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

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

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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier
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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard pitched into the seventh inning on Saturday, but after allowing a leadoff single to Yairo Munoz and falling behind Jose Martinez 2-0, Syndergaard reached down and started grabbing the back of his right leg.

Mickey Callaway and the training staff quickly came out the mound, and Syndergaard was immediately pulled.

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

The Mets (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East) look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-33, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but home cooking continues to help, as they've won 13 of their last 18 games in Queens. ... Four different Mets pitchers have homered this season (Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard twice), the most in a single season in team history. ... The Mets have homered in 18-straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.

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

The Mets (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East) look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-33, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but home cooking continues to help, as they've won 13 of their last 18 games in Queens. ... Four different Mets pitchers have homered this season (Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard twice), the most in a single season in team history. ... The Mets have homered in 18-straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.

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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Jun 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (32-33, 650 GB in the NL East) open the two-game Subway Series against the Yankees on Monday night in the Bronx at 7:05 p.m. on SNY

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


The Mets won another rubber game -- this time against the Rockies -- on the strength of a brilliant start from Noah Syndergaard and a three-run homer by Todd Frazier >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Frazier lifts Mets to 6-1 win 00:01:17
Todd Frazier set the tone for the Mets 6-1 win with a 3-run home run in the 1st inning. Noah Syndergaard pitched seven 1-hit innings

The Mets put together a total team effort in a 6-1 win over the Rockies on Sunday at Citi Field that secured a series victory over Colorado. >> Box score

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

1) Noah Syndergaard was the best version of himself. As someone who struggles to hold on runners, he picked off Trevor Story -- one of only two batters he walked -- in the first inning. A leadoff single by Nolan Arenado in the fourth was the only hit against him. The right-hander whiffed seven and lowered his ERA to 4.45. Syndergaard was on the attack all afternoon. More importantly, he succeeded in putting hitters away, needing just 98 pitches to fire seven scoreless innings. During his postgame news conference, manager Mickey Callaway commended Syndergaard's efforts in covering first base on several balls to the right side of the infield.

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

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in the NL East) picked up a win against the Rockies on Saturday, 5-3, to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

The rubber match will be on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.83 ERA) going up against Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 7.29 ERA) on the mound. 

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The best I can tell, 10 of the league's 15 teams in AL still consider themselves "contending," while seemingly only the Giants and Marlins are, at this point, set on beings sellers before the deadline.

At 28-32 and five games back of the last Wild Card spot, the Mets are presently among the NL teams riding the fence. To hit 90 wins, which is what it typically takes to reach the postseason, the Mets will need to play .560 baseball, which is not out of the realm of possibility. If this is going to happen, it has to start now, specifically this week playing the Giants and Rockies at home.

It's not going to be easy, though, especially with multiple key players underperforming, banged up, or on the injured list. Best case scenario, the Mets get themselves to be slightly above .500, and well within reach of the Wild Card by winning or splitting every series between now and the end of July. This level success would hopefully make them buyers.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Stephen Vogt (21) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the tyenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Stephen Vogt (21) hits a two run double against the New York Mets during the tyenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (28-32, 5.5 GB in the NL East) continue their three-game series against the Giants at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Mickey Callaway's curious decision to lift Noah Syndergaard with two outs in the seventh inning caused a snowball effect that led to a Mets loss >> Read more

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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) is taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) is taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

"That's one I'd like to have back," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday night after the latest Mets loss, when his decision to pull Noah Syndergaard backfired.

It was another Mets loss where the bullpen couldn't hold a late lead. And another Mets loss where Callaway's early hook of his starter helped to open the floodgates.

As Syndergaard stood on the mound in apparent disbelief, muttering at himself over not being allowed a chance to finish the seventh inning, most watching were in disbelief as well.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Syndergaard wanted the ball 00:01:11
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard was surprised and frustrated he was taken out but understands the situation.

With two outs and a runner on first base, Noah Syndergaard was looking to close out the seventh inning and maintain the Mets' 3-2 lead.

But manager Mickey Callaway had different plans.

Instead of allowing Syndergaard, who battled his way through 6.2 solid innings, to finish the deal, Callaway elected to turn things over to Seth Lugo.

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Mets fall to Giants 9-3 00:01:30
New York Mets had a 3-2 lead off the bats of Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos but a 6-run 10th inning was their demise losing 9-3 to the Giants.

The Mets began their six-game homestand at Citi Field with an extra-inning loss to the Giants, falling 9-3 in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets a second-consecutive quality start, but the run support just wasn't there for him early on. Syndergaard pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on 103 pitches. After the Mets did give him a lead in the sixth, he was noticeably unhappy when Mickey Callaway elected to pull him from the game in favor of Seth Lugo with two away in the seventh. He left the mound with a lead, but it wouldn't hold.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, San Francisco Giants, Wilson Ramos
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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets return home and will try to get back on track as they host the Giants Monday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Monday's pitching matchup is a rematch of the 2016 NL Wild Card game with Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner set to take the hill. It's the first time the two pitchers are squaring off since that game. ... The Mets have won nine of their last 10 home games. ... Jeff McNeil was activated from the injured list and will start at second base, his first game since May 21. ... In 20 home games this season, J.D. Davis is hitting .315 with three homers, two doubles, six RBI, 10 runs and a .922 OPS. ... The Mets have allowed 42 first-inning runs this season, third-most in the majors.

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

The Mets and Giants met in the 2016 NL Wild Card Game with identical records (87-75), both vying for the opportunity to take on the Cubs -- the eventual champions -- in the NLDS. Naturally, both teams sent their respective aces from that season to the rubber; the Giants throwing Madison Bumgarner, a proven playoff commodity, and the Mets starting flame-throwing Noah Syndergaard

What ensued was a battle of zeros, for each one Syndergaard put on the board, Bumgarner matched. Except the San Francisco southpaw was more efficient. After throwing 108 pitches through seven scoreless, Syndergaard was done. Bumgarner wasn't and delivered a complete game shutout. 

Mets fans know how the story ends. Here's a look at how both of those starters from that Wednesday night have fared in the 972 days since. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 2, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-31, 5 GB in the NL East) dropped the rubber game to the Arizona Diamondbacks (30-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Sunday to cap their west coast road trip.

New York will have an off day as they travel back east, where they await the Giants at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.90 ERA) getting the ball against Madison Bumgarner (3-5, 4.01 ERA).

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Diaz meltdown leads to 9-8 loss 00:01:32
The Mets had a 5-run lead thanks to the bats of Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith, but Edwin Diaz allowed 4 runs in the 9th for the loss.

Pete Alonso ripped a pair of home runs and Noah Syndergaard battled through six inning, but Edwin Diaz blew the save in the 9-8 loss to the Dodgers. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Edwin Diaz entered the game in the ninth with a three-run lead, but he gave up back-to-back home runs to Joc Pederson and Max Muncy, followed by back-to-back doubles to Turner and Bellinger to tie the game. Eventually, the Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out and Alex Verdugo delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly.

2) Alonso got the Mets started early, hitting a laser-beam home run to right-center off of Dodgers' starter Walker Buehler. The Polar Bear's 18th home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead before Syndergaard even took the mound. Then, with the game tied at 3-3 in the fifth, Alonso broke the tie with his second two-run homer of the game (19th of the season). Thirty-one of Alonso's 51 hits on the season have gone for extra bases.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Los Angeles Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets play the third leg of their four-game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets are hitting .390 with four doubles, four homers, seven walks, and have a .781 slugging percentage with the bases loaded this year. Last night, it was Michael Conforto contributing to those numbers with his first career grand slam -- an opposite field shot. ...New York has 32 homers in their last 19 games. They have at least one homer in nine straight games. ...The Mets have scored four or more runs in each of their last nine. ...Wilson Ramos is averaging .348 with four homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored in his last 15 games.

 

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
Moneyline: NYM +160/LAD -180
Over/Under: 7.5
First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.93 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (5-1, 3.58 ERA)

It's pretty rare when Syndergaard gets touched up for more than four earned runs in a start, but that was exactly the case his last time out -- against the Detroit Tigers of all teams, who scratched across six runs against the right-hander despite coming into Citi Field on a nine-game skid.

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New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers
Moneyline: NYM +160/LAD -180
Over/Under: 7.5
First pitch: 10:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.93 ERA) vs. Walker Buehler (5-1, 3.58 ERA)

It's pretty rare when Syndergaard gets touched up for more than four earned runs in a start, but that was exactly the case his last time out -- against the Detroit Tigers of all teams, who scratched across six runs against the right-hander despite coming into Citi Field on a nine-game skid.

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If you want a reason to believe the Mets have a big run in them over the next few months, I'm here to tell you that nobody in the majors has a better No. 4 starter than Steven Matz right now.

I know, I know, that won't mean much if Nos. 1, 2 and 3 don't raise their games to meet expectations of dominance, but presuming that Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler's best days are ahead of them this season, Matz's success could indeed prove meaningful.

In any case, the point is: Who saw this coming, anyway?

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Matt Harvey (33) and Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitchers Matt Harvey (33) and Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Both pitchers threw pitches in the outfield before the game. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard hasn't seemed like himself this season. The 26-year-old has a 4.93 ERA, and just hasn't looked comfortable.

Syndergaard has never been one to mince words, but his bluntness after last week's tough start stood out.

"I sucked," he said, per the New York Post. "I am still trying to figure it out."

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 30, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees Pitcher James Paxton (65) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mark your calendars or set up a smartphone alert, baseball fans - the first leg of the Subway Series is speeding toward us.

But before the Yankees and Mets meet for the first time this season June 10-11 in the Bronx, both clubs have work to do, particularly the Mets. Both have to get healthier, too, because we want to watch the likes of Didi Gregorius and Jeff McNeil when the teams meet.

That way, you can have a fuller picture of your favorite team when you begin smack-talking relatives from Brooklyn to Bergen County to Battery Park.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brandon Nimmo, CC Sabathia, Edwin Diaz, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jeurys Familia, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

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


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

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Syndergaard's struggles continue 00:02:46
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard struggled with more mechanical issues against the Detroit Tigers and his frustration is showing.

Rollercoaster.

In one word, it's how the Mets night went. The lead was traded back and forth all night with the Tigers, and the road team came out on top in the end after a three-run seventh iced the win. 

It's also a word to describe Noah Syndergaard's season thus far. Before tonight's start, he had been pitching deep into games, and began show more control of his pitches. The Mets were hoping he had turned the corner...

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Mets win streak ends with 9-8 L 00:01:31
New York Mets were fresh off a sweep of the Nationals but their 8 runs weren't enough to keep the Tigers at bay

The Mets crushed five home runs, but their pitching couldn't hold up in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Friday's game

1) The Tigers jumped on Noah Syndergaard early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each drove in a run in the first, and Jacoby Jones jolted a two-run homer in the second. Syndergaard's night came to an end after 5.1 innings, as he tied his season-high with 10 hits allowed, leading to six Tiger runs. 

2) The middle infielders provided a spark for the Mets, as Amed Rosario jump-started the offense in the third inning with a solo home run. Then, in the fourth, Adeiny Hechavarria slammed an opposite-field three-run shot, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.

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

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) have won four straight games, and will take that momentum into their series opener with the Tigers (18-29, 14 GB in AL Central) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Prior to tonight's game, Mets new OF Aaron Altherr was activated to the 25-man, while RHP Ryan O'Rourke was sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse. ...In three straight come-from-behind victories, the Mets have actually won in their last at-bat each time. It was Carlos Gomez Thursday afternoon who hit a three-run homer to retake the lead, and win the game for the Amazins.' ...Pete Alonso has set a Mets rookie record with 16 homers before the All-Star break. ...The Mets lead the NL with a .371 OBP from pinch hitters this season. They're also third with 15 RBI.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Can you guess which Mets pitcher has the team's best ERA, and is tied for the most wins in the rotation?

It's not Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, both hurlers you might have tabbed this preseason.

It's Steven Matz, the soon-to-be 28-year-old southpaw.

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Detroit Tigers at New York Mets
Moneyline: DET +230/NYM -270
Over/Under: 7.5
Series: DET +260/NYM -320
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Gregory Soto (0-2, 10.80 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.50 ERA)

Just when it seemed like the Mets' season was slipping away and their manager on the brink, all appears to be well again after claiming a four-game sweep of the rival Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

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This or That: Noah Syndergaard 00:00:42
Does New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard prefer Nicki Minaj or Cardi B? Peer into Noah's personality while he plays This or That

Does Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard prefer Nicki Minaj or Cardi B? Peer into Noah's personality while he plays This or That.

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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday). 

The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) return home after a nightmare trip to face the Nationals at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


As the Mets were swept by the Marlins, they managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games >> Read more

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Syndergaard strong on Callaway 00:01:14
Noah Syndergaard defended his manager, Mickey Callaway, after the Mets were swept by the Marlins. He also said it's still early to panic

For all of the speculation regarding Mickey Callaway's job status, one prominent locker room voice expressed his displeasure in the "will-they-won't-they" dance. 

Noah Syndergaard went so far as to call rumors regarding Callaway's insecure job status "bulls---" after the Mets were shut out by the Marlins, 3-0, and swept by the last-place team. 

"I respect the hell out of Mickey," said Syndegaard, who took the loss Sunday despite pitching well. "Mickey has tremendous leadership values. It's kind of bullshit what's going on right now with this speculation that there could be a change, because we're so early in the season." 

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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

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

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in NL East) will look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the MLB-worst Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have lost four games in a row and are looking to prevent their first five-game losing streak since June of 2018. ... The Mets haven't been swept in a three-game series by the Marlins since September of 2017. ... The Mets have been outscored 8-0 in the first inning over their last four games. ... After winning seven of their first eight road games this season, the Mets have gone 4-15 away from Citi Field. 

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Mets GM supports Mickey Callaway 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen addresses the decision to DFA Keon Broxton, the call up of Carlos Gomez, and the job status of Mickey Callaway.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sat in front of the media at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday to issue a slew of roster moves, and answer any burning questions they might have. 

And Mickey Callaway's job status was on that list. 

The Mets have been faltering lately, falling two games under .500 after their series loss to the Nationals this week. But Van Wagenen said his unwavering support for Callaway will continue as it has since the beginning...

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Cone's advice for Syndergaard 00:01:30
Former Met and Yankee David Cone talks advice for Noah Syndergaard and his new book "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher".

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has showcased his dominance on numerous occasions throughout his career. He is not afraid take his high-90s fastball and hard slider that clocks in the low 90s as well right at hitters, which can be scary when you're in the box. 

But former Mets starter David Cone believes he could be even more effective if he were to actually slow things down a bit.

"Well, I think he's on the right track. The lesson for Noah is less is more," Cone told the "Baseball Night in New York" crew while publicizing his new book "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher." "A slower curve at times, disrupt the timing, get deeper into games. Get easy, quick outs when you have to. You don't have to throw as hard as you can that often. You can back off a little bit, and you can make your fastball that much more effective."

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Welcome to the Season 2 premiere of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast! Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo lead off the new season with Noah Syndergaard. The guys talk to Noah about his childhood, his path to baseball, stories from the minor leagues, memories of his rookie year that ended in the World Series, and of course, his appearance on Game of Thrones!

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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is congratulated by second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is congratulated by second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) topped the Nationals on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. They continue their three-game series with the Nats on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' win, Noah Syndergaard tossed 8.0 dominant innings after Wilson Ramos gave New York an early edge with a first inning grand slam >> Read more

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May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Wilmer Font (68) is removed from the game by manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 15, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Wilmer Font (68) is removed from the game by manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) had their bats go silent while losing to the Nationals on Wednesday night in Washington, D.C. They wrap up their three-game series with the Nats on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' loss, Wilmer Font put the team in an immediate 3-0 hole in the first inning and not much went right from there >> Read more

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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:32
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos on the Mets 6-2 win over the Nationals

Wilson Ramos set the tone in the first inning and Noah Syndergaard took it from there in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park. 

The Mets catcher spotted his pitcher a four-run lead before he even took the mound when Ramos blasted a 1-0 changeup from Jeremy Hellickson over the left field fence for a grand slam. 

It was just the second home run of the season for Ramos, who has struggled to find his power stroke through 36 games with the Mets. 

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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:25
Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings and Wilson Ramos provided the offensive support with a grand slam as the Mets beat the Nats, 6-2

Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

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

1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds. 

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

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

Mets notes

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

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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : It was billed as a four-team horse race that anybody could win, perhaps the most competitive division in the Majors this season. But as the contenders reach the quarter-pole this weekend, the NL East is hardly living up to the hype.

The race could still go to the wire, but with only the first-place Phillies over .500 as of Saturday, the division is certainly weaker than expected, with the Mets, Braves, and especially the Nationals all playing less-than-scintillating baseball.

Bad bullpens have been the common denominator -- though the Phillies' pen has been much-improved lately -- leaving open the possibility one of these teams takes the leap to sign Craig Kimbrel.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeurys Familia, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They're 17-20, have won just one of their last 10 series, and currently sit 4.5 games back of the first-place Phillies. However, they're also about to get 16 straight games against teams below .500, 10 of which will be in their home ballpark.

"What we're doing right now is not acceptable," manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's loss in San Diego. "We have to do better. We can't all of a sudden score a few runs one game and everything is OK. We have to continue to do it."

Thankfully, Callaway's team will play the Marlins next, who have the league's worst record. Then it's the Nationals, who may be the league's most disappointing team, the Marlins and Nats again, and finishing off with the Tigers.

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets at 17-20 and 4.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, the team is in a dangerous spot. It's still very early, but if they don't right the ship soon, things could begin to spiral out of control.

And one of the reasons the Mets are 17-20 at the moment is the fact that they have gotten almost impossibly bad performances from a handful of players who were expected to be key contributors.

Those struggles are detailed below, with us breaking down what's going wrong and determining just how worried the Mets should be about each...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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