Jason Vargas was asked again after Wednesday night's loss to the Phillies to give his side of the story surrounding the clubhouse altercation with a reporter last week.
According to reports, Mets manager Mickey Callaway got into a shouting match with Newsday reporter Tim Healey in the visitor's clubhouse in Chicago. Eventually Vargas became involved, as well.
Callaway addressed the incident on Monday, needing to meet with reporters a second time to explain that he had apologized to Healey.
The Mets bullpen woes have come back to bite them in back-to-back losses to the Phillies.
After Wilmer Font blew a late-inning lead on Tuesday, Wednesday saw Seth Lugo waste a very strong outing from Jason Vargas, blowing a 4-1 seventh-inning lead in a game the Mets would lose 5-4 in 10 innings.
Vargas sailed through the first six innings, but after allowing a runner to reach third with one away, Callaway pulled him from the game. Lugo then allowed a ground-rule double to Cesar Hernandez to bring the Phillies within two runs.
The Mets bullpen allowed another late-inning lead to disappear, and the Phillies walked off with a 5-4 win in 10 innings. >> Box score
Six things to know from Wednesday's game
1) In the bottom of the 10th inning, Stephen Nogosek allowed the first two Phillies batters to reach base, setting the stage for former Met Jay Bruce to give the Phillies a walkoff win on an RBI double, just over the outstretched glove of Juan Lagares in center field.
2) Jason Vargas cruised through the first five innings on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit the first two times through the order. The Phillies finally got on the board against him in the sixth, as Jean Segura lofted a solo home run with one out. Vargas got out of the sixth by striking out Rhys Hoskins for his 10th strikeout of the game, tying his career high. He left the game after 6.1 innings, having allowed just three hits.
Dominic Smith and Citizens Bank Park seem to be a pretty good match.
For the third game in a row, Smith launched a home run to the opposite field against the Phillies. His latest blast gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning
The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB in NL wild card) look to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies (41-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, T-2nd in NL wild card) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.
The Mets' .370 winning percentage on the road this year is the worst among all National League teams and ranks third-worst in the majors. ... Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso is slashing .400/.531/.860 with six home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 14 games. ... Jeff McNeil is hitting .485/.500/.818 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last eight games. He has had at least two hits in six of those games.
Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop a new episode of Shea Anything and recap the events between Mickey Callaway, Jason Vargas and a member of the media from earlier this week.
The guys also dive into 4 potential paths the Mets could go down at the trade deadline as well as if Robinson Cano has anything left in the tank.
Tags: Jason Vargas, Robinson Cano
The Mets called up 29-year-old RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Syracuse before Wednesday's game against the Phillies.
Mazza has pitched in the minors since 2012, as he is 26-26 with a 3.19 ERA inn 151 games (59 starts).
"It's something you dream of as a kid, and to finally get here is an overwhelming excitement," Mazza said. "I'm just trying to take it one minute at a time."
The Mets went high-risk, high-reward by drafting RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) in the MLB Draft earlier this month and hoping they could sign him to a well over-slot deal. It looks like that risk is going to pay off.
Allan, who was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Draft and viewed as the best high school pitcher in the country, is in agreement with the Mets, reports Jon Heyman.
The 18-year-old Allan, who had been committed to the University of Florida, dropped in the Draft because of his asking price and signability concerns.
It's been a weird and dramatic past few days for the Mets. However, despite the colorful headlines and sky-is-falling public reaction, the team sits just 4.5 games back in a Wild Race where no team is showing signs of breaking from the pack.
It's June 26, most teams have played nearly half of their games this season and only two NL teams are more than five games away from the final Wild Card spot. In addition, of the other teams fighting for the Wild Card, just one has won more than six of their past 10 games (with four having played at or below .500, including the Mets).
The Brewers and Phillies -- the top two teams in the Wild Card race -- each have lost seven of their past 10 games. Also, they both have a losing record on the road this season. The Rockies, who are tied with the Phillies for the second Wild Card spot, are 5-5 over their past 10 games and also have a losing road record. As a result, it is very, very difficult to gauge how most of the league will handle the July 31 trade deadline.
Tags: Dominic Moore, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
The second season of "Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast" travels back in time 50 years for Episode 4, as Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets legend Cleon Jones! Cleon shares great stories from the magical run for the 1969 Miracle Mets. The guys talk about how Gil Hodges was a master innovator and motivator, they chat about the journey of the team, and of course they cover the final out of the World Series that Cleon caught - and the chaos that followed on the field at Shea Stadium.
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The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY.
Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...
During the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Phillies, a 5-2 sixth inning lead turned into a deficit in the blink of an eye as the bullpen imploded >> Read more
The Mets bullpen cost them another game on Tuesday night, as Wilmer Font blew a 5-2 sixth inning lead in the 7-5 loss to the Phillies.
Walker Lockett, making his second start for the Mets, gave them five strong innings, allowing just two runs through those first five frames. Mickey Callaway sent Lockett back out in the sixth, and after he allowed runners to reach second and third with one away, Callaway went to bullpen, bringing in Wilmer Font.
Font, who has given the Mets quality outings as of late, allowed both inherited runners to score on ground balls, and then allowed a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. He allowed three earned runs of his own and saw his ERA rise to 5.26.
The Mets' bullpen issues came back to haunt them again, blowing a 5-2 sixth-inning lead to the Phillies in Tuesday night's 7-5 loss. >> Box score
Five things to know from Tuesday's game
1) Tuesday was another example of the Mets' bullpen ineptitude. After Walker Lockett gave the Mets a solid 5.1 innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 lead and two runners on, Wilmer Font had a nightmare of a game. In just a third of an inning, Font allowed three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. In the blink of an eye the Mets 5-2 lead became a 7-5 deficit. Font then hit Scott Kingery with a high fastball before being pulled.
Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
The Mets could be getting some good news soon.
Noah Syndergaard turned in a solid outing in his rehab start with Brooklyn Cyclones on Tuesday, tossing 67 pitches over five innings while allowing three runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Orioles seventh-round pick Johnny Rizer homered off Syndergaard.
Tags: Noah Syndergaard
For the second night in a row, the Mets jumped out to an early lead against the Phillies on Tuesday.
Dominic Smith seems to like hitting in Philadelphia, as he took a Jake Arrieta pitch out to left-center for his second home run in as many nights. Smith's shot put the Mets up 4-1.
Another Mets game, another lineup with Robinson Cano hitting third. Why?
"I don't think 80 games is fair to say he's declined in any way," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday while explaining why Robinson Cano is still hitting third. "He hasn't lost bat speed, so we just gotta get him confident and get him going. He's gonna hit."
A large chunk of Callaway's pregame scrum with reporters was spent answering questions about why Cano -- who is hitting .223/.270/.361 -- is still batting third, with Callaway coming back repeatedly to the importance of comfort.
Tags: Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
The Mets (37-42, 9 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB in NL wild card) play the second game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (40-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, 1 GB in NL wild card) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.
The Mets have dropped their last two games and are five games under .500, tying a season-low. ... Michael Conforto has shown he likes hitting at Citizens Bank Park, homering in his last three games in Philadelphia. Conforto has hit safetly in 17 of his last 20 games and is batting .293 with six home runs, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored since June 4. ... Todd Frazier has been hitting the long ball of late, too, blasting three home runs in his last five games and is hitting .304 with six home runs and 19 RBI in June.
Mets rookie Pete Alonso has burst onto the scene this season, and is hitting .280/.373/.642 with 27 homers and 61 RBI in 78 games. He is on pace to finish the season with 55 homers, which would shatter the Mets' single-season record of 41.
It will be a shock if Alonso isn't selected as a reserve to the All-Star Game (he should be in the final three battling to start the game, but Mets fans didn't vote enough). In any event, Alonso's current status as one of the best players in baseball is reflected in the updated National League MVP odds, which were released Tuesday by OddsShark.
Here are the full odds:
Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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As bad as it got for the Mets on Monday, a night when they desperately needed to change the Mickey Callaway conversation, the outcome against the Phillies might have been different if they weren't so stubborn about hitting Robinson Cano third in the lineup.
In truth, based strictly on performance, Cano shouldn't be playing at all, considering the Mets have a guy hitting .339 whose natural position is second base.
If only management trusted what it had seen from Jeff McNeil over three months last year, then maybe the Mets wouldn't be in this bind, hoping against hope that Cano isn't as over-the-hill as he has looked so far in 2019.
The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer.
However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either.
But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
The Mets (37-42, 9.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at 7:05 on SNY.
Here's what happened on Monday, in case you missed it...
During the Mets' 13-7 loss to the Phillies, Steven Matz was victimized by the home run ball and the bullpen (Brooks Pounders) got crushed >> Read More
Former Mets manager Terry Collins -- now a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- weighed in Monday on current manager Mickey Callaway's expletive-filled tirade toward reporter Tim Healey that happened Sunday at Wrigley Field.
"I wasn't there so I don't know anything about it," Collins told the New York Daily News. "I just know - times are tough with the way things have been going (for the Mets). But you've got to respect everybody's jobs. That's the way I look at it."
Collins, whose time as manager ended after the 2017 season, would not say whether he believed Callaway deserved to get fired for his recent transgression.
Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
PHILADELPHIA -- During a closed-door meeting on Monday afternoon in the visitors clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park, Jacob deGrom volunteered to address the media on the team's behalf, allowing teammates to focus on preparing for the game.
It was a moment of true leadership, reminiscent of David Wright -- and it was the last time that a person in a Mets uniform showed any maturity in dealing with a mess of their own creation.
On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, manager Mickey Callaway, 44, cursed out Newsday reporter Tim Healey for saying that he would see Callaway tomorrow. Then Jason Vargas, 36, threatened to assault Healey.
Tags: Jason Vargas, Andy Martino
Following Monday's 13-7 loss to the Phillies, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen adamantly denied any truth to a New York Post story that stated he was making in-game decisions from afar.
"No in-game decisions are ever called down from the dugout," he said. "We're not allowed to communicate with Mickey [Callaway] or the coaching staff during the games and we're not doing that."
An unnamed source told Mike Puma of The Post a specific instance in which Van Wagenen instructed Callaway to take deGrom out of a game in Arizona against the Diamondbacks because the ace had sustained a hip cramp.
The Mets went back-and-forth with the Phillies for five innings but things dismantled in the fifth as Philadelphia scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Mets a 13-7 loss. >> Box score
Five things to know from Monday's game
1) Steven Matz continues to struggle at Citizens Bank Park. The southpaw had his worst start since he last took the mound in Philadelphia on April 16 when he allowed six runs and failed to get out of the first inning. Matz went a little longer this time but the result was nearly the same. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including three home runs. It was the second straight start in which he has allowed at least five runs, something he had only done once in his previous nine.
Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
Mets manager Mickey Callaway held a second gathering with the media on Monday, an hour before their game against the Phillies, to apologize for his conduct regarding a verbal altercation with Newsday beat reporter Tim Healey that happened on Sunday.
Callaway had stopped short of an apology during his regularly scheduled press conference earlier in the day despite being given several opportunities to do so.
"I wanted you guys to know that in my meeting with Tim, I apologized for my actions," he said in the second media session. "I apologize. I regret it. The distraction it has caused to the team and like I said earlier, it's something we'll learn from. It's something I'm not proud of, I'm not proud of what I did to Tim, so for that I'm definitely sorry."
Tags: Jason Vargas
The Mets didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard in Monday's series-opener against the Phillies.
Michael Conforto hit an RBI double and Todd Frazier followed with an RBI single in the top of the first inning to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.
With two outs and Pete Alonso on first base, Conforto ripped a Zach Eflin fastball into the right-center field gap to put the Mets on the board. Frazier then lined a 2-2 slider into right field to drive in Conforto and make it 2-0.
Mets LHP Jason Vargas decided to assert himself into the altercation that occurred betwen manager Mickey Callaway and Newsday's Tim Healey in the visitor's clubhouse at Wrigley Field following a tough loss to the Cubs.
According to multiple reports, Vargas threatening Healey, telling him he'll knock him "the f--k out." Noah Syndergaard and Carlos Gomez stepped between Vargas, who was walking toward Healey.
While addressing the media on Tuesday, Vargas stepped up to apologize for his involvement in the incident. Or at least that's what everyone thought would transpire...
Tags: Jason Vargas, Scott Thompson
Speaking shortly after GM Brodie Van Wagenen, Mets manager Mickey Callaway -- who was fined along with Jason Vargas for Sunday's clubhouse incident with reporter Tim Healey -- addressed the incident. But he stopped short of apologizing, despite being given several chances to.
"I understand that I can't control the actions of others or the words of others, but I can always control my reaction to those things," Callaway said the day after allegedly calling Healey a motherfu--er and attempting to get him thrown out of the clubhouse. "So I think everybody deserves respect regarding job title or role. I think we can understand that this is a tough game played by passionate competitors and I hope moving forward that we can all do our jobs honestly, ethically. And understand that other people are involved."
He later publicly apologized in a second meeting with reporters an hour before the game.
Asked if he wanted to tell his side of what happened, Callaway declined.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen wasn't supposed to travel to Philadelphia for the team's series with the Phillies, but after the incident that transpired between manager Mickey Callaway, LHP Jason Vargas, and Newsday's Tim Healey following Sunday's loss, he made it a point to make the trip.
Van Wagenen said he "wanted to make sure I made myself available" to address the altercation and the Mets' statement regarding it. He also added that the Mets have decided to fine both Callaway and Vargas.
"As the statement said last night, the Mets organization does not condone the behavior that took place yesterday," Van Wagenen said. "We are committed to trying to create a healthy work environment for everybody that works in the game. That includes the players, the coaches, the media and everybody else...
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will make a rehab start with Class-A Brooklyn on Tuesday as he aims to return from the injured list.
Syndergaard, whom the Mets placed on the IL with a strained right hamstring last week, could be activated as early as this weekend, though manager Mickey Callaway said before Sunday's game that he didn't have a definitive timeframe for Syndergaard's return.
Syndergaard was removed from his June 15 start against the St. Louis Cardinals seven pitches into the seventh inning and was diagnosed with a low-grade hamstring strain.
Tags: Noah Syndergaard
Pete Alonso has broken the Mets' rookie record for home runs in a season with more than three months left to spare, and one of his rewards was being named the National League Player of the Week.
Alonso, who mashed four homers in the last week to bring his total for the season to 27, hit 417/.548/1.042 during that span while laying waste to pitchers from the Braves and Cubs.
After his huge week, Alonso is hitting .276/.366/.642 and is on track to finish the season with the following numbers:
Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
The Mets (37-41, 9 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB in NL wild card) open a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (39-38, 6.5 GB in NL East, 1 GB in NL wild card) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.
Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who was named National League Player of the Week, is slashing .346/.477/.846 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs over his last 15 games since June 8. ... Since May 25, Todd Frazier has a .319/.429/.553 batting line with six home runs and 20 RBIs. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 5.30 ERA this season, which ranks third-worst in the majors.
Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |
Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.
Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020
The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is back to full health after missing 10 days after getting hit on the hand with a pitch, but his bat hasn't yet caught up.
He is just 5-for-27 (.185) with a stolen base since returning. Gimenez is just 20 years old, but is only slashing .246/.313/.345 over parts of two seasons at Double-A. He got three of those hits in one game, which included two doubles.
Roughly 45 minutes before Mickey Callaway cursed out a Mets beat reporter in the clubhouse on Sunday -- with Jason Vargas threatening to knock the reporter out -- Callaway's non-move on the field arguably cost his team the game.
That non-move -- and questions about it -- helped lead to Callaway's blowup, but was then buried. Let's excavate it...
With the Mets leading the Cubs, 3-2, heading into the seventh inning, Callaway turned to Seth Lugo in the hope of getting two innings out of him. After Lugo worked around a one-out single while striking out two in a scoreless seventh, it was clear he didn't have it in the eighth inning as he allowed a hard-hit single to Kyle Schwarber before a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo put runners on first and second with one out.
The Mets and City of New York will formally honor Tom Seaver by permanently changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way on June 27 in a ceremony that will air on SNY.
The organization also plans to rename the street between Northern Blvd. and Roosevelt Ave. to Seaver Way.
After announcing street name changes in early March, the Mets are expected to unveil plans for a statue honoring the former ace as well.
After Mets beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday was called a "motherfu--er" by Mickey Callaway and threatened by Jason Vargas -- who said he would knock Healey "the f--k out" -- Healey explained what happened before the incident.
Once Callaway was done with his postgame scrum after the Mets' loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, Healey said "See you tomorrow, Mickey," as the manager walked by. "Don't be a smarta--" was Callaway's response to Healey, as Healey recounted to fellow Newsday writer David Lennon.
"I couldn't confidently tell you exactly what he said, but he said, 'You know we're going to be in a bad mood after a loss,' or something like that," Healey explained. "And I tried to tell him, I didn't mean anything by it. I was just saying I'll see you tomorrow. And then he said, 'Get this guy out of here,' and that got the attention of Jason Vargas."
Tags: Jason Vargas, Danny Abriano
The Mets (37-41, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a new series with the Phillies (39-38, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Steven Matz will get going up against Zach Eflin on the mound.
Here's what happened on Sunday, in case you missed it...
Following a tough loss to the Cubs, manager Mickey Callaway snapped on Newsday's Tim Healey, calling him "motherf---er" multiple times and demanded he left the clubhouse. The altercation came after Healey said "See you tomorrow, Mickey" and even had Jason Vargas fired up to the point where he tried approaching Healey. Read More
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and LHP Jason Vargas were involved in a shouting incident with a reporter following Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Callaway called Newsday reporter Tim Healey "motherf---er" multiple times and told him to leave the clubhouse, while Vargas needed to be restrained by teammates as he defended Callaway, according to the New York Daily News' Deesha Thosar.
"The Mets sincerely regret the incident that took place with one of our beat writers following today's game in the clubhouse," the Mets said in a statement. "We do not condone this type of behavior from any employee."
Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard
Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision to not bring in Edwin Diaz for a five-out save in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.
"We're not going to use him for five outs," Callaway said of Diaz. "That's the bottom line."
Instead of bringing in Robert Gsellman or Diaz, who had made one pitching appearance since last Saturday (12 pitches), to face Javy Baez in a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth with the Mets up 3-2, Callaway opted to stick with Seth Lugo.
Seth Lugo spoiled Jacob deGrom's strong outing by giving up three runs in the eighth inning as the Mets lost the series finale to the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) Lugo surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to Javy Baez in the bottom of the eighth inning that turned a 3-2 lead into a two-run deficit as the Mets failed to win their third straight game. Lugo gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber and then allowed a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo to bring up Baez, who launched an 0-2 slider over the right-field fence for a 374-foot home run.
Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
On Saturday, Pete Alonso tied Darryl Strawberry's rookie home run record for the Mets when he mashed his 26th dinger at Wrigley Field.
Well, it only took him to his next game to break it.
Continuing to stay hot at the plate this season, Alonso took Cole Hamels to deep right-center field for a no doubter to make his home run total 27 on the season. Now Alonso's name is written next to the record for the most rookie home runs in a single season in franchise history...
Tags: Pete Alonso
The Mets (37-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) finish their four-game set with the Cubs (41-36, 0.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m on Sunday at Wrigley Field.
The Mets would make it a three-game win streak if they can pull out a victory today. ...Pete Alonso hit his 26th homer of the season on Saturday, which tied him with Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a rookie in franchise history. ...The Mets have hit a long ball 18 of the 20 games they've played this month. In total, they have 34. ...Jeff McNeil has five consecutive mult-hit games at the moment. It's the second time in his career he has accomplished this. ...Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 12 of his last 13 games.
Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso
When the Mets drafted high school RHP Matthew Allan in the third round, they full expected to be competitive enough in their offer that he wouldn't go to the University of Florida next season.
And it looks like that will be the case, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Heyman says the Mets are "on track" to signing Allan -- as well as fourth-rounder Jake Mangum -- and it could very well happen this week.
The Mets (37-40, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) complete their four-game series against the Cubs on Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
It will be a good pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels going at it on the bump.
Here's what happened on Saturday, in case you missed it...
Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
The Mets have taken back-to-back games from the Cubs, and the top of the lineup has been the biggest reason why.
Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have combined to hit .333 in the last two games, hitting a pair of home runs and driving in seven runs.
McNeil has recorded two hits in both games, while Alonso regrouped from a frustrating day on Friday to blast his 26th home run of the season on Saturday.
Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
The Mets clubbed three home runs on Saturday to beat the Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field. >> Box score
Five things to know from Saturday's game...
1) Pete Alonso's historic rookie season continued as he tied the Mets' rookie home run record of 26 held by Darryl Strawberry in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Alonso also now holds the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break and is on pace for 54 home runs, which would break Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52.
Pete Alonso made history on Saturday.
In the first inning, the Mets rookie slugger belted a curveball 419 feet into center field for his 26th home run of the season.
The home run ties Darryl Strawberry for the Mets rookie franchise record but also gives him the most home runs in National League history by a rookie before the All-Star break, surpassing a record set by Dodgers' Cody Bellinger two seasons ago. The MLB record is 33 set by Mark McGwire.
Tags: Pete Alonso
The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field on Saturday as they take on the Cubs (41-35, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.
The Mets evened their four-game series with the Cubs on Friday after Jeff McNeil drove in three runs en route to a 5-4 victory. McNeil blasted a tw-run home run in the third inning, giving the Mets home runs in 17 of their last 19 games. ... J.D. Davis is batting third as he enters the game with a .368 average and 1.060 OPS over his last 14 games. ... Michael Conforto's home run on Friday made it 11 of his last 12 games in which he has hit safely in.