The Arizona Fall League announced the first round of player allocations to this year's rosters to minor league baseball's equivalent of "finishing school" for top prospects. The Mets are going to send OF Brandon Nimmo, INF Matt Reynolds, RHP Cory Mazzoni, RHP Rob Whalen, RHP Paul Sewald and RHP Julian Hilario to go along with a position player to be named later.


OF Brandon Nimmo

What he is: Nimmo is the Mets' top outfield prospect, and one of the team's best position player prospects -- along with Dilson Herrera and ahead of fellow first-rounders Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith. Nimmo, who turned 21 in March, has had a strong 2014 season. He hit his way out of the Florida State League (.322/.448/.458) and is hanging around at .248/.359/.416 in 59 games in Double-A. Buried beneath a low batting average in Double-A is a .168 isolated slugging percentage, which would be his best at any stop in his minor league career. In Double-A, he's kept his strikeout rate under 20 percent and walked in 14 percent of his plate appearances. He's an extremely patient hitter starting to come into his power - he's bopped a new career-high 10 home runs this year to go with 19 doubles and nine triples. In 21 games in August, Nimmo has hit a healthy .289/.372/.434 with 10 walks and 15 strikeouts.

The one real blemish against Nimmo statistically in Double-A has been his performance against lefties. After hitting .333/.435/.417 against southpaws with a 16.5 percent strikeout rate and a .414 BABIP in 72 AB in the FSL, he's slipped to .162/.311/.270 with a 25 percent strikeout rate and a .220 BABIP against same-handed pitching in 74 AB in Double-A. The answer, as is so common, is somewhere in the middle. He's probably not as good against lefties as his advanced-A numbers suggest and he's not as bad as his double-A numbers. He's made improvements against lefties and will need to continue to do so to maintain his potential as an above-average everyday guy.

Why he's going: To face more high-level competition to prepare for his MLB debut in 2015

What I'm looking for: The plate discipline will be there, but will the power? Will he hit lefties?


SS/INF Matt Reynolds

What he is: The Mets' second-round pick in 2012, the 23-year-old Reynolds has bounced back from a disappointing 2013 season by beating up Double- and Triple-A pitching. Across the minors' two highest levels, he's hit .347/.411/.459 with a .423 BABIP this year with an 19 percent strikeout rate and a 10 percent walk rate. At the beginning of August, this piece examined the statistical underpinnings for Reynolds' breakout and sought to normalize his BABIP for league environment and his batted ball profile.

Why he's going: Same as Nimmo, to get some more plate appearances against top competition to put himself in a better position to contribute in 2015, in Reynolds' case, most likely as a utility guy.

What I'm looking for: More secondary skills and where he plays.

What's interesting about Reynolds' assignment to the AFL, is that generally guys brought up to the big leagues skip the desert, so this suggests that Reynolds will miss out on a September call-up. Sure, the Mets want to use September to continue their extended look at Wilmer Flores at shortstop. Sure, Reynolds, who was drafted in 2012, is not Rule 5 eligible this year, and would not need to be added to the 40-man roster until next year. Sure, the Las Vegas 51s are going to the playoffs which could run through the second week of September. So, the team has roster flexibility reasons, developmental and minor league pennant reasons to avoid the big leagues for him for now. On the other hand, the Mets played Tuesday down two starting infielders in Daniel Murphy and David Wright. If either needs to go to the DL, Reynolds might get his first taste of the big leagues sooner than planned.


RHP Cory Mazzoni

What he is: An oft-injured second-round pick from 2011. He's a three-pitch guy with a splitter for a changeup who works in the low 90s -- about 90-92 -- although he can reach back for more in a big spot. Like many of the Mets' recent collegiate draftees, he's a "strikethrower"; in 31 2/3 innings in August, he's fanned 31 and walked just two.

What he's doing: Getting more innings. Mazzoni, to this point has made just eight starts in Triple-A this year. He left his final spring training tune-up with an apparent triceps strain that was later reclassified as a lat strain. It kept him on the shelf until late June, when he began a rehab tour in the GCL that took him through St. Lucie and Binghamton for two starts each before reaching Triple-A on July 18. Mazzoni, who's a little slight at 6'1", has dealt with a number of medical issues in the last three years: including elbow neuritis in April, 2013, arthroscopic surgery on his knee in August 2013 and some missed starts in late July 2012 with a finger issue.

What I'm looking for: I think Mazzoni's stuff plays better out of the bullpen, but mainly he's going to the AFL to extend his season and make up for missing two and a half months of the season.


RHP Paul Sewald

What he is: The Mets' 10th-round pick out of the University of San Diego in 2012 who signed for a team-friendly $1,000, and has been an effective reliever in Single-A in 2013 and 2014. The Mets just promoted Sewald to Double-A this week. He throws strikes, and attacks the strike zone with a fastball around 90 mph.

What he's doing: Proving he has the stuff to merit an Opening Day assignment to Double-A in 2014 and filling out the AFL roster.

What I'm looking for: An ERA under 5.00.


RHP Julian Hilario

What he is: A 24-year-old right-hander with bad body who throws hard (like can get up to 96), but has little idea where it's going. In 48 2/3 innings this year in the Florida State League, he's walked 34 guys, a walk rate of 15 percent.

What he's doing: Trying to prove he's better than his 5.73 ERA in the FSL and ready for Double-A in 2015.

What I'm looking for: An ERA under 6.00.


RHP Rob Whalen

What he is: The Mets' 12th-round pick in 2012, Whalen is a solidly built 20-year old with a four-pitch mix. He mostly works around 88-90, but he has been up to 91 with his fastball in games recently. He throws his curveball regularly early in counts and has been using his slider as a put-away pitch. It's a winning recipe in Single-A, certainly.

What he's doing: LIke Mazzoni, extending a season that has been truncated by injury. A cut on his pitching hand became infected during a start on May 1, and kept him out until July 23, so he's made just 10 appearances for Savannah this year.

What I'm looking for: Survival. Whalen will start 2015 in advanced Single-A.


Last year, the Mets sent  C Cam Maron, 3B/1B Aderlin Rodriguez, OF Cory Vaughn, RHP Chasen Bradford, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Hansel Robles and RHP Cody Satterwhite to the AFL.

In 2012, the delegation included OF Darrell Ceciliani, INF Daniel Muno, OF Cesar Puello, RHP Ryan Fraser, LHP Chase Huchingson, LHP Adam Kolarek, and RHP Greg Peavey.

In 2011, the list was C Juan Centeno, CF Juan Lagares, 3B Jefry Marte, SS Wilfredo Tovar, LHP Robert Carson, RHP Colin McHugh, RHP Erik Turgeon and RHP Taylor Whitenton.

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Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Latest update (10:40 p.m.)

The New York Mets expect Jeurys Familia to be suspended for fewer than 30 games stemming from a domestic violence incident last October, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert and Christian Red.

Familia met with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in New York on Monday and the Mets are expected to learn the length of Familia's probable suspension within the next 48 hours, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

Last year, Manfred issued a 52-game suspension to shortstop Jose Reyes and a 30-game suspension to Aroldis Chapman for their own roles in separate domestic violence incidents.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still lock in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure put on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Lagares vs. Conforto in outfield 00:04:20
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Juan Larages' oblique strain and whether or not Michael Conforto will be playing for him.

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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With Steven Matz's status in question, today's split-squad games could play a major role in the renewed race for the final rotation spot between Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler...

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Matz throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts in St. Lucie. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Matz throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts in St. Lucie. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets LHP Steven Matz, who has irritation in his left elbow and is having his start skipped, threw on flat ground from 70 feet on Monday morning, according to the team's beat writers.

He threw four rounds, first throwing 20 pitches, then three rounds of 10, pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters.

Matz felt tight at first but then loosened up, added Warthen, who said the team is working with Matz to shorten the arc of his arm to create "less banging" with his elbow. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:02:31
Eamon McAnaney discusses Matt Harvey's strong outing this afternoon against the Braves and gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

The Mets will play two split-squad games on Monday. And, with Steven Matz's status in question, each game could play a major role in the race for the final rotation spot. 

In St. Lucie, Seth Lugo (7 IP, 2.86 ERA) will start against Max Scherzer and the Nationals in St. Lucie.

Meanwhile, also at 1:10 pm, Zack Wheeler (7.1 IP, 8.59 ERA) will start against the Marlins and Tom Koehler at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

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Post Game Extra: Mets top Braves 00:03:20
Matt Harvey turned in his best start of the spring and Jose Reyes banged out three hits in the Mets' 8-2 win over the Braves.

Matt Harvey pitched his longest outing of the spring, giving up two runs in six innings, and the Mets defeated the Braves by a score of 8-2 at First Data Field.

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

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

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Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Gsellman has landed a spot in the Mets rotation, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gsellman's rotation spot comes following the news that Steven Matz will miss his next start with left elbow irritation. The Mets will be cautious with Steven Matz, Heyman said, adding that either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo will take the final spot in the rotation. There is also the possibility of Lugo pitching out of the bullpen.

Gsellman (17.1 IP, 1.56 ERA) has pitched in five games this spring. He posted a 2.42 ERA in eight regular season games in 2016, including seven starts. Lugo (7 IP, 3.86 ERA) is coming off several strong starts in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico. In 17 games for the Mets in 2016, Lugo went 5-2 and had a 2.67 ERA. 

Zack Wheeler (7.1 IP, 8.59 ERA) has struggled so far this spring, giving up seven runs and nine hits, including four home runs.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

RHP Matt Harvey (12.1 IP, 7.30 ERA) will start for the fifth time this spring as the Mets welcome the Braves to Port St. Lucie for a Grapefruit League matchup slated for 1:10 p.m.

In his most recent start, Harvey gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

RHP Matt Wisler (12.1 IP, 5.84 ERA) will start for Atlanta.

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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

Michael Conforto would replace Juan Lagares on the Mets roster if Lagares is further hampered by a left oblique strain, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Lagares, who left Saturday's game with the injury, will get an MRI on Monday, according to Puma. 

Lagares is hitting .190 with 1 home run and 2 RBI in 42 at-bats this spring. Meanwhile, Conforto is hitting .346 with 3 home runs in 52 at-bats this spring. His most recent home run came on Saturday against Atlanta.

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Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (13-16-1) will host the Atlanta Braves (7-20-1) at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on PIX11.

RHP Matt Harvey (12.1 IP, 7.30 ERA) will make his fifth start of the spring. Harvey gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

RHP Matt Wisler (12.1 IP, 5.84 ERA) will start for Atlanta.

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) leaves the practice field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) leaves the practice field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Jacob deGrom is hoping to pitch 200 innings and make 35 starts this season, he said to reporters on Saturday after making a start against Mets minor leaguers.

"It's not easy to go out there and throw 200 innings -- I don't think anybody here has, not including playoffs," deGrom said. "So that's kind of the next thing for us, to get out there and make the 35 starts and get to that 200 mark." 

DeGrom's heaviest workload was in 2015, when he pitched 191 innings in the regular season before pitching 25 more innings during the postseason. He pitched 148 innings in 2016, posting a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts before his season was cut short due to ulnar nerve surgery.

So far this spring, deGrom has a 2.93 ERA and 17 strikeouts in four Grapefruit League starts.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets vs Braves 00:02:38
Terry Collins reflects on Saturday's game against the Braves, Juan Lagares' injury and what it could mean for the team moving forward.

Rafael Montero went five scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start, but Juan Lagares had to leave in the third with an oblique strain as the Mets defeated Atlanta 3-0 in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday.

For a full box score, click here.

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

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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Mar 14, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 14, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jacob deGrom did not allow an earned run and struck out five in a minor league outing Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie.

 "Honestly, I think I feel better than I felt at any point last year," deGrom, who threw 77 pitches, told reporters afterward. 

DeGrom, who allowed three hits, was 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA last season before ending his season Sept. 1. He had surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow on Sept 21.

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Rafael Montero makes his first start of the spring today against the Braves. (David Kohl)
Rafael Montero makes his first start of the spring today against the Braves. (David Kohl)

Rafael Montero will make his first Grapefruit League start today against the Braves. Montero has made eight relief appearances and is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA (four earned runs in 13.1 innings).

Former Met R.A. Dickey will start for Atlanta. He's 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in four starts in 15 innings, having given up three homers and eight walks with eight strikeouts.

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First baseman's view of practice 00:02:14
SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see infield practice through the first baseman's eyes.

SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see a live infield practice session through the first baseman's eyes.

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Running wild on Syndergaard 00:05:11
Jon Hein and Dan Graca ask if the Mets ought to scrap the Syndergaard/d'Arnaud combo, since runners are swiping bases with impunity.

The Astros stole four bases Friday with Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

Astros center fielder Derek Fisher, who averaged a stolen base every three games during his minor-league career, swiped three bags against Syndergaard and d'Arnaud...

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:45
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros.

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings as the Mets lost to the Astros, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

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

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

1) Syndergaard was largely dominant, striking out five batters while allowing four hits and walking none. His ERA for the spring is 2.63. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Lennon and McAnaney on Reyes 00:01:11
David Lennon and Eamon McAnaney talk about the expectations for Jose Reyes heading into the 2017 season.

Mets infielder Jose Reyes is confident he can steal 30 bases this season, he told Newsday's David Lennon after returning from the World Baseball Classic.

"Terry [Collins] knows that I'm not going to be running out there crazy like I used to," Reyes explained. "I know the kind of lineup that we have. When I go, I need to make sure that I'm going to make it. My body feels good. I've got the green light, but I don't want to be giving away outs. It's not going to happen that way."

Reyes is expected to hit leadoff and start at third base in David Wright's absence. The last time he stole 30 bases was in 2014 when playing for the Blue Jays...

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Noah Syndergaard will be making his fourth Grapefruit League start. In 7.2 innings this spring, Syndergaard has allowed three runs and seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

It's possible today is his final start of the spring depending on how the Mets handle his last week of preperation for Opening Day.

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Mar 13, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (left) celebrates with Jay Bruce (right) after hitting a home run at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (left) celebrates with Jay Bruce (right) after hitting a home run at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Despite using the same lineup Wednesday and Thursday, save for Kevin Plawecki being in for Travis d'Arnaud on Thursday, Terry Collins said he has not yet committed to a set order, though he hopes to by Opening Day...

"I don't know what it's going to be right now, I really don't," he insisted after Thursday's game. "We'll decide night to night, who we are facing and who fits where. ... Right now, I have no idea what the lineup is going to be."

The lineup he used earlier this week, which drew praise from fans and media, looked as follows, with the catcher hitting eighth in front of the pitcher...

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Lugo on WBC Experience 00:01:30
Seth Lugo describes his experience in the World Baseball Classic and how it helped prepare him for the 2017 season.

Where will Zack Wheeler start 2017?

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

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

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

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

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First baseman's view of practice 00:02:14
SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see infield practice through the first baseman's eyes.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith spent four weeks in big-league camp this spring, during which he hit .194 with a .324 OBP and four RBI in 31 at-bats in 18 Grapefruit League games.

He is widely considered the organization's second-best prospect.

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Gsellman vs. Lugo for final spot 00:08:09
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as the competition picks up to be named the Mets' fifth starter.

SNY's Mets Talk Live panel discusses Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as the competition picks up to be named the Mets' fifth starter.

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GEICO SportsNite: Citi Field 00:01:39
GEICO SportsNite takes a look at the new amenities at Citi Field for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Mets (12-15) face the Astros (11-12) today from First Data Field at 1 p.m. ET.

The game can be seen live on SNY and heard on 710AM WOR radio. 

RHP Noah Syndergaard (7 2/3 IP, 3.52 ERA) will make his fourth Grapefruit League start. It could be his final start of the spring depending on how the team intends to handle his last week of preperation for Opening Day, April 3, when he's slated to start against the Braves at Citi Field.

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Cabrera on game ejection 00:01:08
Asdrubal Cabrera explains his argument with umpire Angel Hernandez that resulted in an ejection from Thursday's game.

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera was ejected by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez during Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals in West Palm Beach, FL.

Cabrera was irritated after asking for a time out during his at-bat, which was not being granted by Hernandez. On the next pitch, Cabrera lined a single to center field. Running to first base, he glanced back at Hernandez, who ejected him after Cabrera arrived to first base.

"I've never seen that before," Cabrera said when asked about that kind of confrontation with an umpire during Spring Training...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets lose 00:00:52
Robert Gsellman and manager Terry Collins speak to reporters following the Mets' 1-0 loss to Washington on Thursday.

Robert Gsellman allowed one run (unearned) in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon in West Palm Beach, FL.

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

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

1) Gsellman allowed four hits while striking out two and walking two. He has a 1.56 ERA this spring.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Robert Gsellman
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Remember when Citi invited Mets fans to vote for their favorite The7Line t-shirt design?

Well, after a close vote on Facebook, Mets fans have chosen their favorite new t-shirt!

At the team's "What's New at Citi Field" event, Mr. Met and the Citi Perk Patrol unveiled this new t-shirt designed by The 7 Line. However, this shirt will not be for sale - you can ONLY get one by catching it from the Citi Perk Patrol during the in-game t-shirt launch this season at Citi Field.
 
We can't wait to try to catch one! Can you?

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Granderson's second home run 00:00:50
Curtis Granderson ties the game at nine with a two-run homer to right field, his second long ball of the game.

Curtis Granderson started in center field and hit two home runs batting cleanup Wednesday against the Marlins at First Data Field in St. Lucie, Fla.

"We're a power hitting team," Terry Collins said after the game, during which he hit Neil Walker fifth, followed by Jay Bruce and by Lucas Duda. "You are looking at guys in the six, seven and eight (spots in the lineup) (who) have a chance to hit the ball out of the ballpark."

In 100 plate appearances batting fourth in 2016, Granderson hit .351 with six home runs and 18 RBI, but hit just .218 batting leadoff.

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Robert Gsellman will make his fifth appearance of the spring as he continues to make his case for being the team's fifth starter in 2017. In 12 innings this spring, Gsellman has allowed three runs and 11 hits, while striking out seven batters and walking two. 



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Takeaways from Wheeler and Matz 00:07:37
Mets Talk Live reflects on the recent spring outings of Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

Zack Wheeler threw 66 pitches in three innings Wednesday against the Marlins, during which he allowed four runs and four hits and walked three batters.

In his previous outing he allowed two runs, three hits and hit 97 mph with his fastball.

"We won't make any decisions until we get down to the last week," Terry Collins said after the game, when asked if Wheeler will be on the Opening Day roster. "His arm strength is there, he feels good, it's a matter of getting him out there."

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Mets Talk Live talks deep bench 00:04:23
The Mets Talk Live crew examines the team's depth and the competition for a number of roles this spring.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is still not running, according to Matt Ehalt of The Record.

Nimmo's recovery was set back a few more days after bothering his hamstring again Friday during running drills, he told reporters on Saturday.

The young outfielder was running at 90 percent last Thursday, and there was a belief that he could potentially play the field on Saturday before he re-aggravated the injury, reported Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News.

Nimmo originally injured the hamstring two weekends ago playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The team's manager, Marco Mazzieri, initially told the NY Times that it was believed to be a Grade 1 strain, which would likely force Nimmo to be sidelined for at least a few weeks. 

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What's on tap for Thursday

The Mets travel to face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. RHP Robert Gsellman (12 IP, 2.25 ERA) is slated to face off against RHP Erick Fedde (8.2 IP, 5.19 ERA).

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:31
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Curtis Granderson homered twice and drove in five runs, but the Mets fell to the Marlins, 15-9, on Wednesday at First Data Field.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in four innings.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo gave up four runs and five hits, while striking out seven, in four innings Wednesday for Puerto Rico, who lost, 8-0, to the United States in the World Baseball Classic finals.

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June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports)
June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets player and manager Dallas Green passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.

Green made five appearances for the Mets in 1966. He managed the club from 1993-1996, taking over for Jeff Torborg during the season. He was fired and replaced by Bobby Valentine late in the 1996 season. 

He also managed the Yankees in 1989 and the Phillies from 1979-1981, leading the franchise to its first World Series crown in 1980.

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

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

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

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

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Steven Matz is making his fourth Grapefruit League start. In 8.2 innings this spring, he's allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits, while striking out six batters.

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Mar 8, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks towards the dugout before a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks towards the dugout before a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals failed to acquire a closer this past winter, and they've seemingly made no steps toward resolving the issue this spring training.

"We haven't really discussed it at any length," the team's manager Dusty Baker recently told the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.

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View of the sunset as New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies play in the second inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
View of the sunset as New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies play in the second inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will take on their Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, at First Data Field on March 30 before departing Port St. Lucie for New York.

The following day, the Mets will welcome the Army Black Knights to Citi Field for an exhibition match at 1:10 p.m. The teams will play a seven-inning game and parking at Citi Field will be free. 

General admission tickets for Field Level seating are $10 and net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mets Foundation. All active and retired military members with military identification will be allowed to attend the game along with one guest for free.

The game against Army was scheduled to take place at West Point, but was moved to Citi Field this morning due to last week's snowstorm.

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In the NY Times, James Wagner talks with Jay Bruce about his new-found use of advanced to statistics thanks to the team's head of research and development T.J. Barra >> Read more!

"I don't live and die by it, but there are definitely numbers out there that tell a story," Bruce told Wagner. "I'm a game changer offensively and I want to do that as much as I can."

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Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.
Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.

The Mets today announced that RHP Ben Rowen and Erik Goeddel, outfielder Travis Taijeron and infielders Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds have been reassigned to minor league camp.

Rowen, Goeddel, Taijeron, Cecchini and Reynolds are all expected to begin the 2017 season playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

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MTL on rookie pranks tradition 00:02:42
The Mets Talk Live crew talks about the tradition of rookie pranks in baseball.

What's on tap for Wednesday

The Mets were off Tuesday. They return to Grapefruit League action today in St. Lucie where they'll host the Marlins at 1:10 pm.

According to the team's website, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are both scheduled to pitch. However, the last time this situation occured, the Mets pushed Wheeler back a day so he could start instead of entering a game in relief.

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Travid d'Arnaud throwing issues 00:03:42
The guys from Mets Talk Live discuss Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud and his struggles with throwing out base runners.

With a left-handed batter in the box Sunday, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud sailed a ball in to left field while intending to throw out Dee Gordon attempting to steal third base.

The error resulted in a renewed discussion in print, on Twitter and on air about d'Arnaud's arm strength and accuracy, which is something he says he's been working to improve this spring.

In 2016, d'Arnaud caught just 22 percent of runners attempting to steal a base against the Mets. This spring, seven of eight runners have successfully stolen a base with him behind the plate...

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SI's NL predictions 00:04:35
The Mets Talk Live crew on Sports Illustrated's prediction that the Cubs will defeat the Mets in the National League Division Series.

Sports Illustrated made its annual Major League Baseball predictions, picking the Mets to lose to the Cubs in the NLDS.

SI has the Mets beating the Giants in the Wild Card game before losing to Chicago.

The magazine picks the Nationals to win the NL East before losing to the Dodgers in the NLDS...

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Mets minor-league OF Kevin Kaczmarski parked his car Monday in Jacob deGrom's spot in the player parking lot at First Data Field.

In response, deGrom closed up Kaczmarski's entire car in shrink wrap, an image of which was later posted to Twitter by their teammate, reliever Josh Smoker...

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Mar 20, 2017; Salas (59) throws to first during a spring game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Salas (59) throws to first during a spring game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Mets reliever Fernando Salas made his first Grapefruit League appearance Monday.

He gave up one hit and threw a wild pitch, but retired the final two batters he faced during his two-thirds of an inning.

"It's good to get him back and out there," manager Terry Collins said. "He's going to get a bunch of work here in the next 10 days."

Salas missed all of the team's workouts due to a visa issue that kept him in Mexico. However, while home, he was able to pitch one inning during the World Baseball Classic.

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