deGrominance by Mets righty on full display

Reigning NL Rookie of the Year retires 23 in a row, K's 11 over 8 shutout innings

deGrominance by Mets righty on full display

NEW YORK -- At some point during his stretch of 23 consecutive outs, the Mets' longest by any pitcher in 22 years, Jacob deGrom noticed that it had been a while since he had pitched out of the stretch. deGrom swears he did not realize the Cardinals were hitless against him since the first inning -- only that it had been longer than he could apparently remember.

"I was just thinking, 'Go right after guys,'" deGrom said.

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Duda's turnaround vs. lefties continues with 2 homers

Mets slugger consulted with former first baseman, current broadcaster Hernandez

Duda's turnaround vs. lefties continues with 2 homers

NEW YORK -- Sometime this winter, Lucas Duda reached out to the best first baseman in Mets history looking for advice.

Duda sought out Keith Hernandez, he of 11 Gold Gloves, for pointers about playing the position. Later on a backfield in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the pair worked on fielding before drifting naturally to the batting cage. That's where a conversation took place that helped transform Duda from the lumbering slugger of past years into the more complete hitter he is today.

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deGrom's 11 K's, Duda's 2 HRs lead Mets to win

deGrom's 11 K's, Duda's 2 HRs lead Mets to win

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's early-season rough patch has officially come to an end.

deGrom's eight shutout innings led the Mets to a 5-0 win over the Cardinals at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon, giving the clubs a four-game series split and boosting the Mets to their fourth win in six games. Though St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia was also sharp in his first outing in 11 months, deGrom was better, striking out 11 Cardinals and holding them to one hit.

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Gee closer to a return -- but to where?

Gee closer to a return -- but to where?

NEW YORK -- Dillon Gee completed a second successful rehab start for Class A St. Lucie on Thursday, demonstrating his readiness to return to a rotation that has no room for him.

Gee fired 93 pitches over 6 1/3 shutout innings at Dunedin, striking out five with three hits and no walks. The veteran right-hander, who is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA this season, has not pitched for the Mets since landing on the disabled list on May 8 with a groin injury.

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Syndergaard, Mets open series against Pirates

Syndergaard, Mets open series against Pirates

Following an off-day, the Pirates start a three-game home series against the Mets on Friday night with their ace and April's National League Pitcher of the Month, Gerrit Cole, on the bump.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander, whose record on the season stands at 5-2 with a 2.40 ERA, is fresh off a positive last start -- an eight-strikeout performance against the Cubs in Chicago.

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Mets shifting Class A from Savannah to Columbia, SC

Mets shifting Class A from Savannah to Columbia, SC

NEW YORK -- The Mets plan to shift their Class A South Atlantic League affiliate from Savannah, Ga., to Columbia, S.C., effective next season, the team announced Thursday. The organization previously had a Minor League affiliate in Columbia from 1983-2004.

"We are excited about returning to Columbia, where we had a presence for over two decades," said general manager Sandy Alderson, who traveled to Columbia to help make the announcement. "So many of the top Mets stars, like current team captain David Wright, got their start in Columbia. The plans for Spirit Communications Park look spectacular, and we can't wait to develop the next generation of Mets Major Leaguers here."

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Mets shut out, drop to second in NL East

Mets shut out, drop to second in NL East

NEW YORK -- The Cardinals' offense continued to sizzle for a second straight night, smacking 14 hits to back starter Carlos Martinez in a 9-0 thumping of the Mets on Wednesday.

Martinez was stellar, tossing 6 1/3 shutout innings while striking out five to earn his fourth win. St. Louis was catapulted by a six-run fourth inning, during which Jason Heyward and Matt Adams hit long home runs off Mets starter Bartolo Colon.

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Bartolo can't convert historic feat into win

Veteran sets Mets record for most innings pitched without issuing walk

Bartolo can't convert historic feat into win

NEW YORK -- Early in Bartolo Colon's third straight rough outing, he squeezed in a little bit of history.

By recording the first eight outs of Wednesday's 9-0 loss to the Cardinals, Colon set a franchise record for control by passing Bret Saberhagen's mark of 47 2/3 consecutive innings pitched without issuing a free pass. Colon's streak ended at 48 1/3 innings when he walked Matt Carpenter with one out in the fourth inning.

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Collins: 'No panic' after two tough losses

Collins: 'No panic' after two tough losses

NEW YORK -- The Mets began the season with lofty expectations that were only heightened after an 11-game winning streak in early April. That streak rocketed them into first place in the National League East, and they had at least a share of the division lead since April 15.

But on Wednesday night at Citi Field, moments before they fell, 9-0, to the Cardinals -- their seventh loss in their last 10 games -- the Nationals wrapped up a 3-2 victory over the Yankees. Washington took sole possession of first place, and New York's 4 1/2-game lead at the start of the month was gone.

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Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits

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Bartolo Colon Hit Tracker: The quest for three hits

Every Aaron Sorkin character ever would insist that if you haven't had the pleasure of watching Bartolo Colon in the batter's box, then you've never seen Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done.

The thrashing, the contorting, the facial expressions. It isn't just baseball; it's fine performance art.

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Mets share 1st after Niese's tough night

Mets share 1st after Niese's tough night

NEW YORK -- Strategizing against a lefty starting pitcher on Tuesday at Citi Field, the Cardinals opted to bench three of their best hitters -- all-left-handed -- on the same night.

They didn't seem to miss them.

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Niese struggles with execution vs. Cards

Niese struggles with execution vs. Cards

NEW YORK -- Approximately two hours after Jon Niese threw his final pitch on Tuesday evening, walking off the mound with his eyes fixed on the ground, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off homer against the Yankees a couple hundred miles to the south. That, combined with Niese's continued struggles in a 10-2 loss to the Cardinals, bumped the Mets out of sole possession of first place for the first time since April 15.

That may not be overly significant for a Mets team with bigger goals than standing alone in first on May 19, but it is nonetheless troubling, given how it happened. Niese, the Mets' longest-tenured starter and lone left-hander, looked nothing like the pitcher who led his rotation in ERA just 10 days ago. And the Mets looked nothing like the team that hit with consistency throughout April.

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Nieuwenhuis designated for assignment by Mets

Nieuwenhuis designated for assignment by Mets

NEW YORK -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis was once a relatively significant part of the Mets' future, but his tenure in the organization has reached a crossroads. To make room for outfield callup Darrell Ceciliani, the Mets on Tuesday designated Nieuwenhuis for assignment. Because Nieuwenhuis is out of options, he will need to clear waivers for the Mets to send him to Triple-A Las Vegas. They could lose their rights to him if another team places a claim.

A former third-round Draft pick, Nieuwenhuis, 27, has spent parts of the past four seasons with the Mets. He enjoyed his best year in 2014, batting .259 with an .828 OPS in 130 plate appearances, but he opened this season 3-for-38 with 17 strikeouts. It was enough for the Mets to risk losing him in an attempt to shore up their bench.

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Parnell struggles in extended spring game

Parnell struggles in extended spring game

NEW YORK -- Still struggling to ramp his velocity back to normal levels, former closer Bobby Parnell gave up four hits and three runs over 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday in an extended spring training game. Parnell also allowed three runs in an inning during a rehab outing for Class A St. Lucie last week.

Though Parnell entered Spring Training hoping to return to the Mets as soon as mid-April, his road back from Tommy John surgery has proven significantly rockier. Last month he shut down his rehab due to a bout of tightness in his right forearm.

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Goldberg 'like kid in candy store' at Citi Field

Goldberg 'like kid in candy store' at Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Although he realized that jeans and boots were not the ideal outfit for batting practice, Bill Goldberg -- a former professional football player who earned fame as a professional wrestler -- was still impressed that he hit one to the warning track at Citi Field.

"To step out on this hallowed field, man, it's freaking unbelievable," said Goldberg, who also threw out the first pitch before Tuesday night's game against the Cardinals. "It's a dream come true. I'm like a kid in a candy store."

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Flores, Gilmartin take part in Reading Rally

Flores, Gilmartin take part in Reading Rally

NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores and Sean Gilmartin were given heroes' welcomes when they visited P.S. 92 in Corona on Tuesday morning to promote literacy and an educational work ethic.

The Read Along program has paired the Mets and the school for 15 years and is what principal Pasquale Baratta called "a natural partnership."

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Mayberry's hit in 14th sends Mets past Cards

Mayberry's hit in 14th sends Mets past Cards

NEW YORK -- It took them a few innings longer than Matt Harvey might have liked, but the Mets managed to win their third straight game -- 2-1 in 14 innings over the Cardinals on Monday night at Citi Field. Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. hit a walk-off infield single in the 14th, salvaging victory for the Mets on a night when Harvey's eight shutout innings resulted in nothing more than a no-decision.

"They're one of the best teams in the league without a question," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "So when you go 14 innings, you'd like to leave with a smile on your face."

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Harvey can't get break in another no-decision

Harvey can't get break in another no-decision

NEW YORK -- Unlike last week at Wrigley Field, when the Mets limited Matt Harvey to 100 pitches, seven shutout innings and, ultimately, a no-decision, manager Terry Collins figured he could afford Harvey a few extra knots of rope in Monday's game against the Cardinals.

Harvey's recent workload had been light, and the Mets once again found themselves clinging to a slim margin -- this time a 1-0 lead at Citi Field. So Collins consulted with pitching coach Dan Warthen and the two came to a consensus: Harvey, who was at 97 pitches after seven, could have another dozen or so.

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Mets sign Cuban catcher Ricardo to Minors deal

NEW YORK -- The Mets announced early Tuesday morning that they have signed Cuban free-agent catcher Lednier Ricardo to a Minor League deal.

Ricardo, 27, was the starting catcher on the Cuban national team from 2012-13. He also played in the Cuban National Series for Camaguey and Cienfuegos from 2007-12, batting .256 with 26 homers and a .691 OPS in 415 games.

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Familia's 1st blown save sparks marathon tilt

Familia's 1st blown save sparks marathon tilt

NEW YORK -- It took closer Jeurys Familia nearly six full weeks to blow a save. Once he did, it sent the Mets spiraling into a drawn-out extra-innings battle with the Cardinals.

Familia blew his first save in the ninth inning in an eventual 2-1 win in 14 innings, after opening the year 13-for-13 to earn a share of the Major League saves lead. That was the fourth-longest saves streak to open a season in franchise history, 11 shy of the 24 consecutive conversions that Armando Benitez recorded in 2001.

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Duda breaks through Cardinals' defensive shift

Duda breaks through Cardinals' defensive shift

NEW YORK -- Teams everywhere may think twice before continuing to shift on Lucas Duda.

Coaching staffs have spent the past two years concocting all manner of shifts against Duda, a left-handed hitter who routinely pulls ground balls to the right side. But Duda, who has worked hard to shorten up his swing against left-handed pitchers this season, thereby significantly improving his average against them, has begun to do the same against shifts.

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Marty Noble

Mets' progression, regression is natural order

Following long win streak, season is beginning to balance out

Mets' progression, regression is natural order

NEW YORK -- It is a mean, mean phenomenon, this progression toward the mean. Meaner than a junkyard dog (Jim Croce, 1973), meaner than Mr. Mustard (Beatles, 1969), even meaner than Joe Greene (Steel Curtain, 1975, '76, '79 and '80). It is mean and merciless, and its paternal twin, regression toward the mean, sounds a tad more ominous and is more unforgiving.

Regression toward the mean regularly undermines hope, makes impossible the best dreams and neutralizes or, in this game, offsets extended winning streaks. It plays spoiler long before the first days of September.

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Marty Noble is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wright resumes baseball activities; d'Arnaud swinging

GM Alderson also provides updates on Parnell, Herrera

Wright resumes baseball activities; d'Arnaud swinging

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson offered several injury updates after visiting veterans at the VA Hospital's Manhattan campus on Monday afternoon.

David Wright resumed baseball activities Monday as he continues to progress from a lower back strain. Wright threw and took ground balls, but an exact date for his return is still unknown. Alderson said Wright's right hamstring strain, which landed him on the disabled list in the first place, is healed. Wright hasn't played since April 14.

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Alderson, Mets honor vets on Military Monday

Alderson, Mets honor vets on Military Monday

NEW YORK -- Mr. Met wore camouflage Monday, as members of the Mets, including general manager Sandy Alderson, visited the VA Hospital in Manhattan to honor veterans for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War.

"Your work, commitment and devotion to your comrades and this country are now being recognized," Alderson told a roomful of veterans. "I'm here today as one of you to thank you for what you did."

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Thor signals arrival with mighty home debut

Syndergaard notches first MLB victory with six strong innings of one-run ball

Thor signals arrival with mighty home debut

NEW YORK -- The nickname. The build. The stuff. Everything about Noah Syndergaard screams "power," and he wielded a whole first chapter's worth in the Mets' 5-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday that signified his Citi Field debut.

That power came in many forms, one being the upper-90's fastball that Syndergaard commanded to the tune of five strikeouts and just one walk over six innings on his way to his first Major League win. Another manifested in the way Syndergaard's arrival triggered the appearance of a new generation of fantasy fans at Citi Field. The Mets' No. 1 prospect walked out to the "Game of Thrones" theme music, and many of the 32,422 present waved replicas of Thor's hammer in honor of Syndergaard's moniker.

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Syndergaard drops hammer, earns 1st MLB win

Syndergaard drops hammer, earns 1st MLB win

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard dreamed about the moment for months and then dazzled in his home debut Sunday, tossing six innings of one-run ball to earn his first Major League victory as the Mets topped the Brewers, 5-1, to earn a series win.

The Mets' No.1 prospect struck out five against one walk, surrendered just three hits and again showcased the powerful repertoire that made him the youngest Mets starting pitcher to debut since Jon Niese in 2008. Syndergaard came out firing, striking out three of the first four Brewers, including Ryan Braun on a 97-mph fastball. He threw 20 of his first 24 pitches for strikes and exited after 95 total.

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