Mets spring training brought some different buzz Wednesday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where New York’s 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals came with an all-access broadcast by ESPN.

Players wore earpieces during the game and communicated with the ESPN broadcast crew up in the booth, providing an in-depth perspective into a professional game as the action unfolded.

With the Mets, there were light moments — a lot of them — too. Below is a sampling of the Mets’ all-access ESPN broadcast.

Pete Alonso jokes with Eduardo Perez

In the hole for the Mets during the first inning, 1B Pete Alonso stood on the dugout steps and talked to ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez. Prior to becoming the Mets’ second-round pick in the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft, Alonso attended the University of Florida from 2014-16. Perez, meanwhile, played at Florida State University from 1989-91 under longtime head coach Mike Martin (1980-19). Alonso joked with Perez about the Gators-Seminoles rivalry, insinuating that Martin made a mistake by not recruiting the Tampa (Fla.) Henry B. Plant product.

“I know you’re a Florida State alum, so I’m sorry,” Alonso said with a smile. “But also, that means not necessarily completely my fault because Mike Martin — he didn’t really think I was good enough, so joke’s on him.”

– ESPN (@espn) March 4, 2020

Alonso dabbles in play-by-play

Just as candid in the field, Alonso was holding Cardinals baserunner Tommy Edman on first when RHP Marcus Stroman delivered home for the pitch to the second batter of the game. After calling out “running” as Stroman stepped towards the plate, C Rene Rivera hopped up and fired to second, throwing Edman out by a step.

“Gun ’em, baby,” Alonso said as Rivera pulled up and then fired down to 2B Jeff McNeil. “Good throw, oh. Got ’em.”

Alonso’s commentary to recap the process was award-worthy. He changed his voiced to mimic a broadcaster.

“The pitch, the relay, Rene Rivera — cut down Tommy Edman,” Alonso said in a higher-pitched voice while walking back to first. “Top of the first, one out.”

“The pitch, the relay” 😂 @Pete_Alonso20 (via @Cut4) pic.twitter.com/dx88xPqPPh

– SNY (@SNYtv) March 4, 2020

Dominic Smith pokes fun at JD Davis

In the top of the fourth inning with Dominic Smith manning the outfield and J.D. Davis to the infield, ESPN interviewed the two at the same time. ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian was curious about how Davis is able to balance playing infield and outfield for the Mets.

“J.D., since you’re an infielder who now plays the outfield occasionally, you use a little cheat sheet also, correct?” Kurkjian said.

Davis, who came up through the Houston Astros organization during the 2017 season, in which the club was later found out to be using a live camera feed from center field to relay signs in real time to hitters at the plate, answered the question directly.

“Yes, yes I do,” Davis said.

After Davis responded, Smith interjected and made a timely joke about the Astros. Davis recently expressed remorse about Houston’s sign-stealing scandal, albeit as a low-level player, saying he was “ashamed” of his involvement.

“J.D. has a ton of cheat sheets,” Smith said as the others on the broadcast could be heard laughing. “You know what I’m saying?”

“JD has a ton of cheat sheets… you know what I’m saying?”

– Dom Smith on his teammate/2017 World Series Champion, JD Davis 😂💀💀

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– Starting 9 (@Starting9) March 4, 2020

Mets react to Eduardo Nunez triple

Several players overheard taking in the action with the broadcast crew when 3B Eduardo Nunez stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. In an 0-2 count, Nunez smoked a line drive down the right-field line. As he legged out a triple, his teammates’ reactions from the bench were priceless.

– SNY (@SNYtv) March 4, 2020

Smith keeps trolling Davis

The quip alluding Astros was not the last of Smith messing with Davis. In the top of the fifth inning, with Davis in the dugout, Smith decided to interject.

“You know, I think–,” Davis said.

“I can’t hear anything,” Smith said.

“I’m talking,” Davis said with a smile. “Quit interrupting.”

“You guys can still hear me?” Smith said. “I can’t hear you guys.”

“I think he can hear us,” Davis said. “I think he just wants to keep interrupting me, of course.”

– SNY (@SNYtv) March 4, 2020


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PORT ST. LUCIE — Live from first base, it’s Pete Alonso

And won’t this be entertaining. On a day when ESPN mic’d up Mets’ players for its telecast of the Cardinals-Mets game, Alonso announced that he has agreed to let MLB Network put a microphone at first base at Citi Field to capture some of his conversations with opponents. 


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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the third inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

After the Mets traded for Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 28, the 2019 All-Star RHP’s second half unfolded quickly with 11 starts from Aug. 3 through Sept. 27, leaving fans wanting more as spring training anticipation built.

Through three games, Stroman is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings pitched, striking out seven while walking three, allowing two runs on five hits (two home runs).

Stroman’s latest appearance was his best yet. He fired three scoreless frames with one hit while striking out four and walking one, getting the win in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.


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Shortly after the Mets’ 4-1 win over the Cardinals, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke with the media to give updates on Jed Lowrie, J.D. Davis, and Matt Adams.

Lowrie had just eight plate appearances last year, and came into this season’s spring training with a full leg brace.

Van Wagenen announced that there is still no timetable for Lowrie to play, but signs are pointing in the right direction.


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Mets' Michael Conforto (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets’ Michael Conforto (Treated Image by SNY)

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PORT ST. LUCIE _ Upon hearing that Christian Yelich was closing in on a nine-year, $215 million contract extension with the Brewers, as first reported by The Athletic, it was only natural to think a similar deal at a slightly lower cost might make sense for the Mets and Michael Conforto. 

After all, like Yelich, Conforto is two years away from free agency, yet there is no indication that he or the ballclub is thinking in terms of an extension. 


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Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Mar 30, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The pressure is on Edwin Diaz this season – and he knows it.

Diaz posted a 5.59 ERA just one season after winning the AL Reliever of the Year with the Seattle Mariners, and then being traded to the Mets, along with Robinson Cano.

While appearing Wednesday on WFAN’s “Moose & Maggie,” Diaz spoke about the pressure he faces entering this season, and what he has done in the offseason to make sure this season is not a repeat of last.


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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Wednesday’s game…

1) Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets and was dominant, striking out the side in the second inning while tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. Overall, he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four. He has a 2.70 ERA so far in spring training.


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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


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The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 


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Danny Abriano

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Mets OF/3B J.D. Davis, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, took batting practice on Tuesday and said he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

“Yeah, I feel like I’m ready enough to be ready for Opening Day and everything,” Davis said. “I have no setbacks or anything right now. So feeling good, feeling strong. All the strength is there, all the range of motion is there. It’s just easing it back in and I think the next thing is just live ABs, hit off the machine and maybe work on diving back to the bag and sliding. But, other than that, we’re looking good right now.”

Davis jammed his shoulder last week when he dove for a ball at third base, and has been rehabbing since the day after the injury — first doing non-baseball work and then resuming baseball activity.


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We go beyond the SNY booth with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez to hear them break down the Mets 2019 season in 30 seconds. Let’s hear what they had to say…


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Mets infielder Jed Lowrie
Mets infielder Jed Lowrie

Jed Lowrie has been participating in all drills at spring training while wearing a large brace on his left knee, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen — who said the team is encouraged by Lowrie’s participation — elaborated Tuesday on what exactly is ailing Lowrie.

“The left knee injury that he had coming into spring training last year has just continued to give him problems,” Van Wagenen told SNY’s Gary Apple during an interview that will air in full on Mets Hot Stove Tuesday at 6 p.m. on SNY. “A lot of the issues that he had last year were muscles on the left side of his body, on the lower half that were attributed to the knee.

“What he’s doing is he had some instability and he had some laxity in the knee that we’ve tried to stabilize with the brace. The brace has allowed him to do his rehab, it’s allowed him to do strength work, it’s allowed him to do baseball activities. Now we’re gonna try to see how that brace can correlate into competition.”


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Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)
Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)

Marcus Stroman gets another start on the mound as the Mets take on the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets will be mic’d up on the field during ESPN’s all-access broadcast. Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil and Robinson Cano will be interviewed by the booth…New York fell to the Marlins on Tuesday, though Noah Syndergaard had a pretty solid outing on the bump. 


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Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil
Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil

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PORT ST. LUCIE — There are signs of two potentially important developments so far for Noah Syndergaard this spring:

1) Out of the stretch he’s significantly quicker to the plate than in the past, seemingly determined to finally keep base-stealers from running at will on him — “My Achilles heel,” he called it on Tuesday. 

2) He’s throwing his slider at 86-88 mph with more downward break than in the past, creating more velocity separation from his fastball. 


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Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Seth Lugo was the Mets’ best option out of the bullpen last season.

The 30-year old posted a 2.70 ERA in 61 appearances last year, but Lugo has been adamant in his desires to be a starting pitcher.

Lugo’s last start came in 2018, but he feels the course of his career as a starter changed after a start against the Houston Astros in 2017, the same season they were guilty of stealing signs illegally.


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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

6 things to know about Tuesday’s game…

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits — which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.


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As the Mets decide how to round out their starting rotation, “there has been conversation” in the front office about making Steven Matz a reliever, a team source told SNY contributor John Harper.

Harper added that some in the organization like the idea of having the left-handed Matz in the bullpen.

Matz, who recently had to address trade rumors, has been working as a starting pitcher in spring training.


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PORT ST. LUCIE — Dellin Betances is trying to be patient as he works his way back from his partially torn Achilles tendon, but he’s clearly getting antsy to get into actual games. 

“I would have hoped to pitch last week,” Betances said. “But I’ve got to trust the plan they have for me.”

The Mets have been careful not to push the ex-Yankee reliever so far as he comes back. He threw a simulated game on Tuesday, and it was obvious his velocity wasn’t anything close to the high 90s he has thrown during his career. 


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Jeff McNeil has picked up right where he left off last season, and that continued on Tuesday when he hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Port St. Lucie.


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Mets reliever Dellin Betances threw a simulated game on Tuesday at spring training as he continued to prepare for Opening Day, with Yoenis Cespedes among the batters who stepped in the box.


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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard is back on the rubber Tuesday, as he gets the start for the Mets against the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie on SNY. 

Mets notes

The lineup looks like one you might see during the regular season. Pete Alonso, who is hitting cleanup, has had a slow spring with just two hits in 18 at-bats. He will look to heat up a bit, while Amed Rosario will try to collect his first spring hit in the seven-hole. Jeff McNeil remains in the leadoff spot, as he is raking per usual. 


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May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

J.D. Davis, who is ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, has been hitting in the batting cage for the last few days, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury last Tuesday when he dove for a ball at third base, and had an MRI the next day.

“It sounds like we’re in a pretty good spot with it overall,” Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, noting that the MRI revealed what looked like an old labrum injury but no new damage.

NorthJersey.com’s Justin Toscano reported late last week that Davis — who began rehabbing the day after suffering the injury — was taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 


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Steven Matz
Steven Matz

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PORT ST. LUCIE – Steven Matz knew the question was coming practically before I could ask it at his locker on Tuesday morning.

“What did you think about the Yankees…”

“Fake news,” he said with a smile, cutting me off. “It’s not something I’m worried about.”


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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here’s what happened Monday, in case you missed it…


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Chili Davis enters spring training preparing for his second season as Mets’ hitting coach. He took over last season and oversaw an historic rookie season for Pete Alonso and a breakout season for Jeff McNeil. As a team, the Mets had an OPS of .770, good for sixth in the National League.

Davis spoke with SNY’s Steve Gelbs about being more familiar with his hitters as he works in Port St. Lucie for the second time.

“For me, last year a big part of spring training was trying to get to know the players,” Davis said. “Just their personalities, their makeup, Hoping they would tell me a little about themselves, and I could work off of that. 


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Michael Conforto hit his first homer of the spring on Sunday, helping the split-squad Mets to a victory over the Nationals. Speaking in the dugout with SNY’s Steve Gelbs, Conforto credited hitting coach Chili Davis with working with him on some adjustments to the outfielder’s swing.

“I ended up hitting the changeup, which I missed about five of earlier in the day,” Conforto said. “Today, I talked to Chili and I said I feel really heavy on my front side so he said, ‘Hey, just sit on your back side.’ Pretty simple, so that’s what I ended up doing in my last at bat. A little adjustment and obviously the result was much different.

“I’m just trying to stay balanced. Today, I wasn’t able to do that until my last at-bat. And that’s what this is all about being out here on spring training.”


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Mets OF Michael Conforto
Mets OF Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto enters the 2020 season at 27 years old in what is his second-to-last year of arbitration. If an extension isn’t reached before the end of the 2021 season, Conforto will be a free agent. And the Mets shouldn’t let things get to that point.

Conforto, whose breakout season in 2017 (.279/.384/.555) ended after 109 games due to a shoulder injury that required surgery and negatively impacted his start to the 2018 season, has been tagged as “too streaky” by some and seemingly disappointed others who think his career batting average (a stat that doesn’t matter nearly as much as it used to) is too low.

While the “streakiness” thing is debatable since every hitter is streaky to an extent (scope out Mike Trout and Christian Yelich‘s month-by-month breakdowns), here’s what we know Conforto is:


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The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 


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Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes,

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Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

With the Yankees’ starting rotation decimated by injury and the Mets currently having six starting pitchers for five spots, the Yanks have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, reports Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

According to the Post, the Mets are “willing to listen,” but there is skepticism that a deal will ultimately get done.

In a trade of Matz, the Post reports that the Mets would want a big league player — potentially Miguel Andujar — in return. However, Puma and Davidoff report that the Yankees aren’t “desperate enough for a pitcher” in order to trade Andujar.


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Danny Abriano

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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets’ farm system took hits last offseason and again during the 2019 season when a bunch of highly-rated prospects were traded away in deals for immediate fixes. But their farm system entering the 2020 season is in solid shape, according to Keith Law of The Athletic.

Law, whose rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems were released on Monday, ranked the Mets No. 16 overall, noting that despite the trades of so many of their top prospects, the Mets’ recent drafts and international signings (with many of those signings producing right away after coming stateside) have kept them afloat.

“I can understand Met fans’ concerns that their elite prospects will be traded for short-term help in the majors, but there’s enough in the second tier of guys – after Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez and the 2019 draftees – to help patch the roster in July as needed,” Law writes.


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Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio,

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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Pete Alonso has not minced words when asked about his excitement level for the 2020 season.

After he exploded on the scene by slashing .260/.358/.566 with an MLB rookie single-season record 53 home runs and 120 RBI, Alonso has been looking forward to his sophomore campaign since the Mets last walked off Citi Field.

Alonso touched upon that preparation and anticipation in an interview Sunday with SNY’s Steve Gelbs.


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Dominic Smith missed 73 of the Mets’ 162 regular-season games last fall, but in his unlikely return for the finale, there was no better way that he could have catapulted himself into the spring.

After he spent majority of the 2019 season on the 60-day Injured List with a stress fracture in his left foot, Smith returned for the Mets’ Sept. 29 game against the Atlanta Braves. In the bottom of the 11th inning, he stepped up as a pinch hitter with a three-run walk-off home run to center field and sent the Mets into the offseason with a 7-6 win.

Talking with SNY’s Steve Gelbs from the dugout during Wednesday’s 4-2 spring training loss to the Houston Astros at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Smith did not diminish the impact of the walk-off homer.


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After pitching in a sim game last week, Mets ace Jacob deGrom told reporters “I’m ready” when asked if he feels set for Opening Day. 

Well, he proved that on Sunday in his first spring training outing against the Nationals. 

DeGrom was every bit of his ace self over three innings of work, allowing just one single and striking out two hitters in 33 pitches total on the day. And at this point, it just looks too easy for the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner. However, he admitted after his outing that he still gets those nervous butterflies whenever he toes the rubber. 


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The Mets took down the defending champion Nationals, 3-1, in a split-squad spring training matchup in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Sunday’s game…

1) Jacob deGrom picked up right where he left off last year, tossing three scoreless innings in his spring debut. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit and punched out two batters in 33 pitches. He retired the first four batters he faced in just eight pitches. The only hit he allowed was a single to Andrew Stevenson.


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Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso,

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Mar 1, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports  (Sam Navarro)
Mar 1, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Michael Wacha threw three scoreless innings, but the Mets would go on to lose to the Marlins 7-1 in Sunday’s split-squad game. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Sunday’s game…

1)  Michael Wacha tossed three scoreless innings in his second start of the spring. Wacha allowed two hits and one walk while striking out a batter. Wacha tossed just 33 pitches in his three frames. He now has allowed just three hits and three walks in five shutout innings this spring.


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Robinson Cano gave the Mets an early 2-0 nothing with a two-run double in the first inning. It was Cano’s first hit of the spring…

Tim Tebow, on the other hand, collected another hit in his spring, fighting off a fastball on his hand and using his muscle to push it into center field for a single…

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Yoenis Cespedes
Yoenis Cespedes

Seth Lugo’s next step in coming back from his pinky toe fracture was to throw live batting practice, and that’s just what he did on Sunday.

And who did he face? None other than Yoenis Cespedes

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will make his first start of spring training against the defending champion Washington Nationals on Sunday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla. at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Most of the potential Opening Day starters will be in the Mets’ lineup today, while Andres Gimenez will start at shortstop. Gimenez owns a slashline of .308/.400/.615 in six games this spring, while half of his four hits so far have gone for extra bases (one double, one home run). In 18 games in the Arizona Fall League, he went 26-70 (.371) with nine extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in.


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J.D. Davis (Reinhold Matay)
J.D. Davis (Reinhold Matay)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen gave everyone a big sigh of relief when he said last Wednesday that J.D. Davis’ shoulder injury was nothing to worry about. 

And Davis’ work on Sunday in Port St. Lucie proves that. 

Van Wagenen said that Davis’ injury, which came from diving for a grounder in a spring training game last Tuesday, would have him sit out of any baseball activity for a week before being re-evaluated. But, according to NorthJersey.com’s Justin Toscano, Davis is taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 


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Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto,

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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Dellin Betances poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Dellin Betances poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

As the Mets continue their spring training down in Port St. Lucie, not all their players have gotten to participate in the festivities like they’d have wanted to, namely Dellin Betances.

Betances signed a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Mets in the offseason after nine seasons with the Yankees, but the four-time All Star is coming off a torn achilles tendon he suffered just 0.2 innings into his 2019 season debut in late September — he had sat out the season until then with a bone spur in his shoulder.

Now down in Port St. Lucie with the Mets, Betances didn’t hide his frustration of having to sit out games and watch others pitch while he continues to rehab his left ankle.


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There’s a very strong chance Jeff McNeil finds his name at the top of the batting lineup come Opening Day, and if he does, it’s probably a decent bet that he’ll be swinging first pitch.

In 2019, McNeil established himself as a player who loves to be aggressive early in the count, taking advantage of pitchers trying to sneak across easy, early strikes.

On Wednesday, McNeil caught up with SNY’s Steve Gelbs to talk about his aggressive approach at the plate.


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The Mets scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to top the Astros 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Saturday’s game…

1) Steven Matz gave the Mets two solid innings on Saturday afternoon. He made easy work of the Astros in the first inning, retiring George Springer, Myles Straw, and Yuli Guriel on three groundouts. In the second, he forced two more groundouts to Aledmys Diaz and Kyle Tucker before allowing a triple to Taylor Jones. But Matz then rebounded to strike out Jack Mayfield looking to end his afternoon.  


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Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz

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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Michael Conforto quietly had the best season of his career in 2019 with the Mets. But even if the sixth-year outfielder flew under the radar to some, he is perfectly fine with that perception.

A former All-Star selection in 2017, Conforto’s latest campaign saw him slash .257/.363/.494 with a single-season career-high 33 home runs and 92 RBI through 151 games.

At spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Conforto opened up on the personal-best season but placed a premium on team success with the hope that the Mets can continue their second-half run into 2020 and pick up where they left off.


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Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

LHP Steven Matz takes the hill as the Mets face the Astros at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday from FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Brandon Nimmo is back in the leadoff spot after batting out of the two hole Friday. He made his return to the lineup in the 3-2 win over the Cardinals after sitting out briefly from spring training action because of cardiac tests. Nimmo singled in his first at-bat and finished 1 for 2 with a run scored. He got the start in center field Friday and stays there Saturday.


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Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Houston Astros, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos

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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

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Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here’s what happened Friday, in case you missed it…


Brandon Nimmo opened up on his recent cardiac tests as he got cleared and returned to spring training action >> Read more

Mickey Callaway reacted to the Mets’ hiring of Luis Rojas and discussed his potential as a manager in MLB >> Read more

In an interview with WFAN, Brodie Van Wagenen discussed the pros of hiring Rojas and the Mets’ pitching depth >> Read more


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Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano

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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano suited up for his first Grapefruit League game of the season on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he drew a walk in his first at-bat and finished the game 0-for-1.

During the game, Cano spoke with SNY’s Steve Gelbs in the dugout about his offseason workout routine and what’s it like being a mentor to younger players on the team.

“I just have to focus more this year on my legs,” Cano said. “This offseason that’s something that I did… It feels good today, it’s good to be back.”


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Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano

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During Friday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, SNY’s Steve Gelbs caught up with Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo.

Nimmo’s name has been in the headlines the last few days, as he was scratched from Wednesday’s lineup for additional cardiac screening. 

But all of the tests came back just fine, and Nimmo said in the clubhouse before Friday’s game that he has “a little bit larger heart,” a quote that Gelbs asked Nimmo about during the game.


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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (Charles LeClaire)

On Friday afternoon, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen joined the Joe & Evan show on WFAN to discuss everything from hiring Luis Rojas to Yoenis Cespedes‘ progression this offseason.

The pair asked Van Wagenen what made Rojas (and Carlos Beltran) the right fit to manage the Mets.

“There was something we were looking for specifically for this club,” Van Wagenen said. “We wanted a guy that could clearly be a players’ first manager, somebody that could walk into our clubhouse and connect with the guys, be able to cross cultural lines with our clubhouse, be able to connect with the veterans, be able to connect with the young guys, the American kids, the international guys. And we felt like Carlos, and now Luis were the right fits.”


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Dellin Betances, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes

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