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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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Jeff McNeil RBI 1B 00:00:10
New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil hits a 2-out RBI single to cut the Braves lead to 2-1.

The Braves jumped on Zack Wheeler in the first inning, striking for two runs and ending Wheeler's 15-inning scoreless streak.

The Mets answered back in the top of the second. After Wheeler was hit by a breaking ball to extend the inning, Jeff McNeil singled off of Max Fried to cut the Braves' lead in half.

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first 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 starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB in Wild Card) begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (70-50, 6.0 GA in NL East) on Tuesday night at 7:20 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Mets Notes

The Mets enter the series winners of 15 out of 17. ... The Mets have gone 29-25 against the NL East this season, but just 4-6 against Atlanta. ... The Mets are 21-7 since the All-Star break, the best second half record in baseball, and their starters have a 2.93 ERA during that period. ... The road has been kind to the Mets lately, as they've won five of their last six away from Citi Field.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with his teammates after hitting a walk off RBI single to beat the Washington Nationals 7-6 at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The National League Wild Card race is exactly how it is described: wild.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets' starting pitching corps has been a top-three unit in ERA, FIP and WAR across the entire MLB since June 22. The team has gone 23-16 (.590) over that stretch and clawed back into legitimate playoff contention thanks in large part to the team's three units (hitters, starters, relievers) coming together at the same time.

But what's so special about June 22? That was the day that Zack Wheeler turned his season around. A player all but assured to be traded by the deadline in late July, Wheeler instead tapped into his potential and went from trade bait to a building block for the 2019 Mets, and maybe beyond.

Over Wheeler's last seven starts, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.62 ERA. That's good for a 1.6 WAR. Consider that Wheeler's collective season WAR before June 22 was 1.8. This means that Wheeler has provided equal value over his last seven starts as he did over his first 15. That's marked improvement.

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

It started by trading for Marcus Stroman.

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 1.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series with the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets' win over the Marlins, Zack Wheeler wasn't his sharpest but still fired 8.0 shutout innings to make big nights from Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, and Pete Alonso stand up >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets positive after big win 00:01:14
Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler and Mickey Callaway were all optimistic about the Mets future after their third straight win.

Twelve wins in 13 games. Five in a row. Seven series wins in their last eight.

The Mets are, quite simply, firing on all cylinders.

Tuesday night was just the latest example of a complete team win, and as has been the case often during this streak, it all started on the mound, with Zack Wheeler dominating. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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Strong Wheeler outing in 5-0 win 00:01:11
Zack Wheeler pitched eight scoreless innings and Pete Alonso homered again in a well-rounded 5-0 win over Miami. Ramos also went deep.

The Mets have now won 12 of their last 13 games after their 5-0 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night. >> Box Score

Five Takeaway's from Tuesday's game

1) Zack Wheeler pitched eight scoreless innings, extending his scoreless streak to 15 innings. The right-hander struck out five Marlins batters, walking only one, and gave up eight hits. The win makes his record 9-6 on the season, and he now has a good chance of passing his personal best of 12 wins in a single season with nearly two months left in the season. 

Tags: Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (57-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB in Wild Card) go for a series win against the Marlins (42-69, 16.5 GB in NL East) as the two teams continue their four-game set at Citi Field on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets are now above .500 for the first time since May 2 when they were 16-15. ... With a win on Tuesday, the Mets would win their fifth straight series and seven out of eight series since the All-Star break. ... The Mets have the best winning percentage in baseball (.739, 17-6 record) since the second half began, and their starting pitchers have compiled a 2.90 ERA during that span, the best in the NL.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win 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 center fielder Michael Conforto (30) and New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrate the 4-0 win against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Mets (53-55, 11.0 GB in NL East, 4.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Friday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

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


Behind a dominant start from Zack Wheeler and a big game from Robinson Cano, the Mets shut out the White Sox to win their seventh-straight game >> Read more 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets having a lot of fun 00:01:20
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talks about how fun it was making a catch then jumping into the net.

The Mets winning streak now stands at seven games, and Thursday afternoon's effort against the White Sox was another complete team winning, featuring dominant pitching, timely hitting, and excellent defense as well.

As was the case in all three games of the Mets' sweep of the White Sox, the tone was set on the mound. Zack Wheeler followed up brilliant starts from Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom with a gem of his own, needing just 88 pitches to cruise through seven innings, striking out seven and allowing just four hits.

"That was probably one of the better games that I've ever seen him pitch," Mickey Callaway said after the game. "Relaxed, fluid, just executed pitch after pitch, not overthrowing at all. Going that deep in the game, it felt like he did his job at that point."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mets win 7th straight game 00:01:28
New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano had a big day at the plate to help the Mets win their 7th straight game.

The Mets have extended their winning streak to seven games after sweeping the White Sox in a 4-0 victory on Thursday at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. >> Box Score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game...

1) It all but seemed like Zack Wheeler would be on a different team after Wednesday's trade deadline expired. Instead, he stayed in New York, and pitched a gem to prove it was the right move. The righty went seven innings, allowing four scattered hits and no runs while striking out seven and walking none. This resembled the second-half Wheeler Mets adored last season. Maybe with the trade deadline pressure gone, he can replicate that.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

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

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

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

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (52-55, 11 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB for second Wild Card) finish up their series with the Chicago White Sox (46-59, 19.0 GB in AL Central, 13.5 GB for second Wild Card) at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday at 2:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

The Mets are currently on a six-game win streak, which is the longest of the season. At the moment, it's the longest in the MLB as well. ...The Mets struck out 15 batters last night for the second straight game. That's the second time in franchise history that has happened. ...The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games. ...Amed Rosario owns a .350 average in July, which is good for fourth in the NL. ...The Mets have hit a homer in 22 of their last 26 road games, with 46 deep flies in that span. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Chicago White Sox, Jeff McNeil, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler

Despite tons of rumors, Zack Wheeler remained with the Mets past the trade deadline. And Wheeler sticking with the Mets might not just be a two-month thing, with Brodie Van Wagenen saying Wednesday that they view him as a potential long-term answer.

So Wheeler's tenure with the Mets continues, and it's one that has been a very interesting journey, starting in 2011.

Heading into the All-Star break that year, the Mets were 46-45, but 11 games out of first place while 7.5 games back and trailing five teams for the Wild Card. 

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jason Vargas, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Jul 31, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a 2 run RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the ninth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

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

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

 

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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brodie Van Wagenen reacts to the Mets moves, or lack there of, at the trade deadline. The GM is happy with Stroman and not forcing a deal.

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

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


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

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

Tags: Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Zack Wheeler shares his feelings about remaining with the Mets past the MLB Trade Deadline, and the emotions of dealing with trade rumors.

As the final minutes ticked off the clock leading into the MLB trade deadline at 4 p.m., Zack Wheeler's name was among the names mentioned most in rumors and reports. SNY Insider Andy Martino reported that the Astros, Rays and Yankees were among the teams showing interest in the righty.

But the deadline came and went, and Wheeler remained a Met, and now the right-hander is looking forward to putting all the deadline drama behind him.

"I'm glad it's in the past. I'm glad it's over with," Wheeler said after the deadline. "Whatever happened, happened, but I'm just glad it's over with now.

"Brodie (Van Wagenen) called me right after the deadline and basically said I was staying here, that I was good and that they value me and let's go get a run at this, so that's what we're going to do."

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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


July 31, 4:01 PM:

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

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

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the Mets moves at the MLB Trade Deadline, as the team kept Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard.

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


July 31, 4:03 PM:

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

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

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

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


July 31, 12:11 PM:

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

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

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

Thor is staying in Flushing. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

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

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

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

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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are operating simultaneously as buyers and sellers as the July 31 trade deadline approaches, and the possibility that Edwin Diaz could be on the move is a real one. Here's the latest...


July 30, 11:12 AM:

The Mets are still evaluating the Braves' top prospects, reports MLB.com's Mark Bowman, who says that Diaz seems to be a more likely target for the Braves than Noah Syndergaard.

SNY's Andy Martino has reported on the Braves' interest in Zack Wheeler, who could be headed to the Astros

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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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Late into Monday night, teams pursuing starting pitching said that the Houston Astros were making a strong push to acquire a starting pitcher and pursuing Zack Wheeler. One rival executive predicted that Wheeler will be traded Tuesday, with the Astros as the destination.

"I fully expect the Astros to get Wheeler," said one rival GM. "And if they don't they'll just pivot to Bauer."

Other sources noted that Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee and the Yankees were involved to varying degrees on both Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the fist inning at Wrigley Field. (Jim Young/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

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

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

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Jul 19, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Jul 19, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

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

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

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Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) delivers a pitch against Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Jun 29, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) delivers a pitch against Kansas City Royals in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Marcus Stroman-to-the-Mets trade was not at all surprising to those who have been following Brodie Van Wagenen's work since last winter. He has always been willing to simultaneously add to and subtract from the big league team, blurring the line between buying and selling.

In December, for example, he was trying to unload Noah Syndergaard as a way to acquire catcher J.T. Realmuto from Miami. Had that worked, Van Wagenen was looking into Cleveland ace Corey Kluber as a Syndergaard replacement.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have fielded calls on many pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo and Jason Vargas. But perhaps the biggest trade deadline development is the heavy interest in Edwin Diaz, which has increased the likelihood that he will be moved.

First, a mea culpa. A few days ago I tweeted that Diaz wasn't going anywhere -- which was the sense at the time through sources, but worded too definitively. The widespread interest, which reflects a belief in Diaz's talent over his mixed results this year, has increased the chances that Diaz will, in fact, go somewhere.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have fielded calls on many pitchers, including Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo and Jason Vargas. But perhaps the biggest trade deadline development is the heavy interest in Edwin Diaz, which has increased the likelihood that he will be moved.

First, a mea culpa. A few days ago I tweeted that Diaz wasn't going anywhere -- which was the sense at the time through sources, but worded too definitively. The widespread interest, which reflects a belief in Diaz's talent over his mixed results this year, has increased the chances that Diaz will, in fact, go somewhere.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (48-55, 12.5 GB in NL East, 7 GB of second Wild Card) host the Pirates on Saturday night at 7:10 at Citi Field on SNY...

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

With Zack Wheeler possibly pitching in his final game with the Mets, the right-hander went 5.1 strong innings to pick up the win. >> Read more

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