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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Mets opened at 20-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Mets' odds were the eighth-best in the majors. The seven teams above them -- the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), Nationals (7-1), Yankees (8-1), Red Sox (10-1), and Cubs (10-1) -- all made the playoffs this past season.

Meanwhile, the Mets finished with a record of 70-92...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard opened 2017 in dominating fashion. He turned in four straight quality starts to open the year. Then his season began to unravel. In his next start, Syndergaard surrendered five runs in just 1 1/3 innings. He then landed on the disabled list with a partially torn lat muscle. Syndergaard would come back for two short starts at the end of the season, totaling three innings, during which he did not allow a run.

For his career. Syndergaard sports a 24-18 record in 61 starts, with a 2.89 ERA. He burst onto the scene in 2015, making 24 regular-season starts, going 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA. And helping the Mets make it to the World Series. Syndergaard followed up his rookie year with an All-Star season in 2016 that saw him finish with a 14-9 record and amass 218 strikeouts in 183 2/3 innings. He finished his sophomore season with seven scoreless innings against San Francisco in the National League Wild Card Game, but the Mets lost to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Entering arbitration for the first time, as a Super 2, Syndergaard compares statistically to Alex Wood, Patrick Corbin, and the late Jose Fernandez when they had equivalent major league experience.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Though this may have been unthinkable just a year ago, it's undeniable that the Mets are in desperate need of starting pitching. Their 5.14 ERA ranked 27th in baseball and going into 2018, and only Jacob deGrom (and Noah Syndergaard, if healthy) can be reasonably counted on to be major contributors.

The Mets need to improve the rotation fast, and the best way to do that is with a big fish. This offseason, the biggest fish out there is Yu Darvish and if the Mets are serious about contending in 2018, they should have every intention of bringing him to Queens.

Darvish is coming off a solid season, his first full year since he underwent Tommy John in spring of 2015. He brought the same nearly unhittable stuff that has been his hallmark throughout his career, putting up a strikeout ratio of over 10 batters per 9 innings, a mark he has hit every year in the majors. And while control has sometimes been a challenge for him, his walk ratio was well below his career average. He did experience an uptick in home runs allowed, but it was proportionate to the MLB norm in this power-heavy year and certainly not enough to be considered a red flag...

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The Mets are more than capable of contending again in 2018, their new manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Monday at Citi Field.

In 2015 and 2016, Terry Collins and the Mets won 177 games and made the postseason each year, including a trip to the World Series. However, due in large part to rampant injuries, they lost 90 games in 2017, finished in fourth place and fired their manager.

"In our situation, short-term, pitching is everything," Sandy Alderson declared Monday, reiterating a theme he has put forth the last few seasons.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard tweeted a reaction to the hiring of Mickey Callaway as the 21st manager in franchise history.

Click below for Syndergaard's tweet

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Steve Karsay is a Queens kid, born and raised in New York. He pitched in the Bronx cauldron with the Yankees, serving in the same bullpen as Mariano Rivera, and even subbed at closer for Rivera during a stretch in 2002.

So Karsay has a grasp of the New York market, its pressures and strains. And Karsay, who has worked with Mickey Callaway the last few years in the Indians organization, believes the new Mets manager is suited to thrive in it, mostly because "one of his strengths is, he's a great communicator," Karsay says.

"I think he'll excel at being a manager. He'll be a players' manager, but with the stern-ness and the growth for them to learn under him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Gelbs on Mets' personnel moves 00:06:29
SNY Mets analyst Steve Gelbs discusses the breaking news of Dan Warthen being ousted as pitching coach for the Mets.

Dan Warthen will not be retained as Mets pitching coach next season, and has been offered another role in the organization, the team announced Tuesday.

Warthen has not yet indicated whether he'll accept a different role, GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, adding that the potential role has not yet been fleshed out.

The Mets will retain hitting coach Kevin Long, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, and third base coach Glenn Sherlock. Bench coach Dick Scott, first base coach Tom Goodwin, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones have all been given permission to speak to other teams, pending the completion of the Mets' managerial search.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard twice came out in support of Warthen, and said on Sunday that the uncertainty surrounding Warthen's job was 'BS.'

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Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As the Mets cleaned out their lockers after the regular season, RHP Jacob deGrom showed up with a new look: short hair.

DeGrom told GQ last year it took "a little over a year" to grow out his hair.

He said he gets a haircut only "a couple times a year," while Noah Syndergaard typically cuts his hair every two months.

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A look back on Collins in Queens 00:03:44
SNY takes a look back at Terry Collins' years in Flushing.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and catcher Travis d'Arnaud viewed former Mets manager Terry Collins as a mentor to them as they made their MLB debuts under his reign.

Both Syndergaard, 25, and d'Arnaud, 28, reflected on their times spent with Collins, who resigned as Mets manager after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Ever since I've been in the big leagues, he's been my manager, so he's done nothing but great things for me," d'Arnaud said about Collins, 68, who went 551-582 as Mets manager since his first season in 2011. "We've had two hells of a season together, making it all the way to the World Series -- which I still can't believe that happened, what a crazy run -- and even last year, making it back to the postseason was incredible. We've been through the thick and thin."

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MFP: Syndergaard on mentors 00:04:24
Noah Syndergaard sits down with Steve Gelbs to talk about the roles that Terry Collins and Dan Warthen played as he developed into a star.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said after the season ended on Sunday that the uncertainty surrounding pitching coach Dan Warthen's job is "bulls--t."

The Mets are expected to part ways with Warthen after the season, Mike Puma of the NY Post and Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News reported on Wednesday, though Warthen, 64, told the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt he does not plan to retire.

"I know I do a good job," Warthen said to Ehalt. "There are not too many people better than me."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 10/1 00:03:24
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' season after they fell to the Phillies, 11-0, in the final game of the season.

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

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

1) Terry Collins ended the longest tenure by a manager in Mets history with a 551-583 (.486) record in 1,134 games. 

2) Noah Syndergaard made his second start since returning from the disabled list and pitched two hitless innings while fanning two and walking one. 

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Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to play catch today, rest Saturday, and throw 25 pitches as he starts the season's final game Sunday.

Syndergaard, who missed four and a half months with a lat strain, tossed one inning during a bullpen session Wednesday.

In his first appearance since returning from the disabled list, he needed just five pitches to throw a scoreless inning against the Nationals this past Saturday.

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets are expected to explore a multi-year extension with RHP Jacob deGrom this offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The 29-year-old deGrom is under team control through the 2020 season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The point of a multi-year deal with deGrom would be to buy out some of his arbitration years while getting him to agree to a deal that extends in to his free agent years. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith said he is looking forward to coming back stronger and more consistent in 2018 and that it's been "a blast" playing alongside SS Amed Rosario, who he said is his best friend on the team.

Smith, speaking during a Q&A with fans from the Mets' Twitter account, also answered lots of off-beat questions.

He wouldn't weigh in on the "feud" between Noah Syndergaard and Mr. Met -- instead pleading the fifth -- but said Jacob deGrom had the best hair on the team -- beating out Syndergaard and Robert Gsellman.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that the team would like RHP Noah Syndergaard to pitch one more time before the season is over.

Syndergaard started and pitched a scoreless inning against the Nationals on Saturday night in what was his first Major League appearance since April 30.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 4-3 loss to the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard needed five pitches to complete his lone inning of work in his first Major League appearance since partially tearing his right lat muscle on April 30. The right-hander retired Trea Turner on a flyout and allowed a single to Jayson Werth before inducing an inning-ending double play from Daniel Murphy.

2) Jacob Rhame allowed a go-ahead solo homer to Daniel Murphy in the 10th inning, his ninth home run and 35th RBI in 37 career games against the Mets since joining the Nationals after the 2015 season.

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Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 19, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) rounds the bases in front of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field, and will pitch one inning, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Alderson added that Syndergaard will be limited to one inning even if he doesn't throw a lot of pitches, with Matt Harvey replacing him in the second inning.

"This rehab process is both physical and mental," Alderson said. "Based on Noah's feedback, he feels good physically. We just want to get him back on a mound, if for only a moment ... so he's back out there, re-familiarized with the circumstances."

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Syndergaard on simulated game 00:03:12
Noah Syndergaard reviews his 39-pitch simulated game Monday and discusses the plan to possibly return to the Mets before the season's end.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami, will be re-evaluated on Friday, the team said on Tuesday.

Syndergaard said after Monday's simulated game that he doesn't want to rush his return.

"I don't want to try to rush it and jump back out there too early because it is kind of a serious injury," Syndergaard told reporters. "I've also heard a lot of stories of people re-injuring themselves. I want to make sure that doesn't happen. I know the team is taking precautions, pull the reigns back a little bit. I respect that."

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Syndergaard on simulated game 00:03:12
Noah Syndergaard reviews his 39-pitch simulated game Monday and discusses the plan to possibly return to the Mets before the season's end.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard threw a simulated game on Monday in Miami prior to the team's game against the Marlins, saying afterwards that he doesn't want to rush his return.

"I don't want to try to rush it and jump back out there too early because it is kind of a serious injury," Syndergaard told reporters. "I've also heard a lot of stories of people re-injuring themselves. I want to make sure that doesn't happen. I know the team is taking precautions, pull the reigns back a little bit. I respect that."

The Mets are reportedly concerned about having Syndergaard return this season as they feel he needs to be completely healthy in order to come back, Matt Ehalt of The Record reported on Sunday.

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 (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
(Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |

This season is over and has been for months for the Mets. At this late stage, what's the point of Noah Syndergaard returning to a lost season? None. 

Syndergaard -- who threw a simulated game today -- did say that he does not want for "10 months to go by without me competing in a meaningful game." Well, to put it bluntly, there is no game from now until the end of the season that will be meaningful for the Mets.

Yes, I know, Syndergaard essentially meant he wanted to be back playing on the major league stage -- which I'm sure would give him confidence and make him feel good about returning in 2018. But is that worth it? Is it worth putting his health at risk just to return this season?

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

RHP Noah Syndergaard had no issues during Thursday's bullpen session in Chicago, but after being reassessed on Saturday, the pitcher won't pitch against Atlanta this weekend.

Terry Collins said that the Mets are considering having Syndergaard face live batters before returning. Collins also mentioned that he suggested that Syndergaard be used as a starter, not a reliever, to close out the season.

He played catch on Tuesday and Wednesday. Syndergaard was supposed to throw roughly 50 pitches in a simulated game on Sunday but did not pitch because of general soreness.

He made his second rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones last Thursday, when he allowed three runs on three hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out two, throwing 36 pitches.

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Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (63-84) have officially been eliminated from all playoff contention.

They play the second game of a three-game set with the Braves at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Jacob deGrom (14-9, 3.63 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, R.A. Dickey (9-9, 4.28 ERA) will start for the Braves...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Washington Nationals in the first inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

RHP Noah Syndergaard will throw a bullpen session today in Chicago prior to the Mets' game against the Cubs.

He played catch for the second straight day on Wednesday.

"If he comes out of this fine, he's going to throw a 'pen," manager Terry Collins told reporters after the session.

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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

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New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero is beginning to live up to the coaching staff's challenge after winning back-to-back starts for the first time.

After pitching 8 1/3 shutout innings last Wednesday against the Reds, Montero continued where he left off in Monday's 11-7 win over the Phillies, only allowing one run through five innings before running into trouble in the sixth.

"When I came in I was little bit off, but I tried to bounce back," Montero said, according to the Associated Press, after giving up four runs, five hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. "I fell behind the (count) against the batters and that's where I started to give up the walks."

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Syndergaard on rehab start 00:00:57
Noah Syndergaard discusses his rehab start in which he collected two strikeouts over one inning pitched on Saturday.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) threw one inning for Low-A Gulf Coast Mets in his first rehab start.

Syndergaard allowed two runs -- both unearned -- on two hits while striking out two as well. He threw a total 18 pitches with 13 being strikes. 

"Overall, I thought it was a really good day of work," Syndergaard said after the outing, according to Bill Whitehead of MLB.com. "I got 18 quality pitches. My delivery felt really sound. It was a huge step in the right direction for me."

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Crowded Mets disabled list 00:00:36
Taylor Rooks looks at the players currently on the Mets' disabled list, including the latest injury Yoenis Cespedes.

Noah Syndergaard threw live batting on Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Mets manager Terry Collins said on Sunday that Syndergaard is expected to throw batting practice again on Wednesday.

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Mets players leave the field injured during 2017. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets players leave the field injured during 2017. Credit: USA Today Images

In what can only be described as a potential miracle, in broad daylight, the Mets handled an injury in seemingly perfect and appropriate fashion Wednesday. By proactively delaying Noah Syndergaard's live batting practice session, it indicated - maybe, just maybe - the coaching and training staffs, front office and players are all working from the same playbook.

"We're going to err on the side of caution and give him some extra time," Collins explained. "We talked about it and got a lot of people together, including the trainers, and they said they'd like to take an extra day with him. I think you'll see him throwing to hitters soon."

In May, after several, devastating injuries to his team, which was followed by harsh criticism from fans and media, Mets GM Sandy Alderson announced that he planned to start holding daily meetings with his medical staff.

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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)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) is heading to Port St. Lucie to continue his throwing program, which will include live batting practice, the team announced Thursday.

Syndergaard was supposed to throw live batting practice on Wednesday at Citi Field, but that was pushed back, manager Terry Collins said.

The move was a precaution, added Collins, who said Syndergaard was expected to throw in the next day or two.

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Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins said LHP Steven Matz may be skipped in the rotation after his winless stretch reached nine games in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

Matz allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 3 1/3 innings, giving up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez in a 40-pitch first inning and surrendering four straight hits to begin the fourth inning.

The 26-year-old Matz hasn't won a game since June 28. Over his last eight starts, he is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA, having allowed 38 runs (37 earned) and 57 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"We've been trying different stuff and it's not really translating to the mound," Matz said. "I've never gone through a stretch like this before in my career. It is tough, but I never want to say that I'm lost. ... I want to think I'm just one step away from where I need to be and things will just click.''

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball will have nicknames on the backs of special jerseys during "Players Weekend" from Aug. 25-27 as the team plays the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Orange caps will also be worn.

Click below for images

 

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Harvey on throwing BP 00:01:58
Mets pitcher Matt Harvey talks with the media after throwing live BP about how it felt to get back on the mound since his injury in June.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey (scapula) threw 20 pitches from the mound at Citi Field on Tuesday during a live batting practice session and expects to make a rehab start "in the next week or so," he said after.

"My arm can work the way it's supposed to," Harvey added. "Now it's moving the proper way."

Shortly after Harvey landed on the disabled list, pitching coach Dan Warthen told Marc Carig of Newsday that Harvey's right shoulder had "totally atrophied" as a result of the Thoracic Outlet surgery he had last year.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) says he feels great and that he remains committed to returning this season.

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday on Monday. "My arm is feeling really good."

Syndergaard, who has been throwing on flat ground since last month and has progressed to throwing from 150 feet, said he doesn't have a timetable for a return but that he's "itching" to get back.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) says he feels great and that he remains committed to returning this season.

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday on Monday. "My arm is feeling really good."

Syndergaard, who has been throwing on flat ground since last month and has progressed to throwing from 150 feet, said he doesn't have a timetable for a return but that he's "itching" to get back.

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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of 2015.

To date, there have been no reports that he and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

"That his situation remains unresolved is just one indication that there doesn't seem to be a clamoring within the Mets organization to retain Collins, and it may well be that -- after seven years of managing the Mets -- he's ready to move on to something else," ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote this past weekend. "Nobody has said anything out loud, one way or the other."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

With their loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, the Mets fell to 49-60, dropping to 11 games under .500 for the first time since July 5, 2014, which was their low-water mark that season.

"We were overmatched," Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters after Sunday night's game. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. They obviously hit better than us, they pitched better than us. When you're hitting home runs you don't have to steal too much, you don't have to run the bases very often. You just have to jog. They did that more than us too."

The Mets, who were shut out by the Dodgers on Friday night and Sunday night, managed just two baserunners on Sunday (via one hit and one walk).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Macall B. Polay/HBO.)
(Macall B. Polay/HBO.)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard made a cameo during Sunday night's episode of Game of Thrones on HBO.

Syndergaard filmed his cameo for the episode, "The Spoils of War," during the offseason.

*Episode spoilers below*

During the episode, Syndergaard plays a member of the Lannister army and is seen throwing a spear at the attacking army led by Daenerys Targaryen and her fire-breathing dragon.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman, who has been out since June 28 due to a hamstring injury, began a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits while walking one and striking out one in 2/3 of an inning.

Gsellman left his start on June 27 against the Marlins in the fourth inning after suffering a left hamstring strain while running to first base.

The 24-year-old Gsellman has a 6.16 ERA and 1.62 WHIP and has allowed 97 hits while sgtriking out 57 and walking 26 in 76.0 innings (14 starts, three relief appearances) this season.

He had a 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings (seven starts, one relief appearance) in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR demands that the Mets make changes after news of Zack Wheeler's arm injury.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his right arm, the team announced Monday.

"I sort of expected bumps in the road coming back this year," Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, told reporters on Monday. "It's just unfortunate because everything else feels awesome -- elbow, shoulder, everything feels great. And that's why it's so frustrating for me. The surgery repair feels great. This is something stupid and small that I can't help. I just want to go out there and pitch, but this is holding me back for a bit."

Wheeler said only the bone was irritated as opposed to a fracture. The team has not yet given a timetable for when Wheeler would return, however Wheeler told reporters he would take matters slowly.

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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)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is putting together a new training regimen that will take the place of his previous one that emphasized adding a significant amount of muscle in order to throw heat to opponents.

Syndergaard added 15+ pounds this past offseason, but has not appeared in a game since April 30 because of a partially torn lat muscle on his right side. 

According to the New York Times, while on the disabled list, Syndergaard has made "adjustments" to his workouts and has realized that he hasn't been training "effectively." 

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGromNoah SyndergaardMatt HarveySteven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.

Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?

The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.

But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...

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Matt Harvey talks rehab progress 00:02:31
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey updates the media about Monday?s throwing session and the progress of his rehab session.

Matt Harvey (scapula) and Noah Syndergaard (lat strain) began their respective throwing programs before tonight's game at Citi Field. 

"He looked free and easy," Terry Collins later said about Syndergaard. 

"I really wanted to ramp things up there," Syndergaard said. "That's how good I felt. But I know I don't need to rush it back."

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) began a throwing program on Monday, throwing a baseball for the first time since suffering his injury in April.

"He looked free and easy," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Syndergaad threw.

GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday that Syndergaard and RHP Matt Harvey (scapula) would soon begin throwing programs.

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