First baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year. Gabriel Ynoa won the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award.

"The 2013 Sterling Awards are emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization’s nine minor league affiliates," the team said.

Dykstra, 26, hit .274/.436/.503 for Double-A Binghamton. He walked 102 times in 489 plate appearances, hit 22 doubles, 21 home runs and 82 RBI.

Plawecki played for Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie. The 22-year-old hit .305/.390/.448 with 38 doubles, eight home runs and 80 RBI over 125 games.

Ynoa went 15-4 for Single-A Savannah, posting a 2.72 ERA and a 1.025 WHIP over 22 starts. He struck out 106 and walked just 16 in 135 2/3 innings.

Here are the Sterling Award winners from each team:

Righthanded pitcher Rafael Montero was the Sterling recipient at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League; righthanded pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters were co-winners at Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; infielder Jayce Boyd received the award at Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League; righthanded pitcher Robert Gsellman was honored at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; righthanded pitcher Robert Whalen was the recipient for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; first baseman Dominic Smith was selected for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets; outfielder John Mora captured the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets I and lefthanded pitcher Jose Medina received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.
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FLUSHING, N.Y., September 27, 2013 – The New York Mets today announced that first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year and righthanded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa earned Sterling Pitcher of the Year honors.

 

In addition, the Mets announced the 2013 Sterling Awards, emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization’s nine minor league affiliates.

 

Righthanded pitcher Rafael Montero was the Sterling recipient at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League; righthanded pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters were co-winners at Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; infielder Jayce Boyd received the award at Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League; righthanded pitcher Robert Gsellman was honored at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; righthanded pitcher Robert Whalen was the recipient for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; first baseman Dominic Smith was selected for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets; outfielder John Mora captured the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets I and lefthanded pitcher Jose Medina received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.

 

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ALLAN DYKSTRA (1B)

Height: 6-5        Weight: 215      Bats: Left   Throws: Right       Born: 5/21/87       Obtained: Acquired from San Diego on March 29, 2011 in exchange for RHP Eddie Kunz

 

Dykstra was named the 2013 Eastern League Most Valuable Player after hitting .274 (102-372) with 22 doubles, 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 56 runs scored. He led the EL in on-base percentage (.436), walks (102) and OPS (.938) and slugging percentage (.503). Dykstra was also tied for fifth in home runs and fourth in RBI. His on-base percentage was the highest in the Eastern League since 2006 and his walk rate (21.1) was also the highest in the EL since 2006. He was selected to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team and was the starting first baseman for the EL All-Star Game on July 10.

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KEVIN PLAWECKI (C)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 205      Bats: Right     Throws: Right          Born: 3/26/91   Obtained/Scout: Mets supplemental first round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Scott Trcka

 

Plawecki combined to hit .305 (137-449) with 38 doubles, eight home runs, 80 RBI with a .390 on-base percentage and a .838 OPS in 125 games between Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A). His .305 mark was the fourth-highest in the organization among full season minor league clubs and his 80 RBI were tied for the fifth-most. Plawecki was a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star at Savannah where he hit .314 with 24 doubles and 43 RBI in 65 games before being promoted to St. Lucie. He batted .294 with 14 doubles and 37 RBI in 60 Florida State League games.  Plawecki was selected by the Mets in the supplemental first round (35th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RHP GABRIEL YNOA

Height: 6-2        Weight: 158      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 5/26/93     Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 19, 2009/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz & Modesto Abreu.

 

Ynoa won 17 games, including two in the postseason to help lead Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship. The righthander led Mets minor leaguers with 15 wins, which also led the SAL. Ynoa posted a 2.72 ERA, the fourth-best mark in the SAL and was the lowest ERA among full-season Mets pitchers. He went 15-4 with a 2.72 ERA (41 earned runs/135.2 innings) in 22 regular season starts for the Sand Gnats. Ynoa was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. He issued only 16 walks and struck out 106. In the postseason, the 6-2, 158-pounder was 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA (two earned runs/14.2 innings) with nine strikeouts in two postseason starts. He was named to the mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star team.

2013 STERLING AWARDS

LAS VEGAS (AAA) OF THE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE: RHP RAFAEL MONTERO

Height: 6-0        Weight: 185      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 10/17/90   Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 20, 2011/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz & Gerardo Cabrera.

 

Montero was named to Baseball America’s first team Minor League Baseball All-Star team. He went 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA (48 earned runs/155.1 innings) in 27 starts between Binghamton (AA) and Las Vegas (AAA). This was Montero’s third year in the organization and his third Sterling Award – he was named the Organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and was the recipient at Gulf Coast in 2011. Montero, 22, led all Mets minor leaguers with 150 strikeout while allowing just six home runs and issuing 35 walks. He started the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field and pitched a scoreless inning for the World Team. Montero became the first pitcher from any organization to make a start in the Dominican Summer League and then make a start in Triple-A two years later.

BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD

Height: 6-5        Weight: 200      Bats: Left   Throws: Right       Born: 8/29/92      Obtained: Acquired from Toronto on Dec. 17, 2012 with John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra in exchange for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas

 

Syndergaard was 9-4 with 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings in 23 starts between St. Lucie (A) and Binghamton (AA). He had the second-most strikeouts in the organization behind Montero and was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-Star team. He went 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 54.0 innings over 11 starts with the BMets. Syndergaard, 21, started and hurled a scoreless inning for Team USA in the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field. According to FanGraphs, his 2.73 kwERA which accounts for strikeout and walk rates was the fourth-best among all minor league pitchers.

BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: RHP JEFF WALTERS

Height: 6-3        Weight: 170      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 11/6/87        Obtained/Scout: Mets seventh round pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft/Marlin McPhail

 

Walters set a Binghamton franchise record with 38 saves which also led all of minor league baseball in his first year as a closer. He was 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA (13 earned runs/56.0 innings) and 60 strikeouts in 53 games for the BMets. Walters was named to the mid-season and end of the year Eastern League All-Star teams. His 38 saves were the most since 2006 in the Eastern League. The Orlando, Fla. native held opponents to a .224 batting average and posted a 9.64 strikeout per nine innings rate.

ST. LUCIE (A) OF THE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE: DUSTIN LAWLEY (3B/OF)

Height: 6-1        Weight: 195      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 4/11/89        Obtained/Scout: Mets 19th round pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft/Tommy Jackson

 

Lawley led the organization in home runs (26) and RBI (96). Lawley led the Florida State League with 25 home runs, was second in the FSL with 92 RBI and tied for third with 33 doubles while hitting .260 (122-469) in 122 games with St. Lucie. Lawley also led the Florida State League in slugging (.512) and was fourth with a .825 OPS. He hit one home run and drove in four runs in six games with Las Vegas (AAA). He was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-Star team

SAVANNAH (A) OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE: JAYCE BOYD (INF)

Height: 6-3        Weight: 200      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 12/30/90      Obtained/Scout: Mets sixth round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Jim Bryant

Boyd hit an organizational-high .330 (151-458) this year, splitting his season between Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A).  The 6-3, 200-pound native of Cantonment, FL, hit .361 (90-249) with five home runs, 46 RBI and better than a walk per strikeout (35 walks/32 strikeouts) in 65 games for the Sand Gnats. Boyd was a South Atlantic League All-Star and earned a promotion to St. Lucie, where he hit .292 (61-209) with four home runs and 37 RBI in 58 contests. The Mets selected the 22-year-old out of Florida State University in 2012.

BROOKLYN (A) OF THE NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE: ROBERT GSELLMAN (RHP)

Height: 6-4        Weight: 200      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 7/18/93        Obtained/Scout: Mets 13th round pick in 2011 First Year Player Draft/Chris Becerra

Gsellman pitched at three different levels this season, combining to go 6-6 with a 2.58 ERA (31 earned runs/108.0 innings) in 19 games, 19 starts at Brooklyn, Savannah and St. Lucie. The 6-4, 200-pounder began his season with St. Lucie, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (three earned runs/9.0 innings) in two starts. He later pitched in the South Atlantic League with the Sand Gnats, making five starts and going 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA (12 earned runs/29.0 innings).  The native of Santa Monica, CA, finished his season in the New York-Penn League, compiling a 2.06 ERA (16 earned runs/70.0 innings) and a 3-3 record in 12 games, all starts. The 20-year-old was the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending on August 25 after he fanned a career-best 13 on August 24 at Vermont.

KINGSPORT (R) OF THE APPLACHIAN LEAGUE: ROBERT WHALEN (RHP)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 200      Bats: Right       Throws: Right      Born: 1/31/94     Obtained/Scout: Mets 12th round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Mike Silvestri

Whalen’s 1.87 ERA (15 earned runs/72.1 innings) was the second-lowest in the Appalachian League and the best mark in the Mets organization.  The 19-year-old righthander finished 3-2 in 12 games, all starts, for Kingsport, and struck out better than a batter per inning (76 strikeouts/72.1 innings).  A native of Stroudsburg, PA, Whalen allowed one home run all season and allowed three earned runs or less in all but one of his starts. Whalen was the organization’s 12th round pick in the 2012 First Year Player Draft.

GULF COAST LEAGUE (R): DOMINIC SMITH (INF)

Height: 6-0        Weight: 185      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 6/15/95      Obtained/Scout: Mets first round pick (11th overall) in 2013 First Year Player Draft/Drew Toussaint

The 11th overall pick in this season’s First-Year Player Draft, Smith hit .287 (48-167) with three home runs and a .384 on-base percentage in 48 games for the GCL Mets. He earned a late season promotion to Kingsport, and had four doubles in six at-bats over three games with the K-Mets.  The 6-0, 185-pound native of Los Angeles, CA, finished the season with a combined .301 (52-173) batting average, good for seventh in the organization. The 18-year-old was drafted out of Serra High School.

METS DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #1: JOHN MORA (OF)

Height: 5-10        Weight: 165      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 5/31/93       Obtained/Scout: Signed

as a free agent in Nov. 2, 2011/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz, Sandy Rosario & Camilo Pina

Mora hit a combined .310 (75-242) this season between the DSL #1 Mets and DSL #2 Mets. The 5-10, 165-pound outfielder added 20 extra-base hits (15 doubles and five triples) and 46 RBI. Mora began the season with DSL #1 and hit .297 (41-138) for in 37 games and stole 12 bases. He finished the year with DSL #2, batting .327 (34-104) in 31 games, and finished with more walks (14) than strikeouts (13).  The 20-year-old, a native San Juan de la Maguana, DR, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

METS DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #2: JOSE MEDINA (LHP)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 180      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 8/25/96   Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in Aug. 29, 2012/Gabriel Low & Fred Mazuca

Medina made his professional debut this season and compiled a 0.35 ERA (two earned runs/52.0 innings), the lowest mark in all of the minor leagues among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings. Medina finished the year 2-0 in 12 games, all starts, allowing 35 hits while striking out 41 and walking six. The native of Culiacan Rosales, Mexico did not allow a home run, and was scored upon in four of his 12 appearances (five total runs). The 17-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent last year.[/sny-accordion]

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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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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

Steven Matz has irritation in his left elbow and will skip his next start, Sandy Alderson said Sunday.

However, Matz will resume throwing on Monday and said he is not worried, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Matz, who had surgery to remove a bone spur in September and has dealt with elbow and shoulder issues among others since underdoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, was to start against the Marlins Monday. Zack Wheeler will get that start.

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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...

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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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 (Orlin Wagne/AP)
(Orlin Wagne/AP)

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. 

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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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First day of spring 00:03:20
The guys from Mets Talk Live play a lighthearted game to celebrate the first day of spring.

What's on tap for Tuesday

The Mets are off today. They return to Grapefruit League action Wednesday 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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GEICO SportsNite: Jeurys Familia 00:00:21
Jeurys Familia returns to Mets camp following the Dominican Republic's exit from the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia returned to St. Lucie on Monday after throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings across four appearances for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Now that Familia is back in camp, MLB is expected to soon announce whether he will be suspended for being accused of domestic violence last October.

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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:01:59
Matt Harvey discusses his latest Spring Training outing against Detroit.

Matt Harvey allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out four batters and walking none, in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Tigers.

"I kind of looked up and realized how many pitches I had, and it's been a long time since I've gone into the fifth inning," Harvey said after the game. "Overall, I'm excited."

Harvey is expected to make at least one more Grapefruit League start before transitioning toward preparation for his season debut against the Braves in April.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Matt Harvey allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings while reaching 96 MPH with his fastball as the Mets lost the Tigers, 5-1, on Monday afternoon in Lakeland, FL.

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

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

1) Harvey allowed seven hits, struck out four, and walked none during his start. His fastball sat between 92 and 94 MPH for the first few innings before reaching 96 MPH in the third inning.

2) RH reliever Fernando Salas, who had been dealing with a visa issue, allowed one hit and struck out one in 0.2 innings during what was his Grapefruit League debut.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores
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Mar 1, 2017; Flores (4) chats with fans before a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2017; Flores (4) chats with fans before a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores told reporters this past weekend that he's dissatisfied with being a bench player, but will do whatever is asked of him by Terry Collins to help the team win.

"It's going to be hard if you don't play for three days and then have to go out there and do your thing," Flores said, when asked about his likely role in 2017. "I know I can play in the big leagues. I know I can play every day, but it's not my choice when it comes to making the lineup."

Terry Collins said Friday that Flores will get time playing all four infield positions this season, plus see consistent at-bats against left-handed starting pitchers.

"You don't have to like it, but you have to accept it and be ready to play," Collins concluded.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF prospect Tim Tebow will open the season with the Mets' Low-A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.

"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday. "And based on what he's done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia."

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch," Alderson continued. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go. And he's prepared for it."

Alderson also said it's a "bogus argument" to claim that Tebow is taking the spot of someone more deserving...

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