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Sandy on state of the Mets 00:01:39
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gives an honest assessment of the team's record, and the chances they trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard.

The Mets are 31-41, having gone 6-20 in their last 26 games, and 14-32 since May 1. They are 11.5 games out of first place in the NL East, and 8.5 games behind the Nationals for the second Wild Card in the NL.

But Mets GM Sandy Alderson isn't ready to say whether the team will be buyers or sellers in advance of the trade deadline. 

"I would put us in the middle," Alderson said on Friday, while realistic about what needs to happen to avoid the team being sellers.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) will continue to play catch Friday before hopefully advancing to the next step in his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

The next step for Syndergaard would likely be a bullpen session, followed by a rehab start. 

Syndergaard resumed his throwing program on Monday and increased his throwing distance on Tuesday...

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What will Mets do with deGrom? 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino reveal what the Mets are thinking regarding their future with Jacob deGrom.

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

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Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

And if they were to part with deGrom and send him to the crosstown Yankees, the Mets would insist on otherworldly second baseman Gleyber Torres, a Mets source told FanRag's Jon Heyman. Of course, Torres and some of the Yankees' other top chips are reportedly off-limits. 

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | My reporting leads me to be very confident that the Mets will not be trading deGrom or Syndergaard to the Yankees. The relationship between the two clubs is frosty at best, and the Yanks wouldn't trade Torres anyway...

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Jun 13, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It's all too easy to manufacture drama in a baseball season, to claim for the sake of a storyline that a particular stretch of games carries meaning.

But in the case of the Mets, these next few weeks are truly pivotal, and could determine the direction of the franchise for years to come.

My understanding is that the team is currently engaged in internal discussions about whether to take offers for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. I've been on record calling two friends of mine crazy for suggesting that this is a good idea, and calling on the team to add Manny Machado -- but the purpose of today's column is to provide information, not my opinion...

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained right index finger) resumed his throwing program on Monday and will increase his throwing distance on Tuesday, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

"I would venture to say it's not going to be a long, drawn-out process," Callaway added.

Syndergaard had been slated to return from the DL to start last Sunday against the Yankees, but was scratched from that start before receiving a second opinion on his injury. 

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are in dire need of a long-term, everyday catcher that can hit, deal with the pressure of New York and handle the team's pitching staff. This is why, if Sandy Alderson intends to change the complexion of the team via trade this summer, I'd like for him to find a way to get Marlins C J.T. Realmuto.

Unfortunately, to make that happen, multiple team insiders say four things need to happen...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia, left, and pitcher Noah Syndergaard look on from the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) (AP)

The Mets are "ready to entertain trade offers for virtually everyone" on the roster, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

According to Rosenthal, the Mets would prefer to hold on to Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, and would be more open to trading Noah Syndergaard than Jacob deGrom.

DeGrom, having the best season of his career and in the midst of one of the more dominant stretches in recent memory, is under team control through 2020, while Syndergaard is under control through 2021. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

In RHP David Peterson, 3B Mark Vientos, SS Andres Gimenez and 1B Peter Alonso, the Mets have four prospects that are getting the attention of rival scouts and top prospect lists.

Unfortunatley, insiders repeatedly tell me Sandy Alderson's farm system is lacking depth, despite adding six hard-throwing relievers during last summer's sell off of veterans.

"They have projectable talent to lean on and at positions they're going to need," a friend with an NL East player development department recently told me. "If those guys don't pan out, they'll be thin. But, they have a few guys that can be everyday players, no doubt."

So, what has happened to the pitching prospects Alderson acquired last summer?

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets injuries 00:02:21
Andy Martino joins the show to discuss the Mets' injury woes this season and the hamstring injury Masahiro Tanaka suffered Friday night.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Opening night of the 2018 Subway Series began in Metsian fashion, with injury announcements regarding two key pitchers -- Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.

By the middle of the evening, the plague had spread to the other team, when Masahiro Tanaka left after five innings with soreness in two hamstrings. Yes, you read that correctly. The hamstrings in both legs.

Before the night was over, the Yankees' trainer would visit Aroldis Chapman, and Jacob deGrom would have his heart broken yet again. It was not a good night to be a pitcher in New York.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will not return from the disabled list as planned on Sunday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.

"Syndergaard played catch. Had a little bit of swelling (in his finger), a little bit of discomfort," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Friday night's game. 

Seth Lugo will start in Syndergaard's place. 

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May 13, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 13, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more divergent.

The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, the Mets are 16-31. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon Drury, Ronald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

Perhaps the Mets could rejuvenate their season with a series win against their in-city rivals. Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series:

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will return from the disabled list to start on Sunday night against the Yankees at Citi Field.

Syndergaard, who threw roughly 25 pitches during a simulated game on Tuesday, has been out since leaving his start early on May 25 due to a strained ligament in his right index finger. 

If Syndergaard returns as scheduled, he will have missed just one full turn through the rotation.

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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway is hopeful that Noah Syndergaard will start against the Yankees next weekend after throwing on Saturday. If that goes smoothly, he'll throw a side session on Sunday. 

Syndergaard, who left his last start against the Brewers due to a strained ligament in his right index finger, has already missed one start. He is on the 10-day DL and eligible to return on June 5. 

"It's going a lot better," Syndergaard said on Thursday about his finger, adding that he felt the same kind of sensation a season or two ago. "Just gonna give it a couple more days of rest and hopefully pick up a baseball again."

The 25-year-old Syndergaard allowed three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out eight in 6.0 innings during his start on May 25, throwing just 78 pitches before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the top of the seventh inning.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said Thursday that his "finger is feeling fine" and that he expects to miss one or two starts total.

Syndergaard, who left his last start against the Brewers due to a strained ligament in his right index finger, has already missed one start. He is on the 10-day DL and eligible to return on June 5. 

"It's going a lot better," Syndergaard said about his finger, adding that he felt the same kind of sensation a season or two ago. "Just gonna give it a couple more days of rest and hopefully pick up a baseball again."

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Mets GM gets animated 00:03:51
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gets animated and colorful when talking to the media about how the team handles injuries.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson got animated and colorful on Thursday when discussing how the team handles injuries and the recovery process, including the recent approach with Noah Syndergaard, and the fact that Asdrubal Cabrera is playing while not 100 percent. 

"The first time we have a recurrence of an injury, you guys are gonna go nuts," Alderson said to the assembled media. "Ryan Church all over. It's like -- I've been here eight years. I don't even know who Ryan Church is, okay? But I know he's been in the lead sentence on more than one occasion over the last few years." 

Click above for the full video of Sandy. 

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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) makes a pitching change against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) makes a pitching change against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mickey Callaway said two things on Tuesday that seemed incompatible with one another:

1. He used Seth Lugo for two innings in Monday's Mets loss because he knew that Lugo would have to start later in the week in place of the injured Noah Syndergaard, and he wanted to stretch out Lugo.

2. There was not enough time to get an extra reliever from Las Vegas to Atlanta...

 

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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Daily News Live: Syndergaard 00:05:10
Nelson Figueroa breaks down Noah Syndergaard's strained right index finger and shows how it can negatively impact a pitcher on the mound.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (finger) will throw a bullpen session this weekend and should be ready to return after that, manager Mickey Callaway said before Tuesday night's game in Atlanta.

"Right now, the goal is to rest it a couple of days and get him a bullpen this weekend," Callaway said. "After that, he should be ready to go."

In the above scenario, Syndergaard -- who was placed on the 10-day DL Tuesday due to a strained ligament in his right index finger -- will miss just one start before being activated. His DL stint is retroactive to May 26, meaning he will be eligible to return on June 5.  

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (26-25) continue their four-game series against the Braves (31-22) on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY. 

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Martino on Syndergaard injury 00:01:35
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino chats with Jonas Schwartz about the ligament injury to Noah Syndergaard's right index finger.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | At one of his postgame news conferences in April, Mickey Callaway surveyed his roster and said, "We're a really good team" -- and he was right. The Mets who opened the season had a top-heavy rotation, talented bullpen, and veteran lineup that was able to score enough to support the pitching.

Many bad losses and injuries later, the Mets are much weaker, but still a playoff contender for two reasons: Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Most flawed teams with two aces can at least push toward playing meaningful games in September.

That's why, as with deGrom's recent elbow scare, the news that Syndergaard is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a strained ligament in his right index finger represents a genuinely anxious moment for the 2018 Mets and their fans. Put simply, the team can't lose either pitcher for an extended period...

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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had just 78 pitches thrown through six innings in his outing against the Brewers Friday night. But manager Mickey Callaway thought it the right move to end his night before the seventh. 

Syndergaard began his start with a 1-2-3 first inning, but Travis Shaw put Milwaukee on the board first with a solo homer to lead off the second. 

"Thor" saw more trouble in the third as Christian Yelich hit an RBI single to score Lorenzo Cain, and Shaw collected another RBI with a single to center to bring Yelich home. 

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Gelbs chats with Conforto 00:03:59
On Mets Pre Game Live, Steve Gelbs catches up with Michael Conforto to discuss the tough road back from his shoulder injury this year.

The Mets (25-21) continue their four-game series against the Brewers (31-20) on Friday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY. 

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are givens. Steven Matz has a 3.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and has allowed just six runs over his last four starts (21.0 innings).

Jason Vargas (one great start after three nightmare ones since joining the rotation) and Zack Wheeler (5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) have been a different story. And the Mets need them to start providing consistency to the back end of the rotation.

On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss below...

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets entered their series with the Diamondbacks having lost seven of their previous eight games. Meanwhile, the Mets are 11-7 in starts made by Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and 17-3 when the team scores four or more runs in a game.

In other words, with deGrom and Syndergaard pitching two of three games, during which the Mets scored 12 runs, sweeping the D-backs this past weekend should be what is expected from a team that entered this season hoping to make the postseason.

"That was a huge sweep," Syndergaard said after getting Sunday's win. "We'd kind of been struggling a little bit. But just as easily as we were struggling, it's that easy to turn it around."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed one run on six hits in seven innings in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

While Syndergaard (4-1) labored through five innings in his last start, he was effective Sunday, only giving up singles and pitching around Wilmer Flores' fifth-inning error when Jay Bruce threw Jeff Mathis out at home.

"I just kind of took a deep breath, relaxed and focused on making quality pitches as opposed to focusing on my mechanics," Syndergaard told reporters after the game. "Today was just a lot of fun. Great win, great sweep."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/20 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the excellent pitching from Robert Gsellman after Sunday's win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Asdrubal Cabrera's pinch-hit homer snapped a 1-1 tie and Amed Rosario homered twice to back Noah Syndergaard as the Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Having been limited to one hit through five innings by Clay BuchholzRosario went deep for the first time in 200 at-bats dating back to last season to tie the game. D-backs reliever Jorge De La Rosa retired the first two batters of the seventh, but Tomas Nido singled and Cabrera followed with his third career pinch-hit homer. Rosario went deep on the next pitch to increase the Mets' lead to 4-1.

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Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)
Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)

If the Mets are going to be successful in 2018, Mickey Callaway knows exactly how that's going to happen: good pitching.

After the Mets' 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, where Jacob deGrom was masterful with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, Callaway discussed leaning on his whole staff, not just deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

"It will only help if the other guys step up," Callaway said...

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets fan Callie Quinn needed 500,000 retweets to be able to take prom pictures on Citi Field, and after she knocked that number out of the park, she got to live her wish on Friday. 

Quinn, who received a Promposal with Mr. Met traveling to her high school on Staten Island in January, arrived at Citi Field flaunting a blue dress with orange lacing in the back showing her loyalty to the Mets' colors. 

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets should not trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard this season. I'm not against trading anyone, but to deal these two men now in a limited market would be foolish.

If the Mets decide to blow up their roster and rebuild for the second time in 10 years, it would be far better to deal their best, long-term pitching assets this winter when the free-agent market for arms is set up to be very, very weak. 

In terms of what to do going forward, I see the Braves, I see the Phillies and I see the Marlins. I see the amount of young talent they have and I'm pretty convinced they'll soon pass the Mets (if they haven't already) on the path to long-term success.

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Trading deGrom, Syndergaard? 00:05:30
NY Daily News columnist John Harper and SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino debate whether the Mets should trade Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Chris Carlin and John Harper. Two wonderful men. Mentors even, at different stages of my career. That's why it is painful for me to report this morning that both -- who, as recently as yesterday, were New York's best baseball columnist, and its top sports radio voice -- have lost their damn minds.

Here's the backstory. After writing yesterday that the Mets need Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to save their season, I was surprised by the volume of tweets I received from Mets fans arguing that the team should start a rebuild by trading both. But I thought, whatever. Those are the Twitter crazies. Reasonable people wouldn't think this. Then, I got in the car and turned on my radio. My first stop is often WFAN's CMB, featuring Carlin, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott. That show keeps getting better and better, by the way.

Or so I thought. Yesterday, the trio shocked me by actually dignifying the idea that it was time for the Mets to consider trading their top two pitchers. They took calls on it. They debated it. Then this morning, a source with close ties to Carlin confirmed that he would advocate for dealing at least deGrom...

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets would need to consider trading Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard if they are not in contention in July, John Harper opines in Friday's New York Daily News.

Harper notes that with the Phillies and Braves potentially ahead of schedule with their rebuilds, the Mets would have to commit to a full rebuild of their own if they fall out of it. 

DeGrom, 29, is under team control through the 2020 season. Syndergaardm 25, is under team control through the 2021 season. So, how should the Mets proceed? The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses below...

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

When the Diamondbacks come to Citi Field for a three-game set with the Mets starting Friday on SNY, both teams will have their biggest stars take the mound. 

The Mets will see both Jacob deGrom (3-0, 1.83 ERA, 56 K) and Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 3.14 ERA, 61 K) take the hill over the next three days while the Diamondbacks will have both Patrick Corbin (4-1, 2.53 ERA, 75 K) and Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.46 ERA, 58 K)...

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | So much has gone wrong for the Mets since their 11-1 start, some of it fixable and some of it deeply worrisome. The front office remains hopeful that veterans like Jay Bruce and Todd Frazier will ultimately put up their usual numbers, and that Michael Conforto will remember how talented he is.

On the negative side, outside evaluators wonder if Yoenis Cespedes will ever resemble the superstar he was for a few months in 2015, now that he he can't seem to shake persistent leg injuries. Or if Amed Rosario will produce enough to be a major league regular. Or if the bullpen is deep enough. Or if Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas can ever be reliable.

With so much uncertainty -- particularly around Cespedes, who is crucial to the offense -- the diminished Mets face a revised calculus: They need Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard to pitch well enough to cover the team's flaws, and they need to win the vast majority of games that those two start...

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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway's bullpen has faced the fifth-most batters in the National League since May 1.

They have faced the second-most batters this week thanks in large part to Jacob deGrom, who was pulled after just one inning during his most recent start due to throwing 45 pitches in the first inning. The next day, Noah Syndergaard pitched only five innings, and Zack Wheeler could only get through four innings Wednesday.

This is bad. It's only a three-game stretch, but it's not a new issue. Even when the Mets were playing their best baseball this season they were at best middle of the pack in this category...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

In case everyone forgot, Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland reminded us Tuesday that Noah Syndergaard is a human being. He's not a cartoon character or robot that literally throws thunderbolts and runs on batteries.

It appears that Syndergaard needs to be reminded of this reality, as well...

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland said Tuesday that his comments about Noah Syndergaard having "yet to do a whole lot" at the big league level wasn't a dig at the right-hander. Instead, it was a defense of him. And the outsized expectations that have followed him. 

"Noah and I have talked," Eiland told reporters. "We have had a lot of conversation, not just about my quotes. I was defending him actually. If he doesn't go seven with one run or less, everybody is criticizing him, because he is supposed to be dominant. He's human."

Syndergaard struck out the side in the first inning on Tuesday night before cooling off. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out seven and throwing 103 pitches in 5.0 innings...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:57
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Tuesday's Twitter poll regarding Dave Eiland's comments about Noah Syndergaard before the Mets' victory.

Juan Lagares matched his career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Mets broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) The Mets trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for eight runs over the next two frames. Lagares contributed a pair of singles that produced three runs during the onslaught. Amed Rosario doubled and finished with a career-high-tying three hits and two RBIs while Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a single, three walks and four runs scored. Noah Syndergaard drove in New York's first two runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

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Rosario crushes double off wall 00:00:56
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes an RBI double off the right field wall to give the team a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Juan Lagares and Amed Rosario combined for seven hits and five RBI to lead the Mets on a night when the offense generated 16 hits and scored 12 runs in a blowout win over the Blue Jays.

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Mets discuss rout of Blue Jays 00:01:12
Noah Syndergaard, Mickey Callaway and Devin Mesoraco discuss Tuesday night's 12-2 rout of the Blue Jays.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs in five innings and helped himself out at the plate with a double and two RBI in the Mets' series opener against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have moved Jacob deGrom's next start up from Saturday to Friday. DeGrom will be followed by Steven Matz on Saturday and Noah Syndergaard on Sunday.

DeGrom was removed after the first inning of his start this past Sunday due to the fact that he threw 45 pitches in frame. With deGrom now pitching on Friday, he will be on regular rest -- as will Syndergaard on Sunday. 

Matz, who was initially scheduled to start on Friday night, will have an extra day of rest.   

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Noah Syndergaard looked strong during an inning of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS. (AP)
Noah Syndergaard looked strong during an inning of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS. (AP)

On Dec. 8, 2012, the Mets officially acquired Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.

5 1/2 years later, Syndergaard -- who was not the headliner in the deal -- will face his former team when he toes the rubber against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The deal came about after talks between the Mets and Dickey regarding a potential contract extension didn't advance -- and GM Sandy Alderson determined it was in the best interest of the rebuilding club to capitalize on the huge season Dickey had just completed. 

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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust Mets 00:01:03
The Loud Mouths play a game of Boom or Bust on Dave Eiland's comments about Noah Syndergaard's Major League career thus far.

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland responded to a question regarding Noah Syndergaard's relative underperformance this season by saying Syndergaard hasn't accomplished much in the majors at all. "He's spent, what, 2 1/2 years in the big leagues? So I don't know where all the expectations came from," Eiland told Mike Puma of the NY Post. "I wasn't here for all that, but he is yet to do a whole lot at the major league level. Now is he capable of it? Yeah, but he is 25 years old. For the most part every game he's kept us in it and given us a chance to win."

Syndergaard, who has a 3.09 ERA (2.78 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP in 46.2 innings (eight starts) this season, has 410.2 regular season major league innings under his belt since making his debut in May of 2015. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterIf Eiland is trying to light a fire under Syndergaard by saying he hasn't done much, great. If it's actually what Eiland believes, then that's another story. And his comment wondering where the expectations came from regarding Syndergaard? That was simply baffling. Sure, relative to all-time greats such as Tom Seaver and current greats such as Clayton Kershaw, Syndergaard's body of work is tiny. But his body of work compared to his peers who have been in the league about as long as he has speaks for itself. And the fact is that he's one of the best pitchers in baseball. And he has been since first setting foot on a big league mound in 2015...

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets (19-17) will conclude their series against the Phillies (22-16) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

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