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.

Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)
Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)

Tomorrow, May 23, is the 19th anniversary of Mike Piazza's first game with the Mets...

In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, I talk with Greg Prince about his new book, Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star, which you can learn more about by clicking here!

In the 20-minute interview, Prince and I talk about...

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, SiriusXM's Rob Brender and I stop laughing to commiserate about the Mets, while talking about...

  • How to deal with being 16-23, despite the injuries and expectations...
  • Injuries, and if they're solely to blame for the team's disappointing record...
  • Is this the worst bullpen in team history...
  • The good and bad of Terry Collins...

In a unique twist, I'm the emotional host, ranting and rambling about injuries, the job of a New York manager, the difference between a relief pitcher and bullpen, and Luis Ayala, who I still can't believe was acquired to be a closer when the Mets were in first place during August, 2008...

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

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Terry Collins celebrates with fans during the 2015 postseason (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Terry Collins celebrates with fans during the 2015 postseason (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Terry Collins will break the record for most career games as manager of the Mets tonight when his team hosts the Angels at Citi Field...

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Alderson on Mets medical staff 00:01:33
Sandy Alderson discusses changes to the Mets' medical protocols in a press conference before the game against the Angels on Friday.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has started to meet with the team's medical staff each day, he said on Friday at Citi Field.

"We haven't reached any significant conclusions but we have changed some of our practices," Alderson said about potential changes to the Mets' protocol when it comes to handling injuries. 

Alderson has been investigating ways to help facilitate the flow of information between his coaching staff, trainers, and medical departments, he recently told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who penned a terrific article earlier this week specifically about Alderson's staff, protocols, and team injuries.

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Mets manager Terry Collins and Nationals manager Busty Baker (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets manager Terry Collins and Nationals manager Busty Baker (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Nationals are again reaching out to teams in an effort to trade for a closer, sources recently told FanRag.com's Jon Heyman.

This past winter, the Nationals reportedly tried to sign Greg HollandAroldis ChapmanKenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon, all of whom joined different organizations.

In the case of Jansen and Melancon, each pitcher reportedly accepted less money than what was offered by Washington. Instead, the Nationals ended up signing Joe Nathan, Matt Albers, Tim Collins, Vance Worley, and Neal Cotts to minor-league deals.

There has so far been no evidence yet that Sandy Alderson is taking a similarly aggressive approach. However, it's fair to assume he eventually will make a move...

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Mets fans dressed as Thor wield their hammers as Syndergaard warms at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mets fans dressed as Thor wield their hammers as Syndergaard warms at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's #FeedbackFriday edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, Dennis Holden and I answer fan voicemails about...

  • Is there any hope for the Mets this season...
  • If so, why will they turn it around...
  • If not, what will they do to be better next season...
  • Lastly, is their record a reflection of their attitude or injuries...

To check out Holden's Dennis Has a Podcast, click here! To follow him on Twitter, go here!

To listen to today's Feedback Friday, click play below or use this link to download..

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

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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Terry Collins waits in the dugout at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins waits in the dugout at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

I'm pretty sure I wrote this exact post a year ago, which makes it all the more irritating to write...

But just like the last two years, when the Mets were hit by injuries and under-performing, I don't know how to judge this current season, its potential outcome and the job being done by Terry Collins.

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USA Today Sports photos from Mets-Diamondbacks on May 17, 2017
USA Today Sports photos from Mets-Diamondbacks on May 17, 2017

In a 1-1 count, the D-backs up and Yasmany Tomas at bat, their runner at first base broke for second base on a pitch down and away. Mets C Rene Rivera received the pitch, popped up and threw to second base, but the runner stopped half way as Goldschmidt slowly moved toward home.

Neil Walker jogged the runner back to first, keeping an eye on Paul Goldschmidt, who broke hard for home plate when Walker tossed the ball to Lucas Duda at first base. Flat footed, Duda turned his body and threw home, but the throw was too far wide, unable to remain in Rivera's glove and Goldschmidt was safe -- giving Arizona a commanding three-run lead...

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&A Cast, I talk with former Mets pitcher and current SNY pre- and post-game analyst Nelson Figueroa in hopes of answering the following questions...

1) Why are these very talented starting pitchers struggling?
2) What can Rene Rivera and Dan Warthen do to help them be better?
3) How much of a factor is the shaky defense impacting each pitcher's performance?
4) Will a better bullpen help the rotation?
5) Is the rotation's success as simple as pitching inside?

To listen to our conversation, download it here, or click play below...

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Apr 25, 2017; 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; 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 story of this season for the Mets continues to feel incomplete and hard to believe, as if it never really started, it's all just a bad dream and eventually we'll wake up with everyone healthy and it's the real Opening Day. It doesn't help that - in this nightmare - the Yankees are 22-13, though I know that shouldn't matter...

The fact is, had I known the Mets would play a chunk of April and May without their best hitter, (Yoenis Cespedes), their best starting pitcher (Noah Syndergaard), and their elite closer (Jeurys Familia), this current reality would make total sense...

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Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The chatter on talk radio and the team's record indicates that the Mets are a disaster, struggling, off track and heading toward a wasted season.

"Everything about the Mets feels out of control," Bob Klapisch writes today for the Bergen Record in an article titled Feels Like the Mets are Spiraling Out of Control.

He's not wrong. It does feel this way. However, to anyone watching the Mets play baseball during the last 10 days, it looks like everything is fine. The Mets appear to be back on course and ready to again contend for their third-straight postseason.

Last night is a perfect example of this disconnect...

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Rene Rivera (44) greets Jeurys Familia (27) after a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Rene Rivera (44) greets Jeurys Familia (27) after a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets closer Jeurys Familia needed just five pitches in a perfect ninth inning Monday to get his first win of the season to go with three saves in three chances this season.

He looked good in his previous appearance. However, last night is the first time this season that Familia looked calm, confident and like the dominant, shut-down closer that cruised to 51 saves in 2016.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

It's 5:16 p.m. before Monday night's game and I have no idea who is on the team's 25-man roster. It's getting to a point this season where one of my pre-game routines is to double check the transaction list to be sure I'm not imagining who is and isn't available...

In case you missed it, LHP Tommy Milone, who was picked up on waivers a few days ago, has been added to the 25-man roster in place of LHP Adam Wilk, who was temporarily called up this past Sunday to start in place of Matt Harvey, who was suspended three days for not showing up to Saturday's game.

Meanwhile, though SS Asdrubal Cabrera is unavailable after jamming his thumb this past weekend, he will not go on the disabled list. Instead, though Terry Collins said Cabrera feels "great," he will almost certainly remain unavailable... to rest his legs.

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Mets celebrate a win at Citi Field in May, 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images - Hunger)
Mets celebrate a win at Citi Field in May, 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images - Hunger)

RHP Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.68 ERA) will start tonight as the Mets begin a three-game series with the Giants at Citi Field.

Finally, the Mets will suit up against a team not from the NL East, against whom they played their first 30 games of the season. Frankly, I'm thrilled to see a different team on the other side of the field. The Mets also play the Marlins, Braves and Nationals quite a lot during Spring Training, so to say they've been overexposed would be an understatement.

My hope is that by seeing some new faces, different competition, eventually hitting in other ballparks on the road and in different, warmer weather will all combine to help breathe new life in to the season and put wind in the team's sails as they move through May and June.

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&Acast, I talk with Press Box Revolution author Rich Coutinho, who was at Citi Field covering the Mets during the Matt Harvey fiasco, about...

1) The reaction from Harvey's teammates, specially Jay Bruce and Jose Reyes
2) The team's recent success, and if it's being overshadowed by injury and scandal...
3) The way Harvey and the team should handle the situation going forward...
4) How Harvey can easily turn himself from villain back to hero in less than two weeks...
5) Bruce as team leader, which was unimaginable a few months ago...

To learn more about Coutinho's book, Press Box Revolution, click here...

To listen to our conversation, download it here, or click play below...

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

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

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

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

So, let's get to it...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (50) reacts during the twelfth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.
Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (50) reacts during the twelfth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Rafael Montero will start in place of Noah Syndergaard tonight when the Mets (12-15) host the the Marlins (12-15) for the start of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Thursday night's game between the Mets and Braves was rained out in Atlanta. The New York area has been getting rained on heavy all day Friday, though reports indicate it should let up enough in advance of game time to keep it from being cancelled.

The Mets have won four of of their last six games, whereas the Marlins have lost seven of nine after starting the season 10-8.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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In this week's Feedback Friday edition of the MetsBlog QAcast, The Happy Recap's James Blind joins me to answer voicemails from Mets fans about...

1) The all-or-nothing offense and needing to play small ball...
2) Upgrading the lineup or pitching staff by trade...
3) Steven Matz, and if he'll ever live up to expectations...
4) Being cool, not freaking out and hoping for a better May...

The final question is sent in by comedian John Santo, who, in his dead-on accurate impersonation of Donald Trump, asks how the Mets can be terrific and great again...

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

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Apr 15, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson connects for a triple during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 15, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson connects for a triple during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Curtis Granderson is expected back in the starting lineup tonight, despite hitting .124 with a .175 OBP and just five extra base hits through 26 games this season.

Granderson was not in Tuesday's starting lineup. Instead, he took early batting practice under the watchful eye of his hitting coach and long-time batting guru, Kevin Long. He did, however, pinch hit to lead off the seventh inning and flied out to left field.

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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In Monday's MetsBlog Q&ACast, I talked with SNY contributor Adam Rubin about...

1) Noah Syndergaard's injury and how it was handled by him and the team...
2) MRI exams, protocol and dealing with the MLB Player's Union...
3) How players deal with reporters during losing streaks, injuries and bad days...
4) Life not covering the Mets every day...

Later in the show, I attempted to learn more about Yoenis Cespedes's situation and Syndergaard's condition by talking with Dr. David Werner, who is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified orthopedic specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

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

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In today's MetsBlog Q&ACast, I talk with SNY contributor Adam Rubin about...

1) Noah Syndergaard's injury and how it was handled by him and the team...
2) MRI exams, protocol and dealing with the MLB Player's Union...
3) How players deal with reporters during losing streaks, injuries and bad days...
4) Life not covering the Mets every day...

Later in the show, I attempt to learn more about Yoenis Cespedes's situation and Syndergaard's condition by talking with Dr. David Werner, who is a doctor of physical therapy, board certified orthopedic specialist and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

I have no idea what to write or think about the current state of Mets. Their situation has become such a mess, so fast, so aggressively, I'm left totally bewildered.

Frankly, I feel like we left St. Lucie, started on a happy walk down the street, swaying, whistling beneath the sun, birds chirping, feeling great about ourselves and the potential of a terrific season. Then without warning ... WHACK. Someone cracked us on the back of the head with a sledgehammer, and now we're bleeding, hunched over, seeing stars, dizzy and can't remember our names.

How this happened, I don't know.

But it's too early to give up. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 1, 2016; Cespedes (52) leaves the field at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 1, 2016; Cespedes (52) leaves the field at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Do you know what's wrong with the Mets? If so, how would you fix it? Is it even fixable?

Tomorrow, Mets fan and comedian Poppi Kramer will join MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone to listen to your responses, as well answer any questions and comments about the state of the Mets...

To send us a question or comment on Twitter, use #FeedbackFriday.

To leave a recorded message, call 1-831-SNY-METS or use the following widget on your computer...

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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)

In their 10 games since April 14, the Mets are 1-9, they've made 13 errors, they're batting just .178, and averaging less than three runs a game. Also, they've played 93 innings, during 40 percent of which they sent just three batters to the plate.

This is a classic Sandy Alderson team, though. It's built on power hitting and power pitching. Its goal is to win by hitting home runs and striking guys out. That's it. It's not very nuanced or creative or strategic. It's not about stealing bases, manufacturing runs, pitching to contact or having a top-rated defense. He may be smart, and he might make decisions using statistical evidence, but to Alderson baseball is simple.

In 2013, I asked Alderson on record about his ideal roster...

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The Fountain of Youth 00:02:27
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein debate if it's time for the Mets to call up some promising young talent including top prospect Amed Rosario.

The Mets are not a 'train wreck,' Bob Klapisch, though you make several excellent points about why this season may be a constant struggle. Sandy Alderson's current roster still has World Series upside. The team's potential has not changed in the three weeks since leaving Spring Training.

"It's easy to push the panic button, it's easy to say, 'Oh, sh!t,' but we are too good for that," Jay Bruce said Sunday, according to the NY Post. "We are a legitimate World Series contender, I believe, and I wouldn't just say that. This is a team that is stacked. We just have to be healthy and play well."

I agree. That said, I fear Alderson and Collins are still making decisions like they did a few years when rebuilding, as opposed to reverse engineering every choice based on winning a Championship.

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Apr 5, 2017; Citi Field during the second inning in April. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Citi Field during the second inning in April. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets begin a three-game series against the Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, I call on NY Post columnist Kevin Kernan to talk me off the ledge in April, as we discuss...

1) If the Mets can rebound from starting the season 8-11...
2) Whether Sandy Alderson left his roster too vulnerable to injury...
3) How much the Mets miss Daniel Murphy's bat and attitude...
4) Amed Rosario, and if he should be promoted...
5) The long view, and all that still has to happen before the end of the season...

To review my talk with Kernan, I'm joined at the end of the show by my friend Brian Mangan, who does a terrific job co-hosting the Good Fundies podcast...

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

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Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto had three hits Sunday, including a solo home run off Max Scherzer, during the team's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

"Fastball out over the plate, that's kind of in my zone," Conforto said of the pitch from Scherzer. "I want to be able to elevate that ball and hit it the other way. I was ready for it, that's what I was looking for in that situation."

Conforto has started the last four games in the outfield, thanks in part to injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Wilmer Flores.

In that time, he's batting .467 with a two home runs, two RBI and a .529 OBP in 15 at-bats...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 21, 2017; Terry Collins (10) on the dugout phone at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2017; Terry Collins (10) on the dugout phone at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games, including four in a row, and are now three games below .500 for the first time in more than a year. They are off today, during which they can rest and replay images in their mind of being swept this past weekend by the Nationals.

Have fun, guys...

As for me, I'm trapped between being frustrated and knowing there are still 143 games left to play this season. It may feel like it's ending, but we still need to cross off Memorial Day, multiple west coast trips, three series in DC, the All-Star break, trade deadline, the dog days of summer and Labor Day before getting a chance to play meaningful games in September for the third straight season.

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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.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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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.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Lucas Duda smacks a bases-clearing double to deep centerfield to extend the Mets lead to 6-0 in the seventh inning.

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

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

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

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matthew Cerrone
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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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