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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws to first to put out Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero.  ((AP/Kathy Willens))
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws to first to put out Chicago Cubs' Miguel Montero. ((AP/Kathy Willens))

The Mets (30-37) concludes their four-game series with the Nationals (42-26) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX.

The Mets lost their third straight to Washington on Saturday as Seth Lugo allowed four runs (three earned) over 6 2/3 innings. Yoenis Cespedes collected four hits, including a solo home run. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Just how many times can we declare the Mets' season is on the brink before the calls seem hollow?

Well, here we go again.

After gaining four games on first-place Washington in a one-week span, the Mets took a step backward in Thursday's series opener against the Nationals with an 8-3 loss. The defeat dropped the Mets' record to 30-35 and left them 9½ games behind Washington in the division and 10 games back in the wild card.

Now, the Mets are slated to face Max Scherzer on Friday and Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. They will face those electric arms following the latest dispiriting flood of injury reports that includes Neil Walker estimating he will be out a month with a left hamstring tear, Noah Syndergaard being advised to wait another month before picking up a baseball because of slow healing with his lat tear, Juan Lagares suffering a fractured left thumb, and Asdrubal Cabrera landing on the DL with a left thumb sprain.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Yoenis Cespedes has hit 55 homers since being acquired by the Mets in the summer of 2015. Here are his five most momentous blasts...


5.) June 10, 2017: In his first game back from the DL, Cespedes hit a grand slam against the Braves in the ninth inning to put the game away...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sore left heel following his at-bat in the fifth inning.

"I'm just trying to be a little cautious," he said, according to the Associated Press, through a translator.

Cespedes went 1-for-3 off John Lackey before he departed the game and was replaced by Juan Lagares.

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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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May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets optioned IF TJ Rivera and RHP Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas following the team's 8-1 win over the Braves on Saturday.

The moves were made in order to make room room for Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Lugo.

Rivera hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run in the eighth inning on Saturday night, while Pill pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Mets.

In 38 games for the Mets this season, Rivera is hitting .255 with two home runs. Pill is 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in four games for the Mets this season.

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Collins and Mets on road win 00:06:16
Terry Collins, Robert Gsellman and Yoenis Cespedes discuss the Mets' 6-1 win over the Braves, the first game of a doubleheader.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-1 cushion and finished 2-for-5 in his first game since April 27. The Braves intentionally walked Michael Conforto to load the bases following a hit batsman and a double.

2) Robert Gsellman allowed three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He overcame a pair of Asdrubal Cabrera errors in the first and allowed more than two baserunners in a single frame only twice.

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Collins and Mets on road win 00:06:16
Terry Collins, Robert Gsellman and Yoenis Cespedes discuss the Mets' 6-1 win over the Braves, the first game of a doubleheader.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-1 cushion and finished 2-for-5 in his first game since April 27. The Braves intentionally walked Michael Conforto to load the bases following a hit batsman and a double.

2) Robert Gsellman allowed three hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He overcame a pair of Asdrubal Cabrera errors in the first and allowed more than two baserunners in a single frame only twice.

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Daily News Live: The Met Effect 00:03:13
The Daily News Live panel discuss the return of Yoenis Cespedes among others and what that could mean for the New York Mets going forward.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) has returned to the Mets and was in the starting lineup for the first game of the team's doubleheader against the Braves, but said he may not be able to run at 100 percent yet, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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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. 

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JR Sport Brief: Vote Conforto! 00:01:34
In the latest installment of JR Sport Brief on SNY.tv, JR champions the effort to vote Mets OF Michael Conforto into the All-Star Game

The Mets do not have a single player in contention to be voted in as their league's starting position player during this summer's MLB All-Star Game.

According to current results published by MLB.com, Yoenis Cespedes is the closest to starting among Mets players, but he trails five players and would need to make up more than 170,000 votes...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes throws in a catch during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes took live batting practice in Florida on Tuesday and is "making strides," manager Terry Collins said.

Cespedes dealt with a quad issue over the weekend after playing his first rehab game since injuring his hamstring. He could return from the disabled list in time for the Mets' series in Texas against the Rangers that begins next Tuesday, GM Sandy Alderson said Monday.

Cespedes went on the disabled list last month due to the hamstring injury and reported soreness in his right quad while running the bases in a rehab game with High-A St. Lucie on Friday. 

Alderson said the team will be conservative with Cespedes since he went on the disabled list last year with a quadriceps injury.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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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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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) will be shut down until at least Tuesday after experiencing soreness in his right quad while running the bases during a rehab game with St. Lucie on Friday night, the team announced.

The Mets will keep Cespedes in St. Lucie until he is cleared to play again. He was not in the lineup for Single-A St. Lucie on Saturday after going 0-for-2 in his first rehab outing on Friday night.

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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Memorial Day typically is the first valid measuring stick for the direction of an MLB team's season. And let's just say the Mets will not be receiving rave reviews come Monday.

Even with an 8-1 win on Friday in Pittsburgh behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom becoming the first starting pitcher with the Mets to exceed seven innings this season, the team possesses an unsightly 20-26 record and has spotted the Nationals a 7½-game lead in the NL East.

If you want the glass-half-full prognosis, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo make what may be their final rehab starts on Sunday for Las Vegas and Binghamton, respectively. So impact reinforcements may be on the way.

Yet while the returns of Matz and Lugo should alleviate the need for more than one start from newly promoted Tyler Pill, and should even supply an extra arm to the bullpen, the fact remains that Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia will be sidelined for months and Matt Harvey has yet to resolve his woes. So the reality is the Mets face a serious uphill battle to resurrect their season...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes drops his bat after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes drops his bat after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes began a running program on Monday and could return to the team in about a week, assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Monday.

"We're hoping to gets the at-bats and the timing down so that we can make that call when his legs are fine," Ricco said, according to NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt. "It's hard to tell right now. He'll tell us as much as we tell him when he's ready to come back and feels like he can play."

Cespedes hasn't played since April 27 due to a strained left hamstring. though the 31-year-old outfielder has recently resumed baseball activity, according to GM Sandy Alderson.

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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)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who has been out since April 28 due to a strained hamstring, has resumed baseball activity and could return soon, GM Sandy Alderson said Friday.

Cespedes, who is rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, FL, was in New York on Monday to be evaluated to see if there's an underlying issue behind his recurring leg injuries.

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Fans on Harvey's situation 00:04:32
Loud Mouth viewers express their thoughts on the Matt Harvey situation after he issued an apology at a press conference Tuesday.

Tommy Milone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his Mets debut when they face Matt Cain (2-1, 4.70 ERA) and the Giants in the final game of a three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.

Milone was claimed off waivers by the Mets this past weekend after he was designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier in the week.

In six appearances (three starts) this season with Milwuakee, Milone allowed 15 runs and 29 hits, including six home runs, while striking out 16 batters in 21 innings.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Matt Harvey, San Francisco Giants, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks off the field after an apparent injury against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a blister, cracked nail, biceps tendonitis, arm fatigue and shoulder discomfort at various points this season. He refused to have himself checked out with an MRI and instead threw a bullpen session Friday. He supposedly looked and felt great, and was cleared to make his scheduled start Sunday.

Of course, after hitting 100 mph with his fastball to start the game, he was removed midway through the second inning after throwing a pitch and grabbing beneath his right arm (lat muscle). Now, he's headed for an MRI, initially scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday.

Asked if it's common for a player to refuse examination, GM Sandy Alderson said, "That's not standard practice, but I can't tie him down and throw him in the tube either."

No, you don't tackle him. (For starters, Alderson is 69 years old, while Syndergaard is Syndergaard and he'd win.) But the proper solution is to sit him down, call his agent and explain to them the situation and how that the MRI isn't a punishment, but is in the best interest of the player, his teammates, the organization and his future.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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' long list of injuries was the main topic as Sandy Alderson spoke to the media before Saturday's game in Washington.

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Cespedes limps off the field 00:02:08
Yoenis Cespedes limps off the field with a left hamstring injury after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field.

Yoenis Cespedes has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to his strained left hamstring and LHP Sean Gilmartin has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets announced Friday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the team got better news than expected on Cespedes, but that he would still be out for a while.

Cespedes exited Thursday afternoon's game in the fourth inning due to the hamstring injury after he came up limping while legging out a double to lead off the inning.

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Yoenis Cespedes heading to the disabled list with a pulled hamstring will be a crushing blow for the Mets, who posted a 15-21 record with him out of the starting lineup last season. Yet the firewall for the Mets in recent seasons has been the strength and depth of the team's starting rotation. And now that appears seriously breached, as well.

As they enter a weekend series against the Nationals in D.C., during which they will face Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Mets are five games under .500 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2014. They are in last place in the NL East and 7½ games behind Washington. Their current six-game losing streak is the team's longest in nearly 23 months.

The scariest part of the current skid? The state of the once-envied rotation...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins on the dugout phone during the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

I have no idea what to write or think about the current state of Mets. Their situation has become such a mess, so fast, so aggressively, I'm left totally bewildered.

Frankly, I feel like we left St. Lucie, started on a happy walk down the street, swaying, whistling beneath the sun, birds chirping, feeling great about ourselves and the potential of a terrific season. Then without warning ... WHACK. Someone cracked us on the back of the head with a sledgehammer, and now we're bleeding, hunched over, seeing stars, dizzy and can't remember our names.

How this happened, I don't know.

But it's too early to give up. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/27 00:03:43
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jose Reyes (7) reacts at third base at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Reyes (7) reacts at third base at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets committed three errors in the first three innings of their series-opening loss Wednesday to the Braves at Citi Field.

It was the team's fifth straight loss, during which they've logged seven errors.

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Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Mets celebrate after clinching a wild-card berth. Credit: Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The old saying goes that you cannot win a pennant in April, but you certainly can lose it. So let's not fully dismiss the uphill battle the Mets have created by getting swept by the Nationals this past weekend, which has spotted Washington a five-game lead over them in the division.

However, let's also resist the easy temptation to declare the sky is falling because the Mets are in the midst of a 1-7 stretch that has dropped them three games under .500 entering Wednesday's game against the Braves at Citi Field...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a three RBI home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a three RBI home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes has turned to analytics to help improve his performance at the plate, Ken Rosenthal explains in an article for FoxSports.com.

The Mets have been able to show Cespedes the zones where he tends to chase pitches, resulting in him using that information to generate 11 walks in just 16 games.

"For him to be leading our team in walks is nothing short of a miracle," the team's hitting coach, Kevin, Long told Rosenthal, when asked how statistical analysis has benefited Cespedes.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes 

He has not played since exiting Thursday's game with a hamstring issue. He was on deck to pinch hit Sunday night, but did not get in to the game. Terry Collins said he's hopeful Cespedes will return to the lineup on Tuesday. If he again doesn't play, the Mets will have the option of back-dating a potential 10-day stint on the disabled list.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Sean Gilmartin, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, 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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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets are targeting a Tuesday return for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, manager Terry Collins told reporters before Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Cespedes, who is not in Sunday's lineup and missed games on Friday and Saturday due to a hamstring injury, took indoor batting practice and is available to pinch hit, according to Collins.

Collins said Cespedes told him he felt "a lot better" on Sunday since leaving Thursday's game in the fifth inning, but added he wanted to be cautious after Cespedes came back too early from a quadriceps injury last August and missed 14 games.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

An injury-plagued Mets offense continued to struggle in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, stringing together just two hits on the day.

The Mets were held hitless until Juan Lagares' single in the sixth inning, which set up Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single to put the Mets on the board. Cabrera's hit was the second and final one of the game for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight after a five-game winning streak.

The Mets have only been able to score more than four runs one time in their last eight games, during which several players have been sidelined.

The Mets played without Yoenis CespedesWilmer FloresLucas Duda, and for the most part, Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes missed a second straight game after departing Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, while Flores and Duda were both placed on the disabled list. D'Arnaud, dealing with a sore wrist, was not in the lineup on Saturday but pinch hit in the ninth.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins on Cespedes' injury 00:01:03
Mets manager Terry Collins gives an update on Yoenis Cespedes' injured hamstring.

Yoenis Cespedes had his hamstring examined by doctors on Friday and will likely miss at least a few games, Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday.

Cespedes exited Thursday night's game at the end of the fifth inning with what the Mets initially called a cramp.

He later said he felt a "shock" rather than a hamstring cramp, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Cespedes appeared to injure himself when he was on the bases, and limped off the field. 

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d'Arnaud's homer in the 16th 00:00:46
Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run in the top of the 16th inning to give the Mets the lead and, soon after, the win.

The Mets offense overcame a shaky start from Robert Gsellman to score nine runs off Marlins pitching in Thursday's extra-inning win in Miami.

Travis d'Arnaud had three hits and three RBI; Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both homered, with Cespedes going deep twice; Jay Bruce had three hits; and Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins, d'Arnaud, Smoker on win 00:05:33
Manager Terry Collins, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and pitcher Josh Smoker discuss the grit it took to pull off the Mets' epic 16-inning win.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Mets will play the second game of a four-game series with the Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Syndergaard gave up one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings against the Marlins on April 9. He has only given up one run in two starts this season.

Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Conley gave up only one hit -- a home run -- and struck out six in five innings against the Mets on April 8.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/13 00:03:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez and break down the Mets' 9-8 win in 16 innings over the Marlins.

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

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead homer leading off the 16th inning off the Marlins' scheduled starter for Friday, Adam Conley. He had a bases-loaded triple in the second and tied his career high with four hits and four RBIs.

2) The Mets trailed 4-0 in the first, rallied for seven unanswered runs and then fell behind 8-7 after five innings. Michael Conforto's pinch-hit double in the eighth tied the game, 8-8.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets open a four-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Thursday night at 7:10.

Here are five things to know...

  1. Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes are tied for the National League lead in home runs with four each.
  2. The Mets hit 10 home runs during their just-completed three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was the second time in franchise history that they hit 10 or more home runs in a three-game series, with the other time coming last season in Philadelphia (12 homers from April 18-20)...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes' second homer 00:01:16
Yoenis Cespedes goes yard for the second time against the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his second, third, and fourth home runs of the season on Tuesday night during the team's 14-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cespedes, who also hit a double, went 4-for-5 on the night and had five RBI.

He is he 13th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, and the first player in team history to have four extra-base hits in a game.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/11 00:04:07
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-4 rout of the Phillies.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run homer in the first and a pair of solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. He also doubled and finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs. Cespedes entered play Tuesday 4-for-26 (.154) with a homer and an RBI. 

2) Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers and tied his career high with four hits, done five times previously. Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep, giving the Mets seven home runs in the game. Cabrera went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle while d'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Every Met had at least one hit except for Matt Harvey.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There's no need to panic. Sure, if you want to nitpick, the Mets were aided by an error from Marlins catcher JT Realmuto in a three-run first inning Sunday en route to a 5-2 victory.

And, yes, the Mets rank last in the National League in batting average (.200) and on-base percentage (.271) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325) with one week of the season in the books. Yet it would be foolish to sound the alarm bells simply because the Mets had a quiet first week at the plate, despite posting a 3-3 record against the Braves and Marlins.

As a result, more and more Mets fans on Twitter are suddenly complaining that the team did not do enough this past winter to upgrade their offense.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) and New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after scoring on home run by Cespedes in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) and New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after scoring on home run by Cespedes in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Reyes said he was the first person Yoenis Cespedes called when the star outfielder was contemplating re-signing with the Mets this past off-season.

In an interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Reyes described how he tried to convince Cespedes to stay with the team.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:34
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Marlins

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

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

1) After striking out two in a perfect first, Wheeler struggled with his command and was charged with five runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches and topped out at 97 mph in his first start since Sept. 25, 2014.

2) Yoenis Cespedes homered in the eighth for his first long ball of the season. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the Mets' first run with an opposite-field single in the first. Rene Rivera had a double among his two hits.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)

Noah Syndergaard is 8-to-1 odds to win the the National League's Cy Young award, behind Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, according to the Las Vegas Westgate.

Similarly, Westgate puts 10-to-1 odds that Yoenis Cespedes will win the league's MVP award, the same as Giancarlo Stanton, but behind Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Corey Seager.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

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

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

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

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In a 2,300-word article for The Players Tribune, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes details his journey to the big leagues, escaping Cuba and finally feeling at home playing for the Mets...

"The first time I put on a Mets uniform and walked onto the field in New York, the fans greeted me with so many cheers, I knew that the Mets were going to be a good fit for me. I could feel it," he said, when explaining why he signed a four-year, $110 million with the Mets this past winter.

"They deserve a championship," he continues. "And I would not be here if I did not think we could win."

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Conforto to start 2017 in majors 00:06:03
Loud Mouths weighs the benefits and detriments of Michael Conforto starting the season with the Major League club.

Michael Conforto had been preparing to begin this season at Triple-A Las Vegas, he told reporters earlier this week.

However, because Juan Lagares is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, Conforto is now at Citi Field and expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

"I am excited to be with the team and any role I'll play, I just want to win ballgames and see how far we can take this thing this year," Conforto added, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes has high expectations of himself and for the Mets in 2017.

"I think this entire team has come together and we all have that mentality we know we can win a World Series," Cespedes said Monday, according to the Bergen Record. "I think we are going to approach the season by taking it one game at a time, day by day."

Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract this past winter, which followed 2016 when he earned $27.5 million and opted out his previous deal.

"Me particularly, I'm just going to work on trying to stay healthy because I know if I can stay healthy, I can help my team out and I know I can have a very good season," he continued.

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Post Game Extra: Mets tie Cards 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

 

Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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