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Nimmo sets fastest HR trot 00:00:18
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo set the mark for the fastest HR trot in 2019 at 16.89 seconds.

Brandon Nimmo is known for his hustle. 

Whether he hits a weak ground ball or even works a walk, the outfield always sprints full speed towards first base.

On Wednesday, Nimmo took that hustle to another level. 

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Mets beat D-Backs 9-0 00:01:27
The New York Mets smack 5 HRs and cruise to a 9-0 victory over the Diamondbacks and jump them in the Wild Card standings.

The Mets smoked the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday in a 9-0 outing, a game which also included 11 hits from New York. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Todd Frazier and Brandon Nimmo got the Mets off on the right foot on Wednesday.

Amed Rosario doubled and stole third base and scored on a Wilson Ramos ground out. Then the fireworks started. A single by JD Davis scored Jeff McNeil, who was hit by a pitch, then Frazier cracked a two-run home run to bring the early score to 4-0. The Mets weren't done there though, as Nimmo hit his fifth home run to add another run on the very next pitch. Because of the damage, D-back started Robbie Ray only lasted 0.2 innings on the mound for the D-backs. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Frazier, Nimmo back-to-back 00:00:24
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit back-to-back HRs in the 1st inning, Mets go up 5-0 on D-Backs.

Five runs in one inning and seven runs in three ain't a bad start for the Mets. 

Against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, that's exactly what they got. Brandon Nimmo and Todd Frazier played a big part in that. 

In that five-run frame, Frazier and Nimmo hit back-to-back home runs to help put New York up in their big opening frame. 

 

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The Mets (71-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) return to Citi Field for their 10-game homestand Friday as they face the Philadelphia Phillies (72-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets come home on the heels of their six-game road trip last Friday through Wednesday, in which they went 4-2 with series wins over the Phillies and Washington Nationals. Last time out, the Mets answered after an 11-10 walk-off loss Tuesday with a 4-1 rebound victory Wednesday. After they took both of the three-game sets, the Mets have won 12 of their last 16 series since the All-Star break, going 31-18 dating back to July 12.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway's demeanor remained steady following Tuesday night's crushing loss where the bullpen blew a six-run ninth inning lead for the first time in franchise history, but several members of the team -- including Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil -- were devastated.

In the wake of that devastation, Callaway will be meeting with the team before Wednesday's series finale in Washington, D.C.

"I'm gonna talk to the guys today," Callaway said Wednesday morning during his pregame briefing. "I'm gonna meet with them after I get done here and just tell them 'hey, that was a tough loss but we have to put it behind us.' These guys have been battling all season and they'll continue to do that. I just want them to know that. We gotta get it done. And we'll talk a little about that."

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Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki (28) hits a walk off three run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.

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


For the first time in franchise history, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead of six runs or more. Entering the bottom of the ninth leading 10-4, Paul Sewald lit the game on fire and Edwin Diaz couldn't put it out as New York lost, 11-10 >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning up six runs but fell apart, surrendering seven runs -- including a walk-off three-run home run -- as the Nationals stunned New York, 11-10, Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets' biggest weakest reared its ugly head at the worst-possible time. With a 10-4 cushion in the bottom of the ninth inning, RHP Paul Sewald ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits while getting only one out as the Nationals crept back. After LHP Luis Avilan allowed a hit and RHP Edwin Diaz entered with three runners on. With one out, Diaz left a pitch over the plate and C Kurt Suzuki did the damage, pulling a three-run home run to left field and walking the Nationals off against the Mets for the seven-run comeback.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

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With his lightning-quick recovery from a torn hamstring surprising even the Mets' training staff, Robinson Cano is on track to rejoin the team after a rehab stint with Short-Season Brooklyn -- with that return potentially imminent.

Cano had been heating up before his injury, with 10 hits in 19 at-bats, including four doubles and a home run. But while he is expected to return, it isn't yet known if he's healthy enough to play in a starting capacity. 

If Cano is ready to be more than a bench player upon his return, it's safe to say two things:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A few months ago, with Amed Rosario still struggling defensively at shortstop, the Mets were kicking around the idea of moving him to center field. 

Rosario's range remained poor, he was making mental mistakes in the field, and he was failing to get to the vast majority of balls that were graded out as difficult chances. As a result, Rosario had been worth -15 DRS (defensive runs saved) As of July 23. Things have changed.

Rosario's DRS entering play on Sept. 3 is -14, meaning he has been a plus defender at shortstop over the last month and change.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets (69-67, 14 GB in NL East, 4 GB for second Wild Card) open up a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (77-58, 5.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GA for first Wild Card)  Monday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

Marcus Stroman pitched his first quality start with the Mets Sunday, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 loss to the Phillies Sunday night... Pete Alonso smashed his 43rd home run of the season and remains tied for the NL lead with Cody Bellinger. He's nine shy of the all-time rookie record, held by Aaron Judge... Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 25 games, third-longest in Mets history and longest ever by a Mets catcher. Brandon Nimmo was activated from the IL prior to Sunday's game and drew a walk in his only plate appearance.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets (69-67, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series with the Nationals Monday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

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


The eighth inning proved to be a decisive one, as the Mets allowed three Phillies runs and lost the final game of their series in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2. >> Read more

 

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The eighth inning proved to be a decisive one, as the Mets allowed three Phillies runs and lost the final game of their series in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, the combination of Daniel Zamora and Jeurys Familia was unable to keep the score even. Zamora started the inning, allowed a single to Bryce Harper and was replaced by Familia. The right-hander ended up loading the bases for Scott Kingery, who delivered a bases-clearing double to provide the difference in the score.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Nimmo plays Backyard Baseball 00:01:47
Brandon Nimmo is back with the Mets, and goes back in time to play the classic video game Backyard Baseball, check out who made his team!

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Brandon Nimmo picks his team full of former MLB All-Stars.

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo, who has not played since May, is getting close to being activated from the IL. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 30, 4:16 PM:

According to Mickey Callaway, Nimmo will be in the lineup for Triple-A Syracuse on Friday night, and the team will then reevaluate the outfielder on Saturday. Nimmo was given a scheduled day off on Thursday. 

Callaway was also asked if Nimmo was likely to be activated on Sunday, but Callaway replied by saying he didn't have an exact date for when Nimmo may rejoin the club.

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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

The Mets (67-66, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) lost to the Cubs on Thursday night as they fell for the sixth-straight time and dropped even further back in the Wild Card race. They open a three-game series with the Phillies on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. on SNY at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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


Jacob deGrom was dominant on Thursday night -- retiring 18 of the first 19 batters he faced -- but two soft hits and a homer from Victor Caratini in the seventh inning did the Mets in >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (67-64, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) look to pick a game back up in the Wild Card race against the Cubs on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. It will be Noah Syndergaard on the mound against Kyle Hendricks.

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


The Mets were off to a pitching duel with the Cubs to start last night's contest, and they struck first as well. But Chicago tallied four runs off Marcus Stroman and would reliniquish their lead in a 5-2 loss for New York. >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When the Mets were close to completing the blockbuster trade that included Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn getting shipped to the Mariners with Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano coming to New York, Jeff McNeil's name started to pop up in rumors.

If you were on Twitter the day the trade went down, there was plenty of speculation that McNeil could also be in the deal. There was then some talk that he was in the deal before the Mets pulled him out.

So what was really going in with McNeil when it came to his potential inclusion in the trade?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (67-63, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin an enormous three-game series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse, Brandon Nimmo is close to coming off the IL but needs to clear one more hurdle first >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

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The beauty of Jeff McNeil is that he is as versatile defensively as he is wizard-like offensively, and with a huge series against the Cubs this week the Mets need to get creative in how they use him to help kick-start a suddenly sluggish offense.

For starters that means getting more left-handed hitters in the lineup against Yu Darvish in Tuesday's series opener, since the Cubs' righthander has been significantly more vulnerable to lefties than righties this season.

The most logical move is playing McNeil at third base, allowing Joe Panik to stay at 2B, and sitting the slumping Todd Frazier.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mets' Juan Lagares.
Mets' Juan Lagares.

Whatever you think about the arc of Juan Lagares' Mets career, say this for him: He's seizing his moment now, at a time when, well, maybe few thought he could contribute much to a resurgent team in the National League Wild Card hunt.

His past few seasons certainly haven't gone the way Lagares or the Mets would have wanted. But when they've needed him in center field recently, he's delivered -- and not just with defense.

In his last 12 games, Lagares is batting .364 with a .917 OPS and has scored nine runs. With a rare chance at regular at-bats, he looks rejuvenated. He's had five multi-hit games over that span and 16 hits overall. He had 16 hits total in his previous 59 games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Anthony McCarron
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Mets infielder Todd Frazier
Mets infielder Todd Frazier

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' weekend sweep at the hands of the Braves was not the fault of any one player. It was a series filled with missed opportunities, very poor situational execution and awareness, and some questionable moves coming from the dugout.

But the Mets emerged from their weekend nightmare in basically the same spot they were in playoff-wise before Friday night's game started. That is a huge break for a team that opens an enormous three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

And with luck still on the Mets' side, they need to do everything they can to put themselves in the best position to win. That's where Todd Frazier comes in...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets outfielder J.D. Davis
Mets outfielder J.D. Davis

The Mets (67-63, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before beginning an enormous three-game series against the Cubs at Citi Field on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets' ninth-inning rally fell one hit short as they lost to the Braves, 2-1, as Atlanta finished off a three-game sweep of New York that featured three extremely frustrating losses >> Read more

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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Most everything about the Mets' second-half run has been remarkable, but the emergence of J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario, in particular, has bulked up a youthful position-player core that suddenly gives this franchise an entirely different feel, both in the present and the future. 

Add that duo to Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, and you can make the case the Mets have five cornerstone players, four of which are under contractual control at least through the 2023 season. 

And that's not counting Dom Smith, who probably looms now as a valuable off-season trade chip, or Brandon Nimmo, who figures to be an important player when he comes back from his neck injury, even if it's more for depth at this point. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

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


In a wild game at Citi Field, the Mets fell behind, 3-2, in the 10th inning after Luis Avilan served up a solo homer to Carlos Santana. But the Mets rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 10th, with J.D. Davis capping things off with a walk-off hit to left field after an incredible at-bat against Brad Hand >> Read more 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets in the heat of the playoff chase, they have kept their heads above water despite being without some key offensive pieces lately. That looks like it's about to change.

As key players start to return, the Mets will have to clear room on the 25-man roster for each and map out a plan of attack regarding who plays regularly and what the lineup should be (and whether the lineup should be static or malleable).

This is a good problem to have, but there are some tough decisions coming.  

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)
Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

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


Behind a strong start from Steven Matz and a late offensive eruption, the Mets took down the Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has not played yet this season due to a variety of injuries, is starting a rehab assignment on Tuesday night with High-A St. Lucie, where he will serve as the DH.

"It's still a situation where it's gonna be day-to-day, obviously, but for him to get on the field and get his blood flowing in a big situation for him to this point is exciting," manager Mickey Callaway said. "I think we'll just see how he comes out of it and then make the schedule out the next day."

The 35-year-old Lowrie, who suffered a "low grade" right calf strain in July while rehabbing, has also dealt with knee and hamstring injuries to his left side this season.

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a couple transactions before starting their series with the Indians on Tuesday night. 

Rajai Davis is back with the big club, the team announced, as he was recalled with RHP Walker Lockett being sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse.

Davis played in four games with the Mets before he was sent down to Triple-A. He went 2-for-7 with a homer and three RBI during that span. In Triple-A, he owned a .287/.334/.410 slash line with eight homers and 28 RBIs over 84 games. 

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is taking the final step in his road back from injury, joining Triple-A Syracuse as he continues his rehab assignment, SNY's Andy Martino reports.

The 26-year-old Nimmo has been out since May 21.

Nimmo (back) began his rehab assignment with High-A St. Lucie last week and played two games there -- serving as the DH on Aug. 16 and playing the outfield on Aug. 18. St. Lucie was off on Monday.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Royals 4-1, they continue their three-game series in Kansas City on Saturday night at 7:15 PM. 

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


Humid weather conditions in Kansas City frustrated Noah Syndergaard, who failed to reach seven innings for the first time in seven starts. "I felt like i had to battle the elements out there. I don't know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along," Syndergaard said. >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Brandon Nimmo rehab game 00:00:20
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo singles in his first action since being sidelined with a neck injury.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo began his rehab assignment Friday night for the Class A-Advanced St. Lucie Mets.

Serving as the DH and batting second, Nimmo went 1-3 with a walk. His one hit was a line-drive single up the middle.

The outfielder last played for the Mets on May 20, but has since been sidelined with a neck injury.

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen was on hand in Atlanta before the team's second game against the Braves on Wednesday to deliver some promising news about his injured players. 

One of them was Brandon Nimmo, who has been out since May 20 as he's dealing with a bulging disc in his neck. Nimmo has been working hard to get back on the field, and Van Wagenen noted that day may be coming "very soon."

"Same story," Van Wagenen told reporters about where Nimmo is at in his rehab. "He took live at-bats today. He's been progressing well and we could see him in a rehab game very soon, as early as the next few days. But we'll keep a close eye on him and hopefully he can get back out there in the very near future."

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie is advancing as he continues rehabbing the assortment of injuries that have kept him out all season, with Brodie Van Wagenen saying Wednesday that a rehab assignment could be in the cards in the not-too-distant future.

According to Van Wagenen, Lowrie is "running, hitting, and fielding ground balls," and recently started facing live pitching during simulated games.

As far as Lowrie returning this season, Van Wagenen said "it's absolutely our hope and expectation that he can."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have launched themselves back in to a pennant race, which has opened the floodgates for questions about the current roster, schedule and missing players.

Here are four from Twitter, followed by my answers....

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

These are giddy days for Mets' scouts, as the remarkable turnaround to this season is built largely around homegrown players, while their 2019 amateur draft received high grades from evaluators.

Indeed, the perception of the Mets' drafts over the last several years has improved dramatically, thanks to the recent emergence of Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Dom Smith, as well as Brandon Nimmo before his neck injury this season and the foundation-like presence of Michael Conforto in the middle of the lineup.

For that matter, VP of scouting Tommy Tanous says his department recently completed a study showing the Mets have produced more current big-league players, including some with other teams, than any organization in baseball since 2011.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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When the Mets announced Thursday's addition of Brad Brach, the club also announced that Brandon Nimmo was moved to the 60-day IL.

Nimmo has been out of the Mets' linuep since May 20, dealing with a bulging disk in his neck. He began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse in early June, but that ended abruptly as his neck issue quickly caused him to be shut down again. 

Now, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next week. Puma also noted that Nimmo's rehab has taken longer than expected due to "other physical issues that popped up at various points."

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

For the past few weeks, the Mets have had a top outfield in the National League. Since the All-Star break, they've been the best, which is something I never expected to be saying when leaving Spring Training four months ago.

Their Opening Day outfield featured Michael Conforto in right field, Juan Lagares in center field and Brandon Nimmo in left field. The trio did well through the middle of May. However, after Nimmo went down with a bulging cervical disc, the group broke apart.

During the 30 games after Nimmo's injury, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway turned to six other fielders to fill the void, all which combined to be the third least-productive outfield in the NL. In fact, for most of late May, the outfield always included two of Carlos Gomez, Keon Broxton, Lagares or Aaron Altherr, two of whom (Gomez and Broxton) have since been designated for assignment and are now playing with other organizations. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets bolstered their bullpen on Thursday afternoon by signing veteran reliever Brad Brach.

The 33-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cubs this past weekend. After clearing waivers, the Mets scooped him up. According to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports, Brach had offers from eight other teams but decided to sign with the Mets.

Bach struggled with the Cubs this season before being DFA'd, pitching to 6.13 ERA in 42 games with a 1.77 WHIP. Over his nine-year career, though, he's been a quality reliever. An All-Star with Baltimore in 2016, Brach has a career ERA of 3.32 and has struck out 527 batters in 495.2 career innings.

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.

Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dominic Smith has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Mets this season in a part-time role, proving his value to the team but potentially forcing himself off of it in the process.

While there hasn't been any serious buzz yet about the Mets trading Smith any time soon, his name has been out there simply because he might not have a place to play with the Mets going forward. 

On Wednesday, Smith -- who is hitting .294/.376/.536 this season with nine homers in 173 plate appearances -- weighed in on the trade whispers.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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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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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets (35-39, 8.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Thursday night at 8:05 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Braves, Steven Matz held Atlanta in check until the sixth inning before faltering >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With news Tuesday that Brandon Nimmo will be shut down for 30 days came a potential new outfield alignment for the Mets -- one that could provide the team with an offensive jolt while sacrificing defense.

Manager Mickey Callaway said that with Nimmo now out long-term, a change could be coming in center field. And that change would have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the outfield and open up playing time for hot-hitting Dominic Smith.

Here's how things could shake out with each impacted player...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 10-2 win over the Braves, Jacob deGrom was dominant and came close to a shutout, while Pete Alonso went off at the plate >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets desperately need bullpen help, but it appears they were dealt another setback in making that happen. 

Justin Wilson, who has been on the IL since early May with elbow soreness, was scratched from his rehab assignment on Tuesday due to left elbow tightness, the Mets announced. 

Wilson, 31, was close to returning to the majors, rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse since last week. It is still unclear just how significant of a setback this may be. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)
May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) walks toward the dugout after the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The bad news just keeps on coming for the Mets. 

Jeurys Familia is heading back to the IL with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder -- the same injury that placed him on the list last time around -- the team announced before Tuesday's contest with the Braves. 

Manager Mickey Callaway was asked about Familia's health on Tuesday, and he didn't give a straight answer...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets delivered some more bad news on OF Brandon Nimmo. 

After a second opinion from Dr. Robert Watkins in Los Angeles, Nimmo has been shut down from baseball activities for the next month, per manager Mickey Callaway. Dr. Watkins also gave him a second epidural shot. 

As of now, Callaway added "there hasn't been any talk of surgery," to repair the bulging disc in his neck. It is worth noting Watkins is the same doctor that dealt with David Wright's spine issues.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

After being scratched from the lineup while rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is in Los Angeles Monday to meet with noted spine specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

Watkins is the same specialist who treated David Wright while he was dealing with his spine issues. 

Nimmo was in New York on Saturday, with manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen updating the situation. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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