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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Brandon Nimmo saw success for the first time in his young career in 2017, despite an unusual profile and an inconsistent role on the team. The team's outfield alignment may not have an opening for him on a regular basis but can one plus-plus tool force their hand?

Nimmo arrived in the majors with the expectation that he would get on base and he has done exactly that. Over 215 plate appearances in 2017, he put up a .379 on base percentage, which would have ranked him in the top 20 of all hitters in baseball if he qualified. A high strikeout rate held him back from a high batting average, but his 15 percent walk rate was elite and anyone getting on base that often has significant value, regardless of his other qualities.

When a young player puts up an exceptional statistic like a 15 percent walk rate, it makes it difficult to project future seasons with accuracy. ZiPS, Steamer, and PECOTA all expect a big drop off, based on the assumption that his walk rate will fall back to earth and his power will regress...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes talks MVP goal 00:02:04
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes meets the media in Port St. Lucie, and talks about his goal of an MVP season in 2018.

Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes comes into the new season hoping that he can stay healthy after a tumultous season last year. Plagued by injuries, Cespedes saw only 81 of the 162 games last season. The Mets rely on his power bat in the lineup, and just when they though he would stay on the field for a long stretch, he was back on the IR. 

This offseason, he decided to shake up his normal training regimen, and focus on durability. Running more and even yoga has allowed him to become more flexible, which he hopes will result in staying loose all season.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterYou just can't help but smile when you hear this, right? It brings a smile to my face for a couple of reasons. Yes, of course because the thought of Yoenis Cespedes in tree pose or downward facing dog is a long way off from the image of Cespedes we usually have. But also because it shows that he is trying to be more proactive about his health...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:03:23
Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo report from Mets Spring Training, where Mickey Callaway discussed his expectations for the 2018 season.

Mickey Callaway addressed his team before the first full-squad practice at Port St. Lucie on Monday, and the team's expectations for the season were the main takeaways.

Every team has aspirations to make the postseason and World Series when the new year begins. And though that is an obvious goal, Callaway wants the team to focus on getting better each day, and setting their own expectations.

Turning those expectations into results is the main goal...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) tosses his bat on his way to first base on a walk in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) tosses his bat on his way to first base on a walk in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes "has promised the team he will not play golf during the season," former WFAN host Mike Francesa said Tuesday night on WOR. 

Cespedes' golfing has been a topic of debate since his Mets tenure began.

He posted a photo of himself golfing during the 2016 season as he was simultaneously missing time on the field with a leg injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list.

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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

In the three weeks since Jay Bruce inked a three-year, $39 million deal to return to the Mets, I've picked up a wide range of feedback in talks with MLB insiders.

For the most part, everyone I talk with agrees that this is fair value for Bruce. In fact, though Bruce may have been requesting a five-year deal at the start of the winter, no one I know ever expected he would get it and they all pegged him around the deal he eventually signed.

"He doesn't project great, but for him it's all about the fly ball," an R&D staffer from a rival team told me. "If Bruce gets back to hitting balls in the air the way he did before they traded him last summer, and if Cespedes is in the lineup, Bruce is capable of topping his production from last season."

And that's the big concern, which has less to do with Bruce's bat and more to do with the bats around him...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies. (AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the second-best left fielder in baseball, according to MLB.com's Shredder.

That ranking has him higher than a recent one by MLB talent evaluators, and the team at ESPN Stats & Info, which had him as the third-best lef fielder in the National League. However, Buster Olney of ESPN added that if Cespedes can play 150 games, he would be number one.

"Tool-for-tool, he's as good as anybody in baseball," former Mets manager Terry Collins told WFAN in November. "He has the ability to turn the league upside down if he wants to."

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Sep 11, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) (Peter Aiken)
Sep 11, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) (Peter Aiken)

Lorenzo Cain just signed a five-year, $80 million contract with the Brewers -- a deal mostly seen as fair overall. The Mets had largely silenced any rumors of a union with Cain with the signing of Jay Bruce earlier this month, but the reasonable terms of Cain's contract raise the question of whether he would have been the better fit.

Cain represents something the Mets haven't had on the team in some time -- a starting center fielder in his natural position. While Juan Lagares is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, he is not viewed as a starting-caliber player, and so the team has made due with reasonably athletic corner outfielders, from Yoenis Cespedes to Michael Conforto, both of whom more than account for the defensive deficiencies with strong bats.

But the value of a true center fielder is significant. Not only does the defense in center improve, but an uptick in the run-prevention from the corners usually happens as well. Cain, the fourth-best centerfielder in baseball since 2015 by both defensive runs saved and ultimate zone rating, would have undoubtedly tightened up the outfield in an era of ever-increasing fly balls.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him -- at least for the first few months of the season -- reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that the Pirates did not receive equal value in exchange for Cole and McCutchen, but Gammons says the "gist of opinion from the GMs" he talked to is that the Pirates did well in those trades, and may try to compete sooner than later instead of continuing to tear down.

The Mets and Yankees have been among the teams interested in trading for Harrison, but it was reported last week that the Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for Harrison -- believing the cost should be lower. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported last Tuesday that the Mets had seen Nimmo as a potential centerpiece in a deal for Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. Yes, there are other infield options on the free agent market. But there are issues that come with signing each of them. Todd Frazier would necessitate moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where he's a poor defender. Eduardo Nunez is a poor defender himself. Neil Walker has dealt with back issues. And Jose Reyes is a bench piece at this point in his career...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:39
Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was quite the week for Mets fans. Well, to be more specific, it was quite the weekend for Mets fans, as the Queens Baseball Convention was on Saturday.

For those of you who weren't there, those of us in attendance fell in love with Brandon Nimmo a little bit, myself included...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jay Bruce, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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What's the plan with Nimmo? 00:02:22
With the news that the Mets decided to pass on Andrew McCutchen in order to hold onto Brandon Nimmo, the BNNY crew has questions.

The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The Mets believe the asking price is not consistent with Harrison's contract, according to Puma. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Amed Rosario, who is expected to be the Mets' starting shortstop this coming season, is already in St. Lucie working on improving his strike zone recognition and patience at the plate.

"I've been working hard, steadily, every single day,'' Rosario told The NY Post through translator Melissa Rodriguez. "Coming into this year, I've really been focusing on my strike zone, trying to make that smaller and, of course, trying not to go for some of those bad pitches."

As a 21-year-old in what was his first taste of the majors, Rosario hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases, but walked just three times in 170 plate appearances. He also struck out 49 times -- a rate of 28.8 percent. For comparison, Yankees OF Aaron Judge -- who was challenging the all-time strikeout record last season -- struck out 30.7 percent of the time.

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Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, and infielders Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores are working out today at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, FL.

"Work in silence and let the others make the noise," Lagares wrote as part of his caption on Instagram.

Click below for the picture of Lagares and his teammates

Tags: Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are reportedly signing OF/1B Jay Bruce to a three-year deal worth $39 million, and have told him to expect to get some time at first base. The deal will likely have serious ramifications (short and long-term) for at least two current players -- and maybe more...

What happens to Juan Lagares?

The Mets have been open to trading Lagares, who is owed $6.5 million this coming season and $9 million in 2019. And the acquisition of Bruce gives them a full outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto (when he returns), and Bruce from left to right...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's risky for the Mets to not acquire another outfielder. Duh, right? But it's so much more than that. Here are three reasons why the Mets' need for an outfielder is so glaring:

Michael Conforto is still recovering from his shoulder injury

Conforto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and his injury is a punch to the gut that I don't need to re-live. He's supposed to be the kid who can be placed anywhere in the outfield without us having to worry. He got experience in center field last season just for this reason. But the Mets are likely not going to have him on the roster when the season begins, and we're not sure for how long after that...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies. (AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the third-best left fielder in the National League, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, MLB talent evaluators and the team at ESPN Stats & Info.

However, Olney adds, if Cespedes can play 150 games, he would be number one.

"Tool-for-tool, he's as good as anybody in baseball," former Mets manager Terry Collins told WFAN in November. "He has the ability to turn the league upside down if he wants to."

In September, Cespedes told reporters he intended to do more running this off-season in an effort to keep his legs more healthy.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterJ.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain are among 12 of the top 15 free agents -- as listed by MLB Trade Rumors -- who remain unsigned.

Of those top 15, Masahiro Tanaka (who was ranked No. 5) never officially became a free agent, meaning only two of the top 15 free agents have signed. Those players? Carlos Santana (Phillies) and Wade Davis (Rockies).

Earlier this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team was seeking a first baseman who could also play corner outfield, a second baseman, bullpen help (they have since signed Anthony Swarzak), and rotation depth. Since then, though, he has seemingly dialed back expectations, expressing optimism in Dominic Smith (who he had been critical of) and listing starting pitching help as fourth on his list of three needs...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Figueroa's Mets resolutions 00:04:40
Nelson Figueroa previews the upcoming season by breaking down what his New Year's resolutions are for several key Mets players in 2018.

Nelson Figueroa and Gary Apple preview the upcoming season by breaking down what their New Year's resolutions are for several key Mets players in 2018.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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BNNY: Andy Martino 00:03:17
Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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John Ricco on Mets offseason 00:00:53
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco discusses the Mets offseason from the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

The Mets and Blue Jays are expressing interest in free agent CF Lorenzo Cain, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says the Royals are growing "increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, or 3B Mike Moustakas.

Cain, who turns 32 years old in April, hit .300/.363/440 with 15 HR, 27 doubles, 26 stolen bases, and 49 RBI in 155 games for the Royals this past season.

He was worth 5 DRS in center field in 2017 after being worth 11 DRS in 2016 and 18 DRS in 2015.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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John Ricco on Mets offseason 00:00:53
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco discusses the Mets offseason from the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

The Mets and Blue Jays are expressing interest in free agent CF Lorenzo Cain, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says the Royals are growing "increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, or 3B Mike Moustakas.

Cain, who turns 32 years old in April, hit .300/.363/440 with 15 HR, 27 doubles, 26 stolen bases, and 49 RBI in 155 games for the Royals this past season.

He was worth 5 DRS in center field in 2017 after being worth 11 DRS in 2016 and 18 DRS in 2015.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With a new manager in Mickey Callaway and a coaching staff in place, Sandy Alderson can now focus his full attention on the Mets' roster.

This is a significant offseason for the GM, who is in the homestretch of his tenure, and who must return the franchise to the relevance it enjoyed in 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)
Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson may be able to spend between $30-40 million in new talent for 2018. In October, he told reporters he'd like to add to the bullpen and acquire a reliable, veteran starting pitcher.

Alderson will also reportedly try to add at least one consistent, everyday hitter. I suspect he'll first try to put a bat at second or third base. If he can't, he'll have no choice but to turn to the outfield. If the big hitter is a center fielder, Alderson can use Michael Conforto in right field. If the Mets end up pursuing a power hitting right fielder, they can use Conforto in center. 

The thing is, there are only three or four proven, everyday outfielders available on the open market. At the same time, the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, D-backs, Red Sox, and Phillies are all reportedly looking to acquire the same caliber outfielder as Alderson...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Mets opened at 20-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Mets' odds were the eighth-best in the majors. The seven teams above them -- the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), Nationals (7-1), Yankees (8-1), Red Sox (10-1), and Cubs (10-1) -- all made the playoffs this past season.

Meanwhile, the Mets finished with a record of 70-92...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Steve Karsay is a Queens kid, born and raised in New York. He pitched in the Bronx cauldron with the Yankees, serving in the same bullpen as Mariano Rivera, and even subbed at closer for Rivera during a stretch in 2002.

So Karsay has a grasp of the New York market, its pressures and strains. And Karsay, who has worked with Mickey Callaway the last few years in the Indians organization, believes the new Mets manager is suited to thrive in it, mostly because "one of his strengths is, he's a great communicator," Karsay says.

"I think he'll excel at being a manager. He'll be a players' manager, but with the stern-ness and the growth for them to learn under him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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The Sandy Bunch: Kevin Long 00:00:36
SNY.tv takes a look at Mets hitting coach Kevin Long as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

There's a lot of skepticism at the true impact a hitting coach can have on a swing decades in the making, but one of the few who has undeniably made his mark is Kevin Long. That talent has made him invaluable to the Mets and has pushed his name near the top of the list of managerial candidates.

Long has had a significant effect on Mets hitting since joing the team in 2015. He translated the organizational focus on plate discipline -- not necessarily with the goal of drawing walks, but with the goal of finding a pitch to drive -- in a way that clicked for many of their hitters.

Curtis Granderson, who had sung Long's praises since they worked together in the Bronx, rebounded from a rough Mets debut to put together one of the best seasons of his career. Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera both saw big spikes in on base percentage working under Long as well. And Long's intense work with Daniel Murphy certainly seems to have paid off as well, albeit not for the Mets...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies. (AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is rehabbing four days a week and will focus on running this off-season to keep his legs healthy, he said to reporters on Tuesday.

"I'm doing a treatment four days a week and it seems to be going very well," he said. Cespedes added that in the past he entered the season with a focus on strength, but wasn't as dedicated to running and he could tell later in the season that his muscles couldn't keep up.

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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Gelbs on Cespedes' health 00:02:02
Steve Gelbs discusses the Mets' plans to help Yoenis Cespedes increase flexibility by toning down his weight-lifting.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who will alter his training regimen this offseason, was doing 1,100 pound 'bear' squats before the season, up from 700 pounds in 2015, according to SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury last month, Cespedes -- who dealt with nagging lower-body injuries this season prior to his season-ending one -- said he'd adjust his workout regimen to focus on being more athletic.

"I want to become more flexible, more athletic, have less bulk [in my legs]," Cespedes told the New York Post.. "I want to do less weight lifting. I'm going to do some different things, I want to do yoga, more stretching. I want to be lighter. I want to come back around 210, lose about 15 pounds.''

Cespedes hit .292/.352/.540 with 17 HR and 42 RBI while playing in just 81 games this season. He played in 132 games in 2016...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Trade Cespedes for Stanton? 00:03:11
The Daily News Live crew discusses the possibility of including Yoenis Cespedes in a deal for Giancarlo Stanton.

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton will be traded during the offseason, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier this week.

With that in mind, the Daily News Live panel debated whether the Mets should trade Yoenis Cespedes for Stanton.

The Giants have expressed interest in the 27-year-old Stanton, as have the Rangers and Phillies, notes Nightengale, who says no teams have yet offered to take on the entire remainder of Stanton's contract.

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

 A strained hamstring brought Yoenis Cespedes's 2017 to a close -- a season with a lot of the highs and lows and long DL stints that have come to characterize his time with the Mets.

Despite frustrating stretches, including a .665 OPS during the month of July, Cespedes's final line of .292/.352/.540 very closely reflects his overall performance since becoming a Met, and his 17 home runs over 81 games put him on a pace for 34 over a full season -- a tick above his career pace of 32 per 162 games.

Most promisingly, Cespedes proved his .354 OBP in 2016, his best since his rookie year, was no fluke. Since coming to the Mets, he has demonstrated growth beyond the all-or-nothing slugger he seemed to be previously. The Mets invested nine figures in a player they believe is an all-around great hitter. And while there are plenty of concerns about his overall value, at the plate he has been everything the team and the fans could have hoped for...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Jose Reyes will make his first-ever start in left field on Tuesday night when the Mets play the Reds in Cincinnati.

Juan Lagares is starting in center field with Brandon Nimmo in right field.

Reyes, who played one inning in center field earlier this year, has started 60 games at shortstop, 31 games at third base, and seven games at second base this season.

The Mets recently lost outfielders Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) for the season. They traded outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will miss the rest of the season after an MRI on Monday comfirmed he strained his right hamstring.

Cespedes suffered the injury in Friday's game when he pulled up rounding third base on what turned out to be a dead ball. The Mets said in a statement Cespedes would be out six weeks.

GM Sandy Alderson said the injury is similar to the left hamstring strain Cespedes suffered in late April that kept him out from April 28 to June 9.

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Alderson on Cespedes' injury 00:00:56
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks about the Mets' plans for Yoenis Cespedes after the slugging outfielder strained his hamstring.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was placed on the 10-day DL after suffering a right hamstring strain in Friday's contest against the Nationals.

While rounding third on what turned out to be a dead ball, Cespedes pulled up in pain. He limped off the field as he couldn't put pressure on his right leg. 

GM Sandy Alderon said the strain is similar to Cespedes' left hamstring strain back in late April, and he will definitely be heading to the DL. Alderson went on to say that he will be examined Monday in New York.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/24 00:02:58
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto dislocated his left shoulder swinging at a 2-0 pitch in the fifth inning and immediately left the game.

2) Rafael Montero (2-9) surrendered two baserunners over the first four innings, but he allowed six hits and a walk to the next nine batters he faced which resulted in three runs. The right-hander was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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Yoenis Cespedes (52), Jose Reyes (7) and Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52), Jose Reyes (7) and Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets veterans Jose Reyes, Yoenis Céspedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera led a hitters-only meeting prior to Wednesday night's win against the D-backs at Citi Field, Cespedes told Newsday.

The goal, Cespedes said, was to remind their teammates that every game, every at-bat counts, even if they're unlikely to make the postseason.

"We understand what the team's situation is, and how it's not necessarily our year," Cespedes said. "But these games are very important, because we're here to play, to try to win, and the fans spend their money to see us."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Many of the Mets' youngest players played key roles at the plate, on the field, and on the mound in the team's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto had two RBI singles to lead the offense, while Dominic Smith hit his third home run and Amed Rosario had two hits and an RBI. Brandon Nimmo hit a double and reached base four times. On the mound, Chris Flexen pitched six innings for the first time in his career and earned his third win of the season. 

"It's fun for me because I played with these guys coming up," Conforto said after the game. "It's cool that now they're here with me. I think right now they're in the part where they're just getting their feet wet... I think they're doing a great job so far and when the time comes I'll give them some knowledge if need be."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs. (AP)

In his last 13 games, Yoenis Cespedes has five home runs, 11 RBI, including a run-scoring single Monday night against the D-backs.

It's a terrific two weeks following major slump, which was proceeded by a fairly positive April. The point is, Cespedes is frustrating. He regularly lays up on fly balls, jogs to first base and tosses under hand pop ups to the field. Then, the next night, he'll hit a mammoth home run, hustle to make a sliding catch and run first base to third as well as anyone in baseball.

Similarly, this past Sunday, Cespedes missed two pop ups that MLB's Statcast said he had a 76 and 99 percent chance of catching. The next night, he hustled to make a terrific, sliding catch in left-field that he had only a 19 percent chance of catching.

According to Statcast, during his catch sensational catch Monday, Cespedes reached a sprint speed of 27.6 feet per second, which allowed him to cover 81 feet in the four seconds he needed to make the grab...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

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

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

1) Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock in the 10th inning to lift the Diamondbacks. Jerry BlevinsPaul Sewald and AJ Ramos had combined to strike out four over 3 2/3 hitless innings prior Goeddel's appearance.

2) Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Diamondbacks' left fielder David Peralta. Michael Conforto hit his 27th home run of the year leading off the bottom of the 10th.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:04
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs for the second consecutive start, punctuated by Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 45th home run, a three-run shot in the seventh. DeGrom surrendered 10 hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings.

2) Yoenis Cespedes homered, doubled and drove in two runs. Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and Travis d'Arnaud singled in a run during the Mets' three-run eighth. New York entered the frame with three hits and two walks against Marlins starter Adam Conley, who struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings.

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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).

He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Monday.

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

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

1) Hansel Robles allowed a tie-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks leading off the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast off Erik Goeddel later in the frame.

2) Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when he surrendered only a sacrifce fly. Aaron Judge's 36th home run of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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Yankees defeat Mets 4-2 in Bronx 00:01:59
SNY's Sweeny Murti reports from Yankee Stadium where the Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2 in the first game of their four-game Subway Series.

Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each hit solo home runs to power the New York Yankees to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hicks crushed Hansel Robles' 1-1 fastball to deep right field to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Sanchez added an insurance run later in the inning with a solo home run off Erik Goeddel.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Judge slugged his American League-leading 36th home run of the season, his second in the month of August, to tie the game.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Curtis Granderson, Erik Goeddel, Gary Sanchez, Hansel Robles, Luis Cessa, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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

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

1) Steven Matz pitched four hitless innings but allowed two runs and four hits in the fifth, including two straight two-out RBI singles. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings, which stretched his winless streak to eight starts.

2) Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with his second homer in as many days in the fourth. He struck out on three pitches with two runners on to end the eighth inning. Amed Rosario had a double in the third, but he was thrown out to end the inning trying to steal home on the front end of a double steal.

 

Tags: Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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