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

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Mets notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the Pros and Cons...

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

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

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

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

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

Things you should know about Sunday's game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera throws to first base to complete a double play against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera throws to first base to complete a double play against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Teams engaged with the Mets on trade talks expected on Friday morning that Asdrubal Cabrera will be traded soon.

Cabrera will not bring back much value, but the Mets are likely to move on him before turning full attention to Zack Wheeler, who should net a team's top 10 prospect.

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler drove in Luis Guillorme with his RBI double in the fifth inning on Sunday afternoon.

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Throwback Thursday: Wheeler 00:00:44
In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday, SNY travels back to 2013 in Las Vegas, where Zack Wheeler was one step away from the majors.

The Mets have discussed a trade that would send Zack Wheeler to the Brewers, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes the Mets have discussed Wheeler with "many" teams.

There is heavy interest in Wheeler according to Martino, who says the sense among those involved is that he should net a top 10 prospect and more.

At least 12 teams (including the Red Sox, Mariners, and Reds) sent scouts to Citi Field on Tuesday night to watch Wheeler's latest strong start.

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

The Yankees -- in search of rotation help with six days left until the deadline -- had a scout at Citi Field to watch Mets RHP Zack Wheeler on Tuesday night.

There is heavy interest in Wheeler, who "could move any minute," reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says the sense among those involved is that he should net a top 10 prospect and more.

Including the Yankees, at least 12 teams (including the Red Sox, Mariners, and Reds) sent scouts to Citi Field on Tuesday night.

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets' RHP Zack Wheeler recovered from a two-run third inning to retire the final 12 batters he faced in the Mets' 6-3 win over the Padres on Tuesday night.

Wheeler, who has been the subject of trade talk as of late, allowed a pair of runs on four hits in seven innings before Seth Lugo pitched the final two innings to seal the win for the Mets.

Both runs allowed by Wheeler came on a two-out, two-RBI single by Wil Myers. In all, he threw 99 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

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Mets blast past Padres, 6-3 00:01:05
The offense stepped up to the plate as Devin Mesoraco and Michael Conforto helped the Mets beat the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday.

Zack Wheeler turned in seven strong innings and Michael Conforto homered as the Mets topped the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Gary, Keith and Ron on Conforto 00:01:40
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling shed light on Michael Conforto's turnaround since the All-Star break.

Zack Wheeler turned in seven strong innings and Michael Conforto homered as the Mets topped the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) In what could be his final start as a Met, Wheeler (4-6) picked up his second straight win after allowing two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. He the final 12 batters he faced to complete seven innings for the third time in his last six starts and for the sixth time this season. 

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Callaway and Wheeler talk win 00:01:23
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about a Mets win over the Nationals and Wheeler's strong start which stretched to the eighth inning.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is giving some credit to Mets ace Jacob deGrom for helping him find success during what has been a bounce-back season thus far.

Per SNY's Steve Gelbs, Wheeler said after Saturday's game that he has watched Jacob deGrom's bullpen sessions this season, and in the process he has gathered key takeaways and altered his routine.

DeGrom has been able to pinpoint his fastballs to the glove side, something Wheeler had difficulties with in the past. But after making adjustments, Wheeler now utilizes that pitch.

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler cruised for five innings before running into rough patches in the sixth and eighth innings while pitching a season-high 7 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits after limiting the Nationals to just one hit in five scoreless innings to start the game. 

Wheeler, who did not allow a hit until Adam Eaton's two-out double in the third inning, was backed by run support from the Mets' offense, which built up a seven-run lead before the Nationals could score their first run. Wheeler helped himself out on offense in the second inning when his sacrifice fly plated Kevin Plawecki.

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Gary and Keith talk Wheeler 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Zack Wheeler's outing and Mickey Callaway's decision to have him pitch in the eighth inning.

The Mets built a 7-0 lead for Zack Wheeler and managed to hold on for a 7-4 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

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Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (38-54) continue their series with division-rival Nationals (47-47) on Saturday at Citi Field at 4:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him. Wilmer Flores has less value, but could also go. The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal...

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As they prepare to sell in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are "drawing serious interest" in Zack Wheeler, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Mets have been pushing Wheeler and Steven Matz to interested teams, with them having moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

In potential trades, the Mets are willing to eat salary in order to get better packages in return, notes Rosenthal, who says the Mets prefer major league-ready prospects. That jives with what interim GM John Ricco said last week -- that the Mets plan to contend in 2019 and care more about players at the big league level than repleneshing the farm system. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Mets past the Phillies, 4-3, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Pinch-hitting for Tim Peterson, Flores connected on his eighth home run and his eighth career walk-off hit and franchise-record 10th walk-off RBI. It marked the fourth walk-off for Flores this season and his second via a homer. It was the Mets' second walk-off homer of the homestand after Jose Bautista's grand slam Friday night.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterAs the Mets explore potential trades, their focus has turned away from Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, and much more on moving Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

No moves are imminent, according to people involved in the process. But when other teams call, they are hearing that deGrom and even Syndergaard are not really available.

A few weeks ago, Mets people expressed an openness to trading deGrom and/or Syndergaard as a way to facilitate a quick rebuild. The vibe has since shifted considerably, and the team expects to hold onto both at least until the end of the season...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

I still can't find anyone in baseball that believes the Mets will deal Jacob deGrom this summer, even though the organization is currently seeing back-channel interest in him and Noah Syndergaard.

Why won't deGrom be traded? Here are the three most common reasons I heard from rival insiders..

1) Fill-in GMs J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco are both expected to interview this October when ownership begins vetting candidates to be their new, permanent GM. In that case, it will be much more safe for Ricciardi and Ricco to keep their aces and, instead, pitch a more thoughtful plan to ownership this winter. Because, if they make a mistake now and botch a deal for deGrom today, they can kiss goodbye their chances of ever becoming the team's GM...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed just two runs in 6 2/3 innings, but the Mets' bullpen allowed six runs in a span of two innings in the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

The Mets built a 5-0 lead for Wheeler, who did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Former Met Curtis Granderson ripped an RBI double to right field in the bottom of the fifth to put Toronto on the board, making it 5-1.

In the seventh, Wheeler struck out Russell Martin and allowed a single before he was replaced by Anthony Swarzak, who wound up allowing Wheeler's baserunner to score.

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Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets right fielder Jose Bautista (11) talks with Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) during batting practice before a game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)
Jul 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Mets right fielder Jose Bautista (11) talks with Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) during batting practice before a game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports (Nick Turchiaro)

The Mets will open a two-game series with the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at 7:07 p.m. at the Rogers Centre.

Mets Notes...

Jose Bautista, who hit 288 home runs and 766 RBI for the Blue Jays between 2008-2017, is playing his first game in Toronto as a visitor since 2004... Bautista has a .418 OBP since becoming a Met in May... Curtis Granderson, who is in the lineup for Toronto, hit 95 homers as a Met and is tied for the franchise record with 21 leadoff homers...

The Mets are 19-22 in road games this season... The Mets split their two-game series with the Blue Jays at Citi Field earlier this season.

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

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

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

Amid the possibility he could be dealt later this month, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler said he hopes he stays in New York but understands the business side of baseball.

"Obviously teams want you for a reason," Wheeler said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. "I like it here and I don't want to be traded, but it's baseball -- trades happen and I know especially in years getting closer to your free agency, it's more than likely going to happen. I don't wish it will happen, but at the same time I know it's a possibility."

The Mets, Puma reports, are listening to offers for Wheeler, who can be a free agent after next season. 

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Gary and Ron on Mets bullpen 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the failure of the Mets bullpen to protect a ninth-inning lead in the loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Jeurys Familia did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for four runs to defeat the Mets, 5-3, 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) Familia (3-4) surrendered hits to the first three batters and then walked the fourth before he was removed from the game. He was charged with four runs, two after he left in favor of Anthony Swarzak, who allowed a go-ahead two-run single on his first pitch. The Mets' bullpen leads the Majors with 21 losses.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

There wasn't a diasterous inning that sent Zack Wheeler out of his start with his head down. Instead, he walked out with his head high after a superb outing against the Pirates on Wednesday night.

It wasn't an ideal start for Wheeler, who saw a couple of Pirates on base in the first inning. Austin Meadows hit a single that deflected off Wheeler to begin the game, and after securing two outs, Colin Moran put Meadows in scoring position with his own single. But Wheeler avoided the danger by getting Elias Diaz to ground out. 

After the first, though, Wheeler settled down and hit cruise control. He set down 10 straight batters, which included three strikeouts, from the second inning through the fourth. 

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