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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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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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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Mets call on Gsellman in bounce-back effort

Mets call on Gsellman in bounce-back effort

Dan Straily looks to continue his dominance against the National League East this season as he takes on Robert Gsellman and the Mets at Marlins Park for the first of a three-game series Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET.

In six starts against the Marlins' division foes, Straily (5-4, 3.43 ERA) has gone 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA. He tossed 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball at home against the Mets on April 16 in a no-decision.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Alderson: Warthen part of pitching solution

Alderson: Warthen part of pitching solution

LOS ANGELES -- Entering Spring Training, the Mets' pitching staff was the envy of baseball, with multiple potential Cy Young Award winners in Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, a presumably healthy supporting cast in Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, and talented youngsters in Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo.

Four months later, the Mets entered Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, ranked 28th in MLB with a 5.01 ERA, including a 5.11 mark from their starting pitchers. Despite that, general manager Sandy Alderson said that pitching coach Dan Warthen is in no danger of dismissal.

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Mets mourn loss of longtime groundskeeper

Mets mourn loss of longtime groundskeeper

LOS ANGELES -- Over six decades in professional baseball, groundskeeper Pete Flynn worked at the Polo Grounds, rubbed elbows with the Beatles and befriended Hall of Famers.

The Mets offered their condolences Wednesday for Flynn, a team employee for more than 50 years, who passed away at age 79.

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Mets routed by homer-happy Dodgers

Mets routed by homer-happy Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Given a front-row seat for Cody Bellinger's historic home run binge, Corey Seager did his best on Tuesday to remind Angelenos that his teammate isn't the only bright young supernova on these new-look Dodgers, who have 11 wins in their last 12 games.

Seager homered three times and Bellinger added one of his own as the Dodgers pounded out five total long balls Tuesday in a 12-0 win over the Mets, establishing a franchise record with 27 home runs over a 10-game stretch. Bellinger has 10 of those, making him the first rookie to hit 10 in 10 games in baseball's modern era. His 22 homers lead the National League, and he's reached that number faster than any player in history (52 games).

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Mets have few answers to rotation's struggles

Mets have few answers to rotation's struggles

LOS ANGELES -- The Mets' rotation ERA has risen to 5.11, second-worst in the National League. There is no ignoring the fact that injuries to Noah Syndergaard and Matt Harvey, two cornerstones of what was supposed to be one of baseball's best starting fives, have played a role.

But the struggles of other, healthy Mets starters have been more difficult to explain. In serving up four homers in a 12-0 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday, Robert Gsellman became the second Mets pitcher in as many days to allow four runs before recording an out. In what was supposed to be his breakout season, Gsellman fell to 5-5 with a 6.04 ERA.

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Mets reach deal with second-rounder Vientos

Mets reach deal with second-rounder Vientos

The Mets reached an agreement with second-round Draft pick Mark Vientos on Tuesday for an above-slot deal, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. The club has not yet confirmed the report.

The 59th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft will sign for $1.5 million, above the slot's suggested value of $1,094,700. The Mets have yet to sign first-rounder David Peterson from Oregon or third-rounder Quinn Brodey out of Stanford.

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Cecchini's first homer comes vs. Kershaw

Cecchini's first homer comes vs. Kershaw

LOS ANGELES -- First came the thrill, of course. When Mets bench coach Dick Scott told Gavin Cecchini late Sunday that he would make his first big league start at second base the following day, Cecchini was elated. Then came the reality check: Cecchini logged onto the internet and learned he would be facing three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, widely considered the best pitcher on earth.

If he felt overwhelmed in that moment, Cecchini did not allow the sensation to linger. He hunkered down and watched video on Kershaw. He asked veterans Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce for advice. Then the rookie went out Monday and hit his first career home run, one of four Mets long balls vs. Kershaw in a 10-6 loss to the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

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Mets' 4 HRs vs. Kershaw aren't enough in LA

Mets' 4 HRs vs. Kershaw aren't enough in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Even with Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw having an off night, home runs from Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner and Chris Taylor sent the Dodgers to their 10th win in 11 games, a 10-6 victory over the Mets on Monday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers racked up a season-high 17 hits and handed Kershaw a 7-0 lead after two innings. Mets starter Zack Wheeler gave up four runs in the first, including a three-run homer to Bellinger, and three in the second, when Turner and Bellinger went back to back.

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Lagares has thumb surgery

Lagares has thumb surgery

LOS ANGELES -- Mets outfielder Juan Lagares underwent surgery Monday in New York to repair a fractured IP joint in his left thumb. The team did not release a timetable for his return.

Lagares injured the thumb attempting to make a diving catch in the fifth inning Thursday against the Nationals. The broken bone became the latest in a long string of injuries for Lagares, who has missed time over the past four seasons due to a sprained left thumb, a torn thumb ligament, a hyperextended right elbow and various soft tissue injuries. He has taken just 262 plate appearances since the start of 2016.

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Cast Yo vote! Cespedes needs ASG support

Cast Yo vote! Cespedes needs ASG support

LOS ANGELES -- Confined to the disabled list for much of All-Star ballot season, Yoenis Cespedes ranks just ninth among National League outfielders with 576,463 votes, according to the latest totals released Monday by Major League Baseball. But now that he is healthy and ready to begin playing on a near-everyday basis, Cespedes still has time to make a late charge up the ballot.

Cespedes isn't likely to catch Bryce Harper, who leads NL outfielders with 2.8 million votes, or Charlie Blackmon, who ranks second with 2.2 million. But if Cespedes catches fire over the next 10 days, third-place outfielder Jason Heyward is within reach at 973,333 votes.

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deGrom named POW for 2-way dominance

deGrom named POW for 2-way dominance

Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.

deGrom made an impact on the mound and at the plate for the Mets in two starts last week. He hit his first career homer on Sunday and fired eight innings of one-run ball to beat the Nationals. The right-hander also pitched a complete game in a win against the Cubs on June 12.

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