CHICAGO – Trade Noah Syndergaard at your own risk, but does that apply to Edwin Diaz?
These messages to the Mets Front Office were delivered by none other than the pitchers themselves in the form of a dominant start from the former and yet another blown by the latter on the eve of Wednesday's 4:00 pm trade deadline.
At least for the Mets: Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto, this was the case that allowed their team to exit the field of guaranteed odds with a fifth straight win (5-2 against the White Sox in 11 innings).  McNeil fired twice against leftist Joel Osich before Conforto delivered a monster strike that gave the Mets the edge. The five-game winning streak is the longest of the Mets this season, drawing them within five games ahead of the Cubs for the NL's second wild card slot.
The likelihood that Syndergaard would be dealt had diminished before he conquered the hill and followed His performance ̵
Diaz was summoned to defend the 2-1 lead in the ninth game. His fifth goal of the season was 28 times successful. Diaz had taken the trouble by driving Ryan Goins off the inning and ending Jim McCann with an out before a wild pitch (originally an outdated ball on Tomas Nido) delayed the tie run to third. Tim Anderson met a sacrificial fly that led to 2: 2.
In a perfect world, the Mets held the band together and tried to run Zack Wheeler on the second wild card berth of the National League with a potential elite rotation. The reality exam, however, is a five-game deficit in a crowded race, and Wheeler is an upcoming free agent, though he qualifies as a candidate for a qualifier.
Trading Wheeler might be the best option for a club that needs tokens. Still, the Mets have not given up this season and may dream after Marcus Stroman was taken over by the Blue Jays this week.
"It's obviously a great rotation, and that's the rotation that's there. I've been thinking about it," said manager Mickey Callaway.
The Mets have misled Wheeler, Syndergaard and Diaz, but they must be "blown away" to handle the latter two. after club sources. Wheeler has caught the interest of Astros, Rays and his hometown Braves.
So real was the possibility for Wheeler to act on club officials scratching Ervin Santana from his planned launch for Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday. In case the Wheeler pivot opens, insurance must be taken out. The Mets also sent PR expert Harold Kaufman to join the club and prepare for the possibility of a trade announcement. Wheeler returned from the injury list on Friday after missing two starts after the All-Star break with tiredness in the right shoulder, but the Mets remained confident that they could achieve a solid return for the right-hander.
Stroman, a Long It is expected that the native islander will join the team on Wednesday and make his Mets debut at the weekend in Pittsburgh.
An undeserved run hit Syndergaard in the sixth when Todd Frazier abused Abreus Grounder with two outs. Yolmer Sanchez and Leury Garcia each stole a base in the inning.
Syndergaard missed a goal in the fifth, when Goins scored a leadoff double. But Syndergaard scored three straight outs, two through strikeout to maintain the Mets' 2-0 lead.
The Mets extended their lead at the top of the inning after Pete Alonso's single and a right-winger error conceded to Leury Garcia Conforto third Robinson Cano followed with an RBI ground-out.
Nido brought the first run of the Mets with a ground-out in the second run, followed by successive singles by Frazier and Amed Rosario.