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Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 17, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an RBI double during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (72-83) will wrap up their 2018 road slate in the final game of a four-game series against the Nationals (78-77) in Washington D.C. on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. on WPIX.

Mets notes

The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games. They improved to 8-9 in extra-inning games last night as well. ...The Mets are 12-7 in September, the eighth-best win percentage in the league. ...The Mets are ranked fourth in the MLB with a .330 road on-base percentage. ...Nine wins have came against the Nats already this season compared to six all of last season. 

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Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 9, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland (left) talks with Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (right) on the pitchers mound in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB baseball game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Near the trade deadline, rumors of the Mets dealing away some of their top-tier starters were swirling around Flushing. And rightfully so considering the Mets weren't ticketed for the postseason. 

Initially, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard were of high interest, but the Mets eventually walked that back. They didn't, however, take Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz off the table. At the end of the day, no trade was ever struck and the rotation stayed how it was. 

Pitching coach Dave Eiland was a happy camper. 

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Matz doing it all 00:00:20
Steven Matz makes an incredible behind-the-back grab of Roman Quinn?s line drive and turns it into a double play

Mets LHP Steven Matz made an impressive catch in the fifth inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies.

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Matz homers again 00:00:19
Steven Matz belted a homerun in his second straight start, the first Met to do it since Ron Darling in 1989

Mets LHP Steven Matz hit a solo home run in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Phillies, marking his second homer in as many starts.

Matz became the third pitcher in Mets history to homer in back-to-back starts -- and the first since Ron Darling completed the feat in 1989. Tom Seaver also hit home runs in consecutive starts.

Matz's blast off Phillies ace Aaron Nola gave the Mets a 1-0 advantage. His home run traveled 362 feet, according to Statcast.

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The guys talk Steven Matz 00:01:59
Gary & Ron discuss Steven Matz's stellar performance since the All-Star break and what he can do to join the ranks of the elite.

Steven Matz homered yet again and pitched five shutout innings, but Jerry Blevins and Drew Smith combined to allow five runs in the sixth inning and the Mets fell to the Phillies on Tuesday night, 5-2.

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

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

1) With his third-inning solo blast, Matz joined Tom Seaver and Ron Darling as the only other Mets pitchers to homer in consecutive starts. His latest home run comes just five days after his first major league home run. Matz struggled with control on the mound Tuesday night, walking five batters, but he never allowed it to cause real damage. He walked five batters but allowed just two hits in five innings.

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Steven Matz hits a homer! 00:00:25
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz hit his first career home run against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday.

Mets left-hander Steven Matz hit his first career home run against the Marlins at Citi Field on Thursday.

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Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Since he came of the DL, Mets LHP Steven Matz has impressed with solid outings, and another came tonight against the Phillies. 

New York suffered the loss, but Matz didn't see a decision in this one after his five innings of work. He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out eight and walking two. 

The only blow to Matz was Carlos Santana's two-run homer in the top of the third, which gave the Phillies the lead. But the Mets got it right back with a Jeff McNeil double that scored Brandon Nimmo in the bottom half of that inning. 

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The guys talk Dom Smith 00:01:41
Gary, Ron & Keith discuss Dominic Smith's home run in tonight's game and his future with the Mets organization

The Mets managed to bring around three runs on Cy Young hopeful Aaron Nola, but it wasn't enough in a 4-3 loss to the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

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

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

 

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Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (63-76) kick off a three-game series against division-rival Phillies (73-66) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

The Mets may be an even 5-5 in their last 10 games, but they have won four of their last five. ...Since the All-Star break, the Mets have scored 214 runs which is third-most in the National League. ...The Mets have won 20 of their last 26 series against the Phillies. 

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Sep 1, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Sep 1, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

Mets LHP Steven Matz was the team's candidate to receive the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, the MLB announced on Tuesday. 

The award recognizes "the player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions." And Matz certainly fits that bill when it comes to his "Tru32" initiative. 

Matz, who began the initiative back in 2016, honors 32 NYPD, FDNY, and military members every Wednesday home game by inviting them to Citi Field as his guests. He take pictures, signs autographs, and spends time with them before they watch the game that night. 

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Sep 1, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Sep 1, 2018; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

Mets LHP Steven Matz struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed just one run in seven innings during the Mets' 2-1 win over the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday night.

The only blemish for Matz came in the fourth inning when Evan Longoria launched a solo home run to left center to give the Giants took a 1-0 lead. 

Matz allowed only two other hits in the game, both of which were singles by Austin Slater. In the end, it was the second straight week that the 27-year-old gave up one run in seven frames.

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Gary and Keith discuss Matz 00:01:52
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss how Steven Matz has stepped up after his career-high 11 strikeouts against the Giants on Saturday.

Steven Matz struck out 11 batters in seven innings and Todd Frazier drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning to lead the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Giants on Saturday afternoon in San Francisco.

For a full box score of the game, click here

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

1) With the Mets trailing 1-0 in the fifth, Tomas Nido plated Brandon Nimmo to account for New York's only run until Frazier's sacrifice fly in the 11th inning. Amed Rosario hit a two-out triple in the fifth inning and Wilmer Flores, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, and Austin Jackson also had hits for the Mets. 

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The guys talk Mets pitching 00:01:26
Gary & Keith discuss how the improvement of Steven Matz can help the Mets add to an already formidable pitching staff for New York.

The Nationals scored 14 times in the final two innings en route to a sweep-averting 15-0 win over the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) New York entered the eighth inning trailing, 1-0, before Washington's bats came to life. The Nats scored nine runs in the eighth and six more in the ninth capped by Mark Reynolds' grand slam. Paul SewaldTyler Bashlor and Corey Oswalt combined to surrender 11 hits, three walks -- including two with the bases loaded -- and three home runs in two innings. 

 

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Aug 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets LHP Steven Matz put together a strong performance on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field against the Nationals. 

Matz went seven innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking one. 

It was mainly a pitcher's duel between the Mets and Nationals today, as both Matz and Jefry Rodriguez had their best stuff going. The Nats got a couple runners on in the first, but Matz put Juan Soto away with a strikeout to end the inning. 

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Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (58-71) and Nationals (64-66) wrap up their series at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have now won 14 of their last 22 games after last night's win over the Nats. ...The Mets have scored 178 runs since the All-Star break, the most in the National League. ...Today is the final day of Players Weekend, where every team in the MLB will wear their nickname jerseys. ...Todd Frazier has three homers in his last four games. 

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Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed two runs on two hits in five innings against the Giants on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Matz allowed both of his runs in the first inning when Evan Longoria hit a two-run home to give the Giants an early 2-0 advantage.

After the home run, Matz retired 12 straight batters before allowing a double to Gorkys Hernandez in the fifth.

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Aug 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws to first against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 20, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) throws to first against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets and Giants will continue their four-game series on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Mets notes

The Mets have won 6 of their last 10 games overall and 10-12 in their lat 22 games at Citi Field. The Mets have scoed 160 runs since the All-Star break, which is the second-most in the NL. Since July 1, the Mets are 22-22 and have hit 77 doubles, 10 triples, and 44 home runs.

 

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The guys talk Conforto 00:02:16
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Michael Conforto's big offensive display in Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Steven Matz was roughed up in his return from the disabled list as the Phillies earned a doubleheader split with a 9-6 win on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Matz's return from a stint on the DL was not much better than his start that preceded it. After being handed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the 27-year-old allowed a three-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the inning and three more runs in the second, aided by his own throwing error. Matz (5-10) was lifted after surrendering six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in two innings.

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Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 16, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Steven Matz's return from the DL didn't go to plan.

Matz was shelled for his second straight start, as the Mets' southpaw was unable to last more than two innings against the Phillies. In his last start, Matz couldn't escape the first inning before heading to the DL.

On Thursday night, Matz allowed six runs (four earned) in two innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)
Mets pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami Sunday July 1 2018. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas) (Gaston De Cardenas/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched 56 pitches during a simulated game on Saturday and is expected to return to the team's rotation on Thursday, reports Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

Matz is recovering from a flexor pronator strain in his left forearm, which has sidelined him for multiple starts.

"Just going out there and treating it like a start day and seeing how the elbow responded. It responded really well," Matz said, according to NorthJersey.com. "I felt nothing wrong and I feel like I'm right where I need to be."

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets have placed LHP Steven Matz on the DL due to a flexor pronator strain, while calling up Corey Oswalt to take Matz' spot in the rotation for Sunday.

Matz said he expects to miss only one start.

An MRI on Matz revealed no structural damage, with assistant GM John Ricco saying Thursday that the team would probably go the conservative route and skip his rotation turn...

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me)

It's the calm before the Mets storm. Enjoy it while it lasts. In a few weeks, the conversation around the Mets will quickly turn from hypothesizing about GM candidates to getting real news about where ownership intends to take their franchise and who is going to get them there...

As it stands, assistant John Ricco and advisors Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi are essentially splitting the job after Sandy Alderson stepped down in June due to health issues...

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Injury Update: Matz's forearm 00:00:18
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa provide a brief update on Steven Matz's injury following Tuesday night's huge loss to the Nationals.

Mets LHP Steven Matz will likely have an MRI Wednesday or Thursday due to tightness in his forearm, manager Mickey Callaway said before Wednesday's game.

Matz, who allowed seven runs in 0.2 innings on Tuesday night, said after the game that he had been going through a 'dead arm' period during his last three starts.

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): This is not just disappointing news for us and the Mets, but also for Matz, whose arm just can't seem to let him pitch a full season.

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jacob Rhame (35) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

After Steven Matz was lit up for seven runs in less than an inning of work, the Nationals continued to pile onto the Mets' bullpen on Tuesday night in what was the most lopsided loss in Mets history.

The Nationals scored three runs every inning from the second until the fifth and then tacked on six more in the eighth inning.

Jacob Rhame and Jose Reyes allowed six runs apiece, while Tim Peterson and Tyler Bashlor allowed three runs.

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Gary, Keith and Ron on deadline 00:01:30
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling talk about the Mets' decision not to deal their standout starting pitchers despite trade rumors.

Steven Matz did not make it out of the first inning in the shortest outing of his Major League career as the Nationals handed the Mets their most lopsided loss ever, 25-1, on Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

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

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

1) Washington pounded the quartet of Jacob RhameTim PetersonTyler Bashlor and Matz, scoring 19 times on 19 hits through five innings while tallying at least three runs in each frame. Daniel Murphy homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs.

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Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 31, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed seven runs on eight hits in just 2/3 of an inning against the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Trea Turner started the game with a leadoff single and stole second and third. Matz struck out Anthony Rendon, but then allowed three runs on four straight hits before striking out Michael Taylor for the second out.

Matz intentionally walked Matt Wieters before the Nationals pulled off three more consecutive hits and forced the Mets to make an early call to the bullpen. Jacob Rhame got Harper to fly out and end the inning.

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Zack Wheeler thinks Mets can win 00:00:34
Zack Wheeler talks about not being traded, and says that the Mets can win next year if they keep the starting rotation together and healthy.

Mets righty Zack Wheeler said last week that he didn't want the Mets to trade him, and his reaction after the trade deadline passed struck a similar chord.

"It's nice to have all four of us stay together," Wheeler said about him remaining with the Mets along with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz.

Wheeler added that it wasn't exactly a sense of relief to stay put, but that he was looking forward to what the four could accomplish together heading in to 2018 and beyond. 

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Gary and Keith talk McNeil 00:02:04
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez share their early impressions of Jeff McNeil and discuss how he fits the Mets moving forward.

Asdrubal Cabrera homered and drove in a season-high four runs as the Mets defeated the Pirates, 12-6, for their third straight win on Thursday night at PNC Park.

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

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

1) Cabrera snapped an 0-for-16 skid with an RBI double in the third inning and connected on a two-run homer in the fourth, his 18th of the season. He added an RBI groundout during the Mets' three-run seventh and doubled in the ninth.

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Jul 26, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Jul 26, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets LHP Steven Matz wasn't entirely effective against the Pirates but, with ample help from the bats, he was able to do enough to give his team a chance to win.

Matz allowed four runs within the first three innings, twice squandering early leads, but was able to complete another three innings without allowing a baserunner. In total, Matz finished with: 6 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.

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Jul 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (42-57) kick off a four-game series with the Pirates (53-50) in Pittsburgh on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes...

The Mets won two of three vs. San Diego to win their first series since May 18-20 when they swept Arizona snapping a streak of 17 winless
series. ... The Mets are 21-24 on the road this year. ... Jeff McNeil became the 50th player the Mets have used this year, tying the Angels for the most in the majors.

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Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jul 21, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

After throwing three scoreless innings to start the game, Mets LHP Steven Matz faltered in his second run through the vaunted Yankees' lineup.

Matz's final line: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, BB, 3 K. He threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Across the first three frames, Matz allowed just two baserunners. He may have been lucky when the wind at Yankee Stadium pushed what appeared to be a Brandon Drury home run to the warning track for a flyout. 

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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates a home run with third base coach Glenn Sherlock (53) against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates a home run with third base coach Glenn Sherlock (53) against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets (40-55) and Yankees (62-34) continue their Subway Series rematch to kick off the second half of the season at Yankee Stadium on Saturday at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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After taking two of three games at Citi Field in June, the Yankees look for more Subway Series success against the Mets at home.

The Yankees, who own the second-best record in baseball, take on the Mets, who have the second-worst record in the National League, in their second Subway Series of the season. 

Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.

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The Mets lost two of three games to the Yankees in their Subway Series in early June at Citi Field. They look for revenge coming out of the All-Star break in the Bronx.

Though the Mets have the second-worst record in the National League and face the Yankees, who have the second-best record in baseball, whoever wins this weekend's series will be the toast of the town, at least for the weekend.

Here is how each team stacks up for this weekend's three-game series.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

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Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 11, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Sonny Gray (55) pitches during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Yankees have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Mets following the All-Star break.

Domingo German will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Noah Syndergaard, while Sonny Gray will oppose Steven Matz on Saturday. Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

German limited the Mets to three runs on five hits in six innings on June 9, while Tanaka allowed one run in five innings against the Mets.

Gray has yet to face the Mets this season.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Gary, Keith and Ron talk trades 00:01:47
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss the potential trade values of Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins.

Despite three solo homers, the Mets were unable to rally from a three-run deficit and fell to the Nationals, 5-4, 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) Steven Matz was charged with three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered a two-run homer to Anthony Rendon in the first and a solo shot to the Nats' third baseman in the third. Matz (4-7) allowed three earned runs or fewer for the 11th time in his last 13 starts.

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Jul 12, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) looks at the score board after the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 12, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) looks at the score board after the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After an inauspicious start, Mets LHP Steven Matz kept his team within striking distance of Max Scherzer and the Nationals. 

Matz gave up three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 64 of which for strikes.

Anthony Rendon gave Scherzer a 2-0 lead before the ace threw a pitch, knocking a two-run home run off Matz in the first. Matz danced around trouble in the second inning, stranding runners on second and third base...

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As trade season heats up, it's hard to say what the Mets rotation will look like at the end of the season. But never one to back to back down from a challenge, let's take a look at what it will look like…in 2020.

The Ace

With the Mets floundering for the second straight year, it's a wise move to cash in on their two current aces. But the team has historically balked at complete tear-downs and it's a safe bet that one of Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom is still around.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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Jul 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 7, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings in the Mets' 8-5 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Matz was erratic at times, walking three batters and hitting another, but he limited the damage overall while he was in the game. The Rays were 0-for-12 with runners on base against Matz and 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

He allowed leadoff hits in each of the first two innings, but did not allow a run until the fifth inning when Matt Duffy scored on Wilson Ramos' ground ball to the left side. 

 

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Gary and Keith talk bad offense 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the Mets' struggling offense and their poor situational hitting.

The Mets' offense couldn't capitalize with runners in scoring position and failed to score a run in a 3-0 loss to the Rays on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterAs the Mets explore potential trades, their focus has turned away from Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, and much more on moving Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

No moves are imminent, according to people involved in the process. But when other teams call, they are hearing that deGrom and even Syndergaard are not really available.

A few weeks ago, Mets people expressed an openness to trading deGrom and/or Syndergaard as a way to facilitate a quick rebuild. The vibe has since shifted considerably, and the team expects to hold onto both at least until the end of the season...

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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)
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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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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)
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)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Amid weeks of trade speculation about the Yankees and Mets, there is still very little action between the teams, regarding Jacob deGrom or anyone else.

As Brian Cashman said last Friday, he has spoken to Mets executive Omar Minaya, a longtime friend. But those talks were extremely general and preliminary, and Yankees people remain highly skeptical that they could agree on a deal with the Mets. There is lingering bad blood from deals for Jay Bruce and Neil Walker that fell through last summer -- and that's not the only disagreement between the sides over the past few years.

The Yanks could use deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and maybe Zack Wheeler or Steven Matz. The Mets are open to anything, but reluctant to move deGrom. They would deal any of the other three pitchers, though Syndergaard will likely have more value this winter.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Steven Matz being a bright spot in a dark 2018 and how improved mechanics have delivered success.

Steven Matz allowed an unearned run over 5 1/3 innings and hit an RBI single as the Mets avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-2 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at Marlins Park.

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

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

1) Matz (4-5) worked around errors in each of the first two frames and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second en route to his second win in eight starts. The southpaw allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six while tossing 69 of his 109 pitches for strikes. Matz's fielding error on Dan Straily's bunt allowed Miguel Rojas to score the Marlins' lone run against him in the sixth.

 

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Mets pitcher Steven Matz discusses the emotions he felt taking the mound after hearing the news of Sandy Alderson taking a leave of absence.

Mets LHP Steven Matz limited the Pirates to three runs on six hits in seven innings during the team's walk-off win on Tuesday night -- and he seemed to be playing with extra motivation just hours after Sandy Alderson announced he was taking a leave of absence for health reasons.

"We're all here because he believed in us," Matz said of Alderson after the Mets beat the Pirates in 10 innings. "I want to prove that he was right."

Matz dominated the Pirates in the early going, allowing no hits in the first four innings. Matz kept the Pirates off the board until the fifth, when he allowed a pair of RBI singles. 

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Gary, Ron & Keith on Alderson 00:01:57
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez discuss the legacy of GM Sandy Alderson, who is stepping down as he battles big health issues.

Wilmer Flores' RBI single in the 10th inning lifted the Mets to a 4-3 win over the Pirates and put an end to their seven-game losing streak on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Flores snuck a ball down the left-field line that scored Michael Conforto with one out in the 10th for his third RBI of the game. It was his third walk-off hit this season and the ninth of his career, tying David Wright for the most in franchise history. Flores singled in the first two runs of the game in the first.

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New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Wilmer Flores (4) and Brandon Nimmo, back left, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) celebrates his three-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks with Wilmer Flores (4) and Brandon Nimmo, back left, during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

The Mets (31-44) begin a three-game series against the Pirates (36-41) on Monday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have 20 homers in their last 16 games, and 34 homers in their last 29 games. ... The Mets are 5-2 on Mondays this year. ... Asdrubal Cabrera hit his 13th homer in Sunday's game against the Dodgers. He leads the Mets in that category so far this season. ... Jose Bautista has a .476 OBP since joining the Mets on May 22.

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