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Apr 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets rookie RHP Robert Gsellman gave up five earned runs on 10 hits in four plus innings during Wednesday night's loss to the Braves.

The five earned runs all came in the first inning.

"He fell behind in counts," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "When you fall behind in counts in the big leagues, you're going to get in trouble."

 

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Jose Reyes (7) reacts at third base at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Reyes (7) reacts at third base at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets committed three errors in the first three innings of their series-opening loss Wednesday to the Braves at Citi Field.

It was the team's fifth straight loss, during which they've logged seven errors.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/26 00:03:27
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-2 loss to the Braves, their fifth defeat in a row.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman allowed five runs in the first inning, paving the way for the Mets' fifth straight loss and ninth in 10 games. Gsellman (0-2) was charged with six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and three walks while striking out two in four-plus innings.

2) The Mets made three errors in the first three innings, giving them 13 during their 1-9 stretch.

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The Mets (8-11) open a shortened two-game series against the Braves (6-12) at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. The Mets, who were off on Monday and were rained out on Tuesday, were swept in a three-game series by the Nationals over the weekend.

The Mets have lost four straight games and eight of their last nine to fall to fourth place in the N.L. East -- 5.5 games behind the first place Nationals. ... The Mets are 4-8 at home this season. ... The last time the Mets were three games under .500 was April 12 of last season, when they were 2-5. ... The Mets opened this season by winning 2 of 3 games against the Braves at Citi Field. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Robert Gsellman, (5.09 ERA/3.48 FIP, 1.36 WHIP), who allowed three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven last Wednesday against the Phillies...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Mets (8-11) open a three-game series against the Braves (6-12) at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. The Mets, who were off on Monday were swept in a three-game series by the Nationals over the weekend.

The Mets have lost four straight games and eight of their last nine to fall to fourth place in the N.L. East -- 5.0 games behind the first place Nationals. ... The Mets are 4-8 at home this season. ... The last time the Mets were three games under .500 was April 12 of last season, when they were 2-5. ... The Mets opened this season by winning 2 of 3 games against the Braves at Citi Field. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Robert Gsellman, (5.09 ERA/3.48 FIP, 1.36 WHIP), who allowed three runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven last Wednesday against the Phillies.

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Apr 19, 2017; Robert Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2017; Robert Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman threw seven innings Wednesday against the Phillies, during which he allowed three runs and seven hits while striking out seven batters.

Gsellman, who still qualifies as a rookie, later told reporters that he spent time this past week working with pitching coach Dan Warthen to gain better command of his slider.

"I've been working on it consistently and today was the best it has been," he added.

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The Mets (7-7) will look to snap a four-game losing streak in the second of three against the Phillies (5-8) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler allowed one run in five innings, but Jose Reyes' error with two outs in the eighth helped Philadelphia tie the game. They went on to score four runs in the 10th to win, 6-2.

 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/13 00:03:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez and break down the Mets' 9-8 win in 16 innings over the Marlins.

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

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead homer leading off the 16th inning off the Marlins' scheduled starter for Friday, Adam Conley. He had a bases-loaded triple in the second and tied his career high with four hits and four RBIs.

2) The Mets trailed 4-0 in the first, rallied for seven unanswered runs and then fell behind 8-7 after five innings. Michael Conforto's pinch-hit double in the eighth tied the game, 8-8.

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The Mets (6-3) open a four-game series against the Marlins (4-4) at Marlins Park in Miami on Thursday night at 7:10. The Mets finished up a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 5-4 victory on Wednesay night in Philadelphia.



The Mets have opened their road schedule by going 3-0. They have not started their road schedule 4-0 or better since 2007. ... Before losing 2 of 3 games to the Marlins last weekend, the Mets had won the prior five series against them. ... The Mets have homered in eight straight games and have 12 home runs over their last four games.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Robert Gsellman, who allowed three runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out eight last Saturday night against the Marlins in his first start of the season. Gsellman had a 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/8/17 00:03:32
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' lopsided 8-1 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman overcame a shaky start to pitch five innings in his first start of the season. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Gsellman allowed single runs in each of the first three innings, the third aided by a Curtis Granderson misplay that turned into a leadoff triple for J.T. Realmuto.

2) The Mets' offensive struggles continued as they managed just three hits and none until Lucas Duda's solo homer with one out in the fifth. New York struck out 13 times, four by Neil Walker who fanned in each at-bat.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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

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

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mets closer Jeurys Familia is suspended the first 15 games of the season, and Seth Lugo is on the disabled list, yet the team's bullpen looked solid during Monday's 6-0 win to start the 2017 season.

Noah Syndergaard left the game after the sixth inning with a blister on his right middle finger, after which Robert Gsellman, Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas tossed three scoreless innings.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Post Game Extra: Mets tie Cards 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

 

Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

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

1) Gsellman struck out the side in the first inning. He allowed a three-run homer to Matt Adams in the fourth. At the plate, Gsellman -- who had not swung the bat since joining the Mets in 2016 due to a left shoulder injury-- swung the bat for the first time. He went 0-for-2, grounding out twice.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still be locked in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Robert Gsellman has landed a spot in the Mets rotation, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gsellman's rotation spot comes following the news that Steven Matz will miss his next start with left elbow irritation. The Mets will be cautious with Steven Matz, Heyman said, adding that either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo will take the final spot in the rotation. There is also the possibility of Lugo pitching out of the bullpen.

Gsellman (17.1 IP, 1.56 ERA) has pitched in five games this spring. He posted a 2.42 ERA in eight regular season games in 2016, including seven starts. Lugo (7 IP, 3.86 ERA) is coming off several strong starts in the World Baseball Classic for Puerto Rico. In 17 games for the Mets in 2016, Lugo went 5-2 and had a 2.67 ERA. 

Zack Wheeler (7.1 IP, 8.59 ERA) has struggled so far this spring, giving up seven runs and nine hits, including four home runs.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets lose 00:00:52
Robert Gsellman and manager Terry Collins speak to reporters following the Mets' 1-0 loss to Washington on Thursday.

Robert Gsellman allowed one run (unearned) in 5 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 1-0, on Thursday afternoon in West Palm Beach, FL.

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

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

1) Gsellman allowed four hits while striking out two and walking two. He has a 1.56 ERA this spring.

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Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)
Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are a lock to be in the team's starting rotation when it begins their 2017 season in exactly two weeks...

Matt Harvey should be a lock, but has struggled this spring after last year's season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I expect he'll make the Opening Day roster, though I do think there's a small chance he stays back in St. Lucie where he'd begin the season in extended spring training and on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well enough to be considered for the rotation's final spot.

"It's a great problem to have," Terry Collins said Sunday. "We came into this camp knowing we had depth in the rotation. ... They have stepped up and showed us we weren't wrong."

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Zack Wheeler is ready to pitch 00:03:54
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses his outing Thursday and is happy to be healthy and ready to pitch in 2017.

In his start Thursday against the Nationals, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched 2 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two of 11 batters.

"I'm ready to move on and pitch with these guys during the season," said Wheeler, who will be limited to throwing roughly 125 innings this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets postgame 00:02:28
The Mets defeat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, despite Noah Syndergaard's rough start.

Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie. 

Asdrubal CabreraLucas DudaCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker all went deep for the Mets.

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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Post Game Extra: 3/2/17 00:01:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 11-6 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 11-6, on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • OF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that cleared the batters eye in center field.
  • 2B Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
  • INF prospect Philip Evans hit a grand slam.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-3 with a run scored...
Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Rivera on Gsellman's skill set 00:02:50
Mets catcher Rene Rivera joins Steve Gelbs to discuss Robert Gsellman's maturity level since joining the big league club and his makeup.

The Mets face the Marlins on Thursday in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Jose Reyes will play third base and lead off.

RHP Robert Gsellman gets the start for the Mets, with RHPs Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Hansel Robles, and Erik Goeddel, and LHPs Tom Gorzelanny and Jerry Blevins also scheduled to pitch.

Follow on Gameday here...

 

Tags: Addison Reed, Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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Collins on Michael Conforto 00:01:38
Terry Collins discusses another strong performance from Michael Conforto during the Mets' loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and is hitting .538 this spring.
  • OF Juan Lagares went 1-for-3 and threw a runner out at the plate from center field.
  • SS prospect Amed Rosario went 2-for-3...
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

RHP Zack Wheeler will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10 when the Mets visit the Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

Wheeler threw his first live batting practice Wednesday morning, and a scout watching said he looked "really good," although the batters were mostly just tracking the ball, according to the Daily News.

The Mets will begin using their expected regular starting pitchers in Spring Training games Thursday.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Thursday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Jacob deGrom on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday and Steven Matz on Monday...

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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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. (Steve Mitchell)
. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler will compete in Spring Training to determine who will be the team's fifth starting pitcher, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Gsellman and Lugo were a combined 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts last season filling in for Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

Wheeler hasn't pitched in the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014.

"We aren't sure how many innings he's going to be able to pitch," Collins said of Wheeler, who was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014. "So, do you burn those innings early, or do you burn those innings late? And that is certainly a discussion we will have as we go through Spring Training."

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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Hot Stove talks bullpen 00:02:48
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa debate what the Mets options are as they look to add solid relievers in the bullpen.

First off, I was wrong. I recently argued in favor of the Mets signing Sergio Romo, but I've changed my mind. In the last few days, I've been talked out of Romo by friends in San Francisco, a former manager and one scout that has watched him closely the last few years.

"He's not their kind of a guy, and Sandy Alderson has to know that," one person said. "Plus, Terry would burn him out in a week."

I think this is probably right. The Mets have reportedly reached out to Romo, but I now doubt he's Alderson's top target.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

Five Mets were named to Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list, which was recently released.

SS Amed Rosario, who ranked 3rd, "has MVP potential as a true shortstop who will be above average defensively and projects to hit .300 with some walks and power." >> Read more about Rosario!

1B Dominic Smith, who ranked 29th, "is an extraordinarily disciplined, calm hitter, striking out in just 13 percent of his plate appearances last year, showing an advanced two-strike approach and willingness to use the whole field." >> Read more about Smith!

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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman is the 76th-best prospect in baseball, according to a recent list published by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Baseball America recently ranked Gsellman as the organization's second-best pitching prospect behind Justin Dunn, who Law ranked No. 84 overall in baseball.

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.

According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.

I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Teams have asked about RHP Robert Gsellman, but Sandy Alderson has told them he's not available, sources told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America..

The team recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman
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Bartolo Colon recently signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal to pitch for the Braves next season, where he will join R.A. Dickey in 2017.

Nevertheless, even without Colon, the Mets are still set up to have a terrific starting rotation next season, able to lean on Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. However, their depth beyond them is a bit of a question mark...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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(Andrew Vazzano/SNY.tv)

Mets pitching prospect Robert Gsellman sat down and spoke with SNY.tv on Saturday.

Gsellman thought his 2015 season, which he split between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, went well and hopes to improve in 2016.

Gsellman's K/9 rate was 7.1 in 2014, but dropped to 5.4 in 2015. While he said he was unable to put away batters like he had in the past, he was able to induce ground balls. 

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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The minor league season begins tonight and it brings three of my Top 25 Mets prospects to the mound to make starts for their teams.

Each affiliate's starter is listed in bold.

AAA: Rafael Montero

Tags: Darin Gorski, Gabriel Ynoa, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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