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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets had an offensive outburst on Wednesday against the Cubs, and Jose Reyes was a part of it. 

In four-run seventh inning, Reyes belted a 2-2 pitch to right-center field for a two-run triple.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs, nine hits and three walks in a no-decision Monday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, settling down after running into trouble in the third inning.

The 12 batters that reached base safely against Syndergaard were the most he allowed in a game this season, as the 25-year-old hasn't been the dominant pitcher he's shown he's capable of being.

In the month of August, Syndergaard is 3-2 with a 4.74 ERA, allowing 20 runs, 41 hits and 10 walks in 38 innings. 

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit the franchise's longest home run in the Statcast era with a 472-foot homer in the second inning off Jon Lester in Tuesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets visit Wrigley Field to begin a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Monday at 8:05 p.m.

Mets notes

With Sunday's loss, the Mets have not won three games in a row since July 24-26. ... The Mets have lost their last seven games against the Cubs dating back to last September. ... Over his last 13 games, Wilmer Flores is hitting .306 with one home run and nine RBIs.

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Matz, Callaway on Baez's steal 00:00:59
Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway react to Javier Baez's steal of home plate during the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Keith Hernandez refers to good fundamentals as "good fundies." On Sunday, the Mets' fundies were not good as two lapses in the field led to two Cubs runs in the Mets' 2-0 loss at Citi Field.

Mets LHP Steven Matz's lack of attention to Javy Baez on third base led to his steal of home, while a lack of communication between right fielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Luis Guillorme led to a sacrifice fly as New York was swept at home.

"You're giving them the game instead of them winning the game from you," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "That's always hard to accept."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite his start being overshadowed by a steal of home plate, Mets LHP Steven Matz struck out seven batters in seven strong innings in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs, his first start since suffering a strained middle finger.

"He's been tremendous,'' manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. "He's attacking the hitters. Great changeup. Better breaking ball probably than I've ever seen.''

Matz (2-4) allowed two runs -- both in the seventh inning -- and five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.42. Over his last three outings, including last Tuesday's start in which he left after three innings with a finger strain, Matz has a 1.13 ERA in his last three outings.

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Daily News Live: Stanton suitors 00:03:01
The Daily News Live crew discusses Giancarlo Stanton's decision to name the Yankees as one of four teams he would like to be traded to.

The Yankees are among four teams that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would approve a trade to, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.

The other three teams include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, according to Mish, who also notes Stanton's "desire to win has been greatly understated."

Stanton, the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Marlins reportedly look to cut $65 million from their payroll next season, has a no-trade clause in his 13-year, $325 million contract, and has not approved a trade to the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, two teams who have heavily pursued acquiring the 28-year-old MVP.

The Marlins have already reportedly agreed on the "general framework" in a deal with the Cardinals and Giants, and Stanton had met with both clubs, according to Mish, however it is unclear where they stand.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals
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Collins, Lugo on lopsided loss 00:04:07
Manager Terry Collins criticizes the Mets' inability to capitalize while pitcher Seth Lugo discusses what he could have done better.

Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) during three-plus innings Thursday night during a 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

"It's been a rough season for me," said Lugo, who is 3-4 with a 5.90 ERA over his last 12 games (11 starts) since starting the season 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. "It's been a rough season for a lot of guys."

Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, Lugo has a 6.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings, during which opponents are hitting .308 against him.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:06
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-4 win over the Cubs.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

With the game tied at 4-4 in the eighth, Curtis Granderson belted a solo home run to put the Mets in front. It was the 300th of his career. Lucas Duda put the icing on the cake with a three-run homer. With his third hit of the night, T.J. Rivera recorded an RBI single.

Harvey has issues from the outset, giving up back-to-back homers to Anthony Rizzo and Ian Happ. Before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fourth, he allowed four runs and walked three with five strikeouts. It marked the second start this season where he did not pitch at least five innings. 

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Cabrera's first homer 00:01:12
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera gets the scoring started in the second inning with his first home run of the game.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit two home runs and Jay Bruce went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run during Monday's 6-1 win against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Both of Cabrera's home runs came against Cubs pitcher John Lackey, the first of which gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second inning, while his second extended their lead to 4-0 in the fourth.

Earlier in the game, Cabrera was charged with a fielding error after he bumped into 3B Jose Reyes when trying to make a play on a popup. The ball deflected off his glove, allowing Cubs OF Jason Heyward to reach base.

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sore left heel following his at-bat in the fifth inning.

"I'm just trying to be a little cautious," he said, according to the Associated Press, through a translator.

Cespedes went 1-for-3 off John Lackey before he departed the game and was replaced by Juan Lagares.

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New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury celebrates after hitting a two run home run during the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. (Caylor Arnold/USA TODAY Sports)

Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score


Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.

Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.

Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Adam Warren, Aroldis Chapman, Chase Headley, Chasen Shreve, Chicago Cubs, Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, Luis Severino, Ronald Torreyes, Starlin Castro
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Yankees aim for their fifth straight win and a sweep when they take on the Chicago Cubs in the rubber game of a three-game series on Sunday at 8:08 p.m. ET at Wrigley Field.

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Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Kyle Schwarber, LF
Aaron Hicks, LF Kris Bryant, 3B
Matt Holliday, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Starlin Castro, 2B Ben Zobrist, RF
Aaron Judge, RF Addison Russell, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Jon Jay, CF
Chase Headley, 3B Willson Contreras, C
Austin Romine, C Jon Lester, P
Luis Severino, P Javier Baez, 2B
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Chicago Cubs LHP Aroldis Chapman pitches in Game 7 of the World Series. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Cubs LHP Aroldis Chapman pitches in Game 7 of the World Series. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the team will focus on improving its pitching staff when free agency begins Tuesday, and the Yankees are expected to pursue LHP Aroldis Chapman, whom they traded to the Cubs at the trade deadline.

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Oct 21, 2015; A Mets fan shows support outside of Wrigley Field prior to game four of the NLCS (Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports).
Oct 21, 2015; A Mets fan shows support outside of Wrigley Field prior to game four of the NLCS (Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports).

The Mets and Cubs were rivals back when both teams were in the NL East. Then in 1994, the Central division was added, the Cubs left, the two teams played fewer times each season and the passion between them fizzled... until last year.

In built behind the scenes during the previous few seasons, as both teams rebuilt their franchises in diametrically opposed, though bot circling the same goal of winning the World Series.

The Mets chose to create their foundation out of forceful pitching, while the Cubs leaned on power-hitting position players. In fact, there were several occasions during their rebuilds when fans and media insisted the two sides should meet in the middle, swap fastballs for home runs, a shortstop for a pitcher, and balance out their rosters, but no such deal was ever made.

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New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees pitcher Conor Mullee pitches during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The Chicago Cubs claimed former New York Yankees RHP Conor Mullee off waivers Wednesday afternoon, prior to winning their first World Series title in 108 years.

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Yanks trade Chapman 00:05:43
Anthony McCarron calls into SNY to discuss the New York Yankees trading closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs for prospects.

The Yankees have traded LH reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, OF/DH Billy McKinney, RHP Adam Warren, and OF Rashad Crawford, the team announced.

The Yankees discussed a potential contract extension with Chapman before trading him, but were rebuffed, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today

Torres, a 19-year-old shortstop, is ranked the 15th-best prospect in baseball, according to ESPN's Keith Law. He was scratched from High-A Myrtle Beach's lineup on Sunday and would be considered the central figure the Yankees would receive in a potential deal for Chapman.

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:

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Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out eight batters and allowed one run and seven hits over seven innings in a 14-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at Citi Field.

It was revealed after his previous start that Syndergaard has a small bone spur in throwing elbow. However, he and the Mets repeatedly said his recent struggles were attributed to over throwing and not any pain associated with his arm.

"I felt really calm out there," said Syndergaard, who improved to 9-3 with a 2.41 ERA. "I wasn't trying to do too much. In that start against the Nationals, I was feeling really strong and really good, and I was just trying to throw the ball harder as opposed to going out there and pitching."

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Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito, MLB's top pitching prospect, threw four scoreless innings and gave up one hit in four innings before leaving the game after a 1 hour, 23 minute rain delay in the New York Mets' 5-0 loss to the Nationals.

"He pounded the strike zone very well," Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said of his teammate. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off-balance pretty well."

The Mets mustered just five hits all game and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

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Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP)
Aroldis Chapman pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP)

The Aroldis Chapman sweepstakes continue to heat up, according to multiple reports.

Buster Olney of ESPN recently reported that the Miami Marlins (41-35) have held internal discussions on Chapman as a trade target.

The Marlins bullpen has the second most saves in the MLB and rank in the Top 11 in batting average against, strikeouts and ERA. Their current closer, A.J. Ramos, has a career-best 1.74 ERA and has 38 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:38
Terry Collins and David Wright describe their excitement for Sunday's season opener in Kansas City and look ahead to the Royals.

Steven Matz didn't allow a run over five hitless innings and Yoenis Cespedes hit his first spring homer to lead the New York Mets past the Chicago Cubs 8-1 Friday and end a 14-game winless streak in their last exhibition game.

The Mets open the regular season at Kansas City on Sunday night.

Matz struck out six and allowed two walks while lowering his spring ERA to 4.94.

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