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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (41-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a win on Saturday and will take on the Marlins in the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in Miami. 

Here's what happened on Saturday, in case you missed it...


Behind Noah Syndergaard and Robinson Cano, the Mets managed a 4-2 win over the Marlins. >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

Coming out of the All-Star break, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said that the lineups would likely be more fluid on a nightly basis.

He delivered on that statement on Saturday, moving Michael Conforto up to the second spot in the lineup, hoping to get Conforto more pitches to hit in front of Pete Alonso.

"Pete's behind me today? Yeah, so I'll probably get some pitches to hit," Conforto said before the game. "They're not going to want to face that big boy behind me."

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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Now that Brodie Van Wagenen has made his concession speech, admitting that his "come get us" bravado resulted in "they came and got us," the Mets can officially move on to the brainstorming portion of the schedule.

That is, everything they do over the final two and a half months should be with a vision of 2020 and beyond in mind, rather than trying to squeeze the most possible wins out of a lost season. 

Mostly that means getting answers to as many questions about the future of this team as possible. I'd start with these 10: 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets (40-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) dropped the first game of the second half of the season against the Marlins, but will return to action on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

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


The Mets took the field behind Jason Vargas to open the second half of the season in Miami, but the southpaw ran into trouble in the third, allowing four runs en route to an 8-4 loss to the Marlins. >> Read more

 

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Carlos Beltran on Alonso, Cano 00:02:47
Jonas Schwartz caught up with Carlos Beltran ahead of the Yankees game. Beltran commented on Alonso's potential and the Cano's performance.

Carlos Beltran has played on both sides of the Subway Series rivalry.

Before Friday's Yankees-Blue Jays game in the Bronx, Beltran spoke about the outlooks for both teams, including the dynamic young duo of Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge.

"I think it's positive for baseball, it's positive for the Mets organization to have a guy that they can build around," Beltran said of Alonso. "Thirty homers as a rookie, I think that's impressive. All I can wish for Alonso is to stay healthy and continue to do his thing."

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Carlos Beltran on Alonso, Cano 00:02:47
Jonas Schwartz caught up with Carlos Beltran ahead of the Yankees game. Beltran commented on Alonso's potential and the Cano's performance.

Carlos Beltran has played on both sides of the Subway Series rivalry.

Before Friday's Yankees-Blue Jays game in the Bronx, Beltran spoke about the outlooks for both teams, including the dynamic young duo of Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge.

"I think it's positive for baseball, it's positive for the Mets organization to have a guy that they can build around," Beltran said of Alonso. "Thirty homers as a rookie, I think that's impressive. All I can wish for Alonso is to stay healthy and continue to do his thing."

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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (40-50, 13.5 GB in NL East) open their second half schedule with a three-game series against the Marlins (33-55, 19.5 GB in NL East), starting on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets went 38-30 in the second half of their schedule in 2018. ... The road has not been friendly to the Mets this season, as they've gone just 17-31 away from Citi Field. ... Jeff McNeil is batting .413 with 15 runs, four home runs, and 16 RBIs over his last 18 games. ... Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with 68 RBIs before the All-Star break.

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Van Wagenen addresses media 00:02:46
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke to the media about the Mets' first half, looking into trades, and Mickey Callaway.

Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. 

"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."

That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Keith and Jerry, not nothing! 00:03:39
On the 30th Anniversary of Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez and Jerry Seinfeld reunite for Questions About Nothing, and it's definitely something!

Last week, the Mets welcomed comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld to Citi Field to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his hit sitcom.

Aside from joining the SNY booth for an inning and a half, Seinfeld also sat down with Keith Hernandez for a round of 'Questions About Nothing', touching on a variety of subjects, from Keith's appearance on the show, to juiced baseballs, to Pete Alonso's Rookie of the Year quest, and much more. 

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League infielder Pete Alonso (20) of the New York Mets prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League infielder Pete Alonso (20) of the New York Mets prior to the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

CLEVELAND -- Of the many Pete Alonso Moments that defined All-Star week this year, perhaps the most representative was the reverse heel turn that the young slugger managed on Monday night. Facing hometown favorite Carlos Santana in the first round of the home run derby, Alonso was surprised to hear boos in an otherwise jolly event.

He responded by activating his clutch gene to recover from a shaky start, and edge Santana by one home run. Indians fans were not pleased.

Fast forward to about two hours later, when Alonso called for time out during the final round. Instead of quietly gathering himself, he waved his arms to the crowd in a gesture that urged them to cheer louder. They did. In the space of a single evening, he had converted disappointed Clevelanders into Pete Alonso fans.

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Pete Alonso shares a story 00:00:59
Pete Alonso joins Rain Delay Theater:The Podcast to tell a story about a professor who didn't believe his big league dreams were realistic.

Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso sat down with Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo for "Rain Delay Theater - The Podcast," and he had some funny stories to share. 

But this one might take the cake. 

Alonso went into an anecdote about his freshman year at the University of Florida. A baseball recruit, Alonso had Major League dreams, which is why he immediately had his topic for a certain paper in one of his classes.

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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In making calls for a Wilson Ramos column last week, I heard a comment from a scout that in some ways summed up Brodie Van Wagenen's misguided attempt at assembling a win-now team in his first attempt as a GM.

"The Mets need to figure out who they are," the scout said.

He explained that for a team that believed its strength was a dominant starting rotation, the Mets needed a defense-first catcher who could enhance the abilities of the starting pitchers -- not a defensive liability like Ramos.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Alonso: 'I'm so thankful' 00:01:57
Pete Alonso caught up with Andy Martino after an unforgettable All-Star Game experience. Alonso definitely isn't taking it for granted.

After Jacob deGrom recorded a scoreless inning earlier in the game, the Mets' talented young duo of Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil made their first career All-Star Game appearances in Cleveland.

The night ultimately belonged to the AL, who took home a 4-3 victory, but the Mets All-Stars fared well in the Midsummer Classic.

A night after taking home the Home Run Derby crown, Alonso entered his first All-Star Game in the bottom of the fourth inning. His first at-bat came in the top of the sixth, as he went down swinging against Oakland's Liam Hendriks

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Alonso, McNeil pre All-Star Game 00:00:36
Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil took our camera at NL batting practice and have a message for the fans. Pete will not be bunting or will he?

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award twice this year.

Turns out, the odds are in his favor that he'll add more hardware after the season.

The Home Run Derby champion is currently the favorite at -180 odds to be named National League Rookie of the Year, according to Odds Shark.

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Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso walked off all three of his rounds en route to the 2019 Home Run Derby crown, never needing the extra 30 seconds he earned on all three occasions.

In the finals, after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had stolen the show in his first two rounds, Alonso took down Guerrero -- 23 homers to 22.

Here's how the back pages in New York reacted...

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jeff McNeil (68) reacts after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The hit was his first major league hit. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Jeff McNeil (68) reacts after hitting a single against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The hit was his first major league hit. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff McNeil said earlier on Monday that he was ready to be Pete Alonso's "hype man" during the Home Run Derby and he continued to hype Alonso up even after he had won.

McNeil was ecstatic for Alonso's feat, and while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. generated the most buzz during the Derby, McNeil made sure to stress this night belonged to his teammate. 

"The show Vlad put on was pretty incredible, but I think Pete put on a better on," McNeil said. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Alonso elated after Derby win 00:01:54
Andy Martino catches up with Pete Alonso after winning the 2019 Home Run Derby. Alonso won't forget the night and memories with his cousin

Pete Alonso's Monday night began with him getting booed by the Cleveland crowd, but it ended with him hoisting a trophy and getting a chain from Daddy Yankee. 

The Mets' rookie slugger had quite the experience winning his first Home Run Derby.

"I never thought I'd get booed in a Home Run Derby, so that was a little different," he told SNY's Andy Martino. "I guess I understand going against the hometown guy and I just wanted to put on the best show I possibly could for the fans. The environment was electric. This was awesome. It's unexplainable."

 

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Alonso win 2019 derby 00:02:41
Pete Alonso talks about winning the 2019 Home Run Derby and going from being booed to the Champion all in one night.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. may have hit the most home runs Monday night in Cleveland, but it was Pete Alonso who was the winner of the Home Run Derby. 

The Mets slugger credited his strategy of conserving his energy throughout the night so he would not be tired come the final round. 

"Yeah, survive and advance," Alonso said at post-Derby press conference. "Go in with a killer instinct. It doesn't matter how many you hit, you just need to have more than the guy you're facing."

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso reacts with his pitcher Derek Morgan after the second round in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso reacts with his pitcher Derek Morgan after the second round in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso earned nearly double what he makes over the course of the entire season by winning the Home Run Derby.

Alonso topped Blue Jays rookie sensation Vlad Guerrero Jr. 23-22 in the final round to win the Home Run Derby and its $1 million prize.

Keep in mind, the 24-year-old Alonso makes $555,000, the league minimum. So what will he do with the money?

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Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the second round in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the second round in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

It may just be the Year of the Polar Bear. 

Pete Alonso's sensational rookie season continued on Monday after he outslugged Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to win the Home Run Derby at Progressive Field in Cleveland. 

Alonso hit 23 home runs in the final round to edge the 20-year-old Blue Jays slugger, who hit 22 in the final round. 

 

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Catching up with Alonso, McNeil 00:03:25
Andy Martino asks Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso questions about each other to mix things up and learn about the Mets All-Stars.

Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil have certainly made their marks this season, not just with the Mets, but in all of baseball.

Alonso has established himself as one of the best power hitters in the game with 30 home runs at the break while McNeil leads MLB with a .349 batting average. 

SNY's Andy Martino caught up with them both on Monday in Cleveland and had them answer questions about each other, including one involving tattoos. 

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Freeman sees big things for Pete 00:02:17
Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman has high praise for Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil, except on the days the Mets play the Braves.

Other than Jeff McNeil and Jacob deGrom, there aren't many All-Stars in Cleveland that know what Pete Alonso can do to a baseball than Braves 1B Freddie Freeman. 

The National League's starting first baseman will have the Mets rookie behind him on the bench on Tuesday for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field, and Freeman admits to being a fan of his game. 

But, of course, Freeman isn't a fan of Alonso when the Braves have to face their NL East rival.

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Jeff McNeil on Home Run Derby 00:00:54
In a non shocking move, McNeil picked his teammate, Pete Alonso, to win the Home Run Derby. McNeil also talked about pitching to Alonso.

When Jeff McNeil learned he was an All-Star, he didn't call his wife or parents. He called his agent. 

During All-Star media availability on Monday, McNeil admitted to keeping the All-star information to himself. He wanted to wait until ESPN aired the results of the entire All-Star team rosters for his wife to find out. 

"I didn't call the wife. I know they did the whole ESPN show and I just played dumb for her, 'I don't know if I made it. You're gonna have to watch.' She ended up watching on TV and saw my name pop up."

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Pete Alonso rocks Cleveland 00:03:44
Pete Alonso meets the media at the All-Star Game in Cleveland to talk Home Run Derby strategy and his dreams coming true this season.

Mets rookie Pete Alonso, who never lacks for a good quote, summed up his Home Run Derby approach in a perfectly succinct way on Monday in Cleveland.

"It doesn't matter how much jelly is in the jar," Alonso said. "It matters how you spread it on your English Muffin."

Alonso, who will battle hometown representative Carlos Santana in the first round on Monday night, was talking about needing to conserve energy during the timed rounds 

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso spent the first half of the season demolishing baseballs as he crushed 30 homers. As he takes his talents to Monday night's Home Run Derby in Cleveland, Alonso is looking to add another notch to his belt. 

And Alonso, who will square off against Carlos Santana of the Indians in the first round, has the third-best odds to win the Derby.

Here are the full odds, via Bovada:

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Jul 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (40-50, 13.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off -- along with the rest of MLB -- until Friday. Pete Alonso will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, and will be one of three players representing the Mets (joining Jeff McNeil and Jacob deGrom) in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

Here's what happened on Sunday, in case you missed it...


During the Mets' loss to the Phillies on Sunday, Zack Wheeler (with some poor defense helping) allowed four runs in the first inning >> Read more

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Mets tormented by ex-Met Bruce 00:01:18
Pete Alonso hit the 30 HR mark but former Met Jay Bruce belted a pair of homers as the Phillies stomped the Mets, 8-3

A slow start from Zack Wheeler and a strong outing from Aaron Nola gave the Phillies an 8-3 win over the Mets. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Wheeler got off to a rough start for the Mets on the bump. Scott Kingery singled and moved to third on a single from Bryce Harper. Rhys Hopkins then knocked a double, scoring Kingery. J.T. Realmuto sent a second-straight double for the Phillies, scoring both Harper and Hopkins. That initiated a mound visit, which didn't help at first as Jay Bruce then scored Realmuto with a line drive single. Wheeler eventually stopped the bleeding, but not before four Phillies crossed the plate. In total, Wheeler went five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs with seven strikeouts.

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Alonso goes deep 00:00:17
Pete Alonso hits his 30th HR of the season, the Mets first hit of the game to cut their deficit to 6-2

Pete Alonso continues to make Mets and MLB history in his rookie year.

With his two-run homer in the sixth inning off Phillies RHP Aaron Nola, one that ended a no-hit bid in Sunday's 8-3 loss, Alonso became the second player in Mets history to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break, joining Dave Kingman.

After Jeff McNeil reached on an error, Alonso smashed Nola's 0-2 curveball 396 feet to right field to end his no-hit bid and put the Mets on the scoreboard.

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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 26, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Back in March I picked the Yankees to win the World Series against the Nationals, and thanks largely to Max Scherzer's spectacular June, broken nose and all, I've still got a chance to be right on both ends, as the Nats have come storming back from the dead.

In truth, as the season reaches the All-Star break, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series looks more realistic, and that would be great for baseball -- two glamorous franchises renewing October hostilities for the first time since 1981.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates with second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Back in March I picked the Yankees to win the World Series against the Nationals, and thanks largely to Max Scherzer's spectacular June, broken nose and all, I've still got a chance to be right on both ends, as the Nats have come storming back from the dead.

In truth, as the season reaches the All-Star break, a Yankees-Dodgers World Series looks more realistic, and that would be great for baseball -- two glamorous franchises renewing October hostilities for the first time since 1981.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (40-49, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second wild card) face the Philadelphia Phillies (46-43, 6.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second wild card) in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .363/.485/.775 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs. ... The Mets' bullpen has a 5.65 ERA, which ranks 28th in the majors. ... Jeff McNeil, who is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, is hitting .415/.449/.723 with four home runs and 15 RBIs over his last 16 games.

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Mets hang on to beat Phillies 00:01:38
Nido and Diaz on the Mets win and Phillies starter Jake Arrieta, who hit 3 Mets batters has an angry message for Todd Frazier

Both Mickey Callaway and Todd Frazier were ejected from Saturday's game against the Phillies in the fifth inning.

Frazier was the first to leave the game. After being hit by a changeup, Frazier jawed at Phillies starter Jake Arrieta the whole way down the first-base line. Frazier eventually had to be held back and was ejected and warnings were issued to both benches.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff McNeil added four hits, Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Mets beat the Phillies 6-5 on Saturday. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard battled his way through five innings, but he didn't have his best stuff on Saturday. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs to Jay Bruce and Maikel Franco in the top of the second inning, putting the Mets in an early 3-1 hole after Michael Conforto had given them a 1-0 lead.. Syndergaard finished his first half of the season with a 4.68 ERA.

2) McNeil, looking to become just the second Met ever to lead the majors in batting average at the All-Star break, helped his cause in a big way on Saturday, recording four more hits. McNeil now has four four-hit games on the season, and his league-leading batting average is up to .356

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (39-49, 13.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) look to bounce back from another blown save on Friday night when they host the Philadelphia Phillies (46-42, 6.5 GB in NL East,0.5 GA in second Wild Card) for a 7:15 p.m. game at Citi Field. 

Here's what happened on Friday in case you missed it...


Jacob deGrom turned in another strong outing, allowing two runs over seven while striking out 10, but left with the game tied and the bullpen was unable to hold it as Edwin Diaz allowed four runs in the ninth en route to a 7-2 loss to the Phillies. >> Read more

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Mets bullpen fails again 00:01:14
Despite another home run from Pete Alonso, the Mets bullpen proved to be unreliable yet again in a 7-2 loss to the Phillies

The Mets' bullpen struggled late against the Phillies in a 7-2 loss. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's game

1) The Mets bullpen fell apart once Edwin Diaz took the mound in the ninth inning. After Seth Lugo successfuly stranded a man in scoring position for New York in the eighth inning, Diaz coughed up the game. J.T. Realmuto knocked a ground ball double down the third base line and former Met Jay Bruce hit an RBI single to bring the score to 3-2. Roman Quinn replaced Bruce as a pinch-runner on first, and successfully stole second base and an errant throw from Wilson Ramos moved Quinn to third while Cesar Hernandez was at the plate. Hernandez walked and stole second base, and pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez knocked in Quinn against Diaz to bring the score to 4-2. Diaz was then replaced by Jeurys Familia after 0.1 innings pitched. Familia also only recorded one out. Familia allowed a double to Jean Segura which scored Hernandez and Rodriguez. Segura then scored on a Bryce Harper double, putting the Phillies up 7-2. Philadelphia batted around their lineup in the ninth and Luis Avilan was brought in to finish the inning for the Mets.

2) Jacob deGrom very briefly struggled in his start against the Phillies. As briefly as one can get. On the game's first pitch, Scott Kingery hit a home run. The homer didn't phase deGrom in the slightest, though. Through seven innings, deGrom allowed two earned runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts, including three against Harper. While another dominant outing for deGrom, he only has one win in his last 10 starts despite a 3.29 ERA over that stretch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano
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Alonso hits HR #29 00:00:13
Pete Alonso clubs his 29h home run to tie the game 1-1

With the Home Run Derby just a few days away, Pete Alonso's swing looks to be set.

The rookie slammed his 29th home run of the season on Friday night against Vince Velasquez. Of note, Michael Conforto led the Mets last season with 28 home runs on the year. Alonso has passed that mark in the first week of July.

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Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (39-48, 12 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the Fourth of July off before they start a three-game series with the Phillies before the All-Star break. 

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


After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Vargas was strong. However, the Yankees didn't let up in a 5-1 loss to even the two-game Subway Series set at Citi Field. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Pete Alonso's spot in the 2019 Home Run Derby is officially set.

The full eight-man bracket was announced on Wednesday night, with Alonso serving as the two-seed in the tournament-style format. The seeding for the Derby is based on total home runs putting Alonso just three homers shy of Christian Yelich for the one-seed.

Here's the full bracket:

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) face the Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Yankees notes

In eight games since being activated off the injured list with an oblique strain, Aaron Judge is hitting .296/.441/.519 with two home runs and six RBIs. ... Gleyber Torres is 9-for-20 with one home run and three RBIs during his six-game hitting streak. ... Tuesday's game was the first time in 31 games that the Yankees did not hit a home run. That streak broke the 2002 Texas Rangers' previous record of 27 games.

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) take on the Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since his first-inning home run in Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .347/.484/.736 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. ... Michael Conforto has struggled in his Subway Series career, as he has a .194/.267/.373 batting line with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 20 games against the Yankees. ... Dominnic Smith has a .337/.406/.651 batting line with seven home runs and nine RBIs in 23 starts. In 50 games off the bench, he is hitting .297/.435/.432 with one home run and five RBIs. 

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Chris Paddack is going to be angry.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award for June, the second time he has taken the honors this season. 

Alonso also won in April, which angered Paddack and let to the two having a back-and-forth through the media when the Mets faced the Padres in San Diego in May.

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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

In talks with five talent evaluators, none of which work for the Yankees or Mets, three said they would bet long term on the MLB career of Pete Alonso over Aaron Judge.

"Right now, I'd take Alonso," a recent hitting instructor turned scout told me. "Like most of the league's power hitters, they both use the popular ferris wheel swing, inside out style, but Alonso tends to square up better and often faster."

"Judge gets his bat in the zone incredibly fast, too, but because of his size he doesn't always get on plane with the pitch," another talent evaluator explained. "Alonso can make lightening fast adjustments because his wrists and hands are so damn quick to the ball."

Tags: Pete Alonso, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 4-2 win over the Yankees, they broke the Bombers' streak of 31 conescutive games with a homer and rallied in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz closed the door >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets down Yankees 4-2 00:01:26
New York Mets rally from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 4-2 off of big hits from outfielders J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto.

The Mets sparked an eighth inning rally against the Yankees' vaunted bullpen on Tuesday, coming back to beat the Yankees 4-2 on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Trailing by a run in the eighth inning, the Mets built another late comeback for the second straight game. After Pete Alonso reached on a DJ LeMahieu throwing error, JD Davis stung a double into center field, just out of the reach of Aaron Hicks, tying the game at 2-2. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out, and Michael Conforto delivered with a two-run double off of Zack Britton to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Alonso ready for Home Run Derby 00:01:47
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso joins his cousin Derek Morgan discussing their upcoming performance in the 2019 Home Run Derby.

Pete Alonso is gearing up for the Home Run Derby. 

The Mets' rookie slugger was taking batting practice with his cousin, Derek Morgan, throwing to him on Tuesday. Morgan will throw to Alonso next Monday night when he takes center stage at Progressive Field in Cleveland. 

"Today was money," Alonso said. "I feel like we really got a good shot at winning this thing. 

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (38-47, 12.0 GB in NL East) renew their Subway Series rivalry with the Yankees (54-28, 6.5 GA in AL East) on Tuesday night at Citi Field, with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets snapped their season-worst seven-game losing streak with an 8-5 win over the Braves on Sunday night. ... The Mets went 3-3 against the Yankees in 2018 and have also split the first two games this season. ... The Mets have homered in 26 of their last 28 games, clubbing 48 total homers during that span. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening Round 2 of the Subway Series on Tuesday night at Citi Field. 

Here's what happened on Sunday in case you missed it...


The Mets used an eighth-inning rally to top the Braves and break their seven-game losing streak >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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