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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Now that Brodie Van Wagenen has made his concession speech, admitting that his "come get us" bravado resulted in "they came and got us," the Mets can officially move on to the brainstorming portion of the schedule.

That is, everything they do over the final two and a half months should be with a vision of 2020 and beyond in mind, rather than trying to squeeze the most possible wins out of a lost season. 

Mostly that means getting answers to as many questions about the future of this team as possible. I'd start with these 10: 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Dominic Smith, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The Mets (40-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 7.0 GB of second Wild Card) dropped the first game of the second half of the season against the Marlins, but will return to action on Saturday at 6:10 p.m.

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


The Mets took the field behind Jason Vargas to open the second half of the season in Miami, but the southpaw ran into trouble in the third, allowing four runs en route to an 8-4 loss to the Marlins. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets fall 8-4 in Miami 00:01:23
Wilson Ramos and Todd Frazier provided the runs in the 8-4 loss to Miami, but NY dropped the first game after the All-Star break.

Mets pitchers allowed three home runs as they fell to the Marlins 8-4 to start the second half. >> Box score

Five things to know from Friday's game

1) Jason Vargas' night got off to a strong start, as he retired the first six batters he faced. The lefty got into trouble in the third, though, after the Mets had just given him a 2-0 lead. Jorge Alfaro singled and stole second to start the inning, and he came around to score on a Miguel Rojas sac fly. Then, another former Met struck again, as Curtis Granderson lofted a two-run home run to give the Marlins the 3-2 lead. The next batter, Garrett Cooper, homered as well, staking the Marlins to a 4-3 lead. Vargas ended up going five innings for the Mets, allowing six earned runs.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos 2-run single in 3rd 00:00:17
Wilson Ramos hit s a 2-run single in the third inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead against the Marlins.

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

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

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

Tags: Miami Marlins, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 3, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (39-48, 12 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the Fourth of July off before they start a three-game series with the Phillies before the All-Star break. 

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


After allowing two runs in the first, Jason Vargas was strong. However, the Yankees didn't let up in a 5-1 loss to even the two-game Subway Series set at Citi Field. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

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The Mets might be prepared to deal Zack Wheeler this month, but their priority at the trade deadline ought to be trying to undo their mistake of signing Wilson Ramos last winter by finding a team that will take him off their hands.

Ramos has been worse than expected defensively, more immobile than the Mets imagined when they signed him to a two-year, $19 million contract after first trying to trade for J.T. Realmuto, and then deeming free agent Yasmani Grandal too expensive.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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


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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 30, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is congratulated by catcher Tomas Nido (3) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 30, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is congratulated by catcher Tomas Nido (3) after pitching a complete game shutout against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It appears that another Mets starting pitcher has chosen Tomas Nido to be his personal catcher.

After Jacob deGrom made the switch from Wilson Ramos to Nido earlier this season, Noah Syndergaard now seems to be following suit. According to a report from the New York Post, Syndergaard returned from the Injured list asking to have Nido as his catcher, which the Mets obliged on Sunday night. 

Mickey Callaway addressed the team's decision to play Nido on Sunday before Tuesday's game with the Yankees.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 24, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing two-run home run to Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Steven Matz is headed to the Mets' bullpen. 

Manager Mickey Callaway revealed before Tuesday's game against the Yankees that Matz will be used as a reliever between now and the All-Star break. 

Callaway anticipates that the move will be temporary, and expects Matz to be back in the rotation after the All-Star break, but also added, "we'll adjust that if we need to," leaving the door open. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Steven Matz
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a flurry of roster moves before Tuesday night's game against the Yankees, swapping three new relievers in while sending four relievers to Triple-A Syracuse and adding an additional bench player.

Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan were all activated from the IL, while INF Luis Guillorme was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.

To make room on the roster fot the four added players, the Mets optioned relievers Chris Flexen, Brooks Pounders, Stephen Nogosek, and Chris Mazza to Syracuse.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Danny Abriano
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (37-47, 13.0 GB in NL East) will look to avoid a sweep and end their seven-game skid against the Braves on Sunday at 7:05 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets have lost seven in a row and are 10 games under .500 with Saturday's loss to the Braves. Seth Lugo blew a 4-3 lead in the eighth inning, making it 18 of the Mets' last 20 games in which the pen has allowed at least one run. The staff is 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in that span. ... Wilson Ramos has been one of the hottest Mets bats this month, hitting .320 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in his last 31 games. ... Dominic Smith has homered in four of his last six games and is hitting .360 with a 1.287 OPS. ...

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

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

Six things to know from Thursday's game

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets fall 7-5 to Phillies 00:01:28
Lockett makes strong start in Syndergaard's absence, but the bullpen faltered in the 6th inning for the 7-5 loss. Smith and Rosario homered.

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

Five things to know from Tuesday's game

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose 13-7 to Phillies 00:01:31
The Mets lost 13-7 to the Phillies on Monday. Matz continued to struggle in Philly while Ramos, Conforto, Frazier and Smith all homered.

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

Five things to know from Monday's game

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

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Mets rout Cubs 00:01:30
Pete Alonso tied a Mets club record with his 26th HR while Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier each had 3 RBI as the Mets pounded the Cubs, 10-2

The Mets clubbed three home runs on Saturday to beat the Cubs 10-2 at Wrigley Field. >> Box score

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

1) Pete Alonso's historic rookie season continued as he tied the Mets' rookie home run record of 26 held by Darryl Strawberry in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. Alonso also now holds the most home runs by a National League rookie before the All-Star break and is on pace for 54 home runs, which would break Aaron Judge's rookie home run record of 52. 

Tags: Clint Frazier, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have fired pitching coach Dave Eiland, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Eiland will be replaced by Phil Regan, according to Martino. 

Along with Eiland, the team has also fired bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post. He will be replaced by Ricky Bones, according to Mike Puma.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Callaway not happy after loss 00:00:26
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway isn't happy that the Mets dropped below the Nationals in the standings after 7-2 loss to Braves

A controversial coaching decision swung the momentum back into Atlanta's favor on Wednesday night.

With the game tied 2-2 in the top of the sixth inning, the Mets started a one-out rally. J.D. Davis and Todd Frazier notched a pair of singles, putting the Mets in prime position to take the lead.

Wilson Ramos then looped a single to right field, and with Braves right fielder Charlie Culberson playing the ball on a hop, Mets third base coach Gary DiSarcina aggressively waved Davis home. The throw beat Davis in plenty of time, and despite a leaping effort from the Mets' left fielder, he was out at home plate.

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Mets lose to Braves 7-2 00:01:17
New York Mets kept it close until the 6th inning when Josh Donaldson broke the 2-2 tie with a home run.

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Amed Rosario RBI double 00:00:16
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario ties the game 2-2 with an RBI double over Ronald Acuna's head.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning on Wednesday against Atlanta, Wilson Ramos doubled to keep the inning alive. The next batter, Amed Rosario, lined a ball to center field that was misplayed off the bat.

Rosario was thrown out at third base, but his double tied the game at 2-2 ...

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (35-38, 7.5 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta at 7:20 on SNY.

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


In the Mets' 10-2 win over the Braves, Jacob deGrom was dominant and came close to a shutout, while Pete Alonso went off at the plate >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets desperately need bullpen help, but it appears they were dealt another setback in making that happen. 

Justin Wilson, who has been on the IL since early May with elbow soreness, was scratched from his rehab assignment on Tuesday due to left elbow tightness, the Mets announced. 

Wilson, 31, was close to returning to the majors, rehabbing with Triple-A Syracuse since last week. It is still unclear just how significant of a setback this may be. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After an ugly loss in which their all-too obvious flaws were exposed, the Mets suddenly find themselves 8.5 games behind the streaking Braves, and perhaps on the precipice of another lost season.

In June. Again.

Last year they went 5-21 in June to make the rest of the season feel more like an exercise in garbage time. This month hasn't spun out of control quite yet, as the Mets are 6-9 as of Tuesday. But at 34-38 they are only a few games better than their record at this time last year.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

During the offseason, the Braves were the least active of the presumed four NL East contenders, seemingly to their detriment. In short, it seemed they lost the winter.

Except that doesn't matter so much considering they the best young talent in the division, including May call-up Austin Riley, Atlanta's version of Pete Alonso as a difference-making rookie slugger.

Also, when they save your best move for June, signing Dallas Keuchel to bolster the starting rotation.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Cards outslug Mets 00:01:09
Mets pitching surrendered 4 home runs as the Cardinals, after winning the suspended game earlier, also took the scheduled contest, 9-5

After losing the end of Thursday's suspended game, which was blown by Edwin Díaz, the Mets lost their regularly scheduled game Friday to the Cardinals, 9-5, thanks to Jeurys Familia's eighth-inning implosion. >> Box score

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

1) Familia entered in the eighth with a 5-4 lead gave up four runs. On his second pitch, he gave up a solo homer to Mets nemesis Paul DeJong, who drove in the game-winning run in the suspended game. DeJong has eight homers in 75 at-bats against the Mets. Familia then gave up a three-run homer to Dexter Fowler with two outs. It's the second time in his career Familia allowed two homers in a game, the first coming this season on April 6 against Washington. He's allowed five homers this season after giving up three all of last season. The four runs allowed increased Familia's ERA to 6.91 for the season as his return to the Mets continues to be disastrous. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, St. Louis Cardinals, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Having completed Thursday's suspended game, the Mets now host the Cardinals for their regularly scheduled game at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have homered in 17 consecutive home games, the longest streak in franchise history. They've hit 34 homers during that stretch. ... Mets starting pitchers have gone at least six innings in 14 of the last 15 games. ... Wilson Ramos was hitting .367 with five homers, 11 RBI and 10 walks over his last 19 games entering Friday. ...Pete Alonso leads all rookies in homers (22), RBI (49), extra-base hits (37), slugging (.598) and runs (40.)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A baseball fan looks over the New York Mets dugout in the rain at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; A baseball fan looks over the New York Mets dugout in the rain at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (33-34, 6.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) will complete their suspended game against the Cardinals at Citi Field on Friday at 6:10 p.m. before playing the second game of their four-game set.

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


With the Mets leading 4-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning Thursday, they helped convince the grounds crew to not call for a full rain delay. That turned out to be unwise, as Edwin Diaz blew the save while it poured. Then the game was suspended with it tied, 4-4 >> Read more

 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) reacts after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Sometimes good news just can't wait.

As Wilson Ramos was about to head to the plate during Thursday's game with the Cardinals, his wife, Yely, came down the stairs and met yelled out to her husband from the the other side of the protective netting.

Once she had his attention, she held up a sign telling Ramos that the couple is expecting their third child together.

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deGrom talks about frustration 00:01:36
Jacob deGrom and Mickey Callaway talked about the starters frustration he displayed in the dugout. The game is suspended until Friday.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets (33-34, 6.0 GB in NL East) will continue their suspended game with the Cardinals (33-33, 5.0 GB in NL Central), which is tied at 4 in the bottom of the ninth, on Friday at 6:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

Mets notes

The Mets entered the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead but as rain began pouring down the groundscrew began to roll out the tarp. The Mets convinced them to hold off so they can try to finish the game, but that decision backfired and Edwin Diaz blew the save. He allowed a leadoff walk, got the next two batters out before allowing a two-out RBI single to Kolten Wong and a double to Harrison Bader to tie the game. ... The Mets will have Todd FrazierWilson Ramos, and Amed Rosario up in the ninth against Andrew Miller.

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

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

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

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

A reliever will almost certainly be dropped

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

We're one month away from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and the primary voting leaderboard has been released for the National League. 

Unfortunately, though, the Mets don't have many representatives toward the top. 

The highest vote-getter for New York is rookie Pete Alonso, who is only fifth among first basemen with 157,347 votes. The leader -- Pirates 1B Josh Bell -- is up by a solid margin at 621,915 votes...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos
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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 Canó remains out of the Mets' lineup on Saturday, but he did run on the field before the game and Mickey Callaway said he was hoping Canó would be available off the bench.

"He felt really good," Callaway said of Canó. "He continues to feel confident that he can run down the line. He's gonna swing the bat today again. Fielding ground balls he was great, range was good. We're hoping he's available late in the game like last night.

"I think there's improvement," Callaway added. "He felt really good yesterday too, but there was minimal improvement."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

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

Mets notes

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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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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Wilson Ramos 2-run HR 00:00:19
New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos slugs a 2-run homer to give the Mets a 3-2 lead over the Giants.

Wilson Ramos continued to mash the ball Tuesday night, giving the Mets a 3-2 lead with a two-run home run by crushing a 2-0 cutter off Madison Bumgarner in the sixth inning for his seventh home run of the season and fifth in his last 13 games. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets lose 7-1 to Diamondbacks 00:01:28
Wilson Ramos connected for a monstrous home run but that was the only highlight of the Mets 7-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

The Mets dropped the rubber game of the series against the Diamondbacks, 7-1, to end their West Coast road trip 2-5. >> Box score

Five things to know from Sunday's game

1) Manager Mickey Callaway lauded Steven Matz as the Mets' most consistent starter after his start in Los Angeles. But the left-hander faltered early, as Ketel Marte led off the home half of the first with a 482-foot blast to center field. Tim Locastro, Saturday night's hero, singled and Eduardo Escobar lifted a two-run homer down the line in left to make it 3-0 before Matz had even recorded an out. He settled down from there until two outs in the fifth, when the Diamondbacks recorded four straight singles and pushed across two more runs. By the time he left the mound after the sixth, Matz yielded five earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Arizona Diamondbacks, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Ramos deep home run to left 00:00:11
Wilson Ramos connected for a no-doubt home run in the second inning to close the Mets deficit to 3-1 against the Diamondbacks.

Wilson Ramos is heating up. 

Dating back to May 21, the Mets' catcher entered Sunday batting .382 with a 1.122 OPS and three homers following a meager start to the season, in which it seemed like he was hitting everything on the ground. 

That's clearly changed, though. Against Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly during his first at-bat of the game in the second inning, Ramos drove a solo shot 414 feet to left-center field. And Ramos knew it right away, with a subtle batflip to cap off putting the Mets on the board. 

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May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 19, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) looks on from the dugout steps in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As the Mets wrap up a West Coast swing Sunday, two veterans are on the mend and could be back in the near future. 

Manager Mickey Callaway said the Mets won't activate second baseman Robinson Canó until Tuesday at the earliest, when the team opens a series at Citi Field against the Giants. He's been on the injured list since May 22 with a quad injury he suffered legging out a ground ball. 

Adeiny Hechavarría has done a solid job as Canó's replacement, as he's batting .300 over his last 11 contests entering Sunday's game. Canó is hitting .241 with three homers. 

Tags: Justin Wilson, Robinson Cano
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Jun 1, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) flips the ball for an out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning during a baseball game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Jun 1, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) flips the ball for an out against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning during a baseball game at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

The Mets (28-30, 5 GB in the NL East) imploded in a 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks (29-30, 11 GB in NL West) on Saturday.

They finish up their series with the D-Backs at Chase Field at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday before heading home. It will be Steven Matz (4-3, 3.55 ERA) against Merrill Kelly (4-6, 4.83 ERA). 

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

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Jacob deGrom, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) near the pitching mound in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
May 17, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) near the pitching mound in the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Tomás Nido is catching Jacob deGrom Saturday night for the third consecutive time, but Nido is not and won't be deGrom's personal catcher.

Why? Because the Mets will need Wilson Ramos to catch deGrom in the playoffs, Mickey Callaway says.

"We could (keep Nido with deGrom,) but then in the playoffs we'd be running into a sticky situation," Callaway said before Saturday's game in Phoenix. "Look, it's not something that we're debating, it's just something that's gonna happen."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Wilson Ramos
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Mets edge D'Backs 00:01:23
The Mets saw an early 3-run lead disappear but rallied in the 8th inning to edge the Diamondbacks, 5-4

The Mets found some two-out magic in the eighth inning, and Zack Wheeler went seven innings in the Mets' 5-4 victory on Friday night at Chase Field >> Box score

Five things to know about Friday's game

1) The Mets benefited from a wild eighth inning. With two outs and nobody on, Todd Frazier blooped a single into right field. After an Adeiny Hechavarria single, J.D. Davis was called upon as a pinch-hitter in a huge spot. With runners on the corner and two outs, Davis dribbled an infield single to second base, off the glove of Arizona pitcher Matt Andriese, tying the game at 4-4. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, lined a pinch-hit double down the third-base line. The ball was picked up inadvertently by a staff member, but it was enough to score Frazier and give the Mets the lead.

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
May 14, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets play the third leg of their four-game series with the Dodgers on Wednesday night at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets are hitting .390 with four doubles, four homers, seven walks, and have a .781 slugging percentage with the bases loaded this year. Last night, it was Michael Conforto contributing to those numbers with his first career grand slam -- an opposite field shot. ...New York has 32 homers in their last 19 games. They have at least one homer in nine straight games. ...The Mets have scored four or more runs in each of their last nine. ...Wilson Ramos is averaging .348 with four homers, 13 RBI and 12 runs scored in his last 15 games.

 

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

The Mets aim to bounce back after a 9-5 loss on Monday as Steven Matz takes the hill in the second game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets enter Tuesday's game having lost six straight on the road, but winners in six of their last eight games. Their last five wins have all been come-from-behind wins, including four last at-bat victories. ... Wilson Ramos has reached base safely in his last six games and is batting .381 with 12 runs, four home runs, 13 RBI and seven walks with a 1.160 OPS in his last 14 games. ... Adeiny Hecchavaria is known for his defense, but he's been getting the job done with his bat, too. He has homered in back-to-back games and three of his last four, two of which have been go-ahead blasts. He is hitting .318 with four runs, two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI in his last six games. 

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos
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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets begin a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday at 10:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso is the seventh player in MLB history to hit at least 17 home runs in his first 50 career games. ... After getting swept by the Marlins, the Mets have won six of their last seven games. ... Wilson Ramos is hitting .381 with four home runs and 13 RBIs over his last 14 games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Nido on his walk-off HR 00:02:18
New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido expresses his excitement after hitting his first walk-off home run

The Mets scored five runs in Saturday's 13-inning win over the Tigers. All five were driven in by catchers.

Wilson Ramos continued to surge with two homers and four RBI and Tomas Nido hit a walk-off homer, the first walk-off hit of his career.

"It was like Mike Piazza back there or something," Mickey Callaway said with a laugh.

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Tomas Nido walk-off HR 00:00:27
New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido smashes a walk-off home run to give the Mets a 5-4 win against the Tigers.

Tomas Nido was the final position player available for the Mets in Saturday's extra-inning affair with the Tigers, but he proved that good things come to those who wait.

Subbed into the ballgame as a pinch-hitter in the 11th inning, Nido put the game into the win column for the Mets with a walk-off solo home run to right center.

Video: Wilson Ramos goes oppo to give Mets the lead

After homering in the eighth inning of Friday's game against the Tigers, Wilson Ramos was at it again on Saturday. The Mets fell behind 3-2 on a Brandon Dixon two-run homer in the sixth, but in the bottom of the inning, Ramos stepped up with his third home run in his last four at-bats, giving the Mets the 4-3 lead.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Wilson Ramos
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