At ESPN yesterday, Keith Law took a bunch of Mets questions, and it turns out he's not a Cesar Puello fan.

Mitch (NJ): Between Puello, Dykstra, Boyd, Plawecki, D'arnaud and Flores, which Mets prospect do you want to see most at MLB level?

Klaw: D'Arnaud, Plawecki, Flores, in that order. Not a big Puello fan, and last night didn't help.

Law saw Puello at the Eastern League All-Star Game where he took something like two pitches in four plate appearances. 

More Puello follow-up:Bill (Stroudsburg, PA): You mentioned Puello not having a good night. How much does a given night affect your view of a prospect? I'm sure even guys like Harper and Trout, if caught on the wrong day, would look bad from time to time...

Klaw: It's not about performance, though. A player can go 0 for 4 and look good, or go 4 for 4 and look bad.

sean (ny, ny): What's the ceiling on Puello and Syndergaard? Also, for Puello do you think he can adequately play CF in the majors? Thanks.

Klaw: Puello's an extra OF. I'll write more on Noah after I see him Sunday.

The Parnell Trade QuestionJason (NYC): Hey KLaw, If you were the GM of the Mets would you take the best offer for Parnell, hold on to him, or trade him only for a top prospect like Jackie Bradley Jr.? Perhaps more accurately, what is the value of a closer?

Klaw: Trade him. Closers are fungible. You can always make more.

 

Jayce Boyd

Chuck (Cold Spring Harbor, NY): Is Jayce Boyd a prospect or a college guy doing the A-ball thing?

Klaw: Old for his level.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Keith Law, Toby Hyde

Collins and Harvey on 13-1 loss 00:03:54
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Matt Harvey's poor performance in the Mets' 13-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Matt Harvey gave up seven runs in four-plus innings as the Mets lost the first game of a three-game series to the Marlins on Monday.

The series continues tonight when Seth Lugo (6-5, 5.21 ERA) faces Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3, 4.35 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey is taken out of the game by manager Terry Collins in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey is taken out of the game by manager Terry Collins in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey was dejected after giving up seven runs in four-plus innings in Monday's 13-1 loss to the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

Harvey, who is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list due to a scapula injury, said he wasn't exactly sure where to place blame -- other than himself -- on his recent struggles.

"Everybody's watching. I don't really know what there is to say except for there is nothing to say," Harvey told reporters. "It's terrible. It's not fun. There's really nothing to say. There's no reason for questions. There's no answers. There really isn't."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/18 00:02:57
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 13-1 loss to the Marlins.

Matt Harvey allowed seven runs for the second time this month as the Mets were blown out by the Miami Marlins 13-1 on Monday at Marlins Park. >> Box score


Harvey (5-6) allowed seven runs, 12 hits and two walks in four-plus innings, as he continued to struggle since returning from the disabled list earlier in September.

In four starts this month, Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA, as he has not pitched past the fifth inning in any of his four appearances. He threw a run-scoring wild pitch in the third inning that gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead and surrendered a three-run home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave Miami a 5-1 lead.

Harvey left after surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the fifth, but relievers Tommy Milone and Hansel Robles couldn't stop the bleeding, as they combined to allow five runs and five hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins
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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Matt Harvey is expected to make three more starts this season, the first of which is scheduled for tonight against the Marlins in Miami.

Harvey had been 4-3 with a 5.28 ERA before missing two and a half months with a stress injury in his pitching shoulder, which was the result off offseason surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.

In his three starts since returning from injury, he has a 12.19 ERA. 

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after his last start. "It's extremely frustrating. ... That's really all you can say about tonight."

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The Mets (65-84) finish up their nine-game road trip with a series against the Miami Marlins (69-80) on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY at Marlins Park.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins
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Syndergaard on simulated game 00:03:12
Noah Syndergaard reviews his 39-pitch simulated game Monday and discusses the plan to possibly return to the Mets before the season's end.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami prior to the team's game against the Marlins, saying afterwards that he doesn't want to rush his return.

"I don't want to try to rush it and jump back out there too early because it is kind of a serious injury," Syndergaard told reporters. "I've also heard a lot of stories of people re-injuring themselves. I want to make sure that doesn't happen. I know the team is taking precautions, pull the reigns back a little bit. I respect that."

The Mets are reportedly concerned about having Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, Matt Ehalt of The Record reported on Sunday.

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 (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
(Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets SS Amed Rosario has been scratched from Monday's lineup against the Marlins in Miami due to an upset stomach, the team said.

Rosario was replaced at shortstop by Jose Reyes, who was initially supposed to play second base.

With Rosario out, Gavin Cecchini is now in the lineup, batting eighth and playing second base.

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Mets Insider: David Wright 00:06:32
David Wright discusses his difficult journey to get back on the field after numerous injuries.

David Wright discusses the battle he is going through to return to the field after numerous injuries, during the latest episode of Mets Insider on SNY.

Wright's shoulder -- not his back -- and his inability to throw is what derailed his return to the Mets this season, he recently old the NY Post's Kevin Kernan. And now that he's had surgery to correct the issue, he says he's confident he'll be able to play in 2018.

Wright, who underwent rotator cuff surgery two weeks ago, recently said he has not considered retirement and that he remains focused on returning to the Mets.

"I think I still have something to give," he said. "There's still kind of that passion and that fire in me."

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Reyes and Collins on 5-1 win 00:06:23
Jose Reyes discusses passing Darryl Strawberry on the list of total extra-base hits as a Met, and Terry Collins breaks down the 5-1 win.

In his last 22 games, Jose Reyes is hitting .342 with 10 extra base hits, including four home runs, 14 RBI, 13 runs scored and a 1.023 OPS.

"I am going up there looking for my pitch," Reyes said after Sunday's win against the Braves. "The good thing is that I have been taking walks to help me see the ball really good."

His RBI triple in the first inning Sunday moved Reyes past Darryl Strawberry into second place on the franchise's all-time extra-base-hit list with 470.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman gave up one unearned run in seven innings during Sunday's 5-1 win against the Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

Gsellman, who entered Sunday with a 5.58 ERA and had allowed three or more runs in seven of his last eight starts, shut down the Braves, retiring 19 of the first 22 batters he faced.

"He's a competitive guy, an outstanding athlete and he's being challenged by something right now," manager Terry Collins said. "He hasn't the kind of year that we anticipated or he anticipated and he's got to show us he can be one of those guys again, and today he showed us he could."

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Robert Gsellman
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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)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |

This season is over and has been for months for the Mets. At this late stage, what's the point of Noah Syndergaard returning to a lost season? None. 

Syndergaard -- who threw a simulated game today -- did say that he does not want for "10 months to go by without me competing in a meaningful game." Well, to put it bluntly, there is no game from now until the end of the season that will be meaningful for the Mets.

Yes, I know, Syndergaard essentially meant he wanted to be back playing on the major league stage -- which I'm sure would give him confidence and make him feel good about returning in 2018. But is that worth it? It is worth putting his health at risk just to return this season?

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (65-84) won back-to-back games this past weekend after losing five in a row.

They begin a three-game series tonight at 7:10 pm ET against the Marlins.

Matt Harvey (5-5, 6.14 ERA) is scheduled to start against Dan Strally (9-9, 4.24 ERA).

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What's better than the home team winning? One lucky home team fan winning $50K! Starting September 4th, if a Mets player hits a home run off the New York Lottery sign over the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth, you could win $50K!

If it's not hit, don't worry, because you'll still get a $50 gift card. Click Here to fill out the form and hope they knock it out of the park.

 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/17 00:02:22
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman took a shutout into the seventh inning and finished by allowing an unearned run on three hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out three, didn't walk a batter and fell victim to consecutive errors in the seventh by Amed Rosario which set up the Braves' run.

2) Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk and scored the game's opening run on Jose Reyes' first-inning triple. The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first against Julio Teheran and added a second tally on Rosario's groundout. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Robert Gsellman
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The Amazin' Life: Babysitting 00:03:44
In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Ron Darling needs a babysitter and gets stuck with Keith Hernandez.

For more of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, CLICK HERE.

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Aug 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 21, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (64-84) finish up their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (67-80) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET on SNY at SunTrust Park.

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 (Adam Hagy)
(Adam Hagy)

The Mets (64-84) snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-3 win over the Braves on Saturday.

The Mets will continue their series with the Braves on Sunday when Robert Gsellman (6-7, 5.58 ERA) faces Julio Teheran (11-11, 4.57 ERA). Gsellman will look to get back on track after allowing four runs and five walks in four innings against the Cubs on Tuesday. 

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Sep 16, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in action on the mound against the Atlanta Braves in the 1st inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Sep 16, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in action on the mound against the Atlanta Braves in the 1st inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom limited the Braves to one run in seven innings on Saturday en route to his career-high 15th win of the season. 

DeGrom struck out seven batters and walked two, throwing 101 pitches on the night. His only run allowed on the night was a sixth-inning home run by Freddie Freeman.

The win was deGrom's first since August 25 as he snapped a three-start losing streak. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:50
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-3 win over the Braves.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed a solo homer to Freddie Freeman but nothing else over seven innings to set a career high with 15 wins. The 29-year-old struck out seven and allowed five hits and two walks. Including Freeman's sixth-inning home run, deGrom surrendered four baserunners over his last six frames after working out of a first-and-third, one-out situation in the first inning.

2) Gavin Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Dominic Smith singled and doubled in two runs. Nori Aoki (2-for-4, 2B), Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled in succession to give the Mets a 4-0 lead off R.A. Dickey in the third inning. Juan Lagares singled in the first run of the game in the second inning.

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Jacob deGrom
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Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (63-84) continue their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (67-79) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET on WPIX at SunTrust Park.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

RHP Noah Syndergaard had no issues during Thursday's bullpen session in Chicago, but after being reassessed on Saturday, the pitcher won't pitch against Atlanta this weekend.

Terry Collins said that the Mets are considering having Syndergaard face live batters before returning. Collins also mentioned that he suggested that Syndergaard be used as a starter, not a reliever, to close out the season.

He played catch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Syndergaard was supposed to throw roughly 50 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday but did not pitch because of general soreness.

He made his second rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones last Thursday, when he allowed three runs on three hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out two, throwing 36 pitches.

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Tampa Bay Rays players warm up at Citi Field before a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Tampa Bay Rays players warm up at Citi Field before a baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

 Gary Dunaier, a 54-year-old native of Queens and a Mets season ticker holder, received a lot of notoriety this week after flashing a thumbs down gesture following a Todd Frazier three-run home run in a Yankees game against the Rays at Citi Field this past week. 

"So just (in the) spur of the moment I came up with (the) idea of just standing up and making the thumbs-down gesture," Dunaier, a court office assistant at Manhattan Criminal Court, said to the Daily News.

"A simple little thumbs down and all of a sudden it's become so popular," he said. "It's like a meme."

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Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (63-84) have officially been eliminated from all playoff contention.

They play the second game of a three-game set with the Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Jacob deGrom (14-9, 3.63 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, R.A. Dickey (9-9, 4.28 ERA) will start for the Braves...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:31
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Braves.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero could not escape the fifth inning after allowing two runs and was replaced with the bases loaded and two outs. The 26-year-old was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six during his 108-pitch effort.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Dominic Smith gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the third, but he flied out with two runners on in the eighth. Jose Reyes drove in New York's other run with a fielder's choice. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Juan Lagares grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Rafael Montero
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

The Indians lost to the Royals, 4-3, snapping their 22-game win streak. 

Edwin Encarnacion put the Indians on the board first with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first. However, Alcides Escobar launched a solo homer in the top of the second to tie things up at one apiece.

In the bottom of the third, Jose Ramirez lift a ball over the left field fence for a twon-run homer, giving the Indians a 3-1 lead. But the Royals would strike for three unanswered runs.

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The Mets (63-83) open a three-game road series against the Atlanta Braves (66-79) on Friday at 7:35 p.m. at SunTrust Park.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
Tags: Atlanta Braves, Rafael Montero
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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets SS Amed Rosario and C Travis d'Arnaud are not in Friday's lineup after both left Thursday night's game against the Cubs in Chicago due to injury.

Both are available off the bench, according to the team.

Rosario, who had a hit in his first at-bat on Thursday, left the game early due to a tight hip flexor.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Travis d'Arnaud
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Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2017; Harvey (33) leaves the game at Wrigley Field. Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will tender a contract this winter to Matt Harvey, who is eligible for arbitration a final time before becoming a free agent after next season.

"No way," a team official told Newsday's Marc Carig, when asked if Harvey could be non-tendered.

Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday to the Cubs, after which he appeared distraught and bewildered by his performance.

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New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

In his last nine games, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .500 with six doubles and just one strikeout during 25 plate appearances. He's batting .387 since Aug. 25.

"He's really swinging well right now," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Wednesday night's loss to the Cubs. "He's a good hitter, he's a good baseball player. He's a knowledgeable guy, he's on top of the game. You watch balls in the dirt he seems he gets as good a jump as anybody off the bases."

Prior to his current hot streak, Cabrera hit just .262 during the preceding 51 games, during which he was put at second base for the first time since 2014.

Cabrera reacted to the position switch by telling reporters he would prefer to be traded. However, shortly after, he became open to the switch when realizing it would increase his value to teams interested in possibly acquiring him in trade...

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Photo credit: Kevin McGowan
Photo credit: Kevin McGowan

The entire Mets team wore male rompers on the way from Chicago to Atlanta on Thursday night.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |

What do male rompers and this Mets season have in common? Neither one should be a thing.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter, and SiriusXM's Rob Brender play general manager as they decide who will be the starter in center field in 2018, if Matt Harvey will be on the team next season, who will be relied on in the back half of the bullpen, and who will be the manager...  

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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A general view of Citi Field during a sixth inning rain in a game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
A general view of Citi Field during a sixth inning rain in a game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will host a hurricane relief drive at Citi Field next Tuesday through Thursday to aid those affected in Texas and Florida from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The team will accept donations of food, toiletries, paper goods, cleaning supplies and diapers, and will then deliver them to the Houston Food Bank in southeast Texas and Mustard Seed, a community outreach group in Florida.

The Mets spent Sept. 1 helping victims from Hurricane Harvey when they were in Houston for a series against the Astros. Instead of playing a game that Friday, the teams instead had a doubleheader on Sept. 2 so they could provide relief efforts in the community.

"We did what we thought was right," catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "The bigger helpers were the people in that community."

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Collins, Lugo on lopsided loss 00:04:07
Manager Terry Collins criticizes the Mets' inability to capitalize while pitcher Seth Lugo discusses what he could have done better.

Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) during three-plus innings Thursday night during a 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

"It's been a rough season for me," said Lugo, who is 3-4 with a 5.90 ERA over his last 12 games (11 starts) since starting the season 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. "It's been a rough season for a lot of guys."

Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, Lugo has a 6.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings, during which opponents are hitting .308 against him.

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Smith puts one in the seats 00:00:50
Dominic Smith hits a home run to right-center field in the third inning against the Cubs.

Mets rookie 1B Dominic Smith had two hits, including his second home run in two days, in Thursday's 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

Smith, 22, has a .298/.365/.617 batting line with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games in September after he ended August in a 7-for-50 slump with only three extra-base hits.

"My whole career I've always started slow, so it didn't bother me," Smith recently said, according to the Bergen Record. "I'm good enough to play at this level, I know I belong, and if I continue to stick to the process and stick to my approach of hitting the ball hard, things will continue to turn around."

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Sep 9, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 9, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (63-82) have officially been eliminated from all playoff contention.

They begin a series with the Braves tonight at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Rafael Montero (5-9, 5.05 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, Sean Newcomb (2-8, 4.38 ERA) will start for the Braves...

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Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Bruce is hitting .253 with five HR and 18 RBI since being acquired by the Indians, who are 30-4 since their deal with the Mets.

His walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

"I pretty much went from the least fun situation in baseball to the most fun," Bruce told reporters Wednesday following Cleveland's 21st straight win. "That's no slight to the Mets. ... I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/14 00:03:00
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo was unable to hold leads of 3-0 and 5-3, and ultimately allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three-plus innings. 

2) Dominic Smith (2-for-3) homered for the second straight game, going back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the third inning. Brandon Nimmo (2-for-5) hit an RBI double and Jose Reyes had a run-scoring single to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first. Tomas Nido collected his first big league hit and RBI with a single in the ninth.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Seth Lugo
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 (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

In the five weeks since his Mets debut, Dominic Smith hasn't put up dominant numbers in any category, leading some to express concerns that he wasn't ready for the majors. But he is already beginning to adjust, and his .879 OPS in September shows the potential he brings.

Possibly as a function of his relative youth at each level, Smith has a history of adjusting slowly to his promotions. As a 20-year-old in High-A, he mustered just a .220 average with one extra base hit in the month of April. From May onwards, he hit .314 and finished the year with 33 doubles.

Likewise, the following year in Double-A, he put up mediocre numbers well into May, before catching fire and batting .323/.397/.495 from June through September. His start in Triple-A (an .867 OPS in April of this year) was comparatively strong, but he still showed improvement throughout the season, finishing with a career-high .905 OPS, as well as the best power numbers he has shown in professional ball...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Maggie Wiggin
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The Mets (63-82) play the second game of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (79-66) at Wrigley Field on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. on SNY.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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JRSportBrief: Harvey's future 00:01:28
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR questions Matt Harvey's future with the Mets and Major League Baseball.

Mets starter Matt Harvey was charged with five runs in just 3 1/3 innings during a loss Wednesday.

"It's kind of hard to take any positives out of the last two years," Harvey said after the game. "It's extremely frustrating. It's hard going out there and not doing what I can to help this team win. All in all, it's just extremely frustrating. That's really all you can say about tonight."

Harvey, who threw 86 pitches and allowed seven hits and four walks, had surrendered just two runs heading into the fourth inning, after which Hansel Robles gave up three inherited runs to score.

"It's been very hard, a very tough year, a very tough two years," Harvey added. "There's a lot of work going in that's not paying off, and it's becoming very frustrating for me."

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It's always better to celebrate together. Enter Delta Dugout for a chance to win a trip for you and a guest to see Noah Syndergaard and the Mets on the road during the 2018 regular season.

Delta Dugout is the annual season-long fan engagement program that gives Mets fans the chance to win memorable baseball experiences and prizes. Fans who sign up by Friday, September 22, 2017 will be entered for a chance to win a trip to a 2018 regular season road game, including airfare, hotel accommodations, game tickets, and more. Additional prizes will be awarded based on the total number of wins recorded by the Mets. 

Visit sny.tv/deltadugout for more information and enter today.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/13 00:04:15
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 17-5 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey surrendered seven hits, four walks and two runs in 3 1/3 innings before he was lifted with the bases loaded. Hansel Robles allowed all three inherited runners to score on a walk and a two-run single which closed the book on the Mets' starter, who was charged with five runs as his ERA crept up to 6.14.

2) Jose Reyes homered leading off the game and added finished 2-for-4 with a walk. Dominic Smith slugged a two-run shot -- his fifth -- while Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. Travis Taijeron chipped in with two hits while Harvey drove in a run with a squeeze bunt in the second.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Matt Harvey
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

RH reliever Erik Goeddel has been prescribed medicine for dizziness and blurred vision and will resume limited baseball activity in New York today, the Mets announced.

Goeddel, 28. has not pitched since Sept. 5, when he tossed a scoreless inning while allowing one hit, walking none, and striking out two against the Phillies at Citi Field.

He has a 3.95 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in 27 1/3 innings (30 appearances) this season.

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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

The Mets bullpen has underperformed this season, pitching to a 4.56 ERA that ranks 24th in MLB, as well as walk and home run rates that place them in the bottom third of the league. Behind those numbers, though, are two very different seasons.

The first half Mets bullpen was one of the worst in the game -- 27th in ERA and dead last in WHIP. They had blown nearly half of their save opportunities and walked over 10% of the batters they faced. Since the All-Star break, though, they have largely righted the ship, with an ERA in the top 10 and a WHIP around the middle of the pack.

The Mets bullpen is still quite shallow and needs plenty of revamping over the offseason if the team hopes to compete in 2018, but a few notable names have been making the most of their opportunity. Here are some arms to watch over the rest of the season.

AJ Ramos

A big-league reliever with closer experience, Ramos was brought in with the expectation that he will be a lock for late-inning relief in 2018. Luckily for the Mets, he has lived up to expectations and his 3.00 ERA since becoming a Met has helped stabilize a bullpen reeling from the loss of Addison Reed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Josh Smoker, Maggie Wiggin
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Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo
Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo

Two-way superstar Shohei Otani will leave Japan after this season and will be posted this winter in hopes of landing with an MLB team in 2018, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Otani can be posted in November, after which teams get four days to bid on him with their international signing bonus pool.

Due to his age (under 25) and the terms of MLB's collective bargaining agreement, Otani is unable to be offered more than a $10.1 million signing bonus. 

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Former Mets Director of Baseball Operations Adam Fisher joined the Atlanta Braves as their new assistant general manager, it was announced Wednesday.

The 39-year-old Fisher, who had been with the Mets since Omar Minaya was in the front office, worked alongside Sandy Alderson and had previously been manager of baseball operations before he was promoted to director in 2013.

Fisher had worked alongside Mets assistant GM John Ricco for more than 12 years, the New York Times' James Wagner wrote last year. He graduated from Harvard in 2001.

The Braves also hired Perry Pinasian of the Toronto Blue Jays to be their director of player personnel.

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