I have been asked a lot of questions regarding Mets second-base prospect Reese Havens. I watched Havens during my trip to Binghamton in August, and came away impressed with his ability, but still have concerns about Havens' ability to stay on the field.
He is not a fist pumper when something good happens, not a guy to scream and yell and get emotional on a K, but even keel attitude, but extremely intense and focused.
Solid defender. Not flashy but solid. Will make the routine plays.
Strong throwing arm; good footwork around the bag on the pivot. Mobility was hampered by his health.
Very quiet at the plate; works the count to his favor; will expand the zone.
Strong hitter; ball jumps off of his bat; creates backspin and carry.
Above average power for his position; strikeouts can become an issue.
Havens showed the potential to be an above average everyday second-baseman. The ability to hit, hit for power, and get on base at a high level are his best attributes. Havens has the ability to square the baseball, and as one AL scout put it, "Havens can flat out hit."
Defensively, Havens profiles as as average. As Havens gets healthier and stronger, I could see some improvement in his range defensively. While not a gold glove caliber second-baseman, Havens will not be a liability either.
Now to the biggest issue concerning Havens, his health. While scouts love Havens' on field ability, questions remain about his ability to stay healthy and play a full season. You can have all the talent in the world, but it does you no good if you are constantly on the DL.
There is much to be said for a player's ability to stay on the field day in and day out. Havens has yet to show that ability. I had a chance to talk with Havens in spring training and he was clearly frustrated with his injuries, but is working hard to get his body in the best condition possible to prevent further injuries.
Havens' health has been his biggest flaw as a player since being drafted by the Mets in the 1st round of the 2008 Draft (22nd overall) out of the University of South Carolina. Skeptics might be concerned he will never stay healthy. While he does strikeout at a high rate, I will give Havens the benefit of the doubt due to the lack of consistent at-bats.
Overall, I like what I saw from Havens when he was on the field. That potential is what draws the attention of scouts and the Mets front office staff. Havens just turned 25, and the clock is ticking very quickly for him. Should Havens stay healthy, the Mets look like they have their future everyday second-baseman.
Mets Takeaways from Tuesday's 5-2 win over Padres, including Robinson Cano's 3 home runs
It was Cano's first three home run game of his career
By John Healy | 10:16PM
The Mets rode Robinson Cano all the way to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday over the Padres at Citi Field. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Tuesday's game
1) What do you know, Robbie Cano? After hitting just one a home run at Citi Field the first half of the season, the Mets second baseman belted three against the Padres in a 4-for-4 day at the plate on Tuesday. Cano crushed a solo shot in the fourth inning and laced a two-run blast in the sixth, both off ace Chris Paddack. He gave an encore performance in the seventh when he turned on a 95 mph fastball and sent it into the upper deck in right field off reliever Logan Allen to put the Mets up 5-0. Cano is now hitting .342 with five home runs and 10 RBIs since the All-Star break.
WATCH: Robinson Cano records first three-homer game of career as Mets face Padres
Cano recorded the Mets' first three-homer game since Yoenis Cespedes in 2017
Robinson Cano's power numbers dipped drastically during the season's first half, but he's certainly showed some power since the All-Star break.
Cano ripped his third home run of the night deep into the right field seats to put the Mets up 5-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning. For Cano, it was the first three-homer night of his pro career. It's the first three-homer night for any Met since Yoenis Cespedes against the Phillies in 2017.
When it comes to Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, two things can be true.
It can be true that Rosario hasn't yet put it all together during an at-times frustrating three seasons -- especially when you consider the expectations that were heaped on him when he was viewed as one of the best prospects in all of baseball.
It can also be true that at just 23 years old, Rosario has shown more than enough to potentially be part of the Mets' solution going into 2020 and beyond. Definitely not up there with Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, or Michael Conforto, but in the conversation nonetheless.
Former Met Dwight Gooden says he is going to get treatment
'I'm going away tonight to try to get some help to save my life'
Former Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden spoke for the first time since his second DUI arrest in the last two months when he addressed The Post reporters outside his house in Piscataway, NJ on Tuesday.
Gooden, who was arrested on Monday in Newark after driving the wrong way on a one-way street, acknowledged he needs help.
"Basically, I'm going away tonight to try to get some help to save my life," he said.
Jason Vargas and Mets return home to face Padres, Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY
Vargas has a 2.16 ERA at Citi Field this season
The Mets (45-54, 14.0 GB in NL East) are back home and open a three-game homestand against the San Diego Padres (47-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Tuesday at Citi Fielda at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.
The Mets pitching staff has been the best since the All-Star break, posting a 2.83 ERA while the bullpen's 2.43 ERA is the lowest mark in the National League since the All-Star break. ... Michael Conforto has been heating up, hitting .324 with two home runs and a .861 OPS over his last eight games. ... Amed Rosario has been one of the Mets' best hitters over the last four weeks, hitting .360 with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI, five steals and a .944 OPS since June 17.
Former Met Dwight Gooden arrested again for DUI in New Jersey
Gooden was arrested in Newark after another DUI back in June
Former Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden has been arrested once again for driving under the influence on Monday night, reports The Post.
Just a month after being arrested for cocaine possession, Gooden was pulled over after driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Newark, NJ. Cops said he was a mess and he had to be taken to University Hospital in Newark.
Gooden was arrested back on June 7 and charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, according to The Post.
David Wright talks about Mets' 'disappointing' season, calls Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil 'cornerstones'
Wright called Alonso and McNeil 'ultimate competitors'
Mets legend David Wright, now working in the team's front office in an advisory role, spoke Tuesday about the team's "disappointing" season while also keeping an eye on the potentially bright future that includes Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil.
"For me, it's obviously been -- up to this point -- a disappointing season," Wright said while representing the Mets at an event for No Kid Hungry. "There have certainly been some bright spots, but overall, I think when you put together a roster the way Brodie and the front office has, there's I'm sure a lot of blame to go around. And Brodie is taking his fair share."
Noting that the team has dug a hole this season, Wright left open the possibility of a miracle run, but said "there's certainly a lot of room for improvement."
Six New York teams made the cut, with two of those teams (Yankees and Knicks) leading their respective sports. No NHL or MLS teams made the top 50, although the Rangers are the highest-ranking hockey team at 72 with a value of $1.55 billion.
Here are the local rankings, which are based on Forbes' published valuations over the past 12 months:
Shea Anything: Should Mets trade Michael Conforto before Dominic Smith?
Jul 22 | 4:10PM
Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they discuss whether the Mets should trade Michael Conforto before Dominic Smith. The guys also get into the latest on Zack Wheeler -- who could get traded before the July 31 deadline -- and more...
The Mets' key trade deadline piece is feeling healthy and ready to return to the rotation.
According to major league sources, Zack Wheeler came through a Sunday bullpen session well and was feeling good on Monday. He is set to rejoin the rotation either Friday or Saturday against the Pirates this weekend.
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 heating up again after an 0-for-10 skid early last week. In his last three games, Gimenez has gone 5-for-10 with one double, one triple, and two RBI.
While Jarred Kelenic has been a former-Met for longer than he was an actual Met, the coverage of him in New York (here and elsewhere) continues.
One person surprised by that? His mom.
"It still surprises me seeing him in New York newspapers after all this time," Kelenic's mother, Lisa, told Joe Doyle of Baseball America. "He's 19. He was yours for four months. You broke up with him."
The phrase has dominated the American consciousness for more than a week, following President Trump's suggestion in a Tweet that four Congresswomen of color "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."
Several days later, Trump presided at a campaign rally over a "send her back" chat directed at Somali-born U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn).
Zack Wheeler gives positive update after first bullpen session
Mets eyeing this weekend for Wheeler's return to rotation
Jul 21 | 5:17PM
The Mets, and many other teams, saw some good news surface from New York's series finale in San Francisco on Sunday.
Zack Wheeler, who went on the IL with a shoulder impingement last week, threw his first bullpen session and said he felt "very good," according to Newsday's Tim Healey.
The Mets were hoping that Wheeler could return for their homestand against the Padres this week, and they have yet to announce their rotation for the three-game series that starts on Tuesday. SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier that teams interested in Wheeler via trade were "nervous" about his health.
'Thought it was a pop up': Mets were surprised game-winning homer Sunday went out
'We've seen it over and over again. Balls keep on traveling'
By Danny Abriano | Jul 22 | 10:08AM
When Mike Yastrzemski lofted a fly ball to left field off the end of his bat in the 12th inning on Sunday against the Mets, no one thought it was going to leave the ballpark. Not Yastrzemski, not Robert Gsellman (who threw the pitch), and not Mickey Callaway.
But it kept carrying, Jeff McNeil ran out of room, and the ball dropped into the first row of the left field seats to give the Giants a walk-off win in the 12th inning.
After the game, Gsellman was blunt about whether he thought the ball was going to leave the park.
Mets' Pete Alonso on bat break: 'I know I'm better than that'
Alonso's frustrations evident in Sunday's loss vs. Giants
By Nick Wojton | Jul 21 | 10:10PM
Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was back in the starting lineup on Sunday for the team, but it wasn't his most memorable performance to date in the 3-2 extra-innings loss to the San Francisco Giants.
One day removed from the slugger hitting a three-run homer as a pinch hitter, he took frustrations out on his bat. In the third inning, Alonso worked a 1-2 count against pitcher Conner Menez. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Alonso chased a fast ball out of the zone for the final strike.
During the post-strikeout walk of shame back to the dugout, Alonso returned with two parts of a bat instead of one as he snapped it over his knee.
Mets Takeaways from Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Giants, including a lackluster offensive outing
After scoring early, the Mets' bats went silent en route to another extra-innings loss
By Nick Wojton | Jul 21 | 7:43PM
The Mets lost for a third time in extra inning to the Giants on Sunday, 3-2. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Sunday's game
1) The Mets went 5-4 in their road trip following the All-Star break and the pitching staff has played well and while the offense has struggled. From the 3rd inning to the 11th, the Mets did not record a hit against the Giants on Sunday. Over the final two innings, the bats were once again silent. Robert Gsellman took the loss as he gave up the walk-off home run to Mike Yastrzemski. However, the inning prior, Gsellman entered the game and recorded three outs as Jeurys Familia walked two batters and was pulled in the 12th inning. From innings seven to 10, Justin Wilson (1 IP), Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Edwin Diaz (1 IP) held the Giants without a hit.
WATCH: Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario homer early to give Mets 2-0 lead on Giants
Mets bring the power out early for the second-straight game
By Nick Wojton | Jul 21 | 5:30PM
For the second game in a row the Mets took an early lead on the San Francisco Giants in the second inning thanks to the long ball.
This time the Mets decided to double-down.
After Dominic Smith hit a solo second inning home run on Saturday, Michael Conforto did the same on Sunday. Then Amed Rosario followed suit two at-bats later, as their solo shots off of lefty Conner Menez, who was making his first-career start for the Giants, gave New York the early 2-0 lead in the Bay Area.
Steven Matz looks to finish Giants series strong on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on SNY
The Mets took an 11-4 win against San Francisco on Saturday
Jul 21 | 3:31PM
The Mets (45-53, 13.0 GB in NL East) finish up their four-game series with the Giants (49-50, 16.0 GB in NL West) on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at Oracle Park.
The Mets are one of three teams in the league this season with three players 24 or younger with double-digit homers in Pete Alonso, Amed Rosario and Dom Smith. ...Alonso broke the franchise rookie RBI record after his three-run homer gave him 75 RBI. ...Rosario is hitting .363 since June 22, which is the 10th-highest mark in the bigs. ...The Mets have seven pinch-hit homers this year, tied for fourth in the MLB.
Dom Smith on bounce back for Mets: 'I just wanted to turn the page'
Smith notches four RBI after game-losing error on Friday
By Nick Wojton | Jul 20 | 9:07PM
The key for Dominic Smith was keeping an even-keeled approach, he said following the Mets' 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Smith was less than 24 hours removed from costing the Mets a gem of a game from pitcher Jacob deGrom.
Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball into shallow left field in the 10th inning and Smith miscommunicated with shortstop Amed Rosario on the play. The ball fell to the ground and the Giants' Alex Dickerson, hustling around the bases on the play, crossed home plate for the walk-off win.
How Pete Alonso made more Mets history on Saturday
Alonso took another Mets rookie record
By Nick Wojton | Jul 20 | 8:18PM
Not a bad "day off" for Mets first baseman Pete Alonso on Saturday.
The rookie began his day on the bench and by the end of it, he set another franchise rookie record.
Pinch hitting in the sixth inning, Alonso hit home run No. 33 on the year, a three-run shot. Coming into the game, Alonso was in a 3-for-30 slump coming out of the All-Star break and his Home Run Derby win.
Mets Takeaways from Saturday's 11-4 win vs. Giants, including Dom Smith's bounce back
Day after misplay, Dom Smith leads the way for Mets vs. Giants
By Nick Wojton | Jul 20 | 6:59PM
A day after a costly error in the outfield, Dom Smith's bat led the way for the Mets in an 11-4 win over the Giants. >> Box score
Five things to know about Saturday's game
1) Smith had a tough Friday evening in the outfield, but his fortunes have since changed drastically. After his costly error less than 24 hours earlier, Smith scored the first run of the game with a bomb of a solo home run, which went over the deepest part of Oracle Park, Triples Alley in right-center field. Smith then recorded his second RBI of the game on a single in the fourth inning. As the Mets were padding runs on late in the ninth inning, Smith added two more RBI, bringing his game total to four with a single.
2) Smith was in the game early because Pete Alonso was not. Skipper Mickey Callaway gave Alonso the day off and started Smith at first base, despite Alonso's wishes to play. It paid off with Smith's early performance, but Alonso, despite not starting due to his rare day off, still found a way to contribute. Coming off the bench in the sixth inning, Alonso hit a 444-foot, three-home homer. Alonso reached 75 RBI on the season with the shot, a team rookie record.
WATCH: Dom Smith crushes solo HR, puts Mets on board first vs. Giants
Smith's homer surpasses deepest part of Oracle Park
By Nick Wojton | Jul 18 | 11:16PM
It's a massive 421 feet to the Triples Alley in right-center field of Oracle Park out in the Bay Area. The baseball that Dom Smith connected with early against the San Francisco Giants had a birds-eye view of it.
The Mets have played plenty of extra innings in the first two games of their series against the Giants but there haven't been a ton of runs.
Smith made sure there was at least one early on Saturday, as he crushed a solo home run in the second inning off of pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Smith semn the ball over the part of the Giants' home field that is the deepest part of the ballpark.
Mets' Pete Alonso on not being in Saturday's lineup: 'I hate days off'
The rookie slugger is just 3-30 since the All-Star break
By Alex Smith | Jul 20 | 2:37PM
The Mets have struggled to score runs through the first two games of their series with the Giants, pushing just two runs across in 26 innings.
But as they look to get the offense going on Saturday, they'll do so without Pete Alonso.
Dominic Smith will get the start at first base on Saturday against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija, as Mickey Callaway looks to give his rookie first baseman a bit of a breather.
"I was talking to [Todd] Frazier the other day, just about his experience, and he said coming out of that Home Run Derby the year he did it, he was worn out. We kind of took it out of Pete's hands. We've got the righty going today, we've got the lefty tomorrow, give him a day and let him get after it tomorrow."
Walker Lockett takes the mound as Mets continue series with Giants, Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
The Mets have suffered two straight extra-inning losses
By Alex Smith | Jul 20 | 2:01PM
The Mets (44-53, 14.0 GB in NL East) continue their four-game set with the Giants (49-49, 15.0 GB in NL West) on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. at Oracle Park.
The Mets have allowed four runs or fewer in four of their last six games, going 4-2 in that stretch. ... Following the back-to-back extra-inning losses to the Giants, the Mets are now just 3-7 in extra-inning contests. ... The Mets are 21-34 away from Citi Field this season, the worst road record in the National League.
Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario explain game-ending blunder from Friday's loss
The game's only run scored on Smith's error, wasting a great game from Jacob deGrom
By Alex Smith | Jul 20 | 1:56AM
For the second straight night in San Francisco, a pitchers' duel carried the ball game into extra innings. And while Friday's game didn't last 16 innings like the previous night, it ended in a loss just as deflating.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, with two runners on, Jacob Rhame forced a weak pop up to shallow left field off the bat of Pablo Sandoval. With Dominic Smith coming in and Amed Rosario drifting out, there was a brief moment of hesitation Smith's part, and just like that, the ball dropped to the grass and a hustling Alex Dickerson scored all the way from first base, handing the Mets a 1-0 loss
Smith was charged with an error on the game-ending play.
Mets Takeaways from Friday's 1-0 loss to Giants, including Dominic Smith's 10th-inning error
Smith's misplay resulted in the game's only run on Friday night
By Alex Smith | Jul 20 | 1:13AM
The Mets wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error as the Giants beat the Mets 1-0 in 10 innings. >> Box score
Five things to know about Friday's game
1) In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, the Mets turned the ball to Jacob Rhame. Coming off of his one-game suspension, Rhame walked two batters in the inning, but with two away, Joe Panik struck out to send the game into extra innings.The Mets stuck with Rhame to start the 10th. After walking Alex Dickerson to start the inning, Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball to left, and after Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith had some miscommunication, the ball fell in for an error charged to Smith, allowing Dickerson to score the winning run all the way from first base.
2) Jacob deGrom dazzled through seven innings on Friday night. Though the Mets couldn't give him any run support, deGrom was as dominant as he's been all season, allowing just three hits while striking out 10. He allowed just one extra-base hit, a double to Kevin Pillar in the fifth. DeGrom was pulled after 108 pitches, 74 of which was strikes. He also passed Ron Darling for sixth place on the Mets' franchise strikeout list.
In Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have five players who are worth a combined 12.2 WAR this season, according to FanGraphs.com.
The above group, plus Brandon Nimmo, means Brodie Van Wagenen will, at the very least, enter next season with a bonafide ace, a unique and versatile reliever and a legit core of young position players. Which is why I want him to sell at the trade deadline.
It may be a long shot, but I do believe the Mets can claw their way in to the top group competing for a berth into this season's Wild Card game. The thing is, even if they do pull off a miracle and get in and past the one-game playoff, I'm not confident they have the ammunition to take down the Cubs or Braves, let alone the Dodgers, in a five- or seven-game series.
Former Met Matt Harvey designated for assignment by Angels
The 30-year-old has posted a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts this season
By Alex Smith | Jul 19 | 9:38PM
Former Met Matt Harvey's time with the Los Angeles Angels may have come to an end.
The 30-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, a day after allowing six earned runs in six innings against the Astros. Harvey allowed two more home runs on Thursday, giving him a total of 13 homers allowed this season in just 59.2 innings.
Signed this offseason to a one-year, $11 million guaranteed deal, Harvey has scuffled all season long, pitching to a 3-5 record with a 7.09 ERA. In 12 starts this season, Harvey has allowed opposing left-handed hitters to bat .295 against him. His strikeout numbers are also down, as he's punched out just 39 batters this season in those 59.2 innings, while walking 29 hitters as well.
Mets' Mickey Callaway offers injury update on Zack Wheeler prior to Friday's game
Wheeler landed on the Injured List on July 16
By Alex Smith | Jul 19 | 8:29PM
With the trade deadline just 12 days away. Mickey Callaway updated the status of Zack Wheeler, whose name has come up in rumors time and time again.
"Wheeler played catch, I think he went 70-100-120 (feet), 10 apiece, and then threw 13 off the mound, which is more just continued glorified catch off of a slope," Callaway said before Friday's game with the Giants. "We'll see how he comes in tomorrow and go from them."
Friday night would have been Wheeler's turn to start, thought he right-hander remains on the Injured List with a right shoulder impingement. Walker Lockett will make his third start of the season for the Mets in Wheeler's place.
Mets recall P Tyler Bashlor and P Stephen Nogosek, option P Chris Mazza and SS Luis Guillorme
Mazza took loss in marathon 16-inning affair Thursday
By Corey Hersch | Jul 19 | 7:42PM
The Mets announced Friday that the team has recalled pitchers Tyler Bashlor and Stephen Nogosek and optioned pitcher Chris Mazza and SS Luis Guillorme to Triple-A Syracuse.
The move gives Mickey Callaway more options out of the bullpen for Friday's game after Thursday's contest lasted 16 innings, with the Mets using a total of eight pitchers in an eventual 3-2 loss. Mazza was saddled with the decision, allowing two runs on five hits with a chance to close the game out in the 16th.
Guillorme logged five games played with the Mets since being recalled on July 2. He's appeared in 17 games overall this season, hitting .182/.217/.182.
Mets will look for innings from Jacob deGrom vs Giants, Friday at 10:15 p.m. on SNY
The Mets enter Friday's game with a taxed bullpen following 16-inning affair
By Alex Smith | Jul 19 | 7:47PM
The Mets (44-52, 13.0 GB in NL East) continue their four-game set with the Giants (48-49, 15.0 GB in NL West) on Friday night at 10:15 p.m. at Oracle Park.
As the Mets continue their 10-day, nine-game road trip, a win on Friday night would guarantee at least a .500 trip away from Citi Field. ... The Mets are batting .270 as a team with eight home runs in their last five games, going 4-1. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .356 with 27 runs scored and 24 RBIs on the road this season.
Latest on trade market for Mets' Noah Syndergaard: Could Twins make a play?
Syndergaard is available, but it would take a haul for the Mets to move him
By Danny Abriano | Jul 19 | 12:42PM
The Mets are expected to be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline, and there is a possibility Noah Syndergaard could be on the move. Here is the latest...
July 19, 12:39 PM:
The Twins had a top evaluator at Thursday night's matchup of Syndergaard vs. Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, reports Jon Morosi, who notes that Minnesota has the prospects to make a "strong play" for either pitcher.
Mets sent exec Ruben Amaro Jr. to scout Brewers, who are interested in trading for Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard
The Mets dispatched Ruben Amaro Jr., special assistant to the general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, to Phoenix to scout the Brewers/Diamondbacks game on Thursday, according to major league sources.
Milwaukee is interested in trading for Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets are far more likely to trade Wheeler, but that will depend on how his shoulder injury impacts his value.
According to a source, Amaro's is "floating" around to various scouting assignments right now, which is standard pre-deadline activity. The Mets are doing legwork on various trade possibilities, including extensive scouting of Yankees prospects.
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.
Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.
While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.
The Mets (44-52, 13 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Friday at 10:15 PM on SNY.
Here's what happened on Thursday, in case you missed it...
In the Mets' 16-inning loss to the Giants on Thursday night, they broke through in the top of the 16th when Pete Alonso homered, but Chris Mazzaran out of gas in the bottom half of the frame as San Francisco rallied to win >> Read more
Mets Takeaways from Thursday's 3-2 loss to Giants, including Pete Alonso's 16th-inning homer going for naught
After a marathon extra-inning affair, Alonso's blast wasn't enough to win
By Alex Smith | Jul 19 | 2:34AM
The Mets and Giants played a game that just didn't seem to want to end, but the Giants ultimately found a way to win 3-2 in 16 innings. >> Box score
Six things to know about Thursday's game
1) Pete Alonso entered his 16th inning at-bat 0-6. The Mets hadn't scored since the top of the first inning, and and 15 innings later, Alonso delivered with his 32nd home run of the year. The Mets had used all of their available pitchers out of the bullpen and every player off of their bench as well, making it the perfect time for Alonso to deliver in the clutch.
But Chris Mazza couldn't hold the lead. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants then loaded the bases with nobody out, and Donovan Solano delivered the game-winning single.
WATCH: Pete Alonso gets the Mets on the board first vs. Giants
By Alex Smith | Jul 18 | 11:16PM
In a game that's shaping up to be a pitchers' duel between Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner, Pete Alonso put the Mets on the board first.
After Jeff McNeil lined Bumgarner's first pitch of the game into left-center for a double, JD Davis followed up with a single to give the Mets first and third with nobody out. Alonso then bounced into a double play, but the Mets took an early 1-0 lead.
Mets' Noah Syndergaard faces off against Giants' Madison Bumgarner, Thursday at 9:45 p.m. on SNY
Mets aim for fifth straight win as they begin four-game set in San Francisco
By Alex Smith | Jul 18 | 8:40PM
The Mets (44-51, 13.0 GB in NL East) begin a four-game set with the Giants (47-49, 15.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. at Oracle Park.
The Mets' current four-game win streak matches their longest streak of the season, which came May 20-23. ... The last time the Mets won five games or more in a row was a nine-game win streak in April 2018. ... The Mets have clubbed 134 home runs in 95 games this season. The team hit 170 home runs all of last season.
Walker Lockett to start for Mets on Saturday in place of injured Zack Wheeler
The right-hander has made two starts for the Mets this season
By Alex Smith | Jul 18 | 7:13PM
The Mets have officially tabbed righty Walker Lockett to start on Saturday against the Giants in place of the injured Zack Wheeler.
Wheeler, of course, was placed on the injured list on Tuesday with right shoulder fatigue, an injury that could complicate things for the Mets as the July 31st trade deadline approaches. Wheeler is 6-6 on the season with a 4.69 ERA, but with his contract up at the end of the season, he's been at the center of a number of trade rumors.
Mets reliever Jacob Rhame will serve one-game suspension Thursday vs. Giants
The right-hander was originally handed his suspension back in April
By Alex Smith | Jul 18 | 6:53PM
Reliever Jacob Rhame will not be available out of the Mets' pen on Thursday night as he serves his one-game suspension.
Rhame was originally handed a two-game suspension on April 25th for "throwing a pitch in the area of the head" at Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins. He was then sent down to Triple-A Syracuse the next day to make room for Jacob deGrom as he returned from the Injured List.