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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (67-61, 10.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (78-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost a tough 14 inning game to the Braves 2-1 on Friday night, despite Jacob deGrom doing everything he could to help the team win. The righty allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out 13 batters over 7.0 innings of work. During a stretch through the middle innings, deGrom struck out eight batters consecutively. Leading off the bottom of the sixth, deGrom hit a first pitch home run to tie the game... it was his second home run of the season and third of his career. Jeff McNeil will be active for Saturday night's game against the Braves, as he was removed from the IL.

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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring on Aug. 13 against the Braves. Here are the latest updates...


Aug. 24, 3:50 PM:

Jeff McNeil will be active for the Mets game on Saturday night against the Braves, it is the first day that he was eligble to be removed from the IL. He will not be in the starting lineup.

The Mets have designated Aaron Altherr for assignment to make room for McNeil on the active roster.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Ruben Tejada, Danny Abriano
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The Mets have come back from the brink to put themselves firmly in Wild Card contention. Here's everything you need to know about the state of the race...


Nationals (70-57, 1.5 games up for first Wild Card)

Next up: @ Cubs, Friday at 2:20 p.m. (Anibal Sanchez vs. Jon Lester)
Latest result: 7-1 win over Pirates on Thursday
Current odds to make playoffs: 90.4 percent
Latest news: Max Scherzer was rusty but effective in his return from the IL

Cardinals (68-58, 1.5 games up for second Wild Card)

Next up: vs. Rockies, Friday at 8:15 p.m. (Jack Flaherty vs. Peter Lambert)
Latest result: 6-5 win over Rockies on Thursday 
Current odds to make playoffs: 50.6 percent
Latest news: Matt Carpenter's role is still up in the air

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Wilson Ramos provided the offense as the Mets won a rain-shortened game against the Indians on Thursday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more

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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Will this homestand help or hurt?

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

If you've been following the Mets this year, you know that they've become highly reluctant to publicize estimated timetables on when injured players will return.

That said, we hear that Jeff McNeil, eligible to come off the injured list Aug. 24, might need to play in minor league rebab games before he returns. The team has not yet determined a schedule for those games, but it seems they could push back his return just a bit.

Still, the news on McNeil has been positive since an MRI revealed that his hamstring strain was "mild."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Andy Martino
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Royals in Kansas City at 8:15 PM on SNY. 

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


The Mets had 23 hits to salvage a win in their three-game series against the Braves, but somehow things got tight at the end thanks to Drew Gagnon. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Drew Gagnon, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Braves edge Mets 6-4 00:01:26
New York Mets scored two big runs in the 9th but the rally fell short with the bases loaded and the Mets drop another game in Atlanta.

The Mets fell to the Braves 6-4 on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Wednesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was tremendous for the Mets on Wednesday night. He got into some trouble in the second inning, allowing an RBI double to Ender Inciarte, but outside of that inning, he made easy work of the Braves' lineup. The lefty allowed just two hits, striking out five. His night came to a close after six innings and 79 pitches, a questionable decision by Mickey Callaway to turn things over to the pen. Matz also helped himself with two hits of his own.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

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

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

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

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night at 7:20 PM on SNY. 

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


Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night was the hamstring injury suffered by Jeff McNeil, who said "I don't think it's terrible" after the game. McNeil will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

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Jeff McNeil on his injury 00:01:13
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil explains what he felt in his injured hamstring when trying to beat out a throw to first.

Jeff McNeil has done it all for the Mets this season, but now the team's best hitter could be facing time on the Injured List.

With the Mets trailing the Braves 5-3 in the ninth inning, McNeil did his best to try to leg out a grounder to short for a base hit. McNeil was out on a close play, and after lunging to reach the first base bag, he came up limping, immediately slamming his helmet down in frustration. 

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Mets drop opener in Atlanta 00:01:43
New York Mets lose their 2nd game in a row as the bats went cold against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried.

The Mets fell to the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler entered the game fresh off of two tremendous outings, but Tuesday was simply not his night. The right-hander gave up a career-high 12 hits over 5.0 innings of work. Wheeler gave up two runs in the first, snapping his 15-inning scoreless streak, and was seemingly never able to find his groove. Ronald Acuna Jr. slammed his 34th home run of the season off of Wheeler in the fourth inning. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jeff McNeil RBI 1B 00:00:10
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil hits a 2-out RBI single to cut the Braves lead to 2-1.

The Braves jumped on Zack Wheeler in the first inning, striking for two runs and ending Wheeler's 15-inning scoreless streak.

The Mets answered back in the top of the second. After Wheeler was hit by a breaking ball to extend the inning, Jeff McNeil singled off of Max Fried to cut the Braves' lead in half.

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Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)
Tejada rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth. The Mets won, 4-2. (AP)

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

Mets Notes

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jeff McNeil, Ruben Tejada, Steven Matz
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Nats avoid sweep 00:01:19
Former Met Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run double broke a 3-3 tie as the Nationals avoided a sweep and snapped the Mets 8-gm winning streak, 7-4

The Mets couldn't keep their winning streak alive, as the Nationals collected a win, 7-4, at Citi Field on Sunday. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom didn't begin the game the way he wanted to, as a crucial botched play allowed three runs to cross the plate in the top of the first inning. With the bases juiced, Pete Alonso made a nice diving play and the inning looked to be over. However, he was called for a throwing error that allowed all the runs across despite deGrom stopping before reaching the bag. Overall, deGrom went five innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one...

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Mets down Nationals 4-3 00:01:48
New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme tied the game with his 1st career HR but J.D. Davis' sac fly gave the Mets the lead for good.

The Mets' magic extends streak to wins in 15 of their last 16, as they top the Nats 4-3. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Luis Guillorme picked a heck of a time to hit his first-career home run. After thinking he had walked, Guillorme stepped back into the batters back in the eighth and sent the next pitch into the upper deck in right field against pitcher Fernando Rodney, tying the game at three as Juan Soto hit a solo homer in the top half of the inning to give the Nats a brief 3-2 lead. The excellent hitting of J.D. Davis then continued, as he scored Joe Panik with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run later in the frame.

2) The resurgence that RHP Noah Syndergaard has experienced continued against the Nats. Syndergaard allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks in seven innings. Syndergaard collected five strikeouts as well. With the seven innings of work, Syndergaard's reached that number of innings pitched in his last six starts, a streak that leads the majors. Syndergaard navigated a successful outing despite throwing 29 pitches in the first inning. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Mets stun Nats in 9th 00:01:32
Todd Frazier hit a game-tying 3-run HR and Michael Conforto finished off the 9th inning comeback as the Mets rallied to beat the Nationals

The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 7-6 in dramatic fashion. >> Box Score

Four Takeaways from Friday's game

1) Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, JD Davis gave the Mets some hope with a leadoff double down the third-base line. Wilson Ramos then singled up the middle, giving the Mets first and third. Todd Frazier then delivered maybe his biggest hit as a Met, crushing a three-run shot just inside the left-field foul poul.

Joe Panik then recorded his first hit as a Met, a single up the middle. Juan Lagares tried to bunt, but Panik was thrown out at second on the fielder's choice. With two away, Amed Rosario singled to the left side, setting the stage for Michael Conforto, who delivered with a walkoff single to win the game.

2) Marcus Stroman's Citi Field debut got off to an electric start. The Medford, N.Y. native struck out seven through the first three innings, but he got into trouble in the fourth, allowing three runs, including a two-run home run from Juan Soto. Stroman battled back, though, and in after a shutdown fifth inning, he got out of a second-and-third jam with one out. He struck out a season-high nine batters.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Marcus Stroman's Citi Field debut got off to an electric start.

Trea Turner led off the game for the Nats with an infield single, a ball that newly acquired Joe Panik probably could have made before Pete Alonso took a diving stab at it.

After that leadoff hit though, the Medford, N.Y. native began dealing. He struck out Anthony Rendon looking and Juan Soto swinging to end the first inning. He then picked up right where he left off in the second, striking out the side. 

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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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McNeil a big Tiger Woods fan 00:01:56
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil chats with SNY's Justine Ward about watching Tiger Woods and the Mets current rise in the standings.

Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talked to SNY's Justine Ward about watching Tiger Woods at The Northern Trust tournament at Liberty National Golf Course.

"It's pretty exciting, I was a huge Tiger fan growing up," McNeil said. "I remember me, my dad, and whole family would sit and watch Tiger play the back nine on Sunday's just about every single week."

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Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast snags a flying squirrel, as Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets outfielder/infielder Jeff McNeil! McNeil opens up about his unique friendship with teammate Pete Alonso as well as his favorite pizza place in Long Island City. Did you know he still rides his scooter to the games?

Click below to listen

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets (59-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a huge three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets stayed hot while sweeping the Marlins. And after the Phillies lost, New York woke up on Thursday just a half game out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League >> Read more

Tags: Dilson Herrera, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered again, Michael Conforto homered again, Jeff McNeil homered again, and Steven Matz was strong as the Mets topped the Marlins on Thursday to polish off a 4-game sweep.

About 10 hours later, the Phillies (with Jason Vargas allowing four runs) lost to the Diamondbacks to allow the Mets to creep within a half game of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Here's how the NYC back pages reacted...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mets sweep Marlins 00:01:40
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto crushed 2 HRs including the 100th of his career to help the Mets sweep the Miami Marlins.

The Mets' hot streak is alive and well as they topped the Marlins on Wednesday, 7-2, giving them a four-game sweep of their NL East rival. >> Box Score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Two starts ago, lefty Steven Matz recorded his first complete game outing, then on his ensuing start, on Aug. 2 against the Pirates, he had a hiccup and only tossed 3.2 innings. Matz returned to something closer to his complete-game form on Wednesday. Matz threw 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with seven punch outs against the Marlins en route to the win. He's 5-0 at Citi Field this season. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Say hello to Willow McNeil 00:01:25
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil and wife Tatiana introduce their puppy Willow and explain how they adopted her.

About a week and a half ago, Jeff McNeil and his wife, Tatiana, discovered the power of the puppy. On Tuesday, the McNeil's made it 'official.'

The McNeils met their future puppy, now named Willow, on July 26, prior to a game against the Pirates. That night, McNeil hit a three-run homer in the Mets 6-3 win.

It was clearly meant to be, so the McNeils visited the puppy at North Shore Animal League the next day, and though they've been proud dog parents for over a week now, the McNeils 'officially' adopted the puppy on Tuesday at Citi Field.

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Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets were given a brief scare in the nightcamp of Monday's doubleheader. 

After Robinson Cano was revealed to have a torn left hamstring, Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil exited Monday's second gameagainst the Marlins in the top of the third inning with a right calf cramp, the team announced. 

McNeil was seen grabbing behind his knee near his calf but appeared to be making a case to stay in the game when checked on by manager Mickey Callaway and team trainer Brian Chicklo. 

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Pete Alonso delivers in 5-4 win 00:01:31
Conforto and Alonso powered the Mets to a 5-4 win to sweep the doubleheader against the Marlins. The Mets have a winning record again.

The Mets continue to roll, this time coming back from a 4-2 deficit with three solo home runs in the seventh to complete the doubleheader sweep of the Marlins, 5-4, and move back to over .500 for the first time since May 2. >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) Pete Alonso certainly has a flare for the dramatic. The Mets' rookie slugger, who had not homered since July 26, capped a three-run seventh inning by ripping a go-ahead, solo home run down the left field line that just got over the wall to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. Nine of Alonso's 34 home runs have come in late and close situations and 11 of them have broken a tie game. This one elicited a curtain call from the frenzied Citi Field faithful. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (56-56, 9.5 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB in Wild Card) aim to sweep a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins (42-68, 22.5 GB in NL East, 15.5 GB in Wild Card) in the second game of a four-game series on Monday at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are looking for their fifth-straight series win vs. the Marlins. ...The Mets' victory earlier on Monday brought the team back to .500 for the first time since May 28. ... New York's .727 winning percent since the All-Star break in the best in the majors. ... Amed Rosario's .350 batting average in July was the fourth-best in the National League and he has continued to flourish at the plate, homering in the first game of a 2-for-5 day on Monday. ... Jeff McNeil hit his 14th home run in the first game on Monday and now has seven in just 22 games since the All-Star break after hitting seven the entire first half. He also became the fastest player in Mets history to reach 200 career hits in just 599 at-bats. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Walker Lockett
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Mets win game one 6-2 vs. Miami 00:01:21
McNeil got his 200th career hit in record fashion against Miami, he also hit a home run. DeGrom was true to form as the Mets won 6-2.

The Mets offense showed support for Jacob deGrom on Monday en route to a 6-2 win vs. the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field, putting the team at a .500 record for the first time since May 28 (56-56). >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Monday's game

1) While known for his skills at hitting anything, Jeff McNeil's started to build himself a power reputation over the past few days. McNeil homered for the third-straight game on Monday and wasted little in doing so. McNeil hit a homer on the first throw from Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger in the game. Not only that, Dugger was making his major league debut, so McNeil sent the first pitch of his career over the right field fence in Citi Field. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto
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Jeff McNeil leads off with HR 00:00:15
Jeff McNeil homers for the third straight game, leading off the 1st inning with a blast to put the Mets up over the Marlins 1-0 on Monday.

Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil comes off as a nice enough guy, but he sure was tough on Marlins pitcher Robert Dugger on Monday. 

In the first game of a doubleheader between the the Mets and Marlins, McNeil hit another first-pitch home run. In total, McNeil's done that nine times this season.

Against Dugger, that homer, McNeil's 14th total of the season, came not only on the first pitch of the game in the bottom of the first inning, but the first pitch of Dugger's career. 

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Mets clobber Pirates 00:01:16
J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI, pacing a 16-hit attack as the Mets routed the Pirates, 13-2 on Sunday afternoon

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, winning 13-2 over the Pirates >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard continued his dominance, allowing just three hits through 7.0 innings of work. This is his fifth straight start where he went at least 7.0 innings. Sadly, his four game streak of at least eight strikeouts came to an end, as the right-hander only struck out three Pirates batters. Syndergaard improves to 8-5 on the season with this win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Ramos has career-best 6 RBI night 00:01:31
Wilson Ramos homered, doubled and drove in 6 runs to lead the Mets to a 7-5 win as Marcus Stroman made his Mets debut

The Mets overcame a so-so start from Marcus Stroman, as Wilson Ramos came up huge in the 7-5 win over Pittsburgh.  >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman's Mets' debut got off on the wrong foot. The right-hander struggled with his command early, and allowed four consecutive singles to start the game, including an RBI knock from Starling Marte. Stroman walked in another run later in the inning, needing 35 pitches to get out of the first frame. He was pulled from the game after just 4.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

The Mets (53-55, 56 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their weekend set with the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-61, 10.0 GB in NL Central) at PNC Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have won five of their first six series since the All-Star break. ... Jeff McNeil will get a day off for the Mets, as Mickey Callaway said he's looking ahead to playing McNeil in both games of Monday's doubleheader. ... The Mets have pitched a shutout in each of their last three series, and haven't done so in four straight series since August 1974.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

During his six years in the majors, Marcus Stroman has made opposing hitters repeatedly put the ball on the ground. This has led to countless, obvious articles being written about how the Mets' poor infield defense will hurt his effectiveness.

This is not untrue, but it's also not as extreme as people think.

For instance, as Eno Sarris of FanGraphs recently pointed out, while the Mets do have weak infielders, the Blue Jays have been nearly as bad -- giving up a .256 average on ground balls compared to New York's .264 average. In total, Sarris explains, this amounts to roughly the handling of 50 more ground balls, of which 40 or so were rated routine.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets having a lot of fun 00:01:20
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talks about how fun it was making a catch then jumping into the net.

The Mets winning streak now stands at seven games, and Thursday afternoon's effort against the White Sox was another complete team winning, featuring dominant pitching, timely hitting, and excellent defense as well.

As was the case in all three games of the Mets' sweep of the White Sox, the tone was set on the mound. Zack Wheeler followed up brilliant starts from Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom with a gem of his own, needing just 88 pitches to cruise through seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.

"That was probably one of the better games that I've ever seen him pitch," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "Relaxed, fluid, just executed pitch after pitch, not overthrowing at all. Going that deep in the game, it felt like he did his job at that point."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

By keeping his best talent and replacing his No. 5 starter with an ace, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen signaled to his players, Mets fans and all of baseball that he believes his team can still find its way into the 2019 postseason.

If there is a shot at winning around 35 of their remaining 55 games, it will be because the new Fab Five of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz consistently pitch to their potential.

"I was praying we didn't trade any of those guys that we're being rumored about," Stroman said late Wednesday. "I actually think we can have the best staff in all of baseball."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (52-55, 11 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Chicago White Sox (46-59, 19.0 GB in AL Central, 13.5 GB for second Wild Card) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets are currently on a six-game win streak, which is the longest of the season. At the moment, it's the longest in the MLB as well. ...The Mets struck out 15 batters last night for the second straight game. That's the second time in franchise history that has happened. ...The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ...Amed Rosario owns a .350 average in July, which is good for fourth in the NL. ...The Mets have hit a homer in 22 of their last 26 road games, with 46 deep flies in that span. 

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

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

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

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil celebrates his home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil celebrates his home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Jeff McNeil had a rare 0-5 night at the plate in Wednesday's win over the White Sox, and after the game his manager explained why the Mets' best hitter was a little off at the plate, particularly in his final at-bat.

McNeil was seen late in the game flexing his right wrist, and Mickey Callaway confirmed that the team looked into it after the final out.

"We checked with him after the game. We kind of saw that awkward swing," Callaway said. "He said he felt it on one swing in particular, but was kind of fine after that.

"These kinds of things happen all the time when you swing and miss or take an awkward swing, and this sounds like that's what happened."

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Syndergaard dominant in Chicago 00:02:02
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a gem but back-to-back HRs from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto secured the victory in 11.

The Mets let a masterful start from Noah Syndergaard go to waste, but they fought back to win 5-2 in 11 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was stellar, and at times absolutely unhittable, especially early on in the game. He breezed through the first four innings on just 41 pitchers and allowed one baserunner, a third-inning walk to Yolmer Sanchez. He finished the game with just five hits allowed over 7.1 innings, giving up just one unearned run. He also struck out a season-best 11 hitters. If this was Syndergaard's last start with the Mets, it was a terrific one. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Mets sweep Pirates 00:01:15
The Mets started strong, scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning and held on to complete a sweep of the Pirates, 8-7

The Mets took their first home sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates since 2010 with an 8-7 win on the back of a big offensive-explosion early. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Right out of the gate, the Mets got a scare. Potential batting title candidate Jeff McNeil was hit with a pitch near the shin and limped over to first base. McNeil ran the bases, but then was replaced by Aaron Altherr. Despite that, McNeil only suffered a shin contusion, the team announced a short time later. After the game, McNeil told reporters he does not anticipate missing extensive time. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Jeff McNeil left the team's explosive first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday with a shin contusion. 

The Mets put up six runs against Pirates righty Chris Archer in the first frame at Citi Field. McNeil was the first man to get on base as he was plunked by a pitch. 

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