MetsBlog Executive Editor

Matthew Cerrone

Matthew Cerrone started MetsBlog.com as a project in college, generated 300,000,000 page views and 30,000 posts in 10 years, partnered with SportsNet New York and turned his hobby into a career. In 2011, SNY hired Matt to be Executive Editor and Director of Digital Content for their network of team sites, video content and podcasts.

August, 2016: Terry Collins looks on from the dugout (Credit: USA Today Sports images)
August, 2016: Terry Collins looks on from the dugout (Credit: USA Today Sports images)

Yes, the Mets are getting hammered with injury and illness. Frankly, so much has happened in the last 48 hours, I've literally lost track.

In case you're in the same boat, here's where things stand...

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, MLB Network Radio's Rob Brender and I discuss the week's best off-beat moments and topics about the Mets, including...

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Time to move on from Reyes? 00:07:24
The Loud Mouths debate whether it's time to panic about all of Jose Reyes' early mistakes and call up Amed Rosario to replace him.

Jose Reyes is a mess right now. You know it. I know it. He knows it. And, more importantly, the front office knows it, which is why they're already building contingency plans at third base, despite it being just 15 games in to the season...

According to people close to the team, the Mets are not married to playing Reyes at third base, though you wouldn't know it from listening to Terry Collins talk to reporters after the game.

The plan before the season was to have Reyes fill in at third base until David Wright returned from the disabled list. Then, once Wright was back, Reyes would shift to being a super utility guy playing most days (either at third, shortstop or second base) while continuing to bat leadoff.

However, it's not an ideal world and he's struggling in his current role...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Moments from Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Moments from Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Phillies (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

It's been a rough four days for the Mets, during which they've lost four times, all of which ended in the opponent's final at bat. As a result, the Mets look listless and sloppy and now are in jeopardy of falling below .500...

"We'll dig out of it, we'll get through it," manager Terry Collins told reporters, reassuring himself after the game. "You've got to go out there, you still have to get outs and you've got to make pitches and that's not what we're doing."

In addition to their bats becoming chaotic, their fielding and base running has also been messy.

In last night's game, the light again shined on Jose Reyes, who hit seventh in the order, had just one hit, struck out and left three men on base. Reyes also dropped a pop up hit above the third base line with two outs and a man on first base in the eighth inning. They mistake allowed the Phillies to have runners on the corners instead of ending the inning and the Mets still up one run.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 29, 2017; Terry Collins watches from the bench at Champion Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 29, 2017; Terry Collins watches from the bench at Champion Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since before taking the field Opening Day, Terry Collins addressed his team after losing Sunday for the third-straight time.

"I just told the guys, 'We came on this road [trip] .500, we're going home above .500,'" Collins told reporters, when asked what he told his team. "We've got to take that as a positive, not a negative. Should we have won more? Maybe. But we didn't. We can't worry about that, we've got to get ready for the upcoming games."

I still believe this is a very talented team that will win enough games to get to their third-straight postseason. That said, these two concerns will have to be addressed in some way, shape or form if the Mets want to return to winning and sustain success over the course of a full season...

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, MLB Network Radio's Rob Brender and I discuss the week's best off-beat moments and topics about the Mets, including...

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Lineup for Tuesday, April 11, courtesy of @Mets on Twitter
Lineup for Tuesday, April 11, courtesy of @Mets on Twitter

I get it. Terry Collins decided to move Jose Reyes down in the order, and replace him in the leadoff spot with Curtis Granderson. But, I don't like it...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Mar 27, 2017; Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during a spring training game Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2017; Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during a spring training game Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It's easy to write off professional athletes as being robots, or statistics with arms and legs. But, the reality is that they're living, breathing people, who -- in addition to making millions of dollars playing a game -- spend their lives working toward a mental, emotional and physical goal that -- at best -- will only last 10 or 15 years of their life.

And so, when a young man like Zack Wheeler gets to taste his dream, only to get punched in the face and thrown two years off track by having major elbow surgery, during which he experienced multiple setbacks and likely questioned if he'd ever pitch again, I'm happy when he puts in the work and gets another shot at his goal.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, MLB Network Radio's Rob Brender and I discuss the week's best off-beat moments and topics about the Mets, including...

1) The origin of Curtis Granderson's @WeFollowLucasDuda on Instagram 
2) Noah Syndergaard's ongoing feud with Mr. Met  
3) The ongoing soap opera between Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry 

To listen to the show, click below...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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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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The Mets opened their current three-game series with the Braves with a 6-0 win on Monday, which snapped a six-game losing streak to Atlanta at Citi Field.



The last time the Mets began a season 2-0 was in 2013 when they won their first two games of the year against the Padres.

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Apr 3, 2017; Fans wait in line outside Citi Field on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans wait in line outside Citi Field on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I'm happy to announce that former Mets beat reporter Adam Rubin will be joining SNY and MetsBlog as a contributor this season.

Rubin recently left his job covering the Mets for ESPN to join the New York Institute of Technology, where he's serving as the assistant athletic director for strategic communications.

Adam will be contributing three to four articles per week, the details of which he will talk about in his debut post here later this afternoon.

Frankly, for me, this is a thrill...

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Duda's three-run double 00:00:30
Lucas Duda smacks a bases-clearing double to deep centerfield to extend the Mets lead to 6-0 in the seventh inning.

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

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

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

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Oct 5, 2016; Terry Collins (10) is introduced before the wild card game at Citi Field. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY
Oct 5, 2016; Terry Collins (10) is introduced before the wild card game at Citi Field. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY

Every player on today's Opening Day roster was on the team in 2016.

The only other time this occurred in franchise history is 1974, according to MMO's Chris the Teacher.

In an era of blockbuster trades, mega contracts, rumors and free-agent frenzies, Sandy Alderson and his staff deserve credit for being patient and committing to a solid roster, while simultaneously increasing payroll to $158 million.

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I'm happy to introduce SNY.TV's newest podcast, "Meet the MetsCast," featuring me, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM host Rob Brender.

In this debut episode, our first pitch is all about Opening Day, including personal memories and our take on the best and worst opening day starting pitchers over the years.

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins celebrates in the clubhouse after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins celebrates in the clubhouse after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

According to the latest Las Vegas odds, courtesy of Bovada, the Nationals remain the favorite to win and repeat as winners of the National League East.

As I explained the other day, I don't understand why entering this season the Mets are being so disregarded by outside fans and media, but they are... In 14 years writing about this team, and 30 years being an everyday fan, I can't remember a more balanced, deep, consistently-powerful, pitching-rich roster with a manager -- for all of his in-game flaws -- that clicks so well with the executives above him and the talent on field.  

The point is, I expect, believe and will be seriously surprised if the Mets don't go deeper in to October than the Nationals this season. If they do, this is why it'll happen...

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Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)
Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)

If I didn't make it perfectly clear in my post Friday, I'm pretty bullish on the Mets and 2017.

In 14 years writing about this team, and 30 years being an everyday fan, I can't remember entering a season rooting for a more balanced, deep, pitching-rich roster with a manager -- for all of his in-game flaws -- that clicks so well with the executives above him and the talent on field.

That said, it's baseball, it's a long season, and SO many things can go wrong during 162 games. So, while I believe in this roster's ability to succeed between the lines, here are three things that must go right to get the Mets to their third-consecutive postseason and another shot at a World Championship...

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Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)
Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)

The Mets have finalized their opening day roster ahead of Monday's season opener against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Ty Kelly, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler, and Rafael Montero will be on the roster; Juan LagaresSeth Lugo, Steven Matz, Brandon Nimmo, and David Wright will start the season on the Disabled List. Jeurys Familia will begin the season on the Restricted List. 

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Apr 8, 2016; General view as workers prepare the field at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 8, 2016; General view as workers prepare the field at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to the latest Las Vegas odds, courtesy of Bovada, the Nationals remain the favorite to win and repeat as winners of the the National League East...

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Mar 15, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Rafael Montero was once a top pitching prospect for the Mets. However, after falling off the radar the last two seasons due to injury, he has resurrected his career this spring and may be on the verge of making the Opening Day roster.

Despite being in the organization since 2011, and throwing more than 100 games in the minor leagues, the 26-year-old Montero has made just 24 big-league appearances during the last three seasons. He was sidelined by a shoulder injury during most of 2015, during which Terry Collins made a special trip to St. Lucie late in the season to talk with Montero about his status.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout. Mandatory Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout. Mandatory Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mets officials must decide on a final 25-man roster by Sunday afternoon.

According to multiple reports Wednesday morning, it was still not determined whether Jeurys Familia (who has since been suspended), Juan Lagares (oblique strain), Steven Matz (sore elbow) or Michael Conforto (depending on Lagares) will be on the Opening Day roster.

"Due to some injuries and everything that always complicates it, now we got some tougher decisions to make," Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. "We're very lucky we have some depth on our club to fill in those holes."

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Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will be in good position to make a trade for a relief pitcher this summer, assuming they need one, according to baseball insiders.

By combining an infielder -- such as Wilmer Flores, Gavin Cecchini or T.J. Rivera -- with a second-tier pitching prospect -- such as Thomas Szapucki or Marcos Molina -- Sandy Alderson should have more than enough ammunition to make a meaningful deal before the trade deadline.

Their best fit may be with the White Sox, Royals and -- again -- the Orioles...

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Wheeler says he's ready 00:04:24
Zack Wheeler talks about his successful start Monday, and declares himself ready for the 2017 season.

The Mets played two split-squad games Monday, during which Seth Lugo started against the Nationals in St. Lucie, while Zack Wheeler started against the Marlins in Jupiter.

Following yesterday's news that Steven Matz will miss his next start due to elbow pain, it's been assumed that the team may need to choose between Lugo and Wheeler to be their fifth starter.

In Jupiter, Wheeler threw five scoreless innings, faced 19 batters, struck out three and allowed two hits.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

David Wright took full batting practice today, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Wright has only been fielding ground balls since March 2 when he was shut down indefinitely due to a right shoulder impingement. He later told reporters that he's technically able to hit, as well as do other baseball activity. However, he planned to only field so he could help further reduce inflammation and not risk damaging the shoulder.

It's nice to see him on field with his teammates, but hitting is not a milestone for him.

Tags: David Wright, Matthew Cerrone
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Lagares vs. Conforto in outfield 00:04:20
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Juan Larages' oblique strain and whether or not Michael Conforto will be playing for him.

At this point, Michael Conforto will almost certainly replace Juan Lagares. To be honest, I think the roster spot may have first gone to Brandon Nimmo, because the Mets really want Conforto playing every day - even if it meant doing so in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Unfortunately Nimmo is nursing a hamstring injury and is also doubtful for the start of the season, so Conforto is the only option left to be the team's fourth outfielder - even if it again means inconsistent at bats and covering center field, where he's only played six times during his career.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Lugo on WBC Experience 00:01:30
Seth Lugo describes his experience in the World Baseball Classic and how it helped prepare him for the 2017 season.

Where will Zack Wheeler start 2017?

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested Thursday that Zack Wheeler could still make the Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher, though he will not be used in a traditional bullpen role.

"You have to put bullpen in quotes," Alderson said, qualifying his statement, according to Newsday. "Is it a traditional bullpen role? Or, a less traditional bullpen role?"

Alderson said earlier this spring that Wheeler will not be allowed to throw more than 125 innings this season since it will be the pitcher's first full year back after having Tommy John surgery in 2015.

This past off-season, I heard the team had been considering having Wheeler piggyback starts made by - I assume - Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, who are most likely to throw the fewest innings per start.

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Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout during the first inning at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout during the first inning at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

By tomorrow morning, the Mets will have just eight Grapefruit League games left before starting the 2017 season April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.

"It's crunch time," Terry Collins stated Monday, when asked about the remaining schedule and decisions facing the team during their final two weeks in Florida.

Here's what has to be decided before April 3...

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Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)
Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are a lock to be in the team's starting rotation when it begins their 2017 season in exactly two weeks...

Matt Harvey should be a lock, but has struggled this spring after last year's season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I expect he'll make the Opening Day roster, though I do think there's a small chance he stays back in St. Lucie where he'd begin the season in extended spring training and on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well enough to be considered for the rotation's final spot.

"It's a great problem to have," Terry Collins said Sunday. "We came into this camp knowing we had depth in the rotation. ... They have stepped up and showed us we weren't wrong."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo is uniquely qualified to become this team's version of Indians reliever Andrew Miller, who made headlines last postseason for his ability to fill multiple bullpen roles.

Lugo is far from a household name. Unfortunately for the Mets, that is likely to change when baseball fans watch him start Friday night for Puerto Rico against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

I'm very interested to see how people react to his curve ball, which you and I know can be amazing.

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Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)

Earlier this week, the Mets reassigned their two highest-rated position prospects -- SS Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith -- to Minor League camp, reducing the number of players in big-league camp competing to be on the Opening Day roster.

Mets manager Terry Collins later said that while Smith may be in need of more work, Rosario is very capable of making his big-league debut with the Mets this season.

"I don't think there's any question," he stated.

I agree, TC. I don't think it's guaranteed to happen, but I do think there's a chance.

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

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

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) warms before a game at First Data Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) warms before a game at First Data Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins said this past weekend that - in addition to Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler - relievers Ben Rowen, Rafael Montero, Josh SmokerAdam Wilk and RHP prospect Paul Sewald have quietly emerged in camp as possible candidates to make his Opening Day roster.

According to Collins, because other pitchers they expected to do well have underperformed - I assume he meant Josh Edgin and Tom Gorzelanny - he's now paying extra attention to Smoker, Rowen, Montero, Wilk and Sewald.

The Mets typically carry seven, sometimes eight relievers to start the season. So, that means eight to 10 pitchers are competing for just two - maybe three - bullpen spots.

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Stuart's two-run homer 00:00:47
Champ Stuart puts the Mets on the board with his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot to left against the Tigers on Thursday.

Mets OF prospect Champ Stuart hit a two-run home run Thursday against the Tigers, during which he also started in center field and hit ninth in the order.

As I mentioned before and after yesterday's game, he is almost always praised for his speed. The kid is crazy quick and he loves to run.

However, in addition to his off-the-chart speed, "Stuart is willing to work counts and draw walks, knowing his job is to get on base," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo said last summer. "He also has some strength, unlike some pure speed guys, giving hope that there's some hitting ability to be unlocked."

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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud hit his second home run of the spring during Monday's 8-2 win against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

Throughout his career, d'Arnaud's swing had included a pronounced wrapping of his bat over his helmet, which would make his swing too long, hitting coach Kevin Long explained to the NY Post in February. By eliminating the 'bat wrap,' Long believes d'Arnaud will regain his quickness and consistency at the plate.

In 20 at-bats this spring, d'Arnaud is hitting .450 and has four RBI.

"We set out for him to do one thing, and that's to repeat his swing," Long said Monday, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "He's done exactly that. ... So, hopefully we can keep him in that lane and - if he does that - we know what he can do."

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It could be at least four weeks, and after another exam, before David Wright is able to stand at third base and throw a baseball across the diamond, people in St. Lucie predicted Thursday.

In other words, I'm not expected Wright to get his first big-league at bat until at least May - and that's assuming he doesn't experience any other set backs along the way...

He can throw. However, what once was just mild irritation in his shoulder after neck surgery as turned in to radiating pain and weakness when he raises his hand and arm above his shoulder.

Tags: David Wright, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In an article for ESPN.com, former GM and current MLB insider Jim Bowden brainstorms a potential trade between the Mets and Cardinals swapping OF Brandon Nimmo for 1B Matt Adams.

In Bowden's view, Adams, who lost his starting job with the Cardinals, would be the perfect complement to Wilmer Flores at first base, freeing the Mets to either trade (or absorb another injury from) Lucas Duda.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matthew Cerrone
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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The only person in control of whether David Wright retires is David Wright. The fact is, he has a guaranteed contract for the next four years and he is going no place unless he or his doctors say so.

That said, he has made it quite clear during the last two decades that he respects us -- the fans -- and has the utmost love and appreciation for the Mets organization, their ownership, front office and his teammates, and he will never put his ego in front of what's best for the overall group.

The thing is, whether he returns to being an All-Star, everyday third baseman or he transitions to being a bench player or bounces between third and first base, David knows that he's a leader and he believes he can help the Mets on the field. 

Unfortunately, we haven't had a chance to see him consistently do any of the above during the last two seasons, which is why he and everyone around him is growing frustrated -- all while he gets older and older and continues to be paid...

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In the past, the only sound heard during the team's morning stretch had been coaches barking instructions, fan's clamoring for autographs, bird chirping and cameras snapping.

This year there really loud music courtesy of a large on-field speaker controlled by one of the trainer's phones...

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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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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...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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It was photo day today, which is when players get in full uniform to pose for head shots, pictures and promos used across baseball...

The individual photographers and media outlets set up stations that players go through one by one, where they stop, take direction and mostly do whatever is asked of them...

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Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The dynamic I see between David Wright and Jose Reyes is not what I remember from the old days. It has changed, just as I am sure they have changed as men.

In the early days of their relationship, they were the two young guys called up to Shea Stadium at roughly the same time. The team was built around them. They were always paired together in photo shoots, on magazine covers and on the same side of the field...

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Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The big-name players on the Mets are all spending way more time together on and off field than I recall seeing here in previous spring trainings. That said, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes are close to inseparable.

They stretch together, they hit in the same groups, they eat together before and after practice, and they joke around in the field and at the cage. They're clearly doubling down on the friendship they began building last summer.

Hopefully, that escalation doesn't end in St. Lucie, but continues to grow and fuel the team's run production like it did during the second half in 2016...

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Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It was not photo day Tuesday morning. I wish I knew that, because I thought it was and got to Tradition Field at 6:55 am ET. No worries, though, since it was a great opportunity to watch the sunrise and catch the ballpark get started for the day...

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In the 10 years I've been coming to Tradition Field, I don't recall seeing so much smiling and laughing going on between the team's star players and the coaching staff.

It's nice to see. It's one of those things that - if the Mets go on to have a poor season and miss the playoffs - people will look back on and blame, saying they were too loose and not taking things seriously enough. Of course, if they steamroll the NL East and get back to the World Series, we'll look back and believe their success started in St. Lucie...

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Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

In his talk with the team before stretching on Sunday, Terry Collins essentially told the team that last year was an anomaly because of the injuries. He said he's proud of how they fought through adversity, but this year will be different...

In short, because I was down wind and roughly 40 feet away from where he was standing, I heard him say they will be healthy and strong and continue what they started in 2015.


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Finally on Sunday, during the team's first official full-team workout of Spring Training, David Wright and Jose Reyes were in the same place at the same time. Of course, it took a while before they stood close enough to one another to exchange words and be photographed together...

Actually, at one point, Reyes literally jobbed to a different field as Wright emerged.

"Uh oh, David's here, I need to go," he said laughing...

Reyes returned, photographers and reporters gathered, but they continued to stand apart...

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Less than a year and a half ago, MLB.com considered then 19-year-old Mets RHP Marcos Molina to be the organization's top pitching prospect. He then had Tommy John surgery, missed an entire season and dropped to fourth on MLB.com's 2016 list last summer.

Molina, now 21, tossed a bullpen session Saturday a few feet away from Dan Warthen, Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and his staff...

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