Yesterday, free-agent C Jorge Posada issued a statement denying any problems with new Yankees manager Joe Girardi. 

According to Peter Abraham, at his blog for Journal News, this is a sign that Posada could be headed back to the Yankees.

In yesterday’s Daily News, citing ‘Mets sources,’ Bill Madden and Mark Feinsand noted how the Mets have made Posada their top priority at catcher.

Meanwhile, in a recent report for FOXSports.com, Ken Rosenthal writes that the Mets are expected to make a ‘huge push’ for Posada, as well.

However, in yesterday’s Newsday, Ken Davidoff quoted a friend of Posada’s as saying the all-star catcher is just using the Mets ‘big time,’ as leverage in talks with the Yankees.

…as i have said, this story will play out as follows, as far as i’m concerned: posada will most certainly check out the Yankees first offer, which will probably be for three-years; he’ll hit the open market, flirt with the Mets, get the Yankees to give him the fourth year, which may as well be titled the DH-year, and then he’ll re-sign with the only team he has ever known…

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/19 00:01:52
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the impact of Devin Mesoraco on the Mets following Saturday's 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Devin Mesoraco tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-run homer and Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night 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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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched just four innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night after allowing two home runs in a three-run fourth inning.

Matz gave up a season-high four earned runs on six hits and threw 79 pitches on the night. He walked one and struck out two batters.

John Ryan Murphy drove in Arizona's first run in the second inning with an RBI single.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

1B Dominic Smith is playing right field for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday night, marking the first time he has played the outfield in his professional career.

The decision to shift Smith to the outfield came after Mets OF Juan Lagares was placed on the disabled list with a toe injury and could miss the rest of the season.

OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip) also landed on the DL earlier in the week.

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez call a Mets game from the outfield at Citi Field. (SNY)
SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez call a Mets game from the outfield at Citi Field. (SNY)

Tonight in Post Game Extra, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez will be answering your questions about tonight's game against the Diamondbacks.

While Gary and Keith have a wealth of knowledge about lots of things and would love to answer every question under the sun if they could, please keep the questions specific to tonight's game. 

Leave your questions in the comments section below!

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game 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 thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) told reporters on Saturday that he does not know when he will return from the disabled list.

Frazier said a rehab assignment has not yet been scheduled.

The 32-year-old Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, was eligible to return from the DL on Friday.

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May 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (21-19) continue their series with the Diamondbacks (25-19) on Saturday night at Citi Field at 7:10.

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets have designated C Jose Lobaton for assignment, sent LHP Buddy Baumann to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled C Tomas Nido and RHP Chris Flexen. 

Lobaton struggled at the plate with the Mets, going 7-46 (.152) with no home runs and 3 RBI. Nido hasn't been much better: he has gone 5-37 (.135) with no home runs and 1 RBI. 

Since being acquired from the Reds, Devin Mesoraco has assumed starting catcher duties for the Mets. In six games with the team, Mesoraco is 3-18 (.167) with 2 HR and 3 RBI...

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Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)
Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)

If the Mets are going to be successful in 2018, Mickey Callaway knows exactly how that's going to happen: good pitching.

After the Mets' 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, where Jacob deGrom was masterful with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, Callaway discussed leaning on his whole staff, not just deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

"It will only help if the other guys step up," Callaway said...

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(Watchara Phomicinda)

Front offices across all sports regularly make cold, calculated decisions about their athletes. It's the nature of the business and a necessary route to success. 

But, rarely do teams say that publically like Reds general manager Dick Williams did about Matt Harvey. 

When the Mets DFA'd the former star, the Reds were one of the teams that had interest in the pitcher. They acquired Harvey by sending Devin Mesoraco to the Mets.

"We're looking at him more opportunistically,'' Reds general manager Dick Williams said...

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What's better than the home team winning? One lucky fan winning big! At every home game this season, if a Mets player hits a home run off the New York Lottery sign over the bullpen, you could win! If it's not hit, don't worry, because if you're the fan of the night you'll still get a $100 gift card. Just click below and hope they knock it out of the park.

 
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(Gregory Fisher)

This is the Michael Conforto the Mets are used to seeing. 

The 25-year-old lefty looks to have figured out what has been plaguing him at the plate, as he notched a 4-for-4, two RBI performance in the win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. 

Conforto set the tone early for the Mets in his first at-bat with an RBI single to score Asdrubal Cabrera to make it a 2-0 game. After hitting another single in the third, Conforto roped an RBI single to right to score Wilmer Flores in the fifth. He would cap off his night with a base knock in the eighth for good measure.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/18 00:02:01
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss bunting against the shift and who will replace the injured Juan Lagares on the roster.

Jacob deGrom provided the stuff on the mound, and Michael Conforto led the way at the plate as the Mets took the first game of a three-game set against the Diamondbacks, 3-1, at Citi Field on Friday night. 

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

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

 

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(Gregory Fisher)

There was no pulling Mets RHP Jacob deGrom after one inning in this start.

DeGrom was masterful in his first start back in Citi Field since hyperextending his elbow against the Braves on May 2. He set the tone early with a 1-2-3 first and second innings that included three strikeouts. 

Alex Avila would get the first hit for the Diamondbacks in the third, but deGrom wouldn't let it amount to anything with another scoreless inning. In the top of the fourth, the righty hurler would set down the D-Backs' 2-3-4 hitters on strikes as he continued to rack up his total whiffs on the night....

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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)

Mets fan Callie Quinn needed 500,000 retweets to be able to take prom pictures on Citi Field, and after she knocked that number out of the park, she got to live her wish on Friday. 

Quinn, who received a Promposal with Mr. Met traveling to her high school on Staten Island in January, arrived at Citi Field flaunting a blue dress with orange lacing in the back showing her loyalty to the Mets' colors. 

CLICK BELOW TO SEE CALLIE'S PICTURES

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez call a Mets game from the outfield at Citi Field. (SNY)
SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez call a Mets game from the outfield at Citi Field. (SNY)

Tonight in Post Game Extra, Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling will be answering your questions about tonight's game against the Diamondbacks.

While Gary, Keith, and Ron have a wealth of knowledge about lots of things and would love to answer every question under the sun if they could, please keep the questions specific to tonight's game. 

Leave your questions in the comments section below!

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Callaway talks Lagares injury 00:00:43
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway reacts to likely losing Juan Lagares for the season due to a toe injury.

Mets CF Juan Lagares is set for surgery next week and will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a complete tear of the big toe plantar plate, the team announced Friday.

"Yeah, it's unfortunate. We got the news yesterday that he's probably going to be out the rest of the season and that was really tough. I felt really bad for him," manage Mickey Callaway said before Friday night's contest against the Diamondbacks. "I know he was on a roll, playing great and now this happens.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | This is miserable news for the Mets and miserable news for Lagares, who was hitting .339/.375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season, and was hitting .389 in May. With Lagares likely out for the season and Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day DL due to a hip injury, the Mets now have only three legitimate outfielders -- Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Nimmo -- on their roster. And Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. As of now, the Mets' backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans, which is something that can't be a thing much beyond Friday night's game.

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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his two run home run with shortstop Luis Guillorme (15) during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his two run home run with shortstop Luis Guillorme (15) during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (20-19) begin a three-game homestand with the Diamondbacks (25-`8) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY.

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets should not trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard this season. I'm not against trading anyone, but to deal these two men now in a limited market would be foolish.

If the Mets decide to blow up their roster and rebuild for the second time in 10 years, it would be far better to deal their best, long-term pitching assets this winter when the free-agent market for arms is set up to be very, very weak. 

In terms of what to do going forward, I see the Braves, I see the Phillies and I see the Marlins. I see the amount of young talent they have and I'm pretty convinced they'll soon pass the Mets (if they haven't already) on the path to long-term success.

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Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)
Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)

The Mets will reinstate LHP Jerry Blevins from the paternity list prior to Friday night's game against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field, and will announce a corresponding move. 

Blevins was placed on the paternity list on Tuesday, with the Mets recalling LHP Buddy Baumann and RHP Jacob Rhame from Triple-A Las Vegas, while optioning RHP Corey Oswalt was optioned to Las Vegas.

Blevins and his wife, Whitney, welcomed the couple's first child -- a son named Ellis -- on May 14.

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Trading deGrom or Syndergaard? 00:05:30
NY Daily News columnist John Harper and SNY MLB insider Andy Martino debate whether the Mets should trade Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Chris Carlin and John Harper. Two wonderful men. Mentors even, at different stages of my career. That's why it is painful for me to report this morning that both -- who, as recently as yesterday, were New York's best baseball columnist, and its top sports radio voice -- have lost their damn minds.

Here's the backstory. After writing yesterday that the Mets need Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to save their season, I was surprised by the volume of tweets I received from Mets fans arguing that the team should start a rebuild by trading both. But I thought, whatever. Those are the Twitter crazies. Reasonable people wouldn't think this. Then, I got in the car and turned on my radio. My first stop is often WFAN's CMB, featuring Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. That show keeps getting better and better, by the way.

Or so I thought. Yesterday, the trio shocked me by actually dignifying the idea that it was time for the Mets to consider trading their top two pitchers. They took calls on it. They debated it. Then this morning, a source with close ties to Carlin confirmed that he would advocate for dealing at least deGrom...

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets would need to consider trading Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard if they are not in contention in July, John Harper opines in Friday's New York Daily News.

Harper notes that with the Phillies and Braves potentially ahead of schedule with their rebuilds, the Mets would have to commit to a full rebuild of their own if they fall out of it. 

DeGrom, 29, is under team control through the 2020 season. Syndergaardm 25, is under team control through the 2021 season. So, how should the Mets proceed? The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses below...

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When the Diamondbacks come to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Mets starting Friday on SNY, both teams will have their biggest stars take the mound. 

The Mets will see both Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83 ERA, 56 K) and Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 3.14 ERA, 61 K) take the hill over the next three days while the Diamondbacks will have both Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.53 ERA, 75 K) and Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.46 ERA, 58 K)...

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino welcome Keith Hernandez into the studio to discuss his newly released book, I'm Keith Hernandez, and look back at his playing days from the minors to the Mets.

Click below to listen...

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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | So much has gone wrong for the Mets since their 11-1 start, some of it fixable and some of it deeply worrisome. The front office remains hopeful that veterans like Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier will ultimately put up their usual numbers, and that Michael Conforto will remember how talented he is.

On the negative side, outside evaluators wonder if Yoenis Cespedes will ever resemble the superstar he was for a few months in 2015, now that he he can't seem to shake persistent leg injuries. Or if Amed Rosario will produce enough to be a major league regular. Or if the bullpen is deep enough. Or if Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas can ever be reliable.

With so much uncertainty -- particularly around Cespedes, who is crucial to the offense -- the diminished Mets face a revised calculus: They need Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to pitch well enough to cover the team's flaws, and they need to win the vast majority of games that those two start...

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterGive me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn't come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets' rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)
FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)

Advanced analytics have been sweeping through baseball, with newer statistics and research dictating much of the on-field action. Former Met and current SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez is from the old school, but is starting to come around on analytics.

"I'm kind of coming around and evolving on analytics," Hernandez said Wednesday during SNY's Shea Anything podcast. "It's a very, very useful tool. But it shouldn't be the Ten Commandments of how you evaluate players. But you can glean a lot from them, and I'm starting to come around and changing my attitude."

Watch Keith's discussion on analytics with Andy Martino and Doug Williams below...

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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Wheeler, Callaway on rough start 00:01:25
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and manager Mickey Callaway discuss Wheeler's rough performance on the mound in Wednesday's 12-1 loss.

Despite allowing a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first inning, Zack Wheeler largely dominated the Blue Jays during the first three innings of his start on Wednesday afternoon.

With his fastball sitting between 95 and 96 MPH, Wheeler struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced, allowing just one man to reach base.

That was followed by an on-field delay due to rain and field maintenance -- resulting in Wheeler going 27 minutes between pitches. And when Wheeler took the mound for the top of the fourth inning, he looked out of sorts.

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Lagares talks toe injury 00:00:56
New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares talks about his sprained left big toe and how he feared at first it was broken.

Mets CF Juan Lagares suffered a sprained big toe when he slammed his foot into the outfield fence after a catch in the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon's game.

X-Rays on the toe were negative, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

Lagares has been hot lately, hitting .389/.389/.500 in May. Overall, Lagares -- who was expected to get more playing time now that Yoenis Cespedes is on the DL -- is hitting .339./375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season.

 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/16 00:02:11
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss which aspect of the Mets is in worse shape, the offense or pitching, after the team's loss to Toronto.

One night after enjoying a rare blowout win, the Mets were on the receiving end as Zack Wheeler was torched by the Blue Jays for six runs in four-plus innings during a 12-1 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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1) Despite surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first, Wheeler (2-3) struck out six and allowed one hit through three innings. The umpires called for the grounds crew to work on the soaked infield with one out in the bottom of the third which delayed the game for 18 minutes. Wheeler let up five runs on six hits and three walks over the next inning-plus. He was lifted for Robert Gsellman after allowing the first five Toronto batters to reach safely in the fifth. Wheeler allowed seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

In case everyone forgot, Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland reminded us Tuesday that Noah Syndergaard is a human being. He's not a cartoon character or robot that literally throws thunderbolts and runs on batteries.

It appears that Syndergaard needs to be reminded of this reality, as well...

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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Yankees at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Yankees at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Justin Dunn has pitched well this season for High-A St. Lucie, allowing no more than two runs in any of his six starts.

Dunn -- the Mets' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com -- has a 2.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

The 22-year-old Dunn, who the Mets selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, struggled last season, with ESPN's Keith Law saying during the offseason that the Mets may have rushed him...

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Anyone who saw Yoenis Cespedes hobbling around the field last week could see that he needed to rest his legs. As the diagnosis changed from quad to hip, a central truth remained: A key player was clearly in pain.

So why didn't the Mets send him to the disabled list sooner?

Both in public and private, team officials pushed back on the idea that they were being reckless with Cespedes, and noted the caution they showed this season in DL'ing Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom.

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Gameday with Keith Hernandez 00:02:53
Keith Hernandez orders lunch and drives to the ballpark from his home in Sag Harbor.

Keith Hernandez orders lunch and drives to the ballpark from his home in Sag Harbor.

Click here to watch Episode 1, with Keith and his cat, Hadji.

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are now down Yoenis Cespedes, who was put on the disabled list Wednesday. Todd Frazier is also on the disabled list, and is eligible to return on Friday. As a result, the outfield and infield will be a bit mixed up and needing support for at least a few more days. 

That said, Jose Reyes probably shouldn't even be be on the roster -- let alone starting at third base for Frazier as he did Tuesday. Instead, especially when a left-handed starting pitcher is on the mound like Wednesday, Wilmer Flores or Luis Guillorme should be at third, with Flores or Jay Bruce at first base, and Juan Lagares always in center field.

Case in point, on a night when the Mets had 16 hits and scored 12 runs with a lefty starting the game, Reyes was 1-for-5. Flores started at first base, leaving Bruce, Brandon Nimmo, and Lagares in the outfield. Cespedes (hip) and Michael Conforto had the night off...

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Callaway gives Cespedes update 00:02:42
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the team placing Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list.

Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the 10-day DL due to a mild right hip flexor strain, with Phillip Evans called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The DL stint is backdated to May 14, meaning Cespedes will be eligible to return on May 24.

The hip injury is the same ailment Cespedes had been playing through recently. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday, but was available to pinch hit. 

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said Tuesday that his comments about Noah Syndergaard having "yet to do a whole lot" at the big league level wasn't a dig at the right-hander. Instead, it was a defense of him. And the outsized expectations that have followed him. 

"Noah and I have talked," Eiland told reporters. "We have had a lot of conversation, not just about my quotes. I was defending him actually. If he doesn't go seven with one run or less, everybody is criticizing him, because he is supposed to be dominant. He's human."

Syndergaard struck out the side in the first inning on Tuesday night before cooling off. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and throwing 103 pitches in 5.0 innings...

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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)

Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso hit two home runs in a game Tuesday for the third time in his career. He also had a single during the game and is now batting .367 with a .478 OBP and 33 RBI in 36 games this season. His 11 home runs and 1.173 OPS are tops in the Double-A Eastern League.

MLB.com ranked the 23-year-old Alonso the Mets' fourth-best prospect entering this season. However, he's been so hot to start this season and getting the attention of other organizations that I bet he's No. 1 or 2 when MLB re-ranks their list during July.

"Alonso's plus raw power has long been his carrying tool," wrote Ben Badler for BA recently. "He hit well last year in the high Class A Florida State League, but he's showing signs of becoming an even more complete hitter in 2018. ... He doesn't strike out excessively and he's displaying more plate patience than he did a year ago."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:57
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Tuesday's Twitter poll regarding Dave Eiland's comments about Noah Syndergaard before the Mets' victory.

Juan Lagares matched his career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Mets broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 12-2 win over the Blue Jays 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) The Mets trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for eight runs over the next two frames. Lagares contributed a pair of singles that produced three runs during the onslaught. Amed Rosario doubled and finished with a career-high-tying three hits and two RBIs while Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a single, three walks and four runs scored. Noah Syndergaard drove in New York's first two runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

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Rosario crushes double off wall 00:00:56
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes an RBI double off the right field wall to give the team a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Juan Lagares and Amed Rosario combined for seven hits and five RBI to lead the Mets on a night when the offense generated 16 hits and scored 12 runs in a blowout win over the Blue Jays.

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Noah Syndergaard, Mickey Callaway and Devin Mesoraco discuss Tuesday night's 12-2 rout of the Blue Jays.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in five innings and helped himself out at the plate with a double and two RBI in the Mets' series opener against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Apr 19, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) goes to the mound to change pitchers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 19, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) goes to the mound to change pitchers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson voiced his support for manager Mickey Callaway on Tuesday ahead of the team's game against the Blue Jays.

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New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RH reliever Anthony Swarzak (left oblique strain) will throw off a mound on Wednesday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

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Sandy on Cespedes 00:02:20
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson updates the media on the uncertain health status of Yoenis Cespedes.

Yoenis Cespedes has a mild right hip flexor strain, which is the same ailment he has been playing through recently. And while the Mets are considering placing Cespedes on the DL, he'll be available to pinch hit on Tuesday night, GM Sandy Alderson said. 

"It's the same lingering injury," Alderson said on Tuesday. "Over the last several days, he had reported that he had not been improving. We decided to do a precautionary MRI this morning which revealed a mild strain."

The Mets spoke with Cespedes after the MRI, and he said things had really not improved since Sunday. At that point, Alderson said it was "in the best interest of him for the moment" to not be in the lineup.

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 3B David Wright hopes to begin baseball activities at the end of May, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have moved Jacob deGrom's next start up from Saturday to Friday. DeGrom will be followed by Steven Matz on Saturday and Noah Syndergaard on Sunday.

DeGrom was removed after the first inning of his start this past Sunday due to the fact that he threw 45 pitches in frame. With deGrom now pitching on Friday, he will be on regular rest -- as will Syndergaard on Sunday. 

Matz, who was initially scheduled to start on Friday night, will have an extra day of rest.   

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) 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 left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway wasted no time in deciding it was not worth risking Jacob deGrom's health by letting him throw a second inning earlier this week after the pitcher tossed 45 pitches in the first inning.

It was the right move, but put Callaway and the Mets under heavy criticism by some fans and media for not taking a similar approach to Yoenis Cespedes, who is clearly playing through pain associated with his quad and possibly his hamstring.

"The decision was pretty much already made," said deGrom, who recently had a start skipped and was later put on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow. "It's my first start back after missing one. To go out there and throw 45 (pitches) in the first inning, this isn't smart. Why go out there and risk something? I felt great honestly. That's the most frustrating part about it."

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