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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)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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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 (24-26, 5.5 GB in the NL East) blasted five home runs but fell short to the Tigers on Friday. They return to action against Detroit on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

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


Despite the Mets' bats coming alive for five home runs, it was not enough as Noah Syndergaard  was roughed up for six runs over 5.1 innings in a 9-8 loss to the Tigers. 

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 7, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Matt Kemp (27) singles against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Rajai Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) leads the high five line after a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup. 

The outfielder was eligible to return from the 7-day concussion IL on Friday and while he was not re-activated, he did have nothing but positive news to report from Citi Field before the Mets' game against the Tigers. 

"Feel good. Feel normal. Feel happy that I'm back to doing full baseball activity," he said. "Obviously the road trip was tough and not being there was even tougher. But it's been really fun to be with these guys through the last series and starting a new series today. So I feel good, feel 100 percent and we're just kinda taking it day-by-day."

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil (6) doubles to score two runs against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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

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

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

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Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

A day after GM Brodie Van Wagenen said the Mets were waiting to see what baseball activities he could participate in, Michael Conforto was seen on Citi Field looking like his normal self. 

Conforto was deemed symptom-free of his concussion over the weekend, and the Mets were awaiting his test results to see how to proceed. Well, the veteran outfielder was playing catch and "delivering throws with some zip," per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. He even said Conforto came out of the clubhouse "smiley," which is always a good sign.

Conforto was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Friday after leaving Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Smith open to other positions 00:02:06
New York Mets first baseman Dom Smith is open to playing other positions but could catcher actually be an option?

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in the NL East) snapped a five game losing streak Monday and will face the Nationals at Citi Field again Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos are playing well for Class A Columbia. Find out how the rest of the Mets' big-name Minor Leaguers are doing in Top Prospect Watch. >> Read More

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-23, 4.5 GB in the NL East) lost the opening game of a three-game set against the Marlins 8-6. They try to bounce back on Saturday in a late afternoon matchup in Miami.

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


Jacob deGrom imploded against the worst team in baseball and a late rally proved to be too little too late in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. The right-hander took accountability for the loss after the game. 

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 4, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (27) bats against the Pawtucket Red Sox during the first inning at NBT Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Carlos Gomez is making his return to the Mets. 

The outfielder was informed after his Triple-A Syracuse game on Thursday that the Mets were selecting his contract and joined the team in Miami on Friday, batting sixth and playing right field. 

Gomez replaces Keon Broxton, who was designated for assignment. GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he believes Gomez gives the Mets a better chance at winning games in the short-term

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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets outfielder Keon Broxton (23) walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

Keon Broxton's struggles at the plate have finally reached a breaking point as the Mets decided on Friday to designate the 29-year-old outfielder for assignment while selecting the contract of Carlos Gomez to join the team as an extra outfielder. 

The Mets also placed Michael Conforto on the 7-day IL for a concussion and recalled pitcher Paul Sewald from Triple-A Syracuse. 

GM Brodie Van Wagenen announced the moves prior to Friday's game against the Marlins in Miami, where Gomez was in the lineup playing fight field and batting sixth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto leaves the game after an apparent injury during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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


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

 

Tags: David Wright, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Keon Broxton honest after loss 00:01:12
Keon Broxton was frank with reporters after the Mets 7-6 loss. Broxton struck out to end a Mets rally with the bases loaded in the ninth.

It was déjà vu for Keon Broxton in Washington. 

The bases were loaded, two outs were on the board, and the Mets were down one run. Broxton, who was filling in for Michael Conforto after he left with what was diagnosed a concussion, came to the dish with a chance to tie or take the lead against the division rival. It was the same situation that presented itself against the Phillies last month. 

And unfortunately for the Mets, the same result transpired...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets late rally falls short 00:01:31
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 9th, but Broxton struckout swinging to end the game. McNeil and Conforto left with injuries

Zack Wheeler struggled on the bump while Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto had to leave the game, as the Nats took down the Mets, 7-4, in Washington on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score

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

1) Coming into this game, Wheeler had been solid in his previous two starts. He allowed just four earned runs over two, seven-inning starts while striking out 21 hitters over that span. But it wasn't the same result against the division rival. He was hammered in a four-run first inning, and though he settled down, two more runs came across in the fifth when Gerardo Parra went deep. Overall, Wheeler went six innings, allowing six earned on 11 hits -- the most allowed all season -- with six strikeouts and two walks as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto left Thursday's game against the Nationals in the bottom of the fifth inning after getting hit in the face by Robinson Cano's shoulder while both of them were trying to field a fly ball.

After the game, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Conforto had been diagnosed with a concussion and will be traveling back to New York via train to be evaluated further. 

During the play where Conforto was injured, Cano called for the ball and then had it nick off his glove and land in fair territory. Conforto was also calling for the ball late.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (19-20, 4.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) travel to the nation's capital to begin a three-game series against the Nationals (16-24, 8.0 games behind Phillies) at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

In the leadoff role, Jeff McNeil has hit .357 (30-for-84) in 20 games atop the lineup. He owns a .522 average (12-for-23) in the opening frame, which ranks second in the majors. ... Amed Rosario enters Tuesday night's game on a seven-game hit streak and has hit safely in 21 of his last 23. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in eight of his last night plate appearances. ... In 21 career games against the Nationals, Robinson Canó owns the second highest active batting average against the team (.363). 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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Mets cruise to 4-1 win 00:01:29
New York Mets extend their winning streak to 5-0 against the Marlins this season with the help from back-to-back Alonso and Conforto homers.

With the lowly Marlins in town, the Mets are taking advantage as they won their second straight Saturday night, this one a 4-1 victory. >> Box score

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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Alonso, Conforto go back-to-back 00:00:27
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso and outfielder Michael Conforto crush back-to-back home runs to go up on the Marlins.

With the game tied 1-1, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

Conforto drove in the Mets' first run in the fourth inning.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets crush Marlins 11-2 00:01:28
New York Mets offense exploded for an 8-run first inning with the help of Amed Rosario's first career grand slam.

The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Amed Rosario grand slam 00:00:21
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario smacks his first career grand slam to give the Mets a 7-0 lead against the Marlins.

As part of a huge eight-run first inning for the Mets, Amed Rosario hit a grand slam to break the game open, 7-0. The homer was Rosario's third of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto
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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have lost 8 of their last 10 games. They're 17-20, have won just one of their last 10 series, and currently sit 4.5 games back of the first-place Phillies. However, they're also about to get 16 straight games against teams below .500, 10 of which will be in their home ballpark.

"What we're doing right now is not acceptable," manager Mickey Callaway said after Wednesday's loss in San Diego. "We have to do better. We can't all of a sudden score a few runs one game and everything is OK. We have to continue to do it."

Thankfully, Callaway's team will play the Marlins next, who have the league's worst record. Then it's the Nationals, who may be the league's most disappointing team, the Marlins and Nats again, and finishing off with the Tigers.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

With the Mets at 17-20 and 4.5 games behind the Phillies for first place in the NL East, the team is in a dangerous spot. It's still very early, but if they don't right the ship soon, things could begin to spiral out of control.

And one of the reasons the Mets are 17-20 at the moment is the fact that they have gotten almost impossibly bad performances from a handful of players who were expected to be key contributors.

Those struggles are detailed below, with us breaking down what's going wrong and determining just how worried the Mets should be about each...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Two weeks ago the Mets seemed to have no need for Jed Lowrie. No room, either. Now, suddenly, with the free-agent infielder finally ready to play, his new team is hoping desperately he can provide exactly the type of offensive spark Brodie Van Wagenen had in mind when he signed him.

For that matter, as badly as the slumping Mets need Lowrie to deliver offensively, it's fair to say Van Wagenen might need it even more.

There is plenty of blame to spread around, obviously, as this team has fallen off a cliff in going 4-10 over the last couple of weeks, beset by problems in all phases of the game.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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Mets end bad road trip 00:02:33
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway explains why he kept catcher Tomas Nido in at the end of the game and not pinch hit Wilson Ramos.

Just as it has been recently, the Mets could only muster a couple runs in their series finale against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon. Yes, the Mets put together seven runs on Tuesday night, but that led to their only win on the six-game road trip. 

But Wednesday didn't look like one of those lackluster days at the plate for New York, especially after the first two innings. Amed Rosario collected an RBI single to put the Mets on the board with only two batters coming to the plate. And then Tomas Nido went deep to center field for a solo shot to give the Mets their second run. 

That was it, though. The Mets had their chances, and maybe none better than what Nido saw with runners on first and second in the top of the ninth with a chance to tie the game at two. But just as he did in the seventh with a runner on second, the Mets' catcher struck out to end the game.

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Mets beat Padres 7-6 00:01:32
New York Mets end their losing streak behind Pete Alonso's 4 RBI night capped by a 'majestic' home run in the 9th inning to take the lead.

The Mets snapped their four-game losing streak on Tuesday with dramatic, 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. > Box score

Six things to know about Monday's game

1) Pete Alonso said Tuesday was a "must-win" game and, boy, he certainly played like it. The rookie slugger delivered in a big way, going 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning that featured an emphatic bat flip. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, San Diego Padres
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Cano tallies 2,500th hit 00:00:19
New York Mets second baseman launches a deep ground-rule double to collect his 2,500th hit of his career.

Robinson Cano ripped a ground-rule double in the first inning for his 2,500th career hit. Cano has the third-most hits among active players and sixth-most among Dominican-born players in MLB history. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Mets lose 4th straight 00:01:06
Rookie Chris Paddack struck out a career-high eleven Mets in the Padres 4-0 shutout win

While Jacob deGrom had a strong outing, he was outdueled by Padres rookie Chris Paddack as the Mets lost to San Diego 4-0 on Monday at Petco Park. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) DeGrom (2-4, 3.60 ERA) struck out seven batters in seven innings, giving up four hits and two runs, retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced before surrendering a solo homer to Hunter Renfroe.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, San Diego Padres
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Brewers sweep Mets 00:01:09
Christian Yelich returned to the lineup and launched a two-run homer to help the Brewers complete a sweep of the Mets

A defensive miscue led to the only three Brewers runs and cost the Mets a game as they lost, 3-2, to get swept out of Milwaukee and fall two games under .500. >> Box score


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

1) A day after the Mets played 18 innings in a heartbreaking loss, Mickey Callaway/Brodie Van Wagenen rolled out a lineup that was without Jeff McNeil (Callaway said he needed a day), Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, and Wilson Ramos. J.D. Davis, who has hit well while being a detriment defensively, was also out of the lineup. All except Ramos eventually pinch-hit. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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 (Amber Searls)
(Amber Searls)

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

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


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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets fail to support Matz 00:01:14
Mickey Callaway, Michael Conforto and Steve Matz comment on the Mets disappointing 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night

Earlier in the season, the Mets had no problem putting up runs as they got some shaky performances out of their starting pitchers.

Now their pitchers have turned things around and the offense has gone cold. After averaging 5.6 runs through their first 23 games, the Mets are averaging just 2.6 runs over their last nine and scored just one run in Friday's loss at Milwaukee.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Brewers stifle Mets 00:00:55
Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

The Mets struck quickly Friday night in Milwaukee but fell flat the rest of the game, losing to the Brewers 3-1. They've scored just two runs in their last three games. >> Box score


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

1) The Mets took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and couldn't muster another run. Wilson Ramos drove in Robinson Canó with a two-out single. The Mets had three hits in the first inning but had just four hits over the final eight innings and zero hits from the sixth through the eighth.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

There's no debating that Pete Alonso is having the best start to a career among the thousands of players to wear the Mets uniform.

Thankfully for him, he's doing it at a time when Mets fans are seeking an heir to the throne left behind by David Wright. He's also doing it during the social media age, through which we get a better look into his personality and popularity than would have been the case had he broken out at any other point in history.

In a season when much of the attention in the National League has been on San Diego's much-hyped rookie Fernando Tatis Jr., it's Alonso that won the league's Rookie of the Month for April.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Athlete Art: Conforto and Nimmo 00:00:36
After a huge day for Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo show off their art skills by drawing their teammate known as Thor!

In a test of their artistic skills, SNY asked New York Mets players to draw their teammates  Watch Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo try to draw Noah Syndergaard!

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard and the Mets face the Cincinnati Reds in the final game of a four-game series on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets' bullpen's 5.53 ERA ranks third-worst in the majors. Edwin Diaz allowed runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 11-15, 2018, as a member of the Mariners. ... Since his first-inning triple on Sunday, Pete Alonso is in the midst of a 2-for-15 slump. ... Michael Conforto is in a 2-for-21 slump over his last seven games. 

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and Reds continue their four-game set at Citi Field on Wednedsay at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso hit his first career walk-off, a sacrifice fly to right field, on Tuesday night to propel the Mets over the Reds. He also had a record-setting month as he was tied for home runs by a rookie with Darryl Strawberry (9). He also tied the club record for homers prior to May 1. ...Robinson Cano is back in the lineup tonight after getting hit by a pitch in the hand on Sunday. Over his last 12 games, Cano is hitting .360 with a homer, six doubles, six RBI four runs scored. ...Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine straight games. ...Amed Rosario recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season in last night's win. ...The Mets' team average of .259 this year is ranked fourth in the NL and seventh in the league thus far. ...Jeurys Familia has hit the IL with shoulder soreness. He received an injection in his shoulder today. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Frazier hits go-ahead home run 00:00:24
Todd Frazier connected for his second home run of the season against the Reds to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

The Mets got on the board first at Citi Field on Tuesday night against the Reds, and that was all thanks to Jeff McNeil's hustle. 

With Juan Lagares on third base and two outs, McNeil pulled a fast one and dragged bunt toward first base. McNeil beat Luis Castillo to the bag and allowed Lagares to score to put the Mets up first. 

But it wasn't just offense that the Mets showed off. Michael Conforto raced all the way to the right field line to make a nifty sliding catch...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Mets walkoff to win 4-3 in 10th 00:01:19
Pete Alonso hit a sac fly in the 10th to walkoff against the Reds. Jeff McNeil also had a 4-hit night capping an exciting win.

Pete Alonso helped the Mets overcome a ninth inning meltdown from Jeurys Familia by hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th inning in a 4-3 win over the Reds Tuesday night at Citi Field. > Box score

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

1) Alonso may have been 0-for-4 on the night, but he continued to show his knack for coming through in a big spot by lifting a fly ball to deep right field to allow J.D. Davis to tag up from third base and the Mets win in walk-off fashion. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores on a an RBI single by third baseman Todd Frazier (not pictured) against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores on a an RBI single by third baseman Todd Frazier (not pictured) against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets and Reds will play the second leg of a four-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.  

Mets notes

Brandon Nimmo returns to the three-hole after hitting there Monday. With Jeff McNeil settling into the leadoff role, the Mets have been experimenting with Nimmo's spot in the order. He's batting .316 over his last 18 games. ... Michael Conforto's eight-game walk streak is the second longest active streak in the league, behind Houston's Alex Bregman. Conforto currently has a .408 on-base percentage. ... Pete Alonso can tie Jeff Kent's franchise record for RBI in April by driving a run Tuesday, which would be his 26th RBI of the year. ... The Mets' early-season situational hitting has taken a tumble. After leaving on 10 baserunners Monday against the Reds, they entered Tuesday with the a league-leading 225 runners left on base this year. ... After being hit on the hand Sunday, Robinson Cano is out of the lineup for the second straight day.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Cincinnati Reds, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Mets fall short 5-4 to Reds 00:01:15
The Mets capitalized on a big fourth inning against Tanner Roark and the Reds, but Edwin Diaz gave up the go-ahead run to lose 5-4.

Edwin Diaz allowed a go-ahead home run to Jesse Winker in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets lost to the Reds 5-4 on Monday at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Entering in a 4-4 game, Diaz retired the first two hitters before his first-pitch fastball to Winker was sent 415 feet to right field. Diaz had retired all 15 left-handed batters he faced before Winker homered.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Cincinnati Reds, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Wheeler shuts down Phillies 00:01:15
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had an amazing performance against the Phillies both on the mound and at the plate.

Zack Wheeler had himself a night at Citi Field on Wednesday, as his pitching -- and hitting -- led the way to a Mets shoutout of the Phillies, 9-0.   >> Box score

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

1) Wheeler absolutely shutdown the Phillies' offense with a strong performance on the bump, allowing five scattered hits and no runs over seven innings. The walks that have plagued him too didn't appear in this one, as he struck out 11 and didn't allow a free pass. Oh, Wheeler also helped himself at the plate. He not only ripped a two-RBI double to put the Mets on the board first, but he launched his first career homer as well for a total three RBI on the night.  

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob Rhame, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Matz bounces back 00:01:46
Steve Matz comments on bouncing back from his last start while Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil discuss the Mets offensive performance

The Mets moved into a first-place tie in the NL East as they beat the Phillies 5-1 on Monday night at Citi Field. > Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Steven Matz put last week's nightmarish start against the Phillies behind him, tossing six innings of one-run ball while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out six, as he lowered his ERA to 4.03. Matz retired the first six batters he faced and worked around a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third inning. He held the Phillies scoreless until Rhys Hoskins hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth inning. Included in Matz' night were two strikeouts of Bryce Harper, who was ejected in the top of the fourth for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout before bounding onto the field and losing his mind (more on that below). 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets lose series to Cardinals 00:01:19
New York Mets hit four home runs including blasts from Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and even Noah Syndergaard but Mets still fall short.

Noah Syndergaard struggled on the mound as the Mets lost for the fourth time in the last five games with a 6-4 loss on Sunday at Busch Stadium. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1) Syndergaard (1-2, 5.90 ERA) allowed six runs (four earned) and eight hits in five innings. In five starts this season, he has allowed at least four runs four times.

2) Pete Alonso, Syndergaard, Robinson Cano and Michael Conforto each hit solo homers, however the Mets wet 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, St. Louis Cardinals
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

The Mets (11-8) look to build off Friday's win as they face the Cardinals (10-9) at Busch Stadium on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. 

Mets Notes

Chris Flexen makes the spot start in place of the injured Jacob deGrom. ... Jeff McNeil's .391 batting average is tied for the second-highest in the majors this season. His 99 career hits are also the most all-time by a Mets player through his first 81 games. ... Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 12 straight games since April 6. ... Brandon Nimmo is back in the leadoff spot after missing some time with a stiff neck. He has reached base safely in his last nine games

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, St. Louis Cardinals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets began a 13-game stretch last week that included 10 games against the Phillies and Braves.

I believed the Mets would need to win at least six of those 10 games -- which would put them around 14-10 heading into their next homestand -- to avoid hitting the panic button too early.

To date, they have won just two of seven during this stretch, with three left against the Phillies, whom they will play at Citi Field after beginning a three-game series Friday against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Mets lose finale to Phillies 00:01:16
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was happy with Zack Wheeler pitching deep against the Phillies and sees NL East being a dog fight.

Zack Wheeler took the mound Wednesday afternoon in Philadelphia looking another solid start like his last one against the Braves. Overall, it was a good start by the hard-throwing righty, but a couple costly mistakes linger on his mind.

Wheeler had been cruising, as he allowed just one run in the second inning. But that changed when Scott Kingery launched an opposite field solo homer to push the Phillies lead to two. Then, just one inning later, Cesar Hernandez did the exact same as his teammate, taking a Wheeler pitch over the right field fence. 

That last solo homer was ultimately the winning run for the Phillies, who took the three-game series with the victory. Wheeler may have been satisfied with his overall performance, but not with those two pitches he made.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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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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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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