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Mets squeak by with 8-7 win 00:01:38
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil makes a great throw to home plate to nail the runner and seal the victory.

Noah Syndergaard left the game with an apparent leg injury, while Pete Alonso slammed another home run in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Cardinals Saturday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Syndergaard's night got off to a bumpy start, as Dexter Fowler followed up his three-run shot last night with a solo home run off of Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. He eventually settled down and pitched into the seventh inning, but after allowing a leadoff single, Syndergaard grabbed at the back of his right leg and was pulled from the game. He limped to the dugout with members of the training staff. His injury was later announced as a right hamstring strain.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After giving up two runs to blow the save Thursday night before the game was suspended, Edwin Díaz returned for the 10th inning Friday when the game was picked up and took the loss as the Mets fell to St. Louis, 5-4, in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's first game...

1) Upon the restart, the Mets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Díaz came on for the 10th, staying in after blowing the save Thursday. He allowed a leadoff single, after which Yairo Munoz stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and was driven in by Paul DeJong. In addition to his third blown save, Díaz took his fourth loss.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

The Mets got a strong start from Jacob deGrom, but Edwin Díaz gave up two runs in the ninth to blow the save, and rain caused the game to be suspended at 4-4 before the bottom of the ninth. The game will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m.. >> Box score

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

1) For the first time since April, Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for a second consecutive start, and the results have been positive for the Mets. DeGrom allowed two runs in seven innings on six hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. Matt Carpenter recorded an RBI infield single in the third when he beat the shift, and Paul DeJong tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo homer, but the Mets reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeGrom has allowed 10 homers this season, matching his total from all of last season. He was in line for the win until Díaz blew the save by giving up two runs in the ninth.

In his last start with Ramos, deGrom had 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings but took a tough-luck loss. Thursday's outing marked the 33rd time since the start of the 2018 season deGrom allowed two or fewer runs. The Mets were 16-16 over the first 32 such starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Michael Conforto 2-run home run 00:00:15
Michael Conforto hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead against the Cardinals.

In the bottom of the third inning Thursday night against the Cardinals, Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer to right-center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead at Citi Field. Conforto has 13 homers this season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Subway Series can be an intimidating backdrop for an inexperienced MLB player. However, it wasn't surprising that Jeff McNeil left his mark on one of the Mets' marquee series of the season.

McNeil played in both games of the doubleheader and went a combined 4-10 with three runs, three RBI and a home run en route to a series split. If Yankees fans in attendance or the national audience that paid attention to the series didn't know who McNeil was before, they sure know now.

McNeil succeeds by playing a different brand of baseball than the rest of the Mets. In an era where home runs are prominent and strikeouts verge on acceptable, the Mets live and die by swinging big. There's a lot of power in the lineup, but the team has also struck out the seventh-most times in the MLB.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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This or That: Michael Conforto 00:00:41
Does New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto prefer boxes or bins? Peer into Conforto?s personality while he plays This or That

Does Michael Conforto prefer the DH? How does he feel about shifts? How about pancakes vs. waffles or Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj? Conforto reveals all in the latest edition of This or That.

Check out Noah Syndergaard play This or That here.

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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets win night cap vs. Yankees 00:01:26
The Mets split the day-night double header against the Yankees, winning 10-4. Pete Alonso shined with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning.

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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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)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to capture a series win against the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Michael Conforto has safely reached base in five straight games, with two homers, four runs scored, three RBI, three walks and a 1.028 OPS over that span. ... Todd Frazier is hitting .340 with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI, 11 runs scored and seven walks over his last 14 games, which includes six multi-hit efforts. ... The Mets are 12-3 over their last 15 home games. ... New York has not fared well in rubber games; they are 2-6 in such contests this season. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (30-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to bounce back from Friday's loss to the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) to Citi Field on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Saturday's game 4-6 in their last 10 games but they have won their last six home games when Steven Matz is on the mound. ... The Mets have homered in 14 straight home games, the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Wilson Ramos is batting .388 with 12 runs, five home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks and a 1.177 OPS over his last 16 games. Michael Conforto homered for the second time in his last three games on Friday and brings a four-game hitting streak into the game. ... Robinson Cano is out of the lineup again with quad tightness.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Senzatela stymies Mets 00:01:27
The Mets managed just 6 hits against starter Antonio Senzatela and the Rockies bullpen in a 5-1 loss on Friday night

Antonio Senzatela kept the Mets' bats quiet, while Daniel Murphy went deep against his former club in the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Rockies. >> Box score

Four things to know from Friday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom gave the Mets six innings on Friday, but he was lifted after throwing 112 pitches. DeGrom struck out 10 Rockies and allowed just two earned runs. He wasn't taken out for a pinch-hitter, but instead was simply pulled in favor of Robert Gsellman in the seven inning. DeGrom is now 3-6 on the season.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Mets on their comeback win 00:01:47
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jeff McNeil talk about their big hits to help lift Mets over the Giants

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday's game in a 3-3 tie with the Giants. But their bats came to life in the late innings, which is becoming a trend for them this season.

After a Jeff McNeil single in the seventh tied the game, the offense spiked for four runs in the eighth. Todd Frazier got just enough of a two-run home run, followed by RBI hits from Juan Lagares and McNeil, putting the Mets in front for good in the 7-3 victory.

Including the five runs today, the Mets have now scored 116 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the most in the National League. It was the team's 15th come-from-behind victory this season, and their 10th win in their final at-bat.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Conforto hits 11th home run 00:00:16
Michael Conforto hit his 11th home run of the season, giving the Mets a 2-0 lead over the Giants in the 4th inning on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto smashed his 11th home run of the season, giving the Mets' a 2-0 lead in the the bottom of the fourth inning.

Conforto's shot made it 12-straight games at Citi Field that Mets have hit at least one home run...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto
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The Mets (28-31, 4.5 GB in the NL East) were off on Monday as they returned home to face the Giants (24-34, 16.5 GB in NL West) at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. to kick off a three-game series.

It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) getting the ball against Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA).

Here's what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)
Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was after midnight when a long-time scout of amateur talent finally had a couple of minutes to get on the phone, as the first day of the MLB Draft was coming to conclusion. I wanted to talk to this guy because it was only a few days ago that he had touted Brett Baty as one of a few players he was hoping his team would select. 

"He's about as dynamic a hitter as I can remember seeing when you consider his combination of power and pure hitting ability," the scout told me then. "I think he'll be there and he'd be a great get."

Turned out Baty wasn't there when that scout's team picked, because the Mets grabbed the lefty-slugging high school third baseman from Texas with the 12th pick Monday night. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Michael Conforto, crossover star?

OK, that's a stretch. But his college baseball coach, Pat Casey, jokes that Conforto is so tough that "if you gave him a football helmet, he could play for the New York Jets."

Asked to reveal something that Mets fans might not know about the slugger, Casey, the former Oregon State coach, said "He was one helluva football player" in high school. Conforto was a running back and linebacker, Casey said.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Anthony McCarron
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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets will look to shake off Saturday's heartbreaking, extra-inning loss and salvage a series victory against the D-backs at 4:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Following Saturday's loss, the Mets are 4-16 in their last 20 games on the road. They are also 1-5 in rubber games. ... Michael Conforto is batting .286 with four homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs, three doubles and eight walks with a 1.066 OPS over his last 12 games. ... Adeiny Hechavarría is batting .300 over his last 11 contests. ... The Mets' bullpen struggles have manifested during the road trip. The unit has allowed 20 earned runs in 15 frames. ... Todd Frazier is 12-for-33 two doubles and two homers with five RBI over his last eight games, which include five multi-hit efforts. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets edge D'Backs 00:01:23
The Mets saw an early 3-run lead disappear but rallied in the 8th inning to edge the Diamondbacks, 5-4

The Mets found some two-out magic in the eighth inning, and Zack Wheeler went seven innings in the Mets' 5-4 victory on Friday night at Chase Field >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) The Mets benefited from a wild eighth inning. With two outs and nobody on, Todd Frazier blooped a single into right field. After an Adeiny Hechavarria single, J.D. Davis was called upon as a pinch-hitter in a huge spot. With runners on the corner and two outs, Davis dribbled an infield single to second base, off the glove of Arizona pitcher Matt Andriese, tying the game at 4-4. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, lined a pinch-hit double down the third-base line. The ball was picked up inadvertently by a staff member, but it was enough to score Frazier and give the Mets the lead.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Matt Kemp on joining Mets 00:01:23
New York Mets new outfielder Matt Kemp speaks from AAA Syracuse about joining the Mets and how he can help the team in the power department

Matt Kemp took a step closer to the Mets' roster on Friday, appearing in his first game for Triple-A Syracuse.

The 34-year-old veteran made his debut in the Syracuse Mets' lineup on Friday, one week after signing a minor-league deal with New York. Kemp was released by the Reds on May 4th, shortly after spending a stint on the Injured List for a broken rib.

Kemp went 1-6 with a single in the Mets' 13-4 victory over Pawtucket.

"I'm just happy to be back on the field," Kemp said before the game. "I haven't been playing ever since I broke my rib, so it's just good to get back out on the field and get my feet under me and play some baseball.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) are congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) are congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

2019 marks the 90th MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on July 9. Although the Mets sit at .500, they have several players who deserve All-Star consideration. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Mets...

Pete Alonso

Alonso has a chance to be the first Met to start the All-Star Game since David Wright started in Queens in 2013. It would mark the first time a Mets rookie started an All-Star Game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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The Mets (27-27, 5.0 GB in the NL East) took the second game of their four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on the strength of another strong Steven Matz start and a grand slam by Michael Conforto. 

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' win over the Dodgers, Steven Matz allowed two runs in six innings before giving way to the bullpen, which allowed one run over the final three frames >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto stroked an opposite field grand slam against the Dodgers in the seventh inning on Tuesday night in Los Angeles, breaking a 3-3 tie and sending the Mets on their way to a win. 

He then proclaimed that Robinson Cano (who offered advice before the at-bat) is his new hitting coach. And did so within earshot of actual hitting coach Chili Davis -- adding that Cano is going to be by his side until he's activated from the IL.

Conforto's "new hitting coach" comment was tongue-in-cheek, but the advice Cano gave him before the slam was very real. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano
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Praise for Matz and Conforto 00:01:25
Callaway had high praise for the two stars of the Mets 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Conforto is back after the IL stint and Matz was dominant.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets win 7-3 vs. Dodgers 00:01:26
Steven Matz pitched a gem, while Michael Conforto showed off his power with a grand slam in the 7th. Frazier also shined in the big win.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Conforto grand slam for lead 00:00:22
Michael Conforto hit his first career grand slam to give the Mets a 6-2 lead in the 7th inning against the Dodgers.

Michael Conforto blasted his first career grand slam in the seventh innining on Tuesday against the Dodgers to break a 2-2 tie and give the Mets a 6-2 lead. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Dodgers outslug Mets 00:01:27
Cody Bellinger homered and had a pair of outfield assists in leading the Dodgers past the Mets, 9-5

The Mets' bullpen allowed six runs in the sixth inning and their late rally fell short as they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-5 on Monday at Dodger Stadium. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) After Jacob deGrom was taken out of the game through five innings at 105 pitches, Tyler Bashlor and Daniel Zamora combined to give up six runs and six hits in the sixth inning, turning a 3-2 lead into an 8-3 deficit, the big blow a Kiké Hernandez three-run homer off Zamora that gave the Dodgers a 6-3 lead.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (26-26, 4.5 GB in the NL East) took two out of three from the Detroit Tigers and have now won six of their last seven games to pull back to .500 as they begin a seven-game West Coast road trip beginning Monday against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET on SNY. 

Here's what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


Adeiny Hecchavarria proved to be the difference-maker on Sunday as his three-run home run in a four-run fourth inning led the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Tigers. 

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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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)

The Mets made a roster move on Sunday, as Michael Conforto (concussion) was activated off IL and Rajai Davis was designated for assignment. 

Conforto said Friday that he could be play this weekend in the Tigers series, and that's exactly what he's doing batting third in the lineup today. 

The 26-year-old was heating up before going on the IL after his collision with Robinson Cano last week in the field. Conforto is slashing .271/.406/.521 with nine homers and 21 RBI this season. 

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Nimmo updates neck injury 00:01:31
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo gives an update on his neck injury diagnosis after seeing a doctor.

The Mets placed Brandon Nimmo on the IL on May 22 with his neck stiffness persisting and an MRI revealing inflammation. But the injury isn't just inflammation.

Nimmo, who first started dealing with the neck issue in mid-April (when he left a game against the Phillies due to a stiff neck), is also dealing with a bulging cervical disc and whiplash. 

"I'm 26 years old. I had never had neck problems like this before," Nimmo told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo . "I take a lot of really good care of my body to try and prevent that stuff from happening, to warm it up. And so I was just like, 'Man, why does this keep happening?'"

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (24-26, 5.5 GB in the NL East) blasted five home runs but fell short to the Tigers on Friday. They return to action against Detroit on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Despite the Mets' bats coming alive for five home runs, it was not enough as Noah Syndergaard  was roughed up for six runs over 5.1 innings in a 9-8 loss to the Tigers. 

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are adding even more outfield depth by signing former All-Star Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal, pending a physical. He'll initially report to Port St. Lucie.

Kemp was released by the Reds three weeks ago after Cincinnati acquired him from the Dodgers in December.

The 34-year-old, who was an All-Star just last season, was hitting .200 with one homer in 62 plate appearances with the Reds this season. Before he was released, he was placed on the injured list retroactive to April 22 with a broken rib. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Rajai Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup. 

The outfielder was eligible to return from the 7-day concussion IL on Friday and while he was not re-activated, he did have nothing but positive news to report from Citi Field before the Mets' game against the Tigers. 

"Feel good. Feel normal. Feel happy that I'm back to doing full baseball activity," he said. "Obviously the road trip was tough and not being there was even tougher. But it's been really fun to be with these guys through the last series and starting a new series today. So I feel good, feel 100 percent and we're just kinda taking it day-by-day."

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs 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 third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after GM Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets were waiting to see what baseball activities he could participate in, Michael Conforto was seen on Citi Field looking like his normal self. 

Conforto was deemed symptom-free of his concussion over the weekend, and the Mets were awaiting his test results to see how to proceed. Well, the veteran outfielder was playing catch and "delivering throws with some zip," per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. He even said Conforto came out of the clubhouse "smiley," which is always a good sign.

Conforto was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after leaving Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) snapped a five game losing streak Monday and will face the Nationals at Citi Field again Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:


Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos are playing well for Class A Columbia. Find out how the rest of the Mets' big-name Minor Leaguers are doing in Top Prospect Watch. >> Read More

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in the NL East) lost the opening game of a three-game set against the Marlins 8-6. They try to bounce back on Saturday in a late afternoon matchup in Miami.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Jacob deGrom imploded against the worst team in baseball and a late rally proved to be too little too late in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander took accountability for the loss after the game. 

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez is making his return to the Mets. 

The outfielder was informed after his Triple-A Syracuse game on Thursday that the Mets were selecting his contract and joined the team in Miami on Friday, batting sixth and playing right field. 

Gomez replaces Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment. GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he believes Gomez gives the Mets a better chance at winning games in the short-term

Tags: Michael Conforto
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

Keon Broxton's struggles at the plate have finally reached a breaking point as the Mets decided on Friday to designate the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment while selecting the contract of Carlos Gomez to join the team as an extra outfielder. 

The Mets also placed Michael Conforto on the 7-day IL for a concussion and recalled pitcher Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse. 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced the moves prior to Friday's game against the Marlins in Miami, where Gomez was in the lineup playing fight field and batting sixth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Keon Broxton honest after loss 00:01:12
Keon Broxton was frank with reporters after the Mets 7-6 loss. Broxton struck out to end a Mets rally with the bases loaded in the ninth.

It was déjà vu for Keon Broxton in Washington. 

The bases were loaded, two outs were on the board, and the Mets were down one run. Broxton, who was filling in for Michael Conforto after he left with what was diagnosed a concussion, came to the dish with a chance to tie or take the lead against the division rival. It was the same situation that presented itself against the Phillies last month. 

And unfortunately for the Mets, the same result transpired...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

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

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball.

After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Conforto had been diagnosed with a concussion and will be traveling back to New York via train to be evaluated further. 

During the play where Conforto was injured, Cano called for the ball and then had it nick off his glove and land in fair territory. Conforto was also calling for the ball late.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (19-20, 4.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) travel to the nation's capital to begin a three-game series against the Nationals (16-24, 8.0 games behind Phillies) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

In the leadoff role, Jeff McNeil has hit .357 (30-for-84) in 20 games atop the lineup. He owns a .522 average (12-for-23) in the opening frame, which ranks second in the majors. ... Amed Rosario enters Tuesday night's game on a seven-game hit streak and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight of his last night plate appearances. ... In 21 career games against the Nationals, Robinson Canó owns the second highest active batting average against the team (.363). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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Mets cruise to 4-1 win 00:01:29
New York Mets extend their winning streak to 5-0 against the Marlins this season with the help from back-to-back Alonso and Conforto homers.

With the lowly Marlins in town, the Mets are taking advantage as they won their second straight Saturday night, this one a 4-1 victory. >> Box score

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Alonso, Conforto go back-to-back 00:00:27
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and outfielder Michael Conforto crush back-to-back home runs to go up on the Marlins.

With the game tied 1-1, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Conforto drove in the Mets' first run in the fourth inning.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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