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Collins, Gsellman on Mets defeat 00:05:12
Terry Collins and Robert Gsellman comment on the Mets' frustrating 8-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

The Mets will again try to rebound and split a rain-shortened two-game series with the Braves at Citi Field today at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

R.A. Dickey (1-2, 3.86) and Noah Syndergaard (1-1, 1.73 ERA) will face each other for the first time since they were involved in the same trade during 2012.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

Mets LHP Steven Matz and RHP Seth Lugo have both thrown from 120 feet while rehabbing their respective injuries and are expected to soon begin mound work, manager Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Matz, who has been out since the end of Spring Training due to a left arm injury, began a throwing program last Wednesday.

He could theoretically return around the end of May, though an exact timetable has not been set, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last week.

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Mets LHP Steven Matz, who has been out since the end of Spring Training due to a left arm injury, will begin a throwing program on Wednesday, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

He could theoretically return around the end of May, though an exact timetable has not been set, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.

Matz had told Carig earlier this month that his injury is "like a flexor strain, I strained my flexor. That's kind of what the feeling is, that the flexor tendon is kind of flaring up."

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Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

After the Mets lost an eventful series finale in Miami, Terry Collins reiterated his belief that pulling Jacob deGrom after 97 pitches on Saturday was the responsible decision. And given the conservatism across baseball these days, lifting deGrom should hardly be a head-scratcher...

Yet, it is worth noting that 85 times from Opening Day through Saturday a starter reached the 100-pitch plateau around the majors. And in only one of those instances it was a Mets pitcher who tossed triple-digits -- Noah Syndergaard, in a 5-2 win against Miami on April 9 at Citi Field (103 pitches).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Adam Rubin, SNY.tv:

Michael Conforto homered Wednesday as the Mets completed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving him a pair of long balls and a .538 on-base percentage in limited opportunities this season.

Yet the numbers that dictate Conforto no longer belongs in the minor leagues were posted last year. During a pair of stints with Triple-A Las Vegas, Conforto hit .422 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets GM Alderson on Steven Matz 00:00:49
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

Steven Matz's injury has led to frustration among Mets officials because they have yet to find out who diagnosed him with a flexor strain, according to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The Mets have interest in free agent RHP Doug Fisterreports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Fister is still seeking a major league deal, says Heyman, who speculates it's 'a little too late' for that.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon remains among the most popular figures in recent Mets history, as further evidenced by the warm reception he received when introduced with the Braves on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday. And given the Mets' suddenly thinner rotation, Colon certainly could have been useful had he remained for a fourth season in Queens.

Yet the decision to allow Colon to defect to Atlanta for $12.5 million on Nov. 17 ought not be second-guessed now that Seth Lugo reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and Steven Matz has disclosed he has a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow.

When Colon opposes Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night at Citi Field -- at 43 years, 315 days old -- the veteran right-hander will become the oldest pitcher in the majors to start one of a team's first two games of a season since Jamie Moyer with the Rockies at age 49 in 2012. And certainly there will be an expiration date on Colon's productivity at some point sooner than later, even if he appears ageless.

That's not what dissuaded the Mets from re-signing him, however.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Talk Live: Rotation 00:07:40
The guys on Mets Talk Live weigh the options for the Mets as they finalize their rotation before Opening Day.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Wheeler says he's ready 00:04:24
Zack Wheeler talks about his successful start Monday, and declares himself ready for the 2017 season.

The Mets played two split-squad games Monday, during which Seth Lugo started against the Nationals in St. Lucie, while Zack Wheeler started against the Marlins in Jupiter.

Following yesterday's news that Steven Matz will miss his next start due to elbow pain, it's been assumed that the team may need to choose between Lugo and Wheeler to be their fifth starter.

In Jupiter, Wheeler threw five scoreless innings, faced 19 batters, struck out three and allowed two hits.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:31
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Curtis Granderson homered twice and drove in five runs, but the Mets fell to the Marlins, 15-9, on Wednesday at First Data Field.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) Steven Matz allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in four innings.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)
White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Royals will look to trade center fielder Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas this summer if they're not contending for a playoff spot, the team's GM, Dayton Moore, told the NY Post's Joel Sherman this past weekend.

Similarly, the White Sox are likely to move 3B Todd Frazier and closer David Robertson - and possibly 1B Jose Abreu - their GM, Rick Hahn, told Sherman in a separate article for the Post.

"The long term is where the priority of the front office is right now," Hahn explained.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Matz back in action 00:04:12
Steven Matz pitched two scoreless innings against the Miami Marlins in his solid spring debut on the mound.

Mets LHP Steven Matz threw 39 pitches, while tossing two scoreless innings, during his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

He allowed three hits, walked none, struck out one, and had his fastball clocked between 91 and 93 mph, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Matz had surgery in late-September to remove a large bone spur from his pitching elbow. He ended his season early due to a rotator cuff impingement, which did not require surgery. Instead, Matz received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left shoulder.

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his spring training debut on Friday against the Houston Astros.

Syndergaard threw 20 of 29 pitches for strikes, walking two batters and allowing one hit. His fastball hit 98 mph while it hovered in the high 90s.

"I feel comfortable throwing all four pitches even though I didn't throw any curveballs," Syndergaard told reporters following his outing, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have played six Grapefruit League games this spring, during which none of their premiere starting pitchers have made an appearance.

Instead of starting Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz from the start of the exhibition season, the Mets intentionally delayed their first appearances as part of an overall strategy to help reduce the number of pitches they throw before Opening Day.

Finally, today at 1 pm ET on SNY, Syndergaard will make his first scheduled start, followed by deGrom on Saturday, Harvey on Sunday and Matz on Monday.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

RHP Zack Wheeler will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10 when the Mets visit the Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

Wheeler threw his first live batting practice Wednesday morning, and a scout watching said he looked "really good," although the batters were mostly just tracking the ball, according to the Daily News.

The Mets will begin using their expected regular starting pitchers in Spring Training games Thursday.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Thursday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Jacob deGrom on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday and Steven Matz on Monday...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets considered trading OF Michael Conforto for Tigers OF J.D. Martinez before re-signing Yoenis CespedesJon Heyman of FanRag sports reported.

According to Heyman, the Mets decided that one year of Martinez, who will be a free agent after this season, in exchange for Conforto, wasn't enough.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported on Jan. 5 that the Mets had made calls to Detroit about the possibility of trading for Martinez before agreeing to a four-year deal with Cespedes...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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 (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)
(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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I love watching the pitchers throw their bullpen sessions on the 10-pack on the back side of Tradition Field's training complex. There are a lot of people hanging around, from media, to coaches, to front office executives, multiple pitchers throwing at one time, multiple catchers, teammates tracking pitches and side conversations about mechanics and pitch section...

In the case of right-handed, side-arm reliever Ben Rowen, who signed a free-agent, minor-league contract, it was an opportunity for Dan Warthen to talk with him about his repertoire and how he approaches right-handed batters compared to left-handed batters...

Tags: Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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. (Steve Mitchell)
. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Steven Matz 00:03:16
GEICO SportsNite discusses what the expectations are surrounding lefty Steven Matz for the 2017 season.

LHP Steven Matz is doing what he can to avoid a year full of injuries like he experienced in 2016.

"I think it's the difference between working hard and working smart," Matz told Newsday's David Lennon. "I've got to just know that what works for me and what doesn't. Even if something may be beneficial to get me stronger, it could possibly throw off something else."

"When I try to muscle up or do any of that, I kind of fight myself," he continues. "I'm definitely going to try to stay within myself when I'm feeling healthy."

Matz had surgery in late-September to remove a large bone spur from his pitching elbow. He ended his season early due to a rotator cuff impingement, which Sandy Alderson said in November did not require surgery. Instead, Matz received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left shoulder.

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Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki pitches against the Staten Island Yankees (BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)
Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki pitches against the Staten Island Yankees (BrooklynBaseballBanter.com)

21-year-old Mets RHP Thomas Szapucki is the 60th-best prospect in baseball, according to a list recently published by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

"Szapucki came into 2016 as just another guy in the system," Law explains. "Then he delivered a true breakout season, as he moved from the Appy League to the New York-Penn League and dominated at both stops. ... He showed at least mid-rotation potential. ... This will be a big year for him."

The Mets drafted Szapucki out of his school with their fifth-round pick in 2015. He had a 1.99 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 89 strikeouts during 54.1 innings across three minor league levels in 2016.

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MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have the third-best starting rotation in baseball, an anonymous group of talent evaluators told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

The Red Sox and Cubs rank higher than the Mets mostly because of the New York staff's inability to remain healthy and be on the field at the same time.

"They need to actually get out there and do it," one executive told Olney of the Mets. "It's one thing to have a great arm, but you have to show that you can give 180-200 innings."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)
Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)

The Mets have not yet talked with their young starting pitchers about about multiyear-contract-extensions beyond their current deals, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters during a lunch Thursday at Citi Field.

"I don't see it as a pressing issue," Alderson said, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

In late-December, Alderson made a similar statement, saying he had no plans to talk contract extensions prior to spring training.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Yankees currently have 13-1 odds to win the World Series -- the same odds as the Mets -- according to information provided by The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The Cubs have the best odds at 3-1, followed by the Red Sox at 5-1, the Dodgers at 10-1, the Indians at 11-1, and the Nationals at 12-1.

The Yankees finished 84-78 last season after having a firesale over the summer -- including trades of Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Beltran -- missing the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz
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Darling on Mets pitching 00:04:12
Ron Darling thinks the Mets pitching staff can bounce back and have a magical season in 2017.

SNY analyst Ron Darling expects "a magical year" from the Mets rotation. The former Mets pitcher told the Daily News' John Harper expects the injury-plagued staff to perform at a high level in 2017.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Steven Matz expectations 00:03:48
The Mets Hot Stove panel discusses the expectation for Steven Matz next year.

Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com:

Steven Matz battled through bone spurs in his elbow for much of 2016 but had a strong sophmore season that secured his reputation as one of the better young lefties in the game -- if he can stay healthy.

While Matz understandably fell short of his ridiculous 2.27 ERA from his debut year, his 3.40 ERA was solid, backed up by close to a strikeout per inning and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.2 that puts him in the company of ace-level performers like Yu Darvish, Johnny Cueto, and Corey Kluber. 

Tags: Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz, whose 2016 season was cut short due to elbow and shoulder injuries, says he's on track for this coming season.

"I feel on track," Matz told Newsday on Thursday during his "Meet the Matz" pitching clinic at his alma mater, Ward Melville High School. "I'm really raring to go. I'm starting to get that itch for spring training coming around and I think a lot of the guys are. That seems to be the trend."

Matz' last start of 2016 came on Aug. 14. He then had surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow. The shoulder injury did not require surgery.

He added that he hopes to find a routine that allows him to stay healthy...

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Jun 5, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 5, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) delivers a pitch during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets will not be talking contract extensions with any of their current starting pitchers before spring training, Sandy Alderson said Dec. 24, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

"We're not thinking about it now, it really hasn't been our focus," Alderson told Ackert. "It's probably not something that is going to happen before we head to spring training."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Call to the Majors: Steven Matz 00:01:22
In the latest installment of Call to the Majors presented by Citi, Steven Matz recalls the day he was promoted to the Major Leagues.
Tags: Steven Matz

Mets looking for CF help? 00:06:04
Baseball Night in New York examines the Mets' center field situation and whether or not the team should make a trade.

The Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, but prices are high and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson need to be traded first, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote Dec. 19.

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said on record that he doesn't see himself trading both outfielders this winter. However, last month, a Mets official told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that it's possible...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

In an article for ESPN.com, David Schoenfield lists the Mets as one of six big-league teams in need of a better, everyday center fielder.

Obviously, I agree, having written about it over and over and over again during the Baseball Winter Meetings, while wishing the Mets might trade both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson and acquire Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) or sign Dexter Fowler (who eventually reached a four-year agreement with the Cardinals).

Sadly, none of these things happened. What's worse, multiple reports continue to indicate they will never happen. And, while that's disappointing, the asking price on these players has started to give even me pause, since they're ridiculously high...

For instance, "the Pirates recently turned down a nice offer of prospects," for McCutchen, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman, who says Pittsburgh is seeking major-league ready players in any deal they discuss.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Santa Clause Curse 00:01:57
On the day when Noah Syndergaard plays Santa Clause, the BNNY panel overreacts to the alleged Mets Santa Clause Curse.

Have you heard of the Curse of the Santa Suit? It began in 2004, when Mike Cameron played Santa Claus at the team's Kids Holiday Party after joining the Mets. 

The next season, an outfield collision with Carlos Beltran gave him a concussion and broke his nose and cheekbones.

This was only the beginning... 

Tags: David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the second time this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and his staff are planning to change the workload and routine of their starting pitchers, he told reporters Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Last month, Alderson said he is open to occasionally using a six-man rotation and mixing in spot starters so guys can get extended rest between appearances.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Steven Matz joins Mets Hot Stove 00:04:08
Steven Matz joins Steve Gelbs on Mets Hot Stove to examine his injury history and moving forward with his career.

Mets LHP Steven Matz has been cleared by the Mets and team doctors to proceed with his normal offseason routine, he told WOR radio Thursday.

"The doctors said, 'You're good to go,'" he told WOR's Pete McCarthy.

Matz had surgery in late September to remove a large bone spur from his pitching elbow. He ended his season early due to a rotator cuff impingement, which Sandy Alderson said in November did not require surgery. Instead, Matz received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left shoulder.

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Bartolo Colon recently signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal to pitch for the Braves next season, where he will join R.A. Dickey in 2017.

Nevertheless, even without Colon, the Mets are still set up to have a terrific starting rotation next season, able to lean on Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. However, their depth beyond them is a bit of a question mark...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Team doctors expect Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey to all be 100 percent healthy at the start of next season, ESPN's Buster Olney reported in October.

Nevertheless, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said this week that he will consider a variety of ways to better keep their starting pitchers healthy in 2017, such as occasionally using a six-man rotation and mixing in spot starters so guys can get extended rest between appearances.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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A scout is shown using a radar gun to measure the speed of New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)
A scout is shown using a radar gun to measure the speed of New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. (Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

The Hardball Times is analyzing MLB teams' scouting directors and scouts themselves. Its report lauds New York Mets scout Rudy Terrasas for landing players like Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, but faults scouts from the 1980s for not signing several key stars.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz
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Matt Harvey sits in the dugout after being pulled from the mound against the Colorado Rockies. (AP)
Matt Harvey sits in the dugout after being pulled from the mound against the Colorado Rockies. (AP)

Team doctors are telling the Mets that Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Matt Harvey should all be 100 percent healthy at the start of next season, ESPN's Buster Olney reported this past weekend.According to Olney, the Mets believe Harvey will be the biggest question mark as he returns from July surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). However, Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, recently said his client will be fully healthy by spring training."You kind of rely on the doctors here, and the doctor was extremely positive about the results of what he found when he did the operation, and the relief that he gave Matt," Boras told MLB.com. "This is not like a Tommy John, where you have a ligament issue. It's really about relief of nerve compression."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz
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Thank you, Mets, for a wild season. In spring training, settling for a wild card loss would have been a major disappointment. However, at 60-62 on Aug. 19, with 70 percent of the Opening Day lineup on the disabled list, simply getting to the wild card seemed like an unrealistic goal. Nevertheless, the Mets attained it. It was an amazing run and I'm glad I got to experience watching it.


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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The New York Mets face the San Francisco Giants in a one-game, winner-take-all Wild Card game at Citi Field tonight at 8:09 p.m. ET.



Noah Syndergaard gets the start tonight for the Mets, opposed by Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner

The Mets have to cut their roster to 25 players prior to the game >> Read more

Tags: Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Mets LHP Steven Matz had sucessful arthroscopic surgery to remove bone spurs from his left elbow on Tuesday, the team announced.

Matz also received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left shoulder.

He is expected to be fully recovered for Spring Training.

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Mets rookie LHP Steven Matz will have surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow on Tuesday, he told reporters Saturday...



Most Recent Update & Reaction (Sat., Oct. 1):

As GM Sandy Alderson had stated earlier, Matz will undegro the surgery in New York on Tuesday.

According to ESPN New York's Adam Rubin, Matz said his shoulder impingement will not require surgery, but he will get a platelet-rich plasma injection during the elbow surgery. 

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Noah Syndergaard allowed one run in six innings and the Mets' bats erupted as they beat the Marlins, 12-1, Tuesday night in Miami >> Read more

The Cardinals and Giants both won, meaning the Mets remain one loss up on the Giants and Cardinals for both Wild Card spots in the National League...


Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates his grand slam with third baseman Jose Reyes (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 3B Jose Reyes and SS Asdrubal Cabrera combined for eight RBI, again batting first and second in the order, as the Mets beat the Phillies, 17-0, at Citi Field on Sunday.

Cabrera, who hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, is batting .358 with 22 RBI in 34 games since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 19, during which the Mets are 22-12.

Reyes, who had four consecutive at bats with the bases loaded, scored twice and drove in four runs.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Sean Gilmartin, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Robert Gsellman struck out eight and did not allow a run in a dominant Mets' win over Philadelphia at Citi Field.

Mets rookie RHP Robert Gsellman threw seven scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in Sunday's 17-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 23-year-old Gsellman, who made his MLB debut Aug. 23, pitched into the seventh inning for the second time in his career. He allowed three hits -- all singles -- and two walks, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters he faced.

"I was working on my mechanics earlier to fix some stuff and it seemed to help out today," Gsellman said after the game, when asked about lasting seven innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Philadelphia Phillies, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets won two of three games from the Phillies over the weekend at Citi Field, including a 17-0 victory on Sunday, which was their last regular season home game of the season >> Read more

The Giant and Cardinals both lost on Sunday. With six games left in the season, the Mets are now one game ahead of the Giants for the first Wild Card spot and 1.5 games up on the Cardinals...


Tags: Bartolo Colon, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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