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Today, I'm talking with comedian and big-time Mets fan, Steve Hofstetter. You can download his free album at at his website, SteveHoftstetter.com. Also, he's going be at the Greenwich Village Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club on May 6 and 7, so check out his site for details.

He's funny, smart, was recently on MLB Now talking Mets, and he's a west coast guy, which is why I wanted to get him on here early in the season to see what he thinks of the current state of the team…




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1) Anthony DiComo: "A child's curiosity can uncover much in life. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto's mother, Tracie Conforto, never crowed about her athletic accomplishments when her children were young. But there were a great many of them, and by the time Michael Conforto reached grade school, his friends were asking questions. Conforto searched for answers." Read more at MLB.com...



2) Marc Carig: "Sandy Alderson has never been shy about his affinity for the home run. Throughout his career, he has favored lineups capable of producing instant offense. Even with the Mets playing in a pitchers' park, he has long hoped to build a team of sluggers. It appears he has found success." Read more in Newsday...


3) Kevin Kernan: "Jacob deGrom knows there is still much work to be done. That is what this is going to take: work. ... DeGrom will get it right. It's just going to take time. The Mets have time." Read more in the NY Post...


4) Jim Baumbach: "On Opening Day in 1987, Ray Knight was wearing a Baltimore Orioles jersey. But he says his mind was with the Mets. ... Knight, 63, said he will be among the more than two dozen former '86 Mets players and staff who will take part in a pregame ceremony before the May 28 game against the Dodgers at Citi Field." Read more in Newsday...

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Michael Conforto

Cespedes breaks up no-hitter 00:00:52
Yoenis Cespedes ends Padres starter Colin Rea's bid for a no-hitter with an opposite field single to right field in the Mets' 5-3 loss.

25-year-old Padres starter Colin Rea surrendered his first hit against the Mets in the seventh inning on Thursday when Yoenis Cespedes snuck a ground ball through the right side of San Diego's infield shift.

"We were aware of what was going on," Cespedes said about Rea's no-hit bid. "The job was just try to go to home plate as a team and get the job done to get a hit."

According to Cespedes, he was not trying to intentionally hit through the shift. Instead, it was simply the result of changing his swing a bit based on how he'd been hitting earlier in the game.

"In the two at-bats prior to me getting the hit to right field, my front shoulder was flying open," he explained through an interpreter. "So, I adjusted to let the ball get deeper."

Curtis Granderson would break up Rea's shutout with a solo home run to center field in the top of the ninth inning.

"We hit some balls good again tonight," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When we get guys swinging the bat from the top of the lineup to the bottom of the lineup … [we] hit homers. I think at the end of the year you'll see we'll have a lot of home runs in our lineup. But, that also means once in a while, you run into somebody who's pitching real good and it's tough to score."


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If this was the first time you'd seen Rea, you'd think he was Greg Maddux with the type of late movement he was getting on his pitches. The Mets never really got a good feel for what was coming, because his fastball was either diving down, cutting right or straight as an arrow. He was simply masterful. And, when the Mets did connect, it was weak and often right at the opposition. It's interesting to note that Braves RHP Matt Wisler pitched a similarly effective, crafty game against the Mets last week, which is a bit of a concern...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom warms up before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. (Jake Roth/USA Today Sports Images)

After allowing three runs, a walk and eight hits in just five innings in Thursday's 5-3 road loss to the San Diego Padres, New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom hopes to adjust his mechanics to perform better on the mound.

"I came in and watched some video right after I came out," deGrom said after the game. "Last year my elbow was above my shoulder. This year it's not even getting close to above it, and my stride is toward the first-base side. I don't know if you see how far I'm falling off toward first base. There's some things to work on there. I definitely think so. I felt good coming out. I felt good in the bullpen. I think just sometimes when I get out there I try to do too much."

The loss puts deGrom at 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in four starts this season.

"I don't even know how many hits I gave up when I had guys with two strikes," he said, lamenting his performance. "I just couldn't put them away, leaving the off-speed in the middle and giving them a chance, and at times throwing it not even close to the zone. Then it goes to 3-2 and there's a pretty good chance there's a fastball coming and they end up getting a hit off that."



According to deGrom, there is no reason he and pitching coach Dan Warthen can't correct his delivery before his next start, which he believes will help him get better command of his fastball and changeup.

He is next scheduled to pitch Tuesday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.


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This is common. The good news is deGrom and Warhen are clearly aware of it, and it'll be corrected. Basically, what he's saying is that his glove hand is low and pulling him open as he whips his pitching hand around, which then is elevated and out in a way that 1) the hitter can get a nice look at whatever the pitch is about to be and 2) because his arm and shoulder are up, his head is off center, he's throwing across his body, he's less compact and the pitch is less powerful and always up in the strike zone. In other words, it's batting practice for the opposition.

Again, nearly every pitcher goes through this at some point, either because they're rushing, tired or had been tinkering with mechanics and developed bad habits. I think in deGrom's case, it could be a combination of all three. He missed a ton of time to start this season, plus he was working this past spring to shorten his stride. It may just be they need to slow him down, take a breather and go back to what he had been doing so he can feel some success and work from there. Despite nice results to start the season, he hasn't looked sharp and his velocity has been down. Last night's outing felt like a culmination of a lot of things that may have been building.

He went through this last year and fixed it by his next outing. He's a smart guy. Warthen knows him well. Plus, his fellow pitchers love to help with stuff like this. I trust they'll right it by next week.

Tags: Jacob deGrom

 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

The Mets didn't notch their first hit until the seventh inning and their late rally fell short as they lost to the Padres, 5-3, at Petco Park >> Read more



Terry Collins said Travis d'Arnaud has been hitting in Port St. Lucie and that Josh Edgin will likely remain with Triple-A Las Vegas when his rehab assignment ends >> Read more

Collins is keeping an eye on the pitch counts and innings limits of the Mets' young starting pitchers >> Read more

Matt Harvey's struggles were discussed by Toby Hyde and Rob Brender on the Mostly Mets Podcast >> Listen here

Lucas Duda has been an all-or-nothing hitter >> Read more

Will the Mets have a left-handed hitting problem this season? >> Read more


What's on tap for Friday, May 6

Noah Syndergaard (2.51 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets continue their four-game series with the Padres and Drew Pomeranz (2.48 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) at Petco Park in San Diego on Friday at 10:10 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: Lucas Duda , Matt Harvey , Travis d'Arnaud

Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice
Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Brandon Nimmo hit his first home run of the season, Seth Lugo pitched five scoreless innings, but was charged with four runs in the sixth >> Read more

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: The Binghamton Mets fumbled a late one-run lead and missed out on a sweep opportunity in a 2-1 loss to the Portland Sea Dogs on a cold Thursday afternoon at Hadlock Field >> Read more

Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: John Mora went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI, Wuilmer Becerra had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and Corey Oswalt allowed three runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings to earn his second win of the season >> Read more

The Class A: Columbia Fireflies were rained out.


Post Game Extra: 05/05/16 00:03:49
Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson each homered but it wasn't enough as the Padres held on to defeat the Mets, 5-3, on Thursday night.

The Mets were held without a hit until the seventh inning and the Padres used an 11-hit attack to take the first game of the four-game set, 5-3, on Thursday at Petco Park. Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • The Mets were held hitless through 6 2/3 innings by Padres starter Colin Rea before Yoenis Cespedes singled to right through an over-shifted infield. San Diego remains the only team in baseball history to never throw a no-hitter, going 7,519 games without one.
  • New York rallied for three runs in the ninth on home runs by Cespedes and Curtis Granderson. Cespedes' ninth homer tied him with Neil Walker for the team lead and gave him six dingers and 18 RBIs in his last 11 games.
  • Jacob deGrom lasted a season-low five innings and was charged with three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two, which tied for the lowest strikeout total of his career. deGrom has not struck out more than six batters in any of his four starts this year, the first time he has whiffed six or fewer batters in four consecutive outings. He struck had 200 strikeouts in 191 innings in 2015.
  • Michael Conforto went 0-for-4 and is 1-for-19 (.053) with nine strikeouts in his last five games. He had gone 15-for-35 (.484) in the eight games prior, hitting safely in each one.

Rich Coutinho: DeGrom simply did not have it as the usual late movement on his pitches was not there. It did look like Colin Rea was going to set Padre history with their first ever no-hitter, but the Mets avoided that with some late offense after sleepwalking through most of the night. Neil Walker needs a day off as he has played in every game this season and to me his bat looks slow through the strike zone and I expect Terry Collins to play Wilmer Flores at second base in the next few days to get Walker to recharge his batteries.

Overall offensively whenever the Mets lose, critics will suggest this team is too reliant on the long ball as more than half of their run production this year has come from the home run. This is not a problem, because it also means they are never out of a game as they proved tonight with a late charge. However, losing the first game of this series is an example that the Mets are the hunted. I fully expect the team to bounce back later tonight in San Diego with the powerful Noah Syndergaard taking the hill. >> To follow Rich on Twitter, click here.

Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on deGrom's outing: "We don't make the pitches we normally make tonight and gave up a lot of hits…I think he just got too much plate on a lot of the pitches he needed to get an out on…He throws hard."
  • Collins on deGrom's velocity and command: "I think maybe his arm's coming back, to be honest…When you don't command the baseball, you're gonna get hit, especially when you're in the middle of the plate in the big leagues…He makes adjustments and tonight he just had a tough time making the pitches that he needed."
  • deGrom on his struggles on Friday: "I got some guys with two strikes on them, I don't know how many hits I gave up when I had guys with two strikes, and I just couldn't put them away."
  • deGrom on mechanical issues: "I came in and watched some video right after I came out…Last year my elbow was above my shoulder and this year it's not even getting close to getting above it and my stride is towards the first base side…There's some things to work on there, I definitely think so…I felt good coming out, felt good in the bullpen. Sometimes when I get out there, I try and do too much."

News and notes…

  • The Mets went 2-4 against the Padres in 2015 and have won just one series in San Diego since 2003. They are 20-37 on the road against the Friars since 2000.
  • deGrom had been 7-0 in his last 10 starts away from Citi Field dating back to June 19, 2015.
  • Wil Myers' solo home run in the first inning was just the fourth run the Mets have allowed in the opening frame this season.
  • New York allowed the opposition to score first for just the fifth time in their last 21 games.
  • The Mets' 42 home runs through 27 games is the most to start a season in frachise history.

What's next…

The Mets (17-10) continue their four-game series against the Padres (12-17) from Petco Park on Friday at 10:40 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51 ERA) will match up against San Diego southpaw Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48 ERA).

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Yoenis Cespedes

Aug 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (15) rounds the bases as he watches his home run ball during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports  (Anthony Gruppuso)
Aug 13, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (15) rounds the bases as he watches his home run ball during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Recent Update

Travis d'Arnaud is hitting, but not throwing, while rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins said Thursday, May 5.

Previous Reports and Reaction

D'Arnaud was put on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain April 25.

"It's very unfortunate," d'Arnaud told reporters at the time of the injury. "But, it's all part of the game. People get hurt."

Triple-A C Rene Rivera was added to the 25-man roster to replace d'Arnaud.


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April 26: I'm starting to feel bad for d'Arnaud, who seems to always be injured or returning from injury. In the last few years, he's torn ligaments in his knee, he had a herniated disc, a broken foot, all sorts of bruises, a hyperextended left elbow and now he's dealing with a rotator cuff issue. "D'Arnaud is almost out of new body parts to injure," Maggie Wiggin wrote on Twitter, and she's right. He started slow this season, now this. Hopefully, like last year, he'll rehab, get right and return on fire...

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud

Josh Edgin's velocity needs to improve before he can return to the majors. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)
Josh Edgin's velocity needs to improve before he can return to the majors. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

Recent Update

Josh Edgin will likely remain in Triple-A, especially since he has yet to pitch back-to-back days, Terry Collins hinted to reporters on May 5.

In 6.1 innings during his current rehab, Edgin has allowed one run, two hits and struck out eight batters. However, his fastball velocity was only 87-88 mph during his last rehab appearance.

Previous Reports and Reaction

Edgin, 29, must be activated from the disabled list by Sunday, May 8, at which time the Mets could add him to the major league roster or option him to Las Vegas.

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


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May 3: My hunch is the Mets will just keep Edgin in Triple-A, since there is no immediate need or spot in the big-league bullpen. More importantly, I don't think the Mets believe he's 100 percent ready for action. Instead, I bet they'd rather he keep working and see if he can get his fastball velocity up to where it was a few years ago... if that's even possible. And, at the very least, it gives them someone to call on later in the year, in the event there's an injury or they need to shake up the bullpen.

Tags: Josh Edgin

San Diego's Colin Rea gets the start Thursday for the Padres against the Mets. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
San Diego's Colin Rea gets the start Thursday for the Padres against the Mets. (Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Jacob deGrom takes mound Thursday as the Mets look to win the opening game of their West Coast road trip in San Diego against the Padres at 10:10 p.m. on SNY

Follow the game live here...

Mets Padres
Curtis Granderson, RF John Jay, CF
David Wright, 3B Wil Myers, 1B
Michael Conforto, LF Matt Kemp, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, CF Brett Wallace, 3B
Lucas Duda, 1B Melvin Upton Jr., LF
Neil Walker, 2B Alexei Ramirez, SS
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Derek Norris, C
Kevin Plawecki, C Jemile Weeks, 2B
Jacob deGrom, P Colin Rea, P

When and Where: 10:10 p.m. at Petco Park in San Diego. The game is on SNY.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom has won all three of his starts behind a 1.02 ERA, and all three runs off him in Saturday's 6-5 victory over San Francisco were unearned. He allowed two hits but walked four over six innings after not issuing one in his first two outings. He gets his second crack at San Diego (11-17) after giving up two hits while not walking a batter and fanning eight over eight innings of a 7-0 win at Petco Park on June 1

Who's Pitching for the Padres: RHP Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61 ERA) makes his sixth start for San Diego, and the right-hander has pitched pretty well in his last four outings behind a 3.13 ERA. However, his 18.1 pitches per inning rank among the highest in the NL.

Tags: Jacob deGrom

Toby Hyde and Rob Brender take a deep dive into the questions about Matt Harvey. Doug Thorburn from Baseball Prospectus joins the show for a full examination of the issues surrounding the slow start in 2016 for the Mets right-handed hurler.


May 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) flies out to center during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets won 8-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
           (Anthony Gruppuso)
May 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) flies out to center during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets won 8-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

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On the continuum of worries for the Mets that could potentially sink this 2016 season, the ability -- or lack thereof -- to hit left-handed pitching is probably somewhere near the middle. It's not as menacing as the prospect of Matt Harvey being unable to find a way out of his first month funk, but more threatening than the idea that Rene Rivera could actually be the next Todd Hundley and create a playing time issue at catcher.

Still, the lineup's potency against lefties is a seemingly consistent question mark. There is always the spectre of one of its offensive pillars being undone by a southpaw. Last season there was Lucas Duda -- overblown -- and Curtis Granderson -- legitimate. Now, there is the Michael Conforto dilemma.

But for being one of the Mets' supposed larger warts, this year could provide some mitigating evidence. They are the beneficiaries of their division and their own construction.

In the National League East, left-handed pitchers are scarce. In a division that used to feature Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Gio Gonzalez, and Alex Wood -- among others -- the best left-handed starter might just be Steven Matz >> Click here to read more



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The Mets are 17-9. They have won 10 of their last 12 games and now embark on an 11-day, three-city road trip, after which they return to Citi Field to face the Nationals for the first time this season. In other words, things are about to get interesting...



The Padres (11-17) have won back-to-back series and their pitching staff is on a roll. According to MLB.com, they have a 2.87 ERA during the last three weeks, which is fourth to only the Cubs (1.85), Nationals (1.91) and Mets (2.48). The Mets have also lost six of their last seven matchups with the Padres, including the dramatic and painful rain-delay game right before last summer's trade deadline.

The Dodgers (14-14) are struggling at home (5-8), while losing seven of their last 10 games. It looks like the Mets may catch Clayton Kershaw at the end of the series, but possibly miss Kenta Maeda.

The Rockies (13-14) have been hit or miss all season, up and down, with no consistency. And, frankly, I can't wait to see the Mets' home-run hitting ways at Coors Field, where they can hopefully put on quite a show...

The Mets have won six series in a row. I expect them to extend that streak to nine against the Padres, Dodgers and Rockies, and meet up with the Nationals in two weeks with a record around 24-13.


New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the San Francisco Giants in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The New York Mets head to San Diego on Thursday night to begin an 11-game road trip that takes them through SD, LA and Colorado.

Pitching matchups against the Padres:

  • Thursday, 10:10 p.m. ET on SNY: Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.02) vs. Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61)
  • Friday, 10:40 p.m. ET on SNY: Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.51) vs. Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 2.48)
  • Saturday, 8:40 p.m. ET: Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.56) vs. James Shields (1-4, 3.23)
  • Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET: Matt Harvey (2-4, 4.76) vs. Andrew Cashner (2-2, 4.85)

Weather in southern California may call for some spot thunderstorms over the course of the Mets' series in SD, especially on Thursday and Friday night. Other than that, it should be partly cloudy for the latter two games. The temperature should hover in the low 60s.

The Mets have lost six of their last eight to the Padres. Last season, the Mets went 2-4 against San Diego, scoring 26 runs and giving up 29.

Against the Dodgers, the Mets went 4-3 against them in the regular season. They went 3-2 against the Dodgers in the postseason.

New York swept the season series agains the Rockies last year, winning all seven games the teams played against each other.


Tags: Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey

Terry Collins said before Wednesday's game that he hoped to keep rookie RHP Steven Matz around 110 pitches.

"We've got to keep an eye on these guys," Collins later added, referring to his young starting pitchers Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey. "They're coming back probably first time all season on four days' rest, therefore we got to make sure they're OK. I get shutouts -- I know how important they are to guys -- but wins are the most important thing and to be able to go out there in four days."

Matz ended up throwing 106 pitches in 7 2/3 innings.

Earlier this season, faced with a similar situation, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled 26-year-old starting pitcher Ross Stripling after 7 1/3 innings and 100 pitches in the middle of a potential no-hitter against the Giants. Marlins manager Don Mattingly removed Adam Conley in a similar situation last week.

"I know where Dave Roberts was coming from and where Don was coming from," Collins admitted. "You're talking about once-in-a-lifetime, throwing a no-hitter. But, there's a big picture involved here and the big picture right now with us, with the expectations that are with this club, is to make sure they stay healthy."



The way it stands, Matz, 24, is on pace to throw 175 innings in what will be his first full season in the big leagues. He threw a combined 153 innings last season between the minor leagues, regular season and postseason.

Syndergaard, 23, is on pace to throw 200 innings this season, a year after throwing 198 innings between the minor leagues, regular season and postseason.

Harvey, 27, in his second full season back from Tommy John surgery, is on pace to throw 210 innings, a year after throwing 216 innings between the regular season and postseason. His agent, Scott Boras, said doctors told him it was not wise for Harvey to throw more than 180 innings total in 2015.

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

Duda extends the Mets' lead 00:01:06
Lucas Duda knocks one deep to center field for his second home run of the game, extending the Mets' lead to 7-0.

Lucas Duda hit two home runs Wednesday, one to right-center field, the other to left-center field.

"I'm seeing the ball pretty well right now and putting the barrel on it and it's leaving the park," Duda said after the game. "It was kind of an odd day. It was raining. I didn't think the ball was carrying very well, but they left the yard. I'll take them any way I can get them."

He has seven HR and 18 RBIs through 89 at-bats this season, while batting .258 with a .299 OBP.

"I just hope he stays hot, because he can carry you," Terry Collins said after Wednesday's game.


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It's the same old story for Lucas, who has hit 79 home runs during the last three and a half years. However, through it all, he's been an all-or-nothing, hit-them-in-bunches type hitter, which is what most of his critics -- myself included -- said about him last winter...

For instance, last season, 20 of his 27 home runs were the result of three week-long hot streaks (one in May, one in July and another in August). According to MLB.com's Joe Trezza, Duda hit just seven home runs in the other 117 games. This season, he's hit three home runs during three days in mid-April, and now has three home runs in three days in early May. In other words, this season, he has six home runs in five games, but just one home run in the other 21 games, which is exactly what happened last season.

I don't want to complain too much. Because, the fact is, the Mets are 17-9, scoring well and on pace to hit more home runs as a team than the Blue Jays did last season. So, all is fine with the world... The point is, this is happening. His hot-and-cold hitting is a thing. And, while it may not a problem right now, it will be one day down the road...

Tags: Lucas Duda

May 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
           (Anthony Gruppuso)
May 4, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

In 7 2/3 innings pitched on Wednesday, Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz allowed no runs, two hits, issued no walks and struck out eight batters.

"It was a tough day to pitch, with the weather," manager Terry Collins said. "What he did today is how I think you pitch. You get the ball, get on the mound, throw it. It keeps you in a better rhythm. You're not thinking about anything but throwing strikes."

Matz is 4-0 with 0.67 ERA and has 29 strikeouts through 27 innings in his last four starts, during which the Mets have scored 35 runs.

"It's definitely nice to have that run support," Matz said. "We've been swinging the bats great, and it's been a lot of fun to pitch in these games."

Jake Arrieta, David Price, Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Martinez are the only pitchers in baseball to have more run support this season than Matz, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Matz has eight wins in his first 11 appearances, the most by any Mets pitcher to start their career, according to ESPN Stats & Info's Mark Simon.

"I think being a catcher and having a guy that works quick, it keeps the other team off balance," Matz's catcher, Rene Rivera, said after the game. "He was great."


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The kid throws strikes, and he challenges people, that's his bread and butter. And, he doesn't do it just with fastballs, because he mixes it up with enough sliders, curveballs and changeups to keep hitters off balance...

I also like that he's strategic with his curve ball. He doesn't lean on it, then totally abandon it, like Jon Niese used to. He's so smart about it, and almost no one hits it, especially when he uses it at the end of an at-bat. In fact, because guys are so off balance, they haven't been hitting him hard at all, resulting in mostly easy outs... assuming he isn't striking you out.

He's been a joy to watch. He's got a nice pace, he's in command, he has a plan, rarely gets flustered and, like TC said, he just does his job and he does it well. 

Tags: Steven Matz

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Steven Matz allowed two hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Mets beat the Braves, 8-0, at Citi Field >> Read more



Scott Boras weighed in on Matt Harvey's early-season struggles >> Read more

Kevin Plawecki has a great opportunity with Travis d'Arnaud out >> Read more

Jacob deGrom got his 2015 Defensive Pitcher of the Year award on Tuesday >> Read more


What's on tap for Thursday, May 5

Jacob deGrom (1.02 ERA, 1.08 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open a four-game series with the Padres and Colin Rea (4.61 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) at Petco Park in San Diego on Thursday at 10:10 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. Thanks to home runs from Rene Rivera, Asdrubal Cabrera, and two home runs from Lucas Duda in yesterday's home game against the Braves, Citi is donating another $8,000 to an NYC community partner.

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

Tags: Lucas Duda , Steven Matz

Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)
Rafael Montero is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. (Logan Bowles)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Rafael Montero allowed seven runs, eight hits and three walks in four innings and Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning in relief inning, after which Erik Goeddel and Stolmy Pimentel combined to allow nine runs in the eighth inning >> Read more

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Tyler Pill allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, while striking out four batters. The game was called after a 36-minute delay >> Read more

Class A: Columbia Fireflies: David Thompson was 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI, Dash Winningham went 4-for-5 with two RBI and LHP P.J. Conlon improved to 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA >> Read more

The Class-A St. Lucie Mets were rained out.

Tags: Josh Edgin , Rafael Montero

Post Game Extra: 5/4/16 00:03:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Steven Matz pitched 7 2/3 innings and Lucas Duda hit two home runs to lead a four-homer barrage as the Mets shut out the Braves, 8-0, on Wednesday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Matz was dominant from the outset, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out eight to win his fourth straight start. During his winning streak, Matz has allowed two runs in 27 innings (0.67 ERA) with five walks and 29 strikeouts. He improved to 8-1 in his Major League career and 3-0 against the Braves.
  • In addition to Duda's two homers, Rene Rivera and Asdrubal Cabrera both went deep for New York. It was Rivera's first home run since July 8, 2015 with Tampa Bay.
  • Duda is hitting .296 with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 15 games. His 60 home runs at Citi Field are the most by any player.
  • The Mets have hit 40 home runs in their first 26 games, including 38 in their last 18.
  • Every player in the starting lineup except Matz reached base safely. Yoenis Cespedes, Wilmer Flores and Duda had two hits apiece.

Lucas Duda's 1st Home Run:

Quotes...

  • Terry Collins on Matz: "Tough day to pitch with the weather, yet he went out and did what he's been doing lately: Throwing strikes and using all of his stuff. You'll see. What he did today is how I think he'll pitch. Get on the mound and throw it. Don't think about taking the ball and throwing strikes."
  • Rivera on catching Matz: "His stuff was great. His composure out there on the mound, his stuff did great. All the pitches worked ... It's awesome."
  • Duda on the Mets' power: "We have a pretty deep lineup. One through eight all can hit a homer."
  • Matz on his the run support: "It's definitely nice to get that run support. It's a lot of fun pitching in those games."

News and notes…

  • The Mets finished 7-2 on their homestand and have won six straight series for the first time since 2006. They are 15-4 in their last 19 games.
  • New York improved to 5-1 against Atlanta this year. They hit more home runs in this series (7) than Atlanta has hit all season (6).
  • The Mets have allowed two runs or fewer in 14 of their 26 games. They have a 12-2 mark in those contests.

Lucas Duda's 2nd Home Run:

What's next…

The Mets (17-9) hit the road to face the Padres (11-17) in the opener of a four-game series on Thursday at 10:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.02 ERA) goes for his fourth win against right-hander Colin Rea (2-1, 4.61 ERA).

Rene Rivera's Home Run:

Tags: Lucas Duda , Steven Matz

Collins and Harvey on loss 00:06:19
Mets manager Terry Collins and pitcher Matt Harvey discuss the 3-0 loss to the Braves and how Harvey can improve on the mound.

Matt Harvey allowed three runs in the fifth and sixth innings after pitching four scoreless innings in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Braves.

Recent Updates...

3:10 pm: Scott Boras told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff that Harvey's early-season struggles could have something to do with his 2015 workload.

"There's something unknown that we're looking at," Boras explained. "There's an unknown here that's operating. We're figuring it out as we go. I'm very confident that Matt is physically healthy and very confident that adjustments will be made. ... The playoffs demand a player to be a great teammate, and Matt Harvey's intentions always were to be a great teammate. The sequencing of his development from his surgery is something that was not ideal. There is a lot of unknowns that come from that interruption."

Previous reports and reaction...

"I'm giving up more hits, more runs, more everything than I ever have," said Harvey, who has a 6.00 ERA in the fifth inning and 20.25 ERA in the sixth inning this season. "Right now, I'm not feeling good with my mechanics. I'm not feeling good throwing the ball. I'm the one who is most frustrated here about what's going on. It's been a frustrating start, but we have a long way to go."

Harvey is 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in six starts this season, striking out just 25 batters in 34 innings. Opponents are batting .311 against him >> Click here to read more

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Jul 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 30, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (22) bats against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In an effort to rest of rotator cuff strain, Travis d'Arnaud is still resting and not doing any baseball activity in Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins said Tuesday.  

Kevin Plawecki had started every game since d'Arnaud was put on the disabled list April 26.

"This is a great opportunity for Kevin to show that he can be an everyday catcher," Terry Collins said Tuesday. "Certainly, I don't mean to put a lot of pressure on him, but he's got to start getting some hits because that's one of the things we all said he can do. We all thought he was going to be a good offensive player and I know he's frustrated."

Plawecki, 25, is batting just .176 with a .333 OBP and no extra base hits in 42 plate appearances this season.

"I feel like I've shown what I can do. It's just a matter of getting a couple of things to fall here and there," Plawecki added, according to Newsday. "I feel like I'm having some good at-bats. It is frustrating. I'm not going to lie about that. I'm not going to press too hard about it. I'm just going to keep working and the hits will fall. They've always evened out at the end of the year. ... It's still early."

Rene Rivera, who was added to the 25-man roster to replace d'Arnaud, started Wednesday's day game in place of Plawecki and hit a two-run home run.


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Despite Rivera's home run, which was the first by a Mets catcher this season, he is not generally viewed as having a chance to win the full-time catching job. That opportunity will go to Plawecki, who the Mets have long projected to be a well-rounded, full-time catcher, with not a lot of power, but the ability to put the ball in play and consistenly get on base.

I still think d'Arnaud has more upside, but he's also always injured or coming back from injury. Again, I realize Rivera hit a home run. But, he's 32, a journeyman and known more for his glove and arm. Plawecki will be back in there tomorrow. And, like TC said, this is a big opportunity for him to step up and show what he can do on a full-time basis. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki

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)

Steven Matz will take the mound as the Mets look to win the rubber game of their series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

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Braves Mets
Mallex Smith, CF Curtis Granderson, RF
Adonis Garcia, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Freddie Freeman, 1B Michael Conforto, LF
Jeff Francoeur, LF Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Tyler Flowers, C Lucas Duda, 1B
Chase d'Arnaud, RF Neil Walker, 2B
Daniel Castro, 2B Wilmer Flores, 3B
Erick Aybar, SS Rene Rivera, C
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Steven Matz, LHP

When and Where: 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. The game is on SNY.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: LHP Steven Matz (3-1, 3.86 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings in his most recent start, surrendering seven hits while striking out four against the Giants. Since his first outing of the season, Matz has allowed just two earned runs in 19 1/3 innings.

Who's Pitching for the Braves: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27 ERA) lasted five innings in his last start, giving up two earned runs off six hits while striking out four against the Red Sox. 

Tags: Steven Matz

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. (Dale Zanine)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. (Dale Zanine)

Jacob deGrom received his 2015 Wilson Defensive Pitcher of the Year award before Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

DeGrom has yet to commit an error in his 349 career innings on the field.

"Jake's a great athlete," Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday, according to MLB.com. "This guy's a college shortstop, so he's got a good set of hands on him. When you put an extra infielder on that infield, ground balls up the middle aren't just base hits, it changes the way you win games."

This season, deGrom's Mets have made the third-fewest errors in the National League.

"It means a lot," Collins said. "We preach about being athletic on the mound. ... In Spring Training, there's a lot of pitchers fielding practice going on. And we see the benefits of it. I think all of our pitchers can catch the ball up the middle."

Tags: Jacob deGrom

David Lennon: "Time to hang up the cape and cowl. Garage the Batmobile. For now, the Dark Knight days are over for Matt Harvey. A better nickname, if we're staying on comic-theme here, would be the Riddler." Read more in Newsday.



Andrew Beaton: "Before they take the field on any given day, the Mets might look less like a major league ballclub and more like a bunch of regular guys getting ready for a twilight softball game. This is in part because they have players both old and young, who come in many shapes and sizes. But it's also because many Mets actually are softball players before games-at least, they are while they're tossing a softball around instead of a baseball during warm-ups." Read more in the Wall Street Journal.

Curtis Granderson, on bullying: "It's tough. There are going to people who don't like you, plain and simple. But, there will be a lot of people that do like you, and that's the thing we have to focus on and care about what they think." Watch more here...


Atlanta Braves RHP Matt Wisler tossed eight scoreless innings for a 3-0 win against the Mets at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

"I know where they are, and I know they're struggling as a team, but the kid pitched pretty good tonight, and you're going to run into that," said Terry Collins, whose team did not get a hit until the fifth inning.

The Mets managed just one hit in the game, an Asdrubal Cabrera single. 

"Tonight was just one of those nights," catcher Kevin Plawecki said. "We had a lot of balls hit hard and hit them right to guys."

Wisler, 23, is 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA in six appearances (five starts) this season.

"It was a good team effort," Wisler said. "I think I was a little more effectively wild tonight. I wasn't locating as well as I probably could have. I felt good on the mound, and my defense made some great plays for me when I needed it."


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Wisler is a nice pitcher. In fact, he physically looks like someone who would have been part of their mid-'90s staff. He isn't dominant, but he has shown signs this season that he has the potential to develop into a No. 2 or 3 starter. The problem is the Mets make him look like an ace. In four starts against the Mets, he has a 1.55 ERA. He needed 106 pitches to get through them last night because the Mets were working counts and putting the ball in play. Unfortunately, they were hitting right at Atlanta's fielders. For instance, they put four balls on the ground, but two were turned for double plays. They hit the ball hard in the air, but right in their gloves. I watched the MLB.com FastCast this morning and it looks like the Mets are taking batting practice. Contact, contact, contact, but nothing to show for it. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves

 (AP)
(AP)

Matt Harvey allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Braves, 3-0, at Citi Field >> Read more



Harvey, who has been sick, received fluids before his start >> Read more

Travis d'Arnaud is resting in Port St. Lucie as he recovers from a rotator cuff strain >> Read more

The Mets have to either activate LH reliever Josh Edgin by Sunday or option him to Triple-A Las Vegas >> Read more

The Mets won't watch free agent RHP Tim Lincecum during his showcase >> Read more


What's on tap for Wednesday, May 4

Steven Matz (3.86 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets wrap up their three-game series with the Braves and Jhoulys Chacin (3.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



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Tags: Josh Edgin , Matt Harvey , Travis d'Arnaud

New York Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera runs to first as Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks on during the third inning of a spring training baseball game at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera runs to first as Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski looks on during the third inning of a spring training baseball game at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Dilson Herrera returned to the lineup after dealing with back pain. He went 4-for-6 with a triple, two home runs, four runs scored and five RBI. Sean Gilmartin allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out three in five innings. T.J. Rivera and Travis Taijeron also hit home runs for the 51s >> Read more

Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Niuman Romero drove in five runs, Dominic Smith added four RBI and Andrew Barbosa picked up his first win >> Read more

Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Bradenton starter Alex McRae held the Mets to one run on seven hits over six innings >> Read more


Post Game Extra: 05/03/16 00:03:35
Asdrubal Cabrera had the lone Mets hit and the struggles of Matt Harvey continued in a 3-0 loss to the Braves.

Matt Harvey had another uneven performance and the Braves' pitching blanked the Mets, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • New York could not figure out Atlanta right-hander Matt Wisler, who pitched eight innings of one-hit ball to win his first start of the year.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera had the only hit for the Mets, a one-out single in the fifth.
  • Harvey struggled with consistency yet again, allowing three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings against one of the weakest offenses in the league. After pitching four scoreless innings, he allowed Mallex Smith's first career home run in the fifth inning and then two more runs in the sixth. He walked two, struck out four and also threw two wild pitches.
  • Harvey has struck out more than four batters just once through his first six starts. After scoring four times and hitting three home runs in the bottom of the first on Monday,
  • the Mets have been held scoreless for 16 consecutive innings and have scored in just two of their last 27 frames.

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And yet again, Harvey looked good the first three or four innings he pitched. And then, late in the game, as guys got on, he fell apart. This has been his story all season. It's been a month now, it's been several starts, it's no longer a small sample size. It's an issue and it needs to be fixed... As for the offense, I don't know what to think. The fact is, the Mets hit the ball hard, often right at people. They're allowed a night to stumble, even against the Braves. They're not going to hit multiple home runs every game. So, I'll let it slide, chalk it up to bad luck, a bad match up, a bad night, whatever, and move on. I just don't want to see it again Wednesday afternoon...

Quotes

  • Harvey on his struggles: "I'm giving up more hits, more runs, more everything than I ever have… "I think there's just a lot of things going on. Right now, I'm not feeling good with my mechanics, not feeling good throwing the ball. It's frustrating. I think I've said it before: I'm the one who's most frustrated here about what's going on. It's been a frustrating start, but we have a long way to go."
  • Terry Collins on Harvey: "As it gets a little nicer and a little bit warmer, maybe we'll kind of make a determination if the arm strength is going to come back or if it's going to be one of those years where due to all the innings last year that we're going to see the effects of it."
  • Collins on the quiet bats: "I thought we hit some balls pretty good. But that's part of the game. Once in a while, people are standing in the right spots… "The kid pitched pretty good tonight, and you're going to run into that."
  • Kevin Plawecki on the loss: "That's kind of the way the game goes sometimes. Tonight was just one of those nights. We had a lot of balls hit hard and hit them right to guys."

News and notes…

  • The Mets were shut out for the second time this season.
  • They dropped to 2-6 when the opposition scores first.
  • New York is now 4-1 against Atlanta this year.
  • The opposition is hitting .311 against Harvey this season, 46th among qualifying National League starters.
  • Despite the loss, the Mets are 6-2 on their homestand and have won 14 of their last 18 overall.

What's next

The Mets (16-9) and the Braves (7-19) will meet in the rubber game of the three-game series on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Steven Matz (3-1, 3.86 ERA) will take the hill against Braves right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (1-1, 3.27 ERA).

Tags: Matt Harvey

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Matt Harvey will get intravenous fluids before his start tonight against the Braves, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Harvey (2-3, 4.76 ERA) was not feeling well Monday night, but is feeling better enough to pitch.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Matt Harvey will take the mound as the Mets look to win the second game of their series against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field at 7 p.m.

Follow the game live here...

Braves Mets
Nick Markakis, RF Curtis Granderson, RF
Adonis Garcia, LF David Wright, 3B
Freddie Freeman, 1B Michael Conforto, LF
Kelly Johnson, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, CF
A.J. Pierzynski, C Lucas Duda, 1B
Reid Brignac, 3B Neil Walker, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Matt Wisler, RHP Kevin Plawecki, C
Mallex Smith, CF Matt Harvey, RHP

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 4.76). He has won his last two starts after losing four straight decisions dating back to the 2015 season. He is 2-2 with a 2.92 ERA in four career starts against the Braves.

Who's Pitching for the Braves: RHP Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26). He made his MLB debut against the Mets on June 19, 2015, allowing six hits and one run in eight innings - en route to a 2-1 mark and 2.14 ERA in three 2015 starts against New York.



New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) crosses the plate on his solo home run to right during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) crosses the plate on his solo home run to right during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

(AP) -- The New York Mets' first-inning outburst reinforced their recent dominance over the Atlanta Braves while accentuating this season's power disparity between the two.

The Mets hope to stretch their home run differential over baseball's worst team on Tuesday night when they go for their fifth straight win over the visiting Braves.

New York (16-8) failed to homer for just the second time in a dozen games in Sunday's 6-1 loss to San Francisco, ending an eight-game winning streak. The first inning of Monday's opener against Atlanta (6-19) made up for the brief power outage.

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda all went deep in a span of 16 pitches, and Bartolo Colon held down the light-hitting Braves for a 4-1 win - New York's ninth in 11 games in this series.

"I definitely think we are pretty hot right now," Cespedes told MLB's official website through an interpreter. "But I think we really have the potential in this lineup to be hitting those kind of home runs throughout the whole season."

The homers, which were part of five straight hits that included Michael Conforto's single and a double from Asdrubal Cabrera, moved the Mets' total to 36. It was the first time they have hit three homers in the first inning since April 13, 2006.

Absurdly, they were also more than the Braves have in their last 20 games. << Read more


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Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Stanton)
Jun 16, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum (55) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Stanton)

The Mets are not among the teams planning to watch free-agent RH pitcher Tim Lincecum throw Friday, a club source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

MLB reporter Jon Heyman has said up to 20 teams might be in attendance to watch the two-time Cy Young award winner workout in Scottsdale, Ariz. later this week.

Lincecum is reportedly nearing a full recovery from September hip surgery, but so far throwing just a 90-91 mph fastball.

He was 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA in 15 starts last season for the Giants.

The Padres, A's, Giants, Pirates, Tigers and Orioles are among teams reportedly attending Lincecum's workout.


Wright's solo home run 00:00:50
David Wright started the Mets' four-run first inning with a solo shot.

David Wright was 2-for-3 with a home run on Monday night against the Braves.

Wright has reached base in nine of his last 14 plate appearances, and he's 5-for-10 during his last three games.

According to NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan, recently Wright and hitting coach Kevin Long got rid of the big leg kick Wright was using in his batting stance this year. Instead, Wright is now using a more subtle, quick turn with his front leg and foot, which he doesn't lift at all.

"You go through a rough stretch and as a competitor you want to say, 'It can't be me. It's got to be my mechanics. It's got to be my timing,' so you are looking to constantly make adjustments," Wright told Kernan.

"I was tinkering with the leg kick and it got to the point where I felt my timing was off a little bit, so I'm trying to break it down and get back to the basics, get your foot down and try to see the ball as long as possible. Kevin and I talked about it and this is what I always go back to. Until I go 0-for-8, then I'll be leg kicking again.''

Wright is batting .266 with a .383 OBP, three home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, and has played in 20 of the team's 24 games this season.

Tags: David Wright

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GEICO SportsNite: BBNY 00:03:08
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses why Bartolo Colon is the perfect fifth starter.

With his 220th career win after beating the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday, 42-year-old Bartolo Colon passed Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez for second on the career wins list among Dominican-born pitchers.

"I think it's truly a great honor," Terry Collins said after the game. "Pedro, as great as he was -- to move ahead of him in wins, it shows the durability of what Bartolo's had to go through to get to this point. ... I'm amazed he goes out there every fifth day and just goes through it, and nothing seems to faze him."

Colon, who now trails Juan Marichal (243 wins) among Dominican-born pitchers, tossed eight scoreless innings, retiring 12 straight batters between the third and seventh innings.

He improved to 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in six starts this season. Colon has recorded 28 strikeouts through 31 2/3 innings.

"You know he's going to pound the strike zone," David Wright said after the game. "You know he's going to keep the opposing hitters off balance. It allows him to keep his pitch count down and pitch deep into the ballgame like he did tonight. It's nice to get on top early. It's nice to be able to allow Bartolo to set it on cruise control."


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Colon has pitched 19 seasons and made 472 starts. He's going to be 43 next week. He's truly amazing and the definition of how a pitcher must adjust and reinvent himself to keep going. Initially, he was a hard-throwing fastball guy who would have been at home with Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard. Now, 19 years later, he's a complement to them, using one pitch with multiple speeds, keeping guys off balance and trusting his defense. He pitches front to back as well as anyone in the game. At this point, as long as he's healthy, given the way he's throwing, it's realistic to think he could pitch at least another season or two.

Tags: Bartolo Colon

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes, and Lucas Duda hit first inning home runs and Bartolo Colon tossed eight shutout innings as the Mets beat the Braves, 4-1 >> Read more



Michael Conforto spoke with ESPN Radio's Rich Coutinho for the MetsBlog Q & A >> Listen here

Noah Syndergaard needs to work on preventing stolen bases >> Read more


What's on tap for Tuesday, May 3

Matt Harvey (4.76 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets continue their three-game series with the Braves and Matt Wisler (4.26 ERA, 1.07 WHIP) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



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

Video: Wright homers to put the Mets on the board

Video: Cespedes hits the Mets' second homer of the inning

Video: Duda blasts Mets' third home run of the first inning

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Tags: Bartolo Colon , David Wright , Lucas Duda , Yoenis Cespedes

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings, Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning and Travis Taijeron hit a two-run hom run >> Read more


Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Wuilmer Becerra went 3-for-4 for the second straight game and Amed Rosario, John Mora and Jonathan Johnson had two hits each >> Read more


Class A: Columbia Fireflies: Vinny Siena had Columbia's only hit and Chase Ingram allowed three runs (two earned) on two hits and three walks in two innings >> Read more


The Double-A Binghamton Mets were rained out.


Post Game Extra: 05/02/16 00:04:09
Bartolo Colon became the second-winningest Dominican born pitcher of all time, passing Pedro Martinez as the Mets topped the Braves, 4-1.

Bartolo Colon fired eight shutout innings and the New York Mets rode three first-inning home runs to their ninth win in 10 games, 4-1, over the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Colon allowed six hits over the first three innings but just one over the final five frames, retiring 16 of the last 17 batters he faced. He allowed seven hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter enr oute to his 220th career win, second-most all-time by a Dominican-born pitcher.
  • Colon improved to 9-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 12 career starts against Atlanta.
  • David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda homered in the first inning to account for all of the Mets' runs. It was the first time New York homered three times in the opening frame since 2006, and the fourth time in franchise history.
  • Cespedes' and Duda's homers represented the fifth time New York has hit back-to-back home runs this season.
  • Wright went 2 for 3 and has reached base safely via a hit or walk in 10 of his last 14 plate appearances.
  • Jeurys Familia closed the game out in the ninth, allowing two hits and a run.

Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com

No better opportunity to start a new winning streak than the increasingly hapless (not to mention powerless and winless) Braves arriving in Flushing. The Mets picked up where they left off at the end of their sweep at Turner Field, outplaying them in every aspect of the game. Colon dispatched wild Braves hitters like gnats, painting the corners masterfully for eight stellar innings. He was in top form, darting around the field like a cat on defensive plays and rocketing a line drive at the plate. (It was a foul ball, but still.) He looked primed for the complete game, throwing fewer than 100 pitches, but manager Terry Collins decided to play it conservatively and brought in Familia despite it not being a save situation and having pitched two days earlier. It was a head scratcher, but you can't argue with results, and the result was a solid win with two more opportunities to feast on the remains of the Braves still to come.


Quotes

  • Colon on passing Pedro Martinez in career wins: "I'm very excited and really happy about it, and it's pretty neat to pass Pedro. He's always going to be one of the big ones for us regardless."
  • Terry Collins on Colon: "It shows the durability Bartolo's had to go through to get to this point. I think he should be very proud of the fact that he accomplished what he did tonight."
  • Wright on Colon and the four-run first inning: "To get four in the first and let Bartolo do his thing was nice. Bartolo with the lead, you know he's going to pound the strike zone and keep the opposing hitters off balance and it allows him to keep his pitch count down and pitch deep into the game like he did."
  • Cespedes on his home run: "I wasn't surprised he threw a fastball. Teams think I can't hit it, but I'll keep proving them wrong."

News and notes…

  • New York is 9-2 in its last 11 games against the Braves, including 4-0 so far this season.
  • The Mets have outscored their opponents 21-3 in the first inning of games in 2016 and are 14-3 when scoring first.
  • Colon became the first Mets starter this season to complete seven innings.
  • Cespedes' home run was his 25th as a Met and it came in his 77th game, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach that mark. Carlos Delgado held the previous record of 88 games (2006). His 25 RBIs are tied for the most in the majors with the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and the Rockies' Nolan Arenado.
  • The Mets' pitching staff has allowed the fewest home runs (11) in baseball and has the fourth-lowest ERA (2.83).

What's next…

The Mets (16-8) will go for their sixth straight series win when they face the Braves (6-19) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Matt Harvey (2-3, 4.76 ERA) takes the ball looking for his third consecutive victory after opening the year with three straight losses. Atlanta will send right-hander Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.26 ERA) to the mound.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , David Wright , Jeurys Familia , Lucas Duda , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates his three run home run during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets open a three-game series against the Braves Monday night at Citi Field.

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Braves Mets
Nick Markakis, RF Curtis Granderson, RF
Daniel Castro, 3B David Wright, 3B
Freddie Freeman, 1B Michael Conforto, LF
Adonis Garcia, LF Yoenis Cespedes, CF
A.J. Pierzynski, C Lucas Duda, 1B
Reid Brignac, 2B Neil Walker, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Mike Foltynewicz, P Kevin Plawecki, C
Mallex Smith, CF Bartolo Colon, P

 

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) will once again attempt to pass Pedro Martinez to become second all-time in wins among Domincan-born pitchers. Colon pitched five innings and surrendered three earned runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in his last start against the Reds.

Who's Pitching for the Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz will make his season debut on Monday. Foltynewicz posted a 2.05 ERA in four starts at Triple A-Gwinnett this season. Last year, the right hander went 4-6 with a 5.71 ERA for the Braves in 18 appearances, including 15 starts. 

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Michael Conforto (AP)
Michael Conforto (AP)

Earlier this week at Citi Field, ESPN Radio's Rich Coutinho talked with Mets OF Michael Conforto, who had the following to say about...

1) The impact last season has had on his early-season success in 2016...

Michael Conforto: "It's been huge to come into this year knowing how things work, being familiar with the ballpark, being familiar with the coaching staff and my teammates, as well. ... I was here for all the craziness with the trade deadline and everything that happened last year, the playoff race, the playoffs as well and then the world series -- having all that experience creates that level of comfortability, and allows me to relax and play my game."


2) Mike Piazza and Keith Hernandez praising him in public...

Michael Conforto: "It's incredible, they're guys that I grew up watching. With Mike, he's someone that I definitely look up to and I want to be like. It's really cool for me to hear something that you always want to hear as a young player. It's very exciting. It's motivation to live up to those, I don't want to say expectations, but those awesome words that those guys have said about me. It's motivation to work hard, and try to keep it up and live up to it.



3) Poise, and where he learned to be so calm and professional...

Michael Conforto: "I think the poise comes from a lot of years of great coaches, people telling me to not let anything bother you and staying on an even keel. That's what really allows you to be successful on a consistent basis. I'm not going to be hitting .400. That's not realistic for me to do that all year. Knowing that, being aware that there's going to be some tough times coming, I think it allows you to prepare for it. Through those times you grind, and you do what you can to be productive. Then you get back to the approach that was working for you during this hot stretch. I think the poise comes from, obviously, I think, it runs in my family, absolutely, but a lot of coaching and great role models through the years."


4) The team's overall approach to offense, and taking advantage of the other team's mistakes...

Michael Conforto: "It's incredible. I think I've said before, the quality of at-bats that we've put in, we had a little bit of a slow start to start the season, I think that's fair to say, but I think if you look back at it and we were driving pitch counts up, we were doing a lot of things that were good, we just couldn't get that big hit. I think now you're seeing the hard work paying off. Now we're hitting our stride, but as far as taking extra bags, grinding out at-bats, getting the walk after a six, seven pitch at-bat, I think those things are ... It's a process and we're all having a good time. We love playing together. I think those things tend to happen when you're having a good time and excited to play with each other."


To followi Coutinho on Twitter, click here, and listen to ESPN 98.7 FM to catch his on-air reports.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

(AP) -- The New York Mets had their eight-game win streak snapped while Michael Conforto was finally held in check.

The Mets and Conforto will try to start new streaks Monday night at home when Bartolo Colon faces the Atlanta Braves to open a three-game series.

New York (15-8) fell 6-1 to Madison Bumgarner and San Francisco at home Sunday to end its streak. The lefty-swinging Conforto went 0 for 5 with three at-bats against Bumgarner and another against a southpaw.

The outfielder had hit safely in every game of the streak, going 15 for 31 with 10 RBIs, but he is just 3 for 16 off lefties while batting .381 against right-handers. Manager Terry Collins isn't sure he wants to start him too many times versus southpaws.

"It all depends on what the situations are," Collins said. "If he shows us that he can start doing some damage against lefties, he'll get some playing time."

That won't be an issue in this series since Atlanta (6-18) is starting three right-handers. >> Read more


David Wright: "He does what he always does, keeps hitters off balance, works in and out, throws from that funky slot that you're not really accustomed to. He did a nice job changing speeds, keeping us off balance and not allowing us to hit a lot of balls hard." Read more about Bumbarner's success at Citi Field in the NY Post...



John Harper: "The biggest mistake the Mets could make is messing with Noah Syndergaard's head here, even now that it's clear every team he faces is going to lace up the track shoes and try to steal their way to a win." Read more in the Daily News...

Terry Collins: "I think when you get in these stretches, we've got some left-handed pitching coming up on this road trip ahead and Flores is going to play, Lagares is going to play and it's important to keep them as sharp as you possibly can. We've got a bunch of lefties coming up and we'll just have to pick and choose our spots." Read more about TC's righty brigade at the NY Post...

Cut 4: "Syndergaard is already something of a legend in the NY area, and he has one admirer who popped on to the national radar recently: five-year-old Ashtin G." Read and see more at MLB.com...


May 1, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) wait during a challenge call by San Francisco during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 1, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; San Francisco Giants right fielder Hunter Pence (8) and New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) wait during a challenge call by San Francisco during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

In his last two games, the opposition has stolen eight bases against Noah Syndergaard, who let up four funs and five hits in a loss to the Giants on Sunday.

In 27 attempts the last two seasons, base runners have a 92.8 percent success rate when trying to steal against Syndergaard.

"We felt this would be a game that we could take some risks and steal some bases," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, whose team entered the day having stolen just seven bases all season.

Syndergaard's catcher, Kevin Plawecki, is 0-for-5 throwing out runners when Syndergaard is on the mound. However, he is 5-for-8 when catching the rest of the pitching staff.

"I'm just getting too slow and lethargic out there," Syndergaard explained, when asked about the issue. "I'm trying to get back to where I was ... getting in a nice rhythm, getting quick toward home plate. Ultimately, that will fix itself."

Syndergaard said pitching coach Dan Warthen and teammate Jacob deGrom have been trying to help him to be quicker with his delivery. Similarly, Terry Collins has encouraged Syndergaard to use a slide-step, which Syndergaard said he doesn't feel he needs.

"It might have bothered him a little bit, trying to think he's got to speed up," Collins said. "But for me, you've got to make pitches. If you start taking things away and you don't make pitches, you're going to get beat."


Matthew Cerrone | SnapchatFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me The actual stolen base isn't the issue, which is why the catcher is less the focus here. Instead, the issue is that the whole situation is in his head, it's taking him out of his rhythm and routine and making him feel less dominant. It's the tinkering with the delivery, and running the risk that it impacts his delivery and further complicates whatever it is that is going on between his ears.

Instead of just going out there, humming 100 mph fastballs and 93 mph sliders past people, he's thinking about this nonsense, which is exactly what Bochy and every other player and manager is going to try to do to him. "It's open season on Syndergaard," as Joel Sherman said in the NY Post. And, hopefully, the Mets can figure out how to fight back, or ignore it, and get Noah back where he was...


To read more about Syndergaard, check out articles on ESPN NY, the NY Post, Daily News, NY Times, Wall Street JournalBergen Record and MLB.com.

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Citi Pre Game Live: Conforto 00:02:34
SNY's Steve Gelbs talks about Mets outfielder Michael Conforto and his hot bat this season.

Yesterday at Citi Field, 23-year-old Mets OF Michael Conforto was hitless against Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner.

It was just the third start of his career against a left-handed pitcher.

Conforto finished the day 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

In six starts this season, Bumgarner has a 3.03 ERA and 1.37 WHIP, while striking out 45 batters in 35 2/3 innings.

"He's tough," Conforto said of Bumgarner. "He's got that angle going, and he's got that competitive edge. He's a fiery guy. That being said, I had opportunities. I had good pitches to hit, just missed them. Just wasn't the best day at the plate for me today, but I'm excited to come out tomorrow."

In 26 at bats against left-handed pitchers during his big-league career, Conforto is hitting just .200, despite hitting .333 against them in the minor leagues.

"It's no secret, he's not very fun for a left-handed hitter," Terry Collins said after the game. "He throws across his body so much and then he comes from a different angle and the ball is coming in from behind you. It's a tough at-bat. I think he was okay. I really did. I thought he swung the bat fine. And I'm glad he faced him because when it comes crunch time, it might be a guy he's going to have to face again."

Conforto admitted he was disappointed with the results, but nevertheless appreciated that his manager had faith in him enough to start him against Bumgarner.

"It's a good feeling," Conforto said. "I was happy to have the opportunity. Definitely wanted to be out there against Bumgarner. As a competitor, you want to be out there against the best guys, and he's a guy that I definitely wanted to see how I matched up. I think today he got the best of me, and obviously that didn't sit well with me. Just motivation to tighten some things up and just go get them tomorrow."


To read more about Conforto's rough day, check out reporters in the NY Post, NewsdayNJ.com and MLB.com.

Tags: Michael Conforto

 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets took two of three games from the Giants, but had their eight-game winning streak snapped on Sunday >> Read more

The Mets set a team record on Friday by scoring 12 runs in an inning >> Read more

The sky is the limit for Michael Conforto >> Read more

Terry Collins discussed playing Conforto against left-handers and the performance of the bullpen >> Read more



What's on tap for Monday, May 2

Bartolo Colon (3.42 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open up a three-game series with the Braves and Mike Foltynewicz (0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP) at Citi Field on Monday 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!

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