Mets Takeaways from Friday’s 3-1 loss to Brewers, including another quiet offensive night – SNY.tv





Brewers stifle Mets
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Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun belted home runs to push the Brewers past the Mets, 3-1

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


Six things to know about Friday’s game…

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

2)They did make things interesting in the ninth.Michael Conforto hit a leadoff single in the ninth off Josh Hader followed by a Ramos walk. J.D. DavisTodd Frazier and Amed Rosario then all struck out to end the game.

3)They made Brandon Woodruff throw 34 pitches in the first inning, but by scoring just the one run they didn’t make him pay quite enough. After Jeff McNeil led the game off with an infield single, the Brewers got a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play as Pete Alonso went down swinging. Canó walked, Conforto reached on an infield single and Ramos singled before Brandon Nimmo grounded out to end the half-inning.

4) Steven Matz wasn’t at his best, but he did enough to keep the team in the game and didn’t get any support. Matz gave up three runs in 5.2 innings, allowing nine hits and a walk while striking out three. He threw 104 pitches and gave up two homers, a solo shot to Lorenzo Cain three pitches into the first and a two-run bomb to Ryan Braun in the fifth. 

5) Robert Gsellman came in for Matz and allowed a walk in 1.1 innings, keeping the Mets in the game. Gsellman has been asked to get more than three outs in each of his last three appearances. He lowered his ERA to 3.60.

6) Luis Avilán entered for the eighth but faced just three batters and left the game with elbow tightness. Drew Gagnonfinished out the inning. 


What’s next

The Mets continue their three-game series at Milwauke on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.

RHPZack Wheeler gets the start for the Mets while LHPGio Gonzalez starts for the Brewers.


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Jeff McNeil , Michael Conforto , Robert Gsellman , Robinson Cano , Steven Matz , Wilson Ramos


Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

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

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


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Amed Rosario , Jeff McNeil , Pete Alonso , Robinson Cano , Todd Frazier

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

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

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


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Dominic Smith , Pete Alonso , Todd Frazier,

Anthony McCarron

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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

There’s no debating thatPete Alonsois having the best start to a career among the thousands of players to wear the Mets uniform.

Thankfully for him, he’s doing it at a time when Mets fans are seeking an heir to the throne left behind byDavid Wright. He’s also doing it during the social media age, through which we get a better look into his personality and popularity than would have been the case had he broken out at any other point in history.

In a season when much of the attention in the National League has been on San Diego’s much-hyped rookieFernando Tatis Jr., it’s Alonso that won the league’s Rookie of the Month for April.


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Amed Rosario , Brandon Nimmo , Jacob deGrom , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard,

Matthew Cerrone

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Apr 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with outfielder Michael Conforto (30) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports  (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with outfielder Michael Conforto (30) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets head to the Midwest to face the Brewers for a three-game series at Miller Park on Friday at 8:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets begin a six-game road trip tonight, starting in Milwaukee and ending in San Diego. …New York is 4-6 against the NL Central so far this season. …Mets’ starters have posted a 0.42 ERA over the last three games. …Michael Conforto has reached base safely in 11 straight games. He is also tied for second in the league with 23 walks. …Noah Syndergaard’s homer on Thursday had a 105.8 mph exit velocity, which was the hardest-hit homer by a pitcher this season. 


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Milwaukee Brewers , Steven Matz

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New York Mets' Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell)  (Tami Chappell/AP)
New York Mets’ Dominic Smith hits a double scoring two runs in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) (Tami Chappell/AP)

The talk surrounding the Mets’ depth players has always been who will be sent down whenJed Lowrie returns to the team. But the move made by the team on Friday caught many by surprise. 

Manager Mickey Callaway announced they have sent down 1B Dom Smith to Triple-A Syracuse, and called up INF Adeiny Hechavarria. 

It’s a shocking move to say the least, as Smith was not just the Mets’ only left-handed bat on the bench, but he has been raking. In 29 games this season, he’s hitting .333/.459/.400 with two doubles and four RBI in 37 plate appearances. Pete Alonso has been a mainstay at first base, though, which has limited Smith’s chances to start. Still, Callaway has managed to get him in all but two games this season. 


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For the second consecutive weekend, the Brewers and Mets are getting together for a three-game set — this time at Miller Park after Milwaukee took two of three in Flushing.

The Amazin’s were able to dodge a sweep last Sunday thanks to the services of Matz, who continued his rebound from that eight-run, zero-out first-inning disaster he endured at the hands of the Phillies just a couple of weeks ago….


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Athlete Art: Conforto and Nimmo
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After a huge day for Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo show off their art skills by drawing their teammate known as Thor!

In a test of their artistic skills, SNY asked New York Mets players to draw their teammates  Watch Michael ConfortoandBrandon Nimmo try to drawNoah Syndergaard!


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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shakes hands with manager Mickey Callaway after throwing a shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shakes hands with manager Mickey Callaway after throwing a shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (16-15, 1.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East) split a four-game series with the Reds, thanks to a historic outing byNoah Syndergaard. Now, they prepare to face the Brewers for a three-game series beginning Friday in Milwaukee.

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


Syndergaard homered for the Mets’ only run, then threw a complete-game shutout as the Metssalvaged a series splitwith a 1-0 win over the Reds.


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Cincinnati Reds , Noah Syndergaard , Pete Alonso

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Syndergaard’s comeback start
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Reds outfielder Jesse Winker waved at Mets fans after the last out in Wednesday’s game, on Thursday Mets returned the favor.

Noah Syndergaard had been struggling to the tune of a 6.35 ERA through his first six starts. So how did he get so much better so quickly Thursday when he threw a shutout? SNY’s Andy Martino breaks down Syndergaard’s improvement.


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Winker wave comes back to haunt
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Reds outfielder Jesse Winker waved at Mets fans after the last out in Wednesday’s game, on Thursday Mets returned the favor.

Mets fans are not letting up on Reds OF Jesse Winker

If you don’t know by now, Winker became public enemy No. 1 in Flushing after he waved a mocking goodbye to fans during the team’s 1-0 win on Wednesday night. And Mets fans responded as they always do, waving at him after every out during his 0-for-3 performance Wednesday afternoon. 

The cherry on top, though, came when Winker argued long enough with the home plate umpire to be ejected from the ballgame. Fans rose to their feet to wave one last time as he made his to the dugout…


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Alonso NL Rookie of the month
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Pete Alonso is very thankful after winning NL Rookie of the Month for April

Pete Alonso has been highly impressive for the Mets in April, which is why it’s only fitting that he was named the National League Rookie of the Month on Thursday. 

Alonso became an integral part of the Mets at the onset of the season, showcasing his heralded power at the plate and charisma in the locker room. In his first 29 games in March and April, Alonso hit .292 with nine homers, eight doubles and 26 RBI. 

Those nine home runs not only lead all MLB rookies so far this season, but they put him in the Mets record books as well. Alonso tied Darryl Strawberry for the most homers in a calendar month after the former hit nine in 1983. He also tied the club record for homers prior to May 1.


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Syndergaard on dominant outing
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard talks about hitting rock bottom and now weight being lifted off shoulders after dominant outing

In a game where hedismantled the Reds all by himselfin a 1-0 victory,Noah Syndergaardmade Mets history.

In the aforementioned dismantling, Syndergaard became the first Mets pitcher ever to toss a shutout and provide the only run of the game by hitting a homer. 

The homer came in the bottom of the third inning when Syndergaard crushed a pitch from Reds starter Tyler Mahle deep into the seats in left center field.


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Danny Abriano

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

The Mets have remained in touch with free agent starting pitcherDallas Keuchel. Here’s the latest…


May 2, 2:18 PM: According toMLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Keuchel’s market may increase after the MLB Draft. He is tied to draft pick compensation after denying his qualifying offer of $17.9 million from the Astros. In turn, if a team signs him before the draft, their highest draft pick after the first round would be taken away. 

Heyman mentions the Yankees are a team he believes would be interested in the lefty, but he says other teams should be calling too. If the Mets’ rotation is faltering after June 5 when the Draft ends, they could be one of those other teams calling Keuchel’s way.


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Mets beat Reds 1-0
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard put on a clinic against the Reds by striking out 10 batters and hitting a home run of his own.

Noah Syndergaarddid it all for the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field as they beat the Reds, 1-0, to earn a split of their four-game series..  >Box score


Five things to know about Thursday’s game…

1) On a day where the Mets’ bullpen was exhausted and Syndergaard was in need of a strong start after struggling for most of the season, Syndergaard delivered — hurling a shutout in a thorough dismantling of the Reds. With his fastball topping out at 101 MPH and featuring a wicked curve ball, Syndergaard entered the ninth inning having retired 15 of the last 16 batters to face him. He retired the first two batters before allowing a broken-bat single toDerek Dietrich. After Dietrich was pinch-run for by pitcherMichael Lorenzen — who stole second base — Syndergaard struck out Yasiel Puig to end the game. 


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Dominic Smith , Noah Syndergaard , Pete Alonso,

Danny Abriano

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Syndergaard hits 2nd home run
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard hits a home run to lead off the bottom of the 3rd inning to give the Mets the lead over the Reds

Noah Syndergaardcrushed an opposite field homer on Thursday afternoon against the Reds at Citi Field. 


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Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Mets RHP prospectSimeon Woods Richardsonhas been turning heads so far this season with Single-A Columbia, with a ridiculously good 27-to-1 strikeout-to-walk rate. Here’s a deep dive on the pitcher who could have the highest-upside arm in the organization…


The Skinny

Position:Right-handed pitcher

Height:6-foot-3


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As the Mets’ bullpen struggles, they have remained in touch with free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel. Here’s the latest…


May 2, 9:27 AM:

The Mets are “having continued dialogue with Craig Kimbrel,” SNY’s Andy Martino said Wednesday. “This is a guy that a lot of people in the organization sees a fit more than Dallas Keuchel,” Martino added. “Is it likely they sign him? I wouldn’t say likely, but they’re one of the teams talking to him.”


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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard and the Mets face the Cincinnati Reds in the final game of a four-game series on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets notes

The Mets’ bullpen’s 5.53 ERA ranks third-worst in the majors.Edwin Diazallowed runs in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 11-15, 2018, as a member of the Mariners. … Since his first-inning triple on Sunday,Pete Alonsois in the midst of a 2-for-15 slump. … Michael Confortois in a 2-for-21 slump over his last seven games. 


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Cincinnati Reds , Edwin Diaz , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Pete Alonso

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

The Mets (15-15, 2.0 games behind the Phillies for first place in NL East) face the Reds on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here’s what went down on Wednesday in case you missed it…


In the Mets’ 1-0 loss to the Reds,Jacob deGromreturned to being his dominant self, butEdwin Diazserved up his second game-losing homer in three games>>Read more


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Edwin Diaz , Jacob deGrom , Jacob Rhame , Jeurys Familia , Pete Alonso,

Danny Abriano

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May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 1, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws the ball against theCincinnati Reds in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On most any other night it would have felt like the sky was falling at Citi Field. A day that began with the news ofJeurys Familiagoing on the 10-day IL with a bone spur ended with their not-so-bulletproof closer,Edwin Diaz, giving up a game-losing home run for the second time in three nights.

Suddenly the bullpen problems that forever seem to haunt this franchise are back again, to the point where exasperated Mets fans are ready to take up a collection if it will convince the team to signCraig Kimbrel, the still-available All-Star closer.

And yet if anything could calm the chaos it was the sight ofJacob deGromtaking the mound against the Reds and reclaiming the dominance that flat disappeared for three starts in as stunning a slump as you’ll ever see.


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Edwin Diaz , Jacob deGrom , Jason Vargas , Jeurys Familia , Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz , Zack Wheeler,

John Harper

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deGrom satisfied after start
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Jacob deGrom pitched seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits against the Reds. Both deGrom and Callaway were happy with the start

The last time Jacob deGrom dominated on the rubber he was in Miami at Marlins park under a dome. Tonight at Citi Field didn’t offer the same weather conditions — a cold, misty night in Flushing — but that same pitcher shined on the mound. 

DeGrom may not have gotten the win against the Reds, but he managed to go seven innings without allowing a run and only three hits. He may have had an early rough patch with his past three starts, but manager Mickey Callaway saw the deGrom everyone is used to seeing tonight. 

“We felt like he was back,” he told reporters after the game. “Very reminiscent of last year. Probably still didn’t have his best stuff, but that was him.”


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deGrom dominant in 1-0 loss
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Jacob deGrom looked like his dominant self again. However, Edwin Diaz gave up a home run for the second straight night for the loss.

Edwin Diaz allowed another homer in the top of the ninth to give the Reds the win, 1-0, at Citi Field on Wednesday night.  >Box score

Five things to know about Wednesday’s game…

1) On Monday, Diaz allowed a solo homer to Jesse Winker with two outs to give Cincinnati a 5-4 lead that would be the eventual win. Well, that happened again in the same fashion tonight on two outs. This time is was Jose Iglesias that hit a line drive homer to left field to give the Reds the lead and the win. 


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Jacob deGrom , Jeff McNeil , Pete Alonso

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deGrom strikesout Barnhart
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Jacob deGrom struck out Tuckker Barnhart to end the 4th, the Reds were threatening with the bases loaded.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom was feeling it early on against the Reds, but he managed to work his way into a bases-loaded jam after an error, walk, and a hit by pitch. 

But just as he’s showcased in the past, deGrom buckled down to strike out Tucker Barnhart to leave those runners stranded and keep the Reds off the board…


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Van Wagenen updates on Familia
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Brodie Van Wagenen gave an update on Jeryus Familia’s injury and how long he expects him to be on the IL.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told the world that RHP Jeurys Familia hit the IL on Wednesdaywith what was revealed to be a Bennett lesion, or bone spur, in his throwing shoulder. Familia received an injection today to relieve the pain, and the team will take things day-to-day. 

So how long should the team expect Familia to be out? SNY’s Andy Martino went on “Loud Mouths” to give his tip on the matter. 

“I don’t think he’s going to be out very long,” Martino said. “The word from the Mets and people who are familiar with this injury is that it will hopefully be around that 10-day absence. You never know with a shoulder, but 10 days is about what they’re looking at right now.”


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Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) reacts after scoring in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and Reds continue their four-game set at Citi Field on Wednedsay at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Pete Alonso hit his first career walk-off, a sacrifice fly to right field, on Tuesday night to propel the Mets over the Reds. He also had a record-setting month as he was tied for home runs by a rookie with Darryl Strawberry (9). He also tied the club record for homers prior to May 1. …Robinson Cano is back in the lineup tonight after getting hit by a pitch in the hand on Sunday. Over his last 12 games, Cano is hitting .360 with a homer, six doubles, six RBI four runs scored. …Michael Conforto has reached base safely in nine straight games. …Amed Rosario recorded his fifth multi-hit game of the season in last night’s win. …The Mets’ team average of .259 this year is ranked fourth in the NL and seventh in the league thus far. …Jeurys Familia has hit the IL with shoulder soreness. He received an injection in his shoulder today. 


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Brandon Nimmo , Jacob deGrom , Jeff McNeil , Michael Conforto , Pete Alonso , Robinson Cano

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

Mets setup manJeurys Familiais heading to the IL due to a shoulder injury, managerMickey Callawaysaid before Wednesday’s game.

According to Callaway, Familia — who has shoulder soreness — received an injection on Tuesday.

Familia told the Mets about his shoulder discomfort on Tuesday morning before undergoing an MRI that revealed a Bennett lesion, which is defined as “a bony spur at the posterior glenoid that is often seen in baseball players and usually asymptomatic. However, it sometimes becomes painful, but the mechanism of throwing pain is still unknown.”


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Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a three run home run against the Milwaukee Bucks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a three run home run against the Milwaukee Bucks during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets rookiePete Alonsohas taken the league by storm, hitting .292/.382/.642 with nine homers and 26 RBI in 29 games in his first month in the majors. 

If Alonso’s April seemed special, that’s because it was. Here are six eye-popping stats (Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau) from the Polar Bear’s first month…

  • Alonso’s 18 extra-base hits are the most in team history prior to May 1.


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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) relieves New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) during the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Most Mets fans groaned before Tuesday night’s game when managerMickey CallawaysaidJeurys Familiacould be relied on for a two-inning save because Edwin Diaz(who had pitched three games in a row) was unavailable.

But then Familia entered the game in the eighth inning with the Mets leading by a run and looked as nasty as he has in quite some time — firing sinkers with great depth while his slider dropped off the table.

After a long time in the dugout between innings as the Mets rallied for an insurance run, Familia looked similarly nasty to open the ninth inning as he struck out the first two batters and had the Mets one out away from victory while holding a 3-1 lead. Then the roof caved in. 


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Edwin Diaz , Jeurys Familia , Justin Wilson,

Danny Abriano

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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after giving up five runs against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after giving up five runs against the Milwaukee Brewers during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

There are two ways to look atJacob deGromandNoah Syndergaard‘s seasons, heading into what promise to be a pair of highly scrutinized starts for the Mets against Cincinnati: Analytically, which suggests that improvement is coming, and with your eyes, which inspires more concern, particularly for Syndergaard.

A simple glance at the Fangraphs pages for both makes a clear case that neither pitcher has been quite as bad as we think. Most of deGrom’s peripherals are in line with career norms. His strikeout rate is 37 percent, which is better than his lifetime number of 29.2 percent. His xFIP (expected fielding independent pitching) is 2.91, compared to 3.02 for his career.

Additionally, opponents’ batting average on balls in play (BABIP) against deGrom is .389, which suggests bad luck that will turn around. Part of that high BABIP could be a result of opponents’ hard contact rate of 47.5 percent — nearly double last year’s 26.6 percent. Several analytically-inclined evaluators said this week that it’s far too early in the season to draw any conclusions about a number like hard contact; the sample size is too small.


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Jacob deGrom , Noah Syndergaard,

Andy Martino

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A longtime Mets nemesis will be making his return to Citi Field this evening when the Amazin’s play the opener of a four-game set with the Reds.

Toeing the rubber for 16 starts (and six relief appearances) against the Mets, Roark notched an 8-4 record to go with a 3.07 ERA and 1.11 WHIP during his 2013-18 tenure with the Washington Nationals. He’s even been stingier than that when facing them on the road, owning a 2.73 ERA in 12 games (nine starts) in Flushing.


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

The Mets-Phillies rivalry has trickled down to Triple-A.

A stunt pulled by the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate Lehigh Valley caused the Syracuse Mets to become “infuriated,” according to a report bySyracuse.com.

When Jacob Rhame entered to warm up for the sixth inning Monday, a video played in Lehigh Valley’s stadium of Rhys Hoskins’ 34-second home run trotfrom last week after he homered off Rhame. The night before,Rhame threw a pitch that went by Hoskins’ head, so Hoskins took his sweet time when he got his revenge the next night.


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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his game winning walkoff sacrifice fly against the Cincinnati Reds during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) watches his game winning walkoff sacrifice fly against the Cincinnati Reds during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (15-14, 1.0 game behind the Phillies for first place in NL East) face the Reds on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here’s what went down on Tuesday in case you missed it…


In the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Reds,Jeurys Familiaallowed two runs in the ninth inning to blow the save, butPete Alonso‘s walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th won it>>Read more


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McNeil shines in 4-3 win
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While Pete Alonso hit the walkoff sac fly, it was Jeff McNeil’s 4-5 night that stood outlonso and Callaway had high praise after the win.

Jeff McNeil was receiving some awfully high praise following the Mets’ 4-3, 10-innning win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. 

The Mets second baseman went 4-fot-5 with a run and RBI in the victory and raised his batting average to .370 — second-best in the National League behind Los Angeles Dodgers’Cody Bellingerat .434. 

Pete Alonso, who hit the walk-off sacrifice fly on Tuesday, likened his teammate to one of the best to play the game. 


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Mets walkoff to win 4-3 in 10th
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Pete Alonso hit a sac fly in the 10th to walkoff against the Reds. Jeff McNeil also had a 4-hit night capping an exciting win.

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

Five things to know about Tuesday’s game…

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


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Jason Vargas , Jeff McNeil , Jeurys Familia , Michael Conforto , Peter Alonso , Todd Frazier

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Yoenis Cespedes injury update
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway gives an update on how outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ recovery from heel surgery has been going.

Yoenis Cespedesis still a long way from a return to the Mets, but he has been making progress — and was at Citi Field on Monday throwing in the outfield.

While there still isn’t a firm target date for Cespedes’ return, manager Mickey Callaway gave a progress update on Tuesday before the Mets’ game against the Reds.

According to Callaway, Cespedes is hitting off a tee, playing catch, and riding the stationary bike, but has not yet started running.


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Yoenis Cespedes,

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Frazier hits go-ahead home run
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Todd Frazier connected for his second home run of the season against the Reds to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

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

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

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


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Jeff McNeil , Michael Conforto , Todd Frazier

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Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores on a an RBI single by third baseman Todd Frazier (not pictured) against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) scores on a an RBI single by third baseman Todd Frazier (not pictured) against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets and Reds will play the second leg of a four-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.  

Mets notes

Brandon Nimmoreturns to the three-hole after hitting there Monday. WithJeff McNeilsettling into the leadoff role, the Mets have been experimenting with Nimmo’s spot in the order. He’s batting .316 over his last 18 games. … Michael Conforto‘s eight-game walk streak is the second longest active streak in the league, behind Houston’sAlex Bregman. Conforto currently has a .408 on-base percentage. …Pete Alonsocan tie Jeff Kent’s franchise record for RBI in April by driving a run Tuesday, which would be his 26th RBI of the year. … The Mets’ early-season situational hitting has taken a tumble. After leaving on 10 baserunners Monday against the Reds, they entered Tuesday with the a league-leading 225 runners left on base this year. … After beinghit on the hand Sunday,Robinson Canois out of the lineup for the second straight day.


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Brandon Nimmo , Cincinnati Reds , Jason Vargas , Michael Conforto , Pete Alonso , Robinson Cano

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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets’ bullpen battles consistency issues as a unit, one key piece may return soon.

Justin Wilsontold reporters Tuesday he’s “close” to rejoining the team. The lefty reliever was placed on the 10-day injured list last Monday with left elbow soreness. He threw off a mound Monday and threw again Tuesday off flat ground, with a bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday. 

Wilson also said he will travel with the Mets to Milwaukee this weekend for their three-game set against the Brewers. 


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Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 16, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel (60) walks off the mound after the third out in the first inning of game three of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

A month of the 2019 season has passed and free agentsDallas KeuchelandCraig Kimbrelare still on the market. And the longer this plays out, the more it could make sense for one or both of them to wait until after June 5 to sign.

Here’s why…

As free agents who rejected the $17.9 million qualifying offer from their respective teams, Keuchel (Red Sox) and Kimbrel (Astros) are both tied to draft pick compensation (a team’s highest first-round pick is exempt) in this year’s MLB Draft, which runs from June 3 to June 5.


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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

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SoGio Gonzalezis a Milwaukee Brewer, finally, and it appears thatDallas Keuchel‘s asking price would still have to drop considerably for either the Mets or Yankees to consider signing him.

Yet it’s a good bet that both local teams will be in the market for another starting pitcher come the July 31 trade deadline.


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Clint Frazier , Domingo German , Edwin Diaz , J.A. Happ , Jacob deGrom , Jason Vargas , Jordan Montgomery , Luis Severino , Noah Syndergaard , Robinson Cano , Steven Matz , Zack Wheeler,

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Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts as he talks to catcher Wilson Ramos (40) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts as he talks to catcher Wilson Ramos (40) during the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)





Mets react to 5-4 loss
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The Mets suffered a 5-4 loss to the Reds courtesy of a home run Edwin Diaz gave up in the 9th inning.

Mets closer Edwin Diaz is confident his loss Monday against the Reds will be a rarity.

Diaz surrendered a tiebreaking home run to Jesse Winker in the top of the ninth inning as the Mets fell to Cincinnati 5-4 at Citi Field.

“I felt really good today,” Diaz said through a translator after the game. “It was just that one pitch I made a mistake on. I felt great in the bullpen and once I got out there I felt good, but he just caught me.”


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Cincinnati Reds , Edwin Diaz , Jeurys Familia , Seth Lugo , Zack Wheeler

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Mets fall short 5-4 to Reds
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The Mets capitalized on a big fourth inning against Tanner Roark and the Reds, but Edwin Diaz gave up the go-ahead run to lose 5-4.

Edwin Diazallowed a go-ahead home run toJesse Winkerin the top of the ninth inning as the Mets lost to the Reds 5-4 on Monday at Citi Field.>Box score

Five things to know about Monday’s game

1) Entering in a 4-4 game, Diaz retired the first two hitters before his first-pitch fastball to Winker was sent 415 feet to right field. Diaz had retired all 15 left-handed batters he faced before Winker homered.


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Amed Rosario , Brandon Nimmo , Cincinnati Reds , Michael Conforto , Pete Alonso , Wilson Ramos , Zack Wheeler

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Alonso walks in run vs. Reds
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Pete Alonso came to the plate with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. Tanner Roark walked him, making it 4-3 Reds.

Ball four. Ball eight.

That’s how the Mets tied up Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning.

Pete Alonso and Brandon Nimmo drew back-to-back bases-loaded four-pitch walks to turn a two-run deficit into a 4-4 game.


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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) in the dugout before the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Wilson Ramosis not performing like the elite, free-agent catcher that sought a long-term deal this past winter. This could be why, after spending several weeks seeking a four-year deal, Ramos settled for two years and $19 million from the Mets.

The acquisition of Ramos was interpreted as Van Wagenen getting his third choice. If you recall, he had reportedly been chasing the Marlins around forJ.T. Realmuto, who was eventually traded to the Phillies. And, according toYasmani Grandal, before he signed his current deal with the Brewers, he rejected a four-year, $60 million offer from the Mets. 

In between Realmuto going to Philadelphia and Grandal going to the Brewers, Van Wagenen signed Ramos, who said the Mets were always his first choice.


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Zack’s past, present, and future
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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler would love to stay in New York long-term, but is ready for the opportunities that will come with free agency.

Zack Wheeleris coming off arguably the best start of his career and one of the most dominant starts anyone in baseball has made this season.

And as he gets closer and closer to free agency, Wheeler is still open to signing an extension with the Mets. But as was the case during the offseason, it won’t be at much of a discount.

“Well you know everybody’s goal…everybody’s number one goal is to make it to free agency,” Wheeler told SNY. “You know I think that’s where you really make your money and sort of set your career so. … you know I love being here. I love being with the Mets. The fans are unbelievable and there’s nowhere else better to play than New York.”


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Danny Abriano

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Zack Wheeler and the Mets begin a four-game series at Citi Field against Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Pete Alonsohas a .275/.370/.775 batting line with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 11 home games, while his road splits are .327/.417/.621 with four homers and 11 RBIs. … Since his streak of six consecutive multi-hit games,Jeff McNeilis hitting .235 (8-for-34) with one home run and one RBI over his last nine games. … Despite having the fourth-worst run differential in the National League, the Mets are tied with the Brewers for the seventh-best NL record.


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There’s a hole in our aces
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On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard’s pitching struggles this season.

Doug Williams and Andy Martino “Make your Monday” with an all-new Shea Anything.

This week, they look into the recent struggles of star pitchersJacob deGromandNoah Syndergaard. Could there be something with the baseball or possibly a bigger issue?

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Jacob deGrom , Noah Syndergaard , Travis d’Arnaud

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Zack Wheelerwas dominant in his last start but still has a 4.85 ERA this season. Meanwhile,Noah Syndergaard(6.35 ERA) andJacob deGrom (4.85 ERA) have struggled mightily over their last few starts.

WithSteven Matzthe only Mets starting pitcher with an ERA under 4.00 and a full month of the season down, does Wheeler think it will take a little bit of time before the starters do what everyone hoped they would do?

“Yeah,” Wheeler told SNY. “When everybody is this talented I think it’s just a matter of time. Everyone’s sort of still getting into the groove of it. It’s still a little chilly here and there certain nights and maybe a little colder than others so the ball may be a little slippery. … so I mean it’s just a couple different factors but a lot of guys have also been sick and I’m not trying to make excuses but — once we get going I think we’ll be hard to stop.”


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Danny Abriano

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