Friday: St. Lucie Mets 2, @ Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 1

Saturday: St. Lucie Mets 3, @ Fort Myers Miracle 0

Lets start on Satuday, with RHP Jacob deGrom's St. Lucie Mets debut. The 24-year old was very good: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. Listed at 6'4", 185, deGrom uses those long, loose  limbs, to generate one of the best fastballs in the system, regularly throwing 95 and 96 mph. On any given night, he might be 92-96. He uses both a two-seamer with sink, and a four-seamer to spot and use as a chase pitch up. At times, he's shown a usable changeup and slider, while in other starts, he's struggled with feel on his breaking stuff and pitched almost exclusively off his heat.

DeGrom's fastball is among the top five in the Mets system from the right side clearly behind only Domingo Tapia and Zack Wheeler and in a class with Michael Fulmer and Jeurys Familia. I think deGrom's fastball is enough to get him to the big leagues. How his secondary stuff, specifically his slider, develops will dictate whether he can remain a starter. At 24, deGrom (pictured at right, in Savannah) has given up just 78 hits in 96.2 innings between the two a-ball levels this year with a K/BB ratio of 5.1 (86 K/17 BB). He had Tommy John surgery in the fall of 2010, and did not throw a professional inning in 2011, but even at 96.2 innings now, the Mets plan to push deGrom's innings, and have him pitch all the way through the playoffs for St. Lucie.

Mets pitching coordinator Ron Romanick described deGrom's as having a "young arm." Degrom was largely a shortstop in college, and only converted to pitching full-time in his junior year at Stetson. Even so, deGrom has taken to pitching quickly, leading Romanick to praise him for his "real aptitude for what he's doing."

An 0-for-7 weekend dropped RF Cesar Puello down to .241/.303/.371 with a 48/5 K/BB ratio in 48 games at age 21.

Three hits Friday, and a triple on Saturday, pushed CF Alonzo Harris to .291/.366/.437. The 23-year old has a 51/42 K/BB ratio in 99 games. That increase in plate discipline from his former hack-tastic days in Savannah is a really remarkable development for Harris. The speedster is on the old side for a prospect in advanced-A, but as a former 2B, could emerge as a 4th OF/bench type who can also slide down to play second.

Age matters. It always does. What kind of numbers do you think Puello would put up in the FSL in 2014 as a 23-year old?

Friday, Logan Verrett hada nice start: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. In 18.2 innings in the FSL, he's fanned 11 and walked two. Verrett has a better slider than deGrom, but a more ordinary fastball. When he's been good, it's 90-91, touching 93, and when he's been off, it's 88-91.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde

Breaking down Conforto's year 00:02:28
Nelson Figueroa breaks down Michael Conforto's resurgence at the plate which led to his first All-Star Game nod earlier in the year.

The Mets are now five games below .500 after winning seven of their last 11 games.

With six days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are eight losses back of the Rockies for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

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Jul 24, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 24, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on five hits over eight innings to win his eighth consecutive start. The right-hander walked two and struck out eight, including the first four batters of the game.

2) Jay Bruce drove in two runs and Wilmer Flores homered for the second time in three games. Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI triple and Travis d'Arnaud delivered a run-scoring single. Asdrubal Cabrera (3-for-4, BB), Lucas Duda (2-for-4, 2B) and Bruce (2-for-4) paced New York's 12-hit effort.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The non-waiver trade deadline is on July 31, with the Mets expected to make a flurry of moves between now and then.

Addison ReedJay BruceLucas DudaAsdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson, among others, could be on the move this year. 

As we await the Mets' potential moves, here are the five biggest trade deadline deals in team history...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the 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; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP David Peterson, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 draft, was ranked New York's No. 3 prospect in Baseball America's midseason top 10 and in MLB.com's midseason prospect rankings.

Shortstop Amed Rosario, who was ranked MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect and Baseball America's No. 4 overall prospect, was ranked the organization's top prospect by both outlets.

First baseman Dominic Smith was ranked the No. 2 prospect by both outlets, the No. 41 overall by MLB.com and No. 49 overall by Baseball America. RHP Justin Dunn was ranked fourth in the organization (No. 100 overall by Baseball America).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and played seven innings in center field in the first game of his rehab assignment from a partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo, who last played in a game July 4, was cleared last week to take batting practice. He was hospitalized and underwent X-rays during New York's road trip to St. Louis after he complained about how he felt.

He said earlier this month he wasn't sure what caused the partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo was hitting .350 with no home runs and two RBIs in 15 games with the Mets this season. In the minors, he was hitting .223 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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The Mets embark on a 10-game road trip beginning with a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Monday at 10:10 p.m.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37 ERA) looks to win his eighth straight start. He has pitched at least seven innings in six of his past seven starts, going 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings in that span.

DeGrom is 5-1 with a 4.63 ERA in nine road starts, however he is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 starts at Citi Field. He has faced the Padres three times in his MLB career, going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, San Diego Padres
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(Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The non-waiver trade deadline is exactly one week away. And given the Mets are still plodding along at 45-51 and trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.

Who exactly will go? Here's a list of contenders, from most to least likely.

Addison Reed

The Mets made out like bandits acquiring Reed from the Diamondbacks on Aug. 30, 2015, for Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. Reed is poised to become a free agent for the first time this winter, and could get closer-type money. So the Mets undoubtedly will part with him now. The only question: Who closes once he's gone? We suppose Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald may be the best candidates.

Jay Bruce

The Mets have an extra everyday outfielder, and Bruce's 25 homers ought to be attractive to someone. The Mets seemingly would be willing to give Bruce a qualifying offer after the season, though, to either bring him back on a one-year deal or recoup draft-pick compensation. So clearly the Mets won't be willing to give him away.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario fields a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario fields a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets top prospect Amed Rosario went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as he returned to the Las Vegas 51s' lineup on Monday for the first time since July 17 due to a stomach issue.

Rosario was hospitalized Saturday due to gastroenteritis and dehydration, but had been recovering Sunday, 51s manager Pedro Lopez told the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand. The issue was likely related to something Rosario had eaten earlier in the week, according to Helfand.

Rosario, 21, is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 87 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was ranked the Mets' top organizational prospect and the No. 4 prospect in the game in Baseball America's midseason top 100.

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New York Mets pitcher Chris Flexen (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Chris Flexen (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Minor league RHP Chris Flexen will be called up from Double-A Binghamton to start Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres in place of Zack Wheeler, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Flexen, who is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts with Double-A Binghamton, is 32-21 in 78 career minor-league games (74 starts) since the Mets drafted him in the 14th round in 2012. Baseball America ranked him the No. 10 prospect in the organization.

The Mets placed Wheeler on the disabled list on Monday due to a stress reaction in his right arm. They called up RHP Tyler Pill to replace him on the 25-man roster.

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Jul 7, 2017; Reed (43) celebrates with d'Arnaud (18) after a win at Busch Stadium. Credit: Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2017; Reed (43) celebrates with d'Arnaud (18) after a win at Busch Stadium. Credit: Curry-USA TODAY Sports

As of July 21, there were at least six teams interested in trading for Addison Reed, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, who didn't think any deal was close to being completed at the time.

Teams reportedly interested in Reed...

Dodgers, Nationals, Brewers, Red Sox, and Yankees

Reactions and insight from Matthew Cerrone...

July 24, 2017: It's going to be impossible to predict where Reed ends up being traded, because there are a lot of teams interested and a lot of other pitchers available. That said, he will be getting moved. It has to happen.

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Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

In a July 20 report, Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert said the Mets were seeing only light interest in infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, who can become a free agent at the end of this season.

In late June, Cabrera, 31, began starting games at second base, where he hadn't played on a regular basis since 2014. He is expected to soon be showcased at third base.

The Mets have also been asked about infielder Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera. However, according to a July 19 tweet from SNY's Adam Rubin, their asking price has been 'obscene.'

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 (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets signed RHP Jonathan Albaladejo to a minor-league deal on Monday, the team announced.

Albaladejo, who last pitched in the majors in 2012, will report to and start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

The 34-year-old Albaladejo had seven wins, a 4.44 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

In Albaladejo's MLB career, which began in 2007, he went 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 66 relief appearances, pitching for the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.

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This season, thanks to Citi, each time the home run apple goes up at Citi Field, another step is taken in the fight against childhood hunger.

For each Mets home run at Citi Field this season, Citi has pledged to donate $2,000 to No Kid Hungry. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals, meaning each Citi donation provides up to 20,000 meals to kids in need in NYC and throughout the U.S. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org/onedollar.

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Mets prospect Amed Rosario and SS Jose Reyes. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets prospect Amed Rosario and SS Jose Reyes. Credit: USA Today Images

Jose Reyes told the NY Post's Ethan Sears that he is excited to see the Mets eventually promote top SS prospect Amed Rosario, despite them playing the same position.

"He's a good friend of mine," Reyes told Sears. "We speak on the phone almost every day, so I'd say we have a very good relationship."

In 87 games with Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBI. He had been batting .435 during his last 10 games, after which he's missed roughly a week due to a bruised finger and stomach illness.

According to Reyes, he and Rosario talk more about life than baseball...

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First Data's Veteran of the Game 00:01:18
The Mets and First Data salute Sergeant Robert Reilly of the US Marine Corps.

US Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Reilly was Sunday's First Data Veteran of the Game at Citi Field. 

Click here to see all of the veterans the Mets honor throughout the season.

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Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets prospect OF Tim Tebow homered for High-A St. Lucie on Sunday -- his fourth homer since being promoted from Low-A Columbia.

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Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Conforto has increased his playing time in center field and would not mind playing the position over an extended period, he told the New York Daily News

"I think as long as I can play there, I would definitely enjoy playing there. If you're asking me, I'd love to play out there every day. It'd be awesome," Conforto said Saturday. "But I don't know what the plans are for me or for the team moving forward. I guess from my standpoint all I can do is try to play as well as I can out there, show that I can cover some ground and be effective out there. But I definitely enjoy playing out there, that's for sure. So we'll see what happens."

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets lose 00:00:39
Doug Williams and Jim Duquette discuss how much of an impact Sunday's loss could have on the Mets.

The Mets, who took two of three from the A's this past weekend, have won six of their last 10 games, but remain nine losses back of the Rockies and D-backs for the final NL Wild Card spot.

There are seven days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. To win 90 games this season, the Mets must finish the year going 45-21 (.681).

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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Outfielder Jay Bruce and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera discussed the possibility they could have played their last games at Citi Field as Mets following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, New York's last home game prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

"The fact being brought up that this could be the last home game for a lot of us here," Bruce said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy, "it's something that's a bit odd, but nothing happens until it happens. We don't know for sure, and we'll just see how it goes."

As the Mets begin a 10-game road trip on Monday -- their next home game is Aug. 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- Bruce and Cabrera have both been the subject of trade rumors as the trade deadline nears.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce
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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

Mets prospect Amed Rosario is recovering from a stomach issue that landed him in the hospital on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand.

Rosario was dehydrated and had gastroenteritis, Las Vegas 51s manager Pedro Lopez told Helfand, and the issue was likely related to something Rosario had eaten earlier in the week.

While Rosario, 21, hadn't played since July 17, Lopez said Rosario is feeling better and is expected back in the lineup on Monday. 

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New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero lost for the third time in his last four starts by allowing a season-high three home runs in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field.

Montero allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, surrendering solo home runs to Marcus Semien in the first inning, Khris Davis in the fourth inning and a tie-breaking shot to Matt Chapman in the seventh inning.

"I need to keep the ball a bit lower," Montero said through an interpreter, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "That's really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. When those home runs occurred it was because I kept the ball too high."

Tags: Rafael Montero, Rene Rivera
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New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker went 1-for-4 and played seven innings at second base in his second rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Walker, who has not played since June 14 due to a partially torn hamstring, is set to play nine innings on Monday and Wednesday and be the 51s' designated hitter on Tuesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand.

Prior to going on the disabled list, Walker had a .270/.352/.468 batting line with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 60 games. He went 1-for-3 and played five innings in his first rehab game on Saturday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/23 00:03:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero limited the Athletics to two runs through the first six and 2/3 innings, but allowed the decisive go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. He allowed three runs -- all solo home runs -- in seven innings. Fernando Salas and Josh Smoker eached pitched a scoreless inning in relief.

2) The Mets had the tying run on base in the ninth when Wilmer Flores hit a one-out single, but Yoenis Cespedes flied out and Travis d'Arnaud popped out to end the game.

3) Michael Conforto had another multi-hit game and hit his 19th home run of the year in the third inning to put the Mets on the board. Jose Reyes' double in the sixth plated Jay Bruce for the Mets' second and final run of the game. 

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The Mets (45-50) will go for the sweep in the final game of a three-game series with the Athletics (43-54) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field on WPIX.

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June 3, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets former pitcher John Franco with son JJ Franco after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
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June 3, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets former pitcher John Franco with son JJ Franco after throwing the ceremonial first pitch before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE (Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)

The Mets signed IF J.J. Franco to a minor league deal, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Franco, 25, is the son of former Mets captain and closer John Franco. He will report to Single-A Columbia. 

Franco has played in 24 games this season between low-A and high-A ball within the White Sox organization, hitting .273 with four doubles and eight RBIs.

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The Mets (45-50) have won four straight games on their current 10-game homestand, but trail the Nationals by 12.5 games in the NL East and the Rockies by 10 games for the second wild card slot.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is putting together a new training regimen that will take the place of his previous one that emphasized adding a significant amount of muscle in order to throw heat to opponents.

Syndergaard added 15+ pounds this past offseason, but has not appeared in a game since April 30 because of a partially torn lat muscle on his right side. 

According to the New York Times, while on the disabled list, Syndergaard has made "adjustments" to his workouts and has realized that he hasn't been training "effectively." 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/22 00:03:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics.

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

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

1) Down 5-0, the Mets scored four runs in the sixth, tied the game in the eighth, and walked off in the ninth. Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth, Lucas Duda hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5, and Wilmer Flores completed the rally with a walk-off home run in the ninth.

2) Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with two triples, Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Conforto had two hits and an RBI. 

3) Zack Wheeler allowed a home run to the first batter he faced and never recovered. He allowed five runs on seven hits --- including two home runs -- and walked four batters in five innings.  Josh SmokerJosh Edgin, and Hansel Robles combined to pitch four scoreless innings in relief to prevent the Athletics from doing any further damage. Robles earned his sixth win of the year.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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 (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker (hamstring tear) went 1-for-3 in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.

Walker could return when the Mets play the Padres in San Diego beginning on Monday, manager Terry Collins said earlier this week.

In Walker's absence, Asdrubal Cabrera has shifted to second base with Jose Reyes at shortstop. Cabrera is expected to get time at third base when Walker returns.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker
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The Mets (44-50) play the second game of a three-game series against the Athletics (43-53) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (4.98 ERA/4.82 FIP, 1.55 WHIP), who has lost back-to-back starts. His last came against the Cardinals where he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. 

Though he has lost his last two starts, Wheeler has improved drastically in July. He is 6-2 with a 3.60 ERA after posting a 9.53 ERA in June.

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 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

In a long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery, Zack Wheeler has had a season of ups and downs. 

Wheeler's last start was emblematic of his year as a whole. Despite having walked four, he had held the Cardinals scoreless until the sixth inning, when he gave up four runs -- and ultimately took the loss. 

At times, Wheeler has shown glimpses of the promising -- if sometimes frustrating -- hurler he was in 2013 and 2014, but at others he looks overmatched.

Tags: Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Addison by subtraction 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses what the Mets might be able to get in return for Addison Reed at the trade deadline.

The Dodgers are exploring a possible trade for Mets RHP Addison Reed, per ESPN's Buster Olney. 

Of all the players the Mets have made available via trade, closer Addison Reed is drawing the most interest. 

There are at least six teams -- including the Brewers, Red Sox, and Nationals -- inquiring about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

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GEICO SportsNite: Cespedes 00:02:45
Larry Ridley, Doug Williams and Steve Gelbs break down Yoenis Cespedes' comments on Friday about his desire to go back to Oakland.

The Mets can't win, even when they win.

Michael Conforto launched a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning en route to a five-out save as the Mets earned their third straight victory by beating Oakland, 7-5, in Friday's series opener at Citi Field. Yet the Twitter topic du jour instead focused on pregame comments from Yoenis Cespedes to the San Francisco Chronicle in which Cespedes expressed his admiration for his initial MLB stomping grounds.

Cespedes, who played for the Athletics from 2012 until getting traded to the Red Sox midway through the 2014 season, said he hoped to finish his career back with Oakland.

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The Mets (44-50) have won three straight games on their current 10-game homestand, but are12.5 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals and 10 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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 (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes would like to finish his career in Oakland, per San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

Cespedes told former A's and current teammate Jerry Blevins that his goal is to ride off into the California sunset when his playing days are over. 

"I wish that happens," Cespedes said. "I told Blevins, 'I don't know how many years I'm going to play, but I'm going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.' I don't know if that's possible or not, but that's my goal."

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The Mets (43-50) open a three-game series against the Athletics (43-52) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

The Mets and Athletics played in the 1973 World Series, which Oakland won in seven games. ... The Mets have hit 28 home runs in their last 17 home games. ... The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (4.58 ERA/5.35 FIP, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in just 1.0 inning this past Sunday against the Rockies.

He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 9 against the Cardinals, after having tossed 14.0 scoreless innings over his prior two starts.

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Mets most marketable player? 00:03:02
As the trade deadline looms closer, the DNL panel discusses which Mets players could bring the biggest haul to help them compete in 2018.

Curtis Granderson isn't worried about rumors of the Mets potentially trading him, according to NY Daily News' James Miller. 

With Mets expected to be sellers before the trade deadline, Granderson is one of the players producing trade talks. However, he has been around long enough not to pay attention to rumors.

"The biggest thing with the rumors right now is that they're exactly that: just rumors," Granderson said at the New York Public Library Friday as he promoted his Grand Kids Foundation. "The one thing that I tell guys is -- because I've been rumored to be traded a lot of different times over the course of my career and I've only been traded one time and it happened in the offseason -- a lot of my teammates have been rumored to be traded a lot and that never ended up happening, so focus on what you can control."

Granderson is among many Mets players who are set to hit the free agency market following the season (Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Addison Reed to name a few). The Mets would prefer to move their valuable assets before they are entirely up for grabs. 

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

Click below to watch.

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New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Despite acquiring 3B-1B Todd Frazier from the White Sox, the Yankees are still open to trading for a new first baseman, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Earlier this week, Feinsand reported that the Yankees were scouting the Mets at Citi Field, after which they expressed interest 1B Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Duda, 31, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP, .552 SLG and 17 home runs in 69 games this season for the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Lugo's curveball 00:00:25
The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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This season, during every Mets home game on SNY, you can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets and be featured as the Mets Trivia Drive contestant live on SNY.

Just follow @SNYtv on Twitter and during the 5th inning look for the SNY 5th Inning Sweepstakes Presented by your Local Ford Dealers question.

Tweet your answer to @SNYtv using #SNYFord5thSweepstakes to be automatically entered to win.

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 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo, who has been pitching with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, says the injury hasn't been bothering him.

"No, it hasn't been an issue," Lugo said after Thursday's start, according to Newsday. "Not even really a thought process at this point. It's been feeling good, and I haven't had any issues with it."

Lugo, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday, is pitching through the injury in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets (43-50) have won four of the seven games on their current 10-game homestand, but remain nine losses behind the Rockies in the NL wild-card race with 10 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

To win 90 games, the Mets must go 48-20 the rest of the season.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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JRSportBrief: Cespedes questions 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Yoenis Cespedes will not live up to his four-year contract.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about whether Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will live up to his contract.

Cespedes, 31, agreed to a four-year deal worth $110 million during the offseason after opting out of the three-year deal he signed with the Mets after the 2015 season.

He missed over a month earlier this year due to a hamstring injury and is hitting .271 with a .323 OBP and .480 SLG with nine HR and 22 RBI in 49 games this season.

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Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki, the top pitching prospect in the organization, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced.

Recovery time is expected to be 12-to-18 months.

Szapucki, who missed time earlier this year with a left shoulder impingement, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 29.0 innings (six starts) for Low-A Columbia this season.

The 21-year-old Szapucki appeared on multiple top prospects lists this past winter, as well as 60th on ESPN.com's Keith Law annual overall rankings.

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