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

The Mets (24-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) have won four straight games, and will take that momentum into their series opener with the Tigers (18-29, 14 GB in AL Central) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Prior to tonight's game, Mets new OF Aaron Altherr was activated to the 25-man, while RHP Ryan O'Rourke was sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse. ...In three straight come-from-behind victories, the Mets have actually won in their last at-bat each time. It was Carlos Gomez Thursday afternoon who hit a three-run homer to retake the lead, and win the game for the Amazins.' ...Pete Alonso has set a Mets rookie record with 16 homers before the All-Star break. ...The Mets lead the NL with a .371 OBP from pinch hitters this season. They're also third with 15 RBI.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (23-25, 4.5 GB in NL East) go for a series sweep and seek to win their fourth straight game (which would be a season high) when they take on the Nationals (19-30, 9 GB) on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso has a .302/.375/.698 batting line with four home runs and nine RBIs in 12 games against the Nationals this season. ... Over his last six games, Todd Frazier is hitting .412 with one RBI and three extra-base hits. ... The Mets bullpen has the best ERA (2.03) in the majors in the month of May and has held opponents to a .173 batting average.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates after hitting a RBI single in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (22-25, 5.5 GB in the NL East) rallied late to beat the Nationals on Tuesday night at Citi Field as they won their second straight game. They host the Nats again on Wednesday night at 7:10.

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


In the Mets' win over the Nats, Pete Alonso hit a mammoth game-tying homer in the eighth inning before Amed Rosario walked it off in the ninth with an infield single >> Read more

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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier and Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton found themselves in the center of a feud this week, which apparently stems back to 2016 when they were teammates with the White Sox. 

Frazier alluded to a locker room incident that season prior to Tuesday's game when he fired back at Eaton for calling the Mets third baseman "childish" for jawing at him on the field. 

"There are 23 of those guys, they know what happened," Frazier said. 

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Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 29, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins former manager Ozzie Guillen walks on the field before the game between the Miami Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The feud between Mets 3B Todd Frazier and Nationals OF Adam Eaton had another player jump in the argument. Well, former player. 

Ozzie Guillen, the longtime White Sox player and manager, gave his take on the Frazier-Eaton beef that has come to light this past couple of days. Though he may not have been in the Chicago clubhouse when Frazier and Eaton were teammates, Guillen said he knows well that Eaton was not the most-liked player on that team. 

In fact, he wasn't afraid to say it to Eaton himself...

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (21-25, 6.5 GB in NL East) will look to keep it going Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field after taking the first game of the series Monday.

Mets notes

The Mets snapped a five-game losing streak on Monday and enter Tuesday's game winners of their last four games at Citi Field. ... Pete Alonso hit his 15th home run on Monday, which tied a Mets rookie record with Ron Swoboda for home runs before the All-Star break. Alonso leads all MLB rookies in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage. ... Todd Frazier has found his groove again over his last six games, hitting .400 with a run, double, tirple, RBI, twoo walks and a 1.071 OPS in that span. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Frazier: 'pay off your mortgage' 00:03:53
Todd Frazier and Adam Eaton got into a spat between innings last night, it's become clear the former teammates are not fans of each other.

Pay off your mortgage. 

That's what Todd Frazier thinks Adam Eaton should do, as the beef between the former White Sox teammates took new life between Monday night and pregame Tuesday. 

Frazier and Eaton were seen jawing at each other during the Mets' 5-3 win over the Nationals on Monday, with the benches nearly clearing. After the game, Eaton called Frazier's behavior "childish" and said "I'm a 30-year-old man with two kids. Got a mortgage and everything and he wants to loud-talk as he's running off the field." 

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Eaton calls Frazier 'childish' 00:00:44
Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier were separated by teammates between innings. Frazier said nothing happened while Eaton had some opinions.

As the Mets were beating the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field, the MASN camera caught something -- Todd Frazier of the Mets and Adam Eaton of the Nationals having to be separated between innings.

During the incident, some of the Nationals started spilling out of the dugout in preparation for a potential brawl.

So what happened?

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Mets beat Nats, 5-3 00:01:24
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the 1st inning as the Mets beat the Washington Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field

Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both hit home runs and the Mets' bullpen hang on to beat the Nationals 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game

1) Rosario and Alonso both hit solo homers off Patrick Corbin in the first inning. Rosario hit an 0-2 fastball to center field to make it 1-0, and two batters later Alonso hit a 1-2 fastball to left-center for his 15th home run of the season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) reacts after the Marlins defeated the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (20-24, 5.5 GB in the NL East) look to avoid what would be a pathetic sweep at the hands of the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami at 1:10.

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


A listless Mets squad managed just one hit as they were shut out by the Marlins, losing their fourth-consecutive game to fall four games under .500 for the first time this season >> Read more

Tags: Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 18, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) reacts in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Following the Mets' fourth-straight defeat, a 2-0 loss to Miami in which they mustered just one hit, players in the locker room weighed in on the team's recent struggles and gave their thoughts on Mickey Callaway's performance.

"I think he's doing a great job," Todd Frazier said. "He can't go up there and hit. He makes the lineup, he puts the guys in at the right time, and we're not producing. At the end of the day, he makes the lineup, he does his job, he's a great manager, and our focus is on winning games and we're not doing that for him ... If we're not producing, it's kind of on us.

"We've just got to step up, that's the bottom line, as hitters, as a collective group ... Let's get our focus on what we're good at and hopefully that gets us going."

Tags: Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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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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deGrom pounded in loss 00:01:17
Despite pair of Pete Alonso home runs, the Marlins handed Jacob deGrom and the Mets their 3rd straight loss, 8-6

Jacob deGrom just wasn't himself in Miami on Friday night, as he was smacked around in an 8-6 loss to the Marlins. >> Box score

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

1) Coming into the game, the Mets couldn't have had a better pitcher on the mound in Jacob deGrom. He had owned the Marlins in the first two outings of the season, but this outing was a major outlier. DeGrom imploded, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits while striking out three and walking none over five innings. It was deGrom's worst outing of the season, and it couldn't have come at a worse time. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Scott Thompson
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrates with teammates after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (20-20, 3.5 games behind Phillies in NL East) try to get back over .500 when they continue their three-game set against the Nationals (16-25, 8.0 games behind Phillies) Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

J.D. Davis is back in the lineup at third base, batting second, while Todd Frazier returns to the bench. ... Juan Lagares is in center field with Brandon Nimmo sitting against a lefty. ... The Mets' three-game winning streak is tied for their longest of the season. A win Wednesday would give them a season-high four-game winning streak. ... The Mets are 9-4 in Washington since the start of the 2018 season and have hit 15 home runs in those games.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The NL East will not end the exact way it stands today, at least that's what three scouts, two rival executives and my own common sense is telling me...

"If you think this thing doesn't move, and then move again, you're either not paying attention to the talent or you haven't watched enough baseball in your life," I was told last week by an NL East team executive who has been in baseball for decades. "It's still a four-team race, regardless of the standings, and that's how we're all looking at it."

The Phillies have been playing well, but have also been playing the least competitive teams, which is almost certainly inflating their stats and perceived dominance. At the same time, the Mets and Braves are playing better opponents and because so have been bobbing around .500. The Mets and Braves have also bounced around between being league average to slightly-below league average in runs scored and runs allowed. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

As soon as Brodie Van Wagenen began work as the Mets' general manager last fall, he set about building roster depth and eliminating as many "ifs" as possible.

Now that several of those "ifs" have been answered one way or another, tough decisions await. This a consequence of some of the redundancies that Van Wagenen and his staff considered necessary in December and January, and one that they are happy to deal with. After all, tough roster decisions mean that at least some of that depth-building project bore fruit.

Consider Keon Broxton, whose roster status is now tenuous. The Mets traded for Broxton as a hedge against several ifs:

What if Jeff McNeil couldn't handle the outfield (turns out he can)? What if Juan Lagares, with his injury history wasn't healthy (turns out he is)?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense finally had a big night on Friday, and they'll look to produce plenty of support for Jacob deGrom as they continue their three-game set against the Marlins Saturday at 7:10 p.m. in Flushing.

Mets notes

The Mets tied a season-high with 11 runs on Friday. Their eight-run first inning was their highest-scoring first inning at home in 40 years. ... Jeff McNeil is hitting .363 in 19 games as the leadoff hitter, and he'll hit leadoff again Saturday. ... J.D. Davis is starting again at third base, meaning Todd Frazier is not the starting third baseman today.. ... DeGrom has lost four straight decisions dating back to April 9, one shy of his career-high. ... Mets starting pitchers have a 2.76 ERA over the last 10 games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Miami Marlins, Todd Frazier
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May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (18-20, 3.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) finally woke up at the plate and erupted for 11 runs, including an eight-run first inning for an 11-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night. They face the Marlins again on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

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


Six takeaways plus highlights from the Mets' offensive explosion over the Marlins on Friday night behind the pitching of Zack Wheeler. >> Read more

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Jed Lowrie had a big night with Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

The infielder, who has yet to make his Mets major-league debut because of a sprained knee capsule suffered early in Spring Training, went 3-for-4 with a home run for the Syracuse Mets. It was Lowrie's first multi-hit game since beginning a rehab assignment; he was just 2-for-23 in six total games with High-A Port St. Lucie and Syracuse.

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Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws out Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws out Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart (not pictured) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier has been struggling mightily since returning from an oblique injury and Jed Lowrie is almost recovered from a sprained knee capsule.

Frazier was out of the Mets' starting lineup for the second straight game Friday, with J.D. Davis starting at third. Frazier surely will lose playing time when Lowrie is activated, but how much? Is third base still Frazier's job?

"He's the starter when he starts. That's really all I can say," Mickey Callaway said. "If we need to make adjustments, we will."

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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) follows through on a go-ahead solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) follows through on a go-ahead solo home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier knows how bad it's been. He's the one going through it every day. But he doesn't believe this is the new normal.

The 33-year-old third baseman, a two-time All-Star who will hit the free-agent market next winter at a time of great uncertainty for veteran players, feels he has more to give, and realizes he must improve.

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May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 7, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after striking out in the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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After missing the first month and change of the season due to a knee injury, the Mets could be getting Jed Lowrie back on Friday when they return to Citi Field.

When it comes to playing time after Lowrie returns, it should shake out like this most days: Lowrie at third base (relegating the struggling Todd Frazier to the bench), Amed Rosario at shortstop, Robinson Cano at second base, Pete Aloso at first base.

When it comes to who the Mets remove from the 25-man roster to make room for Lowrie, things get trickier. Here are the likeliest potential roster casualties:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for the Mets as they try and snap a four-game losing streak on Tuesday against the Padres at Petco Park 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets' four-game skid is the first time they have lost four in a row since July 31-Aug. 3 last season. ... The Mets' offense continues to struggle, scoring just three or fewer runs in each of their last six games, the longest streak since the club scored three or fewer runs in 11 consecutive games last June. ... Brandon Nimmo is looking to bust out of an 0-for-26 slump in the seventh spot while Todd Frazier is 2-for-his-last-26 and batting eighth. ...Robinson Cano is one hit shy of career No. 2,500, which would make him the sixth player from the Dominican Republic to reach that mark. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, San Diego Padres, Todd Frazier
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

The bad news is the Mets look like the same train wreck we witnessed during manager Mickey Callaway's first season in 2018. The good news is that, despite being 16-19, they're just 3.5 games back of the first-place Phillies, who are 19-15.

We also know from 2015 and 2016 that in, MLB success is often dictated not by how a team starts but by how they finish. In 2015 they began the year 13-3, dipped to 36-37 in late-June, but after several midseason additions and winning 62 percent of their final 60 games, they reached the playoffs and got to the World Series.

The same turnaround happened in 2016, but ended with a loss to the Giants in the Wild Card game. The point is that it's early, there are still 127 games to be played, all sorts of trades, injuries and luck will play out and, though it may seem hopeless, there are still plenty of chances for the Mets to turn things around and have a successful season.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets fail to support Matz 00:01:14
Mickey Callaway, Michael Conforto and Steve Matz comment on the Mets disappointing 3-1 loss to the Brewers on Friday night

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Jed Lowrie's Mets debut could be on the horizon.

After being hampered by a sprained knee capsule throughout Spring Training, Lowrie is playing in rehab games and will move from High-A Port St. Lucie to Triple-A Syracuse. He should be in the Syracuse lineup on Saturday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning 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 first baseman Dominic Smith (22) scores on a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Dom Smith carved a decent niche for himself so far this season -- part left-handed bench threat, part dugout caffeine. But the Mets did the right thing Friday when they optioned Smith to Triple-A to make roster room for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Here's why: Smith needs to play every day and that won't happen on the Mets, where Pete Alonso owns first base. But if Smith goes to Syracuse and thrives as a starter, he can maximize his value.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Anthony McCarron
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Frazier hits go-ahead home run 00:00:24
Todd Frazier connected for his second home run of the season against the Reds to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier
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Mets routed by Brewers 00:00:46
Lorenzo Cain drove in 3 runs and made a pair of great defensive plays to help the Brewers rout the Mets, 10-2

Jacob deGrom returned to the mound on Friday night after a two-hour, 42-minute rain delay but it did not go well for the right-hander, who allowed five runs over four innings en route to a 10-2 loss.  >> Box score

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

1) DeGrom, who made his first start after a brief stint on the IL with elbow soreness, struggled for the third consecutive game where he failed to pitch beyond the fifth inning. He struggled with his command, walking three batters and hitting two more. He managed to escape a bases-loaded jam in the second inning but he ran into trouble again in the third and was not as successful.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Milwaukee Brewers, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes warms up before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets designated hitter Yoenis Cespedes warms up before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jacob deGrom returning to the Mets rotation after missing only one start, manager Mickey Callaway said Friday both Yoenis Cespedes (heels) and Jed Lowrie (knee) are making progress. 

Cespedes endured season-ending surgery last year to repair chronic issues in both of his heels. The slugger's outlook meant that he'd miss considerable time, and the trade deadline has been used as a general barometer for Cespedes' potential return. 

Recently, he's been easing into light baseball activity. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith (22) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports)

Suddenly, the Mets have two, young, productive first basemen, only one starting spot for each of them, and a crowded infield and bench.

As a rookie, Peter Alonso has jumped on top of the national radar hitting .306 with 8 HR, 8 doubles and 21 RBI. His current 1.2 WAR has him jockeying with Arizona's Christian Walker for talk about Rookie of the Year.

Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Smith, who has played in 23 games this season, is currently batting .400 with a whopping .516 OBP in 31 sporadic at-bats, most of which he's had coming off the bench. He hit .321 in 19 games this past spring, suggesting his current in-season success is not a fluke...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets officially activated third baseman Todd Frazier on Monday and placed reliever Justin Wilson on the injured list with elbow soreness.

Frazier, who will play third "quite a bit," according to manager Mickey Callaway, has been out since spring training due to an oblique injury.

He played 13 rehab games with High-A St. Lucie and Triple-A Syracuse, going 10-for-42 with one home run and nine RBIs. Frazier also played four games at shortstop.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Paul Sewald, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

The Mets are activating Todd Frazier before Monday night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field, and his return will have an impact on Jeff McNeil -- but fans can breathe a sigh of relief about the kind of impact it will have.

"I envision him playing third -- playing it quite a bit and kind of going from there," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday afternoon about Frazier. "It will be something that we'll have to be diligent about."

While Frazier is going to play third "quite a bit," Callaway said the player that will impact the most is J.D. Davis, who has been splitting time there with McNeil. As far as McNeil, most of his playing time will likely come in left field...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 17, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

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As Jeff McNeil is already making it clear that last year was no fluke, that he's going to hit in the big leagues, and probably for a long time, he's become a favorite topic of conversation among scouts.

Part of it is his throwback approach, choking up on a knob-less bat, making contact to all fields, which appeals to the purist nature of scouts who for the most part have disdain for the home run-or-strike out style that is so prevalent in today's game.

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The Amazin' Life: From WY to NJ! 00:02:00
On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier tries to give teammate Brandon Nimmo some New Jersey style!

On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier tries to give teammate Brandon Nimmo some New Jersey style!

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Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Sep 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) congratulates second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after catching a line drive hit by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier
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 (MICHAEL MADRID)
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With the Mets playing a night game in Atlanta, and The Masters' start time moved up a couple of hours due to impending thunderstorms, Mets players had time to take in Tiger Woods' win on Sunday.

Woods captured his 15th major title -- his first such win since 2008 -- and his fifth green jacket at Augusta National. The course is approximately 160 miles from SunTrust Park, where the Mets will wrap up a four-game set against the Braves.

Todd Frazier and Robinson Cano were among members of the Mets to tweet out their congratulations.

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 (DALE ZANINE)
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The Mets (9-4, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Braves, Zack Wheeler shook off his first two disastrous starts to fire 6.0 innings of two-run ball as his fastball topped out at 101 MPH. And Brandon Nimmo continued to emerge from his early-season slump >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (8-5) took sole possession of first place in the NL East by beating the Braves 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.

They play the second game of the series on Friday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Giancarlo Stanton, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Among the things people expected to hear on Tuesday, Todd Frazier being an option for the Mets at shortstop was probably not high on the list. But here we are.

Frazier, who will play nine innings in a rehab game on Tuesday night, will spend four of those innings at shortstop, manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets' game at Citi Field against the Twins.

According to Callaway, the Mets want to have "that option" of using Frazier at shortstop when he returns. And that could be soon, with the 33-year-old progressing since beginning his rehab assignment on April 2. He has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained left oblique

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that he is "very encouraged" by how injured infielder Jed Lowrie looks, adding that "he looks great, he's moving around great."

Callaway added that Lowrie "feels great hitting" and that there is "definite progress there."

However, Callaway is not yet ready to give a timeframe for Lowrie's potential return. 

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Mickey Callaway received criticism from fans and reporters this past Saturday morning when he revealed J.D. Davis would again be hitting cleanup, despite Davis entering the game with a .150 batting average.

Wilson Ramos, who most critics felt should bat fourth, was pushed to hitting fifth, while Michael Conforto was dropped to batting sixth.

Davis, who is said to have significant support in the front office, rewarded Callaway by hitting two solo home runs against Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, the first of which was the hardest-hit home run in MLB this season, according to StatCast...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the injured list prior to Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Nationals, optioning catcher Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 25-man roster.

D'Arnaud, who has not played in the majors for roughly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had been playing rehab games with High-A St. Lucie, where he went 2-for-7 with one walk in two games.

With d'Arnaud back, the Mets are two players (Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie) away from being at full strength. Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained oblique, has also been playing rehab games with St. Lucie and is expected to return soon. Lowrie (knee) is a bit further away. 

Tags: Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Extend Pete Alonso? 00:02:04
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Adam Fisher talk about the MLB extension trend, and if it could happen for Pete Alonso.

Doug Williams and Adam Fisher go in-depth on this episode about the Mets' hot start, and who will be sent down once Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie return from the IL.

Adam and Doug also examine the year of the contract extension, and if the scorching Pete Alonso will play himself into a deal like young star Ronald Acuna.

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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets are another step closer in getting two veterans back to their roster. 

Third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Travis d'Arnaud both said on Tuesday that the will begin rehab assignments with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. 

The two injured veterans, who have been rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, showed up at Marlins Park in Miami before the Mets' game. 

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Update on Todd Frazier 00:00:40
Ahead of the Mets second game, Mickey Callaway gave an update on Todd Frazier's rehab process. He is making good progress.

Todd Frazier is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup. 

The third baseman, who has been out since Feb. 26 with a strained left oblique, will begin rehab games in Port St. Lucie, Fla. within the next few days, according to manager Mickey Callaway. 

"He's getting there," Callaway told reporters before Saturday's game. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier
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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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