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...


Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-5 with three RBIs in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Phillies in the Little League Classic in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Rosario's two-run single capped a four-run second inning to give starting pitcher Jason Vargas a comfortable lead, then added another RBI single in the top of the fourth to make it a 7-0 game.

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New York Mets LHP Jason Vargas (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets LHP Jason Vargas (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas threw his second straight solid outing, taking a shutout into the sixth inning in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Vargas (3-8) won his first start since May 30, giving up two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets took three out of five games against their division rivals.

Though he took a no-decision when he threw his first quality start of the season on Tuesday, the 35-year-old Vargas was strong from the get-go, retiring the first seven batters he faced.

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Mets break down Williamsport win 00:02:00
Hear from Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas and Kevin Plawecki as they recap the Mets' 8-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday night.

Amed Rosario had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Mets past the Phillies, 8-2, on Sunday night in the Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

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

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

1) Rosario's two-run single capped a four-run second inning for the Mets. Jose Bautista and Kevin Plawecki had RBI singles when New York opened the frame with five consecutive hits. Jeff McNeil had a two-RBI base knock in the fourth and Rosario added another run-scoring single in the sixth. Dominic Smith had a pinch-hit RBI double in the eighth.

 

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The Mets in Williamsport 00:01:15
Before the Little League Classic, former LLWS players Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto met with the young players in Williamsport.

Before the Mets beat the Phillies 8-2 on Sunday in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, they met some players competing in the Little League World Series.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver a "way, way, way too early" forecast of the 2019 New York Mets roster. Speaking of 2019, they also drop their weekly update on the search for the next Mets GM.

Don't forget -- we want hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen...

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David Wright gets two hits 00:01:02
Mets captain David Wright got his first two hits of his rehab assignment, going 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored on Sunday.

It took him a few games, but Mets 3B David Wright finally got his first couple hits for the St. Lucie Mets since returning to live games on Sunday. 

Wright laced a couple singles on his way to a 2-for-3 day with a run scored as well. The first hit was a ball hit right back up the middle followed by a single to left. 

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

The Mets and Phillies play the rubber game of a five-game series on Sunday at 7:10 p.m. at BB&R Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Mets notes

Since scoring 46 runs in a three-game span, the Mets have scored just five runs in their last 18 innings. ... Mets relievers have a 3.15 ERA in the month of August, which ranks third among all National League teams. ... Austin Jackson has a .378/.418/.568 batting line with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 21 games with the Mets.

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Amed Rosario (1) celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Amed Rosario (1) celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets flew into Williamsport, PA on Sunday for their special Little League World Series game against the Phillies. And Little Leaguers were there waiting for them when they arrived...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

Mets OF/1B Dominic Smith was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, reports Review Journal's Betsy Helfand. 

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, the Mets have been hesitant to bring Smith back up as they wanted him to get more outfield reps. He has been primarily in left field since he was sent down. 

Smith has been down with the 51s since the end of July. In 78 games this season, he owns a .255/.330/.387 slash line with six homers and 38 RBI. 

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Wright takes the field Thursday 00:00:35
David Wright played another rehab game for St Lucie on Thursday, getting some action in the field but remaining hitless at the plate.

David Wright is 0-for-14 in four rehab games after going 0-for-4 Saturday night for St. Lucie.

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deGrom delivers a complete game 00:01:23
Jacob deGrom dazzled in Philadelphia and delivered a complete game, helping the Mets beat Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, 3-1, on Saturday.

Jacob deGrom dazzled in Philadelphia and delivered a complete game, helping the Mets beat Jake Arrieta and the Phillies, 3-1, on Saturday.

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Now that's he's finally adding wins to his resume, Jacob deGrom is looking very much like a serious candidate for the National League Cy Young Award.

DeGrom earned his third victory in as many starts Saturday, throwing his third career complete game without allowing an unearned run in a 3-1 victory in Philadelphia.

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Gary and Keith discuss deGrom 00:02:05
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss a dominating performance by Jacob deGrom and how he's finally getting wins to match his 1.71 ERA.

Cy Young candidate Jacob deGrom didn't allow an earned run in his third career complete game as the Mets defeated Philadelphia 3-1 in a rain-delayed game at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

For Mets manager Mickey Callaway, the answer for why he thinks that Jacob deGrom should win the Cy Young is simple: he's better than everybody else.

DeGrom is a Cy Young favorite, alongside Nationals RHP Max Scherzer.

"I think if you look at his home runs per inning, the BABIP, the FIP, he's better at all those things," Callaway said before the Mets game. "Scherzer has a .250 BABIP, which means he's getting fairly lucky and deGrom's numbers are still better."

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Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are keeping LHP Jason Vargas in the rotation.

Mickey Callaway told Wayne Randazzo that RHP Corey Oswalt will be moved to the bullpen in a traditional five-man rotation after talks of potentialy using six.

Vargas, 35, is 2-8 this season with an 8.10 ERA and 1.78 WHIP in 53.1 innings.

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas
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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets ace Jacob deGrom has been the best pitcher in the National League this season. Better than Max Scherzer. Better than Aaron Nola. As it stands right now, he should be the frontrunner for the Cy Young award.

But he might not be, because of his won/loss record. And that's the one big difference between deGrom and the above pitchers...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom waits for a signal before delivering a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom waits for a signal before delivering a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets take on the Phillies on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Mets notes

The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games and have won eight of their last 14 games. ... The Mets have won 19 of their last 25 series
vs. the Phillies. ... Jacob deGrom has held opponents to three runs or less in 21 straight starts, the second-longest single-season streak in franchise history.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard couldn't overcome a rough first inning in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Syndergaard allowed a season-high four runs and gave up eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, including a poor first inning in which he allowed the first four batters to reach base before he even recorded an out.

The 25-year-old Syndergaard (8-3) allowed a leadoff single to Cesar Hernandez and walked Rhys Hoskins to bring up former teammate Asdrubal Cabrera, whose double to left field made it 1-0. Nick Williams followed with an RBI single to center that made it 2-0. Syndergaard got Carlos Santana to hit into a 3-6-3 double play, but Cabrera scored from third to make it 3-0.

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Prospects Post Game Extra 00:01:28
Watch Alex Aronson wrap up the fifth episode of Prospects on Post Game Extra presented by Bowlmor Lanes.

Meet…Hannah.

Wake up. Work out. Train. Go home. Shower. Rest. Go out. And then repeat.

This is the life Hannah leads, and while it may appear that Hannah's grueling schedule has absolutely no room for a +1, she is accepting applications to find the man of her dreams on Prospects.

While Hannah was the leading lady, it was quite apparent who was taking the lead - her manager Emily. She's willing to get her hands dirty to help her friend, and hopes these guys are too since, well - "girly" man hands are a no-no. (whatever that means). Consider this a warning to any man with "girly" hands that looks like a "peasant" -steer clear of this feisty one. Host Alex admits he's "a little nervous for these prospects, these girls are vicious."

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Phillies run by Mets, 4-2 00:01:01
Aaron Nola and the Phillies bested Noah Syndergaard and the Mets on Friday night in Philadelphia, 4-2.

Aaron Nola held the Mets to one run over seven innings and Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs in 5 2/3 frames as New York fell to Philadelphia, 4-2, on Friday night.

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Gary and Keith on steals 00:02:06
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez explain why opponents are stealing at will against Noah Syndergaard, and how he must adjust moving forward.

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Phillies 4-2 on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

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

Things you should know about Friday's game

1) Syndergaard was hit hard in the first inning, giving up an RBI double to former Met Asdrubal Cabrera to get things started for the Phillies. Nick Williams' RBI single and Carlos Santana's double play plated two more in the inning, making it 3-0. In the fourth, Austin Jackson misplayed a fly ball to deep center field that resulted in a triple for Roman Quinn, who then scored on an RBI single by Jorge Alfaro for the Phillies' fourth run of the night. Syndergaard threw 115 pitches over 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and striking out five batters.

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It was roughly one year ago that Michael Conforto's All-Star season with the Mets was interrupted after dislocating his shoulder on a swing at Citi Field.

Finally, after months of struggling to get going, it appears Conforto is back to being the intense, competitive, classic left-handed No. 3 hitter the Mets took pride in last summer.

Since his batting average dropped to a season low .216 on July 15, Conforto is batting .320 with a .400 BABIP, a .400 OBP, .570 slugging percentage, six HR, seven doubles and 17 RBI in 26 games, during which the Mets are 13-13...

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New York Mets center fielder Austin Jackson singles against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Austin Jackson singles against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

After Thursday's doubleheader, the Mets take on the Phillies again Friday night at 6:05 at Citizens Bank Park.

Mets notes

The Mets have scored 46 runs in their past three games. Prior to that, they had scored 46 runs in their previous 10 games combined. ... Austin Jackson has a .379/.423/.591 batting line with two home runs and nine RBIs in 19 games since joining the Mets.

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Gary Cohen: 30 Years 00:01:52
SNY's Gary Cohen looks back on his 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, which include many memorable and historic moments in Mets history.

Gary Cohen looks back on his 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, which include many memorable and historic moments in franchise history.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Brandon Nimmo saw two hand specialists and the MRI on his left hand came back clean, Mets managery Mickey Callaway said before Friday's game.

Nimmo is day-to-day.

Nimmo was hit by a pitch while attempting to check his swing in the third inning against the Phillies in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader, fell to the ground immediately, and exited the game after standing up. X-rays came back negative, and he pinch-ran during Game 2 of the doubleheader.

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Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Wahl (61) pitches during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Bobby Wahl (61) pitches during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets have placed RH reliever Bobby Wahl on the 10-day DL due to a right hamstring strain and promoted LH reliever Daniel Zamora from Double-A Binghamton, the team announced Friday.

Wahl, who was acquired in July from the A's in the Jeurys Familia deal, allowed six runs in 5.1 innings (seven appearances) while walking four and striking out seven for the Mets after being promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The 25-year-old Zamora's first Mets appearance will be his big league debut.

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In late 2014, early 2015, Mets C Kevin Plawecki was widely considered the second-best catching prospect in baseball, according to more or less every every published top prospect list.

Three and a half years later, after years of being labeled only a backup catcher, he's starting to show that maybe, possibly, he can be counted on as every day catcher for the Mets.

Prior to his first call-up during the summer of 2015, Plawecki was often labeled by scouts as an "offensive catcher," mostly due to his average defensive skills, short, simple swing and impressive contact rate...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Matthew Cerrone
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Top 100 Prospect rankings are in parenthesis) are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas (No. 63) -- ETA 2018

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Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores catcher Kevin Plawecki (not pictured) fifth inning single against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 14, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores catcher Kevin Plawecki (not pictured) fifth inning single against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo starred in the Mets huge victory over the Orioles on Wednesday, but was removed from their record breaking game one of their double header against the Phillies on Thursday.

Nimmo was hit by a pitch in his finger in the third inning and exited the game. He reacted to it exactly how you might imagine he would.

"Ah, crud!" Nimmo said after the game.

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You bench? 00:00:57
Asking "how much you bench" may not be the best question on a date.

Hannah and her team of scouts and managers pick out a few different prospects for her to go on a date with at Citi Field.

Catch Prospects tonight following Mets Post Game or stream it live on SNY.tv or the NBC Sports App.

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The guys talk Conforto 00:02:16
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Michael Conforto's big offensive display in Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Steven Matz was roughed up in his return from the disabled list as the Phillies earned a doubleheader split with a 9-6 win on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Matz's return from a stint on the DL was not much better than his start that preceded it. After being handed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the 27-year-old allowed a three-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the inning and three more runs in the second, aided by his own throwing error. Matz (5-10) was lifted after surrendering six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Phils and Mets split twin bill 00:01:06
Mets starter Steven Matz lasted just two innings in his return from the DL as the Phillies took the nightcap from the Mets, 9-6.

After scoring 24 runs in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader, the Mets fell to the Phillies, 9-6, in the nightcap.

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Wright takes the field Thursday 00:00:35
David Wright played another rehab game for St Lucie on Thursday, getting some action in the field but remaining hitless at the plate.

David Wright has played another game on his rehab stint with St. Lucie and is still hitless against High-A pitching.

Wright's box score, quite obviously, takes a backseat to the fact that he's on the Mets' comeback trail and playing in professional baseball games again.

On Thursday night, Wright went 0-3 in six innings at third base. It was Wright's fourth game in five days.

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Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Steven Matz's return from the DL didn't go to plan.

Matz was shelled for his second straight start, as the Mets' southpaw was unable to last more than two innings against the Phillies. In his last start, Matz couldn't escape the first inning before heading to the DL.

On Thursday night, Matz allowed six runs (four earned) in two innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets take on the Phillies in their second game of the doubleheader on Thursday night after putting up a franchise record 24 runs in Game 1.

Mets notes

In game one, the Mets scored 24 runs, the most in franchise history. The previous mark was 23 runs on August 16, 1987 at Chicago-NL. … According to Elias, the last NL team to score 15 or more runs in consecutive games was the New York Giants on August 2-4, 1933. … New York's 10-run inning was its first time scoring at least 10 runs in an inning since scoring a franchise-best 12 runs in the third inning on April 29, 2016 vs. San Francisco.

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Callaway on blowout win, Nimmo 00:01:52
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses his club's 24-run outburst against the Phillies and provides an injury update on Brandon Nimmo.

The Mets set a franchise record for runs and hits as they pummeled the Phillies, 24-4, in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) After capping a nine-run sixth inning with a grand slam in Baltimore Wednesday night, Jose Bautista did the same during a 10-run fifth in Thursday's doubleheader opener. Bautista, who didn't start the game, finished with three hits and seven RBIs. Amed Rosario hit the first pitch of the afternoon for a home run -- his second leadoff blast in three games -- and finished with a career-high four hits along with three RBIs, three runs and a stolen base. Kevin Plawecki reached safely in all six plate appearances, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and two walks. 

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Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jose Bautista (11) is greeted at home plate by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) and third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) and third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jose Bautista (11) is greeted at home plate by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) and third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) and third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a grand slam during the fifth inning Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The 2018 New York Mets are going in the history books.

Against the Phillies, the Mets broke their franchise record for runs (24) and hits (25). Over their last two games, they scored more than they have over a two-game span (40). 

The 2018 Mets shatter the previous two-game record held by the 1990 edition, who scored 34 runs across two games at Wrigley against the Cubs, winning 19-8 then 15-10.

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Keith Hernandez discusses his comments about Ronald Acuna Jr. and the idea of throwing at hitters and pitching inside in today's game.

SNY's Keith Hernandez spoke with Doug Williams on Thursday to discuss comments he made Wednesday night concerning Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Urena's right to pitch inside to Ronald Acuna of the Braves after Acuna had homered in five straight games

While noting that the intent should never be to hurt someone and that any pitches should brush batters off the plate or be "at waist level," Hernandez stood by what he said on Wednesday.

"I stand firmly by what I said, and I don't think the pitch was that terrible," Hernandez said.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (51-67) open a five-game series with the Phillies (66-53) with Game 1 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 4:05 p.m.

Mets notes

Jacob Rhame has been added as the 26th man in advance of the doubleheader. ... The Mets have won five of their last seven games and seven of their last 11. ... The Mets are 19-19 since July 1. ... David Wright will play his fourth game in five days on Thursday night as he continues to rehab with High-A St. Lucie. 

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Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)
Jenrry Mejia celebrates after earning his seventh save of the season as the Mets defeated the Padres, 3-1. He did not allow a baserunner in two innings of work. (AP)

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia is back from his lifetime ban. And he was nearly perfect his first appearance since the ban was lifted, because of course he was.

Pitching for the DSL Mets on Thursday, Mejia allowed one hit in four scoreless innings while walking none and striking out three, according to Michael Mayer

The Mets reliever, who was banned from baseball for life in February of 2016, had been granted his conditional reinstatement for the 2019 season back on July 6...

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David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)
David Wright fields ground balls during workouts in Tradition Field (Credit: Associated Press)

Mets third baseman David Wright will play a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in what will be his fourth game in five days.

Wright drew a walk while playing seven innings on Wednesday night, but is still looking for his first hit since beginning his rehab assignment.

"I think slowly but surely, you see the ball," Wright said Monday. "The more pitches I can get under my belt, the better. Hopefully the results come, but that shouldn't [be] and isn't my No. 1 concern right now. My No. 1 concern is trying to catch up to the speed of the game, get into a rhythm offensively and defensively."

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On Episode 4 of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets third baseman Todd Frazier! There's all kinds of hilarious stories told by the New Jersey native, such as memories of his early job as a carnival barker and how he got a sneaky edge on the way to winning the Little League World Series. The guys also discuss Todd's early days in the majors and playing in New York close to his family.

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Brandon Nimmo went 5-for-5 and Todd Frazier had four RBIs to pace a 19-hit attack as the New York Mets routed the Baltimore Orioles, 16-5.

Brandon Nimmo went 5-for-5 and Todd Frazier had four RBIs to pace a 19-hit attack as the New York Mets routed the Baltimore Orioles, 16-5.

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Mickey Callaway and Brandon Nimmo comment on the outfielder's 5-for-5 performance during the New York Mets' rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

He may not have hit the long ball, but Mets OF Brandon Nimmo did everything else on Wednesday night in Baltimore. 

Nimmo notched his first career 5-for-5 night with a triple, two doubles and three RBI. He also was hit by a pitch, making him reach base all six times he went to the plate. 

The 25-year-old brought home his first run of the night with a double in the top of the fourth. And he was part of the Mets' nine-run sixth with a two-run triple for his sixth on the season. 

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Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Brandon Nimmo's 5-for-5 night and Zack Wheeler's sixth straight win in the Mets' lopsided win.

 

The Mets pounded out 19 hits and scored nine times in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered Wednesday having won five straight starts. And with a healthy lead, that number can be pushed to six after another good outing. 

Wheeler only tossed five innings due to a 95 pitch count, but he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. 

In the beginning, Wheeler didn't breeze through his first batters the way he has recently. Instead, Adam Jones hit a single to center to score Jonathan Villar, who got on base with a single himself to kick off the bottom of the first. 

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David Wright and Jay Bruce played in a rehab game for Class A-Advanced Port St. Lucie, as they both try to work their way back to the Mets.

Mets 3B David Wright played his third game in four days with the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night. But after four plate appearances, Wright is still searching for his first hit. 

Wright went 0-for-3 with a walk, which makes him 0-for-7 in his three games. At third base, he managed to have two putouts in the game as well. 

Before his game Monday, Wright said that he wasn't worried about not getting a hit yet. He said the more live at-bats he has under his belt, he'll begin to see the ball better, resulting in more contact. 

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New York Mets' Todd Frazier (21) hits a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Todd Frazier (21) hits a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets were already up 4-1 in the top of the fifth when Todd Frazier came up to the plate. But he didn't think that was enough. 

With two outs, Frazier swung at the first pitch and sent a moonshot over the left field wall for his 11th homer of the season.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets captain David Wright is making serious progress as he tries to return to the majors for the first time since 2016.

Wright's comeback attempt has gone from pipe dream to realistic, with him suiting up Wednesday night for the third time in four games as he rehabs with St. Lucie. But the odds are still stacked against him.

If Wright does defy the odds and returns to the field with the Mets, what kind of future could be in store for him? Here are three scenarios...

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