AAA - Las Vegas 51sHittersHotAlan Dykstra - The reigning PCL Player of the Week hit .481/.611/1.000 (13-for-27) with five doubles and three homers and nine walks in his last nine games.

Wilmer Flores - After a slow start, Flores has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, going .295/.385/.455 in that time with four extra-base hits and six walks.

NotThere are not a lot of good candidates for this award. Cesar Puello's .619 OPS is the lowest among the Vegas regulars, but he's 5-for-11 in his last two games with a triple. He's really helping get himself out with two walks in 71 plate appearances, a walk rate of under 3%. Yuck.

PitchersHotJacob deGrom is fourth in the PCL in ERA (1.57), fifth in WHIP (0.96) and fifth in lowest batting average against (.200). DeGrom believes his broken finger, suffered right before Spring Training in 2013, threw his mechanics out of whack last year, and he fought the whole year to get them back.

NotThor. The 20-year-old Noah Syndergaard has been far from immortal in his last three starts: 14 IP, 17 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 7 BB, 10 K - 5.79 ERA with opponents hitting .304/.375/.464 against him. He's still the best prospect in the system, he's just had three lousy starts in the PCL. It happens.

AA - Binghamton MetsHittersHotSS/2B Matt Reynolds has hit safely in nine straight games and is sitting at .364/.435/.418 in 15 games for the B-Mets.

The 23-year-old knows who is as a hitter:

“I’ve never been a power hitter in my life and I don’t think I’ll ever be,” Reynolds said. “I just try to hit line drives consistently and consistently make solid contact and have good (at-bats).” (Lynn Worthy, Press & Sun Bulletin)
Reynolds did not hit much last year, and his comments about how that impacted his outlook on the game are pretty self-aware:

"My mental aspect of staying positive and everything wasn’t there last year. I got down on myself, and I beat myself up too much.

Even if I hit a ball hard right at somebody, I’d be mad about it, but this year I’m just trying to stay positive and always take positivity off of something.”

Jeff Paternostro, who scouted Reynolds recently for Amazin' Avenue, sees his upside as a bench player- a "Justin Turner with a little more on-base ability."

Reynolds is basically the same guy he was last year, but he's had more singles fall. Lets check on the walk and strikeout ratios in a month. In the early season, his walk and strikeout look similar to last year, if a bit better in both dimensions, while he's hit for slightly less power. When his batting average regresses, his whole stat line will as well.

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;G;AB;H;2B;3B;HR;BB;SO;AVG;OBP;SLG;

2013 FSL;117;433;98;21;6;5;36;80;.226;.286;.337;

2014 EL;15;55;20;3;0;0;7;11;.364;.455;.418;

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;XBH%;SO%;BB%;HR%;BABIP;ISO;

2013 FSL;6.8;17.1;7.7;1.1;.267;.111;

2014 EL;4.5;16.7;10.6;0.0;.444;.055;

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Cory VaughnA week shy of his 25th birthday, Vaughn is hitting .106/.218/.170 in 14 games. He's 3-for-his-last-33 (.090), although all three hits have been doubles.

PitchersHotRainy Lara's 1.47 ERA is superficially impressive, and he allowed just one unearned run in his last 13 innings of work. However, over those same 13 innings, he's struck out four and walked three of the 45 batters to face him. That's not very good.

NotHansel Robles walked seven batters in 4.2 innings in his last start. Yeah.

A+ HotBrandon Nimmo - Nimmo has actually had three hitless games in his last six, but he's still fourth in the FSL in batting average, tied for second in hits, third in walks, fourth in on-base percentage and tops in runs scored as part of a .360/.467/.467 line in 19 games. He's walking in 16.7% of his plate appearances which is just a monster number and his strikeout rate is down from 27% in the SAL last year to 21% this year. the major hole in his offensive game is his power, but I'm still reasonably optimistic that it will come as he learns to pick pitches to drive.

Dilson Herrera - The little dude has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games while hitting .375/.414/.500 in those contests. Just past his 20th birthday in March, he's tied with Nimmo for second in the FSL in hits and is 10th in batting average as part of a .333/.389/.432 line in 19 games.

Aderlin Rodriguez - Last 10 games: .286/.348/.452. Half of his 12 hits have gone for extra bases (5 doubles and a triple). Now the bad news: his on-base percentage in that time was sustained by three  extra-base hits and one walk. He's walked twice all season in 85 PA, a rate of 2.3%. That's not going to work. The power plays, but he must become more selective to leverage his strength.

NotOF Eudy Pina is off to a .169/.244/.225 start with 21 strikeouts in 18 games at age 23.

PitchersHotHeading into Thursday's start, Steven Matz is 10th in the FSL in ERA (2.00). The 23-year-old's 24% strikeout rate is sixth in the FSL, and he's doing it against a sharp 4.2% walk rate. He took a no-hitter into the sixth in his last start. He's off to a great start to the year.

NotTwo pitchers who rolled through the SAL in 2013, Gabriel Ynoa and Luis Cessa have each scuffled to start the year. Neither is missing bats. Ynoa, who will not turn 21 until May, has a 5.40 ERA through four starts with an 11/3 K/BB ratio and a 12% strikeout rate.

Cessa has allowed 20 hits in his 17 innings to reach his 4.24 ERA with a 6/5 K/BB ratio and an 8% strikeout rate.

A - Savannah Sand GnatsHotJeff McNeil - This should be a new name for all but the most hard-core of Mets Minor League watchers. In his last 12 games, the 22-year-old has hit .370/.434/.652 with eight extra-base hits (5 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR), four walks and four strikeouts. Sure, his .366 BABIP is high, but the left-handed hitter is scorching the ball. Overall, he's leading the SAL in doubles (8), tied for the lead in extra-base hits (11) and is fourth in slugging (.563).

The Mets drafted McNeil in the 12th round last year out of Long Beach State where he was primarily a second baseman, although he played a little outfield and shortstop. This year, late in Spring Training, when he was hitting the ball well, the Mets told him to go play third, a position he had never played as a professional OR an amateur. In fact, he's played relatively little baseball - only one year of high school ball. He was primarily a golfer in high school, but in his one season at Nipomo HS, he was the team MVP. That ball-striking ability and golf pedigree is reflected in his current swing.

The rail-thin McNeil is growing up as a baseball player in a hurry, last year, he had 11 extra-base hits in 47 games with Kingsport on his way to an .080 isolated slugging percentage. He already has 11 extra-base hits 17 games into this season on his way to a .250 isolated slugging percentage.

NotDominic Smith - The 18-year-old has hit .105/.205/.105 (5 BB, 5 K) in his last 11 games on his way to a .167/.227/.167 line through 17 games. The one piece of good news: he's not striking out obscenely - just 12% of the time so far. The 2013 first round pick is just not doing much damage on contact.

HotAkeel Morris Out of the Savannah bullpen, he's allowed just three hits in 11.2 innings with a 19/7 K/BB ratio. However, he's walked at least one batter in each of his five outings. I'd like to see him start, or at least used as a tandem starter. Remember, an eye-popping SAL reliever's k-rate is no guarantee of future success; ask Jack Leathersich, or Bret Mitchell to cherrypick only a few Mets examples. Speaking of silly k-rates....

LHP Dario Alvarez has fanned 17 and walked 4 in 12.1 innings in one start and a pair of relief outings. He's allowed six hits and no runs. Alvarez, who's now 25, pitched in the DSL for the Phillies in 2007-2009, but never made it stateside. He did not throw in a professional game in America 2010-2012.  The Mets saw him in Venezuela in winterball in 2012 where he made three appearances and threw 5.1 innings total. That was enough to earn a tryout, and then a contract, and then a placement in Brooklyn where he made 12 starts with a 3.10 ERA with 57 strikeouts agains 26 walks.  I've only had one look at him, but he's throwing well.

NotI've been driving the Chris Flexen bandwagon for a few years, but after three starts, he's allowed 20 hits in 16 innings and has an 8/7 K/BB ratio.

Kevin McGowan, last year's 13th round pick, has a 5.27 ERA and an 11/6 K/BB ratio in 13.2 innings over two starts.

Tags: Analysis, Daily Recap, Toby Hyde

Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto had three hits Sunday, including a solo home run off Max Scherzer, during the team's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

"Fastball out over the plate, that's kind of in my zone," Conforto said of the pitch from Scherzer. "I want to be able to elevate that ball and hit it the other way. I was ready for it, that's what I was looking for in that situation."

Conforto has started the last four games in the outfield, thanks in part to injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Wilmer Flores.

In that time, he's batting .467 with a two home runs, two RBI and a .529 OBP in 15 at-bats...

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Apr 21, 2017; Terry Collins (10) on the dugout phone at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 21, 2017; Terry Collins (10) on the dugout phone at Citi Field. Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games, including four in a row, and are now three games below .500 for the first time in more than a year. They are off today, during which they can rest and replay images in their mind of being swept this past weekend by the Nationals.

Have fun, guys...

As for me, I'm trapped between being frustrated and knowing there are still 143 games left to play this season. It may feel like it's ending, but we still need to cross off Memorial Day, multiple west coast trips, three series in DC, the All-Star break, trade deadline, the dog days of summer and Labor Day before getting a chance to play meaningful games in September for the third straight season.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes 

He has not played since exiting Thursday's game with a hamstring issue. He was on deck to pinch hit Sunday night, but did not get in to the game. Terry Collins said he's hopeful Cespedes will return to the lineup on Tuesday. If he again doesn't play, the Mets will have the option of back-dating a potential 10-day stint on the disabled list.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and Michael Conforto comment on the Mets' frustrating 6-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday night.

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

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

1) Daniel Murphy's first-inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman's two-run shot in the eighth extended the Mets' losing streak to four games for the second time in nine days.

2) After allowing the first three batters to reach and the slam to Murphy, Zack Wheeler surrendered one hit and two walks with four strikeouts over his final six innings. He worked a season-high seven frames and was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks while fanning six.

3) Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 and hit his second leadoff homer of the series. Neil Walker slugged a two-run shot to cut the Nats' lead to 4-3 in the third.

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The Mets (8-10) will try to salvage the final game of a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (12-5) on Sunday at Citi Field at 8:08 p.m.


The Mets have lost three straight games and seven of their last eight. ... They are now 10-26 in their last 36 home games. With losses to the Nationals on Friday and Saturday, the Mets have now dropped six of their last eight series against Washington.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

An injury-plagued Mets offense continued to struggle in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, stringing together just two hits on the day.

The Mets were held hitless until Juan Lagares' single in the sixth inning, which set up Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single to put the Mets on the board. Cabrera's hit was the second and final one of the game for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight after a five-game winning streak.

The Mets have only been able to score more than four runs one time in their last eight games, during which several players have been sidelined.

The Mets played without Yoenis CespedesWilmer FloresLucas Duda, and for the most part, Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes missed a second straight game after departing Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, while Flores and Duda were both placed on the disabled list. D'Arnaud, dealing with a sore wrist, was not in the lineup on Saturday but pinch hit in the ninth.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Jacob deGrom had ten strikeouts for a second straight outing, but walked a season-high six batters and earned his first loss of the season on Saturday as the Mets dropped the second game of a three-game series with the Nationals.

DeGrom gave up three runs on eight hits in five and 2/3 innings behind little run support from the Mets offense, which generated only two hits on the day.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/22 00:02:55
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday evening.

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

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

1) The Mets did not collect a hit until Juan Lagares singled in the sixth inning. Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single two batters later was their last hit of the game.

2) Jacob deGrom had the strikeout pitch working, fanning 10 in 5 2/3 innings, but he also walked a career-high six and allowed three runs on eight hits.

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The Mets (8-9) play the middle game of a three-game series against the Nationals (11-5) at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Jeurys Familia walked in the winning run in the 11th Friday as the Nationals beat the Mets, 4-3


The Mets have lost six of seven games and are 4-6 at home this season. ...  In seven of New York's last eight games, the winning run has scored in either their last at-bat or their opponents' last at-bat, including a six-game stretch from April 13-19, that was the longest such streak in the majors since Oakland had a six-game streak from May 28-June 3, 2004. The Mets are 2-5 in those games.

Who is starting today for the Mets

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob deGrom, who missed his scheduled start against Washington Friday with a stiff neck, will start Saturday at against the Nationals and Gio Gonzalez at Citi Field. First pitch is 4:05 p.m.

DeGrom has a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with four walks and 22 strikeouts in 19.0 innings (three starts) this season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:39
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Nationals.

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

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

1) Jeurys Familia tossed a wild pitch and walked consecutive batters in the 11th, the latter forcing in the eventual game-winning run. Bryce Harper, who opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first, doubled off Josh Smoker with one out and scored on Familia's walk.

2) Matt Harvey gutted his way through a season-high seven innings and surrendered three runs, all coming on a pair of homers. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out a pair in his 108-pitch outing.

3) Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson both went deep and finished 2-for-4. Granderson tied the game twice, with a two-out RBI single in the fourth and with his first roundtripper in the sixth. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey
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In this Friday's feedback edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, Gotham Baseball's Mark Healey joins Matthew Cerrone to answer voicemails, Tweets and comments from Mets fans about...

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The Mets (8-8) open a three-game series against the Nationals (10-5) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. With the team making three errors, the Mets lost to the Phillies, 6-4, on Thursday night.

To follow the game live online, click here to access SNY Gameday

The Mets have lost five of six games and are 4-5 at home this season. ... They are in the midst of 32 consecutive games against N.L. East opponents to start the season. ... The Mets went 2-4 in series against the Nationals last season, going 7-12 overall.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Matt Harvey, who allowed one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in six innings this past Sunday against the Marlins.

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August, 2016: Terry Collins looks on from the dugout (Credit: USA Today Sports images)
August, 2016: Terry Collins looks on from the dugout (Credit: USA Today Sports images)

Yes, the Mets are getting hammered with injury and illness. Frankly, so much has happened in the last 48 hours, I've literally lost track.

In case you're in the same boat, here's where things stand...

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Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches a ball he hit go into the stand for a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets have placed Wilmer Flores (knee infection) and Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) to the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

Flores, who spent Wednesday night in the hospital, will remain in the hospital throughout the weekend to receive IV fluids.

T.J. Rivera, who is in Friday night's lineup at third base, and Sean Gilmartin have been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who left Wednesday's game against the Phillies due to a right wrist contusion, was scratched from Friday night's lineup after having trouble throwing before the game, manager Terry Collins said.

Rene Rivera is starting in d'Arnaud's place on Friday night.

D'Arnaud hit his throwing hand on Aaron Altherr's bat when trying to throw out Cesar Hernandez at second base on a steal attempt. He remained in the game until the sixth but was replaced by Rene Rivera in the seventh. 

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David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright sits in the dugout while filming a segment for SNY in St. Lucie (Photo Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets 3B David Wright fielded grounders and tossed lightly overhand on Friday as he continues to rehab his right shoulder impingement, reports Dave Lennon of Newsday.

Wright played catch and took batting practice on Wednesday as he returned to his rehab program.

"If David Wright could throw the ball across the infield, he could play today," Collins said. "Except, we've got to get him some at-bats, which he hasn't had, but he's taking batting practice today. His hands are still very, very good -- I mean, this guy doesn't miss anything. It's about getting that arm back and how long that's going to take no one knows."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Jacob deGrom, who is dealing with a stiff neck, will have his start pushed to Saturday, with Matt Harvey starting in deGrom's place on Friday, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Harvey will be pitching on regular rest since the Mets were off on Monday.

DeGrom has a 1.89 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with four walks and 22 strikeouts in 19.0 innings (three starts) this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey
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The injuries suddenly are mounting. And the Mets have dipped to .500 with five losses in their last six games. So perhaps it's not an ideal time to be facing the division-leading Nationals, who are off to a 10-5 start.

Yet a day after Yoenis Cespedes departed the series finale against the Phillies with a cranky hamstring that will prompt an MRI, as and Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow), Travis d'Arnaud (bruised wrist) and Wilmer Flores (infection) all sat out, the Mets now get their first measuring stick against Daniel Murphy and the first-place Nationals on Friday at Citi Field.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Syndergaard's Ks 00:00:16
Jeep Pitchcast examines Noah Syndergaard's strikeouts in the first inning against the Phillies.

During Thursday's broadcast on SNY, Ron Darling broke down the segment saying "3 different pitches: Fastball up and out of the strike zone, changeup where the bottom fell out and a perfectly placed curveball on the outside corner."

Syndergaard had 10 strikeouts against the Phillies and ranks 3rd in the NL in strikeouts. He has 30 strikeouts this season and has seven with his fastball, 11 with his change up and 2 with his curve.

Syndergaard throws his fastball 50 % of the time, change up 19.5 % and curve 10.8 % of the time.

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Jay Bruce (19) hits an RBI single at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Jay Bruce (19) hits an RBI single at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce started at first base Thursday for the first time since 2014, when he played just three games filling in for Joey Votto and the Reds.

In the wake of Lucas Duda needing to have an MRI on his hyperextended elbow, and with Wilmer Flores unavailable with an infection in his knee, Bruce handled first base, where he started one game and practiced during spring training.

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April is National Donate Life Month and today, April 21, is Blue & Green Day to help raise awareness.

Nearly 10,000 New Yorkers, including former Met Ed Kranepool, are among the 118,000 people nationwide who are currently awaiting organ transplants.

One organ donor can save 8 people and impact up to 50 lives.

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Terry Collins talks about Jay Bruce playing first base and Jeurys Familia's rust on the mound while Noah Syndergaard reflects on his outing

Noah Syndergaard labored through seven innings Thursday against the Phillies, though he struck out 10 batters for the first time this season and threw a season-high 114 pitches.

Syndergaard gave three earned runs as the Mets struggled defensively and committed three errors.

"For the most part, I thought I threw pretty good. Except for that second inning [when] things got a little fluky," Syndergaard later said. "You just have to have a short-term memory and forget about it and get back on the mound. ... I felt great. I thought tonight was the best my mechanics have been in a long time."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Noah Syndergaard
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This season, thanks to Citi, each time the home run apple goes up at Citi Field, another step is taken in the fight against childhood hunger.

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

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Michael Conforto tracks down a deep fly ball and collides with the wall as he secures the catch to prevent an extra base hit

Michael Conforto again made the most of his opportunity to play, picking up two more hits and making key defensive plays in left and center field Thursday during the team's loss to the Phillies.

Conforto started in center field and made a diving catch in the second inning to rob a base hit.

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Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate whether Jay Bruce's scalding hot start will last, and if the Mets should trade him to address other needs.

The Mets open a three game series with the Nationals tonight at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m on PIX11.

Jacob deGrom (0-0, 1.89 ERA) will pitch for the Mets. DeGrom tied his career-high with 13 strikeouts in his last start, which ended in a no-decision.

Tanner Roark (0-2, 3.50 ERA) will make his third start of the season for the Nationals. Roark is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight games against the Mets in his career

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

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

 

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The Mets (8-7) wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies (5-9) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. On the strength of two Jay Bruce home runs, the Mets beat the Phillies, 5-4, on Wednesday night.



Jeurys Familia, who spent the first 15 games on the suspension list due to the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated before the game.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Noah Syndergaard, who allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking none and striking out four in 6.0 innings this past Friday against the Marlins. 

He has a 0.95 ERA and 0.84 WHIP and has walked none while striking out 20 in 19.0 innings (three starts) this season, while having yet to allow a home run...

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Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 7, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Rene Rivera (44) congratulate each other after the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who completed his 15-game suspension for the domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated from the restricted list prior to Thursday night's game against the Phillies.

In addition, C Kevin Plawecki was activated from Triple-A Las Vegas, with RHP Rafael Montero and LHP Sean Gilmartin optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Familia and Plawecki.

The Mets also transferred 3B David Wright to the 60-day DL.

The team's starting pitchers have made it into the seventh inning only four times in 15 games, resulting in their bullpen having faced 254 batters, which is third most in the National League...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a three run double against the Atlanta Braves during the the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a three run double against the Atlanta Braves during the the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who hyperextended his left elbow during Wednesday night's game has been sent for tests and is unavailable for Thursday night's game, manager Terry Collins said.

Duda exited Wednesday's game after a first base collision with Cesar Hernandez in the fifth inning. 

Hernandez ran into Duda's arm as the first baseman reached for an errant throw by Robert Gsellman after he fielded a slow ground ball off the mound. 

Tags: Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores
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Apr 6, 2017; Josh Donaldson (20) hits at Tropicana Field. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 6, 2017; Josh Donaldson (20) hits at Tropicana Field. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In a post to MetsBlog yesterday, Matthew Cerrone detailed five ways for the Mets to handle their Jose Reyes situation, which included exploring trading for a third baseman later this summer.

"The two guys that makes the most sense are White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals 3B Mike Moustakas, both of whom have strong track records and are set to be free agents at the end of this season," Cerrone explained.

However, according to Toronto Star reporter Richard Griffin, if the Blue Jays don't can't improve on their disappointing 3-11 start to the season, they may soon consider dealing All Star 3B Josh Donaldson.

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Time to move on from Reyes? 00:07:24
The Loud Mouths debate whether it's time to panic about all of Jose Reyes' early mistakes and call up Amed Rosario to replace him.

Jose Reyes is a mess right now. You know it. I know it. He knows it. And, more importantly, the front office knows it, which is why they're already building contingency plans at third base, despite it being just 15 games in to the season...

According to people close to the team, the Mets are not married to playing Reyes at third base, though you wouldn't know it from listening to Terry Collins talk to reporters after the game.

The plan before the season was to have Reyes fill in at third base until David Wright returned from the disabled list. Then, once Wright was back, Reyes would shift to being a super utility guy playing most days (either at third, shortstop or second base) while continuing to bat leadoff.

However, it's not an ideal world and he's struggling in his current role...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is a freak of nature whose blazing fastball has been chewing up hitters since his Major League debut in 2015.

What makes Syndergaard so special is that he's a starting pitcher who regular hits triple digits with his heater. All of the other pitchers who regularly hit triple digits (such as Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees, Tommy Kahnle of the White Sox, and Joe Kelly of the Red Sox) do so in relief.

Here are Syndergaard's five fastest pitches this season, courtesy of Statcast:

  1. 100.9 MPH sinker to J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins on April 9, resulting in a ball.
  2. 100.4 MPH sinker to Christian Yelich of the Marlins on April 9, resulting in a ball...
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