Masterful Matz leads Mets over Marlins

Masterful Matz leads Mets over Marlins

MIAMI -- Steven Matz gave hitters another pitch to think about on Wednesday. The left-hander unveiled a slider for the first time this season, sprinkling in four of them on a night his sinker was inducing plenty of ground balls and soft contact.

Backed by two-run home runs from Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson, Matz worked seven brilliant innings and the Mets cruised to an 8-0 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park.

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Resurrected Granderson continues to rake

Resurrected Granderson continues to rake

MIAMI -- The most difficult part of benching Curtis Granderson, Mets manager Terry Collins said recently, would be the professionalism with which Granderson would absorb the news. As recently as June 3, Granderson was batting .198. Collins was going to have to call Granderson into his office, tell him that he would no longer be a starting player, then watch the 14-year veteran accept his demotion with grace.

But that conversation never happened; a series of injuries to Michael Conforto extended Granderson's lease as a starter for another couple of weeks. Given that opportunity, Granderson has exploded from his season-opening slump, hitting his fifth home run in seven games Wednesday in the Mets' 8-0 win over the Marlins.

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Tebow homers on 1st day in Class A Advanced

Former NFL star goes deep in second game of doubleheader

Tebow homers on 1st day in Class A Advanced

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- After his Florida Gators won the national championship in the College World Series Tuesday night, the most famous alum from Gainesville had his own big night at the plate.

Making his debut with the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets after being promoted on Sunday, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow homered in his first appearance in the second game of a doubleheader at First Data Field.

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Remembering Julio Franco's HR off the Unit

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Remembering Julio Franco's HR off the Unit

The night of May 4, 2007, was a dry one -- as most nights tend to be in Phoenix. Darkness crept over the desert, cacti bristled in the moonlight and Chase Field opened its gates for Game 2 of a three-game set between the Mets and D-backs. While it seemed like a very normal Arizona spring evening on the surface, something magical was afoot.

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Mets place Gsellman on DL, recall Reynolds

Mets place Gsellman on DL, recall Reynolds

MIAMI -- A day after limping off the field with a left hamstring strain, Robert Gsellman on Wednesday became the 17th Mets player to hit the disabled list this season. The team recalled infielder Matt Reynolds to take Gsellman's place on the roster, with Rafael Montero slated to take his rotation spot this weekend.

It was all so routine, which raised renewed questions of the Mets' medical, training, strength and conditioning practices. Former Mets player Ron Darling in particular was outspoken on SNY's broadcast Tuesday, calling it "a joke to watch this happen each and every night" throughout the Majors.

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

Lugo lines up for rubber game vs. Marlins

Lugo lines up for rubber game vs. Marlins

You likely haven't heard much about him, but Jose Urena has been one of baseball's best pitchers of late. The Marlins hope to ride his hot hand to a win as they take on the Mets in the rubber game of the series Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Since June 13, Urena (6-2, 3.33) is 2-0 and owns a 1.50 ERA over his last three starts, ranking 7th in MLB among pitchers with at least 15 innings in that span. New York has yet to figure him out this season, as the Mets have scored just one earned run in 10 innings off him.

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Mets strike first, tie it late, but fall to Marlins

Mets strike first, tie it late, but fall to Marlins

MIAMI -- There was nothing flashy about Ichiro Suzuki's 3,051th MLB hit, other than the placement and perfect timing. The slapped pinch-hit single through the hole at short in the seventh inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Marlins' 6-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

The exit velocity of the RBI single was a mere 87.8 mph, and according to Statcast™, the hit probability was just 29 percent. To the Marlins, the single was highly impactful because it helped them take the series opener against the Mets at a time both clubs are looking to track toward the .500 mark and into contention.

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Ex-Mets pitcher Young passes away at 51

Ex-Mets pitcher Young passes away at 51

MIAMI -- Anthony Young, a beloved Mets pitcher best known for losing a Major League record 27 consecutive games, passed away Tuesday following a battle with brain cancer. He was 51.

"Anthony was a true gentleman," said former Mets pitcher Turk Wendell, who participated in Mets fantasy camp alongside Young the past several years. At this year's camp, Wendell said, Young told his friends he had an inoperable brain tumor. "That was Anthony. He never ran away from anything."

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Mark Feinsand

3 potential Mets-Yanks trades that make sense

3 potential Mets-Yanks trades that make sense

If you've ever listened to sports radio in New York, you've undoubtedly heard somebody call the station and propose a trade between the Yankees and Mets.

The host will listen, make his or her comment about why it makes sense and would help both teams, thank the listener for their call and move on, knowing full well that any such trade is never going to happen.

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Gsellman pulls up lame, strains hamstring

Hurler latest Met likely headed to disabled list

Gsellman pulls up lame, strains hamstring

MIAMI -- At a Spring Training photoshoot last year on one of those bright, optimistic Port St. Lucie, Fla., mornings, the Mets gathered all their finest starting pitchers onto the field. Jacob deGrom stood alongside Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, a Rushmore of pitching talent shoulder to shoulder.

"I don't even know where they all are right now," manager Terry Collins quipped last weekend.

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

Tebow's St. Lucie debut pushed back by rain

Former quarterback grateful for opportunity with Mets' Class A Advanced affiliate

Tebow's St. Lucie debut pushed back by rain

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Tebowmania will have to wait one more day.

Tim Tebow's first game with the St. Lucie Mets -- New York's Class A Advanced affiliate in the Florida State League -- was postponed Tuesday due to rain. The game will be made up as a doubleheader Wednesday, with St. Lucie and the Palm Beach Cardinals playing a pair of seven-inning contests.

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Bill Whitehead is a contributor to MLB.com based in Florida. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cespedes needs big final push in ASG voting

Cespedes needs big final push in ASG voting

SAN FRANCISCO -- Finally healthy, Yoenis Cespedes is producing at the type of clip the Mets expect. But he'll need more than a few good days to jump ahead of the leaders on the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Cespedes remained ninth in the final tally of National League voting released Monday by Major League Baseball, trailing third-place Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna by nearly half a million votes. At 785,178 total votes, Cespedes is also 2.8 million behind leader Bryce Harper of the Nationals, who is unlikely to be caught in the online ballot's final days.

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

R. Rivera homers twice as Mets sweep Giants

R. Rivera homers twice as Mets sweep Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rene Rivera's versatile effort, which featured a pair of home runs and shutdown defense, spurred the New York Mets to Sunday's 8-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Rivera homered in each of his first two at-bats off Giants starter Matt Moore, helping New York grab a 4-1 lead. He also made a hustling, daring catch of Denard Span's first-inning popup, snaring the ball inches in front of the backstop. With Giants on the corners, two outs in the third inning and a run in, Rivera ended the threat by throwing out Hunter Pence on an attempted steal of second base.

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Confident Montero gives Mets rotation option

Confident Montero gives Mets rotation option

SAN FRANCISCO -- Rafael Montero's inevitable unraveling appeared to begin in the third inning of Sunday's 8-2 Mets win over the Giants. Following a strikeout to open the inning, Montero gave up a pair of hits, before walking Hunter Pence to load the bases.

Up to the plate strode former National League MVP Buster Posey, creating the type of spot that had consumed Montero on so many past occasions. But this time was different. This time, Montero threw strikes, coaxing a relatively harmless sacrifice fly from Posey before catcher Rene Rivera caught Hunter Pence stealing to end the inning.

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Jim Callis

Mets trio headlines Prospect Team of the Week

Mets trio headlines Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

The Mets have MLBPipeline.com's top-rated first-base prospect in Dominic Smith. They also have another promising first baseman in Peter Alonso, who has hit well when able to stay healthy.

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Szapucki fans 10 for Columbia

Szapucki fans 10 for Columbia

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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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.

Conforto exits with bruised hand after HBP

Conforto exits with bruised hand after HBP

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets avoided a potentially impactful injury Sunday, when X-rays came back negative on outfielder Michael Conforto's left hand. Conforto escaped with just a bruise after Giants starter Matt Moore hit him with a 92 mph fastball in the fifth inning of an 8-2 Mets victory.

When the pitch struck him, Conforto dropped to the ground, remaining there as Mets athletic trainer Ray Ramirez and manager Terry Collins examined him. Eventually, Conforto ambled to his feet, remaining in the game for another inning and a half.

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

Mets elevate Tebow to Class A St. Lucie

Mets elevate Tebow to Class A St. Lucie

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Tebow is officially three steps from the Majors. The Mets announced Sunday that they are promoting the former NFL quarterback from Class A Columbia to Class A Advanced St. Lucie, their third-highest ranked Minor League affiliate.

Tebow was scheduled to play in his final game Sunday for Columbia, before reporting to St. Lucie on Tuesday.

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

Mets rally to back dominant deGrom vs. Giants

Mets rally to back dominant deGrom vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reaffirming his status as one of the National League's elite performers, Jacob deGrom pitched a four-hitter for eight innings Saturday to lead the Mets to a 5-2 victory over the Giants.

deGrom (7-3) has worked at least eight innings in three consecutive starts, the first Met to accomplish this since Johan Santana in August 2010. He lapsed only in the seventh inning, which Brandon Belt christened with a home run. deGrom received support primarily from Wilmer Flores, who homered in the fourth inning and doubled home a run in the eighth.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Tip from HOFer Smoltz aids deGrom's rebound

Tip from HOFer Smoltz aids deGrom's rebound

SAN FRANCISCO -- About a month ago, Jacob deGrom happened to walk inside Citi Field's home clubhouse as John Smoltz, a Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-FOX color commentator, was on air discussing his old habit of throwing multiple side sessions between starts.

Like Smoltz, deGrom threw multiple side sessions, or "bullpens," for a spell in 2015, but eventually abandoned the habit. Curious, he texted Smoltz, who broke down the strategy's benefits.

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Gonzalez spins gem in St. Lucie debut

Gonzalez spins gem in St. Lucie debut

Austin Riley's perfect day at the plate helped lead Class A Advanced Florida to a 4-3 win over Fort Myers on Saturday.

The Braves' No. 12 prospect put together his first two-homer game of the season -- and second of his career -- as he finished 3-for-3 with two homers and tied his season high with a trio of RBIs.

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Mets cruise after double-filled big inning

Mets cruise after double-filled big inning

SAN FRANCISCO -- Deuces were wild for the New York Mets in Friday night's series opener at AT&T Park, where they stuffed five doubles into a six-run second inning en route to an 11-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Yoenis Cespedes departed from the script, clobbering a two-run homer to highlight a three-hit effort in which he lacked a triple for the cycle. Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto and Lucas Duda also amassed three hits apiece for the Mets, who were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their previous series.

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Asdrubal moved from SS to 2B, asks for trade

Asdrubal moved from SS to 2B, asks for trade

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Asdrubal Cabrera landed on the disabled list two weeks ago, he was the Mets' starting shortstop. When Cabrera returned to AT&T Park on Friday, manager Terry Collins greeted him with the news that he would become the team's new second baseman.

Blindsided by the move, Cabrera has asked the Mets to trade him.

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

Mets open to trading pending free agents

Mets open to trading pending free agents

SAN FRANCISCO -- Asdrubal Cabrera's public request for a trade may have furthered the conversation, but even before Cabrera made his statements Friday, six weeks of losing baseball opened the Mets' minds to the reality that they are unlikely to contend for a third straight postseason berth. As such, team officials are privately acknowledging that the Mets are likely to become sellers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Though officials cautioned that the Mets are unlikely to make any moves before mid-July, they will listen to calls for all their pending free agents -- a group that includes outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, infielders Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes, and relief pitchers Addison Reed and Fernando Salas. In addition, Cabrera and lefty specialist Jerry Blevins hold 2018 options on their contracts, with the potential to become free agents after this season.

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

Alonso fills out stat sheet for St. Lucie

Alonso fills out stat sheet for St. Lucie

After a dominant start to his season with Class A Advanced Carolina, Corbin Burnes is continuing to make it look easy in Double-A.

The Brewers' No. 20 prospect tossed a four-hit shutout on Friday as Biloxi defeated Mississippi, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader. He threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes over seven innings, allowing one walk and striking out seven.

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Grandy goes deep again, but Mets fall in LA

Grandy goes deep again, but Mets fall in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Joc Pederson's tie-breaking blast leading off the bottom of the seventh inning capped another Dodgers home-run barrage Thursday night in a 6-3 win at Dodger Stadium, completing their first four-game sweep over the Mets since 1979.

The Dodgers ran their season-high win streak to seven and home streak to eight, while the Mets have lost seven of their last eight games. The Dodgers slugged 15 home runs in the series, the most they've hit (or the Mets have allowed) in a series, and have homered in 14 consecutive games.

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Granderson hit homers at almost the same time

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Granderson hit homers at almost the same time

The art of the leadoff homer is unrivaled. It's an ambush, so to speak, against the opposition, standing in the box and cracking an immediate dinger mere seconds into the contest. 

It's precisely that span of time -- seconds -- that makes what Curtis Granderson has done the past two nights in Los Angeles especially eerie. On Wednesday, the Mets' outfielder stepped up against Rich Hill and hit a homer to right-center field on a 1-0 pitch. It was 7:11:09 local time. 

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Mets take issue with Puig's slow HR trot

Mets take issue with Puig's slow HR trot

LOS ANGELES -- As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig.

Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32 seconds to round the bases, his second slowest home run trot of the year. Afterward, Puig said he didn't remember what he said to Flores.

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Grandy start, but Mets falter vs. Dodgers

Grandy start, but Mets falter vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Rich Hill's season-high eight strikeouts and home runs from Yasiel Puig and two from Yasmani Grandal powered the Dodgers to an 8-2 win against the Mets on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, as Los Angeles moved back into first place in the National League West.

Hill (4-3) worked through five innings, tossing 98 pitches and holding the Mets to four hits. The southpaw also provided his own run support with a sacrifice fly in the third. Curtis Granderson was able to capitalize off a fastball Hill left over the plate to start the game, taking him deep for homer, but the Mets' bats were mostly silent for the rest of the game. Grandson added an RBI double in the ninth.

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Mets place Wheeler (biceps) on 10-day DL

Righty only expected to miss one start with injury

Mets place Wheeler (biceps) on 10-day DL

LOS ANGELES -- Somewhat remarkably in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, it was Zack Wheeler who ranked among the sturdiest Mets starters over the season's first three months. That changed Tuesday when Wheeler landed on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis.

The Mets expect Wheeler to miss just one outing, next week in Miami. To replace him on the active roster, the team recalled Wednesday's starter, Tyler Pill, from Triple-A Las Vegas, also summoning reliver Erik Goeddel. Infielder Matt Reynolds was sent back to Las Vegas.

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