The bad news: Bobby Parnell is going to have Tommy John surgery, and is done for the 2014 season. The good news: none. The bad news: the Mets farm system cannot offer a Parnell replacement right now. Instead, the Mets bullpen is going to have to muddle along with the pieces they have for now. (At right is an old picture of Parnell from his AA days.)

The Mets of course, have already replaced Parnell on the active roster with Kyler Farnsworth, outrighting Ryan Reid to triple-A Las Vegas, removing him from the 40-man roster in the process.  That means for the short-term, it's all about righthanders Jeurys Familia, Kyle Farnsworth, Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres and Jose Valverde and lefties Scott Rice and John Lannan, a man with no career platoon splits, miscast as a situational left-hander.  There is risk nearly everywhere in this group. Farnsworth and Valverde no longer throw as hard as they once did. Scott Rice appeared in 73 games in 2013, in his rookie year, more than 15 more than in any of his 14 (!) minor league seasons. Gonzalez Germen and his marvelous changeup are probably not going to strike out 3 out of every 8 opponents.

What can the farm offer now, and in a two months? Crucially, these are different questions.

Bobby Parnell was the Mets' best reliever in 2013. Losing him will hurt.

 

NowThe AAA Las Vegas bullpen features: righties Giancarlo Alvarado, Vic Black, Joel Carreno, Ryan Reid, Miguel Socolovich, and Jeff Walters and lefties Josh Edgin and Dana Eveland.

Black and Edgin are the two guys to watch for here.

- Black's spring training control problems have continued in Las Vegas as he walked two batters in his only appearance so far. Scouts who saw him in Spring Training were also concerned that he did not create enough contrast with his pitches. "Everything was hard, his fastball was hard, his breaking ball was hard" one NL evaluator told MMiLB. Over short outings thats ok, as long as he can locate, which he has struggled to do. The smart bet here is that Black and his 98 mile an hour fastball will be back in the big leagues as soon as he starts throwing more strikes.

- Josh Edgin's velocity dipped in July of 2013 from its 2012 peak. As a guy with only so-so command, he will either need to find the velocity or improve his command. He's still left-handed and throws hard enough, if he had a better idea where it was going.

- Jeff Walters, the reigning Binghamton saves record-holder has found AAA to be tougher going so far. He picked up the always fun blown save/win combo on Sunday when Zach Lutz doubled home the winning run. He gave up four runs on five hits, including a homer, in his first outing. After striking out 27% of opposing hitters in 2013 in AA, Walters has not fanned any of the first 13 to face him in 2014. Yes, it's only two outings. But those two outings do not scream: Big League Ready!

[audio http://snymetsminors.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/lutz-game-winning-hit.mp3]. (Audio courtesy Doug Greenwald, Fresno Grizzlies)

- Erik Goedel gave up a couple of runs Saturday to Fresno, as he transitions back to the bullpen fulltime.

 

LaterFan favorite, LHP Jack Leathersich was sent back to AA in 2014 to improve his command. So far, it's more of the same with lots of strikeouts and lots of walks: 2.1 innings, 13 batters, seven strikeouts and three walks.

 

There's something inherently silly about citing less than a week's worth of stats for any player, or two outings for a reliever. And yet, none of the preceding four pitchers looked ready to help the Mets in Spring Training. None helped their case in the season's first week.

 

Two Months?

Lets fast forward two months. Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have all been healthy and effective in the AAA rotation. They have made 10-12 starts, and thrown ~60-80 innings. These are the guys who are supposed to help the rotation this year, and in the case of Thor and Montero, become cheap building blocks in future seasons.

But lets proceed. Lets say the rotation is intact. But the bullpen needs help. With 80 innings under their belt, the Mets could transfer one guy, say deGrom or Montero to the bullpen and still get him enough innings that he could transition back to a starting role in 2015 or even later in the year. (Scouts are still split on whether deGrom should be a starter or reliever long term.)

Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs found that on average, teams need 32 starts from pitchers beyond their five most frequently used pitchers. Montero, deGrom and Syndergaard need to be ready to provide these innings. Fine, include Daisuke Matsuzaka for completeness here too.

The Mets cannot and should not move any of these three to the bullpen now, or before June. Moving them too early takes away valuable development time this year and cuts into their innings which will affect their ability to work without innings caps in future years.

 

Hang With EmThe hope? Edgin rediscovers his lost mph and tightens up his command. Vic Black throws more strikes. Goeddel turns back the clock to his UCLA days when his fastball and slider were plus pitches. Jeff Walters figures out more advanced hitters.

There are lots of potential paths to bullpen help, but all have twists and roots that could knock one off balance. There is no easy paved road to a bullpen savior.

Tags: Analysis, Toby Hyde

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard started and pitched a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Saturday night in what was his first Major League appearance since April 30.

Syndergaard needed just five pitches to complete the inning. Washington's Trea Turner flied out, Jayson Worth singled, and Daniel Murphy grounded into a double play.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard needed five pitches to complete his lone inning of work in his first Major League appearance since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30. The right-hander retired Trea Turner on a flyout and allowed a single to Jayson Werth before inducing an inning-ending double play from Daniel Murphy.

2) Jacob Rhame allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Daniel Murphy in the 10th inning, his ninth home run and 35th RBI in 37 career games against the Mets since joining the Nationals after the 2015 season.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (66-87) play the second game of their series with the Washington Nationals (92-61) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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 (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) spoke to reporters Saturday afternoon and said he'll likely return to baseball activities in about six months. 

"The general outline is six months, that's what both doctors said," Conforto said of the timetable to return. "It's not a set deadline, I guess. When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at , see where my range of motion is, see where the strength is and kind of go from there."

Conforto, who dislocated his shoulder and tore the posterior capsule during a swing on Aug. 24 against the Diamondbacks, underwent surgery in Los Angeles two weeks ago to correct the issues. 

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

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

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter, and SiriusXM's Rob Brender hash out what a contract extension should look like for Jacob deGrom, what former Mets player they hope wins a World Series, give an emotional pep talk to Matt Harvey, and remind themselves that Nori Aoki is on the Mets...

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey
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(Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE)

The Mets will be going into the offseason with a lot of question marks, but one thing is clear: they need more starting pitching. Sandy Alderson has said in interviews that he will be looking for someone who can be counted on for a lot of innings, which probably means they would be steering clear of high-ceiling starters with injury issues, such as Michael Pineda and Lance Lynn.

The sticker prices on Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta will probably deter the Mets, so who are some mid-level starters they should have their eye on?

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Veteran of the Game 00:01:01
United States Navy SC Scott Spencer is Friday's Veteran of the Game at Citi Field.

First Data and the Mets saluted Friday's Veteran of the Game, SC Scott Spencer of the United States Navy, at Citi Field.

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

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Alderson discusses Mets pitching 00:05:37
Mets GM Sandy Alderson speaks to the media on the pitching staff and Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound this weekend.

The Mets (66-87) have lost eight of their last 11 games after beating the Nationals on Friday, 7-6, at Citi Field.

What's Next

The Mets play the second game of a three-game series with the Nationals. Noah Syndergaard will get the start for the first time since April 30, and will face RHP Stephen Strasburg at 7:10 p.m. ET. Syndergaard will only throw one inning. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:17
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud homered twice and drove in four runs and Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the go-ahead double in the fifth inning as the Mets rallied from a 6-1 deficit. Asdrubal Cabrera keyed New York's five-run fifth with a two-run single and finished 2-for-2 with two walks.

2) After allowing four runs during his first blown save as a Met on Tuesday, AJ Ramos allowed a walk and a single in the ninth before he was replaced by Josh Smoker with runners at the corners and one out. Aoki's diving catch in right was the only out he recorded.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud
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Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field, and will pitch one inning, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Alderson added that Syndergaard will be limited to one inning even if he doesn't throw a lot of pitches, with Matt Harvey replacing him in the second inning.

"This rehab process is both physical and mental," Alderson said. "Based on Noah's feedback, he feels good physically. We just want to get him back on a mound, if for only a moment ... so he's back out there, re-familiarized with the circumstances."

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

Matt Harvey will likely be back with the team next season, GM Sandy Alderson reiterated on Friday.

"At this moment, I favor the idea of him being back," Alderson said.

Alderson added that Harvey is making progress despite the lack of results.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins jokes with players during batting practice before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins jokes with players during batting practice before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets manager Terry Collins' future with the club will be determined after the season, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Speaking after Alderson, Collins -- whose three-year contract expires at the end of the season -- said the focus for the remainder of the season will be on the team, not his status.

Though he has yet to make a final decision, the Mets expect Collins to retire, team sources told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert...

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Sep 19, 2017; Phillip Evans (72) singles at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2017; Phillip Evans (72) singles at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets rookie infielder Phillip Evans has at least one hit in six of 11 games since being added to the roster on Sept. 8.

In just 21 at-bats, he is batting .333, while playing second and third base.

Evans, 24, had been hitting .279 with 26 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 56 RBI in 127 games during what was his first season in Triple-A. 

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

Mets SS Amed Rosario is back in the lineup on Friday night after being out since Monday due to a stomach ailment.

Rosario, who was treated for gastroenteritis Monday night at University of Miami hospital before returning to the team hotel, stayed at the hotel Tuesday night during the Mets' game against the Marlins and will traveled with the team to New York on Wednesday.

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes
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What happened, what's next? 00:02:43
SNY's Mets Insider goes behind the September scenes at Citi Field as the New York Mets wrap a tough season and look ahead to the Hot Stove.

SNY's Mets Insider goes behind the September scenes at Citi Field as the New York Mets wrap a tough season and look ahead to the Hot Stove.

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Breaking down Juan Lagares 00:03:53
On Mets First Pitch, the guys break down outfielder Juan Lagares and discuss what improvements the slickfielding outfielder needs to make.

This past week on SNY's Mets Insider, Keith Hernandez said if Juan Lagares can hit hit just a bit more, that because of his outstanding defense, he is still viable as an everyday center fielder.

"If he can hit .260, he can play for me any day," Hernandez added.

In 163 games played since the start of 2016, Lagares has started just 80 times.

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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 starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pushed himself to pitch through pain, but instead ended up choosing surgery, he recently told James Wagner of the NY Times.

"Ultimately, it was my decision," Matz is quoted as saying. "I wanted to go out there and pitch because I'm so sick of being on the D.L. And I did everything I could."

Matz missed the first two months of this season with what was described as elbow inflammation, the result of which may have been a side effect of the bone spur surgery that ended his 2016...

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Unlike the summer, in fall, Citi Field isn't just another fun activity to add to your already jam-packed calendar of vacation plans, trips and events. Instead, it becomes a stand-alone treat for families - a break from that fall, back to school (and work) routine that holds its own as a special family outing.

For kids, a day at the ballpark is a fun occasion where they get to be right in the middle of all the action - watching the game, participating in special activities, eating great food and picking up fun Mets swag.

Plus, over the weekend, there are more activities for kids at Citi Field than simply watching the game. After every Sunday home game, your family can get priority access to run the bases during the post-game Mr. Met dash if you use a Citi credit or debit card. During the dash, kids can run the bases just like their favorite players - they'll definitely have something to brag about at school on Monday!

So take a much-needed break from your chaotic weekly routine and crazy fall schedule. Head to Citi Field to make family memories that will last a lifetime.

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Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today
Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today

It is unlikely that infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes are both back with the Mets next season, an anonymous team official told Newsday beat reporter Marc Carig.

"Probably unlikely, but possible," the source said.

According to Carig, of the two, Cabrera is more likely to be back than Reyes, though team officials acknowledge that both men could have value next season as utility players.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes
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Robert Gsellman throws a pitch to the Atlanta Braves.  (AP)
Robert Gsellman throws a pitch to the Atlanta Braves. (AP)

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

What's Next

The Mets begin their final homestand of the season on Friday when they host the Nationals for a three-game series. Robert Gsellman is scheuled to start for the Mets against RHP Edwin Jackson at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Aug 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on the field before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on the field before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets will make it priority to impove their bullpen this off-season, sources told Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

The Mets already started traded for bullpen prospects during the season, but the team will likely look for another key piece ahead of the 2018 season. 

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters on Wednesday that the team will "look at it" and that they are "still evaluating what we have."

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson will remain with the team next season, sources told Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News.

The 69-year-old Alderson's current three-year contract expires after this season.

He told Mike Puma of the NY Post earlier this season that he and ownership have not discussed his future with the organization since the beginning of the season.

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(AP)

Jacob deGrom's start on Friday will be pushed to Sunday after he dealt with nausea/an upset stomach on Wednesday, the Mets said Thursday.

DeGrom was treated at the ballpark in Miami on Wednesday before returning to New York with the team.

Robert Gsellman wil start in deGrom's place on Friday, with Matt Harvey pitching on Saturday.

Mets SS Amed Rosario was briefly hospitalized earlier this week due to a stomach issue that he said was due to an undercooked meal.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman
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Nimmo's solo homer 00:00:41
Brandon Nimmo pulls a fly ball just fair of the right field foul pole and over the wall for a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In his last 16 games, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is hitting .308 with a .433 OBP, 12 walks, three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored.

"I take a lot of pride in my whole game," Nimmo said after Wednesday's loss, during which he hit a solo home run. "A part of my game is getting on base. I feel like I command the zone pretty well … and I am proud of that."

Nimmo has swung at 16.5 percent of pitches thrown to him outside of the strike zone, which is the fifth-best percentage in baseball. He ranks eighth best on pitches thrown in the strike zone...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So how do you enter? It's simple.

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

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

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

 

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

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

What's Next

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today
Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today

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

Asdrubal Cabrera

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Maggie Wiggin
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We Ask Mets Fans: Citi Field 00:01:37
In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans discuss their favorite thing about Citi Field.

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

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

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

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

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Porsche is offering one lucky fan the chance to win tickets to watch the Mets close out this season at home. Enter for the chance to win an experience for 4 to watch the Mets take on the Braves in their last regular season home game on September 27th.

This package includes:

  • 4 premium tickets
  • Access to pre-game batting practice
  • Dining experience at the Porsche Grille

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

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

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

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

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

What's next

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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