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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 was slated to start for the Mets on Tuesday, but the team now plan to skip his start, according to Marc Carig of Newsday. Noah Syndergaard will start on Wednesday followed by Matt Harvey 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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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:39
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.

To follow the game live online, click here to access SNY Gameday

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

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

 

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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).

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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:01:26
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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/16 00:03:39
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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Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Matt Harvey, who left Tuesday's start after 5 2/3 innings due to a cramp in his hamstring, will make his next start, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Harvey is next scheduled to pitch on Sunday against the Marlins in Miami.

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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.

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Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey was unable to finish the sixth inning of his start against the Phillies on Tuesday because of a leg cramp.

Harvey grimaced after covering first base and was pulled from the game after pitching 5 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out six batters.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Harvey might have been dehydrated and expressed optimism that Harvey would make his next scheduled start...

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The Mets play the second game of their three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. On the strength of two Jay Bruce homers, the Mets topped the Phillies, 4-3, in the series opener on Monday night.


The Mets have won 14 of their last 16 series against the Phillies and are 27-12 against them since the start of the 2015 season. ... The Mets have homered in six straight games and have eight overall this season. ... Jay Bruce is tied for the league lead with four home runs.

 

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Matt Harvey (33) leaves gestures to fans as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Matt Harvey (33) leaves gestures to fans as he leaves the game during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Thursday, April 6, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

In his first start of the season last Thursday, Matt Harvey cruised past the Braves, allowing two runs and just three hits during 6 2/3 innings.

Harvey threw 77 pitches (55 strikes), struck out four batters and walked no one. He was pulled from the game with two outs in the seventh inning after giving up a home run to Matt Kemp, who hit another home run off Harvey earlier in the game.

"The demeanor, even when he ran out to the bullpen, reminded me of a couple years ago," Travis d'Arnaud said after the game, according to the NY Times. "It was definitely nice to see."

Harvey, 28, is scheduled tonight against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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Collins, deGrom and Bruce on win 00:06:27
Terry Collins, Jacob deGrom and Jay Bruce discuss the Mets' 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, which was their first road win of 2017.

Matt Harvey (1-0, 2.70 ERA) and the Mets (4-3) continue their three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park tonight.

Harvey will be making his second start of the season after allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings last week against the Braves.

Clay Buchholz (0-0, 7.20 ERA) will start for the Phillies (3-4).

Juan Lagares (strained oblique) is expected get today off after playing in a rehab game Monday with St. Lucie. He will attempt to play seven innings Wednesday, according to Terry Collins.

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Mets GM Alderson on Steven Matz 00:00:49
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

Steven Matz's injury has led to frustration among Mets officials because they have yet to find out who diagnosed him with a flexor strain, according to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The Mets have interest in free agent RHP Doug Fisterreports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Fister is still seeking a major league deal, says Heyman, who speculates it's 'a little too late' for that.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:06
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Braves.

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

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

1) Harvey enjoyed a successful return to the mound in his first start since undergoing surgery last July. He allowed a pair of solo homers to Matt Kemp but just one other hit in 6 2/3 innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four.  

2) Flores' homer to left gave the Mets a 4-1 lead.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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In his first start since July of last year, Matt Harvey was charged with two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Braves on Thursday night.

He threw 77 pitches (55 strikes), struck out four batters and walked no one.

Harvey was pulled from the game with two outs in the seventh inning after giving up a home run to Matt Kemp, who hit another home run off Harvey earlier in the game.

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The Mets will try to take the rubber game of their season-opening three-game series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on Thursday night. The Mets followed up on their opening day victory against Atlanta with an extra-inning loss on Wednesday night.


To stream the game, click here

 

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Mar 10, 2017; Matt Harvey warms up before a spring training game. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Matt Harvey warms up before a spring training game. Mandatory Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey will take the mound at Citi Field tonight for the first time since allowing six runs and 11 hits in just three innings against the Marlins and being booed off the field last July.

The team announced three days later that Harvey had been struggling to pitch with thoracic outlet syndrome, which he said made it difficult for him to feel his hand and grip a baseball.

In an effort to eliminate the condition, Harvey quickly underwent surgery to eliminate pressure being put on nerves and blood vessels between his neck, rib cage and pitching arm.

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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon remains among the most popular figures in recent Mets history, as further evidenced by the warm reception he received when introduced with the Braves on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday. And given the Mets' suddenly thinner rotation, Colon certainly could have been useful had he remained for a fourth season in Queens.

Yet the decision to allow Colon to defect to Atlanta for $12.5 million on Nov. 17 ought not be second-guessed now that Seth Lugo reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and Steven Matz has disclosed he has a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow.

When Colon opposes Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night at Citi Field -- at 43 years, 315 days old -- the veteran right-hander will become the oldest pitcher in the majors to start one of a team's first two games of a season since Jamie Moyer with the Rockies at age 49 in 2012. And certainly there will be an expiration date on Colon's productivity at some point sooner than later, even if he appears ageless.

That's not what dissuaded the Mets from re-signing him, however.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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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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Mets Talk Live: Rotation 00:07:40
The guys on Mets Talk Live weigh the options for the Mets as they finalize their rotation before Opening Day.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey turned in a sharp outing on Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. 

Harvey, making his fifth Grapefruit League start of the spring, threw as hard as 97 miles per hour early on and regularly hit 93-94 miles per hour throughout the game. He also found success mixing in his off-speed pitches. He struck our four batters and walked one. He lo

Matt Harvey turned in a sharp outing on Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. 

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Matt Harvey spring start 00:01:59
Right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey discusses his latest outing at Mets Spring Training in Florida.

Matt Harvey allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out four batters and walking none, in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Tigers.

"I kind of looked up and realized how many pitches I had, and it's been a long time since I've gone into the fifth inning," Harvey said after the game. "Overall, I'm excited."

Harvey is expected to make at least one more Grapefruit League start before transitioning toward preparation for his season debut against the Braves in April.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Matt Harvey allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings while reaching 96 MPH with his fastball as the Mets lost the Tigers, 5-1, on Monday afternoon in Lakeland, FL.

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

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

1) Harvey allowed seven hits, struck out four, and walked none during his start. His fastball sat between 92 and 94 MPH for the first few innings before reaching 96 MPH in the third inning.

2) RH reliever Fernando Salas, who had been dealing with a visa issue, allowed one hit and struck out one in 0.2 innings during what was his Grapefruit League debut.

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Zack Wheeler is ready to pitch 00:03:54
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses his outing Thursday and is happy to be healthy and ready to pitch in 2017.

In his start Thursday against the Nationals, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched 2 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two of 11 batters.

"I'm ready to move on and pitch with these guys during the season," said Wheeler, who will be limited to throwing roughly 125 innings this season.

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Mets Talk Live on Harvey 00:06:25
The Mets Talk Live crew breaks down Matt Harvey's performance against the Marlins on Wednesday.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey was charged with two runs in 3 1/3 innings Wednesday against Marlins. He tossed 67 pitches, gave up five hits, walked one batter, struck out three and was hit on the back of his leg by a line drive.

His fastball reportedly sat between 92 and 95 mph and his slider was clocked at 87 mph.

"I think it's still early," Harvey said, when asked after the game about his velocity. "The velocity will come in time. I just need to push forward."

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Harvey's outing against Marlins 00:03:22
The Daily New Live panel discusses Matt Harvey's outing against the Marlins and asks what can realistically be expected from him this year.

Matt Harvey hit 95 mph several times early in the game, but allowed four runs (two earned) as his team's bats were largely silent in a 6-2 loss to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium.

To see the full boxscore, click here!

 

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Harvey returns to the mound 00:06:26
Mets Talk Live breaks down the takeaways from Matt Harvey's spring debut, in which he pitched 1 2/3 innings and gave up four earned runs.

In his first start this spring, Matt Harvey was charged with four runs and four hits, while striking out three batters with 39 pitches, in 1.2 innings.

Harvey said Monday that he's still dealing with a stiff neck that he pitched through during Sunday's start, according to Dan Martin of the NY Post.

He said he slept wrong, which caused the neck stiffness, adding that Terry Collins asked him if he wanted to skip the start.

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:46
Gary Apple and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 14-11 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Mets lost to the Cardinals by a score of 14-11 on Sunday in Port St. Lucie.


  • Matt Harvey made his first appearance since July of 2016, giving up four hits -- including a three-run home run -- and three runs in 1.2 innings of work. He also had three strikeouts. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes hit his second home run of the spring.
  • Addison Reed pitched 1.1 innings in relief and gave up three runs on four hits.
  • Seth Lugo gave up four runs on five hits in two innings.
  • TJ Rivera hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a 2-run single in the seventh.
  • Travis d'Arnaud was the DH and had an RBI double.
  • Wuilmer Becerra collected his first RBI of the spring.
  • Luis Guillorme hit his first home run of the spring in the seventh inning.
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Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey makes his return to the mound as the Mets take on the Cardinals in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m., which will be broadcast on WPIX. 

Harvey will be making his first start in a game since July 4, after which he had surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut on Friday against the Houston Astros.

Syndergaard threw 20 of 29 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and allowing one hit. His fastball hit 98 mph while it hovered in the high 90s.

"I feel comfortable throwing all four pitches even though I didn't throw any curveballs," Syndergaard told reporters following his outing, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have played six Grapefruit League games this spring, during which none of their premiere starting pitchers have made an appearance.

Instead of starting Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz from the start of the exhibition season, the Mets intentionally delayed their first appearances as part of an overall strategy to help reduce the number of pitches they throw before Opening Day.

Finally, today at 1 pm ET on SNY, Syndergaard will make his first scheduled start, followed by deGrom on Saturday, Harvey on Sunday and Matz on Monday.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

RHP Zack Wheeler will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10 when the Mets visit the Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

Wheeler threw his first live batting practice Wednesday morning, and a scout watching said he looked "really good," although the batters were mostly just tracking the ball, according to the Daily News.

The Mets will begin using their expected regular starting pitchers in Spring Training games Thursday.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Thursday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Jacob deGrom on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday and Steven Matz on Monday...

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Live from Duffy's: Matt Harvey 00:06:28
Matt Harvey talks with Steve Gelbs about maintaining his intimidating presence on the mound and his recovery from surgery.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey looks forward to regaining the form he displayed during his dominant 2013 season while also helping lead the club to a World Series title, he told SNY during Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. 

Speaking about his struggles last year, which ended in July following surgery to remove a rib after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey said "it was a tough experience and I'm glad it's over, but I'm ready to go." Asked whether he plans on altering the style of pitching he had prior to his injuries, Harvey said "the goal is to regain 2013 form and go out there and do what I did then."

The 27-year-old also talked about bringing a championship to New York, saying he can "kind of envision the parade that we're gonna have" when he looks around the Mets' locker room.

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Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

I know, and you know, the Mets have some serious pitching talent. I actually take it for granted, I think. But, when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level...

This morning, I watched Zack Wheeler work at length for the first time this spring. He threw free and easy and - most important - he showed no signs of discomfort or awkwardness. There was no shaking out his arm or looking at his elbow, which is what I recall earlier in camp. In today's instance, it was all business. He simply tossed a bullpen session, did it well, and that was that...

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(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins spent a good chunk of time at the end of today's practice signing autographs for Mets fans...

It was quite a frenzy, especially considering Harvey and Syndergaard were signing at the same time. And, I have to say, though people were going pretty crazy to get to Syndergaard, I actually think Harvey created a bigger buzz...

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. (Steve Mitchell)
. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHPs Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard threw side-by-side bullpen sessions on Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Expectations for Matt Harvey 00:05:16
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa speculate on what to expect from Matt Harvey in the 2017 season.

Matt Harvey feels great, especially having been able to run a routine off-season throwing program this past winter, he explained to reporters Monday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

"I was able to pick it up in December, kind of like a normal offseason, which was different from the Tommy John when I had an entire offseason off," he explained. "

Harvey tossed a bullpen session earlier in the day in front of teammates and media...

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey reacts after getting Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas to strike out during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey reacts after getting Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas to strike out during the fourth inning of Game 5 of the Major League Baseball World Series Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey, whose 2016 season ended due to surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome last July, said he worried about his future in the days after the surgery.

"They had a nerve block for three days after I had surgery and I couldn't feel my hand," Harvey said Monday in Port St. Lucie. "That was a big scare for me when I was in the hospital. ... Once I had full movement, it was kind of smooth sailing from there."

Harvey said he feels great now, adding that the recovery from this surgery is easier than his recovery from Tommy John surgery he had in October of 2013, since he was able to have a normal offseason.

"I feel great," he said. "Kind of like a nornal offseason. That kind of made a difference, rather than the Tommy John, where I had the whole offseason off and then obviously started throwing as soon as I got down to Spring Training."

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Mets pitchers and catchers officially reported to Tradition Field yesterday. The group will do light training and conduct physicals Monday before returning for their first official workout on Tuesday.

Also on Monday, Terry Collins will hold his first Spring Training Press Conference at 11:30 am ET, which will air live on SNY.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to do so until Feb. 17, since the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

A year after health issues cut his season short, Matt Harvey looks good to return to form in 2017, general manager Sandy Alderson told the New York Post. 

Harvey, who had his 2016 season cut short after complications with Thoracic outlet syndrome that resulted in surgery, said earlier in the offseason that he has not experienced any pain in his arm while throwing after he did much of last year. While Alderson said he has not seen Harvey throw in person, he is optimistic about the pitcher's progress. 

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Alderson talks Mets offseason 00:05:50
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the BNNY panel to discuss the moves he made in the offseason.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest on Tuesday night's edition of Baseball Night in New York on SNY.

Alderson addressed several topics from what he called an "unusual" offseason.

When asked how he felt the team might improve this season given he will be bringing back essentially the same roster, Alderson pointed to health playing a key role. He specifically cited the health of the starting rotation, with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom each coming off surgeries and Steven Matz missing time last season.

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