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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth 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 center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Following the Mets' fourth-straight defeat, a 2-0 loss to Miami in which they mustered just one hit, players in the locker room weighed in on the team's recent struggles and gave their thoughts on Mickey Callaway's performance.

"I think he's doing a great job," Todd Frazier said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he's a great manager, and our focus is on winning games and we're not doing that for him ... If we're not producing, it's kind of on us.

"We've just got to step up, that's the bottom line, as hitters, as a collective group ... Let's get our focus on what we're good at and hopefully that gets us going."

Tags: Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game...

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets GM supports Mickey Callaway 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen addresses the decision to DFA Keon Broxton, the call up of Carlos Gomez, and the job status of Mickey Callaway.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sat in front of the media at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday to issue a slew of roster moves, and answer any burning questions they might have. 

And Mickey Callaway's job status was on that list. 

The Mets have been faltering lately, falling two games under .500 after their series loss to the Nationals this week. But Van Wagenen said his unwavering support for Callaway will continue as it has since the beginning...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

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


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

As far as the Mets' injured starters go, one seems ready to return and the other is very close.

Steven Matz spoke Thursday after throwing a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday and said he feels great. During the bullpen session, Matz said he's ready to return and that he's "really happy."

"I threw a bullpen yesterday and I feel good today," Matz said, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, 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 are still without Steven Matz and Jason Vargas, and while both continue to throw, manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that there wasn't a set return date for either. But that doesn't mean a return for one or both isn't imminent. 

Matz, who is dealing with a nerve issue, played catch on Tuesday and has been having regular bullpen sessions.

Vargas, who has a hamstring issue, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The NL East will not end the exact way it stands today, at least that's what three scouts, two rival executives and my own common sense is telling me...

"If you think this thing doesn't move, and then move again, you're either not paying attention to the talent or you haven't watched enough baseball in your life," I was told last week by an NL East team executive who has been in baseball for decades. "It's still a four-team race, regardless of the standings, and that's how we're all looking at it."

The Phillies have been playing well, but have also been playing the least competitive teams, which is almost certainly inflating their stats and perceived dominance. At the same time, the Mets and Braves are playing better opponents and because so have been bobbing around .500. The Mets and Braves have also bounced around between being league average to slightly-below league average in runs scored and runs allowed. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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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)

With Sunday's rainout and Monday's off-day, the Mets have a bunch of options when it comes to how they could set up their starting rotation against the Nationals. But Mickey Callaway said Sunday that the plan is simply to push everyone back.

That means a rotation that looks like this against the Nats from Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday, May 14: Noah Syndergaard vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They're 17-20, have won just one of their last 10 series, and currently sit 4.5 games back of the first-place Phillies. However, they're also about to get 16 straight games against teams below .500, 10 of which will be in their home ballpark.

"What we're doing right now is not acceptable," manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's loss in San Diego. "We have to do better. We can't all of a sudden score a few runs one game and everything is OK. We have to continue to do it."

Thankfully, Callaway's team will play the Marlins next, who have the league's worst record. Then it's the Nationals, who may be the league's most disappointing team, the Marlins and Nats again, and finishing off with the Tigers.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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 announced Thursday that Steven Matz has hit the IL with radial nerve discomfort, but it doesn't appear he will be there too long. 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Matz is "progressing well," and if that continues, he should be able to return to the mound on Thursday against the Nationals. 

Matz initially received a cortisone shot after undergoing tests on his elbow in his last start against the Brewers. The tests revealed no structural damage, but manager Mickey Callaway noted earlier this week that Matz had been dealing with a nerve issue in his forearm for around two weeks. It reached its peak when Matz couldn't throw his bullpen session. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

With Steven Matz and Jason Vargas sidelined, the Mets decided to use newcomer Wilmer Font to spot start on Wednesday against the Padres. 

The Mets acquired Font, 28, on Monday from the Rays and while he has mostly been used as a reliever he is stretched out to make a start. 

Font threw 59 pitches over three innings on May 1 in relief and the Mets plan to use him for about 75 pitches or so on Wednesday. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during manager Mickey Callaway's first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they're just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it's early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Chris Paddack (59) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (16-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were shut out by the Padres as they lost their fourth-straight game and fell three games under .500 for the first time this season. They continue their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Chris Paddack -- who openly challenged Pete Alonso before the game -- dominated New York for 7.2 innings as he stalked and screamed around the mound >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz reacts after giving up a hit in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz has avoided the injured list for now after undergoing tests on his elbow and receiving a cortisone shot, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game against the Padres.

Matz will not make Wednesday's scheduled start after he traveled back to New York with a nerve issue in his forearm. Callaway said the newly-acquired Wilmer Font could be an option to start Wednesday, though the team hasn't made anything official yet.

Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Matz's elbow, SNY's Andy Martino reported, which the team views as optimistic. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
May 1, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Wilmer Font (62) pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Mets swung a trade for Rays reliever Wilmer Font on Monday, and while Font could help a depleted relief corps that is currently without Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan. he could also be an option for the starting rotation.

Font has a 5.79 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP this season and has struck out 18 batters in 14 innings (10 appearances). He had a 1.67 ERA (3.98 FIP) and 0.96 WHIP with 20 strikeouts in 27 innings for the Rays last season.

Here's the gist on Font...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) shows emotion as he strikes out the last New York Mets batter in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. The Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader (71) shows emotion as he strikes out the last New York Mets batter in the ninth inning at Miller Park. Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. The Milwaukee Brewers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets (16-18, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) were swept out of Milwaukee as they fell two games under .500 for the first time this season. They open a three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Monday night at 10:10 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' loss to the Brewers, they once again had trouble scoring runs and once again played terrible defense >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Mets (16-16, 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) dropped the first of a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers. They prepare to face the Brewers again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

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


Steven Matz did not have his best outing, but still managed to go 5.2 innings allowing just three runs but the offense was unable to back him up in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Brewers stifle Mets 00:00:55
Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

The Mets struck quickly Friday night in Milwaukee but fell flat the rest of the game, losing to the Brewers 3-1. They've scored just two runs in their last three games. >> Box score


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

1) The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and couldn't muster another run. Wilson Ramos drove in Robinson Canó with a two-out single. The Mets had three hits in the first inning but had just four hits over the final eight innings and zero hits from the sixth through the eighth.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with outfielder Michael Conforto (30) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with outfielder Michael Conforto (30) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets head to the Midwest to face the Brewers for a three-game series at Miller Park on Friday at 8:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets begin a six-game road trip tonight, starting in Milwaukee and ending in San Diego. ...New York is 4-6 against the NL Central so far this season. ...Mets' starters have posted a 0.42 ERA over the last three games. ...Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 11 straight games. He is also tied for second in the league with 23 walks. ...Noah Syndergaard's homer on Thursday had a 105.8 mph exit velocity, which was the hardest-hit homer by a pitcher this season. 

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Steven Matz
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For the second consecutive weekend, the Brewers and Mets are getting together for a three-game set -- this time at Miller Park after Milwaukee took two of three in Flushing.

The Amazin's were able to dodge a sweep last Sunday thanks to the services of Matz, who continued his rebound from that eight-run, zero-out first-inning disaster he endured at the hands of the Phillies just a couple of weeks ago....

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For the second consecutive weekend, the Brewers and Mets are getting together for a three-game set -- this time at Miller Park after Milwaukee took two of three in Flushing.

The Amazin's were able to dodge a sweep last Sunday thanks to the services of Matz, who continued his rebound from that eight-run, zero-out first-inning disaster he endured at the hands of the Phillies just a couple of weeks ago....

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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On most any other night it would have felt like the sky was falling at Citi Field. A day that began with the news of Jeurys Familia going on the 10-day IL with a bone spur ended with their not-so-bulletproof closer, Edwin Diaz, giving up a game-losing home run for the second time in three nights.

Suddenly the bullpen problems that forever seem to haunt this franchise are back again, to the point where exasperated Mets fans are ready to take up a collection if it will convince the team to sign Craig Kimbrel, the still-available All-Star closer.

And yet if anything could calm the chaos it was the sight of Jacob deGrom taking the mound against the Reds and reclaiming the dominance that flat disappeared for three starts in as stunning a slump as you'll ever see.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

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So Gio Gonzalez is a Milwaukee Brewer, finally, and it appears that Dallas Keuchel's asking price would still have to drop considerably for either the Yankees or Mets to consider signing him.

Yet it's a good bet that both local teams will be in the market for another starting pitcher come the July 31 trade deadline.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Edwin Diaz, J.A. Happ, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So Gio Gonzalez is a Milwaukee Brewer, finally, and it appears that Dallas Keuchel's asking price would still have to drop considerably for either the Mets or Yankees to consider signing him.

Yet it's a good bet that both local teams will be in the market for another starting pitcher come the July 31 trade deadline.

Tags: Clint Frazier, Domingo German, Edwin Diaz, J.A. Happ, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets avoid sweep, top Brewers 00:01:32
The Mets got clutch hits late from J.D. Davis and the just-recalled Tomas Nido to help the Mets top the Brewers, 5-2, avoiding a sweep

The Mets avoided the sweep -- and going under .500 -- by defeating the Brewers, 5-2, at Citi Field on Sunday. >> Box score 

Five things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Steven Matz was brilliant for six-plus innings and only faltered at the end of his outing. He'd delivered six scoreless frames before Mike Moustakas took him deep to right-center field for a two-out, two-run blast that evened the game at 2. The lefty struck out four and didn't issue a walk. He now sports a 3.68 ERA, but aside from his debacle in Philadelphia, Matz has yielded six earned runs across his other five starts (29 1/3 innings). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Milwaukee Brewers, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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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)

Steven Matz and the Mets (13-13, 1.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) will look to salvage the final game of their three-game set Sunday at Citi Field against the Brewers (15-13, 2 games behind Cardinals in NL Central) at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

With his ninth home run of the season, rookie Pete Alonso has tied the Mets' home-run record for most in April. ... Jeff McNeil collected his 12th multi-hit game of the year Saturday. ... Brandon Nimmo is batting .333 with three home runs, seven RBI, four doubles, seven walks and a 1.012 OPS over his last 16 games. ... Michael Conforto is not in the starting lineup for the first time this season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Milwaukee Brewers, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (12-10, tied for first place in NL East with Phillies) face Philadelphia on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Monday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' win over the Phillies on Monday night, Steven Matz rebounded in a big way, Jeff McNeil hit his first homer of the season, and Pete Alonso continued to rake >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Matz bounces back 00:01:46
Steve Matz comments on bouncing back from his last start while Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil discuss the Mets offensive performance

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

Five things to know about Monday's game

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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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)

The Mets' 5.57 team ERA is the third-worst in the majors, better than only the Orioles and Red Sox. But manager Mickey Callaway isn't ready to sound the alarm.

"It's not concerning," Callaway said at Citi Field before Monday night's game against the Phillies, noting that the sample size is far too small for the team to be worried.

Is Callaway right to not be alarmed? Maybe...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Callaway on Mets injuries 00:01:43
Mickey Callaway clarified his 'barking comments' while giving an injury update on Jacob deGrom and Robinson Cano.

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz
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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

If it feels like the Mets just played the Phillies, that's because they indeed did, when the latter took two of three in Philadelphia last week. Tonight's contest begins another three-game set, this time at Citi Field.

Matz won't be able to do any worse than how he fared in the previous series -- so long as there's an out recorded -- as he failed to retire even one batter last Tuesday. Ultimately, eight runs (six earned) went to his name while his ERA soared from 1.65 to 4.96.

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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)

The Mets began a 13-game stretch last week that included 10 games against the Phillies and Braves.

I believed the Mets would need to win at least six of those 10 games -- which would put them around 14-10 heading into their next homestand -- to avoid hitting the panic button too early.

To date, they have won just two of seven during this stretch, with three left against the Phillies, whom they will play at Citi Field after beginning a three-game series Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Drew Gagnon, who was on short rest, came in to Tuesday night's game after Steven Matz failed to get an out. Gagnon allowed five runs, but saved the Mets' bullpen by eating up 5.1 innings. His reward? A demotion to Triple-A Syracuse.

The demotion isn't an indictment on Gagnon, though. It's a move being made out of necessity in order for the Mets to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. And that fresh arm is Jacob Rhame.

Rhame, 26, has struggled so far this season for Syracuse, posting a 9.53 ERA and 1.58 WHIP while walking five and striking out seven in 5.2 innings (six appearances).

Tags: Jacob Rhame, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Apr 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Mets (10-7, second place in the NL East, 0.5 game back of first place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' ugly 14-3 loss to the Phillies, Steven Matz couldn't record an out and the team made four errors >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall hard to Phillies, 14-3 00:01:11
Steven Matz was shelled and the defense struggled as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-3, on Tuesday night.

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

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

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

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

Steven Matz just did not have it Tuesday night. 

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jason Vargas isn't going anywhere -- for now. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway declared that the embattled lefty will stay in the rotation and make his next start Saturday in St. Louis.

"We've got to get Vargas on a roll," Callaway said Sunday before the team's game in Atlanta. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (8-5) took sole possession of first place in the NL East by beating the Braves 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.

They play the second game of the series on Friday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Giancarlo Stanton, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets take down Braves 00:01:10
New York Mets showed off their power in Atlanta behind the bats of Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario to take down the Braves

The Mets handled their division rival in the Braves, 6-3, in their first meeting of the 2019 season in Atlanta on Thursday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game...

1) It's as simple as this: Pete Alonso is a beast. The rookie mashed his sixth homer of the season, and it was an absolute missile to deep center field -- 454 feet to be exact. The homer, which left the bat at 118.3 mph, was the hardest-hit homer in Mets history since Statcast was implemented. He also joined Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton among the top 10 hardest-hit homers in the Statcast era, as his falls tied ninth. Alonso finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and moved his average to .378. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets travel south to face to the Braves for the first time this season in a four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished 2-3 on their first homestand of the season. They defeated the Twins last night, thanks in part to 11 free passes (10 walks, one HBP). ...New York has begun the season 5-1 on the road, and they'll look to keep that going. Last season, the Mets went 3-6 in Atlanta...Michael Conforto is enjoying early success at the plate this season with a .372 average, three homers, four doubles, 12 runs, eight RBI and five walks. He also has an RBI in his last four games. ...The Mets have scored 69 runs through 11 games this season, which is tied for most in franchise history.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Syndergaard, Mets beat Twins 00:01:04
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard stifled the Twins with his arsenal and says this is the best he's felt mechanically in a 'long time.'

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing. 

From the start of Syndergaard's night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where "Thor" could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised. 

"Mechanically, I felt probably the best I've felt in a long time," Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. "So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets power past Nationals 00:01:28
J.D. Davis slugged a pair of HR's while Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano also went deep as the Mets edged the Nationals, 6-5

A home run barrage broke out at Citi Field on Saturday, with the Mets and Nationals combining for seven home runs, but it was a line drive single off the bat of Keon Broxton in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference in a wild, resilient 6-5 victory over the Nationals. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) All seemed lost for the Mets after Jeurys Familia blew an eighth-inning lead but the Mets jumped right back into the game in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back home runs by Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano to tie the game back up at 5. It was Alonso's first Citi Field home run and Cano's shot landed near the Shea Bridge to send his new fans into a frenzy.  

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

In advance of their series against the Nationals at Citi FIeld -- with their home opener on Thursday -- the Mets have made a change to their starting rotation.

In a move manager Mickey Callaway hinted at on Tuesday, the Mets have flipped No.3 starter Zack Wheeler and No. 4 starter Steven Matz in the rotation, which will serve to break up the left-handers (Matz and Jason Vargas, who is the No. 5 starter).

With the adjustment, the Mets' rotation order will be Jacob deGrom (starting on Wednesday night), Noah Syndergaard (starting on Thursday afternoon against Stephen Strasburg), Matz, Wheeler, and Vargas.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

Amed Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single and Pete Alonso broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single off Drew Steckenrider with two runners on and one out in the top of the ninth. Alonso then followed with a 444-foot homer to center field to give the Mets a four-run lead.

2) Edwin Diaz pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. After a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, Diaz struck out Jorge AlfaroPeter O'Brien and pinch hitter JT Riddle to end the game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) drives in run during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) drives in run during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

After winning their first series against the Nationals, the Mets travel to Miami to face another division opponent in the Marlins at 7:10 p.m. to kick off a three-game set on SNY.

Mets notes

This is the second straight year the Mets went 2-1 to start the season. ...The Mets have been proactive with runners in scoring position in this early going. They are hitting .400 with four doubles, a tirple, a walk and 14 RBI. ...The fresh faces in the clubhouse are already making an impact, especially Pete Alonso. He went 6-for-12 with three RBI doubles in three games. Wilson Ramos is also hitting .444 with a double, three RBI and three runs scored thus far. 

Tags: Miami Marlins, Steven Matz
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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