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Mets 101 Injury Updates: Several Players Closing in on Returns

May 28th, 2015 at 8:28 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have been the walking wounded for much of the season. With a whopping 12 players on the DL, the Mets have had to mix and match to get by. The results have been better than expected, as the Mets hit a much needed off day at 27-21. Thanks to the solid work weathering the storm, the Mets are now in position to improve as some of these players start to return. Mets 101 has some injury updates on several Mets players who are closing in on a return to Flushing.

Vic Black: Black, who has been on the shelf since late in spring training with neck issues, has made rapid progress in his rehab. That rehab assignment has moved all the way up to AA Binghamton, where Black appeared in back to back games for the first time this season on Monday and Tuesday. Black's fastball velocity has improved as well, with it sitting between 90-94 miles per hour. Pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters prior to Wednesday's game that Black is essentially ready to be activated, so he could rejoin the Mets this weekend, MetsBlog reports. Expect Black to take the place of either Hansel Robles or Jack Leathersich when he is activated.

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Mets Smash Phillies 7-0, Complete Sweep

May 27th, 2015 at 6:43 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (27-21) finished off a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies (19-30) with a big 7-0 win Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets homered four times in the contest, including two from Lucas Duda and one from starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who helped his own cause with a 3-for-3 day at the plate in addition to 7 1/3 shutout innings on the mound.

Game Highlights

  • Duda's homers were his seventh and eighth of the season, both solo shots coming in the first and fifth innings. Michael Cuddyer belted the other homer of the afternoon,a two-run shot to deep left in the third inning. That was Cuddyer's fifth round tripper of the season as he put together a 2-for-4 effort at the plate to raise his average to .262 on the season.
  • Syndergaard (W, 2-2) allowed six hits an walked none while striking out six on 101 pitches for his second career win. Sean Gilmartin finished off the eighth inning and Erik Goeddel tossed a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout.
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Report: New York Mets Planning to Stick with Six Man Rotation Through August

May 27th, 2015 at 6:29 PM
By Mike Phillips

After much hubbub, the New York Mets will finally start their six man rotation next week. Dillon Gee will make one more minor league start this week before re-entering the rotation in San Diego on Tuesday. While many assumed the six man rotation would be a temporary fix until someone pitched their way out of it, that doesn't appear to be the case. The Mets are planning to go with the six man rotation through early to mid-August, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

The decision was reported to the media by pitching coach Dan Warthen. Warthen explained that the reason to go with a six man rotation for this long is to give everyone more rest and preserve the innings of youngsters Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard as well as Matt Harvey. If the Mets implement the six man rotation for that long, this will shave roughly three starts off of everyone's total. By doing it this way, the Mets won't have to shut Harvey down at any point. In order to adjust for the new routine, all of the starters will have two bullpen sessions between starts.

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Mets 101 Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

May 27th, 2015 at 1:14 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets (26-21) have righted the ship thanks to a two game winning streak over the Philadelphia Phillies (19-29). The Phillies have become the Mets' personal punching bags, having dropped seven of eight meetings against the Mets this season. The Mets can complete a second sweep of the Phillies at Citi Field in the series finale this afternoon. First pitch of the matinee affair is scheduled for 1:10 pm.

The Mets will send young righty Noah Syndergaard (1-2, 3.63 ERA) to the hill for his second career home start. Syndergaard took a tough loss in his last outing, allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Friday. The Phillies will counter with right hander Sean O'Sullivan (1-3, 3.54 ERA). O'Sullivan pitched well in his last outing, but took a loss despite allowing only two runs in six innings against the Washington Nationals.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. CF Juan Lagares
  3. 1B Lucas Duda
  4. 2B Daniel Murphy
  5. LF Michael Cuddyer
  6. SS Wilmer Flores
  7. 3B Danny Muno
  8. C Kevin Plawecki
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Flores Lifts Mets Over Phillies 5-4 in 10 Innings

May 27th, 2015 at 2:39 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (26-21) took the second game of their series with the Philadelphia Phillies (19-29) Tuesday night at Citi Field by a score of 5-4 in ten innings. In a game at first dominated by pitching, Wilmer Flores was the big story of the night, tying the game for the Mets in the eighth, before propelling them to victory in the tenth.

Game Highlights

  • The Mets jumped out to an early lead with big third inning, getting RBI singles from Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer to put the Amazins up 3-0.
  • That would be all the Mets would get off Phillies starter Jerome Williams, who went six innings, allowing the three runs on five hits while striking out and walking four a piece.
  • Philly would be kept off the board until the eighth when Ben Revere tripled home Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez off Hansel Robles (BS, 1) to make it a 3-2 game. Those two runs were charged to Jacob deGrom who had cruised through the first seven and 1/3 innings before giving way to the bullpen. deGrom finished with a line of two runs allowed on six hits while walking none and striking out nine.
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