Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Yankees GM Brian Cashman talk to reporters. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Yankees GM Brian Cashman talk to reporters. Credit: USA Today Images

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me)...

The Mets dealt Jay Bruce to the Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan on Wednesday night, reportedly turning down the Yankees' offer of two prospects.

The Yankees, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, offered $1 million in salary relief, while the Indians assumed the entire $3.7 million owed to Bruce. But that's not all that was at play...

1) Bruce was traded for more than just one reason

It's possible the Mets chose dealing with the Indians, despite getting one prospect not two, because Fred and Jeff Wilpon and Sandy Alderson wanted to save money, which they'll hopefully spend on new talent this winter. However, it's also very possible the Mets simply did not want to help the Yankees get to the playoffs in a season when the Mets expected to be the better of the two New York teams. Remember, the Yankees had interest in acquiring Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, and instead Alderson sent them to Cashman's top division rivals (the Rays and Red Sox).

At the same time, it's also possible the deal had less to do with money and rivalries and more to do with Alderson preferring Ryan to whomever was being offered by the Yankees. It's hard to imagine one below-average minor leaguer ever being a better option than two. But, I've never seen Ryan pitch, I know nothing about him, and I don't know who the Yankees were offering, so I suppose it is plausible that Alderson's staff and scouts preferred one over the other.

In reality, Bruce is probably on the Indians not for any singular reason. Instead, he was probably traded to Cleveland and not the Bronx for a combination of all of the above (saving money, not helping the Yankees, and liking Ryan more than Cashman's talent).

2) The Mets are going to pursue a defensive CF this winter

The fact that Ryan is a less-than-impressive prospect tells me Mets clearly had no interest in bringing back Bruce for 2018 (even if it meant him accepting a one-year, $20 million qualifying offer). In order to get a draft pick as compensation for Bruce signing a contract with another team this winter, the Mets were going to have to extend him a qualifying offer and risk him accepting it. And, they obviously would have taken that risk had they been okay with bringing him back.

However, given that Ryan -- and the two prospects being offered by the Yankees for Bruce -- were likely worth less than the potential compensatory draft pick, it tells me Alderson eventually came to the conclusion that he would rather start next season without Bruce and without the draft pick than start next season with Bruce.



Why? During the last few weeks, while talking with agents and other teams about potential trades, the Mets clearly convinced themselves they can acquire a center fielder this winter, which would allow them to start Michael Conforto in right field. Otherwise, they'd have gone with Conforto in center and risked having Bruce in right, which would be better than any other combination they could end up with if pursuing a corner outfielder other than Bruce.

I like this approach, because the Mets need a tried-and-true center fielder picking fly balls behind their pitching staff. I don't know who this player will be, but he has to be an elite defender and better than Conforto, who -- though he can physically play center -- really should be in a corner outfield position.

The point is, if they wanted him for next season, the Mets would have kept Bruce this season. Instead, they let him go because, with Conforto and not Bruce as their right fielder, they can acquire a legit center fielder. Otherwise, they would not have accepted only Ryan in place of risking Bruce might return for 2018.

3) There was never a major market for Bruce

Bruce hits home runs and home runs are less valuable today than a few years ago. This is fact, at least based on what countless league executives and agents told me during July. Bruce is a terrific guy, he's durable, he's a strong leader and fun presence on any winning team. But, he's also slow, with an okay glove, and notorious for being very streaky. If he isn't hitting home runs, teams view him as a liability. And, in a league that is setting home run records left and right, Bruce just isn't a big deal, even though we know from watching him how he can be an asset. These are the facts and they're undisputed outside of New York.

That said, the only reason Bruce is on the Indians today is because their everyday left fielder, Michael Brantley, just injured himself at the same time their other top outfielder, Lonnie Chisenhall, is also on the DL. In other words, suddenly desperate for a power-hitting outfielder, Cleveland called Alderson and quickly made a deal for Bruce. Could Alderson have put the Indians on hold and dialed Cashman to nickel and dime a bit more out of the Bronx? I suppose. However, read below....

4) Come hell or high water, the Mets weren't helping the Yankees

The way I understand it from people connected to both teams, the Mets had been aware of Brian Cashman's two-player offer for several days. I assume because the deal never got done, Alderson was less than impressed with the talent being offered in return. And that position clearly continued because, when Cleveland called him, Alderson took the offer without ever giving Cashman the opportunity to do better. 



Being the unemotional, calculated businessman that he is, Alderson is on record as saying he has no issue dealing with the Yankees. I believe him. I'm sure this is true. However, I bet his bosses feel otherwise, and I totally understand where they're coming from. I mean, be honest with yourself. As an emotional Mets fan, tell me you would truly rather get an extra low-level minor leaguer -- and the satisfaction of knowing ownership swallowed a million dollars or two -- so that Bruce could potentially help the Yankees get to the playoffs. I just find it hard to believe any Mets fan would actually agree to this situation.

Imagine the Mets sent Bruce to the Bronx, where he hits a huge home run at Yankee Stadium in the Wild Card game, pushing the Yankees to the ALDS. Due to his heroics, Bruce is all over the back pages and being heralded by Yankees fans, who now get an open door to relentlessly mock Mets fans. How do you think that would feel? When your Yankee fan friend is taunting you about how the Mets are a joke and the Yankees and Bruce are awesome, are we really going to feel better by knowing the Fred and Jeff Wilpon paid a few million extra dollars (of not our money) to get two prospects we most likely will never hear from again? Trust me, that wasn't going to help. In fact, it would probably have made this disaster of a seasons worse than it already is...

In other words, I'm glad the Mets got slightly less in a deal from Cleveland and did nothing to help the Yankees get to October. If this is Duda or Reed -- and not Bruce -- and we're talking about upper-level pitching prospects, I trade with the Yankees. But, when we're potentially talking low-level, average-at-best talent, I help the Indians all day and never return Cashman's call.

5) Alderson is thinking about the future

Once it was determined the Mets would not be making the playoffs, Alderson clearly set his sights on restocking his farm system with as many arms as possible. In return for Bruce, Duda, and Reed, and saving $10 million on this year's payroll, he acquired five minor leaguers who project to be relief pitchers. And, it's possible they pick up more arms and save more money by soon dealing Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, and/or Curtis Granderson  all of whom reportedly cleared waivers and can freely be dealt during August. In regards to potential deals, I'm mostly watching the Brewers, who have interest in Cabrera and Granderson and seem willing to trade more than one pitcher.



In the end, I would prefer the Mets have stayed healthy this season, won with their veterans and gotten themselves to a third consecutive postseason. However, given that this isn't what happened, given that it all fell apart so fast, I like that Alderson did his best to add as many relief pitchers to his system as possible.

The game is about to see a further specialization in pitching, and by acquiring five arms, plus drafting people that were only relievers in college, the Mets will hopefully be in good position to ride this market wave. As such, I'd gladly bring in seven minor leaguers with limited and realistic potential as opposed to two or three blue chip prospects. There is no such thing as pitching prospect, they say. And, if we learned anything the least two years, it's that this adage is true. The more arms in the system the better the chance that one or two hit, pan out, and eventually make an impact at the big-league level.

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Maggie Wiggin (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Archive Posts): Zack Wheeler pitched a seven inning, 10 strikeout gem on Monday night, dropping his ERA to 3.63 and looking every inch like the ace the Mets hoped for when they acquired him back in 2011.

To say Wheeler's career has had its ups and downs would be an understatement -- two years lost to a rough Tommy John recovery and a disappointing and injury-shortened comeback in 2017 raised serious questions about whether he still belonged on a major league mound. But over his last 15 games, he's pitching better than ever before and he's succeeding on the basis of sustainable, meaningful improvement that bodes well for the 28-year-old moving forward.

The most notable hallmark of Wheeler's step forward is his efficiency, which has always been a challenge for him. While he's had a handful of other 15-game stretches with a lower ERA than the 2.71 he's put up during this stretch, his average of over 6.1 innings pitched in those 15 starts is a career-best...

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Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): People focusing on Dominic Smith's blunder Monday night that cost the Mets a game are missing the larger issue, which is that he shouldn't be in left field.

I understand that he's a big-league player and it would be nice if he knew the basics of charging on a ball with the shortstop in position to make the play. But, he didn't. Now he knows. But, why is he being charged with learning this situation at all when he's a natural, tried-and-true infielder, who prior to this season had only ever played first base?

In case you missed it, Monday night's game was tied in the top of the 13th inning, with two outs and runners on first and third base. The Giants hit a soft pop up in front of Smith and behind shortstop Amed Rosario...

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Mets error leads to loss in 13th 00:01:14
Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith collided on a pop-up in the 13th inning, allowing the go-ahead run to score in a 2-1 Giants win.

Mistakes in the field and a lack of offense spoiled another stellar effort from Zack Wheeler as the Mets lost to the Giants, 2-1, in 13 innings.

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith collide and drop a fly ball for a run against the San Francisco Giants during the 13th inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and left fielder Dominic Smith collide and drop a fly ball for a run against the San Francisco Giants during the 13th inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets left fielder Dominic Smith collided with shortstop Amed Rosario on a pop-up that led to the game-winning run to score in the top of the 13th inning in Monday's 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

"It sucks, especially the way this year has been going," Smith said after the game.

With runners on the corners and two outs, Brandon Crawford popped a Tyler Bashlor fastball into shallow left field. As Rosario backpedaled, Smith came in and bumped into Rosario as the ball landed on the grass and allowed Andrew McCutchen to score the go-ahead run.

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The guys talk Mets' home woes 00:01:39
Gary, Ron & Keith discuss the discrepancy between the Mets' prolific offense on the road and their struggles at home.

Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario combined to hand the Giants the winning run on a botched pop fly in the 13th inning as the Mets lost the opener, 2-1, on Monday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Bashlor (0-2) should have worked himself out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the 13th. But Brandon Crawford's pop-up bounced into and out of Rosario's glove as Smith collided with him in shallow left field. It was New York's third error of the game. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw seven strong innings but was unable to win his seventh straight start in Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

Wheeler struck out 10 batters and took a shutout into the seventh inning, but gave up the Mets' 1-0 lead when he surrendered a two-out RBI bloop double to Alen Hanson.

The 28-year-old Wheeler allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 81 of 113 pitches for strikes and lowering his ERA to 3.63 as he continued his hot second half.

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It appears Amed Rosario is turning a corner in his development and becoming a shiny silver lining to what has otherwise been a lost season for the Mets.

Rosario had three hits and three RBI against the Phillies on Sunday and is now batting .398 during his last 10 games, while driving in 11 runs and belting two home runs. In addition, he's tied for second in the NL with eight stolen bases since the All-Star break and has been successful in 13 of his last 15 stolen base attempts.

Overall in August, he is hitting .292/.333/.431 with two homers, four doubles, and five stolen bases...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Todd Frazier (21) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Todd Frazier (21) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets open a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Robert Gsellman has not allowed a run in his last seven relief appearances, recording two saves and two holds in August. ... As a team, the Mets are hitting .275 in the month of August, which ranks third in the majors.

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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 progressing but he may run out of time as he attempts to return to the majors this season.

With Wright on a rehab assignment that expires on Aug. 31 and the minor league seasons ending shortly after, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Monday that it "remains to be seen" whether Wright will have enough time to get ready.

Ricco said it remains a day-to-day situation, with the team seeing on a nearly everyday basis how Wright's body responds...

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Mookie on his Playing Days 00:00:47
Mookie Wilson reminisces about his playing days and what it takes to survive the 162-game grind.

Mookie Wilson reminisces about his playing days and what it takes to survive the 162-game grind.

"When I was playing it was a lot easier to stay in shape because the team dictated a lot of what you did, the foods that you ate and the way you traveled. Repetition is very important and it's why most ball players have routines, routines that are important to them for two reasons, for the body and also mentally you are prepared to do what needs to be done."

"At some point you need to give your mind and your body a chance to relax. I would go home after a night game and do something that didn't involve baseball. It is a grind physically and mentally so it takes a strong person to survive in this game."

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo has been placed on the 10-day DL (retroactive to Aug. 17) due to the bruised left index finger he suffered last Thursday when he tried to check his swing and was hit by a pitch. 

Mets GM John Ricco said he expects Nimmo to return when eligible on Aug. 27. 

Nimmo had initially been viewed as day-to-day, after he saw two hand specialists and the MRI on his left hand came back clean.

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If you take out the month of June, where the Mets went 5-21, they are one game over .500 for the season.

Similarly, if you remove the Warriors from the NBA, LeBron James would have a few more titles. And if you eliminate Rocky V, it can be argued that the entire Rocky saga is good.

Anyway, the Mets were 27-27 before June and exited the month with a record of 32-48 and their hopes of reaching the postseason basically over...

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Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me) Triple-A first baseman Peter Alonso is unlikely to be promoted to the Mets this season, according to multiple reports posted during the last few weeks.

"I doubt he will be up this year," MLB.com's Anthony DiComo tweeted Friday. "The Mets don't want to add him to the 40-man before they have to."

The only three reasons I can think of that might make sense for keeping Alonso down are...

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Gary Cohen talks Johan's no-no 00:01:45
Gary Cohen looks back on his 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including June 1 2012, the night of the franchise's first no-hitter.

Gary Cohen looks back on his 30 years of broadcasting Mets games, including June 1, 2012, the night when Johan Santana tossed the franchise's first no-hitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Click below to listen...

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

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mets are keeping LHP Jason Vargas in the rotation.

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

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

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet…Hannah.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things you should know about Friday's game

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

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

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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets center fielder Austin Jackson singles against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Austin Jackson singles against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

Nimmo is day-to-day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

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