May has come and gone, and now, two months into the season, let's check to see which Mets prospects have moved forward and backward. While there are changes, it's still only two months of baseball. The numbers reflect my preseason rankings for each player. (All stats as of June 3)

1. RHP Noah SyndergaardStock: Unchanged.

Pitching in one of the worst environments for a hurler in baseball, Thor's been just fine (4.02 ERA, 8.2 percent BB, 24.7 percent K), and actually above average in the PCL where the average ERA is 4.55 and the strikeout rate is 19.7 percent, to go with an unintentional walk rate of 8.4 percent. He's worked on using his pitches better and improving his changeup and pitch sequencing in Vegas. The stuff is there. He avoided serious trouble with his elbow, and is now scheduled to return to the Las Vegas rotation Thursday. As long as he's healthy, he'll be a Met by August.

2. Travis d’ArnaudStock: Unchanged and graduated

D'Arnaud entered the 2014 season trying to prove he could be an everyday MLB starter. He still is. The approach is there - he has a 11.9 percent walk and a 17.9 percent strikeout rate - but he has had bad luck on balls in play (a .211 BABIP) and has not hit for any power (a .103 isolated slugging percentage). Thanks to a concussion which limited him to 12 games in May, and catcher usage, he's played in only 35 of the Mets' 58 games. Fan impatience with d'Arnaud is understandable and short-sighted. I still believe d'Arnaud will be an average or better MLB catcher in short order.

3. RHP Rafael MonteroStock: unchanged and will graduate this year

Before the season, I wrote: "Montero looks poised to contribute in 2014 as a mid- to backend rotation piece." The Mets gave him that chance for a little over two weeks in May. Five home runs in 20 innings and a 12 percent walk rate later, the 23-year-old is back in Triple-A in favor of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He'll get the chance again. The Triple-A numbers presaged Montero's big league struggles. His walk rate jumped from 7 percentin  the PCL last year to over 10 percent this year. In the big leagues, Montero threw his two-seamer, inconsistent slider and changeup for a strike just 15 percent of the time. That's not going to cut it.

4. OF Cesar PuelloStock: Confused.

When he has played, Puello was a hacktastic mess early, but improved measurably in May. However, Puello has started only 39 of the 51s first 58 games. He's lost playing time to Brandon Allen, Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Seratelli.

In April, he fanned 20 times (23.5 percent) and walked just twice (2.4 percent) in 23 games. In May he improved to five strikeouts (6.3 percent) and seven walks (8.9 percent) in his 20 games. His isolated power rose from a meager .049 in April to .145 in May, a month in which he hit .291/.426/.436 overall. The Mets asked him to improve his plate discipline. Despite admitting that it was hard moving in and out of the lineup early, Puello has. It's not just that he deserves to play everyday on his own merits. He's the only real offensive help in the outfield for the Mets above Single-A. There's still a world in which Puello is starting everyday for the Mets in August (Hi Chris Young's .202/.293/.349 line) but he needs to play in Triple-A now.

5. INF Wilmer FloresStock: Up. It's a graduation year.

The Mets are still trying to figure out what to do with him (hint: play him at 1B or 2B against LHP and SS against some RHP), but he's a big leaguer now.

6. CF Brandon NimmoStock: Up.

May was a "slow" month for Nimmo and the 20-year-old still hit .278/.402/.423 with 20 walks against 25 strikeouts in 27 games. He's sitting at .325/.449/.460 for the year and starting to show more power than he did in Savannah (his iso is up from .086 to .135). Crucially, he's cut his strikeout rate from 27 percentlast year to 19 percent this year, while increasing his walk rate. He's already a disciplined on-base machine, and I think there's more power in there. He's dealt with a sprained ankle and pink eye in the last week, but he should spend this summers' warm months with the Double-A Binghamton Mets. Nimmo is starting to convert skeptics, including Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus.

7. LHP Steven MatzStock: Similar

I touched on Matz in my Single-A pitching review. He's fourth in the Florida State League in ERA (1.73) and eighth in strikeout rate (23.9 percent). He'll be in Double-A as soon as the first half ends in the Florida State League and he gets to enjoy a short break for the FSL All-Star game.

8. 1B Dominic SmithStock: Holding

He's 18 and playing in a full-season league in Savannah, a park that's brutal on left-handed power and hitting .259/.337/.295 in 54 games overall.

He was better in May (.320/.398/.360 - 4 2B, 13 BB - 27 G) than in April (.212/.261/.247 - 3 2B, 6 BB - 25 G) and has shown an ability to stroke line drives to left field and draw a walk. His 9.3 percent walk rate and 15 percent strikeout rates are impressive for a hitter so young. He's showing pop in batting practice, but he's still looking for his first home run and has just a 3.3 percentextra-base hit rate. Scouts are starting to wonder about his power ceiling. Again, he's 18 and playing against guys 3-6 years his elder, but until he starts putting the ball over the wall, as a first baseman, it's going to be an important conversation.

9. SS Amed Rosario Stock: Unchanged.

Rosario was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his first game with the Gnats. He was transferred to the Brooklyn roster there after. His hand path looks a little better in batting practice, but the 18-year-old needs to play more than one game for his stock to move. The Mets have a choice coming up about what to do with Rosario in a few weeks. There will be at bats available in the Gnats' infield in the second half after guys like LJ Mazzilli (age 23) and Jeff McNeil  (age 22) are promoted. Shifting Rosario and Cecchini through short, second and third would guarantee plenty of AB for both. Or the Mets could just send Rosario to Brooklyn for the summer.

10. 2B Dilson HerreraStock: Up, a little

The 20-year-old popped 10 extra-bas hits in May (.322/.352/.438) to take his season line to .307/.352/.411 in 57 games. He's listed at 5'10", but he can hit - he's second in the FSL in hits and total bases (and first in AB and games played). There's a little bit of power and run (he's 13-for-16 stealing bases). There's also a lot of batting average in Herrera's line. Neither his isolated slugging (.104), nor his walk rate (5.7 percent) are very impressive on their own.

The Mets could certainly leave Herrera at St. Lucie for most of the year although with another month like May, that would be harder. If he were to be promoted today, he would be the youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League, and the third-youngest player in all of Double-A baseball. As it happens, the B-Mets need an infielder or two, and now with Wildredo Tovar out with a thumb sprain and Matt Reynolds dealing with back problems. If one of them comes back soon, the Mets could move 2B T.J. Rivera up as the 25-year-old has beat up on the FSL at a .358/.395/.490 rate. If both Tovar and Reynolds are out for an extended period, Herrera really should join the B-Mets. He's not going anywhere for two more weeks - until St. Lucie either clinches a first half or is eliminated (they're half a game out with 13 to play). Also, for what it's worth, Mazzilli, who began the year in Savannah looks ready for a new challenge in the FSL.

11. Kevin PlaweckiStock: Inching upward

After a slow April (.250/.300/.304), Plawecki was a monster in the month of May (.359/.378/.602 - 26 games). After going homerless with three doubles in April, he blasted five over the wall and added 10 doubles in May. A 15-extra-base hit month plays, especially at catcher. The man hits lots of line drives hard to the gaps. The one caveat in Plawecki's offensive record: his walk rate remains just 4.1 percent. It's difficult -- although not impossible -- to be a good MLB hitter and walk that infrequently. Most of the guys in MLB lineups who stay there with walk rates that low are shortstops, center fielders and/or plus defenders. He has a more aggressive approach that most fans realize, and is eager to attack early count fastballs, with the swing, skills and strength to do damage when he connects. Still, MLB, or even Triple-A pitchers, would likely exploit this aggressive approach. He's going to stay in Binghamton for a while, until he walks a little more.

12. SS Gavin CecchiniStock: Up.

There's a big leaguer in here. At age 20 in the SAL, he's showing more power and patience than he ever has before. His 9.8 percent walk rate and his .138 ISO would both be career highs and he's doing it with just a 15 percent strikeout rate. He still has room to fill out and grow stronger. He's added a leg kick to his swing in the last few years, but as long as he gets his foot down on time, it works for him. Perhaps, as he adds strength, he should be able to simplify his swing setup a little bit. Scouts have expressed concern over his range at shortstop since he's no more than an average runner. His eventual role is far from clear, but he's made solid progress.

13. RHP Gabriel YnoaStock: Ticking upward

Ynoa has been absolutely lights out in his last four starts: 25 IP, 1.08 ERA, 22 K/2 BB, and an opponents batting line of .250/.265/.292 in 100 PA. Ynoa has an average-ish fastball (92-94), a slider and a changeup and he can throw all three for strikes out of a nice, easy delivery. He has a pretty advanced feel for pitching and demonstrated an impressive feel for setting up hitters and locating his stuff in the zone. There's a rotation piece in here with this kind of progress.

14. RHP Michael FulmerStock: Holding

Much better in May (2.57 ERA) than in April (8.00) ERA. Discussed him in the pitching review. The next few months of his development at age 21 will be interesting and important.

15. RHP Vic BlackStock: Graduated. He's a big leaguer.

Walks are apparently always going to hold down Black's value. It's going to look bad sometimes with all of the baserunners, but 98 mph is a pretty great weapon and equalizer.

16. RHP Jacob deGromStock: The talk of NY.

There are signs of regression coming: his left on base percentage is hilariously high (93.8 percent) and his BABIP is extremely low (.203) League average LOB is 73 percentand BABIP .294. Still, enjoy it. He's a big league arm.

17. RHP Domingo TapiaStock: Slipping

He's walked more batters (22) than he's struck out (20). There's no MLB starter in here, but quite possibly a hard-throwing reliever.

18. RHP Jeff WaltersStock: Bypassed for an MLB promotion by Buddy Carlyle, Dana Eveland and various performers from Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas. He owns a 8.85 ERA in 20 1/3 innings in Triple-A, and has allowed 37 hits for Wally Backman to go along with a pedestrian 13/8 K/BB rate.

19. RHP Cory MazzoniStock: Slipping

He's been hurt again. It's hard to move up on the DL.

20. LHP Jack LeathersichStock: Slipping

The lefty is repeating Double-A with almost identical numbers to 2013 and again is walking 12.9 percent of opposing hitters, with a strikeout rate few ticks lower.

21. RHP Luis MateoStock: Same.

He's been out recovering from Tommy John. A potential MLB reliever when he returns, but its hard to move up a list on the DL.

22. CF Champ StuartStock: Same.

He still has the tools -- notably plus speed -- to play a strong center field that earned him this rank. He's raw, but improved over 2013, as the Mets have worked with him on becoming more aggressive at the plate. He's high on my list of guys to watch in the next few months.

23. OF Ivan WilsonStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

24. RHP Luis CessaStock: Slipping

Striking out just 10 percent of opposing hitters in the FSL. That's not enough.

25. RHP Robert GsellmanStock: Moving up

There's a big leaguer in here. He lost most of May to a minor hamstring strain. He had no feel for his curveball in his last start, but it looked much improved earlier in the year. For the season, he’s sitting on a 2.27 ERA with a 19.9 percent strikeout rate and a 5.4 percent walk rate overall. He throws 92-94 and has a big sturdy body. If the curve progresses he's an MLB starter, otherwise he's a potential middle reliever, and for a guy in Single-A who won't turn 21 until July, that's not a bad projection at all.

26. RHP Chris FlexenStock: Holding

Flexen was bad in April (7.11 ERA, 12 K/11 BB - 19 innings) and not much better in May (5.73 ERA, 11 K/14 BB - 22 IP), but turned in a gem in his first outing of June. The first two months, he worked behind in the count, and couldn't command any of his pitches. Against Asheville on Monday, he struck out a season high 10, walked one and allowed one run on three hits in seven innings. He showed a big league fastball and curve and the makings of a useful changeup. Flexen won't turn 20 until July 1 and Monday's outing was a monster step in the right direction.

27. RHP Casey MeisnerStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

28. RHP Andrew ChurchStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

29. C Juan CentenoStock: Same/on the road to graduation

Fulfilling his destiny as a no-power, decent backup catcher.

30. SS Wilfredo TovarStock: Same/inching up

Tovar is the same gifted defensive SS with no power he's always been. This year, he lowered his strikeout rate to a the absurdly low 5.4 percent. I still don't think there's enough bat to play everyday in the big leagues and he'll be on the DL for a while with a sprained thumb.

31. 2B LJ MazzilliStock: Up

A big month of May (.333/.433/.525, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR) has put him, at age 23, on the path to a promotion to St. Lucie. His walk rate is up, and so is his power over his NYP numbers. Now, he'll have to show he can do it against more age-appropriate competition.

32. OF Jared KingStock: In a walking boot

The 22-year-old King has been out since May 11 with a broken fibula. He's displayed a great plate eye (10.6 percent K and 17.4 percent BB). On the other hand, he'll need to hit for more power to profile as a corner outfielder with no better than average defense.

33. RHP Erik GoeddelStock: Barely holding a 40-man roster spot.

In 23 1/3 innings in Triple-A, he's fanned 24 and walked 18.

34. CF Matt den DekkerStock: On his way to graduating. Up-ish

He's going to hit much big league pitching, but he can really play centerfield enough to stick around as a fifth outfielder.

35. OF Cory VaughnStock: Enron?

Vaughn turned 25 on May 1, and has hit .176 in both April and May while repeating Double-A. He's sitting at .176/.264/.259 in 49 games this year.

36. RHP Logan VerrettStock: Holding

He's made 12 starts for Las Vegas and survived: 4.97 ERA, 67 innings, 92 hits, 11 BB, 46 K. If the Mets need an arm in an emergency, well, he has one.

37. RHP Akeel MorrisStock: Up some.

The top line numbers look really good: 0.31 ERA, 28.2 IP, 11 H, 12 BB, 45 K for a 41.3 percentstrikeout rate. But we've been here before with other SAL relievers with fastballs a tick above average and below average command and some kind of breaking ball (see also: Jack Leathersich and Bret Mitchell). Morris' 7.5 percentwalk rate in May was a big step in the right direction. Still, he must continue to improve his command to profile as a big league bullpen piece.

38. RHP Ricardo JacquezStock: Down

Jacquez gets penalized because he's still in extended spring training. I saw the stuff from him in Kingsport at 92-94 mph with a slider at 87 to get guys out in the SAL. The fact that he's not in SAL and has squandered half of a full-season is bad for his value.

39. RHP Bret MitchellStock: Down

The 25-year-old walked nine batters in 11 innings in the FSL and has been on the DL since April 27 with a right hip strain. For a guy who had hip labrum surgery, that's concerning.

40. 3B Pedro PerezStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

41. SS Luis GuillormeStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

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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)

Robert Gsellman has been one of the Mets' most valuable weapons in the bullpen this season, and manager Mickey Callaway believes a lot of that has to do with Gsellman's attitude and desire to learn.

"When I told him and we relayed the message to him that he was gonna be going to the pen, he embraced it from day one," Callaway told SNY's Steve Gelbs prior to Monday night's win over the Marlins at Citi Field. "And you have to do that to have success. And I think that's why he's having success." 

The 24-year-old Gsellman -- like Seth Lugo -- is adjusting to his full-time bullpen role on the fly. And while he is excelling -- with a 2.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP to go along with 28 strikeouts in 29.1 innings (21 appearances), Gsellman is still learning...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Andy Martino 00:01:53
Andy Martino joins GEICO SportsNite to discuss Jason Vargas' start and what to expect from him and the rest of the Mets moving forward.

Mets LHP Jason Vargas struck out seven batters in five scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the year in Monday's 2-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Vargas (1-3) lowered his season ERA by nearly four runs. He entered the game 0-3 with a 13.86 ERA and a 2.68 WHIP, having allowed 19 runs, 26 hits and seven walks in 12 1/3 innings. He hadn't pitched since May 8, the Mets skipping his last turn in the rotation.

But Monday, he threw five complete innings for the first time this year, lowering his ERA down to 9.87.

"The biggest difference wasn't giving up multiple runs each inning," Vargas said, "just making quality pitches and getting some swings and misses ... It was a good night, definitely had a good rhythm going, had good control with the hitters."

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New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco runs towards home plate after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco runs towards home plate after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mesoraco suffered the injury midway through the game on a backswing, however he stayed in the game. He said he felt no pain.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/21 00:01:42
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the strong pitching of Jason Vargas and AJ Ramos in the Mets' 2-0 win over the Marlins.

Jason Vargas turned in his best outing of the season, tossing five two-hit innings as the Mets extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-0 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Vargas (1-3) came into the game having allowed 34 baserunners in 12 1/3 innings over his first three starts. The 35-year-old retired the first nine batters and allowed two hits, walked one and struck out seven to lower his ERA from 13.86 to 9.87. He was pinch-hit for in the bottom of the fifth after tossing 86 pitches -- 51 for strikes.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jason Vargas
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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 Marlins.

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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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets are showing interest in INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post. Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

The 37-year-old Bautista hit .230/.308/.366 with 23 HR in 157 games last season for the Blue Jays after hitting .234/.366/.452 with 22 HR in 116 games for them in 2016. The Mets are down to three healthy outfielders on the 40-man roster. They are also currently without 3B Todd Frazier, who is progressing as he works his way back from a hamstring injury.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): Bautista is two seasons removed from any sort of production at the plate, he strikes out a ton, and is probably standing with one foot on field and the other already in retirement. That said, for a team like the Mets, who are so short on outfielders that they're turning to Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and Dominic Smith for help, Bautista might be worth a temporary flyer...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (23-19) open a three-game series against the Marlins (17-29) on Monday night at Citi Field at 7:10. 

Mets notes...

The Mets are 5-2 in their last seven games, including 4-1 on their current homestand. ... The Mets swept the Marlins in a three-game series in Miami earlier this season, April 9-11. ... The Mets have hit five HR over their last two games and 15 HR over their last 10. ... The Mets have 10 wins this season when the game is tied or they are trailing after six innings -- tied with the Mariners for the most in the majors. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets outrighted catcher Jose Lobaton to Triple-A Las Vegas, two days after designating him for assignment, according to MetsMerized's Jacob Resnick.

Lobaton hit .152 with no home runs and three RBIs with the Mets, being replaced on the active roster by Tomas Nido's promotion to the majors and New York's acquisition of Devin Mesoraco in the Matt Harvey trade earlier this month.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

During this weekend's sweep of the Diamondbacks, Jeurys Familia was one of the many Mets with standout performances. But there was little buzz over his two perfect innings. In fact, his entire resurgent season has largely flown under the radar.

After three straight seasons as one of the best relievers in baseball, Familia's brutal 2017 was an alarming blow to a struggling team. Between a suspension related to a domestic violence arrest and surgery for a blood clot, he threw only 24.2 innings with an ERA of 4.38 -- nearly two full runs higher than his career mark -- and had only six saves on the year.

Familia's most notable weakness has always been his walk rate, which in 2017 jumped to 5.5 batters per nine innings. Aside from a slight drop in his strikeout rate (which has never been elite in the current environment), Familia's other statistics largely held stable, suggesting a return to form wasn't out of reach. Looking back, it seems that rustiness from lost time and lingering effects of a short-term injury were to blame for his ineffectiveness, both of which have fully resolved...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Maggie Wiggin
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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) took batting practice on Monday for the first time since landing on the DL on May 8. The 32-year-old Frazier was eligible to return from the DL this Friday.

While Frazier is progressing, he will need to run before the Mets clear him for a rehab assignment, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Monday night's game. 

In Frazier's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Wilmer Flores, Luis Guillorme, and Jose Reyes at third base. 

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double 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 shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Courtesy: Oregon Live: The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 21, 2017 (Eric Evans Photography)
Courtesy: Oregon Live: The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 21, 2017 (Eric Evans Photography)

Mets LHP prospect David Peterson continued his dominance on Sunday for Low-A Columbia, firing 7.0 innings while allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking none and striking out seven.

The 22-year-old Peterson has allowed just two earned runs over his last 26.0 innings (three starts). Overall, Peterson has a 1.91 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 37.2 innings this season. 

Peterson, who the Mets selected with their first round pick (20th overall) in last June's MLB Draft, is No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list...

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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets down to three healthy outfielders on their 25-man roster -- and with zero outfielders on their 40-man roster beyond those three -- Dominic Smith (yes, Dominic Smith) made his professional outfield debut over the weekend with Triple-A Las Vegas. The slimmed-down Smith started in right field on Saturday night, and threw a runner out at second base.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway smirked prior to Sunday's game while addressing the Smith-to-the-outfield thing -- not because the idea of Smith being out there is crazy, but because it was done due to the fact that the Mets are simply running out of healthy outfielders.  At the moment, Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans are the Mets' backup outfielders. 

"The way he's been moving around, the way he's been working, he's a really good athlete," Callaway said about Smith. "With the injuries we've had, it makes some sense for him to go out in right field and get some reps. ... This only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute." In the short-term, if Smith can hack it in the outfield, it will give the Mets an option to turn to if another outfielder is lost due to injury. The long-term options are even more interesting...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Gameday: Keith tweets 00:01:24
In the latest installment of Gameday, Keith Hernandez tweets out a comment to his Twitter followers.

In the latest installment of Gameday, Keith Hernandez tweets out a comment to his followers and talks about his Twitter experience.

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

Click here to watch Episode 2, as Keith drives from his home in Sag Harbor to Citi Field.

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Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (5) scores before the tag of Tampa Yankees catcher Wes Wilson (69) in the eight inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Double-A Binghamton 2B Jeff McNeil has been tearing Eastern League pitching apart all season, and was rewarded Monday by being named Eastern League Player of the Week.

The 26-year-old McNeil hit .389 (14-for-36), with 5 HR, 13 RBI and a .833 slugging percentage this past week. He shares the league lead with 12 HR, and had a 17 game hit streak earlier this year -- the longest in the EL this season so far. 

Overall, McNeil -- who was not on MLB.com's Mets Top 30 prospects list entering the season -- is hitting .328/.403/.715 with 12 HR, 11 doubles, three triples, and 31 RBI in 35 games (137 at-bats) for Binghamton...

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) 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 manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets entered their series with the Diamondbacks having lost seven of their previous eight games. Meanwhile, the Mets are 11-7 in starts made by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and 17-3 when the team scores four or more runs in a game.

In other words, with deGrom and Syndergaard pitching two of three games, during which the Mets scored 12 runs, sweeping the D-backs this past weekend should be what is expected from a team that entered this season hoping to make the postseason.

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said after getting Sunday's win. "We'd kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets swept a series! The Mets swept a series! And there are more Mets babies to talk about!

It really has been quite the week in Mets Land. No, we're not back to our exciting start to the season, but hey, baby steps! (Yes, pun intended).

The Mets actually won four out of their five games this past week, which is pretty impressive with what we have been seeing recently. It wasn't the easiest week, though, filled with rain delays and more injuries...

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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 allowed one run on six hits in seven innings in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

While Syndergaard (4-1) labored through five innings in his last start, he was effective Sunday, only giving up singles and pitching around Wilmer Flores' fifth-inning error when Jay Bruce threw Jeff Mathis out at home.

"I just kind of took a deep breath, relaxed and focused on making quality pitches as opposed to focusing on my mechanics," Syndergaard told reporters after the game. "Today was just a lot of fun. Great win, great sweep."

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

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the season in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

The 22-year-old Rosario homered to tie the game at 1 in the sixth inning, and after Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit two-run homer in the seventh, Rosario hit his second of the game.

"For me, it's amazing," Rosario told reporters after the game. "It's my first time hitting two homers. I've been waiting for this moment and this opportunity so I'm feeling great."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/20 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the excellent pitching from Robert Gsellman after Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit homer snapped a 1-1 tie and Amed Rosario homered twice to back Noah Syndergaard as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Having been limited to one hit through five innings by Clay BuchholzRosario went deep for the first time in 200 at-bats dating back to last season to tie the game. D-backs reliever Jorge De La Rosa retired the first two batters of the seventh, but Tomas Nido singled and Cabrera followed with his third career pinch-hit homer. Rosario went deep on the next pitch to increase the Mets' lead to 4-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Noah Syndergaard
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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)

One day after Dominic Smith made his outfield debut for Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the added experience "only gives Dom another option to be able to make it back up here and contribute." 

Smith played right field for Las Vegas on Saturday night, marking the first time he 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)

Today in Post Game Extra, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez will be answering your questions about today'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 today's game. 

Leave your questions in the comments section below!

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Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters before Sunday's game that the team is weighing whether Seth Lugo is better off in the bullpen or the starting rotation.

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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (22-19) will go for the sweep against the Diamondbacks (25-20) on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

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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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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.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Watchara Phomicinda)
(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)
(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...

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(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

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier
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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.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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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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