Inbox: How will Mets handle busy outfield?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: How will Mets handle busy outfield?

What's the move with Curtis Granderson when Yoenis Cespedes gets back, since Terry Collins is not going to move Michael Conforto?
-- @hesmets via Twitter

You're right that Conforto is here to stay -- the Mets simply cannot afford to take his All-Star-caliber bat out of the lineup. That leaves, Cespedes, Granderson and Jay Bruce for two spots, and obviously Cespedes is playing.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Milone struggles as Mets drop finale to Angels

Milone struggles as Mets drop finale to Angels

NEW YORK -- The Mets spent most of this weekend pitching carefully to Mike Trout, limiting him to singles and walks. Trout finally broke through Sunday on a banner day for the Angels' offense, collecting a homer and a double while reaching base four times in Los Angeles' 12-5 win over the Mets.

C.J. Cron hit a first-inning grand slam off Tommy Milone and the Angels collected four home runs in total, taking advantage of nine walks to plate a dozen runs for the second time in four games.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Tebow goes oppo for third homer of season

Tebow goes oppo for third homer of season

Tim Tebow hit his third home run of the 2017 Minor League season, a line-drive solo shot to left-center field Sunday.

Tebow's homer came in the fifth inning of Class A Columbia's game against the West Virginia Power, the Pirates' Class A affiliate, putting the Fireflies on the board.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' starter woes becoming systemic issue

Mets' starter woes becoming systemic issue

NEW YORK -- The Mets are the only team in Major League Baseball with an ERA over 5.00. It is a significant issue for a club built around pitching -- specifically starting pitching -- and a difficult one to overcome considering the current state of their rotation.

After Tommy Milone, a rotation fill-in, gave up eight runs (seven earned) in a 12-5 loss to the Angels on Sunday, manager Terry Collins indicated that Milone will start a fourth game for the Mets next Saturday. The team does not have much of a choice. Until Steven Matz and Seth Lugo return from injury next month, the Mets have little option but to win with what they have -- a rotation that ranks among the league's worst in ERA and innings pitched.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes scratched due to tweaked rib cage

Reyes scratched due to tweaked rib cage

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes' breakout three-hit performance Saturday night came at a cost: Reyes tweaked a muscle inside his left rib cage during his first at-bat. Though he was initially in the starting lineup for Sunday's finale vs. the Angels, the Mets scratched him approximately two hours before game time.

"I came today with the attitude that I'm going to play, but they won't let me," Reyes said. "I went back and forth with [manager] Terry [Collins] a couple times to leave me in the lineup. He said no, he doesn't want to take a risk. We know what happened with some players here."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molina settling back in with St. Lucie

Molina settling back in with St. Lucie

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Francisco Mejia (Indians' No. 2), Akron vs. Altoona (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey in spotlight as Mets open set vs. Padres

Harvey in spotlight as Mets open set vs. Padres

If the Mets are to rise back up the National League East standings, they will need Matt Harvey to become a consistent rotation contributor once again. Harvey will look to take advantage of a free-falling Padres team when the Mets and Friars open a three-game set Tuesday at Citi Field.

Harvey has struggled mightily in his return from thoracic outlet syndrome, posting a 9.00 ERA with 14 strikeouts and 17 walks over his last four starts. Midway through that stretch, the Mets suspended Harvey for failing to report to the ballpark for a game.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets bend, but don't break vs. Trout, Halos

Mets bend, but don't break vs. Trout, Halos

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto continued to produce for the Mets in the leadoff spot, reaching base four times and scoring three runs to help fuel a 7-5 win over the Angels, clinching a series victory on Saturday night at Citi Field.

The Mets took a 7-2 lead into the ninth after a three-run eighth, but the Angels mounted a last-ditch rally after loading the bases with no outs against reliever Neil Ramirez. Closer Addison Reed was brought in to clean up the mess, but he walked Cameron Maybin to force in a run and gave up an RBI single to Kole Calhoun to cut the Mets' lead to 7-4. Mike Trout's sacrifice fly brought the Halos within two, but Reed struck out Danny Espinosa with the bases loaded to end the game.

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Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Collins weighed walking Trout with bases full

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Collins weighed walking Trout with bases full

The Angels fell to the Mets on Saturday, 7-5, but it wasn't without some late drama. The Angels put together a bit of a ninth-inning rally with three singles and two walks, transforming a previous 7-2 deficit into a dicier 7-4 score with Mike Trout due up with the bases loaded.

For anybody not on the Angels, Trout is the last person you'd want to see in that context. He recently had a four-homers-in-four-nights stint and is generally capable of the amazing every time he steps into the box.

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Reyes reaches, then passes 2,000-hit plateau

Shortstop appreciates attaining milestone in front of Mets faithful

Reyes reaches, then passes 2,000-hit plateau

NEW YORK -- There was a time in Jose Reyes' career when he thought he'd easily get to 2,000 hits. There was also a time when he wondered if he'd ever return to a Major League diamond.

"I was sitting on my couch at home," Reyes said Saturday. "I didn't know if I'd ever play in the Major Leagues again."

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Circus catch helps deGrom deliver clutch W

With Mets in need of deep outing, righty bears down to escape tense jam in 7th

Circus catch helps deGrom deliver clutch W

NEW YORK -- The baseball popped into the air, carrying with it the Mets' chance at a much-needed gem from Jacob deGrom. It had been nearly three full weeks since a Mets starting pitcher recorded an out in the seventh inning. Cruising into that pivotal frame with a pitch count of 84, deGrom seemed primed to snap that streak.

Then a callus on his finger began bothering him. He loaded the bases on a hit, a walk and a hit batter. After a strikeout, deGrom then induced a popup to Jose Reyes, thinking to himself, "Please somebody get there," as the Mets' shortstop chased after the ball. Reyes bobbled then caught it as 36,542 fans exhaled, their Mets en route to a 3-0 win over the Angels.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets right ship as deGrom silences Halos

Mets right ship as deGrom silences Halos

NEW YORK -- So often when the Mets have needed a win in recent years, they have felt most comfortable giving the ball to Jacob deGrom. And the Mets needed a win in the worst way Friday, opening their homestand amidst the exhaust fumes of a seven-game losing streak.

Giving his scuffling club the exact performance it needed, deGrom delivered seven innings in a 3-0 win over the Angels at Citi Field. Rene Rivera extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single, Michael Conforto homered and Curtis Granderson doubled home a run in the Mets' first victory since May 9.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

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Statcast of the Day: Conforto king of the oppo

Mets outfielder leads all lefties in opposite-field home runs

Statcast of the Day: Conforto king of the oppo

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto's swing isn't getting any less smooth. The Mets' leadoff man hit his 11th home run of the season Friday night in their 3-0 series-opening win against the Angels at Citi Field, helping New York snap a seven-game losing streak. Like the majority of the ones before it, this one was a shot to the opposite field.

Conforto's 102-mph line drive in the bottom of the seventh inning, which went a projected 396 feet according to Statcast™, was his seventh opposite-field homer of 2017. That's more than any other left-handed hitter in the Majors. The next closest, Chris Davis and Freddie Freeman, have five each.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Top 5 defining moments of Collins' Mets tenure

Top 5 defining moments of Collins' Mets tenure

NEW YORK -- The longest managerial tenure in Mets history did not unfold without its share of defining moments. As Terry Collins matches Davey Johnson with his 1,012th game as Mets manager on Friday night, and surpasses him with his 1,013th game on Saturday, here is a look back at some of his tenure's most memorable days and nights:

Nov. 23, 2010: "I'm not the evil devil that a lot of people have made me out to be."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Matz, Lugo, d'Arnaud begin rehab stints

Pitchers expected back by end of May; backstop may return next week

Matz, Lugo, d'Arnaud begin rehab stints

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins recently referred to them as "the cavalry" -- two pitchers who could rejoin the Mets this month, offering some tonic for their ailing rotation.

Steven Matz and Seth Lugo took significant steps toward making good on that promise Thursday, appearing in their first Minor League rehab games for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Matz went three innings, allowing two hits and one earned run with two walks and three strikeouts. He threw 53 pitches. Lugo tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He threw 42 pitches. The Mets hope both pitchers can build up enough arm strength to rejoin the club by the end of May.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collins to be Mets' longest-tenured manager

Collins to be Mets' longest-tenured manager

PHOENIX -- As the Mets waited on a bus to the airport following their seventh straight loss on Wednesday, Terry Collins wandered the Chase Field visiting clubhouse, offering his all-too-frequent rounds of damage control. Collins sidled up to Jay Bruce, cracking a joke. He waited for Matt Harvey to finish his media responsibilities, then gave the struggling starter a pat on the back. His office door remained open, as it usually is.

These are trying times for Collins, his Mets in an early-season funk for the third consecutive year. In each of the previous two, Collins managed to guide the Mets past it to the postseason.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets ready to return home after rocky road trip

Starting pitching, lack of offense part of overall struggles

Mets ready to return home after rocky road trip

PHOENIX -- Jose Reyes let out a low sigh, working through the puzzle in his head. Just a week ago, the Mets were winning regularly despite their injuries, despite their issues. Then they shuttled off to LaGuardia Airport, caught a flight to Milwaukee and have not won since.

The Mets' seventh straight defeat, a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, capped the team's first winless road trip of at least six games in 18 years. Their starting pitchers have not recorded an out in the seventh inning in 19 days. Their relievers have not responded well to heavy workloads. Their most productive hitters are slipping into slumps.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gonzalez goes seven scoreless for Columbia

Gonzalez goes seven scoreless for Columbia

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets can't hold lead, fall to D-backs in extras

Mets can't hold lead, fall to D-backs in extras

PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann led off the 11th inning with a home run to left-center field off Rafael Montero as the D-backs walked off the Mets, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.

It was the first walk-off homer of Herrmann's career.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Tebow surprised a fan with a dance on 'Fallon'

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Tebow surprised a fan with a dance on 'Fallon'

On Wednesday, Mets farmhand Tim Tebow paid a visit to "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

During Tebow's appearance, he spoke a bit with Fallon about "Time to Shine," an annual event involving his Tim Tebow Foundation that he told Fallon is, "a worldwide prom for people with special needs." Tebow also passed along an important message of self-empowerment. 

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Mets strike deal with Ramirez to reinforce 'pen

Mets strike deal with Ramirez to reinforce 'pen

PHOENIX -- Their bullpen reeling, the Mets brought aboard a fresh arm on Tuesday by signing right-hander Neil Ramirez to a one-year contract. The team also placed shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera on the 10-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain, clearing roster space for Ramirez.

Ramirez, 27, began this season with the Giants, posting an 8.71 ERA in nine games before San Francisco designated him for assignment. He subsequently joined the Blue Jays, who designated him for assignment on Sunday before he could play in a game. Ramirez elected free agency instead of a job in Triple-A, allowing the Mets to sign him.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Addison Reed shoves D-backs mascot Baxter

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Addison Reed shoves D-backs mascot Baxter

There's no better way to say it -- the Mets' pitchers are simply not fans of mascots. At first, it was just Noah Syndergaard, whose spats with Mr. Met have been well-documented. Then, Syndergaard took his show on the road by stealing the Phillie Phanatic's ATV.

Now, the pitching staff appears to be following the leader. Prior to the Mets' game against the D-backs on Wednesday, reliever Addison Reed happened to stroll by Arizona's mascot, Baxter. Having played with the D-backs for a year and a half prior to the Mets' trade for him in 2015, Reed was no stranger to him.

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Mets fall short after Rene, Grandy go deep

Mets fall short after Rene, Grandy go deep

PHOENIX -- The D-backs used a four-run rally in the third inning and a sixth-inning homer from Yasmany Tomas to beat the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday night and extend New York's losing streak to six games.

Zack Greinke (5-2) picked up the win, though he did not pitch as well as he has in recent starts as he gave up four runs over 6 2/3 innings. Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer and Rene Rivera added a two-run shot off the D-backs' ace.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cabrera placed on DL with sprained thumb

Mets add Ramirez to reinforce bullpen

Cabrera placed on DL with sprained thumb

PHOENIX -- Asdrubal Cabrera's sprained-thumb saga came to an end on Tuesday, when the Mets placed their starting shortstop on the 10-day disabled list with the injury, retroactive to Sunday.

"He thought he was going to need some days to finally, totally heal," manager Terry Collins said.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets' misplay on steal of home proves costly

'Just bad baseball on my part,' Duda says of wide throw in D-backs' 4-run 3rd

Mets' misplay on steal of home proves costly

PHOENIX -- Neil Walker hesitated, his eyes following Paul Goldschmidt. Walker pumped-faked a throw home, reloaded, then faked again. All the while, he kept his eyes trained on Goldschmidt, finally throwing the ball a short distance to Mets first baseman Lucas Duda.

At that moment, Goldschmidt committed himself to home plate. Catching Walker's toss, Duda fired home, but well wide of the plate. Goldschmidt slid in with a steal of home, and the most dramatic run of the Mets' 5-4 loss Tuesday night to the D-backs.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Molina impresses in return to mound

Molina impresses in return to mound

The New York Mets organization welcomed back one of its better pitching prospects on Tuesday as right-hander Marcos Molina returned from a nearly 21-month absence to hurl four innings of one-run ball for Class A Advanced St. Lucie.

The Mets' No. 13 prospect last pitched in a Minor League game on Aug. 17, 2015, also with St. Lucie, at the end of a season that saw him battle elbow issues throughout and log just 40 innings. Those elbow issues would lead to Tommy John surgery for Molina, costing him the entire 2016 season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Wheeler's return a feel-good story for Mets

Having missed 2 seasons due to TJ surgery, righty has allowed 1 ER in 3 straight starts

Wheeler's return a feel-good story for Mets

PHOENIX -- There's no doubt that the feel-good story so far for the Mets this season is the comeback of Zack Wheeler from Tommy John surgery more than two years ago.

The injuries and negative storylines of the first six weeks are too numerous to mention, but Wheeler isn't one of them.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.