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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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

In a long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery, Zack Wheeler has had a season of ups and downs. 

Wheeler's last start was emblematic of his year as a whole. Despite having walked four, he had held the Cardinals scoreless until the sixth inning, when he gave up four runs -- and ultimately took the loss. 

At times, Wheeler has shown glimpses of the promising -- if sometimes frustrating -- hurler he was in 2013 and 2014, but at others he looks overmatched.

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Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets prospect OF Tim Tebow feels "more comfortable" during his recent hot streak with high-A Port St. Lucie, per TCPalm.com's Jon Santucci

Tebow struggled with low-A Columbia to start the season, posting a .220/.311/.336 slash line. However, through each game and at-bat, he found himself feeling more comfortable by the day.

"I think I'm more comfortable seeing more pitches," Tebow said. "Playing baseball for longer, I think that helps. Also (hitting coach) Luis (Natera) and (manager) Chad (Kreuter), getting to work with them every day and just what we're doing out there -- taking pitches, seeing, tracking. I feel more comfortable with my swing, feel more comfortable with my game plan I'm having against pitchers and then just playing more baseball helps, too."

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Addison by subtraction 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses what the Mets might be able to get in return for Addison Reed at the trade deadline.

The Dodgers are exploring a possible trade for Mets RHP Addison Reed, per ESPN's Buster Olney. 

Of all the players the Mets have made available via trade, closer Addison Reed is drawing the most interest. 

There are at least six teams -- including the Brewers, Red Sox, and Nationals -- inquiring about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets can't win, even when they win.

Michael Conforto launched a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning en route to a five-out save as the Mets earned their third straight victory by beating Oakland, 7-5, in Friday's series opener at Citi Field. Yet the Twitter topic du jour instead focused on pregame comments from Yoenis Cespedes to the San Francisco Chronicle in which Cespedes expressed his admiration for his initial MLB stomping grounds.

Cespedes, who played for the Athletics from 2012 until getting traded to the Red Sox midway through the 2014 season, said he hoped to finish his career back with Oakland.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM's Rob Brender discuss the team's approach at the non-waiver, as well as...

  • The pros and cons of trading Jacob deGrom...
  • What's next for Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard...
  • Shutting down Yoenis Cespedes and his legs...
  • Tim Tebow, and if he'll ever see Double-A, let alone the big leagues...
  • Addison Reed on the Nationals? Lucas Duda on the Yankees?

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

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The Mets (44-50) have won three straight games on their current 10-game homestand, but are12.5 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals and 10 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes would like to finish his career in Oakland, per San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

Cespedes told former A's and current teammate Jerry Blevins that his goal is to ride off into the California sunset when his playing days are over. 

"I wish that happens," Cespedes said. "I told Blevins, 'I don't know how many years I'm going to play, but I'm going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.' I don't know if that's possible or not, but that's my goal."

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(Butch Dill)

Mets top prospect SS Amed Rosario is out for a fourth straight game as he has a bruised right finger, reports NY Post's Mike Puma. 

It was reported earlier in the week that Rosario was out of the Triple-A Las Vegas lineup due to an illness. 

In 87 games with Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .330 with seven homers and 53 RBI. 

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The Mets (43-50) open a three-game series against the Athletics (43-52) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

The Mets and Athletics played in the 1973 World Series, which Oakland won in seven games. ... The Mets have hit 28 home runs in their last 17 home games. ... The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (4.58 ERA/5.35 FIP, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in just 1.0 inning this past Sunday against the Rockies.

He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 9 against the Cardinals, after having tossed 14.0 scoreless innings over his prior two starts.

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Mets most marketable player? 00:03:02
As the trade deadline looms closer, the DNL panel discusses which Mets players could bring the biggest haul to help them compete in 2018.

Curtis Granderson isn't worried about rumors of the Mets potentially trading him, according to NY Daily News' James Miller. 

With Mets expected to be sellers before the trade deadline, Granderson is one of the players producing trade talks. However, he has been around long enough not to pay attention to rumors.

"The biggest thing with the rumors right now is that they're exactly that: just rumors," Granderson said at the New York Public Library Friday as he promoted his Grand Kids Foundation. "The one thing that I tell guys is -- because I've been rumored to be traded a lot of different times over the course of my career and I've only been traded one time and it happened in the offseason -- a lot of my teammates have been rumored to be traded a lot and that never ended up happening, so focus on what you can control."

Granderson is among many Mets players who are set to hit the free agency market following the season (Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Addison Reed to name a few). The Mets would prefer to move their valuable assets before they are entirely up for grabs. 

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker (hamstring tear) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Walker could return when the Mets play the Padres in San Diego beginning on Monday, manager Terry Collins said earlier this week.

In Walker's absence, Asdrubal Cabrera has shifted to second base with Jose Reyes at shortstop. Cabrera is expected to get time at third base when Walker returns.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker
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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com 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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New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Despite acquiring 3B-1B Todd Frazier from the White Sox, the Yankees are still open to trading for a new first baseman, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Earlier this week, Feinsand reported that the Yankees were scouting the Mets at Citi Field, after which they expressed interest 1B Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Duda, 31, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP, .552 SLG and 17 home runs in 69 games this season for the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Lugo's curveball 00:00:25
The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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This season, during every Mets home game on SNY, you can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets and be featured as the Mets Trivia Drive contestant live on SNY.

Just follow @SNYtv on Twitter and during the 5th inning look for the SNY 5th Inning Sweepstakes Presented by your Local Ford Dealers question.

Tweet your answer to @SNYtv using #SNYFord5thSweepstakes to be automatically entered to win.

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(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo, who has been pitching with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, says the injury hasn't been bothering him.

"No, it hasn't been an issue," Lugo said after Thursday's start, according to Newsday. "Not even really a thought process at this point. It's been feeling good, and I haven't had any issues with it."

Lugo, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday, is pitching through the injury in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets (43-50) have won four of the seven games on their current 10-game homestand, but remain nine losses behind the Rockies in the NL wild-card race with 10 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

To win 90 games, the Mets must go 48-20 the rest of the season.

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(Noah K. Murray)

For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGromNoah SyndergaardMatt HarveySteven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.

Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?

The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.

But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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JRSportBrief: Cespedes questions 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Yoenis Cespedes will not live up to his four-year contract.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about whether Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will live up to his contract.

Cespedes, 31, agreed to a four-year deal worth $110 million during the offseason after opting out of the three-year deal he signed with the Mets after the 2015 season.

He missed over a month earlier this year due to a hamstring injury and is hitting .271 with a .323 OBP and .480 SLG with nine HR and 22 RBI in 49 games this season.

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Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki, the top pitching prospect in the organization, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced.

Recovery time is expected to be 12-to-18 months.

Szapucki, who missed time earlier this year with a left shoulder impingement, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 29.0 innings (six starts) for Low-A Columbia this season.

The 21-year-old Szapucki appeared on multiple top prospects lists this past winter, as well as 60th on ESPN.com's Keith Law annual overall rankings.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/20 00:04:12
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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The Mets (42-50) go for the split of their four-game series against the Cardinals (46-48) on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo (4.50 ERA/4.08 FIP, 1.45 WHIP), who allowed three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings this past Saturday against the Rockies.

The Mets have won 11 of Lugo's last 13 starts dating back to Aug. 25, 2016, during which Lugo has a 3.49 ERA. Lugo has a 3.09 ERA during his career at Citi Field...

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We Ask Mets Fans...another event 00:01:42
In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans choose which player they would take to another event.

In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans choose which player they would take to another event.

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Josh Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have activated LH reliever Josh Smoker off the disabled list and have designated RH reliever Neil Ramirez for assignment, the team announced Thursday. 

Smoker, who had been on the DL with a left shoulder strain, had been rehabbing with Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton over the last two weeks.

The left-hander has a 7.45 ERA and 1.86 WHIP with 17 walks and 36 strikeouts in 29 innings (22 games) this season for the Mets. He last pitched for the Mets on June 13 against the Cubs, when he allowed three runs in four innings.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets, who would reportedly rather deal Curtis Granderson, have not talked with Jay Bruce about being traded, Kristie Ackert reported July 20 in the Daily News.

Bruce still has a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires at the end of this season, a source recently told James Wagner of the New York Times.

"I came here as a hired gun," Bruce said, according to Ackert. "I know what I am and what situation I am in. This is a business. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the game, I always will. But this is my job. I am a hired gun and I go where I am needed."

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Jeep Pitchcast: deGrom cruises 00:00:24
Gary and Ron look at how Jacob deGrom controlled the game with his first-pitch fastballs against St. Louis.

Gary and Ron look at how Jacob deGrom controlled Wednesday night's game with his first pitch fastballs against St. Louis. 

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Collins on infield shakeup 00:02:11
Terry Collins says the return of Neil Walker may result in Asdrubal Cabrera being shifted to third base.

Mets infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker will begin taking ground balls at third base, Terry Collins told reporters Thursday. 

Walker (hamstring) will begin practicing at the position once he comes back from the disabled list. However, Cabrera won't play third until Walker returns to the lineup, according to Collins. Cabrera told reporters that he is willing to slide over to third, a position he's only played once in his major league career.

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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has heard the chatter surrounding him and a potential trade, but is tuning it out.

"I guess it's a good thing if other teams want you," deGrom told reporters Wednesday night. "But I've got a job to do here, and that's my main focus right now."

After tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Wednesday night, deGrom has a 3.37 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 144 strikeouts -- a career-best 10.3 per nine innings -- in 125 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season. He is arbitration-eligible and under team control through 2020, after which he can file for free agency.

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Mets approaching trade deadline 00:05:15
With the trade deadline approaching, Jon and Eamon discuss what the Mets strategy should be going forward on Loud Mouths

The Mets have informed their players - and teams interested in acquiring them - that they plan to rotate their outfielders to balance playing time through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, multiple sources recently told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

According Rosenthal, the Mets prefer to trade Curtis Granderson over Jay Bruce, who they could hold on to and make a qualifying offer that could potentially net them a compensatory draft pick if he signs with a new team in the offseason. However, for now, Rosenthal adds, neither Granderson or Bruce have drawn significant interest in the trade market.

"If they have the chance to make their organization better by trading me, they would be crazy not to do it," Bruce said on Wednesday, according to the NY Daily News. "I know that they have to look out for their future here. I expect they will do that if they have the chance. I know what can happen."

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GEICO SportsNite: Trade deGrom? 00:06:18
On tonight's GEICO SportsNite, the BNNY panel recaps Jacob deGrom's dominant outing and debates whether or not the Mets should trade him

The Mets (42-50) have won just four of their last 12 games, including last night's 7-3 win against the Cardinals at Citi Field. With 11 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are 10 losses back of the D-backs, who lead the final Wild Card spot and are on pace to win 92 games.

To reach 92 wins, the Mets must go 50-20 (.714) the rest of the season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:15
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-3 win over the Cardinals

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to win a career-high seventh consecutive start. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, walked one and struck out three. DeGrom (11-3) failed to complete seven innings for the first time in eight starts.

2) The Mets scored three runs in the first and four more in the second. Yoenis Cespedes singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Jose Reyes had two hits, including a two-run single that capped New York's four-run second inning. Jay BruceLucas Duda and Wilmer Flores had RBI hits. 

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The Mets (41-50) play the third game of a four-game series against the Cardinals (46-47) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Jacob deGrom (3.48 ERA/3.74 FIP, 1.18 WHIP), who is looking for his seventh straight win. He allowed two runs, one earned on four hits while striking out 11 and walking one in eight innings against the Rockies in his last start. 

DeGrom has a 1.53 ERA over his last six starts and has a 2.03 ERA in 47 career starts at Citi Field. DeGrom's career home ERA is second-best in the majors since 2014, behind only Clayton Kershaw, who has a 1.72 ERA at Dodger Stadium.

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

First baseman Jeremy Vasquez is off to a solid start to his professional career.

Vasquez, who turned 21 years old on Monday, is hitting .342 (27-for-79) with four homers and 22 RBI and has a .443 on-base percentage through 21 games with Kingsport. He was drafted in the 28th round last month out of Nova Southeastern University, which had won the 2016 Division II national title.

"All my success so far in Kingsport is all because of the head coach at Nova -- just everything he's taught me this past year," Vasquez said, referring to Greg Brown, a former Astros scout who once signed J.D. Martinez. "Everything I've learned from those guys over there I've translated over here to Kingsport. I'm hitting the ball as well as I've ever hit it. He talks to J.D. Martinez and [Padres infielder] Carlos Asuaje all the time about hitting. I would just say the main thing he taught is using the big part of the field and trying to drive the ball -- not trying to pull everything."

Vasquez has another strong influence in his baseball career. His 24-year-old brother James Vasquez, also a lefty-hitting, lefty-fielding first baseman, was drafted by the Reds in the 25th round in 2015 out of the University of Central Florida. James was promoted to high-A Daytona a month ago and is hitting .275 with six doubles and three RBI in 22 games since arriving in the Florida State League...

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 8, 2015; Cespedes (52) celebrates with Collins (10) against the Washington. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2015; Cespedes (52) celebrates with Collins (10) against the Washington. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes has struck out twice and is hitless in nine at-bats since missing Sunday's game with the same sore hip that forced him to leave a game early the day before.

It has been 66 at-bats and nearly a month since Cespedes last hit a home run.

Cespedes, 31, missed 37 games earlier this season due to a sore quad and a strained hamstring. He also missed time last season with a sore quad, which he initially tried to play through before ending up on the disabled list.

"There's a little concern there," Terry Collins admitted Tuesday, when asked about how Cespedes has struggled this season. "Obviously, power is huge from the legs. Just looking at the swings, the lower half seems to be fine. He's just not getting the bat out in front."

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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Sox are looking to acquire a third baseman and have interest in Mets infielders Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Riveraaccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Sox have also recently been linked in rumor to Martin Prado (Marlins), Jed Lowrie (A's), Yangervis Solarte (Padres), and Josh Harrison (Pirates).

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Jul 18, 2017; Reyes reacts after failing to complete the double play. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2017; Reyes reacts after failing to complete the double play. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets were charged with three errors, which led to three unearned runs, during Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

By the end of the game, T.J. Rivera had committed two errors, Jose Reyes misplayed a ground ball and bungled a double-play ball, Asdrubal Cabrera confused his feet on two throws to second, Yoenis Cespedes let a fly ball drift over his head and Lucas Duda dropped a pop up in foul ground. He also struggled to scoop several short hops at first base, but that is mostly due to the consistently poor throws coming to him from Rivera and Reyes.

"It was kind of ugly for us in the beginning," Reyes said.

The beginning? Try the middle and the end, too, Jose...

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Collins, Montero on the loss 00:05:29
Terry Collins and Rafael Montero discuss the rough pitching that has led to back-to-back losses to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

The Mets (41-50) have lost three consecutive games, eight of their last 11 and are 2-3 on their 10-game home stand. With 12 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are nine losses back of the Rockies, who lead the final Wild Card spot and are on pace to win 92 games.

To reach 92 wins, the Mets must go 51-20 the rest of this season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:41
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) Two errors and several misplays helped the Cardinals score four times in the first two innings off Rafael Montero. The 26-year-old was charged with two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings.

2) The Mets committed as many errors in the game -- three, including two by T.J. Rivera -- as hits. Yoenis Cespedes had a first-inning single and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.

3) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha allowed three hits, one walk and struck out eight in the first complete game and shutout of his career.

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The Mets (41-49) play the second game of a four-game series against the Cardinals (45-47) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Rafael Montero (5.77 ERA/3.52 FIP, 1.90 WHIP), who suffered a loss in his last start against the Phillies. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking two in 6.1 innings. 

Montero has had trouble controlling his pitches this season as he allowed 5.5 walks per nine innings pitched. 

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Mets dealing Duda and Reed? 00:05:40
At what price does it make sense for the Mets to trade Lucas Duda and Addison Reed to the New York Yankees?

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

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June 16, 2012; Daniel Murphy (28) and Justin Turner (2) talk during batting practice. Credit: Penner-US PRESSWIRE
June 16, 2012; Daniel Murphy (28) and Justin Turner (2) talk during batting practice. Credit: Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Sandy Alderson was ahead of the curve back in the 1980s with Oakland, embracing sabermetrics at a time when it wasn't widely accepted in baseball. Now, is Alderson a step behind?

As this team's homestand opened, Alderson stuck to his long-held belief that defense should not be a primary emphasis when constructing a team. His reasoning: Wins are based on runs produced minus runs allowed. And fielding capability is only a fraction of run prevention, dwarfed by pitching.

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Collins on Cespedes' struggles 00:03:19
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses Yoenis Cespedes' recent struggles at the plate, shares an update on Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard.

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup Monday night and was hitless, going 0-for-5, after resting his sore hip the previous game.

Trailing 6-3 with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cespedes came to the plate with a chance to tie the game. However, he swung in a 3-0 count and grounded into a game-ending double play.

"He's the home-run hitter, he's the big guy on our team you turn to, and you got him in a great count," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "He's got to get something good to hit, and he just didn't hit it."

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Collins, Wheeler on the loss 00:05:21
Terry Collins and Zack Wheeler discuss what went wrong in the 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Zack Wheeler was unable to pitch out of trouble in the sixth inning when he allowed four of five batters to reach base during Monday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

"It was my fault," Wheeler later explained. "I should have made my pitches and gotten out of that. Our bullpen, I trust them in every situation. Today, we just couldn't get the job done when we needed to."

After escaping a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning, as well as a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth, Wheeler (3-7) gave up a two-run home run to Paul DeJong and an RBI double to Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright before getting pulled from the game.

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Mets 00:04:02
The Baseball Night in New York crew analyzes the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

The Mets (41-49) have lost seven of their last 10 games, including a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals last night. They are eight losses back of a Wild Card spot with 13 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/17 00:03:33
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler breezed through four innings before struggling in the fifth and falling apart in the sixth. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth but allowed a two-run homer to Paul DeJong in the sixth and an RBI double by Adam Wainwright before he was removed from the game.

2) Hansel Robles allowed a three-run homer to Tommy Pham on his second pitch after his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas following Sunday's game. 

Tags: Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler
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