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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo
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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.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo
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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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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (50-55, 11.0 GB in NL East) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-57, 17.0 GB in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. in the first of a three-game series.

Mets notes

The Mets are currently on a four-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the season... Michael Conforto hit his 20th home run of the season Sunday. He now has three straight 20-homer seasons and is eight away from reaching his career high... Seth Lugo retired all four batters he faced in relief on Sunday and has thrown 12 straight innings of scoreless relief over his last 11 appearances. He's allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batsman in that time. After a 2-for-3 game Sunday, J.D. Davis has his batting average over .300 for the first time this season and will remain in the lineup on Monday.    

Tags: JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Mets sweep Pirates 00:01:15
The Mets started strong, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and held on to complete a sweep of the Pirates, 8-7

The Mets took their first home sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010 with an 8-7 win on the back of a big offensive-explosion early. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Right out of the gate, the Mets got a scare. Potential batting title candidate Jeff McNeil was hit with a pitch near the shin and limped over to first base. McNeil ran the bases, but then was replaced by Aaron Altherr. Despite that, McNeil only suffered a shin contusion, the team announced a short time later. After the game, McNeil told reporters he does not anticipate missing extensive time. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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Mets power past Bucs 00:01:19
Jeff McNeil slugged a three-run homer while Todd Frazier, Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos added solo shots as the Mets topped the Pirates, 6-3

The Mets used four home runs to lead the way against the Pirates and came away with a 6-3 victory at Citi Field on Friday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1) Jeff McNeil's three-run home run gave the Mets offense the shot in the arm that it needed early on in the game. It looked like it could be a long night offensively, after Pirates starter Dario Agrazal retired the first seven hitters he faced. But Amed Rosario tripled, then Zack Wheeler was hit by a pitch, giving McNeil a chance with runners on the corners and one out and his team trailing in the third inning, 1-0. The left-hander got a slider that he was able to lift just over the wall in right for his 10th homer of the year.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets shut out Padres 4-0 00:01:05
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational throwing 7 shutout innings against the Padres and took the series with the win.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent play against the San Diego Padres en route to a 4-0 win on Thursday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets jumped on Padres pitcher Eric Lauer early, as his day only lasted 2.1 innings. All four of the Mets' runs came in the first inning. Wilson Ramos scored J.D. Davis on a sac fly for the game's first run, then Todd Frazier knocked in two more on a line-drive double to center field. Michael Conforto then scored Frazier on a soft ground ball to right field against the defensive shift, giving the Mets their fourth and final run of the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Don't look now, but the much-maligned Mets bullpen seems to be on the cusp of a breakthrough.

After having the most blown saves in the first half of the season (21) and heading into the All-Star Break with the third-worst bullpen ERA in the league (5.63), the Mets' bullpen since the break has been a different story.

The unit has the fifth-best ERA in the league since then, and hasn't had any blown saves. It's a change that manager Mickey Callaway credits to the team's refined focus on being aggressive.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo
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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (46-55, 13.0 GB in NL East) host the San Diego Padres (48-53, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday at Citi Field at 12:10 p.m. for the rubber match of their three-game series. 

Mets notes

Robinson Cano continued his strong play since the All-Star break on Thursday, adding an RBI to his totals (28). In his last 11 games, Cano has hit .320/ .333/ .714 ... Pete Alonso has played 100 games this season and has 33 home runs and 56 extra-base hits, those rank as the third-most and fifth-most for a player in the first 100 games in major league history, respectively. ... Relief pitchers Luis Avilan and Seth Lugo had led the way for the Mets' bullpen recently, Avilan hasn't allowed a run in six outings since returning from the IL on July 2 and Lugo has 11 strikeouts over his last eight games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Mets fall 3-2 in extras 00:01:07
The Mets lost 3 out of 4 in extra innings against the Giants. Mike Yastrzemski hit a walk off home run in the 12th inning

The Mets lost for a third time in extra inning to the Giants on Sunday, 3-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) The Mets went 5-4 in their road trip following the All-Star break and the pitching staff has played well and while the offense has struggled. From the 3rd inning to the 11th, the Mets did not record a hit against the Giants on Sunday. Over the final two innings, the bats were once again silent. Robert Gsellman took the loss as he gave up the walk-off home run to Mike Yastrzemski. However, the inning prior, Gsellman entered the game and recorded three outs as Jeurys Familia walked two batters and was pulled in the 12th inning. From innings seven to 10, Justin Wilson (1 IP), Seth Lugo (2 IP) and Edwin Diaz (1 IP) held the Giants without a hit. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, San Francisco Giants, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Giants outlast Mets in 16 00:01:26
The New York Mets took a late lead off of first baseman Pete Alonso's solo home run but fall short to a Giants rally to walk it off.

The Mets and Giants played a game that just didn't seem to want to end, but the Giants ultimately found a way to win 3-2 in 16 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso entered his 16th inning at-bat 0-6. The Mets hadn't scored since the top of the first inning, and and 15 innings later, Alonso delivered with his 32nd home run of the year. The Mets had used all of their available pitchers out of the bullpen and every player off of their bench as well, making it the perfect time for Alonso to deliver in the clutch.

But Chris Mazza couldn't hold the lead. He allowed back-to-back doubles to Alex Dickerson and Brandon Crawford to tie the game at 2-2. The Giants then loaded the bases with nobody out, and Donovan Solano delivered the game-winning single.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets win 3rd straight game 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway, Edwin Diaz and Michael Conforto on Diaz escaping a 9th inning jam along withConforto's 4 hits and great catch.

Mickey Callaway knew he'd have to rely on the Mets' bullpen on Tuesday night, and the group answered the call and then some against a potent Twins lineup, leading to a 3-2 win.

Before the game, Callaway set a 75-80 pitch limit for Steven Matz, making his return to the rotation after a brief stint in the pen. After 68 pitches over four innings from the lefty, Callaway turned the ball over to the bullpen, where six relievers combined to hold the Twins scoreless over the course of five innings.

Robert Gsellman, Luis Avilan, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to keep the Twins' bats at bay, allowing a Michael Conforto fifth-inning RBI single to decide the game. Callaway said after the game that he believed this was the bullpen's best overall performance of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets keep potent Twins in check 00:01:11
Michael Conforto had 4 hits and the beleaguered Mets bullpen tossed 5 scoreless innings as they won their 3rd straight game, 3-2

The Mets' bullpen pitched five shutout innings to help lead the way to a 3-2 victory over the Twins on Tuesday night.  >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz gave the Mets four solid innings of work in his return to the rotation, allowing just two runs on five hits. First inning troubles have plagued him all season long, allowing 23 first inning runs in his first 17 starts, but he pitched an easy first inning on Tuesday in Minneapolis. His night came to an end after 68 pitches, slightly under the 75-80 pitch limit that Mickey Callaway set for him before the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets finally win series on road 00:01:22
Robinson Cano had 4 hits including a home run and Jacob deGrom gave the Mets 5 gritty innings as they finally won a series on the road, 6-2.

Robinson Cano's bat stayed hot after knocking a two-run homer in the eighth inning game-winning home run on Saturday. Cano had four hits on Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) It only took one pitch for the Mets' offense to get going. Jeff McNeil knocked the first throw from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara over the right field fence, giving his team the early lead. McNeil has notched a hit in each game this series against the Marlins, including a two-hit outing on Saturday. McNeil entered Sunday's game batting .350, which leads the National League. McNeil also hit a first-pitch homer on July 3 against the Yankees this year. 

2) Robinson Cano could be changing his fortunes on the road this year. Cano carried his home run momentum into Sunday, as he nearly hit for the cycle with four hits on the day. Cano doubled, singled, knocked a solo home run, and then singled again against the defensive shift in his final plate appearance. 

Tags: Adeiny Hechavarria, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Now that Brodie Van Wagenen has made his concession speech, admitting that his "come get us" bravado resulted in "they came and got us," the Mets can officially move on to the brainstorming portion of the schedule.

That is, everything they do over the final two and a half months should be with a vision of 2020 and beyond in mind, rather than trying to squeeze the most possible wins out of a lost season. 

Mostly that means getting answers to as many questions about the future of this team as possible. I'd start with these 10: 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Seth Lugo (67) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up two home runs against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Seth Lugo (67) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up two home runs against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (37-47, 13 GB in NL East, 7.5 GB of second Wild Card) are still searching for a win after their losing streak hit seven games in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Braves. They return to action Sunday at 7:10 p.m at Citi Field. 

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


The bullpen issues continue to be a problem for the Mets as Seth Lugo blows a one-run lead in the eighth inning in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Braves, dropping the Mets to 10 games under .500. >> Read more

 

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Braves stun Lugo, Mets 00:01:37
Mickey Callaway and Seth Lugo discuss Lugo's struggles while Chris Mazza talks about his Major League debut

The Mets battled back to overcome a three-run deficit on Saturday, but the bullpen couldn't hold on in a 5-4 loss to the Braves.

Saturday's game was just the latest instance in which the Mets' scuffling pen let a win slip out of their grasps.

After pitching a scoreless seventh inning, Seth Lugo went back out to pitch the eighth. After falling behind Nick Markakis 3-0, Markakis deposited a ball over the wall in left-center. The very next batter, Austin Riley, slammed a solo home run to left, giving Atlanta the lead for good.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Seth Lugo
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Mets fall to Braves on late HR's 00:01:28
Dominic Smith homered for the 4th time in 6 games but the Braves hit back-to-back HR's in the 8th to edge the Mets, 5-4

The Mets' bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead, and the Mets dropped their seventh straight game, falling to the Braves 5-4 on Saturday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Mets, but things collapsed in the eighth. With one away, Lugo allowed back-to-back home runs to Nick Markakis and Austin Riley. They Met's 4-3 lead turned into a 5-4 deficit in two swings of the bat. 

2) Steven Matz's afternoon was cut short due to a lengthy rain delay, but he once again struggled in the first inning, continuing a season-long trend. After loading the bases with one away, Matz allowed a two-run single to Ozzie Albies, putting the Mets in an early 2-0 hole. The lefty pitched a scoreless second inning, but he was then pulled from the game following a lengthy rain delay at Citi Field. Matz's ERA is now 4.95 on the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Jay Bruce walks off against Mets 00:01:34
Former Mets Jay Bruce walked off against the Mets in the 10th inning as NY dropped their third straight. Bullpen woes continue.

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

Six things to know from Wednesday's game

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

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

It's been a weird and dramatic past few days for the Mets. However, despite the colorful headlines and sky-is-falling public reaction, the team sits just 4.5 games back in a Wild Race where no team is showing signs of breaking from the pack.

It's June 26, most teams have played nearly half of their games this season and only two NL teams are more than five games away from the final Wild Card spot. In addition, of the other teams fighting for the Wild Card, just one has won more than six of their past 10 games (with four having played at or below .500, including the Mets).

The Brewers and Phillies -- the top two teams in the Wild Card race -- each have lost seven of their past 10 games. Also, they both have a losing record on the road this season. The Rockies, who are tied with the Phillies for the second Wild Card spot, are 5-5 over their past 10 games and also have a losing road record. As a result, it is very, very difficult to gauge how most of the league will handle the July 31 trade deadline.

Tags: Dominic Moore, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 23, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts in the dugout after giving up a three-run home run to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) during the eighth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Roughly 45 minutes before Mickey Callaway cursed out a Mets beat reporter in the clubhouse on Sunday -- with Jason Vargas threatening to knock the reporter out -- Callaway's non-move on the field arguably cost his team the game.

That non-move -- and questions about it -- helped lead to Callaway's blowup, but was then buried. Let's excavate it...

With the Mets leading the Cubs, 3-2, heading into the seventh inning, Callaway turned to Seth Lugo in the hope of getting two innings out of him. After Lugo worked around a one-out single while striking out two in a scoreless seventh, it was clear he didn't have it in the eighth inning as he allowed a hard-hit single to Kyle Schwarber before a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo put runners on first and second with one out.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (37-41, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a new series with the Phillies (39-38, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Steven Matz will get going up against Zach Eflin on the mound.

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


Following a tough loss to the Cubs, manager Mickey Callaway snapped on Newsday's Tim Healey, calling him "motherf---er" multiple times and demanded he left the clubhouse. The altercation came after Healey said "See you tomorrow, Mickey" and even had Jason Vargas fired up to the point where he tried approaching Healey. Read More

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Cubs stun Lugo, Mets 00:01:50
Callaway, Lugo, Alonso and deGrom discuss today's tough loss to the Cubs

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

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

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

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Baez strikes late to top Mets 00:01:10
Pete Alonso set a new Mets rookie record with his 27th HR but Javier Baez's three-shot in the 8th led the Cubs past the Mets 5-3

Seth Lugo spoiled Jacob deGrom's strong outing by giving up three runs in the eighth inning as the Mets lost the series finale to the Cubs 5-3 on Sunday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Lugo surrendered a go-ahead three-run home run to Javy Baez in the bottom of the eighth inning that turned a 3-2 lead into a two-run deficit as the Mets failed to win their third straight game. Lugo gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Schwarber and then allowed a one-out walk to Anthony Rizzo to bring up Baez, who launched an 0-2 slider over the right-field fence for a 374-foot home run.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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The Mets decided to shake things up with their coaching staff on Thursday, firing pitching coach Dave Eiland and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez. Eiland joined the Mets last year and his departure was definitely felt by the pitching staff.

Jacob deGrom credited Eiland, 52, for playing a significant role in his success last season that helped the right-hander win the NL Cy Young award and that the pitching coach informed deGrom personally of the news. 

"Dave called me and I told him, thank you for everything you did," deGrom said before Thursday's game against the Cubs. "I'm going to miss him. He helped me out quite a bit last year. I'm thankful for the time that I had with him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Eiland will be replaced by Phil Regan, according to Martino. 

Along with Eiland, the team has also fired bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He will be replaced by Ricky Bones, according to Mike Puma.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mickey on Matz and Mets win 00:02:39
Mickey Callaway talks about a big outing for Steven Matz, a huge home run for Pete Alonso, and a Mets win over the Rockies on Saturday.

Steven Matz pitched one of his best games of the season, while Mickey Callaway was ejected in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday. >> Box score

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

1) Matz started out the game on fire, striking out five Rockies over the first two innings. He kept Rockies hitters guessing all night, tossing six innings while allowing just two earned runs (three overall). Matz struck out 10 hitters on the night, his highest total of 2019. He's 5-4 on the season with a 3.88 ERA.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Steven Matz pitched one of his best games of the season, while Mickey Callaway was ejected in the Mets' 5-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday. >> Box score

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

1) Matz started out the game on fire, striking out five Rockies over the first two innings. He kept Rockies hitters guessing all night, tossing six innings while allowing just two earned runs (three overall). Matz struck out 10 hitters on the night, his highest total of 2019. He's 5-4 on the season with a 3.88 ERA.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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