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Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)
Jun 9, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Szczepanski)

The Yankees just can't catch a break when it comes to their starting rotation. 

Domingo German, who was surprisingly one of the best rotation arms, hit the IL with a hip flexor strain last week. He was the latest starter to hit the list that has had the likes of James Paxton and CC Sabathia on it. Luis Severino has been a mainstay as well, suffering a lat strain that moved him to the 60-day IL. 

The Yankees know they need to add help to makeup for these losses, and potential ones down the road. Many believed Dallas Keuchel would choose to wear pinstripes this season, but the Braves beat out their bid in the end. 

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (33-34, 5.0 GB in the NL East) are off on Wednesday before opening a four-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night at Citi Field. 

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


After Zack Wheeler got hit hard in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Mets had a strong response in the nightcap as Pete Alonso blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and Jason Vargas had another strong start >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Yankees interest in Zack Wheeler 00:01:02
Andy Martino breaks down what Zack Wheeler's shaky outing means for the Yankees. Martino is pretty optimistic about the future.

The Yankees love Zack Wheeler because, well, what team in need of pitching wouldn't? 

His stuff is among the best in the league, and he has finally learned how to be consistent.

The Yanks have soured a bit on Noah Syndergaard, who they pursued over the winter, and toward Wheeler. They would love to pry him from the Mets and dump Clint Frazier -- and none of that changed after Wheeler's dud in Game 1 of Tuesday's Subway doubleheader.

 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Luke Voit, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets crushed 12-5 by Yankees 00:02:02
New York Yankees took game 1 of the Subway Series double-header behind home runs from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

A promising start turned into a nightmarish finish as the Mets lost to the Yankees, 12-5, in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) In a game the Mets led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, things got ugly fast. Done in by poor defense, bad pitching by Zack Wheeler, and some bloop hits mixed in with blasted ones, the game was 9-4 Yankees by the time the fifth inning was over. Overall, Wheeler allowed nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six in 4.2 innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gary Sanchez, Jeff McNeil, Luke Voit, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 6, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) hits a three run home run against Toronto Blue Jays in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) take on the Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) in the first game of a two-game Subway Series on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Over his last 13 games, Gleyber Torres is hitting just .196 with two home runs and seven RBI. ... Luke Voit, currently the leading vote-getter among American League first basemen for the All-Star game, is slashing .308/.400/.538 with two home runs and four RBIs over his last 10 games. ... The Yankees' bullpen has the third-worst ERA (6.59) in June, while the Mets' 8.05 bullpen ERA is the highest in that span.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (32-33, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (40-24, T-1st in AL East) in the first game of a doubleheader after last night's rain out on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Mets notes

Mets rookie first baseman Pete Alonso ranks second in the majors with 21 home runs, trailing only the Brewers' Christian Yelich. ... Todd Frazier is slashing .352/.435/.630 with four home runs and 12 RBI over his last 15 games, raising his batting average .060 points and his OPS .195 points. ... Mets relievers have an 8.05 ERA in the month of June, which ranks the worst in the majors. The Yankees' bullpen, meanwhile, ranks 28th in June with a 6.59 ERA.

Tags: Masahiro Tanaka, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (32-33, 4.5 GB in the NL East) play a Subway Series doubleheader on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium due to Monday night's rainout.

Here's what went down on Monday, in case you missed it:


With Monday night's rainout, Zack Wheeler will get the ball in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, while Jason Vargas starts the nightcap >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Ronny Mauricio, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of a tarp on the field as the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium informs fans of a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Monday's Subway Series game between the Mets and Yankees has been postponed due to inclement weather. 

The teams will make the game up as part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. while the second game will remain at 7:05 p.m. 

The Yankees will keep RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42 ERA) on the mound for Game 1 while the Mets will have RHP Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.61 ERA) pitch. LHP Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) will pitch Game 2 for the Mets while the Yankees will have LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) make his scheduled start. 

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Masahiro Tanaka, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (30-32, 5.0 GB in the NL East) open a three-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Wednesday in case you missed it:


In Thursday's win over the Giants, Zack Wheeler turned in another strong start and Todd Frazier lofted a go-ahead homer late >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets on their comeback win 00:01:47
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jeff McNeil talk about their big hits to help lift Mets over the Giants

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday's game in a 3-3 tie with the Giants. But their bats came to life in the late innings, which is becoming a trend for them this season.

After a Jeff McNeil single in the seventh tied the game, the offense spiked for four runs in the eighth. Todd Frazier got just enough of a two-run home run, followed by RBI hits from Juan Lagares and McNeil, putting the Mets in front for good in the 7-3 victory.

Including the five runs today, the Mets have now scored 116 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the most in the National League. It was the team's 15th come-from-behind victory this season, and their 10th win in their final at-bat.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Giants 7-3 00:01:55
Thanks to 3 home runs, including one by Todd Frazier, the Mets were able to take the series against the Giants.

The Mets strung together a four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Giants to win, 7-3, in the rubber match at Citi Field Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Five things to know from Thursday's game...

1) The Mets delivered in the bottom of the eighth to blow the game open. It was Todd Frazier's two-run homer that broke the tie, making it a 5-3 game. But they weren't done as Juan Lagares' double brought home Adeiny Hechavarria. Then, Jeff McNeil brought his hot bat to the plate again, singling home Lagares to cap the four-run inning. It could've been more if Pete Alonso delivered with bases loaded, but he popped out.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The best I can tell, 10 of the league's 15 teams in AL still consider themselves "contending," while seemingly only the Giants and Marlins are, at this point, set on beings sellers before the deadline.

At 28-32 and five games back of the last Wild Card spot, the Mets are presently among the NL teams riding the fence. To hit 90 wins, which is what it typically takes to reach the postseason, the Mets will need to play .560 baseball, which is not out of the realm of possibility. If this is going to happen, it has to start now, specifically this week playing the Giants and Rockies at home.

It's not going to be easy, though, especially with multiple key players underperforming, banged up, or on the injured list. Best case scenario, the Mets get themselves to be slightly above .500, and well within reach of the Wild Card by winning or splitting every series between now and the end of July. This level success would hopefully make them buyers.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) hits an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) hits an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-29, 5 GB in the NL East) rallied in the eighth inning for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks (28-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Friday.

They return to face the Diamondbacks again on Saturday at Chase Field at 10:10 p.m. when Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.71 ERA) takes on Zack Greinke (6-2, 2.78 ERA). 

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


The Mets put together a two-out rally in the eighth inning, with Carlos Gomez lining a pinch-hit go-ahead double to lead the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets rally edges Diamondbacks 00:01:04
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about the Mets comeback ability after their 5-4 win over Arizona

The Mets' bullpen had a different look on Friday, but the group got the job done in the Mets' 5-4 victory over Arizona.

After a crazy top of the eighth inning where the Mets jumped in front, Mickey Callaway relied on Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, and the duo delivered.

"The more and more we looked at it, after they played catch they said they were okay. Dave (Eiland) and I talked about it, and (Jeurys) Familia and (Edwin) Diaz were down," Callaway said. "They have thrown five out of eight. Today would have been another three out of four for both of them. They've thrown a ton of pitches, and we just couldn't do it.

"I think taking care of our players and putting them in a good spot is always something that we're going to think about, as well as winning, and we had Lugo and Gsellman. Thank goodness (Zack) Wheeler stepped up and went seven for us. That was huge. Now, both Familia and Diaz have had two days off, and we're caught up. We felt like if we would have pitched them today, man, we're going to be trying to catch up for another week. Lugo and Gsellman stepped up big-time and got the job done."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets edge D'Backs 00:01:23
The Mets saw an early 3-run lead disappear but rallied in the 8th inning to edge the Diamondbacks, 5-4

The Mets found some two-out magic in the eighth inning, and Zack Wheeler went seven innings in the Mets' 5-4 victory on Friday night at Chase Field >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) The Mets benefited from a wild eighth inning. With two outs and nobody on, Todd Frazier blooped a single into right field. After an Adeiny Hechavarria single, J.D. Davis was called upon as a pinch-hitter in a huge spot. With runners on the corner and two outs, Davis dribbled an infield single to second base, off the glove of Arizona pitcher Matt Andriese, tying the game at 4-4. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, lined a pinch-hit double down the third-base line. The ball was picked up inadvertently by a staff member, but it was enough to score Frazier and give the Mets the lead.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets close out the month of May with the first of three games against the Diamondbacks on Friday at 9:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Despite dropping three out of four to the Dodgers, the Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games. ... The road has not been kind to the Mets this season, as they've lost 15 of their last 18 road games. Their overall .375 winning percentage on the road is the second-lowest in the NL, ahead of only the Marlins. ... Pete Alonso has recorded 32 extra-base hits in the Mets' first 56 games, the most in team history. ... The Mets haven't won a series in Arizona since a three-game sweep of the D'backs in 2014.

 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks
Moneyline: NYM -120/ARI +110
Over/Under: 9
Series: NYM -115/ARI -115
First pitch: 9:40 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) vs. Jon Duplantier (1-0, 2.25 ERA)

After dropping three of four in Los Angeles, the Mets head into the back-end of their seven-game West Coast road trip with a series in Arizona on Friday night as road favorites -- which is not very common for a club below the .500 mark when facing a somewhat decent team. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks
Moneyline: NYM -120/ARI +110
Over/Under: 9
Series: NYM -115/ARI -115
First pitch: 9:40 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Zack Wheeler (4-3, 4.63 ERA) vs. Jon Duplantier (1-0, 2.25 ERA)

After dropping three of four in Los Angeles, the Mets head into the back-end of their seven-game West Coast road trip with a series in Arizona on Friday night as road favorites -- which is not very common for a club below the .500 mark when facing a somewhat decent team. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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If you want a reason to believe the Mets have a big run in them over the next few months, I'm here to tell you that nobody in the majors has a better No. 4 starter than Steven Matz right now.

I know, I know, that won't mean much if Nos. 1, 2 and 3 don't raise their games to meet expectations of dominance, but presuming that Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler's best days are ahead of them this season, Matz's success could indeed prove meaningful.

In any case, the point is: Who saw this coming, anyway?

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)
Houston starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) pitches during the third inning against the Yankees. (Troy Taormina)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees might sign Dallas Keuchel next week, and that would not preclude them from pivoting toward a trade for a high-end starting pitcher, according to major league sources.

As SNY has reported previously, the Yanks are targeting rotation help at the trade deadline above all other needs. With Domingo German facing possible innings restrictions, Luis Severino out for a long time, and CC Sabathia and James Paxton in various states of knee pain (Paxton returns Wednesday), the rotation is the team's clearest need.

The Yanks are not specifically viewing Keuchel as an alternative to sacrificing trade chips for a Marcus Stroman, Trevor Bauer or Zack Wheeler, all of whom would likely interest them. Teams are not yet talking in earnest about these trades, and typically wait until after the draft to do so.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (26-26, 4.5 GB in the NL East) took two out of three from the Detroit Tigers and have now won six of their last seven games to pull back to .500 as they begin a seven-game West Coast road trip beginning Monday against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers at 8 p.m. ET on SNY. 

Here's what went down on Sunday, in case you missed it:


Adeiny Hecchavarria proved to be the difference-maker on Sunday as his three-run home run in a four-run fourth inning led the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Tigers. 

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning of a baseball against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. (Sarah Stier/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler rebounded after early struggles while Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz both pitched out of crucial jams late as the Mets returned to .500 with a 4-3 win over the Tigers at Citi Field.

Wheeler struck out eight batters and gave up three runs and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, retiring 13 batters in a row after giving up a two-run single to Nick Castellanos in the third inning that gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

Wheeler has pitched at least seven innings in four of his last five starts. But it was even more important for the Mets, especially after they used six relievers in Saturday's 13-inning game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler
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Mets edge Tigers 00:01:26
Adeiny Hechavarria belted another three-run homer and closer Edwin Diaz escaped a 9th inning jam as the Mets edged the Tigers, 4-3

The Mets bested the Tigers, 4-3, on Sunday at Citi Field in the rubber match of the series. >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1) Adeiny Hechavarria played the part of hero once again during his short tenure with the Mets, with his second three-run homer over the right-field fence this week. This one came off Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull, who ultimately took the loss, as part of the Mets' four-run fourth inning that accounted for all of their runs. And this time, the dinger held up and the Mets held on to win. Hechavarrria is hitting .188 with the Mets. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (25-26, 5.5 GB in NL East) finish up their series with the Detroit Tigers (19-30, 15 GB in AL Central) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets notes

Tomas Nido was the hero last night for the Mets, as his walk-off jack gave New York the victory in 13 innings. ...The Mets' last four wins have all come in the team's last at-bat. ...The Mets have won eight of their last nine games at home. ...Wilson Ramos tallied his eighth multi-homer game last night. ...New York has strung together 27 home runs in their last 16 games.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Zack Wheeler
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Mets walk it off against Tigers 00:01:01
New York Mets go the distance in walk-off fashion thanks to the bats of catchers Wilson Ramos and Tomas Nido.

The Mets won a wild, ugly game against the Tigers in 13 innings on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field >> Box score

Six things to know about Saturday's game

1) Leading off the bottom of the 13th inning with the game tied, 4-4, Tomas Nido smoked a homer to right field to give the Mets a 5-4 win. Nido's homer came after Hector Santiago escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 12th inning before working a scoreless 13th.

2) With the game tied, 4-4, in the bottom of the 11th, the Mets wasted a golden opportunity to win. After a one-out walk by Wilson Ramos (who was pinch-run for by Steven Matz), consecutive singles by Dominic Smith and Todd Frazier loaded the bases for the Mets with one out. That brought up Aaron Altherr, who struck out swinging after getting ahead in the count 3-1. Things were left to Adeiny Hechavarria, who grounded out to the pitcher on a 3-2 pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Jason Vargas, who has been out since May 5 due to a hamstring issue, will return to the Mets' rotation on Saturday against the Tigers at Citi Field.

Vargas, who made a rehab start earlier this week for Double-A Binghamton, will be sandwiched between Noah Syndergaard (who pitches Friday) and Zack Wheeler (who pitches Sunday). 

The 36-year-old Vargas struggled badly at the beginning of the season, with his spot in the rotation becoming tenuous. But he had rebounded before his injury.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to keep it going Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field after taking the first game of the series Monday.

Mets notes

The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday and enter Tuesday's game winners of their last four games at Citi Field. ... Pete Alonso hit his 15th home run on Monday, which tied a Mets rookie record with Ron Swoboda for home runs before the All-Star break. Alonso leads all MLB rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. ... Todd Frazier has found his groove again over his last six games, hitting .400 with a run, double, tirple, RBI, twoo walks and a 1.071 OPS in that span. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in the NL East) lost the opening game of a three-game set against the Marlins 8-6. They try to bounce back on Saturday in a late afternoon matchup in Miami.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Jacob deGrom imploded against the worst team in baseball and a late rally proved to be too little too late in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander took accountability for the loss after the game. 

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler is kind of, sort of having a good season. He's made nine starts, given up four or more runs in four of them, while allowing three or fewer during the other five.

Wheeler, 28, will be a free agent after this season, during which he's looked like a more advanced version of himself at times, but also resembles the pitcher he had been in the past.

For instance, Wheeler historically landed around 95 mph with his fastball. This season, though, his four-seam fastball is a couple of ticks quicker. Among starting pitchers, Wheeler's four-seamer has the second-highest average velocity in the game, trailing only Noah Syndergaard's.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

Here's what went down on Thursday, in case you missed it:


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

Six things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-21, 3.5 GB in NL East) take on the Washington Nationals (17-25, 7 GB) in the rubber game of a three-game set on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on SNY.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario's eight-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-3 night on Wednesday. During his hitting streak, the 23-year-old Rosario was slashing .333/.368/.528 with one home run and seven RBIs. ... Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-18 slump that has dropped his batting average from .284 to .263. ... Mets catchers this season have hit .211 (ninth worst in the majors) with three home runs and 18 RBIs.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

With Sunday's rainout and Monday's off-day, the Mets have a bunch of options when it comes to how they could set up their starting rotation against the Nationals. But Mickey Callaway said Sunday that the plan is simply to push everyone back.

That means a rotation that looks like this against the Nats from Tuesday to Thursday:

Tuesday, May 14: Noah Syndergaard vs. Jeremy Hellickson

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : It was billed as a four-team horse race that anybody could win, perhaps the most competitive division in the Majors this season. But as the contenders reach the quarter-pole this weekend, the NL East is hardly living up to the hype.

The race could still go to the wire, but with only the first-place Phillies over .500 as of Saturday, the division is certainly weaker than expected, with the Mets, Braves, and especially the Nationals all playing less-than-scintillating baseball.

Bad bullpens have been the common denominator -- though the Phillies' pen has been much-improved lately -- leaving open the possibility one of these teams takes the leap to sign Craig Kimbrel.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeurys Familia, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the media at a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the media at a press conference prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Heading into last night's contest against the Marlins, the Mets desperately needed a spark. They had lost five games on their six-game road trip, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon saw a glimpse of the 2018 freefall and called a meeting with Mickey Callaway and Brodie Van Wagenen to figure out what the team could do better. 

Callaway, then, gave a message to his team that he reiterated to reporters at Citi Field. And the inspiration behind his message comes from a little book called "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F--k."

"There comes a point where you just got to forget it," Callaway said. "Whatever has happened, if you are not injured, you are the same player you were two weeks ago when you were raking. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (18-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) finally woke up at the plate and erupted for 11 runs, including an eight-run first inning for an 11-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. They face the Marlins again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it:


Six takeaways plus highlights from the Mets' offensive explosion over the Marlins on Friday night behind the pitching of Zack Wheeler. >> Read more

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

Six things to know about Friday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are back from their road trip in which they lost five of six games but hope to turn things back around at Citi Field on Friday when they host the Miami Marlins for a three-game homestand, starting at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets are certainly happy to see the Marlins. They have won five straight against Miami dating back to last season and are 11-8 against the NL East this season as they begin a stretch of 13 straight games against division opponents. .... Jeff McNeil has been a real bright spot for the Mets this season. His .356 batting average is second in the majors and .433 on-base percentage is fifth. He is tied for the second-most multi-hit games in the majors with 16. ... Pete Alonso provided ninth-inning heroics earlier this week and is hitting .538 (7-for-13) with seven runs, four home runs, eight RBI and two walks in the ninth this season. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Moneyline: MIA +150/NYM -170
Over/Under: 7
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.03 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.64 ERA)

The Mets will get their second crack at the worst team in the league, the Marlins, who enter this three-game set with a pitiful 10-27 record. That mark easily has them anchored in the NL East cellar and, already, a full seven games back of New York in the standings.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Zack Wheeler
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Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Moneyline: MIA +150/NYM -170
Over/Under: 7
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.03 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.64 ERA)

The Mets will get their second crack at the worst team in the league, the Marlins, who enter this three-game set with a pitiful 10-27 record. That mark easily has them anchored in the NL East cellar and, already, a full seven games back of New York in the standings.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Zack Wheeler
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Miami Marlins at New York Mets

Moneyline: MIA +150/NYM -170
Over/Under: 7
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. ET
TV: SNY
Probable pitchers: Pablo Lopez (2-4, 4.03 ERA) vs. Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.64 ERA)

The Mets will get their second crack at the worst team in the league, the Marlins, who enter this three-game set with a pitiful 10-27 record. That mark easily has them anchored in the NL East cellar and, already, a full seven games back of New York in the standings.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They're 17-20, have won just one of their last 10 series, and currently sit 4.5 games back of the first-place Phillies. However, they're also about to get 16 straight games against teams below .500, 10 of which will be in their home ballpark.

"What we're doing right now is not acceptable," manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's loss in San Diego. "We have to do better. We can't all of a sudden score a few runs one game and everything is OK. We have to continue to do it."

Thankfully, Callaway's team will play the Marlins next, who have the league's worst record. Then it's the Nationals, who may be the league's most disappointing team, the Marlins and Nats again, and finishing off with the Tigers.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (17-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) came back from a late 5-2 deficit to beat the Padres and snap a four-game losing streak. They wrap up their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


In the Mets' exhilirating win over the Padres, Pete Alonso broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning by hitting a 449 foot two-run homer that ricocheted high off the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Yankees trade deadline strategy 00:01:16
New York Yankees have had bad luck with injuries to starting pitching. SNY's Andy Martino says Yankees will target starters at the deadline

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Injuries have decimated the Yankees at almost every position this season, but the front office expects to focus on acquiring starting pitching before the July 31 trade deadline, according to major league sources.

With Luis Severino and James Paxton on the injured list and Masahiro Tanaka's partially torn elbow ligament always on the team's mind, the Yankees view rotation help as the most pressing need. After the amateur draft ends on June 5, the team will turn its focus to that pursuit.

An acquisition could come either in the form of a trade or of a signing of free agent Dallas Keuchel. The Yankees are not willing to sign Keuchel before the draft, which would mean sacrificing a pick. But once the draft passes, they will view the former Cy Young winner as a viable short-term upgrade.

Tags: James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino and Nelson Figueroa help kick off your week with an all-new Shea Anything podcast! They go exploring for the Mets' lost offense, and explore why it's gone cold. Nelson also does a deep dive on the seasons of Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler so far, and the guys look at the not-too-deep depth of the Mets starting rotation, as injuries mount and Dallas Keuchel remains "out there."

Click below to listen...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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Brewers beat Mets in 18 innings 00:00:13
The Mets played a marathon in Milwaukee and fell short, losing to the Brewers, 4-3, in 18 innings after letting a late lead get away.

It took an entire second game for the Mets to break a deadlock after tying it in the ninth, but Chris Flexen blew it in the bottom of the 18th as the Mets took a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Brewers. They fell under .500 for the first time this season. >> Box score


Seven things to know about Saturday's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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