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The Mets (14-7) and Giants (12-12) continue their three-game series at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) makes his third start of the season against San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA).



David Wright is expected to get Saturday off, Terry Collins said after Friday night's game, during which Wright played the full nine innings despite his team having an 11-run lead.

According to Collons, he always planned to give Wright the say off Saturday, since he wanted him in the lineup on Sunday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.


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Last night was incredible. Yoenis Cespedes, who had six RBI in one inning, can be amazing. And, as if his power isn't enough, he does it with a smile on his face. He clearly understands how much fun he is to watch, and how entertaining the Yo! Show can be at times, and he seems to enjoy every second of it - and because of it, as a fan, I appreciate him all the more...

The Mets are now just a half game behind the Nationals, despite Washington's hot start. It's gonna be a crazy summer...



By the way, I like this approach for Wright. He's going to need time off, we know this. He feels good, which is exactly when he should rest. If they wait to rest him when he's sore or tired, it's probably too late. The goal is to keep him fresh and feeling strong. So, I have no problem letting him play all nine innings Friday, because TC knew he was getting the day off Saturday.

The Mets have a long stretch of games in a row, and - as Rich Coutinho explained to me in the following podcast - how they handle Wright here could have a huge impact on the way he feels throughout the summer...


Post Game Extra: 4/29/16 00:03:01
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 13-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam capped a 12-run third inning as the Mets cut down the Giants, 13-1, in the opener of their three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv.

In case you missed it

The 12 runs scored in the third inning set a new franchise record for the Mets. The previous high was 11 set on July 16, 2006 against the Cubs. New York sent 15 batters to the plate in the third, collecting eight hits and four walks. Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker drove in the other six runs in the inning. Conforto and Cespedes both had two hits in the inning.

Making his first start since April 22, Cespedes went 2-for-4 and has an extra-base hit in nine straight games, a franchise record. His six RBIs in one inning also established a new club record.

Conforto had an RBI double and a RBI single in the third, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 16 straight games. 5. He's hitting .380 with 12 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.

Steven Matz worked around 10 baserunners to pitch six shutout innings for his third straight win. Since allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his first start of the year, the left-hander has a 0.92 ERA (two runs in 19 2/3 innings) in his last three starts.


Regis Couremanche: What started off as a sluggish game by Matz and Jake Peavy turned into a historic night for the Mets who have now won seven straight.

Walks doomed Peavy early and he got the hook just before the floodgates opened completely. I loved a lot of things about their 12-run 3rd inning, but the opposite field hitting from Conforto, Cespedes and Cabrera shows how versatile this team is when they're not hitting the long ball. Then it happened. Yo's grand slam capped things off and the place exploded! Wish I was there for that. His six RBIs that inning are also a Mets record. 

Matz, my fellow Long Islander, battled out of a few jams tonight through six scoreless innings. He wasn't all that sharp and pitched up in the zone but was able to get it done after being given a crazy lead early. 

It's just so awesome to see the Mets picking up where they left off last year. Maybe I'm jaded but I still pinch myself that I'm watching an amazing team right now and am totally enjoying this. Happy Birthday, Gary and feel better, Keith! >> To Follow Regis on Twitter, click here.


Anthony De Roa: The one bright spot tonight for Giants fans was they were likely able to make alternate Friday evening plans before the 4th inning. In the 3rd, the Mets unloaded a 45 minute barrage of offense, as 15 batters stepped to the plate.

Conforto, Walker and Cabrera each hit a double in the inning. Cespedes capped off the wild 3rd with a Grand Slam, a gift for birthday boys Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Cohen. Matz delivered his third straight solid start, though his pitch count ran long, hitting around 72 by the 4th. He managed to make it through six, before handing it over to Blevins, Verrett and Bastardo.

The Mets pen has been outstanding of late, allowing just three earned runs over their last 22.1 innings. The Mets and deGrom will get a late afternoon start tomorrow, facing the once dominant but now struggling Matt Cain. Until then, sleep well, Hunter Pence and your night light >> To follow Anthony on Twitter, click here.


Quotes

  • Terry Collins on the Mets' 12-run inning: "I'm sitting there and I looked up and I'm thinking, my gosh, we've had 11 guys up there and there's one out, that's pretty amazing…It was just, again, one of those freaky things you don't every expect to have against a team as good as the Giants… It seemed like everything we hit went into a gap somewhere. You never know what to expect. I just thought our at-bats were really great."
  • Cespedes on his hot start: "The way that I felt last year is how I wanted to carry over into this year. I feel at home here. … When I hit it, I knew it was gone. But when I went to the plate my job was to make contact."
  • Kevin Plawecki on Cespedes: "You never know what's going to happen when Ces is up there. You never know what you'll see on any given night."

News and notes

  • Since starting the season 2-5, the Mets are 12-2 and have won seven straight games overall.
  • The Mets finished 3-3 against the Giants last year, with both clubs winning two of three on the road. New York has not won a series from San Francisco at home since 2010, losing five straight series, going 6-12 since 2011.
  • The Mets' 29 home runs since April 15 are the most in baseball. Their 31 homers are fifth in the majors.

What's next? 

The Mets (14-7) and Giants (12-12) continue their three-game series at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) makes his third start of the season against San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA).

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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The Mets begin a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants Friday night at Citi Field.

Giants Mets
Denard Span, CF Curtis Granderson, RF
Joe Panik, 2B David Wright, 3B
Matt Duffy, 3B Michael Conforto, LF
Buster Posey, C Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Hunter Pence, RF Lucas Duda, 1B
Brandon Belt, 1B Neil Walker, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jake Peavy, RHP Kevin Plawecki, C
Angel Pagan, LF Steven Matz, LHP

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: LHP Steven Matz (5.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP). After allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings during his first start of the season, Matz has allowed just two runs over his last two starts (13 1/3 innings) while striking out 17 and walking two.

Who's Pitching for the Giants: RHP Jake Peavy (6.86 ERA, 1.87 WHIP). Has allowed 35 hits in 21 innings pitched (four starts so far this season). Was solid his last time out, allowing just two runs in seven innings in a victory over the Marlins.


Tags: Steven Matz

Yoenis Cespedes is back in the starting lineup after missing a week with a bruised knee.

"He feels a lot better," Terry Collins said before the game. "We have to be careful he doesnt slide much. I told him to take it easy, I don't need him back in the training room."



Cespedes had his knee drained of fluid on Monday. He initially bruised it diving into the stands for a ball on April 13, then aggravated the bruise when he slid into second with a double April 22.

Terry Collins said earlier this week that he expected Cespedes back in the starting lineup today. Similarly, Sandy Alderson said he did not expect Cespedes to end up on the disabled list.

Cespedes's last appearance was April 26 when he hit a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run home run to help lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Reds.

"You just shake your head, special players do special things," Collins said after the game. "With great ability, they just walk up and do things when you're not expecting it."

It was his first pinch-hit home run in his five-year career.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with ESPN NY's Rich Coutinho about the team's camaraderie, rotation, bullpen, how Terry Collins will juggle his roster, and what the future holds for David Wright...



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In their new book, "Down on the Korner," authors Mark Rosenman and Howie Karpin take readers behind the scenes of Ralph Kiner's Kiner's Korner, which was his post game interview show following Mets home games.

Rosenman and Karpin relay stories about the show from people in production to players, such as Ron Darling, Doc Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Ron Hunt, Howard Johnson, Darryl Strawberry, Bobby Valentine, and many more.

It's a fun book. I thumbed through it the other night, and loved reliving these memories. As a kid, I likely took for granted that I could watch Mets games on TV, which was something the previous generation didn't always get to do. Similarly, today's young fan likely takes for granted all the commentary, pre- and post-game coverage, etc., that goes on all day, every day. In the 80s, this was not the case.

Kiner's Korner was amazing because it let us hear direct from players after the game. It sounds commonplace, because today it is. Then, it wasn't. It was rare and fun to see guys talking about the game in detail, and Karpin and Roseman do a great job recapturing that experience.

To learn more about their book, click here...


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Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run home run. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run home run. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Neil Walker tied a Mets record set by Dave Kingman, Carlos Delgado and John Buck by hitting his ninth home run in April during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

His nine home runs are tied for the most in baseball.


Earlier this week at Citi Field, Rich Coutinho talked with Walker, who had the following to say about...

Hitting nine home runs in 20 games to start the season...

I'm seeing the ball well. I'm getting my swing off, for the most part hitting strikes and driving the ball, and that's the most important thing. The only difference, obviously, in the early going is some of the balls are not doubles or triples. They're ending up in the seats. That tells you that you're hitting balls good. You're back spinning balls good...


Playing for a new team with a new middle-infield partner...

It's been seamless. ... Asdrubal's a very smart player. I feel like I can bring some of that to the table too, and we work very well together. We're always on the same page, whether it's coverage switches or who's going to cover with the pitcher on double plays, and things like that. We've been on the same page so far. It's helped that we've had some experience along the way, but more than that, we're playing well. Defensively, we're making, for the most part, the plays we're supposed to...

Gaining the respect of New York media and Mets fans...

I pride myself on being somebody that's consistent with my work ethic and preparation. I'll be the first one to tell you when I stink. I feel like people appreciate that, maybe. I don't know. Whether you're playing well, you're not playing well, if you're putting the team first and you're coming in, you're preparing yourself to play everyday, you can kind of live with yourself at the end of the day, whether it's a good day, bad day, good week, bad week, good year, bad year. You certainly can't change anybody's opinion on you whether it's the media or the fans, but if you go out and play hard every day, for the most part, most of the fans are going to at least appreciate that.


To listen to Coutinho's full interview with Walker, go here...


The Amazin' Life: Syndergaard 00:01:58
Noah Syndergaard shows Mets fans what the baseball life is really like in the trailer for The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola.

Noah Syndergaard shows Mets fans what the baseball life is really like in the SNY.tv original series, The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola

Coming Soon: Thor on the Street!



1) Marc Carig: "When the Mets set out to upgrade the middle of their infield this past winter, their priorities were clear. They sought offensive production and steady defense, a combination that for years had proved elusive. But in shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker, the Mets finally may have found a fitting tandem." Read more in Newsday...


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I love what I've seen so far from Cabrera and Walker. Wilmer Flores did an admirable job at shortstop last season, but he was clearly still learning the position and the Mets needed better than that right now. Yes, Flores and Cabrera have similar range, but Asdrubal has more experience. He knows how to position himself, how to pivot on throws, how to straddle a bag, how to protect against a stolen base attempt, he knows where to be on the cutoff throw, and where to set up in the field when he sees that an off-speed pitch is bring thrown. It's basic stuff, but something that only comes with years and years of playing the position in the big leagues. We're seeing a similar, sound and subtle upgrade between Walker and Daniel Murphy, as well.



2) Noah Syndergaard: "Bartolo is our leader out there, he's amazing to watch. The amount of fun he has out there, he understands it's a game. I feel that some people forget that it is a game because it is our profession, but at the same time you got to keep it nice and loose and relaxed, just like Bart does. That is something you take away from watching him.'' Read more in the New York Post...


3) Michael Conforto: ""I pride myself on being a person who doesn't get too up or down depending on how I'm playing, and I think that's just a product of how I'm playing. It's easy to do that with this group of guys. Nobody gets on you. They understand if you don't get the job done that they're going to pick you up. I think it's an environment where it's really easy to have that attitude." Read more in the Daily News...


4) Andrew Beaton: "The 2015 Mets were in constant search of a stable setup man. ... This is what makes the Mets current stable of setup men the most surprising part of the team so far in 2016. The entire bullpen, in fact, has unexpectedly emerged as one of the best and deepest in baseball." Read more in the Wall Street Journal...


Mike Piazza is impressed with Mets OF Michael Conforto, he told reporters Thursday night at the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Special Achievement Awards in New York City, according to the NY Post.

"I think [his swing] is a lot nicer-looking than mine was," said Piazza, who represented the Mets during the 2014 draft when Conforto was selected by Sandy Alderson. 

"I saw him in spring training. I said, 'Don't forget, I drafted you. The other scouts wanted another guy, but I knew [you] were Italian, so we drafted you," joked Piazza. "Obviously, it turned out to be the right call."

The 23-year-old Conforto is hitting .338 with a .429 OBP, 1.044 OPS, three HR and 13 RBI in 19 games.

"I think the Mets should be extremely pleased with his progress," Piazza added. "He's really accelerated and developed a lot quicker [than people thought he would], and turned into a really good run producer."

Tags: Michael Conforto

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Matt Harvey is headed in the right direction >> Read more

Neil Walker has had a tremendous April, hitting nine home runs >> Read more

The Mets' bullpen has been really good this season >> Read more

On the Mostly Mets Podcast, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender spoke with Andrew Beaton about the Mets' power surge, David Wright, the development of Michael Conforto, and more >> Listen here



What's on tap for Friday, April 29

Steven Matz (5.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open up a three-game series with the Giants and Jake Peavy (6.86 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) at Citi Field on Friday 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 , Matt Harvey , Michael Conforto

Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. The Mets won, 4-3.  (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. The Mets won, 4-3. (AP)

Marlins 2B Dee Gordon, the reigning National League batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games without pay for using performance-enhancing substances in violation of MLB's drug policy.

He is eligible to return on July 29.

In 98 at bats against the Mets during his career, Gordon is batting .337 with a .353 OBP, a home run and eight RBI.

"Gordon is a very important part of our team, and we all love him, and we support him," Marlins president David Samson said.
"That said, I do not like, or condone, what he did. He's an important member of this organization and will be for many years to come. It's a huge, huge disappointment."

Gordon, a two-time All-Star, hit .333 with a league-best 205 hits and 58 stolen bases last season for Miami.


Toby Hyde and Rob Brender talk with Andrew Beaton from the Wall Street Journal about the week in Mets, including the team's power surge, David Wright, the pitching staff, and development of Michael Conforto...



You can now listen to all of SNY.tv's original podcasts in one place. If you are a fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks, Rangers, Islanders or college basketball & recruiting, subscribe to the SNY.tv Audio Network on iTunes or wherever you listen to your podcasts...


After years of bullpen meltdowns, the Mets now find themselves with the top-ranked staff of relievers in baseball, according to FanGraphs.com.

Their collective 2.67 ERA is solid, but their unusually high batting average on balls in play, combined with a high rate of soft contact, suggests it will only get better...



As a group, they have been extremely good in both limiting home runs (3rd in MLB) and striking batters out (2nd in MLB), though their walk rate is still middle-of-the-pack. Given their ability to pound the strike zone and generate swings on pitches outside the zone, though, the walk rate should improve somewhat. One thing it's very nice to see is that they aren't pitching many innings - their 60 2/3 IP places them 21st in the league. That keeps the pen fresh and increases the likelihood that they will be able to sustain effectiveness across the season.

So far, the MVP of the Mets bullpen would have to be a tossup between Robles and Henderson. Robles has struck out 13 batters in his 9 innings pitched so far without giving up a home run. He's walked 3, the main blemish to his strong start, but at just 25 years old, he has time to work on that tendency. Henderson is also walking too many, but he's striking out hitters at an even higher rate than Robles and allowed just 6 hits so far. His journey back to the majors has been a long one and at age 33 there's a good chance his performance won't last, but right now he's bringing a steady veteran presence to an otherwise young group of pitchers.

Both of the Mets lefties are impressing thus far as well. Bastardo is striking out over a third of the batters he sees and his 2.89 ERA is inflated by some uneven luck in home runs. Blevins, more of a lefty specialist, also has a higher ERA than his pitching would suggest, with two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched. His ability to limit baserunners is excellent - he's had just 3 all season. The Mets are lucky to have two effective lefties in the bullpen (with 2 more solid options waiting in Las Vegas), which should allow them to rest both and not fall into the trap of relying heavily on one arm.



Familia, projected to be one of the top closers in the game, hasn't been his normal dominant self for much of the season, plagued by early-April velocity issues. But thinking of his 2.45 ERA as not-yet-dominant shows just how good he can be, and if his last few appearances are any indication, he's looking back on track and throwing the kind of filthy high heat that took him to the next level in 2015. And with 7 saves under his belt already, he has a good chance to top the team single-season record, which he currently holds.

It's a long season and all of these pitchers are dealing with a small sample size, but so far the Mets have had the luxury of a relief squad that inspires confidence instead of anxiety. The success has been spread among many different arms, allowing Collins the ability to mix-and-match for different hitters and different situations. Combined with a top-flight staff of starters, there aren't a lot of batters out there looking forward to coming to Queens.

Tags: Maggie Wiggin

1) Mark Simon: "The unlikeliest source of major power this side of Trevor Story is New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker. How's he doing it?" Read more at ESPN.com.



2) Marc Carig: Yoenis Cespedes said his pinch-hit home Tuesday was one of biggest moments in his career. Read more in Newsday.

3) Mike Puma: "David Wright never needs an excuse to ask to be in the Mets' lineup, but delivering Tuesday's go-ahead hit may have provided the perfect cover. Terry Collins originally had considered giving Wright a night off Wednesday, but that idea was scrapped after a brief conversation with the Mets captain." Read more in the NY Post.

4) Mark Simon: "Hard-hit balls are Michael Conforto's legacy, dating back to his days as a Little Leaguer, scholastic star and college All-American at Oregon State, so it's not really that surprising that he's atop the leaderboard for hard-hit rate near the end of the first month of the season." Read more at ESPN.com.

5) Mike Vaccarro: "The Mets aren't going to apologize for the National League, OK? Neither are the Nationals. Neither are the Cubs. Neither are any of the haves who will spend all summer massacring have-nots. ... Again, the Mets needn't apologize for this." Read more in the NY Post.


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The projected standings at FanGraphs put the Mets on pace to win 93 games this season, which would be incredible. Of course, they have the Nationals winning 92 and the Cubs winning 98. In short, they project the Mets, Cubs and Dodgers to win their respective divisions, while the Nationals and Giants will win the Wild Card. And, I think this is probably a good bet, but it's mostly because of how bad the Phillies and Braves are, and how ultra competitive things will be in the NL Central. There are five, maybe six teams in the NL that are essentially tanking and two of them are in the East.

Of course, the Mets still have to win these games. Nothing is a given just because we *think* the Braves and Phillies will be bad. Frankly, the Phillies looked pretty good when playing the Mets, so I'd be careful of them. That said, the combination of playing 38 games against these two teams, plus having such a deep and dominant starting rotation, should make attaining 93 wins easier than it might be playing in a different division or league.

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

Walker's ninth homer 00:01:22
Neil Walker ties a Mets franchise record by launching his ninth home run in the month of April during the Mets' 5-2 win.

Neil Walker tied a Mets record set by Dave Kingman, Carlos Delgado and John Buck by hitting his ninth home run in April during Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds.

"I don't know what to tell you," said Walker, smiling in disbelief. "Maybe it's my age. Maybe I'm carrying more weight in my body. I mean, I'm not, but I really don't know. Maybe I've hit the peak of where I physically can be, but I don't feel any different. I'm not approaching my at-bats any different. I'm just trying to be aggressive, especially with fastballs, and stay on them and hit strikes."

Walker's nine home runs are tied for the most in baseball.



He has never hit more than 23 or fewer than 12 home runs in a season.

"A change of scenery can make a lot of difference," Terry Collins said of his second baseman, who was acquired from the Pirates for Jon Niese this past winter. "Here he is in the middle of a lineup with huge expectations. I just think right now, he's swinging great. He's seeing the ball good. He's putting good swings on certain pitches, and doing damage."


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Walker is a very good baseball player who's in the middle of an amazing hot streak. Enjoy it because it won't last forever, and he'd be the first to admit it. The fact is, for whatever reason, he's doing everything right at the plate. Clearly, he is seeing the ball well and making great decisions right now. I mean, every swing is perfect, at strikes and with authority. He's totally locked in. There is really nothing more to say.

Walker hit just 16 home runs last season. This year, he already has nine... in April. It's worth noting he's playing very well in the field as well. He made a dangerous error but then made a nice play not long after to make up for it. He's had a terrific start to the season, which is always helpful when beginning a career in New York -- especially when replacing a fan favorite.

Murphy who? Zobrist what? Nice work, Sandy. So far, so good...


Collins, Harvey and Conforto 00:05:51
Terry Collins, Matt Harvey and Michael Conforto react to the Mets' 5-2 win and sweep of the Reds.

Matt Harvey struck out a season-high seven batters, tossed 102 pitches and let up just two runs and seven hits in six innings against the Reds on Wednesday at Citi Field.

"This is the best, I think, he's thrown all year," Terry Collins said after the game. "I thought his stuff was better tonight. I thought the ball came out of his hand much better, much cleaner tonight ... It's nice to see the velocity up."

Collins has said Harvey has been working on his mechanics with pitching coach Dan Warthen for the past few weeks to try to correct his early-season struggles.

"I think it's about staying back and letting my arm out, and Dan and I have been working hard to figure out what's been going on, and we're moving in the right direction," Harvey explained. "I was able to stay in my mechanics a little bit better and kind of attack the hitters like I normally would."

In five starts this season, Harvey, 27, is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA through 28 innings, during which he has struck out 21 batters.

"We all expect great things out of these young guys, because they're so good, so talented," Collins said. "But, we've got to have real patience with them. .... I think he's making strides."


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In the third inning, with the bases loaded, two outs and the Mets up a run, Harvey threw a 96-mph fastball down in the strike zone. It was the perfect pitch for the moment, which was ripped up the middle. Thankfully, Neil Walker made a nice, diving stab directly behind second base to catch the ball in flight and end the inning.

Later in the game, with one out, a one run lead and runners on first and second, he dropped a a first-pitch slider down in the zone that was hit right at the shortstop for an inning-ending double play. His final pitch of the night was a 97 mph fastball the next inning for a strikeout.

"Harvey's Harvey. He's a competitor on the mound," catcher Kevin Plawecki said. "To kind of bounce back and make some key pitches and pitch the way he did was definitely good to see."

Those three moments speak to how he used his arsenal so well Wednesday. He threw inside, he stood up taller in his delivery from the stretch, he backed off his slider as the game went on, he kept the Reds off balance and pitched a really nice game. It wasn't a dominant, Batman-saved-the-day, shut-down performance, but it didn't have to be. Instead, he used his noggin, managed his innings well and outlasted the competition. It wasn't a great start, but it was a step in the right direction.

Tags: Matt Harvey , Matthew Cerrone

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

Matt Harvey allowed two runs in six innings and Neil Walker hit his ninth home run of the season as the Mets beat the Reds, 5-2, at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes wasn't in the lineup on Wednesday, but should be able to return Friday >> Read more

As part of an upcoming SNY.TV video feature, Noah Syndergaard dressed up like Thor and hung out in Manhattan >> See the photos

Matt Cerrone isn't worried about the early-season struggles of Harvey >> Read more



What's on tap for Thursday, April 27

The Mets are off on Thursday.

Steven Matz (5.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open up a three-game series with the Giants and Jake Peavy (6.86 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) at Citi Field on Friday 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 an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to a home run from Neil Walker in yesterday's home game against the Reds, Citi is donating another $2,000 to an NYC community partner.

Video: Walker hits ninth home run, tying franchise record

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Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Tyler Pill tossed eight scoreless innings, L.J. Mazzilli had a two-run double and Dom Smith went 2-for-4 with an RBI and extended his hitting streak to seven games >> Read more

Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Chris Flexen tossed 7 2/3 innings for his first Florida State League win. Amed Rosario had an RBI single and Champ Stuart hit a two-run home run. Rosario has 11 RBI in his last four games >> Read more.

Class A: Columbia Fireflies: P.J. Conlon allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings; David Thompson and Dash Winningham each had two RBI >> Read more


Post Game Extra: 4/27/16 00:04:14
Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen break down the Mets' 5-2 victory over the Reds at Citi Field Wednesday night.

Neil Walker hit his ninth home run of the year and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Mets to a 5-2 win and three-game sweep of the Reds on Wednesday at Citi Field >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it

  • New York has won six straight games and 11 of 13 overall.
  • Walker's ninth home run tied the franchise record for most homers in the month of April. He joined Dave Kingman (1976), Carlos Delgado (2006) and John Buck (2013).
  • Walker has gone deep eight times in his last 12 games and is tied for the Major League lead with Bryce Harper. He also had an RBI single in the first inning.
  • Matt Harvey turned in his best overall performance of the season to earn the win. Although he allowed a leadoff home run to Zack Cozart, he settled in and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with a season-high seven strikeouts.
  • Michael Conforto stroked a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning to extend the Mets' lead to 5-2. The 23-year-old is hitting .378 with 10 extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in his last 12 games. Addison Reed picked up his first save of the year with a perfect ninth.
  • Jeurys Familia was given the night off after pitching in three straight games.
  • Harvey and three relievers combined for 12 strikeouts on Wednesday. Their pitchers have recorded double-digit strikeouts in 12 of their 20 games this season.

Anthony De Rosa: This was a sloppy game by both teams, and especially Joey Votto. The Reds are not a good team right now and Matt Harvey was unable to take advantage of that fact. He only gave up two runs and struck out seven but was not economical. And he was far from the dominant pitcher we expect him to be.

Harvey is clearly still working some things out. His pitch count was around 85 by the fifth inning, though he did manage to retire the Reds in the sixth without damage before making way for Jim Henderson, Hansel Robles and Addison Reed, who were all superb.

Neil Walker kept raking, making Sandy Alderson look like the genius he is. Michael Conforto ripped a beauty of a gapper to left center in the sixth to give the Mets a 5-2 cushion.

The Mets have now won six in a row and 11 of their last 13. The way they're playing you don't want them to take a break, but they will get a day off before facing another team in decline -- the Giants, this Friday.>> To follow Anthony on Twitter, click here.

Highlights

Video: Conforto breaks the game open with a two-run double

Video: Walker hits ninth home run, tying franchise record

Video: Harvey strikes out Pacheco to complete outing

Quotes

  • Terry Collins on Harvey's start: "I think it was pretty big. I thought his stuff was better tonight…I thought Matt threw the ball much better…When Matt's right, the command of his secondary stuff is the issue. When he wants to, he can throw it for a strike, when he doesn't want to he can throw it off the plate. When he's doing that, that's when I know he's back…This is the best I think, he's thrown all year."
  • Harvey on his start: "I think it was big. I still didn't feel great all the time…but overall I was able to do it…I'm definitely happy about the results…but overall it was a good win for us."
  • Harvey on his fastball velocity returning: "I think it's about staying back and letting my arm out. Dan [Warthen] and I have been working so hard the last couple of weeks to figure out what's been going on and we're moving in the right direction."
  • Collins on Walker: "The change of scenery can make a lot of difference, once in a while…right now he's swinging great…Right now he's been a huge part of our offense."

News and notes

  • The Mets extended their winning streak against the Reds to 11 and have defeated them in 15 of their last 17 meetings.
  • New York entered this series with just five errors in their first 17 games. They committed four in the three games against the Reds, including two on Wednesday.
  • The Mets' 30 home runs are the second-most in franchise history for the month of April. Only the 2006 Mets (33) hit more.
  • Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson were both held out of the starting lineup. Granderson popped out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Cespedes is expected to be back in the starting lineup on Friday night.
  • Harvey has completed at least five innings in 25 straight starts.

What's Next?

The Mets (13-7) welcome the Giants (12-11) to Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (2-1, 5.40 ERA) takes the mound against right-hander Jake Peavy (1-1, 6.86 ERA).

Tags: Curtis Granderson , Jeurys Familia , Matt Harvey , Michael Conforto , Steven Matz , Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes is not in the starting lineup for the fifth-straight game.


Recent Update

4:05 pm: Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to back in the starting lineup Friday.

According to Collins, Cespedes said he was not ready to play a full game. 

"He thinks he'll be ready Friday," Collins concluded.



Previous Reports

He had his knee drained of fluid on Monday. He initially bruised his leg diving into the stands for a ball on April 13, then reaggravated the bruise when he slid into second with a double in Friday's game.

Alejandro de Aza will start in right field and hit leadoff. Juan Lagares will play center.

Cespedes was not in the starting lineup Tuesday. However, he emerged late in the game to hit a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run home run to help lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Reds.

"You just shake your head, special players do special things," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "With great ability, they just walk up and do things when you're not expecting it."

It was his first pinch-hit home run in his five-year career.

Earlier this week, Sandy Alderson said he did not expect Cespedes to end up on the disabled list.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

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From what I can tell, Matt Harvey has no undisclosed injury and he's moved beyond the blood clot he had in his bladder at the end of spring training. In other words, he's fine, despite being 1-3 with a 5.24 ERA through his first four starts.

Harvey will make his fifth start of the year tonight as the Mets aim to complete a three-game sweep of the Reds at Citi Field.

In his last start, against the Braves in Atlanta, he allowed four runs and eight hits and just struck out just two batters with 101 pitches in five innings. He has yet to pitch into the seventh inning.

Earlier today, SNY.TV's Mike Vorkunov did an outstanding job outlining why the Mets should at least be concerned about what they're seeing from Matt >> Read Vork's post here.

That said, personally, I'm not worried. I truly believe he'll be fine. And, by the time the season is over, he will have made close to 30 starts and have an ERA in the low 3's.

In his last start, and all season, he looked brilliant early in the game, but struggled late and as soon as men get on base. In fact, opposing batters are hitting .200 against him with the bases empty this season, but .439 with runners on base.



For whatever reason, he looks tired to me, evident by how he is arching down when throwing from the stretch, which is leaving his pitches flat and up in the strike zone. Is 2015 finally catching up to him? Did the time off dealing with the blood clot delay how prepared he was for the start of the season? And, now he's struggling to get back on track? Is it a dead arm, which is common this time of year? Or, is he out of shape, making him winded late in games or in high-stress moments?

I believe he's simply having a slow start to his season. If I had to guess, I'd say it's a combination of the above, all of which is in his control to change. Harvey will keep getting the ball every five to six days, and he'll keep working through whatever it is that is giving him trouble when pitching out of the stretch. In time, he'll gain strength, something will click, and it will all come together, just as it always does for Matt, who has too much talent and intelligence to let this be permanent.

Tags: Matt Harvey , Matthew Cerrone

As part of an upcoming SNY.tv video feature, The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Noah Syndergaard traveled from Asgard to Manhattan to tour the city as Thor.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits an RBI double during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Thanks to new technology, we can see the exit velocity of a ball off the bat of every player.

Here are the five hardest hit baseballs by five of the hardest-hitting Mets*:

  1. Lucas Duda - 114.85 MPH (double off Jerad Eickhoff, April 8)
  2. Michael Conforto - 111.83 MPH (groundout against Casey Kelly, April 22)
  3. Yoenis Cespedes - 110.98 MPH (lineout off Jerad Eickhoff, April 8)
  4. Curtis Granderson - 109.10 MPH (double off Jeremy Hellickson, April 20)
  5. Neil Walker - 108.16 MPH (home run off Ryan Weber, April 23)

*Certain players have his multiple balls very hard (Duda also has a 113.6 MPH exit velocity home run from April 19).


Tags: Curtis Granderson , Lucas Duda , Michael Conforto , Yoenis Cespedes

Matt Harvey will take the mound Wednesday night for the fifth time this year. The buildup to it has been suspenseful for the Mets because his first four outings have been a struggle -- so atypically Harvey that it's made little sense to this point. And nearly one month into this new season, the pitcher has produced the biggest question looming over the Mets so far: What, if anything, is wrong with Harvey?

This was supposed to be the smoother season, remember? In his second year back pitching after Tommy John surgery, Harvey was supposed to avoid all the pitfalls and headaches that pockmarked 2015. For some reason, he has been compared mostly to Adam Wainwright in his return from elbow surgery. Wainwright's ERA dropped by a full run in his second year back, so everything will be just fine for Harvey, right? It was a weird and botched logic and it's proving to be untrue so far.



Harvey has a 5.24 ERA after four starts this season. That alone is not troubling -- that number can be bumped up high by factors out of a pitcher's control and Harvey's .351 batting average on balls in play reflects some sense of misfortune. However, there are underlying numbers that are worrying. For instance, his command has gone awry and he's walking batters at nearly twice the rate he did in 2013.

Also, his strikeout rate has fallen dramatically. Last year, he struck out a quarter of the batters he faced. So far this year, he's striking out just one in seven. His whiff rate has tumbled. He's eliciting fewer swinging strikes and swings and misses than any season in his career. And his velocity is down, too -- from 96.6 mph last April to 95 mph now, according to Brooks Baseball.

This all makes sense when looking at Harvey's contact rate, which has jumped from 15th lowest in 2015 to 29th highest this year. To put it plainly, Harvey is simply more hittable this year >> Read more


Wright's game winning single 00:00:49
David Wright strokes the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning off Reds reliever Tony Cingrani in the Mets 4-3 win.

New York Mets third baseman and captain David Wright hit the game-winning single in a come-from-behind 4-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday at Citi Field.

"It stinks getting ready for the game, but I enjoy playing the game, so it's worth it," Wright said. "It's no fun doing the preparation for the preparation, but if I want to play and give myself the best chance to be healthy, you've got to do what you've got to do."

After Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a pinch-hit home run, Curtis Granderson followed with a one-out triple. Asdrubal Cabrera struck out to bring up Wright, who hit a line drive to left field off Reds reliever Tony Cingrani to give the Meta the lead.

Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia would not relinquish.



"I just wanted to go up there, forget about the mechanics, forget about the timing and just try to compete, just find a way to battle, to put the fat part of the bat on the ball," Wright said. "I was fortunate. It wasn't the prettiest of things, but it got the job done."

Wright, 33, is batting just .239 with a .338 on-base percentage, two home runs, seven doubles and five RBIs, playing in 16 of the team's 19 games.

"I'm very satisfied that I've put in the work to be able to play, I'm proud of that," Wright said. "If something happens with the back, it's going to happen. I'm doing everything I can to prevent it. When I put my head on the pillow at night, I say, 'You know what? I did everything I could to prepare to play and to try to keep my back healthy.' Hopefully that's the case, knock on wood. But if not, there's nothing else I can do."


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I honestly don't know what to make of Wright at the moment. I appreciate his hard work and I'm impressed by how well he, his doctors and manager Terry Collins are communicating about his health and preparation. However, with all due respect to last night's big hit, which was great, he hasn't looked very good at the plate. He's been striking out so much and not hitting with much authority. Of course, it's only April, it's been cold, and once the weather gets warm and he gets more used to the grind of the season, it's reasonable to think he'll get in to a more of a rhythm and the results will follow ... right? Or, is this the new David Wright?

I realize he'll never again be the dominant, All-Star third baseman he was a few years ago. It's natural to see a decline in production as a player gets older. That's normal. However, his current dip is drastic. 

The way it stands, Wright gets to the ballpark around 2 p.m. every day, five hours before the game begins. He has an extensive, personalized, individual pregame routine he must do just to get ready for the full-team pregame routine. I've never heard him complain about it. He accepts the reality around him, especially since he let retirement creep in to his mind early last summer. All of this, and yet he entered the seventh inning 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

Is the answer more days off? He says he feels good.

Is it to keep playing? He says he's doing his best, as is.

But at what point is just a 1-2 WAR player at third who makes $20 million a year a problem? Is it next month? Is it next year? Or, is it already happening? I don't have the answer. All I know is that I'm a huge fan of his, and I'd love nothing more than to see him catch fire and erase any doubt about the state of his career. I appreciate and respect what he's done for the organization and hope his reality can soon meet the needs of the team around him. Otherwise, life for Wright is going to get very awkward.

Tags: David Wright , Matthew Cerrone

Cespedes' pinch-hit homer 00:02:10
Yoenis Cespedes comes off the bench in the bottom of the seventh and sends a drive just over the wall in left, to tie the Reds at 3-3.

In his first at-bat in four days, Yoenis Cespedes hit a pinch-hit, game-tying three-run home run in the seventh inning to help lead the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.

After Reds starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan had shut down the Mets for six innings, Cespedes, who had his knee drained of fluid just 72 hours ago, hit Finnegan's first pitch 110 mph to the top of the wall, which was eventually ruled a home run that tied the game.

"You just shake your head, special players do special things," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "With great ability, they just walk up and do things when you're not expecting it."

It was his first pinch-hit home run in his five-year career.



In the fifth inning, Collins said he checked with hitting coach Kevin Long to see if Cespedes might be capable of an appearance. According to Long, Cespedes had already been taking swings in the indoor batting cage. However, when Collins called for him two innings later, Cespedes was not there.

"All I kept hearing was, 'He's coming, he's coming, he's coming,'" Collins said.

To kill time, Collins instead sent Lucas Duda to the top of the dugout. Reds manager Bryan Price then made a trip to the mound, after which Cespedes emerged from the tunnel still taping his wrists.

"He has a flair for the dramatic," Wright said, smiling, talking to reporters after the game. "It was like out of a movie scene."

Cespedes left the clubhouse immediately after the game. He did not speak with reporters.

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

Apr 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates his three run home run with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
           (Anthony Gruppuso)
Apr 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates his three run home run with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Yoenis Cespedes hit a game-tying pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning and David Wright drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning as the Mets beat the Reds, 4-3, at Citi Field >> Read more

Travis d'Arnaud was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right rotator cuff strain >> Read more

Zack Wheeler has resumed his throwing program as he continues to work his way back from Tommy John surgery >> Read more

Expectations are rightfully high for Noah Syndergaard >> Read more



What's on tap for Wednesday, April 27

Matt Harvey (5.24 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets wrap up their three-game series with the Reds and Jon Moscot (5.06 ERA, 1.31 WHIP) at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to a home run from Yoenis Cespedes in yesterday's home game against the Reds, Citi is donating another $2,000 to an NYC community partner.

Video: Cespedes' huge pinch-hit home run in the seventh

Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.

Tags: David Wright , Matt Harvey , Noah Syndergaard , Travis d'Arnaud , Yoenis Cespedes

Feb 23, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (63) takes a throw at first base during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Barr)
Feb 23, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa (63) takes a throw at first base during spring training at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Barr)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs and five hits, T.J. Rivera was 3-for-4 with solo homer and Ty Kelly went 3-for-3 with two RBI as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 7-2 >> Read more.

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Dom Smith put the B-Mets on top with an RBI single in the eighth and the Binghamton Mets took down the Portland Sea Dogs, 3-2, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium >> Read more.

Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Amed Rosario went 3 for 5 and drove in four runs as the St. Lucie Mets thumped the Charlotte Stone Crabs 10-5 on Tuesday at Charlotte Sports Park >> Read more.

Class A: Columbia Fireflies: The Fireflies' bats surged Tuesday night to route Lexington, 13-2, at Spirit Communications Park. Columbia (11-8) mashed eleven hits, including three home runs. J.C. Rodriguez clubbed the first long ball of the night over the right-field wall in the bottom of the second. It was Rodriguez's second home run of the season >> Read more.


Post Game Extra: 04/26/16 00:04:05
Yoenis Cespedes slammed a pinch-hit, three-run homer and David Wright singled in the winning run in the Mets' 4-3 comeback victory.

Yoenis Cespedes clubbed a pinch hit, three-run homer in the seventh to tie the game and David Wright singled home the game-winner three batters later to give the Mets a thrilling, 4-3 win over the Reds on Tuesday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

  • Bartolo Colon allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings with four strikeouts. He remains tied with Pedro Martinez for the second-most wins among Dominican-born pitchers.
  • Cespedes' pinch hit home run was the first of his career.
  • Curtis Granderson extended his hitting streak to seven games with a sixth-inning single. He tripled following Cespedes' home run and scored the game-winning run on Wright's single in the seventh.
  • Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in his first career start from the cleanup spot. He leads the Mets with a .344 batting average and eight doubles.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the year and third in three days.

Brian Mangan: Entering play tonight, the Mets had scored first in 12 games in a row. That streak ended, but as Gary Cohen pointed out, the Mets scored last, and that is what mattered.

The unsung heroes of the game -- as Cespedes will rightfully get much of the spotlight for his heroics -- were the members of the Mets bullpen, who gave the team four scoreless innings to keep things close. Logan Verrett notched two scoreless innings, Addison Reed struck out two of the three batters he faced, and Jeurys Familia sealed the deal with one strikeout in a quiet ninth. Together, they bailed out a shaky start by Bartolo Colon.

As a unit, the Mets bullpen has been fantastic so far, with a collective 2.86 ERA and 2.05 FIP. And it looks to be sustainable, as they've been striking guys out (second in MLB in K/9 at 10.96), limiting walks (11th in MLB at 2.86) and inducing soft contact (fifth in MLB). Add it together, and the Mets bullpen is ranked first in WAR this season. They've been even better recently, allowing only five runs over their last 24 innings (1.87 ERA).

Oh, and according to @CitiFieldHR, that Cespedes home run was 111 mph off the bat, the sixth fastest in the statcast era (2015 to present) >> To read more of Brian's work, check out The Read Zone.

Highlights

Video: Cespedes' huge pinch-hit home run in the seventh

Video: Wright's game winning RBI single in the seventh

Quotes

  • Terry Collins on Cespedes: "You gotta be special... You gotta believe in yourself. And he does… You just shake your head. Special people do special things."
  • Collins on Wright: "Great players do unbelievable things."
  • Wright on the win: "A game that we turned into something that looked like one of those games we were gonna lose…It went from one of those games when we didn't have a lot going for us to within a couple of minutes to all of sudden we have some things cooking, with guys on base and Ces coming up."

News and notes

  • The Mets have now won 10 straight games against the Reds dating back to 2014.
  • Colon became the second pitcher this season to pitch 3,000 career innings (C.C. Sabathia). After tossing five frames more on Tuesday, he has thrown 3004 1/3 innings.
  • The Reds took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, marking the first time in 13 games the Mets had not scored the first run of the game. It was also the first time New York had trailed at any point in a game since an 11-inning, walk-off loss to Philadelphia on April 20.
  • Travis d'Arnaud was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game after an MRI revealed a strained right rotator cuff. Rene Rivera was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his roster spot.

What's Next?

The Mets (12-7) will go for the sweep of the Reds (9-12) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Matt Harvey (1-3, 5.24 ERA) gets the call for New York opposite Cincinnati right-hander Jon Moscot (0-1, 5.06 ERA).

Tags: Addison Reed , Bartolo Colon , Curtis Granderson , David Wright , Jeurys Familia , Michael Conforto , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws the ball during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws the ball during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets send Bartolo Colon to the mound against the Reds at Citi Field at 7 p.m.

Follow the game live here...

Reds Mets
Zack Cozart, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Tyler Holt, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Joey Votto, 1B David Wright, 3B
Eugenio Suarez, 3B Michael Conforto, LF
Adam Duzall, LF Neil Walker, 2B
Tucker Barnhart, C Wilmer Flores, 1B
Ivan De Jesus 2B Juan Lagares, CF
Brandon Finnegan, LHP Kevin Plawecki, C
Billy Hamilton, CF Bartolo Colon, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. The game is on SNY.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89). Colon will move into sole possession of second place on the all-time Dominican-born wins list, passing Pedro Martinez, with his next victory. He has posted 22 wins since the 2014 All-Star game, the 13th-most in MLB over that span.

Who's Pitching for the Reds: LHP Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74). Finnegan got shelled last time out, allowing five earned runs over four innings as his Reds were no-hit by Jake Arrieta. Only Adrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes and Alejando De Aza have faced Finnegan, with De Aza getting the only hit in eight combined plate appearances.


Tags: Bartolo Colon

 (Brad Barr)
(Brad Barr)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler resumed his throwing program Tuesday for the first time since having a minor procedure on his right forearm in early April.

The procedure was to remove a suture knot in his forearm, which was related to the Tommy John surgery he had in eraly 2014.

Sandy Alderson told reporters earlier in the month that Wheeler's return to the majors is not expected to be delayed by the procedure.

The 25-year-old Wheeler has said he's been told he'll be able to rejoin the Mets after July 1.

He had a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 187 batters in 185 1/3 innings (32 starts) in 2014. 

 

Tags: Zack Wheeler

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)

OF Yoenis Cespedes will be out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight day.

He had fluid drained from his knee by doctors in New York on Monday, Terry Collins told reporters.

"There are bruises you get and there's a lot swelling," Collins said, noting that the fluid being drained will hopefully reduce the swelling in the outfielder's knee. "He probably needs tonight, and then we'll see how he feels."

Sandy Alderson told reporters that Cespedes only had his knee drained, he did not have an MRI. Alderson added that, at this time, he does not see Cespedes going on the DL >> Click for more

Tags: Juan Lagares , Yoenis Cespedes


Travis d'Arnaud has been put on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain, the team announced Monday.



Tuesday's Updates...

3:27 pm: "It's very unfortunate," d'Arnaud told reporters. "But, it's all part of the game. People get hurt."

2:30 pm: Triple-A C Rene Rivera has been added to the 25-man roster. He replaces d'Arnaud, who was put on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.


Matthew Cerrone : I'm starting to feel bad for d'Arnaud, who seems to always be injured or returning from injury. In the last few years, he's torn ligaments in his knee, he had a herniated disc, a broken foot, all sorts of bruises, a hyperextended left elbow and now he's dealing with a rotator cuff issue. "D'Arnaud is almost out of new body parts to injure," Maggie Wiggin wrote on Twitter, and she's right. He started slow this season, now this. Hopefully, like last year, he'll rehab, get right and return on fire...



Previous Reports...

D'Arnaud left Monday's game after the seventh inning with shoulder discomfort.

"I felt it bark up, so I decided to say something," d'Armaud said after the game. "We'll find out more about what's going on with it [Tuesday]."

According to manager Terry Collins, the pain is a result of throwing, though he could not identify a singular play that caused the injury.

"He's got a bad shoulder from throwing," said Collins, who first learned of the injury during Monday's game. "That's what we're concerned about. Any time you talk about a shoulder problem with a catcher, that's a problem."

It's possible d'Arnaud ends up on the disabled list, Collins explained.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki , Travis d'Arnaud

New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (left) high fives starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) as he heads into the dugout after being relieved during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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Noah Syndergaard opened eyes during Game 3 of last year's World Series with his purpose pitch to Royals leadoff hitter, Alcides Escobar, and with his bold comments after the game.

"That right there is why he's going to win the Cy Young one day," Michael Cuddyer told me after the game.

That's quite a prediction, especially from a 15-year veteran who is not prone to hyperbole.

A few weeks ago, with Syndergaard set to make his 2016 season debut against those same Royals, I followed up with Cuddyer.

What exactly was it about that one pitch that foretold so much, I asked him.

"The first pitch of that game was not meant to hit or hurt anyone," he explained. "He threw it exactly where he wanted. That is the little thing that separates him. Not only was he not scared of the moment, but he was able to execute a pitch, that he knew would be scrutinized, in a game of the highest magnitude with only a handful of big league starts under his belt."

Video: Syndergaard strikes out Bour to end the sixth

It was Syndergaard's 27th big league start, and it spoke volumes. For what it's worth, last night's start (number 31) may have said even more. Syndergaard struck out nine Reds and walked no one. He departed the game after six and two-thirds innings in a position to earn the win. It's an outing 95 percent of major league starting pitchers would sign up for, without hesitation, on a nightly basis. Yet, Syndergaard wasn't satisfied...

"I definitely didn't feel very comfortable out on the mound with my delivery," he told us. "It's kind of frustrating, just one of those days. I've got to come back tomorrow, work on things and get ready for Sunday."

Terry Collins agreed, saying, "I didn't think he was as sharp command-wise as he has been lately."

Nine strikeouts. Zero walks. Three earned runs, which could have easily been two. He pitched into the seventh inning. "Frustrating." "Not as sharp." This is how high expectations have already become for Syndergaard -- and rightfully so. When he made his major league debut in May last year, Syndergaard had a powerful four-seam fastball, a curveball that his own manager deemed a "hook from hell," and a plus changeup. A few weeks later, he added a devastating sinker to his arsenal.

This off-season he perfected an overwhelming slider. All five pitches are thrown at eye-popping velocities. The speed of his pitches is what stands out to most people. His control is what makes his catcher giddy.

"He can throw any pitch, anywhere, in any count," Kevin Plawecki said.

Asked if there's another hurler in the league with that command of a five "plus-pitch" arsenal, Travis d'Arnaud simply answered, "No."

When questioned how a hitter can approach an at-bat against Syndergaard, both catchers gave the exact same answer: "You just have to go up there, guess and hope you're right."

This is why seven hits, three earned runs and a no-decision - even if it is accompanied by nine strikeouts and no walks - is considered by Syndergaard as an "off-night." The fact that he embraces it is what makes last night so important. For the great ones, good is never good enough.

It's too early to declare what Syndergaard will or won't become, because so much can happen between now and the end of his career. However, the more we see and hear from him, the more it's clear that he has the stuff, the temperament and the desire to reach incredibley rare heights. Will he? That is to be determined, but it's sure going to be fun to watch him try.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki , Michael Cuddyer , Noah Syndergaard , Travis d'Arnaud

We ask Mets fans ... Colon 00:01:25
SNY.tv asks Mets fans where they were on Bartolo Colon's first Opening Day in April of 1997.

Bartolo Colon's first Opening Day was in 1997... Where were you?


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1) Ken Davidoff: "If [Monday] represents Noah Syndergaard's worst, in his fourth start of the season? Then true greatness awaits him. ... Even on a night like this, the big right-hander commanded the ballpark with every pitch he threw." Read more in the New York Post.


2) David Lennon: "Fortunately for the Mets, a slightly-off Syndergaard still is impressive, and a 98- or 99-mph fastball sufficed until he had a better feel for his breaking pitches - especially his slider - later on." Read more in Newsday.



3) Joel Sherman: "The 15-day DL is absurd and old-fashioned - here's how to fix it." Read more.


4) Andrew Beaton: "There's a question every manager hopes he never has to address: Who is your team's emergency position-player pitcher?" Read more in the Wall Street Journal.


5) Bob Klapisch: "By the eighth inning there was no doubt who'd been anointed mayor of Flushing, as the chant of "NE-IL WAL-KER" thundered down from the upper deck like a monsoon. The new second baseman, less than a month into his Mets career, had just crushed a massive two-run home run, the impact of which could be felt throughout the organization." Read more in the Bergen Record.


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Walker has been nothing short of a revelation since joining the Mets. His 8 home runs already equal half his total in 2015 and he leads the team by a healthy margin. The biggest surprise is that 3 of them have come against left-handed pitching, which he has struggled against in the past. He's spoken about changing his approach against lefties by dropping the toe tap and the results so far have suggested this is successful. But (and this is a big but), we're looking at just 11 plate appearances against lefties all season. 3 home runs in any 11 plate appearances is impressive, but it's hard to say how much it will stick going forward. Baseball players are creatures of habit and frequently return to less-than-productive tendencies. Kevin Long's job this season is to keep him focused on this new approach in the hope that the results will continue in the long term. Will he regress from his 72-home run pace? Of course he will, but he's showing himself to be a legitimate power threat in an already deep lineup.

In the field, he's generally living up to his moderate expectations. It's certainly a pleasant change of pace to see his sure hands and good instincts in the middle of the diamond (paired with the same from Cabrera) - he's bobbled just one play and has avoided the bizarre mental mistakes that plagued his predecessor. His range, as always, is somewhat limited, but he gets the most out of it by moving well and diving readily. He's no Gold Glover, but he's the steady presence the Mets sorely need.


Noah Syndergaard, 23, has progressed quickly in just under a year since his Major League debut. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Noah Syndergaard, 23, has progressed quickly in just under a year since his Major League debut. (Anthony Gruppuso)

On a night when Noah Syndergaard reminded us that he is still a mere mortal and not a pitcher built by robotics, it was the latest indication yet of the ground he has covered in his still-nascent Major League career. In the span of a year, the 23-year-old has so quickly changed the prism through which he is viewed and judged that it is somewhat startling.

Against the Reds, in his fourth start of the 2016 season, Syndergaard allowed three runs in 6 ⅔ innings and struck out nine. His heat-seeking missile of a fastball sat at 98 mph. And he did not produce a single Vine of some poor batter trying to actually hit a slider that breaks past the plate at 92.

This, for Syndergaard, is somehow just tenable. A middle-of-the-road performance in a year that's begun with a 1.69 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 26 ⅔ innings.

"Hopefully next time will be like my first three starts," he lamented afterwards.

Consider how far he has come in a little less than a year >> Click here to read more

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Collins, d'Arnaud, & Syndergaard 00:06:22
Terry Collins, Travis d'Arnaud, and Noah Syndergaard react to the Mets' 5-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Though Noah Syndergaard picked up a no-decision on Monday, allowing three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Cincinnati Reds, he said he did not feel comfortable on the mound.

"I didn't feel very comfortable with my delivery," Syndergaard, who struck out nine batters, said after the game. "You're going to go out there every once in a while and you're not going to have your best stuff. You've got to go out there and grind it out and put your team in the best possible situation to win a ballgame."

It had been a full seven days since Syndergaard's last start, which manager Terry Collins believes may have affected his performance.

In four starts this season, Syndergaard is 2-0 with 1.69 ERA through 26 2/3 innings, during which he has struck out 38 batters.



"Early in the game, the game just dragged along (for him), it seemed like," Collins explained.

The Reds stole five bases against Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud on Monday night.

"I don't know a lot of great big pitchers who are real quick to the plate," Collins said. "Those real tall guys, there's a lot of action, there's a lot of movement."


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Syndergaard has always had an issue with keeping guys from stealing second base. It's a nature of his delivery, height and catcher, who is not great at throwing guys out.

The fact is, Syndergaard is slower to the plate than the average pitcher. He also doesn't throw over to first base very much. The opposition knows this, so the Reds took huge leads against him. Combine his delivery and d'Arnaud's arm, and a quick team like the Reds will get a bunch of stolen bases. It's going to happen.

I know Collins, Dan Warthen and Tom Goodwin have been working to improve this aspect of the game for all their pitchers, but it's of extra importance for Syndergaard. Thankfully, he has the potential to strike the next three guys out, so he can always minimize the damage on his own.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Travis d'Arnaud

Walker's game-winning home run 00:01:39
Neil Walker continues his impressive April, hitting his eighth home run of the season to give the Mets a 5-3 lead in the eighth inning.

New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker continued his hot start to the season by going 2 for 4 with a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning as the Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3, on Monday.

"That was really awesome and made me feel very much at home," Walker said. "It's good to be a part of this. I'm having a lot of fun. This is a great team. There's a lot of talent here. But more than that we're playing good baseball; that's the most important thing.''

After Noah Syndergaard and Antonio Bastardo allowed the game-tying run to score in the top of the seventh inning, Walker hit JC Ramirez's 0-2 slider over the right-center field fence to break the 3-3 tie.

"Some of the balls he's hit in the other parks, they're home run parks," manager Terry Collins said. "We don't play in one, but he continued to do it here. I hope he keeps doing it. I hope he stays red hot. He's a good in spot in the lineup to produce runs because those guys have been getting on base ahead of him."

Walker only trails the Nationals' Bryce Harper in home runs in the majors. He is hitting .301 with a .630 slugging percentage, eight home runs and 14 runs batted in through 18 games this season. He hit 16 home runs all of last season and his career-high is 23 (2014).

"You have your stretches where you get hot and get a lot of base hits or drive the ball -- doubles and so on and so forth," Walker said. "Obviously, never like this, home run-wise. Like I've said, I tend to hit a fair amount of fly balls. Maybe those extra push-ups in the offseason are helping."

Tags: Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Neil Walker, Lucas Duda, and Michael Conforto homered, and Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine as the Mets beat the Reds, 5-3 >> Read more

Travis d'Arnaud left Monday's game after the seventh inning due to right shoulder discomfort, and Terry Collins wouldn't rule out a potential disabled list stint >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes had his knee drained and remains day-to-day >> Read more

The Mets have been pleased with Josh Edgin's progress as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery >> Read more

Matt Cerrone wondered how things would've been different had the Mets acquired Carlos Gomez last July >> Read more



What's on tap for Tuesday, April 26

Bartolo Colon (2.89 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets continue their three-game series with the Reds and Brandon Finnegan (3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to an NYC community partner with a $2,000 donation. Thanks to home runs from Michael Conforto, Lucas Duda, and Neil Walker in yesterday's home game against the Reds, Citi is donating another $6,000 to an NYC community partner.

Video: Walker hits game-winning home run in the seventh

Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.

Tags: Josh Edgin , Lucas Duda , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Travis d'Arnaud , Yoenis Cespedes

Cashman field is pictured during a spring exhibition baseball game between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (Isaac Brekken/AP)
Cashman field is pictured during a spring exhibition baseball game between the New York Mets and the Chicago Cubs Sunday, March 16, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) (Isaac Brekken/AP)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Johnny Monell delivered a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 10th as the 51s defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes, 6-5, at Cashman Field >> Read more.

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets recorded double-digit hits for the third time in their last four games and defeated the Erie SeaWolves, 6-2, snapping a six-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Phillip Evans recorded his first career Double-A hit, a single in the fifth >> Read more.

The St. Lucie Mets and Columbia Fireflies were both off on Monday.


Post Game Extra: 04/25/16 00:04:01
Neil Walker continued his power surge with his eighth home run of the season in the Mets' 5-3 win against the Reds on Monday night.

Neil Walker hit a tie-breaking home run in the bottom of the seventh, one of three homers on the night for the Mets, who defeated the Reds, 5-3 on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

  • Walker's two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie and gave him a team-leading eight home runs for the season. It's the most home runs he has ever hit in a single month.
  • Noah Syndergaard deserved a better fate on Monday, but his bullpen could not pick him up in the seventh inning. The right-hander was charged with three runs in 6 2/3 innings, with the last run scoring after he had left the game with a runner on first a 3-2 lead. Although not a truly dominating performance, Syndergaard struck out nine without walking a batter.
  • Michael Conforto continued his hot hitting, going 3 for 3 with a walk and three runs scored. He fell just a triple short of the cycle. Since moving into the third spot in the lineup 10 games ago, the 23-year-old is batting .378 with 10 runs scored, five doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs.
  • Lucas Duda hit his fourth home run of the year and first at home. With three more home runs on Monday, the Mets have hit 26 as a team in their last 11 games.
  • Travis d'Arnaud was replaced at catcher by Kevin Plawecki in the top of the eighth inning due to a sore shoulder.

Matthew Cerrone: What's gotten in to Walker, who is second in the major leagues with eight home runs? He's being so patient and clobbering the opposing pitcher's mistakes. I have no idea what his relationship was like with his hitting coach in Pittsburgh, but he clearly has a good thing going with Kevin Long, who helped him be more patient batting left-handed, while changing his batting stance from the right side. He's looked terrific.

I'm running out of ways to praise Syndergaard. There were points tonight when he wasn't at his best, but he dug deep and ended his outing getting out of a jam with some amazing off-speed pitches. He looked to be out of sync to start the game, but to see him regroup and fight says a lot about where his career is going.


Video: Conforto hits solo homer to right center in first


Quotes

  • Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "He's not fun - he's not fun to hit, He's taking this, the way he's feeling, to a new level where his confidence is soaring. He's grown a lot, but he's certainly put his name at the top of the list of guys who have risen to be a star in this league."
  • Walker on his home run and the crowd reaction: "That was really awesome and it made me feel very much at home. It's good to be part of this. I'm having a lot of fun."
  • Collins on d'Arnaud's shoulder: "Any time you're talking about a shoulder problem with a catcher, it's concerning."

News and Notes

  • The Mets won all seven meetings against the Reds in 2015 and have won a franchise-record nine straight dating back to 2014. New York is 14-2 in its last 16 meetings against Cincinnati.
  • New York has scored first in a franchise-record 12 straight games. The Mets are 9-3 in that span.
  • Walker's eight home runs tied Jeff Kent (1994) for the most homers hit by a second baseman in April. The Mets' record for most home runs in April is nine, done three times, most recently by John Buck (2013).
  • Syndergaard's 38 strikeouts equaled Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for the most strikeouts by a Mets pitcher through the first four starts of a season. Through 26 2/3 innings, Sydergaard has struck out 38 batters and walked only four.
  • Yoenis Cespedes missed his third straight game on Monday due to lingering soreness and swelling in his right leg as a result of diving into the stands back on April 13. He had his knee drained earlier in the afternoon and is listed as day-to-day.
  • David Wright struck out in his first two at-bats on Monday, giving him 26 strikeouts through his first 63 at-bats this season.

Video: Lucas Duda smacks deep home run to right field in 3rd


What's Next

The Mets (11-7) and Reds (9-11) will meet again at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 2.89 ERA) will start for New York against Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan (1-1, 3.74 ERA).

Tags: Cincinnati Reds , David Wright , Kevin Plawecki , Lucas Duda , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Travis d'Arnaud , Yoenis Cespedes

The Mets begin a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds Monday night at Citi Field.

Follow the game live here...

Reds Mets
Zack Cozart, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Eugenio Suarez, 3B David Wright, 3B
Joey Votto, 1B Michael Conforto, LF
Brandon Phillips, 2B Lucas Duda, 1B
Devin Mesoraco, C Neil Walker, 2B
Adam Duvall, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Scott Schebler, LF Alejandro De Aza, CF
Raisel Iglesias, RHP Travis d'Arnaud, C
Billy Hamilton, CF Noah Syndergaard, RHP

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90 ERA) has given up two runs in 20 innings over his first three starts of 2016. Syndergaard is the first major league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to allow one run or fewer, while striking out at least eight batters, in each of his first three starts of a season

Who's Pitching for the Reds: RHP Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09 ERA) lasted six and two-thirds innings against the Rockies in his last start, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out eight.

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley)

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90 ERA) will start tonight for the Mets against the Reds.

Due to Thursday's off day and Jacob deGrom's return to the rotation Sunday, it will be a full week between starts for Syndergaard, who has a 2.62 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 65 innings when pitching with six or more days rest.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Syndergaard is the first major league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to allow one run or fewer - and strike out at least eight batters - in each of his first three starts of a season.

His eight strikeouts in each of his last seven starts is the longest such streak by a Mets starter since R.A. Dickey's seven through May and June, 2012.

After his latest outing last Monday, during which Syndergaard allowed one run and struck out eight batters, David Wright compared his teammate to a video-game creation.

"When you used to play video games as a kid, if you build the player that you want to build, put all the abilities up to like max 10, he's that guy," Wright explained.

No one on the Reds has an extra-base hit against Syndergaard. Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce and Eugenio Suarez are a combined 3 for 19 (all singles), while Joey Votto, Tucker Barnhart, Adam Duvall and Billy Hamilton are 0 for 15.

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Mets reliever Josh Edgin began his rehab stint at St. Lucie Sunday. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)
Mets reliever Josh Edgin began his rehab stint at St. Lucie Sunday. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets officials have been encouraged by left-handed reliever Josh Edgin's rehab appearances with St. Lucie, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin reported this past weekend.

Edgin, who had Tommy John surgery in early 2014, is 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 115 relief innings for the Mets during his career.

According to Rubin, Edgin is likely to remain with St. Lucie rather than move to a higher level.

He is eligible to return from the disabled list May 8, at which point he is expected to rejoin the Mets.

However, "if there's no obvious spot available in the bullpen, it's not a slam dunk," Rubin writes.

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