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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

With the MLB season still on hiatus, let's dip into the mailbag...


Anthony C in Hoboken via text: Is there any chance the Mets bring back Matt Harvey to replace Noah Syndergaard in the rotation? Say yes.

I would love to see Harvey come home, but in no way can he be guaranteed a role. He'll need to earn his way into the rotation (or bullpen). If he could do it, and do it with hunger and focus, it would be an incredible redemption story and something that would captivate baseball and Mets fans.

I realize things did not end well between the Mets and Harvey, who had all sorts of physical and other issues before and after he left New York. Aside from thoracic outlet syndrome, his struggles likely stemmed from the pressure put on himself to be not just successful but a massive, superstar success, which he briefly had and lost.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello
Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While it is unclear when or if the 2020 MLB season will begin as the United States and rest of the world remains on various forms of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league and Players' Association have agreed to a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

According to multiple reports, the deal between MLB and the MLBPA focuses on how a shortened season will look (including the potential of an expanded playoff field), where games will be played (including the potential of playing at neutral sites and/or in front of no fans for a period of time), and how arbitration and free agency will be impacted if the season is shortened or canceled. 

Tags: Anthony Kay, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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With Major League Baseball and all other major sports on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is hopeful that the season will begin at some point in May.

While June and perhaps July are likelier target dates for the start of the season, one thing has remained constant for the Mets -- even with the team recently losing Noah Syndergaard for the season.

Their odds to win the NL East and reach/win the World Series have not moved much.

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard's Tommy John surgery went as expected on Thursday, the team said Friday.

While most elective surgeries have been paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, Syndergaard's -- which took place in Florida -- was detremined by doctors to be essential due to the impact on his career.

The common recovery time for pitchers from Tommy John surgery is 12-to-16 months, meaning Syndergaard will miss the entire 2020 season and potentially part of the 2021 season as well.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier this week that a "reasonable expectation" for when Syndergaard returns is Memorial Day of the 2021 season, which is his final season of arbitration before free agency.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Heading into the 2020 regular season, the Mets had some questions about the back end of their rotation. Who would be the odd man out among Steven Matz, Rick Porcello, and Michael Wacha?

Well with Tuesday's news that Noah Syndergaard would be undergoing Tommy John surgery, that back end becomes a bit more clear. The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down what the Mets' rotation will look like whenever this season begins, while also explaining who needs to step up in Syndergaard's absence ...

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?

It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jacob deGrom, Jordan Montgomery, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets received some unfortunate injury news on Tuesday afternoon, as it was announced that right-hander Noah Syndergaard would be undergoing Tommy John surgery for a torn UCL.

Syndergaard began feeling discomfort in his pitching elbow before the coronavirus pandemic halted spring training, and with surgery set for this Thursday, there's now a reasonable expectation that the Mets could be without Syndergaard until Memorial Day of 2021.

Some of Syndergaard's teammates and coaches voiced their support for the righty on social media after the news was announced. Here's a look at what other members of the Mets had to say:

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the fifth inning at Oracle Park. (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

From the time Noah Syndergaard rather famously added muscle during the winter of 2017 with the stated intention to throw even harder than 100-101 mph, I heard from pitching coaches past and present who feared this day was coming. 

So on a day when the Mets announced Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery, perhaps only the timing was a shock, considering spring training has been shut down for nearly two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Even with spring training camps shut down, the Mets still received some bad news on the injury front on Tuesday, as it was announced that right-hander Noah Syndergaard will need Tommy John surgery.

So what direction will the Mets turn to in order to replace him in the rotation? The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down exactly what this means for the Mets and how it will impact them once the 2020 season eventually begins ...

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 Major League Baseball season on hold indefinitely, Noah Syndergaard, the Mets, and their fans received news Tuesday that put a huge dent in their 2020 hopes -- and maybe their 2021 hopes as well.

Syndergaard, who had up to this point avoided a serious arm injury despite being one of the hardest throwers in the game, needs Tommy John surgery.

That surgery, which means the loss of Syndergaard for at least the entire 2020 season, will send ripple effects up and down the Mets' roster in 2020 and beyond and could have a huge impact on Syndergaard's personal future and his future with the Mets.

Tags: David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If you're a Mets fan looking for context to help process the news that Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery, consider this: The season that Syndergaard will miss will be shorter -- and weirder -- than just about any other in history.

It's the same silver lining that the Yankees stumbled into with Luis Severino, whose elbow also needed surgical reconstruction this spring. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows when baseball will return, or how long the season will be. According to major league sources, MLB is determined to salvage some sort of baseball in 2020, and is still figuring out how that will look. 

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In an enormous blow to the Mets' 2020 season and potentially their 2021 season as well, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday due to a torn UCL in his right elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

"After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact," Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery. Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our Championship pursuits in the future."

Recovery from Tommy John surgery for pitchers is ordinarily 12-to-16 months, likely putting the earliest return for Syndergaard at Opening Day of the 2021 season.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Due in part to the "very long" construction period Rawlings needs to make baseballs after collecting data from the prior season, it's likely that there won't by any "major" change from the 2019 ball to the 2020 ball, Dr. Meredith Wills -- an astrophysicist and contributor to The Athletic -- told SNY

But Wills -- who recently received an award from SABR for baseball research -- believes a smaller but very significant change likely will be made.

That change could have a positive impact on Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard and others who struggled to grip the 2019 baseball. And the league's policy to more strongly enforce an existing rule regarding pitchers who use substances on the baseballs could be a big reason for the likely change to the ball in 2020.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

2019 was the year of the home run in Major League Baseball, with many balls that used to be ordinary fly outs sailing out of ballparks. The combination of pitchers being unable to properly grip baseballs that were slicker and had lower seams and hitters taking aim at a ball that was flying differently once hit led to numbers that were staggering.

An MLB-record 6,776 home runs were hit during the 2019 season, up from 5,585 in 2018. There had been a spike from 2016 to 2017 as well (5,610 home runs to 6,105 home runs), but 2019 was simply a different animal. And it transformed baseball into a different sport than it had ever been before, arguably for the worst.

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New York Mets players weigh in on which teammates remind them of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and more from the hit TV show, The Office.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Baseball isn't just about statistics, home run totals, and wins and losses. It's also about emotions, thrills, chills and personal stories that we can invest in.

Thankfully, the Mets are never short on stories and bizarre moments worth dissecting.

That said, here are five storylines I hope to see in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 20, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick poses for a photo during media day at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

With the rest of spring training suspended and the start of the regular season pushed back at least two weeks, there's plenty of time to answer some Mets questions ...


Martin C. from Norwalk >> With all of the talk about the outfield and who will play if Michael Conforto is out for a while, I haven't seen much about Jake Marisnick. Is he still in the Mets' plan for this season?

Marisnick was not acquired in a trade this past winter to be an everyday player. I think -- all along -- he was slated to be a fill-in, defense replacement, fourth outfielder. Unlike last season, when we saw in this role a repeated rotation from Juan Lagares to Keon Broxton to Carlos Gomez and others, it seems Brodie Van Wagenen was hoping to add a player experienced in this role whom the team could ink in and consistently turn to every time he was needed.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso each had exceptional seasons in 2019. And yet, despite their incredible performances, the Mets at 86-76 still missed the postseason by three games.

In addition to deGrom and Alonso continuing to be awesome, I see success for the Mets in 2020 hinging on the performance of the following five players...


Amed Rosario

He struggled so much to begin 2019 that there was a question in June about whether Rosario should moved to the outfield or even be sent back to Triple-A. Then, seemingly overnight, he got himself stable and performing well in the field, he started swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone, and swinging at more pitches in it. He started making better contact, getting on base more, the Mets started winning, and his entire season turned around.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

There isn't much for MLB players to do while abiding by the league's restrictions due to coronavirus concerns. But Mets 1B Pete Alonso is trying to find a way to get his fellow big leaguers -- and the fans -- involved in some type of baseball. 

The season might not be starting on time, but MLB The Show 20 is still hitting the stores on Tuesday. And Alonso is viewing that as the perfect opportunity to get some friendly competition going. 

In his latest tweet, Alonso said if he gets 50,000 retweets he will download the new video game and challenge his teammates and others around the league. And the best part of all? He'll be streaming it for the fans to watch. 

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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz warms-up during workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We're all thinking it, so let's discuss: the Mets bullpen blew the 2019 season for them, right? There are woulda-coulda-shouldas dotted all over their schedule -- moments where if they had gotten competent relief, October dreams might've had a chance. 

Overall, Mets relievers had a 4.99 ERA, the worst in team history. Worst! That means even the 1962 Mets, a team that went 40-120, had a lower mark (4.76). Yeah, it was a different offensive era, but we're using that comparison as a statistical jump-scare of sorts, to really bring home the terror the '19 bullpen brought.

With such room for improvement, it's clear the Mets relievers will have a massive impact on the high hopes for 2020, too -- perhaps even more so than a much-scrutinized stat such as Pete Alonso's homer total. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Anthony McCarron
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Following the CDC recommendation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic of eight weeks without gatherings of more than 50 people, MLB announced Monday that the start of the season -- already delayed until at least April 9 -- will be pushed back even further.

The earliest date for the start of the regular season is now May 9.

Many Mets, including Noah Syndergaard, have remained in Port St. Lucie since the league shut down spring training Thursday and announced the initial delay of the regular season.

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Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training
Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training

With many Mets players still at camp in Port St. Lucie, roughly 20 of them attended a meeting held by team officials on Monday morning, reported Mike Puma of the New York Post, who added that players who are still in town are working out.

According to Puma, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Walker Lockett, Jacob Rhame, and Franklyn Kilome were among the players in attendance on Monday.

While spring training sites remain accessible to players for now, the league sent out a memo on Sunday recommending "social distancing" in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Tags: Franklyn Kilome, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Walker Lockett, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Unfortunately, It feels like it could be a long time before we'll have actual baseball to talk about again. 

So with that in mind, though the potential coronavirus ramifications have more real-world importance, I'm going to offer one last look at the optimism I felt oozing from Mets' camp before the interruption.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

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Steven Matz and Michael Wacha
Steven Matz and Michael Wacha

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When it comes to the Mets' starting rotation battle -- if there really is a battle going on right now -- there are some things that are certain.

First, despite the Mets not yet announcing who is in the rotation beyond Jacob deGrom, it has been clear for months that Rick Porcello is going to be in there along with deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman.

The Mets did not sign Porcello to a one-year deal worth $10 million to put him in the bullpen, where he has not pitched since making one appearance in 2014. Of Porcello's 343 career appearances, only four have been in relief. 

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Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano
Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it...


Noah Syndergaard was strong and J.D. Davis returned as the Mets beat the Astros on Sunday >> Read more

Syndergaard discussed what he's working on in terms of mechanics >> Read more

Here are three under-the-radar Mets who could make an impact in 2020 >> Read more

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Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Jun 20, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Walker Lockett (61) delivers against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

RHP Walker Lockett makes his second appearance and first start of spring training as the Mets take on the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. down in Jupiter, Fla.

Mets notes

J.D. Davis made his return to the lineup on Sunday, playing the outfield and batting fourth on the day. In his lone at-bat, Davis walked to first. Noah Syndergaard had a solid outing in his third start of the spring, striking out four and allowing just one run in 3.0 innings of pitching. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1.

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Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard allowed just two hits and one earned run while striking out four batters over 3.0 IP against the Houston Astros on Sunday.

After the game, Syndergaard spoke to media about his mechanics and what's working for him so far this spring.

"I think just confidence, and confidence in my delivery, really," Syndergaard said. "Just trusting it and trying to be as rhythmic as possible."

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JD Davis suited up for the first time since Feb. 25 and Noah Syndergaard had a strong showing in a 3-1 win for the Mets over the Astros. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Sunday's game...

1) J.D. Davis returned to the lineup for the Mets in their Sunday matinee contest, taking left field and batting in the fourth spot. In one plate appearance, Davis walked. Following the game, Davis said he "felt great" and had "no hesitations" in regard to the shoulder injury. Davis hadn't played since Feb. 25.

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) pumps his fist after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) pumps his fist after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets manager Luis Rojas announced that J.D. Davis (shoulder) will return to the lineup on Sunday against the Astros. He's batting in the four spot. 

Mets notes

Mets LHP Steven Matz had a strong outing on Saturday against the Nationals. As a team, the Mets fell though, 5-0. In total, the Mets just mustered five hits together in the loss. 

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Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil
Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Noah Syndergaard, who struck out five while allowing two earned runs in 3.0 innings on Tuesday, is in the midst of two potentially important developments >> Read more

Seth Lugo reflected on a start against the Astros he feels changed the course of his career >> Read more

Dellin Betances threw a simulated game and understands why the Mets are taking it slow with him in spring training >> Read more

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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE -- There are signs of two potentially important developments so far for Noah Syndergaard this spring:

1) Out of the stretch he's significantly quicker to the plate than in the past, seemingly determined to finally keep base-stealers from running at will on him -- "My Achilles heel," he called it on Tuesday. 

2) He's throwing his slider at 86-88 mph with more downward break than in the past, creating more velocity separation from his fastball. 

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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

6 things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits -- which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.

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As the Mets decide how to round out their starting rotation, "there has been conversation" in the front office about making Steven Matz a reliever, a team source told SNY contributor John Harper.

Harper added that some in the organization like the idea of having the left-handed Matz in the bullpen.

Matz, who recently had to address trade rumors, has been working as a starting pitcher in spring training.

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard is back on the rubber Tuesday, as he gets the start for the Mets against the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. in Port St. Lucie on SNY. 

Mets notes

The lineup looks like one you might see during the regular season. Pete Alonso, who is hitting cleanup, has had a slow spring with just two hits in 18 at-bats. He will look to heat up a bit, while Amed Rosario will try to collect his first spring hit in the seven-hole. Jeff McNeil remains in the leadoff spot, as he is raking per usual. 

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The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

With the Yankees' starting rotation decimated by injury and the Mets currently having six starting pitchers for five spots, the Yanks have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, reports Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

According to the Post, the Mets are "willing to listen," but there is skepticism that a deal will ultimately get done.

In a trade of Matz, the Post reports that the Mets would want a big league player -- potentially Miguel Andujar -- in return. However, Puma and Davidoff report that the Yankees aren't "desperate enough for a pitcher" in order to trade Andujar.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


The Mets got good news on injured J.D. Davis after the MRI on his shoulder revealed no new structural damage >> Read more

Edwin Diaz reacted after his uneven debut, saying he was "a little bit anxious" >> Read more

After his spring training debut, Noah Syndergaard spoke about the connection he had with Wilson Ramos >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Tim Tebow, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets got a good start from Noah Syndergaard, but a shaky Edwin Diaz outing ultimately led to a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Port. St. Lucie. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had exactly the kind of performance Mets fans were hoping to see. After an up-and-down 2019 campaign, Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his 2020 spring debut. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters, showcasing that nasty slider that seemed to avoid him for large stretches of last season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Noah Syndergaard got his first start on the mound in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday against the Astros, and there were two main focuses heading into it: his connection with Wilson Ramos and his slider.

Both were positives after the short, two-inning outing. 

Starting with Ramos, manager Luis Rojas said that Syndergaard and the Mets' top catcher would be working to improve their chemistry after last season when Syndergaard was open with management about not trusting him behind the plate. Ramos admitted that he was working on his framing this spring as well, one of the areas Syndergaard reportedly didn't like. 

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard gets the ball for the first time this spring, as the Mets host the Astros at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on SNY Wednesday. 

Mets notes

After Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz is lined up to be one of the pitchers to go for the Mets. Justin Wilson will also get the ball, along with Tyler Bashlor

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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before workouts at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

New York City should expect some hardware to arrive in the next few months, as both Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Yankees new ace Gerrit Cole are the favorites to bring home the Cy Young awards in their respective leagues this season.

William Hill sportsbook has both deGrom and Cole as 3/1 favorites to win the award in 2020.

"DeGrom has won two Cy Youngs in a row and is in his prime, and Cole is coming off of one of the greatest pitching years of all time," said Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill's director of trading, according to The Post.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Most anybody and everybody who knows pitching, it seems, still believes Noah Syndergaard can be one of the best pitchers in baseball, based on his talent. But what does he need to do to make it happen after 2019, the worst season of his career? 

Opinions on that varied among the several people I spoke to about the Mets' righthander, most centering around pitch selection and/or mental approach, something Syndergaard copped to himself in Port St. Lucie last week, saying his struggles last season were at least partly a case of "paralysis by analysis; thinking too much." 

However, Bob Ojeda, the former Mets pitcher, who has also worked as a minor-league pitching coach and SNY analyst, delivered a harsher critique that was aimed at Syndergaard's Thor persona, if you will.

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One of the most memorable moments for the Mets in 2019 came on August 9 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

With the Mets in the midst of a 12-wins-in-13 games streak, Washington pushed out to a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Mets refused to go down quietly against Nats closer Sean Doolittle, and after Todd Frazier tied the game on a three-run shot, it was Michael Conforto who later singled in Juan Lagares to give the Mets the win. 

The Mets then celebrated in style, as Pete Alonso led the charge to rip Conforto's jersey off in the middle of the field.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom has reached the pinnacle of pitching, from an individual standpoint, two years in a row. 

But as he looks to potentially take home his third straight NL Cy Young Award, putting him in rarefied air, deGrom is also focused on team success, and he believes the 2020 Mets are as good as anyone in the NL East.

"I think we're right there at the top," deGrom said on Wednesday's Mets Hot Stove. "Great rotation, a lot of depth, really good position players. You look at it, our plan is to win the East and win the World Series, so everybody in there Is pulling in that direction, and you got a good group of guys doing that. I think we've got a good shot."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Spring Training is in full swing for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, with games starting in just four days.

While every member of the team has arrived in camp, some (Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes to name two) don't appear to be on track to be ready for game action when the bell rings on Saturday.

Going by the above, listening to manager Luis Rojas talk, and reading between the lines, here's our roster prediction 3.0...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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