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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Near the trade deadline, rumors of the Mets dealing away some of their top-tier starters were swirling around Flushing. And rightfully so considering the Mets weren't ticketed for the postseason. 

Initially, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were of high interest, but the Mets eventually walked that back. They didn't, however, take Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz off the table. At the end of the day, no trade was ever struck and the rotation stayed how it was. 

Pitching coach Dave Eiland was a happy camper. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Due to his workload this season, the Mets are shutting Zack Wheeler down for the year, with Corey Oswalt taking his spot in the rotation.

"We're gonna shut down Zack for the year, given the fact that he's 101 innings over what he pitched last year," Mickey Callaway said Wednesday. "The way he pitched, pitching deep in to games, we're really excited about the year he had. And we feel like we'd probably be taking the best care of him we can if we shut him down at this point."

Callaway had hinted on Monday before Wheeler's start the the team was considering ending his season after that start.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler improved to 9-1 in the second half by pitching seven strong innings in Monday's 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Wheeler (12-7) struck out four batters and allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in what could have been his final start of the season.

Manager Mickey Callaway said it's possible the team will shut Wheeler down for the rest of the season given his 182 1/3 innings he's logged this year are nearly 100 more than he threw last year and are his most in a season since 2014.

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The guys talk Conforto 00:01:44
Gary & Ron discuss the return to form of Michael Conforto and his red-hot September at the plate

Michael Conforto homered and collected a career-high six RBIs as the Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Conforto had a two-run single in the fourth, a tie-breaking double in the seventh and a three-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth multi-RBI effort in 16 games this month during which he's gone deep seven times while driving in a Major League-best 22 runs. Conforto has 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break. 

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)

As he approaches his career-high for innings pitched, Monday night's start against the Phillies could be Zack Wheeler's final start of the season, manager Mickey Callaway said earlier Monday.

Callaway said the team isn't sure whether Wheeler will pitch again in 2018, adding that the team will monitor the situation -- and will be conservative with Wheeler on Monday niight and moving forward.

Wheeler has tossed 175.1 innings so far this season, ten shy of his career-high of 185.1 in 2014. In Spring Training of 2015, Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery that March -- missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons while recovering.

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Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets continue their 10-game road trip when they open a three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Mets notes

The Mets won three of five games when they faced the Phillies on the road from Aug. 16-19, outscoring them 43-20 in the series. ... New York has not lost three games in a row since Aug. 26-28. Since then, the Mets have won 11 of their last 17 games. ... The Mets have a better record on the road (36-38) than they do at home (33-42).

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been one of the league's best pitchers since the All-Star Game, during which the Mets are 30-25.

In his 10 starts since the break, Wheeler has eight wins and the second-best ERA in baseball (1.32). He also has the league's best WHIP (0.81) and he's tied for fourth overall with a 2.5 fWAR since mid-July.

The last Mets pitcher to have nine or more wins after the All-Star break was Steve Trachsel in 2001. During Wheeler's past 12 starts, the Mets are 10-2...

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler won't be in the running for the Cy Young like Jacob deGrom. But, if there was an award for the best pitcher in the second half of the season, Wheeler would run away with it for the NL. 

Wheeler had a 1.50 ERA since the All-Star break entering tonight's start, and it fell even lower after eight shutout innings from him against the Marlins. 

The night didn't start as planned with an over five-hour rain delay that saw a 9:45 p.m. first pitch from Wheeler instead of an afternoon start. But the delay didn't hinder Wheeler's dominance, but rather, that time in the clubhouse enhanced his aggressiveness...

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The guys talk Wheeler 00:01:26
Gary & Keith discuss how Zack Wheeler has joined the ranks of the elite pitchers in baseball

The Mets hit three homers and pounded out 14 hits to back Zack Wheeler who dominated the Marlins en route to a 13-0 win on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Originally scheduled to play a doubleheader, the clubs were delayed by more than 5 1/2 hours before starting the game at 6:45 p.m. The twin bill was pushed to Thursday afternoon.

 

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Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) is hit by a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
Sep 5, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) is hit by a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler and C Kevin Plawecki received CT scans before the team flew back to New York, and luckily, they both came back negative, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Wheeler, who was hit by a line drive during Wednesday night's win over the Dodgers, underwent X-rays, which came back clean. Plawecki was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning, which forced him out of the game. 

Plawecki, who missed time earlier in the season with a hand injury, is hitting .237 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 194 at-bats this season for the Mets. 

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The guys talk Amed Rosario 00:01:57
Gary & Ron discuss Amed Rosario's outstanding road trip and his dynamic all-around play

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler enjoyed seven runs of support to complement his seven quality innings against the Dodgers during the Mets' 7-3 win on Wednesday night.

Wheeler, who was equipped with a three-run lead before the Dodgers got on the board, carried a no-hit bid into the fourth inning when Justin Turner singled to set up Max Muncy's two-run homer to right center.

In the seventh inning, Cody Bellinger took Wheeler deep on a solo home run for the Dodgers' third run. Wheeler otherwise limited the damage and struck out nine batters in the process.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)

Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven innings and Amed Rosario had three hits as the Mets took the rubber game of the series with the Dodgers, 7-3, Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

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

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

1) Wheeler (10-7) won for the eighth time in nine starts after allowing three runs on three hits -- including two homers -- and two walks. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before a Justin Turner line drive ricocheted off his chest for an infield single. Max Muncy followed with a monstrous two-run homer. Wheeler surrendered more than two runs in a game for the first time in nine starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is greeted by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) and third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is greeted by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) and third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets will wrap up their nine-game road trip in the series finale against the Dodgers on Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets need one win to finish their nine-game road trip with a winning record ... The Dodgers have won 13 of 14 games against the Mets since May 28, 2016 ... The Mets are fourth in the NL with 207 runs scored since the All-Star Break ... Mets starting pitchers have collectively posted a 1.88 ERA in their last 17 games.

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Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets rightfielder Brandon Nimmo (9) singles against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets begin a three-game series against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.

Mets notes

Over his last nine games, Brandon Nimmo is slashing .469/.553/.813 with one home run, five RBIs and seven extra-base hits. ... Mets starting pitchers have registered a 3.25 ERA in the second half, which ranks sixth in the majors. The Dodgers, however, lead the majors as their rotation has a 2.81 ERA since the All-Star break.

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Gary and Keith talk Wright 00:01:49
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez shed light on David Wright potentially returning to the Mets and playing again after his medical setbacks.

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

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

1) Wheeler (9-7) took the tough-luck loss after he allowed one run on just four hits while striking out nine and walking none. The righty threw 97 pitches on the night, 65 of which were strikes. Wheeler's only run allowed came on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Chris Shaw -- good for the first RBI of his Major League career -- in the seventh inning. He has now allowed only two runs in his last three starts and has struck out 23 batters in 21 innings pitched during that span. 

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The Mets considered trading Zack Wheeler prior to this year's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, as SNY's Andy Martino reported. In the end, the Mets did not make a move, leaving fans to wonder what's next for Wheeler, who is enjoying a long-awaited breakout season.

In his most recent start, Wheeler tossed seven shutout innings against the Nationals, lowering his season ERA to 3.46. As a result, he has the fifth-best ERA (1.09) among National League starting pitchers during August and has not lost a game since June 22.

"I think it's just him getting more and more comfortable with the pitcher he is," according to Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who said when on the mound Wheeler inspires his teammates in the same way as Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

In October, the Mets will likely hire a new General Manager, who will be in a similar situation with Wheeler that the current group was in during July...

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Zack Wheeler has been pitching like an ace since June, while Noah Syndergaard's last six starts have arguably been the worst of his career as he works through an up-and-down season that has been marred by some health issues. 

With Wheeler finally putting it all together and Syndergaard struggling, should the Mets be more excited about the future potential of Wheeler? SNY.tv's Matthew Cerrone and Danny Abriano discuss...

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Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched seven scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 3.46 in the Mets' 3-0 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

Wheeler continued to put up zeroes on the scoreboard -- even as the Nationals kept stringing together hits. Washingon totaled six hits against Wheeler and had multiple baserunners on several occasions, but he never allowed a run to cross the plate.

Wheeler worked around two hits in the first inning and escaped a bases-loaded situation in the third. With two on and one out in the fifth, Wheeler got Bryce Harper to ground into an inning-ending double play.

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Maggie Wiggin (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Archive Posts): Zack Wheeler pitched a seven inning, 10 strikeout gem on Monday night, dropping his ERA to 3.63 and looking every inch like the ace the Mets hoped for when they acquired him back in 2011.

To say Wheeler's career has had its ups and downs would be an understatement -- two years lost to a rough Tommy John recovery and a disappointing and injury-shortened comeback in 2017 raised serious questions about whether he still belonged on a major league mound. But over his last 15 games, he's pitching better than ever before and he's succeeding on the basis of sustainable, meaningful improvement that bodes well for the 28-year-old moving forward.

The most notable hallmark of Wheeler's step forward is his efficiency, which has always been a challenge for him. While he's had a handful of other 15-game stretches with a lower ERA than the 2.71 he's put up during this stretch, his average of over 6.1 innings pitched in those 15 starts is a career-best...

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets lost, 2-1, to the Giants in extra innings at Citi Field last night. It was a long, painful game with understandable mistakes and a noteworthy performance on the mound...

Here are three talking points to chew on throughout the day...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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The guys talk Mets' home woes 00:01:39
Gary, Ron & Keith discuss the discrepancy between the Mets' prolific offense on the road and their struggles at home.

Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario combined to hand the Giants the winning run on a botched pop fly in the 13th inning as the Mets lost the opener, 2-1, on Monday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Bashlor (0-2) should have worked himself out of a first-and-third, no-out jam in the 13th. But Brandon Crawford's pop-up bounced into and out of Rosario's glove as Smith collided with him in shallow left field. It was New York's third error of the game. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw seven strong innings but was unable to win his seventh straight start in Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field.

Wheeler struck out 10 batters and took a shutout into the seventh inning, but gave up the Mets' 1-0 lead when he surrendered a two-out RBI bloop double to Alen Hanson.

The 28-year-old Wheeler allowed one run and five hits in seven innings, throwing 81 of 113 pitches for strikes and lowering his ERA to 3.63 as he continued his hot second half.

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Todd Frazier (21) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Todd Frazier (21) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets open a four-game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Robert Gsellman has not allowed a run in his last seven relief appearances, recording two saves and two holds in August. ... As a team, the Mets are hitting .275 in the month of August, which ranks third in the majors.

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Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Aug 15, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler entered Wednesday having won five straight starts. And with a healthy lead, that number can be pushed to six after another good outing. 

Wheeler only tossed five innings due to a 95 pitch count, but he allowed just one run on five hits while striking out three and walking two. 

In the beginning, Wheeler didn't breeze through his first batters the way he has recently. Instead, Adam Jones hit a single to center to score Jonathan Villar, who got on base with a single himself to kick off the bottom of the first. 

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The guys talk Nimmo and Wheeler 00:02:02
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Brandon Nimmo's 5-for-5 night and Zack Wheeler's sixth straight win in the Mets' lopsided win.

 

The Mets pounded out 19 hits and scored nine times in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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

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The guys talk Nimmo and Wheeler 00:02:02
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss Brandon Nimmo's 5-for-5 night and Zack Wheeler's sixth straight win in the Mets' lopsided win.

 

The Mets pounded out 19 hits and scored nine times in the sixth inning en route to a 16-5 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

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

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (50-67) finish their quick two-game series with the Orioles (36-84) on Wednesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on SNY at 7:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets have won four of their last six games and six of their last 10. ...The Mets have yet to beat the Orioles last season after another loss last night. They are 0-3 in contests vs. Baltimore. ...New YOrk has the eighth-ranked road OBP this season at .328. 

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Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Aug 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler's scoreless innings streak may have snapped, but he secured yet another win in his start Friday night. 

Wheeler entered this contest with the Marlins not allowing a single run over his last two starts. And he kept that streak going to start his night. 

The righty got seven straight Marlins hitters out before an error by Amed Rosario allowed Miguel Rojas on base in the bottom of the third. Wheeler, though, would get out of the inning without letting the error hurt him. 

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The guys talk Wheeler 00:02:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss whether Zack Wheeler can sustain the success he's enjoying the rest of this season and beyond.

Jacob deGrom fanned 10 over six innings and lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.77 as the Mets took the rubber game of the series from the Reds, 8-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up his first victory since June 18. The 30-year-old allowed four hits and a walk while recording his sixth double-digit strikeout performance of the season and the 27th of his career. DeGrom's 183 strikeouts are second in the National League behind Washington's Max Scherzer (216). Wednesday marked the first time in five starts he failed to pitch seven innings.

 

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The Mets (47-65) begin a three-game series on the road with the Marlins (47-69) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have won three of their last five games. They are also 23-28 on the road this season. ...The Mets' next 11 games with be played in five different cities. ...New York is ranked sixth with a .329 road OBP this season. ...The Mets managed to work 11 walks on Wednesday night against the Reds, which is the most in a game since 2008. 

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The guys talk superb Wheeler 00:01:41
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' decision not to trade Zack Wheeler and his coming of age this season.

Amed Rosario, Austin Jackson, and Kevin Plawecki each drove in runs to back Zack Wheeler's strong outing on Saturday night as the Mets shut out the Braves, 3-0

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler pitched seven scoreless innings struck out nine batters. The Braves mustered only three hits against Wheeler, who struck out nine batters and walked one. Freddie Freeman had a pair of hits -- including the Braves' first hit of the game in the fourth inning -- and Tyler Flowers had a single in the fifth inning, but the Braves otherwise could not get anything going against Wheeler.

 

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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler completed his second consecutive scoreless outing on Saturday night in the Mets' game against the Braves.

Wheeler allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters while the Mets' offense supported him with three runs before he departed after seven innings. 

Wheeler struck out the side in the first inning and carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before Freddie Freeman broke it up a with one-out hit.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Padres, who were in touch with the Mets in late-July about trading for Noah Syndergaard, are a team to watch when it comes to a potential offseason trade of Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

If the Mets choose to move deGrom or Syndergaard in particular, the Padres -- who have a loaded farm system that most consider the best in baseball -- would be a perfect match. 

DeGrom is the best pitcher in baseball right now, and should net more than the Rays recently got for Chris Archer (Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow, and a PTBNL). Syndergaard would likely net a bit less. With the Padres not ready to contend, trading for Wheeler probably doesn't make sense for them. Here are some of the Padres minor leaguers (with their MLB Top 100 Prospect rankings in parenthesis) the Mets could target if they put Jake and/or Thor on the market...

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

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It's the calm before the Mets storm. Enjoy it while it lasts. In a few weeks, the conversation around the Mets will quickly turn from hypothesizing about GM candidates to getting real news about where ownership intends to take their franchise and who is going to get them there...

As it stands, assistant John Ricco and advisors Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi are essentially splitting the job after Sandy Alderson stepped down in June due to health issues...

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets assistant GM John Ricco is realistic about where the team is, and said after the trade deadline passed that a determination hasn't yet been made on how they'll proceed as they approach 2019 and beyond.

"All that happened today was we did not make a trade by the trade deadline," Ricco said on a conference call Tuesday with fellow assistant GMs J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya. "I don't think that necessarily means we've committed to one direction or another for next season."

Ricco was responding to a question about whether the team had decided what to do with its most valuable assets after holding on to them through the deadline -- specifically Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler.

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Zack Wheeler thinks Mets can win 00:00:34
Zack Wheeler talks about not being traded, and says that the Mets can win next year if they keep the starting rotation together and healthy.

Mets righty Zack Wheeler said last week that he didn't want the Mets to trade him, and his reaction after the trade deadline passed struck a similar chord.

"It's nice to have all four of us stay together," Wheeler said about him remaining with the Mets along with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz.

Wheeler added that it wasn't exactly a sense of relief to stay put, but that he was looking forward to what the four could accomplish together heading in to 2018 and beyond. 

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Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): As expected, the Mets did not trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline, despite both pitchers being capable of bringing back a collection of top prospects.

The lack of action could mean the Mets did not see an offer worth accepting. Or, after doing their due diligence, they decided to keep their best two pitchers because they can have them through the 2020 season, sign them to long-term extensions, or look to trade them this winter with more teams involved in the bidding.

During the past few weeks, the Dodgers, Yankees, Padres, Phillies, and Braves were all reportedly looking for an elite starting pitcher under team control. More importantly, all five of the above teams had the necessary prospects required by the Mets. None of them landed a top pitcher, but the Pirates came out of nowhere to trade for No. 2 type starter Chris Archer with about 30 minutes to go before the deadline. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and the Mets did not make any moves.

After trading Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera last week, the Mets were open to dealing Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores, Jose Bautista, and Devin Mesoraco, with the latter two also candidates to be dealt through waivers in August.

As far as Wheeler, the Mets hadn't been getting offers they deemed acceptable, with teams looking to pay for what Wheeler's full history is and the Mets placing a greater emphasis on Wheeler's 2018 season and the value he currently has, SNY's Andy Martino had reported.

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

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With slightly more than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline, here is the very latest on the Mets:

  • As we wrote Saturday, the tone has shifted on Zack Wheeler. He is in heavy demand, but other teams are valuing him based on his body of work, not his recent performance. The Mets remain open to trading him, but are far less likely to do so than they were a few days ago.
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With slightly more than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline, here is the very latest on the Mets:

  • As we wrote Saturday, the tone has shifted on Zack Wheeler. He is in heavy demand, but other teams are valuing him based on his body of work, not his recent performance. The Mets remain open to trading him, but are far less likely to do so than they were a few days ago.
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New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees, who are still searching for rotation help after trading for J.A. Happ, are still scouting Mets RHP Zack Wheeler, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The Yanks will be in on Wheeler until he's moved elsewhere or the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passes, but it seems unlikely the Mets and Yankees will agree on a deal, notes Martino. 

There is heavy interest in Wheeler, but with the Mets so far not getting offers they feel are worthy, they are sending mixed messages regarding whether they'll trade Wheeler. 

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Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Yankees, who are still searching for rotation help after trading for J.A. Happ, are still scouting Mets RHP Zack Wheeler, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The Yanks will be in on Wheeler until he's moved elsewhere or the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline passes, but it seems unlikely the Mets and Yankees will agree on a deal, notes Martino. 

There is heavy interest in Wheeler, but with the Mets so far not getting offers they feel are worthy, they are sending mixed messages regarding whether they'll trade Wheeler. 

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The Mets have received heavy interest in Zack Wheeler, but are now sending mixed messages on whether he'll be dealt, reports SNY's Andy Martino. Should the Mets trade Wheeler?

Here are the Pros and Cons...

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Wheeler blanks Bucs 00:00:55
Zack Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings and drove in the game's only run as the Mets edged the Pirates, 1-0, at PNC Park on Sunday.

Zack Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings and drove in the game's only run as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 1-0, on Sunday.

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The guys talk Wheeler 00:01:54
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the pros and cons of keeping or trading Zack Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler shut down the Pirates for six innings and generated the only run the Mets needed in a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

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

Things you should know about Sunday's game

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Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 29, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Zack Wheeler shut down the Pirates' offense and drove in the Mets' lone run on Sunday afternoon in what could potentially be his final start as a Met.

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New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday, July 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler on Saturday opened up about his own thoughts regarding trade rumors swirling around him.

"You might as well ask for a bunch if there is not much out there because you also have team control through next season," Wheeler said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "I am not an elite guy, but I am decent for what is out there right now."

Wheeler's name has been involved in numerous trade rumors during the time leading up to the trade deadline. SNY's Andy Martino reported on Saturday that trade talks involving Wheeler are ongoing but there are differences in how the Mets value him compared to other teams. 

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New York Mets' Zack Wheeler pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) (John Amis/AP)
New York Mets' Zack Wheeler pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) (John Amis/AP)

The Mets have received more interest in Zack Wheeler than on any other player since Carlos Beltran in 2011, but they have sent mixed signals over the past few days about whether they intend to trade him after all.

On Wednesday, I heard from people directly involved in Wheeler talks that he could move at any minute, and would likely be traded after Asdrubal Cabrera. As recently as Friday, the Mets were talking to Milwaukee about a deal that would send both players to the Brewers.

Cabrera went to Philadelphia instead, and after many trade discussions on Wheeler, the Mets remain active. But I'm sensing the temperature decreasing on the chances of Wheeler moving, as the team considers hanging on to him and competing next year.

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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)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino welcome former Mets executive and SNY contributor Adam Fisher to the show to discuss the Jeurys Familia deal, the prospect of trading Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler, and the effect of Yoenis Cespedes' season-ending surgery.

Don't forget -- Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The fact that J.A. Happ and Cole Hamels have been dealt in the last 24 hours is a direct indication that Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are not being traded this season. If the Yankees or Cubs felt deGrom and Syndergaard could have been had, they'd still be working to get them. They obviously moved on to Happ and Hamels, respectively, because they are convinced Syndergaard and deGrom are not going anywhere.

Zack Wheeler is now among the league's remaining starting pitchers expected to soon be traded. And the way the Mets handle him will likely determine whether they are preparing for a full rebuild or will try again to win in 2019.

SNY's Andy Martino is reporting that Wheeler should return a team's top-10 prospect. I have been told a return could bring back one or two prospects among a team's top 15-20.

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