In a report for the New York Post, Kevin Kernan says Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey will be next to each other when Major League camp opens next week in Port St. Lucie.

“Matt can help Zack in so many ways,’’ Collins explained to Kernan. “I want him to learn from Matt and the quickest way for any of our young pitchers to get called up is put up dominating numbers in the minor leagues."

Wheeler intends to work with Harvey this Spring in an attempt to learn from him, telling Kernan, "I’m here to soak in all the information I can and just do my best.’’

During voluntary workouts, Wheeler's locker was directly across from Harvey's, but I noticed Wheeler was working with Harvey, even at this juncture of Spring Training. I watched them participate in pitchers fielding practice together, and even shag flyballs together during batting practice. It's not only important Wheeler learns from Harvey, but it's also important for both of them to get to know each other better and feed off each other. Remember, these two have never played with each other at any level; the only time they could have possibly spent together was in Minor League camp last Spring. I expect these two will also be spending a lot of time with Travis d'Arnaud this Spring as well - it's going to be important for him to create a dynamic with these two right off the bat, something d'Arnaud told me is one of his greatest strengths as a catcher.

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New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

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. 

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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."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera
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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)

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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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