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The Mets go for a series win against the Nationals when they wrap up their three-game set at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets, who have won four of their last five games, are going for their third-straight series win to open the season. ... Pete Alonso leads all rookies in hits and doubles, and is tied for the lead in RBI. ... The Mets have scored 23 runs in the seventh inning or later this season, which is the second-most in the majors behind the Dodgers, who have scored 24 runs in the seventh or later. ... Zack Wheeler has a 1.63 ERA in his last eight starts at Citi Field, dating back to June 27, 2018. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are back in action Saturday afternoon as they look to bounce back from dropping their home opener when they take on the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario have each hit safely in all seven games this season, which is also the third-longest hitting streak of Rosario's young career. ... The Mets have struck out at least 10 batters in five of their first seven games, which is tied with the Brewers and Blue Jays for most double-digit strikeout games this season. ... Michael Conforto, who is batting sixth against the lefthander on Saturday, has four multi-hit games this season along with Ramos, which is tied for third in the league. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws to the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets play their first game at Citi Field when they face the Washington Nationals on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. SNY's coverage begins at 11:30 a.m.

Mets notes

The Mets are 37-20 in home openers and have won seven of their 10 openers at Citi Field. ... The Mets' .275 batting average ranks fourth in the majors. ... Five of Pete Alonso's nine hits have gone for extra bases (four doubles, one home run).

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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Nationals walk-off on Mets 00:01:29
Trea Turner belted a pair of homers, including walk-off solo shot in the 9th as the Nationals edged the Mets, 6-5

The Mets made a late comeback, but the Nationals walked it off in a 6-5 loss for New York to close out the opening series. >> Box score

Six things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Zack Wheeler made his season debut, and it didn't go how it would've liked it to. The first two innings were painless, but the Nationals got to him in the third. On just four pitches, a double, single and home run were hit to make it a 3-0 game for the home team. Then, after a silent fourth inning, Wheeler allowed another run to come across on an Anthony Rendon RBI single in the fifth. Overall, Wheeler allowed four earned on six hits while striking out seven and walking one over five innings. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox the spring training game at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are aiming to complete an opening series sweep against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. on SNY.

Mets notes

The last time the Mets swept the Nationals actually came almost a year to the date. They swept Washington on April 5-8. ...Pete Alonso collected his first RBIs of his young career on Saturday. ...Jeff McNeil tied his career-high with four hits yesterday. He now has four, four-hit games in his first 65 games of his career, becoming one of 13 players to do so. ...Edwin Diaz, who led the Majors in saves last season, already has two on the year.

Tags: Washington Nationals, Zack Wheeler
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Mets win wild one vs. Nats 00:01:33
Game two was the opposite of game one, but the Mets still won 11-8. They improve to 2-0. Syndergaard started and gave up 4 earned runs.

The Mets were roping the ball in our nation's capital on Saturday afternoon, as 14 hits generated an 11-8 win over the Nationals.  >> Box score

Seven things to know about Saturday's game...

1) After a three-run first inning, Noah Syndergaard came to the mound with a pretty nice cushion to work with. However, the Nationals would eventually string together four runs in his outing to tie the ball game. Overall, Syndergaard allowed seven hits (one homer to Victor Robles) while striking out seven and walking none over six innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 in their final spring training game of the year on Monday at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Troy Tulowitzki hit a solo homer and Greg Bird hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who finished the spring 15-9.

2) Stephen Tarpley allowed two runs and two hits in 1 1/3 innings, while Tommy Kahnle gave up two runs, three hits and one walk in 2/3 of an inning. Adam Ottavino struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Luke Voit, Tommy Kahnle, Washington Nationals
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Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) at bat in the third inning of the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Michael Conforto stayed red hot at the plate and Jeurys Familia served as the opener during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score

Five things to know about Monday's game ...

1. Conforto went yard for the third straight day, launching a two-run homer in the first inning for his fourth homer of the spring. The two-run shot gives him 10 RBI in Spring Training.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Washington Nationals
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Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 16, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) connects for a two run homer against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Reliever Jeurys Familia will open Monday's Grapefruit League when the Mets take on the Nationals on Monday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto remains in the cleanup spot after homering in the last two games. He is hitting .255/.314/.468 with three home runs and eight RBI this spring. ... Juan Lagares is back in the lineup on Monday batting second and in center field. ... Robinson Cano enters the game with a .486 average and two home runs. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Washington Nationals
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Hector Santiago takes the mound for the Mets on Sunday as they head to West Palm Beach to face the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

Michael Conforto returns to the cleanup spot on Sunday after going 2-for-3 with a home run on Saturday ... Pete Alonso bats second with his team-leading three home runs this spring while Dominic Smith is the DH as he continues to make his case to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Peter Alonso, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz throws against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz and the Mets face Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals in a Grapefruit League game on Friday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field.

Mets notes

Dominic Smith is tied with J.D. Davis for the team lead with eight RBIs. ... Robinson Cano has a .414/.452/.655 batting line with two home runs and six RBIs in 10 games.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

It's official: Jacob deGrom will be the Mets' Opening Day starter in 2019.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said deGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, will get the nod when New York opens the season on the road against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals on March 28.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals
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 (SNY Illustration)
(SNY Illustration)

Brodie Van Wagenen believes the Mets are the favorites in the National League East, but the division may soon become even tougher than expected. 

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Manny Machado to the Phillies and Bryce Harper to the Nationals is the most-speculated outcome of the two star free-agents, while MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that momentum is "heating up" on making that a reality. 

If it indeed does turn out that way, retaining Harper would be a monumental win for the Nationals. 

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The guys talk Jeff McNeil 00:01:39
Gary and Keith discuss the tremendous success Jeff McNeil has had since his recall and whether he will be the starting 2nd baseman in 2019

Michael Conforto drove in three runs and Jeff McNeil finished with four hits as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-6, in their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Conforto's bases-loaded triple capped a four-run fourth that put the Mets ahead one inning after they failed to score despite having the bags juiced and nobody out. Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly -- his fifth RBI in three games -- put New York on top on the first. Washington rallied for three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead off an ineffective Steven Matz. McNeil's RBI single cut the lead to 3-2 and Conforto followed with his first triple of the season to give New York a 5-3 edge.

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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The guys talk deGrom 00:01:43
Gary, Ron and Keith discuss Jacob deGrom's remarkable season as he set a new Major League record with his 23rd straight quality start

Jacob deGrom added another stellar start to his Cy Young resume, as he kept the Nats at bay in a 4-2 win down in Washington D.C. on Friday night.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Washington Nationals
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The guys talk Mets bullpen 00:01:24
Gary, Ron, and Keith discuss the up and coming prospects in the Mets bullpen who are getting their opportunities as the season winds down.

Jose Lobaton's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 12th inning lifted the Mets past the Nationals, 5-4, on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) New York loaded the bases on a single and two walks in front of Lobaton, who collected his first RBI since April 27 during his first big league plate appearance in more than three months. The Mets led 3-0 in the sixth and 4-2 in the eighth, but Anthony Swarzak allowed a single and a walk to begin the frame. Daniel Zamora battled Bryce Harper for nine pitches before getting him to fly out to the right-field fence, but Robert Gsellman surrendered an RBI groundout to Rendon and game-tying double to Juan Soto. Both runs were charged to Swarzak.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Washington Nationals
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New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday, May 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard will be activated off the disabled list this week and start Wednesday against the Washington Nationals after he contracted hand, foot and mouth disease last week.

Syndergaard, who last pitched July 20, was placed on the 10-day DL after he contracted the disease while working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Brad Mills/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees relievers Jonathan Holder and Dellin Betances continued to dominate out of the bullpen in Monday's 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning while Betances struck out the side in his 11th consecutive scoreless outing.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances, Jonathan Holder, Washington Nationals
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Holder, Stanton shine vs. Nats 00:04:04
Jonathan Holder and Giancarlo Stanton made huge contributions in the second game of the Yankees' doubleheader against the Nationals.

Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run as the Yankees rebounded from losing in a suspended game earlier Monday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Stanton his first four-hit game since May 13, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the seventh to give New York a two-run lead.

2) Hicks crushed his ninth home run of the season when he hit a 3-1 Erick Fedde sinker to deep right-center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Holder, Washington Nationals
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Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sonny Gray (55) Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Yankees play a make-up game against the Washington Nationals on Monday at 6:45 p.m. after they resumed their suspended game from May 15.

Yankees notes

The Yankees, who lost the suspended game 5-3, entered Monday leading all American League teams with 113 home runs. ... The Yankees and Nationals split their two-game series in New York last week. ... The Yankees have the No. 5 ERA in the majors (3.43), while the Nationals enter Monday with a 3.38 team ERA. ... RHP Giovanny Gallegos will be the Yankees' 26th man.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Chad Green throws pitch in the sixth inning during the Toronto Blue Jays season home opener at Rogers Centre. (Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 5-3 at Nationals Park on a game that began May 15 and was resumed on June 18 due to weather. >> Box score

Things to know about the game

1) The Yankees and Nationals were tied at 3 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before rain halted play in May. 

2) Chad Green, who came on in relief of Masahiro Tanaka, surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Juan Soto, who on May 15 was in Double-A and made his official MLB debut on May 20, in the bottom of the sixth inning that gave Washington a 5-3 lead. (Soto's official MLB debut will still be May 20, but with an asterisk to denote his appearance in the suspended game.)

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Masahiro Tanaka, Tyler Austin, Washington Nationals
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RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
RHP A.J. Cole (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations, the team announced Monday night.

Cole, whom the Nationals designated for assignment last week, went 1-1 with a 13.06 ERA in four games (two starts) for Washington this season, giving up 15 runs, 16 hits and six home runs in 10 1/3 innings.

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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on bullpen blowing lead 00:06:05
Manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss the Mets blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning of their 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.

"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."

DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Washington Nationals
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Mets RHP Matt Harvey (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Matt Harvey (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Matt Harvey flirted with and escaped danger multiple times in a no-decision in Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

Harvey gave up four runs, nine hits and one walk in five innings, leaving six Nationals stranded on the basepaths as he departed with a 5-4 lead.

He pitched into and out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fourth inning by getting Anthony Rendon to fly out to deep left field, and escaped a fifth-inning jam when Michael A. Taylor singled between Harvey and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but Gonzalez caught Trea Turner overrunning third base and forced a tag out at home to end the inning.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated by second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) is congratulated by second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after scoring a run against the Washington Nationals during the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets will go for a sweep of the Nationals in the series finale on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. at Nationals Park.

Mets Nationals
Michael Conforto, CF Adam Eaton, LF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Anthony Rendon, 3B
Jay Bruce, RF Bryce Harper, RF
Todd Frazier, 3B Matt Adams, 1B
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Howie Kendrick, 2B
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B Trea Turner, SS
Travis d'Arnaud, C Michael A. Taylor, CF
Matt Harvey, RHP Pedro Severino, C
Amed Rosario, SS Tanner Roark, RHP
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Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)
Oct 14, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez (4) laughs during workouts the day prior to the start of the NLCS baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports (Jon Durr)

The Nationals are hiring Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez as their next manager, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets hitting coach Kevin Long (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "more likely than not" to switch teams after losing out on becoming manager for the Mets, FanRag.com's Jon Heyman reported Thursday.

The Mets recently gave permission to the Nationals to interview Long for their managerial vacancy, according to the Washington Post's Barry Svrluga.

The Yankees' managerial job is also open, after the team parted ways with Joe Girardi on Thursday. Long served as hitting coach for the Yankees from 2007 to 2014. The Phillies manager job is technically open, but multiple reports indicate the team is set to hire Triple-A manager Dusty Wathan.

In addition to available managerial jobs, there are multiple hitting coach positions open throughout the league.

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Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (20) hits a triple in the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports)

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee Friday, the team announced.

The Nationals did not provide a timeline for his injury but said Murphy will begin to rehab immediately following the completion of the successful surgery. In the team release, the Nationals said the surgery was to repair articular cartilage in the second baseman's knee.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/24 00:03:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals.

Despite striking out 11 batters in six innings, Jacob deGrom and the Mets lost to Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Sunday at Citi Field. >> Box score


DeGrom (15-10) allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits in six innings, as he surpassed the 200-inning mark in a season for the first time in his career.

He gave up a two-run home run to Trea Turner in the third inning, then allowed an RBI single to Jose Lobaton in the fifth inning after Michael Taylor led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second and advanced to third on Travis d'Arnaud's throwing error.

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Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (66-88) play the final game of their series with the Washington Nationals (93-61) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (66-87) play the second game of their series with the Washington Nationals (92-61) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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Robert Gsellman throws a pitch to the Atlanta Braves.  (AP)
Robert Gsellman throws a pitch to the Atlanta Braves. (AP)

The Mets (65-87) play their final homestand of the 2017 season, starting with a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (92-60) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

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The Nationals (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)
The Nationals (Amber Searls/USA TODAY Sports)

The Washington Nationals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Sunday when they won the NL East.

The Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 and put a lock on the division when the Atlanta Braves beat the second-place Miami Marlins in 11 innings.

Washington currently has a 20-game lead over the Marlins with 19 games remaining in the regular season. They trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by 4 1/2 games for home-field advantage in the National League.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Asdrubal Cabrera came up clutch late to lead New York to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.

After Rosario hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a lead, Cabrera threw out pinch runner Edwin Jackson at the plate to end the game.

Jackson, pinch running after Adam Lind drew a two-out walk off AJ Ramos, tried to score when Daniel Murphy lined a double to right field. Juan Lagares threw to the cutoff man Cabrera, who then threw a laser to catcher Travis d'Arnaud from short right field in time for d'Arnaud to block the plate and tag Jackson out.

"It was a perfect throw from the outfield," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. "From I'm guessing the second baseman, to home, perfect throw. Got me out at home."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores
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Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) waits on deck against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) waits on deck against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

The Mets will face the Nationals in the second game of a day/night doubleheader on Sunday at 8:08 p.m.

Mets Nationals
Jose Reyes, SS Alejandro De Aza, LF
Juan Lagares, CF Wilmer Difo, SS
Brandon Nimmo, LF Daniel Murphy, 2B
Wilmer Flores, 3B Anthony Rendon, 3B
Dominic Smith, 1B Adam Lind, 1B
Travis Taijeron, RF Michael A. Taylor, CF
Kevin Plawecki, C Andrew Stevenson, RF
Gavin Cecchini, 2B Jose Lobaton, C
Seth Lugo, P Tanner Roark, P
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Tarps cover the field for a rain delay of a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Michael Owens-USA TODAY Sports)
Tarps cover the field for a rain delay of a game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Michael Owens-USA TODAY Sports)

Wednesday night's Mets-Nationals game that was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. has been postponed. 

No makeup date for the contest has been announced. The Mets next play in Washington on Aug. 25 when the two teams start a three game series.

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The Mets (38-45) wrap up their three-game set against the Nationals in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

The Mets have lost the first two games of the series, including Tuesday's 11-4 defeat.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets?

RHP Jacob deGrom (3.55 ERA/3.62 FIP, 1.22 WHIP), who allowed one run on three hits while walking one and striking out 12 this past Friday against the Phillies. He has allowed four runs (three earned) on 15 hits while walking eight and striking out 31 over his last four starts (32.0 innings).

DeGrom has struck out 12 or more batters on three occasions this season, tied for most in the majors with Max Scherzer and Chris Sale.

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JRSportBrief: Cespedes hurting 00:01:51
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR asks if Yoenis Cespedes will ever be able to stay healthy for the Mets.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is back in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Nationals after missing Tuesday's game due to hamstring cramps.

Cespedes limped off the field with hamstring cramps on Monday in Washington, D.C. after allowing Ryan Raburn's walk-off single to fall in the bottom of the ninth inniing during the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

Mets manager Terry Collins said after Monday's game that Cespedes would undergo treatment.

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The Mets (38-44) will take on the Nationals in the second game of their series in Washington on Tuesday at 11:05 a.m. on SNY. 

The Mets are coming off a tough loss to the Nationals on Monday night.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo (3.55ERA/4.41FIP/1.34WHIP) has won his last two starts and three of his last four. He allowed three runs over six innings in his last start against the Marlins. Lugo has pitched at least 5 2/3 innings in his four starts since returning from the DL.

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (38-43) begin a six-game road trip, first with NL East-leading Nationals (48-34) at Nationals Park on Monday at 6:05 p.m. on SNY. 

The Mets took two of three games over the weekend against the Phillies. They are winners of four of their last five. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (2.67 ERA/4.99 FIP, 1.07 WHIP) who earned the win in his last start against the Marlins. He didn't allow a run while striking out four and walking one in seven innings. 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom threw eight strong innings and homered to help the New York avoid getting swept by Washington Nationals with a 5-1 win on Sunday at Citi Field.

While the Mets had been outscored 22-9 over the first three games of the series, DeGrom (6-3) shut down the Nationals on Sunday. After giving up an unearned run in the first inning, he settled into a groove, retiring 13 of 14 batters between the third and seventh innings.

"Those are the kind of guys that stop losing streaks," manager Terry Collins said, according to the New York Daily News' Peter Botte. "You lose three in a row, and who shows up? Jake deGrom. And that means a lot."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Gilmartin pitches against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.

New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.

Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.

Tags: Josh Smoker, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Sean Gilmartin, Washington Nationals
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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins visits starting pitcher Jacob deGrom after loading the bases during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are off on Monday and begin a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Robert Gsellman (0-1, 5.09 ERA) will face Julio Teheran (1-1, 3.52 ERA) in the opener.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets (8-10) will try to salvage the final game of a three-game series with the Washington Nationals (12-5) on Sunday at Citi Field at 8:08 p.m.


The Mets have lost three straight games and seven of their last eight. ... They are now 10-26 in their last 36 home games. With losses to the Nationals on Friday and Saturday, the Mets have now dropped six of their last eight series against Washington.

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Post Game Extra: 2/25/17 00:01:54
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-6, on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.


  • Sean Gilmartin started for the Mets, allowing one run in two innings of work. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double. 
  • Pinch-hitting in the sixth, Michael Conforto drove in a run with a single. 
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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

ESPN's Jim Bowden reported the Nationals have interest in free agents Matt Wieters and Greg Holland, but are complicating the decision because they are over budget on their spring training complex.

"Wieters/Holland > Team Store! #NatsNatsNatswoooooo," Harper wrote on Twitter, implying that his team is spending money in the wrong place.

Harper's teammate, Adam Eaton, for whom the Nationals traded several top prospects and was also the subject of another Harper tweet earlier in the offseason, seconded Harper's words with his own tweet.

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (Credit: USA Today Images)
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (Credit: USA Today Images)

Free-agent closer Aroldis Chapman rejected an $87 million deal from the Marlins to sign a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees, the NY Post's Joel Sherman reported last week.

Similarly, free-agent closer Kenley Jansen turned down more money from the Marlins, as well as the Nationals, in favor of a five-year, $80 million deal with the Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

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While the Mets have reportedly been trying to shop one of their outfielders for a relief pitcher, here's what the rest of the NL East has been doing at MLB's Winter Meetings...

Washington Nationals

The Nationals could be looking to make two blockbuster trades -- targeting White Sox ace Chris Sale and Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchenfor whom they might be willing to part with several top prospects, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

However, Washington could end up passing on a trade and, instead, go after free-agent outfielders Dexter FowlerIan DesmondCarlos Gomez and closer Mark Melancon...

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Matthew Cerrone
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