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    Jeff McNeil over the final five-plus weeks of the season. The San Francisco Giants are beginning to steel themselves for the likelihood that Wednesday could be one of the last times they see Buster Posey before Opening Day 2019.McNeil will look to continue his dream season Wednesday night , when the Mets host the Giants and Posey in the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field.McNeil tied a career high with four hits Tuesday night, when he laced the go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning of the Mets’ 6-3 victory.Article continues below ...The Mets’ Noah Syndergaard (8-3, 3.40 ERA) is scheduled to face the Giants’ Casey Kelly (0-1, 1.69) on Wednesday in a battle of right-handers.Kelly gets a task that has befuddled most pitchers thus far: How to get out McNeil, a 26-year-old rookie who entered this season with 18 games above Double-A and nine homers in 1,274 professional at-bats.But McNeil surged on to the radar by hitting a combined .342 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs in 88 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. The rebuilding Mets (55-70) finally promoted him July 24, and all McNeil has done since then is hit .326 with two homers and nine RBIs while becoming the first player in team history to collect two four-hit games in his first 27 contests.McNeil has been particularly hot over the last six games, during which he is 12-for-23 with four extra-base hits and only four strikeouts. Manager Mickey Callaway, a former pitching coach, said he has been impressed with how McNeil has already adjusted to the book getting out on him by mixing up his approach at the plate.“It’s hard to adjust to a guy that can kind of cover multiple pitches and multiple zones and then locations — it’s really tough,” Callaway said Tuesday night. “Their pattern has been random already, it seems. It’s not like they’re trying to attack him with fastballs up and in and bury them in the dirt. I think they have been moving the ball all around. They just haven’t figured him out because he’s hard to figure out because he can barrel up a lot of different pitches.“As a pitcher Christian Arroyo Jersey , they’re just scrappy little guys and you hate facing them.”Pitchers may not be facing Posey for much longer. The San Francisco Chronicle reported during Tuesday’s game that the perennial All-Star and former National League MVP will likely undergo surgery soon to repair a labrum injury and bone spurs in his right hip.Posey, who did not play Tuesday but is expected to start Wednesday, said following the game he has known for months he would need surgery but that he hasn’t yet decided when he’ll undergo the procedure. He said he plans to have surgery early enough so that he can return for the start of next season.“Just talking with doctors and stuff, I think the goal will be to be ready day one, on the opener,” Posey said.Posey is batting .286 with five homers and 40 RBIs in 103 games this year for the Giants (62-65).“Sometimes it comes to a point where you have to do something about it,” Bochy said. “And that’s what we’re talking about now.”Syndergaard took the loss in his most recent start Friday, when he allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings as the Mets fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2. Kelly made his first big league start in more than two years Friday, when he allowed one run over 4 1/3 innings and didn’t factor into the decision in the Giants’ 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds.Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA in three regular-season starts against the Giants. He will be facing San Francisco for the first time since the National League wild-card game Oct. 5, 2016, when he tossed seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball and struck out 10 but didn’t factor into the decision as New York lost 3-0.Kelly allowed one run over three innings of relief in his lone appearance against the Mets on April 22 Nathan Eovaldi Jersey , 2016, when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves. Sonny Gray was acquired by the New York Yankees at last year's non-waiver trade deadline to be a front-line starter for the postseason, but after struggling mightily this season, he has lost his spot in the rotation.New York general manager Brian Cashman told WFAN's Chris Carlin on Thursday that Gray will be moved to the bullpen, and recent acquisition Lance Lynn will join the rotation.Gray understood the decision, according to YES Network'sMeredith Marakovits: "I've struggled and they've given me ample opportunity to figure it out. I continued to grind ... I'm going to go to the pen and continue to try to figure it out."It was just a few years ago thatGray appeared to be the next great pitcher, as he was named to the American League All-Star team and finished third in AL Cy Young award voting in 2015, just his second full season in the majors. However, he has not been able to build on that early success.The right-hander had mixed results after being acquired in a midseason trade last year, going 4-7 with a 3.72 ERA in 11 starts. He allowed five runs in just 8.1 innings over two postseason starts as well.This year, though, has not featured many bright spots for Gray. The 28-year-old has managed an 8-8 record despite a 5.56 ERA and a 1.524 WHIP in 21 starts. His strikeouts per nine innings (8.6) are slightly up , but his walks per nine (4.0) and hits per nine (9.7) are among the worst of his career.New York hoped Gray could shake off the struggles eventually, and he even seemed to be getting on track in July allowing just two earned runs over his final three starts of the month. However, he was roughed up for seven runs in just 2.2 innings against the 33-75 Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. To make matters worse, he was caughtsmilingwhile being booed off the field.He revealed to reporters after the game that smiling was his way of handling his frustration, via ESPN (around the 1:09 mark):And then there's his off-the-field controversy. Gray recently became one of a handful of players around the league to come under fire for racist tweets from the past. He wrote that off as an "inside joke" between him and a former teammate, and he has since deleted all of his tweets.The Yankees made starting pitching a priority at the deadline, trading for Lynn and J.A. Happ. Happ has since landed on the disabled list, but New York (68-38) is now turning to Lynn over Gray as it looks to catch the Boston Red Sox (75-34) in the AL East.