In November, 2008, following a media tour, I left Citi Field thinking it was very sterile, cold, ‘cookie cutter,’ and much too similar to PNC and Citizen’s Bank Park.

This is no longer the case. 

Citi Field will have its own unique feel, and Mets fans are going to love it.

The organization continues to trumpet the words cozy and intimate.

However, I felt the opposite; and in a good way.

There will be a strong feeling of community in Citi Field, mark my words – more than was ever the case in Shea Stadium.

There are endless spots to hang out with friends, fans and family, grab a hot dog, grab a beer, watch the game, and walk around experiencing different angles and elements, with ease, and lots of freedom to move about, yet always feeling connected to the game and the team, which is unlike any ballpark I have been to.  In fact, there are large, flat-panel monitors that can be easily be seen throughout the Promenades, so at any given moment you can look up, and catch a highlight or score from the ‘850 screens,’ and keep moving.

I always got lost in Shea Stadium.  I attended 163 games in that building, yet even on the last day, I got lost trying to get from the Upper Deck to Field Level, because I kept using the wrong ramp.

In Citi Field, it is a breeze to get from right field to left field, or to get from the Promenade to the Field Level – all the while, should you need to, you can suddenly stop off, regardless of your ticket level, lean on any railing, and watch the on-field action.

That said, when you do stop and settle in your seat, the team is correct, Citi Field suddenly takes on a more intimate, cozy feeling.

Speaking of seats and angles, a) the seats are all slightly angled to face the field, which, until you actually sit and experience it, is hard to convey just how awesome and comfortable this is, and b), despite it feeling rhetorical, the team is correct, even when sitting in the worst seat in the house, I felt closer to the action than had been the case in a comparable seat in Shea. 

The only concern I have will be for fans sitting behind home plate, up in Promenade Reserve, towards the back, because it appears, though you can see home plate, if there is a pass ball or a pop up behind home, the landing and railing may obstruct your view… I think.

There are plenty of bathrooms.  However, what I think will limit long lines is not the actual number, but that each level, with their respective clubs, like the Delta Club, Cesars Club, etc., all have designated facilities, and so I believe there will be less of a mad rush with everyone scrambling for the restroom at one time and waiting.  However, if you must wait, know there are big, flat-screen televisions above the door, so you can keep an eye on the game.

Speaking of the different, exclusive clubs, they are amazing, as are the suites and the press box, and the media room.

Fans who sit in a Promenade Club seat will have access to the Promenade Club, which has bistro dining, high top tables, restrooms, and a full bar and kitchen, and huge glass windows, that open, to see the field.  This area is super nice.

Yes, we can still bring in sandwiches and food from home, to eat in our seats while watching the game.  However, the ballpark will offer all sorts of food, including Taste of the City from Danny Meyer, which will include a Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, in addition to a Taqueria.  There will also be Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, Crinkle Cut French Fries, Corn Dogs, Premio Sausage and Peppers, a Subway, Dunkin' Donuts with hot and iced coffee, your standard peanuts, pretzels, popcorn and Cracker Jacks, Carvel ice cream, Mama's of Corona, and Cascarino's Pizza, among other things.

The old Home Run Apple from Shea Stadium is on display beyond right field, behind the bullpens, in what is called the Bullpen Plaza, which is accessible to fans who enter the ballpark through the Right Bullpen gate from 126th Street.  I think it’s interesting too that, after so many years of going to this area for baseball games, 126th Street is about to be more relevant and will become a big part of the fan’s lexicon.

Also, the bullpens are protected by black chain-link fencing, and fans can see through it to watch – or heckle, I would think, since the visitor’s pen is closest to the entrance, while the home pen is below the stands and closer to the field, where fans in their seats can look down on who is warming up.

Next to the bullpens, on the ground level, behind the right field wall, is the Mo Zone Party Suite, sponsored by Modells.  It’s tremendous, and I cannot wait to try and organize a MetsBlog.com Get-Together for this space.  There are high-tables, a bar and food service, all in one spot.  I believe this will essentially replace what was the picnic area at Shea, though it services only 150 people.

Gigantic, black-and-white, Mets murals are hanging outside, also viewable from the inside, over the left-field entrance.

Beyond center field is a wide-open space, behind the massive scoreboard, where you will find Beer Island, Shake Shack, and other restaurants, including a kiddie field, with the same dimensions as the main field, but about 90 percent smaller, where ‘kids of all ages’ can rent the space and play wiffle ball with their face on a mini scoreboard.  The concession stand here, which will be the Shack Shake, features the electronic skyline from the top of Shea Stadium’s scoreboard.  This made me nostalgic.

The team takes a ton of pride in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda; but, honestly, while I can tell it will be impressive, there is still construction being done and it is difficult to get a sense of its power.  That said, it’s fairly obvious this will be an easy meet-up spot before the game. 

The fan-purchased bricks are set in to the ground in front of the Rotunda, and I can kick myself for not buying one. 

What was I thinking?

Speaking of the Rotunda, it is the only element in the ballpark that references the Dodgers, and it is a more of an homage to the player and his accomplishments than anything to do with the team he played for.  I say this because, on this site, I criticized Fred Wilpon for designing Citi Field in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who he grew up cheering for.  The thing is, once you move two feet beyond the Rotunda, you are clearly in the home of the Mets – there is nothing that will make you think otherwise.  I jumped the gun, as did others.  This Ebbets-Dodgers thing is no longer a concern for me.

Above the Rotunda, behind home plate, behind the Promenade seats, is a second wide-open, uncovered, gathering spot, again, where fans can collect, eat, drink and watch the games on TV, while walking from right to left field.  This is a common theme, and, as someone who is too antsy to sit, it’s something I’m very excited about.

The view and experience from the Pepsi Porch will be unique.  Technically, some of these seats are in play, because when sitting in the seat against the railing, when I stood up and looked down, I could see the warning track.  The home run wall, technically, is beneath you, behind you, and out of view.  There will be a bleacher-crowd mentality in this space, I believe.  There is an outdoor, uncovered concession area behind the Porch seats, essentially cut off from the rest of the ballpark.  This is a cool spot.  I will be watching a lot of games from the Porch.

In short, what struck me most about the ballpark is the variety of experiences, elements and places to watch the game from.  There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to dress nicely and go to dinner; whether you’re a family of four looking for a day in the sun; whether you are a rabid fan, looking to be with other fans, or just sit and keep score; or whether you’re like me, anxious and jumpy and looking to wander around; you could go to Citi Field 10 times and have 10 different experiences, all with the Mets and a baseball game as the common theme.

To watch MLB.com’s Tour of Citi Field, go here.

To watch my video from Citi Field, go here.

To access the 50 hi-res photos from my tour, go here.

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May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas turned in yet another poor start on Saturday afternoon, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the team is keeping him in the rotation because they have no other choice.

"We're still looking for somebody to start in the second game of a doubleheader," Callaway said after Vargas allowed five runs in three innings against the Brewers.. "If we had someone, we don't even have a guy that we know can start Game 2 on Monday."

Saturday's game marked fourth time in five starts that Vargas has allowed at least four runs, and he has completed five innings only once this season. Despite that, he saw some positives in his own performance on the mound.

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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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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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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...

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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. 

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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...

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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." 

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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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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up. (AP)

Tuesday was an important night for Zack Wheeler, who I hope understands how and why he was so effective after a difficult first inning. Instead of just pounding the bottom of the strike zone, Wheeler was wild, but effective.

It all changed for Wheeler in the second inning, down three runs with two outs and runners on second and third base. If Marlins 1B Justin Bour gets the fifth hit of the inning, the game is blown wide open, Wheeler is demoralized and out of the game sooner than later, the Mets easily lose and the bullpen gets taxed again.

However, after a quick mound visit from Tomas Nido and Dave Eiland, and with a 2-2 count, Wheeler set up Bour with an unhittable 97-mph fastball inside. Then, with what was his most important pitch of the night, Wheeler dropped a perfectly-placed 91-mph splitter down and inside for a swing-and-miss strikeout to end the inning.

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Gameday: Keith's scorecard 00:03:09
In the latest installment of Gameday, Keith Hernandez discusses how he prepares his scorecard for each night's game.

May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday night, and was done in by an inexcusable error by Jose Reyes in the second inning. 

With runners on first and second and one out in the second, pitcher Caleb Smith bunted toward Reyes at third base while attempting to move the runners over. Reyes fielded the ball and would have had the runner out by 20 feet at second base, but didn't throw there. Instead, he hesitated before throwing wild to first base -- allowing Smith to reach.

After Wheeler got Martin Prado to pop out for the second out of the inning, J.T. Realmuto's two-run single made it 3-0, Marlins, with both runs unearned due to Reyes' gaffe...

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Porsche, Coca-Cola®, and the Mets have teamed up to provide fans the opportunity to win an experience to catch the Mets take on the Braves in Atlanta.

Enter for the chance for you and a guest to win this once in a lifetime trip, including the following:

  • Roundtrip airfare for two
  • Hotel accommodations for two for one night
  • Two tickets to the Mets vs. Braves game on Tuesday, June 12th
  • Access to pre-game batting practice on the field at SunTrust park
  • Gift card for the food and beverage at the game
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Bautista's first Mets hit 00:00:56
Jose Bautista doubles down the left field line in his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets on Tuesday night.

The newest member of the Mets arrived just in time for Tuesday night's game against the Marlins and made an immediate impact.

Jose Bautista, recently released by the Braves, doubled in his first at-bat and scored the Mets' only run of the night. He batted fifth and started in left field.

Bautista flew from Tampa to New York in the afternoon to join the Mets, who were searching for a right-handed hitter to add depth in their depleted outfield.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:23
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the impact of veteran Jose Bautista after the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Caleb Smith allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to help the Marlins end the Mets' winning streak at four games with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler overcame a shaky second inning to turn in a solid start for New York, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs -- one earned -- on 106 pitches in six innings. He retired 13-of-his-last-15 batters and matched his season high with nine strikeouts while issuing no walks for the first time in eight starts.

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May 4, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista (23) hits a double against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
May 4, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista (23) hits a double against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Jose Bautista signing is not a big enough deal to get worked up about, but that's the best thing I can think to say about it.

Okay, that's not totally fair. The move makes logical sense, in that Bautista is a righthanded hitter, and the Mets need outfielders.

The only problem is that, in the eyes of multiple talent evaluators, Bautista does not seem to have much left. He was 5 for 35 in a brief stint with Atlanta this year, and posted a .674 OPS in 157 games in 2017. There is little indication that, at 37, he can still be productive.

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May 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista (23) warms up during batting practice before their game against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
May 18, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista (23) warms up during batting practice before their game against the Miami Marlins at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Moments after the Mets signed Jose Bautista on Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson touted the veteran outfielder's ability to hit left-handed pitchers.

"We had been looking at the possibility of a right-handed bat in the outfield that could spell our other outfielders and give us some offensive potential against a left-handed pitcher," Alderson said. "Given the way that we expect he will be used initially, that fit pretty well with what we need."

Bautista has three hits -- including two home runs -- in 16 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. In his career, Bautista has hit .257 with 82 home runs and 203 RBI against left-handers.

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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-19) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (17-30) on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10. 

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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)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWhen the Mets opened their series in Philadelphia on May 11, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen spoke on SNY about how if Michael Conforto is hot, the Mets will be hot. In case you don't remember, this was the game where the Mets were losing to the Phillies, 1-0, going into the ninth. Conforto hit a bomb that just missed and landed foul. He then compensated for this by hitting a two-run home run, putting the Mets in front. He sparked a rally, with Devin Mesoraco knocking it out of the park right after him for his first homer after becoming a Met. The Mets, who were reeling at the time, desperately needed that come-from-behind win.

And Conforto needed that big hit, too, as he had hit a slump towards the end of April and beginning of May, to the point where he was kept out of the lineup twice in order to have mental health days off. That is not the Conforto any of us know, or ever want to see. Shortly before the Phillies series -- upon returning from being benched for two days, Conforto led off a Monday game against the Reds, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, helping his team finally win a game. Not a bad way to break a slump, right?

Since then, Conforto has continued to heat up. Over his last 10 games, Conforto is hitting .333/.366/.590 with 13 hits -- including three home runs -- and seven RBI. To put things into perspective, from April 13 - May 6, Conforto was just 8-for-58, hitting .138. He's improved in a drastic, much-needed way.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Mike Piazza (AP)
Mike Piazza (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | 20 years ago today, the Mets made one of the biggest moves in franchise history, acquiring Mike Piazza from the Marlins for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz.

I was a 14-year-old listening to Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN when I heard the news, and ran back and forth in my house in excitement. It was the biggest moment I had experienced up to that point as a Mets fan, and I -- along with thousands of others -- rushed out to Shea Stadium the next day to see Piazza make his Mets debut against the Brewers. 

Piazza -- a 29-year-old superstar in his prime -- instantly turned the Mets from a nice little team into a legitimate contender. And for the first time since Darryl Strawberry departed following the 1990 season, the Mets had a hitter whose every at-bat was a must-see event. Piazza shined in his Mets debut, but his first huge Mets moment arguably came at the Astrodome on Sept. 16, when his laser of a three-run homer off Billy Wagner in the top of the ninth inning erased a 2-0 deficit. Watch his debut and the huge homer in Houston below...

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets C Kevin Plawecki will join Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday and begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday. Plawecki 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.

Without Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud (who is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery), the Mets have been using a combination of Devin Mesoraco and Tomas Nido behind the plate recently. ..

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Toronto Blue Jays on a single by shortstop Amed Rosario (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29) celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Toronto Blue Jays on a single by shortstop Amed Rosario (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Devin Mesoraco (elbow) is not in the Mets' lineup against the Marlins on Tuesday night, but is available off the bench.

X-rays on Mets Mesoraco's left elbow came back negative Monday night after he suffered a contusion on a backswing in the Mets' 2-0 win Marlins.

Mesoraco suffered the injury midway through the game, but stayed in. He said after the game that he felt no pain and that he would be fine.

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