Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports  (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) reacts against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil injured his hamstring on Aug. 13 against the Braves. Here are the latest updates…


Aug. 14, 12:40 PM:

The MRI on McNeil’s hamstring revealed only a mild strain, reports MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo

According to DiComo, the Mets expect McNeil to be able to return in 10 days. 

SNY’s Andy Martino confirmed that McNeil has been placed on the IL (with Ruben Tejada activated), and that there is “initial optimism” about McNeil’s potentially quick return. 

Aug. 14, 10:58 AM:

Triple-A Syracuse INF Ruben Tejada is meeting the Mets in Atlanta as insurance in case the team needs to place McNeil on the IL, SNY’s Andy Martino confirmed. 

Tejada, 29, is hitting .337/.412/.486 with six homers in 73 games this season.

He last played in the majors in 2017 and last played in the majors for the Mets in 2015. 

Aug. 14, 9:39 AM:

McNeil will remain in Atlanta instead of traveling to New York for his MRI, with that MRI taking place on Wednesday morning, reports Andy Martino of SNY.

According to Martino, Triple-A Syracuse infielder Ruben Tejada is a consideration to replace McNeil if he lands on the IL

Aug. 13, 10:56 PM:

McNeil pulled up lame while trying to leg out an infield hit while leading off the nitnh inning against the Braves. 

After the game, McNeil said he felt his hamstring tighten up before making his final stride for the first base bag.

“I didn’t feel it pop,” McNeil explained. “I felt a little snag. Nothing crazy. I guess we’ll see where it is in the morning. … Hopefully, maybe it’s just a cramp that I felt, but I guess we’ll see.”

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Overshadowing the Mets’ loss to the Braves on Tuesday night in Atlanta was the sight of Jeff McNeil pulling up lame and grabbing his hamstring after trying to leg out an infield hit in the ninth inning.

McNeil walked off the field with a noticeable limp and said after the game that he “felt a little snag” and was hoping it was just a cramp.

But while the Mets got good news after McNeil’s MRI, he has been placed on the 10-day IL. 


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Amed Rosario, Dilson Herrera, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ruben Tejada, Todd Frazier

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

Before dropping their last two games, the Mets had won 15 of 16 to vault themselves firmly into the playoff race — getting as close as a half game back of the second Wild Card spot.

The Mets are now 61-58 and 2.0 games back of the second Wild Card spot, and their playoff odds (per FanGraphs) and World Series odds are better now than they were on Aug. 6.

New York now has a 39.1 chance to make the playoffs, compared to 32.7 percent on Aug. 6. And those odds are still better than two of the teams right in the thick of the race with them — the Phillies are at 8.4 percent, while the Brewers are at 25.3 percent. 

As far as their World Series odds (per Bovada), they have improved from +2800 on Aug. 6 to +2200 now. 


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

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

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


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


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Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler,

Danny Abriano

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Jeff McNeil on his injury
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New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil explains what he felt in his injured hamstring when trying to beat out a throw to first.

Jeff McNeil has done it all for the Mets this season, but now the team’s best hitter could be facing time on the Injured List.

With the Mets trailing the Braves 5-3 in the ninth inning, McNeil did his best to try to leg out a grounder to short for a base hit. McNeil was out on a close play, and after lunging to reach the first base bag, he came up limping, immediately slamming his helmet down in frustration. 


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Mets drop opener in Atlanta
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New York Mets lose their 2nd game in a row as the bats went cold against Atlanta Braves pitcher Max Fried.

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

Five Takeaways from Tuesday’s game…

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

Mets Notes

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


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Atlanta Braves, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler

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Alonso vs. Tatis Jr. for NL ROY
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is leading for NL Rookie of the Year but SNY’s John Harper explains what more he can do to clinch it

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So just how many home runs does Pete Alonso need to hit this season to lock up the Rookie of the Year Award, anyway? You’d think 50 would leave no doubt, right?

Well, maybe not, judging by the support Fernando Tatis Jr. seems to be gaining.

Alonso has been the favorite from early in the season, thanks to his eye-opening home run power, but the Padres’ 20-year old shortstop is making a big run, putting up impressive offensive numbers while earning raves for his defense practically on a daily basis.


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Pete Alonso,

John Harper

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Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout prior to the game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Every series is crucial to the Mets from this point on, with the team sitting just a game out of the second Wild Card spot after taking two out of three from Washington.

Next up for the Mets, another divisional foe in the Atlanta Braves, a team entering this three-game series with the second best record in the National League.

The Mets have won 16 of 19 dating back to July 23, but the Braves represent the latest test of the Mets’ winning ways. Atlanta has won six of 10 from the Mets this season, and with nine more head-to-head matchups on the schedule, the Mets know the challenge that the Braves represent.


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

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

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

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


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Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler,

Matthew Cerrone

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting 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) is greeted by right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After an off day on Monday, the Mets enter Tuesday night with a prime opportunity to keep their hot streak alive against the NL East-leading Braves. And if they can get through their foe in Atlanta over these next three games, their playoff odds will only continue to grow. 

Through this streak that’s seen 15 wins in their last 17 games, the Mets have jolted their way into the playoff conversation — something that didn’t seem possible just a couple weeks ago.

Right now, the Mets are still one game back of the second Wild Card slot that is currently held by the Cardinals. And the Brewers are still just a half game in front of them in the standings as well. 


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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) begin a three-game set against the Braves on the road with Zack Wheeler getting the start. 

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


Entering this new series, Mickey Callaway has a decision to make with his bullpen. Edwin Diaz isn’t helping matters as he continues to struggle, but Matt Cerrone believes Callaway couldl deploy his pen in this manner to maximize its current strengths. >> Read more


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Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jul 23, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

When you’re as hot as the Mets have been over the last few weeks, everyone in the baseball world is bound to take notice. 

That includes the manager of the defending World Series champions, who played 62 games for the Mets in 2010.


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

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

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

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


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Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler,

Matthew Cerrone

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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets’ system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here’s how the top prospects are performing…


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton — ETA 2020

Gimenez remains mundane out in Binghamton, going 3-for-20 with a double and an RBI this past week. He is only hitting .239 on the season (95 games), but has a .306 OBP with 23 walks and 12 hit by pitches to boot. 


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Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki,

Scott Thompson

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all-new Shea Anything podcast, as the Mets find themselves right in the middle of the NL Wild Card chase.

The guys talk about the intense atmosphere at Citi Field during the memorable series against the Nationals, the fan reaction to the remarkable recent run, the navigation of the choppy waters of the Mets bullpen, and if there are any players out in the market that can potentially help the team.

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Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; A general view of the field prior to the game between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets may be looking to finish this season’s schedule strong, but their 2020 season schedule has been released as well. 

New York will be opening their season at Citi Field on March 26 to open up the new year against the Nationals. The Mets will, then, stay home on March 30 when the Phillies come to town for a three-game series. 

Looking at the schedule, some notable series are with the Marlins in Puerto Rico at the end of April, the Dodgers coming to town at the end of May, and Fourth of July weekend with the Padres in town. The Mets also have a long West Coast stretch in August, playing the Rockies and Dodgers from Aug. 3-9 followed by series with the Angels and A’s on Aug. 18-23.


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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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Aug 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning 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) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets will be making their way to Puerto Rico during the 2020 season to play a three-game series against the Marlins in San Juan. 

The series will take place on April 28-30 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, as the MLB makes their way to Puerto Rico for the second time in the past three seasons.

“Puerto Rico has a rich baseball history and passionate baseball fans,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in an official release. “We are honored to represent the Mets, and Major League Baseball, and are looking forward to returning to Puerto Rico to play the Marlins in 2020.”


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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts after defeating the Miami Marlins in game one of a doubleheader at CitiField. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With speculation ramping up that the Mets could or should option beleaguered reliever Edwin Diaz to the minor leagues, the team remains committed to working with Diaz with the big club, and does not intend to send him down at this time.

Diaz, the best closer in baseball last year, has effectively lost that job with the Mets. Mickey Callaway has been using Seth Lugo in higher-leverage spots.


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The Mets (61-57, 8.0 GB in NL East, 1.0 GB of second Wild Card) get the day off on Monday, as they hit the road for Atlanta to face the NL East-leading Braves on Tuesday to kick off a three-game series. 

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


The Mets fought their way back, but it wasn’t enough as the Nationals ended their eight-game win streak in a 7-4 loss at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.  >> Read more


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Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia

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Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (23) cannot catch up to a two run RBI double hit by San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (not pictured) during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Aug 8, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce (23) cannot catch up to a two run RBI double hit by San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (not pictured) during the third inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

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.


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

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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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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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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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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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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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