Sandy's Shopping List: Frazier 00:00:37
Mets GM Sandy Alderson can check third baseman Todd Frazier off his shopping list.

I like this signing a lot. Frazier has major holes in his game, no doubt. He's going to hit under .230 and he's going to strike out. However, he's also going to play a solid third base, he's going to hit home runs, he's going to get on base, and -- maybe most important -- his history suggests he'll be able to play more than 140 games.

Also, in seeing his attitude and his constant top-step enthusiasm with the Yankees this past October -- regardless of the score -- it's clear he will solve more problems at Citi Field than he will create, especially given the age of Sandy Alderson's roster...



For instance, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, while Frazier helped the Yankees on field, he also provided their young team with a much-needed sense of passion, confidence, baseball IQ, and fearlessness.

In spring training a few years ago, I found myself in a conversation with legendary managers Joe Torre and Jim Leyland. They both said to be in the best position to succeed on field in New York (given everything that is required before and after each game), the manager must delegate and be surrounded by coaches and players he can trust to check in on teammates, report back, create dialogue, and help keep guys focused on specific information and goals.

The Mets clearly lacked this type of leadership last summer after trading Neil WalkerJay Bruce, and Curtis Granderson. I've talked to lots of people (be it players, reporters, team employees, coaches, etc.) and each agree that -- much like the Yankees in 2017 -- the Mets are going to need new, respected veterans in the clubhouse this season.

Technically, David Wright is still the team's Captain. However, his lack of presence on field will reduce his ability to lead in a way the team will need. Instead, as I wrote earlier this week, I expect Callaway to lean heavily on Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jay Bruce. He can now also lean on Frazier.


Aug 18, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) signs an autograph prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports


"No matter how much he might struggle at the plate, his love for the game is always there," it was explained to Sherman about Frazier, who played six seasons with Bruce in Cincinnati. "Todd's passion to figure out ways for his team to win never goes away."

In addition to his ability to inspire and lead, Frazier also fits in well with Alderson's approach to hitting, which tends to value people that draw walks and hit pitches in the strike zone for home runs (regardless of their batting average). Also, Frazier plays third and first base, which is helpful given the uncertainty surrounding Wright's health and Adrian Gonzalez's ability to return to form alongside expectations for Dominic Smith.

Frazier will be 32 years old on Opening Day. In addition to the above intangibles, he is a lock to drive in 70 runs, hit 15 doubles, and hit at least 25 home runs.

This level production would have been worth $10-12 million a season a few years ago, based on what insiders were saying about the market for over-30 infielders this past October.

That said, in October I said to expect Frazier to see multiple one- and two-year deals, which is exactly what ended up happening. Frazier reportedly had been seeking at least a three- or four-year deal. The fact that Alderson was able to acquire him for half price and half of the yearly commitment is pretty incredible.


Oct 13, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) throws to first base during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros during game one of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


In return for Frazier, Alderson saves money to be able to sign a pitcher, plus he gets a good eye, good glove, solid power, experience, a positive attitude, and a leader that will run toward the spotlight in a big market.

Why not Mike Moustakas?

Money, I guess... and Sandy Alderson not wanting to give up a draft pick and international pool money. Also, while I do believe the Mets had a clear path to sign Mike Moustakas, how long would it have continued to take to get a deal done? So, instead, Alderson locked in the two-year deal to bring in Frazier at half the 2018 money and probably less of a time commitment.

Why not Eduardo Nunez or Neil Walker?

Frazier is a better bet to play 140 games.

The buzz all winter has been that teams are concerned about Nunez's legs, specifically his knee. Similarly, while Walker looked healthy last season, he has a history of back issues and those tend to return in other ways.

Frazier, on the other hand, has played at least 140 games during each of his previous five seasons. The same can be said for Jay Bruce, by the way.

So, if you think about this from the perspective of pain and consistency (which was the big issue in Queens last summer), having Frazier and Bruce will allow the Mets to run out the same two power hitters for 140 games. That's huge, especially when you consider question marks surrounding Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto.

Walker or Nunez could have meant keeping Asdrubal Cabrera at third base, where he's less hurtful with his glove. However, the NY Post recently reported that Cabrera didn't feel comfortable playing third and, instead, wanted to be at second base this coming season. I'm pretty sure Alderson and his staff feel the other way.

For what it's worth, now that Frazier and the Mets are out of the market, I predict Nunez goes back to the Red Sox or Braves, Walker ends up on a one-year deal with the Yankees, and Moustakas returns to Kansas City, where he won't be able to have draft pick and pool money compensation tied to him next winter.

At the end of the day, though, maybe they concluded -- for the money -- it's better to have four guys on the infield that are happy where they're playing, trusting in one another other and working as a unit than it is to build an infield based solely on fielding statistics from a year ago...

What happens next?

The Mets are keeping an eye on Jason Vargas, Alex CobbLance Lynn and other available starting pitchers, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week.



I recently talked to three rival talent evaluators about Cobb and Lynn and all three said they would prefer Cobb in a rotation with Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

That said, MLB insiders expect one of them will be forced to take a two- or three-year deal and less than $15 million per season. In that scenario, at that level commitment, the Mets would be fine either way...

My hunch is these two will hold out longer than Alderson is willing to wait (and compete). There is an eager group of teams looking at Cobb and Lynn, such as the Brewers, Yankees, Nationals, and others, and they're all waiting on Yu Darvish and Jake Arietta to make a decision on where they plan to play in 2018. Meanwhile, pitchers and catchers are required to begin workouts next Tuesday. 

As a result, I get the feeling Alderson will jump the market and sign Vargas to a one-year deal and let the rest of the league wait around for Cobb and Lynn. It's possible Alderson can bait Cobb or Lynn by overpaying a bit, but that has never been his style. In fact, his style is quite the opposite.

In addition to Vargas or Cobb or Lynn, I also expect the Mets to bring in two or three veteran pitchers willing to accept minor league deals and invitations to spring training.

For instance, if free-agent pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez is forced to sign a minor-league deal, which is looking likely, I hear he's intrigued about reuniting with Mickey Callaway and joining the Mets. FanGraphs.com projects 1.6 WAR for Jiminez, who can pitch in relief or be a starting pitcher, which would make him a terrific low-risk, high-reward get in the days before pitchers and catchers...


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He also hosts the MetsBlog Podcast, which you can subscribe to here. He recently left his position as Executive Editor and Dir. of Digital Content for SNY.TV to help sports brands build their own digital content businesses...


Peter Alonso launches a homer 00:00:25
Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso launches a huge home run for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Friday night.

Considered a breakout prospect in the Mets organization, first baseman Peter Alonso shared some advice he received from Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.

"One thing that kind of stuck with me that he said is, 'Once you get up there, it's going to be hard because you're playing against guys that you've been watching forever -- since you were a kid -- or even some other young superstars in the game you've seen on TV and stuff like that," Alonso recalled. " 'But the one thing that you have to keep in mind is that once you believe that you can compete and once you feel like you belong, that's when you're really going to become successful.' "

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Mets on 8-7 loss to Brewers 00:01:17
Mickey Callaway and Jerry Blevins talk about the Mets' disappointing 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets bullpen blew a 6-4 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Relievers Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald surrendered four runs, four hits and a walk in one inning after Zack Wheeler settled down after a three-run third inning.

Gsellman retired two of the first three batters he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Jesus Aguilar. Manager Mickey Callaway opted to bring in Blevins, who had not given up a run in his last 11 appearances entering Sunday, to face Travis Shaw. A lefty specialist, left-handed hitters were 7-for-26 off Blevins entering Sunday. (By contrast, right-handed hitters were 1-for-10.)

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Mets fall to Brewers 00:01:10
Mets offense does its job, but the bullpen does not in 8-7 loss to Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Mets offense does its job, but the bullpen does not in 8-7 loss to Brewers on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.


Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the ineffectiveness of reliever Jerry Blevins so far this season for the New York Mets.

The Brewers erased multiple-run deficits for the second straight day and scored four times with two outs in the seventh to rally past the Mets, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

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

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

1) The Mets took a 6-4 lead into the seventh and had two outs with a runner on first when the inning unraveled. Robert Gsellman walked Jesus Aguilar on a close, 3-1, pitch to put runners at first and second. Jerry Blevins' struggles continued when he surrendered an RBI single on a 1-2 offering to Travis Shaw that cut the lead to one run. Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar contributed consecutive doubles to put Milwaukee ahead, 8-6.

 

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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)

Check back here throughout the game for Mets in-game highlights...

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores left Sunday's game against the Brewers with lower back soreness. 

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hit a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hit a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 3B Todd Frazier (hamstring strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas within the next few days, the Mets announced on Sunday.

Frazier, who has been on the disabled list since May 8, took batting practice Monday for the first time since the injury. He hit again on Wednesday and ran on the field on Thursday. 

Frazier had played through the hamstring injury for several weeks before he was placed on the DL. He was hitting .313 on April 16, but was hitting .167/.192/.292 in six games in May. 

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Callaway, Vargas on blowout loss 00:00:45
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas discuss the Mets' 17-6 loss to the Brewers on Saturday evening.

The Mets haven't decided if LHP Jason Vargas will make his next scheduled start, assistant GM John Ricco said prior to Sunday's game.

"We are continuing to talk about a lot of different options," Ricco said. "I don't think any decisions have been made yet."

Unless Vargas has an injury, the options are either sending him to the bullpen, sending him to the minors (which he has the right to refuse), or skipping his next rotation turn. Vargas is scheduled to next start on May 31 against the Cubs at Citi Field...

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) walks to the dugout at the end of the top of the 2nd inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) walks to the dugout at the end of the top of the 2nd inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets C Kevin Plawecki, RHP Gerson Bautista, and RHP Hansel Robles will join the Mets in Atlanta for potential activation.

Plawecki, who has been sidelined since April 11, has been playing in rehab games as he works his way back from a hairline fracture in his left hand.

He caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday and hit a two-run homer on Wednesday night. His grip strength improved earlier in the month and he started hitting shortly thereafter. 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki
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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 RHP AJ Ramos will return to New York to undergo an MRI after feeling tightness in his shoulder after his outing on Saturday.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RH reliever Anthony Swarzak (left oblique strain) will begin playing in rehab games this week, the Mets announced.

Swarzak, who cannot return until May 31 at the earliest, threw a bullpen in St. Lucie on Tuesday.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said last week that the team views Swarzak as a pitcher who will be used in a variety of spots upon his return, including high-pressure situations. 

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May 7, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets P.J. Conlon throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
May 7, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets P.J. Conlon throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Mets have recalled P.J. Conlon and optioned RHP Chris Flexen to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Flexen's demotion came just one day after he allowed seven runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and three walks in his season debut for the Mets. Last year, he went 3-6 with a 7.88 ERA in 14 games for the Mets, including nine starts.

Conlon, who made his major league debut earlier this season for the Mets, last pitched on May 22 when he allowed five runs -- including two home runs -- on six hits in a season-low three innings for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Conlon allowed three runs on four hits in 3.2 innings on May 7 in his only major league start this season for the Mets.

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is greeted by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is greeted by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets (25-23) will conclude their four-game series against the Brewers (33-20) on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 2:10 on WPIX.

Mets notes...

With Saturday's loss, the Mets have dropped four of their last five games... The Mets are 1-2 on their current road trip and 13-10 on the road this season... The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have gone 14-22 since starting the season 11-1.

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Gameday with Keith Hernandez 00:03:49
Keith Hernandez and his cat, Hadji, show you how they get ready for another day of work.

Click below to watch Episodes 2, 3, and 4 of Gameday with Keith Hernandez

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits a double to drive in two runs in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said INF Asdrubal Cabrera is slated to play on Sunday after he "tweaked" one of his knees during the Mets' loss to the Brewers on Saturday.

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Mets fall to Brewers 00:01:17
Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto and Jose Reyes provide some offense, but Mets still come up short in loss to Brewers.

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/26 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss another poor outing by Jason Vargas and the state of the Mets' pitching staff.

The Mets jumped out to a quick start on offense, but the Brewers quickly responded and ultimately overwhelmed Jason Vargas and the Mets' bullpen in a 17-6 lopsided loss on Saturday afternoon. 

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

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

 

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May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets had some bright spots on offense in a 17-6 loss to the Brewers on Saturday afternoon.  

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes started running on Friday at Miller Park in the latest step of his recovery from a strained right hip flexor.

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the sad state of affairs surrounding Jose Reyes, the Jose Bautista signing, and the importance of getting quality starts from the likes of Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas.

Plus, 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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Tags: Jason Vargas, Jose Reyes, Zack Wheeler
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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (25-22) continue their four-game series against the Brewers (32-20) on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 4:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets have won five of their last eight games. ... The Mets are 13-9 on the road this season. ... The Mets are 3.0 games behind the Braves (2.0 games in the loss column) for first place in the NL East. ... The Mets are currently 1.5 games back of the Pirates (tied in the loss column) for the second Wild Card spot in the NL. 

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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)

AJ Ramos' struggles continued in his latest outing, and once again, it cost the Mets the game. 

In the Mets' recent series against the Reds earlier this month, it was Adam Duvall who launched a walkoff homer off Ramos. But, this time, the Brewers didn't even need to swing the bat to walk off the game. Ramos issued back-to-back walks to bring in the winning run in a tough 4-3 loss. 

Though none of the runs were Ramos' particularily, his issues on the bump have become alarming. And he knows it...

Tags: AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins, Scott Thompson
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Brewers edge Mets 00:01:07
Check out all the highlights from the New York Mets' close loss to the Milwuakee Brewers at Miller Park on Friday night.

Check out all the highlights from the New York Mets' close loss to the Milwuakee Brewers at Miller Park on Friday night.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:00
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the struggles of A.J. Ramos in the Mets' extra-inning loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

Though they forced extra innings, the Mets' bullpen broke down in the bottom of the 10th with AJ Ramos issuing back-to-back walks to send home the winning run for the Brewers in a tough 4-3 loss.

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

1) The bottom of the 10th fell apart for the Mets. After a single from Eric Sogard in the ninth, Robert Gsellman got Lorenzo Cain to fly out to center field. But Mickey Callaway brought in Jerry Blevins to close the door on the inning with a lefty-lefty matchup against Christian Yelich. Yelich won the battle with a single to right, which brought in Ramos. He could not find the strike zone, and would deliver two straight walks to bring in the winning run.

 

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May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Jose Bautista (11) drives in a run with a base hit in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Jose Bautista (11) drives in a run with a base hit in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Brewers were looking to close the door in the top of the ninth, but the Mets weren't having it. It was Jose Bautista who came through with his first clutch moment as a Met -- a two-out RBI single to drive in Michael Conforto and tie the game at three apiece.

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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had just 78 pitches thrown through six innings in his outing against the Brewers Friday night. But manager Mickey Callaway thought it the right move to end his night before the seventh. 

Syndergaard began his start with a 1-2-3 first inning, but Travis Shaw put Milwaukee on the board first with a solo homer to lead off the second. 

"Thor" saw more trouble in the third as Christian Yelich hit an RBI single to score Lorenzo Cain, and Shaw collected another RBI with a single to center to bring Yelich home. 

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

According to Triple-A Las Vegas manager Tony DeFrancesco, Mets RHP Corey Oswalt was placed on DL, per Las Vegas Review Journal's Betsy Helfand.

Oswalt has been dealing with lat tightness recently, and it appears to be too much to pitch through. The righty made one appearances for the Mets this season, tossing 4.2 innings where he allowed two earned runs on two hits while striking out four. 

With Las Vegas this season, Oswalt owns a 6.18 ERA over six starts. 

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Gelbs chats with Conforto 00:03:59
On Mets Pre Game Live, Steve Gelbs catches up with Michael Conforto to discuss the tough road back from his shoulder injury this year.

The Mets (25-21) continue their four-game series against the Brewers (31-20) on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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 (Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay)
(Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay)

As the Mets get ready to face the Brewers tonight in Milwaukee, the Double-A Rumble Ponies are home in Binghamton getting ready for their matchup with the Bowie Baysox.

The story in Double-A this year has been first-base prospect Peter Alonso, who has been on a tear to start his 2018 campaign. He owns a .342/.469/.632 slash line while belting 12 homers and driving in 37 runs in 45 games this season. 

Check out Alonso taking some hacks in the batting cage prior to tonight's game...

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Ramirez a fit for the Mets? 00:02:06
The BNNY panel discusses the recent DFA of Hanley Ramirez and if the Mets should be interested in him or not in 2018.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Word this afternoon is that the Mets are unlikely to pursue Hanley Ramirez, once the Boston Red Sox release him. The Sox designated Ramirez for assignment earlier today, and are not expected to find a trade partner, meaning that Ramirez will be a free agent after seven days.

Why not the Mets, you ask?

Well, a few hours ago I was preparing to write a column arguing for this configuration: Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center, Jay Bruce and Brandon Nimmo in right, and Bruce and Ramirez platooning at first.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are givens. Steven Matz has a 3.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and has allowed just six runs over his last four starts (21.0 innings).

Jason Vargas (one great start after three nightmare ones since joining the rotation) and Zack Wheeler (5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) have been a different story. And the Mets need them to start providing consistency to the back end of the rotation.

On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss below...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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DNL: Nimmo an everyday player? 00:02:44
The Daily News Live panel discusses the impact Brandon Nimmo has had on the Mets' offense, and if he has earned the right to play everyday.

Long considered a questionable pick at best, Brandon Nimmo, the very first draftee of the Sandy Alderson era, is in the midst of a legitimate breakout. He's getting on base more than Joey Votto and slugging higher than Bryce Harper. He has been the team's best position player despite spotty playing time, and leads the league in Smiles Above Replacement. Can he keep it going?

Nimmo's best tool is without question his eye at the plate. He makes selectivity an art form, and his 17.4 percent walk rate would rank sixth in baseball if he qualified. He swings at only 20 percent of the pitches he sees out of the zone, and rarely whiffs. These are skills he has consistently displayed not only since his 2016 debut, but throughout his professional career. They are real and they are sustainable.

One number that might or might not be so sustainable is his .393 batting average on balls in play -- a full 100 points above league average and a top 10 mark in baseball among players with at least 100 at bats. A BABIP this high is often seen as a sign of imminent regression to the mean, but there's good reason to think Nimmo's mean is significantly higher than average...

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Science of Baseball: Manny Pina 00:00:33
Ron Darling discusses Manny Pina's style behind the plate in Science of Baseball presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

SNY's Ron Darling discusses Manny Pina's style behind the plate in Science of Baseball presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering.

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Kevin Plawecki started at catcher and went 1-for-3 while catching seven innings Thursday night during his second rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Plawecki hit a two-run homer Wednesday night as he began his rehab assignment. 

He has been out since April 11 due to a hairline fracture in his left hand. Grip strength in Plawecki's left hand doubled earlier this month, and he began a hitting progression shortly after.

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 (Kathy Willens/AP)
(Kathy Willens/AP)

Brandon Nimmo's .450 OBP would lead the National League, but he doesn't yet have enough at-bats to qualify. But with Nimmo becoming a staple at the top of the Mets' lineup, him not qualifying should change soon.

Nimmo's 4-for-4 night on Thursday against the Brewers lifted his batting average to .294. He has reached base in his last eight plate appearances, is slugging .541, has three HR and four triples, and has been cutting down his strikeouts -- with just two over his last four games. 

"That's my job, that's what I'm supposed to do," Nimmo said after Thursday night's game. "I'm just glad I've been able to create some traffic for (Asdrubal Cabrera) behind me. He's really been carrying this offense for a while now and to be able to give him some more opportunities than just one in the game is really beneficial for him and for our team."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:31
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Steven Matz's best performance of the season in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brandon Nimmo collected the first four-hit game of his career and reached base five times while Steven Matz tossed six innings as the Mets blanked the Brewers, 5-0, on Thursday night at Miller Park.

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

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

1) After tallying four runs in three games against the Marlins, the Mets equaled that output in the fifth inning alone. Asdrubal Cabrera plated two with a double, Wilmer Flores had and Devin Mesoraco doubled, singled and drove in a run for New York, which had 13 hits, including five for extra bases. Amed Rosario had two singles and Nimmo doubled twice, tripled, singled and walked while scoring two runs.

 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets roll 00:04:44
The BNNY crew discusses Brandon Nimmo's hot streak and Steven Matz's outstanding start in the Mets' win over the Brewers on Thursday.

It was Steven Matz' 50th career start on Thursday night in Milwaukee, and it was certainly one to remember. 

The lefty came into the game looking to reverse his previous outing of four earned runs over four innings against the Diamondbacks. He had a good start to his outing, finishing the bottom of the first in four batters. 

The second and third innings saw some trouble, though. In the second, Matz had runners on first and second with two outs, and managed to come away with a big strikeout to strand the runners. 

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New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52). Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52). Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) and Todd Frazier (hamstring) are both eligible to return from their respective 10-day DL stints, and made a bit more progress prior to Thursday's game against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Frazier, who took batting practice Monday for the first time since his injury and was hitting outside again on Wednesday, was running on the field on Thursday -- which manager Mickey Callaway said would be the final step before beginning a rehab assignment.

Cespedes, who will also likely need a rehab assignment before returning, took batting practice on the field Thursday for the frst time since being placed on the DL...

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets (24-21) open a four-game series against the Brewers (31-19) on Thursday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY. 

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New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

MLB commiossioner Rob Manfred will be taking five immediate actions after a study revealed that the baseballs have gotten more aerodynamic during the current home run surge.

There were an all-time high 6,105 home runs hit during the 2017 season, up from 5,610 in 2016 and 4,909 in 2015. 

The study, which was conducted by a committee of scientists on the increases of the home run rate since 2015, was assembled by Manfred in August of 2017 and included chairman Alan Nathan, the Professor of Physics Emeritus at the University of Illinois, and nine other experts...

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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeurys Familia entered the ninth inning Wednesday night with 1-0 lead. However, four hits and one intentional walk later put Mets behind and on their way to a 2-1 loss to the Marlins.

"Everything went good in the bullpen," Familia said after the game. "It's just one of those days." 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Jeurys Familia's blown save and the Mets wasting another great performance by Jacob deGrom.

Jeurys Familia could not protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth as the Mets dropped their second straight to the Marlins, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Familia (2-2) allowed four hits and two runs in the ninth inning to blow his fourth save in 17 opportunities. JT Realmuto tied the game with a single, but Michael Conforto temporarily kept it that way by throwing out Derek Dietrich at the plate for the second out. Following an intentional walk to Justin BourStarlin Castro singled to bring in Realmuto with the tie-breaking run.

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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had yet another brilliant performance in his start against the Marlins on Wednesday night. 

Just days after tossing a 13-strikeout game against the Diamondbacks, deGrom cruised through the Marlins lineup. It wasn't the start deGrom wanted when he plunked Derek Dietrich to lead off the game. But he would get three straight outs to complete the first. 

The second innings saw more of the same, with a walk to Miguel Rojas being the only baserunner. The Marlins finally struck for their first hit in the fourth when Justin Bour placed a bunt into the hole left by third base on a shift...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said before the season that he wanted his guys to pitch inside more, and Jacob deGrom is one pitcher who has taken pitching inside to a whole new level.

From 2017 to 2018, deGrom's fastball usage against left-handed batters has changed dramatically, as the graphic below shows:

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May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (24-20) wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins (18-30) on Wednesday night at Citi Field at 7:10. 

Mets notes...

The Mets are 5-2 on their current homestand, which concludes tonight. ... The Mets are 4-1 against the Marlins this season, posting a 2.20 ERA in 45.0 innings against them. ... Mets pitching has struck out nine or more batters in seven straight games -- tied for the longest streak in franchise history. ... The Mets have 14 come-from-behind wins this season -- the third most in the majors. 

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Michael Conforto celebrates with Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo after the Mets beat the D-backs in walk-off fashion at Citi Field on Saturday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto celebrates with Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo after the Mets beat the D-backs in walk-off fashion at Citi Field on Saturday. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets may have young pitching to gamble on, but it's become painfully obvious that they're significantly lacking in young hitters. What's worse, the young hitters they do have in Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Amed Rosario are not yet consistently living up to their potential.

As a result, and because the team is without Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares -- the Mets signed free-agent OF-3B Jose Bautista on Tuesday.

To the tune of no more than $545,000, the Mets can simply release Bautista if he is unproductive. Thankfully, they pay the same price if he exceeds expectations and discovers the Fountain of Youth. Therefore, the decision to sign Bautista, start him in left field and have him bat fifth was a no brainer given their available internal options....

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and David Lennon of Newsday were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

Click below to watch.

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LM: Should the Mets DFA Reyes? 00:05:17
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets' slumping offense and whether veteran infielder Jose Reyes is in serious danger of being DFA'd.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Word this afternoon is that Jose Reyes' roster spot remains safe, at least over the next several days. The Mets do not plan to cut him as a reaction to last night's two error performance.

That equation could change before long, though -- especially when Todd Frazier returns from the disabled list. At that point, the team could buy time on a Reyes decision by optioning Luis Guillorme or a reliever. Or they could decide that Reyes' long Mets career is over.

Reading between the lines, if Reyes doesn't show value soon, the end could be drawing near. It just won't come today.

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Piazza breaks his bat at the plate at Shea Stadium in 1999. Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports
Piazza breaks his bat at the plate at Shea Stadium in 1999. Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports

During a lunch break when working customer service at Home Depot on May 22, 1998, I answered a persistent phone call from my mother.

"Did you hear," she started, sounding overly excited. "The Mets traded for that pizza guy!"

I laughed, because I knew exactly who she was referring to…

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