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deGrom (tight neck) scratched vs. Phils

@AnthonyDiComo
5:12 PM EDT

In Jacob deGrom’s words, it is “frustrating” to miss a start during a year in which, even if fully healthy, he will take the mound only nine or 10 times. But prudence takes priority, and so the Mets scratched deGrom from his scheduled start Friday in Philadelphia due to a

Notes: Canó activated off IL; McNeil 'sore'

@AnthonyDiComo
7:14 PM EDT

As Robinson Canó had hoped, the Mets activated him off the injured list Friday on the first day he was eligible. Canó was in the Mets’ starting lineup against the Phillies, batting fifth as the designated hitter. Sidelined since Aug. 3 due to a Grade 2 adductor strain, Canó recovered

Nido's career day (2 HR) slams Nats

@AnthonyDiComo
August 13, 2020

NEW YORK -- No. 8 hitters bat eighth for a reason. They are generally not the best hitters in a lineup, nor the most powerful. Sometimes they are defensive experts. Sometimes they are backups. They rarely, in other words, accomplish the type of thing that Mets catcher Tomás Nido did

MLB to celebrate Negro Leagues on Sunday

@ladsonbill24
August 13, 2020

The Negro Leagues are getting the kind of recognition they deserve this Sunday. All Major League clubs will celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Negro National League -- the first structured Negro League that lasted for an extended period -- with all players, managers, coaches and umpires wearing

McNeil (knee) day to day after injury on catch

@AnthonyDiComo
August 13, 2020

NEW YORK -- Initially, the scene looked gruesome. After crashing into the left-field fence while making a run-saving catch on Thursday in an 8-2 win over the Nationals, Jeff McNeil crumpled to the ground, attempted to walk, then slumped back down again and needed to be carted off the field.

Here's each team's best unranked prospect

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
August 13, 2020

MLB Pipeline’s midseason updates for every team’s Top 30 Prospects list are now out for your perusal. But unlike previous years, when we did a full reshuffling of the preseason Top 30 order while also adding Draft picks and international signees to our lists, the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2020

Gsellman's move to rotation backed by bats

@AnthonyDiComo
August 13, 2020

NEW YORK -- Robert Gsellman has a starter’s repertoire. He’s always had a starter’s repertoire, from the day he debuted in 2016 to the seven successful starts he made down the stretch that season. As his career progressed and he became a reliever, Gsellman seemed destined to remain in the

Trade Deadline questions for NL East clubs

@zachsilver
August 13, 2020

Some questions have been answered at this point in the National League East. Jacob deGrom is still quite good. The depleted Braves will again find almost any way to win. The upstart Marlins may have arrived sooner than we all thought. But there’s still plenty left that needs uncovering, especially

Lowrie to have injections for knee pain relief

@AnthonyDiComo
August 12, 2020

NEW YORK -- Jed Lowrie's 18-month injury saga took another turn on Wednesday, when the team announced the infielder will undergo a series of platelet-rich plasma and stem cell injections. Lowrie’s timeline to return to the Mets will depend upon the outcome of that treatment. “It’s almost like a progression

Giménez's all-around excellence can't lift NY

@AnthonyDiComo
August 11, 2020

NEW YORK -- It may not be easy for the Mets to continue finding daily starts for Andrés Giménez. But during a season in which much has gone wrong for the Mets, the team’s best chance at rallying would seem to require Giménez in the lineup every day. • Box

Mets add Lockett, Brach; 'pen at full strength

@AnthonyDiComo
August 11, 2020

NEW YORK -- In yet another series of roster moves, the Mets on Tuesday reinstated pitchers Walker Lockett and Brad Brach from the injured list, optioning reliever Paul Sewald and catcher Ali Sanchez to their alternate site in Brooklyn. Although Lockett is a candidate to provide significant innings Wednesday in

Marcus Stroman elects not to play in 2020

@AnthonyDiComo
August 10, 2020

NEW YORK -- Slightly more than a year after the Mets acquired him, pitcher Marcus Stroman announced that he will not play the rest of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. He became the second member of the team to elect not to play, following outfielder Yoenis Céspedes last

Matz hit hard vs. Nats: 'I've got to be better'

@AnthonyDiComo
August 10, 2020

NEW YORK -- By the early part of last decade, the idea was that the Mets, unlike just about every other team in baseball history, would be immune to starting pitching worries. Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler had already reached the Majors. Jacob deGrom was soon to follow. Noah Syndergaard

Here's each team's new Top 30 Prospects list

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
August 11, 2020

We updated all of the MLB Pipeline prospect lists last week, from the Top 100 to the Top 10s by position to Top 30s for every organization. We'll revise our farm system rankings after the Aug. 31 Trade Deadline, allowing us to reflect on prospects who change addresses. For now,

Giménez making early case for NL ROY

Infield prospect collects 3 hits, 3 runs in Mets' series-clinching win
@AnthonyDiComo
August 9, 2020

NEW YORK -- Andrés Giménez does not practice plays like the one he made in the sixth inning Sunday. Sprinting into shallow right field to corral a baseball that skipped off Pete Alonso’s glove. Giménez slid to the grass, popped up, whirled and fired to second base in one smooth

deGrom labors, wins despite blister

@AnthonyDiComo
August 9, 2020

NEW YORK -- From the home dugout Sunday, Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner noticed Jacob deGrom fussing over his right hand, examining his middle finger -- the telltale signs of a blister. So Hefner, along with head athletic trainer Brian Chicklo and manager Luis Rojas, came out to the mound

Mets place Wacha (shoulder) on injured list

@AnthonyDiComo
August 9, 2020

NEW YORK -- The Mets, who made starting pitching depth a focal point of their offseason strategy, are again seeing that depth tested in the young season. The team on Sunday placed Michael Wacha on the 10-day injured list due to right shoulder inflammation, calling up catcher Ali Sánchez to

Here is each team's top MVP candidate

@williamfleitch
August 9, 2020

For some teams, we are 25 percent of the way through this season. Amazing, right? That means anyone who is on a hot streak now, and can maintain it, has a legitimate chance to win a Most Valuable Player Award, an honor that lasts forever … no matter how unusual

Davis' complete skill set emerging for Mets

@AnthonyDiComo
August 9, 2020

NEW YORK -- The parts are all clicking now. Not that J.D. Davis was unsuccessful before; to the contrary, he was a breakout star of the 2019 Mets and an important piece of their 2020 jigsaw puzzle. Now, however, Davis is evolving into a more complete player, capable of adding

Notes: Unique lineups; Stroman progressing

@AnthonyDiComo
August 8, 2020

NEW YORK -- One byproduct of the universal designated hitter? Mets manager Luis Rojas never uses the same lineup twice. Ever. Rojas wrote out a unique lineup on Saturday for the 15th consecutive game to start the season -- the Mets’ longest such streak (not including the pitcher spot) since

After nearly a year, Gsellman back with Mets

McNeil, Rosario return to lineup vs. Marlins
@AnthonyDiComo
August 7, 2020

NEW YORK -- Nearly a full year to the day after his last big league appearance, reliever Robert Gsellman rejoined the Mets on Friday prepared to make a multi-inning impact. Gsellman came off the injured list after spending approximately six weeks rehabbing from a right triceps strain. He missed the

Mets stifled by rookie early, can't rally late

@AnthonyDiComo
August 8, 2020

NEW YORK -- Scouting is different in 2020. More advanced than ever in 2020. Even though the Mets had never seen Humberto Mejía -- even though no big league team had seen Mejía, whose previous experience topped out at Class A Advanced -- the Mets had video and data available