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8/30/2015 | Mets have logjam for potential playoff rotation

Shoring up the seventh inning lingers as New York's primary focus at the moment. But another average start from Noah Syndergaard suggests that the Mets could have decisions to make regarding the rotation as well, even if they're not ready to make them yet.


8/30/2015 | 'Nastiest pitcher in the world,' Familia on a roll

Rarely does Jeurys Familia allow emotion to escape him. One of the National League's most effective closers also tends to be one of the quietest. But something stirred within Familia after he unleashed the final pitch of Sunday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox, a 100-mph fastball that fled past Mookie Betts, zoomed through the upper third of the strike zone and popped into Anthony Recker's mitt.


8/30/2015 | Clutch Cuddyer helps Mets edge Red Sox

Their brief stumble earlier this weekend squarely in the past, the Mets resumed their march toward a playoff bid with a 5-4 win Sunday over the Red Sox at Citi Field. Michael Cuddyer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh for a Mets team that took the final game of the three-game series after dropping the first two.


8/30/2015 | Parnell throws BP, expects to be activated Tuesday

Mets reliever Bobby Parnell threw his first live batting-practice session Sunday as he works to return from right shoulder tendinitis. Parnell has been sidelined since Aug. 17 and expects to be active when rosters expand Tuesday.


8/30/2015 | Colon to go for his 12th win as Mets take on Phillies

When Jerad Eickhoff made his Major League debut earlier in the month, everything was new. Suddenly, somehow, it's all already much of the same. Eickhoff and Bartolo Colon will square off for the second time in six days on Monday when the Mets and Phillies open a three-game series at Citi Field.


8/29/2015 | Colon gives 'pen a break with inning of relief

A near-record 43,255 fans piled into Citi Field on Saturday and were treated to a surprise. The second-largest showing in Citi's history left mostly displeased with New York's 3-1 loss to Boston. But many left entertained after beloved starter Bartolo Colon made his first relief appearance in over four years.


8/29/2015 | Sources: Mets acquire reliever Reed from D-backs

The Mets made a move to shore up their bullpen on Saturday, acquiring right-handed reliever Addison Reed from the D-backs, according to multiple sources. The acquisition is pending a medical review and has not been confirmed by either team.


8/29/2015 | Kelly outduels deGrom as Red Sox clip Mets

The Mets had all the ingredients in place for a picture-perfect Saturday at Citi Field: a sellout crowd, a sun-splashed afternoon and a dominant Jacob deGrom on the mound. But it was Joe Kelly and the Red Sox who scored an opportunistic 3-1 victory, sending the Mets to their fifth consecutive home loss.


8/29/2015 | Mets sticking to the plan with Wright

There will be no surprises in David Wright's routine the rest of this season if the Mets can help it. As expected, Wright sat out Saturday's game against the Red Sox after playing all 23 innings of the Mets' previous two games. Manager Terry Collins noted that Wright was feeling "a little stiff" on Saturday morning, particularly in his shoulders.


8/29/2015 | Syndergaard looks to get Mets back on track at Citi

The finale of the first series between the Mets and Red Sox at Citi Field should continue contributing huge crowds to this particular sliver of Queens. The Mets are expecting their third near sellout of the weekend when Noah Syndergaard opposes Wade Miley on Sunday. The Red Sox will be looking to sweep the first-place Mets, who have lost five straight at home.


8/29/2015 | Collins keeping big picture in mind with Harvey

The color scheme said it all. Thousands of white rally towels spun around Citi Field on Friday, contrasting against Yoenis Cespedes' neon arm sleeve and the alternative-uniform blue starter Matt Harvey selected. Make no mistake, the 39,401 chanting, cheering and eventually screaming during the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Red Sox gave this late-August matchup against a last-place team an October feel.


8/28/2015 | Mets faithful fete Wright with rousing ovation

Somewhere between the second-base bag and Tim Teufel's left arm waving him around third, David Wright lost the nervous excitement that turned his late-August return to Queens into "almost like Opening Day." Then came the mad dash home, which Wright never expected to take when Michael Cuddyer's single to right sent him scurrying in the first place, and which Wright admittedly doubted at times he'd ever try again this season.


8/28/2015 | deGrom, Kelly to duel as Mets, Sox continue set

After seeing their seven-game win streak snapped on Friday, Jacob deGrom and the Mets will look to start a new surge on Saturday against the Red Sox, who will counter with Joe Kelly at Citi Field.


8/28/2015 | Statcast pinpoints rest as best for Harvey

While Matt Harvey's results have been pristine over the past month-plus, including a 1.27 ERA since the All-Star break of his first year back from Tommy John surgery, his velocity has taken a slight dip.


8/28/2015 | Everything falling into place for the Mets

There aren't many things as much fun as playoff baseball in New York. These Mets are edging closer and closer to finding out.


8/27/2015 | Record-setting Mets run win streak to 7 games

Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead two-run double and made a circus play on defense Thursday, leading the Mets to a 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets swept the four-game series in Philadelphia and have won seven in a row overall, grabbing their third winning streak of at least seven games this season.


8/27/2015 | Unreal circus play highlights Amazin' night on D

Daniel Murphy must really, really have wanted to play an 11th inning, ending the 10th on Thursday with one of the most bizarre defensive plays of the season in the Mets' 9-5 victory over the Phillies in 13 frames.


8/27/2015 | Matz to make rehab start Monday, then rejoin Mets

Steven Matz's return to the Mets is now less than a week away. The Mets announced Thursday that Matz will make his fourth and final Minor League rehab start Monday for Double-A Binghamton, and they will recall him the next day when rosters expand.


8/27/2015 | Mets break, then extend club mark for monthly HRs

The Mets entered uncharted territory with a trio of home runs in the middle innings of Thursday's 9-5, 13-inning win over the Phillies. Travis d'Arnaud's two-run shot off Aaron Harang in the fourth inning was their 41st of the month, snapping a tie with the Mets' previous club record of 40 set in June 2006.


8/27/2015 | Examining potential September additions for Mets

Though the Mets are wary of overcrowding a first-place clubhouse with new faces in September, their list of callups will nonetheless be large -- and composed almost entirely of players who have already spent significant time with the big club.


8/27/2015 | O'Flaherty struggling as Mets' lefty specialist

The one lefty specialist on the Mets' roster, Eric O'Flaherty, is struggling on a near-nightly basis. O'Flaherty faced five batters in the Mets' 9-4 win over the Phillies on Wednesday, retired two of them and allowed three runs. His ERA since coming to the Mets in an early-August waiver deal is 15.88; lefties are hitting .444 off him with a walk during that span.


8/27/2015 | Colon goes to changeup to deliver important start

As the Mets presented Bartolo Colon with Wednesday night's wrestling-style championship belt, a nightly tradition after wins, the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park burst into cheers. They were loud enough to be audible outside a set of double doors, through a concrete wall.


8/26/2015 | Mets tie club record with 40th HR of month

Michael Cuddyer's eighth-inning homer was the Mets' 40th of August, tying the franchise record for any month that they set in June 2006. And they still have five games left in August.


8/26/2015 | Niese, Mets seek 7th straight win, sweep of Phils

The Mets will look to continue their strong play away from Citi Field and complete a sweep of the Phillies behind Jon Niese in the final game of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Philadelphia will counter with veteran right-hander Aaron Harang.


8/26/2015 | Mets' 6th straight win ups NL East lead to 6.5

For the third time this season, the Mets own a winning streak of at least half a dozen games. They grabbed their sixth straight win with a 9-4 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday night, extending their National League East lead to 6 1/2 games -- their largest since leading the Phillies by seven games with 17 to go in 2007 -- and putting themselves on pace for exactly 90 wins.




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