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

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

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

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

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

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


Tags: Matt Harvey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


Apr 10, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 10, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) reacts after giving up a two run home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

Tags: Matt Harvey

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

Wilmer Flores is playing first base and batting second for the Binghamton Mets on Tuesday. 

Flores was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 12 after dealing with a strained left hamstring. He is eligible to be activated from the DL on Friday.

Upon his return to the Mets, Flores is expected to see increased playing time at first base in the wake of Lucas Duda's placement on the DL.

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

 

 

Tags: Wilmer Flores


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

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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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


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



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

Tags: Kelly Johnson , Lucas Duda

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

Thanks to new technology, we can see the exit velocity of a ball off the bat of every player.

Here are the five hardest hit baseballs off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes that landed for hits:

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

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


Tags: Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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



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

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

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

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


Video: Lucas Duda injured and Mets looking at their options


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

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



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

I'll explore external options later today...

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud

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

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

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

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

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


Video: Yoenis Cespedes crushes solo home run in the fifth


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

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

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

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bartolo Colon

 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

What's on tap for Tuesday, May 24

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



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

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

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

Video: Yoenis Cespedes crushes solo home run in the fifth

In case you missed it…

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

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

Quotes…

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

News and notes…

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

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

What's next…

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

Tags: Bartolo Colon , David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Matt Harvey

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Zack Wheeler

 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

Follow the game live here...

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

 

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

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

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

Tags: Bartolo Colon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Tags: Lucas Duda

 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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





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

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

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

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


 (Scott Rovak)
(Scott Rovak)

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

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

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

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



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



Updates from May 23

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

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


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


Previous Reports & Reaction

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

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

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

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


Tags: Eric Campbell , Lucas Duda

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

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

Pitching matchup:

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

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

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

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



This post was originally published May 20...


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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


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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

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

And that's what makes him an ace.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

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

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



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

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

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

What's on tap for Monday, May 23

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



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

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

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

Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice
Brandon Nimmo taking batting practice

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

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

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

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


New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters while throwing a season-high 109 pitches in New York's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Citi Field.

Syndergaard (5-2) won his third straight start and became the fourth pitcher in MLB history to throw at least seven innings, throw at least 10 strikeouts and not allow an earned run or a walk in consecutive starts.

"It's huge anytime we have Noah on the mound, we know we have a pretty good shot to win," David Wright said, "and he didn't disappoint."

Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Syndergaard's pitch limit would be around 115 pitches by the end of the game, and they sent the 23-year-old righthander out to the mound for the seventh inning after his pitch count reached 96 after six innings.

Syndergaard pitched into and out of trouble in the seventh, allowing back-to-back singles and a wild pitchto put runners on the corners with nobody out. Then, Rene Rivera threw out Alex Presley trying to advance to second base on a ball in the dirt for the first out. Syndergaard struck out Ramon Flores then got Aaron Hill to ground out to short to end the frame.

Video: Rene Rivera throws out Alex Presley

"He was going to go over 115 if we had to because we had to get deep in the game," Collins said. "You could tell in the last inning, the velocity was good but the late life wasn't there. But he made pitches when he had to."

Syndergaard threw 40 pitches in the first two innings, including 23 in the first inning after Wright's error eventually led to the Brewers' only run of the game. 

"I had a mishap in the first inning and it cost us a run, but he bears down," Wright said of Syndergaard. "He threw 20 [sic] pitches in the first, and to make it through seven innings after that start shows you why he's one of the best in the game right now."

Rivera said he and Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy had a conversation in the middle of the game.

"One at-bat, I went up to hit and Lucroy said, 'You got lucky. You're catching him. He's not easy to hit.'" Rivera said. "I said, 'Yeah, I know.'

"When you've got a hard thrower, as a hitter, you think fastballs," Rivera added. "With Noah, you see the curveball out of his hand breaking down, and you're kind of like frozen. And he throws the slider 92. It's not easy. It's unreal."

Tags: David Wright , Milwaukee Brewers , Noah Syndergaard

Post Game Extra: 05/22/16 00:04:21
Noah Syndergaard tossed 7 strong innings and struck out 11 batters as the Mets completed a sweep of the Brewers with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Noah Syndergaard recorded double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive start to lead the Mets to a three-game sweep of the Brewers, 3-1, on Sunday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

Video: Michael Conforto's solo homer ties the game


In case you missed it…

  • Syndergaard allowed an unearned run on six hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his third double-digit strikeout game of the season and his second straight. In his last two starts, Syndergaard has not allowed an earned run or a walk while fanning 21 in 14 innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.94 and has struck out 76 batters with only nine free passes in 60 1/3 innings.
  • Michael Conforto tied the game in the bottom of the first with his eighth home run of the season and third of the homestand. Of his eight homers this season, five have either tied the game or given the Mets the lead.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth off Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Conforto led off the frame with a walk and moved to third on Yoenis Cespedes' double. Neil Walker struck out but Cabrera drove in both for his 14th and 15th RBIs of the year.
  • Syndergaard maneuvered around trouble in the seventh after allowing consecutive singles to start the inning. With runners at the corners and nobody out, catcher Rene Rivera threw out Milwaukee's Alex Presley who attempted to take second on a pitch in the dirt. Syndergaard struck out Ramon Flores and got Aaron Hill to bounce to short for the third out.
  • Jeurys Familia saved his 15th consecutive game to start the season, the third-best mark in club history behind Armando Benitez (24 in 2001) and Francisco Rodriguez (16 in 2009).

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


Quotes…

  • Collins on Syndergaard: "At his age and with his experience, to have to ride him like that is a compliment to what he's done and what he's accomplished so far in his maturity … [Pitching coach] Dan (Warthen) and I had talked before the game. Noah was going to go, at least if we needed him to, over 115 [pitches]. He did a great job, got us through the seven. I saluted him."
  • Syndergaard on his start and maturity: "I feel like the first inning I almost felt a little too strong out there, a little bit erratic. But I was able to relax a little bit, calm down. I didn't have a great feel with my slider…But I feel like I can throw any pitch in any given count and get the result that I want … The growth that I've had in the span of one year has been night and day. I have the ability to go out there and have the confidence to throw any pitch at any given time."
  • David Wright on Syndergaard: "When I think of the elite, elite in the game not just are they dominant, but they've done it consistently for a little while now. And I think we've got guys that can be those types of pitchers … Pure stuff-wise, I'd put Noah up there against anybody. Now he just needs to pitch games, and show just how dominant he is."

What's next…

News and notes…

  • The Mets finished 4-2 on their homestand and have won 11 of their last 15 games at Citi Field.
  • The sweep was New York's third of the season and first against Milwaukee at home since 2002. They came back to win all three games after only doing so twice coming into the weekend.
  • Despite the win, the Mets' offensive struggles continued on Sunday. The club has scored just 23 runs in their last 10 games, scoring three runs or less nine times in that span.
  • Jim Henderson and Familia each pitched a scoreless frame, extending the bullpen's shutout streak to 14 1/3 innings.

Video: Rene Rivera throws out Alex Presley


Brian Mangan:  A visit from the lowly Milwaukee Brewers proved to be exactly what the doctor ordered as Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto and the Mets completed a three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.

Syndergaard provided a typical excellent start, striking out 11 and allowing only one unearned run over seven strong innings. He lowered his season ERA to 1.94, good for 6th in MLB, and his FIP to a miniscule 1.69. He also improved his K/9 rate to a whopping 11.34 per nine innings, which would be the second highest in Mets history (only after Gooden's 1984 season).

The Mets finally got a clutch hit with runners in scoring position when "professional hitter" Asdrubal Cabrera knocked a two-run single in the fourth inning to plate Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto also continued his hot hitting (.294/.368/.706 over the last seven days entering today) by clobbering a very long home run in the first inning.

>> To read more of Brian's work, check out the Read Zone.


The Mets (25-18) look to exact some revenge against the Nationals (27-17) when they travel to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75 ERA) and Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez (3-1, 1.86 ERA) reprise their meeting from last Wednesday in New York.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard goes for his fifth win Sunday against the Brewers at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)
Noah Syndergaard goes for his fifth win Sunday against the Brewers at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)

The Mets play host to the Brewers in the final game of their three-game series at Citi Field. 

Follow the game live here...

Brewers Mets
Jonathan Villar, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Scooter Gennett, 2B David Wright, 3B
Ryan Braun, LF Michael Conforto, LF
Jonathan Lucroy, C Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF Neil Walker, 2B
Hernan Perez, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Alex Presley, RF Eric Campbell, 1B
Ramon Flores, 1B Rene Rivera, C
Chase Anderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 era) will try to win his third straight start after allowing five hits and striking out 10 over seven innings in Tuesday's 2-0 home victory over Washington. He ranks among the major league leaders in strikeouts (65) and ERA.

Who's Pitching for the Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32) hopes to build on his last outing Tuesday when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander went on to snap a personal five-start losing streak, allowing two runs and three hits over 8 2/3 innings in a 4-2 home win. He went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts against the Mets last season while with Arizona.

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Milwaukee Brewers

Post Game Extra: 05/21/16 00:04:26
David Wright's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the Mets to a walk-off win over the Brewers, 5-4.

David Wright lined an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Mets over the Brewers, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

Video: David Wright hits a game-winning walk-off single


In case you missed it…

  • With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Wright lined a 3-0 pitch from Brewers reliever Michael Blazek into right-center to score Eric Campbell with the winning run. Campbell led off the inning with a single and Kevin Plawecki walked before both were sacrificed by Matt Reynolds. Curtis Granderson was walked intentionally to bring up Wright, who delivered his first walk-off hit since 2012.
  • Jacob deGrom needed 100 pitches to navigate his way through five innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks with a season-high seven strikeouts. The right-hander is winless in his last four starts, going 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA since his last win on April 30.
  • Granderson hit his fourth leadoff home run of the year - and third in the last 11 games - to give New York an early lead. It was the 15th time he has led off the game with a homer since joining the Mets, one behind Jose Reyes for the franchise record.
  • Yoenis Cespedes tied the game in the sixth with a two-run home run off Zach Davies. His 14th homer of the season tied him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the most in baseball.
  • The Mets' bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and are unscored upon in their last 12 1/3 frames. Their 2.36 ERA is the best in baseball.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes' game-tying home run in the sixth


Maggie Wiggin: After a shaky start from deGrom and an anemic-looking offense started the day, the Mets turned it around and won in walk-off fashion.

Cespedes continued his spectacular year by thumping his league-leading 14th homer to tie the game in the 6th, after deGrom had given up four in five long innings.

But the biggest hit came in the bottom of the ninth, when David Wright came up to bat with the bases loaded, hitless in the game thus far. On a 3-0 count, Wright smacked a single to center, bringing home Campbell to secure their first walk-off win since Flores's home run against the Nationals last July.

And it wouldn't have been possible without yet another fantastic showing from the Mets bullpen, which is currently riding a 14 2/3 scoreless inning streak. It was a hit desperately needed by a struggling Captain and a win desperately needed by a Mets team that hasn't yet found a rhythm to the season. Fresh off a discouraging series against the Nats, they've now won two straight with their ace taking the mound tomorrow. >> To follow Maggie on Twitter, click here.


News and notes…

  • New York won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from May 7-9. The win secured their first series victory since May 2-4 against Atlanta.
  • The Mets have won back-to-back games in which they allowed the opposition to score first. Prior to Friday night's win, they were 2-13 in such instances. They also improved to 9-6 in one-run contests and are 20-7 when they hit a home run.
  • Saturday marked the first time in nine games that the Mets scored at least four runs. They had amassed just 16 runs in their previous eight contests, going 2-6 in that span.
  • Cespedes is hitting .321 with 13 home runs and 32 RBIs in his last 30 games. His 35 RBIs are second in baseball behind Seattle's Robinson Cano.
  • The Brewers' starting staff entered the game with the worst ERA in the majors at 5.42.

Video: Curtis Granderson leads off with a home run


Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on Wright: "I'm thrilled for him. He's a great player. He's off to a slow start trying to deal with what he's had to deal with … I kind of felt he was going to do something to come through because he hasn't had many of those opportunities and that's where he needs to be … He's such a smart player…he had an idea of what he was going to get…he's had to make a lot of adjustments … Will David Wright be the David Wright of five or six years ago? Probably not, but he's still a great player."
  • Wright on his hit: "I reasoned in the short amount of time that that would be the best pitch to hit…fortunately I got one where I could extend a little bit and hit it hard … I don't think it's relief, it's excitement…to see the way the guys reacted, the coaches reacted, obviously it made me feel good … These guys have picked me up so much this year, it's nice to return the favor a little bit."
  • Collins on deGrom: "His fastball was better…but his command wasn't real good … Obviously he was a little out of whack."
  • deGrom on Wright: "It's awesome…everybody's rooting for him. He's a great guy to be around. I've learned a lot from him."
  • deGrom on his start: "Early on I felt good…just had a hard time locating…but when you're 3-2 to every guy and you end up walking three guys, that's going to hurt you. But I feel we made some steps in the right direction."

What's next…

The Mets (24-18) will aim for the series sweep of the Brewers (18-25) in the third and final game of the series at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Coming off his fantastic start against Washington, Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 ERA) toes the rubber for New York against Milwaukee's Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32 ERA).

Tags: David Wright , Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Ron Chenoy)

The Mets play host to the Brewers in the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field. 

Follow the game live here...

Brewers Mets
Jonathan Villar, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Scooter Gennett, 2B David Wright, 3B
Jonathan Lucroy, C Michael Conforto, LF
Chris Carter, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF Neil Walker, 2B
Aaron Hill, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Alex Presley, LF Eric Campbell, 1B
Ramon Flores, RF Kevin Plawecki, C
Zach Davies, RHP Jacob deGrom, RHP

When and Where: 4:10 p.m. on WPIX from Citi Field.

Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) gave up three runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings during his last start against the Rockies. He's pitched at least six innings in four of his six starts this season. Is 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in four career starts against the Brewers. 

Who's Pitching for the Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA) had one of his better outings of the year in his last start, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing just two runs in a no-decision against the Padres. After allowing at least four runs during each of his first three starts of the season, Davies has been charged with a combined six earned runs over his last three starts. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Milwaukee Brewers

New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) watches from the dugout during the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Update, 8:38 p.m.: Matt Harvey will start Tuesday on regular rest in Washington against the Nationals, Terry Collins said after Saturday's win over the Brewers.

"He looked very good," Collins said of Harvey's simulated game earlier in the day. "Even without the adrenaline, just working on some stuff, his velocity was better. The arm angle, which Dan has been trying to get, was better. The movement was better. He's confident. He feels good about what happened [Saturday]. So we'll give him [Sunday] and Monday off and run him out there." Harvey declined to speak to reporters.


Matt Harvey pitched a few innings of a simulated game off the mound at Citi Field on Saturday. 

Harvey threw pitches to infielder Matt Reynolds and first base coach Tom Goodwin while pitching coach Dan Warthen observed. 

Although Harvey is scheduled to start next series against the Nationals, manager Terry Collins said Harvey's performance in the simulated game could determine whether he pitches Tuesday on his regularly scheduled start or Monday on short rest, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo

Harvey is coming off a start where he allowed nine runs (six earned) in a career-low 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals. He has a 3-6 record and a 5.77 ERA so far this season. 

Tags: Matt Harvey

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Which Mets starter will have the most wins in 2016?


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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the sixth inning after giving up the tying run to the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson (Julie Jacobso/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field at the end of the top of the sixth inning after giving up the tying run to the Philadelphia Phillies during a baseball game, Friday, April 8, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson (Julie Jacobso/AP)

The Mets (23-18) and Brewers (18-24) meet again at 4:10 pm at Citi Field, which will air on PIX 11.

Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) starts for the Mets today against RHP Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA).

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


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DeGrom's story this season has been about a pitcher getting results, but flirting with disaster as he is still searching for his fastball and dominant out pitch. He says it's mechanical. His shoulder is flying open, he's leading with his front arm and pulling off the mound, exposing the baseball and losing zip. He's made adjustments and gotten tighter each start. Hopefully that continues today. But, it would be nice to see him lock it all in and return to the type of pitcher he was the last two seasons....

Similarly, I really want to see an offensive outburst today. I'm growing tired of watching them grind and grind for nothing. Where are the hitters we watched in April? Instead, they have scored three runs or less in seven of their last eight games. Worse, they're just 3-13 when the other team scores first and they've won just four times when trailing at any point during a game. In other words, they're not scoring enough runs. Period. So, I'd love to see them come out of the box hard today and tomorrow in advance of traveling to DC to again face the Nationals...



Steven Matz fired seven impressive innings and Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run as the Mets defeated Brewers, 3-2, at Citi Field last night >> Read more at SNY.TV.



Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could have his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day >> Read more.

David Wright was not in the starting lineup Friday, which was a scheduled a day off for him. He's expected back Saturday and Sunday, Terry Collins explained >> Read more.

Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said he's not surprised that his client is struggling to start 2016, he told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The Mets discussed making a roster move in the bullpen, but ultimately decided against it >> Read more.


Post Game Extra: 5/20/16 00:03:25
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets 3-2 victory over the Brewers.

Steven Matz fired seven impressive innings and Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run for the Mets, who rallied to a 3-2 win over the Brewers on Friday at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.

In case you missed it…

  • Matz made an authoritative return to the rotation, allowing two runs on three hits with eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The southpaw surrendered a leadoff single to Jonathan Villar and a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the first but then shut down the Brewers. He retired 15 straight before allowing a two-out, sixth-inning single to Hernan Perez, who was caught stealing to end the inning.
  • Conforto's two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth off Wily Peralta erased a 2-1 deficit. Nine of his 16 career home runs have either tied the game or given the Mets the lead, including four of his seven in 2016.
  • Jeurys Familia collected his 14th save of the season, retiring Milwaukee in order in the ninth. He has pitched a perfect inning in eight of his last 11 appearances.

Regis Courtemanche: 

What a difference a day makes. Matz was so good tonight and looked like he could pitch all weekend. He used all his pitches and was in complete control. Despite the low pitch count, Terry Collins made a good call taking him out after seven, allowing Addison Reed and Familia to put it in the books. 

Aside from the Chris Carter home run Matz owned this game. Weirdly, the Mets didn't get a lot going against Peralta or Mets alumnus Chris Capuano, who shut them down with five strikeouts. 

The long ball once again saved the Mets when Conforto hit a clutch opposite-field homer. That said, it would be nice if they could score more without hitting it over the fence. This would have been a heartbreaking game to lose.

The story was obviously Matz, and I can breathe again for now. Also sending huge congratulations to MetsBlog friend Anthony DeRosa, who welcomed twins into his family yesterday. >> To follow Regis on Twitter, click here.


Video Highlights 

Video: Familia shuts the door on Brewers for 14th save

Video: Conforto lifts opposite field homer to give Mets lead

Video: Matz gets Carter swinging for second out in seventh

Quotes…

  • Terry Collins on Matz: "We needed it bad. We were really short in the pen … We needed someone to go six innings. He gave us seven … He has a chance to be as good as anybody, because of his stuff and his command and his confidence. If his health stays good, he's going to win a lot of games."
  • Matz on his start: "This was all the peace of mind I needed."
  • Conforto on his homer: "When those things happen, you have to embrace the emotion that comes with it. It's a little bit of a sigh of relief and kind of relaxes everything … That's how you want to play the game."

News and notes…

  • The Mets were 3-3 against the Brewers last season and have gone just 9-14 against them at Citi Field.
  • New York has scored three runs or less in seven of its last eight games and improved to 5-15 in such instances. They are only 3-13 when allowing the opposing team to score first and have won just four times when trailing at any point during a game.
  • Since allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his first start of the year, Matz is 6-0 with a 1.35 ERA, six walks and 42 strikeouts in 40 innings. He is the first Met since R.A. Dickey in 2012 to win six consecutive decisions.
  • Peralta entered the game with a 7.30 ERA, the worst mark among qualifying pitchers in baseball.

What's next…

The Mets (23-18) will try for the series win against the Brewers (18-24) at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Jacob deGrom (3-1, 2.50 ERA) gets the call for New York. He will be opposed by Milwaukee right-hander Zach Davies (1-3, 5.58 ERA).

Tags: Michael Conforto , Steven Matz

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a MLB game at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a MLB game at Dodger Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The Mets play host to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, as they kick off a three-game series at Citi Field.

Follow the game here...

Brewers Mets
Jonathan Villar, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Hernan Perez, 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jonathan Lucroy, C Michael Conforto, LF
Chris Carter, 1B Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Aaron Hill, 2B Neil Walker, 2B
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF Lucas Duda, 1B
Keon Broxton, CF Eric Campbell, 3B
Alex Presley, LF Rene Rivera, C
Wily Peralta, RHP Steven Matz, LHP

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

Who's Pitching for the Mets: Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA), who's won a career-best five straight starts. The left-hander gave up two runs and six hits in six innings of a 4-2 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 9, then missed a start because of elbow tightness.

Who's Pitching for the Brewers: Wily Peralta (2-4, 7.30 ERA), a former 17-game winner, has won seven of 28 starts since the beginning of last season. The right-hander gave up six runs and eight hits with two home runs and three walks in 4 2/3 innings of Saturday's 8-7 home loss to San Diego in 12 innings, and his 1.99 WHIP is the worst in baseball.


Tags: Milwaukee Brewers , Steven Matz


Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could have his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day.


Updates from May 20

4:07 p.m.: Matt Harvey will not be skipped in the rotation next week, though they could move his next start pushed back or even bumped up a day, Terry Collins said Friday.

Harvey will throw this weekend and then make a start in the series in Washington against the Nationals, the manager said.

Previous Reports and Reaction

It's possible Matt Harvey could be skipped in the rotation next week, when he's scheduled to once again face the Nationals on Tuesday in D.C., Terry Collins told reporters following Thursday nights game.

Harvey allowed a career-high nine runs in just 2 2/3 innings in a 9-1 loss to the Nationals.

"We're going to take a look -- is that best for him, is that best for us? We're not going to commit to anything at this time," Collins said after the game. "But, I will tell you, as I sit here today, I'd certainly trust him, I certainly believe in him. I just hadn't seen him struggle like this before."

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Tags: Matt Harvey

Collins on Wright and Harvey 00:06:00
Terry Collins discusses David Wright being out of the line up and Harvey not being taken out of the rotation despite recent struggles.

David Wright is not in the starting lineup Friday. 

Terry Collins said he's not injured, and tonight was always a planned off day for Wright. 

Instead, they discussed resting Friday and playing Saturday and Sunday afternoon, when the weather will warmer.

Earlier this week, Wright told reporters he was not satisfied with how he's contributing to the team this season.

"This kid, he is extremely proud," Collins said Wednesday. "When you sit and talk to him, you'll sense the frustration."

Wright was scratched from the lineup Tuesday after getting Sunday off in advance of Monday's off day. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his return to the lineup Wednesday as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 7-1, at Citi Field.

"I feel like I can play at a much higher level than I'm playing at right now," he said after the game. "I go take the field I expect to play much better than I am right now."

Tags: David Wright

Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said he's not surpised his client is struggling to start 2016, he told Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

"I've been through this many times with Tommy John pitchers," he explained."I'm just telling you on May 29 of last year, Stephen Strasburg came off a month of May when he had 1-3 record and (10.13) ERA. ... This Tommy John dynamic carries with it unknowns. It's amazing that Harv and Stras pitched against one another (Thursday night). You go back a year ago and who's who."

Terry Collins said Thursday that he was unsure whether Harvey would make his next start.

"We had a pitcher from zero to (216) innings after a 17-month rehab," he added. "And, by the way, I want to be clear, Matt Harvey wanted to pitch. The organization is not at fault."

The way Boras sees it, the issue with Harvey is less about velocity and more about command, despite every pitch in his arsenal being down roughly two miles per hour, according to FanGraphs.

In nine starts this season, Harvey has a 5.77 ERA (3.66 FIP) and 1.66 WHIP, while allowing 65 hits and striking out 43 batters in 48 1/3 innings.

Tags: Matt Harvey

 (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
(Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets discussed making a roster move in the bullpen, but ultimately decided against it, Terry Collins said before Friday's game.

Kristie Ackert of the Daily News said earlier in the day that Triple-A relievers Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel were on their way to potentially join the team in New York. However, only one of them would have been activated, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.


Gilmartin was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas just three days ago, so the Mets would need to place another player on the disabled list in order to activate him.

Goeddel has spent the season wtih Las Vegas, where he's posted a 5.65 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in 14 1/3 innings.

Tags: Erik Goeddel , Sean Gilmartin

Steven Matz  (AP)
Steven Matz (AP)

Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz (5-1, 2.86 ERA) will start tonight against the Brewers for the first time since facing the Dodgers in Los Angeles on May 9.

He missed his next start because of an elbow issue, which the team eventually said was stiffness in his forearm.

Matz, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, received a cortisone injection, threw a successful bullpen session and had a clean MRI earlier this week.

"It was definitely a big relief," Matz recently told reporters.

The Mets are 2-7 since Matz's last start, during which the team is batting .203 and averaging just 2.1 runs per game.

The Brewers have won four of six and are coming off a series victory against the Cubs. However, they have yet to win a road series this season.

Tags: Steven Matz

Alejandro de Aza bats leadoff Sunday for the Mets in place of the slumping Curtis Granderson. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports) (Scott Rovak)
Alejandro de Aza bats leadoff Sunday for the Mets in place of the slumping Curtis Granderson. (Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports) (Scott Rovak)

Mets OF Alejandro De Aza took ground balls at first base before Wednesday's game.

He received one-on-one instruction from infield coach Tim Teufel early Thursday.

Terry Collins said De Aza recently approached him about working out at first base to try and add depth to the bench.

"Versatility is huge," Collins said Thursday. "And, if you want to play more, if you give us more options, you're going to get a lot more playing time. It's tough when you're a fifth outfielder to get in the lineup."

De Aza, 32, signed with the Mets in late-December in hopes of being a platoon partner for Juan Lagares. However, the team later re-signed Yoenis Cespedes, making Da Aza the team's fifth outfielder.

De Aza has appeared in just 26 of the Mets' 40 games this season and is hitting .186 in 43 at bats.


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De Aza is the least of this team's concerns right now. But, it's good to have options...

I watched him Wednesday and he actually looked pretty good, or at least better than I was expecting from an outfielder with no big league experience at the position. He's never going to start at first base, that's for sure. However, right now, he's mostly useless. So, at the very least, adding first base to his bag of tricks would allow Collins a chance at a unique double switch late in games. And, in case of emergency, such as when Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores are injured at the same time, like earlier this week, De Aza can act as a backup to Eric Campbell.



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The last two days were terrible for the Mets. It was a total ass kicking in every way, against the team considered to be their top rival and who they're supposed to be competing against for the NL East. Instead of picking up ground and further establishing themselves, the Mets were outscored 16-2, they struck out 22 times and dropped to third place.



I understand it's only May 20. There is 75 percent of this season yet to be played. And, if we learned anything from last year, it's that A LOT can happen in only a few weeks, let alone 22. So, I'm not in panic mode... yet. But, I'm also far from comfortable and confident. And, I'm not alone. I see fear and worry in the eyes and actions of other Mets fans. And, worse, I see it in the eyes of the players on field, especially Matt Harvey, who looked totally bewildered.

It's not just Harvey, though. The entire starting staff, outside of Noah Syndergaard, has been rather disappointing the last three weeks. The team's starting pitchers and the defense behind them have let up the third fewest runs in the National League, second only to the Cubs and Nationals. However, in the last three weeks, they rank in the middle of the pack.

At the same time, the offense has scored the fourth fewest runs in the National League, despite hitting the most home runs. Think about that for a second: They lead the league in home runs, yet are among the worst in runs scored. It's actually a worse story in May, when the pitching staff has struggled, that the Mets are third in home runs and last in runs scored. Last.



Why? Curtis Granderson, who did a great job batting leadoff in 2015, has yet to get going in 2016. He's still batting .200 on the year, and just .148 over the last seven days. Meanwhile, David Wright is struggling to find his groove, and his required regular rest doesn't help that cause. Neil Walker, Michael Conforto and Asdrubal Cabrera are occasionally getting on base. But, when they do, it's station-to-station, Earl Weaver-style baseball, which is fine when they're clearing the bases with one swing. However, when they aren't, nothing happens. Frankly, just like the pitching with Syndergaard, I have no idea where they'd be without Yoenis Cespedes.

Nevertheless, these are still the same group of men that won eight in a row just a few weeks ago with a terrific, young starting rotation and a power-happy batting order. Today, after being smacked around by Washington, I feel differently. I'm hurt. But, the fact is, the Mets are 22-18. They're not 18-22. If this is as bad as it gets, the sky is still the limit for 2016. But, the Mets would be wise to start making a few adjustments and thinking ahead, be it to the roster, their approach or how they're handling their staff, because nothing in baseball is a guaranteed.

Tags: Matthew Cerrone

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

Matt Harvey struggled and was done in by his defense as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 9-1, at Citi Field on Thursday, dropping the Mets to third place in the NL East >> Read more



Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz are struggling with their velocity >> Read more

Travis d'Arnaud is rehabbing near his home in California >> Read more

Toby Hyde and Rob Brender were joined by WOR's Pete McCarthy on the Mostly Mets Podcast >> Listen here

What's on tap for Friday, May 20

Steven Matz returns to the rotation after dealing with a strained forearm muscle as the Mets open a three-game series against Wily Peralta and the Brewers at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.



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Tags: Jacob deGrom , Matt Harvey , Steven Matz , Travis d'Arnaud

New York Mets right fielder Travis Taijeron swings the bat in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Travis Taijeron swings the bat in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. (Logan Bowles/USA Today Sports Images)

Triple-A Las Vegas 51s: T.J. Rivera went 4 for 5 with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning and Travis Taijeron hit a three-run home run as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 7-6. Rafael Montero allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. >> Read more

Double-A Binghamton MetsXorge Carrillo went 3 for 3 and Tyler Pill pitched six innings as Binghamton beat Altoona, 5-4. >> Read more

High-A Port St. Lucie Mets: Port St. Lucie's game against Clearwater was rained out.

Low-A Columbia Fireflies: Kevin Canelon (2-3) pitched six innings of one-run ball, but Columbia's 2 through 7 hitters combined to go 1 for 21 in a 1-0 loss to Charleston. >> Read more

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