It's possible the next GM of the Mets will decide it's best to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard for inexpensive, young position players that can start Opening Day next season.

If this happens, though it will initially feel wrong, it should not be viewed as a rebuild because the new additions will be joining an established core of young position players. 

In Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario, the Mets have three foundational players around which two or three more hitters can create a productive and nimble lineup.

In Conforto, the Mets have an intense, competitive, classic left-handed No. 3 hitter, who I believe is capable of being the face of the franchise and a perennial contender for the batting title.



He underperformed through most of April and May. However, to be fair, after having shoulder surgery last September, the initial recovery plan did not have him returning to Citi Field until late May. Instead, Conforto was back in March and rocking full time by Opening Day. So, his lack of launch should not surprise anyone, including Conforto.

Thankfully, his last 30 games or so have been more in line with what is expected from him when healthy, though he clearly won't be going full tilt until next spring. 

In the past three weeks he's batting .306 with three home runs and roughly one strikeout per game. It's not at his first half, All-Star level from 2017, but it's encouraging to see him back doing what he does best, which is staying in on pitches inside and going away with balls outside.

In Nimmo, the Mets have a charismatic, uplifting, modern-day leadoff hitter with close to a .400 OBP and the talent to hit 20 home runs, 20 doubles and 10 triples, which would make him one of the best all-around outfielders in the National League.



This past December, after the Yankees traded for Giancarlo Stanton, Sandy Alderson joked that the Mets didn't need him because they had Nimmo. The Mets also reportedly refused to deal Nimmo in talks with the Pirates, who wanted him in exchange for Andrew McCutchen or Josh Harrison.

Nimmo, who was Alderson's first ever draft pick for the Mets, currently ranks seventh in WAR among National League outfielders this season. He had been on pace for one helluva season, but -- given this is his first full season in the big leagues -- he has understandably dipped in production during the past month. The thing is, despite hitting just .205 with only six extra base hits in July, he still had a .359 OBP, put the ball in play, drew 15 walks and scored 12 runs.

It's also worth noting that Conforto and Nimmo have both performed exceptionally well in the field, given that they're constantly bouncing around from a corner spot to center field.

In Rosario, the Mets still have a raw, inconsistent 22-year-old with the ability to be a dynamic, top-of-the-order hitter. The thing is, while he's shown flashes of realizing his potential, he's also looked overmatched and slightly confused in the field. Frankly, more and more every day he reminds me of a young Jose Reyes, who similarly struggled at the start of his career with finding his footing. 



Reyes played with a similar unbridled style as Rosario, which is part of what makes each player so intriguing and also frustrating. It wasn't until Jose's third season, or around 120 or so games, that he started to find his role and develop a consistent presence on field.

Rosario is behind schedule in that regard. He's essentially played a full season of games (152) at this point in his career, during which he's hitting just .236 with 8 HR and 0.1 WAR. By comparison, 150 or so games in to his career, Reyes was hitting .272 and had already produced close to 3.0 WAR.

That said, though he was getting picked apart on inside pitches during the first three months of this season, Rosario is now striking out less and drawing more walks, while getting less lucky on balls put in play. He's also proven to be an above-average runner. So, when hits start falling, I have a feeling we may finally see the real Rosario step up...

In the field, he's been shockingly bad compared to the praise he got from scouts and minor-league experts prior to his promotion. Meanwhile, the Mets have have had preliminary discussions about whether to try Rosario in center field. This is not the worst idea I've ever heard, especially since the team's current top prospect, Andres Gimenez, is also a shortstop. Where it is a terrible idea, however, is that it could not be a worse time to throw learning a new position at Rosario since he's seemingly on the verge of finding a rhythm in the batter's box. 



The point is, he's clearly still a work in progress, but he's also clearly capable of being the team's everyday shortstop. He's also just 22 years old and just starting to scratch the surface of what he can do at this level.

Nimmo, Conforto and Rosario are not enough, of course. I'm hopeful that either minor-leaguer Dominic Smith or prospect Peter Alonso will be able to take hold of first base or at least provide value at a different position. But, even still, the Mets need more in their lineup than the above group of talent. A lot of that, of course, hinges on Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce, both of whom are over 30, currently on the DL, under contract and making tons of money during the next two seasons.

Cespedes will not be back from his two heel surgeries until next summer, at which point his production and position will be a mystery. He has only ever played outfield, but recently suggested he might be most productive at the plate if playing every day at first base. Similarly, while Bruce could be the team's third outfielder, he could also play first base, but that is only if his current spine condition isn't something that will plague his lower back and feet the next two seasons.

In addition to the above, I'm hopeful that 26-year-old late-bloomer Jeff McNeil could be the answer to the team's need at second base.



"He's young, but he plays like a veteran, with veteran instincts. He has a real good sense of what's happening around him," an advance scout for an American League team told me this week. "He's not the most athletic or most talented guy on the field, but he may be the smartest. He's always ready, always in the right place and always knows what to do when he gets the ball." 

McNeil is a terrific low-ball hitter, but the scout cautioned against declaring him a full-time second baseman until McNeil is forced to face and succeeds against a steady diet of fastballs up in the zone.

"The kid clearly plays golf," the scout jokingly said, referring to McNeil's swing. "In time, they'll start testing his ability to get to that high strike. I think he'll be OK because he has really good eye-hand coordination, good reflexes, but it might take him a bit of time to get there."

If McNeil is the answer at second base, it will free the next GM to use deGrom or Syndergaard to reel in a younger, more athletic, more fundamentally-sound catcher, third baseman and/or center fielder. It would be great to net all three but let's not be greedy...


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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Though he was hardly as dominant as he has shown he could be in past starts, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom struck out 12 batters in 6 2/3 strong innings in Monday's 8-5 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

DeGrom's ERA went up from 1.77 to 1.81 after he allowed three runs (two earned), but he pitched a quality start for the 16th consecutive outing as the Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Manager Mickey Callaway said before the game he thought his ace should win the National League Cy Young Award despite not having as many wins as Max Scherzer, who leads the NL with 15, and deGrom did his best to prove him right on Monday.

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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets hit a season-high five homers to back Jacob deGrom, who struck out 12 during an 8-5 win over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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

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

1) Amed Rosario started the Mets' home run barrage with his first career leadoff blast. Jose Bautista and Todd Frazier also went deep before Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto connected on consecutive homers in the seventh. The Mets entered Monday's game with 10 home runs in 11 games this month. Jeff McNeil added an RBI single in the Mets' two-run opening frame. 

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David Wright plays again Monday 00:01:02
David Wright played a second straight rehab game on Monday, saw action in the field at third and ran the bases after reaching on a walk.

Mets third baseman David Wright struck out and walked in two plate appearances and played five innings at third base in his second rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Monday.

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

Wright, who last appeared in a major-league game in May 2016, went 0-for-3 and played five innings on Sunday in his first rehab game as he looks to return from various back, neck and shoulder injuries.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the MLB lead with 15 wins and ranks second in the National League with his 2.19 ERA. 

But Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes his ace, Jacob deGrom, who only has six wins despite leading the majors with a 1.77 ERA, should be the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young Award.

"I think if we ended the season right now, he should win it," Callaway said prior to deGrom's start on Monday. "I think it's probably twice as impressive to see what he's done with the run support he's gotten compared to the pitchers who get tons of it. It's part of pitching in those high-stress situations."

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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo slides into third base with a triple as New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar awaits the throw during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees play a make-up game from July 22 when they meet for the final time in 2018 on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

Subway Series notes

The Yankees are 10-8 without Aaron Judge this season. ... In 16 career games against the Yankees, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a .160 batting average with one home run and six RBIs. ... The Yankees are 3-2 against the Mets this season and 69-48 since the first Subway Series took place in 1997.

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David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
David Wright (5) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

After playing in his first live game since last August on Sunday, Mets 3B David Wright is back in the lineup for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday. 

Wright will play third and bat second, and hopefully collect his first hit. The 35-year-old went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a fly out yesterday, but noted that getting back on the diamond was "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," Wright said after Sunday's contest. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees reportedly tried multiple times in July to trade for Mets ace Jacob deGrom. He remained in Queens and, instead of pitching for the Yankees, he'll be pitching against them Monday night in the Bronx.

The Mets were off last Thursday. Instead of giving deGrom an extra day of rest, Mets manager Mickey Callaway adjusted his rotation and will throw him on normal rest.

"The one thing that helped was we got a little bit of a lead his last game, where we were able to get him out probably an inning earlier than we had been going," Callaway explained last week. "So, pitching on the fifth day this time seemed to make some sense."

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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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Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard won for the fourth time in his last five starts by striking out seven baters and allowing three runs and seven hits in seven innings in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

"I felt a lot better mechanically today," Syndergaard told reporters. "I worked on it a lot in between starts and today I felt really comfortable out there. I wasn't really fighting myself on the mound. I really had to dig deep in the seventh inning to get through it."

Syndergaard (8-2) won his second straight start despite allowing at least three runs for the third straight outing. He allowed one run in the first inning, one in the fourth and another in the sixth, but neither he nor the bullpen allowed the Marlins to tie the game after Michael Conforto's sixth-inning homer gave the Mets their fourth run.

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Mets hold off Marlins 00:01:15
Noah Syndergaard tossed seven strong innings and Jose Reyes belted a two-run homer as the Mets held off the Marlins, 4-3.

Noah Syndergaard tossed seven strong innings and Jose Reyes belted a two-run homer as the Mets held off the Marlins, 4-3.

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The guys talk Syndergaard 00:01:52
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Noah Syndergaard's strong performance despite the difficulty he has preventing stolen bases.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings and Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer as the Mets won the rubber game against the Marlins, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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

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

1) Syndergaard allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. It was the 13th time in 14 starts the right-hander surrendered three runs or fewer. Syndergaard (8-2) won for the sixth time in his last seven decisions and improved to 5-0 with a 1.96 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins.

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Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 12, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches a he hits a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the Mets' road matchup against the Marlins on Sunday.

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Wright gets back on the field 00:00:52
David Wright played in his first rehab game since August 2017 and later talked about the progress he's made in his comeback attempt.

Mets captain David Wright said he felt butterflies on Sunday in his first taste of live baseball since last August, but by the end of his day he felt he had "something to build on."

"It's good to get out there," said Wright, who started at third base for Single-A St. Lucie and went 0-for-3 at the plate in his first rehab game. "Hopefully the results will come, but for now, getting three at-bats, going out there and playing in the field for five innings, seeing some pitches -- some really dominant pitching."

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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)

Mets captain David Wright started at third base and played five innings in the field for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in his first rehab game since last August.

Wright struck out in each of his first two at-bats before flying out to left field in his third and final at-bat in the top of the sixth inning. He was replaced after that at-bat, as he was only slated to play five innings.

The 35-year-old has been limited to just 75 games since the 2015 season amid neck, back, and shoulder injuries. His last major league game was on May 27, 2016 against the Dodgers at Citi Field.

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Mets captain David Wright struck out in his second at-bat during a rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday.

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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)

Mets 3B David Wright is starting at third base and hitting third for Single-A St. Lucie on Sunday in the first game of a rehab assignment.

Wright last played in an MLB game on May 27, 2016. The 35-year-old has played only 75 games since the 2015 season as he has been plagued by neck, back, and shoulder injuries.

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

The Mets (48-66) will play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Marlins (48-70) on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX.

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games. ... Corey Oswalt has worked 5.0 or more innings in four straight
starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in five consecutive starts. ... Jerry Blevins has not allowed a run in his last 6.1 innings. During that span, he's allowed two hits and struck out six.

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Marlins edge Mets in extras 00:01:19
The Mets failed to hold a three-run lead, losing a battle of the bullpens to the Marlins, 4-3, in 11 innings.

Corey Oswalt allowed three runs in six innings, but the Mets failed to score after the fourth and fell to the Marlins, 4-3, in extras.

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The guys talk Corey Oswalt 00:01:44
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss another solid start from Corey Oswalt and the possibility of a six-man rotation.

Bryan Holaday hit a pinch-hit, walk-off RBI double against Jacob Rhame in the 11th inning to lead the Marlins to a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night in Miami.

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

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

1) The Mets' three-run fourth inning would be their busiest of the night on offense. Wilmer Flores hit a one-out double before Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo each walked, which set up Todd Frazier's three-run double to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed three runs on six hits in six innings against the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami.

Oswalt, who returned to the rotation following the injury to Steven Matz, pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth and fifth innings.

Starlin Castro hit a one-out single to get the Marlins going on offense in the fifth and Derek Dietrich followed it up with a double. Martin Pradio drove them both in with a two-run single to right field.

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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) connects for a three run RBI double in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) connects for a three run RBI double in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets 3B Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in the top of the fourth inning to give the Mets the lead.

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)
Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched 56 pitches during a simulated game on Saturday and is expected to return to the team's rotation on Thursday, reports Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

Matz is recovering from a flexor pronator strain in his left forearm, which has sidelined him for multiple starts.

"Just going out there and treating it like a start day and seeing how the elbow responded. It responded really well," Matz said, according to NorthJersey.com. "I felt nothing wrong and I feel like I'm right where I need to be."

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Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and INF Jose Reyes are happy to see 3B David Wright returning to baseball action on Sunday, when he will play five innings with Single-A St. Lucie.

"I think a lot of people want to get their eyes on him and see how the ball is coming off his bat, how he's moving around third, how he was throwing the ball," Callaway said before Saturday's game. "Everyone felt confident that he was in a good spot to go out and compete in a game."

Currently, the 35-year-old Wright's arm strength isn't great, according to Callaway, but his accuracy is there.

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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)

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David Wright and the Mets have adjusted their expectations over the past few years, knowing that the captain's injuries have made it unlikely that he will ever again be a major league regular. But a variety of endings are still possible for his outstanding career, and Wright has more than earned a happy finale. 

Here's hoping that Sunday's minor league rehab game, Wright's first since last summer, is the start of exactly that.

Every time Wright steps on a field, he is taking a calculated risk. On Monday, he could wake up to bad news emanating from his back or neck or shoulder. It isn't hard to imagine that he is close to a point where doctors tell him that is no longer wise to try. No one would be shocked if Sunday's game was his last as a professional baseball player.

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Jul 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 28, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (48-65) begin a three-game series on the road with the Marlins (47-70) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games. ... Corey Oswalt has worked 5.0 or more innings in four straight
starts and has allowed three runs or fewer in five consecutive starts. ... Jerry Blevins has not allowed a run in his last 6.1 innings. During that span, he's allowed two hits and struck out six.

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The Amazin' Life: MetsFellas 00:02:43
On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith and Ron turn GoodFellas into MetsFellas, making them both funny guys!

In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Ron Darling thinks Keith Hernandez is a "funny guy."

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Wheeler outstanding again in win 00:01:20
Zack Wheeler held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings and the Mets pounded out 13 hits in their 6-2 win on Friday night in Miami.

Zack Wheeler held the Marlins to two runs over seven innings and the Mets pounded out 13 hits in their 6-2 win on Friday night in Miami.  

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The guys talk Wheeler 00:02:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss whether Zack Wheeler can sustain the success he's enjoying the rest of this season and beyond.

Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over six innings and lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.77 as the Mets took the rubber game of the series from the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up his first victory since June 18. The 30-year-old allowed four hits and a walk while recording his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 27th of his career. DeGrom's 183 strikeouts are second in the National League behind Washington's Max Scherzer (216). Wednesday marked the first time in five starts he failed to pitch seven innings.

 

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Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler's scoreless innings streak may have snapped, but he secured yet another win in his start Friday night. 

Wheeler entered this contest with the Marlins not allowing a single run over his last two starts. And he kept that streak going to start his night. 

The righty got seven straight Marlins hitters out before an error by Amed Rosario allowed Miguel Rojas on base in the bottom of the third. Wheeler, though, would get out of the inning without letting the error hurt him. 

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are taking on the Marlins down in Miami on Friday night, and Zack Wheeler once again was dominating to start the game. All the Mets needed was a couple runs to back him up. 

Leave that to Michael Conforto

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Jul 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a two RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a two RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (47-65) begin a three-game series on the road with the Marlins (47-69) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have won three of their last five games. They are also 23-28 on the road this season. ...The Mets' next 11 games with be played in five different cities. ...New York is ranked sixth with a .329 road OBP this season. ...The Mets managed to work 11 walks on Wednesday night against the Reds, which is the most in a game since 2008. 

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Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Jul 15, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; USA infielder Peter Alonso (34) hits a two run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

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


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

The 23-year-old Alonso had a great week with Triple-A Las Vegas, going 6-for-13 with two homers, two doubles, and six RBI. His best night was a 4-for-5 night on Tuesday, where he was a triple shy of the cycle. Alonso's slash line has now rose to .251/.350/.556 with 13 homers and 49 RBI over 44 games with the 51s. His line on July 7 was .171/.330/.368. Assistant GM John Ricco said earlier last week that Alonso is entrenched in Triple-A for now.

 

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Andy Martino is joined by guest co-host John Harper to talk about the team's trade deadline decisions, what the TBD front office should do in the offseason, and where this season fits in the history of disappointing Mets seasons of the past. A bonus listen…be sure to wait for John's fantastic David Cone story from 1992.

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

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It is too soon to say what type of general manager the Mets want to hire. Over the past few weeks, the organization has batted around names of potential candidates with a variety of backgrounds. There are many voices involved, from Fred and Jeff Wilpon to Omar Minaya, to John Ricco, and no consensus yet.

As the Mets weigh their options, here's an opinion from someone (uh, me) who has covered the organization for the better part of a decade: Hire a GM with deep experience and credibility in the game. Focus more on gravitas than scouting versus analytics, or any other particulars of philosophy. The best executives are the moderates who draw from all belief systems, anyway.

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Baseball America considers the Mets to have the 11th-worst farm system in baseball. However, that is eight spots better from where they ranked the Mets at the start of this season...

MLB.com recently added Andres Gimenez (59), 1B Peter Alonso (63), 3B Jarred Kelenic (67) and pitcher Justin Dunn (97) to their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.

Mets prospects infielder Ronny Mauricio and pitchers David Peterson and Anthony Kay were all considered to be among the "best of the rest," according to Baseball America's report.

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deGrom's pitching grips 00:00:28
On Science of Baseball, Ron Darling looks at how Jacob deGrom grips some of his pitches.

According to Fangraphs, deGrom is throwing his fastball 51.7% of the time this season, slider 24% of the time and his changeup 15.6% of the time.

Join the Mets and Memorial Sloan Kettering as we team up to Strike Out Cancer. Visit http://giving.mskcc.org/mets to learn more about the K's for Cancer program and your chance to donate.

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

The most important word to understand about the Mets' search for their next general manager is "early." As in, ownership and the front office are in the brainstorming phase, batting around not just names but types.

When you hear Ben Cherington, Michael Chernoff, Dan Duquette, Jed Hoyer, Dan O'Dowd, and Jared Porter you think, "Wow, those are a lot of different philosophies and backgrounds." Indeed, the team is considering a wide variety of possibilities before narrowing its search.

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Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) celebrates hitting a home run with New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) celebrates hitting a home run with New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

MLB is returning Players' Weekend on Aug. 24 through Aug. 26, where the players will get to wear nicknames on the backs of their special non-traditional jerseys.

These are the best Mets' nicknames:

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Austin Jackson is on fire since being signed by the Mets in late July. In 11 games since joining the team, he has two home runs, eight RBI and is batting .414.

Jackson, 31, signed a two-year, $6 million deal this past winter with the Giants, with whom he hit just .242 with 8 extra-base hits in 59 games. In early July, the Giants traded him to the Rangers, who released Jackson the next week. The Mets then signed him for the pro-rated league minimum after it was announced that Yoenis Cespedes would miss the rest of the season due to double heel surgery. 

"Honestly, I didn't know what to expect coming over," he said after Wednesday's win. "It's one of those things where when your name is in the lineup you do your best to contribute to wins."

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Throwback Thursday: Flores 00:00:35
In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2013, when Wilmer Flores was learning new positions in Triple-A Las Vegas.

In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2013, when Wilmer Flores was learning new positions in Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Let's get this out of the way first...

Mets ace Jacob deGrom has six wins. Nationals ace Max Scherzer has 15 wins. It doesn't matter. The won/loss stat for pitchers, which is almost completely useless, should have zero bearing on who wins the Cy Young Award. It's team-dependent. It's archaic. It doesn't tell us anything about the performance of the pitcher it's attached to. It should go the way of the Dodo bird.

Now, using numbers that actually matter, here's Jacob deGrom's Cy Young Award case...

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On Episode 3 of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by former Mets pitcher and Cubs GM Ed Lynch. The guys discuss Ed's time with the Mets in the 1980's, as they became a championship contender, including great stories about Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez. Steve and Wayne also ask Lynch about being traded away from New York during the 1986 season, and about how being a GM has changed since his days in Chicago.

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Jacob deGrom threw six scoreless innings and Brandon Nimmo launched three doubles as the Mets shut out the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday.

Jacob deGrom threw six scoreless innings and Brandon Nimmo launched three doubles as the Mets shut out the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday.

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Mets manager Mickey Callaway said earlier this week that he intends for Jason Vargas to be in the team's rotation next season, despite his poor results so far in 2018.

Vargas, who signed a two-year, $16 million deal this past winter, is 2-8 with a whopping 8.75 ERA and 1.83 WHIP, which is more than double his career average. He has yet to pitch beyond the fifth inning in any game this season.

Nevertheless, Callaway said he still views the left-handed Vargas as the ideal fifth starter next season behind Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

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

Baseball America's new farm system rankings have the Mets as the No. 19 overall system in baseball, up from No. 27 before the season.

Since the season began, the Mets have gotten a breakout season from 1B Peter Alonso (Triple-A Las Vegas), a rebound season from RHP Justin Dunn (Double-A Binghamton), rapid advancement by 19-year-old SS Andres Gimenez (Double-A), a return to injury by LHP Anthony Kay, and a strong campaign from LHP David Peterson, among other impressive performances in the minors.

In the lower levels of the minors, the team is getting strong production from 18-year-old SS/3B Mark Vientos and 17-year-old INF Ronny Mauricio...

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Gary and Ron talk W's for deGrom 00:02:26
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling wonder how much pitcher "wins" matter, as Jacob deGrom continues to dominate without the record to show for it.

Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over six innings and lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.77 as the Mets took the rubber game of the series from the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up his first victory since June 18. The 30-year-old allowed four hits and a walk while recording his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 27th of his career. DeGrom's 183 strikeouts are second in the National League behind Washington's Max Scherzer (216). Wednesday marked the first time in five starts he failed to pitch seven innings.

 

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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom was his usual dominant self on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds, and his team actually scored runs for him. Seriously.

DeGrom exited the game after the sixth inning with a 5-0 lead, having thrown six scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking one and striking out 10 as he lowered his MLB-best ERA to 1.77.

DeGrom has allowed more than three runs just once this season, and has held his opponent to two runs or fewer in five of his last six games. 

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USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
USA infielder Peter Alonso hits a two-run home run in seventh inning against the World Team during the 2018 All Star Futures Game at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso may still be at least a few weeks away from his big league debut, but his knocks on the door are getting louder. And it can be argued that he should already be in Queens. 

Alonso crushed a three-run homer and RBI double while going 4-for-5 during Triple-A Las Vegas' win on Tuesday after also homering this past Friday and Saturday.

The 23-year-old Alonso has 13 hits in his last 29 at-bats, and now has 27 homers in 108 games this season between Double-A Binghamton and Vegas. Overall this season, Alonso is hitting .285/.402/.557...

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

If they'll have him, Jose Reyes would love to return to the Mets for the 2019 season. "Of course I'd want to come back," Reyes told Howie Kussoy of the New York Post. "My body feels good. I feel healthy. We'll see if there's an opportunity."

Reyes added that he doesn't know what the future holds, but that he wants to "finish the season strong and see what happens."

After hitting .246/.315/.413 with 15 homers last season, the Mets re-signed Reyes with the idea that he would be valuable as a jack-of-all trades off the bench. And that belief was a fair one given how he performed in 2017. But Reyes is hitting .186/.257/.281 with three homers in 81 games this season...

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