Tuesday, ESPN's Outside the Lines reignited the Biogenesis story.

Thanks to the cooperation of disgraced not-doctor Tony Bosch, "Major League Baseball will seek to suspend about 20 players connected to the Miami-area clinic at the heart of an ongoing performance-enhancing drug scandal, including Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun, possibly within the next few weeks, "Outside the Lines" has learned."

The Mets' Cesar Puello, who is currently in AA, and hitting well, is the only player who MLB hopes to discipline, who is not on a Major League roster. However, Puello is on the Mets' 40-man roster, which means he is covered under the Joint Drug Agreement, a protection not afforded non-40-man minor leaguers.

First and foremost the information about potential suspensions coming out this way strikes me as a cry for attention. No suspensions have been announced. No player has failed a drug test, nor does MLB have the full weight of evidence it would need to suspend a player without a positive test. If MLB had the evidence it needed for a suspension, it would have announced suspensions. If they felt that they would have had enough evidence to maintain suspensions in front of an arbitrator with Bosch's evidence, they would have tried to keep his turn private. Instead, this feels like the first salvo in a very public, and surely very ugly, public negotiation.

Second, despite a cry in some internet circles last night, Major League Baseball is not changing the rules of the game. The sport's Joint Drug Agreement (full text) is very clear, a player need not test positive to be subject to discipline. The relevant text from section 7, paragraph A:

A Player who tests positive for a Performance Enhancing Substance, or otherwise violates the Program through the use or possession of a Performance Enhancing Substance, will be subject to the discipline set forth below.
Emphasis added. In order to suspend anyone, MLB will have to establish use or possession. Proving possession is a high burden. MLB has to have a clean custody chain all the way to the player.

In this context, Bosch meeting with a player is not enough. Payments in a ledger book is not enough. Nor is handing illicit drugs to a player's niece, friend, agent etc. There has to be drugs in a defendant's hand, right?

Or as labor lawyer Eugene Freedman put it:

Third, relying on Bosch too heavily is problematic. Bosch's word is especially weak because MLB is offering significant financial incentive to cooperate. As enumerated in the original ESPN story: "Major League Baseball will drop the lawsuit it filed against Bosch in March; indemnify him for any liability arising from his cooperation; provide personal security for him and even put in a good word with any law enforcement agency that may bring charges against him." Of course, he also denied he had anything to do with PEDs on ESPN's own airwaves.

Craig Calceterra at Hardball Talk does an outstanding job laying out why a case that relies on Bosch's testimony is "is equivalent to erecting a building on a rotten foundation." He then proceeds to take baseball to task for flailing for big name scores rather than asking the right questions about PED use.

 

Other ProblemsConfidentially, Or Only When It's Convenient?Finally, Major League Baseball has clearly violated the confidentiality portion of the Joint Drug Agreement. After all, Tuesday's leaks did not come from the players' side.

Section 5 begins:

The confidentiality of Player information is essential to the Program's success.
Section 6.A.2

  Any and all information relating to a Player's involvement in the Program, including, but not limited to, the fact of the results of any Prohibited Substance testing to which the Player may be subject, and any discipline imposed upon the Player by the Commissioner's Office shall remain strictly confidential.
Section H:

It is clear that confidentially has not been maintained here. I did not see a remedy for MLBPA in the event that MLB violates any of the JDA's confidentiality clauses. I wonder if the players can or would sue MLB for wrongful damages.

 

ConsistencyIf an umpire has a big strike zone, that's ok, as long as he calls it the same way for both sides. In this case, baseball has 1,200 sides, the number of players on 40-man rosters. Baseball has pursued Biogenesis and its baseball playing clients long after law enforcement gave up - no charges were ever filed against anyone associated with Biogenesis. Thus, in the name of fairness, the commissioner's office should be prepared to follow any other new PED leads with any other players with the same zeal. Otherwise, this becomes a case of picking on a select group of players and this selective administration of punishment should be extremely concerning. The other tack is that baseball will be forced to be constantly aggressively investigating its own players (at least when following up media reports) if it is to operate with any degree of fairness moving forward. Neither the commissioner's office nor the Players' Association wants a climate of constant investigation (I don't think).

Assume for a second that some, but not all of the players whose names have been publicly linked to Biogenesis bought and used performance enhancing drugs, as defined by the JDA. (There's scant evidence that HGH makes for better baseball players, but that's a separate issue.) So, some of these players, including say, Gio Gonzalez, who MLB has more or less already absolved, will have their reputations tarnished without cause. Others will be punished for use. The issue is that other players, who did not go to Biogenesis also used, but managed to elude baseball's drug tests. They will skate.

What is the point of a drug testing program if baseball feels the need to investigate outside allegations so carefully? Where's the gain in acting as though the drug testing regime (which I think has been fairly effective at cutting down, but not eliminating certain categories of PED use) just does not work?

 

 

MarketingAs a followup to the consistency argument, then, baseball will constantly be investigating its own stars. It is the players who make the sport great, the players whose jerseys fans buy, and the players who compel fans to watch games and buy tickets. Baseball will in effect be telling their customers that their product - the players - is untrustworthy. That sure seems like bad business from this end.

 

It did not have to be this way. However, MLB, by choosing this process and this massive breach of confidentiality, for the investigation of Biogenesis and the associated players, has elected to spend much of the 2013 season talking about banned substances instead of the product on the field.

To what end? Justice? Eradicating PEDs? Please. Ending PED use is absolutely impossible. The incentives of multi-million dollar pay days is much too strong. Most players will not use, but some will. Making a big show of embarrassing players is no way to sell the game administer justice or even deter PED use.

Punishing the users is fair. Punishing the users twice for the same infraction is not. Most importantly, MLB must follow its own confidentiality rules and procedures rather than rushing to the penalty stage or using ESPN to create a public association of guilt.

 

Update: Freedman, whose tweet I cited above, and whose timeline last night, helped clarify my thinking on the issue now has an article up at the Hardball Times making the case that baseball is overreaching in the direct prose of a lawyer who practices this kind of thing everyday.

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September 11, 2011; John Franco and Mike Piazza during pregame at Citi Field. Credit: Wong-US PRESSWIRE
September 11, 2011; John Franco and Mike Piazza during pregame at Citi Field. Credit: Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Sixteen years ago today, Mike Piazza hit a go-ahead, two run home run in the eighth inning off of Steve Karsay to propel the Mets to a 3-2 victory in the first professional sporting event in New York after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks...

"Anyone who saw it will be happy, anyone who didn't see it will be told about it," Piazza's manager, Bobby Valentine, told reporters from his office after the game.

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Sep 20, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero allowed five earned runs, seven hits and two walks Wednesday afternoon during a loss to the Marlins in Miami.

"I felt good, I think they were just able to make adjustments. They weren't falling for my changeup," Montero said after the game. "I think they were aware of my changeup early on, so they weren't biting or swinging at it and instead going for my sinker and slider."

In the third inning, Montero tossed a 93.8 mph fastball that Marlins 1B Justin Bour hit for a two-run home run. It was the first home run Montero had allowed in six starts...

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This weekend is your last chance to win access to some of the best seats in Citi field, along with free food and beverage - and all it takes are the keys to your Honda.

Saturday & Sunday at Citi Field, a few lucky fans will have their seats upgraded to the Honda Clubhouse, located in right field at field level. They will enjoy an unparalleled view of the game from their own corner of Citi Field and unlimited food and beverage.

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Tomorrow night, during the Citi Pavilion Broadcast on SNY, Gary, Keith and Ron will be answering questions submitted by fans in Citi's Ask the Booth segments.

Throughout the game, Gary, Keith and Ron will be taking a look at submitted fan questions from their booth in the Citi Pavilion and will decide which ones are worthy of answering during the game.

For a chance to have your Mets questions featured during the live broadcast and answered by Gary, Keith and Ron, just tweet them @SNYtv using the hashtag #SNYAsktheBooth.

 

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Collins and Montero on 9-2 loss 00:05:00
Manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Rafael Montero discuss Montero's outing and break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The Mets (65-87) have lost eight of their last 10 games after getting swept in a three-game series by the Marlins. With 10 games left to play in 2017, the Mets are on pace to finish 69-93 games...

What's Next

The Mets are off Thursday. They begin their final homestand of the season on Friday when they host the Nationals for a three-game series. Jacob deGrom (15-9, 3.55 ERA) is scheuled to start for the Mets against Nationals RHP Ediwn Jackson at 7:10 pm ET.

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How should Mets handle Harvey? 00:03:07
Sal and Jon debate whether or not the Mets should keep Matt Harvey in light of his recent struggles.

Matt Harvey has dealt with injuries and inconsistency on the mound over the last two seasons, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will probably bring the pitcher back for 2018. 

The right-hander is arbitration-eligilble this offseason, meaning the Mets will have to make a decision whether or not to tender him a contract. He would earn close to $6 million next year.

"It's highly unlikely that we're not going to bring him back next year," Alderson told the New York Post on Wednesday.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterOn July 26, 2012 in Arizona, Matt Harvey made his presence felt, striking out 11 Diamondbacks in 5 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and walking three in his Mets debut.

Harvey, who many scouts projected to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter, took it up a notch after arriving from Triple-A Buffalo, featuring wipeout sliders that reached the low-90s, fastballs that sat between 95 and 97 MPH and at times ticked higher, a plus changeup, and a plus curve. 

With the Mets In the midst of their fourth-straight losing season, Harvey was not only a legitimate ace, but the first real glimmer of hope for the team as Sandy Alderson's rebuild took shape...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:05
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero allowed five runs in four innings to suffer his second straight loss after winning three straight. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, two walks and struck out two. 

2) Erik Goeddel retired one batter in the eighth and allowed three home runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 56th. Justin Bour went deep for the second straight night off Montero in the third.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have two veteran infielders who are having good second halves -- Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. With the way the roster is currently constructed, one of them will probably find himself with the team next year, possibly even with a starting role. Which one has the better case?

Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera followed up a stellar 2016 campaign as the Mets' starting shortstop with a rough first half of 2017. At the All-Star break, he had just a .736 OPS, and his defense was terrible. Moreover, he had made headlines by asking to be traded after the team asked him to move off shortstop. At the time, it seemed highly unlikely he would remain a Met much longer, despite a team option that would allow him to return in 2018 for just $6.5 million...

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We Ask Mets Fans: Citi Field 00:01:37
In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans discuss their favorite thing about Citi Field.

In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans discuss their favorite thing about Citi Field.

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Mets OF Juan Lagares is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a sore left thumb, manager Terry Collins said.

Lagares had surgery on the thumb in mid-June after suffering a fracture, returning from the disabled list on Aug. 10.

The 28-year-old Lagares is hitting .236/.287/.359 with three HR, 14 doubles, and two triples in 85 games. He has been worth 13 DRS (defensive runs saved) in the outfield this season.

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

Mets SS Amed Rosario's stomach condition has improved, the team said on Wednesday. 

Rosario, who was treated for gastroenteritis Monday night at University of Miami hospital before returning to the team hotel, stayed at the hotel Tuesday night during the game and will travel with them to New York after this afternoon's series finale in Miami.

The 22-year-old Rosario was "violently sick" on Monday and has more than just the flu, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters on Tuesday.

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Sep 19, 2017; Terry Collins removes relief pitcher AJ Ramos at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2017; Terry Collins removes relief pitcher AJ Ramos at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Ramos blew his first save with the Mets, while facing his former team, during last night's 5-4 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

Ramos entered the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead, but allowed three runs on five hits, including back-to-back, two-out RBI singles that tied the game and sent it to extra innings...

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How should Mets handle Harvey? 00:03:07
Sal and Jon debate whether or not the Mets should keep Matt Harvey in light of his recent struggles.

The Mets (65-86) have lost seven of their last nine games, including the first two games in their current series with the Marlins. There are 11 games left to play this season, during which the Mets are on pace to lose 93 games.

What's next

The Mets and Marlins (71-80) conclude their three-game series tonight in Miami at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Rafael Montero, who is 3-1 with a 3.01 ERA during his last four starts, will start for the Mets against Marlins RHP Jose Urena (13-6, 3.62 ERA).

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:06
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off homer against Paul Sewald in the 10th to rally the Marlins past the Mets. AJ Ramos could not hold a 4-1 ninth-inning lead in his first appearance against his former team. The right-hander allowed a homer to Justin Bour, four other hits and a walk to suffer his first blown save as a Met and third in 30 opportunities. 

2) Travis d'Arnaud's went 2-for-4 and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Jose Reyes went deep in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth during his first four-hit game since Aug. 30, 2016.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Seth Lugo
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GEICO SportsNite: Harvey 00:03:54
The Baseball Night in New York guys break down Matt Harvey's continuing struggles and whether the Mets can expect anything from him in 2018.

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

Harvey is 1-3 with a 13.19 ERA in four starts since returning from a scapula injury.

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins
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Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies. (AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is rehabbing four days a week and will focus on running this off-season to keep his legs healthy, he said to reporters on Tuesday.

"I'm doing a treatment four days a week and it seems to be going very well," he said. Cespedes added that in the past he entered the season with a focus on strength, but wasn't as dedicated to running and he could tell later in the season that his muscles couldn't keep up.

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

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami, will be re-evaluated on Friday, the team said on Tuesday.

Syndergaard said after Monday's simulated game that he doesn't want to rush his return.

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

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Feb 18, 2014; Terry Collins talks with bench coach Bob Geren at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 18, 2014; Terry Collins talks with bench coach Bob Geren at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren could find himself the front-runner to replace Terry Collins, whose contract is up at the end of this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

"The former A's manager may have a leg up on taking over the managerial job with the Mets if they decide to part ways with Terry Collins, which seems inevitable," Cafardo writes. "GM Sandy Alderson has always had a fondness for Geren, who was the team's bench coach until he headed west for family considerations. But the manager's job would likely lure him back to New York."

According to multiple reports in August, Collins had been telling people he was unsure if he'd return to managing after this season. Similarly, there have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension beyond this year.

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Oct 1, 2016; Terry Collins celebrates after clinching a wild-card playoff berth Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY
Oct 1, 2016; Terry Collins celebrates after clinching a wild-card playoff berth Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY

This post was originally published Sept. 5, 2017...

Lately, Mets manager Terry Collins has acted so mellow, so indifferent to the losing and injuries, that it seems to me that he's accepted he will not be back next season. And, interstingly, he also seems OK with it.

According to multiple reports, Collins has told people he's unsure if he'll return to managing after this season. There have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

Basically, it's time. His job here is done.

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As summer fades away, New Yorkers trade in their swimsuits for sweaters and start getting ready to bulk up for winter. And what better way to build up that extra layer of winter warmth than with the delicious food at Citi Field?

In the fall, we can throw caution to the wind and eat whatever we please. French fries? Yes please. Ice cream in the second AND seventh innings? Absolutely. Three steak sandwiches? Just try to stop us.

Pro tip: You can get $3 off a Pat LaFrieda original filet mignon steak sandwich at Citi Field if you use a Citi debit or credit card. So getting three makes good economic sense… right?

Win or lose, fall games with the Mets mean baseball with a side of mouth-watering food -- and it doesn't get much better than that.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins
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Mets Insider: David Wright 00:06:32
David Wright discusses his difficult journey to get back on the field after numerous injuries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Robert Gsellman
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Adam Hagy)
(Adam Hagy)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Braves.

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

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

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

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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

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

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

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

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

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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

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

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

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

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