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New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Tommy Milone has a sprained left knee and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.

LHP Josh Smoker will likely make his first Major League start in Milone's place on Saturday, although RHP Rafael Montero is also a possibility, reports Newsday's Marc Carig

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
Noah Syndergaard (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he has "no clue" when he will return to the mound despite saying his torn lat has improved.

"It's just a very specific injury," Syndergaard told the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "So there's really no timetable."

The Mets have not given an official timetable for Syndergaard's return. He won't throw for another few weeks and was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier in May.

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

RHP Doug Fister has agreed to a minor league deal with the Angels, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

The Mets had interest in Fister, Jon Heyman of FanRag reported last month.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust 00:05:22
Jim Duquette joins Marc Malusis and Jon Hein as they play Boom or Bust on the future of Matt Harvey and the Mets strategy going forward

Mets RHP Matt Harvey will return to the mound on Friday night in Milwaukee for the first time since being suspended three games for violating team rules.

After apologizing to his teammates on Tuesday, Harvey addressed the media and apologized for staying out past curfew last Friday and not reporting to the ballpark for last Saturday's game, which resulted in the suspension.

He had reportedly told team officials he had a migraine on Saturday, which he said resulted in his absence, but did not mention that while apologizing on Tuesday...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:03:01
Justine Ward is joined by Daily News baseball writer John Harper to discuss Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey's suspension.

Jacob deGrom (2-1, 3.68 ERA) and the Mets open a three-game series at home against Matt Moore (1-4, 6.75 ERA) and the Giants on Monday at 7:10 pm ET.

The Giants, who have lost six of their last eight games, were delayed leaving Cincinnati when their player bus broke down on the way to the airport late Sunday.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 60-day disabled list to make room for pitcher Adam Wilk.

Syndergaard told reporters on Saturday that he will not throw for six weeks as he recovers from his partially torn right lat. 

Syndergaard received "positive news" during his visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache who gave a second opinion on his partially torn right lat, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

In a post-game tweet Monday night, RHP Noah Syndergaard said...

"I want to thank all the Mets fans who sent well wishes. I am truly grateful for your support. I HATE not competing and being with my teammates, but I promise I will come away from this experience stronger and with a renewed passion and respect for the game. I LOVE this team, I LOVE this city, and I'm sorry I can't be on the field during this time for all of you...

This TEAM is strong and we will thrive. I know this to be true, because I know the character of my teammates in that clubhouse. Thank you again to the Mets organization, the fan base, friends and family who have my back. I won't forget it. LGM."

Syndergaard is out indefinitely after Monday's MRI revealed a partially torn right lat muscle. 

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a blister, cracked nail, biceps tendonitis, arm fatigue and shoulder discomfort at various points this season. He refused to have himself checked out with an MRI and instead threw a bullpen session Friday. He supposedly looked and felt great, and was cleared to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Of course, after hitting 100 mph with his fastball to start the game, he was removed midway through the second inning after throwing a pitch and grabbing beneath his right arm (lat muscle). Now, he's headed for an MRI, initially scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday.

Asked if it's common for a player to refuse examination, GM Sandy Alderson said, "That's not standard practice, but I can't tie him down and throw him in the tube either."

No, you don't tackle him. (For starters, Alderson is 69 years old, while Syndergaard is Syndergaard and he'd win.) But the proper solution is to sit him down, call his agent and explain to them the situation and how that the MRI isn't a punishment, but is in the best interest of the player, his teammates, the organization and his future.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.

Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, Washington Nationals
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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will head back to New York for an MRI after leaving Sunday's game with a "possible lat strain," according to the team.

He appeared to show discomfort in his penultimate pitch, then exited after grabbing under his armpit on his final pitch. His MRI is scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday, GM Sandy Alderson said.

"Certainly was something we didn't need to see," manager Terry Collins said after Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Syndergaard gave up five runs on five hits in just one and 1/3 innings before departing. He threw 38 pitches on the day in his first start since April 20. Collins said he didn't see any physical warning signs with Syndergaard in the first inning.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/30 00:03:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs and left with one out in the second after appearing to injure his right lat. He was charged with five runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career.

2) Anthony Rendon hit three homers and went 6-for-6 with 10 RBIs. Matt Wieters hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs and finished the series with three homers and eight RBIs. Washington hit seven home runs in the game.

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The Mets will try to sweep the Nationals as they wrap up a three-game series at Nationals Park in D.C. today at 1:35 p.m. The Mets have won back-to-back games after a six-game losing streak.

The Mets have not swept the Nationals since September 7-9, 2015, in D.C... the Mets are 11-9 at Nationals Park since 2015 and have hit 21 home runs in their last 14 games there.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

 

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Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the third inning at Citi Field. Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches in the third inning at Citi Field. Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (10-13) will go for the sweep in the final game of a three-game series with the Nationals (16-8) at Nationals Park today at 1:35 p.m. on WPIX. The Mets have won two straight games after a six-game losing streak.

Noah Syndergaard will make his first start since April 20, when he gave up three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings of work. Joe Ross (1-0, 6.17 ERA) will pitch for the Nationals.

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Apr 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 14, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Noah Syndergaard's refusal to undergo an MRI on his arm is "not standard practice" but acknowledged that he does not have much control over that decision.

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The Mets will try to sweep the Nationals as they wrap up a three-game series at Nationals Park in D.C. today at 1:35 p.m. The Mets have won back-to-back games after a six-game losing streak.

The Mets have not swept the Nationals since September 7-9, 2015, in D.C... the Mets are 11-9 at Nationals Park since 2015 and have hit 21 home runs in their last 14 games there.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

 

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Syndergaard on biceps injury 00:01:17
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard discusses skipping his start against the Atlanta Braves due to inflammation in his right biceps.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who was scratched from Thursday afternoon's start against the Braves due to discomfort in his biceps/shoulder, has been cleared to start on Sunday, manager Terry Collins said after Friday night's win over Washington.

Syndergaard had a throwing session on Friday that went well, Collins said earlier Friday.

Syndergaard said he took anti-inflammatory medication earlier this week, played catch Wednesday, and 'felt great,' but then his arm stiffened up again in the cold and wet weather, which restricted him from lifting his arm above his head.

Per doctor's orders, he took additional anti-inflammatory medication and entered Thursday feeling like he could pitch. But, in an effort to be extra careful, the team decided to not let him start...

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yoenis Cespedes heading to the disabled list with a pulled hamstring will be a crushing blow for the Mets, who posted a 15-21 record with him out of the starting lineup last season. Yet the firewall for the Mets in recent seasons has been the strength and depth of the team's starting rotation. And now that appears seriously breached, as well.

As they enter a weekend series against the Nationals in D.C., during which they will face Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Mets are five games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2014. They are in last place in the NL East and 7½ games behind Washington. Their current six-game losing streak is the team's longest in nearly 23 months.

The scariest part of the current skid? The state of the once-envied rotation...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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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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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets (8-12) continue their shortened two-game series against the Braves (7-12) at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. on Thursday. The Mets, who were off on Monday and were rained out on Tuesday, lost to Atlanta 8-2 Wednesday night.

Noah Syndergaard was today's scheduled starter, but was scratched Thursday morning after experiencing discomfort in his biceps.

The Mets have lost five straight games and nine of their last 10 to fall to fourth place in the N.L. East -- 6.5 games behind the first place Nationals. ... The Mets are 4-9 at home this season. ... The Mets opened this season by winning 2 of 3 games against the Braves at Citi Field. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Right-hander Matt Harvey, (2.84 ERA/4.91 FIP, 0.947 WHIP), who allowed three runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two last Friday against the Nationals.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have a rotation of young, fire-balling pitchers, led of course by Noah Syndergaard.

What makes the rotation so special is the fact that all of its members have great secondary pitches. However, the main focus is usually on their fastballs.

Here are the fastest pitches each member of the Mets rotation has thrown so far this season, courtesy of Statcast:

  1. Noah Syndergaard: 100.9 MPH sinking fastball on April 9 against the Marlins.
  2. Jacob deGrom: 97.4 MPH 4-seam fastball on April 22 against the Nationals...
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Apr 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of the tarp on the field seen through raindrops on a window before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of the tarp on the field seen through raindrops on a window before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The first game of a three game series between the Mets and Braves at Citi Field has been rained out.

Tuesday night's game has been rescheduled for 4:10 p.m. on September 25 as part of a doubleheader. 

Robert Gsellman, who the Mets had planned to skip, according to Marc Carig of Newsday, will make his scheduled start on Wednesday. Noah Syndergaard will start the series finale on Thursday.

Julio Teheran, who was scheduled to start on Tuesday for Atlanta, will start on Wednesday, according to Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan.

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Collins, Syndergaard on loss 00:06:20
Terry Collins talks about Jay Bruce playing first base and Jeurys Familia's rust on the mound while Noah Syndergaard reflects on his outing

Noah Syndergaard labored through seven innings Thursday against the Phillies, though he struck out 10 batters for the first time this season and threw a season-high 114 pitches.

Syndergaard gave three earned runs as the Mets struggled defensively and committed three errors.

"For the most part, I thought I threw pretty good. Except for that second inning [when] things got a little fluky," Syndergaard later said. "You just have to have a short-term memory and forget about it and get back on the mound. ... I felt great. I thought tonight was the best my mechanics have been in a long time."

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The Mets (8-7) wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies (5-9) at Citi Field on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. On the strength of two Jay Bruce home runs, the Mets beat the Phillies, 5-4, on Wednesday night.



Jeurys Familia, who spent the first 15 games on the suspension list due to the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason, was activated before the game.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Noah Syndergaard, who allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits while walking none and striking out four in 6.0 innings this past Friday against the Marlins. 

He has a 0.95 ERA and 0.84 WHIP and has walked none while striking out 20 in 19.0 innings (three starts) this season, while having yet to allow a home run...

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is a freak of nature whose blazing fastball has been chewing up hitters since his Major League debut in 2015.

What makes Syndergaard so special is that he's a starting pitcher who regular hits triple digits with his heater. All of the other pitchers who regularly hit triple digits (such as Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees, Tommy Kahnle of the White Sox, and Joe Kelly of the Red Sox) do so in relief.

Here are Syndergaard's five fastest pitches this season, courtesy of Statcast:

  1. 100.9 MPH sinker to J.T. Realmuto of the Marlins on April 9, resulting in a ball.
  2. 100.4 MPH sinker to Christian Yelich of the Marlins on April 9, resulting in a ball...
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Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

After the Mets lost an eventful series finale in Miami, Terry Collins reiterated his belief that pulling Jacob deGrom after 97 pitches on Saturday was the responsible decision. And given the conservatism across baseball these days, lifting deGrom should hardly be a head-scratcher...

Yet, it is worth noting that 85 times from Opening Day through Saturday a starter reached the 100-pitch plateau around the majors. And in only one of those instances it was a Mets pitcher who tossed triple-digits -- Noah Syndergaard, in a 5-2 win against Miami on April 9 at Citi Field (103 pitches).

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Mets don't lack leaders 00:03:57
Mets Insider explores the team dynamics and leadership on the roster in the absence of captain David Wright.

The Mets are off Monday. They begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series against the Phillies.

Also on Monday, as he nears the end of his 15-game suspension, Jeurys Familia is scheduled to make his second minor-league appearance with Double-A Binghamton.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Miami Marlins, Noah Syndergaard, Philadelphia Phillies, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down New York's 3-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks with four strikeouts in six innings. He was removed after tearing the a fingernail off his pitching hand. He's expected to make his next start.

2) Lucas Duda homered and reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a pair of walks. Jose Reyes reached safely three times, singling and walking twice in four plate appearances. Michael Conforto singled and drove in the Mets' first run with a sacrifice fly.

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The Mets (7-3) continue their four-game series against the Marlins (4-5) at Marlins Park in Miami on Friday night at 7:10. Travis d'Arnaud's home run lifted the Mets over the Marlins, 9-8, in 16 innings on Thursday night.


To follow the game live online, click here to access SNY Gameday

The Mets have won five straight games. ... Thursday night's 16 inning game was the longest the Mets have played since an 18 inning game against the Cardinals in St. Louis on July 19, 2015. ... The Mets have homered in nine straight games and lead the majors with 20 home runs. ... Yoenis Cespedes, who is off tonight, played Thursday night's game -- and hit two home runs -- while battling the flu.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Noah Syndergaard, who allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking none and striking out nine in seven innings against the Marlins this past Sunday. He has struck out 16 batters in 13 innings this season while walking none.

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Collins, d'Arnaud, Smoker on win 00:05:33
Manager Terry Collins, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and pitcher Josh Smoker discuss the grit it took to pull off the Mets' epic 16-inning win.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Mets will play the second game of a four-game series with the Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Syndergaard gave up one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings against the Marlins on April 9. He has only given up one run in two starts this season.

Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Conley gave up only one hit -- a home run -- and struck out six in five innings against the Mets on April 8.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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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.

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Syndergaard pranks Phanatic 00:00:33
Noah Syndergaard steals the Phillie Phanatic's ATV prior to the Mets game in Philadelphia on Monday night.

With Curtis Granderson serving as a distraction, Noah Syndergaard stole the Phillie Phanatic's ATV and took it for a joy ride prior to the game last night at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

"Noah is on the move," SNY's Gary Cohen said. "The Phanatic can only watch helplessly."

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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.

Noah Syndergaard struck out nine batters in seven innings Sunday to earn his first win of the season as the Mets defeated the Marlins, 5-2, at Citi Field.

"I feel good with all my pitches right now," Syndergaard told reporters after the game. "Slider, changeup, curveball, it doesn't matter the count, I feel like I can throw them in any scenario."

Syndergaard (1-0) gave up two runs (one earned) and five hits in his second start of the year, throwing 68 of 103 pitches for strikes.

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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.

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Mets GM Alderson on Steven Matz 00:00:49
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

Steven Matz's injury has led to frustration among Mets officials because they have yet to find out who diagnosed him with a flexor strain, according to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The Mets have interest in free agent RHP Doug Fisterreports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Fister is still seeking a major league deal, says Heyman, who speculates it's 'a little too late' for that.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter, MLB Network Radio's Rob Brender and I discuss the week's best off-beat moments and topics about the Mets, including...

1) The origin of Curtis Granderson's @WeFollowLucasDuda on Instagram 
2) Noah Syndergaard's ongoing feud with Mr. Met  
3) The ongoing soap opera between Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry 

To listen to the show, click below...

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Former Mets pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Former Mets pitcher and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan and Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan thinks Noah Syndergaard should use pickle juice in an effort to improve the blister on his pitching hand, he told Newsday's Steve Marcus.

Syndergaard's next start was pushed from Saturday to Sunday after he developed the blister on his middle finger during his Opening Day start this past Monday.

According to Ryan, who dealt with blisters when pitching for the Mets in 1968, the team's trainer, Gus Mauch, often used pickle brine to improve the condition and help generate new skin...

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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon remains among the most popular figures in recent Mets history, as further evidenced by the warm reception he received when introduced with the Braves on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday. And given the Mets' suddenly thinner rotation, Colon certainly could have been useful had he remained for a fourth season in Queens.

Yet the decision to allow Colon to defect to Atlanta for $12.5 million on Nov. 17 ought not be second-guessed now that Seth Lugo reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and Steven Matz has disclosed he has a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow.

When Colon opposes Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night at Citi Field -- at 43 years, 315 days old -- the veteran right-hander will become the oldest pitcher in the majors to start one of a team's first two games of a season since Jamie Moyer with the Rockies at age 49 in 2012. And certainly there will be an expiration date on Colon's productivity at some point sooner than later, even if he appears ageless.

That's not what dissuaded the Mets from re-signing him, however.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/3/17 00:05:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-0 win over the Braves on Opening Day.

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

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

1) The Mets sent 11 men to the plate during a six-run seventh inning against four Braves pitchers. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with an RBI single and Lucas Duda cleared the bases with a double to left-center field.

2) Noah Syndergaard needed only 86 pitches to complete six innings before developing a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and no walks while striking out seven. He also laced a single to right in his second at-bat.

3) Hansel Robles, Fernando Salas and Robert Gsellman pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Mets 00:03:38
The Baseball Night in New York crew talks about the strong outing by Noah Syndergaard and the big bat from Lucas Duda in the Mets' 6-0 win.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard's next start will be pushed from Saturday to Sunday due to a blister on the tip of his middle finger, Terry Collins informed reporters after Monday's Opening Day win against the Braves at Citi Field.

"It's not very big. He had it, and it popped during the inning," Mets manager Terry Collins later told reporters. "These guys, that's a very common thing."

Syndergaard developed the blister late in the game, during which he tossed six scoreless innings, allowed five hits, hit 100 mph with his fastball, walked no one and struck out seven batters.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Noah Syndergaard
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/3/17 00:05:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-0 win over the Braves on Opening Day.

Noah Syndergaard pitched six scoreless innings before leaving with a blister and Lucas Duda stroked a three-run double to help lead the Mets past the Braves, 6-0, at Citi Field on Monday in the club's 56th Opening Day.

In case you missed it…

  • New York sent 11 men to the plate during a six-run seventh against four Braves pitchers. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with an RBI single, Curtis Granderson had a sacrifice fly and Jay Bruce walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. Duda cleared the bases with a double to left-center after another walk to Neil Walker.
  • Syndergaard needed only 86 pitches to complete six innings before developing a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and no walks while striking out seven. He also laced a single to right in his second at-bat.

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Mets First Pitch: Granderson 00:04:30
The Mets First Pitch panel gives their confidence level in Curtis Granderson being able to play centerfield for the entire season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media prior to Monday's season-opening game against the Braves at Citi Field. Here's what we learned...


  • The Mets need to embrace the expectations. The team is filled with players who have won and know what it takes.
  • Collins hasn't thought about the fact that lots of players are in their walk-year, but adds those players should be 'doubly motivated.'
  • Noah Syndergaard has matured a great deal as a pitcher, learning to command his stuff and control his demeanor...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)

Noah Syndergaard is 8-to-1 odds to win the the National League's Cy Young award, behind Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, according to the Las Vegas Westgate.

Similarly, Westgate puts 10-to-1 odds that Yoenis Cespedes will win the league's MVP award, the same as Giancarlo Stanton, but behind Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Corey Seager.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 31, 2016; Syndergaard (34) reacts during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 31, 2016; Syndergaard (34) reacts during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Syndergaard wants to be the best pitcher he can be, which may also make him the best pitcher in baseball, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo earlier this week.

"That's the plan," he told DiComo. "That's the hope."

In roughly 72 hours, Syndergaard will arrive to Citi Field, where he'll be the team's Opening Day starting pitcher when the Mets begin their 2017 season against the Braves.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera
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Mets Talk Live: Rotation 00:07:40
The guys on Mets Talk Live weigh the options for the Mets as they finalize their rotation before Opening Day.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Running wild on Syndergaard 00:05:11
Jon Hein and Dan Graca ask if the Mets ought to scrap the Syndergaard/d'Arnaud combo, since runners are swiping bases with impunity.

The Astros stole four bases Friday with Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard on the mound and Travis d'Arnaud behind the plate.

Astros center fielder Derek Fisher, who averaged a stolen base every three games during his minor-league career, swiped three bags against Syndergaard and d'Arnaud...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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