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Syndergaard dominant vs. Nats 00:01:57
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard talks about his motivation against the Nationals after his rough out against the Chicago Cubs.

Midway through Monday's 7-3 road win over the Washington Nationals, the Mets extended their lead to four runs in the top of the fourth inning on 3B Jeff McNeil's two-run blast to center field.

Before they pulled away with the five-run frame, C Rene Rivera, who scored on McNeil's home run, was blunt with RHP Noah Snydergaard.

"In between innings, he came up to me and was like, 'We're going to continue to go about it as if it's a 0-0 ballgame,'" Syndergaard said.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Washington Nationals
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

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During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Carlos Gomez 3-run home run 00:00:26
Carlos Gomez was ecstatic after hitting a 3-run bomb to give the Mets a 6-4 lead in the 8th inning to potentially sweep the Nats.

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

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

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

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

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

Five things to know about Thursday's game

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

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

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Mets depth key in latest victory 00:01:46
New York Mets outfielder Rajai Davis explains how he was late getting to the game but happy he was able to contribute right away.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Washington Nationals
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Mets crush Nationals 6-1 00:01:12
New York Mets needed some late heroics from Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis to pave the way for their 6-1 victory.

The Mets turned to some late-inning dramatics for the second night in a row, as Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis delivered a pair of huge hits in the eighth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Washington. >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) The Mets received some late-game clutch hitting for the second night in a row on Wednesday. The Nats' bullpen loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Juan Lagares delivered the clutch blow, raking a double into the left-center gap to give the Mets the 3-1 lead. After an intentional walk to Wilson Ramos, Rajai Davis lined a three-run shot to left in his first at-bat as a Met, extending the lead to 6-1.

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

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Moneyline: WAS -105/NYM -105
Over/Under: 6.5
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (2-5, 3.72 ERA)

There's an Opening Day rematch set for the third game of this series, as the National League's last two Cy Young Award winners square off tonight at Citi Field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Washington Nationals
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Washington Nationals at New York Mets
Moneyline: WAS -105/NYM -105
Over/Under: 6.5
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
Probable pitchers: Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (2-5, 3.72 ERA)

There's an Opening Day rematch set for the third game of this series, as the National League's last two Cy Young Award winners square off tonight at Citi Field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Washington Nationals
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Mets talk walk-off win 00:01:55
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Pete Alonso talk about their clutch hits to help Mets walk off against Nationals.

The Mets topped the Nationals in dramatic fashion Tuesday night at Citi Field with a 6-5 walk-off win courtesy of Amed Rosario's hustle. 

The shortstop hit a chopper to short but out-ran the throw to score Adeiny Hecchavaria from third base to win the game. 

"It was an incredible feeling," Rosario said through a translator after the game. "How emotional I was just because it was my first walk-off and it's our second game in a row that we won after a bad stretch."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals
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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to keep it going Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field after taking the first game of the series Monday.

Mets notes

The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday and enter Tuesday's game winners of their last four games at Citi Field. ... Pete Alonso hit his 15th home run on Monday, which tied a Mets rookie record with Ron Swoboda for home runs before the All-Star break. Alonso leads all MLB rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. ... Todd Frazier has found his groove again over his last six games, hitting .400 with a run, double, tirple, RBI, twoo walks and a 1.071 OPS in that span. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both hit home runs and the Mets' bullpen hang on to beat the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario and Alonso both hit solo homers off Patrick Corbin in the first inning. Rosario hit an 0-2 fastball to center field to make it 1-0, and two batters later Alonso hit a 1-2 fastball to left-center for his 15th home run of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to end their five-game losing streak against with a matchup against the Washington Nationals on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets have lost five games in a row and are looking to get back on track against the Nationals at Citi Field where they are 9-8 this season and have won their last three games. ... The Mets have gone 19 innings without scoring a run, which last came in the eighth inning on Friday. ... Carlos Gomez is playing his first game in Citi Field as a Met, where he owns a .417/.509/1.071 slash line with four doubles, a home run and six RBI.

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New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals
Moneyline
: WAS -150/NYM +140
Over/Under: 8
Series: WAS -105/NYM -125
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.91 ERA) vs. Drew Gagnon (1-0, 4.09 ERA)

What once looked like a very promising campaign has quickly begun to spiral downward as the Mets enter Monday's series opener with the Nationals amid a five-game losing streak on the heels of being the first team since 2017 to get swept by the league-worst Miami Marlins.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 GB in NL East) take on the Washington Nationals (17-25, 7 GB) in the rubber game of a three-game set on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on SNY.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday. During his hitting streak, the 23-year-old Rosario was slashing .333/.368/.528 with one home run and seven RBIs. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-18 slump that has dropped his batting average from .284 to .263. ... Mets catchers this season have hit .211 (ninth worst in the majors) with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) try to get back over .500 when they continue their three-game set against the Nationals (16-25, 8.0 games behind Phillies) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

J.D. Davis is back in the lineup at third base, batting second, while Todd Frazier returns to the bench. ... Juan Lagares is in center field with Brandon Nimmo sitting against a lefty. ... The Mets' three-game winning streak is tied for their longest of the season. A win Wednesday would give them a season-high four-game winning streak. ... The Mets are 9-4 in Washington since the start of the 2018 season and have hit 15 home runs in those games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Moneyline: NYM +145/WAS -155
Over/Under: 8
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.50 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (3-1, 3.20 ERA)

After winning three in a row, the Mets are suddenly in position to climb back over the .500 mark. They can do that at the expense of the division rival Nationals, who enter tonight's meeting having lost seven of their last nine to fall into fourth place in the National League East.

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New York Mets at Washington Nationals

Moneyline: NYM +145/WAS -155
Over/Under: 8
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.50 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (3-1, 3.20 ERA)

After winning three in a row, the Mets are suddenly in position to climb back over the .500 mark. They can do that at the expense of the division rival Nationals, who enter tonight's meeting having lost seven of their last nine to fall into fourth place in the National League East.

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (19-20, 4.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) travel to the nation's capital to begin a three-game series against the Nationals (16-24, 8.0 games behind Phillies) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

In the leadoff role, Jeff McNeil has hit .357 (30-for-84) in 20 games atop the lineup. He owns a .522 average (12-for-23) in the opening frame, which ranks second in the majors. ... Amed Rosario enters Tuesday night's game on a seven-game hit streak and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight of his last night plate appearances. ... In 21 career games against the Nationals, Robinson Canó owns the second highest active batting average against the team (.363). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : It was billed as a four-team horse race that anybody could win, perhaps the most competitive division in the Majors this season. But as the contenders reach the quarter-pole this weekend, the NL East is hardly living up to the hype.

The race could still go to the wire, but with only the first-place Phillies over .500 as of Saturday, the division is certainly weaker than expected, with the Mets, Braves, and especially the Nationals all playing less-than-scintillating baseball.

Bad bullpens have been the common denominator -- though the Phillies' pen has been much-improved lately -- leaving open the possibility one of these teams takes the leap to sign Craig Kimbrel.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeurys Familia, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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The Mets go for a series win against the Nationals when they wrap up their three-game set at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games, are going for their third-straight series win to open the season. ... Pete Alonso leads all rookies in hits and doubles, and is tied for the lead in RBI. ... The Mets have scored 23 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, which is the second-most in the majors behind the Dodgers, who have scored 24 runs in the seventh or later. ... Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last eight starts at Citi Field, dating back to June 27, 2018. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, 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 are back in action Saturday afternoon as they look to bounce back from dropping their home opener when they take on the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario have each hit safely in all seven games this season, which is also the third-longest hitting streak of Rosario's young career. ... The Mets have struck out at least 10 batters in five of their first seven games, which is tied with the Brewers and Blue Jays for most double-digit strikeout games this season. ... Michael Conforto, who is batting sixth against the lefthander on Saturday, has four multi-hit games this season along with Ramos, which is tied for third in the league. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets play their first game at Citi Field when they face the Washington Nationals on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. SNY's coverage begins at 11:30 a.m.

Mets notes

The Mets are 37-20 in home openers and have won seven of their 10 openers at Citi Field. ... The Mets' .275 batting average ranks fourth in the majors. ... Five of Pete Alonso's nine hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one home run).

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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are aiming to complete an opening series sweep against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The last time the Mets swept the Nationals actually came almost a year to the date. They swept Washington on April 5-8. ...Pete Alonso collected his first RBIs of his young career on Saturday. ...Jeff McNeil tied his career-high with four hits yesterday. He now has four, four-hit games in his first 65 games of his career, becoming one of 13 players to do so. ...Edwin Diaz, who led the Majors in saves last season, already has two on the year.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

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

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 in their final spring training game of the year on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and Greg Bird hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who finished the spring 15-9.

2) Stephen Tarpley allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs, three hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Adam Ottavino struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Washington Nationals
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Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Michael Conforto stayed red hot at the plate and Jeurys Familia served as the opener during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

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

1. Conforto went yard for the third straight day, launching a two-run homer in the first inning for his fourth homer of the spring. The two-run shot gives him 10 RBI in Spring Training.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Washington Nationals
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Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Reliever Jeurys Familia will open Monday's Grapefruit League when the Mets take on the Nationals on Monday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto remains in the cleanup spot after homering in the last two games. He is hitting .255/.314/.468 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring. ... Juan Lagares is back in the lineup on Monday batting second and in center field. ... Robinson Cano enters the game with a .486 average and two home runs. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Hector Santiago takes the mound for the Mets on Sunday as they head to West Palm Beach to face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto returns to the cleanup spot on Sunday after going 2-for-3 with a home run on Saturday ... Pete Alonso bats second with his team-leading three home runs this spring while Dominic Smith is the DH as he continues to make his case to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz and the Mets face Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals in a Grapefruit League game on Friday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field.

Mets notes

Dominic Smith is tied with J.D. Davis for the team lead with eight RBIs. ... Robinson Cano has a .414/.452/.655 batting line with two home runs and six RBIs in 10 games.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

It's official: Jacob deGrom will be the Mets' Opening Day starter in 2019.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, will get the nod when New York opens the season on the road against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals on March 28.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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Brodie Van Wagenen believes the Mets are the favorites in the National League East, but the division may soon become even tougher than expected. 

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Manny Machado to the Phillies and Bryce Harper to the Nationals is the most-speculated outcome of the two star free-agents, while MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that momentum is "heating up" on making that a reality. 

If it indeed does turn out that way, retaining Harper would be a monumental win for the Nationals. 

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The guys talk Jeff McNeil 00:01:39
Gary and Keith discuss the tremendous success Jeff McNeil has had since his recall and whether he will be the starting 2nd baseman in 2019

Michael Conforto drove in three runs and Jeff McNeil finished with four hits as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-6, in their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Conforto's bases-loaded triple capped a four-run fourth that put the Mets ahead one inning after they failed to score despite having the bags juiced and nobody out. Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly -- his fifth RBI in three games -- put New York on top on the first. Washington rallied for three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead off an ineffective Steven Matz. McNeil's RBI single cut the lead to 3-2 and Conforto followed with his first triple of the season to give New York a 5-3 edge.

 

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The guys talk deGrom 00:01:43
Gary, Ron and Keith discuss Jacob deGrom's remarkable season as he set a new Major League record with his 23rd straight quality start

Jacob deGrom added another stellar start to his Cy Young resume, as he kept the Nats at bay in a 4-2 win down in Washington D.C. on Friday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

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The guys talk Mets bullpen 00:01:24
Gary, Ron, and Keith discuss the up and coming prospects in the Mets bullpen who are getting their opportunities as the season winds down.

Jose Lobaton's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 12th inning lifted the Mets past the Nationals, 5-4, on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) New York loaded the bases on a single and two walks in front of Lobaton, who collected his first RBI since April 27 during his first big league plate appearance in more than three months. The Mets led 3-0 in the sixth and 4-2 in the eighth, but Anthony Swarzak allowed a single and a walk to begin the frame. Daniel Zamora battled Bryce Harper for nine pitches before getting him to fly out to the right-field fence, but Robert Gsellman surrendered an RBI groundout to Rendon and game-tying double to Juan Soto. Both runs were charged to Swarzak.

 

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will be activated off the disabled list this week and start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease last week.

Syndergaard, who last pitched July 20, was placed on the 10-day DL after he contracted the disease while working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees relievers Jonathan Holder and Dellin Betances continued to dominate out of the bullpen in Monday's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning while Betances struck out the side in his 11th consecutive scoreless outing.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Washington Nationals
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Holder, Stanton shine vs. Nats 00:04:04
Jonathan Holder and Giancarlo Stanton made huge contributions in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Nationals.

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run as the Yankees rebounded from losing in a suspended game earlier Monday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Stanton his first four-hit game since May 13, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the seventh to give New York a two-run lead.

2) Hicks crushed his ninth home run of the season when he hit a 3-1 Erick Fedde sinker to deep right-center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.

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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees play a make-up game against the Washington Nationals on Monday at 6:45 p.m. after they resumed their suspended game from May 15.

Yankees notes

The Yankees, who lost the suspended game 5-3, entered Monday leading all American League teams with 113 home runs. ... The Yankees and Nationals split their two-game series in New York last week. ... The Yankees have the No. 5 ERA in the majors (3.43), while the Nationals enter Monday with a 3.38 team ERA. ... RHP Giovanny Gallegos will be the Yankees' 26th man.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 at Nationals Park on a game that began May 15 and was resumed on June 18 due to weather. >> Box score

Things to know about the game

1) The Yankees and Nationals were tied at 3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before rain halted play in May. 

2) Chad Green, who came on in relief of Masahiro Tanaka, surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Juan Soto, who on May 15 was in Double-A and made his official MLB debut on May 20, in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave Washington a 5-3 lead. (Soto's official MLB debut will still be May 20, but with an asterisk to denote his appearance in the suspended game.)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Austin, Washington Nationals
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RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations, the team announced Monday night.

Cole, whom the Nationals designated for assignment last week, went 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games (two starts) for Washington this season, giving up 15 runs, 16 hits and six home runs in 10 1/3 innings.

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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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Mets RHP Matt Harvey (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Matt Harvey (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey flirted with and escaped danger multiple times in a no-decision in Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Harvey gave up four runs, nine hits and one walk in five innings, leaving six Nationals stranded on the basepaths as he departed with a 5-4 lead.

He pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth inning by getting Anthony Rendon to fly out to deep left field, and escaped a fifth-inning jam when Michael A. Taylor singled between Harvey and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but Gonzalez caught Trea Turner overrunning third base and forced a tag out at home to end the inning.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated by second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated by second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets will go for a sweep of the Nationals in the series finale on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Nationals Park.

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Michael Conforto, CF Adam Eaton, LF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Anthony Rendon, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF Bryce Harper, RF
Todd Frazier, 3B Matt Adams, 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Howie Kendrick, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Trea Turner, SS
Travis d'Arnaud, C Michael A. Taylor, CF
Matt Harvey, RHP Pedro Severino, C
Amed Rosario, SS Tanner Roark, RHP
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Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

The Nationals are hiring Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez as their next manager, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "more likely than not" to switch teams after losing out on becoming manager for the Mets, FanRag.com's Jon Heyman reported Thursday.

The Mets recently gave permission to the Nationals to interview Long for their managerial vacancy, according to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga.

The Yankees' managerial job is also open, after the team parted ways with Joe Girardi on Thursday. Long served as hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014. The Phillies manager job is technically open, but multiple reports indicate the team is set to hire Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan.

In addition to available managerial jobs, there are multiple hitting coach positions open throughout the league.

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