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Batting Order;New York Mets;Philadelphia Phillies1; Ruben Tejada SS; Jimmy Rollins SS

2; Daniel Murphy 2B; Juan Pierre LF

3; David Wright 3B; Chase Utley 2B

4; Ike Davis 1B; Ryan Howard 1B

5; Lucas Duda LF; John Mayberry CF

6; Scott Hairston CF; Laynce Nix RF

7; Mike Baxter RF; Kevin Frandsen 3B

8; Kelly Shoppach C; Erik Kratz C

9; Matt Harvey RHP; Tyler Cloyd RHP

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Tags: Game Day

Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Brett Davis)
May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce left Tuesday night's game against the San Diego Padres due to back tightness.

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo speculated that the soreness might be due to Bruce's awkward approach to the right-field wall in the fifth.

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Rosario's single up the middle 00:00:29
Amed Rosario picks up a single against Vance Worley and the Nationals.

On a team filled with young talent, Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario stands out - not just for his incredible talent, but for the pure joy he has playing the game.

"If you didn't know anything about baseball and were watching this game, I'm pretty sure you would know who the best player on the field is," a veteran American League scout told me this past weekend as we watched Rosario play in a game for Triple-A Las Vegas.

"It's the kid at short," he added. "And, he just happens to be the youngest guy out there."

Rosario, 21, was recently ranked the fifth-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and the best prospect in baseball by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

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The Mets (18-24) open a three-game series against the Padres (16-30) on Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Mets, who were off on Monday, took two games out of three from the Angels this past weekend. 

With a win tonight, Terry Collins will secure his 500th win with the Mets. Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536) are the only managers to have more wins in Mets history.

The Mets have adjusted their starting rotation as Robert Gsellman is scheduled to throw Wednesday, followed by Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, with Saturday's starter to be determined.  

Tags: Matt Harvey
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is expected to return soon, but will play in rehab games before being activated from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday.

Cespedes, who has been out since April 27 due to a strained hamstring, began a running program last Monday.

"He feels he's getting better," Collins said last week, according to Newsday's Anthony Rieber. "He told me today that the leg's really feeling a lot better. I think everything's on the upswing. He had a big smile on his face. He's glad to be back. I just said, 'Look, when you get started, take it easy in the beginning. See how you feel.'"

Cespedes was hitting .270 with six home runs and 10 RBI before going on the DL...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Back at the winter meetings in December 2013, Curtis Granderson officially signed with the Mets for four years, $60 million. He then took a playful jab at his former employer based in the Bronx...

"A lot of the people I've met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets fans," Granderson said during his introductory press conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "So, I'm excited to get a chance to see them all out there."

Granderson rarely has said anything provocative during his time in Queens. But, as his four-year contract approaches its expiration at season's end - and as Granderson's age seemingly begins to catch up with him - the Mets unequivocally have gotten their money's worth from the deal.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have optioned RH reliever Hansel Robles to Triple-A Las Vegas and recalled LH reliever Josh Smoker, it was announced Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Robles, who has a 6.23 ERA in 21 2/3 innings (21 games) this season, had gotten hit especially hard lately.

He allowed 12 runs (including four home runs) during his last three appearances, spanning just 2 2/3 innings...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker
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 (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
(Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Asdrubal Cabrera (thumb) is expected to begin a rehab assignment tonight with Double-A Binghamton, the Mets said.

He left the game on Saturday, May 13 after re-aggravating his injury and was placed on the 10-day disabled list last Tuesday, retroactive to May 14. 

Cabrera said he had a torn ligament in his thumb, but Mets GM John Ricco later said the injury is actually a strained joint...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds
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 (USA Today)
(USA Today)

RHP Seth Lugo will make a rehab start for High-A St. Lucie tonight, the Mets said.

Lugo, who pitched for team Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic, has been out all season due to a partially torn UCL in his right elbow. He tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings for St. Lucie on May 18 during his first rehab game.

He had started his rehab by pitching in extended spring training.

Lugo, 27, had a 2.67 ERA (4.33 FIP) and 1.09 WHIP with 45 strikeouts and 21 walks in 64 innings (eight starts, nine relief appearances) for the Mets in 2016 during what was his rookie season...

Tags: Seth Lugo
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mike Piazza: Road to the HOF 00:07:22
SNY recaps Mike Piazza Day as the legendary catcher had his No. 31 retired by the Mets after his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

The Dodgers traded Mike Piazza and Todd Zeile to the Marlins on May 18, 1998, for Bobby Bonilla, Jim Eisenreich, Charles Johnson, Gary Sheffield and Manuel Barrios

In less than four days, the Marlins would turn around and trade Piazza to New York for prospects Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz.

The next day, May 23, Piazza -- who had already hit 177 career home runs -- played the first of his eventual 972 games for the Mets.

"Piazza was a marquee-type guy and we needed that type of player," then-GM Steve Phillips told me in 2015 about the decision to pursue Piazza. "We were a good little team, but we needed to get a superstar. At the same time, we know from previous discussions that the Marlins liked our top outfield prospect, Preston Wilson, as well as some of our young pitching talent."

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It's better baseball from the Better Network.

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

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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-3 and caught six innings for Las Vegas (AAA) at New Orleans last night as he continues to move closer to a return to the Mets.

D'Arnaud made a pinch-hit appearance at Triple-A on Saturday before catching all nine innings and going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI for the 51s on Sunday.

He is now 5-for-14 (.357) during his minor league rehab assignment.

Next up, the Mets will have d'Arnaud catch Steven Matz's rehab start tonight in Las Vegas.

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

The Mets begin a three-game series at Citi Field against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) will face Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61 ERA) in the series opener at 7:10 p.m.

LHP Steven Matz is set to pitch in a rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas as well.

Tags: Matt Harvey, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz
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Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he has "no clue" when he will return to the mound despite saying his torn lat has improved.

"It's just a very specific injury," Syndergaard told the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "So there's really no timetable."

The Mets have not given an official timetable for Syndergaard's return. He won't throw for another few weeks and was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier in May.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Harvey 00:04:29
The BNNY panel debates if and when Matt Harvey will ever regain his untouchable form ahead of his start against the Padres at Citi Field.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey thinks he has fixed a flaw in his delivery, which he adjusted prior to his start against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

"Looking at video from successful starts that I've had in the past, we found out that my arm slot was like six inches higher,'' Harvey said Sunday, according to Newsday. "Not this past start, but the previous ones. It kind of dated back to last year when I had some issues with my rib and I couldn't throw from my normal arm slot because of the injury."

Harvey pitched 5 1/3 innings on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five against the Diamondbacks. He said afterwards that it was the best he felt on the mound in two years.

He told Newsday that the adjusted delivery is the same one he used in 2013, when he had a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings...

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Who do the Mets need back now? 00:02:42
Michelle Yu, Sal Licata, John Harper and Peter Botte take a look at the Mets' crowded DL and debate over who they need back the most.

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

In March, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told MLB Network Radio that Zack Wheeler will have a roughly 125-inning limit on his workload this season.

Wheeler is currently on pace to reach 125 innings by late July, early August, since he's already made eight starts and thrown 43 1/3 innings this season.

"I can't worry about July, I've got to worry about right now," Terry Collins said this past weekend, when asked about Wheeler's total innings. "Right now, he's one of the horses we've got to ride to get back on the right track."

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Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)
Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)

Tomorrow, May 23, is the 19th anniversary of Mike Piazza's first game with the Mets...

In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, I talk with Greg Prince about his new book, Piazza: Catcher, Slugger, Icon, Star, which you can learn more about by clicking here!

In the 20-minute interview, Prince and I talk about...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are discussing replacing LHP Tommy Milone in the starting rotation, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

RHP Tyler Pill is one of the pitchers the Mets are considering.

Pill, 26, has a 1.96 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 23 strikeouts and 14 walks in 46 innings (seven starts) this season for Triple-A Las Vegas. 

Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Milone would likely get another start despite him giving up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings during Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Angels at Citi Field...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:47
Budding Mets star Michael Conforto honors EMS workers in Jersey City by paying them a visit and giving them free tickets to Sunday's game.

Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets and 2B Neil Walker have not had contract extension talks since spring training, and are not likely to talk about it again until the offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal said on air Saturday.

The Mets and Walker briefly discussed the framework for a contract extension earlier this spring, but talks have seemingly been tabled >> Read more from late-February.

"There is no other place that I'd want to be," he told reporters in February, when asked about possibility of a new contract.

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JR Sport Brief: Wright's legacy 00:01:42
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR discusses the legacy of Mets third baseman David Wright.

Tags: David Wright
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws ages the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will make a rehab start Tuesday with Triple-A Las Vegas.

According to Newsday's David Lennon, if Matz reports feeling strong the next day, it's possible he could be activated from the disabled list and start for the Mets during the last week of May.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Hey Mets fans, if you have a Citi debit or credit card, today's your lucky day. Citi is offering two ticket offers RIGHT NOW, to help you see the Mets in action.

Trying to figure out what to do with your upcoming three day weekend? Use your Citi debit or credit card to buy one get one on select tickets to the Monday, May 29th, Memorial Day Mets game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers.

If you can't make it on May 29th, no need to worry. Starting TODAY, use your Citi debit or credit card to get $5 off select tickets for the June 12, June 13 and June 14 Mets games against the reigning champion Chicago Cubs.

More details on both these offers here: mets.com/citicardperks

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Collins, Milone on Mets' loss 00:04:48
Manager Terry Collins and pitcher Tommy Milone discuss what went wrong in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

The Mets are off on Monday,

They'll begin a three-game series at Citi Field against the Padres on Tuesday when Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.56 ERA) will face Jhoulys Chacin (4-3, 4.61 ERA) at 7:10 p.m.

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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) hits an RBI single against the Los Angeles Angels during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Manager Terry Collins scratched infielder Jose Reyes from Sunday's lineup due to a tight left rib cage.

While Reyes tried to convince Collins he was able to play, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, Collins opted to take extra precaution due to the team's string of injuries.

"With what's happened here, we're not taking a chance," Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Justin Tasch. "I don't think it's anything serious. Day game after a night game, big night (Saturday) night, a lot of running the bases, a lot of swings. You guys know this guy's seven percent body fat, wound pretty tight. He wanted to play, believe me, he wanted to play. Said 'I think I'll be OK.' I said, 'You haven't been paying attention to what's going on here. Every time we play somebody with a tweak, we end up losing them for three weeks. So you're not playing today."

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, SiriusXM's Rob Brender and I stop laughing to commiserate about the Mets, while talking about...

  • How to deal with being 16-23, despite the injuries and expectations...
  • Injuries, and if they're solely to blame for the team's disappointing record...
  • Is this the worst bullpen in team history...
  • The good and bad of Terry Collins...

In a unique twist, I'm the emotional host, ranting and rambling about injuries, the job of a New York manager, the difference between a relief pitcher and bullpen, and Luis Ayala, who I still can't believe was acquired to be a closer when the Mets were in first place during August, 2008...

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

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/21 00:02:44
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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

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

1) Tommy Milone allowed five runs -- including a grand slam to C.J. Cron -- before retiring a batter in the first. He surrendered three more runs on back-to-back homers by Mike Trout and Jefry Marte in the second and left having allowed eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings.

2) The Mets scored five unanswered runs on three homers, including solo shots by Matt Reynolds and Curtis Granderson, and a three-run blast by Jay Bruce. Granderson also doubled and along with Wilmer Flores, finished 2-for-4.

3) Rafael Montero and Neil Ramirez combined to allow a run over 4 2/3 innings of relief. Hansel Robles surrendered a three-run homer to Andrelton Simmons with two outs in the seventh inning after New York had rallied to within 9-5

Tags: Jay Bruce
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Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) triples in three runs in the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Rene Rivera will continue to see playing time when Travis d'Arnaud returns from the disabled list, Mets manager Terry Collins said.

D'Arnaud continued his rehab assignment on Saturday when he made a pinch-hit appearance triple-A Las Vegas, and he is scheduled to catch a full game for the 51's on Sunday.

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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The Mets (18-23) will go for the sweep as they play the final game of a three-game series with the Angels (22-23) at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. 

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First Data's Veteran of the Game 00:00:56
The Mets proudly honored SGT E-5 Matthew Coon as the Mets' Veteran of the Game presented by First Data.

The Mets proudly honored SGT Matthew Coon during the Mets' Veteran of the Game presented by First Data.

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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits in five-plus innings and earned his third win of the season in the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Angels at Citi Field on Saturday.

Wheeler (3-2, 3.76 ERA) started his outing with five shutout innings, but was pulled in the sixth after loading the bases and hitting a batter. He was replaced by Fernando Salas, who finished the inning after allowing an inherited run to score. 

Wheeler had five strikeouts on the night, but walked a season-high five batters. He had pitched six innings in each of his last two starts prior to Saturday night, and has pitched seven innings just once this season as he works his way back from missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and further setbacks.

Tags: Addison Reed, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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Collins, Wheeler and Reed on win 00:06:14
Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and Addison Reed discuss the Mets' 7-5 win over the Angels in the second game of three at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Terry Collins managed his 1,013th game and passed Davey Johnson as the club's all-time leader. Collins' 499 wins are third in Mets history behind Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536).

2) Jose Reyes went 3-for-4, including his 2,000th career hit, and drove in two runs while Michael Conforto doubled, scored three runs and walked three times (one intentional). Neil Walker had two RBIs, Wilmer Flores had an RBI double and T.J. Rivera and Jay Bruce delivered sacrifice flies.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Zack Wheeler
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mets' assistant general manager John Ricco said 3B David Wright has been shut down from his throwing program, according to Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com.

The extent of Wright's rehabilitation at this point is limited to working with the team's physical therapists in New York, according to Ricco, and there is no timetable for his return. He is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Wright's latest setback comes almost a month after he was able to field grounders, toss lightly, and take batting practice. He has been sidelined since March 2 with a shoulder impingement, but subsequently suffered lower back discomfort. 

Wright has a career .296 batting average with 242 home runs and 970 RBI. In 37 games for the Mets in 2016, Wright hit .226 with seven home runs and 14 RBI.

Tags: David Wright
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May 9, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) follows through on a single against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 9, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) follows through on a single against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Reyes picked up his 2,000th career major league hit with a single in the first inning of the Mets' Saturday night game against the Angels at CitiField.

Reyes hit a ground ball through the left side of the infield off Angels pitcher Alex Meyer.

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The Mets (17-23) will look to win consecutive games for the first time since May 8-9 as they face the Angels (22-22) at Citi Field at 7:15 p.m. They defeated the Angels, 3-0, Friday night as Jacob deGrom threw seven scoreless innings and snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Right-hander Zack Wheeler (3.76 ERA/4.15 FIP/1.226 WHIP) allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out six over six innings in his last start against Arizona on Monday night. He has allowed three earned runs over his last 16 2/3 innings and one earned run in four of his last five starts.  

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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Jacob deGrom finally found his groove. Well, except for when he almost lost it.

After issuing a four-pitch walk to open Friday's game, deGrom at one point retired 13 straight batters and ended up tossing seven scoreless innings in what became a 3-0 win against the Angels at Citi Field. The victory snapped the Mets' seven-game losing streak.

It was a desperately needed performance by deGrom on many levels for the Mets (17-23).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Terry Collins celebrates with fans during the 2015 postseason (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Terry Collins celebrates with fans during the 2015 postseason (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Terry Collins will break the record for most career games as manager of the Mets tonight when his team hosts the Angels at Citi Field...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-0 shutout of the Angels.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom became the first Met -- since he did so on April 28 -- to complete seven innings, allowing four hits, three walks (one intentional) while striking out nine. He appeared to develop a blister in the seventh and proceeded to load the bases with nobody out, but he retired the next three batters, with the help of a juggling catch by Jose Reyes.

2) Michael Conforto had two hits, including his team-leading 11th homer, and Rene Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Curtis Granderson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.

3) Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed fired a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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The Mets (16-23) open a three-game series against the Angels (22-21) on Friday night at Citi Field. The Mets, who were off on Thursday, were swept in a three-game series by the Diamondbacks in Arizona earlier this week.

Terry Collins will manage his 1,012th game with the Mets tonight, tying Davey Johnson for the franchise record. ... The Mets have lost seven straight games -- their longest losing streak since dropping seven games in a row from June 17-24, 2015. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Jacob deGrom, (4.07 ERA/3.39 FIP, 1.36 WHIP), who allowed four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out seven in 6.0 innings against the Brewers last Sunday.

He has four double-digit strikeout games in his last six starts and is third in the majors with 67 strikeouts, trailing only Chris Sale (85) and Max Scherzer (70).

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Alderson on Mets' medical staff 00:01:33
Sandy Alderson discusses changes to the Mets' medical protocols in a press conference before the game against the Angels on Friday.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has started to meet with the team's medical staff each day, he said on Friday at Citi Field.

"We haven't reached any significant conclusions but we have changed some of our practices," Alderson said about potential changes to the Mets' protocol when it comes to handling injuries. 

Alderson has been investigating ways to help facilitate the flow of information between his coaching staff, trainers, and medical departments, he recently told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick, who penned a terrific article earlier this week specifically about Alderson's staff, protocols, and team injuries.

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Mets manager Terry Collins and Nationals manager Busty Baker (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets manager Terry Collins and Nationals manager Busty Baker (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Nationals are again reaching out to teams in an effort to trade for a closer, sources recently told FanRag.com's Jon Heyman.

This past winter, the Nationals reportedly tried to sign Greg HollandAroldis ChapmanKenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon, all of whom joined different organizations.

In the case of Jansen and Melancon, each pitcher reportedly accepted less money than what was offered by Washington. Instead, the Nationals ended up signing Joe Nathan, Matt Albers, Tim Collins, Vance Worley, and Neal Cotts to minor-league deals.

There has so far been no evidence yet that Sandy Alderson is taking a similarly aggressive approach. However, it's fair to assume he eventually will make a move...

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We ask Mets fans...Desert Island 00:01:37
In the latest We ask Mets fans, SNY.tv asks which player they'd want to be stranded with on a desert island.

In this We Ask Mets Fans, SNY asks which player fans want to be stranded with on a desert island.

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Mets fans dressed as Thor wield their hammers as Syndergaard warms at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mets fans dressed as Thor wield their hammers as Syndergaard warms at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's #FeedbackFriday edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, Dennis Holden and I answer fan voicemails about...

  • Is there any hope for the Mets this season...
  • If so, why will they turn it around...
  • If not, what will they do to be better next season...
  • Lastly, is their record a reflection of their attitude or injuries...

To check out Holden's Dennis Has a Podcast, click here! To follow him on Twitter, go here!

To listen to today's Feedback Friday, click play below or use this link to download..

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Collins on Cespedes' return 00:01:39
Taylor Rooks talks to Mets manager Terry Collins about the team's health and how the return of Yoenis Cespedes will impact the lineup

The Mets (16-23) will try to snap a seven-game losing streak tonight as they return home to open a three-game series with the Angels (22-21) at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

RHP Doug Fister has agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

The Mets had interest in Fister, Jon Heyman of FanRag reported last month.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Conforto's two-run homer 00:00:50
Michael Conforto hits his 10th home run of the season to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit his 10th home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks in Arizona, which snapped for him a two-game stretch without a hit.

Conforto, who has been playing regularly since Yoenis Cespedes went on the disabled list, is hitting .310 with a .393 OBP and .638 SLG in 36 games (116 at-bats) this season. Along with his 10 home runs, he has six doubles, one triple, 26 RBI and 26 runs scored.

In the 213 games, including the postseason, Conforto has hit 34 home runs, while hitting the ball nearly even to all fields, as MLB.com's Daren Willman demonstrated with this image Thursday on Twitter...

Tags: Michael Conforto
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On Saturday, Terry Collins will move past Davey Johnson as the longest-tenured manager in Mets history.

The Mets have had 20 managers since coming into existence in 1962. Below are the five longest-tenured managers in the team's history.

  1. Davey Johnson: 1,012 games managed (595-417 record) from 1984-1990. Two playoff appearances, including a World Series championship in 1986.
  2. Terry Collins: 1,011 games managed (497-514 record) from 2011-present. Two playoff appearances, including a World Series appearance in 2015...
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