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Jeff McNeil entered Wednesday hitting .418 (23-for-55) with five doubles, one triple, 10 RBI and a .484 on-base percentage, which was second-best in the National League and fourth-best in all of baseball. He notched two more hits on Wednesday, raising his triiple slash to .424/.485/.542.

"He's still still mostly under people's radars," a former MLB scout, now advisor to an NL team, told me earlier Wednesday. "Based on what he did last year, if he keeps this up, he won't be a secret for long."

In McNeil, I see a 27-year-old, old-school hitter with a unique story and unique bat that is destined to win multiple batting titles, the first of which could realistically happen this season.

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Mets lose series to Phillies 00:00:59
New York Mets had a shot in the 9th to possibly take the lead but fell short in the series finale to the Phillies.

It was a thriller in Philadelphia this afternoon, but the Mets came out on the losing end, 3-2, as the Phillies took the series. >> Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler started off the day cruising out in Philadelphia, but the long ball got to him later in the game. Holding on to a 1-0 deficit, Scott Kingery launched an opposite field homer in the fifth inning for his second of the series to make it 2-0. Then, one inning later, Cesar Hernandez took Wheeler deep as well to push the lead to three. Overall, Wheeler finished the day allowing three earned on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks as well. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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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 (10-7, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (10-6, first place in NL East) on Wednesday in Philadelphia at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

In the rubber game of this three-game set, the Mets will try to win their first series since April 1-3, when they swept the Marlins. Since then, they lost a series to the Nationals and split series with the Twins and Braves. ... Jeff McNeil takes the leadoff spot with Brandon Nimmo sitting because of a stiff neck. Keon Broxton draws the start in center. ... Travis d'Arnaud is behind the plate for the matinee after Wilson Ramos caught Tuesday night. ... The Mets' eight road wins are tied with Seattle for most in the majors.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Philadelphia Phillies, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets fall hard to Phillies, 14-3 00:01:11
Steven Matz was shelled and the defense struggled as the Mets lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 14-3, on Tuesday night.

Absolutely nothing went right for the Mets on Tuesday. Steven Matz was roughed up for eight runs before he could even record an out as the Mets fell to the Phillies in a 14-3 loss on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Matz had nothing going for him, allowing eight runs, six earned, on four hits, a walk and hit batsman, including two home runs without getting a single out before he was pulled from the game. The Phillies tacked on two more against Drew Gagnon in relief before the inning finally ended with the Mets in a 10-0 hole. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

If the Mets are going to be this careful about protecting Edwin Diaz, refusing to use him in the highest of high-leverage eighth-inning spots Monday night against the Phillies, then there's only one way to justify such caution:

Go sign Craig Kimbrel. And do it quickly before someone else does.

It's the obvious take, I know, and it might make for a touchy situation as to who gets the ninth inning if the Mets actually were to sign him.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (9-6, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (9-5, first place in NL East) open up a three-game set Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, along with the rest of MLB, will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday by having every player and coach wear No. 42. ... Michael Conforto, batting cleanup, has reached base safely at least twice in 12 games this season -- second-best in the majors -- and faces a Phillies team whom he has homered in three of his last five games against. ... Brandon Nimmo is again in the leadoff spot as he enters the game having reached base safely in the last seven straight games. 

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after 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) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (9-5, first place in NL East) face the Braves (8-6, third place in NL East) on Sunday night as the teams conclude a four-game set at 7:08 p.m.

Mets Notes

After batting eighth Friday and starting Saturday on the bench, Brandon Nimmo returns to the leadoff spot for the Mets. A slow start to the season prompted the move down the lineup, but he was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI on Friday. ... Jeff McNeil had batted first during the last two games. He'll hit sixth on Sunday and play in left field. ... Michael Conforto entered the series hot at the dish, has cooled off a tad with a 2-for-10 showing in Atlanta. He has drawn four walks over three games, though.

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (9-4, first place in NL East) face the Braves (7-6, third place in NL East) on Saturday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won three games in a row for the second time this season and have the best winning percentage (.692) in the National League. ... The Mets are 23-12 in their last 35 games in Atlanta. ... Jason Vargas has a 2.72 ERA over his last nine starts (49.2 innings) dating back to Aug. 14, 2018. ... All six of Pete Alonso's homers have come off relievers in the seventh inning or later. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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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 travel south to face to the Braves for the first time this season in a four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished 2-3 on their first homestand of the season. They defeated the Twins last night, thanks in part to 11 free passes (10 walks, one HBP). ...New York has begun the season 5-1 on the road, and they'll look to keep that going. Last season, the Mets went 3-6 in Atlanta...Michael Conforto is enjoying early success at the plate this season with a .372 average, three homers, four doubles, 12 runs, eight RBI and five walks. He also has an RBI in his last four games. ...The Mets have scored 69 runs through 11 games this season, which is tied for most in franchise history.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mets top Twins at Citi 00:00:45
New York Mets were dealt 6 consecutive walks in an inning and took advantage to break this game open against the Twins.

The Twins basically handed the Mets this one, as a walk-happy Minnesota pitching staff led New York to a 9-6 win at Citi Field on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had a decent outing for the Mets in this one. He allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and no walks. Most of Syndergaard's runs allowed came in the eighth, as Mickey Callaway sent him back out for the inning. He allowed an RBI double and then an RBI triple which forced him out of the game. Despite those mistakes, his fastball was working around 98-99 all night long with top outs at 100. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Minnesota Twins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard returns to the mound as the Mets finish up a two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

With their loss on Tuesday, the Mets have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. ... They have 15 homers over their first 10 games, the third-highest total in franchise history over their first 10 games. ... Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate. ... Pete Alonso looks to continue his torrid start. He's the first player in modern MLB history with 11 extra-base hits over his first 10 career major-league games.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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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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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) prepares to deliver pitch in the sixth inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jacob deGrom gets the ball to start a quick two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won seven straight games against the Twins, which goes all the way back to 2010. ...DeGrom is one of four pitches since 1893 to strike out 10 or more batters and not allow a run in each of his first two starts of the season. ...Pete Alonso is hitting .382 with six runs, six doubles, three homers, and 11 RBI so far this season. He hit his third homer on Sunday. ...Michael Conforto has homered in back-to-back games. ...Edwin Diaz has converted all four of his save attempts so far.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mickey Callaway received criticism from fans and reporters this past Saturday morning when he revealed J.D. Davis would again be hitting cleanup, despite Davis entering the game with a .150 batting average.

Wilson Ramos, who most critics felt should bat fourth, was pushed to hitting fifth, while Michael Conforto was dropped to batting sixth.

Davis, who is said to have significant support in the front office, rewarded Callaway by hitting two solo home runs against Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, the first of which was the hardest-hit home run in MLB this season, according to StatCast...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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If you've followed the Mets over the past decade or so, you're familiar with an identity common to nearly every season: The team features a world-class rotation and a lineup that doesn't score enough to support it.

It's a pattern best personified by that famous game in 2015, when Eric Campbell and John Mayberry Jr. comprised the middle of the lineup while both batting around .170. But the roster has felt this way at least since the front office decided to build around arms like Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

Watching these Mets through spring training and the first nine games of the regular season, you sense an unexpected inversion of that formula. The deep lineup will score runs all year, and the team's chances at contending for a championship will hinge on whether it is able to pitch enough...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets lose 12-9 to Nats 00:01:28
The Mets were once down 12-1 in the series finale against the Nats. They climbed their way back to 12-9 but that's as close as they got.

Mets pitchers combined to walk 12 batters as they dug the team into a 12-1 hole. New York's offense erupted after that, helped by a terrible Nationals bullpen, but the late explosion fell short as the Mets lost, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field in the finale of their three-game series. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was shaky from the start of the game, and while he escaped the first inning unscathed, the Nationals dropped a five-spot on him in the second inning with Wheeler unable to locate at all. That inning was especially ugly, with Wheeler walking a pair of batters, allowing a ground ball RBI single to Max Scherzer, and left fielder Jeff McNeil playing what would have been a sacrifice fly and the second out into a ground-rule double by Adam Eaton that made it 4-0 Nats...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets go for a series win against the Nationals when they wrap up their three-game set at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games, are going for their third-straight series win to open the season. ... Pete Alonso leads all rookies in hits and doubles, and is tied for the lead in RBI. ... The Mets have scored 23 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, which is the second-most in the majors behind the Dodgers, who have scored 24 runs in the seventh or later. ... Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last eight starts at Citi Field, dating back to June 27, 2018. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jeff McNeil is not in the Mets' lineup on Wednesday night because he "tweaked" his knee "a little bit" during Tuesday night's game, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

Callaway added the knee had been bothering McNeil ever since he banged it into the fence in Spring Training.

McNeil will be available to enter later in the game on Wednesday and should be back in the lineup on Thursday for the Mets' home opener against the Nationals, Callaway said, adding that there are no tests scheduled for McNeil at this point...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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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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Athlete Art: Alonso and McNeil 00:00:54
In a test of their artistic skills, SNY asked New York Mets players to draw their teammates. First up: Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil!

In a test of their artistic skills, SNY asked New York Mets players to draw their teammates. First up: Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil!

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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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Mets defeat Marlins 7-3 00:01:34
All anyone could talk about after the Mets 7-3 win over Miami was Pete Alonso's huge home run in the 9th inning.

Amed Rosario hit a go-ahead RBI single and Pete Alonso broke the game open with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario broke a 3-3 tie with an RBI single off Drew Steckenrider with two runners on and one out in the top of the ninth. Alonso then followed with a 444-foot homer to center field to give the Mets a four-run lead.

2) Edwin Diaz pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth. After a leadoff walk and back-to-back singles, Diaz struck out Jorge AlfaroPeter O'Brien and pinch hitter JT Riddle to end the game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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1st MLB home run for Pete Alonso 00:00:13
Pete Alonso hit his first MLB home run in the 9th inning against the Marlins. It was a huge 444 foot 3-run bomb.

The Polar Bear really got into this one, and it could be the first of many. After the Mets had just taken the lead in the ninth, Pete Alonso crushed a three-run homer to center field on the first pitch he saw to give the Mets a 7-3 advantage, the first home run of his MLB career.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:26
Mickey Callaway, Justin Wilson and Zack Wheeler comment on the Mets comeback before ultimately falling to the Nationals, 6-5

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Extracting the positives from a loss is usually as palatable as digging into the dry chicken dinner usually served at a sports banquet. Losing stings, regardless of what might have gone well during a game or a weekend. 

But while the Mets squandered a nifty comeback Sunday in losing the finale of their opening series, 6-5, to the Nationals, what happened on the field during the three-game set could resonate throughout the year as the two clubs try to navigate the upper reaches of the National League East. 

In fact, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, the Mets' comeback "put something" in the Nationals' minds, even if that comeback wasn't completed. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Jeff McNeil and Wilson Ramos both had great days at the plate on Saturday, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway's lineup card didn't have either player on it for Sunday's series finale against the Nationals. 

McNeil didn't notch a hit in his Opening Day game, but he made up for that with a 4-for-5 performance with a triple, double, and two RBI. But, with a lefty on the mound in Patrick Corbin for the Nats today, Callaway said it was scheduled to have McNeil sit out and give the nod to Keon Broxton, who gets his first start as a Met. 

Callaway also doesn't believe in making his lineup based off what a player does the day before...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Alonso keeps proving himself 00:01:18
Pete Alonso went 3-4 with 2 RBI in today's 11-8 win over the Nationals. Alonso says he had a plan while Noah Syndergaard had high praise.

"Polar Bear" was one of the Mets that led the offensive charge against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon. You know him as Pete Alonso

Noah Syndergaard, who started for the Mets in the 11-8 win, dished out some nicknames on the roster and they were all different animals. It was third base coach Gary DiSarcina that gave Alonso his nickname, and it couldn't fit any better. Polar bears possess raw power, something Alonso has been displaying since Spring Training. 

"I guess so, yeah. I'll embrace it," Alonso said of his nickname...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts 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 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Late in spring training, a scout who was trailing the Mets said - unprompted - that he believed the club renowned for its pitching was going to hit more than most thought. "They're going to surprise some people scoring runs," the scout noted.

Saturday's 11-8 victory over the Nationals in Washington, D.C. was a ringing endorsement of that opinion. Who knows if the Mets lineup will gorge all year, but at least for one day the offense sparkled enough to gloss over forgettable performances by Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo.

If you weren't already thrilled about Pete Alonso's potential and Jeff McNeil's ability to pile up hits, just glance at Saturday's box score. McNeill had the fourth four-hit game of his career and Alonso was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run. J.D. Davis hit a two-run single to give the Mets the lead for good.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Anthony McCarron
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

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

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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Update on Todd Frazier 00:00:40
Ahead of the Mets second game, Mickey Callaway gave an update on Todd Frazier's rehab process. He is making good progress.

Todd Frazier is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup. 

The third baseman, who has been out since Feb. 26 with a strained left oblique, will begin rehab games in Port St. Lucie, Fla. within the next few days, according to manager Mickey Callaway. 

"He's getting there," Callaway told reporters before Saturday's game. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino is only about 10 miles from downtown Washington D.C., and, well, you'd have to think Brodie Van Wagenen was at least tempted to take a cab ride Thursday night and hit the gaming tables.

When you're hot, you're hot, right?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 28, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) is congratulated by left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MGM National Harbor Hotel and Casino is only about 10 miles from downtown Washington D.C., and, well, you'd have to think Brodie Van Wagenen was at least tempted to take a cab ride Thursday night and hit the gaming tables.

When you're hot, you're hot, right?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) smiles during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets open the 2019 regular season when they face the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base in what will be his major league debut. ... Robinson Cano is at second base, batting third in his Mets debut. ... Since the turn of the century, the Mets have gone 13-6 on Opening Day, including winning their last four. ... The Mets' overall Opening Day record is 37-20. ... With Jacob deGrom faxing Max Scherzer, today is the fourth time in MLB history that the Cy Young winner from the previous season will face the runner-up on Opening Day. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, 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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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Since 2017, the American League could make the claim of having the best three teams in baseball: the Astros, Red Sox, and Yankees. Two of them have won championships, and, well, it almost feels inevitable the third will cash in this season.

Yes, I realize it's not a terribly bold prediction picking the Yankees, but the talent gap between the haves and have-nots is so great in baseball these days that I couldn't find a surprise pick I could sell as believable.

I do have the Nationals finally breaking through in October, minus Bryce Harper, and I actually considered predicting a Subway Series, after scouts came away impressed with the Mets in Spring Training.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Luis Severino, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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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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Mets double up Nationals 00:01:15
Jeff McNeil had a bases-clearing double and Juan Lagares belted a long home run as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-4 at Port St. Lucie.

The Mets beat the Nationals, 8-4, at First Data Field on Sunday in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

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

1) Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and would have been 3-for-4 (with a double added in) if not for a missed fair/foul call on a ball hit down the right field line. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Danny Abriano
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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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Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets head up to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. as they take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil is back in the leadoff spot after homering in the first inning on Friday. He is hitting .364 with three home runs and four RBI this spring. ... Pete Alonso is hitting .356 with four home runs and 10 RBI as he bats second. ... Robinson Cano is batting third and brings a .447 average into the game. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil at bat in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil at bat in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets' split squad fell to the Cardinals on Friday, 15-5, at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie >> Box score

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

1) Jeff McNeil blasted a long home run on the first pitch of the game in a 1-for-3 day at the plate. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso
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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)

The Mets split the squad on Friday with one half hosting the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Pete Alonso is hitting .352 with four home runs and nine RBI this spring ... Travis d'Arnaud is the starting catcher and batting cleanup. ... Carlos Gomez is still searching for his first hit of the spring as he bats seventh in his third Grapefruit League game. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano
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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

After two days off (one due to a scheduled off-day and one due to rain), the Mets face the Marlins at First Data Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Pete Alonso gets the start at first base as the Mets trot out a lineup that should very closely resemble what we see on Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso hits vs. Cardinals 00:00:30
New York Mets first base prospect Pete Alonso hits two singles against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets tied the Cardinals. 1-1, on Thursday >> Box score

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

1) Zack Wheeler was dominant for a second-straight start, firing 5.1 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out four. His ERA is down to 2.25.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Peter Alonso, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 25, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (8-10) host the Astros in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m., live on SNY. 

Mets Notes...

Noah Syndergaard looks to bounce back from a subpar outing on Friday against the Marlins. ... Jeff McNeil starts at third base for the third time in four days as it seems more probable by the day that he'll be there on Opening Day. ... Pete Alonso starts at first base as he tries to earn his spot on the roster.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso
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