Prospects RHP Noah Syndergaard and C Kevin Plawecki will be the Mets' representatives at the All-Star Futures Game on All-Star Sunday in Minnesota, Major League baseball announced today.

Syndergaard started the game last year for Team USA. The righty has a 4.98 ERA and a 6-4 record in 13 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas this year.

This is Plawecki's first Futures Game. He's hitting .326/.378/.486 with Double-A Binghamton this year. He may be promoted to Triple-A soon, given Travis d'Arnaud's return to the Major League club (MetsBlog, June 23.)

Last year, Syndergaard played in the game with pitcher Rafael Montero and outfielder Brandon Nimmo. 

The game is at Target Field on July 13 at 4pm CT.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:16
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the D-backs at Citi Field on Wednesday.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto had a pair of RBI singles and Dominic Smith slugged a solo homer, his third of the season. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Brandon Nimmo doubled, walked three times and scored twice.

2) Chris Flexen allowed two runs over a career-high six innings to win for the third time in four starts. The 23-year-old surrendered six hits, four walks and struck out five.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto
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Familia on rehab appearance 00:00:59
Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia discusses his rehab appearance in Brooklyn and his hopes to rejoin the Mets in the near future.

Mets RHP Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless inning for Short-Season Single-A Brooklyn on Wednesday night in his second rehab outing in as many days.

Familia threw 13 pitches, 11 of which were strikes, and allowed one hit. He induced a groundout, flyout, and struck out one batter. He has now played in four games since undergoing surgery to repair a blood clot in his shoulder.

Familia threw a 1-2-3 scoreless inning with Short-Season-A Brooklyn on Tuesday.

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Jul 25, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (right) shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and shortstop Jose Reyes (left) talk before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 25, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (right) shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and shortstop Jose Reyes (left) talk before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets SS Jose Reyes, OF Yoenis Céspedes, and IF Asdrubal Cabrera led a "hitters-only" meeting today in an effort to motivate the team to play better, reports David Lennon of Newsday.

The three veterans reminded the younger players that there are still opportunities for them down the stretch and that they should respect the fans who pay to watch them play, Lennon said.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets third baseman David Wright (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets third baseman David Wright was slated to continue his rehab assignment with St. Lucie on Wednesday night, but the game was rained out.

He was scheduled to bat third and serve as the DH.

Wright reached base on an error and struck out twice while serving as the DH for St. Lucie on Tuesday night in his first game appearance since May 2016.

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Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2017 is without question the most disappointing season that I've experienced during my 32 years rooting for the Mets. I have seen previous teams lose more games playing worse baseball, and I've seen them bungle bigger individual moments.

I was demoralized watching a season fall apart during the final weeks of 2007, followed by similar pain in 2008, which coincided with the fall of Shea Stadium. However, in terms of the distance between expectations in spring and the reality on field in August, 2017 is the worst...

It was a grind watching the Mets in the early 90s, early 00s, and during the first five years under Sandy Alderson. But, I entered those seasons expecting them to play poorly and lose more games than they won. So, finishing under .500 during 14 of the last 25 seasons was not necessarily a disappointment. Instead, it just sucked...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) was supposed to throw live batting practice on Wednesday, but that has been pushed back, manager Terry Collins said.

The move is a precaution, added Collins, who said Syndergaard is expected to throw in the next day or two.

GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday Syndergaard is making progress but that rehab starts had not yet been planned.

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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is back in the lineup Wednesday night after being scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a thumb issue. 

He said on Tuesday that the thumb was a little sore and that he alerted the team Monday night and treated it with ice.

Conforto's thumb was examined by a doctor on Tuesday, with the doctor noting that everything looked okay with the thumb and saying it was an issue of overuse that resulted in inflammation, Conforto said.

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Collins on Matz's injury 00:05:11
Steve Gelbs sits down with Terry Collins to discuss Steven Matz's anticipated trip to the DL and Amed Rosario's performance recently.

Mets LHP Steven Matz had successful surgery on Wednesday to move the ulnar nerve in his left (pitching) elbow, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

MRI and CT scans on Monday led to a diagnosis of irritation of the ulnar nerve, and surgery repositioned the nerve to address the irritation, the team said.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had the same surgery last September and returned for spring training.

Matz pitched through pain this season, Newsday reported earlier this week, citing sources. He reportedly had been altering and/or skipping bullpen sessions to prevent the issue from worsening. 

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(Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Conforto is on pace to have one of the best single-season offensive performances in Mets history, entering Wednesday hitting .278 with a .385 OBP and .559 SLG to go along with 27 HR in 107 games. The 24-year-old Conforto, who made his first All-Star Game appearance this season, is on pace to finish the year with 35 HR.

As Conforto comes into his own as a star, let's look back at the five best offensive seasons in team history...

Darryl Strawberry, 1987

Strawberry won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984 and was second in the MVP voting in 1988, but the 1987 campaign was arguably his best. As a 25-year-old, Strawberry hit .284/.398/.583 with 39 HR (tied for the most in his career, with 1988), 104 RBI, 32 doubles, 108 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases.

Jose Reyes, 2006

At just 23 years old, 2006 was the season Reyes put it all together as the Mets won their first N.L. East title since 1988. Reyes slashed .300/.354/.487 (the second-highest slugging percentage of his career) with 64 stolen bases, 17 triples, 19 HR, 122 runs scored, and 81 RBI. Reyes' 2007, 2008, and 2011 seasons were also incredible...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Right-hander Corey Oswalt may have pitched himself onto the Mets' 40-man roster this November thanks to a stellar 2017 season.

Oswalt, a seventh-round pick in 2012 out of high school in San Diego, is 10-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 22 starts for Double-A Binghamton this season. He has struck out 102, and has a 1.20 WHIP and .242 opponent batting average in 123 1/3 innings in 2017.

Oswalt would need to be protected this winter, or he again would be exposed to the Rule 5 draft after going untaken last November.

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First Data's Veteran of the Game 00:00:54
First Data and the Mets salute our armed service veterans, tonight's Veteran of the Game is LCPL John Newsome of the USMC.

First Data and the Mets salute our armed service veterans. Monday night's Veteran of the Game was LCPL John Newsome of the USMC.

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

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Wright on return to the field 00:04:47
David Wright discusses his return to the field as he began a rehab assignment as the designated hitter for St. Lucie on Tuesday.

David Wright, who last played for the Mets on May 27, 2016, officially started a rehab assignment with Single-A St. Lucie, batting third as the designated hitter Tuesday night.

This is great news for Wright. However, regardless of what happens the next six weeks, if Sandy Alderson has any doubt about Wright's ability to play at a high level in 2018, he has to proceed this winter as if Wright will not be on the roster next year. If Wright is healthy next spring, and Alderson has too many infielders, so bet it. He can cross that bridge when he gets to it. Because, sadly, the fact is, that bridge may never come in to view...

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Rosario's solo blast to left 00:01:08
Rookie shortstop Amed Rosario puts the Mets on the board with a solo home run down the left field line in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Mets SS Amed Rosario launched his third homer of the season Tuesday night during the team's 7-4 loss to the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

Rosario broke D-backs starting pitcher Patrick Corbin's 20 1/3 inning scoreless streak as he sent a hanging breaking ball into the left field seats during the bottom of the fifth inning. He also hit his third triple of the year, which drove in Dominic Smith. 

Rosario, 21, who finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBI, is hitting .326 during his last 43 at-bats.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games to fall to 16 games under .500.

What's Next

Chris Flexen (2-2, 6.55) and the Mets play the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field against Zack Godley (5-6, 3.13 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:09
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 7-4 loss to the D-backs at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) Tommy Milone allowed a pair of homers, including a three-run shot to J.D. Martinez in the first, and was charged with six runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander surrendered five hits, a walk and struck out five in his first start since May 21.

2) Amed Rosario hit a solo homer and tripled in another run in the ninth. His first Major League error allowed the Diamondbacks to take a 4-0 lead in the third.

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Wright will DH for St. Lucie 00:03:26
The Daily News Live crew breaks down David Wright's return to the diamond tonight as he begins a rehab assignment for St. Lucie.

David Wright is serving as the DH for High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

Click below to see his at-bats!

The 34-year-old Wright has been hitting and throwing in St. Lucie, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that there is a scenario where Wright returns to the Mets this season as a viable infielder but also one where he returns and is only available as a pinch-hitter.

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Harvey makes third rehab start 00:00:19
Matt Harvey makes his first start with the Mets AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as he attempts to rejoin the Mets.

The Mets are projecting an early-September return for RHP Matt Harvey, manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that the team wants him to throw 80-to-85 pitches during his next rehab start.

Harvey (scapula) allowed two runs on four hits in three innings for Double-A Binghamton on Monday in his third rehab start.

His fastball during the start ranged from 89 to 93 MPH, and his breaking ball did not look very good, a scout told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The same scout added that Harvey seemed to be struggling with his release point.

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(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv: 

The season-ending ulnar nerve surgery Steven Matz will have on his pitching elbow is the same type of surgery Jacob deGrom underwent last Sept. 20.

During the surgery, Matz' ulnar nerve will be moved in order to relieve discomfort. He has been pitching through significant pain at times season, reported Marc Carig of Newsday, who said Matz insisted on pitching through it even though his elbow was swelling up and he had to shorten bullpen sessions and skip others entirely.

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

Click below to watch.

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores seems to have been a Met for a very long time. Since debuting in 2013, he has amassed over 1,500 plate appearances while playing no fewer than 50 games in each of the four infield spots. Along the way, he has collected 54 home runs, 192 RBI, and one dramatic last-minute reprieve from a trade to the Brewers. No wonder it's so easy to forget that he's still just 26 years old.

Despite moving through the Mets system on the strength of his bat, Flores didn't get off to a hot start in the majors, putting up a paltry .675 OPS from 2013-15. But over the past two seasons, coinciding with the end of his experimental shortstop run, he has put together a .272/.318/.478 slash line -- not a dominant offensive performance, but above league average and the kind of line that keeps a hitter in a lineup on a regular basis. It's fairly similar to the numbers Wil Myers has put up in San Diego over the same time period, although Flores has fewer plate appearances.

Flores has seen significant handedness splits over the course of his career, with an .830 OPS against lefties and a .686 OPS against righties. As a result, he has been used largely in a platoon role. But this season, he is showing something new.

Flores' OPS against lefties is almost identical to his career split, but he has made great strides against righties - a .789 OPS along with nine of his 15 home runs. While he is still a dependable hitter against left-handed pitching, he no longer appears to be a liability against right-handers, which would be a big step forward in his development...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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RH reliever Jacob Rhame, who the Mets received from the Dodgers in exchange for Curtis Granderson, is now the team's No. 23 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.

Rhame's ranking is the highest among all the prospects the Mets have received while trading Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker over the last few weeks.

"Like a number of young players we got, he's a righthanded pitcher who throws hard," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Newsday. "He's close to major-league ready. Hopefully, we'll see him either in September or spring training. We're very happy we got him."

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs. (AP)

In his last 13 games, Yoenis Cespedes has five home runs, 11 RBI, including a run-scoring single Monday night against the D-backs.

It's a terrific two weeks following major slump, which was proceeded by a fairly positive April. The point is, Cespedes is frustrating. He regularly lays up on fly balls, jogs to first base and tosses under hand pop ups to the field. Then, the next night, he'll hit a mammoth home run, hustle to make a sliding catch and run first base to third as well as anyone in baseball.

Similarly, this past Sunday, Cespedes missed two pop ups that MLB's Statcast said he had a 76 and 99 percent chance of catching. The next night, he hustled to make a terrific, sliding catch in left-field that he had only a 19 percent chance of catching.

According to Statcast, during his catch sensational catch Monday, Cespedes reached a sprint speed of 27.6 feet per second, which allowed him to cover 81 feet in the four seconds he needed to make the grab...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Gelbs on J.D. Martinez career 00:01:03
Steve Gelbs takes a look at the career of D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez and how he got to the level of play where he is at now.

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Gsellman (65) looks over his shoulder leaving the mound ay Citi Field. Credit: AP Photo, Kathy Willens
Gsellman (65) looks over his shoulder leaving the mound ay Citi Field. Credit: AP Photo, Kathy Willens

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman limited the Diamondbacks to one run on five hits in 6 and 1/3 innings Monday night. It was his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.

Arizona's only run against Gsellman came in the fourth inning when J.D. Martinez hit an RBI single. The Mets eventually tied the game, which took Gsellman off the hook for the loss.

Gsellman, who is starting in place of the injured Seth Lugo, has allowed a total of three runs in his last two starts. He allowed two earned runs in 5 and 1/3 innings against the Yankees last week in his first outing since June.

"I'm very comfortable out there right now," Gsellman said after Monday night's performance "I'm just going out and pitching."

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It's better baseball from the Better Network.

To enter, go to SNY.TV/VERIZON or click here for more information...

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Mets sound off on Monday's loss 00:06:14
Terry Collins, Robert Gsellman, and Steven Matz discuss their defeat in extra innings to the D-Backs and Matz's season-ending surgery.

The Mets have lost eight of thier last 10 games, including last night's 3-2 loss to the D-backs. They are 15 games below .500 for the first time since September 28, 2013...

What's Next

Tommy Millone (1-2, 7.91 ERA) will start today as the Mets continue their series against the D-backs. Milone is filling in for Steven Matz, who will undergo surgery to adjust the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

Patrick Corbin (10-11, 4.25 ERA) will start for Arizona, who lead the NL Wild Card. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the D-backs on Monday night.

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

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

1) Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock in the 10th inning to lift the Diamondbacks. Jerry BlevinsPaul Sewald and AJ Ramos had combined to strike out four over 3 2/3 hitless innings prior Goeddel's appearance.

2) Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Diamondbacks' left fielder David Peralta. Michael Conforto hit his 27th home run of the year leading off the bottom of the 10th.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his contract expiring at the end of this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is still making decisions in the best interest of next season and beyond, he recently told Newsday's David Lennon.

"My job currently entails thinking about 2018, 2019 and that doesn't change based on contract status," Alderson explained. "That's just the nature of my position. From my standpoint I'm honestly not thinking about it except when I have to respond to a question. We have a lot to do between now and the end of the season. That's what I'm focused on."

Alderson's current three-year contract concludes at the end of this season. He will be 70 years old at the start of next season.

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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 (blood clot surgery) will pitch for Low-A Brooklyn on Tuesday and Wednesday as he continues his rehab assignment.

Familia pitched a scoreless eighth inning for High-A St. Lucie on Saturday night in his latest rehab apperance.

He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three batters. It was his second appearance of the week after pitching a scoreless inning for St. Lucie on Wednesday night.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets don't currently have any more trades in the works, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

"There's another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So, anything can happen," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "As of right now, there's nothing in the works."

With the team ouf of contention, the Mets have traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson over the last few weeks.

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto won't be playing third base, but he may be taking another role from Captain David Wright...

By Michelle Ioannou
(Twitter | Instagram | About Me)

Wright has been a Met his entire career. We'd all love for Conforto to be a Met his entire career as well. Both absolutely love the game of baseball, know how to step up for their team and teammates, know how to work hard, and know how to be an example to an entire fanbase...

With Wright having missed the majority of the season and Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker gone, it may be time for Conforto to step up in a leadership role.

To read the rest of this article at Rising Apple, click here!

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JRSportBrief: Good luck Curtis 00:01:32
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why he's rooting for the newest Dodger, Curtis Granderson.

The Mets traded OF Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers in exchange for RH reliever Jacob Rhame over the weekend.

The 36-year-old Granderson was in the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal.

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Aug 20, 2017;Collins (10) takes out deGrom (48) at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2017;Collins (10) takes out deGrom (48) at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In the seventh inning, with Jacob deGrom on the mound, rookie SS Amed Rosario scooped up a routine grounder and double tapped the ball to his glove before making a casual throw to first base.

The batter, Dee Gordon, who is among the fastest runners in the league, was safe.

"I am learning from all these small mistakes," Rosario said. "I knew he could run well, but I got a little overconfident on that play. ... I really do feel bad about that error."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins
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Aug 20, 2017; DeGrom (48) pitches in the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2017; DeGrom (48) pitches in the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets ace Jacob deGrom allowed five earned runs for the second straight start as the Mets lost, 6-4, to the Marlins at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.

In the span of 11 starts between June 13 and Aug. 10, deGrom was 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA, during which he struck out 85 batters in 79 innings. However, in his last two starts (Yankees, Marlins), he has given up 19 hits and 10 runs.

"At this point in the season, after missing what he did last year at the end of the season, we are going to be careful with him down the stretch," Collins said. "There might be a little fatigue in there."

DeGrom, who has said he would like to top 200 innings pitched this season, has currently throw 165. His career best was 191 innings in 2015.

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Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Mets pitching prospect Drew Smith struck out seven of eight hitters he faced on Saturday for Double-A Binghamton as he continues to roll with his new team. 

Smith, 23, who arrived from the Rays in the Lucas Duda trade, has a 1.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP with 10 strikeouts over nine innings since joining Binghamton on July 27.

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Citi Pre Game: Conforto leader? 00:02:24
Eamon McAnaney reports from Citi Field and discusses Terry Collins wanting Michael Conforto to finish the season strong and not leading.

The Mets have lost six of their last seven games, including Sunday's seires finale against Marlins. With 40 games left to play, the Mets are 14 games under .500 and on pace to win just 71 games, their lowest total since 2004.

What's Next

Robert Gsellman (5-5, 5.98 ERA) and the Mets begin a four-game seires Monday at Citi Field against Taijuan Walker (6-7, 3.83 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.

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In the latest episode of SNY's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, SiriusXM's Rob Brender and comedian Steve Hofstetter discuss Sandy Alderson's recent comments on shedding payroll, and whether the money will be reinvested, such as trading for Giancarlo Stanton...

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

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New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Other teams are showing more interest in Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabera, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, as New York continues to sell during the waiver period.

Cabrera, who cleared waivers earlier this month, could be the sixth player traded by the Mets since late July, as New York has also dealt reliever Addison Reed, outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, and infielders Lucas Duda and Neil Walker.

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .261 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season. He has an $8.5 million team option for next season with a $2 million buyout.

Excluding the Granderson deal, the Mets have saved more than $11.6 million by becoming sellers.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:04
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs for the second consecutive start, punctuated by Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 45th home run, a three-run shot in the seventh. DeGrom surrendered 10 hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings.

2) Yoenis Cespedes homered, doubled and drove in two runs. Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and Travis d'Arnaud singled in a run during the Mets' three-run eighth. New York entered the frame with three hits and two walks against Marlins starter Adam Conley, who struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Granderson on being traded 00:05:34
Curtis Granderson reacts to being traded to the Dodgers, when he found out, and how he will miss his time with the Mets.

The Mets have acquried minor league reliever Jacob Rhame in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers, the team announced on Sunday.

In 41 games for the Dodgers' Triple-A team this season, Rhame pitched in 41 games, posting a 4.31 ERA while earning two saves in four opportunities. All 210 of his appearances in his minor league career have come in relief, and he has a career 3.11 ERA. 

Rhame was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the June Amateur Draft in 2013.

Meanwhile, Granderson, 36, is in the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal.

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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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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

With Curtis Granderson out of the Mets' clubhouse, Michael Conforto has emerged as the new voice of leadership, per NY Daily News' Daniel Popper.

Though this is only his third season in the majors, Conforto is now one of the more experienced Mets in the locker room. Granderson joined Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Jay Bruce as veteran to be sent off to contenders this year. 

However, manager Terry Collins believes Conforto should just focus on finishing out his season strong instead of worrying about leading at the moment. 

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Jacob deGrom (Julie Jacobson)
Jacob deGrom (Julie Jacobson)

The Mets snapped their five-game losing streak on Saturday. They are 13 games below .500, 19 games back in the NL East and 12 games back in the Wild Card. 

What's Next

The Mets play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Marlins today at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA) will face Adam Conley (5-5, 5.32 ERA).

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tAug 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
tAug 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero turned in his second straight quality start Saturday night, allowing one run on six hits in six innings during the Mets' 8-1 win over the Marlins at Citi Field.

Montero kept the Marlins off the board until the sixth inning when Marcell Ozuna's RBI single plated Dee Gordon for the Marlins' only run of the game. In the end, Montero struck out five batters and walked three as he picked up his second win of the year. 

Montero's outing came five days after he earned no-decision against the Yankees when he allowed two earned runs and struck out six batters across six innings of work. Over the last two starts, Montero has posted a 2.25 ERA with 11 strikeouts and five walks. 

The 26-year-old is 2-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 24 games for the Mets this season.

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