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Callaway praises Rosario, Alonso 00:02:20
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway praises both shortstop Amed Rosario and first baseman Pete Alonso with how well they've been hitting.

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso made Mets history on Thursday night.

During Thursday's 10-8 win over the Braves, Rosario and Alonso each recorded five hits, the first time two Mets have ever done that in the same game. 

Rosario went 5-6 on the night with four runs scored, providing a spark at the top of the lineup and upping his season average to .289.

"He has really upped his game on top of what he did last season," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "He is continuing to develop, like we talked about the last couple years, right in front of our eyes, and he's becoming a great hitter. What he's done the last few months is spectacular."

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Mets beat Braves 10-8 00:01:38
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and third baseman Pete Alonso combine for 10 hits as the Mets beat the Braves 10-8.

The Mets escaped Atlanta with a 10-8 series finale over the win thanks to an early offensive outburst. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario led an early offensive outburst for the Mets, as New York scored three runs in the first two innings. In the first, Rosario doubled and Joe Panik singled, which helped the Mets cash in three runs on Alonso's 39th home run. In the next inning, Rosario tripled after Ronald Acuna missed a liner with a dive. That scored Marcus Stroman and then Wilson Ramos plated two more runs with a single to right field later in the second. 

In total, both Alonso and Rosario had five hits and Alonso tallied six RBI. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Drew Gagnon, Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Another night, another milestone for Pete Alonso.

In the top of the first inning, Amed Rosario and Joe Panik both recorded hits to get things started, setting the stage for Alonso, who slammed a three-run home run to dead center, splashing down well beyond the fence to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

The blast was Alonso's 39th home run of the season, tying Cody Bellinger's 2017 mark for the most home runs by a rookie in National League history. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Pete Alonso
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (61-59, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB in Wild Card) wrap up a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (72-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Thursday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost three straight games, but have still won 15 of their last 19. ... The Braves have taken eight of their last 10 matchups with the Mets. ... The Mets have not been swept in a three-game series by the Braves since May 1-3, 2018. ... Wilson Ramos is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .400 with 10 RBI during the stretch.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (70-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Tuesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets enter the series winners of 15 out of 17. ... The Mets have gone 29-25 against the NL East this season, but just 4-6 against Atlanta. ... The Mets are 21-7 since the All-Star break, the best second half record in baseball, and their starters have a 2.93 ERA during that period. ... The road has been kind to the Mets lately, as they've won five of their last six away from Citi Field.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)
Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) continue a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (71-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Wednesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets placed Jeff McNeil on the 10-day IL before Wednesday's game. ... Ruben Tejada is making his first appearance in the Mets lineup since the 2015 postseason. ... The Mets are just 4-7 against the Braves this season, but still have a winning record overall against the NL East.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeff McNeil, Ruben Tejada, Steven Matz
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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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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (37-47, 13.0 GB in NL East) will look to avoid a sweep and end their seven-game skid against the Braves on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets have lost seven in a row and are 10 games under .500 with Saturday's loss to the Braves. Seth Lugo blew a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, making it 18 of the Mets' last 20 games in which the pen has allowed at least one run. The staff is 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in that span. ... Wilson Ramos has been one of the hottest Mets bats this month, hitting .320 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in his last 31 games. ... Dominic Smith has homered in four of his last six games and is hitting .360 with a 1.287 OPS. ...

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Braves stun Lugo, Mets 00:01:37
Mickey Callaway and Seth Lugo discuss Lugo's struggles while Chris Mazza talks about his Major League debut

The Mets battled back to overcome a three-run deficit on Saturday, but the bullpen couldn't hold on in a 5-4 loss to the Braves.

Saturday's game was just the latest instance in which the Mets' scuffling pen let a win slip out of their grasps.

After pitching a scoreless seventh inning, Seth Lugo went back out to pitch the eighth. After falling behind Nick Markakis 3-0, Markakis deposited a ball over the wall in left-center. The very next batter, Austin Riley, slammed a solo home run to left, giving Atlanta the lead for good.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Seth Lugo
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'69 Mets reflect on miracle year 00:01:57
Members of the Miracle Mets reminisce about their amazing 1969 championship season

The 1969 "Miracle Mets" celebrated the 50th anniversary of their World Series title at Citi Field on Saturday, and the 2019 Mets could certainly use a miracle or two right now. 

The Mets entered Saturday's game on a six-game losing streak and a season-worst eight games under .500 as their playoff hopes slowly seem to be slipping away in late June. 

At least one member of the '69 team hopes that their presence could draw some inspiration for the current team. 

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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to an Atlanta Braves batter in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (37-46, 12.0 GB in NL East) return to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves (49-34, 5.5 GA in NL East) on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped a seaon-high sixth straight game. Mets relievers have allowed a run in 17 of their last 19 games. ... Pete Alonso hit his 28th home run of the season last night. He leads all rookies in homers, RBI (62), extra-base hits (48), OBP (.368), slugging (.633), total bases (190), runs (53), hits (84), multi-hit games (26) and walks (33). ... Todd Frazier is hitting .300 with 24 runs scored, eight home runs and 25 RBI since May 16. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (37-45, 11.0 GB in NL East) return to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves (48-34, 4.5 GA in NL East) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped five straight games, matching their season-low. ... The Mets have homered in 23 of their 25 games in the month of June, hitting a total of 45 home runs in the month. Atlanta leads the Major Leagues with 52 home runs in June. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in 26 straight home games.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-31, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets are 3-6 in rubber games this season, though they have won each of their last two. ... The Mets have slugged 27 home runs during the month of June, tied for the third-most in the National League. ... Michael Conforto has strung together a nine-game hitting streak, driving in six runs with a pair of homers during that span. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-38, 8.5 GB in NL East) continue their crucial three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-30, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Tuesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped four out of five and have come up on the losing end in six of their last 10 games. ... The Mets have gone 18-14 against the NL East this season, the most wins within the division. ... Mets relievers have allowed a run in each of their last eight games, going 0-3 in that span with a 8.51 ERA.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East) open an 11-game road trip with a critical three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (42-30, 2.5 game lead in NL East) on Monday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets have not played well on the road this season. They are 14-23 away from Citi Field and 4-11 in their last 15 road games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in his last 12 consecutive games in which he is hitting .283 with three home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored. ... Todd Frazier enters the game one home run shy of his 200th career homer. ... Wilson Ramos is hitting .343 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 10 walks and 14 runs scored in his last 22 games. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is greeted at home plate by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeurys Familia, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway doesn't think RHP Jacob deGrom is tipping his pitches after deGrom struggled in his second straight start.

"I haven't seen anything like that," Callaway said after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. "You start to wonder sometimes when they're taking better swings than they normally do, and fouling pitches off is something you look for when they may be tipping, but we're not seeing anything from the dugout."

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deGrom loses 2nd straight start 00:01:03
Jacob deGrom lost for the second straight time as the Braves clubbed three home runs, beating the Mets 7-3

Jacob deGrom labored through five innings and the Mets' offense left 10 runners on base as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1) DeGrom (2-2) allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in five innings, tying a season high with 114 pitches but only in five innings. After going 2-0 with 13 shutout innings in his first two outings of the season, deGrom has allowed nine runs and 13 hits in his last nine innings across two starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Paul Sewald
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Braves rout Mets 00:00:54
Mets starter Jason Vargas failed to get out of the first inning as the Braves pounded out 13 hits in an 11-7 rout of the Mets.

The Mets had terrible pitching performances that cost them in an 11-7 loss to the Braves Saturday night. >> Box score

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

1) The calls from fans for the Mets to sign Dallas Keuchel will only grow louder if Jason Vargas keeps this up. Vargas faced just six batters before Mickey Callaway had no choice but to pull him from the game. It went like this for Vargas, who was charged with four earned runs: Single, walk, flyout, single, walk, walk. Vargas threw 36 pitches, 19 of which were balls. He was replaced by Corey Oswalt with the Mets down 2-0, and Oswalt allowed two inherited runners to score before inducing an inning-ending double play. Vargas has now allowed 10 earned runs in 6.1 innings this season across two starts and one relief appearance. With an off day coming up on Thursday, Vargas likely will have his next turn skipped. Callaway, meanwhile, was ejected after yanking Vargas, presumably for arguing balls and strikes.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jason Vargas
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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. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Zack Wheeler
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Mets take down Braves 00:01:10
New York Mets showed off their power in Atlanta behind the bats of Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario to take down the Braves

The Mets handled their division rival in the Braves, 6-3, in their first meeting of the 2019 season in Atlanta on Thursday night. >> Box score

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

1) It's as simple as this: Pete Alonso is a beast. The rookie mashed his sixth homer of the season, and it was an absolute missile to deep center field -- 454 feet to be exact. The homer, which left the bat at 118.3 mph, was the hardest-hit homer in Mets history since Statcast was implemented. He also joined Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton among the top 10 hardest-hit homers in the Statcast era, as his falls tied ninth. Alonso finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and moved his average to .378. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets travel south to face to the Braves for the first time this season in a four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished 2-3 on their first homestand of the season. They defeated the Twins last night, thanks in part to 11 free passes (10 walks, one HBP). ...New York has begun the season 5-1 on the road, and they'll look to keep that going. Last season, the Mets went 3-6 in Atlanta...Michael Conforto is enjoying early success at the plate this season with a .372 average, three homers, four doubles, 12 runs, eight RBI and five walks. He also has an RBI in his last four games. ...The Mets have scored 69 runs through 11 games this season, which is tied for most in franchise history.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a pitch during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

Masahiro Tanaka threw five solid innings and Luke Voit hit his fourth home run of the spring as the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Monday in a Grapefruit League game at Champion Stadium.

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Tanaka struck out seven batters and allowed one run, two hits and two walks in five innings, lowering his spring training ERA to 3.00. The lone run he allowed came on a Nick Markakis solo homer.

2) Voit hit a solo homer in the second inning off Braves RHP Bryse Wilson that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and Ryan Lavarnway added a two-run single later in the inning that made it 3-0.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka, Stephen Tarpley
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Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 3, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees head to Disney to take on the Braves at 6:05 p.m. on Monday.

Yankees notes

Masahiro Tanaka makes his penultimate Spring Training start before taking the hill on Opening Day. ... The Yanks are rolling out a strong top-four Monday with Brett GardnerAaron JudgeGiancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit, who continues his bid to win the first-base job.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Atlanta Braves, Brett Gardner, Luke Voit, Masahiro Tanaka
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Sep 22, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 22, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (1-1) face the Braves (1-2) on Tuesday at Champion Stadium at 1:05 p.m.

Mets Notes...

The Mets take a split-squad lineup to Disney, headline by Pete Alonso. Looking to prove he should be the Mets' Opening Day first baseman, Alonso is 2-for-6 so far with a homer, double, two walks and two runs. Juan Lagares is looking for his first hit this spring; he's 0-for-4 in two games.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Corey Oswalt, Peter Alonso
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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (left) walks with teammate Robinson Cano (right) at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (left) walks with teammate Robinson Cano (right) at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Baseball is back as the Mets kick off their 2019 Spring Training schedule with a matchup against the division-rival Braves at 1:05 p.m. at First Data Field on SNY.

Mets notes

T.J. Rivera and Jed Lowrie are officially out for the Mets in this one, while the Braves don't have any injured players. ...

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Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Braves have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent 3B Josh Donadlson on a one-year deal worth $23 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the deal is pending a physical. 

Donaldson, who turns 33 years old in December, hit .246/.352/.449 with eight home runs and 23 RBI for the Blue Jays and Indians in 2018 while being limited to just 52 games due to injury. 

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone wrote earlier this month that Donaldson would have been a fit for the Mets, with MLB sources telling Cerrone that the deal Donaldson eventually signed could be a "prove it" deal where he attemps to reestablish his value before hitting the market again in 2019. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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The guys talk Vargas 00:01:54
Gary, Ron and Keith discuss whether the Mets can count on Jason Vargas to pitch in 2019 like he has in his last several starts.

Jason Vargas tossed seven scoreless innings to lead the Mets to a 4-1 victory and series win over the Braves on Thursday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Vargas (7-9) surrendered three hits and struck out six while completing seven innings for the first time since June 30, 2017. The southpaw entered his start on Aug. 14 with an 8.75 ERA but sliced that to a season-low 5.77 by surrendering two or fewer runs in six of his final seven outings. He went 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 10 walks over 44 2/3 innings in that span.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jason Vargas
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The guys talk deGrom 00:02:42
Gary, Ron and Keith try to put Jacob deGrom's historic performance this season in perspective

Jacob deGrom capped his remarkable season with eight dazzling innings as the Mets blanked the Braves, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (10-9) cemented his status as the favorite for the N.L. Cy Young Award after allowing two hits while striking out 10, his 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. He retired the last 20 batters he faced and finished 2018 with a 1.70 ERA, the lowest by a National League hurler since Zack Greinke posted a 1.66 mark for the Dodgers in 2015 and the second-lowest figure in club history behind Dwight Gooden in 1985 (1.53). It was the 29th consecutive start which deGrom held opponents to three runs or fewer and the 18th time in 32 starts he surrendered one run or less.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Gary, Keith and Ron on bullpen 00:01:47
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling talk about what the Mets need to do to improve the bullpen heading into next season.

The Mets' bullpen allowed seven runs over the final three innings during a 7-3 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman (6-2) retired one batter and was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on two hits and a walk. An error by center-fielder Austin Jackson helped the Braves load the bases with one out. Drew Smith uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch and surrendered a go-ahead two-run single to Ronald Acuña Jr. to put Atlanta ahead, 4-3. Jerry Blevins allowed three runs -- two earned -- in the eighth, including a two-run shot by Ozzie Albies.

 

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Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees optioned RHP Jonathan Loaisiga to the minors following Monday's 5-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves and will reinstate RHP A.J. Cole off the 10-day disabled list.

Loaisiga, whom the Yankees promoted from Double-A Trenton last month to replace the injured Masahiro Tanaka, will likely be recalled for next Monday's doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.

He allowed three runs and five hits in four innings on Monday, throwing a season-high 92 pitches, while the bullpen was forced to throw seven innings.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Jonathan Loaisiga threw a season-high 92 pitches in four innings in Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves at Yankee Stadium.

A week after he threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, Loaisiga allowed three runs and five hits, including three straight doubles in the fourth inning that turned a 2-1 Yankees lead into a 3-2 deficit.

Loaisiga surrendered a solo home run to Johan Camargo in the third inning that tied the game at 1. After the Yankees answered with another run in the bottom half, the Braves answered with two in the top of the fourth.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees, who own the best winning percentage in baseball, begin a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, who have the best winning percentage in the National League, on Monday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees notes

Though the Yankees are in a tie for first place with the Red Sox atop the AL East, they have played four fewer games than Boston and have a winning percentage .008 points higher. ... New York's plus-111 run differential ranks third in baseball to the Red Sox (plus-119) and Houston Astros (plus-170). ... The Yankees own the No. 2 ERA among all baseball teams, while Atlanta's ranks 10th in the majors.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) takes a lead off first against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1st inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius both hit two-run home runs as the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Monday at SunTrust Park in their spring training finale.


Things to know about Monday's game

1) Gregorius hit his fourth home run of the spring with two outs in the first inning off Brandon McCarthy, and Stanton added his third Grapefruit League home run with a 434-foot shot in the third inning.

2) Sonny Gray struck out seven batters and allowed one run and three hits in five innings.

3) Dellin Betances struck out the side in a perfect sixth inning, while David Robertson also threw a 1-2-3 seventh.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws a pitch during the first inning of a Spring Training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Butch Dill/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees play their final Grapefruit League game ahead of their regular season opener when they face the Atlanta Braves on Monday at 7:35 p.m.

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees continue Grapefruit League play against the Braves on Friday at 1:05 p.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Jacob Ellsbury was originally in center field, hitting 8th, but has been scratched due to tightness in his side.

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The Braves have forfeited 13 minor leaguers and multiple draft picks after violating Major League Baseball's rules pertaining to international signings, commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday.

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The Mets (66-89) kick off their final homestand of the season with a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves (70-84) on Monday at 4:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

Who is starting for the Mets?

RHP Chris Flexen (7.13 ERA/6.87 FIP, 1.99 WHIP), who took the loss in his last start against the Astros on Sept. 3. He allowed seven runs on nine hits (two homers) in four innings. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman gave up one unearned run in seven innings during Sunday's 5-1 win against the Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

Gsellman, who entered Sunday with a 5.58 ERA and had allowed three or more runs in seven of his last eight starts, shut down the Braves, retiring 19 of the first 22 batters he faced.

"He's a competitive guy, an outstanding athlete and he's being challenged by something right now," manager Terry Collins said. "He hasn't the kind of year that we anticipated or he anticipated and he's got to show us he can be one of those guys again, and today he showed us he could."

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Aug 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (64-84) finish up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (67-80) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET on SNY at SunTrust Park.

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Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (63-84) continue their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (67-79) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET on WPIX at SunTrust Park.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
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The Mets (63-83) open a three-game road series against the Atlanta Braves (66-79) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees Matt Holliday (17) is tagged out at home plate by Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers (25) in the third inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)
Mar 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees Matt Holliday (17) is tagged out at home plate by Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers (25) in the third inning of a baseball game during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports (Butch Dill)

The Yankees beat the Braves, 8-7, on Wednesday night in Tampa. 


  • Bryan Mitchell struck out two in three shutout innings on the mound.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury got the Yankees on the board with a solo home run in the first inning. He finished the day 2-for-2 with two runs scored. 
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