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Didi Gregorius/Todd Frazier/Josh Donaldson
Didi Gregorius/Todd Frazier/Josh Donaldson

The Mets have plenty of internal options when it comes to finding a starting third baseman.

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis and Jed Lowrie are all capable of handling the position, so it's quite possible Brodie Van Wagenen looks to add an outfielder instead, knowing McNeil can play in either spot.

The other play this offseason is to go heavy at third base options and put McNeil in the outfield, who looked comfortable and played well in left field this past season. I still think he's a second baseman, but that's a different subject for a different day...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the World Series over, the hot stove season -- free agency, trades, and all the intrigue -- is officially here.

For the Mets, they have eight players potentially set to hit free agency. And there's a strong chance that all of them will be playing for new teams in 2020.

The biggest name among the Mets' potential free agents is Zack Wheeler, who is also the only player the Mets will consider extending a qualifying offer to.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Rene Rivera, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

To get back impact value in trade, it requires giving up impact value in trade.

And that's where the Mets' breakout hitter J.D. Davis comes into play.

Davis, 26, exceeded expectations in 2019, which marked his first full big-league season despite making his debut with the Astros in 2017. At the time of his first promotion, Davis had been Houston's ninth-best prospect.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It didn't end the way we hoped, but the Mets' 2019 was nevertheless a year to remember...

MVP and Rookie of the Year

Pete Alonso

It can be argued that Jacob deGrom is the MVP. However, Alonso's impact was undeniable.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Early Sunday afternoon, when Pete Alonso was still basking in the glow of Saturday night's historic 53rd home run -- the most ever for a major-league rookie -- he was telling SNY's Steve Gelbs in a pre-game interview that one of his primary goals going into next season is to improve his defense at first base.

"I want to win a Gold Glove," he said.

Suffice it to say that spoke not only to Alonso's pursuit of greatness, but the outlook for the Mets in the years to come.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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The Mets defeated the Braves 3-0 on Saturday night at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) One night after tying the all-time rookie home run record, Pete Alonso rewrote the history books on Saturday, blasting his 53rd home run of the season. His solo home run in the bottom of the third inning extended the Mets lead to 3-0. Aside from becoming just the all-time home run leader for rookies, Alonso is also just the ninth player overall in NL history to hit at least 53 home runs in a season. The first baseman raised both arms as the ball sailed over the wall in right-center, and was given a standing ovation by the Citi Field crowd. 

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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

Only it wasn't about his pitching. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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The Mets blasted two home runs on their way to a 4-2 win over the Braves on Friday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Friday's game

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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As Jorge Alfaro stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the sixth inning, Steven Matz knew he had to be careful with his pitches.

Alfaro's second-inning solo shot to left field gave Miami an early 1-0 lead, which doubled to 2-0 following an RBI single to center field by Migual Rojas. The Marlins threatened again when the cleanup hitter arrived at the plate after Matz began the sixth with three straight hits.

The Mets made a mound visit, but the southpaw's 1-1 pitch found too much plate, with the 89-mph slider at Alfaro's belt over the inner half and landing over the right-center field wall for a game-breaking grand slam.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett, Wilson Ramos
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A sixth-inning grand slam was unable to spark the Mets back from a six-run deficit Monday as New York fell 8-4 to the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. >> Box score

Seven Takeaways from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put the Mets in an early hole Sunday night, giving up a solo home run to Jorge Alfaro in the top of the second inning. The early scoring continued on into the third frame when Jon Berti hit a two-out double out to left-center field and Miguel Rojas brought him home with a RBI-single.

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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In this episode of The Amazin' Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier welcomes back Brandon Nimmo. And since he's been gone awhile, Frazier wanted to catch the outfielder up on some things he might have missed...

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When J.D. Davis took a Trevor Bauer fastball over the wall in right for a solo homer in the sixth inning Sunday, he became the fifth Mets player to hit his 20th home run of the season. 

That marks the first time in franchise history the team has had five players crack the 20-homer plateau. 

 

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Mets (80-74, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Reds (73-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Heading into Saturday's meeting with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had been dealing as of late. 

Wheeler had only allowed one earned run in his last four-straight outings.

Make it five.

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With just a handful of games remaining on the schedule, every single game is crucial for the Mets as they look to make one final push towards a potential Wild Card spot.

But Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Reds was a crushing blow, as the Mets wasted a great outing by Zack Wheeler and squandered run-scoring opportunities with men on base, losing to a team that's been near the basement of the NL Central all season long.  

"It hurts," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We had multiple chances. I think the way we lost hurts. We had a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn't come through. I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position. We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn't get it done."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets defeated the Rockies 6-1 on Tuesday night at Coors Field.  Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Marcus Stroman pitched what was easily his best game as a Met. The right-hander breezed through seven innings, allowing just four hits and holding the Rockies scoreless in the notoriously batter-friendly Coors Field. All four hits allowed by Stroman were singles, and the Rockies only moved one runner into scoring position against Stroman all night. Stroman's previous start against Arizona, when he went 6.1 and allowed just one earned, combined with Tuesday's strong outing should give Mets fans a lot to like. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets defeated the Rockies 6-1 on Tuesday night at Coors Field.  Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Marcus Stroman pitched what was easily his best game as a Met. The right-hander breezed through seven innings, allowing just four hits and holding the Rockies scoreless in the notoriously batter-friendly Coors Field. All four hits allowed by Stroman were singles, and the Rockies only moved one runner into scoring position against Stroman all night. Stroman's previous start against Arizona, when he went 6.1 and allowed just one earned, combined with Tuesday's strong outing should give Mets fans a lot to like. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Tomas Nido
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The Mets' offense erupted for the second straight game as they beat the Diamondbacks, 11-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field to sweep their four-game series >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets' offense erupted for a second-straight day, as Juan Lagares blasted two homers -- including a grand slam that ballooned the Mets' lead from 2-0 to 6-0 -- and Todd Frazier homered again. The Mets hit six homers overall, with Robinson CanoTomas Nido, and Michael Conforto also going deep, making Thursday the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit five or more homers in back-to-back games. The six homers were the most the Mets have ever hit in a game at home. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Juan Lagares hit his second home run of the day in the fifth inning, for his 6th RBI of the day.

Lagares blew the door wide open in the third inning with his first career grand slam...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier
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The Mets smoked the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday in a 9-0 outing, a game which also included 11 hits from New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo got the Mets off on the right foot on Wednesday.

Amed Rosario doubled and stole third base and scored on a Wilson Ramos ground out. Then the fireworks started. A single by JD Davis scored Jeff McNeil, who was hit by a pitch, then Frazier cracked a two-run home run to bring the early score to 4-0. The Mets weren't done there though, as Nimmo hit his fifth home run to add another run on the very next pitch. Because of the damage, D-back started Robbie Ray only lasted 0.2 innings on the mound for the D-backs. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Five runs in one inning and seven runs in three ain't a bad start for the Mets. 

Against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, that's exactly what they got. Brandon Nimmo and Todd Frazier played a big part in that. 

In that five-run frame, Frazier and Nimmo hit back-to-back home runs to help put New York up in their big opening frame. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Todd Frazier
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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


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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) The Diamondbacks took an early lead off Zack Wheeler. Ketel Marte singled to lead off the game, and after stealing second without a throw, came around to score on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar. Wheeler did strike out Christian Walker and Josh Rojas to end the inning, but not before the Diamondbacks took a first-inning lead.

2) After that iffy first inning, though, Wheeler was fantastic. He scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, striking out seven while walking two. His night came to an end after 104 pitches. Wheeler has been tremendous for the Mets lately, allowing just three combined earned runs in his last three starts.

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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When the Mets' lineup came out on Tuesday, J.D. Davis' name was not on it for the fourth time in the last nine games.

Instead of Davis being in the lineup and playing left field with Jeff McNeil at third base, McNeil is in left field and Todd Frazier is at third base.

Why?

Tags: Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a walk off walk in the tenth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game home series with the Philadelphia Phillies (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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


RHP Edwin Diaz blew another save in the top of the ninth inning, but the Mets rallied back in the bottom half and walked off for the 5-4 win on 1B Pete Alonso's bases-loaded walk >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Thomas Szapucki, Todd Frazier
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Todd Frazier got things started for the Mets offense on Friday night, blooping a single into shallow center field in the third inning. The hit was Frazier's 1,000th as a big leaguer.

After advancing to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt, Frazier came around to score on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead at Citi Field.

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

The Mets (69-66, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB in second Wild Card) clinched the weekend series in Philadelphia, recording their second straight win with Saturday's 5-3 edge of the Phillies (69-65, 12.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card). >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  LHP Steven Matz (9-8) was solid again for the Mets, scattering three runs (two earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts to one walk in 5.0 innings. Phillies RF Bryce Harper drove in two runs on a first-inning fielder's choice and sixth-inning solo home run, and Matz walked the bases loaded before walking PH Andrew Knapp later in the sixth, but he recorded his latest quality start and gave the Mets a chance to win. Matz outlasted former teammate and Phillies LHP Jason Vargas (6-7), whom the Mets knocked out in the top of the fourth inning. Vargas allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking three.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Jason Vargas' first start against his former team didn't go the way he would have hoped. 

Facing the Mets for the first time since the team traded him to the Phillies in late July, the left-hander was hit hard. Vargas allowed one run in the first, another in the third, and then things came unglued in the fifth.

After Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto (who each drove in a run earlier in the game), got on base to lead off the fifth, Todd Frazier lined a double down the left-field line, scoring Ramos and moving Conforto to third. Joe Panik then followed with a double of his own, this time scoring two and putting the Mets up 5-1.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (68-66, 13 GB in NL East, 5 GB for second Wild Card) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (69-64, 11.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets snapped their six-game losing streak with an impressive 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday. ... Todd Frazier became the first Met since David Wright in 2009 to homer in both the eighth and ninth innings of the same game. ... The Mets are 14-8 on the road since the All-Star break. ... The Mets have lost seven of their last nine games against the Phillies.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier
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The Mets were in a tough spot on Friday night, entering a game against Phillies ace Aaron Nola on the road, losers of six straight games.

And while Nola dazzled for most of the night, Mets' starter Zack Wheeler went toe-to-toe with him, keeping the Mets in the game and allowing the bats to do the talking late in the Mets' 11-5 win.

Down 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Mets turned to Wilson Ramos off the bench, who delivered in a huge spot with an RBI single to tie the game and extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

Then, with the game still tied in the eighth, the Mets opened the floodgates. A two-run single by Amed Rosario got things started, and two home runs from Todd Frazier and another from Michael Conforto helped push the Mets' lead to 11-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  In the top of the eighth inning, the Mets loaded the bases off of Phillies reliever Mike Morin, and Amed Rosario delivered in the clutch. His single up the middle to score two runs, putting the Mets up 3-1. After a pitching change, Todd Frazier hit a line-drive three run shot over the wall in left field, extending the Mets' lead to 6-1. The five-run outburst from the Mets broke a previously tied game wide open.

Then in the ninth, Michael Conforto blasted a two-run shot to right field, giving the Mets an 8-1 lead. After getting a couple of more runners on base, Frazier slammed his second three-run shot in as many innings, making it 10 runs for the Mets in the final two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets fell behind early and couldn't complete the comeback in their 10-7 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard had perhaps the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday night, allowing a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in just three innings. Syndergaard allowed three home runs in a start for the first time in his career, allowing long balls to Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos. On a night where the Mets needed Syndergaard at his best, he exited with the team trailing 10-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Marcus Stroman has talked a lot about how much he loves the big stage of New York, the pennant-race pressure, even describing himself as a "savage" on the mound. But until he delivers a big-game performance for the Mets, all that talk is meaningless.

Tuesday night offered him the perfect opportunity, his new team desperately needing Stroman to be a stopper in a must-win series against the Cubs, after they were swept by the Braves, yet he was so-so at best in a 5-2 loss at Citi Field.

Worst of all, he couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, Pete Alonso smashed his 42nd home run of the season -- setting the Mets single-season record.

He passes Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran, who each hit 41 home runs in 1996 and 2006, respectively.

Mike Piazza is the only other Mets player to have hit 40 home runs in a season, as he exactly 40 homers in 1999.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, 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 (67-63, 11.5 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB for second Wild Card) start a very important three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (69-61, 3.0 GB in the NL Central, 1.0 GA for second Wild Card) on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets look to get back on track, after losing three straight at home for the first time since July 3-5. The team has still won 13 of its last 17 home games and own the best second-half winning percentage in the majors at .675 (27-13). Wilson Ramos will try to continue his 19-game hitting streak, which is the longest active streak in the MLB. Todd Frazier will bat 8th in the lineup tonight, as Juan Lagares will be on the bench. Shortstop Amed Rosaio is second in the NL with a .348 batting average since the All-Star break, while J.D. Davis is seventh in the NL with a .345 average since the break as well.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (67-63, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin an enormous three-game series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse, Brandon Nimmo is close to coming off the IL but needs to clear one more hurdle first >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' weekend sweep at the hands of the Braves was not the fault of any one player. It was a series filled with missed opportunities, very poor situational execution and awareness, and some questionable moves coming from the dugout.

But the Mets emerged from their weekend nightmare in basically the same spot they were in playoff-wise before Friday night's game started. That is a huge break for a team that opens an enormous three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

And with luck still on the Mets' side, they need to do everything they can to put themselves in the best position to win. That's where Todd Frazier comes in...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets couldn't get much going on offense, falling to the Braves 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1)  Steven Matz delivered a strong start, allowing just one earned run and two hits over 6.0 innings of work. The lefty threw 102 pitches and struck out six batters... somehow, Josh Donaldson lifted a home run to left field in the second inning... Matz is now 8-8 on the season.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)
J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets start a huge three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday night.

It's nice to have the best pitcher in baseball taking the mound the day after completing a sweep of the Indians, who are just a half game back of the second American League Wild Card, isn't it?

The Mets have been hot, but so has Atlanta. Exactly like the Mets, the Braves have won 11 of their past 15 games. Unfortunately, two of those 11 wins came at New York's expense when the two teams met in Atlanta last week.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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