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Lineups: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (59-91):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Julio Teheran (R) P

SP: Julio Teheran RHP (5-10, 3.18 ERA)

New York Mets (80-70):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Robert Gsellman (R) P

SP: Robert Gsellman RHP (2-1, 3.08 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

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Lineups: Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Atlanta Braves (58-91):

1. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
2. Adonis Garcia (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Tyler Flowers (R) C
7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
8. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
9. Aaron Blair (R) P

SP: Aaron Blair RHP (0-6, 8.23 ERA)

New York Mets (80-69):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
6. Michael Conforto (L) RF
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (13-8, 2.43 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Mets sweep Twins with 3-2 victory.

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The New York Mets (80-69) completed their sweep of the Minnesota Twins (55-95) this afternoon by the final score of 3-2. For a full boxscore recap follow the link below…

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Game Notes:

  • T.J. Rivera continued his hot-hitting going 2-4 with a solo HR.
  • Michael Conforto was 2-4 with a 2-run single.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was 1-2 with a double but left after the 6th the with dizziness and nausea.
  • In his return to the lineup Lucas Duda went 0-2 with a strikeout.
  • Gabriel Ynoa filled in admirably for Jacob deGrom going 4.2 innings while allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts.
  • Jerry Blevins picked up the save today going 1.1  hitless innings with no walks and 2 strikeouts.

In an important series as the Giants and Cardinals battle one another, the Mets were able to care of the Minnesota Twins with a three game sweep. The Mets will wait for the results for today’s finale between the two to see where they stand, but as of now they are in sole possession of the first NL Wild Card seed. The Mets are continuing to take advantage of their relatively soft schedule down the stretch, and will welcome an Atlanta team looking to play spoiler to Citi Field next for three games. If the Mets can continue to keep their foot on the pedal, the odds of the Mets making the playoffs will continue to look promising. There is still plenty of baseball left to play however, but you always want to be playing your best baseball down the stretch heading into October, and the Mets are currently one of the hottest teams in baseball. It always seems the hottest teams towards the end of the season make the deepest runs in October, and lets hope that rings true for our boys if they continue to play at this high level. 

The next man up mentality continues to work for the Mets rotation as starter Gabriel Ynoa pitched a one run ballgame, despite loading the bases with one out in the top of the second inning.  Despite the glaring hole in the Mets rotation behind Syndergaard and Colon, the “Metsfits” as I call them (Lugo, Gsellman, Montero, Ynoa) have kept the Mets afloat when the odds have been stacked against them. The team is hoping to have Steven Matz rejoin the rotation later this week, possibly against the Phillies, which will be a great lift for the team. In the meantime however the “Metsfits” have taken care of business when relied upon, and Robert Gsellman will be relied upon in the upcoming series against the Braves. Seth Lugo and Gabriel Ynoa already took care of their business this weekend. 

Yoenis Cespedes did leave early today with nausea and dizziness, as he told Manager Terry Collins about his symptoms between innings and was immediately pulled. There is no indication as to how serious this ailment may be, so for the time being we will just consider our slugger day-to-day until further information is disclosed. We can’t afford to miss Cespedes down the stretch so let’s hope it’s something relatively minor and he can return to the lineup soon!

  • The Mets and Atlanta Braves open their final series of the season tomorrow evening at Citi Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm et. You can catch tomorrow’s game on WPIX.
  • Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43 ERA) will open the series for the Mets and oppose Braves right-hander Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23 ERA).

Lineups: Minnesota Twins vs. New York Mets 1:10 pm et.

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Minnesota Twins (55-94):

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Logan Schafer (L) RF
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
4. Kennys Vargas (S) 1B
5. Robbie Grossman (S) LF
6. Byron Buxton (R) CF
7. James Beresford (L) 3B
8. John Ryan Murphy (R) C
9. Kyle Gibson (R) P

SP: Kyle Gibson RHP (6-9, 5.08 ERA)

New York Mets (79-69):

1. Alejandro De Aza (L) CF
2. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Michael Conforto (L) RF
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 3B
6. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
7. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
8. Matt Reynolds (R) SS
9. Gabriel Ynoa (R) P

SP: Gabriel Ynoa RHP (1-0, 15.19 ERA)

Today’s game can be seen on SNY.

In Mets latest blow deGrom is done for season

 

598596740The New York Mets announced prior to tonight’s contest against the Minnesota Twins that starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will not make tomorrow’s scheduled start, and he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. DeGrom is a candidate to undergo surgery to correct an unlnar nerve in his right elbow.

It’s a big blow to the Mets rotation as the team was expecting deGrom back tomorrow, and he was expected to be relied upon as a big part of the Mets postseason push. DeGrom has not pitched since September 1st due to issues with his forearm/elbow. Now the Mets are left with more questions than answers in regards to how their rotation will hold up for the rest of the season, and possibly postseason. Both Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have filled in admirably, and they will now be relied upon to fill a much larger role than initially expected as the Mets have their eyes set on the postseason.

The good news is that deGrom will be expected to be ready for Spring Training next season, and that he doesn’t have any ligament damage in his throwing arm. The Mets will now hope that Steven Matz, who is attempting to make his way back to the rotation, can help provide the rotation with stability down the stretch. It’s a fair question to wonder if the 216 combined innings last season played a part in deGrom’s uneven season. Regardless you can’t forecast injuries and this season the Mets have just been decimated by them.

Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa will make the start tomorrow afternoon against the Twins in deGrom’s place.

Lineups: Minnesota Twins vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets follows through on a third inning home run against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field on September 16, 2016. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

New York Mets (78-69):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Seth Lugo (R) P

SP: Seth Lugo RHP (4-2, 2.40 ERA)

Minnesota Twins (55-93):

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
4. Max Kepler (L) RF
5. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
6. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
7. Byron Buxton (R) CF
8. Juan Centeno (L) C
9. Ervin Santana (R) P

SP: Ervin Santana RHP (7-10, 3.53 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on WPIX.

Mets look to continue to distance themselves in Wild Card race

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The New York Mets took a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins last night, behind a pair of home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. Yoenis Cespedes also added an RBI single, to aid a vintage Bartolo Colon start. Colon who has shown no sign of aging this season has been nothing short of remarkably consistent, despite being depending on coming into the season as insurance for the rotation until Zack Wheeler was ready. Since the All Star Break, the 43 year old veteran has posted a 7-3 record with a 2.96 ERA.

With the San Francisco Giants defeating the St. Louis Cardinals again last night, the Mets have added two games to their lead in the NL Wild Card race over the past two days. There are multiple challenges that still lie ahead for the Mets, but the challenges aren’t considered as difficult as their opposition’s. Regardless there is still plenty of work left to do before the Mets can punch a ticket to the postseason, and that includes winning the next two games against the Twins as the Cardinals and Giants continue to battle one another.

There isn’t a hotter pitcher for the Mets to send to the mound tonight, as Seth Lugo will make his sixth career start. Lugo has posted a 4-1 record thus far with a 2.27 ERA as a starting pitcher and has shown no signs of slowing down. The Mets will look to him to continue to build on their Wild Card lead over the Cardinals, which something we would’ve been hard pressed to say back on August 19 when they were 5.5 games behind the Cardinals.

The Mets look like a hungry and focused bunch with their eyes set on an October 5th Wild Card play-in game, and with only fifteen games remaining every game counts down the stretch. But I don’t think we need to remind this team, who has fought through consistent adversity all season long, that they hold their own destiny in their hands. One game at a time is the continued approach, as there is no need for us to get ahead of ourselves just yet. But it truly is an exciting time to be a Mets fan!

Lineups: Minnesota Twins vs. New York Mets 7:10 pm et.

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Minnesota Twins (55-92):

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Jorge Polanco (S) SS
4. Max Kepler (L) RF
5. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
6. Eduardo Escobar (S) 3B
7. Eddie Rosario (L) LF
8. Byron Buxton (R) CF
9. Jose Berrios (R) P

SP: Jose Berrios RHP (2-6, 9.27 ERA)

New York Mets (77-69):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C
9. Bartolo Colon (R) P

SP: Bartolo Colon RHP (13-7, 3.27 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.

Mets lose series to Nationals, still plenty of hope ahead.

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The New York Mets lost a tough one to the Washington Nationals earlier this afternoon by the final score of 1-0. Ultimately they lost their final series of the season to the Nationals by two games to one, but there is still plenty of optimism surrounding the club as they head back to New York.

First and foremost the Mets didn’t lose any ground with today’s loss as they still hold the second Wild Card position, and are a half-game behind the Giants for the first Wild Card spot. The Mets are also entering the softer part of their schedule for the remainder of the season, while the Giants and Cardinals still have challenges laying ahead including an upcoming four game series against one another beginning tomorrow. On Friday, the Mets will welcome the Twins followed by the Braves and Phillies for their final homestand of the season. While the odds are certainly in the Mets favor, I’ve learned never to count my chickens before they hatch thanks to 2007 and 2008. But I still believe in our odds and the Mets could certainly place some distance between themselves in the race this weekend as the Cardinals and Giants will beat up on each other.

With the Mets not playing a team over .500 the rest of the season, unless Miami were to improve their record by the time the Mets play them, the baseball Gods are certainly providing the Mets with a golden opportunity. If Jay Bruce also begins hitting their odds of making the playoffs would be even better, but thats another issue for another day. The fact of the matter is the Mets hold their own destiny after the roller coaster of a season they have endured. And quite frankly today nobody is complaining including manager Terry Collins.

“We’re still right where we are. We’re going home in the Wild Card hunt,” Collins stated after this afternoon’s contest. “Our fans should be excited. It’s the last homestand. … We caught up a lot in the last couple of weeks. We’ve got ourselves right where we need to be. Yeah, today’s tough when the other two teams lose. But they’re saying the same thing.”

I’d bet many Mets fans feel the same way you do Terry.

Injury Updates:

  • Starting pitcher Robert Gsellman is dealing with a labrum tear of an unknown degree in his non-throwing shoulder. The injury has finally become news due to the fact that Gsellman is not swinging a bat. Doctors will wait until the offseason to determine if his shoulder needs to be operated on, so the injury should have no affect on his 2016 status.
  • Infielder Wilmer Flores is apparently dealing with another injury in addition to his neck discomfort. Flores has reportedly been also suffering from a wrist injury that he suffered with his neck injury on a home plate collision back in Atlanta last Saturday. Flores has been unable to swing a bat and will have his wrist looked at by doctors in New York tomorrow.
  • Steven Matz threw a 20-pitch bullpen session in Port St. Lucie today according to Terry Collins. The Mets are currently considering piggybacking both Matz and Jacob deGrom (who also threw today) on Sunday against the Twins. That plan will only come to fruition if both players receive clearance after today’s sessions.

Lineups: Mets vs. Nationals 7:05 pm et.

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New York Mets (76-68):

1. Jose Reyes (S) 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Curtis Granderson (L) CF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. T.J. Rivera (R) 2B
7. James Loney (L) 1B
8. Rene Rivera (R) C
9. Noah Syndergaard (L) P

SP: Noah Syndergaard RHP (13-8, 2.48 ERA)

Washington Nationals (86-68):

1. Trea Turner (R) CF
2. Jayson Werth (R) LF
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
4. Bryce Harper (L) RF
5. Anthony Rendon (R) 3B
6. Wilson Ramos (R) C
7. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 1B
8. Danny Espinosa (S) SS
9. A.J. Cole (R) P

SP: A.J. Cole RHP (1-2, 4.56 ERA)

Tonight’s game can be seen on SNY.