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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets, who would reportedly rather deal Curtis Granderson, have not talked with Jay Bruce about being traded, Kristie Ackert reported July 20 in the Daily News.

Bruce still has a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires at the end of this season, a source recently told James Wagner of the New York Times.

"I came here as a hired gun," Bruce said, according to Ackert. "I know what I am and what situation I am in. This is a business. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the game, I always will. But this is my job. I am a hired gun and I go where I am needed."

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Mets approaching trade deadline 00:05:15
With the trade deadline approaching, Jon and Eamon discuss what the Mets strategy should be going forward on Loud Mouths

The Mets have informed their players - and teams interested in acquiring them - that they plan to rotate their outfielders to balance playing time through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, multiple sources recently told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

According Rosenthal, the Mets prefer to trade Curtis Granderson over Jay Bruce, who they could hold on to and make a qualifying offer that could potentially net them a compensatory draft pick if he signs with a new team in the offseason. However, for now, Rosenthal adds, neither Granderson or Bruce have drawn significant interest in the trade market.

"If they have the chance to make their organization better by trading me, they would be crazy not to do it," Bruce said on Wednesday, according to the NY Daily News. "I know that they have to look out for their future here. I expect they will do that if they have the chance. I know what can happen."

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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)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets are sellers 00:05:05
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to the news that the Mets are making Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera available.

Mets OF Jay Bruce still has a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires at the end of this season, a source recently told James Wagner of the New York Times.

According to Wagner, Bruce has the right to veto a deal sending him to the A's, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Phillies, Rays, Twins, and Yankees.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/15 00:02:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a three-run homer, the first of three home runs on the night for New York. Seth Lugo hit his first career home run in the third inning and Jose Reyes added a solo shot in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 9-3. Lucas Duda had a double and two RBIs, Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and T.J. Rivera added a hit and RBI for the Mets.

2) Lugo allowed three runs on seven hits in six and 2/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He held the Rockies scoreless for the first five innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Paul SewaldJerry Blevins, and Addison Reed were perfect in relief.

3) Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the sixth inning after sliding awkwardly on a ball hit to the outfield. 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday that he would be willing to make a trade with the Yankees.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a player-for-player trade since 2004, when Mike Stanton was traded for Felix Heredia. RH reliever Gonzalez Germen was traded from the Mets to the Yankees in 2014 in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees have interest in LH reliever Jerry Blevinsaccording to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, and are reportedly interested in acquring additional late-inning relief help and a first baseman -- even though they just dealt for Brewers minor league 1B Garrett Cooper.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' moves 00:02:45
Jim Duquette gives his take on whether the Mets should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline.

Mets OF Jay Bruce disagreed with manager Terry Collins, who said after Sunday's loss to the Cardinals that the team hasn't been playing with much energy.

"We've got to get some energy back," Collins said, according to Newsday. "We're not playing with much energy now, and I'm hoping that the rest will help out."

"We're not hitting, we're not pitching," Collins added. "When you don't pitch, the games are ugly. When you don't hit, they look even worse."

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:58
Mets All-Star Michael Conforto is savoring every minute of his experience in Miami.

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto said he is feeling healthy and enjoying his first All-Star experience as the team's only player to be named an All-Star this year.

"I'm definitely enjoying it," Conforto said, according to ESPN's Peter Lawrence-Riddell. "It's all brand new to me. Being around these guys is pretty awesome. It's a dream come true. To be amongst these guys is pretty special to me."

The 24-year-old Conforto is hitting .284 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs through 70 games this season. While he is the only Met to be in Miami, he said he hoped Jacob deGrom, who is 9-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 17 starts this season, and Jay Bruce, who has a .266/.334/.538 batting line with 23 home runs and 59 RBIs, would be All-Stars this season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:19
Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen break down the Mets' 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler allowed two runs and eight hits over six innings in his best start in over a month. The right-hander walked one and struck out five, but did allow a solo homer to Paul DeJong, the sixth he's allowed in his last 12 2/3 innings.

2) T.J. Rivera had three hits and Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game to account for the Mets' only run. He and Jose Reyes both finished with two hits. Travis d'Arnaud popped out with two runners on in the seventh and Lucas Duda and Reyes flied out with a pair on in the ninth.

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 (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
(Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Mets' use of advanced analytics and data was one of the reasons the team stuck with Curtis Granderson when he was struggling badly earlier this season.

Granderson, who was hitting just .122 in early-May, was "tremendously unlucky" on batting average on balls he put in play (BABIP), assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler said recently, according to SportTechie.

"He was really pretty good," Roessler said last week at the SABR convention. "You try to use that to keep their confidence up and keep them in the right frame of mind."

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:49
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 road win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom won his fifth consecutive start despite allowing a career-high four home runs. Both sets were back-to-back shots and came in the third and fourth innings. DeGrom surrendered eight hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter for the first time since June 7, 2016, a span of 31 starts.

2) Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with his 22nd homer and one of the Mets' four doubles. Jose Reyes homered and doubled, and T.J. Rivera drove in two runs on a double and a hit-by-pitch. Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI single and Curtis Granderson doubled in a run.

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Mets OF Jay Bruce is hitting .270 and on pace to hit 42 home runs this season, making him a possible selection by Cubs manager Joe Maddon for this year's NL All-Star team.

"I feel like I've played well enough to make it," Bruce said Thursday, according to the NY Post. "It would mean so much to me. I've been able to get to three so far and every one has been one of the coolest memories of my career. I would love to go."

Michael Conforto, Addison Reed and Jacob deGrom are likely to be considered as well, since at least one player from every team is required to be on the roster.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce
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 (AP)
(AP)

In the middle of Wednesday night's 8-0 rout of the Marlins, Curtis Granderson did something that's become almost commonplace for him at this point: he hit a home run. That marked his 8th since the start of June and his 5th in the last week. He is on absolute fire right now and his value is steadily climbing, both in a potential trade and to the Mets.

On May 2nd, Granderson looked like he might be done. Another hitless day had brought his slash line down to a pitiful .122/.175/.211 over 97 plate appearances. Even for the notoriously slow-starting Granderson, this was awful. But the next day, he hit two doubles, kicking off a hot streak in which he has hit 26 extra-base hits with a .408 OBP. His OPS for the year has climbed to .801 and he is once again looking like vintage Curtis.

This raises an interesting question for the Mets: is it time to trade him away? The pro-trade argument is clear -- he's a pending free agent, he's not a great center fielder anymore, and the Mets outfield is awfully crowded these days...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Maggie Wiggin
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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)

At 34-41 and nine games back of a playoff spot, the Mets are reportedly open to discussing trades for their veteran players who have expiring contracts.

"It's the business of baseball, any of us could get traded today," Mets OF Jay Bruce said Sunday, according to the Bergen Record.

Bruce, as well as Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, and Jerry Blevins, are all eligible to be free agents at the end of this season...

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New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera hits a ball against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (Andrew Villa/USA TODAY Sports)

Rene Rivera hit two of the Mets' four home runs as their month-long power surge continued in Sunday's 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park.

Jay Bruce hit his 20th home run of the season and Curtis Granderson added a solo home run that gave the Mets 46 home runs in June, the franchise's most in a month.

Rivera, who didn't record a multi-hit game since May 9, hit a two-run home run off Matt Moore in the second inning that gave the Mets a 3-0 lead, then made it 4-1 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, as New York won its third straight game following a four-game losing streak.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Rene Rivera, San Francisco Giants
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images
Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images

The Mets have little to show for a largely atrocious season so far, but they do have one thing in great supply: pending free agents. The team will turn over half the starting lineup in the offseason, so expect trade rumors galore over the next six weeks.

GM Sandy Alderson has earned his reputation for generally getting value as a seller, so they could end up being one of the more active teams in baseball at the deadline.

So who should the Mets be looking to move? 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets selling at the deadline 00:02:58
Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Willie Colon discuss the Mets' recent decision to become sellers at the trade deadline.

The Mets are ready to listen to trade offers for their pending free agents, such as Jay BruceAddison ReedCurtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrerareports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 31-41 Mets are 12.0 games behind the Nationals for first place in the N.L. East and 14.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Bruce, Reed, and Granderson are all set to become free agents after the season.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates his game winning single against the Milwaukee Brewers with teammates during the twelfth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) celebrates his game winning single against the Milwaukee Brewers with teammates during the twelfth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With five losses in their last six games and double-digit deficits in the divisional and Wild Card races, Jay Bruce understands the predicament the Mets are currently in. The outfielder told the Daily News that New York needs to play better, "or we're not going to make the playoffs."

"The only thing that matters is what's ahead. What's behind you does not matter at all," Bruce said. "You can't say we lost this many games, so we have to win these games. I don't believe that you can play that game when it comes to the season, because it's so long and there are so many ups and downs."

After being on the trading block this past offseason, Bruce has been the Mets' most consistent player this year. The 30-year-old free agent-to-be is hitting .274/.339/.551 and leads the team with 19 homers and 48 RBIs. 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Chicago Cubs, Jay Bruce
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Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Jay Bruce's three-run home run and Wilmer Flores' four-hit game highlighted another strong performance by the Mets' offense in an 8-1 win over the Braves in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

In addition to Bruce and Walker's night, TJ Rivera added a pinch-hit two-run home run, Neil Walker had two hits and two walks, Curtis Granderson hit a double, and Juan Lagares went 1-for-1 with a two-RBI double. The Mets had 12 hits in the game.

Bruce who is in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak, is hitting .354 with four home runs and eight RBI during that time frame. Meanwhile, Flores has 11 extra base-hits in his last 32 games dating back to the beginning of May.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/10 00:02:55
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' doubleheader sweep over the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Steven Matz took a shutout into the seventh inning and ultimately allowed one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts over seven frames. It was Matz's first big league start since last Aug. 16.

2) Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to seven games with his team-leading 16th home run, a three-run shot in the fifth that broke open a scoreless game. T.J. Rivera connected on a pinch-hit homer in the seventh, Travis d'Arnaud had a sacrifice fly and Juan Lagares doubled in two runs in the ninth.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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Bruce's two-run home run 00:02:25
The call on the field is overturned as Jay Bruce's fly ball off the top of the wall is determined to be a two-run homer.

The Mets carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning Wednesday night thanks to a pair of home runs by Jay Bruce against Rangers ace Yu Darvish, who struck out nine batters and tossed 7 1/3 innings.

"Big night for Jay, and we needed it," Terry Collins said. "You looked up and you had two hits, and fortunately they were both home runs, so we're very, very lucky. He's really good."

Bruce's two-run home run off Darvish in the fourth inning gave the Mets a 2-1 lead, after which he hit a solo home run to left field in the sixth inning.

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 (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
(Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have been hitting rockets all year, putting up a 35 percent hard-hit rate that ranks 3rd in the majors. But their .493 average on those balls in play ranks 28th, per Fangraphs, a factor that contributes to an offense that is overall around league average. So where are these hard-hit balls ending up?

To begin with, a lot of them are going in the air. The Mets lead MLB with a 42 percent fly ball rate, with Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce both in the top 10.

Fly balls are generally considered more valuable than groundballs because even though more grounders go for hits, fly balls generate much more power and ultimately more runs. So being a fly ball hitter is not necessarily a bad thing (though less desirable than a line drive hitter), but it does mean sacrificing average for power.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Maggie Wiggin
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JR Sport Brief: Vote Conforto! 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR champions the effort to vote Mets OF Michael Conforto into the All-Star Game

The Mets do not have a single player in contention to be voted in as their league's starting position player during this summer's MLB All-Star Game.

According to current results published by MLB.com, Yoenis Cespedes is the closest to starting among Mets players, but he trails five players and would need to make up more than 170,000 votes...

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Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense scored just one run on Thursday for a second consecutive game in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field.
  
New York struggled against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Wilmer Flores finally put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee's Jacob Barnes, but that was the extent of the team's offensive production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Mets OF Jay Bruce snapped out of an 0-for-10 slump by hitting a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning Tuesday to lift the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Brewers at Citi Field.

With the game tied, runners on first and third and one out, Bruce lined Wily Peralta's 2-0 pitch into center field to give the Mets their third straight win.

"I got into a good count, had 2-0 there, and just wanted to make sure I hit something with some height on it, and just try not to do too much. Just touch it," Bruce explained after the game.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce singled home T.J. Rivera with one out in the bottom of the 12th for his 10th career walk-off hit. Rivera led off the inning with a single, moved to second on Michael Conforto's walk and took third on Jose Reyes' fielder's choice.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera dropped an infield pop fly with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh that allowed Milwaukee to tie the score, 4-4. The Mets led 4-1 entering the inning, but Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to walk three batters -- one to force in a run. The inning cost Tyler Pill a chance at his first Major League win.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Smoker
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce singled home T.J. Rivera with one out in the bottom of the 12th for his 10th career walk-off hit. Rivera led off the inning with a single, moved to second on Michael Conforto's walk and took third on Jose Reyes' fielder's choice.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera dropped an infield pop fly with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh that allowed Milwaukee to tie the score, 4-4. The Mets led 4-1 entering the inning, but Fernando Salas and Jerry Blevins combined to walk three batters -- one to force in a run. The inning cost Tyler Pill a chance at his first Major League win.

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes took live batting practice in Florida on Tuesday and is "making strides," manager Terry Collins said.

Cespedes dealt with a quad issue over the weekend after playing his first rehab game since injuring his hamstring. He could return from the disabled list in time for the Mets' series in Texas against the Rangers that begins next Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Cespedes went on the disabled list last month due to the hamstring injury and reported soreness in his right quad while running the bases in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Friday. 

Alderson said the team will be conservative with Cespedes since he went on the disabled list last year with a quadriceps injury.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson both went 3-for-5 and extended their hitting streaks to six and five games, respectively, in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Bruce is hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs since May 21 to raise his batting average by 13 points and his OPS by 38 points.

His two-run double highlighted the Mets' three-run fifth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Bruce also doubled in the first inning, singled in the fourth and made a sliding catch to his right to rob Jordy Mercer of a potential extra-base hit to end the sixth inning.

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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a two-run double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with two RBIs to extend his hitting streak to six games in Sunday's 7-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

Bruce is hitting .333 with two home runs and seven RBIs since May 21 to raise his batting average by 13 points and his OPS by 38 points.

His two-run double highlighted the Mets' three-run fifth inning that gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. Bruce also doubled in the first inning and singled in the fourth.

His presence was felt in the field as well, as he made a sliding catch to his right to rob Jordy Mercer of a potential extra-base hit to end the sixth inning.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Brett Davis)
May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce is back in the lineup Thursday after missing Wednesday's game due to back tightness.

He left Tuesday night's game against the Padres after the bottom of the fifth due to the back issue.

"We have enough guys hurt right now, so being cautious I think is the right move," Bruce said about sitting out on Wednesday. "I fully expect to be back in there tomorrow." 

Bruce said Monday's off-day and "not doing too much" might have contributed to his back tightening up on him.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/21 00:02:44
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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

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

1) Tommy Milone allowed five runs -- including a grand slam to C.J. Cron -- before retiring a batter in the first. He surrendered three more runs on back-to-back homers by Mike Trout and Jefry Marte in the second and left having allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

2) The Mets scored five unanswered runs on three homers, including solo shots by Matt Reynolds and Curtis Granderson, and a three-run blast by Jay Bruce. Granderson also doubled and along with Wilmer Flores, finished 2-for-4.

3) Rafael Montero and Neil Ramirez combined to allow a run over 4 2/3 innings of relief. Hansel Robles surrendered a three-run homer to Andrelton Simmons with two outs in the seventh inning after New York had rallied to within 9-5

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 5/6 00:03:52
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 11-3 rout of the Marlins.

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

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

1) The Mets scored a season-high five runs in the first and blew open the game late to win for the sixth time in eight games. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce had RBI doubles in the opening frame, Jose Reyes had an RBI single, Kevin Plawecki delivered a sacrifice fly and Michael Conforto walked with the bases loaded to force in a run.

2) Bruce doubled twice and drove in three runs and Conforto had two RBIs on a pair of bases-loaded walks. T.J. Rivera added an RBI single and Wilmer Flores had a run-scoring groundout.

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Collins on Granderson, injuries 00:02:27
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses the decision to give Curtis Granderson a night off and also gives an update on injuries.

The Mets (11-15) will play the third game of a four-game series Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves (11-14) tonight at SunTrust Park.

Jacob deGrom (1-1, 2.84 ERA, 1.168 WHIP) will start for the Mets. He's coming off three strong starts, during which he's struck out 35 batters.

Bartolo Colon (1-2, 5.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) will start for the Braves. He has allowed at least four runs during three of his last four starts.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/2/17 00:03:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-7 loss to the Braves.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey allowed six runs on eight hits, three walks with two strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Over his last two starts -- both against Atlanta -- Harvey's surrendered 12 runs on 13 hits and eight walks with three strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings. Over his last three starts, he's struck out a total of five batters in 16 2/3 frames.

2) Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the first and a grand slam in the ninth. The six RBIs were a career high. Asdrubal Cabrera connected on a solo shot, his third, while Michael Conforto and Neil Walker each collected two hits.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/30 00:03:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs and left with one out in the second after appearing to injure his right lat. He was charged with five runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career.

2) Anthony Rendon hit three homers and went 6-for-6 with 10 RBIs. Matt Wieters hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs and finished the series with three homers and eight RBIs. Washington hit seven home runs in the game.

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda finished 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout in his first rehab game for Class A St. Lucie. He played six innings at first as he began his rehab assignment coming back from a hyperextended elbow,

Duda had been placed on the 10-day disabled list last Friday due to the injury.

He suffered the injury on Wednesday, April 19 and did not appear in a game after, meaning he's eligible to return from the DL on April 30.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

I have no idea what to write or think about the current state of Mets. Their situation has become such a mess, so fast, so aggressively, I'm left totally bewildered.

Frankly, I feel like we left St. Lucie, started on a happy walk down the street, swaying, whistling beneath the sun, birds chirping, feeling great about ourselves and the potential of a terrific season. Then without warning ... WHACK. Someone cracked us on the back of the head with a sledgehammer, and now we're bleeding, hunched over, seeing stars, dizzy and can't remember our names.

How this happened, I don't know.

But it's too early to give up. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The old saying goes that you cannot win a pennant in April, but you certainly can lose it. So let's not fully dismiss the uphill battle the Mets have created by getting swept by the Nationals this past weekend, which has spotted Washington a five-game lead over them in the division.

However, let's also resist the easy temptation to declare the sky is falling because the Mets are in the midst of a 1-7 stretch that has dropped them three games under .500 entering Wednesday's game against the Braves at Citi Field...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jay Bruce (19) hits an RBI single at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jay Bruce (19) hits an RBI single at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce started at first base Thursday for the first time since 2014, when he played just three games filling in for Joey Votto and the Reds.

In the wake of Lucas Duda needing to have an MRI on his hyperextended elbow, and with Wilmer Flores unavailable with an infection in his knee, Bruce handled first base, where he started one game and practiced during spring training.

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Bruce's first homer 00:00:56
Jay Bruce gives the Mets a 3-2 lead over the Phillies with his three-run homer in the sixth inning.

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce hit two home runs, including the game-winner, and drove in five runs with three hits out of the cleanup spot during Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Phillies.

With the score tied in the eighth inning, Bruce homered on the second pitch from Edubray Ramos, sending the ball just over the right-field wall to give the Mets the lead.

"It's great," Bruce said after the game about his experience so far this season. "Like I said, individually, I don't really take too much time to think about what I'm doing or my success or anything during the season, but it was good to be a huge part of that tonight and get a win for us coming off a tough four-game skid."

In the sixth-inning, he crushed a three-run home run off starter Vince Velasquez, prior to which he also doubled in the first inning that led to Yoenis Cespedes being thrown out at home plate.

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 (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
(Laurence Kesterson/AP)

Mets OF Jay Bruce, who was acquired in a trade with the Reds last summer, is getting comfortable in New York, Jerry Crasnick explains in a profile for ESPN.com.

"I understand how people come up with their thoughts,'' Bruce told Crasnick, when asked about the idea that he couldn't handle New York. "It's like the fun, cool thing to say that New York is too big for people. I think it's a pride thing with people from New York, and I get it."

"It's an amazing city," he added. "It's chewed a lot of people up and spit them out. That doesn't even exist to me, though. This is the team I'm playing baseball for, with an incredible opportunity. I was just bad at baseball for a month.''

Mets manager Terry Collins said coming to New York is an adjustment for everyone, not just Bruce...

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Collins, d'Arnaud, Smoker on win 00:05:33
Manager Terry Collins, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and pitcher Josh Smoker discuss the grit it took to pull off the Mets' epic 16-inning win.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Mets will play the second game of a four-game series with the Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Syndergaard gave up one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings against the Marlins on April 9. He has only given up one run in two starts this season.

Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Conley gave up only one hit -- a home run -- and struck out six in five innings against the Mets on April 8.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets open a four-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Thursday night at 7:10.

Here are five things to know...

  1. Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes are tied for the National League lead in home runs with four each.
  2. The Mets hit 10 home runs during their just-completed three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was the second time in franchise history that they hit 10 or more home runs in a three-game series, with the other time coming last season in Philadelphia (12 homers from April 18-20)...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Adam Rubin, SNY.tv:

Michael Conforto homered Wednesday as the Mets completed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving him a pair of long balls and a .538 on-base percentage in limited opportunities this season.

Yet the numbers that dictate Conforto no longer belongs in the minor leagues were posted last year. During a pair of stints with Triple-A Las Vegas, Conforto hit .422 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Bruce goes deep for second time 00:00:50
Jay Bruce hits a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Mets a 4-2 lead over the Phillies.

Jay Bruce hit clean-up, started in right field and hit two home runs Monday to power the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Bruce's second home run of the night -- and his third in the past two games -- broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning when he drove Joely Rodriguez's 1-2 pitch over the right-field fence to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

"I want to be a good player," Bruce said after the game. "I want to help this team win. I believe that we have a legitimate chance to win a World Series and I just want to be one of the pieces to the puzzle."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/10 00:04:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-3 road win over the Phillies, in which Jay Bruce hit two home runs.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce's no-doubt two-run homer in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie. It was his second roundtripper of the game and his third in two nights. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. His four home runs and nine RBIs are tied for the Major League lead.

2) Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while tossing 31 pitches in the first inning. Overall, he surrendered six hits and two walks while striking out two over six frames, retiring 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.

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Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There's no need to panic. Sure, if you want to nitpick, the Mets were aided by an error from Marlins catcher JT Realmuto in a three-run first inning Sunday en route to a 5-2 victory.

And, yes, the Mets rank last in the National League in batting average (.200) and on-base percentage (.271) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325) with one week of the season in the books. Yet it would be foolish to sound the alarm bells simply because the Mets had a quiet first week at the plate, despite posting a 3-3 record against the Braves and Marlins.

As a result, more and more Mets fans on Twitter are suddenly complaining that the team did not do enough this past winter to upgrade their offense.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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