Mets add A's Clippard to bolster back end of 'pen

Oakland closer gives Collins another option; New York still pursuing outfield help

Mets add A's Clippard to bolster back end of 'pen

NEW YORK -- Their search for an outfielder not yet fruitful, the Mets found a different way to upgrade their roster four days out from the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The Mets acquired A's closer Tyler Clippard and cash on Monday in exchange for pitching prospect Casey Meisner, giving manager Terry Collins another established arm to team with Jeurys Familia, Bobby Parnell and Jenrry Mejia at the back of his bullpen.

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Mets' pitchers dominating with elite heat

Staff leads baseball in percent of pitches topping 95 mph

Mets' pitchers dominating with elite heat

Of the 885 1/3 innings the Mets have thrown this year, 30.7 percent have been thrown by the soft-tossing trio of Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee. Those three pitchers have combined to throw 4,034 pitches, and only 4,027 of them -- which is to say, all but seven -- have failed to reach even a modest 93 mph.

The Mets have given nearly one-third of their pitching innings to three players who don't throw all that hard, which is notable because it makes what the rest of the staff has done even more impressive. Despite Niese, Colon and Gee, the Mets are still baseball's leaders in percent of pitches thrown at 95 mph -- and it's by a landslide:

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Wheeler throws for first time since elbow surgery

Wheeler throws for first time since elbow surgery

NEW YORK -- Right on schedule, Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler threw off flat ground Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Wheeler has been working out at the team's rehab facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

In an email, Wheeler said that "everything felt great … strong and pain free."

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Plawecki catching heat from Mets' staff

Backstop gaining big league experience while working with top-notch batterymates

Plawecki catching heat from Mets' staff

NEW YORK -- The glove that takes the biggest beating in baseball belongs to Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki, and it's on its last legs. Plawecki's poor mitt is literally ripping at the seams -- the biggest victim of a historically vicious barrage that prompts umpires to tell him, "It's gonna burst on you."

The Mets' rookie catcher keeps a new understudy waiting in the wings of his equipment bag, but for now, Plawecki plans to stick with his battered mitt. He began using it in Spring Training, and he calls the mitt "my baby."

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Clippard joins notable list of bespectacled Mets

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Clippard joins notable list of bespectacled Mets

The Mets acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from the A's on Monday. Along with a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves, Clippard also brings along a feature New York fans have grown accustomed to over the years: Spectacles!

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deGrom outpitches Greinke during duel

Mets right-hander holds Dodgers to two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings

deGrom outpitches Greinke during duel

NEW YORK -- Like many baseball fans, Jacob deGrom had Sunday circled on his calendar. The Mets' upstart ace has spent the last month rubbing shoulders with baseball's best, and he's spent this entire season skyrocketing up the leaderboards to join them. So when Zack Greinke, MLB's ERA leader, had his start switched from Friday to Sunday, deGrom saw another opportunity. He seized it, outdueling Greinke in the Mets' 3-2 win against the Dodgers.

"When I found out he would be pitching this game I was excited and thought it would probably be a pitchers' duel," deGrom said. "I was looking forward to that."

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New Met Uribe hits walk-off single in 10th

New Met Uribe hits walk-off single in 10th

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe singled off the center-field wall against former teammate Kenley Jansen to score Curtis Granderson with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday and give the Mets a 3-2, walk-off win over the Dodgers at Citi Field after they snapped Zack Greinke's scoreless-innings streak at 45 2/3 earlier in the game.

Granderson led off the 10th with a hustle double to right-center off Juan Nicasio. Ruben Tejada was unable to move Granderson to third on a bunt. Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally and Jansen came on to face Uribe, whose deep shot went as a single. The Mets acquired Uribe from the Braves on Friday.

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LA-Mets series has October feel for Uribe

Veteran infielder delivers walk-off single in 10th to secure split for New York

LA-Mets series has October feel for Uribe

NEW YORK -- Juan Uribe gave his new team something to celebrate Sunday, when one swing catapulted the Mets to a 3-2, walk-off victory over the Dodgers at Citi Field. And the two-time World Series champion spiced up the postgame conversation by saying this July series split with first-place Los Angeles had an October feel.

"This moment is like playing in the playoffs or World Series and you are winning," said Uribe, who won titles with the White Sox in 2005 and the Giants in 2010.

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Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio take their places in Cooperstown

Pedro among quartet inducted into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For anyone who has been there to make the comparison, Sunday's induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was much like a World Baseball Classic contest with the defending-champion Dominican Republic participating.

Dominican flags were waving in clusters as the rhythmic sound of cymbals clanging and congas beating resounded throughout the grounds behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Syndergaard looks to continue stingy ways vs. Padres

Syndergaard looks to continue stingy ways vs. Padres

James Shields will start for the Padres when they face the Mets on Tuesday in New York in the first game of their 10-game road trip. Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) will get the start for the Mets in the three-game series.

Shields said he had more in the tank after his last start where he pitched five scoreless innings before being taken out in the Padres' 7-1 loss to the Giants on July 22. The right-hander picked up a win in his last start against the Mets on June 3, pitching seven innings, while allowing six hits and two runs.

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Familia hasn't been as automatic in 2nd half

Mets closer blows second save since break, although New York wins in 10th

Familia hasn't been as automatic in 2nd half

NEW YORK -- The Mets had been 43-1 when leading after eight innings this year, a testament to how dominant and valuable Jeurys Familia proved himself over the season's first four months. They are 44-1 in such situations after salvaging Sunday's 3-2 win over the Dodgers. That in spite of Familia, who blew his second save of the second half after converting 27 of 29 chances in the first.

"He knows he's not making pitches he made earlier," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Look, he's been out there three times in 10, 12 days. It's kind of understandable. We have to keep him going out there and in the groove as best we can. Even if they aren't saves we have to get him some innings."

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Mets bullpen coach finds raccoon in weight room

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Mets bullpen coach finds raccoon in weight room

It's been a big weekend for the Mets. All the club did was:

- Trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson

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Mets' 21-hit attack driven by Conforto and Co.

Rookie goes 4-for-4 as New York tallies season-high 15 runs vs. Dodgers

Mets' 21-hit attack driven by Conforto and Co.

NEW YORK -- The ball from Michael Conforto's first big league hit rested on the top shelf of his locker late Saturday night following the Mets' 15-2 win against the Dodgers, a present-in-waiting to the rookie's grandfather. The Mets were thrilled for Conforto on his 4-for-4 night, with an RBI and four runs scored. But they were happier still that Conforto had a ridiculous amount of company.

The rookie outfielder's first-inning infield single was just one of his four hits, and just one of 21 the Mets collected. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added four. Lucas Duda had two, both homers. One of the two newest Mets, Kelly Johnson, added a single and a home run.

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Mets erupt on offense in rout of Dodgers

Mets erupt on offense in rout of Dodgers

NEW YORK -- The new-look Mets unloaded weeks of offensive frustration Saturday night at Citi Field, pummeling rookie Zach Lee and the Dodgers in a 15-2 victory that featured a pair of their newcomers.

Michael Conforto finished 4-for-4 with four runs scored in his second career game, Kelly Johnson homered and collected two hits in his Mets debut, Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a career-high four hits and Lucas Duda hit two home runs. Every member of the Mets' starting lineup -- even starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs -- reached base at least twice.

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Harvey confident in slider for first time all year

Mets righty holds Dodgers to two runs, supports cause with two RBIs

Harvey confident in slider for first time all year

NEW YORK -- The Mets have promoted prospect Michael Conforto, acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson and made it known that they will explore trades for additional offense during a hectic weekend at Citi Field. But something happened during Saturday's 15-2 win against the Dodgers that may prove more important than anything else to the rest of their season.

Matt Harvey's slider came back.

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Collins puts lineup on notice following trade

With Uribe and Johnson on board, Mets manager to start players swinging hot bats

Collins puts lineup on notice following trade

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins walked into Citi Field before Saturday's 15-2 win against the Dodgers, sought out the underperforming members of his offense and told them they are all officially "on notice."

With trade acquisitions Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe officially active for duty, Collins said, the Mets' lineup is now a meritocracy. Play well and continue playing. Play poorly and hit the bench.

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Mets exploring trades for additional offense

GM Alderson says he is looking into 'what I would consider big moves'

Mets exploring trades for additional offense

NEW YORK -- A day after importing two new bats into his lineup, general manager Sandy Alderson said the Mets are still actively seeking offensive pieces to improve the National League's bottom-ranked offense before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"We continue to look at all the possibilities, and how those different possibilities fit with where we are right now," Alderson said Saturday, adding that he is exploring "what I would consider big moves."

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d'Arnaud begins rehab assignment

Mets backstop collects hit, catches five innings for Double-A Binghamton

d'Arnaud begins rehab assignment

NEW YORK -- Following days of poor weather in Florida, the Mets moved Travis d'Arnaud's rehab assignment to Double-A Binghamton on Saturday without him ever playing a game at Class A Advanced St. Lucie. It worked -- the weather held and d'Arnaud finished 1-for-3 with a single, catching five innings.

The Mets originally hoped to have d'Arnaud, who has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a sprained left elbow, start a rehab assignment on Thursday. But two consecutive rainouts in Florida forced the team to alter its plans.

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Niese on paternity leave, Mets recall Verrett

Niese on paternity leave, Mets recall Verrett

NEW YORK -- With Jon Niese in Ohio celebrating the birth of his second child, Tatum Jeffery, who was born during Friday's game, the Mets made a move on Saturday to replace him for the next three days. The team recalled right-hander Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas, placing Niese on the paternity leave list.

Verrett made his Major League debut earlier this year for the Rangers, before returning to the Mets, where he posted a 0.73 ERA in six appearances spanning 12 1/3 innings. But the Mets optioned him three weeks ago to make room for Jenrry Mejia, knowing Verrett had a Minor League option to burn while struggling reliever Alex Torres did not.

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Seeking offensive help, Mets call on Conforto

Outfielder, No. 3-ranked Mets prospect, collects RBI in big league debut

Seeking offensive help, Mets call on Conforto

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto arrived at Citi Field shortly before 4 p.m. ET Friday, his arrival documented in all the usual ways. A camera popped as Conforto stepped from the back seat of the SUV that whisked him up the Jersey Turnpike from Trenton, where he spent the morning as a Minor Leaguer. More photographers trailed him around the stadium's bowels.

A few minutes later, multiple Mets officials insisted they do not expect or envision Conforto to be the savior for their flagging offense. But in calling him straight from Double-A Binghamton and slotting him seventh in Friday's lineup against the Dodgers, the Mets admitted that they are expecting a jolt.

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Mets get Braves' Uribe, K. Johnson in trade

New York sends two Minor League pitchers to Atlanta

Mets get Braves' Uribe, K. Johnson in trade

NEW YORK -- Stuck among the National League's worst offensive teams for most of this summer, the Mets on Friday saw their season-long hunt for offense finally bear fruit. The club announced late Friday that it has acquired third baseman Juan Uribe, utility man Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves, in exchange for pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen.

Mets officials declined comment on the deal before it was official, but plan to address it at length on Saturday. In making the trade official, the Mets also announced that they designated veteran outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment, optioned Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas and transferred David Wright to the 60-day disabled list.

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Michael Conforto's mom won two Olympic gold medals

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Michael Conforto's mom won two Olympic gold medals

Third-ranked Mets prospect Michael Conforto was called up by the big club this week, making him the 1000th player in the team's history. So far, he's played one game, going 0-for-3 with one RBI, but if his mother's athletic career is anything to go by, he's going to picking up some steam very soon.

Well, maybe that's not the best metaphor, because his mom was a champion synchronized swimmer and steam would mean a fairly unpleasant pool temperature. ANYWAY, Tracie Ruiz-Conforto won two gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics and a silver in Seoul in '88.

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Conforto tallies RBI, but Mets fall to Dodgers

Conforto tallies RBI, but Mets fall to Dodgers

NEW YORK -- Justin Turner rapped out three extra-base hits against his old team and rookie Ian Thomas thrived in Zack Greinke's absence on Friday night at Citi Field, as the Dodgers scored a 7-2 victory over a Mets club waiting for its offense to arrive.

Turner, who played for the Mets from 2010-13, doubled home a run in the first inning and hit a solo homer in the third to pace the Dodgers, who throttled Jon Niese for six runs in three innings. Yasiel Puig also highlighted the attack with a two-run homer.

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Persistent knee pain lands Cuddyer on DL

Mets outfielder tried to play through injury but wasn't responding to treatment

Persistent knee pain lands Cuddyer on DL

NEW YORK -- When Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer stepped on the treadmill early Friday morning, a patient at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery for the second time in two days, he felt a familiar jab of pain. Shortly after, the Mets officially placed him on the disabled list and called up prospect Michael Conforto, more than three weeks after Cuddyer initially injured his left knee on June 30.

Cuddyer, 36, has a bone bruise below his left knee that is causing painful and stubborn inflammation when the outfielder runs. It doesn't affect his swing and there are some days when the pain seems to have subsided, only to flare up again. The see-saw nature of his injury left Cuddyer in a sort of limbo for the better part of a month, and his team at a disadvantage. Cuddyer started just 6 of 18 games since the injury, yet remained active despite often being unable to even pinch-hit.

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Niese makes start as wife gives birth

Mets left-hander allows six runs over three innings

Niese makes start as wife gives birth

NEW YORK -- Jon Niese will surely remember Friday night, but he may try forgetting the game, a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers at Citi Field. With his wife, Leah, about to deliver the couple's second child in Toledo, Ohio, Niese spent Thursday afternoon more than 500 miles away unsure if he would even pitch at all.

As late as batting practice the Mets weren't sure if Niese would start or become the second pitcher in this series to require the paternity list -- Dodgers righty Zack Greinke was scratched from Friday's game on Thursday to attend the birth of his first child.

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Jonathan Mayo

Conforto capable of sparking Mets' offense

Touted prospect has power, patience at plate, ability to hit righties, lefties

Conforto capable of sparking Mets' offense

Sometimes, you do get what you wish for.

Mets fans have been clamoring for the team to call up prospect Michael Conforto to help out a lagging offense. It's unfortunate that the wish came to fruition on Friday because of an injury to Michael Cuddyer, but the Mets' first-round Draft pick from 2014 is on his way to New York.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats unable to back Colon's brilliant start

Mets avoid repeat of no-no, muster only 3 hits off Kershaw

Bats unable to back Colon's brilliant start

NEW YORK -- The Mets didn't get no-hit again Thursday night. And when their 3-0 defeat to the Dodgers loses itself to history and is uncovered again, it won't look like they even came close. In the end, New York mustered three singles against Clayton Kershaw, and hey, they even put the potential go-ahead runner on base in the seventh.

But to be at Citi Field was to watch a movie you've caught the ending to again and again. The outcome felt predictable. Here were the Mets, the Majors' worst hitting team statistically, and just the second since 1920 to start No. 4 (John Mayberry Jr.) and No. 5 (Eric Campbell) hitters with batting averages under .180 with at least 100 at-bats. On the other side was Kershaw, the reigning National League MVP who hadn't given up a run in 20 innings.

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