Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

I know, and you know, the Mets have some serious pitching talent. I actually take it for granted, I think. But, when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level...

This morning, I watched Zack Wheeler work at length for the first time this spring. He threw free and easy and - most important - he showed no signs of discomfort or awkwardness. There was no shaking out his arm or looking at his elbow, which is what I recall earlier in camp. In today's instance, it was all business. He simply tossed a bullpen session, did it well, and that was that...





In the case of Matt Harvey, he pitched under the eye of Terry Collins, Fred Wilpon, catching coach Glenn Sherlock and pitching coach Dan Warthen.

In fact, at one point, Harvey rolled a sick slider, after which Collins yelled, "Stop it, Matt, stop it!"

Initially, I thought Harvey did something wrong, as though maybe it was too early in camp for him to be throwing his secondary stuff. I was wrong. Collins was impressed, and walked up the mound mid-session to tell him...




In the background was Noah Syndergaard, the ace of the staff. It's interesting to watch Harvey in the forefront, everyone focused in on what he's doing, while Syndergaard fires missile after missile into the mitt of the team's fourth-string catcher. It's not that he's an afterthought, but he is what he is, which is a concrete block of awesome...




I haven't talked at length with Wheeler and Harvey. Instead, I've listened to their discussions with team personnel and coaches and members of the media, and talked about them with their colleagues. And, from what I can tell, both Wheeler and Harvey are different men then they were a couple of years ago.

"They've been humbled," a team source told me. "I think last year got Matt's attention and, Zack, I just think he realized he's not so special that the team can't win without him."



It makes sense. I mean, think about what must have been going through Harvey's head during those few days after his thoracic outlet surgery, when he couldn't feel the fingers on his pitching hand...



It was just three years prior that he owned the attention of baseball, standing center stage at the All Star Game in Citi Field, getting featured on late-night TV, dating super models, ruling New York's back pages and - oh, by the way - having one of the greatest seasons ever by a young pitcher.

In his mind, I'm sure he was on his way to eventually getting a nine-figure contract and life as the pitching version of Derek Jeter. And then, all of sudden, he's laid up in a hospital bed, unable to feel his hand or grip a baseball, likely fearing that he may never be able to play baseball again. And, if that were to happen, then what? At 26 years old, what does he do with the rest of his life?

Thankfully, here he is back on a mound and doing what he loves - and again doing it well. But, I know Harvey as a thinker. He's no dumb jock.

Matt is introspective and smart, not to mention cool, calculated and confident. So, there is no way he didn't give deep thought to the possibility that his career might end, even if it was just a fleeting fear during a 72-hour period. And, because of it, as might also be the case for Wheeler, I have no doubt that the last year inspired him and is responsible for helping to humble him a bit...



The last thing I want - as an opposing hitter - is Harvey being humble and self-aware enough to know that life is more than just blazing fastballs and glossy photo spreads. Harvey will be 28 years old when he makes his first start in 2017.

He's the perfect age, on pace to eclipse 100 career starts, both of which are typically the moments that veteran players believe young throwers evolve into true pitchers. It's coming at the right time for Matt, who has the talent - and now maybe the timing - to win his second Comeback Player of the Year award, creating the perfect pivot towards the prime of his career.


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is the lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He recently left his position as Executive Editor and Dir. of Digital Content for SNY.TV to work with sports brands digital content businesses...

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jacob deGrom's agent said Monday that if the Mets aren't serious about signing deGrom to a long-term extension, they should seriously consider trading him now. 

"We have discussed Jacob's future with the Mets at length," CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. "Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don't share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now. The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."

The 30-year-old deGrom is making $7.4 million this season and is arbitration-eligible in 2019 and 2020 before being eligible for free agency after the 2020 season...

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

What was expected for the last few weeks became official on Monday: Mets ace Jacob deGrom will not be starting the All-Star Game for the National League, with the nod going to Nationals ace Max Scherzer instead. 

DeGrom, whose 1.68 ERA is the best in baseball and dwarfs Scherzer's 2.41 ERA, wanted the start. But with the game being at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., it went to Scherzer -- much like the start at Citi Field in 2013 went to Matt Harvey over Clayton Kershaw.

"Jacob deGrom has had a great first half, but for me I always try to make things bigger than me," NL manager Dave Roberts said, later adding that "for me, the tiebreaker was the ballpark."

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) doubles in two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) doubles in two runs in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip/heel) participated in game action Monday for the first time in over two months, and he made the most of it.

Playing five innings in left field in a simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Cespedes hit two homers, singled, and walked during his seven plate appearances while making two putouts in the outfield. 

Mickey Callaway said this past weekend that Cespedes may return as a DH for the team's series against the Yankees in the Bronx that begins on Friday. 

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National League's Jacob deGrom, of the New York Mets, during the sixth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
National League's Jacob deGrom, of the New York Mets, during the sixth inning of the MLB All-Star baseball game, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The season after winning the Rookie of the Year award, the Mets' Jacob deGrom got his first All-Star Game nod. And his one inning of work during the 2015 Midsummer Classic stole the show.

DeGrom came one pitch short of an "immaculate inning" when he struck out the side on 10 pitches at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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An up close look at Peter Alonso 00:00:34
SNY gets up close and personal with Mets prospect Peter Alonso at the MLB Futures Game, in the batting cage and on the field.

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a homer so high and so hard at the Futures Game on Sunday that it made Statcast records. And it got the attention of Team USA manager Torii Hunter.

"That's unbelievable power," Hunter said, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. "I saw Mark McGwire hit like that; so high and so far. Great at-bat, runner in scoring position, and he wanted to get that hit. He dug deep and battled, fought off some tough pitches until he got the fastball he wanted." 

Alonso's homer sailed high and deep to left field, with a 46 degree launch angle and an exit velocity of 113.6 MPH...

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Tim Tebow smiles during the game against the Trenton Thunder in a three-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Tim Tebow smiles during the game against the Trenton Thunder in a three-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets prospect Tim Tebow has confirmed he is dating the 2017 Miss Universe winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, per ESPN

It is unknown how long they've been together, but the 23-year-old Nel-Peters has been seen together recently in pictures with the former NFL quarterback. 

"She is a really special girl and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life," Tebow said. "I am usually very private with these things but I am very thankful."

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This season, thanks to Citi, each time the home run apple goes up at Citi Field, another step is taken in the fight against childhood hunger.

For each Mets home run hit at Citi Field this season, Citi has pledged to donate enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 20,000 meals to kids in need in NYC and throughout the U.S. Learn more about the Citi Community Home Runs program at Mets.com/Citi.  

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is the only pitcher in baseball with an ERA under 2.00.

And as much as he may deserve to start Tuesday's All-Star Game, he understands he might not get the nod over a hometown favorite.

While the Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the National League lead with 12 wins and ranks fourth in ERA, deGrom hopes he gets the chance to start the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

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Alonso talks at Futures Game 00:02:07
Mets prospect Peter Alonso discusses his mammoth HR at the Futures Game as well as the experience of being there and his celebrity run-ins.

Mets first baseman Peter Alonso hit a monster two-run home run to left field that almost left Nationals Park in Sunday's Futures Game.

"It felt like a lightning bolt hit the sweet spot of my bat," Alonso said. "It felt immaculate."

After putting on a clinic in batting practice, Alonzo went 1-for-2 off the bench, hitting a Jorge Guzman fastball well over the left-field fence in the seventh inning that gave Team USA a 9-6 lead.

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Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto steals second base with New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera missing the throw during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto steals second base with New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera missing the throw during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite leaving Sunday's game and undergoing X-rays on his right hand, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera expects to be healthy once the All-Star break ends.

Cabrera left Sunday's game after the seventh inning after he attempted to barehand a wild Anthony Swarzak pickoff throw, though X-rays came back negative.

He said his hand is swollen but believes he will be ready to play on Friday when the Mets open the second half with a three-game series against the Yankees.

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Mets fall to Nationals, 6-1 00:01:29
The Mets' bullpen allowed the Nationals to score five runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 6-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

The Mets' bullpen allowed the Nationals to score five runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 6-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

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Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)

Mets first baseman prospect Peter Alonso didn't appear in Sunday's Futures Game until the fifth inning, but before the game, he put on a clinic.

Alonso, who has hit 21 home runs in 88 games across the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, put on a show during batting practice. He competed with five players in a pregame contest: the Reds' Taylor Trammell, Brewers' Keston Hiura, Cardinals' Andrew Knizner and Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle.

And Alonso won.

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Gary and Keith on Mets struggles 00:01:20
On Cadillac Post Game Extra, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' struggles as the team heads into the All-Star break.

The Mets allowed five runs in the seventh inning en route to a 6-1 loss to the Nationals Sunday afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break.

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

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

1) The Mets entered the seventh inning tied, 1-1, but a trio of relievers allowed five runs on three hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. Anthony Swarzak (0-2) and Tim Peterson were each charged with two runs and Jerry Blevins -- who hit consecutive batters to forcie in a run -- allowed one. 

 

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed one run on two hits in five innings against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

After a perfect first inning, Oswalt allowed back-to-back hits to open the second inning before Anthony Rendon scored on Michael Taylor's groundout. Oswalt then settled in and went onto retire the final 11 batters to face him.

Oswalt threw 59 pitches, 40 of which were strikes. He was replaced by Seth Lugo in the sixth inning.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

At the All-Star break of a lost season for the Mets, uncertainty about the future is everywhere. But at least one big question appears settled: Mickey Callaway is almost certain to return as manager next season, according to major league sources.

Mets officials are well aware that Callaway has struggled during games and at news conferences, but even most of his detractors say it is too soon in his tenure to rule out improvement.

The team plans to begin interviewing external candidates for the GM vacancy in September. There remains a chance, though not a likelihood, that longtime assistant John Ricco will get the job.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets (39-54) and Nationals (47-48) will conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals. 

"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."

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Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas (calf strain) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings on Saturday night in a rehab start for Single-A Brooklyn.

Both runs allowed by Vargas were home runs. He threw 90 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

Vargas last pitched on June 19 when he was shelled by the Rockies. In that start, he allowed seven runs -- including three home runs -- in just 2 1/3 innings.

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Callaway and Wheeler talk win 00:01:23
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about a Mets win over the Nationals and Wheeler's strong start which stretched to the eighth inning.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is giving some credit to Mets ace Jacob deGrom for helping him find success during what has been a bounce-back season thus far.

Per SNY's Steve Gelbs, Wheeler said after Saturday's game that he has watched Jacob deGrom's bullpen sessions this season, and in the process he has gathered key takeaways and altered his routine.

DeGrom has been able to pinpoint his fastballs to the glove side, something Wheeler had difficulties with in the past. But after making adjustments, Wheeler now utilizes that pitch.

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Conforto, Wheeler shine in win 00:01:30
Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4.

Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4. 

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler cruised for five innings before running into rough patches in the sixth and eighth innings while pitching a season-high 7 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits after limiting the Nationals to just one hit in five scoreless innings to start the game. 

Wheeler, who did not allow a hit until Adam Eaton's two-out double in the third inning, was backed by run support from the Mets' offense, which built up a seven-run lead before the Nationals could score their first run. Wheeler helped himself out on offense in the second inning when his sacrifice fly plated Kevin Plawecki.

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Gary and Keith talk Wheeler 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Zack Wheeler's outing and Mickey Callaway's decision to have him pitch in the eighth inning.

The Mets built a 7-0 lead for Zack Wheeler and managed to hold on for a 7-4 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to extend the team's lead.

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Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (38-54) continue their series with division-rival Nationals (47-47) on Saturday at Citi Field at 4:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a grand slam on Friday for the 51s, his second homer in as many days.

Check it out.

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Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kim Ng is currently the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB and the highest ranking female executive in baseball. And she 100 percent should be considered by the Mets when they begin interviewing for a new GM.

In the wake of Sandy Alderson stepping down in June as GM due to health issues, his current assistants John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi and advisor Omar Minaya were challenged by ownership to think creatively when it comes to improving the franchise.

It is expected that all three men will be considered to take over as Alderson's permanent replacement...

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays 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 shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After being given a 'mental break' by manager Mickey Callaway at the end of June to work on his swing, Mets SS Amed Rosario is heating up and feeling good.

Rosario has been particularly productive over his last six games, hitting 8-18 with three doubles and three triples. This season, Rosario is hitting .249/.294/.386 with 4 HR, 22 RBI and 25 XBH.

"I try to bring energy and stay positive and swing at good pitches," Rosario said after the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals. "I'm feeling more confident at home plate. I'm feeling much better with the mechanics and the confidence, too."

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Veteran of the Game 00:00:48
The New York Mets honor Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army as the Veteran of the Game presented by First Data.

First Data and the Mets are proud to salute yesterday's veteran of the game, Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army.

Click here to see all of the veterans the Mets honor throughout the season.

 

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Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF T.J. Rivera left his rehab game with the 51s due to discomfort in his arm. He played five innings before being removed. 

Rivera had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last September after initially trying to rehab the injury. He was previously aiming to return by May, but that was pushed back and he made his rehab debut on July 5.

"His arm was not feeling the way it should have so we're going to reevaluate him tomorrow, see what the plan is," 51s manager Tony DeFrancesco said, via Betsy Helfand.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard is finally back in the Mets' rotation after what was a solid return on Friday night as he picked up the win. But even while he spent time on the DL, Syndergaard's name was thrown around in trade talks. 

And the Mets were listening. 

Along with ace Jacob deGrom, the Mets weren't shying away from listening to pitches on their top two arms. However, the Mets have cooled down those talks, and Syndergaard must be happy to hear that news. Though he realizes he doesn't have control on what the front office does, he still wants to be a Met...

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Thor helps Mets beat Nats 00:01:29
Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

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Gary, Keith and Ron talk Thor 00:01:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound and break down his outing vs. the Nationals.

The Mets provided some quality run support during Noah Syndergaard's long-awaited return to Citi Field, and he repaid them by setting the tone for a 4-2 win over their division rival on Friday night. 

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Callaway on Syndergaard's start 00:01:15
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Noah Syndergaard discuss the pitcher's performance after returning from a nearly two-month stint on the DL.

It may have been a long wait to see Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard take the mound again, but it was well worth it on Friday night. 

Syndergaard tossed one-run ball over his five strong innings in his return to Citi Field. The night began with a 1-2-3 first inning, and Thor's heater was certainly showing early as he touched triple digits at times. 

He even managed to hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to help his own cause...

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Mets OF Brandon Nimmo has been doing it all recently, and there was no exception to that on Friday night. 

Nimmo not only went 3-for-5 with a run scored in the contest, but also capped off the Mets' win in style with a nice diving grab in center field.

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

No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, where he is more than three years younger than the average player in the league. And his stock is on the rise.

The 19-year-old shortstop, who entered the season as the 82nd-best prospect in the game according to Baseball Prospectus, has moved up to 47th on their midseason list

Gimenez's age makes his .278/.346/.430 line more impressive than it appears on the surface. He has six homers and a league-leading 26 stolen bases, and has six hits in his last 15 at-bats -- including a double and triple.

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Jul 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a single during the seventh inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a single during the seventh inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (37-54) look for redemption against the division-rival Nationals (47-46) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso (Rick Nelson, Binghamton Rumble Ponies)
Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso (Rick Nelson, Binghamton Rumble Ponies)

Mickey Callaway is high on Triple-A Las Vegas infielder Jeff McNeil, who he hinted could get his shot with the Mets soon.

"He's probably earned the right to have a chance up at the big leagues at some point," Callaway said about the 26-year-old, who is hitting 386/.444/636 in 22 games in Vegas after hitting .327/.402/.626 earlier this season in 57 games for Double-A Binghamton.

McNeil, who has 18 homers this season, was referred to by Callaway earlier this week as strictly a second baseman, played third base on Thursday night and is playing left field on Friday night. 

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Who should start the ASG? 00:00:22
Who do you think should start the 2018 MLB All-Star Game--Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer?

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets ace Jacob deGrom -- arguably the best pitcher in baseball this season -- has been selected to his second All-Star Game. And he deserves to start it over Max Scherzer of the Nationals. 

In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter who starts the All-Star Game. But one pitcher in each league is going to be deemed worthy of the honor. And in the National League, it's deGrom who is worthy. 

Here's how deGrom stacks up with Scherzer, who will be pitching in his home ballpark...

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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 outfielder Yoenis Cespedes ran on Thursday and will do so again on Friday before potentially moving on to the next step toward his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Cespedes, who has been out since May 14 while dealing with hip/groin/heel issues, has also been practicing at first base, though Callaway said the expectation is that he'll return as a left fielder. 

The 32-year-old Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton in June before suffering a setback, with the Mets later classifying his health issue as chronic. 

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino go in-depth on Mickey Callaway's managing thus far through his first season with the Mets. Later, the guys discuss the GM search, including the chances John Ricco has of securing the job, as well as some breaking news that Andy has dug up in the past day.

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

Click below to listen to the podcast...

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Chase Utley, who tormented the Mets as a member of the Phillies from 2003 to the middle of 2015 and broke Ruben Tejada's leg with a dirty "slide" in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS as a Dodger, will be hanging up his cleats.

Utley, 39, will address his situation Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, when he plans to announce that he will retire at the end of this season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The season after breaking Tejada's leg in the NLDS, Utley was thrown behind at Citi Field by Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. That moment led to Syndergaard's ejection and the now-infamous 'ass-in-the-jackpot' argument between crew cief Tom Hallion and then-Mets manager Terry Collins. 

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

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I don't care if the next GM of the Mets has or doesn't have an MBA. I don't care if he or she did or didn't go to an Ivy League school. I don't care if they're young or old, from the organization or not. I don't care if they did or didn't play baseball. He or she doesn't need to be an expert in statistical and evidence-based analysis and evaluations. And, they don't need to be from New York...

My only requirement is that he or she understands and is willing to meet the demands of the market and fans, that they are open to ideas and 100 percent down for making big moves.

Most important, they need to able to be creative and adaptable enough so he or she can do the above over and over and over again until the team is a perennial postseason team in position to win the World Series every season. To hear me explain this in more detail, as well as discuss why I'm all for Yoenis Cespedes trying to play 1B, how I was so wrong about Brandon Nimmo, and whether Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer should start next week's All Star Game, click play below...

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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018

The 23-year-old Alonso has an odd batting line of .188/.337/.425 since his promotion to Triple-A about a month ago. He has five homers since his promotion, including one he hit on Thursday night as he went 2-for-4 with a homer and double. With Dominic Smith potentially heading back down to the minors soon, a door could be opening soon for Alonso at the big league level. 

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The Mets have one of the worst records in baseball, and their fortunes haven't been helped by the fact that they have $97.2 million in players on the disabled list -- the highest total in the majors.

The walking wounded are Yoenis Cespedes ($29 million), David Wright ($20 million), Jay Bruce ($10 million), AJ Ramos ($9.2 million), Todd Frazier ($8 million), Juan Lagares ($6.5 million), Jason Vargas ($6 million), Travis d'Arnaud ($3.5 million), Noah Syndergaard ($2.9 million), Rafael Montero ($558K), and T.J. Rivera ($556K).

Of the 11 players above, Ramos (shoulder surgery), Lagares (toe surgery), d'Arnaud (Tommy John surgery), and Montero (Tommy John surgery) are out for the season.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are "now in excellent financial health," reports Jon Heyman of FanCred

Heyman cites multiple investments as part of the reason for the Mets' improved financial well-being.

The Mets entered the season with a payroll of $150.5 million, which is 11th in baseball.

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The Amazin' Life: Coaching Nimmo 00:01:53
On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling try to give Brandon Nimmo "Tough Guy" training!

On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling try to give Brandon Nimmo "Tough Guy" training!

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