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

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

Seven things to know about Monday's game

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

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

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

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

Mets Notes

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

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The names may look familiar but the stats certainly don't as these two frontline starters enter tonight's Mets-Phillies series opener with a combined ERA of over 10.

Granted, it is just April 15, with both stud right-handers only three starts deep into the campaign, but from a betting perspective, it makes you wonder if the struggles will continue.

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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jason Vargas isn't going anywhere -- for now. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway declared that the embattled lefty will stay in the rotation and make his next start Saturday in St. Louis.

"We've got to get Vargas on a roll," Callaway said Sunday before the team's game in Atlanta. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (8-5) took sole possession of first place in the NL East by beating the Braves 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.

They play the second game of the series on Friday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Giancarlo Stanton, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As Mets fans know, starter Noah Syndergaard likes to have his fun with some mascots. Whether it's his feud with Mr. Met or stealing the Philly Phanatic's ATV, mascots always need to stay on their toes when it comes to "Thor."

But the Atlanta Braves' "Blooper" took initiative tonight by going up to Syndergaard himself to poke some fun. Well, Syndergaard -- shades on and all -- didn't budge to any of Blooper's antics...

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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (7-4, tied for first place in the NL East) face the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Twins, they achieved something that hadn't been done in the majors since 1994 >> Read more

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Syndergaard, Mets beat Twins 00:01:04
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard stifled the Twins with his arsenal and says this is the best he's felt mechanically in a 'long time.'

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing. 

From the start of Syndergaard's night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where "Thor" could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised. 

"Mechanically, I felt probably the best I've felt in a long time," Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. "So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets top Twins at Citi 00:00:45
New York Mets were dealt 6 consecutive walks in an inning and took advantage to break this game open against the Twins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Mets have remained in "continued contact" with free agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Wednesday, adding that the "situation is worth watching." Now, we might know what it would cost for the Mets -- or another interested team -- to land Keuchel. 

Keuchel, 31, is reportedly seeking a one-year deal that will pay him more than the one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Astros he turned down during the offseason or a long-term contract at a lower salary, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Rosenthal notes, though, that it's possible Keuchel -- who he says is throwing 95-pitch simulated games every five days to get ready -- doesn't get either of those requests.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke with reporters prior to Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at Citi Field. Here are the takeaways...

Why is Brandon Nimmo struggling and what's the plan?

Nimmo, who is getting the day off Sunday but will continue to do work, is hitting .077/.250/.077 with a league-leading 17 strikeouts in eight games this season. So what's the deal?

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are back in action Saturday afternoon as they look to bounce back from dropping their home opener when they take on the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario have each hit safely in all seven games this season, which is also the third-longest hitting streak of Rosario's young career. ... The Mets have struck out at least 10 batters in five of their first seven games, which is tied with the Brewers and Blue Jays for most double-digit strikeout games this season. ... Michael Conforto, who is batting sixth against the lefthander on Saturday, has four multi-hit games this season along with Ramos, which is tied for third in the league. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets announced on Saturday that they are skipping lefthander Jason Vargas' next start in the rotation and will pitch Jacob deGrom in his spot on Tuesday against the Twins followed by Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday. 

By skipping Vargas it lines up deGrom and Syndergaard to continue to pitch on five days' rest -- one more day than usual -- for the first month of the season as they have several off-days built into the schedule in April. 

DeGrom has continued to look like his Cy Young Award self through his first two starts of the season thus far, allowing eight hits and no runs while striking out 24 in 13 innings pitched. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On a day when he allowed but one hit over six innings and took a loss against the Nationals only because his sleep-deprived teammates couldn't muster any offense, Noah Syndergaard nevertheless sounded downright exasperated that he can't find the feel for his slider.

As in his once-unhittable slider, the pitch that could take him back to the top of the mountain among major league starting pitchers, right there with Jacob deGrom

Syndergaard even referenced a specific slider, and a rather famous one, that he threw in Kansas City three years ago at a seemingly unthinkable velocity, convincing everyone who saw it that he had multiple Cy Young Awards in his future.

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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard was none too pleased about his teammates' travel situation before Thursday's home opener.

After the Mets lost to the Nationals, 4-0, Syndergaard took issue with the circumstances the club was in having to play a night game in Miami on Wednesday before playing their home opener Thursday at 1:10 p.m. Additionally, random drug testing delayed the Mets' trip home Wednesday night.

"Losing doesn't feel good, but I don't think we were in a proper situation to win a ballgame based on the rest of the guys' sleep and travel," said Syndergaard, who traveled home ahead of the Mets since he was starting Thursday.

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Mets shutout by Washington 00:00:48
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard lost a tough game to the Nationals but is happy with the progress of his curveball this season.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field in their home opener >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard wasn't at his best early, and a couple of walks in the second inning (due in part to a terrible zone by the home plate umpire) followed by a wild pitch and a safety squeeze, gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Syndergaard settled in after that, retiring 12-straight batters at one point and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The no-no was ruined when Victor Robles homered to left field on Syndergaard's first pitch of the sixth inning, extending Washington's lead to 2-0. Overall, Syndergaard allowed two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out six in 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets play their first game at Citi Field when they face the Washington Nationals on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. SNY's coverage begins at 11:30 a.m.

Mets notes

The Mets are 37-20 in home openers and have won seven of their 10 openers at Citi Field. ... The Mets' .275 batting average ranks fourth in the majors. ... Five of Pete Alonso's nine hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one home run).

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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

In advance of their series against the Nationals at Citi FIeld -- with their home opener on Thursday -- the Mets have made a change to their starting rotation.

In a move manager Mickey Callaway hinted at on Tuesday, the Mets have flipped No.3 starter Zack Wheeler and No. 4 starter Steven Matz in the rotation, which will serve to break up the left-handers (Matz and Jason Vargas, who is the No. 5 starter).

With the adjustment, the Mets' rotation order will be Jacob deGrom (starting on Wednesday night), Noah Syndergaard (starting on Thursday afternoon against Stephen Strasburg), Matz, Wheeler, and Vargas.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

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

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

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

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

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

Trending Up 

1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:26
Mickey Callaway, Justin Wilson and Zack Wheeler comment on the Mets comeback before ultimately falling to the Nationals, 6-5

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Extracting the positives from a loss is usually as palatable as digging into the dry chicken dinner usually served at a sports banquet. Losing stings, regardless of what might have gone well during a game or a weekend. 

But while the Mets squandered a nifty comeback Sunday in losing the finale of their opening series, 6-5, to the Nationals, what happened on the field during the three-game set could resonate throughout the year as the two clubs try to navigate the upper reaches of the National League East. 

In fact, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, the Mets' comeback "put something" in the Nationals' minds, even if that comeback wasn't completed. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Alonso keeps proving himself 00:01:18
Pete Alonso went 3-4 with 2 RBI in today's 11-8 win over the Nationals. Alonso says he had a plan while Noah Syndergaard had high praise.

"Polar Bear" was one of the Mets that led the offensive charge against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. You know him as Pete Alonso

Noah Syndergaard, who started for the Mets in the 11-8 win, dished out some nicknames on the roster and they were all different animals. It was third base coach Gary DiSarcina that gave Alonso his nickname, and it couldn't fit any better. Polar bears possess raw power, something Alonso has been displaying since Spring Training. 

"I guess so, yeah. I'll embrace it," Alonso said of his nickname...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Late in spring training, a scout who was trailing the Mets said - unprompted - that he believed the club renowned for its pitching was going to hit more than most thought. "They're going to surprise some people scoring runs," the scout noted.

Saturday's 11-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington, D.C. was a ringing endorsement of that opinion. Who knows if the Mets lineup will gorge all year, but at least for one day the offense sparkled enough to gloss over forgettable performances by Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo.

If you weren't already thrilled about Pete Alonso's potential and Jeff McNeil's ability to pile up hits, just glance at Saturday's box score. McNeill had the fourth four-hit game of his career and Alonso was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run. J.D. Davis hit a two-run single to give the Mets the lead for good.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Anthony McCarron
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets look to build off their Opening Day win when Noah Syndergaard takes the mound against Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in Washington D.C. on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Following Jacob deGrom's Opening Day performance, the Mets pitching staff has tossed 33 scoreless innings dating back to Sept. 29, 2018 last season -- the fifth-longest streak in franchise history ...  Robinson Cano became the 10th player to homer in his first at-bat with the Mets when he took Max Scherzer deep in the first inning on Opening Day. ... Michael Conforto enters the game with with two home runs in 18 plate appearances vs. Strasburg. ... Jeff McNeil was voted by the media as the 2019 John J. Murphy Award winner for top Mets player in his first Spring Training. 

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Jun 15, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) talks with New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) during ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Pirates 11-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 15, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) talks with New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) during ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Pirates 11-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made their deal with C Rene Rivera official on Wednesday, as they announced he agreed to a minor-league deal. Rivera will head to Triple-A Syracuse. 

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that Rivera was returning to the team. The Mets were looking for added depth at catcher as things didn't work out with Devin Mesoraco, who played 66 games for the Mets last season. After not making the 25-man roster, Mesoraco refused to head to the minors and said he would retire if the Mets couldn't trade him. Mesoraco did sign a minor-league deal this offseason.

Rivera, 35, was released by the Giants on Saturday. He played 119 games for the Mets over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, becoming Noah Syndergaard's preferred catcher.

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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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

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

Noah Syndergaard

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deGrom, Mets agree to deal 00:00:31
Jacob deGrom and the Mets have agreed to a 5-year contract extension. Andy Martino breaks it down.

Jacob deGrom and the Mets have officially agreed to a five-year contract extension, as the team announced the deal on Tuesday.

"This is a tremendous day for Jacob, his family, our fans and the entire Mets organization," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in an official statement. "Last year, Jacob had one of the most remarkable seasons in baseball history and we are excited to be able to reward him. Mets fans can celebrate knowing their ace will remain in Flushing." 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who used to represent deGrom with CAA, has been at the forefront of getting the deal done for the Mets' ace. With many other players around the league receiving extensions, questions continued to pour on deGrom and Van Wagenen regarding the their talks...

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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

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The story wasn't going to go away, even if the two sides had wound up tabling negotiations until next off-season. 

Because regardless of whether the Mets could make a case that it was good business to wait on Jacob deGrom's contract extension, Brodie Van Wagenen's player-first mantra was going to ring hollow if they didn't "pay the man, already," as Noah Syndergaard demanded on Sunday. 

So if Syndergaard's commentary was the proof the organization needed to fully understand all of this, well, good for him. 

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Noah Syndergaard wasn't happy on Sunday about the state of the Mets' negotiations with Jacob deGrom. Now? He's happy.

Thor conveyed that happiness in a tweet that simply said 'DeGrom' with an emoji of a sack of money next to it. And he added a gif from the movie 'Old School' for good measure.

Click below to see...

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Amidst an avalanche of extensions throughout Major League Baseball, the Mets were dealing with an Opening Day deadline to extend Jacob deGrom, consternation from one of his teammates about the contract talks, and an anxious fan base. In the end, the extension got done. And it was a huge win for both sides. 

The 30-year-old deGrom, who the Mets locked up to a five-year extension worth $137.5 million -- as first reported by SNY's Andy Martino -- got his deserved payday. And the Mets get to keep their ace long-term.

Why it's a win for deGrom

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Mike Francesa on 2019 Mets 00:00:53
WFAN's Mike Francesa chats with SNY's Jonas Schwartz about his thoughts on the Mets, and how many wins he thinks they can reach in 2019.

New York's 'Numbah One' -- Mike Francesa -- talked with SNY on Monday about the Mets' chances this season. And he went off on Noah Syndergaard a bit. 

Syndergaard made waves on Sunday when he sounded off on the contract situation of Jacob deGrom ("I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already"), and criticized the team's late spring training travel schedule

On Monday, Francesa talked about those comments during an interview with SNY's Jonas Schwartz.

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Syndergaard on deGrom's future 00:01:38
Noah Syndergaard talks about the future of Jacob deGrom, hoping he remains a Met long-term, and also addresses the team's travel schedule

Sure, it was mildly annoying last winter when Noah Syndergaard posted a few silly tweets about how SNY was "trying to trade him" because of our reporting on the Mets' efforts to do so. And now we can probably add the mayor of Syracuse and a few Mets officials to the list of those with small complaints.

But you know what? The inclination here is to give Syndergaard credit for expressing honest opinions, whether or not we agree with those views.

He has thrown off clichés and thrust himself into an arena where most athletes and PR departments are loathe to go. He is giving us a glimpse of how he feels, and that's much rarer than it should be...

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Jacob deGrom and Brodie Van Wagenen
Jacob deGrom and Brodie Van Wagenen

All along, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mets ownership had to know this Jacob deGrom contract impasse could explode into a firestorm with the potential for clubhouse reverberations.

Maybe they weren't counting on contract extensions becoming all the rage throughout Major League Baseball this spring, making the Mets look as if they're behind the curve in dealing with not only deGrom but other core players such as Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler.

At the very least, however, they should have known how intently deGrom's teammates would be watching to see if he got the extension he wants and deserves.

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Syndergaard on deGrom's future 00:01:38
Noah Syndergaard talks about the future of Jacob deGrom, hoping he remains a Met long-term, and also addresses the team's travel schedule

The Mets have until Thursday to sign Jacob deGrom to a long-term deal before talks are tabled, and GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday that the two sides are still talking. Later Sunday, Noah Syndergaard weighed in.

Asked how much he was interested in and paying attention to the deGrom situation, Syndergaard said deGrom "deserves whatever amount he's worth."

"I want to keep him happy, so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets," Syndergaard said. "I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already."

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

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

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

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

After Tuesday's rainout in Jupiter against the Marlins, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler -- who was set to start -- will instead throw 90 or more pitches Wednesday during an intrasquad game during the team's off day. 

Wheeler remains on track to start the third game of the regular season, but with the rainout pushing his schedule back, he will now be making the start on regular rest instead of an extra day of rest.

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start on Opening Day -- March 28 against the Nationals -- with Noah Syndergaard starting the second game of the season on March 30 (after a team off-day), and Wheeler getting the ball on March 31.

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Syndergaard VS deGrom 00:00:48
Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom faced off in a minor league intrasquad game on Monday, with Brodie Van Wagenen and David Wright watching.

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard squared off against one another on the back fields of the facilities at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie on Monday in a minor-league intrasquad game. 

The Mets decided to scratch them from their scheduled starts against the Nationals this week in an attempt to scale back exposure against teams that they will be seeing plenty of in the regular season. 

DeGrom allowed one run on seven hits while striking out 12 in 6.1 innings while Syndergaard allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks while also striking out 12 in six innings. 

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Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jacob deGrom was scratched from his scheduled outing Sunday in a "B" game for the Mets due to a stomach illness. 

It's obviously no reason to sound the alarms, and the silver lining here is noteworthy. To keep the 30-year-old on track to start Opening Day in less than two weeks, deGrom will throw Monday on the back fields. Fellow rotation mate Noah Syndergaard will toe the rubber for the other team in the Mets' intrasquad contest, providing an intriguing matchup, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported.

With a pair of games scheduled against NL East rival Washington for Sunday and Monday -- the two days deGrom and Syndergaard were scheduled to pitch, respectively -- the Mets made the conscious decision to shield them from Major League competition for the remainder of Spring Training. 

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Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The idea of a five-man starting rotation for the ages, as predicted by John Smoltz, among others, is but a memory now, with Matt Harvey gone and Steven Matz more mediocre than elite since his rookie season.

But the Mets might still have the best Big Three in baseball, if Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard all pitch with the dominance expected of them. 

How far can that take them? Pretty darn far, if their history is any indication.

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Mar 12, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 12, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets think the Nationals have seen enough of their major league pitchers this spring. 

The team revealed on Saturday that they will shield their pitchers from Grapefruit League games so that other teams will not be able to get a good look at them, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. 

Jacob deGrom, who was on schedule to start in Sunday's game against the Nationals, will instead pitch in a "B" game on the back fields of the Mets' Spring Training facility along with Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson

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The NL East is stacked, balanced and expected to be the most compelling division in baseball this season. In large part, this is because the division features several of the league's most dominant starting pitchers and best overall pitching staffs.

For starters, Max Scherzer (Nationals) and Jacob deGrom (Mets) are widely considered to be the top two starting pitchers in all of baseball. According to multiple projection systems and fantasy rankings, the next best 20 pitchers in the league feature an additional five arms from the NL East, including Aaron Nola (Phillies), Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, (Mets) and Patrick Corbin (Nationals) and Stephen Strasburg (Nationals).

In 2018, among NL pitchers producing at least 2.0 fWAR, six were from the NL East, including deGrom, Scherzer, Nola, Syndergaard, Wheeler and Mike Foltynewicz (Braves). Corbin, who was with the D-backs but has since signed with the Nationals, also finished in the Top 10. If extended to the Top 20, two more Phillies join the list (Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez).

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Syndergaard becoming Browns fan? 00:01:22
See what New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had to say when asked about Odell Beckham Jr. being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

Noah Syndergaard saved his best fastball for after Wednesday's game.

The flame-thrower was asked following the Mets' 2-1 win against the Astros about his thoughts on the football Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

"He's special. I don't know what the Giants are doing. We'll find out," Syndergaard said.

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Syndergaard becoming Browns fan? 00:01:22
See what New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard had to say when asked about Odell Beckham Jr. being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

Noah Syndergaard saved his best fastball for after Wednesday's game.

The flame-thrower was asked following the Mets' 2-1 win against the Astros about his thoughts on the football Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns.

"He's special. I don't know what the Giants are doing. We'll find out," Syndergaard said.

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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

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

1) Noah Syndergaard was a bit wild but largely dominant, firing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out five, lowering his Spring Training ERA to 1.88.

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