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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (41-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a win on Saturday and will take on the Marlins in the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in Miami. 

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


Behind Noah Syndergaard and Robinson Cano, the Mets managed a 4-2 win over the Marlins. >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Steven Matz' tenure in the Mets' bullpen is over, as he's set to return to his spot in the team's starting rotation on Wednesday against the Twins.

The lefty will reportedly rejoin the starting staff, per Newsday's report on Saturday. Manager Mickey Callaway made the decision to move Matz to the bullpen prior to the All-Star break and at the time the bench boss indicated the move could be short lived.

"It's going to allow guys in the starting rotation to not have too many days off, so they can stay effective. Coming out of the break, we can reset whatever we need to," Callaway said.

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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In making calls for a Wilson Ramos column last week, I heard a comment from a scout that in some ways summed up Brodie Van Wagenen's misguided attempt at assembling a win-now team in his first attempt as a GM.

"The Mets need to figure out who they are," the scout said.

He explained that for a team that believed its strength was a dominant starting rotation, the Mets needed a defense-first catcher who could enhance the abilities of the starting pitchers -- not a defensive liability like Ramos.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is restrained by first base coach Glenn Sherlock as he and manager Mickey Callaway argues with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson after Frazier was hit by a pitch by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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


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

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

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

Six things to know from Saturday's game

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

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (39-48, 12 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the Fourth of July off before they start a three-game series with the Phillies before the All-Star break. 

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


After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Vargas was strong. However, the Yankees didn't let up in a 5-1 loss to even the two-game Subway Series set at Citi Field. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Matz just wants to pitch and win 00:01:53
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz made his first career relief appearance and is ready to do whatever the team needs him to do.

For the first time in his Major League career, Steven Matz pitched out of the bullpen on Wednesday night for the Mets.

In the seventh inning, Matz was called upon in a big spot against the Yankees. With men on first and third and two away, Matz was brought in to face Didi Gregorius, looking to prevent any further damage in a game the Yankees led (and eventually won) 5-1.

The lefty did his job, retiring Gregorius on a ground out to second base on four pitches to end the frame. He would face just one batter in his first relief outing. 

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Mets fall to Yankees 5-1 00:01:22
The New York Mets were only able to muster up one run off of a Jeff McNeil home run as they lose to the Yankees 5-1.

Jeff McNeil provided the Mets' only run in their 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Fresh off the heels of three straight multi-hit games, McNeil got the Mets' started with a bang on Wednesday night, depositing the first pitch of the game from Domingo German into the bullpen to put the Mets on the board. McNeil still leads the Major Leagues with his .349 batting average after one more hit on Wednesday.

2) Jason Vargas didn't have his best outing for the Mets, but he did keep them in the game. The lefty went 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs. He got into trouble early, allowing an RBI double to Aaron Judge and an RBI single to Gleyber Torres in the first inning, but he settled down after that. He was pulled from the game in the sixth inning after allowing a solo home run to Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Steven Matz is headed to the Mets' bullpen. 

Manager Mickey Callaway revealed before Tuesday's game against the Yankees that Matz will be used as a reliever between now and the All-Star break. 

Callaway anticipates that the move will be temporary, and expects Matz to be back in the rotation after the All-Star break, but also added, "we'll adjust that if we need to," leaving the door open. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz
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Game On: HORSE-ing Around 00:02:12
On Episode 2 of SNY's digital series "Game On, presented by GEICO," Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz battle it out on the "basketball court."

On Episode 2 of SNY's digital series "Game On, presented by GEICO," Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz battle it out on the "basketball court."

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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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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (37-46, 12.0 GB in NL East) return to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves (49-34, 5.5 GA in NL East) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped a seaon-high sixth straight game. Mets relievers have allowed a run in 17 of their last 19 games. ... Pete Alonso hit his 28th home run of the season last night. He leads all rookies in homers, RBI (62), extra-base hits (48), OBP (.368), slugging (.633), total bases (190), runs (53), hits (84), multi-hit games (26) and walks (33). ... Todd Frazier is hitting .300 with 24 runs scored, eight home runs and 25 RBI since May 16. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:13
Dominic Smith connected for his third home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning.

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:08
Dominic Smith connected for his second home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Pounders (46) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Brooks Pounders (46) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Jay Bruce (23) during the sixth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (37-42, 9.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night at 7:05 on SNY.

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


During the Mets' 13-7 loss to the Phillies, Steven Matz was victimized by the home run ball and the bullpen (Brooks Pounders) got crushed >> Read More

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose 13-7 to Phillies 00:01:31
The Mets lost 13-7 to the Phillies on Monday. Matz continued to struggle in Philly while Ramos, Conforto, Frazier and Smith all homered.

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

Five things to know from Monday's game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8:05 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves, Steven Matz held Atlanta in check until the sixth inning before faltering >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose to Braves 7-2 00:01:17
New York Mets kept it close until the 6th inning when Josh Donaldson broke the 2-2 tie with a home run.

Things fell apart for Steven Matz and the Mets in the sixth inning on Wednesday in Atlanta, as they fell to the Braves 7-2.  >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) The Braves jumped on Matz right out of the gates. In the first inning, Dansby Swanson roped a single to center, followed by a two-run shot from Freddie Freeman. The Mets had given Matz an early 1-0 lead, but the lefty couldn't shut down the Braves in the bottom half of the first. He rebounded to keep the Braves quiet for the next four innings, but a Josh Donaldson two-run home run broke a tie and gave the Braves the lead for good.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-31, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets are 3-6 in rubber games this season, though they have won each of their last two. ... The Mets have slugged 27 home runs during the month of June, tied for the third-most in the National League. ... Michael Conforto has strung together a nine-game hitting streak, driving in six runs with a pair of homers during that span. 

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deGrom talks about rotation 00:00:54
Jacob deGrom reveals what some of the Mets starting pitchers are like behind the scenes. See who he think's is the nicest or funniest.

Who is the best-dressed guy in the Mets' starting rotation? The angriest? The toughest competitor? Jacob deGrom tells all...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

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After an ugly loss in which their all-too obvious flaws were exposed, the Mets suddenly find themselves 8.5 games behind the streaking Braves, and perhaps on the precipice of another lost season.

In June. Again.

Last year they went 5-21 in June to make the rest of the season feel more like an exercise in garbage time. This month hasn't spun out of control quite yet, as the Mets are 6-9 as of Tuesday. But at 34-38 they are only a few games better than their record at this time last year.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Cards outslug Mets 00:01:09
Mets pitching surrendered 4 home runs as the Cardinals, after winning the suspended game earlier, also took the scheduled contest, 9-5

After losing the end of Thursday's suspended game, which was blown by Edwin Díaz, the Mets lost their regularly scheduled game Friday to the Cardinals, 9-5, thanks to Jeurys Familia's eighth-inning implosion. >> Box score

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

1) Familia entered in the eighth with a 5-4 lead gave up four runs. On his second pitch, he gave up a solo homer to Mets nemesis Paul DeJong, who drove in the game-winning run in the suspended game. DeJong has eight homers in 75 at-bats against the Mets. Familia then gave up a three-run homer to Dexter Fowler with two outs. It's the second time in his career Familia allowed two homers in a game, the first coming this season on April 6 against Washington. He's allowed five homers this season after giving up three all of last season. The four runs allowed increased Familia's ERA to 6.91 for the season as his return to the Mets continues to be disastrous. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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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)

Having completed Thursday's suspended game, the Mets now host the Cardinals for their regularly scheduled game at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have homered in 17 consecutive home games, the longest streak in franchise history. They've hit 34 homers during that stretch. ... Mets starting pitchers have gone at least six innings in 14 of the last 15 games. ... Wilson Ramos was hitting .367 with five homers, 11 RBI and 10 walks over his last 19 games entering Friday. ...Pete Alonso leads all rookies in homers (22), RBI (49), extra-base hits (37), slugging (.598) and runs (40.)

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Andy Martino and Doug Williams discuss Mickey Callaway's criticism of the team, while making a few puzzling decisions himself.

They also look at Dom Smith and his potential, with a hint of Jacob deGrom talk sprinkled in about personal catchers and his dominance...

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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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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (30-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to bounce back from Friday's loss to the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) to Citi Field on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Saturday's game 4-6 in their last 10 games but they have won their last six home games when Steven Matz is on the mound. ... The Mets have homered in 14 straight home games, the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Wilson Ramos is batting .388 with 12 runs, five home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks and a 1.177 OPS over his last 16 games. Michael Conforto homered for the second time in his last three games on Friday and brings a four-game hitting streak into the game. ... Robinson Cano is out of the lineup again with quad tightness.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Game On: Gsellman vs Matz 00:01:26
On the premiere of SNY's new digital series 'Game On, presented by GEICO,' Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz audition for a spot on the show!

On the premiere of SNY's new digital series 'Game On, presented by GEICO,' Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz audition for a spot on the show!

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Andy Martino and Doug Williams discuss Mickey Callaway's criticism of the team, while making a few puzzling decisions himself.

They also look at Dom Smith and his potential, with a hint of Jacob deGrom talk sprinkled in about personal catchers and his dominance...

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

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

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

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Matz, Callaway honest after loss 00:01:22
Mickey Callaway believes the Mets have been inconsistent leading to their latest loss. Matz says he didn't deliver in the 7-1 loss.

Mets LHP Steven Matz isn't concerned about his first-inning struggles after he allowed three runs in the opening frame of Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

"It's just baseball. Sometimes it goes in waves, you go through streaks," said Matz, who gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings. "I'm just going to go out and continue to attack. Today, I didn't do that. I'm not going to panic about a first-inning issue. I'm going out there to execute pitches, that's what it comes down to. If I don't execute a pitch, I get hurt. That's what I did today: I got hurt early."

Matz surrendered two homers in the first inning, a leadoff homer to Ketel Marte and a two-run blast to Eduardo Escobar, putting the Mets in a 3-0 deficit before even recording an out.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Steven Matz
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Mets lose 7-1 to Diamondbacks 00:01:28
Wilson Ramos connected for a monstrous home run but that was the only highlight of the Mets 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Mets dropped the rubber game of the series against the Diamondbacks, 7-1, to end their West Coast road trip 2-5. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Manager Mickey Callaway lauded Steven Matz as the Mets' most consistent starter after his start in Los Angeles. But the left-hander faltered early, as Ketel Marte led off the home half of the first with a 482-foot blast to center field. Tim Locastro, Saturday night's hero, singled and Eduardo Escobar lifted a two-run homer down the line in left to make it 3-0 before Matz had even recorded an out. He settled down from there until two outs in the fifth, when the Diamondbacks recorded four straight singles and pushed across two more runs. By the time he left the mound after the sixth, Matz yielded five earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Arizona Diamondbacks, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets will look to shake off Saturday's heartbreaking, extra-inning loss and salvage a series victory against the D-backs at 4:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Following Saturday's loss, the Mets are 4-16 in their last 20 games on the road. They are also 1-5 in rubber games. ... Michael Conforto is batting .286 with four homers, 11 RBI, 10 runs, three doubles and eight walks with a 1.066 OPS over his last 12 games. ... Adeiny Hechavarría is batting .300 over his last 11 contests. ... The Mets' bullpen struggles have manifested during the road trip. The unit has allowed 20 earned runs in 15 frames. ... Todd Frazier is 12-for-33 two doubles and two homers with five RBI over his last eight games, which include five multi-hit efforts. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez attempts to catch a fly ball by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez attempts to catch a fly ball by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (27-28, 6 GB in the NL East) lost the third game of a four-game road series to the Dodgers 9-8 when Edwin Diaz blew a three-run ninth-inning lead.

They play the rubber game when Jason Vargas (1-2, 5.22 ERA) takes on Hyun-Jin Ryu (7-1, 1.65 ERA) on Thursday at 10:10 p.m.

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino return for Shea Anything this week! The guys try to figure out the identity of this Mets team which has shown flashes of greatness.

They also try to determine whether Steven Matz has finally turned a corner and is reaching his true potential.

Click below to listen...

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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The Mets (27-27, 5.0 GB in the NL East) took the second game of their four-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles on the strength of another strong Steven Matz start and a grand slam by Michael Conforto. 

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


In the Mets' win over the Dodgers, Steven Matz allowed two runs in six innings before giving way to the bullpen, which allowed one run over the final three frames >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Praise for Matz and Conforto 00:01:25
Callaway had high praise for the two stars of the Mets 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Conforto is back after the IL stint and Matz was dominant.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets win 7-3 vs. Dodgers 00:01:26
Steven Matz pitched a gem, while Michael Conforto showed off his power with a grand slam in the 7th. Frazier also shined in the big win.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Conforto grand slam for lead 00:00:22
Michael Conforto hit his first career grand slam to give the Mets a 6-2 lead in the 7th inning against the Dodgers.

Michael Conforto blasted his first career grand slam in the seventh innining on Tuesday against the Dodgers to break a 2-2 tie and give the Mets a 6-2 lead. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets aim to bounce back after a 9-5 loss on Monday as Steven Matz takes the hill in the second game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Tuesday's game having lost six straight on the road, but winners in six of their last eight games. Their last five wins have all been come-from-behind wins, including four last at-bat victories. ... Wilson Ramos has reached base safely in his last six games and is batting .381 with 12 runs, four home runs, 13 RBI and seven walks with a 1.160 OPS in his last 14 games. ... Adeiny Hecchavaria is known for his defense, but he's been getting the job done with his bat, too. He has homered in back-to-back games and three of his last four, two of which have been go-ahead blasts. He is hitting .318 with four runs, two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in his last six games. 

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Carlos Gomez 3-run home run 00:00:26
Carlos Gomez was ecstatic after hitting a 3-run bomb to give the Mets a 6-4 lead in the 8th inning to potentially sweep the Nats.

The Mets reliniquished their lead in the top of the seventh, but they took it right back that inning thanks to Carlos Gomez

The veteran outfielder ripped a three-run homer to left-center field, and celebrated around the base paths in typical Gomez fashion...

In the bottom of the sixth, the Mets regained their lead thanks to some situational hitting...

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

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

Five things to know about Thursday's game

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) go for a series sweep and seek to win their fourth straight game (which would be a season high) when they take on the Nationals (19-30, 9 GB) on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso has a .302/.375/.698 batting line with four home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games against the Nationals this season. ... Over his last six games, Todd Frazier is hitting .412 with one RBI and three extra-base hits. ... The Mets bullpen has the best ERA (2.03) in the majors in the month of May and has held opponents to a .173 batting average.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts during the second inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in NL East) have bounced back from a five-game skid to capture back-to-back victories against the Nats. Jacob deGrom toes the rubber tonight attempting to push the streak to three games.

Mets notes

After Tuesday night's walkoff 6-5 win over Washington (the team's second walkoff win of the year), the Mets can clinch their fifth series win of the season with a victory tonight. ... The Mets have posted a 16-13 record against NL East foes, the most wins by any team against its own division this season. ... deGrom is 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in his three career duels against Max Scherzer. ... Pete Alonso's 16 home runs are the most ever by a Mets rookie before the All-Star break.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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