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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB estimates that the 2017 qualifying offer will be priced at $16.7 million, up $900,000 from last year.

Neil Walker, Bartolo Colon, Alejandro De Aza and Jerry Blevins are all free agents at the end of this season and can be made a qualifying offers from the Mets.


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The debate for the Mets will be about Walker, who should be able to get a deal at least similar to the three-year Daniel Murphy signed in Washington last winter. In that case, I assume the Mets will handle Walker the same way they handled Murphy last year, offering him the $16.7 million, one-year qualifying offer in hopes that he rejects it so the Mets pick up an extra draft pick. Also similar to Murphy, I don't think the Mets will make a big push to Walker to a multi-year deal, since they'll have Dilson Hererra ready to take over, plus they'll can bring back Jose Reyes for the league minimum. It's a good bet. I can't see Walker taking the one-year offer. He'll have better options than that...


To learn more about the Qualifying Offer, check out this 2012 post from MLBTR.

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In advance of next Monday's non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets are reportedly in the market for a relief pitcher, while keeping an eye on the market for a position player and starting pitcher.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, here is what their NL East competition may be working on...

Marlins

The Marlins are being very aggressive in trying to upgrade their starting rotation, according to NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

Multiple reports indicate they have been talking with the Padres about acquiring RHP Andrew Cashner (4-7, 4.76 ERA). They have also reportedly shown interest in Chris Sale (White Sox), Jeremy Hellickson (Phillies), Hector Santiago (Angels), Wade Miley (Mariners), Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox), Ricky Nolasco and Tommy Milone (Twins), and Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova (Yankees).

Nationals

The Nationals, who are working hard to acquire a top-flight reliever, were involved in talks for Aroldis Chapman up until he was traded from the Yankees to the Cubs, according to ESPN's Jayson Stark

The Nationals have also reportedly been pursuing Andrew Miller (Yankees) and Wade Davis (Royals). However, Stark says they refuse to part with top pitching prospects RHP Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez and SS Trea Turner.

In the event the Nationals miss out on Miller or Davis, MLB reporter Jon Heyman believes they'll turn turn their attention to David Robertson (White Sox), among other set-up men and middle relievers.

Mostly Mets: Talking Trades

In this week's Mostly Mets Podcast, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by MLBTR's Steve Adams to look at the moves made in MLB so far, what might come next, and all the options for Sandy Alderson and the Mets...



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In late June, the Mets had been contacting teams about trading for a position player, according to people in baseball. Earlier this week, it was reported that they had asked the Brewers about C Jonathan Lucroy, and I wrote in June that they agreed to eventually circle back with the A's about 3B Danny Valencia.

I hope they're still in the market for a bat, despite reports that Sandy Alderson is prioritizing an upgrade of his bullpen.



The fact is, the Mets are dead last in all of baseball when hitting with runners in scoring position. They are third in home runs in the NL, but third-to-last in runs scored. Similarly, while the Mets have hit 130 home runs this season, 62 percemt of them have been hit with NO ONE on base.

Interestingly, the Cardinals and Nationals have a similar disparity when it comes to hitting home runs with people on or off base. The difference, though, is that while they hit a lot of solo homers, unlike the Mets, they also hit doubles and singles to bring guys home.

In other words, if the Mets scored a run, it was likely done with a solo home run. Otherwise, there was a zero on the board. The Mets are are seemingly allergic to rallies and in dire need guys that put the ball in play, especially when there are people on base.

Curtis GrandersonMichael ConfortoJuan Lagares and Travis d'Arnaud have been the situation's biggest culprits. So, in addition to a reliever, Alderson should probably be looking for an every-day outfielder or a new catcher to help keep his batting order in motion.

In a post Tuesday for MetsBlog, SitMet creator Kyle Flaherty argued in favor of trading for Rays OF-1B Steve Pearce, who is, "quite possibly, the best kept secret in baseball."

According to a July 22 report by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, the Rays have been getting calls from teams interested in Pearce, who is hitting .341 with runners on base this season. He is due roughly $1 million the remainder of this season, after which he can be a free agent, so I'm sure he can be had for a reasonable price.



Jay Bruce (Reds), Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies), Ryan Braun (Brewers) and Josh Reddick (A's) have all caught Sandy's eye in the past, but their asking prices and this team's roster make them unlikely to ever wear blue and orange this season.

Instead, like Pearce, the Mets should focus on less-expensive, 'clutch,' highly-productive, versatile outfielders, specifically Coco Crisp (A's), Kole Calhoun (Angels) and Jon Jay (Padres).

In the event the Mets decide to look at infielders, Valencia, Yunel Escobar (Rays) and Yangervis Solarte (Padres) should pique Alderson's interest, since they each do a nice job getting on base and moving runners.

In regards to catcher, Lucroy would obviously be a terrific acquisition. However, he's the only catcher worth exploring, since Derek Norris (Padres), Stephen Vogt (A's) and Kurt Suzuki (Twins) would not be enough of an upgrade given their cost.



In the end, while Pearce and another team's reliever will be more affordable, I'd be pushing on the Angels to get Huston Street (bullpen) and Calhoun, who I've heard is available for the right price.

Unfortunately, there are several teams interested in acquiring Street, including the rival Giants, Marlins and Nationals. Similarly, Calhoun should have multiple suitors as well, since he is 28, arbitration eligible each of the next three years and on pace for his third-straight 3.0 WAR season.

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Asdrubal Cabrera ties the game with an RBI double to end his two-month streak of not getting a hit with a runner in scoring position.

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera finally got a hit with a runner in scoring position when he doubled in a run during Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader.

"Everybody was laughing," Cabrera said of his teammate's reaction in the dugout. "I was laughing, too. ... It helped that it led to a win.

Cabrera entered the game hitless during his previous 32 at bats with runners in scoring position.

"It's a monkey off his back," Collins said. "What an important hit. We need a lot more of them, from a lot of guys."


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There's been a lot made about Cabrera's issue with runners in scoring position. But, let's be honest, it's not just him. It's the entire team.

Sure, Cabrera has had the most trouble of late, but it's not like the rest of the team is playing pinball out there - they're all struggling with runners in scoring position and it's been happening since early May. If the Mets score a run, the odds are best that they'll do it with a solo home run. This is not sustainable. And, I'll write more about this later today...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera

New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

In the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, Noah Syndergaard threw 114 pitches in six innings, after which Bartolo Colon cruised through seven innings, throwing just 87 pitches, as the Mets and Cardinals split their two games at Citi Field.

"He's been the steady guy," Terry Collins said of Colon. "He is a unique human being."

Colon (9-5, 3.35 ERA) rebounded from a six-run loss against the Cubs in his previous start by striking out eight Cardinals and giving up one run and three hits in a 3-1 win. He threw 74.7 percent of his pitches for strikes and threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 23 batters.

"I was just throwing it straight," said Colon, who will pitch Saturday on just three days rest. "It was going exactly where I wanted it to."

Colon's efficiency was a contrast from Syndergaard (9-5, 2/45 ERA), who gave up three runs, seven hits and three walks in a 3-2 loss earlier in the day.


Video: Colon gets eighth strikeout of the game


Syndergaard threw at least 20 pitches in three of his first four innings and raised his pitch count to 86 after the fourth inning.

"I just think the Cardinals did a really good job of getting my pitch count high," Syndergaard explained. "It was a series of unfortunate events. I was trying to last as long as I could out there."


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Colon, 43, and Syndergaard, 22, have the same win-loss record, but have achieved it in different ways. While Syndergaard overpowers batters with his high strikeout rate (11 K/9), Colon's strikeout rate is just 6.1 K/9. However, he has kept batters in the park. Opponents have a .347 BABIP against Syndergaard, while it is .284 against Colon. Syndergaard has thrown his fastball 58 percent of the time and averages 98.1 mph with it, while Colon, who averages 87.8 mph with his fastball, throws it 88.4 percent of the time.


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I'm not sure who coined it on Twitter, but Syndergaard and Colon should steal the nickname "Thunder and Lightning." It's perfect, in that they're both electric and loud, yet totally different, working together as part of the same team. It's very yin-yang. Syndergaard can - and hopefully will - learn from Bartolo, who does an outstanding job adjusting speeds and pitching to contact. In his last three starts, Noah has struggled to get the same oomph he had on his pitches earlier in the season. This is to be expected. It would benefit him to emulate Colon's strategy at times, in certain situations. He will, in time, eventually he'll figure it out for himself. But, with Colon sitting next to him, there's a terrific opportunity to expedite that process...


To read more about Syndergaard, Colon and yesterday's games, check out reports in the NY PostDaily News, NY Times, Newsday, Bergen RecordNJ.com and MLB.com.

Tags: Bartolo Colon , Noah Syndergaard

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The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the Mets split with the Cardinals and if they can make a run to control a playoff spot.

Jose Reyes has a Grade 1 intercostal strain and has been sent to the hospital to be examined by a doctor, Mets manager Terry Collins said late Tuesday.

Collins said Reyes suffered the injury during a swing in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader.

He is expected to be out of the lineup for 2-3 days.

Wilmer Flores played third base in Game 2 of the doubleheader in place of Reyes.

Reyes is hitting .239 with a .278 OBP and .493 SLG with three home runs and eight RBI in 67 at-bats over 16 games with the Mets this season.


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In 2011, the Mets suffered a wave of Grade 1 intercostal strains, including one to Reyes. If I remember correctly, they almost always required a week of two for rest, followed by a slow and ardous rehab process often mired in set backs. Hopefully, during the next few days -- as the Mets play short -- the team's orthopedics determine Reyes is fine. Otherwise, I expect he will be out for a while.

In the event he ends up on the disabled list, the Mets will almost certainly promote Triple-A infielder Dilson Herrera. In fact, he was a late scratch for Las Vegas on Tuesday, so the organization is obviously already getting its ducks in a row.


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The Mets split a doubleheader against the Cardinals on Tuesday at Citi FIeld, including a 3-0 win in Game 2, while the Marlins won and the Nationals lost >> Read more



Jose Reyes suffered a Grade 1 intercostal strain Tuesday >> Read more

Bartolo Colon will start Saturday on just three days rest >> Read more

There are 10 teams buying and 20 relievers available >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is still aiming for an August return >> Read more

Neil Walker, who has been struggling, is trying to hit 'restart' >> Read more

What's on tap for Wednesday, July 27

The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Logan Verrett (4.14 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) gets the start against Adam Wainwright (4.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP).



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Bartolo Colon will start Saturday's game against the Rockies on just three-days rest, Mets manager Terry Collins said after Tuesday's doubleheader.

Colon was pulled at just 87 pitches on Tuesday after throwing seven scoreless innings against the Cardinals.

Due to Tuesday's doubleheader, there was speculation the Mets may have turned to either reliever Seth Lugo or Triple-A prospect Gabriel Ynoa for Saturday's game, if they hadn't turned to Colon.

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Post Game Extra: 07/26/16 00:03:05
Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings to help the Mets gain a split of a twi-night doubleheader from the Cardinals on Tuesday night.

Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings and Asdrubal Cabrera snapped a two-month drought with runners in scoring position as the Mets split Tuesday's doubleheader with the Cardinals after winning the nightcap, 3-1, at Citi Field

In case you missed it…

  • Colon (9-5) surrendered a solo homer to Jedd Gyorko in the second but nothing else across seven innings. He allowed just three hits and didn't walk a batter while tying his season-high with eight strikeouts.
  • Cabrera tied the game with a two-out, RBI double in the third. It was his first hit with a runner in scoring position since May 23, snapping an 0-for-32 stretch.
  • The Mets took advantage of an error by Cardinals right-fielder Randall Grichuk in the fourth to add to their lead. Wilmer Flores doubled to lead off and moved to third when Grichuk dropped Neil Walker's fly ball. James Loney hit into a 6-4-3 double play, putting New York on top.
  • Cabrera tallied his second RBI of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly to left.
  • Flores went 3-for-4 and Alejandro De Aza reached base three times on a double, hit by pitch and a walk, scoring twice.
  • Addison Reed pitched a scoreless eighth to register his 23rd hold, three shy of Aaron Heilman's club record (2006). 
  • Jeurys Familia struck out a pair to record his Major League-leading 36th save.

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


Michael Avallone, SNY.TV

Bartolo Colon has been nothing short of a godsend for the Mets this season. Not only did he surprisingly stay in Queens, but he's easily been one of their most consistent starters. The 43-year-old is tied with Noah Syndergaard for the team-lead in wins and none were more important this season than his victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night. After an unforgettable and typically frustrating defeat in the first game - with Syndergaard taking the loss - the Mets could ill-afford to drop both games of a doubleheader to the Cardinals, who are among the teams they are battling in the race for the N.L. Wild Card. Enter Colon, who handcuffed St. Louis over seven innings in a game New York desperately needed to win. There just aren't enough superlatives to describe his performance this season.

The rest of the game wasn't quite as pretty on the Mets' side. They continue to be unfathomably pitiful with runners in scoring position, although it was nice to see Asdrubal Cabrera snap a two-month hitless streak in such situations. But overall, New York went just 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position in the two games…and only one of those actually drove in a run. It's evident that the Mets' offense is what it is at this point. There will be those rare outlier games where they string together a bunch of hits, but barring an unlikely trade for a bat, the frustration and low-scoring games will probably continue.

New York has a tough task against Adam Wainwright tomorrow. A second straight series win over a team they are jockeying with for a playoff spot would be more than ideal. And don't look now, but the Mets are also just four back of the Nationals in the loss column…

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Video: Cabrera hits RBI double against Cardinals to tie game

Video: Cabrera earns his second RBI with a sacrifice fly

Video: Bartolo Colon gets eighth strikeout of the game

Quotes…

Colon on his start: "It was going exactly where I wanted to, I was getting the pitches I wanted to, so that worked out well."

Terry Collins on Colon: "He's been the steady guy. I'm telling you, he is a unique human being, there is no question about it. That's exactly the perfect description He's unique. He's different. Where would you find, maybe a knuckleballer, but any other place, where would you find a guy who's 43 years old that throws less than 90 pitches and will come back in three days, especially at this point in his career?... That's how he is, just give him the ball. He's a special guy and we are very, very lucky to have him in our rotation right now."

Collins on Cabrera's RBI double: "What an important hit. We need a lot more of them. From a lot of guys."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won 10 of 15 at home and improved to 18-11 against the Cardinals at Citi Field.
  • New York has alternated wins and losses since the All-Star break, going 6-5.
  • Familia's 52nd consecutive save is the third-longest in Major League history. He trails only Eric Gagne (84) and Tom Gordon (54).
  • Reed has allowed five runs in his last 34 2/3 innings (1.30 ERA) dating back to May 1.
  • Josh Smoker was brought up from Triple-A Las Vegas as the 26th man for the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, but did not appear in the Mets' win.
  • Jose Reyes suffered a Grade 1 strain of his intercostal muscle on his final swing in the eighth inning of the first game. He's expected to be sidelined for several days.

What's next…

The Mets (53-46) and the Cardinals (53-47) will play the rubber-game of their series on Wednesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.14 ERA) will try to pitch New York to its third series win in four tries since the All-Star break. St. Louis sends veteran Adam Wainwright (9-5, 4.09 ERA) to the hill, who has won four of his last five decisions, posting a 2.66 ERA in six starts. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera , Bartolo Colon

Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks onto the field before the against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks onto the field before the against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Noah Syndergaard allowed two earned runs over six innings but the Mets daily struggles in the clutch contributed heavily to their 3-2 loss in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Syndergaard (9-5) needed 114 pitches to navigate through six innings, allowing three runs - two earned - on seven hits and three walks while striking out eight. His throwing error on a comebacker with the bases loaded and one out in the second allowed the Cardinals to jump ahead. He surrendered a two-run homer to Jed Gyorko in the third.
  • The Mets left 11 men on base and also had a runner thrown out, going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. New York had nine baserunners in the first five innings against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.
  • Rene Rivera supplied the only offense for the Mets with a two-run homer in the fourth.
  • After leading off the ninth with a single, Curtis Granderson was thrown out at second on a long fly out by Yoenis Cespedes.
  • With New York trailing 3-0 in the third and two outs, Cespedes doubled in the gap in right-center but third base coach Tim Teufel held Jose Reyes at third. After James Loney walked to load the bases, Kelly Johnson struck out to end the inning.
  • Granderson and Johnson combined to throw out Matt Adams at the plate to end the fifth.

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

Video: Cespedes makes a bobbling catch to end the inning

Video: Kelly Johnson throws Matt Adams out at the plate

Video: Rivera blasts a two-run home run against Cardinals

Quotes…

Syndergaard on his start: "I just think the Cardinals did a really good job of getting my pitch count high. It was a series of unfortunate events. I was trying to last as long as I could out there."

Terry Collins on the loss: "I don't know how many times I've got to say it: This is crunch time. This is the time we've got to win games."

Collins on Teufel's decision to hold Reyes at third: "I'm not going to get into the coaching stuff. Tim had a better angle than anybody. It's his call."

News and notes...

  • This is the Mets and Cardinals first doubleheader since Aug. 22, 1999. New York has not been swept by St. Louis in a twin-bill since 1982.
  • The Mets were swept by the Pirates in their only doubleheader this season on June 7.
  • Syndergaard has 3.76 ERA in his last five starts, losing three of four decisions in that span.
  • Neil Walker was on the bench for the second consecutive game in favor of Kelly Johnson. Walker is mired in a 4-for-45 (.089) slump and he's hitting just .190 with three homers and 15 RBIs since June 1.

What's next…

The Mets (52-46) will go for an important win and doubleheader split with the Cardinals (53-46) on SNY. Bartolo Colon (8-5, 3.48 ERA) will try and bounce back from a rough outing last week at Wrigley Field when he allowed six runs for the second time in three starts. Jamie Garcia (7-6, 3.98 ERA) goes in the nightcap for St. Louis looking to win his fourth consecutive decision.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard

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The Mets continue their three-game series against the Cardinals on Tuesday night in the second game of a doubleheader at 8 p.m..

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Cardinals Mets
Greg Garcia, 2B Juan Lagares, CF
Aledmys Diaz, SS Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Matt Holliday, LF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Jedd Gyorko, 1B Wilmer Flores, 3B
Tommy Pham, CF Neil Walker, 2B
Randal Grichuk, RF James Loney, 1B
Kolten Wong, 2B Travis d'Arnaud, C
Alberto Rosario, C Alejandro De Aza, RF
Jaime Garcia, LHP Bartolo Colon, RHP

When and Where: 8 p.m. from Citi Field


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (3.48 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), who allowed six runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one in 4 1/3 innings against the Cubs during his last start. He has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 11 starts.


Who's Pitching for the Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (3.98 ERA, 1.36 WHIP), who allowed one run on six hits while walking two and striking out four in 5 2/3 innings against the Padres during his last stasrt. He allowed eight runs in 12 innings during his prior two starts.


Tags: Bartolo Colon

It's that Trade Deadline time of the year, so Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by Steve Adams from MLBTradeRumors.com to look at the moves made in MLB so far, what might come next, and all the options for Sandy Alderson and the Mets as August 1 approaches.


Juan Lagares (12) pats Yoenis Cespedes (52) on the back after a play in the sixth inning of the game against the Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Juan Lagares (12) pats Yoenis Cespedes (52) on the back after a play in the sixth inning of the game against the Dodgers. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Here are four easy moves, according to SitMet, that the Mets should make over the last two months of the season to improve their offense and remain in the playoff hunt...


The SitMet statisitic rewards various forms of offensive production, including getting on base, moving runners along and driving them in, while placing significant value on timely production.


1) Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares need to play every day in left and center field, respectively. There is no doubt that Cespedes - with his team leading 143.4 SitMet - has to remain injury free. The best path toward that objective is to make him a permanent fixture in left field, where he owns a Gold Glove and is less likely to get injured. Meanwhile, Lagares, who is a Gold Glove center fielder when healthy, has been a fairly productive offensive player this season. His 69.2 SitMet is well below league average, but he also brings speed and energy, which the team frequently needs.

In regards to right field, it may be best to simply alternate Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, playing whomever is most hot at the moment.


2) The Mets should aggressively pursue Steve Pearce (147.8 SitMet) from the Rays before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Pearce, a right-handed hitter and veteran utility player, is much more than just a guy that crushes left-handed pitching.



From 2012 through 2015, covering nearly 1,000 plate appearances, Pearce quietly posted an impressive 156.4 SitMet, making him, quite possibly, the best kept secret in baseball. He is not only a highly productive hitter, but his defensive versatility profiles extremely well for this specific Mets team. He could platoon with James Loney and Lucas Duda at first base, with Granderson and Conforto in right field or be an excellent option off the bench in late-and-close situations. Pearce is a low cost addition that could pay significant dividends for this offensively challenged team.


3) To make room for Pearce, the Mets have to designate Alejandro de Aza for assignment as soon as possible. With a SitMet of -61.4, through well over 100 plate appearances, de Aza owns the second worst SitMet score for hitters with more than 100 plate appearances. Roster spots are simply too important to a contending team to justify keeping him.


4) Neil Walker's offensive production has been disappointing (-114.8 SitMet over his last 25 plate appearances). However, he is a professional hitter and should be moved to the second place in the batting order behind Jose Reyes. There, he will find his swing, it will give him more plate appearances, provide him additional protection and open holes in the infield that he can exploit. In this situation, he should be able to return to the line drive hitter that made him productive in the past.

At the top of the order, Walker and Reyes should be able to effectively set the table for the rest of the lineup. Collins could then slot Loney (131.4 SitMet) in the three hole, followed by Cespedes, and either Granderson or Conforto in the five hole.



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The Mets begin their three-game series with the Cardinals Tuesday afternoon in the first game of a doubleheader at 4:10 p.m.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Cardinals Mets
Greg Garcia, 2B Jose Reyes, 3B
Aledmys Diaz, SS Curtis Granderson, RF
Stephen Piscotty, RF Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Matt Adams, 1B James Loney, 1B
Jedd Gyorko, 3B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Yadier Molina, C Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jeremy Hazelbaker, LF Michael Conforto, CF
Tommy Pham, CF Rene Rivera, C
Carlos Martinez, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

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


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) pitched well against the Cubs last week, giving up zero earned runs in 5.1 innings while striking out eight. Syndergaard reached 300 career strikeouts in that start, the 43rd of his career, making him the third-fastest among active pitchers to do so.


Who's Pitching for the Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA) has looked strong the last two months, not allowing more than three earned runs in any of his last nine starts. In his last outing, Martinez allowed two earned runs on four hits in seven innings.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard , St. Louis Cardinals


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There are roughly 10 teams looking to upgrade their bullpen, including the Mets, Giants, Cardinals and Marlins, according to several sources around baseball.

"I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field on July 25 >> Watch Here!

Meanwhile, there are at least 10 teams that are making close to 20 relief pitchers available, including Jeanmar Gomez (Phillies), Wade Davis (Royals), Brad Hand (Padres), David Robertson (White Sox), Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers), Chris Withrow (Braves), Huston Street and Joe Smith (Angels), Sean Doolittle and John Axford (A's), Fernando Abad (Twins), and Tony Cingrani (Reds).

In late July, NY Post reporter Mike Puma said the Mets are specifically monitoring Smith, Withrow, and Jeffress, among others.

In addition to Jeffress, the Mets also asked the Brewers about Smith, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

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In Game of today's doubleheader with the Cardinals, starting at 4 pm ET, Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) will start for the Mets against Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA)...



Syndergaard is 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA, six walks and 81 strikeouts at home this year. He is is 12-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 23 career games at Citi Field.

In his last start, against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Syndergaard hit 100 mph with his fastball, tossed 105 pitches, gave up one unearned run and struck out eight batters, while showing no signs of arm fatigue in a no-decision.

"The fatigued arm obviously is gone," manager Terry Collins said after the game.

In his only career start against the Cardinals, last season, Syndergaard allowed two runs and five hits, while striking out six batters, in seven innings.

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In the most recent episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Syndergaard turned the interview tables on SNY Reporter Steve Gelbs...

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There are so many Piazza moments to consider, from his home run against Trevor Hoffman in 1999 to his uplifting moment on Sept. 21, 2011; from his battles with Roger Clemens to the eight-run rally against the Braves; from the pitch he took to clinch a playoff birth to his ever-changing, iconic and weird beard.

However, for me, I always go back to the moment he was acquired.

My mom called me at Home Depot, where I was working as a cashier at the time, to tell me the Mets traded for some "Pizza guy." I was too stunned to laugh, knowing exactly who she was referring to, despite mangling his name.

The team was at a pivot point, slightly above .500, in second place, and looking strong enough to float, but too weak to hang in a pennant race. It's where the Mets were in a similar place when they acquired Gary Carter, who, like Piazza, instantly changed the team dynamic, while making them seem legit and full of possibility.

It was such a big deal, I didn't believe the trade happened until I actually saw him in uniform May 23, 1998. It was a gorgeous Memorial Day, with crisp blue skies and nearly 35,000 fans standing in a ballpark that had grown comfortable with silence. Piazza had only an RBI double that day. However, his presence alone, his slow walk to the plate, perked up fans, gave us strength and made the Mets look and feel like contenders again.



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I was still pretty young, and my interest in the Mets that year had waned due to a horrendous first half following their World Series run. Heck, I was more excited about some local kid named David Wright being drafted by the Mets than I was about the big league team. But like many others, I was glued to the TV set that night, looking for an escape from what had been an awful reality. And then there was Piazza...

I don't remember the TV call, but I do remember the countless replays on SportsCenter with Howie Rose bidding that ball farewell, saying, "This one's got a chance," even though the ball ended up on top of the TV stand in centerfield. Yeah, that one had a chance alright -- to leave Shea altogether. What a shot....

The fantastic thing about that home run is it allowed thousands of fans to live vicariously through their beloved superstar; it was like all of New York hit that home run, not one man. I know it's just a game and there was so much more at stake beyond the field that night, but this is the only moment in sports history that actually gives me goosebumps just writing about it. Piazza is the man...


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Mets 2B Neil Walker was not in Monday's starting lineup, a day after not playing Sunday.

"He just needed a break, so I hope that's all it is, just kind of refresh and recharge a little bit," Terry Collins said, when asked why Walker was again out of the lineup. "A couple days might help out."

In 318 at bats for the Mets this season, Walker is hitting .239 with 22 extra base hits and 40 RBI. However, he has just two hits in his last 40 plate appearances spanning 10 games.

"We talked about taking a couple days mentally to hit restart and get back to work," Walker added. "Working on timing more than anything else - timing and rhythm and trying to get back to the big part of the field. Nothing mechanically is going on. I just need to be a little more consistent with my approach. … I'm feeling good. No issues."  

Walker missed time earlier this season with a back injury.

"It's starting to get hot, you're playing every day, mental fatigue can lead to physical fatigue," Collins concluded. "The swings can start to get a little long, which we see, even though they think they're not tired, don't feel tired, they are tired."

Kelly Johnson was in Monday's lineup starting in place of Walker before the game was rained out.

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Latest update

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler could return from Tommy John surgery in late August, "though that's a little bit speculative," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday, July 25.

Previous reports

Mets manager Terry Collins said July 23 that Wheeler will first throw live batting practice, then start a rehab assignment roughly 10 days later.



The 26-year-old Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March, 2015, was shut down for roughly a week last month after being diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

"Some guys go fast, some guys go slow," Wheeler told reporters when visiting teammates last week in Miami. "It's frustrating. But, at the same time, I guess it's for a reason. You've just got to keep your head down and see what kind of character you have."

Wheeler recently said he is aiming to return to the Mets during August, perhaps as early as the middle of the month, he told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

"I've already had two setbacks, so hopefully nothing else arises," Wheeler said. "Hopefully we just go smooth sailing from here."

Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery in March of 2015, posted a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP, while striking out 187 batters in 185 1/3 innings (32 starts), in 2014.

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Alderson on Mets' trade options 00:03:53
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discusses the Mets' options in the trade market and possible upgrades he could make to the team.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that the team may add a bullpen arm - instead of starting pitcher or a position player - before the trade deadline.

"I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Alderson told reporters at Citi Field.

The GM said that other teams have been asking for top-tier prospects from the Mets, but he is unwilling to deal them.

"For whatever reason, this year, clubs keep asking for the top tier of our system, and we're simply not going to move players that we think are going to have a significant role for us in the somewhat near future for the possibility of getting the kind of unique return that we got last year," he said.

"This is the entertainment business, and we talk about steak and sizzle, and I enjoy sizzle as much as anybody," Alderson explained, when asked if he will make a big acquisition like last summer, when he traded for Yoenis Cespedes

However, he added. "Even sizzle becomes less sizzling over time, just because it becomes part of the everyday expectation. So, I think it's unfair to think that he could continue to have that sort of novelty impact as well as performance over a year or year-plus. But he's certainly a significant part of our team at this point and has done everything we could have expected."




General view as rain falls on the tarp at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
General view as rain falls on the tarp at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Rain postponed Monday's game between theNew York Mets and Cardinals at Citi Field.

The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader today beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET, with the second game beginning approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends.

According to Mets.com: "Fans holding tickets for Monday's game cannot use them for today's doubleheader, unless they exchange them in person at the Citi Field ticket windows. Fans may also exchange them for tickets to any other regular-season home game, pending availability, and excepting July 30 against the Rockies and Aug. 1-2 against the Yankees."



Noah Syndergaard, who was scheduled to start Monday, will pitch against RHP Carlos Martinez in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, while Bartolo Colon and Jaime Garcia will start Game 2.


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The wrinkle here could be that the Mets end up needing a spot starter this weekend when they host the Rockies. My hunch is they'll lean on Seth Lugo, who has done a terrific job in the bullpen since being promoted a few weeks ago. Or, they could leave him where he has, because he's been on such a role, and call up someone from Triple-A, such as RHP prospect Gabriel Ynoa, who the NY Post's Mike Puma recently said was on deck if the team is this sort of situation.

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The Nationals were off, the Mets were rained out and the Marlins lost to the Phillies...



A rumored deal between the Mets and the Brewers for catcher Jonathan Lucroy was dead on arrival, according to Mets GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Alderson discussed how the team might approach the trade deadline >> Read more

Triple-A LH reliever Sean Gilmartin was placed on the DL in Las Vegas >> Read more

What's on tap for Tuesday, July 26

The Mets will play a straight doubleheader against the Cardinals at Citi Field, beginning at 4:10 p.m.

Noah Syndergaard (2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start in Game 1 against Carlos Martinez (2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP).



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Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Update...

Mets GM Sandy Alderson called an unspecified trade rumor "dead on arrival" on Monday afternoon.

Previous Reports...

The New York Mets are in the mix for Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and have shown interest in two Brewers relievers, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

The Mets, according to Ackert, would have to package a blue-chip prospect along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud for apotential deal. The Brewers rejected a Lucroy-for-d'Arnaud deal straight up, according to Ackert.

Lucroy, 30, is hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 50 RBIs, and was selected to his second All-Star Game earlier this month. The Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers are also rumored to be interested in Lucroy.

New York has also expressed interest in RHP Jeremy Jeffress, 28, who has a 2.23 ERA in 42 relief appearances, and LHP Will Smith, 27, who has a 3.86 ERA in 23 relief outings.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers , Travis d'Arnaud

Triple-A Las Vegas LHP Sean Gilmartin has been placed on the disabled list due to shoulder soreness, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Gilmartin, 26, has posted a 4.63 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 93 1/3 innings (15 starts, one relief appearance) this season for Las Vegas.

He had a 7.00 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in five relief appearances for the Mets earlier this season.

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Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)
Hall of Fame Inductee Mike Piazza makes his acceptance speech during the 2016 MLB baseball hall of fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. (Gregory Fisher)

Mike Piazza spoke at length about his childhood, time developing as a player and his playing career during his induction speech to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here is a selection of his speech, where he discusses his time with the Mets:

"A week later at my home in Florida, my life‑long friend and agent, Danny Lozano, which I wish to thank for listening‑‑ for making me listen to him, told me that I was traded to the New York Mets. It was actually the last team that I had managed‑‑ that I had imagined wanted me, but it was the most amazing experience any human being could have.

I can't thank our general manager at the time, Steve Phillips, enough. Steve, you took a chance on me, and I'll be forever grateful. I would also like to thank owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon. No price could be put on the experience of playing in New York. Actually, Queens.

We were managed, at the time, by a colorful, unpredictable manager named Bobby Valentine. Bobby, I know we didn't always agree, but you were an amazing motivator, extremely intelligent baseball man, and I can honestly say that you gave the best pre‑game motivational speech I ever heard. Sorry, Tommy.

When I was traded, there was a gutsy, not so big in stature, but big heart left‑handed pitcher named Johnny Franco. He was kind enough to take me into his home and give me his number 31. I know it had special significance to him, but he unselfishly gave it me, and I will always be grateful.

The first game I caught for the Mets that year was pitched by an intimidating, yet cerebral, left‑handed pitcher with a devastating slider named Al Leiter. I never caught someone so intense and with a sense of perfection.

One time, he actually got mad at me because my idol, Mike Schmidt, was on a trip with the Phillies at Shea, and he went down to the tunnel to coach in the cage because it was raining. And I wanted so badly to talk to Schmidtty, that I was actually inadvertently coaching a few of their hitters. And he let me know about it.

We had a wonderful friendship and some amazing times on the road. And I was always ‑‑ can say that it was my biggest honor to catch one of his best pitched games, a one‑game playoff in 1999 against the Cincinnati Reds, in which he didn't shake me off one time. Really wasn't that hard, I just called for a slider.

Al, you're an amazing teammate, loving husband, and amazing father to your children. And I have the highest respect for you.

I was also very fortunate to play with some incredible teammates in New York. Edgardo Alfonzo comes to mind. Mi Panna, Edgardo Alfonzo was a great fielder and clutch hitter. Many times I can remember him picking me up when I failed to come through. As a matter of fact, one memorable three‑run home run that I hit on July 4th in the 8th inning against the Braves, Edgardo actually had an amazing two‑strike hit that tied the game and allowed me to relax and feel more confident at the plate knowing we were tied. A few guys up here know what that means.

How can I put my ‑‑ into words my thanks, love, and appreciation for New York Mets fans? You have given me the greatest gift and have graciously taken me into your family. Looking out, today, at all the incredible sea of blue and orange brings back the greatest time of my life. You guys are serious. We didn't get off on the best foot, but we both stayed with it.

At first, I was pressing to make you cheer and wasn't doing the job. You didn't take it easy on me, and I am better because of it.
Sometimes a jockey whips a horse. It isn't always pleasant to watch, but it gets results. The eight years we spent together went by way too fast. The thing I miss most is making you cheer.

No fans rock the house like Mets fans. You are passionate loyal, intelligent, and love this great game. To be the only second Met to enter the Hall of Fame, following Tom Seaver brings me great pride and joy. And I truly enjoyed Gary Carter's company. He was a wonderful man, a great player, and I miss him.

Unfortunately, it wasn't always the ups and downs of baseball season we experienced. September 11, 2001, is a day that forever changed our lives. To witness the darkest evil of the human heart and witness that as it tore many loved ones from their families will forever be burned in my soul.

But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character, and eventual healing. Many of you give me praise for the two‑run home run on the first game back on September 21st to push us ahead of the rival Braves.

But true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders, who knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway.

Jesus said there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for his friends. I consider it an honor and privilege to have witnessed that love. Your families and those left behind are always in my prayers. I pray we never forget their sacrifice and work to always defeat such evil."

For Piazza's full speech, click here.


New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

A year ago, the New York Mets had an eventful first homestand after the All-Star break.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kerhsaw nearly threw a perfect game against the Mets, who called up their top prospect, made three trades and vaulted into first place in the National League East.

New York will hope its first homestand of this year after the All-Star will be filled with wins. The Mets kick off the home portion of the second-half scheduled Monday with the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The homestand will begin a year and one day after Michael Conforto was called up and trades for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson were completed. It also starts three days shy of the one-year anniversary of the Wilmer Flores-for-Carlos Gomez trade that fell through, setting up the dramatic acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes three days later.

Conforto, Johnson, Cespedes and Flores are still with the third-place Mets, who are 52-45 and five games behind the Washington Nationals in the National League East. New York also is a half-game behind the Miami Marlins for the second NL wild card.

The Mets would have been further back, but they took two of three in Miami and ended an eight-game road trip by getting a 3-0 victory, highlighted by Steven Matz retiring Giancarlo Stanton with two on for the final out of the fifth inning.

"This was crunch time for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We couldn't lose any more ground. We have to hang in there until we start to get healthy or we start to really get it clicking offensively. This was a good series for us to win." >> Read more...

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5. Mets acquire Piazza from Marlins

The Mets were at a pivotal point, slightly above .500, in second place, and looking strong enough to float, but too weak to hang in a pennant race. Piazza instantly changed the team dynamic and made them legit. It was such a big deal, I didn't believe the trade happened until I actually saw him in uniform May 23, 1998. It was a gorgeous Memorial Day, with crisp blue skies and nearly 35,000 fans standing in a ballpark that had grown comfortable with silence. Piazza had an RBI double that day. His presence alone, his slow walk to the plate perked up fans, gave us strength and made the Mets look and feel like contenders again...

4. Piazza re-signs with the Mets

The Mets felt new with Piazza. Yet, he flirted with returning to the Dodgers a few months later... and other teams had interest. Thankfully, eventually, Piazza chose the Mets, signing a seven-year, $91 million deal to stay in Queens. It was a turning point, and made the excitement of his acquisition feel permanent. It was a turning point. Two days later the Mets re-upped Al Leiter, eventually signed Robin Ventura, Orel Hershiser and Rickey Henderson, traded for Armando Benitez and sent Todd Hundley to LA. They got to a World Series two years later...

3. Piazza and Roger Clemens

It was just two men, but they summed up the relationship between all Mets fans and Yankees fans. It was annoyingly perfect. I hated every second of it, but couldn't look away. First, Piazza had been owning Clemens at the plate. Roger knocked Piazza flat on his back, cold, with a fastball to the head. The next time around, in the World Series, Clemens ended up throwing a bat at Mike, neither of which ended in a brawl. Clemens (and the Yankees) won both battles. I'm still not over it. It burns. I'm not alone.



"There should have been a fight," Piazza wrote in his book, Long Shot, after having time to think about the situations. "It hadn't been possible in July, when I was lying on my back with my head ringing like school was out ... I had my parameters for fighting on the field, and the World Series was sure as hell no time to set them aside."

2. The 10-run inning against the Braves

The Mets had already tied the game, but I think everyone in the ballpark knew he was going to come up big in that moment. He laced a line drive home run off the façade down the left field line. Shea Stadium erupted in cheers, people were hugging each other and he pumped his fist as hard as he possibly could that night. I had never seen Piazza so pumped up in any one moment as a Met, and I don't think he ever got so excited again. It was a fun moment, and one that helped define the 2000 season.

1. Home run on September 21, 2001

It's almost a cliche at this point, but for me nothing will ever match the raw emotion of the home run on September 21, 2001. It was such a simple thing - to win a baseball game - but it was a truly uplifting moment, exactly when this city needed it the most. It's so representative of what he did for this team again and again - huge hits, prodigious power, at the times when it mattered. It's a moment that I'll never forget and one that moves me simply thinking about it.


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GEICO SportsNite: Piazza on HOF 00:02:06
Michelle Yu catches up with new Hall of Famer Mike Piazza on his illustrious career.

Legendary New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former Seattle Mariners center fielder Ken Griffey Jr. were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, on Sunday.

Piazza spent eight seasons of his 16-year career with the New York Mets, leading them to the 2000 World Series and hitting a memorable home run in the first game in New York following the 9/11 terror attacks.

"To witness the darkest evil of the human heart ... will be forever burned in my soul," Piazza said, according to the Associated Press. "But from tragedy and sorrow came bravery, love, compassion, character and eventual healing.

"Many of you give me praise for the two-run home run in the first game back on Sept. 21st, but the true praise belongs to police, firefighters, first responders that knew that they were going to die, but went forward anyway. I pray that we never forget their sacrifice."

Piazza, who ended his career with 427 home runs, 1,335 RBIs and 2,127 hits, became just the second MLB player to wear a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque (Tom Seaver). He was emotional during his induction speech when he spoke of his father.

"Dad always dreamed of playing in the major leagues," Piazza said. "He could not follow that dream because of the realities of life. My father's faith in me, often greater than my own, is the single most important factor of me being inducted into this Hall of Fame. Thank you dad. We made it, dad. The race is over. Now it's time to smell the roses."

Griffey, a 13-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, hit 630 home runs and 1,836 RBIs, as he was just three votes shy of becoming the first unanimous selection into the Hall. He played the first 11 seasons of his career with the Mariners. 

"There are two misconceptions about me -- I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy," Griffey said. "Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out."


Conforto, Collins and Matz 00:06:21
Michael Conforto, Terry Collins and Steven Matz discuss their reactions to the Mets' win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon in Miami.

New York Mets LHP Steven Matz threw six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on the road on Sunday to earn his first win in nearly two months.

"It was very, very encouraging," manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "His fastball really had late life to it. We saw a lot of swings and misses on his fastball. I thought his changeup and curveball and breaking ball he threw for strikes."

Matz (8-6) started the season 7-1 with a 2.36 ERA, but had been winless over his last nine starts with a 4.73 ERA. But on Sunday, he threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes and struck out six batters in six four-hit innings for his first victory since May 25.

"I think early on, I was just focused on staying within myself and letting my mechanics take over, not trying to muscle up," Matz said. "That is something I was fighting against and this time I was really focused on staying within myself and it really helped me out."

Matz pitched out of two-on, two-out jams twice, getting Marcell Ozuna to ground into a fielder's choice in the first inning and inducing a Giancarlo Stanton groundout to end the fifth.

"Stanton came up with runners on a couple of different times and it was a matter of not giving in and not giving him that good pitch he can crush," Matz said. "I think that was just kind of the separator today."

Tags: Miami Marlins , Steven Matz

 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets took two of three games from the Marlins over the weekend in Miami, including a 3-0 win on Sunday >> Read more



The Mets are interested in Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy and two of Milwaukee's relievers >> Read more

Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame >> Read more

Piazza joined Matt Cerrone on the MetsBlog Q&ACast >> Listen here

Zack Wheeler is set to face hitters this week as he continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery >> Read more

Lucas Duda (back), hopes to start a rehab assignment within a few weeks >> Read more

What's on tap for Monday, July 25

The Mets open a three-game series against the Cardinals at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Noah Syndergaard (2.43 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) gets the start against Carlos Martinez (2.83 ERA, 1.13 WHIP).



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.


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Tags: Lucas Duda , Zack Wheeler

Post Game Extra: Mets win 00:03:33
Steven Matz won his first game since late May with an outstanding performance across six shutout innings on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Matz pitched six scoreless innings to snap a nine-start winless streak and the Mets finished their nine-game road trip with a winning record after blanking the Marlins, 3-0, on Sunday at Marlins Park.

In case you missed it…

  • Matz (8-6) earned his first win in nearly two months, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. The southpaw had not won since he defeated the Nationals back on May 25.
  • Jose Reyes opened the scoring with a two-out, RBI triple in the third inning off Marlins starter Jose Urena. The Mets tacked on two more in the eighth on consecutive RBI singles from Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney.
  • Michael Conforto started for the first time in center field and made a diving catch to rob Miguel Rojas of a hit leading off the bottom of the first. He also went 2-for-2 and scored the game's first run on Reyes' triple.
  • Jeurys Familia pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his Major League-leading 35th save of the year and his 51st straight successful conversion dating back to last season.

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


Michael Avallone, SNY.TV

A good and much-needed series win for the Mets. Steven Matz turned in his best outing in quite some time and was rewarded with a well-deserved win. And while the offense went through its usual tortuous performance, Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney came through in big-time spots in the eighth to make sure New York left town with a win...

The bullpen, which has been spectacular in July and solid the entire season, was strong again with three shutout innings. Addison Reed has turned into one of the top setup men in the game and Hansel Robles might be the man in the seventh for the Mets moving forward. At least he should be, as of now…

The road doesn't get easier in the next few days with the resurgent Cardinals on their way to Citi Field. As Terry Collins said, it's crunch time for the Mets, who really need to break away from this win-one, lose-one pattern they've established the last 15 games.

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Video: Reyes puts Mets up early with RBI triple to left

Video: Conforto makes fantastic diving catch in center

Video: Cespedes provides Mets with insurance in the eighth

Quotes…

Terry Collins on the Mets' important stretch: "I said it coming in after the break this was crunch time for us. We knew we had the Cubs and the Marlins who were playing good. We just couldn't lose any more ground we've got to hang in there until we start to get healthy or we start to really getting it clicking offensively."

Matz on his start: "I think early on, I was just focused on staying within myself and letting my mechanics taking over, not trying to muscle up. That is something I was fighting against and this time I was really focused on staying within myself and it really helped me out."

Collins on Matz: "It was very, very encouraging. His fastball really had late life to it. We saw a lot of swings and misses on his fastball. I thought his changeup and curveball and breaking ball he threw for strikes. He came off in the sixth inning and told [pitching coach Dan Warthen] he was tired and we know that can spell danger. So we got him out of there, but otherwise I thought he had a great game."

Conforto on his diving catch in center field: "That's a good way to have that first play out there, first everything, go down. Just jump right into it. I didn't have time to think. Just react, and it tells you that's what you do out there in center: You just react and you be an athlete."

News and notes…

  • The Mets won their third straight series against the Marlins and improved to 7-5 against the Fish this season.
  • New York returns home for a nine-game homestand. They play 17 of their next 20 at Citi Field.
  • Matz had gone 0-5 with a 4.73 ERA in his last nine starts.
  • Familia tied former Met Jose Valverde for the third-longest consecutive saves streak in history with his 51st straight conversion. Only Eric Gagne (84) and Tom Gordon (54) have more.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded in the eighth and is now hitless in his last 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position. Gregg Jefferies holds the franchise mark for futility with an 0-for-37 stretch in 1990.

What's next…

After ending their nine-game road trip with a winning record, the Mets (52-45) head back to Citi Field where they'll host the Cardinals (52-45) for three games beginning on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (9-4, 2.43 ERA) will try for his career-high 10th win. St. Louis counters with right-hander Carlos Martinez (9-6, 2.83 ERA), who is 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in his last nine starts.

Tags: Steven Matz

Michael Conforto (30) and Yoenis Cespedes (52) (Noah K. Murray)
Michael Conforto (30) and Yoenis Cespedes (52) (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and Marlins finish their weekend series in Miami on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Mets Marlins
Jose Reyes, 3B Miguel Rojas, 1B
Curtis Granderson, RF Martin Prado, 3B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Christian Yelich, LF
James Loney, 1B Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Kelly Johnson, 2B Marcell Ozuna, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS J.T. Realmuto, CF
Michael Conforto, CF Derek Dietrich, 2B
Rene Rivera, C Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Steven Matz, LHP Jose Urena, RHP

When and Where: 1:10 p.m. from Marlins Park in Miami.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: LHP Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56) - Matz is 0-2 with a 7.07 ERA in three career starts against Miami.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23)

Tags: Miami Marlins

Mike Piazza works with Mets catchers during training camp Sunday (Andrew Vazzano)
Mike Piazza works with Mets catchers during training camp Sunday (Andrew Vazzano)

Where have you gone Mike Piazza?

OK, we know exactly where the former Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins (for five games), New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland A's catcher will be Sunday afternoon -- getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

But we meant "where have you gone Mike Piazza" in the larger sense, as in, is there an heir apparent to his title as a great hitting catcher?

Piazza, who hit 427 homers in his 16-year career, slugged more long balls than any other catcher in major-league history. His career batting average was .308, and his 162-game averages included 29 doubles, 36 homers, 113 RBIs and a .922 OPS.

"I'm thrilled," Piazza told mlb.com when asked about his impending induction. "I'm nervous for tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it."

Piazza has earned his legendary status. But suffice to say that no catcher in today's game is close to him in terms of hitting prowess. The closest is Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, but it's not really a fair fight.

Here a look at the offensive numbers of the six catchers who made this year's All-Star Game:

-- American League starter Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals has a career batting average of .278 with 79 homers, 322 RBIs and a .745 OPS. His 162-game averages include 20 homers and 83 RBIs.

-- AL reserve Stephen Vogt of the Oakland A's has a .263 career batting average with 39 homers, 152 RBIs and a .747 OPS. His 162-game averages include 17 homers and 68 RBIs.

-- AL reserve Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles has a career .257 batting average with 109 homers, 409 RBI and a .740 OPS. His 162-game averages include 21 homers and 80 RBIs.

-- Posey, the National League starter, has a .308 career batting average with 114 homers, 491 RBIs and a .857 OPS. His 162-game averages include 22 homers and 95 RBIs.

-- NL reserve Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers has a .284 career batting average with 78 homers, 385 RBIs and a .778 OPS. His 162-game averages include 16 homers and 78 RBIs.

-- NL reserve Wilson Ramos of the Washington Nationals has a .269 career batting average with 74 homers, 291 RBIs and a .741 OPS. His 162-game averages include 22 homers and 88 RBIs.

Piazza, by the way, never hit .300 or better in his final six seasons. The rigors of catching had clearly caught up to him by then, but he had put up such massive numbers early on that his avearge still was above .300 for his career.

As for the Marlins and Mets, they both have young catchers with some potential:

-- Miami's J.T. Realmuto, 25, has a .280 career batting average with 15 homers, 82 RBIs and a .720 OPS. His 162-game averages include 11 homers and 61 RBIs.

-- New York's Travis d'Arnaud, 27, has a .245 career batting average with 28 homers, 97 RBIs and a .718 OPS. His 162-game averages include 19 homers and 66 RBIs.

D'Arnaud, by the way, grew up a Dodgers fan. He was three years old when Piazza made his Dodgers debut in 1992.

A shortstop in his early years, d'Arnaud patterned his game after Piazza once he converted to catcher. And when Piazza served as a Mets instructor in spring training, d'Arnaud was there to soak up knowledge.

"(Piazza is) an incredible guy," d'Arnaud told ESPN New York. "He had insight on every little thing."

So perhaps it can be said that Piazza is still making a positive impact on the Mets.

But another catcher, anywhere in the majors, who can hit as well as Piazza did for as long as Piazza did .. that's not happening any time soon.

© 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud


Mike Piazza will be inducted in to the Baseball Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on Sunday, July 24 at 1:30 p.m. ET.



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Last year, after it was announced that Piazza recieved enough votes to enter the Hall of Fame, I watched a good hour of his highlights preparing for a post about his career. I intended for it to be about his impact on Mets fans and our experience at Shea Stadium. But, in watching him hit, I found myself again mesmerized by how amazing he was in a batter's box.

It's easy to be bogged down in the world surrounding us as Mets fans, i.e., payroll, stats, results, etc. However, I also love the art of baseball. I love the act of hitting and fielding and throwing and the beauty and genius behind it all. This is why I adore Spring Training. And, after watching those clips in the middle of the night, I was reminded of how Piazza painted us the perfect portrait of a powerful right-handed hitter.

He was literally the best right-handed hitter I ever watched. He is the textbook definition of what a young kid should be trying to do when in the box. His head never moves. He is locked in on the ball the entire time it's in flight. His face never turns, never tips, never throws him off balance. It's like some weird film trick, where his head is isolated and the rest of the image moves. However, it's not fake, it's physical discipline and mental focus at a world-class level.

Similarly, his hands are motionless for such a long time. He lets the ball get so deep in the strike zone, waiting so long to make his move that it often looks like he's hitting it out of the catcher's mitt. And yet, because he could generate so much power in his wrists, in his torque, he could drive the ball the other way, 400 feet over the wall.

If this wasn't impressive enough, it's important to remember he hit like this after doing roughly 300 squats a night catching behind the plate. The guy was up and down, up and down, over and over again -- before the game, after the game, during the game, between innings, all while calling pitches, researching opposing hitters, taking foul balls off the hand, chest and face, and living in the dirt. And, despite the beating, he played all nine innings, because he was always his team's best hitter, needed for a final at-bat in a clutch spot.



It's also important to note that he is still underrated as a catcher. He wasn't great, but he isn't as bad as people like to make him out to be. Sure, he wasn't the best at throwing runners out trying to steal bases. However, given his size, it's easy to see why. But he was well above average at framing pitches and blocking balls in the dirt. Also, starting pitchers threw better to him than his backup catchers, which is probably why they all praised him so much during their time together.

Lastly, and maybe most important, I don't think people realize how hard he worked to keep up his level of performance. There is an old timer I love talking with in St. Lucie who has been working security at the facility since Piazza was training there. He loves to talk about how Mike would get to the ballpark before he would some days and how he was the only active, healthy major league player he can remember getting there early enough to hit before the minor leaguers. I love this story, because it speaks to how much effort Piazza had to put in to being the player that he was.

Thank you, Mike. Thank you for the hard work, artistry and incredible moments. It was an honor getting to watch you play, it was a thrill being able to hang with you a bit this past spring training, and I'm proud that you'll go in to the Hall of Fame representing the Mets.


Tri-State Ford


John Harper talks Mike Piazza 00:03:40
John Harper joins host Gary Apple to discuss where Mike Piazza ranks all-time among catchers and in Mets history.

Post Game Extra: 7/23/16 00:02:24
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Jacob deGrom lasted just 3 2/3 innings and a less-than-dominant Jose Fernandez was still plenty good enough to lead the Marlins past the Mets, 7-2, on Saturday night at Marlins Park.

In case you missed it…

  • deGrom (6-5) labored from the start and lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings while surrendering five runs on 10 hits and a walk. He struck out five and also allowed a moonshot home run off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
  • The Mets took a 2-1 lead off Jose Fernandez in the third after falling behind a half inning earlier. deGrom led off with a double and came home later in the inning on Yoenis Cespedes' bloop single to right. James Loney followed with a sacrifice fly that plated Curtis Granderson, who had singled. 
  • New York had another chance against Fernandez in the fifth. Trailing 5-2, the Mets loaded the bases with one out on three singles. But Loney flied out to shallow left and Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, making him hitless in his last 31 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
  • Michael Conforto stroked a pinch-hit single in the sixth and played center field for the first time in his career. He made his first career putout in center on Marcel Ozuna's fly out in the eighth.

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

Video: deGrom gets his third strikeout in the second inning

Video: James Loney hits sac fly against Marlins

Video: Yoenis Cespedes hits RBI single in the top of third

Quotes…

deGrom on his outing and the home run to Stanton: "I wasn't very good today and pretty much everything I threw seemed to go down the middle and I paid for it. That one's on me. … I saw him hit a ball pretty far over the wall. I don't know what you want me to say. I threw a couple balls down the middle and he hit them pretty hard."

Terry Collins on deGrom: "He's probably tired. Those are stressful innings from the start until he came out of the game, so I'm really not concerned. … He didn't have command of any of his pitches. A lot of balls over the plate, a lot of balls up. Very uncharacteristic."

Cabrera on his 0-for-31 with runners in scoring position: "It's really weird. You don't feel good. It's hard for me…This game is not easy and all I can do is keep working hard and try to get better."

News and notes…

  • Saturday marked the 40th time in 96 games that the Mets have scored two or fewer runs in a game. Only the Braves have done so more often this season.
  • deGrom had a 0.93 ERA in his previous four starts and was coming off a complete game, one-hit shutout against the Phillies in his last outing. Saturday's start was the second-shortest of his career.
  • Granderson and Cespedes had two hits apiece.
  • Fernandez improved to 26-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 37 career starts at Marlins Park.

What's next…

The Mets (51-45) will try and head home with a winning road trip as they face the Marlins (53-44) on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park at 1:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Steven Matz (7-6, 3.56 ERA), who is winless in his last nine starts and has lost five consecutive decisions, will start the finale on Sunday. Miami sends right-hander Jose Urena (1-1, 6.23 ERA) to the hill for his second start following 16 relief appearances to start the year.

Tags: Jacob deGrom



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In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, I talk with Mike Piazza, who will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame next week, and have his number retired by the Mets on July 30.

It took 18 years, but I finally caught up with Mike in the Port St. Lucie dugout during Spring Training, when he talked with me about his love of wine, soccer, what made him a successful catcher and the importance of hard work and focusing on the details in life and baseball.

This was an obvious thrill for me. It's sort of an off-beat, non-baseball interview, where I clearly try to psychoanylze my favorite player of the last 30 years. I hope you enjoy it...

Tags: Matthew Cerrone

Mets 1B Lucas Duda joined the Mets in Miami on Saturday and hopes to start a rehab assignment within a few weeks, he told reporters.



Latest update

Duda worked on tracking pitches at Marlins Park, and according to reporters, he is aiming to start a rehab in the coming weeks, though the date has not yet been determined. 

"I think in the next couple of weeks it should be healed and I'll be ready to go on an assignment and get back here as soon as I can," Duda said Saturday, according to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin

Previous reports

Mets 1B Lucas Duda has resumed baseball activity during his rehab from a stress fracture in his lower back on July 20.

Duda took ground balls in the field and swung a bat for the first time since going on the disabled list. 

Duda ran and played catch on Monday, July 18, MLB.com reporter Anthony DiComo said on Twitter.

In a best-case scenario, Duda could begin a rehab assignment in early-August, and return to the team soon after, according to DiComo.


Duda has been on the disabled list since May 23 due to a stress fracture in his lower back.

Duda is hitting .231 with seven home runs and 19 RBIs in 39 games this season.

Tags: Lucas Duda

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 5-0. (Eric Hartline)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 5-0. (Eric Hartline)

The Mets and Marlins continue their weekend series in Miami on Saturday night at Marlins Park. 

Follow the game live on SNY.tv...


Mets Marlins
Jose Reyes, 3B J.T. Realmuto, C
Curtis Granderson, RF Martin Prado, 3B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Christian Yelich, LF
James Loney, 1B Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Marcell Ozuna, CF
Neil Walker, 2B Derek Dietrich, 2B
Travis d'Arnaud, C Chris Johnson, 1B
Juan Lagares, CF Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Jacob deGrom, RHP Jose Fernandez, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. from Marlins Park in Miami.


Who's Pitching for the Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38 ERA) is coming off a stellar performance in Philadelphia, where he pitched a one-hit shutout. He allowed two runs over seven innings in a win over the Marlins on July 6. He is 3-0 in July with a 1.29 ERA.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53 ERA) has not lost in six career starts against the Mets, posting a 1.32 ERA. Has allowed just two runs over 18 combined innings against the Mets at Marlins Park. Comes in 25-1 with a 1.43 ERA at home in his career. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom , Miami Marlins

In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, I talk with former Mets GM Steve Phillips, who hosts "The Leadoff Spot," alongside Todd Hollandsworth, every weekday morning on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio channel.

Phillips was GM when the Mets acquired Mike Piazza from the Marlins for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, and Geoff Goetz. In this interview, we talk about his appreciation for Piazza, his motivation for making the deal, and how he also considered trading for Marlins RHP Kevin Brown and OF Gary Sheffield...

Tags: Matthew Cerrone

 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

Despite allowing a run Friday night, Mets closer Jeurys Familia recorded his 50th straight regular-season save to close out the Mets' 5-3 win over the Marlins. 

After blowing a save to the Padres on July 30 last year, Familia has recorded a save in each opportunity during the regular season since that date. 

He becomes the fourth closer in major league history to save at least fifty games in a row, joining Eric Gagne (84), Tom Gordon (54) and Jose Valverde (51). 

Familia, now with 34 saves in 34 chances this season, has a 2.58 ERA 1.26 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings pitched. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia

New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (center) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

Jose Reyes went 3-for-5, scored two runs and stole a base in his first game at Marlins Park since 2012 in the Mets' win over the Marlins on Friday night. 

Reyes signed a six-year contract with the Marlins in 2011 and spent one season in Miami before being traded to the Blue Jays after the 2012 season. 

Video: Jose Reyes collects RBI single against the Marlins

"No, it doesn't mean anything," Reyes told reporters about his feelings on returning to Miami. "I feel like that was another game." 

Reyes started the game with a lead-off double, eventually stole third base and followed by scoring on Yoenis Cespedes' sacrifice fly. He would add two more hits, including an RBI single. 

The 33-year-old is now hitting .250 with a .298 OBP while also recording three steals in 13 games since rejoining the Mets. 


Post Game Extra: Mets win 00:03:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins.

Jose Reyes had three hits and James Loney's two-run homer in the ninth gave the Mets some breathing room in their 5-3 win over the Fish at Marlins Park on Friday night.

In case you missed it…

  • Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base. He scored twice on a pair of sacrifice flies by Yoenis Cespedes, including the go-ahead run in the seventh after the Marlins had tied the game.
  • Reyes led off the game with a double, stole third and scored on Cespedes' first sac fly. He also singled in a run with two outs in the fourth to give New York a 2-0 lead.
  • Logan Verrett took a two-hit shutout into the sixth inning before allowing a game-tying, two-run homer to Christian Yelich. Overall, he surrendered two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
  • Hansel Robles took over with one out in the sixth and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his fifth win of the season, all of which have come in his last 10 appearances.
  • Addison Reed turned in his 10th consecutive scoreless outing with a perfect frame and Jeurys Familia saved his 50th straight game dating back to last season. The run he allowed was the first in a career-high 17 appearances dating back to June 4, also against Miami.

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


Michael Avallone, SNY.TV It wasn't necessarily pretty, but a win is a in. And as far as victories go, it was a pretty important one for the Mets, who not only gained a game on both the Marlins and Nationals, but did so with the enormous shadow of Jose Fernandez looming over them tomorrow… For the first time since he returned to the Mets, Reyes seemed to bring that dynamic which has been missing from the club, namely speed. After doubling to lead off the first and watching Curtis Granderson produce a fruitless out, Reyes stole third and scored on Cespedes' sac fly to give the Mets a lead three batters into the game.

Before Reyes' arrival, that same scenario would more than likely have resulted in no runs thanks to the Mets' complete lack of team speed and woeful clutch hitting. Speaking of which…it remains woeful. Despite two sac flies by Cespedes and a big, two-out RBI single from Reyes, the Mets went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, with eight of those at-bats coming in the first four innings. It's simply beating a horse that is not only dead but now completely decomposed, but the overall approach by New York in these situations borders on comical…

Regardless, a good win in a very important series, which the Mets can now take with Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz upcoming in the final two games.

To follow Mike on Twitter, click here.


Video: Loney crushes a two-run homer against the Marlins

Video: Yoenis Cespedes puts Mets back on top with a sac fly

Video: Jose Reyes collects RBI single against the Marlins

Quotes…

Verrett on Reyes: "He's like a can of RedBull bottled up like a human being, which is something we were missing. You need that high level of energy."

Terry Collins on Reyes: "He produces runs. He gets on base, gets in scoring position. He's still a great base runner and creates havoc when he gets on the bases. People got to worry about him. … I hope he has a lot more [games] like that. That's what we envisioned…He brings some energy. … We got a lot of games to play. He is going to make a big difference in our lineup."

Reyes on his strong game: "I feel very good. I feel like I'm seeing the ball well from both sides of the plate. Hopefully I can continue to be like that. When you have a game like that you have to be consistent and remind yourself what you're doing again to be successful. I've waited for this for a little while. It's always good to set the tone for the guys behind me."

Collins on Verrett's start: "He pitched very well tonight. He really did. In the sixth inning, he just started getting the ball up. The ball that [J.T.] Realmuto hit was up. I thought he could get Yelich with the changeup, but he wasn't going to face [Giancarlo] Stanton."

News and notes…

  • The Mets have won 13 of 20 in Miami and six of their last eight overall against the Marlins. New York moved to within one-half game of Miami in the N.L. East and five of division-leading Washington.
  • Familia became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to record at least 50 straight saves. Only Jose Valverde (51, 2010-2011), Tom Gordon (54, 1998-1999) and Eric Gagne (84, 2002-2004) are ahead of him.
  • Verrett is winless in his last six starts and is 1-5 with a 4.93 ERA in eight starts this season. He is 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

What's next…

The Mets (51-44) and Marlins (52-44) continue their three-game series on Saturday night from Marlins Park at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. It will be a marquee pitching matchup with New York's Jacob deGrom (6-4, 2.38 ERA) facing off against Miami ace Jose Fernandez (11-4, 2.53 ERA).

DeGrom has a 1.92 ERA dating back to May 27 and has won three straight starts after going 10 consecutive outings without a victory. Fernandez has never lost to the Mets in six career starts, going 2-0 with 1.32 ERA.

Tags: Logan Verrett , Yoenis Cespedes

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets continue their road trip in Miami for a three-game set, starting on Friday night.

You can follow the game live on SNY.tv.


Mets Marlins
Jose Reyes, 3B J.T. Realmuto, C
Curtis Granderson, RF Miguel Rojas, 3B
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Christian Yelich, LF
Wilmer Flores, 1B Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Neil Walker, 2B Marcell Ozuna, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Derek Dietrich, 2B
Travis d'Arnaud, C Chris Johnson, 1B
Juan Lagares, CF Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Logan Verrett, RGP Adam Conley, LHP

When and Where? 7:10 p.m. on SNY from Marlins Park.


Who's Pitching for the Mets? Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.21) - Verrett took the loss in Philadelphia last Saturday after allowing two runs (both earned) over 6.0 innings. Verrett has now lost six straight decisions, after opening the season with three wins. In one start and one relief appearance against Miami this year, he has shut them out in a combined 8.0 innings.


Who's Pitching for the Marlins? Adam Conley (6-5, 3.61) - Conley allowed three runs (two earned) in 5.1 innings against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Sunday, getting a no-decision. Conley has not lost at home since May 22, posting a 1.07 ERA in his four starts since then. Conley faced the Mets on April 13, striking out a season-high nine batters in 6.0 shutout innings.

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