Three days after the Mets scratched his last start because of right biceps discomfort, Noah Syndergaard departed Sunday's outing against the Nationals in the second inning due to injury. There was no immediate word as to the nature of the ailment, but Syndergaard appeared to grab the area under his right arm after throwing a pitch to Bryce Harper.
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First baseman Lucas Duda has experienced a setback in his return from a hyperextended left elbow, dousing the Mets' hopes for him to come off the disabled list Monday when eligible.
As the Mets have endured a number of injuries during the past few weeks, Michael Conforto has benefited with increased playing time, especially in left field while Yoenis Cespedes is on the disabled list.
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Hours after Jeurys Familia trudged off the mound with a game on the line, his boss untrusting of his ability to escape a bases-loaded jam against the Nationals, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson offered a scathing review of Familia's early-season performance.
Gleyber Torres was 0-for-3 in his return from the disabled list on Friday, but the Yankees' top prospect promptly knocked off the rust and put his entire skillset on display Saturday.
Lucas Duda told Mets officials he felt "just about 100 percent" after going 1-for-3 in his rehab debut Friday night for Class A St. Lucie, according to general manager Sandy Alderson, furthering the team's optimism that he can come off the disabled list when eligible on Monday.
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A dominant effort from Jacob deGrom and a career night from Travis d'Arnaud at the plate halted the Mets' losing streak at six in a thrilling 7-5 victory over the Nationals, staving off a late Nationals rally that included Nats center fielder Adam Eaton leaving the game with a leg injury in the ninth inning.
Mets manager Terry Collins has been around these parts long enough. He has won his share of games. He has lost even more. He understands as well as anyone what would have happened had his decision gone awry, had Bryce Harper cracked a Josh Edgin slider into the night toward Capitol Hill.
Francisco Mejia has already piled up plenty of hits for Double-A Akron this season, but it wasn't until Friday night that the Indians' No. 2 prospect entered the home run column, connecting on a solo shot in the ninth inning of the RubberDucks' 6-1 win over Bowie.
For most of the past two weeks, the Mets' clubhouse crown, a nightly gift to their player of the game, has sat unused at the bottom of an empty locker. In losing six straight games and 10 of 11, the Mets had no use for their team-bonding emblem.
Yoenis Cespedes' return to the Mets lasted barely more than a game. Cespedes pulled up lame at second base after doubling to open the fourth inning Thursday, eventually limping off the field alongside trainer Ray Ramirez.
Dominic Smith has always hit. The Mets' No. 2 prospect has batted above .300 in three of the four seasons since he was selected No. 11 overall in 2013. However, entering the 2017 season, Smith's first with Triple-A Las Vegas, he turned the intensity up a notch.
Landing at LaGuardia Airport this week with a six-game losing streak in tow, the Braves needed something to jolt them out of their recent malaise -- and quickly. The Mets gave it to them in the form of their own miserable week, which included a pair of defeats and the losses of their two biggest stars.
By the time Enrique Abreu-Ramos learned he was headed to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by MasterCard, slated for July 11 at Marlins Park in Miami, he'd already lived a dream day.
The Braves carried a six-game losing streak into Citi Field on Wednesday, while the Mets came into the night having lost four straight. Both streaks could not remain intact. In the end, Julio Teheran's years-long mastery of the Mets trumped any more recent trends. The Braves starter held New York to two runs in 6 1/3 innings of an 8-2 victory, snapping Atlanta's funk while sending the Mets to their fifth straight defeat.
By the ninth inning Wednesday, those who rained boos from the grandstand early in the evening had mostly departed, leaving a dejected knot of fans clustered in Citi Field's lower bowl. The Mets were about to drop an 8-2 game to the Braves, their fifth straight defeat and their ninth in 10 games. Worse, they were about to fall four games under .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2014 season, their last without a postseason berth.
There were many standout performances by pitchers across the Minor Leagues on Wednesday, but none of them impressed quite like Class A hurlers Merandy Gonzalez and Cody Reed did.
Their bullpen as well rested as at any point this season, the Mets on Wednesday made a roster move to return to a full five-man bench and a seven-man bullpen. The team recalled utility man Matt Reynolds from Triple-A Las Vegas, optioning left-hander Sean Gilmartin to Vegas in a corresponding move.
Tim Tebow is catching fire once again. The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit game since Friday.
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Zack Wheeler allowed a grand slam in the first inning, but little else in a loss to the Nationals. He finished his start with six shutout innings, a sign that he might be close to being all the way back after Tommy John surgery.
Jacob deGrom pulled off quite a feat on Saturday: the Mets right-hander was both very good and very bad in the same performance during a 3-1 loss to the Nationals at Citi Field.
Rain postponed the first game of a three-game series Tuesday between the Mets and Braves. The two clubs will make up the game as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Sept. 25 at 4:10 p.m.
The Nationals won their seventh-consecutive game as Daniel Murphy hit a first inning grand slam and Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run shot as the Nationals topped the Mets. New York got home runs from Michael Conforto and Neil Walker. Zack Wheeler allowed the Murphy slam, then closed his start with six scoreless innings. Max Scherzer got the win, working eight innings.
It seems like every time he takes the mound, Kolby Allard keeps showing why the Braves drafted him No. 14 overall two years ago. Allard is among Sunday's top prospect performers.
Gio Gonzalez carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and lasted into the seventh to lead the Nats to a 3-1 victory over the Mets. Washington has now won six consecutive games and will go for a sweep Sunday night. New York, meanwhile, is ailing and has dropped seven of its past eight games.
Clint Frazier has had Yankees fans abuzz since New York traded for him last July, but he hadn't gotten off to the hottest start to the 2017 season at the plate. As of Saturday, that looks like it might be changing.
Mets manager Terry Collins decided to bench Jose Reyes for at least a game or two, hoping that the break will help shake his leadoff hitter out of a serious slump.
With tip from Cabrera, Wheeler hits pinch double
The names and the faces were different, because the Mets have had a run of injuries that cost them nearly half their everyday lineup. They had a pitcher pinch-hitting and a pitcher pinch-running, and they had bench players given bigger roles.
The Nationals and the Mets have exchanged the National League East title during the past three seasons, and the two teams are the favorites in the division again in 2017. That increases the importance of their 19 matchups this season, the first of which required extra innings to decide Friday night's game at Citi Field.
No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.
The Mets put first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Wilmer Flores on the 10-day disabled list Friday, but Duda and Flores were only the start of an injury list that is growing by the day.
Even on nights when the dribblers squeeze just inside the line, when the bloopers drop in between the mist and the occasional extra-base hit, Noah Syndergaard makes sure each at-bat against him remains a daunting chore.
The timing isn't great for the Mets. They've lost five of their last six, and now they play the Nationals for the first time this season. They keep losing players to injury, and hey, the Nationals are coming to town.
Noah Syndergaard looked unhittable in the first inning Thursday night at Citi Field. He struck out the side on 14 pitches, flashing his 100-mph fastball. It looked like a long night ahead for the Phillies, but they scored three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third in a 6-4 victory, winning their first series against the Mets since April 8-10, 2016.
Jeurys Familia was activated from the restricted list prior to the Mets' series finale Thursday against the Phillies. Familia had served a 15-game suspension to begin the season for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.