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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have nine arbitration-eligible players this offseason, with Noah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz ,and Marcus Stroman the biggest names in that group. 

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here's what the Mets' arbitration-eligible players are projected to make in 2020...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets and their fans were taken on an emotional roller coaster this past season, going from hopeful to hopeless, back to hopeful, then landing in a cold bucket of September reality.

"We're definitely not satisfied with where we're at," Michael Conforto told reporters after the team was eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 25. "We want to play in October. That's the goal. I think we have the guys in here to do it. We have to put six months of baseball together and we didn't do that this year."

The bullpen has been the default answer when media and fans debate what the Mets need to improve when building a better team for 2020. However, for me, it's third on the list...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)
Starling Marte (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets' roster entering the 2020 season might look very similar to the one they currently have. But there are some key areas where they could use improvement.

New York ranked near the bottom of the league in 2019 in overall DRS, and adding a center fielder with the ability to at least be average defensively could go a long way toward improving the team's defense.

As presently constituted, the Mets' outfield heading into 2020 is J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto from left to right, with Jeff McNeil sliding to third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran
Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, and Carlos Beltran

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have gone through a lot of boom and bust cycles since their first-ever game in 1962, with just nine of those seasons ending with playoff appearances.

In 1969, the Mets came out of nowhere to win the World Series (though Gil Hodges and the players on that team didn't see it that way) and the 1973 squad benefited from a very weak National League to make it to the playoffs with just 82 wins and ride it all the way to Game 7 of the World Series.

When it comes to teams ready to turn the corner, you can usually see it coming. And the 2019 version of the Mets -- finishing 3.0 games back of a playoff spot -- bear a much closer resemblance to their counterparts from 2005, 1998, and 1985 than the 1972 and 1968 squads. The 2005, 1998, and 1985 Mets all suffered near-misses when it came to making the playoffs, and all of them returned stronger the next season...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (84-76, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final series of the season with the Braves (97-63, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets enter Saturday with a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. ... Pete Alonso tied the MLB record for most home runs in a single season from a rookie with his 52nd on Friday, a number which currently leads the majors as well. ... Seth Lugo successfully recorded the final six outs against the Braves on Friday for his sixth save of the season, he has 104 strikeouts the season, a single-season career-best for Lugo. ... Brandon Nimmo has reached base safety in 38 of his 85 plate appearances since being activated from the IL and is hitting at a .274 average. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine-straight games. ... Robinson Cano returns to the lineup on Saturday after he was hit by a pitch on Thursday and left that game early, he did not play on Friday. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (83-75) wrap up their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Jacob deGrom almost certainly cemented his second-straight Cy Young award and Pete Alonso inched closer to the rookie home run record in the Mets' 10-3 win over the Marlins, but the Mets were still eliminated from playoff contention >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Michael Conforto was the Mets' hero on Tuesday night, delivering a pair of home runs against the Marlins to help keep the team's playoff hopes alive.

Some speculation remains, though, about what the future could hold for the outfielder. The left-handed hitter is under contract with the Mets for the next two seasons and is set to become a free agent prior to the 2022 season.

SNY's John Harper recently posed the question about whether or not the Mets would be open to signing him to a long-term contract. 

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final homestand of the season as they face the Marlins (55-102) on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

Following Tuesday's win, the Mets now have 21 wins on the season that have come in their final at-bat, the second most in the majors. ... The Mets have clinched a winning record for the first time since they went 87-75 in 2016. ... Michael Conforto, who is hitting clean-up tonight, recorded his sixth career two-homer game on Tuesday. ...  Jacob deGrom aims to become just the third Mets pitcher ever to post consecutive 250-strikeout seasons... With two more strikeouts, he would join Tom Seaver (1970-1971) and Dwight Gooden (1984-1985).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard had another mediocre outing, but the Mets -- with Michael Conforto blasting a pair of two-run homers -- rallied from a 4-0 deficit before a literal walk-off in the 11th inning >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets still alive for playoffs 00:02:10
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway loves what he's seeing from Michael Conforto and knows the team will fight until the last game.

With the Mets trailing 4-2 late in Tuesday's game against the Marlins, the Brewers' 4-2 win over the Reds became final, and with it, the Mets' remaining postseason hopes seemed to fade away.

A Mets loss would have officially eliminated them from postseason play, but down by two runs heading into the ninth inning, the Mets found that never-say-die approach that they've shown flashes of time and time again through the year.

Michael Conforto's second home run of the night tied the game in the ninth, and a Brandon Nimmo bases loaded walk in the 11th gave the Mets an improbable 5-4 win over Miami, and kept those slim playoff hopes alive.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eleventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the eleventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In one of the more interesting games of the season for the Mets -- one that had a pair of two-run home runs by Michael Conforto, including one in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off walk to keep New York in playoff contention with five games left in the season -- the craziest story of the night came from Paul Sewald.

Sewald, pitching in his third year for the Mets, picked up the first win of his career Tuesday night against the Marlins.

He entered the game having appeared in 118 games without a win, the longest streak in MLB history and the next highest pitcher still 38 games less than his mark.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz
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Mets beat Marlins 5-4 00:01:28
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers to supply 4 runs but Brandon Nimmo's walk-off walk sealed the victory.

The Mets overcame a four-run deficit and forced extra innings, coming back and pulling out a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday at Citi Field in New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Winless since Sept. 2's 7-3 road victory against the Washington Nationals, RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30 ERA) struggled early against the Marlins but limited the damage, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking none. Syndergaard's issues started in the top of the second inning, allowing Isan Diaz's leadoff home run to center field. The Marlins scratched another run across during the frame when Jon Berti beat out an infield single and Austin Dean scored from second, catching the Mets sleeping after 2B Robinson Cano's bare-handed grab on the ground ball to the right side went to 1B Pete Alonso. Diaz got Syndergaard again in the top of the third inning when his single past Cano scored Neil Walker, deepening the Mets' 3-0 hole. Liekly the 27-year-old Syndergaard's last start of 2019, he would end his season just short of 200 strikeouts at 193.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Conforto smacks 33rd HR 00:00:16
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits his 2nd home run of the game and ties the game at 4 in the 9th inning against the Marlins.

As the Mets faced potential elimination from playoff contention Tuesday, down 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning to the Marlins, Michael Conforto opened things up for New York with a two-run shot to right-center field.

J.D. Davis kicked the inning off for the Mets with a double to already put a runner in scoring position when Conforto came to the plate. Then, on the third pitch he faced in the at-bat, Conforto crushed the ball roughly 400 feet to put New York on the board.

It was Conforto's second home run in three days, after hitting another one for the Mets in Sunday's win over the Reds.

Tags: JD Davis, Michael Conforto
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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In what turned out to be the Mets' last gasp Monday night, and realistically the 2019 season as well, Michael Conforto struck out swinging with two runners on base to end the seventh inning.

That was fitting for a team that will have a number of important decisions to make this winter if it is going to make the jump from nice second half to legitimate contender in 2020, because in many ways, Conforto is a perplexing case.

He's had a solid season, highlighted by his 31 home runs. But in a year when more than 50 players around the Majors have already hit 30-plus long balls, that doesn't necessarily make you a star.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, John Harper
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Matz wanted to keep it close 00:01:43
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz knows he let his team down but the team isn't giving up hope just yet.

As Jorge Alfaro stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth inning, Steven Matz knew he had to be careful with his pitches.

Alfaro's second-inning solo shot to left field gave Miami an early 1-0 lead, which doubled to 2-0 following an RBI single to center field by Migual Rojas. The Marlins threatened again when the cleanup hitter arrived at the plate after Matz began the sixth with three straight hits.

The Mets made a mound visit, but the southpaw's 1-1 pitch found too much plate, with the 89-mph slider at Alfaro's belt over the inner half and landing over the right-center field wall for a game-breaking grand slam.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett, Wilson Ramos
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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) winds up before a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) winds up before a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (81-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) begin their final homestand of the regular season in a four-game series with the Marlins (73-82, 41.0 GB in NL East) Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets Notes

Riding a six-game win streak against the Marlins since the second half of the season began, taking 2 of 3 in July and sweeping them in August in a four-game series. ...Coming off a 6-3 win over the Reds that saw Michael Conforto crush a three-run homer in the first inning to open up the scoring. ...Pete Alonso became the first rookie in MLB history to hit 50 home runs and 30 doubles in a season in the win. ...Alonso still has a shot at beating Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) with seven games remaining.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets win final road game of year 00:01:22
Callaway, Stroman, Conforto and Alonso on Stroman battling thru illness, Conforto's HR and the Mets attitude heading into the final week

RHP Marcus Storman battled into his way into the fifth inning before he exited Sunday's game early, leaving the final four-plus frames in the hands of the bullpen and putting the Mets' series finale in jeopardy.

The four Mets relievers, however, collectively answered the call for Stroman and manager Mickey Callaway.

With insurance home runs on solo shots from OFs J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo, the Mets kept control of the lead established off the offense's four-run first inning and recorded the 6-3 win to secure the three-game set against the Reds (73-83).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Mets power past Reds 00:01:21
Michael Conforto ripped a 3-run HR while J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo added solo shots as the Mets topped the Reds 6-3

Michael Conforto's three-run home run came early and made the difference in the game, as the Mets defeated the Reds by a final score of 6-3 on Sunday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets did the majority of their damage in the first inning of Sunday's game and it proved to be enough offensive firepower for the victory. Robinson Cano knocked in Pete Alonso with an RBI double before Conforto delievered the game's big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Conforto blasted a Trevor Bauer fastball deep into the seats in right for his 31st home run of the year.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Davis hits #20 00:00:14
J.D. Davis drives a solo HR to the opposite field, the 5th Met to reach 20 HR's this season, a new team record

When J.D. Davis took a Trevor Bauer fastball over the wall in right for a solo homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he became the fifth Mets player to hit his 20th home run of the season. 

That marks the first time in franchise history the team has had five players crack the 20-homer plateau. 

 

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Conforto hits #31 00:00:14
Michael Conforto launches a 3-run HR off Trevor Bauer in the 1st inning to extend the Mets lead to 4-0

After Robinson Cano got the Mets on the board with an RBI double in the first, Michael Conforto delievered the big blow, a three-run homer off of Trevor Bauer to give his team a 4-0 lead.

 

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets win 8-1, Alonso's 50th HR 00:01:29
Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings. Pete Alonso hit his 50th home run and the Mets are 3 games back after a 8-1 win.

The Mets kept their Wild Card hopes alive as they beat the Reds 8-1 on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Pete Alonso became the first and only player in Mets team history to hit 50 home runs in a single season. The likely NL Rookie of the Year destroyed a low and away 2-2 pitch to right center field in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-0 lead. He joins the Yankees' Aaron Judge as just the second rookie in MLB history to reach 50 home runs in a season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (77-73, 15.5 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (66-85) Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. With 99 hits on the road, Amed Rosario is on the cusp of 100 hits away from home, which would make him the eighth player in Mets history to reach the century mark as a visitor. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets (77-72, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) start a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (65-85) Monday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, 3-2, after Seth Lugo gave up an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko in the ninth inning. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 together in the three-game series. Despite going hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats, Alonso (47) still has a shot at breaking Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) by the end of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (76-70, 2.0 GB in Wild Card race) start a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (95-53, 19.5 GA in NL West) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are coming off a 11-1 win on Thursday that completed their four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Juan Lagares was the star of the day, as he hit two home runs, including his first-career grand slam. Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano, Tomas Nido, and Michael Conforto all homered as well, setting a team record with six total home runs. Pete Alonso will get the day off, after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Thursday.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Tomas Nido
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Mets beat D-Backs 11-1 00:01:32
The New York Mets smack 6 HRs and coast to a 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks and complete the series sweep.

The Mets' offense erupted for the second straight game as they beat the Diamondbacks, 11-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field to sweep their four-game series >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets' offense erupted for a second-straight day, as Juan Lagares blasted two homers -- including a grand slam that ballooned the Mets' lead from 2-0 to 6-0 -- and Todd Frazier homered again. The Mets hit six homers overall, with Robinson CanoTomas Nido, and Michael Conforto also going deep, making Thursday the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit five or more homers in back-to-back games. The six homers were the most the Mets have ever hit in a game at home. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)
Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (75-70, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets erupted early and piled on late as they blanked the Diamondbacks, 3-0, to draw within 2.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is under team control through the 2021 season, after which he is eligible for free agency. So would he consider signing long-term before then if the team approached him?

"I think that is always on players' minds, they want to have that security and I know I am going to be under their control for the next two years so it's kind of something that during the season, it's not something I really want to talk about," Conforto told Mike Puma of the New York Post on Tuesday. "When we get into the offseason and kind of leading up to spring training, I guess those conversations will be had, but I love it here and I would love to continue to play here."

Aside from locking up Jacob deGrom this offseason -- two years before he would have hit free agency -- the Mets have not extended any of their young core players lately.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Alonso walks off in ninth 00:01:32
Edwin Diaz blew another save but Pete Alonso played hero, walking it off in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.

The Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but they managed to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

1) With a 4-2 lead in the ninth, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Edwin Diaz. After striking out Logan Morrison, Diaz allowed a single to Jean Segura, and then the big blow, a two-run home run by JT Realmuto on a hanging slider. Diaz's nightmare of a first season with the Mets continued on Friday night, as he allowed two more earned runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.88 and recording his seventh blown save. Diaz has now allowed 14 ninth-inning home runs this season, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2014 Brewers) for the most in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

2) In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied to load the bases with two outs, setting the stage once again for Pete Alonso. With a 3-2 count, Alonso laid off of a high breaking ball from Nick Vincent, forcing in the winning run on a walk-off walk.

3) In the bottom of the third inning, Todd Frazier led off with a looping single up the middle, just out of the reach of Cesar Hernandez. It was the 1,000th hit of Frazier's big-league career. Frazier moved to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a Jeff McNeil RBI single, putting the Mets up 1-0. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Todd Frazier's 1000th career hit 00:00:15
Todd Frazier hit a single to left in the third inning to secure his 1000th career hit. Mets are playing the Phillies.

Todd Frazier got things started for the Mets offense on Friday night, blooping a single into shallow center field in the third inning. The hit was Frazier's 1,000th as a big leaguer.

After advancing to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt, Frazier came around to score on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead at Citi Field.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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The Mets (71-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) return to Citi Field for their 10-game homestand Friday as they face the Philadelphia Phillies (72-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets come home on the heels of their six-game road trip last Friday through Wednesday, in which they went 4-2 with series wins over the Phillies and Washington Nationals. Last time out, the Mets answered after an 11-10 walk-off loss Tuesday with a 4-1 rebound victory Wednesday. After they took both of the three-game sets, the Mets have won 12 of their last 16 series since the All-Star break, going 31-18 dating back to July 12.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning up six runs but fell apart, surrendering seven runs -- including a walk-off three-run home run -- as the Nationals stunned New York, 11-10, Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets' biggest weakest reared its ugly head at the worst-possible time. With a 10-4 cushion in the bottom of the ninth inning, RHP Paul Sewald ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits while getting only one out as the Nationals crept back. After LHP Luis Avilan allowed a hit and RHP Edwin Diaz entered with three runners on. With one out, Diaz left a pitch over the plate and C Kurt Suzuki did the damage, pulling a three-run home run to left field and walking the Nationals off against the Mets for the seven-run comeback.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With his lightning-quick recovery from a torn hamstring surprising even the Mets' training staff, Robinson Cano is on track to rejoin the team after a rehab stint with Short-Season Brooklyn -- with that return potentially imminent.

Cano had been heating up before his injury, with 10 hits in 19 at-bats, including four doubles and a home run. But while he is expected to return, it isn't yet known if he's healthy enough to play in a starting capacity. 

If Cano is ready to be more than a bench player upon his return, it's safe to say two things:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A few months ago, with Amed Rosario still struggling defensively at shortstop, the Mets were kicking around the idea of moving him to center field. 

Rosario's range remained poor, he was making mental mistakes in the field, and he was failing to get to the vast majority of balls that were graded out as difficult chances. As a result, Rosario had been worth -15 DRS (defensive runs saved) As of July 23. Things have changed.

Rosario's DRS entering play on Sept. 3 is -14, meaning he has been a plus defender at shortstop over the last month and change.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets down Nationals 7-3 00:01:41
New York Mets had some key at-bats with two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning to secure a must-win game against the Nationals.

The Mets only scored in two innings on Monday, but it was more than enough offense as they took down the Nationals by a score of 7-3. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets broke it open in the fourth, thanks to a five-run inning in which they sent nine batters to the plate. The inning started in fairly benign fashion, with Rene Rivera drawing a walk in between outs by Joe Panik and Noah Syndergaard. But then the floodgates opened. Jeff McNeil homered to make it 4-0, then back-to-back singles from Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto gave J.D. Davis a chance. He delivered a two-run double to make it 6-0, and Brandon Nimmo plated Davis with a double of his own to give the Mets a 7-0 lead.

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Tyler Bashlor
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The eighth inning proved to be a decisive one, as the Mets allowed three Phillies runs and lost the final game of their series in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, the combination of Daniel Zamora and Jeurys Familia was unable to keep the score even. Zamora started the inning, allowed a single to Bryce Harper and was replaced by Familia. The right-hander ended up loading the bases for Scott Kingery, who delivered a bases-clearing double to provide the difference in the score.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

The Mets (69-66, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB in second Wild Card) clinched the weekend series in Philadelphia, recording their second straight win with Saturday's 5-3 edge of the Phillies (69-65, 12.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card). >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  LHP Steven Matz (9-8) was solid again for the Mets, scattering three runs (two earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts to one walk in 5.0 innings. Phillies RF Bryce Harper drove in two runs on a first-inning fielder's choice and sixth-inning solo home run, and Matz walked the bases loaded before walking PH Andrew Knapp later in the sixth, but he recorded his latest quality start and gave the Mets a chance to win. Matz outlasted former teammate and Phillies LHP Jason Vargas (6-7), whom the Mets knocked out in the top of the fourth inning. Vargas allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking three.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Jason Vargas' first start against his former team didn't go the way he would have hoped. 

Facing the Mets for the first time since the team traded him to the Phillies in late July, the left-hander was hit hard. Vargas allowed one run in the first, another in the third, and then things came unglued in the fifth.

After Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto (who each drove in a run earlier in the game), got on base to lead off the fifth, Todd Frazier lined a double down the left-field line, scoring Ramos and moving Conforto to third. Joe Panik then followed with a double of his own, this time scoring two and putting the Mets up 5-1.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets talk big win in Philly 00:01:22
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Amed Rosario talk offensive night against Phillies.

The Mets were in a tough spot on Friday night, entering a game against Phillies ace Aaron Nola on the road, losers of six straight games.

And while Nola dazzled for most of the night, Mets' starter Zack Wheeler went toe-to-toe with him, keeping the Mets in the game and allowing the bats to do the talking late in the Mets' 11-5 win.

Down 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Mets turned to Wilson Ramos off the bench, who delivered in a huge spot with an RBI single to tie the game and extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

Then, with the game still tied in the eighth, the Mets opened the floodgates. A two-run single by Amed Rosario got things started, and two home runs from Todd Frazier and another from Michael Conforto helped push the Mets' lead to 11-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Phillies 11-5 00:01:38
New York Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier come up big in the 8th inning to secure the Mets a 11-5 victory against the Phillies.

The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  In the top of the eighth inning, the Mets loaded the bases off of Phillies reliever Mike Morin, and Amed Rosario delivered in the clutch. His single up the middle to score two runs, putting the Mets up 3-1. After a pitching change, Todd Frazier hit a line-drive three run shot over the wall in left field, extending the Mets' lead to 6-1. The five-run outburst from the Mets broke a previously tied game wide open.

Then in the ninth, Michael Conforto blasted a two-run shot to right field, giving the Mets an 8-1 lead. After getting a couple of more runners on base, Frazier slammed his second three-run shot in as many innings, making it 10 runs for the Mets in the final two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets fall short of rally to Cubs 00:01:32
On the eve of his birthday Noah Syndergaard had one of the worst starts of his career only lasting three innings. Mets ultimately lost 10-7.

The Mets fell behind early and couldn't complete the comeback in their 10-7 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard had perhaps the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday night, allowing a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in just three innings. Syndergaard allowed three home runs in a start for the first time in his career, allowing long balls to Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos. On a night where the Mets needed Syndergaard at his best, he exited with the team trailing 10-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Joe Maddon's Cubs handed the Mets a loss on Tuesday night to kick off their three-game set at Citi Field, a crucial series that the Mets need to win to gain ground in the Wild Card race. 

But it was just a couple months ago that the Mets being in the hunt for a postseason berth seemed like a pipe dream. That's why many believe GM Brodie Van Wagenen would be a seller at the trade deadline. 

Instead, he shocked many by keeping his valuable assets in a Mets uniform. And Maddon loved that move...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Marcus Stroman has talked a lot about how much he loves the big stage of New York, the pennant-race pressure, even describing himself as a "savage" on the mound. But until he delivers a big-game performance for the Mets, all that talk is meaningless.

Tuesday night offered him the perfect opportunity, his new team desperately needing Stroman to be a stopper in a must-win series against the Cubs, after they were swept by the Braves, yet he was so-so at best in a 5-2 loss at Citi Field.

Worst of all, he couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Cubs beat Mets 5-2 00:01:37
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made Mets history with his 42nd HR of the season but it wasn't enough to beat the Cubs.

The Mets couldn't make the most of Pete Alonso's record-setting night, falling to Cubs 5-2 on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1)  In the bottom of the fourth inning, Pete Alonso hit his 42nd home run of the season. With that home run, Alonso set the Mets single-season record... passing Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley. Beltran hit 41 home runs in 2006, while Hundley hit 41 home runs during the 1996 season. With that home run, Alonso got his 101st RBI of the season... the Mets single season RBI record is 124, set by Mike Piazza in 1999 and tied by David Wright in 2008.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Alonso hits 42nd HR of season 00:00:42
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso becomes the new Mets single-season HR record holder with his 42nd homer of the season.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, Pete Alonso smashed his 42nd home run of the season -- setting the Mets single-season record.

He passes Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran, who each hit 41 home runs in 1996 and 2006, respectively.

Mike Piazza is the only other Mets player to have hit 40 home runs in a season, as he exactly 40 homers in 1999.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When the Mets were close to completing the blockbuster trade that included Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn getting shipped to the Mariners with Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano coming to New York, Jeff McNeil's name started to pop up in rumors.

If you were on Twitter the day the trade went down, there was plenty of speculation that McNeil could also be in the deal. There was then some talk that he was in the deal before the Mets pulled him out.

So what was really going in with McNeil when it came to his potential inclusion in the trade?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The beauty of Jeff McNeil is that he is as versatile defensively as he is wizard-like offensively, and with a huge series against the Cubs this week the Mets need to get creative in how they use him to help kick-start a suddenly sluggish offense.

For starters that means getting more left-handed hitters in the lineup against Yu Darvish in Tuesday's series opener, since the Cubs' righthander has been significantly more vulnerable to lefties than righties this season.

The most logical move is playing McNeil at third base, allowing Joe Panik to stay at 2B, and sitting the slumping Todd Frazier.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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