deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom pulled off quite a feat on Saturday: the Mets right-hander was both very good and very bad in the same performance during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.

Through three innings, it looked like it would be one of deGrom's better outings. He needed to face only 11 batters to get the nine outs, seven of which came on strikeouts.

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Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

NEW YORK -- One of the biggest reasons for the Nationals' success to start the season has been the strength of their starting rotation. And not only the top of their rotation -- each time left-hander Gio Gonzalez has taken the mound early on this year, he has turned in a stellar outing.

That continued Saturday evening at Citi Field, when Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and lasted into the seventh to lead the Nats to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. He held New York to one run in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and three walks while only allowing two hits, the first of which did not come until Juan Lagares singled in the sixth inning.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

Mets infielder enters as pinch-hitter in sixth, coaxes walk, scores run

Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins decided to bench Jose Reyes for at least a game or two, hoping that the break will help shake his leadoff hitter out of a serious slump.

"You can just ... sense he's really struggling mentally with what his approach is," Collins said before Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field. "I thought I'd give him a day, maybe two, and see if we can get him undone."

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Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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Wheeler looks to get Mets on track

Wheeler looks to get Mets on track

The series between National League East rivals concludes when the Nationals and Mets take the field Sunday night at 8 ET at Citi Field. The Nationals are riding a six-game winning streak, while the Mets have lost seven of eight.

The Nationals will send right-hander Max Scherzer (2-1) to the mound for his fourth start of the season. Scherzer pitched seven scoreless innings in Atlanta on Tuesday -- his third quality start in a row -- and lowered his ERA to 1.37. Scherzer is 5-3 all-time against the Mets and has pitched 69 innings against them with a 1.83 ERA.

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Collins laments lack of scoring

Mets are hitting .192 in last seven games, with 22 runs

Collins laments lack of scoring

NEW YORK -- The names and the faces were different, because the Mets have had a run of injuries that cost them nearly half their everyday lineup. They had a pitcher pinch-hitting and a pitcher pinch-running, and they had bench players given bigger roles.

Friday's lineup had no Yoenis Cespedes, no Asdrubal Cabrera, no Lucas Duda, no Travis d'Arnaud. But the result Friday night -- a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Nationals -- didn't look that much different from recent games when all those guys played.

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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.

Depleted Mets sputter in extra-inning loss

Depleted Mets sputter in extra-inning loss

NEW YORK -- The Nationals and the Mets have exchanged the National League East title during the past three seasons, and the two teams are the favorites in the division again in 2017. That increases the importance of their 19 matchups this season, the first of which required extra innings to decide Friday at Citi Field.

In his first plate appearance in 10 games, Trea Turner drew a pinch-hit, four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the 11th that allowed Bryce Harper to score the go-ahead run in a 4-3 Nationals victory.

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With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double

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With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double

On Friday night against the Nationals, the Mets were playing with a short bench due to a number of injuries. As a result, manager Terry Collins had starters Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman wear cleats in case they were needed.

The Mets fell, 4-3, and Gsellman was stranded when he entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth. However, Wheeler had a moment to shine, as he pinch-hit for Matt Harvey in the seventh inning. Once Collins told Wheeler that he should prepare to hit, Asdrubal Cabrera gave the inexperienced pinch-hitter some pointers about batter's box prep.

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Gonzalez extends scoreless streak to 20 2/3

Gonzalez extends scoreless streak to 20 2/3

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Mets place Duda, Flores on disabled list

Cespedes likely out all weekend with hamstring injury

Mets place Duda, Flores on disabled list

NEW YORK -- The Mets put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list Friday, but Duda and Flores were only the start of an injury list that is growing by the day.

Duda suffered a hyperextended left elbow on a play at first base in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday. Flores has an infection in his right knee, and doctors said he will remain in the hospital through the weekend.

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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.

Thor, Mets can't overcome early mistakes

Thor, Mets can't overcome early mistakes

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard looked unhittable in the first inning Thursday night at Citi Field.

He struck out the side on 14 pitches, flashing his 100-mph fastball. It looked like a long night ahead for the Phillies, but they scored three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third in a 6-4 victory, winning their first series against the Mets since April 8-10, 2016.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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Thor continues impressive streak in defeat

Mets' ace has not allowed a walk or HR in four starts this season

Thor continues impressive streak in defeat

Even on nights when the dribblers squeeze just inside the line, when the bloopers drop in between the mist and the occasional extra-base hit, Noah Syndergaard makes sure each at-bat against him remains a daunting chore.

Syndergaard wasn't at his best in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Phillies. His first defeat of 2017 came courtesy of a season-high five runs against, including a season-high three of which were earned.

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

Inconsistent play, injuries have Mets in a rut

Club hopes to turn things around with rival Nationals coming to town this weekend

Inconsistent play, injuries have Mets in a rut

NEW YORK -- The timing isn't great for the Mets.

They've lost five of their last six, and now they play the Nationals for the first time this season. They keep losing players to injury, and hey, the Nationals are coming to town.

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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.

Familia activated, throws scoreless inning

Wright transferred to 60-day DL; Plawecki called up as Montero, Gilmartin optioned

Familia activated, throws scoreless inning

Jeurys Familia was activated from the restricted list prior to the Mets' series finale Thursday against the Phillies. Familia had served a 15-game suspension to begin the season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Familia, who led the Majors with 51 saves last season, pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts in the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field. His activation highlighted a flurry of roster moves for a Mets team experiencing some roster ambiguity at the moment.

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Jay Hey: Bruce home runs carry Mets

Jay Hey: Bruce home runs carry Mets

NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce continues to haunt the Phillies.

The Mets' right fielder ripped two home runs in Wednesday night's 5-4 victory at Citi Field. He hit a two-out, three-run home run to right field against Vince Velasquez in the sixth inning to hand the Mets a one-run lead. The Phillies tied the game in the eighth, but Bruce answered. He hit a 1-0 fastball from Edubray Ramos for a two-run homer to right to give the Mets a two-run lead. The homers left Bruce's bat at 108 mph and 105 mph, respectively, according to Statcast™.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Big flies once again the main story for Mets

Big flies once again the main story for Mets

NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce got a curtain call, a crown and a robe.

All that, and a little more understanding that the Mets right fielder can handle playing in New York, after all. His two home runs Wednesday gave the Mets a 5-4 win over the Phillies, and did more to put the second half of 2016 behind him.

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Late error costly as Mets can't hold for Wheeler

Late error costly as Mets can't hold for Wheeler

NEW YORK -- Given a second life, the Phillies took full advantage Tuesday at Citi Field, turning a late Jose Reyes error into a 6-2, 10-inning win over the Mets.

Two innings after a Reyes dropped popup allowed Andres Blanco to hit a game-tying ground-rule double, Cameron Rupp put the Phillies ahead for good on a sacrifice fly off Rafael Montero in the 10th. That gave Philadelphia its first win in four games this season against a Mets club that had won 29 of 41 since the start of 2015.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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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Wright set to begin baseball activities this week

Mets GM Alderson on third baseman's eventual return: 'It's open-ended'

Wright set to begin baseball activities this week

NEW YORK -- Multiple setbacks have derailed David Wright's progress in his return from a shoulder injury over the first half of April, but Wright intends to begin a full slate of baseball activities this week at Citi Field.

Discomfort in his lower back, as well as a case of the flu, forced Wright to shelve much of his progress in his rehab from a right shoulder impingement. The Mets now believe those issues are behind Wright, who intends to field ground balls, take batting practice and throw this week. The team does not, however, have any updated timetable for his return.

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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' miscue hurts as Mets drop 4th straight

Reyes' miscue hurts as Mets drop 4th straight

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes' voice was low as he slouched in a chair before his locker, looking up at his inquisitors. There are slumps, and then there are all-consuming funks. Reyes, upon dropping a popup that allowed the Phillies to tie Tuesday's game in the eighth inning, eventually coming away with a 6-2, 10-inning victory over the Mets, appears to have entered the latter domain.

"I'm going to be better than this," Reyes said. "It's a tough moment right now. You don't want as a player to be like this."

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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.

Conlon throws six scoreless for Binghamton

Conlon throws six scoreless for Binghamton

Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs to pace Triple-A Colorado Springs in a 14-4 win over Memphis.

Brinson, ranked 16th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, flied out in his first at-bat before giving the Sky Sox the lead with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second inning. He connected on a three-run home run to left field off of Redbirds right-hander Chris Ellis (Cardinals' No. 28 prospect) in the following frame and then tacked on a pair of singles in the seventh and eighth innings to finish 4-for-6 at the plate.

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Conforto thriving in reserve role for Mets

With path blocked to start, fourth outfielder has become go-to pinch-hitter

Conforto thriving in reserve role for Mets

NEW YORK -- In the end, it was a mere footnote to the absurdity of a 16-inning game. Not even halfway through Thursday's loss to the Marlins, Michael Conforto came to the plate, jolted a 95-mph sinker off the wall on a hop and cruised into second base with a game-tying double. He would go on to drive home a run in four consecutive games, despite starting only two of them.

This is Conforto's niche now. More than that, it is his platform to excel. Lacking a regular starting spot in the outfield, Conforto has become the Mets' go-to pinch-hitter, racking up more total bases in that role than all but seven big league hitters.

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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.

Tebow adjusting to Class A life in Columbia

Former NFL quarterback is using leadership to help clubhouse, make impact

Tebow adjusting to Class A life in Columbia

ROME, Ga. -- Two weeks into Tim Tebow's Class A career with the Columbia Fireflies of the South Atlantic League, the former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner is still adjusting to his new career.

Tebow entered play Monday night hitting under .200 with two home runs and nine RBIs, and is fresh off a three-RBI performance Sunday night in Augusta, Ga. His raised his batting average to .184 after going 1-for-4 with a single in a 3-2 loss to the Rome Braves on Monday, and he has reached base in nine of his 10 games after reaching on a throwing error in the fifth inning.

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Barrett Sallee is a contributor to MLB.com based in Atlanta. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Smith hits walk-off homer in Las Vegas

Smith hits walk-off homer in Las Vegas

After an impressive spring in big league camp, Andrew Stevenson hasn't skipped a beat to begin the season. On Monday, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect collected a career-high five hits to help lead Double-A Harrisburg past Harford, 16-14, in 13 innings.

Stevenson flew out in his first at-bat, but collected singles in his next two trips to the plate. He would then notch RBI singles in the eighth and ninth innings before doubling in the 12th to finish 5-for-7 and improve his average to .381.

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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.

Despite tough series, Mets know it's still early

Walker: 'These are games that are going to make us stronger'

Despite tough series, Mets know it's still early

MIAMI -- The relay approached perfection, propping up a Mets team sorely in need of some. With two men on base in the ninth inning Sunday, Yoenis Cespedes tracked down Miguel Rojas' hit in the left-field corner, firing in to Asdrubal Cabrera. The cutoff man fielded it and "made a sweet spin move to hit me right in the chest," as catcher Travis d'Arnaud put it, allowing the Mets, for the fleetest of moments, to avoid a walk-off loss.

"We're going to win the game," manager Terry Collins recalled saying to himself.

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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 rally to tie, but fall on walk-off HR

Mets rally to tie, but fall on walk-off HR

MIAMI -- After having a no-hit bid and a two-run lead disappear, the Marlins celebrated a 4-2 walk-off win on Sunday over the Mets when J.T. Riddle crushed a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Addison Reed.

Riddle, who collected his first big league hit on a check swing single a few days ago, left no-doubt with his homer to right field. The blast came after the Marlins lost a replay challenge that Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud blocked the plate, preventing Marcell Ozuna from scoring.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Syndergaard, deGrom played hockey, football

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Syndergaard, deGrom played hockey, football

One of the perks of being a starting pitcher is that, under normal conditions, a starter gets four games off between each appearance. Even factoring in bullpen days and other forms of active recovery, these guys have a lot of free time between starts.

It turns out, what they do with that free time isn't all that different from what most other young adult men do on their days off: Play sports out in the yard.

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deGrom's 13 K's not enough as Mets fall late

deGrom's 13 K's not enough as Mets fall late

MIAMI -- The Marlins enjoyed back-to-back blasts so much on Saturday night, they accomplished the feat twice. The second time came with two outs in the eighth inning, when Christian Yelich launched a two-run homer to right and Giancarlo Stanton crushed a drive to center to rally Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

The consecutive home runs off Fernando Salas proved the difference on a night Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom matched his career-high with 13 strikeouts. The damage Miami did off deGrom came in the second inning, when Justin Bour and Marcell Ozuna went back-to-back.

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Collins opts to play it safe with deGrom

Manager pulls young righty after seven innings, 97 pitches

Collins opts to play it safe with deGrom

MIAMI -- When Fernando Salas entered Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Marlins, he became Major League Baseball's co-leader in appearances, with eight in the Mets' first 12 games. A bullpen missing suspended closer Jeurys Familia has leaned more heavily on Salas than anyone, resulting in one of the sport's largest workloads.

Salas insists that was not a factor when he allowed back-to-back home runs to Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton in the eighth inning, turning a two-run lead into a one-run deficit. And manager Terry Collins insists that Salas was a better option than starting pitcher Jacob deGrom or lefty specialist Jerry Blevins.

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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.