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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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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce, who said two weeks ago that he wasn't even thinking about the potential of playing first base this season, took grounders at first base prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. 

Bruce has only played the outfield so far this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that Bruce could play first base on a "reasonably every day basis" if it came to it. After having not played first base since 2014, Bruce graded out as average in 91 innings at the position in 2017.

The timing of Bruce taking grounders was interesting, as one of the reasons for him playing first base would be to get Brandon Nimmo in the lineup -- the same Brandon Nimmo who was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier on Tuesday...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Getting accustomed to a new team is usually hard for players, unless your name is Todd Frazier.

The veteran third baseman, who is known as a great clubhouse presence, immediately fit his way into the Mets' locker room. Bonds were made quickly with his new teammates, but the main one that has stuck out is his friendship with slugging OF Yoenis Cespedes.

"He is the one player that every team would love to have," Cespedes told The Post's Kevin Kernan. "His energy is unbelievable."

Tags: Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | It was another good week in Mets Land. And no, it's not only because Michael Conforto is back, but let's focus on that for a bit.

We have our Scooter back! Conforto made his return to the lineup on Thursday, and he didn't disappoint. Mickey Callaway had made it known before the game that Conforto wanted to face Stephen Strasburg, and to put it simply, Conforto won that battle. In the fifth, Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off of Strasburg.

Yoenis Cespedes predicted this home run before the game, by the way, and took full credit for it postgame...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Mets defeat Nationals, 6-5 00:06:18
Mickey Callaway, Matt Harvey and Seth Lugo react to the Mets defeating the Nationals, 6-5, on Sunday night and sweeping the series.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes shook off an 0-for-5, three-strikeout effort to deliver the go-ahead single in the top of the 12th to help the Mets complete their first sweep of the Nationals since Sept. 7-9, 2015.

2) Seth Lugo worked out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the ninth and tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit and three walks with three strikeouts. Jacob Rhame worked around a two-out double in the 12th for his first career save.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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BNNY: Mets outfield analysis 00:03:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel analyzes the strength of the Mets' outfield and where it ranks among the league's best.

Brandon Nimmo is currently the odd-man out due to the return of Michael Conforto, and while he wants to be starting, he said the Mets' current outfield glut is a "great problem to have."

"I am a competitor, so I want to be out there," Nimmo said Thursday, according to Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "But I also want this team to win, whatever they feel like is best to win, if that's me coming off the bench, if that's me starting that day, then that's what I am gonna do. I definitely want to succeed in whatever they ask me to do, so I am going to work hard and do that."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Nimmo is right that the Mets' current outfield depth is a great problem to have. But it also isn't one they need to have. It's been said before, but unless Adrian Gonzalez rediscovers his power stroke, the Mets' best configuration has Nimmo, Conforto, Cespedes, and Bruce in the lineup at the same time. And the only way to do that is by moving someone to the infield. And that person should be Bruce, who can move to first base...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael dal Colle, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

It was a dream return from the DL from Michael Conforto, who went 1-4 with a two-run home run off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning. But if you ask Yoenis Cespedes, Conforto's home run should actually be credited to Cespedes. 

Cespedes, who hit an actual home run of his own, also off Strasburg, explained to reporters this fact after the game.

"His first homer is in fact mine because I called the homer before he hit it," Cespedes said. He continued: "I say, 'You're going to hit a homer to left field.'"

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/5 00:03:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's seventh-inning grand slam broke open a 4-2 game. The blast came immediately after Jacob deGrom worked out of a bases loaded, no-out situation in the bottom of the sixth. Bruce narrowly missed a homer in the second inning when he doubled off the right-field wall. He scored the Mets' first run on Stephen Strasburg's balk with two outs in the second.

2) Michael Conforto played his first game since injuring his shoulder last Aug. 24 and slugged a tie-breaking two-run homer in the fourth off Strasburg. The 25-year-old also walked and finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight day for his third long ball of the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)
Michael Conforto (30) (Brad Mills)

Michael Conforto wanted Stephen Strasburg. And he got him.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Thursday's game that Conforto wanted to face Strasburg, and Conforto said he had the Nats series circled as his targeted return. 

The result? Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off Strasburg in the fifth inning -- in his first game since last August -- to give the Mets a 4-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mickey Callaway on his bullpen 00:05:13
Mickey Callaway discusses his bullpen's performance and the Mets' 4-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.

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

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

1) Amed Rosario went 2-for-3 with a two-out, two-run triple that scored Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores to snap a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth. Yoenis Cespedes opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, his second of the season.

2) Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts, but he needed 92 pitches to get through four innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Michael Conforto is well ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery, is in New York, and could be activated from the DL on Thursday -- the first day he's eligible. 

Conforto potentially returning this early is a great thing, as is the outfield depth the Mets are about to have. But with four starting-caliber players for three spots, and Juan Lagares also needing playing time, the Mets will have some decisions to make.

So, what could they do? And what should they do? Here are some options...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:56
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Cardinals at home Saturday afternoon.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom did not lose any ability when he cut his hair this offseason, as he picked up right where he left off in 2017: 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K.

2) Mets fans will hold their collective breath as they await updates on Anthony Swarzak, who left with what the Mets are describing as a "sore left oblique." 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Callaway, Syndrgaard talk win 00:03:51
Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the feeling of his first win, and Noah Syndergaard discusses the ups and downs of his strong outing.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is off to the start he wanted, as his team took the Opening Day win over the Cardinals, 9-4, at Citi Field on Thursday. 

"I think that is big," Callaway told the media after the game. "Obviously you want to get all of the firsts out of the way and getting on base, getting a hit, a good walk, I mean we did kind of all of that today. So I am sure the guys are going to go home happy tonight and enjoy the off day and be ready to go the next day."

Callaway sent RHP Noah Syndergaard to the mound for his second consecutive Opening Day start, and he took home the win after six innings of work. He may have been shaking off some more rust with two homers allowed -- a two-run shot off the foul pole in left to C Yadier Molina in the second, and a solo jack by 1B Jose Martinez in the sixth.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Syndergaard (1-0) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while tossing 85 pitches -- 59 for strikes -- in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven of the first 11 batters he faced, including five straight in the second and third. He allowed two homers -- a solo blast to Jose Martinez and a two-run shot to Yadier Molina.

2) Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs on a pair of singles and Amed Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Nimmo singled twice, walked, reached on an error and scored two runs. Jay Bruce had an RBI single during the Mets' five-run fifth and walked twice. Kevin Plawecki reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' Opening Day win over the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Syndergaard (1-0) allowed four runs on six hits and no walks while tossing 85 pitches -- 59 for strikes -- in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven of the first 11 batters he faced, including five straight in the second and third. He allowed two homers -- a solo blast to Jose Martinez and a two-run shot to Yadier Molina.

2) Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs on a pair of singles and Amed Rosario finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Brandon Nimmo singled twice, walked, reached on an error and scored two runs. Jay Bruce had an RBI single during the Mets' five-run fifth and walked twice. Kevin Plawecki reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz spoke at Citi Field on Wednesday about Opening Day and expectations for 2018.

Callaway revealed the Opening Day lineup, which has some interesting quirks >> CLICK HERE to read more

Click below to watch the entirety of Wednesday's press conferences from Citi Field...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, June 18, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, June 18, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes thinks the 2018 team is "way better" than the 2015 squad that went to the World Series.

"For me, this time, this year, is the best team that I've been around," Cespedes said on Wednesday at Citi Field. "So I'm really excited to go outside tomorrow with this team, all the fans. ... This team, for me, is way better than the team we had in 2015, when we went to the World Series. I thinik we are ready to go."

Asked why he felt the 2018 team is better than the 2015 team, Cespedes said "everything."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

How pumped are you for Opening Day?! Extremely, right? Well, the players are too, and seeing it has just made me even more excited.

Yesterday, the team left Port St. Lucie to make their return home to New York. Thanks to social media, we were all able to experience this travel with them. Click below for some of the gems for you to see for the first time if you missed it yesterday, or just to relive it and get even more excited for Opening Day against the Cardinals -- Thursday at 1 p.m. on SNY!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:13
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Matz pitched four scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back homers, and the Mets finished their Grapefruit League season with a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

1) Matz ended his season with yet another strong outing, limiting the Marlins to just two hits while striking out four. >> Read more about his start here.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jay Bruce, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:42
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz put forth a solid performance in Monday's loss to the Astros, striking out nine over six innings.

Steven Matz tossed six strong innings as the Mets lost to the Astros, 2-0,  on Monday afternoon in West Palm Beach.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

1) Matz struck out nine batters in six innings, including six of the last seven he faced >> CLICK HERE to read more about his start

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday, playing left field and hitting second, five days after receiving a cortisone shot.

Cespedes, who got at-bats in a minor league game on Saturday, said late last week that Monday was his expected return date.

He received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist on Wednesday and was listed as day-to-day. Players ordinarily resume baseball activity two-to-three days after receiving cortisone injections.

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Yoenis Cespedes (wrist) is back in the lineup Monday, playing left field and hitting second, five days after receiving a cortisone shot.

Cespedes, who got at-bats in a minor league game on Saturday, said late last week that Monday was his expected return date.

He received a cortisone injection in his sore right wrist on Wednesday and was listed as day-to-day. Players ordinarily resume baseball activity two-to-three days after receiving cortisone injections.

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Could the Mets trade Lagares? 00:04:17
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses opposing teams' continued interest in trading for elite defensive outfielder Juan Lagares.

The Mets have not ruled out trading OF Juan Lagares, who has drawn recent interest, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, who is currently expected to be part of a platoon in center field with Brandon Nimmo, was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old will earn $6.5 million this season and $9 million in 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Brandon Nimmo's strong showing in 2017 and what he's displayed so far in Spring Training, he's earned the right to be the long end of a center field platoon with Lagares. And as a left-handed hitter, that means Nimmo will get the bulk of the at-bats. So where does that leave Lagares?

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:26
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Jacob deGrom made his spring debut and Yoenis Cespedes hit his third homer, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Port St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:26
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Jacob deGrom made his spring debut and Yoenis Cespedes hit his third homer, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Port St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:13
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

Phillip Evans hit a walkoff grand slam as the Mets beat the Astros, 9-5, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:13
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

Phillip Evans hit a walk-off grand slam as the Mets beat the Astros, 9-5, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes walks onto a field during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Yoenis Cespedes (shoulder) is back in the lineup as the DH a day ahead of schedule.

Cespedes, who said Tuesday that he was aiming to return to the lineup on Friday, was not concerned with the right shoulder soreness he is dealing with that led to the Mets listing him as day-to-day on Tuesday's injury updates.

"It's something that I'm not worried about," Cespedes said through a translator, adding that his shoulder gets like this at the beginning of every Spring Training because he spends the offseason not throwing. 

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) 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 manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThere is something to be said about watching Mets baseball in February in 80 degree weather under the warm sunshine. It's a beautiful thing that everyone should get to experience.

I spent this past weekend down in Port St. Lucie solely as a fan -- no credentials, no interviews, no special treatment -- and I loved it.

I feel like for some there's this notion that you need to be a writer, part of a group going, or already in Florida to go and experience the Mets down at First Data Field, and this just isn't true. For those of you who have yet to go, or for those of you who haven't thought that it was worth it to go, I'm here to tell you otherwise...

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Cespedes on injury 00:02:32
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes says his shoulder soreness is normal for early in camp, and that he's aiming to play by Friday.

Yoenis Cespedes is not concerned with the right shoulder soreness he is dealing with that led to the Mets listing him as day-to-day on Tuesday's injury updates.

"It's something that I'm not worried about," Cespedes said Tuesday through a translator, adding that his shoulder gets like this at the beginning of every Spring Training because he spends the offseason not throwing. 

"I'm used to that," Cespedes concluded, adding that he's aiming to return on Friday. "It's not something I should be concerned or worried (about)."

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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)

Here are some thoughts on Yoenis Cespedes, Robert Gsellman, and more with the Mets roughly one month away from Opening Day at Citi Field...


Yoenis Cespedes...

Last week I pointed out that Cespedes looks heavier and thicker, yet also appeared to be moving better.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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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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...

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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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