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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.

8/20/2016 | Shark, Thor square off in long-haired affair

Mets ace Noah Syndergaard opposes Giants righty Jeff Samardzija in the finale of a four-game series at AT&T Park Sunday.

8/20/2016 | Lugo delivers solid outing in first Major League start

With Seth Lugo filling in for an injured Steven Matz, manager Terry Collins' initial hope was that the rookie would give the Mets five innings and the club would "piece it together after that." Lugo proved to be far more effective Friday night, tossing 6 2/3 solid innings while allowing three runs in New York's 8-1 loss to the Giants at AT&T Park.

8/20/2016 | Giants pull away from Mets, regain 1st place

The Giants played the brand of baseball Friday that suits their ballpark and their roster -- highlighted by pitching and defense -- in an 8-1 triumph over the New York Mets. San Francisco reclaimed first place in the National League West, a half-game ahead of Los Angeles.

8/20/2016 | Moore, Colon both seek better results in clash

Matt Moore said he was "capable of better things" after allowing five runs in his AT&T Park debut as a member of the Giants on Monday. The left-hander will get another chance to show San Francisco's fans what he can do on the mound Saturday when the Giants face Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets.

8/19/2016 | Playoff workload catching up to Mets pitchers

Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Terry Collins last winter that the Mets manager would see "some effect" from his team playing deep into the postseason in 2015. Collins didn't know what he meant at the time. But he fully understands now, after rookie Seth Lugo became the club's eighth pitcher to start a game this season Friday against the Giants at AT&T Park.

8/19/2016 | Mets get Cespedes, Cabrera back from DL

New York Mets manager Terry Collins finally offered some positive injury-related news before Friday's game vs. the Giants, confirming that both Yoenis Cespedes (strained right quad) and Asdrubal Cabrera (strained patella tendon in left knee) were activated from the 15-day disabled list.

8/19/2016 | Ruggiano returns to Mets in grand fashion

The Mets' offense received a push from an unlikely source Thursday: Justin Ruggiano.

8/19/2016 | Mets skip Matz's start due to shoulder discomfort

Shortly after pitching 7 1/3 shutdown innings against the Padres, Steven Matz felt a "little twinge" while throwing on a flat surface. The next day, Matz continued to feel it.

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