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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Thursday. Here's what we learned...

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Should Mets trade Lagares? 00:02:58
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Mets should trade Juan Lagares.

Teams are interested in trading for Mets OF Juan Lagaresaccording to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, 27, will make $4.5 million this season and is owed an additional $25 million through 2020, after which he can be a free agent.

He hit .239 with a .301 OBP and .380 SLG in 79 games last season while missing time due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Lagares also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League, the team confirmed to multiple reporters in November. Team doctors later examined him in New York and found no reason for concern. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders in camp, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

Alderson indicated it would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson, instead of Bruce, because the Mets need Granderson to play center field.

In the event Bruce starts the season in a Mets uniform, he'll presumably remain a midseason trade candidate. However, for at least a couple of the month, Terry Collins may find himself with a jam-packed outfield. How might they juggle four every day players - Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Granderson and Bruce - for three spots? And, do it in a way that maximizes their production?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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The market for free agents has been "slow to nonexistent," meaning the Mets will reassess their options -- including keeping OF Jay Bruce -- GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday at Citi Field.

Alderson said it would be hard to trade Curtis Granderson since he's also capable of playing center field.

Calling the current payroll level "tolerable," Alderson said the Mets could potentially add a free agent reliever without first trading an outfielder.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia
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Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Braves have traded center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons to the Mariners, who later flipped Smith in a deal to the Rays.

In late-December, major-league sources told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the Mets had been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, though the move would require first trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson >> Read more from Dec. 20.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets had talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there was no momentum toward making a deal...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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Mets looking for CF help? 00:06:04
Baseball Night in New York examines the Mets' center field situation and whether or not the team should make a trade.

The Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, but prices are high and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson need to be traded first, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote Dec. 19.

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said on record that he doesn't see himself trading both outfielders this winter. However, last month, a Mets official told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that it's possible...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec. 20 | 8:22AM

The Blue Jays remain in talks with the Mets about a possible deal involving Jay Bruce or Curtis Grandersonaccording to FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi.

The day the Mets announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing, a Mets official told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson was possible.

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Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (Credit: USA Today Images)
Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen and Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets have been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, major-league sources recently told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets have talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there has been no momentum in making a deal. At the same time, the Mets are not looking to acquire a one-year rental player, such as Royals outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson.

The day the Mets announced the Yoenis Cespedes signing, a Mets official told Kevin Kernan of the NY Post that trading both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson was possible. Both players would likely need to be dealt in order to make room for McCutchen.

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Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

In an article for ESPN.com, David Schoenfield lists the Mets as one of six big-league teams in need of a better, everyday center fielder.

Obviously, I agree, having written about it over and over and over again during the Baseball Winter Meetings, while wishing the Mets might trade both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson and acquire Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) or sign Dexter Fowler (who eventually reached a four-year agreement with the Cardinals).

Sadly, none of these things happened. What's worse, multiple reports continue to indicate they will never happen. And, while that's disappointing, the asking price on these players has started to give even me pause, since they're ridiculously high...

For instance, "the Pirates recently turned down a nice offer of prospects," for McCutchen, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman, who says Pittsburgh is seeking major-league ready players in any deal they discuss.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Granderson will likely begin next season in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters earlier this week at the MLB Winter Meetings.

As a result, Collins said Michael Conforto will likely spend most of his time in right field, while occasionally filling in for Granderson in center, where Juan Lagares will also get time.

In late November, general manager Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a back-up first baseman.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 7 | 3:20 PM

The Mets met with the Rangers on Wednesday, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.


Matthew Cerrone: In addition to starting pitching, the Rangers have reportedly been looking to acquire a corner outfielder or Designated Hitter, such as Jay Bruce. At the same, I've heard from MLB insiders that they've been offering up RH reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who the Mets had interest in acquiring last summer before he was dealt from the Brewers to Rangers with Jonathan Lucroy. It's worth also noting that Texas still has Lucroy, who the Mets were trying to trade for last summer, as well, despite saying they were committed to Travis d'Arnaud. I see no evidence that the Rangers are looking to deal Lucroy. But, if they are, I assume the Mets would be intrigued, despite again saying they're commited to d'Arnaud.

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Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Mets are not trading both Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce so they can sign free-agent OF Dexter Fowlera high-ranking team official told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

This is disappointing, if true. I'm sure it is, but I also know Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his front office tend to make statements based on what's happening at that specific moment, and it does not necessarily recognize where things are headed.

Remember, Alderson and his staff repeatedly told reporters that the Mets wouldn't release Jason Bay, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, nor would they be trading Carlos Beltran and RA Dickey, and they eventually did all of the above. I'm not saying the Mets will sign Fowler, or trade both Bruce or Granderson, I'm simply suggesting that we all take what they say with a grain of salt... because things have a way of changing as the environment changes around them...

That said, this is exactly the move I want to see the Mets make.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are not yet willing to pay some of Curtis Granderson's $15 million salary or Jay Bruce's $13 million salary to help trade them during this week's Winter Meetings.

"Not at this point," Alderson said Monday, when specifically asked about the scenario.

Alderson is not usually this vague, though, which makes me think he'll eventually give in. However, right now, it's early enough in the off season that he isn't feeling desperate. Instead, I'm hearing they're more likely to give up a prospect or two in the deal, so the acquiring team is incentivized to absorb Bruce's $13 million.

Remember, the goal here is to a acquire as many relief pitchers as possible before the start of spring training, and I see Alderson eventually getting his men one of the following ways...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		  (Anthony Gruppuso)
Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Dec 5 | 3:50 PM

The Mets have been in contact with the Orioles about a potential trade of Curtis Granderson or Jay Brucereports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Earlier today, a source told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin that the Orioles recently rejected Sandy Alderson's efforts to trade Bruce for a high-end reliever.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets may be targeting O's right-handed reliever Brad Brach, who had two saves and a 2.05 ERA (2.92 FIP), while striking out 92 batters during 74 innings last season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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Hot Stove: Will Jay Bruce move? 00:03:49
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets' eagerness to trade Jay Bruce and the possibility that the move will happen during the Winter Meetings.

Dec. 4 | 5:45PM

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that it's "unlikely" the Mets will trade more than one outfielder as he arrived for the winter meetings, which get under way Monday in suburban Washington."I don't see that happening."

Dec. 4 | 2:45PM

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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Hot Stove: Winter priorities 00:03:22
The Hot Stove Panel talks about the Mets' most pressing concerns heading into this week's Winter Meetings.
Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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What is the ideal Mets outfield? 00:02:33
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Mets Hot Stove discusses the team's outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Are they likelier to trade Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned free-agent OF Jose Bautista and 1B-OF Steve Pearce as the type of players he might pursue if he's unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio on Wednesday that he sees three ways to get right-handed power back in to the team's lineup next season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jose Reyes wants the Mets to retain Yoenis Cespedes, who recently became an unrestricted free agent, he told the NY Post on Tuesday.

"Every team needs a player like Cespedes in the lineup,'' Reyes said about Cespedes. "He's a game-changer. I tried to talk to him to better convince him to coming back, but that is something I can't control. Not only me, but every player on our ballclub wants him back."

Granderson, who was with Reyes at an event at MS 72 in Queens, said Cespedes seems comfortable as a Met.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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Newsday's David Lennon wants the Yankees to trade C Brian McCann and cash to the Mets for either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, and Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.

"It's not very often that these crosstown rivals are such a good match that they can ignore whatever hang-ups have kept them from doing business with each other more frequently," Lennon concludes. "But, in this case, it makes too much sense not to happen."

Tags: Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Newsday's David Lennon wants the Yankees to trade C Brian McCann and cash to the Mets for either Curtis Granderson or Jay Bruce, and Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo.

"It's not very often that these crosstown rivals are such a good match that they can ignore whatever hang-ups have kept them from doing business with each other more frequently," Lennon concludes. "But, in this case, it makes too much sense not to happen."

Tags: Brian McCann, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he wants to see the Mets score more runs next season, which would subsequently help lessen the load on the back of their bullpen.

"We weren't scoring a lot of runs, but still winning games, which meant we were playing close games," which led to frequently using Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, he explained. "So, having a better offense will help us."

Alderson hopes to get free-agent Yoenis Cespedes back in a Mets uniform next season, and he's been in regular contact with the player's agent, he told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona on Thursday >> Read the latest on Yo here!

However, while at this week's GM Meetings in Arizona, teams also expressed interest in acquiring Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Curtis Grandersonsources told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits a walk off solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the 12th inning at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits a walk off solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the 12th inning at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Curtis Granderson said Tuesday that he will gladly play center field if Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes are also in the team's outfield next season,

"Wherever Terry wants to put me, I'll be out there, whether it's left, center or right," Granderson told the Daily News, after accepting the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. "If Cespedes comes back, it gives us depth so we have a lot of options to give us the ability to do a lot of things that I'm sure Terry would love to have."

Alderson said Tuesday that Cespedes will exclusively play left field if he's back with the Mets next season, while Michael Conforto could see more time in center.

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Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has been named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year, an award handed out by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

The award is given annually to a player "whose on-field performance and contribution to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."

Granderson is the first Mets player to win the award, which was first handed out in 1997.

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Curtis Granderson will host his Grand Giving fundraiser in Manhattan on Nov. 15, the goal of which is to help the neediest communities in New York and Chicago by turning dollars into meals. 

In this MetsBlog's Q&ACast, presented by Citi, I talk with Curtis about seeing his hometown win a World Series, improving the Mets, and his Grand Giving, which you can donate to or learn more about attending at GrandGiving.org.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 27, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) high fives right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Aug 27, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) high fives right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) after hitting a two run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

While Yoenis Cespedes is expected to opt out of his current contract after the World Series, Curtis Granderson told reporters he hopes Cespedes re-signs with the Mets for 2017.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Granderson 00:00:49
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson discusses what it means to win the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award.

Mets OF Curtis Granderson has been named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award for his work off the field, Major League Baseball announced Friday night. The award is handed out annually to "the player who best represents baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field." In addition to holding baseball clinics throughout the year in New York, Chicago and Florida, Granderson also donated $5 million for a new baseball facility for the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Terry Collins on Wild Card loss 00:07:13
New York Mets manager Terry Collins speaks to the media following the Mets' loss to the Giants in the NL Wild Card Game.

Jeurys Familia allowed a three-run home run to Conor Gillaspie with one out in the top of the ninth inning as the New York Mets' hopes to return to the World Series ended with a 3-0 loss to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants in the wild card game on Wednesday at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Familia allowed a leadoff double to Brandon Crawford and a one-out walk to Joe Panik to bring up Gillaspie, who hit a three-run home run to right-center field to break a scoreless tie.
  • Bumgarner struck out six batters in a four-hit shutout. 
  • Addison Reed pitched out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the top of the eighth inning by striking out Hunter Pence.
  • Bumgarner got Asdrubal Cabrera to line out softly back to the mound with Ty Kelly on second base to end the bottom of the eighth inning.
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 batters in seven scoreless innings and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He gave up two hits and three walks, throwing 70 of 108 pitches for strikes.
  • Denard Span broke up Syndergaard's no-hitter with a clean single with two outs in the sixth inning.
  • Curtis Granderson made a run-saving catch to end the sixth inning when he made a running, over-the-shoulder catch and crashed into the wall to rob Brandon Belt of an extra-base hit.

What's next…

The Giants face Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday at 9:15 p.m. ET.

The Mets' season is over.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants, Ty Kelly
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The New York Mets face the San Francisco Giants in a one-game, winner-take-all Wild Card game at Citi Field tonight at 8:09 p.m. ET.



Noah Syndergaard gets the start tonight for the Mets, opposed by Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner

The Mets have to cut their roster to 25 players prior to the game >> Read more

Tags: Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets on Wild Card game 00:08:10
Noah Syndergaard and Curtis Granderson discuss their mindsets heading into the winner-take-all Wild Card game against the Giants.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Curtis Granderson talked to reporters during Tuesday's workout at Citi Field, and had the following to say when asked about...



Starting tomorrow night's Wild Card game

Syndergaard: "It's just a dream come true. It's going to be really exciting and I'm looking forward to getting out there and feeling the energy from the hometown crowd. Just having an awesome time, and I'm looking forward to it."

Being nervous before big games

Syndergaard: I wouldn't really call it nerves. Really no reason to be nervous when you're prepared. That's my motto. I'm more anxious and just excited to get out there and compete.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Noah Syndergaard
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Bruce's two-run, upper-deck shot 00:00:53
Jay Bruce flexes his muscles with a two-run homer into the upper deck, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning.

Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda combined to go 4 for 9 with five RBIs to lead the New York Mets to a 12-1 rout over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Bruce went 2 for 5 with two RBIs, hitting a 2-1 home run in the second inning off Tom Koehler (9-13) that gave the Mets the lead for good.

"I like where I am right now," Bruce said. "So, I hopefully finish strong and help us to get in a good position for that home wild-card game."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, James Loney, Lucas Duda, Miami Marlins, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 3B Jose Reyes and SS Asdrubal Cabrera combined for eight RBI, again batting first and second in the order, as the Mets beat the Phillies, 17-0, at Citi Field on Sunday.

Cabrera, who hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, is batting .358 with 22 RBI in 34 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 19, during which the Mets are 22-12.

Reyes, who had four consecutive at bats with the bases loaded, scored twice and drove in four runs.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Sean Gilmartin, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Marlins have won eight of 12 games since Giancarlo Stanton was activated from the disabled list on Sept. 6. They are back over .500 and within four games of the Mets, Giants and Cardinals, who hold a three-way tie in the Wild Card race.

The Mets and Marlins meet in Miami next week for their final match up of the season.

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In the sixth inning Tuesday, and the Mets up a run, RHP Robert Gsellman allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Braves OF Matt Kemp then hit a weak fly-ball to right-center field.

However, it dropped for a hit between Curtis Granderson and a charging Jay Bruce, who cited a miscommunication when later asked why neither outfielder came up with the baseball.


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Granderson's walk-off home run 00:00:47
Curtis Granderson hits a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 12th inning, sending the Citi Field crowd home happy.

Curtis Granderson hit a 12th inning walk-off home run, not long after hitting a game-tying home run in the 11th inning, as the Mets beat the Twins, 3-2, at Citi Field on Saturday night.



The Mets have won 10 of their last 13 games, moved to 10 games over .500 for the first time all season, and are now tied with the Giants for the National League's two Wild Card spots.

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Post Game Extra: 09/17/16 00:04:01
Curtis Granderson hit solo home runs in the 11th and 12th innings to help the Mets tie and then beat the Twins, 3-2.

Curtis Granderson's homer in the 11th tied the game and his blast in the 12th won it for the Mets, who defeated the Twins, 3-2, on Saturday night at Citi Field.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Seth Lugo
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Post Game Extra: 09/09/16 00:04:13
Curtis Granderson homered for the fourth straight game and Kelly Johnson delivered a clutch pinch-hit as the Mets defeated the Braves, 6-4.

Kelly Johnson's pinch-hit RBI double capped a four-run eighth inning as the Mets rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat the Braves, 6-4, for their sixth consecutive win on Friday night at Turner Field.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Kelly Johnson
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

Mets OF Curtis Granderson homered again on Wednesday -- his third consecutive start with a home run.

He's hitting 300 with five home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored over his last 15 games.

Granderson said he doesn't see it as a bad thing that the Mets are reliant on home runs.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Matthew Cerrone
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Post Game Extra: Mets sweep 00:03:09
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets homered three more times and survived a late scare to beat the Reds for the 14th straight time, 6-3, to complete a three-game sweep on Wednesday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Noah Syndergaard
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Post Game Extra: 09/06/16 00:03:01
Yoenis Cespedes blasted a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning to help lead the Mets past the Reds, 5-3.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh as the Mets won for the 13th time in 17 games with a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

The Mets took two of three games from the Nationals over the weekend, including a 5-1 win on Sunday night when Seth Lugo allowed one run over seven innings and Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce homered.

The Cardinals lost two of three games over the weekend, so the Mets moved within one game of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Collins, Lugo after big win 00:06:20
Terry Collins and Seth Lugo on the Mets' 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

Seth Lugo won his third consecutive start and the Mets got homers from Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson to take the rubber game of their series with the Nationals, 5-1 on Sunday night at Citi Field.

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Post Game Extra: 09/03/16 00:02:45
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-1 victory against the Nationals on Saturday.

Robert Gsellman turned in another solid effort as the Mets won for the 10th time in 14 games with a 3-1 win over the Nationals on Saturday night at Citi Field.

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Granderson's sixth inning homer 00:00:46
Curtis Granderson smacks a pinch-hit solo home run deep to right-center field in the bottom of the sixth to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson came off the bench to hit two home runs Tuesday night in a 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Granderson, who pinch hit for starting pitcher Seth Lugo, hit a solo shot off Marlins RHP Tom Koehler in the sixth inning for his second career pinch-hit homer to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

He stayed in the game and hit a two-run homer off Dustin McGowan in the seventh inning.

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Post Game Extra: 08/30/16 00:04:34
Curtis Granderson belted a pair of homers and Asdrubal Cabrera added another, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night.

Curtis Granderson homered twice after starting the game on the bench and Jose Reyes had four hits as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Citi Field for their eighth win in 10 games.

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Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game with a cramp in his right calf, which he and his manager, Terry Collins, both later said was only a minor injury.

"It felt like a cramp that wouldn't let up," said Bruce, who expects to play on Thursday.

He hit a double in the second inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, but Collins pulled him from the game after seeing him look hurt.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: 08/19/16 00:03:29
Seth Lugo pitched well in his first Major League start but got little help from his teammates in the Mets' 8-1 loss to the Giants.

Seth Lugo pitched effectively in his first big league start, but the Mets' bullpen allowed seven runs in the last two innings in an 8-1 loss to the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.

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Thor blasts a two-run homer 00:00:50
Noah Syndergaard hits a two-run home run off Braden Shipley in the fifth inning against the D-backs at Chase Field.

The Mets entered the fifth inning on Tuesday having scored just five runs in their previous 34 innings against the D-backs, who began the night with a MLB-worst 5.08 team ERA.

However, the Mets quickly scored four times in the fifth inning, before adding three more in the sixth, on their way to a 7-5 win, which ended a four-game losing streak to Arizona.

The Mets finished the game with six extra-base hits, which is their most in a game since July 7.

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