The Yankees acquired a shortstop when they traded for Arizona's Didi Gregorius. As it happens, the Mets also need a shortstop.

General Manager Sandy Alderson's recent endorsement of Wilmer Flores as the Mets' Opening Day starter merely said that it was a "likelihood" that Flores would start. As endorsements go, that's weak. Manager Terry Collins refused to even go that far on Monday.

Flores hit .251, with a .286 OBP and .378 SLG in 78 games with the Mets in 2014, good for a 88 wRC+ (where 100 is average), in the season in which he turned 23-years-old. Partial season defensive numbers are extremely unreliable and split on Flores: while he was worth +4.0 runs by Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), he was worth -3 runs by Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). To be clear, I think Flores can hit at the big league level, although I don't know where he will play defensively, and I do not think he can play shortstop everyday.

Did the Yankees' move have any implications for the Mets?

The argument is that the Mets have players they could have traded, at similar positions, to the ones the Tigers and Diamondbacks received and exceeded either team's return. However, the Mets, have been careful to hoard their pitching. In fact, according to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets were not very "involved" in the derby for Gregorius after the Diamondbacks made clear that they wanted prospect Noah Syndergaard for the Mets. That's a big ask, but there's plenty of wiggle room between Syndergaard's perceived value and what the Diamondbacks eventually received. Syndergaard is still regarded as one of the top RHP pitching prospects in the game and one of the best 20 or so overall prospects. And yet, he has not made the jump to the big leagues.

The Yankees used the Detroit Tigers as a pass through. The Yankees sent RHP Shane Greene, who was roughly league average in his 2014 debut season to the Tigers, who then sent Arizona two promising younger players in INF Domingo Leyba and LHP Robbie Ray.

GiveGet
YankeesRHP Shane GreeneSS Didi Gregorius
TigersLHP Robbie Ray, INF Domingo LeybaShane Greene
DiamondbacksSS Didi GregoriusLHP Robbie Ray, INF Domingo Leyba
I think each side of this deal is defensible, but like it most from the Yankees' and then Tigers perspective. The Yankees traded a 26-year-old starting pitcher for a young shortstop with five more years of team control. The Tigers traded a very nice prospect (Leyba) and a guy who wasn't getting it done (Ray), for rotation help now to support an aging team. The Diamondbacks, a team building for the future, traded from a position of depth for a reclamation project in Ray and a fine prospect in Leyba.

The question for the Mets is really is whether Gregorius, who is six months older than Flores was a significant enough upgrade over the incumbent to be worth the move. Gregorius is a strong fielder, (at ESPN Keith Law called him "excellent"), but he might never hit much. In 191 between his age 23 and 24 seasons, Gregorius has hit .243/.310/.366 in the big leagues for a 88 wRC+. That's enough to stick at shortstop if it's combined with average or better defense at the position and maybe over a full season get him potentially get him to the 2-3 WAR range as an average player. Gregorius' walk (8.1 percent) and strikeout rates (16.9 percent) were reasonable, but he has done very little damage on contact as his .280 BABIP makes plain. He's an underpowered guy with a MLB HR/FB rate at 6 percent and an infield popup rate at 13 percent. The risk for the Yankees on Gregorius is that even if his defense is really good, his bat keeps his value down in the roughly win range per year and they'll still be searching for an offensive upgrade at shortstop. Steamer, a publicly available projection system does not see much breakout potential in Gregorius, pegging him for 1.2 wins in 80 games or about 2 wins if he played 140 games.


Could the Mets have sent the Tigers a capable starter like Greene? Yup.

Who is the Mets' pitcher most similar to Greene? By ERA estimators, both Zack Wheeler and Jon Niese were very close to average in 2014.

However, in terms of right-handed late bloomers, fellow 26-year-old Jacob deGrom is a better match for Greene. Both offer six more years of team control. Drafted out of small colleges, both right-handers have had Tommy John surgery and had strikeout rates in the majors better than their results in the upper minors. Greene did not make Baseball America's Top 30 Yankee prospects from his draft date in 2009, until earning the No. 16 ranking heading into 2014. To simplify his career arc, he was ordinary statistically with Charleston in the SAL in 2011, flopped with Tampa in advanced Single-A in 2012 and then, BA suggests he was sent across the complex to extended spring training where he made mechanical adjustments to stay on line toward the plate better. He finished up 2013 with a strong half-season in Double-A.

Let's get this out of the way: The NL Rookie of the Year, deGrom had a much better 2014 than Greene and is a more valuable property. They both made a half-season (or so) worth of starts. deGrom had a 2.69 ERA and a 78 ERA- (which adjusts for park and league and where 100 is league average and lower is better) in 22 starts. Greene had a 3.78 ERA in 15 starts and a 98 ERA-.

With the Yankees in the big leagues, Greene performed better than he had at nearly any point in the minors as his ERA dropped and his strikeout rate rose. The same goes for deGrom and the Mets.

Why did Greene's strikeout rate jump once he started pitching his home games in Yankee Stadium? He was more effective against right-handed hitters than at any point in his minor league tenure. The table below captures Greene's strikeout rate against hitters of both hands since the start of the 2013 season.

.vs. LHHvs. RHHOverall
2013 - A+19.723.522.0
2013 - AA14.023.319.5
2014 - AAA13.524.519.3
2014 - MLB16.631.323.5
Greene's fastball averages 93 mph, but by Fangraphs' accounting, only his slider has an above-average value. This explains both his dominance against righties, and his struggles against left-handed hitters.

DeGrom went through a similar, though not identical, pattern in the sense that his strikeout rate increased from the high teens in the upper minors to the mid-20s when he reached the big leagues. However, the source of the improvement is quite different.

This is deGrom's strikeout rate versus lefthanded and right-handed hitters.

vs. LHHvs. RHHOverall
2013 - A+10.036.726.0
2013 - AA12.419.216.7
2013 - AAA17.420.519.0
2014 - AAA20.316.118.0
2014 - MLB23.526.925.5
Don't pay too much attention to deGrom's 2013 in advanced Single-A, as his time at the level lasted only two starts. However, note that deGrom's stirkeout rate against lefties has steadily climbed at each of his stops in the last two seasons. Like Greene, his strikeout rate against righties spiked in the big leagues. Unlike Greene, he's more than capable against batters from both sides of the plate.

Like Greene, deGrom's average fastball is above 93, actually 93.5. Unlike Greene, deGrom's fastball (we're mixing sinkers with four-seamers here for both pitchers) carries a huge positive run value in Fangraph's accounting at +15. Notably, his curveball and his changeup, his third and fourth-most used pitches also were valued positively. It's the development of this changeup which he throws 20 percent of the time to lefties and 6 percent to righties, that's helped so much against left-handed hitters.

Is Niese a better comparison for Greene? The problem here is partly financial. Niese is owed $16 million over his next two seasons, with team options for $10 and $11 million for 2017 and 2018. Greene will be making close to MLB minimum for two more years, and will only be hitting arbitration by the time the guaranteed portion of Niese's contract runs out. If the Tigers were trying to get cheap innings, Niese does not quite fit the bill in the same way as Greene.

Wheeler, as a former first-round pick, who was already swapped for an elite player in Carlos Beltran, comes with a level of hype that is still somewhere above his aggregate level of production. He has an extra year of MLB service time over Greene, and has pitched as roughly a league average guy in his age 23 and 24 seasons. Given that longer track record and more heralded pedigree, he's still, absent contract considerations, a more valuable property. Wheeler, by dint of that MLB time, has one fewer years of team control remaining than does Greene. Still, the 24-year-old's ERA- sits at a perfectly league average 100 for his career.

Again, I'd argue based on age, and years of control, Jacob deGrom is the Mets hurler most similar to Shane Greene. He's also better than Greene. However, one could make the case that either Zack Wheeler or Jon Niese are more similar. In any case, the Mets had no fewer than three options if Detroit was looking for a pitcher in their 20s with a modest big league track record to provide innings for a team in win-now mode.


What if the Mets had dealt directly with Arizona? The Diamondbacks received Ray and Leyba from Detroit.

Robbie Ray is a project at this point who does not look like he will return value as a big league starter. His strikeout rate has declined as he's gone through the minors and in 2014, he ran a strikeout rate of 17% in AAA on his way to a 4.22 ERA and then was blasted for a 8.16 ERA in 28.2 innings over nine appearances in the big leagues in which he produced a 14% strikeout rate. Last winter, Ray was the centerpiece of the Doug Fister trade. The Tigers would like a mulligan. Ray seems likely to go the bullpen to provide big league value.

Leyba, who turned 19 in September split his year between the New York-Penn League and low-A Michigan in the Midwest League. He hit an unassuming .264/.303/.375 in 37 games in the NYP, and then torched the MWL for a .397/.431/.483 mark in 30 games to finish the year. He played second base and shortstop this year, but Jim Callis at MLB.com thinks he's destined for second base when he reaches the big leagues, writing that he "fits better at second because his speed and arm are average at best. But he should produce enough at the plate to become a big league regular." The Mets prospect who seems most like Leyba to me is Dilson Herrera as second-baseman who an average second baseman with the bat to be dangerous. However, Herrera is much closer to providing big league value than Leyba. The Mets don't have a true second baseman south of Herrera who matches up with Leyba. If we're going to expand the value comparison game to infielders who were in a-ball or short-season A in 2014, Jhoan Ureana, Gavin Cecchini and Amed Rosario are all middle infielders with very roughly similar values.  

I don't really know what the Diamondbacks think they are getting in Ray. The Mets could certainly have sent them an infield prospect and an upper level arm. Perhaps a comparable or even superior package would have been something like Jhoan Urena or Gavin Cecchini and Gabriel Ynoa that would have rivaled what the Diamondbacks received from the Tigers.


In the end though, the Mets did not make a play for Gregorious. Given his age, and lackluster offensive production in his first two big league seasons, that's understandable. Still, the team could use a shortstop, which has been true since Jose Reyes left. If the team is really serious about contending in 2015, the Mets will use organizational assets, including money, a prospect or two and a pitcher to fill in the hole on the left side of their infield this winter.    

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Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Due to his workload this season, the Mets are shutting Zack Wheeler down for the year, with Corey Oswalt taking his spot in the rotation.

"We're gonna shut down Zack for the year, given the fact that he's 101 innings over what he pitched last year," Mickey Callaway said Wednesday. "The way he pitched, pitching deep in to games, we're really excited about the year he had. And we feel like we'd probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point."

Callaway had hinted on Monday before Wheeler's start the the team was considering ending his season after that start.

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Phillies C Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after this season and I want him to be on the Mets in 2019, when he'll still be just 31 years old.

The Mets are set up to again have a dominant starting rotation next year, with or without Jason Vargas. My hunch is no one from the current group will be traded, which means Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and the matured and impressive Zack Wheeler will need a veteran catcher capable of taking charge, instilling confidence and providing stability for them behind the plate.

Travis d'Arnaud is not likely to be back until the middle of next season after having Tommy John surgery this past summer. But, let's be honest, even if d'Arnaud is healthy, there is absolutely no guarantee he'll be able to elevate his game to a level that is needed to help the team contend for a playoff spot. I realize there is no guarantee that anyone will remain healthy and productive, but d'Arnaud's track record indicates he's even less of a guarantee than most. My guess is he gets non-tendered anyway, but that's just a hunch...

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(Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

In a dreadful season marked by still more crippling injuries and some awful baseball, the Mets couldn't have imagined finding a winning lottery ticket in the middle of a sidewalk, as if it had somehow fallen right out of the sky.

Yet Jeff McNeil might just be that rare stroke of good luck this franchise desperately needs these days, if he proves to have staying power as a hit-machine second baseman - an unexpected gift from the baseball gods. 

"If anybody says they saw this coming," Mets assistant GM J.P. Ricciardi was saying over the phone, "they're lying. He's been a total surprise."

Actually, McNeil himself begs to differ.

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Gary Cohen 2006 Clincher 00:01:33
Gary Cohen reflects on 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including the memorable celebration after the Mets clinched the 2006 N.L. East.

Gary Cohen reflects on 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including the memorable celebration after the Mets clinched the 2006 N.L. East.

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Phillies big inning beats Mets 00:01:05
Steven Matz homered in his second straight start but the bullpen failed to provide any relief in a 5-2 loss to the Phillies

The Phillies couldn't score against Steven Matz, so they pounced on the Mets' bullpen en route to a 5-2 win at Citizens Bank Park.

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The guys talk Steven Matz 00:01:59
Gary & Ron discuss Steven Matz's stellar performance since the All-Star break and what he can do to join the ranks of the elite.

Steven Matz homered yet again and pitched five shutout innings, but Jerry Blevins and Drew Smith combined to allow five runs in the sixth inning and the Mets fell to the Phillies on Tuesday night, 5-2.

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

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

1) With his third-inning solo blast, Matz joined Tom Seaver and Ron Darling as the only other Mets pitchers to homer in consecutive starts. His latest home run comes just five days after his first major league home run. Matz struggled with control on the mound Tuesday night, walking five batters, but he never allowed it to cause real damage. He walked five batters but allowed just two hits in five innings.

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Matz doing it all 00:00:20
Steven Matz makes an incredible behind-the-back grab of Roman Quinn?s line drive and turns it into a double play

Mets LHP Steven Matz made an impressive catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

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Matz homers again 00:00:19
Steven Matz belted a homerun in his second straight start, the first Met to do it since Ron Darling in 1989

Mets LHP Steven Matz hit a solo home run in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Phillies, marking his second homer in as many starts.

Matz became the third pitcher in Mets history to homer in back-to-back starts -- and the first since Ron Darling completed the feat in 1989. Tom Seaver also hit home runs in consecutive starts.

Matz's blast off Phillies ace Aaron Nola gave the Mets a 1-0 advantage. His home run traveled 362 feet, according to Statcast.

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

The Mets will play the second game of their three-game series against the Phillies on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Mets notes

The Mets have posted a .688 winning percentage (11-5) in the month of September, which ranks fourth-best in the majors and first in the NL ... The Mets have now won the season series vs. Philadelphia seven straight years ... The Mets are 44-20 at Citizens Bank Park since 2012 and have hit 31 home runs at the park since last season.

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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

In a poll where BBWAA (Baseball Writers' Association of America) voters were asked who should win the NL Cy Young award, Mets ace Jacob deGrom was the near-unanimous choice.

DeGrom received 30 of 33 first place votes in MLB.com's poll, with Max Scherzer of the Nationals receiving the other three first place votes.

When it came to point total, deGrom received 153, Scherzer received 101, and Aaron Nola of the Phillies received 63.

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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is showing signs that he has picked up where he left off before dislocating his shoulder during the second half of last season.

He's been especially on fire since September 4, hitting .345 with five doubles, six HR and 20 RBI during 12 games and 55 at bats.

"This is the Michael Conforto that everybody wants to see," manager Mickey Callaway said after Monday night's game, during which Conforto had a career-high six RBI...

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Jul 11, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies outfielder Tim Tebow (15) warms up for batting practice prior to the game at ARM & HAMMER Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 11, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies outfielder Tim Tebow (15) warms up for batting practice prior to the game at ARM & HAMMER Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets OF Tim Tebow, whose season ended in July due to a broken hamate bone in his right hand that required surgery, will likely be back in 2019 for more Tebow Time.

"I'd be surprised if he didn't want to continue," assistant GM John Ricco recently said, according to Newsday.

Tebow hit .273/.336/.399 with six HR and 36 RBI in 84 games this season for Double-A Binghamton. On July 11, he served as the Eastern League's designated hitter in the Double-A All-Star Game.

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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets won their 70th game of the season on Monday night, matching their win total from 2017 -- when they finished 70-92.

Having gone 38-32 since their disastrous 5-21 showing in June, the Mets are 70-80 on the season with 12 games remaining.

But while they have righted the ship, the Mets -- who were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night -- are still in fourth place in the NL East, where they will almost certainly finish the season behind the Braves, Phillies, and Nationals.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway watches from the dugout during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway watches from the dugout during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Monday after the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves.

The Cardinals' 11-6 win put the Mets 12 1/2 games back for the second spot in the wild card with 12 games to play.

New York was already eliminated from the NL East race; despite beating the Phillies 9-4, the Mets are 13 games back with 12 games left.

The Mets officially miss the playoffs for the second straight season after reaching the World Series in 2015 and making the wild card in 2016.

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

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler improved to 9-1 in the second half by pitching seven strong innings in Monday's 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Wheeler (12-7) struck out four batters and allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in what could have been his final start of the season.

Manager Mickey Callaway said it's possible the team will shut Wheeler down for the rest of the season given his 182 1/3 innings he's logged this year are nearly 100 more than he threw last year and are his most in a season since 2014.

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Conforto hammers Phillies 00:01:26
Michael Conforto drove in a career-high 6 runs and Zack Wheeler grinded through 7 innings for the win as the Mets topped the Phillies, 9-4

Michael Conforto drove in six runs and Zack Wheeler earned his 12th win of the season as the Mets beat the Phillies 9-4 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

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The guys talk Conforto 00:01:44
Gary & Ron discuss the return to form of Michael Conforto and his red-hot September at the plate

Michael Conforto homered and collected a career-high six RBIs as the Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Conforto had a two-run single in the fourth, a tie-breaking double in the seventh and a three-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth multi-RBI effort in 16 games this month during which he's gone deep seven times while driving in a Major League-best 22 runs. Conforto has 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break. 

 

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field during the seventh inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets are skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation in order to keep everyone else on track, Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game -- calling Vargas the "odd man out."

Vargas had initially been expected to pitch on Tuesday. Instead, Steven Matz will get the start, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday.

The biggest impact of skipping Vargas, though, could be down the line -- on Jacob deGrom.

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Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets continue their 10-game road trip when they open a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Mets notes

The Mets won three of five games when they faced the Phillies on the road from Aug. 16-19, outscoring them 43-20 in the series. ... New York has not lost three games in a row since Aug. 26-28. Since then, the Mets have won 11 of their last 17 games. ... The Mets have a better record on the road (36-38) than they do at home (33-42).

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Mookie on Aging Actively 00:00:47
Mookie Wilson discusses his approach to aging actively and how he has shaped his mind to enjoy growing older.

Mookie Wilson discusses his approach to aging actively and how he has shaped his mind to enjoy growing older.

"Everything changes when you grow a little older and I've had to make that adjustment. Sometimes you can't eat what you used to eat, when you grow a little older you can't do the things you did. You may have to sleep more or sleep less. Your eyesight changes, you have to make those adjustments. I still have to work out, now what I do is that I do a lot of walking."

"A lot of people spend so much time trying to be that person that they imagine themselves being. You have to understand who you are. Your body is your body but you can actually shape your mind. So when you do that life will be easier to make those adjustments. Aging can be a blessing and something you can really enjoy."

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been one of the league's best pitchers since the All-Star Game, during which the Mets are 30-25.

In his 10 starts since the break, Wheeler has eight wins and the second-best ERA in baseball (1.32). He also has the league's best WHIP (0.81) and he's tied for fourth overall with a 2.5 fWAR since mid-July.

The last Mets pitcher to have nine or more wins after the All-Star break was Steve Trachsel in 2001. During Wheeler's past 12 starts, the Mets are 10-2...

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom tossed his MLB-record 27th-straight start while allowing three runs or fewer on Sunday against the Red Sox in Boston in what was his third-to-last (or was it?) start of the season.

Meanwhile, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola each had one of their worst starts of the season.

Here's where things stand with deGrom, Scherzer, and Nola in the race for the NL Cy Young award...

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Gary Cohen on 9/11 00:01:38
Gary Cohen reflects on 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including the first game the Mets played after 9/11 in Pittsburgh.

Gary Cohen reflects on 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including the first game the Mets played after 9/11 in Pittsburgh.

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

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

 

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Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Sep 16, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit to help Jacob deGrom but the Red Sox scored a run in the eighth to win the rubber game, 4-3, Sunday at Fenway Park.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo allowed a tie-breaking sacrifice fly to Andrew Benentendi in the eighth inning. Tzu-Wei Lin led off the inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run two batters later. Lugo (3-4) surrendered a run for only the second time in his last eight appearances.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Boston Red Sox
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Mets fall in Boston, 4-3 00:01:35
Despite a rally to tie the game, the Mets fell late, and Jacob deGrom received a no decision as the Mets lost to the Red Sox, 4-3 on Sunday

Jacob deGrom earns a no decision as Boston scores in the eighth inning, with the Mets falling to the Red Sox, 4-3, at Fenway Park.

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Gary and Keith talk deGrom 00:02:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Jacob deGrom's Sunday outing in Boston and where he stands in the NL Cy Young race moving forward.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom faced off against the best team in the MLB, and it was another impressive outing for the Cy Young hopeful. 

DeGrom started his game red hot, collecting five strikeouts against the first six batters he faced. However, the Red Sox offense was entirely stale against the righty. 

The third inning was deGrom's only rough one as Boston's three runs came across in the frame. Mookie Betts hit a sacrifice fly to score Christian Vazquez, and Brock Holt launched a two-run homer in the next at-bat to give the Sox a 3-0 lead early on. 

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Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 11, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (69-79) and Red Sox (102-47) finish their three-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

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On Episode 8 of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by GARE! That's right, SNY's play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen in on the show this week. Gary talks about the road he took in his career to get to the Mets booth, shares stories about the legendary Bob Murphy, and reveals the secrets behind his massive tie collection.

Click below to listen...

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed an unearned run on three hits in 2 2/3 innings during a spot start on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

Oswalt, who was slotted back into the Mets' rotation for a doubleheader earlier in the week, allowed an RBI double to Xander Bogaerts, but was not charged with the run because Dominic Smith committed an error.

Oswalt struck out three batters and walked one while throwing 61 pitches.

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Red Sox overwhelm Mets 00:01:18
Despite a big Brandon Nimmo home run, the bullpen couldn't hold the lead as the Mets fell to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, 5-3.

The Red Sox pounced on the Mets' bullpen and New York's offense generated only two hits in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

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Gary and Keith on Nimmo in 2019 00:02:31
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez talk about a solid season for Brandon Nimmo, and whether or not he'll be a Mets starting outfielder in 2019.

Brandon Nimmo hit his 17th home run of the season, but Paul Sewald blew the lead during a four-run fourth inning and the Mets lost to the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, 5-3.

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

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

1) A day after the Mets scored eight runs in a shutout victory, New York's offense could muster just two hits. Brandon Nimmo supplied the Mets with their only runs of the game when he hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning. It was an otherwise-quiet day, as Jeff McNeil accounted for the Mets' only other hit of the game.

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Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (69-78) and Red Sox (101-47) continue three-game series at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. on PIX11.

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Noah and HRs take Mets over Sox 00:01:25
A dominating Noah Syndergaard was backed by four home runs in Boston, as the Mets took down the Red Sox on Friday at Fenway Park, 8-0.

The Mets hit four home runs to back Noah Syndergaard's seven-inning outing in an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox on Friday.

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Gary, Keith, and Ron on Bruce 00:01:39
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling look at the success Jay Bruce has had since his return from the DL, and what it means for 2019.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven scoreless frames and the Mets hit four home runs en route to an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox on Friday in the first of three games at Fenway Park.

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

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

1) Austin Jackson, Jay Bruce, Amed Rosario, and Jeff McNeil all contributed home runs, but Bruce led the way with four RBI. Bruce drove in the Mets' first run in the first inning before launching a three-run blast two innings later to make it 4-0. Jackson and Rosario each homered in the eighth inning -- Jackson hit a two-run homer while Rosario had a solo home run. 

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Sep 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of Fenway Park before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports  (Paul Rutherford)
Sep 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A general view of Fenway Park before the Toronto Blue Jays play the Boston Red Sox. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports (Paul Rutherford)

The Mets (68-78) and Red Sox (101-46) begin a three-game series at Fenway Park on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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 (Bill Kostroun/AP)
(Bill Kostroun/AP)

David Wright will start for the Mets one final time on Sept. 29, but he could appear in games before then too.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that he could look to give Wright pinch-hitting appearances at Citi Field between Sept. 25 and Sept. 28.

Callaway added he would give Wright ample notice before any potential pinch-hitting assignment.

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Gooden supports deGrom 00:00:38
New York Mets legend Dwight Gooden thinks the numbers say that Jacob deGrom should win the Cy Young this year, despite his lack of wins.

Mets legend Dwight Gooden thinks the numbers say that Jacob deGrom should win the Cy Young this year, despite his lack of wins.

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It's been speculated for a while that the Phillies would land either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper this offseason in free agency, but could they actually land both?

MLB executives told Jon Heyman of FanCred that they feel "it's quite possible" that the Phillies will scoop up both superstars -- the cream of this year's free agent class and two of the biggest prizes in free agent history.

"Of the more than 10 executives contacted this week, though the question was about who'd get the bigger deal between outfielder Bryce Harper and infielder Manny Machado, a few volunteered that they believed Philly could sign both players," Heyman wrote, noting that the Phillies' revenue from their TV deal, their relatively low payroll, and their understanding that they need to catch up to the Braves are among the reasons why the Machado/Harper swoop-in could happen.

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Mets third baseman Todd Frazier rounded third base Thursday at Citi Field after hitting a walk-off homer and found a strange obstacle in his way at home plate -- the umpire. 

Home plate ump Tom Hallion was standing directly on top of the plate as Frazier came through, with Frazier bumping him out of the way before turning his head and appearing to say something to Hallion. 

It's normal protocol for the home plate ump to make sure a player crosses the plate on a game-winning hit, but not normal for that ump to stand on top of the plate like this...

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

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

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

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

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) in line prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Click below to see how the New York papers reacted to the news that David Wright will play for the Mets on Sept. 29 -- likely for the last time ever...

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Mets sweep Marlins 00:01:07
Michael Conforto drove in 3 runs and Tomas Nido hit his first Major League homer as the Mets completed a sweep of the Marlins, 5-2

Michael Conforto drives in three runs as the Mets complete the sweep over the Marlins.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

When David Wright makes his emotional final Mets start on Sept. 29, he'll have his partner in crime next to him just like the old days.

Wright wants to start alongisde Jose Reyes one final time, and Mickey Callaway didn't hesistate to honor that request.

"Absolutely," Callaway said after the Mets' 5-2 win over the Marlins on Thursday night. "They probably both deserve that."

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Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit and defeated the Marlins, 5-2, to complete a sweep of Thursday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

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

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

1) After belting a game-tying homer in the ninth inning in the first game, Michael Conforto doubled, singled and drove in three runs in the nightcap. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with four homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in seven games during the homestand. His 11 home runs since Aug. 12 are tied with the Braves Ronald Acuna for the most in the Majors in that span.

 

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David Wright (5) \ Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
David Wright (5) \ Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets captain David Wright will return to the field with the Mets on Sept. 29 for what will almost certainly be his final game.

Click below for a look at some of his most memorable moments in the orange and blue...

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets (67-78) and Marlins (57-88) play Game 2 of a doubleheader on Thursday at 6:20 p.m. on SNY after winning game one in walk-off fashion.

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Mets walk-off on Marlins 00:00:54
Steven Matz belted his first career homer but it was Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier going back-to back in the 9th that won gm 1 of the DH

Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 9th with two outs, Michael Conforto tied the game with a solo home run then Todd Frazier blasted a walk-off home run for a thrilling 4-3 win over the Marlins in game one of Thursday's doubleheader.

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

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

1) Matz threw 6.1 IP, giving up three runs on three hits with four strikeouts. More admirably, he cracked his first career home run off Marlins rookie Sandy Alcantara, though Alcantara got the better of Matz on the mound...

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If you were five years old when David Wright debuted for the Mets, you're probably in college or working now. If you were in college on July 21, 2004, maybe you have kids and a mortgage. If you were 21 years old that day, as Wright was, you're nearly 36 now, with two daughters and a back, neck and shoulder that bark at you every morning.

Why was Wright crying at the podium on Thursday afternoon, while announcing plans to end his baseball career after one final appearance? Why were you probably a little weepy too, watching at home or following along online?

Standing in the back of the room as Wright spoke, feeling an unmistakable heaviness in the air, what struck me was the passage of time, the reminder of our own fragility, and unmistakable sense that no matter how much success we enjoy, or money we make, the only guarantee about anything is that it will eventually end...

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