Cespedes out of lineup as Mets decide on potential DL stint

May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former first baseman Keith Hernandez is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)3L9Ns)(@#%

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | So much has gone wrong for the Mets since their 11-1 start, some of it fixable and some of it deeply worrisome. The front office remains hopeful that veterans like Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier will ultimately put up their usual numbers, and that Michael Conforto will remember how talented he is.

On the negative side, outside evaluators wonder if Yoenis Cespedes will ever resemble the superstar he was for a few months in 2015, now that he he can’t seem to shake persistent leg injuries. Or if Amed Rosario will produce enough to be a major league regular. Or if the bullpen is deep enough. Or if Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas can ever be reliable.

With so much uncertainty — particularly around Cespedes, who is crucial to the offense — the diminished Mets face a revised calculus: They need Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to pitch well enough to cover the team’s flaws, and they need to win the vast majority of games that those two start…

Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) is eligible to return from the DL on Friday, but doesn’t expect to be activated at that time, he told the NY Post’s Mike Puma after Wednesday’s game.

Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, had been playing through the hamstring issue for roughly three weeks.

He was hitting .313 on April 16, and saw his average dip to .237 in the three weeks since. He was hitting .167/.192/.292 in six games in May.

New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | Give me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn’t come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets’ rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

FLUSHING, NY: Keith Hernandez #17 of the New York Mets watches the flight of the ball as he heads to first base during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. Hernandez played for the Mets from 1983-1989. (Photo by MLB Photos via Getty Images) (MLB Photos/Getty Images)

Advanced analytics have been sweeping through baseball, with newer statistics and research dictating much of the on-field action. Former Met and current SNY broadcaster Keith Hernandez is from the old school, but is starting to come around on analytics.

“I’m kind of coming around and evolving on analytics,” Hernandez said Wednesday during SNY’s Shea Anything podcast. “It’s a very, very useful tool. But it shouldn’t be the Ten Commandments of how you evaluate players. But you can glean a lot from them, and I’m starting to come around and changing my attitude.”

Watch Keith’s discussion on analytics with Andy Martino and Doug Williams below…

May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway’s bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It’s only a three-game stretch, but it’s not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category…

Wheeler, Callaway on rough start 00:01:25 Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and manager Mickey Callaway discuss Wheeler’s rough performance on the mound in Wednesday’s 12-1 loss.

Despite allowing a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first inning, Zack Wheeler largely dominated the Blue Jays during the first three innings of his start on Wednesday afternoon.

With his fastball sitting between 95 and 96 MPH, Wheeler struck out six of the first 10 batters he faced, allowing just one man to reach base.

That was followed by an on-field delay due to rain and field maintenance — resulting in Wheeler going 27 minutes between pitches. And when Wheeler took the mound for the top of the fourth inning, he looked out of sorts.

Lagares talks toe injury 00:00:56 New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares talks about his sprained left big toe and how he feared at first it was broken.

Mets CF Juan Lagares suffered a sprained big toe when he slammed his foot into the outfield fence after a catch in the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game.

X-Rays on the toe were negative, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

Lagares has been hot lately, hitting .389/.389/.500 in May. Overall, Lagares — who was expected to get more playing time now that Yoenis Cespedes is on the DL — is hitting .339./375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season.

New York has lost seven of eight at Citi Field

By Michael Avallone | May 16 | 4:50PM

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One night after enjoying a rare blowout win, the Mets were on the receiving end as Zack Wheeler was torched by the Blue Jays for six runs in four-plus innings during a 12-1 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field.

Things you should know about today’s game…

1) Despite surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak in the first, Wheeler (2-3) struck out six and allowed one hit through three innings. The umpires called for the grounds crew to work on the soaked infield with one out in the bottom of the third which delayed the game for 18 minutes. Wheeler let up five runs on six hits and three walks over the next inning-plus. He was lifted for Robert Gsellman after allowing the first five Toronto batters to reach safely in the fifth. Wheeler allowed seven hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
Aug 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets pitcher Justin Dunn (19) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Tampa Yankees at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Justin Dunn has pitched well this season for High-A St. Lucie, allowing no more than two runs in any of his six starts.

Dunn — the Mets’ No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com — has a 2.15 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 32 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.

The 22-year-old Dunn, who the Mets selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, struggled last season, with ESPN’s Keith Law saying during the offseason that the Mets may have rushed him…

New York Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies’ Aaron Nola during the sixth inning. (AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Anyone who saw Yoenis Cespedes hobbling around the field last week could see that he needed to rest his legs. As the diagnosis changed from quad to hip, a central truth remained: A key player was clearly in pain.

So why didn’t the Mets send him to the disabled list sooner?

Both in public and private, team officials pushed back on the idea that they were being reckless with Cespedes, and noted the caution they showed this season in DL’ing Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom.

Gameday with Keith Hernandez 00:02:53 Keith Hernandez orders lunch and drives to the ballpark from his home in Sag Harbor.
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are now down Yoenis Cespedes, who was put on the disabled list Wednesday. Todd Frazier is also on the disabled list, and is eligible to return on Friday. As a result, the outfield and infield will be a bit mixed up and needing support for at least a few more days.

That said, Jose Reyes probably shouldn’t even be be on the roster — let alone starting at third base for Frazier as he did Tuesday. Instead, especially when a left-handed starting pitcher is on the mound like Wednesday, Wilmer Flores or Luis Guillorme should be at third, with Flores or Jay Bruce at first base, and Juan Lagares always in center field.

Case in point, on a night when the Mets had 16 hits and scored 12 runs with a lefty starting the game, Reyes was 1-for-5. Flores started at first base, leaving Bruce, Brandon Nimmo, and Lagares in the outfield. Cespedes (hip) and Michael Conforto had the night off…

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Callaway gives Cespedes update 00:02:42 Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses the team placing Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day disabled list.

Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the 10-day DL due to a mild right hip flexor strain, with Phillip Evans called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The DL stint is backdated to May 14, meaning Cespedes will be eligible to return on May 24.

The hip injury is the same ailment Cespedes had been playing through recently. He was out of the lineup on Tuesday, but was available to pinch hit.

Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said Tuesday that his comments about Noah Syndergaard having “yet to do a whole lot” at the big league level wasn’t a dig at the right-hander. Instead, it was a defense of him. And the outsized expectations that have followed him.

“Noah and I have talked,” Eiland told reporters. “We have had a lot of conversation, not just about my quotes. I was defending him actually. If he doesn’t go seven with one run or less, everybody is criticizing him, because he is supposed to be dominant. He’s human.”

Syndergaard struck out the side in the first inning on Tuesday night before cooling off. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and throwing 103 pitches in 5.0 innings…

Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)

Double-A Binghamton 1B Peter Alonso hit two home runs in a game Tuesday for the third time in his career. He also had a single during the game and is now batting .367 with a .478 OBP and 33 RBI in 36 games this season. His 11 home runs and 1.173 OPS are tops in the Double-A Eastern League.

MLB.com ranked the 23-year-old Alonso the Mets’ fourth-best prospect entering this season. However, he’s been so hot to start this season and getting the attention of other organizations that I bet he’s No. 1 or 2 when MLB re-ranks their list during July.

“Alonso’s plus raw power has long been his carrying tool,” wrote Ben Badler for BA recently. “He hit well last year in the high Class A Florida State League, but he’s showing signs of becoming an even more complete hitter in 2018. … He doesn’t strike out excessively and he’s displaying more plate patience than he did a year ago.”

By Michael Avallone | May 16 | 12:30AM

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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Tuesday’s Twitter poll regarding Dave Eiland’s comments about Noah Syndergaard before the Mets’ victory.

Juan Lagares matched his career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Mets broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Things you should know about tonight’s game…

1) The Mets trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for eight runs over the next two frames. Lagares contributed a pair of singles that produced three runs during the onslaught. Amed Rosario doubled and finished with a career-high-tying three hits and two RBIs while Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a single, three walks and four runs scored. Noah Syndergaard drove in New York’s first two runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes an RBI double off the right field wall to give the team a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
Mets discuss rout of Blue Jays 00:01:12 Noah Syndergaard, Mickey Callaway and Devin Mesoraco discuss Tuesday night’s 12-2 rout of the Blue Jays.
Apr 19, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) goes to the mound to change pitchers against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
New York Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak throws during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sandy on Cespedes 00:02:20 New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson updates the media on the uncertain health status of Yoenis Cespedes.

Yoenis Cespedes has a mild right hip flexor strain, which is the same ailment he has been playing through recently. And while the Mets are considering placing Cespedes on the DL, he’ll be available to pinch hit on Tuesday night, GM Sandy Alderson said.

“It’s the same lingering injury,” Alderson said on Tuesday. “Over the last several days, he had reported that he had not been improving. We decided to do a precautionary MRI this morning which revealed a mild strain.”

The Mets spoke with Cespedes after the MRI, and he said things had really not improved since Sunday. At that point, Alderson said it was “in the best interest of him for the moment” to not be in the lineup.

Apr 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have moved Jacob deGrom’s next start up from Saturday to Friday. DeGrom will be followed by Steven Matz on Saturday and Noah Syndergaard on Sunday.

DeGrom was removed after the first inning of his start this past Sunday due to the fact that he threw 45 pitches in frame. With deGrom now pitching on Friday, he will be on regular rest — as will Syndergaard on Sunday.

Matz, who was initially scheduled to start on Friday night, will have an extra day of rest.

May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway wasted no time in deciding it was not worth risking Jacob deGrom’s health by letting him throw a second inning earlier this week after the pitcher tossed 45 pitches in the first inning.

It was the right move, but put Callaway and the Mets under heavy criticism by some fans and media for not taking a similar approach to Yoenis Cespedes, who is clearly playing through pain associated with his quad and possibly his hamstring.

“The decision was pretty much already made,” said deGrom, who recently had a start skipped and was later put on the disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow. “It’s my first start back after missing one. To go out there and throw 45 (pitches) in the first inning, this isn’t smart. Why go out there and risk something? I felt great honestly. That’s the most frustrating part about it.”

New York Mets’ Jerry Blevins prepares to pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Mets 5-4. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
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Curtis Granderson makes his return to Citi Field as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old Granderson is hitting .266/.431/.468 with three HR in 33 games this season for the Blue Jays. Granderson played for the Mets from 2014 until being traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later (who turned out to be Jacob Rhame) last August.

After signing a four-year deal worth $60 million prior to the 2014 season, Granderson hit .239/.341/.444 with 95 HR in 573 games for the Mets…

Courtesy: Oregon Live: The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 21, 2017 (Eric Evans Photography)

22-year-old LHP David Peterson has been dominant with Low-A Columbia, allowing just one earned run over his last 19.0 innings (three starts).

Peterson, the Mets’ top pitching prospect, allowed one run on two hits in 7.0 innings on Monday while walking three and striking out four. He tossed 7.0 scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none, and striking out eight during his start on May 7. Overall, Peterson has a 2.05 ERA and 1.08 WHIP with 25 strikeouts in 30.2 innings (five starts) this season.

Peterson, who the Mets selected with their first round pick (20th overall) in last June’s MLB Draft, is No. 58 on Keith Law of ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects list…

By Danny Abriano | May 15 | 1:20PM

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Noah Syndergaard looked strong during an inning of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS. (AP)

On Dec. 8, 2012, the Mets officially acquired Noah Syndergaard, Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.

5 1/2 years later, Syndergaard — who was not the headliner in the deal — will face his former team when he toes the rubber against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The deal came about after talks between the Mets and Dickey regarding a potential contract extension didn’t advance — and GM Sandy Alderson determined it was in the best interest of the rebuilding club to capitalize on the huge season Dickey had just completed.

By Maggie Wiggin | May 15 | 12:00PM

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game — by far the worst rate in baseball — and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent — dead last in MLB — and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent — also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets are satisfied with what they have seen so far from Amed Rosario, Mets assistant GM John Ricco recently said.

“He’s a young player who is certainly doing more than hold his own at the big-league level, but I think in the future as he gets his feet under him, you’re going to see better and better things,” Ricco told The Record’s Matt Ehalt. “He’s a young player in the big league who’s learning but also competing.’

I can’t say that I’m satisfied with the 81 games that he’s played to date, but I still see plenty of potential and understand why he was the game’s top prospect just a year ago…

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No one in the Mets front office is kidding themselves about Mickey Callaway’s week. From a batting order snafu to questionable bullpen management, the rookie manager has shown his inexperience.

Behind the scenes, at least, his work has been more encouraging: Callaway is said to be communicating well with his bosses, making adjustments to his game management based on their feedback and displaying none of the apparent defensiveness that occasionally emerges in his postgame sessions with reporters. The Mets consider Callaway thoughtful and responsive, and remain hopeful about his future.

Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

As I wrote earlier Monday, it’s getting close to decision time for Sandy Alderson.

For me, when I watch this team, I struggle to figure out what and who I’m watching. I imagine Alderson and his staff are trying to determine the same.

For instance, are the Mets the 11-1 team we adored during April or are they the 8-17 kiddie roller coaster we’ve been riding the last four weeks. Or, are they some place in between…

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland responded to a question regarding Noah Syndergaard’s relative underperformance this season by saying Syndergaard hasn’t accomplished much in the majors at all. “He’s spent, what, 2 1/2 years in the big leagues? So I don’t know where all the expectations came from,” Eiland told Mike Puma of the NY Post. “I wasn’t here for all that, but he is yet to do a whole lot at the major league level. Now is he capable of it? Yeah, but he is 25 years old. For the most part every game he’s kept us in it and given us a chance to win.”

Syndergaard, who has a 3.09 ERA (2.78 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP in 46.2 innings (eight starts) this season, has 410.2 regular season major league innings under his belt since making his debut in May of 2015.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Eiland is trying to light a fire under Syndergaard by saying he hasn’t done much, great. If it’s actually what Eiland believes, then that’s another story. And his comment wondering where the expectations came from regarding Syndergaard? That was simply baffling. Sure, relative to all-time greats such as Tom Seaver and current greats such as Clayton Kershaw, Syndergaard’s body of work is tiny. But his body of work compared to his peers who have been in the league about as long as he has speaks for itself. And the fact is that he’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. And he has been since first setting foot on a big league mound in 2015…

Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I’m glad the Mets hired Mickey Callaway to be their manager. He was the right choice. However, it’s so far been an up-and-down experience for him running his team, especially this past week.

In the wake of putting Todd Frazier and Jacob deGrom on the disabled list, and trading Matt Harvey, Callaway made national headlines when his team hit out of order in the first inning, lost later that day and ended up winless in six games during that road trip.

Callaway gathered his players and coaching staff after the game, explained to them what happened with the batting order and took full responsibility for what transpired.

“I told them I messed up big time and we need to do a better job moving forward,” Callaway said, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick. “I took ownership of what happened, and I wanted them to hear that from me, not through the media…

May 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) watches his two run home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | This week in Mets Land was the week of babies. Jay Bruce and his wife, Hannah, welcomed a son named Maxwell — their second child. But that’s not all. David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed their second child — a baby girl named Madison.

In terms of on the field action… eh. There were two wins, a rainout, and three losses. One important and reassuring factor is that Michael Conforto has broken out of his slump, helping the Mets win in Monday night’s game when he returned from his mental health break, and hitting a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning of Friday night’s game.

Speaking of Friday night’s game, it was a come from behind win, like the ones we saw in the month of April. And that was reassuring to both the fans and the team — that the Mets still do have it in them; that they can rally and win. We even saw the Mets try to do this in Sunday afternoon’s game, but it unfortunately didn’t happen…

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 25-year old law on Monday that had basically prevented all states except Nevada from having legalized sports gambling. “The legalization of sports gambling requires an important policy choice, but the choice is not ours to make,” the Supreme Court announced. “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each State is free to act on its own.”

The ruling was an enormous immediate victory for the state of New Jersey, which could have a gambling venue open in Monmouth Park within a few weeks, according to the NY Post. There will be a press conference in Monmouth Park Monday at 1 p.m. Aside from New Jersey, The Post notes that New York and Illinois are among roughly 15 other states who have “introduced bills to legalize and regulate sports betting tied to the Supreme Court outcome.”

The NBA and MLB have been preparing for Monday’s potential outcome, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who said each league had hired lobbying firms, submitted written statements, and sent executives to testify in statehouses. Windhorts added that every professional sports league had been involved, with the NBA and MLB at the forefront…

Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets were leading the Phillies, 1-0, with two outs and two on in the bottom of the sixth inning in Philadelphia — 10 outs away from a rain-shortened two-game sweep.

Right-handed reliever Paul Sewald was on the mound, hoping to clean up the small mess he created. The Phillies announced left-handed hitting Nick Williams as the pinch-hitter, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway had lefty specialist Jerry Blevins ready in the bullpen for that exact scenario. But instead of going to Blevins, he stuck with Sewald.

After being passed over, Blevins shook his head and looked exasperated in the bullpen. And of course, Sewald allowed a game-changing three-run homer to Williams…

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he was impressed with Yoenis Cespedes’ ability to play through pain despite the veteran outfielder dealing with a sore left quad.

Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a home run and a running catch in left field in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, and Callaway said he appreciated Cespedes’ effort.

“He did a good job,” Callaway told reporters after the game. “When he had to run hard, he ran hard. When he went to get a ball in the corner, he ran hard. He hit a homer. He’s gutting it out for the team.”

Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom said he was “kind of surprised” he was pulled after a long first inning in his return from the disabled list in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

DeGrom threw 45 pitches, walked three batters and struck out two in the first inning, pitching into and out of a bases-loaded jam.

“He was a little rusty I think … Didn’t get the ball where he wanted to, was yanking a few pitches,” manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. “[Pitching coach] Dave [Eiland] and I talked we just didn’t feel good sending him out. We can’t do that to anybody. That’s a lot of pitches for one inning.”

Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) celebrates with right fielder Jay Bruce (19) after the Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in ten innings at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another episode of Shea Anything, where they take their first real look at Mickey Callaway’s job performance managing the Mets. They also discuss the Matt Harvey trade to Cincinnati and all the twists and turns that led to the deal.

Devin Mesoraco — the man who the Mets received in the trade — is also a topic of conversation as the guys take a look at the catching position and how it’ll change once Kevin Plawecki returns from injury. And, finally, Dominic Smith is called up to the big leagues, but is it just for a few games? The guys discuss that as well, and why Dom may not be the type of player the organization really wants.]

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By Michael Avallone | May 13 | 6:00PM

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Paul Sewald surrendered a pinch-hit, three-run homer to Nick Williams in the sixth as the Mets dropped a 4-2 decision to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

Things you should know about today’s game…

1) Jacob DeGrom’s return from the disabled list lasted all of one inning and 45 pitches. The right-hander walked the first three batters he faced before getting a strikeout, a fielder’s choice ground out and another punchout to escape unscathed. The Phillies fouled off 20 pitches against deGrom, who was making his first start since leaving with a hyperextended right elbow on May 2.

Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

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