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The Mets, Indians and other teams have been in talks with Brewers about acquiring 30-year-old, All-Star C Jonathan Lucroy...



Latest Update (July 28):

11:16 p.m.: The Brewers had scouts at Mets minor-league games Thursday, according to the Daily News' Kristie Ackert, who also reported a source repeated any deal depends on how many of the Mets' top prospects they are willing to put in a trade.

Also, Northjersey.com's Matt Ehalt reported the Brewers want Travis d'Arnaud to be included in any package.

8:45 pm: The Mets are behind other organizations, including a 'mystery team,' in their attempt to trade for Lucroy, though the situation is "fluid," according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

"In other words, the Mets have a standing offer and are not taking Milwaukee's bait to increase it, while the Indians remain on the fence," MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said on Twitter, in response to Heyman's report.

5:28 pm: The Brewers resumed discussions about Lucroy with the Mets, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal said on Twitter. Rosenthal said there's no indication a deal is imminent.

2:50 pm: The Brewers have been offered better catchers than Travis d'Arnaud, when discussing Lucroy, and still turned them down, team sources told Heyman.

12:35 pm: Teams that have asked about Lucroy believe he could eventually be traded to the Indians, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick said on Twitter.

In addition to the Indians, the Mets, Tigers, Brewers and Rangers are among the possible landing spots for Lucroy, according to Heyman.

10:15 am: Teams interested in Lucroy feel Milwaukee's asking price is too steep, and could drop the closer they get to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline, Cerrone tweeted.

10:05 am: Trade talks with teams interested in Lucroy are starting to pick up momentum, according to Crasnick, who says the Astros and Red Sox have also been in contact with Milwaukee.

Previous Reports:

In exchange for Lucroy, the Brewers are looking to acquire high-end prospects and a catcher, Rosenthal reported late July 27.

The Brewers recently rejected a straight swap of Lucroy for d'Arnaud, instead asking for a blue-chip prospect to be included in the deal, Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported July 25.

According to Mets GM Sandy Alderson, the above trade rumor was "dead on arrival."



Lucroy, 30, is hitting .301 with a .362 OBP, 13 HR, 16 doubles and three triples this season. He is due roughly $1.5 million the rest of this season, after which he has a $5.2 million team option for 2017.


The Mets will again promote Triple-A OF Brandon Nimmo, who was pulled from his game Thursday with Las Vegas, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Rubin believes Nimmo will replace Juan Lagares, who could return to the disabled list.

Lagares missed several games in June with a sprained left thumb, which he injured making a diving catch on June 1.

Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins later said Lagares may eventually need surgery, but they hope he can wait until the offseason.

Nimmo, 23, hit .235 with one home run and four RBI in 16 games with the Mets before being demoted in mid July, when Michael Conforto returned from Triple-A.

MLB.com ranked Nimmo the organization's top prospect entering 2016.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo , Michael Conforto


The Mets and several other teams are reportedly looking to trade for relief pitching before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline...



Latest Updates (July 28):

8:40 pm: The Mets have looked into Joe Smith (Angels), "among many, many other relief pitchers," according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

1:29 pm: The Mets have had recent discussions about Jim Johnson (Braves), Daniel Hudson (Diamondbacks), and Smith (Angels), reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

10:30 am: In the last 24 hours, Jim Johnson (Braves), Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar (Royals), Huston Street and Joe Smith (Angels) have all been mentioned as pitchers drawing interested from teams trying to upgrade their bullpen.

In addition to the Mets, the Giants, Cardinals, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Rangers and Dodgers are all looking to add to their bullpen before Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

Previous Reports:

"I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field, when asked on July 25 if he plans to make a trade before the deadline.

There are at least 10 teams looking to add a reliever, and 10 teams making close to 20 relief pitchers available in trade, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone said July 26.

According to reports in late July, the Mets have expressed interest in Brewers relievers Jeremy Jeffress and LHP Will Smith, as well as Joe Smith and Chris Withrow (Braves).


Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario played in the Futures Game in San Diego July 10. (Jake Roth)
Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario played in the Futures Game in San Diego July 10. (Jake Roth)

Mets Double-A SS prospect Amed Rosario has been put on the disabled list with a mild hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to Tuesday.

Since being promoted to the Double-A Eastern League team on June 23, Rosario is hitting .354 (35-for-99) with a .931 OPS with nine doubles and four triples and appeared in the Futures Game in San Diego. He has 18 errors in 85 minor league games this season.

Rosario, 20, was signed by the Mets in 2013 out of the Dominican Republic. He has hit .275 with 58 doubles in 330 minor league games and stolen 27 bases the past two seasons.

Last month, Newsday's Marc Carig reported the Mets would not consider trading Rosario, who entered this season as their second-best prospect behind Brandon Nimmo.


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Post Game Extra: Mets lose, 2-1 00:03:57
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

Jeurys Familia blew his second straight save and suffered his second straight loss as the Rockies scored two runs in the ninth to steal a 2-1 win against the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Hours after blowing his first regular season save since last July 30, Familia did it again. The first three Rockies all reached base on a single, walk and a bunt single that Rene Rivera thought would roll foul. Familia recorded a strikeout but an error on James Loney allowed the tying run to score and a wild pitch put Colorado in front. Familia was pulled following an intentional walk.
  • deGrom scattered five hits over seven shutout innings with one walk and six strikeouts. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the seventh in line for his seventh win of the season and fourth in five starts.
  • Leading 1-0 in the seventh, the Mets loaded the bases with nobody out and could not score. Kelly Johnson grounded into a fielder's choice, Curtis Granderson struck out and Wilmer Flores flied out.
  • Rivera went 3-for-4 and drove in the only run for the Mets with an RBI double in the second.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.


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First off, back-to-back blown saves like this, when not expected, will forever make me feel like it's 2007, and that's never fun. Yikes...

Terry Collins said before the game that Familia would not be available today. Nevertheless, there he was. According to Collins, Familia came to him and Dan Warthen before the game and said he felt good, he was fine and wanted to get back out there if needed. The fact is, he didn't look sharp last night and he didn't look sharp today. He's pitched five times in seven days, it's hot, humid, it's late July. I understand and respect that the kid wanted back on the horse. But, if TC felt he needed a few days off, he should have given him a few days off...

Familia again had nothing on his sinker, and he was wild, which shouldn't be too much of a surprise since he didn't look great 16 hours ago. He was one pitch away from a possible inning-ending double play, but where that ball was hit - regardless of it being bobbled by Loney - would have resulted in just one out and the tying run scoring anyway. The inning imploded from there...

That said, I still turn to the offense for why the Mets lost today. They had the bases loaded and NO outs in the seventh inning and didn't score. They were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They had multiple moments to blow the game open and they didn't.

In the 13 games since the All Star break, the Mets have had 110 at bats with runners in scoring position, 45 guys needing to come home, during which they're hitting ... are you ready... wait for it ... .155. One. Fifty. Five. And here's the worst part, in those 110 at bats, they've struck out 27 times!! So, it's not like they're moving guys over or at least making 'productive outs.' It's crazy...

Basically, it's the same old situation, night after night, day after day. You can tell me they're unlucky, but at some point a team has to start creating their own luck - either by playing differently, or using (or acquiring) different players to get a different circumstance to get different results. Otherwise, we're simply crossing fingers...


Quotes…

Terry Collins on his decisions in the seventh inning: "We hadn't been scoring. I didn't need to have him go in there and hit into an easy out and set up a situation that wasn't good for us. I just said, 'Listen, let's load them up.' We got to the ninth inning. We still had the lead in the ninth. … We could have blown that game open by some ground balls and haven't been able to do it. That's what it comes down to. Our pitchers, they live on the edge. It's hard to do every night."

Familia on his second straight blown save: "Every time I come into the game, I just want to do my job and do the best I can. I couldn't get my job done. … "My arm felt OK. I didn't feel tired and thought I could pitch. I know my body. I just said, 'I'm available.'"

deGrom on his outing and the loss: "I was able to keep my front side in more today…I think today I was able to stay on top of the ball more. My changeup was a lot better because of it. … It's a tough one today. But we've got a game tomorrow. We know what we need to do and everybody's out there giving 100 percent so I think we'll be alright."

News and notes…

  • The Mets had won 10 straight against the Rockies at Citi Field going back to 2013. Following an 11-game overall winning streak against Colorado, New York has lost all four meetings in 2016.
  • The Mets went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position on Thursday - an infield hit that did not score a run. New York has gone just 17-for-110 (.155) in that situation since the All-Star break. Overall, the Mets' average with runners in scoring position this season is a Major League-worst .204.
  • In his last five appearances, Familia has allowed five runs and five walks in 4 1/3 innings.
  • Rivera is hitting .357 (10-for-28) with seven RBIs this month.
  • Neil Walker went 3-for-4 with a double and has six hits in his last seven at-bats.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was out of the starting lineup due to lingering soreness in his right quad. He pinch-hit in the seventh and was walked intentionally before being replaced.

What's next…

Coming off two gut-wrenching losses, the Mets (53-48) will try and rebound in the second of four games against the Rockies (50-52) from Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Coming off his first win in nearly two months, Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36 ERA) will try to win consecutive starts for the first time since May 20 and 25. He will be opposed by Colorado right-hander Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65 ERA), who defeated the Mets on May 15 but has a 6.15 ERA in his last six starts.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Jeurys Familia

Tonight at 7PM, SNY will celebrate Mike Piazza's induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame with a three-hour block of Piazza related programming.

Mike Piazza's Road to the Hall of Fame presented by Tri-State Ford will look back at some of the top moments from Piazza's career with the Mets including his first game, his home run after 9/11, his induction into the Mets Hall of Fame as well as a roundtable discussion on his career.


 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Rockies open a four-game series at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Rockies Mets
Charlie Blackmon, CF Juan Lagares, CF
DJ LeMahieu, 2B Curtis Granderson, RF
Nolan Arenado, 3B Wilmer Flores, 3B
Carlos Gonzalez, RF Neil Walker, 2B
Trevor Story, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
David Dahl, LF James Loney, 1B
Daniel Descalso, 1B Rene Rivera, C
Tony Wolters, C Alejandro De Aza, LF
Tyler Anderson, LHP Jacob deGrom, RHP

When and Where: 1:10 p.m. from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP), who allowed five runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out five in 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins during his last start. Over his four prior starts (29 innings), he had allowed just three runs total.


Who's Pitching for the Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), who allowed three runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out six in 6.0 innings against the Braves during his last start. He has struck out 41 batters in 48 innings (eight starts) this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Yoenis Cespedes isn't in Thursday's lineup because his right quad injury flared up, Mets manager Terry Collins said before Thursday's game.

Cespedes complained of the muscle being sore after Wednesday's game and could be out for a few days, Collins said.

Cespedes missed a few games both before and after the All-Star break due to the injury.

The Mets are also without Jose Reyes, who is dealing with an intercostal strain.

 

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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The event celebrates Delta's season-long Delta Dugout promotion, which awards Mets fans for their loyalty by bringing them closer to the game and the players through one-of-a-kind experiences. Visit mets.com/deltadugout for more information and enter to win a trip to 2017 Spring Training to play a game of catch with Noah.

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New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia blew his first save since last July when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at Citi Field.

Familia (2-2), who had saved 52 straight regular-season opportunities, the third-best streak in MLB history, allowed a game-tying RBI double to Yadier Molins and go-ahead RBI double to Kolten Wong that turned a 4-3 Mets lead into a 5-4 deficit.

"This is really a tough one to take," manager Terry Collins told reporters after of the game. "When you come back on Adam Wainwright and have a chance to win the game, that's a pretty big night. And then to have your closer, who just has been lights out, give up two, that's a little tougher to take."

After Yoenis Cespedes' two-run home run off Wainwright in the seventh inning game the Mets the lead, they went to their bullpen.

New York had been 48-0 when leading after eight innings and won 81 such opportunities in a row. Familia had allowed one run over his last 20 appearances dating back to June 8, and had not blown a save since July 30, 2015.

"What I've done so far, I never in my life thought I was going to do that in the big leagues," Familia said of his saves streak after the game.

He walked Jedd Gyorko on four pitches with one out, and Molina tied the game at 4 by hitting Familia's next pitch to deep center field to drive in pinch runner Randal Grichuk.

"I think I left it a little bit in the middle, and he made a good swing," Familia said.

Wong drove in pinch runner Jeremy Hazelbaker with a double to left field that gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead. Seung Hwan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Cardinals for the save.

"It's baseball, and until the 27th out, you don't know any result," Cespedes said after the game. "We have a lot of faith in Familia, but things unfortunately didn't work out."

Tags: Jeurys Familia , St. Louis Cardinals , Yoenis Cespedes

 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jeurys Familia's 52-straight saves streak came to an end as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 5-4, at Citi Field on Wednesday >> Read more



Jose Reyes hopes to miss only a few games with his intercostal strain >> Read more

The Mets should find an outfielder and reliever before Monday's trade deadline >> Read more 

What's on tap for Thursday, July 28

The Mets open a four-game series against the Rockies at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

Jacob deGrom (2.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start against Tyler Anderson (3.56 ERA, 1.29 WHIP).



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals.


 Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date..


Tags: Jacob deGrom , Jeurys Familia

Post Game Extra: 07/27/16 00:03:12
Despite a dramatic home run from Yoenis Cespedes in the seventh, the Mets fell, 5-4, to the Cardinals on Wednesday night in Flushing.

Jeurys Familia's first regular season blown save in nearly a year cost the Mets what looked to be season-defining win as the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Familia retired Matt Adams on fly out to left to start the ninth but walked Jedd Gyorko on four pitches and surrendered a game-tying double to Yadier Molina. One out later, Kolten Wong's pinch-hit double to left drove in the go-ahead run. Familia had entered the game with 52 consecutive regular season saves dating back to last Aug. 1, the third-longest stretch in baseball history.
  • The Mets were on the brink of perhaps their best win of the season. Trailing by two in the seventh, Travis d'Arnaud and Alejandro De Aza singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Wainwright looked poised to escape the jam when he struck out Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera, but a wild pitch scored d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes fouled off three full-count pitches before blasting a monstrous go-ahead two-run homer off the facing of the second deck in left-center.
  • Logan Verrett was in line for the win until Familia's blown save. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Cespedes laces a two-run homer to left field

Video: Neil Walker hits an RBI single in the second inning

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera makes a diving stop for the out

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Familia: "He's walked guys before on four pitches. But you looked at the pitches he made to Adams before. I'm sure he's just trying to keep the ball out of the inner half of the plate to Gyorko. He left them off the plate…He's certainly walked guys before and came right back."

Familia on his blown save: "I was trying to get a groundball double play but I think I left it a little bit in the middle and [Molina] made a good swing and that's it. … I've been in this situation before last year. I know tomorrow is a new day. I can do better. I can get another opportunity and do a good job. … What I've done so far, I never in my life thought that I would do in the big leagues."

Collins on the loss and the team bouncing back: "This is a really tough one to take…To have your closer who's been lights out give up two, yeah, that's a little tougher to take. … Well, we're hoping. This is something we haven't had happen in quite some time…We've got to come back early. We've got an early day tomorrow and we've gotta get ready to play."

Collins on the Mets' continued hitting woes: "No, we didn't get past that tonight, even though Ces got a big hit. We still had a lot of opportunities to score some runs"

News and notes…

  • New York had been 48-0 when leading after eight innings prior to Wednesday's loss. The Mets have now alternated wins and losses in their first 12 games since the All-Star break.
  • The Mets went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and just 4-for-33 (.121) in the series.
  • Cespedes finished 2-for-4. His 22nd homer was his first since July 5, a span of 41 at-bats.
  • Neil Walker snapped out of a 4-for-48 skid with three hits and an RBI. James Loney and d'Arnaud both went 2-for-4.

What's next…

The Mets (53-47) welcome the Rockies (49-52) to Citi Field for four games beginning Thursday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Coming off a five-run, 3 2/3-inning outing against Miami, Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) will try and get back on the winning track in the series opener. Colorado counters with rookie left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA), who has won three consecutive starts following a three-game losing streak.

Tags: Jeurys Familia , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Logan Verrett (35) throws during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets starting pitcher Logan Verrett (35) throws during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets and Cardinals square off in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday night.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Cardinals Mets
Greg Garcia, 2B Curtis Granderson, RF
Aledmys Diaz, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Stephen Piscotty, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Matt Holliday, LF James Loney, 1B
Matt Adams, 1B Neil Walker, 2B
Jedd Gyorko, 3B Wilmer Flores, 3B
Yadier Molina, C Michael Conforto, CF
Tommy Pham, CF Travis d'Arnaud, C
Adam Wainwright, RHP Logan Verrett, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14) - Verrett is 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA as a starting pitcher. He last pitched Friday in a 5-3 victory at Miami and allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings of a no-decision.


Who's Pitching for the Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09) - Wainwright is 3-4 with a 5.13 ERA in nine appearances (seven starts) against New York and his ERA is the third-highest amongst active pitchers against the Mets behind Vance Worley and Chris Capuano. He last faced the Mets April 22, 2014 in New York when he allowed four hits in seven innings during a 3-0 win.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals

Mets infielder Jose Reyes remains out of the starting lineup due to a Grade 1 strain of the intercostal muscle on his left side.



Last Update (July 27)

Reyes told reporters he hopes the strained muscle only sidelines him for a 'few days.'

"We're gonna take it day by day and see what happens," said Reyes, who will get ice and treatment and do no baseball activity until he's told otherwise.

Previous Reports and Reaction

Reyes injured himself during an bat in Game 1 of the doubleheader on July 26.

He was immediatly sent to the hospital to be examined by a team doctor, Terry Collins said after the game.

According to Collins, Reyes is expected to be out of the lineup for at least 2-3 days.

Reyes had been hitting .239 with a .278 OBP, three home runs and eight RBI in 67 at-bats before the injury.


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July 26: In 2011, the Mets suffered a wave of Grade 1 intercostal strains, including one to Reyes. If I remember correctly, they almost always required a week of two for rest, followed by a slow and ardous rehab process often mired in set backs. Hopefully, during the next few days -- as the Mets play short -- the team's orthopedics determine Reyes is fine. Otherwise, I expect he will be out for a while. In the event he ends up on the disabled list, I'd like to see the Mets bring back Triple-A infielder Dilson Herrera.


According to ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB estimates that the 2017 qualifying offer will be priced at $16.7 million, up $900,000 from last year.

Neil Walker, Bartolo Colon, Alejandro De Aza and Jerry Blevins are all free agents at the end of this season and can be made a qualifying offers from the Mets.


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The debate for the Mets will be about Walker, who should be able to get a deal at least similar to the three-year deal Daniel Murphy signed in Washington last winter. In that case, I assume the Mets will handle Walker the same way they handled Murphy last year, offering him the $16.7 million, one-year qualifying offer in hopes that he rejects it so the Mets pick up an extra draft pick. Also similar to Murphy, I don't think the Mets will make a big push to sign Walker to a multi-year deal, since they'll have Dilson Herrera ready to take over, plus they can bring back Jose Reyes for the league minimum. I'd make the offer. It's a good bet. I can't see Walker taking it, he'll have better options than that and the Mets can use the draft pick...


To learn more about the Qualifying Offer, check out this 2015 post from MLBTR.

Tags: Neil Walker

In advance of next Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are reportedly in the market for a relief pitcher, while keeping an eye on the market for a position player and starting pitcher.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here is what their NL East competition may be working on...

Marlins

The Marlins are being very aggressive in trying to upgrade their starting rotation, according to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

Multiple reports indicate they have been talking with the Padres about acquiring RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.76 ERA). They have also reportedly shown interest in Chris Sale (White Sox), Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies), Hector Santiago (Angels), Wade Miley (Mariners), Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox), Ricky Nolasco and Tommy Milone (Twins), and Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova (Yankees).

Nationals

The Nationals, who are working hard to acquire a top-flight reliever, were involved in talks for Aroldis Chapman up until he was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark

The Nationals have also reportedly been pursuing Andrew Miller (Yankees) and Wade Davis (Royals). However, Stark says they refuse to part with top pitching prospects RHP Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez and SS Trea Turner.

In the event the Nationals miss out on Miller or Davis, MLB reporter Jon Heyman believes they'll turn turn their attention to David Robertson (White Sox), among other set-up men and middle relievers.

Mostly Mets: Talking Trades

In this week's Mostly Mets Podcast, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by MLBTR's Steve Adams to look at the moves made in MLB so far, what might come next, and all the options for Sandy Alderson and the Mets...



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In late June, the Mets had been contacting teams about trading for a position player, according to people in baseball. Earlier this week, it was reported that they had asked the Brewers about C Jonathan Lucroy, and I wrote in June that they agreed to eventually circle back with the A's about 3B Danny Valencia.

I hope they're still in the market for a bat, despite reports that Sandy Alderson is prioritizing an upgrade of his bullpen.



The fact is, the Mets are dead last in all of baseball when hitting with runners in scoring position. They are third in home runs in the NL, but third-to-last in runs scored. Similarly, while the Mets have hit 130 home runs this season, 62 percent of them have been hit with NO ONE on base.

Interestingly, the Cardinals and Nationals have a similar disparity when it comes to hitting home runs with people on or off base. The difference, though, is that while they hit a lot of solo homers, unlike the Mets, they also hit doubles and singles to bring guys home.

In other words, if the Mets scored a run, it was likely done with a solo home run. Otherwise, there was a zero on the board. The Mets are are seemingly allergic to rallies and in dire need guys that put the ball in play, especially when there are people on base.

Curtis GrandersonMichael ConfortoJuan Lagares and Travis d'Arnaud have been the situation's biggest culprits. So, in addition to a reliever, Alderson should probably be looking for an every-day outfielder or a new catcher to help keep his batting order in motion.

In a post Tuesday for MetsBlog, SitMet creator Kyle Flaherty argued in favor of trading for Rays OF-1B Steve Pearce, who is, "quite possibly, the best kept secret in baseball."

According to a July 22 report by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rays have been getting calls from teams interested in Pearce, who is hitting .341 with runners on base this season. He is due roughly $1 million the remainder of this season, after which he can be a free agent, so I'm sure he can be had for a reasonable price.



Jay Bruce (Reds), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Josh Reddick (A's) have all caught Sandy's eye in the past, but their asking prices and this team's roster make them unlikely to ever wear blue and orange this season.

Instead, like Pearce, the Mets should focus on less-expensive, 'clutch,' highly-productive, versatile outfielders, specifically Coco Crisp (A's), Kole Calhoun (Angels) and Jon Jay (Padres).

In the event the Mets decide to look at infielders, Valencia, Yunel Escobar (Rays) and Yangervis Solarte (Padres) should pique Alderson's interest, since they each do a nice job getting on base and moving runners.

In regards to catcher, Lucroy would obviously be a terrific acquisition. However, he's the only catcher worth exploring, since Derek Norris (Padres), Stephen Vogt (A's) and Kurt Suzuki (Twins) would not be enough of an upgrade given their cost.



In the end, while Pearce and another team's reliever will be more affordable, I'd be pushing on the Angels to get Huston Street (bullpen) and Calhoun, who I've heard is available for the right price.

Unfortunately, there are several teams interested in acquiring Street, including the rival Giants, Marlins and Nationals. Similarly, Calhoun should have multiple suitors as well, since he is 28, arbitration eligible each of the next three years and on pace for his third-straight 3.0 WAR season.

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Asdrubal Cabrera ties the game with an RBI double to end his two-month streak of not getting a hit with a runner in scoring position.

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera finally got a hit with a runner in scoring position when he doubled in a run during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader.

"Everybody was laughing," Cabrera said of his teammate's reaction in the dugout. "I was laughing, too. ... It helped that it led to a win.

Cabrera entered the game hitless during his previous 32 at bats with runners in scoring position.

"It's a monkey off his back," Collins said. "What an important hit. We need a lot more of them, from a lot of guys."


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There's been a lot made about Cabrera's issue with runners in scoring position. But, let's be honest, it's not just him. It's the entire team.

Sure, Cabrera has had the most trouble of late, but it's not like the rest of the team is playing pinball out there - they're all struggling with runners in scoring position and it's been happening since early May. If the Mets score a run, the odds are best that they'll do it with a solo home run. This is not sustainable. And, I'll write more about this later today...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

In the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, Noah Syndergaard threw 114 pitches in six innings, after which Bartolo Colon cruised through seven innings, throwing just 87 pitches, as the Mets and Cardinals split their two games at Citi Field.

"He's been the steady guy," Terry Collins said of Colon. "He is a unique human being."

Colon (9-5, 3.35 ERA) rebounded from a six-run loss against the Cubs in his previous start by striking out eight Cardinals and giving up one run and three hits in a 3-1 win. He threw 74.7 percent of his pitches for strikes and threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 23 batters.

"I was just throwing it straight," said Colon, who will pitch Saturday on just three days rest. "It was going exactly where I wanted it to."

Colon's efficiency was a contrast from Syndergaard (9-5, 2/45 ERA), who gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in a 3-2 loss earlier in the day.


Video: Colon gets eighth strikeout of the game


Syndergaard threw at least 20 pitches in three of his first four innings and raised his pitch count to 86 after the fourth inning.

"I just think the Cardinals did a really good job of getting my pitch count high," Syndergaard explained. "It was a series of unfortunate events. I was trying to last as long as I could out there."


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Colon, 43, and Syndergaard, 22, have the same win-loss record, but have achieved it in different ways. While Syndergaard overpowers batters with his high strikeout rate (11 K/9), Colon's strikeout rate is just 6.1 K/9. However, he has kept batters in the park. Opponents have a .347 BABIP against Syndergaard, while it is .284 against Colon. Syndergaard has thrown his fastball 58 percent of the time and averages 98.1 mph with it, while Colon, who averages 87.8 mph with his fastball, throws it 88.4 percent of the time.


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I'm not sure who coined it on Twitter, but Syndergaard and Colon should steal the nickname "Thunder and Lightning." It's perfect, in that they're both electric and loud, yet totally different, working together as part of the same team. It's very yin-yang. Syndergaard can - and hopefully will - learn from Bartolo, who does an outstanding job adjusting speeds and pitching to contact. In his last three starts, Noah has struggled to get the same oomph he had on his pitches earlier in the season. This is to be expected. It would benefit him to emulate Colon's strategy at times, in certain situations. He will, in time, eventually he'll figure it out for himself. But, with Colon sitting next to him, there's a terrific opportunity to expedite that process...


To read more about Syndergaard, Colon and yesterday's games, check out reports in the NY PostDaily News, NY Times, Newsday, Bergen RecordNJ.com and MLB.com.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Noah Syndergaard

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets split a doubleheader against the Cardinals on Tuesday at Citi FIeld, including a 3-0 win in Game 2, while the Marlins won and the Nationals lost >> Read more



Jose Reyes suffered a Grade 1 intercostal strain Tuesday >> Read more

Bartolo Colon will start Saturday on just three days rest >> Read more

There are 10 teams buying and 20 relievers available >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is still aiming for an August return >> Read more

Neil Walker, who has been struggling, is trying to hit 'restart' >> Read more

What's on tap for Wednesday, July 27

The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Logan Verrett (4.14 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) gets the start against Adam Wainwright (4.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP).



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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
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Bartolo Colon will start Saturday's game against the Rockies on just three-days rest, Mets manager Terry Collins said after Tuesday's doubleheader.

Colon was pulled at just 87 pitches on Tuesday after throwing seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals.

Due to Tuesday's doubleheader, there was speculation the Mets may have turned to either reliever Seth Lugo or Triple-A prospect Gabriel Ynoa for Saturday's game, if they hadn't turned to Colon.

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Post Game Extra: 07/26/16 00:03:05
Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings to help the Mets gain a split of a twi-night doubleheader from the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera snapped a two-month drought with runners in scoring position as the Mets split Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals after winning the nightcap, 3-1, at Citi Field

In case you missed it…

  • Colon (9-5) surrendered a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the second but nothing else across seven innings. He allowed just three hits and didn't walk a batter while tying his season-high with eight strikeouts.
  • Cabrera tied the game with a two-out, RBI double in the third. It was his first hit with a runner in scoring position since May 23, snapping an 0-for-32 stretch.
  • The Mets took advantage of an error by Cardinals right-fielder Randall Grichuk in the fourth to add to their lead. Wilmer Flores doubled to lead off and moved to third when Grichuk dropped Neil Walker's fly ball. James Loney hit into a 6-4-3 double play, putting New York on top.
  • Cabrera tallied his second RBI of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to left.
  • Flores went 3-for-4 and Alejandro De Aza reached base three times on a double, hit by pitch and a walk, scoring twice.
  • Addison Reed pitched a scoreless eighth to register his 23rd hold, three shy of Aaron Heilman's club record (2006). 
  • Jeurys Familia struck out a pair to record his Major League-leading 36th save.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.


Michael Avallone, SNY.TV

Bartolo Colon has been nothing short of a godsend for the Mets this season. Not only did he surprisingly stay in Queens, but he's easily been one of their most consistent starters. The 43-year-old is tied with Noah Syndergaard for the team-lead in wins and none were more important this season than his victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. After an unforgettable and typically frustrating defeat in the first game - with Syndergaard taking the loss - the Mets could ill-afford to drop both games of a doubleheader to the Cardinals, who are among the teams they are battling in the race for the N.L. Wild Card. Enter Colon, who handcuffed St. Louis over seven innings in a game New York desperately needed to win. There just aren't enough superlatives to describe his performance this season.

The rest of the game wasn't quite as pretty on the Mets' side. They continue to be unfathomably pitiful with runners in scoring position, although it was nice to see Asdrubal Cabrera snap a two-month hitless streak in such situations. But overall, New York went just 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in the two games…and only one of those actually drove in a run. It's evident that the Mets' offense is what it is at this point. There will be those rare outlier games where they string together a bunch of hits, but barring an unlikely trade for a bat, the frustration and low-scoring games will probably continue.

New York has a tough task against Adam Wainwright tomorrow. A second straight series win over a team they are jockeying with for a playoff spot would be more than ideal. And don't look now, but the Mets are also just four back of the Nationals in the loss column…

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Video: Cabrera hits RBI double against Cardinals to tie game

Video: Cabrera earns his second RBI with a sacrifice fly

Video: Bartolo Colon gets eighth strikeout of the game

Quotes…

Colon on his start: "It was going exactly where I wanted to, I was getting the pitches I wanted to, so that worked out well."

Terry Collins on Colon: "He's been the steady guy. I'm telling you, he is a unique human being, there is no question about it. That's exactly the perfect description He's unique. He's different. Where would you find, maybe a knuckleballer, but any other place, where would you find a guy who's 43 years old that throws less than 90 pitches and will come back in three days, especially at this point in his career?... That's how he is, just give him the ball. He's a special guy and we are very, very lucky to have him in our rotation right now."

Collins on Cabrera's RBI double: "What an important hit. We need a lot more of them. From a lot of guys."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won 10 of 15 at home and improved to 18-11 against the Cardinals at Citi Field.
  • New York has alternated wins and losses since the All-Star break, going 6-5.
  • Familia's 52nd consecutive save is the third-longest in Major League history. He trails only Eric Gagne (84) and Tom Gordon (54).
  • Reed has allowed five runs in his last 34 2/3 innings (1.30 ERA) dating back to May 1.
  • Josh Smoker was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas as the 26th man for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but did not appear in the Mets' win.
  • Jose Reyes suffered a Grade 1 strain of his intercostal muscle on his final swing in the eighth inning of the first game. He's expected to be sidelined for several days.

What's next…

The Mets (53-46) and the Cardinals (53-47) will play the rubber-game of their series on Wednesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14 ERA) will try to pitch New York to its third series win in four tries since the All-Star break. St. Louis sends veteran Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09 ERA) to the hill, who has won four of his last five decisions, posting a 2.66 ERA in six starts. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Bartolo Colon

Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks onto the field before the against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks onto the field before the against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Noah Syndergaard allowed two earned runs over six innings but the Mets daily struggles in the clutch contributed heavily to their 3-2 loss in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Syndergaard (9-5) needed 114 pitches to navigate through six innings, allowing three runs - two earned - on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight. His throwing error on a comebacker with the bases loaded and one out in the second allowed the Cardinals to jump ahead. He surrendered a two-run homer to Jed Gyorko in the third.
  • The Mets left 11 men on base and also had a runner thrown out, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. New York had nine baserunners in the first five innings against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.
  • Rene Rivera supplied the only offense for the Mets with a two-run homer in the fourth.
  • After leading off the ninth with a single, Curtis Granderson was thrown out at second on a long fly out by Yoenis Cespedes.
  • With New York trailing 3-0 in the third and two outs, Cespedes doubled in the gap in right-center but third base coach Tim Teufel held Jose Reyes at third. After James Loney walked to load the bases, Kelly Johnson struck out to end the inning.
  • Granderson and Johnson combined to throw out Matt Adams at the plate to end the fifth.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Cespedes makes a bobbling catch to end the inning

Video: Kelly Johnson throws Matt Adams out at the plate

Video: Rivera blasts a two-run home run against Cardinals

Quotes…

Syndergaard on his start: "I just think the Cardinals did a really good job of getting my pitch count high. It was a series of unfortunate events. I was trying to last as long as I could out there."

Terry Collins on the loss: "I don't know how many times I've got to say it: This is crunch time. This is the time we've got to win games."

Collins on Teufel's decision to hold Reyes at third: "I'm not going to get into the coaching stuff. Tim had a better angle than anybody. It's his call."

News and notes...

  • This is the Mets and Cardinals first doubleheader since Aug. 22, 1999. New York has not been swept by St. Louis in a twin-bill since 1982.
  • The Mets were swept by the Pirates in their only doubleheader this season on June 7.
  • Syndergaard has 3.76 ERA in his last five starts, losing three of four decisions in that span.
  • Neil Walker was on the bench for the second consecutive game in favor of Kelly Johnson. Walker is mired in a 4-for-45 (.089) slump and he's hitting just .190 with three homers and 15 RBIs since June 1.

What's next…

The Mets (52-46) will go for an important win and doubleheader split with the Cardinals (53-46) on SNY. Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48 ERA) will try and bounce back from a rough outing last week at Wrigley Field when he allowed six runs for the second time in three starts. Jamie Garcia (7-6, 3.98 ERA) goes in the nightcap for St. Louis looking to win his fourth consecutive decision.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

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(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Cardinals on Tuesday night in the second game of a doubleheader at 8 p.m..

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Cardinals Mets
Greg Garcia, 2B Juan Lagares, CF
Aledmys Diaz, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Matt Holliday, LF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jedd Gyorko, 1B Wilmer Flores, 3B
Tommy Pham, CF Neil Walker, 2B
Randal Grichuk, RF James Loney, 1B
Kolten Wong, 2B Travis d'Arnaud, C
Alberto Rosario, C Alejandro De Aza, RF
Jaime Garcia, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

When and Where: 8 p.m. from Citi Field


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (3.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), who allowed six runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs during his last start. He has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 11 starts.


Who's Pitching for the Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (3.98 ERA, 1.36 WHIP), who allowed one run on six hits while walking two and striking out four in 5 2/3 innings against the Padres during his last stasrt. He allowed eight runs in 12 innings during his prior two starts.


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It's that Trade Deadline time of the year, so Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by Steve Adams from MLBTradeRumors.com to look at the moves made in MLB so far, what might come next, and all the options for Sandy Alderson and the Mets as August 1 approaches.


Juan Lagares (12) pats Yoenis Cespedes (52) on the back after a play in the sixth inning of the game against the Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Juan Lagares (12) pats Yoenis Cespedes (52) on the back after a play in the sixth inning of the game against the Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Here are four easy moves, according to SitMet, that the Mets should make over the last two months of the season to improve their offense and remain in the playoff hunt...


The SitMet statisitic rewards various forms of offensive production, including getting on base, moving runners along and driving them in, while placing significant value on timely production.


1) Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares need to play every day in left and center field, respectively. There is no doubt that Cespedes - with his team leading 143.4 SitMet - has to remain injury free. The best path toward that objective is to make him a permanent fixture in left field, where he owns a Gold Glove and is less likely to get injured. Meanwhile, Lagares, who is a Gold Glove center fielder when healthy, has been a fairly productive offensive player this season. His 69.2 SitMet is well below league average, but he also brings speed and energy, which the team frequently needs.

In regards to right field, it may be best to simply alternate Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, playing whomever is most hot at the moment.


2) The Mets should aggressively pursue Steve Pearce (147.8 SitMet) from the Rays before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Pearce, a right-handed hitter and veteran utility player, is much more than just a guy that crushes left-handed pitching.



From 2012 through 2015, covering nearly 1,000 plate appearances, Pearce quietly posted an impressive 156.4 SitMet, making him, quite possibly, the best kept secret in baseball. He is not only a highly productive hitter, but his defensive versatility profiles extremely well for this specific Mets team. He could platoon with James Loney and Lucas Duda at first base, with Granderson and Conforto in right field or be an excellent option off the bench in late-and-close situations. Pearce is a low cost addition that could pay significant dividends for this offensively challenged team.


3) To make room for Pearce, the Mets have to designate Alejandro de Aza for assignment as soon as possible. With a SitMet of -61.4, through well over 100 plate appearances, de Aza owns the second worst SitMet score for hitters with more than 100 plate appearances. Roster spots are simply too important to a contending team to justify keeping him.


4) Neil Walker's offensive production has been disappointing (-114.8 SitMet over his last 25 plate appearances). However, he is a professional hitter and should be moved to the second place in the batting order behind Jose Reyes. There, he will find his swing, it will give him more plate appearances, provide him additional protection and open holes in the infield that he can exploit. In this situation, he should be able to return to the line drive hitter that made him productive in the past.

At the top of the order, Walker and Reyes should be able to effectively set the table for the rest of the lineup. Collins could then slot Loney (131.4 SitMet) in the three hole, followed by Cespedes, and either Granderson or Conforto in the five hole.



 (Caylor Arnold)
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The Mets begin their three-game series with the Cardinals Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at 4:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Cardinals Mets
Greg Garcia, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Aledmys Diaz, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Stephen Piscotty, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Matt Adams, 1B James Loney, 1B
Jedd Gyorko, 3B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Yadier Molina, C Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF Michael Conforto, CF
Tommy Pham, CF Rene Rivera, C
Carlos Martinez, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

When and Where: 4:10 p.m. from Citi Field


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) pitched well against the Cubs last week, giving up zero earned runs in 5.1 innings while striking out eight. Syndergaard reached 300 career strikeouts in that start, the 43rd of his career, making him the third-fastest among active pitchers to do so.


Who's Pitching for the Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA) has looked strong the last two months, not allowing more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. In his last outing, Martinez allowed two earned runs on four hits in seven innings.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , St. Louis Cardinals


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There are roughly 10 teams looking to upgrade their bullpen, including the Mets, Giants, Cardinals and Marlins, according to several sources around baseball.

"I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field on July 25 >> Watch Here!

Meanwhile, there are at least 10 teams that are making close to 20 relief pitchers available, including Jeanmar Gomez (Phillies), Wade Davis (Royals), Brad Hand (Padres), David Robertson (White Sox), Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers), Chris Withrow (Braves), Huston Street and Joe Smith (Angels), Sean Doolittle and John Axford (A's), Fernando Abad (Twins), and Tony Cingrani (Reds).

In late July, NY Post reporter Mike Puma said the Mets are specifically monitoring Smith, Withrow, and Jeffress, among others.

In addition to Jeffress, the Mets also asked the Brewers about Smith, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

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In Game of today's doubleheader with the Cardinals, starting at 4 pm ET, Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) will start for the Mets against Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA)...



Syndergaard is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA, six walks and 81 strikeouts at home this year. He is is 12-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 23 career games at Citi Field.

In his last start, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Syndergaard hit 100 mph with his fastball, tossed 105 pitches, gave up one unearned run and struck out eight batters, while showing no signs of arm fatigue in a no-decision.

"The fatigued arm obviously is gone," manager Terry Collins said after the game.

In his only career start against the Cardinals, last season, Syndergaard allowed two runs and five hits, while striking out six batters, in seven innings.

The Amazin' Life: Talk Show

In the most recent episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Syndergaard turned the interview tables on SNY Reporter Steve Gelbs...

Video: The Amazin' Life: Noah's Talk Show

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There are so many Piazza moments to consider, from his home run against Trevor Hoffman in 1999 to his uplifting moment on Sept. 21, 2011; from his battles with Roger Clemens to the eight-run rally against the Braves; from the pitch he took to clinch a playoff birth to his ever-changing, iconic and weird beard.

However, for me, I always go back to the moment he was acquired.

My mom called me at Home Depot, where I was working as a cashier at the time, to tell me the Mets traded for some "Pizza guy." I was too stunned to laugh, knowing exactly who she was referring to, despite mangling his name.

The team was at a pivot point, slightly above .500, in second place, and looking strong enough to float, but too weak to hang in a pennant race. It's where the Mets were in a similar place when they acquired Gary Carter, who, like Piazza, instantly changed the team dynamic, while making them seem legit and full of possibility.

It was such a big deal, I didn't believe the trade happened until I actually saw him in uniform May 23, 1998. It was a gorgeous Memorial Day, with crisp blue skies and nearly 35,000 fans standing in a ballpark that had grown comfortable with silence. Piazza had only an RBI double that day. However, his presence alone, his slow walk to the plate, perked up fans, gave us strength and made the Mets look and feel like contenders again.



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I was still pretty young, and my interest in the Mets that year had waned due to a horrendous first half following their World Series run. Heck, I was more excited about some local kid named David Wright being drafted by the Mets than I was about the big league team. But like many others, I was glued to the TV set that night, looking for an escape from what had been an awful reality. And then there was Piazza...

I don't remember the TV call, but I do remember the countless replays on SportsCenter with Howie Rose bidding that ball farewell, saying, "This one's got a chance," even though the ball ended up on top of the TV stand in centerfield. Yeah, that one had a chance alright -- to leave Shea altogether. What a shot....

The fantastic thing about that home run is it allowed thousands of fans to live vicariously through their beloved superstar; it was like all of New York hit that home run, not one man. I know it's just a game and there was so much more at stake beyond the field that night, but this is the only moment in sports history that actually gives me goosebumps just writing about it. Piazza is the man...


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Mets 2B Neil Walker was not in Monday's starting lineup, a day after not playing Sunday.

"He just needed a break, so I hope that's all it is, just kind of refresh and recharge a little bit," Terry Collins said, when asked why Walker was again out of the lineup. "A couple days might help out."

In 318 at bats for the Mets this season, Walker is hitting .239 with 22 extra base hits and 40 RBI. However, he has just two hits in his last 40 plate appearances spanning 10 games.

"We talked about taking a couple days mentally to hit restart and get back to work," Walker added. "Working on timing more than anything else - timing and rhythm and trying to get back to the big part of the field. Nothing mechanically is going on. I just need to be a little more consistent with my approach. … I'm feeling good. No issues."  

Walker missed time earlier this season with a back injury.

"It's starting to get hot, you're playing every day, mental fatigue can lead to physical fatigue," Collins concluded. "The swings can start to get a little long, which we see, even though they think they're not tired, don't feel tired, they are tired."

Kelly Johnson was in Monday's lineup starting in place of Walker before the game was rained out.

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Latest update

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler could return from Tommy John surgery in late August, "though that's a little bit speculative," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday, July 25.

Previous reports

Mets manager Terry Collins said July 23 that Wheeler will first throw live batting practice, then start a rehab assignment roughly 10 days later.



The 26-year-old Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March, 2015, was shut down for roughly a week last month after being diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

"Some guys go fast, some guys go slow," Wheeler told reporters when visiting teammates last week in Miami. "It's frustrating. But, at the same time, I guess it's for a reason. You've just got to keep your head down and see what kind of character you have."

Wheeler recently said he is aiming to return to the Mets during August, perhaps as early as the middle of the month, he told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

"I've already had two setbacks, so hopefully nothing else arises," Wheeler said. "Hopefully we just go smooth sailing from here."

Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March of 2015, posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, while striking out 187 batters in 185 1/3 innings (32 starts), in 2014.

Tags: Zack Wheeler

Alderson on Mets' trade options 00:03:53
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discusses the Mets' options in the trade market and possible upgrades he could make to the team.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that the team may add a bullpen arm - instead of starting pitcher or a position player - before the trade deadline.

"I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Alderson told reporters at Citi Field.

The GM said that other teams have been asking for top-tier prospects from the Mets, but he is unwilling to deal them.

"For whatever reason, this year, clubs keep asking for the top tier of our system, and we're simply not going to move players that we think are going to have a significant role for us in the somewhat near future for the possibility of getting the kind of unique return that we got last year," he said.

"This is the entertainment business, and we talk about steak and sizzle, and I enjoy sizzle as much as anybody," Alderson explained, when asked if he will make a big acquisition like last summer, when he traded for Yoenis Cespedes

However, he added. "Even sizzle becomes less sizzling over time, just because it becomes part of the everyday expectation. So, I think it's unfair to think that he could continue to have that sort of novelty impact as well as performance over a year or year-plus. But he's certainly a significant part of our team at this point and has done everything we could have expected."




General view as rain falls on the tarp at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view as rain falls on the tarp at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Rain postponed Monday's game between theNew York Mets and Cardinals at Citi Field.

The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader today beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends.

According to Mets.com: "Fans holding tickets for Monday's game cannot use them for today's doubleheader, unless they exchange them in person at the Citi Field ticket windows. Fans may also exchange them for tickets to any other regular-season home game, pending availability, and excepting July 30 against the Rockies and Aug. 1-2 against the Yankees."



Noah Syndergaard, who was scheduled to start Monday, will pitch against RHP Carlos Martinez in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, while Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia will start Game 2.


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The wrinkle here could be that the Mets end up needing a spot starter this weekend when they host the Rockies. My hunch is they'll lean on Seth Lugo, who has done a terrific job in the bullpen since being promoted a few weeks ago. Or, they could leave him where he has, because he's been on such a role, and call up someone from Triple-A, such as RHP prospect Gabriel Ynoa, who the NY Post's Mike Puma recently said was on deck if the team is this sort of situation.

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The Nationals were off, the Mets were rained out and the Marlins lost to the Phillies...



A rumored deal between the Mets and the Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy was dead on arrival, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Alderson discussed how the team might approach the trade deadline >> Read more

Triple-A LH reliever Sean Gilmartin was placed on the DL in Las Vegas >> Read more

What's on tap for Tuesday, July 26

The Mets will play a straight doubleheader against the Cardinals at Citi Field, beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Noah Syndergaard (2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start in Game 1 against Carlos Martinez (2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP).



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals.


 Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date..



Triple-A Las Vegas LHP Sean Gilmartin has been placed on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Gilmartin, 26, has posted a 4.63 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 93 1/3 innings (15 starts, one relief appearance) this season for Las Vegas.

He had a 7.00 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in five relief appearances for the Mets earlier this season.

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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)

Mike Piazza spoke at length about his childhood, time developing as a player and his playing career during his induction speech to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here is a selection of his speech, where he discusses his time with the Mets:

"A week later at my home in Florida, my life‑long friend and agent, Danny Lozano, which I wish to thank for listening‑‑ for making me listen to him, told me that I was traded to the New York Mets. It was actually the last team that I had managed‑‑ that I had imagined wanted me, but it was the most amazing experience any human being could have.

I can't thank our general manager at the time, Steve Phillips, enough. Steve, you took a chance on me, and I'll be forever grateful. I would also like to thank owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon. No price could be put on the experience of playing in New York. Actually, Queens.

We were managed, at the time, by a colorful, unpredictable manager named Bobby Valentine. Bobby, I know we didn't always agree, but you were an amazing motivator, extremely intelligent baseball man, and I can honestly say that you gave the best pre‑game motivational speech I ever heard. Sorry, Tommy.

When I was traded, there was a gutsy, not so big in stature, but big heart left‑handed pitcher named Johnny Franco. He was kind enough to take me into his home and give me his number 31. I know it had special significance to him, but he unselfishly gave it me, and I will always be grateful.

The first game I caught for the Mets that year was pitched by an intimidating, yet cerebral, left‑handed pitcher with a devastating slider named Al Leiter. I never caught someone so intense and with a sense of perfection.

One time, he actually got mad at me because my idol, Mike Schmidt, was on a trip with the Phillies at Shea, and he went down to the tunnel to coach in the cage because it was raining. And I wanted so badly to talk to Schmidtty, that I was actually inadvertently coaching a few of their hitters. And he let me know about it.

We had a wonderful friendship and some amazing times on the road. And I was always ‑‑ can say that it was my biggest honor to catch one of his best pitched games, a one‑game playoff in 1999 against the Cincinnati Reds, in which he didn't shake me off one time. Really wasn't that hard, I just called for a slider.

Al, you're an amazing teammate, loving husband, and amazing father to your children. And I have the highest respect for you.

I was also very fortunate to play with some incredible teammates in New York. Edgardo Alfonzo comes to mind. Mi Panna, Edgardo Alfonzo was a great fielder and clutch hitter. Many times I can remember him picking me up when I failed to come through. As a matter of fact, one memorable three‑run home run that I hit on July 4th in the 8th inning against the Braves, Edgardo actually had an amazing two‑strike hit that tied the game and allowed me to relax and feel more confident at the plate knowing we were tied. A few guys up here know what that means.

How can I put my ‑‑ into words my thanks, love, and appreciation for New York Mets fans? You have given me the greatest gift and have graciously taken me into your family. Looking out, today, at all the incredible sea of blue and orange brings back the greatest time of my life. You guys are serious. We didn't get off on the best foot, but we both stayed with it.

At first, I was pressing to make you cheer and wasn't doing the job. You didn't take it easy on me, and I am better because of it.
Sometimes a jockey whips a horse. It isn't always pleasant to watch, but it gets results. The eight years we spent together went by way too fast. The thing I miss most is making you cheer.

No fans rock the house like Mets fans. You are passionate loyal, intelligent, and love this great game. To be the only second Met to enter the Hall of Fame, following Tom Seaver brings me great pride and joy. And I truly enjoyed Gary Carter's company. He was a wonderful man, a great player, and I miss him.

Unfortunately, it wasn't always the ups and downs of baseball season we experienced. September 11, 2001, is a day that forever changed our lives. To witness the darkest evil of the human heart and witness that as it tore many loved ones from their families will forever be burned in my soul.

But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character, and eventual healing. Many of you give me praise for the two‑run home run on the first game back on September 21st to push us ahead of the rival Braves.

But true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders, who knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway.

Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for his friends. I consider it an honor and privilege to have witnessed that love. Your families and those left behind are always in my prayers. I pray we never forget their sacrifice and work to always defeat such evil."

For Piazza's full speech, click here.


New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

A year ago, the New York Mets had an eventful first homestand after the All-Star break.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kerhsaw nearly threw a perfect game against the Mets, who called up their top prospect, made three trades and vaulted into first place in the National League East.

New York will hope its first homestand of this year after the All-Star will be filled with wins. The Mets kick off the home portion of the second-half scheduled Monday with the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The homestand will begin a year and one day after Michael Conforto was called up and trades for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson were completed. It also starts three days shy of the one-year anniversary of the Wilmer Flores-for-Carlos Gomez trade that fell through, setting up the dramatic acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes three days later.

Conforto, Johnson, Cespedes and Flores are still with the third-place Mets, who are 52-45 and five games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. New York also is a half-game behind the Miami Marlins for the second NL wild card.

The Mets would have been further back, but they took two of three in Miami and ended an eight-game road trip by getting a 3-0 victory, highlighted by Steven Matz retiring Giancarlo Stanton with two on for the final out of the fifth inning.

"This was crunch time for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We couldn't lose any more ground. We have to hang in there until we start to get healthy or we start to really get it clicking offensively. This was a good series for us to win." >> Read more...

Tags: Juan Uribe , Kelly Johnson , Michael Conforto , Wilmer Flores , Yoenis Cespedes
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