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On the latest edition of SNY's Out of Office Replies, Anthony Recker shares a funny Bartolo Colon story, explains how he knew Jacob deGrom could win the Cy Young, and more.

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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

Jacob deGrom is a gift from the gods for someone like me. I have been fortunate enough to witness almost all of his starts in the major leagues and this has to feel like it felt for Ralph Kiner watching Tom Seaver all of those years.
 
Quite simply, IMO, he is the best starting pitcher in baseball. There was a time you could make the case for the precision of Greg Maddux or the sheer power of Randy Johnson, but Pedro Martinez had the combination of both. Jake is his generation's Pedro. This takes nothing away from the magic of Max, the overpowering Cole, or the sustained excellence of Clayton. 

DeGrom is now locked inside a vortex of athleticism, pitching intelligence and at the peak of his powers. What a sight to behold! 

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Jacob deGrom has proven himself as the best pitcher in the National League, winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards in the process. Gerrit Cole is new in town, but there's no doubting that he's among the game's elite pitchers.

On this edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Justine Ward give their takes on who the best pitcher in the Big Apple really is ...

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Brodie Van Wagenen said soon after signing Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello that the Mets had one of the deepest rotations in baseball. Now without Noah Syndergaard, Van Wagenen is confident his team will "rise to the challenge."

"Noah is a big part of the Mets family,'' Van Wagenen said in a text to Dan Martin of the New York Post. "Losing a player like him for the season is tough, but we are confident in the other pitchers we have on the roster can rise to the challenge. Adding depth to our rotation was a priority this offseason. Both Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha are proven Starting Pitchers with championship pedigrees who have been very impressive this Spring.''

As had been the case before the Mets signed Wacha and Porcello -- temporarily giving them six starting pitchers for five rotation spots -- Van Wagenen also talked up Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as part of the team's starting rotation depth with Syndergaard out for the entire 2020 season and perhaps into 2021.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Since their inception in 1962, lots of incredible players have donned the orange and blue. Below, the All-Time 25-man roster is unveiled.

But first, some rules...

In order to be eligible for the team, a player must have spent a solid chunk of his career in Queens and experienced part of his peak during that time. That means Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan won't be in the starting rotation and Willie Mays won't be patrolling center field.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Luis Guillorme, Danny Abriano
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Matthew Boyd and Trevor Bauer
Matthew Boyd and Trevor Bauer

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery, it didn't just impact the 2020 season. With the recovery from the surgery likely to stretch into the 2021 season, New York -- which was already facing an uncertain situation regarding their rotation in 2021 and beyond -- is now looking at a potentially dire one.

While the 2020 Mets can simply slot both Steven Matz and Michael Wacha into a rotation that should also include Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello, the 2021 Mets are looking at just two returning rotation members they can count on at the moment: deGrom and Matz (who will be in his walk year, along with Syndergaard).

There are two important things to note when it comes to the Mets' starting rotation in 2020 and beyond...

Tags: David Peterson, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@NYCsporty: Have the #Mets officially recognized that @Noahsyndergaard had sucessful Tommy John surgery considering no PR about it yet??

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jacob deGrom, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard's Tommy John surgery went as expected on Thursday, the team said Friday.

While most elective surgeries have been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, Syndergaard's -- which took place in Florida -- was detremined by doctors to be essential due to the impact on his career.

The common recovery time for pitchers from Tommy John surgery is 12-to-16 months, meaning Syndergaard will miss the entire 2020 season and potentially part of the 2021 season as well.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that a "reasonable expectation" for when Syndergaard returns is Memorial Day of the 2021 season, which is his final season of arbitration before free agency.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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On what would have been Opening Day around baseball, the Baseball Night in New York crew explains what Opening Day means to them.

Meanwhile, the crew gives some "gut instincts," including who they would rather take to win one game: Mets ace Jacob deGrom or Yankees ace Gerrit Cole ...  

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In an alternate universe, it's Opening Day at Citi Field, with Jacob deGrom and the Mets preparing to host the Nationals.

In this universe, 2020 Opening Day will have to wait -- until when, we don't know -- as the United States and the rest of the World practices social distancing in an effort to slow down the coronavirus pandemic.

For now, all we have are memories. So here are five of the most memorable moments in Mets Opening Day history...

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?

It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jacob deGrom, Jordan Montgomery, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

From the time Noah Syndergaard rather famously added muscle during the winter of 2017 with the stated intention to throw even harder than 100-101 mph, I heard from pitching coaches past and present who feared this day was coming. 

So on a day when the Mets announced Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery, perhaps only the timing was a shock, considering spring training has been shut down for nearly two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season on hold indefinitely, Noah Syndergaard, the Mets, and their fans received news Tuesday that put a huge dent in their 2020 hopes -- and maybe their 2021 hopes as well.

Syndergaard, who had up to this point avoided a serious arm injury despite being one of the hardest throwers in the game, needs Tommy John surgery.

That surgery, which means the loss of Syndergaard for at least the entire 2020 season, will send ripple effects up and down the Mets' roster in 2020 and beyond and could have a huge impact on Syndergaard's personal future and his future with the Mets.

Tags: David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If you're a Mets fan looking for context to help process the news that Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery, consider this: The season that Syndergaard will miss will be shorter -- and weirder -- than just about any other in history.

It's the same silver lining that the Yankees stumbled into with Luis Severino, whose elbow also needed surgical reconstruction this spring. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows when baseball will return, or how long the season will be. According to major league sources, MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and is still figuring out how that will look. 

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In an enormous blow to the Mets' 2020 season and potentially their 2021 season as well, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday due to a torn UCL in his right elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

"After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact," Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery. Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future."

Recovery from Tommy John surgery for pitchers is ordinarily 12-to-16 months, likely putting the earliest return for Syndergaard at Opening Day of the 2021 season.

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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Baseball isn't just about statistics, home run totals, and wins and losses. It's also about emotions, thrills, chills and personal stories that we can invest in.

Thankfully, the Mets are never short on stories and bizarre moments worth dissecting.

That said, here are five storylines I hope to see in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

With the rest of spring training suspended and the start of the regular season pushed back at least two weeks, there's plenty of time to answer some Mets questions ...


Martin C. from Norwalk >> With all of the talk about the outfield and who will play if Michael Conforto is out for a while, I haven't seen much about Jake Marisnick. Is he still in the Mets' plan for this season?

Marisnick was not acquired in a trade this past winter to be an everyday player. I think -- all along -- he was slated to be a fill-in, defense replacement, fourth outfielder. Unlike last season, when we saw in this role a repeated rotation from Juan Lagares to Keon Broxton to Carlos Gomez and others, it seems Brodie Van Wagenen was hoping to add a player experienced in this role whom the team could ink in and consistently turn to every time he was needed.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Straight from their living rooms, the Baseball Night in New York crew start things on Wednesday by talking 2020 expectations for Yankees' Gleyber Torres. Can he repeat the stellar numbers he put up last season?

Then, the crew talks about the five stats that matter the most for the Mets in this upcoming season, including the bullpen needing to be better, and the Mets needing to win when Jacob deGrom takes the hill. 

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Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso each had exceptional seasons in 2019. And yet, despite their incredible performances, the Mets at 86-76 still missed the postseason by three games.

In addition to deGrom and Alonso continuing to be awesome, I see success for the Mets in 2020 hinging on the performance of the following five players...


Amed Rosario

He struggled so much to begin 2019 that there was a question in June about whether Rosario should moved to the outfield or even be sent back to Triple-A. Then, seemingly overnight, he got himself stable and performing well in the field, he started swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone, and swinging at more pitches in it. He started making better contact, getting on base more, the Mets started winning, and his entire season turned around.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We're all thinking it, so let's discuss: the Mets bullpen blew the 2019 season for them, right? There are woulda-coulda-shouldas dotted all over their schedule -- moments where if they had gotten competent relief, October dreams might've had a chance. 

Overall, Mets relievers had a 4.99 ERA, the worst in team history. Worst! That means even the 1962 Mets, a team that went 40-120, had a lower mark (4.76). Yeah, it was a different offensive era, but we're using that comparison as a statistical jump-scare of sorts, to really bring home the terror the '19 bullpen brought.

With such room for improvement, it's clear the Mets relievers will have a massive impact on the high hopes for 2020, too -- perhaps even more so than a much-scrutinized stat such as Pete Alonso's homer total. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Anthony McCarron
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J.D. Davis and Robinson Cano
J.D. Davis and Robinson Cano

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


Amid coronavirus concerns, Mets Opening Day on March 26 at Citi Field is on for now >> Read more

In the wake of Michael Conforto's injury, J.D. Davis is open to a move to right field if needed >> Read more

Conforto has no timeline for a return, but feels "pretty good" >> Read more

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Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 11, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom made his second start of spring training Wednesday, headlining the Mets' 7-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Five days removed from his latest simulated game last Friday, he fired four near-perfect innings, striking out three with one run on one hit -- a solo home run to Matt Carpenter in the top of the fourth inning.

Following up on his March 1 debut in the Mets' 3-1 victory against the Washington Nationals, when he threw three shutout frames with two strikeouts and one hit.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Jacob deGrom once again gets the ball for the Mets, as they take on the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup, and he will look to continue his hot spring. He's slashing .435/.458/.696 with a homer and three doubles over nine games. The Mets also gave an update on Michael Conforto's status on Tuesday, saying the veteran outfielder has an oblique strain that leaves Opening Day in doubt. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

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Steven Matz and Michael Wacha
Steven Matz and Michael Wacha

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When it comes to the Mets' starting rotation battle -- if there really is a battle going on right now -- there are some things that are certain.

First, despite the Mets not yet announcing who is in the rotation beyond Jacob deGrom, it has been clear for months that Rick Porcello is going to be in there along with deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman.

The Mets did not sign Porcello to a one-year deal worth $10 million to put him in the bullpen, where he has not pitched since making one appearance in 2014. Of Porcello's 343 career appearances, only four have been in relief. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Friday, in case you missed it...


Brandon Nimmo had two hits, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 3-2. >> Read more

Examining what a possible contract extension for Michael Conforto could look like >> Read more

The Mets made their first cuts of the spring, including re-assigning Tim Tebow to minor-league camp >> Read more

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- Jacob deGrom established the terms of engagement with the very first pitch of his afternoon on Field 7 at Mets' spring training complex, an informal setting to be sure. 

Friendly fire with teammates at the plate? To deGrom there's no such thing.

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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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As the Mets decide how to round out their starting rotation, "there has been conversation" in the front office about making Steven Matz a reliever, a team source told SNY contributor John Harper.

Harper added that some in the organization like the idea of having the left-handed Matz in the bullpen.

Matz, who recently had to address trade rumors, has been working as a starting pitcher in spring training.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

With the Yankees' starting rotation decimated by injury and the Mets currently having six starting pitchers for five spots, the Yanks have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, reports Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

According to the Post, the Mets are "willing to listen," but there is skepticism that a deal will ultimately get done.

In a trade of Matz, the Post reports that the Mets would want a big league player -- potentially Miguel Andujar -- in return. However, Puma and Davidoff report that the Yankees aren't "desperate enough for a pitcher" in order to trade Andujar.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it...


The Mets' split squad beat the Nationals at home and lost to the Marlins on the road.

After making his spring training debut, Jacob deGrom talked about the pitch he's working on the most >> Read more

J.D. Davis has resumed baseball activity as he works his way back from a shoulder injury >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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After pitching in a sim game last week, Mets ace Jacob deGrom told reporters "I'm ready" when asked if he feels set for Opening Day. 

Well, he proved that on Sunday in his first spring training outing against the Nationals. 

DeGrom was every bit of his ace self over three innings of work, allowing just one single and striking out two hitters in 33 pitches total on the day. And at this point, it just looks too easy for the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner. However, he admitted after his outing that he still gets those nervous butterflies whenever he toes the rubber. 

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The Mets took down the defending champion Nationals, 3-1, in a split-squad spring training matchup in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom picked up right where he left off last year, tossing three scoreless innings in his spring debut. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit and punched out two batters in 33 pitches. He retired the first four batters he faced in just eight pitches. The only hit he allowed was a single to Andrew Stevenson.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Back-to-back Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will make his first start of spring training against the defending champion Washington Nationals on Sunday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Fla. at 1:10 p.m.

Mets notes

Most of the potential Opening Day starters will be in the Mets' lineup today, while Andres Gimenez will start at shortstop. Gimenez owns a slashline of .308/.400/.615 in six games this spring, while half of his four hits so far have gone for extra bases (one double, one home run). In 18 games in the Arizona Fall League, he went 26-70 (.371) with nine extra-base hits and 15 runs batted in.

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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Friday, in case you missed it...


Brandon Nimmo opened up on his recent cardiac tests as he got cleared and returned to spring training action >> Read more

Mickey Callaway reacted to the Mets' hiring of Luis Rojas and discussed his potential as a manager in MLB >> Read more

In an interview with WFAN, Brodie Van Wagenen discussed the pros of hiring Rojas and the Mets' pitching depth >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano
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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)
Mets RHP Michael Wacha (Reinhold Matay)

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


J.D. Davis injured his left shoulder while diving for a ball at third base and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday >> Read more

Michael Wacha weighed in on the potential that the Mets could go with an outside the box solution to fill the No. 5 slot in the rotation >> Read more

Scouts and execs weighed in on how Seth Lugo could impact the Mets' 2020 season >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Seth Lugo, Tim Tebow, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

New York City should expect some hardware to arrive in the next few months, as both Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Yankees new ace Gerrit Cole are the favorites to bring home the Cy Young awards in their respective leagues this season.

William Hill sportsbook has both deGrom and Cole as 3/1 favorites to win the award in 2020.

"DeGrom has won two Cy Youngs in a row and is in his prime, and Cole is coming off of one of the greatest pitching years of all time," said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill's director of trading, according to The Post.

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The Mets were playing in Lakeland against the Tigers on Tuesday, but Jacob deGrom was still in Port St. Lucie putting in work on the mound.

DeGrom threw two simulated innings, and all went well for the Mets' ace as he threw to big league hitters like Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario. He said after the session that his fastball felt great, but his secondary pitches still needed some work.

"Through most of my camps, fastball command is good early on and it's just getting offspeed where I want it. So that's going to be the main work heading into Opening Day," he said. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Scott Thompson
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Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


With Mets Spring Training kicking off, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes and Jacob deGrom faced off against each other in live BP >> Read more

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One of the most memorable moments for the Mets in 2019 came on August 9 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

With the Mets in the midst of a 12-wins-in-13 games streak, Washington pushed out to a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Mets refused to go down quietly against Nats closer Sean Doolittle, and after Todd Frazier tied the game on a three-run shot, it was Michael Conforto who later singled in Juan Lagares to give the Mets the win. 

The Mets then celebrated in style, as Pete Alonso led the charge to rip Conforto's jersey off in the middle of the field.

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Jacob deGrom was on hand at Mets spring training on Thursday putting in some bullpen work before going out to face live hitters in his first live BP session. 

And among his opponents was Yoenis Cespedes

As Cespedes continues to work his way back, the matchup against deGrom wasn't the most fair, with the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner blowing some pitches by him.

Here's what else happened at camp down in Port St. Lucie...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets kicking off their spring training schedule on Saturday when they open Grapefruit League play with split squad games against the Marlins and Cardinals, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter.

While it will be fun to see Pete Alonso taking his hacks against another team's pitcher and Jacob deGrom's glare 60 feet, six inches away, it's important to enjoy these games for what they are: fun distractions on the march to the first game that actually matters, when the Mets host the Nationals on Opening Day on March 26 at Citi Field.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training
Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


Yoenis Cespedes tracked fly balls with the rest of the outfielders as he continued to progress toward a return >> Read more

Seth Lugo talked about his injured toe and updated his timeline >> Read more

J.D. Davis will take 50 percent of his spring training reps at third base, where he is most comfortable >> Read more

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