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Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game with a cramp in his right calf, which he and his manager, Terry Collins, both later said was only a minor injury.

"It felt like a cramp that wouldn't let up," said Bruce, who expects to play on Thursday.

He hit a double in the second inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, but Collins pulled him from the game after seeing him look hurt.


Video: Asdrubal Cabrera hits an RBI double in the second


"I couldn't afford to have him blow it out, so I took him out," Collins later explained.

According to Bruce, the injury first occurred when he fouled a ball off his leg this past weekend in San Francisco. He didn't feel any pain earlier in the week, but it returned last night, first when running out to his position and later when running the bases.

Bruce entered the game hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.

He's hitting just .169 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBI and 19 strikeouts in 22 games since being acquired by the Mets from the Reds on July 31.


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The obvious joke here is that when you run the bases as infrequently as Bruce, because he's been so bad, it's not surprising he would come up lame. The fact is, I give him credit and appreciate him wanting to play through it. But, as we've seen with other position players on this team, the balance between pain and impeding performance and actually performing and being in the field is a fine line and moving target. 

I'd like to see Collins put Yoenis Cespedes behind Bruce, to give him some protection and a few more fastballs. Travis d'Arnaud is hitting well, finally, during the last two weeks. Why is he batting eighth? Instead, hit him behind Cespedes. And, again, for the love of Mr. Met, move Curtis Granderson down in the lineup.

The night before, with Granderson out of the lineup, the Mets went wild scoring with Asdrubal Cabrera batting second behind Jose Reyes. The next night, does TC replicate what worked? Nope, of course not. Instead, he moves Cabrera down to sixth and returns Granderson to hitting second. Huge game, with momentum, yet TC gives Granderson (who is batting .180 since the All Star break) the second most at-bats in the game. Oh, right, I was supposed to be writing about Bruce...

Anyway, Bruce is notorious for binge hitting, where he bats .400 and belts seven home runs in a week, while carrying the team on his back. The Mets need that now, especially if Cespedes can join in...

How about that Bruce trade?

In the most recent We Ask Mets Fans, presented by StubHub, SNY.TV asked Mets fans if they give the trade for Bruce a thumbs up or a thumbs down...

Video: We ask Mets fans ... Do you like the Jay Bruce trade?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson , Travis d'Arnaud , Yoenis Cespedes

Let's take a look at which position players have added the most to the team's win expectancy this season.

According to FanGraphs: "Win Probability Added (WPA) captures the change in Win Expectancy from one plate appearance to the next and credits or debits the player based on how much their action increased their team's odds of winning."

Here are the top five Mets position players, according to WPA:

  1. Yoenis Cespedes: +8.34
  2. Neil Walker: +8.32
  3. Curtis Granderson: +7.40
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera: +6.43
  5. Wilmer Flores: +5.33


Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 2B Neil Walker will return from paternety leave Friday, when the Mets welcome the Phillies for a three-game series at Citi Field, Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Walker left the Mets after Sunday's win to be in Pittsburgh for the birth of his first child, Nora, who was born early Tuesday morning.

The Mets promoted T.J. Rivera from Triple-A to temporarily replace Walker on the roster.

Walker had been the team's hottest hitter, batting .449 with five HR in 12 games, before missing four games with a sore back. 

He returned to the lineup this past weekend and had two hits in nine plate appearances.

Tags: Neil Walker

Collins, deGrom, Bruce on loss 00:06:28
Mets manager Terry Collins, pitcher Jacob deGrom, and outfielder Jay Bruce discuss the Mets' lopsided 8-1 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals.

Jacob deGrom gave up three home runs in 4.2 innings during last night's loss to the Cardinals.

In his last two starts, he's given up 25 hits and 13 runs in just 9.2 innings, while striking out eight batters. He is the first pitcher in Mets history to allow at least 12 hits in back-to-back starts.

He had been 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in the nine starts prior to last week.

Following the game, Terry Collins the Mets would talk Thursday about what to do with deGrom and how to handle the rest of the rotation, now that Steven Matz and Jon Niese are on the disabled list.


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Maggie Wiggin will be along later to break down deGrom's performance, what happened and how he can be better. For me, with 36 games left to play, I'm far more concerned with simply seeing this team get through the next week, so they can stay in the race.

Seth Lugo is scheduled to start tonight. Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard will pitch at home, Friday and Saturday, against the Phillies. I assume Robert Gsellman will then make his first big-league start Sunday in that series finale. Then, it's back around, with DeGrom scheduled to start next Monday against the Braves. Steven Matz will hopefully be activated and able to go the next day, when he's eligible to return from the disabled list. However, if Matz is still hurting and remains on the DL, I have no idea what they'll do.



I guess they either bring back Logan Verrett from Triple-A or take a shot by promoting Rafael Montero or Gabriel Ynoa, in late August, during a playoff race, with less than 30 games to go in the season. Ugh. What a mess. What the hell happened? Wasn't this season supposed to be all about pitching? I guess it has been, but for all the wrong reasons...

It would be nice to get deGrom an extra day off, or skip him, which is what I think Terry is alluding to by saying he'll talk to coaches about him and the rotation. But, given the options and lack of off-days, there is simply no way to do that right now. And, frankly, if the Mets keep struggling to catch fire, deGrom will have plenty of time to rest in October.

To read more about deGrom's poor outing, and last night's loss to the Cardinals, check out reports in the NY Post, Daily News, NY Times, Newsday and MLB.com.

Tags: Jacob deGrom

For lifelong Mets fan Jennifer Schmid, her first-ever trip to Citi Field was an experience she'll never forget. Instead of heading straight to her seat, she took a detour.... to the pitcher's mound!

As the grand prize winner of this year's Citi Perks Sweepstakes, Jennifer got to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the Mets' July 31 game. She was among thousands of fans who entered the contest this spring, which involved finding a Mets-themed Citi Bike in New York City and posting a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #CitiPerksSweepstakes.

"It was definitely breathtaking," said Jennifer after her first pitch. "Being on the field was a dream come true. To be able to run out with the actual team when they took the field was unlike anything I had ever experienced."

As for entering the Citi Perks Sweepstakes in the future, Jennifer said, "I would do it again in a heartbeat and anyone else who is a Mets fan needs to do it!"


Jacob deGrom was hit hard again, allowing five runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings, as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 8-1, on Wednesday in St. Louis to fall 4 1/2 games behind the second Wild Card spot.


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The Mets had momentum entering last night, having won three in a row and with deGrom on the mound. To lose, it hurt. It felt like running into a wall. Tonight is a big deal. There is a major difference between being 5 1/2 games back with 36 to play as opposed to 3 1/2.

As I said before the series started, it's not impossible to out-run St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Miami if the Mets take just one or two games in this series against the Cardinals. But no team in baseball has had a stretch this season like the Mets would need over the final month of the season. It will be very difficult. Twenty-two of their final 36 games are against the Twins, Reds, Braves and Phillies, all of whom are having poor seasons. But, why make life any more difficult than it already is for this team? They need to win tonight.


Yoenis Cespedes said he intends to remain with the Mets but hasn't made a decision regarding his opt-out clause >> Read more

Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game in the second inning due to a cramp in his right calf >> Read more

Jonathon Niese will undergo surgery on his right meniscus, while Robert Gsellman takes Niese's spot in the starting rotation >> Read more 

The Mets are no longer seeking to trade for bullpen help >> Read more

What's on Tap for Thursday, Aug. 25

The Mets (63-63) wrap up their pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals (67-58) at Busch Stadium on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET on SNY.

Seth Lugo (3.04 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Adam Wainwright (4.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) for St. Louis.


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Tags: Jacob deGrom , Jon Niese , Seth Lugo , Yoenis Cespedes

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The Mets recalled LH reliever Sean Gilmartin after Wednesday night's game and optioned RH reliever Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Goeddel, who allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings on Wednesday, had been activated before the game.

He has a 4.55 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 29 games (29 2/3 innings) for the Mets this season.

Gilmartin has posted a 4.86 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 107 1/3 innings (18 starts, one relief appearance) for Las Vegas this season.

He allowed seven runs in nine innings (five games) for the Mets earlier this seaosn.

Tags: Erik Goeddel , Sean Gilmartin

Post Game Extra: 08/24/16 00:03:37
Jacob deGrom struggled for his second consecutive start and the Mets' bats fell silent as the team took an 8-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Jacob deGrom was roughed up for the second straight outing and the Mets' winning streak ended with a thud in a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

In case you missed it…

  • deGrom (7-7) was hit hard for the second consecutive start, allowing five runs on 12 hits, three home runs and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. His ERA has risen from 2.30 to 2.96 in his last two outings.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera went 1-for-3 and drove in the Mets' only run with an RBI double in the second.
  • Hansel Robles allowed a run on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. After nine consecutive scoreless appearances, the right-hander has been scored up in seven of 10 outings and five straight.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Jay Bruce hits a bloop double to left field

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera hits an RBI double in the second

Video: Curtis Granderson throws out Randall Grichuk at home

News and notes…

  • Despite the loss, New York is 18-10 against the National League Central in 2016 and 2-3 against the Cardinals.
  • The Mets' pitching staff has posted a 6.39 ERA in the first nine games of their 10-game road trip.
  • New York's streak of homering on the road ended at 13 consecutive games, one fewer than the club record set in 1998.
  • Over his last two starts, deGrom has surrendered 13 runs on 25 hits, including four home runs, in 9 2/3 innings. He had allowed 13 runs in his previous 10 starts prior to his last outing on Aug. 18.
  • Cabrera is 7-for-19 (.368) with three doubles and three RBIs in five games since returning from the disabled list.
  • Jay Bruce was removed from the game after hitting a double in the second inning. He was diagnosed with a cramp in his left calf.
  • The Mets placed Jon Niese on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Erik Goeddel was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

What's next…

The Mets (63-63) look to end their road trip on a winning note as they face the Cardinals (67-58) in the rubber game at Busch Stadium on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (0-2, 3.04 ERA) will try and pitch New York to a series win in his second big league start. Adam Wainwright (9-7, 4.71 ERA) has not won since July 21, a span of six start during which he's posted a 6.82 ERA.

Tags: Jacob deGrom

Mets RF Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in the second inning due to a cramp in his right calf, the team said.

Bruce doubled to left field to lead off the inning, and was removed for precautionary reasons.

He said after the game that he hopes to play on Thursday, according to Matt Ehalt of the Bergen Record >> Read more

Bruce is hitting .158 with a .247 OBP and .263 SLG with two home runs and six RBI since being acquired by the Reds on July 31.

Tags: Alejandro De Aza

Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

OF Yoenis Cespedes said he intends to honor all three years of his current $75 million contract with the Mets, but a final decision hasn't been made, he told reporters prior to Wednesday night's game.

When asked recently by the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt if he planned to stay with the Mets, Cespedes replied "yes."

According to multiple reports, Cespedes can opt out his current deal after this season, pocket his $27.5 million from 2016 and become a free agent. Or, he can continue to play for the Mets through 2018, earning $25 million in each of his three seasons (2016-2018).

In the event he opts out, unlike last offseason, Cespedes will be eligible for a qualifying offer, which would give the Mets a compensation pick if he signs with a new team for 2017.

In 155 games since joining the Mets last summer, Cespedes is batting .292 with 42 HR and 108 RBI, while playing left and center field.

He reached 40 home runs in a Mets uniform in fewer games than anyone in franchise history.


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It's hard to believe he will refuse free agency. This is going to be a very weak free agent market. He's one of the only legit, right-handed power hitters in a game that is starving for offense and entertainment. He'd be crazy to deny himself the opportunity to earn at least double the money with twice the guarantee, especially since at least seven teams with money to spend will have interest - including the Nationals, Giants and Yankees.

But, that's the thing, he's a unique cat. He loves New York. He loves the spotlight. He seems to love the attention he gets from Mets fans. He enjoys spending time and sharing his wealth with his teammates and he clearly loves the lifestyle that comes with winning in this city. I always heard he was a shrewd and savvy business guy, out for every dollar and opportunity. But, what if he isn't? I've come to see him a lot more qualitative than that, so maybe he's telling Ehalt the truth.



I mean, maybe when all is said and done, he'd rather $75 million and three years to show the world what he's about on the biggest stage possible, in New York City, and the ability to be a free agent again at 32-years-old (in two years), as opposed to landing in a lesser city, with less to offer, and less attention, while making an extra $50-70 million and locking in there through, say, 2021? It's possible. If there's a guy that might actually see it that way, I think it could be Yo!

The other option might be to do what ESPN's Adam Rubin has been suggesting, which is to rip up the current deal and simply give him the exact one again. So, Cespedes can sign a new three-year, $75 million deal, but can again opt out after this season, pocket $27.5 million from 2017 and again become a free agent in a year. Or, he can continue to play for the Mets through 2019, earning $25 million each of his three seasons. I like this idea, and hope they explore it...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

Mets LHP Jon Niese will have meniscus surgery on his left knee on Thursday, the Mets announced. R

Rookie Robert Gsellman will take his next turn in the rotation this Sunday, manager Terry Collins said.

Niese was placed on the 15-day disabled list after he left Tuesday's start against the Cardinals after four batters.

Gsellman threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief after Niese left the game

The Mets called up RHP Erik Goeddel to take Niese's spot on the 25-man roster.

Niese said he has experienced pain in his knee since June, including his prior start in Arizona. He told reporters he felt no pain warming up in the bullpen before Tuesday's start, but felt a pop and a shooting pain down his left leg during the game.

"It progressively got worse and worse," said Niese, who has an 11.45 ERA in six appearances for the Mets this season. "Every pitch, there was just a sharp, shooting pain down my leg. … I've got to get it fixed. I can't keep going out there like that."

Gsellman went 4-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 20 atarts with Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas before he made his MLB debut on Tuesday. Gsellman, 23, struck out 88 batters in 115 innings pitched.

On Tuesday, he allowed two hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

"It did happen pretty fast," said Gsellman, who had five minutes to warm up before entering the game with runners on base and Yadier Molina at the plate. "But, I slowed myself down by taking a couple breaths and that helped out a lot. I was a little nervous."

Tags: Erik Goeddel , Jon Niese

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti)

The Mets take on the Cardinals in the second game of a three-game series in St. Louis.

Follow the game here on SNY.tv...

Mets Cardinals
Jose Reyes, 3B Matt Carpenter, 1B
Curtis Granderson, CF Jedd Gyorko, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Brandon Moss, LF
Jay Bruce, RF Stephen Piscotty, RF
James Loney, 1B Yadier Molina, C
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Jhonny Peralta, 3B
Kelly Johnson, 2B Randal Grichuk, CF
Travis d'Arnaud, C Greg Garcia, SS
Jacob deGrom, RHP Carlos Martinez, RHP

When and Where: 8:15 p.m. ET from St. Louis on SNY


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73) - DeGrom has not allowed a run in the first inning in any of his last 17 starts dating to May 15, which is the longest active streak in the major leagues. DeGrom has not walked more than two batters in any of his last 14 starts. He allowed a career-high eight runs and 13 hits in his last start at
San Francisco.


Who's pitching for the Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24) - Martinez has shut down the Mets in his brief big league career, going 2-1 with a 1.31 earned run average in six career outings. That includes a 3-2 win in the opener of a doubleheader July 26 in New York that saw him last five innings and work out of numerous jams.


The Mets are no longer to trade for a reliever, a person familiar with the team's thinking recently said, according to a Aug. 23 report by MLB.com's Anthony DiComo

However, later that day, Jon Niese was put on the disabled list, 24 hours after Steven Matz was put on the disabled list.

The Mets recently called up Triple-A starting pitcher Robert Gsellman to use in the bullpen, but he's now expected to replace Niese in the rotation.

According to DiComo, the Mets had recently been looking to acquire a right-handed reliever who had cleared waivers and was free to be traded.

Instead, they activated RH reliever Jim Henderson, who had been out since June 18 with multiple injuries. The team's closer, Jeurys Familia, leads the league with 41 saves, and he's been mostly supported by Addison Reed and Hansel Robles in setup roles.

Also, Zack Wheeler is now expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering multiple set backs during his 17-month rehab from Tommy John surgery.

Tags: Addison Reed , Hansel Robles , Jeurys Familia , Jim Henderson

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SNY's Gary Cohen shared the most incredible photo of himself during last night's broadcast, and it quickly became one of the most memorable moments in SNY history...

Video: A photo of Gary Cohen's long hair during the game

I think I may go as 1970s Gary Cohen for Halloween. It's just too awesome not to spread the joy. The win was great. But, this picture is classic...




SNY editor Andrew Vazzano is compiling pictures and memes, like the above, for a follow-up post later today. So, if you have one or know of one, tweet it to him here...


Aug 23, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches in his Major League debut to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Aug 23, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches in his Major League debut to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets rookies Robert Gsellman and Josh Smoker combined to throw 5 2/3 innings in relief Monday to help the team extended their winning streak to three games.

Gsellman, 23, was a starting pitcher in the Minor Leagues before joining the team earlier in the day to earn the win in his big-league debut.

He entered the game with one out, runners on first and third and Yadier Molina at the plate. Gsellman allowed both inherited runners to score, but was not charged with any runs in 3.2 innings.

"It was my first time ever coming out of the bullpen, so it felt kind of awkward," Gsellman said after the game. "They told me to be ready when I got here. I just had to take a couple of deep breaths and realize where I was."


Video: Reyes, Collins and Gsellman on Mets' win over Cards


The Mets named Gsellman their Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season. He entered this season among the team's top pitching prospects, according to a list published by MLB.com.

He started the season in Double-A, but was later promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA in nine starts.


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He's more of a "command guy," less the hard-throwing, dominant, strike out-type pitcher the Mets have been known for promoting the last few years. As we saw last night, he has a heavy, downward fastball, which clocks in the low-90s. It's not the best version of this pitch I've ever seen, but he seems to know when to throw it and where to put it, which I think speaks to his overall strategy on the mound. I also like that he works fast.

He's a big kid standing at 6' 4", so his fastball is seemingly coming down hill, making it a nice contrast to his curve ball and change up, all of which he throws in the strike zone. I bet he'll learn a lot watching Bartolo Colon. And, he'll probably benefit from perfecting his slider under Dan Warthen.

Gsellman gives up a lot of ground balls, which is probably why he struggled in Las Vegas, where the infield is murder on the pitchers and fielders. I've had scouts tell me to expect him to get better as he gets older, because he already has an advanced idea of what he's doing out on the mound. They say he's an ideal fourth or fifth starting pitcher, who could always fall back on a career in the bullpen. He's a nice pitcher, it seems, on the roster at the perfect time...


 (Jeff Curry)
(Jeff Curry)

Rookie Robert Gsellman pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings after LHP Jon Niese left Tuesday's game with a knee injury, and the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, at Busch Stadium to move within 3 1/2 games of the second Wild Card spot.


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Last night's win can't be under sold. It was huge. Just think about what we'd be talking about today had they lost. (Yikes.) Instead of being six losses back of the Cardinals, today the Mets are four losses back. It'll seeming be for nothing if they can't close the gap even more today. But, for now, the Mets can enter tonight on the heels of a huge team win, getting nine hits from the top of their order, 8 2/3 innings from their bullpen and averting yet another injury crisis.


Niese was placed on the DL after he left the game. Reliever Erik Goeddel will replace him on the roster >> Read more

The Mets expect Steven Matz, who is on the DL due to shoulder stiffness, to be able to return to the rotation on Aug. 30 when he's first eligible >> Read more

Terry Collins doesn't want his tenure with the Mets to end after this season >> Read more

What's on Tap for Wednesday, Aug. 24

The Mets (63-62) continue their pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals (66-58) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday at 8:15 p.m. ET on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (2.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP), who allowed eight runs on 13 hits during his last start, gets the ball for the Mets. Carlos Martinez (3.24 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) starts for St. Louis.


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Tags: St. Louis Cardinals

Post Game Extra: 08/23/16 00:03:28
Rookie Robert Gsellman filled in for injured starter Jon Niese, and the Mets' offense provided enough support in a 7-4 win over the Cards.

Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each had three hits and the Mets' bullpen got the final 26 outs to win their third straight game, 7-4, over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.

In case you missed it…

  • Jon Niese allowed two walks and an RBI single before he was removed from the game after just four batters due to left knee soreness. He was charged with three runs on a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning.
  • Robert Gsellman made his Major League debut when he took over for Niese with one out in the first and runners at first and third. He allowed both inherited runners to score but yielded nothing else in 3 2/3 innings to pick up his first big league win. Gsellman (1-0) tossed 75 pitches and surrendered two hits, three walks and struck out two.
  • After the Cardinals tied the game, the Mets went back ahead in the second on consecutive RBI hits from Reyes and Cabrera. Justin Ruggiano added to the lead with his second homer of the road trip. James Loney's RBI flare into left in the ninth gave the Mets a three-run cushion.
  • Wilmer Flores kicked off the scoring with a three-run homer in the first.
  • The Mets' bullpen allowed one run over 8 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 42nd save.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Wilmer Flores' blasts a three-run home run in win

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera makes diving stop to end the third

Video: Justin Ruggiano hits a monster solo home run

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Gsellman: "It says a lot. That's a tough spot even for a veteran to come out in the first inning…It's very, very impressive."

Collins on Niese: "After the second hitter, I saw him kind of reach down to his left knee. And then, the next guy, I saw him walk off the mound. I told [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen], 'Hey, I think he's limping.' The next hitter, it was definite. And that's when we got Gsellman up. We had to go out, and he said it's killing him, so we took him out."

Gsellman on his Major League debut: "It was my first time ever coming out of the bullpen, so I felt kind of awkward. You still have to take the mound the same way as when you're starting….They told me to be ready when I got here. I just had to take a couple of deep breaths and realize where I was."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won three straight games for the first time since they reeled off five consecutive wins from June 30-July 4.
  • New York won for just the seventh time in 23 games in St. Louis since 2009. They have not won a series at Busch Stadium since 2008.
  • The Mets improved to 4-4 on their 10-game road trip, during which they are hitting .309 (87-for-282) with 13 homers and 44 runs scored. New York has homered in 13 straight road games, one shy of the club record set in 1998.
  • Reyes is batting .357 (15-for-42) with three extra-base hits, three stolen bases, four RBIs and nine runs scored in 10 games this month.
  • In three games since his return from the DL, Ruggiano has six hits and six RBIs. His 461-foot home run was the longest by a Met in the last two years.
  • Jim Henderson got out of a jam in the seventh in his first big league appearance since June 18.
  • Steven Matz was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 15 with left shoulder tightness and Neil Walker was placed on the Paternity Leave list on Tuesday. T.J. Rivera and Gsellman were promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

What's next…

Back over the .500 mark, the Mets (63-62) will look to make it two straight over the Cardinals (66-58) at Busch Stadium on Wednesday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) makes the start looking to bounce back after allowing eight runs and 13 hits in five innings against the Giants last Thursday. St. Louis counters with Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24 ERA), who allowed two runs in five innings to beat New York on July 26 at Citi Field.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Jon Niese

Ron Darling thoughts on Doc 00:06:25
Ron Darling calls in to Daily News Live to discuss the recent reports on Doc Gooden's drug problem and his exchanges with Darryl Strawberry.

Ron Darling calls in to Daily News Live to discuss the recent reports on Doc Gooden's drug problem and his exchanges with Darryl Strawberry.


New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (49) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher)
New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (49) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets begin a three-game series against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m.

Follow the game here on SNY.tv...

Mets Cardinals
Jose Reyes, 3B Tommy Pham, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Stephen Piscotty, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Matt Carpenter, 2B
Wilmer Flores, 1B Brandon Moss, 1B
Jay Bruce, RF Yadier Molina, C
T.J. Rivera, 2B Jhonny Peralta, 3B
Justin Ruggiano, CF Jedd Gyorko, SS
Travis d'Arnaud, C Randal Grichuk, CF
Jon Niese, LHP Jaime Garcia, LHP

When and Where: 8:15 p.m. from Busch Stadium in St. Louis on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: LHP Jon Niese (8-7, 5.30 ERA) did not look strong in the first start of his return to the Mets last week, allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings in the team's 13-5 loss to Arizona. Niese has allowed 10 earned runs on seven hits in his last 5 2/3 innings


Who's pitching for the Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11 ERA) struggled in his last outing, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings against the Astros. Garcia has allowed four home runs in his last two starts, spanning 13 innings, while only striking out six.


Tags: Jon Niese , St. Louis Cardinals

Mets LHP Steven Matz, who was placed on the disabled list retroactive to August 15 with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation, is expected to miss only one start.


Video: Steven Matz placed on DL with shoulder soreness


Latest update (Tuesday, Aug. 23):

The Mets expect Steven Matz to miss only Thursday's start before rejoining the rotation next Tuesday, the day he is eligible to come off the DL, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday night's game.

Matz is dealing with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation.

Seth Lugo will start in place of Matz against the Cardinals on Thursday.


Previous Updates and Reactions

Steven Matz is headed to the disbaled list retroactive to August 15, as first reported by MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

Matz was diagnosed with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation, but no structural damange to his left shoulder, the team later announced.

To fill the spot on the roster, the Mets have called up RHP Robert Gsellman from Las Vegas. Gsellman will, at least initially, pitch out of the bullpen.

Gsellman began the season with Double-A Binghamton, where he earned a 3-4 record with a 2.71 ERA and 1.085 WHIP in 66.1 innings. After being called up to Triple-A, the 23-year old has gone 1-5 with a 5.73 ERA and 1.479 WHIP in 48.2 innings.

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First off, this stinks for Matz. Again, he's hurt. Again, he's on the disabled list. In 18 months, he's had a variety of issues that will make him a consistent question mark going forward. But, that's for another day. In the meantime, the Mets have a Wild Card to try and win and a rotation to fill...

In place of Matz, the Mets could bump up Bartolo Colon. But, he never seems to throw well on short rest, and it actually messes with him in subsequent starts. So, this may be a bad idea. In either case, Seth Lugo should get a chance to stay in Matz's slot, since he pitched well he's one start and has also looked good all season in relief.


Matz played catch on flat ground Saturday in San Francisco and will have his shoulder examined by a doctor on Monday, NJ.com's Matt Ehalt reporterd Aug. 20.

After throwing, Matz told Ehalt he is "fine," but he did not throw any breaking pitches and his next start will remain up in the air until they get results form the doctor.

Matz missed his start Friday, Aug. 19, because of shoulder discomfort, manager Terry Collins told reporters the week before. Rookie reliever Seth Lugo started in his place.

"I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder," Matz said after his previous start. "There's some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn't respond the way I'd like it to. ... It's just discomfort. I'm really not worried about it."

In his last start, Matz allowed only one hit in 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Padres.

Matz has been pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow since at least June. He has been receiving shots of painkillers before each start to combat the discomfort, a team source said to the New York Daily News..

According to Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen sees no evidence that Matz adjusted his mechanics to compensate for elbow pain, which would be one theory why his shoulder may be hurting.

Tags: Seth Lugo , Steven Matz

The Mets will promote T.J. Rivera from Triple-A to temporarily replace 2B Neil Walker, who will be away from the team on paternity leave through the end of the week.

In nine games before being demoted, Rivera, 27, hit .355 with two doubles and three RBI in 31 at bats. He had at least one hit in five of the seven games he started, while playing second and third base.

Rivera has minor-league experience playing all four infield positions, including 34 games at first base.


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Rivera was one the team's hottest hitters when he was demoted the day the Mets activated Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera. He consistently had nice at bats, was productive, moved guys over, worked counts and hit. So, I'm very interested to see how Terry Collins uses him this time around.

Frankly, there's a case to be made for Rivera to get time at first base. James Loney is hitting just .184 with zero extra base hits the last 14 games, while also playing a shoddy infield. I have no idea what Rivera's fielding skills are like at first base, but he can't be worse than Lucas Duda and his bat would clearly be an upgrade over Loney. At the very least, Rivera and Wilmer Flores could make a nice platoon through the rest of the season.


Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) greets relief pitcher Jeurys Famillia. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports
Mets catcher Rene Rivera (44) greets relief pitcher Jeurys Famillia. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

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It's fair to say these next three games against the Cardinals are super important. I mean, not only are the Cardinals leading the final spot for the Wild Card. But, there are only 38 games left to play. So, this is it. It's time for the Mets to put on their big-boy pants, stop messing around and sweep a series. Otherwise, they're just killing time...

"Every series is big, you have to grind every single one of these," Terry Collins said this past weekend, when asked about the importance of playing the Cardinals.

He's right. But, let's be honest, beating the Cardinals would be a major step in the right direction.

This is not to say it's impossible to out run St. Louis, and the Pirates and Marlins, if the Mets take just one or two games in the next three days. Obviously, losing three would be devastating. But, if the Mets can move sideways, all is not lost.



The fact is, between now and the end of the season, the Mets play 22 games against the Twins, Reds, Braves and Phillies, all of whom are having poor seasons. But, why make life any more difficult than it already is for this team? I think we'd all rather see them take control of their situation, beat up on the Cardinals, who had been struggling, but have have since won six of their last seven games. It would be the perfect way to make noise, and show the other three teams that New York isn't going down without a fight...

Here are the pitching match ups and other tidbits about the series...

Tuesday: LHP Jon Niese (8-7, 5.30) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11), 8:15 p.m. ET
Wednesday: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24), 8:15 p.m. ET
Thursday: RHP Seth Lugo (0-2, 3.04) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (9-7, 4.71), 7:15 p.m. ET

The Cardinals are playing without SS Aledmys Diaz (broken thumb), RHP Seth Maness (elbow), LHP Tyler Lyons (knee), RHP Michael Wacha (shoulder), OF Matt Adams (shoulder) and OF Matt Holliday (broken thumb), who were all put on the disabled list in August.

The Cardinals lead the National League with 173 home runs this season, 14 of which were hit by pinch hitters.

Yoenis Cespedes hit home runs in three games since returning from the disabled list, making him the quickest player in franchise history to reach 40 home runs in a Mets uniform.

Jay Bruce is batting just .169 with two home runs and six RBI in 19 games since being acquired by the Mets. Also, Curtis Granderson is hitting .184 during his last 30 games.

In place of Steven Matz, who was put on the disabled list Monday, Lugo is making his second major league start. He allowed three runs and seven hits in 6.2 innings against the Giants last week.

The Mets will play this series without Neil Walker, who left the team Sunday and will be placed on paternity leave, returning to the team Friday at Citi Field. T.J. Rivera will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Walker's spot on the roster.



Sandy Alderson has no plans to make a change at manager this season, but Terry Collins hopes to back in 2017, the two men told reporters during the last week.



Latest Update (Tues., Aug. 23):

8:40 am: Terry Collins wants to return as manager of the Mets in 2017, he told Newsday's Marc Carig.

"If I'm back - and hopefully I am - I'll go after it the same way," said Collins, who has one year left on his contract. "And if I'm not, I will say thanks a million for the fun, great relationships, and I'm going to walk away with a smile on my face."

Previous Reports

Alderson has no plans to make a change at manager, despite the team's poor play one year after reaching the World Series, he told two reporters in San Francisco during mid-August.

"I don't expect any change," Alderson told Carig. "The short answer is he is staying, because we think that it's in the best interest of the organization."

"There are no present plans to make any changes," he also told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.


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Aug. 19: First of all, Sandy is always smart to talk in the present, and the above quotes are no different. However, while he can say whatever he has to say today, no one will convince me Terry's job isn't on the line. It has to be. And, frankly, it better be. I don't expect anyone to get fired during the season, no matter how had things get. But, if the Mets fail to get to the postseason a year after making the World Series, I think it's very possible Collins is replaced, despite what Sandy is saying right now >> Read more.



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Darryl Strawberry believes Doc Gooden is again using cocaine and fears his former teammate is back to being a "complete junkie-addict," he told Daily News reporter John Harper.



Latest Update (Tues., Aug. 23):

Gooden contacted the NY Post to refute Strawberry's comments and put the focus on his former teammate.

"He's trying to take the heat off himself," Gooden told the Post. "He's cheating on his wife. He's having an affair with people. … I call him Lucifer. … [Going public] was a weak shot, and he did it to make himself look better, because he is running a drug rehab."

Strawberry later reitterated his comments about Gooden, talking again to Harper on SNY's Daily News Live.

Video: Darryl Strawberry leads fight to help Dwight Gooden

"He's an addict and he's still using," Strawberry told Harper on air. "Dwight, this is not my problem. This is your friend. ... I'm trying to save your life. Because, if you don't get it, you're going to lose your life. That's the challenge we're facing. ... He needs to look in the mirror at himself and say, 'I have a serious problem with drug addiction, and I need real help.'"

Previous Reports

Gooden was a no show for a WFAN event with Strawberry last week, which has since fueled public statements from his son and former girlfriend, who support Strawberry's claims.

"I've been trying behind the scenes to talk to him and get him to go for help, but he won't listen," Strawberry told Harper. "He thinks he can manipulate and BS his way through everything. His son called me to beg me to help his dad before he dies. The condition Doc is in, it's bad, it's horrible. It's like cocaine poison."



According to Gooden, he did not attend the WFAN event because he was tending to minor health issues, he explained to Harper in a text message this past weekend.

"I have to try something before he's dead," Strawberry concluded, according to Harper. "I feel like I've got to get it out there because nobody else is doing anything to help him, and it might be the only way to stop him."


The Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins were all off Monday, leaving the NL Wild Card race unchanged since the weekend...

Also on Monday, Steven Matz was put on the disabled list retroactive to August 15 with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation. RHP Robert Gsellman will be promoted from Triple-A to pitch in relief and take Matz's spot on the roster. Seth Lugo is expected to remain in the rotation.

Neil Walker left the Mets after Sunday's win to be in Pittsburgh for the birth of his first child. The Mets will promote T.J. Rivera from Triple-A to temporarily replace Walker on the roster.

Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins was unavailable Saturday. Terry Collins said Blevins has a forearm strain, Blevins said he does not.

Lastly, Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry are in a hyperbolic, public dispute over Gooden's rumored drug use, which you can read more about here.

What's on Tap for Tuesday, Aug. 23

The Mets (62-62) begin an important, three-game series against the Cardinals (66-57) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. ET on SNY.

Jon Niese (8-7, 5.30 ERA) remains in the rotation for his second start since returning to New York. Fellow LH pitcher Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11 ERA) kicks off the series for St. Louis having won three straight and six of his last eight decisions...


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Tags: Jerry Blevins , Jon Niese , Neil Walker , Steven Matz , Yoenis Cespedes

Aug 21, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports (Lance Iversen)
Aug 21, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports (Lance Iversen)

Noah Syndergaard had tossed 98 pitches and threw eight scoreless innings Sunday against the Giants, but told pitching coach Dan Warthen that it would be better to send Juerys Familia out for the ninth inning.

"I thought it would be the best decision to hand it over to the best closer in the game, get a win, get back on the bus and head to St. Louis," Syndergaard told reporters.

Familia faced four batters, didn't allow a run and locked down the win for his 41st save of the year.

"I'll tell you what, though, he showed me something," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Syndergaard. "He came off and said, 'It's too late in the year to be a hero. I'm getting a little tired.' A lot of guys wouldn't have said that. They would've taken it upon themselves. That's what we wanted to hear."

Syndergaard, who allowed just four baserunners and none beyond first base, pitched past the sixth inning for the first time since July 3.



"The past month and a half, I felt like today was the first day I went out there and actually relaxed and had fun," he later explained. "I just kept things simple. The last month and half, I've been trying to think too far ahead in advance."


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In case you hadn't noticed, Familia entered Sunday having blown three of his last seven saves. I'm sure Syndergaard was being honest about his strength. But, also, by doing what he did and saying it the way he said it, especially in public to reporters, he's showing an awesome sign of support for his closer, who is not having the best time of late. Nicely done, Noah...

By the way, remember all the rush-to-judgment, ignorant talking heads in early 2015 that told us Syndergaard was too immature to succeed at the big leagues? No? Let me refresh your memory...

It was based on his spring-2014 slip up eating lunch in the clubhouse during an intrasquad game, followed by his fall-2014 comments about understanding why Sandy Alderson had yet to promote him to the big leagues and how he agreed with the decision because he didn't pitch well enough to earn a trip to Queens. In the case of eating lunch during a practice game, which he was lectured about by David Wright, Syndergaard copt to the error, plead ignorance and never made the mistake again. To me, that was anything but an immature reaction. Similarly, I thought his remarks about himself and Alderson were incredibly mature and uniquely wise, especially for a then-21 year old.

The way I see it, he's not immature. Instead, he's seemingly incredibly self aware, which may explain some of the above 'incidents,' and why he did what he did last night against the Giants.



This is a rare quality, let alone for young men in his position with rare physical talent. Yet, despite the constant accolades, and potential for an inflated ego, he always speaks with patience, humility and a sense of humor and with a context for how he fits in to the situation and what it means to him physically and emotionally and the people around him.

The only other player I saw like this was Billy Wagner.

The point is, Syndergaard is thoughtful and self aware. These qualities will help make him a unique leader on his team (if it hasn't happened already) and let him navigate his success and failures in a way that other pitchers on his staff will not be able to do. I'm thankful he's on the Mets.

If you're looking for something to watch on Monday night ...

This season, Syndergaard has been staring in the SNY original web series The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola. In the latest episode, he spends the afternoon working in the Mets Clubhouse Shop...

Video: The Amazin' Life: Noah's New Job

To see previous episodes, including a behind the scenes look at his horse ride with Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training, and his afternoon dressed as Thor in Time's Square, click here.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

We ask Mets fans ... Jay Bruce 00:01:34
SNY.tv asks Mets fans if they give the trade for Jay Bruce a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

SNY.tv asks: "Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to the Jay Bruce Trade?"


 



Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins was unavailable Saturday, Terry Collins said this past weekend.

According to Collins, Blevins had forearm tightness, so he didn't want to him to pitch.

However, Blevins twice told reporters this is not true.

"It's just a normal thing," Blevins said, according to the Daily News. "It was a scheduled day off."

Blevins said he typically has his forearm wrapped after he pitches, as he did after his appearance on Friday, when he threw 10 pitches and allowed two hits to the Giants.


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Ugh. It's these sort of mistakes and miscommunications that seem to be happening a lot this season, not just with injuries and off days, but whether to review a play, who is available, who isn't, who is fast and who is not, and so on. It's not just Terry, though. For the most part, while he's ultimately responsible, a lot of this information comes from his bench coaches and veteran leadership. So, either he's not hearing it, or they're not telling him.

I'm not going to say why exactly there's seemingly been a lot of confusion on Terry's bench this season, but it's certainly an issue.  And, this is something that must be considered and reviewed by Sandy Alderson when reviewing his staff for next season. I mean, maybe these sort of mistakes had been happening in previous seasons and we're only noticing now because the team is expected to be a contender? Whatever it is, the Mets have less margin for error now, especially when one game can mean the difference between getting to the postseason. In either case, it has to be looked in to...

Tags: Jerry Blevins

Cespedes' homer in the third 00:00:52
Yoenis Cespedes hits a solo home run to deep center field off Matt Moore in the third inning, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Yoenis Cespedes returned from the disabled list this past weekend, hit three home runs, drove in five runs of his team's 12 runs and helped the Mets salvage a four-game series split against the Giants.

"I haven't had anybody that the ball comes off the barrel like that," manager Terry Collins said of Cespedes. "I saw Barry [Bonds] for a lot of years in Pittsburgh. He hit a lot of home runs, but the ball just jumps off [Cespedes's] bat."

Cespedes first injured his quad on July 7. Instead of going on the disabled list, he played through the injury, but hit only .229 with one home and eight RBI, during which the Mets were 9-13. He had been hitting .299 with 21 home runs in 78 games before the injury.

"As we've seen, when he's healthy, he's got all the talent in the world," Collins added.


Video: Collins, Cespedes and Walker on huge win over Giants


In the 154 games he's played with the Mets since being acquired from the Tigers last summer, Cespeds is batting .290 with 42 HR and 108 RBI.

He is the fastest Mets player to reach 40 home runs in their uniform. Carlos Delgado held the previous record, reaching 40 home runs in 175 games.

"We've had a tough, tough time," Terry Collins said after the game. "But, if you're going to win, your good players have got to play good."


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The Mets clearly botched the handling of Yo's quad, which he had been dealing with for nearly a month. As a result, they'd paid a bigger price than just playing without him for 14 games in July. Instead, they ended up playing roughly 40 games either without him or with him hurt, during which they were 15-24 and lost major ground in their effort to get back to the postseason.

In the end, more than any other move, injury, decision, etc., this could prove to be the most important reason why the Mets end up short of October. We'll see... It's not just the Mets. Yo is very much complicit in how things were handled and how they progressed, as well. They now have 38 games to redeem themselves. I hope they can do it... Yo Gotta Believe!!!

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

 (Lance Iversen)
(Lance Iversen)

The Mets won two of three games over the weekend from Giants in San Francisco, including a 2-0 win on Sunday night when Noah Syndergaard tossed eight scoreless innings. The two teams split the four-game series including Thursday's game.

Looking at the playoff picture, the Cardinals also won two of three to keep the Mets five losses back of the final Wild Card spot with 38 games to play. The Marlins swept the Pirates and are just 1 1/2 games back of St. Louis



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Basically, the Mets will need to go, say, 25-13 between now and the end of the season, which must include winning two of three against the Cardinals this week. If they do this, they have a shot to get in to the playoffs; anything less will likely leave them short.

Can they go on this level run? Yes, if Yoenis Cespedes hits like he did in San Francisco. And if Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are flawless. And if Steven Matz is healthy and pitches to his potential. And if the bullpen finds a second wind. But it'll take all things coming together to compete with these three other teams. It's possible. It's attainable. The talent is there. But it's not going to be easy, especially for a Mets team that is nine games under .500 since May 1.

Here's what else happened this past weekend...

Matz, who missed his last start due to shoulder soreness played catch on Saturday, and later said he felt 'fine.' He'll be examined by a doctor in New York on Monday before the Mets determine whether he'll make his next start >> Read more

Neil Walker will go on paternity leave Monday with his wife expected to give birth to the couple's first child >> Read more

Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera were activated from the DL prior to Friday's game >> Read more

The Mets activated RH reliever Jim Henderson from the disabled list Saturday and sent reliever Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas >> Read more

What's on tap for Monday, Aug. 22

The Mets are off on Monday.

They open a three-game series with the Cardinals, who lead the final Wild Card spot, on Tuesday in St. Louis at 8:15 p,m. ET. Jon Niese (5.30 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) will start against Jaime Garcia (4.11 ERA, 1.32 WHIP).



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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Jon Niese , Neil Walker , Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz , Yoenis Cespedes

Collins, Syndergaard on win 00:06:12
Terry Collins and Noah Syndergaard discuss the 2-0 win over the Giants to split the series in San Francisco.

Noah Syndergaard pitched eight dominant innings and Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer snapped a scoreless tie to lead the Mets past the Giants, 2-0, on Sunday night at AT&T Park.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

In case you missed it…

  • Jeff Samardzija no-hit the Mets through six innings until Curtis Granderson's leadoff double in the seventh. Cespedes followed with his third homer in two days and his 25th of the season.
  • Syndergaard (11-7) matched zeros with Samardzija, allowing two singles and two walks while striking out six to win his second consecutive start.
  • The Giants attempted two steals against Syndergaard and Rene Rivera, neither of which were successful. Opponents came into the game with a Major League-high 40 stolen bases against Syndergaard.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched around a Buster Posey single in the ninth for his 41st save.

News and notes…

  • New York won the season series from San Francisco, 4-3, for just the second time since 2009. The Mets finished 13-21 against the National League West.
  • The win was the 900th of Terry Collins' career and the 456th with the Mets. He's the 10th active manager to reach 900 victories.
  • It was the Mets' first shutout since blanking Miami on July 24.
  • Syndergaard pitched into the seventh inning for the first time since July 3. His last scoreless start was on May 28 against the Dodgers when he pitched 2 1/3 innings before he was ejected for throwing behind Chase Utley.
  • Cespedes has 42 homers in 154 games as a Met. He became the fastest player in franchise history to reach 40 homers with his first blast on Saturday. Carlos Delgado held the previous mark reaching 40 home runs in 175 games.
  • Jay Bruce went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch, leaving him 12-for-71 in 19 games as a Met.

Quotes…

Cespedes on the Mets: "I just hope that everyone has it in their head that we can keep going out there, we can keep winning and have fun and keep playing well."

Collins on his club's struggles and moving forward: "We've had a tough time. But if you're going to win, your good players have to play good. What Noah did tonight, what Ces has done the last couple of games, we ride those guys. Hopefully, this is the start of what we've been looking to do. We're getting some guys back and we've got to keep working."

Syndergaard on his outing and recent trouble: "For the past month and a half, I feel like it was the first time I felt relaxed and had fun out there. I kept things simple. The past month and a half, I've been trying to think too far ahead in advance."

What's next…

Back at the .500 mark, the Mets (62-62) are off on Monday before beginning a three-game series against the Cardinals (66-57) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m. ET on SNY.

Jon Niese (8-7, 5.30 ERA) will take the ball in the opener in his second start since returning to New York. Fellow lefty Jaime Garcia (10-8, 4.11 ERA) kicks off the series for St. Louis having won three straight and six of his last eight decisions.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Yoenis Cespedes

Noah Syndergaard is looking for his first win against the Giants. (AP)
Noah Syndergaard is looking for his first win against the Giants. (AP)

The Mets look to split their four-game series when they meet the Giants in San Francisco at 8:05 p.m.

Follow the game here on SNY.tv...

Mets Giants
Jose Reyes, 3B Denard Span, CF
Curtis Granderson, RF Eduardo Nunez, 3B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Brandon Belt, 1B
Jay Bruce, RF Brandon Crawford, SS
Neil Walker, 2B Hunter Pence, RF
James Loney, 1B Joe Panik, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Gregor Blanco, LF
Rene Rivera, C Trevor Brown, C
Noah Syndergaard, RHP Jeff Samardzija, RHP

When and Where: 8:05 p.m.from AT&T Park in San Francisco on ESPN.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 2.76 ERA) has faced the Giants twice (both at Citi Field) and lost both games, allowing eight runs in 11 2/3 innings. The 6.17 ERA is Syndergaard's highest among teams against which he's started at least twice.


Who's pitching for the Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.24)  has struggled even more against the Mets than Syndergaard has against San Francisco. He has faced New York nine times in his career, three times as a starter, and has come away with an 0-3 record and 8.72 ERA.

Tags: San Francisco Giants

Aug 20, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets 52 left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a RBI double in the first inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports (Lance Iversen)
Aug 20, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets 52 left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a RBI double in the first inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports (Lance Iversen)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets will send ace Noah Syndergaard to the mound on Sunday in an attempt to split their four-game series with the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants will counter with 10-game winner Jeff Samardzija in the game that has been picked to be televised nationally by ESPN on Sunday night.

The Mets had lost four of five on their trip and were experiencing pitching issues before veteran Bartolo Colon helped turn things around with 6 1/3 strong innings in Saturday's 9-5 win.

The Giants had opened the series with 10-7 and 8-1 wins.

But that was before Yoenis Cespedes got his power swing working again.

After a 15-day stint on the disabled list and a one-hit return on Thursday, the slugger bombed a pair of home runs to highlight Saturday's win.

The first of the two home runs went 457 feet, one foot shy of the being the longest hit at AT&T Park this season. >>Read more at SNY.tv. . . .

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Yoenis Cespedes

Jay Bruce is struggling to find answers at the plate since joining the Mets.
Jay Bruce is struggling to find answers at the plate since joining the Mets.

Jay Bruce, who has strugged at the plate since joining the Mets, was not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game in San Francisco. He entered in the eighth as a pinch hitter for Josh Smoker and walked in the Mets' 9-5 win.

Bruce is batting .174 (12-for-69) with two home runs and six RBI in 17 games with the Mets since arriving from Cincinnati Aug. 1. He is still fourth in the National League with 27 homers and 86 RBIs.

"He's really pressing and trying to do some things, which comes with the territory when you're a star and you come to a new team," Terry Collins told reporters after Friday's game in San Francisco, when he went 0-for-4 in an 8-1 loss. "You want to do everything you can to help."

Bruce hit into an inning-ending 3-6-1 double play in the eighth inning Friday with runners at first and second. TV cameras caught him screaming into helmet in the dugout.

"It's been really frustrating," Bruce said after Friday's game. "As a major league baseball player - a guy who really truly believes I can make an impact, and I have for a long time - to go out there and not contribute much has been frustrating so far. But we have 40 games left. Terry and I talked about it. He's going to give me a day tomorrow. Just have to stick to it. When the next opportunity arises, be ready for it. I look forward to those opportunities, and so I'll be ready."


Post Game Extra: Mets top Giants 00:03:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and drove in three runs in support of Bartolo Colon and the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Giants at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon.

In case you missed it…

  • In his second game back from the disabled list, Cespedes went 3-for-5, doubling home a run in the first and smacking a pair of solo homers. He leads the team with 24 long balls and 62 RBIs.
  • Leading 3-2 in the sixth, the Mets scored four times to open up a five-run lead. Justin Ruggiano had an RBI single and Alejandro De Aza slugged a three-run homer off Jake Peavy. Wilmer Flores added an RBI single in the ninth.
  • Hansel Robles walked two of the three batters he faced, both of which scored when Addison Reed allowed a two-run double and a run-scoring groundout in the eighth inning.
  • Colon allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk while fanning five in 6 1/3 innings.
  • Neil Walker returned to the starting lineup after missing four games with lower back stiffness. He scored twice and went 2-for-4 with a double to give him 12 multi-hit efforts in his last 20 games.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes blasts a solo homer to center

Video: Yoenis Cespedes hits his second home run of the day

Video: Alejandro De Aza hits a long three-run homer

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Cespedes: "He's so dangerous in the middle of our lineup and he makes such a big difference. It's nothing against anyone else but he's tough to replace. So, it's nice to have him back. … "When he's there, it makes it easier for other guys behind him and takes pressure off. They kind of feed off what he does."

Cespedes on his health: "When I'm up at the plate to bat, I'm able to swing better now that I have that strength back in my leg."

Walker on Cespedes' presence: "Guys behind him, we know we're going to have opportunities when he's swinging the bat that way. It was his show today."

News and notes…

  • The Mets improved to 2-4 on their road trip and 3-3 against the Giants this season.
  • New York entered August with a record of 31-1 when scoring five or more runs. They had lost seven of 10 games when scoring at least five runs this month before Saturday's win.
  • After allowing five more runs - three from the bullpen - the Mets have a 7.56 ERA on the road trip.
  • Cespedes' first home run traveled an estimated 457 feet, the longest by a Met since 2014.
  • Walker is expected to leave the team after tomorrow night's game and head home to be with his wife for the birth of their child.
  • The Mets activated Jim Henderson from the 15-day disabled list and optioned reliever Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas. Henderson has been out since June 21 with right biceps tendinitis and then a strained hamstring.

What's next…

The Mets (61-62) will try and salvage a split of their four-game series with the Giants (68-55) at AT&T Park on Sunday night at 8:08 p.m. ET on ESPN. Coming off his first win in six weeks, Noah Syndergaard (10-7, 2.76 ERA) takes the mound looking to win consecutive outings for the first time since he won three straight decisions from June 3-22. San Francisco will counter with Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.24 ERA). After compiling a 2.54 ERA in his first 10 starts, the veteran right-hander has a 5.73 ERA in his last 14 outings.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Yoenis Cespedes

Neil Walker hits a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))
Neil Walker hits a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

Second baseman Neil Walker will leave the team after Sunday night's game to join his wife in Pittsburgh for the birth of their child. 

Walker will go on paternity leave and miss the Mets' three-game series with the Cardinals. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday when the Mets start a weekend series with the Phillies at Citi Field. 

The Mets have not indicated who will replace Walker while he is away from the team. 

Walker, who had battled back stiffness the last four days, will return to the lineup and play second base Saturday against the Giants. 

In 14 games in August, Walker has hit .397 with five home runs. 

Tags: Neil Walker

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets look to end their three-game losing streak as they take on the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday afternoon.

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...

Giants Mets
Denard Span, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Angel Pagan, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Brandon Belt, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Buster Posey, C  Neil Walker, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS Wilmer Flores, 1B
Hunter Pence, RF Travis d'Arnaud, C
Eduardo Nunez, 3B Justin Ruggiano, CF
Joe Panik, 2B Alejandro De Aza, RF
Matt Moore, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

When and Where: 4:05 p.m. ET from AT&T Park in San Francisco on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (10-7, 3.38 ERA) allowed five runs, two earned, in four innings pitched last time out against the Diamondbacks. Has a 3.19 ERA since May 23. Is 2-3 with a 5.05 ERA in his career against the Giants. 


Who's pitching for the Giants: LHP Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14 ERA) has thrown 13 consecutive starts of at least six innings. Gave up five runs in six innings during his previous start, a loss, against the Pirates. 

Tags: San Francisco Giants

Jim Henderson left Saturday night's loss to the Braves after 10 pitches. (Brad Penner)
Jim Henderson left Saturday night's loss to the Braves after 10 pitches. (Brad Penner)

The Mets have activated reliever Jim Henderson off the disabled list and have sent Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. 

Henderson was originally placed on the DL on June 19 with right bicep tendonitis but faced a setback in July when he suffered from a hamstring injury. After restarting his rehab assignment, Henderson pitched with Single-A St. Lucie and Las Vegas. 

Henderson, a non-roster invitee to spring training, was 1-2 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 1/3 innings before landing on the disabled list. 

In four major league seasons, Henderson has compiled a 3.60 ERA and 31 saves. 

 

Tags: Erik Goeddel , Jim Henderson

Rob Brender welcomes SNY Mets Analyst Nelson Figueroa to the podcast, to talk about what's going wrong with the Mets, what Terry Collins and the players can possibly do to make a playoff run, and the future of Michael Conforto.



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In this week's MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, I call NY Post baseball columnist Kevin Kernan, who is my favorite reporter to speak with when trying to understand the current story of the season.

Kernan and I talk about how injuries are never an excuse for failure, especially in this day and age of two Wild Card slots. We talk about David Wright's preseason warning and how it came to fruition. We also discuss Terry Collins, and what it will take to save his job for 2017.

However, my favorite part of the conversation comes at the end, when I bring up the idea that pitching so deep in to October last year may have set this year's pitching staff up to fail. According to Kernan, Giants manager Bruce Bochy would agree with me.

It's a really good talk, which you can listen to here...


Post Game Extra: 08/19/16 00:03:29
Seth Lugo pitched well in his first Major League start but got little help from his teammates in the Mets' 8-1 loss to the Giants.

Seth Lugo pitched effectively in his first big league start, but the Mets' bullpen allowed seven runs in the last two innings in an 8-1 loss to the Giants on Friday night at AT&T Park.

In case you missed it…

  • Lugo (0-2) pitched 6 2/3 innings and left the game with two runners on and the scored tied, 1-1. Jerry Blevins allowed consecutive run-scoring hits which were charged to Lugo's ledger. Overall, the rookie surrendered three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
  • The Giants scored five runs in the eighth off three Mets relievers to turn the game into a blowout. Asdrubal Cabrera's throwing error with two outs allowed two runs to score and Conor Gillaspie followed with a two-run homer off Erik Goeddel.
  • Jose Reyes went 4-for-4 with a double. Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer in the second to give New York the early 1-0 lead.
  • Yoenis Cespedes and Cabrera returned to the starting lineup after 15-day DL stints. Both went 1-for-4.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

News and notes…

  • The Mets dropped two games below .500 for the first time since they were 4-6 on April 16 and have lost 16 of 23 overall.
  • Lugo was only the eighth pitcher to start a game for the Mets this season. He had a 2.65 ERA in nine relief appearances prior to his first start.
  • Jay Bruce was hitless in four at-bats and grounded into a rally-killing double play in the eighth. Since joining the Mets, he's gone 12-for-68 (.176).
  • Josh Smoker allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits in one-third of an inning in his big league debut.
  • New York's pitching staff has posted a 5.20 ERA in August.
  • Neil Walker was out of the lineup for the fourth straight game with lower back stiffness.
  • The Mets made a trio of moves prior to Friday's game, activating Cespedes and Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list. T.J. Rivera and Ty Kelly were returned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Josh Edgin was also optioned to Las Vegas in favor of Smoker.

What's next…

With their slump worsening, the Mets (60-62) will try to get back in the win column against the Giants (68-54) at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (10-7, 3.38 ERA) will try and bounce back from a rough outing against Arizona on Monday. Southpaw Matt Moore (7-9, 4.14 ERA) aims for his first win with San Francisco since being obtained from Tampa Bay on Aug. 1.

Tags: Curtis Granderson , Seth Lugo

New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)

The New York Mets continue a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Friday night.

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Giants Mets
Denard Span, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Angel Pagan, LF Kelly Johnson, 2B
Brandon Belt, 1B Jay Bruce, RF
Buster Posey, C  Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Brandon Crawford, SS James Loney, 1B
Hunter Pence, RF Curtis Granderson, CF
Eduardo Nunez, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Joe Panik, 2B Rene Rivera, C
Johnny Cueto, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP

When and Where: 10:10 p.m. ET on SNY.


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Seth Lugo (0-1, 2.65 ERA) with Steven Matz experiencing shoulder discomfort, Lugo steps in for his first major league start. In 17 innings of relief in the big leagues, he has recorded 16 strikeouts and walked six. 


Who's Pitching for the Giants:  RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.97 ERA) after a strong start to the year, Cueto is 0-2 with a 4.84 ERA over his last six starts. Pitched a two-hitter against the Mets in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series. He is 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA against the Mets in the regular season. 


Tags: Seth Lugo , San Francisco Giants

New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) react after scoring on a double by New York Mets second baseman Matt Reynolds (not pictured) during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) and New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) react after scoring on a double by New York Mets second baseman Matt Reynolds (not pictured) during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

LF Yoenis Cespedes and SS Asdrubal Cabrera have been activated off the disabled list, while Ty Kelly and T.J. Rivera have been sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas. 


Latest Update (Aug. 18):

Terry Collins said Cespedes and Cabrera will be activiated Friday. "We're gradually getting the pieces back together -- getting the band back," Collins said.

Ruggiano was activated Thursday night and pitcher Gabriel Ynoa was sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas. Ruggiano will start in center field and bat sixth.

Previous Reports

Cespedes, who is not eligible to be activated until Friday, and Cabrera both played six innings for Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday.

Cespedes (strained right quad) went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored, while Cabrera (knee) went 1-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored.

Ruggiano (hamstring) is 3-for-8 in three rehab games with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Yoenis Cespedes

Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 23-year-old OF Michael Conforto is hitting .684 (13-for-19) with two home runs in five games since being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 12.

Nevertheless, he is not expected to rejoin the Mets until rosters expand after Sept. 1, Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin in San Francisco.

"I'd say probably not," Alderson said. "I'm happy he's doing it, and I'm looking forward to seeing him back here."


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Conforto hurt the Mets this season. He's a very smart and skilled hitter. And, the team was counting on him to provide legit offensive production out of left field. He started the season on fire. I got hysterical, as I do, lost my mind and said he was better than Bryce Harper. I wasn't alone, everyone was impressed by what he was doing.

Then, as fast as it happened, it went away, pitchers adjusted, he lost the cat and mouse game and returned to Triple-A. And, here we are, with the Mets missing that extra bat and now no real spot to put him with Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes locked in corner positions.

He is still an important part of this team's future. He still has a ton of talent and perfect swing. There is an argument to be made for playing him over Curtis Granderson every day in center field, not just in September, but right now. I don't expect this to happen, though, not with Justin Ruggiano and Alejandro De Aza on a roster being managed by Terry Collins.

Instead, Conforto will likely return in September, hit off the bench, and spend this winter wondering what happened and how to get it back. This is not how 2016 was supposed to go for him...

Tags: Michael Conforto

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, says he has no plans to remove Terry Collins as manager. (John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports) (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, left, says he has no plans to remove Terry Collins as manager. (John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports) (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

Sandy Alderson has no plans to make a change at manager, despite the team's poor play one year after getting to the World Series, he told two reporters Thursday in San Francisco.

"I don't expect any change," Alderson told Newsday's Marc Carig.

"There are no present plans to make any changes," he also told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

"The short answer is he is staying, because we think that it's in the best interest of the organization," he concluded, talking to Carig.

The Mets, who are 13-19 since the All Star break, enter play Friday at 60-61, 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot, while trailing the Nationals by 11 games in the NL East.


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First off all, Sandy is always smart to talk in the present, and the above quotes are no different. However, while he can say whatever he has to say today, no one will convince me Terry's job isn't on the line. It has to be. And, frankly, it better be.

I don't expect anyone to get fired during the season, no matter how had things get. But, if the Mets fail to get to the postseason a year after making the World Series, I think it's very possible Collins is replaced, despite what Sandy is saying right now.

The fact is, Alderson nearly fired Collins after 2014, but ownership stepped in to stop him, the GM admitted in his book last winter. Basically, according to Alderson's text, Terry needed to get to the postseason to survive 2015. He did, so he stayed. But, now what? What happens if he fails to get to the postseason this year?

Terry no longer has Paul DePodesta to argue in his favor, as he did in previous seasons. And, I bet ownership's position will change when they see how people react to them not making the playoffs.

In talking to people on the ground floor, the players and coaching staff still have a lot of respect for Terry, despite a lot of bizarre decisions this season. But, he also went on a tirade to reporters recently, essentially calling out his players for not having enough passion and professionalism.



I always assumed Dick Scott would eventually get Terry's job, but that was if the team was winning and in need of a seamless transition. However, in the event things are going the wrong way, my hunch is Alderson will want a fresh start with new people.

As long as Alderson is GM, I'm pretty sure I have a better chance of managing the Mets than Triple-A manager Wally Backman -- so you can get that thought out of your head right now. Similarly, I'm told not to expect much interest from Alderson in Mike Scioscia. Instead, a more studious, quiet, middle-management, suit-and-tie type is likely to take over, such as free-agent Bud Black. Or Scott, who was Director of Player Development for Alderson in New York and Oakland.

For what it's worth, back in 2007, Alderson replaced Bruce Bochy with Black in San Diego, where he went on to be named National League Manager of the Year in 2010. Black has been a pitching coach, player, manager and assistant to the GM. Frankly, like Scott, he fits Sandy's model to a T.

My read here is that Terry is being watched like a hawk. If the Mets catch fire and get to October, I think this is a non issue. Terry will be back. However, if they don't, it's not going to be a black-and-white choice for Alderson, who rarely makes unilateral decisions in a vacuum. Instead, it's going to be a qualitative decision with input from all sides.

For instance, if the Mets mount a surge, show more focus and fight, but still miss the playoffs, I think Collins could be back. But, it will likely come down to the level of support Alderson gauges for Collins from players and ownership. Also, if he returns, he'll immediately be on the hot seat when next season begins. There will be very little room for error on his part.

On the other hand, if the Mets keep stumbling in 2016, especially when Yoenis Cespedes is back, and if they finish out of the playoffs having played .480 baseball for six months, I can't see how Collins returns, despite him having another full year on his contract.


New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts before the pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom reacts before the pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed eight runs and 13 hits, both career highs, in five innings, during a 10-7 loss to the Giants on Thursday at AT&T Park.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, after the Mets had scored four runs, deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) allowed five runs on five hits, including a two-run home run by Madison Bumgarner. 

DeGrom then gave up three runs on four hits, all with two outs, in the fifth inning.

"It seemed like everything I threw went right down the middle," DeGrom said after the game. "These guys did a great job. Tonight's on me. I was terrible out there."

DeGrom had been 1-0 with a 0.65 ERA through his previous four starts. Each time, he pitched into the seventh inning and averaged 14.3 pitches per inning. 

"He's so good, when you get hit like that, it's gotta be you are getting way too much plate," manager Terry Collins later said. :Everything was right down the middle. You can't pitch at this level in the middle of the plate. ... It's just one of those nights. He didn't have the command of his stuff."


Video: Collins and deGrom on loss to Giants


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His velocity was fine. His location, however, was totally off the mark. Worse, as Collins said, he was simply grooving the ball down the middle of the plate.

In his last several starts, he had been doing such an amazing job moving the ball around, throwing guys in, changing eye levels and keeping them off balance. Last night, for whatever reason, he took a different approach. It started in the first inning, but the Giants seemed to be caught off guard. Then, in the fifth, having seem him a full turn through the batting order, the middle of San Francisco's lineup unleashed on Jake, who did not adjust back.

In two instances - in the fourth and fifth inning - deGrom threw five straight fastballs right over the plate, all of which were being called by Travis d'Arnaud. It was very confusing to watch and nothing like his typical game plan. Whatever it was, hopefully that was the last we see of it...

Frankly, the whole game felt like a microcosm of this season. I entered the game with expectations that Thursday could start the next, big winning streak. The Mets took a sizable lead, with their ace on the mound. I got my hopes up about a possible sea change. Then, before I could enjoy the moment, the Giants instantly go up and never look back. Like last night's game, this has been an unbelievably frustrating season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , San Francisco Giants

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of the baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of the baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz will miss his Friday's start against the Giants because of shoulder discomfort, manager Terry Collins told reporters after Thursday's 10-7 loss.

Rookie reliever Seth Lugo will start in Matz's place. In two stints with the Mets this season, Lugo has allowed just five runs and 10 hits in 17 innings, while striking out 16 batters.

Collins said he hopes that Matz will miss only start.

"I was throwing on flat ground and I felt a little twinge in my shoulder," Matz said after the game. "There's some discomfort in there. I think you go through stuff all the time throughout a season, but it didn't respond the way I'd like it to. ... It's just discomfort. I'm really not worried about it."

In his last start, Matz allowed only one hit in 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Padres.

Matz has been pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow since at least June. He has been receiving shots of painkillers before each start to combat the discomfort, a team source said to the New York Daily News..

According to Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen sees no evidence that Matz adjusted his mechanics to compensate for elbow pain, which would be one theory why his shoulder may be hurting.

"I've been feeling great," Matz said of his elbow. "It's disappointing ... Hopefully, it's just this one [start]."

Matz, who started the season 7-1, is 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts this season.


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It never ends, does it? It's been one-step-forward, one-and-a-half-steps-back with this team all season. This news with Matz is consistent with what has happened all season, which is a roster drowning beneath a waterfall of aches and pains, skipped starts and day-to-day time on the bench.

Regarding Matz, this is not new. He's a super-talented kid with a ton of potential. He can be ace one day. But at 25 years old, he's clearly going to be a pitcher battling random injuries throughout his career, which is something to keep in mind as the Mets plan for the future.

In the last 12 months -- since being promoted to the Mets -- he has since missed time with a lat muscle tear, a blister, back spasms, a bone spur that needs to be surgically removed and now shoulder pain. Don't forget he had Tommy John surgery to start his career.

Yes, pitchers get hurt, but there are some pitchers who get hurt less and some who get injured more. It seems Matz is going to be the guy coming up lame more than others. The hope is, in between injuries, he can be on the mound long enough to sustain success and be the dominant pitcher he's capable of being for the Mets.

Tags: Seth Lugo , Steven Matz , Matthew Cerrone
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