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Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Seth Lugo (67) Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo came into Friday night's contest in Chase Field without allowing a run in two starts this season. 

Unfortunately, he couldn't move that streak to three as the Diamondbacks figured out Lugo, who has been stellar all season for the Mets. 

It was Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first that broke the 10-inning scoreless streak as a starter when he launched a solo homer to right center. But that wasn't the only offense the D-Backs strung together. 

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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will be pushed back from Thursday to Saturday due to a blister on his left middle finger, reports Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News

The Mets announced late Wednesday night that Jason Vargas -- who was supposed to be skipped this turn through the rotation -- will pitch Thursday night against the Diamondbacks in Arizona, followed by Seth Lugo on Friday. Zack Wheeler will pitch on Sunday. 

Matz had recently been dealing with a slight strain of his middle finger.

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Lugo: Starter or Bullpen? 00:00:26
Mets manager Mickey Callaway addresses the fact that Seth Lugo is making a case to remain in the team's starting rotation.

Throughout a Mets season that has seen inconsistent, at best, production out of the bullpen, they have had two stalwarts: Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. They have combined for a 2.32 ERA over 85.1 innings and offer the Mets the effectiveness and flexibility they sorely need.

Gsellman has been a workhorse out of the bullpen, pitching more than one inning in 11 of his 30 appearances, including two scoreless innings in Sunday's win against the Yankees. That outing brought his ERA for the year down to 2.95, with a 1.23 WHIP. Batters struggle to make quality contact against him, though his 3.9 walks per nine innings are higher than you'd like to see in a reliever who doesn't notch many strikeouts.

While Gsellman is establishing himself as a solid bullpen option, Lugo is taking it a step further and pitching like a true ace...

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Maggie Wiggin
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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the Mets not needing a fifth starter due to off days last Thursday and today, they will be skipping Jason Vargas' next turn through the rotation.

Zack Wheeler will start against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday, with Jacob deGrom getting the start on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mets are again evaluating Seth Lugo's role, after he fired 6.0 shutout innings against the Yankees on Sunday night. If the Mets move Lugo to the rotation full-time, that will likely mean Vargas shifting to the bullpen. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets talk snapping losing streak 00:01:59
Mickey Callaway, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman break down the victory against the Yankees, snapping their eight-game losing streak.

Todd Frazier homered and Seth Lugo pitched six innings as the Mets ended their eight-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Frazier's two-run homer off Luis Severino broke up a scoreless game in the fifth inning. It was his second homer in as many days and seventh of the season. He singled, stole a base and had two of the Mets' five hits. Jose Reyes and Devin Mesoraco had the others.

 

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez meets with pitcher Luis Severino during the third inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees were shut out for the first time in 2018 after their eighth-inning rally fell through in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) Down 2-0 in the eighth inning, the Yankees had runners on first and second thanks to Miguel Andujar's single and Aaron Judge reaching on two Jose Reyes errors on a neighborhood play on a potential double-play ball, but Gleyber Torres fouled out and Brett Gardner flied out to end the threat.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Jose Reyes, Luis Severino, Miguel Andujar, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo pitches against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo struck out eight batters in six scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Yankees.

Lugo (2-1) retired the last 13 batters he faced, giving up two hits and extending his scoreless innings streak to 13 innings.

Manager Mickey Callaway said Lugo, who made 18 starts a season ago but started just for the second time in 23 appearances this season, is "making a case" to enter in the rotation.

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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; The Mets bench congratulate New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; The Mets bench congratulate New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) after hitting a home run during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (27-34) and Yankees (42-18) will conclude their three-game series on Sunday night at Citi Field at 8:05 p.m. 

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

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

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

Seth Lugo will start in Syndergaard's place. 

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May 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have opted to move RHP Seth Lugo back to the bullpen after he made his first start of the season on Thursday.

Lugo pitched four shutout innings against the Cubs in his first start since last season. He started 18 games last season, but the team feels he would be better off pitching out of the bullpen.

"We gave it a ton of thought," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before Saturday's game, according to Newsday. "The last week and a half or whatever it's been has solidified what we feel is Lugo's true value to our team at this point, and that's being in the bullpen.

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Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)

Seth Lugo pitched well for the Mets Thursday night and certainly gave Mickey Callaway something to think about after tossing 60 pitches, four scoreless innings and giving up just three hits against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Lugo filled in for Jason Vargas, who pitched on short rest Wednesday filling in for the injured Noah Syndergaard.

"I think he can definitely start," Callaway said, clearly forgetting that Lugo has a 3.98 ERA across 27 career starts. "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

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

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

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

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

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:23
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the alarming number of injuries suffered by the New York Mets so far this season.

Hansel Robles allowed a two-run homer in relief of Seth Lugo and the Mets' bats were held in check during a 5-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Robles (2-2) served up a two-out, two-run homer to Ben Zobrist in the fifth that snapped a scoreless tie. It was the sixth home run he's given up this season in 14 innings and the 15th over his last 53 2/3 going back to last season. All of the eight runs Robles has allowed this season have come via the long ball.

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May 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 31, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Seth Lugo's first start of the season for the Mets after excelling in the bullpen was a shortened success. 

Mickey Callaway and his staff knew Lugo wasn't ready to be stretched out for a full start and expected to be able to throw around 60 pitches, which is exactly how many he threw. Over four innings, Lugo didn't allow a run on three hits with three strikeouts...

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Gsellman a closer? 00:02:18
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses if Robert Gsellman will eventually become the New York Mets' closer.

The Mets (27-26) open a four-game series against the Cubs (29-23) on Thursday night at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY. 

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

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

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

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

 

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Andy Martino
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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Mets react to narrow loss 00:02:02
Mickey Callaway, Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo discuss the Mets' loss to the Braves in Game 1 of Monday's doubleheader.

After Devin Mesoraco had given the Mets the lead in the top of the ninth with a solo homer, Seth Lugo surrendered a two-run blast to Charlie Culberson in the bottom of the inning to lift the Braves over the Mets, 4-3, in the opener of Monday's doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

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

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

1) Seth Lugo allowed consecutive singles to Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman and a sacrifice fly to Nick Markakis that tied the game in the eighth, 2-2, which snapped his scoreless streak at 17 innings. He remained in the game during the ninth and issued a leadoff walk to Johan Carmago before retiring Dansby Swanson on a fly out. Culberson followed with his first home run of the season off Lugo (1-1).

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

Robert Gsellman has been one of the Mets' most valuable weapons in the bullpen this season, and manager Mickey Callaway believes a lot of that has to do with Gsellman's attitude and desire to learn.

"When I told him and we relayed the message to him that he was gonna be going to the pen, he embraced it from day one," Callaway told SNY's Steve Gelbs prior to Monday night's win over the Marlins at Citi Field. "And you have to do that to have success. And I think that's why he's having success." 

The 24-year-old Gsellman -- like Seth Lugo -- is adjusting to his full-time bullpen role on the fly. And while he is excelling -- with a 2.76 ERA and 1.19 WHIP to go along with 28 strikeouts in 29.1 innings (21 appearances), Gsellman is still learning...

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)
Apr 26, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Puetz)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters before Sunday's game that the team is weighing whether Seth Lugo is better off in the bullpen or the starting rotation.

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo delivers the ball to the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterGive me Seth Lugo in the rotation. In fact, give me Seth Lugo in the rotation weeks ago.

Lugo was initially expected to begin the season as a starter, but it didn't come to fruition. In my opinion, he should have never been moved to the bullpen. And the Mets' rotation issues have been magnified with the performance of Matt Harvey prior to him being moved to the bullpen (and then traded), Zack Wheeler when he returned to the rotation from the minors, and Jason Vargas upon returning from injury.

Lugo has stepped up these past three seasons, including in the bullpen in 2018.

Tags: Jason Vargas, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Michelle Ioannou
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) pitches during the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Jason Vargas has been so bad since making his Mets debut last month that it's almost impossible to believe. The numbers: Three starts spanning 12.1 innings, with 19 runs allowed on 26 hits (including five home runs), while walking seven and striking out nine -- and failing to toss more than 4.2 innings in any of those starts.

Vargas is allowing hits on nearly half the balls that have been put in play against him (.447 BABIP). That's insane and will come down a lot, but he's also allowing the worst line drive percantage (26.0) and hard hit percentage (38.5) of his career. So, while Vargas should improve, what happens if he doesn't do so to the extent required to keep his rotation spot? Here are four internal options the Mets have to replace Vargas if it comes to it...

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterLast week in Mets Land was not a good one. I was at three games this past week... and the Mets lost all of them. In fact, the Mets didn't win a game their entire homestand. Six straight losses.

I know, none of you want to recap this past week I don't blame you. It was a horrible. But there was a move that does need to be brought up again, and that is Matt Harvey. Harvey refused a minor league assignment (to no one's surprise) and was DFA'd by the Mets. I already spoke about this more in depth, but it was a move that had to be made. And it was sad that it had to come to this. The irony of all of this, though? Hansel Robles was called up to replace Harvey in the bullpen. Yes, a sentence you likely never thought you'd hear (and likely never wanted to hear).

Speaking of Robles, he came back with a bang (and a point) by giving up a home run to Ian Desmond on Sunday in his first appearance back. The Mets went on to lose this game, but the biggest shockers of the game were that Noah Syndergaard walked in a run and Robles then somehow had a scoreless ninth inning despite giving up the above mentioned homer in the eighth...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Harvey's future with the Mets 00:03:26
The Daily News Live panel discusses Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and his future with the team after his recent move to the bullpen.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets RHP Matt Harvey is "at a 10 with being pissed off" about his move to the bullpen, and views it as somewhere he can get his "sh*t" together. 

While he's out there, though -- whether it's short-term or long-term -- will it lead to increased velocity and actual success?

Harvey hasn't been the same since he pitched through Thoracic Outlet syndrome in 2016 (when he couldn't feel his fingers) and returned from surgery for the issue in 2017 -- a return he later said he might have rushed.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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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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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...

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