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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

After two years at the helm, Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties as Mets manager on Thursday. After making the decision, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked about the managerial search and much more...


Van Wagenen discussed the decision to move on from Callaway and said the team already has an "expansive" list of potential replacements that they'll begin reaching out to in the coming days >> Read more

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon talked about the Mets' unfulfilling season, saying "It hurts watching those games on TV right now" >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After the Mets announced on Thursday that the team had relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed the move and answered questions on a conference call with media.

Van Wagenen gave some insight on the team's trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3, 2018.

"From my standpoint on the Diaz and the Cano trade, I would say first off that every move that we made last off-season and hopefully every move we'll make going forward is rooted in wanting to win in this current season, and wanting to continue to win in subsequent seasons," Van Wagenen said.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano
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Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith
Mets IF/OF Dominic Smith

The Mets (86-76) put a bow on the 2019 season on Sunday, coming back to beat the Braves in extra innings to complete a three-game sweep.

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


The Mets were trailing the Braves by two runs in the 11th inning on Sunday when Dominic Smith came up with two on and two out. Smith, in his first at-bat in months, crushed a game-winning three-run homer >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second basemen Robinson Cano (24) waves to the crowd after being taken out in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second basemen Robinson Cano (24) waves to the crowd after being taken out in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Like many others on the team in 2019, Robinson Cano's regular season with the Mets was an up-and-down experience.

The 15th-year veteran and former Yankee's return to New York ended Sunday when the Mets (86-76) swept the Braves (97-65) with an 11th-inning classic, capped by Dom Smith's three-run home run.

After the Mets fell short of the playoffs despite an admirable second-half surge, Cano's debut campaign in orange and blue was plagued by injuries -- something he referenced multiple times while reflecting on his shortened season.

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J.D. Davis goes deep 00:00:14
J.D. Davis rips a two-run homer in the 1st inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead

The Mets allowed a run in the top of the first, but after Robinson Cano tied the game on a sacrifice fly, J.D. Davis gave them the lead.

The 26-year-old ripped a line drive to left-center field that just cleared the wall and made it a 3-1 game.

Tags: JD Davis, Robinson Cano
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (84-76, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final series of the season with the Braves (97-63, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Mets (83-76, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) start their final series of the season with the Braves (97-62, 7.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night, despite Zack Wheeler throwing seven scoreless innings. The righty had a rough eighth inning, allowing three runs on two home runs. Wheeler even helped his own cause, driving in an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Marlins extended their lead to 4-2 in the ninth inning after Edwin Diaz gave up another home run... it's the 15th homer that Diaz has allowed in the ninth inning this season. Robinson Cano exited the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand, as he avoided injury, but is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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A night after the Mets lost Jeff McNeil for the remainder of the season due to a broken wrist, it looked like the team could be in for a similar situation on Thursday.

Fortunately, though, it seems like that won't be the case.

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A night after the Mets lost Jeff McNeil for the remainder of the season due to a broken wrist, it looked like the team could be in for a similar situation on Thursday.

Fortunately, though, it seems like that won't be the case.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While the Mets' 2019 season wound up with them missing the playoffs, the emergence of a young core of offensive players meant all was not lost amidst the wreckage of the bullpen carnage that was the main reason the team will be sitting home in October.

The emergence of that core will mean some good problems regarding playing time in 2020. And the struggles of the bullpen will mean some tough decisions regarding how to fix it.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (David Kohl)
Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (David Kohl)

The Mets (81-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


The Mets made their four-run first inning stand up as they finished off a 4-2 road trip with a 6-3 win over the Reds on Sunday afternoon in Cincinnati >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets power past Reds 00:01:21
Michael Conforto ripped a 3-run HR while J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo added solo shots as the Mets topped the Reds 6-3

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

Six Takeaways from Sunday's game

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) runs after hitting an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) runs after hitting an RBI double against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game against the Reds, after his left foot was hit by a pitch in the third inning. 

X-Rays on Cano's left toe came back negative, the Mets said. In the meantime, J.D. Davis entered the game for Cano, heading into left field, with Jeff McNeil taking over at second base.

Cano hit an RBI double in his first at-bat in the first inning before exiting the game.

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CC Sabathia
CC Sabathia

The past six years of Yankees history have been marked by retiring legends. That continues this October when C.C. Sabathia joins Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez as the next man to forever hang up that pinstripe jersey.

After making his Major League debut in Cleveland in 2001, Sabathia, his once-unstoppable fastball, and large frame have become synonymous with New York. And the lefty just pitched his final regular season start at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, leaving with a tip of his cap to the crowd giving him a nice ovation.

Recording his 3,000th strikeout this season and being a major force behind the Yanks' last World Series-winning season are undoubtedly career highlights, but there's almost too many moments to list from his Hall of Fame-worthy resume.

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Robinson Cano
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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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

Mets Notes

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

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

Mets Notes

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

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

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Tomas Nido
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Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)
Mariners RHP Justin Dunn (Joe Nicholson)

Former Mets prospect Justin Dunn struggled badly in his first major league start for the Mariners on Thursday night, failing to get out of the first inning while throwing far more balls than strikes.

Dunn opened the game by walking the bases loaded, with many of the pitches nowhere near the strike zone. After allowing a sacrifice fly, he walked the next two batters before allowing a second sacrifice fly and walking one more batter. He was then removed from the game. 

Overall, Dunn allowed two runs on no hits while walking five and striking out none in 2/3 of an inning. He threw 37 pitches (24 balls and 13 strikes).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Frazier 2-run double 00:00:14
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier smacks a 2-run double down the line to give the Mets a 2-1 lead over the Diamondbacks.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Todd Frazier delivered with a line-drive rope down the left field line. Both Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario came around to score, with Rosario sliding in just ahead of the Alex Avila tag.

The play at the plate was reviewed, but Rosario was indeed safe at the plate, giving the Mets' a two-run lead.

Frazier struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning, depositing another RBI double on deep fly ball off the wall in left-center field and scoring Cano to extend the Mets' 3-1 lead.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The number that matters most to the Mets' slim Wild Card dreams is, of course, four. That's how many games they are behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot at the start of play Tuesday.

It's also how many teams they have to pass if they're going to make the postseason. In addition to the Cubs, the Brewers, Diamondbacks and Phillies are ahead of them.

Daunting? Yep. FanGraphs says their playoff odds are 8.6 percent. That's not great, but it's not Elimination-ville, either. Maybe if the Mets can wrangle some of the following numbers their way, they've got a shot.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
		
		 (David Richard)
Jul 7, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; American League pitcher Justin Dunn (6) delivers in the second inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Futures Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports (David Richard)

Former Mets prospect Anthony Kay (traded in the Marcus Stroman deal) made his major league debut for the Blue Jays this past weekend, and it looks like another former Mets prospect will be called up in a matter of days.

Justin Dunn, who was traded along with Jarred Kelenic and others to the Mariners in the Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano trade, is expected to be called up, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com.

Dunn spent the entire minor league season with Double-A Arkansas, posting a 3.55 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 158 strikeouts in 131.2 innings (25 starts).

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall to Phillies 00:01:21
The Mets longest 9-inning game in club history ended in a 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon

The Mets pitching staff gave up three home runs in their 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard didn't have his best day on the mound, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. The righty struck out five and walked just one batter. He did allow a solo home run to Adam Haseley in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, which cut the Mets lead to 3-2. Then in the top of the fifth inning, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run double off of Syndergaard to give the Phillies their first lead of the day.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos and Cano go back-to-back 00:00:21
Wilson Ramos wallops a two-run HR immediately followed by Robinson Cano's solo shot to give the Mets a 3-0 lead

The Mets had a solid first inning at the plate to kick off their series finale against the Phillies. 

It was Wilson Ramos striking first with a homer over the left field fence. And Robinson Cano followed that bomb up with one for himself, this time going over the right-center field fence as his bat remains hot...

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

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

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

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

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

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

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (71-68, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


After the Mets raced out to a 7-1 lead, the bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Nats, 8-4, to take two out of three games in Washington, D.C. and gain some ground in the Wild Card race >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Talk about a return. 

Mets 2B Robinson Cano returned to the lineup on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since coming off the IL after recovering quickly from a torn hamstring. And he picked up right where he left off, going 3-for-3 with an opposite field homer mixed in. 

"I guess it's good," Cano said smiling when asked how his swing felt.

Tags: Robinson Cano, Scott Thompson
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After the Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead and a Jeurys Familia relief outing put that lead in danger, they hung on -- with Seth Lugo tossing two scoreless innings and Justin Wilson shutting the door in the ninth -- as New York beat the Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After falling behind, 1-0, the Mets tied the game on a Juan Lagares solo homer to center field in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano lifted a two-run shot to left field to put the Mets up, 3-1, and Pete Alonso crushed a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning (his league-leading 45th of the season) to extend the lead further. The Mets added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Amed Rosario and a run-scoring knock off the bat of Jeff McNeil

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) complete their three-game series with the Nationals (78-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets suffered a tough loss to the Nationals in walk-off fashion, 11-10, in the second game of their series on Tuesday. ...The Mets have won 11 of their last 15 series since the All-Star break. ...Wilson Ramos' hitting streak rolls on, as it currently sits at 26 games. He's hitting .430 over that span with three homers, seven doubles and 18 RBI. ...Todd Frazier is one hit away from collecting the 1,000th of his career. ...Mets starters are 20-9 with a 3.11 ERA since the All-Star break. ...Jeff McNeil likes to swing at the first pitch this season, hitting .407 with 12 doubles and 12 homers when he does so.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

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


For the first time in franchise history, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead of six runs or more. Entering the bottom of the ninth leading 10-4, Paul Sewald lit the game on fire and Edwin Diaz couldn't put it out as New York lost, 11-10 >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

When Robinson Cano turned first base against the Pirates back on Aug. 4 and pulled up in pain, Mets fans started thinking the worst. Cano didn't even bother walking back to first base and was tagged out before limping his way back to the dugout, grabbing his hamstring along the way. 

The diagnosis was a torn hamstring, an injury that doctors said would be six to 12 weeks to recover. Cano's season, then, seemed to be over. 

But it's Sept. 3, and as the Mets begin a series against the Nationals on the road tonight, Cano was activated off the IL and will be available off the bench. It was only a four-week recovery for the veteran second baseman, and unlike the rest of us, he's not surprised that he's back in a Mets uniform right now. 

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets 2B Robinson Cano has been out since Aug. 5 due to a partially torn left hamstring, and is working his way back from the injury with an eye on returning before the season is over. Here are the latest updates...


Sept. 3, 3:47 P.M.:

Cano was sighted in Washington D.C. talking to GM Brodie Van Wagenen ahead of the Mets' matchup with the Nats, which begged the question of whether or not he was activated from the IL. That's exactly the case, with the team announcing that move on Tuesday.

It was a lightning fast recovery for Cano, but the Mets won't complain. While he isn't in the lineup tonight, he will be available off the bench, and the Mets will hope that the hot bat he was swinging before he got injured hasn't cooled down when he returns to regular playing time.

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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano explains how his injured hamstring after his latest rehab game in Brooklyn.

Robinson Cano returned to the baseball field Saturday night, going 2-for-4 with a double and single in seven innings of Short Season-A Brooklyn's 11-2 win.

How soon could Cano rejoin the Mets?

After the game, the second baseman updated his status and explained where he plans to go in the coming days.

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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

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

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

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

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

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Wilson Ramos provided the offense as the Mets won a rain-shortened game against the Indians on Thursday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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


In a wild game at Citi Field, the Mets fell behind, 3-2, in the 10th inning after Luis Avilan served up a solo homer to Carlos Santana. But the Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with J.D. Davis capping things off with a walk-off hit to left field after an incredible at-bat against Brad Hand >> Read more 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets in the heat of the playoff chase, they have kept their heads above water despite being without some key offensive pieces lately. That looks like it's about to change.

As key players start to return, the Mets will have to clear room on the 25-man roster for each and map out a plan of attack regarding who plays regularly and what the lineup should be (and whether the lineup should be static or malleable).

This is a good problem to have, but there are some tough decisions coming.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta was the sight of Jeff McNeil pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring after trying to leg out an infield hit in the ninth inning.

McNeil walked off the field with a noticeable limp and said after the game that he "felt a little snag" and was hoping it was just a cramp.

But while the Mets got good news after McNeil's MRI, he has been placed on the 10-day IL. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The prognosis for Robinson Cano does not look good, but the Mets second baseman is trying to stay positive. 

Cano is out indefinitely with a torn left hamstring, but he is holding out hope that he will play again this season. 

"Yeah, of course. I'm always positive. I want to play this year," Cano said. "I mean, just see how we feel, ... like I said it's sad. I want to play. You know me, I love to play this game. We have good trainers here, and I'll do whatever they tell me to do and to get healthy and get back out there."

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Jun 2, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Jun 2, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Joe Panik cleared waivers on Friday and signed with the Mets, the team announced. The second baseman is starting in Friday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field, batting eighth.

Adeiny Hechavarria was designated for assignment to make room for Panik. 

Panik, 28, attended John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and St. John's University before the Giants made him a first-round draft pick in 2011. The Mets are hoping he can slide in at second base and help provide infield depth following the hamstring injury to Robinson Cano

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Second baseman Joe Panik, recently designated for assignment by San Francisco, will become a free agent at 1 p.m. on Friday if he goes unclaimed by another team, according to a major league source.

The Mets, who have lost Robinson Cano for a significant period due to a torn hamstring, will have some interest in Panik if he becomes a free agent.

The St. John's product, 28, is batting .235 this year, with a .627 OPS.

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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Zack Wheeler wasn't his sharpest but still fired 8.0 shutout innings to make big nights from Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, and Pete Alonso stand up >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 2, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) runs from first to third base against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

On an episode of Baseball Night in New York on SNY months ago, one sage predicted Michael Conforto would have an OPS of .950, which would mean a monster 2019 for the Mets outfielder. 

Only four players got to that mark last year and they're all boldface baseball names - Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich. Eight players are now at .950 or better in this homer-happy season, including Trout and Yelich, so it's obviously rarified air.

Conforto? He started Monday with an OPS of .850, 100 points below what might have been a rash projection. (By now, perhaps you've figured out that I was that prognosticating panelist.) 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after suffering an apparent hamstring injury running the bases against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after suffering an apparent hamstring injury running the bases against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The results are back from Robinson Cano's MRI and the news is not great. 

The Mets second baseman has a torn left hamstring and there is no timetable on his return. It will not require surgery, however, Cano is expected to miss several weeks and could be in danger of being out the remainder of the season. 

The Mets announced the MRI results Monday evening during the second game of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins and hours after they officially placed Cano on the 10-day IL with what was originally considered to be a left hamstring strain, an injury he sustained while trying to dig out his third double of the day.

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (55-56, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) have a doubleheader with the Marlins on Monday, beginning at 4 p.m. with Jacob deGrom on the hill.

Here's what happened with the Mets on Sunday, in case you missed it...


The Mets had a lopsided victory over the Pirates on Sunday, 13-2, as everything was clicking on all cylinders for the road team. >> Read more

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets 2B Robinson Cano left Sunday's game against the Pirates with a left hamstring strain, the team announced.

Cano roped a ball down the right field line in the top of the fourth, and busted it out of the box looking for a double. But, as he turned first base, Cano abruptly stopped, hanging on to his left hamstring as he winced in pain. He stopped in the middle of the basepath where he gave himself up to be tagged out. He would limp all the way back to the dugout. 

As SNY's Keith Hernandez put it, "What a shame." He says that knowing Cano has had a solid second half. He's slashing .263/.294/.538 with six homers and 13 RBI. This came after a first half that saw four homers and 18 RBI over his first 65 games with the Mets. 

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