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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his ups and downs in his first year as the team's skipper in 2018. After an 11-1 start to the season, the Amazin's looked destined for the postseason. But a horrendous June month washed away that hope, even after the team put together a strong finish to the season. 

Since then, the Mets have entered a win-now mode, spearheaded by its new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent has brought in the necessary pieces to see the Mets compete for a division title in what is expected to be a tough NL East. And they still tout arguably the best starting rotation in the game.

With Van Wagenen already stirring the pot this offseason by saying "come get us" to the Mets' rivals, Callaway has some lofty expectations on his shoulder to produce a postseason-quality club. So, with that in mind, here are some questions he should be facing from the media in his first presser down in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Wilson Ramos ready for 2019 00:02:11
Wilson Ramos is healthy for spring training for the first time in awhile. He looks forward to learning about his new teammates on the Mets.

One of the Mets' biggest needs this offseason was improving the catcher position. They not only wanted a solid defensive player, but one that also made an impact in the batter's box. 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen ended up signing veteran C Wilson Ramos, calling him "the perfect fit for us" back in December. Ramos has the power bat, strong arm, and defensive prowess at the dish that makes him the everyday catcher heading into Port St. Lucie on Tuesday, as pitchers and catchers officially reported to camp. 

Ramos said he is "100 percent" coming into camp, and has been working hard this offseason to last a full season -- the same goal he had when he signed with the Mets back in December. 

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Tuesday that Jacob deGrom setting an Opening Day deadline on contract extension talks was a "mutual understanding," suggesting it shouldn't be viewed as a negative.

However, this situation certainly can't be viewed as a positive -- not on the heels of deGrom being disappointed last week with how the negotiations were going.

So now the Mets are in a precarious spot, under pressure to get something done with deGrom. And if they don't, there's a chance their dream rotation -- the area they've built their entire team around in an effort to contend now -- will fall apart sooner rather than later...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 20, 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 of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Zack Wheeler didn't just turn a corner in 2018, he turned into one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball in the second half of the season. And he attributes it to something really simple.

"I think it was just being healthy," Wheeler said Tuesday morning during an appearance on the MLB Network.

"I was able to actually concentrate on all my bullpens," Wheeler added, noting that the ability to focus on work rather than worry about any kind of health issue helped him reach the next level.

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Mets starters get their work in 00:00:32
Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler throw bullpen sessions in Port St. Lucie

Baseball Prospectus' 2019 PECOTA (Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm) projections are out, and they foresee big things from the Mets -- especially the starting rotation.

PECOTA is a system that "takes a player's past performance and tries to project the most likely outcome for the following season. It looks at all of the numbers, and all the numbers that make up the numbers, to see which players are more likely to repeat their success and which ones benefited from good fortune."

When it comes to the Mets' starting pitchers, PECOTA -- a projection system that is notoriously conservative -- sees things shaking out like this...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Conforto, Wheeler from Florida 00:01:26
New York Mets Michael Conforto and Zack Wheeler discuss their health going into 2019 and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen's impact on the team.

For Michael Conforto, preparing for the grueling 162-game baseball season starts the minute a championship team is crowned. 

The 25-year-old Mets outfielder observed the traditional ballgame changing since he grew up watching the sport. Instead of looking at the offseason as time to relax on the couch and stack up on holiday food, players are in the gym and focusing on the year ahead. Conforto is no exception.

"The offseason is big time for players these days," Conforto said. "You know, everybody is preparing in the offseason, everyone's getting their work in. For me, especially after last year, understanding what the offseason can do for you going into Spring Training and then into the early parts of the season, it's going to be big for me." 

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | With all the talk about a potential contract extension for Jacob deGrom, it has been easy to forget that another Mets pitcher, Zack Wheeler, is even closer to free agency.

DeGrom is under team control through the 2020 season, but Wheeler is set to enter the open market this fall. And while the Mets are actively discussing whether to make a long-term offer to deGrom, it is simply too early to say if they will do the same with Wheeler, according to major league sources.

Wheeler, 28, missed two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015, but emerged as dominant in the second half of last season. In his final 17 starts, he posted a 2.30 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP. He enters the season as the Mets' most reliable starter, after Cy Young Award winner deGrom...

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Aug 19, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 19, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (47) throws to the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets have interest in signing free agent LHP Gio Gonzalez and have remained in touch with his camp, but that interest is not currently at a multiyear level, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that Gonzalez is still holding out for more than a one-year deal. 

Martino reported earlier this week that the Mets and Yankees were both still interested in rotation depth, but that neither team was involved in negotations for Wade Miley, who recently signed a one-year deal with the Astros worth $4.5 million.

Because the Mets have their top five rotation spots currently locked in, Martino suggested it could be easier for them to convince a free agent pitcher such as Doug Fister or Brett Anderson to sign and audtion for a "swingman" role than it could be to sign Gonzalez.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Steven Matz
Steven Matz

Mets LHP Steven Matz is a pivotal player for the Mets, which means the difference between making or missing the playoffs could hinge on how he performs in 2019.

Assuming each takes the mound 30 times this season, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will again be among the league's elite pitchers. There's every reason to believe Zack Wheeler, in his walk year, will continue his terrific turn-around from 2018. Jason Vargas (and the pitchers behind him) should never be counted on to be a difference-maker at any point in the season.

This leaves Matz, who, at 27 years old, is at a make-or-break point in his career. And he could be poised for a breakout...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sandy Alderson
Sandy Alderson

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz pays off in a big way for the Mets, new GM Brodie Van Wagenen will be hailed for his boldness and creativity. But to some degree such success would also vindicate Sandy Alderson as well.

After all, it's fair to say the Alderson regime's biggest failure was poor drafting that led to a weak farm system. Certainly, I made that case more than once over the last couple of years, when injuries at the big-league level exposed the organization's glaring lack of talent in the high minors.

However, that assessment needs to be updated a bit, and now that Alderson has officially moved on to become a senior advisor with the A's, where he won a championship as GM and groomed Billy Beane for his Brad Pitt moment, there's a chance his tenure with the Mets will look better in the years to come...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Michael Cuddyer, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Friday is the deadline for teams to exchange numbers with players who are arbitration-eligible. If a deal is not agreed upon they must schedule a hearing next month in front of a panel of arbitrators to determine that player's salary for the 2019 season. 

Teams that do not reach deals could still negotiate up until the hearing date on a one-year contract or multi-year extension...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : So Omar Minaya went on MLB Radio this week and downplayed expectations that Yoenis Cespedes is being counted on at all by the Mets in 2019.

"If he gives us anything this year, that is gravy," was the way he put it.

Now wait a minute...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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This past Monday, I wrote that I expected Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to do the following five things by end of the week's MLB Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday.

So, what did he do, what didn't he do, and how will he approach the rest of the offseason?

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With trade speculation dominating the offseason, here's list of Mets who have been rumored in deals, where they rank from most likely to be traded to least likely, and why.

1. OF Juan Lagares

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Will Mets deal any aces? 00:00:48
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen weighs in on his strategy this winter meetings and the difficulty of trading Noah Syndergaard.

Though Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding calls for a handful of his top players, he admitted on Wednesday it's going to be "very difficult" to trade an ace like Noah Syndergaard

After New York acquired elite closer Edwin Diaz and eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano from Seattle, Van Wagenen made it very clear that the Mets are going all in for the World Series championship next season. As far as conversations at the Winter Meetings go, he envisions holding that trophy with help from his current, star-studded rotation. 

"We're going into this marketplace assuming that both [Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom], as well as Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, are on our team," Van Wagenen said.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets badly want J.T. Realmuto, so much so that they have had three-way talks with the Yankees and Marlins on a potential deal that would land Realmuto with the Mets and Noah Syndergaard with the Yankees.

SNY's Andy Martino reported late Monday from the Winter Meetings that Syndergaard to the Yankees is one of many scenarios in play for the Mets, and added that the Yankees' interest in the Mets' pitching is not limited to Syndergaard.

While adding Realmuto would be huge for the Mets, they should absolutely not do it at the expense of Syndergaard -- unless another major piece is coming back to them in return. And by major, we mean an impact piece...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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McNeil, Wheeler on trade rumors 00:01:04
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and second baseman Jeff McNeil address recent trade rumors surrounding Robinson Cano, Noah Syndergaard.

Offseason trade rumors have surrounded the Mets early this offseason, with RHP Noah Syndergaard among them. Being a flame-throwing starter that has had tremendous success early on in his career, there is no wonder why multiple teams would be interested in trading for him. 

But fellow starter RHP Zack Wheeler doesn't want to see him in any jersey but the Mets. 

"I'd rather have him on the team," Wheeler told reporters at the Mets Holiday Shopping Spree in Queens on Wednesday. "He's a power guy that is part of this staff and I think we can do a lot of good things with him out there on the mound."

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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)

Zack Wheeler said Wednesday that his agents have not yet engaged in contract extension discussions with the Mets, according to The Record's Matt Ehalt.

The 28-year-old starter, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2018, isn't set to hit free agency until after the 2019 season.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen met with Wheeler's camp at the GM Meetings earlier this month, but a long-term agreement doesn't appear to be an urgent matter for team brass.

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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)

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler had a breakout season in 2018, with his incredible second half performance stacking up with those of some of the best pitchers in the game -- including teammate Jacob deGrom

With Wheeler set to hit free agency after the 2019 season, GM Brodie Van Wagenen was asked Tuesday at the GM Meetings whether he's gotten any indication Wheeler and his agents are open to doing anything long-term. 

"I'll be meeting with his representatives down here, as I'll be meeting with a lot of the different agents that represent our current roster," Van Wagenen said. "But I'll be meeting with his camp here in the coming days." 

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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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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

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...

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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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