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Royals beat Mets 4-1 00:01:23
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was the only batter to drive in a run in the Mets 4-1 loss to Kansas City.

The Mets fell to the Royals 4-1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was magnificent through the first four innings. He ran into trouble quickly in the fifth, allowing a single and then back-to-back double by Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez. Two runs scored in the fifth, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Syndergaard got into another jam in the sixth, but with tow runners on, he struck out Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat. Syndergaard went six innings, allowing just two earned on five hits. He had gone at least seven innings in each of his prior six starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Conforto RBI single 00:00:14
New York Mets first outfielder Michael Conforto smack and RBI single to put the Mets up on the Royals 1-0.

Michael Conforto gave the Mets an early lead on Friday night. 

In a scoreless top of the third inning, JD Davis singled to reach base, and then made his way to second on a fielder's choice that turned into an error by Whit Merrifield. With Davis on second, Conforto lined a single the other way to put the Mets on the board first.

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta was the sight of Jeff McNeil pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring after trying to leg out an infield hit in the ninth inning.

McNeil walked off the field with a noticeable limp and said after the game that he "felt a little snag" and was hoping it was just a cramp.

But while the Mets got good news after McNeil's MRI, he has been placed on the 10-day IL. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Thanks to some heroics from the likes of Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto, the Mets took a walk-off win on Friday, 7-6, at Citi Field. 

Down three, Frazier hit a three-run moonshot to left field tie the game and Conforto went on to knock the walk-off single to right field to end the game. 

A contest every Met fan wishes they could attend. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (60-56, 8 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are back at it against the Washington Nationals (61-54, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the ninth inning for a walk-off win Friday night and have won 14 of their last 15. The last time the Mets won a game trailing by three runs or more in the ninth was Sept. 15, 2015 at Atlanta. ... Wilson Ramos is in the lineup on his 32nd birthday. The catcher is hitting .387 with two home runs and 13 RBI his last eight games. ... J.D. Davis has reached base safely in each of his last 17 starts at Citi Field. He is hitting .422 with 16 runs scored, four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .472 OBP in that span. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is doused with water after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is doused with water after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets entered Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since late-May, and they did just that -- in front of a raucous crowd at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom was dominant in Game 1, and the Mets hit three homers in the seventh inning of Game 2 to erase a 4-2 deficit and get to 57-56 while pulling within 2.5 games of a playoff spot.

Here's how the back pages in NYC reacted...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Mets talk comeback win 00:02:36
Conforto and Alonso talk "shirtless" celebration in walk-off win while Frazier, Stroman + Callaway talk about the game's playoff atmosphere

As Michael Conforto separated himself from his teammates on the center field grass on Friday night, he came away from the scrum without his jersey intact.

Pete Alonso had ripped it off.

"Yeah, I was happy, I didn't know what to do, so I just ripped his jersey off," Alonso said.

"When guys' shirts come off, it's probably a pretty good day," Mickey Callaway said. "So that was a good one."

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Mets stun Nats in 9th 00:01:32
Todd Frazier hit a game-tying 3-run HR and Michael Conforto finished off the 9th inning comeback as the Mets rallied to beat the Nationals

The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 7-6 in dramatic fashion. >> Box Score

Four Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, JD Davis gave the Mets some hope with a leadoff double down the third-base line. Wilson Ramos then singled up the middle, giving the Mets first and third. Todd Frazier then delivered maybe his biggest hit as a Met, crushing a three-run shot just inside the left-field foul poul.

Joe Panik then recorded his first hit as a Met, a single up the middle. Juan Lagares tried to bunt, but Panik was thrown out at second on the fielder's choice. With two away, Amed Rosario singled to the left side, setting the stage for Michael Conforto, who delivered with a walkoff single to win the game.

2) Marcus Stroman's Citi Field debut got off to an electric start. The Medford, N.Y. native struck out seven through the first three innings, but he got into trouble in the fourth, allowing three runs, including a two-run home run from Juan Soto. Stroman battled back, though, and in after a shutdown fifth inning, he got out of a second-and-third jam with one out. He struck out a season-high nine batters.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Marcus Stroman's Citi Field debut got off to an electric start.

Trea Turner led off the game for the Nats with an infield single, a ball that newly acquired Joe Panik probably could have made before Pete Alonso took a diving stab at it.

After that leadoff hit though, the Medford, N.Y. native began dealing. He struck out Anthony Rendon looking and Juan Soto swinging to end the first inning. He then picked up right where he left off in the second, striking out the side. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

These are giddy days for Mets' scouts, as the remarkable turnaround to this season is built largely around homegrown players, while their 2019 amateur draft received high grades from evaluators.

Indeed, the perception of the Mets' drafts over the last several years has improved dramatically, thanks to the recent emergence of Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Dom Smith, as well as Brandon Nimmo before his neck injury this season and the foundation-like presence of Michael Conforto in the middle of the lineup.

For that matter, VP of scouting Tommy Tanous says his department recently completed a study showing the Mets have produced more current big-league players, including some with other teams, than any organization in baseball since 2011.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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When the Mets announced Thursday's addition of Brad Brach, the club also announced that Brandon Nimmo was moved to the 60-day IL.

Nimmo has been out of the Mets' linuep since May 20, dealing with a bulging disk in his neck. He began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse in early June, but that ended abruptly as his neck issue quickly caused him to be shut down again. 

Now, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next week. Puma also noted that Nimmo's rehab has taken longer than expected due to "other physical issues that popped up at various points."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

For the past few weeks, the Mets have had a top outfield in the National League. Since the All-Star break, they've been the best, which is something I never expected to be saying when leaving Spring Training four months ago.

Their Opening Day outfield featured Michael Conforto in right field, Juan Lagares in center field and Brandon Nimmo in left field. The trio did well through the middle of May. However, after Nimmo went down with a bulging cervical disc, the group broke apart.

During the 30 games after Nimmo's injury, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway turned to six other fielders to fill the void, all which combined to be the third least-productive outfield in the NL. In fact, for most of late May, the outfield always included two of Carlos Gomez, Keon Broxton, Lagares or Aaron Altherr, two of whom (Gomez and Broxton) have since been designated for assignment and are now playing with other organizations. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered again, Michael Conforto homered again, Jeff McNeil homered again, and Steven Matz was strong as the Mets topped the Marlins on Thursday to polish off a 4-game sweep.

About 10 hours later, the Phillies (with Jason Vargas allowing four runs) lost to the Diamondbacks to allow the Mets to creep within a half game of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Here's how the NYC back pages reacted...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets sweep Marlins 00:01:40
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto crushed 2 HRs including the 100th of his career to help the Mets sweep the Miami Marlins.

The Mets' hot streak is alive and well as they topped the Marlins on Wednesday, 7-2, giving them a four-game sweep of their NL East rival. >> Box Score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Two starts ago, lefty Steven Matz recorded his first complete game outing, then on his ensuing start, on Aug. 2 against the Pirates, he had a hiccup and only tossed 3.2 innings. Matz returned to something closer to his complete-game form on Wednesday. Matz threw 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with seven punch outs against the Marlins en route to the win. He's 5-0 at Citi Field this season. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Conforto homer puts Mets up 4-1 00:00:17
Michael Conforto hit his 24th home run of the season down the right field line. It was also Conforto's 100th home run of his career.

The Mets are facing the Marlins at Citi Field.

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Animated Pete Alonso postgame 00:01:02
Pete Alonso joined Steve Gelbs after hitting the go-ahead home run against the Marlins for a 5-4 win. He had a message for Mets fans, #LFGM.

It may have been a Monday game in August against the Marlins, but the Mets had Citi Field buzzing and for good reason. 

J.D. Davis, Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso all hit solo home runs in the seventh inning to rally back from a 4-2 deficit to beat the Marlins and move one game over .500 for the first time since May 2. The Mets are now two games back of a Wild Card spot and have won 11 of their last 12 games. 

Finally, the fans have something to cheer about again. 

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Pete Alonso delivers in 5-4 win 00:01:31
Conforto and Alonso powered the Mets to a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader against the Marlins. The Mets have a winning record again.

The Mets continue to roll, this time coming back from a 4-2 deficit with three solo home runs in the seventh to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Marlins, 5-4, and move back to over .500 for the first time since May 2. >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) Pete Alonso certainly has a flare for the dramatic. The Mets' rookie slugger, who had not homered since July 26, capped a three-run seventh inning by ripping a go-ahead, solo home run down the left field line that just got over the wall to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Nine of Alonso's 34 home runs have come in late and close situations and 11 of them have broken a tie game. This one elicited a curtain call from the frenzied Citi Field faithful. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Michael Conforto got things started for the Mets in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Miami Marlins when he ripped an opposite-field, two-run single in the first inning to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. 

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Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

On an episode of Baseball Night in New York on SNY months ago, one sage predicted Michael Conforto would have an OPS of .950, which would mean a monster 2019 for the Mets outfielder. 

Only four players got to that mark last year and they're all boldface baseball names - Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich. Eight players are now at .950 or better in this homer-happy season, including Trout and Yelich, so it's obviously rarified air.

Conforto? He started Monday with an OPS of .850, 100 points below what might have been a rash projection. (By now, perhaps you've figured out that I was that prognosticating panelist.) 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mets win game one 6-2 vs. Miami 00:01:21
McNeil got his 200th career hit in record fashion against Miami, he also hit a home run. DeGrom was true to form as the Mets won 6-2.

The Mets offense showed support for Jacob deGrom on Monday en route to a 6-2 win vs. the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field, putting the team at a .500 record for the first time since May 28 (56-56). >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) While known for his skills at hitting anything, Jeff McNeil's started to build himself a power reputation over the past few days. McNeil homered for the third-straight game on Monday and wasted little in doing so. McNeil hit a homer on the first throw from Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger in the game. Not only that, Dugger was making his major league debut, so McNeil sent the first pitch of his career over the right field fence in Citi Field. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (55-56, 10 GB in NL East, 3 GB in Wild Card) start a four-game set against the Miami Marlins (42-67, 22 GB in NL East, 15 GB in Wild Card) with the first game of a doubleheader at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are looking for their fifth-straight series win vs. the Marlins. ... With a Game 1 win against the Marlins, the Mets will hold a .500 for the first time since May 28. ... New York's .714 winning percent since the All-Star break in the best in the majors. ... Michael Conforto has 20 doubles and 22 home runs this season, it's the third-straight year he's recorded that 20/20 split. ...Seth Lugo has not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances for the Mets, along with a 1-0 record and save over 13.2 innings pitched. ... Amed Rosario has flashed in the field and at the plate recently as his .350 batting average in July was the fourth-best in the National League.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Walker Lockett
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Mets clobber Pirates 00:01:16
J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI, pacing a 16-hit attack as the Mets routed the Pirates, 13-2 on Sunday afternoon

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, winning 13-2 over the Pirates >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard continued his dominance, allowing just three hits through 7.0 innings of work. This is his fifth straight start where he went at least 7.0 innings. Sadly, his four game streak of at least eight strikeouts came to an end, as the right-hander only struck out three Pirates batters. Syndergaard improves to 8-5 on the season with this win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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The Mets (53-55, 11 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) begin a weekend set with the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-61, 11.0 GB in NL Central) at PNC Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have won seven straight games and have also been victorious in each of their last three series. ... The team's seven-game win streak is the longest current streak in baseball, and it's the Mets' longest run since April 2018. ... Mets starting pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in 17 straight games, the longest such streak for the Mets since 17 games in 2015.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pittsburgh Pirates, Steven Matz
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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (51-55, 11.5 GB in NL East, 5 WCGB) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-58, 18.0 GB in AL Central, 13 WCGB) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. in the second game of a three-game series. 

The Mets enter the game on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season and have won seven of their last 10. ... Amed Rosario leads the National League with a .368 batting average in the month of July and has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games. ... The Mets bullpen continues to roll since the All-Star break as their 3.29 ERA is second-lowest in the NL since the Midsummer Classic. ... Pete Alonso (34), Michael Conforto (21), Todd Frazier (14), Jeff McNeil (11), Rosario (11), Dom Smith (10), J.D. Davis (10) and Wilson Ramos (10), all have double-digit home run totals. As a team, the Mets (8) are tied with the Cubs and Phillies for the most players in the NL with double-digit homers this season. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Chicago White Sox, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Syndergaard dominant in Chicago 00:02:02
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a gem but back-to-back HRs from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto secured the victory in 11.

The Mets let a masterful start from Noah Syndergaard go to waste, but they fought back to win 5-2 in 11 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was stellar, and at times absolutely unhittable, especially early on in the game. He breezed through the first four innings on just 41 pitchers and allowed one baserunner, a third-inning walk to Yolmer Sanchez. He finished the game with just five hits allowed over 7.1 innings, giving up just one unearned run. He also struck out a season-best 11 hitters. If this was Syndergaard's last start with the Mets, it was a terrific one. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Mets win 6th straight game 00:01:31
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational tossing 11 Ks. Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto led the way on offense in this 4-2 win.

The Mets' bats came to life in the ninth inning, leading to a 4-2 win over the White Sox, the team's sixth straight victory. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Jacob deGrom continued his stellar pitching for the Mets while getting little run support from the team's lineup, an unfortunate trend this season when he starts. In seven innings of work, deGrom allowed one run on five hits. In total, deGrom fanned 11 batters, the seventh time this season and 39th time in his career he's reached double-digit strikeouts in a game. Overall, deGrom has at least eight strikeouts in 13 of his 22 starts this season. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (50-55, 11.0 GB in NL East) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-57, 17.0 GB in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. in the first of a three-game series.

Mets notes

The Mets are currently on a four-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the season... Michael Conforto hit his 20th home run of the season Sunday. He now has three straight 20-homer seasons and is eight away from reaching his career high... Seth Lugo retired all four batters he faced in relief on Sunday and has thrown 12 straight innings of scoreless relief over his last 11 appearances. He's allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batsman in that time. After a 2-for-3 game Sunday, J.D. Davis has his batting average over .300 for the first time this season and will remain in the lineup on Monday.    

Tags: JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Mets sweep Pirates 00:01:15
The Mets started strong, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and held on to complete a sweep of the Pirates, 8-7

The Mets took their first home sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010 with an 8-7 win on the back of a big offensive-explosion early. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Right out of the gate, the Mets got a scare. Potential batting title candidate Jeff McNeil was hit with a pitch near the shin and limped over to first base. McNeil ran the bases, but then was replaced by Aaron Altherr. Despite that, McNeil only suffered a shin contusion, the team announced a short time later. After the game, McNeil told reporters he does not anticipate missing extensive time. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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Conforto goes opposite field 00:00:14
Michael Conforto gets the Mets off to a fast start with a two-run homer in the 1st inning

Michael Conforto gave another Pirates pitcher nightmares on Sunday.

After knocking a home run on Saturday to break a scoreless game in the sixth inning en route to a win, Conforto did the same on Sunday, but much sooner. 

In the first inning against the Pirates at Citi Field, Conforto crushed a two-run homer off of Chris Archer. The knock started a six-run inning for the Mets. 

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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (49-55, 12.5 GB in NL East) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (46-58, 10 GB in NL Central) on Sunday, looking for the weekend sweep.

Mets notes

The Mets are looking for their first sweep of the Pirates at home since 2010 and J.D. Davis is a big reason why, as he doubled and had a home run during Saturday's 3-0 win. Since June 4, Davis is hitting at a .413 average and .375/.438/.650 at home this season. ... Along with Davis, Michael Conforto smashed a solo homer into the upper deck on Saturday, the 95th of his career, which puts him in a tie for 15th place on the team's all-time home run list with Curtis Granderson and Bobby Bonilla. ... The Mets bullpen has a 2.83 ERA since the All-Star break, the lowest in the National League.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto
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Matz tosses gem in Mets win 00:01:05
Steven Matz tossed the first complete game of his career, a five-hit shutout, as the Mets blanked the Pirates, 3-0

The Mets shut out the Pirates 3-0 on Friday behind a spectacular start from Steven Matz and a pair of home runs. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Steven Matz pitched his best game since returning to the Mets' rotation, and the best game of his entire young career. Matz was simply masterful, pitching into the eighth inning for the first time since August 2016. In a scoreless game in the top of the sixth inning, Matz allowed runners to reach first and third with one out, but he quickly forced Melky Cabrera into an easy 5-4-3 double play to end the threat.

Matz went the distance for the first time in his career, allowing just five hits while striking out seven on just 99 pitches. It was just the eighth time in Mets history that a pitcher threw a complete game on less than 100 pitches, with Johan Santana being the most recent to accomplish the feat in 2012.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (47-55, 12.5 GB in NL East) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-53, 9.0 GB in NL Central) on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. to open a three-game series. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Friday's game with a 2.79 ERA since the All-Star break, the second-best mark in the majors and best in the NL. The starters have gone 6-2 with a 2.63 ERA in that span. ... Amed Rosario is hitting .339 with 21 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 10 RBI since June 17. ... Michael Conforto has 94 home runs for his career, which is tied for 17th on the Mets' all-time list. Conforto is looking to become the 14th player in franchise history to hit 100 home runs with the team. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Mets shut out Padres 4-0 00:01:05
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational throwing 7 shutout innings against the Padres and took the series with the win.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent play against the San Diego Padres en route to a 4-0 win on Thursday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets jumped on Padres pitcher Eric Lauer early, as his day only lasted 2.1 innings. All four of the Mets' runs came in the first inning. Wilson Ramos scored J.D. Davis on a sac fly for the game's first run, then Todd Frazier knocked in two more on a line-drive double to center field. Michael Conforto then scored Frazier on a soft ground ball to right field against the defensive shift, giving the Mets their fourth and final run of the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets fall 7-2 to Padres 00:01:33
Only two Mets outside McNeil and Conforto had a hit in the 7-2 loss against the Padres. Noah Syndergaard allowed 3 earned runs in 7 innings.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead, but Noah Syndergaard was unable to hold it as the Mets fell to the Padres on Wednesday, 7-2. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Syndergaard was not as sharp as he would have liked, walking five batters (one intentionally) over seven innings pitched, the most he's issued in a start this season. He did finish the outing strong, however, holding the Padres scoreless over his final four innings. In total, the right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits while striking out eight Padres hitters. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Conforto RBI gives Mets 1-0 lead 00:00:11
Michael Conforto hit a single up the middle in the 1st inning to bring home Jeff McNeil for an early 1-0 lead.

Michael Conforto gave the Mets an early 1-0 lead over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday with a first-inning single off of Dinelson Lamet. The base hit drove in Jeff McNeil and gave the outfielder his 50th RBI of the season.

Conforto has struggled over his last 15 games coming into Wednesday's action, slashing .246/.306/.386, but now has hits in eight of his last 10 games.

 

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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Not that there was any real doubt, but Robinson Cano's "I'm Not Done Yet" night at Citi Field on Tuesday was a pointed reminder the Mets will be trying to patch together and add to their flawed roster with the hope of trying to win again next season rather than rebuild.

Which raises an obvious question with the trade deadline a week away: what's the best way to improve for 2020?

Trading free agents-to-be Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas, and even Zack Wheeler won't bring back much in the way of difference-making talent for next season -- not with the way GMs hold tight to their best prospects these days, especially in deals for rental players.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (45-54, 14.0 GB in NL East) are back home and open a three-game homestand against the San Diego Padres (47-52, 18.5 GB in NL West) on Tuesday at Citi Fielda at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets pitching staff has been the best since the All-Star break, posting a 2.83 ERA while the bullpen's 2.43 ERA is the lowest mark in the National League since the All-Star break. ... Michael Conforto has been heating up, hitting .324 with two home runs and a .861 OPS over his last eight games. ... Amed Rosario has been one of the Mets' best hitters over the last four weeks, hitting .360 with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple, three home runs, 10 RBI, five steals and a .944 OPS since June 17. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto
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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) face Chris Paddack and the Padres on Tuesday at Citi FIeld at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened on Monday, in case you missed it...


Zack Wheeler came through his bullpen session fine, and is ready to return to the mound for one start before the trade deadline >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Shea Anything: Dom Smith's value 00:02:07
SNY's Andy Martino and Doug Williams give reasons why they believe Mets outfielder Dom Smith is better than Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they discuss whether the Mets should trade Michael Conforto before Dominic Smith. The guys also get into the latest on Zack Wheeler -- who could get traded before the July 31 deadline -- and more...

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Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off Monday as they return home for a series with the Padres beginning Tuesday.

Here's what happened on Sunday, in case you missed it...


Following a strikeout Sunday, Pete Alonso was frustrated with himself to the point that he snapped his bat over his knee. He regretted the moment after the game. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Conforto gives mets 1-0 lead 00:00:14
Michael Conforto hit a solo shot to right that landed in McCovey Cove for a 1-0 lead against the Giants.

For the second game in a row the Mets took an early lead on the San Francisco Giants in the second inning thanks to the long ball.

This time the Mets decided to double-down. 

After Dominic Smith hit a solo second inning home run on Saturday, Michael Conforto did the same on Sunday. Then Amed Rosario followed suit two at-bats later, as their solo shots off of lefty Conner Menez, who was making his first-career start for the Giants, gave New York the early 2-0 lead in the Bay Area. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have five players who are worth a combined 12.2 WAR this season, according to FanGraphs.com.

The above group, plus Brandon Nimmo, means Brodie Van Wagenen will, at the very least, enter next season with a bonafide ace, a unique and versatile reliever and a legit core of young position players. Which is why I want him to sell at the trade deadline.

It may be a long shot, but I do believe the Mets can claw their way in to the top group competing for a berth into this season's Wild Card game. The thing is, even if they do pull off a miracle and get in and past the one-game playoff, I'm not confident they have the ammunition to take down the Cubs or Braves, let alone the Dodgers, in a five- or seven-game series.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.

Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Giants outlast Mets in 16 00:01:26
The New York Mets took a late lead off of first baseman Pete Alonso's solo home run but fall short to a Giants rally to walk it off.

The Mets and Giants played a game that just didn't seem to want to end, but the Giants ultimately found a way to win 3-2 in 16 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso entered his 16th inning at-bat 0-6. The Mets hadn't scored since the top of the first inning, and and 15 innings later, Alonso delivered with his 32nd home run of the year. The Mets had used all of their available pitchers out of the bullpen and every player off of their bench as well, making it the perfect time for Alonso to deliver in the clutch.

But Chris Mazza couldn't hold the lead. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants then loaded the bases with nobody out, and Donovan Solano delivered the game-winning single.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight 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 first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dominic Smith has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Mets this season in a part-time role, proving his value to the team but potentially forcing himself off of it in the process.

While there hasn't been any serious buzz yet about the Mets trading Smith any time soon, his name has been out there simply because he might not have a place to play with the Mets going forward. 

On Wednesday, Smith -- who is hitting .294/.376/.536 this season with nine homers in 173 plate appearances -- weighed in on the trade whispers.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Mets (44-51, 13 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday at 9:45 PM on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 14-4 win over the Twins, New York came back three separate times before a late offensive explosion that was helped along by shoddy defense by Minnesota >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

First things first: I wouldn't trade Dominic Smith.

I love his bat and he's looking surprisingly comfortable in left field, to the point where I don't think he'd be a liability even as an everyday player in that spot. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates after his home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates after his home run in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (43-51, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card spot) continue their series with the Twins (58-35, 5.0 GA in AL Central) in a Wednesday matinee at 1:10 p.m. at Target Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are now 4-0 all-time at Target Field after their win last night. Overall, the team is 20-35 on the road this season. ...Robinson Cano is hitting .370 with two homers, a double, five RBI and five runs scored over his last 13 games. ...Michael Conforto went 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored last night. Since the All-Star break, he's 6-for-16 with RBI. ...Jeff McNeil is hitting .364 with five homers, 23 RBI and 25 runs scored on the road this season. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets (43-51, 14 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 3-2 win over the Twins, Michael Conforto notched four hits and the bullpen tossed 5.0 scoreless innings -- with Edwin Diaz escaping a bases loaded jam in the ninth >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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