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In this week's episode, Bergen Record columnist Bob Klapisch talks with MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone about the 2016 season, he grades Terry Collins and the team's young pitching, and explains the story behind his best-selling book, The Worst Team Money Can Buy...




The New York Mets (85-74) open a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies (70-89) tonight in Philadelphia, which you can watch on SNY starting at 6:30 pm.



Robert Gsellman (2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) starts for the Mets, while Alec Asher (1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) starts for the Phillies.

Gsellman allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings while walking two and striking out eight against the Phillies on Sept. 25 during his last start. He has allowed two runs in 18 innings, spanning his last three starts. In seven games (six starts) for the Mets this season, Gsellman has struck out 35 batters in 38 2/3 innings.

Asher allowed four runs on five hits while walking none and striking out one in five innings against the Mets on Sept. 24 in what was his fourth start of the season. In his prior three starts, he allowed just four runs in 16 2/3 innings. 


Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Phillies Mets
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B 1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS  2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF   3. Yoenis Cespdes, LF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B  4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Ryan Howard, 1B  5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. Cameron Rupp, C 6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF  7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Aaron Altherr, RF  8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Alec Ashe, P 9. Robert Gsellman, P

The Mets' magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot is two. ...If they win two of three games in Philadelphia, they will secure home field advantage for the Wild Card game.

The Mets have gone 25-12 over their last 37 games. ...the Mets are a season-high 11 games over .500. ...Jay Bruce has homered in back-to-back games and has three home runs over his last five games.

Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .353 with 22 extra-base hits, 28 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 38 games since coming off the DL on Aug. 19.



Sep 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits a walk off solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the 12th inning at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson (3) hits a walk off solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the 12th inning at Citi Field. The Mets won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have scored the second-most runs in the National League since Sept. 1, during which they have the second-best record behind the Dodgers.

In his last 21 plate appearances, Curtis Granderson has reached base 13 times, while scoring six runs during his last four games.

"He's locked in," Terry Collins said of Granderson, who is batting .390 since Sept. 17. "He's laying off pitches. It couldn't have come at a better time. … After I moved him to the fourth hole, it's a whole different animal."

Similarly, Lucas Duda is 5-for-15 with four walks since returning from the disabled list.



Jay Bruce has rebounded after a difficult month a half to hit home runs in back-to-back games. In his last five games, he has three home runs, five RBI and is batting .438 (7-16).

"He's starting to get his extension out in front of the plate. Not letting the ball get too deep on him, he's getting the ball out the front, staying through the baseball longer," Collins said Thursday. "I think he's made a lot of adjustments. He says he doesn't notice them, I think he has, because I see a different swing."

Meanwhile, Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .353 (49-139) with 22 extra- base hits (11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs), 28 RBI and 23 runs scored in 38 games since coming off the DL on August 19. And, Jose Reyes has seven RBI and seven runs scored in his last seven games. Reyes has scored 32 runs in his last 35 games.

The Mets begin a three-game series tonight in Philadelphia, during which every game will be of critical importance to the Wild Card race.

Thankfully, the Mets have hit 32 home runs in 16 games against the Phillies this season, while hitting 16 home runs in six games at Citizens Bank Park.



To understand where the Mets are in the Wild Card race, and what they need to do this weekend to advance to the postseason, click here.


Tags: Matthew Cerrone


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If the Mets win two of three games against the Phillies -- regardless of what the Cardinals and Giants do -- the Mets clinch a Wild Card spot and home field for the Wild Card game.

However, if the Mets win just one of three from the Phillies, or get swept, and the Cardinals and Giants win a game or two, things get interesting...



Who gets home field, St. Louis or New York?

Technically, it's not decided yet. However, in order for the Cardinals to force a tiebreak, it means they went at least 2-1, if not 3-0, this weekend, which also means they'll end up with a better intra-division record than the Mets. Because the Mets and Cardinals split their regular season series, intra-division record is used to settle a dispute over home field. In other words, if we're talking about the following Wild Card scenarios on Monday, St. Louis will get home field in any scenario with New York.

OK, now that home field is cleared up, let's dig in to the scenarios ...

If the Mets end up in a tie for the second Wild Card spot ...

The two teams will play Monday, Oct. 3, to determine who will advance to the Wild Card game on Wednesday, Oct. 5. If it's Mets-Giants, the game will be at Citi Field. If it's Mets-Cardinals, the location will be determined by the better intra-division record, which would belong to the Cardinals in this scenario.

If only the Mets and Giants tie for both Wild Card spots ...

The Mets host the Giants in the Wild Card game on Oct. 5, because the Mets won the head-to-head season series, 4-3.

If only the Mets and Cardinals tie for both Wild Card spots ...

The Cardinals will host the Mets on Wednesday, Oct. 5, for the Wild Card game. To get to that point, St. Louis will have a better intra-division record, which becomes the tie breaker since the two teams split their regular season, head-to-head match up.

If the Mets, Cardinals and Giants all tie for two Wild Card spots ...

The Mets and Cardinals were 7-6 against the other teams in the tiebreak. The Giants went 6-8. According to the rule, because they have better head-to-head records, the Mets and Cardinals get two chances to advance to the Wild Card game, while the Giants get one.

So, on Monday, Oct. 3, the Mets and Cardinals will play in St. Louis. The winner of their game will be declared the top Wild Card team. The loser will play the Giants on Oct. 4 in San Francisco to determine the final Wild Card team, who will advance to play the top Wild Card team (at the top seed's stadium) on Wednesday, Oct 5.



What if there are multiple rain outs due to Hurricane Matthew?

I don't think MLB knows yet. I recall hearing last season that they begin creating contingency scenarios like this at the absolute last minute. It doesn't matter, though. Because based on the storm's name, regardless of what is decided, I assume everyone will blame me. So, thank you in advance.


Robert Gsellman will start tonight for the Mets. Bartolo Colon is scheduled to start Saturday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, during what will be the team's final regular season games of 2016.

"After flirting with having Colon pitch on short rest Friday, the Mets intend to stick with their original plan," ESPN's Adam Rubin wrote last night. "So, Gsellman will open the series against the Phillies, followed by Colon on Saturday."



That said, I think the Mets are probably taking this one game at a time, as they should. I mean, if the Mets win and Cardinals lose tonight, the Mets will end up clinching a Wild Card spot. At that point, they'll need to revisit the importance of home field advantage, and whether they want to use Colon on Saturday. And, if the Mets lose tonight, while the Giants and Cardinals win, who knows how their thinking might change.

It's complicated, and I don't think there's a right or wrong answer, because so much is unknown.

Right now, they have to assume Sunday is a win-or-go home game, and adjust the moment they end up in a better position. In the meantime, they have to plan on going full-throttle, pitching Colon on Saturday and Syndergaard on Sunday. If they do that, assuming they're still alive Monday morning, Colon starts the Wild Card game and Game 3 of the NLDS (assuming they get that far). Syndergaard would then start Game 1 and 4 or 5 of the NLDS, with Seth Lugo and Gsellman peppered in where needed.

The thing is, if the Mets lock up a Wild Card spot and home field before Sunday, they could get Syndergaard light work Sunday and have him start Wednesday instead of Colon. But, if they do that, it probably means Lugo and Gsellman are starting Games 2 and 4 and Syndergaard is pitching Game 5 on two days rest.



My hunch is the decision Sunday morning is going to be based on how badly the Mets want to risk Syndergaard in a potential NLDS in exchange for home field advantage in the Wild Card game.

"For sure when you play in front of our fans, it's an advantage. They are excited. They are loud, they get after it in the stands," Terry Collins said Thursday, when asked about the situation. "When that decision comes, it's going to be a tough decision to make. We want to go as far as we can. If it means saving him to get us to the next round, we certainly got to consider it."

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Noah Syndergaard

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Bobby Valentine, when asked about Terry Collins: "You don't get to the playoffs twice with different casts without doing some managing. I think it's a shame how the manager's position gets so discredited." >> Read more from Valentine in the NY Post.



Mike Puma: "Few could have imagined the Mets being in this position following their loss at San Francisco on Aug. 19 that knocked them two games below .500. Since then the Mets have gone 25-12 - minus Steven Matz and largely without Jacob deGrom." >> Read more in the NY Post.


Jay Bruce, on his recent success at the plate: "All year, you work and you work and you work. You know you have a routine and you prepare, you keep preparing. You expect success at some point. I think that's the biggest thing." >> Read more about Bruce in Newsday.



Anthony DiComo: "For the first time in their lives, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman are pitching deep into September, both recently eclipsing their career highs in innings. Now, the Mets are asking them to pitch into October. In addition to starting crucial games down the stretch, Lugo and Gsellman will constitute half of the team's National League Division Series rotation if they advance that far >> Read more from DiComo's story on MLB.com.


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The Mets are 10-4 in games started by Gsellman and Lugo, who had a combined zero big-league appearances entering this season. ZERO! In fact, neither pitcher was included on Baseball America's Top 10 Mets Prospects list this past offseason. And as recently as this past summer -- after Lugo was already contributing to the bullpen -- Gsellman was considered the organization's 14th-best prospect, and only their fifth-best pitching prospect, according to MLB.com.

The point is, who knew? I recall Mets people talking up Gsellman this past spring, though most scouts and observers I talked with came away mostly unimpressed. This is not to say no one outside the organization thought Gsellman would be a bad big-league pitcher, it's just that I got no sense anyone was blown away by him or thought he would have a 2.83 ERA after six MLB starts.

These two men -- plus Noah Syndergaard's strength and stamina, and the emergence of Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera at the top of the batting order -- literally changed the course of this season. Without them, the Mets would be below .500 and on the brink of who knows what... Instead, they're in control of their fate and inches from postseason baseball. Thanks, gentlemen....



To understand where the Mets are in the Wild Card race, and what they need to do this weekend to advance to the postseason, click here.



 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

The Mets were off on Thursday, and their magic number to clinch a wild card spot remained at two following Cardinals and Giants wins.

With two outs and a runner on first in a 3-3 game in the ninth inning, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a double that bounced off a sign above the left-field wall and caromed back onto the field to drive in Matt Carpenter for a 4-3 win over the Reds. However, the ball was ruled in play instead of a ground-rule double, which would have kept the game tied.

Reds manager Bryan Price tried to challenge the call, but the umpires had already left the field and told him enough time had passed before he could appeal the play and go to replay.

Meanwhile in San Francisco, the Giants won 7-2.



What's on Tap for Friday, Sept. 29

The Mets open their final series of the regular season in Philadelphia tonight at 7:05 p.m.



If the Mets win at least two of three games from the Phillies this weekend -- regardless of what the Cardinals and Giants do -- the Mets will clinch a playoff berth and host the wild card game on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Citi Field.

If the Mets win one game of three games from the Phillies, and the Cardinals lose at least once, the Mets clinch at least a wild card spot.

If the Mets lose all three games to the Phillies, they can still advance to the wild card game, but one of the Cardinals or Giants must lose two of their three remaining four games.  

What happens if there is a two- or three-way tie? Read this...


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It's going to be a wild, stressful and -- hopefully -- fun weekend of baseball. I realize, the playoffs don't technically begin until next week. But, let's be honest, they start right now. This is it. You, me, the players, coaches, media, opposition, everyone, will be watching these three games in Philly, San Francisco and St. Louis as if the postseason has already started. They're all going to be intense, and I can't wait.


Robert Gsellman (2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) will start for the Mets in Philadelphia, while Alec Asher (1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP) starts for the Phillies.

The Cardinals host the Pirates at 8:15 p.m., and the Giants host the Dodgers at 10:15 p.m.


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Rob Brender and Toby Hyde debunk the myths surrounding the 2016 New York Mets, as they look back at all the unpredictable ways the Mets have stayed in the playoff race this season, and look ahead to a wild final weekend for the wild card.


Wins Above Replacement (WAR) summarizes a player's total contributions to their team in one statistic. It is an all-inclusive statistic, which provides a useful reference point for comparing players.

"WAR offers an estimate to answer the question, "If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a freely available minor leaguer or player from their bench, how much value would the team be losing,'" FanGraphs.com explains. "This value is expressed in a wins format, so we could say that Player X is worth +6.3 wins to their team, while Player Y is only worth +3.5 wins, which means it is highly likely that Player X has been more valuable than Player Y."

Here are the top active five Mets sorted WAR, according to FanGraphs.com...

# Name G AVG OBP SLG WAR
1 Yoenis Cespedes 130 0.283 0.358 0.538 3.4
2 Asdrubal Cabrera 138 0.281 0.337 0.479 3.0
3 Curtis Granderson 147 0.233 0.331 0.462 2.3
4 Kelly Johnson 80 0.263 0.325 0.453 1.3
5 Jose Reyes 58 0.268 0.327 0.451 1.2


 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets rookie RHP Seth Lugo held the Marlins to just two runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday night, as he improved to 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA.

"This kid has done nothing but come here and saved us," manager Terry Collins said after the game.

Collins pulled Lugo with a three-run lead after throwing just 82 pitches.

In the event the Mets win a Wild Card spot and move on to the NLDS, Lugo's next start will likely be against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in the Division Series.


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The Mets are 7-0 during Lugo's last seven starts, which tells you everything you need to know about this kid, what he's done for his team, and why he's been so important down the stretch. I don't think he'll ever elevate to being a consistent top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. But, he clearly has the ability and confidence to make big contributions in big spots, be it as a mid-rotation guy, spot-starter or reliever.

I love how he stays within himself. He has a very specific, casual, simplistic style and approach to pitching and he doesn't try to be anything more or less than what he knows he can be. I also like how he sets up the hitter within the context of the inning. This is evident by how effective he is when runners on base. He is comfortable in that moment. Similarly, he isn't afraid to walk a guy with a runner on first, because he is confident in how he can pitch the next batter, which increases his chance to end the inning or limit damage.

Mets rookie RHP Robert Gsellman entered the big-league with this ability as well, as did Jacob deGrom. It's a skill that usually comes later in a pitcher's career. And so, having it now, in their first season, it will help them down the road -- especially when scouting reports catch up to their talent.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Seth Lugo , Matthew Cerrone

New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia greets Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin after defeating the Miami Marlins 5-2 at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia greets Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin after defeating the Miami Marlins 5-2 at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia became the first player in franchise history to record 50 saves in a season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Marlins in Miami.

Familia broke Armando Benitez's previous Mets record of 43 saves in a season during August. He is the 13th player in MLB history to save 50 games in a season. By hitting No. 50, he also set the single-season record for saves by a Dominican pitcher, topping the 49 saves Jose Valverde recorded in 2011 and Francisco Cordero's 49 in 2004.

"I'm impressed with what I've been doing individually so far," Familia said after the game. "But, at the same time, I'm just trying to go out there and give it the best I can. I didn't say when the season started that I was going to save 50. No, I'm just trying to go out there and make sure to have fun and help the team any way I can for a win."

Video: Familia notches 50th save of season

The Mets turned to Familia in the closer role after Jenrry Mejia was first suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Since, he has the most saves in baseball (93) and a 2.23 ERA, striking out 166 batters in 153 2/3 innings.

"I go back to last year when we lost Jenrry Mejia. I just turned to a kid (Familia) who had good stuff and said, 'Do you think you can close?'" manager Terry Collins said. "And you look up now, he's got, what, 93 saves in two years? I can't tell you what a great job he's done and how much he's meant to us. ... The job he's done in two years is remarkable."

Tags: Jeurys Familia , Miami Marlins

New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce connects for a base hit during the eighth inning against Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce connects for a base hit during the eighth inning against Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets right fielder Jay Bruce homered in back-to-back games for the first time as a Met in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park.

Bruce's two-run home run off Jose Urena gave the Mets a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning. He also hit a home run in Tuesday's 12-1 win.

"He's locked in," manager Terry Collins said.

Video: Bruce extends lead with two-run homer of his own

Bruce is hitting .438 with three home runs and five RBIs during his five-game hitting streak. Prior to that, he was in a 2-for-31 slump. Collins said he noticed Bruce has made adjustments to his swing, getting more extension in his swing and laying off more pitches.

"Since the day that I got here, that's all I wanted to do," Bruce said. "I didn't want to be anyone that I wasn't. I just wanted to come in here and play good baseball and be a professional and contribute to the team. Lately, I've been able to do that more, and that's very, very important to me. That's the only thing that's important to me."


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I don't know if it's help from Kevin Long, simply being more comfortable with his surroundings and teammates, if it's confidence or just timing, but Bruce is no longer swinging at bad pitches. He's being patient. And, when he gets a pitch in his wheelhouse, he's crushing them. It's that simple. It's Hitting 101.

The home run Wednesday was hit off an 85-mph change up, which was right down the middle of the plate. The thing is, it was a full count, and he recognized the dip in velocity and he didn't lose his balance. I mean, who throws a change up when it's 3-2? So, good for Jay... And, good for Terry, who did a nice job challenging Bruce. He could have easily just kept running him out there, and letting the bad at bats pile up. But, Terry sat him, pinch hit for him, and put the onus on the player to do the work, get better and earn his way back in to the lineup, which is exactly what Bruce has done.

Bruce is known for having massive hot-and-cold streaks. Hopefully, this is the start of a long stretch of strong production that runs for the next four weeks...

Tags: Miami Marlins


The Mets announced Tuesday that tickets to a potential 2016 National League tie-breaker game will go on sale this Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., online at Mets.com/tickets.

The team also said it will soon e-mail season and plan ticket holders with information about an exclusive presale opportunity.



What happens in a two-team tiebreak scenario?

The Mets won four of seven games against the Giants this season. So, if the two teams end up tied with the same record, the Mets own the tie-breaker.  

However, the Mets and Cardinals split the only six games they played this season, leaving their tie-breaker up in the air. According to MLB's rules, after head-to-head, the next tie-breaker is better percentage during intra-division games, after which they go to intra-league games.

Right now, the Mets are 36-35 (.507) against their National League East rivals, while the Cardinals are 37-33 (.528) against the NL Central. The two teams each only play games against their division through the end of the season.

What happens in a three-team tiebreak scenario?

In the event of a three-way tie between the Mets, Giants and Cardinals for the NL Wild Card, the Mets will play the Cardinals on Oct. 3.

The winner will be considered the top Wild Card team.

The loser from Mets-Cardinals on Oct. 3 will face the Giants on Oct. 4, after which the Oct. 4 winner will face the Oct. 3 winner on Oct. 5.

Then, finally, the winner from October 5 will be declared the remaining Wild Card team and advance to play the Cubs in the NL Division Series in Chicago on Oct. 7.

How would it look if the season ended today?



James Loney and Jay Bruce hit two-run homers and Jeurys Familia earned his 50th save of the season as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday night in Miami >> Read more



The Cardinals and Giants both lost, meaning the Mets are two losses up on the Cardinals and one loss up on the Giants in the Wild Card race.

The Mets can clinch a postseason berth by winning at least two of their final three games of the season - or, by winning one game combined with one loss by the Cardinals.



Also on Wednesday, Terry Collins said Bartolo Colon could start on short rest Friday so he pitch a potential Wild Card game if Noah Syndergaard is needed Sunday >> Read more

Colon has a tendon issue in his right foot, but says he's fine >> Read more

Lucas Duda was scratched from the lineup Wednesday. He was sore after having played a full game and running the bases the day before >> Read more

Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first-ever at-bat during an instructional league game in St. Lucie >> Read more
 

What's on Tap for Thursday, Sept. 29

The Mets are off Thursday. The Cardinals host the Reds at 7 pm, while the Giants host the Rockies at 10 pm.

The Mets open their final series of the regular season on Friday in Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m.

Robert Gsellman (2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Alec Asher (1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP).



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. To see this season's grand total to date, visit mets.com/citi.


Tags: Bartolo Colon , James Loney , Jeurys Familia , Lucas Duda , Noah Syndergaard

Post Game Extra: Mets win, 5-2 00:04:16
Rookie Seth Lugo allowed just two runs, Jay Bruce belted a two-run homer and Jeurys Familia got his 50th save in Wednesday's 5-2 win.

Jay Bruce homered for the second straight day to help the Mets defeat the Marlins, 5-2, in the teams' final meeting of the season on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

In case you missed it…

  • With the Mets leading by a run in the fifth, Bruce parked his 32nd homer of the year - and third in five games - over the right-field fence to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. Seth Lugo and Jose Reyes hit back-to-back two-out doubles an inning earlier to give New York the lead. James Loney's eight home run, a two-run blast in the second, tied the game after the Mets fell behind 2-0.
  • Lugo (5-2) allowed Martin Prado's two-run homer but nothing more in 5 1/3 innings to extend his unbeaten streak to seven. The right-hander allowed five hits, three walks - one intentional - and struck out two win his fifth consecutive decision.
  • Curtis Granderson went 4-for-4 with walk and has reached base safely in eight consecutive plate appearances.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth to record his 50th save, the most ever by a Dominican pitcher. He is the 13th reliever in Major League history to reach the 50-save mark.

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

Video: Familia notches 50th save of season

Video: Jay Bruce extends lead with 2 run homer in 5th inning

Video: James Loney ties Wednesday's game with two-run homer

Quotes…

Terry Collins on his club's handling of the series: "We've said it all along, we've got a special group of guys. They are very respectful. They're respectful of the game, they're respectful of people…We had games to play that were very meaningful for us. I thought the guys, after Monday night, realized we had to go out and play."

Collins on Bruce: "I will tell you, he's locked, for me. He's locked in. He's seeing, he's laying off pitches and it couldn't have come at a better time. … He's starting to get his extension out in front of the plate…I see a different swing."

Lugo on a potential playoff start: "The way I look at it is it's just another baseball game. So, I'm just going to go about it the same way I go about every game."

News and notes…

  • Pending the outcome of the Giants' and Cardinals games, the Mets lowered their magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot to three.
  • The Mets finished 12-7 against the Marlins and won the final five series of the year between the two clubs. 
  • New York's N.L.-leading 64th multi-homer game gave them 104 away from Citi Field, tied with the 2006 club for the second-most road home runs in franchise history. The Mets have scored five or more runs in six of their last seven games.
  • Bruce went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks before he was replaced for defensive purposes. He's hitting .438 (7-for-16) with three home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored in his last five games.
  • Since Aug. 29 - a span of 26 games - Granderson is hitting .301 (28-for-93) with 10 home runs, 24 RBIs, 26 runs scored and 20 walks.
  • The Mets' bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 19 1/3 innings.
  • Since losing his first big league start on Aug. 19, Lugo is 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA.

What's next…

After a day off Thursday, the Mets (85-74) begin their final regular-season series of the year against the Phillies (70-88) at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) is scheduled to start for New York. However, after throwing only 47 pitches on Monday, Bartolo Colon (14-8, 3.42 ERA, 1.22 WHIP) may get the call on three days' rest. Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP), who allowed four unearned runs in five innings against New York last Friday, will open the series for Philadelphia.

Tags: James Loney , Seth Lugo

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to soreness, Terry Collins told reporters before Wednesday's game against the Marlins.

Duda was replaced at first base by James Loney.

According to Collins, Duda's back is fine, he was simply sore from his recent workload and from playing a full game and running the bases the day before.

Duda was out from May 21 to Sept. 17 due to a stress fracture in his back.

Since being activated from the disabled list, Duda has been eased back into action. Prior to Wednesday, he had started the last two games and four of the last five.

He has gone 5-for-15 with four walks since returning from the disabled list.

Tags: Lucas Duda

The Mets (84-74) will look to take the rubber game of their three-game series with the Marlins (78-79) in Miami on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m., which you can watch on SNY or follow online here.



RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by RHP Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA)

Lugo threw five innings during his last start on Sept. 22 against the Phillies, allowing three runs over five innings in a no-decision. Beat the Marlins at Citi Field on Aug. 30, when he threw six innings of two-run ball. Is 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA since joining the starting rotation. 

Urena has struggled in September, going 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA in five starts. However, in his first start of the month, he beat the Mets with six strong innings in which he allowed just one run. In his other outing against the Mets on July 24, he gave up one run but ended up as the losing pitcher. 

Here are today's starting lineups:

Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Martin Prado, 3B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Christian Yelich, CF Curtis Granderson, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, RF Jay Bruce, RF
Justin Bour, 1B T.J. Rivera, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C Lucas Duda, 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Rene Rivera, C
Jose Urena, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP

Tags: Miami Marlins , Seth Lugo

Tebow's instructional league HR 00:00:27
Tim Tebow hits a home run off a St. Louis Cardinals pitcher during an instructional league game in Florida.

Tim Tebow hit a home run on the first pitch in the first at-bat of his instructional league debut with the Mets on Wednesday. 

Facing Cardinals left-hander John Kilichowski, Tebow hit a home run to left-center field.

According to MLB.com's David Adler, Kiichowski allowed just one home run to a left-handed batter during the 2016 minor league season. 

Tebow finished the day 1-for-6 at the plate and played five innings in left field. 

Tebow, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Sept. 8, had homered in batting practice during his second day with the club. 


We ask Mets fans...All-time Met 00:01:58
SNY.tv asks Mets fans which All-time Met they would want at the plate with the game on the line.

SNY.tv asks: "Game on the line, which all-time Met do you want at the plate?"




Where do things stand?

The Mets have four games left to play and lead the Giants and Cardinals by one loss, as the three teams continue battle for two Wild Card spots...

What happens if there is a two- or three-way tie? Read here!

What are their remaining schedules?


Giants
 
Date Opp Time Giants : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Wed. 28 vs. Col 10:15 PM ET J. Samardzija (12-10) T. Chatwood (11-9)
Thu. 29 vs. Col 10:15 PM ET A. Suárez (3-5) J. Gray (10-9)
Fri. 30 vs. LAD 10:15 PM ET M. Bumgarner (14-9) C. Kershaw (12-3)
Sat. 1 vs. LAD 4:05 PM ET TBD R. Hill (3-2)
Sun. 2 vs. LAD 3:05 PM ET M. Moore (4-5) J. De León (2-0)

Cardinals
 
Date Opp Time Cardinals : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Wed. 28 vs. Cin 8:15 PM ET M. Leake (9-11) A. DeSclafani (8-5)
Thu. 29 vs. Cin 7:15 PM ET Á. Reyes (4-1) D. Straily (14-8)
Fri. 30 vs. Pit 8:15 PM ET C. Martínez (15-9) T. Glasnow (0-1)
Sat. 1 vs. Pit 1:05 PM ET J. García (10-13) C. Kuhl (5-4)
Sun. 2 vs. Pit 3:15 PM ET A. Wainwright (12-9) R. Vogelsong (3-6)

Mets
 
Date Opp Time Mets : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Wed. 28 at Mia 7:10 PM ET S. Lugo (4-2) J. Ureña (4-8)
Thu. 29 Off Off Off Off
Fri. 30 at Phi 7:05 PM ET R. Gsellman (3-2) A. Asher (2-0)
Sat. 1 at Phi 1:05 PM ET B. Colón (14-8) J. Thompson (3-6)
Sun. 2 at Phi 3:05 PM ET N. Syndergaard (13-9) J. Eickhoff (11-14)

What's happening tonight?

Mets: New York throws 26-year-old right-hander Seth Lugo on Wednesday when they play the rubber-game of a three-game set with the Marlins. Lugo is 4-1 with a 2.31 ERA in his past six starts. Miami also throws a young right-hander in Jose Urena, who has pitched well against the Mets this year with a 1-1 record and a 1.50 ERA >> Read more.

Giants: Rockies RHP Tyler Chatwood will be seeking a piece of individual glory while stalling a rival's pursuit of a playoff berth when he faces the Giants on Wednesday night. Chatwood ranks among the major league leaders in road winning percentage (7-1, .875) and road ERA (1.88) as he prepares for his final start of the season >> Read more.

Cardinals: St. Louis faces Cincinnati's top pitchers in the series' final two games, beginning Wednesday night when the Reds (66-91) send Anthony DeSclafani to the hill opposite old teammate Mike Leake >> Read more.

Tags: San Francisco Giants , St. Louis Cardinals , Matthew Cerrone

Bartolo Colon pitches against the Braves at Turner Field.  (Shanna Lockwood (USA Today))
Bartolo Colon pitches against the Braves at Turner Field. (Shanna Lockwood (USA Today))

Bartolo Colon has been pitching with a tendon issue in his right foot, Terry Collins revealed to reporters before Tuesday's game.

Colon first suffered the injury while running the bases.

According to Collins, Colon is still on target to start Saturday against the Phillies.

"I'm fine," Colon added, talking to the NY Post.

Colon was charged with seven runs in just 2.1 innings during his last start Monday against the Marlins, who have 20 hits in 14 innings against him this season.


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Similar to Noah Syndergaard's situation Sunday, if the Mets clinch a playoff spot before Saturday, I assume the Mets will skip Colon's start and let him go Game 1 of a possible NLDS - while also being available in the bullpen during the Wild Card game. That said, if a playoff spot is on the line entering this weekend, which it seems like it will be, Colon starts Saturday.

Tags: Bartolo Colon

Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning: USA TODAY Tommy Gilligan
Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning: USA TODAY Tommy Gilligan

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard tossed six innings, allowed one run and five hits, while striking out eight batters, as the Mets beat the Marlins, 12-1, in Miami late Tuesday.

Syndergaard last pitched Sept. 19, when he was charged with five runs in just 3.2 innings against the Braves. He missed his next start with a throat infection.

"I felt great, felt strong out there," Syndergaard said after defeating the Marlins. "I felt like I could locate my sinker to both sides of the plate whenever I needed to. I felt like I was able to get ahead of hitters really well tonight. That was the ultimate goal."


Video: Collins, players discuss 12-1 win over Marlins


In 31 games this season, Syndergaard is 14-9 with 2.60 ERA, 218 strike outs and a 1.15 WHIP.

"He gave us what we had to have and that was get us deep into the game and pitch like we know he can," manager Terry Collins said.


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My favorite at bat of the game was during the sixth inning, when Syndergaard had Giancarlo Stanton down 0-2. Rene Rivera called for something up, so Syndergaard let a fastball fly inside that clearly made Stanton uneasy in the box. The next pitch was the opposite, a down-and-away, no-chance slider that Stanton took for another ball. Now, at 2-2, it was time to regroup. Rivera shook his head, pumped his fist, locked eyes with Syndergaard and called for an outside heater. Syndergaard delivered, throwing a 92-mph fastball just off the plate that Stanton swung at like it was double the speed. It was an awesome at bat. And, I love how Rivera reeled Noah in. He's been doing this all season the team's young pitchers, taking charge and navigating them through tense moments.

In the end, it was a nice, solid game from Noah. His fastball velocity has been trending downward during the last month or so. It could be due to fatigue or pain, but it could also be in an effort to have better location. Because, he's been pitching more effectively to both sides of the plate. Last night, instead of throwing through the middle of the strike zone at 99 mph, he was lacing bullets to the lower, outside corner at 96 mph. The former would typically get a swing and miss. The latter was resulting in a called strike. And, what's more, opposing hitters were dropping their hands, totally giving up and unable to swing. And, even if they did make contact, at best it went for a ground ball or weak pop up. In games when he's doing this - when he has movement and zip with his two-seam fastball, and he's also commanding his slider - he is essentially unhittable.



Syndergaard's final start of the regular season is scheduled for Sunday in Philadelphia. However, in the event the Mets clinch a playoff spot before that, Terry Collins said Monday that Syndergaard will be skipped this weekend so he can start the Wild Card game on Oct. 5.

If the Mets have not clinched a playoff start by Sunday, Syndergaard will make his final regular season start that day in Philadelphia. However, if the Mets secure a spot in the postseason, Collins said Syndergaard will likely be skipped so he can start the Wild Card game two days later.

"He is still going to pitch the last game, right now, and if we need it he's the guy," Collins said about Syndergaard's next scheduled start. "I'm feeling really confident the way he threw tonight that if we need that game he will give us a good one."

The way I understand it, the only way Syndergaard starts Sunday is if the Mets season is still on the line. He isn't starting if they're in the postseason, but still competing for home field. If they've clinched, he's on the bench so he can pitch two days later in the win-or-go-home, lone Wild Card game. That's it. Period, end of story >> Read more.

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Bruce's two-run, upper-deck shot 00:00:53
Jay Bruce flexes his muscles with a two-run homer into the upper deck, giving the Mets a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning.

Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda combined to go 4 for 9 with five RBIs to lead the New York Mets to a 12-1 rout over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Bruce went 2 for 5 with two RBIs, hitting a 2-1 home run in the second inning off Tom Koehler (9-13) that gave the Mets the lead for good.

"I like where I am right now," Bruce said. "So, I hopefully finish strong and help us to get in a good position for that home wild-card game."

Bruce, who the Mets acquired at the trade deadline, is 6 for 14 with two home runs and three RBIs over his last four games.

"I told you before, he'd been working on some things," manager Terry Collins said after the game, speaking about Bruce. "It's been very encouraging. ... Suddenly, we have a pretty long lineup."

Bruce was one of two Mets to homer, as Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run home run in the third inning. The Mets are 49-14 in games when they hit more than one home run.

Duda, playing in his sixth game since missing May due to a stress fracture in his lower back, went 2 for 3 with a three-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Mets a 9-1 lead. He is 5 for 15 with two doubles and four RBIs since returning from the disabled list.

Video: Duda clears the bases with a double


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If Duda and Curtis Granderson are going to hit like they did last season, and with Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Cespedes leading the lineup, there is no reason Bruce shouldn't feel comfortable and contribute.

When Bruce first arrived in New York, he was asked to be the only guy in the lineup with several Mets on the DL at the time. Plus he had to get acclimated to a new city, was away from his family and had his every move scrutinized by a lot of fans and media. Now, whether he's doing something different, he's been here long enough to be more relaxed or the fact he has more support in the lineup, Bruce has looked better the last few days, not just with his swing, but with his presence. Finally, he is hitting the ball to the opposite field, especially with two strikes.

Similarly, it's great to see Duda being Duda, i.e., taking off-speed pitches out of the strike zone, hitting outside pitches for line drives the other way and turning on meaty fastballs over the plate. I appreciate that James Loney filled in for a long stretch, but if Duda is healthy and going to hit like this, then Loney has no business being on the field.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson , James Loney , Lucas Duda , Miami Marlins , Yoenis Cespedes

Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings and the Mets' bats erupted as they beat the Marlins, 12-1, Tuesday night in Miami >> Read more

The Cardinals and Giants both won, meaning the Mets remain one loss up on the Giants and Cardinals for both Wild Card spots in the National League...



Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz will not pitch again in 2016, instead he will soon have surgery on his elbow, the team announced >> Read more.

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been shut down for at least the next three days, as he continues to work back from a wrist injury >> Read more.

The Mets announced Tuesday that tickets to a potential 2016 National League tie-breaker game will go on sale this Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m., online at Mets.com/tickets.

Syndergaard's final start of the regular season is scheduled for Sunday in Philadelphia, but remains up in the air due to the Wild Card race >> Read more.


What's on Tap for Wednesday, Sept. 28

The Mets (84-74) and Marlins (78-79) conclude their three-game series Wednesday at Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP) will be opposed by RHP Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA, 1.40 WHIP).

Following the game, the Mets will travel to Philadelphia for their final regular-season series of 2016.



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Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz , Wilmer Flores

Post Game Extra: 09/27/16 00:03:14
The Mets pounded out 19 hits, including homers from Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes, as they routed the Marlins, 12-1, on Tuesday night.

Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes hit two-run homers in consecutive innings and Noah Syndergaard showed no ill-effects of his strep throat as the Mets routed the Marlins, 12-1, on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

In case you missed it…

  • Bruce went 2-for-5 and put New York ahead with his 31st home run in the second. Cespedes doubled the lead in the third with a monstrous blast off the home run sculpture in left-center for his 31st long ball of the year.
  • Pitching for the first time in eight days, Syndergaard (14-9) allowed a run on two hits in the first and surrendered two more singles in the second before settling in. He struck out eight without issuing a walk and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
  • After going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position through the first seven innings, the Mets blew the game open with eight runs in the eighth and ninth. Curtis Granderson had a two-run single and Lucas Duda hit a three-run double in the eighth. Granderson added an RBI double in the ninth while Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares also drove in runs.
  • New York pounded out 19 hits and scored at least 10 runs for the third time in five games. Jose Reyes went 3-for-6 while Asdrubal Cabrera, T.J. Rivera, Granderson, Bruce, Duda and Syndergaard had two hits apiece for New York.

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

Video: Duda extends the Mets lead with bases clearing double

Video: Cespedes extends Mets lead with 2-run HR to center

Video: Bruce crushes two-run homer into the upper deck in RF

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Bruce: "Been very encouraging…He put some very, very good swings on it last night and put some good swings on it tonight against left-handers, against right-handers…if he's back, we're gonna be a different lineup."

Bruce on his strong game: "You know, I feel comfortable up there, I really do. I never think it's coming, I just always keep working and keep preparing. In this game, nothing's for sure until it's for sure. Like I said, keep preparing, keep working and hopefully just contribute to the team."

Collins on Syndergaard's start: "I think the extra day really helped him get some energy back. He didn't seem fatigued…He gave us what he had to have and that's get us deep into the game and pitch like we know he can."

Syndergaard on his start: "It's huge. Every game right now is coming to the wire. Each pitch is critical so I just try to go out there and keep things simple, try not to get ahead of myself and win each pitch. … Just trying to stay within myself and not trying to do too much. … I felt great. I felt strong out there. I felt like I could locate my sinker to both sides of the plate whenever I needed to."

News and notes…

  • The Mets entered the night a half-game ahead of the Giants for the first Wild Card spot and 1.5 games in front of the Cardinals. Since August 20, New York has gone 24-12 to erase a 5.5-game deficit in the Wild Card standings.
  • New York's 102 home runs on the road are the third-most in franchise history. The 2000 club holds the record with 105 homers away from New York.
  • The Mets have scored 59 runs on 72 hits in the last six games.
  • After driving in three runs on Tuesday, Granderson has 24 RBIs in his last 25 games.
  • Syndergaard has a 1.14 ERA in his last four road starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight outings. His 218 strikeouts are the most by a Met since R.A. Dickey fanned 230 in 2012.

What's next…

The Mets (84-74) conclude their season series with the Marlins (78-79) from Marlins Park on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP), who received a no-decision in his last outing after allowing three runs in five innings against Philadelphia, is unbeaten in his last six starts. Right-hander Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) defeated the Mets on Sep. 1 but has posted a 7.71 ERA in his four other starts this month.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets (83-74) will look to take the second game of their three-game series with the Marlins (78-78) in Miami on Tuesday, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here.



RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by RHP Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02).

Syndergaard takes the mound after having his last scheduled start pushed back a few days because of strep throat. In his last outing, Syndergaard pitched only 3.2 innings and allowed five earned runs on eight hits and three walks. Prior to that start, Syndergaard had allowed only four earned runs in his previous 34 innings.

Koehler, who hasn't won a game since Aug. 9, has struggled with control lately, walking a total of 13 batters in his last five outings. In his most recent start, Koehler allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks in only four innings.

Here are today's starting lineups:

Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Martin Prado, 3B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Christian Yelich, CF Curtis Granderson, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, RF Jay Bruce, RF
Justin Bour, 1B T.J. Rivera, 2B
J.T. Realmuto, C Lucas Duda, 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Rene Rivera, C
Tom Koehler, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Tags: Miami Marlins , Noah Syndergaard

Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz will not pitch again in 2016, instead he will soon have surgery on his elbow, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday...



Most Recent Update & Reaction (Tues., Sept. 27):

The Mets have announced that Steven Matz will be out for the rest of the season due to a sore left shoulder. The shoulder will not require surgery.

However, Matz will undergo surgery next week to remove bone spurs in his left elbow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

ESPN.com's Adam Rubin says Matz will need three months to recover from having the bone spur removed, which should allow him plenty of time to be ready for next year's spring training.



Matthew Cerrone: Well, the good news is that having a bone spur removed from an elbow is somewhat common for a pitcher. In my 13 years doing this site, I've written about lots and lots of guys that have done this and they all seemingly return from it with no problem. In fact, they're almost always better for it.

The other silver lining here is that Matz isn't having shoulder surgery, which would have been a real blow to his development. From what I can gather, the shoulder issue is mostly inflammation, possibly caused by adjusting his delivery due to the bone spur. It doesn't seem to be a pressing, prominent issue and the team believes it will solve itself over time. 

It was a tale of two seasons for Matz, who started off hot, looking like a Rookie of the Year candidate, but who then fought injuries and pain - again - that ultimately derailed his season. He's a promising, talented young pitcher. Hopefully, this helps him get right...



Previous Reports

Terry Collins said Sept. 27 that Matz was unlikely to pitch again this season after visiting with a doctor in Manhattan on Monday, though he left open the possibility that he could pitch in relief during the postseason.

"I don't think it's fair to him or us to do it," Collins said, noting that Matz would probably struggle on a big-league mound if he rushed back, given that he hasn't thrown in a game since Aug. 14.

Matz, who was 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts, spent much of the season pitching the bone spur in his throwing elbow, which has been causing him pain. Most recently, he was unable to throw due to pain associated with a shoulder impingement.

Tags: Steven Matz

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been shut down for at least the next three days, as he continues to work back from a wrist injury.



Latest update (Sept. 27)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores has been shut down for at least the next three days, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday's game in Miami.

Flores again felt pain in his wrist when trying to swing a bat Sept. 26.

Previous reports and reaction

Flores first injured his wrist during a game in Atlanta on Sept. 10, and has since had two anti-inflammatory injections.

Collins said on Sept. 24 that the wrist issue may cause him to miss the rest of the regular season. 

Flores first missed time due to a sore neck, then was unavailable the following Wednesday due to a sore wrist.

In the six games prior to the injury, Flores was hitting .381 with four extra-base hits and two RBIs.

Tags: Wilmer Flores


Where do things stand?

The Mets have five games left to play and lead the Giants for the top Wild Card spot by a half game.

What happens if there is a two- or three-way tie? Read here!

What are their remaining schedules?


Giants
 
Date Opp Time Giants : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Tue. 27 vs. Col 10:15 PM ET M. Moore (4-5) G. Márquez (1-0)
Wed. 28 vs. Col 10:15 PM ET J. Samardzija (12-10) T. Chatwood (11-9)
Thu. 29 vs. Col 10:15 PM ET A. Suárez (3-5) J. Gray (10-9)
Fri. 30 vs. LAD 10:15 PM ET M. Bumgarner (14-9) C. Kershaw (12-3)
Sat. 1 vs. LAD 4:05 PM ET TBA R. Hill (3-2)
Sun. 2 vs. LAD 3:05 PM ET M. Moore (4-5) J. De León (2-0)

Cardinals
 
Date Opp Time Cardinals : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Tue. 27 vs. Cin 8:15 PM ET A. Wainwright (12-9) R. Stephenson (2-2)
Wed. 28 vs. Cin 8:15 PM ET M. Leake (9-11) A. DeSclafani (8-5)
Thu. 29 vs. Cin 7:15 PM ET Á. Reyes (4-1) D. Straily (14-8)
Fri. 30 vs. Pit 8:15 PM ET C. Martínez (15-9) T. Glasnow (0-1)
Sat. 1 vs. Pit 1:05 PM ET J. García (10-13) C. Kuhl (5-4)
Sun. 2 vs. Pit 3:15 PM ET A. Wainwright (12-9) R. Vogelsong (3-6)

Mets
 
Date Opp Time Mets : Pitcher Opp: Pitcher
Tue. 27 at Mia 7:10 PM ET N. Syndergaard (13-9) T. Koehler (9-12)
Wed. 28 at Mia 7:10 PM ET S. Lugo (4-2) J. Ureña (4-8)
Fri. 30 at Phi 7:05 PM ET R. Gsellman (3-2) A. Asher (2-0)
Sat. 1 at Phi 1:05 PM ET B. Colón (14-8) J. Thompson (3-6)
Sun. 2 at Phi 3:05 PM ET N. Syndergaard (13-9) J. Eickhoff (11-14)

What's happening tonight?

Mets: New York will start Noah Syndergaard, whose turn was moved back a couple of days due to step throat. Miami will counter with right-hander Tom Koehler, who will make his ninth attempt this season at getting his 10th win. He is 0-4 in his past eight starts >> Read more.

Giants: As Giants left-hander Matt Moore awaits what could be the biggest game of his career in the regular-season finale Sunday, there's one thing he can do to help make it happen. Pitch well in his second-biggest game >> Read more.

Cardinals: St. Louis will turn to Adam Wainwright (12-9, 4.57 ERA) in an attempt to right the ship. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 10-5 win on Sept. 20 in Colorado, where he allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings. He also did major damage with his bat, driving in four runs to give him 18 RBIs in 58 at-bats >> Read more.


New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard will return to the rotation and start tonight against the Marlins.

He was scratched from his last start because of strep throat.

Syndergaard is 13-9 with a 2.63 ERA and 210 strike outs in 177 innings this season. He was rocked for five runs and eight hits in just 3.2 innings against the Braves prior to being diagnosed with strep.

Syndergaard's final start of the regular season is scheduled for Sunday in Philadelphia.

However, in the event the Mets clinch a playoff spot before that, Terry Collins said Monday that Syndergaard will be skipped this weekend so he can start the Wild Card game on Oct. 5.


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The way I understand it, the only way Syndergaard starts Sunday is if the Mets season is still on the line. He isn't starting if they're in the postseason, but still competing for home field. If they've clinched, he's on the bench so he can pitch two days later in the win-or-go-home, lone Wild Card game. That's it. Period, end of story...

That said, in the event home field is on the line, if he's needed, I do think it's possible he could be used for an inning or two in relief. But, that's it... Of course, there are also a series of possible tiebreaker games that could complicate things, if the Mets end up tied with the Giants and Cardinals. The point is, it's going to be a confusing week, especially if these three teams continue to jockey for position.
 

The Amazin' Life: Movie Reel

In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Noah Syndergaard shows off his acting range with his movie audition reel...

Video: The Amazin' Life: Noah Goes Hollywood

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Sep 26, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly (C) embraces New York Mets third base coach Tim Teufel (L) prior to their game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly (C) embraces New York Mets third base coach Tim Teufel (L) prior to their game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Bartolo Colon allowed seven runs Monday night as the Marlins beat the Mets, 7-3, during Miami's first game since the death of their 24-year-old ace Jose Fernandez.

The Mets entered the game needing to win as many of their remaining six games as they fight to outlast the Giants and Cardinals for the NL Wild Card. And yet, given what the Marlins experienced during the last 48 hours, I can easily accept the Mets losing in Miami last night. It felt like the right thing to do. The night was full of emotions, and both sides did an admirable job fighting through them...



"He respected the game. That's why he played it like he did," a poised and somber Collins said of Fernandez before game. "Therefore, in respect for him and his honor, we've got to go out there and respect the game, and go play it, and play it the right way, and play it with energy and play it with enthusiasm. There's no other way about it."

In the first inning, Marlins 2B Dee Gordon lead off with a home run, during which he cried while running around the bases. He was embraced by teammates in the dugout, all of whom were also wiping tears from their eyes.



"I don't care who you are, who you root for or how badly you want the Mets to be in the postseason, that was phenomenal," SNY's Gary Cohen perfectly said on air.

Colon had no expression on his face, as he clearly worked to hold back tears of his own.

"I was also crying," d'Arnaud said. "When he was coming to home plate, tears were coming down his face. They were coming down mine, too. I'm sure the whole world felt that emotion in that moment, whether you were here, watching it on TV or anywhere."

It was an incredible moment.

I didn't know Fernandez. I never met him. I'm just a fan, sitting on my sofa, watching the game. But, I choked up too, thinking of my daughters, thinking about how life is unpredictable, thinking about how important baseball can be in helping people feel and heal from devistation.

Prior to the game, a lone trumpet played a slow, touching version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," coupled with a tribute video that gave me chills. It was stunning.



The Marlins did an outstanding job helping players and fans cope with this tragedy, while also allowing for moments to honor and celebrate an amazing young man.

And, I'm equally proud of how understanding and supportive the Mets were each step of the way. Terry Collins and his players were consoling their opponents throughout the game. Mets players had their arms on the shoulders of Marlins base runners, they hugged coaches during the game and showed a level of love and respect that is rarely seen between opponents. It was beautiful and demonstrated a a rare, genuine connection between spirituality and sports. 



After the game, the entire Marlins roster and coaching staff gathered in a circle around the pitcher's mound, where they took part in prayer and a moment of silence. In New York's dugout, a group of Mets stood by, leaning on the railing, again offering support if needed.

"First of all, I wanna say, 'Thank you,' to the Mets, they were first class for coming in and showing their gratitude to us and being there for us in a time of need," Gordon said in a post-game TV interview.

The entire evening - before, after and during the game - felt like an on field funeral for a rival and a teammate. I've never see anything like it and my heart continues to break for those directly involved.


 (Jasen Vinlove)
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After a ceremony honoring the late Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park in Miami, the Mets lost to the Marlins, 7-3, on Monday night >> Read more

The Cardinals lost and the Giants were off, meaning the Mets remain tied in the loss column for both Wild Card spots. 


 

What's on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 27

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Marlins in Miami at 7:10 p.m.

Noah Syndergaard (2.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) starts opposite Tom Koehler (4.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP).



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Tags: Noah Syndergaard

Post Game Extra: 09/26/16 00:05:03
On an emotional night in Miami following the death of star pitcher Jose Fernandez, the Marlins defeated the Mets, 7-3.

Dee Gordon hit Bartolo Colon's third pitch of the game for a home run and the Marlins scored seven times in the first three innings en route to an emotional 7-3 win over the Mets on Monday night at Marlins Park.

In case you missed it…

  • In an almost too-surreal-to-believe moment, Gordon honored the late Jose Fernandez by wearing his helmet and batting right-handed against Colon before moving back to the left side. He followed with his first home run since the last game of the 2015 season and finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs.
  • Colon (14-8) suffered through his shortest non-injury related start this season, surrendering seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. The right-hander had allowed seven runs combined in his previous five starts.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a two-run double. Lucas Duda's RBI single in the eighth produced the Mets' other run.
  • Gabriel Ynoa, Rafael Montero, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin and Jim Henderson combined to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

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

Video: Jay Bruce singles and moves the runner to third

Video: Lucas Duda goes to the opposite field for RBI single

Video: Cabrera gets the Mets on the board with a double

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the game: "This is bigger than baseball tonight."

Colon on the loss: "I feel like it was great for them that they were able to win. You know what, though? I would have really enjoyed it if it was [Fernandez] who got the win over me."

News and notes…

  • All Marlins players wore black jerseys with Fernandez's name and No. 16 on the back. As they did yesterday at Citi Field, New York hung a Fernandez Mets jersey in their dugout. The two clubs embraced in the middle of the infield after observing a moment of silence.
  • The Mets fell to a half-game ahead of the idle Giants but will remain 1.5 games up on the Cardinals, who were blown out by the Reds.
  • New York fell to 10-7 against Miami and lost for just the fifth time in their last 15 games away from Citi Field.
  • Colon had been 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his last seven starts.
  • T.J. Rivera went 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at nine games.

What's next…

The Mets (83-74) continue their series against the Marlins (78-78) at Marlins Park on Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. After a poor start against the Braves followed by a bout with strep throat, Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) will try and get back on track against Miami. New York will face right-hander Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP), who is winless in his last eight starts and is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Mets this year.

Tags: Bartolo Colon

The Mets (83-73) and Marlins (77-78) begin a three-game series in Miami on Monday, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here.

The Marlins will wear No. 16 to honor their teammate Jose Fernandez, who tragically passed away in a boating accident early Sunday morning.



RHP Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.12 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by LHP Adam Conley (8-6, 3.94).

Colon has been stellar for the Mets lately, going 4-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his last seven starts. In his most recent outing, Colon pitched 6.2 innings and allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. Colon has allowed only six earned runs in his last five starts, spanning 32.2 innings.

Conley returns to the mound for the first time for the Marlins since Aug. 13. In his final two starts before going on the DL, Conley allowed 11 earned runs on 12 hits in only nine innings, walking four batters in each of the two outings.

Here are today's starting lineups:

Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Martin Prado, 3B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Christian Yelich, CF Curtis Granderson, CF
Giancarlo Stanton, RF T.J. Rivera, 2B
Justin Bour, 1B Jay Bruce, RF
J.T. Realmuto, C Travis d'Arnaud, C
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Eric Campbell, 1B
Adam Conley, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP
Tags: Bartolo Colon , Miami Marlins

Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a walk off three run home run: Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) is congratulated by his teammates after hitting a walk off three run home run: Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets won their final regular-season home game Sunday at Citi Field, where they finished 44-37.

"It really kind of sunk in today," Noah Syndergaard said after the game. "The clubhouse was like, we don't want it to be the last game we play here this season."

The Mets are currently one game ahead of the Giants for the National League's top wild card, with the Cardinals a half-game behind San Francisco for the second spot.

The Mets have not been to consecutive postseasons since 1999 and 2000.

Mets players took to the field after Sunday's win to sign autographs and acknowledge fans, who repeatedly chanted, "We want playoffs," during the ninth inning.


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The Mets have control of their own postseason fate, with six games left against the Marlins and Phillies, during which Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon could be in line to pitch twice. If they stumble and don't get in, it'll be because the Mets dropped the ball. 

Here's what you need to know about now and the rest of the season...

The Mets play three games in Miami against the Marlins starting tonight. Then, they move to play their final three games of the regular season against the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park. 

The Mets are 10-6 against the Marlins and 10-6 against the Phillies this season.

The Marlins are 10-12 this September and have lost three of their last four games. Similarly, the Phillies are 10-13 in September, and have lost three of their last four games.

The Giants have six games left, three against the Rockies and three against the Dodgers, all of which are in San Francisco. This season, the Giants are 8-8 against the Rockies and 8-8 against the Dodgers.

The Cardinals have seven games left in 2016, four against the Reds and three against the Pirates, all of which are in St. Louis. This season, the Cardinals are 8-7 against the Reds and 7-9 against the Pirates.

What happens if there's a three-way tie for the Wild Card? Read this!

What happens if there's a two-way tie for the Wild Card? Read this!


 (Joe Camporeale)
(Joe Camporeale)

The Mets end the regular season with a six-game road trip starting tonight with three in Miami, an off-day on Thursday and then the final three games in Philly starting on Friday.

Probables for the series against Miami:

  • Monday, Sept. 26: RHP Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.12 ERA) vs. Adam Conley (8-6, 3.94 ERA) 7:10 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 27: RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-9, 2.63 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (9-12, 4.02 ERA) 7:10 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28: RHP Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA) vs. Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA) 7:10 p.m.

New York is 39-36 on the road this year.



A jersey hangs in the New York Mets dugout to honor the memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (16). Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
A jersey hangs in the New York Mets dugout to honor the memory of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (16). Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes helped to hang a Mets jersey with Jose Fernandez's name and number (16) in the Mets dugout as a tribute to his Cuban countryman.

Fernandez, 24, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. The Mets also held a moment of silence for Fernandez before the national anthem.

"Jeff Wilpon came to me and Asdrubal Cabrera with the idea, he had the jersey made," Cespedes told reporters after the game. "He came and spoke to us in the trainer's room before the game and I decided that I wanted to be the one to go out there and put it up, just to let everyone know how much this loss meant to us. ... I can tell you that we're going to take the jersey with us and we'll be putting it up again."

The Mets will be the visiting team Monday in Miami as the Marlins return to playing baseball.

The Marlins will all wear No. 16 to honor Fernandez, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

Video: DeGrom, Flores and Rivera speak about Fernandez

Terry Collins said he will hold a private meeting with his players before the game.

"I know they'll be very, very respectful," Collins said. "This is one that hits you in the stomach. This kid's 24 years old. He's got a huge future ahead of him. His past is a story itself -- how he got here, how he became successful, his love for the game, his love for Miami and the community, what he did down there for kids. You can't ever watch a Marlins game where you're not looking over on the bench watching this guy have fun, even though he's not playing that night. He stays on the bench. He's cheering. He's on the top step. His love for the game and what he meant to Miami, it's got to be a hard day for them.

"I wish more guys were like that," Collins continued. "I wish more guys really had fun, like he did, playing the game. The pressures didn't get to him. He enjoyed everything the game meant. He's going to be missed."

Collins said he is thankful to have veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon starting Monday, during what will undoubtedly be an emotional night.

'Tomorrow is going to be a rough one for everybody," Collins added. But, "If anybody can handle those situations, it's him. We'll see what happens."


To read more reactions from Mets players and coaches, on the passing of Fernandez, check out articles at MLB.com, ESPN.com and the NY Post.


 


Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 3B Jose Reyes and SS Asdrubal Cabrera combined for eight RBI, again batting first and second in the order, as the Mets beat the Phillies, 17-0, at Citi Field on Sunday.

Cabrera, who hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, is batting .358 with 22 RBI in 34 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 19, during which the Mets are 22-12.

Reyes, who had four consecutive at bats with the bases loaded, scored twice and drove in four runs.

Also during Sunday's game, the Mets hit with the bases loaded 11 times; they drew nine walks; they matched a franchise record by scoring eight or more runs in four straight games; T.J. Rivera was on base four times; Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the season; and Jay Bruce had two hits, a day after hitting a home run.


Video: Cabrera blows game open with a grand slam


"We needed one of those," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Our bullpen was shot. When you run 27 pitchers out in three games, you're out of gas. It was nice to be able to have comfortable innings at the end of the game."


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The Mets started their final homestand by sweeping the Twins, at which point we were all on cloud nine. Then, they were swept by the Braves, and it felt like the sky was falling. Thankfully, they ended by taking three of four games from the Phillies.

In between the winning and losing, Jacob deGrom had elbow surgery, Steven Matz was shut down again, Yoenis Cespedes was robbed of a would-be walk-off home run, the Mets overcame two two-run deficits in the same game and Sean Gilmartin made a spot start.

So, yeah, Terry is right, it was great to get a blow-out win, even if they only ended up going 6-4 on the homestand. Hopefully, it's not the last home game in 2016...



To read more about Sunday's offensive explosion, check out post-game reports in the NY Post, Daily News, TimesNewsday, Bergen Record, ESPN.comNJ.com and MLB.com.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson , Jacob deGrom , Sean Gilmartin , Steven Matz , Yoenis Cespedes

Gsellman's strike out 00:00:19
Robert Gsellman struck out eight and did not allow a run in a dominant Mets' win over Philadelphia at Citi Field.

Mets rookie RHP Robert Gsellman threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in Sunday's 17-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 23-year-old Gsellman, who made his MLB debut Aug. 23, pitched into the seventh inning for the second time in his career. He allowed three hits -- all singles -- and two walks, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

"I was working on my mechanics earlier to fix some stuff and it seemed to help out today," Gsellman said after the game, when asked about lasting seven innings.

In the absense of Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, the Mets could turn to Gsellman for a start in the post-season, assuming they clicnh a spot and move beyond the Wild Card round.

"Hopefully we get to the postseason. He's got to be a part of it," Collins said about Gsellman. "I thought it was really, really important to build him up to the 100 pitches, so whether he throws 70 or 75 pitches in a playoff game, it's easier for him."


Video: Collins, Gsellman, Cespedes on big win, Fernandez


Gsellman is 3-2 with a 2.56 ERA since joining the Mets. 

"He throws [his sinker] pretty hard," Collins said. "It's just got late life to it, so it's really hard to keep the barrel through the baseball, because it's just continually moving."


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This was easily his best start this season for the Mets. He located his fastball really, really well Sunday, throwing it roughly 70% of the time. The other pitches were an equal mix of sliders, change ups and curve balls. I like how he's not afraid to change the hitter's eye level. He does a really nice job keeping the ball down. But, when he needs it, he can elevate a 94-mph fastball that gets swung at like it's double the velocity. And, if a guy does swing and make contact, it usually gets topped with rotation for an easy ground ball out.

I was also really impressed by Rene Rivera, who was working hard behind the plate to keep Gselllan focused and toght with his mechanics. Rivera was very demonstrative, flashing signs, pumping his fast, and essentially showing Gsellman how to stay locked in to him. It was a veteran move from a veteran catcher, who has done a terrific job helping this young staff navigate their way through a lot of adverstity. 

Gsellman entered the game with a history of struggling the third time through the batting order. But, because was so efficient early Sunday, he had enough bullets and energy to keep rolling. He tossed seven innings, which was huge. The bullpen was a mess from the previous two days. And, on a day when the Mets scored two touch downs, Gsellman allowed the big guys in bullpen to get a much-needed day off.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Philadelphia Phillies , Steven Matz , Zack Wheeler

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets won two of three games from the Phillies over the weekend at Citi Field, including a 17-0 victory on Sunday, which was their last regular season home game of the season >> Read more

The Giant and Cardinals both lost on Sunday. With six games left in the season, the Mets are now one game ahead of the Giants for the first Wild Card spot and 1.5 games up on the Cardinals...



Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident on Sunday >> Read more

Wilmer Flores could be done for the rest of the regular season due to his wrist injury >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard threw a bullpen session over the weekend and is expected to start Tuesday >> Read more

Steven Matz is still being bothered by his shoulder impingement, though it's possible he could pitch in the bullpen, Terry Collins said >> Read more

The Nationals officially won the NL East >> Read more

 

What's on Tap for Monday, Sept. 26

The Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (3.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) starts opposite Tom Koehler (4.02 ERA, 1.42 WHIP).



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. Thanks to home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera and and Curtis Granderson in Sunday's home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating another $4,000 to help fight childhood hunger.

To see this season's grand total to date, visit mets.com/citi.


Tags: Bartolo Colon , Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz , Wilmer Flores

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a bullpen session on Sunday after he missed his scheduled start on Saturday with strep throat.

Terry Collins said Syndergaard is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Marlins.

"It went great," Collins said, according to the Associated Press. "We're going to go with him on Tuesday. He did tell me that even during his workout, he felt just a little fatigued, so I thought one more day trying to get him some nourishment in him would help."

Syndergaard is 13-9 with a 2.63 ERA this season for the Mets.

"It's just kind of all about getting my strength back," Syndergaard said. "I didn't eat a whole lot for two days, so I feel a little weak. But I threw a bullpen Saturday and felt great. I'll be ready to go Tuesday."

Collins also said LHP Steven Matz's MRI on his shoulder came back clean, but did not say whether Matz would return this season.

"Right now, it might be, if he's able to pitch, we put him in the `pen and see if we can get him an inning here and an inning there," he said. "But where we are, I'm not sure where we're going to get him in."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Steven Matz

Post Game Extra: 9/25/16 00:03:40
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' emphatic 17-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Robert Gsellman pitched a career-high seven innings and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam as the Mets walloped the Phillies, 17-0, in the regular-season finale at Citi Field on Sunday.

In case you missed it…

  • Gsellman (3-2) worked a career-high seven innings and allowed three hits and two walks while striking out a personal-best eight batters. His bunt single in the second was his first Major League hit.
  • Cabrera's third career grand slam and 23rd home run of the year was the Mets' seventh slam of the season. Jose Reyes enjoyed four consecutive at-bats with the bases loaded, walking twice and hitting a two-run double during New York's six-run eighth inning. Reyes and Cabrera each drove in four runs.
  • James Loney produced the Mets' first run of the game with a double play. Curtis Granderson's 30th homer of the season increased New York's lead to 2-0 in the fourth.
  • T.J. Rivera reached base four times and chipped in with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Eric Campbell had a two-run single and Michael Conforto added a two-run double in the eighth.
  • In addition to collecting 14 hits, the Mets walked nine times and were hit by pitches four times.

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

Video: Granderson hits his 30th homer in the fourth inning

Video: Gsellman puts finishing touches on gem

Video: Cabrera blows game open with a grand slam

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Gsellman: "Hopefully we get to the postseason. He's got to be a part of it. I thought it was really, really important to build him up to the 100 pitches, so whether he throws 70 or 75 pitches in a playoff game, it's easier for him."

Collins on the final week: "We've got six games to go. We're going to run, basically, our two best pitchers out there twice each. Tomorrow is going to be a rough one for everybody, because I'm sure they're going to be all fired up not only to beat us, but in honor of Jose [Fernandez]. But we've got to do what we've been doing -- go out and play, execute. We've got to feel good because we've got Bart going tomorrow night, because if anybody can handle those situations, it's him. We'll see what happens."

Gsellman on his start: "I'm pretty comfortable. I'm getting more confident and just keeping it rolling."

Collins on Monday's game in Miami: "Tomorrow is going to be a tough day. Tomorrow is really going to be a tough one. But we got through this one today. Robert Gsellman was real, real good. I'm glad it's over. And I'll be glad when tomorrow is over, I'll tell you."

News and notes…

  • New York finished with a 44-37 record at Citi Field, winning 15 of its last 21 games at home. At worst, they will remain tied with the Giants for the first Wild Card spot.
  • The Mets have defeated the Phillies 10 or more times in five consecutive seasons while winning 13 of the last 15 series. New York is 10-6 against Philadelphia with three games remaining.
  • The Mets tied a club record by scoring at least eight runs in four straight home games, joining the 2000 squad. New York tallied 44 runs in the four games, including 28 against the Phillies' bullpen. The 17-0 victory was the largest shutout win in club history.
  • Granderson reached the 30-home run mark for the fourth time in his career and for the first time since 2012. He and Cespedes are the first Mets teammates to hit 30 or more home runs in the same year since David Wright (33) and Carlos Delgado (38) did it in 2008.  
  • Gsellman has surrendered two runs in his last three starts spanning 18 innings.

What's next…

The Mets (83-73) begin their final road trip of the regular season with what will surely be an emotional game against the Marlins (77-78) at Marlins Park on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) opens the series for New York having lost just once in his last 10 starts. With the tragic news of Jose Fernandez's death and the cancellation of their game on Sunday, the Marlins have not announced a starter for the game.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

Collins on the loss of Fernandez 00:06:36
Manager Terry Collins shares his thoughts on the tragic loss of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

Jose Fernandez, the charismatic ace for the Miami Marlins who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday. He was 24.

Fernandez and two other people died when their 32-foot vessel slammed into a jetty off Miami Beach, authorities said.

Authorities didn't know the time of the accident. The boat was found shortly after 3 a.m.

Video: Gary and Keith speak on the tragic loss of Fernandez

"All I can do is scream in disbelief," said Hall of Famer Tony Perez, a Marlins executive and native of Cuba. "Jose won the love of all. I feel as if I had lost a son."

Major League Baseball released a statement saying it was "stunned and devastated."

"He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013," Commissioner Rob Manfred said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization and all of the people he touched in his life."

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves was canceled. The Braves, along with several other teams, quickly shared their condolences with the Marlins.

"Hands down one of my favorite guys to watch pitch! He brought nothing but intensity and passion," Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price tweeted.

Within hours after the news broke, Marlins players gathered at the ballpark to grieve together.

"A lot of words were said - meaningful words and emotion and prayer," team president David Samson said. "Jose is a member of this family for all time."

 


The Mets are scheduled to start a three-game series with the Marlins Monday in Miami.


Jose Reyes reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Jose Reyes reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

EW YORK -- Rare is it for a team battling for a playoff berth to feel it gained momentum from a late-season loss. But most teams don't lose like the New York Mets did Saturday night.

The Mets look to retain at least a share of the lead in the National League wild-card race Sunday afternoon when they host the Philadelphia Phillies in the regular-season home finale at Citi Field.

The Mets (82-73) and San Francisco Giants enter Sunday tied for the top NL wild card. They are a half-game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals (81-73).

New York won the first two contests of the four-game series against the Phillies on Thursday and Friday before falling 10-8 on Saturday. But the Mets felt pretty good about themselves after nearly coming back from a 10-0 deficit to win. Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud stepped to the plate as the potential winning run in the ninth inning before popping out and grounding out, respectively.

A comeback would have been the biggest in Mets history, exceeding an eight-run comeback in an 11-8 victory over the Houston Astros on Sept. 2, 1972. >>Read more at SNY.tv. . . . .


Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

The Mets (82-73) and Phillies (64-85) wrap up their four-game series Sunday afternoon, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here



RHP Robert Gsellman (2-2, 3.13 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by RHP Jake Thompson (3-5, 5.62).

Gsellman is scheduled to make his sixth career start Sunday. Gsellman, who moved into the rotation in place of injured left-hander Jonathon Niese in August, made his first major league start against the Phillies on Aug. 28 and took the loss after allowing four runs over six innings in a 5-1 setback.

Thompson won his last two starts, a stretch in which he's allowed five runs over 11 innings. He earned the win Tuesday after giving up three runs over five innings in the Phillies' 7-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Thompson has never faced the Mets.. 

Here are today's starting lineups:

Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Freddy Galvis, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Odubel Herrera, CF Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Maikel Franco, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF
Ryan Howard, 1B Jay Bruce, RF
Cody Asche, LF T.J. Rivera, 2B
Aaron Altherr, SS James Loney, 1B
Jorge Alfaro, C Rene Rivera, C
Jake Thompson, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP

Post Game Extra: 09/24/16 00:04:34
Rookie Gavin Cecchini delivered his first two major league hits, but the Mets' comeback came up short in a 10-8 loss to the Phillies.

Sean Gilmartin didn't make it out of the first inning but the Mets nearly completed a historic comeback before ultimately falling short in a 10-8 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Filling in for a sick Noah Syndergaard, Gilmartin (0-1) surrendered a three-run homer to Maikel Franco and after walking the eight-place hitter intentionally, a two-run single to the opposing pitcher. He was charged with five runs on four hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning.
  • Despite striking out seven in 3 1/3 innings, Rafael Montero allowed five runs in relief of Gilmartin to put the Mets in a 10-0 hole.
  • New York rallied for eight unanswered runs, six coming in the fifth and sixth innings. T.J. Rivera and Gavin Cecchini each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The first of Cecchini's two-run scoring doubles was his first Major League hit.
  • Although they trailed by 10 runs in the fifth, New York brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth with one out. Lucas Duda popped out and Travis d'Arnaud grounded out to end the game.
  • Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson were all pulled from the game prior to the fifth inning.

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

Video: Gavin Cecchini's first career hit is an RBI double

Video: Ty Kelly cuts down AJ Ellis at the plate

Video: Brandon Nimmo hits an RBI double to right field

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the comeback: "There were a lot of good at-bats today. Really a lot of good ones. Unfortunately we just couldn't pull it off, we just got too far behind early. … We came back and gave ourselves a chance to win."

Gilmartin on his start: "I wasn't really good. … Preparation-wise I was ready to do my job and I wasn't able to and that's on me."

Cecchini on his first big league hit: "It was crazy. I think I almost tripped going around first base but it was awesome, man. It's something you always dreamed of as a kid. Being out there and getting your first big league hit and it's like a weight is lifted off your shoulders. I'm really grateful." 

News and notes…

  • New York's lead over St. Louis was cut to a half-game after the Cardinals win over the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Mets have scored 27 runs in their last three games. New York tallied 24 runs in the nine games prior to the series with Philadelphia.
  • Gilmartin and Friday's starter, Gabriel Ynoa, combined to allow seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings as the last two starters. Gilmartin was the 10th different starting pitcher New York has used in the last 39 games.
  • Jay Bruce was out of the lineup for the sixth time in seven games but he slugged a pinch-hit jack in the ninth for his 30th home run of the season and fifth as a Met. It is Bruce's fourth 30-homer season and first since 2013.

What's next…

The Mets (82-73) will play their regular-season finale at Citi Field against the Phillies (70-85) on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Robert Gsellman (2-2, 3.13 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) will try to snap a three-start winless streak while pitching New York to a series win. Rookie Jake Thompson (3-5, 5.62 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) has won consecutive starts after winning once in his first seven big league appearances.

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