Is Frazier a fit with the Mets? 00:01:37
Baseball Night in New York breaks down the possibility of the Mets making a move to acquire White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier.

Teams are still checking in with the White Sox to see if they plan to trade 1B Jose Abreu or 3B Todd Frazier, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote this past weekend.

According to Cafardo, of the two, Abreu is receiving more attention because he's under contract the next three seasons, while Frazier can be a free agent after 2017.

Frazier, 30, hit a career-high 40 home runs last season, which was his first with the White Sox after being traded to them by the Reds after the 2015 season.

In 660 plate appearances during 2016, he hit just .225 with a .302 OBP, but had a .464 slugging percentage and .236 batting average on balls in play.

Frazier, who has played in at least 150 games each of the last four seasons, is expected to earn around $13 million in 2017, according to projections on MLB Trade Rumors.


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I agree with the guys in the above video. Frazier makes a ton of sense for the Mets. He can play both first and third, he's making a reasonable salary and he's from New Jersey. So why -- despite the theoretical link -- have we heard zero rumors connecting Frazier to the Mets?

In talking with friends in Chicago, it seems the White Sox would rather hold Frazier now and deal him this summer. MLB insiders say at least 10 teams -- including the Cardinals and Rangers -- have contacted the White Sox to ask about Frazier, but none of them -- like the Mets -- are in desperate need of a first or third baseman.

The Dodgers reportedly had the most interest of any team this offseason, but that stopped the minute they re-signed Justin Turner in December.


Frazier (21) hits a walk off single against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports


Sure, Frazier could help Terry Collins, but the fact -- at least as of right now -- is that the Mets have David Wright, Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes, T.J. Rivera and Neil Walker, all of whom are capable of handling time on the infield corners.

Also, while Frazier has played 13 games in the outfield during his career, he hasn't played there since 2013 and -- frankly -- the last thing the Mets need right now is another power-hitting corner outfielder.

The other thing is that if Frazier has, say, 15-20 home runs entering July -- like he did last year -- think of how in demand he will be this summer considering he'll be due just $6 million the rest of the season.

In other words, he's set up to be the most attractive rental player available this season on the trade market. So, it makes complete sense for the White Sox to flirt with dealing him now, but only consider a move if a team is willing to overpay. And, it's not like Alderson to ever overpay, especially for a position he already has covered.

Lastly, for what it's worth, in talks about other players on the roster, the White Sox have expressed interest in Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, and other big-league players and prospects from the Mets. So, I assume any talks right now for Frazier -- or David Robertson and Abreu, both of whom make more sense for the Mets than Frazier -- would involve these same names...


Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) and manager Mickey Callaway (right) point to get a laugh out of Atlanta Braves great Fred McGriff (not pictured) during the first inning against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports  (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) and manager Mickey Callaway (right) point to get a laugh out of Atlanta Braves great Fred McGriff (not pictured) during the first inning against the New York Mets at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

The Mets are 8-2 in games started by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

However, they are 7-5 in games started by the Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey. Harvey, who was 0-2 with a 6.00 as a starter, has since been sent to the bullpen.

Harvey will be replaced in the rotation by Jason Vargas, who was signed to a two-year deal this past winter with the sole purpose of being the team's reliable third starter. However, he chose to have surgery on his non-throwing hand in March after being struck by a line drive.

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Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)

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

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

1) Dexter Fowler's RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning plated the winning run and sent the Mets to another crushing loss, their third in a little more than a week. New York was an out away from winning in the 10th, but after retiring the first two batters, Jeurys Familia allowed an infield single and a game-tying double to Carlos Martinez on a ball that defensive replacement Juan Lagares seemed to misjudge. Familia was charged with his third blown save in four opportunities after converting seven straight to begin the season. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was largely dominant in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, but was done in by poor defense from his teammates in the seventh and eighth innings.

With the Mets up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Yoenis Cespedes slid and had Tommy Pham's leadoff pop up in his tracks, but had it go off his glove for a double. Pham then came around to score on a bloop single to right field by Marcell Ozuna.

Later in the seventh, Todd Frazier couldn't field a hot shot off the bat of Paul DeJong that extended the inning and led to Syndergaard's pitch count elevating even further...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino try not to get lost as they go inside the mind of Matt Harvey in the latest episode of Shea Anything. They discuss Harvey's move to the bullpen, and if this could be the best way for him to get his mojo back. Later, the guys take a more serious dive into Keith Hernandez's Twitter account and dig deeper into Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate.

Click below to listen...

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Mo Vaughn on East Coast media 00:06:03
Mo Vaughn joined Baseball Night in New York and discussed how he was able to handle the intense media scrutiny on the East Coast.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | When Matt Harvey cursed at reporters on Wednesday in St. Louis, a day after refusing to discuss his first post-demotion relief appearance, he drew attention to an aspect of clubhouse culture that is easily misunderstood by the public: Which players are supposed to talk to the media, and when?

According to unwritten rules that are essentially the same for every team and beat, starting pitchers are obligated to submit to an interview after a game that they started. Relievers who blew a save or factored into a decision understand that they are supposed to talk. Position players who 1) have a game-winning hit; 2) make a game-deciding out or 3) make a significant error all know that they are supposed to talk. Players injured during the game are asked to speak, but given leeway depending on the severity of the injury.

You'll notice that Harvey fell into none of these categories this week. He may well have figured, I'm not a starting pitcher anymore, so media availability isn't part of my job tonight.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 5th 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 second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is in Thursday's lineup after missing Wednesday's game due to a right hamstring issue. He had left Tuesday night's game early due to the hamstring.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

Callaway removed Cabrera for pinch-runner Jose Reyes in the 10th inning on Tuesday night.

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) talks with starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) talks with starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

After Mets LHP Steven Matz struggled against the Cardinals in the Mets' 9-1 loss on Wednesday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway would not explicitly say whether the left-hander would make his next scheduled start.

Callaway said he "won't make any rash decisions" but will sit down with Matz and "figure out exactly and how we can help him."

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Apr 21, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) mishandles aground ball against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Apr 21, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) mishandles aground ball against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera was not in the lineup against the Cardinals on Wednesday due to a sore right hamstring, manager Mickey Callaway said.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:00
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the uncertainty of the Mets' starting rotation after Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Steven Matz pitched two hitless innings before unraveling in the third and fourth when he was charged with seven runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. Betrayed by poor defense behind him as well as his own error, the Cardinals scored three times in the third and four more in the fourth. Matz (1-2) was removed after walking Dexter Fowler to force in a run on his 88th pitch.

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Frazier on inaugural season 00:05:06
Mets third baseman Todd Frazier sits down with Steve Gelbs to evaluate his inaugural season in a Mets uniform.

Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) and teammates after scoring the game tying run during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) and teammates after scoring the game tying run during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Mets (15-6) continue their three-game series against the Cardinals (13-9) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Wednesday night at 8:15.

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BNNY: Harvey lashes out at media 00:06:00
The Baseball Night in NY crew discusses Matt Harvey refusing to talk with the media after allowing the Cardinals to take a lead on Tuesday.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey snapped at reporters prior to Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis. He refused to speak after making his bullpen debut on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he again refused to address his performance. Harvey "laughed audibly" when approached, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, adding "No chance. Zero chance" regarding whether he would comment on his bullpen debut. After Harvey was asked why not, he said he had "nothing to say to you guys." When a reporter asked why he didn't want to speak, Harvey said " I don't f***ing want to."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Come on, Matt. Really? It's one thing to leave the clubhouse without speaking to reporters, which is unprofessional enough. It's quite another to curse at reporters the next day for continuing to try to do their job. That borders on absurd. And Harvey, who said he was pissed off as soon as he was informed of his move to the bullpen, is now being disruptive to the rest of the team...

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New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)
New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a right hamstring issue, manager Mickey Callaway said, noting that Cabrera has not had an MRI. 

Wilmer Flores is starting in Cabrera's place at second base.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

23-year-old Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso is off to a scorching start for Double-A Binghamton.

Alonso, who played 11 games for Binghamton last season after playing 82 games for High-A St. Lucie, is hitting .357/.456/.625 with three HR, six doubles, and 10 RBI in 16 games (56 at-bats). In his three-year minor league career, Alonso has hit .303/.375/.548 with 26 HR in 139 games across three levels.

While Dominic Smith is still ahead of Alonso on the depth chart -- and hitting .246/.386/.439 with two HR in 16 games this season for Triple-A Las Vegas -- Alonso should not be overlooked. 

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Tuesday night's 6-5, come-from-behind win against the Cardinals was so far my favorite game of the year. It helps that it occurred in St. Louis, which is always a bonus...

The Mets have had more exciting finishes than this in 2018. However, their relentless, creative fight Tuesday night was fun to watch, but also inspiring. And it validated my belief that, when all is said and done, these guys will have completed a very special season.

I've been told manager Mickey Callaway has been pressing to the team, and through his veterans and coaches, that success is borne out of preparation and opportunity. So, whether they're hitting well or not, or pitching well or not, as long as they're prepared each day and always working to create opportunities, their collective talent will find a way to win...

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed four runs on six hits in four innings on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler's struggles on Tuesday -- he induced just three swings and misses and couldn't make it past the fourth inning -- provided a reminder of why the team was initially reluctant to remove Matt Harvey from the rotation. Wheeler's body of work this year has hardly been enough to convince the Mets that it's safe to rely on him full-time.

But Harvey was bad enough in Atlanta to earn the demotion, and the Mets were left to hope that Wheeler could stay hot. They knew it wasn't a safe bet, but had no other choice.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey opted not to speak to reporters following his relief debut in the Mets' 6-5 win over the Cardinals in extra innings on Wednesday night.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Jay Bruce's performance in the Mets' extra-inning win.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's solo homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Mets to their Major League-best 10th come-from-behind win of the season. It was his second long ball of the year and first since April 5, a span of 47 at-bats. Bruce also had an RBI triple and collected three of the Mets' six hits while falling a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Adrian Gonzalez (23) connects for a two run RBI single in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Adrian Gonzalez (23) connects for a two run RBI single in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets picked up Adrian Gonzalez in order to buy Dominic Smith more development time in the minors -- a prescient move as Smith missed most of Spring Training due to injury. But Gonzalez has struggled so far. And though the team has a good record, it's questionable how long they can carry this kind of a hole at first base.

There are a few silver linings to Gonzalez's start. His .345 OBP is solid and he has more walks than strikeouts. His batting average is under .240, but he has timed his few hits well, knocking in multiple key runs. He has clearly improved over his injury-filled 2017, where he amassed just a .642 OPS.

Compared to last year, his .737 OPS is quite serviceable, but he is missing a key aspect of his game -- the power hitting. He has two home runs and one double on the year and that's a hard level of production to carry at first base, which is still an offense-first position around the league. Carrying a low-power first baseman, something Smith may turn out to be, is possible, but only if he brings value in a high average and solid defense -- two things we are not seeing from Gonzalez so far.

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (14-6) open a three-game series against the Cardinals (13-8) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Tuesday night at 8:15.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas will return from the 10-day DL to start against the Padres on Saturday in San Diego, manager Mickey Callaway confirmed on Tuesday.

Vargas allowed three runs and three hits in four innings in his first and only rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday night at Cashman Field.

He retired five of the first six hitters he faced before giving up three runs and three doubles in the third inning. He recorded two of his four strikeouts in a 1-2-3 fourth inning. 

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BNNY: Harvey available from 'pen 00:07:01
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses Mets manager Mickey Callaway stating Matt Harvey may be available out of the bullpen Tuesday.

No one said it would be easy for Matt Harvey, who had a rib removed in 2016 to help correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in the right side of his upper body. The moment he went under the knife he put himself on a rocky, unpredictable road that has not ended well for similar pitchers before him...

TOS is the compression of the nerves and blood vessels that run from the spinal cord in the neck, under the collarbone and down the arm. In most cases, initial symptoms include muscle atrophy, numbness, tingling in the arm, and a struggle to grip things, such as a baseball.

There is an additional stress put on this intersection of nerves when the arm is raised and extended, such as when throwing a baseball.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th 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 shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The debut of top prospect Amed Rosario was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary 2017 for the Mets, but his performance at the plate had some red flags. This year, he's showing some real promise in addressing his biggest concerns. And while he isn't yet tearing the cover off the ball, he's already showing the growth the Mets need from him.

Rosario's patience at the plate last season was almost impossibly poor. In 46 games, he drew just three walks, with a walk rate under 2 percent that ranked him dead last in the majors among players with at least 100 plate appearances. In just 18 games so far this year, he's already matched his walk total from last year. He has dropped his swing percentage significantly -- particularly on pitches outside the zone -- and lowered his swinging strike rate from a lofty 18 percent to a more manageable 13 percent.

While the walks are steadily improving, Rosario has made only a small dent in his strikeout rate, which is still well above average. He wasn't always a strikeout machine in the minors, so as he continues to train his eye against major league pitching, he may refine his game further. At 22 years old, he is still very raw in this regard, but the increase in contact he has shown is a good sign...

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz, who was a dominant force in the bullpen after moving there from the starting rotation late in his career, says it's too soon to write off Matt Harvey.

"I don't think it's fair to write off a Matt Harvey if not given the opportunity to have enough time to go through this," Smoltz told Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "That's the dilemma. What is that time frame you are willing to deal with in that organization? A new manager who has seen in Cleveland this work for an array of guys. He believes this will work for Matt. Now, it's up to Matt to believe it."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The whole Matt Harvey situation is a convoluted one, but I want to first comment on what former Mets RHP Bob Ojeda recently said about Harvey -- that what's happened to him is "truly his own fault." No, Bob, it's not.

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Is it time for Wilmer to be the everyday first baseman?

I think so, yes. First off, in 55 plate appearances, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .239 with a .345 OBP and .391 slugging percentage, most of which have come against right-handed hitters. He still has a good eye, and he knows his strike zone, but it has been more than a year since he's had any sort of punch to his bat. 

Meanwhile, though he has played in 18 games, Wilmer Flores has started just seven, but all of them have been at first base. In that time, he's hitting .263 with four extra base hits, five RBI and is on pace (mostly as a bench player) to be a 1.5 WAR player this season, according to FanGraphs...

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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Mets are 14-6, but they're only one loss better than the Phillies. To be honest, Philadelphia is a concern. Rhys Hoskins is a legit MVP candidate and Carlos Santana, though he hasn't hit much, is clearly setting a nice example and approach for the rest of the lineup. That said, I think their pitching is overachieving. And, as a young team, the long season will likely do them in eventually. For now, though, they're a threat...

Meanwhile, the Mets have issues, despite their hot start. Like it or not, they've lost five of their last eight games and are in the middle of a cross-country travel schedule...

Here are three questions and answers to mull over during Monday's off day...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Harvey's move to the bullpen 00:07:13
Mets reporter Steve Gelbs joins Baseball Night in New York to discuss the team's decision to move Matt Harvey to the bullpen.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of all that was said about Matt Harvey over the past week, one quote stuck with me above all others. Here's pitching coach Dave Eiland talking to Matt Ehalt of The Record on Saturday:

"If he wants to be on this team, he has to do what's asked of him to help this team win. If he wants to continue his career, he's going to have to go out and pitch, and pitch well."

If he wants to be on this team?

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Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after scoring the go ahead run against the Atlanta Braves during the twelfth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports  (Dale Zanine)
Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after scoring the go ahead run against the Atlanta Braves during the twelfth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt was not the best of weeks in Mets Land.

From Monday night's embarrassment to redeeming themselves on Wednesday night to going back to losing in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday night, this week was not the best. I won't get into the nitty gritty as who wants to re-live Wendesday night's horrific eighth inning? Or Saturday night's game where Jeurys Familia pulled a Familia. Jacob deGrom deserved better.

Instead, let's chat about Wednesday night's game. The come-from-behind win. The eighth inning rally. That was a defining moment, as I already discussed (or at least I thought it was before seeing Saturday's game). Wednesday night's game was one that they would not have won last season. Oh, and Yoenis Cespedes showed us that he refused to let the Nationals sweep his team, and hit a grand slam to add on some insurance runs...

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Mets starting pitchers will be pushed back a day after Sunday's game against the Braves was postponed due to weather.

Zack Wheeler will pitch on Tuesday in the series opener against the Cardinals; Steven Matz, who was slated to start on Tuesday, will pitch on Wednesday night; and Noah Syndergaard will pitch in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. 

Jacob deGrom would then be in line to pitch against the Padres on Friday evening.

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves grounds crew covers the field in the rain prior to the game against the New York Mets at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Apr 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves grounds crew covers the field in the rain prior to the game against the New York Mets at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

Sunday's series finale between the Mets and Braves has been postponed due to weather.

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Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports  (Dale Zanine)
Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (14-6) will complete their four-game series against the Braves (12-8) in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. ET.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/21 00:01:28
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the sub-par performance of the Mets' bullpen in the team's 4-3 loss on Saturday night.

 (Adam Hagy)
(Adam Hagy)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom limited the Braves to just four hits in seven scoreless innings on Saturday night.

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) tries to stay warm prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (33) tries to stay warm prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Matt Harvey will be moving to the bullpen, according to Mickey Callaway.

With Jason Vargas' return from the DL imminent, Callaway was faced with a decision on who to drop from the starting rotation. Harvey, after giving up six runs in six innings against the Braves on Thursday night, will be moving to the bullpen. 

"I need to get my s--t together," Harvey said...

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (14-5) take on the Braves (11-8) in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

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Feb 21, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Gerson Bautista (63) poses during photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 21, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Gerson Bautista (63) poses during photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have optioned RHP Gerson Bautista to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled RHP Corey Oswalt.

Bautista, 22, has allowed two runs over 2.1 innings (7.71 ERA) with the Mets this season on three hits and four walks. With Double-A Binghamton, Bautista hasn't given up a run in five innings with 11 strikeouts. 

Oswalt, 24, hasn't made an appearance in the majors in his career. This season with Triple-A Las Vegas, Oswalt has given up three runs in nine innings (3.00 ERA) with 12 strikeouts.

Oswalt and the Mets take on the Braves on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

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(Patrick Gorski)

In the Mets exciting 5-3 win over the Braves in 12 innings, Robert Gsellman played the role of hero. 

Gsellman threw two scoreless innings before scoring the game-winning run in the top of the 12th, hustling home from second base on a Yoenis Cespedes single to easily beat Nick Markakis' throw home. 

After the game, feeling confident from the sprint, Gsellman anointed himself one of the fastest pitchers on the Mets. He even went out of his way to say that Noah Syndergaard "is not even close..."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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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)

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

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

 

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(Dale Zanine)

Though he vowed not to pick up his clubs this season, Yoenis Cespedes may resort to golf to break his early-season slump. 

The Mets' left fielder, who was hitting .208 with 30 strikeouts entering Friday's contest against the Braves, had an RBI single in the top of the 12th to break a 3-3 tie....

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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(Dale Zanine)

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard couldn't come away with his third win of the season, as the Braves did just enough to tie the game before his exit. 

Atlanta got on the board first as Ozzie Albies turned on a 100-mph fastball from Syndergaard, and lifted it over the right-center field wall for his sixth home run on the year. 

Syndergaard didn't allow a run in the second and third innings, and that could have been the case in the fourth as well. However, Jay Bruce misjudged a line drive to right from Ryan Flaherty, and it soared over his head for an RBI double to cut the Mets' lead to one...

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas, who has been pitching in simulated and intrasquad games to avoid fielding due to an injury to his right (non-throwing) hand, will pitch and field in a minor league rehab game on Monday, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Vargas struck out 12 batters in six innings of an intrasquad game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. 

If Vargas makes just one minor league rehab start, his return to the Mets -- if it's in the starting rotation -- would be April 28 or a bit after. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Jason Vargas's progressing recovery from hand surgery this spring had already raised the question of how the team will manage a crowded rotation, but Matt Harvey's struggles as a starter this season have further complicated matters. It seems inevitable that someone will find themselves pitching out of the bullpen by the end of the month, so who is the best fit?

Two weeks ago, the answer would assuredly have been Zack Wheeler. Since the early days of his major league career, many have seen a future reliever in him, perhaps even a closer. Despite strong tools, he's lacked the ability to go deep into games, and to put away batters consistently. He has also battled injuries throughout his career, including an exceptionally long recovery from Tommy John surgery, leading to conjecture that his arm may not be able to handle the work load of a full-time starter.

Even the Mets seemed to have their doubts about Wheeler's future in the rotation, as a shaky spring led to his starting the season in the minor leagues. But his two quality starts since his recall earlier this month have bought him some renewed confidence and certainly another shot to show he can hold up to the trials of a starting pitcher...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Jose Reyes is the first Mets position player since Phil Linz in 1968 to open a season hitless in the first 20 at-bats of the season.

Reyes is 0-for-20. Linz went 0-for-25 before getting his first hit. 

Is Reyes at risk of being designated for assignment? Doug Williams and Andy Martino discussed that question on the Shea Anything podcast...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce is clearly struggling to deal with plantar fasciitis in his left foot and it's going to need to be addressed sooner than later...

Bruce told reporters that he has dealt with plantar fasciitis on and off during his career.

"It's never really been unbearable where I felt like I had to say something," he explained. "However, April 16, he continued, "It definitely was talking to me a little more than I thought it should be. I'm not really one who likes to take days off, but it's the necessary evil sometimes."

He may have requested his first day off in mid-April, but he missed time for this exact issue in St. Lucie. So, my guess is that they beat it back enough to get him on field for the start of the season, but (unlike he experienced in previous seasons, when he was younger) the issue likely flared up again when being forced to play every day in April.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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