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Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

The Nationals are hiring Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez as their next manager, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "more likely than not" to switch teams after losing out on becoming manager for the Mets, FanRag.com's Jon Heyman reported Thursday.

The Mets recently gave permission to the Nationals to interview Long for their managerial vacancy, according to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga.

The Yankees' managerial job is also open, after the team parted ways with Joe Girardi on Thursday. Long served as hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014. The Phillies manager job is technically open, but multiple reports indicate the team is set to hire Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan.

In addition to available managerial jobs, there are multiple hitting coach positions open throughout the league.

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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee Friday, the team announced.

The Nationals did not provide a timeline for his injury but said Murphy will begin to rehab immediately following the completion of the successful surgery. In the team release, the Nationals said the surgery was to repair articular cartilage in the second baseman's knee.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/24 00:03:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Despite striking out 11 batters in six innings, Jacob deGrom and the Mets lost to Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Sunday at Citi Field. >> Box score


DeGrom (15-10) allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in six innings, as he surpassed the 200-inning mark in a season for the first time in his career.

He gave up a two-run home run to Trea Turner in the third inning, then allowed an RBI single to Jose Lobaton in the fifth inning after Michael Taylor led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Travis d'Arnaud's throwing error.

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Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (66-88) play the final game of their series with the Washington Nationals (93-61) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (66-87) play the second game of their series with the Washington Nationals (92-61) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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The Nationals (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
The Nationals (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Washington Nationals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday when they won the NL East.

The Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and put a lock on the division when the Atlanta Braves beat the second-place Miami Marlins in 11 innings.

Washington currently has a 20-game lead over the Marlins with 19 games remaining in the regular season. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4 1/2 games for home-field advantage in the National League.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Asdrubal Cabrera came up clutch late to lead New York to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.

After Rosario hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a lead, Cabrera threw out pinch runner Edwin Jackson at the plate to end the game.

Jackson, pinch running after Adam Lind drew a two-out walk off AJ Ramos, tried to score when Daniel Murphy lined a double to right field. Juan Lagares threw to the cutoff man Cabrera, who then threw a laser to catcher Travis d'Arnaud from short right field in time for d'Arnaud to block the plate and tag Jackson out.

"It was a perfect throw from the outfield," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. "From I'm guessing the second baseman, to home, perfect throw. Got me out at home."

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Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) waits on deck against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) waits on deck against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets will face the Nationals in the second game of a day/night doubleheader on Sunday at 8:08 p.m.

Mets Nationals
Jose Reyes, SS Alejandro De Aza, LF
Juan Lagares, CF Wilmer Difo, SS
Brandon Nimmo, LF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Wilmer Flores, 3B Anthony Rendon, 3B
Dominic Smith, 1B Adam Lind, 1B
Travis Taijeron, RF Michael A. Taylor, CF
Kevin Plawecki, C Andrew Stevenson, RF
Gavin Cecchini, 2B Jose Lobaton, C
Seth Lugo, P Tanner Roark, P
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Tarps cover the field for a rain delay of a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Michael Owens-USA TODAY Sports)
Tarps cover the field for a rain delay of a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Michael Owens-USA TODAY Sports)

Wednesday night's Mets-Nationals game that was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. has been postponed. 

No makeup date for the contest has been announced. The Mets next play in Washington on Aug. 25 when the two teams start a three game series.

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The Mets (38-45) wrap up their three-game set against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets have lost the first two games of the series, including Tuesday's 11-4 defeat.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets?

RHP Jacob deGrom (3.55 ERA/3.62 FIP, 1.22 WHIP), who allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out 12 this past Friday against the Phillies. He has allowed four runs (three earned) on 15 hits while walking eight and striking out 31 over his last four starts (32.0 innings).

DeGrom has struck out 12 or more batters on three occasions this season, tied for most in the majors with Max Scherzer and Chris Sale.

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JRSportBrief: Cespedes hurting 00:01:51
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR asks if Yoenis Cespedes will ever be able to stay healthy for the Mets.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Nationals after missing Tuesday's game due to hamstring cramps.

Cespedes limped off the field with hamstring cramps on Monday in Washington, D.C. after allowing Ryan Raburn's walk-off single to fall in the bottom of the ninth inniing during the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Monday's game that Cespedes would undergo treatment.

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 (Lynne Sladky)
(Lynne Sladky)

The Mets (38-44) will take on the Nationals in the second game of their series in Washington on Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. on SNY. 

The Mets are coming off a tough loss to the Nationals on Monday night.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo (3.55ERA/4.41FIP/1.34WHIP) has won his last two starts and three of his last four. He allowed three runs over six innings in his last start against the Marlins. Lugo has pitched at least 5 2/3 innings in his four starts since returning from the DL.

 

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

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom threw eight strong innings and homered to help the New York avoid getting swept by Washington Nationals with a 5-1 win on Sunday at Citi Field.

While the Mets had been outscored 22-9 over the first three games of the series, DeGrom (6-3) shut down the Nationals on Sunday. After giving up an unearned run in the first inning, he settled into a groove, retiring 13 of 14 batters between the third and seventh innings.

"Those are the kind of guys that stop losing streaks," manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "You lose three in a row, and who shows up? Jake deGrom. And that means a lot."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.

Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.

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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets (8-10) will try to salvage the final game of a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (12-5) on Sunday at Citi Field at 8:08 p.m.


The Mets have lost three straight games and seven of their last eight. ... They are now 10-26 in their last 36 home games. With losses to the Nationals on Friday and Saturday, the Mets have now dropped six of their last eight series against Washington.

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Post Game Extra: 2/25/17 00:01:54
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-6, on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.


  • Sean Gilmartin started for the Mets, allowing one run in two innings of work. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double. 
  • Pinch-hitting in the sixth, Michael Conforto drove in a run with a single. 
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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN's Jim Bowden reported the Nationals have interest in free agents Matt Wieters and Greg Holland, but are complicating the decision because they are over budget on their spring training complex.

"Wieters/Holland > Team Store! #NatsNatsNatswoooooo," Harper wrote on Twitter, implying that his team is spending money in the wrong place.

Harper's teammate, Adam Eaton, for whom the Nationals traded several top prospects and was also the subject of another Harper tweet earlier in the offseason, seconded Harper's words with his own tweet.

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (Credit: USA Today Images)
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (Credit: USA Today Images)

Free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman rejected an $87 million deal from the Marlins to sign a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees, the NY Post's Joel Sherman reported last week.

Similarly, free-agent closer Kenley Jansen turned down more money from the Marlins, as well as the Nationals, in favor of a five-year, $80 million deal with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

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While the Mets have reportedly been trying to shop one of their outfielders for a relief pitcher, here's what the rest of the NL East has been doing at MLB's Winter Meetings...

Washington Nationals

The Nationals could be looking to make two blockbuster trades -- targeting White Sox ace Chris Sale and Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchenfor whom they might be willing to part with several top prospects, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

However, Washington could end up passing on a trade and, instead, go after free-agent outfielders Dexter FowlerIan DesmondCarlos Gomez and closer Mark Melancon...

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The Mets look to take the rubber game of their three-game series with the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here...

RHP Robert Gsellman (2-1, 3.92 ERA) starts for the Mets and will face RHP Tanner Roark (14-8, 2.85 ERA). 

Gsellman lasted five innings in his last start, allowing four runs on seven hits against the Braves at Turner Field. On Sept. 3, he won his first major league start against the Nationals, where he gave up just one run in six innings. 

Roark was matched up against Gsellman on Sept. 3, a start that saw him give up two runs in five innings. Roark pitched well in his last start, giving up one run over six innings against the Phillies. 

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets LHP Jerry Blevins struck out Daniel Murphy with the game-tying run on first base to seal the Mets' 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

After Jeurys Familia blew the save in the bottom of the ninth inning, manager Terry Collins brought in Fernando Salas for the save. Salas retired the first two batters before allowing a Jayson Werth single, and Collins brought in Blevins for the lefty-lefty matchup.

Murphy, who leads the majors in batting average, was hitting over .400 against the Mets this year. He found himself down in the count 0-2 before working it full.

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The Mets look to even up the series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here...


RHP Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.48 ERA) starts for the Mets against RHP A.J. Cole (1-2, 4.56 ERA).

Syndergaard lasted only five innings in his last start, allowing no runs and six hits while striking out seven and walking a season-high four batters. In his last four outings spanning 27 innings, Syndergaard has given up only three earned runs on 13 hits while striking out 24. 

Cole allowed four earned runs on five hits while striking out eight in five innings against the Phillies last week in just his fourth start of the season. In his four starts this year, Cole has surrendered a total of six home runs. 

Here are Monday's starting lineups:

Mets Nationals
Jose Reyes, 3B Trea Turner, CF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Jayson Werth, LF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Curtis Granderson, CF Bryce Harper, RF
Jay Bruce, RF Anthony Rendon, 3B
TJ Rivera, 2B Wilson Ramos, C
James Loney, 1B Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
Rene Rivera, C Danny Espinosa, SS
Noah Syndergaard, RHP A.J. Cole, RHP

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The Mets open a three-game series against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. at 7:05 p.m. ET, which you can watch on SNY or follow online here...


RHP Rafael Montero (4.63 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) starts for the Mets against Mat Latos (4.74 ERA, 1.45 WHIP).

Montero has allowed just three runs in 9 1/3 innings in his two starts since entering the rotation, but has issued 10 walks over that span. He has struck out seven batters while allowing five hits, including one home run. 

Latos was recently signed by the Nationals after being released by the White Sox. He has allowed three runs (two earned) in 2 1/3 innings (two appearances) out of the bullpen since being acquired. Monday will be his first start of the season for the Nats.

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo (Gregory Fisher/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Seth Lugo threw seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday at Citi Field to keep the Mets within one game of the second wild card spot.

Lugo (3-2), making his fourth start this season after being a reliever in July and early August, won his third straight start and improved to 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA as a starter. The Mets are 11-5 since Lugo made his first start and remained one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card spot.

The Mets, who have been without Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, and will likely skip Jacob deGrom for multiple starts, have had to rely on younger, less-experienced pitchers down the stretch, including Robert Gsellman, an 11th-round pick in 2011 who threw six innings of one-run ball in Saturday's win, and Lugo, a 34th-round pick in 2011.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Matt Eisenberg
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Seth Lugo gets another start against the Eagles today. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Seth Lugo gets another start against the Eagles today. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Mets host the Nationals in the rubber game of their series Sunday night at Citi Field. The game is on ESPN.

Follow the game on SNY.tv...


Nationals Mets
Trea Turner, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Jayson Werth, LF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Bryce Harper, RF Curtis Granderson, CF
Anthony Rendon, 3B Wilmer Flores, 2B
Wilson Ramos, C Jay Bruce, RF
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B James Loney, 1B
Danny Espinosa, SS Rene Rivera, C
Reynaldo Lopez, P Seth Lugo, P

When and Where:  8:08 p.m. from Citi Field on ESPN


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Seth Lugo earned his second straight win on Tuesday, when he allowed two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings as the Mets beat Miami, 7-4. He is 2-1 with a 2.55 ERA in three starts since joining the rotation and 2-2 with a 2.60 ERA in 12 appearances overall

Who's Pitching for the Nationals: RHP Reynaldo Lopez is 2-2 with a 5.33 ERA and has been back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Syracuse, from which he'll be officialy promoted before the game. He hasn't pitched in the bigs since Aug. 23, when he gave up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over a career-low 2 2/3 innings in an 8-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

The Mets look to even up their series with the Nationals on Saturday night from Citi Field. 

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Nationals Mets
Trea Turner, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Jayson Werth, LF Asdrbal Cabrera, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Bryce Harper, RF Curtis Granderson, RF
Anthony Rendon, 3B Wilmer Flores, 2B
Wilson Ramos, C Michael Conforto, CF
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B Travis d'Arnaud, C
Danny Espinosa, SS James Loney, 1B
Tanner Roark, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Robert Gsellman (1-1, 3.72 ERA) - made his first major league start against the Phillies on Aug. 28, allowing four runs in six innings of work. In 3 2/3 innings of relief versus the Cardinals on Aug. 23 he gave up just two hits and earned his first major league win. 


Who's Pitching for the Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (14-7, 2.87 ERA) - comes into the month after pitching to the tune of a 4-1 record and 2.56 ERA in August. Was charged with just one earned run over seven innings in his one start against the Mets on May 25, but was saddled with the loss. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets and Nationals begin a three-game series from Citi Field on Friday night.

Read the full game preview on SNY.tv...


Nationals Mets
Trea Turner, CF Jose Reyes, 3B
Jayson Werth, LF Asdrbal Cabrera, SS
Daniel Murphy, 2B Yoenis Cespedes, LF
Bryce Harper, RF Jay Bruce, RF
Anthony Rendon, 3B Wilmer Flores, 1B
Wilson Ramos, C Curtis Granderson, CF
Clint Robinson, 1B Kelly Johnson, 2B
Danny Espinosa, SS Rene Rivera, C
A.J. Cole, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP

When and Where: 7:10 p.m. ET from Citi Field on SNY.


Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (12-7, 2.55 ERA) - has won his last three starts, allowing just three runs over 20 2/3 innings pitched. Was charged with just one run on two hits during his last start against the Phillies. Is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA in six career starts against Washington. 

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New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees winning pitcher Andrew Miller (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The Nationals missed out on Aroldis Chapman but are still interested in the other Yankees closer, Andrew Miller, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.

Miller, who made the All-Star team this year, has an ERA of 1.39, WHIP of 0.77 and thrown 77 strikeouts while giving up only 28 hits. Chapman had a higher ERA with 2.01, higher WHIP with 0.89 and worse strikeout-to-hit allowed ratio (44 to 20) and was able to command from the Cubs their No. 1 and 5 prospect, a veteran pitcher in Adam Warren and an additional prospect.

This haul, Miller's comparative statistics, and the fact that Chapman is a rental on an expiring contract whereas Miller's deal runs through the 2018 season at $9 million dollars per year have left many fans and experts wondering what the value for Miller could be.

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 (Butch Dill)
(Butch Dill)

As the Yankees organization debates whether to become buyers or sellers, trade rumors surround the team. Here is a rundown of the most recent reports surrounding the New York Yankees:

Cubs

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York says the Yankees could target Cubs' first base prospect Dan Vogelbach in a deal for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. The Cubs have been openly seeking bullpen help throughout the season, especially wanting a lefty, causing months of rumors linking the two teams.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia, Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals
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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Yankees are scouting Washington's Triple-A affiliate Syracuse and are headed to Washington D.C. this week as the trade deadline nears, according to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga.

The Yankees will listen to trade offers for LHP Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Carlos Beltran if it continues to struggle, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Nationals have reportedly shown interest in LHP Andrew Miller, who has said that the Yankees would like to keep him but would trade him if they are blown away.

GM Brian Cashman said on MLB Network Radio on Friday the team is still mulling whether or not to buy or sell at the trade deadline.

The Yankees are currently two games under .500 and sit 5 1/2 games back in the Wild Card and nine games back in the AL East.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Carlos Beltran, Washington Nationals

Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 28, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) slides past New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) to score during the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito, MLB's top pitching prospect, threw four scoreless innings and gave up one hit in four innings before leaving the game after a 1 hour, 23 minute rain delay in the New York Mets' 5-0 loss to the Nationals.

"He pounded the strike zone very well," Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said of his teammate. "His fastball was good, his curveball was good. I think he kept them off-balance pretty well."

The Mets mustered just five hits all game and went 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

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Mets manager Terry Collins, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starter Matt Harvey react to the Mets' 5-0 loss to the Nationals.

New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey's start on Tuesday lasted just 3 2/3 innings due to an 83-minute rain delay in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Harvey allowed one run, four hits and three walks and left the game with runners on the corners and two outs before rain stopped play.

"I worked so hard over the year to finally figure some stuff out, and then Mother Nature takes over," Harvey said after the game. "I'm not really looking at it as stepping stones anymore. It's a long season. There are battles throughout."

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals could show interest in New York Yankees relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, according to reports.

The Giants have internally discussed the possibility of trading for Miller, according to FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal, while the Nationals are hoping the Yankees make Miller and/or Chapman available as the trade deadline nears, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson.

The Yankees are currently 6 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East and have not shown any indication that they are going into sell mode.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals
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In the wake of losing two out of three games to the Nationals last week at Citi Field, the Mets won two of three from the Nationals this week in Washington D.C. And they did it with a rookie starting pitcher, Eric Campbell as their everyday first baseman, rookie Matt Reynolds temporarily playing over Asdrubal Cabrera and Rene Rivera behind the plate.

Tags: David Wright, Eric Campbell, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Matthew Cerrone
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Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by WOR's Pete McCarthy for a chat about the week that is for the Mets, including the opening salvo of the 2016 Mets/Nationals rivalry, the team's lack of situational hitting, the struggles of David Wright, the bright light of Thor, and what lies ahead for the rest of the starting staff.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the second inning at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)

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In the upper chamber of the National League East, this was just the first chapter of a story that will last a season. The Mets and Nationals are the class of the division, built on their rotations and Tuesday night proved once again that their evolving nature could just determine how this year unfurls.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard strikes out Bryce Harper looking in the top of the fourth inning for one of his 10 strikeouts on the night.

Noah Syndergaard outdueled Max Scherzer by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Syndergaard (4-2) struck out 10 batters -- including Bryce Harper twice -- and allowed five hits on 102 pitches. Scherzer (4-3), coming off a 20-strikeout game, also struck out 10 batters, but gave up two runs, three hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.

"I've just been able, my entire life, to tune out whatever is going on around me," Syndergaard said after the game.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Champion Stadium. (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets face the Washington Nationals in a Grapefruit League game on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. ET.

Follow the game live here...

Nationals Mets
Ben Revere, CF Curtis Granderson, RF
Anthony Rendon, 3B David Wright, 3B
Bryce Harper, RF Yoenis Cespedes, CF
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B Lucas Duda, 1B
Daniel Murphy, 2B Neil Walker, 2B
Jayson Werth, LF Michael Conforto, LF
Wilson Ramos, C Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Danny Espinosa, SS Travis d'Arnaud, C
Trevor Gott, P Matt Harvey, P

When and where: 12:10 p.m. at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida

Who's pitching for the Nationals: RHP Trevor Gott will start for Washington.

Who's pitching for the Mets: RHP Matt Harvey will start for the Mets.

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Toby Hyde and Rob Brender make the final stop on their N.L. East opponents preview tour, and this week delivers the biggest threat to the Mets… the Nationals.

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post calls in to chat about the Nats, including the latest on Dusty Baker, Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon, the starting rotation, and some new (old) faces in DC. Later, Toby and Rob cover Dilson Herrera's Colombia heroics, and the recent spring outings for Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom.

Tags: Dilson Herrera, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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Steven Matz will make his second start of the spring on Friday against the Nationals.  (Steve Mitchell)
Steven Matz will make his second start of the spring on Friday against the Nationals. (Steve Mitchell)

Steven Matz and the New York Mets hit the road to face the Washington Nationals on Friday at 1:10 p.m..

Mets Nationals
Alejandro De Aza, LF Ben Revere, CF
Juan Lagares, CF Anthony Rendon, 3B
Wilmer Flores, 3B Bryce Harper, RF
Dominic Smith, DH Daniel Murphy, 2B
Travis d'Arnaud,C Jayson Werth, LF
Marc Krauss, 1B Clint Robinson, DH
Dilson Herrera, 2B Tyler Moore, 3B
Roger Bernadina, RF Wilson Ramos, C
Ruben Tejada, SS Danny Espinosa, SS

When and where: 1:10 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida.


Where to watch: The game will not be broadcasted by SNY or WOR 710. 

Tags: Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores
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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper hits a double in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper hits a double in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said the Mets are the team to beat in the National League this season.

"We're definitely looking forward to the challenge," Harper said, as per ESPN New York's Adam Rubin. "The team to beat are the Mets. That's what it is right now. They kicked the crap out of our division last year, and hopefully we're going to come in this year and do what we can to knock them off, or anybody else off in all of baseball."

The Nationals were among the favorites to win the World Series last year at 9-1 odds, while the Mets were 25-1 odds. In the end, though, the Mets won the NL East and the pennant, ultimately losing to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in five games.

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Daniel Murphy joined the Nationals in the offseason after spending the past seven years with the Mets. (Courtesy/The Washington Nationals)
Daniel Murphy joined the Nationals in the offseason after spending the past seven years with the Mets. (Courtesy/The Washington Nationals)

Second baseman Daniel Murphy is excited to join the Nationals in the offseason after spending seven years with the Mets.

"I know this red feels pretty good," Murphy told reporters at spring training. "I like that part of it."

Murphy, 30, signed a three-year, $37.5 million contract with Washington, leaving the Mets after his torrid postseason led them to the World Series. In the regular season, Murphy hit .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs. But in the playoffs, Murphy homered in seven straight games, including all NLCS games during the four-game sweep of the Cubs.

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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips kneels on the field in the ninth inning during a game with the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl/USATSI)
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips kneels on the field in the ninth inning during a game with the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl/USATSI)

After their trade for Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips fell through, the Washington Nationals are moving on and looking for another middle infielder, according to FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal (Dec. 19).

The Nationals and Reds had agreed to a trade that would send Phillips, who hit .294 with 12 home runs and 70 RBIs last season, last Thursday, however failed to get Phillips to waive his no-trade clause with an incentive (Dec. 19).

Now, the Nationals could look at Howie Kendrick or Daniel Murphy as a middle infielder, though Rosenthal reported that Murphy is not a high-priority target for the Nationals (Dec. 19). Washington could also trade for a second baseman.

Murphy, who hit .281 with 14 home runs and 73 RBIs for the Mets last season, struggled against the Nationals, hitting .171 with one home run and seven RBIs. Against the other three teams in the NL East, he hit .294.

Tags: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals

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The Nationals are expected to make IF Yunel Escobar available during next week's Winter Meetings, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports (Dec. 3).

Escobar, 33, hit .314 with a .375 OBP and .415 SLG to go along with nine HR and 56 RBIs in 139 games last season for the Nats while primarily playing third base.

Escobar will make $7 million in 2016. He has a $7 million team option for 2017 or a $1 million buyout. 

The Mets were not interested in acquiring Escobar last winter, when he was rumored to be available (Dec., 2014). He  was eventually dealt to the Nationals in a three-way deal with the A's.

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The Tigers have reached an agreement with former Washington righthander Jordan Zimmermann, according to multiple media reports.

The deal, reported to be for five years and more than $100 million, is pending a physical.

FoxSports.com first reported the Tigers were in serious talks with Zimmermann late Saturday night. Zimmermann, 29, was 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season with the Nationals and has a career 3.32 ERA. He had Tommy John surgery several years ago.

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