New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (David Goldman/AP)
New York Mets' David Wright waves to the crowd after Game 4 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in Chicago. The Mets won 8-3 to advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/David Goldman) (David Goldman/AP)

David Wright will play his first game with the Mets in over two years this Saturday at Citi Field.

Wright is a Mets legend, as I explained here in a post last week.However, to most Mets fans, David is more than a bunch of stats. He was our rock. In good times he made us smile and feel a sense of pride only experienced from a great, passionate, homegrown player. And in bad times, he always stood out front, answering difficult questions, and convincing us to stay loyal.

In my 15 years writing MetsBlog, I have done one-on-one interviews with David by phone or in person more than 20 times. The following Q&A, which we did in January of 2016 in advance of him writing the foreword to my book, The Mets Fans Bucket List, Wright speaks about his family and memories of Shea Stadium.

More than anything, though, it's his comments about having a similar respect and appreciation for Mets fans that stick out most...


Matthew Cerrone...

It's been more than 14 years, nearly 6,000 at bats, close to 1,800 hits, and more than 1,500 games ago that you made your debut for the Mets at Shea Stadium in July, 2004. What do you remember from that morning when you got the call that you'd finally be promoted and joining the big-league team?

David Wright...

Well, it's funny because that morning I woke up in Virginia -- in my home town -- because I was playing for the Norfolk Tides, and I don't even think I slept the night before because I was told by our manager, John Stearns, that I was going to the big leagues the next night.



So, the friends I grew up with and I celebrated a little and then I celebrated with my parents and family that lived there and by the time I got packed up and in bed it couldn't have been before 2:00, 3:00 a.m. and I had to catch a flight first thing the next morning. I woke up in Virginia with an incredible amount of adrenaline, getting on an hour-long flight and going straight to the field, where I spent the first couple of hours sitting in my locker just staring at my jersey.

Matthew Cerrone...

I know you grew up rooting mostly for the Mets because you would see guys coming up and playing with the Tides in Virginia. So, had you ever attended a game at Shea Stadium prior to setting foot on it as a player?

David Wright...

The only game I had been to at Shea was after I was drafted and signed. I was 18 years old. It was my first time in New York. The Mets were kind enough to fly out my family -- my three brothers, my mom and my dad.

At the time, they let their draft picks take a round of batting practice before the game. I took batting practice and then went in to the dugout, sat and watched everybody else. Then I hear Bobby Valentine yelling at me, saying, "Hey, what are you doing?"

And I'm like, "Uh oh, what?" I was scared to death. He said, "You think you're going to hit without taking ground balls? Get your glove and get out to third base."

So, I went out and took ground balls. I coudn't believe I was playing catch right next to Mike Piazza. I was so nervous that a throw would get away from me and hit Mike. I've never been that nervous to play a game of catch in my life. I was 18 years old, I had just signed my contract to start my career in the minor leagues and there I am playing catch next to Mike Piazza after my brothers had annoyed him on the field to get his autograph. It was surreal.

Matthew Cerrone...

I remember talking to you by phone when you were a rookie. It was probably a month after you were called up -- it was actually one of the first ever interviews, for what it's worth -- and you were still in awe of where you were in your career and that you were able to realize your goal and all of the hard work needed to get to the major leagues. Now, after all of these years, do you view it the same way? Do you still see it as unique and something most fans can only dream of and never experience?

David Wright...

Yes, 100 percent. My father was a police officer; my mom worked in the school system; I have a brother that's an engineer, another brother that is a business major, and my youngest brother is about to graduate college. And on a consistent basis they tell me how lucky I am to play baseball for a living. So, I think it always really hits home.

I really don't know what my life would be like without baseball. Sure, there are some days when it's a rough day at the office. But, you look back on it and I think, 'I get to play baseball for a living.' And I remember being a kid going out to games and yelling and screaming for autographs and telling my dad how cool it was that these guys got to play baseball every day, and so I try to remember that as often as possible.

I know every day there's a kid out there in the stands that's watching me for the first time and so I'm going to do whatever I can to play the game the way I think it's meant to be played, which is to have fun, enjoy it and play hard because this kid could look at me and say to himself, 'I'd like to grow up to be the next Mets third baseman,' and I don't want to let him down when he comes to the games and watches me for the first time.



I literally grew up with my dad telling me -- not in a negative way -- that chances are I was never going to play baseball for a living. I've had elementary school teachers that have come up to me or my parents and given me papers and stories from when I was kid saying, 'I'm going to play major league baseball.' And the teachers were like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, I'm sure you will.'

My parents were the same way, saying, 'You need to get your education.' To this day my dad is harping on me because -- when I'm done with baseball -- he wants me to go back to school and get a college degree. There's not one time where I visit my parents does that not get brought up. He's always trying to convince me that it is the way to go. That type of upbringing certainly gives you an outlook and a foundation where I hope I never become the salty, bitter kind of older guy. I want to always view the game like when I played Little League on Saturday mornings.

Baseball has given me so much more than I could have ever dreamed. Getting the chance to call Citi Field and Shea Stadium my office is about as cool as it can get...

Matthew Cerrone...

In case you forgot, which I doubt you have, you popped out to the catcher against John Patterson and the Expos in your first big league at bat. Jae Weong Seo started for you guys. Jose Reyes was at second base because Kaz Matsui was at shortstop. Of course, your boy, Cliff Floyd, was in left field. Ultimately, you went 0-for-4, but you did hit .294 the next two weeks. Aside from those top line moments, what do you remember about your first big-league at bat?

David Wright...

Not much, seriously. It's still a bit of a blur. I remember stepping out of the on-deck circle and just wanting to look at the scoreboard to see my face on it. I'll never forget it. I then started walking to the plate trying to be cool and soak it all in and realize that this is my first major league at-bat. But, again, all I kept doing was looking up at the scoreboard and looking at myself in a Mets uniform on the Jumbotron. I think seeing myself up there helped me get out of the moment and see that this was real.

Matthew Cerrone...

As you know, Mets fans are a lot of things. Obviously, we're passionate and pumped up when the team is playing well. But, we can also be irrational and emotional and angry at times because we expect all-out hustle and max effort and, unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. We're a wild ride. So, after more than a decade of listening to us, what have you learned most about Mets fans that you'll always remember?

David Wright...

Loyalty. The loyalty that this fan base has shown to me has been off the charts and something I will never forget when things are all said and done. I respect that and I think Mets fans know that I truly appreciate it. 

Also, for them, it's not just about coming to the ballpark and watching a baseball game. Mets fans really know the game. They know when a guy does something well that may not show up in the box score, and they also know when you didn't get the job done. I mean, it's pretty special when fans cheer for you after hitting a ground ball to the second baseman with a guy on second and nobody out just so you can get a runner to third. I think there's more of an appreciation for that type of baseball -- when you do the small things correctly -- than anywhere else.



I truly appreciate that they don't just come to the ballpark, watch a game, have a beer, have a hot dog, go home and never think about it again. Our fan base is a lot more rabid that that. Their knowledge level is high that their expectations are always high, too. And when that happens, it's a lot more fun to come to the ballpark; not just for the fans, but also for us as players.

Matthew Cerrone...

Well, now I know you're not lying when you say you don't have a Twitter account! In all seriousness, though, I tend to agree with you, especially about our affinity for the little things, the pitching-and-defense, situational-hitting type of baseball. Why do you think that is? Where do you think that comes from?

David Wright...

The fans I encounter on the streets -- in a casual setting -- all seemed to grow up playing baseball. In New York, for whatever reason, it seems like everybody's played the game. Whether it's an older guy that played stickball in Brooklyn or a younger guy that played Little League or is playing college or high school ball or in an adult league, it doesn't matter what level, it could be Wiffle Ball, I think they just love talking about the game.

They love interacting and talking shop. It's not just, 'Hey, nice win last night.'

For instance, when I'm struggling at the plate, in New York, I suddenly meet thousands of hitting coaches I'm walking down the street to get a sandwich... and, to me, that's a good thing, that's cool, because it means they're into the game. It's more than just wins and loses. They want to get to know you as a person, but as a player they want to offer advice. To some guys I think that's intimidating, but to me it's cool that there's so much intensity you can get stopped on the street and they feel like they can genuinely help you out because they played high school baseball or they went to fantasy camp last year or they've been watching you since you were 18 years old and they think they can fix your swing. That's awesome and it speaks to the passion and intensity there is for baseball in New York.

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Reeling Mets routed by Braves 00:01:09
An exasperated Mickey Callaway discusses the Mets defense and bullpen woes while Zack Wheeler laments the Braves "soft contact" against him

The Mets fell to the Braves, 12-3, on Monday and once again it was the bullpen that was the biggest concern following the loss. 

Jeurys Familia struggled again, allowing three earned runs on a walk and two singles in just .1 of an inning. He was pulled from the game before allowing a run, though, but Drew Gagnon was unable to clean up his mess, allowing all three baserunners to score plus giving up four runs of his own in 1.1 innings pitched. 

"We just stunk," manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We weren't good. We gotta recalibrate what we're doing and have to do the job better. That's just plain and simple."

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

As the Mets fall to four games under .500, much of the discussion is starting to shift on if they should become trade deadline sellers. 

One of those names they could potentially deal was Monday's starter, Zack Wheeler

The right-hander was not his best, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings. 

 

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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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Wheeler RBI single 00:00:12
Zack Wheeler lines an RBI single to center field to tie the game at 2.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler helped himself out at the plate on Monday night by lining an RBI single into center field to tie the game up at 2 in the fifth inning. 

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East) open an 11-game road trip with a critical three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (42-30, 2.5 game lead in NL East) on Monday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets have not played well on the road this season. They are 14-23 away from Citi Field and 4-11 in their last 15 road games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in his last 12 consecutive games in which he is hitting .283 with three home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored. ... Todd Frazier enters the game one home run shy of his 200th career homer. ... Wilson Ramos is hitting .343 with five home runs, 14 RBI, 10 walks and 14 runs scored in his last 22 games. 

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It seems like the Mets may have gotten lucky when it comes to the severity of Noah Syndergaard's hamstring strain.

An MRI taken on Sunday revealed a "low-grade" strain, manager Mickey Callaway said before Monday's game in Atlanta, noting that Syndergaard (who is on the IL and will miss his start on Thursday) will be evaluated again in the coming days.

Before Monday's game, Syndergaard -- who was on his way to the field to do agility drills -- said that he is in "tip top" shape, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

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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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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- missed just over 10 days after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, and returned over the weekend.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits a double against the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (34-37, 7.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a season-high 11-game road trip against the Braves, Cubs, and Phillies on Monday night at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In their 4-3 loss to the Cardinals, Jason Vargas left early due to a cramp and it was Chris Flexen who was on the mound in the eighth inning to give up the deciding run >> Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Juan Lagares, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts in the dugout after pitching in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 16, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas (40) reacts in the dugout after pitching in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets' starting pitching health has taken quite a hit over the last 24 hours. 

After Noah Syndergaard exited Saturday against the Cardinals with what was later diagnosed as a right hamstring strain that put him on the injured list, Jason Vargas left Sunday's game in the fourth inning

In the middle of his at-bat against St. Louis starter Dakota Hudson, Vargas fouled off a 1-0 pitch and was clearly uncomfortable after doing so. After consulting with training staff and manager Mickey Callaway, Vargas headed to the dugout. The good news, per the Mets, is that it is a calf cramp and nothing overly serious.

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Lagares hits RBI single 00:00:17
Juan Lagares hits an RBI single, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead on Sunday at Citi Field.

The Mets found themselves down from the start after a two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt. However, the Mets managed to charge back, and Juan Lagares came through when his team needed it. 

Already tying the score at two in the bottom of the third, Lagares hit a single to right field to score Adeiny Hechavarria to take a 3-2 lead...

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May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)
May 23, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a single to Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario (20) during the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports (Kelvin Kuo)

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we'll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams...


Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

As Edwin Diaz continues to falter in high-leverage situations, the trade that brought himself and Robinson Canó to Flushing draws increased ire. Kelenic was one of the main prospects included in the deal and got out to a scalding start with Class A West Virginia. 

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Commemorative card for the 1979 National League Co-Most Valuable Players, Willie Stargell with Pirates and Keith Hernandez with Cardinals. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Seven Eleven, the card features a color photo of Stargell and Hernandez holding an MVP plaque in between them. (St. Louis Cardinals)
Commemorative card for the 1979 National League Co-Most Valuable Players, Willie Stargell with Pirates and Keith Hernandez with Cardinals. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and Seven Eleven, the card features a color photo of Stargell and Hernandez holding an MVP plaque in between them. (St. Louis Cardinals)

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Keith Hernandez is sitting in the press dining room at Citi Field on a recent afternoon, leaning back, relaxed. Why not? He's talking about the greatest individual season of his playing career, a baseball summer 40 years ago when the sweet-swinging lefty hit so much he shared the National League MVP Award with a slugger he admired.

He knows he and Willie "Pops" Stargell own a little slice of baseball history, perhaps forever. They're the only players ever to tie in the voting for the coveted award.

"It'll never happen again," Hernandez says. "It'll be a baseball trivia question way down the road. And people will go, 'Who's Willie Stargell? Who's Keith Hernandez?' a hundred years from now."

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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 (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East) look to split their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-34, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 30-34 all-time on Father's Day. ... Although the superficial numbers may not indicate such, Michael Conforto continues to be a steady presence in the Mets' lineup. He's sixth among NL outfielders in fWAR and he's hitting .286 during an 11-game on-base streak. ... J.D. Davis is coming off a career-best four-hit night. His 1.038 OPS at home this season ranks behind only Conforto among Mets. ... Robinson Canó returns to New York's lineup after landing back on the IL on June 6 to fully rehab from a left quad injury.  

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with a leg injury against the St. Louis Cardinals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Manager Mickey Callaway confirmed on Sunday that Noah Syndergaard has a right hamstring strain, as he heads to the IL. 

Syndergaard is getting an MRI to see the severity of the injury, but the Mets put him on the IL due to him not being able to go through his routine heading into his next start.

"He's actually getting an MRI right now, but we did put him on the IL," Callaway said. "Didn't seem like he would make his next start anyway because it would be hard to get his work in in between."

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New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano looks on prior to a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano looks on prior to a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

After a stint on the IL with a left quad injury, Robinson Cano has finally returned to the Mets. 

Cano has been on a rehab assignment, with his most recent step in Triple-A Syracuse. But, on Saturday, he was seen with the Mets at Citi Field going through workouts in the outfield to test the quad as well as participating in batting practice. 

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said that he was going through his pregame routine to see if he is fully recovered. He added he would be evaluated on Sunday to see if he could be activated, and luckily, that's the case. 

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To illustrate the lovely bond that bloomed between the 1969 Mets and their roommates at Shea Stadium, the Jets, John Schmitt tells the following story: 

Schmitt, the center on the Jets' Super Bowl III champs, brought his young son, John-John, to the ballgame one night to see the great Tom Seaver pitch. Schmitt ushered John-John into the Mets' clubhouse, where Seaver was getting a pre-game massage. Schmitt did not want to disturb a fellow athlete's prep, but Seaver insisted. 

"He got off the rubdown table, put on his jersey and hat and took a picture with us," Schmitt recalls. "He was great. Then he takes off his jersey, gets back on the table and went out and won the game that night.

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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch runner Jack Flaherty (22) is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) attempting to score on a base hit during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals pinch runner Jack Flaherty (22) is tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) attempting to score on a base hit during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (34-36, 6.5 GB in NL East, 5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a thrilling win over the Cardinals, 8-7, at Citi Field on Saturday night.

Both teams will finish their series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. It will be Jason Vargas against Dakota Hudson on the mound. 

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


The final play of the Mets' win wasn't pretty. Kolton Wong hit a blooper to right field and both Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil couldn't make the catch. Jack Flaherty, the pinch runner, tried scoring from first to tie the game, but McNeil wasn't about to let that happen. Here's what he had to say about his game-saving throw home. >> Read More

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The Amazin' Life: Todd's Tips 00:01:45
On the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier delivers all the Fatherly Advice and Dad Tips that you need!

On the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier delivers all the Fatherly Advice and Dad Tips that you need!

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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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Mets squeak by with 8-7 win 00:01:38
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil makes a great throw to home plate to nail the runner and seal the victory.

Noah Syndergaard left the game with an apparent leg injury, while Pete Alonso slammed another home run in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Cardinals Saturday night. >> Box score

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

1) Syndergaard's night got off to a bumpy start, as Dexter Fowler followed up his three-run shot last night with a solo home run off of Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. He eventually settled down and pitched into the seventh inning, but after allowing a leadoff single, Syndergaard grabbed at the back of his right leg and was pulled from the game. He limped to the dugout with members of the training staff. His injury was later announced as a right hamstring strain.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier
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Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) leaves the field with trainer Brian Chicklo with an injury during the seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard pitched into the seventh inning on Saturday, but after allowing a leadoff single to Yairo Munoz and falling behind Jose Martinez 2-0, Syndergaard reached down and started grabbing the back of his right leg.

Mickey Callaway and the training staff quickly came out the mound, and Syndergaard was immediately pulled.

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Pete Alonso launches 23rd HR 00:00:17
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso smashes his 23rd home run and puts the Mets on the board against the Cardinals.

Pete Alonso raked his longest home run as a Met on Saturday night, blasting a majestic three-run home run off of Michael Wacha in the bottom of the first inning.

Alonso's 23 home run of the year put the Mets up 3-1 ...

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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 (33-36, 7.5 GB in NL East) look to bounce back after dropping the first two games of their four-game set with the Cardinals (35-33, 3.5 GB in NL Central) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games, but home cooking continues to help, as they've won 13 of their last 18 games in Queens. ... Four different Mets pitchers have homered this season (Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Noah Syndergaard twice), the most in a single season in team history. ... The Mets have homered in 18-straight games, the longest streak in franchise history.

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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout 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 second baseman Robinson Cano (24) watches play against the Washington Nationals from the dugout at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Robinson Cano (quad) appears to be getting closer to returning from the IL. 

The second baseman, who was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, was with the Mets on Saturday in Citi Field testing his left quad in the outfield and taking batting practice prior to the game. 

According to GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Mickey Callaway, Cano was going through his pregame routine and they would assess on Sunday whether or not he is ready to be activated off the injured list. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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Brett Baty officially introduced 00:00:43
New York Mets 12th overall pick Brett Baty was officially introduced today by the team. Baty discusses his emotions and meeting Pete Alonso.

The Mets officially introduced first-round pick Brett Baty on Saturday afternoon after the first-round pick signed his contract with the team.

"He is a player with tremendous power," said Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen. "This was a player that's important to us, this is a player that we have a lot to look forward to. We feel like he can make an impact with his bat and we feel like he can be a player that's a part of our future sooner rather than later.

"I can't say enough about our scouting staff. We saw Brett early and often this spring, and virtually every important person from a scouting standpoint saw Brett play ... A lot of people spent a lot of time in getting this selection right."

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Van Wagenen believes in team 00:01:44
New York Mets general manager talked to the media today about his mindset going into trade season and the current state of the bullpen.

After losing a suspended game and the game that followed, the Mets entered Saturday at 33-36, three games under .500, 7.5 games behind the Braves in the National League East and five games back of the Phillies for the second wild card spot. 

With the MLB trade deadline just six weeks away, it is worth wondering if the Mets are going to be buyers or sellers. 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen believes the team can still contend for the postseason, at least for now. 

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Van Wagenen believes in team 00:01:44
New York Mets general manager talked to the media today about his mindset going into trade season and the current state of the bullpen.

The Mets made a bit of a shake-up in their bullpen on Saturday.

Tyler Bashlor was officially sent back to Triple-A after serving as Friday's 26th man, as was Tim Peterson, while Chris Flexen was brought up to the big league roster. Additionally, the Mets acquired RHP Brooks Pounders from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the roster, Hector Santiago was officially designated for assignment.

Flexen, a a right-hander, has appeared in two games for the Mets this season, going 0-2 with a 11.12 ERA. Over the last three years, he's appeared in 20 games for the Mets, compiling an 8.70 ERA over 60 innings.

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May 28, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) throws against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
May 28, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen (37) throws against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

It's no secret that the Mets' bullpen has had its struggles this season, highlighted by Friday's pair of losses.

Between Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, and others the Mets just haven't quite locked in on the best way to handle the late innings.

There's a new name on the market who could be an intriguing option for the back end of the Mets' pen. 

Cody Allen, a 30-year-old right-hander, was designated for assignment by the Angels on Saturday morning. Signed to be the team's closer this offseason, Allen struggled with the Angels, posting a 6.26 ERA in 25 appearances while losing his closing role. His poor season came to a head on Friday, when he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning against the Rays.

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Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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


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

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Todd Frazier
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) is taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets losing pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) is taken out of the game against the San Francisco Giants during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As if the Mets needed any more questions about their bullpen, they may have another injury to deal with after Friday's game.

Robert Gsellman pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Mets, but was then taken out of the game as part of a double switch. When asked about that move after the game, Mickey Callaway said Gsellman told him he was experiencing tightness in his back.

Callaway didn't have much more info on Gsellman, other than that he will get treatment and the team would go from there. 

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Bullpen fails Mets in loss 00:01:32
Mickey Callaway and Jeurys Familia discuss Familia?s poor outing in the Mets 9-5 loss to the Cardinals

The Mets' bullpen racked up two more losses in the span of about four hours on Friday.

After Edwin Diaz took the loss in Thursday's suspended game, it was Jeurys Familia who took the 'L' in Friday's scheduled game.

The Mets battled back from a 4-2 deficit to take a 5-4 lead through seven innings. Then, Mickey Callaway turned the ball over to Familia, who allowed four earned runs on three hits, including home runs by Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler.

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Cards outslug Mets 00:01:09
Mets pitching surrendered 4 home runs as the Cardinals, after winning the suspended game earlier, also took the scheduled contest, 9-5

After losing the end of Thursday's suspended game, which was blown by Edwin Díaz, the Mets lost their regularly scheduled game Friday to the Cardinals, 9-5, thanks to Jeurys Familia's eighth-inning implosion. >> Box score

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

1) Familia entered in the eighth with a 5-4 lead gave up four runs. On his second pitch, he gave up a solo homer to Mets nemesis Paul DeJong, who drove in the game-winning run in the suspended game. DeJong has eight homers in 75 at-bats against the Mets. Familia then gave up a three-run homer to Dexter Fowler with two outs. It's the second time in his career Familia allowed two homers in a game, the first coming this season on April 6 against Washington. He's allowed five homers this season after giving up three all of last season. The four runs allowed increased Familia's ERA to 6.91 for the season as his return to the Mets continues to be disastrous. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Anthony Kay's first start for Triple-A Syracuse didn't exactly go as planned.

The 31st-overall pick in the 2016 draft pitched a scoreless first inning against Gwinnett, but the Stripers got after the lefty in the second inning, striking for three runs on four hits in the frame.

Overall, Kay allowed five earned runs over four innings of work, striking out six hitters. Kay showed some command issues on Friday, as only 49 of his 83 pitches were strikes. He also allowed a two-run home run to Sean Kazmar in the third inning. 

 

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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)

Brandon Nimmo was removed from Syracuse's lineup just before Friday's game against Gwinnett with neck soreness.

The 26-year-old was slated to play center field and bat leadoff tonight for Syracuse, but he was replaced by Rajai Davis just before first pitch. Nimmo was out of the lineup on Thursday, but he played in the first two games of the Mets' series with Charlotte.

Nimmo was originally placed on the 10-day Injured List on May 22nd with neck stiffness. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

 

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Having completed Thursday's suspended game, the Mets now host the Cardinals for their regularly scheduled game at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have homered in 17 consecutive home games, the longest streak in franchise history. They've hit 34 homers during that stretch. ... Mets starting pitchers have gone at least six innings in 14 of the last 15 games. ... Wilson Ramos was hitting .367 with five homers, 11 RBI and 10 walks over his last 19 games entering Friday. ...Pete Alonso leads all rookies in homers (22), RBI (49), extra-base hits (37), slugging (.598) and runs (40.)

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

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

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

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

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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

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

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

Can he play the outfield?

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The Mets (33-34, 6.0 GB in NL East) will continue their suspended game with the Cardinals (33-33, 5.0 GB in NL Central), which is tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, on Friday at 6:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead but as rain began pouring down the groundscrew began to roll out the tarp. The Mets convinced them to hold off so they can try to finish the game, but that decision backfired and Edwin Diaz blew the save. He allowed a leadoff walk, got the next two batters out before allowing a two-out RBI single to Kolten Wong and a double to Harrison Bader to tie the game. ... The Mets will have Todd FrazierWilson Ramos, and Amed Rosario up in the ninth against Andrew Miller.

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Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The starting rotation, healthy and being pushed to pitch deeper into games lately, still offers the possibility of carrying the Mets toward serious contention. No matter what, though, the bullpen isn't deep enough, even presuming that Edwin Diaz gets his act together.

And somehow Brodie Van Wagenen needs to reinforce it.

Making a trade is the most obvious way, but there will be a limited number of quality relievers on the market, and the Mets' farm system is thin on top prospects, in part because Van Wagenen included Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn in the Diaz/Robinson Cano trade last fall.

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Donn Clendenon (Wikimedia Commons)
Donn Clendenon (Wikimedia Commons)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Yoenis Cespedes is no Donn Clendenon.

Sure, Cespedes' second-half power show in 2015 helped propel the Mets all the way to the World Series after a deadline deal brought the slugger from Detroit.

But Clendenon pushed an even more improbable Mets club -- some have called it miraculous -- to the Fall Classic 50 years ago after an in-season trade. Then he finished the job, winning the World Series MVP Award as the 1969 Mets topped the powerful Baltimore Orioles in five games.

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As a steady rain turned into more of a downpour before the top of the ninth inning on Thursday night at Citi Field, the grounds crew rolled the tarp out and prepared to put it on the field. The Mets -- including Pete Alonso and Mickey Callaway -- lobbied the umpires to not have the tarp put on. That lobbying turned out to be a terrible idea.

Instead of putting the tarp on, it sat behind the infield dirt as the grounds crew put diamond dry on the field and Edwin Diaz stood around for 10 minutes after warming up. 

Prior to blowing the save as the rain continued to pelt the field, Diaz warmed up in the bullpen, then on the mound, then waited through the delay. He then warmed up on the mound again (in the rain) before facing his first batter (in the rain).

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Jun 22, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs center fielder Jake Mangum (15) scores against the Oregon State Beavers in the first inning in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Thorson)
Jun 22, 2018; Omaha, NE, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs center fielder Jake Mangum (15) scores against the Oregon State Beavers in the first inning in the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Thorson)

The College World Series begins this weekend in Omaha, Neb., and it will feature 60 MLB draft picks among the eight teams remaining in the tournament. 

The picks range from as high as the fourth overall pick -- Vanderbilt's JJ Bleday (Marlins) -- to 36th-rounder Shay Smiddy (Rays) of Louisville. None of these 60 picks have signed with their respective teams, though, because they cannot do so until their college season is over.

The Mets have two of their draft picks still playing in Omaha. Here is who to watch:

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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 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob DeGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jacob deGrom had a solid outing in Thursday's suspended game with the Cardinals, but he did show some frustration on the mound.

In the top of the third inning, with Harrison Bader on third base and two away, the Mets elected to shift their infield for Matt Carpenter. deGrom forced Carpenter to hit a slow roller to short stop, but there was no defender there for the Mets, allowing Bader to score the first run of the game.

DeGrom was visibly upset when he returned to the dugout.

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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)

Sometimes good news just can't wait.

As Wilson Ramos was about to head to the plate during Thursday's game with the Cardinals, his wife, Yely, came down the stairs and met yelled out to her husband from the the other side of the protective netting.

Once she had his attention, she held up a sign telling Ramos that the couple is expecting their third child together.

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

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

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

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

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

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