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  • #61
    ICYMI at Mets Spring Training:
    Here's what happened Monday, March 9

    Michael Conforto is heading back to New York due to injury

    by Danny Abriano
    10 Mar 2020, 8:55 AM ET

    Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...

    Michael Conforto is returning to New York to meet with the Mets' medical director after tweaking his side on Saturday >> Read more

    Major League Baseball is among four leagues that will be closing their clubhouses to media due to the Coronavirus >> Read more

    Seth Lugo made his spring training debut >> Read more

    Analyzing the rotation battle between Steven Matz and Michael Wacha >> Read more

    The Mets and Marlins played to a 1-1 tie >> Read more

    Dominic Smith spoke with SNY contributor John Harper about his approach to the 2020 season >> Read more

    Yoenis Cespedes took another big step toward a return >> Read more

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    • #62
      Rick Porcello Toes the Rubber as Mets Take on Astros at 1:05 PM ET

      Lineup consists of Nimmo, Cano, Davis among others

      by Scott Thompson
      10 Mar 2020, 12:36 PM ET

      Rick Porcello gets the ball once again as the Mets face the Astros on Tuesday at 1:05 PM ET
      Brandon Nimmo, CF Myles Straw, CF
      Robinson Cano, 2B Jose Altuve, 2B
      J.D. Davis, LF Alex Bregman, DH
      Wilson Ramos, DH Kyle Tucker, RF
      Dominic Smith, 1B Yuli Gurriel, 1B
      Eduardo Nunez, 3B Carlos Correa, SS
      Rene Rivera, C Garrett Stubbs, C
      Ryan Cordell, RF Ronnie Dawson, LF
      Andres Gimenez, SS Alex De Goti, 3B

      Mets Notes

      The Mets are still awaiting word on Michael Conforto, who returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie. The veteran suffered a side injury on Saturday during a game.

      Who is Pitching for the Mets?

      Porcello, who has been solid in his three outings thus far. Over six innings, he's allowed just one run on six hits while striking out seven and walking none to the tune of a 1.50 ERA.

      Who is Pitching for the Astros?

      LHP Framber Valdez, who has yet to allow a run in 6.2 innings this spring (three games). He's allowed just three hits and has struck out nine hitters. He also has three walks on his stat line.

      Upcoming Schedule

      The Mets return to Port St. Lucie to take on the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday.

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      • #63
        Takeaways from Tuesday's win over Astros,
        including Rick Porcello's so-so outing

        Robinson Cano looked good on both sides of the ball

        by Danny Abriano
        10 Mar 2020, 4:06 PM ET

        The Mets beat the Astros, 7-4, on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. >> Box Score

        5 Things to Know about Tuesday's Game...
        1. Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was solid, though he gave up nine hits in just 4.2 innings pitched. He limited the damage, though, allowing just two runs while walking none and striking out one. His spring training ERA in four starts is 2.53.
        2. J.D. Davis, who recently returned from an injured shoulder, got the start in left field and went 0-for-3.
        3. Robinson Cano went 1-for-3, which included a two-run single on a well-struck hit up the middle in the second inning. Cano also started a nifty double play to end the fourth inning, ranging to his right to start a 4-6-3 turn.
        4. Rene Rivera, who is trying to make the team as a backup catcher, got the start behind the plate and went 2-for-4. His OPS this spring is .900.
        5. Shortstop prospect Andres Gimenez got another start and went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored.

        What's Next

        The Mets return to Port St. Lucie to take on the Cardinals on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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        • #64
          ICYMI at Mets Spring Training:
          Here's what happened Tuesday, March 10

          How will the Mets move forward with Michael Conforto's status in doubt?

          by Danny Abriano
          11 Mar 2020, 9:35 AM ET

          Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...

          Michael Conforto was diagnosed with an oblique strain, putting his status for Opening Day in doubt >> Read more

          Here are roster scenarios for the Mets with Conforto's status in up in the air, and here's how the Mets should adjust to Conforto's potential absence.

          Rick Porcello talked with SNY contributor John Harper about how Boston's analytics strategy sunk his 2019 season >> Read more

          The Mets beat the Astros as Porcello turned in a so-so start >> Read more

          Alex Rodriguez confirmed that he has interest in buying the Mets >> Read more

          5 Mets were ranked on ESPN's top 100 players for 2020 list >> Read more

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          • #65
            Jacob deGrom Gets His Second Start as Mets Face Cardinals at 1:10 PM ET

            DeGrom will also hit ninth for the first time

            by Scott Thompson
            11 Mar 2020, 11:19 AM ET

            Jacob deGrom once again gets the ball for the Mets, as they take on the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.
            CARDINALS METS
            Dexter Fowler, RF Jeff McNeil, 3B
            Matt Carpenter, 3B Amed Rosario, SS
            Yadier Molina, C Robinson Cano, 2B
            Tyler O'Neill, DH J.D. Davis, LF
            Austin Dean, LF Wilson Ramos, C
            Max Schrock, 2B Matt Adams, 1B
            Lane Thomas, CF Jake Marisnick, CF
            Edmundo Sosa, SS Ryan Cordell, RF
            John Nogowski, 1B Jacob deGrom, RHP

            Mets Notes

            Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup, and he will look to continue his hot spring. He's slashing .435/.458/.696 with a homer and three doubles over nine games. The Mets also gave an update on Michael Conforto's status on Tuesday, saying the veteran outfielder has an oblique strain that leaves Opening Day in doubt.

            Who is Pitching for the Cardinals?

            RHP Carlos Martinez, who has a 1.93 ERA over 9.1 innings (three games) so far this spring. He's allowed two earned runs on seven hits and five walks, while striking out seven.

            Who is Pitching for the Mets?

            DeGrom will be pitching in his second game this spring after tossing another sim game earlier this week. In his first three innings, he allowed just one hit while striking out two hitters.

            Upcoming Schedule

            The Mets get the day off on Thursday before hitting the road this weekend, starting with the Braves on Friday at 1:05 p.m.

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            • #66
              Takeaways from Wednesday's 7-3 Win over Cardinals,
              including Jacob deGrom's 4 Terrific Innings

              J.D. Davis went deep and the bullpen pitched well

              by Alex Smith
              11 Mar 2020, 5:06 PM ET

              The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

              5 Things to Know about Wednesday's Game...
              1. Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.
              2. J.D. Davis, in his second game back from a shoulder injury, went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in three runs, including a two-run home run off Carlos Martinez in the third inning.
              3. Dellin Betances made his second appearance of the spring, and it went much better than his debut. The right-hander pitched the fifth inning for the Mets, without allowing a hit. He did walk one hitter, but he forced three flyouts in the frame.
              4. Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz also pitched out of the bullpen for the Mets on Wednesday. Like Betances, the duo did not allow a hit during their two combined innings. Familia walked one hitter, while Diaz had a 1-2-3 inning of work.
              5. Jeff McNeil and Robinson Cano, hitting first and third, respectively, accounted for four hits on the afternoon. McNeil is now hitting .462 this spring, while Cano is up to .300.

              What's Next

              The Mets are off on Thursday, but they'll be back in action on Friday afternoon against the Atlanta Braves in North Port, Fla. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM.

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              • #67
                ICYMI at Mets Spring Training: Here's what happened Wednesday, March 11

                Things are proceeding as usual for now as coronavirus concerns rise

                by Danny Abriano
                12 Mar 2020, 9:35 AM ET

                Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...

                Amid coronavirus concerns, Mets Opening Day on March 26 at Citi Field is on for now >> Read more

                In the wake of Michael Conforto's injury, J.D. Davis is open to a move to right field if needed >> Read more

                Conforto has no timeline for a return, but feels "pretty good" >> Read more

                Jacob deGrom talked about his progression after throwing four dominant innings >> Read more

                The Mets topped the Cardinals >> Read more

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                • #68
                  ICYMI at Mets Spring Training:
                  Here's what happened Thursday, March 12

                  MLB season has been delayed at least two weeks due to coronavirus outbreak

                  13 Mar 2020, 11:07 AM ET

                  Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...

                  MLB suspended the remainder of spring training and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks >> Read more

                  Mets players react to MLB season being delayed due to coronavirus >> Read more

                  Mets exec Donovan Mitchell Sr. is getting tested for coronavirus after his son's positive test >> Read more

                  What could the financial impact of Michael Conforto's oblique injury be? >> Read more

                  Bobby Valentine thinks Steven Matz "has got to be" in Mets roation >> Read more

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                  • #69
                    FAQ: How COVID-19 Impacts Mets, MLB

                    by Anthony DiComo @AnthonyDiComo 13 Mar 2020

                    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that all remaining Grapefruit and Cactus League games have been canceled and that the start of the regular season will be pushed back at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. In light of that, here is a list of questions pertinent to the Mets:

                    When will the season start?
                    There is no official start date for the season at this time. What we do know is that the start of the season will be delayed at least two weeks. Opening Day had been scheduled for Thursday, March 26.

                    MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to all 30 clubs in the coming days.

                    How will the schedule change to accommodate the late start?
                    According to the release sent by MLB, the league and teams have been preparing a variety of contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular-season schedule. MLB will announce the effects on the schedule at an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.

                    What’s going to happen with the rest of Spring Training?
                    Forthcoming Spring Training games were canceled as of 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, and 2020 World Baseball Classic qualifying games scheduled in Tucson, Ariz., were postponed indefinitely.

                    What about Minor League Baseball?
                    Minor League Baseball announced Thursday that the start of the regular season, originally scheduled for April 9, will be delayed indefinitely.

                    Where will players go?
                    At least initially, Mets players are expected to remain in Port St. Lucie to train. That could change as new information surfaces, but players are expected to report to the complex as usual on Friday, following Thursday’s scheduled team off-day.

                    I have tickets to the home opener, what does this mean for me? What about tickets to other games?
                    The Mets have not yet addressed their policy for previously purchased tickets for regular-season games. They will make an announcement at a later time.

                    The team will issue a full refund for tickets to their six canceled Grapefruit League home games. Fans seeking refunds can do so in person until March 31 at the Clover Park Box Office from 2-5 p.m. ET on weekdays, or over the phone by calling 772-871-2115.

                    How might this affect the Mets once play resumes?
                    Before MLB’s announcement, the Mets were uncertain whether outfielder Michael Conforto would have enough time to return from a strained right oblique before Opening Day. A two-week delay to the season makes it far more likely that Conforto will be able to play.

                    The break also gives injured players such as Yoenis Céspedes and Jed Lowrie more time to recover, though their timelines are murkier.

                    Which games will be impacted?
                    The Mets’ first four series were scheduled at home against the Nationals and Phillies, and on the road in Washington and Houston. None of those games will be played as scheduled, but MLB has not announced if they will be canceled or postponed to a later date.

                    What is the story with Donovan Mitchell?
                    Upon learning this week that Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell Jr. tested positive for COVID-19, the Mets isolated his father, community relations staffer Donovan Mitchell Sr., and advised him to stay away from their Spring Training facility. Mitchell Sr. subsequently underwent coronavirus testing, which came back negative.

                    What are they saying?
                    Pete Alonso took to Twitter following MLB’s announcement, offering the following: “First and foremost, I want to say I’m going to miss baseball. God willing, it will only be a short hiatus from the best game in the world. … The best things in life (baseball season) are worth waiting for.”

                    Mets farmhand Tim Tebow also asked fans to “join me in prayer for everyone around the world impacted by the coronavirus.”
                    Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo, Instagram and Facebook.

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