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Jacob deGrom

Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | There was one out in the eighth inning Monday night, the Mets up 6-1 on the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, dominant from the second-inning on, was still on the mound. The Mets were about to be 13-2, and then they weren't. 

So, what the hell happened?

As painful as it is, I'm going to re-watch the bloodbath that took place after deGrom left the game, and then react to it. Yes, after watching last night's game, with my couch bearing the brunt of my anger as it all went to crap, I'm watching the eighth inning again. Here it goes...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:54
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-6 loss to the Nationals on Monday night at Citi Field.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) The Mets led 6-1 with one out in the eighth inning but a complete meltdown by the bullpen cost Jacob deGrom a much-deserved win and the club its 11th victory in 12 games. DeGrom, Seth LugoJerry BlevinsAJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia combined to allow six runs on five hits, three walks and a hit batsman to fall behind, 7-6.

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (12-2) open a three-game series against the Nationals (7-9) at Citi Field on Monday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

Mets notes...

The Mets' 12-2 start is the best in franchise history, and they have won their first five series of the season for the first time ever. ... The Mets are 8-0 against the NL East this season. ... Todd Frazier has a five-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in his last eight games. ... The Mets have seven come-from-behind wins this season -- tied with the Red Sox for the most in baseball. 

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For most of the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was happy with the team's starting pitching depth. Most, including yours truly, felt there were far too many 'ifs' as part of that depth, and implored Alderson to sign a starting pitcher. Eventually, he did -- inking LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. Fast forward a few months...

The Mets are fresh off the first-ever rotation turn of the once known 'five aces' -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler.

Vargas, who suffered a fractured bone during spring training that required surgery to his right (non-throwing) hand, is close to a return -- potentially in about 10 days...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In what was his first start of the season, Zack Wheeler (1-0) allowed one run during seven innings, while striking out seven batters and helping the Mets (10-1) to their eighth-straight win.

Wheeler's first pitch Wednesday night marked the first time ever that he, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz (the heralded Fab Five) all made consecutive starts.

"Everybody is healthy," said Wheeler, who is the team's first starting pitcher this season to get a batter out in a seventh inning. "It's nice to get a turn around. ... Hopefully we can keep it going."

The closest the five pitchers came to making consecutive starts was during June, 2015.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Should Thor cut his mane? 00:04:03
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether Noah Syndergaard should get a haircut and if Josh Rosen will end up in NY.

Noah Syndergaard said the main annoyance for him during Monday night's start against the Marlins was his hair whipping in his face.

SNY's Loud Mouths discussed in the video above, and Thor retweeted our article/video earlier Wednesday with a 'thinking' emoji. He then put it to a poll.

Click below for the tweets...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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Should Thor cut his mane? 00:04:03
Jon Hein and Dan Graca debate whether Noah Syndergaard should get a haircut and if Josh Rosen will end up in NY.

Noah Syndergaard said the main annoyance for him during Monday night's start against the Marlins was his hair whipping in his face.

Jacob deGrom cut his long locks before the season. So, is it time for Syndergaard to do the same?

SNY's Loud Mouths discuss in the video above...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-6 win over the Marlins

 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes pulled a two-run double off Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 6-6 tie. That came one inning after New York had rallied from a 6-4 deficit with a pair of solo homers by Wilmer Flores and Asdrubal Cabrera to tie the game, 6-6. The Mets had jumped out to a 3-0 lead on an RBI double by Flores, an RBI single by Michael Conforto and the first of Cabrera's home runs. 

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings against the Marlins on Tuesday in his third start of the season.

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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) scores a run on New York Mets left Fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) rbi single during the 5th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets enter play with a record of 8-1. No Mets team has ever started a season 9-1 or better. ... The Mets have won six games in a row for the first time since the 2016 season. ... The Mets' pitching staff has allowed 24 runs through their first nine games -- tied for the fifth-fewest runs allowed through nine games in franchise history. ... The Mets' bullpen has allowed two runs over its last 27.0 innings.

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 (Julie Jacobson)
(Julie Jacobson)

Manager Mickey Callaway said RHP Zack Wheeler will make his first major league start of the season on Wednesday, meaning the Mets' "five aces" will make their first turn through the rotation.

The Mets' group of Noah SyndergaardJacob deGrom, Wheeler, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey will start consecutively for the first time ever.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI get that people are excited to see this group finally together in a rotation. But, I can't give in to the hype. Not that I'm not excited, but honestly, all I really care about is a rotation that gets the job done. And if this rotation does that, that's a fantastic thing. I wish Lugo had a chance to actually pitch in the rotation, but he has been phenomenal in the bullpen -- as we saw and has already been written about...

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Time and time again, Jacob deGrom defines what it means to be an ace. Yet, the default thinking is that Noah Syndergaard is most worth of that elite term. I revert to it without thinking at times as well, mostly because of how powerful Syndergaard and his repertoire can be when at full strength. However, it's how each pitcher handles adversity and rises to occasion that is the true test of reliability and confidence and deGrom almost always passes that test with flying colors.

For instance, yesterday, with the Mets up just two runs, deGrom escaped a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Nationals

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/5 00:03:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Jay Bruce's seventh-inning grand slam broke open a 4-2 game. The blast came immediately after Jacob deGrom worked out of a bases loaded, no-out situation in the bottom of the sixth. Bruce narrowly missed a homer in the second inning when he doubled off the right-field wall. He scored the Mets' first run on Stephen Strasburg's balk with two outs in the second.

2) Michael Conforto played his first game since injuring his shoulder last Aug. 24 and slugged a tie-breaking two-run homer in the fourth off Strasburg. The 25-year-old also walked and finished 1-for-4 with two runs scored. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the second straight day for his third long ball of the season.

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets are 4-1 through their first five games for the first time since the 2012 season. ... The Mets are 13-14 at Nationals Park since 2015, and have hit 32 home runs in their last 21 games there. ... The Mets have 10 two-out RBI over their first five games. 

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Monday night's snowed out game, the Mets will be skipping Seth Lugo's turn in the rotation, the team announced.

Lugo had initially been scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against the Phillies, but Monday night's scheduled starter Matt Harvey will be making that start instead.

Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday against the Phillies, and Jacob deGrom will start against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | After scoring nine runs on Opening Day without the benefit of a home run, Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes both went yard as the Mets topped the Cardinals, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Cit Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

DeGrom excelled despite not having his best stuff

Jacob deGrom allowed one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven in 5.2 innings. DeGrom looked pretty sharp in the first inning, but it was clear he didn't have his best stuff -- which Travis d'Arnaud and Mickey Callaway both alluded to after the game...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:56
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Cardinals at home Saturday afternoon.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Jacob deGrom did not lose any ability when he cut his hair this offseason, as he picked up right where he left off in 2017: 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K.

2) Mets fans will hold their collective breath as they await updates on Anthony Swarzak, who left with what the Mets are describing as a "sore left oblique." 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Gregory Fisher)
(Gregory Fisher)

Jacob deGrom and his new haircut made their 2018 regular season debuts against the Cardinals on Saturday, and the pitcher didn't lose any ability when he traded his long hair for short. 

DeGrom threw 5.2 IP, allowing just four hits and one run with seven strikeouts. When he left in the sixth, the Mets were leading 4-1. The Cardinals' only run came from a Jose Martinez single, scoring Tommy Pham in the fourth.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets embark on game number two of the season, at Citi Field against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz spoke at Citi Field on Wednesday about Opening Day and expectations for 2018.

Callaway revealed the Opening Day lineup, which has some interesting quirks >> CLICK HERE to read more

Click below to watch the entirety of Wednesday's press conferences from Citi Field...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets game 00:01:41
Michelle Yu breaks down Monday's intrasquad game for the Mets as the team gets set to leave Port St. Lucie and head north.

Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off teammate Paul Sewald during the Mets' intrasquad game on Monday in what was their final tuneup before Opening Day at Citi Field this Thursday >> CLICK HERE for the full boxscore

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings.

Conforto, who is ahead of schedule as he recovers from shoulder surgery, was a candidate to be on the team's Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but will remain in extended Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Along with Conforto, all of the Mets' everyday players participated in Monday's game -- with half playing for the 'Mets' and the other half playing for the 'Las Vegas 51s.'

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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BNNY: Expectations for the Mets 00:04:48
With the Mets mostly healthy leaving Spring Training, the panel discusses whether or not Mets fans should set their expectations high.

Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey started opposite one another during Monday afternoon's intrasquad game in St. Lucie, which technically pitted the Mets against the Las Vegas 51s. The game, however, was pretty much Mets vs. Mets.

DeGrom, who started for the 51s, tossed three perfect innings while striking out four.

He is slated to start the second game of the season, on March 31 at Citi Field against the Cardinals.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It's easy to be in constant freak-out mode when rooting for and writing daily about the Mets. However, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that - for the moment - the Mets have depth and an entirely healthy pitching staff.

I'm including Jason Vargas because, though he'll begin the season on the disabled list, he is expected to miss just one or two starts recovering from a minor surgery on his non-throwing hand. The truth is, according to people close to the team, if Vargas had suffered a similar injury during a pennant race, he'd be pitching through the pain, and be only limited at bat and as a fielder.

This is not the case for most contending teams around the National League.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries to their starting rotation, losing LHP Madison Bumgarner to a broken left hand that will reportedly keep him out until mid-May or June in a best-case scenario. They will also be without RHP Jeff Samardzija for at least three-to-four weeks due to a pectoral strain.

The above is why Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com thinks the Giants could reach out to the Mets in an effort to trade for a starting pitcher. However, Morosi notes that the Mets remain unlikely to deal from their starting pitching depth.

With Zack Wheeler beginning the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets' starting rotation will be Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Seth Lugo.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

When I first started writing this article, the focus was on the fifth starter spot. Everyone was assuming that the role would go to Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. But now, with the minor Jason Vargas injury, there are two spots in the rotation to fill. So, no need to discuss who gets these spots, right? 

If you're nodding your head yes, I think you're wrong.

I have seen a lot of people talking about how we're going to see the "dream rotation" this season -- a rotation that we have been waiting to for quite a few seasons now, made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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Mar 16, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom will pitch in a simulated game on Wednesday, the team announced.

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BNNY: Mets' five aces 00:06:04
The Mets are likely to start the season with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz in the rotation.

It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now.

But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz -- may be lined up to make a turn through the rotation together for the first time ever.

Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey were always locks for the rotation. And now that Vargas is likely to miss at least one start due to surgery to his non-throwing hand, Matz and Wheeler are expected to slot into the rotation for the first week of the season...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 26, 2018; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are the best 1-2 rotation combination in baseball, writes Manny Randhawa for MLB.com.

The Nationals' 1-2 of Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg is ranked 2nd.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Scherzer has been arguably the best pitcher in baseball over the last two seasons, and one of the best over the last five. And Strasburg has been quite awesome since breaking in in 2010. But with the stuff Syndergaard possesses -- and the way he was dominating prior to his lat injury last season -- it's fair to believe he has the most potential of any pitcher in the game. And when you pair that with deGrom, it's hard to not pick them as the best duo in the majors...

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Post Game Extra: deGrom K?s 8 00:02:46
Gary Apple and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 4-4 tie vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

Jacob deGrom was dominant as the Mets tied the Orioles, 4-4, on Friday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

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BNNY: Mets pitching breakdown 00:06:37
The Baseball Night New York crew breaks down Jacob deGrom's hot start and assesses the Mets' projected starting rotation in 2018.

Jacob deGrom struck out eight batters -- including four in a row at one point -- in five scoreless innings while allowing one hit and walking none against the Orioles on Friday afternoon at First Data Field.

He threw 55 pitches (41 strikes).

It was deGrom's second Grapefruit League start, with his debut having been delayed due to leaving the team for the birth of his second child and dealing with minor back soreness.

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Syndergaard starts Opening Day 00:00:35
Mets manager Mickey Callaway named Noah Syndergaard as the Opening Day starter, with Jacob deGrom pitching the second game of the season.

Noah Syndergaard will start for the Mets on Opening Day against the Cardinals at Citi Field on March 29, with Jacob deGrom starting the second game of the season on March 31, manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday.

DeGrom, who made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday, is slightly behind schedule due to a lower back issue that made the math for an Opening Day start an impossibility.

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said recently that the Mets wouldn't make an exception and rush deGrom, whose schedule means his final Grapefruit League start falls on March 26 -- putting him on four-days rest for the second game of the season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:26
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Jacob deGrom made his spring debut and Yoenis Cespedes hit his third homer, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Port St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:26
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Jacob deGrom made his spring debut and Yoenis Cespedes hit his third homer, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 5-2, in Port St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings on Sunday in his first Grapefruit League start of the season.

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Callaway, Eiland talk pitching 00:09:23
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to talk pitching in Port St. Lucie.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland will likely need to convert at least one starting pitcher to a relief role between now and Opening Day. And they recently discussed that process with SNY.

"I think you have to do it sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons," Eiland said. "Obviously, you have to condition that pitcher -- condition his body, his arm. And most importantly, condition his mind. He's used to being in his every-five-day routine. ... and now you have to condition him to pitch every other day, three-out-of-four, four-out-of-six -- whatever the case may be."

"In a perfect world, our five starters will rise up and show who they are early," Eiland added. "It may go down closer to the end than we would like. We have to keep our eye on that and do what's best for the individual and best for the team."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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deGrom talks after live BP 00:00:52
Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom discusses his latest outing as he prepares for his first Spring Training start.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom, who threw 30 pitches during two innings of a simulated game on Tuesday morning in Port St. Lucie, will make his first Grapefruit League start on Sunday. DeGrom said after Tuesday's simulated game that he was "very encouraged."

"Definitely good to have hitters in there, and throw with them in there and not feel anything," deGrom said. "The goal is to feel good and that's what happened today."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | During this process, it seems like the Mets have been absurdly cautious with deGrom -- perhaps because of what transpired last season with Noah Syndergaard. At the same time, deGrom throwing the simulated game on Tuesday instead of an actual game could have had more to do with the Mets' starting pitcher for Tuesday (Jason Vargas) already being penciled in than it had to do with deGrom's readiness...

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Jacob deGrom on next steps 00:00:42
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom threw a bullpen session on Friday, then discussed his next steps as he comes back from a minor back issue.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom, who had been dealing with lower back stiffness, threw 20 pitches during a bullpen session this morning in Port St. Lucie and will advance to throwing live batting practice on Sunday, manager Mickey Callaway said this afternoon.

The next step for deGrom after live batting practice would be his first game action of Spring Training, which could come early next week if all goes as planned.

After throwing a modified side session on Wednesday, deGrom said he thinks he's on track for Opening Day.

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Mets Spring Training injuries 00:03:34
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down the abundance of injuries that have taken place for the Mets so far this spring.

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

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Jacob deGrom injury update 00:02:16
Jacob deGrom threw a side session on Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie and says his back felt fine.

Jacob deGrom, who is dealing with lower back stiffness, threw a side session this morning in Port St. Lucie.

After throwing, deGrom said the next step will be a full bullpen session and that he thinks he's on track for Opening Day.

"I think if things keep going smooth, I don't think there's a reason I shouldn't be (ready)," he said, adding that he only needs to reach 75 pitches or so by the end of Spring Training to be stretched out enough to start the regular season.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Matt Harvey will make his Spring Training debut when he starts against the Braves on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m., manager Mickey Callaway said on Monday.

Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2.

Zack Wheeler will enter the game after Harvey.

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz, Callaway 00:02:00
Despite an injury-plagued 2017 season, Mets pitcher Steven Matz is finally healthy and ready to contribute to the team's success this year.

Mets LHP Steven Matz, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Astros, pitched through pain last season before undergoing elbow surgery in August that ended his season. And he's ready for a fresh start.

"I'm expecting to be back where I want to be as soon as I get in a game versus hitters," Matz said on Thursday. "I'm a feel guy, so I'm not the type of guy that can really ease into things. I'm gonna have to try to treat it like a game and kind of get that game speed going again so I can feel all my pitches and feel comfortable out on the mound."

And Matz has changed his delivery at the suggestion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, with the hope that the adjustment will prevent further injury. Eiland has told Matz to be cleaner with his left arm during delivery, according to David Lennon of Newsday.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby girl -- Aniston Grace -- Wednesday morning.

DeGrom left Spring Training Tuesday to be with Stacey, who had been scheduled to give birth.

He plans to return to the team on Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Jacob and Stacey welcomed their first child -- a boy named Jaxon -- in April of 2016.

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Vargas on why he joined the Mets 00:04:43
Pitcher Jason Vargas joins Gary Apple to discuss his mindset during the slow offseason and what led to his decision to join the Mets.

LHP Jason Vargas, who agreed last week to a two-year deal worth $16 million, cited the rest of the starting rotation as one of the reasons he signed with the Mets, and said pitching after Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could have its benefits.

"I knew that they battled a few injuries last year," Vargas said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "But you take that chance and you bank on people being healthy when you look at those decisions."

"I sure hope guys are getting speeded up and then I get to slow them down," he added about slotting in behind Syndergaard and deGrom. "We're way different."

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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

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Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.

That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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A general view of Tradition Field during the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. (Scott Rovak)
A general view of Tradition Field during the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. (Scott Rovak)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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