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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jacob deGrom was dominant through seven innings, and Seth Lugo continued his success with another scoreless inning. 

All Jeurys Familia had to do was close the door on a 1-0 ballgame in the ninth. Instead, two runs crossed the plate and the Mets left Citi Field with their heads down. 

Familia got the first out in the ninth, but Martin Prado hit a pinch-hit single to left to get the tying run on base. Derek Dietrich then roped a double to right, moving pinch runner Yadiel Rivera to third. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:02:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Jeurys Familia's blown save and the Mets wasting another great performance by Jacob deGrom.

Jeurys Familia could not protect a 1-0 lead in the ninth as the Mets dropped their second straight to the Marlins, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Familia (2-2) allowed four hits and two runs in the ninth inning to blow his fourth save in 17 opportunities. JT Realmuto tied the game with a single, but Michael Conforto temporarily kept it that way by throwing out Derek Dietrich at the plate for the second out. Following an intentional walk to Justin BourStarlin Castro singled to bring in Realmuto with the tie-breaking run.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

During this weekend's sweep of the Diamondbacks, Jeurys Familia was one of the many Mets with standout performances. But there was little buzz over his two perfect innings. In fact, his entire resurgent season has largely flown under the radar.

After three straight seasons as one of the best relievers in baseball, Familia's brutal 2017 was an alarming blow to a struggling team. Between a suspension related to a domestic violence arrest and surgery for a blood clot, he threw only 24.2 innings with an ERA of 4.38 -- nearly two full runs higher than his career mark -- and had only six saves on the year.

Familia's most notable weakness has always been his walk rate, which in 2017 jumped to 5.5 batters per nine innings. Aside from a slight drop in his strikeout rate (which has never been elite in the current environment), Familia's other statistics largely held stable, suggesting a return to form wasn't out of reach. Looking back, it seems that rustiness from lost time and lingering effects of a short-term injury were to blame for his ineffectiveness, both of which have fully resolved...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Maggie Wiggin
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will miss the series finale vs. the Padres on Sunday (4:10 p.m. ET) as he will be attending a memorial service for his father-in-law, who passed away, according to MLB.com.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals was difficult to swallow, especially since the Mets are now 2-4 on this road trip -- 4-7 during their last 11 games -- and have dropped three consecutive series.

Closer Jeurys Familia has blown three of his last five save opportunities. The thing is, had Juan Lagares not lost Jose Martinez's fly ball in the sun, the Mets win the game, 3-2. Instead, Tommy Pham scored to tie the game, Paul Sewald ran out of gas in the 13th inning and the Mets eventually lose.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Paul Sewald, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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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 00:03:44
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the Marlins on Monday night in Miami.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard was dominant early before stumbling over his final two innings. The right-hander breezed through four scoreless frames, but was tagged for single runs in the fifth and sixth when he tossed 44 of his 90 pitches. Syndergaard (2-0) was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman with five strikeouts in six innings. 

2) Adrian Gonzalez opened the scoring with an RBI single in the second. The Mets added another on Kevin Plawecki's double-play groundout. Jay Bruce chipped in with a run-scoring single in the third and Amed Rosario did the same in the seventh.

3) The Mets' bullpen continued to shine, tossing three scoreless innings in relief. Jeurys Familia allowed a pair of hits in the ninth but struck out three, including two straight with runners on second and third to end the game, to notch his Major League-leading fifth save.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia gave credit to manager Mickey Callaway after he earned a five-out save to close out the Mets' 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:58
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed just one unearned run over five innings with eight strikeouts. << Read more

2) That one unearned run scored because of a Todd Frazier error... Frazier immediately redeemed himself with the go-ahead RBI in the seventh inning.

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Los Mets: Familia's journey 00:06:55
SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back Mets closer Jeurys Familia's journey to the Major Leagues.

SNY's Steve Gelbs travels down to the Dominican Republic to trace back Mets closer Jeurys Familia's journey to the Major Leagues.

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Familia on growing up in D.R. 00:00:21
Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic premieres this Thursday at 6:30 PM on SNY.

Tune in to SNY Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the premiere of Los Mets: Baseball in the Dominican Republic, featuring Jeurys Familia, Amed Rosario, and a trip to the Mets' Academy in the D.R. 

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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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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)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets scored nine runs (without the benefit of a homer!) while beating the Cardinals, 9-4, on Opening Day yesterday at Citi Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

Thor was electric, despite allowing four runs

Noah Syndergaard allowed four runs on six hits, walking none and striking out 10 in six innings, while throwing 85 pitches (59 strikes). He probably had one more inning in him, but with the cold conditions and the game pretty much in hand, Mickey Callaway lifted him...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

After a solid outing by Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, the bullpen picked up right where he left off. 

Robert Gsellman took over in the seventh inning, and was lights out. He struck out the side on just 14 pitches. 

Newest Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak also tossed a hitless inning in the eighth, as he struck out one batter in his first appearance for the Blue and Orange.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

The Mets may want to bolster their pitching staff even more this season, as they have been discussing the addition of free-agent reliever Greg Holland, per NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt. 

However, it now appears a deal for Holland is unlikely, but the door isn't entirely shut on the idea.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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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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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and catcher Kevin Plawecki said they were encouraged by RHP Jeurys Familia's latest Grapefruit League outing.

Familia, who had been dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder, threw a perfect inning in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Miami Marlins.

"He was more Familia-like today than he had been," Callaway told reporters. "Way more arm speed. Better sink, better action on his two-seamer, which is what he does the best."

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:55
Wayne Randazzo and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-6 Spring Training loss to the Miami Marlins in Florida.

Matt Harvey worked through a rough third inning to turn in a solid start as the Mets lost to the Marlins, 7-6 on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey
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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Thor, Mets 00:03:52
Michelle Yu, Marc Malusis and Sal Licata recap the Mets' 8-5 Spring Training loss to the Nationals and discuss Noah Syndergaard's potential.

The Mets lose to the Nationals 8-5 as Noah Syndergaard strikes out seven batters, Brandon Nimmo collects three hits and Jeurys Familia allows five runs.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard
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BNNY: Robles' disastrous outing 00:02:08
The Baseball Night in New York panel overreacts to Hansel Robles' disappointing outing, in which he allowed four runs in just one inning.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are expected to have an eight-man bullpen for the majority of this season, and Hansel Robles should not be guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day version of it.

This isn't a reaction to the four runs Robles allowed to the Astros in one inning of work on Monday afternoon (including a first-pitch homer). Rather, it's a reaction to the 4.92 ERA (5.13 FIP) he posted in 2017 as his walks continued to tick up (a career-high 4/6 per 9) and his strikeouts continued to trend down (a career-low 9.5 per 9).

And yes, I cringed a bit when Robles began his famous "point" on the home run he allowed on Monday before stopping himself...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) 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 manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Familia talks 2018 Mets bullpen 00:05:53
New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talks to SNY's Steve Gelbs about the 2018 season, and manager Mickey Callaway's plans for the bullpen.

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talked to SNY's Steve Gelbs about the upcoming 2018 season.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) 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 left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Saying he's "never been around a collection of talent" like the pitching talent the Mets have, new pitching coach Dave Eiland was specifically asked on Wednesday about Matt Harvey, who he said got in some bad habits mechanically last season.

"Well, mechanically, I'll be honest with you," Eiland said. "It looks to me like he got in some bad habits, simply because he had some injuries. And he was probably doing something -- it looks to me like he was doing something with his lower half, to help his upper half -- which is his arm. So he got in some bad habits. He's aware of it. We've talked about it. We've looked at film."

The 28-year-old Harvey had a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP with just 67 strikeouts in 97.2 innings last season as he returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery. He also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. 

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Travis d'Arnaud congratulates Jeurys Familia after Familia earned his 36th save of the season. (AP)
Travis d'Arnaud congratulates Jeurys Familia after Familia earned his 36th save of the season. (AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to have a designated closer this season, instead choosing to deploy his relievers in the situations that put them and the team in the best position to succeed.

"I don't know who's going to come up (for the opposing team) in the ninth inning," Callaway added, explaining that the idea of choosing the closer in advance "seems kind of silly."

However, Callaway knows he has a challenge ahead of him...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RH reliever Jeurys Familia was "caught off guard" Tuesday morning when asked about his agents -- Seth and Sam Levinson of ACES -- being named by former associate Juan Carlos Nunez in an alleged PED scandal.

"I just know of him because I have been with that company for almost 10 years now," Familia told Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News about Nunez. "But no, I don't get anything from him. I don't know anyone who did. I don't know anything about it. I can't say anyting."

Aside from Familia, David Wright, Juan Lagares, and Kevin Plawecki are also represented by ACES, notes Ackert.

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Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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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Blevins on benefit of Callaway 00:00:48
Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins talks about how new manager Mickey Callaway will help the team's pitching staff.

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, like his bullpen-mates, is on board with new manager Mickey Callaway's idea of not having a designated closer.

"As long as our manager and our pitching coach are honest and open about what we need to do -- which they have been -- we'll be ready," Blevins said.

"We've had some talks inside and he's spoken to the media about. ... putting us in the bullpen in the best chance to succeed. ...whether it's getting guys up and not putting them in. Whether it's them not being prepared in a certain inning. I think we're trying to avoid all those things."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Though he holds the franchise record for most saves in a single-season, Mets reliever Jeurys Familia said he doesn't mind pitching in any inning late in the game.

"It doesn't matter to me," Familia told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan about if he cares if he comes in the game in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings. "I'm just trying to win the game."

New Mets manager Mickey Callaway used a closer by committee when he served as Indians pitching coach, a strategy that saw him bring in Andrew Miller as early as the sixth inning seven times last season. Miller was only used in the ninth inning eight times, while Bryan Shaw made 13 such appearances and Cody Allen recorded 30 saves for Cleveland.

Familia understands Callaway may deploy a similar tactic with New York's bullpen, which also features AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins and Anthony Swarzak. And Familia said he is on board with Callaway.

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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Earlier this offseason at the MLB Winter Meetings, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained that he doesn't intend to designate any one pitcher as the team's 'closer.'

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway explained in December. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing." Callaway expanded on that philosophy earlier this week.

"We wouldn't name Wilmer Flores as our Wednesday infielder and then start him even if we're playing against Corey Kluber," Callaway explained, according to NY Post columnist Ken Davidoff. "So, why name a closer and put him in a situation where he doesn't fit?"

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


9:00 p.m.: AJ Ramos reaches a $9.225 million deal with the Mets to avoid arbitration. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. 

6:53 p.m.: Zach Wheeler filed for arbitration at $1.9 million while the Mets filed at $1.5 million, per The Post's Ken Davidoff. The Mets and Wheeler can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearings in February. Wheeler is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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A.J. Ramos joins Mets Hot Stove 00:07:23
Mets reliever A.J. Ramos joins Hot Stove to discuss his relationship with new manager Mickey Callaway and his vision for the bullpen.

Mets RH reliever AJ Ramos is embracing new manager Mickey Callaway's strategy of likely not having a set closer in 2018.

"It's a good thing that I have five pitches and can pretty much pitch anywhere," Ramos said on SNY's Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.
"For me, I want to win. And whatever I can do to help the team win, is what I want to do. And I'm a versatile guy. I've shown I can close, I've shown that I can pitch in the sixth or seventh innings, I've shown that I can throw multiple innings."

Callaway said during the Winter Meetings last month that his focus was on matchups and utilizing his relievers properly during high-leverage situations

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Figueroa's Mets resolutions 00:04:40
Nelson Figueroa previews the upcoming season by breaking down what his New Year's resolutions are for several key Mets players in 2018.

Nelson Figueroa and Gary Apple preview the upcoming season by breaking down what their New Year's resolutions are for several key Mets players in 2018.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)
Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya said he is looking forward to returning to the organization and helping with scouting and player development after the franchise announced Minaya will take on a new role as special assistant to current GM Sandy Alderson.

"Christmas came earlier than expected," Minaya said on a conference call Friday afternoon.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Matt Eisenberg
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Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)
Jul 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Brad Penner)

Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins recently discussed his increased curveball usage, new manager Mickey Callaway, and the idea of "bullpening."

Blevins, whose curveball usage in 2017 was a career-high 50.2 percent (up from 31.2 percent in 2016) said he'll speak to Callaway about his curve, but will also seek out the advice of his teammates about that and other things.

"I'll definitely talk to him," Blevins told SNY, "but even talking to Seth Lugo about his curveball or Paul Sewald about his slider. You're constantly tweaking, I always use the adage, 'you're either getting better or you're getting worse,' there's no staying the same. So I'm constantly trying to make myself better."

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Mets sign Anthony Swarzak 00:04:28
The Mets Hot Stove panel breaks down the Mets' recent acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, and discuss how he drastically improves their bullpen.

Sandy Alderson speaks often about the volatility of relief pitchers, and he's right -- even for professional evaluators, it's hard to tell from one year to the next how any reliever will perform...

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Latest on relief pitching market 00:01:55
Jim Duquette shares some updates on how the market for relief pitchers is shaping out, and discusses how the Mets plan to use their bullpen.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested on Tuesday that the team might not have a designated closer in 2018 -- instead focusing on matchups and reacting when high-leverage situations arise.

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway said at the Winter Meetings in response to a question about Jeurys Familia. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing."

Callaway said it could work out that Familia is in place to save every game, but that they're not "locked in" to that...

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sandy's Shopping List: LHP Minor 00:00:37
Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

Free agent LH reliever Mike Minor, who the Mets have interest in, is expected to sign soon, reports Buster Olney of ESPN. In addition to the Mets, the Astros have also expressed interest in Minor.

The 29-year-old Minor reinvented himself as a reliever in 2017, as he pitched in the majors for the first time since 2014, when he was a starter for the Braves.

After having shoulder surgery in 2015, Minor returned this past season with a a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP while striking out 88 batters and walking 22 in 77 2/3 innings (65 games). He was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .163/.228/.196 line, but solid against righties as well, as they hit just .223/.281/.383 against him...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Day 2 wrap w/ Gelbs and Familia 00:00:54
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Mets closer Jeurys Familia wrap up Day 2 from the Dominican Republic.

SNY's Steve Gelbs recaps his Tuesday from Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, where he's spending some time with Mets SS Amed Rosario, closer Jeurys Familia, and OF Juan Lagares.

Keep an eye on SNY on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for more from the D.R. this week!

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Aug 3, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) motions before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 3, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) motions before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

SNY's Steve Gelbs recaps his Monday from Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, where he's spending some time with Mets SS Amed Rosario,closer Jeurys Familia, and OF Juan Lagares.

Keep an eye on SNY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more from the DR this week!

Click below for the video

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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Friday, Dec. 1 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts for 2018 to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. Any player who is not tendered a contract will become a free agent.

Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Hansel Robles are all eligible for arbitration.

The Mets are expected to tender contracts to all of the above players, with the only uncertainty surrounding Harvey. However, GM Sandy Alderson has said multiple times that he expects Harvey to be retained for 2018...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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