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Mets lose series to Cardinals 00:01:19
New York Mets hit four home runs including blasts from Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and even Noah Syndergaard but Mets still fall short.

Noah Syndergaard struggled on the mound as the Mets lost for the fourth time in the last five games with a 6-4 loss on Sunday at Busch Stadium. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1) Syndergaard (1-2, 5.90 ERA) allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings. In five starts this season, he has allowed at least four runs four times.

2) Pete Alonso, Syndergaard, Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto each hit solo homers, however the Mets wet 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Mets (11-8) look to build off Friday's win as they face the Cardinals (10-9) at Busch Stadium on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. 

Mets Notes

Chris Flexen makes the spot start in place of the injured Jacob deGrom. ... Jeff McNeil's .391 batting average is tied for the second-highest in the majors this season. His 99 career hits are also the most all-time by a Mets player through his first 81 games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 12 straight games since April 6. ... Brandon Nimmo is back in the leadoff spot after missing some time with a stiff neck. He has reached base safely in his last nine games

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, St. Louis Cardinals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets began a 13-game stretch last week that included 10 games against the Phillies and Braves.

I believed the Mets would need to win at least six of those 10 games -- which would put them around 14-10 heading into their next homestand -- to avoid hitting the panic button too early.

To date, they have won just two of seven during this stretch, with three left against the Phillies, whom they will play at Citi Field after beginning a three-game series Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Todd Frazier is continuing his slow crawl back to the Mets, with his rehab stint shifting to Triple-A Syracuse and his activation necessary by early next week unless he has a setback.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke earlier this week about Frazier's return, saying what was already known -- Frazier will not be the full-time starter at third base. Instead, he will split time there with J.D. Davis and -- when he isn't in the outfield -- Jeff McNeil.

The Mets have some choices to make when Frazier returns and are in for some really hard playing time choices when Jed Lowrie comes back. For now, the focus is on Frazier. Here's how things could shake out when he returns...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Mets lose finale to Phillies 00:01:16
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was happy with Zack Wheeler pitching deep against the Phillies and sees NL East being a dog fight.

Zack Wheeler took the mound Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia looking another solid start like his last one against the Braves. Overall, it was a good start by the hard-throwing righty, but a couple costly mistakes linger on his mind.

Wheeler had been cruising, as he allowed just one run in the second inning. But that changed when Scott Kingery launched an opposite field solo homer to push the Phillies lead to two. Then, just one inning later, Cesar Hernandez did the exact same as his teammate, taking a Wheeler pitch over the right field fence. 

That last solo homer was ultimately the winning run for the Phillies, who took the three-game series with the victory. Wheeler may have been satisfied with his overall performance, but not with those two pitches he made.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets fall hard to Phillies, 14-3 00:01:11
Steven Matz was shelled and the defense struggled as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-3, on Tuesday night.

Absolutely nothing went right for the Mets on Tuesday. Steven Matz was roughed up for eight runs before he could even record an out as the Mets fell to the Phillies in a 14-3 loss on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Matz had nothing going for him, allowing eight runs, six earned, on four hits, a walk and hit batsman, including two home runs without getting a single out before he was pulled from the game. The Phillies tacked on two more against Drew Gagnon in relief before the inning finally ended with the Mets in a 10-0 hole. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets were put in a giant hole early on against the Phillies on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the bats from trying to cut into the deficit. 

Michael Conforto was one of those players, as he launched an opposite field solo shot in the top of the third. It was his fourth homer of the season. 

An inning before Conforto went deep, Wilson Ramos got the Mets on the board with a solo homer himself. It was his first home run as a Met, and only his second extra-base hit of the year...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (9-6, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (9-5, first place in NL East) open up a three-game set Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, along with the rest of MLB, will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday by having every player and coach wear No. 42. ... Michael Conforto, batting cleanup, has reached base safely at least twice in 12 games this season -- second-best in the majors -- and faces a Phillies team whom he has homered in three of his last five games against. ... Brandon Nimmo is again in the leadoff spot as he enters the game having reached base safely in the last seven straight games. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (9-5, first place in NL East) face the Braves (8-6, third place in NL East) on Sunday night as the teams conclude a four-game set at 7:08 p.m.

Mets Notes

After batting eighth Friday and starting Saturday on the bench, Brandon Nimmo returns to the leadoff spot for the Mets. A slow start to the season prompted the move down the lineup, but he was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI on Friday. ... Jeff McNeil had batted first during the last two games. He'll hit sixth on Sunday and play in left field. ... Michael Conforto entered the series hot at the dish, has cooled off a tad with a 2-for-10 showing in Atlanta. He has drawn four walks over three games, though.

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (9-4, first place in NL East) face the Braves (7-6, third place in NL East) on Saturday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won three games in a row for the second time this season and have the best winning percentage (.692) in the National League. ... The Mets are 23-12 in their last 35 games in Atlanta. ... Jason Vargas has a 2.72 ERA over his last nine starts (49.2 innings) dating back to Aug. 14, 2018. ... All six of Pete Alonso's homers have come off relievers in the seventh inning or later. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets travel south to face to the Braves for the first time this season in a four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished 2-3 on their first homestand of the season. They defeated the Twins last night, thanks in part to 11 free passes (10 walks, one HBP). ...New York has begun the season 5-1 on the road, and they'll look to keep that going. Last season, the Mets went 3-6 in Atlanta...Michael Conforto is enjoying early success at the plate this season with a .372 average, three homers, four doubles, 12 runs, eight RBI and five walks. He also has an RBI in his last four games. ...The Mets have scored 69 runs through 11 games this season, which is tied for most in franchise history.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mets top Twins at Citi 00:00:45
New York Mets were dealt 6 consecutive walks in an inning and took advantage to break this game open against the Twins.

The Twins basically handed the Mets this one, as a walk-happy Minnesota pitching staff led New York to a 9-6 win at Citi Field on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had a decent outing for the Mets in this one. He allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and no walks. Most of Syndergaard's runs allowed came in the eighth, as Mickey Callaway sent him back out for the inning. He allowed an RBI double and then an RBI triple which forced him out of the game. Despite those mistakes, his fastball was working around 98-99 all night long with top outs at 100. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Minnesota Twins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard returns to the mound as the Mets finish up a two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

With their loss on Tuesday, the Mets have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. ... They have 15 homers over their first 10 games, the third-highest total in franchise history over their first 10 games. ... Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate. ... Pete Alonso looks to continue his torrid start. He's the first player in modern MLB history with 11 extra-base hits over his first 10 career major-league games.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Pete Alonso homers against Twins 00:00:17
New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso becomes the 4th Mets rookie to homer in 3 straight games.

The Mets may have been down but Pete Alonso wasn't going to give up. The rookie sent his fourth homer over the right field fence as you can see. He went deep later in the ninth as well, showing off that opposite field power...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jacob deGrom gets the ball to start a quick two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won seven straight games against the Twins, which goes all the way back to 2010. ...DeGrom is one of four pitches since 1893 to strike out 10 or more batters and not allow a run in each of his first two starts of the season. ...Pete Alonso is hitting .382 with six runs, six doubles, three homers, and 11 RBI so far this season. He hit his third homer on Sunday. ...Michael Conforto has homered in back-to-back games. ...Edwin Diaz has converted all four of his save attempts so far.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Alonso homers twice vs. Twins 00:00:37
New York Mets had a rough loss to the Twins Tuesday night but saw Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo all homer

Jacob deGrom did not have it and the Mets dropped their second straight game in a 14-8 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom had the chance to break/extend a couple record tonight at Citi Field. The Twins had other plans. DeGrom was mortal tonight as he allowed six runs on eight hits, including three homers, over four innings. Mitch Garver was the man that broke his scoreless inning streak in the second with a solo homer to center. Then, after a wild pitch scored Jorge Polanco in the third, Eddie Rosario and Garver went back-to-back to make it 5-1 Mets. DeGrom's MLB-record consecutive starts allowing three runs or fewer was also capped at 31 straight tonight. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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The Mets go for a series win against the Nationals when they wrap up their three-game set at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games, are going for their third-straight series win to open the season. ... Pete Alonso leads all rookies in hits and doubles, and is tied for the lead in RBI. ... The Mets have scored 23 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, which is the second-most in the majors behind the Dodgers, who have scored 24 runs in the seventh or later. ... Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last eight starts at Citi Field, dating back to June 27, 2018. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets put on power display 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway, Keon Broxton, J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso on the Mets win over the Nationals

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sure, there were pockmarks in the Mets' 6-5 victory Saturday - the $30 million setup man got walloped for two homers, the Mets blew two leads, and the new catcher was furious at himself for not being able to find a passed ball that led to a run.

But the win over the Nationals showcased two Met strengths, and we're not even referring to starting pitching. The Mets finally flexed their power, more than doubling their home run output for the season, and the club got major contributions from the non-household name portion of their roster.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mets power past Nationals 00:01:28
J.D. Davis slugged a pair of HR's while Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano also went deep as the Mets edged the Nationals, 6-5

A home run barrage broke out at Citi Field on Saturday, with the Mets and Nationals combining for seven home runs, but it was a line drive single off the bat of Keon Broxton in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference in a wild, resilient 6-5 victory over the Nationals. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) All seemed lost for the Mets after Jeurys Familia blew an eighth-inning lead but the Mets jumped right back into the game in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back home runs by Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano to tie the game back up at 5. It was Alonso's first Citi Field home run and Cano's shot landed near the Shea Bridge to send his new fans into a frenzy.  

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mickey Callaway said Monday that Todd Frazier, who has been out since late-February due to a strained oblique, will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie (knee) recently began fielding ground balls and swinging a bat from both sides of the plate, though he as yet to be cleared to run at full speed. Lowrie has been idle most of the spring as he continues to deal with a capsule sprain in his left knee.

If I'm guessing, I'd say Frazier will be back next week, while Lowrie remains out through most of April. In time, though, once Frazier and Lowrie return, the Mets will need shuffle playing time around the diamond and force Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen to make some difficult decisions about the overall roster and daily lineup construction...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (3-1) play the second game of their three-game series with the Marlins (2-3) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso will start the night on the bench, as Dominic Smith starts at first base -- a move that was planned before Alonso homered on Monday night. ... The Mets have recorded double-digit hits for three straight games. ... The Mets are batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position this season. ... Mets pitchers have issued only six walks this season, which is the lowest in the National League. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

Amed Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single and Pete Alonso broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single off Drew Steckenrider with two runners on and one out in the top of the ninth. Alonso then followed with a 444-foot homer to center field to give the Mets a four-run lead.

2) Edwin Diaz pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. After a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, Diaz struck out Jorge AlfaroPeter O'Brien and pinch hitter JT Riddle to end the game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

The Mets are no longer waiting on home runs and 'hunting strikes,' a hitting approach pushed the past few years by Sandy Alderson and his hitting coaches Dave Hudgens and Kevin Long. Instead, manager Mickey Callaway and new hitting coach Chili Davis worked this past spring to get their roster to focus more on hitting behind runners, ways to oppose the shift, making good contact, and putting the ball in play.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Trending Up 

1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

Seven things to know about Saturday's game...

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

In his first game of his second season, Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his team on autopilot through the first six innings. However, from that point on, Callaway had three important decisions to make, all of which worked out, though one could have come back to bite him...

Lugo for deGrom

In relief of Jacob deGrom, who tossed six beautiful innings, Callaway brought in reliever Seth Lugo, who tossed a perfect seventh inning by striking out the side. However, despite throwing just 15 pitches, Lugo was pulled in favor Jeurys Familia, who, in standard Familia fashion, allowed the tying run to get to the plate.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets win 2-0 behind deGrom 00:01:33
Mets beat the Nats 2-0 on Opening Day. The pitching matchup lived up to the Cy Yong hype with deGrom striking out 10.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. on Opening Day >> Box score

Seven things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom struggled with his location in the first inning, but settled in and was his usual dominant self -- striking out 10 batters over 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing five hits and walking one. He struck out the side twice, and escaped a jam in the sixth inning after Trea Turner had reached first base with one out by striking out Juan Soto on a filthy 88 MPH changeup (below) and getting Ryan Zimmerman to fly out on what was his 93rd and final pitch of the game. DeGrom's fastball topped out at 98 MPH and his slider reached as high as 92 MPH...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets open the 2019 regular season when they face the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base in what will be his major league debut. ... Robinson Cano is at second base, batting third in his Mets debut. ... Since the turn of the century, the Mets have gone 13-6 on Opening Day, including winning their last four. ... The Mets' overall Opening Day record is 37-20. ... With Jacob deGrom faxing Max Scherzer, today is the fourth time in MLB history that the Cy Young winner from the previous season will face the runner-up on Opening Day. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The way it stands, PECOTA (and most systems) project the Mets to be an 87-win team finishing second or third place in the NL East, while either winning a Wild Card spot or being right on the bubble.

However, in looking at the roster, I see these three players as having the potential to swing the above number in a significantly positive or negative direction based on what they provide in 2019.

Noah Syndergaard

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets wrap up their Spring Training games in the Grapefruit League by playing the Orioles on Monday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos appears to be OK after being hit by a wild pitch in the hand on Sunday, back in the lineup batting fifth. ... Michael Conforto, who is the Mets' team leader with five home runs and 14 RBI, will bat cleanup on Monday while Pete Alonso, who has had just as good a spring as Conforto, bats second with a .368 average, four home runs and 11 RBI. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Baltimore Orioles, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets double up Nationals 00:01:15
Jeff McNeil had a bases-clearing double and Juan Lagares belted a long home run as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-4 at Port St. Lucie.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 8-4, at First Data Field on Sunday in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and would have been 3-for-4 (with a double added in) if not for a missed fair/foul call on a ball hit down the right field line. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)

In what is their final game in Port St. Lucie before breaking camp, the Mets face the Nationals at First Data Field on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

With the Mets opening the regular season on Thursday against the Nationals, they are having Noah Syndergaard start in a minor league game Sunday instead of against the Nats. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets split the squad on Friday with one half hosting the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Houston Astros, Michael Conforto
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto connects for a two-run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto connects for a two-run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Fearing that free agency might never be quite the golden goose it was before analytics seemingly devalued just about everyone this side of Mike Trout, MLB players are suddenly signing team-friendly contract extensions faster than Brandon Nimmo runs to first base on a walk.

So why haven't the Mets taken advantage of the opportunity?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Brandon Nimmo on his approach 00:00:54
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is happy about his approach at the plate after starting the spring in a slump.

The Mets beat the Marlins on Thursday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Michael Conforto remained on fire, hitting a homer in his fourth-straight game -- a mammoth two-run shot to right field. 

2) Steven Matz rebounded from a tough start his last time out, firing 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing six hits, walking none and striking out three.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

After two days off (one due to a scheduled off-day and one due to rain), the Mets face the Marlins at First Data Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base as the Mets trot out a lineup that should very closely resemble what we see on Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have a challenge ahead of them if they want to make the playoffs this season, being in what is expected to be the toughest division in baseball. Michael Conforto, fully healthy after working his way back from injury in 2018, is embracing it. 

"The division was tough this past year and this year it got a lot tougher," Conforto told Buster Olney during an interview Tuesday on ESPN Radio. "I think we're very lucky to be in a division that's as competitive as it is. The Braves, the Phillies, us, the Nationals, and even the Marlins -- they've got some good young players and you really can't overlook that series you have against them every so often. It's gonna be a battle as well."

Among the biggest moves elsewhere in the NL East were the Phillies adding Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto, the Nats adding Patrick Corbin, and the Braves taking a shot on a rebound year from Josh Donaldson. The Mets added Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Jed Lowrie, and more. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Michael Conforto stayed red hot at the plate and Jeurys Familia served as the opener during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game ...

1. Conforto went yard for the third straight day, launching a two-run homer in the first inning for his fourth homer of the spring. The two-run shot gives him 10 RBI in Spring Training.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Washington Nationals
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Conforto launches a home run 00:00:14
Michael Conforto continues his strong spring with a 2-run home run to put the Mets up 2-0 over the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie.

Michael Conforto seems ready for Opening Day.

The outfielder launched a home run Monday in the bottom of the first inning, his third straight game with a homer. He crushed a 3-2 pitch to right field with two outs to give the Mets a 2-0 lead over the Nationals.

Conforto has four homers and 10 RBI this spring.

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Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Reliever Jeurys Familia will open Monday's Grapefruit League when the Mets take on the Nationals on Monday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto remains in the cleanup spot after homering in the last two games. He is hitting .255/.314/.468 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring. ... Juan Lagares is back in the lineup on Monday batting second and in center field. ... Robinson Cano enters the game with a .486 average and two home runs. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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Alonso, Conforto go deep 00:00:50
Pete Alonso belted his 4th homer of the spring and Michael Conforto also went deep for the 2nd straight day in a loss to the Nationals

Six runs from the Nationals in the first inning set the tone for the game, as they beat the Mets, 10-6, on Sunday at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game ...

1. For the second straight game, Michael Conforto homered. This time, he drilled a two-run shot off Stephen Strasburg in the third inning. He worked a walked and struck out to raise his Grapefruit League average to .253 with a .782 OPS. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Hector Santiago takes the mound for the Mets on Sunday as they head to West Palm Beach to face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto returns to the cleanup spot on Sunday after going 2-for-3 with a home run on Saturday ... Pete Alonso bats second with his team-leading three home runs this spring while Dominic Smith is the DH as he continues to make his case to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Washington Nationals
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Mets' bats looks good in loss 00:00:59
Michael Conforto homered and drove in 3 runs, while Robinson Cano and Jeff McNeil continued their strong springs in a loss to the Marlins

The Mets jumped out to a 6-0 lead before running into some trouble with their middle relief in a 11-6 loss to the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) Michael Conforto had an impressive day at the plate batting cleanup, blasting a two-run shot in the first inning then singling in a run in the third in a 2-for-3 day at the plate with three RBI. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Mickey Callaway mic'd up 00:02:05
Listen in and get the inside story when Mets manager Mickey Callaway wears a microphone during spring training workouts in Port St. Lucie.

The Mes lost to the Astros, 6-3 on Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1. Pete Alonso stayed hot, smoking a double off the wall in left-center field in his first at bat. Alonso went 1-for-3 overall, but his line out in his final at-bat was also a laser -- but right at the shortstop. Alonso's OPS is 1.270.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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