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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets beat Marlins 5-4 00:01:28
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit a pair of homers to supply 4 runs but Brandon Nimmo's walk-off walk sealed the victory.

The Mets overcame a four-run deficit and forced extra innings, coming back and pulling out a 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday at Citi Field in New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Winless since Sept. 2's 7-3 road victory against the Washington Nationals, RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30 ERA) struggled early against the Marlins but limited the damage, allowing four runs on 10 hits while striking out seven and walking none. Syndergaard's issues started in the top of the second inning, allowing Isan Diaz's leadoff home run to center field. The Marlins scratched another run across during the frame when Jon Berti beat out an infield single and Austin Dean scored from second, catching the Mets sleeping after 2B Robinson Cano's bare-handed grab on the ground ball to the right side went to 1B Pete Alonso. Diaz got Syndergaard again in the top of the third inning when his single past Cano scored Neil Walker, deepening the Mets' 3-0 hole. Liekly the 27-year-old Syndergaard's last start of 2019, he would end his season just short of 200 strikeouts at 193.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Matz wanted to keep it close 00:01:43
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz knows he let his team down but the team isn't giving up hope just yet.

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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Mets win final road game of year 00:01:22
Callaway, Stroman, Conforto and Alonso on Stroman battling thru illness, Conforto's HR and the Mets attitude heading into the final week

RHP Marcus Storman battled into his way into the fifth inning before he exited Sunday's game early, leaving the final four-plus frames in the hands of the bullpen and putting the Mets' series finale in jeopardy.

The four Mets relievers, however, collectively answered the call for Stroman and manager Mickey Callaway.

With insurance home runs on solo shots from OFs J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo, the Mets kept control of the lead established off the offense's four-run first inning and recorded the 6-3 win to secure the three-game set against the Reds (73-83).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. 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) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After the past two weeks featured mixed performances with Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos as the Mets -- from general manager Brodie Van Wagenen to manager Mickey Callaway -- mulled the pitcher-catcher combination, Ramos has broken his silence.

Before the Mets' 8-1 win Friday against the Reds from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, he sat down with Mike Puma of the New York Post and defused any further drama that could be tied to him and Syndergaard.

Poor results from Syndergaard's starts with Ramos at catcher most recently led to the Mets' decision Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies, starting Rene Rivera but still struggling despite the team's 7-4 win.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (79-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) start their three-game series with the Reds (72-81, 14.0 GB in NL Central) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Rockies 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon thanks to a ninth inning rally. The team scored four runs to take the lead including an RBI single from Seth Lugo. Starting on the mound was Noah Syndergaard, who lasted 5.2 innings after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two walks. Rene Rivera was the catcher for Syndergaard, and ended up going 0-for-3 from the plate. Wilson Ramos will be back in the lineup against the Reds, as the catcher is batting .293 on the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 18, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after a play in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (79-73, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Reds on Friday night in Cincinnati. 

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


The Mets entered the top of the ninth inning on Wednesday trailing by a run. They then plated four runs to take a 7-4 lead before hanging on to beat the Rockies -- taking two of three games in Colorado >> Read more

Tags: Aaron Judge, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets react to comeback win 00:00:42
Noah Syndergaard was frustrated by his start but happy the team ultimately won. Pete Alonso stays positive that the Mets can keep winning.

From here on out, every single game remaining on the Mets' schedule is an important one.

And just as it looked like Wednesday's game against the Rockies was slipping out of their grasp, the Mets rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to come away with a 7-4 win over the Rockies, winning two of three in Denver.

The inning began with a leadoff walk from pinch-hitter Wilson Ramos. JD Davis quickly singled into right, moving pinch-runner Juan Lagares to third. Brandon Nimmo then singled through the right side to tie the game 4-4 and keep the gears in motion.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. 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) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Instead of catering to Noah Syndergaard's request to pitch to Tomas Nido or Rene Rivera -- which they are reportedly doing on Wednesday -- they should be fixing the issue in order to make Wilson Ramos Syndergaard's top choice.

Bobby Valentine says it will take more than the just two players to resolve the issue.

"It's not just a player situation. It's a situation that involves the whole team," Valentine told me when recording the former Mets manager's new podcast, The Bobby V Experience. "I would involve the pitching coach, the catching coach, the catchers, and maybe a pitcher or two that understand where Syndergaard is coming from and figure out the true problem because sometimes it's only a make-shift problem."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) hugs shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the dugout in the eighth 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) hugs shortstop Amed Rosario (1) in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Mets (78-73, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado on Wednesday at 3:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Marcus Stroman fired 7.0 scoreless innings in what was his best start as a Met, and the offense came alive as New York topped the Rockies, 6-1, on Tuesday night to draw within 4.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Stroman fired up for stretch 00:01:42
New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has turned in two really good starts and is confident in himself and the Mets down the stretch.

This is exactly the Marcus Stroman the Mets thought they were getting at the trade deadline.

After a string of up-and down starts to begin his Mets career, the right-hander was dominant on Tuesday night at Coors Field, tossing seven shutout innings in the Mets' 6-1 victory.

Stroman allowed just four hits, all singles, and only allowed one runner in scoring position all night. He kept the ball down and threw 61 of his 95 pitches for strikes, as he struck out seven while walking just one.

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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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Alonso regains lead with 48th HR 00:01:37
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso retakes the home run lead with his 48th round-tripper of the season, Mets beat Rockies 6-1.

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 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

News broke yesterday that Noah Syndergaard won't be pitching to Wilson Ramos during his Wednesday afternoon start in Colorado. Instead, Rene Rivera will make the start behind the plate, and manager Mickey Callaway explained why. 

"It sounds like he's gonna catch him," Callaway said, confirming MLB.com's report. "We feel that's probably going to be the best thing with this night game-day game in this altitude. We think that Noah is going to pitch well with him. So we'll probably go that route tomorrow."

Callaway added that there are "a lot of circumstances" that has Rivera behind the plate, with the quick turnaround from a night game to day game being one of them. Ramos is going to get the start tonight to catch Marcus Stroman.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (77-73, 15.5 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (66-85) Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. With 99 hits on the road, Amed Rosario is on the cusp of 100 hits away from home, which would make him the eighth player in Mets history to reach the century mark as a visitor. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (77-73, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado on Tuesday at 8:40 p.m.

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


Steven Matz was done in by an awful fourth inning, where he allowed six two-out runs as the Rockies turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead in the Mets' eventual 9-4 loss on Monday night >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 2, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

When pitcher Noah Syndergaard takes the mound on Wednesday for the Mets during their series against the Colorado Rockies, Rene Rivera will reportedly catch for the righty, not Wilson Ramos

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, the Mets will make that lineup change behind the plate.

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed a report from The Post on Sept. 9 that Syndergaard had previously voiced his frustrations with the Mets' brass in regard to him having to pitch to Ramos. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The most important inning of the Mets season began and ended with strategic intrigue -- hardly unusual for the Mickey Callaway era, which has been marked by curious managerial moves.

In this case, however, the primary issue -- whether Callaway should have allowed Zack Wheeler to begin the eighth -- is shaded by nuance.

Wheeler had pitched the game of his life, grinding his way out of tense situations in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, he struck out MVP candidate Cody Bellinger with a runner on second and two outs. In the seventh, he stranded two runners by striking out Matt Beaty with his 97th pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets lose on Gyorko hit in 9th 00:01:54
Callaway, Lugo, Wilson, Alonso and Davis comment on the tough late inning loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night

The Mets fell to the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday night, and are now 4.0 GB in the Wild Card standings. The team will travel out west to play the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series, starting on Monday night.

"When their backs are against the wall, they do special things," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "They've proved that time and time again, and I think they're going to continue to prove that. We gotta go take care of business in Colorado. Tough place to go, tough travel night. There's no excuses. We got to wake up, come out, swing the bats, and get the job done."

The Rockies have had a difficult season, as they are currently 65-85 and 31.5 GB of the Dodgers in the NL West. However, they have won five out of their last six games, including a sweep of the San Diego Padres.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets bullpen allows two runs late as they fall 3-2 to the Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was great once again, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run on six hits. The righty threw 97 pitches over seven innings of work. This makes it four-straight starts that Wheeler has allowed one earned run and no home runs.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, 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 (77-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) wrap up their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-54, 19.5 GA in NL West) on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday night thanks to a clutch hit by Rajai Davis. The 38-year-old came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning and delivered a three-run double to give the Mets their only runs of the day. Jacob deGrom threw 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. Justin Wilson sealed the deal with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the save.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Rajai Davis, Zack Wheeler
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Mets blank Dodgers 00:01:13
Veteran Rajai Davis ripped a clutch three-run double in the 8th inning to push the Mets past the Dodgers 3-0

Mets keep 3.0 games back in Wild Card race thanks to Rajai Davis' clutch hit in 3-0 win vs. Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Rajai Davis, the hero we all expected. In what went down as the Mets' final at-bat, the 38-year-old vet was called off the bench and delivered as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Both Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo were hit by pitches to start the rally, then Amed Rosario walked to load the bases. Due up was pitcher Seth Lugo, but skipper Mickey Callaway subbed in Davis, a righty hitter against lefty hurler Julio Urias. Battling through the plate appearance, fouling off two pitches, Davis pulled a double to left field, which cleared the bases, scoring all three base runners. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Seth Lugo
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The Mets (76-71, 15.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Noah Syndergaard put his performance against the Dodgers into perspective after he pitched to Wilson Ramos >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Syndergaard talks performance 00:01:28
Mickey Callaway and Noah Syndergaard on Syndergaard's performance and the Wilson Ramos controversy.

Through the first three innings of Friday's game between the Mets and Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard looked to be at the top of his game, allowing just two hitters to reach base while striking out four.

But in the fourth inning, Syndergaard made a pair of mistake pitches that ultimately handed him his eighth loss of the season in the Dodgers' 9-2 victory.

With one away, Cody Bellinger walked, followed by a Corey Seager single. AJ Pollock then sharply grounded a ball up the middle, just out of the reach of Robinson Cano, scoring Bellinger and tying the game.

Then came the big blow. On a 3-2 pitch, Syndergaard left a curveball up in the zone, and Gavin Lux didn't miss it, crushing a three-run shot to center field that hit just about the orange line, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After Game 1 of last year's division series loss to Boston, Aaron Boone had some cleaning up to do with his starting pitcher.

J.A. Happ, who had been removed with no outs in the third inning, was in Boone's office, and he was angry. He felt he should have had the chance to turn his performance around and save the bullpen.

But as Happ sat in a chair in the tiny room at Fenway, Boone and pitching coach Larry Rothschild calmly explained their rationale: They had a strong relief corps, were unwilling to let the game get away from them, and preferred other matchups in that inning. Happ left the office satisfied, and appreciative of the open exchange.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Chad Green, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, Luis Severino, Wilson Ramos, Andy Martino
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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Standing next to Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday afternoon, you noticed his downcast eyes and slow, careful tone. He was trying to parse questions about his relationship with the Mets organization and he just looked...exhausted.

Come to think of it, we're all fairly beaten down by now by the trickle of news about unpleasant moments between the team and a player who was once its most marketable star.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Andy Martino
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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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Frazier on his recent usage 00:01:41
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier came up big in the Mets 3-2 win over the D-Backs but understands his platoon with J.D. Davis.

The Mets bullpen struggles have been well documented this season. The team came into Tuesday's game against Arizona with 26 blown saves, the second most in the NL.

But on Tuesday night, with a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Justin Wilson for a four-out save, something the lefty had not done all season long.

Callaway's decision paid off, as Wilson, despite not being at the top of his game, was able to pin down the final four outs in the Mets' 3-2 win over the D-backs.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso
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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (73-70, 16.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-69, 17.5 GB in NL West, 2.5 GB in Wild Card race) on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

After Monday's win, the Mets are now 6-4 in their last 10 and 27-15 overall in their last 42 games. ... Pete Alonso is currently on pace to break Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record (52 in 2017). ... Since the start of August, Wilson Ramos is batting .415 with four home runs, 25 RBI and a 1.036 OPS,

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Syndergaard on Wilson Ramos 00:01:29
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard explains the leaked conversation he had with the front office and his relationship with Wilson Ramos

A day after a New York Post story came out regarding Noah Syndergaard's desire to not pitch to Wilson Ramos and a "livid" confrontation he had with his bosses over it, Syndergaard addressed the situation. 

"First and foremost, the whole idea that we had a livid (discussion) or I was livid with the conversation was completely false," Syndergaard said outside the Mets' clubhouse before Tuesday night's game. "We had a very cordial and adult conversation. As far as Wilson, I have nothing but respect for the guy. It doesn't change our relationship between one another. He busts his ass every day."

Syndergaard said it was "unfortunate" his meetings with team brass leaked out and that he was just having "open dialogue with the front office and coaching staff" to try to get to the bottom of "the extreme splits" that have impacted him when Ramos catches him instead of Tomas Nido

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hi five to celebrate the victory after the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hi five to celebrate the victory after the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (73-70, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


Pete Alonso smacked two homers and Jacob deGrom tossed 7.0 dominant innings as the Mets topped the Diamondbacks, 3-1, on Monday night >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilmer Flores, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Noah controversy 00:02:24
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen comments on meeting with Noah Syndergaard about him not wanting Wilson Ramos to catch him

The storyline prior to the Mets' game Monday night against Arizona was the report Noah Syndergaard expressing his displeasure with throwing to Wilson Ramos. Manager Mickey Callaway addressed the situation prior to the game, and as first pitch approached, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen weighed in, as well.

"Noah has expressed his issues with his comfortability with throwing to Wilson," Van Wagenen said. "I respect him for sharing those feelings. We listened to him. He understands our thought process that we might have him throwing to other catchers throughout the course of the season. We'll continue to evaluate that on a day-by-day basis and do what gives us the best chance to win." 

"Every game counts right now."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Callaway on Noah Syndergaard 00:01:35
Steve Gelbs talked to Mickey Callaway about the report that Noah Syndergaard was heated over Wilson Ramos catching him.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard met with team brass to voice his frustrations of having to pitch to C Wilson Ramos yet again this weekend, sources confirmed to SNY's Andy Martino. The Post was the first to report the meeting.

Syndergaard has not confirmed or commented on the news, but manager Mickey Callaway didn't deny it when asked by SNY's Steve Gelbs before Monday's game against the Diamondbacks. 

"You know what, Noah understands that I'm going to make the lineup out," Callaway said. "And he's going to go out there and compete for the team. He understands that we're trying to do something special here and get to the playoffs, and that everything else is separated from that. So we're going to continue putting the best players on the field at all times, and everyone of our players in there is going to compete to the best of their ability and only worry about the team. That's all you can do and I think Noah does a great job of that."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos
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Mets fall to Phillies 00:01:21
The Mets longest 9-inning game in club history ended in a 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon

The Mets pitching staff gave up three home runs in their 10-7 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard didn't have his best day on the mound, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.0 innings of work. The righty struck out five and walked just one batter. He did allow a solo home run to Adam Haseley in the top of the fourth inning with two outs, which cut the Mets lead to 3-2. Then in the top of the fifth inning, Corey Dickerson hit a two-run double off of Syndergaard to give the Phillies their first lead of the day.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos and Cano go back-to-back 00:00:21
Wilson Ramos wallops a two-run HR immediately followed by Robinson Cano's solo shot to give the Mets a 3-0 lead

The Mets had a solid first inning at the plate to kick off their series finale against the Phillies. 

It was Wilson Ramos striking first with a homer over the left field fence. And Robinson Cano followed that bomb up with one for himself, this time going over the right-center field fence as his bat remains hot...

Tags: Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Mets talk resiliency after win 00:01:40
After Pete Alonso walked off in the ninth, the Mets had a clear message of resiliency and the clear sense of the urgency to win.

The Mets walked off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday, but perhaps the biggest storyline from the game was the latest entry into Edwin Diaz's disastrous first season in New York.

With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth, the Mets rallied to put two runs on the board. The first came on an RBI single by Pete Alonso, giving the Mets a one-run lead. Wilson Ramos then followed up with an RBI single of his own, making it a 4-2 game.

With a two-run lead, Mickey Callaway elected to turn the ball over to Edwin Diaz in a high-leverage situation. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Alonso walks off in ninth 00:01:32
Edwin Diaz blew another save but Pete Alonso played hero, walking it off in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.

The Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but they managed to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

1) With a 4-2 lead in the ninth, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Edwin Diaz. After striking out Logan Morrison, Diaz allowed a single to Jean Segura, and then the big blow, a two-run home run by JT Realmuto on a hanging slider. Diaz's nightmare of a first season with the Mets continued on Friday night, as he allowed two more earned runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.88 and recording his seventh blown save. Diaz has now allowed 14 ninth-inning home runs this season, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2014 Brewers) for the most in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

2) In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied to load the bases with two outs, setting the stage once again for Pete Alonso. With a 3-2 count, Alonso laid off of a high breaking ball from Nick Vincent, forcing in the winning run on a walk-off walk.

3) In the bottom of the third inning, Todd Frazier led off with a looping single up the middle, just out of the reach of Cesar Hernandez. It was the 1,000th hit of Frazier's big-league career. Frazier moved to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a Jeff McNeil RBI single, putting the Mets up 1-0. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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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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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After the Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead and a Jeurys Familia relief outing put that lead in danger, they hung on -- with Seth Lugo tossing two scoreless innings and Justin Wilson shutting the door in the ninth -- as New York beat the Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After falling behind, 1-0, the Mets tied the game on a Juan Lagares solo homer to center field in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano lifted a two-run shot to left field to put the Mets up, 3-1, and Pete Alonso crushed a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning (his league-leading 45th of the season) to extend the lead further. The Mets added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Amed Rosario and a run-scoring knock off the bat of Jeff McNeil

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) complete their three-game series with the Nationals (78-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets suffered a tough loss to the Nationals in walk-off fashion, 11-10, in the second game of their series on Tuesday. ...The Mets have won 11 of their last 15 series since the All-Star break. ...Wilson Ramos' hitting streak rolls on, as it currently sits at 26 games. He's hitting .430 over that span with three homers, seven doubles and 18 RBI. ...Todd Frazier is one hit away from collecting the 1,000th of his career. ...Mets starters are 20-9 with a 3.11 ERA since the All-Star break. ...Jeff McNeil likes to swing at the first pitch this season, hitting .407 with 12 doubles and 12 homers when he does so.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning up six runs but fell apart, surrendering seven runs -- including a walk-off three-run home run -- as the Nationals stunned New York, 11-10, Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets' biggest weakest reared its ugly head at the worst-possible time. With a 10-4 cushion in the bottom of the ninth inning, RHP Paul Sewald ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits while getting only one out as the Nationals crept back. After LHP Luis Avilan allowed a hit and RHP Edwin Diaz entered with three runners on. With one out, Diaz left a pitch over the plate and C Kurt Suzuki did the damage, pulling a three-run home run to left field and walking the Nationals off against the Mets for the seven-run comeback.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos extends hitting streak 00:00:16
Wilson Ramos drove in a run in the 4th inning to make it 1-1, extending his hitting streak to 26 games with a double.

After a two-out strikeout against Washington Nationals RHP Max Scherzer to end the top of the second inning, Mets C Wilson Ramos wasted no time in getting his revenge.

In fact, he made history.

The next at-bat for Ramos came in the top of the fourth inning with no outs and two runners on base, delivering an RBI double deep down the left-field line.

Tags: David Wright, Wilson Ramos
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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (70-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (77-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets face the Nationals with both teams sending their aces to the mound, the third time all season. The previous matchups featured wins for the Mets, who came out on top March 28 and May 22. While the pitching matchup brings the buzz, the Mets are also riding the momentum of C Wilson Ramos, whose career-high hitting streak enters the night at 25 games -- the longest active hitting streak in the MLB. Should Ramos extend his streak to 26 games, he would tie former 3B David Wright, who did so from Sept. 17, 2006, to April 19, 2007. On another streak, 1B Pete Alonso has reached base safely in 28 straight games since Aug. 2 and tied a Mets rookie record as a result after Justin Turner did so in 2011. Alonso's is the longest active streak in baseball. While the Mets activated Robinson Cano off the 10-day IL before the game, 2B Joe Panik gets the start.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, 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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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets (69-67, 14 GB in NL East, 4 GB for second Wild Card) open up a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (77-58, 5.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GA for first Wild Card)  Monday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

Marcus Stroman pitched his first quality start with the Mets Sunday, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss to the Phillies Sunday night... Pete Alonso smashed his 43rd home run of the season and remains tied for the NL lead with Cody Bellinger. He's nine shy of the all-time rookie record, held by Aaron Judge... Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 25 games, third-longest in Mets history and longest ever by a Mets catcher. Brandon Nimmo was activated from the IL prior to Sunday's game and drew a walk in his only plate appearance.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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The eighth inning proved to be a decisive one, as the Mets allowed three Phillies runs and lost the final game of their series in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, the combination of Daniel Zamora and Jeurys Familia was unable to keep the score even. Zamora started the inning, allowed a single to Bryce Harper and was replaced by Familia. The right-hander ended up loading the bases for Scott Kingery, who delivered a bases-clearing double to provide the difference in the score.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (69-66, 13 GB in NL East, 4 GB for second Wild Card) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (69-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park. 

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Phillies 6-3 on Saturday, thanks to a strong outing from Steven Matz, who improved to 9-8 with the win. He allowed just two earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in 5.0 innings. Wilson Ramos went 4-for-5 from the plate, and extended his MLB-best active hitting streak to 24 games. Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Joe Panik also had two RBI after going 1-for-5.

Tags: Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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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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Mets talk big win in Philly 00:01:22
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Amed Rosario talk offensive night against Phillies.

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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