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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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GEICO SportsNite: Mets postgame 00:02:28
The Mets defeat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, despite Noah Syndergaard's rough start.

Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie. 

Asdrubal CabreraLucas DudaCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker all went deep for the Mets.

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker throws the ball to first base for an out against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker throws the ball to first base for an out against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo on Friday he is open to taking reps at first base "just in case."

"I just want to make sure that I'm preparing if something does happen," said Walker, who added a pair of first baseman's gloves to his locker and took grounders at first with Lucas Duda.

Several Mets have said during spring training they are willing to play first base in the regular season, including Jay Bruce. Manager Terry Collins has said David Wright could see time at first base once he's healthy, and Wilmer Flores has also backed up at first base in the past.

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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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Post Game Extra: 3/2/17 00:01:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 11-6 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 11-6, on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • OF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that cleared the batters eye in center field.
  • 2B Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
  • INF prospect Philip Evans hit a grand slam.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-3 with a run scored...
Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets second 2B Neil Walker has been pain free this spring training after he undergoing season-ending back surgery last September, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo this past weekend in St. Lucie.

Walker, 31, said he is feeling good after making his first appearance in a game on Sunday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings at second base during a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tradition Field.

"I can tell as soon as I wake up in the morning that anything that I dealt with basically for four years is completely gone," Walker said. "Today was a really good day. There was no apprehension on my part. To take some full swings, to get those out of the way, those are the last kind of hurdles that make me fully feel confident in what I'm doing."

Before undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in his first season with the Mets. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com:

With the roster largely set, the Mets have begun looking at lineup construction to maximize the offense from a team that underperformed for much of last season. As usual for this team, one of the spots still pending a long-term answer is leadoff.

When Jose Reyes is starting, it's largely a given that he will bat leadoff, assuming his bounceback 2016 numbers continue to hold steady. With major question marks surrounding David Wright's health, this may very well resolve the leadoff issue for the bulk of the season. 

The vast majority of Reyes's career plate appearances have come out of the leadoff spot and despite no longer displaying the stolen base prowess that secured him that spot in his youth (nor the on base percentage that tends to define the classic leadoff hitter nowadays), his reputation and general offensive competence will certainly place him there for the foreseeable future...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25
SNY.tv covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday...


Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 20 00:02:48
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday cover Monday at Mets camp, including Neil Walker rumors and a close look at Amed Rosario

The New York Mets seem comfortable together in spring training as they prepare for their first game on Friday. Team morale also seems high.

Contract discussions between second baseman Neil Walker and the Mets are "probably dead."

Shortstop Amed Rosario, one of the top prospects in baseball, said he has learned a great deal from Jose Reyes.

Manager Terry Collins said he sees upside in what Rosario and outfielder Michael Conforto, and also said Fernando Salas would step into the set-up role should Addison Reed become interim closer in the event Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Latest Update (Feb. 20)

1:25PM: The feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

Jeurys Familia was absent from camp on Friday and Saturday dealing with MLB's ongoing investigation into his domestic violence incident >> Read more ...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 15 00:02:43
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

Earlier today, Steve and Anthony answered fan questions on Facebook during Spring Training Live, which you can watch here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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TJ Rivera launches two-run homer 00:00:34
TJ Rivera takes Atlanta's Aaron Blair deep with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning of Monday night's loss to the Braves.

With Neil Walker returning to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer, T.J. Rivera could be the odd-man out in the infield to start 2017. 

Rivera, who played 26 games at second base for the Mets down the stretch last season, hit .333 with a .345 OBP and .476 SLG, helping the Mets reach the National League Wild Card Game. 

Tags: Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Can Wright contribute? 00:06:03
Mets Hot Stove talks about how David Wright factors into the team's future plans.

The Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from David Wright in 2017, GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night.

"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said during an interview on WOR 710. "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."

Wright, who turns 34 in December and hasn't yet resumed baseball activity, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Hot Stove on Walker returning 00:03:52
Mets Hot Stove on what Neil Walker's return to Flushing means for the 2017 season.

Free-agent 2B Neil Walker will return to the Mets in 2017 after accepting their one-year, $17.2 million offer...

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Free-agent 2B Neil Walker must decide by 5 pm today whether to accept or decline a one-year, $17.2 million offer from the Mets...


Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports


Most Recent Updates

Nov 13 | 9:30 pm

Walker and the Mets have not had substantive discussions regarding a contract extension, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff.

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The Mets spoke with the agent for free agent 2B Neil Walker on Wednesday, GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

"Nothing asked, nothing offered," Alderson said about the discussion.

Earlier this week, Alderson made a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Walker, who has until Monday, Nov. 14, to accept or decline.

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 (Richard Mackson)
(Richard Mackson)

The Dodgers are open to trading IF/OF Howie Kendrickreports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies have interest in Kendrick and says it isn't clear whether a deal is close.

Kendrick, 33, hit .255 with a .326 OBP and .366 SLG with eight HR and 40 RBI in 146 games, while getting starts at second base, third base, first base, and left field.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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The Mets have made one-year qualifying offers to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Neil Walker on Monday...

Tags: Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
(Laurence Kesterson/AP)

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, RHPs Bartolo Colon and Fernando Salas, 1B James Loney, infielders Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker, and OF Alejandro De Aza.

The Mets would like to retain Blevins, 33, but expect him to receive a multiyear offer elsewhere, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Colon and the Mets have interest in reuniting, though Colon might be looking for a two-year deal.

Tags: Alejandro De Aza, Bartolo Colon, James Loney, Jerry Blevins, Kelly Johnson, Neil Walker
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With free agent Neil Walker recovering from season-ending back surgery, the Mets will have to decide how they want to handle second base this offseason.

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Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)
Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)

MLB announced that the qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason.

Teams have until five days after the World Series ends to extend the offer to players that qualify.

The Mets will need to decide whether to make the one-year, $17.2 million offer to Neil Walker, as well as Yoenis Cespedes (if he opts out of his contract within his three-day window after the World Series).

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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It's going to be a busy, argumentative and stressful offseason. I can see it coming a mile away. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful because of the young rotation. However, because of their injuries, and the team being home on Oct. 6, it feels like the Mets took a step in the wrong direction during 2016.

Therefore, there will be lots of pressure this winter (inside and outside the organization) to be sure they're in a much better position when they hit Port St. Lucie, Florida in four months.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, James Loney, Jerry Blevins, Jon Niese, Kelly Johnson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 2B Neil Walker said that while he's enjoyed his time playing with the Mets, he hopes to explore other options when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

"Everything is an option right now. We're looking at several different options," Walker said, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. "Like I said, this is a good fit and this looks good, but we don't know what else is out there. We don't know where teams might be coming from. The free agent market is kind of weak, especially at the infield position, so you never know what could happen."

Walker, 31, hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games during his first season with the Mets before his season ended due to a back injury, which eventually required surgery.

Tags: Jon Niese, Neil Walker
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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports early guess is that Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will receive a four-year deal worth $100 million this offseason.

Heyman cites a source who said there's "zero chance" Cespedes will not exercise his opt-out clause.

Cespedes, 30, agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Mets last offseason that includes an opt out after this season.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets second baseman Neil Walker underwent season-ending surgery for a herniated disc in his back on Thursday.



Latest Update (Fri, Sept. 9):

3:45 p.m.: Walker underwent lumbar microdiscectomy procedure on Thursday and it went as expected, the Mets announced.

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Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

"I don't care who is not here, there are no excuses," Mets manager Terry Collins said during a post-game rant to reporters Aug. 11, which followed an embarrassing 9-0 loss to the D-backs at Citi Field.

In response to one question, he called out his team's effort, their respect for the game and their passion to play and entertain fans. He threatened that if his team didn't begin to play better, he and GM Sandy Alderson would consider replacing them with guys on the Triple-A roster. He then stood up, took no more questions, marched out of the room and gave the same speech to his team.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have called up INF Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas and will have RHP Rafael Montero on the taxi squad for Monday's game against the Reds in Cincinnati.

On Tuesday, OF Brandon Nimmo, LHP Josh Edgin, RHP Erik Goeddel, and infielders Eric Campbell and T.J. Rivera will be promoted from Las Vegas.

Additionally, the Mets will select the contract of INF Gavin Cecchini from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday. Cecchini's first appearance will be his Major League debut.

To make room on the roster on Tuesday, the Mets will transfer INF Neil Walker to the 60-day disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Eric Campbell, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Matt Reynolds, Neil Walker, Rafael Montero

 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

Jacob deGrom allowed three runs in five innings and the Mets couldn't erase a 6-1 deficit as they lost to the Marlins, 6-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

The Cardinals were off, so the Mets fell to three losses back of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Jacob deGrom, Kelly Johnson, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard
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Johnson's three-run double 00:01:06
Kelly Johnson smashes a bases clearing three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mets ahead 5-2 in the win over the Marlins.

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and Kelly Johnson hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Citi FIeld.

The Cardinals and Pirates lost, moving the Mets to just two losses back of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Seth Lugo allowed two runs in six innings and the Mets hit three home runs as they beat the Marlins, 7-4, on Tuesday night at Citi FIeld.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, so the Mets remain three losses back of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Bartolo Colon, Logan Verrett, Neil Walker, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz
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Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker sat out of Sunday's game with nagging injuries. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker sat out of Sunday's game with nagging injuries. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Yoenix Cespedes (tight quad) and Neil Walker (stiff back) did not start for the Mets on Sunday during their series finale against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Terry Collins told reporters that Cespedes felt a twinge in his quad, while rounding third base after hitting a three-run homer in Saturday's 12-1 win over the Phillies. Cespedes missed time in July with the same injury, which eventually landed him on the disabled list in mid-August.

"We got him for a reason, and we've got to somehow get him to settle in and do some damage for us because that's a big spot," Collins said. "I think he's adding a little extra heat on himself."

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Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 2B Neil Walker has been activated from the paternity list, with INF T.J. Rivera sent to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Walker left the Mets after Sunday's win to be in Pittsburgh for the birth of his first child, Nora, who was born early Tuesday morning.

The Mets had promoted Rivera from Triple-A to temporarily replace Walker on the roster. Rivera is eligible to return on Sept. 1 when rosters expand. 

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 (Jeff Curry)
(Jeff Curry)

The Mets' offense erupted and Seth Lugo tossed five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 10-6, on Thursday at Busch Stadium to pull within 3 1/2 games of the second Wild Card spot >> Read more


Lugo exited Thursday's game after warming up prior to the sixth inning due to a right calf cramp >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Seth Lugo
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The Mets were off on Monday.

They will enter Tuesday's series-opener in St. Louis trailing the Cardinals by 4.5 games for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.


Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jon Niese, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets, Giants, Cardinals, Pirates and Marlins were all off Monday, leaving the NL Wild Card race unchanged since the weekend...

Also on Monday, Steven Matz was put on the disabled list retroactive to August 15 with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff inflammation. RHP Robert Gsellman will be promoted from Triple-A to pitch in relief and take Matz's spot on the roster. Seth Lugo is expected to remain in the rotation.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jon Niese, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Lance Iversen)
(Lance Iversen)

The Mets won two of three games over the weekend from Giants in San Francisco, including a 2-0 win on Sunday night when Noah Syndergaard tossed eight scoreless innings. The two teams split the four-game series including Thursday's game.

Looking at the playoff picture, the Cardinals also won two of three to keep the Mets five losses back of the final Wild Card spot with 38 games to play. The Marlins swept the Pirates and are just 1 1/2 games back of St. Louis


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jon Niese, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Neil Walker hits a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))
Neil Walker hits a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

Second baseman Neil Walker will leave the team after Sunday night's game to join his wife in Pittsburgh for the birth of their child. 

Walker will go on paternity leave and miss the Mets' three-game series with the Cardinals. He is expected to rejoin the team Friday when the Mets start a weekend series with the Phillies at Citi Field. 

The Mets have not indicated who will replace Walker while he is away from the team. 

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Mets 2B Neil Walker is scratched from the Mets lineup for the third day in a row due to lower back stiffness.


Update, Aug. 18:

Walker was scratched from Thursday's series opener in San Francisco for the third day in a row because of lower back stiffness. Terry Collins said the medical staff does not believe Walker needs to go on the disabled list. He's with the team in San Francisco but prepared to go to Pittsburgh should his wife go into labor.

Previous Reports

"Anytime it's the lower back, it's day to day," Terry Collins told reporters Wednesday in Arizona. "He wanted to play and I said, 'Not today.' I don't need this to tighten up. Due to the weather we have been playing in, these guys have been sweating a lot and the last thing we need is for his back to knot up."

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Noah Syndergaard hit a two-run homer and allowed four runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings, and T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 as the Mets beat the Diamondbacks, 7-5, on Tuesday night at Chase Field >> Read more



Yoenis Cespedes played seven innings in left field during his second rehab game for High-A St. Lucie and remains on track to return this wekeend >> Read more

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jon Niese, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Bartolo Colon (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

Bartolo Colon allowed five runs (two earned) and nine hits in four innings as the New York Mets lost the series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 10-6, Monday at Chase Field.



Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes went 0 for 3 with an RBI in his first rehab game with High-A St. Lucie with hopes of returning this weekend.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: 08/15/16 00:02:42
Neil Walker continued his red-hot hitting, but it wasn't enough as the D-backs shelled the Mets pitching staff with 10 runs on 16 hits.

Bartolo Colon allowed three first-inning runs and the Mets wasted early chances to score before falling back to the .500 mark with a 10-6 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night at Chase Field.

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