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Tonight?s broadcast will be Kevin Burkhardt?s last for SNY. After eight years with the station, he?ll be moving to a full-time position with FOX Sports.

Last Wednesday, at his last game at Citi Field, Burkhardt was the subject of a gathering that packed the Shea Bridge in centerfield. Mets fans gathered to wish him well and thank him for his eight years of reporting.


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The Mets and Marlins finish up a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday night.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (7-7, 3.80) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.81) pitches for Miami.

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The Mets and Marlins play the second game of their series on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Mets First Pitch begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Bartolo Colon (13-12, 4.14) starts for the Mets, while Nathan Eovaldi (6-11, 4.29) pitches for Miami.

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New York has both Citi Field and Yankee Stadium, which means?there?s almost always at least one game going on in the city. But the center of the New York baseball universe isn?t in the Bronx or in Queens, it?s on West 4th and Broadway in Manhattan.

The MLB Fan Cave opened its doors in 2011, and since then, select fans have watched all 2,430 games per season there?each year.

The fourth iteration of the Fan Cave?is currently occupied by this year?s crop of cave dwellers, as they?re called, which includes a Mets fan: Daniel Frankel. I caught up with him a few weeks ago at the Fan Cave to talk Mets and cave life, during the August 26 night games.

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With the minor league regular season over, the Mets made?organizational moves before the minor league playoffs started. With Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Binghamton and Single-A Savannah all headed to postseason play in their respective leagues, the Mets were able to promote some players to extend their seasons and beef up those teams' chances.

Among those receiving calls were 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto, who will head to Single-A Savannah from short-season Single-A Brooklyn. These moves set off chain reactions, which begin with the promotions to the big league club -- like that of Dilson Herrera last week. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini was promoted from advanced Single-A to fill Herrera's infield void. >> Read more at SNY's Mets Minors...

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The Mets and?Marlins?play a Labor Day game on Monday in Miami.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. and is on?SNY.

Zack Wheeler? (9-9, 3.44) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez?(10-6, 2.75) pitches for the Marlins

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The Mets and Phillies play the finale?series at Citi Field Saturday night.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. and is on?SNY.

Dillon Gee??(5-6, 3.77) starts for the Mets, while A.J. Burnett?(7-14, 4.30) pitches for Philadelphia.

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20-year-old Double-A?2B Dilson Herrera will be youngest player to debut for Mets since Ruben Tejada and Jenrry Mejia.

Hererra, who will wear No. 2 with the Mets, is being promoted Friday after Daniel Murphy was put on the disabled list with a calf strain.

According to Terry Collins, Herrera is expected to be the team's every-day second baseman until Murphy returns from the DL.

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Juan Lagares will hit second Wednesday, followed by Lucas Duda,?Travis d'Arnaud hitting clean-up and Eric Campbell batting fifth, as David Wright (neck, shoulder) and Daniel Murphy (calf) continue to rest due to injury.

"Did you look at the whole lineup?" Terry Collins asked reporters, when questioned about d'Arnaud hitting fourth (WSJ, Aug. 27). "Did I have a lot of options?"


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David Wright missed time with a sore shoulder earlier this season, and was pulled from Sunday's game with a stiff neck.

"This year has just been frustrating with some of the injuries and some of the bothersome things that have happened," Wright told reporters after Sunday's game (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 26).


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The Mets play the second of?a three-game series against the Dodgers in LA on Saturday night. The Mets will ?try to even the series after a 6-2 loss Friday.

The game is scheduled to begin at 9:10 p.m. on WPIX-TV. It can also be heard on 710 WOR.

Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.87) starts for the Mets; while Zack?Greinke?(12-8, 2.75) pitches for LA.

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When the Mets played a two-game series with the Oakland Athletics earlier this week, they were?2,921 miles away from?Citi Field. And this weekend, when the Mets play the Los Angeles Dodgers, they?ll be 2,805 miles from their home ballpark.

Travel has always been part of the Major League Baseball reality. Ever since the league expanded West, sending the Giants and Dodgers to California and later opening up expansion teams on the West Coast, the distances have gotten longer...

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Ben Berkon,?Contributor?to MetsBlog.com:

Lucas Duda has exceeded expectations since Ike Davis was traded to the Pirates in May. To date, the 28-year-old Duda has an?11.8 percent walk rate with 22 home runs spanning 450 plate appearances, as well as a park-adjusted 136 wRC+. The notoriously poor fielder has even looked more nimble at first base, gloving an impressive 6 Defensive Runs Saved in?926 innings.

Yet, with Duda's sole possession of first base, his extreme vulnerability against?left-handed pitching has only become more apparent. The left-handed hitter has accumulated?a pathetic .156 batting average and 39 wRC+ with just one home run over 87 plate appearances this season against southpaws.

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In his last six starts, Zack Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings, during which opponents are batting .215 against him.

He picked up his ninth win of the season Wednesday against the A's, despite being charged with four runs (two earned) and four hits, while walking four and striking out three, in 5 2/3 innings.

Yet again, he looked like he was struggling to find his 'best stuff,' which I'm sure wasn't helped by coming off a 120-pitch outing with less rest than usual rest in his?last start. Nevertheless,?he stayed relaxed, didn't come undone, and he settled down after getting a bit rattled mid-outing.?That said, I'm glad Terry took him out...

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Mr. Met, whose?notoriety eclipses that of many players who have worn his team's?uniform, is profiled in Rolling Stone this week.

He lives in Citi Field with Mrs. Met and their three kids, his gameday duties end after the 7th inning and he often does daytime events around the Tri-State Area, even on game days >>?Read more at Rolling Stone.

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The Mets have still not put Bartolo Colon through waivers, according to reporter Joel Sherman (NY Post, Aug. 21).

Multiple reports have speculated the Angels could have renewed interest in Colon, since losing Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA) to an apparent season-ending leg injury.


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Jeurys Familia relieved Vic Black with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning.

He walked in a run, but avoided further damage, finishing the game for his fourth save.


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For the first time in three decades, the Mets have an abundance of young starting pitching. Especially with Matt Harvey set to return in 2015, the Mets will boast as many as eight legitimate rotation options for next season.

In a sea of comparatively green, twenty-somethings vying for a slot, Bartolo Colon, the 17-year veteran whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $20 million contract this past offseason, could be the odd man out.

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The Mets and A's begin their two-game series on Tuesday night in Oakland.

Mets First Pitch begins at 9 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to begin at 10:05 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-5, 3.69) starts for the Mets, while Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78) pitches for Oakland.

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The Mets are set to begin a five-game road trip through Oakland and Los Angeles, during which they'll face Scott Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA), Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 2.96 ERA), Clayton Kershaw (14-3, 1.86 ERA), Dan Haren (10-10, 4.59 ERA) and Kevin Correia (6-13, 4.79 ERA).

"Obviously, we?re going to face good pitching,? David Wright said after Monday's loss, noting that a lack of confidence is at the root of the team's recent struggles at the plate.


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August 18: The Mets would prefer to deal for Cubs SS prospect Addison Russell over?Starlin Castro,?a source close to the situation told columnist John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 18).

Russell is expected to be major-league ready at some point next season, according to Harper.


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At the end of this season, Allan H. "Bud" Selig will have acted as commissioner of Major League Baseball over the last 23 seasons, beginning on September 9, 1992. He will be replaced by Rob Manfred for 2015.

How have the Mets done during Selig's tenure? To date, they?re 1711-1769 --?a .492 winning percentage -- in regular-season games.

One of Selig?s most notorious changes to the game was the introduction of the Wild Card (now two Wild Cards) and the divisional round of the playoffs. The Mets benefitted from this twice, making the postseason as the Wild Card in 1999 and 2000. This new rule gave the Mets a way to make the playoffs twice within the Braves? stretch of 12 straight division titles.

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Twenty years ago this week, the longest work stoppage in MLB history was underway. It began on August 12, 1994. The 1994 season?s final games were played on August 11, and for the first time since 1904, there was no World Series.

Unlike their division rival Montreal Expos, the 1994 Mets weren?t in the midst of any record-breaking seasons or newfound successes. They finished the shortened season at 55-58, 18.5 games back of Montreal.

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Jets season ticket holders will compete for the chance to lead the J-E-T-S Chant at a home game, and fans will choose the eight winners.

Season ticket holders who wish to enter can submit a 15-second video of themselves leading the chant, along with a few sentences on why they would do a great job. Fans can also nominate another fan, if they so choose. To verify, fans posting submissions and?nominations will need to input contact information and their Season Ticket Holder Account Number.

In case video creation isn't a fan's strong suit, there will be booths set up to help make submissions at Training Camp practice on August 18 and at Jets Family Night at Hofstra on August 21.

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During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season. Rookie Dakota Dozier?is up next?with a quick take on his first professional training camp. The?South Carolina native was a fourth-round pick out of Furman in the 2014 NFL Draft...


Camp's been great. Obviously, it?s my first one, so I?m still getting a feel for how everything works. But I've been here for a while now. You have your meetings, practice, walk-through, all that, just using every opportunity to get better. That?s what I?m trying to do.

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Jacob deGrom will go on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis, Assistant GM John Ricco announced.

Ricco said it was "good news" on deGrom, who will rest before pitching again. He'll also be prescribed anti-inflammatory medication.

Rafael Montero will be called up from Triple-A to start on Tuesday against the Nationals.

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When they designated Chris Young for assignment, the Mets signaled a transition towards youth for the remainder of the season. Giving players like Matt den Dekker and Wilmer Flores ample time to demonstrate their abilities will be a goal the rest of the season.

But Ken Davidoff writes that the team must beware that these young players, even if they perform well, are not the entire answer. The team must spend money in the offseason on an established player, he writes, regardless of how the young players do. >> Read more at the NY Post.

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The Mets and Phillies?play the third game of their four-game series today at 1:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:35 p.m. and will be televised on SNY. It can be heard on the radio at 710 WOR.

Zack Wheeler??(7-8, 3.47 ERA) starts for the Mets, while Kyle Kendrick?(5-11, 4.74 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia.

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The Mets and Phillies continue their four-game series?on Saturday night in Philadelphia.

The game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. and will be televised on WPIX. It can be heard on the radio at 710 WOR.

Dillon Gee?(4-4, 3.73 ERA) starts for the Mets, while Cole Hamels?(6-6, 2.42 ERA) pitches for Philadelphia.

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In the most recent edition of the?Mostly Mets podcast, presented by Caesars AC, hosts?Toby Hyde and Rob Brender took an auditory look back at Jacob deGrom?s career with the Mets organization. Here are a few of the highlights...

DeGrom didn?t actually become a pitcher until more than halfway through college.

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David Wright?has managed only one extra-base hit since the All-Star Break, but his struggles have nothing to do with the sore shoulder that sidelined him in July, he told columnist John Harper (Daily News, Aug. 7).

?I?ve made some mistakes this year, revamping some things with my swing that I probably shouldn?t mess with,? he told?Harper. ?Especially after the All-Star break, I started trying to change things when I didn?t get the results I wanted. Pretty soon you?re trying something new every at-bat and thinking about all the wrong things."

Wright's?.270 batting average would be the second-worst of his 10-year career. His .385 slugging percentage would be his worst.

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According to?Baseball Savant's Instant Replay Database, the Mets are league average in terms of instant replay success.

Entering Tuesday's games, there have been 883?challenges in baseball this season. That includes 154 initiated by umpires and 729 initiated by managers. To date, 47.5 percent, or 420, of these challenged calls have been overturned. Of those initiated by managers, 52.4 percent have been overturned.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis is hoping to achieve a bit more?consistency in his lifestyle and on-field performance,?while also trying to avoid another demotion to Triple-A, according to?reporter Anthony DiComo.

"You really learn that you can only control how you play. You learn that it's a business in baseball," he told DiComo?>>Read more at MLB.com

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Starting this season, the Jets have eliminated paper tickets. Instead, fans will use the Jets Reward Card to enter the stadium, which will allow fans to earn points for attending games, offseason events and even watching a game from their couch for season ticket holders while also rewarding fans for attendance, timeliness, and loudness.

Season ticket holders will receive a wallet-sized smart card in lieu of paper tickets and can accumulate points to be redeemed for fixed-value items or fan experiences, like the participating in the pregame "J-E-T-S!" chant on the field. Fans can even rack up enough points to bid for a seat in Woody Johnson's box or Super Bowl tickets.

Below is a quick primer on the new program:

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During Jets training camp, a number of players will be sharing their thoughts and experiences from their first NFL season. Rookie tight end Jace Amaro is up first with a quick take on his first two weeks in Cortland. The Plano, Texas native -- listed at 6 foot 5 and 260 pounds -- is in his first professional?training?camp after three seasons at Texas Tech...


It?s definitely been a humbling experience at Training Camp so far. Not from a football standpoint, just the?mentality of the deal, staying up here for three weeks. It?s already week number two and it?s been good so far. Going through all the meetings is tough, but you just have to keep going.

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The Mets are 52-56, four games below .500 and five and a half games out of the second Wild Card spot. This weekend they?play the Giants, who are leading the race,?in a wraparound series starting tonight at Citi Field.


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The?subway system is the fastest way to get around town in New York, people often say. Of course, it?s a little different swiping your Metrocard and getting on a crowded train if you?re a professional athlete, somebody who?s paid to be in the public eye. But nonetheless, every year it seems there are Mets players who choose to ride the 7 line to the Willets Point stop, rather than drive.

Vic Black is this year's mass transit commuter...

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Mets' 2014 first-round draft pick and current Brooklyn Cyclone Michael Conforto talked about the difference between college baseball and the minor leagues, as he's currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, which dates back to his professional baseball debut.

"Here in pro ball, it is a little bit slower-paced," he said. "And I?ve already realized that I can?t expel all my energy in one spot, I gotta pick and choose where I need to really, really show up. And in those places, when I?m in the outfield and there?s a ball hit to me, that?s when I?m going to use my energy. When I?m in the box, I?m really locked in."

Conforto is hitting .395 with a .452 OBP and .526 slugging percentage over 42 plate appearances. He has 5?doubles, 4 RBI, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.

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The Mets are trying hard to trade?RHP Bartolo Colon (Knobler, July 22), and the Giants have expressed interest?(ESPN Deportes, July 22).

"I don't know anything about that," Colon said through an interpreter, when asked about trade rumors (MLB.com, July 27). "Those are decisions for the upper management, and you can't control that stuff."

The Mets are willing to pay some of Colon's remaining salary this season, (Martino, July 25), but are unwilling to pick up a portion of his $11 million 2015 tab?(Carig, July 22), which is exactly what interested teams are asking them to do?according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23).

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The D-Backs and Cubs are unlikely to deal a young infielder this summer, friends with both teams told me this past weekend. Instead, both organizations will continue to evaluate their collection of shortstops, second and third basemen, and work to acquire under-contract, major-league ready, young, starting pitching this winter.

For instance, from the Mets, the Cubs are going to press for Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The D-Backs will do the same, plus have been scouting Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki since this past spring.

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The Mets will play the finale of their series against the Brewers today in Milwaukee at 2:05 p.m. the game is televised on SNY and can be heard on 710 WOR.


?Jacob deGrom goes for the Mets (4-5, 3.01 ERA) while Jimmy Nelson (1-1, 5.06 ERA) pitches?for the Brewers.

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Mets' team surgeon Dr. David Altchek is considered by injury expert Will Carroll as one of the top "Super Surgeons" tasked with putting MLB's broken arms back together (Bleacher Report, July 16).

Altchek went to medical school at Cornell and worked initially for the ATP and NBA, specializing in shoulder issues, before becoming the Mets' team doctor at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. His specialization includes elbow and knee injuries as well, meaning he's dealt with some of the Tommy John surgeries the Mets have had in recent years.

In April, he performed the operation on Bobby Parnell. Last August, he operated on Jeremy Hefner.

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Dilson Herrera, who the Mets acquired as part of the John Buck and Marlon Byrd trade, has showed strong progress so far this year. He was promoted to Double-A on June 19 and is the youngest player in the league. He's been hitting well and showing plate discipline since the promotion.

Herrera could be a candidate for a September call-up if the Mets are willing.

Read more at SNY's Mets Minors...

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The Mets have played .235 baseball in their home pinstriped jersey,?the third-worst record in MLB for any jersey (Sportslogos.net).

The team has won only four games all year while sporting the outfit, and has lost 13 games in it. The only two jerseys that have accumulated worse records are the Pirates' road jersey (3-13, .188) and the Twins' road jersey (4-15, .211).

They have an 8-5 record in the home whites and a 6-3 record in the home blues.

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The official 2015 schedule hasn't been announced yet, but in?the version that's currently circulating as teams review it, the Mets will play the AL East in interleague play next season (ESPN, July 22).

The Mets will play the Yankees six times, not four and the Red Sox will come to Queens in August for a three-game series.

These details are subject to change before the 2015 schedule is officially released.

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Daniel Murphy is the Mets' recipient of the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award,?the league announced?Tuesday (MLB.com, July 22).

The players' association, including former and active players, vote on an honoree for each club who "demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game," according to MLB.com.

A final winner is chosen from each of the 30 honorees as the overall recipient of the award.

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Ten years ago today, David Wright?made his major league debut. He went 0 for 4, but his team eked out a 5-4 victory after blowing an early 3-0 lead. His first big-league hit, a double, came the next day >> Watch here. He has since become the organization's?all-time leader in a number of offensive categories, including hits, doubles and RBI.

?Coming into the clubhouse and seeing your jersey hanging for the first time, it was pretty surreal,? Wright said of his debut (New York Post, July 15). ?I probably tried my jersey on and stood in front of the mirror for quite some time that day soaking it all in.?

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After an early summer break, Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are back to talking Jets football. The guys discuss the availability of wide receiver Andre Johnson, Geno Smith's Super Bowl declaration, and the defense that caused havoc in the AFC last season.

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