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Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (left) and left fielder Raphael Gladu (12) celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Jun 22, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (left) and left fielder Raphael Gladu (12) celebrate their win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The New York Mets won 10-2. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

The Mets (37-40, 8.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB of second Wild Card) complete their four-game series against the Cubs on Sunday at 2:20 p.m.

It will be a good pitcher's duel with Jacob deGrom and Cole Hamels going at it on the bump.

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets thump Cubs 00:01:59
Callaway, Alonso, McNeil, Wheeler and Frazier on the Mets dominating 10-2 win over the Cubs

The Mets have taken back-to-back games from the Cubs, and the top of the lineup has been the biggest reason why.

Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have combined to hit .333 in the last two games, hitting a pair of home runs and driving in seven runs. 

McNeil has recorded two hits in both games, while Alonso regrouped from a frustrating day on Friday to blast his 26th home run of the season on Saturday.

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Mets rout Cubs 00:01:30
Pete Alonso tied a Mets club record with his 26th HR while Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI as the Mets pounded the Cubs, 10-2

The Mets clubbed three home runs on Saturday to beat the Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso's historic rookie season continued as he tied the Mets' rookie home run record of 26 held by Darryl Strawberry in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Alonso also now holds the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break and is on pace for 54 home runs, which would break Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field on Saturday as they take on the Cubs (41-35, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets evened their four-game series with the Cubs on Friday after Jeff McNeil drove in three runs en route to a 5-4 victory. McNeil blasted a tw-run home run in the third inning, giving the Mets home runs in 17 of their last 19 games. ... J.D. Davis is batting third as he enters the game with a .368 average and 1.060 OPS over his last 14 games. ... Michael Conforto's home run on Friday made it 11 of his last 12 games in which he has hit safely in. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Jun 21, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets (36-40, 8.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Saturday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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


Jeff McNeil led the way for the Mets with three RBI in a 5-4 win over the Cubs. >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Mets edge Cubs 00:01:34
Mickey Callaway and Jeff McNeil on McNeil's clutch performance and his quest to become an All-Star

Friday afternoon was just another day at the office for Jeff McNeil.

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

Friday afternoon was just another day at the office for Jeff McNeil.

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McNeil leads Mets past Cubs 00:01:16
Jeff McNeil homered and drove in three runs including the eventual game-winner as the Mets edged the Cubs 5-4

Jeff McNeil's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh led the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Friday at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

5 things to know from Friday's game...

1) Jeff McNeil provided the offense for the Mets as he continues to be one of the few to have an impressive road trip. He went 2-for-5 on Friday, making it four straight multi-hit games for McNeil, and it included a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead in the third and a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh that proved to be the difference in the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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McNeil hits 2-run home run 00:00:15
Jeff McNeil hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning for the Mets to take a 3-2 lead against the Cubs.

The Mets are facing the Cubs on Friday afternoon in Chicago.

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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is having a historic rookie season, but trails significantly in All Star Game voting, nowhere near the top three of Josh Bell, Freddie Freeman, or Anthony Rizzo.

The top three will advance to the next round of voting as the starter is determined. Alonso, in fifth place with just over 319,000 votes per the latest update, is over 600,000 votes shy of Rizzo. 

The fact that Alonso trails by that much is simple -- Mets fans aren't voting enough, and fans of Bell, Freeman, and Rizzo are.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (35-40, 9.0 GB in NL East) are back at Wrigley Field for a Friday matinee as they take on the Cubs (41-33, 1.5 GA in NL Central) at 2:20 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets dropped the opener of the four-game series and are now 5-14 in their last 19 road games and are 7-22 at Wrigley Field since 2010....While the Mets have struggled on the road, Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso have not. McNeil is hitting .361 with 18 runs scored, 12 doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI away from Citi Field while Alonso has a .297 average. Alonso also homered on Thursday night, his 25th of the season, which is second in the MLB. 

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 19, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier, center, and teammates watch the ninth inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

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

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


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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose to Braves 7-2 00:01:17
New York Mets kept it close until the 6th inning when Josh Donaldson broke the 2-2 tie with a home run.

Things fell apart for Steven Matz and the Mets in the sixth inning on Wednesday in Atlanta, as they fell to the Braves 7-2.  >> Box score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) The Braves jumped on Matz right out of the gates. In the first inning, Dansby Swanson roped a single to center, followed by a two-run shot from Freddie Freeman. The Mets had given Matz an early 1-0 lead, but the lefty couldn't shut down the Braves in the bottom half of the first. He rebounded to keep the Braves quiet for the next four innings, but a Josh Donaldson two-run home run broke a tie and gave the Braves the lead for good.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets Jeff McNeil is greeted by Michael Conforto (30) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets hammer Braves 00:01:31
Pete Alonso went 4-for-4, including his 24th home run and Jacob deGrom dominated the Braves, striking out 10 in the Mets 10-2 win

The Mets bounced back from Monday night's loss to beat the Braves in a big way, bursting out for 10 runs behind the bat of Pete Alonso while Jacob deGrom pitched deep into the game of a 10-2 win on Tuesday at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso was not messing around this game. The Mets slugger went 4-for-4 with two walks and had three RBI, including an RBI double in the third and a two-run home run in the fourth inning -- his 24th of the season, which is second-best in the MLB. He has 24 extra-base hits with an exit velocity of at least 108 mph, which is seven more than the next best -- Gary Sanchez of the Yankees with 17. 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets routed by Braves 00:01:20
The Mets were no match for the division-leading Braves who unleashed a 16-hit attack in a 12-3 rout of New York

The Mets fell for the fourth time in their last five games, dropping the opener of a three-game set on the road with an 12-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. >> Box score

5 things to know from Monday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler was once again not at his best. The right-hander was immediately tagged for a leadoff home run by Ronald Acuna as part of a two-run first then settled for three innings before running into trouble again in the fifth where he allowed three more runs which broke a 2-2 tie. Wheeler's final line was six innings, 10 hits, five runs -- four earned -- two walks and four strikeouts in the loss. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets talk big win against Cards 00:01:26
New York Mets utility man Jeff McNeil explains what went through his head during the final play of the game.

The squirrel sealed it.

Just when it appeared Edwin Díaz was going to blow another game, Jeff McNeil prevented everything from falling apart at the seams, making a game-saving throw off Kolten Wong's bloop hit to shallow right to nail pitcher Jack Flaherty, a pinch-runner, at home plate, ending the game and preserving the Mets' 8-7 win over the Cardinals.

"I knew Mike (Conforto) was in no-doubles (defense,) so I know he's playing extremely deep," McNeil said. "So I do everything I can to get out there and try to make the catch. It was a really tough catch - Mike goes in there sliding, I go in there leaping. Once the ball hit the ground I knew they were gonna send him, they were gonna try to tie the game right there.

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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A baseball fan looks over the New York Mets dugout in the rain at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A baseball fan looks over the New York Mets dugout in the rain at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (33-34, 6.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) will complete their suspended game against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Friday at 6:10 p.m. before playing the second game of their four-game set.

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


With the Mets leading 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning Thursday, they helped convince the grounds crew to not call for a full rain delay. That turned out to be unwise, as Edwin Diaz blew the save while it poured. Then the game was suspended with it tied, 4-4 >> Read more

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts after hitting a single in the seventh inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 11, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a three run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of game two of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets win night cap vs. Yankees 00:01:26
The Mets split the day-night double header against the Yankees, winning 10-4. Pete Alonso shined with a 3-run homer in the 1st inning.

The Mets clobbered three home runs and came away with the 10-4 victory on Tuesday night, splitting the doubleheader with the Yankees. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso blasted the Mets into a quick 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye. After Jeff McNeil doubled to start the game, J.D. Davis blooped a single to left, setting up Alonso in a big spot. As he's done all season long, the rookie answered the call, slamming a three-run shot to left-center field. Alonso's 22nd home run of the season gave Jason Vargas three runs to work with before taking the mound. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Pete Alonso 3-run home run 00:00:14
Pete Alonso hit a 3-run home run in the first inning to give the Mets an 3-0 lead against the Yankees in game two of the double header.

The Mets got things started early in Game 2 of their doubleheader with the Yankees.

After Jeff McNeil doubled and J.D. Davis looped a single, Pete Alonso cranked a high fastball from James Paxton over the fence in left-center, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. ...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (32-34, 5.0 GB in NL East) take on the Yankees (41-24, T-1st in AL East) in the second game of a Tuesday's doubleheader at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil had two more hits for the Mets in Tuesday's first game, including a three-run home run that gave the Mets a brief 4-1 lead. ... McNeil is now batting .337 on the season and leads the Mets with 64 hits. ... Wilmer Font bailed out the Mets' bullpen with 2.1 innings in Game 1, leaving the Mets with most of their options available out of the pen in Game 2.

Tags: James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil
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Mets crushed 12-5 by Yankees 00:02:02
New York Yankees took game 1 of the Subway Series double-header behind home runs from Luke Voit, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela.

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Gary Sanchez, Jeff McNeil, Luke Voit, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil clubs 3rd HR 00:00:12
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil launches his 3rd home run of the season just over the wall at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets were up early on the Yankees in the first of two games of the Subway Series Tuesday thanks to Jeff McNeil

Still hitting a hot bat, McNeil took advantage of a Masahiro Tanaka splitter that he sent over the right field wall for a three-run shot...

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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

We're one month away from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and the primary voting leaderboard has been released for the National League. 

Unfortunately, though, the Mets don't have many representatives toward the top. 

The highest vote-getter for New York is rookie Pete Alonso, who is only fifth among first basemen with 157,347 votes. The leader -- Pirates 1B Josh Bell -- is up by a solid margin at 621,915 votes...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Anthony McCarron
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Mets on their comeback win 00:01:47
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jeff McNeil talk about their big hits to help lift Mets over the Giants

The Mets entered the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday's game in a 3-3 tie with the Giants. But their bats came to life in the late innings, which is becoming a trend for them this season.

After a Jeff McNeil single in the seventh tied the game, the offense spiked for four runs in the eighth. Todd Frazier got just enough of a two-run home run, followed by RBI hits from Juan Lagares and McNeil, putting the Mets in front for good in the 7-3 victory.

Including the five runs today, the Mets have now scored 116 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, the most in the National League. It was the team's 15th come-from-behind victory this season, and their 10th win in their final at-bat.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Todd Frazier launches to left 00:00:16
Todd Frazier launches a home run to left field, giving the Mets a late lead over the Giants on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier
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Vargas delivers a 5-hit shutout 00:01:27
Jason Vargas dazzled the Citi Field crowd with a complete game, 5-hit shutout as the Mets beat the Giants, 7-0, on Wednesday night.

Jason Vargas pitched his best game in a Mets' uniform, tossing a five-hit shutout, while Robinson Cano left the game early during the Mets' 7-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Wednesday's game

1) Vargas had his second-consecutive brilliant start for the Mets on Wednesday. After lasting seven innings just one time in 2018, Vargas has now accomplished that feat in each of his last two starts. The lefty pitched a five-hit shutout, only allowing one runner to pass first base, while striking out eight batters. He is quickly becoming the most consistent starter in the Mets' rotation.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, San Francisco Giants
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The Mets believe third-round pick RHP Matthew Allan will sign with the club rather than attending the University of Florida.

According to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Mets Vice President of Amateur Scouting Tommy Tanous has said he fully expects Allan to choose the Mets over his commitment to the Florida Gators.

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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets return home and will try to get back on track as they host the Giants Monday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Monday's pitching matchup is a rematch of the 2016 NL Wild Card game with Noah Syndergaard and Madison Bumgarner set to take the hill. It's the first time the two pitchers are squaring off since that game. ... The Mets have won nine of their last 10 home games. ... Jeff McNeil was activated from the injured list and will start at second base, his first game since May 21. ... In 20 home games this season, J.D. Davis is hitting .315 with three homers, two doubles, six RBI, 10 runs and a .922 OPS. ... The Mets have allowed 42 first-inning runs this season, third-most in the majors.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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Jeff McNeil back from IL 00:01:50
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talks ahead of Tuesday's game about being reactivated from his hamstring injury.

The Mets are getting some help back in their lineup, but not in the form of Robinson Cano

Instead it is Jeff McNeil who was activated off the 10-day IL before Tuesday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

McNeil was penciled in at second base and batting leadoff for the Mets as they face Madison Bumgarner at Citi Field. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano
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Matt Kemp on joining Mets 00:01:23
New York Mets new outfielder Matt Kemp speaks from AAA Syracuse about joining the Mets and how he can help the team in the power department

Matt Kemp took a step closer to the Mets' roster on Friday, appearing in his first game for Triple-A Syracuse.

The 34-year-old veteran made his debut in the Syracuse Mets' lineup on Friday, one week after signing a minor-league deal with New York. Kemp was released by the Reds on May 4th, shortly after spending a stint on the Injured List for a broken rib.

Kemp went 1-6 with a single in the Mets' 13-4 victory over Pawtucket.

"I'm just happy to be back on the field," Kemp said before the game. "I haven't been playing ever since I broke my rib, so it's just good to get back out on the field and get my feet under me and play some baseball.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Amidst the wreckage of Wednesday night's devastating defeat for the Mets, Pete Alonso had a spectacular night in Los Angeles, as his two home runs tied him with Mark McGwire at 19 for the most ever by a rookie before June 1.

Oh by the way, Dom Smith raised his batting average to .370 with a 3-for-5 night in his first start in left field.

Make no mistake, there is no dilemma here, at least as it applies to first base: Alonso is the real thing and should be the Mets' middle-of-the-lineup slugger for the next decade or so. He has a chance, if healthy, to someday surpass Darryl Strawberry as their all-time home run leader.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, John Harper
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) are congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) are congratulated by teammates after scoring against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

2019 marks the 90th MLB All-Star Game, which will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on July 9. Although the Mets sit at .500, they have several players who deserve All-Star consideration. With fan voting having opened on Tuesday, let's take a look at who has the best case to represent the Mets...

Pete Alonso

Alonso has a chance to be the first Met to start the All-Star Game since David Wright started in Queens in 2013. It would mark the first time a Mets rookie started an All-Star Game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Nimmo updates neck injury 00:01:31
New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo gives an update on his neck injury diagnosis after seeing a doctor.

The Mets placed Brandon Nimmo on the IL on May 22 with his neck stiffness persisting and an MRI revealing inflammation. But the injury isn't just inflammation.

Nimmo, who first started dealing with the neck issue in mid-April (when he left a game against the Phillies due to a stiff neck), is also dealing with a bulging cervical disc and whiplash. 

"I'm 26 years old. I had never had neck problems like this before," Nimmo told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo . "I take a lot of really good care of my body to try and prevent that stuff from happening, to warm it up. And so I was just like, 'Man, why does this keep happening?'"

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are adding even more outfield depth by signing former All-Star Matt Kemp to a minor-league deal, pending a physical. He'll initially report to Port St. Lucie.

Kemp was released by the Reds three weeks ago after Cincinnati acquired him from the Dodgers in December.

The 34-year-old, who was an All-Star just last season, was hitting .200 with one homer in 62 plate appearances with the Reds this season. Before he was released, he was placed on the injured list retroactive to April 22 with a broken rib. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Rajai Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez reacts after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in the NL East) rallied again on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Nationals. They begin a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Carlos Gomez hit a two-out, two-strike, three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-3 deficit into s 6-3 lead as they won their season-best fourth straight game.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Rajai Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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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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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs 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 third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets are now without exactly one half of their regular starting lineup.

A day after Jeff McNeil expressed optimism he would be able to return to the lineup Thursday after sitting on Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, McNeil -- who has not yet had an MRI -- has been placed on the 10-day IL.

McNeil said Thursday that he feels the injury is minor and that he hopes to be back as soon as the minimum 10 days are up. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, 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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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil is out of the Mets' lineup on Wednesday night due to a hamstring issue he first felt in the ninth inning of Tuesday's win.

"Felt it last night, got some treatment," McNeil said before the game. "It's tight."

In the ninth inning on Tuesday, McNeil reached on a fielder's choice before taking second base on defensive indifference, where he said he first felt the hamstring bothering him -- "kind of tigthened up on me there and I was feeling it."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Mets beat Nats 6-5 on walk-off 00:01:09
New York Mets saw home runs from J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso but it was Amed Rosario's walk-off single boosted them over the Nationals.

J.D. Davis and Pete Alonso each hit dramatic late-inning home runs, and Amed Rosario delivered a walkoff single in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Washington. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) After a back-and-forth final few innings, Amed Rosario hustled out an infield single to give the Mets a walkoff 6-5 victory on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Nats' reliever Tanner Rainey walked two batters in the bottom of the ninth, and Rosario delivered with a high-hopping infield single off of Kyle Barraclough to give the Mets the win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

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

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in NL East) will try to even up the series with the Marlins (11-31, 13 GB) on Saturday at Marlins Park at 4:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped three games in a row and are now 11-16 on the road this season ... Steven Matz, who was placed on the IL with left forearm irritation on May 5th, makes his return to the mound for the Mets ... Matz has been dominant at Marlins Park, posting a 3-0 record with a 0.93 ERA in five career starts in South Florida... Pete Alonso's 14 home runs through his first 43 career games is tied for the seventh-most in MLB history dating back to 1908.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (20-22, 3.5 GB in the NL East) lost the rubber game of a three-game set against the Nationals 7-6. They begin a three-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

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


Outfielder Michael Conforto suffered a concussion and will be further evaluated in New York after a collision with Robinson Cano in Thursday's game.

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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