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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) "checked out well" during physical therapy on Monday and may ramp up his activity on Tuesday, but is not yet cleared for baseball activity, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton last week before suffering a setback.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been out since May 14, when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor -- an issue that GM Sandy Alderson recently suggested was chronic.  

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was "strongly considering" an offer from the Houston Astros before he re-signed with the Mets in November of 2016, which was one of the reasons why the Mets offered him a no-trade clause, reports John Harper of the New York Daily News.

Cespedes, who ultimately signed a four-year, $110 million contract, had a priority list consisting of three main factors, according to the report: He wanted to play with a contender; he sought a no-trade clause; and wanted to train near his ranch in Florida.

Furthermore, Cespedes did not enjoy playing for then-manager Terry Collins -- and that was said said to be a significant factor. 

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New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)
New York Mets Yoenis Cespedes (52) holds his broken bat as he looks at a video replay of his flyout to deep left field during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Sunday, April 1, 2018, in New York. (AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) is still dealing with soreness and will not start his rehab again until Monday, reports Tim Healy of Newsday.

Cespedes, who played rehab games with Double-A Binghamton last week before suffering a setback, has not restarted any baseball activities.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 16 when he suffered a mild strain of his right hip flexor.

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New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are 4-16 since May 22, during which they've become the first team in modern history to score fewer than 15 runs during an 11-game stretch, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Interestingly, the Nationals, Marlins, and Phillies immediately follow the Mets on the list of worst-scoring teams during the last three weeks...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes walks back to the dugout after an at-bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes walks back to the dugout after an at-bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes doesn't have a specific timetable to return to the team, GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday during a conference call with the media. 

Cespedes had to leave his rehab game with Double-A Binghamton on Saturday after feeling tightnees in his right quad. The Mets sent him back to Port St. Lucie to resume his rehab after sustaining the setback.

Cespedes, who has been on the DL with a right hip flexor strain since May 14, is still feeling soreness with that injury too. That is why Alderson can't give a specific date as to when the Mets can get one of their big bats back in the lineup...

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Yoenis Cespedes at bat against the Trenton Thunder at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

The Mets will send outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to Port St. Lucie, Florida, to resume his rehab after he left Saturday's rehab game with tightness in his right quad, manager Mickey Callaway said on Sunday.

Cespedes, who has been on the disabled list since May 14 with a right hip flexor strain, left Saturday's game with Double-A Binghamton in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his right quad.

Callaway said the team does not have a timetable for Cespedes to return to the majors.

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GEICO SportsNite: Cespedes rehab 00:04:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew joins GEICO SportsNite and discusses Yoenis Cespedes' rehab progression.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes was very blunt when addressing the media after his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

The All-Star slugger admitted he isn't sure his power bat returning to the Mets' struggling lineup will help the team bust out of its slump.

"For the way the team is playing right now, even if I'm doing very well, if the team remains playing this way, I don't think it's going to help, but I'm eager to get back," he said through an interpreter. 

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will DH in a rehab game with Double-A Binghamton in Trenton on Friday night, and play the field on Saturday.

Cespedes was running on the field at Citi Field earlier on Friday, including sprints from second base to home plate. The 32-year-old Cespedes has been progressing in his return from a right hip flexor. 

The length of Cespedes' rehab assignment is not yet known. 

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)

It doesn't seem likely that Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will return from the DL during the Subway Series against the Yankees this weekend, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Cespedes has been progressing in his return from a right hip flexor, and a final determination on his availability will be made on Friday, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday's game. 

Cespedes ran the bases on Wednesday -- a day after hitting against teammate Noah Syndergaard during a simulated game -- and may not need a rehab assignment before returning, Callaway noted.

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is progressing in his return from a right hip flexor, and may be able to return during the Yankees series that begins on Friday, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday's game. 

Cespedes ran the bases on Wednesday -- a day after hitting against teammate Noah Syndergaard during a simulated game -- and may not need a rehab assignment before returning, Callaway noted.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 14. 

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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a grand slam against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes hit against teammate Noah Syndergaard during a simulated game on Tuesday at Citi Field.

Cespedes, who is scheduled to run and do fielding drills on Wednesday, may not need a rehab assignment before returning, Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said.

The 32-year-old Cespedes has been on the disabled list since May 14 due to a strained right hip flexor. 

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Yoenis Cespedes will get "live at-bats" against a Mets pitcher Tuesday. Then they'll decide if he'll need a rehab assignment before returning to the Mets.

Cespedes started running last week at Miller Park in Milwaukee in the latest step of his recovery from a strained right hip flexor.

He has been on the disabled list since May 14...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes started running on Friday at Miller Park in the latest step of his recovery from a strained right hip flexor.

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New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52). Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52). Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Yoenis Cespedes (hip) and Todd Frazier (hamstring) are both eligible to return from their respective 10-day DL stints, and made a bit more progress prior to Thursday's game against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Frazier, who took batting practice Monday for the first time since his injury and was hitting outside again on Wednesday, was running on the field on Thursday -- which manager Mickey Callaway said would be the final step before beginning a rehab assignment.

Cespedes, who will also likely need a rehab assignment before returning, took batting practice on the field Thursday for the frst time since being placed on the DL...

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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

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May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWhen the Mets opened their series in Philadelphia on May 11, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen spoke on SNY about how if Michael Conforto is hot, the Mets will be hot. In case you don't remember, this was the game where the Mets were losing to the Phillies, 1-0, going into the ninth. Conforto hit a bomb that just missed and landed foul. He then compensated for this by hitting a two-run home run, putting the Mets in front. He sparked a rally, with Devin Mesoraco knocking it out of the park right after him for his first homer after becoming a Met. The Mets, who were reeling at the time, desperately needed that come-from-behind win.

And Conforto needed that big hit, too, as he had hit a slump towards the end of April and beginning of May, to the point where he was kept out of the lineup twice in order to have mental health days off. That is not the Conforto any of us know, or ever want to see. Shortly before the Phillies series -- upon returning from being benched for two days, Conforto led off a Monday game against the Reds, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, helping his team finally win a game. Not a bad way to break a slump, right?

Since then, Conforto has continued to heat up. Over his last 10 games, Conforto is hitting .333/.366/.590 with 13 hits -- including three home runs -- and seven RBI. To put things into perspective, from April 13 - May 6, Conforto was just 8-for-58, hitting .138. He's improved in a drastic, much-needed way.

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Anyone who saw Yoenis Cespedes hobbling around the field last week could see that he needed to rest his legs. As the diagnosis changed from quad to hip, a central truth remained: A key player was clearly in pain.

So why didn't the Mets send him to the disabled list sooner?

Both in public and private, team officials pushed back on the idea that they were being reckless with Cespedes, and noted the caution they showed this season in DL'ing Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom.

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Callaway gives Cespedes update 00:02:42
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the team placing Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list.

Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the 10-day DL due to a mild right hip flexor strain, with Phillip Evans called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The DL stint is backdated to May 14, meaning Cespedes will be eligible to return on May 24.

The hip injury is the same ailment Cespedes had been playing through recently. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday, but was available to pinch hit. 

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Sandy on Cespedes 00:02:20
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson updates the media on the uncertain health status of Yoenis Cespedes.

Yoenis Cespedes has a mild right hip flexor strain, which is the same ailment he has been playing through recently. And while the Mets are considering placing Cespedes on the DL, he'll be available to pinch hit on Tuesday night, GM Sandy Alderson said. 

"It's the same lingering injury," Alderson said on Tuesday. "Over the last several days, he had reported that he had not been improving. We decided to do a precautionary MRI this morning which revealed a mild strain."

The Mets spoke with Cespedes after the MRI, and he said things had really not improved since Sunday. At that point, Alderson said it was "in the best interest of him for the moment" to not be in the lineup.

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway wasted no time in deciding it was not worth risking Jacob deGrom's health by letting him throw a second inning earlier this week after the pitcher tossed 45 pitches in the first inning.

It was the right move, but put Callaway and the Mets under heavy criticism by some fans and media for not taking a similar approach to Yoenis Cespedes, who is clearly playing through pain associated with his quad and possibly his hamstring.

"The decision was pretty much already made," said deGrom, who recently had a start skipped and was later put on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow. "It's my first start back after missing one. To go out there and throw 45 (pitches) in the first inning, this isn't smart. Why go out there and risk something? I felt great honestly. That's the most frustrating part about it."

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)

Yoenis Cespedes is not in the lineup on Tuesday, and the team is deciding whether or not to place Cespedes on the disabled list.

The outfielder has been bothered by leg/quad injuries.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

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Cepedes' running catch 00:00:34
Yoenis Cespedes comes flying in from left field to rob Maikel Franco of a hit in the sixth inning.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he was impressed with Yoenis Cespedes' ability to play through pain despite the veteran outfielder dealing with a sore left quad.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a home run and a running catch in left field in Sunday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Callaway said he appreciated Cespedes' effort.

"He did a good job," Callaway told reporters after the game. "When he had to run hard, he ran hard. When he went to get a ball in the corner, he ran hard. He hit a homer. He's gutting it out for the team."

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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterLast week in Mets Land was not a good one. I was at three games this past week... and the Mets lost all of them. In fact, the Mets didn't win a game their entire homestand. Six straight losses.

I know, none of you want to recap this past week I don't blame you. It was a horrible. But there was a move that does need to be brought up again, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey refused a minor league assignment (to no one's surprise) and was DFA'd by the Mets. I already spoke about this more in depth, but it was a move that had to be made. And it was sad that it had to come to this. The irony of all of this, though? Hansel Robles was called up to replace Harvey in the bullpen. Yes, a sentence you likely never thought you'd hear (and likely never wanted to hear).

Speaking of Robles, he came back with a bang (and a point) by giving up a home run to Ian Desmond on Sunday in his first appearance back. The Mets went on to lose this game, but the biggest shockers of the game were that Noah Syndergaard walked in a run and Robles then somehow had a scoreless ninth inning despite giving up the above mentioned homer in the eighth...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rockies with a sore right quadriceps, he told reporters.

Cespedes told reporters via an interpreter he felt tightness in his right quad on Saturday and again Sunday and needed to be taken out of the game for precautionary measures.

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Brandon Nimmo will be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies, manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game. Nimmo, who drew a walk in his only plate appearance on Thursday, is hitting .294/.467/.529 in 20 games (45 plate appearances) this season.

Despite his tremendous production earlier this season, Nimmo has been the victim of a crowded outfield situation lately, and has started just two of the last 14 games.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets' offense sputtering, Nimmo needs to be playing regularly at this point -- no matter what the Mets need to do to get him in the lineup. Jay Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and is expected to start at least one game at first base this weekend. Beyond that, he's 1-for-11 over his last three games and has hit just one homer since April 5. He is the most logical option to either be shifted to first base or receive days off in order to make room for Nimmo...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:08
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez answer questions from fans about the Mets' loss to the Braves.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits in the first inning, including four straight to open the game. He battled through six frames without giving up any more, but he still surrendered a season-high 10 hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Syndergaard (2-1) is winless in his last four starts despite a 2.55 ERA.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes slides safely into third with a stolen base as San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva applies the tag during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes slides safely into third with a stolen base as San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva applies the tag during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

Yoenis Cespedes is in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves after leaving Sunday's game against the Padres in the third inning due to a sore left thumb he suffered while sliding head-first in to third base. 

"He came in, he played catch, he hit off the tee, and he felt like he was ready to go," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said prior to Tuesday night's game. 

X-rays on Cespedes' thumb after Sunday's game came back negative, and he had been scheduled to undergo further tests upon arriving back in New York on Monday.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Summarizing Mets' 2018 season 00:06:48
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down the Mets' 2018 season thus far and debates how solid their hold is on the N.L. East.

Matt Harvey is in the bullpen. Steven Matz has a 4.98 ERA. Jay Bruce has only two home runs. Michael Conforto is batting just .222 and Yoenis Cespedes leads the league in strikeouts.

Nevertheless, the Mets begin May in first place in the NL East with a 17-9 record, thanks in large part to Mickey Callaway's decisions, the team's bullpen, two aces, Todd Frazier's attitude and performance, and Asdrubal Cabrera leading the league in hits.


Tune to SNY today at 3:45 to watch Sandy Alderson's first game of homestand press conference

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

This week in Mets Land we had a couple of birthdays -- both mine and Gary Cohen!

 

Whereas I was dying on my couch with a 103-degree fever watching the Mets forget how to play defense and losing in extra innings for my birthday on Thursday, Gary was serenaded and blessed with a Mets win for his on Sunday. Happy birthday, Gare!

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes slides safely into third with a stolen base as San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva applies the tag during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes slides safely into third with a stolen base as San Diego Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva applies the tag during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres in the third inning with a sore left thumb.

Cespedes appeared to suffer the injury while sliding into third on a stolen base. He stayed in to run the bases but manager Mickey Callaway replaced him with Brandon Nimmo before the bottom of the inning.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce has dusted his first base glove off recently to take reps before games, and the Mets will reportedly be using him there in at least one game this week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Bruce said before the season that he didn't expect to get time at first base unless it was an emergency, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team would be comfortable using Bruce there on a near-everyday basis if needed.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Gonzalez isn't hitting for average, he isn't getting on base at a decent clip, and he isn't hitting for power. His .317 slugging percentage is putrid. And him playing regularly at this point is untenable. I was of the opinion that Gonzalez shouldn't have been signed in the first place, but at least the Mets are seemingly willing to be proactive at first base due to his struggles -- and due to Nimmo's tremendous production...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino try not to get lost as they go inside the mind of Matt Harvey in the latest episode of Shea Anything. They discuss Harvey's move to the bullpen, and if this could be the best way for him to get his mojo back. Later, the guys take a more serious dive into Keith Hernandez's Twitter account and dig deeper into Yoenis Cespedes' struggles at the plate.

Click below to listen...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals was difficult to swallow, especially since the Mets are now 2-4 on this road trip -- 4-7 during their last 11 games -- and have dropped three consecutive series.

Closer Jeurys Familia has blown three of his last five save opportunities. The thing is, had Juan Lagares not lost Jose Martinez's fly ball in the sun, the Mets win the game, 3-2. Instead, Tommy Pham scored to tie the game, Paul Sewald ran out of gas in the 13th inning and the Mets eventually lose.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Paul Sewald, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Syndergaard on his performance 00:00:50
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard and manager Mickey Callaway break down Syndergaard's performance in the Mets' extra-inning loss on Thursday.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was largely dominant in 7.1 innings against the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon, but was done in by poor defense from his teammates in the seventh and eighth innings.

With the Mets up 2-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, Yoenis Cespedes slid and had Tommy Pham's leadoff pop up in his tracks, but had it go off his glove for a double. Pham then came around to score on a bloop single to right field by Marcell Ozuna.

Later in the seventh, Todd Frazier couldn't field a hot shot off the bat of Paul DeJong that extended the inning and led to Syndergaard's pitch count elevating even further...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Jay Bruce's performance in the Mets' extra-inning win.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's solo homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Mets to their Major League-best 10th come-from-behind win of the season. It was his second long ball of the year and first since April 5, a span of 47 at-bats. Bruce also had an RBI triple and collected three of the Mets' six hits while falling a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway signals to a player during the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field, Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

The Mets are 14-6, but they're only one loss better than the Phillies. To be honest, Philadelphia is a concern. Rhys Hoskins is a legit MVP candidate and Carlos Santana, though he hasn't hit much, is clearly setting a nice example and approach for the rest of the lineup. That said, I think their pitching is overachieving. And, as a young team, the long season will likely do them in eventually. For now, though, they're a threat...

Meanwhile, the Mets have issues, despite their hot start. Like it or not, they've lost five of their last eight games and are in the middle of a cross-country travel schedule...

Here are three questions and answers to mull over during Monday's off day...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Dale Zanine)
(Dale Zanine)

Though he vowed not to pick up his clubs this season, Yoenis Cespedes may resort to golf to break his early-season slump. 

The Mets' left fielder, who was hitting .208 with 30 strikeouts entering Friday's contest against the Braves, had an RBI single in the top of the 12th to break a 3-3 tie....

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets on comeback win over Nats 00:06:26
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss Matz's start and the resiliency the club put on display in its nine-run eighth inning.

The Mets didn't want to get reverse swept by the Nationals on their home field. A nine-run eighth inning is definitely a way to avoid that. 

Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes got things started with back-to-back singles. After an Asdrubal Cabrera single to load the bases, it was Todd Frazier that tied the game with an RBI single smashed back up the middle off Nats reliever Ryan Madson

Now tied 4-4, Juan Lagares had the bases loaded himself with two outs. With a two-strike count, he roped a double down the right field line to score two, giving the Mets their first lead of the game...

Tags: Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:35
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-5 comeback win over the Nationals.

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

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

1) The Mets scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 11-4 lead, capped by Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam. Todd Frazier tied the score with a two-run single and Juan Lagares gave New York its first lead of the game with a pinch-hit, two-run double after Wilmer Flores had struck out for the second out with the bases loaded.

 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo had an incredible game on Sunday in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, smashing three hits including a triple and a home run. His season OPS is up to an eye-popping 1.371 and the Mets are in a real bind as they simply have to find a way to keep his bat in a crowded outfield.

In only 21 plate appearances so far, Nimmo has gotten on base an incredible 12 times while striking out only twice. This is certainly a small sample, and while he won't produce like a peak Barry Bonds all season, Nimmo is on track for the best walk and strikeout rates of his career -- as well as his best hard-hit rate and line drive rate.

Always a patient hitter, Nimmo is swinging less than ever, but pummeling the ball when he does hit. He is the consummate leadoff hitter the team has been lacking for so long and if the team is waiting for him to cool off, it might be a long wait...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets on 3-2 win over the Brewers 00:05:05
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo discuss the team's 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Despite starting for only the fourth time this season, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"He played a great game,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

Nimmo, starting for the first time since April 4, singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the fourth and hit a game-tying home run to lead off the sixth inning as the Mets improved to 12-2, their best start in franchise history.

"You have to just try and help out the team however you can,'' said Nimmo, who has a .400/.571/.800 batting line in 15 at-bats this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-6 win over the Marlins

 

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes pulled a two-run double off Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 6-6 tie. That came one inning after New York had rallied from a 6-4 deficit with a pair of solo homers by Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera to tie the game, 6-6. The Mets had jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by Flores, an RBI single by Michael Conforto and the first of Cabrera's home runs. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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