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8/24/2016 | Command woes at root of deGrom's struggles

Terry Collins was sitting in his office chair earlier this week, brushing aside concern over Jacob deGrom's career-worst start in San Francisco, when he acknowledged an uncomfortable truth clouding the Mets' postseason chase.

8/24/2016 | Granderson cuts down Grichuk with strike

Never known for his arm strength, Curtis Granderson unleashed one of his strongest throws of the year to nail Randal Grichuk at the plate in the second inning of Wednesday's Mets game against the Cardinals.

8/24/2016 | Bruce exits Mets' game with right calf strain

Just as their lineup was starting to approach something close to whole, the Mets lost another player to injury.

8/24/2016 | Knee surgery to sideline Niese at least 4 weeks

Jonathon Niese's second stint with the Mets began with a July 31 trade from the Pirates, continued with a pair of unsuccessful rotation turns, and likely ended Wednesday, when the team announced that he will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

8/24/2016 | Cespedes to let 'agents worry about' opt-out

Thirteen months into his Mets tenure, Yoenis Cespedes continues to speak about New York as his long-term home. But Cespedes on Wednesday contradicted the notion that he has decided to honor all three years of his current contract, saying only that his hope is to remain with the Mets.

8/24/2016 | Wainwright, Cards look to widen Wild Card gap with Mets

Adam Wainwright's 8.53 ERA through four starts in August is so far the highest he has posted in any month this season, by over a full point. He'll have a chance to lower it Thursday when he faces Seth Lugo in the series finale between the Mets and Cardinals.

8/24/2016 | Martinez, homers carry Cards past deGrom, Mets

Grasping for ways to correct their poor and puzzling home record, the Cardinals leaned on two of their most reliable sources on Wednesday. With punches of power from the offense and another dazzling performance from budding ace Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals coasted to an 8-1 victory to even their three-game series with the Mets.

8/24/2016 | Chasing the Cards, Mets call on deGrom

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez has struggled to post consistent outings this season. He'll face off with Jacob deGrom, who is coming off a poor start but has found more success in 2016, when the pair meets in the second game of a three-game set at Busch Stadium on Wednesday. The Mets are trying to gain ground on the Cards, who lead them by 3 1/2 games in the race for the second National League Wild Card spot.

8/23/2016 | Rosario, Smith among top prospect performers Tuesday

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith proved worthy of their elite prospect rankings as the duo led Double-A Binghamton to a 9-1 victory over Hartford on Tuesday night.

8/23/2016 | Mets strike early, often to gain on Cardinals

Though starter Jonathon Niese lasted only 21 pitches before an achy left knee forced him to the clubhouse, the Mets, behind a pair of early home runs and an exhaustive effort from the bullpen, nabbed a 7-4 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night at Busch Stadium. The win cut into the Cardinals' advantage over New York for the second National League Wild Card spot, too. The Mets' deficit in that race now sits at 3 1/2 games.

8/23/2016 | Ruggiano's HR longest by Met in Statcast era

It's a trivia question worthy of any bar or break room: Which Met hit the longest home run since Statcast™ began keeping track at the start of the 2015 season?

8/23/2016 | Mets unlikely to trade for relief help

If the Mets' scuffling bullpen is to improve down the stretch, the club will need it to improve from within. The team is no longer seriously pursuing bullpen arms from outside the organization, according to a person with knowledge of the club's thinking.

8/23/2016 | Niese lands on DL; Gsellman to rotation?

Jonathon Niese's night was as ineffective as it was brief. Robert Gsellman saved him and the Mets in his big league debut. In the process, Gsellman appears to have taken over Niese's job.

8/23/2016 | Walker's wife gives birth to daughter

Congratulations were in order Tuesday for Mets second baseman Neil Walker and his wife, who welcomed a baby girl, Nora Vail Walker, into the world at 3:06 a.m. ET.

8/23/2016 | Mets hope Matz will return by end of August

Despite placing pitcher Steven Matz on the disabled list this week, the Mets are optimistic that Matz will miss just one additional start. Matz, who skipped his last outing due to left shoulder soreness, will also be absent for Thursday's game in St. Louis. But he is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 30, and the Mets tentatively expect him to pitch that day.

8/23/2016 | De Leon, Slater among top prospect performers Monday

Dodgers No. 2 prospect Jose De Leon and Giants No. 22 prospect Austin Slater were among the top prospect performers in the Minors Monday.

8/22/2016 | Gooden 'hurt' by comments from Strawberry

Dwight Gooden has responded strongly to recent comments made by former teammate Darryl Strawberry to The New York Daily News.

8/22/2016 | Yanks' Sanchez, Astros' Bregman lead Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

8/22/2016 | Mets place Matz on DL with shoulder strain

Mets left-hander Steven Matz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 15, on Monday with a mild shoulder strain and rotator cuff irritation, but no structural damage in his left shoulder. The club recalled right-hander Robert Gsellman from Triple-A Las Vegas.

8/22/2016 | Thor gives his all in gem against Giants

Terry Collins asked Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen to check on Noah Syndergaard prior to the start of the ninth inning in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Giants. Collins, fully intending to send Syndergaard back to the mound to finish off one of his strongest starts of the season, received a surprising update on his ace. Syndergaard was tiring.

8/21/2016 | Yo's homer all sparkling Thor needs vs. Giants

Jeff Samardzija toyed with a no-hitter for six innings Sunday night. But the Mets made sure the right-hander would pay for his mistakes in the seventh as Yoenis Cespedes smashed a two-run home run to left field as part of a 2-0 Mets win at AT&T Park.

8/21/2016 | Mets bullpen wearing down with heavy usage

Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday he believes the residual effect of last year's playoff run is beginning to surface within his fatigued starting pitching rotation. Two days later, Collins said his bullpen is beginning to show signs of similar wear and tear.

8/21/2016 | Garcia, Cards open three-game set vs. Niese, Mets

The Cardinals will try to increase their lead in the race for the National League's second Wild Card spot, while the Mets are hoping to close that gap when the two teams open a three-game set in St. Louis on Tuesday.

8/20/2016 | Cespedes' strength a 'springboard' for Mets?

Whether the Mets are capable of reversing their August freefall to remain within striking distance in the National League playoff race will hinge on more than just one game. But Yoenis Cespedes' performance Saturday reminded them, at the very least, that they have a batter dominant enough to alter a season.

8/20/2016 | Walker goes 2-for-4 in brief return to Mets' lineup

The Mets' lineup received a much-needed boost Saturday with the return of Neil Walker. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a 9-5 win over the Giants in his first start since missing the previous four games with lower back stiffness.

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