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Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets tallied 20 hits, two home runs, and seven doubles in an 11-run effort on Friday in San Francisco.

New York's offense immediately came alive with three hits in the first inning, and Wilmer Flores' RBI single yielded the team's first run. In the second inning, the Mets broke out and scored six runs -- including Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run home run to extend New York's lead to 5-1.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/18 00:04:04
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Jacob deGrom allowed an unearned run in the first and also tied the game with his first Major League home run, an opposite-field shot to left in the third inning off Joe Ross.

2) Wilmer Flores error and a Travis d'Arnaud passed ball led to the Nationals' lone run scoring on Ryan Zimmerman's sacrifice fly. Overall, deGrom (6-3) limited Washington to three singles and two walks while striking out six in eight innings.

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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto is back in the starting lineup on Friday night for the first time since last Sunday.

He entered in the middle of Thursday's game as part of a double-switch, played center field, and went 0-for-1 with a strikeout.

Manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Conforto's back was coming along fine but that they didn't want to push it by putting him back in the starting lineup.

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Mets' injury bug strikes again! 00:03:10
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest injuries that struck the Mets just as they finally started to play some consistent baseball.

Matt Harvey, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to 'dead arm,' will miss several weeks due to a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder >> Read more

Neil Walker, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to a leg injury, has been diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to begin rehabbing in two-to-three weeks >> Read more

The Mets are 'comfortable' with their situation on the infield and are not yet ready to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario, but that could change in the next seven-to-10 days, according to GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) might not start throwing for another four weeks >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
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Conforto's leadoff double 00:00:34
Michael Conforto leads the game off with a double to the left-center field gap against the Braves.

Michael Conforto was a late scratch from Monday's lineup due to a stiff back, Terry Collins informed reporters prior to the game.

According to Collins, Conforto may be available to pinch hit late in the game.

Conforto broke out of an 0-for-14 slump by going 2-for-4 with a leadoff double in Sunday's 2-1 win against the Braves in Atlanta.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto catches a pop fly by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp in front of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto catches a pop fly by Philadelphia Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp in front of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins downplayed the two errors outfielder Michael Conforto made in Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field.

The 24-year-old Conforto made two throwing errors, overthrowing Wilmer Flores on David Freese's first-inning RBI single and throwing off target in the third inning on John Jaso's RBI double, allowing him to advance to third and score on Freese's sac fly.

"This kid's really played great defensively," Collins said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy. "I have yet to see the kid ever not make a pretty good throw and today he made two of them. … Guys were already saying [to him], 'It happens.' I think he'll be fine."

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Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense scored just one run on Thursday for a second consecutive game in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field.
  
New York struggled against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Wilmer Flores finally put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee's Jacob Barnes, but that was the extent of the team's offensive production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes took live batting practice in Florida on Tuesday and is "making strides," manager Terry Collins said.

Cespedes dealt with a quad issue over the weekend after playing his first rehab game since injuring his hamstring. He could return from the disabled list in time for the Mets' series in Texas against the Rangers that begins next Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Cespedes went on the disabled list last month due to the hamstring injury and reported soreness in his right quad while running the bases in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Friday. 

Alderson said the team will be conservative with Cespedes since he went on the disabled list last year with a quadriceps injury.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets will select SS Logan Warmoth from the University of North Carolina with the 20th overall pick in the MLB Amateur Draft on June 12, predicts Keith Law of ESPN in his Mock Draft.

In his writeup (insider subscription needed), Law says it would be a "steal" if Warmoth fell to the Mets at No. 20.

Law, who says the Mets have been linked to college bats, notes that Warmoth has a "tremendous swing" and "some chance" to stay at shortstop long-term.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Conforto's All-Star bid 00:04:24
Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo discuss Michael Conforto's success so far this year and why he should be a National League All-Star.

The last time a player was voted to start the All-Star Game despite not appearing on the ballot came in 1974, when Steve Garvey of the Dodgers won a write-in campaign and appeared for the National League at first base. In fact, only one other time in major league history did a write-in candidate win the balloting: outfielder Rico Carty of the Braves in 1970.

So the odds are stacked against Michael Conforto being voted to start for the National League in Miami on July 11, when the 88th All-Star Game comes to Marlins Park.

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JR Sport Brief: Vote Conforto! 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR champions the effort to vote Mets OF Michael Conforto into the All-Star Game

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored, and an RBI during Wednesday's loss against the Padres after hitting two home runs during Tuesday night's 9-3 win.

Conforto is now one home run shy of Freddie Freeman and Bryce Harper, who lead the National League with 14 home runs. He is also fourth in OPS...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-0 shutout of the Angels.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jacob deGrom became the first Met -- since he did so on April 28 -- to complete seven innings, allowing four hits, three walks (one intentional) while striking out nine. He appeared to develop a blister in the seventh and proceeded to load the bases with nobody out, but he retired the next three batters, with the help of a juggling catch by Jose Reyes.

2) Michael Conforto had two hits, including his team-leading 11th homer, and Rene Rivera extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a two-out RBI single in the sixth. Curtis Granderson opened the scoring with an RBI double in the first.

3) Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless eighth and Addison Reed fired a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Conforto's two-run homer 00:00:50
Michael Conforto hits his 10th home run of the season to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit his 10th home run of the season during Wednesday's loss to the Diamondbacks in Arizona, which snapped for him a two-game stretch without a hit.

Conforto, who has been playing regularly since Yoenis Cespedes went on the disabled list, is hitting .310 with a .393 OBP and .638 SLG in 36 games (116 at-bats) this season. Along with his 10 home runs, he has six doubles, one triple, 26 RBI and 26 runs scored.

In the 213 games, including the postseason, Conforto has hit 34 home runs, while hitting the ball nearly even to all fields, as MLB.com's Daren Willman demonstrated with this image Thursday on Twitter...

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Conforto's growing confidence 00:02:33
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa break down Michael Conforto's adjusted mechanics and early success this season for the New York Mets.

In 19 games batting leadoff for the Mets this season, Michael Conforto hit .325 with a .422 OBP, 11 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 16 RBI.

He returned to the middle of the lineup Sunday, batting third, where he picked up three hits, including a two-run double and a solo home run.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:06
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The Mets blew a 7-1 lead and gave up five runs in the eighth inning, including Manny Pina's go-ahead three-run home run off Addison Reed with two outs, as New York lost its fourth straight game with an 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. >> Box score


Four Mets relievers combined to allow seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, as the Mets were swept by the Brewers.

The Mets led 7-1 in the sixth inning and 8-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Jonathan Villar hit a two-run home run and Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI double to cut it to 8-6.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Walker
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Michael Conforto runs around the bases against the Miami Marlins.  (AP)
Michael Conforto runs around the bases against the Miami Marlins. (AP)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is not in Wednesday's lineup due to a tight hamstring, manager Terry Collins said.

Conforto said it's his left hamstring and that it's fine, according to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News.

Collins noted that giving Conforto Wednesday off will allow the Mets to give him two days off (the team is off on Thursday), and that he expects Conforto to be back in the lineup on Friday against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

Conforto, 24, is hitting .330 with a .425 OBP and 648 SLG with eight HR, four doubles, and 21 RBI in 29 games this season.

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Walker drives in Conforto 00:00:55
Mets second baseman Neil Walker brings in Michael Conforto to give the Mets their first run of the game.

Neil Walker had two hits and a walk-off single during Monday's win over the Giants at Citi Field.

Walker fouled off three straight pitches before lining Hunter Strickland's 1-2 curveball down the right-field line to drive in Michael Conforto and give the Mets their fourth win in their last five games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Reyes' three-run double 00:00:43
Jose Reyes hits a three-run double in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 12-5 against the Braves.

The Mets scored five runs in the first three innings Wednesday against Bartolo Colon on their way to a 16-5 win over the Braves in Atlanta.

Michael Conforto, who is hitting .357, contributed yet another leadoff hit for the Mets to jump-start the offense, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker each had RBI doubles in the first inning to put the Mets on the board.

Curtis Granderson ended a 1-for-32 skid with an RBI double during the team's three-run third inning. Granderson finished with two hits and an RBI after getting the day off Tuesday.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Conforto's leadoff home run 00:00:52
Michael Conforto continues to find success as the Mets' leadoff hitter, knocking a solo shot to start the game

Mets OF Michael Conforto had two hits, including a leadoff home run, and three RBI during Monday's 7-5 win over the Braves at Atlanta's SunTrust Park.

Conforto's home run off Julio Teheran was his third in as many games. He added a two-run single during the team's five-run fourth inning that gave them a 6-1 lead.

"I think we just put together some really good at-bats tonight," Conforto said after the game. "We got some guys on base and found some holes and put some runs on the board."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:47
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez recap the Mets' 7-5 win over the Braves

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Michael Conforto hit his third leadoff home run of the season, giving him five homers in his last nine games. He added a two-run single and finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and an intentional walk.

2) Neil Walker and T.J. Rivera also had RBI singles during the Mets' five-run fourth inning. Jose Reyes, who homered in the eighth, had an RBI groundout.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/29 00:03:45
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Michael Conforto homered twice and drove in three runs, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. It was Conforto's first multi-homer game during the regular season. He went deep twice in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series.

2) A combination of poor defense in the fifth inning and a high pitch count conspired against Zack Wheeler, who allowed one earned run over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked into and out of trouble all afternoon and surrendered five hits and four walks while striking out four. 

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

I have no idea what to write or think about the current state of Mets. Their situation has become such a mess, so fast, so aggressively, I'm left totally bewildered.

Frankly, I feel like we left St. Lucie, started on a happy walk down the street, swaying, whistling beneath the sun, birds chirping, feeling great about ourselves and the potential of a terrific season. Then without warning ... WHACK. Someone cracked us on the back of the head with a sledgehammer, and now we're bleeding, hunched over, seeing stars, dizzy and can't remember our names.

How this happened, I don't know.

But it's too early to give up. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The old saying goes that you cannot win a pennant in April, but you certainly can lose it. So let's not fully dismiss the uphill battle the Mets have created by getting swept by the Nationals this past weekend, which has spotted Washington a five-game lead over them in the division.

However, let's also resist the easy temptation to declare the sky is falling because the Mets are in the midst of a 1-7 stretch that has dropped them three games under .500 entering Wednesday's game against the Braves at Citi Field...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Conforto rounds third base after hitting a solo home run at Citi Field. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto had three hits Sunday, including a solo home run off Max Scherzer, during the team's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

"Fastball out over the plate, that's kind of in my zone," Conforto said of the pitch from Scherzer. "I want to be able to elevate that ball and hit it the other way. I was ready for it, that's what I was looking for in that situation."

Conforto has started the last four games in the outfield, thanks in part to injuries to Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda, and Wilmer Flores.

In that time, he's batting .467 with a two home runs, two RBI and a .529 OBP in 15 at-bats...

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Collins and players on sweep 00:06:01
Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and Michael Conforto comment on the Mets' frustrating 6-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Daniel Murphy's first-inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman's two-run shot in the eighth extended the Mets' losing streak to four games for the second time in nine days.

2) After allowing the first three batters to reach and the slam to Murphy, Zack Wheeler surrendered one hit and two walks with four strikeouts over his final six innings. He worked a season-high seven frames and was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks while fanning six.

3) Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 and hit his second leadoff homer of the series. Neil Walker slugged a two-run shot to cut the Nats' lead to 4-3 in the third.

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Conforto's warning-track catch 00:00:38
Michael Conforto tracks down a deep fly ball and collides with the wall as he secures the catch to prevent an extra base hit

Michael Conforto again made the most of his opportunity to play, picking up two more hits and making key defensive plays in left and center field Thursday during the team's loss to the Phillies.

Conforto started in center field and made a diving catch in the second inning to rob a base hit.

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d'Arnaud's homer in the 16th 00:00:46
Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run in the top of the 16th inning to give the Mets the lead and, soon after, the win.

The Mets offense overcame a shaky start from Robert Gsellman to score nine runs off Marlins pitching in Thursday's extra-inning win in Miami.

Travis d'Arnaud had three hits and three RBI; Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both homered, with Cespedes going deep twice; Jay Bruce had three hits; and Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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How is Conforto not starting!? 00:02:08
Jon Hein and Sal Licata think it's criminal that Michael Conforto is not starting again on Thursday after homering and scoring three runs.

Michael Conforto said before Thursday's game against the Marlins that he believes it would be best for his development if he continues to play at the big league level, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com

 "It's tough for me to say which would be better for me because I really believe the best thing for my development is going to be to play against the best in the world, to play at this level and consistently face these guys," he said. "I think that's going to be the best thing for me."

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Adam Rubin, SNY.tv:

Michael Conforto homered Wednesday as the Mets completed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving him a pair of long balls and a .538 on-base percentage in limited opportunities this season.

Yet the numbers that dictate Conforto no longer belongs in the minor leagues were posted last year. During a pair of stints with Triple-A Las Vegas, Conforto hit .422 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/12 00:03:52
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling and break down the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Zack Wheeler's outing was a rousing success, despite Hansel Robles ruining the optics. In his second start since a 30-month hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, Wheeler took a two-hit shutout into the sixth, retiring 11 straight Phillies at one point. But he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk and Robles surrendered a first-pitch grand slam to Maikel Franco. Wheeler was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

2) The Mets built a 5-0 lead on the strength of Yoenis Cespedes' RBI double and sacrifice fly, Michael Conforto's solo homer and Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single. Conforto finished 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.

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Michael Conforto will play center field and bat leadoff tonight for the Mets, replacing Curtis Granderson, who was in the orginal lineup. The Mets released the revised lineup minutes later and said Granderson was simply getting the day off.

Conforto has appeared in six of the Mets' first eight games, starting once against the Marlins on Sunday when he homered and drove in two runs. The 24-year-old is hitting .333 (2-for-6) with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. This will be his seventh career start in center field.

Granderson batted leadoff and went 1-for-4 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and three strikeouts in the Mets' 14-4 win on Tuesday. Through seven games, he's hitting .214/.258/.286 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

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Lineup for Tuesday, April 11, courtesy of @Mets on Twitter
Lineup for Tuesday, April 11, courtesy of @Mets on Twitter

I get it. Terry Collins decided to move Jose Reyes down in the order, and replace him in the leadoff spot with Curtis Granderson. But, I don't like it...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There's no need to panic. Sure, if you want to nitpick, the Mets were aided by an error from Marlins catcher JT Realmuto in a three-run first inning Sunday en route to a 5-2 victory.

And, yes, the Mets rank last in the National League in batting average (.200) and on-base percentage (.271) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325) with one week of the season in the books. Yet it would be foolish to sound the alarm bells simply because the Mets had a quiet first week at the plate, despite posting a 3-3 record against the Braves and Marlins.

As a result, more and more Mets fans on Twitter are suddenly complaining that the team did not do enough this past winter to upgrade their offense.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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Conforto in CF every day? 00:05:49
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss if Michael Conforto should be the Mets centerfielder moving forward.

In the bottom of the first inning Sunday against the Marlins, Michael Conforto drew a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk. 

Later in the game, hit a solo home run off RHP Edinson Volquez.

Conforto's home run against Volquez was the sixth furthest home run hit this season in baseball, according to post-game data provided by MLB's StatCast.

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Mets reflect on Sunday's win 00:06:16
Terry Collins, Noah Syndergaard and Michael Conforto react to the Mets' 5-2 win Sunday against the Marlins.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard was charged with two runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks while striking out nine in seven innings. He became the first Mets starter to pitch seven innings this season.

2) The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first off Marlins starter Edinson VolquezNeil Walker had and RBI single and Michael Conforto drew a bases loaded walk. Asdrubal Cabrera scored the first run on an error by Miami catcher J.T Realmuto, who missed Justin Bour's throw home.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Conforto to start 2017 in majors 00:06:03
Loud Mouths weighs the benefits and detriments of Michael Conforto starting the season with the Major League club.

Michael Conforto had been preparing to begin this season at Triple-A Las Vegas, he told reporters earlier this week.

However, because Juan Lagares is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, Conforto is now at Citi Field and expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

"I am excited to be with the team and any role I'll play, I just want to win ballgames and see how far we can take this thing this year," Conforto added, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still be locked in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Lagares vs. Conforto in outfield 00:04:20
The Mets Talk Live panel discusses Juan Larages' oblique strain and whether or not Michael Conforto will be playing for him.

At this point, Michael Conforto will almost certainly replace Juan Lagares. To be honest, I think the roster spot may have first gone to Brandon Nimmo, because the Mets really want Conforto playing every day - even if it meant doing so in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Unfortunately Nimmo is nursing a hamstring injury and is also doubtful for the start of the season, so Conforto is the only option left to be the team's fourth outfielder - even if it again means inconsistent at bats and covering center field, where he's only played six times during his career.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets vs Braves 00:02:38
The Mets take the Saturday afternoon Spring Training game against Atlanta. Terry Collins talks about the injury that Juan Lagares suffered.

Rafael Montero went five scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start, but Juan Lagares had to leave in the third with an oblique strain as the Mets defeated Atlanta 3-0 in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday.

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Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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Duda's red-hot Spring Training 00:02:01
Lucas Duda keeps up his red-hot Spring Training by hitting another home run in today's game against the Miami Marlins.

In last week's Who's Hot, I focused on Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud and Gavin Cecchini, who got off to terrific starts this spring. This week, I focused on just one hot hitter, while - unfortunately - moving Conforto to the cold side of post...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)
White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Royals will look to trade center fielder Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas this summer if they're not contending for a playoff spot, the team's GM, Dayton Moore, told the NY Post's Joel Sherman this past weekend.

Similarly, the White Sox are likely to move 3B Todd Frazier and closer David Robertson - and possibly 1B Jose Abreu - their GM, Rick Hahn, told Sherman in a separate article for the Post.

"The long term is where the priority of the front office is right now," Hahn explained.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins on Michael Conforto 00:01:38
Terry Collins discusses another strong performance from Michael Conforto during the Mets' loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and is hitting .538 this spring.
  • OF Juan Lagares went 1-for-3 and threw a runner out at the plate from center field.
  • SS prospect Amed Rosario went 2-for-3...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Wilmer Flores
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