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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

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. . . . .


Miami's Jose Fernandez (16) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park last Tuesday. (Steve Mitchell)
Miami's Jose Fernandez (16) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park last Tuesday. (Steve Mitchell)

The Miami Marlins have announced the death of ace right-hander Jose Fernandez.

The U.S. Coast Guard says Fernandez was one of three people killed in a boat crash off Miami Beach early Sunday.

The Marlins did not immediately release details, other than releasing a statement confirming the death of one of the top pitchers in baseball.

In the statement, the Marlins say they are "devastated by the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."

The Marlins' game Sunday at home against the Atlanta Braves has been cancelled.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press


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


Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) is greeted by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) as he crosses home plate to score against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth (28) is greeted by catcher Wilson Ramos (40) as he crosses home plate to score against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

PITTSBURGH -- The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.

Stephen Drew's two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Their win ensured a playoff berth, and they won the division about 20 minutes later when the second-place New York Mets lost to Philadelphia. >>Read more at SNY.tv. . . .


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.

Tags: Sean Gilmartin

 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a bullpen session Saturday and is expected to pitch on either Monday or Tuesday against the Marlins, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday.  

The team will see how the right-hander feels after the session to determine which day he will pitch. 

"He feels a lot better today," Collins told reporters. "He's got some energy back. But I think after the pen, we'll see how he feels, if it wears him down real fast or not."

Syndergaard was scratched from Saturday's start against the Phillies due to strep throat.

As far as whether the change to Syndergaard's schedule could impact him starting the potential Wild Card game, Collins said the team "can't worry about that" right now, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Syndergaard allowed five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out five in 3 2/3 innings against the Braves on Monday.

He has a 2.63 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 177 2/3 innings this season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Sean Gilmartin

Mets LHP Steven Matz is still dealing with a shoulder impingement, but there might be a chance he sees time in the bullpen before the season is over, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. 


Latest Update (Sept. 24):

Matz, who was scratched from Friday's start with shoulder soreness, was examined by doctors and his shoulder was considered "clean," Collins said.

Collins also noted the team might try to get Matz an outing out of the bullpen, but was uncertain of when this would happen. If Matz does pitch in relief, he will not throw back to back days, Collins said. 



Matz did not start Friday's game as planned because of the left shoulder impingement and Gabriel Ynoa pitched in his place. 

"We'll see where this takes us," Alderson said Thursday, before getting up and leaving the media room.

Matz had thrown a bullpen session on Wednesday at Citi Field and Collins said the left-hander did not have any issues.

"He looked very good," Collins said to reporters. "He looked nice and easy." 

Matz, 25, has been on the disabled list since mid-August with a shoulder impingement.

Prior to going on the disabled list, Matz had been pitching with a bone spur in his elbow and went 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA with 129 strikeouts in 131 innings.

Tags: Steven Matz , Matthew Cerrone

Wilmer Flores (4) reacts after he slides into home base while tagged by A.J. Pierzynski (15). Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Wilmer Flores (4) reacts after he slides into home base while tagged by A.J. Pierzynski (15). Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Wilmer Flores is not close to returning to the team and has not yet taken batting practice, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday.


Latest update (Sept. 24)

Collins said Flores' wrist issue may cause him to miss the rest of the regular season. 

Flores told reporters that he plans on trying to take swings on Sunday and will try to see how he feels after that. The infielder said he's worried about his wrist, but positive that it will get better as he progresses. 

He received a second cortisone injection Monday, Sept. 19, for a bone bruise in his wrist. 

Flores initially injured himself sliding headfirst into Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski during the game on Saturday, Sept. 10, which appeared to cause significant impact to his head and shoulders.

He first missed time due to a sore neck, then was unavailable last 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

New York Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) pitches against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets pitcher Sean Gilmartin (36) pitches against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (82-72) and Phillies (63-85) play the third game of their four-game series on Saturday night, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here



Sean Gilmartin (0-0, 4.76 ERA) will get the start for the Mets and will be opposed by RHP Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA).

Gilmartin will be making his first start of the season, and just his second major league start, in place of Noah Syndergaard, who has strep throat. He has not allowed a run in five relief appearances in September. 

Asher will be making his fourth start of the month, seeking his second win. Last time out against the Marlins, he allowed two runs on six hits in 4.1 innings. He had pitched at least six innings in his two previous starts. On Sept. 30 against the Mets last season, Asher allowed five runs in a start where he recorded just two outs. 

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Roman Quinn, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Odubel Herrera, CF Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Maikel Franco, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF
Tommy Joseph, 1B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Darin Ruf, LF Michael Conforto, RF
Freddy Galvis, SS Lucas Duda, 1B
Jorge Alfaro, C Travis d'Arnaud, C
Alec Asher, RHP Sean Gilmartin, LHP
Tags: Philadelphia Phillies , Sean Gilmartin

In this week's episode, Matthew Cerrone catches up with old friend Michael Baron to try and understand what Terry Collins was doing on Wednesday, how his choices have impacted 2016, and will he be back next season...


Post Game Extra: Mets win 00:03:19
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and the Mets rallied from a two-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning to win their second straight, 10-5, over the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Trailing 3-1 in the fifth, the Mets sent nine men to the plate and scored six times, highlighted by Conforto's first home run since Aug. 7. Curtis Granderson had an RBI single and Kelly Johnson's run-scoring single produced an additional run when Phillies right-fielder Roman Quinn overran the ball.
  • New York added three insurance runs in the seventh on a throwing error, Eric Campbell's RBI single and T.J. Rivera's sacrifice fly. Travis d'Arnaud's RBI double opened the scoring for the Mets in the second.
  • With the Mets up 7-5 in the seventh, the Phillies loaded the bases with one out against Erik Goeddel and Josh Edgin. Hansel Robles got pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph to ground into an inning-ending double play.
  • Gabriel Ynoa lasted just two innings and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk. One night after using 10 pitchers, the Mets used six more. Josh Smoker (3-0) picked up the win and Robles hurled 2 2/3 perfect innings to record his first career save.

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

Video: Conforto cracks a three-run homer to left

Video: Kelly Johnson collects two-run single in the fifth

Video: Eric Campbell extends the Mets lead in the seventh

Quotes…

Terry Collins on his player usage: "I know one thing. You come to the park these days, you know you're going to get in the game."

Conforto on his home run: "That at-bat really is kind of the epitome of what I've been working on, laying off of pitches that are tough for me to hit until I get something that I can do damage with. That was a good at-bat for me and a feeling that I can hold onto."

Conforto on the win: "It was an incredible team victory today. We've been through a lot just over the course of this season. So many things have happened. There's a lot of fight in this team, and we're going to keep playing until we get to where we want to be -- and that's in the playoffs."

Collins on Conforto: "What we saw tonight is what we were used to seeing a lot. Great for him. Great confidence builder for him."

News and notes…

  • The Mets moved 1.5 games ahead of the Cardinals, who lost earlier in the day to the Cubs. New York began the day tied with the Giants, who are playing the Padres in San Diego.
  • The Mets are 56-33 against the Phillies since 2012, including a 9-5 mark this season.
  • Conforto also doubled and scored in the second, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
  • Granderson has 21 RBIs in his last 22 games after collecting 34 through his first 119 contests.
  • D'Arnaud's RBI was his first since Aug. 26, a span of 17 games and 47 at-bats.
  • Lucas Duda started his second game and collected his first hit since returning from the disabled list last Saturday.

What's next…

The Mets (82-72) will try and clinch their 13th series win in 15 tries against the Phillies (69-85) on Saturday from Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. With Noah Syndergaard sidelined by strep throat, Sean Gilmartin (0-0, 4.76 ERA, 1.24 WHIP) will make his first start of the year and just the second of his career. Philadelphia sends 24-year-old Alec Asher (1-0, 2.16 ERA, 0.96 WHIP) to the mound for his fourth start of the season.

Tags: Michael Conforto


The New York Mets (81-72) continue their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies (69-84) tonight at Citi Field, which you can watch on SNY starting at 6:30 pm or follow online here.



Gabriel Ynoa (9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) starts for the Mets, while Jeremy Hellickson (3.57 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) starts for the Phillies.

Ynoa allowed one run on four hits while walking one and striking out eight in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins on Sunday in what was his first major league start. He had made six relief appearnaces prior.

Hellickson tossed a shutout against the Marlins during his last start, allowing three hits while walking none and striking out five. He allowed one run (unearned) in 6 1/3 innings against the Pirates during his prior start. Hellickson has struck out 149 batters in 181 1/3 innings (30 starts) this season. 

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Roman Quinn, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Odubel Herrera, CF Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Maikel Franco, 3B Curtis Granderson, CF
Ryan Howard, 1B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Cameron Rupp, C Michael Conforto, RF
Freddy Galvis, SS Lucas Duda, 1B
Cody Asche, LF Travis d'Arnaud, C
Jeremy Hellickson, P Gabriel Ynoa, P

The Mets have are 21-10 over their last 31 games and are 42-36 at home this season. ...Their win on Thursday night snapped a three-game losing streak. ...The Mets are 8-5 in extra innings this season, including a 4-3 record at home.

Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .365 with 20 extra-base hits, 22 RBI, and 20 runs scored in 32 games since coming off the disabled list. ... His walkoff home run on Thursday night was the fourth of his career.

Yoenis Cespedes has eight home runs and 24 RBI since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 19. ...He's seventh in the NL in SLG (.546). during that span.



Mets manager Terry Collins (10) during a MLB game: Mandatory Credit: USA Today Images
Mets manager Terry Collins (10) during a MLB game: Mandatory Credit: USA Today Images

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In the 60 seconds before he met with reporters before Thursday's game, Terry Collins called a brief, private meeting in the clubhouse to talk with his players.

Collins informed his players that they were looking down the barrel of a new, 10-game season, during which they control their postseason fate.

"Now, let's go," he concluded, before walking out of the room, he revealed to the NY Post.

Nevertheless, in the remaining nine games of the season, "Collins could push himself toward the top of the NL Manager of the Year vote or get himself fired," columnist Joel Sherman later wrote.

It's crazy to think about, but Sherman is 100 percent right. It could literally go either way ...

"It is all part of my hardest year ever," Collins said, when asked about this most-recent pivotal moment during his six-year tenure leading the Mets.

Yesterday, during my most recent podcast, I talked, ranted and raved with Michael Baron about how, in either scenario, playoffs or not, the Mets need to seriously consider a shakeup of the coaching staff. If you missed it, you can listen here...



In short, though I can't quantify it. I believe Terry's missteps, confusion and apparent lack of communication with his coaching staff have contributed to a sizable number of losses...

Of course, it's equally difficult to quantify how Collins has kept the team together and motivated them to fight for their lives through a season of constant adversity. This is important. He does a terrific job handling dozens of reporters and managing a 24-7, multimedia, multi-angled news cycle, while protecting his players and creating an environment where they can bond and thrive...

Then again, he also repeatedly puts them in positions to fail...

Of course, he has so many people (young and old) on the bench and in the bullpen, he probably no longer knows who is on the team, and who is or isn't a bat boy -- all of which falls on the GM...

The point I'm making with this back-and-forth rant is that Terry's fate is not an easy call. I feel he should be replaced one day, then the next feel he deserves another chance. And, I'll probably ping-pong between these two positions a dozen more times before the season is over.



The Mets are very aware of his frailties, from what I can tell talking to people inside the organization. But, they're also aware of what he brings to the table and how much the players care for him.

I would be stunned if he gets fired (with a year left on his contract) after getting to the postseason and/or winning NL Manager of the Year. I don't know Fred Wilpon or Sandy Alderson to be capable of that level of disrespect and lack of appreciation. However, if the Mets fall short, they might.

In the event Collins is back, I'll probably be able to re-run this exact post on Opening Day 2017, because I firmly believe he'll be on the hot seat from day one... unless, of course, they go all the way and win the World Series they set out to get seven months ago. In that case, he's obviously safe. And, frankly, with the way this season is going, just like Terry's fate and choices, anything seems possible...


Since Aug. 19, when Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the disabled, he and Jose Reyes have scored 32 percent of the team's 147 runs.

In that time, during which the Mets are 21-11, Cabrera is batting .365 with nine home runs, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored, while Reyes is hitting .286 with five stolen bases, five home runs and six doubles. The duo has also done a terrific job anchoring the left side of the infield, playing way better at their respective positions than I ever expected.

Last night, it was Reyes who hit the game-tying home run in the ninth inning, after which Cabrera wowed the crowd and his teammates with a walk-off home run two innings later.



The Bleach Boys, as they're being called (because they both dyed their hair blonde) have been unbelievable. In fact, the Mets are 17-8 when Reyes hits leadoff, with Cabrera batting behind him, according to BaseballReference.com.

Yet, Terry Collins actually considered moving Cabrera down in the order, he told reporters after last night's game. Thankfully, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler told him Cabrera -- while batting behind Reyes -- has been locked in better than at any point during his career.

"[Roessler] said, 'I wouldn't mess with that,'" Collins concluded.

Gee, ya think, Terry? Wow... Anyway... back to the home run...

"As soon as I hit it, I knew the ball was going to be out," Cabrera said of his game-winning home run. "I wasn't thinking to hit a home run. I was thinking make good contact."

By the way, his bat flip may be the greatest of all time! It was amazing!



Phillies C A.J. Ellis was less impressed by Cabrera's happiness, looking rather irritated -- since Reyes had a similar flip and pump fist after his home run. I hope there is no retaliation today. But, if there is, so be it. The Mets were pumped, so were we. And, it was a great moment for a team stressed out and fighting for their lives in September. We've been waiting for these moments all season...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Matthew Cerrone

New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco speakers to the media before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco speakers to the media before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco is no longer being considered for the president of baseball operations job with the Minnesota Twins, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

It was reported earlier this month that Minnesota had interest in Ricco.

However, as of last week, the Twins had not yet asked the Mets permission to speak to Ricco, according to La Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune.

Minnesota, which Neal says is looking for someone with an analytics background, has also reportedly looked at other candidates, none with GM experience.

Ricco joined the Mets organization in 2004 and has been assistant GM since 2006.


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Now that was an amazing game! I realize I keep overthinking this team's ability and fate. It's foolish. It's quite clear this season has been, and will continue to be, totally unpredictable.



Yesterday, because of managerial decisions, a weak lineup and decimated rotation, I spent all day writing and talking with people and hearing about how the Mets were going to struggle to get to October baseball, despite currently being in a three-way tie for the wild card.

Then, last night happens. The team looks charged up, happy and ready to roll, as the Mets are now in line to host the Giants during the wild card on Oct. 5. The Mets now have a 73.4 percent chance of making the playoffs, while the Giants have a 70.4 percent chance and the Cardinals 55.8 percent, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. It's amazing, and you'd think I'd know better by now.



By the way, in addition to the night's playoff race implications and talking from a single baseball game perspective, it was an amazing 11 innings of baseball.



Here are six more notes about the Mets, Thursday night's game and why it was so unique, courtesy of the team and other research organizations.



1) The Mets set a franchise record by using 27 players in one game. They used 10 pitchers, matching the most used in a game in franchise history.

2) The Mets won when trailing after eight innings for the first time this season. Entering Thursday, they had been 0-63 in such games.

3) According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time since 2005 that the Mets tied the score in the bottom of the ninth on a home run and then later won the game in extra innings with a home run.

4) Jose Reyes has eight home runs this season, four of which have given the Mets the lead or tied the game. Surprisingly, it was the first career game-tying home run in the ninth inning or later during his career.

5) Asdrubal Cabrera hit his fourth career walk-off home run, his first since June 4, 2014.

6) The Mets are 71-39 when they hit at least one home run this season. They are 37-20 when they hit at least one home run at Citi Field.


Video: Cabrera launches a walk-off three-run home run

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Philadelphia Phillies

 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets came back from two-run deficits in the ninth inning and 11th inning, winning the game on Asdrubal Cabrera's walk-off three-run homer in a 9-8 win over the Phillies on Thursday at Citi Field. >> Read more

The Cardinals were off and the Giants won, meaning the Mets remain tied with the Giants for the first wild card spot and are a half game up on the Cardinals for the second wild card spot..



Steven Matz will not start on Friday due to continued shoulder soreness >> Read more

On the MetsBlog Q&ACast, Matthew Cerrone spoke with Michael Baron >> Listen here

What's on Tap for Friday, Sept. 23

The Mets continue their four-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Gabriel Ynoa (9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) starts opposite Jeremy Hellickson (3.57 ERA, 1.14 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, Jose Reyes, and Curtis Granderson in Thursday's home game against the Phillies, Citi is donating another $6,000 to help fight childhood hunger.

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


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Philadelphia Phillies , Steven Matz

Post Game Extra: 09/22/16 00:04:11
Asdrubal Cabrera belted a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Mets a dramatic 9-8 win over the Phillies.

Trailing by two in the bottom of the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera launched a game-winning three-run homer to give the Mets a wild, 9-8 win over the Phillies on Thursday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • After the Phillies took an 8-6 lead in the top of the inning, pinch-hitter Michael Conforto walked with one out and Jose Reyes singled. Cabrera, who went 3-for-6, took a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right for his 22nd home run of the season and his fourth career walk-off homer.
  • Trailing by two in the ninth, pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo reached on a single and Reyes evened the score with his eighth home run.
  • One day after throwing 30 pitches and taking the loss, Jeurys Familia was on the hook again after allowing a two-out bloop single to A.J. Ellis that put Philadelphia ahead. Jim Henderson (2-2), who walked in a run in the 11th before ending the inning, ultimately picked up the win.
  • Pitching for the third consecutive day, Addison Reed allowed Maikel Franco's three-run homer in the eighth to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead and retired just one of the five batters he faced.
  • Seth Lugo allowed a run in the fourth and two more on back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp in the fifth. He was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five frames.

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

Video: Cabrera launches a walk-off three-run home run

Video: Reyes ties the game in the bottom of the ninth

Video: Cespedes rips a go-ahead RBI double down the line

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the Mets' resiliency: "It's easy to forget because, when you're leading with whatever pennant thing you're in…everybody expects perfection. They don't realize what it takes to get there and the sacrifices you make. We were in San Francisco not very long ago, we were two games under .500. But we're sitting where we are today because they're resilient."

Collins on Cabrera: "He's such a professional. He knows how to take care of himself. … He's another huge piece to this team. If he wasn't around I don't know where we'd be."

Cabrera on his homer: "As soon as I hit it I knew it's going to be out. So I was just excited."

Reyes on the win: "I can't even explain it, man. I'm still excited about the game. Coming from behind like that, that's what a good team does."

News and notes…

  • The Mets used a club-record 27 players to win their first game in 64 chances when trailing after eight innings. They moved a half-game in front of the idle Cardinals and temporarily in front of the Giants, who are playing the Padres in San Diego.
  • New York's 61 multi-homer games are the most in baseball.
  • Cabrera is hitting .365 with nine homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored in his last 32 games.
  • Curtis Granderson's 29th home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second. Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a pair of two-out RBI hits. He tied the game with a single in the fifth and gave the Mets a short-lived lead with a double in the seventh. Cespedes has 21 RBIs in 19 games against the Phillies as a Met.
  • Lucas Duda pinch-hit in the 10th and missed a game-winning homer by inches as it hooked foul.
  • Reed had not allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances. The three runs he allowed were a season high.

What's next…

The Mets (81-72) will look to get a winning streak going as they continue their series with the Phillies (69-84) from Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) makes his second start after fanning eight in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins last Sunday. Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) surrendered five runs in four innings against the Mets on Aug. 27 but he is coming off a shutout against Miami on Monday.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

The Mets (80-72) look to bounce back and take the first game of their series with the Phillies (69-83) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m, which you can watch on SNY or follow online



Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35 ERA) gets the start for the Mets and will face off against LHP Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57 ERA) of the Phillies.

Lugo has been amazing for the Mets since entering the team's rotation on Aug. 19. Lugo has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last five starts, and has only given up nine earned runs in 36.2 innings as a starter. In his last outing, Lugo allowed one run on five hits, but struggled with his control, walking four batters.

Morgan has looked a lot stronger in his last few outings, allowing two earned runs or fewer in each of his last four starts. The left-hander has dealt with control issues, surrendering a total of four walks in his last two starts, while only striking out six. 

Here are tonight's starting lineups: 

Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Roman Quinn, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Obdubel Herrera, CF Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Maikel Franco, 3B T.J. Rivera, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B Curtis Granderson, RF
Cameron Rupp, C Eric Campbell, 1B
Freddy Galvis, SS Rene Rivera, C
Aaron Altherr, RF Alejandro De Aza, CF
Adam Morgan, LHP Seth Lugo, RHP
Tags: Philadelphia Phillies , Seth Lugo

Sep 21, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) react s after Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte (11) caught a ball he hit in the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) react s after Atlanta Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte (11) caught a ball he hit in the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

In an electrifying finish to a pressure-packed game for the Mets, Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte took away a three-run homer from Yoenis Cespedes for the final out of Atlanta's 4-3 victory Wednesday night.

"Tremendous catch," New York manager Terry Collins said. "One of the best you'll ever see."

With two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cespedes made a bid for a game-winning homer by launching a drive to deep right-center. Inciarte raced a long way to the wall and timed his jump perfectly, catching the ball just above the orange line atop the fence.

"Probably the best catch I've ever made," Inciarte said. "I thought that ball was gone right (off) the bat. But it was the last play of the game. I was just giving everything I've got."

And with that, the Mets were handed another damaging defeat by the last-place Braves after squandering a three-run lead. At his locker, a disappointed Cespedes would answer only one question from reporters.

"I knew I hit the ball well," he said. "I knew there was a good chance it was going to make it out, but he made a better play."



Once he landed, Inciarte held up his glove in excitement and then kissed the ball as he jogged toward the infield to greet teammates. Cespedes turned and walked slowly off the field.

"Guys were flying over the railing," Braves interim manager Brian Snitker said. "It just erupted. I don't think you could have won the World Series and had a bigger explosion than that right there."

Some fans in the stunned crowd of 32,187 at Citi Field still had their hands on their heads as they filed up the aisles toward the exits.

"I still can't wrap my mind around that, how he did that. Just incredible," Braves slugger Freddie Freeman said >> To read the rest of this AP article, go to SNY.TV.


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The end of the game, including the catch, encapsulated the overall season, if you think about it. It went from high expectations to bewilderment and low expectations to a glimmer of hope - as the ball left Yo's bat - then, poof, not so fast, game over... And, of all people, it was Cespedes - the guy everyone pins our offensive hopes to - who made the out. Hopefully, the season doesn't end in the same way. Hopefully with 10 games left and a three-way tie for two Wild Card spots - in terms of the overall story arch - the ball goes over the fence...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

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Left-handed batters are hitting .196 against Mets right-handed reliever Addison Reed. They're batting .381 against left-handed reliever Josh Smoker. Yet, last night in the eighth inning, with the Mets up 3-2, Terry Collins pulled Reed in favor of Smoker to face the left-handed hitting Freddie Freeman.

Of course, Freeman then singled off Smoker, after which Collins double-switched Jose Reyes out of the game for Jeurys Familia, who would eventually give up a sac-fly to Matt Kemp during a nine-pitch at bat.

"Freddie [Freeman] is 2-for-4 [lifetime against Reed], and I just said,' This guy is too hot,' and I thought [have him] face a power lefty [instead]," Collins explained after the game. "Once again it was, if we get the ground ball to start the inning we're not in that situation."

By the way, Reed, who's had an amazing season this year, didn't look happy and left the clubhouse last night without talking to reporters. 



Ugh! The entire half inning gave me a headache.

What's worse, the repeated and questionable pitching changes resulted in Reyes being out of the lineup, with Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki and Ty Kelly on field in an extra-inning game during a September playoff race. Also, why announce your best pinch hitter, Kelly Johnson, in to the game, but use Campbell for him instead? And, why exactly is Jay Bruce fit to hit in a big spot late last night, but not the night before? Lastly, by Familia throwing 30 stressful pitches, it likely means he is not available tonight against the Phillies.

Frankly, it felt like Collins had some sort of quota for in-game moves -- or maybe he was suddenly possessed by Bobby Valentine, I don't know. The point is, if the Mets fall short of the postseason, we're going to look back at this three-game sweep - and last night's game and decisions in particular -- as a pivotal moment.



By the way, if you don't like Terry, today is your Christmas morning.

Personally, I'm torn on how to judge him.

I respect the adversity he's overcome this season. He lost several important players to injury, while having to manage with super-high expectations. Yet, he pulled his team out of the doldrums to get through the dog days of summer and back in position to play in October. He deserves a ton of credit for this, no doubt...

At the same time, if he and bench coach Dick Scott were more on top of things, more aware of what is happening around them, I think it's possible the Mets might be up (and not tied) in the Wild Card race. And, I'm the guy who has repeatedly said baseball managers are vastly overrated. I still believe that, but they're not inconsequential. They matter, they just don't trump player performance. However, some of the moves being made of late have repeatedly put guys in positions to fail and it's seemingly having a negative impact.

Tags: Addison Reed , Atlanta Braves , James Loney , Jeurys Familia , Josh Smoker

The Mets are lucky. Really lucky.

Terry Collins should be writing thank you notes today to the Giants and Cardinals, who also lost last night and remain in a three-way tie with the Mets for two NL wild card spots.



Don't be mistaken: The Mets played well the previous few weeks and earned the right to be where they are. But getting swept by the Braves -- at home, in September, with 10 games left to play -- would probably be a death sentence any other year.

However, this season, in which all three teams fighting for the wild card have underachieved and overachieved at different points, being swept by the Braves is just a bump in the road.

Instead, despite the sweep, poor decisions, lack of execution and missed opportunities the previous three days, the Mets still control their fate and have a straight shot in to, at the very least, a tiebreaker wild card game in the postseason.



As hard as it is to believe, and as angry and disappointed as Mets fans should be following last night's loss, the fact is the door is still open, and the reality is there is as good of a chance the Mets are a game up in the wild card tomorrow morning as it is that they're one game back.

Now is not the time to dig in to ripping them apart, criticizing their decisions, wallowing and wondering about what transpired this season. (That would happen if the Mets miss their chance if the Mets miss their chance and end up on the outside looking in.)

How did they go from expecting to be in the World Series to being a sub-.500 team in August to losing half their Opening Day lineup to being tied for a playoff spot with 10 games to go?

This year has been a tale of three seasons, and nothing is guaranteed. Last night should be forgotten, so let's move on and hope for the best. Clearly, for these three teams, anything is possible in 2016.

Tags: Matthew Cerrone

The bullpen blew a 3-0 lead and Ender Inciarte robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a would-be, game-winning home run, as the Mets lost to the Braves, 4-3, on Wednesday night >> Read more

The Cardinals lost and Giants also lost, meaning there's still a three-way tie for two Wild Card spots..



What happens if the Mets, Cardinals, and Giants end up in a three-way tie? Read more here!

Also on Wednesday, Jacob deGrom had successful elbow surgery and is expected to be ready for Spring Training >> Read more

Steven Matz is expected to return from the disabled list and start on Friday >> Read more

Terry Collins is concerned about Wilmer Flores' lingering wrist injury >> Read more

The Mets could play in London next summer >> Read more

 

What's on Tap for Thursday, Sept. 22

The Mets open a four-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Seth Lugo (2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) starts opposite Adam Morgan (5.57 ERA, 1.46 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 Rene Rivera in Wednesday's home game against the Braves, 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: Jacob deGrom , Steven Matz , Wilmer Flores , Yoenis Cespedes

Post Game Extra: 09/21/16 00:04:02
Yoenis Cespedes was robbed of a potential game-winning home run in the ninth inning completing the Braves' sweep of the Mets, 4-3.

Ender Inciarte drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth and then robbed Yoenis Cespedes of a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the inning as the Mets were swept by the Braves with a 4-3 loss on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • With two on and two outs, Cespedes sent Braves closer Jim Johnson's first pitch towards right-center. Inciarte raced over from center and leapt at the wall to take the home run and game away from the Mets.
  • Bartolo Colon took a 3-0 lead into the seventh but allowed a two-run homer to ex-Met Anthony Recker. The Braves tied the game in the eighth on Matt Kemp's sacrifice fly after a curious decision by Terry Collins, who removed Addison Reed in favor of Josh Smoker with Freddie Freeman up with one out and one on.
  • The Mets had runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the eighth but T.J. Rivera struck out. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki went down swinging to end the inning.
  • Colon allowed two runs on six hits while striking out six and walking none in 6 2/3 innings.
  • Jeurys Familia (3-4) was charged with his fifth blown save and took the loss.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the first with his 21st home run. Rene Rivera made it 3-0 with his sixth jack of the season in the fifth.

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

Quotes...

Cespedes on being robbed: "I knew I hit the ball well. I knew there was a good chance it was going to make it out but he made a better play."

Collins on Inciarte's catch: "I mean it's a great catch. A tremendous catch. One of the best you'll ever see. Second night we've had the right guy up there at the right time, tonight he just made a tremendous play that saved the game."

Collins on his decision to remove Reed: "As much as I've used him lately…I thought if [Freeman's] gonna get a hit, face a power lefty. Got the [expletive] jammed out of him and blooped it in."

News and notes…

  • The Mets lost six straight games to the Braves at Citi Field and ended the year 9-10 against Atlanta, winning just five times in the last 15 games.  
  • With the Cardinals loss earlier in the day, the Mets are still holding on to a playoff spot.
  • Cabrera's homer was his 20th of the season as a shortstop, breaking the club record of 19 established by Reyes in 2006.
  • Colon has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his last 10 starts. It was the 11th start this season without a walk for the right-hander.

What's next…

The Mets (80-72) begin their final regular-season series of the year at home as the Phillies (69-83) come to town for four games beginning Thursday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.35 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) carries a 1.80 ERA in his last five starts into the matchup with Philadelphia. Adam Morgan (2-10, 5.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) will take the ball for the Phils with just one win in his last 16 starts.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Yoenis Cespedes

 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair the ulnar nerve damage in his right elbow, the team announced.

DeGrom is done for the season but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

He was scheduled to start this past Sunday, but after feeling pain following a bullpen session on Friday, it was determined that deGrom would require elbow surgery.

The 28-year-old began feeling pain in his forearm and underwent an MRI in late-August, which determined he had no structural damage in his arm. He threw 10 pitches off a mound Sept. 10 and later said he believed he'd be able to pitch again in 2016.

Injury expert Will Carroll discussed this type of surgery with SNY.tv earlier this summer when Zack Wheeler was experiencing a similar issue.

"There is a nerve that runs right through the elbow, we call it the 'funny bone,'" Carroll explained to MetsBlog in June. "Imagine, every time you threw, you hit your funny bone. ... So, there's nothing actually wrong with [it], it's just a side complication."

Tags: Jacob deGrom

The Mets (80-71) look to get back in the win column and take the final game of their series with the Braves (60-91) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m, which you can watch on SNY or follow online



Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.14 ERA) gets the start for the Mets and will face off against RHP Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.46 ERA) of the Braves.

Colon pitched well his last time out, limiting the Twins to just three hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander has had a strong September, pitching to the tune of 2-0 record with a 1.42 ERA. Did give up three runs over six innings on Sept. 10 in Atlanta. 

Weber is making just his second start of this season and seventh of his career. In his one start this year, he allowed five runs over three innings against the Nationals. In two innings of relief against the Mets on April 23, he allowed six hits and three runs. 

Here are tonight's starting lineups: 

Braves Mets
Ender Inciarte, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Adonis Garcia, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Matt Kemp, LF Curtis Granderson, RF
Nick Markakis, RF T.J. Rivera, 2B
Anthony Recker, C Alejandro De Aza, CF
Jace Peterson, 2B James Loney, 1B
Dansby Swanson, SS Rene Rivera, C
Ryan Weber, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP
Tags: Atlanta Braves , Bartolo Colon

A general view of the London Anniversary Games during an IAAF Diamond League meet at Olympic Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
A general view of the London Anniversary Games during an IAAF Diamond League meet at Olympic Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The mayor of London is interested in bringing in the Mets to play in the city next summer, reports Richard Conway of the BBC

According to Conway, talks between the Mets and London mayor Sadiq Khan are already underway. 

"The owner of the Mets was very receptive," Khan said, according to Conway. "We're in discussions with MLB and we want MLB to come to London." 

Major League Baseball said in a statement that it has spoken with Khan, but has not determined when or if games will be played in England. 

"This past Sunday, commissioner [Rob] Manfred and the mayor of London had a very good meeting on a variety of topics," MLB said in the statement, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. "Nothing specific has been determined regarding when a game might occur in London and what teams would participate."

Conway reports that games would be help at Olympic Stadium, which hosted events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 

The last time Major League Baseball played games outside of North America was in 2014 when the Dodgers took on the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia.

In 2000, the Mets started their season with two games in Japan, while in 1996, the team played the Padres for two games in Monterrey, Mexico. 


Mets RHP Bartolo Colon has a Cy Young Award in his trophy case, and while he won't be adding a Silver Slugger to his collection any time soon, he's lined up to snag his first Gold Glove award this season.

Colon may not look the part of the defensive wiz, but he has established himself as one of the most consistent and effective fielders at his position by any number of measures that appeal to award voters. On the traditional side, he controls the running game as well as anyone. His four pickoffs rank second in the league and he has the lowest steal rate on his team. He is quick off the mound and sure-handed, as evidenced by his 36 assists and 5 double plays started, both second in the league.


Video: Colon's over-the-shoulder catch


For the more sabermetrically inclined, Colon's seven defensive runs saved are tops in all of baseball, per Fangraphs.com. He also has two stolen base runs saved, second in the National League, which suggests the traditional measures previously mentioned are no fluke.

According to BaseballReference.com, his range factor per nine innings is third among qualifiers, which bolsters the case that he gets to - and handles - batted balls as well as anyone.

These are all skills that are highly valuable for any pitcher, but for a pitcher with Colon's profile, age and size, his fielding is vital to his ability to pitch effectively. Low strikeout and walk rates result in a large number of balls in play (he is second behind Johnny Cueto, but with fewer innings). Helped out by his good defense, his batting average on balls in play is well below league average, despite the fact that he is not especially good at limiting hard contact.



For those voters who balk at both traditional statistics and sabermetrics, is there any better story than a soft-tossing, 43-year-old pitcher, generously listed at 285 pounds, being named the best defender in the league?

Colon's outstanding work ethic is recognized throughout the league - by both media and the industry - and the best way to reward his efforts by filling out his trophy case with a well-earned Gold Glove.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Maggie Wiggin

In the ninth inning Tuesday, with two outs and the tying run on second base, Yoenis Cespedes fell down swinging at strike two before missing on a curveball to end the game.

Cespedes, who was hitless in four at-bats Tuesday, is batting just .203 with three HR and 13 RBI in 17 games during September.

Last September, Cespedes hit nine home runs, drove in 21 runs, and hit .301 to help the Mets win the National League East.


Cespedes, 30, agreed to a three-year, $75 million contract with the Mets last offseason, which includes an opt out after this season.

If he opts out, his 2016 salary jumps to $27 million as he walks out the door.


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Sept. 16, 2016: There is a 100 percent chance Yoenis Cespedes opts out of his current contract with the Mets, a source told MLB reporter Jon Heyman, who predicts he'll get at least a four-year, $100 million deal on the open market. I polled MLB insiders Sept. 15 (one current GM, two agents and a national reporter) and their predictions net out the same as Heyman. Naturally, the two agents believe Cespedes will get five years and $125 million, because they assume some team will grow desperate and overpay >> Read more.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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In the sixth inning Tuesday, and the Mets up a run, RHP Robert Gsellman allowed two singles and a walk to load the bases. Braves OF Matt Kemp then hit a weak fly-ball to right-center field.

However, it dropped for a hit between Curtis Granderson and a charging Jay Bruce, who cited a miscommunication when later asked why neither outfielder came up with the baseball.



The next batter, Nick Markakis, walked to force in the go-ahead run.

"I didn't call it," Granderson said, taking the blame after the game. "Being in center field, it was my ball to be had if I could get to it. But, I felt like I was probably going to have to dive for it, and wasn't 100 percent sure if I was going to be able to catch it. Jay, being the right fielder, was waiting for me to say something in that situation, and I didn't. By the time I pulled up, it was too late."


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Granderson is right. It's his ball. And, it was hit so weak, I don't think a run would have scored. Then, it would have been two outs and the Mets up a run, and who knows how the inning plays out. Instead, the game got out of hand and the Mets ended up losing. It was a big moment, and Gsellman's fielders let him down.

Also, this is what happens when guys are playing positions they should not be playing. I realize Granderson has lots of experience in center field. But, it hasn't been his regular position for a while. He's in a spot he is not used to. Meanwhile, Bruce, who has only been on the Mets for six weeks, has had to play a difficult right field next to four different center fielders. The Mets have run in to similar situations on the infield.

It's a conversation for another day, but - when looking to make changes for next year's team - if the Mets are going to keep relying so heavily on their pitching - I'd love to see them make a better effort to have an experienced, consistent group of fielders out there. Their pitching staff has earned it.

Tags: Curtis Granderson

Situation Metrics (SitMet) identifies players who consistently provide the greatest impact offensively for their teams. By tying productivity to game situation factors, SitMet offers a deeper dive into meaningful offensive production and is an extremely reliable indicator of true offensive productivity...

Here are the top five Mets sorted by their last 100 plate appearances, according to SitMet, with 100 being roughly league average...

Player Season Score Total PAs Last 100 PAs Last 25 PAs
C. Granderson 84.1 582 230.6 151.8
W. Flores 132.2 332 205.2 121.5
A. Cabrera 80.8 519 201 124.3
T. Rivera 168.8 68 168.8 282.2
Y. Cespedes 142.1 496 146 -10.1


Sep 20, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) pitches against the New York Mets during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 20, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) pitches against the New York Mets during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Braves RHP Julio Teheran shut down the Mets again, as he allowed just one run and five hits through seven innings as the last-place Braves won, 5-4, at Citi Field Tuesday night.

"Every time I face them, I've got a plan," Teheran said after the game.

He has thrown 30 innings against the Mets this season, during which New York has just 15 hits and scored three runs across four starts. He is 7-3 lifetime against the Mets.

"He's good. He's an All-Star. It's not just us," Curtis Granderson later said.

The Braves have won five straight games at Citi Field.


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I need to watch Teheran start against someone other than the Mets. Because, from what I see when he's facing them, he's the best pitcher in baseball. Damn! His fastball is unimpressive at first glance. His fastball is flat, and he slings it through the strike zone. He should be getting rocked. However, his slider and change-up look exactly the same, when they're released from his hand, so batters end up guessing, hitting under it, on top of it, and producing weak contact. He reminds me of David Cone from early in his career.

By the way, the Braves may have the worst overall record in the National League, but they are 9-8 since September 1, during which they've scored 91 runs, which is fourth-most in the league and 25 more than the Mets. Also, they have at least eight hits in 20 straight games. I'm not making excuses - the Mets are better than the Braves - but, this isn't the same Atlanta team from earlier in the summer.


Campbell's clutch RBI single 00:00:43
Eric Campbell hits a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the eighth with two outs against Atlanta on Tuesday.

In the eighth inning of the New York Mets' 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, manager Terry Collins pinch hit for Jay Bruce, who was the game-tying run, with Eric Campbell.

Bruce, who was 0 for 3 in the game, is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and is 3 for his last 38. He is hitting .176 since the Mets acquired him at the trade deadline.

"I always think I'm the best choice ... but he's the manager and I respect his decision," Bruce said after the game. "I don't deserve any explanation from the manager."

Campbell, who entered the game batting .158 in 37 games this season, hit an RBI single in a three-run eighth inning to cut the Braves' lead from 5-3 to 5-4.

Bruce, who was traded from the Cincinnati Reds for Dilson Herrera, was booed by fans at Citi Field.

"The market, as you know, this is not Cincinnati," Collins said.


Video: Terry Collins, Mets players react to Tuesday's loss


"I definitely didn't draw it up like this," Bruce said about his struggles. "Coming over here, it's been tough on me. Fortunately, the team has been playing really well, we've been winning games, we're in a good spot when it comes to the playoff race. ... I'm worried about the team, I'm worried about winning games. I have plenty of time to think about myself. Right now is not that time."

The last time Bruce was pinch hit for was with the Reds on Sept. 14, 2014 against the Brewers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"It's one of the worst things you can do as a manager, to pinch hit for a star, especially one of the elite power hitters in the game," Collins said. "But you know, my job is to try to win the game. ... I think he's extremely frustrated. I know, I talked to him about it. ... I told him, this is a different situation here."


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To say it was a bad night for Bruce would be an understatement. It's an ugly situation, and at this point who knows if he'll ever regain his confidence for thr stretch run?

Collins really doesn't need to apologize. He's given Bruce countless chances to come through in big spots, and Bruce has yet to deliver. He even gave him a few days off to clear his head and refocus, and Bruce returned, went hitless in three at-bats and looked bad doing it.

The only saving grace for Bruce, at this point, is to believe in the law of averages. Otherwise, Michael Conforto or T.J. Rivera have to get the bulk of at-bats through the rest of the season because Bruce looks lost and I'm not sure he's going to find his way home in 2016.

Tags: Atlanta Braves , Eric Campbell , Michael Conforto

The Mets couldn't come back from a 5-1 deficit as they lost to the Braves, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Citi Field >> Read more

The Cardinals won and the Giants won, resulting in a three-way tie for the two Wild Card spots..

What happens if the Mets, Cardinals, and Giants end up in a three-way tie? Read more here!



Also on Tuesday, the Mets announced that Jacob deGrom will miss the rest of this season after he undergoes elbow surgery later this week >> Read more

Steven Matz will throw a bullpen session at Citi Field on Wednesday and could rejoin the rotation on Friday, he and Terry Collins said >> Read more

Wimer Flores, who is still unable to swing a bat due to his wrist injury, received a second cortisone injection >> Read more

The Mets fired Mike Herbst, who had been their minor league medical coordinator >> Read more

 

What's on Tap for Wednesday, Sept. 21

The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (3.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) starts opposite Ryan Weber (5.46 ERA, 1.44 WHIP).



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Tags: Bartolo Colon , Jacob deGrom , Steven Matz , Wilmer Flores

Post Game Extra: Mets fall, 5-4 00:03:47
The Mets staged a late rally on Tuesday night but came up short in a 5-4 loss to the divisional-rival Braves in Flushing.

The Mets allowed five runs in the sixth and seventh innings and a rally in the eighth fell short in a 5-4 loss to the Braves on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • New York took a 1-0 lead into the sixth, but the Braves loaded the bases with one out and Matt Kemp's fly ball to right-center fell between Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce, tying the game. The bases remained loaded and Josh Smoker ultimately walked in the go-ahead run.
  • Robert Gsellman (2-2) took a two-hit shutout into the sixth but allowed a run on three hits and a walk before being removed with one out. He was ultimately charged with two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
  • Jerry Blevins allowed a three-run homer to Adonis Garcia in the seventh to increase the Braves' lead to 5-1. The Mets rallied for three runs in the eighth on Granderson's RBI double, T.J. Rivera's sacrifice fly and Eric Campbell's pinch-hit single. But Travis d'Arnaud grounded out to end the inning with runners at the corners. Yoenis Cespedes struck out with the tying run at first in the ninth.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera reached safely in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with an RBI and two walks. His RBI double in the third scored Jose Reyes with the game's first run.

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

Video: Eric Campbell records clutch RBI single

Video: Curtis Granderson picks up RBI double in the eighth

Video: Jose Reyes laces a triple against the Braves

Quotes…

Terry Collins on pinch-hitting for Bruce: "It's one of the worst things you can do as a manager is to pinch-hit for a star. But my job is to try to win the game."

Bruce on being pinch-hit for: "That's the first time I've ever been pinch-hit for. I always think I'm the best choice. I think everyone in this locker room does. But he's the manager and I respect his decision and it is what it is. … I don't deserve any explanation from the manager. He's the manager, he makes the decisions."

Granderson on the miscommunication with Bruce: "I didn't call it. Being in center field, it was my job to be had if I could get to it. But I felt like I was gonna probably have to dive for it. I wasn't 100 percent sure if I was going to be able to catch it. Jay, obviously being the right fielder is waiting for me to say something in that situation, I didn't, and by the time I pulled up it was too late, the ball fell in."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have lost five straight to the Braves at Citi Field and fell to 9-9 against them this year.
  • New York lost consecutive games for the first time since Sep. 1-2.
  • Jay Bruce was back in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 before he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He has three hits in his last 37 at-bats (.081).
  • d'Arnaud has one extra-base hit and one RBI in his last 84 plate appearances.
  • It was the third time in five starts Gsellman has taken a shutout into the sixth inning or later only to have the Mets ultimately lose the game.

What's next…

The Mets (80-71) will try and avoid an embarrassing sweep as they complete their season series with the Braves (60-91) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.14 ERA, 1.20 WHIP) is unbeaten in his last six starts, going 4-0 in that span. Atlanta counters with right-hander Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.46 ERA, 1.44 WHIP), who is making his second start of the season.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

The New York Mets (80-70) continue their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (59-91) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m., which you can follow online here



RHP Robert Gsellman (2-1, 3.08 ERA) starts for the Mets, while RHP Julio Teheran (5-10, 3.18 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves.

Gsellman looked strong in his last start, throwing 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing five hits and one walk. Gsellman has allowed one earned run or fewer in two of his four career starts, and has only surrendered one home run in his 26.1 innings in the majors.

Teheran struggled in his last outing, giving up five earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings against the Marlins. In his last two starts, Teheran has allowed a total of six earned runs in the sixth inning, increasing his sixth inning ERA to 5.49.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Braves Mets
Ender Inciarte, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Adonis Garcia, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Matt Kemp, LF Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Markakis, RF T.J. Rivera, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C Jay Bruce, RF
Jace Peterson, 2B James Loney, 1B
Dansby Swanson, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C
Julio Teheran, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP

Tags: Atlanta Braves

Tebow homers in Port St. Lucie 00:00:28
Tim Tebow hits two home runs during Mets Instructional League workouts on Tuesday.

Tim Tebow says he's just trying to get better each day in the Mets' instructional league.

After two days, so far, so good.

Tebow homered to right during batting practice on Tuesday, one day after the quarterback-turned-baseball-hopeful put three balls off the fence at the Mets' training complex.

A Mets' staff member went behind the fence a few minutes later and returned with a baseball, though it wasn't clear if it was the actual one Tebow hit.



"Felt a little more comfortable with a day under my belt, just getting more used to everything, the preparations," Tebow said. "All those silly things that you have to go through, right? Getting in the building, finding everything that you need, cafeteria, everything, and just getting used to the routine."


Is signing Tebow a stunt? Even with jerseys and books to sell, Tebow says no >> Read more at SNY.TV.


The composition of the workout from Day 1 to Day 2 was similar. The atmosphere wasn't - the media contingent was considerably smaller than it was on Monday, and maybe about one-quarter as many fans showed up as the day before.

Then again, plenty of people welcomed Tebow to Port St. Lucie when he made a Target run on Monday night. He said he needed supplies, specifically drinks and almonds >> Read more at SNY.TV.

Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press


Jay Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jay Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Jay Bruce was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game Monday.

''We just told Jay yesterday, look, we're going to get you out of here, just back off for a couple of days, catch your break and get back in there,'' manager Terry Collins said before Monday night's game against Atlanta.

Bruce, 29, is hitting .181 with a .261 OBP, four doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in 38 games since being acquired from the Reds on Sept. 1.

He had been averaging one home run every 14 at bats while with the Reds this season. He's averaging just one home run every 34 at bats with the Mets.

Collins compared Bruce's break to how he handed Neil Walker, who was in a 9-for-58 (.155) slump during July. Walker was out of the lineup for multiple days, then rebounded to hit .426 (40 for 94) over the next month before a back injury ended his season.

"It's the same thing," Collins said, comparing Bruce and Walker.


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Sept. 20: The goal is win the Wild Card and get in to the postseason. It's not to get Bruce 'going,' as Collins often puts it. If those two things line up, fine. If TC identifies a match up or moment where it makes sense to get Bruce in there, see what he's got in the tank, that's fine too. But, for now, if T.J. Rivera and Michael Conforto are hitting, and Bruce isn't, then - with all due respect to his track record and contract - Bruce has to sit and the younger guys have to play. Right now, it's about hitting and winning, end of story.

Sept. 15: Bruce continues to look tight and overwhelmed. I was willing to cut him some slack in August, when he had to switch organizations for the first time in his career, go from a quiet Cincinnati to a loud New York, go from a big park to a smaller park, and exist under the pressure of playoff race with a newborn baby in tow. That's a lot to handle. However, he's a grown man, he's a professional, and it's been six weeks. It's time to get it together >> Read more.


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.

The Oct. 4 winner will then 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.

In other words, something like this...



To see how two-way tie break scenarios play out, check out this post from Sept. 19.


Mets infielders warm up during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mets infielders warm up during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have fired their medical coordinator for the minor leagues, Mike Herbst, multiple team personnel told ESPN's Adam Rubin.

Herbst had been Ray Ramirez's assistant athletic trainer before returning to his previously-held coordinator position in 2011.

He temporarily served as the athletic trainer for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2001.


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I heard this happened at least a week or so ago, or around the same time Wally Backman was let go. I wonder if this is part of a larger, system-wide shift in personnel? And, if so, does it end in the minor leagues or will it extend in to the front office and big-league bench? It's hard to believe, but Sandy Alderson is about to complete his sixth season with the Mets. It makes sense that he'd start to revisit some of the choices made when he was first hired.


New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is taken out in the in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is taken out in the in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 27, in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

"It's a disappointment," Syndergaard (13-9), who threw 99 pitches, said, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. "I didn't go out there and get my job done."

Manager Terry Collins said earlier on Monday that Syndergaard is in line to start a potential wild card game, and reiterated his confidence in the 24-year-old starter after Syndergaard didn't make it out of the fourth inning.

"He's our guy," Collins said. "Certainly those young guys have stepped up and done a great job, but you're going to go into the playoffs looking at Noah Syndergaard as the guy. If there's a big game to be pitched, he's the guy you're going to turn to."

Syndergaard had been 3-1 with a 1.06 ERA over his previous five starts, but struggled on Monday.

He allowed RBI singles to Dansby Swanson and Ender Inciarte in the second inning, a solo home run to Freddie Freeman in the third and a two-run double to Freeman in the fourth before Collins went to the bullpen.

"This is the first game in over a year that I've seen Noah just not have it," Collins said.


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Despite still being one game up in the wild card race, last night showed a return to the World Series is going to be a arduous, uphill grind. It's not impossible, but it's going to be really, really difficult. As awesome as Syndergaard has been at times this season, as much as he's clearly this team's ace, he's still young and carries the potential to totally lose it on any given night.

His location was off. He was missing Rene Rivera's target all night. As a result, he was incapable of pitching inside, the ball was away or over the plate, and the Braves tattooed him -- especially Freeman, who has been the league's hottest hitter during the last month.

It's weird because he was so strong and commanding five days ago against the Nationals. Perhaps he was thrown off from not having faced the Braves all season. Or maybe it was that they've been the best hitting team in baseball over the past few weeks. Maybe he just didn't feel right. But whatever it was, he'll need to get over it his next time out, which will be against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Tags: Atlanta Braves , Noah Syndergaard , Rene Rivera

Noah Syndergaard struggled as the Mets lost to the Braves, 7-3, in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night at Citi Field >> Read more

The Giants lost and the Cardinals won, meaning the Mets remain in sole possession of the first Wild Card -- one game up on both teams.



Steven Matz could rejoin the starting rotation as soon as Friday >> Read more

Syndergaard is in line to pitch a potential Wild Card game >> Read more

Neil Walker said the Mets are a good fit, but he'll likely explore his options when he is officially a free agent at the end of this season >> Read more

Tim Tebow was at the Mets' Instructional League in Port St. Lucie on Monday >> Read more

 

What's on Tap for Tuesday, Sept. 20

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Robert Gsellman (3.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) gets the start for the Mets, facing the Braves for the second time this season. He'll be opposed by Julio Teheran (3.18 ERA, 1.04 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 T,J. Rivera's home run during Monday's home game against the Braves, Citi will donate another $2,000 to help fight childhood hunger.

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



Post Game Extra: Mets fall, 7-3 00:03:07
T.J. Rivera homered for the second straight game but Noah Syndergaard had a rough outing in the Mets' 7-3 loss to the Braves in Flushing.

Noah Syndergaard did not make it out of the fourth inning and the Mets' offense was mostly silent in a 7-3 loss to the Braves on Monday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Syndergaard (13-9) allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old had surrendered four runs over his last five starts coming into Monday's game.
  • T.J. Rivera homered for the second straight day, launching a two-run shot to get the Mets on the board in the fourth. James Loney drove in New York's other run with his second double of the game in the ninth. He and Curtis Granderson each went 3-for-4.
  • The Mets went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and are just 5-for-51 (.098) in their last seven games. New York has scored 17 runs in that span.

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

Video: Rivera's homer puts Mets on the board

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera robs Ender Inciarte of a hit

Video: Cabrera makes another sparkling play

Quotes…

Syndergaard: "Baseball's just a really funny game. I warmed up really good in the bullpen and felt on top of my game in the first inning. Just gotta kind of tip my hat to the Braves who came out swinging. … It was just one of those days. … In five days I'll get the ball again and be ready to go."

News and notes…

  • The Mets lost for just the fourth time in their last 15 games. New York dropped to 9-8 against Atlanta, who has beaten them five times in seven opportunities at Citi Field this season.
  • Syndergaard had a 1.06 ERA in his previous five starts before Monday's loss, allowing four runs and only 17 hits in 34 innings. 
  • Rivera's home run was his third in 19 at-bats. He had just 11 home runs in Triple-A.
  • Braves starter Aaron Blair entered the game with an 8.23 ERA in 12 career starts.

What's next…

The Mets (80-70) look to bounce back against the Braves (59-91) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.

Robert Gsellman (2-1, 3.08 ERA, 1.41 WHIP) will face Atlanta for the second time in three starts. He allowed four runs and seven hits over five innings and earned a no-decision on Sep. 9. Julio Teheran (5-10, 3.18 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) starts for the Braves. He has allowed two runs in 30 innings against New York dating back to last year.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

The New York Mets (80-69) begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (58-91) at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m., which you can follow online here



RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43 ERA) starts for the Mets, while RHP Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23 ERA) takes the mound for the Braves.

Syndergaard was masterful in his last start, surrendering one earned run on four hits while striking out 10 in seven innings. Syndergaard has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last six starts, allowing a total of six earned runs in that 39.2 inning span.

Tonight will be Blair's first start since Aug. 28 and only his second start since June 24. Blair has completed six innings in only two of his 12 starts this season, and has allowed 11 home runs in 54.2 innings.

Here are tonight's starting lineups:

Braves Mets
Ender Inciarte, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Adonis Garcia, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B Yoenis Cespdes, LF
Matt Kemp, LF Curtis Granderson, CF
Nick Markakis, RF T.J. Rivera, 2B
Tyler Flowers, C Michael Conforto, RF
Jace Peterson, 2B James Loney, 1B
Dansby Swanson, SS Rene Rivera, C
Aaron Blair, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP
Tags: Atlanta Braves , Noah Syndergaard

The way the rotation is set up, Noah Syndergaard is in line to start for the Mets in a potential NL Wild Card, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

In two starts against the Giants this season, Syndergaard was 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 13.2 innings. He was charged with two runs in six innings against the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, according to Collins, Bartolo Colon is in line to start Game 1 of the Division Series, if the Mets were to advance beyond the Wild Card round.

In two starts against the Cubs this season, Colon was tagged for eight runs in 10 innings.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Noah Syndergaard

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

Mets 2B Neil Walker said that while he's enjoyed his time playing with the Mets, he hopes to explore other options when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

"Everything is an option right now. We're looking at several different options," Walker said, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. "Like I said, this is a good fit and this looks good, but we don't know what else is out there. We don't know where teams might be coming from. The free agent market is kind of weak, especially at the infield position, so you never know what could happen."

Walker, 31, hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games during his first season with the Mets before his season ended due to a back injury, which eventually required surgery.

"Given the injury and the success rate coming back from this injury, I'd say it's not going to affect me at all," Walker said about his ability to play next season. "In talking to several people, including my agent, they think the same."

Based on conversations with MLB insiders, FanRag's Jon Heyman recently predicted that Walker might find himself signing a two-year, $24 million deal this winter.


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The team's future at second changed after trading 2B prospect Dilson Herrera to the Reds for Jay Bruce. Because, prior to that deal, it was assumed the Mets would let Walker go, and Herrera would take over in his place. The same thinking likely impacted their decision to let go of Daniel Murphy, who wanted (and got) a three-year deal.

Instead of giving the long-term commitment to Murphy, they let him walk, then traded for a year of Walker to bide time until Herrera was ready to take over in 2017. However, Murphy is now in DC, Herrera is with Cincinnati and Walker is on the DL. Now what?

I assume Walker will want a contract similar to the three-year deal Murphy signed with the Nationals. According to ESPN's Buster Olney, assuming they don't change the rules, MLB estimates that the 2017 qualifying offer will be priced at $16.7 million, up $900,000 from last year. It had been a no-brainer that the Mets would make Walker the offer, which he would have certainly declined, meaning the Mets would have picked up an extra draft pick when he signed with a new team. Now, though, coming off season-ending back surgery, it's very possible he'd accept it...

My hunch is the Mets would prefer to go in to next season with Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes up the middle, especially with Reyes hitting leadoff, doing well and earning the league minimum. Wilmer Flores would then back up all four infield positions, with Amed Rosario and Gavin Cecchini in the minor leagues ready in case of emergency. The point is, as good as he was when on the field, Walker doesn't fit in to that scenario, because the Mets have options.

Tags: Jon Niese , Neil Walker

Tim Tebow is in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he began workouts as part of the organization's instructional league roster today.


Video: Tim Tebow on his first workout with the Mets


There were upwards of 70 media members and 400 fans in attendance to see Tebow workout with the Mets, according to multiple reports.

Tebow told reporters that he will not be returning to the NFL.

"I have to play baseball now. That's what I would tell them," Tebow said, even if a team were to offer him a contract today. "I'm part of the Mets family now."



The Mets signed Tebow, 29, for a $100,000 bonus after watching him during a showcased workout in Los Angeles in late-August. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the signing was not a publicity stunt, but one based on Tebow's potential upside as a baseball player.

According to ESPN.com's Darren Rovell, Tebow, MLB and Majestic reached an exclusive bridge deal that will allow the Mets to sell his jersey, even though he's not on the 40-man roster.

Tebow t-shirts were on sale for $28 at a stand outside Tradition Field, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick said.


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Sept. 19: The idea that something happening 1,200 miles away will somehow distract the big-league team from their obsession with making the playoffs is beyond irrational. At most, it's a question or two before or after a game and that's that... Instead, I like this. It's Te-Ball. It's silly, but it's fun and entertaining. It doesn't bother me at all.

In terms of what is happening in Florida, this team's instructional league is usually for young kids working their way back from injury or getting in some extra work because of a short season. It's not like Tebow is going to be running the show. He'll be right there with other minor leaguers, at least through Thursday. Then, I believe he's scheduled to leave for his broadcasting job doing college football games. Then, he disappears and the story goes away -- at least until next Spring...

Sept. 8: The consensus among scouts with whom I've talked that watched him say he has speed and can hit a ball over the fence, but Tebow isn't likely to demonstrate power consistently enough to justify ever being on a big-league roster. He also projects to be a below-average hitter and fielder mostly because of his size, though he does have a decent arm, they said >> Read more.


Conforto's two-run single 00:00:58
Michael Conforto drives in two runs with a base hit during the bottom of the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Michael Conforto started in right field Sunday and delivered a key, two-run single in the first inning that helped the Mets defeat the Twins, 3-2.

"Of all the at-bats today, that was probably the biggest one," Terry Collins said after the game. "This guy is a huge piece of the team and certainly of the future. I think today helped him for sure."

It was Conforto's first start since Sept. 4, during which he had just eight plate appearances.

"A few months ago, I probably would have rolled it over," Conforto said of his first-inning, two-RBI hit. "It was a big one for me."


Video: T.J. Rivera's solo homer extends the lead


Later in the game, Mets rookie infielder T.J. Rivera led off the third inning with a home run to left, which put the Mets up, 3-1.

The 27-year-old Bronx native has 10 hits during his last 21 at-bats, with just three strikeouts.

"I don't think there's any question he can play here," Collins later said of Rivera. "There are those guys that come in, play the game the right way, and come through when you need them. He is one of them."


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In addition to getting all of their runs from Rivera and Conforto, the Mets watched rookie RHP Gabriel Ynoa strike out eight batters in 4.2 innings, while allowing just one run in his first big-league start.

"Hey look, somebody else has got to help," Collins said, speaking about his young bench players contributing to Sunday's win. "When you are called upon and it's your chance to get in the lineup, make the most of it. ... When things are going good, guys want to be a part of it, and the focus is a little bit better and the execution is a little bit better. That's what you saw today."

The Mets are 20-7 during the last month, and they owe a lot of that success to guys like Ynoa, Rivera and Conforto, as well as Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Rafael Montero. In the wake of losing so much pitching, and random injuries to the lineup, I can't imagine where they'd be without these guys...



Speaking of Conforto, his first-inning at bat was great to see. He's right, he had been struggling with that outside fastball earlier in the season, as he tried to pull everything and topped it every time. Finally on Sunday, though, like he did so well last season, he hit it the other way to knock in a couple of runs. Equally encouraging, later in the game, he pulled an inside fastball to right field for another hit. He was not overmatched on either pitch.

Tags: Michael Conforto
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