82 ERA in three seasons in New York. He was known for losing a record 27 straight decisions from 1992 to 1993, but during this streak, he saved 12 straight games while filling in for then-closer John Franco.

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

David Wright last appeared in a major league game on May 27, 2016. Now there is news that the captain hopes to be cleared by doctors to begin baseball activity within days.

Still, the 34-year-old Wright clearly faces an uphill battle to return to the majors, much less be a meaningful contributor again. And Mets officials need to work under the assumption that Wright will be a nonfactor in 2018 and beyond.

Officially, Wright has been sidelined this season with an impingement in his right shoulder. However, his medical history has a pair of far more significant issues.

Wright underwent surgery on June 16, 2016, to repair a ruptured disk in his neck. That might not limit him once he returns. More ominously, though, the spinal stenosis in his lower back is a chronic condition that ultimately figures to prematurely end his career. Remember, Don Mattingly had to retire because of that back issue at roughly the same age...

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto looks on during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto looks on during batting practice before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game due to the bruised left hand he suffered on Sunday when he was hit by a pitch against the Giants in San Francisco.

Conforto, who will be reexamined by a doctor on Tuesday, could be available to pinch-hit, manager Terry Collins said.

Conforto left Sunday's game before the bottom of the sixth inning after he was hit on the wrist by a Matt Moore pitch in the top of the fifth. X-rays taken after the game were negative.

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Tim Tebow on having a platform 00:01:21
St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow talks about using his platform to help others.

Tim Tebow isn't playing for the Mets this season. I believe this to be true, a) because there's no player worth dropping from the 40-man roster in favor of a guy that has never played above A ball, and b) because I watched Sandy Alderson announce Tebow's recent promotion to St. Lucie.

I'm sorry to burst the bubble of anyone thinking Tebow on the Mets would be helpful or entertaining, even if just in September. But, when he told reporters that Tebow would soon move from Low-A up to Single-A, Alderson delivered the news with an unmistakable bit of humor.

Tebow, who arrived in St. Lucie on Tuesday, said he knows he has a long way to go and discussed the transition to the next level. 

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Mets fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith, both knocking on the door while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Beyond Rosario and Smith are lots of other prospects who are a bit further away but whose potential is high. Here are five of them...


1.) LHP Thomas Szapucki, Low-A Columbia Fireflies

The 21-year-old Szapucki, the Mets' eighth-best prospect according to Baseball America, has a 2.82 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings this season for the Fireflies. A bit of an afterthought prior to last season, the Mets' 5th round selection (149th overall) in the 2015 Draft is starting to open eyes.

2.) SS Luis Guillorme, Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies

Guillorme, 22, is hitting .289 with a .352 OBP in 67 games this season for the Rumble Ponies. Viewed as the best defensive player in the Mets' system and perhaps the best defensive player the team has developed since Rey Ordonez, Guillorme wowed fans during spring training with his one-handed bat catch.

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Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki pitches against the Staten Island Yankees (BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)
Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki pitches against the Staten Island Yankees (BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)

Mets LHP prospect Thomas Szapucki missed the start of this season with a left shoulder impingement, but has since made three straight quality starts with Low-A Columbia.

In his most recent outing, Szapucki struck out 10 batters through six scoreless innings, while giving up just two hits and walking two batters.

Szapucki appeared on multiple top prospects lists this past winter, as well as 60th on ESPN.com's Keith Law annual overall rankings.

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

At 34-41 and nine games back of a playoff spot, the Mets are reportedly open to discussing trades for their veteran players who have expiring contracts.

"It's the business of baseball, any of us could get traded today," Mets OF Jay Bruce said Sunday, according to the Bergen Record.

Bruce, as well as Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, and Jerry Blevins, are all eligible to be free agents at the end of this season...

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Figueroa talks MiLB prospects 00:02:55
Nelson Figueroa joins Daily News Live from MCU Park to preview the Brooklyn Cyclones' final game of their series against Hudson Valley

The Mets have won three games in a row, and four of their last seven. 

With 87 games to play, they recently improved to be nine games back of a Wild Card spot thanks in large part to the Rockies losing six in a row.

What's Next...

The Mets begin a three-game series tonight in Miami against the Marlins at 7:10 pm ET. Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.04 ERA) will start for the Mets opposite Dan Straily (5-4, 3.43 ERA).

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Jun 21, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts during a MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jun 21, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts during a MLB baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Mets are doing it again, aren't they? By winning three in a row, despite still being significantly below .500 and a mile back from a postseason spot, they've got me running scenarios again and wondering what it will take for them to get back in a playoff race.

And, of course, I'm taking the bait. Because, as the Mets swept the Giants, the Rockies -- who lead for the second Wild Card -- lost five in a row.

I know, I know, the Mets beat up on the Giants, who have lost nine of their last 10, are the second worst team in the NL, and more or less a total mess and shadow of the team that beat the Mets in the Wild Card game last October...

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JRSportBrief: Mets must sell! 00:01:40
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses why the Mets should start selling some of their best assets.

The Mets are open to discussing trades for their pending free agents, but the market could prove to be difficult, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

Jay Bruce, Addison Reed, Curtis GrandersonAsdrubal CabreraLucas Duda, Jerry Blevins and Neil Walker are all eligible to be a free agents at the end of this season. However, according to Olney, since most of this year's contending teams do not have a major need for position players, it may be difficult for Sandy Alderson to find worthwhile trading partners this summer.

For instance, the Dodgers, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Astros, and Cubs are likely to prioritize pitching in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And while a few teams have weaknesses in the field, their holes are very particular, such as the Red Sox needing a third baseman.

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Hello Jerry 00:04:55
Mets reliever Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of "Hello Jerry".

According to FoxSport.com's Ken Rosenthal, among the team's pending free agents, Mets LHP reliever Jerry Blevins is the least likely to be traded.

Blevins, 33, is earning $5.5 million this season. The Mets hold a $7 million club option for 2018 or can make him a free agent by paying a $1 million buyout.

In 38 appearances this season, he is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA (2.66 FIP), while holding left-handed hitters to a .113 average.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Rafael Montero 00:00:27
Jeep Pitchcast highlights Rafael Montero's great outing and changeup against the Giants.

Jeep Pitchcast highlights Rafael Montero's great outing and changeup against the Giants. 

"There's no giveaway with the motion," SNY's Keith Hernandez explained about one of the things that made Montero's changeup effective.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero earned his first major-league win since 2014 by allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings of work during Sunday's 8-2 win against Giants at AT&T Park.

Making his third start of the season, Montero struck out a season-high seven batters and allowed one run and five hits in his best outing of the year. He had pitched in relief during seven of his previous eight appearances.

"You've got to get some confidence back and it all starts from the way we pitched," manager Terry Collins said after the game, speaking about Montero.

Tags: Rafael Montero, San Francisco Giants
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Collins and Montero discuss win 00:04:13
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Rafael Montero discuss what went well for Montero and Rene Rivera's big day at the plate.

The Mets, who begin a series in Miami tonight, swept the Giants this past weekend in San Francisco to move to seven games below .500. However, they remain 11 games behind the Nationals in the NL East and 10 losses back of a Wild Card spot.

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Hello Jerry 00:04:55
Mets reliever Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of "Hello Jerry".

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of 'Hello Jerry.'

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New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four home runs as their month-long power surge continued in Sunday's 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Jay Bruce hit his 20th home run of the season and Curtis Granderson added a solo home run that gave the Mets 46 home runs in June, the franchise's most in a month.

Rivera, who didn't record a multi-hit game since May 9, hit a two-run home run off Matt Moore in the second inning that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead, then made it 4-1 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, as New York won its third straight game following a four-game losing streak.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Rene Rivera, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium. (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets expect RHP Zack Wheeler to make his return from the 10-day disabled list on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Wheeler, who was placed on the DL with biceps tendonitis on June 21, threw 72 pitches at 95 to 100 percent in a bullpen session on Sunday, pitching coach Dan Warthen told Ackert.

"He threw well," Warthen said. "The ball came out good."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/25 00:03:55
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings to win for the first time since Sept. 10, 2014. The right-hander surrendered five hits and two walks with a season-high seven strikeouts to win his second big league game.

2) Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four homers and drove in three runs. Jay Bruce launched his 20th of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth, and had three RBIs. Curtis Granderson slugged his 10th of the year in the top of the ninth and finished 2-for-3 with three walks.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Rene Rivera
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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM's Rob Brender answer questions about the rest of this season, including...

  • Will Terry Collins be let go before the start of 2018?
  • Is Sandy Alderson returning after this season?
  • When should the Mets call up Rosario and Smith?
  • Is anyone on this team worth trading?
  • Why did the Mets give up on Justin Turner?
  • If you were a free agent, would you sign with the Mets?

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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GEICO SportsNite: Tebow promoted 00:00:51
Sandy Alderson discusses Mets minor leaguer and former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow being promoted to St. Lucie (Advanced A) on Sunday.

Tim Tebow has been promoted by the Mets from Low-A Columbia to High-A St. Lucie. 

Tebow, 29, is batting .222/.311/.340 with three home runs and 23 RBIs in 63 games played this season for Columbia.

"His last two or three weeks trended pretty well and given all the other circumstances, age and so forth, we felt this was the right time to promote him," general manager Sandy Alderson said of Tebow's promotion. "I think we're pleased with [Tebow's] first half of the season. It's not like he's tearing up the league, but at the same time all indications are positive in terms of various things that we look at, in terms of chase rates, exit velocity."

The former Heisman trophy winner is in the midst of his first season playing professional baseball after spending three years in the NFL. 

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 (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
(Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets (33-41) wrap up their three-game series against the San Francisco Giants (27-50) at AT&T Park on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets have won the first two games of the series,with Jacob deGrom's eight strong innings highlighting Saturday night's win.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Rafael Montero (6.49 ERA, 2.09 WHIP), who has allowed one run on three hits with two walks and eight strikeouts spanning 6 2/3 innings over his last two appearances, both of which have come in relief.

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Mets Insider preview 00:01:17
With the New York Mets in the midst of a challenging season, Mets Insider looks at the enduring belief of the team and its fans.

With the New York Mets in the midst of a challenging season, Mets Insider looks at the enduring belief of the team and its fans.

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Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the seventh inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

Jacob deGrom limited the San Francisco Giants to just one run in eight strong innings of work in the Mets' 5-2 win on Saturday to pick up his seventh win of the season.

DeGrom allowed just four hits, struck out seven batters, and only needed 101 pitches to complete eight innings. San Francisco's lone run off deGrom came on Brandon Belt's solo home run in the seventh inning.

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Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) and right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrate after the end of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) and right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrate after the end of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets have now won two straight games after losing seven of their last eight. The Washington Nationals have also won their last two games and maintain a 12 game lead in the NL East.

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Collins, Bruce, deGrom on win 00:06:26
Mets manager Terry Collins, outfielder Jay Bruce and pitcher Jacob deGrom react to the Mets' 5-2 win in San Francisco.

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed one run, four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in eight innings to notch his seventh win of the season. The right-hander became the first Mets starter to complete eight innings in three consecutive starts since Johan Santana in 2010. DeGrom also singled in three at-bats to raise his average to .294.

2) Jay Bruce's RBI single snapped a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth to plate Curtis Granderson, who led off the inning with a triple. Wilmer Flores added a two-out run-scoring double to extend the Mets' lead to 3-1 with his second RBI of the day, and Michael Conforto's pinch-hit RBI single scored Jose Reyes, who led off the ninth with triple. 

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press
Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press

The Mets (32-41) play the first game of a weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (27-49) at AT&T Park on Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX. 

New York is coming off an 11-4 victory over the Giants to snap their four-game losing streak. Seth Lugo pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing four runs and the much-maligned bullpen held San Francisco scoreless for the final 3 1/3 innings. Yoesnis Cespedes drove in three runs and hit hits ninth home run of the season while Lucas Duda hit his 13th on the year. 

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Jun 23, 2017; The Mets celebrate after winning at AT&T Park. Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 23, 2017; The Mets celebrate after winning at AT&T Park. Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

If veteran Mets want to remain with the club beyond the July 31 trade deadline -- and we now know where Asdrubal Cabrera stands on that issue -- they're officially on the clock to turn the season around, Sandy Alderson all but acknowledged Friday.

"We have to be realistic about where we are in the division race, realistic about where we are in the wild card," Alderson told reporters before the Mets produced 20 hits and beat the Giants, 11-4.

If the Mets want inspiration, they can look to their 2015 World Series opponent.

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Mets are sellers 00:05:05
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to the news that the Mets are making Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera available.

One constant at the trade deadline is that pitching is always in demand. Contenders looking to plug rotation holes and bolster bullpens offer far more valuable packages in July than in January. The Mets don't have an especially deep cache of arms to offer up, but there are a few names to watch for.

Addison Reed has largely righted his ship after a difficult start to 2017 and now has a 2.59 ERA dating back to 2015. His 4.89 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is the 10th best in baseball over the span and his 2.58 FIP is 13th best.

He has never been in the top tier of relief aces alongside such names as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but he has been surprisingly close. As a pending free agent capable of setting up or closing, he should garner plenty of interest from contenders with weak bullpens, such as, unfortunately, the Nationals...

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Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets tallied 20 hits, two home runs, and seven doubles in an 11-run effort on Friday in San Francisco.

New York's offense immediately came alive with three hits in the first inning, and Wilmer Flores' RBI single yielded the team's first run. In the second inning, the Mets broke out and scored six runs -- including Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run home run to extend New York's lead to 5-1.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Lugo overcame all odds 00:02:13
SNY profiles starting pitcher Seth Lugo and his journey from being selected in the 34th round of the 2011 draft to starting for the Mets.

SNY profiles Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo, from being selected in the 34th round of the 2011 draft to starting for the 2017 Mets.

Tune in to Mets Insider on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on SNY to see more on Lugo and the Mets.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:29
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 win over the Giants on Friday night.

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

1) The Mets scored seven times and collected 11 of their 20 hits in the first two innings. Yoenis Cespedes slugged a two-run homer in New York's six-run second, his eighth of the season, and Lucas Duda went deep for the 13th time with a solo shot in the seventh.

2) Asdrubal CabreraWilmer FloresMichael Conforto, Cespedes and Duda each collected three hits. Cespedes paced the Mets with three RBIs, while Flores, Conforto and Duda drove in two runs apiece. Curtis Granderson notched his third straight multi-hit game and added an RBI.

3) Seth Lugo allowed one run over the first five innings before surrendering three in the sixth. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Lugo kicked off the Mets' six-run second with an RBI double. 

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Seth Lugo in action against the San Francisco Giants during his start on Aug. 19, 2016. (AP)
Seth Lugo in action against the San Francisco Giants during his start on Aug. 19, 2016. (AP)

The Mets (31-41) play the first game of a weekend series against the San Franscisco Giants (27-48) at AT&T Park on Friday at 10:15 p.m. on SNY.

New York is coming off a 6-3 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night in Los Angeles. The Mets have now lost four games in a row. Curtis Granderson homered to lead off the game for the second straight night, good for his ninth home run of the season. Granderson finished 2-for-4 with a walk.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets?

RHP Seth Lugo (1-1, 2.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) will make his third start of the season for the Mets. The 27-year-old took the loss in his last outing against the first-place Washington Nationals at Citi Field. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- in 6 2/3 innings pitched with five strikeouts and seven hits allowed.

Lugo is 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA in one career start at AT&T Park. He won his first start of the year against the Atlanta Braves on June 11, after coming off the disabled list with a right elbow injury. Lugo tossed seven innings of one-run ball in that outing. He's given up only two homers this season.

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Cabrera unhappy about position 00:03:36
Gary Apple and Jim Duquette react to Asdrubal Cabrera's recent comments regarding his unhappiness in being moved to second base.

Asdrubal Cabrera has asked his agent to help get him traded from the Mets, the infielder told reporters Friday.

"I'm not happy," Cabrera said. "I told them I am not happy."

Fresh off the 10-day disabled list, Cabrera is in the lineup at second base for the Mets' series opener in San Francisco, while Jose Reyes remains at shortstop. Manager Terry Collins had indicated Thursday that the Mets were considering keeping Reyes at shortstop even after Cabrera returned.

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