Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins said LHP Steven Matz may be skipped in the rotation after his winless stretch reached nine games in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

Matz allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 3 1/3 innings, giving up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez in a 40-pitch first inning and surrendering four straight hits to begin the fourth inning.

The 26-year-old Matz hasn't won a game since June 28. Over his last eight starts, he is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA, having allowed 38 runs (37 earned) and 57 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"We've been trying different stuff and it's not really translating to the mound," Matz said. "I've never gone through a stretch like this before in my career. It is tough, but I never want to say that I'm lost. ... I want to think I'm just one step away from where I need to be and things will just click.''


Aug 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) out of a game against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Collins said skipping Matz in the rotation would allow him to further work with pitching coach Dan Warthen between starts.

"We have absolutely wrung the rag dry with ideas,'' Collins said about his coaching staff. "Pitching is all about command and if you can't command your stuff, it's tough to pitch. ... You've got to command it and he's not doing that."

Collins is correct about how Matz hasn't been able to command all four of his pitches. When Matz is throwing strikes, they're all right over the plate. From watching at home on TV, it seems Matz's arm speed is different depending on what he's throwing at that moment. As Tom Glavine told me a few years ago in an interview, it almost always takes young left-handed pitchers longer to find themselves on the mound compared to righties.

Sometimes, having Jacob deGromMatt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard in the same rotation made me forget that concept. But Glavine exemplifies that notion. In his first 100 starts across four seasons, he went 33-41 with a 4.29 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Over his next 400 starts, he won 209 games, had a 3.15 ERA, lowered his WHIP and became a Hall of Fame pitcher.


Aug 17, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) reacts after allowing three runs to the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


Chuck Finley, Andy Pettitte, David Wells, Randy Johnson and countless other names all needed around 60-100 starts before their career ERA began to dip and stay below 4.00. David Price got it together quicker than most, but still needed 30-40 starts and in to his third big-league season before having consistent success. 

Matz is 26 years old. In 2 1/2 years with the Mets, he's made 41 starts (not including the postseason) and has a career 3.99 ERA. He's also had multiple elbow surgeries and missed large chunks of time due to injury or surgery since being drafted in 2009. 

Matz will not meet expectations until he's able to make close to 30 starts. If he can stay healthy, find the right mindset that works for him and continue to develop his pitches, he's going to notice that everything will click, and when that happens, he won't look back. However, if he remains bogged down in his thoughts and fears or keeps missing time with nagging pain, it's going to continue being a grind for him.

In the meantime, like hundreds of lefties before him, Matz needs our patience and time to find "it," because he still has the talent to stand shoulder to shoulder with every name mentioned above.


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. He also hosts the MetsBlog Podcast, which you can subscribe to here. He recently left his position as Executive Editor and Dir. of Digital Content for SNY.TV to help sports brands build their own digital content businesses...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone

Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman can finally rejoice -- his Xbox has returned. 

It was Gsellman's birthday on Wednesday, and fellow pitcher Noah Syndergaard decided to gift -- or should I say return -- Gsellman's Xbox to him. Gsellman, though, didn't think it should be considered a gift from Thor.

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Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 27, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets 2018 first round draft pick Jarred Kelenic takes the field for batting practice before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Recent Mets first-round pick Jarred Kelenic, who has had pitchers ducking for cover since making his professional debut, has cracked Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list -- joining two other Mets.

The 18-year-old Kelenic (No. 81 on the list), debuted for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets last month before a quick promotion to Kingsport.

Kelenic joins High-A St. Lucie SS Andres Gimenez (No. 68), and Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Peter Alonso (No. 77)...

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Will Cespedes play first base? 00:03:00
With Yoenis Cespedes working his way back from injury, the Baseball Night in New York panel wonders if first base could be his future spot.

Yoenis Cespedes recently told the Mets he'd be willing to learn to play first base, and he played nine innings at the position on Wednesday in his third rehab game (while hitting a three-run homer), keeping him on track for a potential return Friday against the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Cespedes had already been taking ground balls at first base, and the situation was addressed last week by Mickey Callaway, who said the expectation was that Cespedes would return as a left fielder. 

I've seen Cespedes often taking ground balls at third base and shortstop during spring training and before games. He's adept with the glove and we know he has a terrific arm. But, I have no idea how he'd handle the unique footwork, stretching and understanding of situational positioning that comes with playing first base...

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deGrom talks All-Star outing 00:00:59
After pitching in the All-Star Game, Jacob deGrom talks to SNY about giving up a HR to Mike Trout, his outing and what's next for the Mets.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom pitched the third inning and allowed a home run in the MLB All-Star game on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

DeGrom entered in relief of NL starter Max Scherzer and retired the first two batters to face him before Mike Trout homered to left field. DeGrom struck out J.D. Martinez for the third out.

Playing in his second MLB All-Star game, deGrom threw 15 pitches, 10 of which were strikes. He was replaced in the fourth inning by Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz.

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deGrom: 'Numbers' are the key 00:00:28
Doug Williams chats with Mets ace Jacob deGrom about the key factors to him signing a long-term deal with the team.

Jacob deGrom's agent said Monday that the Mets should "seriously consider" trading his client now if they aren't serious about signing him to a long-term extension.

DeGrom said Monday that he was open to a long-term deal, and told SNY on Tuesday what he would do if the Mets were to come to him with a proposal.

"That's a tough question," deGrom said. "I'd have to sit down and talk to my family and my agent and stuff and just see what numbers would be right. Like I've said, I love playing here. I've enjoyed my time, and I want to win baseball games for the New York Mets."

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

SNY's Andy Martino recently said Zack Wheeler, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jeurys Familia are the most likely players to be traded by the Mets before the end of this month.

Teams will almost certainly also have interest in acquiring Jerry Blevins, but that is more likely to happen through waivers during August.

Initially, I thought Todd Frazier and Anthony Swarzak would be attractive through waivers as well, but I'm starting to think they stay put because the Mets will seemingly attempt to contend in 2019...

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If the players had their way, the DH might come to the NL sooner rather than later. MLBA chief Tony Clark said Tuesday that the idea is "gaining momentum."

"Players are talking about it more than they have in the past," Clark added, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand

While the players might be open to adding the DH to the NL -- 45 years after the AL adopted it -- MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said there has been a change in thinking but that "the most likely outcome remains the status quo."

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (hip/heel) played seven innings in left field on Tuesday for the GCL Mets as he continued his rehab assignment.

He went 1-for-4 with a single and had one putout.

Cespedes had participated in game action Monday for the first time in over two months, and he made the most of it, hitting two homers, singling, and walked during seven plate appearances while making two putouts in the outfield. 

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Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane during a media conference. (AP)
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane during a media conference. (AP)

If they're going to play Moneyball in New York, why don't the Mets hire A's GM Billy Beane?

To be accurate, Beane is no longer Oakland's GM. Instead, he's their Executive Vice President and oversees David Forst, who has been his GM since 2016.

That said, according to people who know, covered and are friends with Beane, there isn't enough money or freedom a team could offer to get him to leave Oakland. They say he's a casual, laid back guy who comes and goes as he pleases, who loves wearing shorts to work and adores the Bay Area.

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Dwight Gooden and right fielder Darryl Strawberry (18) joke around on the field with boxer Mike Tyson before a game at Shea Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tony Tomsic-USA TODAY NETWORK (Tony Tomsic)
Dwight Gooden and right fielder Darryl Strawberry (18) joke around on the field with boxer Mike Tyson before a game at Shea Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tony Tomsic-USA TODAY NETWORK (Tony Tomsic)

The same year he burst on the scene, 19-year-old Mets flamethrower Dwight Gooden made his first All-Star Game appearance. As the youngest person to ever participate in an All-Star Game, Gooden struck out the side at Candlestick Park in San Francisco.

Pitching with future teammate Gary Carter (then with the Expos) behind the plate, Gooden got Lance Parrish swinging at a high fastball for his first strikeout, and got Chet Lemon swinging on a fastball at the belt. Gooden then closed things out by fanning Alvin Davis -- also swinging. 

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All season long, Fios, the 100% fiber-optic network, is bringing superfans closer to their Mets thanever before.

Not only do you get an amazin' HD picture so every game feels like you're in Citi Field, but now, every Tuesday home games, Fios customers can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets, exclusive access and experiences at Citi Field through the SNY Superfan Sweepstakes, courtesy of Fios.

For official rules and to enter, visit sny.tv/fios.  

No purchase necessary.

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Science of Baseball:Amed Rosario 00:00:34
On "The Science of Baseball," The Mets Booth break down and compare the speed of the triples hit by Amed Rosario and pitcher Tanner Roark.

Gary, Keith and Ron take a look at how the triples of Amed Rosario and Tanner Roark compare to one another on Science of Baseball presented by Memorial Sloan Kettering.

Join the Mets and Memorial Sloan Kettering as we team up to Strike Out Cancer. Visit http://giving.mskcc.org/mets to learn more about the K's for Cancer program and your chance to donate.

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It was five years ago tonight that Matt Harvey got the start for the National League as the All-Star Game was played at Citi Field.

The day before, then-prospect Noah Syndergaard represented the Mets and was the starting pitcher for Team USA during MLB's Futures Game. As expected, Syndergaard looked poised and aggressive on the mound, throwing one scoreless inning.

Brandon Nimmo, who started on the bench for Team USA, went hitless during two at-bats.

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deGrom's agent issues ultimatum 00:01:04
Andy Martino and Jim Duquette discuss the ultimatum given by the agent of Jacob deGrom to the Mets regarding a trade or an extension.

WASHINGTON -- If the Mets and Jacob deGrom do not agree on a contract extension before this winter, deGrom wants to be traded.

That's my takeaway from the situation that unfolded during All-Star workout day, after deGrom's agent Brodie Van Wagenen opened the availability for N.L. players with pointed comments to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

So where will this ultimately lead? I asked one well-placed source to predict. "Trade in the offseason," the source said.
What follows is reported from conversations with sources on all sides...

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deGrom wants extension from Mets 00:02:24
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino chats with Jacob deGrom about the latest news regarding his talks with the team on a contract extension.

Jacob deGrom's agent said Monday that if the Mets aren't serious about signing deGrom to a long-term extension, they should seriously consider trading him now. 

"We have discussed Jacob's future with the Mets at length," CAA's Brodie Van Wagenen told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. "Jacob has expressed interest in exploring a long-term partnership that would keep him in a Mets uniform for years to come. If the Mets don't share same interest, we believe their best course of action is to seriously consider trade opportunities now. The inertia of current situation could complicate Jacob's relationship with the club and creates an atmosphere of indecision."

The 30-year-old deGrom is making $7.4 million this season and is arbitration-eligible in 2019 and 2020 before being eligible for free agency after the 2020 season...

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

What was expected for the last few weeks became official on Monday: Mets ace Jacob deGrom will not be starting the All-Star Game for the National League, with the nod going to Nationals ace Max Scherzer instead. 

DeGrom, whose 1.68 ERA is the best in baseball and dwarfs Scherzer's 2.41 ERA, wanted the start. But with the game being at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., it went to Scherzer -- much like the start at Citi Field in 2013 went to Matt Harvey over Clayton Kershaw.

"Jacob deGrom has had a great first half, but for me I always try to make things bigger than me," NL manager Dave Roberts said, later adding that "for me, the tiebreaker was the ballpark."

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Jacob DeGrom recalls 2015 ASG 00:01:04
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom recalls his dominant performance during the 2015 All-Star Game.

The season after winning the Rookie of the Year award, the Mets' Jacob deGrom got his first All-Star Game nod. And his one inning of work during the 2015 Midsummer Classic stole the show.

DeGrom came one pitch short of an "immaculate inning" when he struck out the side on 10 pitches at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

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An up close look at Peter Alonso 00:00:34
SNY gets up close and personal with Mets prospect Peter Alonso at the MLB Futures Game, in the batting cage and on the field.

Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a homer so high and so hard at the Futures Game on Sunday that it made Statcast records. And it got the attention of Team USA manager Torii Hunter.

"That's unbelievable power," Hunter said, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. "I saw Mark McGwire hit like that; so high and so far. Great at-bat, runner in scoring position, and he wanted to get that hit. He dug deep and battled, fought off some tough pitches until he got the fastball he wanted." 

Alonso's homer sailed high and deep to left field, with a 46 degree launch angle and an exit velocity of 113.6 MPH...

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Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Tim Tebow smiles during the game against the Trenton Thunder in a three-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)
Jun 8, 2018; Trenton, NJ, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies left fielder Tim Tebow smiles during the game against the Trenton Thunder in a three-game series at Arm and Hammer Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Karp-Daily Record via USA TODAY NETWORK (Bob Karp)

Mets prospect Tim Tebow has confirmed he is dating the 2017 Miss Universe winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, per ESPN

It is unknown how long they've been together, but the 23-year-old Nel-Peters has been seen together recently in pictures with the former NFL quarterback. 

"She is a really special girl and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life," Tebow said. "I am usually very private with these things but I am very thankful."

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

For each Mets home run hit at Citi Field this season, Citi has pledged to donate enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 20,000 meals to kids in need in NYC and throughout the U.S. Learn more about the Citi Community Home Runs program at Mets.com/Citi.  

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is the only pitcher in baseball with an ERA under 2.00.

And as much as he may deserve to start Tuesday's All-Star Game, he understands he might not get the nod over a hometown favorite.

While the Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the National League lead with 12 wins and ranks fourth in ERA, deGrom hopes he gets the chance to start the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

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Alonso talks at Futures Game 00:02:07
Mets prospect Peter Alonso discusses his mammoth HR at the Futures Game as well as the experience of being there and his celebrity run-ins.

Mets first baseman Peter Alonso hit a monster two-run home run to left field that almost left Nationals Park in Sunday's Futures Game.

"It felt like a lightning bolt hit the sweet spot of my bat," Alonso said. "It felt immaculate."

After putting on a clinic in batting practice, Alonzo went 1-for-2 off the bench, hitting a Jorge Guzman fastball well over the left-field fence in the seventh inning that gave Team USA a 9-6 lead.

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Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto steals second base with New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera missing the throw during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto steals second base with New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera missing the throw during the seventh inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite leaving Sunday's game and undergoing X-rays on his right hand, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera expects to be healthy once the All-Star break ends.

Cabrera left Sunday's game after the seventh inning after he attempted to barehand a wild Anthony Swarzak pickoff throw, though X-rays came back negative.

He said his hand is swollen but believes he will be ready to play on Friday when the Mets open the second half with a three-game series against the Yankees.

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Mets fall to Nationals, 6-1 00:01:29
The Mets' bullpen allowed the Nationals to score five runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 6-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

The Mets' bullpen allowed the Nationals to score five runs in the top of the seventh en route to a 6-1 loss Sunday afternoon.

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Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)
Apr 8, 2018; Binghamton, NY, USA; Binghamton Rumble Ponies first baseman Peter Alonso (16) (Gregory Fisher)

Mets first baseman prospect Peter Alonso didn't appear in Sunday's Futures Game until the fifth inning, but before the game, he put on a clinic.

Alonso, who has hit 21 home runs in 88 games across the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, put on a show during batting practice. He competed with five players in a pregame contest: the Reds' Taylor Trammell, Brewers' Keston Hiura, Cardinals' Andrew Knizner and Orioles' Ryan Mountcastle.

And Alonso won.

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Gary and Keith on Mets struggles 00:01:20
On Cadillac Post Game Extra, Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' struggles as the team heads into the All-Star break.

The Mets allowed five runs in the seventh inning en route to a 6-1 loss to the Nationals Sunday afternoon in the final game before the All-Star break.

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

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

1) The Mets entered the seventh inning tied, 1-1, but a trio of relievers allowed five runs on three hits, two walks and two hit-by-pitches. Anthony Swarzak (0-2) and Tim Peterson were each charged with two runs and Jerry Blevins -- who hit consecutive batters to forcie in a run -- allowed one. 

 

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed one run on two hits in five innings against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

After a perfect first inning, Oswalt allowed back-to-back hits to open the second inning before Anthony Rendon scored on Michael Taylor's groundout. Oswalt then settled in and went onto retire the final 11 batters to face him.

Oswalt threw 59 pitches, 40 of which were strikes. He was replaced by Seth Lugo in the sixth inning.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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At the All-Star break of a lost season for the Mets, uncertainty about the future is everywhere. But at least one big question appears settled: Mickey Callaway is almost certain to return as manager next season, according to major league sources.

Mets officials are well aware that Callaway has struggled during games and at news conferences, but even most of his detractors say it is too soon in his tenure to rule out improvement.

The team plans to begin interviewing external candidates for the GM vacancy in September. There remains a chance, though not a likelihood, that longtime assistant John Ricco will get the job.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets (39-54) and Nationals (47-48) will conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals. 

"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."

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Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas (calf strain) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings on Saturday night in a rehab start for Single-A Brooklyn.

Both runs allowed by Vargas were home runs. He threw 90 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

Vargas last pitched on June 19 when he was shelled by the Rockies. In that start, he allowed seven runs -- including three home runs -- in just 2 1/3 innings.

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Callaway and Wheeler talk win 00:01:23
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about a Mets win over the Nationals and Wheeler's strong start which stretched to the eighth inning.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is giving some credit to Mets ace Jacob deGrom for helping him find success during what has been a bounce-back season thus far.

Per SNY's Steve Gelbs, Wheeler said after Saturday's game that he has watched Jacob deGrom's bullpen sessions this season, and in the process he has gathered key takeaways and altered his routine.

DeGrom has been able to pinpoint his fastballs to the glove side, something Wheeler had difficulties with in the past. But after making adjustments, Wheeler now utilizes that pitch.

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Conforto, Wheeler shine in win 00:01:30
Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4.

Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4. 

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler cruised for five innings before running into rough patches in the sixth and eighth innings while pitching a season-high 7 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits after limiting the Nationals to just one hit in five scoreless innings to start the game. 

Wheeler, who did not allow a hit until Adam Eaton's two-out double in the third inning, was backed by run support from the Mets' offense, which built up a seven-run lead before the Nationals could score their first run. Wheeler helped himself out on offense in the second inning when his sacrifice fly plated Kevin Plawecki.

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Gary and Keith talk Wheeler 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Zack Wheeler's outing and Mickey Callaway's decision to have him pitch in the eighth inning.

The Mets built a 7-0 lead for Zack Wheeler and managed to hold on for a 7-4 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to extend the team's lead.

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Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (38-54) continue their series with division-rival Nationals (47-47) on Saturday at Citi Field at 4:10 p.m.

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Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a grand slam on Friday for the 51s, his second homer in as many days.

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Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kim Ng is currently the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB and the highest ranking female executive in baseball. And she 100 percent should be considered by the Mets when they begin interviewing for a new GM.

In the wake of Sandy Alderson stepping down in June as GM due to health issues, his current assistants John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi and advisor Omar Minaya were challenged by ownership to think creatively when it comes to improving the franchise.

It is expected that all three men will be considered to take over as Alderson's permanent replacement...

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After being given a 'mental break' by manager Mickey Callaway at the end of June to work on his swing, Mets SS Amed Rosario is heating up and feeling good.

Rosario has been particularly productive over his last six games, hitting 8-18 with three doubles and three triples. This season, Rosario is hitting .249/.294/.386 with 4 HR, 22 RBI and 25 XBH.

"I try to bring energy and stay positive and swing at good pitches," Rosario said after the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals. "I'm feeling more confident at home plate. I'm feeling much better with the mechanics and the confidence, too."

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Veteran of the Game 00:00:48
The New York Mets honor Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army as the Veteran of the Game presented by First Data.

First Data and the Mets are proud to salute yesterday's veteran of the game, Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army.

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

 

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Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF T.J. Rivera left his rehab game with the 51s due to discomfort in his arm. He played five innings before being removed. 

Rivera had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last September after initially trying to rehab the injury. He was previously aiming to return by May, but that was pushed back and he made his rehab debut on July 5.

"His arm was not feeling the way it should have so we're going to reevaluate him tomorrow, see what the plan is," 51s manager Tony DeFrancesco said, via Betsy Helfand.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard is finally back in the Mets' rotation after what was a solid return on Friday night as he picked up the win. But even while he spent time on the DL, Syndergaard's name was thrown around in trade talks. 

And the Mets were listening. 

Along with ace Jacob deGrom, the Mets weren't shying away from listening to pitches on their top two arms. However, the Mets have cooled down those talks, and Syndergaard must be happy to hear that news. Though he realizes he doesn't have control on what the front office does, he still wants to be a Met...

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Thor helps Mets beat Nats 00:01:29
Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

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Gary, Keith and Ron talk Thor 00:01:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound and break down his outing vs. the Nationals.

The Mets provided some quality run support during Noah Syndergaard's long-awaited return to Citi Field, and he repaid them by setting the tone for a 4-2 win over their division rival on Friday night. 

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

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Callaway on Syndergaard's start 00:01:15
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Noah Syndergaard discuss the pitcher's performance after returning from a nearly two-month stint on the DL.

It may have been a long wait to see Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard take the mound again, but it was well worth it on Friday night. 

Syndergaard tossed one-run ball over his five strong innings in his return to Citi Field. The night began with a 1-2-3 first inning, and Thor's heater was certainly showing early as he touched triple digits at times. 

He even managed to hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to help his own cause...

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Mets OF Brandon Nimmo has been doing it all recently, and there was no exception to that on Friday night. 

Nimmo not only went 3-for-5 with a run scored in the contest, but also capped off the Mets' win in style with a nice diving grab in center field.

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