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Apr 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

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.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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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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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/12 00:03:52
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling and break down the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler's outing was a rousing success, despite Hansel Robles ruining the optics. In his second start since a 30-month hiatus due to Tommy John surgery, Wheeler took a two-hit shutout into the sixth, retiring 11 straight Phillies at one point. But he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk and Robles surrendered a first-pitch grand slam to Maikel Franco. Wheeler was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

2) The Mets built a 5-0 lead on the strength of Yoenis Cespedes' RBI double and sacrifice fly, Michael Conforto's solo homer and Asdrubal Cabrera's two-run single. Conforto finished 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.

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The Mets (5-3) go for the three-game sweep against the Phillies (3-5) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. The Mets blasted seven home runs, three by Yoenis Cespedes and two by Lucas Duda, in a 14-4 rout of the Phillies on Tuesday night. 


The Mets have won 15 of their last 17 series against the Phillies. ... New York has hit 45 homers in their last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park They have 15 home runs in eight games this season. ... The last time Zack Wheeler faced the Phillies was August 10, 2014. The heart of Philadelphia's batting order still included Jimmy RollinsChase Utley and Ryan Howard.

 

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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 Tommy John surgery in 2014, Zack Wheeler will make his second start of the season tonight when he takes the mound against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

"I wanted to come out here and dominate today, sort of put my foot down that I'm back and I belong here," Wheeler said after the game. "It stinks that I lost, that I really didn't give our guys a chance to win. It's a long season and I will improve and do better."

Last Friday at Citi Field against the Marlins, Wheeler's fastball ranged 93-95 mph. However, he and Terry Collins both indicated he struggled to command his off-speed pitches.

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Mets GM Alderson on Steven Matz 00:00:49
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gives the latest update on Steven Matz's injury.

Steven Matz's injury has led to frustration among Mets officials because they have yet to find out who diagnosed him with a flexor strain, according to Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler hands the ball to manager Terry Collins at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Zack Wheeler hands the ball to manager Terry Collins at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Mets manager Terry Collins at one point openly discussing the possibility of Zack Wheeler beginning this season in the bullpen to conserve innings, team officials never intended for that to be his role.

As for whether Wheeler might have ended up staying behind in Port St. Lucie when the Mets broke camp if elbow issues with Steven Matz and Seth Lugo had not arisen, team brass never had to make that call.

Still, given that Wheeler had been absent for two full seasons, the Mets were leaning against leaving him behind regardless of the health of the other pitchers. As GM Sandy Alderson noted late in spring training, Wheeler had waited long enough and merited coming north based on his progress as the Grapefruit League schedule progressed.

Now, of course, the Mets absolutely need Wheeler to serve as a member of the rotation. After all, Matz and Lugo are on the shelf, potentially for prolonged periods.

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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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The Mets open a three-game series against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field Friday night at 7:10 p.m. The Mets topped the Braves, 6-2, on Thursday night to take the rubber game of their season-opening series.



Mets starting pitchers have allowed two runs in 18 2/3 innings during the first three games of the season. ... The five runs the Mets have allowed overall through three games are the third-fewest through three games in franchise history. ... Tonight is the fourth of 32 straight games the Mets have against N.L. East foes to start the season.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets?

Zack Wheeler, who has not pitched in the majors in 924 days due to Tommy John surgery and multiple setbacks during his rehab. The last time Wheeler started a game for the Mets, that day's starting lineup included Eric Young, Jr., Eric Campbell, Anthony Recker, and Ruben Tejada, with Daisuke Matsuzaka and Gonzalez Germen pitching in relief.

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Mar 27, 2017; Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during a spring training game Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2017; Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch during a spring training game Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It's easy to write off professional athletes as being robots, or statistics with arms and legs. But, the reality is that they're living, breathing people, who -- in addition to making millions of dollars playing a game -- spend their lives working toward a mental, emotional and physical goal that -- at best -- will only last 10 or 15 years of their life.

And so, when a young man like Zack Wheeler gets to taste his dream, only to get punched in the face and thrown two years off track by having major elbow surgery, during which he experienced multiple setbacks and likely questioned if he'd ever pitch again, I'm happy when he puts in the work and gets another shot at his goal.

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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

The Mets have interest in free agent RHP Doug Fisterreports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Fister is still seeking a major league deal, says Heyman, who speculates it's 'a little too late' for that.

The 33-year-old Fister, who did not pitch during Spring Training, had a 4.64 ERA (4.75 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP while striking out 115 batters in 180 1/3 innings (32 starts) for the Astros last season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Colon (40) acknowledges fans at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bartolo Colon remains among the most popular figures in recent Mets history, as further evidenced by the warm reception he received when introduced with the Braves on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday. And given the Mets' suddenly thinner rotation, Colon certainly could have been useful had he remained for a fourth season in Queens.

Yet the decision to allow Colon to defect to Atlanta for $12.5 million on Nov. 17 ought not be second-guessed now that Seth Lugo reportedly has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and Steven Matz has disclosed he has a strained flexor tendon in his left elbow.

When Colon opposes Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night at Citi Field -- at 43 years, 315 days old -- the veteran right-hander will become the oldest pitcher in the majors to start one of a team's first two games of a season since Jamie Moyer with the Rockies at age 49 in 2012. And certainly there will be an expiration date on Colon's productivity at some point sooner than later, even if he appears ageless.

That's not what dissuaded the Mets from re-signing him, however.

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, March 10, 2017, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (John Raoux/AP)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw 68 pitches in a camp game in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Wheeler threw 44 strikes in his final outing before joining the Mets in New York. He is scheduled to start the fourth game of the season on April 7 against the Miami Marlins.

Wheeler will make his first regular season start since 2014, when he posted a 3.54 ERA and tallied 187 strikeouts in 49 games.

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Mets Talk Live: Rotation 00:07:40
The guys on Mets Talk Live weigh the options for the Mets as they finalize their rotation before Opening Day.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler will be in the starting rotation and pitch the fourth game of the season, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday morning.

Wheeler tossed five shutout innings on Monday, again touching 97 MPH with his fastball.

"I think today I proved that I am ready," Wheeler said after Monday's start. "I knew today was a big day for me. I did the best that I could and we'll leave it up to them and what they want to do, where they want to go and how they want to handle it."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Zack Wheeler 00:01:26
Zack Wheeler says that he showed he can still be locked in on the mound, while Terry Collins says that Wheeler will have pressure on him.

Zack Wheeler allowed two hits, struck out three and walked two during five scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-0, in Jupiter.

Seth Lugo allowed eight hits (including three homers) and four runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lots to the Nationals, 6-0, in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Wheeler says he's ready 00:04:24
Zack Wheeler talks about his successful start Monday, and declares himself ready for the 2017 season.

The Mets played two split-squad games Monday, during which Seth Lugo started against the Nationals in St. Lucie, while Zack Wheeler started against the Marlins in Jupiter.

Following yesterday's news that Steven Matz will miss his next start due to elbow pain, it's been assumed that the team may need to choose between Lugo and Wheeler to be their fifth starter.

In Jupiter, Wheeler threw five scoreless innings, faced 19 batters, struck out three and allowed two hits.

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Takeaways from Wheeler and Matz 00:07:37
Mets Talk Live reflects on the recent spring outings of Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

Zack Wheeler threw 66 pitches in three innings Wednesday against the Marlins, during which he allowed four runs and four hits and walked three batters.

In his previous outing he allowed two runs, three hits and hit 97 mph with his fastball.

"We won't make any decisions until we get down to the last week," Terry Collins said after the game, when asked if Wheeler will be on the Opening Day roster. "His arm strength is there, he feels good, it's a matter of getting him out there."

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:31
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Curtis Granderson homered twice and drove in five runs, but the Mets fell to the Marlins, 15-9, on Wednesday at First Data Field.

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

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

1) Steven Matz allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in four innings.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)
Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are a lock to be in the team's starting rotation when it begins their 2017 season in exactly two weeks...

Matt Harvey should be a lock, but has struggled this spring after last year's season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I expect he'll make the Opening Day roster, though I do think there's a small chance he stays back in St. Lucie where he'd begin the season in extended spring training and on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well enough to be considered for the rotation's final spot.

"It's a great problem to have," Terry Collins said Sunday. "We came into this camp knowing we had depth in the rotation. ... They have stepped up and showed us we weren't wrong."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' loss 00:03:48
All the latest Mets news from Spring Training and a breakdown of their loss against the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon. 

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Three things to know about today's game

Wheeler's fastball sat between 92 and 95 MPH and touched 97 multiple times. He also featured an impressive slider. It was his second Grapefruit League start...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler is ready to pitch 00:03:54
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses his outing Thursday and is happy to be healthy and ready to pitch in 2017.

In his start Thursday against the Nationals, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched 2 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two of 11 batters.

"I'm ready to move on and pitch with these guys during the season," said Wheeler, who will be limited to throwing roughly 125 innings this season.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Barr)
(Brad Barr)

RHP Zack Wheeler will have a roughly 125-inning limit on his workload this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Monday on the MLB Network.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested earlier during Spring Training that Wheeler's innings limit would be in the low-100s.

Wheeler made his Grapefruit League debut this past Friday, allowing one run in two innings while reaching 94 MPH with his fastball.

He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 due to Tommy John surgery and rehab setbacks. Wheeler dealt with some elbow soreness earlier during Spring Training, which was reportedly caused by scar tissue remaining from his Tommy John surgery.

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Wheeler on returning to action 00:05:46
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler took the mound on Friday for the first time since 2015 as the Mets battled the Braves in Spring Training.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed one run on two hits in two innings while walking one and striking out one on Friday against the Braves, during what was his first Grapefruit League start.

Wheeler's fastball topped out at 94 MPH, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.33 WHIP with 187 strikeouts in 185 1/3 innings (32 starts) during 2014, which was his last major league season. He missed all of 2015 rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

He made one rehab appearance with St. Lucie last August before being shut down with a mild flexor strain in his pitching arm. He also received an anti-inflammatory injection to treat nerve pain...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler practices fielding drills during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler practices fielding drills during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets RHP Zack Wheeler said he feels good as he prepares for his Grapefruit League debut on Friday against the Atlanta Braves,

Wheeler threw live batting practice earlier this week as he prepares for his first season in the majors since 2014.

"I kind of feel like I'm waiting for a setback, but everything is going good," Wheeler said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "I feel good about it. Everything was coming out of my hand nice today. It definitely felt better than last time."

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

RHP Zack Wheeler will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10 when the Mets visit the Braves, the team announced Wednesday.

Wheeler threw his first live batting practice Wednesday morning, and a scout watching said he looked "really good," although the batters were mostly just tracking the ball, according to the Daily News.

The Mets will begin using their expected regular starting pitchers in Spring Training games Thursday.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Thursday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Jacob deGrom on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday and Steven Matz on Monday...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25
SNY.tv covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

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


Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

I know, and you know, the Mets have some serious pitching talent. I actually take it for granted, I think. But, when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level...

This morning, I watched Zack Wheeler work at length for the first time this spring. He threw free and easy and - most important - he showed no signs of discomfort or awkwardness. There was no shaking out his arm or looking at his elbow, which is what I recall earlier in camp. In today's instance, it was all business. He simply tossed a bullpen session, did it well, and that was that...

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(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

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

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Zack Wheeler joins Hot Stove 00:02:39
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler talks injuries and rehab as he eyes a return to the Mets starting staff in 2017.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw another bullpen session on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, mixing curveballs in for the first time.

Wheeler could pitch in his first Grapefruit League game on March 8 against the Astros, manager Terry Collins said.

Wheeler threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Sunday for the first time since he felt some tenderness in his right elbow during a recent bullpen session.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said last Wednesday that the tenderness Wheeler felt during his bullpen session early last week was likely due to scar tissue, which remains from his Tommy John surgery...

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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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Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins spent a good chunk of time at the end of today's practice signing autographs for Mets fans...

It was quite a frenzy, especially considering Harvey and Syndergaard were signing at the same time. And, I have to say, though people were going pretty crazy to get to Syndergaard, I actually think Harvey created a bigger buzz...

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. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

 

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

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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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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler will compete in Spring Training to determine who will be the team's fifth starting pitcher, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Gsellman and Lugo were a combined 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts last season filling in for Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

Wheeler hasn't pitched in the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014.

"We aren't sure how many innings he's going to be able to pitch," Collins said of Wheeler, who was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014. "So, do you burn those innings early, or do you burn those innings late? And that is certainly a discussion we will have as we go through Spring Training."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

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

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets health update 00:03:57
Anthony DiComo and Steve Gelbs forecast the roles of Zach Wheeler and David Wright, who are coming off significant injury.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler expects to work as both a starter and reliever during Spring Training, he told reporters Monday at Port St. Lucie.

The Mets have discussed the possibility of having Wheeler start the season in the bullpen, which would enable him to transition to the rotation later in the season without having to be shut down due to an innings limit.

Wheeler, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2014 - due to Tommy John surgery and rehab setbacks - said he's not getting his hopes up for any one specific role.

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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (45) throws a pitch at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 3 | 12:00PM

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is 100 percent healthy for the first time in years, he told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio on Thursday.

"I want to be a starting pitcher, but this season I may have to throw out of the pen to keep my innings down," he explained. "I know they're looking out for me."

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