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Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As all teams do when their season ends, the Mets will hold organizational meetings this week to set an offseason plan.

But one area that won't require much work is their starting rotation, which is likely to look like this next year: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz and a fifth starter yet to be acquired.

The July acquisition of Stroman was made with the intention of replacing either Wheeler or Syndergaard in 2020. The Mets and Wheeler's agent discussed parameters for a contract extension in July, and did not come close to an agreement, according to sources.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (84-76) continue a season-ending three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (97-63) Saturday at 7:15 p.m. from Citi Field in New York.

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


1B Pete Alonso tied Yankees RF Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record when he hit his 52nd of the year >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Mets (83-76, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) start their final series of the season with the Braves (97-62, 7.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night, despite Zack Wheeler throwing seven scoreless innings. The righty had a rough eighth inning, allowing three runs on two home runs. Wheeler even helped his own cause, driving in an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Marlins extended their lead to 4-2 in the ninth inning after Edwin Diaz gave up another home run... it's the 15th homer that Diaz has allowed in the ninth inning this season. Robinson Cano exited the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand, as he avoided injury, but is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

My first instinct was to wonder if Zack Wheeler's eighth-inning blow-up on Thursday night against the Marlins would give potential suitors on the free agent market some hesitation, reinforcing the perception that he'll never quite turn his periods of brilliance into sustained dominance.

On Friday, however, an executive from a team that could have interest in Wheeler was quick to chide me for what he called a "talk-radio" mentality.

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mickey on Wheeler's future 00:00:57
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway was happy with pitcher Zack Wheeler's final start and thinks he deserves every penny in free agency.

Soon to be a free agent, Zack Wheeler made what might be his final start in a Mets' uniform on Thursday night.

Wheeler's night at Citi Field got off to a great start. In the first inning, he struck out leadoff man Jon Berti on three straight fastballs. He went on to strike out Isan Diaz to end an easy 1-2-3 first frame. 

Wheeler cruised through the first three innings, retiring nine of the first 10 hitters that he faced, mixing in five strikeouts. Incredibly, the middle three innings were even more of a breeze for the right-hander, as he didn't allow a base-runner while striking out three more Marlins. 

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Mets lose 4-2 to Marlins 00:01:21
The New York Mets took a late lead in the 7th inning but the Marlins answered with 3 runs in the 8th to eventually win 4-2

The Mets struggled to get much going on offense, losing 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) In what could be his final appearance as member of the Mets, Zack Wheeler pitched one of his best games of the season. The righty allowed three earned runs on just five hits, while striking out 10 batters. Wheeler had allowed just two hits heading into the eighth inning, but gave up two home runs, including a two-run blast from Tyler Heineman -- the first of his career. The other homer was hit by former Met, Curtis Granderson (12). Wheeler hadn't given up a home run since Aug. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Mets (83-75, 5.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins (55-103) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets were eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the second Wild Card. The team still went on to beat the Marlins 10-3 as Jacob deGrom was dominant in his final start of the season. The potential Cy Young Award winner threw seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk. He ends the season with 23-straight scoreless innings pitched and 255 total strikeouts. Pete Alonso hit his 51st home run of the season, as the first baseman is one homer shy of tying the rookie home run record held by the Yankees' Aaron Judge. Prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins, the team activated Dom Smith from the 60-Day IL and announced Jeff McNeil will need surgery for his fractured wrist that he suffered in Wednesday's game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While the Mets' 2019 season wound up with them missing the playoffs, the emergence of a young core of offensive players meant all was not lost amidst the wreckage of the bullpen carnage that was the main reason the team will be sitting home in October.

The emergence of that core will mean some good problems regarding playing time in 2020. And the struggles of the bullpen will mean some tough decisions regarding how to fix it.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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TBT: Mets trade for Zack Wheeler 00:00:59
On Throwback Thursday, SNY goes back to 2011, when the Mets traded Carlos Beltran to the Giants for heralded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler.

As Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the final time in the 2019 regular season, let's take a look back at how he landed with the Mets in the first place. 

It was 2011 when the Mets and Giants were in trade talks regarding Carlos Beltran. The veteran outfielder was a pending free agent that also battled with a knee injury in the 2010 season. Though many believed he wouldn't be the same player, Beltran had a hot first half with New York, leading them in homers (13) and RBI (58). 

So, with his trade value high, the Mets wanted to capitalize. And that's when Wheeler, who was not only the Giants best pitching prospect but one of the top prospects in baseball, came into play...

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

The Mets (80-74, 15.0 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) wrap up their three-game series against the Reds (73-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central, 12.0 GB for second Wild Card) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. from Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.

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


The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning.  >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Heading into Saturday's meeting with the Cincinnati Reds, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler had been dealing as of late. 

Wheeler had only allowed one earned run in his last four-straight outings.

Make it five.

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Reds hand Mets crushing defeat 00:01:10
Callaway, Wheeler and Frazier on today's devastating loss to the Reds

With just a handful of games remaining on the schedule, every single game is crucial for the Mets as they look to make one final push towards a potential Wild Card spot.

But Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Reds was a crushing blow, as the Mets wasted a great outing by Zack Wheeler and squandered run-scoring opportunities with men on base, losing to a team that's been near the basement of the NL Central all season long.  

"It hurts," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "We had multiple chances. I think the way we lost hurts. We had a couple of mistakes in the field and then we had plenty of chances at the plate, we just didn't come through. I think we struck out on almost every chance we had with runners in scoring position. We needed a sac fly here, just touch the ball there, and we just didn't get it done."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Reds edge Mets 00:01:04
The Mets postseason hopes took a crushing blow as the Reds scored in the 8th inning off Seth Lugo to win 3-2

The Mets fell to the Reds 3-2 on Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, allowing the game-winning run to score in the eighth inning. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler gave up two early runs, but he settled in nicely. The first three batters of the game reached off the right-hander, as a fielding error from Todd Frazier loaded the bases with nobody out. Aristides Aquino and Jose Iglesias then each recorded RBI singles. Wheeler would then retire the next two hitters to work his way out of any more trouble. 

2) The Mets got on the board in the third inning after avoiding potential disaster. After Todd Frazier singled to get things started, Amed Rosario roped a ball into the right-center gap for a hit. Frazier was held at third, but Rosario kept running towards third anyway. The Reds got the ball to the plate, but Rosario was quickly able to scramble back to second base safely. Wheeler then grounded out to second, but Frazier came in to score the Mets' first run. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (80-73, 3.5 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series with the Reds (72-82, 15.0 GB in NL Central) when they resume action Saturday at 4:10 p.m. from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Mets Notes

After five scoreless innings between both sides to start Friday's game, the Mets made the most of another gem from ace RHP Jacob deGrom (10-8, 2.51 ERA) with Jeff McNeil's sixth-inning solo home run to get the offense on the board before seven more runs over the final three frames buried the Reds in the 8-1 series-opening win. J.D. Davis is one home run shy of 20 for the first time in his third-year career -- he has slashed .302/.366/.505 in 132 games -- which would group him with Pete Alonso (50), Michael Conforto (30), McNeil (23) and Todd Frazier (22) among the Mets' single-season franchise-record number of players with 20-plus home runs in a season. RHP Seth Lugo (7-4, 2.75 ERA) has 99 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, which is good for third among NL relievers. Should he notch his 100th strikeout of the season, Lugo would do so for the second straight year after fanning 103 in 2018. The century mark for Lugo would double as the Mets' fifth reliever in franchise history to reach the milestone.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets (77-73, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Rockies at Coors Field in Colorado on Tuesday at 8:40 p.m.

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


Steven Matz was done in by an awful fourth inning, where he allowed six two-out runs as the Rockies turned a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead in the Mets' eventual 9-4 loss on Monday night >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino return with an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the guys dig deep into the Mets Wild Card hopes with a few winnable series left on the schedule. Doug and Andy also dive into why Pete Alonso has been struggling recently, and they break down where Zack Wheeler could possibly go if the Mets choose to not re-sign him.

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With September dominance, including Sunday night's gem of a start against the Dodgers, Zack Wheeler is making it awfully difficult for the Mets to let him walk out the door as a free agent.

Which prompts a couple of obvious questions:

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) 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 manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The most important inning of the Mets season began and ended with strategic intrigue -- hardly unusual for the Mickey Callaway era, which has been marked by curious managerial moves.

In this case, however, the primary issue -- whether Callaway should have allowed Zack Wheeler to begin the eighth -- is shaded by nuance.

Wheeler had pitched the game of his life, grinding his way out of tense situations in both the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth, he struck out MVP candidate Cody Bellinger with a runner on second and two outs. In the seventh, he stranded two runners by striking out Matt Beaty with his 97th pitch.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Mets
Mets

The Mets (77-72, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) hit Denver for a three-game set against the Rockies (65-85). Steven Matz will get the ball for New York, with Antonio Senzatela pitching for the home team.

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


Zack Wheeler was a stud for the Mets on the bump last night, but the bullpen couldn't match it in a tough 3-2 loss to finish the series against the Dodgers. >> Read more

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Mets lose on Gyorko hit in 9th 00:01:54
Callaway, Lugo, Wilson, Alonso and Davis comment on the tough late inning loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night

The Mets fell to the Dodgers 3-2 on Sunday night, and are now 4.0 GB in the Wild Card standings. The team will travel out west to play the Colorado Rockies in a three-game series, starting on Monday night.

"When their backs are against the wall, they do special things," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "They've proved that time and time again, and I think they're going to continue to prove that. We gotta go take care of business in Colorado. Tough place to go, tough travel night. There's no excuses. We got to wake up, come out, swing the bats, and get the job done."

The Rockies have had a difficult season, as they are currently 65-85 and 31.5 GB of the Dodgers in the NL West. However, they have won five out of their last six games, including a sweep of the San Diego Padres.

Tags: Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets bullpen allows two runs late as they fall 3-2 to the Dodgers. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday's game

1) Zack Wheeler was great once again, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run on six hits. The righty threw 97 pitches over seven innings of work. This makes it four-straight starts that Wheeler has allowed one earned run and no home runs.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (77-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) wrap up their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-54, 19.5 GA in NL West) on Sunday night at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets beat the Dodgers 3-0 on Saturday night thanks to a clutch hit by Rajai Davis. The 38-year-old came in to pinch hit in the eighth inning and delivered a three-run double to give the Mets their only runs of the day. Jacob deGrom threw 101 pitches over seven innings, allowing just three hits and striking out eight. Justin Wilson sealed the deal with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to get the save.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Rajai Davis, Zack Wheeler
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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (76-71, 3.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers (96-53, 20.5 GA in NL West) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

After being held out of Friday's starting lineup, Pete Alonso is back in the starting nine on Saturday, batting fourth. ... Mets starter Jacob deGrom leads the NL with a 2.20 ERA since May 22. ... The Mets have matched a franchise record with four players hitting at least 20 home runs. JD Davis currently stands at 19. ... Seth Lugo has given the Mets 13.0 straight scoreless inning out of the pen, dating back to August 17.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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With the Mets 2.0 games out of the second Wild Card spot with 16 games to go, Jacob deGrom remains lined up to start the Wild Card Game on Oct. 1 should New York make it. 

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

DeGrom will start next on Saturday against the Dodgers, and if the Mets keep him on an every-fifth-day schedule -- which he has been on over the last month -- his final start of the regular season will be on Sept. 25 against the Marlins at Citi Field. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (74-70, 3.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their series against the Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

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


Zack Wheeler tossed 7.0 strong innings and Todd Frazier drove in all three runs before the Mets' bullpen hung on by the skin of their teeth to beat the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field to draw within 3.0 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets beat D-Back 3-2 00:01:19
The New York Mets hang on to beat the Diamondbacks 3-2 with the help of Todd Frazer's two doubles that accounted for all 3 runs.

The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game

1) The Diamondbacks took an early lead off Zack Wheeler. Ketel Marte singled to lead off the game, and after stealing second without a throw, came around to score on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar. Wheeler did strike out Christian Walker and Josh Rojas to end the inning, but not before the Diamondbacks took a first-inning lead.

2) After that iffy first inning, though, Wheeler was fantastic. He scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, striking out seven while walking two. His night came to an end after 104 pitches. Wheeler has been tremendous for the Mets lately, allowing just three combined earned runs in his last three starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler
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Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jacob deGrom pushed himself a little closer to a second straight Cy Young Award with seven brilliant innings on Monday night, and yet there's a case to be made that he was the Mets' second-best pitcher in the 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks.

Seth Lugo was that good, retiring six straight hitters, four by strikeout.

"They didn't have a chance against him," was the way one scout who was at Citi Field described Lugo's outing on Tuesday. "For me, he was even more dominant than deGrom. It's two innings compared to seven, but he flat overmatched hitters with his mix of curveball and fastball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (73-70, 16.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB in Wild Card race) continue their four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-69, 17.5 GB in NL West, 2.5 GB in Wild Card race) on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

After Monday's win, the Mets are now 6-4 in their last 10 and 27-15 overall in their last 42 games. ... Pete Alonso is currently on pace to break Aaron Judge's single-season rookie home run record (52 in 2017). ... Since the start of August, Wilson Ramos is batting .415 with four home runs, 25 RBI and a 1.036 OPS,

Tags: Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The number that matters most to the Mets' slim Wild Card dreams is, of course, four. That's how many games they are behind the Cubs for the second Wild Card spot at the start of play Tuesday.

It's also how many teams they have to pass if they're going to make the postseason. In addition to the Cubs, the Brewers, Diamondbacks and Phillies are ahead of them.

Daunting? Yep. FanGraphs says their playoff odds are 8.6 percent. That's not great, but it's not Elimination-ville, either. Maybe if the Mets can wrangle some of the following numbers their way, they've got a shot.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) and left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate after the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets (71-68, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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


After the Mets raced out to a 7-1 lead, the bullpen bent but didn't break as they beat the Nats, 8-4, to take two out of three games in Washington, D.C. and gain some ground in the Wild Card race >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Wheeler focused on winning 00:02:07
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler acknowledges the Mets just won two big series back-to-back and just need to continue winning.

Zack Wheeler consistently worked himself out of trouble during the Mets' 8-4 win over the Nationals. The righty threw 101 pitches in 5.0 innings, allowing one run on seven hits while striking out three.

"We won those two series... any time you can win a series, it's big," Wheeler said. "Usually you win two out of three, three out of four. So, as long as you're winning games, I think you're headed in the right direction."

The Mets have now won their past two series, both against division rivals. However, the team still remains 4.5 games out in the Wild Card race.

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Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 4, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a two run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

After the Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead and a Jeurys Familia relief outing put that lead in danger, they hung on -- with Seth Lugo tossing two scoreless innings and Justin Wilson shutting the door in the ninth -- as New York beat the Nationals, 8-4, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) After falling behind, 1-0, the Mets tied the game on a Juan Lagares solo homer to center field in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano lifted a two-run shot to left field to put the Mets up, 3-1, and Pete Alonso crushed a solo shot to left field in the fifth inning (his league-leading 45th of the season) to extend the lead further. The Mets added three more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Amed Rosario and a run-scoring knock off the bat of Jeff McNeil

Tags: Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) rounds the bases after his solo home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (70-68, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) complete their three-game series with the Nationals (78-59, 6.5 GB in NL East, 3.5 GA for first Wild Card) on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets suffered a tough loss to the Nationals in walk-off fashion, 11-10, in the second game of their series on Tuesday. ...The Mets have won 11 of their last 15 series since the All-Star break. ...Wilson Ramos' hitting streak rolls on, as it currently sits at 26 games. He's hitting .430 over that span with three homers, seven doubles and 18 RBI. ...Todd Frazier is one hit away from collecting the 1,000th of his career. ...Mets starters are 20-9 with a 3.11 ERA since the All-Star break. ...Jeff McNeil likes to swing at the first pitch this season, hitting .407 with 12 doubles and 12 homers when he does so.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets talk big win in Philly 00:01:22
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway, pitcher Zack Wheeler and shortstop Amed Rosario talk offensive night against Phillies.

The Mets were in a tough spot on Friday night, entering a game against Phillies ace Aaron Nola on the road, losers of six straight games.

And while Nola dazzled for most of the night, Mets' starter Zack Wheeler went toe-to-toe with him, keeping the Mets in the game and allowing the bats to do the talking late in the Mets' 11-5 win.

Down 1-0 in the seventh inning, the Mets turned to Wilson Ramos off the bench, who delivered in a huge spot with an RBI single to tie the game and extend his hitting streak to 23 games.

Then, with the game still tied in the eighth, the Mets opened the floodgates. A two-run single by Amed Rosario got things started, and two home runs from Todd Frazier and another from Michael Conforto helped push the Mets' lead to 11-1.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets beat Phillies 11-5 00:01:38
New York Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Todd Frazier come up big in the 8th inning to secure the Mets a 11-5 victory against the Phillies.

The Mets snapped a six-game losing streak with their 11-5 win over the Phillies on Friday night. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Friday's game

1)  In the top of the eighth inning, the Mets loaded the bases off of Phillies reliever Mike Morin, and Amed Rosario delivered in the clutch. His single up the middle to score two runs, putting the Mets up 3-1. After a pitching change, Todd Frazier hit a line-drive three run shot over the wall in left field, extending the Mets' lead to 6-1. The five-run outburst from the Mets broke a previously tied game wide open.

Then in the ninth, Michael Conforto blasted a two-run shot to right field, giving the Mets an 8-1 lead. After getting a couple of more runners on base, Frazier slammed his second three-run shot in as many innings, making it 10 runs for the Mets in the final two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets (67-66, 13 GB in NL East, 5 GB for second Wild Card) are on a six-game losing streak and host the Philadelphia Phillies (69-63, 10.5 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB for second Wild Card) Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets are hoping to avoid a seven-game losing streak against the Phillies, which would tie their longest losing streak of the season which occurred from June 23-29. That first streak included a losses to both the Phillies and Chicago Cubs, who the Mets lost to on Thursday. ... Wilson Ramos continued his hit streak on Thursday, which has reached a major league leading 22 games. ... In his last 23 games, relief man Justin Wilson has a 0.95 ERA with eight walks and 21 strikeouts. ... Luis Avilan is also thriving in the bullpen with a 0.55 ERA, five walks and 15 strikeouts in his last 23 games. 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan, Philadelphia Phillies, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Cubs sweep Mets 00:01:07
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was taken deep twice by Cubs first baseman Victor Caratini who accounted for all of the Cubs runs.

The Mets did not have an answer for Victor Caratini, whose two home runs were the difference in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night at Citi Field.  >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) Jacob deGrom was brilliant against the entire Cubs lineup, save for Caratini. He retired 15 batters in a row after allowing a home run to Caratini in the second inning and did not pitch from the stretch until an infield hit by Kris Bryant in the seventh inning. But later in the seventh, Caratini came up once again with runners on first and second and kept deGrom's slider inside the right-field foul pole to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead that they did not relinquish.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (67-65, 12.5 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB for second Wild Card) try to stop their five-game losing streak and series sweep when they face the Cubs (71-61, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 2.0 GA for second Wild Card) Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have lost four straight games at home for the first time all year and the first time overall since their seven-game skid June 23-29. Despite the losing streak, the Mets have won 14 of their last 19 home games. The Mets are 5-5 in their last 10 games and 21-9 in their last 30 games. As of late, the bullpen is improved -- Mets relievers have combined for a 2.33 ERA with 10 earned runs over 38.2 innings, striking out 51 while walking 26 and allowing 26 hits -- most recently with Wednesday's 6.0 shutout frames against the Cubs. At the plate, Wilson Ramos continues to ride a career-best hitting streak of 21 games -- the longest active streak in baseball -- hitting three home runs and 15 RBI while slashing .425/.452/.575 during the stretch since Aug. 3's 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. On the season, the catcher has 13 home runs, 64 RBI and a slash line of .290/.354/.417.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Mets drop 2nd straight game 00:01:26
Pete Alonso tied a club record with his 41st HR but it wasn't enough as the Braves took advantage of every Mets mistake and prevailed, 8-5

Pete Alonso ties another team record, but the Braves still top the Mets 9-5. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Saturday's game

1) Zack Wheeler worked his way through six innings of modest work. Wheeler allowed four earned runs on five hits with three strikeouts. The Braves capitalized on Wheeler with the long ball, as Ozzie Albies and Josh Donaldson homered in the third inning, and free bases, as Wheeler walked four.

Despite Friday's 14-inning game, the Mets still used four relievers on Saturday. Luis Avilan escaped with a strikeout and clean seventh inning, but the Braves added two insurance runs against Brad Brach in the eighth and then Edwin Diaz allowed two more in the ninth. Diaz also left the game with an injury and Chris Flexen came in to record the final two outs. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (67-61, 10.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB for second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves (78-52, 6.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost a tough 14 inning game to the Braves 2-1 on Friday night, despite Jacob deGrom doing everything he could to help the team win. The righty allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out 13 batters over 7.0 innings of work. During a stretch through the middle innings, deGrom struck out eight batters consecutively. Leading off the bottom of the sixth, deGrom hit a first pitch home run to tie the game... it was his second home run of the season and third of his career. Jeff McNeil will be active for Saturday night's game against the Braves, as he was removed from the IL.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler
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J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)
J.D. Davis (Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and the Mets start a huge three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday night.

It's nice to have the best pitcher in baseball taking the mound the day after completing a sweep of the Indians, who are just a half game back of the second American League Wild Card, isn't it?

The Mets have been hot, but so has Atlanta. Exactly like the Mets, the Braves have won 11 of their past 15 games. Unfortunately, two of those 11 wins came at New York's expense when the two teams met in Atlanta last week.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates with first baseman Pete Alonzo (20) and shortstop Amed Rosario (1) after hitting a game winning RBI single in the tenth inning to defeat the Cleveland Indians at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

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Most everything about the Mets' second-half run has been remarkable, but the emergence of J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario, in particular, has bulked up a youthful position-player core that suddenly gives this franchise an entirely different feel, both in the present and the future. 

Add that duo to Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, and you can make the case the Mets have five cornerstone players, four of which are under contractual control at least through the 2023 season. 

And that's not counting Dom Smith, who probably looms now as a valuable off-season trade chip, or Brandon Nimmo, who figures to be an important player when he comes back from his neck injury, even if it's more for depth at this point. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)
Pete Alonso, J.D. Davis celebrate as Mets face Indians (Adam Hunger)

The Mets are entering the second game of a nine-game homestand against the Indians, Braves, and Cubs that could go a long way toward determining their fate when it comes to playing in October.

Here are five storylines to keep an eye on...

Will this homestand help or hurt?

At the end of the homestand, the Mets hit the road for six games against the Phillies and Nationals, both of whom are competing with New York for the NL Wild Card. This is all the more reason why it's important for the Mets to take advantage while they're home. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Entering his start on July 16, Mets LHP Steven Matz had a 4.87 ERA and was coming off a brief demotion to the bullpen. 

And while Matz was in the bullpen, Mickey Callaway wouldn't even commit to his eventual return to the rotation. 

Since then, Matz has a 2.81 ERA (his overall ERA has dipped to 4.18) and has struck out 38 batters in 41.2 innings (seven starts) while walking eight and allowing just three home runs. So, what triggered the turnaround?

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets hammer Royals 00:01:32
Michael Conforto had 4 RBI and Pete Alonso set a new NL rookie record with his 40th HR as the Mets charged past the Royals, 11-5

The Mets handed it to the Royals in a 11-5 win to take the series in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler looked to be cruising in his start today, but he hit a wall in the fifth inning when he allowed three runs to reliniquish the Mets' lead. His day would be done after that frame, with his final line being four runs, three earned on four hits while walking one and striking out two. He would get a no-decision thanks to the Mets' offense.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Kansas City Royals, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (63-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB in Wild Card) will finish their series with the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. 

Mets Notes

The Mets have won eight of their last 10 series since the All-Star break. They also have a .697 win percentage since that span, which is good for second in the MLB. ...J.D. Davis snapped his 10-game hit streak yesterday during a pinch hit appearance. ...Wilson Ramos is on a 12-game hit streak at the moment. He's hitting .447 during that span.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) and interim pitching coach Phil Regan (58) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (61-58, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series in Atlanta on Wednesday night at 7:20 PM on SNY. 

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


Overshadowing the Mets' loss to the Braves on Tuesday night was the hamstring injury suffered by Jeff McNeil, who said "I don't think it's terrible" after the game. McNeil will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets drop opener in Atlanta 00:01:43
New York Mets lose their 2nd game in a row as the bats went cold against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried.

The Mets fell to the Braves 5-3 on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler entered the game fresh off of two tremendous outings, but Tuesday was simply not his night. The right-hander gave up a career-high 12 hits over 5.0 innings of work. Wheeler gave up two runs in the first, snapping his 15-inning scoreless streak, and was seemingly never able to find his groove. Ronald Acuna Jr. slammed his 34th home run of the season off of Wheeler in the fourth inning. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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