Tim Reilly

Tim Reilly is a Digital News Desk Editor for SNY.tv, writing about all things New York-sports related. He also has his own blog, Big Apple Baseball Blog, where he writes about the Mets and Yankees. Yada, yada, yada - he watches a lot of Seinfeld.

Aug 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is helped off of the field after dislocating his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is helped off of the field after dislocating his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The hits kept on coming for the Mets this week, and not in a good way.

David Wright terminated his rehab assignment Monday as he continued to feel pain in his shoulder after playing in just three games with St. Lucie. On Monday, it was announced that Wright will have surgery to repair his right rotator cuff.

Otherwise, it was another rough week for the Mets. First they dropped two of three games in Cincinnati. From there it was a trip to Houston and a sweep at the hands of the Astros. New York did manage to beat the Phillies on Labor Day.

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Aug 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is helped off of the field after dislocating his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) is helped off of the field after dislocating his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

The hits kept on coming for the Mets this week, and not in a good way.

David Wright terminated his rehab assignment Monday as he continued to feel pain in his shoulder after playing in just three games with St. Lucie. On Monday, it was announced that Wright will have surgery to repair his right rotator cuff.

Otherwise, it was another rough week for the Mets. First they dropped two of three games in Cincinnati. From there it was a trip to Houston and a sweep at the hands of the Astros. New York did manage to beat the Phillies on Labor Day.

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Aug 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) after hitting a three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrates with shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) after hitting a three run home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

This was a week of subtractions and additions for the Mets. Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce and Neil Walker were all shipped out of town. With the departure of those veterans, top prospect Dominc Smith was promoted and will see the majority of playing time at first base down the stretch. He joins fellow rookie Amed Rosario on the infield as the two look to become mainstays for years to come.

The Mets had a productive week on the field, winning four out of six games. Texas visited Citi Field for a short two-game set during the week and came away with a split. New York traveled to the friendly confines of Citizen Bank Park for a four-game series to close out the week and took care of business, winning three of four games against the Phillies.

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Jul 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Jul 28, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a solo-home run against the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

GM Sandy Alderson made a pair of moves prior to the trade deadline. First he shipped first baseman Lucas Duda to Tampa Bay in exchange for Drew Smith, a hard-throwing Minor League reliever. It appeared the Mets were on track to remain sellers until Alderson made a surprising deal to acquire Marlins' closer A.J. Ramos for a pair of pitching prospects. Ramos is arbitration eligible next season before becoming a free agent. He could create a formidable backend of the bullpen with Jeurys Familia in 2018.

After starting the week strong on the West Coast by taking the first two games in San Diego, the Mets finished the series in disappointing fashion by dropping the next two and earned a series split. In the series opener against the Mariners, the Mets would bounce back thanks to a pair of Michael Conforto home runs in a homecoming of sorts as he grew out just outside of Seattle. Jacob deGrom saw his seven-game winning streak come to an end Saturday in a loss. DeGrom struggled early but recovered nicely to still put forth a solid effort in defeat. Seth Lugo was unable to put it together as the Mets ended the week on a sour note, losing the series in Seattle.

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Michael Conforto represented the Mets in the All-Star Game and finished 1-for-2 with a single. At 24, Conforto was the youngest Met to appear in the Midsummer Classic since Jose Reyes.

Amed Rosario and Dominc Smith are doing their part to force Sandy Alderson into some difficult decisions. The two are ranked among the top prospects in baseball and could round out the infield by seasons end.

After undergoing a procedure in May to remove a blood clot, Jeurys Familia has begun a throwing program and has his hopes set on a 2017 return. Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey are not far behind Familia as both pitchers are expected to begin programs of their own soon as they work back from injuries.

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Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 24, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws to the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

With the Mets struggling and failing to live up to playoff expectations, the front office may soon begin fielding offers on veteran talent in order to build towards the future. Addison ReedJay Bruce, Curtis GrandersonLucas Duda and Neil Walker are among the names that have been reportedly floated around on the trade market.

The Mets began their West Coast swing with a stop in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. LA was not kind to the Mets, as they were swept in a four-game series. The team's fortunes would change in San Francisco with an offensive outburst that powered an 11-4 win in the series opener Friday night. Yoenis CespedesMichael Conforto, Lucas Duda and Asdrubal Cabrera each racked up three hits. 

Speaking of Cabrera, he has battled through injuries and struggled defensively this season. He has been playing with diminished range at shortstop and the team officially asked Cabrera to make the move to second and/or third base. Cabrera was not happy with the request and has since asked to be traded.

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Jun 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) in the dugout in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After winning the first two of a four-game series against the Brewers, the Mets finished with a disappointing split. Jacob deGrom was knocked around in Wednesday's 7-1 loss and the offense was unable to get anything going in support of Zack Wheeler on Thursday in a 2-1 defeat.

New York's fortunes didn't fare much better Friday, when they began a series with the visiting Pirates. Matt Harvey struggled on the mound, allowing five runs over five-plus innings of work. He was able to exit with a lead as the offense provided plenty of support, led by Lucas Duda's two home runs and a long ball from Michael Conforto. But, the bullpen faltered and the Mets were unable to keep pace in a 12-7 loss.

Home runs from Jay BruceNeil Walker and Wilmer Flores each went deep Saturday to help the Mets return to their winning ways. Robert Gsellman put together a strong start in what might have been his final turn in the rotation and Addison Reed shut the door with a six-out save. The Mets' poor pitching caught up with them once more in the rubber game Sunday. Rookie Tyler Pill was unable to escape trouble in the Mets' 11-1 loss as they dropped the series to the Pirates.

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May 10, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing four runs in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 10, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing four runs in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets started their week off on a high note, taking the first two games against the Giants to secure their fourth straight series victory. However, things took a turn for the worst Wednesday. In a matinee affair to close out their series against the Giants, Jeurys Familia entered with a one-run lead in the ninth inning and allowed four runs as he recorded his first blown save of the season in a 6-5 loss.

Frustrations only grew Thursday when it was reported that Familia was dealing with an arterial clot and would undergo surgery the following day that will cause him to miss several months, and possibly the remainder of the season. The Familia news is just the latest sour note for the Mets in what has been an injury-riddled season thus far, writes Adam Rubin

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Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

The Giants will be sending four players to the Pro Bowl; WR Odell Beckham Jr., CB Janoris Jenkins, S Landon Collins and Dwayne Harris for his work on special teams.

This is the third Pro Bowl Beckham has been named to in as many years while Jenkins, Collins and Harris will each be making their first appearance.

Beckham has 85 receptions, 10 touchdowns and 1,173 receiving yards this season.

"It is exciting," Beckham said after being informed of making a third straight Pro Bowl. "It is cool to be on a team with multiple Pro Bowlers, so it is a huge accomplishment for myself and my teammates."

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Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) looks on in disbelief after getting called for pass interference in the first quarter of the game with the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.  (Bruce Kluckhohn (USA Today))
Oct 3, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) looks on in disbelief after getting called for pass interference in the first quarter of the game with the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Bruce Kluckhohn (USA Today))

Janoris Jenkins was made available to the media Tuesday and spoke about his status after leaving Sunday's game in the second quarter due to a back injury.

"I'm feeling good. I'm feeling alright," said Jenkins, regarding his health and if he will play in Thursday's game. "I am just focused on getting better every day and we will see what happens."

Jenkins took a knee to his back from teammate Trevin Wade. According to Jenkins, he tried to return in the second half against the Lions but was shut down by team doctors.

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 (Robert Deutsch (USA Today))
(Robert Deutsch (USA Today))

In what might have been Victor Cruz's final home game as a member of the Giants, the team came away with a victory against the Lions, 17-6.

Cruz finished with only one reception for 29 yards. Though his contributions were limited, he was encouraged by the team's well-balanced offensive attack against the Lions.

"It helps a lot. Obviously it keeps defenses off balance because they don't know what's coming. You want to make sure that you are keeping them off balance," Cruz said. "Being that way today really helped, especially that opening drive, getting the ball in the end zone, running the ball well, getting the first down, that's what we want to do."

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Jeane Coakley interviews Bryce Petty to discuss his game plan for the week and how he's handling his role on the Jets this season.

With Geno Smith suffering a season-ending injury and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick performing at an inconsistent level, while nursing a knee injury of his own, it could soon be Bryce Petty's time under center for the Jets.

While serving as the second- and third-string quarterback this season, Petty has continued to keep the same mindset in his preparation all year.

"For me, my game plan hasn't changed. It really hasn't changed since I got here,' said Petty to SNY's Jeane Coakley. "Last year I prepared like I was the starter and if that opportunity presents itself than you're ready.

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New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs for a touchdown ahead of Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (53), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.  (Lynne Sladky)
New York Jets running back Matt Forte (22) runs for a touchdown ahead of Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jelani Jenkins (53), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky)

In what was a seesaw affair in Miami, a late kickoff return doomed the Jets on Sunday.

After a botched punt attempt by the Dolphins gave the Jets prime field positioning, Ryan Fitzpatrick found Jailin Marshall in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown to take the lead late in the fourth quarter.

However, on the corresponding kickoff, Kenyan Drake scored untouched on a 96-yard return with 5:15 left to put the Dolphins up for good as the Jets fell short in Miami, 27-23.

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Joe Namath on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. (Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today)
Joe Namath on the red carpet prior to the NFL Honors award ceremony at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. (Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today)

Brandon Marshall wants legendary Jets quarterback Joe Namath to think before he tweets about his former team (NY Daily News, Oct. 30).After current starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick struggled in the first half Sunday, completing just 3 of 14 passes, Namath called for a change to be made.Fitzpatrick silenced Broadway Joe by leading touchdown drives of 78, 84 and 81 yards to begin the second half as the Jets overcame a 13-point deficit in a 31-28 victory in Cleveland.When Namath's tweet was brought to the attention of Marshall following the game he was quick to come to his quarterbacks defense.

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Bryce Petty (Bill Streicher - USA Today)
Bryce Petty (Bill Streicher - USA Today)

The Jets have replaced starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick with Geno Smith, who will make his first start of the season Sunday against the Ravens.Despite having four quarterbacks on the active roster, head coach Todd Bowles said only Smith was considered to replace Fitzpatrick, citing a lack of practice time from Bryce Petty and the inexperience of rookie Christian Hackenberg as his reasoning. Petty, 25, was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Baylor."Bryce (Petty) has only practiced for a week and Hack's (Christian Hackenberg) not ready. It was Geno or Fitz," said Bowles. "He needs to practice a good bit. He needs to practice a good bit and get some reps. A week coming back after over a month, he needs to practice a little while."

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Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium.  (Brad Penner - USA Today)
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner - USA Today)

Odell Beckham Jr. has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.On Sunday, Beckham was the catalyst that led the Giants' second-half surge in a 27-23 victory against the Ravens. He totaled 11 receptions and 222 receiving yards, eight and 211 coming in the second half alone, and found the end zone twice.With 1:24 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Giants trailing 23-20, Beckham scored a game-winning 66-yard touchdown.

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Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.
Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.

The Mets have four prospects playing in the Arizona Fall league: SS Gavin Cecchini, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Champ Stuart and OF Tim Tebow.Here is how each of them faired after the first week of games at the AFL...

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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)

Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, said his client will be fully healthy by the start of Spring Training following season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

"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.

"It was really just a nerve compression. He didn't have sensation [in his fingers]. And so clearly, the procedure allowed that relief where the nerve is now free and he should have full feeling in his hand," Boras continued. "This is not like a Tommy John, where you have a ligament issue. It's really about relief of nerve compression."

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In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Noah Syndergaard interviews his teammate and roommate Michael Conforto.

Noah Syndergaard improved to 13-8 on the season after the Mets completed a sweep of the Reds with a 6-3 victory Wednesday.

Although Syndergaard threw five shutout innings, his command was noticeably off during a hot and humid afternoon game in Cincinnati.

"I would be lying if I said the heat didn't get to me a bit," Syndergaard said following the game. "And the early start time wasn't the best, but you've just got to go out there and pitch your game."

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Collins and Syndergaard discuss the pitching performance and Syndergaard's home run in the fifth inning.

Noah Syndergaard gave his best effort towards being a one-man show in last night's 7-5 victory against the D-backs.

Syndergaard allowed four runs, two of which were earned, over 5 2/3 innings pitched. Although he struggled with pitch efficiency and dealt with poor defense behind him, Syndergaard looked good and was able to earn his first win since July 3.

"My arm felt great out there," Syndergaard said. "It felt like it was a step in the right direction. … These past five days, I've spent a lot of time on the mound trying to get back on track and get outside of my comfort zone, in terms of changing my mechanics a little bit and staying closed longer and using my lower half to generate a lot of force, and I think it really showed out there on the mound."

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Neil Walker celebrates a clutch two-run home run against the Tigers with his teammates on Sunday.  (Duane Burleson)
Neil Walker celebrates a clutch two-run home run against the Tigers with his teammates on Sunday. (Duane Burleson)

With the Mets looking for a second-half spark, they once again turned to the trade market and struck a deal shortly before the deadline with Cincinnati for outfielder Jay Bruce. After early derailments left the deal in doubt, the two sides were able to come to an agreement with the Mets sending minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and minor league left-hander Max Wotell to the Reds.

Bruce, 29, led the National League in RBI at the time of his arrival and has a team option left on his deal worth $12.5 million next season.

Sandy Alderson also re-acquired a familiar face in left-handed pitcher Jon Niese from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for reliever Antonio Bastardo. Niese is expected to serve in a swingman role out of the bullpen with the possibility of making spot starts.

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Should the Mets extend Cespedes? 00:03:43
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis discuss whether or not the Mets should extend Yoenis Cespdes' contract before the season ends.

The Mets have reaped the benefits of re-signing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes this season.

Cespedes, 30, put together a first half performance that garnered him All-Star Game honors. In 80 games played, he is batting .302 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI.

Since his arrival at the trade deadline last season, Cespedes has provided the Mets with a dynamic power bat in the middle of their lineup that carried them down the stretch in 2015.

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Syndergaard, who is dealing with a reported dead arm, will miss the All-Star Game. (Andy Marlin)
Syndergaard, who is dealing with a reported dead arm, will miss the All-Star Game. (Andy Marlin)

Noah Synergaard and Yoenis Cespedes will not participate in the 2016 All-Star Game due to recent injury concerns, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

During the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday night, Syndergaard and Cespedes each exited the game early.

Syndergaard, who was in the running to be named the National League's starting pitcher, left after feeling what he described as a dead arm.

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Mark J. Rebilas)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will likely require a day off on a consistent basis for the rest of the season due to continued issues with his knee, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

On Friday night, Teixeira exited the Yankees' 10-2 loss to the Indians early after citing that his knee was acting up to manager Joe Girardi.

For the duration of this season Teixeira is expected to receive lubricant injections in his knee in order to alleviate the pain. Surgery has not been ruled out as an option following the season.

Teixeira, 36, is hitting just .188 with seven home runs and 19 RBI this season. 

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New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period of game two of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Update 6/17 9:15 am: 

Islanders GM Garth Snow conducted an interview with SiriusXM NHL on Friday morning

When asked about the future of unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo Snow responded, "We wish him nothing but the best."


Islanders winger Kyle Okposo is "all but certain" to become a free agent, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Jun 10, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 11 innings at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
Jun 10, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) celebrates with catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 in 11 innings at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets spent this past week on the road in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. 

After Monday's game was rained out, the Mets played a traditional doubleheader against the Pirates on Tuesday. New York dropped both games, including the matinee against former Mets pitcher Jon Niese. 

It was Deja vu for Kelly Johnson and the Mets on Tuesday. Johnson was once again acquired by New York from Atlanta, this time in exchange for Triple-A pitcher Akeel Morris. The hope is that Johnson will provide some versatility off the bench and a security blanket at third base for the injured David Wright

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New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg working through drills at OTA's.  (Noah K. Murray)
New York Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg working through drills at OTA's. (Noah K. Murray)

New York Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey spoke with the media following Wednesday's OTA. Here is what we learned from Gailey, who is in his second season running the Jets offense:

  • "We've improved our roster from top to bottom on offense. We took baby steps last year, it's time to take longer steps now," Gailey said.
  • Regarding rookie QB Christian Hackenberg: "He's a work in progress, as we all are."
  • "Every rookie quarterback would benefit from sitting and learning," Gailey said on the notion of Hackenberg playing in his rookie season. "His upside is very good, in our opinion."
  • Geno Smith is "mentally" ahead of where he was last season.
  • When asked if he is comfortable with Geno as the Jets starting QB, Gailey responded: "We're comfortable with whoever wins the job."
  • He won't try to figure out how RB Matt Forte fits into his system, but rather how he can adjust the offensive scheme to use all of his abilities.
  • "You'd like to have everybody here for everybody to have the opportunity to get better, but at the same time it is voluntary," Gailey said regarding the absence of WR's Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall on Tuesday and Wednesday
  • When asked about free agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Gailey responded "I coach who walks through the door."

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Gailey's answer on incorporating Matt Forte into the offense perfectly encapsulates the way he approaches football. Gailey would rather use the system to enhance his players rather than the players to enhance his system. Personally, I see Forte as an upgraded version of Bilal Powell. Forte can run between the tackles but his best work has been done in the passing game much like Powell demonstrated in 2015.  

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May 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
May 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

The New York Mets started off their week by welcoming the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to Citi Field.

Noah Syndergaard started the series off on a high note by outdueling Max Scherzer on Tuesday night. Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto each hit solo home runs and that was all the offense needed in a 2-0 victory.

The good times didn't last for long, though. New York was kicked around the next two nights by Washington. First losing 7-1 and then dropping the series finale, 9-1.

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Noah Syndergaard has 29 strikeouts through his first three starts this season.  (Bill Streicher)
Noah Syndergaard has 29 strikeouts through his first three starts this season. (Bill Streicher)

The Mets got back to .500 on Monday night thanks to another dominant performance from Noah Syndergaard, who allowed one run and struck out eight through seven innings - raising his ERA to 0.90.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, in the last 100 years, only Randy Johnson (5) has struck out at least eight batters and allowed one run or less in each start more times to begin a season.

Syndergaard has 29 strikeouts in 20 innings this season, giving him the Major League lead. He is just one strike outs behind Pedro Martinez (2005) for the most in franchise history through three starts.

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Steve Pikiell speaks to the media during a practice day before the first round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)
Steve Pikiell speaks to the media during a practice day before the first round of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)

Rutgers has added Jay Young to its men's basketball coaching staff, a source told SNY.tv.

"It's done," the source said.

Young has worked with head coach Steve Pikiell since 2005 with Stony Brook and is the latest hire to join his staff. Pikiell hired Karl Hobbs from UConn to be his associate head coach last week.

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Josh Pastner will be leaving Memphis to become the next head coach at Georgia Tech. (Justin Ford)
Josh Pastner will be leaving Memphis to become the next head coach at Georgia Tech. (Justin Ford)

Georgia Tech named former Memphis coach Josh Pastner its new head coach on Friday.

Pastner, 38, has coached Memphis for the past seven seasons, compiling a record of 167-73 and averaging more than 24 wins per year. He led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament in four of his seven seasons, but failed to do so the last two years, with a combined record of 37-29 over that time.

Gary Parish of CBS Sports reported that the deal was done after the $10.6 million buyout in Pastner's Memphis contract was an initial hold up.  

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Tony Wroten expects to be starting for the Knicks next season.  (John Geliebter)
Tony Wroten expects to be starting for the Knicks next season. (John Geliebter)

Tony Wroten believes he will be the Knicks starting point guard next season, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Wroten, who will turn 23 on April 13, signed with New York as a free agent on March 16 after being waived by the 76ers. After tearing his ACL in January of last season, Wroten has continued to suffer from setbacks.

The Knicks are taking a flyer on Wroten, as they continue their search for a penetrating point guard who can defend the perimeter, which he has proven to be capable of, when healthy.

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Jim Henderson worked a spotless seventh inning yesterday in his first MLB appearance since 2014.  (Steve Mitchell)
Jim Henderson worked a spotless seventh inning yesterday in his first MLB appearance since 2014. (Steve Mitchell)

Jim Henderson, who signed a minor league contract this offseason with the Mets, was a bright spot in Tuesday's 2-0 win against the Royals.

Henderson, 33, worked a spotless seventh inning in New York's shutout. He looked sharp, striking out two, and hit 96 MPH on his final pitch in his first MLB appearance in roughly two years.

"That was exciting," Henderson said of Tuesday's debut. "I didn't really have the butterflies like I did in [my] debut and stuff, like I thought I might have. I probably was more nervous in spring training than I was today. I just felt under control in the bullpen the whole time, and then I just took that out to the game and was as aggressive as I could be out there."

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Neil Walker was given the Mets championship style belt after Tuesday's 2-0 win over Kansas City, the team showed its fans on Twitter.

Walker, who was acquired this offseason from Pittsburgh in exchange for Jon Niese, hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning that proved to be all the offense Noah Syndergaard and the bullpen needed in a shutout performance.

"I've heard a lot about it -- the mystique of it that comes along," Walker said of the belt, after the game. "That was a really cool moment to get it today, but I don't know if I completely deserve it. You saw what Noah did today. I think we'll split it."

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SNY.tv looks at the best plays of the season from Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson.

ESPN's Todd McShay released his latest NFL Mock Draft on Thursday and projects that the New York Giants will select Clemson defensive end Shaw Lawson with the No. 10 overall pick.

Lawson, 21, was the 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and earned first team All-American honors.

He recorded an FBS-leading 24.5 tackles for a loss and had 12.5 sacks last season.

Lawson was a force on a Clemson defensive unit that found its way into the National Championship game. 


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SNY.tv takes a look at the best plays of the season from Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch.

ESPN's Todd McShay released his latest NFL Mock Draft on Thursday and projects that the New York Jets will select Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch with the No. 20 overall pick.

Lynch, 22, is the third quarterback projected to be drafted in the first round by McShay.

In his junior season, Lynch threw for 3,778 yards and 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions for Memphis.

Lynch earned first team All-AAC honors and was a finalist for the Manning Award last season. 


Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Nets appear to be on different pages on a return date. (David Butler II)
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and the Nets appear to be on different pages on a return date. (David Butler II)

Brooklyn Nets guard Rondae Hollis-Jefferson told the media on Monday he may be shut down for the remainder of the season. In a strange turn of events, he was shortly thereafter listed as probable for Tuesday's game against Charlotte, according to Brian Lewis of the NY Post.

Hollis-Jefferson, 21, has missed 50 games this season after suffering a fractured posterior talus in his right ankle on Dec. 5.

The Nets rookie is preparing himself for either decision that will come down from the Brooklyn front office.

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New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (Seth Wenig/AP)

Ryan Fitzpatrick could emerge as a free agent target for the Los Angeles Rams this offseason, Vincent Bonsignore of the L.A. Daily News reported.

Ian Rapoport reported on Monday that contract negotiations between the Jets and Fitzpatrick were "far apart" and that he is now expected to hit the open market (March 7).

Jets head coach Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan have said this offseason that the team hopes to retain Fitzpatrick.

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom speaks with the media about having his contract renewed by the team.

Jacob deGrom had his contract renewed, making him the only non-arbitration eligible player with the Mets unable to agree on the value a new deal, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Since deGrom is under team control and not yet eligible for arbitration, it is the Mets' right to set the value of his contract.

The Mets have not opened up discussions about a possible long-term deal with deGrom, though he has expressed a willingness to sign one if he were approached.  

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Kristaps Porzingis, Arron Afflalo and Carmelo Anthony comment on the Knicks' 104-85 loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday at the Garden.

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The Knicks released a statement today on behalf of Carmelo Anthony:

"We are all frustrated by the team's recent results - everyone, including me, my teammates, coaches, and the fans. Last night, a fan and I let those frustrations get the best of us. I should not have responded the way I did."

 

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Ruben Tejada will be at Citi Field during the NLCS. (AP)
Ruben Tejada will be at Citi Field during the NLCS. (AP)

Four months after having his leg notoriously broken by Chase Utley with a slide during the NLDS, there's the possibility that infielder Ruben Tejada does not make the Mets Opening Day roster, writes Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

Tejada will likely break camp with the team, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, who says it's more likely he'll be traded than released if the Mets leave him off the roster.

The Mets four infield positions currently have starters penciled in. While Wilmer Flores appears set to serve as the team's utility infielder, a role that Tejada was initially vying for on this roster before the additions of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and second baseman Neil Walker.

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Wilmer Flores has a defined role with the Mets for the first time in his career this season.  (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Wilmer Flores has a defined role with the Mets for the first time in his career this season. (Dennis Wierzbicki)

Wilmer Flores will be putting in work this Spring Training to have himself prepared to serve as New York's super utility player, writes Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Flores, 24, has bounced around the diamond since joining the Mets organization in 2008. Last season he split time between shortstop and second base.

With the offseason signing of shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, the acquisition of second baseman Neil Walker, third baseman David Wright considered relatively healthy, all things considered, and Lucas Duda manning first base, Flores was marked as the odd man out for an everyday position. Thus having the Mets working to turn him into a "jack of all trades, master of none" type player during Spring Training.

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A view from outside Yankee Stadium, which will not require a physical or mobile ticket for entry. (Rich Barnes)
A view from outside Yankee Stadium, which will not require a physical or mobile ticket for entry. (Rich Barnes)

The New York Yankees will no longer allow fans to use print at home tickets, rather a physical ticket or mobile ticket will be required for entry into the stadium (Li, Feb. 18).

The Yankees have an exclusive partnership with Ticket Exchange, which will be the only outlet a mobile ticket can be purchased this season. Thus allowing the Yankees to corner much of their own secondary ticket market next season.

Fans will still be able to purchase tickets from StubHub and other outlets, but they will need to do so while leaving ample time to collect a physical ticket from the seller. Thus hurting the convenience of last minute purchasing that secondary ticket options have become known for. 


New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren (87) throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a Spring Training baseball game at Bright House Field in 2015. (Kim Klement)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren (87) throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a Spring Training baseball game at Bright House Field in 2015. (Kim Klement)

New York Yankees relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren has recovered from surgery to repair a bone spur and is ready to compete for a spot in the bullpen this spring, writes Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News.

After a strong start to the 2015 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees promoted Lindgren in May.

Lindgren, who will soon turn 23, made seven appearances and posted a 5.14 ERA before a bone spur injury prematurely ended his season. The Yankees were cautious with Lindgren and provided ample time for his recovery following his surgery.

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New York Jets running back Chris Ivory runs for first down during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory runs for first down during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor/USATSI)

With running back Chris Ivory set to become a free agent this offseason, he is all but a "goner" in New York, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

Cimini had this to write on the potential of Ivory returning to the Jets:

"Yep, he's a goner. Ivory, coming off his best year, will draw considerable interest in the open market. The Jets would like to keep him, but it's simply not realistic, considering their cap issues and other priorities."

Last season Ivory rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.

Ivory had 1,070 rushing yards and scored a career-high eight touchdowns in 15 games played with the Jets. 

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Jenrry Mejia (58) throwing at Spring Training last season. (Brad Barr)
Jenrry Mejia (58) throwing at Spring Training last season. (Brad Barr)

Jenrry Mejia's PED use, which has now led to an MLB lifetime ban, may have cost him roughly $47 million in future contract earnings, according to Tom Verducci of Sports Ilustrated.

The Mets still have control over Mejia and have the ability to tender him a contract after this season, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post notes (Feb. 15). 

However, Mejia has already missed the chance to appeal his suspension, meaning the earliest he'd be eligible to return to the majors is 2018.

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New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)
New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is carted off the field after a collision at second base during the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USATSI)

Ruben Tejada has still not heard directly from Chase Utley since his controversial slide in Game 2 of the NLDS broke Tejada's leg, according to Kevin Kernan of the NY Post.  

Tejada, 25, is hopefully that MLB's proposed rule change - otherwise known as The Utley Rule - will help better protect middle infielders.

"I'd like to see the fielder be protected,'' Tejada said. "It can be very dangerous. They have to make a little bit of an adjustment there.''

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Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant embrace while playing together for Team USA (Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE)
Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant embrace while playing together for Team USA (Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE)

Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant was "shocked" to hear about the firing of Knicks head coach Derek Fisher this week, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Durant, who can become a free agent this summer, is likely to be on the Knicks radar as they look to attract the seven-time All-Star to New York.

Fisher was a former teammate of Durant's in Oklahoma City and the two have remained close friends.

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Travis d'Arnayd in Game 1 of the NLCS at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)
Travis d'Arnayd in Game 1 of the NLCS at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Travis d'Arnaud was ranked as the tenth-best catcher in the Major Leagues by the MLB Network (MLBN, Feb. 11).

The rankings take into account both offensive and defensive metrics, along with 2016 projections.

D'Arnaud, 27, played in just 67 games last season after multiple injuries caused him to miss extended time.

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A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)
A general view of game action between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Norfolk State Spartans during the second half at High Point Solutions Stadium. (Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports Images)

Chris Carlin, who is the voice of Rutgers football and basketball, donated towards the university's athletic fund in the hopes of upgrading their facilities in an effort to better compete with their Big Ten counterparts (Politi, Feb. 12).

Rutgers joined the Big Ten in 2014 as part of the conferences expansion.

"You travel like I do to the Big Ten schools, if you put yourself in the shoes of a recruit, it is ridiculous what they have to work with," Carlin said. "If this is going to be what it can be at Rutgers, the investment has to be there."

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