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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (41-51, 14.5 GB in NL East) take on the Marlins (34-56, 20.5 GB in NL East) in the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets are seeking their first road series victory since they swept the Marlins from April 1-3 earlier this year. ... Michael Conforto is back in the two-hole hitting in front of Pete Alonso after blasting a home run in that spot Saturday night. ... Robinson Cano hit his fifth home run of the season on Saturday and is hitting .342 with three runs, three RBI and a .375 OBP his last 10 games.  

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (41-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) picked up a win on Saturday and will take on the Marlins in the rubber game of the three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in Miami. 

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


Behind Noah Syndergaard and Robinson Cano, the Mets managed a 4-2 win over the Marlins. >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

Coming out of the All-Star break, Mets skipper Mickey Callaway said that the lineups would likely be more fluid on a nightly basis.

He delivered on that statement on Saturday, moving Michael Conforto up to the second spot in the lineup, hoping to get Conforto more pitches to hit in front of Pete Alonso.

"Pete's behind me today? Yeah, so I'll probably get some pitches to hit," Conforto said before the game. "They're not going to want to face that big boy behind me."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Mets beat Marlins 4-2 00:01:22
The New York Mets down the Marlins thanks to strong performances from Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Robinson Cano.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score

Five things to know from Saturday's game

1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base. 

2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Conforto goes deep in Miami 00:00:17
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hits a 2-run homer off the foul pole off of Miami Marlins pitcher Zac Gallen.

With two outs in the third inning, the Mets didn't waver against the Marlins on Friday and started off the second half of the season on a positive note.

Jeff McNeil started right where he left off the first half of the season, singling to center field. Then back-to-back walks from JD Davis and Pete Alonso, respectively, juiced the bases against Miami pitcher Caleb Smith for Wilson Ramos. He delivered.

Ramos kept the rally going and had a hard-hit grounder to the left side of the infield. Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas lunged to his right on the play, but Ramos' shot had too much on it to haul it in.

Tags: Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto
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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)

I wanna believe. But, despite what Mickey Callaway has told reporters, I know it's very unlikely the Mets will claw their way back into the Wild Card race.

Therefore, if Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who addressed the media Friday -- concludes that the Mets will again finish with a losing record, he will give serious thought to trading more than just a few players this summer.

The fact is, while some on this roster helped get the Mets to a World Series in 2015, most were not part of that squad. And those that were on that team are either due for major increases in salary or they're about to be or will be free agents very soon.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In making calls for a Wilson Ramos column last week, I heard a comment from a scout that in some ways summed up Brodie Van Wagenen's misguided attempt at assembling a win-now team in his first attempt as a GM.

"The Mets need to figure out who they are," the scout said.

He explained that for a team that believed its strength was a dominant starting rotation, the Mets needed a defense-first catcher who could enhance the abilities of the starting pitchers -- not a defensive liability like Ramos.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jul 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) takes out pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (40-50, 13.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off -- along with the rest of MLB -- until Friday. Pete Alonso will compete in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, and will be one of three players representing the Mets (joining Jeff McNeil and Jacob deGrom) in Tuesday night's All-Star Game.

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


During the Mets' loss to the Phillies on Sunday, Zack Wheeler (with some poor defense helping) allowed four runs in the first inning >> Read more

Tags: Anthony Kay, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning 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 right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto was out of the lineup in the final game of the first half due to a sore back, per The Post's Mike Puma

Rather than try to push through the pain, the Mets and Conforto are smart to keep the 25-year-old on the bench today. 

Conforto is enjoying a pretty solid season thus far. He owns a .244/.356/.470 slash line with 16 homers and 44 RBI over 80 games thus far. He is also on pace to break his career-high in extra-base hits, owning 33 already on the year. His best was 54 last season. 

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Alonso hits HR #29 00:00:13
Pete Alonso clubs his 29h home run to tie the game 1-1

With the Home Run Derby just a few days away, Pete Alonso's swing looks to be set.

The rookie slammed his 29th home run of the season on Friday night against Vince Velasquez. Of note, Michael Conforto led the Mets last season with 28 home runs on the year. Alonso has passed that mark in the first week of July.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge hits a two-run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at London Stadium. (Steven Flynn/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) face the Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Yankees notes

In eight games since being activated off the injured list with an oblique strain, Aaron Judge is hitting .296/.441/.519 with two home runs and six RBIs. ... Gleyber Torres is 9-for-20 with one home run and three RBIs during his six-game hitting streak. ... Tuesday's game was the first time in 31 games that the Yankees did not hit a home run. That streak broke the 2002 Texas Rangers' previous record of 27 games.

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hits a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6 GB in NL wild card) take on the Yankees (54-29, 5.5 GA in AL East) in the final Subway Series game of 2019 on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Since his first-inning home run in Game 2 of the Yankees-Mets doubleheader on June 11, Pete Alonso is slashing .347/.484/.736 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs. ... Michael Conforto has struggled in his Subway Series career, as he has a .194/.267/.373 batting line with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 20 games against the Yankees. ... Dominnic Smith has a .337/.406/.651 batting line with seven home runs and nine RBIs in 23 starts. In 50 games off the bench, he is hitting .297/.435/.432 with one home run and five RBIs. 

Tags: Domingo German, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Matt Eisenberg
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 4-2 win over the Yankees, they broke the Bombers' streak of 31 conescutive games with a homer and rallied in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz closed the door >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets on big win against Yankees 00:02:51
New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis discusses how he loves playing in NY and pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses being involved in trade rumors

When the Mets needed it most, JD Davis and Michael Conforto came up with a pair of huge hits in the Mets' 4-2 comeback win over the Yankees.

After James Paxton left the game with a 2-1 lead, the Yankees turned the ball over to their bullpen, which has been among the best collective groups in baseball. Tommy Kahnle gave them a spotless seventh inning, leading to Adam Ottavino taking over in the eighth. 

The Yankees' righty entered the game with just a 1.45 ERA, but the Mets got to him on Tuesday. After Pete Alonso reached on a DJ LeMahieu error, JD Davis ripped a double into centerfield, just out of the reach of Aaron Hicks, scoring Alonso and tying the game at 2-2.

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Mets down Yankees 4-2 00:01:26
New York Mets rally from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Yankees 4-2 off of big hits from outfielders J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto.

The Mets sparked an eighth inning rally against the Yankees' vaunted bullpen on Tuesday, coming back to beat the Yankees 4-2 on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Trailing by a run in the eighth inning, the Mets built another late comeback for the second straight game. After Pete Alonso reached on a DJ LeMahieu throwing error, JD Davis stung a double into center field, just out of the reach of Aaron Hicks, tying the game at 2-2. The Mets then loaded the bases with one out, and Michael Conforto delivered with a two-run double off of Zack Britton to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first Inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (37-45, 11.0 GB in NL East) return to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves (48-34, 4.5 GA in NL East) on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped five straight games, matching their season-low. ... The Mets have homered in 23 of their 25 games in the month of June, hitting a total of 45 home runs in the month. Atlanta leads the Major Leagues with 52 home runs in June. ... Michael Conforto has reached base in 26 straight home games.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Mets get swept by Phillies 00:01:27
Todd Frazier looked like he had secured the win with a 2-run home run in the 9th, but Edwin Diaz blew the save to lose 6-3.

The Mets came back from a 1-0 ninth inning defict to take a 3-1 lead, but Edwin Diaz melted down in the ninth inning as New York suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1) Trying to protect a 3-1 lead after the Mets' late heroics, Edwin Diaz issued a leadoff walk before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Maikel Franco on an 0-2 pitch. After recording one out, Diaz walked another batter before allowing a single to Scott Kingery as the Phillies put runners on first and second. Jean Segura followed by blasting a game-winning three-run homer.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:13
Dominic Smith connected for his third home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning.

Dominic Smith and Citizens Bank Park seem to be a pretty good match.

For the third game in a row, Smith launched a home run to the opposite field against the Phillies. His latest blast gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

It's been a weird and dramatic past few days for the Mets. However, despite the colorful headlines and sky-is-falling public reaction, the team sits just 4.5 games back in a Wild Race where no team is showing signs of breaking from the pack.

It's June 26, most teams have played nearly half of their games this season and only two NL teams are more than five games away from the final Wild Card spot. In addition, of the other teams fighting for the Wild Card, just one has won more than six of their past 10 games (with four having played at or below .500, including the Mets).

The Brewers and Phillies -- the top two teams in the Wild Card race -- each have lost seven of their past 10 games. Also, they both have a losing record on the road this season. The Rockies, who are tied with the Phillies for the second Wild Card spot, are 5-5 over their past 10 games and also have a losing road record. As a result, it is very, very difficult to gauge how most of the league will handle the July 31 trade deadline.

Tags: Dominic Moore, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets fall 7-5 to Phillies 00:01:28
Lockett makes strong start in Syndergaard's absence, but the bullpen faltered in the 6th inning for the 7-5 loss. Smith and Rosario homered.

The Mets' bullpen issues came back to haunt them again, blowing a 5-2 sixth-inning lead to the Phillies in Tuesday night's 7-5 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Tuesday was another example of the Mets' bullpen ineptitude. After Walker Lockett gave the Mets a solid 5.1 innings, leaving the game with a 5-2 lead and two runners on, Wilmer Font had a nightmare of a game. In just a third of an inning, Font allowed three runs on three hits, including a pair of home runs to Maikel Franco and Brad Miller. In the blink of an eye the Mets 5-2 lead became a 7-5 deficit. Font then hit Scott Kingery with a high fastball before being pulled.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Dom Smith connects for solo shot 00:00:08
Dominic Smith connected for his second home run in as many nights to give the Mets a 4-1 lead.

For the second night in a row, the Mets jumped out to an early lead against the Phillies on Tuesday.

Dominic Smith seems to like hitting in Philadelphia, as he took a Jake Arrieta pitch out to left-center for his second home run in as many nights. Smith's shot put the Mets up 4-1.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a RBI double against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a RBI double against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (37-42, 9 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB in NL wild card) play the second game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies (40-38, 5.5 GB in NL East, 1 GB in NL wild card) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have dropped their last two games and are five games under .500, tying a season-low. ... Michael Conforto has shown he likes hitting at Citizens Bank Park, homering in his last three games in Philadelphia. Conforto has hit safetly in 17 of his last 20 games and is batting .293 with six home runs, 14 RBI and 15 runs scored since June 4. ... Todd Frazier has been hitting the long ball of late, too, blasting three home runs in his last five games and is hitting .304 with six home runs and 19 RBI in June. 

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

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As bad as it got for the Mets on Monday, a night when they desperately needed to change the Mickey Callaway conversation, the outcome against the Phillies might have been different if they weren't so stubborn about hitting Robinson Cano third in the lineup.

In truth, based strictly on performance, Cano shouldn't be playing at all, considering the Mets have a guy hitting .339 whose natural position is second base.

If only management trusted what it had seen from Jeff McNeil over three months last year, then maybe the Mets wouldn't be in this bind, hoping against hope that Cano isn't as over-the-hill as he has looked so far in 2019.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)
Amed Rosario (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets considered having prized shortstop Amed Rosario get work in center field last summer. 

However, despite the need in center field last season, Rosario did zero work in the outfield. And he didn't see any work there this Spring Training either. 

But here we are again, with manager Mickey Callaway saying earlier this week that the team is again considering Rosario in the outfield.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets lose 13-7 to Phillies 00:01:31
The Mets lost 13-7 to the Phillies on Monday. Matz continued to struggle in Philly while Ramos, Conforto, Frazier and Smith all homered.

The Mets went back-and-forth with the Phillies for five innings but things dismantled in the fifth as Philadelphia scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to hand the Mets a 13-7 loss. >> Box score

Five things to know from Monday's game

1) Steven Matz continues to struggle at Citizens Bank Park. The southpaw had his worst start since he last took the mound in Philadelphia on April 16 when he allowed six runs and failed to get out of the first inning. Matz went a little longer this time but the result was nearly the same. He gave up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks, including three home runs. It was the second straight start in which he has allowed at least five runs, something he had only done once in his previous nine. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Conforto, Frazier make it 2-0 00:00:25
Michael Conforto hit an RBI double followed by Frazier's RBI single to give the Mets a 2-0 lead after the 1st inning against the Phillies.

The Mets didn't waste much time getting on the scoreboard in Monday's series-opener against the Phillies.

Michael Conforto hit an RBI double and Todd Frazier followed with an RBI single in the top of the first inning to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead.

With two outs and Pete Alonso on first base, Conforto ripped a Zach Eflin fastball into the right-center field gap to put the Mets on the board. Frazier then lined a 2-2 slider into right field to drive in Conforto and make it 2-0.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 17, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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McNeil leads Mets past Cubs 00:01:16
Jeff McNeil homered and drove in three runs including the eventual game-winner as the Mets edged the Cubs 5-4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 11, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East) wrap up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (43-31, 3.0 game lead in NL East) on Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park. 

Mets notes

The Mets are 3-6 in rubber games this season, though they have won each of their last two. ... The Mets have slugged 27 home runs during the month of June, tied for the third-most in the National League. ... Michael Conforto has strung together a nine-game hitting streak, driving in six runs with a pair of homers during that span. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) runs the bases before scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets squeak by with 8-7 win 00:01:38
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil makes a great throw to home plate to nail the runner and seal the victory.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Michael Conforto 2-run home run 00:00:15
Michael Conforto hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead against the Cardinals.

In the bottom of the third inning Thursday night against the Cardinals, Michael Conforto crushed a two-run homer to right-center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead at Citi Field. Conforto has 13 homers this season.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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This or That: Michael Conforto 00:00:41
Does New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto prefer boxes or bins? Peer into Conforto?s personality while he plays This or That

Does Michael Conforto prefer the DH? How does he feel about shifts? How about pancakes vs. waffles or Cardi B vs. Nicki Minaj? Conforto reveals all in the latest edition of This or That.

Check out Noah Syndergaard play This or That here.

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

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

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

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

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (31-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to capture a series win against the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Michael Conforto has safely reached base in five straight games, with two homers, four runs scored, three RBI, three walks and a 1.028 OPS over that span. ... Todd Frazier is hitting .340 with two doubles, three homers, eight RBI, 11 runs scored and seven walks over his last 14 games, which includes six multi-hit efforts. ... The Mets are 12-3 over their last 15 home games. ... New York has not fared well in rubber games; they are 2-6 in such contests this season. 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (30-33, 6.0 GB in NL East) look to bounce back from Friday's loss to the Colorado Rockies (33-29, 9.0 GB in NL West) to Citi Field on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Saturday's game 4-6 in their last 10 games but they have won their last six home games when Steven Matz is on the mound. ... The Mets have homered in 14 straight home games, the longest streak in Citi Field history. ... Wilson Ramos is batting .388 with 12 runs, five home runs, 10 RBI, nine walks and a 1.177 OPS over his last 16 games. Michael Conforto homered for the second time in his last three games on Friday and brings a four-game hitting streak into the game. ... Robinson Cano is out of the lineup again with quad tightness.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Senzatela stymies Mets 00:01:27
The Mets managed just 6 hits against starter Antonio Senzatela and the Rockies bullpen in a 5-1 loss on Friday night

Antonio Senzatela kept the Mets' bats quiet, while Daniel Murphy went deep against his former club in the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Rockies. >> Box score

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

1) Jacob deGrom gave the Mets six innings on Friday, but he was lifted after throwing 112 pitches. DeGrom struck out 10 Rockies and allowed just two earned runs. He wasn't taken out for a pinch-hitter, but instead was simply pulled in favor of Robert Gsellman in the seven inning. DeGrom is now 3-6 on the season.

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Mets on their comeback win 00:01:47
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and outfielder Jeff McNeil talk about their big hits to help lift Mets over the Giants

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

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

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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