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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)...
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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

1) Gsellman struck out the side in the first inning. He allowed a three-run homer to Matt Adams in the fourth. At the plate, Gsellman -- who had not swung the bat since joining the Mets in 2016 due to a left shoulder injury-- swung the bat for the first time. He went 0-for-2, grounding out twice.

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

Yoenis Cespedes hit his fifth home run in 10 games Tuesday, raising his batting average and OBP to .444, while slugging 1.037 during Grapefruit League action.

"He's got a chance to make the club," Terry Collins joked with reporters after the game. "He is determined to have a big year."

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million in early December. In early March, he told the NY Post that he's set on winning an MVP award this season.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes off to hot start 00:05:25
The Mets Talk Live crew discusses Yoenis Cespedes' hot start in Spring Training in which he has three home runs and a .526 batting average.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes wants to win the National League's MVP award, he recently told the New York Post's Dan Martin and Joel Sherman.

"That's what I want," he said. "The first thing is to stay healthy, but these are things that I've always thought about. It's any ballplayer's dream."

After hitting 17 homers in just 57 games following his trade from Detroit in 2015, Cespedes delivered a 31-homer season a year ago, despite battling a quadriceps injury.

In seven games this spring, Cespedes is batting .526 with three home runs and a double in 19 at bats, during which he has yet to strike out or draw a walk.

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Post Game Extra: 03/09/17 00:02:28
Yoenis Cespedes and Champ Stuart each slugged two-run homers as the Mets tied the Tigers, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon.

Jacob deGrom tossed four scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespdes hit another home run, and the Mets staged a ninth-inning rally to tie the Tigers, 5-5, on Thursday at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

To see the full boxscore and read a fuller recap, click here!

The three things you should know about today's game...

1) DeGrom sailed through his four innings of work, shutting the Tigers out while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out four. His fastball sat in the low-90s and touched 94 MPH, and his slider and changeup were used often and effectively...

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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cespedes homers to open scoring 00:00:58
Yoenis Cespedes puts the Mets on the board with a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday's game in the fifth inning with tightness in his hip and quad muscles, the Mets announced during the game.

He was examined by doctors and cleared to return to baseball activity, Terry Collins later explained.

"I took him out, he thought his quad, hip was starting to tighten up a little bit, I am sure due to the wind," Collins said. "We did base running stuff this morning, it might have tightened up. So I got him out of there. The doctors looked at him and said he's just fine."

Earlier in the game, Cespedes hit a home run off Mike Leake, which went over the scoreboard in left field. It was his second home run of the spring.

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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: 3/2/17 00:01:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 11-6 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 11-6, on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • OF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that cleared the batters eye in center field.
  • 2B Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
  • INF prospect Philip Evans hit a grand slam.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-3 with a run scored...
Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday...


The dynamic between David Wright and Jose Reyes has changed, as has their role on the Mets >> Read more

Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera have been spending lots of time together at camp >> Read more...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The big-name players on the Mets are all spending way more time together on and off field than I recall seeing here in previous spring trainings. That said, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes are close to inseparable.

They stretch together, they hit in the same groups, they eat together before and after practice, and they joke around in the field and at the cage. They're clearly doubling down on the friendship they began building last summer.

Hopefully, that escalation doesn't end in St. Lucie, but continues to grow and fuel the team's run production like it did during the second half in 2016...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

Jeurys Familia was absent from camp on Friday and Saturday dealing with MLB's ongoing investigation into his domestic violence incident >> Read more ...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Here is what we learned... 

  • Yoenis Cespedes is "driven" and "determined" to perform up to expectations this season. 
  • Cespedes is also relaxed and in great shape this year. 
  • David Wright is on schedule to throw either on Sunday or Monday, though he is not at camp Saturday. 
  • While he is not at camp Saturday and won't be there Sunday, Jeurys Familia is expected to return Monday
  • The team has not had this much depth since Collins has been manager of the team. 
  • Collins is excited and has nervous energy for Sunday's first official full team practice. 

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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Saturday that he is more comfortable heading into this season because of his contract extension and that he believes the Mets have "a great chance" to win the World Series as long as the team stays healthy.

"Having [the extension] really gives me a sense of calm knowing that I am no longer year to year and that my home is here with the Mets for the next four years," he said, adding that it gives him tranquility and he can prepare and focus better. 

 

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

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

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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