In November, 2008, following a media tour, I left Citi Field thinking it was very sterile, cold, ‘cookie cutter,’ and much too similar to PNC and Citizen’s Bank Park.

This is no longer the case. 

Citi Field will have its own unique feel, and Mets fans are going to love it.

The organization continues to trumpet the words cozy and intimate.

However, I felt the opposite; and in a good way.

There will be a strong feeling of community in Citi Field, mark my words – more than was ever the case in Shea Stadium.

There are endless spots to hang out with friends, fans and family, grab a hot dog, grab a beer, watch the game, and walk around experiencing different angles and elements, with ease, and lots of freedom to move about, yet always feeling connected to the game and the team, which is unlike any ballpark I have been to.  In fact, there are large, flat-panel monitors that can be easily be seen throughout the Promenades, so at any given moment you can look up, and catch a highlight or score from the ‘850 screens,’ and keep moving.

I always got lost in Shea Stadium.  I attended 163 games in that building, yet even on the last day, I got lost trying to get from the Upper Deck to Field Level, because I kept using the wrong ramp.

In Citi Field, it is a breeze to get from right field to left field, or to get from the Promenade to the Field Level – all the while, should you need to, you can suddenly stop off, regardless of your ticket level, lean on any railing, and watch the on-field action.

That said, when you do stop and settle in your seat, the team is correct, Citi Field suddenly takes on a more intimate, cozy feeling.

Speaking of seats and angles, a) the seats are all slightly angled to face the field, which, until you actually sit and experience it, is hard to convey just how awesome and comfortable this is, and b), despite it feeling rhetorical, the team is correct, even when sitting in the worst seat in the house, I felt closer to the action than had been the case in a comparable seat in Shea. 

The only concern I have will be for fans sitting behind home plate, up in Promenade Reserve, towards the back, because it appears, though you can see home plate, if there is a pass ball or a pop up behind home, the landing and railing may obstruct your view… I think.

There are plenty of bathrooms.  However, what I think will limit long lines is not the actual number, but that each level, with their respective clubs, like the Delta Club, Cesars Club, etc., all have designated facilities, and so I believe there will be less of a mad rush with everyone scrambling for the restroom at one time and waiting.  However, if you must wait, know there are big, flat-screen televisions above the door, so you can keep an eye on the game.

Speaking of the different, exclusive clubs, they are amazing, as are the suites and the press box, and the media room.

Fans who sit in a Promenade Club seat will have access to the Promenade Club, which has bistro dining, high top tables, restrooms, and a full bar and kitchen, and huge glass windows, that open, to see the field.  This area is super nice.

Yes, we can still bring in sandwiches and food from home, to eat in our seats while watching the game.  However, the ballpark will offer all sorts of food, including Taste of the City from Danny Meyer, which will include a Shake Shack and Blue Smoke, in addition to a Taqueria.  There will also be Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, Crinkle Cut French Fries, Corn Dogs, Premio Sausage and Peppers, a Subway, Dunkin' Donuts with hot and iced coffee, your standard peanuts, pretzels, popcorn and Cracker Jacks, Carvel ice cream, Mama's of Corona, and Cascarino's Pizza, among other things.

The old Home Run Apple from Shea Stadium is on display beyond right field, behind the bullpens, in what is called the Bullpen Plaza, which is accessible to fans who enter the ballpark through the Right Bullpen gate from 126th Street.  I think it’s interesting too that, after so many years of going to this area for baseball games, 126th Street is about to be more relevant and will become a big part of the fan’s lexicon.

Also, the bullpens are protected by black chain-link fencing, and fans can see through it to watch – or heckle, I would think, since the visitor’s pen is closest to the entrance, while the home pen is below the stands and closer to the field, where fans in their seats can look down on who is warming up.

Next to the bullpens, on the ground level, behind the right field wall, is the Mo Zone Party Suite, sponsored by Modells.  It’s tremendous, and I cannot wait to try and organize a MetsBlog.com Get-Together for this space.  There are high-tables, a bar and food service, all in one spot.  I believe this will essentially replace what was the picnic area at Shea, though it services only 150 people.

Gigantic, black-and-white, Mets murals are hanging outside, also viewable from the inside, over the left-field entrance.

Beyond center field is a wide-open space, behind the massive scoreboard, where you will find Beer Island, Shake Shack, and other restaurants, including a kiddie field, with the same dimensions as the main field, but about 90 percent smaller, where ‘kids of all ages’ can rent the space and play wiffle ball with their face on a mini scoreboard.  The concession stand here, which will be the Shack Shake, features the electronic skyline from the top of Shea Stadium’s scoreboard.  This made me nostalgic.

The team takes a ton of pride in the Jackie Robinson Rotunda; but, honestly, while I can tell it will be impressive, there is still construction being done and it is difficult to get a sense of its power.  That said, it’s fairly obvious this will be an easy meet-up spot before the game. 

The fan-purchased bricks are set in to the ground in front of the Rotunda, and I can kick myself for not buying one. 

What was I thinking?

Speaking of the Rotunda, it is the only element in the ballpark that references the Dodgers, and it is a more of an homage to the player and his accomplishments than anything to do with the team he played for.  I say this because, on this site, I criticized Fred Wilpon for designing Citi Field in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who he grew up cheering for.  The thing is, once you move two feet beyond the Rotunda, you are clearly in the home of the Mets – there is nothing that will make you think otherwise.  I jumped the gun, as did others.  This Ebbets-Dodgers thing is no longer a concern for me.

Above the Rotunda, behind home plate, behind the Promenade seats, is a second wide-open, uncovered, gathering spot, again, where fans can collect, eat, drink and watch the games on TV, while walking from right to left field.  This is a common theme, and, as someone who is too antsy to sit, it’s something I’m very excited about.

The view and experience from the Pepsi Porch will be unique.  Technically, some of these seats are in play, because when sitting in the seat against the railing, when I stood up and looked down, I could see the warning track.  The home run wall, technically, is beneath you, behind you, and out of view.  There will be a bleacher-crowd mentality in this space, I believe.  There is an outdoor, uncovered concession area behind the Porch seats, essentially cut off from the rest of the ballpark.  This is a cool spot.  I will be watching a lot of games from the Porch.

In short, what struck me most about the ballpark is the variety of experiences, elements and places to watch the game from.  There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to dress nicely and go to dinner; whether you’re a family of four looking for a day in the sun; whether you are a rabid fan, looking to be with other fans, or just sit and keep score; or whether you’re like me, anxious and jumpy and looking to wander around; you could go to Citi Field 10 times and have 10 different experiences, all with the Mets and a baseball game as the common theme.

To watch MLB.com’s Tour of Citi Field, go here.

To watch my video from Citi Field, go here.

To access the 50 hi-res photos from my tour, go here.

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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (scapula) tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three in a rehab start with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday. 

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The Amazin' Life: Keith & Hadji 00:02:49
In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez goes on a mission to make his cat as famous as he is.

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New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets (53-64) will play the third game of a four-game set with the New York Yankees (63-55) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

 

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 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth and play third base for the Mets on Wednesday night against the Yankees. 

 

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

Mets infielders Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes have been scratched from Wednesday's lineup, as both are dealing with a sore left rib cage.

Flores had been in the lineup at third base, batting cleanup. He will be replaced at the positon by Travis d'Arnaud

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 (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
(Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

David Wright believes it's possible he could play for the Mets this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters before Wednesday's game.

However, Alderson said he is not 100 percent certain of Wright's status, given that he only recently resumed baseball activity in Port St. Lucie.

In either case, even if Wright returns, Alderson doesn't believe it will be enough time to learn enough about Wright's future to help him this winter.

"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," he said, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson expressed displeasure on Wednesday with RHP Robert Gsellman's recent comments, which were in response to Alderson saying Gsellman needed to pitch better before returning to the majors.

In response to Alderson, Gsellman said "I don't really care." 

Noting that he was giving Gsellman "a pass" for now, Alderson said "I hope he reflects on the implications of that statement."

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Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

Seth Lugo is not on the disabled list for reasons related to his elbow, Mets GM Sandy Alderson emphatically told reporters today at Citi Field.

"This is about his shoulder," he repeated.

Lugo missed the first 10 weeks of this season recovering from a sore elbow related to his ulnar collateral ligament.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Young slugger Aaron Judge makes his Citi Field debut Wednesday night when the Yankees play the Mets, but he will be met by fellow All-Star Michael Conforto, whose star-making 2017 is quickly climbing the list of best Mets seasons ever.

Still just 24 years old, Conforto began his third MLB season looking to put aside the memory of his disappointing sophomore effort -- and he has succeeded in a big way. His .957 OPS is 10th-best in baseball and is the seventh-best season mark in Mets history, alongside such names as Mike Piazza, David Wright, and Darryl Strawberry. He trails Judge's 1.029 mark for 2017, but is rapidly closing the gap -- and hasn't had the luxury of playing in cozy Yankee Stadium, nor the luxury of playing at his natural position.

Once scouted as a 15-to-20 home run bat, Conforto has found his power stroke in a way few Mets his age ever have. With six weeks of baseball left, he has knocked 26 home runs, tying David Wright's 2006 total for fifth-most among Mets under 25. He should easily smash the record of 30, also held by Wright. And Conforto is only getting better as the season heats up, with 12 home runs in the second half...

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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).

He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.

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Matz, deGrom travel in a Ford 00:01:32
SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium

SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium.

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Apr 19, 2009; Snider (45) bats against at the Rogers Centre. Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 19, 2009; Snider (45) bats against at the Rogers Centre. Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Mets traded cash considerations to the Rangers for 29-year-old, minor-league OF Travis Snider, who will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

In 2009, Baseball America ranked Snider the league's sixth-best prospect. However, in 242 sporadic games in four seasons, he hit only .248 with 31 home runs.

The Blue Jays eventually traded him to the Pirates in 2012, where he was mostly a fourth outfielder, after which he signed with the Orioles in 2015. He inked a free agent minor-league deal with the Rangers this past winter.

Snider was batting .294 with nine home runs and an .810 OPS in 100 games at Triple-A before being acquired by the Mets.

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FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)
FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)

Single-A RHP Matt Blackham recently was recognized as the South Atlantic League's Relief Pitcher of the Month for July. His success certainly has been more rewarding after missing all of last season recovering from procedures to repair a fractured tip of his pitching elbow as well as to reposition the arm's ulnar nerve.

Blackham, a 29th-round pick in 2014 out of Middle Tennessee State, is 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA and four saves in 33 relief appearances with Class A Columbia this season. He has struck out 74 batters and has a 1.04 WHIP and .190 opponent batting average in 50 innings.

"At first I was kind of scared," Blackham said about his return to action. "I was ready to get it over with and get the first game out of the way. It had been two years."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Yankees played their first regular season series in 1997 at Yankee Stadium as interleague play debuted throughout Major League Baseball.

Since then, there have been tons of memorable moments for the Mets as Queens has battled the Bronx.

Here are the top five...

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Aug 15, 2017; Smith (22) and Rosario (1) run off the field at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2017; Smith (22) and Rosario (1) run off the field at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In front of 46,474 fans at Yankee Stadium, Mets rookies Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario each hit home runs during last night's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

"Me and Amed, we came up together. He's my little brother," Smith said of the duo. "We just like to see each other do well. We root for each other. We push each other to become better ballplayers. It's just good to be up here with him."

In the seventh inning, Smith, 22, hit a two-run home off Yankees RHP Sonny Gray, who entered the inning pitching a shutout.

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Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on nine hits in seven and 1/3 innings during a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night.

DeGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA) limited the Yankees to three runs through the first five innings, but fell victim to Gary Sanchez's home run in the sixth, as well as a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He recorded one out in the eighth inning before being replaced by Jerry Blevins.

It was the 29-year-old deGrom's third loss in four starts, despite a 1.82 ERA since June 12...

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Granderson's journey to MLB 00:06:53
Curtis Granderson discusses what it was like coming up in the minor leagues and how it felt to finally get called up to the Major Leagues.

The Mets have lost three of their last four games, including dropping the first two games of their four-game, home-and-home series with the Yankees.

They are 11 games under .500, 12 games behind the Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card Spot, and 18 games behind the Nationals in the NL East.

What's Next

The Yankees (63-55) travel to Queens to face the Mets (53-63) at Citi Field tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Jamie Garcia (5-8, 4.50 ERA) will face Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.16 ERA), who's replacing the injured Seth Lugo.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/15 00:03:41
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on eight hits -- including a pair of homers -- while walking two and striking out four over 7 1/3 innings in the 100th start of his big league career. It was the most runs he's allowed since June 6 when he surrendered eight against the Rangers.

2) Dominic Smith hit the first home run of his Major League career, a two-run shot to left in the seventh inning. Amed Rosario also went deep, slamming a two-run shot to right-center off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth that brought the Mets within a run. 

3) Yoenis Cespedes beat out a pair of infield singles and walked in four plate appearances.

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Collins and Smith after loss 00:06:32
Terry Collins breaks down Jacob deGrom's outing and Dominic Smith reflects on his first Major League homer.

Mets 1B Dominic Smith hit an opposite-field two-run homer at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night for his first career big league home run.

Smith, playing in his fifth game with the Mets, went deep off Sonny Gray in the seventh inning to put the Mets on the board.

The 22-year-old rookie now has four hits since his promotion last week. He collected his first big league hit against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

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The Mets (53-63) will play the second game of a four-game set with the New York Yankees (62-55) at Yankees Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) who took the loss in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in three innings.

Montero has struggled in his last few starts, having made it only as far as 5.2 innings in his last three. He has let up 13 earned runs in that span.

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Syndergaard on his progress 00:01:23
Noah Syndergaard says this is the best he's ever felt, and he's anxious to get back on the field and compete.

Mets RHPs Matt Harvey (scapula) and Noah Syndergaard (lat) are both feeling good as they continue their respective rehabs. 

Syndergaard threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since hitting the DL with a torn lat in April. If all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment soon. 

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday last week. "My arm is feeling really good."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Low-A Gulf Coast League, Terry Collins said on Tuesday.

Familia's assignment was pushed back a day after he was originally slated to pitch on Tuesday. He threw a bullpen session on Aug. 2, which was his first since having surgery in May to repair an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder.

He began a throwing program in Port. St. Lucie, Florida, in July, at which time Collins and GM Sandy Alderson said they would like to see him return to the mound this season.

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The Mets have announced they signed RHP Neil Wagner to a minor league contract, and acquired OF Travis Snider

Per Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets sent cash to the Rangers for Snider. He last played in the majors in 2015 with the Orioles.

Snider's last full season was in 2014 as he hit .264 with 13 homers and 38 RBI for the Pirates. 

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New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson steps on third base after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson steps on third base after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Due to his current hot streak, teams are reportedly again becoming interested in acquiring Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, sources recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

Granderson struggled in April and July, did well in May and June, and is hitting .286 with five home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI, with a .271 BABIP in 11 games during July.

According to Puma, the Nationals, who may be looking to replace the injured Bryce Harper, had a scout at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

The Brewers, who acquired Neil Walker from the Mets this past weekend, reportedly had interest in Granderson prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Montero 00:00:19
The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

 

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Aug. 14, 2017: Robles throws a ball to first base for an out at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger, USA Today Sports
Aug. 14, 2017: Robles throws a ball to first base for an out at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger, USA Today Sports

Pitching in relief on Rafael Montero, Hansel Robles gave up a go-ahead home run during the eighth inning Monday night as the Mets lost, 4-2, to the Yankees.

Robles entered the game to pitch a scoreless, two-strikeout seventh inning. He returned the following inning, but immediately allowed a game-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks.

The majority of pitches thrown by Robles were either up or in the strike zone.

"If I can throw in, I'll throw in," Robles said, when asked if he's trying to throw more pitches inside. "I can only control so much."

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Mets discuss loss to Yankees 00:05:56
Terry Collins, Hansel Robles, and Rafael Montero discuss the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets have lost two of their last three games, including last night, 4-2, to the Yankees.

They are back to being 10 games under .500, 11 losses back of the Wild Card, 17 games back in the NL East and on pace to win just 74 games this season.

What's Next

The Mets play again at Yankee Stadium tonight at 7 pm. Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA) starts for Mets against Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA), who the Yankees acquired from the A's at this year's non-waiver trade deadline.

The four-game series will move to Citi Field for match ups on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)
Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed two runs, walked two batters, and struck out six in six innings in his start Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

"I hope it's a big step going forward," manager Terry Collins said. "The fourth inning could have been disaster for us and he hung in there and battled and got out of there with one run and I thought it was a big turnaround for him."

Montero, who entered Monday's game with a 6.49 ERA during his previous five starts, used just 43 pitches through the game's first three innings, during which he faced the minimum nine batters.

"He's got the stuff to pitch here," Collins concluded. "If he locates it and trusts his stuff and throws the ball in the strike zone he's got a chance to get outs and he showed that tonight."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Monday.

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

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

1) Hansel Robles allowed a tie-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks leading off the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast off Erik Goeddel later in the frame.

2) Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when he surrendered only a sacrifce fly. Aaron Judge's 36th home run of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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The Mets (53-62) will begin another Subway Series with the New York Yankees (61-55) at Yankees Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) who took the loss in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in three innings.

Montero has struggled in his last few starts, having made it only as far as 5.2 innings in his last three. He has let up 13 earned runs in that span.

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Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith (Credit: USA Today Images, 2017)
Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith (Credit: USA Today Images, 2017)

Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith will get their first taste of New York baseball during the next four days, when they take on the Yankees in the Bronx and Queens.

"The city is torn and split between two teams," Smith said this past weekend, according to the NY Post. "It is going to be a tough series playing a real good team. This pretty much is playing for pride and bragging rights in the city."

Smith, who has just two hits during his first 10 at bats since being promoted last week, was born in Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up a fan of the Angels.

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RHP Kevin McGowan, who was drafted in 2013 and promoted Aug. 13, 2017 (Credit: McShane, AmazinAvenue.com)
RHP Kevin McGowan, who was drafted in 2013 and promoted Aug. 13, 2017 (Credit: McShane, AmazinAvenue.com)

The Mets promoted 25-year-old RHP Kevin McGowan to replace 2B Neil Walker, who was traded to the Brewers this past weekend.

In 43 relief appearances this season in Triple-A, McGowan had a team-leading 3.94 ERA, while striking out 55 batters in 62 innings.

"Nothing can really describe it," McGowan said, when first speaking to reporters before Sunday's game against the Phillies. "It hasn't sunk in really."

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JRSportBrief: Judge or Conforto? 00:01:26
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR compares Aaron Judge to Michael Conforto as the Subway Series begins Monday

20 years after playing their first regular season, interleague series, the Mets (53-62) and Yankees (61-55) begin a four-game, home-and-home series ay Citi Field and Yankee Stadium this week.

The Yankees won the first-ever series, which was played at Yankee Stadium, though the Mets won the opening game 6-0 behind Dave Mlicki's nine-hit shutout.

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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)

Jacob deGrom threw his second bullpen session Sunday morning.

He reported no issues with his arm after Sunday's game and said he expects to make his scheduled start tomorrow against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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Mets react to Sunday's win 00:06:26
Terry Collins, Curtis Granderson and Chris Flexen break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday

The Mets won three of four games during the series against the Phillies, yet remain nine games under .500, 10 losses back of the Rockies in the Wild Card race and 16.5 games back of the Nationals in the NL East.

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The Mets a Yankees (61-55) play a four-game, home-and-home series this week. The two teams will Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, followed by match ups on Wednesday and Thursday at Citi Field. 

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

1) Curtis Granderson led the Mets on offense with three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. He doubled in the first, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and added a single in the seventh inning. Michael Conforto hit his 26th home run and had two RBIs, while Jose Reyes had two hits and scored twice. Wilmer Flores also had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh inning.

2) Chris Flexen struck out a career-high five batters and limited the Phillies to two runs on six hits in five innings to earn his second big league win. Chasen Bradford, Jerry Blevens, Paul Sewald, and AJ Ramos each pitched scoreless innings in relief to close out the win for the Mets.

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Amed Rosario after hitting his first Major League home run.  (AP)
Amed Rosario after hitting his first Major League home run. (AP)

Mets SS Amed Rosario was just 13 years old when Mets' then-Dominican Republic supervisor Gerardo Cabrera first tried to convince Mets' director of international scouting Chris Becerra to take a look at the budding shortstop, writes Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

"I told him basically every day to come to the Dominican Republic to see him play, and the sooner the better because a lot of teams were interested in him," Cabrera said, according to Ehalt. "I really loved that kid. …The way he played for that age was unbelievable."

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Feb 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kevin McGowan (83) poses for a photo during photo day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kevin McGowan (83) poses for a photo during photo day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets promoted RHP Kevin McGowan from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace 2B Neil Walker, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

The 25-year-old reliever will make his major league debut after spending the duration of the season in Triple-A, where he went 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA and had four saves in 44 games. He was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round in 2013 and started his professional career with Single-A Brooklyn.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (52-62) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (43-71) in the final game of a four-game series on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Chris Flexen (1-1, 8.49 ERA) who recorded his first major league win in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed three runs on four hits in 5.2 innings. It was Flexen's longest outing so far in his early career. He only lasted three innings in his previous two starts.

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Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Mets LHP Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and limited the Phillies to two runs, but received little run support in the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

Matz allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out a batter. He has now lost five consecutive outings, with his last win being on June 28. He had posted an 11.03 ERA in his last six starts entering the night.

Manager Terry Collins liked what he saw saying Matz "was much, much better." 

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Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches the ball after hitting a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola, not pictured, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches the ball after hitting a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola, not pictured, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

The Mets have won three of their last five games. However, they sit 17 games back of the Nationals in the NL East standings, and 12 games back of the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.

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May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets traded Neil Walker and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later, the Brewers announced.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report on Saturday that a deal was imminent.

Walker was participating in batting practice on Saturday and was in the lineup at second base, but was scratched shortly before the game started. He was replaced at second base by Jose Reyes.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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

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

1) Steven Matz pitched four hitless innings but allowed two runs and four hits in the fifth, including two straight two-out RBI singles. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings, which stretched his winless streak to eight starts.

2) Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with his second homer in as many days in the fourth. He struck out on three pitches with two runners on to end the eighth inning. Amed Rosario had a double in the third, but he was thrown out to end the inning trying to steal home on the front end of a double steal.

 

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Harvey on his rehab assignment 00:00:44
Matt Harvey discusses how he felt after his rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday afternoon.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed one run on one hit and walked one batter in his rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday. It was Harvey's first outing since landing on the disabled list June 15.

He threw 18 pitches, seven of which were strkes.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (52-61) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (42-71) in the third game of a four-game series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) and 20 hits in 16 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old is 4-2 with a 5.26 ERA in seven road appearances (six starts) this season. He has faced the Phillies once in his career, giving up three runs in five innings last September.

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