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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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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.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos
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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.

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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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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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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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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets lose to Cards, 4-3 00:01:00
Jason Vargas left the game with an injury, as the Mets fell to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday at Citi Field, 4-3

The Mets couldn't even the four-game series with the Cardinals, falling late to St. Louis, 4-3, at Citi Field on Father's Day Sunday. >> Box score

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

1) Jason Vargas started this one looking to continue his hot stretch. And though he was pitching pretty decent, a lefty calf cramp forced him to leave the game after four innings. Overall, he allowed three runs (two earned) on just one hit -- a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt -- and three walks. He also struck out four over his 72-pitch outing.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Cardinals Friday night, twice, losing a suspended game, 5-4, then the regularly scheduled game, 9-5. They return to face the Cardinals on Saturday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. 

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


After blowing the save in Thursday night's suspended game, Edwin Diaz returned for the 10th inning to pitch again only to allow another run and take the loss as well. In the regularly scheduled game, it was Jeurys Familia who cost the Mets, blowing a one-run lead in the eighth by allowing four runs, including two home runs, in a 9-5 loss. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Todd Frazier
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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After giving up two runs to blow the save Thursday night before the game was suspended, Edwin Díaz returned for the 10th inning Friday when the game was picked up and took the loss as the Mets fell to St. Louis, 5-4, in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Friday's first game...

1) Upon the restart, the Mets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth. Díaz came on for the 10th, staying in after blowing the save Thursday. He allowed a leadoff single, after which Yairo Munoz stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and was driven in by Paul DeJong. In addition to his third blown save, Díaz took his fourth loss.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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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)

There's been a lot of questions floating around about Dominic Smith this season.

Will he get any playing time at first base with the way Pete Alonso's hitting?

Can he play the outfield?

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deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

The Mets got a strong start from Jacob deGrom, but Edwin Díaz gave up two runs in the ninth to blow the save, and rain caused the game to be suspended at 4-4 before the bottom of the ninth. The game will resume Friday at 6:10 p.m.. >> Box score

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

1) For the first time since April, Wilson Ramos caught deGrom for a second consecutive start, and the results have been positive for the Mets. DeGrom allowed two runs in seven innings on six hits, no walks and eight strikeouts. He threw a season-high 116 pitches. Matt Carpenter recorded an RBI infield single in the third when he beat the shift, and Paul DeJong tied the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth with a solo homer, but the Mets reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeGrom has allowed 10 homers this season, matching his total from all of last season. He was in line for the win until Díaz blew the save by giving up two runs in the ninth.

In his last start with Ramos, deGrom had 10 strikeouts and allowed two runs in six innings but took a tough-luck loss. Thursday's outing marked the 33rd time since the start of the 2018 season deGrom allowed two or fewer runs. The Mets were 16-16 over the first 32 such starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Michael Conforto 2-run home run 00:00:15
Michael Conforto hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead against the Cardinals.

In the bottom of the third inning Thursday night against the Cardinals, Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer to right-center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead at Citi Field. Conforto has 13 homers this season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Subway Series can be an intimidating backdrop for an inexperienced MLB player. However, it wasn't surprising that Jeff McNeil left his mark on one of the Mets' marquee series of the season.

McNeil played in both games of the doubleheader and went a combined 4-10 with three runs, three RBI and a home run en route to a series split. If Yankees fans in attendance or the national audience that paid attention to the series didn't know who McNeil was before, they sure know now.

McNeil succeeds by playing a different brand of baseball than the rest of the Mets. In an era where home runs are prominent and strikeouts verge on acceptable, the Mets live and die by swinging big. There's a lot of power in the lineup, but the team has also struck out the seventh-most times in the MLB.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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May 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth 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 first baseman Dominic Smith (22) high-fives right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) after the Mets win 4-3 during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports (Sarah Stier)

The Mets are likely about to be close to full-strength, with Brandon Nimmo and Robinson Cano both in the middle of rehab assignments with Triple-A Syracuse and nearing returns to the big league roster.

And with the return of two everyday players will come two 25-man roster moves.

Here's how things could shake out and who the odd-men-out could be...

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; The New York Mets react after defeating the New York Yankees in game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (33-34, 5.0 GB in the NL East) are off on Wednesday before opening a four-game series against the Cardinals on Thursday night at Citi Field. 

Here's what went down on Tuesday, in case you missed it:


After Zack Wheeler got hit hard in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, the Mets had a strong response in the nightcap as Pete Alonso blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and Jason Vargas had another strong start >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets crushed 12-5 by Yankees 00:02:02
New York Yankees took game 1 of the Subway Series double-header behind home runs from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

A promising start turned into a nightmarish finish as the Mets lost to the Yankees, 12-5, in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game...

1) In a game the Mets led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, things got ugly fast. Done in by poor defense, bad pitching by Zack Wheeler, and some bloop hits mixed in with blasted ones, the game was 9-4 Yankees by the time the fifth inning was over. Overall, Wheeler allowed nine runs (six earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six in 4.2 innings. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gary Sanchez, Jeff McNeil, Luke Voit, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith

It was roughly two years ago that Dominic Smith was considered the top first base prospect in all of the minor leagues. As the Mets' second-best prospect, according to MLB.com, he was touted as their future long-term first baseman.

Pete Alonso had a different plan in mind.

In less than a few months, the 24-year-old Alonso hit his way past Smith on the depth chart, flying up the ladder between Double and Triple A and debuting with the Mets this past Opening Day.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in the NL East) picked up a win against the Rockies on Saturday, 5-3, to even the three-game series at a game apiece.

The rubber match will be on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. It will be Noah Syndergaard (3-4, 4.83 ERA) going up against Jeff Hoffman (1-2, 7.29 ERA) on the mound. 

Here's what went down on Saturday in case you missed it:

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The shadier side of human nature tells us that this should be a relationship full of side-eye, judgmental head shakes and half-hearted high-fives, even during happy home run celebrations.

Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith are both first basemen, after all. If one guy has the job, that means the other does not. You love the co-worker who's up for the same promotion you are? Yeah, sure. Frenemies is more like it, forced smiles and all.

But something wonderful has happened this Mets season as two young talents are establishing themselves in the Major Leagues: Alonso and Smith have formed an engaging friendship that's obvious each time the Mets dugout explodes when one or the other has done something big.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Anthony McCarron
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Todd Frazier launches to left 00:00:16
Todd Frazier launches a home run to left field, giving the Mets a late lead over the Giants on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

What's the perfect way to kick off a game? Going back to back in the first inning is a pretty good way.

Amed Rosario and Dom Smith hit just that against the Giants this afternoon...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier
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Mets beat Giants 7-3 00:01:55
Thanks to 3 home runs, including one by Todd Frazier, the Mets were able to take the series against the Giants.

The Mets strung together a four-run eighth inning to pull away from the Giants to win, 7-3, in the rubber match at Citi Field Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

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

1) The Mets delivered in the bottom of the eighth to blow the game open. It was Todd Frazier's two-run homer that broke the tie, making it a 5-3 game. But they weren't done as Juan Lagares' double brought home Adeiny Hechavarria. Then, Jeff McNeil brought his hot bat to the plate again, singling home Lagares to cap the four-run inning. It could've been more if Pete Alonso delivered with bases loaded, but he popped out.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, San Francisco Giants, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Time to deal Dom Smith? 00:02:27
HOFer Frank Thomas and former Met Mo Vaughn believe the Mets should deal Dom Smith. Check out their new clothing line at mvpcollections.com

Prior to the start of the Met's three-game set with he San Francisco Giants, manager Mickey Callaway offered a few injury updates.

Callaway said this afternoon that an MRI revealed that Dominic Smith has a sprained thumb, though the left-handed hitter should be available to come off the bench on Tuesday.

As for outfielder Brandon Nimmo, Callaway explained that he's been "progressing really well" and that he was participating in full baseball activities on Tuesday. Nimmo was placed on the Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano
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Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)
Mets first-round pick Brett Baty at 2019 MLB Draft. (Mark Flamini/SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was after midnight when a long-time scout of amateur talent finally had a couple of minutes to get on the phone, as the first day of the MLB Draft was coming to conclusion. I wanted to talk to this guy because it was only a few days ago that he had touted Brett Baty as one of a few players he was hoping his team would select. 

"He's about as dynamic a hitter as I can remember seeing when you consider his combination of power and pure hitting ability," the scout told me then. "I think he'll be there and he'd be a great get."

Turned out Baty wasn't there when that scout's team picked, because the Mets grabbed the lefty-slugging high school third baseman from Texas with the 12th pick Monday night. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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