We have a diagnosis for Mets ace Jacob deGrom — and it’s not pitch tipping – SNY.tv

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Tipping Pitches or Speed Issues?
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On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss Jacob deGrom’s recent struggles, tipping pitches, and speed variances.


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Our first order of business on Monday morning was to find out ifJacob deGromis tipping pitches. In each of his past two starts, opposing hitters have looked oddly comfortable — and since deGrom is the best pitcher in baseball, this activates our natural curiosity.

On the national telecast during Sunday night’s loss in Atlanta, analyst Alex Rodriguez appeared to be hinting that deGrom was tipping, when he said afterJosh Donaldson‘s fifth inning home run that it was “Almost like he knew what was coming — 109 (exit) velocity on 2-2 fastball in is way too good off a guy like deGrom.”

Checking with several veteran evaluators Monday, none saw any signs of tipping — although one noted that A-Rod, along with Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre, Alex Cora and Shawn Green, was among the best in his generation at spotting it. It’s possible that he noticed something that escaped other scouts, and even the Braves.

But that aside, tipping doesn’t appear to be the issue.

“I didn’t see or hear anything,” said one veteran evaluator who was at Sunday’s game. “I sat with the scouts. He pitched pretty well.”

No one in the scouts section appeared to notice anything that telegraphed pitches. And this comment was consistent with the opinions of three other evaluators who watched on TV.

So what was the problem, other than deGrom simply being human?

Further digging revealed the following issue, which three separate sources agreed on: Speed variance. DeGrom, armed with a slider/cutter that is now touching mid-90s, is actually throwing his offspeed with too much velocity.

Here’s how a longtime evaluator explains it: “If you play at a 5-6 mph range [between fastball and offspeed] all the time, hitters will foul off good pitches and handle mistakes hard. There needs to be a variance of one pitch and possibly two that give you 9-12 mph variance. Now you can throttle the hitter’s bat.”

Now get this: deGrom’s first pitch on Sunday night below 90 mph was an 86 mph curveball toRonald Acuna Jr.in the fifth inning.

To put it another way: That power slider that deGrom unveiled earlier this month, and that we were all gushing over? It’s not doing him any favors, because it’s too close in velocity to his fastball. Hitters are more comfortable knowing that everything is coming in low-to-high 90s, and they can gear up for it.

Hey, at least he’s not tipping. This should be a relatively easy fix.


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As someone who was forced to retire from his sport while still an elite athlete due to spine-related injuries, few people in the universe could relate toTiger Woods‘ winning the Masters on Sunday quite likeDavid Wright

As such Wright had planned his Sunday afternoon/evening to make sure he was in front of his TV at home in Virginia. 

Only he hadn’t planned on the tournament organizers moving tee times up several hours to avoid late-day rain. So as Tiger was teeing off at 9:20 a.m., Wright and his wife, Molly, were getting ready to take their two young daughters to see Paw Patrol Live, a sold-out event the girls had been talking about for weeks. 


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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (9-6, second place in NL East) face the Phillies (9-5, first place in NL East) open up a three-game set Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets, along with the rest of MLB, will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Monday by having every player and coach wear No. 42. … Michael Conforto, batting cleanup, has reached base safely at least twice in 12 games this season — second-best in the majors — and faces a Phillies team whom he has homered in three of his last five games against. …Brandon Nimmois again in the leadoff spot as he enters the game having reached base safely in the last seven straight games. 

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Keon Broxton (23) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)


Doug Williams and Andy Martino “Make your Monday” with an all-new Shea Anything podcast — the first of a new regular weekly delivery every Monday from now on!

This week, they provide an alternate reason forJacob deGrom‘s recent struggles, you’ll know all about speed variance by the end of the show. They also drop updates on starting rotation options for the Mets, and the ongoing mystery of whereDallas KeuchelandCraig Kimbrelwill eventually pitch this season.

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New York Mets' Drew Gagnon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Mets’ Drew Gagnon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

The Mets added some depth to their bullpen on Monday and recalled right-handed releiverDrew Gagnonand optioned infielderLuis Guillormeto Triple-A Syracuse. 

Gagnon, a starter in Triple-A, is 1-0 and has allowed one earned run in 10.2 innings — a 0.82 ERA — and nine hits in two starts this season. 

He gives the Mets a long-man in the bullpen afterCorey Oswaltwas exhausted on Saturday entering in relief ofJason Vargas, who managed just 1/3 of an inning. Oswalt was optioned back to Triple-A the following day forPaul Sewald


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A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)

Every Monday, we’ll be taking a look at how the Mets’ top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 2) — ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez — who is the Mets’ No. 2 prospect by default (MLB.com has not yet removedPete Alonso‘s No. 1 prospect status)  — is viewed by most minor league experts as one of the best 50 or so prospects in baseball. Gimenez has been one of the youngest players in each league he’s played in during his climb to Double-A. He hit .282/.348/.432 with 28 stolen bases in 85 games last season for High-A St. Lucie before being promoted to Double-A, where he has opened this season with three hits in 18 at-bats spanning three games. Binghamton has had eight of their last nine games either postponed or suspended, so Gimenez and his teammates haven’t had a chance to do much since April 7.


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(Bill Streicher)

The names may look familiar but the stats certainly don’t as these two frontline starters enter tonight’s Mets-Phillies series opener with a combined ERA of over 10.

Granted, it is just April 15, with both stud right-handers only three starts deep into the campaign, but from a betting perspective, it makes you wonder if the struggles will continue.


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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts in the dugout during the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets aceJacob deGrombegan the 2019 season by firing 13 scoreless innings over his first two starts and looking like he had somehow gotten better than he was in 2018 during his Cy Young campaign. Since then, things have not gone well.

DeGrom gave up six runs on eight hits (including three homers) while walking one and striking out three in just 4.0 innings on April 9 against the Twins at Citi Field. On Sunday night against the Braves in Atlanta, deGrom allowed three runs on five hits (including two homers) in 5.0 innings. While he struck out nine, he also walked four — an alarming number for someone who walked just 1.9 batters per 9 in 2018.

That deGrom has allowed five homers over his last two starts is also startling when you consider the fact that he allowed just 10 homers all of last season…


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Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) singles to drive in a run against the New York Mets during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) singles to drive in a run against the New York Mets during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (9-6, second place in the NL East, 0.5 game back of first place Phillies) face the Phillies in Philadelphia on Monday at 7:05 p.m. 

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


In the Mets’ loss to the Braves,Jacob deGromdidn’t look like himself for the second-straight start — allowing three runs on five hits (including two homers)>>Read more


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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts after walking a batter against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway doesn’t think RHP Jacob deGrom is tipping his pitches after deGrom struggled in his second straight start.

“I haven’t seen anything like that,” Callaway said after Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves. “You start to wonder sometimes when they’re taking better swings than they normally do, and fouling pitches off is something you look for when they may be tipping, but we’re not seeing anything from the dugout.”


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deGrom loses 2nd straight start
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Jacob deGrom lost for the second straight time as the Braves clubbed three home runs, beating the Mets 7-3

Jacob deGromlabored through five innings and the Mets’ offense left 10 runners on base as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Sunday at SunTrust Park.>>Box score

Six things to know about Sunday’s game

1) DeGrom (2-2) allowed three runs, five hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in five innings, tying a season high with 114 pitches but only in five innings. After going 2-0 with 13 shutout innings in his first two outings of the season, deGrom has allowed nine runs and 13 hits in his last nine innings across two starts.


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Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Paul Sewald

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New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen during the MLB annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas has a 14.21 ERA after allowing four runs in 1/3 of an inning on Saturday. New York’s bullpen ranks 27th with a 6.18 ERA.

And even though starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and reliever Craig Kimbrel are still free agents, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he isn’t tempted to make a run at either.

“I don’t think we operate in the world of temptation,” Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said before Sunday’s game against the Braves. “We like the guys we have here. We’ll always monitor ways to get better, but we like the guys we have, including Jason Vargas.”


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Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets (9-5, first place in NL East) face the Braves (8-6, third place in NL East) on Sunday night as the teams conclude a four-game set at 7:08 p.m.

Mets Notes

After batting eighth Friday and starting Saturday on the bench,Brandon Nimmoreturns to the leadoff spot for the Mets. A slow start to the season prompted the move down the lineup, but he was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI on Friday. … Jeff McNeilhad batted first during the last two games. He’ll hit sixth on Sunday and play in left field. …Michael Confortoentered the series hot at the dish, has cooled off a tad with a 2-for-10 showing in Atlanta. He has drawn four walks over three games, though.

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Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 2, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (right) talks with catcher Wilson Ramos (left) near the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Jason Vargasisn’t going anywhere — for now. 

Mets managerMickey Callaway declared that the embattled lefty will stay in the rotation and make his next start Saturday in St. Louis.

“We’ve got to get Vargas on a roll,” Callaway said Sunday before the team’s game in Atlanta. 


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Pete Alonso (SNY)

Pete Alonso‘s cruise missile in Atlanta Thursday night was the talk of the baseball world for a couple of days, fromBobby Valentinecomparing it to the “most incredible” home run he ever sawMike Piazzahit, to a scout saying “I think it might have landed in Augusta” if the ball hadn’t splashed into the scenic water-backdrop high above the center field wall.

For Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous, however, it was nothing new, even if it did result in a barrage of some 30 text messages on his phone while he was scouting a high school game in Florida.

“My phone blew up from my area scouts,” Tanous said Friday. “We get excited when one of our guys does something like that. I saw it later on the highlights, and it was quite a shot, but I’ve seen it before. I saw him hit them like that in college. He’s a scary dude.”


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Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)
Mar 31, 2019; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Jay Bruce (32) is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports (Jennifer Buchanan)

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…


Wilmer Flores, Diamondbacks

Flores is struggling in Arizona, hitting just .200/.256/.275 with zero homers and three doubles in 40 at-bats over 12 games. He’s been slumping especially badly since April 6, with just three hits in 20 at-bats.


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 (MICHAEL MADRID)
(MICHAEL MADRID)

With the Mets playing a night game in Atlanta, and The Masters’ start time moved up a couple of hours due to impending thunderstorms, Mets players had time to take in Tiger Woods’ win on Sunday.

Woods captured his 15th major title — his first such win since 2008 — and his fifth green jacket at Augusta National. The course is approximately 160 miles from SunTrust Park, where the Mets will wrap up a four-game set against the Braves.

Todd FrazierandRobinson Canowere among members of the Mets to tweet out their congratulations.


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

Mets left-handerJason Vargaswas so bad on Saturday night against the Braves that managerMickey Callawayseemed to be at a loss after the game while explaining what went wrong.

“He’s just not getting outs at this point,” Callaway said. “That’s really all I can say.”

Callaway said more, though, noting that the Mets might skip Vargas’ next start and that the Mets “have to have other options” when it comes to the No. 5 spot in the rotation 


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Sep 22, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Sep 22, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) throws to the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

A day after he was clobbered by the Braves during a relief appearance, the Mets have sentCorey Oswaltto Triple-A Syracuse.

Oswalt was replaced on the roster by Triple-A relieverPaul Sewald, who has tossed 5.1 scoreless innings in four appearances for Syracuse this season.

In relief ofJason Vargason Saturday night, Oswalt allowed five runs on six hits (including a mammoth homer to Nick Markakis) while walking four and striking out two in 2.2 innings. 


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As of April 5, the Mets were still in touch with free agent relieverCraig Kimbrel, according to SNY’s Andy Martino. Now, Kimbrel’s price tag — which was reportedly a ridiculous six-years and more than $100 million earlier this offseason– has reportedly dropped considerably. 

The 31-year-old Kimbrel is now open to signing a deal similar to ones signed byWade Davis($52 million for three years) andZack Britton($39 million for three years), reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. 

WithJason Vargasunable to get ous — Mickey Callaway’s words — and his future in the rotation up in the air, it can be argued that the Mets’ bigger need right now isDallas Keuchel.


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The Amazin’ Life: From WY to NJ!
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On the season premiere of The Amazin’ Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier tries to give teammate Brandon Nimmo some New Jersey style!

On the season premiere ofThe Amazin’ Lifepresented by Coca-Cola,Todd Fraziertries to give teammate Brandon Nimmosome New Jersey style!


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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) hits a RBI double against the New York Mets in the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Nick Markakis (22) hits a RBI double against the New York Mets in the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
(Brett Davis)

The Mets (9-5, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Braves in Atlanta on Sunday at 7:08 p.m. 

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


In the Mets’ loss to the Braves,Jason Vargaswas so abysmal that he lasted just 1/3 of an inning beforeMickey Callawayhad to go to his bullpen>>Read more


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Winter is here.

With Game of Thrones set to return Sunday for its eighth and final season, New York athletes gave their predictions and talked about theories for how the saga will end.

Click below…


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Braves pound out 13 hits in win
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Mickey Callaway and Jason Vargas comment on Vargas? poor outing after he failed to get out of the first inning in the loss to the Braves

If the Mets have serious designs on competing for a World Series, the stated goal by rookie general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, they can’t possibly plan on having Jason Vargas be their fifth starter the rest of the season.

After Vargas’ latest debacle, in which he recorded just one out, was pulled after six batters and allowed four runs on two hits and three walks while throwing just 17 of his 36 pitches for strikes, it will be difficult for the Mets to justify even sending the lefty out for one more start.

“He’s just not getting outs at this point,” Mickey Callaway said of Vargas. “That’s really all I can say.”


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Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo

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Braves rout Mets
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Mets starter Jason Vargas failed to get out of the first inning as the Braves pounded out 13 hits in an 11-7 rout of the Mets.

The Mets had terrible pitching performances that cost them in an 11-7 loss to the Braves Saturday night.>>Box score

Six things to know about Saturday’s game…

1) The calls from fans for the Mets to sign Dallas Keuchel will only grow louder if Jason Vargas keeps this up. Vargas faced just six batters before Mickey Callaway had no choice but to pull him from the game. It went like this for Vargas, who was charged with four earned runs: Single, walk, flyout, single, walk, walk. Vargas threw 36 pitches, 19 of which were balls. He was replaced by Corey Oswalt with the Mets down 2-0, and Oswalt allowed two inherited runners to score before inducing an inning-ending double play. Vargas has now allowed 10 earned runs in 6.1 innings this season across two starts and one relief appearance. With an off day coming up on Thursday, Vargas likely will have his next turn skipped. Callaway, meanwhile, was ejected after yanking Vargas, presumably for arguing balls and strikes.


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(Dolly Faibyshev)

SNY broadcasting analyst Ron Darling announced that he will be taking a temporary medical leave following Saturday’s Mets game against the Braves. 

Doctors have been monitoring Darling over the last few months and tests revealed a mass on his chest. 

Darling is scheduled for a medical procedure next week. The doctors have told him that if there are no complications he should be back in the booth alongside Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez next month. 


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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (9-4, first place in NL East) face the Braves (7-6, third place in NL East) on Saturday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets have won three games in a row for the second time this season and have the best winning percentage (.692) in the National League. … The Mets are 23-12 in their last 35 games in Atlanta. …Jason Vargashas a 2.72 ERA over his last nine starts (49.2 innings) dating back to Aug. 14, 2018. … All six ofPete Alonso‘s homers have come off relievers in the seventh inning or later. 


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Amed Rosario, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Travis d’Arnaud,

Danny Abriano

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

Robinson Canohas started his Mets career hitting just .182/.237/.327 with two homers in 13 games (59 plate appearances). Cano is 36 years old, owed a lot of money over the next five seasons, and coming off a PED suspesnsion. Even though the sample size is incredibly small, it’s time to worry. Right? 

Not so fast.

Here’s three reasons why…


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 (DALE ZANINE)
(DALE ZANINE)

The Mets (9-4, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets’ win over the Braves,Zack Wheelershook off his first two disastrous starts to fire 6.0 innings of two-run ball as his fastball topped out at 101 MPH. AndBrandon Nimmocontinued to emerge from his early-season slump>>Read more


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Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler,

Danny Abriano

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Callaway talks beating Braves
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway talks how crucial a win this was because it allowed some guys to have a day to rest up.

Brandon Nimmo‘s ability to get on base saw him start the season as the Mets’ leadoff hitter, but he’s been struggling so much that Mickey Callaway dropped him to eighth in the order Friday night against the Braves, with Jeff McNeil leading off and Amed Rosario hitting second — Pete Alonso didn’t start.

One game doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods, but a turnaround has to start somewhere, and Nimmo responded with a big night in the Mets’ 6-2 win, going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a heads-up bunt in the fourth which set up a four-run inning. The homer in the second inning put the Mets up 2-1.

But it was the bunt that had Callaway raving after the game. Keon Broxton led the fourth inning off with a walk, and after Broxton stole second base, Nimmo laid down a bunt with the Braves’ defensive setup giving it to him. It was a perfect bunt and Nimmo reaching on a base hit was never in doubt.


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Mets down Braves again
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New York Mets took their second game in a row against the Braves and kicked off their scoring with Brandon Nimmo’s 2-run home run.

The Mets are staying hot down in Atlanta, as they took down the Braves, 6-2, on Friday night.>>Box score

Six things to know about Friday’s game…

1) Zack Wheeler had a much better outing this time out, as he was strong through six innings. He walked a couple in the first, but managed to only leave with one run scored. Overall, he allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over that span. 


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Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Zack Wheeler,

Scott Thompson

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Nimmo blasts 2-run HR
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New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo launches a 2-run home run to give the Mets the lead in the 2nd inning against the Braves.

Brandon Nimmo was dropped to eighth in the order Friday amid his struggles at the plate, but he responded by hitting a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead in Atlanta.


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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Braves continue their series on Friday night in Atlanta at 7:20 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets Notes

After their 6-3 win over the Braves last night, the Mets own the best winning percentage in the National League (.667). They also moved their road record this season to 6-1. …Pete Alonso isn’t in the lineup tonight, but manager Mickey Callaway said it was a scheduled day off for the rookie. Alonso smashed the hardest-hit home run to dead center field last night at 118.3 mph. That is tied for ninth in the hardest-hit homers ever recorded in the Statcast era. He also leads the league in home runs, RBI (13) and batting average (.667) after the sixth inning. 


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During his last 23 plate appearances, Mets 1BPete Alonsohas eight hits, including two doubles, five home runs and 10 RBI, which is an incredible stretch for any player let alone a rookie.

The common talking point among former players on TV and radio is that Alonso is reminiscent of and has the potential to be the nextAaron JudgeorJoey Gallo.

However, Bobby Valentine – former Mets manager and current executive director of athletics at Sacred Heart University – told me he believes Alonso is showing signs of having a pitch recognition more likeJoey Vottothan either Judge or Gallo.


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Pete Alonso,

Matthew Cerrone

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)


New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)


Pete Alonso seems like he’s making history every day.

This time he did it by recording the hardest-hit homer ever by a Met during Thursday’s 6-3 win over the Braves. His two-run blast in the seventh inning, which traveled 454 feet, had an exit velocity of 118.3 miles per hour, according to MLB Statcast.

That homer is tied for the 9th-hardest ever recorded by Statcast, and the only two players who have hit harder home runs per Statcast are the Yankees’Giancarlo StantonandAaron Judge.


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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Pete Alonso

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Mets take down Braves
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New York Mets showed off their power in Atlanta behind the bats of Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario to take down the Braves

The Mets handled their division rival in the Braves, 6-3, in their first meeting of the 2019 season in Atlanta on Thursday night.>>Box score

Five things to know about Thursday’s game…

1) It’s as simple as this: Pete Alonso is a beast. The rookie mashed his sixth homer of the season, and it was an absolute missile to deep center field — 454 feet to be exact. The homer, which left the bat at 118.3 mph, was the hardest-hit homer in Mets history since Statcast was implemented. He also joined Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton among the top 10 hardest-hit homers in the Statcast era, as his falls tied ninth. Alonso finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and moved his average to .378. 


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Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz,

Scott Thompson

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Alonso hits 6th HR of year
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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso annihilates his 6th home run into the centerfield pond and continues his scorching rookie campaign.

Pete Alonso has certainly shown his raw power early on this season, but none of his extra-base hits compared to the bomb he hit in SunTrust Park tonight. 

Alonso hit his sixth homer to deep center field at 454 feet with a 118.3 mph exit velocity, which is the hardest-hit home run in the Majors this season. It is also the hardest-hit Mets HR since Statcast began tracking back in 2015. 

Alonso also found himself in some rare company, as his 118.3-mph long ball has him tied ninth in the hardest-hit homers in the Statcast era. Only the Yankees’ Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton were a part of that list until tonight.


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Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 7, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As Mets fans know, starter Noah Syndergaard likes to have his fun with some mascots. Whether it’s his feud with Mr. Met or stealing the Philly Phanatic’s ATV, mascots always need to stay on their toes when it comes to “Thor.”

But the Atlanta Braves’ “Blooper” took initiative tonight by going up to Syndergaard himself to poke some fun. Well, Syndergaard — shades on and all — didn’t budge to any of Blooper’s antics…

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The Mets are about to embark on a 13-game stretch (during which they have one off-day) that could play a significant role in how things play out the rest of this season.

So far this year, the Mets have split their six games against the Nationals. In the next two weeks, they will play 10 games against their other top competition in the NL East, the Phillies and Braves, both of whom are tied with the Mets at 7-4 atop the division.

This will be the first this season the Mets will play either of these teams…


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Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets travel south to face to the Braves for the first time this season in a four-game series at SunTrust Park at 7:20 p.m.

Mets Notes

The Mets finished 2-3 on their first homestand of the season. They defeated the Twins last night, thanks in part to 11 free passes (10 walks, one HBP). …New York has begun the season 5-1 on the road, and they’ll look to keep that going. Last season, the Mets went 3-6 in Atlanta…Michael Conforto is enjoying early success at the plate this season with a .372 average, three homers, four doubles, 12 runs, eight RBI and five walks. He also has an RBI in his last four games. …The Mets have scored 69 runs through 11 games this season, which is tied for most in franchise history.


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Amed Rosario, Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three run homer in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

When it comes to barrel per batted ball percentage — which measures exit velocity and launch angle — the Yankees lead the majors, while the Mets are second.

The full leaderboard is below:


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When will Jed Lowrie return?
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On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the status of the injured Jed Lowrie, and when he might return.

The Mets have been withoutJed Lowrieall season as he deals with a knee injury.Mickey Callawaygave a promising update earlier this week, and SNY’s Andy Martino provided the latest on Lowrie during Wednesday’sShea Anythingpodcast. 


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Apr 10, 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 Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (7-4, tied for first place in the NL East) face the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

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


In the Mets’ win over the Twins, they achieved something that hadn’t been done in the majors since 1994>>Read more


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Corey Oswalt, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso,

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Syndergaard, Mets beat Twins
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New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard stifled the Twins with his arsenal and says this is the best he’s felt mechanically in a ‘long time.’

This is the Noah Syndergaard Mets fans are used to seeing. 

From the start of Syndergaard’s night on the Citi Field mound against the Twins, you could feel this was one where “Thor” could go deep. His fastball was ramped up to 98-99 mph early, and he even topped 100 mph in the 1-2-3 first inning. After a quick blip in the third, where he allowed one run to cross the plate, Syndergaard cruised. 

“Mechanically, I felt probably the best I’ve felt in a long time,” Syndergaard told reporters after his seven-inning, seven-strikeout night. “So just trying to work on continuing to make that consistent. I guess when my mechanics are spot on, I get a little more movement on my ball.”


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Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler,

Scott Thompson

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Mets top Twins at Citi
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New York Mets were dealt 6 consecutive walks in an inning and took advantage to break this game open against the Twins.

The Twins basically handed the Mets this one, as a walk-happy Minnesota pitching staff led New York to a 9-6 win at Citi Field on Wednesday night.>>Box score

Six things to know about Wednesday’s game…

1) Noah Syndergaard had a decent outing for the Mets in this one. He allowed four runs on five hits over seven innings of work with seven strikeouts and no walks. Most of Syndergaard’s runs allowed came in the eighth, as Mickey Callaway sent him back out for the inning. He allowed an RBI double and then an RBI triple which forced him out of the game. Despite those mistakes, his fastball was working around 98-99 all night long with top outs at 100. 


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Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Minnesota Twins, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano

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Wilson Ramos 2-run single
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New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos hits a 2-run single with the bases loaded against the Minnesota Twins.

The Mets had a very unconventional bottom of the fifth inning, but Wilson Ramos managed to plate two with a bases-loaded, two RBI single to break the game open…


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Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 4, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard returns to the mound as the Mets finish up a two-game set against the Twins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

With their loss on Tuesday, the Mets have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. … They have 15 homers over their first 10 games, the third-highest total in franchise history over their first 10 games. … Wilson Ramos is back behind the plate. … Pete Alonso looks to continue his torrid start. He’s the first player in modern MLB history with 11 extra-base hits over his first 10 career major-league games.


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Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler

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