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Mets place Wheeler on DL 00:01:04
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Zack Wheeler discuss Wheeler being placed on the 10-day disabled list with bicep tendinitis.

The Mets have placed pitcher Zack Wheeler on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to June 20) with biceps tendinitis and optioned infielder Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

In corresponding moves, the Mets have called up pitchers Tyler Pill and Erik Goeddel from Las Vegas. 

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters that Wheeler has been dealing with "moderate" tendinitis over the last few days and is expected to miss one start.

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Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 4, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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Jun 19, 2017; Wheeler (45) receives a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen. Credit: Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 19, 2017; Wheeler (45) receives a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen. Credit: Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler was hit hard for the second consecutive outing during Monday night's 10-6 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

Wheeler (3-5) lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs, eight hits and three home runs. He struggled from the start, allowing five straight hits to open the game, including a three-run home run to 21-year-old rookie Cody Bellinger

"When you've got that kind of stuff and you're getting hit like he's getting hit, there is something wrong and we've got to get to the bottom of it," manager Terry Collins said after the game.

In the second inning, Bellinger hit another home run, two pitches after Justin Turner hit a home run, all of which combined to give Los Angeles a quick 7-0 lead.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/19 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 10-6 loss to the Dodgers.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler allowed seven runs and eight hits -- including three home runs -- with two strikeouts in two innings during his second consecutive poor start. 

2) Despite falling behind 7-0, the Mets homered four times off Clayton Kershaw -- two by Jose ReyesGavin Cecchini hit his first Major League home run and Jay Bruce slugged his 19th of the season.

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The Mets (31-37) begin a 10-game road trip, starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers (44-26) at Dodger Stadium on Monday at 10:10 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets are winners of six of their last 10 games. However, they dropped three of the four games in their latest series against the Washington Nationals. 

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (4.48 ERA/ 4.36 FIP, 1.46 WHIP) who took the loss in his last start against the Cubs. It was a short outing as he let up eight runs on six hits, including two homers, in 1.2 innings.

Wheeler thrives on the road with a 2.76 ERA compared to a 5.91 ERA at home. 

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Jun 13, 2017; Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets LHP Josh Smoker has 'loose bodies' in his left elbow and is on anti-inflammatory medication, GM Sandy Alderson said on Thursday.

There is no timetable for Smoker's return.

He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Wednesday due to a left shoulder strain, with RHP Rafael Montero called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Zack Wheeler lasted just 1 2/3 innings during Tuesday night's loss to the Cubs, with Smoker tossing 4.0 innings in relief. Smoker allowed three runs on six hits using a career-high 81 pitches in the relief outing. 

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 13, 2017; Zack Wheeler (45) pitches at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2017; Zack Wheeler (45) pitches at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Zack Wheeler turned in the worst start of his career on Tuesday, allowing eight runs on six hits before he could complete two innings during a 14-4 loss to the Cubs.

"I just didn't feel right today," Wheeler said after the game. "I don't know what it was, I just didn't feel right. It's no excuse, but you're supposed to find it when you're out there and make an adjustment. I couldn't do that today."

Wheeler, who had not allowed more than three runs in an outing since April 23, allowed a leadoff home run to Anthony Rizzo to start the game. Ian Happ then blasted a two-out grand slam in the second inning to extend Chicago's lead to 6-1.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/13 00:03:31
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 14-3 loss to the Cubs.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler lasted 1 2/3 innings and allowed a career-high eight runs on six hits -- including a grand slam to Ian Happ -- and three walks with three strikeouts. The Cubs sent 11 men to the plate in the second, scoring all their runs with two outs on a bases-loaded walk by Anthony Rizzo, Happ's slam and an Addison Russell two-run double. 

2) Yoenis Cespedes drove in the Mets' first run with a double in the first and singled in the third. He was removed from the game prior to the top of the sixth with New York trailing, 9-1. Neil Walker and Lucas Duda hit back-to-back homers in the ninth.

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The Mets (29-33) continue a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs (31-32) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom threw a complete game on Monday, allowing one run on five hits while striking out six to earn his fifth win of the season. Mets starters have allowed one run or fewer in each of their last six games, during which they are 4-0 with a 0.86 ERA

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (3.45 ERA/ 3.91 FIP, 1.36 WHIP) who earned a no-decision in his last start against the Rangers. He went seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out five and walking three...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/12 00:03:25
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-1 victory over the Cubs.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom rebounded from two of the worst starts of his career to toss his second career complete game. He allowed a solo homer to Addison Russell with two outs in the seventh to spoil his scoreless outing. DeGrom (5-3) yielded five hits and four walks while striking out six.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera hit a pair of solo homers and Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer to account for four of the Mets' six runs. Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI double in the eighth and scored on Jose Reyes' single. Cabrera and d'Arnaud each went 2-for-4 while Bruce was 3-for-3 with a walk while falling a triple shy of the cycle.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jun 7, 2017; Wheeler (45) throws a pitch at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2017; Wheeler (45) throws a pitch at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

His start last night is the best Zack Wheeler has looked all year, despite it being the seventh time in nine starts that he's allowed two or fewer runs in a game.

Wheeler pitched seven innings Wednesday, allowing one run and six hits and three walks against the Rangers at Globe Life Park in Texas. He loaded the bases in the first inning with nobody out and gave up a run on a fielder's choice. However, he recorded a double play to end the inning and did not allow any more runs the rest of the game.

"I honestly didn't have a clue where the ball was going in the first inning," Wheeler said. "But, after that, I settled down and found it quick."

Wheeler, who has now thrown at least six innings in five of his last six starts, did not factor into Wednesday's decision.

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The Mets (24-32) finish a two-game series against the Rangers (27-31) at Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. on SNY.

The Rangers won, 10-8, last night as Jacob deGrom was hit hard yet again. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits in four innings pitched.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Jacob deGrom (3.97 ERA/3.58 FIP, 1.37 WHIP) who was shelled in his last outing against the Brewers. He let up seven earned runs on eight hits, including two homers, in four innings. It was deGrom's first loss since April 22.

deGrom leads the Mets pitching staff with 92 strikeouts this season, which is also fifth-best in the MLB. He leads the NL and ranks third in the MLB with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

An enormous number of players have undergone Tommy John surgery -- over 80 percent of MLB games now feature at least one -- so we've been able to learn a lot about what to expect from a pitcher his first year back.

The pattern is clear -- a little wildness, often an uptick in velocity, but overall a slight regression from years past. Which is why Zack Wheeler's return has been so notable -- he's almost exactly the player he was prior to his surgery, despite (or perhaps because of) his exceptionally long layoff.

Thus far, Wheeler has been effective on the mound, with a good-though-not-great ERA of 3.72. This is just a hair over his career mark of 3.54, an increase that mirrors the league-wide spike in offense going back to 2015 (his increase in home run rate also reflects this trend across MLB). 

Wheeler is striking out a respectable 8.25 per 9 innings while generating 9 percent swinging strikes. That said, he's also still walking an awful lot of batters -- his 3.72 per 9 innings is a slight improvement over his 3.91 for his career, but still leaves a lot of room for improvement...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Zack Wheeler limited the Brewers to two runs in 6.1 innings on Thursday, but suffered the loss after the Mets could only score one run in a 2-1 loss on Thursday afternoon at CitiField.

Wheeler (3-3, 3.72 ERA) allowed ten hits, struck out six batters, and walked one. Wheeler's lone walk was a costly one, as Milwaukee's Nick Franklin drew a leadoff walk in the third and eventually scored on an RBI double by Hernán Pérez

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 6/1 00:03:24
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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

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

1) The Mets offense was mostly silent for the second consecutive day. Wilmer Flores led off the eighth with his fourth home run to account for New York's only run. Travis d'Arnaud had a two-out single to left in the second, but Lucas Duda was thrown out the plate by a wide margin. Duda's fourth-inning single and Flores' homer were the only Mets hits after the second inning. 

2) Zack Wheeler turned in another strong effort, allowing two runs despite yielding 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one, struck out six and was the beneficiary of double plays in three consecutive innings, one which ended a base-loaded situation in the fourth.

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Pitchcast on Wheeler's control 00:00:19
The Jeep Pitchcast takes a look at how Zack Wheeler controlled the corners of the plate in his start against the Giants.

The Mets need Zack Wheeler to come up big this afternoon. He's having a really nice season, in his first since having Tommy John surgery in 2015. However, having won four of their last six games, but losing a brutal one last night, a win today is important.

For starters, a win would get the Mets back on track instead of flying to Atlanta wondering if they're about to start another massive slide in the standings. But, more important, it kicks June off in a positive way, and lets them enter their weekend series against the Pirates in good spirits.

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The Mets (23-28) look to take three games out of a four-game set against the Milwaukee Brewers (28-25) at Citi Field on Thursday at 1:10 p.m.

The Mets had their seven-game win streak against the Brewers at home snapped last night after a 7-1 loss. Jacob deGrom didn't have his best stuff, letting up a season-high seven runs on eight hits to earn the loss. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (3.83 ERA/4.26 FIP, 1.32 WHIP) who left in the sixth inning of his last start against the Pirates due to a blister on his right middle finger. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking two in six innings. 

Wheeler had a good May as he finished with a 2.74 ERA compared to a 4.78 ERA in April. He allowed only seven earned runs in 23 innings in that span. 

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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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Collins, Wheeler, Reed on loss 00:06:21
Mets manager Terry Collins, starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and closer Addison Reed react to the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

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

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

1) John Jaso tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and came through with the game-winning single in the 10th. Addison Reed blew his second save of the season and Josh Edgin couldn't get out of a bases-loaded jam that rookie Tyler Pill created in the 10th.

2) Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. He was removed after developing a blister on his pitching hand.

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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (20-26) will play game two of their three-game set against the Pirates (22-27) on Saturday evening (7:15 p.m. ET) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. 

Zack Wheeler (3-2, 3.74 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets after giving up two runs on four hits (five walks/five strikeouts) in his last outing against the Angels on May 20. 

Gerrit Cole (2-5, 3.36 ERA) is looking to rebound from a disastrous outing versus the Braves, as he gave up five runs on 10 hits on May 22.

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The Mets (20-26) will play game two of their three-game set against the Pirates (22-27) on Saturday evening (7:15 p.m. ET) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Mets won on Friday evening against Pittsburgh, as Jacob deGrom pitched 8.1 innings and Neil Walker drove in four.

The Mets are 4-6 in their last 10 games and they snapped their six-game losing streak on Friday night. ... They are tied for second in the majors with 132 runs scored this month. ... The Mets are 9-11 on the road so far this season.

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Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Tyler Pill pitches during a spring training game in 2017 (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets have promoted RHP Tyler Pill to the big-league roster and sent RHP Rafael Montero back to Triple-A to Las Vegas, the team announced prior to Friday's game.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Pill, who wear No. 56 and be available for Friday's game, RHP Seth Lugo was moved to the 60-Day Disabled List.

Pill, who turns 27 on Monday, was 4-1 with a 1.60 ERA in nine combined starts between Triple-A and Double-A this season. He allowed 51 hits, issued 15 walks and struck out 26 batters.

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The Mets are pushing back Jacob deGrom's start to Friday due to anticipated inclement weather and will have Rafael Montero start on Thursday night against the Padres at Citi Field, manager Terry Collins said.

It has been raining in New York City for the majority of Thursday, and the forecast calls for rain on and off during the game, which is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Tommy Milone pitches during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

LHP Tommy Milone has a sprained left knee and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Wednesday.

LHP Josh Smoker will likely make his first Major League start in Milone's place on Saturday, although RHP Rafael Montero is also a possibility, reports Newsday's Marc Carig

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, San Diego Padres, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

In March, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told MLB Network Radio that Zack Wheeler will have a roughly 125-inning limit on his workload this season.

Wheeler is currently on pace to reach 125 innings by late July, early August, since he's already made eight starts and thrown 43 1/3 innings this season.

"I can't worry about July, I've got to worry about right now," Terry Collins said this past weekend, when asked about Wheeler's total innings. "Right now, he's one of the horses we've got to ride to get back on the right track."

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Collins, Wheeler and Reed on win 00:06:14
Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and Addison Reed discuss the Mets' 7-5 win over the Angels in the second game of three at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Terry Collins managed his 1,013th game and passed Davey Johnson as the club's all-time leader. Collins' 499 wins are third in Mets history behind Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536).

2) Jose Reyes went 3-for-4, including his 2,000th career hit, and drove in two runs while Michael Conforto doubled, scored three runs and walked three times (one intentional). Neil Walker had two RBIs, Wilmer Flores had an RBI double and T.J. Rivera and Jay Bruce delivered sacrifice flies.

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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits in five-plus innings and earned his third win of the season in the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Angels at Citi Field on Saturday.

Wheeler (3-2, 3.76 ERA) started his outing with five shutout innings, but was pulled in the sixth after loading the bases and hitting a batter. He was replaced by Fernando Salas, who finished the inning after allowing an inherited run to score. 

Wheeler had five strikeouts on the night, but walked a season-high five batters. He had pitched six innings in each of his last two starts prior to Saturday night, and has pitched seven innings just once this season as he works his way back from missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and further setbacks.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/15 00:04:32
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-3 loss to the D-backs.

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

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

1) Tied, 1-1, in the eighth, Hansel Robles and Josh Edgin combined to allow six runs, including three home runs, to help send the Mets to their fifth straight loss. Umpires initially ruled Paul Goldschmidt's blast to center a home run, but a review put him back at second with a double. The Mets intentionally walked Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas followed with a three-run homer.

2) Zack Wheeler allowed one run, seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts in six-plus innings, the third straight start he has allowed one earned run.

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The Mets (16-20) open a three-game series against the Diamondbacks (21-18) tonight at Chase Field in Arizona at 9:40 p.m. The Mets were swept in a three-game series by the Brewers over the weekend in Milwaukee.

The Mets have lost four straight games and are 8-7 over their last 15 games. ... The Mets lead the majors with 81 runs scored in May. ... The Mets have hit 48 doubles since April 27 -- the most in the majors during that span. ... The Mets have hit at least one home run in 14 of their 16 road games this season.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Zack Wheeler, (4.18 ERA/4.22 FIP, 1.21 WHIP), who allowed one run on two hits while walking four and striking out four in 6.0 innings against the Giants last Tuesday.

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Pitchcast on Wheeler's control 00:00:19
The Jeep Pitchcast takes a look at how Zack Wheeler controlled the corners of the plate in his start against the Giants.

The Jeep Pitchcast takes a look at how Zack Wheeler controlled the corners of the plate in his start against the Giants.

"You can see how he painted the outside corner to right-handers and the inside corner to the left-handers," SNY's Keith Hernandez said of Wheeler.

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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/9/17 00:03:26
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-1 win over the Giants.

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

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

1) Neil Walker's two-run triple -- played badly by Giants left-fielder Eduardo Nunez -- highlighted a four-run first inning for the Mets. Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera also had RBIs in the opening frame. 

2) T.J. Rivera had an RBI double and went 3-for-4. Michael Conforto doubled and hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year, and Rene Rivera finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

3) Zack Wheeler allowed one run, two hits and four walks with four strikeouts in six innings to win his second game and first since April 12. He became the first Mets' starter to allow one run or fewer since April 18, a span of 17 games.

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The Mets (15-16) continue their three-game series against the Giants (11-22) tonight at Citi Field at 7:10 on SNY. Neil Walker hit a game-winning double in the ninth inning Monday night as the Mets beat the Giants, 4-3.

The Mets have won seven of their last 10 games and won three straight series ... Last night's win was the Mets' first walkoff win of the year. ... When Terry Collins manages his 1,004th game with the Mets tonight, he will pass Bobby Valentine for the second-most managed games in team history. Davey Johnson is first with 1,012.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Zack Wheeler, (4.78 ERA/3.83 FIP, 1.25 WHIP), who allowed two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings this past Saturday against the Nationals...

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The Mets (12-15) wrap up their four-game series against the Braves (11-15) at SunTrust Park tonight in Atlanta at 7:35. The Mets beat the Braves on Wednesday night, scoring a season-high 16 runs.

The Mets have scored five or more runs in seven-straight games. ... The Mets are fourth in the majors with 42 home runs. ... The 16 runs the Mets scored on Wednesday night were their most since September 25, 2016 against the Phillies. ... Aside from Wednesday night, the only other time in team history when the Mets scored 16 or more runs without hitting a home run was June 29, 2011 in Detroit against the Tigers.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Right-hander Zack Wheeler, (4.78 ERA/3.88 FIP, 1.25 WHIP), who allowed two runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four last Saturday against the Nationals.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/29 00:03:45
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto homered twice and drove in three runs, finishing 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base. It was Conforto's first multi-homer game during the regular season. He went deep twice in Game 4 of the 2015 World Series.

2) A combination of poor defense in the fifth inning and a high pitch count conspired against Zack Wheeler, who allowed one earned run over 4 2/3 innings. The right-hander worked into and out of trouble all afternoon and surrendered five hits and four walks while striking out four. 

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have a rotation of young, fire-balling pitchers, led of course by Noah Syndergaard.

What makes the rotation so special is the fact that all of its members have great secondary pitches. However, the main focus is usually on their fastballs.

Here are the fastest pitches each member of the Mets rotation has thrown so far this season, courtesy of Statcast:

  1. Noah Syndergaard: 100.9 MPH sinking fastball on April 9 against the Marlins.
  2. Jacob deGrom: 97.4 MPH 4-seam fastball on April 22 against the Nationals...
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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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Collins and players on sweep 00:06:01
Terry Collins, Zack Wheeler and Michael Conforto comment on the Mets' frustrating 6-3 loss to the Nationals on Sunday night.

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

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

1) Daniel Murphy's first-inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman's two-run shot in the eighth extended the Mets' losing streak to four games for the second time in nine days.

2) After allowing the first three batters to reach and the slam to Murphy, Zack Wheeler surrendered one hit and two walks with four strikeouts over his final six innings. He worked a season-high seven frames and was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks while fanning six.

3) Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 and hit his second leadoff homer of the series. Neil Walker slugged a two-run shot to cut the Nats' lead to 4-3 in the third.

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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/18 00:03:52
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-2 loss to the Phillies.

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

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

1) With the Mets leading by a run and a man on first and two outs in the eighth, Jose Reyes dropped an easy pop-up that would have resulted in the third out of the inning. Instead, Jerry Blevins surrendered a game-tying double to Andres Blanco

2) The Phillies scored four times off Rafael Montero and Sean Gilmartin in the 10th.

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The Mets (7-6) open a three-game series against the Phillies (4-8) at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. The Mets, who were off on Monday, lost the last three games of their recently-completed series against the Marlins in Miami.



The Mets have won 15 of their last 17 series against the Phillies and have gone 17-6 against them at Citi Field since July 30, 2014. ... The Mets have out-homered the Phillies, 79-34, since the start of the 2015 season. ... The Mets have hit 18 home runs over their last eight games and are second in the majors with 22 home runs overall this season.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Zack Wheeler, who allowed three runs on four hits while walking one and striking out four in 5 2/3 innings against the Phillies in Philadelphia on April 12. All three runs scored after Wheeler exited, coming home on a grand slam surrendered by Hansel Robles.

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Apr 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) reacts during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In his first season back from 2015's Tommy John surgery, Zack Wheeler is 1-1 with a 7.45 ERA (3.21 FIP), while striking out eight batters and walking two in 9.2 innings.

Wheeler is scheduled to start tonight against the Phillies, against whom he is 3-1 with a 3.25 ERA in six career starts.

In the NY Post, reporter Mike Puma explains that, while Wheeler's elbow may be sound, his body has not completely returned to pitching shape...

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Collins on Marlins, Wheeler 00:03:17
Terry Collins discusses what he thinks went wrong against the Marlins and how he thinks Zack Wheeler has been doing so far this year.

Zack Wheeler gave up just one run and four hits in five innings Tuesday against the Phillies.

Wheeler (1-1, 5.52 ERA) threw 99 pitches and struck out seven batters in his third start of the season, which ended in a no-decision after the game went into extra innings.

"He is a guy that throws a lot of pitches," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "We certainly hope that as we get into the warmer months and warmer days (that) he goes deeper into games because you can't keep using your bullpen."

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will start a nine-game homestand at Citi Field with a three-game series against the Phillies tonight at 7:10 pm ET on SNY.

Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.45 ERA) will pitch for the Mets, while Zach Eflin (0-0, 0.00 ERA) makes his season debut for the Phillies.

Also today, 27-year-old RHP Seth Lugo will begin throwing again in hopes of avoiding Tommy John surgery, which would force him to miss the remainder of this season.

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Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Marlins in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

After the Mets lost an eventful series finale in Miami, Terry Collins reiterated his belief that pulling Jacob deGrom after 97 pitches on Saturday was the responsible decision. And given the conservatism across baseball these days, lifting deGrom should hardly be a head-scratcher...

Yet, it is worth noting that 85 times from Opening Day through Saturday a starter reached the 100-pitch plateau around the majors. And in only one of those instances it was a Mets pitcher who tossed triple-digits -- Noah Syndergaard, in a 5-2 win against Miami on April 9 at Citi Field (103 pitches).

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets don't lack leaders 00:03:57
Mets Insider explores the team dynamics and leadership on the roster in the absence of captain David Wright.

The Mets are off Monday. They begin a nine-game homestand on Tuesday, starting with a three-game series against the Phillies.

Also on Monday, as he nears the end of his 15-game suspension, Jeurys Familia is scheduled to make his second minor-league appearance with Double-A Binghamton.

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Adam Rubin, SNY.tv:

Michael Conforto homered Wednesday as the Mets completed a three-game sweep in Philadelphia, giving him a pair of long balls and a .538 on-base percentage in limited opportunities this season.

Yet the numbers that dictate Conforto no longer belongs in the minor leagues were posted last year. During a pair of stints with Triple-A Las Vegas, Conforto hit .422 with nine homers and 28 RBIs.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Carlin, Gelbs, talk Wheeler 00:06:31
Chris Carlin joins Steve Gelbs on Mets First Pitch to discuss expectations for Zack Wheeler in the righty's second start of the season.

Zack Wheeler lasted 5 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Phillies, during which he struck out four batters, allowed three runs and earned his first win since 2014.

Getting his fastball up to 96 mph and mixing in effective off-speed pitches, Wheeler started the game throwing five scoreless innings, at one point retiring 11 batters in a row. However, in the sixth inning, he allowed three straight baserunners, prompting Terry Collins to bring in Hansel Robles, who immediately gave up a grand slam.

"It was a little stressful," Wheeler later said, when asked about being pulled from the game. "But, you can always count on these guys coming out of the bullpen. They're a solid group."

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