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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Lucas Duda (21) follows on a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, April 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda (21) follows on a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, April 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday night's game.

RHP Jeurys Familia was placed on the 10-day disabled list to make room on the roster.

Duda served as DH and went 1-for-3 with a home run and strikeout in a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday.

Wednesday's game was the third rehab appearance for Duda. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' issues 00:04:58
Anthony McCarron, Nelson Figueroa and Justine Ward discuss Jeurys Familia's injury, the Mets problems and the idea of trading for a closer.

The Mets were off yesterday after taking two of three from the Giants. They begin a three-game series with the Brewers tonight in Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. EST on SNY.

Matt Harvey will make his first start since returning from a three-game suspension.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey
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Rene Rivera extends Mets' lead 00:01:00
Mets catcher Rene Rivera doubles to deep center field to drive in Jose Reyes and extend the Mets' lead over the Giants.

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera had three hits, including an RBI double and a run scored, during Tuesday night's 6-1 win against the Giants at Citi Field.

It was Rivera's third multi-hit game during the last week.

In 11 games since playing everyday in place of the injured Lucas Duda, Rivera is batting .381 with a .458 OBP, one home run, seven doubles and seven RBI.

Tags: Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera
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Conforto, Collins talk win 00:06:13
Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins break down Wheeler's start against San Francisco, while Michael Conforto discusses his two-hit game.

Zack Wheeler (2-2) gave up one run and two hits in six innings Tuesday against the Giants.

It was his second-longest outing of the season and the first time he pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs since Sept. 19, 2014.

"Very, very impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "I think he's taken another giant step forward. In his last start he only threw 50 pitches. So, I thought 95 was good enough for tonight. But, he could have certainly gone back out and given us another one."

Tags: Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera
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Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 14-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 14-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda is slated to get some at-bats in extended spring training games this weekend before joining single-A St. Lucie for rehab games next week, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday that Duda starting taking dry swings as he works his way back from a hyperextended elbow. 

Duda was initially supposed to return from the disabled list on Monday but was shut down after experiencing soreness in the elbow.

The team said Duda felt a twinge in his arm during his first rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie last Friday.

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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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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.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes 

He has not played since exiting Thursday's game with a hamstring issue. He was on deck to pinch hit Sunday night, but did not get in to the game. Terry Collins said he's hopeful Cespedes will return to the lineup on Tuesday. If he again doesn't play, the Mets will have the option of back-dating a potential 10-day stint on the disabled list.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets are targeting a Tuesday return for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, manager Terry Collins told reporters before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Cespedes, who is not in Sunday's lineup and missed games on Friday and Saturday due to a hamstring injury, took indoor batting practice and is available to pinch hit, according to Collins.

Collins said Cespedes told him he felt "a lot better" on Sunday since leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning, but added he wanted to be cautious after Cespedes came back too early from a quadriceps injury last August and missed 14 games.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Anthony Gruppuso)
Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

An injury-plagued Mets offense continued to struggle in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, stringing together just two hits on the day.

The Mets were held hitless until Juan Lagares' single in the sixth inning, which set up Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single to put the Mets on the board. Cabrera's hit was the second and final one of the game for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight after a five-game winning streak.

The Mets have only been able to score more than four runs one time in their last eight games, during which several players have been sidelined.

The Mets played without Yoenis CespedesWilmer FloresLucas Duda, and for the most part, Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes missed a second straight game after departing Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, while Flores and Duda were both placed on the disabled list. D'Arnaud, dealing with a sore wrist, was not in the lineup on Saturday but pinch hit in the ninth.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have placed Wilmer Flores (knee infection) and Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) to the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

Flores, who spent Wednesday night in the hospital, will remain in the hospital throughout the weekend to receive IV fluids.

T.J. Rivera, who is in Friday night's lineup at third base, and Sean Gilmartin have been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a three run double against the Atlanta Braves during the the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a three run double against the Atlanta Braves during the the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who hyperextended his left elbow during Wednesday night's game has been sent for tests and is unavailable for Thursday night's game, manager Terry Collins said.

Duda exited Wednesday's game after a first base collision with Cesar Hernandez in the fifth inning. 

Hernandez ran into Duda's arm as the first baseman reached for an errant throw by Robert Gsellman after he fielded a slow ground ball off the mound. 

Tags: Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down New York's 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He was removed after tearing the a fingernail off his pitching hand. He's expected to make his next start.

2) Lucas Duda homered and reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Jose Reyes reached safely three times, singling and walking twice in four plate appearances. Michael Conforto singled and drove in the Mets' first run with a sacrifice fly.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Cespedes' second homer 00:01:16
Yoenis Cespedes goes yard for the second time against the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his second, third, and fourth home runs of the season on Tuesday night during the team's 14-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cespedes, who also hit a double, went 4-for-5 on the night and had five RBI.

He is he 13th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, and the first player in team history to have four extra-base hits in a game.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/11 00:04:07
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-4 rout of the Phillies.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run homer in the first and a pair of solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. He also doubled and finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs. Cespedes entered play Tuesday 4-for-26 (.154) with a homer and an RBI. 

2) Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers and tied his career high with four hits, done five times previously. Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep, giving the Mets seven home runs in the game. Cabrera went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle while d'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Every Met had at least one hit except for Matt Harvey.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/8/17 00:03:32
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' lopsided 8-1 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman overcame a shaky start to pitch five innings in his first start of the season. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Gsellman allowed single runs in each of the first three innings, the third aided by a Curtis Granderson misplay that turned into a leadoff triple for J.T. Realmuto.

2) The Mets' offensive struggles continued as they managed just three hits and none until Lucas Duda's solo homer with one out in the fifth. New York struck out 13 times, four by Neil Walker who fanned in each at-bat.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/3/17 00:05:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-0 win over the Braves on Opening Day.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) The Mets sent 11 men to the plate during a six-run seventh inning against four Braves pitchers. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with an RBI single and Lucas Duda cleared the bases with a double to left-center field.

2) Noah Syndergaard needed only 86 pitches to complete six innings before developing a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and no walks while striking out seven. He also laced a single to right in his second at-bat.

3) Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas and Robert Gsellman pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Duda's three-run double 00:00:30
Lucas Duda smacks a bases-clearing double to deep centerfield to extend the Mets lead to 6-0 in the seventh inning.

In the seventh inning Monday against the Braves, with two outs and the bases loaded, Lucas Duda hit a fat sinker from left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty to deep left-center field that scored three runs and broke the game wide open...

The moment screamed for a pinch hitter, given Duda's struggles against left-handed pitching. He looked bad fouling off an inside fastball during the first pitch of the at bat. However, doing what he did so well in 2014, but struggled to do the following two seasons, Duda shortened his swing and took O'Flaherty's outside sinker up the middle with authority.

"I think it's a big hit for Lucas," manager Terry Collins said after the game, noting that the swing was reminiscent of what made Duda so powerful in the minor leagues. "It was a huge hit for him."

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/3/17 00:05:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-0 win over the Braves on Opening Day.

Noah Syndergaard pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a blister and Lucas Duda stroked a three-run double to help lead the Mets past the Braves, 6-0, at Citi Field on Monday in the club's 56th Opening Day.

In case you missed it…

  • New York sent 11 men to the plate during a six-run seventh against four Braves pitchers. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with an RBI single, Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly and Jay Bruce walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. Duda cleared the bases with a double to left-center after another walk to Neil Walker.
  • Syndergaard needed only 86 pitches to complete six innings before developing a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and no walks while striking out seven. He also laced a single to right in his second at-bat.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Mets First Pitch: Granderson 00:04:30
The Mets First Pitch panel gives their confidence level in Curtis Granderson being able to play centerfield for the entire season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media prior to Monday's season-opening game against the Braves at Citi Field. Here's what we learned...


  • The Mets need to embrace the expectations. The team is filled with players who have won and know what it takes.
  • Collins hasn't thought about the fact that lots of players are in their walk-year, but adds those players should be 'doubly motivated.'
  • Noah Syndergaard has matured a great deal as a pitcher, learning to command his stuff and control his demeanor...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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 (Brad Barr)
(Brad Barr)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda missed Thursday's game due to a tight hamstring but is expected to start at first base on Opening Day, manager Terry Collins told reporters Thursday.

Duda missed time earlier this month after getting cortisone shots Friday in each hip.

He missed more than 100 games last season due to a stress fracture in his back and said the two conditions were related...

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Post Game Extra: Mets tie Cards 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

 

Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Four things you should know about today's game...

1) Gsellman struck out the side in the first inning. He allowed a three-run homer to Matt Adams in the fourth. At the plate, Gsellman -- who had not swung the bat since joining the Mets in 2016 due to a left shoulder injury-- swung the bat for the first time. He went 0-for-2, grounding out twice.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jay Bruce starts at first 00:02:59
Mets Talk Live discusses Jay Bruce's start at first base against the Astros and if he will get more starts there during the season.

Jay Bruce played four innings at first base during Tuesday's win against the Astros.

"Well, no one got hurt, so that's a good sign," he said smiling after the game. "I've played first base a lot in my life, just not very much in the big leagues."

In an effort to create back-up options to Lucas Duda, Terry Collins said he approached Bruce about playing first base at the start of camp.

"I wasn't sure, being a veteran guy, being in his free agent year, how he would handle it," Collins told USA Today in late February. "But he came in, and has handled it great."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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Duda's red-hot Spring Training 00:02:01
Lucas Duda keeps up his red-hot Spring Training by hitting another home run in today's game against the Miami Marlins.

In last week's Who's Hot, I focused on Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud and Gavin Cecchini, who got off to terrific starts this spring. This week, I focused on just one hot hitter, while - unfortunately - moving Conforto to the cold side of post...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets postgame 00:02:28
The Mets defeat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, despite Noah Syndergaard's rough start.

Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie. 

Asdrubal CabreraLucas DudaCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker all went deep for the Mets.

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Noah Syndergaard, who is still dealing with the flu, was sent home early on Thursday by Mets manager Terry Collins, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Syndergaard allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

Along with Syndergaard, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud have been dealing with a virus this week...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Why is Duda being overlooked? 00:04:39
Mets Talk Live discusses the impact Lucas Duda can make in the lineup this season if he is able to move forward from his back injury.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda said he felt good after swinging a bat Wednesday in St. Lucie, he told NJ.com's Matt Ehalt.

Duda, who was cleared by doctors earlier in the day, told reporters that he expects to make his Spring Training debut in the next few days. He took grounders Monday, but missed all three workouts this past weekend and after getting cortisone shots Friday in each hip.

"We'll take a few days now, instead of taking two weeks down the road," Duda explained, according to NJ.com. "We're just being cautious. In a couple days, I should be ready to go."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 1B Lucas Duda missed roughly four months in 2016 due to a stress fracture in his spine.

He was batting .231 with seven HR in 39 games prior to his injury. He returned in in mid-September, played in eight games, started six at first base and hit .217 with no home runs, two doubles and seven strikeouts in 27 plate appearances.

Duda, 30, is already in Port St. Lucie tracking pitches at Tradition Field, according to pictures posted by the team's Instagram account...

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with 1B Lucas Duda, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $7.25 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Duda, 30, hit .229 with a .302 OBP and .412 SLG with seven HR last season while being limited to just 47 games due to a back injury.

He hit .244 with a .352 OBP and .486 SLG with 27 HR in 135 games in 2015.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)

The deadline for teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures is January 13, after which the final salary will be determined during an arbitration hearing.

The Mets intend to take a more strict position on their potential arbitration cases than they have in past, Newsday's Marc Carig reported Thursday.

According to Carig, if the two sides cannot agree by Friday's deadline, the Mets have no issue letting the situation play out in arbitration.

This year's remaining, unsigned arbitration-eligible players for the Mets are...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud
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Expectations for Duda in 2017 00:02:45
Mets Hot Stove debates whether or not Lucas Duda can produce consistently in 2017.

Going into 2016, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Lucas Duda would man first base for the bulk of the season, coming off two straight years of solid production.

A back injury derailed that plan, though, and the Mets found themselves turning to James Loney as a fill-in for the majority of the season, with Wilmer Flores seeing time against left-handed pitching until he too hit the disabled list...

Tags: James Loney, Lucas Duda, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets and MLB teams have until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

If they decide to tender (offer, guarantee) a contract, the Mets retain team control over that player, after which the two sides are free to begin negotiating his 2016 salary. If the Mets decide to non-tender the player, he immediately becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

This year's arbitration eligible players for the Mets include...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Rene Rivera
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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Hot Stove talks about how David Wright factors into the team's future plans.

The Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from David Wright in 2017, GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night.

"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said during an interview on WOR 710. "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."

Wright, who turns 34 in December and hasn't yet resumed baseball activity, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson and his staff had a healthy debate about Lucas Duda's value. But, in the end, sources say they'll likely bring him back for 2017, after which he'll be eligible to be a free agent.

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Going into 2016, it seemed a foregone conclusion that Lucas Duda would man first base for the bulk of the season, coming off two straight years of solid production.

A back injury derailed that plan, though, and the Mets found themselves turning to James Loney as a fill-in for the majority of the season, with Wilmer Flores seeing time against left-handed pitching until he too hit the disabled list...

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)
Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)

MLB announced that the qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason.

Teams have until five days after the World Series ends to extend the offer to players that qualify.

The Mets will need to decide whether to make the one-year, $17.2 million offer to Neil Walker, as well as Yoenis Cespedes (if he opts out of his contract within his three-day window after the World Series).

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Addison Reed stares down a pitch against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.  (USA Today)
Addison Reed stares down a pitch against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. (USA Today)

The Mets have 12 players eligible for arbitration this offseason. MLB Trade Rumors has calculated estimated salary figures of what each player is projected to receive through arbitration negotiations:

Player 2016 Salary MLBTR 2017
Josh Edgin $500,000 $800,000
Jeurys Familia $4,100,000 $8,800,000
Lucas Duda $4,200,000 $6,700,000
Matt Harvey $4,300,000 $5,200,000
Jacob deGrom $600,000 $4,500,000
Rene Rivera $443,000 $2,200,000
Addison Reed $5,200,000 $11,100,000
Wilmer Flores $520,000 $1,900,000
Travis d'Arnaud $540,000 $1,700,000
Justin Ruggiano $180,000 $1,500,000
Jim Henderson $507,000 $1,400,000
Zack Wheeler $546,000 $1,000,000
Total $21,636,000 $46,800,000

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Wow, that's a big raise for Reed. Of course, he had one of the greatest seasons ever by a set-up guy, so it's understandable.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey
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Jacob deGrom high fives students at PS 89 in Queens on Friday. Credit: Marc Levine | NY Mets
Jacob deGrom high fives students at PS 89 in Queens on Friday. Credit: Marc Levine | NY Mets

After undergoing elbow surgery last month, New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom expects to adhere to his normal throwing program in spring training in February, he told reporters Friday after meeting with students at P.S. 89 in Queens.

DeGrom had surgery in September to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, which had been causing him pain when throwing earlier in the season.

"Talking to the doctors, I don't know what really caused this," deGrom said. "He said it can pop up like that. Your nerve can get messed up, but there was definitely stress last year."

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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It's going to be a busy, argumentative and stressful offseason. I can see it coming a mile away. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful because of the young rotation. However, because of their injuries, and the team being home on Oct. 6, it feels like the Mets took a step in the wrong direction during 2016.

Therefore, there will be lots of pressure this winter (inside and outside the organization) to be sure they're in a much better position when they hit Port St. Lucie, Florida in four months.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, James Loney, Jerry Blevins, Jon Niese, Kelly Johnson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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