Guillorme hits a solo home run 00:00:47
Mets infielder Luis Guillorme belts a solo home run to deep left field in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Cardinals on Saturday.

It's assumed that Asdrubal Cabrera will be the starting second baseman for the Mets on Opening Day. However, with the way Gavin Cecchini and Luis Guillorme have started the Grapefruit League season, Sandy Alderson might want to keep an open mind about his infield...

According to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman, scouts are taking notice of Guillorme, who is currently ranked as the organization's fifth-best position prospect.

In 11 at-bats this spring, Guillorme is batting .364 with a .429 OBP, one home run and five RBI. He's batting .296 with a .411 OBP in 54 spring at-bats during his career.

"Scouts like the lefty swinger's actions on both sides of the ball," according to Sherman.

Guillorme, 23, hit .283 with a .376 OBP and 21 extra base hits during 128 games in Double-A last year.

"He's not the quickest middle infielder, but his hands, reflexes and instincts are as good as anyone's in the Minors," MLB.com's minor-league expert Jim Callis recently wrote. "He has solid range and arm strength, and he would have led the Double-A Eastern League in fielding percentage at both second (.983) and short (.968) last year if he had played enough at either position to qualify."



I've written a lot about Guillorme's fielding, which is absolutely incredible. He has the quickest hands and best instincts of anyone I have seen up close in a long, long time. However, it turns out he's also a much better hitter than I was giving him credit for in the past. He has a very good eye, he's walking more often than he strikes out, and he makes strong contact while pulling the ball with authority.

In small talk with Mets insiders, I don't know if they are sold on him ever being an everyday infielder because he may always lack the punch needed to be more than just a two-bag hitter. That said, if he can continue to get work at second and third base, with his glove, instincts, personality, and selective eye, he'd be a fabulous utility infielder. I can see him getting 450 at-bats, playing three positions, never hurting a team at bat, and instantly upgrading the infield's defense whenever in the lineup.

In the event Cabrera is given the everyday gig, Guillorme would be a terrific asset behind him, on the bench and backing up other infield spots. I mean, if I'm pitching and up one run, there's no one I'd rather have standing over my left shoulder than Guillorme.

By the way, it's worth noting that Guillorme, Dominic Smith, and Amed Rosario have played a lot of baseball together during the last two years, so they know what to expect from one another when a ball is in play. It's a joy to watch them work together in the field because they operate in a fluid, familiar, fast, and effortless way. It's like watching three infielders on auto-pilot doing baseball performance art...



Meanwhile, Cecchini has also come to camp with a focus on making the Opening Day roster. He is currently considered the organization's 10th-best position prospect by MLB.com.

Frankly, I see Daniel Murphy whenever I watch Cecchini in St. Lucie. It's not that they look alike, it's that their hustle and results look a lot a like. Their stats and approach are very similar when compared to the same age. And, like Murphy, Cecchini does everything with equal parts fun and intensity. They have a similar love for the game, for winning, for working hard and for tinkering to find perfection.

I'm not convinced Cecchini is a future MVP candidate, or even capable of hitting .330, but (like Murphy at 24 years old) he does make strong, consistent contact with the barrel of the bat. He doesn't strike out much, but he also doesn't draw a lot of walks, which is why batting average (like Murphy) will be a major factor in Cecchini getting people's attention. Murphy didn't begin making headlines until he and hitting coach Kevin Long altered his launch angle and swing and Murphy began crushing home runs.



Cecchini is clearly reading from the same book because he told reporters this past weekend that he spent his offseason working on his swing, while practicing new positions in the field.

Like Murphy, Cecchini is focused on the angle of his swing, his hand rhythm, and staying behind the ball in order to maximize his efforts with the bat.

"It's more of trying to make sure you're getting underneath the ball a little bit more," manager Mickey Callaway recently said of Cecchini's swing. "He's a good ballplayer. Obviously showing a little bit more power this spring training than probably we've seen in the past."

Cecchini hit .267 with a .329 OBP in 110 games with Triple-A Las Vegas last season. However, he hit just .208 during sporadic play for the Mets toward the end of the season.

I appreciate that he's also trying to learn different positions. However, it's become quite clear that Cecchini is only a second baseman. He can field shortstop and third base, but his home should always be on the right side of the infield because of his arm strength.


Video: Gavin Cecchini hits his first Major League home run


"Cecchini is never going to be the kind of player who wows with flashy tools," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote this past winter. "He's more the type that you grow to appreciate after multiple viewings."

I see him the same way, and apparently so do the Mets. Other organizations say the Mets speak of Cecchini as being capable of handing second base for them on a regular basis, so I do think it's possible he could be rewarded the job some day.

The thing is, with Jose Reyes, Guillorme and Cabrera in the mix, I can't see how it shakes out in his favor this season because he doesn't do any one thing great. He's really good across the board, but will probably always lose out to someone for something. He's 24 years old, though, so there's time to let things play out...

It's also worth noting that former Mets 2B Neil Walker, who is a career .272 hitter, remains available on the lingering free-agent market.

Walker, 32, hit .275 with a .344 OBP and 3.4 WAR in 186 games with the Mets in 2016 and 2017 before being traded to the Brewers last summer. 

According to NBCSports.com's D.J. Short, in 2017, Walker had a better wRC+ than Ian Happ, Robinson Cano, Cesar Hernandez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro, Whit Merrifield, Josh Harrison, Dustin Pedroia, Javier Baez, DJ LeMahieu, and Brandon Drury.

Nevertheless, despite multiple teams reportedly having interest in him, including the Mets, Walker has so far only been offered a minor-league deal from the Royals.


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He also hosts the MetsBlog Podcast, which you can subscribe to here. His new book, The New York Mets Fans' Bucket List, details 44 things every Mets fan should experience during their lifetime. To check it out, click here!

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

The Mets (31-43) look to avoid a sweep to the visiting Dodgers (40-35) on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have lost 11 of their last 12 home games and are 13-22 at home this year. ... The Mets are 6-21 in their last 27 games. ... The Mets have scored four or fewer runs in 14 consecutive home games dating to May 20. ... The Mets have lost 10 straight games to the Dodgers dating to May 28, 2016. 

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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 is headed to the disabled list after injuring his calf during conditioning earlier this week, manager Mickey Callaway said after Saturday's game.

Vargas was slated to start the series finale against the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets will promote RHP Chris Flexen from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Vargas' place but there is not yet any indication he will start on Sunday, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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Mets discuss 8-3 loss to Dodgers 00:02:02
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss their 8-3 loss to the Dodgers as they squander another quality start by ace Jacob deGrom.

The Mets failed to take advantage of opportunities on offense and Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in relief in an 8-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom turned in a quality start, but allowed three runs for the first time since April 16. He allowed a first-inning home run to Max Muncy and then gave up a two-run double to Chris Taylor in the fourth. He struck out six batters while throwing 112 pitches in six innings of work.

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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets starter Jacob deGrom allowed three runs on five hits in six innings against the Dodgers on Saturday night at Citi Field.

DeGrom failed to complete seven innings for the first tme since May 13 and his three earned runs were the most he allowed in a start since April 16.

He allowed his first run in the first inning when Max Muncy homered to right field, giving the Dodgers an early 1-0 advantage.

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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have signed three more draft picks, all pitchers, the team announced on Saturday.

Fourth-round pick RHP Adam Hill, fifth-round pick RHP Ryley Gilliam, and 14th-round pick LHP Andrew Mitchell were signed.

The team has now signed 14 of their top 17 picks in the draft. There are still 17 players left to sign.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles walks off the mound after giving up a bases-loaded walk to Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado. (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles walks off the mound after giving up a bases-loaded walk to Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado. (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Angels claimed RHP Hansel Robles on Saturday, just one day after he was designated for assignment by the Mets.

Robles was optioned by the Angels to Triple-A Salt Lake.

In his final appearance with the Mets, Robles allowed two runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings in the Mets' 10-8 loss to the Rockies on June 19.

"We've seen him pitch well. We've seen him pitch less-well," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said about Robles.

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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 (31-42) look to bounce back from Friday night's loss to the visiting Dodgers (39-35) on Saturday night at Citi Field at 7:15 p.m.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have lost 11 of their last 12 home games and are 13-22 at home this year. ... The Mets are 6-21 in their last 27 games. ... The Mets have scored four or fewer runs in 14 consecutive home games dating to May 20. ... The Mets have lost 10 straight games to the Dodgers dating to May 28, 2016. 

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Chatting with Jacob deGrom 00:06:14
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling talk to Jacob deGrom about his pitching process, and the team's struggles this season.

Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling talk to Jacob deGrom about his pitching process, and the Mets' struggles this season.

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run 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 center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

In this week's State of the Mets for June 22, 2018, Matthew Cerrone talks about what to do at the trade deadline, Mickey Callaway's June and the awesomeness of deGrom and Nimmo.

Listen below.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

First of many? 

Mets first-round pick Jerred Kelenic had a successful day at the plate in his first taste of professional baseball, going 3-4 with a triple, RBI and two runs for the Gulf Coast Mets. 

The 18-year-old Kelenic, who attended Waukesha West High School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is a left-handed hitter and thrower. Kelenic was ranked as the sixth-best Draft prospect by ESPN's Keith Law, eighth-best by Fangraphs, 10th-best by MLB.com, and 12th-best by Baseball America.

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The Amazin' Life: Freaky Friday! 00:02:36
On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling literally switch bodies before a game!

On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling literally switch bodies before a game!

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Jose Bautista (11) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jose Bautista (11) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Bautista's calling card in the past has been his powerful bat. And though he has had a decent start to his Mets campaign thus far, he hadn't hit a home run entering tonight's game against the Dodgers. 

Well, that changed in the bottom of the sixth as he launched a two-run shot to left-center field to put the Mets' on the board. 

Now that he got the first one out of the way, Bautista is hoping he sees more balls fly over the fence soon. 

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Mets fall to Dodgers, 5-2 00:01:15
Zack Wheeler and the Mets offense came up short again, dropping the opening game of their homestand to the Dodgers, 5-2.

Cody Bellinger's grand slam off Zack Wheeler proved decisive as the Mets lost to the Dodgers, 5-2. Jose Bautista hit his first home run as a Met.

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Gary, Keith and Ron on urgency 00:01:36
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling say that the Mets need to change things between now and the All-Star break to save the season.

Zack Wheeler made just one mistake, but it cost him as the Mets couldn't rebuttle Cody Bellinger's grand slam in the sixth in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers 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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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was cruising during his start on Friday night against the Dodgers. That is until the sixth inning came, and one pitch ruined everything. 

Wheeler began his night setting down six straight Dodgers, which included striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, Michael Conforto helped out Wheeler by making a terrific diving grab in center field on a liner off the bat of Joc Pederson

After putting runners on the first and second to lead off the fourth, Wheeler worked out of another jam. But that wasn't the case when the sixth rolled around. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the game still scoreless, the Dodgers had a runner on second with two outs when Joc Pederson squared up a pitch from Zack Wheeler

The ball was drilled to center and looked to be destined for an extra-base hit. However, centerfielder Michael Conforto tracked it down, and laid out to save the run. 

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run 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 center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (31-41) kick off a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the visiting Dodgers (38-35) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets have scored eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time since May 3-6, 2017. ... They have lost back-to-back games while scoring eight or more runs for the second time in team history (only other time was April 7-8, 2004 at Atlanta. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs over their last 12 games and 29 in their last 25 games. 

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Sandy on state of the Mets 00:01:39
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gives an honest assessment of the team's record, and the chances they trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets are 31-41, having gone 6-20 in their last 26 games, and 14-32 since May 1. They are 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East, and 8.5 games behind the Nationals for the second Wild Card in the NL.

But Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn't ready to say whether the team will be buyers or sellers in advance of the trade deadline. 

"I would put us in the middle," Alderson said on Friday, while realistic about what needs to happen to avoid the team being sellers.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 4, 2017; Wright (5) watches from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field. 

Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June 10.

Wright, who missed the 2017 season and has been limited to 75 games since 2015 due to various back, neck and shoulder injuries, had been swinging off a tee, playing catch, and fielding grounders. 

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Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Jay Bruce, who was placed on the 10-day DL earlier this week while dealing with a butt/back issue and plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said Friday that he has also been dealing with a hip issue since March -- and that it has probably negatively affected his play.

Bruce said there is no timetable for his return. 

"The injury has not been apparent for that long," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said. "It really hasn't been about playing him through injury."

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) will continue to play catch Friday before hopefully advancing to the next step in his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

The next step for Syndergaard would likely be a bullpen session, followed by a rehab start. 

Syndergaard resumed his throwing program on Monday and increased his throwing distance on Tuesday...

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (quad), who was expected to potentially ramp up his activity earlier this week, may do so this coming Monday or Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

But the Mets said there would be no running or baseball activities for Cespedes until he's symptom-free.

"I'm hopeful that it's gonna be relatively soon," Alderson said. "Once you recognize that there's a lingering issue -- possibly chronic -- you have to deal with it."

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Hansel Robles DFA'd by Mets 00:01:03
The Mets announced on Friday that they have DFA'd struggling reliever Hansel Robles, potentially ending a tumultuous career with the team.

The Mets have designated reliever Hansel Robles for assignment, potentially marking an end to his rocky Mets career.

Needing to clear 40-man roster spots for Drew Smith and Kevin Kaczmarski, who arrived from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets chose to transfer AJ Ramos to the 60-day DL and DFA Robles. The choice to DFA Robles was interesting, since the Mets could've simply transferred Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL instead.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterA good, surprising move by the Mets. Hansel Robles wasn't contributing and he was doing more harm than good. The Mets just couldn't dealing with that. And the fans couldn't keep watching it...

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Turner says Mets kicked him out 00:01:22
Sal Licata and Jon Hein discuss the claim made by Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner that he was "kicked out" by the Mets back in 2013.

Justin Turner, in town with the Dodgers to play the Mets, used the words "kicked out" to describe the end of his Mets career, and said he was left with a chip on his shoulder.

Turner, who landed with the Dodgers after the 2013 season and immediately became one of the best players in baseball, said during an appearance on WFAN with Carlin, Maggie, and Bart on Friday that "it's hard to say" whether he would have blossomed in the same way if he stayed with the Mets, adding later that he "would like to think so."

"I know what I did in 2013, start talking to Marlon Byrd about the different hitting philosophy," Turner said. "We were hitting four to five days a week for the entire offseason. ... I was looking forward to coming back and bringing my new swing into spring training. Unfortunately, I never got that opportunity. I was left looking for a job."

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 (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
(Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Drew Smith looked terrific early in spring training right through his 21 appearances with Triple-A Las Vegas. Now, he will be promoted and join the Mets before Friday's game.

Smith, who was acquired last summer from the Rays for Lucas Duda, is known for throwing a quick and slippery fastball. At first glance, I was concerned with how far down he dips his throwing shoulder, seemingly scraping the ball against his calf muscle, but it works for him and appears to be all part of his ability to look like he's throwing a lot harder than he is.

In 30 innings this season, Smith, 24, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He had a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP last season in Double-A.

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The Mets will be pitched by teams looking to acquire Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. However, despite all the buzz, I expect both pitchers will continue being Mets at least through the next two seasons.

Frankly, the only way I see either of these two pitchers being traded is if a new GM and front office takes the wheel. Otherwise, it's ride or die with deGrom and Syndergaard for Sandy Alderson. 

Similarly, while there will be interest in (and it's worth listening to offers for) Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, my hunch is Alderson would prefer to keep them as well -- especially given the delicate state of his rotation.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino chat about the discussion around trading Jacob deGrom, whether or not Yoenis Cespedes can still be an impact player, and what the future holds for Sandy Alderson. They also talk music!

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!

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Despite not being on the All-Star ballot, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo said he would be open to the idea of competing in the Home Run Derby.

"I'm intrigued by it for sure," Nimmo said, according to Newsday's Tim Healey. "It would be a really cool experience. There will be other factors, how I'm feeling at that point. So much can happen in a month. I think it's going to go more into how I'm feeling, but heck, it's an honor to even be asked that question."

A year ago, Nimmo hit just five home runs in 69 games; he has more than doubled that in six fewer games in 2018.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets will call up Triple-A Las Vegas RH reliever Drew Smith and OF Kevin Kaczmarski prior to Friday's game, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

They optioned RHP Chris Flexen and RHP Paul Sewald to Triple-A Las Vegas after Thursday's game. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | I noted earlier that the Mets could go one of two ways here. They could call up two relievers or call up one reliever and one position player, which would restore the five-man bench. The latter is the route that made sense, and the way they went. I wrote on Wednesday about how it's time to give the 24-year-old Smith a chance. He isn't on the 40-man roster, but the Mets can clear a spot by shifting either AJ Ramos or Jamie Callahan to the 60-day DL. Smith has pitched incredibly well and has lots of upside. It's time to see what he can do.  

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Asked after the Mets' third straight loss on Thursday if he was worried about the team's 31-41 record, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he wasn't.

"You don't worry about the record," Callaway said. "You just worry about how you do your thing every day and how you are playing the game and we'll start syncing everything up."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | I understand what Callaway was trying to say -- that if the Mets keep following their process, things will fall in to place and the record will take care of itself. But when you're asked point blank if you're worried about the record of your team that's in a free-fall, it makes sense to say 'yes.'

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Frazier doesn't want a re-build 00:01:06
After another tough loss, Todd Frazier makes the case for the Mets to stay together and not trade away starting pitchers for prospects.

Veteran 3B Todd Frazier joined the Mets with the vision of winning. He wasn't looking for a rebuild. 

It was reported by SNY's Andy Martino that the Mets are having "internal discussions" about whether they want to hear offers on their stud flamethrowers in Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.  

If one or both of these arms end up moving by the trade deadline, Frazier wouldn't be happy.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose series to Rockies 00:01:06
Steven Matz struggled early and the Mets' offense couldn't do enough in their third straight loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Steven Matz struggled early, and the Mets offense couldn't do enough in their third straight loss to the Colorado Rockies.

 

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Gary and Keith on bullpen blues 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez look for positives in the Mets' starting rotation but find major problems in the bullpen.

Steven Matz allowed five runs in the first two innings and the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-4, to the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

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

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

 

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Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets LHP Steven Matz had a rough start in Colorado on Thursday afternoon, but he settled in before his day ended. 

Four straight Rockies reached base to lead off the bottom of the first, with Nolan Arenado sending one over the fence for a three-run homer. After Trevor Story's double, a mound visit was used to calm Matz down. It worked as a double play following a strikeout got him out of the inning. 

The second inning wasn't any better for Matz, though, as the Rockies' struck for two more runs. It was Arenado picking up his fourth and fifth RBI on the day as he smacked a double to right to make it 5-1. 

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The Mets (31-40) wrap up their four-game series against the Rockies (36-38) on Thursday afternoon in Colorado at 3:10 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have scored eight or more runs in three straight games for the first time since May 3-6, 2017. ... They have lost back-to-back games while scoring eight or more runs for the second time in team history (only other time was April 7-8, 2004 at Atlanta. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs over their last 12 games and 29 in their last 25 games. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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What will Mets do with deGrom? 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino reveal what the Mets are thinking regarding their future with Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Steven Matz, on the hill Thursday afternoon against the Rockies, entered the 2018 season coming off an injury-shortened 2017 campaign in which he put up a brutal 6.08 ERA. Amid doubts of his ability to pitch in a major league rotation as well as health scares, he has surprised with a 3.31 ERA in his 13 starts -- the same number he made before being shut down last season.

But questions remain about his peripherals as well as his durability as the Mets consider what their pitching staff will look like in the second half and beyond.

The results for Matz could not be more different than they were last year. He has allowed just 24 earned runs over 65.1 innings, after allowing 45 over the same timeframe in 2017. Batters have hit just .221 against him, and his 52.5 percent ground ball rate is the best of his career...

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Rockies outlast Mets 00:00:59
The Rockies mounted a pair of comebacks in a see-saw battle to defeat the Mets, 10-8, at Coors Field on Wednesday night.

The Rockies mounted a pair of comebacks in a see-saw battle to defeat the Mets, 10-8, at Coors Field on Wednesday night. 

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Rockies top Mets, 10-8 00:01:46
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the effect of playing high-scoring games at Coors Field on a nightly basis.

The Mets failed to hold a pair of multi-run leads in dropping their second straight to the Rockies, 10-8, on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

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

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

1) After the Mets rallied to take an 8-6 lead into the bottom of the fifth, a usually rock-solid Robert Gsellman retired the first two batters before falling apart. He issued a walk to Ian Desmond, a single to Tom Murphy and a pinch-hit three-run homer to Ryan McMahon. Charlie Blackmon added a solo blast in the sixth for the final margin of victory.

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Callaway, Lugo on Mets' loss 00:00:54
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitcher Seth Lugo comment on Lugo's struggles in the Mets' rollercoaster 10-8 loss to the Rockies.

Mets RHP Seth Lugo wasn't sharp again in his second straight start, but his defense wasn't much help either. Lugo's final line says six runs allowed, however, only three struck his ERA in the end.

It was in the top of the second that things started to unravel for Lugo. After allowing a solo shot to Nolan Arenado in the top of the first, Lugo's second inning started with a throwing error from Todd Frazier to allow Trevor Story to move to second. Gerardo Parra roped a single to drive Story home in the next at-bat. 

Then, after walking Ian Desmond and striking out Tom MurphyDevin Mesoraco had a passed ball that allowed Parra and Desmond to move into scoring position. The Rockies would drive in both runs to tie the game at four apiece. 

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco (29). Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Check back here for in-game highlights from Mets vs. Rockies on Wednesday night at Coors Field.


The Mets were already up 1-0 when catcher Devin Mesoraco came to the plate with bases loaded. And though Rockies starter Chad Bettis had him down 0-2 with two outs, he turned on a fastball and roped it down the left-field line for a two-RBI double.

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo rounds the bases after hitting a home ru5 off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo rounds the bases after hitting a home ru5 off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Harrison Musgrave during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Monday, June 18, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) (Jack Dempsey/AP)

The Mets (31-39) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (35-38) on Wednesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets had their three-game win streak snapped last night. ...The Mets ahve 15 homers in their last 11 games and 29 homers over their last 24 games. ...The Mets had a hit in 14 straight innings dating back to the eighth inning on Sunday until the third inning on Tuesday night. It was the longest streak since 2014.

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Feb 19, 2018; Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY
Feb 19, 2018; Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets' Triple-A to the majors bullpen revolving door moved again on Wednesday, with the team sending Hansel Robles to Las Vegas and recalling Chris Flexen.

Maybe Robles turns things around at some point and maybe Flexen becomes more than a mop-up guy, but at this point, it makes sense for the Mets to try someone different.

24-year-old Drew Smith, who was acquired from the Rays last season for Lucas Duda, has a 3.00 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 28 strikeouts in 30.0 innings (21 appearances) this season for Las Vegas in the hitters haven that is the Pacific Coast League. He also excelled last season for Double-A Binghamton, with a 1.80 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have signed recent fifth-round (140th overall) draft pick Ryley Gilliam, a right-handed reliever who could rocket through the system and get to New York "very quickly," according to MLB.com's Jim Callis

The 21-year-old Gilliam, who features a high-octane fastball and hammer curve, signed for $550,000 -- over the slot value of $379,400. 

Gilliam, who was ranked as MLB.com's 127th-best Draft prospect, had a 1.41 ERA while striking out 54 batters in 38.1 innings (27 appearances) for Clemson this season. 

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Familia gone before deadline? 00:04:31
Should the Mets consider trading Jeurys Familia before the trade deadline, and how would this benefit the team?

The Nationals acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week for three prospects, though only one of them -- Blake Perkins at No. 8 -- was on ESPN's Nationals Top 10 Prospects list.

So, how does this impact the Mets and the potential that they could trade Jeurys Familia? Does it impact them at all?

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | If this deal impacts Familia's value, that's bad news for the Mets. But realistically, the team can't hope to get a top prospect for a closer with shoulder issues, who has not been consistently healthy or effective for nearly two years.

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

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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, with a promotion to Double-A Binghamton possible before the end of the season. 

The 19-year-old shortstop is hitting .279/.352/.434 with four HR, 16 doubles, three triples, and a league-leading 23 stolen bases in 62 games this season.

What makes Gimenez's line even more impressive is that he's putting up those numbers while playing in a league where he's roughly three years younger than the average player.

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Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch to Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch to Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Mets coaches and players alike are making it clear that they believe Jacob deGrom is an irreplaceable asset on the mound and should not be traded. Pitching coach Dave Eiland, who is in his first season with deGrom and the Mets, called the deGrom trade talk "asinine" and asked who would replace all of the innings deGrom's innings this season, next season, and in 2020.

"These guys don't just fall off trees, it's total nonsense,'' he said, per Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "Say you got five prospects, who is to say those prospects are going to work out?'' Manager Mickey Callaway agreed, calling him "irreplaceable." 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | I feel ya, Dave. Been saying the same thing myself. But here's the difference between me and you: your bosses are actively discussing doing the thing that you called "asinine." They might have preferred a softer word...

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