The Fountain of Youth 00:02:27
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate if it's time for the Mets to call up some promising young talent including top prospect Amed Rosario.

The Mets are not a 'train wreck,' Bob Klapisch, though you make several excellent points about why this season may be a constant struggle. Sandy Alderson's current roster still has World Series upside. The team's potential has not changed in the three weeks since leaving Spring Training.

"It's easy to push the panic button, it's easy to say, 'Oh, sh!t,' but we are too good for that," Jay Bruce said Sunday, according to the NY Post. "We are a legitimate World Series contender, I believe, and I wouldn't just say that. This is a team that is stacked. We just have to be healthy and play well."

I agree. That said, I fear Alderson and Collins are still making decisions like they did a few years when rebuilding, as opposed to reverse engineering every choice based on winning a Championship.

For instance, as the NY Post's Kevin Kernan detailed during Monday's MetsBlog Q&ACast, Alderson knowingly entered this season with spots on his roster that were ripe for trouble and he seemingly sided with hope and crossed fingers instead of known talent...

"This team is run from the front office, it's a front-office based team," Kernan told me. "And, I think one of the problems the Mets have had through the years is self evaluation."


To listen to my full interview with Kernan, during which we also talk about how to save the season, dealing with Daniel Murphy and Alderson's relationship with Terry Collins, click here!


I hear Kernan's comment about self awareness to mean the Mets don't always operate in the best interest of their current reality, because they may not know or believe in that reality.

For instance, it's OK to delay a top prospect's free-agent status when you'll finish below .500 with or without him. I get it. But, I disagree doing that now, in a season when their self-proclaimed goal is to win a World Series with a pitching staff that is amazingly talented and finally healthy as a group. This is it. If now is not the time to go for it, what was all that rebuilding for?


Reyes (7) celebrates his solo home run against the Minnesota Twins with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Similarly, for the second-straight season, Asdrubal Cabrera is being forced to play the infield's most difficult position, while fighting through a myriad of nagging injuries every day. He was asked to do the same last season, and he eventually broke down and ended up on the DL.

In addition to having to handle a gimpy Cabrera, Collins is missing Wilmer Flores (who is out with a knee infection) and 1B Lucas Duda (who is out with a hyperextended elbow). As a result, he's beating Jose Reyes and his .104 average in to the lineup every day, experimenting in real games with Jay Bruce at first base and occasionally starting T.J. Rivera at the hot corner.

This approach is fine when expectations are in the toilet. But, when aiming to be the last team standing, Alderson and Collins need to be more aggressive and proactive in their problem solving.

The Mets are the only team in baseball to consistently play shorthanded, according to a quick survey on baseball insiders. It's also worth noting that none of my contacts could rationalize why Alderson repeatedly avoids using the disabled list when he's the man that started the initial conversation that eventually led to MLB instituting a 10-day disabled list.

Again, if you want to play short in a season when .500 is the best case scenario because you'd rather not burn a prospect's year of eligibility at the expense of a meaningless win in April, fine. I agree. But, when you tell anyone that will listen that your team is ready to win, plans to win and has a small window to win because the clock is ticking on your pitching staff, make a move.

In other words, bring up 21-year-old Amed Rosario, who ESPN.com's Keith Law recently said is the best prospect in all of baseball.



With Rosario at shortstop, where he's talented enough to win a Gold Glove as a rookie, Cabrera can slide over to the less physically-demanding third base, which would put Reyes on the bench where Collins can 'get him going' by picking and choosing the right spot to play him.

"I think it's starting to confirm what we've all believed, is that they're top-level prospects," Alderson said last week, according to MLB.com, when asked about hot starts in Las Vegas by Rosario and fellow prospect Dominic Smith. "They've got a good future with the Mets."

Sandy, you're coming off back-to-back postseasons and currently have an elite closer, left fielder, an outstanding young hitter in Michael Conforto and one of the best starting rotations in baseball. I hate to break it to you, but the future is now...

Aside from potentially making Rosario eligible for salary arbitration a year early, what's the worst that could happen to him and the Mets by bringing him up now? I mean, even if he doesn't hit a lick, which is hard to imagine happening, he's still going to be the best defensive infielder on the team (and one of the best defensive shortstops in the league), especially since he'll be flanked by Cabrera and Neil Walker, who are experienced, super nice, incredibly smart and love working with young players.

Don't sweat it, Rosario will be fine, not surprised and 100 percent ready...

The point is, I'm tired of seeing the Mets play it safe in these situations.


Video: Cespedes cranks third home run of the night


I love that Alderson has traded prospects to acquire hitting the last two summers. That's great. But, when it comes to the day-to-day management of the roster, he seems to still be making decisions like a GM rebuilding a franchise that has its eye mostly on tomorrow and not today.

If playing 10 days without Cespedes means he'll be healthy and win an MVP because he's crushing the ball every day after that, put him on the DL. If eating someone's salary will help acquire an experienced, high-leverage set up guy, do it. If promoting a top prospect to help restore order to the roster and starting lineup comes at the expense of an extra year of arbitration, so be it...

In short, I want the Mets to attack 2017 like a team that intends to win it all this season... not next season or when Matt Harvey leaves for the Bronx or West Coast... not in six years, when Rosario is a free agent... not some day when all five starting pitchers are in the rotation at the same time... but, right now, today. This season, every decision should be based on what will help the Mets win the most games possible in 2017, because the rest of the roster has earned the opportunity to go for it...


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. He recently left his position as Executive Editor and Dir. of Digital Content for SNY.TV to help sports brands build their own digital content businesses...


Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (82) throws during practice at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to watch...

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

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) will continue to play catch Wednesday before hopefully advancing to a bullpen session this weekend, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post

Syndergaard resumed his throwing program on Monday and increased his throwing distance on Tuesday, manager Mickey Callaway recently said. 

"I would venture to say it's not going to be a long, drawn-out process," Callaway added.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, with a promotion to Double-A Binghamton possible before the end of the season. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rockies hit four homers vs. Mets 00:00:55
The Rockies chased Mets starter Jason Vargas with three home runs in a six-run third inning and held off the Mets, 10-8, on Tuesday night.

The Rockies chased Mets starter Jason Vargas with three home runs in a six-run third inning and held off the Mets, 10-8, on Tuesday night.

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Rockies rough up starter Vargas 00:01:41
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss what the Mets should do with pitchers Jason Vargas and Seth Lugo moving forward.

Jason Vargas allowed three straight home runs in the third inning and the Mets could not catch up in a 10-8 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night at Coors Field.

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

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

1) Betrayed by poor defense and bad luck in the first inning, Vargas (2-6) allowed two runs on four hits in the frame before falling apart in the third. The southpaw surrendered back-to-back-to-back homers and was removed after allowing five of the six batters he faced in the inning to reach safely. Vargas has a 13.50 ERA in four career starts at Coors Field after he was charged with seven runs and nine hits over 2 1/3 innings. He hit a batter and did not issue a walk or record a strikeout.

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Callaway, Vargas on tough loss 00:01:11
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas discuss Vargas' poor outing in the New York Mets' loss to the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Mets LHP Jason Vargas allowed seven runs -- including back-to-back-to-back home runs -- on nine hits in just 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Tuesday night.

Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each hit RBI singles in the first inning before Vargas fell victim to the long ball in a six-run third inning.

He allowed three home runs in that sixth inning, as Nolan Arenado took Vargas deep in the third inning with a two-run home run, then Story and Desmond struck again with solo home runs right after.

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May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher AJ Ramos (44) reacts after walking Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (not pictured) with the bases loaded to force in thw winning run in the tenth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 25, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher AJ Ramos (44) reacts after walking Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw (not pictured) with the bases loaded to force in thw winning run in the tenth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets reliever AJ Ramos will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week that Ramos was getting a second opinion and surgery could be an option. 

Ramos, who landed on the 10-day DL due to rotator cuff tendinitis, struggled on the mound before his DL stint. He last pitched against the Brewers on May 25-26, where he walked in the winning run in extras, and allowed three earned runs over 0.2 innings in those two contests respectively.

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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)

Mets minor league infielder Jeff McNeil is drawing trade interest from other teams, reports Matt Ehalt of The Record.

McNeil is having a tremendous season and was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he has four hits in 11 at-bats.

McNeil, 26, has hit off the bench and served in utility roles while working his way up the Mets' farm system beginning in 2013.

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Gleyber Torres vs. Brandon Nimmo 00:00:17
SNY lines up the numbers for Gleyber Torres and Brandon Nimmo to see just who is the best young hitter in New York.

Lost a bit in the Gleyber Torres mania in the Bronx -- at least until Tuesday night -- was the emergence of Brandon Nimmo in Queens. 

The 25-year-old Nimmo is hitting .287/.410/.603 for the Mets with 12 HR, nine doubles, five triples, and seven stolen bases in 60 games this season -- and is currently one of the most valuable players in the majors.

Nimmo has the best slugging percentage in the National League (min. 200 plate appearances) and the fifth-highest in all of baseball. His 1.013 OPS is the best in the NL and fourth-best in baseball. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gleyber Torres
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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) plays the ball off the wall as fans reach during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Dominic Smith is making his first career start in the outfield on Tuesday night when he will play left field in the Mets' road matchup against Rockies at Coors FIeld.

Smith is shifting to the outfield in the absence of Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes, who are both on the disabled list. Bruce landed on the disabled list earlier in the day on Tuesday after playing in just one game since last Wednesday. 

Smith told reporters before Tuesday's game that he had a chance to work in the outfield at Coors Field on Monday and is excited about the opportunity.

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Brandon Nimmo's great two days 00:01:31
Check out the homers and the happiness provided by Brandon Nimmo over the past two days as he's helped the Mets to dramatic wins.

The Mets (31-38) continue their four-game series against the Rockies (34-38) on Tuesday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets are 18-17 on the road this season. ... Monday night's game was the second time since the start of 2015 that the Mets had at least one hit in every inning. ... The Mets have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games and 29 home runs in their last 23 games, though 22 of those home runs have been solo shots. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.77 ERA over their last 28 games (162.1 innings). 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Danny Abriano
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May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports  (Benny Sieu)
May 27, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) drives in a run with a base hit in the fifth inning during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Jay Bruce, who has been battling multiple injuries and had played just once since last Wednesday, has been placed on the 10-day DL, with the Mets calling up reliever Tim Peterson to take his spot on the roster. 

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned on Sunday from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness. He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

With Bruce now on the DL, the Mets are operating with a four-man bench, and their backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Dominic Smith. That could change soon, if Yoenis Cespedes returns from his hip issue...

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

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

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

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

Tags: Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom is in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in baseball history. 

Here's a look...

  • DeGrom leads the majors with a 1.51 ERA, ahead of Justin Verlander (1.61), Max Scherzer (2.06), and Luis Severino (2.09).
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Ken Rosenthal's report Monday for The Athletic, which stated the Mets are essentially listening to trade offers for all of their players, is important.

It's not important because it means every player on the team is about to be traded. However, it signals to us and the market with one shot that GM Sandy Alderson is thinking long-term and not just about 2018.

The Mets could spend several days connecting by phone or messaging with every front office to inform them of their willingness to deal, but launching a bomb through Rosenthal is more efficient...

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

I've never been more impressed and wowed by Mets RHP Jacob deGrom than I was watching his start Monday against the Rockies at Coors Field.

He did not have good control of his slider or change up as early as his first opponent of the game. In this situation, like most every pitcher in baseball, the deGrom of a few years ago would have tried to push through and keep searching for his command -- at least through the first inning.

If lucky, this foolish approach will work. If not, the pitcher can expect to throw a lot of pitches, give up multiple runs, and end up needing his bullpen to enter the game earlier rather than later...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom, in the midst of one of the most dominant stretches in recent memory, turned 30 years old today.

DeGrom is awesome, so let's celebrate his birthday with videos of him being awesome.

Click below to see...

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

Mets ace Jacob deGrom did his thing, but it was Brandon Nimmo who stole the show during New York's 12-2 win over the Rockies on Monday night in Colorado. 

Nimmo, who led off the game with an inside the park home run (because of course he did), finished the night 4-for-6 with two homers and four RBI. 

The Happiest Man in Baseball -- now hitting .287/.410/.603 -- flashed his grin throughout the night, and was featured on the back pages in the morning. Click below to see...

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All season long, Fios, the 100% fiber-optic network, is bringing superfans closer to their Mets thanever before.

Not only do you get an amazin' HD picture so every game feels like you're in Citi Field, but now, every Tuesday home games, Fios customers can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets, exclusive access and experiences at Citi Field through the SNY Superfan Sweepstakes, courtesy of Fios.

For official rules and to enter, visit sny.tv/fios.  

No purchase necessary.

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Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It's all too easy to manufacture drama in a baseball season, to claim for the sake of a storyline that a particular stretch of games carries meaning.

But in the case of the Mets, these next few weeks are truly pivotal, and could determine the direction of the franchise for years to come.

My understanding is that the team is currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. I've been on record calling two friends of mine crazy for suggesting that this is a good idea, and calling on the team to add Manny Machado -- but the purpose of today's column is to provide information, not my opinion...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Mets unleash 15-hit attack 00:01:27
Brandon Nimmo belted a pair of home runs, spearheading a 15-hit attack as the Mets routed Colorado 12-2 on Monday night.

The Mets opened their series with the Rockies on the road in grand fashion Monday night. Led by the hot bat of Brandon Nimmo, the Mets plated 12 runs on 15 hits on their way to victory. 

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Nimmo leads Mets 12-run outburst 00:02:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the emergence of Brandon Nimmo after his big game in the Mets rout of Colorado on Monday night.

Brandon Nimmo homered twice and had four hits and a career-high four RBIs in support of Jacob deGrom as the Mets rolled to their third straight win, 12-2, against the Rockies on Monday night at Coors Field.

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

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

1) Nimmo led off the game with an inside-the-park home run, singled in the fifth and went deep again in the seventh for the second multi-homer game of his career. He added a two-run single during the Mets' six-run ninth inning to match his career high with four hits. He became the first Met to hit an inside-the-park homer since Ruben Tejada on Sept. 2, 2015. His 10 home runs since May 23 are tied with Seattle's Nelson Cruz and Houston's Evan Gattis for the most in the Majors.

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Mets on 12-2 win over Rockies 00:01:04
Mickey Callaway, Brandon Nimmo and Jacob deGrom discuss the Mets 12-2 rout of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Monday night.

Mets' RHP Jacob deGrom won his first game since May 18 by striking out seven batters in eight strong innings in Monday's 12-2 win against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

DeGrom (5-2) allowed two runs (one earned) and five hits as he threw at least seven innings for the seventh consecutive start.

In deGrom's five-start winless streak, he recorded a 1.25 ERA and had 44 strikeouts in 36 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) in that span. However, the Mets scored more than one run just once in those starts.

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Nimmo's inside-the-park homer 00:00:22
Mets slugger Brandon Nimmo smacks a ball to deep center field and scores on an inside-the-park home run in the first inning.

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo became the first Mets player to hit a leadoff inside-the-park home run in nine years in Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Nimmo hit Tyler Anderson's first pitch of the game to deep right-center field and rounded the bases in 14.7 seconds, the fastest time in the majors this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

The last Mets player to hit an inside-the-park home run was Ruben Tejada in 2015.

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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (30-38) open a four-game series against the Rockies (34-37) on Monday night in Colorado at 8:40 on SNY.

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) resumed his throwing program on Monday and will increase his throwing distance on Tuesday, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

"I would venture to say it's not going to be a long, drawn-out process," Callaway added.

Syndergaard had been slated to return from the DL to start last Sunday against the Yankees, but was scratched from that start before receiving a second opinion on his injury. 

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) "checked out well" during physical therapy on Monday and may ramp up his activity on Tuesday, but is not yet cleared for baseball activity, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton last week before suffering a setback.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been out since May 14, when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor -- an issue that GM Sandy Alderson recently suggested was chronic.  

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

On the heels of a three-strikeout game as he returned from an upper butt/hip issue, the Mets had moved Jay Bruce down to seventh in the lineup on Monday before scratching him due to hip soreness.

Bruce said Monday that he hates the idea of going on the DL, but will be reevaluated on Tuesday with a DL stint on the table.

He did not play on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday due to the issue. He has also been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and said Monday that it was still bothering him.

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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)

The Mets last week promoted Triple-A infielder Jeff McNeil, who has become a popular, in-demand minor-leaguer among online fans and the prospect media.

The public interest in McNeil, 26, has been sparked by his late-blooming, left-handed power numbers, which has him looking like a totally different hitter than he was in 2015.

Back then, two years after being drafted with the organization's 12th-round pick, he has been presenting as an off-the-bench, slap-hitter. Then, in 2016, he missed time with a hernia, quad injury and needed surgery on his labrum. He entered this season having never had a true, full year to focus on his game and establish his toolbox. And so, three months ago, at 26, he had simply been looking destine to be a career minor-leaguer. 

It turns out that McNeil added muscle during his rehab from surgery, worked to add lift in his swing this past off season, and exploded in Double-A where he had a league-leading 14 home runs in Double-A before a recent promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are in dire need of a long-term, everyday catcher that can hit, deal with the pressure of New York and handle the team's pitching staff. This is why, if Sandy Alderson intends to change the complexion of the team via trade this summer, I'd like for him to find a way to get Marlins C J.T. Realmuto.

Unfortunately, to make that happen, multiple team insiders say four things need to happen...

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

The Mets have agreed to a deal with their recent second-round draft pick, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson, and have assigned him to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets. 

The deal is worth $1.85 million, Jim Callis of MLB.com reported last week. The pick was valued at just under $1.5 million.

Woods-Richardson, 17, is a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder out of Kempner High School in Houston, Texas. 

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

Mets manager Mickey Callaway, a rookie manager at the helm of a team that has nose-dived while dealing with injuries to some of its most important players, has been enduring "sleepless nights."

"There's been sleepless nights,'" Callaway told Bob Nightengale of USA Today. "It's not that I'm worrying about myself, but when you see these guys working so hard, and when the results don't come, you can't help but think about that. You lay in bed at night and say, "OK, what am I going to say to this guy? What am I going to say to that guy? Do you leave him alone? Do you let him work through it?"

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | It's understandable that Callaway had sleepless nights as the Mets' stretch of almost impossible to believe offensive ineptitude rolled on. There have also been major injuries Callaway has had to navigate through. Yoenis Cespedes has been out since May 13, and Noah Syndergaard hasn't pitched since May 25. Todd Frazier has also missed lots of time, and the team was without both of its starting catchers for a significant portion of the season. Meanwhile, Jay Bruce has been playing hurt and something will have to give with him soon...

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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)

The Mets are "ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone" on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom, having the best season of his career and in the midst of one of the more dominant stretches in recent memory, is under team control through 2020, while Syndergaard is under control through 2021. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler again looked terrific on Sunday, providing further evidence he has clearly turned a physical and psychological corner in his career.

In Sunday's game, he retired 10 straight batters before the D-backs started forcing him to change his gameplan. And he did, which is what has been most impressive about his time on the mound this year. In the end, Wheeler tossed 97 pitches, went six innings, allowed two earned runs and three hits, walked two and struck out eight.

He has a 1.93 ERA in his past three starts. And, in a situation that could make only Jacob deGrom jealous, the Mets are 1-5 during Wheeler's previous five starts, despite his 3.68 ERA.

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Mets' bats explode in the ninth 00:01:29
Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start, then Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the ninth to steal a win for the Mets in Arizona.

Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start, then Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered in the ninth to steal a win for the Mets in Arizona.

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Nimmo gives the Mets the lead 00:01:12
Brandon Nimmo hits a two-run homer off Brad Boxberger to give the Mets a 4-3 lead with two outs in the ninth inning in Arizona.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a two-out, two-run go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth inning to key a comeback victory in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Nimmo's home run off Brad Boxberger turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo homer as the Mets won back-to-back games for the first time since May 18-21, when they won four in a row.

"To come back and get a win like that," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game, "that was something that we were doing early on, feels like three years old, but that was a really good win for us."

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Gary and Ron on Mets' momentum 00:02:21
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling talk about Sunday's unlikely Mets comeback victory, and the team taking the sudden momentum into Colorado.

Brandon Nimmo's two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Mets rallied to earn a split of their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, 5-3, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

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

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

1) Down to their last out, the Mets scored four times to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 edge. Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit RBI double in front of back-to-back home runs by Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal CabreraJose Reyes reached on a bunt single to start the rally after Diamondbacks' reliever Brad Boxberger retired the first two batters of the inning. 

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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)

The Mets activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the DL for Sunday's game against the D-Backs and RHP Jacob Rhame was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Familia had been on the disabled list since June 7 with soreness in his right shoulder.

The 28-year-old Familia has a 2.48 ERA with 14 saves and 33 strikeouts this season. His last save was on May 28 when he struck out three batters in two innings of work against the Braves.

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (29-38) will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks (39-31) at Chase Field on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI during the team's win over the D-Backs on Saturday night after he made an adjustment at the plate.

"Our hitting coaches saw something, and they were right," manager Mickey Callaway said. "And he's looked totally different at the plate."

The Mets noticed that Conforto was previously overextending on pitches, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-Backs on Saturday night.

Matz allowed hits in each of the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. The only run allowed by Matz came in the sixth inning when Nick Ahmed hit a leadoff triple and came around to score when the next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, grounded out to short.

Matz drew two quick groundouts in the seventh inning, but was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso.

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Aug 25, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) wears a patch on his uniform thanking his dad against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 25, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) wears a patch on his uniform thanking his dad against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterMy father passed away from Multiple Sclerosis when I was 18 years old.

The Mets were one of our things, arguably our biggest thing. And that's why no matter how dark things may get with this team, it's more than just a game. At least for me. It's a connection back to my father. It's a reminder of all of the good times, talks, and laughs we had together. And it's a happiness that something my father and I loved and shared. I can still treasure that, despite him not being here.

My father was taking me to Shea Stadium from a very young age. We'd sit there, doing the book, and he'd explain to me what was going on. We'd get our hot dogs, our french fries, and ice cream. On extra special days, he'd even let me paint the Mets logo on my face (usually with my mother's eyeliner -- sorry if you're reading this and just finding out, ma)...

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Matz, Conforto lead Mets to win 00:01:11
Michael Conforto had four RBIs and Steven Matz allowed just one run as the Mets defeated the D-backs, 5-1, on Saturday night.

Mets offense comes alive in win 00:01:36
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Michael Conforto's four-RBI game in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday night.

Steven Matz pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Conforto drove in four runs as the Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Matz was solid, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three as he recorded his fourth quality start in his last five appearances.

2) Conforto led the offense with a homer, a double and four RBIs. The outfielder put the Mets on the board in the second inning when he launched his ninth home run of the year, driving in Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. It was Conforto's third long ball in just eight career at-bats against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin. The 25-year-old added an RBI double off Corbin in the sixth.

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