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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterHappy second week of 2018, Mets fans. I wish I had more to report, but things have been quiet both in terms of on the field news. I'm happy to sit here and ramble about my week, though, but none of you care about that. I do hope that you all have survived the below-freezing temperatures and the bomb cyclone (aka blizzard).

Now on to the Mets...

Josh Smoker showed much excitement over Travis d'Arnaud. It's rare to see excitement over TdA, so this was obviously important to note...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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Mar 9, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 9, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

New Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is encouraged to hear his pitchers are doing well with the team's new off-season throwing program. 

"They are all working hard," Eiland recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma. "They like the program, like the structure of it, they have something to work from. You can't be with them during the winter, so the best you can do is send them a program and stay in contact with them and check in."

Instead of doing things the way it had been done under Terry Collins, Eiland told Puma that he and new Mets manager Mickey Callaway created the program so their staff could arrive to spring training in "pitching shape."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Steven Matz is enjoying a routine off-season following surgery last August to reposition the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, he told Newsday reporter Steve Marcus.

"I've been playing catch and working out just as I normally would," Matz said. "I anticipate being ready when spring training starts. I'm coming in healthy.''

Jacob deGrom had the same surgery on his right elbow in 2016. He returned healthy in 2017, made 31 starts and eclipsed 200 innings for the first time in his career.

"He pretty much told me it was fairly simple and after a couple of months he was feeling really good,'' Matz said of a conversation with deGrom, according to Marcus.

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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterI hope you had a Merry Christmas, fellow Mets fans! Unfortunately, we were not gifted with the big bat we wanted, or the outfielder, second baseman, or pitcher we wanted, but maybe Santa Sandy is just a bit late this year...

You'll have to follow our favorite Mets to see how they celebrated this holiday, but here's some things you may have missed from the past week, and yes you guessed it, more Mets weddings!

Steven Matz walked down the aisle, and I'm hoping that his thumbs up is both over excitement of being married and a way of subtly confirming to fans that his arm is good to go for 2018....

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Michelle Ioannou
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Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)
Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya said he is looking forward to returning to the organization and helping with scouting and player development after the franchise announced Minaya will take on a new role as special assistant to current GM Sandy Alderson.

"Christmas came earlier than expected," Minaya said on a conference call Friday afternoon.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Matt Eisenberg
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Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)
Aug 18, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) connects on a grand slam home run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports (Mitch Stringer)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Orlando, Fla. -- It's Tuesday of the winter meetings. The Metsies are quiet. So allow me a few hundred words of speculation about an idea that is likely fictional, but shouldn't be:

The Mets should trade for Manny Machado. With one move, they could excite their fans, grab the back page back from the Yankees, and try to extend their window to win with one of the best players in baseball.

Money is not an issue here. Machado will make about $17 million next year, roughly what the Mets paid Neil Walker in 2017. Sandy Alderson has said many times that there is no such thing as a bad one-year deal...

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Mets Winter Meetings Preview 00:04:08
The Mets Hot Stove crew breaks down which players the Mets should prioritize at the Winter Meetings in Florida this week.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said starting pitching is not one of New York's major priorities heading into the MLB Winter Meetings despite the fact their rotation had the 27th-ranked ERA as a team last year.

"I'd say that, as it stands right now, [starting pitching] would probably be fourth on a list of three," Alderson told reporters on Sunday, indicating the team is instead focusing on bolstering the bullpen, adding a bat to the lineup and solidifying its situation at first base and in the outfield.

Mets starters went 49-64 last season with a 5.14 ERA, which was the second-worst among all National League teams. They combined to throw the fourth-fewest innings among all 30 teams.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Syndergaard on 2018 expectations 00:01:40
Noah Syndergaard breaks down his goals for the 2018 season and talks about building a relationship with the Mets' new coaching staff.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he is excited to see Japanese two-way free agent Shohei Ohtani come to the MLB and set a precedent for an elite starting pitcher to also be a position player.

If given the chance to be a position player, Syndergaard said he would prefer to play right field.

"I would love to show off the arm," Syndergaard told WOR 710 AM's Pete MacCarthy during Thursday's team holiday party. "I'd like to think I'm more athletic than some or most right fielders. And I feel like if I put as much work in to hitting as I do pitching that I would be alright."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets LHP Steven Matz, whose 2017 season ended due to ulnar nerve surgery, is "really excited" with the way his arm has recovered, but he's taking nothing for granted heading in to next season.

"Dealing with failure on a personal level as well as with the team, it was tough," Matz said recently on WOR radio. "I'm not taking anything for granted, even as far as my position coming out of spring training. As far as I'm concerned, I've got to earn my spot."

"This is a really big year for me. I know what I'm capable of."

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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

Orlando, Fla. - Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to report to these GM meetings Monday morning. Here, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams and see if he can lay groundwork for trades. However, Mets people know they will have to get creative in order to pull off an impact deal. because the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy...

The Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder or strict first baseman, and possibly a back-end starting pitcher. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the type of high-end trading chips Alderson had a few years ago (and even then he tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told they are highly reluctant to move most of them...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz
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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Mets opened at 20-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Mets' odds were the eighth-best in the majors. The seven teams above them -- the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), Nationals (7-1), Yankees (8-1), Red Sox (10-1), and Cubs (10-1) -- all made the playoffs this past season.

Meanwhile, the Mets finished with a record of 70-92...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets LHP Steven Matz said he was excited to hear from the team's new manager, Mickey Callaway, who last week began contacting players to introduce himself.

"He's a real enthusiastic guy and seems to know pitching really well," Matz told Newsday's Kenny DeJean this past weekend. "He did a great job with Cleveland."

Matz also told DeJean that he feels good and plans to soon pick up a baseball for the first time since having season-ending elbow surgery in August.

Tags: Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz pushed himself to pitch through pain, but instead ended up choosing surgery, he recently told James Wagner of the NY Times.

"Ultimately, it was my decision," Matz is quoted as saying. "I wanted to go out there and pitch because I'm so sick of being on the D.L. And I did everything I could."

Matz missed the first two months of this season with what was described as elbow inflammation, the result of which may have been a side effect of the bone spur surgery that ended his 2016...

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
(Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv: 

The season-ending ulnar nerve surgery Steven Matz had on his pitching elbow is the same type of surgery Jacob deGrom underwent last Sept. 20.

During the surgery, Matz' ulnar nerve was moved in order to relieve discomfort. He had been pitching through significant pain at times season, reported Marc Carig of Newsday, who said Matz insisted on pitching through it even though his elbow was swelling up and he had to shorten bullpen sessions and skip others entirely.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz
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Collins on Matz's injury 00:05:11
Steve Gelbs sits down with Terry Collins to discuss Steven Matz's anticipated trip to the DL and Amed Rosario's performance recently.

Mets LHP Steven Matz had successful surgery on Wednesday to move the ulnar nerve in his left (pitching) elbow, the team said.

MRI and CT scans on Monday led to a diagnosis of irritation of the ulnar nerve, and surgery repositioned the nerve to address the irritation, the team said.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had the same surgery last September and returned for spring training.

Matz pitched through pain this season, Newsday reported earlier this week, citing sources. He reportedly had been altering and/or skipping bullpen sessions to prevent the issue from worsening. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz
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Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2017; Matz (32) throws the ball the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins said LHP Steven Matz may be skipped in the rotation after his winless stretch reached nine games in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Citi Field.

Matz allowed seven runs (six earned) in just 3 1/3 innings, giving up a three-run home run to Gary Sanchez in a 40-pitch first inning and surrendering four straight hits to begin the fourth inning.

The 26-year-old Matz hasn't won a game since June 28. Over his last eight starts, he is 0-6 with a 10.19 ERA, having allowed 38 runs (37 earned) and 57 hits in 32 2/3 innings.

"We've been trying different stuff and it's not really translating to the mound," Matz said. "I've never gone through a stretch like this before in my career. It is tough, but I never want to say that I'm lost. ... I want to think I'm just one step away from where I need to be and things will just click.''

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:22
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Yankees on Thursday night in Flushing.

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

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

1) Steven Matz was roughed up for seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in 3 1/3 innings. He needed 40 pitches to get through the first when he allowed a three-run homer to Gary Sanchez. Matz was removed after loading the bases and allowing a two-run double to Brett Gardner in the fourth. Sanchez singled home two more runs off Chasen Bradford that were charged to his ledger.

2) Curtis Granderson hit a grand slam in the ninth and Matt Reynolds had an RBI single that drove in the Mets' first run in the seventh.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Steven Matz
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Matz, deGrom travel in a Ford 00:01:32
SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium

SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium.

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Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Mets LHP Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and limited the Phillies to two runs, but received little run support in the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

Matz allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out a batter. He has now lost five consecutive outings, with his last win being on June 28. He had posted an 11.03 ERA in his last six starts entering the night.

Manager Terry Collins liked what he saw saying Matz "was much, much better." 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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

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

1) Steven Matz pitched four hitless innings but allowed two runs and four hits in the fifth, including two straight two-out RBI singles. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings, which stretched his winless streak to eight starts.

2) Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with his second homer in as many days in the fourth. He struck out on three pitches with two runners on to end the eighth inning. Amed Rosario had a double in the third, but he was thrown out to end the inning trying to steal home on the front end of a double steal.

 

Tags: Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has a mound conference with catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Steven Matz in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has a mound conference with catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Steven Matz in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz's midseason return to the Mets began with much promise, as he posted a 2.12 ERA over his first five starts. Even with impressive results, though, he was showing many red flag, and unfortunately it has all come crumbling down since. 

In 23 2/3 innings since July 9, he has allowed 29 runs, ballooning his season ERA to 5.77. He has allowed a career-high home run rate, and his hard-contact rate, formerly one of his strengths, has skyrocketed.

These are things that he also faced earlier in the season, but survived with a combination of an exceptionally high strand rate and a low batting average on balls in play. Both of these were expected to regress to league norms and they have indeed come plummeting back to earth. 

Tags: Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

With their loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, the Mets fell to 49-60, dropping to 11 games under .500 for the first time since July 5, 2014, which was their low-water mark that season.

"We were overmatched," Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters after Sunday night's game. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. They obviously hit better than us, they pitched better than us. When you're hitting home runs you don't have to steal too much, you don't have to run the bases very often. You just have to jog. They did that more than us too."

The Mets, who were shut out by the Dodgers on Friday night and Sunday night, managed just two baserunners on Sunday (via one hit and one walk).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Steven Matz lost for the fourth time in his last six starts after giving up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings during Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field.

Matz hasn't won a game since June 28 and is winless in his last seven outings.

He is 0-4 with an 11.03 ERA in his last six starts.

"It's shocking," Terry Collins said after the game. "This guy has way too good stuff."

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Steven Matz
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Collins, Matz react to blowout 00:06:02
Terry Collins and Steven Matz talk about the Mets' 8-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, which was their seventh loss to LA in 2017.

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

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

1) A missed tag by Amed Rosario on what should have been an inning-ending caught stealing in the first instead turned into a three-run frame for the Dodgers. Los Angeles might have had more if not for Michael Conforto nailing Austin Barnes at the plate for the third out.

2) Steven Matz struggled again, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. The southpaw allowed a two-run homer to Justin Turner in the third, but set down the last eight batters he faced, striking out the side in the fourth. 

3) Travis d'Arnaud singled in the third and Brandon Nimmo walked in the ninth for the Mets' only two baserunners.

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Jul 26, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 26, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

 The Mets have lost eight of their last 10 games.

With 53 games to go, the Mets sit 15 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East and 13 games behind the Colorado Rockies for the second wild card spot in the National League.

 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Rockies

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

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

1) Amed Rosario's long-awaited debut included a 1-for-4 showing but two misplays in the field -- one on the penultimate play in the ninth. Moving towards second with the runner from first going, Rosario could not handle a hard grounder on the backhand moving in the other direction. Nolan Arenado followed with a blooper to center that won the game.

2) The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Bruce's solo homer gave New York a 4-3 lead in the eighth.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Steven Matz
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New York Mets' Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Friday, July 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Friday, July 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

 

The Mets (48-55) finish up their road trip with a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies (60-46) Tuesday at Coors Field at 8:40 p.m. on SNY.

Video: Amed Rosario makes his MLB debut in Colorado 

 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Collins, Matz on loss to Padres 00:04:00
Manager Terry Collins and pitcher Steven Matz discuss the ongoing pitching struggles that led to the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Padres.

Mets LHP Steven Matz struggled again on Wednesday night as he allowed six runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out four in 3.0 innings against the Padres.

Matz has allowed 21 runs on 34 hits in 13 1/3 innings over his last four starts as his ERA has risen from 2.12 to 5.51.

"I feel like every time I miss my spot by a few inches, they're just killing it," Matz said after Wednesday night's game. "They're getting the barrel on it and they're crushing it. It does catch me by surprise, because I've missed my pitches before. But I think there's just a sharpness that I'm lacking a little bit right now, and I've got to get back to it."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/26 00:02:29
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed six runs on nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts in three innings to lose for the third time in four starts. The 26-year-old surrendered a two-run homer to Manny Margot in the first and a yielded four more runs in the third -- three on Luis Torrens' triple.

2) Jose Reyes drove in two runs on a single and a bases loaded walk. Wilmer Flores launched a solo homer in the eighth, his 11th of the year and third in four games. Rene Rivera was robbed of at least one RBI with a diving stop by Padres shortstop Allen Cordoba with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth.

3) Erik GoeddelTyler Pill and Hansel Robles combined to strike out seven over five one-hit innings of relief.

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The Mets (44-50) play the second game of a three-game series against the Athletics (43-53) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (4.98 ERA/4.82 FIP, 1.55 WHIP), who has lost back-to-back starts. His last came against the Cardinals where he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. 

Though he has lost his last two starts, Wheeler has improved drastically in July. He is 6-2 with a 3.60 ERA after posting a 9.53 ERA in June.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

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The Mets (43-50) open a three-game series against the Athletics (43-52) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

The Mets and Athletics played in the 1973 World Series, which Oakland won in seven games. ... The Mets have hit 28 home runs in their last 17 home games. ... The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (4.58 ERA/5.35 FIP, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in just 1.0 inning this past Sunday against the Rockies.

He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 9 against the Cardinals, after having tossed 14.0 scoreless innings over his prior two starts.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets (43-50) have won four of the seven games on their current 10-game homestand, but remain nine losses behind the Rockies in the NL wild-card race with 10 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

To win 90 games, the Mets must go 48-20 the rest of the season.

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

For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGromNoah SyndergaardMatt HarveySteven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.

Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?

The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.

But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz reacts on his way to the dugout in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz reacts on his way to the dugout in the second inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets LHP Steven Matz had one of the worst outings of his career, giving up seven runs and nine hits as he was pulled in the second inning in Sunday's 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field.

"It just wasn't really sharp today," Matz (2-3) said, according to the New York Daily News' Daniel Popper. "I was leaving balls right over the middle of the plate, and they were hitting it."

After allowing four runs in the first inning, Matz left the game after surrendering a three-run home run to Nolan Arenado in the second inning that put New York in a 7-0 hole.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/16 00:03:01
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 13-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Steven Matz was lit up for seven runs and nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts in one-plus inning, the shortest start of his career. The Rockies tallied four times on five hits in the first. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the second. 

2) Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer -- his ninth of the season -- and Lucas Duda hit a solo blast for his 15th of the year. Jose Reyes added a sacrifice fly. Jay Bruce singled and doubled, and was the only Met with more than one hit.

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The Mets (41-47) go for the sweep in the series finale against the Rockies (52-41) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Steven Matz (2-2, 3.05 ERA) will try to get back on track after allowing five runs on seven hits against the Cardinals his last time out. He will face the Rockies for the second time in his career. He allowed two runs on 10 hits against the Rockies on July 29, 2016. He has seven wins and a 1.99 ERA in 11 career starts during the day.

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Can the Mets go on a run? 00:03:48
Mets Insider takes a look at how the team can make a run in the second half of the season

The Mets will open the second half by starting Jacob deGrom on Friday, Seth Lugo on Saturday and Steven Matz on Sunday when they face the Colorado Rockies next weekend.

DeGrom, who is 9-3 with a 3.65 ERA, has won each of hs last five starts, recording a 1.62 ERA and striking out 36 batters in 39 innings.

Lugo is 3-2 with a 4.59 ERA in six appearances (five starts) since he made his season debut in mid-June. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-0 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon.

 

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

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

1) Steven Matz suffered through his worst start of the season, allowing five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. In his sixth start since returning from the disabled list, Matz walked one, struck out one and allowed two home runs.

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(Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

After losing over two months of the season to a somewhat mysterious elbow injury, Steven Matz's return has been a much-needed salve to a beleaguered rotation.

Coming off a scoreless effort in Washington, Matz dropped his ERA to 2.12 -- a career best -- and continued a season-long streak of starts of six or more innings pitched.

However, there may still be concerns ahead for Matz, the most notable of which is a huge drop in his strikeout rate. He's notched less than six strikeouts per 9.0 innings, well below league average, and nearly three full strikeouts lower than his 2015 and 2016 rates. His swinging strike rate is way down and contact rate is way up. In short, he's not fooling anyone. When he does throw out of the zone, he gets few chases and a lot of contact.

Part of this inability to miss bats may be a result of a very different pitch distribution. He's throwing hardly any sliders and when he does throw them he's averaging 2 miles per hour less than in prior years. Instead, his curveball usage has soared -- nearly a quarter of the pitches he has thrown all year have been curveballs -- despite the fact that his curveball isn't as sharp or effective as in prior years...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/3 00:03:03
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Ryan Raburn blooped a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth off Fernando Salas to give the Nationals a 3-2 win. Paul Sewald and Josh Edgin put two runners on via walks before Salas entered. Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field after his failed attempt to catch Raburn's hit with what Terry Collins labeled a hamstring cramp.

2) Curtis Granderson launched a pinch-hit, game-tying two-run homer on an 0-2 count off the Nationals' Matt Albers with two outs in the ninth and the Mets trailing 2-0.

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

The Mets (38-43) begin a six-game road trip, first with NL East-leading Nationals (48-34) at Nationals Park on Monday at 6:05 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets took two of three games over the weekend against the Phillies. They are winners of four of their last five. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (2.67 ERA/4.99 FIP, 1.07 WHIP) who earned the win in his last start against the Marlins. He didn't allow a run while striking out four and walking one in seven innings. 

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Mets react to blowout win 00:05:45
Terry Collins, Asdrubal Cabrera and Steven Matz react to the Mets' dominant showing in Miami, as they beat the Marlins, 8-0.

Mets LHP Steven Matz picked up his second win of the year Wednesday, allowing six hits and one walk during seven scoreless innings against the Marlins.

Matz, who worked through first two innings unscathed, escaped a jam in the third with two runners on when he got Giancarlo Stanton to hit into a double play. Matz then induced an inning-ending double play from Christian Yelich in the sixth.

In the end, Matz threw 64 strikes with 110 pitches, after which he said he relied on his curveball at times to get weak contact.

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