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Trade Market Beginning to Develop for Jonathon Niese

June 29th, 2015 at 12:09 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have acknowledged they are actively searching for help on offense before the trade deadline. The offense has been absolutely atrocious, as the Mets went through a stretch where they scored 15 runs in 10 games recently. Not surprisingly, the Mets lost seven of those 10 games. The Mets' biggest asset is their starting pitching, and it appears that lefty Jonathon Niese is drawing some interest from other teams.

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports on Twitter that both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs have interest in acquiring Niese. Niese, who is slated to start tomorrow against the Cubs, is 3-7 with a 4.12 ERA in 14 starts this season. Both Chicago and Los Angeles are looking to add more pitching, and they have pieces that could be a match for the Mets. The Cubs and Mets reportedly discussed a deal that featured infield prospect Javier Baez, who has no place to play in Chicago at the moment, but Baez suffered a finger injury to table that deal. The Dodgers have a few players who could interest the Mets, such as shortstop Jimmy Rollins and utilityman Alex Guerrero. Rollins has struggled with the Dodgers this season, but has a proven track record as a winning player and could stabilize the Mets' infield minus David Wright. Moving Rollins would also allow the Dodgers to promote top prospect Corey Seager to try and boost their own struggling offense.

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Wilmer Flores Switches to Second Base for New York Mets

June 29th, 2015 at 9:49 AM
By Mike Phillips

Before the New York Mets' second game with the Cincinnati Reds yesterday, manager Terry Collins snuck a positional switch into his lineup. After nearly three months of starting Wilmer Flores as his shortstop, Flores found himself at second base by 4:30 pm. Ruben Tejada moved back to shortstop, his natural position, with Eric Campbell starting at third. That alignment is expected to stay intact once Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list on Tuesday, with Murphy sliding over to third base.

The alignment change is a concession from the Mets that they don't expect to get David Wright back any time soon. Collins has indicated in the past that he didn't want to move Flores off shortstop for a short time only to have to move him back. Murphy will assume third base upon his return, where he is a better defender than he is at second. Flores figures to be better at second base, where he looked more comfortable towards the end of last season. Tejada is the best fielder of the bunch, and he can now move back to his natural position of shortstop.

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Mets Take Two from Reds on Sunday, Matz Makes Record Setting Debut

June 29th, 2015 at 12:46 AM
By Steve Popoloski

The New York Mets (40-37) defeated the Cincinnati Reds (34-40) twice on Sunday, finishing off Saturday's postponed game 2-1 in thirteen innings, before taking the regularly scheduled contest 7-2 in Steven Matz' big league debut. Matz put his name in the history books with a three hit, four RBI performance at the plate, the best all-time MLB debut offensively by a pitcher.

Game 76 Highlights

  • The Mets and Reds resumed their postponed game from Saturday with the score tied at one going into the visitors half of the seventh inning. The Reds loaded the bases in the seventh off Carlos and Alex Torres but Hansel Robles came on to foul out Todd Frazier to end the threat. Robles went on the pitch a 1-2-3 eighth before Jeurys Familia and Logan Verrett each tossed two scoreless innings a piece to send the game to the thirteenth.
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Mets 101 Game Preview: Cincinnati Reds at New York Mets

June 28th, 2015 at 12:34 PM
By Mike Phillips

The Cincinnati Reds (34-38) and New York Mets (38-37) have quite a bit of baseball ahead of them this afternoon. The two teams are scheduled to play their series finale this afternoon, but first they must wrap up the second game of their three game set. The Mets and Reds played six innings yesterday and are tied 1-1, but rain caused the game to get suspended for this afternoon. The suspended game will resume at 1:10 pm, with Carlos Torres (2-3, 4.25 ERA) entering the game in relief for Matt Harvey in the top of the seventh inning. Manny Parra (0-1, 2.19 ERA) is currently in the game for the Reds, and he saved them from a loss by working out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth just prior to the suspension.

About 20 minutes after the first game concludes, the Mets and Reds will play their regularly scheduled series finale. Steven Matz will make his major league debut for the Mets. The Reds will counter with rookie right hander Josh Smith (0-0, 12.00 ERA). Smith was roughed up in his big league debut, giving up four runs in three innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

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Mets 101 Bio Blast: Steven Matz

June 28th, 2015 at 9:07 AM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have been a factory for elite young pitching prospects over the last several years. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler started the trend in 2012 and 2013 respectively, with Jacob deGrom making a surprise entrance last season. Noah Syndergaard joined the big club this season, and now Steven Matz appears to be the next (and possibly last for a while) elite arm to join the big club. With Matz set to make his big league debut this afternoon, Mets 101 has put together a Bio Blast to get you up to date on all things Matz.

Mets 101 Bio Blast: Steven Matz

Date of Birth: May 29, 1991

Position: Starting Pitcher

Acquired: 2nd Round Draft Pick in 2009

Vitals: 6'2", 200 LBS, Bats Right, Throws Left

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