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

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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."

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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).

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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.

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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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JRSportBrief: Wheeler down 00:01:28
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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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard (torn lat) and Matt Harvey (scapula) are close to beginning throwing programs, GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday.

Syndergaard has been out since April 30 due to a torn lat and had has been pain-free since last month. However, he said at the time that he wanted to be extra cautious due to the nature of his injury.

The 24-year-old Syndergaard, who is on the 60-day disabled list, has a 3.29 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with two walks and 32 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings (five starts) this season.

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The Mets are home run machines this year -- on both sides of the ball. Mets batters are on pace for a whopping 243 bombs in 2017, which would shatter the prior record of 218, set all the way back in…2016. Not to be outdone, their pitchers are on pace for 230 home runs allowed, which would dwarf the record held by the infamously hapless 1962 Mets.

The Mets are far from alone in seeing this spike in home runs. Teams across MLB are watching home run totals skyrocket and the league is on pace to surpass the single-season home run record -- set in 2000 during the peak of the steroid era -- by a wide margin. Home run rates have increased across the league every year since 2014 and there's no indication that's going to slow down anytime soon.

And it's affecting unexpected names as well. Jacob deGrom has allowed 18 home runs this season, the same number allowed by Clayton Kershaw (already his career high). Johnny CuetoJulio Teheran, and Gerrit Cole have allowed even more and are all looking at new personal records...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, on the 60-day disabled list due to a torn lat, could potentially return quicker if the Mets start out by using him in the bullpen, pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested to Newsday.

"If we decide we want to go get Syndergaard back earlier but use him as a one-inning guy, we'll all talk about that," Warthen said on Sunday.

Syndergaard, who is expected to begin a throwing program within the next two weeks, last pitched out of the bullpen in 2016, when he made one relief appearance.

He didn't make any relief appearances during the regular season in 2015, but came out of the bullpen during Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, striking out two batters and walking one in a scoreless inning.

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Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been hurt by injuries up and down the lineup, and by consistent ineptitude in the field, but the more significant culprit is clearly their pitching.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Even with an injury-plagued rotation, the 2016 Mets surpassed expectations and ranked as one of the top staffs in the league. With nearly all of last year's successful hurlers returning (Bartolo Colon, who is struggling mightily in Atlanta this year, being the lone exception), reasonable projections anticipated similar results, even if not quite up to 2016's exceptional standards.

Instead, Mets fans have watched nothing short of an unmitigated disaster unfold in the rotation, one start at a time...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Just how many times can we declare the Mets' season is on the brink before the calls seem hollow?

Well, here we go again.

After gaining four games on first-place Washington in a one-week span, the Mets took a step backward in Thursday's series opener against the Nationals with an 8-3 loss. The defeat dropped the Mets' record to 30-35 and left them 9½ games behind Washington in the division and 10 games back in the wild card.

Now, the Mets are slated to face Max Scherzer on Friday and Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. They will face those electric arms following the latest dispiriting flood of injury reports that includes Neil Walker estimating he will be out a month with a left hamstring tear, Noah Syndergaard being advised to wait another month before picking up a baseball because of slow healing with his lat tear, Juan Lagares suffering a fractured left thumb, and Asdrubal Cabrera landing on the DL with a left thumb sprain.

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Mets' injury bug strikes again! 00:03:10
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest injuries that struck the Mets just as they finally started to play some consistent baseball.

Matt Harvey, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to 'dead arm,' will miss several weeks due to a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder >> Read more

Neil Walker, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to a leg injury, has been diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to begin rehabbing in two-to-three weeks >> Read more

The Mets are 'comfortable' with their situation on the infield and are not yet ready to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario, but that could change in the next seven-to-10 days, according to GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) might not start throwing for another four weeks >> Read more

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

The Mets will continue using a six-man rotation even though Matt Harvey will miss several weeks due to a shoulder injury, GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday.

The rotation currently includes Jacob deGromZack WheelerRobert GsellmanSteven Matz, and Seth Lugo.

The Mets have not yet said who the sixth pitcher will be, but the expectation is that it will be Tyler Pill (currently with Triple-A Las Vegas) or Rafael Montero.

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

Noah Syndergaard was told that he will not begin a throwing program for another four weeks, Mets GM Sandy Alderson informed reporters Thursday at Citi Field.

Syndergaard, who has been out since April 30 due to a torn lat, told WFAN in early June that he's feeling great, but is not close to throwing a baseball.

"Lats are tricky, just because it's very specific," Syndergaard said last Thursday during an interview with Boomer and Carton on WFAN. "If you come back too soon, you could really put yourself in a situation to injure yourself again."

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard, who has been out since April 30 due to a torn lat, said he's feeling great but is not close to throwing a baseball as he continues to work his way back from the injury.

"Lats are tricky, just because it's very specific," Syndergaard said Thursday during an interview with Boomer and Carton on WFAN. "If you come back too soon, you could really put yourself in a situation to injure yourself again."

Syndergaard wouldn't give a timetable when asked when he might return.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins said he was disappointed by his team's pitching staff after Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fourth in the past five games, dropped New York to seven games under .500.

"We haven't pitched," Collins said, according to Newsday's Mark Hermann. "We haven't pitched like we can. This game is about pitching."

The Mets gave up 11 runs (nine earned) and 15 hits on Sunday, as their 4.91 team ERA ranks among the worst in the majors. By comparison, the Mets ranked third in team ERA last year and fourth in 2015, when they made it to the World Series.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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May 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) is shown in the dugout before their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
May 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) is shown in the dugout before their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets are trying to hold things together. The goal during May and June has not necessarily been to make up all the ground lost in April. Instead, the goal is to simply keep the season alive and not drop so far behind that coaches start getting fired, players get traded, fans become angry and the season ends before it ever really started.

Despite a recent seven-game losing streak, the Mets have somehow kept it together the last 30 days and are seemingly in position to at least do the same in June...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Memorial Day typically is the first valid measuring stick for the direction of an MLB team's season. And let's just say the Mets will not be receiving rave reviews come Monday.

Even with an 8-1 win on Friday in Pittsburgh behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom becoming the first starting pitcher with the Mets to exceed seven innings this season, the team possesses an unsightly 20-26 record and has spotted the Nationals a 7½-game lead in the NL East.

If you want the glass-half-full prognosis, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo make what may be their final rehab starts on Sunday for Las Vegas and Binghamton, respectively. So impact reinforcements may be on the way.

Yet while the returns of Matz and Lugo should alleviate the need for more than one start from newly promoted Tyler Pill, and should even supply an extra arm to the bullpen, the fact remains that Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia will be sidelined for months and Matt Harvey has yet to resolve his woes. So the reality is the Mets face a serious uphill battle to resurrect their season...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets legend and Hall of Famer Tom Seaver doesn't follow the team closely anymore, but was irritated when told of Noah Syndergaard's desire to throw harder.

When Bill Madden of the NY Daily News told Seaver that Syndergaard's lat injury might have been caused by working out too much in an effort to increase his velocity, Seaver rolled his eyes.

"What's with these guys and this obsession today with velocity?" he asked Madden. "How about just pitch! Learn how to pitch! Because eventually that velocity will be harder and harder to maintain on a consistent basis."

Seaver then noted that the most important pitch for a pitcher is "strike one."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Charles LeClaire)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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