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Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 12, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (77-73, 15.5 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (66-85) Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

On the second day of the season's final road trip, the Mets are 5-5 in their past 10 games after they fell 9-4 in Monday's series-opening loss to the Rockies. One bright spot was Brandon Nimmo, whose leadoff home run put the Mets on the board in the top of the first inning and added to his solid return -- since being activated Sept. 1, he is slashing .241/.465/.655. Along with Nimmo, Jeff McNeil gave the Mets a boost via the long ball, sending a two-run shot in the top of the third inning and putting the Mets ahead 3-1. McNeil's multihit game was his 50th of the season, becoming the 13th player in Mets history to do so. With 99 hits on the road, Amed Rosario is on the cusp of 100 hits away from home, which would make him the eighth player in Mets history to reach the century mark as a visitor. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets (77-72, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) start a three-game series from Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies (65-85) Monday at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night, 3-2, after Seth Lugo gave up an RBI single to Jedd Gyorko in the ninth inning. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto combined to go 0 for 25 together in the three-game series. Despite going hitless in 20 consecutive at-bats, Alonso (47) still has a shot at breaking Aaron Judge's rookie home run record (52) by the end of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (76-70, 2.0 GB in Wild Card race) start a three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (95-53, 19.5 GA in NL West) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are coming off a 11-1 win on Thursday that completed their four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Juan Lagares was the star of the day, as he hit two home runs, including his first-career grand slam. Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano, Tomas Nido, and Michael Conforto all homered as well, setting a team record with six total home runs. Pete Alonso will get the day off, after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts on Thursday.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Tomas Nido
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Mets beat D-Backs 11-1 00:01:32
The New York Mets smack 6 HRs and coast to a 11-1 victory over the Diamondbacks and complete the series sweep.

The Mets' offense erupted for the second straight game as they beat the Diamondbacks, 11-1, on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field to sweep their four-game series >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets' offense erupted for a second-straight day, as Juan Lagares blasted two homers -- including a grand slam that ballooned the Mets' lead from 2-0 to 6-0 -- and Todd Frazier homered again. The Mets hit six homers overall, with Robinson CanoTomas Nido, and Michael Conforto also going deep, making Thursday the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit five or more homers in back-to-back games. The six homers were the most the Mets have ever hit in a game at home. 

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)
Jeff McNeil (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (75-70, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


The Mets erupted early and piled on late as they blanked the Diamondbacks, 3-0, to draw within 2.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a single in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is under team control through the 2021 season, after which he is eligible for free agency. So would he consider signing long-term before then if the team approached him?

"I think that is always on players' minds, they want to have that security and I know I am going to be under their control for the next two years so it's kind of something that during the season, it's not something I really want to talk about," Conforto told Mike Puma of the New York Post on Tuesday. "When we get into the offseason and kind of leading up to spring training, I guess those conversations will be had, but I love it here and I would love to continue to play here."

Aside from locking up Jacob deGrom this offseason -- two years before he would have hit free agency -- the Mets have not extended any of their young core players lately.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Alonso walks off in ninth 00:01:32
Edwin Diaz blew another save but Pete Alonso played hero, walking it off in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win.

The Mets blew a two-run lead in the ninth, but they managed to walk off with a 5-4 win over the Phillies on Friday. >> Box score

Six Takeaways from Friday's game

1) With a 4-2 lead in the ninth, Mickey Callaway elected to go with Edwin Diaz. After striking out Logan Morrison, Diaz allowed a single to Jean Segura, and then the big blow, a two-run home run by JT Realmuto on a hanging slider. Diaz's nightmare of a first season with the Mets continued on Friday night, as he allowed two more earned runs, pushing his season ERA to 5.88 and recording his seventh blown save. Diaz has now allowed 14 ninth-inning home runs this season, tying Francisco Rodriguez (2014 Brewers) for the most in MLB history, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

2) In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets rallied to load the bases with two outs, setting the stage once again for Pete Alonso. With a 3-2 count, Alonso laid off of a high breaking ball from Nick Vincent, forcing in the winning run on a walk-off walk.

3) In the bottom of the third inning, Todd Frazier led off with a looping single up the middle, just out of the reach of Cesar Hernandez. It was the 1,000th hit of Frazier's big-league career. Frazier moved to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a Jeff McNeil RBI single, putting the Mets up 1-0. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Todd Frazier's 1000th career hit 00:00:15
Todd Frazier hit a single to left in the third inning to secure his 1000th career hit. Mets are playing the Phillies.

Todd Frazier got things started for the Mets offense on Friday night, blooping a single into shallow center field in the third inning. The hit was Frazier's 1,000th as a big leaguer.

After advancing to second on a Steven Matz sacrifice bunt, Frazier came around to score on an RBI single by Jeff McNeil, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead at Citi Field.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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The Mets (71-68, 15.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) return to Citi Field for their 10-game homestand Friday as they face the Philadelphia Phillies (72-67, 14.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets come home on the heels of their six-game road trip last Friday through Wednesday, in which they went 4-2 with series wins over the Phillies and Washington Nationals. Last time out, the Mets answered after an 11-10 walk-off loss Tuesday with a 4-1 rebound victory Wednesday. After they took both of the three-game sets, the Mets have won 12 of their last 16 series since the All-Star break, going 31-18 dating back to July 12.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose wild one 11-10 to Nats 00:01:32
In a game that started with deGrom and Scherzer, the 9th inning provided the most entertainment with D.C. coming back to win 11-10.

The Mets entered the bottom of the ninth inning up six runs but fell apart, surrendering seven runs -- including a walk-off three-run home run -- as the Nationals stunned New York, 11-10, Tuesday at Nationals Park in Washington. >> Box Score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets' biggest weakest reared its ugly head at the worst-possible time. With a 10-4 cushion in the bottom of the ninth inning, RHP Paul Sewald ran into trouble, allowing four runs on four hits while getting only one out as the Nationals crept back. After LHP Luis Avilan allowed a hit and RHP Edwin Diaz entered with three runners on. With one out, Diaz left a pitch over the plate and C Kurt Suzuki did the damage, pulling a three-run home run to left field and walking the Nationals off against the Mets for the seven-run comeback.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Raphael Diaz, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos
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Mets infielder Robinson Cano
Mets infielder Robinson Cano

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With his lightning-quick recovery from a torn hamstring surprising even the Mets' training staff, Robinson Cano is on track to rejoin the team after a rehab stint with Short-Season Brooklyn -- with that return potentially imminent.

Cano had been heating up before his injury, with 10 hits in 19 at-bats, including four doubles and a home run. But while he is expected to return, it isn't yet known if he's healthy enough to play in a starting capacity. 

If Cano is ready to be more than a bench player upon his return, it's safe to say two things:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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A few months ago, with Amed Rosario still struggling defensively at shortstop, the Mets were kicking around the idea of moving him to center field. 

Rosario's range remained poor, he was making mental mistakes in the field, and he was failing to get to the vast majority of balls that were graded out as difficult chances. As a result, Rosario had been worth -15 DRS (defensive runs saved) As of July 23. Things have changed.

Rosario's DRS entering play on Sept. 3 is -14, meaning he has been a plus defender at shortstop over the last month and change.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets down Nationals 7-3 00:01:41
New York Mets had some key at-bats with two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning to secure a must-win game against the Nationals.

The Mets only scored in two innings on Monday, but it was more than enough offense as they took down the Nationals by a score of 7-3. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Monday's game

1) The Mets broke it open in the fourth, thanks to a five-run inning in which they sent nine batters to the plate. The inning started in fairly benign fashion, with Rene Rivera drawing a walk in between outs by Joe Panik and Noah Syndergaard. But then the floodgates opened. Jeff McNeil homered to make it 4-0, then back-to-back singles from Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto gave J.D. Davis a chance. He delivered a two-run double to make it 6-0, and Brandon Nimmo plated Davis with a double of his own to give the Mets a 7-0 lead.

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Tyler Bashlor
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The eighth inning proved to be a decisive one, as the Mets allowed three Phillies runs and lost the final game of their series in Philadelphia by a score of 5-2. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game

1) With the game tied at two in the bottom of the eighth, the combination of Daniel Zamora and Jeurys Familia was unable to keep the score even. Zamora started the inning, allowed a single to Bryce Harper and was replaced by Familia. The right-hander ended up loading the bases for Scott Kingery, who delivered a bases-clearing double to provide the difference in the score.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Zamora, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 30, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with second baseman Joe Panik (2) after hitting a three run home run in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

The Mets (69-66, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB in second Wild Card) clinched the weekend series in Philadelphia, recording their second straight win with Saturday's 5-3 edge of the Phillies (69-65, 12.0 GB in NL East, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card). >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  LHP Steven Matz (9-8) was solid again for the Mets, scattering three runs (two earned) on seven hits with six strikeouts to one walk in 5.0 innings. Phillies RF Bryce Harper drove in two runs on a first-inning fielder's choice and sixth-inning solo home run, and Matz walked the bases loaded before walking PH Andrew Knapp later in the sixth, but he recorded his latest quality start and gave the Mets a chance to win. Matz outlasted former teammate and Phillies LHP Jason Vargas (6-7), whom the Mets knocked out in the top of the fourth inning. Vargas allowed five runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking three.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) pitches in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

Jason Vargas' first start against his former team didn't go the way he would have hoped. 

Facing the Mets for the first time since the team traded him to the Phillies in late July, the left-hander was hit hard. Vargas allowed one run in the first, another in the third, and then things came unglued in the fifth.

After Wilson Ramos and Michael Conforto (who each drove in a run earlier in the game), got on base to lead off the fifth, Todd Frazier lined a double down the left-field line, scoring Ramos and moving Conforto to third. Joe Panik then followed with a double of his own, this time scoring two and putting the Mets up 5-1.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets talk big win in Philly 00:01:22
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Amed Rosario talk offensive night against Phillies.

The Mets were in a tough spot on Friday night, entering a game against Phillies ace Aaron Nola on the road, losers of six straight games.

And while Nola dazzled for most of the night, Mets' starter Zack Wheeler went toe-to-toe with him, keeping the Mets in the game and allowing the bats to do the talking late in the Mets' 11-5 win.

Down 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Mets turned to Wilson Ramos off the bench, who delivered in a huge spot with an RBI single to tie the game and extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

Then, with the game still tied in the eighth, the Mets opened the floodgates. A two-run single by Amed Rosario got things started, and two home runs from Todd Frazier and another from Michael Conforto helped push the Mets' lead to 11-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Phillies 11-5 00:01:38
New York Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier come up big in the 8th inning to secure the Mets a 11-5 victory against the Phillies.

The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  In the top of the eighth inning, the Mets loaded the bases off of Phillies reliever Mike Morin, and Amed Rosario delivered in the clutch. His single up the middle to score two runs, putting the Mets up 3-1. After a pitching change, Todd Frazier hit a line-drive three run shot over the wall in left field, extending the Mets' lead to 6-1. The five-run outburst from the Mets broke a previously tied game wide open.

Then in the ninth, Michael Conforto blasted a two-run shot to right field, giving the Mets an 8-1 lead. After getting a couple of more runners on base, Frazier slammed his second three-run shot in as many innings, making it 10 runs for the Mets in the final two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets fall short of rally to Cubs 00:01:32
On the eve of his birthday Noah Syndergaard had one of the worst starts of his career only lasting three innings. Mets ultimately lost 10-7.

The Mets fell behind early and couldn't complete the comeback in their 10-7 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard had perhaps the worst outing of his Major League career on Wednesday night, allowing a career-high 10 runs (nine earned) on nine hits in just three innings. Syndergaard allowed three home runs in a start for the first time in his career, allowing long balls to Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos. On a night where the Mets needed Syndergaard at his best, he exited with the team trailing 10-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 14, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Joe Maddon's Cubs handed the Mets a loss on Tuesday night to kick off their three-game set at Citi Field, a crucial series that the Mets need to win to gain ground in the Wild Card race. 

But it was just a couple months ago that the Mets being in the hunt for a postseason berth seemed like a pipe dream. That's why many believe GM Brodie Van Wagenen would be a seller at the trade deadline. 

Instead, he shocked many by keeping his valuable assets in a Mets uniform. And Maddon loved that move...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Marcus Stroman has talked a lot about how much he loves the big stage of New York, the pennant-race pressure, even describing himself as a "savage" on the mound. But until he delivers a big-game performance for the Mets, all that talk is meaningless.

Tuesday night offered him the perfect opportunity, his new team desperately needing Stroman to be a stopper in a must-win series against the Cubs, after they were swept by the Braves, yet he was so-so at best in a 5-2 loss at Citi Field.

Worst of all, he couldn't keep the ball in the ballpark.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Cubs beat Mets 5-2 00:01:37
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made Mets history with his 42nd HR of the season but it wasn't enough to beat the Cubs.

The Mets couldn't make the most of Pete Alonso's record-setting night, falling to Cubs 5-2 on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game

1)  In the bottom of the fourth inning, Pete Alonso hit his 42nd home run of the season. With that home run, Alonso set the Mets single-season record... passing Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley. Beltran hit 41 home runs in 2006, while Hundley hit 41 home runs during the 1996 season. With that home run, Alonso got his 101st RBI of the season... the Mets single season RBI record is 124, set by Mike Piazza in 1999 and tied by David Wright in 2008.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Alonso hits 42nd HR of season 00:00:42
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso becomes the new Mets single-season HR record holder with his 42nd homer of the season.

Leading off the bottom of the fourth inning, Pete Alonso smashed his 42nd home run of the season -- setting the Mets single-season record.

He passes Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran, who each hit 41 home runs in 1996 and 2006, respectively.

Mike Piazza is the only other Mets player to have hit 40 home runs in a season, as he exactly 40 homers in 1999.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) hits an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

When the Mets were close to completing the blockbuster trade that included Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn getting shipped to the Mariners with Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano coming to New York, Jeff McNeil's name started to pop up in rumors.

If you were on Twitter the day the trade went down, there was plenty of speculation that McNeil could also be in the deal. There was then some talk that he was in the deal before the Mets pulled him out.

So what was really going in with McNeil when it came to his potential inclusion in the trade?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The beauty of Jeff McNeil is that he is as versatile defensively as he is wizard-like offensively, and with a huge series against the Cubs this week the Mets need to get creative in how they use him to help kick-start a suddenly sluggish offense.

For starters that means getting more left-handed hitters in the lineup against Yu Darvish in Tuesday's series opener, since the Cubs' righthander has been significantly more vulnerable to lefties than righties this season.

The most logical move is playing McNeil at third base, allowing Joe Panik to stay at 2B, and sitting the slumping Todd Frazier.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mets' Juan Lagares.
Mets' Juan Lagares.

Whatever you think about the arc of Juan Lagares' Mets career, say this for him: He's seizing his moment now, at a time when, well, maybe few thought he could contribute much to a resurgent team in the National League Wild Card hunt.

His past few seasons certainly haven't gone the way Lagares or the Mets would have wanted. But when they've needed him in center field recently, he's delivered -- and not just with defense.

In his last 12 games, Lagares is batting .364 with a .917 OPS and has scored nine runs. With a rare chance at regular at-bats, he looks rejuvenated. He's had five multi-hit games over that span and 16 hits overall. He had 16 hits total in his previous 59 games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Anthony McCarron
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Mets infielder Todd Frazier
Mets infielder Todd Frazier

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' weekend sweep at the hands of the Braves was not the fault of any one player. It was a series filled with missed opportunities, very poor situational execution and awareness, and some questionable moves coming from the dugout.

But the Mets emerged from their weekend nightmare in basically the same spot they were in playoff-wise before Friday night's game started. That is a huge break for a team that opens an enormous three-game series against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

And with luck still on the Mets' side, they need to do everything they can to put themselves in the best position to win. That's where Todd Frazier comes in...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB for second Wild Card) start up their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (77-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished off their sweep of the Cleveland Indians, beating them 2-0 on Thursday night. Noah Syndergaard was spectacular on the mound, throwing just 73 pitches through 6.0 innings. He had a perfect game going on until Tyler Naquin singled to center field with one out in the top of the sixth inning. Then the rain came down, as the game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 16-games, it's the longest active streak in the MLB. He delivered a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Joe Panik and Michael Conforto scored the only runs of the game. The Mets have outscored their opponents 114-73 so far in the month of August, and rank third in the majors with a .292 batting average this month.

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)
J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets start a huge three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday night.

It's nice to have the best pitcher in baseball taking the mound the day after completing a sweep of the Indians, who are just a half game back of the second American League Wild Card, isn't it?

The Mets have been hot, but so has Atlanta. Exactly like the Mets, the Braves have won 11 of their past 15 games. Unfortunately, two of those 11 wins came at New York's expense when the two teams met in Atlanta last week.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in NL Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-52, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 1.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won nine of their last 11 series since the All-Star break, have won three games in a row and four of their last five with a 25-10 record -- best in the MLB -- to sneak back into the Wild Card hunt.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Michael Conforto
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

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

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

Will this homestand help or hurt?

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Offense powers Mets to 9-2 win 00:01:24
Steven Matz pitched well, Justin Wilson was clutch and Davis and Conforto had key home runs to lead Mets to well-rounded 9-2 win.

The Mets kicked off their nine-game homestand with a big 9-2 win over the Indians at Citi Field on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Steven Matz was allowed to go deep into the game this time around, as he continues to show success on the bump. He did allow a solo homer to 2B Jason Kipnis in the top of the second, but the run that came across in the fourth was unearned. Overall, the lefty went 6.1 innings, allowing that one earned run on five hits while striking out seven and walking two...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Cleveland Indians, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rajai Davis, Scott Thompson
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets hammer Royals 00:01:32
Michael Conforto had 4 RBI and Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with his 40th HR as the Mets charged past the Royals, 11-5

The Mets handed it to the Royals in a 11-5 win to take the series in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler looked to be cruising in his start today, but he hit a wall in the fifth inning when he allowed three runs to reliniquish the Mets' lead. His day would be done after that frame, with his final line being four runs, three earned on four hits while walking one and striking out two. He would get a no-decision thanks to the Mets' offense.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Kansas City Royals, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Conforto bombs one 00:00:14
Michael Conforto crushes a 3-run HR in the first inning to get the Mets off to a quick 3-0 lead.

Michael Conforto has been swinging a hot bat lately, and he didn't waste any time showing the Royals exactly how hot it is. 

On the first pitch from Glenn Sparkman, Conforto lifted a three-run homer for the right field fence to put the Mets up early in the first...

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The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) fell to the Royals 4-1, they continue their three-game series in Kansas City on Saturday night at 7:15 PM. 

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


Humid weather conditions in Kansas City frustrated Noah Syndergaard, who failed to reach seven innings for the first time in seven starts. "I felt like i had to battle the elements out there. I don't know what it is about humidity, but we do not get along," Syndergaard said. >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Royals beat Mets 4-1 00:01:23
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was the only batter to drive in a run in the Mets 4-1 loss to Kansas City.

The Mets fell to the Royals 4-1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Friday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was magnificent through the first four innings. He ran into trouble quickly in the fifth, allowing a single and then back-to-back double by Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez. Two runs scored in the fifth, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Syndergaard got into another jam in the sixth, but with tow runners on, he struck out Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat. Syndergaard went six innings, allowing just two earned on five hits. He had gone at least seven innings in each of his prior six starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Conforto RBI single 00:00:14
New York Mets first outfielder Michael Conforto smack and RBI single to put the Mets up on the Royals 1-0.

Michael Conforto gave the Mets an early lead on Friday night. 

In a scoreless top of the third inning, JD Davis singled to reach base, and then made his way to second on a fielder's choice that turned into an error by Whit Merrifield. With Davis on second, Conforto lined a single the other way to put the Mets on the board first.

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Thanks to some heroics from the likes of Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto, the Mets took a walk-off win on Friday, 7-6, at Citi Field. 

Down three, Frazier hit a three-run moonshot to left field tie the game and Conforto went on to knock the walk-off single to right field to end the game. 

A contest every Met fan wishes they could attend. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (60-56, 8 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are back at it against the Washington Nationals (61-54, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the ninth inning for a walk-off win Friday night and have won 14 of their last 15. The last time the Mets won a game trailing by three runs or more in the ninth was Sept. 15, 2015 at Atlanta. ... Wilson Ramos is in the lineup on his 32nd birthday. The catcher is hitting .387 with two home runs and 13 RBI his last eight games. ... J.D. Davis has reached base safely in each of his last 17 starts at Citi Field. He is hitting .422 with 16 runs scored, four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .472 OBP in that span. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is doused with water after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is doused with water after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets entered Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since late-May, and they did just that -- in front of a raucous crowd at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom was dominant in Game 1, and the Mets hit three homers in the seventh inning of Game 2 to erase a 4-2 deficit and get to 57-56 while pulling within 2.5 games of a playoff spot.

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier
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Mets talk comeback win 00:02:36
Conforto and Alonso talk "shirtless" celebration in walk-off win while Frazier, Stroman + Callaway talk about the game's playoff atmosphere

As Michael Conforto separated himself from his teammates on the center field grass on Friday night, he came away from the scrum without his jersey intact.

Pete Alonso had ripped it off.

"Yeah, I was happy, I didn't know what to do, so I just ripped his jersey off," Alonso said.

"When guys' shirts come off, it's probably a pretty good day," Mickey Callaway said. "So that was a good one."

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Mets stun Nats in 9th 00:01:32
Todd Frazier hit a game-tying 3-run HR and Michael Conforto finished off the 9th inning comeback as the Mets rallied to beat the Nationals

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

Four Takeaways from Friday's game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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