David Wright is hitting just .221 with 30 strikeouts in just 23 games since returning from the disabled list on September 1.

Wright has also struck out a career-high 135 times, exceeding his prior high of 118 from last season.

Jerry Manuel told reporters that Wright will have tonight off.

...i have said it all year long that it has been a bizarre season for David but if you take his stats prior to his stint on the disabled list...he was in the top five in hitting all year despite missing some key pieces as protection in the lineup...that said, the strikeouts have been alarming this year and the injury didn't cause his power outage...

Wright admits that he and the rest of his teammates are disappointed in the way 2009 turned out, telling reporters:

""There's not many positives we can take away from this year as a whole...It's not a learning process dealing with failure. I'm ready after that last out to turn the page and get ready for next year, because this hasn't been fun for anybody. In fact, it's been very disappointing."

Despite that disappointment, Wright is not mailing the rest of the season in, telling reporters that he takes a lot of pride in his at bats and is out there playing to win.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Rene Rivera, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero earned his first major-league win since 2014 by throwing 5 2/3 solid innings in Sunday's 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Making his third start of the season, Montero struck out a season-high seven batters and allowed one run and five hits, throwing a season-high 104 pitches as the Mets won their third straight game since getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"You've got to get some confidence back and it all starts from the way we pitched," manager Terry Collins said, according to the Associated Press. "They kept us in the game, allowed us to build leads and we didn't give up much."

The 26-year-old Montero hadn't won a game since he threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 10, 2014. Since then, he went 0-6 with a 5.98 ERA in 29 games (six starts).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mets announced X-rays on outfielder Michael Conforto's left hand came back negative after he was hit by a pitch in Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

Conforto left the game before the bottom of the sixth inning after he suffered a left hand contusion when he was hit on the wrist by a Matt Moore pitch in the top of the fifth.

Conforto shook his wrist and knelt in pain but stayed in the game until Brandon Nimmo replaced him in left field in the sixth inning. After the game, he said he expects to play Tuesday against the Miami Marlins.

The 24-year-old Conforto, who was batting seventh on Sunday, was hitting .285 with 14 home runs and 14 RBIs in 69 games with the Mets this season.

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

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

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

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Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow (15) holds his hat over his heart during the national anthem prior to the game against the Augusta GreenJackets at Spirit Communications Park. (Joshua S. Kelly)
Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow (15) holds his hat over his heart during the national anthem prior to the game against the Augusta GreenJackets at Spirit Communications Park. (Joshua S. Kelly)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is starting today for the Mets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press
Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who is starting tonight for the Mets?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes
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Sep 16, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have activated INF Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) from the disabled list and optioned INF Gavin Cecchini to Triple-A Las Vegas.

The team is considering whether to put Cabrera at second base in order to keep Jose Reyes at shortstop, Terry Collins said Thursday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Cabrera injured his thumb in early June and is expected to return from the disabled list this weekend, Sandy Alderson said earlier this week.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes
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Mets selling at the deadline 00:02:58
Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Willie Colon discuss the Mets' recent decision to become sellers at the trade deadline.

The Mets are ready to listen to trade offers for their pending free agents, such as Jay BruceAddison ReedCurtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrerareports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 31-41 Mets are 12.0 games behind the Nationals for first place in the N.L. East and 14.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Bruce, Reed, and Granderson are all set to become free agents after the season.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images
Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images

The Mets have little to show for a largely atrocious season so far, but they do have one thing in great supply: pending free agents. The team will turn over half the starting lineup in the offseason, so expect trade rumors galore over the next six weeks.

GM Sandy Alderson has earned his reputation for generally getting value as a seller, so they could end up being one of the more active teams in baseball at the deadline.

So who should the Mets be looking to move? 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Oklahoma State Cowboys pitcher Trey Cobb (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)
Oklahoma State Cowboys pitcher Trey Cobb (Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have signed third round draft pick, OF Quinn Brodey, for $500,000, reports Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.

The Mets signed four more draft picks from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday:16th-round pick OF Raphael Gladu from Louisiana Tech, 20th-round pick RHP Yadiel Flores from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, 33rd-round pick RHP MacLeod Lozer from the University of Michigan, and 37th-round pick LHP Joshua Walker from the University of New Haven.  

The Mets signed 2nd round pick SS Mark Vientos on Tuesday.

They signed RHP Tony Dibrell from Kennesaw State and eighth-round pick RHP Trey Cobb from Oklahoma State on Sunday, along with the following players...

  • Sixth-round pick RHP Marcel Renteria from New Mexico State
  • Seventh-round pick RHP Connor O'Neil from Cal State Northridge
  • Ninth-round pick RHP Cannon Chadwick from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press
Mets ace Jacob deGrom throws a pitch at Citi Field. Credit. Frank Franklin II. Associated Press

The Astros are aiming high in their search for a starting pitcher, "and would love to add Mets ace Jacob deGrom," according to Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated.

The 48-24 Astros are leading the A.L. West by 12.5 games.

Meanwhile, deGrom has a 3.94 ERA (3.90 FIP) and 1.33 WHIP with 106 strikeouts -- a career-best 10.72 per nine innings -- in 89.0 innings (14 starts) this season. He is arbitration-eligible and under team control through 2020, after which he can file for free agency.

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

It seems reasonably likely this will be the final season that Terry Collins is manager of the Mets. Collins acknowledged after last season that if he felt health-wise this coming October like he did last October, he would hang it up. And given his team's woeful performance in 2017 -- even if a decimated roster is the primary culprit -- it seems probable the Mets would make a managerial switch during the offseason and portray it as Collins voluntarily stepping aside.

However, it's not just Collins who is in the final year of his current contract. Sandy Alderson's contract is set to expire after the season, too.

In recent years, Alderson has battled cancer and he turns 70 in November. So, if the Mets were coming off a World Series appearance this upcoming October, it would seem a logical point for him to step aside on a high note. But, given the Mets are now a whopping 10 games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 1, 2014, would Alderson really hang it up after this season?

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Terry Collins speaks to the media in San Diego during 2015. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY
Terry Collins speaks to the media in San Diego during 2015. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY

These last four days in Los Angeles have to rank among the worst four-day stretches in Mets history, at least in terms of playing baseball, getting beaten up, losing, and crushing everyone's hopes and dreams for a season as early as June.

The fact is, things already seemed bleak when they were just six games under .500, 10 back of the Nationals and 11 games back of the Wild Card, as the Mets were on Monday before starting their series against the Dodgers. 

However, after watching them get stomped on in Los Angeles, being outscored 36-11, having more players end up on the disabled list, and dropping to 10 games under .500, 12 back of Washington and 14 games away from a Wild Card, any shot at a successful season now feels impossible. And that sucks... It really does, because I still feel like this season never actually started.

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Matz pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Credit. Richard Mackson USA TODAY
Matz pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Credit. Richard Mackson USA TODAY

In only his third start of the season, LHP Steven Matz surrendered a career-high five walks Thursday night as the Dodgers completed a four-game sweep of the Mets.

Matz, who started the season on the disabled list, pitched six innings and allowed three runs and three hits, two of which were home runs, while striking out eight batters.

"There's a lot of nights I've been to Dodger Stadium where the ball doesn't fly. And it flew out of here this series like nothing," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game.

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Collins on sweep in LA 00:04:30
Terry Collins and Jerry Blevins discuss what went wrong during the Mets four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Mets have lost seven of their last eight games to fall 10 games below .500 (31-41).

They are closer to last place than first place in the NL East and 13 games back of the Wild Card with 32 games to play before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/22 00:03:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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

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

1) Joc Pederson's solo home run of Paul Sewald in the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled the Dodgers to a four-game sweep of the Mets. It's the fifth time New York has been swept this season.

2) Steven Matz allowed three runs on three hits -- two home runs -- and a career-high five walks over six innings. The left-hander struck out a season-best eight in his third start of the season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Steven Matz
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The Mets (31-40) play the final game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (47-26) at Dodger Stadium on Thursday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Dodgers beat the Mets, 8-2, Wednesday as New York suffered their third straight loss. Curtis Granderson provided the offense, going 3-for-5 with a homer, double and two RBI.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (3.21 ERA/ 5.27 FIP, 1.00 WHIP) who lost in his last outing against the Nationals. He allowed four runs on eight hits, including three homers in seven innings. It was Matz second start since returning from the DL earlier this month. 

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Tyler Pill pitches to the Milwaukee Brewers.  (AP)
Tyler Pill pitches to the Milwaukee Brewers. (AP)

The Mets have called up RHP Chasen Bradford and optioned Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas ahead of Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bradford, who has yet to make his big-league debut, is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 29 games for Las Vegas this season. He has appeared entirely in relief, and has led the team in Las Vegas with nine saves.

Pill struggled in his outing against the Dodgers on Wednesday, allowing five runs in six innings. In 18 innings for the Mets this season -- including four starts -- Pill is 0-3 with a 5.00 ERA.

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Yasiel Puig, the Mets new enemy 00:02:28
The Daily News Live panel debates whether the Mets should take action after Yasiel Puig's home run celebration Wednesday night.

Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig hit a home run against the Mets during the fourth inning Wednesday, after which he stood at home plate admiring his work before taking 32 seconds to round the bases.

As he rounded first base, Wilmer Flores told Puig to run, not jog, at which point Puig slowed up, looked back, and cursed at Flores, creating a visual tension on field.

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Aug 25, 2012; Barry Larkin during his number retirement at Great American Ball Park. Credit: Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2012; Barry Larkin during his number retirement at Great American Ball Park. Credit: Victores-USA TODAY Sports

This morning on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio, co-hosts and former GMs Steve Phillips and Jim Bowden discussed their failed trade from July 2000, that would have sent Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin to the Mets.

According to Phillips and Bowden, who was GM of the Reds at the time, the deal would have sent then-elite OF prospect Alex Escobar to Cincinnati with Larkin joining the Mets, who would eventually play the Yankees in the World Series a few months later.

"It was very close, and it would have gotten done," Phillips said, noting that Larkin first had to agree to waive his complete no-trade clause.

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Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been hurt by injuries up and down the lineup, and by consistent ineptitude in the field, but the more significant culprit is clearly their pitching.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Even with an injury-plagued rotation, the 2016 Mets surpassed expectations and ranked as one of the top staffs in the league. With nearly all of last year's successful hurlers returning (Bartolo Colon, who is struggling mightily in Atlanta this year, being the lone exception), reasonable projections anticipated similar results, even if not quite up to 2016's exceptional standards.

Instead, Mets fans have watched nothing short of an unmitigated disaster unfold in the rotation, one start at a time...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that pitching coach Dan Warthen is not in danger of losing his job.

The Mets enter play Thursday with the second-worst ERA in the National League.

"He's part of the solution," Alderson told reporters at Dodgers Stadium. "He's part of the group of people, including the pitchers, as well as the coaching staff, who are trying to figure out how to get this staff back to where we expected it to be."

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Collins, Flores on another loss 00:03:53
Terry Collins and Wilmer Flores discuss dropping their third straight game to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

The Mets, who have lost seven of their last nine games, are 13 back in the Wild Card race, 11 games behind the Nationals, and nine games under .500 for the first time since August 27, 2014.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/21 00:03:03
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-2 loss to the Dodgers.

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

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

1) Yasiel Puig's three-run homer capped a four-run fourth inning against Tyler Pill, who had allowed one unearned run and no hits through his first three innings. Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud exchanged words after the slugger admired his long home run and took more than 32 seconds to round the bases.

2) Pill (0-3) was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on six hits and three walks. He struck out a career-high six over six innings.

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The Mets (31-39) play Game 3 of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (46-26) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets have now lost five of their last six games after a crushing, 12-0, loss Tuesday. 

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Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Tyler Pill (3.75 ERA/ 3.29 FIP, 1.58 WHIP) who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start in Wednesday's game. In his last start with the Mets, he took the loss as he allowed five runs, three earned on eight hits while striking out four and walking none in five innings. 

He won in his last start in Triple-A on June 15, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings. Pill is still looking for his first major league win. 

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Apr 8, 2016; General view as workers prepare the field at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; General view as workers prepare the field at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Former Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn has passed away this morning at the age of 79, the team announced Wednesday.

"Pete helped make our fields one of the best in baseball," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon in a statement. "He took such pride in his work and was a pro's pro. Tom Seaver always said Shea Stadium's mound had no equal. That's a pretty good endorsement."  

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Mets place Wheeler on DL 00:01:04
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Zack Wheeler discuss Wheeler being placed on the 10-day disabled list with bicep tendinitis.

The Mets have placed pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 20) with biceps tendinitis and optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

In corresponding moves, the Mets have called up pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel from Las Vegas. 

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that Wheeler has been dealing with "moderate" tendinitis over the last few days and is expected to miss one start.

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Jun 20, 2016; Trey Cobb (25) throws against Arizona at TD Ameritrade Park. Credit: Thorson-USA TODAY
Jun 20, 2016; Trey Cobb (25) throws against Arizona at TD Ameritrade Park. Credit: Thorson-USA TODAY

Eighth-round pick Trey Cobb threw a bullpen session Tuesday morning in Port St. Lucie. Then, accompanied by six other selections from last week's draft, he flew to New York in the late afternoon and was at MCU Park for the end of the Brooklyn Cyclones' home opener.

Cobb, who turns 23 on Saturday, went 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA and three saves in 19 relief appearances this season as a senior with Oklahoma State. He had been drafted in the 12th round by the Cubs a year ago, but opted to remain in college for a final season.

Cobb had been a devout fan of the Cowboys while growing up an hour from campus in Broken Arrow, Okla. His family had basketball season tickets and regularly attended OSU football games.

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May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates his game winning single against the Milwaukee Brewers with teammates during the twelfth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates his game winning single against the Milwaukee Brewers with teammates during the twelfth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With five losses in their last six games and double-digit deficits in the divisional and Wild Card races, Jay Bruce understands the predicament the Mets are currently in. The outfielder told the Daily News that New York needs to play better, "or we're not going to make the playoffs."

"The only thing that matters is what's ahead. What's behind you does not matter at all," Bruce said. "You can't say we lost this many games, so we have to win these games. I don't believe that you can play that game when it comes to the season, because it's so long and there are so many ups and downs."

After being on the trading block this past offseason, Bruce has been the Mets' most consistent player this year. The 30-year-old free agent-to-be is hitting .274/.339/.551 and leads the team with 19 homers and 48 RBIs. 

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Collins on the recent struggles 00:04:24
Manager Terry Collins breaks down the recent struggles of Zack Wheeler and talks about how the Mets can improve.

"The Mets have some serious pitching talent," I wrote in Spring Training, moments after watching Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard simultaneously throw bullpen sessions in February. "I actually take it for granted. But when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level."

I wish I owned a time machine. I also wish pitchers weren't so easily and routinely injured. The thing is, while I understand that injuries are part of the game, especially for pitchers, do they all need to also pitch poorly at the same time?

As intimated in my quote from February, this season's success was supposed to happen because of the starting pitching. This isn't my theory. It is the strategy that was repeatedly emphasized by Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and the starting pitchers themselves. Instead, the arms never showed up.

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Jun 20, 2017; Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 20, 2017; Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Gsellman allowed four home runs and suffered his second straight defeat as the Mets lost, 12-0, to the Dodgers late Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Gsellman allowed eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits in 4 and 1/3 innings.

"You've got Gsellman, who lives and dies with ground balls, and they are hitting balls over the fence in the first inning," manager Terry Collins lamented after the game. "It just tells you movement is not there, he's location is not there."

It marked the second consecutive time he allowed at least six runs in an outing after he had not given up more than three runs since May 13.

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Collins, Gsellman on the loss 00:05:06
Terry Collins and Robert Gsellman give their take on the continued struggles of the pitching staff, which have led to two losses in L.A.

The Mets are double digits back of both playoff spots, eight games below .500 (31-39) for the third time this season and are 34 games away from from the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/20 00:03:37
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-0 loss to the Dodgers.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman became the second straight Mets starter to allow four runs in the first inning. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger connected on two-run homers off Gsellman (5-5), who surrendered eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings.

2) Seager joined Washington's Anthony Rendon as players to homer three times in one game against New York this season. He finished with four hits and a career-high six RBIs. Bellinger went deep for the third time in two games and Yasmani Grandal also homered for the Dodgers, who have hit 13 roundtrippers in their last three games.

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