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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

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

Five takeaways from Friday's game

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (68-66, 13 GB in NL East, 5 GB for second Wild Card) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (69-64, 11.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets snapped their six-game losing streak with an impressive 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday. ... Todd Frazier became the first Met since David Wright in 2009 to homer in both the eighth and ninth innings of the same game. ... The Mets are 14-8 on the road since the All-Star break. ... The Mets have lost seven of their last nine games against the Phillies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five takeaways from Friday's game

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets (67-66, 13 GB in NL East, 5 GB for second Wild Card) are on a six-game losing streak and host the Philadelphia Phillies (69-63, 10.5 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB for second Wild Card) Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets are hoping to avoid a seven-game losing streak against the Phillies, which would tie their longest losing streak of the season which occurred from June 23-29. That first streak included a losses to both the Phillies and Chicago Cubs, who the Mets lost to on Thursday. ... Wilson Ramos continued his hit streak on Thursday, which has reached a major league leading 22 games. ... In his last 23 games, relief man Justin Wilson has a 0.95 ERA with eight walks and 21 strikeouts. ... Luis Avilan is also thriving in the bullpen with a 0.55 ERA, five walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 23 games. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Philadelphia Phillies, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Alonso goes deep 00:00:17
Pete Alonso hits his 30th HR of the season, the Mets first hit of the game to cut their deficit to 6-2

Pete Alonso continues to make Mets and MLB history in his rookie year.

With his two-run homer in the sixth inning off Phillies RHP Aaron Nola, one that ended a no-hit bid in Sunday's 8-3 loss, Alonso became the second player in Mets history to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break, joining Dave Kingman.

After Jeff McNeil reached on an error, Alonso smashed Nola's 0-2 curveball 396 feet to right field to end his no-hit bid and put the Mets on the scoreboard.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .363/.485/.775 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 5.65 ERA, which ranks 28th in the majors. ... Jeff McNeil, who is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, is hitting .415/.449/.723 with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 16 games.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Todd Frazier and Mickey Callaway were ejected in the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-5 win. Frazier was ejected for arguing after he was hit by a Jake Arrieta pitch. After warnings were issued, Arrieta hit Amed Rosario with a pitch, however was not ejected. Callaway argued with the umpires and was ejected. In front of his locker after the game, Arrieta said, "If Frazier's not happy about it, he can come see me. I'll put a dent in his skull."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Todd Frazier
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Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff McNeil added four hits, Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Mets beat the Phillies 6-5 on Saturday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard battled his way through five innings, but he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs to Jay Bruce and Maikel Franco in the top of the second inning, putting the Mets in an early 3-1 hole after Michael Conforto had given them a 1-0 lead.. Syndergaard finished his first half of the season with a 4.68 ERA.

2) McNeil, looking to become just the second Met ever to lead the majors in batting average at the All-Star break, helped his cause in a big way on Saturday, recording four more hits. McNeil now has four four-hit games on the season, and his league-leading batting average is up to .356

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets bullpen fails again 00:01:14
Despite another home run from Pete Alonso, the Mets bullpen proved to be unreliable yet again in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies

The Mets' bullpen struggled late against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's game

1) The Mets bullpen fell apart once Edwin Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning. After Seth Lugo successfuly stranded a man in scoring position for New York in the eighth inning, Diaz coughed up the game. J.T. Realmuto knocked a ground ball double down the third base line and former Met Jay Bruce hit an RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. Roman Quinn replaced Bruce as a pinch-runner on first, and successfully stole second base and an errant throw from Wilson Ramos moved Quinn to third while Cesar Hernandez was at the plate. Hernandez walked and stole second base, and pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez knocked in Quinn against Diaz to bring the score to 4-2. Diaz was then replaced by Jeurys Familia after 0.1 innings pitched. Familia also only recorded one out. Familia allowed a double to Jean Segura which scored Hernandez and Rodriguez. Segura then scored on a Bryce Harper double, putting the Phillies up 7-2. Philadelphia batted around their lineup in the ninth and Luis Avilan was brought in to finish the inning for the Mets.

2) Jacob deGrom very briefly struggled in his start against the Phillies. As briefly as one can get. On the game's first pitch, Scott Kingery hit a home run. The homer didn't phase deGrom in the slightest, though. Through seven innings, deGrom allowed two earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts, including three against Harper. While another dominant outing for deGrom, he only has one win in his last 10 starts despite a 3.29 ERA over that stretch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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Mets get swept by Phillies 00:01:27
Todd Frazier looked like he had secured the win with a 2-run home run in the 9th, but Edwin Diaz blew the save to lose 6-3.

The Mets came back from a 1-0 ninth inning defict to take a 3-1 lead, but Edwin Diaz melted down in the ninth inning as New York suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1) Trying to protect a 3-1 lead after the Mets' late heroics, Edwin Diaz issued a leadoff walk before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Maikel Franco on an 0-2 pitch. After recording one out, Diaz walked another batter before allowing a single to Scott Kingery as the Phillies put runners on first and second. Jean Segura followed by blasting a game-winning three-run homer.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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 (37-44, 11 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB in NL wild card) look to snap a four-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Phillies (42-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, T-2nd in NL wild card) on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets are struggling on the road, going 7-18 in their last 25 away games. ...The Mets and City of New York are honoring Tom Seaver by changing the address of Citi Field to 41 Seaver Way as well as renaming the street between Northern Blvd. and Rossevelt Ave. to Seaver Way. ...The Mets have hit multiple homers in seven straight games, which is the longest streak in franchise history. ...Dominic Smith has homered in three straight games for the first time in his career.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler
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Mets react to 5-4 loss 00:01:06
Mickey Callaway reiterates it's a game of inches and reacts to the bullpen giving up another come-from-behind win.

The Mets bullpen woes have come back to bite them in back-to-back losses to the Phillies.

After Wilmer Font blew a late-inning lead on Tuesday, Wednesday saw Seth Lugo waste a very strong outing from Jason Vargas, blowing a 4-1 seventh-inning lead in a game the Mets would lose 5-4 in 10 innings.

Vargas sailed through the first six innings, but after allowing a runner to reach third with one away, Callaway pulled him from the game. Lugo then allowed a ground-rule double to Cesar Hernandez to bring the Phillies within two runs. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Philadelphia Phillies
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Jason Vargas was asked again after Wednesday night's loss to the Phillies to give his side of the story surrounding the clubhouse altercation with a reporter last week. 

According to reports, Mets manager Mickey Callaway got into a shouting match with Newsday reporter Tim Healey in the visitor's clubhouse in Chicago. Eventually Vargas became involved, as well.

Callaway addressed the incident on Monday, needing to meet with reporters a second time to explain that he had apologized to Healey.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Philadelphia Phillies
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Jay Bruce walks off against Mets 00:01:34
Former Mets Jay Bruce walked off against the Mets in the 10th inning as NY dropped their third straight. Bullpen woes continue.

The Mets bullpen allowed another late-inning lead to disappear, and the Phillies walked off with a 5-4 win in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game

1) In the bottom of the 10th inning, Stephen Nogosek allowed the first two Phillies batters to reach base, setting the stage for former Met Jay Bruce to give the Phillies a walkoff win on an RBI double, just over the outstretched glove of Juan Lagares in center field.

2) Jason Vargas cruised through the first five innings on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit the first two times through the order. The Phillies finally got on the board against him in the sixth, as Jean Segura lofted a solo home run with one out. Vargas got out of the sixth by striking out Rhys Hoskins for his 10th strikeout of the game, tying his career high. He left the game after 6.1 innings, having allowed just three hits.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:13
Dominic Smith connected for his third home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Dominic Smith and Citizens Bank Park seem to be a pretty good match.

For the third game in a row, Smith launched a home run to the opposite field against the Phillies. His latest blast gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB in NL wild card) look to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies (41-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, T-2nd in NL wild card) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets' .370 winning percentage on the road this year is the worst among all National League teams and ranks third-worst in the majors. ... Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso is slashing .400/.531/.860 with six home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 14 games. ... Jeff McNeil is hitting .485/.500/.818 with two home runs and eight RBIs over his last eight games. He has had at least two hits in six of those games.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets fall 7-5 to Phillies 00:01:28
Lockett makes strong start in Syndergaard's absence, but the bullpen faltered in the 6th inning for the 7-5 loss. Smith and Rosario homered.

The Mets' bullpen issues came back to haunt them again, blowing a 5-2 sixth-inning lead to the Phillies in Tuesday night's 7-5 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday was another example of the Mets' bullpen ineptitude. After Walker Lockett gave the Mets a solid 5.1 innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 lead and two runners on, Wilmer Font had a nightmare of a game. In just a third of an inning, Font allowed three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. In the blink of an eye the Mets 5-2 lead became a 7-5 deficit. Font then hit Scott Kingery with a high fastball before being pulled.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:08
Dominic Smith connected for his second home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

For the second night in a row, the Mets jumped out to an early lead against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Dominic Smith seems to like hitting in Philadelphia, as he took a Jake Arrieta pitch out to left-center for his second home run in as many nights. Smith's shot put the Mets up 4-1.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a RBI double against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Brett Davis)
Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a RBI double against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (37-42, 9 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB in NL wild card) play the second game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (40-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, 1 GB in NL wild card) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped their last two games and are five games under .500, tying a season-low. ... Michael Conforto has shown he likes hitting at Citizens Bank Park, homering in his last three games in Philadelphia. Conforto has hit safetly in 17 of his last 20 games and is batting .293 with six home runs, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored since June 4. ... Todd Frazier has been hitting the long ball of late, too, blasting three home runs in his last five games and is hitting .304 with six home runs and 19 RBI in June. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier
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Mets lose 13-7 to Phillies 00:01:31
The Mets lost 13-7 to the Phillies on Monday. Matz continued to struggle in Philly while Ramos, Conforto, Frazier and Smith all homered.

The Mets went back-and-forth with the Phillies for five innings but things dismantled in the fifth as Philadelphia scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Mets a 13-7 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz continues to struggle at Citizens Bank Park. The southpaw had his worst start since he last took the mound in Philadelphia on April 16 when he allowed six runs and failed to get out of the first inning. Matz went a little longer this time but the result was nearly the same. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including three home runs. It was the second straight start in which he has allowed at least five runs, something he had only done once in his previous nine. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Conforto, Frazier make it 2-0 00:00:25
Michael Conforto hit an RBI double followed by Frazier's RBI single to give the Mets a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning against the Phillies.

The Mets didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard in Monday's series-opener against the Phillies.

Michael Conforto hit an RBI double and Todd Frazier followed with an RBI single in the top of the first inning to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.

With two outs and Pete Alonso on first base, Conforto ripped a Zach Eflin fastball into the right-center field gap to put the Mets on the board. Frazier then lined a 2-2 slider into right field to drive in Conforto and make it 2-0.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (37-41, 9 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB in NL wild card) open a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (39-38, 6.5 GB in NL East, 1 GB in NL wild card) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.

Mets notes

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso, who was named National League Player of the Week, is slashing .346/.477/.846 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs over his last 15 games since June 8. ... Since May 25, Todd Frazier has a .319/.429/.553 batting line with six home runs and 20 RBIs. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 5.30 ERA this season, which ranks third-worst in the majors.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Cubs stun Lugo, Mets 00:01:50
Callaway, Lugo, Alonso and deGrom discuss today's tough loss to the Cubs

Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision to not bring in Edwin Diaz for a five-out save in Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs.

"We're not going to use him for five outs," Callaway said of Diaz. "That's the bottom line."

Instead of bringing in Robert Gsellman or Diaz, who had made one pitching appearance since last Saturday (12 pitches), to face Javy Baez in a two-on, one-out jam in the bottom of the eighth with the Mets up 3-2, Callaway opted to stick with Seth Lugo.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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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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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas leaves the mound after being taken out of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas leaves the mound after being taken out of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (13-11) fell back in a first-place tie in the NL East after they lost to the Phillies 6-0 on Wednesday. They are off Thursday before beginning a three-game series at Citi Field against the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

Here's what went down on Wednesday:


While Jason Vargas allowed just one run in 4 2/3 innings, the Mets left nine runners on base and went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in Wednesday's 6-0 loss to Philadelphia.

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets try to sweep the Phillies in a three-game set Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. They haven't swept the Phillies in a three-game set since April 10-12, 2017 and haven't done so in New York since May 25-27, 2015.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario is back in the lineup after he was out sick the previous two games. ... Brandon Nimmo isn't starting because of a left oblique issue. ... Pete Alonso gets a day off as Dominic Smith starts at first base. ... If the Mets manage to get a quality start out of Jason Vargas, they'd have gotten three consecutive quality starts for the first time this season. ... The Mets have held the Phillies scoreless over the last 14 innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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Bryce Harper was ejected from Monday's Mets-Phillies game in the fourth inning from the dugout for arguing balls and strikes.

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Matz bounces back 00:01:46
Steve Matz comments on bouncing back from his last start while Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil discuss the Mets offensive performance

The Mets moved into a first-place tie in the NL East as they beat the Phillies 5-1 on Monday night at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put last week's nightmarish start against the Phillies behind him, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out six, as he lowered his ERA to 4.03. Matz retired the first six batters he faced and worked around a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third inning. He held the Phillies scoreless until Rhys Hoskins hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning. Included in Matz' night were two strikeouts of Bryce Harper, who was ejected in the top of the fourth for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout before bounding onto the field and losing his mind (more on that below). 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A Mets player was hit on the hand for the third straight game.

This time, it was Jeff McNeil who was hit on the hand by a Jose Alvarez fastball in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-1 win over the Phillies.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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Callaway on Mets injuries 00:01:43
Mickey Callaway clarified his 'barking comments' while giving an injury update on Jacob deGrom and Robinson Cano.

The Mets look to avoid a three-game losing streak when they take on the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a three-game set on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario (sickness) and Robinson Cano (hand) are not in the lineup. ... Jeff McNeil has eight multi-hit games in his last 13 games, slashing .373/.439/.431 in that span. ... The Mets have the second-worst run differential (minus-19) in the National League, but have the sixth-best record. 

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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (10-7, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (10-6, first place in NL East) on Wednesday in Philadelphia at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

In the rubber game of this three-game set, the Mets will try to win their first series since April 1-3, when they swept the Marlins. Since then, they lost a series to the Nationals and split series with the Twins and Braves. ... Jeff McNeil takes the leadoff spot with Brandon Nimmo sitting because of a stiff neck. Keon Broxton draws the start in center. ... Travis d'Arnaud is behind the plate for the matinee after Wilson Ramos caught Tuesday night. ... The Mets' eight road wins are tied with Seattle for most in the majors.

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Mets fall hard to Phillies, 14-3 00:01:11
Steven Matz was shelled and the defense struggled as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-3, on Tuesday night.

Absolutely nothing went right for the Mets on Tuesday. Steven Matz was roughed up for eight runs before he could even record an out as the Mets fell to the Phillies in a 14-3 loss on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Matz had nothing going for him, allowing eight runs, six earned, on four hits, a walk and hit batsman, including two home runs without getting a single out before he was pulled from the game. The Phillies tacked on two more against Drew Gagnon in relief before the inning finally ended with the Mets in a 10-0 hole. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Matz tries to shake off bad day 00:01:09
Mickey Callaway, Steven Matz, and Brandon Nimmo talk about a bad night in Philadelphia for the Mets, as they fell 14-3 to the Phillies.

Steven Matz just did not have it Tuesday night. 

The Mets southpaw was roughed up for eight runs in the first inning and was taken out of the game before recording an out in a 14-3 loss to the Phillies. 

Amed Rosario committed two errors behind Matz, which included allowing leadoff batter Andrew McCutchen on base to jump-start the inning. 

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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 (10-6, first place in NL East) face the Phillies (9-6, second place in NL East) open up a three-game set Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets picked up a big extra-inning win last night in Philadelphia. They have now won four of their last six games. ...The Mets have 10 or more hits in each of their last four games. ...Edwin Diaz collected his sixth save of the season, which ranks fourth in the MLB and second in the National League. ...Michael Conforto has gone deep in three of his last six games. ...Pete Alonso has reached base safely in eight straight starts. 

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Edwin, Mickey, Brodie talk role 00:01:19
New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen discuss why Diaz wasn't used in high leverage situation.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision not to use Edwin Diaz in a pivotal eighth-inning spot after Monday's 11-inning win over the Phillies, saying he wouldn't use his closer for a four-out save unless it was the playoffs.

Callaway said the Mets wouldn't have Diaz, who has a 1.35 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings this season, pitch more than one inning or enter in a tie game on the road.

After Jeurys Familia pitched into a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the eighth in a 6-5 game, Callaway turned to Robert Gsellman instead of Diaz to try to escape the jam. Gsellman then walked in the game-tying run on four pitches to blow the save.

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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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Cano drives in a pair 00:00:18
Robinson Cano rips a two-run double off Aaron Nola to put the Mets ahead, 5-3

On Jackie Robinson Day, Robinson Cano, who was named after Robinson, ripped a two-run double Monday night in the fourth inning against the Phillies to give the Mets a 5-3 lead at the time. 

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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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Mar 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after his two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports  (Kim Klement)
Mar 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is congratulated by right fielder Aaron Judge (99) after his two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giancarlo Stanton mashed the Yankees to a 6-3 win over the Phillies on Friday night in Tampa. >> Box Score

Things to know about Friday's game...

1) Stanton is having a strong finish to his spring, and that included two home runs on Friday. His first was a solo shot in the bottom of the third inning, and in his next at-bat, he struck at two-run homer over the left field wall. Stanton is hitting .342 this spring. 

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Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 7, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Paxton (65) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Yankees' pitching staff was on point Thursday afternoon, blanking the Phillies in a 6-0 win. >> Box Score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Estevan Florial broke the game open for the Yankees in the top of the sixth with a three-run blast to left center to make it a 5-0 game. Florial finished his day 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored as he continues to have a solid spring.

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Sep 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Yankees were actively pursuing free agent starting pitching target Patrick Corbin, but he found a new home in the National League instead. 

Corbin reportedly agreed to a six-year deal, $140 million with the Nationals on Tuesday barring a physical, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Martino noted the Yankees were not willing to go six years in their potential deal for Corbin, which is why they missed out when Washington delivered on that front. However, since the Yankees dealt for James Paxton earlier this offseason, they didn't necessarily view Corbin as an urgent priority.

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Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

After a visit to the Phillies on Tuesday, free agent LHP Patrick Corbin will travel to the Bronx to meet with the Yankees on Thursday, per The Post's Joel Sherman.

The Yankees are still looking to add to their rotation after last week's trade for Mariners lefty James Paxton, and Corbin is their most likely target, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Corbin went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with the Diamondbacks this past season, striking out a career-high 246 batters in 33 starts (200 innings).

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Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Apr 22, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46) throws in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

The Phillies are hosting lefthanded starter and Yankees free agent target Patrick Corbin at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Philadelphia does not currently have a deal in place with the 29-year-old, and it is instead a recruiting visit, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The Yankees are still looking to add to their rotation after last week's trade for Mariners lefty James Paxton, and Corbin is their most likely target, according to Martino.

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The guys talk Syndergaard 00:01:44
Gary & Ron discuss Noah Syndergaard's inconsistency of late and what adjustments he needs to make to become a complete pitcher

Noah Syndergaard allowed two homers over four innings and the Mets offense mustered six hits in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night at Citzens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Syndergaard (12-4) was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out six in four innings.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler improved to 9-1 in the second half by pitching seven strong innings in Monday's 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Wheeler (12-7) struck out four batters and allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in what could have been his final start of the season.

Manager Mickey Callaway said it's possible the team will shut Wheeler down for the rest of the season given his 182 1/3 innings he's logged this year are nearly 100 more than he threw last year and are his most in a season since 2014.

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Conforto hammers Phillies 00:01:26
Michael Conforto drove in a career-high 6 runs and Zack Wheeler grinded through 7 innings for the win as the Mets topped the Phillies, 9-4

Michael Conforto drove in six runs and Zack Wheeler earned his 12th win of the season as the Mets beat the Phillies 9-4 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

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