May has come and gone, and now, two months into the season, let's check to see which Mets prospects have moved forward and backward. While there are changes, it's still only two months of baseball. The numbers reflect my preseason rankings for each player. (All stats as of June 3)

1. RHP Noah SyndergaardStock: Unchanged.

Pitching in one of the worst environments for a hurler in baseball, Thor's been just fine (4.02 ERA, 8.2 percent BB, 24.7 percent K), and actually above average in the PCL where the average ERA is 4.55 and the strikeout rate is 19.7 percent, to go with an unintentional walk rate of 8.4 percent. He's worked on using his pitches better and improving his changeup and pitch sequencing in Vegas. The stuff is there. He avoided serious trouble with his elbow, and is now scheduled to return to the Las Vegas rotation Thursday. As long as he's healthy, he'll be a Met by August.

2. Travis d’ArnaudStock: Unchanged and graduated

D'Arnaud entered the 2014 season trying to prove he could be an everyday MLB starter. He still is. The approach is there - he has a 11.9 percent walk and a 17.9 percent strikeout rate - but he has had bad luck on balls in play (a .211 BABIP) and has not hit for any power (a .103 isolated slugging percentage). Thanks to a concussion which limited him to 12 games in May, and catcher usage, he's played in only 35 of the Mets' 58 games. Fan impatience with d'Arnaud is understandable and short-sighted. I still believe d'Arnaud will be an average or better MLB catcher in short order.

3. RHP Rafael MonteroStock: unchanged and will graduate this year

Before the season, I wrote: "Montero looks poised to contribute in 2014 as a mid- to backend rotation piece." The Mets gave him that chance for a little over two weeks in May. Five home runs in 20 innings and a 12 percent walk rate later, the 23-year-old is back in Triple-A in favor of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He'll get the chance again. The Triple-A numbers presaged Montero's big league struggles. His walk rate jumped from 7 percentin  the PCL last year to over 10 percent this year. In the big leagues, Montero threw his two-seamer, inconsistent slider and changeup for a strike just 15 percent of the time. That's not going to cut it.

4. OF Cesar PuelloStock: Confused.

When he has played, Puello was a hacktastic mess early, but improved measurably in May. However, Puello has started only 39 of the 51s first 58 games. He's lost playing time to Brandon Allen, Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Seratelli.

In April, he fanned 20 times (23.5 percent) and walked just twice (2.4 percent) in 23 games. In May he improved to five strikeouts (6.3 percent) and seven walks (8.9 percent) in his 20 games. His isolated power rose from a meager .049 in April to .145 in May, a month in which he hit .291/.426/.436 overall. The Mets asked him to improve his plate discipline. Despite admitting that it was hard moving in and out of the lineup early, Puello has. It's not just that he deserves to play everyday on his own merits. He's the only real offensive help in the outfield for the Mets above Single-A. There's still a world in which Puello is starting everyday for the Mets in August (Hi Chris Young's .202/.293/.349 line) but he needs to play in Triple-A now.

5. INF Wilmer FloresStock: Up. It's a graduation year.

The Mets are still trying to figure out what to do with him (hint: play him at 1B or 2B against LHP and SS against some RHP), but he's a big leaguer now.

6. CF Brandon NimmoStock: Up.

May was a "slow" month for Nimmo and the 20-year-old still hit .278/.402/.423 with 20 walks against 25 strikeouts in 27 games. He's sitting at .325/.449/.460 for the year and starting to show more power than he did in Savannah (his iso is up from .086 to .135). Crucially, he's cut his strikeout rate from 27 percentlast year to 19 percent this year, while increasing his walk rate. He's already a disciplined on-base machine, and I think there's more power in there. He's dealt with a sprained ankle and pink eye in the last week, but he should spend this summers' warm months with the Double-A Binghamton Mets. Nimmo is starting to convert skeptics, including Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus.

7. LHP Steven MatzStock: Similar

I touched on Matz in my Single-A pitching review. He's fourth in the Florida State League in ERA (1.73) and eighth in strikeout rate (23.9 percent). He'll be in Double-A as soon as the first half ends in the Florida State League and he gets to enjoy a short break for the FSL All-Star game.

8. 1B Dominic SmithStock: Holding

He's 18 and playing in a full-season league in Savannah, a park that's brutal on left-handed power and hitting .259/.337/.295 in 54 games overall.

He was better in May (.320/.398/.360 - 4 2B, 13 BB - 27 G) than in April (.212/.261/.247 - 3 2B, 6 BB - 25 G) and has shown an ability to stroke line drives to left field and draw a walk. His 9.3 percent walk rate and 15 percent strikeout rates are impressive for a hitter so young. He's showing pop in batting practice, but he's still looking for his first home run and has just a 3.3 percentextra-base hit rate. Scouts are starting to wonder about his power ceiling. Again, he's 18 and playing against guys 3-6 years his elder, but until he starts putting the ball over the wall, as a first baseman, it's going to be an important conversation.

9. SS Amed Rosario Stock: Unchanged.

Rosario was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his first game with the Gnats. He was transferred to the Brooklyn roster there after. His hand path looks a little better in batting practice, but the 18-year-old needs to play more than one game for his stock to move. The Mets have a choice coming up about what to do with Rosario in a few weeks. There will be at bats available in the Gnats' infield in the second half after guys like LJ Mazzilli (age 23) and Jeff McNeil  (age 22) are promoted. Shifting Rosario and Cecchini through short, second and third would guarantee plenty of AB for both. Or the Mets could just send Rosario to Brooklyn for the summer.

10. 2B Dilson HerreraStock: Up, a little

The 20-year-old popped 10 extra-bas hits in May (.322/.352/.438) to take his season line to .307/.352/.411 in 57 games. He's listed at 5'10", but he can hit - he's second in the FSL in hits and total bases (and first in AB and games played). There's a little bit of power and run (he's 13-for-16 stealing bases). There's also a lot of batting average in Herrera's line. Neither his isolated slugging (.104), nor his walk rate (5.7 percent) are very impressive on their own.

The Mets could certainly leave Herrera at St. Lucie for most of the year although with another month like May, that would be harder. If he were to be promoted today, he would be the youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League, and the third-youngest player in all of Double-A baseball. As it happens, the B-Mets need an infielder or two, and now with Wildredo Tovar out with a thumb sprain and Matt Reynolds dealing with back problems. If one of them comes back soon, the Mets could move 2B T.J. Rivera up as the 25-year-old has beat up on the FSL at a .358/.395/.490 rate. If both Tovar and Reynolds are out for an extended period, Herrera really should join the B-Mets. He's not going anywhere for two more weeks - until St. Lucie either clinches a first half or is eliminated (they're half a game out with 13 to play). Also, for what it's worth, Mazzilli, who began the year in Savannah looks ready for a new challenge in the FSL.

11. Kevin PlaweckiStock: Inching upward

After a slow April (.250/.300/.304), Plawecki was a monster in the month of May (.359/.378/.602 - 26 games). After going homerless with three doubles in April, he blasted five over the wall and added 10 doubles in May. A 15-extra-base hit month plays, especially at catcher. The man hits lots of line drives hard to the gaps. The one caveat in Plawecki's offensive record: his walk rate remains just 4.1 percent. It's difficult -- although not impossible -- to be a good MLB hitter and walk that infrequently. Most of the guys in MLB lineups who stay there with walk rates that low are shortstops, center fielders and/or plus defenders. He has a more aggressive approach that most fans realize, and is eager to attack early count fastballs, with the swing, skills and strength to do damage when he connects. Still, MLB, or even Triple-A pitchers, would likely exploit this aggressive approach. He's going to stay in Binghamton for a while, until he walks a little more.

12. SS Gavin CecchiniStock: Up.

There's a big leaguer in here. At age 20 in the SAL, he's showing more power and patience than he ever has before. His 9.8 percent walk rate and his .138 ISO would both be career highs and he's doing it with just a 15 percent strikeout rate. He still has room to fill out and grow stronger. He's added a leg kick to his swing in the last few years, but as long as he gets his foot down on time, it works for him. Perhaps, as he adds strength, he should be able to simplify his swing setup a little bit. Scouts have expressed concern over his range at shortstop since he's no more than an average runner. His eventual role is far from clear, but he's made solid progress.

13. RHP Gabriel YnoaStock: Ticking upward

Ynoa has been absolutely lights out in his last four starts: 25 IP, 1.08 ERA, 22 K/2 BB, and an opponents batting line of .250/.265/.292 in 100 PA. Ynoa has an average-ish fastball (92-94), a slider and a changeup and he can throw all three for strikes out of a nice, easy delivery. He has a pretty advanced feel for pitching and demonstrated an impressive feel for setting up hitters and locating his stuff in the zone. There's a rotation piece in here with this kind of progress.

14. RHP Michael FulmerStock: Holding

Much better in May (2.57 ERA) than in April (8.00) ERA. Discussed him in the pitching review. The next few months of his development at age 21 will be interesting and important.

15. RHP Vic BlackStock: Graduated. He's a big leaguer.

Walks are apparently always going to hold down Black's value. It's going to look bad sometimes with all of the baserunners, but 98 mph is a pretty great weapon and equalizer.

16. RHP Jacob deGromStock: The talk of NY.

There are signs of regression coming: his left on base percentage is hilariously high (93.8 percent) and his BABIP is extremely low (.203) League average LOB is 73 percentand BABIP .294. Still, enjoy it. He's a big league arm.

17. RHP Domingo TapiaStock: Slipping

He's walked more batters (22) than he's struck out (20). There's no MLB starter in here, but quite possibly a hard-throwing reliever.

18. RHP Jeff WaltersStock: Bypassed for an MLB promotion by Buddy Carlyle, Dana Eveland and various performers from Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas. He owns a 8.85 ERA in 20 1/3 innings in Triple-A, and has allowed 37 hits for Wally Backman to go along with a pedestrian 13/8 K/BB rate.

19. RHP Cory MazzoniStock: Slipping

He's been hurt again. It's hard to move up on the DL.

20. LHP Jack LeathersichStock: Slipping

The lefty is repeating Double-A with almost identical numbers to 2013 and again is walking 12.9 percent of opposing hitters, with a strikeout rate few ticks lower.

21. RHP Luis MateoStock: Same.

He's been out recovering from Tommy John. A potential MLB reliever when he returns, but its hard to move up a list on the DL.

22. CF Champ StuartStock: Same.

He still has the tools -- notably plus speed -- to play a strong center field that earned him this rank. He's raw, but improved over 2013, as the Mets have worked with him on becoming more aggressive at the plate. He's high on my list of guys to watch in the next few months.

23. OF Ivan WilsonStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

24. RHP Luis CessaStock: Slipping

Striking out just 10 percent of opposing hitters in the FSL. That's not enough.

25. RHP Robert GsellmanStock: Moving up

There's a big leaguer in here. He lost most of May to a minor hamstring strain. He had no feel for his curveball in his last start, but it looked much improved earlier in the year. For the season, he’s sitting on a 2.27 ERA with a 19.9 percent strikeout rate and a 5.4 percent walk rate overall. He throws 92-94 and has a big sturdy body. If the curve progresses he's an MLB starter, otherwise he's a potential middle reliever, and for a guy in Single-A who won't turn 21 until July, that's not a bad projection at all.

26. RHP Chris FlexenStock: Holding

Flexen was bad in April (7.11 ERA, 12 K/11 BB - 19 innings) and not much better in May (5.73 ERA, 11 K/14 BB - 22 IP), but turned in a gem in his first outing of June. The first two months, he worked behind in the count, and couldn't command any of his pitches. Against Asheville on Monday, he struck out a season high 10, walked one and allowed one run on three hits in seven innings. He showed a big league fastball and curve and the makings of a useful changeup. Flexen won't turn 20 until July 1 and Monday's outing was a monster step in the right direction.

27. RHP Casey MeisnerStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

28. RHP Andrew ChurchStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

29. C Juan CentenoStock: Same/on the road to graduation

Fulfilling his destiny as a no-power, decent backup catcher.

30. SS Wilfredo TovarStock: Same/inching up

Tovar is the same gifted defensive SS with no power he's always been. This year, he lowered his strikeout rate to a the absurdly low 5.4 percent. I still don't think there's enough bat to play everyday in the big leagues and he'll be on the DL for a while with a sprained thumb.

31. 2B LJ MazzilliStock: Up

A big month of May (.333/.433/.525, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR) has put him, at age 23, on the path to a promotion to St. Lucie. His walk rate is up, and so is his power over his NYP numbers. Now, he'll have to show he can do it against more age-appropriate competition.

32. OF Jared KingStock: In a walking boot

The 22-year-old King has been out since May 11 with a broken fibula. He's displayed a great plate eye (10.6 percent K and 17.4 percent BB). On the other hand, he'll need to hit for more power to profile as a corner outfielder with no better than average defense.

33. RHP Erik GoeddelStock: Barely holding a 40-man roster spot.

In 23 1/3 innings in Triple-A, he's fanned 24 and walked 18.

34. CF Matt den DekkerStock: On his way to graduating. Up-ish

He's going to hit much big league pitching, but he can really play centerfield enough to stick around as a fifth outfielder.

35. OF Cory VaughnStock: Enron?

Vaughn turned 25 on May 1, and has hit .176 in both April and May while repeating Double-A. He's sitting at .176/.264/.259 in 49 games this year.

36. RHP Logan VerrettStock: Holding

He's made 12 starts for Las Vegas and survived: 4.97 ERA, 67 innings, 92 hits, 11 BB, 46 K. If the Mets need an arm in an emergency, well, he has one.

37. RHP Akeel MorrisStock: Up some.

The top line numbers look really good: 0.31 ERA, 28.2 IP, 11 H, 12 BB, 45 K for a 41.3 percentstrikeout rate. But we've been here before with other SAL relievers with fastballs a tick above average and below average command and some kind of breaking ball (see also: Jack Leathersich and Bret Mitchell). Morris' 7.5 percentwalk rate in May was a big step in the right direction. Still, he must continue to improve his command to profile as a big league bullpen piece.

38. RHP Ricardo JacquezStock: Down

Jacquez gets penalized because he's still in extended spring training. I saw the stuff from him in Kingsport at 92-94 mph with a slider at 87 to get guys out in the SAL. The fact that he's not in SAL and has squandered half of a full-season is bad for his value.

39. RHP Bret MitchellStock: Down

The 25-year-old walked nine batters in 11 innings in the FSL and has been on the DL since April 27 with a right hip strain. For a guy who had hip labrum surgery, that's concerning.

40. 3B Pedro PerezStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

41. SS Luis GuillormeStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

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Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)
Terry Collins high-fives his team before an opening day game at Citi Field in 2015 (Credit: Penner-USA TODAY)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday that Juan Lagares is likely to begin the season on the disabled list; Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season; and Michael Conforto and Ty Kelly will both be on the Opening Day roster...

Based on the above information from Sandy, it appears he has accounted for 24 of the 25 spots on his Opening Day roster... assuming Lagares is on the disabled list. In a surprising twist, the last roster spot will reportedly go to Seth Lugo or Rafael Montero, which means the full squad will shake out like this...

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I'm happy to introduce SNY.TV's newest podcast, "Meet the MetsCast," featuring me, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM host Rob Brender.

In this debut episode, our first pitch is all about Opening Day, including personal memories and our take on the best and worst opening day starting pitchers over the years.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets' exhibition game against Army West Point, which was to take place Friday at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field, has been cancelled due to Friday's forecast that calls for rain.

The game will not be rescheduled due to the fact that Army has Patriot League games on Saturday and Sunday.

Fans who purchased tickets online at Mets.com or by phone will receive an automatic refund to their credit card. Fans who purchased tickets at the Citi Field box office by cash will be refunded upon returning the unused ticket in person...

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(Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets beat their Triple-A affiliate the Las Vegas 51s (though the 51s also consisted of Mets players), 5-4, on Thursday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

It was the Mets' final game of Spring Training.

For a full box score, click here.

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 4, 2017; Lagares holds both of his bats during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Lagares holds both of his bats during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Lagares will likely begin the season on the disabled list, Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Alderson also said Michael Conforto and Ty Kelly will both be on the Opening Day roster.

Conforto hit .300 with three home runs and five RBIs in 60 at-bats this spring.

Kelly, who spent time playing for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, batted .233 with five RBIs in 30 at-bats during spring training.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly
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(Brad Barr)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda missed Thursday's game due to a tight hamstring but is expected to start at first base on Opening Day, manager Terry Collins told reporters Thursday.

Duda missed time earlier this month after getting cortisone shots Friday in each hip.

He missed more than 100 games last season due to a stress fracture in his back and said the two conditions were related...

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Mets Talk Live: Matz's injury 00:00:57
Mets Talk Live provides an update on Steven Matz's injury and talks about Noah Syndergaard's last spring outing.

Mets LHP Steven Matz's MRI came back negative, but the lefty has been told not to throw for three weeks.

Matz has no structural or ligament damage, but received a PRP injection and will open the season on the disabled list.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 15, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; Montero (50) delivers a pitch against the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Rafael Montero was once a top pitching prospect for the Mets. However, after falling off the radar the last two seasons due to injury, he has resurrected his career this spring and may be on the verge of making the Opening Day roster.

Despite being in the organization since 2011, and throwing more than 100 games in the minor leagues, the 26-year-old Montero has made just 24 big-league appearances during the last three seasons. He was sidelined by a shoulder injury during most of 2015, during which Terry Collins made a special trip to St. Lucie late in the season to talk with Montero about his status.

Tags: Rafael Montero, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Talk Live: Bullpen 00:05:12
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses the team's internal options for a closer to replace Jeurys Familia while he serves his suspension.

Mets closer Jeurys Familiawho was suspended Wednesday for the first 15 games of the season due to the domestic violence incident he was involved with in October, will head to the Dominican Republic to pitch at the Mets' academy.

He will then return to Port St. Lucie to participate in extended Spring Training, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Barring any postponed games, Familia will be eligible to return to the Mets on April 20 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Addison Reed will be the Mets' closer in Familia's absence, with Fernando Salas serving in a setup role. Hansel Robles is also expected to get increased responsibility in the late innings...

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:05:51
GEICO SportsNite covers a busy day for the Mets, touching on Jeurys Familia's suspension and Steven Matz's injury.

Before officially leaving camp, the Mets will play their Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, at 11 a.m. at First Data Field in St. Lucie, Florida.

RHP Jacob deGrom is scheduled to pitch for the Mets. In four Grapefruit League starts, deGrom is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA, while striking out 17 hitters in 15 1/3 innings. 

It was announced yesterday that he will start the second of game of the season next week at Citi Field against Bartolo Colon and the Braves.

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Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout. Mandatory Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout. Mandatory Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mets officials must decide on a final 25-man roster by Sunday afternoon.

According to multiple reports Wednesday morning, it was still not determined whether Jeurys Familia (who has since been suspended), Juan Lagares (oblique strain), Steven Matz (sore elbow) or Michael Conforto (depending on Lagares) will be on the Opening Day roster.

"Due to some injuries and everything that always complicates it, now we got some tougher decisions to make," Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday. "We're very lucky we have some depth on our club to fill in those holes."

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Mets Talk Live: Familia 00:06:16
MLB has proven it's committed to taking domestic violence seriously. Doug Williams, Nelson Figueroa and Anthony McCarron discuss.

Mets RHP Jeurys Familia has been suspended for the first 15 games of the 2017 season due to the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved in last October.

"The Mets fully support MLB's domestic violence policy, the discipline handed down today by Commissioner Manfred, and the decision by Jeurys to accept his penalty without an appeal," the team said in a statement.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia
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Mar 29, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) throws a pitch during the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 29, 2017; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) throws a pitch during the first inning of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

 

Six pitchers combined to allow two runs on six hits as the Mets ended their Grapefruit League schedule with a 2-2 tie against the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Champion Stadium in Kissimmee, FL.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Rafael Montero, Sean Gilmartin, Tim Tebow, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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LHP Sean Gilmartin gets the start when the Mets face the Braves. He has thrown 6.2 innings this spring, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits to go along with four strikeouts and three walks.

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Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes has high expectations of himself and for the Mets in 2017.

"I think this entire team has come together and we all have that mentality we know we can win a World Series," Cespedes said Monday, according to the Bergen Record. "I think we are going to approach the season by taking it one game at a time, day by day."

Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract this past winter, which followed 2016 when he earned $27.5 million and opted out his previous deal.

"Me particularly, I'm just going to work on trying to stay healthy because I know if I can stay healthy, I can help my team out and I know I can have a very good season," he continued.

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May 31, 2016; Colon (40) laughs with pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Jacob deGrom (48) during batting practice before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2016; Colon (40) laughs with pitchers Noah Syndergaard (34) and Jacob deGrom (48) during batting practice before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have officially announced that Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will start against the Braves during the first three games of the season.

The Braves will counter with Julio Teherán against Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon against deGrom and left-handed starter Jaime Garcia against Harvey.

According to multiple reports, Robert Gsellman has been told he will also be in the team's rotation, though the organization has yet to state this in an official announcement.

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Are you a Mets fan looking for an outlet for your excitement and enthusiasm before Opening Day? Well, mark your calendar for this Friday...

The Mets and Citi are hosting a "Let's Go Mets Fan Rally" this Friday, March 31 at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, from 9 am - 3 pm.

The event will feature interactive games and giveaways, plus appearances by Mets legends Ron Darling and Mookie Wilson and Mr. and Mrs. Met!

So put on your orange and blue, click here, and join us at Grand Central this Friday!


Most pressing Mets questions 00:02:34
Eamon McAnaney and John Harper address the most pressing questions surrounding the Mets as the regular season quickly approaches.

The Mets play their final Grapefruit League game of the spring today.

In Orlando, Sean Gilmartin will start against Josh Collmenter and the Braves at 1:05 p.m. Rafael Montero is expected to pitch in relief as he continues to battle for a final roster spot.

Meanwhile, back in St. Lucie, Noah Syndergaard will throw in a minor-league game. He will face the Braves in less than a week on Opening Day at Citi Field.

Lastly, also in St. Lucie, team officials will continue deciding on a final 25-man roster, which could possibly not include Jeurys Familia (potential suspension), Juan Lagares (oblique strain), Steven Matz (sore elbow) or Michael Conforto (depending on Lagares).

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The Mets have sent C Kevin Plawecki to minor league camp, manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

The team is expected to carry catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera on the Opening Day roster.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with a .298 OBP and .265 SLG with one HR and 11 RBI in 48 games with the Mets last season...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: Mets tie Cards 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

 

Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will be in good position to make a trade for a relief pitcher this summer, assuming they need one, according to baseball insiders.

By combining an infielder -- such as Wilmer Flores, Gavin Cecchini or T.J. Rivera -- with a second-tier pitching prospect -- such as Thomas Szapucki or Marcos Molina -- Sandy Alderson should have more than enough ammunition to make a meaningful deal before the trade deadline.

Their best fit may be with the White Sox, Royals and -- again -- the Orioles...

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RHP Robert Gsellman has thrown 17.1 innings this spring, allowing only four runs (three earned) on 15 hits to go along with nine strikeouts and four walks.

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Prospective Mets relievers 00:02:01
Doug Williams, Todd Zeile and Andy Martino talk about Rafael Montero being a dark horse candidate for the Mets bullpen.

The Mets have re-assigned RHP Paul Sewald to minor league camp Tuesday morning.

In 11 appearances this spring, Sewald allowed four runs and seven hits, while striking out 12 batters in 14.1 innings pitched.

In mid-March, Terry Collins listed Sewald among 8-10 pitchers that had quietly emerged in camp as possible candidates to make his Opening Day roster.

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DNL on Matz, Harvey and Conforto 00:02:53
Sandy Alderson talks Steven Matz, while the panel talks about Matz's injury, Matt Harvey's velocity and Michael Conforto on the roster.

Today at 1 pm on SNY, the Mets and Robert Gsellman host Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in a Grapefruit League game at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

This past weekend, it was reported that Gsellman has been told he'll be part of the team's rotation when the regular season starts next Monday, April 3.

Juan Lagares had his oblique examined in New York yesterday, the results of which are expected to be reported today. Lagares spent 22 days on the DL with the same injury in 2014.

Also today or tomorrow, the Mets expect to learn from MLB how many games Jeurys Familia will be suspended for a domestic violence inicident that occured last October.

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Wheeler says he's ready 00:04:24
Zack Wheeler talks about his successful start Monday, and declares himself ready for the 2017 season.

The Mets played two split-squad games Monday, during which Seth Lugo started against the Nationals in St. Lucie, while Zack Wheeler started against the Marlins in Jupiter.

Following yesterday's news that Steven Matz will miss his next start due to elbow pain, it's been assumed that the team may need to choose between Lugo and Wheeler to be their fifth starter.

In Jupiter, Wheeler threw five scoreless innings, faced 19 batters, struck out three and allowed two hits.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still be locked in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Lagares vs. Conforto in outfield 00:04:20
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Juan Larages' oblique strain and whether or not Michael Conforto will be playing for him.

At this point, Michael Conforto will almost certainly replace Juan Lagares. To be honest, I think the roster spot may have first gone to Brandon Nimmo, because the Mets really want Conforto playing every day - even if it meant doing so in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Unfortunately Nimmo is nursing a hamstring injury and is also doubtful for the start of the season, so Conforto is the only option left to be the team's fourth outfielder - even if it again means inconsistent at bats and covering center field, where he's only played six times during his career.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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With Steven Matz's status in question, today's split-squad games could play a major role in the renewed race for the final rotation spot between Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler...

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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:02:31
Eamon McAnaney discusses Matt Harvey's strong outing this afternoon against the Braves and gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

The Mets will play two split-squad games on Monday. And, with Steven Matz's status in question, each game could play a major role in the race for the final rotation spot. 

In St. Lucie, Seth Lugo (7 IP, 2.86 ERA) will start against Max Scherzer and the Nationals in St. Lucie.

Meanwhile, also at 1:10 pm, Zack Wheeler (7.1 IP, 8.59 ERA) will start against the Marlins and Tom Koehler at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

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Post Game Extra: Mets top Braves 00:03:20
Matt Harvey turned in his best start of the spring and Jose Reyes banged out three hits in the Mets' 8-2 win over the Braves.

Matt Harvey pitched his longest outing of the spring, giving up two runs in six innings, and the Mets defeated the Braves by a score of 8-2 at First Data Field.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

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Robert Gsellman has landed a spot in the Mets rotation, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gsellman's rotation spot comes following the news that Steven Matz will miss his next start with left elbow irritation. The Mets will be cautious with Steven Matz, Heyman said, adding that either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo will take the final spot in the rotation. There is also the possibility of Lugo pitching out of the bullpen.

Gsellman (17.1 IP, 1.56 ERA) has pitched in five games this spring. He posted a 2.42 ERA in eight regular season games in 2016, including seven starts. Lugo (7 IP, 3.86 ERA) is coming off several strong starts in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico. In 17 games for the Mets in 2016, Lugo went 5-2 and had a 2.67 ERA. 

Zack Wheeler (7.1 IP, 8.59 ERA) has struggled so far this spring, giving up seven runs and nine hits, including four home runs.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey turned in a sharp outing on Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. 

Harvey, making his fifth Grapefruit League start of the spring, threw as hard as 97 miles per hour early on and regularly hit 93-94 miles per hour throughout the game. He also found success mixing in his off-speed pitches. He struck our four batters and walked one. He lo

Matt Harvey turned in a sharp outing on Sunday, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field. 

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Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 10, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up before a spring training game against the Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

RHP Matt Harvey (12.1 IP, 7.30 ERA) will start for the fifth time this spring as the Mets welcome the Braves to Port St. Lucie for a Grapefruit League matchup slated for 1:10 p.m.

In his most recent start, Harvey gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

RHP Matt Wisler (12.1 IP, 5.84 ERA) will start for Atlanta.

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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

Michael Conforto would replace Juan Lagares on the Mets roster if Lagares is further hampered by a left oblique strain, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Lagares, who left Saturday's game with the injury, will get an MRI on Monday, according to Puma. 

Lagares is hitting .190 with 1 home run and 2 RBI in 42 at-bats this spring. Meanwhile, Conforto is hitting .346 with 3 home runs in 52 at-bats this spring. His most recent home run came on Saturday against Atlanta.

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Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 5, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (13-16-1) will host the Atlanta Braves (7-20-1) at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on PIX11.

RHP Matt Harvey (12.1 IP, 7.30 ERA) will make his fifth start of the spring. Harvey gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

RHP Matt Wisler (12.1 IP, 5.84 ERA) will start for Atlanta.

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) leaves the practice field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) leaves the practice field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Jacob deGrom is hoping to pitch 200 innings and make 35 starts this season, he said to reporters on Saturday after making a start against Mets minor leaguers.

"It's not easy to go out there and throw 200 innings -- I don't think anybody here has, not including playoffs," deGrom said. "So that's kind of the next thing for us, to get out there and make the 35 starts and get to that 200 mark." 

DeGrom's heaviest workload was in 2015, when he pitched 191 innings in the regular season before pitching 25 more innings during the postseason. He pitched 148 innings in 2016, posting a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts before his season was cut short due to ulnar nerve surgery.

So far this spring, deGrom has a 2.93 ERA and 17 strikeouts in four Grapefruit League starts.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets vs Braves 00:02:38
Terry Collins reflects on Saturday's game against the Braves, Juan Lagares' injury and what it could mean for the team moving forward.

Rafael Montero went five scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start, but Juan Lagares had to leave in the third with an oblique strain as the Mets defeated Atlanta 3-0 in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday.

For a full box score, click here.

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Jacob deGrom did not allow an earned run and struck out five in a minor league outing Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie.

 "Honestly, I think I feel better than I felt at any point last year," deGrom, who threw 77 pitches, told reporters afterward. 

DeGrom, who allowed three hits, was 7-8 with a 3.04 ERA last season before ending his season Sept. 1. He had surgery to reposition the ulnar nerve in his right elbow on Sept 21.

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Rafael Montero makes his first start of the spring today against the Braves. (David Kohl)
Rafael Montero makes his first start of the spring today against the Braves. (David Kohl)

Rafael Montero will make his first Grapefruit League start today against the Braves. Montero has made eight relief appearances and is 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA (four earned runs in 13.1 innings).

Former Met R.A. Dickey will start for Atlanta. He's 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in four starts in 15 innings, having given up three homers and eight walks with eight strikeouts.

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First baseman's view of practice 00:02:14
SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see infield practice through the first baseman's eyes.

SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see a live infield practice session through the first baseman's eyes.

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Running wild on Syndergaard 00:05:11
Jon Hein and Dan Graca ask if the Mets ought to scrap the Syndergaard/d'Arnaud combo, since runners are swiping bases with impunity.

The Astros stole four bases Friday with Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

Astros center fielder Derek Fisher, who averaged a stolen base every three games during his minor-league career, swiped three bags against Syndergaard and d'Arnaud...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:02:45
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Houston Astros.

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings as the Mets lost to the Astros, 2-0, on Friday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) Syndergaard was largely dominant, striking out five batters while allowing four hits and walking none. His ERA for the spring is 2.63. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Lennon and McAnaney on Reyes 00:01:11
David Lennon and Eamon McAnaney talk about the expectations for Jose Reyes heading into the 2017 season.

Mets infielder Jose Reyes is confident he can steal 30 bases this season, he told Newsday's David Lennon after returning from the World Baseball Classic.

"Terry [Collins] knows that I'm not going to be running out there crazy like I used to," Reyes explained. "I know the kind of lineup that we have. When I go, I need to make sure that I'm going to make it. My body feels good. I've got the green light, but I don't want to be giving away outs. It's not going to happen that way."

Reyes is expected to hit leadoff and start at third base in David Wright's absence. The last time he stole 30 bases was in 2014 when playing for the Blue Jays...

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Noah Syndergaard will be making his fourth Grapefruit League start. In 7.2 innings this spring, Syndergaard has allowed three runs and seven hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

It's possible today is his final start of the spring depending on how the Mets handle his last week of preperation for Opening Day.

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Mar 13, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (left) celebrates with Jay Bruce (right) after hitting a home run at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (left) celebrates with Jay Bruce (right) after hitting a home run at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Despite using the same lineup Wednesday and Thursday, save for Kevin Plawecki being in for Travis d'Arnaud on Thursday, Terry Collins said he has not yet committed to a set order, though he hopes to by Opening Day...

"I don't know what it's going to be right now, I really don't," he insisted after Thursday's game. "We'll decide night to night, who we are facing and who fits where. ... Right now, I have no idea what the lineup is going to be."

The lineup he used earlier this week, which drew praise from fans and media, looked as follows, with the catcher hitting eighth in front of the pitcher...

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Lugo on WBC Experience 00:01:30
Seth Lugo describes his experience in the World Baseball Classic and how it helped prepare him for the 2017 season.

Where will Zack Wheeler start 2017?

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested Thursday that Zack Wheeler could still make the Opening Day roster as a relief pitcher, though he will not be used in a traditional bullpen role.

"You have to put bullpen in quotes," Alderson said, qualifying his statement, according to Newsday. "Is it a traditional bullpen role? Or, a less traditional bullpen role?"

Alderson said earlier this spring that Wheeler will not be allowed to throw more than 125 innings this season since it will be the pitcher's first full year back after having Tommy John surgery in 2015.

This past off-season, I heard the team had been considering having Wheeler piggyback starts made by - I assume - Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, who are most likely to throw the fewest innings per start.

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First baseman's view of practice 00:02:14
SNY.tv hooked up Mets prospect Dominic Smith with a camera to see infield practice through the first baseman's eyes.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith spent four weeks in big-league camp this spring, during which he hit .194 with a .324 OBP and four RBI in 31 at-bats in 18 Grapefruit League games.

He is widely considered the organization's second-best prospect.

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Gsellman vs. Lugo for final spot 00:08:09
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as the competition picks up to be named the Mets' fifth starter.

SNY's Mets Talk Live panel discusses Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo as the competition picks up to be named the Mets' fifth starter.

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