The hot rumor action on Tuesday connected the Mets to free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson. Oh, the Mets were "serious" about liking him and planned to set up a meeting with his agent. And while I was writing this, apparently a team insider "downplayed" the Mets' interest in Granderson. Granderson's agent was so encouraged by the early-winter flirting that he is now asking for a four-year deal. That's a problem. The Mets should not sign Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal. No team should.

A four-year contract would lock up Granderson's age 33, 34, 35 and 36 seasons.

In 2013, his age-32 season, coming off back-to-back 40+ homer seasons with the Yankees in 2011 and 2012, he hit .229/.317/.407 in 61 games. His season started late - in May after he fractured his forearm in Spring Training. Then, after playing just eight games in May, a broken left pinkie kept him out until August. For what it's worth, he had a strong August - .278/.394/.444 with six doubles and three homeruns and a 27/18 K/BB ratio in 27 games. Then in September, he stopped walking, hitting .177/.233/.375 with a 36/7 K/BB. His whiff percentage spiked in September and his strike zone discipline cratered.

Beginning of the end, or small sample size?

The CompsBaseball reference lists Granderson's top comparables, and for the Mets, or any team interested in signing the Grandyman, it should be a scary list.

Here are Baseball Reference's top 10 most similar players to Curtis Granderson through his age-32 season:

1. Ron Gant2. Bob Allison

3. J.D. Drew

4. Roy Sievers

5. Jose Cruz

6. Jason Bay7. Wally Post

8. Jesse Barfield

9. Bobby Thomson

10. Kirk Gibson

The historical names are fun, but lets drop anyone who's career ended in 1970 and earlier because it was a different game 40+ years ago. That eliminates Allison, Sievers, Post and Thomson and leaves us with six players.

Using Baseball Reference's amazing career calculator the following gives the career bWAR totals for this group beginning in their age xx season.

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;bWAR 33+;bWAR 34+;bWAR 35+;bWAR 36+

Gant;7.7;5.9;3.9;1.7

Drew;6.6;2.2;-0.8;0

Cruz;0.5;-0.5;0;0

Bay;-0.7;0.5;NA;NA

Barfield;0;0;0;0

Gibson;6.8;4.4;3.7;3.5

Total;20.9;12.5;6.8;5.2

Avg;3.483;2.083;1.360;1.04

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Beginning at age 33, this group totaled 21 bWAR for the duration of their career, an average of 3.5 (I'm rounding here because decimals on WAR give a false sense of accuracy).  By age 36, three of the six were out of baseball, and it'll likely be four out of six when Jason Bay decides to walk away to watch his kids ski and hang out with and listen to Pearl Jam. (Note: if my retirement includes watching my kids ski, skiing with my kids, or hanging out with Pearl Jam, I'd be one really happy dude.)

Gant, who hung on until age 38, is perhaps a best case for Granderson. After finishing fifth in the MVP balloting in 1993 with Atlanta, he missed the entire 1994 season, his age-29 year, after breaking his leg in an ATV accident. He bounced around after that, putting together strong seasons at 30 and 31 with Cincinnati and then St. Louis. Like Granderson, Gant had a down year at age 32 (83 OPS+) his lowest since his age 25 year. From age 33 on, he posted OPS+s of 114, 97, 106, 95, 125 while playing for six different teams. Gant, like Granderson started his career as a centerfielder, but after playing the position at -27 runs in total zone, in 1991, the Braves wisely moved him to left as his primary position (and all pre-Andrew Jones, who did not debut until 1996). From age 33 forward, Gant's seasonal bWAR peacked at 2.1 at age 34, never to exceed two again.

J.D Drew is a great cautionary tale. He posted a strong, and perhaps underappreciated 2009 season with Boston when he was 33, hitting .279/.392/.522 for a 134 OPS+ and a 4.3 bWAR in 139 games. He was solid, but clearly declining a year later at 34 (.255/.341./452 - 109 OPS+ - 3.1 in 137 games) but was done at age 35 when he hit .222/.315/.302 - 68 OPS+- -0.9 WAR in 81 games. He was out of baseball at age 36.

Decline and injury came in a hurry for Gibson after his MVP performance and post-season heroics in 1988 - his age 31 season. He played 100 games just twice more after that point in 1991 with Kansas City and 1993 with Detroit. Gibson was basically a league average hitting from 1989 - 1993 (his age 32-36 seasons) combining for a 105 OPS+ and 85 games a season. He then bounced back to have, a for me, inexplicable age-37 year with Detroit in 1994 when he hit .276/.358/.548 for a 130 OPS+ and a 2.3 WAR, his first above two since 1988.

The Granderson Offensive Decline

So, has Curtis Granderson shown any indication that he can buck the rapid decline his most similar hitters experienced from their age 33 seasons forward? In a word, no.

These are Granderson's base rates in his secondary statistical categories from his age-27 season onward. What do you notice? His big homerun years with the Yankees were driven by a spike in HR/FB. Is there any reason to think that will spike again as he ages? No.

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;BB%;K%;ISO;HR/FB;HR

2007;7.7;20.9;.250;10.9;23

2008;11.3;17.6;.213;12.3;22

2009;10.1;19.9;.204;12.6;30

2010;10;22;.221;14.5;24

2011;12.3;24.5;.290;20.5;41

2012;11;28.5;.260;24.2;43

2013;11;28.2;.178;11.3;7

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Now, about that rising strikeout rate. Lets take a look at his swing rates and contact rates from the last four years (remember 2010 and 2011 were his Yankees peak and 2013 was abbreviated). O-swing percentage is just the percentage of pitches outside the zone a batter swings at. O-Contact percentage is the number of pitches outside the zone which a batter swings at that he connects on. Z Contact is the percentage of pitches inside the strike zone at which a batter swings that he connects with.

                   O-Swing%             O-Contact%              Z-Contact %2010           25.6                        60.1                                   89.9

2011            25.7                        60.8                                   88.1

2012           29.5                        58.9                                   81.0

2013           31.3                        54.5                                    80.0

In the last two years, Granderson has chased more pitches outside the zone and made contact with fewer. Can the Mets teach him to lay off pitches out of the zone again? Maybe.

Moreover, and more damning, when he has swung at pitches inside the strike zone in the last two years, his contact percentage on such pitches has plummeted.

Defense?The advanced defensive metrics have split a little on Granderson in his last four years with the Yankees, but all agree that among his last full seasons, 2011 was poor and 2012 was worse.

UZR is all over the place on Granderson's defense in center, giving him UZR/150 the last four years of 9.0, -5.3, -18.5, 21.4 (small sample size on '13). He was negative his last two years in Detroit in 08 and 09.

Total Zone is more charitable on the whole for his Yankee years: -1, -4, -12, 5. BIS Defensive Runs Saved from average tell a similar story: 12, -6, -10, 3 ('13, coming all three outfield positions).

The ranges on 2012 suggest Granderson cost the Yankees at least full win by playing center.

 

ConclusionSince the start of 2011, Granderson has been a below average defender in center and getting worse.  Granderson's declining defensive abilities should push him to a corner over the life of a four-year contract.

At the plate, he is chasing more pitches outside the strike zone and connecting on fewer. He is connecting on fewer inside the zone. As a result, his strikeout rate has spiked.

His big homerun seasons in Yankee pinstripes were the result of a HR/FB spike that has disappeared in last year, and was well out of line with his career norms.

Players most similar to Granderson were at best league average players from age 33 forward, and most fell well short of that mark and were in fact out of baseball by their age 36 seasons, the last covered by a potential four-year contract.

Granderson turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer of $14.1 million dollars. In previous years, free agent wins cost in the range of $5 million per win. Granderson would need to be a three-win player moving forward every year to reach that mark at $15 million annually. I suspect that there will be inflation in this market, but I also suspect based on Granderson's own performance and his most similar players that his decline will be steep and in fact, has already begun.

Two-year commitment? Ok. Four? Run away.

Tags: Analysis, Toby Hyde

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/25 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Padres.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero labored his way through 87 pitches in three innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked four batters, including three in the first inning. Pat Sewald and Josh Edgin combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief, but Addison Reed allowed the Padres to score an insurance run in the ninth inning.

2) Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Mets on the board, then drove in the team's second run with an RBI single in the eighth. Michael Conforto tied his career-high with four strikeouts, but came through on a base hit in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to ten games.

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The Mets (19-25) will finish their three-game series against the Padres (17-31) on Thursday night at Citi Field. The series is split as the Padres won last night, 6-5, thanks to a go-ahead homer in the eighth by Hunter Renfroe. 

Michael Conforto has reached base safely in eight of his 10 plate appearance this series which includes two home runs. This month, he leads the NL in slugging percentage (.750), extra-base hits (15), and is tied for most runs scored (24). 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Rafael Montero, (8.10 ERA/5.38 FIP, 2.52 WHIP), who is filling in for Jacob deGrom. With the threat of inclement weather, the Mets pushed deGrom's start back to Friday.

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The Mets are pushing back Jacob deGrom's start to Friday due to anticipated inclement weather and will have Rafael Montero start on Thursday night against the Padres at Citi Field, manager Terry Collins said.

It has been raining in New York City for the majority of Thursday, and the forecast calls for rain on and off during the game, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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 (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
(Wilfredo Lee/AP)

 

The Mets activated SS Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) from the 10-day DL prior to Thursday's game and optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Cabrera went 2-for-5 in a rehab game Wednesday night for Double-A Binghamton.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce is back in the lineup Thursday after missing Wednesday's game due to back tightness.

He left Tuesday night's game against the Padres after the bottom of the fifth due to the back issue.

"We have enough guys hurt right now, so being cautious I think is the right move," Bruce said about sitting out on Wednesday. "I fully expect to be back in there tomorrow." 

Bruce said Monday's off-day and "not doing too much" might have contributed to his back tightening up on him.

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

Click below to watch.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, SiriusXM's Rob Brender and I try our best to be upbeat and positive in our assessment of the Mets, while talking about...

  • The awesomeness of Michael Conforto...
  • How this season is feeling like every Batman movie...
  • Who goes to the bench when Yoenis Cespedes returns...
  • The impact of missing Seth Lugo...
  • The more surprising Rivera, T.J. or Rene...
  • Terry Collins and running a beleaguered bullpen...

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

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

Based on what happened before Wednesday's game, it appears the team's management is not letting Terry Collins talk to reporters about the player injuries.

In response to the directive, a source the NY Post's Ken Davidoff that Collins was "downright irate."

Collins was more or less vague Wednesday when asked about Jay Bruce, who was out of the starting lineup due to a back issue that pulled him from a game the night before.

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Blevins on his bullpen role 00:04:03
Steve Gelbs sits down with Jerry Blevins to discuss his recent success despite his heavy workload.

The bullpen and the way Terry Collins is handling it is such a collective mess right now, it's actually difficult to write about in a coherent and constructive manner.

The whole situation is mind numbing.

Last night, Collins and his team held a 5-3 lead heading into the seventh inning, but the bullpen faltered late, blew the lead and the game and the Mets lost, 6-5, to the Padres.

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JR Sport Brief: Vote Conforto! 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR champions the effort to vote Mets OF Michael Conforto into the All-Star Game

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI during Wednesday's loss against the Padres after hitting two home runs during Tuesday night's 9-3 win.

Conforto is now one home run shy of Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper, who lead the National League with 14 home runs. He is also fourth in OPS...

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Collins, Gsellman on loss 00:04:22
Manager Terry Collins and pitcher Robert Gsellman reflect on the Mets' disappointing 6-5 loss.

Tonight at 7:10 pm, the Mets (19-25) and Padres (17-32) conclude a three-game series at Citi Field. 

Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.56 ERA) will start for the Mets after throwing seven shutout innings against the Angels in his previous start.

For the Padres, Dinelson Lamet will make his big league debut. He was 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts with San Diego's Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/24 00:03:40
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets blew a 5-1 lead to the lowest scoring team in the National League. Josh Smoker allowed a monstrous go-ahead home run to Hunter Renfroe leading off the eighth inning. It was the second straight game Smoker surrendered a home run to the first batter he faced.

2) New York led 5-3 with two outs and nobody on in the seventh, but Fernando Salas allowed a single and consecutive walks to load the bases. Neil Ramirez yielded a game-tying single to Wil Myers, who missed a grand slam by inches. 

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May 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) in the dugout during game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
May 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) in the dugout during game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets manager Terry Collins was vague Wednesday when asked about the timetables regarding injured players on the team. 

While Collins and the team had previously been open with discussing injuries, they have recently taken an approach where they do not give a timeline for a player's return. 

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The Mets (19-24) play Game 2 of a three-game series against the Padres (16-31) on Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Padres last night, 9-3.

Michael Conforto became the first Mets player to record three RBI in the first inning last night after launching a leadoff homer and picking up a two-RBI single. He hit another solo shot in the fourth inning, finishing the day 3-for-4 with a career-high four RBI and two runs scored. 

He has five home runs and 10 RBI in his last eight games. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Robert Gsellman, (6.75 ERA/4.56 FIP, 1.73 WHIP), who is back in the rotation after being skipped last week. Gsellman was struggling as a starter, which prompted his move to the bullpen where he has made two appearances. He has thrown three total innings in two appearances allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out three and walking one. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Tommy Milone has a sprained left knee and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.

LHP Josh Smoker will likely make his first Major League start in Milone's place on Saturday, although RHP Rafael Montero is also a possibility, reports Newsday's Marc Carig

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Travis d'Arnaud has been activated off the disabled list after pitcher Tommy Milone landed on the DL with a sprained left knee, the team announced Wednesday. 

D'Arnaud, who had been dealing with a bone bruise, went 0-for-4 and caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas during his rehab assignment on Tuesday night.

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Mar 13, 2015; Mets pitcher Tyler Pill (75) prior to a game at Tradition Field. Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2015; Mets pitcher Tyler Pill (75) prior to a game at Tradition Field. Barr-USA TODAY Sports

In his fourth season in the upper levels of the Mets minor-league system, things are finally clicking for 26-year-old right-hander Tyler Pill.

Pill, a fourth-round pick in 2011 out of Cal State Fullerton, opened the season without allowing an earned run in his first 34 1/3 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.

After limiting New Orleans to one run in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday, Pill now boasts a Pacific Coast League-leading 1.96 ERA.

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Rosario gets ready for Mets 00:00:32
SNY checks in with New York Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, as he gets ready for the big leagues at Triple-A in Las Vegas.

On a team filled with young talent, Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario stands out - not just for his incredible talent, but for the pure joy he has playing the game.

"If you didn't know anything about baseball and were watching this game, I'm pretty sure you would know who the best player on the field is," a veteran American League scout told me this past weekend as we watched Rosario play in a game for Triple-A Las Vegas.

"It's the kid at short," he added. "And, he just happens to be the youngest guy out there."

Rosario, 21, was recently ranked the fifth-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and the best prospect in baseball by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Chacin struggles 00:00:24
Jeep Pitchcast examines Jhoulys Chacin's inability to execute his pitches against the Mets.

Jeep Pitchcast examines Jhoulys Chacin's inability to execute his pitches against the Mets. 

"In honor of Matthew Broderick, this was Jhouly's Chacin's day off today," SNY's Ron Darling said. "He got nickeled-and-dimed, he got hit out of the ballpark."

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Matt Harvey's mechanics 00:03:22
Nelson Figueroa and Gary Apple break down some of Matt Harvey's mechanical issues on the mound and discuss how they can be addressed.

Despite being staked early to a 7-0 lead, Matt Harvey (3-3) labored through 103 pitches and five innings Tuesday against the Padres, though he still managed to get his first win since April 11.

"Obviously, he wasn't real sharp tonight," Terry Collins said after the game. "He just didn't have his command. It wasn't very good. His velocity was down. ... He had to work hard to get through the fifth inning and he did that. There is a space for that in the process of getting better. There's nothing wrong with it, being able to go out there and battle your butt off and keep your team in the game."

It was Harvey's first time pitching in Citi Field since being suspended three games on May 6 for missing a Saturday afternoon game against the Giants. He was greeted with a mix of unenthusiastic cheers and jeers by the roughly 20,000 fans in attendance.

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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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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz (flexor strain) pitched four innings and allowed five runs and five hits in a rehab start Tuesday night with Triple-A Las Vegas. It is possible he is activated from the disabled list this weekend or early next week.

In St. Lucie, Seth Lugo (elbow) allowed seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in three innings during his second rehab start.

Matz, who developed a flexor tendon strain in his pitching arm toward the end of spring training, posted a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last season.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Collins, Conforto, Harvey on win 00:06:25
Terry Collins, Michael Conforto and Matt Harvey discuss the team's seven-run eruption in the first inning and Harvey's shaky outing.

The Mets (19-24) continue their series against the Padres (16-31) tonight at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (2-3, 7.12 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) will start for the Mets for the first time since allowing six runs in a start against the Brewers.

Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) will make his fourth start and second for the Padres since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

Tags: Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto
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The Mets (18-24) open a three-game series against the Padres (16-30) on Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Mets, who were off on Monday, took two games out of three from the Angels this past weekend. 

With a win tonight, Terry Collins will secure his 500th win with the Mets. Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536) are the only managers to have more wins in Mets history.

The Mets have adjusted their starting rotation as Robert Gsellman is scheduled to throw Wednesday, followed by Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, with Saturday's starter to be determined.  

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is expected to return soon, but will play in rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

Cespedes, who has been out since April 27 due to a strained hamstring, began a running program last Monday.

"He feels he's getting better," Collins said last week, according to Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "He told me today that the leg's really feeling a lot better. I think everything's on the upswing. He had a big smile on his face. He's glad to be back. I just said, 'Look, when you get started, take it easy in the beginning. See how you feel.'"

Cespedes was hitting .270 with six home runs and 10 RBI before going on the DL...

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New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Back at the winter meetings in December 2013, Curtis Granderson officially signed with the Mets for four years, $60 million. He then took a playful jab at his former employer based in the Bronx...

"A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans," Granderson said during his introductory press conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "So, I'm excited to get a chance to see them all out there."

Granderson rarely has said anything provocative during his time in Queens. But, as his four-year contract approaches its expiration at season's end - and as Granderson's age seemingly begins to catch up with him - the Mets unequivocally have gotten their money's worth from the deal.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have optioned RH reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled LH reliever Josh Smoker, it was announced Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Robles, who has a 6.23 ERA in 21 2/3 innings (21 games) this season, had gotten hit especially hard lately.

He allowed 12 runs (including four home runs) during his last three appearances, spanning just 2 2/3 innings...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker
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 (USA Today)
(USA Today)

RHP Seth Lugo will make a rehab start for High-A St. Lucie tonight, the Mets said.

Lugo, who pitched for team Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic, has been out all season due to a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. He tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings for St. Lucie on May 18 during his first rehab game.

He had started his rehab by pitching in extended spring training.

Lugo, 27, had a 2.67 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 64 innings (eight starts, nine relief appearances) for the Mets in 2016 during what was his rookie season...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mike Piazza: Road to the HOF 00:07:22
SNY recaps Mike Piazza Day as the legendary catcher had his No. 31 retired by the Mets after his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

The Dodgers traded Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Marlins on May 18, 1998, for Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, Gary Sheffield and Manuel Barrios

In less than four days, the Marlins would turn around and trade Piazza to New York for prospects Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz.

The next day, May 23, Piazza -- who had already hit 177 career home runs -- played the first of his eventual 972 games for the Mets.

"Piazza was a marquee-type guy and we needed that type of player," then-GM Steve Phillips told me in 2015 about the decision to pursue Piazza. "We were a good little team, but we needed to get a superstar. At the same time, we know from previous discussions that the Marlins liked our top outfield prospect, Preston Wilson, as well as some of our young pitching talent."

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This season, Verizon customers can enter to win unique baseball experiences to every Tuesday Night Baseball home game... all you need is a current Verizon Wireless or Verizon Fios account!

It's better baseball from the Better Network.

To enter, go to SNY.TV/VERIZON or click here for more information...

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets begin a three-game series at Citi Field against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) will face Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61 ERA) in the series opener at 7:10 p.m.

LHP Steven Matz is set to pitch in a rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas as well.

Tags: Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz
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Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he has "no clue" when he will return to the mound despite saying his torn lat has improved.

"It's just a very specific injury," Syndergaard told the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "So there's really no timetable."

The Mets have not given an official timetable for Syndergaard's return. He won't throw for another few weeks and was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier in May.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey thinks he has fixed a flaw in his delivery, which he adjusted prior to his start against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

"Looking at video from successful starts that I've had in the past, we found out that my arm slot was like six inches higher,'' Harvey said Sunday, according to Newsday. "Not this past start, but the previous ones. It kind of dated back to last year when I had some issues with my rib and I couldn't throw from my normal arm slot because of the injury."

Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five against the Diamondbacks. He said afterwards that it was the best he felt on the mound in two years.

He told Newsday that the adjusted delivery is the same one he used in 2013, when he had a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings...

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Who do the Mets need back now? 00:02:42
Michelle Yu, Sal Licata, John Harper and Peter Botte take a look at the Mets' crowded DL and debate over who they need back the most.

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

In March, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told MLB Network Radio that Zack Wheeler will have a roughly 125-inning limit on his workload this season.

Wheeler is currently on pace to reach 125 innings by late July, early August, since he's already made eight starts and thrown 43 1/3 innings this season.

"I can't worry about July, I've got to worry about right now," Terry Collins said this past weekend, when asked about Wheeler's total innings. "Right now, he's one of the horses we've got to ride to get back on the right track."

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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)

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

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

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:47
Budding Mets star Michael Conforto honors EMS workers in Jersey City by paying them a visit and giving them free tickets to Sunday's game.

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

The Mets and 2B Neil Walker have not had contract extension talks since spring training, and are not likely to talk about it again until the offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal said on air Saturday.

The Mets and Walker briefly discussed the framework for a contract extension earlier this spring, but talks have seemingly been tabled >> Read more from late-February.

"There is no other place that I'd want to be," he told reporters in February, when asked about possibility of a new contract.

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JR Sport Brief: Wright's legacy 00:01:42
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will make a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Las Vegas.

According to Newsday's David Lennon, if Matz reports feeling strong the next day, it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list and start for the Mets during the last week of May.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Hey Mets fans, if you have a Citi debit or credit card, today's your lucky day. Citi is offering two ticket offers RIGHT NOW, to help you see the Mets in action.

Trying to figure out what to do with your upcoming three day weekend? Use your Citi debit or credit card to buy one get one on select tickets to the Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day Mets game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.

If you can't make it on May 29th, no need to worry. Starting TODAY, use your Citi debit or credit card to get $5 off select tickets for the June 12, June 13 and June 14 Mets games against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs.

More details on both these offers here: mets.com/citicardperks

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Collins, Milone on Mets' loss 00:04:48
Manager Terry Collins and pitcher Tommy Milone discuss what went wrong in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

The Mets are off on Monday,

They'll begin a three-game series at Citi Field against the Padres on Tuesday when Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) will face Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Manager Terry Collins scratched infielder Jose Reyes from Sunday's lineup due to a tight left rib cage.

While Reyes tried to convince Collins he was able to play, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Collins opted to take extra precaution due to the team's string of injuries.

"With what's happened here, we're not taking a chance," Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "I don't think it's anything serious. Day game after a night game, big night (Saturday) night, a lot of running the bases, a lot of swings. You guys know this guy's seven percent body fat, wound pretty tight. He wanted to play, believe me, he wanted to play. Said 'I think I'll be OK.' I said, 'You haven't been paying attention to what's going on here. Every time we play somebody with a tweak, we end up losing them for three weeks. So you're not playing today."

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

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

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

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

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/21 00:02:44
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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

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

1) Tommy Milone allowed five runs -- including a grand slam to C.J. Cron -- before retiring a batter in the first. He surrendered three more runs on back-to-back homers by Mike Trout and Jefry Marte in the second and left having allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

2) The Mets scored five unanswered runs on three homers, including solo shots by Matt Reynolds and Curtis Granderson, and a three-run blast by Jay Bruce. Granderson also doubled and along with Wilmer Flores, finished 2-for-4.

3) Rafael Montero and Neil Ramirez combined to allow a run over 4 2/3 innings of relief. Hansel Robles surrendered a three-run homer to Andrelton Simmons with two outs in the seventh inning after New York had rallied to within 9-5

Tags: Jay Bruce
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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Rene Rivera will continue to see playing time when Travis d'Arnaud returns from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said.

D'Arnaud continued his rehab assignment on Saturday when he made a pinch-hit appearance triple-A Las Vegas, and he is scheduled to catch a full game for the 51's on Sunday.

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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The Mets (18-23) will go for the sweep as they play the final game of a three-game series with the Angels (22-23) at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

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