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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter, and SiriusXM's Rob Brender hash out what a contract extension should look like for Jacob deGrom, what former Mets player they hope wins a World Series, give an emotional pep talk to Matt Harvey, and remind themselves that Nori Aoki is on the Mets...

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 (AP)
(AP)

Jacob deGrom's start on Friday will be pushed to Sunday after he dealt with nausea/an upset stomach on Wednesday, the Mets said Thursday.

DeGrom was treated at the ballpark in Miami on Wednesday before returning to New York with the team.

Robert Gsellman wil start in deGrom's place on Friday, with Matt Harvey pitching on Saturday.

Mets SS Amed Rosario was briefly hospitalized earlier this week due to a stomach issue that he said was due to an undercooked meal.

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How should Mets handle Harvey? 00:03:07
Sal and Jon debate whether or not the Mets should keep Matt Harvey in light of his recent struggles.

Matt Harvey has dealt with injuries and inconsistency on the mound over the last two seasons, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will probably bring the pitcher back for 2018. 

The right-hander is arbitration-eligilble this offseason, meaning the Mets will have to make a decision whether or not to tender him a contract. He would earn close to $6 million next year.

"It's highly unlikely that we're not going to bring him back next year," Alderson told the New York Post on Wednesday.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterOn July 26, 2012 in Arizona, Matt Harvey made his presence felt, striking out 11 Diamondbacks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and walking three in his Mets debut.

Harvey, who many scouts projected to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, took it up a notch after arriving from Triple-A Buffalo, featuring wipeout sliders that reached the low-90s, fastballs that sat between 95 and 97 MPH and at times ticked higher, a plus changeup, and a plus curve. 

With the Mets In the midst of their fourth-straight losing season, Harvey was not only a legitimate ace, but the first real glimmer of hope for the team as Sandy Alderson's rebuild took shape...

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GEICO SportsNite: Harvey 00:03:54
The Baseball Night in New York guys break down Matt Harvey's continuing struggles and whether the Mets can expect anything from him in 2018.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey was dejected after giving up seven runs in four-plus innings during Monday's 13-1 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from a scapula injury.

"Everybody's watching. I don't really know what there is to say except for there is nothing to say," Harvey said. "It's terrible. It's not fun. There's really nothing to say. There's no reason for questions. There's no answers. There really isn't."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/18 00:02:57
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 13-1 loss to the Marlins.

Matt Harvey allowed seven runs for the second time this month as the Mets were blown out by the Miami Marlins 13-1 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score


Harvey (5-6) allowed seven runs, 12 hits and two walks in four-plus innings, as he continued to struggle since returning from the disabled list earlier in September.

In four starts this month, Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA, as he has not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his four appearances. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the third inning that gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead and surrendered a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Miami a 5-1 lead.

Harvey left after surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth, but relievers Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles couldn't stop the bleeding, as they combined to allow five runs and five hits in 2/3 of an inning.

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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Matt Harvey is expected to make three more starts this season, the first of which is scheduled for tonight against the Marlins in Miami.

Harvey had been 4-3 with a 5.28 ERA before missing two and a half months with a stress injury in his pitching shoulder, which was the result off offseason surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

In his three starts since returning from injury, he has a 12.19 ERA. 

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after his last start. "It's extremely frustrating. ... That's really all you can say about tonight."

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The Mets (65-84) finish up their nine-game road trip with a series against the Miami Marlins (69-80) on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY at Marlins Park.

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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will tender a contract this winter to Matt Harvey, who is eligible for arbitration a final time before becoming a free agent after next season.

"No way," a team official told Newsday's Marc Carig, when asked if Harvey could be non-tendered.

Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday to the Cubs, after which he appeared distraught and bewildered by his performance.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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JRSportBrief: Harvey's future 00:01:28
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR questions Matt Harvey's future with the Mets and Major League Baseball.

Mets starter Matt Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday.

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after the game. "It's extremely frustrating. It's hard going out there and not doing what I can to help this team win. All in all, it's just extremely frustrating. That's really all you can say about tonight."

Harvey, who threw 86 pitches and allowed seven hits and four walks, had surrendered just two runs heading into the fourth inning, after which Hansel Robles gave up three inherited runs to score.

"It's been very hard, a very tough year, a very tough two years," Harvey added. "There's a lot of work going in that's not paying off, and it's becoming very frustrating for me."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/13 00:04:15
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 17-5 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.

2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/13 00:04:15
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 17-5 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.

2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.

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Nimmo, Collins and Harvey on win 00:06:08
Brandon Nimmo and Terry Collins discuss Nimmo's big day at the plate and Matt Harvey talks about feeling healthier after the Mets' win.

In his second start since returning from a right scapula injury, Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed just two runs and five hits in five innings against the Reds to earn his first victory since May 28 in Thursday's 7-2 win.

Harvey labored the first two innings, throwing 41 pitches and allowing a pair of runs, but then limited the Reds to just one hit the rest of the game. 

"For me, it's definitely a step in the right direction," Harvey said after the game. "Getting through that fifth inning was a sigh of relief. I'm not where I want to be, but I'm getting there. I know it's going to take time. It's been a rough two years. I wasn't expecting to go out there in my last start or even this one feeling totally confident, but overall, this was much better than I've experienced the last two years."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Brandon Nimmo recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in three runs. He also doubled, walked and scored three times.

2) Jose Reyes gave New York the lead with a two-run run single in the fourth. Juan Lagares and Nimmo went back-to-back in the fifth while Dominic Smith added an RBI single. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run taken away on an umpire review but finished with a double and a single, his third straight multi-hit effort.

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 (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
(Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

It's hard to imagine Matt Harvey's season going any worse. After posting a 4.86 ERA in just 17 starts in 2016, he has followed it with a 5.97 ERA in 2017, capped off by the worst start of his career last weekend in Houston. He lasted just two innings and allowed eight hits, seven runs, threw two wild pitches, and hit a batter. Mercifully, the Mets scrapped an ill-conceived plan to have him start on short rest, but at this point, it just feels like delaying the inevitable. Are we seeing the end of Matt Harvey?

Not many pitchers have returned to form after being treated for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, though few had his stature prior to it. Chris Carpenter, Cy Young winner with the 2005 Cardinals, was one of them, and it ended his career. That said, Carpenter was 37 years old and TOS was one of a half dozen significant arm injuries that studded his career. Josh Beckett also underwent the same rib-removal version of the procedure as Harvey (again, several years older), though notably he pitched one last exceptionally good season upon returning from it. Former Met Chris Young has also seen success upon return, though he is now beginning to show his age.

It's next to impossible to find good comparison cases for Harvey. Unlike Tommy John surgery, only a handful of major leaguers have undergone treatment for TOS. And what makes comparison even harder is the fact that they tend to have them at a much more advanced age...

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Citi Pre Game: Harvey struggles 00:03:21
Steve Gelbs reports from Minute Maid Park on Matt Harvey's struggles on the mound in his return from the disabled list.

Matt Harvey's previously-scheduled start on Wednesday has been bumped back to Thursday when the Mets host the Reds at CitiField, Mets manager Terry Collins said after Tuesday's game.

The Mets have not yet announced who will pitch on Thursday night when the Mets play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Phillies. 

Collins cited weather as the reason for pushing Harvey's start to Thursday, as rain is in the forecast. Earlier in the day on Tuesday the team defended the initial plan to send Harvey to the mound after three days of rest.

Collins cited weather as the reason for pushing him back, as rain is in the forecast. Earlier in the day on Tuesday the team defended the initial plan to send Harvey to the mound after three days of rest.

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New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is beginning to live up to the coaching staff's challenge after winning back-to-back starts for the first time.

After pitching 8 1/3 shutout innings last Wednesday against the Reds, Montero continued where he left off in Monday's 11-7 win over the Phillies, only allowing one run through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

"When I came in I was little bit off, but I tried to bounce back," Montero said, according to the Associated Press, after giving up four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. "I fell behind the (count) against the batters and that's where I started to give up the walks."

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Collins, Harvey on game 1 loss 00:04:42
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's first start in four months and what mechanical improvements he needs to make on the mound.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second in his first start since June 14 and the shortest of his career. The right-hander surrendered eight hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk but hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches in two innings. Harvey needed 37 pitches to get out of the opening frame when five of the first six Astros reached safely.

2) Wilmer Flores' 18th home run was a grand slam as the Mets cut an eight-run deficit to 10-7 in the seventh. Dominic Smith hit a two-run homer while Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo homer and an RBI single. Amed Rosario and Smith had two hits apiece for New York.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Mets starter RHP Matt Harvey was hit hard in his first start since coming off the DL. 

Harvey struggled with command, and it showed early has he hit leadoff batter George Springer. After an Alex Bregman single in the next at-bat, Harvey let up his first run as Jose Altuve singled home Springer. 

Marwin Gonzalez would then double to right field to score Bregman and Altuve to move the score to 3-0. Cameron Maybin should finish a four-run first inning for Harvey with a single to score Gonzalez in the next at-bat. 

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Mar 10, 2017; Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2017; Harvey (33) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey will return from the disabled list to start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros in Houston, the team recently announced.

In his last rehab start with Double-A Binghamton, Harvey hit only 93 mph with his fastball. However, he told reporters Wednesday that he isn't concerned -- his only focus is on getting outs.

"I think everybody is so worried about velocity, but's about getting hitters out. That is the biggest thing," he explained. "I feel like I have been around long enough and injured long enough to realize velocity isn't everything and getting people out and staying healthy is the most important thing."

Harvey, who hasn't pitched in the majors since June 14, will be allowed to throw roughly 80 pitches Saturday, according to manager Terry Collins.

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Mets plan to use Friday's off-day in Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to multiple reports.

"Pretty much everyone I talked to was like, 'Yeah, I want to do something,'" Mets LHP Jerry Blevins said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "We've got a good group of guys here that want to help out some fellow Americans in need."

The Mets and Astros will play a doublehader Saturday in Houston and their regularly scheduled game on Sunday in the first games the Astros will play in Houston since the hurricane.

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding in and around Houston, resulted in highway closures, and caused 17 deaths, was expected to force the series from Houston to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, where the Astros shifted their current series against the Rangers to.

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New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario celebrates his home run during the eighth inning of the first baseball game of a split doubleheader against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Washington. The Mets won 6-5. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Mets (58-75) play the first game of a doubleheader against the Houston Astros (80-53) at Minute Maid Park on Saturday at 2:10 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets?

RHP Matt Harvey (5.25 ERA/6.17 FIP, 1.45 WHIP), who is making his first start with the Mets since June 14. Harvey has spent time on the DL nursing a shoulder injury. 

Harvey made four rehab starts -- two with Low-A Gulf Coast and two with Double-A Binghamton. In a total 11 2/3 innings, he allowed eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits while striking out eight and walking three. His longest outing was his latest start which went 4 2/3 innings. 

 

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

To say each one of Matt Harvey's remaining starts will be huge for him -- as well as Sandy Alderson -- would be an understatement. Regardless, I firmly believe Harvey will be in the starting rotation next season. I also expect he'll do everything in his power this winter and next spring to make 32 dominant starts next summer in advance of becoming a free agent for the first time in his career.

Of course, Harvey's name will come up in trade rumors during the next eight months. However, I see no way he's non-tendered or moved to a new team because there's nothing he can do this September to significantly increase his value.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey pitches to Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Adam Frazier during the first inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said he was pleased to hear RHP Matt Harvey made positive strides in his pitching delivery during his rehab from a scapula injury.

"When he threw in Double-A last time, the reports weren't all that glowing," Warthen said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. "But [minor league pitching coordinator] Glenn Abbott was raving about this last one. Matt's delivery was the same every pitch, and everything was coming out cleanly."

Harvey, who is tentatively scheduled to return from the disabled list on Friday against the Houston Astros, has been out since mid-June with a stress injury to his right scapula.

"He was throwing good first innings with velocity and everything working," Warthen said of Harvey, who was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 13 starts in the majors before going on the DL.

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Crowded Mets disabled list 00:00:36
Taylor Rooks looks at the players currently on the Mets' disabled list, including the latest injury Yoenis Cespedes.

Noah Syndergaard threw live batting on Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Syndergaard is expected to throw batting practice again on Wednesday.

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Jun 14, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 14, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets starter RHP Matt Harvey allowed three earned runs on five hits four in four and 2/3 innings for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday in his lastest rehab start.

Harvey, who threw 72 pitches, walked one, struck out two, and hit a batter. 

Harvey last threw for Binghamton on Monday and he allowed two runs on four hits -- one of them a home run -- while striking out three and walking one in three innings. 

The 28-year-old has been on the DL since June 15 with a stress injury in his right scapula. 

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Harvey makes third rehab start 00:00:19
Matt Harvey makes his first start with the Mets AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as he attempts to rejoin the Mets.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey's next rehab start, which was supposed to be for High-A St. Lucie on Saturday, will instead be with Binghamton on Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather in Florida.

The Mets are projecting an early-September return for Harvey, manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that the team wants him to throw 80-to-85 pitches during his next rehab start.

Harvey (scapula) allowed two runs on four hits in three innings for Double-A Binghamton on Monday in his third rehab start.

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Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins said LHP Steven Matz may be skipped in the rotation after his winless stretch reached nine games in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

Matz allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 3 1/3 innings, giving up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez in a 40-pitch first inning and surrendering four straight hits to begin the fourth inning.

The 26-year-old Matz hasn't won a game since June 28. Over his last eight starts, he is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA, having allowed 38 runs (37 earned) and 57 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"We've been trying different stuff and it's not really translating to the mound," Matz said. "I've never gone through a stretch like this before in my career. It is tough, but I never want to say that I'm lost. ... I want to think I'm just one step away from where I need to be and things will just click.''

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Harvey on his rehab assignment 00:00:44
Matt Harvey discusses how he felt after his rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday afternoon.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed one run on one hit and walked one batter in his rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday. It was Harvey's first outing since landing on the disabled list June 15.

He threw 18 pitches, seven of which were strkes.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Teams recently inquired about trading for Mets RHP Matt Harvey, reports Marc Carig of Newsday, who said the Mets had no interest in trading Harvey when contacted.

The 28-year-old Harvey is arbitration-eligible after the season, and is set for free agency after 2018.

He has been on the disabled list since June 15 due to a scapula injury, and will likely make his first rehab start within the next week.

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Harvey on throwing BP 00:01:58
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey talks with the media after throwing live BP about how it felt to get back on the mound since his injury in June.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey (scapula) threw 20 pitches from the mound at Citi Field on Tuesday during a live batting practice session and expects to make a rehab start "in the next week or so," he said after.

"My arm can work the way it's supposed to," Harvey added. "Now it's moving the proper way."

Shortly after Harvey landed on the disabled list, pitching coach Dan Warthen told Marc Carig of Newsday that Harvey's right shoulder had "totally atrophied" as a result of the Thoracic Outlet surgery he had last year.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) says he feels great and that he remains committed to returning this season.

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday on Monday. "My arm is feeling really good."

Syndergaard, who has been throwing on flat ground since last month and has progressed to throwing from 150 feet, said he doesn't have a timetable for a return but that he's "itching" to get back.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) says he feels great and that he remains committed to returning this season.

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday on Monday. "My arm is feeling really good."

Syndergaard, who has been throwing on flat ground since last month and has progressed to throwing from 150 feet, said he doesn't have a timetable for a return but that he's "itching" to get back.

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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of 2015.

To date, there have been no reports that he and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

"That his situation remains unresolved is just one indication that there doesn't seem to be a clamoring within the Mets organization to retain Collins, and it may well be that -- after seven years of managing the Mets -- he's ready to move on to something else," ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote this past weekend. "Nobody has said anything out loud, one way or the other."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

With their loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, the Mets fell to 49-60, dropping to 11 games under .500 for the first time since July 5, 2014, which was their low-water mark that season.

"We were overmatched," Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters after Sunday night's game. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. They obviously hit better than us, they pitched better than us. When you're hitting home runs you don't have to steal too much, you don't have to run the bases very often. You just have to jog. They did that more than us too."

The Mets, who were shut out by the Dodgers on Friday night and Sunday night, managed just two baserunners on Sunday (via one hit and one walk).

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

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman, who has been out since June 28 due to a hamstring injury, began a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits while walking one and striking out one in 2/3 of an inning.

Gsellman left his start on June 27 against the Marlins in the fourth inning after suffering a left hamstring strain while running to first base.

The 24-year-old Gsellman has a 6.16 ERA and 1.62 WHIP and has allowed 97 hits while sgtriking out 57 and walking 26 in 76.0 innings (14 starts, three relief appearances) this season.

He had a 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings (seven starts, one relief appearance) in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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JRSportBrief: Wheeler down 00:01:28
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR demands that the Mets make changes after news of Zack Wheeler's arm injury.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his right arm, the team announced Monday.

"I sort of expected bumps in the road coming back this year," Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, told reporters on Monday. "It's just unfortunate because everything else feels awesome -- elbow, shoulder, everything feels great. And that's why it's so frustrating for me. The surgery repair feels great. This is something stupid and small that I can't help. I just want to go out there and pitch, but this is holding me back for a bit."

Wheeler said only the bone was irritated as opposed to a fracture. The team has not yet given a timetable for when Wheeler would return, however Wheeler told reporters he would take matters slowly.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGromNoah SyndergaardMatt HarveySteven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.

Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?

The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.

But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Matt Harvey talks rehab progress 00:02:31
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey updates the media about Monday?s throwing session and the progress of his rehab session.

Matt Harvey (scapula) and Noah Syndergaard (lat strain) began their respective throwing programs before tonight's game at Citi Field. 

"He looked free and easy," Terry Collins later said about Syndergaard. 

"I really wanted to ramp things up there," Syndergaard said. "That's how good I felt. But I know I don't need to rush it back."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) began a throwing program on Monday, throwing a baseball for the first time since suffering his injury in April.

"He looked free and easy," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Syndergaad threw.

GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday that Syndergaard and RHP Matt Harvey (scapula) would soon begin throwing programs.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) and Matt Harvey (scapula) are close to beginning throwing programs, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Syndergaard has been out since April 30 due to a torn lat and had has been pain-free since last month. However, he said at the time that he wanted to be extra cautious due to the nature of his injury.

The 24-year-old Syndergaard, who is on the 60-day disabled list, has a 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with two walks and 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings (five starts) this season.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been hurt by injuries up and down the lineup, and by consistent ineptitude in the field, but the more significant culprit is clearly their pitching.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Even with an injury-plagued rotation, the 2016 Mets surpassed expectations and ranked as one of the top staffs in the league. With nearly all of last year's successful hurlers returning (Bartolo Colon, who is struggling mightily in Atlanta this year, being the lone exception), reasonable projections anticipated similar results, even if not quite up to 2016's exceptional standards.

Instead, Mets fans have watched nothing short of an unmitigated disaster unfold in the rotation, one start at a time...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets placed RHP Matt Harvey and OF Juan Lagares on the 10-day disabled list on Friday and recalled INF Matt Reynolds and OF Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Harvey, whose DL stint is retroactive to June 15, has a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder and is expected to miss at least a few weeks.

He complained of 'dead arm' after Wednesday night's start against the Cubs.

Lagares suffered a fractured IP joint in his left thumb during Thursday night's game against the Cubs...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Matt Reynolds
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JRSportBrief: Has Harvey peaked? 00:01:22
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR discusses whether Mets pitcher Matt Harvey?s career has peaked.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

"He is expected to miss several weeks," the team added.

Harvey's spot on the roster was not immediately filled since the team did not have a player ready to replace him.

Tags: Matt Harvey
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