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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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Noah Syndergaard
Noah Syndergaard

Before Thursday's series finale at Citi Field, the Indians tweeted a message to their fans that also contained what some -- including a few Mets players -- saw as a dig at the Mets.

"We didn't erase an 11.5-game deficit to roll over. We split a series with one of the best teams in MLB at their home ballpark," part of the tweet said. "We lost the last 2 to a fringe postseason team."

Click below to see the exchange...

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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

The Mets (67-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series with the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the sixth inning and Wilson Ramos provided the offense as the Mets won a rain-shortened game against the Indians on Thursday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Noah dominates in Mets 2-0 win 00:01:28
Syndergaard was perfect through 5 1/3 innings, giving up a single in the sixth. Wilson Ramos drove in the 2 runs while rain caused havoc.

The Mets' pitching staff led by Noah Syndergaard worked its way through rain delays to help bring home sweep of Indians in a 2-0 win.. >> Box score 

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard had his start cut short thanks to an extensive rain delay, about an hour. Syndergaard's night ended at 73 pitches as he unsurprisingly did not come back out to the mound when play resumed at 11:10 p.m. Still, it was a productive outing for Syndergaard in the win. Over six innings, the righty allowed only two hits and shutdown the first 15 batters he faced. Syndergaard struck out five, including the first two batters he faced in the game to set the tone early. 

Tags: Cleveland Indians, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (66-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Cleveland Indians (74-53, 3.0 GB in AL Central, 0.5 GA in AL Wild Card) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets are now a season-high six games over .500 after their 4-3 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night. J.D. Davis was the hero, hitting his first career walk-off in the 10th inning. He is second in the NL with a .371 batting average and tied for ninth with a .429 on-base-percentage since the All-Star break. ... The team has now won 12 of its last 13 home games and is 36-21 at Citi Field this year. ... With a win tonight the Mets will match the total amount of victories at home in both 2017 and 2018. ... Wilson Ramos is currently on a 15-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in the majors. The last Met to have a 15-game hitting streak was David Wright from June 9-25, 2012.

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Noah plays Backyard Baseball 00:01:32
If you grew up in the 90's, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

If you grew up in the 90s, you probably played Backyard Baseball. Noah Syndergaard reveals his team and some of his picks may surprise you.

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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

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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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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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The Mets are in the thick of the Wild Card race -- 2.0 games out of the second spot with 38 games to go. And if they make it to the do-or-die play-in game, it seems that Jacob deGrom is already lined up to start it.

The rotation right now in order has deGrom at the top, followed by Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Noah Syndergaard

DeGrom started on Saturday night against the Royals in Kansas City, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule, his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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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Davis on his calf injury 00:01:52
New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis describes his calf injury but doesn't seem to worried about the severity of it.

Noah Syndergaard wasn't just battling the nine hitters in the Royals' lineup on Friday.

He was also battling the conditions.

It was a hot, humid evening in Kansas City, and though Syndergaard did his best to battle through six innings, the conditions ultimately got to him. 

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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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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets (62-59, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals (43-78, 30 GB in AL Central) on Friday night at 8:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.

Mets Notes

In Thursday's win over Atlanta, Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso became the first Mets ever to both record five hits in the same game. ... The Mets's 23 hits on Thursday were tied for the second most in team history for a nine-inning game. ... The Mets are 10-4 against the AL this season, the highest interleague win percentage for any NL team.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Kansas City Royals, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first 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) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (61-59, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB in Wild Card) wrap up a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (72-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Thursday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost three straight games, but have still won 15 of their last 19. ... The Braves have taken eight of their last 10 matchups with the Mets. ... The Mets have not been swept in a three-game series by the Braves since May 1-3, 2018. ... Wilson Ramos is on a nine-game hitting streak, batting .400 with 10 RBI during the stretch.

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates 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) celebrates with his teammates 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 National League Wild Card race is exactly how it is described: wild.

The Nationals and Cardinals continue to cling to the top of the standings. However, entering play today, five teams are within five games of the final postseason spot.

There are roughly 47 days and 40 or so games left in the season, depending on each team's respective schedule. Here is a breakdown of their chances, strengths, and weaknesses...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) and relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrate after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The time is quickly approaching for Mickey Callaway to lock in on roles for his relievers.

By taking two of three this past weekend from the Nationals, the Mets proved they are more than just a team that can make up ground by beating on teams below .500. And at just one game back of Washington for the final Wild Card spot and 44 games left in the season, most of which will be against other teams in contention, Callaway can't risk his bullpen reverting to what it was before July.

Sadly, had the bullpen performed just average -- instead of losing an NL-worst 17 games the first three months of the season -- they would likely be leading the Wild Card and a just few games behind the NL East-leading Braves.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Nats avoid sweep 00:01:19
Former Met Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run double broke a 3-3 tie as the Nationals avoided a sweep and snapped the Mets 8-gm winning streak, 7-4

The Mets couldn't keep their winning streak alive, as the Nationals collected a win, 7-4, at Citi Field on Sunday. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom didn't begin the game the way he wanted to, as a crucial botched play allowed three runs to cross the plate in the top of the first inning. With the bases juiced, Pete Alonso made a nice diving play and the inning looked to be over. However, he was called for a throwing error that allowed all the runs across despite deGrom stopping before reaching the bag. Overall, deGrom went five innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one...

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets (61-56, 7.0 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) aim for the sweep of the Nationals and move into a Wild Card position for the first time this season this afternoon. Jacob deGrom will get the ball against Anibal Sanchez.

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


So the Mets won...again. This time it was Luis Guillorme that hit a clutch homer -- his first of the season -- to help New York take a 4-3 victory at Citi Field last night. >> Read more

 

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Syndergaard talks red-hot Mets 00:01:36
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard explains why he sees a lot of the 2015 World Series Mets in this year's team.

Luis Guillorme hit his first-career home run in a pinch-hitting situation in the bottom of the eighth to help the Mets extend their hot streak to 15 wins in their last 16 games. A magical streak which took the Mets out of the basement of the National League and put them squarely into the Wild Card discussion, and perhaps beyond. 

Guillorme's homer tied the game at three in a game the Mets (61-55) went on to win 4-3 but from the sounds of it, you'd think the infielder's first-career homer came in a mid-April outing. 

"That was great for me and it helped the team, too," a modest Guillorme said.

Tags: JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard
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Mets down Nationals 4-3 00:01:48
New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme tied the game with his 1st career HR but J.D. Davis' sac fly gave the Mets the lead for good.

The Mets' magic extends streak to wins in 15 of their last 16, as they top the Nats 4-3. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Luis Guillorme picked a heck of a time to hit his first-career home run. After thinking he had walked, Guillorme stepped back into the batters back in the eighth and sent the next pitch into the upper deck in right field against pitcher Fernando Rodney, tying the game at three as Juan Soto hit a solo homer in the top half of the inning to give the Nats a brief 3-2 lead. The excellent hitting of J.D. Davis then continued, as he scored Joe Panik with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run later in the frame.

2) The resurgence that RHP Noah Syndergaard has experienced continued against the Nats. Syndergaard allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks in seven innings. Syndergaard collected five strikeouts as well. With the seven innings of work, Syndergaard's reached that number of innings pitched in his last six starts, a streak that leads the majors. Syndergaard navigated a successful outing despite throwing 29 pitches in the first inning. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When the Mets announced their starting lineup prior to Saturday night's game against the Nationals, the name filled out as the starting catcher was somewhat of a surprise.

Wilson Ramos will get the start behind the plate on Saturday, and while that in itself doesn't seem like much of a surprise, it is a bit different to see him paired up with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

Since June 30, Tomas Nido has been behind the plate for all seven of Syndergaard's starts, and the right-hander has been terrific in those games. In 46 innings of work, Syndergaard has allowed just 14 earned runs, good for a 2.74 ERA. He's struck out 47 batters and allowed just three home runs, compared to the 11 homers he's given up in his 15 other starts.

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When the Mets announced their starting lineup prior to Saturday night's game against the Nationals, the name filled out as the starting catcher was somewhat of a surprise.

Wilson Ramos will get the start behind the plate on Saturday, and while that in itself doesn't seem like much of a surprise, it is a bit different to see him paired up with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

Since June 30, Tomas Nido has been behind the plate for all seven of Syndergaard's starts, and the right-hander has been terrific in those games. In 46 innings of work, Syndergaard has allowed just 14 earned runs, good for a 2.74 ERA. He's struck out 47 batters and allowed just three home runs, compared to the 11 homers he's given up in his 15 other starts.

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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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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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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

It started by trading for Marcus Stroman.

To be fair, just prior to Stroman joining the Mets rotation, the team's starting pitchers had produced the fourth-most WAR among NL staffs. So it's not like they were struggling.

But the day Brodie Van Wagenen added Stroman, FanGraphs projected the Mets would elevate to being the best rotation in baseball for the remainder of the season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are on a roll and the team's pitching staff is a big reason why.

Major League Baseball recognized this on Monday, tabbing RHP Noah Syndergaard as the National League Player of the Week and honoring a defensive effort by RHP Marcus Stroman as the Play of the Week. 

Syndergaard had two starts last week for the Mets and pitched 14.1 total innings. In those outings combined, Syndergaard allowed only one earned run and two walks while striking out 14 batters. At the plate himself, Syndergaard helped his own efforts with two hits. 

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) greets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) crossing home plate on a two ru home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 13-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (55-56, 10.0 GB in NL East, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) have a doubleheader with the Marlins on Monday, beginning at 4 p.m. with Jacob deGrom on the hill.

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


The Mets had a lopsided victory over the Pirates on Sunday, 13-2, as everything was clicking on all cylinders for the road team. >> Read more

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Mets clobber Pirates 00:01:16
J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI, pacing a 16-hit attack as the Mets routed the Pirates, 13-2 on Sunday afternoon

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, winning 13-2 over the Pirates >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard continued his dominance, allowing just three hits through 7.0 innings of work. This is his fifth straight start where he went at least 7.0 innings. Sadly, his four game streak of at least eight strikeouts came to an end, as the right-hander only struck out three Pirates batters. Syndergaard improves to 8-5 on the season with this win.

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Jul 13, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second 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 starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (54-56, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their weekend series with the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-62, 11.0 GB in NL Central) at PNC Park, with first pitch set for 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Pirates 7-5 on Saturday night, making their record 8-2 over the last ten games. If the Mets win today, it'll be their fourth straight series win, and the team's sixth series victory on the road this season. Wilson Ramos will get the day off after having a career-best 6 RBI's in the Saturday victory.

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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

The Mets (53-55, 56 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their weekend set with the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-61, 10.0 GB in NL Central) at PNC Park, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have won five of their first six series since the All-Star break. ... Jeff McNeil will get a day off for the Mets, as Mickey Callaway said he's looking ahead to playing McNeil in both games of Monday's doubleheader. ... The Mets have pitched a shutout in each of their last three series, and haven't done so in four straight series since August 1974.

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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his solo home run with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) during the eleventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his solo home run with first baseman Pete Alonso (20) during the eleventh inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets suddenly have a reasonable chance at winning the second Wild Card. And I'll admit it -- as recently as just two weeks ago, I didn't expect to be writing those words.

To be fair, I'm not yet fully convinced that their current seven-game winning streak is an indication of how they'll perform during this season's final 54 games. Then again, there are two reasons to think they may be able to win enough games -- probably 33 or so -- to climb over the four games and three teams between them and playing in October.

Mickey Callaway's squad has won 13 of their last 18 games, all of which started the day after the All Star break. This is impressive, but 12 of those games were against teams who are below .500. Four were against the Giants (under .500 at the time, over. 500 now, and two were against the Twins). The easy schedule continues through next Thursday's off-day, prior to which the Mets travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates and then host the Marlins for four games at Citi Field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

By keeping his best talent and replacing his No. 5 starter with an ace, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen signaled to his players, Mets fans and all of baseball that he believes his team can still find its way into the 2019 postseason.

If there is a shot at winning around 35 of their remaining 55 games, it will be because the new Fab Five of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz consistently pitch to their potential.

"I was praying we didn't trade any of those guys that we're being rumored about," Stroman said late Wednesday. "I actually think we can have the best staff in all of baseball."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

The Mets (52-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday afternoon at 2:20 on SNY.

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

 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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The last-minute Zack Greinke blockbuster aside, baseball's trade deadline was reminiscent of the winter meetings, as fans waited for the wheeling and dealing to begin in earnest. 

It's pretty clear that teams are more risk-averse than ever, the result of information overload throughout the sport and GMs who'd seemingly rather reveal family secrets than trade top prospects. 

The result was a yawner of a deadline, despite the supposed urgency that came with the rule change this year doing away with waiver trades, meaning that this was the one chance teams had to buy or sell. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Brodie Van Wagenen

Brodie Van Wagenen is confident. Or, at the very least, he doesn't see himself as being in the business of rebuilding the Mets. Instead, his goal continues to be to win and, like he said this past winter, win now.

Otherwise, he would have accepted one of the many offers he reportedly received for Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Edwin Diaz

The plan for this post was to break down the moves or lack of moves made by Wagenen. However, the story of this year's trade deadline is less about what he did and more about what he didn't do...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets keep Zack and Thor 00:02:26
Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the Mets moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, as the team kept Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

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So Brodie decided to let it ride. Well, at this point, why not? 

Better to take a shot, longshot though it may be, at making a Wild Card run this season than dealing Zack Wheeler for a so-so return that offered limited potential of helping the Mets in the immediate future.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Stroman talks Mets trade 00:01:43
New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman discusses his trade to the Mets an what he looks forward to playing for New York.

On Sunday, the Mets shocked most of the baseball world by acquiring Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays.

On Wednesday, their prized addition joined the team in Chicago and met with reporters in person for the first time in Mets' blue and orange, and he's got lofty expectations for what his new club can accomplish this season.

"It's been pretty crazy," Stroman said about the past few days. "It's definitely been a whirlwind. I'm excited to be here and throw my bullpen and get settled, and looking forward to making the playoffs this year and chasing that."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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Van Wagenen reacts to deadline 00:02:09
Brodie Van Wagenen reacts to the Mets moves, or lack there of, at the trade deadline. The GM is happy with Stroman and not forcing a deal.

After trading for Marcus Stroman and dealing Jason Vargas, the Mets made no other moves before the trade deadline passed on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Shortly after the deadline, Van Wagenen talked about his thought process behind his moves and non-moves. Here are the takeaways...


How close were they to trading Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler?

"We had a lot of incoming calls. We've got a lot of players that are extremely talented and some of our players had years of control, like Noah. (Wheeler) is an extremely high-end, impact starting pitcher. There were lots of teams interested. There were a lot of teams interested in trying to acquire pitching -- especially of this magnitude. At the end of the day, we weren't gonna move key pieces to our club unless we felt like we were gonna be better positioned as we look at the long-term outlook of the team and the franchise. We didn't find those opportunities and we frankly weren't necessarily seeking those opportunities out. Those opportunities were being presented to us on an hourly basis, but we maintained our focus."

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees were hoping to trade for a starting pitcher, and had been linked to most of the top names on the market. Here's the latest...


July 31, 4:01 PM:

GM Brian Cashman failed to bring in a new rotation arm as the trade deadline has now passed. Instead, the only move the Yankees made was a minor-league one, acquiring Rockies LHP Alfredo Garcia for RHP Joseph Harvey

With an hour left to go before the deadline, all signs were pointing to the Yanks missing out. Zack Wheeler talks weren't going well and Madison Bumgarner's name was virtually non-existent. Now the Yankees will continue to rely on who they got in their rotation and bullpen, hoping Dellin Betances and Luis Severino can return to help them with their World Series run. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets keep Zack and Thor 00:02:26
Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the Mets moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, as the team kept Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets have been expected to trade pending free agent Zack Wheeler before the July 31 trade deadline. Here's the latest...


July 31, 4:03 PM:

The Mets do not have a last minute deal in place and will not be trading Zack Wheeler, reports SNYs Andy Martino.

Also notable at the deadline: Madison Bumgarner, Robbie Ray, and Mike Minor all stayed put. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The July 31 trade deadline is close, and there is increasing chatter that Noah Syndergaard could be on the move. Here is the latest...


July 31, 12:11 PM:

While attempting to trade for Syndergaard, the Padres offered the Mets four players -- including major league pieces -- but it wasn't enough, reports SNY's Andy Martino

Syndergaard has been removed from the trading block and will be staying with the Mets, according to Martino

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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Thor is staying in Flushing. 

Noah Syndergaard is staying with the Mets, as the team has pulled him off the trade market ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline on Wednesday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The righty flamethrower was generating significant interest this week, with the Padres making a strong offer, according to SNY's Andy Martino. The deal did involve major league players, but both sides couldn't find a common ground. The Twins were also a team interested in Syndergaard. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Jul 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) reacts after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Minutes after Noah Syndergaard picked apart the White Sox over 7.1 dominant innings -- sitting 98-99 MPH with his fastball and unleashing secondary pitches that were as nasty as they've been all season -- he stood in the Mets' clubhouse and made it clear what he wants the team to do at the trade deadline.

"Five games out and two months left to play in the season," Syndergaard said. "I think technically selling would just be giving up. I think we have plenty of opportunities to make a run at this thing."

Syndergaard, who had earlier said the rumors about his future were "getting kind of old" and that he expected to stay put, wasn't talking about himself when addressing the trade deadline plan. He was talking about the team as a whole.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Syndergaard talks trade rumors 00:01:48
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard says he's confident that he will remain on the Mets once the trade deadline has concluded.

If that's the last time Mets fans see Noah Syndergaard take the mound in a Mets uniform, he certainly gave them something to remember him by.

With the trade deadline less than 24 hours away and rumors of a possible deal swirling for days, Syndergaard went 7.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on five hits, walking one and striking out a season-high 11 hitters. He touched 100 mph multiple times, while his breaking ball and changeup were swing-and-miss pitches, as well. The Mets went on to win the game 5-2 in 11 innings, though Syndergaard missed out on a win because of Edwin Diaz's blown save.

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Syndergaard dominant in Chicago 00:02:02
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard threw a gem but back-to-back HRs from Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto secured the victory in 11.

The Mets let a masterful start from Noah Syndergaard go to waste, but they fought back to win 5-2 in 11 innings. >> Box score

Six takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard was stellar, and at times absolutely unhittable, especially early on in the game. He breezed through the first four innings on just 41 pitchers and allowed one baserunner, a third-inning walk to Yolmer Sanchez. He finished the game with just five hits allowed over 7.1 innings, giving up just one unearned run. He also struck out a season-best 11 hitters. If this was Syndergaard's last start with the Mets, it was a terrific one. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (50-55, 11.0 GB in NL East) take on the Chicago White Sox (46-57, 17.0 GB in AL Central) at Guaranteed Rate Field Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. in the first of a three-game series.

Mets notes

The Mets are currently on a four-game winning streak, tied for their longest of the season... Michael Conforto hit his 20th home run of the season Sunday. He now has three straight 20-homer seasons and is eight away from reaching his career high... Seth Lugo retired all four batters he faced in relief on Sunday and has thrown 12 straight innings of scoreless relief over his last 11 appearances. He's allowed just three hits, a walk and a hit batsman in that time. After a 2-for-3 game Sunday, J.D. Davis has his batting average over .300 for the first time this season and will remain in the lineup on Monday.    

Tags: JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets scratched Ervin Santana from his start for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, which could mean absolutely nothing. Or it could mean that a trade of Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard is about to go down.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said over the weekend that the team had a plan in place in the event they needed a starting pitcher from the minors to replace one that was traded.

For Santana, that could mean potentially flying to Chicago to pitch for the Mets on Tuesday night in place of Syndergaard. The likelier scenario would be him taking the spot of Wheeler, who is slated to pitch on Thursday.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets continue their trade deadline moves, but they're sellers this time. 

Veteran starter Jason Vargas is being dealt to the Mets' NL East rival in the Phillies, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Monday. The Mets made the deal official with an announcement.

In return, the Phillies are sending Double-A catcher Austin Bossart to the Mets, according to multiple reports. Bossart, 26, is slashing .195/.303/.335 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 63 games with the Reading Fightin Phils. He is more of a defensive catcher, with a 35 caught stealing percentage...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The reaction on Sunday when the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman was one of shock -- from fans to executives to reporters. Why would the Mets do such a thing? Was it part of a larger plan?

While acknowledging the shock waves the trade caused, it should be noted that no one really should have been that surprised.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 19, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Jul 19, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In a vacuum the Mets made a good trade on Sunday, acquiring Marcus Stroman for two pitching prospects, only one with a high ceiling, in a deal that could pay off in nicely in 2020. 

Of course, it's not as simple as that, for an organization that is already low on pitching prospects, with Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas heading for free agency this winter. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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