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.

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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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Matz wraps up rehab with scoreless outing

Matz wraps up rehab with scoreless outing

NEW YORK -- Steven Matz threw 5 1/3 more shutout innings on Monday in his final rehab start for Double-A Binghamton. The Mets plan to recall Matz once rosters expand on Tuesday, with an eye toward inserting him into a six-man rotation as soon as this weekend.

Matz finished his rehab assignment at Binghamton with 11 1/3 scoreless innings after giving up two runs in 3 2/3 innings with Class A St. Lucie. He has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a strained left lat.

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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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Niese takes hill for Mets to open September

Niese takes hill for Mets to open September

The Mets' historic August is over. It'll be a bittersweet calendar turn for New York, which is a step closer to its first playoff berth in eight years, and the Mets have their performance in August to thank for it. The Mets set a franchise record with 45 home runs last month and begin September by continuing this three-game series against Philadelphia, with Jon Niese opposing Aaron Harang.

Niese went 3-0 in August despite putting up a 5.17 ERA, the product mostly of starts in the hitters' havens of Colorado and Philadelphia. Harang has won just once since mid-May. Both allowed five runs in six innings and received no-decisions against each other Aug. 27.

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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 to call up Plawecki, 3 others

Mets to call up Plawecki, 3 others

NEW YORK -- A quartet of familiar faces will be among the Mets' first wave of September callups Tuesday. The Mets on Sunday informed catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Eric Campbell, and outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young that they will be recalled as soon as rosters expand Sept. 1.

Plawecki, 24, figures to see the most playing time of the bunch, and is the best bet to land on New York's playoff roster. He spent 62 games with the Mets earlier this season, batting .228 with two home runs, and gives the Mets a backup catcher alternative to Anthony Recker.

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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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Parnell throws BP, expects to be activated Tuesday

Parnell throws BP, expects to be activated Tuesday

NEW YORK -- Mets reliever Bobby Parnell threw his first live batting-practice session Sunday as he works to return from right shoulder tendinitis. Parnell has been sidelined since Aug. 17 and expects to be active when rosters expand Tuesday.

Parnell, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2014, owns a 5.59 ERA in 23 appearances for the Mets this season. At the height of his struggles late last month, the Mets gave him a choice between the disabled list, an option to Triple-A Las Vegas or a designation for assignment.

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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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Record-setting Mets run win streak to 7 games

Record-setting Mets run win streak to 7 games

PHILADELPHIA -- In protecting an NL East lead that has stretched to 6 1/2 games, their largest cushion in eight years, the new-look Mets are setting offensive records on a near-nightly basis. But it's one of the longest-tenured Mets, Daniel Murphy, who is playing a significant role in the transformation.

Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run double Thursday and made a circus play on defense, leading the Mets to a 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets swept the four-game series in Philadelphia, set a franchise record with 73 runs in a seven-game span and have won seven in a row overall, grabbing their third winning streak of at least seven games this season.

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Mets break, then extend club mark for monthly HRs

d'Arnaud belts team's 41st homer of August before Cespedes, Johnson follow

Mets break, then extend club mark for monthly HRs

PHILADELPHIA -- When the Mets tied their franchise record for home runs in a month with five games left to go in August, it seemed like a matter of time before their new-look offense would strike again.

On cue, the Mets entered uncharted territory with a trio of home runs in the middle innings of Thursday's 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies. Travis d'Arnaud's two-run shot off Aaron Harang in the fourth inning was their 41st of the month, snapping a tie with the Mets' previous club record of 40 set in June 2006. An inning later, Yoenis Cespedes extended the record to 42 with his own two-run homer, and Kelly Johnson hit a game-tying solo shot for No. 43.

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Everything falling into place for the Mets

Everything falling into place for the Mets

One by one, the injured guys have returned to the Mets. And new talent has arrived, too, adding pop to a lineup that needed some. Changes here, changes there. Little by little, the Mets have been transformed.

Check them out now. The Mets are 18-6 in August, and they're seemingly sprinting toward their first playoff appearance in nine years. They're leading the Majors in runs this month (6.46 per game), and they have the rotation they hoped to have (fourth in the bigs with a 3.38 ERA and fourth with 694 strikeouts).

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Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

Rookie left-hander will make final appearance for Double-A Binghamton

Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Steven Matz's return to the Mets is now less than a week away.

The Mets announced Thursday that Matz will make his fourth and final Minor League rehab start Monday for Double-A Binghamton, and they will recall him the next day when rosters expand. Matz, the club's No. 1 prospect, has been on the disabled list since July 10 with a strained left lat muscle. He fired six one-hit innings in his latest rehab start Wednesday for Binghamton, stretching out to 56 pitches.

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Examining potential September additions for Mets

Examining potential September additions for Mets

PHILADELPHIA -- Though the Mets are wary of overcrowding a first-place clubhouse with new faces in September, their list of callups will nonetheless be large -- and composed almost entirely of players who have already spent significant time with the big club. Here are the leading candidates:

Steven Matz, LHP: The first four names on this list are all currently on the Major League disabled list. Matz, the club's No. 1 prospect, will make one more rehab start at Double-A Binghamton on Monday before joining the Mets when rosters expand Tuesday. At that time, the team will probably move to a six-man rotation, as the Mets begin the process of determining whether Matz can best help them out of the bullpen or the rotation in October.

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