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5/23/2015 | Harvey pays the price on tough day for Mets

The final indignity of the Mets' rotten Saturday occurred in the seventh inning of their 8-2 loss to the Pirates, some time after the worst outing of Matt Harvey's career had come to an end. Eric Campbell, the replacement for injured third baseman David Wright, fielded a routine grounder and fired it into the stands, resulting in an error and an eighth Pirates run.


5/23/2015 | Looking for sweep, Bucs tab Liriano vs. Mets' Niese

A day removed from the much-anticipated matchup between Matt Harvey and A.J. Burnett, the Mets and Pirates look to left-handers in the series finale on Sunday at PNC Park. Jon Niese will try to help the Mets salvage the finale, while fellow southpaw Francisco Liriano looks to lead the Pirates to a three-game sweep.


5/23/2015 | Burnett cruises as Bucs bash around Harvey

Saturday's game at PNC Park was billed as a pitchers' duel, a showdown between Mets ace Matt Harvey and veteran A.J. Burnett. But the Pirates quickly turned it into the worst start of Harvey's young career, running away with an 8-2 win over the Mets. Burnett, meanwhile, struck out 10 and improved to 4-1 with a Major League-best 1.37 ERA.


5/23/2015 | Collins does some convincing on 6-man rotation

Mets manager Terry Collins gathered five-sixths of his starting rotation together on Saturday to discuss specifics of the team's new six-man rotation, which should take effect next week. Dillon Gee is set to arrive in Pittsburgh late Saturday, at which point Collins will relay the plan to him as well.


5/23/2015 | Mets trying to find trade partner for Nieuwenhuis

The Mets are poking around to find potential trade partners for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whom they designated for assignment earlier this week.


5/23/2015 | Wright diagnosed with spinal stenosis

The Mets have once again put third baseman David Wright's rehab on hiatus after he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column.


5/22/2015 | Secure Thor takes positives from uneven start

For much of his 4-1 defeat to the Pirates on Friday night, Noah Syndergaard flashed plenty more of what the Mets know he can to be. For that reason, and because the Mets feel he has little left to prove in the Minors, manager Terry Collins confirmed afterward what most around the team already knew.


5/22/2015 | Mets try to reward Harvey, but Bucs have Burnett

Matt Harvey is winless in his last two starts despite holding opposing hitters scoreless over 15 innings combined. Harvey, one of baseball's top pitchers, looks to capture that elusive sixth win of the 2015 campaign against A.J. Burnett and the Pirates on Saturday at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Bucs' Cole fans 10 Mets, outduels Thor

Gerrit Cole emerged victorious in a battle of electric young right arms Friday night, outdueling Noah Syndergaard and looking like one of the National League's top pitchers as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-1, at PNC Park.


5/22/2015 | Why Syndergaard can be top-of-rotation guy

Noah Syndergaard was a supplemental first-round selection out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 First Year Player Draft. A right-handed pitcher, Syndergaard has the type of upside that can either lead or compliment the top of the Mets rotation for years to come.


5/22/2015 | Wright, d'Arnaud take BP, near rehab stints

Injured Mets hitters David Wright and Travis d'Arnaud both took batting practice on Friday for the first time since their injuries, setting them up to begin Minor League rehab assignments next week.


5/22/2015 | With Gee returning, Mets go with 6-man rotation

Manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that the Mets plan to proceed with a six-man starting staff indefinitely, fitting both Noah Syndergaard and Dillon Gee into their rotation while offering strategic rest to Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and others.


5/22/2015 | Offense must pitch in for Mets to compete

The Mets will only go as far as their starting rotation takes them, but being one-dimensional doesn't bode well for their postseason aspirations.


5/20/2015 | Garcia makes 2015 debut against deGrom, Mets

Lefty Jaime Garcia will make his 2015 debut on Thursday as the Cardinals close out a four-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Right-hander Jacob deGrom will make the start for New York.


5/20/2015 | Sizzling Cardinals shut out Mets

The Cardinals' offense continued to sizzle for a second straight night, smacking 14 hits to back Carlos Martinez in a 9-0 thumping of the Mets on Wednesday. New York starter Colon struggled for the third straight start, allowing 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned) over 4 1/3 innings.


5/20/2015 | Bartolo can't convert historic feat into win

By recording the first eight outs of Wednesday's game against the Cardinals without issuing a walk, Bartolo Colon set a franchise record for command and continued one of the most impeccable control streaks in Major League history.


5/19/2015 | Niese struggles with execution vs. Cards

Jon Niese, the Mets' longest-tenured starter and lone left-hander, looked nothing like the pitcher who led his rotation in ERA just 10 days ago as he struggled against the Cardinals.


5/19/2015 | Martinez takes on Colon as Cards-Mets continues

Carlos Martinez opposes Bartolo Colon in the third game of the four-game series between the Cardinals and Mets on Wednesday.


5/19/2015 | Cards go on the offensive in rout of Mets

The Cardinals exploded for 10 runs over the first six innings of their 10-2 win over the Mets, producing one of their best offensive outputs of the season. It was a tough night for New York starter Jon Niese, who allowed eight runs on 11 hits.


5/19/2015 | Goldberg 'like kid in candy store' at Citi Field

Wrestler Bill Goldberg threw out the first pitch on Tuesday, visiting Citi Field to promote the upcoming Legends of Wrestling event.


5/19/2015 | Parnell struggles in extended spring game

Still struggling to ramp his velocity back to normal levels, former closer Bobby Parnell gave up four hits and three runs over 1 1/3 innings on Tuesday in an extended spring training game. Parnell also allowed three runs in an inning during a rehab outing for Class A St. Lucie last week.


5/19/2015 | Flores, Gilmartin take part in Reading Rally

Wilmer Flores and Sean Gilmartin were given heroes' welcomes when they visited P.S. 92 in Corona on Tuesday to promote literacy and an educational work ethic.


5/19/2015 | Nieuwenhuis designated for assignment by Mets

To make room for outfield callup Darrell Ceciliani, the Mets on Tuesday designated Kirk Nieuwenhuis for assignment. Because Nieuwenhuis is out of options, he will need to clear waivers for the Mets to send him to Triple-A Las Vegas.


5/19/2015 | Mets sign Cuban catcher Ricardo to Minors deal

The Mets announced early Tuesday morning that they have signed Cuban free-agent catcher Lednier Ricardo to a Minor League deal.


5/19/2015 | Mets' progression, regression is natural order

Regression toward the mean regularly undermines hope, make impossible the best dreams and neutralizes or, in this game, offsets extended winning streaks. It plays spoiler long before the first days of September. It clearly has been at work on the Mets since their 11-game winning streak.




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