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Mets 101 Game Preview: Miami Marlins at New York Mets

May 29th, 2015 at 4:30 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets (27-21) are back in action after a much needed day off yesterday. The day off came after 20 consecutive games, a stretch in which the Mets went 9-11. The good news for the Mets is they ended the stretch by sweeping the Phillies to enter today's game on a three game winning streak. Their next opponents are the Miami Marlins (18-30), who have already made a managerial change this season. First pitch for tonight's contest at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

The Mets will send righty Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) to the mound tonight. Harvey is looking to bounce back from the worst start of his career, in which he allowed seven runs in four innings of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates last Saturday. The Marlins will counter with veteran righty Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA). Haren took a tough no decision in his last outing despite tossing six shutout innings against the Baltimore Orioles last Saturday.

Local Coverage:

Television: SNY

Radio: WOR

New York Mets Lineup:

  1. RF Curtis Granderson
  2. 3B Ruben Tejada
  3. 1B Lucas Duda
  4. 2B Daniel Murphy
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Michael Cuddyer Finally Heating up for New York Mets

May 29th, 2015 at 2:35 PM
By Mike Phillips

When the New York Mets signed outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two year deal this winter, many were hoping he would provide a missing right handed power presence in the middle of the batting order. That hasn't happened just yet, as Cuddyer has struggled a bit to adjust to his new home in Queens. Cuddyer hit rock bottom on May 14th, when he was hitting just .233 with only three homers and 13 RBI's on the year. Since the Mets came home to face the Brewers on the 15th, however, Cuddyer has been on fire.

In the past two weeks, Cuddyer has hit .313 with two homers and nine RBI's. The surge has raised Cuddyer's batting average from .233 all the way to .262, an improvement of nearly 30 points. While Cuddyer's average isn't near the .330 mark he posted when healthy for Colorado last season, it's important to note it is a massive downgrade in hitting environments going from Coors Field to Citi Field. The more important thing for the Mets is that Cuddyer's power is starting to resurface. In the Mets' last series with the Phillies, Cuddyer launched two monstrous home runs into the second deck in left field. The Mets need some power from other players in their lineup besides Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores. Cuddyer is more than capable of being that guy.

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Mets 101 Injury Updates: Several Players Closing in on Returns

May 28th, 2015 at 8:28 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have been the walking wounded for much of the season. With a whopping 12 players on the DL, the Mets have had to mix and match to get by. The results have been better than expected, as the Mets hit a much needed off day at 27-21. Thanks to the solid work weathering the storm, the Mets are now in position to improve as some of these players start to return. Mets 101 has some injury updates on several Mets players who are closing in on a return to Flushing.

Vic Black: Black, who has been on the shelf since late in spring training with neck issues, has made rapid progress in his rehab. That rehab assignment has moved all the way up to AA Binghamton, where Black appeared in back to back games for the first time this season on Monday and Tuesday. Black's fastball velocity has improved as well, with it sitting between 90-94 miles per hour. Pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters prior to Wednesday's game that Black is essentially ready to be activated, so he could rejoin the Mets this weekend, MetsBlog reports. Expect Black to take the place of either Hansel Robles or Jack Leathersich when he is activated.

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Mets Smash Phillies 7-0, Complete Sweep

May 27th, 2015 at 6:43 PM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (27-21) finished off a three game sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies (19-30) with a big 7-0 win Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets homered four times in the contest, including two from Lucas Duda and one from starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, who helped his own cause with a 3-for-3 day at the plate in addition to 7 1/3 shutout innings on the mound.

Game Highlights

  • Duda's homers were his seventh and eighth of the season, both solo shots coming in the first and fifth innings. Michael Cuddyer belted the other homer of the afternoon,a two-run shot to deep left in the third inning. That was Cuddyer's fifth round tripper of the season as he put together a 2-for-4 effort at the plate to raise his average to .262 on the season.
  • Syndergaard (W, 2-2) allowed six hits an walked none while striking out six on 101 pitches for his second career win. Sean Gilmartin finished off the eighth inning and Erik Goeddel tossed a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout.
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Report: New York Mets Planning to Stick with Six Man Rotation Through August

May 27th, 2015 at 6:29 PM
By Mike Phillips

After much hubbub, the New York Mets will finally start their six man rotation next week. Dillon Gee will make one more minor league start this week before re-entering the rotation in San Diego on Tuesday. While many assumed the six man rotation would be a temporary fix until someone pitched their way out of it, that doesn't appear to be the case. The Mets are planning to go with the six man rotation through early to mid-August, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports.

The decision was reported to the media by pitching coach Dan Warthen. Warthen explained that the reason to go with a six man rotation for this long is to give everyone more rest and preserve the innings of youngsters Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard as well as Matt Harvey. If the Mets implement the six man rotation for that long, this will shave roughly three starts off of everyone's total. By doing it this way, the Mets won't have to shut Harvey down at any point. In order to adjust for the new routine, all of the starters will have two bullpen sessions between starts.

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