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Mets win streak ends with 9-8 L 00:01:31
New York Mets were fresh off a sweep of the Nationals but their 8 runs weren't enough to keep the Tigers at bay

The Mets crushed five home runs, but their pitching couldn't hold up in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Friday's game

1) The Tigers jumped on Noah Syndergaard early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each drove in a run in the first, and Jacoby Jones jolted a two-run homer in the second. Syndergaard's night came to an end after 5.1 innings, as he tied his season-high with 10 hits allowed, leading to six Tiger runs. 

2) The middle infielders provided a spark for the Mets, as Amed Rosario jump-started the offense in the third inning with a solo home run. Then, in the fourth, Adeiny Hechavarria slammed an opposite-field three-run shot, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Callaway, Gomez happy after win 00:01:56
Mickey Callaway spoke about the Mets 4-game series sweep and how it was important to get Carlos Gomez to the majors.

The Mets have needed to dip into their Triple-A Syracuse roster recently to alleviate some of the injuries plaguing their core players. And those have been called up are making an immediate impact. 

For today's comeback win, that recent call-up was Carlos Gomez

With two runners on and the Mets down one, Gomez found himself in a hole with a 1-2 count and two outs already on the board. But Wander Suero didn't hit his spot with a fastball, and Gomez put a quick swing on it to lift it over the fence for a three-run homer. And that was all she wrote as the Mets swept the four-game series...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Rajai Davis, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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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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Mets lose 3rd straight game 00:01:41
Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom on deGrom's rough night while Pete Alonso discusses Mets battling back in loss

Jacob deGrom just didn't have it on Friday, and he put the Mets in such a hole that by the time the bats came alive late in the game, it was too little, too late.

The ace gave up a season-high seven runs (six earned) in five innings in the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Marlins, allowing nine hits -- including a two-run homer -- while striking out just three. His ERA jumped to 3.98 through nine starts.

"Not able to locate after the second inning. Felt good the first two, and then things got kind of out of control. Tonight's on me," deGrom said. "I did a terrible job out there. These guys did nothing but battle, and I let it get out of hand."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Wilson Ramos
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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

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

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is congratulated by second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the first inning 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) is congratulated by second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) topped the Nationals on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. They continue their three-game series with the Nats on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' win, Noah Syndergaard tossed 8.0 dominant innings after Wilson Ramos gave New York an early edge with a first inning grand slam >> Read more

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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:32
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Wilson Ramos on the Mets 6-2 win over the Nationals

Wilson Ramos set the tone in the first inning and Noah Syndergaard took it from there in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park. 

The Mets catcher spotted his pitcher a four-run lead before he even took the mound when Ramos blasted a 1-0 changeup from Jeremy Hellickson over the left field fence for a grand slam. 

It was just the second home run of the season for Ramos, who has struggled to find his power stroke through 36 games with the Mets. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:25
Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings and Wilson Ramos provided the offensive support with a grand slam as the Mets beat the Nats, 6-2

Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

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

1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Wilson Ramos Grand Slam in DC 00:00:13
Wilson Ramos hits a grand slam in DC to put the Mets up 4-0 over the Nationals on Tuesday night in Washington.

The Mets wasted no time in doing damage in Tuesday's game against the Nationals when catcher Wilson Ramos stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and ripped a 1-0 changeup over the left field wall for an early 4-0 lead. 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 11, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) tosses his bat after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (19-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) got a second-straight strong start from Jacob deGrom and belted a pair of homers as they beat the Marlins for the second-straight night. They wrap up their three-game series against the Marlins on Sunday at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom allowed one run over 7.0 dominant innings, Pete Alonso hit a tie-breaking opposite-field homer, and Edwin Diaz nailed it down >> Read more

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Justin Wilson is back on the 10-day IL with the same left elbow soreness that put him there a couple weeks ago, according to multiple reports from Citi Field Saturday. 

Wilson went on the IL on April 22 after feeling discomfort in his elbow. Everything seemed fine after his rehab, but in his most recent outing on May 6, he allowed two runs on three hits over one inning of work. 

The 31-year-old, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal to be a much-needed lefty arm out of the bullpen this season, will hope to figure out the cause of the recurring soreness. The Mets have another lefty in Luis Avilan on the IL, which leaves Daniel Zamora as the only southpaw in the pen.

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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets at 17-20 and 4.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, the team is in a dangerous spot. It's still very early, but if they don't right the ship soon, things could begin to spiral out of control.

And one of the reasons the Mets are 17-20 at the moment is the fact that they have gotten almost impossibly bad performances from a handful of players who were expected to be key contributors.

Those struggles are detailed below, with us breaking down what's going wrong and determining just how worried the Mets should be about each...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Two weeks ago the Mets seemed to have no need for Jed Lowrie. No room, either. Now, suddenly, with the free-agent infielder finally ready to play, his new team is hoping desperately he can provide exactly the type of offensive spark Brodie Van Wagenen had in mind when he signed him.

For that matter, as badly as the slumping Mets need Lowrie to deliver offensively, it's fair to say Van Wagenen might need it even more.

There is plenty of blame to spread around, obviously, as this team has fallen off a cliff in going 4-10 over the last couple of weeks, beset by problems in all phases of the game.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

The Mets (17-20, 4.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) squandered numerous scoring opportunities as they lost to the Padres, 3-2, in the final game of a three-game set. They are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday night. 

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


In the Mets' loss to the Padres, Wilmer Font got the start and filled in admirably, but Pete Alonso was robbed of a go-ahead homer before two other New York rallies were short-circuited >> Read more

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

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

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

Here's the gist on Font...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Brewers sweep Mets 00:01:09
Christian Yelich returned to the lineup and launched a two-run homer to help the Brewers complete a sweep of the Mets

A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500. >> Box score


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

1) A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss, Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenen rolled out a lineup that was without Jeff McNeil (Callaway said he needed a day), Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos. J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It appears Travis d'Arnaud has already landed on his feet. 

The former Mets catcher was in the Dodgers' clubhouse Sunday in San Diego. The Mets announced last Sunday they designated him for assignment and he was formally released later in the week. 

d'Aarnaud underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and the Mets tendered him a contract worth more than $3 million for this season. But his time as Wilson Ramos' backup ended -- along with his six-year tenure in New York -- when he began the season in a 2-for-25 slump and the Mets' desire to move Tomas Nido into the backup role. 

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Mets fail to support Matz 00:01:14
Mickey Callaway, Michael Conforto and Steve Matz comment on the Mets disappointing 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night

Earlier in the season, the Mets had no problem putting up runs as they got some shaky performances out of their starting pitchers.

Now their pitchers have turned things around and the offense has gone cold. After averaging 5.6 runs through their first 23 games, the Mets are averaging just 2.6 runs over their last nine and scored just one run in Friday's loss at Milwaukee.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Brewers stifle Mets 00:00:55
Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

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


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

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Most Mets fans groaned before Tuesday night's game when manager Mickey Callaway said Jeurys Familia could be relied on for a two-inning save because Edwin Diaz (who had pitched three games in a row) was unavailable.

But then Familia entered the game in the eighth inning with the Mets leading by a run and looked as nasty as he has in quite some time -- firing sinkers with great depth while his slider dropped off the table.

After a long time in the dugout between innings as the Mets rallied for an insurance run, Familia looked similarly nasty to open the ninth inning as he struck out the first two batters and had the Mets one out away from victory while holding a 3-1 lead. Then the roof caved in. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets' bullpen battles consistency issues as a unit, one key piece may return soon.

Justin Wilson told reporters Tuesday he's "close" to rejoining the team. The lefty reliever was placed on the 10-day injured list last Monday with left elbow soreness. He threw off a mound Monday and threw again Tuesday off flat ground, with a bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday. 

Wilson also said he will travel with the Mets to Milwaukee this weekend for their three-game set against the Brewers. 

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Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts as he talks to catcher Wilson Ramos (40) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts as he talks to catcher Wilson Ramos (40) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (14-14, 2.0 games behind the Phillies for first place in NL East) face the Reds on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Reds, Edwin Diaz allowed a tie-breaking solo homer to Jesse Winker in the top of the ninth inning >> Read more

After the game, Diaz spoke confidently about how he expected this kind of outcome to be a rarity >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall short 5-4 to Reds 00:01:15
The Mets capitalized on a big fourth inning against Tanner Roark and the Reds, but Edwin Diaz gave up the go-ahead run to lose 5-4.

Edwin Diaz allowed a go-ahead home run to Jesse Winker in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets lost to the Reds 5-4 on Monday at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Entering in a 4-4 game, Diaz retired the first two hitters before his first-pitch fastball to Winker was sent 415 feet to right field. Diaz had retired all 15 left-handed batters he faced before Winker homered.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Cincinnati Reds, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Wilson Ramos is not performing like the elite, free-agent catcher that sought a long-term deal this past winter. This could be why, after spending several weeks seeking a four-year deal, Ramos settled for two years and $19 million from the Mets.

The acquisition of Ramos was interpreted as Van Wagenen getting his third choice. If you recall, he had reportedly been chasing the Marlins around for J.T. Realmuto, who was eventually traded to the Phillies. And, according to Yasmani Grandal, before he signed his current deal with the Brewers, he rejected a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets. 

In between Realmuto going to Philadelphia and Grandal going to the Brewers, Van Wagenen signed Ramos, who said the Mets were always his first choice.

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Matz bounces back 00:01:46
Steve Matz comments on bouncing back from his last start while Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil discuss the Mets offensive performance

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

Five things to know about Monday's game

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets officially activated third baseman Todd Frazier on Monday and placed reliever Justin Wilson on the injured list with elbow soreness.

Frazier, who will play third "quite a bit," according to manager Mickey Callaway, has been out since spring training due to an oblique injury.

He played 13 rehab games with High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Syracuse, going 10-for-42 with one home run and nine RBIs. Frazier also played four games at shortstop.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches to St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the second inning at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard is not happy with how he has pitched in 2019, during which he has been charged with giving up 19 runs in just five starts and 29 innings.

"To be quite honest, the entire beginning of this season, my performances have been unacceptable," he said later Sunday. "I have to be better. I will be better. There's no excuses for it."

In his start Sunday against the Cardinals, Syndergaard tossed five innings, allowed four earned runs, eight hits and two batters, both which were the first batter of the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mets fall hard to Phillies, 14-3 00:01:11
Steven Matz was shelled and the defense struggled as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-3, on Tuesday night.

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

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets were put in a giant hole early on against the Phillies on Wednesday, but that didn't stop the bats from trying to cut into the deficit. 

Michael Conforto was one of those players, as he launched an opposite field solo shot in the top of the third. It was his fourth homer of the season. 

An inning before Conforto went deep, Wilson Ramos got the Mets on the board with a solo homer himself. It was his first home run as a Met, and only his second extra-base hit of the year...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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deGrom loses 2nd straight start 00:01:03
Jacob deGrom lost for the second straight time as the Braves clubbed three home runs, beating the Mets 7-3

Jacob deGrom labored through five innings and the Mets' offense left 10 runners on base as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1) DeGrom (2-2) allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in five innings, tying a season high with 114 pitches but only in five innings. After going 2-0 with 13 shutout innings in his first two outings of the season, deGrom has allowed nine runs and 13 hits in his last nine innings across two starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Paul Sewald
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

As the Mets traveled north from Port St. Lucie, their bullpen looked to be a solid unit. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen landed the MLB's saves leader in closer Edwin Diaz and brought back Jeurys Familia to join Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Lefty Justin Wilson was also a crucial free agent pickup.

But this group has not gotten off to the start they hoped for in 2019.

As a whole, though, the seven bullpen arms - that includes Luis Avilan and Tim Peterson as well - own a combined 5.76 ERA to start the new year. Avilan has the worst ERA of the relievers, sitting at 16.20 after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings. Lugo is also struggling with a 8.10 ERA after allowing six earned over 6.2 innings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

There are ways to explain away Zack Wheeler's disappointing start to his season, from getting "fastball-happy" in his first outing to being a bit out of whack mechanically at home Sunday, when he walked the ballpark.

Furthermore, there were just enough good innings amidst the wreckage, featuring an electric fastball and solid secondary stuff, to believe that Wheeler could right himself quickly and begin living up to the high expectations he created with his spectacular second half in 2018.

But as an NL scout who was at Citi Field on Sunday said, when I asked him on Monday to evaluate Wheeler's latest start:

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

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

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets lose 12-9 to Nats 00:01:28
The Mets were once down 12-1 in the series finale against the Nats. They climbed their way back to 12-9 but that's as close as they got.

Mets pitchers combined to walk 12 batters as they dug the team into a 12-1 hole. New York's offense erupted after that, helped by a terrible Nationals bullpen, but the late explosion fell short as the Mets lost, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field in the finale of their three-game series. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was shaky from the start of the game, and while he escaped the first inning unscathed, the Nationals dropped a five-spot on him in the second inning with Wheeler unable to locate at all. That inning was especially ugly, with Wheeler walking a pair of batters, allowing a ground ball RBI single to Max Scherzer, and left fielder Jeff McNeil playing what would have been a sacrifice fly and the second out into a ground-rule double by Adam Eaton that made it 4-0 Nats...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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 catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the injured list prior to Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Nationals, optioning catcher Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 25-man roster.

D'Arnaud, who has not played in the majors for roughly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had been playing rehab games with High-A St. Lucie, where he went 2-for-7 with one walk in two games.

With d'Arnaud back, the Mets are two players (Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie) away from being at full strength. Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained oblique, has also been playing rehab games with St. Lucie and is expected to return soon. Lowrie (knee) is a bit further away. 

Tags: Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets shutout by Washington 00:00:48
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard lost a tough game to the Nationals but is happy with the progress of his curveball this season.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field in their home opener >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard wasn't at his best early, and a couple of walks in the second inning (due in part to a terrible zone by the home plate umpire) followed by a wild pitch and a safety squeeze, gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Syndergaard settled in after that, retiring 12-straight batters at one point and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The no-no was ruined when Victor Robles homered to left field on Syndergaard's first pitch of the sixth inning, extending Washington's lead to 2-0. Overall, Syndergaard allowed two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out six in 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets react to 6-5 win 00:00:25
The Mets react to the late inning runs scored by the Marlins. Wilson had a funny reaction to the last pitch of the game.

The Mets held off a late scare by the Miami Marlins on Tuesday with Justin Wilson on the mound for the final five outs in a 6-5 victory. 

Mickey Callaway explained after the game why he went with Wilson in that spot and Wilson also reacted to getting out of the jam he created in the ninth inning to win the game. 

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Mets hold on to beat Marlins 00:01:31
The Mets jumped out to an early lead scoring 5 runs in the first. Lugo was shaky in relief leading to a clutch double play to end the game.

The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on Tuesday and survived a scare in the late innings with Justin Wilson getting a game-ending double play to work out of a jam for a five-out save in a 6-5 win over the Marlins.  >> Box score

Seven things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Amed Rosario, fresh off his go-ahead RBI base hit the night before, delivered the big blow in the first inning with a two-RBI double to put them up 4-0. He finished the game 1-for-4. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Justin Wilson, Miami Marlins, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets jump out to 5-0 lead 00:00:28
The Mets got off to a great start in the 1st inning against the Marlins. Their bats came alive leading to five runs scoring in the 1st

The Mets burst out for five runs in the first inning behind RBI hits from Wilson Ramos, Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario to give themselves an early 5-0 lead againts the Marlins. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos
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Mickey Callaway said Monday that Todd Frazier, who has been out since late-February due to a strained oblique, will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie (knee) recently began fielding ground balls and swinging a bat from both sides of the plate, though he as yet to be cleared to run at full speed. Lowrie has been idle most of the spring as he continues to deal with a capsule sprain in his left knee.

If I'm guessing, I'd say Frazier will be back next week, while Lowrie remains out through most of April. In time, though, once Frazier and Lowrie return, the Mets will need shuffle playing time around the diamond and force Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen to make some difficult decisions about the overall roster and daily lineup construction...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (3-1) play the second game of their three-game series with the Marlins (2-3) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso will start the night on the bench, as Dominic Smith starts at first base -- a move that was planned before Alonso homered on Monday night. ... The Mets have recorded double-digit hits for three straight games. ... The Mets are batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position this season. ... Mets pitchers have issued only six walks this season, which is the lowest in the National League. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

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

Five things to know about Monday's game

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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