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Collins, Familia, Granderson 00:06:11
Mets manager Terry Collins, closer Jeurys Familia and outfielder Curtis Granderson react to the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field.

Adrian Gonzalez lined a two-run single off Jeurys Familia in the ninth that lifted the Dodgers to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Sunday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • After the Mets had tied the game on Curtis Granderson's two-out RBI triple in the eighth, Familia gave the momentum, the lead and the game right back in the ninth. The Mets' closer allowed a single and two walks to load the bases before Gonzalez fisted a single up the middle to plate two. After allowing five runs in his first 23 games, Familia surrendered six in two innings in the series to raise his ERA from 2.01 to 4.07.
  • Trailing by a run in the eighth, Kevin Plawecki led off with a single against Clayton Kershaw. The three-time Cy Young Award winner retired the next two batters before he was lifted in favor of Adam Liberatore, who surrendered Granderson's game-tying triple. Kershaw allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out 10 and didn't walk a batter.
  • Bartolo Colon turned in a solid performance, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning three in six innings.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera cut the Dodgers' 2-0 lead in half in the sixth with his fourth home run of the season.
  • Wilmer Flores was activated from the disabled list prior to the game and started at third base and went 0-for-3. Matt Reynolds was optioned down to Triple-A Las Vegas

Quotes…

  • Familia on his recent struggles: "I'm just trying to figure it out...what I'm doing wrong … Like I always say, I've got the opportunity to meet a lot of veteran guys. I forgot what happened yesterday. I forgot already what happened today. Tomorrow is a new day and that's the important thing for me … Everybody falls through a hard time. Trying to move forward."
  • Terry Collins on Familia: "We got to get our closer going. He's been so good and then has a couple of rough outings. Dan [Warthen] brings up a good point that we got to get his confidence up and have him feeling good about himself because we've got a long way to go and we need him to be sharp … This is very uncharacteristic of him ever since he's taken over the closing job. We're in as big a shock as anybody. You're always going to have a rough outing. I don't think I've seen Jeurys in the last two years have back-to-back rough outings."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have lost two of their last three series at Citi Field. They have not won a series from Los Angeles at home since 2011.
  • New York's bullpen allowed 15 runs in 11 2/3 innings in the series.
  • Cabrera's homer extended the Mets' streak of games with a long ball to nine. They've homered in 13 of 14 overall, blasting 20 home runs.
  • In two starts against the Mets this season, Kershaw allowed two runs and seven hits with 23 strikeouts and no walks in 16 2/3 innings.

What's next…

The Mets (28-21) and the struggling White Sox (27-24) begin a three-game series on Monday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. All eyes will again be on Matt Harvey (3-7, 6.08 ERA) who will look for answers to his continued struggles. Chicago will counter with left-hander Jose Quintana (5-4, 2.22 ERA).

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Jeurys Familia

New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores takes batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores takes batting practice before the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was activated off the disabled list and will start Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at third base in place of David Wright.

Flores, out since May 12 with a strained left hamstring, began a brief rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton earlier this week. He will start at third base as Wright battles a neck injury that is unrelated to his spinal stenosis condition.

Manager Terry Collins said the Mets could use Flores as an option at first base with Lucas Duda out several weeks with a stress fracture in his back and the newly-acquired James Loney not expected to be activated until Tuesday.

However, Collins added that while Flores has learned a little first base from Keith Hernandez, he will let Flores play the infield positions he is more familiar with for the time being.

"I think he'll be fine there," Collins said. "He's gotten maybe not the number of reps on the field that you might want. But he's played the middle of the infield, so we know he's got athleticism. ... With David being out for a couple of days, I thought we'll just let Flo play at the position we know he's more comfortable, and that's third base. If David is fine in a couple of days, we'll make the transition over."

The Mets demoted Matt Reynolds, who went 1 for 10 in eight games with the Mets, to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: David Wright , Los Angeles Dodgers , Lucas Duda , Wilmer Flores

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will be available out of the bullpen on Tuesday after he was ejected in the third inning of his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, manager Terry Collins said before Sunday night's game.

Syndergaard was ejected from Saturday's game for throwing behind Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. Home plate umpire Adam Hamari ejected him without warning after the pitch, and Collins was also thrown out for arguing.

Syndergaard threw just 34 pitches in 2 1/3 innings before he was thrown out, said the pitch was unintentional.

Sunday's series finale is the last time the Mets and Dodgers will meet in the regular season in 2016. Earlier, Syndergaard said on Twitter he would be available tonight.

Collins said he has not heard whether MLB will discipline Syndergaard.

Last October, Utley broke former Met Ruben Tejada's leg with a takeout slide into second base to break up a potential double play late in Game 2 of the NLDS. The Mets did not retaliate on Utley last October and won the NLDS in five games en route to their first World Series appearance since 2000.

Tejada has since been designated for assignment by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Syndergaard is 5-2 with a 1.87 ERA in 10 starts this season. His next start is tentatively scheduled for Friday on the road against the Miami Marlins.

He has one other relief appearance with the Mets, throwing one scoreless inning in Game 5 of the NLDS last year against the Dodgers.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers , Noah Syndergaard

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney doubles during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney doubles during the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets are expected to activate first baseman James Loney on Tuesday as a replacement for the injured Lucas Duda, manager Terry Collins said before Sunday's game.

The Mets acquired Loney on Saturday from the San Diego Padres for cash considerations. Loney, who had a .342/.373/.424 batting line in 43 games in Triple-A this season, will be part of a platoon at first base and will start against right-handed pitchers.

Assistant GM John Ricco said earlier this week the Mets would look externally for a replacement for Duda, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

Eric Campbell has played the last five games at first base with Duda out, and is in the starting lineup at first base for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Loney, 32, hit .280 with four home runs and 32 RBIs in 104 games with the Tampa Bay Rays last year.

Tags: Eric Campbell , Lucas Duda

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets and the Dodgers play the rubber game of a three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field. 

Follow the game live on SNY.TV here...

Dodgers Mets
Chase Utley, 2B Curtis Granderson, RF
Corey Seager, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Justin Turner, 3B Yoenis Cespedes LF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Neil Walker, 2B
Yasiel Puig, RF Juan Lagares, CF
Joc Pederson, CF Wilmer Flores, 3B
Howie Kendrick, LF Kevin Plawecki, C
A.J. Ellis, C Eric Campbell, 1B
Clayton Kershaw, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

When and Where: 8:05 p.m. from Citi Field. 

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44 ERA) pitched seven innings of one-run ball against the Washington Nationals on the road last Monday, ending a two-game losing streak. When Colon, 43, faced the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 12, he gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings. Colon is 1-2 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts at Citi Field this season.

Who's Pitching for the Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) has won his last five starts, allowing just three runs in his last 42 innings en route to a 0.64 ERA in the month of May. Kershaw is coming off a two-hit shutout against the Cincinnati Reds last Monday. When he faced the Mets on May 12 at Dodger Stadium, the 28-year-old lefty struck out 13 batters in a three-hit shutout.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Los Angeles Dodgers

David Wright was held out of Saturday's game with a neck injury. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
David Wright was held out of Saturday's game with a neck injury. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

David Wright will miss Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after dealing with a neck problem.

Manager Terry Collins said Wright took an oral anti-inflammatory medication to deal with his neck issue, but it needs 48 hours to properly treat him. Collins said Wright, who missed Saturday's 9-1 loss to Los Angeles, may also be unavailable for Monday's game.

"It's been a few days now," Wright told reporters of the neck issue after Saturday's game. "If I'm physically able to go out there and help the team, I try to do that. But if I can't help the team, then I can't go out there and play."

Wright, 33, said that he got a "pretty good diagnosis" of what the issue is earlier, but underwent more tests Sunday to determine if it is connected to the spinal stenosis he has dealt with the past two seasons. Wright is leaving the decision to play up to his doctors.

Collins said Wright's neck issue is not related to his back or spinal stenosis, a condition that sidelined him for several months last season, but rather is related to his shoulder. 

"Any time I miss a game with something other than my back, it's pretty concerning," Wright said. "My back gives me enough trouble, so now that it is something different, it's frustrating."

Wilmer Flores will start in place of Wright and play third base.

Wright has homered in three consecutive games and has a six-game hitting streak. For the season, he is hitting .226 with seven homers and 14 RBIs.

Tags: David Wright

In this week's MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with former Mets broadcaster Gary Thorne about his reflections of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and his memories of working with Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner...



This Thursday, May 26, in honor of the team's weekend celebration of their 1986 World Championship, WOR 710 AM will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 6 of that year's World Series between the Mets and Red Sox.


Toby Hyde and Rob Brender start the show with memories of 1986, and then go back to the future for a state of the 2016 starting rotation discussion. They cover it from bad to good - kicking off with Matt Harvey and wrapping up with Thor.


1986 Mets Reunion at Citi Field 00:03:32
Interviews with the 1986 Mets including Ray Knight, Mookie Wilson, Davey Johnson, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling, and Dwight Gooden.

The Mets celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1986 World Series championship by welcoming back many members of that adored and colorful team Saturday night.

During a pregame ceremony that lasted about 40 minutes, there was a giant replica of the World Series trophy in front of the center-field fence. Highlights from the 1986 season and the team's "Let's Go Mets!" music video from that year were shown on the scoreboard. Players and coaches from the `86 club were introduced to the sellout crowd at Citi Field and walked a long red carpet that stretched from the center-field warning track to the podium behind second base.

"On that team, we had something for everybody," manager Davey Johnson recalled.

Family members of deceased players, coaches and executives took part; Jesse Orosco imitated the final out of the `86 World Series against Boston by flinging his glove high in the air after throwing a ceremonial first pitch to D.J. Carter, the son of late Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter. And with the `86 team lined up on the basepaths, many current Mets came out to give them hugs and handshakes.

The national anthem was sung by actress Glenn Close, just as she did during the `86 Series.

"These things are kind of cool. This is a big part of Mets history. But we're trying to create our own right now," current manager Terry Collins said before the game. "We're more worried about the 2016 Mets. ... I think what we're trying to do is create our own identity."  >> Read more at SNY.tv. . . .


Steven Matz, who turns 25 Sunday, is making himself a Rookie of the Year candidate. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)
Steven Matz, who turns 25 Sunday, is making himself a Rookie of the Year candidate. (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Maggie Wiggin: After a season-opening start so bad there were calls for his demotion, Steven Matz responded with seven consecutive wins, the longest such streak for a Met in a decade, and his 2.36 ERA is 12th best among all starters. So how has the long lefty established himself as one of the top pitchers this season and an early candidate for Rookie of the Year?

Matz, who turned 25 Sunday, had an impressive 2.27 ERA over six starts last season as he made his big-league debut. While his walk and strikeout rates were good, neither put him at the front-line starter level. In 2016, he's improved both - his strikeout rate has risen from 8.6/9 to 9.1 and his walk rate has dropped further, going from 2.5/9 to 1.6. This improvement is backed up by increases in his swinging-strike and pitches in the strike zone rates. His 5.56 strikeout-to-walk ratio is sixth in baseball, better than that of aces such as Chris Sale, Max Scherzer, and Madison Bumgarner.

Matz's batted-ball profile is also a major key to his success. He has allowed just three home runs all season, one in that disastrous first start, and only five extra-base hits. Fifty-six percent of balls put in play against him are on the ground, an elite number that puts him just behind teammate Noah Syndergaard for 11th in the league and an significant improvement from 2015. They aren't well-struck grounders either - his hard-hit percentage is seventh-best. Between the weak contact and the lack of walks, he's sitting pretty on a 0.99 WHIP, another mark that places him comfortably in the top 10 among MLB starters.

Cutting down on walks and limiting baserunners has allowed Matz to go significantly deeper into games. In 2015, he averaged just under six innings per start, and outside his 1.2-inning appearance to start the season, he's averaging nearly seven innings per start in 2016. In fact, since his second start, he hasn't pitched fewer than six innings, and set his career high in his last start with eight innings of shutout ball in a 2-0 win over the Nationals.

Like the Mets' other young aces, Matz has a number of weapons at his disposal, but it's his sinker and curveball that have taken the biggest steps forward. The sinker is getting better movement while staying in the zone and hitters are making contact less frequently.

He isn't throwing it quite as hard, but the results are much better - batters have a .590 OPS against his sinker in 2016 compared to .725 against in 2015. His curveball, already excellent in 2015, is up in velocity and falling in for strikes more frequently with an OPS against of .333. He has also debuted the famous (or infamous, if you're a hitter) Warthen slider, which he gets swinging strikes 12 percent of the time.

All these positive numbers suggest Matz is less likely to regress less than some pitchers ahead of him in ERA. His fielding-independent-piching number is just 2.52, while pitchers seeing similar results, such as Jason Hammel (3.34 FIP) and Felix Hernandez (4.05 FIP) have warning signs that suggest rougher patches are coming.

Matz still has a long way to go in a season less than a third of the way over, but he is giving Mets fans a lot to feel good about and helping fill the void left by the missing-in-action Matt Harvey. And less than a year into his big-league career, we may have the chance to watch it for a long time.

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Tags: Steven Matz

The Dodgers' Chase Utley is 6-for-11 so far against the Mets this weekend. (AP)
The Dodgers' Chase Utley is 6-for-11 so far against the Mets this weekend. (AP)

There were sure to be some lingering bad feelings heading into this series with Chase Utley returning to Citi Field.

Inevitably, those emotions boiled over ahead of the finale Sunday night.

After Utley gained some revenge for possibly being thrown at, the Los Angeles Dodgers chase their sixth victory in seven games and try to take this three-game set Sunday against the Mets (8:05 p.m.)

Utley has been booed throughout the first two games after his controversial slide that broke then-New York shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg in the 2015 playoffs and led to a rule that ended such take-outs.

The Mets appeared to finally respond Saturday when Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind Utley in the third inning of a 9-1 loss. Plate umpire Adam Hamari immediately ejected Syndergaard before tossing manager Terry Collins after he raced from the dugout and vehemently argued.

Utley said he understood why the Mets would target him, though Syndergaard gave the standard pitcher's denial after the game.

"It was just a pitch that got away from me," he said.

The Dodgers (26-24) didn't throw at anyone for the attempted beaning, but Utley got even with a solo home run in the sixth inning and a grand slam to put the game out of reach in the seventh.

Utley, who wasn't thrown at when the Mets visited Dodger Stadium earlier this month, has nine RBIs in this series and is 6 for 11 with three homers in the last three meetings. He's also batting .375 in his last five games.

Whether there are more fireworks Sunday remains to be seen with Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw seeking his sixth straight win.

Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) has had a May to remember, allowing three runs in 42 innings with 55 strikeouts and two walks while winning all five outings. >>Read more.at SNY.tv

 

Tags: Bartolo Colon

Collins, Syndergaard on ejection 00:05:32
Terry Collins and Noah Syndergaard discuss their ejections in the third inning against the Dodgers.

Noah Syndergaard was ejected for throwing behind Chase Utley in the third inning and the second baseman responded with a pair of home runs and 5 RBIs to lead the Dodgers past the Mets, 9-1, on Saturday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Utley broke a scoreless tie with a solo homer leading off the top of the sixth inning. He hit a grand slam in the seventh to give him 38 career home runs against the Mets, his most against any opponent. Utley has driven in nine runs in the first two games of the series.
  • Syndergaard was ejected with one out in the top of the third when he threw a first-pitch fastball behind Utley's back. Terry Collins was also ejected after arguing forcefully with home plate umpire Adam Hamari.
  • Logan Verrett replaced Syndergaard and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings before surrendering Utley's leadoff home run in the sixth and a two-out, RBI single to Yasiel Puig later in the inning. He was charged with two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 frames.
  • Hansel Robles allowed three home runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief, including Utley's grand slam. The Dodgers hit five home runs in the last four innings against New York's bullpen.
  • Juan Lagares hit his second home run in as many nights, a solo blast in the eighth inning. It was the eighth consecutive game the Mets have gone deep, the team's longest stretch since they homered in nine straight from Aug. 31-Sep. 9 of last year.

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I'll be the first to say: I think throwing at opposing players is silly at best and reckless at worst and I want MLB to have much lower tolerance for that behavior. And no, Syndergaard did not throw at Utley, he threw behind him, the baseball equivalent of "BOO!" Which is also silly and part of this unnecessary hypermasculinization of the game, but somewhat less reckless. But in any case, there is a long-established practice in baseball of warning teams and players before tossing them. Sometimes when a player actually gets hit, they skip that step, but I defy anyone to present more than a handful of cases in the last decade where a pitcher was immediately ejected for almost hitting someone. 

But there was an inexperienced umpire on the mound who was very aware of the history between the Mets and the Dodgers and he acted impulsively and unprofessionally, thus ensuring the tension between these teams will continue stronger than ever. It's simply wrong - and bad for the game - to change the application of the rules midstream, regardless of what's in the rulebook. Can you imagine if an umpire started calling the tiny rulebook strike zone mid game? And only for that one game? It would be a mess and the outcome of that game would be seriously questionable.
Now if MLB wants to have a zero-tolerance policy for near-misses going forward, that's their prerogative and ultimately, I think that's probably a good idea. But I had better see every single pitcher who throws a brushback pitch or throws behind a batter get tossed on the spot from this day forward. Otherwise, we'll know exactly what happened here: an inexperienced umpire was jumpy and overreacted, with the Mets (as always) taking the blow.
And also, stop giving up home runs to Chase Utley.  

Quotes…

  • Syndergaard on his pitch and ejection: "Tonight was a warm one out there. I got a little sweaty and that one that got away from me … I was a little shocked yeah, knowing our past with the Dodgers, he might have thought different. It was just a pitch that got away from me … I think a warning might have sufficed before a total ejection but not much I can do about it now … I really don't see why I'd be facing a suspension for letting a ball get away from me … I do everything in my power to go out and compete for as many innings as I could, but unfortunately the umpire had different plans for me."
  • Umpire and crew chief Tom Hallion on the ejection: "The ruling was that he intentionally threw at the batter, and with that, we have a judgement on whether we thought it was intentional, and if it was, we can either warn or eject. And with what happened in that situation, we felt the ejection was warranted."

News and notes…

  • With the rubber game set for Sunday, New York will look for their first series win over Los Angeles at Citi Field since 2011.
  • The Mets bullpen has allowed 13 runs in 8 2/3 innings in this series after surrendering nine on Saturday. Their collective ERA rose from 2.29 to 3.04 in the last two games.
  • Lagares' home run in the eighth was New York's only hit after Michael Conforto's two-out single in the first. 
  • David Wright missed the game with neck soreness that the club has labeled unrelated to his back woes. 
  • The Mets held a pregame ceremony to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World Series championship team. A majority of living members of that club were on hand for the festivities.

What's next…

The Mets (28-20) and Dodgers (26-24) square off in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field at 8:08 p.m. ET on ESPN. Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.44 ERA) gets the start for New York in its second consecutive nationally televised game. He will face Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 1.48 ERA) who has never lost to New York in the regular season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

The Dodgers put marks in their outfield at home to position their defense, something the Mets didn't allow them to do at Citi Field. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
The Dodgers put marks in their outfield at home to position their defense, something the Mets didn't allow them to do at Citi Field. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Saturday that the Mets went to Major League Baseball to question the Dodgers' use of technology to set up their outfield defense. 

Rosenthal also reported the Mets denied the Dodgers' request to paint marks in the Citi Field outfield before the weekend series began. The Dodgers use such marks when they are at home.

"I don't want to make it more than it was, but we observed some members of the Dodgers organization using technology to establish defensive positions, presumably for use during the game," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com's Doug Padilla. "We weren't sure that was appropriate. But Major League Baseball is going to look at that issue. So I don't really have any further comment."

Alderson also told ESPN that "marking the field seemed to go beyond the rule book".

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told Padilla the team does not use technology during games but did not deny the team uses use such tools as GPS and laser-trackers before games.

"No. 1, we do a lot with analytics and preparing our fielders," Roberts told Padilla. "And so as far as a laser in-game, that has never been the case nor will it ever, unless it is allowed by Major League Baseball, which I don't foresee. So this is something where, before a series, (we do) to help place our outfielders with depth."

Terry Collins said the Dodgers began to paint marks at Citi Field Friday when the Mets asked them to stop. "We had gotten the report they were painting spots on our outfield, which they do in Dodger Stadium. We just went out to check them. We didn't find anything. You just don't go paint somebody else's field."

Roberts told Padilla he wasn't upset by the Mets' decision. "They declined, which is their prerogative, so we made other adjustments. There is no range-finder during the game. There is no threat to mess up the field and dig up their field. It's something that in baseball, where positioning has become a top priority, everyone is doing it. People have used it at our place."

Friday night, a video of Dodgers outfielder Howie Kendrick surfaced on Twitter showing Kendrick reaching for and then looking at something he pulled from a pocket. Roberts told ESPN it was not a cell phone as some alleged.

"It's a positioning card that (first-base coach) George (Lombard) works really hard on preparing the outfielders. So instead of looking like an air-traffic controller from the bench, it's just a reference for the outfielders to use to be in the right spots versus a particular hitter."

Kendrick did not comment when asked about positioning or defense. "If they think I have a cell phone, let them think I have a cell phone," Kendrick said.


Noah Syndergaard's fastball whizzes behind the back of Chase Utley in the third inning. (Photo courtesy New York Mets)
Noah Syndergaard's fastball whizzes behind the back of Chase Utley in the third inning. (Photo courtesy New York Mets)

Noah Syndergaard and Terry Collins were ejected in the third inning of the Mets' 9-1 loss to the Dodgers Saturday at Citi Field after Syndergaard threw a pitch behind Chase Utley.

Utley broke former Met Ruben Tejada's leg with a takeout slide in Game 2 of last year's National League Division Series. The Mets did not retaliate during the rest of the NLDS or during the teams' series in Los Angeles earlier in the season.

The NLDS incident resulted in a rule change mandating that runners need to initiate their slide before reaching the bag.

After the game, umpire crew chief Tom Hallion told a pool reporter that no warnings had been issued to the teams before the series and that the ejection by plate umpire Art Hamari was unrelated to the fallout from last year's incident. "We have to make a snap decision. We can't think, well, this guy did this or did that in Game 6 of whatever. We don't have enough time to think that way. We make a decision on what happens in the game."

Utley struck out against Logan Verrett after Syndergaard left, but went on to hit two homers, including a grand slam.  On Friday, Utley hit a game-tying three-run double off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in the ninth before Curtis Granderson's homer in the bottom of the inning gave the Mets a 6-5 victory.

Syndergaard threw the pitch with one out in the third and the game scoreless. He allowed two hits, struck out three and threw 34 pitches before being ejected by Hamari, who also tossed an enraged Collins. The Mets manager said after the game "umpires used to give you a shot" when it came to retaliation.

Syndergaard insisted the pitch was not intentional and that it slipped out of his hand. Collins, who is concerned that Syndergaard could be disciplined, said he did not advise pitchers about retaliation going into the weekend as he had before the teams' first series in Los Angeles.

 Here's how it looked on Fox's national game of the week of the broadcast:

Syndergaard was replaced by Logan Verrett, who struck out Utley and Corey Seager to end the inning.

Tejada was designated for assignment Saturday by the Cardinals, who signed Tejada after the Mets released him in spring training.

 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

Dwight Gooden
Dwight Gooden

On Saturday at Citi Field, ESPN New York's Rich Coutinho talked to former Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden, who had the following to say about…

1) The 1986 team's 30th anniversary celebration…

Dwight Gooden: "It's a great feeling and I hope the fans understand and realize what energy they brought, not just myself but the team in '86, they played a big part in Shea Stadium. I wish I could just shake each hand and thank those guys individually because they played a huge part of that."


2) Pitching against Nolan Ryan during Game 5 of the 1986 NLCS…

Dwight Gooden: "It was great for me. That time, being 21 years old, and Nolan was my childhood idol. I went 10 innings against him, head-to-head, and it was a dream come true. I remember talking to my friend after the game and calling him and talking to my dad, even got a chance to talk to Nolan to get him to sign a game ball for me. It was just a great time for me, and from an individual standpoint, one of the highlights of my career."


3) The division clincher and the wild scene that ensued on the field at Shea Stadium…

Dwight Gooden: "It was a lot of fun, it was scary because as a kid you always watch it on TV when the fans run onto the field, when you're watching football. And I remember, we went to Philadelphia before we came home and got swept. I was OK with that because there's no better way to do that than doing it at home and I was just lucky enough to be the pitcher on the mound. The only thing I regret about that night is not striking out Chico Walker for the last out. But having the fans rush the field, it was scary, but it was a lot of fun."



4) Playing with Gary Carter…

Dwight Gooden: "Gary, if possible, was a better guy than he was a player. Gary showed up at my first wedding. I met Gary at the All-Star Game in '84 and I threw to him. I struck out the first three guys and he said, 'Wouldn't it be nice if this was every fifth day?' I didn't know they were going to trade for him in November. It was no secret, no surprise, that I had my career year in 1985, the first year that I threw to Gary. Gary was one of those types of catchers where it didn't matter if he was hitting or what was going on, he wanted the best of the pitchers. He was good at dealing with pitchers' different personalities. A true leader, he never judged anybody. If we were on the road, all of us would go out to eat, he never went and partied or anything like that. But the next day he never judged anyone. He was always the same, definitely a special person. He'll always be missed but we'll never forget Gary. Ever.


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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and the Dodgers will continue their weekend series on Saturday night at Citi Field. 

Follow the game live on SNY.TV here...

Dodgers Mets
Chase Utley, 2B Curtis Granderson, RF
Corey Seager, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Justin Turner, 3B Michael Conforto, LF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Trayce Thompson, RF Neil Walker, 2B
Joc Pederson, CF Eric Campbell, 1B
Howie Kendrick, LF Ty Kelly, 3B
Yasmani Grandal, C Rene Rivera, C
Kenta Maeda, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

When and Where: 7:15 p.m. from Citi Field. 

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (5-2, 1.94 ERA) struck out 11 and allowed just one run in his last start, a win, over the Brewers. Has pitched at least seven innings in three consecutive starts. Beat the Dodgers on May 11, pitching eight innings of a two-run ball to go along with the two home runs he hit. 

Who's Pitching for the Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (3-3, 3.29 ERA) was matched up with Syndergaard on May 11 and was charged for four runs in the loss at Dodger Stadium. Has lasted six innings in just one of his starts in May. 

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers , Noah Syndergaard

May 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) heads out on his home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
          
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May 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) heads out on his home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

David Wright will be out of Saturday's lineup with a stiff neck, an issue unrelated to his spinal stenosis, Terry Collins told reporters. 

Wright had felt the pain in his neck Friday and it got worse Saturday morning, Collins said. 

The Mets expect to have Wright play Sunday night when Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to pitch for the Dodgers, but plan to rest him again Monday when the team starts a series with the White Sox. 

Wright, who hit his seventh home run of the year Friday night, had hit a home run in three consecutive games. He is hitting .226 with a .350 OBP and .438 SLG this season. 

Tags: David Wright

GEICO SportsNite: Loney trade 00:00:43
Mets acquire first baseman James Loney from the Padres for cash considerations to help fill the void left by the injured Lucas Duda.

The Mets have acquired first baseman James Loney in a trade with the Padres for cash considerations, the team announced. 


Updates from May 28

Manager Terry Collins told reporters that Loney will be part of a platoon at first base and will start against right-handed pitchers. GM Sandy Alderson said Loney will likely not be with the team until Monday at the soonest. 

ESPN New York's Adam Rubin earlier reported the Mets had been looking at outside options for first base as Lucas Duda was placed on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his back. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Friday that the Mets had scouted Loney

Loney had an opt-out in his contract that allowed him to leave the Padres for another team if he was offered a major league contract. 

In Triple-A this season, Loney hit .342 with a .373 OBP and .424 SLG in 43 games. Loney has a .285 average and a .338 OBP over 10 major league seasons while playing with the Dodgers, Rays and Red Sox.  

Previous Reports and Reaction 

In an effort to find a fill-in for Lucas Duda, the Mets are curious about Loney's availability, according to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

In turn, Sherman says Loney's representatives intend to reach out to the Mets.

If Loney receives an offer, the Padres have the right of first refusal, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Or, they could simply block the deal by adding him to their 25-man roster.

Loney always viewed his deal with San Diego as a tryout for the other 29 teams in baseball, a source recently told SBNation's Chris Cotillo.

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Loney is hitting .342 with a .373 OBP in Triple-A, which sounds about right for a career .285 big-league hitter. He's not a power hitter. But, he's always been good on the infield. He isn't as sharp as he once was.

But, he'd be an upgrade over Duda around the bag and receiving throws from third base. More importantly, the Padres have no need for him and he won't require a huge investment. I think he's a legit, stop-gap possibility. 



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I fell in love with baseball in the mid-80s, when I was around 10-years-old. My entire family and majority of my friends were fans of the stodgy, traditional, old hat Yankees. Meanwhile, I found the Mets to be bold, young, on the rise, colorful and exciting, which was far more appealing to me as a pre-teen. The rest is history...

This weekend at Citi Field, the Mets will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1986 World Series championship with a series of giveaways and a special on-field pre-game ceremony on Saturday.



"It's going to be great," Jesse Orosco recently told MLB.com. "We look forward to it and we appreciate what the Mets do for us, keeping our names out there and bringing us all together."

Fox has the television rights to Saturday's game, restricting SNY from televising the pre-game ceremony. Instead, the Mets will stream the event online at Mets.com.

"The ceremony will commemorate the achievements of one of the most legendary and beloved teams in New York sports history," the team said in an e-mail. "The Mets have invited all players from the 1986 Championship Team along with Manager Davey Johnson and staff to be a part of the pregame on-field ceremony."

It's funny, my first memorable baseball experience is the 1986 season. I assumed that level of entertainment and success would always be how every season ended. I had no idea it would end up mostly down hill. In the 30 seasons since their last championship, the Mets finished over .500 just 15 times. They have returned to October only five times and reached the World Series just twice, losing both battles (Yankees in 2000 and Royals in 2015).

Nevertheless, the success, failure and journey from 1986 to now has taught me three valuable life lessons, 1) Take nothing for granted, 2) If you want something, it takes patience, loyalty and hard work, and 3) Never give up, even when down to your last strike. Thank you, Mets, have fun this weekend... You've earned it.


To read more about 1986 and this weekend's celebration, check out Neil Best's interview with Mookie Wilson, Matt Ehalt's talk with Keith Hernandez, and Steve Marcus's Where are the Now report for Newsday.

Tags: Matthew Cerrone

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) reacts and points to he dugout as he singles during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) reacts and points to he dugout as he singles during the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement)

The Mets and GM Sandy Alderson plan to look at outside options to fill the first base spot while Lucas Duda is on the disabled list, reports ESPN New York's Adam Rubin

Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day DL on Monday with a stress fracture in his back and is expected to miss four to six weeks, according to Terry Collins. Eric Campbell has started in his place the last four games.

"We're not ruling out anything externally," Alderson said, according to Rubin. "We'll continue to monitor what's available. We haven't at this point decided that we're just going to go with what we have."

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have scouted first baseman James Loney in Triple-A. Loney, playing in the Padres organization, has an opt-out in his contract that would allow him to leave the team if he is offered a major league contract by another club.

Loney is hitting .342 with a .373 OBP and .424 SLG in the minor leagues this season. 

 

Tags: Eric Campbell , Lucas Duda

Post Game Extra: 5/27/16 00:03:30
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-5 walk-off win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets blew a four-run, ninth-inning lead, but Curtis Granderson hit a walk-off home run in the bottom half of the inning to propel the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv. 

Video: Curtis Granderson hits walk-off home run in ninth


In case you missed it…

  • Leading off the ninth, Granderson smacked his ninth home run of the year to right field off Pedro Baez.
  • Jeurys Familia was charged with four runs in the ninth inning, allowing Chase Utley to hit a game-tying, three-run double.
  • Jacob deGrom worked in and out of trouble through seven innings, but he struck out seven and held the Dodgers to just one run.
  • The Mets jumped on 19-year-old starter Julio Urias early with three runs in the first inning. Neil Walker doubled in the first run and Juan Lagares drove in two with a single.
  • David Wright hit a home run for the third consecutive game, hitting a shot to right-center field in the fourth inning.
  • Lagares added a solo home run of his own off Joe Blanton in the fifth. His three RBIs tied a single-game career high.
  • Jerry Blevins and Addison Reed combined to pitch a shutout eighth inning.

Tim Reilly: Thank you, Curtis Granderson, for saving the day. That would have been such a gut punch had the Mets gone on to lose that game with Chase Utley playing the role of the villain, again. Granderson has had a tough go of it at the plate - let's hope this jumpstarts a hot streak for him.

Jacob deGrom put together his best performance of the season on Friday night. With Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz having breakthrough starts to their season, Bartolo Colon making headlines with his bat and Matt Harvey struggling, to put it lightly, deGrom has gone under the radar as the forgotten man in the rotation.

It was a pleasant sight to see deGrom light up the radar gun a little bit tonight. He still didn't possess his best stuff, but he always seems to find a way to battle his way through a start. DeGrom now possess a 2.80 ERA on the season, and I think it's safe to put any worry about him to rest.

Tomorrow - following the on-field celebration of the Mets 1986 World Series Championship team - would be a poetic time for Syndergaard to seek retribution on Utley to start off the game. That '86 squad was known for their tough, brash play. It would be a fitting way to continue honoring that beloved team. I wouldn't be surprised to see an old timer or two try to get in the mix if something were to break out…


News and notes…

  • The Mets have now won six of their last seven games and four consecutive at Citi Field. 
  • Through 47 games, the Mets have hit 69 home runs, the most they've ever hit through that many games. They've hit homers in seven straight games.
  • Wright's five home runs in May are the most he's hit in one month since June 2013, when he also hit five.
  • The win is the Mets' second walk-off victory in the last week. It was Granderson's second career walk-off homer.
  • The Mets are now 10-6 in one-run contests this season. 

Video: David Wright blasts solo home run in bottom of fourth


What's next…

  • The Mets (28-19) will play the Dodgers (25-24) in the second game of their series on Saturday night 7:15 p.m. Noah Syndergaard (5-2, 1.94 ERA) will get the start and be opposed by rookie RHP Kenta Maeda (3-3, 3.29 ERA). 
Tags: David Wright , Jacob deGrom , Juan Lagares

Aug 28, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) was first called out by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) but then through instant replay the umpires reversed the call and he was safe during the first inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Aug 28, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) was first called out by Tampa Bay Rays first baseman James Loney (21) but then through instant replay the umpires reversed the call and he was safe during the first inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Mets are scouting first baseman James Loney in Triple-A, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.


Updates from May 27

Rosenthal also reports that the Mets are looking at other players. Loney, playing with the Padres organization, can leave the club if another team offers him a major league deal. 

Previous Reports and Reaction

In an effort to find a fill-in for Lucas Duda, the Mets are curious about Loney's availability, according to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

In turn, Sherman says Loney's representatives intend to reach out to the Mets.

Loney, who has 10-years experience in the big leagues, is currently playing first base for San Diego's Triple-A affiliate.

If Loney receives an offer, the Padres have the right of first refusal, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Or, they could simply block the deal by adding him to their 25-man roster.

Loney always viewed his deal with San Diego as a tryout for the other 29 teams in baseball, a source recently told SBNation's Chris Cotillo.

In more than 4,600 career at bats, Loney is batting .285 with a .322 OBP, 99 HR and a .749 OPS.



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Loney is hitting .333 with a .368 OBP in Triple-A, which sounds about right for a career .285 big-league hitter. He's not a power hitter. But, he's always been good on the infield. He isn't as sharp as he once was. But, he'd be an upgrade over Duda around the bag and receiving throws from third base. More importantly, the Padres have no need for him and he won't require a huge investment. I think he's a legit, stop-gap possibility. 


The Mets host the Dodgers on Friday as they kick off a three-game series at Citi Field, which you can follow live online at SNY.TV.


Dodgers Mets
Chase Utley 2B Curtis Granderson, RF
Corey Seager SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Justin Turner 3B David Wright, 3B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Howie Kendrick LF Neil Walker, 2B
Joc Pederson CF Juan Lagares, CF
Yasiel Puig RF Kevin Plawecki, C
Yasmani Grandal C Eric Campbell, 1B
Julio Urias P Jacob deGrom RHP

When and Where? 7:10 p.m. on SNY from Citi Field.


Who's Pitching for the Mets? Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.07 ERA), who is 13-7 with a 1.94 ERA in 28 starts at Citi Field. His 1.94 home ERA is the third-lowest in the majors since 2014 among pitchers with at least 150.0 innings.


Who's Pitching for the Dodgers? Julio Urias, who will become the first 19-year-old pitcher to start a big-league game since Felix Hernandez in 2005. In seven starts in Triple-A, Urias has a 1.10 ERA, while throwing 27 consecutive scoreless innings.


Sound smart: New York has won three straight at home and 12 of their last 16 at Citi Field ... The Mets have 66 home runs through their first 46 games, which is the most in team history after 46 games ... New York has homered in six straight games (10 home runs overall) and has at least one home run in 10 of its last 11 contests (15 homers) ... The Mets will wear their 1986 throwback jerseys all three days this weekend ...


Tags: Jacob deGrom , Los Angeles Dodgers

May 22, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Terry Collins will not be using Michael Conforto at first base, he emphatically told reporters at Citi Field before Friday's game.

"Right now, Michael has a lot on his plate and I don't need to add more to it," he said. "He is not a first baseman. This is not high school where you put the fat kid over at first."

In 167 plate appearances, Conforto, 23, is batting .278 with eight HR, 12 doubles and 24 RBI.



Mets 1B Lucas Duda was put on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back, the team announced before Monday's game.

He had been hitting .231 with a .297 OBP, seven HR and 19 RBI in 39 games this season. His 64 home runs are the most by any position player on the roster during last two and a half seasons.

Duda is expected to miss at least four to six weeks, according to Terry Collins.

Eric Campbell and Ty Kelly will likely get the initial bulk of at bats, after which Wilmer Flores is expected to fill in for Duda on an every-day basis.

In terms of external solutions, the team is reportedly curious about Padres 1B James Loneyaccording to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman, who says Loney's representatives intended to soon reach out to the Mets.

Tags: Michael Conforto

Wilmer Flores will not be activated from the disabled list today...



Updates from May 27

4:05 pm: Terry Collins said the Mets want Flores to get a few at bats in the minors so he can be more sharp when he returns to the roster.

3:28 pm: Flores will not be activated from the DL today and will remain in Binghamton, according to MLB.com reporter Anthony Dicomo.

9:00 am: "I felt really good out there, especially at first base," Flores told a Binghamton newspaper on Thursday. "I don't have much playing time there, but I feel great overall."

Previous Reports & Reaction

Flores went 0-for-3 with a walk, while playing a full game at second base for Double-A Binghamton today.

Flores, who is eligible to return Friday, has been on the disabled list since May 12 due to a strained left hamstring.

Earlier today on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said, "He's probably only a couple of days away from coming back."

Upon his retFlores is expected to be the team's every-day first baseman since Lucas Duda will miss at least four- to six-weeks with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Flores was hitting .180 with one home run and two RBIs in 50 at-bats before landing on the DL.

Tags: Wilmer Flores


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The Mets and Dodgers begin a three-game series tonight at Citi Field. Earlier this month, the two teams split a four-game set at Dodger Stadium.

In Game 1, tonight, the Dodgers will debut 19-year-old phenom Julio Urias, who will become the first 19-year-old pitcher to start a big-league game since Felix Hernandez in 2005.



"Urias has not only been considered the Dodgers' top prospect, but he has also been hailed as the top overall prospect in baseball," ESPN.com's Doug Padilla recently wrote.

In seven starts in Triple-A, Urias has a 1.10 ERA, while throwing 27 consecutive scoreless innings.

I'm hoping the Mets get two of three, but I think it's going to be a challenge. The Dodgers have the edge on the mound this series, mostly because Urias is such an unknown talent, plus Clayton Kershaw is having an amazing season and Jacob deGrom has been forced to grind through his starts...




'86 Mets: 20 years later at Shea 00:32:12
SNY.tv looks back to 2006, when the 1986 New York Mets celebrated their 20th anniversary at Shea Stadium.

In advance of this weekend's 30th Anniversary Celebration of the 1986 World Series champion Mets at Citi Field, SNY.TV looks back to August, 2006, when the 1986 team celebrated their 20th anniversary at Shea Stadium...


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In the wake of losing two out of three games to the Nationals last week at Citi Field, the Mets won two of three from the Nationals this week in Washington D.C. And they did it with a rookie starting pitcher, Eric Campbell as their everyday first baseman, rookie Matt Reynolds temporarily playing over Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera behind the plate.

Now, they arrive at Citi Field a game out of first place knowing they're equally strong and equally flawed as their top rival.



"Hopefully, we can beat these guys on a consistent basis, but I don't foresee this being a one-sided affair this year," David Wright said, after Wednesday's win. "I think that we're evenly balanced. I think we both have very, very good starting rotations. The back end of the bullpen for both teams has been very good. Offensively, I think we can do some things better to be a little more consistent, but two very evenly-matched, very, very good baseball teams."

The Mets won 11 of 19 games with the Nationals last season. This season, the two teams have split six games.

"It makes us about even," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "We've matched up good against them, and they've matched up good against us. ... These teams are going to battle for a while."

The two teams do not meet again until late June, when the Mets return to D.C. for a three-game series. Until then, the Mets have a pretty rough stretch of games, playing seven different teams, only two of which are below .500, mostly on the road.



Washington's schedule is equally difficult, as only three of their nine opponents are below .500.

"I think this is the way everybody kind of drew it up at the beginning of the year," Daniel Murphy said.

I agree. It will ebb and flow, and will not be without it's panic and drama. But in the end, I have a feeling we'll be watching a back-and-forth, cat-and-mouse chase all summer between two teams separated by no more than a few games in the standings.

Tags: David Wright , Eric Campbell , Steven Matz , Washington Nationals , Matthew Cerrone

The issue of childhood hunger is close to Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson's heart - and it hits close to home too, with 1 in 5 kids struggling with hunger in New York City today.

To help end childhood hunger, Curtis is teaming up with Citi and No Kid Hungry for the launch of the Dine & Do Good campaign. Every time a Citi® cardmember spends $5 or more dining out with their enrolled Citi card through 12/1/16, Citi will donate $1 to No Kid Hungry, up to $1 million dollars, which is enough for No Kid Hungry to provide 10 million meals for kids in need.

Curtis and the Mets are also helping Citi support No Kid Hungry throughout the regular season through the Citi Community Home Runs program.

For every home run the Mets hit at Citi Field this season, Citi will donate $2,000 to No Kid Hungry, which is enough to provide 20,000 meals to kids in need. As of today, the Mets have hit 23 home runs at Citi Field, so the current donation stands at $46,000.

Video: Granderson on fighting childhood hunger

More information on Citi's Dine & Do Good campaign can be found at citi.com/dine4good.


 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets were off on Thursday.

They open a three-game series with the Dodgers on Friday at Citi Field.



David Wright said Matt Harvey should've been accountable after his rough outing on Tuesday night >> Read more

Wilmer Flores continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday and is expected to rejoin the Mets on Friday >> Read more

Mike Vorkunov wrote that, with Steven Matz, the Mets have gained a bedrock >> Read more

The Mets will stream Saturday's pregame celebration of the 1986 championship team >> Read more

What's on tap for Friday, May 27

Jacob deGrom (3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) gets the start ats the Mets open a three-game series against Julio Urias (Major League debut) and the Dodgers on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals.

This season, you'll have a chance to track every Mets home run hit at Citi Field and how many meals that represents, so stay tuned, and lets' go Mets! Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.

Tags: David Wright , Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Wilmer Flores

The Mets will stream Saturday's pregame ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World Championship Team on Mets.com at 6:15 p.m. 

"The ceremony will commemorate the achievements of one of the most legendary and beloved teams in New York sports history," the team said in an e-mail. "The Mets have invited all players from the 1986 Championship Team along with Manager Davey Johnson and staff to be a part of the pregame on-field ceremony."

The entire 1986 themed weekend includes:  

  • Friday, May 27: All Fans in attendance will receive a 1986 World Championship themed t-shirt.
  • Saturday, May 28: Special ceremony recognizing coaches and players from the 1986 World Championship Team.
  • Sunday, May 29: The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1986 World Championship replica ring.

Tonight, in honor of the team's weekend celebration, WOR 710 AM will re-air the entire radio broadcast of Game 6 of that year's World Series between the Mets and Red Sox.

In this week's MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Gary Thorne talked about broadcasting Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, and his memories of working with Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner...


 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

Mets Captain David Wright said Matt Harvey should've made himself available to the media after his rough start on Tuesday night.

After the game, Harvey left without speaking to the media and sent word through the team's PR department that he wouldn't be available.

"Obviously, Harvey is going through a rough stretch, I think we've all been there," Wright said, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post. "With that being said, I think the consensus is we should all be accountable for what we do on the baseball field."

"All of us like coming in here and talking when we have good games and a few of us, myself included, enjoy coming in here and talking when we don't play well," Wright continued. "Accountability is big and I think [Harvey] just had a bit of a lapse in judgement."

Wright added that the last thing Harvey should want is to be known as a player who isn't accountable, and added that he and Harvey communicate well.

"We have a very good line of communication," Wright said. "I think sometimes it's time to give somebody a little bit of space before you start talking about these things. He wants more than anything to get this straightened out and figured out."

Harvey, who will make his next start as scheduled, has a 6.08 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 53 1/3 innings (10 starts) this season.

"He's a big part of this rotation and everybody on the team knows he's good, it's a rough stretch, pitchers go through it, you hate to see a guy go through it," Jacob deGrom said on ESPN today. "As a teammate, as a friend, we're all in there rooting for him, and I think he'll get things back on track. And we're all pulling for him."


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1:15 pm: I think this is one of those situations where both sides are right. David is right, in that -- ideally, yes -- Harvey should have 'faced the music.' However, from what I can gather, Harvey was a bit of an emotional mess after Tuesday's start.

It sounds to me like he was angry at himself, embarrassed and feeling isolated and 100 percent to blame for the loss and his struggles this season and, to make it worse, he had no answers. There was literally no question he expected to be asked that would have resulted in him saying something other than, 'I don't know.' And, because of how he was feeling, I don't think he trusted himself to handle the situation professionally and effectively after the game, especially since he still feels burned by how he was treated toward the end of spring training. In that case, I believe he was right to say nothing and go home.

Plus, as Michael Salfino said to me yesterday, Harvey was going to be portrayed poorly no matter what he did. If he said he was terrible, they'd paint him as having no confidence, and that would be the story. If he said he's fine, they'd paint him as arrogant or ignorant. If he said he's not feeling well, they'd paint him as making excuses. And, if he said he's shaken, he'd get painted as soft. 

In the end, this is a young man at a crossroads in his career. This is different than just a random bad outing. It's bigger than that, at least I think -- based on his actions -- he believes it is. And so, despite Wright making sense and stating what should be the overarching rule for most starts, I think Harvey is also right considering where we are in his story.

Tags: David Wright , Matt Harvey


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As Bryce Harper worked a 2-0 count against Steven Matz, already 102 pitches deep into his start, in the eighth inning, Terry Collins saw a pivotal moment in the making. He had already decided to allow Matz to face Harper in this tense situation -- up two runs with a runner on base -- rather than call for Jerry Blevins -- the team's resident Harper-stopper. These are the moments the Mets would need Matz for in the future, he thought to himself, so why not test him now....



On the bench sitting next to Collins, Dan Warthen, the pitching coach, was also curious to see how and if Matz would wriggle himself out of this trouble. The Mets, despite the abundance of pitching talent on their team, are too short on assurances right now with their staff. Matt Harvey is going through the worst and most tumultuous period of his career. Jacob deGrom is prospering despite the lack of his usual repertoire and velocity.

In Matz, however, the Mets have now gained a bedrock. His next two pitches to Harper were a microcosm -- a fastball for a strike and then a 93 mph sinker that elicited a meek ground ball. That's how Matz's latest gem -- eight innings, seven strikeouts and just four hits allowed -- was completed and how the Mets rode that dynamic left arm to a 2-0 win over the Nationals.

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Tags: Steven Matz

May 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Mets won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
May 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at Nationals Park. The Mets won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia locked down his 16th save of the season on Wednesday.

He now holds the franchise record for consecutive regular-season saves with 32, moving ahead of Billy Wagner, who saved 31 straight for the Mets between 2006 and 2007.

"When we had Billy, you might as well just have made it an eight-inning game," David Wright said. "When he came in, he was getting the job done. And, Jeurys is slowly getting there. He obviously doesn't have the track record Billy's got, but he's certainly got the stuff. That's a tremendous compliment, because Billy arguably had some of the best stuff of anybody in baseball. Familia is right there in this day and age."



In the ninth inning Wednesday, Familia allowed back-to-back singles to Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy, but rebounded to get three quick outs and secure the team's 2-0 win against the Nationals.

"I've been working from last year, trying to be more consistent," said Familia, whose 65 career saves are tied for ninth in franchise history. "I'm trying to be more effective. Every time I come into the game, I'm trying to attack hitters."


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I take Familia for granted. It's not that I forget how good he is, I just don't worry about him. I don't think about hium much, because I trust he'll always quietly get the job done. Enter the game, shut it down. No frills, see you tomorrow... I had concerns entering the season, fearing he might suffer a setback after blowing those games in last year's World Series. But, that clearly was a blip on his radar.

He was not at his best on Wednesday. He was all over the strike zone. Also, he should share the save with Rivera, who did a terrific job blocking all sorts of pitches in the dirt, which, had they gotten by, likely would have resulted in at least one run.

The thing is, even when he doesn't have command of his fastball, his slider is so good, he can squeak his way out of trouble...



We talk a lot about Noah Syndergaard's slider, which is awesome. But, Familia is next in line. I can only remember one ever being hit really hard, and unfortunately it was last October by Alex Gordon. Otherwise, guys either take it for a strike, swing over it or top it in to the ground.

The Mets always talked about him as their future closer. Clearly, they were right and -- more important -- he looks to be loving every minute of it...

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May 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
May 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Steven Matz tossed eight scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Nationals, 2-0, on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. >> Read more



Matt Harvey will make his next scheduled start, Terry Collins said >> Read more

Asdrubal Cabrera was pulled from Wednesday's game due to back spasms, but said after the game that he feels fine and will be ready to play Friday >> Read more

LH reliever Dario Alvarez, who the Mets designated for assignment earlier this week, signed with the Braves >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard was featured in The Amazin' Life, Presented by Coca Cola: Behind the Horses >> Watch here

Gary Thorne talked about the 1986 Mets and Bob Murphy on this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi >> Listen here

What's on tap for Thursday, May 26

The Mets are off on Thursday.

Thy return to action Friday when Jacob deGrom (3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) opens a three-game series against Alex Wood (4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) and the Dodgers on Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals.

This season, you'll have a chance to track every Mets home run hit at Citi Field and how many meals that represents, so stay tuned, and lets' go Mets! Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.

Tags: Dario Alvarez , Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz

Collins, Matz discuss 2-0 win 00:06:09
Mets manager Terry Collins and starter Steven Matz talk about the Mets' 2-0 victory over the Nationals on the road.

Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz struck out seven batters in eight scoreless innings as New York took the rubber game of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals, 2-0, on Wednesday.

He retired 16 straight batters before Clint Robinson hit a two-out single in the eighth inning. However, Terry Collins and Dan Warthen decided to leave Matz in the game to face Bryce Harper, who eventually grounded out to end the inning.

"When you have a young player, there are certain situations where you've got to challenge them," Collins said after the game. "That was one of them for me. I said, 'Hey, look, if he's going to be a big winner for us, if he's going to pitch in big games, he's got to learn how to get those guys out in tight situations.'"



"He threw one heck of a game," Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. "You don't see lefties throwing 94, 95 consistently. He had a good changeup. He was dotting the outside part of the plate. Sometimes you are dominated. He was very determined. He is a good athlete. I was looking at him, and he reminded me of Jon Matlack back in my day. Matz was throwing the heck out of the ball."

Matz said it meant a lot that Collins let him stay in the game to get out of the jam.

"As a competitor, you don't want to come out in that situation," he said. "And for your manager to have faith in you to leave you out to face arguably the greatest hitter in the game right now, it's pretty awesome."

In his last seven starts, dating back to early April, Matz is 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA, which is the best ERA on the staff during that stretch.

"Somehow, being in New York this year, he's kind of gone a little bit under the radar with some of the other guys that we have," David Wright said about Matz. "That was about as dominant of a performance as I've seen this year. That's a very, very good lineup. That's a very good team. To come in here on the road and pitch the way he pitched and just dominate a very, very good lineup, that's impressive. And we needed it."



"Don't be fooled, he's making a name for himself in this league, and it's going to get around fast," Collins said. "He knows he's part of a very, very good pitching staff. We count on him a lot when he goes out there, and I think he can pick his game up. Maybe a lot of people don't buy into it, but this guy has pitched big games in his career. He's not afraid of the challenge."

Matz, Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta are the only pitchers with four scoreless starts of at least six innings this season, according to ESPN Stats & Info.


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I can't believe I'm saying this, but, right now, he's the best pitcher on the staff.

Yesterday, the Nationals never got off a good swing against him. He was getting weak contact after weak contact. He also kept the ball down, getting ground balls when he couldn't get a strikeout. He threw his slider more than in previous starts, but his bread-and-butter pitch is still his fastball. He throws it a lot. And why not? The Nationals couldn't hit it -- and when they did, again, it was for weak contact and likely on the ground.

He was masterful Wednesday and on his way to challenging Aldemys Diaz, Trevor Story and Corey Seager for the National League Rookie of the Year.

By the way, in case you're thinking about, here's how ESPN sees the current race for the National League Cy Young Award:


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Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera has been pulled from Wednesday's game due to back spasms, but said after the game he will be ready to play Friday.



Updates from May 25

5:11 pm: "All of a sudden, it locked up on him downstairs as he was stretching," Terry Collins said after the game. "He says he feels fine and will be ready for Friday. I hope he is."

1:20 pm: Cabrera left the game before getting an at bat or taking the field. The team later announced he was removed from the game due to back spasms.

Rookie infielder Matt Reynolds replaced Cabrera and drew a walk in his first at bat.

Cabrera, 30, has played in all 45 of the team's games this season.

He is hitting .283 with a .335 OBP, three HR, nine doubles and 17 RBI, while playing every day at shortstop.

The Mets signed Cabrera to a two-year, $18.5 million contract this past winter.


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May 20: Cabrera been a pleasant surprise this season. He's not winning an MVP or Gold Glove, but he's been a workhorse. He's doing well and whatever is being asked of him. Hit seventh? Sure. Hit second? Sure. Play every game? Sure. Whatever, whenever. He's middle of the pack, in terms of production at shortstop in the National League. But, he's been in there every day, he's stable and sound and exactly what the pitching staff, infield and lineup is needing right now. So, good for him. At 30 years old, and having played around 140 games each of the last two years, he's clearly going to need a day off sooner than later. But, for now, he doesn't really have a choice...


 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

LH reliever Dario Alvarez, who the Mets designated for assignment on Monday, has signed with the Braves.

Alvarez had been removed from the Mets' 40-man roster to make room for Ty Kelly.

The 27-year-old had a 9.98 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 17 games (15 1/3 innings) for Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

He had a 12.27 ERA in six games last season for the Mets.

 

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Post Game Extra: 5/25/16 00:03:09
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals.

Steven Matz turned in another dominating performance which led to his seventh consecutive win and a 2-0 Mets victory over the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Matz retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced and allowed just four hits and one walk while striking out seven in a season-high eight innings. He ended his outing by retiring Bryce Harper, who pinch hit as the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Over his last seven starts, Matz is 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 48 innings.
  • David Wright hit a solo home run in the first off Nationals starter Tanner Roark to give Matz a quick lead. It was the sixth homer of the year and second in as many games for Wright, who has now hit in five straight.
  • Rene Rivera singled home an important insurance run in the seventh when Daniel Murphy let a potential inning-ending double-play grounder go through his legs. The error put runners at the corners with one out.
  • Jeurys Familia made things interesting in the ninth, allowing consecutive singles to Jayson Werth and Daniel Murphy to open the inning. The Mets' closer rebounded to retire the next three batters for his 16th save.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera was in the starting lineup but did not take the field in the bottom of the first due to back spasms. Matt Reynolds took his spot and collected his first Major League hit, a single, in the fifth inning.

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Steven Matz has quickly elevated himself into one of the top left-handers in the game and he showed why again on Wednesday. For the second consecutive start, the left-hander followed the circus of a poor Matt Harvey outing to turn the attention back to the primary goal: winning. Basically using just a fastball and changeup, Matz induced a lot of soft contact and kept the Nationals off balance the entire game. Although not as heralded as his fellow rotation mates, Matz has easily been New York's most consistent starter behind Noah Syndergaard and outside of a disastrous first start of the year, has been one of the best starting pitchers in baseball.

For the club on the whole, it was a nice series to win, especially with all of the negative vibes coming off of Harvey's continued struggles on Tuesday night. After dropping the final two games of last week's series to the Nats in New York, it was a great sign for the club to return the favor at Nationals Park. The offense has largely scuffled this month, scoring more than five runs just twice in the last three weeks, but the pitching - sans Harvey - has seemed to again settle in, which is what this team ultimately needs to succeed.

Highlights...

Video: David Wright blasts a solo homer to put the Mets up

Video: Matt Reynolds gets his first career Major League hit

Video: Rene Rivera puts the Mets up for good with RBI single

Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on Matz: "He's just got great confidence in the command of his stuff … Now it's a matter of making sure his health stays to the point where he can be consistent in going to the mound because I think he has a chance to win a lot of games … I think he thinks he belongs here…he's not afraid of the challenge."
  • Collins on the series win: "It's big. They've got a great team and they're playing good. Especially after they just beat us two out of three at home, to come in here and win the series is huge, but we had to really pitch to do it … When you play the Nats you better be good. They've got too much firepower…so you've got to go out and pitch well and Steven did it … We'll take the two games and get ready for the Dodgers."
  • Matz on his start: "I just feel really comfortable on the mound … It was a great series, to take two games from these guys, they're a really tough team, so it was fun."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won five of their last six and improved to 8-4 in their last 12 games at Nationals Park.
  • New York has outhomered the opposition 66-32, the best differential in the Majors.
  • Matz is the first Mets pitcher to win seven consecutive starts since Steve Trachsel in 2006.

What's next…

After an off-day on Thursday, the Mets (27-19) return home to face the Dodgers (24-23) for a three-game series beginning Friday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (3-1, 3.07 ERA) will start the opener looking to snap a three-start winless streak. He will face Los Angeles southpaw Alex Wood (1-3, 4.03 ERA).



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I jumped on the phone this morning to talk with Michael Salfino, who had a great series of tweets this morning in response to claims from some fans and reporters that Matt Harvey was cowardly avoiding the media. Salfino, who does terrific work for the Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Fantasy, also discusses with me what the numbers are telling him about Harvey's off-speed pitches...

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Matt Harvey will make his next scheduled start, Terry Collins told reporters before Wednesday's game.



Assistant GM John Ricco spoke with the media on Wednesday regarding Harvey:


Updates from May 25

12:10 pm: Ricco told reporters the team did not consider skipping Harvey's start. Instead, they may look more at what Harvey is doing between starts, such as how many pitches he's throwing during side sessions. 

11:05 am: Harvey will make his next scheduled start, which is likely to Monday at home against the White Sox, Collins told reporters before Wednesday's game.

Harvey, Collins, Dan Warthen and assistant GM John Ricco met in the manager's office earlier in the day.

Collins told reporters the team never discussed with Harvey whether to send him to the minor leagues. Instead, becayse they saw positive signs from Harvey during Tuesday's start, including the velocity of his fastball and command of his slider, they believe he can build on it and move forward. 

"I know you guys were upset didn't talk," Collins added. "He is still human, and saying nothing is better than the wrong thing."

 

In the end, Collins said Harvey has to stop acting like 'woe is me,' and get back to being the pitcher everyone believes he can be.

Previous Reports

When asked after Tuesday's game, Collins would not commit to Harvey making his next start, saying that he'll convene with GM Sandy Alderson and pitching coach Dan Warthen regarding how to proceed.

Harvey allowed five runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out one, in five innings during a loss Tuesday night to the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy all hit home runs against Harvey, who dropped to 3-7 with a 6.08 ERA in 10 starts starts this season.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

The Mets go for the series win in Washington on Wednesday as they take on the Nationals at 1:05 p.m.

Follow the game live here...

Mets Nationals
Curtis Granderson, RF Michael Taylor, CF
David Wright, 3B Jayson Werth, LF
Michael Conforto, LF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, CF Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Neil Walker, 2B Anthony Rendon, 3B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Wilson Ramos, C
Eric Campbell, 1B Chris Heisey, RF
Rene Rivera, C Danny Espinosa, SS
Steven Matz, LHP Tanner Roark, RHP

 

When and Where: 1:05 p.m. from Nationals Park on SNY.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: LHP Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81 ERA) is 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his past six starts. Matz has struck out 42 and walked six in 40 innings during that span. Since giving up seven runs in his first start of the season, Matz has given up six runs in his last six starts.

Who's Pitching for the Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89 ERA) looked strong in his last outing, pitching six and two thirds innings and giving up one earned run on six hits while striking out seven in a win against the Marlins.

Tags: Steven Matz

 (Tommy Gilligan)
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Matt Harvey is getting hammered by some Mets fans and almost all New York sports media for not talking to reporters after losing to the Nationals on Tuesday night. It was the worst start of his career, following a string of poor performances and ever-growing expectations...

"There are precious few rules that a ballplayer needs to follow in these parts: play hard, stay out of jail, respect the game," Bob Klapisch writes Tuesday in the Bergen Record. "You're allowed to lose and even more generously, you're allowed to stink. But when you do, you better not hide. Stand up, face the cameras - face the public - and own it."

I agree that it's better for him to talk than not, from a public relations perspective. But, believe me, print journalists and talking heads will have plenty to say with or without a quote from Harvey. So, why the outrage?

Harvey has made 10 starts this season. And, 10 times after 10 starts he's literally been asked the same 10 questions, after which he gives the same 10 answers. It's redundant. It would have been the same show late Tuesday. The media didn't miss getting an illuminating quote from Harvey last night. They didn't miss out on him dishing a eureka moment. Instead, it missed getting a chance to poke at an angry Harvey, who likely would have said something overly emotional, which he would have eventually regretted. To me, Harvey was mature and self aware last night, not cowardly...

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New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed five runs on eight hits Tuesday, while walking two and striking out one, in five innings during a 7-4 loss to the Nationals, after which he left the ballpark without speaking to reporters.

Manager Terry Collins would not say if Harvey would make his next start. Instead, he'll convene with GM Sandy Alderson and pitching coach Dan Warthen and decide how best to proceed.



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First off, I feel bad for Harvey. I know he's an easy target, but I believe it's in his DNA to be bold, self assured and hold himself (and his teammates) to extremely high expectations. Right now, his body and brain are not allowing that to happen, and no one knows why.

Is it fatigue from last year's workload? Is it mental? Is something else physically at play? Is it conditioning? Is it something related to the blood clot that interrupted the end of his spring training (which, by the way, is when his struggles started)? Or, is this to simply be expected after his first full year following Tommy John surgery? Or, is it all of the above?

In either case, I refuse to sit in judgement of a young man reeling, frustrated because he's not able to do right now the only thing in life he knows how to do exceptionally well. He's frustrated. And, if he doesn't want to talk with reporters, I'm fine with that, everyone will survive. As a Mets fan. I want what's best for Harvey, because that's what is best for the Mets. If he needed to blow every one off because he's angry and felt it not wise to talk to media, I understand. Seriously, I can live without hearing from Harvey for a night, and so can you.

In terms of his results on the mound, I keep going back to the fact that he looks really good at the start of every game. Again, in innings 1 to 3 this season, Harvey has a 3.03 ERA, 30 strikeouts and seven walks. However, in the fourth through sixth innings, he has a 9.89 ERA, 14 strikeouts and 10 walks. It was the same story last night, when he allowed a career-high 20 total bases.

The Mets told Harvey to let his fastball rip last night and he did. He was clocking 97 mph, which was his best velocity of the season. Then it all fell apart in the fourth inning. He missed with two change ups that the Nationals belted for home runs. Runners reached base, his demeanor and delivery changed, his velocity dipped and all hell broke loose -- again.

The third time through the lineup, opponents are hitting .500 against Harvey. This is the issue. What is happening to him mid-way through each start? Is it a physical issue? Does it involve his conditioning? Is it strategic or mental? Is it his trust in his stuff? Or a wicked combination of everything?

I don't have the answer. And, clearly, Harvey doesn't know either, which is why Alderson and Collins need to take the decision out of his hand. They gave him a chance to fight back. He didn't. Now, they need to decide the best path forward, be it a trip to the disabled list or minor leagues. Because the one thing we all know is that what they're doing isn't working.

Tags: Matt Harvey , Matthew Cerrone

 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Matt Harvey's struggles continued as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 7-4, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Read more



Terry Collins said the Mets would convene and discuss whether Harvey would make his next start >> Read more

Wilmer Flores played seven innings at first base as he began a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton >> Read more

The Mets could have interest in James Loney as a temporary replacement at first base for Lucas Duda >> Read more

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone outlined seven potential external fill-ins for Duda -- Read more -- and seven potential internal fill-ins >> Read more 

What's on tap for Wednesday, May 25

Steven Matz (2.81 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets wrap up their three-game series against Tanner Roark (2.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) and the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 1:05 p.m. ET on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals. This season, you'll have a chance to track every Mets home run hit at Citi Field and how many meals that represents, so stay tuned, and lets' go Mets! Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.


Post Game Extra: 05/24/16 00:03:10
Matt Harvey surrendered three home runs as his struggles continued in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Nationals in Washington.

Matt Harvey's struggles continued on Tuesday night, as the Nationals teed off for three home runs against the Mets' right-hander and five overall in a 7-4 win at Nationals Park. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Stephen Strasburg ran his record to 8-0 and defeated New York for the second time in as many starts. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out 11 in 6 2/3 innings. In his last two starts - both against the Mets - Strasburg surrendered three runs and 10 hits in 12 1/3 innings with 21 strikeouts.
  • A hoped-for turnaround failed to materialize for Harvey, whose struggles in the middle innings once again came to the forefront. After shutting out the Nationals through three innings, Harvey surrendered back-to-back home runs to Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon in the fourth and then allowed three more runs in the fifth, capped by a monstrous two-run homer by Daniel Murphy. Harvey was charged with five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out just one in five innings.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. In five career games at Nationals Park, he's gone 10-for-22 (.455) with four doubles, three homers and eight RBIs.
  • Antonio Bastardo surrendered a solo home run to Ben Revere, just the outfielder's fifth career homer in 2,569 at-bats. The run snapped a scoreless streak of 17 1/3 consecutive innings by New York's bullpen.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera launched his third home run of the season in the top of the fourth to briefly give the Mets a 1-0 lead. It was their first hit off of Stephen Strasburg, who retired the first 10 batters of the game.
  • Eric Campbell drove in three runs on the strength of an RBI groundout and a two-run homer, his first.
  • Ty Kelly started at third base and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his Major League debut. The 27-year-old was leading Minor League Baseball with a .391 average playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tim Reilly: Different night, same Matt Harvey. I wish I could find a bright spot or some glimmer of hope here to talk about from his outing, but I've got nothing. Harvey worked his way through the early innings with ease, then once again appeared lethargic on the mound. The numbers speak for themselves, with batters hitting over .500 against him the third time through a lineup. That isn't acceptable for a No. 5 starter, let alone a supposed ace in a rotation.

Right now fans are taking an axe like Commissioner Gordon at the end of 'The Dark Knight' to the Batman signal. At this point I think Harvey needs to be placed on the DL. Call it dead arm or whatever you have to do to justify it, but he needs to take a seat. Let Logan Verrett hold down the fort for a few starts since he's proven to be capable enough of doing that much in his limited opportunities.

I know we're all sick of hearing about innings limits when it comes to the Mets' starters, but it's a reality. At some point in the season this was going to be monitored so why not get it out of the way now and let Harvey miss a couple of starts to rest, clear his head and hopefully return as the Harvey of old.

This series is looking eerily similar to the one last week. The Mets need to come out tomorrow afternoon and find a way to take the rubber game in D.C.>> To follow Tim on Twitter, click here.

Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on Harvey: "We've got to think what's not just best for Matt, but what's best for us moving forward at the moment. So there's a lot of things to consider. We're not going to make any rash judgments tonight. We're going to sleep on it and talk about it tomorrow … I think it gave him some confidence to know the fastball is still there. That's been the big question: 'Where's the fastball? Where's the fastball?' He's still got it. Now we just have to continue to work on the command of it … I'm really surprised. This guy's too good. He's just way too good to continue like this."
  • Kevin Plawecki on Harvey: "He's frustrated. Anybody would be. He's a competitor and obviously wants to do well, and hasn't really gone through a tough stretch like this before. I'm frustrated, just because I want to help him out as much as I can. It's just one of those things where you've just got to keep grinding through and keep working to get better."

News and notes…

  • The Mets' four-game winning streak ended.
  • New York had won four straight and seven of 10 at Nationals Park.
  • In his last three starts, Harvey has surrendered 19 runs (16 earned) on 27 hits in 13 1/3 innings to raise his ERA 6.08. He's allowed at least five earned runs in four of his 10 starts this year. He had allowed five runs only five times in his first 65 starts. It was the first time in 75 career starts that the right-hander failed to strike out more than one batter.
  • Cabrera is hitting .333 (9-for-27) with a home run and six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.

What's next…

The Mets (26-19) will look to take the rubber game of their series with the Nationals (28-18) in a matinee at Nationals Park on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81 ERA) will make the start looking for his seventh consecutive win. He will face Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89 ERA).

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after allowing a run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

The Mets continue their three-game series in Washington on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. 

Follow the game live here...

Mets Nationals
Curtis Granderson, RF Ben Revere, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Jayson Werth, LF
Michael Conforto, LF Bryce Harper, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, CF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Neil Walker, 2B Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Eric Campbell, 1B Anthony Rendon, 3B
Kevin Plawecki, C Wilson Ramos, C
Ty Kelly, 3B Danny Espinosa, SS
Matt Harvey, RHP Stephen Strasburg, RHP

When and Where: 7:05 p.m. from Nationals Park on SNY.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) is coming off the worst outing of his career, where he allowed nine runs (six earned) on eight hits in two and two thirds innings in a loss to the Nationals. Harvey has given up 11 earned runs and 19 hits in his last eight innings. When given the option to have his spot in the rotation skipped tonight, Harvey declined and insisted he take the mound.

Who's Pitching for the Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80 ERA) had a strong outing against the Mets in his most recent start. Strasburg allowed one run on six hits in six innings, and struck out 10 batters. It was Strasburg's fourth double-digit strikeout performance of 2016.


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