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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are givens. Steven Matz has a 3.80 ERA and 1.29 WHIP, and has allowed just six runs over his last four starts (21.0 innings).

Jason Vargas (one great start after three nightmare ones since joining the rotation) and Zack Wheeler (5.32 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) have been a different story. And the Mets need them to start providing consistency to the back end of the rotation.

On the latest Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss below...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets roll 00:04:44
The BNNY crew discusses Brandon Nimmo's hot streak and Steven Matz's outstanding start in the Mets' win over the Brewers on Thursday.

It was Steven Matz' 50th career start on Thursday night in Milwaukee, and it was certainly one to remember. 

The lefty came into the game looking to reverse his previous outing of four earned runs over four innings against the Diamondbacks. He had a good start to his outing, finishing the bottom of the first in four batters. 

The second and third innings saw some trouble, though. In the second, Matz had runners on first and second with two outs, and managed to come away with a big strikeout to strand the runners. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:31
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Steven Matz's best performance of the season in the Mets' 5-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brandon Nimmo collected the first four-hit game of his career and reached base five times while Steven Matz tossed six innings as the Mets blanked the Brewers, 5-0, on Thursday night at Miller Park.

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

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

1) After tallying four runs in three games against the Marlins, the Mets equaled that output in the fifth inning alone. Asdrubal Cabrera plated two with a double, Wilmer Flores had and Devin Mesoraco doubled, singled and drove in a run for New York, which had 13 hits, including five for extra bases. Amed Rosario had two singles and Nimmo doubled twice, tripled, singled and walked while scoring two runs.

 

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May 8, 2018; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) 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 shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets (24-21) open a four-game series against the Brewers (31-19) on Thursday night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 8:10 on SNY. 

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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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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched just four innings against the Diamondbacks on Saturday night after allowing two home runs in a three-run fourth inning.

Matz gave up a season-high four earned runs on six hits and threw 79 pitches on the night. He walked one and struck out two batters.

John Ryan Murphy drove in Arizona's first run in the second inning with an RBI single.

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Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)
Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard wait to stretch before a Spring Training baseball workout. (AP)

If the Mets are going to be successful in 2018, Mickey Callaway knows exactly how that's going to happen: good pitching.

After the Mets' 3-1 win against the Diamondbacks on Friday night, where Jacob deGrom was masterful with 13 strikeouts over seven innings, Callaway discussed leaning on his whole staff, not just deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.

"It will only help if the other guys step up," Callaway said...

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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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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)

The Mets have moved Jacob deGrom's next start up from Saturday to Friday. DeGrom will be followed by Steven Matz on Saturday and Noah Syndergaard on Sunday.

DeGrom was removed after the first inning of his start this past Sunday due to the fact that he threw 45 pitches in frame. With deGrom now pitching on Friday, he will be on regular rest -- as will Syndergaard on Sunday. 

Matz, who was initially scheduled to start on Friday night, will have an extra day of rest.   

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:39
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Michael Conforto's approach at the plate and his clutch two-run home run in Friday's win.

Steven Matz pitched five innings of one-run ball and the Mets' offense came alive in the ninth inning with back-to-back home runs to fuel a 3-1 series-opening win over the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Phillies starter Jake Arrieta blanked the Mets for 7.1 innings before New York pounced on the Phillies' bullpen.

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May 11, 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: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
May 11, 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: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Mets LHP Steven Matz limited the Phillies to one run on four hits in five innings of work on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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New York Mets' Amed Rosario, right, is congratulated by teammate Asdrubal Cabrera after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Amed Rosario, right, is congratulated by teammate Asdrubal Cabrera after scoring during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets (18-17) open a three-game series against the Phillies (22-15) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Friday night at 7:05 on SNY.

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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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May 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched six strong innings against the Rockies on Saturday night in his longest outing of the season.

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DNL: Martino on Mets' loss 00:03:27
Andy Martino joins Daily News Live to break down the Mets' recent struggles following their 11-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Braves came to New York this week and dropped a good ol' fashioned whupping on the Mets, announcing their presence as a National League East team of the future, and possibly the present. The Mets fell out of first place and saw their ace leave a game with an elbow injury.

Shall we go on? It gets worse.

Jason Vargas is still doing an Ollie Perez impersonation. Braves starter Julio Teheran seemed for most of Thursday's game like he was going to throw a no-hitter. Matt Harvey flopped in a mop-up appearance, two days after the manager and GM chose to publicly engage a Page Six report about his late-night partying...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Summarizing Mets' 2018 season 00:06:48
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down the Mets' 2018 season thus far and debates how solid their hold is on the N.L. East.

Matt Harvey is in the bullpen. Steven Matz has a 4.98 ERA. Jay Bruce has only two home runs. Michael Conforto is batting just .222 and Yoenis Cespedes leads the league in strikeouts.

Nevertheless, the Mets begin May in first place in the NL East with a 17-9 record, thanks in large part to Mickey Callaway's decisions, the team's bullpen, two aces, Todd Frazier's attitude and performance, and Asdrubal Cabrera leading the league in hits.


Tune to SNY today at 3:45 to watch Sandy Alderson's first game of homestand press conference

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Lefthander Anthony Kay (Courtesy UConn Athletics)
Lefthander Anthony Kay (Courtesy UConn Athletics)

Mets LHP Anthony Kay, the team's first-round pick in 2016, is pitching well in his first exposure to professional baseball after missing the past two years due to Tommy John surgery.

Kay, who pitched at Stony Brook University and grew up on Long Island, had been rehabbing the past two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2016, but has made four starts with Low-A Columbia this year, going 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 20 innings.

"He's worked hard at it," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday's Tim Healey. "We'll probably be somewhat aggressive with him, at least initially, to get him back to about where he would have been absent the injury."

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second 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 starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets LHP Steven Matz is not having a strong start to this season. And now that Zack Wheeler is doing well, and with the return of Jason Vargas pushing Matt Harvey to the bullpen, all eyes will be on Matz as the rotation's weakest link.

Whether Matz gets his season back on track is going to need to wait, though, since it was announced this past weekend that the start he was supposed to make on Tuesday has been pushed to Saturday because of a stiff back. 

"I just felt a little something in my back," he explained...

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

This week in Mets Land we had a couple of birthdays -- both mine and Gary Cohen!

 

Whereas I was dying on my couch with a 103-degree fever watching the Mets forget how to play defense and losing in extra innings for my birthday on Thursday, Gary was serenaded and blessed with a Mets win for his on Sunday. Happy birthday, Gare!

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets will push LHP Steven Matz's start back from Tuesday to Saturday due to lower back stiffness.

Matz said he felt fine after throwing a bullpen session Sunday morning, but manager Mickey Callaway said the team didn't want him to risk it tightening up on the team's flight from San Diego back to New York and not having adequate time to plan ahead.

Instead, Noah Syndergaard will start Tuesday and Jacob deGrom on Wednesday in the Mets' series against the Atlanta Braves.

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Apr 25, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) talks with starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during the third 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 catcher Jose Lobaton (59) talks with starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

After Mets LHP Steven Matz struggled against the Cardinals in the Mets' 9-1 loss on Wednesday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway would not explicitly say whether the left-hander would make his next scheduled start.

Callaway said he "won't make any rash decisions" but will sit down with Matz and "figure out exactly and how we can help him."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:00
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the uncertainty of the Mets' starting rotation after Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Steven Matz pitched two hitless innings before unraveling in the third and fourth when he was charged with seven runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks. Betrayed by poor defense behind him as well as his own error, the Cardinals scored three times in the third and four more in the fourth. Matz (1-2) was removed after walking Dexter Fowler to force in a run on his 88th pitch.

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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the third inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed four runs on six hits in four innings on Tuesday night against the Cardinals.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler's struggles on Tuesday -- he induced just three swings and misses and couldn't make it past the fourth inning -- provided a reminder of why the team was initially reluctant to remove Matt Harvey from the rotation. Wheeler's body of work this year has hardly been enough to convince the Mets that it's safe to rely on him full-time.

But Harvey was bad enough in Atlanta to earn the demotion, and the Mets were left to hope that Wheeler could stay hot. They knew it wasn't a safe bet, but had no other choice.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler winds up during the first inning of against the Washington Nationals. (AP)

Mets starting pitchers will be pushed back a day after Sunday's game against the Braves was postponed due to weather.

Zack Wheeler will pitch on Tuesday in the series opener against the Cardinals; Steven Matz, who was slated to start on Tuesday, will pitch on Wednesday night; and Noah Syndergaard will pitch in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. 

Jacob deGrom would then be in line to pitch against the Padres on Friday evening.

 

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate at the end of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets (13-4) open a four-game series with the Braves (10-7) in Atlanta on Thursday night on SNY at 7:35.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets LHP Steven Matz was rolling after a shaky first inning, but when manager Mickey Callaway decided to pull the plug on his night, he wasn't happy. 

Matz, who was looking to build on his win over the Brewers last time out, didn't get off to a hot start Wednesday night. He gave up a three-run jack to Ryan Zimmerman in the first inning to give the Nats a quick 3-0 lead. The long ball has hurt him in his first three starts, as Zimmerman's blast was his fifth homer allowed over four starts. 

The young lefty didn't let the first inning get to him, though. After striking out Michael Taylor in the first before picking off Moises Sierra to end the inning, Matz set down 10 straight Nationals as he cruised through the second, third, and fourth innings. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:35
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-5 comeback win over the Nationals.

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

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

1) The Mets scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 11-4 lead, capped by Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam. Todd Frazier tied the score with a two-run single and Juan Lagares gave New York its first lead of the game with a pinch-hit, two-run double after Wilmer Flores had struck out for the second out with the bases loaded.

 

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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (12-4) will try to avoid a three-game sweep when they wrap up their series against the Nationals (9-9) at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY. 

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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/13 00:03:20
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 win over the Brewers on Friday night.

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

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

1) Todd Frazier came into this game with no home runs on the season. But, at the end, he left with two. Frazier belted a solo homer in the second inning to the apple in the center field. Then, in his next at-bat, he roped a fastball to left field in the bottom of the fourth. He finished 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI on the night.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

He allowed just three hits, but it was the long ball forced Mets starter Steven Matz out of Friday's game against the Brewers.

Matz' night starterd with a walk to Lorenzo Cain, but would strand him at second to end the inning. However, he would allow the Brewers to tie the game at two when Hernan Perez launched a two-run jack to left field in the fourth inning. 

After a 1-2-3 fifth, Matz gave up another two-run blast, this time to leftfielder Ryan Braun. Matz would strikeout Travis Shaw in the next at-bat, but manager Mickey Callaway pulled the plug after 83 pitches. 

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets return home for a three-game set against the Brewers at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For most of the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he was happy with the team's starting pitching depth. Most, including yours truly, felt there were far too many 'ifs' as part of that depth, and implored Alderson to sign a starting pitcher. Eventually, he did -- inking LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. Fast forward a few months...

The Mets are fresh off the first-ever rotation turn of the once known 'five aces' -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler.

Vargas, who suffered a fractured bone during spring training that required surgery to his right (non-throwing) hand, is close to a return -- potentially in about 10 days...

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In what was his first start of the season, Zack Wheeler (1-0) allowed one run during seven innings, while striking out seven batters and helping the Mets (10-1) to their eighth-straight win.

Wheeler's first pitch Wednesday night marked the first time ever that he, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz (the heralded Fab Five) all made consecutive starts.

"Everybody is healthy," said Wheeler, who is the team's first starting pitcher this season to get a batter out in a seventh inning. "It's nice to get a turn around. ... Hopefully we can keep it going."

The closest the five pitchers came to making consecutive starts was during June, 2015.

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 (Julie Jacobson)
(Julie Jacobson)

Manager Mickey Callaway said RHP Zack Wheeler will make his first major league start of the season on Wednesday, meaning the Mets' "five aces" will make their first turn through the rotation.

The Mets' group of Noah SyndergaardJacob deGrom, Wheeler, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey will start consecutively for the first time ever.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI get that people are excited to see this group finally together in a rotation. But, I can't give in to the hype. Not that I'm not excited, but honestly, all I really care about is a rotation that gets the job done. And if this rotation does that, that's a fantastic thing. I wish Lugo had a chance to actually pitch in the rotation, but he has been phenomenal in the bullpen -- as we saw and has already been written about...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:58
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed just one unearned run over five innings with eight strikeouts. << Read more

2) That one unearned run scored because of a Todd Frazier error... Frazier immediately redeemed himself with the go-ahead RBI in the seventh inning.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws to the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Steven Matz pitched well over five innings against the Nationals, allowing an unearned run on three hits while striking out eight with two walks.

Matz started the game on fire. After Trea Turner kicked off the bottom of the first with a bunt single, Matz cut through the heart of the Nationals' lineup by striking out each of Anthony Rendon, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. 

A two-out walk in the second inning nearly cost Matz, but Juan Lagares threw out Brian Goodwin attempting to score from second base on a single. 

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a two run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets and Nationals play the second game of their series in D.C. on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. on SNY.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:03:48
The GEICO SportsNite panel discusses what went wrong for Steven Matz on the mound on Sunday and previews Matt Harvey's first start of 2018.

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed three runs on four hits in four innings in his first start of the season in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He just couldn't get the ball over the plate consistently," manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "Really deep counts, falling behind, things like that. … It didn't look like he had the confidence to throw it over."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/1 00:03:16
Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez and Gary Cohen break down the Mets' 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed three runs, four hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings. The left-hander allowed solo homers to Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina and needed 89 pitches to complete his outing.

2) Amed Rosario's two-out single in the second inning scored Kevin Plawecki with the Mets' only run. Juan Lagares singled three times to notch New York's only multi-hit effort. The Mets collected seven hits, including six singles.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz spoke at Citi Field on Wednesday about Opening Day and expectations for 2018.

Callaway revealed the Opening Day lineup, which has some interesting quirks >> CLICK HERE to read more

Click below to watch the entirety of Wednesday's press conferences from Citi Field...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

It's easy to be in constant freak-out mode when rooting for and writing daily about the Mets. However, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge that - for the moment - the Mets have depth and an entirely healthy pitching staff.

I'm including Jason Vargas because, though he'll begin the season on the disabled list, he is expected to miss just one or two starts recovering from a minor surgery on his non-throwing hand. The truth is, according to people close to the team, if Vargas had suffered a similar injury during a pennant race, he'd be pitching through the pain, and be only limited at bat and as a fielder.

This is not the case for most contending teams around the National League.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:13
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon.

Steven Matz pitched four scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce hit back-to-back homers, and the Mets finished their Grapefruit League season with a 4-3 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

1) Matz ended his season with yet another strong outing, limiting the Marlins to just two hits while striking out four. >> Read more about his start here.

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Mar 25, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 25, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pitched four scoreless innings against the Marlins on Sunday in his final start of the spring.

 

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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.

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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...

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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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BNNY: Mets' five aces 00:06:04
The Mets are likely to start the season with Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz in the rotation.

It should first be pointed out that at this point, the "five aces" moniker is more of a reference to what the five pitchers listed below were supposed to be -- not what they are now.

But with the uncertainty surrounding Jason Vargas, the Mets' "five aces" -- Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz -- may be lined up to make a turn through the rotation together for the first time ever.

Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey were always locks for the rotation. And now that Vargas is likely to miss at least one start due to surgery to his non-throwing hand, Matz and Wheeler are expected to slot into the rotation for the first week of the season...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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