Syndergaard to pitch 1 inning in Saturday start

Syndergaard to pitch 1 inning in Saturday start

NEW YORK -- Throughout Noah Syndergaard's nearly five-month rehab process from a torn right lat muscle, he and the Mets emphasized the importance of his eventual return. Although the Mets have long since faded out of contention, Syndergaard wants to see his work pay off in a tangible way. And the Mets want to be certain of their ace's status heading into the winter.

Both parties will finally achieve their goals on Saturday, when Syndergaard comes off the disabled list to start against the Nationals. Syndergaard will throw one inning at Citi Field, with previously scheduled starter Matt Harvey entering to begin the second.

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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.

Nido lending hand to help family in Puerto Rico

Catcher on rebuilding island after hurricane: 'We're all gonna have each other's back'

Nido lending hand to help family in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK -- Hardly two weeks into his Major League career, Tomas Nido is quickly learning to deal with adversity, as his native Puerto Rico was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Maria earlier this week.

Nido moved to Florida when he was 16 years old before his junior year of high school, but still has plenty of family and friends in Puerto Rico, including his sister. Her property suffered limited damage, but like most of the island, she is expected to be without power for weeks, or possibly months. Nido has had a tougher time reaching his family in Ponce, located on the southern side of the island. In the aftermath, the rookie catcher is trying to send a generator to help somewhat alleviate the power issues.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey?

The Mets were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention last week, ensuring they won't reach the playoffs for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons. But that does not necessarily sap the rest of the intrigue from this season. There's still plenty of interesting things to watch as the 2017 campaign draws to a close, including several that inspired questions in this week's Inbox:

Why do the Mets believe that tendering an offer to Matt Harvey for 2018 makes sense financially? Can't his salary be better spent elsewhere?
-- @HowardJHerman via Twitter

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deGrom under weather, Mets juggle rotation

Right-hander's start moved from Friday to Sunday due to nausea

deGrom under weather, Mets juggle rotation

NEW YORK -- Another ailment struck a Mets rotation member this week, when Jacob deGrom complained Wednesday of nausea and an upset stomach in Miami. DeGrom received treatment at Marlins Park and returned to New York with the team, but the Mets have pushed back his next scheduled start to give him more time to recuperate.

Rather than pitch the Mets' series opener Friday against the Nationals at Citi Field, deGrom will instead start Sunday. The switch will not affect deGrom's quest to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career, as he will still start two of the Mets' final 10 games. He is currently at 195 1/3 innings.

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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 come up short after Montero struggles

Mets come up short after Montero struggles

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton delivered an awe-inspiring two-run homer in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, but it was the eight strong innings thrown by Jose Urena that set the tone in the Marlins' 9-2 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Urena held the Mets in check, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. To seal the deal, Stanton blistered a two-run homer, No. 56, off Erik Goeddel in a four-run inning.

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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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Rosario recovering; aiming to return Friday

Familia to get at least one more save opportunity; Mets hope Syndergaard can make starts down the stretch

Rosario recovering; aiming to return Friday

MIAMI -- After spending all day Tuesday confined to his hotel room, shortstop Amed Rosario returned to the Mets' clubhouse Wednesday morning feeling "a lot better." He attributed his stomach illness, which has sidelined him since Monday, to an improperly cooked meal he ate over the weekend.

Rosario, who is batting .265 with four home runs, seven stolen bases and a .709 OPS in 38 games as a rookie, aims to return to the lineup on Friday.

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d'Arnaud, Reyes homer, but Mets fall in 10

d'Arnaud, Reyes homer, but Mets fall in 10

MIAMI -- The Marlins aren't going down quietly in the National League Wild Card chase. After being an out away from elimination on Tuesday night, J.T. Realmuto delivered a walk-off home run in the 10th inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Mets carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning, but closer AJ Ramos, dealt to New York in July from Miami, allowed a leadoff home run to Justin Bour and with two outs, A.J. Ellis and Ichiro Suzuki delivered RBI singles, setting up Realmuto's heroics off Paul Sewald in the 10th.

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Cespedes' offseason will focus on running

Outfielder says program aims to keep quads, hamstrings healthy

Cespedes' offseason will focus on running

MIAMI -- Earlier this season, while rehabbing from yet another leg injury, Yoenis Cespedes reflected on his career since coming from the United States. During his first two years in Oakland, Cespedes struggled to stay healthy, battling leg injuries that cost him a chunk of each season. After re-signing with the Mets in 2016, Cespedes again fell victim to a two-year string of muscle pulls.

The notable exception was 2015, when Cespedes played in 159 games for the Tigers and Mets. Prior to that campaign, he made it his goal to steal more than 30 bases, an element of his game he had mostly abandoned. Though Cespedes fell well short of that goal, he believes the running program he undertook to achieve it allowed his quads and hamstrings to remain healthy.

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Harvey at a loss to explain struggles

Harvey at a loss to explain struggles

MIAMI -- Approximately 20 minutes after the Mets dropped a 13-1 game to the Marlins on Monday, Matt Harvey emerged from a back room of the visiting clubhouse. A staff member indicated that a group of media members was waiting to speak to him. Harvey shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't know what there is to say," he muttered.

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Mets fall as Harvey falters in Miami

Mets fall as Harvey falters in Miami

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton was off on Sunday to recharge his batteries. The All-Star slugger energized the lineup in his return, launching a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs in a 13-1 win on Monday night at Marlins Park. Marcell Ozuna chipped in with a solo home run -- one of his four hits -- while Dee Gordon also had four hits, including a two-run triple in a seven-run fifth inning.

"It was nice to be able to put some runs on the board and kind of keep extending it where we could get some guys some rest out there in the 'pen," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Miami's 19-hit outburst.

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Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return

Mets hoping ace can start two games down the stretch

Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return

MIAMI -- Marlins Park's retractable roof was open Monday afternoon, giving the sun an avenue to beat down on Noah Syndergaard. Dressed in a royal blue T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Syndergaard twice climbed atop the mound, sweating as he fired 39 pitches in a simulated game.

Syndergaard threw his fastball, changeup, slider and curveball, joking that he wanted to "embarrass" a pair of stand-in batters, coaches Tom Goodwin and Ryan Ellis. The session marked his first time facing live hitters since a Minor League rehab game Sept. 7.

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Gsellman guides Mets past Braves in finale

Gsellman guides Mets past Braves in finale

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes tripled and the Mets took advantage of Julio Teheran's shaky control as they constructed a two-run first inning and rode Robert Gsellman's strong start to a 5-1 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

"We just had a good series and I was glad to see that," Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo said. "I was glad to win the series as those guys are talented over there."

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Hot-hitting Reyes showing surprising power

Veteran passes Strawberry for second place on Mets' all-time extra-base-hit list

Hot-hitting Reyes showing surprising power

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes has been a consistent force in the Mets' lineup for 11 seasons. He has always been known as one of baseball's most dynamic leadoff hitters, but this season, he has taken a different approach.

Reyes has started to use his power to drive the ball more into the gaps. He is taking advantage of mistake pitches and has started to heat up in his last 14 games, hitting .296 with six extra-base hits, including four home runs, over that span. He also has driven in 13 runs while posting a .574 slugging percentage.

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deGrom sets new career high with 15th win

deGrom sets new career high with 15th win

ATLANTA -- Prior to Saturday's game against the Braves, Mets manager Terry Collins said that he needed a starter to save the bullpen from being overused. Collins didn't have to wait long for his request to be answered as Jacob deGrom went seven innings in the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

"He is a very good pitcher and he competes," Collins said. "Our bullpen needed a day and they got it."

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Double trouble: Mets ride 2Bs, deGrom in ATL

Double trouble: Mets ride 2Bs, deGrom in ATL

ATLANTA -- Norichika Aoki notched two of the six doubles allowed by the Braves and Gavin Cecchini recorded a career-best three hits as the Mets added to R.A. Dickey's recent struggles and snapped an eight-game road losing streak with Saturday night's 7-3 win at SunTrust Park.

"It was good for us to capitalize tonight on opportunities that we didn't last night," Mets first baseman Dominic Smith said. "It is always good when we are able to do that."

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Montero labors with pitch count, exits in 5th

Righty allows 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings on 108 pitches

Montero labors with pitch count, exits in 5th

ATLANTA -- Right-hander Rafael Montero didn't have his best stuff Friday night, but he continued to show promise as a starter in the Mets' rotation.

Montero went 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in a 3-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park. It was his sixth time in his past seven starts that he allowed three or fewer runs.

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Mets stall in Atlanta after Montero fades

Mets stall in Atlanta after Montero fades

ATLANTA -- Sean Newcomb provided a glimpse of how effective he can be with his entire arsenal working, while Rafael Montero was unable to stall the Braves' two-run fifth inning on their way to a 3-2 win over the Mets on Friday night at SunTrust Park.

Lane Adams delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to support Newcomb, who allowed two runs and notched eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings to earn his third career win and first since Aug. 20. The rookie left-hander displayed an effective fastball, curveball and changeup as he struck out five straight batters after allowing Dominic Smith's game-tying double with one out in the fourth.

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Mike Petriello

Rosario is baseball's fastest shortstop

Rookie leads position with 29.7 feet per second Sprint Speed, per Statcast

Rosario is baseball's fastest shortstop

Amed Rosario isn't just the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. He's also the fastest shortstop in baseball, according to both your eyes and now the Statcast™ data. Rosario qualified for the Sprint Speed leaderboards after scoring on a Jose Reyes single on Thursday night, and when he did, he entered as one of baseball's five fastest players.

It's not like we didn't already know Rosario was expected to be fast. Over the past two years, Pipeline's reports on Rosario have referred to his "excellent speed" and his "outstanding speed," and when he was promoted, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo referred to his "plus speed." Speed, constantly, is part of Rosario's package.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets wear rompers for their flight to Atlanta

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Mets wear rompers for their flight to Atlanta

Recently, Major League teams have gone above and beyond with their road-trip wardrobes. The Padres made sure they were ready for a very comfortable nap. The Cubs have covered everything from "Anchorman" to "biker gang."

But for their Thursday night flight for a weekend series against the Braves, the Mets bravely went where no other team has gone before: They went full romper.

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Mets to hold hurricane relief drive at Citi Field

Club will accept donations for those affected by Harvey, Irma on Sept. 19-21

Mets to hold hurricane relief drive at Citi Field

CHICAGO -- The Mets were the first visiting team to play in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, spending their off-day there helping community members in need. Next week, they will become the first visiting team to play in Miami following Hurricane Irma.

Their contributions to disaster relief will not end there. The Mets announced that they will hold a hurricane relief drive next week at Citi Field to help those affected in Houston and Florida, in conjunction with Queens borough president Melinda Katz.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Callis: Ranking rookies by long-term potential

Red Sox duo, Dodgers' Bellinger, White Sox's Moncada lead list

Callis: Ranking rookies by long-term potential

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger ended the Rookie of the Year Award debate early this season, all but locking up those races by the All-Star break. The only real question remaining was whether they could become the rare rookies to lead their league in home runs.

Judge still has that chance, holding a 43-39 advantage over Khris Davis as he seeks to follow Al Rosen (1953) and Mark McGwire ('87) as the only rookies to top the American League. Bellinger ranks second in the National League with 37, but Giancarlo Stanton's second-half explosion means he won't join Buck Freeman (1899), Harry Lumley (1904), Tim Jordan ('06) and Ralph Kiner ('46) as the only first-year players to pace the Senior Circuit.

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Back-to-back HRs can't save Mets, Lugo

Back-to-back HRs can't save Mets, Lugo

CHICAGO -- What's the best way to deal with getting swept at home? The Cubs responded by pulling off a sweep of their own, beating the Mets, 14-6, on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Rizzo smacked his 32nd home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to spark the Cubs, who had lost three in a row to the Brewers last weekend. Chicago now has a three-game lead over idle Milwaukee and St. Louis, which comes to Wrigley Field next. The Mets were officially eliminated from postseason play with the loss.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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Frustration boils over for Harvey at Wrigley

Improvement slow going for Mets' righty, who lasts just 3 1/3 in 3rd start since DL stint

Frustration boils over for Harvey at Wrigley

CHICAGO -- At his peak, Matt Harvey was the brashest of New York City athletes, a supernova with a superhero nickname. Harvey dominated hitters. He transformed the five boroughs into his personal playpen. He dripped confidence.

Harvey was a husk of that personality late Wednesday evening, speaking quietly as his teammates dressed and ate in a cramped Wrigley Field clubhouse. Hours after serving up five runs to the Cubs in 3 1/3 innings of a 17-5 loss, Harvey stamped out any last flickering embers of his old self.

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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 can't stop Cubs after Reyes' leadoff HR

Mets can't stop Cubs after Reyes' leadoff HR

CHICAGO -- It wasn't that long ago when the Mets swept the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series. Last year, the Cubs wiped that bad memory away, winning 100-plus games in the regular season and their first World Series since 1908.

This week, the Cubs and Mets squared off again, but clearly the two teams are having different seasons. Chicago posted a 17-5 victory on Wednesday to maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers while opening a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Mets are looking ahead to next year.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Gsellman unable to straighten out mechanics

Mets righty allows 4 runs, career-high 5 walks in 4 innings

Gsellman unable to straighten out mechanics

CHICAGO -- Upon taking the Wrigley Field mound in the first inning Tuesday night, Mets pitcher Robert Gsellman stepped off the rubber and dragged his foot down the slope, drawing a large arrow in the dirt with his cleat. It is a habit he began earlier this season, a not-so-subtle reminder for him to finish his follow-through directly toward home plate, instead of falling off to one side.

Ultimately, the arrow had little effect on Gsellman, who walked a career-high five batters, allowed another five hits and served up four runs in four innings of the Mets' 8-3 loss to the Cubs. But he believes being mindful of mechanical details such as that will help him rediscover the form that made him successful down the stretch last season.

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Mets announce 2018 season schedule

New York opens up with home slate vs. Cardinals on March 29

Mets announce 2018 season schedule

If the Mets plan to return to contention next season, the month of June may make or break their season. Key matchups with the Cubs, Yankees and Dodgers await at Citi Field, according to the 2018 schedule released Tuesday.

Mets' 2018 season schedule 

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Mets fade at Wrigley as Gsellman falters

Mets fade at Wrigley as Gsellman falters

CHICAGO -- If the Cubs are going to repeat as National League Central champs, they need Kris Bryant, and he hit his first home run of September, a three-run shot in the fourth inning, and 26th of the season to spark an 8-3 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Bryant added a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ each hit solo homers to help the Cubs end a three-game losing streak. With the win, they maintained a two-game lead over the Cardinals and a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Mets add catcher Nido, team's No. 11 prospect

Mets add catcher Nido, team's No. 11 prospect

CHICAGO -- The Mets added another September callup to their roster on Tuesday, promoting No. 11 prospect Tomas Nido from Double-A Binghamton. Nido, who was already on the Mets' 40-man roster, gives them a third catcher to back up Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki down the stretch.

One of the Mets' two SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game representatives last season alongside top prospect Amed Rosario, Nido enjoyed a breakout 2016 campaign, in which he hit .320 with an .816 OPS at Class A St. Lucie. But he struggled at Binghamton this summer, batting .232 with a .641 OPS in 102 games. The Mets waited to recall Nido until after Binghamton lost its best-of-five Eastern League semifinal with Trenton, 3-1.

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