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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:43
Following the New York Mets' win over the Atlanta Braves, Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the clutch hitting of Yoenis Cespedes.

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

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

1) Noah Syndergaard took a no-decision as he allowed three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking three over six innings. Thor's seven hits allowed is the most he has let up so far this season.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after giving up runs to the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | There was one out in the eighth inning Monday night, the Mets up 6-1 on the Nationals. Jacob deGrom, dominant from the second-inning on, was still on the mound. The Mets were about to be 13-2, and then they weren't. 

So, what the hell happened?

As painful as it is, I'm going to re-watch the bloodbath that took place after deGrom left the game, and then react to it. Yes, after watching last night's game, with my couch bearing the brunt of my anger as it all went to crap, I'm watching the eighth inning again. Here it goes...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | It was another good week in Mets Land. And no, it's not only because Michael Conforto is back, but let's focus on that for a bit.

We have our Scooter back! Conforto made his return to the lineup on Thursday, and he didn't disappoint. Mickey Callaway had made it known before the game that Conforto wanted to face Stephen Strasburg, and to put it simply, Conforto won that battle. In the fifth, Conforto hit a go-ahead two-run homer to left field off of Strasburg.

Yoenis Cespedes predicted this home run before the game, by the way, and took full credit for it postgame...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jacob deGrom allowed two runs (one earned) through six innings, after which Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, Hansel Robles, and Seth Lugo combined to pitch three scoreless innings and strike out six, in Thursday's win against the Nationals.

Robles pitched well Wednesday against the Phillies, which was his first appearance of the season after being promoted from Triple-A to replace the injured Anthony Swarzak. Nevertheless, I panicked when he entered Thursday to start the eighth inning, even with the Mets leading, 8-2.

Forgive me, but it's been a difficult last 18 months with Hansel, so much so that I have very little faith that he can get his career back on track. He looked terrible in spring training, necessitating being left off the Opening Day roster. However, here he is. In a medium-leverage spot Wednesday, he pitched well enough to inspire manager Mickey Callaway to see what Robles could do in a low-leverage spot while going back-to-back days. And though he did let up a double, he struck out three of the four batters he faced and kept the majority of his pitches in the strike zone. So, color me impressed and intrigued...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout after getting the final out during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) walks to the dugout after getting the final out during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI like Robert Gsellman coming out of the bullpen. Scratch that, I really, really like Gsellman coming out of the bullpen.

In the first two games he pitched this season, he looked absolutely fantastic, tossing 1.2 innings while striking out four of the seven batters he faced, and allowing just two hits.

On Opening Day at Citi Field, Gsellman was dominant, striking out all three Cardinals batters he faced -- Paul DeJong (who went on to hit a couple of dingers off of Steven Matz on Sunday), Kolten Wong, and Yairo Munoz. Gsellman's sinker was responsible for nine of these strikes. Yes, his sinker's back, and it looks better than ever...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the fourth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mickey Callaway said in late March that Seth Lugo would be his fifth starting pitcher.

Instead, due to the third game of the season being rained out, Lugo was skipped in the rotation and so far used twice out of the bullpen... and that is exactly where I'd like him to stay...

"He's a weapon in the pen and we're going to use him until he may have to start again," Callaway said after Lugo helped defeat the Phillies, 2-0, at Citi Field on Tuesday.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Due to Monday night's snowed out game, the Mets will be skipping Seth Lugo's turn in the rotation, the team announced.

Lugo had initially been scheduled to pitch on Tuesday against the Phillies, but Monday night's scheduled starter Matt Harvey will be making that start instead.

Noah Syndergaard will start Wednesday against the Phillies, and Jacob deGrom will start against the Nationals on Thursday in Washington, D.C.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)
Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)

Michael Conforto homered and Seth Lugo allowed one run in six innings during the Mets' minor league game against the Nationals today in Port St. Lucie.

Lugo, who beat out Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, tossed 73 pitches (52 strikes) while allowing six hits, walking one, and striking out seven. He is slated to start the Mets' fifth game of the season, on April 3 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Conforto, who will remain in Florida to continue getting into game shape as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, is ahead of schedule...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)
Michael Conforto bats in a game for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery. (AP)

Michael Conforto homered and Seth Lugo allowed one run in six innings during the Mets' minor league game against the Nationals today in Port St. Lucie.

Lugo, who beat out Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, tossed 73 pitches (52 strikes) while allowing six hits, walking one, and striking out seven. He is slated to start the Mets' fifth game of the season, on April 3 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Conforto, who will remain in Florida to continue getting into game shape as he works his way back from shoulder surgery, is ahead of schedule...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 28, 2018; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks over the field before the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Following the Mets' final Grapefruit League game of the spring, Mets manager Mickey Callaway confirmed the official starting rotation to open the regular season and announced that Philip Evans and Jacob Rhame have made the team's opening day roster.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Sep 27, 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)
Sep 27, 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)

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries to their starting rotation, losing LHP Madison Bumgarner to a broken left hand that will reportedly keep him out until mid-May or June in a best-case scenario. They will also be without RHP Jeff Samardzija for at least three-to-four weeks due to a pectoral strain.

The above is why Jon Paul Morosi of MLB.com thinks the Giants could reach out to the Mets in an effort to trade for a starting pitcher. However, Morosi notes that the Mets remain unlikely to deal from their starting pitching depth.

With Zack Wheeler beginning the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets' starting rotation will be Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Seth Lugo.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

With Zack Wheeler opening the season in the rotation for Triple-A Las Vegas, Seth Lugo will be in the big league rotation, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. That means Jason Vargas (perhaps missing just a rotation turn or two after surgery on his non-throwing hand) beginning the year on the DL.

The expectation last week was that Wheeler would be in the rotation along with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and Matt Harvey. But Wheeler pitched himself out of consideration. Meanwhile, Lugo -- who was being prepared for a relief role -- is the beneficiary. And Lugo to the rotation almost certainly means that Robert Gsellman will start the season in the bullpen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | I wrote earlier this week about how Lugo and Gsellman should not have been out of the running for a spot in the rotation. It seemed a bit weird to me that everyone was talking about the "dream rotation" and how Matz and Wheeler were automatically getting the spots. Well, that's not the case anymore. I am surprised by the move. But, even though it surprises me, that doesn't mean that I don't like it. I do...

Tags: Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Wheeler on being sent down 00:01:01
Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and pitching coach Dave Eiland discuss the team's decision to option Wheeler to minor league camp.

The Mets have optioned RHP Zack Wheeler to minor league camp, the team announced. With Wheeler heading to Triple-A, Seth Lugo will be in the rotation, with Jason Vargas starting the season on the DL.

Wheeler has endured a difficult spring, pitching himself out of the rotation despite Vargas' injury. His final line: 10 IP, 22 H, 9 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, 8.10 ERA.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Wheeler being sent to Triple-A Las Vegas, the rotation of 'five aces' -- a moniker that is rooted in the past, not the present -- will have to wait. Again. Wheeler showed some flashes this spring, briefly putting himself ahead of Steven Matz in the competition for a spot in the rotation. But as Matz has corrected his issues and pitched quite well recently, Wheeler has gone in the opposite direction...

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Zack Wheeler may have gotten the start for the Mets, but it was Seth Lugo who earned the win in a 12-5 spring training contest against the Nationals Thursday night. 

After a quick flyout to begin the game, Wheeler allowed a Howie Kendrick single followed by an error by Todd Frazier, allowing Anthony Rendon to move up to second. Then, Matt Wieters singled home Kendrick, while Michael Taylor did the same on an infield hit to score Rendon. 

Lucikly, Wheeler put out the fire with a double-play ball to end a rough first inning. However, the tribulations continued for the righty. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

While much of the talk surrounds the Mets' much-hyped starting five finally pitching together in the regular season, another bad outing by Zack Wheeler could throw a wrench into those plans.

The NY Post reports that team officials were concerned about Wheeler's last Grapefruit League start last week against the Nationals. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings to hike his ERA this spring to 6.75. Furthermore, Wheeler has yet to go deeper than three innings in any of his four spring appearances.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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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)

When I first started writing this article, the focus was on the fifth starter spot. Everyone was assuming that the role would go to Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler. But now, with the minor Jason Vargas injury, there are two spots in the rotation to fill. So, no need to discuss who gets these spots, right? 

If you're nodding your head yes, I think you're wrong.

I have seen a lot of people talking about how we're going to see the "dream rotation" this season -- a rotation that we have been waiting to for quite a few seasons now, made up of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Matz, and Wheeler.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets beat O's 00:02:10
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard comments on his win today against the Orioles and how his low pitch count helped him go the distance.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit his second homer of the spring, and the Mets held on to beat the Orioles on Sunday, 5-4.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud
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Callaway, Eiland talk pitching 00:09:23
SNY's Nelson Figueroa sits down with Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland to talk pitching in Port St. Lucie.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway and pitching coach Dave Eiland will likely need to convert at least one starting pitcher to a relief role between now and Opening Day. And they recently discussed that process with SNY.

"I think you have to do it sooner rather than later for a couple of reasons," Eiland said. "Obviously, you have to condition that pitcher -- condition his body, his arm. And most importantly, condition his mind. He's used to being in his every-five-day routine. ... and now you have to condition him to pitch every other day, three-out-of-four, four-out-of-six -- whatever the case may be."

"In a perfect world, our five starters will rise up and show who they are early," Eiland added. "It may go down closer to the end than we would like. We have to keep our eye on that and do what's best for the individual and best for the team."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Paul Sewald (79) delivers a pitch during a spring training game. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

As Spring Training wears on, the pieces of the Mets roster are beginning to fall into place. The bullpen -- a long time thorn in the team's side -- has a strong foundation emerging, and there are several relievers looking to snag a spot for Opening Day.

The back-end of the bullpen is set, and has the potential to be strong. Jeurys Familia is solid so far this spring, and looks to be fully recovered from last season's surgery. A.J. Ramos has also come out strong, and should bring a much-needed consistency that the Mets have often lacked. The newest acquisition, Anthony Swarzak, has seen limited action due to an early calf strain, but should be seeing action this weekend. And Jerry Blevins is looking to continue his stretch as one of the top lefty relievers in the game.

This core quartet leaves either three or four spots for a bevy of competitors to vie for, depending on how many bench players the Mets intend to carry. Paul Sewald, who pitched better last year than his final line indicated, is at the front of the pack currently, having given up only one run this spring over four appearances. He doesn't throw hard, but his sidearm delivery offers a nice complement to the other fireballers on the staff.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:13
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

Phillip Evans hit a walkoff grand slam as the Mets beat the Astros, 9-5, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:13
Wayne Randazzo, Ron Darling and Todd Zeile break down the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon.

Phillip Evans hit a walk-off grand slam as the Mets beat the Astros, 9-5, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 29, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) hits at Safeco Field. Credit: Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have agreed to terms with all 22 pre-arbitration eligible players, including contracts with OF Michael Conforto, RHP Robert Gsellman, LHP Steven Matz, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Brandon Nimmo, SS Amed Rosario, and 1B Dominic Smith

Other players who signed contracts are RHP Tyler Bashlor, RHP Gerson Bautista, RHP Jamie Callahan. INF Gavin Cecchini, RHP Chris Flexen, INF Luis Guillorme, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Kevin McGowan, RHP Marcus Molina, C Tomas Nido, RHP Corey Oswalt, RHP Jacob Rhame, INF T.J. Rivera, RHP Paul Sewald, and RHP Rafael Montero

Mets payroll currently stands at $152.6 million. They began last season with a payroll of $154.4 million, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera
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BNNY: Robles' disastrous outing 00:02:08
The Baseball Night in New York panel overreacts to Hansel Robles' disappointing outing, in which he allowed four runs in just one inning.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are expected to have an eight-man bullpen for the majority of this season, and Hansel Robles should not be guaranteed a spot in the Opening Day version of it.

This isn't a reaction to the four runs Robles allowed to the Astros in one inning of work on Monday afternoon (including a first-pitch homer). Rather, it's a reaction to the 4.92 ERA (5.13 FIP) he posted in 2017 as his walks continued to tick up (a career-high 4/6 per 9) and his strikeouts continued to trend down (a career-low 9.5 per 9).

And yes, I cringed a bit when Robles began his famous "point" on the home run he allowed on Monday before stopping himself...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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 (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets continue their Grapefruit League schedule against the Cardinals at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m.

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo will start, with Kevin McGowanMarcos Molina, P.J. ConlonCorey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Next up

The Mets host the Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., on SNY.

Tags: Seth Lugo
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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, RHP Zack Wheeler said his focus remains on being a starting pitcher. He expressed that focus with few words.

But Wheeler regrets being so brief with his answers and understands why that might have been construed as anger, but says that any addition to the team is good.

"I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched in two and a half years. I totally understand it."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Assessing the Mets' offseason 00:05:08
With the Mets signing of Todd Frazier, the Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the team's offseason up to this point.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)
Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Alderson on rotation, bullpen 00:01:55
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson chats with SNY about the team's need for depth in the rotation and roles in the bullpen.

In response to a question regarding whether the Mets might add another starting pitcher, GM Sandy Alderson said the team has "quite a bit" of depth.

"I think we've got quite a bit of depth," Alderson told SNY. "We had similar depth last year and we zipped right through it. The key to our season is going to be our pitching -- both our starting pitching and our bullpen. So it's important for us to have the depth, but it's also important for us to have better health among our frontline guys."

The Mets, under new manager Mickey Callaway, have revamped their training staff and overhauled their strength and conditioning plan. They have also had more oversight on how the pitchers are training in the offseason -- which Alderson said is already paying dividends.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Earlier this offseason at the MLB Winter Meetings, new Mets manager Mickey Callaway explained that he doesn't intend to designate any one pitcher as the team's 'closer.'

"I think that we're going to pitch guys when it makes sense," Callaway explained in December. "I'm going to pitch guys to their strengths and they're going to face the batters they should be facing." Callaway expanded on that philosophy earlier this week.

"We wouldn't name Wilmer Flores as our Wednesday infielder and then start him even if we're playing against Corey Kluber," Callaway explained, according to NY Post columnist Ken Davidoff. "So, why name a closer and put him in a situation where he doesn't fit?"

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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What's Mets' biggest need now? 00:03:54
Loud Mouths debate whether the Mets should continue to pursue infield help, or turn towards bolstering the pitching staff in free agency.

The Mets are reportedly intent on adding a second baseman or third baseman, with Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker the names being considered.

But should they be adding a free agent starting pitcher instead? MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone thinks so, and Jon Hein and Dan Graca weighed in on the subject Tuesday night on Loud Mouths on SNY.

"Lance Lynn is a guy who takes the ball every five days, he makes over 30 starts a year, he's dependable," Graca said. "And the Mets could use a guy like that. ... look to fortify the pitching staff, because you're going to need more than six, seven starters in a season -- it's inevitable."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:39
Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was quite the week for Mets fans. Well, to be more specific, it was quite the weekend for Mets fans, as the Queens Baseball Convention was on Saturday.

For those of you who weren't there, those of us in attendance fell in love with Brandon Nimmo a little bit, myself included...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jay Bruce, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo can't quite get used to the idea that the kids now at his old high school sometimes call him "sir" when they see him at the gym. "Hey," Lugo says, "I'm still a player. Don't call me 'sir.'"

After a moment's reflection, though, Lugo admits, "Maybe I am 'sir.'"

The students at Parkway High in Bossier City, La. might be on to something, considering the Met pitcher's career arc. A former 34th-round pick, Lugo missed his first full pro season because of spinal surgery, made a splash as a surprise contributor to the Mets' 2016 run to the NL Wild Card Game, starred in the World Baseball Classic last year, and then faced a serious elbow injury that he knows he'll "have to stay on top of the rest of my career."

Tags: Seth Lugo, Anthony McCarron
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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI hope you had a Merry Christmas, fellow Mets fans! Unfortunately, we were not gifted with the big bat we wanted, or the outfielder, second baseman, or pitcher we wanted, but maybe Santa Sandy is just a bit late this year...

You'll have to follow our favorite Mets to see how they celebrated this holiday, but here's some things you may have missed from the past week, and yes you guessed it, more Mets weddings!

Steven Matz walked down the aisle, and I'm hoping that his thumbs up is both over excitement of being married and a way of subtly confirming to fans that his arm is good to go for 2018....

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Michelle Ioannou
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Mets Winter Meetings Preview 00:04:08
The Mets Hot Stove crew breaks down which players the Mets should prioritize at the Winter Meetings in Florida this week.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said starting pitching is not one of New York's major priorities heading into the MLB Winter Meetings despite the fact their rotation had the 27th-ranked ERA as a team last year.

"I'd say that, as it stands right now, [starting pitching] would probably be fourth on a list of three," Alderson told reporters on Sunday, indicating the team is instead focusing on bolstering the bullpen, adding a bat to the lineup and solidifying its situation at first base and in the outfield.

Mets starters went 49-64 last season with a 5.14 ERA, which was the second-worst among all National League teams. They combined to throw the fourth-fewest innings among all 30 teams.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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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

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was a very Mets thanksgiving this week. As Mets fans were thankful for the fact that the 2017 season is in the rearview and better times are ahead, Mets players showed their gratitude as well.

To no one's surprise, Noah Syndergaard gave a special shout-out to Mrs. Met...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:47
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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

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

1) Asdrubal Cabrera collected four hits and four RBIs, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the 11th inning. Brandon Nimmo had a two-run triple and Amed Rosario drove in New York's first run with a double. Kevin Plawecki reached base five times on two singles and three walks while Nori Aoki walked three times and scored three runs.

2) The Mets' bullpen combined to allow two runs and one hit in seven innings. Jeurys Familia fanned two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th to collect his sixth save.

3) Seth Lugo allowed two runs and six hits over four innings in his final start of the season. The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter while tossing 74 pitches. Lugo surrendered five of the six hits through the first two innings.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Seth Lugo
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets staring pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After falling in the first game of their three-game set against the Phillies, the Mets are back in action at 7:05 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.

Seth Lugo (7-5, 4.72 ERA) will start for the Mets against Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 3.60 ERA).

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/25 00:03:34
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' doubleheader split with the Braves on Monday.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo tossed six scoreless innings to win for only the second time in nine starts. The right-hander allowed two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

2) Travis d'Arnaud homered and hit an RBI double while Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Mark Reynolds chipped in with two hits and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in New York's other run with a groundout.

3) Jerry Blevins and Chasen Bradford pitched two scoreless innings and Jeurys Familia picked up his fifth save despite allowing two runs, two hits while also committing an error in the ninth.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:06
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off homer against Paul Sewald in the 10th to rally the Marlins past the Mets. AJ Ramos could not hold a 4-1 ninth-inning lead in his first appearance against his former team. The right-hander allowed a homer to Justin Bour, four other hits and a walk to suffer his first blown save as a Met and third in 30 opportunities. 

2) Travis d'Arnaud's went 2-for-4 and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Jose Reyes went deep in the first and added an RBI single in the ninth during his first four-hit game since Aug. 30, 2016.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Seth Lugo
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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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Collins, Lugo on lopsided loss 00:04:07
Manager Terry Collins criticizes the Mets' inability to capitalize while pitcher Seth Lugo discusses what he could have done better.

Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo was charged with eight runs (seven earned) during three-plus innings Thursday night during a 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

"It's been a rough season for me," said Lugo, who is 3-4 with a 5.90 ERA over his last 12 games (11 starts) since starting the season 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA. "It's been a rough season for a lot of guys."

Since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 5, Lugo has a 6.59 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in 28 2/3 innings, during which opponents are hitting .308 against him.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seth Lugo
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/14 00:03:00
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-6 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo was unable to hold leads of 3-0 and 5-3, and ultimately allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in three-plus innings. 

2) Dominic Smith (2-for-3) homered for the second straight game, going back-to-back with Travis d'Arnaud in the third inning. Brandon Nimmo (2-for-5) hit an RBI double and Jose Reyes had a run-scoring single to give the Mets a 3-0 lead in the second. Asdrubal Cabrera opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first. Tomas Nido collected his first big league hit and RBI with a single in the ninth.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Seth Lugo
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The Mets (63-82) play the second game of a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (79-66) at Wrigley Field on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. on SNY.

Follow the game live on SNY Gameday
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:32
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-1 win over the Reds on Friday at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four in six scoreless innings to snap a five-start winless streak. The right-hander recorded three clean frames in his first scoreless outing of the season.

2) Jose Reyes went deep twice and Travis Taijeron hit his first Major League home run to account for four of the Mets' five runs. Reyes drove in three runs while he and Taijeron had two hits apiece.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Seth Lugo
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:35
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-8 and 4-1 losses in today's doubleheader against the Houston Astros.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo pitched five scoreless innings before unraveling in the sixth. Leading 1-0, the right-hander allowed the first four batters he faced in the inning to reach before being removed from the game. Lugo was ultimately charged with four runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five-plus innings.

2) Dominic Smith drove in the Mets' only run with a sixth-inning double to give him three RBIs in the doubleheader. Juan Lagares tripled leading off the inning.

Tags: Seth Lugo
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