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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.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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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.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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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.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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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.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Steven Matz
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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, 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
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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)

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 and Keith on Matz progress 00:01:48
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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Steven Matz on Sandy Alderson 00:00:18
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.

Tags: Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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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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Gary and Keith on bullpen blues 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez look for positives in the Mets' starting rotation but find major problems in the bullpen.

Steven Matz allowed five runs in the first two innings and the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-4, to the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

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

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

 

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Gary and Keith on bullpen blues 00:02:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez look for positives in the Mets' starting rotation but find major problems in the bullpen.

Steven Matz allowed five runs in the first two innings and the Mets dropped their third straight game, 6-4, to the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

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

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

 

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Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Steven Matz (32) Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets LHP Steven Matz had a rough start in Colorado on Thursday afternoon, but he settled in before his day ended. 

Four straight Rockies reached base to lead off the bottom of the first, with Nolan Arenado sending one over the fence for a three-run homer. After Trevor Story's double, a mound visit was used to calm Matz down. It worked as a double play following a strikeout got him out of the inning. 

The second inning wasn't any better for Matz, though, as the Rockies' struck for two more runs. It was Arenado picking up his fourth and fifth RBI on the day as he smacked a double to right to make it 5-1. 

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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)

Steven Matz, on the hill Thursday afternoon against the Rockies, entered the 2018 season coming off an injury-shortened 2017 campaign in which he put up a brutal 6.08 ERA. Amid doubts of his ability to pitch in a major league rotation as well as health scares, he has surprised with a 3.31 ERA in his 13 starts -- the same number he made before being shut down last season.

But questions remain about his peripherals as well as his durability as the Mets consider what their pitching staff will look like in the second half and beyond.

The results for Matz could not be more different than they were last year. He has allowed just 24 earned runs over 65.1 innings, after allowing 45 over the same timeframe in 2017. Batters have hit just .221 against him, and his 52.5 percent ground ball rate is the best of his career...

Tags: Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (29-38) will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks (39-31) at Chase Field on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Steven Matz
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Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 16, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed just one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-Backs on Saturday night.

Matz allowed hits in each of the first three innings before retiring the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings. The only run allowed by Matz came in the sixth inning when Nick Ahmed hit a leadoff triple and came around to score when the next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, grounded out to short.

Matz drew two quick groundouts in the seventh inning, but was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso.

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Mets offense comes alive in win 00:01:36
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Michael Conforto's four-RBI game in the Mets' 5-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday night.

Steven Matz pitched into the seventh inning and Michael Conforto drove in four runs as the Mets ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night.

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

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

1) Matz was solid, allowing one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out three as he recorded his fourth quality start in his last five appearances.

2) Conforto led the offense with a homer, a double and four RBIs. The outfielder put the Mets on the board in the second inning when he launched his ninth home run of the year, driving in Wilmer Flores and Brandon Nimmo. It was Conforto's third long ball in just eight career at-bats against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin. The 25-year-old added an RBI double off Corbin in the sixth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports  (Joe Camporeale)
Jun 15, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets (28-38) will continue their series with the Diamondbacks (39-30) at Chase Field on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets LHP Steven Matz allowed three runs in six innings against the Yankees on Saturday night. 

All three of the runs allowed by Matz came via home run: Gleyber Torres took Matz deep in the third inning and Miguel Andujar added a two-run homer in the sixth inning after Gary Sanchez walked.

"Really bad pitch there in the sixth inning, and it cost us the game essentially," Matz said of Andujar's home run. That pitch is going to sit with me the rest of the night," Matz said.

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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Domingo German turned in a quality start, Aaron Judge supplied the go-ahead home run, and the Yankees eked out a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Citi FIeld.

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Mets talk eighth straight loss 00:01:54
Mickey Callaway, Steven Matz, Anthony Swarzak and Brandon Nimmo address the mistakes that led to the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

Domingo German turned in a quality start, Aaron Judge supplied the go-ahead home run, and the Yankees eked out a 4-3 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Citi FIeld.

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a two run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (27-33) continue the Subway Series against the Yankees (41-18) on Saturday night at Citi Field at 7:15. 

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May 13, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) 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 13, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more divergent.

The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, the Mets are 16-31. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

Meanwhile, the Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon Drury, Ronald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

Perhaps the Mets could rejuvenate their season with a series win against their in-city rivals. Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 6, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians' Lonnie Chisenhall to end the top of the second inning in Game 4 of baseball's American League Division Series, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

In 2018's iteration of the Subway Series, the mood surrounding each of New York City's teams couldn't be more different. The second-place Yankees are one of the best teams in baseball, with an embarrassment of riches as far as talent. The likes of Brandon DruryRonald Torreyes and Clint Frazier are in the minors; Neil Walker is a luxury infielder for the team. 

The Mets are mired in a tailspin. Since their 11-1 start, they are 16-31, and have been mired in one of the worst offensive funks in the history of the franchise. They have slipped to fourth place in the NL East, 7.5 games back of the Nationals heading into the weekend. 

Here are the probable pitching matchups for the series:

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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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)

Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are getting lost in the chaos and drama associated with their team's current losing streak. It was only a few weeks ago that most Mets fans and media, myself included, were freaking out over how these two pitchers were progressing...

However, during the past month, Wheeler has a 2.52 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Meanwhile, in his last six starts, Matz has a 2.32 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Unfortunately, because of a lack of offense and relief pitching, the team is just 3-7 during those 10 starts.

In Wednesday's start against the O's, Wheeler tossed 93 pitches, seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one batter before his bullpen stumbled.

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Matz, Callaway on Baez's steal 00:00:59
Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway react to Javier Baez's steal of home plate during the Mets' 2-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Keith Hernandez refers to good fundamentals as "good fundies." On Sunday, the Mets' fundies were not good as two lapses in the field led to two Cubs runs in the Mets' 2-0 loss at Citi Field.

Mets LHP Steven Matz's lack of attention to Javy Baez on third base led to his steal of home, while a lack of communication between right fielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Luis Guillorme led to a sacrifice fly as New York was swept at home.

"You're giving them the game instead of them winning the game from you," Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game. "That's always hard to accept."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite his start being overshadowed by a steal of home plate, Mets LHP Steven Matz struck out seven batters in seven strong innings in Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Cubs, his first start since suffering a strained middle finger.

"He's been tremendous,'' manager Mickey Callaway told reporters. "He's attacking the hitters. Great changeup. Better breaking ball probably than I've ever seen.''

Matz (2-4) allowed two runs -- both in the seventh inning -- and five hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 3.42. Over his last three outings, including last Tuesday's start in which he left after three innings with a finger strain, Matz has a 1.13 ERA in his last three outings.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:16
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss how the Cubs stole home and beat the Mets at Citi Field on Cadillac Post Game Extra.

The Mets were blanked for the fourth time this season en route to a four-game sweep at the hands of the Cubs following Sunday's 2-0 loss at Citi Field.

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

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

1) The Cubs stole two runs -- literally and figuratively -- against Steven Matz and the Mets in the seventh inning of a scoreless game. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Javy Baez stole home when Matz attempted a pickoff at first base. Several batters later, Ben Zobrist lofted a fly ball into shallow right for what appeared to be an easy second out, but instead of taking control, Jay Bruce let Luis Guillorme make an awkward catch which allowed Wilson Contreras to score the second run of the inning.

 

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Matz preserves shutout with toss 00:00:16
Steven Matz fields Jon Lester's safety squeeze to perfection as he nails Addison Russell at the plate to keep the game scoreless.

Mets LHP Steven Matz thwarted a squeeze bunt attempt by the Cubs Jon Lester with a neat flip to get Addison Russell at the plate. The play helped keep Sunday's pitching duel scoreless.

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Rosario makes flip to get force 00:00:16
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario makes an impressive backhanded flip to secure the force out at second base in the fifth inning.

Mets SS Amed Rosario helped back Steven Matz's stellar effort on the mound with this play on a ground ball with a runner at first vs. Chicago.

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New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) follows through on a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Thursday, May 31, 2018, in New York. The Cubs won 5-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets (27-29) and Cubs (32-23) wrap up their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10.

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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)

Steven Matz (strained finger) completed a side session and will make his start Sunday as scheduled, via Tim Healey of Newsday. Jason Vargas will start on Tuesday, likely meaning that Seth Lugo will return to the bullpen. 

Matz left Tuesday night's game against the Braves after the bottom of the third inning with discomfort in the finger...

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

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

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

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

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Steven Matz on finger injury 00:00:31
Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz talks about how he feels after sustaining an injury to his left middle finger on Tuesday night.

Mets LHP Steven Matz "felt great" and played catch Thursday -- which was ahead of schedule -- GM Sandy Alderson said. Matz, who has a slight strain of his left middle finger, said after that he wants to make his next start, but didn't proclaim himself ready just yet. 

"Right now, he's in a very good place," Alderson said of Matz.

Click below for video of Matz playing catch

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) walks to the clubhouse after leaving in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) walks to the clubhouse after leaving in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz has a slight strain of his left middle finger and is day-to-day, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday night's game in Atlanta.

Callaway said it is not yet clear whether Matz will make his next start.

Matz left Tuesday night's game against the Braves after the bottom of the third inning with discomfort in the finger.

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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 29, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets LHP Steven Matz will have an MRI on his injured left middle finger on Wednesday, manager Mickey Callaway said. 

Matz left Tuesday night's game against the Braves after the bottom of the third inning with discomfort in the finger.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Tuesday night in the SNY newsroom, I asked Nelson Figueroa how big a deal it was that Noah Syndergaard suffered a strained ligament in his right index finger. Nelson's answer was that it wasn't nearly as bad as pitching with a middle finger issue, because that is the digit that applies the most pressure to the baseball. The middle finger squeezes the ball, while the index supports it. On Syndergaard's change-up, the index finger isn't even on the ball. Got it, I thought. Middle finger bad...

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Callaway, Matz on finger injury 00:00:43
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and starter Steven Matz comment on the pitcher's injury that forced him to leave the game against the Braves.

The Mets' bullpen blew a three-run lead and allowed a walk-off home run during Tuesday night's 7-6 loss to the Braves.

Steven Matz cruised through three scoreless innings and allowed just one hit, but the Mets were forced to turn to their bullpen earlier than expected -- and the Braves immediately took advantage.

After Paul Sewald replaced Matz for the fourth inning, Atlanta scored their first two runs of the game when Charlie Culberson hit an RBI single and eventually scored on a passed ball. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss the disarray of the Mets' pitching staff in 2018.

Johan Camargo homered off Gerson Bautista in the ninth inning to rally the Braves past the Mets, 7-6, on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

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

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

1) The Mets carried a 6-2 lead into the seventh, but the Braves scored once in the inning before tying the game on Ender Inciarte's two-run triple off Jacob Rhame in the eighth. Bautista (0-1) retired the first batter before Camargo slugged his third home run to walk it off. The Mets had the first two runners on in the top of the ninth but did not score.

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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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