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

Now, they arrive to Citi Field just a half-game out first place knowing they're equally strong and equally flawed as their top rival.



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) reaches first on an error by San Diego Padres third baseman Brett Wallace (39) during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) reaches first on an error by San Diego Padres third baseman Brett Wallace (39) during the third inning at Petco Park. (Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores is expected to return return from the disabled list today...



Updates from May 27

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

Previous Reports & Reaction

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Wilmer Flores

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

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

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

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

Video: Granderson on fighting childhood hunger

More information on Citi's Dine & Do Good campaign can be found at citi.com/dine4kids


 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets were off on Thursday.

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



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

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

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

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

What's on tap for Friday, May 27

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



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

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

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

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

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

The entire 1986 themed weekend includes:  

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

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

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


 (John Rieger)
(John Rieger)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Tags: David Wright , Matt Harvey


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



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

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

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Tags: Steven Matz

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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



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

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

Tags: Jeurys Familia

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

What's on tap for Thursday, May 26

The Mets are off on Thursday.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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


Tags: Steven Matz , Matthew Cerrone

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



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



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



Updates from May 25

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

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

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

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

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

 

Tags: Dario Alvarez

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

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

In case you missed it…

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

Michael Avallone, SNY.TV Twitter

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

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

Highlights...

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

Video: Matt Reynolds gets his first career Major League hit

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

Quotes…

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

News and notes…

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

What's next…

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



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

Tags: Matt Harvey


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



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


Updates from May 25

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Previous Reports

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

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

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Tags: Matt Harvey

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

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

Follow the game live here...

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

 

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

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

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

Tags: Steven Matz

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(Tommy Gilligan)

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

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



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

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

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

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

What's on tap for Wednesday, May 25

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



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

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

In case you missed it…

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes…

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

News and notes…

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

What's next…

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

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

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

Follow the game live here...

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

However, he is reportedly able to opt out of his contract if a major league opportunity is presented to him by another organization.

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

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

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



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


Apr 10, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; 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. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

It's been an up-and-down week for the Mets that has included solid pitching and a four-game win streak, the loss of a big bat in the middle of their lineup and one of their aces being booed off the field in an ugly loss to a division rival.

That matchup against Stephen Strasburg was the worst night of Matt Harvey's career, but the Mets are sticking with him and he'll again oppose Strasburg on Tuesday night in the middle game of this series against the Nationals.

Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) won the NL's Comeback Player award in 2015 by going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in his return from Tommy John surgery, but after helping the Mets (26-18) make a run to the World Series, his struggles in 2016 have been hard to explain.

The results have been mixed for Harvey, who has posted three quality starts but has also been very shaky at times, particularly in his previous outing. The right-hander lasted a career-low 2 2/3 innings and allowed a career-high nine runs - six earned - and eight hits in a 9-1 loss to the Nationals (27-18) on Thursday.



The Mets considered skipping Harvey's next turn, but after a meeting with the pitcher, manager Terry Collins believes he can work through his issues.

"We got as in-depth as you possibly can get. We dissected every angle there was," Collins said. "And in the end, knowing this guy like we do, he wants to pitch. He wants to fight through it. He isn't going to run and hide. He wants to get out there."

The rest of the rotation has since picked things up after the series loss to the Nationals gave the Mets six defeats in seven games. Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard combined for 19 innings with six earned runs allowed in a three-game sweep of Milwaukee over the weekend before Bartolo Colon was solid in Monday's series opener >> Read the rest of this article at SNY.TV.


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I have low expectations for Matt going in to tonight. It's not so much because of his lack of confidence and whatever is going on between his ears, though that's a concern. It's more because he's facing the Nationals, who he just faced, and who rocked him, less than a week ago. They just saw him... and he's been struggling. So, not only did he need to get his head screwed on straight, he also needed to devise a plan to outsmart them. He's totally capable of doing this, but I am not overly confident he'll get it all right in six short days...

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

Duda, who has hit 64 home runs for the Mets the last two and a half seasons, is expected to miss at least four to six weeks, according to Terry Collins.


Video: How do the Mets cope with Lucas Duda to the DL?


"We're not going to be able to replace Lucas internally," Mets assistant GM John Ricco told reporters before Monday's game. "We're losing one of our better players. It's not like we have another Lucas Duda in the organization."

Ricco isn't flat out saying, "We need to trade for someone." But, if they are looking outside the organization, their best, most attainable, realistic options will likely be Kelly Johnson (Braves), James Loney (Padres), and free-agent Michael Morse.

Obviously, these men are not my first choice. And, they're almost certainly not Ricco's or Sandy Alderson's first choices, as well. However, they're all affordable, flexible and on the short-term solution side, which is what I bet the front office will be seeking.



James Loney (Padres): He hasn't been powerful in Triple-A this season, but then again he's never been a power guy. Basically, he's basic. He'll hit around .280, play a sound first base, he won't strike out much, draw some walks and, maybe, just maybe, he'll connect on a home run or two.

According to the NY Post's Joel Sherman, the Mets have some interest in Loney, and his representatives will soon reach out to see if there's a fit.

Kelly Johnson (Braves): He was acquired by the Mets last summer from the Braves. He's with the Braves again. So, we know these teams are capable of hooking up on this level deal. He's not in demand, and Atlanta has shown themselves to be very willing to make deals, especially since Johnson is hardly in their long-term plans. However, he's a not a true first baseman and he's off to a slow start. That said, the two sides know one another and he'd slip nicely back to the bench should another option present itself.

Michael Morse (Free agent): He played well for the Pirates in 45 games last season, but then they cut him early in 2016. He's not a true first baseman, but he can hold down the spot. Also, though his power numbers have dipped, he has a track record that will likely get the front office's attention. More important, he's without a job, won't cost much in dollars and will cost nothing in trade.



In the event Johnson, Loney and Morse are not acceptable, here are other options worth exploring...

Jonathan Lucroy (Brewers): He's available, because it's widely known around baseball that Milwaukee has talked about him with a bunch of teams during the last six months, specifically the Astros and Rangers. He will not be cheap. In fact, I'm not sure the Mets have the young freight to get him, after dealing and promoting so many prospects the last few seasons. He'd be a nice fit, though, because - in addition to filling in at first base - he would be able fill in at catcher, while the team awaits the return of Travis d'Arnaud.

Chris Carter (Brewers): He has a very inexpensive contract, and 13 HR, which will make him attractive to the Mets, I'm sure. He's more of a DH standing at first base, which will not play as well in the NL. There have been no trade rumors connected to Carter, who is on a one-year deal. However, considering they're 18-26, I have to think the Brewers would move him if they could find a taker.

Matt Adams (Cardinals): I like Adams. He isn't flashy. He hits well, has some power, he's 27 and expendable in St. Louis. He's also a better hitter against right-handed pitching than left, which could make him a solid platoon guy for Wilmer Flores. Adams will earn just $1.6 million this season, and I have no sense of what it would take to get him in trade.

Mark Reynolds (Rockies): He's a veteran, will not cost a lot in trade, he's making just $2.6 million and, while he strikes out a ton, he's actually hitting for more power again. He also hits well from the right side, meaning he could have a bench role on this team in the event Duda returns...


I should also list Justin Smoak (Jays), Logan Morrison (Rays), Mitch Moreland (Rangers), Travis Ishikawa (White Sox), Allen Craig (Red Sox), Jesus Montero (Blue Jays), Jason Rogers (Pirates), Casey McGehee (Tigers) and - dare I say - Ike Davis (Rangers), but this is getting out of hand. It has to end some place. And, until I see them totally pass on Loney, Morse and Johnson, I'm reluctant to get too deep in to this list...



To check out my post detailing internal options earlier today, click here...

Tags: Kelly Johnson , Lucas Duda

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) singles to center during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) singles to center during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

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 off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes that landed for hits:

  1. 112.5 MPH - single off Scott Kazmir - May 9
  2. 111.3 MPH - single off Jhoulys Chacin - May 4
  3. 110.9 MPH - home run off Brandon Finnegan - April 26
  4. 110.7 MPH - home run off Brad Hand - May 5
  5. 108.3 MPH - single off Eddie Butler - May 14

Cespedes also hit a ball 111 MPH, off Jerad Eickhoff on April 8, but that was caught for a lineout.


Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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



Eric Campbell and Ty Kelly will likely get the bulk of at bats during at least the next few games, which is fine for now. However, it's hardly a long-term answer, especially since Kelly and Campbell help create depth and versatility that is best used off the bench.

The fact is, in 408 career at bats, at 29-years-old and spanning three seasons, Campbell is a .228 hitter. This season, he's hitting .200 with a .549 OPS. Similarly, while Kelly is a nice story, leading all professional baseball in hitting in Triple-A, he's 27-years-old and yet to appear in a big-league game. These guys are nice players, they're good to have on the bench and in case of emergency, but they should not be the every-day first baseman on a team going to a World Series. Also, Kelly and Campbell sounds like a boring, local sports radio show, which is equally unacceptable...

Dominic Smith is the organization's top prospect. Terry Collins explicitly said Monday that Smith is not an option. They did say this about Michael Conforto last summer... and then promoted him. However, Smith is still just 20-years-old and not exactly ripping it up during his first stint in Double-A.

Neil Walker, David Wright and Conforto all told reporters that they're willing to fill in if asked to do so by Terry Collins.


Video: Lucas Duda injured and Mets looking at their options


"If that's a spot that they need me to go out there and take ground balls, work on some things, I'm going to do that," Conforto said Monday. "I'll do my best."

However, it would be foolish to put Wright - with lumbar spinal stenosis - at first base, given all the bending, stretching and reaching. It would be equally risky putting Conforto there since he's essentially a rookie and hitting well. Why ruin that? Similarly, Walker hasn't played first base in a long time. And, he, too, is playing well, has a home at second base and - while I'm intrigued by calling up Triple-A 2B Dilson Herrera to play second - that's a whole lot of unknown on the right side of the infield. Lastly, while Kevin Plawecki got some work at first base this past spring, it was hardly enough to warrant putting him there now. Also, with Travis d'Arnaud on the disabled list, Plawecki is most needed behind the plate...



The more realistic, short-term, internal option is Wilmer Flores, who has been on the disabled list since May 12 with a mild left hamstring strain. Last season, Flores hit .263 with a .703 OPS, while playing games at second base and shortstop. In addition to those positions, he has also played third base and first base this season. He is due to begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday at Double-A Binghamton. And, given the need at first, my hunch is they'll now rush him back in hopes of having him on the big-league roster this weekend.

I'll explore external options later today...

Tags: David Wright , Eric Campbell , Michael Conforto , Wilmer Flores

New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is expected to move his rehab to St. Lucie later this week, assistant general manager John Ricco said Monday.

D'Arnaud has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained right rotator cuff. 

"He threw a couple of days ago and felt pretty good," Ricco said. "He's going to throw one more time and then head back to Port St. Lucie in the middle of the week. He's still got a little time in front of him before getting back out on the field playing baseball. But he did feel better the last time he threw, a couple of days ago."



D'Arnaud received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in early May. He has since been throwing a baseball and rehabbing, but not hitting, with a personal trainer at his home in California.

"He's doing well," d'Arnaud's agent, Joel Wolfe, told the NY Post last week. "The Mets have a terrific training staff, but the issue is during the season their No. 1 priority is getting the active-roster guys ready to play every day, plus the team's going on the road constantly."

D'Arnaud, 27, had been hitting .196 with no home runs and just one RBI in 13 games before his injury.

In his absense, 25-year-old C Kevin Plawecki is batting .236 with one HR, five RBIs and a .323 OBP.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud

Wright smacks three-run home run 00:01:14
Mets captain David Wright pushes a three-run home run over the wall in left field for the first lead of the game in the third inning.

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit home runs to draw the New York Mets within half a game in the NL East in a 7-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Monday.

Wright hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez in a five-run third inning in which Asdrubal Cabrera and Eric Campbell also drove in runs.

"Instead of missing his mistakes or fouling them back, we hit them and hit them hard," Wright said, comparing Gonzalez's start last night to his dominant outing against the Mets last week at Citi Field.

The Mets went back-to-back in the fifth inning for the seventh time all season when Cespedes and Walker extended the Mets' lead to six runs.


Video: Yoenis Cespedes crushes solo home run in the fifth


Cespedes reclaimed sole possession of the MLB lead in home runs by hitting his 15th home run of the season and his fourth in his last eight games. Walker, meanwhile, pulled a ball over the left-field wall for his second home run of the month.

RK Player Team Pos G AB H HR RBI OPS
1  Cespedes, Y NYM CF 40 145 44 15 36 1.060
2  Arenado, N COL 3B 43 167 50 14 34 .979
2  Frazier, T CWS 3B 45 169 41 14 34 .856
4  Carter, C MIL 1B 42 150 37 13 31 .893
4  Trumbo, M BAL RF 42 164 48 13 31 .918
6  Cano, R SEA 2B 44 181 52 12 39 .893
6  Davis, K OAK LF 43 162 36 12 29 .733
6  Machado, M BAL 3B 42 172 53 12 26 .977

The Mets have scored 55 percent of their runs this season on home runs, which is the highest percentage in baseball, according to MLB.com.

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports Images)

Bartolo Colon settled down after the first inning to shut down the Nationals in a 7-1 win Monday night at Nationals Park.

Colon allowed three hits in the first inning Monday, including an RBI single to Ryan Zimmerman that gave Washington an early 1-0 lead. However, he kept the Nationals off the scoreboard for the rest of the night, retiring seven batters in a row between the first and third innings, and eight out of nine batters between the fifth and seventh innings.

In the end, he tossed 90 pitches, throwing first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced.

"He had great command of his stuff," manager Terry Collins said.

Colon, who will celebrate his 43rd birthday on Tuesday and will be the oldest active player in baseball, told reporters he had been pitching with back pain during his last four starts, including Monday's win.

"It's been bothering me a little bit," said Colon, who is 2-2 with a 4.32 ERA in those four games. "It's not anything that's bothering me that much."

He said it was sore enough, though, that he joked with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos that he would not be swinging the bat Monday.

"I swing at balls pretty hard, and I thought it's not worth making my back worse," he told reporters. "I told their catcher from the beginning, 'Just throw it right down the middle. I'm not swinging.' After that first at-bat, they threw me a changeup. I was like, 'No, I promise you. Throw it right down the middle. I'm not going to swing.'"

That said, he insisted the pain is not the result of his recent struggles.

"Early in the game, he complained about a stiff back," Collins said. "He got some treatment during the game. He felt fine. He said, 'I'm not going to hit a homer tonight. I'm probably going to take it easy at the plate.' He's fine. Just when he came off in the seventh inning, he said, 'That's good.'"

Tags: Bartolo Colon

 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and the Mets hit three home runs as they beat the Nationals, 7-1, on Monday night to move within a half game of first place >> Read more



Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a stress fracture in his back and is expected to miss at least four-to-six weeks >> Read more

The Mets could try to trade for a first baseman, assistant GM John Ricco suggested >> Read more

Zack Wheeler threw off the slope of a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery >> Read more

Matt Harvey wants to solve his problems pitching instead of taking time off >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard was named the National League Player of the Week >> Read more

Triple-A Las Vegas infielder T.J. Rivera was named the PCL Player of the Week >> Read more

What's on tap for Tuesday, May 24

Matt Harvey (5.77 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets continue their three-game series against Stephen Strasburg (2.80 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) and the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY.



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Tags: Bartolo Colon , Lucas Duda , Matt Harvey , Noah Syndergaard , Zack Wheeler

Post Game Extra: 05/23/16 00:03:19
Bartolo Colon bounced back with seven strong innings while the Mets belted three homeruns in a 7-1 victory over the Nats on Monday night

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker all went deep in support of Bartolo Colon who pitched seven strong innings to lead the Mets to their fourth straight win, 7-1, against the Nationals on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes crushes solo home run in the fifth

In case you missed it…

  • The Mets turned a 1-0 deficit in the third inning into a 5-1 lead in the span of seven batters. After Gio Gonzalez plunked Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares singled for the second straight at-bat to put runners at the corners with one out. Wright - who had struck out in the first with two on and nobody out - deposited a first-pitch changeup over the left-field wall for his fifth home run. Cespedes, Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with consecutive singles to make it 4-1. Eric Campbell's sacrifice fly capped the five-run outburst.
  • Cespedes and Walker hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth off Gonzalez, the seventh time New York has hit consecutive homers this year. It was Cespedes' Major League-leading 15th long ball of the season.
  • Walker entered 2016 with six career home runs against southpaws in more than 700 plate appearances. He has four in 34 plate appearances this season and 11 homers overall.
  • Colon allowed one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in seven innings to snap a personal two-game losing streak. Three of the hits he allowed came during the first inning when the Nationals scored their only run.
  • Granderson, Lagares, Cespedes, Walker and Cabrera all had two hits for the Mets.

Video: David Wright puts the Mets in front with a home run

Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on the offense: "It is nice to see, it really is. Gio's been pitching great, and we just went up there and I thought we put some very good at-bats on him. I thought David's home run really kick-started us again like he does."
  • Wright on the team's production on Monday: "That's something that was different here against Gio than back at home, that he made some mistakes. Instead of missing them or fouling them back, we hit them, we hit them hard. I thought our at-bats were much more quality at-bats here as opposed to last week at our place."
  • Colon on his stiff back: "Yes, I decided that because I just thought it wasn't worth it to swing. I swing at the balls pretty hard and I thought, not worth making my back worse, so I told their catcher from the beginning, 'Just throw it right down the middle, I'm not swinging.' "
  • Cespedes on the offense missing Duda: "It's a very difficult task to replace Duda, we all know that, he's a very high quality player. We're all aware for the rest of us that are here, we really have to step up and try to make good of that effort."

News and notes…

  • New York has won four straight at Nationals Park dating back to last September's three-game sweep. They went 6-3 in Washington last season and are 57-44 all-time on the road against the Nats.
  • The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak on the road and scored five or more runs for just the third time in the last 19 games. It was the fourth straight game they came from behind to win.
  • New York improved to 11-13 against teams with winning records. They are 15-5 against sub-.500 clubs.
  • The Mets have hit 63 home runs through their first 44 games, tied for second in baseball with Baltimore behind Tampa Bay (65).
  • Gonzalez had been 4-0 with a 0.97 ERA in his last six starts against the Mets. The five runs he allowed in the third inning were more than he had allowed in his past six outings combined against New York.
  • With two scoreless frames, the Mets' bullpen has not allowed a run in their last 16 1/3 innings.
  • Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back and is expected to miss a minimum of four to six weeks. Ty Kelly, who was leading all minor leaguers in hitting with a .391 average for Las Vegas, was promoted to take Duda's spot on the roster.

 Video: Neil Walker blasts a solo homer in the fifth inning

What's next…

The Mets (26-18) look to move back into first place when they face the Nationals (27-18) at Nationals Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77 ERA) will try and bounce back from the worst start of his career. He will face Washington's Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80 ERA) in a rematch of their meeting last week in New York.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

GEICO SportsNite: BNNY 00:05:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses how the Mets should replace Lucas Duda while on the disabled list.

The New York Mets could look to trade for Lucas Duda's replacement at first base as he nurses a back injury, assistant GM John Ricco said before Monday's game against the Washington Nationals.

"We're not going to be able to replace Lucas Duda internally," Ricco said.

Duda is expected to miss around 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his back.

The Mets recalled infielder Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the active roster, and manager Terry Collins suggested several other players, including Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, Kevin Plawecki and Eric Campbell could play first base in the interim.

Collins also said Wilmer Flores, who begins a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, could also fill in at first base.

Duda, 30, was hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season. He is eligible to become a free agent in 2018.

Tags: Eric Campbell , Kevin Plawecki , Lucas Duda , Michael Conforto , Wilmer Flores

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Matt Harvey, who is frustrated by his pitching struggles this season that he can solve his issues on the mound rather than taking time off by skipping a start, he told ESPN.com.

"I'm not a quitter," said Harvey, who has lost three of his last four starts and has a 5.77 ERA in nine games this year. "I'm not going to just quit and put the ball down. It's a fight."

Harvey, who is scheduled to pitch against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday in Washington D.C., allowed a career-high nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals last Thursday at Citi Field

"I understand and I know how poorly I'm doing," he added. "It's frustrating when you're going out there and I don't feel like I'm throwing the ball the way I'm supposed to and I'm getting knocked around. It's an unsettling feeling."

Tags: Matt Harvey

New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler warms up during spring training at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler warms up during spring training at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

Zack Wheeler threw off the slope of a pitching mound on Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He could soon throw a bullpen session.

Wheeler, who underwent the surgery in March, 2015, is targeting a return to the Mets in early July.

In early April, he underwent a minor procedure to remove a suture knot from his right forearm.

Wheeler, who turns 26 later this month, went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 32 starts with the Mets in 2014. He is 18-16 with a 3.50 ERA in 49 career starts.

Tags: Zack Wheeler

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets travel to Washington to begin a three game series with the Nationals on Monday at 7:05 p.m. 

Follow the game live here...

Mets Nationals
Curtis Granderson, RF Ben Revere, CF
Juan Lagares, CF Jayson Werth, LF
David Wright, 3B Bryce Harper, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Neil Walker, 2B Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Anthony Rendon, 3B
Eric Campbell, 1B Wilson Ramos, C
Kevin Plawecki, C Danny Espinosa, SS
Bartolo Colon, RHP Gio Gonzalez, LHP

 

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) struggled with control in his last start, walking five batters in four and two thirds innings while allowing three runs on five hits against the Nationals. Prior to that start, Colon had walked only four batters on the season.

Who's Pitching for the Nationals: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA) looked strong in his last outing, limiting the Mets to one run on five hits in six and one third innings. On the season, Gonzalez's ERA has never gone above 2.19.

Tags: Bartolo Colon

GEICO SportsNite: BNNY 00:05:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses how the Mets should replace Lucas Duda while on the disabled list.

Mets 1B Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his back.

INF/OF Ty Kelly has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Duda's spot on the roster. In order to make room for Kelly on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated LHP Dario Alvarez.

Duda was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday and his MRI was to be reviewed by Dr. David Altchek on Monday.

Duda last appeared in a game on Friday. He was originally in Satuday's lineup but was scratched because his back continued to bother him.

He's hitting .231 with a .297 OBP and .431 SLG with seven HR and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season.

Kelly was leading all of minor league baseball with a batting average of .391 and a .478 on-base percentage, to go with two HRs and 15 RBIs, while splitting time between the outfield, third base, first base, and shortstop.

When speaking to reporters, Terry Collins mentioned Michael Conforto, Alejandro De Aza, Neil Walker, and Kevin Plawecki as possible solutions at 1B, in addition to Eric Campbell, who's been starting in place of Duda at first base with Wilmer Flores on the disabled list, and Flores. 


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In talking with people close to the team, I expect this to be at least a four- to six-week recovery, and then he'll have to get back in to baseball shape, find his swing, etc., so it'll be a while before Duda is back rocking.

This is not the end of the world for the Mets lineup, but it's a meaningful hit, specifically during those three or four weeks a season when Lucas goes on an all-world tear. Also, losing him throws off the bench. And so, suddenly, what was once a strength -- power and versatility -- is now in less supply.

I'm intrigued by Kelly, but neither he nor Campbell are long-tern answers at first base. And, frankly, neither is Flores, who will likely get the gig most of the time when he returns from the disabled list. Instead, acquiring a proven, stable first baseman, who knows the position, will have to become Sandy Alderson's top priority when teams start talking trades this summer.... In the meantime, good luck, Lucas.

Tags: Lucas Duda

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has been named the National League Player of the Week.

Syndergaard won both of his starts last week, allowing one run (none earned) and 11 hits while walking none and striking out 21 in 14 innings.

He has posted a 1.94 ERA and 0.98 WHIP while striking out 76 batters in 60 1/3 innings (nine starts) this season.

 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard


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The Mets will get another shot at the Nationals after losing two of three to Washington last week at Citi Field. The two rivals meet up tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday in DC...

I've had some time to think since these two teams separated last Thursday. So, here are some random notes and thoughts about the state of this rivalry, and this week's series...

1) Steven Matz can handle Tanner Roark. However, Gio Gonzalez is 10-4 with a 2.59 ERA in 18 career starts against the Mets. Similarly, Bartolo Colon has looked terrible lately and the Nationals clearly have his number. Worse, Matt Harvey is a mental mess and has to try and correct that against a team that just beat him up five days ago. Oh, and Stephen Strasberg is on the mound. I'd love to take the series, but avoiding a sweep may be the most realistic goal right now...





2) Daniel Murphy leads MLB in hitting. He was 4-for-11 with a double, home run and four RBIs last week at Citi Field. He's hitting cleanup and essentially acting as protection for Bryce Harper. He has been watching Mets pitching, from behind them, as opposed to at the plate, for years. He probably knows their thinking and repertoire better than Kevin Plawecki. The point is, the Mets might want to reconsider how they pitch him and certainly shake up their plan, because he knows it already...

3) I'm still not scared of Harper, and Harvey and Matz shouldn't be, either. Go get him, boys...

4) If the Mets are going to win, they'll need to score early. Washington's bullpen has a 0.56 ERA since May 9, after which they have yet to let an inherited runner to score. Similarly, the Nationals will want to avoid Jeurys Familia, who is 15-for-15 in save chances this season. He's been great...

5) Lastly, I'm trying to relax and not be frantic about the state of the season. The fact is, based on lots and lots of data and past precedent, by playing .581 baseball on May 23, the Mets are more than likely going to make the postseason and are more or less guaranteed of at least being in the thick of a pennant race at the end of the season. Nevertheless, I'm conditioned to expect the worst. And, this matchup with Washington isn't helping...


 (Scott Rovak)
(Scott Rovak)

Mets minor league INF T.J. Rivera, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, has been named the PCL Player of the Week.

Rivera, 27, had 17 hits and 12 RBIs last week -- which led all of professional baseball -- as he hit .607 with a .645 OBP and 1.538 OPS.

He is hitting .378 with a .413 OBP and .568 OBP to go along with five home runs, 11 doubles, and 40 RBIs this season.

Rivera, who signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent in 2011, is not on their 40-man roster.



Lucas Duda, who had his stiff back examined by doctors on Sunday, could soon be replaced on the roster by Triple-A utiltyman Ty Kelly.



Updates from May 23

The Mets could look to promote Ty Kelly if Lucas Duda has to miss time, according to ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Kelly arrived in Washington, D.C. on Monday in advance of the Mets' series with the Nationals, the NY Post reported.


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I'd like to see Kelly get a shot. He's a journeymen, 27-year-old utility guy. But, that's kind of what this roster needs right now, not just for Duda, but for other spots, including third base and shortstop, where he has played this season. The Mets signed him early last winter. He's now hitting .391 with two HR and 15 RBI in 115 at-bats with Triple-A Las Vegas, which is the best batting average right in all of professional baseball. The downside is that, to add Kelly, the Mets would have to remove someone from the 40-man roster.


Previous Reports & Reaction

Duda was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Sunday for what the team said could be a disc issue, not a muscular issue.

Later, when asked if Duda will be out for a extended period of time, Terry Collins said he is 'real concerned.'

Duda was supposed to be in Satuday's lineup, but was scratched because his back continued to bother him.

With Wilmer Flores on the disabled list, Eric Campbell has been starting in place of Duda at first base. 


Tags: Eric Campbell , Lucas Duda

Last time the Mets went to D.C. 00:01:00
SNY.tv looks back at the last trip the Mets made to Washington D.C. when they swept the Nationals in route to capturing the NL East.

The Mets head to Washington on Monday night to start a three-game series against the Nationals.

Pitching matchup:

  • Monday, May 23 at 7 p.m.: Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) vs. Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86) on SNY
  • Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.: Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77) vs. Stephen Strasburg (7-0, 2.80) on SNY
  • Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m.: Steven Matz (6-1, 2.81) vs. Tanner Roark (3-3, 2.89)

Weather on Monday night may get interesting, with thunderstorms in the forecast and temperatures in the 50s. Tuesday night should see clear skies and temperatures approaching 70 degrees, while Wednesday will feel like summer with 85 degrees and sun forecasted.

The two teams met last week at Citi Field, with the Nationals winning the series with two high-scoring games to finish out the series.

The teams will meet for three games this week and then another 13 times this season.



This post was originally published May 20...


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"We're better than that," Mets manager Terry Collins said about how the Mets played this past week against the Nationals. "We're a lot better than that."

He's right. It was 50-60 games ago that the Mets were snatching the division from Washington, and yet here we are. However, it's this cat-and-mouse, they're in first, Mets are in first, Nationals win, Mets win, over and over again, now happening for a year, that has let a real rivalry be born...

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Conforto's solo home run 00:00:53
Mets slugger Michael Conforto hits a solo home run deep to right-center field to tie the game during the bottom of the first inning.

Mets 23-year-old OF Michael Conforto hit a first-inning home run Sunday as the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-1, at Citi Field.

Conforto is hitting just .194 during the last month. However, in the past seven days, he's batting .300 with three HR, five RBIs and five runs scored...

"I think during my rough stretch, my swings were okay, but my decisions weren't good," Conforto explained after the game. "I took a look at it, and I was getting in my own way by swinging at pitches out of the zone."



In addition to his home run Sunday, Conforto also started the team's two-run fourth inning with a walk, after which Asdrubal Cabrera later drove him home with a two-run single.


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Conforto's home run was huge, because it followed Milwaukee taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. We didn't yet know that Noah Syndergaard would rebound and dominate the rest of the game. So, to have Conforto immediately respond in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game up, it was big. The 0-1 pitch was up and turned back toward the plate. He was patient, turned and muscled it over the right center-field wall. These inside pitches are what had been giving him trouble the last month, so it's nice to see him adjusting to what is being thrown and now getting results.


Video: Asdrubal Cabrera's two-RBI single gives Mets the lead


Lastly, hat's off to Cabrera, who has been a pleasant surprise this season. He's not winning an MVP or Gold Glove, but he's been a workhorse. He's doing well and whatever is being asked of him. Hit seventh? Sure. Hit second? Sure. Play every game? Sure. Whatever, whenever... It's nice.

He's middle of the pack, in terms of production at shortstop in the National League. But, he's been in there every day, he's stable and sound and exactly what the pitching staff, infield and lineup is needing right now. So, good for him. At 30 years old, and having played around 140 games each of the last two years, he's clearly going to need a day off sooner than later. But, for now, he doesn't really have a choice...

Tags: Michael Conforto

May 22, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) takes a look at Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Alex Presley (15) at first base before pitching at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 22, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) takes a look at Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Alex Presley (15) at first base before pitching at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In seven innings Sunday, Noah Syndergaard threw 109 pitches, struck out 11 of the 27 batters he faced, gave up six hits and did not allow an earned run as the New York Mets beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 3-1, at Citi Field.

He joined Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers since 1913 to strike out at least 10 batters in back-to-back starts and not allow an earned run or walk.

Asked if Syndergaard is the team's ace, David Wright said, "He's on his way. Pure stuff-wise, I'd put Noah up there against anybody."

Half of Syndergaard's pitches on Sunday were 97 mph or faster. He has thrown more pitches 98 mph or faster this season than 19 teams combined, according to MLB.com's Daren Williams.

"There's only a few aces around baseball," Neil Walker said. "You could probably pick them all off the top of your head. And, we've got a couple guys in here who are potential aces."



"The growth that I've had in the span of one year has been night and day," Syndergaard said. "I have the ability to go out there and have the confidence to throw any pitch at any given time."


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I could write about his fastball, his wicked slider, his ability to throw any pitch in any count, etc., but this is not what impressed me most on Sunday. Instead, I'm impressed by a young man, just 23 years old with only 33 starts under his belt, dealing with expectations and pressure from fans and media in New York City -- and doesn't bat an eye. Not only is he unfazed and successful, but also nothing intimidates him. He seems totally comfortable being confident and speaking publicly about his awesomeness.

And, if that's not enough, he does it with ease on an afternoon when his bullpen is exhausted and his team is fighting to right the ship a day before traveling to D.C. to face the Nationals. Basically, despite all of the context that could weigh him down, it's just another day at the office for Syndergaard. 

And that's what makes him an ace.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

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

The Mets swept a three-game series from the Brewers over the weekend at Citi Field, including a 3-1 win on Sunday when Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters in seven innings >> Read more



Terry Collins is concerned about Lucas Duda, whose back MRI will be reviewed by team doctor David Altchek on Monday >> Read more

Matt Harvey pitched a simulated game on Saturday and is set to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Nationals >> Read more

Wilmer Flores, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday >> Read more

What's on tap for Monday, May 23

Bartolo Colon (3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open a three-game series against Gio Gonzalez (1.86 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) and the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY.



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

Thanks to Michael Conforto's home run in yesterday's home game against the Brewers, Citi is donating another $2,000 to kids in need. Visit mets.com/citi to see this season's grand total to date.

Tags: Lucas Duda , Matt Harvey , Michael Conforto , Noah Syndergaard , Wilmer Flores

Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice
Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice

Triple-A Las Vegas 51s: Brandon Nimmo went 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 6-4, in the final game of a four-game series on Sunday. >> Read more

Double-A Binghamton MetsCasey Delgado (1-2) allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings and Binghamton didn't record an extra-base hit in a 7-1 loss to Akron. >> Read more

High-A Port St. Lucie Mets: Corey Oswalt (3-1) threw six scoreless innings while Luis Guillorme went 1 for 4 with a two-run single as St. Lucie beat Daytona, 2-0. >> Read more

Low-A Columbia Fireflies: Chase Ingram (3-3) gave up four runs in five innings and Patrick Mazeika went 2 for 3 with two RBIs as Columbia lost to Charleston, 4-3. >> Read more

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