Mets plan to skip Harvey before season ends

Right-hander will pitch vs. Washington next week; team eyes 6-man rotation

Mets plan to skip Harvey before season ends

NEW YORK -- The Mets have written their rotation plans for this weekend in ink. It's the rest of September that remains uncertain.

Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that the team will almost certainly skip Matt Harvey once more before the end of the season, something that should prove less painful if they can maintain their 6 1/2-game National League East lead throughout the month. The goal is to keep Harvey within the roughly 185- to 190-inning soft limit that the Mets and their doctors set back in Spring Training; skipping him would result in four more starts, almost certainly placing him within or below that range.

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Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

Duda swings bat for 1st time since back injury

NEW YORK -- First baseman Lucas Duda took a tangible step forward in his rehab from a back injury on Wednesday, swinging a bat for the first time since landing on the disabled list Aug. 22.

Duda, who is rehabbing from a small thoracic herniation in his back, will not come off the DL when first eligible on Sunday, though he may not require much additional time after that. In any scenario, the Mets have no plans to rush Duda considering their 6 1/2-game NL East lead entering Wednesday's play. Daniel Murphy has been playing first base most days in Duda's absence, with Michael Cuddyer filling in on occasion.

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Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

Infielder expected to return to Mets on Friday vs. Marlins

Flores goes to Ven. to see ailing grandfather

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores flew home to Venezuela on Wednesday to be with his ailing grandfather, with plans to return to the Mets on Friday in Miami. With Flores gone, Ruben Tejada started at shortstop against the Phillies.

Flores, 24, is hitting .263 with 14 home runs in 119 games. Since the night he became a national sensation for crying on the field, believing he had been traded, Flores has hit .316 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He has developed into something close to an everyday starter during that time, seeing reps both at shortstop and second base.

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Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

Matz to start for Syndergaard this weekend

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz's electric but brief introduction to the big leagues is finally ready for a sequel.

The Mets activated Matz from the disabled list on Tuesday, a day after he delivered 5 1/3 shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton in his final rehab start, with plans to insert him into their rotation this weekend in Miami. The team will skip Noah Syndergaard's next turn in the rotation, according to a person with knowledge of the plan, shifting Matz into that slot before moving to a six-man rotation the following week.

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Mets looking for more from Niese and Parnell

Mets looking for more from Niese and Parnell

NEW YORK -- Several weeks ago, Bobby Parnell was lounging in the Citi Field clubhouse, reflecting back on what has become a long career. He, Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans all came through the Mets' farm system together, a quartet of well-regarded prospects who debuted within months of each other in 2008. None of them have appeared in a postseason game.

For more than one of those players, that may not change anytime soon. Evans is long since gone from the organization. And while Murphy remains a member of the Mets' bedrock at least for the next two months, Parnell and Niese are struggling to prove they deserve significant roles on a rapidly-changing roster. Those two allowed nine runs in the Mets' 14-8 loss to the Phillies on Tuesday, inciting varying levels of anxiety.

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Mets' 10-game win streak vs. Phillies snapped

Mets' 10-game win streak vs. Phillies snapped

NEW YORK -- Still their most conspicuous weakness despite several trades to address it, the Mets' bullpen unraveled Tuesday in a 14-8 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field. They retained a 6.5-game NL East lead thanks to the Nationals' subsequent loss to the Cardinals.

Bobby Parnell, Eric O'Flaherty and Carlos Torres combined to allow eight runs in the sixth inning of the Mets' first loss in their last 11 meetings with the Phillies. Darin Ruf's two-run single accounted for a chunk of the damage, as well as a large part of his six-RBI game. But the Mets helped things along with two defensive errors, four bases on balls and multiple questionable personnel decisions.

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Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

New York called up seven players with rosters expanding on Tuesday

Young Jr. is excited to help Mets' playoff chase

NEW YORK -- For the first time in over a year, Eric Young Jr. stepped into Citi Field's home clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. A security guard greeted him with a hug. A team cook beamed at his arrival. The Mets were thrilled to have what Young called his own "brand of energy" back in the clubhouse.

"You try to put the whole puzzle together," Young said. "Hopefully I can help complete that puzzle."

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Mets sending three players to Arizona Fall League

Mets sending three players to Arizona Fall League

NEW YORK -- The Mets will send three prospects to the Arizona Fall League once the Minor League seasons end: infielder Jeff McNeil, right-hander Beck Wheeler and right-hander Ricky Jannis.

McNeil, the Mets' 12th-round selection in the 2013 Draft, has split time between second, third and shortstop while hitting .317 for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. McNeil, 23, leads the Florida State League in runs scored and on-base percentage (.376), and places second in batting and hits (146) through 117 games.

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Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

Mets, Colon continue to dominate Phillies

NEW YORK -- Suddenly the Mets' hottest pitcher, Bartolo Colon delivered eight shutout innings Monday in a 3-1 Mets win over the Phillies at Citi Field, running his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and -- for good measure -- rapping out his career-high seventh hit.

The Mets finished August with 20 wins, achieving that for the first time in any month since August 2000. They also set a franchise record with 45 home runs in the month, including a pair on Monday from Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson. New York also extended its division lead to 6 1/2 games as Washington was topped by St. Louis, 8-5.

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On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

On a roll, Colon working to earn playoff role

NEW YORK -- There Bartolo Colon stood on Aug. 21, owning a 4.90 ERA and an expiring contract. At the time it was nearly impossible to envision him taking the ball for the Mets in October.

And maybe it's still difficult. But with eight shutout innings in Monday's 3-1 win over the Phillies, Colon ran his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and has at least wedged his foot in the door of playoff consideration.

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Rookie Conforto playing like a wily veteran

Rookie Conforto playing like a wily veteran

NEW YORK -- In the Mets' 3-1 win over the Phillies on Monday, Michael Conforto showed all the offensive tools that made him New York's No. 1 Draft pick in 2014.

He rifled an inside changeup into right field for a single. He smacked an outside fastball for a home run to left -- the first opposite-field shot of his career. And when Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff was done giving him pitches to hit, Conforto took a walk.

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Colon notches new season high with seven hits

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Colon notches new season high with seven hits

At the beginning of the season, his 18th, Bartolo Colon was a very happy Major League Baseball player. And why wouldn't he be? He was 41 years old and still playing the game he loves. Look at that grin.

Although he's had an up-and-down year, Colon has experienced newfound success at the plate. And during Monday's start against the Phillies, he set a new season high with his seventh hit -- a hard line drive up the middle:

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Reed turns 'pen from concern to strength

Reed turns 'pen from concern to strength

NEW YORK -- Addison Reed stepped into a Mets uniform for the first time on Monday. Bobby Parnell should return from the disabled list on Tuesday. With those two, and with Jeurys Familia and Tyler Clippard in tow, the Mets will spend September with four relievers boasting significant closing experience.

If the bullpen was a significant concern for the Mets during the second half of August, manager Terry Collins is convinced it no longer is.

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Gilmartin gets his wish to stick with Mets

Gilmartin gets his wish to stick with Mets

NEW YORK -- For most of Spring Training, Sean Gilmartin could not escape the nagging reality that there was a chance he'd wind up back where he started.

At the time, Gilmartin was months removed from the Mets selecting him in the Rule 5 Draft -- a numbers game that did not play in his favor. If the Mets chose not to carry him on the Opening Day roster, they would be forced to offer him back to the Twins. But Gilmartin did make the team, and from that point on, he never thought much about his tenuous standing in the organization.

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No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

No talks on Collins contract 'til after season

NEW YORK -- The Mets will not discuss manager Terry Collins' contract status until after the season, general manager Sandy Alderson said on Monday during a visit to the Fort Hamilton Army base in Brooklyn.

The Mets hold a 2016 club option for the 66-year-old Collins but could offer him a contract extension based on what will almost certainly become his first winning season at the helm. He entered Monday's series opener against the Phillies with a 72-58 record after going 79-82 last season.

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'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

Mets closer gets high praise from Red Sox, hasn't allowed run in last 16 innings

'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

NEW YORK -- Rarely does Jeurys Familia allow emotion to escape him. One of the National League's most effective closers also tends to be one of the quietest.

But something stirred within Familia after he unleashed the final pitch of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, a 100-mph fastball that fled past Mookie Betts, zoomed through the upper third of the strike zone and popped into Anthony Recker's mitt. Familia pumped his fist and unleashed a whoop, slapping Recker's hand with a force that could have knocked him to the ground. After Recker walked past him, Familia sought his catcher out again for a second, equally thunderous high-five.

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Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.

"This was a big game for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We've been flat the last couple nights. To come out today and get tremendous crowd support again, fan support, it was a good win for us."

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Mets have logjam for potential playoff rotation

Collins doesn't anticipate Syndergaard, Matz or Niese pitching in bullpen

Mets have logjam for potential playoff rotation

NEW YORK -- The competition for high-leverage middle-relief opportunities within the Mets' bullpen remains alive and unresolved after New York escaped with a 5-4 win over Boston on Sunday, with Hansel Robles surrendering another big hit, Logan Verrett optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and former closer Addison Reed on the way from Arizona.

Shoring up the seventh inning lingers as New York's primary focus at the moment. But another average start from Noah Syndergaard suggests that the Mets could have decisions to make regarding the rotation as well, even if they're not ready to make them yet.

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Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

Ex-Arizona closer could fill much-needed seventh-inning setup role

Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

NEW YORK -- With days to spare until the waiver Trade Deadline, the first-place Mets have addressed their most glaring weakness heading into the stretch run. The club officially acquired right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs on Sunday in exchange for two Minor Leaguers in a move that could bridge a widening gap between their starting pitchers and back-end relievers.

The D-backs received right-handed pitchers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz in the deal.

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Colon gives 'pen a break with inning of relief

Mets righty tosses scoreless frame in first outing out of bullpen since 2011

Colon gives 'pen a break with inning of relief

NEW YORK -- A near-record 43,255 fans piled into Citi Field on Saturday and were treated to a surprise. The second-largest showing in Citi's history left mostly displeased with New York's 3-1 loss to Boston. But many left entertained after beloved starter Bartolo Colon made his first relief appearance in over four years.

With New York's bullpen taxed, Mets manager Terry Collins turned to the 42-year-old Colon to take his normal between-starts bullpen session to the real mound. What resulted was a top of the ninth high on entertainment value and ultimately positive in results. Colon kept a 3-1 score at that by pitching around a one-out David Ortiz double, finishing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. It was his first relief appearance since April 14, 2011, when Colon pitched three shutout innings for the Yankees against the Orioles.

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deGrom fans 10, but Mets stifled by Kelly in loss

deGrom fans 10, but Mets stifled by Kelly in loss

NEW YORK -- The Mets had all the ingredients in place for a picture-perfect Saturday at Citi Field: a sellout crowd, a sun-splashed afternoon and a dominant Jacob deGrom on the mound. But it was Joe Kelly and the Red Sox who scored an opportunistic 3-1 victory, sending the Mets to their fifth consecutive home loss. With the Nationals beating the Marlins, the Mets' lead in the National League East was cut to 5 1/2 games.

Pablo Sandoval cracked a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth, Mookie Betts homered and Kelly reeled off his sixth consecutive victory, dropping his ERA below 5.00 for the first time since April. He pitched into the eighth, finishing August a perfect 6-0 with a 2.68 ERA.

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Mets sticking to the plan with Wright

Third baseman rests Saturday as expected, should return to lineup Sunday

Mets sticking to the plan with Wright

NEW YORK -- There will be no surprises in David Wright's routine the rest of this season if the Mets can help it. As expected, Wright sat out Saturday's game against the Red Sox after playing all 23 innings of the Mets' previous two games. Manager Terry Collins noted that Wright was feeling "a little stiff" on Saturday morning, particularly in his shoulders.

But Wright should be back at third base Sunday, with Collins going as far as to map out a rough schedule for him in the coming weeks. The idea is to give Wright as much notice as possible regarding when he will play and when he will rest. Even on days such as Saturday when Wright is not in the starting lineup, Collins added, he will be available to pinch-hit. But he will require more advance notice than a normal hitter, considering he is less than four months removed from his spinal stenosis diagnosis.

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Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

Inside-the-parker in 10th helps Sox halt Mets

NEW YORK -- Jog or sprint, it really didn't matter. Blake Swihart's go-ahead inside-the-park homer off Carlos Torres in the 10th inning appeared to clear the orange marker along the center-field wall at Citi Field. But nobody saw that in real time except Juan Lagares, who watched the ball carom past him while Swihart chugged around the bases as the Red Sox cooled off the red-hot Mets with a 6-4 win on Friday at Citi Field.

"I was close to first at least, going to second, and I thought it had gotten over because of the way it bounced back," said Swihart. "I just kept my head down, running. I kind of watched the center fielder kind of jogging. I didn't hear anything, so I just kept running."

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Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

Third baseman collects two hits, scores once in return to Citi Field

Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

NEW YORK -- Somewhere between the second-base bag and Tim Teufel's left arm waving him around third, David Wright lost the nervous excitement that turned his late-August return to Queens into "almost like Opening Day." Then came the mad dash home, which Wright never expected to take when Michael Cuddyer's single to right sent him scurrying in the first place, and which Wright admittedly doubted at times he'd ever try again this season.

But Wright made it home safely after Rusney Castillo's error in right, and back to the dugout healthy -- the latter serving as probably the most important takeaway from Wright's first game at Citi Field since April 14, a 6-4 loss to Boston.

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Collins keeping big picture in mind with Harvey

Right-hander pulled after throwing 103 pitches over six shutout innings

Collins keeping big picture in mind with Harvey

NEW YORK -- The color scheme said it all. Thousands of white rally towels spun around Citi Field on Friday, contrasting against Yoenis Cespedes' neon arm sleeve and the alternative-uniform blue starter Matt Harvey selected. Make no mistake, the 39,401 chanting, cheering and eventually screaming during the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Red Sox gave this late-August matchup against a last-place team an October feel.

David Wright back at third base. Cespedes at the plate with the game on the line. A large crowd breathing out one big, dizzying breath of excitement after another. And most of all, Harvey on the mound, rested and putting up zeros. Until he wasn't.

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Unreal circus play highlights Amazin' night on D

Torres, Murphy combine for incredible 1-3-1 putout in win over Phillies

Unreal circus play highlights Amazin' night on D

PHILADELPHIA -- Sprinting toward first base, Carlos Torres figured there was little chance Daniel Murphy would feed him the baseball. After splaying out to snare a comebacker that ricocheted off Torres' foot, Murphy was lying on the ground, struggling to remove it from the webbing of his glove. Torres continued on his route. Then in one heaving motion, Murphy shoveled the ball to Torres as the pitcher's foot hit the bag.

Jeff Francoeur was out, and stunned.

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Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

NEW YORK -- When Matt Harvey climbs atop the Citi Field mound for tonight's 7 ET showdown against the Red Sox, he will be operating on 11 days' rest -- 11 days of playing catch, throwing bullpen sessions, weightlifting, watching television and otherwise acting like his usual self: a caged animal. Not since his Grapefruit League debut has he gone longer between outings, thanks to a skipped start on what would have been his turn last Sunday in Denver.

The rest may prove important -- Statcast™ tells us so. While Harvey's results have been pristine over the past month-plus, including a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break of his first year back from Tommy John surgery, his velocity has taken a slight dip. That flies in direct contrast to fellow young pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who -- like most of baseball's top 20 starters, as ranked by Wins Above Replacement -- have enjoyed a gradual midsummer velocity increase.

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BFFs: A ball refused to leave Daniel Murphy's glove

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BFFs: A ball refused to leave Daniel Murphy's glove

Ever since Bill Watterson ended Calvin and Hobbes' comic strip run in 1995, the world has been looking for a joyful human-anthropomorphized object pair of best friends to replace it. On Thursday night, the world found its answer: Daniel Murphy and a baseball. 

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