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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.

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).

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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)

Travis d'Arnaud is still resting and not doing any baseball activity in Port St. Lucie, Terry Collins said on Tuesday.

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. "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.

In the five games since d'Arnaud has been on the disabled list, Kevin Plawecki has started all five games, while hitting .200 with a.368 OBP and no extra base hits. 


Matthew Cerrone

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

Mets LH reliever Josh Edgin tossed a scoreless inning during a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Monday.

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.

Edgin had Tommy John surgery in early 2014.

In five innings during his current rehab, he has allowed one run, two hits and struck out seven batters.


Matthew Cerrone | SnapchatFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me

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.

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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.

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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."


Matthew Cerrone | SnapchatFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | About Me

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.

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 (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

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

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.

Tags: Michael Conforto

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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

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

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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!

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

Tags: Michael Conforto

Mar 14, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Mar 14, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) throws during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s: Duane Below allowed four runs in 5.1 innings, reliever Stolmy Pimentel allowed six runs in 2.1 innings and T.J. Rivera hit a solo home run >> Read more


Double-A: Binghamton Mets: Robert Gsellman tossed five innings and Jared King earned his first RBI of the season >> Read more


Class A Advanced: St. Lucie Mets: Casey Delgado allowed three runs in six innings and Kevin Taylor went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI >> Read more


Class A: Columbia Fireflies: Enmanuel Zabala doubled and scored twice, Joe Shaw allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks in five innings and Dash Winningham had an RBI single >> Read more


Post Game Extra: 5/1/16 00:02:46
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Madison Bumgarner pitched six shutout innings in a highly-anticipated matchup with Noah Syndergaard as San Francisco snapped the Mets' eight-game winning streak with a 6-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv.

In case you missed it. . .

  • Syndergaard allowed a season-high four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He allowed three runs in the fourth inning, capped by a two-run homer from Hunter Pence. 
  • Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Mets loaded the bases against Bumgarner, but pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera struck out looking to end the threat. 
  • Juan Lagares, David Wright and Neil Walker all had two hits for the Mets, who mustered just one run despite collecting 10 hits. They left 12 men on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Wright drove in the only run with an RBI single in the seventh after Lagares' double. 
  • One day after seeing his club-record streak of nine straight games with an extra-base hit end, Yoenis Cespedes started another with a double in the third inning. 
  • Michael Conforto went 0-for-5 and had his streak of reaching base safely snapped at 17 consecutive games. 

Video: Wilmer Flores turns inning-ending double play

Quotes

  • Syndergaard on his start: "It was just kind of a disappointing start. My last two starts, I haven't felt very comfortable on the mound."
  • Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "Well he was alright ... he threw the ball fine. I thought at the end, his velocity was down a little bit, but he'll bounce back."
  • Collins on Syndergaard holding baserunners: "We need to do a better job of holding baserunners at first base for these guys. We can't be that deliberate or that slow to the plate … We've got to get him using a little shorter slide step."
  • Collins on the Mets' performance against lefties: "It's tough [to make an assessment] and the ones we have faced are pretty good. But we have some coming up this week that we have to get ready for…but some of these guys, we've got to do some big damage."

News and notes

  • Despite the loss, New York won its fifth consecutive series. They are 13-3 since starting the season 2-5. 
  • The Mets won their first series against the Giants at Citi Field since 2010. 
  • Walker has multiple hit games in four of his last six contests. He's hitting .409 with seven runs scored, six extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in his last 11 games. 
  • Syndergaard's streak of eight straight starts with eight or more strikeouts ended on Sunday.

Video: David Wright puts the Mets on the board

Rich Coutinho:  The talk surrounding this one in the Met clubhouse was the running game against Noah Syndergaard and how to deal with it going forward. My impression is the slide step could be detrimental if it diminishes his stuff.

To me, the first thing you try is have Noah hold the ball longer on the mound so runners get confused as to when he is actually releasing the ball. In addition, use the pitchout some giving Kevin Plawecki a clear shot at the runner. It is my strong belief that these two things should be used before any slide step is utilized. I lived through this covering Doc Gooden and the last thing you want is a running game minimizing the effectiveness of a fire-balling pitcher. It hurt Doc in that his focus was more on the runner than the hitter and that is the last thing you want with a talented hurler like Noah.

As for the game, the Mets were due to lose, and let's face it -- they were going up against a pitcher who has championship pedigree. The big thing I took out of this weekend is this team the Mets were facing is one many believe could be a playoff opponent come October and the Mets took two of three at home. That is what winning teams do on a consistent basis against quality teams.

At 15-8, the Mets are seven games over 500 just 23 games into the season and that is the type of start they wanted. Look for the Mets to utilize their bench more as their next off day off is 2 weeks away. Wilmer Flores, Alejandro DeAza, and Juan Lagares will get playing time and that will help them stay sharp while giving some of the regulars a day off. In the long run, it will keep everyone refreshed in the marathon known as a baseball season. To follow Rich on Twitter, click here.


What's next ...

The Mets (15-8) welcome the Braves (6-18) to Citi Field for a three-game set beginning Monday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. Bartolo Colon (1-1, 3.42 ERA) makes his sixth start of the year for New York. Atlanta counters with righthander Mike Foltynewicz (0-0, 0.00 ERA).


Terry Collins is keeping Michael Conforto in the lineup Sunday against lefthander Madison Bumgarner. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Terry Collins is keeping Michael Conforto in the lineup Sunday against lefthander Madison Bumgarner. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

Here's what Terry Collins told the media before Sunday's series finale against the Giants:

  • On keeping Michael Conforto in the lineup Sunday against Madison Bumgarner: "We talked (about it) last night when game was over. Know it's a tough assignment but he's just swinging too good."
  • Conforto hitting with runners on: "Good hitters, if they stay with what they do normally will drive in runs. I don't know if you can teach it. I spent a lot of time talking to Tony Perez. When runners are in scoring position there's a different mindset. (Perez would work) the middle of field and take my chances. (Conforto) has that trait. You just think "I'm driving this run in, rather than 'I hope.' "
  • On Asdrubal Cabrera, who today is out of the lineup for first time this season: "I had people tell me shortstop could be tough for him. Proved wrong. He is legit a very good shortstop, (even if) he doesn't have the range of (Andrelton) Simmons "
  • On the 2-1 victory over the Marlins on April 13 that ended a four-game losing streak and was the start of a run in which the Mets have won 12 of 14: "You guys interpret things different. Wasn't a must win. It was "Here is an opportunity'. We had a rough start. Let's win a game when we have a chance. In this market, drama is exciting here. We were going on the road. I knew we were going to play well."
  • On the bullpen's recent performance: "Nobody has surprised us. I think we have good arms. Yesterday was a good situation. Pitched Addison (Reed) quite a bit. But I think the back end was given the rest they need so they can stay sharp. Yesterday, we knew (Jacob deGrom) would be limited in pitch count. Once we have the starers go longer, the matchups become easier."

Michael Conforto remains in the Mets lineup Sunday against lefthander Madison Bumgarner. (Brad Penner)
Michael Conforto remains in the Mets lineup Sunday against lefthander Madison Bumgarner. (Brad Penner)

Weather permitting, the Mets go for their ninth consecutive win Sunday afternoon against the Giants. 

Follow the game live

Giants Mets
Denard Span, CF Juan Lagares, RF
Angel Pagan, LF David Wright, 3B
Matt Duffy, 3B Michael Conforto, LF
Buster Posey, C Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B Neil Walker, 2B
Hunter Pence, RF Wilmer Flores, SS
Brandon Crawford, SS Kevin Plawecki, C
Kelby Tomlinson, 2B Eric Campbell, 1B
Madison Bumgarner, P Noah Syndergaard, P

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69 ERA) has not allowed a home run in 26 2/3 innings while striking out 38, matching Pedro Martinez's 2005 mark for most by a Mets pitcher in his first four starts.  In his lone start against the Giants last season, he gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings while striking out a career-low two while the Giants' Chris Heston was pitching a two-hitter..

Who's Pitching for the Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64)  held the Padres to six hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out a season-high nine Monday to help the Giants end a three-game losing streak. He didn't face the Mets last season,  but held them to four runs over 29 innings spanning four starts the previous three seasons. The lefty struck out 29 in the last three meetings, capped by a 10-strikeout two-hitter in August 2014 that moved his ERA at Citi Field to 0.78. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom

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Conforto homers to extend lead 00:01:08
Michael Conforto hits a solo shot to right field, extending the Mets' lead to 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday at Citi Field.

Mets 23-year-old OF Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run Saturday against the Giants.

In 82 plate appearances this season, Conforto is batting .343 with a .427 OBP, 3 HR, 10 doubles and 15 RBI.

"My attitude has been with everything -- with being drafted in the first round, or getting called up to Double-A, called up here -- is to embrace those opportunities," Conforto said after the game. "You take those things as opportunities and it doesn't seem like a big move. It's more exciting. It's more exciting than nerve-racking or anything like that. To be excited about it, it's a good thing. It's a positive thing and that's where I wanted to be. I really had no nerves about it. It just felt like a step in the right direction, and it felt very good."

In the 14 games he's been batting third, Conforto is hitting .407 with nine doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI.



"There are some guys who are just outstanding players," Terry Collins later explained. "I don't care what level you put them at, they adjust and they adjust fast. This kid has done that. If you were around him last year and you saw the way he handled all the situations he was put in and the way the veteran players dealt with him, you'd be pretty impressed by him. He's going to be a force. We all think that. He's going to get better and better. That's why we've got him where we've got him and we're not afraid to put him there on a good team with big expectations."

Conforto currently has an eight-game hitting streak, which includes a double in six straight games. He has reached base safely a career-high 17 straight games.

"He is so advanced,'' Neil Walker said, according to the NY Post. "His mental preparation is that of a seasoned veteran. That is something you rarely see. ... It's fun to watch because he's doing this at 23. The sky is the limit for a guy like that. He's as humble as they come. In my opinion, he is right up there with all these talented young players."

Tags: Michael Conforto

The Mets (15-7) go for a three-game sweep of the Giants (12-13) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69) will start for the Mets against LHP Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64).



David Wright is expected back in the starting lineup a day after getting a day off Saturday.


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Well, as a fan of pitching, you really can't ask for much better than Syndergaard vs. Bumgarner. The Mets have not hit Madison well. Meanwhile, the Giants hit Noah well last season when he faced them. Of course, this season is different. Noah is different. The Mets are a better overall hitting team. And they've won eight in a row. Today will be fun...

Lastly, I'm very interested to see what Terry Collins does with Michael Conforto, who has been red hot at the plate. So far, he has benched Conforto against left-handed starting pitchers. But, at some point, this kid has to play every day, doesn't he? On the other hand, maybe part of why he's been so successful is because TC is doing a nice job of keeping Michael out of positions to fail. Personally, I say let him hit. He's handled every challenge well, and it's time to see what he can do full time. He's earned it...


Post Game Extra: Mets top Giants 00:03:59
Michael Conforto homered and drove in three runs while Wilmer Flores also connected for a solo shot as the Mets edged the Giants, 6-5.

Michael Conforto homered and drove in three runs to lead the Mets to their eighth consecutive win, 6-5, against the Giants on Saturday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv.


In case you missed it. . .

  • An unusually erratic Jacob deGrom pitched six innings and allowed three runs - all unearned - on two hits and four walks with five strikeouts to improve to 3-0. The right-hander had walked four batters in his last seven starts combined (39 2/3 innings) dating to Sept. 4. 
  • A two-out error by third baseman Wilmer Flores opened the door for three unearned Giants runs in the third. DeGrom walked two in the inning, including Brandon Belt with the bases loaded.
  • Conforto fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He tied Joe Christopher's club record by hitting a double in his sixth consecutive game and extended his streak of reaching safely to 17 straight. Conforto is hitting .407 with 14 runs scored, nine doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs in his last 14 games. 
  • Neil Walker had a two-run single in the first for the Mets. 
  • Flores' home run in the sixth was his first at Citi Field since his walk-off blast against the Nationals last July 31. It was also his first RBI dating back to last Sept. 8, a span of 65 plate appearances. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-4, snapping his streak of games with an extra-base hit at nine. 
  • Rene Rivera made his Mets debut at catcher on Saturday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. 
  • Jerry Blevins retired Andres Blanco with two on and two out in the eighth after the Giants had rallied to cut the deficit to one. 
  • Jeurys Familia collected his eighth save and the 57th of his career, tying him with Braden Looper for 10th on the Mets' all-time list. 

Video: Conforto hits a two-run double to left field


Quotes

  • Terry Collins on Conforto: "He's a good player. He's gonna be a real, real good player…he looks great at the plate…There are some guys who are just outstanding players, I don't care what level you put them at…He's going to be a force and he'll only get better and better."
  • Collins on the Mets' first month: "It was time to get back to playing baseball. It was time to get away from the hoopla. It was time to get away from 2015 and start concentrating on 2016…we got on the road, started playing well and it's just carried over."
  • Conforto on his hot stretch: "Well it's a lot of fun. First and foremost, I'm happy to help the team win…it's been a lot of fun."
  • DeGrom on his start: "There were times I felt good out there, times I didn't. I struggled with my command a little bit…It's nice pitching when you've got a lead. You can go right after guys."
  • DeGrom on the Mets' hot start: "We were all excited to get the year started. Our goal's the same, win the World Series. To have a good start is a big part of that."

Video: Michael Conforto smacks a solo home run to right


News and notes

  • The Mets finished the first month 15-7, the third straight season they have won 15 games in April. 
  • New York scored twice in the first inning on Saturday and have outscored opponents 17-3 in the opening frame. 
  • The Mets' 33 home runs in April tied the club record set in 2006. 
  • DeGrom improved to 13-2 and lowered his ERA to 1.25 in 21 career daytime starts. He also owns a 1.79 ERA in 27 career starts at Citi Field. 
  • Since starting the season 2-5, the Mets are 13-2 and have won eight straight games overall.

Video: Wilmer Flores hits his first home run of the season


What's next. . . 

The Mets (15-7) go for a three-game sweep of the Giants (12-13) Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. It's a marquee pitching matchup as Giants lefthander Madison Bumgarner (2-2, 3.64) meets Mets righty Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69)


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)

The Mets and Giants continue their three-game series on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. 

Follow the game live here...

Giants Mets
Denard Span, CF Curtis Granderson, RF
Angel Pagan, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Matt Duffy, 3B Michael Conforto, LF
Buster Posey, C Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Brandon Belt, 1B Lucas Duda, 1B
Hunter Pence, RF Neil Walker, 2B
Brandon Crawford, SS Wilmer Flores, 3B
Kelby Tomlinson, 2B Rene Rivera, C
Matt Cain, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP

When and Where: 4:05 p.m. ET on SNY from Citi Field. 

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) has won his first two starts of the season, allowing just two runs in 11 2/3 innings of work. In nine career starts during the day at Citi Field, deGrom is 4-1 with a 0.93 ERA. 

Who's Pitching for the Giants: RHP Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA) allowed four runs on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings during his last outing against the Marlins. He has been charged with at least three earned runs in each of his previous three starts. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom

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

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



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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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

In case you missed it

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Quotes

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

News and notes

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

What's next? 

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

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

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

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

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

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

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


Tags: Steven Matz

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


The Amazin' Life: Syndergaard 00:01:58
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1) Marc Carig: "When the Mets set out to upgrade the middle of their infield this past winter, their priorities were clear. They sought offensive production and steady defense, a combination that for years had proved elusive. But in shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker, the Mets finally may have found a fitting tandem." Read more in Newsday...


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



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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto

 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

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

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

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

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



What's on tap for Friday, April 29

Steven Matz (5.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) gets the start as the Mets open up a three-game series with the Giants and Jake Peavy (6.86 ERA, 1.76 WHIP) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



For every Mets home run hit at Citi Field® this season, Citi will show their appreciation to No Kid Hungry with a $2,000 donation to help fight childhood hunger. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals. This season, you'll have a chance to track every Mets home run hit at Citi Field and how many meals that represents, so stay tuned, and lets' go Mets!

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Tags: David Wright , Matt Harvey , Michael Conforto

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

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

He is eligible to return on July 29.

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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


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

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

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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