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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo had an incredible game on Sunday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, smashing three hits including a triple and a home run. His season OPS is up to an eye-popping 1.371 and the Mets are in a real bind as they simply have to find a way to keep his bat in a crowded outfield.

In only 21 plate appearances so far, Nimmo has gotten on base an incredible 12 times while striking out only twice. This is certainly a small sample, and while he won't produce like a peak Barry Bonds all season, Nimmo is on track for the best walk and strikeout rates of his career -- as well as his best hard-hit rate and line drive rate.

Always a patient hitter, Nimmo is swinging less than ever, but pummeling the ball when he does hit. He is the consummate leadoff hitter the team has been lacking for so long and if the team is waiting for him to cool off, it might be a long wait...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets on 3-2 win over the Brewers 00:05:05
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo discuss the team's 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Despite starting for only the fourth time this season, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"He played a great game,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

Nimmo, starting for the first time since April 4, singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the fourth and hit a game-tying home run to lead off the sixth inning as the Mets improved to 12-2, their best start in franchise history.

"You have to just try and help out the team however you can,'' said Nimmo, who has a .400/.571/.800 batting line in 15 at-bats this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce, who said two weeks ago that he wasn't even thinking about the potential of playing first base this season, took grounders at first base prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. 

Bruce has only played the outfield so far this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that Bruce could play first base on a "reasonably every day basis" if it came to it. After having not played first base since 2014, Bruce graded out as average in 91 innings at the position in 2017.

The timing of Bruce taking grounders was interesting, as one of the reasons for him playing first base would be to get Brandon Nimmo in the lineup -- the same Brandon Nimmo who was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier on Tuesday...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | It was another good week in Mets Land. And no, it's not only because Michael Conforto is back, but let's focus on that for a bit.

We have our Scooter back! Conforto made his return to the lineup on Thursday, and he didn't disappoint. Mickey Callaway had made it known before the game that Conforto wanted to face Stephen Strasburg, and to put it simply, Conforto won that battle. In the fifth, Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off of Strasburg.

Yoenis Cespedes predicted this home run before the game, by the way, and took full credit for it postgame...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

It was a dream return from the DL from Michael Conforto, who went 1-4 with a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning. But if you ask Yoenis Cespedes, Conforto's home run should actually be credited to Cespedes. 

Cespedes, who hit an actual home run of his own, also off Strasburg, explained to reporters this fact after the game.

"His first homer is in fact mine because I called the homer before he hit it," Cespedes said. He continued: "I say, 'You're going to hit a homer to left field.'"

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/5 00:03:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's seventh-inning grand slam broke open a 4-2 game. The blast came immediately after Jacob deGrom worked out of a bases loaded, no-out situation in the bottom of the sixth. Bruce narrowly missed a homer in the second inning when he doubled off the right-field wall. He scored the Mets' first run on Stephen Strasburg's balk with two outs in the second.

2) Michael Conforto played his first game since injuring his shoulder last Aug. 24 and slugged a tie-breaking two-run homer in the fourth off Strasburg. The 25-year-old also walked and finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight day for his third long ball of the season.

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Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)
Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)

Michael Conforto wanted Stephen Strasburg. And he got him.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Thursday's game that Conforto wanted to face Strasburg, and Conforto said he had the Nats series circled as his targeted return. 

The result? Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off Strasburg in the fifth inning -- in his first game since last August -- to give the Mets a 4-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish...

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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mickey Callaway was sheepish on Wednesday afternoon when asked if Michael Conforto would be activated prior to Thursday's game, but was blunt on Thursday morning after inserting Conforto into the lineup against the Nationals.

"He's ready to go," Callaway said. "He wanted (Stephen) Strasburg."

Conforto, whose initial return date was pegged by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason as May 1, progressed rapidly and played toward the end of Spring Training -- and the Mets felt he didn't need a rehab assignment...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto has been activated from the 10-day disabled list, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster, it was announced Thursday morning.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday that potential cold weather in Washington, D.C. beginning on Thursday would not be a factor when it came to the decision on Conforto. Since Conforto's injury wasn't to his lower half, there is no concern over activating him in Washington, D.C., Callaway explained.

Conforto, who is returning from shoulder surgery and was well ahead of schedule, had at-bats against Jason Vargas during Vargas's indoor simulated game on Monday afternoon at Citi Field...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is "ready to go" and will be back "very soon," manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday, though he stopped short of confirming he would be activated from the DL on Thursday when he is first eligible.

However, Callaway said that potential cold weather in Washington, D.C. beginning on Thursday would not be a factor when it comes to the decision on Conforto.

Since Conforto's injury wasn't to his lower half, there is no concern over activating him in Washington, D.C., Callaway explained...

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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Michael Conforto is well ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery, is in New York, and could be activated from the DL on Thursday -- the first day he's eligible. 

Conforto potentially returning this early is a great thing, as is the outfield depth the Mets are about to have. But with four starting-caliber players for three spots, and Juan Lagares also needing playing time, the Mets will have some decisions to make.

So, what could they do? And what should they do? Here are some options...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Michael Conforto bats against the Washington Nationals in a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto bats against the Washington Nationals in a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)

Mets OF Michael Conforto had at-bats against Jason Vargas during Vargas's indoor simulated game on Monday afternoon at Citi Field, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

"Everything felt good," Conforto said afterward. "Vargas, he's got some movement on his pitches, so it was good to see a good lefty. It was in the cage, so it was a little different than being out on the field.

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Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)
Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)

Michael Conforto homered and Seth Lugo allowed one run in six innings during the Mets' minor league game against the Nationals today in Port St. Lucie.

Lugo, who beat out Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, tossed 73 pitches (52 strikes) while allowing six hits, walking one, and striking out seven. He is slated to start the Mets' fifth game of the season, on April 3 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Conforto, who will remain in Florida to continue getting into game shape as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, is ahead of schedule...

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Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)
Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)

Michael Conforto homered and Seth Lugo allowed one run in six innings during the Mets' minor league game against the Nationals today in Port St. Lucie.

Lugo, who beat out Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, tossed 73 pitches (52 strikes) while allowing six hits, walking one, and striking out seven. He is slated to start the Mets' fifth game of the season, on April 3 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Conforto, who will remain in Florida to continue getting into game shape as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, is ahead of schedule...

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Sep 29, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Phillip Evans (72) hits a single during the ninth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the game 6-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Sep 29, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Phillip Evans (72) hits a single during the ninth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the game 6-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

I'm really happy for Phil Evans, who, at 25 years old, will experience his first MLB Opening Day when the Mets officially add him to the 25-man roster to start their 2018 season.

Mickey Callaway told reporters that Evans earned the final bench spot in large part due to his versatility in the field, where he played second and third base, shortstop, several games in the outfield, and one inning at catcher.

In 46 at-bats this spring, Evans hit .261 with a .382 OBP, three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets game 00:01:41
Michelle Yu breaks down Monday's intrasquad game for the Mets as the team gets set to leave Port St. Lucie and head north.

Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off teammate Paul Sewald during the Mets' intrasquad game on Monday in what was their final tuneup before Opening Day at Citi Field this Thursday >> CLICK HERE for the full boxscore

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings.

Conforto, who is ahead of schedule as he recovers from shoulder surgery, was a candidate to be on the team's Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but will remain in extended Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Along with Conforto, all of the Mets' everyday players participated in Monday's game -- with half playing for the 'Mets' and the other half playing for the 'Las Vegas 51s.'

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Following the Mets' final Grapefruit League game of the spring, Mets manager Mickey Callaway confirmed the official starting rotation to open the regular season and announced that Philip Evans and Jacob Rhame have made the team's opening day roster.

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Syndergaard dominates spring 00:01:25
Following the Mets' 8-7 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday, pitcher Noah Syndergaard comments on how he feels ahead of his opening day start.

Michael Conforto played the field in a big league game for the first time since shoulder surgery as the Mets lose 8-7 to the Cardinals on Saturday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Gary Apple break down the Mets' 5-1 Spring Training loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Florida.

Michael Conforto played in his first big league game since shoulder surgery as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-1, on Friday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

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

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BNNY: Conforto in Port St. Lucie 00:07:10
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals and went 1-for-4 in his first Spring Training game.

The Mets enter the 2018 regular season with projected wins ranging from 80 to 83 -- a disappointing set of expectations. But projections are always rough and it's normal to have a swing of plus or minus six-to-nine wins, which would give the Mets a shot at a playoff spot if things break right.

So what are the key breaks the Mets need to make it to the postseason?

A strong return by Michael Conforto

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Conforto makes Grapefruit debut 00:00:42
Michael Conforto will make his big league Spring Training debut on Friday, and acknowledges his comeback from surgery is advancing well.

Mets OF Michael Conforto is leading off and serving as the DH during today's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. It is his his first big league action since undergoing shoulder surgery last August.

"I'm much more optimistic," Conforto said before the game about his potential return date. "I don't want to put a timeline out there. I just want to go day-by-day, see how I feel."

While Conforto is rapidly progressing, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Friday afternoon that it was "unlikely" Conforto would be on the roster for Opening Day, which is March 29 at Citi Field. But the mere fact that Alderson isn't ruling out Opening Day for Conforto suggests that he is likely well ahead of the original May 1 targeted return date...

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Conforto talks latest step 00:01:59
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit two home runs in a minor league scrimmage today, as he continues his comeback from shoulder surgery.

Mets OF Michael Conforto, who hit two home runs on Wednesday while playing in simulated games in Port St. Lucie, said afterwards that he is "hoping" to return before the original May 1 target date.

"I'm starting to feel comfortable," he said. "We're getting there."

"It's not so much about the shoulder anymore," Conforto explained, adding that it's now about getting used to full game action.

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New York Mets' Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run. (John Raoux/AP)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run. (John Raoux/AP)

In 2003, GM Steve Phillips recommended to Fred Wilpon that the Mets offer 20-year-old rookie SS Jose Reyes a 10-year, $30 million contract, which would have paid for his three arbitration seasons and covered his first five years of free agency.

In doing so, the former GM explained in January on MLB Network Radio, Reyes would have been earning five times more than he should have been during 2004 and 2005, but he would have been significantly underpaid during his three years of arbitration.

After 2011, when Reyes left to sign a six-year deal paying him $18 million per season to play for the Marlins, he would have still been under contract with the Mets and earning just $3 million during 2012 and 2013 had the above deal been offered and agreed upon...

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BNNY: Conforto's comeback 00:02:20
The guys on Baseball Night in New York discuss whether they think Michael Conforto will return by his planned date of May 1.

Mets OF Michael Conforto played in a minor league game for the second time since having shoulder surgery last summer and is glad to be getting closer to full health. He went 0-5 with two walks and played the outfield.

"Not much more to report," Conforto said after Saturday's game. "Still got to get the timing back. It's just another step, another day, a couple AB's closer. Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow."

On Friday, Conforto went 0-for-4 with two walks in what was his first game action this spring.

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Could the Mets trade Lagares? 00:04:17
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses opposing teams' continued interest in trading for elite defensive outfielder Juan Lagares.

The Mets have not ruled out trading OF Juan Lagares, who has drawn recent interest, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, who is currently expected to be part of a platoon in center field with Brandon Nimmo, was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old will earn $6.5 million this season and $9 million in 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Brandon Nimmo's strong showing in 2017 and what he's displayed so far in Spring Training, he's earned the right to be the long end of a center field platoon with Lagares. And as a left-handed hitter, that means Nimmo will get the bulk of the at-bats. So where does that leave Lagares?

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Michael Conforto told the NY Post that he expects to play in a Grapefruit League game at some point next week as he continues to work his way back from last summer's shoulder surgery.

The Mets and Sandy Alderson had been saying all winter that Conforto was not likely to return to the team's roster until at least May 1. I believe this is still the targeted return date, despite Conforto looking to be slightly ahead of schedule in his rehab.

In Conforto's absence, Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares are expected to rotate in and out of center field, while Jay Bruce handles right field. Upon his return, I'm told Conforto will ease in to playing center field, while rotating in and out of right and left field with Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes.

The thing is, with no obvious answer to handle first base right now, the Mets may want to revisit getting Bruce time there...

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Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

Mets OF Michael Conforto "fully expects" to play in a Grapefruit League game at some point next week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Conforto took batting practice last Tuesday for the first time since having shoulder surgery. He had advanced the week prior from only hitting off a tee to hitting soft toss.

"I don't know about 100 percent, but I'm swinging pretty hard," Conforto said last week. "I don't think about the shoulder … I haven't really felt any hesitation at all."

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