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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

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

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

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

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

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Game On: Gsellman vs Matz 00:01:26
On the premiere of SNY's new digital series 'Game On, presented by GEICO,' Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz audition for a spot on the show!

On the premiere of SNY's new digital series 'Game On, presented by GEICO,' Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz audition for a spot on the show!

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Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) walks off the field after the top of the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The best I can tell, 10 of the league's 15 teams in AL still consider themselves "contending," while seemingly only the Giants and Marlins are, at this point, set on beings sellers before the deadline.

At 28-32 and five games back of the last Wild Card spot, the Mets are presently among the NL teams riding the fence. To hit 90 wins, which is what it typically takes to reach the postseason, the Mets will need to play .560 baseball, which is not out of the realm of possibility. If this is going to happen, it has to start now, specifically this week playing the Giants and Rockies at home.

It's not going to be easy, though, especially with multiple key players underperforming, banged up, or on the injured list. Best case scenario, the Mets get themselves to be slightly above .500, and well within reach of the Wild Card by winning or splitting every series between now and the end of July. This level success would hopefully make them buyers.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets fall to Giants 9-3 00:01:30
New York Mets had a 3-2 lead off the bats of Pete Alonso and Wilson Ramos but a 6-run 10th inning was their demise losing 9-3 to the Giants.

The Mets began their six-game homestand at Citi Field with an extra-inning loss to the Giants, falling 9-3 in 10 innings. >> Box score

Six things to know from Tuesday's game

1) Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets a second-consecutive quality start, but the run support just wasn't there for him early on. Syndergaard pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on 103 pitches. After the Mets did give him a lead in the sixth, he was noticeably unhappy when Mickey Callaway elected to pull him from the game in favor of Seth Lugo with two away in the seventh. He left the mound with a lead, but it wouldn't hold.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, San Francisco Giants, Wilson Ramos
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D'Backs edge Mets in 11 00:01:27
Mickey Callaway, Jacob deGrom and Robert Gsellman talk about deGrom's hip issue and the Mets bullpen woes

Jacob deGrom was rolling, got into a little bit of trouble, and then his hip cramped up.

He was kneeling as Adeiny Hechavarria made a throwing error which allowed the Diamondbacks to get their first run, and his hip cramped up. He was allowed to remain in the game after one mound visit, but after giving up a ground-rule double. Mickey Callaway and the team trainer decided to take him out. DeGrom was at 89 pitches when he was taken out with two outs in the seventh, and the Mets' bullpen proceeded to blow a four-run lead before they lost 6-5 in 11 innings.

"I was frustrated," deGrom said. "It just cramped up for a second. I just wanted to throw a couple of pitches to make sure it was fine and it was. It's a tough loss for us tonight and I wish I could've stayed out there."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) hits an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) hits an RBI double against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-29, 5 GB in the NL East) rallied in the eighth inning for a 5-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks (28-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Friday.

They return to face the Diamondbacks again on Saturday at Chase Field at 10:10 p.m. when Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.71 ERA) takes on Zack Greinke (6-2, 2.78 ERA). 

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


The Mets put together a two-out rally in the eighth inning, with Carlos Gomez lining a pinch-hit go-ahead double to lead the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets rally edges Diamondbacks 00:01:04
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about the Mets comeback ability after their 5-4 win over Arizona

The Mets' bullpen had a different look on Friday, but the group got the job done in the Mets' 5-4 victory over Arizona.

After a crazy top of the eighth inning where the Mets jumped in front, Mickey Callaway relied on Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman to pitch the eighth and ninth innings, and the duo delivered.

"The more and more we looked at it, after they played catch they said they were okay. Dave (Eiland) and I talked about it, and (Jeurys) Familia and (Edwin) Diaz were down," Callaway said. "They have thrown five out of eight. Today would have been another three out of four for both of them. They've thrown a ton of pitches, and we just couldn't do it.

"I think taking care of our players and putting them in a good spot is always something that we're going to think about, as well as winning, and we had Lugo and Gsellman. Thank goodness (Zack) Wheeler stepped up and went seven for us. That was huge. Now, both Familia and Diaz have had two days off, and we're caught up. We felt like if we would have pitched them today, man, we're going to be trying to catch up for another week. Lugo and Gsellman stepped up big-time and got the job done."

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)
May 5, 2019; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (44) deliver a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports (Michael McLoone)

The Mets will try to salvage a split of their four-game series against the Dodgers Thursday night at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Jason Vargas doesn't typically pitch deep into games, but the Mets will need him to go as long as he possibly can Thursday as Edwin DíazJeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman are all taxed. Díaz has pitched in three of the last four games, throwing 46 pitches over the last two days and said he's unavailable Thursday; Familia has also gone three of the last four, including the last two; Gsellman has thrown 41 pitches over the last two days. ... Tomás Nido steps in for Wilson Ramos behind the plate, while Dominic Smith is back on the bench with J.D. Davis starting in left field.

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Robert Gsellman
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Mets win 7-3 vs. Dodgers 00:01:26
Steven Matz pitched a gem, while Michael Conforto showed off his power with a grand slam in the 7th. Frazier also shined in the big win.

Michael Conforto blasted a go-ahead grand slam while Steven Matz tossed six strong innings to lead the Mets to a 7-3 victory at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. >> Box score

Six things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Steven Matz continued his string of strong performances again, holding the Dodgers to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six. His only mistake was hanging an 0-2 curveball over the middle of the plate to Cody Bellinger, who hit his MLB-leading 20th home run. Since Matz' disaster in Philadelphia, when he allowed six earned runs without recording an out, he has allowed more than two runs just once in his last six starts and has lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 3.55 in that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets walk it off against Tigers 00:01:01
New York Mets go the distance in walk-off fashion thanks to the bats of catchers Wilson Ramos and Tomas Nido.

The Mets won a wild, ugly game against the Tigers in 13 innings on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field >> Box score

Six things to know about Saturday's game

1) Leading off the bottom of the 13th inning with the game tied, 4-4, Tomas Nido smoked a homer to right field to give the Mets a 5-4 win. Nido's homer came after Hector Santiago escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam in the 12th inning before working a scoreless 13th.

2) With the game tied, 4-4, in the bottom of the 11th, the Mets wasted a golden opportunity to win. After a one-out walk by Wilson Ramos (who was pinch-run for by Steven Matz), consecutive singles by Dominic Smith and Todd Frazier loaded the bases for the Mets with one out. That brought up Aaron Altherr, who struck out swinging after getting ahead in the count 3-1. Things were left to Adeiny Hechavarria, who grounded out to the pitcher on a 3-2 pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Carlos Gomez (91) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets won a wild one against the Nats on Thursday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep >> Box score

Five things to know about Thursday's game

1) Trailing 4-3 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Nats elected to walk Wilson Ramos intentionally to put runners on first and second for Carlos Gomez, who crushed a three-run homer to left-center field off reliever Wander Suarez to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Dominic Smith had doubled to start the inning.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Marlins blank Mets 00:00:44
The Mets managed just one hit against Pablo Lopez, whom they knocked out in New York last week, as the Marlins shut them out, 2-0

The Mets fell to a season-worst four games under .500 after failing to muster any offense or fight on Saturday in Miami. >> Box score

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

1) With manager Mickey Callaway's job status potentially in a precarious spot, the Mets gave an absolutely listless performance as they managed just one hit while losing their second-straight game to the MLB-worst Marlins. It was their fourth-straight loss overall. After Jeff McNeil led the game off by doubling off Marlins starter Pablo Lopez, 14 consecutive Mets were set down as he settled into a groove. This was the same Pablo Lopez the Mets scored 10 runs against last week. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

A day after their bullpen tossed 10.1 innings during Saturday night's 18-inning loss to the Brewers, the Mets have called up Tyler Bashlor and Tim Peterson from Triple-A Syracuse.

With Justin Wilson set to be activated off the IL as early as Monday, there are two reasons why it made sense for the Mets to demote Chris Flexen as one way to make room:

1. Flexen, no matter how he performed on Saturday night (he performed badly) was likely destined to return to Triple-A once Wilson returned.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Brewers beat Mets in 18 innings 00:00:13
The Mets played a marathon in Milwaukee and fell short, losing to the Brewers, 4-3, in 18 innings after letting a late lead get away.

It took an entire second game for the Mets to break a deadlock after tying it in the ninth, but Chris Flexen blew it in the bottom of the 18th as the Mets took a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Brewers. They fell under .500 for the first time this season. >> Box score


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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Brewers stifle Mets 00:00:55
Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

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


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

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

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets' 5.57 team ERA is the third-worst in the majors, better than only the Orioles and Red Sox. But manager Mickey Callaway isn't ready to sound the alarm.

"It's not concerning," Callaway said at Citi Field before Monday night's game against the Phillies, noting that the sample size is far too small for the team to be worried.

Is Callaway right to not be alarmed? Maybe...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

If the Mets are going to be this careful about protecting Edwin Diaz, refusing to use him in the highest of high-leverage eighth-inning spots Monday night against the Phillies, then there's only one way to justify such caution:

Go sign Craig Kimbrel. And do it quickly before someone else does.

It's the obvious take, I know, and it might make for a touchy situation as to who gets the ninth inning if the Mets actually were to sign him.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, John Harper
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Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Apr 15, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz follows through on a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eleventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (10-6, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

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


In the Mets' wild 11-inning win over the Phillies, Edwin Diaz was held back until the save situation and proceeded to blow the heart of Philadelphia's order away >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Edwin, Mickey, Brodie talk role 00:01:19
New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz, manager Mickey Callaway and GM Brodie Van Wagenen discuss why Diaz wasn't used in high leverage situation.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway defended his decision not to use Edwin Diaz in a pivotal eighth-inning spot after Monday's 11-inning win over the Phillies, saying he wouldn't use his closer for a four-out save unless it was the playoffs.

Callaway said the Mets wouldn't have Diaz, who has a 1.35 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings this season, pitch more than one inning or enter in a tie game on the road.

After Jeurys Familia pitched into a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the bottom of the eighth in a 6-5 game, Callaway turned to Robert Gsellman instead of Diaz to try to escape the jam. Gsellman then walked in the game-tying run on four pitches to blow the save.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Mets prevail in 11 innings 00:01:28
The Mets capitalized on a Phillies error in the 11th inning, scoring the eventual winning run in a see-saw affair, 7-6

Michael Conforto drove in the game-winning run on an error in the 11th inning as the Mets overcame a blown eighth-inning lead to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Monday at Citizens Bank Park. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Monday's game

1) Conforto's two-out liner off Rhys Hoskins' glove trickled into shallow right field, allowing Juan Lagares to score from second base ahead of Cesar Hernandez's off-line throw to break a 6-6 tie.

2) Edwin Diaz, who did not enter the game for a four-out save in the eighth inning, struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th as the Mets snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after 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 Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The main Mets headlines continue to center around replacing Jason Vargas with Dallas Keuchel, and whether to sign Craig Kimbrel to beef up the bullpen.

Here are four under the radar stories worth noting...

1) Broxton is better than Lagares

Tags: Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Mets left-hander Jason Vargas was so bad on Saturday night against the Braves that manager Mickey Callaway seemed to be at a loss after the game while explaining what went wrong.

"He's just not getting outs at this point," Callaway said. "That's really all I can say."

Callaway said more, though, noting that the Mets might skip Vargas' next start and that the Mets "have to have other options" when it comes to the No. 5 spot in the rotation 

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Braves pound out 13 hits in win 00:01:36
Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas comment on Vargas? poor outing after he failed to get out of the first inning in the loss to the Braves

If the Mets have serious designs on competing for a World Series, the stated goal by rookie general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, they can't possibly plan on having Jason Vargas be their fifth starter the rest of the season.

After Vargas' latest debacle, in which he recorded just one out, was pulled after six batters and allowed four runs on two hits and three walks while throwing just 17 of his 36 pitches for strikes, it will be difficult for the Mets to justify even sending the lefty out for one more start.

"He's just not getting outs at this point," Mickey Callaway said of Vargas. "That's really all I can say."

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

As the Mets traveled north from Port St. Lucie, their bullpen looked to be a solid unit. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen landed the MLB's saves leader in closer Edwin Diaz and brought back Jeurys Familia to join Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo. Lefty Justin Wilson was also a crucial free agent pickup.

But this group has not gotten off to the start they hoped for in 2019.

As a whole, though, the seven bullpen arms - that includes Luis Avilan and Tim Peterson as well - own a combined 5.76 ERA to start the new year. Avilan has the worst ERA of the relievers, sitting at 16.20 after allowing six runs in 3.1 innings. Lugo is also struggling with a 8.10 ERA after allowing six earned over 6.2 innings.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Mets lose 12-9 to Nats 00:01:28
The Mets were once down 12-1 in the series finale against the Nats. They climbed their way back to 12-9 but that's as close as they got.

Mets pitchers combined to walk 12 batters as they dug the team into a 12-1 hole. New York's offense erupted after that, helped by a terrible Nationals bullpen, but the late explosion fell short as the Mets lost, 12-9, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field in the finale of their three-game series. >> Box score

Seven things to know about Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was shaky from the start of the game, and while he escaped the first inning unscathed, the Nationals dropped a five-spot on him in the second inning with Wheeler unable to locate at all. That inning was especially ugly, with Wheeler walking a pair of batters, allowing a ground ball RBI single to Max Scherzer, and left fielder Jeff McNeil playing what would have been a sacrifice fly and the second out into a ground-rule double by Adam Eaton that made it 4-0 Nats...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the third inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Marlins made a late comeback in the bottom of the ninth, but the Mets finished them off to sweep their first series of 2019 on Wednesday night. >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game

1) Jacob deGrom asserted his dominance once more, and collected a career-high 14 strikeouts in the process. Everything was working for deGrom in this one, as he mixed things up each time he went through the Marlins lineup. He allowed only two hits and walked one batter over his seven-inning, 114-pitch outing. DeGrom also helped himself out with a solo homer in the top of the third as well. The 2018 Cy Young winner just does it all.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets' bullpen nearly let a 6-2 lead evaporate against the Marlins on Tuesday night, as most of the pitchers who came out of the 'pen struggled. And while Mickey Callaway's bullpen management was questioned during the game, something he revealed after the game made it even more curious.

Here are three reasons why his bullpen management -- which must improve if the Mets want to contend in a division that is expected to be the toughest in baseball -- left a lot to be desired on Tuesday night...

Lugo was left in while struggling -- and sick

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Drew Smith (62) pitches during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets reliever Drew Smith, who seemed on track to be in the Opening Day bullpen, needs Tommy John surgery, manager Mickey Callaway said Monday.

Smith, who had been sent back to New York to be evaluated by team doctors, is out for the season. 

The 25-year-old Smith had been solid so far in Spring Training, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings while walking three and striking out four. 

Tags: Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Tyler Bashlor, Danny Abriano
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Mets shine behind Matz 00:01:30
Steven Matz pitched four strong innings for the Mets against the Cardinals and the Mets bats start to heat up winning 9-1.

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game

1. As the first base battle raged on, Pete Alonso (who was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk (his OPS is 1.297)., and Dominic Smith (who started at first base) went 1-for-3 with a run scored (his OPs is 1.060)...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) doubles in the first inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (7-8-1) host the Cardinals (6-7) on Sunday at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX. 

Mets Notes...

Amed Rosario returns to the lineup for the first time since exiting the game on March 4 after getting hit in the hand with a pitch. ... Jeff McNeil gets the start at third base as the Mets prepare for the possibility that neither Todd Frazier or Jed Lowrie will be ready for Opening Day. ... Steven Matz is on the mound. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)
New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets lost to the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon >> Box score

Five things to know about Tuesday's game

1. Jason Vargas tiptoed around trouble, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings while allowing four hits, walking one, and striking out two. His ERA this spring is 2.08.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (6-5-1) travel to face the Marlins (3-7) on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes...

Brandon Nimmo will serve as the DH for the second-straight game, while Michael Conforto gets the start in right field. ... Jason Vargas makes his second start of the spring. ... Edwin Diaz is scheduled to pitch in relief. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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Zack Wheeler (SNY)
Zack Wheeler (SNY)

The Mets (1-1-1) face the Tigers (1-2) on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. 

Mets Notes...

Brandon Nimmo and Zack Wheeler make their Grapefruit League debut along with many of the regulars, while the Mets' split squad is in Disney to face the Braves. Pete Alonso is among those making the trip to Disney, where Corey Oswalt gets the start.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Lugo and Gsellman have fun 00:01:42
Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman talk about the upcoming season and having fun away from the game

This offseason, the back of the Mets' bullpen received a serious upgrade with Edwin Diaz coming aboard via trade, and Jeurys Familia making a free-agency return to Queens. Players like Justin Wilson, a veteran left-hander the Mets needed, joins the squad as well.

And then there's Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, who come into Spring Training welcoming these new faces with open arms. Gsellman knows exactly how lethal this bullpen can be this season.

"My role doesn't really matter," he said after a workout in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. "We signed the best closer in baseball, we signed the second-best closer in baseball in Familia as well. So we're going to be really good depth-wise with Justin Wilson too. I'm just really excited to get going, to learn from those guys. It's just going to be a great year."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For all of the promise their starting rotation offers in 2019, the Mets badly need to add depth there as insurance against the inevitable injuries that will occur. 

My solution? Sign David Robertson

Let me explain.

Tags: David Robertson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

And just like that, RHP Jeurys Familia is back.

The Mets and Familia agreed to a three-year deal, worth $30 million to bring the former closer back to their bullpen, the team officially announced on Friday.

"We are excited to bring Jeurys back to Flushing," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in an official statement. "Jeurys is a familiar face and an accomplished, elite reliever with experience that will fit well in our clubhouse."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Familia is back, what's next? 00:01:30
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeurys Familia, and his plans for the bullpen and the outfield following the Winter Meetings

The Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers after their reunion with Jeurys Familia, who is back on a three-year deal worth $30 million. 

And while Familia isn't a bright and shiny new toy, his signing is a damn good one. And it will remain a damn good one regardless of the moves the team makes from here.

Here are three reasons why...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo thinks the Mets are "getting the best of both worlds" with agent-turned-GM Brodie Van Wagenen.  

"I think you're gonna get someone who's really in to the analytics -- knows how to read 'em -- but also has that baseball mindset where he's gonna let the analytics kind of help him make baseball decisions and not the other way around," Nimmo said. "So I think we're getting the best of both worlds in that. I'm excited to see what he's gonna do."

Nimmo, who said he has spoken with Van Wagenen, cited his intelligence, but also seemed excited that the new GM had played the game before -- with Nimmo saying Van Wagenen was an injury shy of playing in the pros...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen has switched sides at the bargaining table, going from being an agent at CAA to the Mets' new GM. On Tuesday, Todd Frazier became the first of Van Wagenen's clients to weigh in on the switch.

"I've known him a very long time," Frazier told Matt Ehalt of The Record. "He is a great person who's also really smart and knows the game well. This is a great start for us going into the offseason."

Van Wagenen said during his introductory press conference on Tuesday that he had spoken to a number of his former clients about the move, and suggested they were happy about it...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Tim Tebow, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Gary and Keith discuss Matz 00:01:52
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss how Steven Matz has stepped up after his career-high 11 strikeouts against the Giants on Saturday.

Steven Matz struck out 11 batters in seven innings and Todd Frazier drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to lead the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Giants on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

For a full box score of the game, click here

Things you should know about today's game...

1) With the Mets trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Tomas Nido plated Brandon Nimmo to account for New York's only run until Frazier's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning. Amed Rosario hit a two-out triple in the fifth inning and Wilmer Flores, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Austin Jackson also had hits for the Mets. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite taking a shutout into the seventh inning, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard was charged with four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings in Monday's 6-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Syndergaard struck out six batters and allowed just four hits through the first six innings, but failed to retire any of the final four batters he faced, leaving the game in the bullpen's hands.

"I didn't feel like I had the best stuff in terms of mechanically, in terms of stuff," Syndergaard said after the game. "I was able to go out there and survive through six and just kind of ran out of gas in the seventh."

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Post Game Extra: Cespedes 00:01:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss how the return of Yoenis Cespedes will impact the likes of Michael Conforto.

The Mets' bullpen faltered a little, but stayed strong to get their first win of the second half over the Yankees, 7-5, in the Bronx Friday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

 

 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman can finally rejoice -- his Xbox has returned. 

It was Gsellman's birthday on Wednesday, and fellow pitcher Noah Syndergaard decided to gift -- or should I say return -- Gsellman's Xbox to him. Gsellman, though, didn't think it should be considered a gift from Thor.

CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE TWEET

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Gary, Keith and Ron talk Thor 00:01:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound and break down his outing vs. the Nationals.

The Mets provided some quality run support during Noah Syndergaard's long-awaited return to Citi Field, and he repaid them by setting the tone for a 4-2 win over their division rival on Friday night. 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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