Gsellman struggles as Mets drop 5th straight

Gsellman struggles as Mets drop 5th straight

NEW YORK -- The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact.

In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.

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

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Wednesday.

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Mets trying to keep April woes in perspective

Mets trying to keep April woes in perspective

NEW YORK -- By the ninth inning Wednesday, those who rained boos from the grandstand early in the evening had mostly departed, leaving a dejected knot of fans clustered in Citi Field's lower bowl. The Mets were about to drop an 8-2 game to the Braves, their fifth straight defeat and their ninth in 10 games. Worse, they were about to fall four games under .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2014 season, their last without a postseason berth.

It may be too early to draw conclusions from the Mets' 8-12 start; all the team needs is one good week to reverse the narrative. But manager Terry Collins still called the Mets' disappointing April "surprising," a sentiment that players echoed throughout a quiet clubhouse.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reynolds called up, Gilmartin sent down

Matz, Lugo progressing; no timetable for Flores

Reynolds called up, Gilmartin sent down

NEW YORK -- Their bullpen as well rested as at any point this season, the Mets on Wednesday made a roster move to return to a full five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen. The team recalled utility man Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning left-hander Sean Gilmartin to Vegas in a corresponding move.

Reynolds hit .300 with three doubles, four RBIs and 10 runs scored in 13 games with the 51s this season, making starts at third base, left and center field. A natural shortstop, Reynolds batted .225 with eight doubles, three home runs and 13 RBIs in 47 games for the Mets in 2016.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Former NFL QB has 9 hits in past 20 at-bats to raise average to .246

Tebow finding his groove at the plate

Tim Tebow is catching fire once again.

The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit game since Friday.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dickey-Thor matchup brings nostalgia for Mets

Dickey-Thor matchup brings nostalgia for Mets

R.A. Dickey says the Mets will always have a special place in his heart for helping him resurrect his career seven years ago. The feeling is mutual -- and not just for the 20-win Cy Young season he had for the Mets in 2012 -- as Dickey also brought them Noah Syndergaard. The pair will square off Thursday when the Braves and Mets complete a rain-shortened two-game series at Citi Field.

Dickey and Syndergaard are forever linked, as the trade that sent Dickey to the Blue Jays in December 2012 brought Syndergaard to the Mets. And from a 20-year-old pitching in Class A, Syndergaard has developed into one of the most dominating pitchers in the Major Leagues. Dickey will be able to see for himself on Thursday.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: When could Mets summon Rosario?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers questions from fans

Inbox: When could Mets summon Rosario?

Perhaps it was reader @eddiebellz who put it best this week, replying to a call for Mets Inbox queries with this: "I have so many questions but I literally don't know how to specify just one."

It was that sort of week for the Mets, who dropped four straight to the Phillies and Nationals, lost a significant chunk of the roster to injuries and were left reeling, just in time for another 13 straight divisional games following Monday's off-day.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After a rough start, Wheeler finishes fast

Mets pitcher tossed six scoreless after first inning

After a rough start, Wheeler finishes fast

NEW YORK -- It goes down as another loss at a time when the Mets really could have used a win, a loss that Zack Wheeler might have prevented if he didn't throw the fastball that Daniel Murphy hit for a first-inning grand slam.

"Anytime you lose after putting the team down early, it's not fun," the Mets right-hander said after Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

deGrom's line a rarity, for better and worse

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom pulled off quite a feat on Saturday: the Mets right-hander was both very good and very bad in the same performance during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.

Through three innings, it looked like it would be one of deGrom's better outings. He needed to face only 11 batters to get the nine outs, seven of which came on strikeouts.

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Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

Rain washes out Braves-Mets series opener

NEW YORK -- Rain postponed the first game of a three-game series Tuesday between the Mets and Braves. The clubs will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 25 at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Robert Gsellman will pitch Wednesday, opposite right-hander Julio Teheran.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker, Conforto homers not enough vs. Nats

Walker, Conforto homers not enough vs. Nats

NEW YORK -- Daniel Murphy provided the early offense, and Max Scherzer made it hold up, tossing eight strong innings to lead the Nationals to a 6-3 victory Sunday night at Citi Field to complete a three-game sweep over the Mets.

Murphy launched a grand slam in the first inning off Zack Wheeler and Ryan Zimmerman added some insurance with a two-run homer in the eighth, which was more than enough for Scherzer.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Danny Knobler is a contributor for MLB.com based in New York.

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Rosario notches second straight three-hit game

Rosario notches second straight three-hit game

It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago.

The 19-year-old left-hander, already pitching for Double-A Mississippi, has a 1.29 ERA through his first four starts of 2017 after tossing five scoreless innings against the Montgomery Biscuits on Sunday. Allard scattered five hits, walked one and struck out five.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

Mets offense MIA after 7th loss in 8 games

NEW YORK -- One of the biggest reasons for the Nationals' success to start the season has been the strength of their starting rotation. And not only the top of their rotation -- each time left-hander Gio Gonzalez has taken the mound early on this year, he has turned in a stellar outing.

That continued Saturday evening at Citi Field, when Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and lasted into the seventh to lead the Nats to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. He held New York to one run in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and three walks while only allowing two hits, the first of which did not come until Juan Lagares singled in the sixth inning.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Roger Rubin is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Rosario doubles, scores in three-hit effort

Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.

One of the team's two uber-prospects along with shortstop Gleyber Torres, Frazier went 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, accounting for the only offense in the RailRiders' 1-0 win over the Indianapolis Indians.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

Mets infielder enters as pinch-hitter in sixth, coaxes walk, scores run

Reyes out of starting lineup to clear head

NEW YORK -- Mets manager Terry Collins decided to bench Jose Reyes for at least a game or two, hoping that the break will help shake his leadoff hitter out of a serious slump.

"You can just ... sense he's really struggling mentally with what his approach is," Collins said before Saturday's game against the Nationals at Citi Field. "I thought I'd give him a day, maybe two, and see if we can get him undone."

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With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double

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With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double

On Friday night against the Nationals, the Mets were playing with a short bench due to a number of injuries. As a result, manager Terry Collins had starters Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman wear cleats in case they were needed.

The Mets fell, 4-3, and Gsellman was stranded when he entered as a pinch-runner in the ninth. However, Wheeler had a moment to shine, as he pinch-hit for Matt Harvey in the seventh inning. Once Collins told Wheeler that he should prepare to hit, Asdrubal Cabrera gave the inexperienced pinch-hitter some pointers about batter's box prep.

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Collins laments lack of scoring

Mets are hitting .192 in last seven games, with 22 runs

Collins laments lack of scoring

NEW YORK -- The names and the faces were different, because the Mets have had a run of injuries that cost them nearly half their everyday lineup. They had a pitcher pinch-hitting and a pitcher pinch-running, and they had bench players given bigger roles.

Friday's lineup had no Yoenis Cespedes, no Asdrubal Cabrera, no Lucas Duda, no Travis d'Arnaud. But the result Friday night -- a 4-3, 11-inning loss to the Nationals -- didn't look that much different from recent games when all those guys played.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Depleted Mets sputter in extra-inning loss

Depleted Mets sputter in extra-inning loss

NEW YORK -- The Nationals and the Mets have exchanged the National League East title during the past three seasons, and the two teams are the favorites in the division again in 2017. That increases the importance of their 19 matchups this season, the first of which required extra innings to decide Friday at Citi Field.

In his first plate appearance in 10 games, Trea Turner drew a pinch-hit, four-pitch walk with the bases loaded in the 11th that allowed Bryce Harper to score the go-ahead run in a 4-3 Nationals victory.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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Gonzalez extends scoreless streak to 20 2/3

Gonzalez extends scoreless streak to 20 2/3

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets place Duda, Flores on disabled list

Cespedes likely out all weekend with hamstring injury

Mets place Duda, Flores on disabled list

NEW YORK -- The Mets put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list Friday, but Duda and Flores were only the start of an injury list that is growing by the day.

Duda suffered a hyperextended left elbow on a play at first base in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday. Flores has an infection in his right knee, and doctors said he will remain in the hospital through the weekend.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thor continues impressive streak in defeat

Mets' ace has not allowed a walk or HR in four starts this season

Thor continues impressive streak in defeat

Even on nights when the dribblers squeeze just inside the line, when the bloopers drop in between the mist and the occasional extra-base hit, Noah Syndergaard makes sure each at-bat against him remains a daunting chore.

Syndergaard wasn't at his best in Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Phillies. His first defeat of 2017 came courtesy of a season-high five runs against, including a season-high three of which were earned.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inconsistent play, injuries have Mets in a rut

Club hopes to turn things around with rival Nationals coming to town this weekend

Inconsistent play, injuries have Mets in a rut

NEW YORK -- The timing isn't great for the Mets.

They've lost five of their last six, and now they play the Nationals for the first time this season. They keep losing players to injury, and hey, the Nationals are coming to town.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thor, Mets can't overcome early mistakes

Thor, Mets can't overcome early mistakes

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard looked unhittable in the first inning Thursday night at Citi Field.

He struck out the side on 14 pitches, flashing his 100-mph fastball. It looked like a long night ahead for the Phillies, but they scored three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third in a 6-4 victory, winning their first series against the Mets since April 8-10, 2016.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Mets on Thursday.

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Familia activated, throws scoreless inning

Wright transferred to 60-day DL; Plawecki called up as Montero, Gilmartin optioned

Familia activated, throws scoreless inning

Jeurys Familia was activated from the restricted list prior to the Mets' series finale Thursday against the Phillies. Familia had served a 15-game suspension to begin the season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

Familia, who led the Majors with 51 saves last season, pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts in the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Citi Field. His activation highlighted a flurry of roster moves for a Mets team experiencing some roster ambiguity at the moment.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

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Big flies once again the main story for Mets

Big flies once again the main story for Mets

NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce got a curtain call, a crown and a robe.

All that, and a little more understanding that the Mets right fielder can handle playing in New York, after all. His two home runs Wednesday gave the Mets a 5-4 win over the Phillies, and did more to put the second half of 2016 behind him.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jay Hey: Bruce home runs carry Mets

Jay Hey: Bruce home runs carry Mets

NEW YORK -- Jay Bruce continues to haunt the Phillies.

The Mets' right fielder ripped two home runs in Wednesday night's 5-4 victory at Citi Field. He hit a two-out, three-run home run to right field against Vince Velasquez in the sixth inning to hand the Mets a one-run lead. The Phillies tied the game in the eighth, but Bruce answered. He hit a 1-0 fastball from Edubray Ramos for a two-run homer to right to give the Mets a two-run lead. The homers left Bruce's bat at 108 mph and 105 mph, respectively, according to Statcast™.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Conlon throws six scoreless for Binghamton

Conlon throws six scoreless for Binghamton

Any lingering concerns regarding Lewis Brinson's health were quashed by his performance on Tuesday night. Playing in just his fifth game since returning from a dislocated pinky finger, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect recorded four hits, including his second home run, and five RBIs to pace Triple-A Colorado Springs in a 14-4 win over Memphis.

Brinson, ranked 16th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, flied out in his first at-bat before giving the Sky Sox the lead with a run-scoring double in the bottom of the second inning. He connected on a three-run home run to left field off of Redbirds right-hander Chris Ellis (Cardinals' No. 28 prospect) in the following frame and then tacked on a pair of singles in the seventh and eighth innings to finish 4-for-6 at the plate.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reyes' miscue hurts as Mets drop 4th straight

Reyes' miscue hurts as Mets drop 4th straight

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes' voice was low as he slouched in a chair before his locker, looking up at his inquisitors. There are slumps, and then there are all-consuming funks. Reyes, upon dropping a popup that allowed the Phillies to tie Tuesday's game in the eighth inning, eventually coming away with a 6-2, 10-inning victory over the Mets, appears to have entered the latter domain.

"I'm going to be better than this," Reyes said. "It's a tough moment right now. You don't want as a player to be like this."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Late error costly as Mets can't hold for Wheeler

Late error costly as Mets can't hold for Wheeler

NEW YORK -- Given a second life, the Phillies took full advantage Tuesday at Citi Field, turning a late Jose Reyes error into a 6-2, 10-inning win over the Mets.

Two innings after a Reyes dropped popup allowed Andres Blanco to hit a game-tying ground-rule double, Cameron Rupp put the Phillies ahead for good on a sacrifice fly off Rafael Montero in the 10th. That gave Philadelphia its first win in four games this season against a Mets club that had won 29 of 41 since the start of 2015.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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

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