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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets 1B/OF Dominic Smith, who has been out since July 26 due to a stress fracture in his left foot, made significant progress on Wednesday as he works his way back.

Smith ran and hit off a tee for the first time since suffering the injury, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 24-year-old Smith was recently transferred from the 10 to 60-day IL, meaning he won't be eligible to return to the active roster until Sept. 25. And DiComo notes that Smith hopes to return that day. 

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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)

In addition to the return of INF Jed Lowrie, the Mets announced two others roster moves before Saturday's 7:10 p.m. game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets recalled RHP Drew Gagnon from Triple-A Syracuse and transferred OF/1B Dom Smith to the 60-day injured list, the team said.

In his first three stints with the Mets, Gagnon has posted a 3-1 record despite a lofty 8.74 ERA.  In 17 appearances this season, Gagnon has struck out 16 while walking seven in 17 appearances.

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The Mets (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their series with the Philadelphia Phillies (72-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

Prior to Saturday's game, the Mets activated INF Jed Lowrie, recalled Drew Gagnon, and transferred Dom Smith to the 60-day IL. ... After Friday's walk-off walk, the Mets now have 18 wins this season in their final at-bats. ... Mets have won five of their last seven games and are 26-13 overall in their last 39 games. ... New York has won 12 of its 15 series since the All-Star break.

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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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Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) follows through on a swing and hits New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) in the sixth inning during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson (20) follows through on a swing and hits New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) in the sixth inning during an MLB Players' Weekend game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Before Thursday night's series finale between the Mets and Chicago Cubs, a pair of positive injury updates came New York's way.

In the afternoon, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported that Mets Tomas Nido and Dominic Smith were set to resume baseball activities.

During last Friday's 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, Nido suffered a concussion after a backswing from 3B Josh Donaldson, landing the Mets' catcher on the seven-day injured list.

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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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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

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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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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta was the sight of Jeff McNeil pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring after trying to leg out an infield hit in the ninth inning.

McNeil walked off the field with a noticeable limp and said after the game that he "felt a little snag" and was hoping it was just a cramp.

But while the Mets got good news after McNeil's MRI, he has been placed on the 10-day IL. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) prepares to bat against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) prepares to bat against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Lost a bit in the shuffle of the Mets' 2019 season has been the remarkably consistent performance of J.D. Davis.

Acquired by Brodie Van Wagenen in the offseason for three prospects, Davis' path to playing time initially seemed blocked at the big league level.

His primary position of third base was covered by Todd Frazier. Davis played some first base with the Astros, but with Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith at first base in New York, that wasn't going to happen, either. His outfield experience only consisted of five games in left field in 2018, but that has increased with 30 games in left this season.

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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (52-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (51-55, 11.5 GB in NL East, 5 WCGB) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-58, 18.0 GB in AL Central, 13 WCGB) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. in the second game of a three-game series. 

The Mets enter the game on a five-game winning streak, their longest of the season and have won seven of their last 10. ... Amed Rosario leads the National League with a .368 batting average in the month of July and has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games. ... The Mets bullpen continues to roll since the All-Star break as their 3.29 ERA is second-lowest in the NL since the Midsummer Classic. ... Pete Alonso (34), Michael Conforto (21), Todd Frazier (14), Jeff McNeil (11), Rosario (11), Dom Smith (10), J.D. Davis (10) and Wilson Ramos (10), all have double-digit home run totals. As a team, the Mets (8) are tied with the Cubs and Phillies for the most players in the NL with double-digit homers this season. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Chicago White Sox, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning 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) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

While fielding questions about his trade deadline moves, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen also slipped in an update on the status of Dom Smith.

It wasn't a positive one. 

Van Wagenen told the media that Smith will not be participating in baseball activities for the next three weeks. Smith will be wearing a walking boot during that time.

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The Mets (49-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 6 GB of second Wild Card) wrap their three-game set against the Pirates on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field...

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

Steven Matz went the distance for the first time in his career en route to a shutout win vs. the Pirates. >> Read More

 

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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 announced on Saturday that they've placed Dominic Smith on the 10-day injured list. 

Smith has a stress reaction in his left foot, leading to the move. 

In a corresponding move, the Mets selected the contract of outfielder Aaron Altherr from the Syracuse Mets. 

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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder Manuel Margot (7) slides safely into second base as New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) is unable to hold onto the ball in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (46-55, 13 GB in NL East, 8 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Padres on Thursday at 12:10 PM at Citi Field on SNY...

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


In the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Padres, Noah Syndergaard pitched well over 7.0 innings but was betrayed by his defense as Dominic Smith had an adventurous night in left field >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Dom Smith reacts to defense woes 00:01:53
Dom Smith had a few defensive miscues vs. the Padres, but he and his manager are confident he'll rebound.

For most of the season, the Mets have gotten by defensively with Dominic Smith, a natural first baseman, starting in left field. He had an adventurous night in the outfield in Wednesday's loss to San Diego, though.

With the Padres leading 2-1 in the third and Manny Machado on second, Hunter Renfroe singled to left. Smith was looking to come up throwing, but took his eye of the ball, which went underneath his glove and allowed Machado to score and Renfroe to coast into second.

Later in the inning, Franmil Reyes doubled down the line to score Renfroe. Smith's throw back into the infield was well wide of its target and allowed Reyes to hustle to third, though he'd be stranded there to end the inning. It was Smith's second error or the inning.

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Mets fall 7-2 to Padres 00:01:33
Only two Mets outside McNeil and Conforto had a hit in the 7-2 loss against the Padres. Noah Syndergaard allowed 3 earned runs in 7 innings.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead, but Noah Syndergaard was unable to hold it as the Mets fell to the Padres on Wednesday, 7-2. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Syndergaard was not as sharp as he would have liked, walking five batters (one intentionally) over seven innings pitched, the most he's issued in a start this season. He did finish the outing strong, however, holding the Padres scoreless over his final four innings. In total, the right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits while striking out eight Padres hitters. 

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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Not that there was any real doubt, but Robinson Cano's "I'm Not Done Yet" night at Citi Field on Tuesday was a pointed reminder the Mets will be trying to patch together and add to their flawed roster with the hope of trying to win again next season rather than rebuild.

Which raises an obvious question with the trade deadline a week away: what's the best way to improve for 2020?

Trading free agents-to-be Todd Frazier, Jason Vargas, and even Zack Wheeler won't bring back much in the way of difference-making talent for next season -- not with the way GMs hold tight to their best prospects these days, especially in deals for rental players.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) face Chris Paddack and the Padres on Tuesday at Citi FIeld at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Zack Wheeler came through his bullpen session fine, and is ready to return to the mound for one start before the trade deadline >> Read more

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Shea Anything: Dom Smith's value 00:02:07
SNY's Andy Martino and Doug Williams give reasons why they believe Mets outfielder Dom Smith is better than Cubs' Kyle Schwarber.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino drop an all-new Shea Anything, and they discuss whether the Mets should trade Michael Conforto before Dominic Smith. The guys also get into the latest on Zack Wheeler -- who could get traded before the July 31 deadline -- and more...

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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (45-54, 14 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off Monday as they return home for a series with the Padres beginning Tuesday.

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


Following a strikeout Sunday, Pete Alonso was frustrated with himself to the point that he snapped his bat over his knee. He regretted the moment after the game. >> Read more

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

The Mets (45-53, 13 GB in NL East, 6 GB of second Wild Card) complete their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Sunday at 4:05 PM on SNY.

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


Walker Lockett collected his first career win for the Mets, and his teammates made sure his celebrated the best way possible. >> Read more

 

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 (John Hefti)
(John Hefti)

Walker Lockett tossed 58 pitches over five innings on the mound for the Mets against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday during an 11-4 win. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out three.

It was a day he'll never forget.

In Lockett's third-career start with the Mets, he finally earned his first win in the majors while filling in for Zack Wheeler

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Smith happy to produce in win 00:01:22
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith was happy he was able to knock in 4 RBIs after committing a game-ending error the night before.

The key for Dominic Smith was keeping an even-keeled approach, he said following the Mets' 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Smith was less than 24 hours removed from costing the Mets a gem of a game from pitcher Jacob deGrom.

Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball into shallow left field in the 10th inning and Smith miscommunicated with shortstop Amed Rosario on the play. The ball fell to the ground and the Giants' Alex Dickerson, hustling around the bases on the play, crossed home plate for the walk-off win. 

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Smith happy to produce in win 00:01:22
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith was happy he was able to knock in 4 RBIs after committing a game-ending error the night before.

A day after a costly error in the outfield, Dom Smith's bat led the way for the Mets in an 11-4 win over the Giants. >> Box score

Five things to know about Saturday's game

1) Smith had a tough Friday evening in the outfield, but his fortunes have since changed drastically. After his costly error less than 24 hours earlier, Smith scored the first run of the game with a bomb of a solo home run, which went over the deepest part of Oracle Park, Triples Alley in right-center field. Smith then recorded his second RBI of the game on a single in the fourth inning. As the Mets were padding runs on late in the ninth inning, Smith added two more RBI, bringing his game total to four with a single. 

2) Smith was in the game early because Pete Alonso was not. Skipper Mickey Callaway gave Alonso the day off and started Smith at first base, despite Alonso's wishes to play. It paid off with Smith's early performance, but Alonso, despite not starting due to his rare day off, still found a way to contribute. Coming off the bench in the sixth inning, Alonso hit a 444-foot, three-home homer. Alonso reached 75 RBI on the season with the shot, a team rookie record. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Walker Lockett
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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) walks through the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) walks through the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have struggled to score runs through the first two games of their series with the Giants, pushing just two runs across in 26 innings.

But as they look to get the offense going on Saturday, they'll do so without Pete Alonso.

Dominic Smith will get the start at first base on Saturday against Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija, as Mickey Callaway looks to give his rookie first baseman a bit of a breather.

"I was talking to [Todd] Frazier the other day, just about his experience, and he said coming out of that Home Run Derby the year he did it, he was worn out. We kind of took it out of Pete's hands. We've got the righty going today, we've got the lefty tomorrow, give him a day and let him get after it tomorrow."

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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) celebrates with catcher Stephen Vogt (21) after scoring the winning run against the New York Mets at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (44-53, 14 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday at 4:05 PM on PIX 11 and FS1. 

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


In the Mets' 10-inning loss to the Giants on Friday night, they wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Tyler Bashlor, Zack Wheeler
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Mets lose in extras again 00:01:49
Mickey Callaway, Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario and Jacob deGrom on Smith's 10th inning error that led to the Mets 1-0 loss

For the second straight night in San Francisco, a pitchers' duel carried the ball game into extra innings. And while Friday's game didn't last 16 innings like the previous night, it ended in a loss just as deflating.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, with two runners on, Jacob Rhame forced a weak pop up to shallow left field off the bat of Pablo Sandoval. With Dominic Smith coming in and Amed Rosario drifting out, there was a brief moment of hesitation Smith's part, and just like that, the ball dropped to the grass and a hustling Alex Dickerson scored all the way from first base, handing the Mets a 1-0 loss

Smith was charged with an error on the game-ending play.

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Mets suffer another tough loss 00:00:54
Jacob deGrom struck out 10 over 7 stellar innings of work but Dom Smith's error in the 10th dealt the Mets another heartbreaking loss, 1-0

The Mets wasted another gem from Jacob deGrom, and the game's only run scored on a Dominic Smith error as the Giants beat the Mets 1-0 in 10 innings. >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) In the bottom of the ninth inning of a scoreless game, the Mets turned the ball to Jacob Rhame. Coming off of his one-game suspension, Rhame walked two batters in the inning, but with two away, Joe Panik struck out to send the game into extra innings.The Mets stuck with Rhame to start the 10th. After walking Alex Dickerson to start the inning, Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball to left, and after Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith had some miscommunication, the ball fell in for an error charged to Smith, allowing Dickerson to score the winning run all the way from first base.

2) Jacob deGrom dazzled through seven innings on Friday night. Though the Mets couldn't give him any run support, deGrom was as dominant as he's been all season, allowing just three hits while striking out 10. He allowed just one extra-base hit, a double to Kevin Pillar in the fifth. DeGrom was pulled after 108 pitches, 74 of which was strikes. He also passed Ron Darling for sixth place on the Mets' franchise strikeout list.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (44-52, 13 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Friday at 10:15 PM on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 16-inning loss to the Giants on Thursday night, they broke through in the top of the 16th when Pete Alonso homered, but Chris Mazza ran out of gas in the bottom half of the frame as San Francisco rallied to win >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Dom Smith HR give Mets lead 00:00:17
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith clubs a solo shot to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in San Francisco.

It's a massive 421 feet to the Triples Alley in right-center field of Oracle Park out in the Bay Area. The baseball that Dom Smith connected with early against the San Francisco Giants had a birds-eye view of it.

The Mets have played plenty of extra innings in the first two games of their series against the Giants but there haven't been a ton of runs.

Smith made sure there was at least one early on Saturday, as he crushed a solo home run in the second inning off of pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Smith semn the ball over the part of the Giants' home field that is the deepest part of the ballpark.  

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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after scoring a run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets' current four-game winning streak is their longest since the middle of May. And while it's still a long shot, they are finally moving in the right direction when it comes to a potential miracle run to win a Wild Card spot and get to the playoffs.

Entering play this past weekend, the Mets had just a 4.1 percent chance of winning a Wild Card, according to calculations provided by FanGraphs. Following Wednesday's 14-4 win against the Twins, that number went to 9.2 percent. 

Baseball Prospectus has the Mets' Wild Card chances at 9.8 percent.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Mets (44-51, 13 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday at 9:45 PM on SNY. 

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


In the Mets' 14-4 win over the Twins, New York came back three separate times before a late offensive explosion that was helped along by shoddy defense by Minnesota >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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)

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First things first: I wouldn't trade Dominic Smith.

I love his bat and he's looking surprisingly comfortable in left field, to the point where I don't think he'd be a liability even as an everyday player in that spot. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Mets react to timely home runs 00:01:21
Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso react to their home runs, while manager Mickey Callaway is jovial after the 14-4 win.

If any Mets fans still have concerns that Pete Alonso's Home Run Derby showing could hurt his swing in any way, the rookie gave 474 reasons to think otherwise on Wednesday.

In the top of the eighth inning of the Mets' 14-4 drubbing of the Twins, Alonso locked in to a back-up slider from Matt Magill. From the second the ball hit the bat, there was absolutely no doubt that the ball was leaving the park. The only question was how far it would fly.

As it turned out, the answer was 474 feet.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso
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Mets big bats power 14-4 win 00:01:31
Dominic Smith gave the Mets the lead in the seventh inning, but Pete Alonso's monster home run wowed in the eighth in the 14-4 win.

The Mets hit a bunch of homers and took advantage of lots of shoddy defense by the Twins to sweep their two-game set on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota >> Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) With two outs in the top of the eighth and New York leading, 5-3, the Twins gave the Mets a gift when left fielder Eddie Rosario dropped what should've been a routine fly out by Adeiny Hechavarria. Two runs scored on the error as the Mets extended their lead to 7-3. Jeff McNeil then followed with an RBI double before Dominic Smith's RBI single made it 9-3, New York. Pete Alonso -- who had gone 0-for-4 up to that point -- then demolished a 474 foot two-run homer to the second level of the upper deck in left field to make it 11-3. The Mets added three runs against Twins position player Ehire Adrianza in the ninth inning.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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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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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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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.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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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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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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Mets fall to Braves on late HR's 00:01:28
Dominic Smith homered for the 4th time in 6 games but the Braves hit back-to-back HR's in the 8th to edge the Mets, 5-4

The Mets' bullpen blew an eighth-inning lead, and the Mets dropped their seventh straight game, falling to the Braves 5-4 on Saturday night. >> Box score

Six things to know from Saturday's game

1) Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Mets, but things collapsed in the eighth. With one away, Lugo allowed back-to-back home runs to Nick Markakis and Austin Riley. They Met's 4-3 lead turned into a 5-4 deficit in two swings of the bat. 

2) Steven Matz's afternoon was cut short due to a lengthy rain delay, but he once again struggled in the first inning, continuing a season-long trend. After loading the bases with one away, Matz allowed a two-run single to Ozzie Albies, putting the Mets in an early 2-0 hole. The lefty pitched a scoreless second inning, but he was then pulled from the game following a lengthy rain delay at Citi Field. Matz's ERA is now 4.95 on the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets get swept by Phillies 00:01:27
Todd Frazier looked like he had secured the win with a 2-run home run in the 9th, but Edwin Diaz blew the save to lose 6-3.

The Mets came back from a 1-0 ninth inning defict to take a 3-1 lead, but Edwin Diaz melted down in the ninth inning as New York suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1) Trying to protect a 3-1 lead after the Mets' late heroics, Edwin Diaz issued a leadoff walk before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Maikel Franco on an 0-2 pitch. After recording one out, Diaz walked another batter before allowing a single to Scott Kingery as the Phillies put runners on first and second. Jean Segura followed by blasting a game-winning three-run homer.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jay Bruce walks off against Mets 00:01:34
Former Mets Jay Bruce walked off against the Mets in the 10th inning as NY dropped their third straight. Bullpen woes continue.

The Mets bullpen allowed another late-inning lead to disappear, and the Phillies walked off with a 5-4 win in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Wednesday's game

1) In the bottom of the 10th inning, Stephen Nogosek allowed the first two Phillies batters to reach base, setting the stage for former Met Jay Bruce to give the Phillies a walkoff win on an RBI double, just over the outstretched glove of Juan Lagares in center field.

2) Jason Vargas cruised through the first five innings on Wednesday night, allowing just one hit the first two times through the order. The Phillies finally got on the board against him in the sixth, as Jean Segura lofted a solo home run with one out. Vargas got out of the sixth by striking out Rhys Hoskins for his 10th strikeout of the game, tying his career high. He left the game after 6.1 innings, having allowed just three hits.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo
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Mets fall 7-5 to Phillies 00:01:28
Lockett makes strong start in Syndergaard's absence, but the bullpen faltered in the 6th inning for the 7-5 loss. Smith and Rosario homered.

The Mets' bullpen issues came back to haunt them again, blowing a 5-2 sixth-inning lead to the Phillies in Tuesday night's 7-5 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday was another example of the Mets' bullpen ineptitude. After Walker Lockett gave the Mets a solid 5.1 innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 lead and two runners on, Wilmer Font had a nightmare of a game. In just a third of an inning, Font allowed three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. In the blink of an eye the Mets 5-2 lead became a 7-5 deficit. Font then hit Scott Kingery with a high fastball before being pulled.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose 13-7 to Phillies 00:01:31
The Mets lost 13-7 to the Phillies on Monday. Matz continued to struggle in Philly while Ramos, Conforto, Frazier and Smith all homered.

The Mets went back-and-forth with the Phillies for five innings but things dismantled in the fifth as Philadelphia scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Mets a 13-7 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz continues to struggle at Citizens Bank Park. The southpaw had his worst start since he last took the mound in Philadelphia on April 16 when he allowed six runs and failed to get out of the first inning. Matz went a little longer this time but the result was nearly the same. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including three home runs. It was the second straight start in which he has allowed at least five runs, something he had only done once in his previous nine. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets fired a few coaches on Thursday. Big deal. For the team's rookie general manager, decisions await that are far more consequential.

The reshuffling of pitching coaches -- Dave Eiland and Chuck Hernandez fired, Phil Regan, Ricky Bones and Jeremy Accardo promoted on an interim basis -- was a small and easy move. Eiland and Hernandez were old-school, not as sensitive to analytics or millennial sensitivities as the Mets needed them to be, and won't be particularly missed.

Over the next weeks and months, Brodie Van Wagenen will confront issues far more complex and meaningful. The direction of his team will flow from his response to the following questions:

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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