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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (85-76) finish out their season against the Atlanta Braves (97-64) Sunday at 3:10 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

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


Pete Alonso launched his 53rd home run of the season to break Aaron Judge's rookie record for homers in a season. >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) sits in the dugout during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the years I've come to rely on scouts for their observations, insights and opinions, so when John Morris, a scout and special assistant to the GM for the Cincinnati Reds, called me recently and said, "I've got a great Jacob deGrom story for you," I was all ears.

I assumed John was going to put deGrom's second straight sensational season in some unique perspective for me, as only a long-time scout could, and as it turned, out, I was right.

Only it wasn't about his pitching. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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The Mets (84-76, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their final series of the season with the Braves (97-63, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Seth Lugo's save to cap Friday's 4-2 win over the Atlanta Braves was his last of 2019 for the Mets, but will he be back in the closing relief role next year?

New York's opener of the three-game set against the Braves (97-63) counted on Lugo to close out the final six outs and the reliable RHP repeated much of what he has done throughout his first campaign exclusively as a reliever, shutting Atlanta down with 2.0 shutout innings without a hit and two strikeouts to no walks.

Once the Mets (84-76) shift the focus to 2020 after their last two games Saturday and Sunday, what will they do with Lugo -- and how does that align with how he envisions his age-30 season?

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Mets beat Braves 4-2 00:01:21
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smacks his record-tying 52nd HR of the season as the Mets go on to beat the Braves 4-2.

The Mets blasted two home runs on their way to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

1) In the bottom of the first inning with an 0-1 count, Pete Alonso hit his 52nd home run of the season. With that homer, he ties Yankees' star Aaron Judge for the MLB record for home runs by a rookie. Alonso ended the game going 1-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He now has 119 RBI on the season, good for third in the National League behind the Braves' Freddie Freeman (121) and the Nationals' Anthony Rendon (124).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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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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Mets beat Marlins 5-4 00:01:28
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers to supply 4 runs but Brandon Nimmo's walk-off walk sealed the victory.

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

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets win final road game of year 00:01:22
Callaway, Stroman, Conforto and Alonso on Stroman battling thru illness, Conforto's HR and the Mets attitude heading into the final week

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) walks off the mound at the end of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) walks off the mound at the end of the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (80-74, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series with the Reds (73-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. 

Mets Notes

Since being activated, Brandon Nimmo has reached safely in 28 of his 60 plate appearances, posting a .279/.467/.628 slashline in 18 games... Seth Lugo has struck out 100 in 76.0 innings, which places him tied for second in the NL in strikeouts as a reliever this season... The Mets haven't lost a season series to the Reds since 2013, a streak which will be on the line Sunday as the teams have split the first six games they have played against each other this season... Seven Mets have recorded 50 or more RBI this season, tying a franchise record.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Reds edge Mets 00:01:04
The Mets postseason hopes took a crushing blow as the Reds scored in the 8th inning off Seth Lugo to win 3-2

The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler gave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely. The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. Wheeler would then retire the next two hitters to work his way out of any more trouble. 

2) The Mets got on the board in the third inning after avoiding potential disaster. After Todd Frazier singled to get things started, Amed Rosario roped a ball into the right-center gap for a hit. Frazier was held at third, but Rosario kept running towards third anyway. The Reds got the ball to the plate, but Rosario was quickly able to scramble back to second base safely. Wheeler then grounded out to second, but Frazier came in to score the Mets' first run. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a ninth inning rally. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets react to comeback win 00:00:42
Noah Syndergaard was frustrated by his start but happy the team ultimately won. Pete Alonso stays positive that the Mets can keep winning.

From here on out, every single game remaining on the Mets' schedule is an important one.

And just as it looked like Wednesday's game against the Rockies was slipping out of their grasp, the Mets rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a 7-4 win over the Rockies, winning two of three in Denver.

The inning began with a leadoff walk from pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. JD Davis quickly singled into right, moving pinch-runner Juan Lagares to third. Brandon Nimmo then singled through the right side to tie the game 4-4 and keep the gears in motion.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets rally to win 7-4 in COL 00:01:41
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso cranks his 49th homer of the year as the Mets score 4 in the 9th to take the series in Colorado.

The Mets (79-73) rallied again to top the Rockies (66-87) in their rubber match, 7-4. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) The comeback kids struck again on Wednesday. With a four-run final inning, the Mets rallied to beat the Rockies, 7-4. Wilson Ramos pinch hit to start the rally with a walk, then JD Davis and Brandon Nimmo singled, the second which of which tied the game at four.

The ensuing at-bat saw the Mets load the bases as Jeff McNeil walked. Excitement filled the air for the Mets as Pete Alonso then walked to the plate, but instead of swinging, he walked on four-straight pitches, which brought in the game-winning run. Later in the inning, Robinson Cano hit into a sloppy looking double play, but it also scored a run, as did a shocking at-bat. Seth Lugo's first time hitting this year saw him knock an RBI single, to bring the score to 7-4. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The most important inning of the Mets season began and ended with strategic intrigue -- hardly unusual for the Mickey Callaway era, which has been marked by curious managerial moves.

In this case, however, the primary issue -- whether Callaway should have allowed Zack Wheeler to begin the eighth -- is shaded by nuance.

Wheeler had pitched the game of his life, grinding his way out of tense situations in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, he struck out MVP candidate Cody Bellinger with a runner on second and two outs. In the seventh, he stranded two runners by striking out Matt Beaty with his 97th pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets lose on Gyorko hit in 9th 00:01:54
Callaway, Lugo, Wilson, Alonso and Davis comment on the tough late inning loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night

The Mets fell to the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday night, and are now 4.0 GB in the Wild Card standings. The team will travel out west to play the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series, starting on Monday night.

"When their backs are against the wall, they do special things," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "They've proved that time and time again, and I think they're going to continue to prove that. We gotta go take care of business in Colorado. Tough place to go, tough travel night. There's no excuses. We got to wake up, come out, swing the bats, and get the job done."

The Rockies have had a difficult season, as they are currently 65-85 and 31.5 GB of the Dodgers in the NL West. However, they have won five out of their last six games, including a sweep of the San Diego Padres.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets bullpen allows two runs late as they fall 3-2 to the Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was great once again, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run on six hits. The righty threw 97 pitches over seven innings of work. This makes it four-straight starts that Wheeler has allowed one earned run and no home runs.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets blank Dodgers 00:01:13
Veteran Rajai Davis ripped a clutch three-run double in the 8th inning to push the Mets past the Dodgers 3-0

Mets keep 3.0 games back in Wild Card race thanks to Rajai Davis' clutch hit in 3-0 win vs. Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Rajai Davis, the hero we all expected. In what went down as the Mets' final at-bat, the 38-year-old vet was called off the bench and delivered as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Both Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo were hit by pitches to start the rally, then Amed Rosario walked to load the bases. Due up was pitcher Seth Lugo, but skipper Mickey Callaway subbed in Davis, a righty hitter against lefty hurler Julio Urias. Battling through the plate appearance, fouling off two pitches, Davis pulled a double to left field, which cleared the bases, scoring all three base runners. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Seth Lugo
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (76-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-53, 20.5 GA in NL West) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

After being held out of Friday's starting lineup, Pete Alonso is back in the starting nine on Saturday, batting fourth. ... Mets starter Jacob deGrom leads the NL with a 2.20 ERA since May 22. ... The Mets have matched a franchise record with four players hitting at least 20 home runs. JD Davis currently stands at 19. ... Seth Lugo has given the Mets 13.0 straight scoreless inning out of the pen, dating back to August 17.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (74-70, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


Zack Wheeler tossed 7.0 strong innings and Todd Frazier drove in all three runs before the Mets' bullpen hung on by the skin of their teeth to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field to draw within 3.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jacob deGrom pushed himself a little closer to a second straight Cy Young Award with seven brilliant innings on Monday night, and yet there's a case to be made that he was the Mets' second-best pitcher in the 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks.

Seth Lugo was that good, retiring six straight hitters, four by strikeout.

"They didn't have a chance against him," was the way one scout who was at Citi Field described Lugo's outing on Tuesday. "For me, he was even more dominant than deGrom. It's two innings compared to seven, but he flat overmatched hitters with his mix of curveball and fastball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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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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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Wilmer Flores (41) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Wilmer Flores (41) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Wilmer Flores was honest about what his return to face the Mets meant to him before he took the field for the Diamondbacks on Monday.

"It's awesome," Flores said in the Citi Field visitors' clubhouse. "New York's always going to be home. It's good to be back."

The Mets pulled out the 3-1 win thanks to Jacob deGrom's dominant outing, and Seth Lugo's two perfect innings shut the door while Pete Alonso's two home runs and supplied the bulk of the power, but Flores shined in his homecoming when he belted a solo shot in the top of the fifth inning.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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deGrom, Alonso boost Mets 00:02:07
Mickey Callaway, Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom on Alonso's two-HR night and a vintage deGrom performance.

Jacob deGrom got the help he needed Monday from the Mets, who did not let his latest quality start go to waste for the first time in three weeks.

The ace RHP limited the Diamondbacks to one run on three hits, striking out 11 and walking one in 7.0 innings as New York downed Arizona for a 3-1 series-opening win for the four-game set at Citi Field.

The first victory for deGrom since Aug. 17's 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals came with support from the plate to the mound, highlighted by 1B Pete Alonso's two home runs and RHP Seth Lugo's two perfect innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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Mets top D-Backs 00:01:30
Jacob deGrom allowed just 3 hits while Pete Alonso smashed a pair of HR's to grab the Major League lead as the Mets topped the D-Backs, 3-1

The Mets got off to a strong start to their four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday when they recorded a 3-1 win. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Monday's game

1) 1B Pete Alonso made key plays for the Mets from the plate to the field, but he did the bulk of his damage on offense. The fourth muliti-home run game of Alonso's 2019 started in the bottom of the first inning when he put New York on the board with his solo shot to left field, which marked his 46th on the season. The initial homer overtook Los Angeles Angels CF Mike Trout for the MLB lead, but Alonso was hungry for more. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alonso's 47th jack came on a line drive down the left-field line -- another solo shot -- building the Mets' lead to 3-1. Alonso went 2 for 4 on the night with 2 RBI.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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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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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

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

Four takeaways from Monday's game

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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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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J.D. Davis walks off in 10th 00:01:28
J.D. Davis hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to propel Mets to 4-3 win over Indians.

The Mets beat the Indians 4-3 in extra innings thanks to a J.D. Davis walk-off hit. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman was cruising in his start tonight, but he had a premature exit after the team announced he was experiencing left hamstring tightness. Stroman allowed just one earned on five hits while striking out one and walking one over 62 pitches.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)
Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When Steven Matz noticed Mickey Callaway striding towards him with two on and one out in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, the lefty shook his head and cursed. His reaction was a reasonable one: The last time Callaway removed Matz from a tight game, Seth Lugo blew a lead against the Braves.

This time, of course, proved to be different. Lefty Justin Wilson pounded his cutter in on switch hitter Francisco Lindor, who was batting right-handed, and Oscar Mercado -- another righty. He struck out both.

Wilson has lately proven to be a strong offseason signing by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- and a major part of the team's surprising bullpen resurgence. While still shaky in spots, the Mets' pen has progressed from terrifying to stable. Or at least stable-ish. However one chooses to describe it, the facts show tangible improvements since June.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Aug 14, 2019; Cumberland, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam C. Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

After an off day, the Mets (64-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) are back in action as they start their nine-game homestand at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. against the Cleveland Indians.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won 10 of their last 12 series since the All-Star break, most recently taking two out of three games over the weekend at the Kansas City Royals. During that span, they boast a .706 win percentage while going 24-10, topping the Yankees (.684, 26-12) for the best in the MLB. LF J.D. Davis, who had tightness in his right calf, returns to the lineup after Sunday's 11-5 win over the Royals, when he subbed in the top of the seventh inning with his pinch-hit RBI single. On the season, Davis is slashing .312/.375/.513 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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deGrom dominates Royals 00:01:21
Jacob deGrom allowed just three hits over 7 innings and Pete Alonso's two-run single put the Mets ahead for good in a 4-1 win over the Royal

Jacob deGrom shuts Royals down on the hill and Pete Alonso knocks in the winner as the Mets top the Royals, 4-1. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Jacob deGrom had another strong outing for the Mets, allowing only three hits in seven innings of work. At times, deGrom didn't appear to favor the strike zone, but he worked through the Royals lineup and finished his night with his fifth strikeout against Ryan O'Hearn with runners on to protect the lead. His final throw was his 107th pitch of the night. With the win, deGrom is now 8-7 on the year, the first time his record went above .500 since April 9 when he was 2-1 following his third start of the season. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Kansas City Royals, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

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The Mets had come back late again, this time turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead against the Braves in the seventh inning in Atlanta on Wednesday night. And then Mickey Callaway made a move that pulled defeat from the jaws of victory. 

With Steven Matz cruising -- having retired 14 Braves in a row -- he was pulled in favor of Seth Lugo entering the bottom of the seventh. That move alone was curious enough, but when you dig deeper, things look so much worse than they do on the surface. Here are four reasons why...

Matz had thrown just 79 pitches

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Callaway justifies pulling Matz 00:01:17
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains why he chose to put in pitcher Seth Lugo in the 7th after Steven Matz was dealing.

Steven Matz gave the Mets six very strong innings on Wednesday night in Atlanta, holding the Braves to just two hits.

Heading into the seventh inning, the left-hander had retired 14 straight batters and thrown just 79 pitches. He'd also allowed just two hits and one earned run.

Yet, when the bottom of the seventh rolled around, Matz stayed in the dugout. Mickey Callaway elected to make a pitching change, bringing in Seth Lugo with a one-run lead. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Braves edge Mets 6-4 00:01:26
New York Mets scored two big runs in the 9th but the rally fell short with the bases loaded and the Mets drop another game in Atlanta.

The Mets fell to the Braves 6-4 on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was tremendous for the Mets on Wednesday night. He got into some trouble in the second inning, allowing an RBI double to Ender Inciarte, but outside of that inning, he made easy work of the Braves' lineup. The lefty allowed just two hits, striking out five. His night came to a close after six innings and 79 pitches, a questionable decision by Mickey Callaway to turn things over to the pen. Matz also helped himself with two hits of his own.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 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 catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The time is quickly approaching for Mickey Callaway to lock in on roles for his relievers.

By taking two of three this past weekend from the Nationals, the Mets proved they are more than just a team that can make up ground by beating on teams below .500. And at just one game back of Washington for the final Wild Card spot and 44 games left in the season, most of which will be against other teams in contention, Callaway can't risk his bullpen reverting to what it was before July.

Sadly, had the bullpen performed just average -- instead of losing an NL-worst 17 games the first three months of the season -- they would likely be leading the Wild Card and a just few games behind the NL East-leading Braves.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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A feel-good weekend at Citi Field ended with a crashing thud on Sunday, not because the Mets lost the series finale to the Nationals so much as Edwin Diaz gave up still another home run, again raising the question of how this team, even as hot as it is, can survive its own bullpen. 

Mickey Callaway has already taken an important and necessary step toward a solution, making Seth Lugo at least the co-closer, using him as he did for two innings to finish out Saturday night's win.

But because the Mets are restricted in how much they can use Lugo, who has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, it's far from a perfect situation. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have launched themselves back in to a pennant race, which has opened the floodgates for questions about the current roster, schedule and missing players.

Here are four from Twitter, followed by my answers....

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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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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The guys break down how much of the success is based on a weak schedule they've recently played and how much is truly sustainable. Doug and Andy also pinpoint SNY Broadcaster Keith Hernandez's comments about the Marcus Stroman trade lighting a fire under the team showing the front office believes in their current roster.

Also, should Seth Lugo be introduced to the closer role after all the success he's been having?

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Pete Alonso delivers in 5-4 win 00:01:31
Conforto and Alonso powered the Mets to a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader against the Marlins. The Mets have a winning record again.

The Mets continue to roll, this time coming back from a 4-2 deficit with three solo home runs in the seventh to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Marlins, 5-4, and move back to over .500 for the first time since May 2. >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) Pete Alonso certainly has a flare for the dramatic. The Mets' rookie slugger, who had not homered since July 26, capped a three-run seventh inning by ripping a go-ahead, solo home run down the left field line that just got over the wall to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Nine of Alonso's 34 home runs have come in late and close situations and 11 of them have broken a tie game. This one elicited a curtain call from the frenzied Citi Field faithful. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (55-56, 10 GB in NL East, 3 GB in Wild Card) start a four-game set against the Miami Marlins (42-67, 22 GB in NL East, 15 GB in Wild Card) with the first game of a doubleheader at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are looking for their fifth-straight series win vs. the Marlins. ... With a Game 1 win against the Marlins, the Mets will hold a .500 for the first time since May 28. ... New York's .714 winning percent since the All-Star break in the best in the majors. ... Michael Conforto has 20 doubles and 22 home runs this season, it's the third-straight year he's recorded that 20/20 split. ...Seth Lugo has not allowed a run in his last 13 appearances for the Mets, along with a 1-0 record and save over 13.2 innings pitched. ... Amed Rosario has flashed in the field and at the plate recently as his .350 batting average in July was the fourth-best in the National League.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Walker Lockett
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

It's not just a fantasy anymore: now on runs of 9-1 and 15-5, the Mets are pitching and playing well enough to have a real shot in the wild-card race, the caveat being the problem they have in the ninth inning:

What to do with Edwin Diaz?

The best solution is to win 13-2, as they did in Pittsburgh on Sunday, but the reality is they're going to need a dependable closer to have any chance to continue climbing the wild-card standings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo
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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) takes the field to warm-up before his New York Mets pitching debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) takes the field to warm-up before his New York Mets pitching debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (54-56, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Pirates on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

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


As Edwin Diaz struggles, Mickey Callaway didn't back him up when asked if he was locked in as the Mets' closer. >> Read more

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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Edwin Diaz's struggles as the Mets closer have been well documented this season.

On Saturday night, he allowed a two-run home run to Starling Marte, allowing the Pirates to cut the Mets' four-run lead in half. Diaz did eventually close the door on the Pirates, but it was his second straight appearance allowing a home run. 

With two more runs allowed on Saturday, Diaz's ERA now stands at 5.44, prompting his manager to have some very interesting comments about the closer role after the game.

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Ramos has career-best 6 RBI night 00:01:31
Wilson Ramos homered, doubled and drove in 6 runs to lead the Mets to a 7-5 win as Marcus Stroman made his Mets debut

The Mets overcame a so-so start from Marcus Stroman, as Wilson Ramos came up huge in the 7-5 win over Pittsburgh.  >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman's Mets' debut got off on the wrong foot. The right-hander struggled with his command early, and allowed four consecutive singles to start the game, including an RBI knock from Starling Marte. Stroman walked in another run later in the inning, needing 35 pitches to get out of the first frame. He was pulled from the game after just 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

MLB announced its monthly award winners for the month of July on Saturday and Seth Lugo took home the honors for NL Reliever of the Month. 

You can't pitch much better than Lugo did last month, as the right-hander tossed 12.2 innings of scoreless ball. He allowed just five baserunners in that span (three hits, one walk, one hit batsman) and struck out 16 batters.

He also notched a save with a scoreless inning on July 26 against the Pirates.

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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

By keeping his best talent and replacing his No. 5 starter with an ace, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen signaled to his players, Mets fans and all of baseball that he believes his team can still find its way into the 2019 postseason.

If there is a shot at winning around 35 of their remaining 55 games, it will be because the new Fab Five of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz consistently pitch to their potential.

"I was praying we didn't trade any of those guys that we're being rumored about," Stroman said late Wednesday. "I actually think we can have the best staff in all of baseball."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Syndergaard dominant in Chicago 00:02:02
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a gem but back-to-back HRs from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto secured the victory in 11.

The Mets let a masterful start from Noah Syndergaard go to waste, but they fought back to win 5-2 in 11 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was stellar, and at times absolutely unhittable, especially early on in the game. He breezed through the first four innings on just 41 pitchers and allowed one baserunner, a third-inning walk to Yolmer Sanchez. He finished the game with just five hits allowed over 7.1 innings, giving up just one unearned run. He also struck out a season-best 11 hitters. If this was Syndergaard's last start with the Mets, it was a terrific one. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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