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The next month will be critical for determining the Mets’ future


The Subway Series kicks off a tough schedule for the Mets right up until the halfway point of the season. All five of New York’s subsequent opponents sit comfortably over .500. The Mets compete in series against the Yankees (twice), Cardinals, Braves (twice), Cubs and Phillies (twice) by July 8.

Meanwhile, the Mets have not had a winning record since May 2. Though they’ve come close, the Mets have not broken even since May 28. New York entered Tuesday five games behind the Phillies and Braves, the two teams tied for first place in the National League East.

Callaway pulling Steven Matz from a start against the Marlins. (Michael Reaves/Getty)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said achieving that .500 record has eluded the team.

"We need to get to a point where we can get above .500 and then start adding on,” Callaway said. “That’s always paramount for us, to win games and get the best record we could possibly have. We’re going to play some good teams. There’s no doubt about it. But I think we can get it done if we can play the game the right way and start syncing everything up.”

The Mets will not catch a breather until the All-Star break, at which point the team will be assessed for its ability to contend.

A handful of players are on the brink of free agency. If the Mets are clearly incapable of making a run for the playoffs by the time the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline rolls around, Brodie Van Wagenen will be forced to sell for better assets.

Right-hander Zack Wheeler is among one of the top Mets players expected to be targeted at the trade deadline. He becomes a free agent in 2020 and has the type of high-heat effectiveness that would benefit a contending team.

First baseman/outfielder Dominic Smith is right behind Wheeler. Now that Pete Alonso is playing so well that he’s emerging as the early favorite to acquire National League Rookie of the Year honors, there’s no place for Smith (defensively) on the Mets roster. Smith entered Tuesday with a 1.041 OPS and when not starting, he’s been terrific off the bench for the Mets.


Left-hander Anthony Kay and right-hander Ryley Gilliam were both promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. Kay was 7-3 with a 1.49 ERA (11 earned runs/66.1 innings) with 70 strikeouts and a 0.92 WHIP in 12 starts for Double-A Binghamton. His 1.49 ERA was second in the Eastern League, where he had the fourth-lowest WHIP and fifth-most strikeouts.

Gilliam was 3-0 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA (12 earned runs/29.1 innings) in 19 combined games between Class-A St. Lucie and Binghamton. Gilliam has 44 strikeouts (13.50 per nine innings).


Second baseman Robinson Cano (tight left quad), outfielder Brandon Nimmo (neck inflammation) and left-hander Justin Wilson (left elbow soreness) played for Syracuse on Tuesday night in a minor-league rehabilitation game vs. Charlotte.

Nimmo went 0-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored over seven innings playing in right field. Cano went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored across five innings at second base. Wilson pitched one inning and gave up one hit while striking out two batters.


David Ortiz sustained a gunshot wound to his back that deposited through his stomach in his hometown the Dominican Republic late Sunday night. The retired Red Sox slugger experienced damage to his liver, gallbladder and colon. Ortiz was transported to Boston for further medical evaluation on Monday.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway pitched against Ortiz in one at-bat, which resulted in a home run for Big Papi.

“I think anytime something like that happens to one of our baseball members it’s tough,” Callaway said. “You never want anybody to have to go through something like that. Sounds like he’s doing OK in the hospital from what I’ve read. He’s part of the baseball family. I’ve played against him. He’s a great guy. He’s a great symbol for baseball and you hope he has a speedy recovery.”