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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...

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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.

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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.

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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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Mets rock Severino on Monday 00:00:36
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's rough stretch on the mound and why he still has confidence in the team's ace.

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar
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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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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...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Brandon Nimmo hits his third double of the game, driving in two runs to give the Mets a commanding 7-0 lead against the Reds on Wednesday at Citi Field.

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With center field in 2019 and beyond an uncertainty, the Mets have "had some internal conversations" about trying Amed Rosario in center field, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

According to Kernan, though the Mets have kicked the idea around, putting it into action is "not on the table" at the moment. That's a good thing, since it's a fantastically bad idea. Here are three reasons why...

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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)

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It's the calm before the Mets storm. Enjoy it while it lasts. In a few weeks, the conversation around the Mets will quickly turn from hypothesizing about GM candidates to getting real news about where ownership intends to take their franchise and who is going to get them there...

As it stands, assistant John Ricco and advisors Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi are essentially splitting the job after Sandy Alderson stepped down in June due to health issues...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto made a diving catch on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. to rob Matt Adams of extra bases.

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Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): As expected, the Mets did not trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline, despite both pitchers being capable of bringing back a collection of top prospects.

The lack of action could mean the Mets did not see an offer worth accepting. Or, after doing their due diligence, they decided to keep their best two pitchers because they can have them through the 2020 season, sign them to long-term extensions, or look to trade them this winter with more teams involved in the bidding.

During the past few weeks, the Dodgers, Yankees, Padres, Phillies, and Braves were all reportedly looking for an elite starting pitcher under team control. More importantly, all five of the above teams had the necessary prospects required by the Mets. None of them landed a top pitcher, but the Pirates came out of nowhere to trade for No. 2 type starter Chris Archer with about 30 minutes to go before the deadline. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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In the midst of a second straight lost season for the Mets, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario have been bright spots lately.

Conforto, who returned way ahead of schedule after serious shoulder surgery, had been struggling to get in gear -- especially when it came to generating power. But he's finally showing signs of starting to break out in that department.

The 25-year-old is hitting .333 with a .667 SLG and .1099 OPS with three homers and nine RBI over his last nine games, and is now on pace to finish the season with 21 homers...

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Mets blast past Padres, 6-3 00:01:05
The offense stepped up to the plate as Devin Mesoraco and Michael Conforto helped the Mets beat the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday.

Zack Wheeler turned in seven strong innings and Michael Conforto homered as the Mets topped the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals. 

"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."

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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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

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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Asdrubal Cabrera (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were looking for back-to-back wins heading into Wednesday night's matchup against the Pirates, and the offense certainly showed up to do so.

Wilmer Flores, who was the hero in Tuesday night's extra-inning walkoff victory, launched a solo homer to left field for his sixth on the season in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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Mets INF Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Tuesday.

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Gary, Keith and Ron on urgency 00:01:36
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling say that the Mets need to change things between now and the All-Star break to save the season.

Zack Wheeler made just one mistake, but it cost him as the Mets couldn't rebuttle Cody Bellinger's grand slam in the sixth in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night. 

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

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

 

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was cruising during his start on Friday night against the Dodgers. That is until the sixth inning came, and one pitch ruined everything. 

Wheeler began his night setting down six straight Dodgers, which included striking out the side in the second. In the top of the third, Michael Conforto helped out Wheeler by making a terrific diving grab in center field on a liner off the bat of Joc Pederson

After putting runners on the first and second to lead off the fourth, Wheeler worked out of another jam. But that wasn't the case when the sixth rolled around. 

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Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Michael Conforto (30) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the game still scoreless, the Dodgers had a runner on second with two outs when Joc Pederson squared up a pitch from Zack Wheeler

The ball was drilled to center and looked to be destined for an extra-base hit. However, centerfielder Michael Conforto tracked it down, and laid out to save the run. 

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and collected four RBI during the team's win over the D-Backs on Saturday night after he made an adjustment at the plate.

"Our hitting coaches saw something, and they were right," manager Mickey Callaway said. "And he's looked totally different at the plate."

The Mets noticed that Conforto was previously overextending on pitches, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Mets offense comes alive in win 00:01:36
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Michael Conforto's four-RBI game in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday night.

Steven Matz pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Conforto drove in four runs as the Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Matz was solid, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three as he recorded his fourth quality start in his last five appearances.

2) Conforto led the offense with a homer, a double and four RBIs. The outfielder put the Mets on the board in the second inning when he launched his ninth home run of the year, driving in Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. It was Conforto's third long ball in just eight career at-bats against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin. The 25-year-old added an RBI double off Corbin in the sixth.

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson reiterated the fact that a possible demotion to OF Michael Conforto isn't off the table. 

It was reported earlier this week by SNY's Andy Martino that demoting the struggling Conforto could be an option for the team. Alderson says Conforto could benefit from a demotion as it would let him focus on the offensive side of the ball.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Unlike Adrian Gonzalez (who was released because he didn't have a future with the Mets), and Jose Reyes (who will likely be released soon because he doesn't have a future with the Mets), the decision to remove Conforto from the 25-man roster would be done with his and the team's long-term benefit in mind...

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May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A demotion to Triple-A for Michael Conforto is "on the table," according to one team source, with no decision made but Mets brass currently discussing it.

According to the source, manager Mickey Callaway has been disappointed in Conforto, and has been involved in these internal discussions.The possibility of a demotion was first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The MLB Draft is Monday night, with the Mets holding the No. 6 pick and connected to a pair of college third basemen. Before they make their selection, let's take a look back at the Mets' first round picks during the Sandy Alderson era...

2011, No. 13: Brandon Nimmo, OF, Cheyenne East High School (Cheyenne, Wyoming)

With his first pick as Mets GM, Alderson selected Nimmo -- who did not play high school baseball since Wyoming was one of three states without it. Instead, he played American Legion ball. This selection was bashed by some soon after and in the years following, and it seems that bashing was way off. Nimmo, 25, is hitting .276/.421/.559 with seven HR this season while establishing himself as an offensive catalyst... 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeurys Familia entered the ninth inning Wednesday night with 1-0 lead. However, four hits and one intentional walk later put Mets behind and on their way to a 2-1 loss to the Marlins.

"Everything went good in the bullpen," Familia said after the game. "It's just one of those days." 

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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWhen the Mets opened their series in Philadelphia on May 11, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen spoke on SNY about how if Michael Conforto is hot, the Mets will be hot. In case you don't remember, this was the game where the Mets were losing to the Phillies, 1-0, going into the ninth. Conforto hit a bomb that just missed and landed foul. He then compensated for this by hitting a two-run home run, putting the Mets in front. He sparked a rally, with Devin Mesoraco knocking it out of the park right after him for his first homer after becoming a Met. The Mets, who were reeling at the time, desperately needed that come-from-behind win.

And Conforto needed that big hit, too, as he had hit a slump towards the end of April and beginning of May, to the point where he was kept out of the lineup twice in order to have mental health days off. That is not the Conforto any of us know, or ever want to see. Shortly before the Phillies series -- upon returning from being benched for two days, Conforto led off a Monday game against the Reds, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, helping his team finally win a game. Not a bad way to break a slump, right?

Since then, Conforto has continued to heat up. Over his last 10 games, Conforto is hitting .333/.366/.590 with 13 hits -- including three home runs -- and seven RBI. To put things into perspective, from April 13 - May 6, Conforto was just 8-for-58, hitting .138. He's improved in a drastic, much-needed way.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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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)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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(Gregory Fisher)

This is the Michael Conforto the Mets are used to seeing. 

The 25-year-old lefty looks to have figured out what has been plaguing him at the plate, as he notched a 4-for-4, two RBI performance in the win over the Diamondbacks on Friday night. 

Conforto set the tone early for the Mets in his first at-bat with an RBI single to score Asdrubal Cabrera to make it a 2-0 game. After hitting another single in the third, Conforto roped an RBI single to right to score Wilmer Flores in the fifth. He would cap off his night with a base knock in the eighth for good measure.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/18 00:02:01
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss bunting against the shift and who will replace the injured Juan Lagares on the roster.

Jacob deGrom provided the stuff on the mound, and Michael Conforto led the way at the plate as the Mets took the first game of a three-game set against the Diamondbacks, 3-1, at Citi Field on Friday night. 

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

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThis week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell -- their second child. But that's not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child -- a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action... eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night's game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night's game.

Speaking of Friday night's game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team -- that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon's game, but it unfortunately didn't happen...

Tags: David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Michelle Ioannou
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May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets were on the verge of being shut out by the Phillies on Saturday night when Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run -- and he knew the team needed it badly.

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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:05:29
The BNNY guys join GEICO SportsNite to talk about the Mets' 7-6 win and the interest Matt Harvey has been attracting on the trade block.

Adrian Gonzalez hit two of the Mets' four home runs in Monday's 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Gonzalez's fifth-inning home run off Jackson Stephens proved to be the difference after the Reds scored two runs in the sixth inning and another in the eighth as New York ended its six-game losing streak.

"This is one of those parks you feel good coming into," Gonzalez told reporters after the game. "You know all you have to do is barrel the ball."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterLast week in Mets Land was not a good one. I was at three games this past week... and the Mets lost all of them. In fact, the Mets didn't win a game their entire homestand. Six straight losses.

I know, none of you want to recap this past week I don't blame you. It was a horrible. But there was a move that does need to be brought up again, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey refused a minor league assignment (to no one's surprise) and was DFA'd by the Mets. I already spoke about this more in depth, but it was a move that had to be made. And it was sad that it had to come to this. The irony of all of this, though? Hansel Robles was called up to replace Harvey in the bullpen. Yes, a sentence you likely never thought you'd hear (and likely never wanted to hear).

Speaking of Robles, he came back with a bang (and a point) by giving up a home run to Ian Desmond on Sunday in his first appearance back. The Mets went on to lose this game, but the biggest shockers of the game were that Noah Syndergaard walked in a run and Robles then somehow had a scoreless ninth inning despite giving up the above mentioned homer in the eighth...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After coming back ahead of schedule from a shoulder injury, 2018 hasn't exactly gotten off to the start Michael Conforto hoped it would. 

Conforto struck out to end Friday night's 8-7 loss to the Rockies with the potential game-winning run on second base. Conforto is batting .187/.347/.267 with 1 HR and 6 RBI this season. 

"I don't know if I'd say it's pressing," Conforto said on SNY's Mets Post Game...

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Matt Harvey has been a Met his entire baseball career. But, after New York decided to designate The Dark Knight for assignment, he will no longer don the blue and orange. And among all the buzz swirling arond the news, the Mets still on the roster had a game against the Rockies Friday night (which they lost 8-7). 

So, not only did they have to deal with the loss of their fourth straight game, but they had to come to grips with the loss of a dear teammate. 

"I was shocked. I didn't think it would end this way," OF Michael Conforto, who struck out with the game-tying and game-winning run on second and third in the ninth, said after the game. "I wish him all the best. He was a good teammate, good friend. So I hope he does well in his future endeavors."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a double during first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Since his unexpectedly early return from shoulder surgery in early April, Michael Conforto has struggled at the plate, with just a .652 OPS. Still, there are some promising signs for the young slugger, who the Mets badly need to give a boost to an anemic lineup.

In the month since his season debut, Conforto has just a .200 batting average and, even more troubling, has shown very little power, with his lone home run on the year coming in his first game. His four extra base hits over 90 plate appearances is well below his career numbers. And with the possibility of lingering issues related to his highly unusual shoulder injury that ended his 2017 season, both the team and the fans have some reasonable concerns.

Not all of the numbers for Conforto are bad, though. He is seeing the ball as well as at any point in his career, as he has walked in 20 percent of his plate appearances, pushing his on base percentage to a strong .367. His strikeout numbers are similar to his career norms and he is making contact at a good rate -- on par with last season.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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DNL: Martino on Mets' loss 00:03:27
Andy Martino joins Daily News Live to break down the Mets' recent struggles following their 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Braves came to New York this week and dropped a good ol' fashioned whupping on the Mets, announcing their presence as a National League East team of the future, and possibly the present. The Mets fell out of first place and saw their ace leave a game with an elbow injury.

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

Jason Vargas is still doing an Ollie Perez impersonation. Braves starter Julio Teheran seemed for most of Thursday's game like he was going to throw a no-hitter. Matt Harvey flopped in a mop-up appearance, two days after the manager and GM chose to publicly engage a Page Six report about his late-night partying...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo will be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies, manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game. Nimmo, who drew a walk in his only plate appearance on Thursday, is hitting .294/.467/.529 in 20 games (45 plate appearances) this season.

Despite his tremendous production earlier this season, Nimmo has been the victim of a crowded outfield situation lately, and has started just two of the last 14 games.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets' offense sputtering, Nimmo needs to be playing regularly at this point -- no matter what the Mets need to do to get him in the lineup. Jay Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and is expected to start at least one game at first base this weekend. Beyond that, he's 1-for-11 over his last three games and has hit just one homer since April 5. He is the most logical option to either be shifted to first base or receive days off in order to make room for Nimmo...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Summarizing Mets' 2018 season 00:06:48
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down the Mets' 2018 season thus far and debates how solid their hold is on the N.L. East.

Matt Harvey is in the bullpen. Steven Matz has a 4.98 ERA. Jay Bruce has only two home runs. Michael Conforto is batting just .222 and Yoenis Cespedes leads the league in strikeouts.

Nevertheless, the Mets begin May in first place in the NL East with a 17-9 record, thanks in large part to Mickey Callaway's decisions, the team's bullpen, two aces, Todd Frazier's attitude and performance, and Asdrubal Cabrera leading the league in hits.


Tune to SNY today at 3:45 to watch Sandy Alderson's first game of homestand press conference

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce has dusted his first base glove off recently to take reps before games, and the Mets will reportedly be using him there in at least one game this week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Bruce said before the season that he didn't expect to get time at first base unless it was an emergency, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team would be comfortable using Bruce there on a near-everyday basis if needed.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Gonzalez isn't hitting for average, he isn't getting on base at a decent clip, and he isn't hitting for power. His .317 slugging percentage is putrid. And him playing regularly at this point is untenable. I was of the opinion that Gonzalez shouldn't have been signed in the first place, but at least the Mets are seemingly willing to be proactive at first base due to his struggles -- and due to Nimmo's tremendous production...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Mets are 14-6, but they're only one loss better than the Phillies. To be honest, Philadelphia is a concern. Rhys Hoskins is a legit MVP candidate and Carlos Santana, though he hasn't hit much, is clearly setting a nice example and approach for the rest of the lineup. That said, I think their pitching is overachieving. And, as a young team, the long season will likely do them in eventually. For now, though, they're a threat...

Meanwhile, the Mets have issues, despite their hot start. Like it or not, they've lost five of their last eight games and are in the middle of a cross-country travel schedule...

Here are three questions and answers to mull over during Monday's off day...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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