St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
St. Lucie, 2017: David Wright jokes around with teammates during batting practice before a Spring Training workout. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

It took me three versions to publish this post because I just can't find the right words to describe how I feel about David Wright's comments In the moments after his press conference Thursday, charged by SNY with writing an "emotional reaction," I just shook my head, teary eyed, staring blank at the screen.

We all knew today was inevitable, having watched him struggle and miss the last two seasons with a major spinal condition. However, through it all, as long as he was still on the roster, working in St. Lucie, there existed a small, though unrealistic, hope that he might one day return. 

It turns out that's exactly what it will be, just one day.

Wright's time with the Mets feels equally complete and incomplete, which is why I keep bouncing between differing versions of pride, sadness and disappointment. 

I'm sad to see his career end, but even more sad knowing his kindness, leadership and personality will never again be part of our everyday lives.

He was our rock. In good times he made us smile and feel a sense of pride only experienced from a great, passionate, homegrown player. Frankly, he was more important to us in bad times when standing out front, answering difficult questions, catching our tears and frustration and convincing us to stay loyal. During a time when the team was losing and wandering aimlessly through a rebuild, he took less money for a contract extension than he could have received as a free agent, which provided organization a vote of confidence and told us to keep believing.

Yet again, he made being a Mets fan better by simply being who he is...

And now I feel like we're staring into the abyss, sort of like when Sam Malone threatened to leave "Cheers" in the show's series finale. I have no idea what we're supposed to do now.



The fact is, it's not easy being a Mets fan. Rooting for this organization takes a level of armor, patience and blind faith like no other experience I know in sports. The eye rolling, utter frustration and the slings and arrows from outside forces often come fast and furious. David was our firewall. He was the guy that took the hit, gave us cover by making us proud and he provided hope that things would be better. But, now who will pick us up and say, "It'll get better, follow me." And if that new guys steps in, will we believe in him like we believed in Wright?

I'm also disappointed that Wright's stats end here. His physical demise started in late-April 2011, when he injured his hamstring and lower back attempting to make a diving tag at third base. Prior, he was on pace to be our first home-grown Hall of Fame player since Tom Seaver. Sadly, like Don Mattingly experienced in the Bronx two decades earlier, intense and debilitating back pain likely cut down David's chance to make it to Cooperstown. 

At the same time, every moment of his 13-year career is embeded in my brain. I can play a endless loop in my mind of one-handed throws, aggressive fist pumps across home plate, home run after home run, and two-out, opposite field hits in the gap to drive in a teammate. The production may be over, but no one can take those memories away from us...

I hope there is pride behind his tears. I know there is pride behind mine. He will probably be the first player I ever watched from start to finish, from his days in St. Lucie up to the Mets and into retirement. What has happened to Wright is a sober reminder that we'll all break down and things will end. It's easy to feel like we'll be young forever, always able to take one last shot at greatness. However, Wright is a reminder that it doesn't work that way and eventually we all say goodbye.

This is extra sobering at 42 years old, which I will be this December. 

Wright made his debut for the Mets in 2004, at which time I was 28 years old and creating MetsBlog.com. I had no idea how this little blog that no one was reading would eventually change my life. Similarly, I'm sure Wright was unsure how his career would play out or when it would end. The sky was the limit for both of us, at roughly the same time, which is something he and I have talked about when he was a rookie and again in a conversation a few years ago.

Nevertheless, here we are again at the same place in life, both significantly older, both with two daughters, married, much slower, wanting to keep up, but instead fading into the distance.

If I know David the way I think I do, I have a feeling he spent yesterday evening in the same way I did today. He's proud of the accomplishments, proud of the relationships and people he's been fortunate enough to help because of his success, but still sad, feeling incomplete and wondering if other choices could have helped things turn out different. 

Thankfully, though he will never be on field again after this season, he will remain in the experience of being a Mets fan forever because I have no doubt his number will eventually be retired.

He's earned it because he's a legend...


April 19, 2011; Wright (left) dives to tag out Astros left fielder Carlos Lee (in red) in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports


Prior to Wright debuting with the Mets, Tom Seaver and Mike Piazza were the only players I considered to be in the class of legends.

Don't get me wrong, lots of people created legendary moments or turned in legendary seasons for the Mets, such as Jose Reyes, RA Dickey, Keith Hernandez, Johan Santana, Doc Gooden, Ed Kranepool, Jerry Grote and countless others.

These men all did amazing things in the team's uniform. They were all very talented, sometimes exceptional. However, their time here was either fleeting, such as Pedro Martinez and John Olerud; or, like Edgardo Alfonzo and Jerry Koosman, their overall performance was not always dominant; or their stint was controversial or disconnected from the fans, such as Carlos Beltran.

Instead, a legend is someone who changed the face of the franchise, was beloved by most fans, led his team to multiple postseasons, played the bulk of his career for the Mets and dominated his position and era in blue and orange.

This is Seaver. This is Piazza. And this is Wright, who is without question the longest, most dominant and decorated third baseman in team history. 

In the span of 15 years, despite missing the past two seasons, he's played the second-most games in team history, during which he has accumulated the most at bats, hits, RBI, walks, runs scored and total bases. He's hit the second-most career home runs, he has the second-best power-and-speed rating, he's third in batting average, fourth in OBP, he's tied with Strawberry for second most starts in an All-Star Game with five and his career average 3.8 WAR per season is the most among any position player with at least five years in Queens.

He's also the only player in franchise history to start multiple All-Star Games, playoff games and World Series games and play his entire career with the Mets.

At the time, though no one wanted to admit it, I think we all knew October 2015, would be the last time David he'd have a meaningful an impact on field, which is probably why he received endless applause each time he stepped to the plate.

The fact that he worked to get back on field that season, and knowing he was able to finally get back to the postseason -- not to mention his first World Series after having dealt with so much team failure and drama the previous decade -- made the entire October experience incredible.

He told me the following month that being able to stand at third base before the first pitch of his first World Series at home, to stand back, look around and breath in that moment, see the team's fans smiling in unison, everyone pumped up and excited for Mets baseball -- more than any other hit, catch or win -- may end up being the moment he remembers most from of his career.

"To finally get a chance for them to come to Citi Field and see a World Series game in 2015, it was one of the most satisfying feelings I've ever had as a professional baseball player," Wright wrote for the forward to my book, "The Mets Fans' Bucket List." "There we were, finally playing in the World Series. But, the reality is we had 50,000 fans at Citi Field -- and countless more at home watching on TV -- playing in the World Series with us."


Oct 30, 2015; Wright (5) hits a two-run single against the Kansas City Royals during game three of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports


The next two and half seasons would be a grind for David, as well as the rest of us pulling for him to return. He rehabbed, rested, had neck surgery, failed to throw, tried again, did more rest and more rehab, and failed more than he succeeded... until this summer. This time he fired up a minor-league rehab assignment and convinced himself and the Mets to give him one more shot on field.

The last Saturday of this season is not the ending you, me or Wright wanted for his career.

He warned us it might happen, hinting more and more during the past 12 months that, though he was doing his best, he knew it was possible things might end sooner than later, especially if pushing on might threaten his long-term health. It turns out, that is exactly where he is in life.

David has a beautiful wife, two wonderful daughters, terrific parents, supportive brothers, plenty of money in the bank, a memorable and impressive resume in baseball, and a still-in-tact legacy and relationship with passionate fans in the greatest city in the world. 

"There's a visible passion I feel when stopped on the street," Wright told me for my book. "They've seen me make a ton of errors. They've seen me strike out. But that loyalty is still there. ... Thank you for allowing me to live out my dream on one of the biggest stages in the world, and have fun as you get to experience all of the things that make being a Mets fan amazin'."

It hurts, is sad and even a bit scary to see him go, but I'm proud and grateful that I got to watch his entire career front to back, while also getting to know him personally throughout the year. I look forward to what his future will holds with the Mets and in baseball. 

"I do love being around the game, but I do love being around my family," Wright explained, when asked about his future. "I love sitting down and talking baseball. I would like to stay involved in some capacity, but I'm not yet sure what that means."

Whatever path he chooses, I have no doubt he'll have fun and be successful. 

So, welcome back, Captain, even if it's just for one day.

More importantly, thank you for everything you've done for the Mets and for me personally and professionally. I'll always be a fan and I'm proud to call you a friend!


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

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) return home after a nightmare trip to face the Nationals at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


As the Mets were swept by the Marlins, they managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games >> Read more

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway smiles before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

A little more than a week ago, we heard that Mickey Callaway's job was safe -- and word on Sunday evening, following an embarrassing sweep in Miami, was that nothing had changed yet.

Make no mistake, the subject of Callaway's job security won't go away unless the team starts to win, and quickly. But after Sunday's game, Mets higher-ups had not reached the point of firing their manager.

Having said that, the team believes that its roster is severely underperforming...

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Cano?s hustle questioned 00:01:50
For the second time this week, Cano didn?t run to first on a play. Callaway defended the second baseman and his choice not to bench him

If this story seems familiar, it's because it is. 

One day after Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained why he didn't bench Robinson Cano for failing to run out a ground ball double play (something Cano blamed on the scoreboard operator), Callaway had to explain why he didn't pull Cano from Sunday's game after failing to run at all on another double play ground ball. 

And Callaway seemed to be making excuses for his second baseman. 

 

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on from the dugout priror to the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) looks on from the dugout priror to the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

It's not all bad in Mets land. 

While the big league team continues its troubling ways, Tim Tebow finally hit his first homer of the season in the Minors. Batting eighth and playing left field for Syracuse, Tebow followed David Thompson's solo shot with one of his own off Columbus' Asher Wojciechowski

Tebow jumped on the first pitch and drove it over the right-field wall. 

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Syndergaard strong on Callaway 00:01:14
Noah Syndergaard defended his manager, Mickey Callaway, after the Mets were swept by the Marlins. He also said it's still early to panic

For all of the speculation regarding Mickey Callaway's job status, one prominent locker room voice expressed his displeasure in the "will-they-won't-they" dance. 

Noah Syndergaard went so far as to call rumors regarding Callaway's insecure job status "bulls---" after the Mets were shut out by the Marlins, 3-0, and swept by the last-place team. 

"I respect the hell out of Mickey," said Syndegaard, who took the loss Sunday despite pitching well. "Mickey has tremendous leadership values. It's kind of bullshit what's going on right now with this speculation that there could be a change, because we're so early in the season." 

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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

After the Mets were blanked by the Marlins for the second-straight day as Miami completed a three-game sweep, manager Mickey Callaway spoke as questions about his job security continued to swirl. 

And while GM Brodie Van Wagenen was in Miami on Friday and Saturday, he was not there after Sunday's game -- with Callaway saying Van Wagenen was "never scheduled" to be in Miami Sunday.

Callaway, who said he expected to talk with -- as he usually does -- Van Wagenen and ownership ("we always touch base") before the team opens a homestand on Monday, said he doesn't think the weekend sweep will cost him. 

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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Cano caught not running again 00:00:21
Robinson Cano didn't run on what he thought was a foul ball. Instead, the Marlins played it into a double play.

Two days after not running hard on a 1-6-3 double play and using the excuse that he thought there were two outs instead of one, Mets second baseman Robinson Cano didn't move at all on another double play he hit into.

This time, Cano hit a ball right in front of the plate and stared directly at it while not running at all.

The play happened in the top of the fourth inning with J.D. Davis on first base and one out. Cano swung and tapped the ball, with it winding up right in front of the plate and rolling slightly down the first base line. While Cano was staring at the ball and not moving, the Marlins turned an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play.

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers a pitch to the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

The 19-year-old Kelenic, the prized prospect the Mets included in the Diaz/Cano deal, has cooled off over the last two weeks as his triple slash has dropped from a ridiculously good .340/.441/.630 to a still-impressive .314/.397/.529.

In 39 games this season for Seattle's Low-A affiliate, Kelenic has six homers, 13 doubles, one triple, and seven stolen bases. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jenrry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in NL East) will look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the MLB-worst Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have lost four games in a row and are looking to prevent their first five-game losing streak since June of 2018. ... The Mets haven't been swept in a three-game series by the Marlins since September of 2017. ... The Mets have been outscored 8-0 in the first inning over their last four games. ... After winning seven of their first eight road games this season, the Mets have gone 4-15 away from Citi Field. 

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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in the NL East) look to avoid what would be a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami at 1:10.

Here's what went down on Saturday, in case you missed it:


A listless Mets squad managed just one hit as they were shut out by the Marlins, losing their fourth-consecutive game to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season >> Read more

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Jim Duquette on Mets' woes 00:03:06
SNY Mets analyst Jim Duquette on what must change for the Mets to turn their season around

Baseball people know a dead team when they see one -- and here's a sampling of words offered via text from several veteran evaluators, executives and former players during Saturday's 2-0 loss to the historically bad Miami Marlins:

"Listless."

"No energy."

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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets lost their fourth-straight game on Saturday, and this loss was a special kind of awful: They were one-hit by the MLB-worst Marlins a day after being shellacked by the same Marlins.

With Mickey Callaway's job potentially at risk and those questions not going away even if the Mets win on Sunday to save face, the manager was asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs after Saturday's loss if the team was playing with the requisite amount of urgency.

"I don't think the results have been there," Callaway said. "I think they come to play every day, I truly do. I think that tonight we didn't score any runs. Heck, we could hardly get a hit. We led off the game with a hit and then they just kind of shut us down."

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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Following the Mets' fourth-straight defeat, a 2-0 loss to Miami in which they mustered just one hit, players in the locker room weighed in on the team's recent struggles and gave their thoughts on Mickey Callaway's performance.

"I think he's doing a great job," Todd Frazier said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he's a great manager, and our focus is on winning games and we're not doing that for him ... If we're not producing, it's kind of on us.

"We've just got to step up, that's the bottom line, as hitters, as a collective group ... Let's get our focus on what we're good at and hopefully that gets us going."

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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Cano controversy 00:01:29
Mickey Callaway and Robinson Cano discuss Cano's failure to run out a ground ball in Friday night's loss to the Marlins

After not running hard to first base in the seventh inning Friday night during an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, Robinson Cano was not benched Saturday for the transgression.

And before Saturday's game, Mets manger Mickey Callaway simply said that he doesn't bench players to send a message.

"We talked about it and he understands that can't happen again," Callaway explained. You don't just reprimand people to send a message to the rest of the team."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes was with the Mets Friday in Miami as he met the team while he continues to work his way back from dual heel surgeries. And he just took a big step.

Cespedes has started running, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said, though he added that he's not yet doing any "explosive" running. Cespedes also took batting practice with the team Friday.

However, while Cespedes is making progress, Van Wagenen said "time will tell" whether Cespedes would play this season.

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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Benching Robinson Cano against the Marlins on Saturday wouldn't be a cure for everything that is wrong with the Mets these days, not even close. 

But for a manager whose neck is on the line it might be the only way he can make a statement that he's going to demand better from one of his so-called leaders. At the very least it would be an indication Callaway is willing to make his players accountable rather than always telling them everything will be all right. 

Above all, it would be an acknowledgement that these Mets are at a crisis point in this season already, and he's not going to just sit around waiting to get fired.

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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in the NL East) lost the opening game of a three-game set against the Marlins 8-6. They try to bounce back on Saturday in a late afternoon matchup in Miami.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Jacob deGrom imploded against the worst team in baseball and a late rally proved to be too little too late in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander took accountability for the loss after the game. 

 

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Mets lose 3rd straight game 00:01:41
Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom on deGrom's rough night while Pete Alonso discusses Mets battling back in loss

Jacob deGrom just didn't have it on Friday, and he put the Mets in such a hole that by the time the bats came alive late in the game, it was too little, too late.

The ace gave up a season-high seven runs (six earned) in five innings in the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Marlins, allowing nine hits -- including a two-run homer -- while striking out just three. His ERA jumped to 3.98 through nine starts.

"Not able to locate after the second inning. Felt good the first two, and then things got kind of out of control. Tonight's on me," deGrom said. "I did a terrible job out there. These guys did nothing but battle, and I let it get out of hand."

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deGrom pounded in loss 00:01:17
Despite pair of Pete Alonso home runs, the Marlins handed Jacob deGrom and the Mets their 3rd straight loss, 8-6

Jacob deGrom just wasn't himself in Miami on Friday night, as he was smacked around in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game...

1) Coming into the game, the Mets couldn't have had a better pitcher on the mound in Jacob deGrom. He had owned the Marlins in the first two outings of the season, but this outing was a major outlier. DeGrom imploded, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking none over five innings. It was deGrom's worst outing of the season, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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Alonso goes deep 00:00:19
Pete Alonso drills his 13th home run of the season to give the Mets a 1-0 lead

Pete Alonso provided the Mets with an early spark on Friday night against Miami, smashing a home run to right-center field in the top of the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. 

Alonso's blast was his 13th home run of the season, adding on to his team lead. The ball got out of Marlins Park in a hurry, traveling 417 feet to give the Mets an early edge in South Florida.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler is kind of, sort of having a good season. He's made nine starts, given up four or more runs in four of them, while allowing three or fewer during the other five.

Wheeler, 28, will be a free agent after this season, during which he's looked like a more advanced version of himself at times, but also resembles the pitcher he had been in the past.

For instance, Wheeler historically landed around 95 mph with his fastball. This season, though, his four-seam fastball is a couple of ticks quicker. Among starting pitchers, Wheeler's four-seamer has the second-highest average velocity in the game, trailing only Noah Syndergaard's.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in NL East) begin a new series this weekend against the Marlins (10-31, 13 GB) on Friday at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets fell two games under .500 after dropping the rubber game against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. ...A few roster moves were made before the start of this series, as Keon Broxton was DFA'd, Carlos Gomez and Paul Sewald were promoted from Triple-A, and Michael Conforto officially hit the IL with a concussion. ...The Mets are 14-10 against the NL East this season. New York has won seven straight against Miami.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins
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Mets GM supports Mickey Callaway 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen addresses the decision to DFA Keon Broxton, the call up of Carlos Gomez, and the job status of Mickey Callaway.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sat in front of the media at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday to issue a slew of roster moves, and answer any burning questions they might have. 

And Mickey Callaway's job status was on that list. 

The Mets have been faltering lately, falling two games under .500 after their series loss to the Nationals this week. But Van Wagenen said his unwavering support for Callaway will continue as it has since the beginning...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

Keon Broxton's struggles at the plate have finally reached a breaking point as the Mets decided on Friday to designate the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment while selecting the contract of Carlos Gomez to join the team as an extra outfielder. 

The Mets also placed Michael Conforto on the 7-day IL for a concussion and recalled pitcher Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse. 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced the moves prior to Friday's game against the Marlins in Miami, where Gomez was in the lineup playing fight field and batting sixth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez is making his return to the Mets. 

The outfielder was informed after his Triple-A Syracuse game on Thursday that the Mets were selecting his contract and joined the team in Miami on Friday, batting sixth and playing right field. 

Gomez replaces Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment. GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he believes Gomez gives the Mets a better chance at winning games in the short-term

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New York Mets at Miami Marlins
Moneyline: NYM -205/MIA +175
Over/Under: 6.5
Series: NYM -350/MIA +280
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Jacob deGrom (3-4, 3.26 ERA) vs. Trevor Richards (0-5, 4.46 ERA)

When the Mets saw Miami last weekend, they entered that series having lost five of six to drop below .500, and in need of a cure-all.

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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 16, 2019; Bethpage, NY, USA; New York Mets former player David Wright walks with the Tiger Woods group during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bethpage State Park - Black Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets fans can get rowdy. Even at golf events. 

David Wright, who is serving as the Honorary Ambassador at the PGA Championship this week at Bethpage Black on Long Island, was walking the grounds during the first round of the tournament following Tiger Woods' group. And along the way, he heard "Let's go Mets" chants from the Mets faithful. 

New Yorkers don't play around no matter the sporting event, and Wright loved every second of it...

Tags: David Wright, Scott Thompson
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David Cone shares Mets memories 00:00:53
David Cone is promoting his new book, in which he recounts a crazy story that involves airplanes and trying to impress his new Mets teammate

So how did David Cone go about trying to impress his new teammates upon being traded to the Mets in 1987? By "surfing" on an airplane.

Cone joined the Baseball Night in New York crew to talk about what it was like joining those "crazy" Mets, as he describes in his new book Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher.

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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

During the Triple-A Syracuse Mets game tonight, OF Carlos Gomez left midway through the game, which could mean it's time for a call-up. 

Michael Conforto was diagnosed with a concussion following a bad collision with Robinson Cano during the Mets' loss to the Nats on Thursday afternoon. Concussion protocol will be seven days for Conforto, and the Mets may be looking for some reinforcements. 

Granted, SNY's Andy Martino points out that Gomez left in the seventh inning of a 12-2 game. While he points out it is possible he could be on the move, it won't be happening tonight.

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Keon Broxton honest after loss 00:01:12
Keon Broxton was frank with reporters after the Mets 7-6 loss. Broxton struck out to end a Mets rally with the bases loaded in the ninth.

It was déjà vu for Keon Broxton in Washington. 

The bases were loaded, two outs were on the board, and the Mets were down one run. Broxton, who was filling in for Michael Conforto after he left with what was diagnosed a concussion, came to the dish with a chance to tie or take the lead against the division rival. It was the same situation that presented itself against the Phillies last month. 

And unfortunately for the Mets, the same result transpired...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball.

After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Conforto had been diagnosed with a concussion and will be traveling back to New York via train to be evaluated further. 

During the play where Conforto was injured, Cano called for the ball and then had it nick off his glove and land in fair territory. Conforto was also calling for the ball late.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets INF Jeff McNeil left Thursday's game against the Nationals, as he felt abdominal tightness. Luckily, it doesn't appear to be anything to worry about. 

McNeil told reporters after the game that it is a tightness he's felt in the past. He explained that it is due to scar tissue that built up in the area from sport hernia surgery he underwent in the past. 

"It [was] just kind of a pain -- pain I had throughout the day," he said. "When I was running to first base, once I got there it just kinda felt tight. I've had the four hernia surgeries basically, so it's just probably some tightness and scar tissue that's irritating me."

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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Conforto goes deep in DC 00:00:15
Michael Conforto hits a huge 3-run home run to draw the Mets even at 4 against the Nationals in Washington on Thursday afternoon.

The Mets put themselves in a hole early when the Nationals took a 4-0 lead to start the game on Thursday afternoon. 

But Michael Conforto brought them right back in it with a three-run homer to right field to tie the game...

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Stephen Villines (83) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Stephen Villines (83) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RH reliever prospect Stephen Villines hasn't given up a run yet in 2019 . Here's a deep dive on Villines, who could potentially help in the big league bullpen this season ...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 175 lbs

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back in their seats for the Shea Anything podcast, and they're talking about some of the heat on the seats of the Mets. They cover Mickey Callaway's meeting with Brodie Van Wagenen and ownership, look at some of the struggling players, and discuss how performance will eventually play out in the quest for the "Best 25" roster.

Click below to listen...

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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

As far as the Mets' injured starters go, one seems ready to return and the other is very close.

Steven Matz spoke Thursday after throwing a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and said he feels great. During the bullpen session, Matz said he's ready to return and that he's "really happy."

"I threw a bullpen yesterday and I feel good today," Matz said, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 GB in NL East) take on the Washington Nationals (17-25, 7 GB) in the rubber game of a three-game set on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on SNY.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday. During his hitting streak, the 23-year-old Rosario was slashing .333/.368/.528 with one home run and seven RBIs. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-18 slump that has dropped his batting average from .284 to .263. ... Mets catchers this season have hit .211 (ninth worst in the majors) with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Wilmer Font (68) is removed from the game by manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Wilmer Font (68) is removed from the game by manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) had their bats go silent while losing to the Nationals on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. They wrap up their three-game series with the Nats on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 on SNY. 

Here's what went down on Wednesday in case you missed it:


In the Mets' loss, Wilmer Font put the team in an immediate 3-0 hole in the first inning and not much went right from there >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Last season, we saw Dominic Smith test the outfield waters, as the Mets wanted to see if he could be of versatile use in the future. While he had a couple hiccups, which were expected, he still managed to be a decent defender out there. 

Fast forward one year and Smith has been in the spotlight for his bat in timely situations with the Mets. He is hitting .344/.462/.500 as strictly a left-handed bat off the bench, and in his first game back with the Mets on Tuesday night after briefly being sent down to Triple-A, he had a pinch-hit homer. It was his first of the season. 

Smith has proven his bat can be consistent for the Mets, which begs the question why he isn't featured in the lineup more to start this season. Obviously, Pete Alonso has solidified himself as the team's starting first baseman as a rookie. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Cone's advice for Syndergaard 00:01:30
Former Met and Yankee David Cone talks advice for Noah Syndergaard and his new book "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher".

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has showcased his dominance on numerous occasions throughout his career. He is not afraid take his high-90s fastball and hard slider that clocks in the low 90s as well right at hitters, which can be scary when you're in the box. 

But former Mets starter David Cone believes he could be even more effective if he were to actually slow things down a bit.

"Well, I think he's on the right track. The lesson for Noah is less is more," Cone told the "Baseball Night in New York" crew while publicizing his new book "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher." "A slower curve at times, disrupt the timing, get deeper into games. Get easy, quick outs when you have to. You don't have to throw as hard as you can that often. You can back off a little bit, and you can make your fastball that much more effective."

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Mets struggle against Corbin 00:01:30
The Mets only secured four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Nats. Mickey Callaway and Robinson Cano discussed why Corbin's so tough.

Wilmer Font failed to make it out of the third inning, and the Nationals were able to hang on to a 5-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Making his second start for the Mets, Font found himself in trouble early on Wednesday. The first three hitters of the game all reached base safely, capped off by an Anthony Rendon RBI ground-rule double. After a three-run first inning, the Nationals added on in the third inning thanks to a Victor Robles solo home run and an RBI double by Howie Kendrick. Font's night ended after just 2.1 innings, allowing five runs on six hits.

Tags: Jeurys Familia
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J.D. Davis ground rule double 00:00:20
In the third inning, J.D. Davis just missed a home run, settling for a ground rule double for the Mets first run of the game.

The Mets got themselves in a hole early on, but they weren't going to lay down that easy. 

J.D. Davis just miss tying the game in one swing, but he did manage to get a man in with a two-out RBI double to left...

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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) try to get back over .500 when they continue their three-game set against the Nationals (16-25, 8.0 games behind Phillies) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

J.D. Davis is back in the lineup at third base, batting second, while Todd Frazier returns to the bench. ... Juan Lagares is in center field with Brandon Nimmo sitting against a lefty. ... The Mets' three-game winning streak is tied for their longest of the season. A win Wednesday would give them a season-high four-game winning streak. ... The Mets are 9-4 in Washington since the start of the 2018 season and have hit 15 home runs in those games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Top 10 Citi Field Home Runs 00:00:46
Citi and SNY bring you the Top 10 Home Runs in Citi Field history! At #9, Yoenis Cespedes goes deep against the Cardinals in July 2016!

What would a Top 10 Citi Field Home Runs list be without Yoenis Cespedes? Watch the @Mets slugger take Adam Wainwright deep for the lead over the Cardinals in 2016, as we celebrate another season of @Citi Community Home Runs benefitting @NoKidHungry.

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