deGrom on 200 innings: 'It's definitely big for me'

Mets ace fans 11 over 6 frames Sunday to reach milestone for first time

deGrom on 200 innings: 'It's definitely big for me'

NEW YORK -- As a relatively unheralded prospect, one of the most common concerns regarding Jacob deGrom was his body type. Tall and lanky, deGrom did not look like a pitcher capable of throwing hundreds of innings, month after month, year after year. A Tommy John surgery at an early age seemed to vindicate that line of thinking. Even once he became a successful big leaguer, deGrom never quite managed to throw 200 innings.

That number may be arbitrary, but it is the generally accepted marker of a durable ace. For the first time Sunday, deGrom blew past it, pitching six innings in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals to reach 201 1/3 on the season. He has one more start remaining.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nimmo HRs again, but Mets can't best Max

Nimmo HRs again, but Mets can't best Max

NEW YORK -- The Nationals and Mets matched up for the final time this season Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, so it was fitting for one final matchup between their respective aces, Max Scherzer from Washington and Jacob deGrom of New York.

Scherzer outdueled deGrom to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory, which secured home-field advantage for Washington in the National League Division Series. The Nats will almost certainly have Bryce Harper back for that NLDS, and manager Dusty Baker said Harper could be activated as early as Monday night's game against the Phillies, although the Nationals were still trying to "make up their mind."

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Mets, Gov. Cuomo partner for Puerto Rico aid

Citi Field will serve as drop-off point for donations from Monday through Friday

Mets, Gov. Cuomo partner for Puerto Rico aid

NEW YORK -- The Mets have pitched in frequently for recovery efforts during this destructive hurricane season, and the team has seen much of the devastation firsthand.

The Mets volunteered on their off-day in Houston before playing in the first series back in the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and New York also played the first series in Miami following Hurricane Irma and hosted a three-game series between the Rays and Yankees at Citi Field when the effects of that storm inhibited the games from taking place in St. Petersburg. The team also held a drive for supplies, sending donations to Texas and Florida.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flexen returns to rotation for twin bill opener

Flexen returns to rotation for twin bill opener

By the end of September, the Braves and Mets will have played seven games against each other in the month. The division rivalry continues Monday with a doubleheader at Citi Field to begin a four-game, three-day series. The second game is a makeup of an April 25 rainout.

Game 1 will feature a battle between two rookie right-handers. Chris Flexen (3-4, 7.13 ERA) will make his first career start against the Braves. Flexen will return to his starting role after spending much of the month as a reliever, making his first start since Sept. 3.

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Syndergaard makes brief but encouraging return

Righty throws just five pitches, but hits 99 mph on radar gun

Syndergaard makes brief but encouraging return

NEW YORK -- If Noah Syndergaard had never returned to the mound in September, he would have considered this a summer devoid of redeeming qualities. Syndergaard's weeks of rest wasted. His physical therapy wasted. His arm strengthening exercises, his weight-lifting, his throwing program wasted.

All Syndergaard wanted was a chance, however brief, to get a glimpse of the return on his blood, sweat and angst. He finally received it Saturday amid all the pomp and circumstance a fourth-place Mets team could muster, usurping Matt Harvey's role to start the Mets' 4-3 10-inning loss to the Nationals at Citi Field. Syndergaard threw five pitches, four of them strikes, in a scoreless first inning. He earned two standing ovations.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets fall after Syndergaard's triumphant return

Mets fall after Syndergaard's triumphant return

NEW YORK -- The Nationals set a franchise record for most home runs in a single season, clubbing three homers en route to a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Mets on Saturday night at Citi Field. Daniel Murphy hit the go-ahead homer in the 10th, his latest blow against his former team.

Washington now has hit 206 home runs as a team this season, and in 37 games against the Mets during the past two seasons, Murphy has nine homers and 35 RBIs. Following Saturday's victory, the Nationals can clinch home-field advantage in the National League Division Series with a win Sunday or a Cubs loss to the Brewers.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Conforto expects to make full recovery

All-Star outfielder targeting March 1 for return to baseball activities

Conforto expects to make full recovery

NEW YORK -- An optimistic and upbeat Michael Conforto reiterated the March 1 target date on which the Mets are hopeful he can return to full baseball activities following surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder.

Speaking with reporters Saturday for the first time since the procedure, Conforto said he expects to make a full recovery and that he doesn't expect his swing to be affected. One of the main reasons he opted for surgery, Conforto added, was because doctors informed him there is a less-than-1-percent chance of the injury occurring again after the operation. Still, Conforto said his timetable remains largely uncertain.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York and covered the Mets on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

d'Arn good: Catcher's two homers carry Mets

d'Arn good: Catcher's two homers carry Mets

NEW YORK -- One positive takeaway for the Mets during the final month of this season has been the September surge from catcher Travis d'Arnaud. He launched a pair of home runs Friday night, giving him a career-high 15 homers on the year, to power the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Nationals at Citi Field.

"He's just swinging the bat really well, which we know he can do," Mets manager Terry Collins said of d'Arnaud, crediting the catcher's resurgence to a timeshare with Kevin Plawecki.

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Mets face decision on Collins as season wanes

Mets face decision on Collins as season wanes

NEW YORK -- In one dugout Friday at Citi Field sat Dusty Baker, Major League Baseball's second-oldest manager at age 68. Baker, whose postseason-bound Nationals used a lineup full of reserves in the Mets' 7-6 win, appears to boast plenty of job security as his contract expires.

In the other dugout stood Terry Collins, born three weeks before Baker in 1949. Collins is also in the final days of his contract, though his future is far murkier.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Familia rescues Ramos for first save since May

Familia rescues Ramos for first save since May

NEW YORK -- For the second time during the ninth inning Friday against the Nationals, the Mets' bullpen door swung open. As Jeurys Familia's hulking figure emerged through the frame, "Danza Kaduro" blared throughout Citi Field's speakers, like it does every time Familia enters a game.

There was added anticipation this time, though. Runners stood on the corners with two outs in a one-run ballgame, and Familia had not entered a game in a save situation since May, when he underwent arterial surgery to remove a blood clot in his right shoulder, a procedure that cost him more than three months of the season. But Familia struck out Nationals rookie Victor Robles -- the organization's No. 1 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com -- on a 2-2 pitch, and the Mets secured a 7-6 victory.

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Nido lending hand to help family in Puerto Rico

Catcher on rebuilding island after hurricane: 'We're all gonna have each other's back'

Nido lending hand to help family in Puerto Rico

NEW YORK -- Hardly two weeks into his Major League career, Tomas Nido is quickly learning to deal with adversity, as his native Puerto Rico was devastated by the effects of Hurricane Maria earlier this week.

Nido moved to Florida when he was 16 years old before his junior year of high school, but still has plenty of family and friends in Puerto Rico, including his sister. Her property suffered limited damage, but like most of the island, she is expected to be without power for weeks, or possibly months. Nido has had a tougher time reaching his family in Ponce, located on the southern side of the island. In the aftermath, the rookie catcher is trying to send a generator to help somewhat alleviate the power issues.

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Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey?

Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers fans' questions

Inbox: Should Mets tender offer to Harvey?

The Mets were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention last week, ensuring they won't reach the playoffs for the ninth time in the past 11 seasons. But that does not necessarily sap the rest of the intrigue from this season. There's still plenty of interesting things to watch as the 2017 campaign draws to a close, including several that inspired questions in this week's Inbox:

Why do the Mets believe that tendering an offer to Matt Harvey for 2018 makes sense financially? Can't his salary be better spent elsewhere?
-- @HowardJHerman via Twitter

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Mets come up short after Montero struggles

Mets come up short after Montero struggles

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton delivered an awe-inspiring two-run homer in the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, but it was the eight strong innings thrown by Jose Urena that set the tone in the Marlins' 9-2 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

Urena held the Mets in check, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and three strikeouts. To seal the deal, Stanton blistered a two-run homer, No. 56, off Erik Goeddel in a four-run inning.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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d'Arnaud, Reyes homer, but Mets fall in 10

d'Arnaud, Reyes homer, but Mets fall in 10

MIAMI -- The Marlins aren't going down quietly in the National League Wild Card chase. After being an out away from elimination on Tuesday night, J.T. Realmuto delivered a walk-off home run in the 10th inning that lifted Miami to a 5-4 win over the Mets at Marlins Park.

The Mets carried a 4-1 lead into the ninth inning, but closer AJ Ramos, dealt to New York in July from Miami, allowed a leadoff home run to Justin Bour and with two outs, A.J. Ellis and Ichiro Suzuki delivered RBI singles, setting up Realmuto's heroics off Paul Sewald in the 10th.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

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Cespedes' offseason will focus on running

Outfielder says program aims to keep quads, hamstrings healthy

Cespedes' offseason will focus on running

MIAMI -- Earlier this season, while rehabbing from yet another leg injury, Yoenis Cespedes reflected on his career since coming from the United States. During his first two years in Oakland, Cespedes struggled to stay healthy, battling leg injuries that cost him a chunk of each season. After re-signing with the Mets in 2016, Cespedes again fell victim to a two-year string of muscle pulls.

The notable exception was 2015, when Cespedes played in 159 games for the Tigers and Mets. Prior to that campaign, he made it his goal to steal more than 30 bases, an element of his game he had mostly abandoned. Though Cespedes fell well short of that goal, he believes the running program he undertook to achieve it allowed his quads and hamstrings to remain healthy.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey at a loss to explain struggles

Harvey at a loss to explain struggles

MIAMI -- Approximately 20 minutes after the Mets dropped a 13-1 game to the Marlins on Monday, Matt Harvey emerged from a back room of the visiting clubhouse. A staff member indicated that a group of media members was waiting to speak to him. Harvey shrugged his shoulders.

"I don't know what there is to say," he muttered.

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Mets fall as Harvey falters in Miami

Mets fall as Harvey falters in Miami

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton was off on Sunday to recharge his batteries. The All-Star slugger energized the lineup in his return, launching a three-run homer and finishing with four RBIs in a 13-1 win on Monday night at Marlins Park. Marcell Ozuna chipped in with a solo home run -- one of his four hits -- while Dee Gordon also had four hits, including a two-run triple in a seven-run fifth inning.

"It was nice to be able to put some runs on the board and kind of keep extending it where we could get some guys some rest out there in the 'pen," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Miami's 19-hit outburst.

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Gsellman guides Mets past Braves in finale

Gsellman guides Mets past Braves in finale

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes tripled and the Mets took advantage of Julio Teheran's shaky control as they constructed a two-run first inning and rode Robert Gsellman's strong start to a 5-1 win over the Braves on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park.

"We just had a good series and I was glad to see that," Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo said. "I was glad to win the series as those guys are talented over there."

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Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Atlanta who covered the Mets on Sunday.

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Hot-hitting Reyes showing surprising power

Veteran passes Strawberry for second place on Mets' all-time extra-base-hit list

Hot-hitting Reyes showing surprising power

ATLANTA -- Jose Reyes has been a consistent force in the Mets' lineup for 11 seasons. He has always been known as one of baseball's most dynamic leadoff hitters, but this season, he has taken a different approach.

Reyes has started to use his power to drive the ball more into the gaps. He is taking advantage of mistake pitches and has started to heat up in his last 14 games, hitting .296 with six extra-base hits, including four home runs, over that span. He also has driven in 13 runs while posting a .574 slugging percentage.

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deGrom sets new career high with 15th win

deGrom sets new career high with 15th win

ATLANTA -- Prior to Saturday's game against the Braves, Mets manager Terry Collins said that he needed a starter to save the bullpen from being overused. Collins didn't have to wait long for his request to be answered as Jacob deGrom went seven innings in the Mets' 7-3 victory over the Braves at SunTrust Park.

"He is a very good pitcher and he competes," Collins said. "Our bullpen needed a day and they got it."

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Double trouble: Mets ride 2Bs, deGrom in ATL

Double trouble: Mets ride 2Bs, deGrom in ATL

ATLANTA -- Norichika Aoki notched two of the six doubles allowed by the Braves and Gavin Cecchini recorded a career-best three hits as the Mets added to R.A. Dickey's recent struggles and snapped an eight-game road losing streak with Saturday night's 7-3 win at SunTrust Park.

"It was good for us to capitalize tonight on opportunities that we didn't last night," Mets first baseman Dominic Smith said. "It is always good when we are able to do that."

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Montero labors with pitch count, exits in 5th

Righty allows 3 runs in 4 2/3 innings on 108 pitches

Montero labors with pitch count, exits in 5th

ATLANTA -- Right-hander Rafael Montero didn't have his best stuff Friday night, but he continued to show promise as a starter in the Mets' rotation.

Montero went 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in a 3-2 loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park. It was his sixth time in his past seven starts that he allowed three or fewer runs.

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Mets stall in Atlanta after Montero fades

Mets stall in Atlanta after Montero fades

ATLANTA -- Sean Newcomb provided a glimpse of how effective he can be with his entire arsenal working, while Rafael Montero was unable to stall the Braves' two-run fifth inning on their way to a 3-2 win over the Mets on Friday night at SunTrust Park.

Lane Adams delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to support Newcomb, who allowed two runs and notched eight strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings to earn his third career win and first since Aug. 20. The rookie left-hander displayed an effective fastball, curveball and changeup as he struck out five straight batters after allowing Dominic Smith's game-tying double with one out in the fourth.

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Mike Petriello

Rosario is baseball's fastest shortstop

Rookie leads position with 29.7 feet per second Sprint Speed, per Statcast

Rosario is baseball's fastest shortstop

Amed Rosario isn't just the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. He's also the fastest shortstop in baseball, according to both your eyes and now the Statcast™ data. Rosario qualified for the Sprint Speed leaderboards after scoring on a Jose Reyes single on Thursday night, and when he did, he entered as one of baseball's five fastest players.

It's not like we didn't already know Rosario was expected to be fast. Over the past two years, Pipeline's reports on Rosario have referred to his "excellent speed" and his "outstanding speed," and when he was promoted, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo referred to his "plus speed." Speed, constantly, is part of Rosario's package.

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Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets wear rompers for their flight to Atlanta

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Mets wear rompers for their flight to Atlanta

Recently, Major League teams have gone above and beyond with their road-trip wardrobes. The Padres made sure they were ready for a very comfortable nap. The Cubs have covered everything from "Anchorman" to "biker gang."

But for their Thursday night flight for a weekend series against the Braves, the Mets bravely went where no other team has gone before: They went full romper.

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Jim Callis

Callis: Ranking rookies by long-term potential

Red Sox duo, Dodgers' Bellinger, White Sox's Moncada lead list

Callis: Ranking rookies by long-term potential

Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger ended the Rookie of the Year Award debate early this season, all but locking up those races by the All-Star break. The only real question remaining was whether they could become the rare rookies to lead their league in home runs.

Judge still has that chance, holding a 43-39 advantage over Khris Davis as he seeks to follow Al Rosen (1953) and Mark McGwire ('87) as the only rookies to top the American League. Bellinger ranks second in the National League with 37, but Giancarlo Stanton's second-half explosion means he won't join Buck Freeman (1899), Harry Lumley (1904), Tim Jordan ('06) and Ralph Kiner ('46) as the only first-year players to pace the Senior Circuit.

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Back-to-back HRs can't save Mets, Lugo

Back-to-back HRs can't save Mets, Lugo

CHICAGO -- What's the best way to deal with getting swept at home? The Cubs responded by pulling off a sweep of their own, beating the Mets, 14-6, on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

Anthony Rizzo smacked his 32nd home run and finished a triple shy of the cycle, and Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer to spark the Cubs, who had lost three in a row to the Brewers last weekend. Chicago now has a three-game lead over idle Milwaukee and St. Louis, which comes to Wrigley Field next. The Mets were officially eliminated from postseason play with the loss.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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Mets can't stop Cubs after Reyes' leadoff HR

Mets can't stop Cubs after Reyes' leadoff HR

CHICAGO -- It wasn't that long ago when the Mets swept the Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series. Last year, the Cubs wiped that bad memory away, winning 100-plus games in the regular season and their first World Series since 1908.

This week, the Cubs and Mets squared off again, but clearly the two teams are having different seasons. Chicago posted a 17-5 victory on Wednesday to maintain a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers while opening a three-game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Mets are looking ahead to next year.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Mets announce 2018 season schedule

New York opens up with home slate vs. Cardinals on March 29

Mets announce 2018 season schedule

If the Mets plan to return to contention next season, the month of June may make or break their season. Key matchups with the Cubs, Yankees and Dodgers await at Citi Field, according to the 2018 schedule released Tuesday.

Mets' 2018 season schedule 

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