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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (10-8, second place in the NL East, 1.5 games back of first place Phillies) are off on Thursday. They begin a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday in St. Louis. 

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


In the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Phillies, a late comeback fell short as New York lost its second straight and dropped the series to Philadelphia >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose finale to Phillies 00:01:16
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was happy with Zack Wheeler pitching deep against the Phillies and sees NL East being a dog fight.

Zack Wheeler took the mound Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia looking another solid start like his last one against the Braves. Overall, it was a good start by the hard-throwing righty, but a couple costly mistakes linger on his mind.

Wheeler had been cruising, as he allowed just one run in the second inning. But that changed when Scott Kingery launched an opposite field solo homer to push the Phillies lead to two. Then, just one inning later, Cesar Hernandez did the exact same as his teammate, taking a Wheeler pitch over the right field fence. 

That last solo homer was ultimately the winning run for the Phillies, who took the three-game series with the victory. Wheeler may have been satisfied with his overall performance, but not with those two pitches he made.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (10-7, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (10-6, first place in NL East) on Wednesday in Philadelphia at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

In the rubber game of this three-game set, the Mets will try to win their first series since April 1-3, when they swept the Marlins. Since then, they lost a series to the Nationals and split series with the Twins and Braves. ... Jeff McNeil takes the leadoff spot with Brandon Nimmo sitting because of a stiff neck. Keon Broxton draws the start in center. ... Travis d'Arnaud is behind the plate for the matinee after Wilson Ramos caught Tuesday night. ... The Mets' eight road wins are tied with Seattle for most in the majors.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jason Vargas isn't going anywhere -- for now. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway declared that the embattled lefty will stay in the rotation and make his next start Saturday in St. Louis.

"We've got to get Vargas on a roll," Callaway said Sunday before the team's game in Atlanta. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets (9-4, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Braves, Zack Wheeler shook off his first two disastrous starts to fire 6.0 innings of two-run ball as his fastball topped out at 101 MPH. And Brandon Nimmo continued to emerge from his early-season slump >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets down Braves again 00:00:58
New York Mets took their second game in a row against the Braves and kicked off their scoring with Brandon Nimmo's 2-run home run.

The Mets are staying hot down in Atlanta, as they took down the Braves, 6-2, on Friday night. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler had a much better outing this time out, as he was strong through six innings. He walked a couple in the first, but managed to only leave with one run scored. Overall, he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Braves continue their series on Friday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

After their 6-3 win over the Braves last night, the Mets own the best winning percentage in the National League (.667). They also moved their road record this season to 6-1. ...Pete Alonso isn't in the lineup tonight, but manager Mickey Callaway said it was a scheduled day off for the rookie. Alonso smashed the hardest-hit home run to dead center field last night at 118.3 mph. That is tied for ninth in the hardest-hit homers ever recorded in the Statcast era. He also leads the league in home runs, RBI (13) and batting average (.667) after the sixth inning. 

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Syndergaard, Mets beat Twins 00:01:04
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard stifled the Twins with his arsenal and says this is the best he's felt mechanically in a 'long time.'

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing. 

From the start of Syndergaard's night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where "Thor" could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised. 

"Mechanically, I felt probably the best I've felt in a long time," Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. "So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard returns to the mound as the Mets finish up a two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

With their loss on Tuesday, the Mets have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. ... They have 15 homers over their first 10 games, the third-highest total in franchise history over their first 10 games. ... Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate. ... Pete Alonso looks to continue his torrid start. He's the first player in modern MLB history with 11 extra-base hits over his first 10 career major-league games.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Every time Jason Vargas steps on a mound, Dallas Keuchel becomes more appealing to the Mets.

How could that not be the case? 

Even when Vargas is only pitching for an inning, as he did in the ninth of Tuesday's 14-8 loss to Minnesota, his inability to fool hitters is evident.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jacob deGrom gets the ball to start a quick two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won seven straight games against the Twins, which goes all the way back to 2010. ...DeGrom is one of four pitches since 1893 to strike out 10 or more batters and not allow a run in each of his first two starts of the season. ...Pete Alonso is hitting .382 with six runs, six doubles, three homers, and 11 RBI so far this season. He hit his third homer on Sunday. ...Michael Conforto has homered in back-to-back games. ...Edwin Diaz has converted all four of his save attempts so far.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, 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)

There are ways to explain away Zack Wheeler's disappointing start to his season, from getting "fastball-happy" in his first outing to being a bit out of whack mechanically at home Sunday, when he walked the ballpark.

Furthermore, there were just enough good innings amidst the wreckage, featuring an electric fastball and solid secondary stuff, to believe that Wheeler could right himself quickly and begin living up to the high expectations he created with his spectacular second half in 2018.

But as an NL scout who was at Citi Field on Sunday said, when I asked him on Monday to evaluate Wheeler's latest start:

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Dec 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Sports Illustrated Hope Award recipient and World Series Champion with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Dec 5, 2017; New York, NY, USA; 2017 Sports Illustrated Hope Award recipient and World Series Champion with the Houston Astros, Carlos Beltran at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

One of the most successful players in recent Mets history, Carlos Beltran, kept a close eye on the Mets' busy offseason that included several moves to bolster the bullpen and establish depth on the roster.

And Beltran likes how the moves have translated onto the field in the young season. 

"They're doing great. They're putting a good team together," Beltran told Fox-58/WOLF TV on Sunday. "I think that [Robinson Cano] playing second base, [Edwin Diaz] as the closer, bringing [Jeurys Familia] back, signing [Jacob deGrom], they have a good, solid ball club." 

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler wild in 12-9 loss 00:00:44
Zack Wheeler walked 7 in 4 2/3 innings. His outing was left a lot to be desired but for Manager Mickey Callaway it should be an easy fix.

Zack Wheeler would like to move on from Sunday's start as soon as possible. 

But first, the righty assessed his performance during the Mets' 12-9 loss to the Nationals in rather harsh terms. 

"I was just off a little, mechanically," he said after the game. "But that doesn't mean I got to go out there and do what I did. It was just an embarrassing day for me and one of those that you just want to forget and look forward to the next start."

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Mets lose 12-9 to Nats 00:01:28
The Mets were once down 12-1 in the series finale against the Nats. They climbed their way back to 12-9 but that's as close as they got.

Mets pitchers combined to walk 12 batters as they dug the team into a 12-1 hole. New York's offense erupted after that, helped by a terrible Nationals bullpen, but the late explosion fell short as the Mets lost, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field in the finale of their three-game series. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was shaky from the start of the game, and while he escaped the first inning unscathed, the Nationals dropped a five-spot on him in the second inning with Wheeler unable to locate at all. That inning was especially ugly, with Wheeler walking a pair of batters, allowing a ground ball RBI single to Max Scherzer, and left fielder Jeff McNeil playing what would have been a sacrifice fly and the second out into a ground-rule double by Adam Eaton that made it 4-0 Nats...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets go for a series win against the Nationals when they wrap up their three-game set at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games, are going for their third-straight series win to open the season. ... Pete Alonso leads all rookies in hits and doubles, and is tied for the lead in RBI. ... The Mets have scored 23 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, which is the second-most in the majors behind the Dodgers, who have scored 24 runs in the seventh or later. ... Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last eight starts at Citi Field, dating back to June 27, 2018. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

In advance of their series against the Nationals at Citi FIeld -- with their home opener on Thursday -- the Mets have made a change to their starting rotation.

In a move manager Mickey Callaway hinted at on Tuesday, the Mets have flipped No.3 starter Zack Wheeler and No. 4 starter Steven Matz in the rotation, which will serve to break up the left-handers (Matz and Jason Vargas, who is the No. 5 starter).

With the adjustment, the Mets' rotation order will be Jacob deGrom (starting on Wednesday night), Noah Syndergaard (starting on Thursday afternoon against Stephen Strasburg), Matz, Wheeler, and Vargas.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the most part, Zack Wheeler's season debut for the Mets on Sunday was a great start to the new year. But he really wants to take one inning back. 

Wheeler's day began relatively silent. He had two runners on first and second in the first inning, but he got out of that jam. And the second inning saw a 1-2-3 half with his third strikeout of the day to move onto the third. 

But that's where the wheels fell off a bit. In just four pitches, the Nats strung together a double, single, and a Trea Turner three-run homer to give the home team a 3-1 lead in a hurry. From there, Wheeler would let up one more run before his day ended after five frames. 

Tags: Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

The Mets are no longer waiting on home runs and 'hunting strikes,' a hitting approach pushed the past few years by Sandy Alderson and his hitting coaches Dave Hudgens and Kevin Long. Instead, manager Mickey Callaway and new hitting coach Chili Davis worked this past spring to get their roster to focus more on hitting behind runners, ways to oppose the shift, making good contact, and putting the ball in play.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Trending Up 

1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:26
Mickey Callaway, Justin Wilson and Zack Wheeler comment on the Mets comeback before ultimately falling to the Nationals, 6-5

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Extracting the positives from a loss is usually as palatable as digging into the dry chicken dinner usually served at a sports banquet. Losing stings, regardless of what might have gone well during a game or a weekend. 

But while the Mets squandered a nifty comeback Sunday in losing the finale of their opening series, 6-5, to the Nationals, what happened on the field during the three-game set could resonate throughout the year as the two clubs try to navigate the upper reaches of the National League East. 

In fact, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, the Mets' comeback "put something" in the Nationals' minds, even if that comeback wasn't completed. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are aiming to complete an opening series sweep against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The last time the Mets swept the Nationals actually came almost a year to the date. They swept Washington on April 5-8. ...Pete Alonso collected his first RBIs of his young career on Saturday. ...Jeff McNeil tied his career-high with four hits yesterday. He now has four, four-hit games in his first 65 games of his career, becoming one of 13 players to do so. ...Edwin Diaz, who led the Majors in saves last season, already has two on the year.

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Mets GM on deGrom and roster 00:05:47
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen describes the process behind Jacob deGrom?s new contract, how David Wright helped, and final roster decisions.

Brodie Van Wagenen has preached a players-first regime since he became the Mets new GM earlier this offseason, and that was on full display Thursday in our nation's capital during Jacob deGrom's press conference to formaly announce his five-year extension. 

While teams all over were issuing extensions to essential players to lock them up for the near future, the Mets and deGrom were working diligently to get a deal done themselves. It came down to the last week of Spring Training, but ultimately, the Mets didn't want to come back north without deGrom inked long-term. 

That vigor and determination to have the Mets' ace on the team for the next five years is the exact message Van Wagenen promised, and he believes that the team and everyone around it has felt that from the start...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Peter Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Now that the Mets have announced Jacob deGrom's contract extension, their next move should be to engage Zack Wheeler and prevent him from hitting the open market at the end of the season.

The front office was focused on deGrom negotiations through spring training, and did not engage in substantive talks with any of its other extension candidates, be it Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso or Amed Rosario.

With deGrom done, the next move is to pivot to internal discussions about which these other players represent the best gambles. Because of timing and production, Wheeler should be first up. He is the only one of the group in his final year of team control.

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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco plays during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco plays during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In a somewhat unique situation, catcher Devin Mesoraco plans to retire because the Mets refuse to grant his release.

The Mets have the right to expect Mesoraco will honor his minor league contract, but agent B.B. Abbott says his client would prefer a situation in which he has a better chance to play in the majors.

After falling behind Tomas Nido in spring training, particularly on defense, Mesoraco slid to fifth on the depth chart, behind Wilson Ramos, Travis d'Arnaud, Nido and the newly-signed Rene Rivera.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets wrapped up Spring Training by defeating the Orioles Monday afternoon, 9-7. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game...

1) Making one last bid to win the first-base job over Pete AlonsoDominic Smith hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to give the Mets a two-run lead. Smith, who was the DH, finishes the spring with a .321 average, .831 OPS, two homers and 12 RBI.

2) Jeff McNeil hit his fourth home run of the spring, a solo shot in the fifth inning. McNeil tied with Alonso for the second-most homers on the team in Spring Training, one behind Michael Conforto

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets wrap up their Spring Training games in the Grapefruit League by playing the Orioles on Monday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos appears to be OK after being hit by a wild pitch in the hand on Sunday, back in the lineup batting fifth. ... Michael Conforto, who is the Mets' team leader with five home runs and 14 RBI, will bat cleanup on Monday while Pete Alonso, who has had just as good a spring as Conforto, bats second with a .368 average, four home runs and 11 RBI. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Baltimore Orioles, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto connects for a two-run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto connects for a two-run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Fearing that free agency might never be quite the golden goose it was before analytics seemingly devalued just about everyone this side of Mike Trout, MLB players are suddenly signing team-friendly contract extensions faster than Brandon Nimmo runs to first base on a walk.

So why haven't the Mets taken advantage of the opportunity?

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

After Tuesday's rainout in Jupiter against the Marlins, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler -- who was set to start -- will instead throw 90 or more pitches Wednesday during an intrasquad game during the team's off day. 

Wheeler remains on track to start the third game of the regular season, but with the rainout pushing his schedule back, he will now be making the start on regular rest instead of an extra day of rest.

Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start on Opening Day -- March 28 against the Nationals -- with Noah Syndergaard starting the second game of the season on March 30 (after a team off-day), and Wheeler getting the ball on March 31.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jacob deGrom (48) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The idea of a five-man starting rotation for the ages, as predicted by John Smoltz, among others, is but a memory now, with Matt Harvey gone and Steven Matz more mediocre than elite since his rookie season.

But the Mets might still have the best Big Three in baseball, if Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard all pitch with the dominance expected of them. 

How far can that take them? Pretty darn far, if their history is any indication.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Pete Alonso hits vs. Cardinals 00:00:30
New York Mets first base prospect Pete Alonso hits two singles against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets tied the Cardinals. 1-1, on Thursday >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler was dominant for a second-straight start, firing 5.1 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out four. His ERA is down to 2.25.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Peter Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The NL East is stacked, balanced and expected to be the most compelling division in baseball this season. In large part, this is because the division features several of the league's most dominant starting pitchers and best overall pitching staffs.

For starters, Max Scherzer (Nationals) and Jacob deGrom (Mets) are widely considered to be the top two starting pitchers in all of baseball. According to multiple projection systems and fantasy rankings, the next best 20 pitchers in the league feature an additional five arms from the NL East, including Aaron Nola (Phillies), Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, (Mets) and Patrick Corbin (Nationals) and Stephen Strasburg (Nationals).

In 2018, among NL pitchers producing at least 2.0 fWAR, six were from the NL East, including deGrom, Scherzer, Nola, Syndergaard, Wheeler and Mike Foltynewicz (Braves). Corbin, who was with the D-backs but has since signed with the Nationals, also finished in the Top 10. If extended to the Top 20, two more Phillies join the list (Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler takes the hill as the Mets face Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. in Jupiter, Florida.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are tied for the team lead in hits (13). ... Travis d'Arnaud is 4-for-10 with one home run and two RBIs in his first four spring training games.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets beat the Astros, 2-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard was a bit wild but largely dominant, firing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking two, and striking out five, lowering his Spring Training ERA to 1.88.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Thomas Robinson, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

In his start against the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler looked just like his second-half self from 2018. 

Wheeler pitched four scoreless innings for New York against a Red Sox lineup filled with everyday players like Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, and Xander Bogaerts. And he managed to only allow one hit while striking out three in the process. 

The outing was so good that Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez made it a point to cut off his postgame interview with reporters, and give him a silent handshake showing his genuine appreciation for what he watched Wheeler do on the hill.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Wheeler, Alonso lead rout of Sox 00:01:43
Zack Wheeler, Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo were among the standouts in the Mets' 10-2 rout of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

The Mets' offense came out hot in Fort Myers on Saturday, while Zack Wheeler shut it down on the bump in a 10-2 win over the Red Sox. >> Box score

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

1) Wheeler was nearly perfect in his start. He allowed just one hit over four innings, while striking out three Red Sox along the way. 

Tags: Jacob Rhame, Luis Guillorme, Peter Alonso, Rajai Davis, Boston Red Sox, Tyler Bashlor, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

The Mets (6-8-1) visit the Boston Red Sox (6-8) at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, Fla. On Saturday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets Notes

Amed Rosario continues to sit out as he recovers from being hit in the hand while Luis Guillorme gets the start at shortstop on Saturday. Brandon Nimmo (2-for-15) looks to get things going at the plate, batting leadoff, while Pete Alonso aims to continue his hot spring - hitting .409/.458/.818 with two home runs and five RBI in 24 plate appearances. 

Tags: Zack Wheeler
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has notoriously struggled each spring training during his career. And he hopes to put that behind him come the regular season.

Wheeler allowed three runs, four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's 10-8 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Combined with his debut, he is 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA so far this spring, having allowed five runs (three earned) and five hits in 2 2/3 innings.

But the 28-year-old Wheeler, who ended last year on an 8-1 run with a 1.59 ERA over his final 10 starts, believes he isn't far off from matching that pace.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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Travis and Zack on Mets win 00:01:08
Travis d'Arnaud comments on his spring training debut while Zack Wheeler talks about his lack of command in today's outing vs. the Cards

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 10-8, on Sunday afternoon in Jupiter >> Box score

Five things to know about Sunday's game

1. Dominic Smith, battling for a spot on the Opening Day roster -- and potentially the starting job at first base -- had a huge game, going 3-for-4 (including a mammoth three-run homer he hit to right field. He is hitting .500 this spring. 

2. Zack Wheeler struggled in what was his second spring start, allowing three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out one in 1.2 innings.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers during the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (4-4-1) travel to face the Cardinals (3-3) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

Mets Notes...

Travis d'Arnaud will be the DH in what will be his first game action since having Tommy John surgery last season. ... Zack Wheeler takes the hill in what is his second start of Spring Training. 

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The length of Bryce Harper's new contract in Philadelphia will be subject to tons of scrutiny. Some chuckles, too -- what's he going to be like in far-off 2031?

That lustrous hair certainly won't be the same. Will that sweet swing? Ha, ha, 13 years is a long, long time.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Mets pitching coach mic'd up 00:02:16
Listen in as Mets pitching pitching coach Dave Eiland wears a mic while he works with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Zack Wheeler.

With Spring Training in full swing and starting pitchers going through their first outings, SNY mic'd up Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland for an inside look at his interactions with the team's star pitchers.

Watch as Eiland chats with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and others.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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