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The Mets are pushing back Jacob deGrom's start to Friday due to anticipated inclement weather and will have Rafael Montero start on Thursday night against the Padres at Citi Field, manager Terry Collins said.

It has been raining in New York City for the majority of Thursday, and the forecast calls for rain on and off during the game, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Tommy Milone has a sprained left knee and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.

LHP Josh Smoker will likely make his first Major League start in Milone's place on Saturday, although RHP Rafael Montero is also a possibility, reports Newsday's Marc Carig

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Matt Harvey's mechanics 00:03:22
Nelson Figueroa and Gary Apple break down some of Matt Harvey's mechanical issues on the mound and discuss how they can be addressed.

Despite being staked early to a 7-0 lead, Matt Harvey (3-3) labored through 103 pitches and five innings Tuesday against the Padres, though he still managed to get his first win since April 11.

"Obviously, he wasn't real sharp tonight," Terry Collins said after the game. "He just didn't have his command. It wasn't very good. His velocity was down. ... He had to work hard to get through the fifth inning and he did that. There is a space for that in the process of getting better. There's nothing wrong with it, being able to go out there and battle your butt off and keep your team in the game."

It was Harvey's first time pitching in Citi Field since being suspended three games on May 6 for missing a Saturday afternoon game against the Giants. He was greeted with a mix of unenthusiastic cheers and jeers by the roughly 20,000 fans in attendance.

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Collins, Conforto, Harvey on win 00:06:25
Terry Collins, Michael Conforto and Matt Harvey discuss the team's seven-run eruption in the first inning and Harvey's shaky outing.

The Mets (19-24) continue their series against the Padres (16-31) tonight at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (2-3, 7.12 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) will start for the Mets for the first time since allowing six runs in a start against the Brewers.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) will make his fourth start and second for the Padres since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Tags: Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz
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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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The Mets (18-24) open a three-game series against the Padres (16-30) on Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Mets, who were off on Monday, took two games out of three from the Angels this past weekend. 

With a win tonight, Terry Collins will secure his 500th win with the Mets. Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536) are the only managers to have more wins in Mets history.

The Mets have adjusted their starting rotation as Robert Gsellman is scheduled to throw Wednesday, followed by Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, with Saturday's starter to be determined.  

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets begin a three-game series at Citi Field against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) will face Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61 ERA) in the series opener at 7:10 p.m.

LHP Steven Matz is set to pitch in a rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas as well.

Tags: Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey thinks he has fixed a flaw in his delivery, which he adjusted prior to his start against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

"Looking at video from successful starts that I've had in the past, we found out that my arm slot was like six inches higher,'' Harvey said Sunday, according to Newsday. "Not this past start, but the previous ones. It kind of dated back to last year when I had some issues with my rib and I couldn't throw from my normal arm slot because of the injury."

Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five against the Diamondbacks. He said afterwards that it was the best he felt on the mound in two years.

He told Newsday that the adjusted delivery is the same one he used in 2013, when he had a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings...

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jacob deGrom finally found his groove. Well, except for when he almost lost it.

After issuing a four-pitch walk to open Friday's game, deGrom at one point retired 13 straight batters and ended up tossing seven scoreless innings in what became a 3-0 win against the Angels at Citi Field. The victory snapped the Mets' seven-game losing streak.

It was a desperately needed performance by deGrom on many levels for the Mets (17-23).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Collins and Harvey react to loss 00:06:10
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's improved pitching and the lack of health on the Mets' roster.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five against the Diamondbacks.

"If could go back and change a couple pitches, I would," Harvey told reporters after the game. "But overall, I felt much better today and probably the best I've felt in two years. It's definitely a positive."

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The Mets (16-22) look to avoid a three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks (23-18) today at Chase Field in Arizona at 3:40 p.m. The Mets lost to the Diamondbacks, 5-4, on Tuesday night.

The Mets have lost six straight for the second time this year and five straight road games. ... New York is 1-7 in its last eight games against Arizona. ... The Mets are tied for 10th in the majors with 52 home runs.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, (5.63 ERA/6.48 FIP, 1.43 WHIP), who allowed five runs (including three home runs) on seven hits while walking five and striking out six in 5.0 innings against the Brewers last Friday in his first start after serving a three-game suspension for violating team rules.

He has allowed 17 runs in 14 2/3 innings over his last three starts.

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Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.63) will start today at 3:40 pm ET against the D-backs, as the Mets conclude a six-game road trip, during which they're 0-5.

In his previous start, which was hist first outing since being suspended earlier this month, Harvey gave up seven hits, including a career-high three home runs, five walks and five runs during a 7-4 loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee.

According to Terry Collins, getting Harvey on track is critical to the team's success.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets (16-18) will play game two of a three-game set against the Brewers (19-17) on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET at Miller Park. Matt Harvey gave up five runs in his start on Friday evening, helping Milwaukee earn a 7-4 victory in the opener of the series.

The Mets have dropped two straight, but have won five of their last eight overall. ... They have won their last four series. ... They have scored in the first inning in nine of their last 11 games. ... The Mets are second in the majors with 68 runs scored so far this month. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Robert Gsellman (6.54 ERA, 1.64 WHIP) is coming off two straight wins, but has only lasted beyond five innings once this season.

Saturday's game against the Brewers will be Gsellman's first start against a team outside of the NL East. He owns a 4-0 record with a 4.20 ERA in 30 innings pitched.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian and co-host Steve Hofstetter and MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone battle through injuries to talk about...

  • The chaos surrounding Jeurys Familia and Matt Harvey...
  • The next random injury to strike the 25-man roster...
  • Crazy quotes from the last few weeks, some of which came true...
  • The ups and downs of being entertained as a Mets fan...
  • How the Mets can save their season during May and June...

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey
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May 2, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) prepares for a game at SunTrust Park. Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
May 2, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) prepares for a game at SunTrust Park. Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Matt Harvey let up five runs on seven hits, while giving up three home runs and walking five batters, in his first start in 10 days. Harvey was suspended -- without pay -- for three games starting last Saturday due to a violation of team rules.

On Friday evening, Harvey allowed two runs in the first three innings, as Jett Bandy doubled home a run and Hernan Perez hit a solo homer. The Mets tied the game at two in the top of the sixth inning, but the bottom of the frame was when the wheels fell off for Harvey and company.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/12 00:04:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Brewers on Friday.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey allowed five runs, including three homers, in five-plus innings and tied his career-high with five walks (one intentional) and six strikeouts, which matched a season-high. He surrendered consecutive homers in the sixth after the Mets had tied the game, 2-2, in the top half of the inning.

2) Neil Walker homered and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He also singled in the ninth for his second three-hit game of the season. T.J. Rivera had an RBI groundout in the ninth and Curtis Granderson scored on a wild pitch.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Neil Walker
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:05:22
Jim Duquette joins Marc Malusis and Jon Hein as they play Boom or Bust on the future of Matt Harvey and the Mets strategy going forward

Mets RHP Matt Harvey will return to the mound on Friday night in Milwaukee for the first time since being suspended three games for violating team rules.

After apologizing to his teammates on Tuesday, Harvey addressed the media and apologized for staying out past curfew last Friday and not reporting to the ballpark for last Saturday's game, which resulted in the suspension.

He had reportedly told team officials he had a migraine on Saturday, which he said resulted in his absence, but did not mention that while apologizing on Tuesday...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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The Mets (16-17) open a three-game series against the Brewers (18-17) this afternoon at Miller Park at 8:10 on SNY. The Mets, who were off Thursday, took two of three games from the Giants earlier this week.

The Mets have won eight of their last 12 games while winning their last four series. ... The Mets have scored in the first inning in nine of their last 10 games. ... The Mets lead the majors with 64 runs scored in May.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, (5.14 ERA/5.76 FIP, 1.29 WHIP), who is taking the mound for the first time since being suspended for violating team rules last weekend...

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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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Fans on Harvey's situation 00:04:32
Loud Mouth viewers express their thoughts on the Matt Harvey situation after he issued an apology at a press conference Tuesday.

Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his Mets debut when they face Matt Cain (2-1, 4.70 ERA) and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

Milone was claimed off waivers by the Mets this past weekend after he was designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier in the week.

In six appearances (three starts) this season with Milwuakee, Milone allowed 15 runs and 29 hits, including six home runs, while striking out 16 batters in 21 innings.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Matt Harvey, San Francisco Giants, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Josh Smoker delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets optioned LHP Josh Smoker to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday after they reinstated RHP Matt Harvey from his three-game suspension.

Harvey, speaking for the first time since the team suspended him over the weekend for not showing up to Citi Field for Saturday's game against the Miami Marlins, apoligized to the team and said he felt "embarrassed" by his actions.

Originally scheduled to start on Sunday, the Mets suspended Harvey for three games beginning on Saturday and announced he would make his next start on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Smoker, 28, had a 7.88 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 16 innings across 15 relief outings with the Mets this season.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Matt Harvey
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Harvey apologizes to fans, team 00:08:19
Matt Harvey admitted to being out late and playing golf prior to not showing up to Citi Field on Saturday.

Matt Harvey was reinstated before Tuesday's game after being suspended three days without pay since Saturday for missing that day's game against the Marlins at Citi Field.

Harvey first addressed his teammates, speaking for roughly 10-to-15 minutes while on the verge of tears, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, who says Harvey went "point by point" to his teammates while explaining how he screwed up.

Harvey then addressed reporters and said...

  • He's embarrassed by his actions, and apologizes to ownership, players and fans for his actions this past weekend.
  • He needs to rededicate himself to putting himself in the best physical shape to succeed on the baseball field.
  • He admits to having been out late past curfew after Friday's game...
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Apr 27, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a home run at Citi Field. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a home run at Citi Field. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey will be reinstated Tuesday after being suspended three days starting Saturday without pay for missing that day's game against the Marlins at Citi Field.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that he expects Harvey to first apologize to his teammates Tuesday, after which he is expected to address the media between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

According to NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan, a source told him Harvey may choose not to apologize.

The Mets said Sunday when announcing his suspension that Harvey reported missing Saturday's game because he was suffering from a severe migraine headache.

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Walker, Collins on walk-off win 00:06:01
Mets second baseman Neil Walker and manager Terry Collins break down the Mets' 4-3 win after Walker's walk-off single in the ninth.

Tonight at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will oppose Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m in the second game of a three-game series between the Mets and Giants.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, San Francisco Giants
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Collins on Harvey suspension 00:07:20
Terry Collins addresses the Matt Harvey suspension and Doug Williams and Todd Zeile talk about a busy day for the Mets.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey will likely return to the starting rotation on Friday against the Brewers in Milwaukee, manager Terry Collins said on Monday.

Manager Terry Collins said after Monday's game that newly-acquired LHP Tommy Milone will start on Wednesday as opposed to Harvey or Rafael Montero.

GM Sandy Alderson announced on Sunday that Harvey would be suspended three games without pay, beginning on Saturday, for violating team rules, with reports later indicating Harvey had not reported to the ballpark for Saturday's game.

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Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have won six of their last nine games. However, every day during that time, fans and media have been bogged down in some sort of off-field controversy or injury news.

For instance, to end April, the Mets took two of three from the Nationals, but I spent the next few days only being asked about Noah Syndergaard's injury.

This past weekend, the Mets took two of three from the Marlins. And, instead of talking about the team's recent success on field, or how they're the top scoring team in the NL during the last week and a half, I'll likely spend all day today talking and writing about Matt Harvey being suspended for three days and what that means to his career in New York.

So, let's get to it...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:03:01
Justine Ward is joined by Daily News baseball writer John Harper to discuss Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey's suspension.

Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.68 ERA) and the Mets open a three-game series at home against Matt Moore (1-4, 6.75 ERA) and the Giants on Monday at 7:10 pm ET.

The Giants, who have lost six of their last eight games, were delayed leaving Cincinnati when their player bus broke down on the way to the airport late Sunday.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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New York Mets' Matt Harvey delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Mets (14-15) will go for the sweep as they wrap up a three-game series with the Marlins (12-17) today at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. The Mets cruised to an 11-3 win over the Marlins on Saturday night.

Matt Harvey (2-2, 5.14 ERA) will pitch for the Mets. He allowed six runs on eight hits in five and 1/3 innings in his last start on May 2 against the Braves. Jose Urena (0-0, 2.35 ERA), who has served in a relief role, will get the start for the Marlins. In two appearances against the Mets this season, Urena has allowed one run on three hits in four innings.

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Collins and Harvey talk loss 00:06:08
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's outing after the Mets' 9-7 loss to Atlanta.

Matt Harvey allowed six runs and eight hits, while walking three and striking out two, in 5 1/3 innings during a 9-7 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night.

It was his his second consecutive six-run outing.

"Today was the best I've felt in a long time and the ball was coming out better than it had for a few years," Harvey said after the game. "I just have to locate. It's fine tuning that. The velocity was there the whole time and I was able to repeat things the right way."

In his last three starts, Harvey has allowed four home runs, walked 10 batters, and struck out five, while losing twice and posting an 8.10 ERA. He has only pitched a full seven innings once this season.

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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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The Mets (11-14) continue their four-game series against the Braves (10-14) at SunTrust Park tonight in Atlanta at 7:35. The Mets, behind another big night from Michael Conforto, beat the Braves, 7-5, in Monday night's series opener.

The Mets have won 12 of their last 15 games in Atlanta and are 7-4 on the road this season. ... The Mets have scored five or more runs in five-straight games. ... The Mets are third in the majors with 39 home runs, trailing only the Brewers (47) and Nationals (43). ... The Mets have hit 25 home runs on the road this season, which is tied with the Padres for the most in baseball. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, (4.25 ERA/5.53 FIP, 1.15 WHIP), who allowed six runs on five hits while walking five and striking out one against the Braves last Thursday...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2013; Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: William Perlman via USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.25 ERA) will take the ball tonight against the Braves, the same team that roughed him up for six runs in 4 1/3 innings last week. In that game, Harvey walked a career high five batters.

In case you forgot, before Noah Syndergaard ever sniffed the big leagues, before we had "Thor," it was Harvey who turned heads in New York City and captured the attention of baseball.

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a blister, cracked nail, biceps tendonitis, arm fatigue and shoulder discomfort at various points this season. He refused to have himself checked out with an MRI and instead threw a bullpen session Friday. He supposedly looked and felt great, and was cleared to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Of course, after hitting 100 mph with his fastball to start the game, he was removed midway through the second inning after throwing a pitch and grabbing beneath his right arm (lat muscle). Now, he's headed for an MRI, initially scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday.

Asked if it's common for a player to refuse examination, GM Sandy Alderson said, "That's not standard practice, but I can't tie him down and throw him in the tube either."

No, you don't tackle him. (For starters, Alderson is 69 years old, while Syndergaard is Syndergaard and he'd win.) But the proper solution is to sit him down, call his agent and explain to them the situation and how that the MRI isn't a punishment, but is in the best interest of the player, his teammates, the organization and his future.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yoenis Cespedes heading to the disabled list with a pulled hamstring will be a crushing blow for the Mets, who posted a 15-21 record with him out of the starting lineup last season. Yet the firewall for the Mets in recent seasons has been the strength and depth of the team's starting rotation. And now that appears seriously breached, as well.

As they enter a weekend series against the Nationals in D.C., during which they will face Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Mets are five games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2014. They are in last place in the NL East and 7½ games behind Washington. Their current six-game losing streak is the team's longest in nearly 23 months.

The scariest part of the current skid? The state of the once-envied rotation...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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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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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed six runs on five hits while walking five and striking out one in 4 1/3 innings against the Braves on Thursday as his ERA rose to 4.25 for the season.

He said after the game that he had an 'intense' workout on Wednesday, was tight during his start, and that his body didn't respond. 

Harvey tossed a 1-2-3 first inning as his fastball sat in the mid-90s, but struggled with his command each inning after. 

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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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The Mets (8-12) continue their shortened two-game series against the Braves (7-12) at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday. The Mets, who were off on Monday and were rained out on Tuesday, lost to Atlanta 8-2 Wednesday night.

Noah Syndergaard was today's scheduled starter, but was scratched Thursday morning after experiencing discomfort in his biceps.

The Mets have lost five straight games and nine of their last 10 to fall to fourth place in the N.L. East -- 6.5 games behind the first place Nationals. ... The Mets are 4-9 at home this season. ... The Mets opened this season by winning 2 of 3 games against the Braves at Citi Field. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, (2.84 ERA/4.91 FIP, 0.947 WHIP), who allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two last Friday against the Nationals.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have a rotation of young, fire-balling pitchers, led of course by Noah Syndergaard.

What makes the rotation so special is the fact that all of its members have great secondary pitches. However, the main focus is usually on their fastballs.

Here are the fastest pitches each member of the Mets rotation has thrown so far this season, courtesy of Statcast:

  1. Noah Syndergaard: 100.9 MPH sinking fastball on April 9 against the Marlins.
  2. Jacob deGrom: 97.4 MPH 4-seam fastball on April 22 against the Nationals...
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Apr 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of the tarp on the field seen through raindrops on a window before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of the tarp on the field seen through raindrops on a window before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The first game of a three game series between the Mets and Braves at Citi Field has been rained out.

Tuesday night's game has been rescheduled for 4:10 p.m. on September 25 as part of a doubleheader. 

Robert Gsellman, who the Mets had planned to skip, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, will make his scheduled start on Wednesday. Noah Syndergaard will start the series finale on Thursday.

Julio Teheran, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday for Atlanta, will start on Wednesday, according to Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan.

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Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Nationals.

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

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

1) Jeurys Familia tossed a wild pitch and walked consecutive batters in the 11th, the latter forcing in the eventual game-winning run. Bryce Harper, who opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, doubled off Josh Smoker with one out and scored on Familia's walk.

2) Matt Harvey gutted his way through a season-high seven innings and surrendered three runs, all coming on a pair of homers. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out a pair in his 108-pitch outing.

3) Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson both went deep and finished 2-for-4. Granderson tied the game twice, with a two-out RBI single in the fourth and with his first roundtripper in the sixth. 

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The Mets (8-8) open a three-game series against the Nationals (10-5) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. With the team making three errors, the Mets lost to the Phillies, 6-4, on Thursday night.

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The Mets have lost five of six games and are 4-5 at home this season. ... They are in the midst of 32 consecutive games against N.L. East opponents to start the season. ... The Mets went 2-4 in series against the Nationals last season, going 7-12 overall.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Matt Harvey, who allowed one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in six innings this past Sunday against the Marlins.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jacob deGrom, who is dealing with a stiff neck, will have his start pushed to Saturday, with Matt Harvey starting in deGrom's place on Friday, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Harvey will be pitching on regular rest since the Mets were off on Monday.

DeGrom has a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with four walks and 22 strikeouts in 19.0 innings (three starts) this season.

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Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

After the Mets lost an eventful series finale in Miami, Terry Collins reiterated his belief that pulling Jacob deGrom after 97 pitches on Saturday was the responsible decision. And given the conservatism across baseball these days, lifting deGrom should hardly be a head-scratcher...

Yet, it is worth noting that 85 times from Opening Day through Saturday a starter reached the 100-pitch plateau around the majors. And in only one of those instances it was a Mets pitcher who tossed triple-digits -- Noah Syndergaard, in a 5-2 win against Miami on April 9 at Citi Field (103 pitches).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins and Matt Harvey talk about feeling positive where they're at despite Sunday's loss to Miami.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey limited the Marlins to two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in six innings on Sunday in his third start of the season.

Harvey lowered his ERA to 2.45, but recieved a no-decision after the Mets were unable to generate run support until later in the game, which ended when the Marlins hit a walk-off home run in the ninth. 

Harvey had five strikeouts and walked two batters.

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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) J.T. Riddle hit his first big league homer, a walk-off blast with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Addison Reed, to spoil a valiant Mets' comeback in the top of the inning. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera temporarily saved the day, combining on a perfect relay to nail Marcel Ozuna at the plate to temporarily keep the game tied.

2) Traililng 2-0 in the ninth, singles by Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores, plus an error on Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton, put runners and second and third with two outs in the ninth. Cabrera stroked a pinch-hit single to tie the game, making him 6-for-7 with seven RBIs with runners in scoring position.

3) The Mets were held without a hit until Neil Walker singled off Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler with two outs in the eighth. Yoenis Cespedes followed with another single.

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The Mets (7-5) will play the final game of their four-game series against the Marlins (6-5) at Marlins Park in Miami on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. The Mets enjoyed seven strong innings from Jacob deGrom on Saturday, but lost 5-4 after Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton hit eighth inning homers off Fernando Salas.

 

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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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