Mets are considering an unconventional leadoff hitter

PORT ST. LUCIE — Have a leadoff idea? Send it to Mickey Callaway. The Mets’ manager admitted Tuesday that among the big questions he has to answer in spring training is who will handle the leadoff spot, especially with Michael Conforto expected to miss at least the first month

Wilmer Flores the latest Met to be shut down

Wilmer Flores has joined the ranks of Mets’ players who won’t be returning this season. After an examination Thursday, the infielder was told to play it safe with the broken nose he sustained Saturday, when he fouled a ball off his face. Flores indicated he probably could have resumed action in

The terrifying moment Wilmer Flores thought his nose was gone

HOUSTON – The cliché really seems to fit for Wilmer Flores. It only hurts when he laughs. Or talks. Flores, the Mets utilityman who suffered a broken nose Saturday, when he fouled a pitch off his face, was back in the clubhouse before Sunday’s game with the Astros, another swollen testament to the

Mets star’s very personal reason for joining hurricane relief effort

HOUSTON – Wilmer Flores held out his cell phone and called up a video. “Here, look at this,” Flores said. “Max sent me this.” The short video displayed an individual scene of heartbreak ruin. Dirty water filled a home. At one point, an object poked its rim through the mess. “That’s the refrigerator,”

Wilmer Flores exits Mets game after fouling ball off his face

HOUSTON — Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores left Saturday night’s game against the Astros after fouling a ball off his face. Flores was batting in the fourth inning when he fouled a ball from pitcher Brad Peacock and it smashed into his face. He immediately dropped to his knees and trainers

Amed Rosario comes up big as Mets split doubleheader

WASHINGTON — The appropriate nickname on the back of Hansel Robles’ players weekend jersey would have been “BB.” Robles, the erratic Mets reliever, was at his worst Sunday night, flushing a lead in the sixth inning against the Nationals as he refused to throw a strike. In all, he walked three straight

Kevin Plawecki gets called up again and wins a game for Mets

There are new faces liberally sprinkled among the more familiar ones on the Mets these days as salary dumps and rebuilding moves reign. And amid the comings and goings — including the goings of some important clubhouse guys — manager Terry Collins stresses one thing above all. These guys are ballplayers,

Mets’ roster shuffle continues as Jose Reyes heads to the DL

The rib cage epidemic that hit the Mets this week landed Jose Reyes on the disabled list Thursday, with Wilmer Flores possibly awaiting an identical fate. Matt Reynolds and Gavin Cecchini were summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas, giving the Mets infield depth a night after Travis d’Arnaud was pressed into starting

Mets’ early three-homer punch can’t stop Dodgers

Even with a running head start, the Mets couldn’t beat the Dodgers. Three Mets home runs in the first inning? Their starting pitcher taking a no-hitter two outs into the fifth inning? It didn’t come close to mattering. The team with the best record in baseball only needed to string together a

AJ Ramos did double take when he heard he was traded to Mets

SEATTLE — AJ Ramos was as surprised as anyone when he heard the Marlins had traded him to the Mets. “I heard all kinds of [rumors], but I didn’t hear Mets at all,” Ramos said Sunday. “When they told me, I had to ask, ‘Wait, are you sure?’ OK, let’s go.” In

Steven Matz tattooed again as Mets fall to Padres

SAN DIEGO — Steven Matz isn’t missing many batz. The enigmatic lefty has become automatic buzzkill lately, serving up an assortment of hittable pitches that have forced the Mets to play from behind. In another disaster Wednesday night, Matz was pummeled by the Padres over three innings in a 6-3 loss at

These two intriguing Mets are playing for their futures

Maybe there is a miracle left in these Mets after all. Just kidding. Let’s talk about Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera. The Mets received a gift of a win Thursday afternoon at Citi Field, 3-2 over the Cardinals in walk-off style, when St. Louis reliever Trevor Rosenthal inexplicably declined to cover first

Midseason report card: Brain behind Mets can’t dig any lower

A Mets team built on pitching arrived at the All-Star break with a 4.94 ERA that ranked 28th in the major leagues. Any questions? In a nutshell, the season’s first half was ugly for the Mets, who couldn’t keep their key players on the field and got buried: They will begin

What next year’s Mets may look like — and it’s unrecognizable

ST. LOUIS — The Mets have roughly $150 million in payroll, more than half of which can be shed with expiring contracts this offseason. Overall, the team’s expiring deals total $76.95 million, factoring in club options, but that hardly guarantees ownership will approve reallocating that sum for a payroll that reaches

Why Mets may be forced to put Michael Conforto on the DL

Michael Conforto may be headed to the DL on Saturday to clear the roster spot for Zack Wheeler’s activation, general manager Sandy Alderson said. Though Conforto underwent an MRI exam and CT scan Friday that showed no fracture, he continues to be troubled by a bone bruise on his left wrist

Ex-GM has some ideas for Mets, Yankees at the trade deadline

Longtime Rockies general manager and current MLB Network analyst Dan O’Dowd theorizes how the Yankees and Mets will approach the trade deadline with The Post’s Justin Terranova. Q: What are the Yankees’ biggest needs as the deadline approaches? A: They can make a case that they are as good as any team

“Workaholic’ Jacob deGrom delivers gem to propel Mets

SAN FRANCISCO — Jacob deGrom deserves a medal just for taking his turn each time in a battered Mets rotation, but here is something else: He is scary-good right now. With all the explosions around the team in recent weeks, deGrom’s stability might be the best thing the Mets have going

Mets must start showing fight, or this will get really ugly

LOS ANGELES — For three straight games, the Dodgers rubbed it in the Mets’ faces. The Mets, heading into Thursday, had been humiliated in every phase of the game on this West Coast trip, allowing 10 runs per game to the Dodgers in their first three losses and being outscored 20-2

Two big Mets bats disappearing at the worst time

Yoenis Cespedes was back to providing an MVP-caliber bat Saturday, but two of the Mets’ hottest bats in his absence have disappeared since his return from a hamstring injury. While Cespedes went 4-for-5 with a home run in Saturday’s 7-4 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field, Wilmer Flores and Michael

Each part of Asdrubal Cabrera’s game is disappearing

ARLINGTON, Texas — Asdrubal Cabrera’s mediocre offensive numbers would be more tolerable for the Mets if he were more dependable defensively. But the veteran infielder, who has battled knee and leg discomfort for much of the season, has slumped defensively, bewildering club officials. On Tuesday, he mishandled a Delino DeShields grounder —

Mets bashed by Pirates to close out dismal homestand

This was just piling on. An unnecessary joke after the butt of the insults was already thoroughly embarrassed. As if this Mets season couldn’t get worse, as if the first 6 ¹/₂ listless innings of another lost Sunday weren’t demoralizing enough, there was this gut-punch moment that perfectly encapsulated this empty

Jose Reyes sub Wilmer Flores’ big HR and bullpen fuel Mets

For all the talk from the Mets that it still is early in their floundering season, they have begun to act differently. They have started to treat these early June games as more than that, with the understanding there is a lot of ground to make up after two poor months

Is Jose Reyes now just a bench player for the Mets?

Jose Reyes’s two-month funk finally may be catching up to him. The veteran infielder was on the bench Friday night for the second time in three games, and this time it wasn’t for a breather. For the time being at least, hot-hitting Wilmer Flores has forced manager Terry Collins’s hand. Collins

Is Jose Reyes now just a bench player for the Mets?

Jose Reyes’s two-month funk finally may be catching up to him. The veteran infielder was on the bench Friday night for the second time in three games, and this time it wasn’t for a breather. For the time being at least, hot-hitting Wilmer Flores has forced manager Terry Collins’s hand. Collins

Terry Collins tossed as Mets show little life in loss

At least manager Terry Collins didn’t give a Mr. Met-inspired salute after getting ejected. On a day that featured the latest in a string of weird occurrences involving his ballclub, Collins was tossed in the fourth inning and the Mets lost to the Brewers 2-1 in Thursday’s series finale at Citi

Daily Mets sideshow distracting us from what’s really wrong

You can consume yourself in the auxiliary antics du jour, if that makes you feel better, if that allows you to forget about the more pressing and depressing matters at hand. The Mets always seem to provide something odd to the equation, don’t they? If the choice is between laughter