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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.

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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.

 

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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. 

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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."

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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

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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.

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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...

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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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)
(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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/28 00:03:50
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-0 win over the Marlins.

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

1) Matz was strong from the get-go, as he allowed just six hits and one walk with four strikeouts over seven strong innings. He's now thrown seven innings in three of his four starts this season. 

2) Asdrubal Cabrera got things started for the Mets with a two-run homer in the first inning. Jose Reyes, who had been hitting .183 in June, collected his third three-hit game of the season and drove in a run with a single in the first. Curtis Granderson went deep for the second straight day with a two-run shot in the seventh. 

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The Mets (34-42) continue their three-game series against the Miami Marlins (35-40) at Marlins Park in Miami on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

New York is coming off a 6-3 loss to the Marlins in the opener on Tuesday, which snapped its three-game winning streak. The Mets have now lost four games in a row. Curtis Granderson homered to lead off the game for the third time in six games and Travis d'Arnaud also homered while driving in two runs.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.10 WHIP) makes his fourth start of the season and third on the road. The left-hander surrendered three runs over six innings during a no-decision against the Dodgers on Thursday in the Mets' 6-3 loss...

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Matz pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Credit. Richard Mackson USA TODAY
Matz pitches against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Credit. Richard Mackson USA TODAY

In only his third start of the season, LHP Steven Matz surrendered a career-high five walks Thursday night as the Dodgers completed a four-game sweep of the Mets.

Matz, who started the season on the disabled list, pitched six innings and allowed three runs and three hits, two of which were home runs, while striking out eight batters.

"There's a lot of nights I've been to Dodger Stadium where the ball doesn't fly. And it flew out of here this series like nothing," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/22 00:03:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Dodgers.

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

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

1) Joc Pederson's solo home run of Paul Sewald in the seventh snapped a 3-3 tie and propelled the Dodgers to a four-game sweep of the Mets. It's the fifth time New York has been swept this season.

2) Steven Matz allowed three runs on three hits -- two home runs -- and a career-high five walks over six innings. The left-hander struck out a season-best eight in his third start of the season.

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The Mets (31-40) play the final game of a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (47-26) at Dodger Stadium on Thursday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Dodgers beat the Mets, 8-2, Wednesday as New York suffered their third straight loss. Curtis Granderson provided the offense, going 3-for-5 with a homer, double and two RBI.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (3.21 ERA/ 5.27 FIP, 1.00 WHIP) who lost in his last outing against the Nationals. He allowed four runs on eight hits, including three homers in seven innings. It was Matz second start since returning from the DL earlier this month. 

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Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2016; Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have been hurt by injuries up and down the lineup, and by consistent ineptitude in the field, but the more significant culprit is clearly their pitching.

It wasn't supposed to be this way. Even with an injury-plagued rotation, the 2016 Mets surpassed expectations and ranked as one of the top staffs in the league. With nearly all of last year's successful hurlers returning (Bartolo Colon, who is struggling mightily in Atlanta this year, being the lone exception), reasonable projections anticipated similar results, even if not quite up to 2016's exceptional standards.

Instead, Mets fans have watched nothing short of an unmitigated disaster unfold in the rotation, one start at a time...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Maggie Wiggin
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Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Tyler Pill is heading to LA as he will likely be the starter for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, per New York Post's Mike Puma. 

Puma noted Monday that the Mets will have RHP Rafael Montero start Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, since he pitched 3.2 innings on Monday, he won't be available. 

The Mets have not officially announced that Pill will be starting Wednesday. For now, Robert Gsellman will take the mound on Tuesday, Steven Matz on Thursday, Seth Lugo on Friday and Jacob deGrom on Saturday.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/16 00:03:28
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Nationals.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed three home runs, which is the most he's given up in a game during his career.

2) Jay Bruce's homer was his 18th of the season. He is now tied for fifth in all of baseball in home runs. 

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The Mets (30-35) continue a four-game series with the Nationals (40-26) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Robert Gsellman was hit hard as the Mets lost the series-opener to the Nationals, 8-3, on Thursday night.

The Mets have hit 27 home runs over their last 13 games and 41 home runs over their last 24 games. ... The Mets are 0-4 against the Nationals at Citi Field this season. ... The Mets are 8-4-2 in their last 14 series.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (1.29 ERA/2.99 FIP, 0.86 WHIP), who allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out two in 7.0 innings against the Braves last Saturday during what was his first start of the season after returning from an elbow injury...

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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets will continue using a six-man rotation even though Matt Harvey will miss several weeks due to a shoulder injury, GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday.

The rotation currently includes Jacob deGromZack WheelerRobert GsellmanSteven Matz, and Seth Lugo.

The Mets have not yet said who the sixth pitcher will be, but the expectation is that it will be Tyler Pill (currently with Triple-A Las Vegas) or Rafael Montero.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets will conclude their series with the Braves on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET.

Seth Lugo will make his 2017 debut after recovering from a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. In 17 games for the Mets last season, Lugo went 5-2 with a 2.67 ERA.

Jaime Garcia (2-4, 3.21 ERA) will start for the Braves. 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Steven Matz limited the Braves to just one run in seven innings and earned the win in his first start of the season on Saturday.

Matz kept the Braves off the board until the seventh inning, when Johan Camargo's RBI single plated Danby Swanson. In total, he allowed five hits, two strikeouts, and one walk.

Matz, 26, made four starts in spring training but subsequently suffered left elbow inflammation, which sidelined him for the first portion of the season. He made four rehab starts before making his debut on Saturday, pitching three games for Triple-A Las Vegas and one for Single-A St. Lucie.

Matz went 9-8 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets in 2016. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/10 00:02:55
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' doubleheader sweep over the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Steven Matz took a shutout into the seventh inning and ultimately allowed one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts over seven frames. It was Matz's first big league start since last Aug. 16.

2) Jay Bruce extended his hitting streak to seven games with his team-leading 16th home run, a three-run shot in the fifth that broke open a scoreless game. T.J. Rivera connected on a pinch-hit homer in the seventh, Travis d'Arnaud had a sacrifice fly and Juan Lagares doubled in two runs in the ninth.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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 (Scott Rovak)
(Scott Rovak)

The Mets have optioned INF Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday to make room for LHP Steven Matz on the roster.

Matz, who has been out all season due to an elbow injury, is starting Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Braves in Atlanta.

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The Mets (25-33) will play a doubleheader with the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at SunTrust Park. The first game will begin at 1 p.m. on SNY, while the second game will begin at 6 p.m.

Yoenis Cespedes will return to the Mets and play his first game since landing on the disabled list on April 28. Steven Matz will make his debut after working his way back from left elbow inflammation. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Inside Word: Mets rotation 00:04:00
Marc Carig and Steve Gelbs wonder if the Mets' consideration to use a six-man rotation will come to fruition and how it could help them.

The Mets will begin using a six-man rotation after their doubleheader against the Braves this coming Saturday, manager Terry Collins said on Friday.

The potential six-man rotation would include either Tyler Pill or Robert Gsellman, with the Mets considering 'many scenarios,' Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported on Monday.

Steven Matz (elbow) and Seth Lugo (partially torn UCL) are set to return to the starting rotation on Saturday and Sunday respectively after missing the first two months of the season, joining a rotation that includes Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Zack Wheeler.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins reacts after losing a video replay challenge during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets manager Terry Collins said he was disappointed by his team's pitching staff after Sunday's 11-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, their fourth in the past five games, dropped New York to seven games under .500.

"We haven't pitched," Collins said, according to Newsday's Mark Hermann. "We haven't pitched like we can. This game is about pitching."

The Mets gave up 11 runs (nine earned) and 15 hits on Sunday, as their 4.91 team ERA ranks among the worst in the majors. By comparison, the Mets ranked third in team ERA last year and fourth in 2015, when they made it to the World Series.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Seth Lugo and Steven Matz will return to the starting rotation and pitch next weekend, Terry Collins confirmed on Sunday.

Collins said earlier in the week that Matz and Lugo were on target to return next weekend, pending any setbacks, but said following Saturday's rehab outings that the pitchers were "definitely in." One of the pitchers will pitch in the second game of the team's doubleheader in Atlanta on Saturday, while the other will pitch in the series finale on Sunday, Collins said. 

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Alderson with injury updates 00:00:56
Mets GM Sandy Alderson says the impending returns of Seth Lugo and Steven Matz means Robert Gsellman will likely head to the bullpen.

Mets pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will both make one more rehab start this week before they return to the majors.

Matz will start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, while Lugo will start for Double-A Binghamton on Friday. 

When they return to the majors they will both be in the rotation, with Robert Gsellman likely moving to the bullpen, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

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Mets' pitching depth to return 00:04:07
Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig discuss how the return of pitchers Steven Matz and Seth Lugo will affect the Mets' starting rotation and bullpen.

After a week of vagueness regarding injuries and estimated timetables for player returns, general manager Sandy Alderson was quite direct Monday in outlining the Mets' short-term plans regarding their pitching.

Steven Matz and Seth Lugo, both of whom made rehab starts on Sunday, will make one more appearance apiece in the minors before being activated from the disabled list and getting slotted into the rotation. And that leaves Robert Gsellman the odd-man out and headed to the bullpen...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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May 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) is shown in the dugout before their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
May 3, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) is shown in the dugout before their game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

The Mets are trying to hold things together. The goal during May and June has not necessarily been to make up all the ground lost in April. Instead, the goal is to simply keep the season alive and not drop so far behind that coaches start getting fired, players get traded, fans become angry and the season ends before it ever really started.

Despite a recent seven-game losing streak, the Mets have somehow kept it together the last 30 days and are seemingly in position to at least do the same in June...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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