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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) hits a double in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) hits a double in the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets continue their pivotal four-game series with the Marlins on Wednesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, CF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Martin Prado, 3B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Christian Yelich, LF Curtis Granderson, CF
Xavier Scruggs, 1B Wilmer Flores, 1B
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Jay Bruce, RF
J.T. Realmuto, C Travis d'Arnaud, C
Miguel Rojas, SS Kelly Johnson, 2B
Jake Esch, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

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


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.44) - Colon earned the win in his most recent start last Friday, when he gave up four runs over seven innings and added two hits and two runs scored in the Mets' 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Jake Esch (MLB Debut) -  Esch, who is making his ML debut with tonight's start, is looking to become the 11th Marlins pitcher to start and win his ML debut. The last Marlins' pitcher to start and win his debut was Justin Nicolino, who won on June 20, 2015 at Cincinnati, 5-0. The others are: A.J. Burnett (1999), Brad Penny (2000), Jason Grilli (2000), Josh Beckett (2001), Scott Olsen (2005), Anibal Sanchez (2006), Ryan Tucker (2008), Adalberto Mendez (2010) & Anthony DeSclafani (2014). 

Tags: Miami Marlins

On the latest Inside the Park, Steve Gelbs sits down with Mets beat writer from the New York Times, James Wagner. The guys discuss the parallels between last year's Nats and this year's Mets' teams.

They also dig deep into the Wild Card race, and talk about the importance Jose Reyes has had on the lineup. Later, Gelbs gives his thoughts on Yoenis Cespedes, and if he thinks Yo will opt out after the season.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

David Wright stands in the dugout before a game against the New York Yankees. (AP)
David Wright stands in the dugout before a game against the New York Yankees. (AP)

David Wright estimates he's at 60 percent mobility with his neck, he told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin

Wright had surgery in mid-June to repair a herniated disc in his neck and is expected to miss the rest of this season.

He told Rubin he should have 95 percent mobility within six months, which is before position players will be asked to report to Spring Training next season.

Wright is also continuing maintenance therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis, which forced him to miss 125 games in 2015.

"It's just a matter of time, kind of taking its course and allowing the bone to heal," Wright said in early August. "It's definitely tough to sit back and watch the team, especially when we're struggling. When the team's scuffling a little bit, you want to be the guy to go out there and get the big hit."

Wright is due to earn $20 million each of the next two seasons, $15 million in 2019 and $12 million in 2020, after which his current contract will expire.

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Mets second baseman Neil Walker is dealing with a tingling sensation in his lower back.


Update: Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Walker has a herniated disc in his back that is causing weakness in his lower body. Doctors have informed the team Walker can play through it.


Walker will need to rest his back every few games when he eventually returns to the lineup, and it's possible he could be relegated to a bench player, Terry Collins explained to reporters before Tuesday's game.

"There's a lot of concern about it," Collins added.

He said Walker will not be able to play multiple games in a row, after which he refrained from going in to details because he does not yet have all information related to the injury.

Walker missed his third straight start Tuesday against the Marlins with the back injury that has repeatedly sidelined him since August.

In place of Walker, Wilmer Flores started at second base and batted sixth.

Walker, 30, is batting .408 with seven HR and 14 RBI since July 31. He is eligible to be a free agent after this season.

Tags: Neil Walker

Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) removes the helmet of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after Cabrera's home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) removes the helmet of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after Cabrera's home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets infielders Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera were a combined 6-for-9 and scored three of the team's seven runs Tuesday as the Mets defeated the Marlins at Citi Field.

Reyes went 4-for-5 with a double and scored two runs. It is the second time this season he had four hits in a game. In 73 at-bats this month, Reyes is batting .356 with seven extra base hits, six walks and three stolen bases.

Cabrera drove in Reyes with a home run in the first inning, which tied the game.


Video: Asdrubal Cabrera crushes a two-run homer


Cabrera said after the game that his knee is still in pain, which is why he was pulled from game with a lead after the eighth inning. However, he insists he will be in the lineup Wednesday.

"It's not comfortable, but I want to be there for the team," said Cabrera, who experienced pain leaping for a soft line drive earlier in the game. "I'm doing good at the plate right now, helping the team a little bit more. I want to do the best to be there. ... When I'm on the field, I'm not thinking much about it. I know I've got to be smart about my knee, but I've just got to play my game."

According to Cabrera, his knee hurts enough that he would likely be on the bench or disabled list if the Mets weren't contending for a postseason spot.

"As a teammate, we appreciate that from him," Reyes said. "That means he wants to win too, like us. He doesn't feel too good, but he finds a way to stay on the field. That's good to see."


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It's very simple, Terry, bat Reyes and Cabrera at the top of your lineup. When you do this, you score twice as many runs and win twice as many games. It's a fact. The Mets average 3.9 runs a game. However, when Reyes and Cabrera hit 1-2 in the order, the team averages 6.8 runs a game, during which the Mets are 7-2. I wrote about this yesterday, and it remains true to today.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

Mets closer Jeurys Familia (27) reacts at the end of the game. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Mets closer Jeurys Familia (27) reacts at the end of the game. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

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Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets are unlikely to make a trade before tonight, which is the last day a player can be added and eligible for postseason play.

That said, I keep hearing from people in baseball - as recently as yesterday - that the Mets are still looking to add a reliever to their depleted pitching staff.

Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo will be able to move back to the bullpen when Steven Matz returns from the disabled list. However, based on how the team was talking Tuesday, that may not happen until next season.

In the meantime, despite having 12 pitchers on the active roster, they're short on available relievers, and very short on fresh, available relievers.

Triple-A starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa will be added when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Journal-Review. However, I can't see him getting a ton of work, as he allowed three runs in three innings during a brief big-league stint earlier this season.



Instead, I'd rather see the Mets keep pushing to acquire a veteran reliever, specifically White Sox RHP Dave Robertson, who is 4-2 with 33 saves, a 3.67 ERA and 61 strike outs.

Robertson is available, especially if the acquiring team is willing to take on his remaining salary. He is due to earn just $3 million between now and the end of this season. However, he's under contract and set to earn $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018, after which he can be a free agent.

I've heard the Mets are open to adding 'some salary' this season. However, they're not interested in paying $25 million the next two years to a relief pitcher in his early 30s, who will probably only pitch in a handful of games this season. I have a feeling they will regret this decision, especially if a reliever is needed in a big spot down the stretch, or if someone else gets hurt, or if they need to sign someone this winter. In other words, I hope they know what they're doing.


Tim Tebow hits eight balls over the fence at USC's Dedeaux Field, including shots that cleared a scoreboard and reached the trees in right field. Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports
Tim Tebow hits eight balls over the fence at USC's Dedeaux Field, including shots that cleared a scoreboard and reached the trees in right field. Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports

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The Mets sent an area scout to check out Tim Tebow's workout Tuesday, people in attendance told me, but it's highly doubtful they sign him.

Tebow has not played baseball full-time since 2005, when he was junior in high school. The Los Angeles Angels expressed interest in drafting him, but he did not play his senior year, instead committing full time to football.

The former University of Florida quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner eventually spent time in the NFL with the Broncos, Jets, Patriots, and Eagles, last playing in 2012.

Not surprisingly, the consensus among scouts I've talked with seems to be that, while he has speed and can hit a ball over the fence, Tebow isn't likely to demonstrate consistent-enough power to justify being on a roster. He also projects to be a below-average, overall hitter and fielder, mostly because of his size, though he does have a decent arm.



"I thought he was OK," a major league scout told USA Today. "For not having played as long as he had, I thought he did OK. That's a big dude, for as fast as he can run. The power was impressive, but I wish he could have translated it maybe a little better (against live pitching)."

The point is, at 29 years old, it's hard to imagine these skills getting any better than they are. I'm sure someone will take a flyer on him, and - at the very least - get some fun publicity when he suits up in a minor league game or in spring training. Frankly, any minor league affiliate would be appreciative of the attention, I'm sure. And, Tebow stands to gain selling a ton of memorabilia and media moments, should a team pick him up. But, speaking from the interests of a big-league team, the odds of him improving and getting to an MLB team are very small, and there seems to be almost no chance that he becomes  being a productive player on a regular basis.


Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports
Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto, infielder Ty Kelly, RHP Gabriel Ynoa and C Kevin Plawecki when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

T.J. Rivera, who hit .289 in 13 games with the Mets this season, is not eligible to be promoted to the big leagues until 10 days after his Aug. 29 demotion to Triple-A.

Conforto, 23, who was sent down Aug. 12, is batting .450 with four home runs during his last 10 games in Las Vegas. He hit just .239 with 29 extra base hits in 84 games during two stints with the Mets this season.


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These will be helpful additions, especially Conforto, who had success and experienced a playoff run here last season. Ynoa will add an extra arm to a bullpen that desperately needs help; Kelly will add infield depth, which is now needed in the wake of Neil Walker's injury; and Plawecki will allow Terry Collins to use Travis d'Arnaud or Rene Rivera as a pinch hitter, because he'll have a third catcher with big-league experience.

By the way, Conforto has been playing center field in Las Vegas. Considering how he's raking right now in Triple-A, I'd like to see Terry slot him back in the starting lineup, put him in center field and bat him behind Jay Bruce the minute he steps in the clubhouse. I realize he struggled at times this season but he's on fire now, he knows the situation, he'll be facing lesser pitching (considering the competition will have expanded rosters and starting guys from Triple-A as well), and he has the pop and drive the Mets need. Terry should have a quick hook, but I'd rather see him in there from the get go, instead of using him off the bench.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa , Kevin Plawecki , Michael Conforto , Ty Kelly

Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets rookie RHP Seth Lugo settled down after the first inning Tuesday night in the Mets' 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

After allowing two runs in the top of the first inning, Lugo (2-2) threw five scoreless innings and retired the final eight batters he faced, keeping the Marlins off the board after the Mets scored three runs in the first inning.

"I got a fresh start to the game," said Lugo, who tossed 89 pitches. "I think it helps you, having a little bit of pressure. I've always found it hard to pitch with a 15-run lead, but it's a little easier when there's something on the line."

Lugo finished the game having allowed two runs, five hits, one walk in six innings with four strikeouts.

"You talk about guys that have stepped up, our young guys have stepped up," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "We're really lucky this organization is stocked, because these guys have come up and they've literally just saved us."

Video: Collins, Mets on second straight win over Miami

This past Sunday, Mets rookie RHP Robert Gsellman was charged with four runs in six-plus innings, filling in for Steven Matz. The next day, Rafael Montero threw five shutout innings after being promoted from Double-A to start in place of Jacob deGrom.

"It's been very interesting," Curtis Granderson said. "Obviously injuries are going to be a part of it, and unfortunately, we've had quite a bit of them. But, these guys have been doing a great job."

In three spot starts this season, the 26-year-old Lugo is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, allowing 14 hits and striking out 12 batters. He has a 2.65 ERA in 12 relief appearances.


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Lugo is fundamentally sound. He isn't going to wow anyone, but he does the basics. He changes speeds, locations and eye levels; he has a great curveball to keep guys off balance; and he executes the big pitch in the big moment. He didn't become unglued after a rough start to the game. Later, when Lugo walked and hit a batter in the third inning and the Mets only up a run, he again stayed calm and hustled his way through the middle of the lineup by getting two lineouts and a strikeout to escape the jam.

He is next scheduled to pitch this weekend against the Washington Nationals, after which I assume he'll remain in the rotation through the rest of the season. He's earned it.

Lugo, Gsellman and Montero have been terrific, given the circumstance. More impressive, though, is how unfazed they are by the moment, specifically Gsellman and Lugo, who are going through this for the first time. It's the same focus and confidence that Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, deGrom and Matz arrived with when they arrived from Triple-A.



In other words, nice job by Wally Backman and Frank Viola, who clearly do an outstanding, and unheralded job to ready these kids for the bright lights and intensity of pitching in a playoff race for the Mets in New York.

It would be so easy -- and totally understandable -- for a young guy to come up and buckle. (Look at Jay Bruce, who is a big-league veteran, yet clearly overwhelmed by life right now.) And yet, here's Lugo, Montero (25-years-old) and Gsellman (23-years-old) standing center stage, all eyes on then, being asked to fill in for what was hoped to be a dominant, young pitching staff.

Nice work, as always, Frank and Wally.

Tags: Rafael Montero , Seth Lugo

Granderson's sixth inning homer 00:00:46
Curtis Granderson smacks a pinch-hit solo home run deep to right-center field in the bottom of the sixth to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

New York Mets OF Curtis Granderson came off the bench to hit two home runs Tuesday night in a 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.

Granderson, who pinch hit for starting pitcher Seth Lugo, hit a solo shot off Marlins RHP Tom Koehler in the sixth inning for his second career pinch-hit homer to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

He stayed in the game and hit a two-run homer off Dustin McGowan in the seventh inning.

"It's tough to pinch hit in any situation regardless of the timing of the game or whoever you're facing," Granderson said after the game. "It's something very few guys are able to be successful at."


Video: Granderson belts his second homer of the night


Granderson became the third player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a game he didn't start, joining Scott Hairston in 2011 and Hawk Taylor in 1964.

Jay Bruce, who started over Granderson in right field, doubled and scored on a two-out single by Wilmer Flores, which gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the first inning.

Before the game, manager Terry Collins said he thinks Alejandro De Aza, who is batting .231 the last two weeks, is the team's best option in center field right now. Bruce and Granderson have been sharing time in right field as each former All-Star tries to break out of recent slumps.

Granderson is batting just .175 during his last 30 games. He has 22 home runs this season, only three of which have been hit with runners on base.

"There's going to be ups and downs over the course of a season," Granderson said. "There are things that you get to go your way and there are things that don't. You just have to keep battling."



Meanwhile, Bruce is batting just .163 with five extra-base hits in 24 games since joining the Mets.

"The only way to get these guys going is to play them," Collins said before the game. "You're not going to get better in the batting cage."


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It's good to see Granderson getting involved. The Mets need him. He had a nice early summer, but it's been wrapped with a lot of tough times this season. I can't help but wonder how his line might look different had he been hitting behind Jose Reyes for a longer period of time. At the very least, Granderson would have stepped to the plate less and his 22 home runs might have resulted in more RBIs, as he would have been hitting with more men on base.

He hits well when batting leadoff to start the game, but that happens only once a day, which is why this should never be a justification to hit someone first in the order. Instead, Collins should have been playing to his strengths (power) while working to limit his weaknesses (everything else). Instead, Collins kept shoehorning him in to a spot that treated the Mets well last season but causing them more harm than good this season.

Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera have created something special at the top of the order, freeing Collins to use Granderson in other ways. If benching him a bit, or pushing him down in the order, helps motivate him or simply gets better results, great. If not, at least he's limited in how he can help and hurt their chances down the stretch.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson

The Mets on Saturday, August 27th, blew by the record for most home runs hit in a season at Citi Field and then kept on going, leaving behind the record that had been previously set last season.


In addition to helping the team on the field, each of those record-setting home runs have also been critically important off the field as part of the Citi Community Home Runs program.

Citi has pledged to donate $2,000 to No Kid Hungry for every Mets home run hit at Citi Field. With one in five children in New York City struggling with hunger, the donations will help connect kids with healthy meals. Thanks to the Mets' record-setting home run pace, that donation has already surpassed $170,000!

No Kid Hungry connects kids in need in New York City and around the country with nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthy, affordable meals.


To join the fight to end childhood hunger, visit www.nokidhungry.org/citi.


 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Seth Lugo allowed two runs in six innings and the Mets hit three home runs as they beat the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Citi FIeld.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, so the Mets remain three losses back of the second Wild Card.



Steven Matz will have his start skipped on Thursday due to continued shoulder discomfort >> Read more

Neil Walker is dealing with a tingling sensation in his back, but will try to play through it >> Read more

Logan Verrett was recalled, with Rafael Montero optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas >> Read more

The Mets and Las Vegas extended their Player Development program through 2018 >> Read more

What's on Tap for Wednesday, Aug. 31

The Mets (68-64) continiue their four-game series against the Marlins (67-65) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.

Bartolo Colon (3.44 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by David Phelps (2.52 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) for Miami.


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 two home runs from Curtis Granderson and a home run from Asdrubal Cabrera during Tuesday night's home game against the Marlins, 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: Bartolo Colon , Logan Verrett , Neil Walker , Rafael Montero , Steven Matz

Post Game Extra: 08/30/16 00:04:34
Curtis Granderson belted a pair of homers and Asdrubal Cabrera added another, as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night.

Curtis Granderson homered twice after starting the game on the bench and Jose Reyes had four hits as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Citi Field for their eighth win in 10 games.

In case you missed it…

  • Granderson slugged a solo homer as a pinch-hitter for Lugo in the sixth and hit a two-run shot in the seventh. It was his second multi-homer game of the season and his fifth with multiple RBIs.
  • Reyes went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored and Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his fourth long ball in 11 at-bats and his 17th of the year. Wilmer Flores also had two hits, including an RBI single in the first.
  • Lugo (2-2) turned in his third consecutive solid outing, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings. Both runs - on a two-run homer by Christian Yelich - and three of the five hits he surrendered came in the first.
  • The Marlins scored twice in the ninth of Jim Henderson before Jeurys Familia entered and struck out Marcel Ozuna on three pitches to notch his 43rd save.

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

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera crushes a two-run homer

Video: Granderson blasts a pinch-hit solo shot

Video: Granderson belts his second homer of the night

Quotes…

Terry Collins on his rookie starters: "You talk about guys who've stepped up, our young guys have stepped up...We're really lucky this organization's stocked. I've mean, they've literally just saved us, with all the injuries we've had to the pitching staff. They don't seem intimidated by anything."

Collins on being surprised by Lugo: "I knew he had a good arm. I spent 12 years in the Pacific Coast League, in that division. I'm not surprised by any numbers out there…What we were hoping was that he could pound the strike zone with quality stuff and he's done that."

Lugo on the rookies contributing: "Well I think it helps when I play with guys that I played with before. I think it takes a load off us as rookies trying to come in and do too much. Since there are a few of us here together, it helps keep us calm and confident and working together."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won nine of their last 12 games against the Marlins.
  • Cabrera has hit safely in nine of his 10 starts since coming off the disabled list. He's batting .447 (17-for-38) with four doubles, five homers and 11 RBIs in his last 12 games.
  • Reyes' second four-hit game of the season lifted his batting average in August to .356 (26-for-72). In 17 games, he has scored 16 runs while accumulating seven extra-base hits. Reyes has a team-high six stolen bases in 33 games.
  • Lugo has a 2.55 ERA in his first three Major League starts. The 23-year-old has surrendered five runs on 14 hits and five walks with 12 punchouts in 17 2/3 innings.
  • Granderson became the third Met to homer twice in a game he did not start. Only 20 of his 22 homers this year have come with runners on.
  • Familia's 43 saves match his total from last year and equal the franchise mark he holds jointly with Armando Benitez (2001).
  • Rafael Montero was optioned to Double-A Binghamton and Logan Verrett was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

What's next…

The Mets (68-64) go for their fourth straight series win over the Marlins (67-65) in the third game of four from Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.44 ERA) has won three of his four decisions while posting a 2.90 ERA this month. David Phelps (7-6, 2.52 ERA) will make his sixth start consecutive start for Miami following 50 relief appearances to begin the season.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Curtis Granderson , Seth Lugo

The Mets look to win the second game of their four-game series against the Marlins on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Marcell Ozuna, CF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Martin Prado, 3B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Christian Yelich, LF Jay Bruce, RF
Xavier Scruggs, 1B Alejandro De Aza, CF
Ichiro, RF Wilmer Flores, 2B
J.T. Realmuto, C James Loney, 1B
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Rene Rivera, C
Tom Koehler, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP

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


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) pitched well the last time he took the mound, throwing five scoreless innings while allowing only two hits and three walks to go with five strikeouts. Through 11.2 innings as a starter, Lugo has allowed three earned runs on nine hits and eight strikeouts.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85 ERA) has looked strong in his last seven starts, not allowing more than three earned runs in any of those outings while lasting at least six innings in all of them. Koehler has lowered his ERA from 4.68 to 3.85 during that stretch.


Tags: Miami Marlins , Seth Lugo

Jacob deGrom will start Thursday in place of Steven Matz, who again experienced pain in his pitching shoulder during a bullpen session earlier this week.



Latest Update (Tues., Aug 30):

4:33 pm: Matz told reporters that an impingement in his shoulder is causing discomfort. That said, he said he expects to pitch again this season, it just won't be Thursday.

4:25 pm: Terry Collins said Tuesday, although there is no structural damage in his pitching shoulder, Matz again experienced continued tightness and stiffness while throwing during a bullpen session earlier this week.

Collins admitted to being concerned that Matz could miss the rest of the season.

DeGrom, who was originally scheduled to start Monday, but delayed to Friday to get extra days off between starts, will now start Thursday in place of Matz.

Previous Reports and Reaction

Matz was put on the disbaled list retroactive to August 15. He was diagnosed with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation, but no structural damange to his left shoulder, the team later announced.

In his last start, Matz allowed only one hit in 7 1/3 scoreless innings against the Padres. He has been pitching with a bone spur in his left elbow since at least June. He has been receiving shots of painkillers before each start to combat the discomfort, a team source said to the New York Daily News..

According to Collins, pitching coach Dan Warthen sees no evidence that Matz adjusted his mechanics to compensate for elbow pain, which would be one theory why his shoulder may be hurting.

Tags: Seth Lugo , Steven Matz

James Aronstein joins the booth 00:05:07
Eight-year-old James Aronstein joins Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen in the booth to call the third inning for Mets Kidcaster.

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The New York Mets and the Las Vegas 51s have announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract, maintaining the two teams' affiliation through the 2018 season, the 51s announced Tuesday.

"The Mets have been a great affiliate for us in Las Vegas over the past four seasons," 51s President/COO Don Logan said. "They have a tremendous farm system and the fans in Las Vegas have seen many of the Mets young stars play here at Cashman Field. Also, having Wally Backman as our manager over the past four years has been an added bonus.

"We are familiar with the front office personnel with the Mets. I've known Sandy Alderson (Mets GM) for over 30 years and have worked with J.P. Ricciardi (Special Assistant to the GM), and Terry Collins (Manager). They are all very familiar with Las Vegas from the time they spent here with other organizations as well as with the Mets. We are excited to extend our PDC with the Mets through the 2018 season."

The Mets and 51s originally signed their agreement on September 17, 2012 and then renewed for the first time on August 28, 2014.  

"We are excited about continuing our partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which values equally player development, winning and community involvement," Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said.

Las Vegas is completing its 34th season in the Silver State as a member of the PCL.


 (Reinhold Matay)
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Triple-A RHP Logan Verrett will rejoin the Mets, with Rafael Montero being sent back to Las Vegas, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Mets added Montero to the 25-man roster to start Monday in place of Jacob deGrom, who will return to the rotation Friday night against the Nationals at Citi Field.

Montero replaced infielder T.J. Rivera, who was sent back to Triple-A Las Vegas. Rivera was hitting .289. with a .282 OBP and .342 SLG in 13 games for the Mets before the demotion. He can return to the Mets on Sept. 1, when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players.

Verrett is 1-6 with a 6.45 ERA as a starting pitcher for the Mets this season, but he is 2-2 with a 1/29 WHIP and 2.81 ERA in 18 relief appearances.


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Montero threw 100 pitches on Monday, so he'll be unavailable the next few days. So, it makes sense to send him down, bring up a fresh arm, and then bring Montero back when rosters expand. 

By the way, in case you've lost track, with Verrett, the Mets are carrying 13 relief pitchers, only three of which (Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom) are definitive starting pitchers. Similarly, they have 12 position players, four of which (Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, Jay Bruce and Asrrubal Cebrera) are vital to the offense, yet total question marks evey day because of their health.

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Noah Syndergaard pitches against the San Francisco Giants. (AP)
Noah Syndergaard pitches against the San Francisco Giants. (AP)

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With just over a month remaining in the 2016 season, Noah Syndergaard has put himself back in the mix to be considered for this year's Cy Young Award in the National League.

After showing signs of slowing down earlier this month, Syndergaard has rebounded with two dominant starts, totaling 15 innings of one-run, four-hit ball. He now ranks third in MLB with a 2.55 ERA, and his 10.7 strikeouts per none innings is sixth-best in the game. He leads all of baseball in WAR, according to FanGraphs (5.4), while Baseball Reference puts him ninth (4.3).

By ERA, Syndergaard is right in the thick of it. Cubs starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks leads the National League at 2.19 and, while he should be a contender, a low strikeout rate -- and pitching in the shadow of Jake Arrieta -- will likely cost him votes.

Syndergaard has the whiffs to get their attention, but he's not alone. Marlins ace Jose Fernandez leads with a gaudy 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings, with Nationals ace Max Scherzer coming in second at 11.2. Both have ERAs near 3.00 and -- in this pitching-heavy era -- it's difficult to compete with anything above a 2.50, unless there's something else exceptional going on (like Scherzer's 21 wins in 2013). Scherzer has an outside shot at 20 wins, as does Arrieta, and that could easily be the difference-maker in a season without a single standout candidate.


Video: Noah Syndergaard blasts a two-run home run


While Syndergaard is at or near the front of the pack in ERA and strikeout rate, the other criteria that voters take most seriously may be his undoing: innings pitched. Syndergaard has thrown a respectable 155 innings this season and a strong finish could get him close to 200, but there are other candidates who are all but guaranteed to meet that benchmark, particularly baseball's current iron man, Madison Bumgarner, who leads with 187 and also edges out Syndergaard's ERA.

In many respects, Bumgarner lacks the dominance of Syndergaard this season - his strikeout rate is lower, he walks more, he's more susceptible to the home run - but he has limited run-scoring to an extreme degree over an enormous number of innings.

There's still time for anyone in this bunch - Syndergaard, Scherzer, Fernandez, Arrieta - to go on a tear, but right now the prize should be Bumgarner's to lose. To top him, Syndergaard will need to keep his ERA low, continue to strike batters out at an elite rate and - most importantly - go deep into games. It may not be enough to overtake the competition, but it'll give him a solid shot.

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In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Syndergaard shares some helpful tips for Mets fans at Citi Field...

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Aug 29, 2016; Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) is examined by Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez (right) after a collision at the plate. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY
Aug 29, 2016; Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) is examined by Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez (right) after a collision at the plate. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY

In the eighth inning Monday against the Marlins, Jose Reyes hurt his left shoulder diving in to home plate and colliding with Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Ramos.

Reyes was called safe, tied the game, appeared shaken up, but eventually walked off the field slowly with trainer Ray Ramirez and Terry Collins by his side.

Reyes had an ice pack wrapped on his left shoulder after the game, but told reporters he felt fine and fully expects to be in the starting lineup Tuesday.

"I talked to him the other day about taking a blow," Collins said about giving Reyes a day off. "He said, 'I've missed enough time already.' The energy on the field, always having fun. The clubhouse - he's a dynamic figure in that clubhouse. We're lucky. We all certainly are glad he's here. He's a great teammate and I think he's bringing something to our team, too."



Reyes started this season serving a 51-game suspension for domestic violence. He was later designated for assignment by the Rockies, freeing him to sign with another team. The Mets inked him to a one-year deal on June 26, which will pay him the league minimum salary.

Since being promoted from Triple-A on July 5, Reyes is batting .281 with a .329 OBP, six stolen bases, 13 RBI, 15 extra base hit and 23 runs scored in 32 games, while playing third base and shortstop.

"I think ever since Reyes arrived to the ball club, he has been the engine to this team," Yoenis Cespedes said after the game, speaking through an interpreter.

Reyes is batting .333 during the last seven games, with 10 hits, two RBI and two runs scored, during which the Mets are 5-2.

"I'm not surprised at all," Reyes said of his performance since joining the Mets. "I never doubted my talent, what I could do. I'm a hard worker and I try to get better every day. People before the Mets signed me said, 'This guy's done.' I heard that. I'm just working as hard as I can to continue to contribute to this ball club, to make things happen."

The Mets have a team option on his contract for 2017, which will also pay Reyes the league minimum.


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He's been terrific, especially the last week or so. There is no question that he's been the catalyst the Mets hoped he would be when they acquired him two months ago. He brings them energy and clearly makes things fun for a team under a lot of pressure.

Reyes, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera have clearly become friends, hanging before and after games, dancing on the field and flights. It's nice to see, and they're impact on the field - especially at the top of the lineup - is undeniable...



The fact is, the Mets are 17-15 during games when Reyes is in the starting lineup. Similarly, they're 53-45 when Cespedes is in the starting lineup, 58-49 with Cabrera in the lineup, and 16-11 when all three suit up at the same time, which tells you everything you need to know about this season. It's worth noting they're 5-0 when the trio hits 1-2-3 in the order.

In other words, if they're playing together, the Mets have a good chance to win.



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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero walked six batters, but escaped trouble despite a high pitch count in five scoreless for a no-decision in Monday's 2-1 win over the Marlins.

Making his first start in the majors since April 28, 2015, Montero threw just 54 of his 100 pitches for strikes. He pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the first inning and a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. Montero got Marcell Ozuna to ground into an inning-ending double play in the fifth inning.

"I walked six batters, but thank God I was able to get out of the jams," Montero said after the game.


Video: Collins, Cespedes and Smoker speak after walk-off win


Montero, 25, received the start so the Mets could give Jacob deGrom extra rest. He had pitched twice in the majors earlier this season -- two relief outings in April -- and went 8-8 with a 5.15 ERA in 24 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas.

"I thank God for the opportunity to return to the big leagues," Montero said, "and now that I'm here I want to continue to do my job."

Montero threw 24 pitches in the first inning, 17 in the second and 30 in the fourth, loading the bases on a single and two walks with two outs before he got Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez to ground out to third base.

"Rafy pitched very, very nice," manager Terry Collins said. "He threw a lot of pitches, but he gave us five innings. It was one of those games that you don't expect to win. That's why it's baseball."


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Yoenis Cespedes stole the show. But, Montero's performance last night was also noteworthy, especially since it allowed Jacob deGrom to get a few extra days of rest.

He was 'effectively wild,' as they say, but it looked to me to be by design. Yes, he walked six Marlins. But, I think in many of those moments he was essentially pitching around guys, such as walking Hecchevarria to get to Jose Fernandez (and end the inning) or walking Yelich to set up an inning-ending double play. Basically, he did what he had to do to get through the start. He was commanding his innings like a veteran, not a 25-year-old with an odd track record bouncing between the big leagues, Triple- and Double-A.


Video: Mets turn double play to escape the jam


Last night, he looked thoughtful and in control. He was helped by nice fielding behind him, including an inning-ending double play started by Kelly Johnson in the fifth inning. But, all in all, he was a huge help to a team in need of pitching.

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Yoenis Cespedes hits a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

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If the Mets are going to win a Wild Card spot and get back to the playoffs, Yoenis Cespedes is going to have to carry them like he did last Monday night.

Cespedes hit a monster walk-off home run with two outs in the 10th inning to lead New York to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. It was the same type of exciting and inspiring moment that he provided over and over again last summer, when the Mets caught fire and won the NL East. It's what they've been missing since April, and it was finally back last night.



"He's that kind of player," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "You expect big things each and every time he goes up. He's one of those guys people pay to see play. They see him come up to bat and they know he can do something dangerous each and every time up. He's a special guy."

His home run helped the Mets stay 2 1/2 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot.

"We're going into September," Jose Reyes, who doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to the the game, said with a grin. "That's the way we want to play right now. That's a huge win against a Miami team that was in front of us. It's always fun to take the first game of a series. Now we're in a better position."



Cespedes has a .299/.370/.579 batting line with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs in 103 games this season. Since the Mets acquired him last summer, he is averaging one home run every 13.59 at-bats.

"I wasn't necessarily looking for a home run," Cespedes said of his big hit Monday night. "I was just looking for a good pitch to put a good swing on. ... I don't have any words to describe the moment."



The Mets are 55-48 with Cespedes in the starting lineup. They are 12-16 without him.

"Every time I see Cespedes at home plate, I feel like he's going to hit a homer," Reyes said. "... For me, seeing him this year, it's unbelievable what he can do. Basically he can do whatever he wants to when he wants to. It's good to see. We're going to need him."

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores in front of reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the 10th inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is doused by Mets second baseman Wilmer Flores in front of reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk off solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the 10th inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning after the Mets tied the game in the eighth inning to beat the Marlins, 2-1, Monday at Citi Field. New York remained 2 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card spot after the Cardinals beat the Brewers.


Jacob deGrom will re-enter the starting rotation on Friday, with Noah Syndergaard pushed back to Saturday >> Read more

Syndergaard starred in the new episode of The Amazin Life presented by Coca Cola >> Watch here

Asdrubal Cabrera was named the National League Player of the Week >> Read more

Jay Bruce is trying to do too much at the plate >> Read more

T.J. Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Rafael Montero >> Read more

The Mets will have a scout at Tim Tebow's workout on Tuesday >> Read more

What's on Tap for Tuesday, Aug. 30

The Mets (67-64) continiue their three-game series against the Marlins (67-64) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (2.51 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Tom Koehler (3.85 ERA, 1.39 WHIP) for Miami.


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 Yoenis Cespedes' home run during Monday night's home game against the Marlins, Citi is donating another $2,000 to help fight childhood hunger.

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


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Post Game Extra: 08/29/16 00:04:59
Yoenis Cespedes launched his 27th home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Mets past the Marlins, 2-1, on Monday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th as the Mets rallied for a 2-1 win over the Marlins on Monday night at Citi Field >> To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

  • After Nick Wittgren retired Jose Reyes and Alejandro De Aza to start the 10th, Cespedes crushed his 27th home run of the season and second in as many games.
  • The Mets trailed 1-0 after Addison Reed allowed consecutive two-out doubles in the eighth. But Reyes singled to right and took second on Ichiro's error. After moving to third on a fly out by De Aza, Reyes raced home when A.J. Ramos uncorked a wild pitch.
  • In his first big league start in 16 months, Rafael Montero pitched five scoreless innings despite walking six. He surrendered two hits and struck out three.
  • Josh Smoker (1-0) struck out two in a perfect 10th inning for his first Major League win.
  • Neil Walker (back) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee) were both held out of the starting lineup. Cabrera struck out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Jay Bruce was also absent from the lineup for the third time in four games. He lined out to first as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the ninth.

Video Highlights

Video: Yoenis Cespedes crushes a walk-off home run

Video: Jose Reyes ties the game, scoring on a wild pitch

Video: Mets turn double play to escape the jam

Quotes…

Cespedes on his home run: "I wasn't necessarily trying to hit a home run. I just wanted a good pitch to hit hard."

Terry Collins on Cespedes: "He's a special guy. That's why keeping him healthy is priority No. 1 right now."

Collins on the win: "Now I'm not taking anything away from Rafael Montero. But you're facing one of the best pitchers in the game, who has really pitched well against us. We were short tonight a little bit. You're just saying, 'Jeez, if we can just hang in there.' And we hung in there."

Reyes on Cespedes: "He can do whatever he wants whenever he wants to."

News and notes…

  • The Mets improved to 8-5 against the Marlins this season and are even in the standings.
  • Cespedes went 3-for-5 and is batting .389 (14-for-36) with five homers and nine RBIs in nine games since returning from the disabled list. His 14 homers at Citi Field are tied with Lucas Duda for the second-highest total hit in one season in the ballpark's history. Duda also holds the top mark with 19 homers last season.
  • Cabrera was named National League Player of the Week after hitting an NL-best .545 (12-for-22) with three homers and eight RBIs. It was the third Player of the Week honor of his career.
  • Including his three-day stint on the Paternity Leave list last week, Walker has missed 10 of the Mets' last 13 games.
  • Jacob deGrom grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the fifth. His five career pinch-hit appearances are tied with Rick Aguilera for the most ever by a Mets pitcher.
  • T.J. Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Montero.

What's next…

The Mets (67-64) will try and move past the Marlins (67-64) in the standings in the second of four from Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.51 ERA) will make his third career start coming off of five shutout innings against St. Louis last Thursday.

Right-hander Tom Koehler (9-9, 3.85 ERA) gets the ball for Miami having won three of four decisions while posting a 2.00 ERA in his last seven starts.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)
New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. The Washington Nationals won 2-1. (Brad Mills)

The Mets open up a pivotal four-game series against the Miami Marlins on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Marlins Mets
Dee Gordon, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Martin Prado, 3B Alejandro De Aza, CF
Christian Yelich, LF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Marcell Ozuna, CF Kelly Johnson, 3B
J.T. Realmuto, C Curtis Granderson, RF
Ichiro, RF Wilmer Flores, 2B
Xavier Scruggs, 1B James Loney, 1B
Adeiny I will Hechavarria, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C
Jose Fernandez, RHP Rafael Montero, RHP

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


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Rafeal Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will make his first start of the season on Monday. Montero opened the season in Triple-A, but was demoted after posting a 4.60 ERA in 16 starts. At Double-A Binghamton, Montero turned it around by posting a 1.70 ERA in eight starts spanning 47.2 innings.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA) was dominant in his last outing, pitching seven scoreless innings while allowing six hits and striking out nine against the Royals. The start snapped a rough stretch for Fernandez, who had posted a 6.00 ERA over his four starts prior to the game against Kansas City.

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Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field after being relieved against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) walks off the field after being relieved against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom will return to the rotation on Friday against the Nationals, after four extra days of rest, Terry Collins told reporters at Citi Field before Monday's game.

DeGrom was scheduled to start tonight, Monday, against the Marlins. However, the Mets decided to give him extra rest after struggling during two consecutive starts.

In his last two starts, including Wednesday against the Cardinals, deGrom has given up 25 hits and 13 runs in just 9 2/3 innings, while striking out eight batters. He had been 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in the nine starts prior to last week.

"When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Collins explained last week.

Rafael Montero will start tonight in place of deGrom. Seth Lugo will start Tuesday, followed by Bartolo Colon on Wednesday. Steven Matz will return from the disabled list to start Thursday.

Instead of starting Noah Syndergaard on normal rest Friday, deGrom will pitch and push Syndergaard to Saturday, giving him an extra day of rest as well.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) tosses his bat after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) tosses his bat after hitting a two run home run in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the National League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced on Monday.

Cabrera went 12-for-22, good for a .545 batting average, to go with three HRs, eight RBIs, five runs scored, and a 1.136 slugging percentage over the last seven days.

On the season, the veteran shortstop is hitting .271 with 16 HRs and 42 RBIs.

Cabrera was forced to leave Sunday's game with left knee discomfort, the same injury that landed him on the disbaled list earlier this month.

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Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Rafael Montero (50) pitches during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Rafael Montero will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton and start tonight against the Marlins in place of RHP Jacob deGrom.

Montero, 25, went 4-6 with a 7.20 ERA in 16 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before being demoted to Binghamton, where he was 4-2 with a 1.70 ERA in eight starts.

"When he's had time off, he's bounced back and been dominant," Mets manager Terry Collins said of deGrom, when explaining the decision to skip him one time through the rotation.

DeGrom later said he sees from video that he is again falling off too far toward first base, which raises his arm slot and makes his pitches flat in the strike zone.

"I want to be out there, but I think this will help me in the long run," deGrom concluded.

In his last two starts, including Wednesday against the Cardinals, deGrom has given up 25 hits and 13 runs in just 9 2/3 innings, while striking out eight batters. He had been 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in the nine starts prior to last week.



Montero was a highly-touted Mets pitching prospect during the spring of 2014. However, he missed the majority of last season an unspecified shoulder issue.

This past spring training in St. Lucie, Montero returned to the delivery he used in 2014. He and the team's coaches said it helped him regain his control and got his fastball back in the low 90s.

"Sometimes those little adjustments like that can throw a pitcher off whack," his Triple-A manager, Wally Backman, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I'm not going to say that it caused the injury, but he ended up being injured most of the year last year just trying to change some things."


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The official diagnosis last season was tendinitis in Montero's shoulder, the team said, when explaining why he essentially missed an entire season for no apparent reason. It was initially described as stiffness, but became tendinitis in August.

There was a point when Collins actually stopped in Port St. Lucie on an off-day after playing in Miami, they said, to talk with him. Reporters said it was to essentially kick Montero in the butt, hoping to motivate him to get it together and return to the team, which had a need in the bullpen. That, to me, was rather alarming, but nothing ever came of it, the story died, Montero remained on the sidelines and the postseason run took over. So, I really have no idea what happened.

That said, he looked strong and healthy this past spring, ready to contribute and again be part of this staff. I still believe he's destined for the bullpen, even though he's starting tonight for the Mets, and as he's been doing so all year in the minors.

His repertoire and style lend him to a relief role, I believe, especially when entering a game with runners on base. He had great command in the minor leagues, he is again keeping the ball down and doesn't allow many hard-hit balls. In fact, this is partly why he has struggled in Vegas, where routine ground balls are bullets skipping across a dessert.

He's still only 25 years old and has a lot to learn about pitching. If he can step to the mound tonight and keep the ball down (like Robert Gsellman did Sunday) he could plug a major hole, as the Mets wait for deGrom to get himself right...


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DeGrom threw seven innings of three-hit baseball, with nine strikeouts, during his start Aug. 13, which dropped his ERA to 2.30. Since then, he has allowed 13 runs during 9 2/3 innings in two starts. So, what's eating at the Mets' ace and -- more importantly -- can he recover in time to keep the their playoff hopes alive >> Read more.

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Mets OF Jay Bruce has struck out seven times during his last eight at-bats.

According to Mets manager Terry Collins, hitting coach Kevin Long and assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler have been looking back at Bruce's at-bats to see if he has changed anything since joining the Mets. He said they found one minor flaw, but it's so insignificant it wasn't worth mentioning.

Bruce had been hitting .265 with 25 HR and 80 RBI for the Reds before he was dealt to the Mets on Aug. 1. In 23 games after the trade, he is batting .164 with 2 HR and just six RBI.

"He's trying to do too much," Collins said after Sunday's loss to the Phillies. "He's really, really put a lot of heat on himself, so we've got to get him to somehow calm down. We got him for a reason, and we've got to somehow get him to settle in and do some damage for us."

Bruce has played in only two of the team's last four games. He missed the game Aug. 25 after leaving the previous night's game with a leg cramp. Collins said he sat Bruce on Aug. 27 in hopes it would help clear the player's mind, according to the NY Post.

How about that Bruce trade?

In the most recent We Ask Mets Fans, presented by StubHub, SNY.TV asked Mets fans if they give the trade for Bruce a thumbs up or a thumbs down...

Video: We ask Mets fans ... Do you like the Jay Bruce trade?



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It was bad in 2009, but this season's barrage of injuries is so much worse. The Mets have a talented team, capable of getting to the World Series. Yet, every time we look up, another player is being held out of the lineup or pulled from a game. It's a daily occurrence...

For instance, Terry Collins admitted Sunday that he enters every day having no idea who is available and who isn't, especially when it comes to Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker and Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes did not play Sunday because of his quad, again. Walker missed the game because of his back, again. And, while Cabrera was able to start, he left in the first inning with another knee injury.

"It took a little air out of the balloon in that first inning," Collins said Sunday of Cabrera's injury.

I felt it. I'm sure you did too. And, I'm sure it's the same feeling the players have, which is that every time it looks like the Mets might get a stretch of games together, all healthy, they don't. It comes to a screeching halt. They entered Sunday winning six of their previous seven games, while making up ground in the Wild Card race. Then, bam, not so fast...

In the case of losing David Wright, Matt Harvey and Lucas Duda for the season, the Mets were able to adjust and commit to a solution. They may not have been the best solutions, such as Logan Verrett and James Loney replacing Harvey and Duda, but they were changes that Collins and his players could commit to.

However, with Cabrera, Walker and Cespedes, all of whom are vitally important to the success of the lineup, Collins has no idea what each day will bring.



"There's no telling how it comes and goes," Walker said of his back. "Sometimes it takes a couple of days, sometimes it takes a week to 10 days."

Well, which is it? Can he play? If not, who plays instead? If the can, is he 100 percent? If he isn't, should he play? If he does and gets hurt again, who replaces him and what does it do to the bench? The same pre-game dialogue likely occurs around Cabrera and Cespedes, and probably with Jose Reyes and Travis d'Arnaud, as well.

Basically, this group's status is always up in the air. It's totally inconsistent, which is exactly how I'd describe their results this season. Mets win a game, feel good, someone gets hurt. They lose a game, feel worse. Guy comes back healthy, they win a game, win again, they're feeling good, here comes a winning streak... nope... someone else gets hurt. Then another guy gets hurt. They lose again, lose more. Win. Win. Guy comes back, win, pitcher gets hurt. Another pitcher gets hurt. Another batter leaves the game early. Lose. Win. Lose again... and round and round it goes.

April was the only time this season when the Mets had the bulk of their rotation and lineup healthy, and playing and pitching together. It's also when they went 15-7, which is almost certainly not a coincidence. Since then, it's been an avalanche of random tweaks, strains, injuries and injections, resulting in a 51-57 record since May 1.

Basically, this season has felt like the baseball version of the Money Pit. The minute the Mets fix one problem, another pops up. Nevertheless, amazingly, they're still just 2.5 games back of the second NL Wild Card.

"It's been an interesting year and frustrating at times," Walker said Sunday. "Guys come in here and you see who's good to go and who's not. The way I see it, we won two of three here, won two of three in St. Louis, and got a good opportunity with Miami coming in here to do some damage. Hopefully it all goes well with everyone who's banged up and we can throw a good lineup out there."

The Mets host the Marlins for four games starting tonight at Citi Field. Miami is one game ahead of them in the standings and 1.5 back of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card.


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Rookie Robert Gsellman strikes out his counterpart on the mound, Vince Velasquez, swinging to end the fifth inning.

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Mets RHP Robert Gsellman looked good the first six innings Sunday. Granted, he was facing a Phillies lineup, which has been pretty weak this season. But, given the circumstance - making his first big-league start in New York, at Citi Field, in front of a antsy crowd, in a pennant race - I though he did well. He kept the ball down and away a lot, which is what he was known for in the minor leagues.

Understandably, it looked like he started to run out of gas in the seventh, plus the Phillies were seeing him for the third time during the game.

He ended up being charged with four runs (three in the seventh) during the 5-0 loss.

"I left pitches elevated and they took advantage of it," Gsellman told reporters after the game.



Gsellman (1-1), who was making his first big-league start, allowed three straight singles to start the seventh inning before manager Terry Collins pulled him form the game. 

"He was cruising along," Collins told reporters. "He made some pitches and got some ground balls. He had a pretty low pitch count ... and I thought he was pitching pretty good. Unfortunately, he gave up the three hits."

Hansel Robles entered in relief, but gave up a two-run double to A.J. Ellis and a run-scoring HBP to Peter Bourjos.

Gsellman got hit hard at the end. He probably should have been pulled earlier that inning. The thing is, if Robles was set to be the guy, I'm not sure it would have mattered...

I don't know what has happened to Hansel, but it's a problem.


Video: Terry Collins and Neil Walker react to the loss


In 11 appearances this month, Robles has an 11.25 ERA. He just can't get guys out any more - they either hit him hard, or he walks them - so bringing him in to a tight game was probably never going to be a good idea. He is not even close to the pitcher he was at the start of the season, probably because he's overworked.

And this speaks to the larger issue, which is that they do not have enough pitching in the bullpen, because they're being used to fill holes in a rotation where they also don't have enough pitching. They're starting to bleed at the absolute worst time. They need another pitcher.

Tags: Hansel Robles , Jon Niese , Philadelphia Phillies , Rafael Montero , Seth Lugo

Aug 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) singles against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fsecond inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman James Loney (28) singles against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fsecond inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets took two of three games from the Phillies over the weekend at Citi Field, but lost Sunday. Thankfully, the Cardinals lost two of three to the A's, moving the Mets to four losses back of the final Wild Card with 32 games to play...


Steven Matz is slated to rejoin the starting rotation on Thursday >> Read more 

Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker were out of the lineup on Sunday due to respective injuries >> Read more 

Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game in the first inning after a collision at first base >> Read more

What's on Tap for Monday, Aug. 29

The Mets (66-64) open a three-game series against the Marlins (67-63) at Citi Field on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Rafael Montero (11.57 ERA, 2.57 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Jose Fernandez  (2.91 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) for Miami.


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

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



Post Game Extra: 8/28/16 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

After scoring 21 runs and winning the first two games of the series, the Mets' bats fell silent in a 5-1 loss to the Phillies on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • The Mets had the bases loaded and one out in the first and runners at second and third with one out in the second but mustered one run on Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly. New York had only three baserunners after the second inning.
  • In his first Major League start, Robert Gsellman allowed one run on four hits through six innings before things fell apart in the seventh. He allowed three straight hits to open the inning to load the bases. Hansel Robles allowed a two-run double to A.J. Ellis and after intentional walking Freddy Galvis he plunked Peter Bourjos to force in another run. Cesar Hernandez capped the four-run frame with a sac fly off Jerry Blevins.
  • Gsellman (1-1) was charged with four runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six-plus frames.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (quad) and Neil Walker (back) were both held out of the starting lineup. Asdrubal Cabrera (left knee soreness) left the game in the bottom of the first after singling.

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

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the Mets' inexperienced pitchers: "These guys are going to pitch at the Major League level. There's no better learning area than to pitch in a pennant race, and learn how to deal with the pressures and the stress of what you got to go out and do your job."

Collins on pushing through injuries: "I mean, you've just got to keep fighting. You've got to keep guys rested and try to keep them as healthy as they can be. And when they can't go, you've got to run someone else out there and hope they come through for you when you need them."

Collins on Gsellman: "He was cruising along. He made some pitches and got some ground balls. He had a pretty low pitch count…and I thought he was pitching pretty good. Unfortunately, he gave up the three hits."

Gsellman on his outing: "I just left some pitches elevated and they took advantage of it. You always take positives out of everything you do. I'll take the positives out of this for my next time out and hopefully we come out with the win."

News and notes…

  • The Mets lost a chance to gain ground in the N.L. Wild Card chase. They remain 2.5 games behind the Cardinals and one back of the Marlins, who come to Citi Field for a four-game series beginning Monday.
  • Jay Bruce singled in his first at-bat but struck out in his next three plate appearances. He's now fanned in seven of his last eight at-bats and is hitting .165 (14-for-85) with 26 strikeouts in 23 games as a Met.
  • Robles did not retire a batter, allowed all three inherited runners to score and was charged with a run. He has surrendered runs in six of his last seven appearances.

What's next…

The Mets (66-64) welcome the Marlins (67-63) to Citi Field for an important four-game series beginning on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. With Jacob deGrom's turn in the rotation being skipped, Rafael Montero (0-0, 11.57 ERA) will be recalled from Double-A Binghamton to make his first big league start since April 28, 2015. Miami starts the series off with ace Jose Fernandez (13-7, 2.91 ERA), who has never lost to New York in seven career starts.

Tags: Hansel Robles

Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker sat out of Sunday's game with nagging injuries. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker sat out of Sunday's game with nagging injuries. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yoenix Cespedes (tight quad) and Neil Walker (stiff back) did not start for the Mets on Sunday during their series finale against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Terry Collins told reporters that Cespedes felt a twinge in his quad, while rounding third base after hitting a three-run homer in Saturday's 12-1 win over the Phillies. Cespedes missed time in July with the same injury, which eventually landed him on the disabled list in mid-August.

"We got him for a reason, and we've got to somehow get him to settle in and do some damage for us because that's a big spot," Collins said. "I think he's adding a little extra heat on himself."

Cespedes has six extra-base hits (two doubles and four homers), eight RBI and is batting .355 (11-31) since returning from the disabled list on August 19.

"It's been an interesting year and frustrating at times, so it's just day-by-day right now," Walker said of his recurring back issue. "Guys come in here, and you see who's good to go and who's not. Hopefully it all goes well with everyone who's banged up and we can throw a good lineup out there."

Walker hit his 23rd home run of the year Saturday, equaling his career-high set in 2014.

Walker is batting .440 (40-91) with three doubles, seven homers, 15 RBI and 19 runs scored since July 27

Tags: Neil Walker , Yoenis Cespedes

Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game in the first inning with an injury. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game in the first inning with an injury. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game against the Phillies in the first inning with a sore left knee.

Cabrera was injured when he collided with Phillies first baseman Tommy Joseph after bunting for a base hit. Joseph was leaping to get a wild throw from pitcher Vince Velasquez when Cabrera collided with him.

He remained in the game, and advanced to second on Kelly Johnson's single. But Cabrera, who appeared to have trouble running, left the game and was replaced by Wilmer Flores.

"We know that there is the issue with the patella tendon," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Cabrera after the game. "Once he comes out of the game, the adrenaline is still kicked in and then he got ice on it right away and said he felt better. But that's how he felt the other day and he ended up missing two weeks, so we won't know until [Monday]."

Cabrera missed time earlier this month with a left knee injury. He returned from the disabled list Aug. 19, after which he'd been hitting .438 with four doubles, three homers and nine RBI in eight games.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

Robert Gsellman, shown in spring training, makes his first major league start for the Mets Sunday. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) (Reinhold Matay)
Robert Gsellman, shown in spring training, makes his first major league start for the Mets Sunday. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports) (Reinhold Matay)

The Mets look to make it four wins in a row and go for a sweep of their three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Odubel Herrera, CF Asdrbal Cabrera, SS
Maikel Franco, 3B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Tommy Joseph, 1B Jay Bruce, RF
Aaron Altherr, RF Curtis Granderson, LF
Jimmy Paredes, LF Alejandro De Aza, CF
A.J. Ellis, C James Loney, 1B
Freddy Galvis, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C
Vince Velazquez, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP

When and Where: 1:10 p.m. from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman is scheduled to make his first major league start for New York. It will be the second career appearance for Gsellman, who won his debut on Tuesday by throwing 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in place of injured left-hander Jonathon Niese in the Mets' 7-4 victory.


Who's Pitching for the Phillies: RHP Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31 ERA)  fell to 0-4 in seven starts since the All-Star break in his most recent outing on Aug. 21, when he gave up five runs over six innings as Philadelphia fell to the Cardinals, 9-0.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Philadelphia Phillies

Robert Gsellman makes his first major league start Sunday: (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
Robert Gsellman makes his first major league start Sunday: (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia Phillies enter Sunday with a better record in August than the New York Mets. The Mets, however, are feeling far better than the Phillies heading into the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.

The Mets will look to complete a sweep of the Phillies - and continue their surge in the race for the National League's second wild card - when the two teams square off Sunday afternoon.

New York hit four homers for the second straight game on Saturday in a 12-1 rout. The Mets have outscored the Phillies 21-5 in the first two contests to improve to 66-63 overall and pull within 2 1/2 games of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card.

The Mets, who are 12-13 this month, have scored 50 runs in the last seven games, during which they have gone 6-1. The current hot stretch follows a 34-game stretch in which New York went 13-21 and scored three runs or fewer 18 times.  

Read more at SNY.tv. . . .


Post Game Extra: 8/27/16 00:03:18
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets hit four home runs for the second straight day to power their way to a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • The Mets trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third before scoring 12 unanswered runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker all went deep for New York. Jose Reyes and Cabrera each had three hits and scored twice while Walker finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
  • Cabrera's third homer in two games gave New York a 2-1 lead in the third. Cespedes' three-run homer with two outs in the fourth opened up a 5-1 edge. The Mets broke it open in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run double and Johnson blasted a pinch-hit grand slam two batters later. Walker added a solo shot in the eighth.
  • Noah Syndergaard (12-7) held the Phillies to one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings to win his third consecutive start. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia.

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

Video: Cespedes' ball stays fair for a home run

Video: Johsnon blows the game open with a grand slam

Video: Walker pads the lead with a solo blast

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the Mets: "There's some confidence in there right now. Some guys are coming through that hadn't been coming through. We've been talking endlessly about not getting hits with runners in scoring position. Right now, we are. It looks like a completely different team…The energy's just different in the room right now."

Collins on the return of Cespedes: "When we got Ces back in the lineup, you could almost hear a sigh of, 'OK, we got our guy back, let's all just calm down, go back to what we do best.' I think you're seeing better at-bats out of a lot of guys. Certainly getting 'Cabby' back was obviously big. Guys look around, and all of a sudden the lineup has gotten a lot deeper in the last week."

Cespedes on the club's mood: "The energy that we're in right now, it's taking us back to the last two months of last season."

Syndergaard on the team's recent play: "There's a great atmosphere in the clubhouse, you got a lot of energetic, veteran guys that are helping guys. All pulling for one another."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won 12 of their last 14 series against the Phillies. They are 21-9 against them dating back to the beginning of last season.
  • New York's 87 home runs at Citi Field are the most they've ever hit at the ballpark. Last year's team slugged 85 long balls at home. The 2006 team hit a club-record 96 homers at Shea Stadium.
  • The Mets scored nine or more runs for a third straight game for the first time since 2012.
  • Johnson's pinch-hit grand slam was the first by a Met since Ike Davis hit one in 2014.
  • Reyes is hitting .356 (21-for-59) with 13 runs scored, five extra-base hits and five RBIs in August.
  • Since being activated off the disabled list eight games ago, Cabrera is 14-for-32 (.438) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.
  • Cespedes has nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 18 games against the Phillies as a member of the Mets.
  • Since July 27, Walker is hitting .440 (40-for-91) with three doubles, seven homers, 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored. His 23 long balls match his career high set with the Pirates in 2013.
  • Just over a week after he was activated from the disabled list, Justin Ruggiano was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore left shoulder. T.J. Rivera was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

What's next…

The Mets (66-63) will go for a sweep of the Phillies (59-70) on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. After earning his first big league win with 3 2/3 innings in relief on Tuesday, Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first Major League start. New York will face right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31 ERA) who is 0-4 with a 6.25 ERA in his last seven starts.

Tags: Kelly Johnson , Noah Syndergaard , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Mets outfielder Jay Bruce against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup Saturday, which manager Terry Collins said is more of a mental day off for the struggling outfielder. 

Bruce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Friday's game against the Phillies. On Saturday, Curtis Granderson will start in right field. 

Collins said it is only "human nature" that Bruce has put so much pressure on himself since coming over to New York at the non-waiver trade deadline. 

He's gotten off to a slow start," Collins told reporters Saturday. "He knows it, we know it. It's all about battling through it. I told him to relax a little bit, get something good to hit and put a good swing on it."

Bruce, who has 86 RBIs this season, has hit just .160 with a .244 OBP and .272 SLG in 22 games since joining the Mets.


New York Mets center fielder Justin Ruggiano (1) hits a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti)
New York Mets center fielder Justin Ruggiano (1) hits a grand slam against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti)

OF Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the 15-day disabled list and the team has called up T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday.

Ruggiano exited Friday's game after the fifth inning with left shoulder discomfort.

Collins said after the game that Ruggiano, who had injured his shoulder during his first game with the Mets, felt a sharp pain in his shoulder Friday night. 

Collins also Saturday that Rivera has gotten some work in the outfield and could play there if he gets more comfortable. 

Rivera has hit .314 in 11 games for the Mets this season. 

 

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies

New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)

The Mets look to make it three wins in a row as they take on the Phillies in the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field. 

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Odubel Herrera, CF Asdrbal Cabrera, SS
Aaron Altherr, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Maikel Franco, 3B Neil Walker, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B James Loney, 1B
Cameron Rupp, C Alejandro De Aza, CF
Jimmy Paredes, LF Curtis Granderson, RF
Freddy Galvis, SS Rene Rivera, C
Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

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


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) - threw eight scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in his last start against the Giants. Is 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in August. Was charged with just one run on five hits on April 18 against the Phillies. 


Who's Pitching for the Phillies: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60 ERA) - is 2-2 with a 7.01 ERA against the Mets in his career. Gave up four runs over six innings in his last start against the Mets on July 15. Has a 2.89 ERA in the month of August. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , Philadelphia Phillies

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Post Game Extra: 8/26/16 00:03:10
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 9-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies

Wilmer Flores' grand slam was one of four homers for the Mets, who won for the fifth time in six games, 9-4, over the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera both went 2-for-4 and hit back-to-back homers leading off the bottom of the first. Cabrera went deep again in the sixth from the left side of the plate and finished with three RBIs. It was the first time in his career he has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.
  • Flores' grand slam came with two outs in the fifth and followed a nine-pitch at-bat by Neil Walker that resulted in a walk to load the bases.
  • Bartolo Colon didn't surrender a hit until the fifth and allowed one run on two hits through seven innings before faltering in the eighth. Overall, Colon (12-7) was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven-plus innings. He also singled, doubled and scored twice.
  • Walker returned from the Paternity Leave List and went 1-for-3 with a walk. After missing Thursday's finale in St. Louis, Jay Bruce was also back in the starting lineup and struck out in each of his four at-bats.

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

Video: Wilmer Flores crushes grand slam to left center

Video: Asdrubal Cabrera smashes his second HR of the night

Video: Jose Reyes hits a leadoff homer to start the scoring

Quotes…

Terry Collins on Flores' slam: "That moment was huge because we weren't able to break it open [earlier]. We had some opportunities and couldn't capitalize on it…I thought that was certainly the biggest hit of the game for us."

Collins on Colon: "I can't come up with the name of a guy who we could have had who's done a better job than he has. Not only has he been the healthiest of the bunch, he's won big games for us, a lot of big games for us. … You talk about a guy in his spot that eats up innings, this guy does more than eat up innings. You look, he's deep in games, he keeps you in games. I'll tell you, without him, I don't know where we'd be right now."

Flores on the fans asking for a curtain call: "It feels good. They make me feel good every time they do something like that. It's real special."

News and notes…

  • New York has scored 121 runs in its last 25 games, an average of 4.84 per game. They have hit 46 homers in their last 29 home contests and 83 overall in Queens, two shy of the club record at Citi Field set last year.
  • The back-to-back homers by Reyes and Cabrera represented the 10th time New York has done so this season, a club record. It was only the second time in franchise history the Mets opened a game with consecutive home runs. Reyes and Ruben Gotay accomplished it in 2007.
  • Reyes and Curtis Granderson share the franchise mark for leadoff homers with 18.
  • Flores' 10 homers against southpaws are the third most in baseball. He went 1-for-3 against Phillies' lefty Adam Morgan, making him 32-for-93 (.344) with 10 homers versus left-handers this season.
  • Colon's 20 wins at Citi Field are second behind Jon Niese (26) for the most in the ballpark's eight-season history.
  • Cabrera is 11-for-28 (.393) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in seven games since returning from the disabled list. He became the first Met to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game since Carlos Beltran in 2011.
  • Justin Ruggiano was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth with a sore left shoulder.
  • T.J. Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Walker.

What's next…

The Mets (65-63) look to continue their hot hitting against the Phillies (59-69) from Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) will be aiming to win his third consecutive game following a six-start winless streak. Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60 ERA) goes for Philadelphia having posted a 2.45 ERA in his last 10 starts and winning six of seven decisions.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Bartolo Colon , Wilmer Flores

New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) scores on a RBI double by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) in the first inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)
New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) scores on a RBI double by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (not pictured) in the first inning of their MLB baseball game with the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)

Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit back-to-back home runs to start Friday's game against the Phillies at Citi Field, which was just the second time in team history that the Mets have accomplished the feat. 

Reyes, batting from the right side, hit a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats off LHP Adam Morgan. On the very next pitch, Cabrera, also batting right handed, hit the ball into the right field bullpen. 

The other time it happened, on July 12, 2007, Reyes was also involved. He and former Mets INF Ruben Gotay hit home runs off RHP Bronson Arroyo of the Reds. 

Gotay, now playing for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League, has also hit a home run Friday night


New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera celebrates with a teammate after scoring in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera celebrates with a teammate after scoring in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field (Mark J. Rebilas)

INF T.J. Rivera, OF Brandon Nimmo and RHP Gabriel Ynoa have won the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s' team-issued awards for the best player, hitter and pitcher, respectively. 

All three players have made their major league debuts with the Mets this season. 

Rivera, 27, has hit .347 (a Pacific Coast League best) with a .388 OBP and .508 SLG in 99 games with Vegas this season. The infielder, who was just sent down to make room for 2B Neil Walker, hit .314 in 11 games with the Mets. 

Ynoa, a 23-year-old right-hander who was signed by the Mets in 2010, has recorded an 11-5 record with a 4.18 ERA in Triple-A in 2016. 

Nimmo, the Mets' 2011 first-round draft pick, has hit .344 with a .418 OBP and .533 SLG with the 51s this year. In 20 games with the Mets, he has hit .237 with one home run and five RBIs. 

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo , Gabriel Ynoa

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) throws to the San Francisco Giants in the second inning of their MLB baseball game at AT&T Park. (Lance Iversen)

The Mets return home to host the Phillies at Citi Field on Friday night.

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Phillies Mets
Cesar Hernandez, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Aaron Altherr, LF Asdrbal Cabrera, SS
Maikel Franco, 3B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Ryan Howard, 1B Neil Walker, 2B
Cameron Rupp, C Wilmer Flores, 1B
Odubel Herrera, CF Jay Bruce, RF
Freddy Galvis, SS Justin Ruggiano, CF
Peter Bourjos, RF Travis d'Arnaud, C
Adam Morgan, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

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


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (11-7, 3.36) - Colon, the oldest player in baseball, will be making his team-high 26th start and will be looking for his 12th win, which would break a tie for the team lead with Noah Syndergaard. If he lasts at least 3 2/3 innings Friday, Colon will also surge past Syndergaard for the Mets lead in innings pitched.


Who's Pitching for the Phillies: LHP Adam Morgan (1-7, 6.21) - If Morgan does not record the win on Friday, he will become the first Phillies pitcher since Cliff Lee in 2012 to record just one win through 15 starts in a season.


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