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Mets Mulling Options As Matt Harvey's Struggles Continue

May 25, 2016 7:54 AM

Matt Harvey struggled against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night after lobbying to make the start amid a run of troubling appearances.

Harvey's ERA increased to 6.08 after he allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings. He left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters after the game.

Terry Collins acknowledged serious consideration needs to be given to at least temporarily bouncing Harvey from the rotation. A team official said it's too early to determine how the Mets will handle the right-hander's struggles.

"Right now we've got to think what's not just best for Matt, but what's best for us moving forward at the moment," Collins said. "There's a lot of things to consider. That's why we're not going to make any rash judgments tonight. We're going to sleep on it and talk about it tomorrow."

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Francisco Rodriguez Joins Rare Club With 400th Save

May 25, 2016 7:48 AM

Francisco Rodriguez joined an elite group Tuesday night when he recorded the 400th save of his Major League career, becoming only the sixth pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

Rodriguez broke into the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels in 2002.

"When I came here to the States to the big leagues, I was just a kid with a lot of dreams, but [it] never, not even crossed my mind," Rodriguez said of reaching the milestone. "One thing I want to make clear: I don't play for numbers. I play this game because I love it. I've got it in my veins, and that's the only thing that, honestly, I know how to do well. It had nothing to do with records or anything like that."

Rodriguez has 14 saves for the Detroit Tigers this season.

He joined Mariano Rivera (652), Trevor Hoffman (601), Lee Smith (478), Billy Wagner (422) and John Franco (424) as the only pitchers with 400 saves.

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Matt Harvey Turns Down Chance To Skip Start

May 24, 2016 7:19 AM

The New York Mets gave Matt Harvey the option of skipping his next scheduled start, but the right-hander wants the ball.

Harvey will start on Tuesday against the Washington Nationals, who drilled him for a career-high nine runs in a career-low 2 2/3 innings last week. Harvey has a 5.77 ERA in nine starts this season.

"Obviously it's frustrating being out there right now when you're not doing well and not helping the team," Harvey said. "As a teammate, your objective is to do everything you can to win games and help us succeed. And I wasn't doing that. So, obviously, they gave me an option to be skipped or whatnot and really try to figure things out. For me, taking time off isn't going to do anything. It's finding it on the mound.

"I'm not a quitter. I'm not going to just quit and put the ball down. It's a fight. It was good for me to do that."

There has been speculation Harvey's arm, while not injured, is suffering from a hangover after logging 216 innings in 2015. That's the most innings ever logged in a first season back from Tommy John surgery.

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Mets Will 'Take A Look' At Skipping Matt Harvey's Next Start

May 20, 2016 7:07 AM

Matt Harvey allowed a career-high nine runs in a career-low 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Washington Nationals on Thursday night and changes may be on deck.

Terry Collins said Harvey might be temporarily bounced from the rotation to provide time for him to regroup.

Harvey's ERA is now 5.77 this season.

"We're going to take a look -- is that best for him, is that best for us?" Collins said. "We're not going to commit to anything at this time. But I will tell you, as I sit here today, I'd certainly trust him. I certainly believe in him. I hadn't seen him struggle like this before. But that guy that pitched tonight for them [Stephen Strasburg], he had a couple of mediocre years, and now he's resurged."

Harvey's next turn otherwise would come Tuesday at Nationals Park.

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Yoenis Cespedes Insists He Wasn't Close To Signing With Nationals

May 19, 2016 7:10 AM

Yoenis Cespedes says he wasn't close to accepting a reported five-year contract offer from the Washington Nationals this past offseason.

Cespedes eventually signed a three-year, $75 million contract with the New York Mets that includes an opt-out after this season.

"I was never close to signing with the Nationals," Cespedes said through an interpreter. "From the start I was pushing my agent because I wanted to come back to the Mets."

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Sandy Alderson Has 'Fantastically Successful' Surgery

May 19, 2016 7:06 AM

Sandy Alderson had successful surgery in his fight with cancer last week, the New York Mets general manager said.

Alderson was diagnosed with cancer only days after the Mets clinched the National League East last September.

"The doctors were able to do everything they hoped to do, and avoid everything they hoped to avoid," he said. "From where we were to where we are today, I'm still on a road to full recovery. I'm not running a four-minute mile at the moment, and my mouth is still dry from time to time, but that's what happens when you have surgery."

Alderson has been working a somewhat-reduced schedule, but he plans to be at Citi Field in some capacity every day. He had been undergoing chemotherapy, which he also termed "very successful."

He hasn't said what form of cancer he has, and he declined to discuss it Tuesday.

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No Long-Term Talks Between Mets, Matt Harvey

May 16, 2016 7:36 AM

The New York Mets have not approached Scott Boras about a long-term deal for Matt Harvey, the agent says.

Boras is famous for taking his clients into free agency, but recently negotiated a long-term deal for Stephen Strasburg with the Washington Nationals.

"I always leave it up to the teams to approach us about those things like Washington did with [Strasburg]," Boras said. "We just keep our doors open and evaluate things as it comes."

“I always leave it up to the teams to approach us about those things like Washington did with (Strasburg),” Boras told The Record. “We just keep our doors open and evaluate things as it comes.’ - See more at: http://blog.northjersey.com/mets/6577/no-long-term-talks-with-harvey/#sthash.GQODqdVJ.dpuf
negotiated a long-term deal for Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals. - See more at: http://blog.northjersey.com/mets/6577/no-long-term-talks-with-harvey/#sthash.GQODqdVJ.dpuf
negotiated a long-term deal for Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals. - See more at: http://blog.northjersey.com/mets/6577/no-long-term-talks-with-harvey/#sthash.GQODqdVJ.dpuf
negotiated a long-term deal for Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals. - See more at: http://blog.northjersey.com/mets/6577/no-long-term-talks-with-harvey/#sthash.GQODqdVJ.dpuf

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Jacob deGrom 'Still Not Feeling Very Comfortable On The Mound'

May 16, 2016 7:25 AM

Jacob deGrom has been effective, but he's still not feeling as good as he did on the mound last season.

"I'm still not feeling very comfortable on the mound," deGrom said. "My front side is still not getting up where I want it to. But I kept us in that ballgame. That was my main goal. They say this is a pretty tough place to pitch, but overall I felt decent."

deGrom has been pitching with lower velocity this season and has struggled with his mechanics, but he has a 2.50 ERA through six starts. 

"When I go out there, I go out there with what I've got," deGrom said. "During the game, you can't think about it too much. You take what you've got out there and do what you can with it. That's kind of what I did today. My secondary pitches weren't great. They were hitting some balls hard right at people. I got fortunate there."

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Steven Matz To Miss Start With Forearm Soreness

May 12, 2016 7:10 AM

The New York Mets will skip Steven Matz's next start with forearm soreness, Terry Collins says.

Matz pitched six innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. He would have faced the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.

He said the forearm might have been bothering him during the start but that adrenaline dulled the issue until after he departed.

"It was pretty sore," Matz said. "I was still able to throw, but it was enough concern for me to say something to the trainers and just kind of tell them what was going on. Before I see the doctors, they just want to play it safe."

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Noah Syndergaard Homers Twice Against Kenta Maeda

May 12, 2016 7:02 AM

Noah Syndergaard became just the second pitcher in New York Mets history to hit two home runs in a game on Wednesday, one day shy of the one-year anniversary of his Major League debut.

Syndergaard hit a solo homer in his first plate appearance then hit a three-run shot in his next trip to the plate against Los Angeles Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

He said his immediate thought after his second homer was "that this is a dream, it's not real."

"I don't think I ever hit two home runs when I played little league," Syndergaard said. "To be able to hit two home runs in a big league ballgame, especially with a pitcher like Maeda up there, it's an awesome experience."

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Matt Harvey 'Finally' Feels More Comfortable On Mound
Matt Harvey's fastball topped out at 97 mph. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in six innings.

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Bartolo Colon Becomes Oldest Player To Hit First Career HR
Bartolo Colon homered off James Shields on Saturday to become the oldest player ever to produce his first career home run.

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Matt Harvey: I'm The One Who Is Most Frustrated By Struggles
Matt Harvey has struggled to begin the season and is still searching for answers.

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Noah Syndergaard Frustrated By Mounting Stolen Bases
The Giants stole four bases against Noah Syndergaard on Sunday, a trend that is beginning to concern the Mets right-hander.

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Mets, Giants, Jays Candidates To Trade For Reliever
While the Mets have received strong innings from their relievers, the bullpen of the Giants and Jays have struggled.

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deGrom Rejoins Mets Teammates, To Pitch Sunday
Jacob deGroom's newborn son, Jaxson Anthony, was discharged Monday without any procedures being required.

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Jacob deGrom To Start For Mets On Sunday
Jacob deGrom has not pitched since April 8 due to a nagging lat injury.

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David Wright: Noah Syndergaard Is Like A Video Game Character
David Wright says that he describes the pitching of Noah Syndergaard in the context of video games.

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Jacob deGrom's Son Out Of Hospital; Pitcher Throwing
Jacob deGrom's week-old son was discharged from a Florida hospital on Monday and the right-hander could return to the mound as early as this weekend.

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Jacob deGrom's Newborn Son's Health Improving
The Mets believe Jacob deGrom could return to the rotation as soon as next weekend.

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Mets Place deGrom On Family Emergency Leave
Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is on family emergency leave because of a medical issue with his newborn son.

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Jacob deGrom Likely To Be Placed On DL
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom threw a light bullpen session on Friday.

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Johan Santana Looking At Mid-Year Comeback
Johan Santana last threw a Major League pitch in 2012.

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Mr. Met Upset He Didn't Get NL Championship Ring
The Mets handed out 750 National League Championship rings to players and other employees, but Mr. Met didn't receive one.

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Terry Collins Wants Mets 'To Show People We Mean Business'
Terry Collins said that Wednesday's game was a must-win for the Mets just five months after they appeared in the World Series and a little more than a week into the season.

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Jacob deGrom Could Be Headed To DL
The Mets are bracing for the possibility that Jacob deGrom may require a stint on the disabled list with a sore right lat muscle.

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Mets Aren't Yet Concerned About Slow Start
The Mets aren't happy with their 2-5 start to the season, but they also aren't overly concerned that the slow start is a sign of some bigger problem.

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David Wright: No Need For Panic After 2-3 Start
The Mets are hitting an Major League-worst .180 with 14 runs scored through five games. It comes at a time when the team ERA stands at a stellar 2.05.

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Jacob deGrom To Miss Next Start
Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is suffering right lat tightness and won't start against the Marlins on Wednesday.

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Zack Wheeler To Have Minor Surgery On Elbow
Zack Wheeler is due to undergo a minor surgical procedure to remove an undissolved stitch from last year's Tommy John surgery in his right forearm.

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