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  • Taijuan Walker Has Been Dealing With Side Issues For Weeks

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (side) said after the game that the tightness in his side that forced his early exit on Monday is an issue that has been affecting him for the past couple weeks, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic. Walker added that the three innings he pitched Monday was "basically all I had for today," but he thinks it's an issue he should be able to manage going forward. Britton adds that Walker is expected to undergo an MRI on Tuesday. Walker tossed three scoreless innings against the Braves Monday, as he lowered his ERA to 2.05 with 41 strikeouts in 44 innings of work. Consider Walker day-to-day for now, and check for updates following his MRI on Tuesday.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Kevin Pillar Hit In The Face By A Pitch

    New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar was hit by a pitch directly in the face on Monday against the Atlanta Braves and was forced to leave the game early. It was a very frightening scene, but fortunately Pillar was able to walk off the field under his own power. It came with the bases loaded and forced in a run. Khalil Lee, who was called up earlier in the day, pinch ran for Pillar after he left the game. It's unknown how long Pillar might be out, but the Mets outfield is decimated by injuries with both Michael Conforto (hamstring) and Jeff McNeil (hamstring) both going on the injured list earlier in the day. Lee is likely to see everyday playing time in the short term, and the Mets are very much in the market to add another outfielder from outside the organization. Johneshwy Fargas started in center field and hit ninth for the Mets on Monday night.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Kevin Pillar
  • Taijuan Walker Removed From Game Monday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (side) was removed from the Mets' game against the Braves on Monday evening after three innings and 33 pitches due to what is being described as "left side tightness." Walker had thrown three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out two before he was removed. More details should be available later Monday night or Tuesday regarding the extent of the injury suffered by Walker. This is another rough blow to the injury-ravaged Mets and, in particular, their rotation with Carlos Carrasco (hamstring), Jacob deGrom (side), and Noah Syndergaard (elbow) already sidelined. Walker had thrown three quality starts in his last four outings and looked to be en route to another QS before he was injured. Walker has been a nice surprise for the Mets in the early part of 2021 and had become a consistent fantasy start in all formats. Hopefully, Walker's injury is not serious and he avoids a stint on the Mets' incredibly crowded injured list.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Noah Syndergaard To Pitch For Single-A Affiliate Wednesday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (elbow) is scheduled to pitch for the Single-A St. Lucie on Wednesday. This signifies that Syndergaard remains on track to return to the Mets rotation sometime in mid-June, assuming he has no setbacks in his rehab starts. Syndergaard missed the entire 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery, following a poor 2019 campaign. Given consistent positive reports regarding his health status and return calendar, Syndergaard remains a low-risk, high-reward option for fantasy managers who have room to roster him.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Noah Syndergaard
  • Seth Lugo Transferred To 60-Day Injured List

    New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list on Monday. The move was made to simply create space on the 40-man roster for outfielder Johneshwy Fargas who was called up by the Mets, given the injuries to Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil. It should be stressed that Lugo did not have a setback in his rehab from his elbow injury. Lugo will now not be eligible to return to the Mets until May 31. That said, he was not scheduled to return until the last week of May, so this move, at worst, delays his return by a few days. Once he returns, Lugo will be in line to put up elite ratios and strikeouts, to go with a large number of holds, and perhaps some saves if closer Edwin Diaz struggles.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Seth Lugo
  • Marcus Stroman Falls Victim To The Long Ball

    New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman allowed three home runs, amounting to five earned runs, in six innings pitched on Sunday in the Mets' 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Coming into Sunday's contest, Stroman had allowed only three home runs all season. It was a rough start for Stroman who only recorded one strikeout while allowing six hits and one walk. Stroman's record fell to 3-4, while his ERA jumped from 2.01 to 2.72 on the season. Despite the poor outing, Stroman is proving to be a valuable member of the Mets' rotation and fantasy rotations. He should remain active in all formats for his next scheduled start against the Marlins on Saturday in Miami.

    May 17 · RotoBaller Mets Marcus Stroman
  • J.D. Davis Heading To Syracuse For Rehab

    New York Mets third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis (finger) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse sometime next week. Although Davis had a chance at returning on Saturday, it appears now that he will need a bit longer to come back from a left finger injury suffered at the beginning of the month. The 28-year-old is currently on the 10-day injured list. However, it isn't out of the question for him to make his way back sometime in the next few weeks.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Mets J.D. Davis
  • Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil Exit With Injuries Sunday

    New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (hamstring) and infielder Jeff McNeil (hamstring) have exited Sunday's game with hamstring injuries. Conforto grabbed his hamstring while running down the first-base line, ultimately leaving the contest. It's not clear how McNeil suffered his injury, though he too left with hamstring tightness, an unfortunate occurrence after he missed time due to cramps. The Mets have been bitten by the injury bug lately, so hopefully, Conforto and McNeil can avoid stints on the injury list.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Mets Michael Conforto Jeff McNeil
  • Brandon Nimmo's Rehab Assignment Shut Down

    The New York Mets have shut down the rehab assignment for outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger). Nimmo has continued to experience pain in his finger and the team wants to keep him sidelined until he is completely pain-free. Nimmo has been out since May 2. As he remains out, Kevin Pillar and Dominic Smith will continue to see increased playing time. Nimmo was slashing .318/.430/.439 with one home run, eight RBI, seven runs and two stolen bases over 21 games before the injury.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • J.D. Davis Will Need Rehab Assignment

    New York Mets third baseman/outfielder J.D. Davis (hand), currently on the 10-day injured list, will need a rehab assignment before his activation according to manager Luis Rojas. It was initially anticipated that Davis would be activated either Saturday or Sunday. As a result, Davis' return will likely be pushed back to later in the week before the Mets head to Miami to face the Marlins on Friday. Over just 41 at-bats in 2021, Davis has posted a .390/.479/.610 slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. During Davis' absence, Jonathan Villar has performed well as the Mets' regular third baseman. Given Villar's performance, the Mets will not rush Davis back to the team. They will instead take a rational, cautious approach with him, especially considering the fact he has already been on the IL two times this season. Once he returns, Davis, who can provide fantasy managers with solid counting stats and batting average, should be activated in deeper mixed league and NL-only formats.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Mets J.D. Davis
  • Jeff McNeil Sitting On Saturday

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. McNeil started at designated hitter for the Mets on Friday, though he was out of the lineup on Wednesday due to a cramp in his leg which also forced him from Tuesday's game against Baltimore. Manager Luis Rojas indicated that McNeil did not suffer a setback on Friday, so the decision to sit him on Saturday was somewhat odd. Rojas expects McNeil to be back in the Mets' lineup for Sunday's finale against the Rays. Notwithstanding, daily league fantasy managers should monitor lineups before committing to McNeil on Sunday.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Mets Select Jake Hager, Designate Trevor Hildenberger

    May 15 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Jake Hager Trevor Hildenberger
  • Francisco Lindor Strikes Out Three Times Friday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Despite the poor performance on Friday at the hands of Rays' starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow, Lindor is still hitting .333 with one home run and four RBI over his past seven games (24 at-bats). Fantasy managers should look at Friday's performance as a mere hiccup at the hands of one of the league's best pitchers. While Lindor is still only batting .195/.311/.265 on the season over 113 AB, he has been heating up in May and should, accordingly, remain active in all fantasy formats.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • David Peterson Throws A Gem On Friday

    New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson went 7 1/3 innings pitched on Friday allowing just two earned runs, four hits, and two walks while striking out nine batters in the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Peterson did not factor into the decision. It was a terrific bounce-back start for the 25-year old, following a start against the Diamondbacks last Friday in which he failed to make it out of the second inning. Peterson had a total of 35 called strikes plus whiffs on Friday. It was also his fourth game over his last nine starts dating back to 2020 in which he struck out eight or more batters. He now owns a 4.86 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 41:13 K:BB on the season over seven starts (33 1/3 IP). It has been a very inconsistent beginning to the season for Peterson. While he has shown poor metrics including overall barrel and hard-hit rates, his strikeout rate is among the league's best. As a result, while Friday shows that he should be rostered in most formats, he remains just a streaming option for managers that have room to roster him until he can find more consistency.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Mets David Peterson
  • J.D. Davis Could Return Saturday Or Sunday

    New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (hand), currently on the 10-day injured list, may be activated either Saturday or Sunday, according to manager Luis Rojas. Davis sprained his hand on a swing he took in his final at-bat against the Phillies on May 2. Davis already spent time on the injured list earlier this season due to a hand contusion. Over just 41 at-bats in 2021, Davis has posted a .390/.479/.610 slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. During Davis' absence, Jonathan Villar has seen the bulk of the playing time at third base.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Mets J.D. Davis
  • Brandon Nimmo's Return Could Be Pushed Back

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger), currently on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger contusion, felt pain in his final at-bat on Thursday during a rehab assignment with Triple-A affiliate Syracuse. Manager Luis Rojas stated that Nimmo will not start on Friday or Saturday for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate. Nimmo was initially eligible to come off the IL on Friday, May 14. With this news, it appears Nimmo's return may be pushed back now until sometime mid-to-late next week before the Mets head to Miami to face the Marlins on Friday, May 21. With outfielder Kevin Pillar red hot at the plate, the Mets will not rush Nimmo back, especially considering the fact that he is still experiencing pain. Once he returns, as the Mets' leadoff hitter, Nimmo should continue to perform as a top-tier place setter with a solid batting average and an elite OBP for fantasy managers. In the interim, fantasy managers who were anticipating an imminent return for Nimmo should make other arrangements.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Jacob deGrom Plays Catch Friday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) played catch on the field Friday. deGrom was placed on the 10-day injured list with tightness in his right side on Tuesday, though he has been able to throw, which seems to indicate that it will be a short stint on the sidelines, a sentiment the Mets have echoed. Still, there's no official date for his return- and there likely won't be until he participates in a bullpen session or a simulated game. deGrom's return would be excellent news for fantasy managers, as he has pitched to a 0.68 ERA and 1.03 FIP with a 65:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings pitched this year.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jeff McNeil Expected To Return To Lineup Friday

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (leg) is expected to return to the Mets' starting lineup on Friday when the Mets face the Tampa Bay Rays on the road. McNeil exited Tuesday's game against the Orioles with a cramp in his leg. Mets manager Luis Rojas was originally optimistic that McNeil would be good to go on Wednesday but ultimately opted to sit the 29-year old for fear of injuring him further. McNeil is off to a slow start in 2021, as is the case for many of the Mets' regulars. He is batting just .234/.333/.362 with two home runs and eight RBI over 94 at-bats on the season. Despite the slow start, McNeil is one of the purest hitters on the roster and, as he has proven in past seasons, he should be a stable source of elite hitting with solid RBI and run production once he gets his bat going. His multi-position eligibility in the outfield, second base, and third base further adds to his fantasy value. Managers should continue to keep McNeil active in all but the shallowest of leagues once he returns to the lineup.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Brandon Nimmo To Go On Rehab Assignment Before Return

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger), currently on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger contusion, will go on a rehab assignment before he returns to the team. According to manager Luis Rojas, the Mets want Nimmo to face competition before returning. It was originally believed Nimmo would return to the Mets prior to their weekend series which begins Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. It now appears Nimmo's return will come sometime next week, provided he suffers no setbacks during his rehab games. With Kevin Pillar red hot at the plate, the Mets are in no rush to force Nimmo's return prematurely causing a setback in his recovery. Once he returns, as the Mets' leadoff hitter, he should continue to perform as a top-tier place setter with a solid batting average and an elite OBP for fantasy managers.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Kevin Pillar Remains Red Hot In May

    New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar went 1-for-4 with a two-run triple in the Mets' 7-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Pillar has served as the primary centerfield with Brandon Nimmo (finger) on the 10-day injured list. With Wednesday's performance, Pillar is now hitting .341/.357/.585 with two home runs and seven RBI in May over 41 at-bats. Given regular playing time, Pillar has, arguably, been the Mets' hottest hitter this month. With Nimmo likely to go on a rehab assignment before he returns from the IL, Pillar should serve as the Mets' centerfielder for their upcoming weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Upon Nimmo's return, it will be hard for the Mets to sit Pillar's bat. That said, given the Mets' depth in the outfield, everyday at-bats may be tough to come by for Pillar, despite this hot streak. While Pillar is getting regular playing time he should be active in deeper and NL-only fantasy formats. Once Nimmo returns, fantasy managers would be wise to keep him on their rosters as a handcuff in the event the Mets suffer another injury to a starting outfielder during the course of the season. Pillar has shown what he can bring to the table when given regular playing time.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Mets Kevin Pillar
  • Dominic Smith Heating Up At The Plate

    New York Mets outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the Mets' 7-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Smith, who has struggled at the plate to start the season, is now beginning to get hot. With Wednesday's performance, he raised his slash line to .250/.295/.356 to go with two home runs and 14 RBI on the season. More notably, he has hit .364/.462/.409 with five RBI over his last seven games. He is also now clobbering breaking balls and offspeed pitches, batting .308 and .429 against those offerings, respectively, in the month of May. With his early-season struggles against breaking and offspeed pitches behind him, Smith appears ready to break out. Fantasy managers who have, justifiably, been sitting Smith should think about getting his bat back in their lineups. If he has been prematurely dropped in shallow leagues by impatient managers, he should be scooped up off of waiver wires immediately.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Taijuan Walker With Another Strong Start

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker had another strong start on Wednesday against the Orioles in the Mets' 7-1 win. Walker, who improved to 3-1 on the season, went seven innings allowing just four hits, three walks, and one earned run, while striking out four. It was his third quality start in his last four outings, as he dropped his ERA to 2.20 and WHIP to 1.02 on the season. The one blemish to his start was the three walks allowed, an issue that continues to plague the 28-year old. He has now allowed 18 walks in 41 innings pitched on the season. If the free passes continue to be an issue, we could see some regression in his ERA and WHIP. That said, Walker has been a nice surprise for the Mets in the early part of 2021 and is becoming a consistent fantasy start in all formats. Fantasy managers who used a late-round draft pick on Walker have reaped the rewards of his bounce back. Walker will next face the Braves on the road either Monday or Tuesday, depending on how the Mets' rotation shakes out with Jacob deGrom (side) currently on the 10-day injured list.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Jacob deGrom Plays Catch

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) resumed playing catch on Tuesday and plans to evaluate his mechanics after landing on the 10-day injured list due to tightness in his right side. The two-time National League Cy Young winner hopes his stay on the injured list is short. The 32-year-old's MRI exam showed no structural damage after he was removed from his latest start early on Sunday. When healthy, deGrom has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, going 3-2 with a major league-best 0.68 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 40 innings. He said that the tightness limited his ability to fix his mechanics on the fly in his last start. deGrom will throw daily until he's ready for a bullpen session, but the team is unsure if he'll return when he's eligible on May 20. The Mets are off the next two Thursdays, so they may proceed with a four-man rotation with deGrom out.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Albert Almora Jr. Placed On Injured List

    New York Mets outfielder Albert Almora Jr. (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday following a hard collision with the outfield wall in Tuesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles. He was forced to leave Tuesday's game and was able to walk off the field in his own power. X-rays came back negative on his shoulder and neck. Notwithstanding the positive X-ray news, Almora has some posterior shoulder pain and, as a result, he was placed on the IL. In a corresponding move, the Mets called up outfield prospect Khalil Lee. Kevin Pillar should be the team's primary center fielder at this point while Brandon Nimmo (finger) remains on the IL. That said, Nimmo is scheduled to return within the next few days.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Albert Almora
  • Khalil Lee Called Up By Mets On Wednesday

    New York Mets outfielder and seventh-ranked prospect Khalil Lee is being called up by the Mets in the wake of Albert Almora Jr.'s (shoulder) placement on the 10-day injured list. He will be active for the Mets' game on Wednesday against the Orioles. Lee, 22, was acquired by the Mets as part of the three-team trade last winter that sent Andrew Benintendi from Boston to Kansas City. He projects as a starting outfielder with strong defense, 15-to-20 home run power, and exceptional stolen base potential. In 2019, he finished with the second-highest stolen base total in the minors with 53 for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. That said, Lee has had contact rate issues, which could drive up his strikeout rate and, correspondingly, adversely impact his batting average. Lee can be ignored in redraft formats, despite his call-up. He should, however, be rostered in dynasty formats as a future, potential OF3/4. The next 10 days could give us an early glimpse of Lee's potential in the majors.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Khalil Lee
  • Jeff McNeil Out Of The Lineup On Wednesday

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (leg) is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against Matt Harvey and the Baltimore Orioles. Jose Peraza is getting the start at second base and batting seventh while Jonathan Villar is leading off. McNeil exited Tuesday's game with a cramp in his leg. Mets manager Luis Rojas was originally optimistic that McNeil would be good to go on Wednesday, but the team is apparently being extra cautious with him. The Mets are off on Thursday, so McNeil should have a good chance to return to the lineup on Friday.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Dominic Smith With Clutch Hit In The Ninth Inning

    New York Mets outfielder/first baseman Dominic Smith, out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Baltimore Orioles' lefty John Means, entered the game in the eighth inning as an injury replacement for outfielder Albert Almora Jr. In his only at-bat of the game, Smith tied the game 2-2 in the ninth inning with an RBI single off of Orioles closer Cesar Valdez. The Mets would go on to win the game 3-2 later in the inning, courtesy of a Patrick Mazeika walk-off fielder's choice. It was a huge hit for Smith (and the Mets) who has struggled at the plate to start the season. He is only slashing .230/.278/.330 with two home runs and 12 RBI over 108 plate appearances. Despite the poor counting stats and slash line, his metrics including his xBA and xSLG, suggest positive regression. Furthermore, after a very poor start against breaking balls and offspeed pitches, pitches he hit well in 2020, he is beginning to right the ship against such pitch selections. He is batting .308 and .333 against breaking balls and offspeed pitches, respectively, in the month of May. Fantasy managers should remain patient with the 25-year old, as signs point to positive regression and better days ahead for Smith.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Marcus Stroman With Quality Start On Tuesday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman went 6 1/3 very effective innings pitched in the Mets' 3-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday. Stroman allowed just four hits, two walks, and one earned run while striking out five. Despite the quality start, he, unfortunately, did not factor into the decision. Stroman (3-3) now owns an impressive 2.01 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP, and a 34:9 K:BB over 40 1/3 IP on the season in seven starts. So far in 2021, he is far exceeding his pre-season ADP and proving to be a valuable member of fantasy rotations, not to mention the Mets' rotation. Fantasy managers should keep Stroman locked into lineups for his next scheduled start on Tuesday in Atlanta.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Marcus Stroman
  • Francisco Lindor Continues To Heat Up Against The Baltimore Orioles On Tuesday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 1-for-2 with a walk in the Mets 3-2 walk-off win against the Baltimore Orioles. Lindor has now hit safely in five straight games and has seen his first stretch of sustained success in Flushing. Saddled with a recently signed enormous contract and the accompanying lofty expectations, Lindor struggled in April. Since the turn of the calendar, Lindor has scored a run in six of nine games and has returned to being one of the top shortstops in all of baseball. Fantasy managers do not care if it was a rat, raccoon, or something more realistic, so long as it keeps Lindor hitting. The Mets have three upcoming series all on the road against the Rays, Braves, and Marlins, and continue to expect Lindor to hit this road trip. If you were able to bench him, get him back in your lineup.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Albert Almora Jr. Exits Game After Collision With Outfield Wall

    New York Mets outfielder Albert Almora Jr. exited Tuesday night's game after colliding hard with the outfield wall, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Almora was running towards the wall in center field as he tracked a deep fly ball, and he momentarily made the catch before it popped out of his glove when he collided with the wall face-first. He was able to leave the field under his own power, and he was replaced by Dominic Smith. The Mets have seen their bench depleted recently with injuries, so a transaction could be coming within the next day or two to give the team more outfield depth.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets Albert Almora
  • Jeff McNeil Exits Early With Body Cramps

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (cramps) exited Tuesday night's game with body cramps, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. McNeil was seen slowing up on the basepath while trying to stretch a single into a double in the bottom of the third inning, and he was replaced on defense by Jose Peraza in the top of the fourth. Needless to say it's a vague injury, so it's hard to say anything other than for now managers should consider him day-to-day.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Dominic Smith Sitting Against Lefty On Tuesday

    New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game as the team faces lefty John Means and the Baltimore Orioles. Kevin Pillar is getting the start in left for the game while Albert Almora Jr. is manning center field. The left-handed Smith has only one start against a lefty this year, so it's not a surprise to see him out of the lineup today. He wasn't awful against lefties last year, slashing .283/.391/.509 with two home runs and six doubles over 53 at-bats. However, the Mets still seem to want to avoid lefty vs lefty matchups for Smith at least for now.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Jacob deGrom Officially Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 10, with right side tightness on Tuesday. As previously reported, deGrom's MRI exam was clean after he was forced to leave his start early on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with tightness in his right side. Despite the clean MRI, he is being placed on the 10-day IL as the Mets are, rightfully, being cautious with their ace. deGrom was pitching on Sunday for the first time since skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat, and manager Luis Rojas said deGrom's new discomfort was in a different area than the prior issue. It remains possible that deGrom could miss just one start and return for the May 21-23 series against the Miami Marlins. Overall in 2021, deGrom is 3-2 with a dominant 0.68 ERA, a 0.60 WHIP, and 65 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched over six starts.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Brandon Nimmo May Return For Weekend Series Against Rays

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger), currently on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger contusion, may return to the team for their upcoming weekend series against Tampa Bay. While Nimmo has been sidelined, Kevin Pillar has seen an increase in playing time. Nimmo's return would be a welcomed sight for the Mets where he has posted a .318/.430/.439 slash line with one home run and eight RBI over 21 games as the Mets' leadoff hitter. Once he returns, Nimmo should be activated in all fantasy formats, particularly in on-base percentage leagues. As the leadoff hitter for the Mets, he should continue to perform as a top-tier place setter with a solid batting average and an elite OBP.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • J.D. Davis Unlikely To Come Off Injured List Wednesday

    New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (hand), currently on the 10-day injured list, does not appear likely to come off the IL on Wednesday when first eligible. Davis sprained his hand on a swing he took in his final at-bat against the Phillies on May 2. Davis already spent time on the IL earlier this season due to a hand contusion. Over 41 at-bats in 2021, Davis has posted a .390/.479/.610 slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. During Davis' absence, Jonathan Villar has seen the bulk of the playing time at third base. It appears fantasy managers will need to wait a few more days for Davis to be cleared before he rejoins the Mets' lineup.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Mets J.D. Davis
  • Jacob deGrom Heading To Injured List

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom's (side) MRI exam was clean after he was forced to leave his start early on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with tightness in his right side, but he will be placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday. The Mets ace was removed as a precaution on Sunday after throwing two warmup pitches before the sixth inning. He was pitching for the first time since skipping a start due to discomfort in his right lat, and manager Luis Rojas said deGrom's discomfort is "different" that what he was experiencing earlier in the week. The new soreness is now "more in the lower back area." It's possible the Cy Young winner could miss just one start and return for the May 21-23 series against the Miami Marlins. The 32-year-old allowed one run with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings on Sunday before being removed. It's another setback, but fantasy managers should take solace in the fact that the Mets are being extremely cautious right now. deGrom is 3-2 with a Major League-leading 0.68 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 40 innings over his six starts in 2021.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jacob deGrom Prognosis Looks Positive

    The initial prognosis for New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side), who exited his start on Sunday with tightness in his right side, looks good according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. After an MRI, the Mets are reportedly optimistic that a stay on the injured list for deGrom will not be necessary, Although deGrom may miss his next start (or his next start may be pushed back), this is obviously good news for fantasy managers, the Mets, and Mets fans.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • James McCann With Three Strikeouts On Sunday

    New York Mets catcher James McCann had another rough day at the plate on Sunday in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. He went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and a run scored. McCann is slashing just .210/.273/.247 with one home run, seven RBI, and 22 strikeouts in 88 plate appearances on the season. After getting off to a quick start in the first two weeks of the 2021 campaign, McCann has fallen way off. Though he coming off a solid 2020 campaign in which he posted a .289/.360/.536 slash line with seven home runs and 15 RBI, managers in shallow formats should look elsewhere for offensive production at the catcher position. Despite a 47.5% hard-hit rate, his other hitting metrics, including an overall barrel rate, xwOBA, and xSLG which are all in the bottom eight percent of MLB, suggest it may take some time for his bat to come around, if at all.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets James McCann
  • Miguel Castro Notches Second Hold On Sunday

    New York Mets right-handed relief pitcher Miguel Castro picked up his second hold of the season on Sunday in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. He pitched a scoreless sixth inning, working around a walk, allowing no hits to help preserve the lead and eventual win. In 13 innings pitched in 2021, Castro has a 2.77 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, 20 strikeouts, and six walks. He has also posted an elite 35.1% strikeout rate so far in 2021. Given the fact that Mets' manager Luis Rojas has been deploying Castro in higher leverage roles in recent games, Castro should be on the radar of fantasy managers in leagues that reward holds. He can provide high strikeout totals, to go with solid hold totals pitching in front of Trevor May, Edwin Diaz, and (eventually) Seth Lugo (elbow).

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets Miguel Castro
  • Pete Alonso's Bat Cooling Off

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, after a brief hot spell, is now just 1-for-15 over his past five games. Alonso went 0-for-2 with two walks in the Mets' 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He is hitting just .238 with no home runs and one RBI over his past seven games (21 at-bats), though he has posted a very solid .467 on-base percentage. Despite the current struggles, Alonso is one of the game's top power hitters who should remain active in all fantasy formats. Overall in 2021, Alonso has posted a .255/.264/.461 slash line, with five HR and 17 RBI.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets Pete Alonso
  • Michael Conforto Picks Up Two Hits Sunday

    New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. After a slow start to the 2021 campaign, Conforto had briefly gotten hot but he cooled off once again, notwithstanding a continued ability to get on base. Hopefully, this two-hit performance will jump-start Conforto's bat where he is hitting just .174 over his last 23 at-bats. Overall in 2021, Conforto is slashing .237/.373/.361 with two home runs, six doubles, and 11 RBI. Conforto is coming off an excellent 2020 campaign and should provide fantasy managers with productive counting stats, to go with solid batting average and OBP ratios. Managers should continue to exhibit patience with the 28-year old and keep him active in all fantasy formats.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Mets Michael Conforto
  • Dominic Smith Drives In A Run

    New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith drove in a run on Sunday with a single in the bottom of the seventh inning to increase the Mets lead to 4-2. Smith went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch in the contest. Smith has had a disappointing start to the season, only slashing .222/.271/.323 with two home runs, but his underlying metrics suggest he has been unlucky. According to Statcast, his xBA, xWOBA, and xSLG sit at a much more solid .281, .355, and .487, respectively. Better days are coming for Smith, and it would be a mistake to drop him from fantasy rosters.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Edwin Diaz Locks Down Five-Out Save

    New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz was credited with the save Sunday, after he got the last five outs to preserve a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's only the second five-out save of his career. Diaz hit the first batter he faced in the eighth inning, and then managed to induce an inning-ending double play before striking out the side around a dropped pop-up in the ninth inning. With his fifth save of the year in the books, Diaz has once again shown that he is one of the most dominant relievers out there, and should be in fantasy lineups week in and week out.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Jacob deGrom Exits Start Sunday With Right Side Tightness

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) exited his start on Sunday with tightness in his right side, according to Justin Toscano of NorthJersey.com. This is an ominous sign for deGrom, who was scratched from his scheduled start earlier in the week due to tightness in his right side that was later diagnosed as inflammation in his right lat. deGrom had started off the game with four perfect innings of work, but then allowed a run on three walks and one hit in the fifth inning. He threw a couple of warm-up pitches prior to the start of the sixth inning before calling for a trainer, and he then exited the game without pitching in the frame. Given the fact deGrom is unquestionably the ace of the Mets rotation, it's not hard to see a scenario where he lands on the injured list for some time to fully heal this injury. Managers should begin preparing for the possibility of deGrom being out for a while.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Francisco Lindor Has Solid Night

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lindor is off to a rough start in 2021 as he is hitting just .190 with two home runs, but perhaps the argument with Jeff McNeil on Friday night is exactly what they both needed to kick it into high gear as McNeil homered in this one. Lindor will look to heat up in the Mets' upcoming series against the Baltimore Orioles this week.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Jeff McNeil Homers Saturday

    New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. McNeil went deep in the third inning off Diamondbacks starter, Merrill Kelly, one night after getting into an argument in the tunnel with Francisco Lindor. Perhaps that was the motivation McNeil needed to jumpstart his 2021 season as he is hitting just .227 to begin the 2021 campaign. He will look to keep it rolling this weekend and in the Mets' upcoming series against the Baltimore Orioles.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Mets Jeff McNeil
  • Noah Syndergaard To Begin Rehab Assignment Soon

    New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (elbow) remains on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week or so, according to Mets' beat reporter Anthony DiComo on Saturday. Assuming he has no setbacks in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard is scheduled to return to the Mets' rotation in mid-June. Syndergaard missed the entire 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery, following a poor 2019 campaign. Given the consistent positive reports regarding his health status and return calendar, Syndergaard remains a low-risk, high reward option for managers who have room to roster him.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets Noah Syndergaard
  • Seth Lugo On Track For Minor League Rehab Assignment

    New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (elbow) remains on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment in about a week or so. Assuming all goes well with his rehab, Lugo should return to the team in late May. Once he returns from the injured list, Lugo should work with Trevor May and Miguel Castro to handle late-inning work as a bridge to get to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo will be in line to put up elite ratios and strikeouts, to go with a large number of holds, and perhaps some saves if Diaz struggles. Managers in leagues that reward holds should target Lugo if he is still available on the waiver wire.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets Seth Lugo
  • Jacob deGrom Ready To Start Sunday's Game

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) will be ready to pitch in his scheduled start on Sunday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. deGrom was scratched from his start on Monday with right lat inflammation, but the team felt that he would be ready to pitch again over the weekend. General manager Zack Scott said that deGrom, "is ready to roll for tomorrow," during a Zoom call on Saturday afternoon. Managers can breathe a sigh of relief now, and start looking forward to deGrom's matchup against the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jonathan Villar Making Most Of Playing Time

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with a stolen base, two walks, and an RBI in the Mets' 5-4 ten inning win over the Diamondbacks on Friday. The steal was Villar's first of the season. Villar is now batting .273/.407/.409 with a home run, four RBI, and a steal in May while primarily serving as the Mets' regular third baseman with J.D. Davis (hand) and Luis Guillorme (oblique) both on the injured list. The 30-year old makes for a decent streaming option as a corner infielder in deeper leagues and NL-only formats, while he gets regular playing time, given his stolen base and RBI potential. Fantasy managers in need of cheap steals may wish to take a flier on Villar in the short term.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets Jonathan Villar
  • David Peterson Fails To Last Two Innings On Friday

    New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson lasted just one and 1/3 inning pitched on Friday in the Mets' 5-4 ten inning win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Peterson, who put up three strong starts over his last four outings, completely lost the strike zone in the second inning of Friday's contest. He hit a batter and walked two with the bases loaded, allowing three runs to score before he was removed. Overall, in his 1 1/3 IP, Peterson allowed three earned runs on three walks and three hits, while also striking out three batters. Friday's performance was not what fantasy managers or the Mets, who had two bullpen games on the road this past week against the Cardinals, needed to see. Peterson now owns a 5.54 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a 32:11 K:BB in 26 IP on the season. Notably, Peterson is getting hit hard, yielding an average exit velocity of 89.9 mph and 10.4% barrel rate (both in the bottom third of MLB) and a maximum exit velocity of 116.3 mph which is in the bottom 3% of the league. Only his strikeout rate of 28.6% stands out as a positive advanced metric. As such, it has been a very inconsistent beginning to the season for Peterson. This makes him, at least at this point, nothing more than a dart-throw fantasy streaming option. Peterson is scheduled to next face the Tampa Bay Rays on the road on Friday in what could be a difficult matchup. Managers in shallow fantasy formats may wish to keep Peterson inactive for the time being and wait to see if he can string together a few solid starts before deploying him.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets David Peterson
  • Francisco Lindor Homers On Friday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 2-for-5 with a clutch two-run home run in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday. The homer, which tied the game in the seventh inning, was just Lindor's second of the season. Lindor is now hitting .175/.302/.242 on the season with two HR, five RBI, and 13 runs scored in 97 at-bats. Friday's performance may be a sign that he is beginning to turn things around at the plate. As such, the buy-low window for Lindor in fantasy formats may be starting to close. Lindor remains one of the league's top fantasy shortstops who could be on the verge of beginning to produce numbers expected of him when he was taken in the first two rounds of fantasy drafts this past spring.

    May 8 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Matt Allan To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    New York Mets pitcher Matt Allan (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a partial tear in his ulnar collateral ligament, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Allan is the top pitching prospect in the Mets' organization, and had been set to start the year with the team's High-A affiliate in Brooklyn. It's another setback for Allan following the cancellation of the 2020 minor league season, as it will have been three years since his last game by the time he has recovered from the procedure. In his debut season in 2019, Allan posted a 2.61 ERA and 31.1 percent strikeout rate in 10 1/3 innings between Rookie and Low-A.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Mets Matthew Allan
  • Jacob deGrom Feels Good After Bullpen Session

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) remains on track to start on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after he felt "really good" following a bullpen session on Friday, according to manager Luis Rojas. deGrom was scratched from Monday's start with right lat inflammation. While the Mets haven't officially committed to him for Sunday, it's looking like he will make the start. It's pretty wild how good the 32-year-old right-hander has been so far in 2021, posting a 0.57 WHIP with 59 strikeouts and just four walks in 35 innings over five starts. deGrom hasn't allowed more than one earned run in any start this year and hasn't pitched fewer than six innings. He's a must-start if he returns to the mound against Arizona.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Luis Guillorme Expected To Return Sunday

    New York Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (oblique) is expected to return from the injured list as soon as he's eligible on Sunday. His return will likely push infielder Jose Peraza back to Triple-A. Guillorme is well off the fantasy radar as a utility bench infielder for the Mets. The 26-year-old Dominican is slashing a nice .333/.478/.333 on the season, but he has no home runs or RBI in just 23 plate appearances over 14 games. Guillorme will be an extremely cheap DFS option in games that he does start, but he also has just one home run in 235 career plate appearances in the big leagues in four years with the Mets.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Mets Luis Guillorme
  • Jacob deGrom To Throw Bullpen Friday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) played catch up to 90 feet on Thursday and will attempt to throw a bullpen session on Friday. He remains lined up to return to the starting rotation on Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after missing just one start with right lat soreness. David Peterson will start in the series opener on Friday, with Joey Lucchesi likely to pitch the bulk innings on Saturday. deGrom continues to be the best pitcher in baseball, sporting a ridiculous 0.51 ERA and 0.57 WHIP through 35 innings over five starts this year. He has struck out 59 batters while issuing just four walks and is a set-and-forget starting pitcher each time he toes the rubber.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Francisco Lindor Breaks Hitless Streak Thursday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor ended an 0-for-26 slide at the plate with a hard-hit single in the team's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday. Lindor finished 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored, three walks and a strikeout. He's now hitting .163/.297/.207 on the season with just one home run, 11 runs scored, and three RBI in his first 112 plate appearances for the Mets. That's certainly not what the Mets or fantasy managers envisioned when he was traded over from the Cleveland Indians in the offseason. Lindor's barrel rate, exit velocity and launch angle have dipped, but the good news is that his BABIP should improve and he does have 16 walks against 15 strikeouts so far. He should turn things around eventually, so if you're looking for a buy-low window, it's right now.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Edwin Diaz Picks Up His Fourth Save Of 2021

    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz picked up his fourth save of the season on Thursday in the Mets' 4-1 win over the Cardinals in St. Louis. In his one inning of work, Diaz did allow two hits but managed to strand both baserunners in securing the win. Although he didn't strike anyone out on Thursday, Diaz's performance was a nice bounce back from his last outing against the Phillies on May 2 in which he almost blew a four-run lead and had to be removed from the game due to back tightness. Diaz now owns a 3.86 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 14:5 K:BB in 11 2/3 innings pitched on the season. He is also a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. Diaz remains a top relief pitcher option in all fantasy formats, particularly pitching for a Mets team that should be competitive throughout the 2021 campaign.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Trevor May Throws Another Clean Inning In Mets Win

    New York Mets relief pitcher Trevor May threw a clean eighth inning in the Mets' 4-1 win over the Cardinals on Thursday. Over his one inning of work, May recorded two strikeouts, did not allow a base runner, and picked up his second hold of the season. After an inauspicious debut with the Mets back on April 5 in which he allowed two earned runs in 1/3 inning pitched, May has not allowed another earned run in 11 straight games. He boasts a 1.59 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in 11 1/3 IP on the season. May should certainly be rostered in all leagues that reward holds. In leagues that do not reward holds, May can still provide value in the form of elite ratios and strikeouts. He may even have an opportunity to pick up some saves if Edwin Diaz struggles or is unavailable on certain days, particularly while Seth Lugo (elbow) remains on the injured list.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Trevor May
  • Taijuan Walker Dominant On Thursday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker dominated the Cardinals on Thursday en route to his second win of the season in the Mets' 4-1 victory. Walker went seven innings, allowing only one hit and one unearned run while striking out eight. It was, without question, Walker's best start of the young 2021 campaign. He lowered his ERA on the season to 2.38 and he now owns a 1.03 WHIP to go with 35 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched. Walker has been a nice surprise for the Mets in the early part of 2021, particularly given the fact they are without Noah Syndergaard (elbow) and Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) until the end of May. Fantasy managers who took a flier on Walker in the later rounds of drafts are certainly enjoying this bounce-back season from the 28-year old righty. Walker will next face the Orioles at home on Wednesday in a favorable matchup.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Taijuan Walker
  • Carlos Carrasco Moved To 60-Day Injured List

    In a surprise move, the New York Mets transferred starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) to the 60-day injured list on Thursday. This will now push Carrasco's return timeline back just a few weeks. Originally expected to rejoin the Mets the week of May 9, Carrasco now cannot return to the team until May 31. It is unclear whether this move is the result of some setback in his recovery or the Mets wanting to give him a few rehab starts in the minors before activating him. Carrasco had a solid 2020 with the Indians posting a 2.91 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. Assuming this move was simply the result of the Mets looking to get a few rehab starts under Carrasco's belt before a return to the rotation, he should slot into the Mets' rotation as their SP2 at the end of May.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Khalil Lee Could Get Called Up By Mets On Friday

    New York Mets outfielder and seventh-ranked prospect Khalil Lee has been instructed by team officials to be ready in the event the Mets call him up and activate him for a weekend series against the Diamondbacks beginning Friday. Lee, 22, was acquired by the Mets as part of the three-team trade last winter that sent Andrew Benintendi from Boston to Kansas City. He projects as a starting outfielder with strong defense, 15-to-20 home run power, and exceptional stolen base potential. In 2019, he finished with the second-highest stolen base total in the minors with 53 for the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. That said, Lee has had contact rate issues, which could drive up his strikeout rate and, correspondingly, adversely impact his batting average. Lee can likely be ignored in 2021 redraft formats, despite the possibility of an imminent call-up by the Mets. He should, however, be rostered in dynasty formats as a future, potential OF3/4. The upcoming series against the Diamondbacks may give us an early glimpse of Lee's potential in the majors.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Khalil Lee
  • Jacob deGrom Expected To Throw On Thursday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) is expected to play catch on Thursday in St. Louis and will get checked out by team doctors. If he has no setbacks, he will remain on track to start on Sunday against Arizona. deGrom has been nothing short of dominant so far in 2021. He has posted a 0.51 ERA, a 0.571 WHIP, and a 48 percent strikeout rate in 35 innings of work. If he can avoid a trip to the injured list, assuming all goes well on Thursday, fantasy managers should be ready to fire him up for his start on Sunday.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Dominic Smith Picks Up Two More Hits Wednesday

    New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Smith sat the first game of the twin bill, though he did have a pinch-hit appearance and went 0-for-1. Smith has been struggling to start the season, but he is showing signs of coming out of his slump. He is now batting .333/.368/.444 over 18 at-bats in May, although he has not hit a home run since April 13. While Smith remains a regular in the Mets' lineup, fantasy managers should continue to keep Smith active in all formats as he begins to heat up.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Jonathan Villar Homers On Wednesday

    New York Mets infielder/outfielder Jonathan Villar went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored in the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cardinals on Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader. The homer was Villar's first of the season. With J.D. Davis (hand) and Luis Guillorme (oblique) both on the injured list, Villar stands to see regular playing time at third base for the Mets while both players remain absent. In 51 at-bats on the season, Villar has posted a .235/.278/.392 slash line, with the one HR and five RBI, though he has no steals. In 2019, he hit 24 HR and stole 40 bases as a regular with the Baltimore Orioles, though his 2020 power numbers saw a significant decline from those totals while splitting time between the Marlins and Blue Jays. The 30-year old makes for a decent streaming option as a corner infielder in deeper leagues and NL-only formats, while he gets regular playing time, given his stolen base and sneaky power potential. Fantasy managers in need of stolen bases may wish to take a flier on Villar while he gets regular playing time in the Mets lineup.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Jonathan Villar
  • Francisco Lindor Hitless On Wednesday

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader against the Cardinals on Wednesday, before being benched for the second game. Lindor, in the midst of a horrible stretch, is now hitless in his last 24 at-bats. This current streak has dropped his slash line to a shocking .157/.276/.202 over 89 at-bats on the season. Though Lindor has shown improvement in his overall strikeout and walk rates in comparison to 2020, he looks completely lost at the plate right now. Hopefully, the Mets giving Lindor some rest in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday will help clear his head. Despite the horrendous start to the 2021 campaign, fantasy managers should persevere and keep Lindor active in all formats for when the talented shortstop eventually breaks out.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • Marcus Stroman Goes Five Innings In Loss

    New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (hamstring), not impacted by a tightened hamstring suffered in his prior start, was able to make his scheduled start against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Stroman went five innings in the first game of a doubleheader allowing seven hits, one walk, and two earned runs while striking out six in the Mets' 4-1 loss. It was a somewhat uneven start for the righty, though he battled and put the Mets in a position to win had their bats woken up. Stroman (3-3) now owns a solid 2.12 ERA, a 1.03 WHIP, and a 29:7 K:BB in 34 innings pitched on the season. Stroman is scheduled to next face the Orioles at home on Tuesday in what should be a favorable matchup. He should remain active in all formats given his excellent start to the 2021 season.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Marcus Stroman
  • Brandon Nimmo Lands On 10-Day Injured List

    The New York Mets have placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger) on the 10-day injured list with a left index finger contusion. The team called up catcher Patrick Mazeika in a corresponding move. Nimmo first suffered the injury in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies when a pitch hit him in the hand. He went on to miss the team's next four games. With Nimmo sidelined, Kevin Pillar and Albert Almora Jr. should both see an increase in playing time.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Jacob deGrom Could Make Next Start On Sunday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) could be ready to make his next start on Sunday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. deGrom was scratched from his start on Tuesday due to inflammation in his right lat, but it sounds like he could begin playing catch by Thursday if he is cleared by doctors. He has been dominating opposing batters this season, posting a 0.51 ERA, 0.571 WHIP and a 48 percent strikeout rate in 35 innings of work. It looks like deGrom will be able to avoid a stint on the injured list, but managers should closely monitor updates on his condition over the next few days.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Brandon Nimmo Remains Out For Game 1 Of Doubleheader

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger) will miss his third straight game on Wednesday due to a left index finger contusion. He is sitting out for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals as Albert Almora Jr. is playing center field and batting eighth. Nimmo first suffered the injury in Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. There appears to be some hope that Nimmo can make his return in Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Regardless of whether he can go in Game 2 or not, he seems at least close to making his return.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • Carlos Carrasco To Make Rehab Start Sunday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) is scheduled to make a rehab start for one of the Mets' minor league affiliates on Sunday. Carrasco was stretched out to six innings of work on Tuesday during a rehab appearance in Port St. Lucie, Florida with no issues. Assuming Carrasco has no setbacks during Sunday's rehab start, he should be ready to join the Mets' rotation sometime during the week of May 9. Carrasco had a solid 2020 with the Indians posting a 2.91 ERA with 82 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. He will slot into the Mets' rotation as their SP2 behind Jacob deGrom and should provide fantasy managers with elite ratios and solid strikeout totals.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Mets Carlos Carrasco
  • Jacob deGrom Has Inflammation In Right Lat

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (lat) has been diagnosed with inflammation in his right lat, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. deGrom was scratched from his start Tuesday night with soreness in his side, and he underwent an MRI to receive the diagnosis. For now, there is no word of the possibility of a stint on the injured list, but he will refrain from throwing for the next few days. Managers should monitor updates on deGrom closely, but for now it appears this may not be a lengthy absence for him.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Jacob deGrom Scratched From Start Tuesday

    New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (side) has been scratched from his start on Tuesday night due to tightness in his right side, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets will send Miguel Castro to the mound to make the start in his place against the Cardinals. There's no word yet as to whether deGrom will only miss one start or if he will be out for a while. Managers should adjust their lineups accordingly.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Mets Jacob deGrom
  • Pete Alonso With Three Hits In Mets Loss

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and two runs scored in the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. Alonso, much like teammate Michael Conforto, is finally heating up at the plate. Over his last seven games, Alonso is slashing .333/.400/.593 in 27 at-bats with one home run and five RBI. He has raised his batting average to .282 on the season during this current streak. Alonso is one of the game's top power hitters who should remain active in all fantasy formats, especially with his bat getting hot. Stating the obvious, Alonso should provide fantasy managers with elite power counting stats hitting in the middle of a Mets lineup that appears to finally be trending in the right direction.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Mets Pete Alonso
  • Francisco Lindor Hitless In Last 21 At-Bats

    New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts in the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Monday. Lindor, mired in a season-long slump, is now slashing .163/.284/.209 with just one home run and three RBI over 86 at-bats on the season. Almost implausibly, Lindor is also now hitless in his last 21 ABs. Manager Luis Rojas has indicated that there are no plans to drop the struggling Lindor down in the lineup from his usual position as the second hitter. As mentioned previously, despite the horrible start to the season, Lindor has shown improvement in his overall strikeout rate and walk rate when compared to 2020. Additionally, his hard-hit rate of 40.5% is just a slight tick off of his 2019 hard-hit rate of 41% when he hit 32 HR. This would suggest that Lindor should break out soon. The change in Mets hitting coaches on Monday night to Hugh Quattlebaum and Kevin Howard could also potentially have a positive impact on Lindor, as well as the other Mets batters who are currently struggling. Despite the horrendous start to the 2021 campaign, fantasy managers should keep Lindor active in all formats for when (not if) he eventually breaks out.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Mets Francisco Lindor
  • New York Mets Fire Hitting Coaches Chili Davis, Tom Slater

    The New York Mets announced the firings of hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater late on Monday night, according to Justin Toscano of NorthJersey.com. The announcement came less than an hour after the Mets recorded seven hits in a 6-5 loss to the Cardinals, as Hugh Quattlebaum has been named the new hitting coach and Kevin Howard was named the assistant hitting coach. Entering Monday, the Mets had a .241 team average (ninth-best in MLB) and a .322 on-base percentage (seventh-best), but their .364 slugging percentage ranked the fourth-lowest in the majors. Even without the coaching change, the Mets were likely due for an improvement in their power hitting as they have a .434 xSLG the 16th-best mark in the majors. Managers should keep an eye on how the team performs over the next week, to see if there might be some good buy-low opportunities with Mets batters.

    May 4 · RotoBaller Mets
  • Brandon Nimmo Remains Out Of Lineup Monday Night

    New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo (finger) is not in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Cardinals, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Nimmo injured his finger on a swing in the seventh inning of Saturday's game, but for now it appears he will not need a stint on the injured list. Nimmo remains day-to-day, as Kevin Pillar will start in center on Monday and bat sixth against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Brandon Nimmo
  • J.D. Davis Placed On Injured List

    New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list on Monday, retroactive to May 2, after suffering a hand sprain in Saturday's game. Davis sprained his hand on a swing he took in his final at-bat against the Phillies. Davis already spent time on the IL earlier this season due to a hand contusion, the result of getting hit by a pitch in a game against the Phillies during the first week of the season. This is unfortunate news for the Mets and fantasy managers, given the fact that Davis had been one of the hottest bats in the Mets' lineup. Over 41 at-bats this season Davis has posted a .390/.479/.610 slash line with two home runs and seven RBI. Hopefully, he spends the minimum amount of time on the IL and returns when first eligible. In Davis' absence, Jonathan Villar should see the bulk of the playing time at third base, with Luis Guillorme (oblique) also sidelined on the IL with a right oblique strain.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets J.D. Davis
  • Edwin Diaz Feeling Better Monday

    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz (back), pulled in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies due to back tightness, was reportedly feeling better on Monday. After Sunday's game, Diaz said that his back felt tight before he entered the game, but he tried to pitch through it. This is certainly good news for Diaz and fantasy managers who roster him since it appears he may avoid a stint on the injured list. That said, it is certain Diaz will be unavailable to pitch on Monday if the Mets find themselves in a save situation against the Cardinals. Diaz owners should monitor the situation through the week and be ready to pick up Trevor May as a handcuff, if available, in the event Diaz takes a turn for the worse.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz
  • Dominic Smith With Two Doubles On Sunday

    New York Mets first baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Smith has been struggling at the plate recently but is showing signs of coming out of his slump. He has now recorded two hits in the past two games and has four hits over his past nine at-bats. With Sunday's performance, Smith raised his slash line on the season to a modest .234/.250/.364 over 80 plate appearances. His hitting metrics, including a .304 xBA, a .547 xSLG, and a 10.5% barrel rate, suggest that Smith is due for positive regression. That said, his strikeout and walk rates are down from his 2020 figures. As long as Smith remains a regular in the Mets' lineup, fantasy managers should continue to keep Smith active in all formats. If he gets the strikeouts under control and puts more balls into play, we should see continued success that builds off of his last two games in Philadelphia.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Dominic Smith
  • Pete Alonso Drives In Three On Sunday

    New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso went 1-for-5 with a three-run double in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Phillies on Sunday evening. Alonso's lone hit, his fourth double of the season, broke the game open in the eighth inning until Edwin Diaz made things interesting in the ninth inning. Alonso is off to a somewhat slow start on the 2021 campaign, after a red hot spring training. He has posted a .259/.330/.494 slash line, with five home runs, and 16 RBI through the first 22 games of the season. Alonso is one of the game's top power hitters and, despite a slow beginning to the 2021 campaign, he should remain active in all fantasy formats. As he showed on Sunday, Alonso is capable of filling up the box score on any given day with one swing of the bat.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Pete Alonso
  • Michael Conforto Remains Red Hot At The Plate

    New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Phillies on Sunday. After a slow start to the 2021 campaign, Conforto has finally broken out. He is batting .346 with a .414 on-base percentage, two home runs, and six RBI over his past seven games. In addition, Conforto has a .936 OPS over his last 15 games. With this hot streak, Conforto has raised his batting average to .257 on the season. Conforto is coming off an excellent 2020 campaign and has now put his early-season struggles behind him. Conforto will provide fantasy managers with productive counting stats, to go with solid batting average and OBP ratios. He should remain active in all fantasy formats.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Michael Conforto
  • David Peterson Has Another Solid Start Against Philly

    New York Mets starting pitcher David Peterson pitched five effective innings against the Phillies on Sunday in the Mets' 8-7 victory. Over his five innings, Peterson allowed only four hits, two walks, and one run, while striking out eight. He did not factor into the decision. After a rough beginning to the 2021 season, Peterson has rebounded nicely with three strong starts over his last four outings. He now owns a 4.81 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, and a 29:8 K:BB over 24 1/3 innings pitched on the season. Peterson is scheduled to next face the Diamondbacks at home on Friday where he should be active in deeper mixed leagues and NL-only formats.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets David Peterson
  • Trevor May Works Another Clean Inning

    New York Mets relief pitcher Trevor May threw a clean eighth inning in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Over his one inning of work, May recorded one strikeout and did not allow a base runner. May has now had nine straight appearances in which he has not allowed an earned run. He boasts a 1.93 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings pitched on the season. With Edwin Diaz (back) possibly facing some missed time or a stint on the injured list due to a back injury, May becomes a must-add in all formats. As the most effective pitcher in the Mets' bullpen so far in 2021, May would presumably handle the bulk of the closing duties if Diaz is forced to miss time.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Trevor May
  • Jeurys Familia Picks Up Save

    New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia picked up a save in the Mets' 8-7 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Familia was called on to get the final out when Edwin Diaz (back) was removed from the game after nearly blowing a four-run lead and suffering the injury. Familia retired the only batter he faced, Bryce Harper, on a strikeout to pick up his first save of the season. Diaz will be evaluated Monday by the Mets. If Diaz is forced to miss time due to the back injury, Familia could see some save opportunities along with Trevor May. As a result, Familia may be worth a speculative add in deeper leagues for managers in need of saves. Familia has a 1.29 ERA, a 1.57 WHIP, and an 8:4 K:BB in seven innings pitched so far in 2021.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Jeurys Familia
  • Edwin Diaz Removed Due To Back Tightness On Sunday

    New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz (back) was pulled in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies due to back tightness. Diaz struggled in his appearance, allowing two hits, two walks and three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. After the game, Diaz said that his back felt tight before he entered the game, but he tried to pitch through it. Jeurys Familia entered the game to replace Diaz and recorded the final out to earn his first save of the year. Diaz is set to be examined by the team on Monday to determine how severe the injury is. Make sure to stay tuned.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Mets Edwin Diaz