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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler's rough fourth inning overshadowed his perfect start in a no-decision in Sunday's 5-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday at Chase Park.

After retiring the first 10 batters he faced, Wheeler allowed two runs, two hits and two walks to turn a 1-0 Mets lead into a 2-1 deficit.

"Just had a little hiccup there in the fourth," Wheeler told reporters after the game.

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Gary and Ron on Mets' momentum 00:02:21
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling talk about Sunday's unlikely Mets comeback victory, and the team taking the sudden momentum into Colorado.

Brandon Nimmo's two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Mets rallied to earn a split of their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, 5-3, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

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

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

1) Down to their last out, the Mets scored four times to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 edge. Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit RBI double in front of back-to-back home runs by Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal CabreraJose Reyes reached on a bunt single to start the rally after Diamondbacks' reliever Brad Boxberger retired the first two batters of the inning. 

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will be pushed back from Thursday to Saturday due to a blister on his left middle finger, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News

The Mets announced late Wednesday night that Jason Vargas -- who was supposed to be skipped this turn through the rotation -- will pitch Thursday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, followed by Seth Lugo on Friday. Zack Wheeler will pitch on Sunday. 

Matz had recently been dealing with a slight strain of his middle finger.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 12, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

There's been a lot of talk about whether the Mets should trade Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom. However, the better move might be to keep them both and, instead, look to deal Zack Wheeler, who is 2-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 12 starts this season.

Tuesday night, the 28-year-old Wheeler tossed 100 pitches, walked four batters, struck out two and allowed six runs and eight hits during 5.2 innings against the Braves.

His ERA jumped to 4.98, despite giving up just one run during his first five innings.

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Braves overpower Mets 00:01:37
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Zack Wheeler's sixth-inning meltdown, which led to the Braves coming away with an 8-2 win over the Mets.

Ozzie Albies' grand slam off Paul Sewald capped a five-run sixth for the Braves, who sent the Mets to their ninth loss in 10 games, 8-2, on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler allowed a game-tying homer to Freddie Freeman on the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth and a two-out, RBI single to Ender Inciarte. The right-hander walked consecutive batters and gave the ball to Sewald, who surrendered Albies' grand slam that broke the game open. New York would have been out of the inning trailing, 3-2, but Asdrubal Cabrera could not hold on to Devin Mesoraco's throw to second on Inciarte's stolen base. 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Zack Wheeler
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates after a home run with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates after a home run with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (28-34) open a quick two-game series against the Braves (37-28) on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park at 7:35 on SNY. 

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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Mets not needing a fifth starter due to off days last Thursday and today, they will be skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation.

Zack Wheeler will start against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday, with Jacob deGrom getting the start on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mets are again evaluating Seth Lugo's role, after he fired 6.0 shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday night. If the Mets move Lugo to the rotation full-time, that will likely mean Vargas shifting to the bullpen. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are getting lost in the chaos and drama associated with their team's current losing streak. It was only a few weeks ago that most Mets fans and media, myself included, were freaking out over how these two pitchers were progressing...

However, during the past month, Wheeler has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Meanwhile, in his last six starts, Matz has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Unfortunately, because of a lack of offense and relief pitching, the team is just 3-7 during those 10 starts.

In Wednesday's start against the O's, Wheeler tossed 93 pitches, seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one batter before his bullpen stumbled.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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The booth on another awful loss 00:02:35
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' continuing struggles on Cadillac Post Game Extra.

The Mets suffered their sixth straight loss and were shut out for the second time in three games in a 1-0 loss to the Orioles 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) Thanks in large part to a misplay by Amed Rosario, the Orioles scratched across the game's only run on Manny Machado's sacrifice fly off Jeurys Familia

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May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was dominant against the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon, firing 7.0 shutout innings while allowing three hits, walking one and striking out five.

Wheeler, who tossed 93 pitches, was poised to pitch the eighth inning before the Mets put two runners on base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh -- leading Mickey Callaway to pinch-hit for Wheeler with Jose Bautista

Wednesday's start was the sixth of the last seven where Wheeler had completed at least 6.0 innings.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (27-31) wrap up their two-game set against the Orioles (18-41) on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 on SNY. 

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning ODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning ODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (27-28) and Cubs (31-23) continue their four-game series on Saturday night at Citi Field at 7:15.

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings against the Cubs on Friday night at Citi Field before the bullpen gave up five runs in a 7-4 loss.

Wheeler had allowed baserunners in each of the four innings without allowing a run, but the Cubs' offense finally broke through in the seventh inning when he allowed back-to-back hits. After he was pulled, Wheeler's baserunners came around to score against Paul Sewald, tying the game at 2-2. 

Wheeler finished the night with four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision. He has now reached six innings in seven of 10 starts this season and turned in his fifth quality start of the season...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Zack Wheeler
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The booth talks the bullpen 00:01:53
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss the struggles of the Mets bullpen and the options for Mickey Callaway moving forward.

Brandon Nimmo provided the Mets with an early lead and Zack Wheeler allowed two runs in six-plus innings, but the Cubs scored five runs against New York's bullpen and went on to win, 7-4.

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

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

1) Brandon Nimmo gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer, his seventh of the season.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Brandon Nimmo, Paul Sewald, Zack Wheeler
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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning ODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning ODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (27-27) and Cubs (30-23) continue their four-game series on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Wheeler's two-run RBI 00:00:14
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler smacks a ball to deep right field, driving in two runs in the top of the first inning against the Brewers.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed four runs, six hits and two walks in six innings in a no-decision Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, settling down after giving up a three-run home run in the third inning.

Wheeler remained winless since April 29 after New York's bullpen blew a 6-4 lead but threw six complete innings for the fourth time in his last five outings. He went 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in five starts in May, as the Mets have lost all five outings.

Since his last win April 29, Wheeler is 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA. And since April 24, he is 1-3 with a 6.32 ERA. And since their 11-1 start, the Mets have gone 14-23. In May, they've lost 15 of 22 games.

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Mets on 8-7 loss to Brewers 00:01:17
Mickey Callaway and Jerry Blevins talk about the Mets' disappointing 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Sunday afternoon.

The Mets bullpen blew a 6-4 lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning in Sunday's 8-7 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Relievers Robert Gsellman, Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald surrendered four runs, four hits and a walk in one inning after Zack Wheeler settled down after a three-run third inning.

Gsellman retired two of the first three batters he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Jesus Aguilar. Manager Mickey Callaway opted to bring in Blevins, who had not given up a run in his last 11 appearances entering Sunday, to face Travis Shaw. A lefty specialist, left-handed hitters were 7-for-26 off Blevins entering Sunday. (By contrast, right-handed hitters were 1-for-10.)

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Milwaukee Brewers, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the ineffectiveness of reliever Jerry Blevins so far this season for the New York Mets.

The Brewers erased multiple-run deficits for the second straight day and scored four times with two outs in the seventh to rally past the Mets, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

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

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

1) The Mets took a 6-4 lead into the seventh and had two outs with a runner on first when the inning unraveled. Robert Gsellman walked Jesus Aguilar on a close, 3-1, pitch to put runners at first and second. Jerry Blevins' struggles continued when he surrendered an RBI single on a 1-2 offering to Travis Shaw that cut the lead to one run. Domingo Santana and Jonathan Villar contributed consecutive doubles to put Milwaukee ahead, 8-6.

 

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Zack Wheeler
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is greeted by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run 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 left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is greeted by manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets (25-23) will conclude their four-game series against the Brewers (33-20) on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 2:10 on WPIX.

Mets notes...

With Saturday's loss, the Mets have dropped four of their last five games... The Mets are 1-2 on their current road trip and 13-10 on the road this season... The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and have gone 14-22 since starting the season 11-1.

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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Asdrubal Cabrera (13) reacts with shortstop Jose Reyes (7) after hitting the game winning two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the sad state of affairs surrounding Jose Reyes, the Jose Bautista signing, and the importance of getting quality starts from the likes of Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas.

Plus, 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!

Click below to listen!

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jose Reyes, Zack Wheeler
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are givens. Steven Matz has a 3.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and has allowed just six runs over his last four starts (21.0 innings).

Jason Vargas (one great start after three nightmare ones since joining the rotation) and Zack Wheeler (5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) have been a different story. And the Mets need them to start providing consistency to the back end of the rotation.

On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss below...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up. (AP)

Tuesday was an important night for Zack Wheeler, who I hope understands how and why he was so effective after a difficult first inning. Instead of just pounding the bottom of the strike zone, Wheeler was wild, but effective.

It all changed for Wheeler in the second inning, down three runs with two outs and runners on second and third base. If Marlins 1B Justin Bour gets the fifth hit of the inning, the game is blown wide open, Wheeler is demoralized and out of the game sooner than later, the Mets easily lose and the bullpen gets taxed again.

However, after a quick mound visit from Tomas Nido and Dave Eiland, and with a 2-2 count, Wheeler set up Bour with an unhittable 97-mph fastball inside. Then, with what was his most important pitch of the night, Wheeler dropped a perfectly-placed 91-mph splitter down and inside for a swing-and-miss strikeout to end the inning.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday night, and was done in by an inexcusable error by Jose Reyes in the second inning. 

With runners on first and second and one out in the second, pitcher Caleb Smith bunted toward Reyes at third base while attempting to move the runners over. Reyes fielded the ball and would have had the runner out by 20 feet at second base, but didn't throw there. Instead, he hesitated before throwing wild to first base -- allowing Smith to reach.

After Wheeler got Martin Prado to pop out for the second out of the inning, J.T. Realmuto's two-run single made it 3-0, Marlins, with both runs unearned due to Reyes' gaffe...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:23
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the impact of veteran Jose Bautista after the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Caleb Smith allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to help the Marlins end the Mets' winning streak at four games with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler overcame a shaky second inning to turn in a solid start for New York, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs -- one earned -- on 106 pitches in six innings. He retired 13-of-his-last-15 batters and matched his season high with nine strikeouts while issuing no walks for the first time in eight starts.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:23
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the impact of veteran Jose Bautista after the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Caleb Smith allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to help the Marlins end the Mets' winning streak at four games with a 5-1 win on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler overcame a shaky second inning to turn in a solid start for New York, scattering seven hits and allowing three runs -- one earned -- on 106 pitches in six innings. He retired 13-of-his-last-15 batters and matched his season high with nine strikeouts while issuing no walks for the first time in eight starts.

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-19) continue their three-game series against the Marlins (17-30) on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10. 

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) 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 manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets entered their series with the Diamondbacks having lost seven of their previous eight games. Meanwhile, the Mets are 11-7 in starts made by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and 17-3 when the team scores four or more runs in a game.

In other words, with deGrom and Syndergaard pitching two of three games, during which the Mets scored 12 runs, sweeping the D-backs this past weekend should be what is expected from a team that entered this season hoping to make the postseason.

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said after getting Sunday's win. "We'd kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)
Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)

If the Mets are going to be successful in 2018, Mickey Callaway knows exactly how that's going to happen: good pitching.

After the Mets' 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, where Jacob deGrom was masterful with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, Callaway discussed leaning on his whole staff, not just deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

"It will only help if the other guys step up," Callaway said...

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterGive me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn't come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets' rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Wheeler, Callaway on rough start 00:01:25
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and manager Mickey Callaway discuss Wheeler's rough performance on the mound in Wednesday's 12-1 loss.

Despite allowing a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first inning, Zack Wheeler largely dominated the Blue Jays during the first three innings of his start on Wednesday afternoon.

With his fastball sitting between 95 and 96 MPH, Wheeler struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced, allowing just one man to reach base.

That was followed by an on-field delay due to rain and field maintenance -- resulting in Wheeler going 27 minutes between pitches. And when Wheeler took the mound for the top of the fourth inning, he looked out of sorts.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/16 00:02:11
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss which aspect of the Mets is in worse shape, the offense or pitching, after the team's loss to Toronto.

One night after enjoying a rare blowout win, the Mets were on the receiving end as Zack Wheeler was torched by the Blue Jays for six runs in four-plus innings during a 12-1 loss 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) Despite surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first, Wheeler (2-3) struck out six and allowed one hit through three innings. The umpires called for the grounds crew to work on the soaked infield with one out in the bottom of the third which delayed the game for 18 minutes. Wheeler let up five runs on six hits and three walks over the next inning-plus. He was lifted for Robert Gsellman after allowing the first five Toronto batters to reach safely in the fifth. Wheeler allowed seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/16 00:02:11
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss which aspect of the Mets is in worse shape, the offense or pitching, after the team's loss to Toronto.

One night after enjoying a rare blowout win, the Mets were on the receiving end as Zack Wheeler was torched by the Blue Jays for six runs in four-plus innings during a 12-1 loss 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) Despite surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first, Wheeler (2-3) struck out six and allowed one hit through three innings. The umpires called for the grounds crew to work on the soaked infield with one out in the bottom of the third which delayed the game for 18 minutes. Wheeler let up five runs on six hits and three walks over the next inning-plus. He was lifted for Robert Gsellman after allowing the first five Toronto batters to reach safely in the fifth. Wheeler allowed seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

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Wheeler's good start in 2-1 loss 00:04:05
The BNNY panel discusses Zack Wheeler's impressive start on Wednesday, compiling seven strikeouts and allowing just a run over six innings.

Zack Wheeler rebounded from his brutal start last Friday to hold the Reds to one run in six innings on Wednesday afternoon in Cincinnati.

Wheeler, who retired 12 batters in a row at one point, allowed four hits while walking three and striking out seven. His ERA for the season is 5.03. He threw 88 pitches (56 strikes), and was removed for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler's talent has never been in question, but many in the Mets organization have wondered over the years if he is competitive enough in game situations to make the most out of his gifts. Lately, the onetime top prospect has shown evidence that he might still prove doubters wrong. After fighting his way back from a demotion to Triple-A that must have been extremely difficult emotionally, Wheeler has solidified a spot in the big-league rotation...

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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/9 00:01:35
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

Adam Duvall hit a walk-off homer off AJ Ramos in the 10th inning to lift the Reds past the Mets, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. New York has lost eight of its last nine games.

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

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

1) The .176-hitting Duvall slugged Ramos' 2-1 pitch over the left-field wall to give Cincinnati its second series win of the year. New York dropped to 2-3 in rubber games this season.

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How can Rosario use his speed? 00:02:04
Steve Gelbs reports from Great American Ball Park to discuss how Mets shortstop Amed Rosario can better utilize his speed this season.

The Mets (18-16) conclude their three-game series against the Reds (9-27) at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 on SNY. 

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Gelbs chats with Callaway 00:04:22
Steve Gelbs talks with Mets manager Mickey Callaway about the team's issues on both sides of the ball during its losing streak.

The Mets (17-15) open a three-game series against the Reds (8-26) at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati on Monday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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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)

The Mets (17-13) continue their series against the Rockies (18-15) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Matt Harvey has been a Met his entire baseball career. But, after New York decided to designate The Dark Knight for assignment, he will no longer don the blue and orange. And among all the buzz swirling arond the news, the Mets still on the roster had a game against the Rockies Friday night (which they lost 8-7). 

So, not only did they have to deal with the loss of their fourth straight game, but they had to come to grips with the loss of a dear teammate. 

"I was shocked. I didn't think it would end this way," OF Michael Conforto, who struck out with the game-tying and game-winning run on second and third in the ninth, said after the game. "I wish him all the best. He was a good teammate, good friend. So I hope he does well in his future endeavors."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With all the somber Matt Harvey news surrounding the Mets, Zack Wheeler took the mound to start a three-game set against the Rockies hoping to make the fans forget about it all. 

Instead, it was just more struggles from the pitching staff.

Wheeler was hit hard in the first inning as he allowed four singles, two doubles, and a sac fly in the first seven batters he faced that turned into a quick 5-0 lead for the Rockies. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:44
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez answer fan questions about Seth Lugo joining the Mets rotation and Matt Harvey's future.

The Mets did all they could in the ninth, but they left two runners in scoring position as the Rockies came away with the win, 8-7, at Citi Field. 

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

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

 

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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate s with New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate s with New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a two run home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (17-12) open a three-game series against the Rockies (17-15) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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DNL: Martino on Mets' loss 00:03:27
Andy Martino joins Daily News Live to break down the Mets' recent struggles following their 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Braves came to New York this week and dropped a good ol' fashioned whupping on the Mets, announcing their presence as a National League East team of the future, and possibly the present. The Mets fell out of first place and saw their ace leave a game with an elbow injury.

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

Jason Vargas is still doing an Ollie Perez impersonation. Braves starter Julio Teheran seemed for most of Thursday's game like he was going to throw a no-hitter. Matt Harvey flopped in a mop-up appearance, two days after the manager and GM chose to publicly engage a Page Six report about his late-night partying...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Lots of the talk before Zack Wheeler's start on Sunday against the Padres was about how the Mets' rotation was Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and no one else who is reliable. And while Wheeler has always been -- and still is -- a roller-coaster at times, he's pitched well this season. The results are there, and the advanced stats back them up. 

So, putting Wheeler in the same boat as Steven Matz (4.98 ERA/5.45 FIP) and Matt Harvey (who has been moved to the bullpen) is unfair. As is lumping him in with Jason Vargas, whose one awful start while returning from the DL shouldn't be leading anyone to draw conclusions anyway.

Here are some key numbers for Wheeler so far this season...

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets LHP Steven Matz is not having a strong start to this season. And now that Zack Wheeler is doing well, and with the return of Jason Vargas pushing Matt Harvey to the bullpen, all eyes will be on Matz as the rotation's weakest link.

Whether Matz gets his season back on track is going to need to wait, though, since it was announced this past weekend that the start he was supposed to make on Tuesday has been pushed to Saturday because of a stiff back. 

"I just felt a little something in my back," he explained...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler struck out nine batters in five innings in Sunday's 14-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

Wheeler struck out six of the last eight batters he faced as he won his first game since April 11. His nine Ks are his most in an outing since he struck out 10 Cubs on Aug. 15, 2014.

"I thought he looked really good," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:47
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the importance of the Mets' blowout victory against the Padres in San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

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

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

1) Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in a season-high five runs, and nine Mets had at least two hits on their way to scoring a season-best 14 runs. Todd Frazier and Jose Reyes went deep and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs as the Mets scored 10 times in the seventh and eighth innings to break open a 4-2 game.

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