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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 93 - Cardinals at Mets - Lynn vs Lugo - 12:10 PM

Preview: 2017 Season - Game 93 - Cardinals at Mets - Lynn vs Lugo - 12:10 PM

Game 93 - St. Louis Cardinals (46-48, 20-24 Road) at New York Mets (42-50, 22-27 Home)

Pitching Probables: STL - Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.40 ERA) vs NYM - Seth Lugo (4-2, 4.50 ERA)

TV/Radio: SNY/WOR 710 AM

Game Time: 12:10 PM

On Wednesday afternoon, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said he hoped his team was ready to return to playing Cardinals-style baseball.

A few hours later, a 7-3 victory by the Mets over the Cardinals left New York manager Terry Collins speaking optimistically about the possibility of his squad mounting a long-overdue run.

The truth is both teams are running out of time entering the finale of a four-game series on Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets' Seth Lugo (4-2, 4.50 ERA) is scheduled to oppose the Cardinals' Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.40) in a matinee matchup of right-handers.

The Mets will be going for a split of the series after ace right-hander Jacob deGrom earned his seventh straight win by allowing one run over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday.

Afterward, Collins said he hoped deGrom's performance could spark the Mets (42-50), who are 11 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the race for the National League's second wild card and 14 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East.

"We don't know when the streak's going to hit, when we're going to get going," Collins said. "Maybe it starts tonight. We got some big hits, we got a well-pitched game. Maybe we'll break out (Thursday) and the next five days we pitch very good."

The Cardinals (46-48) failed in a bid to move to .500 for the first time since June 2. St. Louis is 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and eight games behind the Diamondbacks.

"Kind of been our aim, not necessarily to get to .500 (but) get to what looks like Cardinals baseball," Matheny said Wednesday afternoon. "And there's a level of expectations that should go along with that."

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19: Smith's Bases-Clearing Double In Eighth Lead Vegas To Victory

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19: Smith's Bases-Clearing Double In Eighth Lead Vegas To Victory

Mets AAA - Las Vegas 4, Fresno 2: Dominic Smith hit a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning, leading the Las Vegas 51s to a 4-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies on Wednesday. The double by Smith scored Jio Mier, Gavin Cecchini, and Phillip Evans and was the game's last scoring play. In the bottom of the first, Las Vegas grabbed the lead on a solo home run by Smith. Fresno answered in the eighth inning when Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run. Kevin McGowan (5-3) got the win in relief while Dayan Diaz (4-1) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game. Chasen Bradford retired the side in order for his 10th save of the season. BOX

Mets AA - Binghamton 2, Akron 1: Gustavo Nunez had a walk-off double with one out in the seventh inning, as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies topped the Akron RubberDucks 2-1 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Kevin Taylor scored the game-winning run after he reached base with a single and advanced to second on a single by Tomas Nido. One batter earlier, Nido singled, scoring Champ Stuart to tie the game 1-1. The RubberDucks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth when Joe Sever hit an RBI single, driving in Tyler Krieger. In a classic pitchers' duel, Binghamton's Chris Flexen and Akron's Matt Esparza delivered great starts. Flexen (6-1) went seven innings, allowing one run and four hits to pick up the win. He also struck out seven and walked three. Esparza went six scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out five and walking four in the Eastern League game. Cameron Hill (3-4) allowed two runs and got one out to take the loss. BOX

Mets AA - Akron 11, Binghamton 4: Dorssys Paulino hit a run-scoring triple in the second inning, and Dominic DeMasi allowed just two hits over five innings as the Akron RubberDucks defeated the Binghamton Rumble Ponies 11-4 in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. The triple by Paulino, part of a two-run inning, gave the RubberDucks a 1-0 lead before Todd Hankins hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning. The RubberDucks punctuated the blowout with four runs in the third and five in the fifth. In the third, Mike Papi hit a two-run home run, while Eric Haase hit a solo home run in the fifth. DeMasi (1-0) allowed one run while striking out six and walking one to pick up the win. Andrew Church (0-1) went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 10 runs and 10 hits in the Eastern League game. He also struck out three and walked six. Akron took advantage of some erratic Binghamton pitching, drawing a season-high nine walks in its victory. The teams split the doubleheader after Binghamton won the first game 2-1. BOX

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 92 - Cardinals (3) at Mets (7) - deGrom Stops Losing Streak

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  W: J. deGrom (11-3)   L: M. Leake (6-8)   S: A. Reed (16)

Happy Recap: 2017 Season - Game 92 - Cardinals (3) at Mets (7) - deGrom Stops Losing Streak

Once every five games, for seven innings or so, Jacob deGrom steps to the mound and provides the New York Mets a respite from the chaos and unpredictability that has otherwise enveloped the club.

DeGrom won his seventh consecutive start Wednesday night when he tossed 6 2/3 solid innings as the Mets beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-3 at Citi Field.

"When he's out there, man, it's all business," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

DeGrom (11-3) has been the brightest spot in a lost season for the Mets, who expected to contend for the National League pennant behind a young pitching staff filled with fireballers.

Instead, the Mets (42-50) rank next to last in the National League in ERA and have employed 11 starters -- seven of whom have spent time on the disabled list. New York entered Wednesday 15 games out of first place in the NL East, and they are 11 off the pace for the second NL wild card.

Things would likely be far worse without deGrom, who has a 1.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 10 walks in 53 2/3 innings in his past seven starts dating to June 12. Overall this season, New York is 13-6 in deGrom's starts, 29-44 whenever anyone else takes the mound.

"I honestly don't think that much (about) it," deGrom said. "I go out there when it's my day to pitch and try to put up zeros and keep us in the game and give these guys a chance to win."

DeGrom was particularly impressive early Wednesday night, when he needed 25 pitches to escape a scoreless first. The Mets scored three runs in the bottom of the inning against Cardinals starter Mike Leake on run-scoring hits by Yoenis Cespedes (single), Lucas Duda (double) and Wilmer Flores (single), after which deGrom threw just 10 pitches in a perfect second.

"We really needed it after the first inning, to come back out and shut them down so fast and get us back in the dugout," Collins said. "Always keeps the offense going. I thought that had something to do with us scoring some runs in the second inning again."

The Mets extended their lead to 7-0 in the second when Jay Bruce delivered an RBI single, Cespedes laced a run-scoring double and Jose Reyes hit a two-run single.

DeGrom allowed only one runner into scoring position in the next four innings and appeared to strand a runner at first with two outs in the seventh when plate umpire David Rackley ruled Luke Voit swung at strike three.

However, after deGrom and the Mets began walking off the field, first base umpire Joe West overturned the call, saying Voit fouled the pitch off. Voit laced an RBI double to left four pitches later to end deGrom's night one out shy of completing seven innings for the seventh straight start.

"A little frustrating," deGrom said with a grin. "I told (catcher) Travis (d'Arnaud) 'Throw that ball in the stands!'"

DeGrom allowed one run, seven hits and one walk while striking out three. He has given up one run or fewer 43 times in 95 career starts, which ties him with former Mets ace Dwight Gooden for the most such starts to open a career since 1900.

"We knew, when he first got here, he (was) going to be a good pitcher for a long time," Collins said.

The Cardinals put five runners on base and pulled within 7-3 in the eighth on Magneuris Sierra's third hit, a two-run single. However, Addison Reed entered with two outs and the bases loaded and pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for his 16th save.

Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits for the Mets, and Cespedes, Reyes and d'Arnaud all had two hits apiece.

Kolten Wong had two hits for the Cardinals (46-48), who were trying to reach .500 for the first time since June 2.

Leake (6-8) was charged with all seven runs (four earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out none in two innings -- his third-shortest stint in 221 big league starts.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mets Rumors: Duda, Reed, Flores, Money To Sweeten Deals

Mets Rumors: Duda, Reed, Flores, Money To Sweeten Deals

Before the Yankees made a deal with the White Sox for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle, they have reached out to Mets to express interest in first baseman Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. We’ve heard plenty of chatter about this possible connect, particularly with regards to Duda, it’s notable that the sides are now in conversation.

Both Mets veterans are pending free agents who figure to be available at the trade deadline this summer. With the Yankees still firmly in the postseason hunt in the American League, and the Mets all but buried in the N.L., it’s easy to see the reason for the contact. Still, it’s always notable when these two clubs look to line up, given how rarely they do business with one another.

Duda seems an entirely sensible rental piece for the Yanks, who are also looking at other alternatives to address the team’s needs at first base. He remains an underappreciated offensive force; setting aside his injury-shortened 2016 season,

It seems all but inevitable that the Mets will be looking to move both players, who are earning reasonable but hardly bargaining salaries ($7.25MM for Duda, $7.75MM for Reed). The Mets may well put an emphasis on adding pieces that can contribute to the team in the relatively near future, given the organization’s stated inclination to attempt to rebound right back into contention next year. With several holes opening around the roster, GM Sandy Alderson could see merit in that approach, or he could seek to build up the team’s prospect war chest by pursuing higher-upside younger talent.

The Red Sox have been connected to multiple other third basemen, and FanRag’s Jon Heyman adds Wilmer Flores of the Mets to the pile. Heyman notes that the Sox have scouted Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera, and T.J. Rivera recently, which meshes with a recent report from the Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman. The 25-year-old Flores (26 next month) and his modest $2.2MM salary wouldn’t put the BoSox in danger of crossing the luxury tax threshold, and he’s versatile enough to slide into a utility role if/when the Red Sox ultimately give Rafael Devers the reins at third base. Flores is hitting .280/.310/.445 with seven homers and a dozen doubles this season, and he’s controllable through 2019.

The Mets are willing to include cash in trades of veterans in order to get better prospects in trades, Rosenthal reports. Specifically, he mentions Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera. New York, for instance, knows it’d be on the hook for the $2MM buyout on Cabrera’s $8.5MM club option either way and would likely be willing to include that sum in a potential trade. They’d also be willing to pay down some of the remaining $5.26MM on Bruce’s salary, recognizing that said sum is a significant amount of many clubs to add at the midway point of a season. Other rentals the Mets have to include Curtis Granderson ($6.07MM remaining), Addison Reed ($3.13MM) and Lucas Duda ($2.93MM). It’s worth noting that Rosenthal didn’t specifically mention Granderson, Reed or Duda by name.
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