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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with Dominic Smith (22) after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With exactly one half of the Mets' regular starting lineup on the IL, it makes sense for them to get a bit creative when it comes to their lineup construction between now and when Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Brandon Nimmo return.

While Wilson Ramos (catcher), Pete Alonso (first base), Amed Rosario (shortstop), and Juan Lagares (center field) will start most days, the Mets need to shake things up elsewhere. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hinted over the last two days about what some of that creativity could look like. Here are four lineup ideas the Mets should consider as they wait for their injured players to return...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

Since Spring Training, the Mets have made it a point to say Dominic Smith is being viewed by the team as primarily a first baseman. That meant no outfield reps for the 23-year-old, even though he told the team he wanted to do so. 

Fast forward a few months and the Mets have been left no choice but to consider Smith for outfield time considering the recent injuries to players like Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Jeff McNeil

Manager Mickey Callaway admitted to the media before Wednesday night's game against the Nationals that Smith could be featured in the outfield if need be.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both hit home runs and the Mets' bullpen hang on to beat the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario and Alonso both hit solo homers off Patrick Corbin in the first inning. Rosario hit an 0-2 fastball to center field to make it 1-0, and two batters later Alonso hit a 1-2 fastball to left-center for his 15th home run of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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Mets swept by Marlins 00:01:12
For the first time since 1967 the Mets had two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. It's also the first series sweep for Miami since 2017

The Mets fell to a season-worst five games under .500 with their offense close to a total no-show as the Marlins completed a three-game sweep. After getting one hit on Saturday, the Mets managed just two hits -- making Sunday the first time since 1967 that they were held to two or fewer hits in back-to-back games. >> Box score

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

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job potentially on the line, the Mets' offense reached a new low -- with Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara reaching the eighth inning having thrown just 62 pitches. Yes, 62 pitches. Alcantara faltered a bit in the eighth, but came back out for the ninth with only 78 pitches under his belt and retired the side in order to complete the shutout. It took him 89 total pitches. The game took one hour and 59 minutes.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Dominic Smith (22) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Last season, we saw Dominic Smith test the outfield waters, as the Mets wanted to see if he could be of versatile use in the future. While he had a couple hiccups, which were expected, he still managed to be a decent defender out there. 

Fast forward one year and Smith has been in the spotlight for his bat in timely situations with the Mets. He is hitting .344/.462/.500 as strictly a left-handed bat off the bench, and in his first game back with the Mets on Tuesday night after briefly being sent down to Triple-A, he had a pinch-hit homer. It was his first of the season. 

Smith has proven his bat can be consistent for the Mets, which begs the question why he isn't featured in the lineup more to start this season. Obviously, Pete Alonso has solidified himself as the team's starting first baseman as a rookie. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Mets win 3rd straight 00:01:25
Noah Syndergaard pitched 8 strong innings and Wilson Ramos provided the offensive support with a grand slam as the Mets beat the Nats, 6-2

Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

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

1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (18-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) finally woke up at the plate and erupted for 11 runs, including an eight-run first inning for an 11-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. They face the Marlins again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

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


Six takeaways plus highlights from the Mets' offensive explosion over the Marlins on Friday night behind the pitching of Zack Wheeler. >> Read more

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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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)

It was a shock to Mets fans when Dom Smith was sent down to Triple-A Syracuse, as Adeiny Hechavarria took his spot on the 25-man roster. Smith was there only for a hot minute, though, as Steven Matz hitting the IL prompted his to return to Flushing.

So when asked how he felt about the demotion, Smith said the shock value was mutual.

"A lot of it was just more shock than anything," Smith told reporters before the series opener against the Marlins. "I'm a very passionate person, I'm a competitior and like I said, a lot of it was definitely shock."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets announced Thursday that Steven Matz has hit the IL with radial nerve discomfort, but it doesn't appear he will be there too long. 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Matz is "progressing well," and if that continues, he should be able to return to the mound on Thursday against the Nationals. 

Matz initially received a cortisone shot after undergoing tests on his elbow in his last start against the Brewers. The tests revealed no structural damage, but manager Mickey Callaway noted earlier this week that Matz had been dealing with a nerve issue in his forearm for around two weeks. It reached its peak when Matz couldn't throw his bullpen session. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (11) and relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (middle) celebrate after defeating the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets (17-19, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) came back from a late 5-2 deficit to beat the Padres and snap a four-game losing streak. They wrap up their three-game series with the Padres in San Diego on Wednesday at 3:40 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' exhilirating win over the Padres, Pete Alonso broke a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning by hitting a 449 foot two-run homer that ricocheted high off the Western Metal Supply Co. building in left field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 22, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Dom Smith being optioned down to Triple-A Syracuse was a shocker to Mets fans. But to other teams, it came a good chance at an opportunity. 

Just as SNY contributor Anthony McCarron wrote when the move went down, it was the right call by the Mets to send Smith down. He may have been performing well, but there is no true spot on the team for him other than a left-handed bat off the bench. Pete Alonso is a mainstay at first base after his stellar April, and there isn't enough room in the outfield for him to be explored there further. 

Other teams around the league recognize this, and according to MLB.com's Marc Feinsand, they are targeting him for a potential trade situation with New York.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Scott Thompson
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during manager Mickey Callaway's first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they're just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it's early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

The Mets (16-16, 2.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) dropped the first of a three-game road series against the Milwaukee Brewers. They prepare to face the Brewers again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.

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


Steven Matz did not have his best outing, but still managed to go 5.2 innings allowing just three runs but the offense was unable to back him up in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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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)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dom Smith carved a decent niche for himself so far this season -- part left-handed bench threat, part dugout caffeine. But the Mets did the right thing Friday when they optioned Smith to Triple-A to make roster room for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Here's why: Smith needs to play every day and that won't happen on the Mets, where Pete Alonso owns first base. But if Smith goes to Syracuse and thrives as a starter, he can maximize his value.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Anthony McCarron
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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The talk surrounding the Mets' depth players has always been who will be sent down when Jed Lowrie returns to the team. But the move made by the team on Friday caught many by surprise. 

Manager Mickey Callaway announced they have sent down 1B Dom Smith to Triple-A Syracuse, and called up INF Adeiny Hechavarria. 

It's a shocking move to say the least, as Smith was not just the Mets' only left-handed bat on the bench, but he has been raking. In 29 games this season, he's hitting .333/.459/.400 with two doubles and four RBI in 37 plate appearances. Pete Alonso has been a mainstay at first base, though, which has limited Smith's chances to start. Still, Callaway has managed to get him in all but two games this season. 

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Mets beat Reds 1-0 00:01:01
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard put on a clinic against the Reds by striking out 10 batters and hitting a home run of his own.

Noah Syndergaard did it all for the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field as they beat the Reds, 1-0, to earn a split of their four-game series..  > Box score


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

1) On a day where the Mets' bullpen was exhausted and Syndergaard was in need of a strong start after struggling for most of the season, Syndergaard delivered -- hurling a shutout in a thorough dismantling of the Reds. With his fastball topping out at 101 MPH and featuring a wicked curve ball, Syndergaard entered the ninth inning having retired 15 of the last 16 batters to face him. He retired the first two batters before allowing a broken-bat single to Derek Dietrich. After Dietrich was pinch-run for by pitcher Michael Lorenzen -- who stole second base -- Syndergaard struck out Yasiel Puig to end the game. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (13-12) face the Brewers (14-13) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. 

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


Jacob deGrom returned from the injured list Friday in the series opener against Milwaukee, but he struggled after a rain delay pushed the start time to 9:50 p.m., and he's not happy with himself. >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Yoenis Cespedes
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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/USA Today Sports)
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/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Mets have two, young, productive first basemen, only one starting spot for each of them, and a crowded infield and bench.

As a rookie, Peter Alonso has jumped on top of the national radar hitting .306 with 8 HR, 8 doubles and 21 RBI. His current 1.2 WAR has him jockeying with Arizona's Christian Walker for talk about Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Smith, who has played in 23 games this season, is currently batting .400 with a whopping .516 OBP in 31 sporadic at-bats, most of which he's had coming off the bench. He hit .321 in 19 games this past spring, suggesting his current in-season success is not a fluke...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets try to sweep the Phillies in a three-game set Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. They haven't swept the Phillies in a three-game set since April 10-12, 2017 and haven't done so in New York since May 25-27, 2015.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario is back in the lineup after he was out sick the previous two games. ... Brandon Nimmo isn't starting because of a left oblique issue. ... Pete Alonso gets a day off as Dominic Smith starts at first base. ... If the Mets manage to get a quality start out of Jason Vargas, they'd have gotten three consecutive quality starts for the first time this season. ... The Mets have held the Phillies scoreless over the last 14 innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

Todd Frazier is continuing his slow crawl back to the Mets, with his rehab stint shifting to Triple-A Syracuse and his activation necessary by early next week unless he has a setback.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke earlier this week about Frazier's return, saying what was already known -- Frazier will not be the full-time starter at third base. Instead, he will split time there with J.D. Davis and -- when he isn't in the outfield -- Jeff McNeil.

The Mets have some choices to make when Frazier returns and are in for some really hard playing time choices when Jed Lowrie comes back. For now, the focus is on Frazier. Here's how things could shake out when he returns...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Among the things people expected to hear on Tuesday, Todd Frazier being an option for the Mets at shortstop was probably not high on the list. But here we are.

Frazier, who will play nine innings in a rehab game on Tuesday night, will spend four of those innings at shortstop, manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets' game at Citi Field against the Twins.

According to Callaway, the Mets want to have "that option" of using Frazier at shortstop when he returns. And that could be soon, with the 33-year-old progressing since beginning his rehab assignment on April 2. He has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained left oblique

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run double against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run double against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It's hard to say whether Met hitters flailing and failing Thursday afternoon was the result of a nifty Stephen Strasburg start or exhaustion stemming a bizarre travel schedule the previous night that included a delay while poor Dom Smith chugged water so he could take one of MLB's random drug tests.

Maybe it was a combination and that added up to a dismal showing by their bats in a 4-0 loss to the Nationals. And another oh-fer perhaps cranked up concern about a player who was a smiley, on-base revelation last season - Brandon Nimmo

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Anthony McCarron
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Mets shutout by Washington 00:00:48
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard lost a tough game to the Nationals but is happy with the progress of his curveball this season.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 4-0, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field in their home opener >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard wasn't at his best early, and a couple of walks in the second inning (due in part to a terrible zone by the home plate umpire) followed by a wild pitch and a safety squeeze, gave the Nationals a 1-0 lead. Syndergaard settled in after that, retiring 12-straight batters at one point and carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The no-no was ruined when Victor Robles homered to left field on Syndergaard's first pitch of the sixth inning, extending Washington's lead to 2-0. Overall, Syndergaard allowed two runs on one hit while walking two and striking out six in 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets were already facing an insanely quick turnaround from Wednesday to Thursday -- having to play a 6:10 p.m. game in Miami on Wednesday before flying home for a 1:10 p.m. home opener on Thursday. And then they were delayed even further.

After defeating the Marlins on Wednesday night, the Mets were forced to undergo random drug testing -- administered on behalf of MLB by a third-party. That random testing kept them at the ballpark until 11 p.m., and they didn't arrive back at Citi Field until roughly 2:45 a.m. 

And the usually happy Brandon Nimmo was not pleased -- nor were most of his teammates.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Mets hold on to beat Marlins 00:01:31
The Mets jumped out to an early lead scoring 5 runs in the first. Lugo was shaky in relief leading to a clutch double play to end the game.

The Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on Tuesday and survived a scare in the late innings with Justin Wilson getting a game-ending double play to work out of a jam for a five-out save in a 6-5 win over the Marlins.  >> Box score

Seven things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Amed Rosario, fresh off his go-ahead RBI base hit the night before, delivered the big blow in the first inning with a two-RBI double to put them up 4-0. He finished the game 1-for-4. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Justin Wilson, Miami Marlins, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets jump out to 5-0 lead 00:00:28
The Mets got off to a great start in the 1st inning against the Marlins. Their bats came alive leading to five runs scoring in the 1st

The Mets burst out for five runs in the first inning behind RBI hits from Wilson Ramos, Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario to give themselves an early 5-0 lead againts the Marlins. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos
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Mickey Callaway said Monday that Todd Frazier, who has been out since late-February due to a strained oblique, will begin a rehab assignment later this week.

Meanwhile, Jed Lowrie (knee) recently began fielding ground balls and swinging a bat from both sides of the plate, though he as yet to be cleared to run at full speed. Lowrie has been idle most of the spring as he continues to deal with a capsule sprain in his left knee.

If I'm guessing, I'd say Frazier will be back next week, while Lowrie remains out through most of April. In time, though, once Frazier and Lowrie return, the Mets will need shuffle playing time around the diamond and force Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen to make some difficult decisions about the overall roster and daily lineup construction...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (3-1) play the second game of their three-game series with the Marlins (2-3) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso will start the night on the bench, as Dominic Smith starts at first base -- a move that was planned before Alonso homered on Monday night. ... The Mets have recorded double-digit hits for three straight games. ... The Mets are batting .375 (15-for-40) with runners in scoring position this season. ... Mets pitchers have issued only six walks this season, which is the lowest in the National League. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 1, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Pete Alonso hit his first big league homer on Monday night against the Marlins in Miami -- a mammoth shot that traveled 444 feet to center field. He is hitting .412/.474/.765 in 17 at-bats this season. On Tuesday night, he'll be on the bench.

In place of Alonso, Dominic Smith will start at first base on Tuesday night -- something manager Mickey Callaway said was put in place before Monday night's game. RHP Jose Urena will be on the mound for the Marlins. 

Smith has come off the bench the first four games and filled in late defensively at first base at times, and has been a catalyst. He drew a walk and scored a run on Opening Day, had two RBI in the second game of the season, and singled before scoring the go-ahead run on Monday night.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

Up >> The offense is no one-trick pony

The Mets are no longer waiting on home runs and 'hunting strikes,' a hitting approach pushed the past few years by Sandy Alderson and his hitting coaches Dave Hudgens and Kevin Long. Instead, manager Mickey Callaway and new hitting coach Chili Davis worked this past spring to get their roster to focus more on hitting behind runners, ways to oppose the shift, making good contact, and putting the ball in play.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Mar 31, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets won two of three games during their season-opening series against the Nationals this past weekend in Washington D.C. Here are three good and three not-so-good takeaways from the previous three games...

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1) The offense is no one-trick pony

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

In his first game of his second season, Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his team on autopilot through the first six innings. However, from that point on, Callaway had three important decisions to make, all of which worked out, though one could have come back to bite him...

Lugo for deGrom

In relief of Jacob deGrom, who tossed six beautiful innings, Callaway brought in reliever Seth Lugo, who tossed a perfect seventh inning by striking out the side. However, despite throwing just 15 pitches, Lugo was pulled in favor Jeurys Familia, who, in standard Familia fashion, allowed the tying run to get to the plate.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets win 2-0 behind deGrom 00:01:33
Mets beat the Nats 2-0 on Opening Day. The pitching matchup lived up to the Cy Yong hype with deGrom striking out 10.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. on Opening Day >> Box score

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

1) Jacob deGrom struggled with his location in the first inning, but settled in and was his usual dominant self -- striking out 10 batters over 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing five hits and walking one. He struck out the side twice, and escaped a jam in the sixth inning after Trea Turner had reached first base with one out by striking out Juan Soto on a filthy 88 MPH changeup (below) and getting Ryan Zimmerman to fly out on what was his 93rd and final pitch of the game. DeGrom's fastball topped out at 98 MPH and his slider reached as high as 92 MPH...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Mickey Callaway (SNY)
Mickey Callaway (SNY)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway spoke with reporters Thursday before Opening Day against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

The takeaways...

  • As Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen have said, there will not be a platoon at first base. A platoon would have meant Dominic Smith starting most days. Instead, it seems Pete Alonso will start at first base most days.
Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets wrapped up Spring Training by defeating the Orioles Monday afternoon, 9-7. >> Box score

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

1) Making one last bid to win the first-base job over Pete AlonsoDominic Smith hit a game-winning, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning with two outs to give the Mets a two-run lead. Smith, who was the DH, finishes the spring with a .321 average, .831 OPS, two homers and 12 RBI.

2) Jeff McNeil hit his fourth home run of the spring, a solo shot in the fifth inning. McNeil tied with Alonso for the second-most homers on the team in Spring Training, one behind Michael Conforto

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets wrap up their Spring Training games in the Grapefruit League by playing the Orioles on Monday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos appears to be OK after being hit by a wild pitch in the hand on Sunday, back in the lineup batting fifth. ... Michael Conforto, who is the Mets' team leader with five home runs and 14 RBI, will bat cleanup on Monday while Pete Alonso, who has had just as good a spring as Conforto, bats second with a .368 average, four home runs and 11 RBI. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Baltimore Orioles, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has been out since late-February due to a capsule sprain in his left knee, has taken a few big steps as he progresses toward a return.

There is still no shot that Lowrie (or Todd Frazier) will be ready for Opening Day this coming Thursday, he has started taking ground balls and is swinging from both sides of the plate, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday during an in-game interview with SNY. 

Lowrie had started a throwing program earlier this month. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)

In what is their final game in Port St. Lucie before breaking camp, the Mets face the Nationals at First Data Field on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

With the Mets opening the regular season on Thursday against the Nationals, they are having Noah Syndergaard start in a minor league game Sunday instead of against the Nats. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)
Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)

During the summer of 2017, Mets 1B Dominic Smith was considered the top first base prospect in the minors. He was promoted to the Mets a few weeks later, at which point he was widely considered to be their long-term, future first baseman.

He struggled at the plate and in the field and was later called out in public for his preparation and eating habits by then-GM Sandy Alderson. In response, Smith changed his diet, trimmed down, and returned to Triple-A in hopes of regaining the trust of the organization. 

Thanks to Alderson's remarks, Smith, 23, entered 2019 much like he entered 2018, questioning whether he had any sort of future in the big leagues.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Peter Alonso, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mickey Callaway on Smith, Alonso 00:00:51
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains how he would handle Dom Smith and Pete Alonso if both first basemen break camp with the team.

We suggested eight days ago that it could make sense for the Mets to carry both Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith on the Opening Day roster, and manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday the team is considering just that.

And If the Mets do carry the right-handed hitting Alonso and left-handed hitting Smith, Callaway suggested it wouldn't be in a straight platoon. 

"I wouldn't classify it as a platoon situation," Callaway said. "I think our main goal would be to put them in the best situation to succeed. ... keep them both healthy and in the game mentally."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Checking out Brodie's Bunch 00:01:25
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the expanded front office staff surrounding Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Doug Williams and Nelson Figueroa drop an all-new episode of Shea Anything, and they go long on the Pete Alonso vs. Dom Smith debate for first base.

They also go deep on whether or not Amed Rosario will break through with a star-making season in 2019, and try to make sense of the new MLB rules changes.

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Peter Alonso
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Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)
Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)

With Opening Day just over two weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to two infielders and watching as their two main competitors for the first base job -- Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith -- tear the cover off the ball. 

Given the current situation, it's a near-certainty that one of Alonso or Smith will grab the Opening Day job, but the intrigue doesn't stop there -- not with both of them being so young (Smith is 23 years old, Alonso is 24) and full of promise.

Both Alonso and Smith have proven their worth in the minors, and with them appearing to be in prime position to make a big league impact, how will the Mets handle it now and in the future?

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 7, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (8-9) head to Jupiter to take on the Marlins (7-10) on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets Notes...

Dom Smith is back in the lineup, batting third and playing first base, while Pete Alonso has an off day. ... Jeff McNeil assumes the leadoff spot but will not need a glove, since he's slotted to DH. ... Veterans Gregor Blanco and Rajai Davis will see action at the corner outfield spots. ... Jacob deGrom is on the mound.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Wilson Ramos
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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets infielder Todd Frazier took a very big step Monday in his return from a strained oblique, with him running, playing catch, and taking grounders in Port St. Lucie, he told reporters.

Frazier had first started running last Sunday, reported NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt

Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26, received a cortisone shot after the injury was diagnosed, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that the MRI that confirmed the injury wasn't "overly alarming."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 4, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) hits a single against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

At one point, Dom Smith was the first baseman of the future for the Mets. Now that mantle has been passed to Pete Alonso, but Smith isn't going down without a fight. 

He's been hitting well this spring, going 1-for-3 Sunday with an RBI to raise his average to .423. And if Alonso winds up heading north with the team following spring training, Smith sees a possible path for him to go along for the ride as well: playing the outfield. 

"I love it," Smith said, according to Anthony Reiber of Newsday. "I'm all in for it. It's something I hope they do. It would add flexibility and would just make our team better." 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Amed Rosario goes deep 00:00:10
The Mets had a break out inning in the second. Rosario capped off the inning with a 3-run shot.

The Mets are hosting the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Highlights above and below...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Peter Alonso
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