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Former Mets Watch: Cabrera burns Mets, Bruce back on IL – SNY.tv

The Mets have reshaped their roster over the last year and change, saying goodbye to some familiar faces (some beloved, some not) in the process. Every week, we’ll take a look at how some of those former Mets are performing with their new teams…


Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals

Cabrera was designated for assignment by the Rangers last week, but signed with the Nationals on Tuesday. He went 1-for-4 against the Mets on Saturday, but delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning on Sunday. The former Met also played for the Nationals in 2014.

Jarred Kelenic, Mariners (minors)

After a torrid stretch in which he went 15-for-30, Kelenic earned a promotion to Double-A Arkansas on Friday. He’s yet to appear in a game for them, but leaves High-A Modesto after just 46 games there. He hit .290/.353/.485 with six homers and 22 RBI. It’s his second promotion of 2019, after playing 50 games with Class A West Virginia to begin the season.

Justin Dunn, Mariners (minors)

Dunn made two starts for Double-A Arkansas this week, earning the win in his first but pitching better in the second. He tossed 5.1 innings on Monday, allowing four runs on seven hits while punching out five batters. He returned to the mound Saturday and delivered five innings of two-run ball, though one run was unearned. He walked one and struck out eight, and his ERA now sits at 3.66 on the season.   

Jay Bruce, Phillies

Bruce returned from the injured list with an 0-for-3 performance on Thursday before being promptly returned to the IL with a flexor strain in his left elbow. The left-hander is hitting .228/.276/540 in 285 at bats between the Mariners and Phillies this season.

Kevin Plawecki, Indians

Plawecki has a .216/.292/.336 slash line with two home runs and 12 RBI in just 129 plate appearances with Cleveland this season. He went 1-for-4 in a start behind the plate against the Twins on Sunday.

Curtis Granderson, Marlins 

Granderson got an increasingly-rare start for the Marlins in Game 2 of Monday’s doubleheader against the Mets and went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBI. It’s been a struggle for the 38-year-old at the plate, however, where he’s posting a .186/.275/.368 slash line in 269 at-bats. 

Travis d’Arnaud, Rays

D’Arnaud has returned to earth following a scorching few weeks for the former Mets catcher. Over his last seven games, he’s just 4-for-25 with eight strikeouts. Despite joining the Rays on May 11 and appearing in just 58 games with the team, d’Arnaud’s 44 RBI is good for fifth among Tampa Bay hitters.  

Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores has earned the second base job in Arizona after returning from his fractured leg suffered earlier this season. He’s had just 166 at-bats this season and is hitting .277/.324/.704 on the season.

Matt Harvey, Free Agent (formerly of Angels) 

Harvey was designated for assignment by the Angels on July 21. The 30-year-old made 12 starts for them this season, going 3-5 with a lofty 7.09 ERA. His final start was a loss to the Astros, in which he allowed six runs on seven hits over six innings pitched.


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Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores


A feel-good weekend at Citi Field ended with a crashing thud on Sunday, not because the Mets lost the series finale to the Nationals so much as Edwin Diaz gave up still another home run, again raising the question of how this team, even as hot as it is, can survive its own bullpen. 

Mickey Callaway has already taken an important and necessary step toward a solution, making Seth Lugo at least the co-closer, using him as he did for two innings to finish out Saturday night’s win.

But because the Mets are restricted in how much they can use Lugo, who has a partial tear in his elbow ligament, it’s far from a perfect situation. 


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Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo,

John Harper

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The struggles for Edwin Diaz continued on Sunday, after the right-hander entered the game in the top of the ninth with the Mets trailing the Nationals, 5-4. By the time the inning was over, Washington had tacked on two more runs, thanks to a two-run home run by Victor Robles

Mickey Callaway said after the game that the team has no plans to use Diaz in more lower-leverage spots to try to get him back on track.

“At this point, the way we’re set up, we really can’t afford to do that,” Callaway said. “He’s going to continue to get big outs for us and pitch in big games. We’re going to pick our spots and do the best that we can with him to win a game every single night.”


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Nats avoid sweep
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Former Met Asdrubal Cabrera’s two-run double broke a 3-3 tie as the Nationals avoided a sweep and snapped the Mets 8-gm winning streak, 7-4

The Mets couldn’t keep their winning streak alive, as the Nationals collected a win, 7-4, at Citi Field on Sunday. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Sunday’s game…

1) Jacob deGrom didn’t begin the game the way he wanted to, as a crucial botched play allowed three runs to cross the plate in the top of the first inning. With the bases juiced, Pete Alonso made a nice diving play and the inning looked to be over. However, he was called for a throwing error that allowed all the runs across despite deGrom stopping before reaching the bag. Overall, deGrom went five innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one…


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Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Mets (61-56, 7 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) look to sweep the Washington Nationals (61-55, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 1:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets came from behind to win once again, beating the Nationals 4-3, as Luis Guillorme hit his first-career home run on a full count pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game. J.D. Davis then delivered in the clutch with a sacrifice fly, allowing Joe Panik to score the game-winning run. The Mets have now won 15 of their last 16 games, and extended their current eight-game win streak.


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Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Luis Guillorme

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The Mets (61-56, 7.0 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) aim for the sweep of the Nationals and move into a Wild Card position for the first time this season this afternoon. Jacob deGrom will get the ball against Anibal Sanchez.

Here’s what happened on Saturday, in case you missed it…


So the Mets won…again. This time it was Luis Guillorme that hit a clutch homer — his first of the season — to help New York take a 4-3 victory at Citi Field last night. >> Read more


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Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos

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Syndergaard talks red-hot Mets
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard explains why he sees a lot of the 2015 World Series Mets in this year’s team.

Luis Guillorme hit his first-career home run in a pinch-hitting situation in the bottom of the eighth to help the Mets extend their hot streak to 15 wins in their last 16 games. A magical streak which took the Mets out of the basement of the National League and put them squarely into the Wild Card discussion, and perhaps beyond. 

Guillorme’s homer tied the game at three in a game the Mets (61-55) went on to win 4-3 but from the sounds of it, you’d think the infielder’s first-career homer came in a mid-April outing. 

“That was great for me and it helped the team, too,” a modest Guillorme said.


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JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard

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Mets down Nationals 4-3
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New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme tied the game with his 1st career HR but J.D. Davis’ sac fly gave the Mets the lead for good.

The Mets’ magic extends streak to wins in 15 of their last 16, as they top the Nats 4-3. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Saturday’s game

1) Luis Guillorme picked a heck of a time to hit his first-career home run. After thinking he had walked, Guillorme stepped back into the batters back in the eighth and sent the next pitch into the upper deck in right field against pitcher Fernando Rodney, tying the game at three as Juan Soto hit a solo homer in the top half of the inning to give the Nats a brief 3-2 lead. The excellent hitting of J.D. Davis then continued, as he scored Joe Panik with a sacrifice fly for the game-winning run later in the frame.

2) The resurgence that RHP Noah Syndergaard has experienced continued against the Nats. Syndergaard allowed seven hits, two runs and two walks in seven innings. Syndergaard collected five strikeouts as well. With the seven innings of work, Syndergaard’s reached that number of innings pitched in his last six starts, a streak that leads the majors. Syndergaard navigated a successful outing despite throwing 29 pitches in the first inning. 


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Amed Rosario, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos

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Davis, Ramos go back-to-back
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New York Mets outfielder J.D. Davis and catcher Wilson Ramos hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game at 2 against the Nationals.

Trailing the Nationals 2-0 on Saturday night, the Mets turned to the long ball.

JD Davis and Wilson Ramos slugged back-to-back home runs, tying the game at two. In the process, the Mets set a new franchise record with their eighth straight multi-home run game.


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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

When Pete Alonso plays well, he’s usually catching up to someone in the record books. Heading into Saturday’s contest against the Nationals having homered in four-straight games, he’s doing more of the same. 

Starting with that stretch for Alonso, he’s the first Mets player to homer in four-straight games since Curtis Granderson did so in September 2016. Larry Elliot is the only other Mets rookie to home in four-straight games in 1964.

With a homer on Saturday, Alonso will join Richard Hidalgo as the only Met to ever have a five-game streak, however, Daniel Murphy homered in six-straight games during the 2016 postseason.  


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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets set a new franchise home run record on Saturday night.

Trailing the Nationals 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, JD Davis and Wilson Ramos went back to back off of Patrick Corbin, tying the game and amplifying the Citi Field crowd’s volume. 

Are you excited? We’re excited! (via @Mets) pic.twitter.com/0WmZkLIJ9e


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Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) 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) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) 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)

Thanks to some heroics from the likes of Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto, the Mets took a walk-off win on Friday, 7-6, at Citi Field. 

Down three, Frazier hit a three-run moonshot to left field tie the game and Conforto went on to knock the walk-off single to right field to end the game. 

A contest every Met fan wishes they could attend. 


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Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) shakes hands with catcher Wilson Ramos (40) after throwing a complete game shutout against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Syndergaard allowed four hits and a walk while striking out ten. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

When the Mets announced their starting lineup prior to Saturday night’s game against the Nationals, the name filled out as the starting catcher was somewhat of a surprise.

Wilson Ramos will get the start behind the plate on Saturday, and while that in itself doesn’t seem like much of a surprise, it is a bit different to see him paired up with Noah Syndergaard on the mound.

Since June 30, Tomas Nido has been behind the plate for all seven of Syndergaard’s starts, and the right-hander has been terrific in those games. In 46 innings of work, Syndergaard has allowed just 14 earned runs, good for a 2.74 ERA. He’s struck out 47 batters and allowed just three home runs, compared to the 11 homers he’s given up in his 15 other starts.


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Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (60-56, 8 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are back at it against the Washington Nationals (61-54, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. 

Mets Notes

The Mets rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the ninth inning for a walk-off win Friday night and have won 14 of their last 15. The last time the Mets won a game trailing by three runs or more in the ninth was Sept. 15, 2015 at Atlanta. … Wilson Ramos is in the lineup on his 32nd birthday. The catcher is hitting .387 with two home runs and 13 RBI his last eight games. … J.D. Davis has reached base safely in each of his last 17 starts at Citi Field. He is hitting .422 with 16 runs scored, four home runs, 11 RBIs and a .472 OBP in that span. 


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Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos

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Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
Ruben Tejada (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have launched themselves back in to a pennant race, which has opened the floodgates for questions about the current roster, schedule and missing players.

Here are four from Twitter, followed by my answers….


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Brandon Nimmo, Ruben Tejada, Seth Lugo,

Matthew Cerrone

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) 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) is grabbed by first baseman Pete Alonso (20) 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 Mets (60-56, 8.0 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) look to carry the momentum over from Friday’s walk-off win against the Nationals when they face Washington again at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. 

Here’s what happened on Friday, in case you missed it…


The Mets rallied for four runs in the ninth behind Todd Frazier’s game-tying three-run home run and Michael Conforto‘s walk-off base hit to beat the Nationals, 7-6, and win for the 14th time in their last 15 games.  >> Read more


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Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) is doused with water 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) is doused with water 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 Mets entered Monday’s doubleheader against the Marlins with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since late-May, and they did just that — in front of a raucous crowd at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom was dominant in Game 1, and the Mets hit three homers in the seventh inning of Game 2 to erase a 4-2 deficit and get to 57-56 while pulling within 2.5 games of a playoff spot.

Here’s how the back pages in NYC reacted…


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Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier

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Mets talk comeback win
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Conforto and Alonso talk “shirtless” celebration in walk-off win while Frazier, Stroman + Callaway talk about the game’s playoff atmosphere

As Michael Conforto separated himself from his teammates on the center field grass on Friday night, he came away from the scrum without his jersey intact.

Pete Alonso had ripped it off.

“Yeah, I was happy, I didn’t know what to do, so I just ripped his jersey off,” Alonso said.

“When guys’ shirts come off, it’s probably a pretty good day,” Mickey Callaway said. “So that was a good one.”


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Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier

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Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Everything is going well for the Mets right now, but the same cannot be said for Tim Tebow. 

The 31-year-old minor-league prospect’s season is officially over due to an injury, according to Tim Healey of Newsday. 

Tebow sustained a deep cut on his left pinkie finger last month and it is not expected to heal in time for him to play again this season. 


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Mets stun Nats in 9th
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Todd Frazier hit a game-tying 3-run HR and Michael Conforto finished off the 9th inning comeback as the Mets rallied to beat the Nationals

The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 7-6 in dramatic fashion. >> Box Score

Four Takeaways from Friday’s game

1) Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the ninth, JD Davis gave the Mets some hope with a leadoff double down the third-base line. Wilson Ramos then singled up the middle, giving the Mets first and third. Todd Frazier then delivered maybe his biggest hit as a Met, crushing a three-run shot just inside the left-field foul poul.

Joe Panik then recorded his first hit as a Met, a single up the middle. Juan Lagares tried to bunt, but Panik was thrown out at second on the fielder’s choice. With two away, Amed Rosario singled to the left side, setting the stage for Michael Conforto, who delivered with a walkoff single to win the game.

2) Marcus Stroman’s Citi Field debut got off to an electric start. The Medford, N.Y. native struck out seven through the first three innings, but he got into trouble in the fourth, allowing three runs, including a two-run home run from Juan Soto. Stroman battled back, though, and in after a shutdown fifth inning, he got out of a second-and-third jam with one out. He struck out a season-high nine batters.


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Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Marcus Stroman‘s Citi Field debut got off to an electric start.

Trea Turner led off the game for the Nats with an infield single, a ball that newly acquired Joe Panik probably could have made before Pete Alonso took a diving stab at it.

After that leadoff hit though, the Medford, N.Y. native began dealing. He struck out Anthony Rendon looking and Juan Soto swinging to end the first inning. He then picked up right where he left off in the second, striking out the side. 


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Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso

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Alonso and Davis HR’s tie game
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Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis launch back-to-back HR’s to tie the game at 3.

After the Nationals took a 3-0 lead off of Marcus Stroman, the Mets answered back with a pair of home runs, electrifying the Citi Field crowd.

Pete Alonso got things started with a two-run laser to left, his 38th of the season and the Mets’ first hit of the game. Next up, JD Davis hit a solo shot to right, tying the game and sending the crowd into a frenzy.


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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) avoids the tag of New York Mets second baseman Joe Panik (2) while stealing second base in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) avoids the tag of New York Mets second baseman Joe Panik (2) while stealing second base in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Seeing Joe Panik fall to waivers would have been a major surprise just a year ago. But, in a season defined by change for the San Francisco Giants, his release is the latest indicator of a franchise headed in a new direction.

Change indeed, as he now finds himself hitting eighth in the surging Mets’ lineup on Friday against the Nationals. The question is – what is he bringing to Flushing? When he’s at his best, he can provide the Mets with another bat who can consistently get on base. It just depends which version of Panik the team is getting.

This season has been a letdown for the 28-year-old Panik, who is hitting .235 to go along with a .310 OBP. His disappointing 2019 campaign is on the heels of a season in which he hit .254 with just 18 extra base hits. So, why all the buzz around his addition? He has proven that he can be a very productive player.


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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets (58-56, 8 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) begin a pivotal three-game series against the Washington Nationals (61-53, current first Wild Card) at Citi Field. First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

Joe Panik makes his Mets debut starting a second base and batting in the eight spot, he’s batting .235 this year with a .627 OPS and three home runs. … Brad Brach will be in the bullpen for the Mets after the team also signed him this week. The former All-Star has a career 3.32 ERA with 33 saves in nine season with the Padres, Orioles, Braves and Cubs. This season his ERA is 6.13. … Michael Conforto is batting .315 with 20 RBI and nine home runs in 24 games since the All-Star break. Conforto has seven home runs in his past 11 games, he’s the first Met to do that since Wilmer Flores in July 2016.  


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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

On July 24, the Mets lost a 7-2 ballgame to the Padres, dropping their record to 46-55, 13.0 games out of first place. With the trade deadline a week away, it seemed like the Mets were in a prime position to be sellers, writing off the rest of the season and recouping prospects for their prized pitchers.

Instead, the tides changed quickly.

Since that day, the Mets have won 13 out of 14, finding themselves just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.They also picked up Marcus Stroman at the deadline, and have since acquired reliever Brad Brach and infielder Joe Panik.

During this recent hot streak, questions have arisen about whether or not the Mets have truly turned things around, or if they’ve just taken advantage of bad teams. That question could be answered loud and clear starting on Friday night, as the Mets begin a weekend set with the Nationals, who currently own a two-game lead on the first Wild Card position.


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Panik thrilled to play for Mets
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New York Mets new second baseman Joe Panik is ‘ecstatic’ to be playing for the Mets and a shot at making the playoffs.

The Mets are throwing Joe Panik right into the fire on Friday. He’s starting at second base and batting eighth in the lineup for the start of a critical three-game set against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. 

The decision to get Panik, 28, into the lineup quickly was likely made easier by his quick decision to join the Mets after he cleared waivers on Friday when the Giants DFA’d him this week. Speaking to reporters prior to his Mets debut, Panik said picking the Mets as his next destination was nothing short of a no-brainer, explaining that New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen didn’t have to do much convincing to get him to sign on the dotted line.

“(Van Wagenen) told me about the opportunity here but he honestly didn’t have to sell me,” Panik said referring to Robinson Cano’s recent injury. “Seeing this team from afar, playing against them, hitting against this pitching staff and this team, this is definitely a place I wanted to be.”


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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The prognosis for Robinson Cano does not look good, but the Mets second baseman is trying to stay positive. 

Cano is out indefinitely with a torn left hamstring, but he is holding out hope that he will play again this season. 

“Yeah, of course. I’m always positive. I want to play this year,” Cano said. “I mean, just see how we feel, … like I said it’s sad. I want to play. You know me, I love to play this game. We have good trainers here, and I’ll do whatever they tell me to do and to get healthy and get back out there.”


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Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Stepping into the Citi Field clubhouse on Friday for Brad Bach was a dream come true for the Mets’ newest relief pitcher. 

Brach, 33, grew up in Freehold, N.J. as a die-hard Mets fan and now the team is asking him to help bolster its bullpen and make a run at the playoffs. 

Just how big of a Mets fan is Brach? The right-hander has been pitching in the majors since 2011 and considers his best baseball moment being at Citi Field for Game 3 of the 2015 World Series. 


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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has plenty of tools on the mound, like a heater up in the mid-90s, and movement on his throws that forces his opponents into plenty of ground outs. 

But Stroman takes the mental aspects of pitching much more seriously than any of that. 

The newest Mets starter recently revealed that before each start, he takes a few moments to read a book titled, “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success.” He referred to it as his “Bible,” even. 


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Jun 2, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)
Jun 2, 2019; Baltimore, MD, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports (Evan Habeeb)

Joe Panik cleared waivers on Friday and signed with the Mets, the team announced. The second baseman is starting in Friday’s game against the Nationals at Citi Field, batting eighth.

Adeiny Hechavarria was designated for assignment to make room for Panik. 

Panik, 28, attended John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and St. John’s University before the Giants made him a first-round draft pick in 2011. The Mets are hoping he can slide in at second base and help provide infield depth following the hamstring injury to Robinson Cano


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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets’ playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league’s worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It’s been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.


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Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos,

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 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

There is a strong chance that the Mets will sign second baseman Joe Panik once he clears waivers at 1 p.m. Friday, according to major league sources.

The Mets are not the only team interested in Panik, a former All-Star. He is expected to choose relatively quickly.

Panik, 28, is a product of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. and St. John’s University. He is batting .235 this year, with a .627 OPS.


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Marcus Stroman
Marcus Stroman

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These are giddy days for Mets’ scouts, as the remarkable turnaround to this season is built largely around homegrown players, while their 2019 amateur draft received high grades from evaluators.

Indeed, the perception of the Mets’ drafts over the last several years has improved dramatically, thanks to the recent emergence of Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Dom Smith, as well as Brandon Nimmo before his neck injury this season and the foundation-like presence of Michael Conforto in the middle of the lineup.

For that matter, VP of scouting Tommy Tanous says his department recently completed a study showing the Mets have produced more current big-league players, including some with other teams, than any organization in baseball since 2011.


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Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso,

John Harper

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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) hits an RBI single against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

For the past few weeks, the Mets have had a top outfield in the National League. Since the All-Star break, they’ve been the best, which is something I never expected to be saying when leaving Spring Training four months ago.

Their Opening Day outfield featured Michael Conforto in right field, Juan Lagares in center field and Brandon Nimmo in left field. The trio did well through the middle of May. However, after Nimmo went down with a bulging cervical disc, the group broke apart.

During the 30 games after Nimmo’s injury, Brodie Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway turned to six other fielders to fill the void, all which combined to be the third least-productive outfield in the NL. In fact, for most of late May, the outfield always included two of Carlos Gomez, Keon Broxton, Lagares or Aaron Altherr, two of whom (Gomez and Broxton) have since been designated for assignment and are now playing with other organizations. 


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Matthew Cerrone

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When the Mets announced Thursday’s addition of Brad Brach, the club also announced that Brandon Nimmo was moved to the 60-day IL.

Nimmo has been out of the Mets’ linuep since May 20, dealing with a bulging disk in his neck. He began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Syracuse in early June, but that ended abruptly as his neck issue quickly caused him to be shut down again. 

Now, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Nimmo is expected to begin a rehab assignment within the next week. Puma also noted that Nimmo’s rehab has taken longer than expected due to “other physical issues that popped up at various points.”


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Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto

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McNeil a big Tiger Woods fan
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New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil chats with SNY’s Justine Ward about watching Tiger Woods and the Mets current rise in the standings.

Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil talked to SNY’s Justine Ward about watching Tiger Woods at The Northern Trust tournament at Liberty National Golf Course.

“It’s pretty exciting, I was a huge Tiger fan growing up,” McNeil said. “I remember me, my dad, and whole family would sit and watch Tiger play the back nine on Sunday’s just about every single week.”


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Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 11, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brad Brach (29) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets bolstered their bullpen on Thursday afternoon by signing veteran reliever Brad Brach.

The 33-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cubs this past weekend. After clearing waivers, the Mets scooped him up. According to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo! Sports, Brach had offers from eight other teams but decided to sign with the Mets.

Bach struggled with the Cubs this season before being DFA’d, pitching to 6.13 ERA in 42 games with a 1.77 WHIP. Over his nine-year career, though, he’s been a quality reliever. An All-Star with Baltimore in 2016, Brach has a career ERA of 3.32 and has struck out 527 batters in 495.2 career innings.


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Amazin’ Life Baseball Switcheroo
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In this episode of The Amazin’ Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reveals what really happened in 2018 when he fell into the L.A. stands.

In this episode of The Amazin’ Life, Mets third baseman Todd Frazier reveals what really happened in 2018 when he fell into the L.A. stands.


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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
(Brett Davis)

Mets prospect Francisco Alvarez is just starting his professional career, but he has true upside as a potential high-impact catcher on both sides of the ball…


The Skinny

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 220 lbs


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Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast snags a flying squirrel, as Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets outfielder/infielder Jeff McNeil! McNeil opens up about his unique friendship with teammate Pete Alonso as well as his favorite pizza place in Long Island City. Did you know he still rides his scooter to the games?

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Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)
Jul 20, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) hits an RBI single against the New York Mets in the fifth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports (John Hefti)

Second baseman Joe Panik, recently designated for assignment by San Francisco, will become a free agent at 1 p.m. on Friday if he goes unclaimed by another team, according to a major league source.

The Mets, who have lost Robinson Cano for a significant period due to a torn hamstring, will have some interest in Panik if he becomes a free agent.

The St. John’s product, 28, is batting .235 this year, with a .627 OPS.


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The Mets (59-56, 8.5 GB in NL East, 0.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Thursday before opening a huge three-game series against the Nationals on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Here’s what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it…


The Mets stayed hot while sweeping the Marlins. And after the Phillies lost, New York woke up on Thursday just a half game out of the second Wild Card spot in the National League >> Read more


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Dilson Herrera, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier,

Danny Abriano

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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Pete Alonso homered again, Michael Conforto homered again, Jeff McNeil homered again, and Steven Matz was strong as the Mets topped the Marlins on Thursday to polish off a 4-game sweep.

About 10 hours later, the Phillies (with Jason Vargas allowing four runs) lost to the Diamondbacks to allow the Mets to creep within a half game of the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

Here’s how the NYC back pages reacted…


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Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso,

Danny Abriano

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

If the MLB season stopped today (which, of course, it doesn’t), the Nationals and Phillies would face off in the NL Wild Card game. But after those two teams, the Cardinals, Brewers, and Mets sit just a game back.

As the Mets continue their meteoric rise up the standings (winners of 13 out of 14 and six in a row), one of those teams at the top is still without its best player.

Max Scherzer has been on the IL two separate times for a back issue, and it sounds like his current IL stint isn’t expected to end in the near future.


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 (Patrick Gorski)
(Patrick Gorski)

The Mets have shocked everyone with their recent string of wins. Everyone except the guy on their own hot corner. 

New York is now 19-6 since the All-Star break and have won 13 of their last 14 games. They’re currently riding a six-game winning streak. 

Mets third baseman Todd Frazier said he’s not shocked about the turnaround, though. In fact, he expected it. 


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In the middle of the Mets’ surge that has them back in contention came extremely bad news about Robinson Cano.

Right as he was getting hot at the plate (9-for-15 with four doubles and a homer in four games), Cano went down with a hasmtring injury. It was later confirmed that the hamstring injury was a tear, which means that Cano’s season could possibly be over.

Since Cano’s injury, the Mets have used Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, and Adeiny Hechavarria at second base. Aside from those three are options in the minors (Dilson Herrera, Ruben Tejada) and the recently DFA’d Joe Panik.


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Dilson Herrera, Luis Guillorme, Ruben Tejada,

Danny Abriano

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Alonso wants to win NL East
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso believes the Mets could contend for the NL East if they keep this hot streak going.

The Mets are rolling and Pete Alonso is setting the bar even higher. 

On Wednesday, the Mets won their sixth-straight game and swept a four-game series against the Marlins with a 7-2 win. New York is now three games above .500. 

Yes, this is the same Mets team that was 11 games below .500 earlier this season. 


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Mets sweep Marlins
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New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto crushed 2 HRs including the 100th of his career to help the Mets sweep the Miami Marlins.

The Mets’ hot streak is alive and well as they topped the Marlins on Wednesday, 7-2, giving them a four-game sweep of their NL East rival. >> Box Score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday’s game

1) Two starts ago, lefty Steven Matz recorded his first complete game outing, then on his ensuing start, on Aug. 2 against the Pirates, he had a hiccup and only tossed 3.2 innings. Matz returned to something closer to his complete-game form on Wednesday. Matz threw 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with seven punch outs against the Marlins en route to the win. He’s 5-0 at Citi Field this season. 


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Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz

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Conforto homer puts Mets up 4-1
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Michael Conforto hit his 24th home run of the season down the right field line. It was also Conforto’s 100th home run of his career.

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