Montero looks to keep Stanton, Marlins in park

Montero looks to keep Stanton, Marlins in park

Time may be the only factor working against Giancarlo Stanton's chase for 60 home runs. The slugger currently sits at 55 long balls, but he'll need to go on one of his streaks to have any chance with just 11 games left in the season.

Stanton takes his cracks at 56 as the Marlins go for the sweep against the Mets on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. He'd become just the 13th player to ever hit 56 home runs in a season.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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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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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Rosario misses 2nd game with gastroenteritis

Rosario misses 2nd game with gastroenteritis

MIAMI -- The Mets instructed shortstop Amed Rosario to stay clear of Marlins Park on Tuesday, at least for pregame activities. A late scratch from Monday's lineup, Rosario spent that night at the University of Miami Hospital, where doctors treated him for gastroenteritis. He did not sleep at the hospital, but spent all of Tuesday holed up at the team hotel.

"He's been instructed to rest up as best he can," manager Terry Collins said. "I would say it's more than the stomach flu. When you are as violently sick as he was yesterday, it's more than the flu."

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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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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.

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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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta who covered the Mets on Sunday.

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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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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Mets on Friday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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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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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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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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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 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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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 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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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.

Inbox: Has Nimmo earned spot with Mets in '18?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Has Nimmo earned spot with Mets in '18?

As the season winds down, roster issues continue to take center stage in Flushing. Plenty of players are jockeying for position heading into the offseason, knowing performance down the stretch can often be more impactful than performance in Spring Training.

Several players in particular have a lot on the line in September. This week's Mets Inbox takes a look at some of their situations.

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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 get pitcher to complete Walker swap

Hanhold, 23, pitched in relief past two seasons in Minors

Mets get pitcher to complete Walker swap

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers sent Minor League right-hander Eric Hanhold to the Mets on Tuesday to complete the Aug. 12 trade that brought veteran infielder Neil Walker to Milwaukee for a player to be named and cash.

Hanhold, 6-foot-5 and 23 years old, was the Brewers' sixth-round Draft pick out of the University of Florida in 2015, and he was converted to relief this season, his second at the Class A Advanced level. He was 8-3 with a 3.94 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 64 innings for the Carolina Mudcats, setting career highs for strikeouts per nine innings and WHIP.

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Bullpen can't hold after deGrom's 10-K outing

Bullpen can't hold after deGrom's 10-K outing

NEW YORK -- Hoping to salvage something from a four-game series at Citi Field, which Reds manager Bryan Price called a "house of horrors" for his team over the years, catcher Tucker Barnhart keyed Cincinnati's come-from-behind, 10-5 win over the Mets with a career-high five RBIs in the game's final two innings.

"This has been, in the second half, one of our worst series played," said Price, who saw his team outscored, 18-4, in the first three games. "Nothing has really gone right. Nothing has really worked. No facet of our game has been terribly good. We didn't even play well today, but the last three innings we put it on and salvaged the series just by winning that final game and not letting this hang over through the off-day."

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Familia stumbles after pitching 2nd straight day

Familia stumbles after pitching 2nd straight day

NEW YORK -- When Jeurys Familia returned from right shoulder surgery last month, the Mets announced their intentions to ease him back into the closer's role. Though interim closer AJ Ramos was an experienced ninth-inning man, the working assumption around Flushing was, eventually, the job would default back to Familia.

More than two weeks into his return, Familia still has not reclaimed his old role. And with just three weeks left in the season, he doesn't appear close to doing so. Pitching for the second time in two days during Sunday's 10-5 loss to the Reds, Familia allowed the go-ahead runs on Tucker Barnhart's reviewed two-run double in the eighth inning, bloating his ERA to 7.88 since surgery to remove a blood clot in his shoulder.

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Syndergaard takes a step back in lat rehab

Syndergaard takes a step back in lat rehab

NEW YORK -- Still sore following his two-inning rehab stint at Class A Short Season Brooklyn on Thursday, Noah Syndergaard postponed the 50-pitch simulated game he was scheduled to throw Sunday at Citi Field. The Mets have shut Syndergaard down for at least two days, in hopes that he can return to the mound for a side session Tuesday in Chicago.

"We aren't going to push him," manager Terry Collins said. "We'll go at his pace, and how he feels."

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