7/11/2014 | First-rounder Conforto hits Big Apple for first time
Michael Conforto is visiting New York for the first time this week, and between seeing the sights, preparing for life as a professional ballplayer with Class A Brooklyn this summer and meeting some of the Major Leaguers he grew up watching, Conforto learned something pretty important about the Big Apple: The food is good.
7/11/2014 | Boras encouraged by Harvey's progress
As Scott Boras and first-round Draft pick Michael Conforto chatted in front of cameras Friday afternoon, one of Boras' other clients in Queens interrupted the conversation for a big hug. A chipper Matt Harvey, who is out for the season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, was happy to stumble upon his agent in the Mets' clubhouse. Harvey has indicated on multiple occasions since going under the knife his desire to be aggressive in his rehab, but Boras is just fine with things progressing slowly.
7/11/2014 | Dice-K looks to state case to stick in Mets' rotation
When Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his final pre-All-Star-break start for the Mets on Saturday, it could be his last start for a while. With lefty Jon Niese due back from the disabled list after the break, and Dillon Gee now healthy, someone will have to exit New York's rotation. Marlins righty Tom Koehler is looking to prove himself as well in his native New York, after lasting just three innings in his previous start.
7/10/2014 | Recovering Harvey weighs in on Tanaka injury news
When news broke Thursday night that that a young supremely talented right-handed pitcher who took the Big Apple and Major League Baseball by storm had a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament, Matt Harvey could sympathize.
7/10/2014 | Fourth straight challenge goes Mets' way
Mets manager Terry Collins' replay staff is on a roll. With two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the Braves ahead of the Mets, 3-1, Jayson Heyward rolled a grounder to New York first baseman Lucas Duda.
7/10/2014 | Colon settles after first, but Mets held in check
It would have been difficult to gauge the positive momentum engulfing the Mets had they somehow capped a four-game series sweep over the Braves. If not the absolute highest, it certainly would have ranked among their top moments of the season. As it was, the Mets settled for a much-needed three wins in four games, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Braves in Thursday's finale at Citi Field. The three early runs that Bartolo Colon allowed doomed him in an otherwise strong outing.
7/10/2014 | Mets stick with pitcher batting eighth, even with Colon
Terry Collins insists what he's doing is not "brain surgery or something." But the Mets manager is nonetheless convinced his lineup strategy works -- so convinced, in fact, that he batted the most unorthodox of pitchers eighth for Thursday's series finale against the Braves: Bartolo Colon.
7/10/2014 | Despite 'tired' arm, Familia seeing more work
Since May 1, no pitcher in baseball has appeared in more games than Jeurys Familia (35), while few have enjoyed as much success (a 1.49 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 12 walks) But all those accomplishments have come at a cost. Familia has spent much of this week nursing what he calls a "tired" arm, as manager Terry Collins grapples with the contrasting goals of preserving his most successful reliever while also winning as many games as possible.
7/9/2014 | Collins issues successful challenge; call overturned
Just 11 pitches into right-hander Dillon Gee's return from the disabled list Wednesday night, the Mets benefited from another successful replay challenge against the Braves.
7/9/2014 | Nieuwenhuis, Abreu swinging well, start vs. righty
The Mets value the offensive flexibility afforded to them by carrying an extra outfielder, and Wednesday against the Braves and right-hander Ervin Santana, manager Terry Collins took advantage of that flexibility. Left-handed hitters Bobby Abreu and Kirk Nieuwenhuis started in left and center field, respectively.
7/9/2014 | Familia unavailable after warmup struggles
Before Jeurys Familia, the Mets' acting closer Tuesday, eventually closed the door on the Braves in the 8-3 win, he exhibited what manager Terry Collins called a "red flag."
7/9/2014 | Gee sharp in return, upbeat Mets win fourth straight
Travis d'Arnaud's game-breaking two-run homer in the seventh inning helped make a winner out of Dillon Gee, who was sharp in his first start back from a two-month stay on the disabled list. Facing the minimum over his first five innings, Gee did not crack for a run until B.J. Upton's two-out RBI double in the sixth. He needed just 79 pitches to complete seven innings, departing to a standing ovation after allowing the first two batters in the eighth to reach base.
7/9/2014 | Colon, Mets seek four-game sweep of Harang, Braves
The last time Aaron Harang took the hill at Citi Field, he flirted with history. The veteran no-hit the Mets in seven strong innings April 18, and on Thursday night he'll look to halt the Braves' four-game slide and deny the Mets a four-game sweep. Bartolo Colon, who has struggled early in his past few starts, will start for New York.
7/8/2014 | Mets become 20th club to reach 4,000-win plateau
Judging by the celebration, you wouldn't know the Mets' 8-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday night had any historical significance. A sudden rain sent many fans scattering for shelter minutes earlier, and the few who remained clapped politely as the Mets milled about and filed through the high-five line.
7/8/2014 | Collins plans to trim Mejia's multi-inning outings
In Monday's 4-3 win, close Jenrry Mejia's outing lasted more than one inning for sixth time in 24 games, and it was the sixth time he threw 20 or more pitches. Mets manager Terry Collins said he wants to keep outings of that sort -- especially the three-plus-out appearances -- to a minimum going forward.
7/8/2014 | Brooklyn teacher to represent Mets at All-Star Game
Renan Ebeid, of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, was named the Mets' winner in the "All-Star Teachers" program and will be honored during a ceremony at Target Field before the July 15 Midsummer Classic. Each of the 30 Major League clubs will be represented by a teacher.
7/8/2014 | deGrom dazzles as Mets cruise to milestone victory
The 20,671 fans scattered about Citi Field on Tuesday had a right to be mystified. Expecting to see the first-place Braves do battle with the fourth-place Mets, Citi's fans instead watched something completely backward unfold. It was the Mets who proved dominant throughout the night, parlaying Jacob deGrom's best career start into the franchise's 4,000th victory, an 8-3, 18-hit stomping of the Braves.
7/8/2014 | After two-month layoff, Mets' Gee returns to mound
Although the Mets are dealing with the absence of lefty Jon Niese, they will compensate Wednesday night with the return of righty Dillon Gee, who makes his first start in nearly two months as he faces righty Ervin Santana and the Braves at Citi Field.
7/8/2014 | Mets players meet with Latino youth at Citi Field
Jenrry Mejia and a handful of other Mets spoke to a group of about 40 Latino youth Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field. Outfielder Bobby Abreu, pitchers Bartolo Colon and Gonzalez Germen and bullpen coach Ricky Bones all took part in the club's first "Latino Leaders" event, which was meant to connect some of the team's Latino players with Latino children from New York City.
7/7/2014 | 'Neighborhood play' at center of controversial review
The "neighborhood play," a subject of much discussion earlier this season, came to the fore again at Citi Field on Monday night. While neighborhood plays are no longer reviewable in most circumstances, umpires in the Braves-Mets game ruled that a play in the bottom of the ninth inning was not a neighborhood play, so they reviewed it. Upon review, the original out call on the Mets' Eric Campbell was overturned.
7/7/2014 | Collins praises first-time All-Star Murphy's work ethic
Considering second baseman Daniel Murphy finished Sunday's game against the Rangers in a relative cold snap at the plate, with just three hits in 20 at-bats, the All-Star Game was not at the front of his mind. So when Terry Collins called Murphy into his office after the game, the manager recalled laughing, "I think he thought he got traded."
7/7/2014 | Mets personnel visit nearby VA facility
On Monday afternoon, at a VA facility about half an hour from Citi Field, Mets personnel met and spoke with about 150 veterans as a part of the club's ongoing commitment to the military.
7/7/2014 | Chasing Braves, Mets win in 11 on Tejada's single
Monday night's walk-off, 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Braves at Citi Field represented a small but impactful step in the right direction for the Mets. Ruben Tejada delivered the game-winning single off Anthony Varvaro in the 11th, after Juan Lagares sparked the rally with a one-out double.
7/7/2014 | All-Star Teheran, rookie deGrom meet again
For the second time in a week, it'll be Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran on the hill as the Mets and Braves continue their series. The two young pitchers will take the mound at Citi Field on Tuesday for the first time since they opposed each other at Turner Field in Atlanta last Wednesday.
7/6/2014 | Murphy honored with All-Star selection
Two years ago, Daniel Murphy's long-term big league future seemed in doubt. Flash forward to the present day, in which Murphy is an All-Star. Major League Baseball announced on Sunday that Murphy will serve as a reserve second baseman for the National League team on July 15 game at Target Field. There he will join the game's upper crust as the Mets' lone representative.
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