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Curtis Granderson, RF9/17/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has a tough matchup tonight against Marlins' starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: He is 4-for-26 lifetime against Henderson, with seven strikeouts. Owners should look for better options tonight.
Wilmer Flores, SSHot9/16/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores had a career night, batting 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and six RBI to lead the Mets past the Marlins on Tuesday, 9-1,
Insight: Flores might be in the midst of the best stretch in his career as he is 8-for-15 with three home runs in his last four games. Flores has multiple hits in each of his last three games, going 7-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs, a triple and eight RBI. Incredible considering he only has six home runs and 28 RBI on the year.
Matt den Dekker, OF9/15/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker gets the start in left field Monday night.
Insight: No Mets player has ever faced Marlins starter Jarred Cosart, so Terry Collins has decided to roll the dice and give den Dekker the start tonight. He has produced over the past 14 days with a .318 BA (7-for-22), and could make for an intriguing daily fantasy play.
Eric Young, OF9/15/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. given the night off on Monday.
Insight: Young has been producing from a batting average standpoint over the past 28 days (.303), but only has two extra-base hits and 2 RBI during that span. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow night, as Matt den Dekker gets the nod tonight.
Jon Niese, SP9/14/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings and allowed two runs but was handed a loss against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Niese made it through six frames without allowing a run, but Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run in the seventh. Niese struck out seven and walked none. He is 8-11 with a 3.55 ERA.
Daniel Murphy, 2B9/14/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a career .340 hitter with three home runs and eight RBI against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Murphy went 0-for-4 on Saturday after missing Friday's game with an injured wrist. A pitch hit his left wrist on Thursday. Murphy has had a great season and should be able take advantage of the matchup on Sunday.
Daniel Murphy, 2B9/14/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup on Saturday.
Insight: Murphy missed Friday's game after getting hit with a pitch in his left wrist on Thursday. He should be fine going forward. Murphy is hitting .297 with nine home runs and 53 RBI this season.
Juan Lagares, CF9/12/2014 10:54:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and stolen base to help the Mets defeat the Nationals, 4-3, on Friday.
Insight: Lagares had what ended up being the game-winning double in the fifth, scoring Eric Young Jr. on the hit. Lagares is hitting a very respectable .279 with four homers and 47 RBI in 401 at-bats this season.
Eric Young, OF9/11/2014 12:31:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was 3-for-3 with an RBI-triple on Wednesday to lead the Mets past the Rockies, 2-0.
Insight: Young hit his triple in the second inning to give the Mets the early lead. New York tacked on a run in the seventh. It was Young's first start since Aug. 26. The 29-year-old is having a rough year overall though, hitting .235/.309/.321 with 29 stolen bases.
David Wright, 3B9/10/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Mets will start Daniel Murphy at 3B with regular third baseman David Wright dealing with his shoulder injury.
Insight: The move allows Dilson Herrera to get at-bats at second base. Wright is expected to be shut down for the remainder of the season, according to beat reporter Adam Rubin.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot9/9/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw eight shut out innings and allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked none.
Insight: Jacob deGrom has been a hidden fantasy gem to end the season. Although runs have scored during his last three starts, deGrom has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings. He stands at 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA, and 121 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings this year.
Curtis Granderson, RF9/9/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Granderson is having his troubles in his first season as a Met, but he is on a five-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .421 with two doubles, two home runs and a triple. He also has eight RBI over that stretch. On the season, Granderson is hitting .218 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI.
Daniel Murphy, 2B9/9/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (calf) has been activated off the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: When he last played he was having a solid August, batting .318 for the month. Hopefully he can pick up where he left off.
Curtis Granderson, RF9/7/2014 6:03:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: We can't say we really expected much from Granderson this season, who is in his first year in the much bigger New York ballpark, but even at. 215, 18 home runs and 55 RBI, he has been disappointing. He does have a three-game hitting streak with two home runs over that span.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot9/7/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched six innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out six and walked two to beat the Reds, 4-3.
Insight: Wheeler has pitched pretty well down the stretch, not giving up more than two earned runs in a start since Aug. 10. In his last three starts, opponents have scored at least one unearned run, including three unearned in his last start. Cincinnati did not push across any unearned runs on Sunday as Wheeler earned his 10th victory of the season.
David Wright, 3B9/7/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career 2-for-14 (.143) hitter against Reds starter Mat Latos.
Insight: However, Wright's two hits against Latos are a double and home run. The third baseman had a big game on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a double, and followed that up, hitting 1-for-4 on Saturday.
Dillon Gee, SP9/6/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one, but he received the loss as the Reds defeated the Mets, 2-1.
Insight: Reds ace Johnny Cueto outpitched Gee, which is nothing to be ashamed of for the Mets starter. This is the third quality start in a row for Gee. He is 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA over that stretch.
Bartolo Colon, SP9/5/2014 11:06:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings in a victory against the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Colon allowed a home run to Devin Mesoraco in the first inning and another run in the third, but that was all. The 41-year-old has had an up-and-down season but has put up overall decent numbers: 13-11, 3.96 ERA and 134 strikeouts.
David Wright, 3B9/5/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs as the Mets routed the Reds, 14-5.
Insight: It was nice to see Wright explode for a big offensive night. The third baseman has had a tough year, nursing a shoulder injury for much of the second half. In his last three games, Wright has seven hits in 14 at-bats but also has an 0-for-5 night which came on Wednesday.
Curtis Granderson, RFCold9/5/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is hitless in 11 tries with five strikeouts versus Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon.
Insight: The best we can say is that he's walked twice. Granderson has been horrible since the All-Star break batting .155 with two homers, six RBI and a .458 OPS in 41 games.
Lucas Duda, LF9/3/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .118 hitter against Miami starter Tom Koehler.
Insight: Duda is in the midst of a breakout season. He has been a tremendous surprise for the offensively challenged Mets with his 26 home runs and 77 RBI, but should not be started Wednesday.
Juan Lagares, CF9/2/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with two steals on Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Lagares had a perfect night at the plate, registering four hits, including a double, walk, two RBI, three runs and two steals. Lagares has steals in four of his last five games. Terry Collins said he wants his center fielder to continue to use his speed on the base paths which is great news for fantasy owners.
David Wright, 3B9/2/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 12-for-20 (.600) with four home runs against Miami starter Brad Penny.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
David Wright, 3B9/1/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 9-for-19 (.474) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
David Wright, 3B8/31/2014 8:38:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright was 2-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: It was Wright's first multi-hit game since August 13. He just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder.
Dillon Gee, SP8/31/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his second straight game on Sunday, beating the Phillies, 6-5.
Insight: Gee posted a 0-5 record with a 5.71 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break, but in his last two starts, he has pitched 12 2/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA. Gee is 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year.
Wilmer Flores, SS8/31/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores was 3-for-4 with a run and stolen base in the 6-5 victory over the Phillies on Sunday.
Insight: Flores has a modest three-game hitting streak, going 5-for-10 in the series against Philadelphia. In 169 at-bats, Flores is hitting .237 with two home runs and 16 RBI.
Travis d'Arnaud, C8/31/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is 5-for 9 with a double and two home runs versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: d'Arnaud is showing some power this season with 12 home runs, but his .227 batting average needs to be a bit higher is he wants more than occasional attention from fantasy owners. Sunday might be one of those occasions.
Dilson Herrera, 2B8/29/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 in his major league debut.
Insight: Herrera had a rough first game in the big leagues. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out in his second at-bat. Herrera did manage to line out in his final at-bat, but then the rookie committed an error in the ninth. He should remain in the starting lineup though with manager Terry Collins annoucing that All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy could miss the rest of the season.
Jacob deGrom, SP8/29/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw seven innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits, earning the victory over the Phillies on Friday.
Insight: DeGrom bounced back Friday from a bad start in which he gave up five runs in six innings on August 23. The rookie is 7-6 with a 2.94 ERA in 113 and 1/3 innings pitched this year.
Daniel Murphy, 2B8/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/28/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that Bartolo Colon is probably not going to be traded this month according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Can't say this is surprising as the three clubs that were rumored to be interested in Colon (Angels, Dodgers, Royals) all downplayed their interest. Colon would have to be traded by Sunday to be eligible for a playoff roster.
Daniel Murphy, 2B8/28/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his hurt right calf.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has not returned to the lineup since then. At this point, it looks likely he will end up on the disabled list, but the MRI will confirm whether that's necessary. Wilmer Flores is playing second base for the Mets in Murphy's absence.
David Wright, 3B8/28/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Insight: The plan was for Wright to return Thursday, so this isn't a surprise. The third baseman has been sidelined since Sunday with neck spasms and has been dealing with a shoulder injury most of the season. He is hoping to finish the season even though he is less than 100 percent.
Daniel Murphy, 2B8/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (sore right calf) was not in the lineup Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup since then. Despite the missed time, Murphy still leads the NL in hits (159).
Curtis Granderson, RFCold8/27/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has batted 24-for-140 (.171) with two homers and six RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Granderson wasn't great before the break, but he was much better than this. He hit .237 with 14 homers, 43 RBI, 46 runs and a .768 OPS but is down to .217 with 16 homers, 49 RBI and 59 runs after going 0-for-3 Wednesday.
Daniel Murphy, 2B8/27/2014 6:00:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is not in the lineup Wednesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base again.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has been out of the lineup the last two games.
David Wright, 3B8/27/2014 4:45:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright remains out of the Mets lineup with neck spasms.
Insight: Wright is listed as day-to-day but remember that even when he returns, he will not be completely healthy. The third baseman is having a very disappointing season at .266/.324/.368.
David Wright, 3B8/27/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright did not deny on Tuesday that his shoulder is hurting him, but Wright also did not blame his shoulder for his below average season.
Insight: Wright has denied in the past that he is still battling a shoulder injury, but after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview on Tuesday that the third baseman was struggling with his shoulder, Wright did nothing to deny it. He did, however, refuse to blame the shoulder for his well below average numbers this year. Wright is batting just .244 with two home runs in his last 44 games since the injury. He is now out with a minor neck issue. Seeing as he won't be healthy until next year, don't count on those numbers going up in September.
Dillon Gee, SP8/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his first game since the All-Star break Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Gee came into Tuesday's start having gone 0-5 with a 5.71 ERA in seven starts since the break, but he threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
Daniel Murphy, 2B 8/26/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and he's scheduled to see a doctor at the stadium Tuesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base. The Mets are playing without Murphy and David Wright so Atlanta starter Alex Wood (3.05 ERA) could have a pretty easy time.
David Wright, 3B8/26/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is not in Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Lucas Duda, LFHot8/26/2014 11:45:00 AM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .364 hitter with a home run against Braves ace pitcher Julio Teheran.
Insight: Duda has been on a tear as of late. Even though he went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the first baseman is still hitting .417 with three home runs and six RBI in his last three games. Duda has been a tremendous surprise for the offensively challenged Mets with his .258/.352/.504, 26 home runs and 76 RBI.
David Wright, 3B8/26/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot8/26/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, has a modest five-game hitting streak (8-for-21) and a favorable matchup with Braves starter Alex Wood (5-for-11), so is a viable fantasy option if in the lineup.
Travis d'Arnaud, CHot8/24/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud socked his fifth homer of August and 12th of the season Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: d'Arnaud was hitting .180 with a .544 OPS when he was demoted to the minors on June 8. He's hit .263 with 10 doubles, a triple, nine homers, 23 RBI and 26 runs in 175 at-bats since he was recalled on June 24.
Lucas Duda, LFHot8/24/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Duda has hit five balls out of the park and driven in 11 runs in his last six games and he's produced 12 homers and 27 RBI in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's still available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Daniel Murphy, 2B 8/24/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, went 2-for-5 with one RBI and two runs Sunday against the Dodgers before exiting.
David Wright, 3B8/24/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year.
David Wright, 3B8/24/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .765 hitter (13-for-17) with three home runs and a 2.235 OPS versus Dodgers starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Wright has been battling a sore shoulder and will not be healthy anytime soon, but this matchup may make him feel better for at least one day. He's batting just .265 this season with eight homers and 56 RBI.
Jon Niese, SP8/23/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched into the seventh and gave up three runs on nine hits, struck out five and walked one in a losing effort on Thursday against the Braves.
Insight: The game got out-of-hand with the Mets bullpen as Atlanta won, 6-1. Niese has lost his last two starts even though he has posted a 3.21 ERA in those two appearances.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/23/2014 5:31:00 PM
Description: The Mets have placed starter Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: The latest baseball rumors have Colon returning to the Angels, but in order for that to happen, every team must pass on claiming him. With Garrett Richards out, it is likely some AL team puts in a claim for Colon just to prevent the Angels from getting him. Colon is 11-10 with 3.85 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season. was placed on the bereavement list after his mother's passing and he missed his last start. He shouldn't have to miss another one after Sunday's game.
Curtis Granderson, RFCold8/23/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has gone 8-for-41 (.195) in his career against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke.
Insight: Granderson is hitting .184 with two homers and six RBI in 125 at-bats since the All-Star break. Avoid him Saturday and until he gets it together at the plate.
David Wright, 3BCold8/22/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .333 (7-for-21) hitter with two doubles, two home runs and six RBI against Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
Insight: Wright has been battling a sore shoulder and will not be healthy anytime soon. Whether that has had an impact or not on Wright's swing is unclear, but he has one hit in his last five games.
Jenrry Mejia, SP8/21/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness and is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span due to various injuries (sports hernia, back, calf). It's hard to tell who will get the closing opportunity next time out.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF8/21/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Nieuwenhuis doesn't start and his .233 batting average witth a .748 OPS wouldn't excite fantasy owners even if he did. Nothing to see here.
Lucas Duda, LF8/20/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit his 23rd homer of the season and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Athletics.
Insight: Duda has driven in 69 runs and scored 57 this season. His previous highs were 15 home runs, 57 RBI and 43 runs.
Jenrry Mejia, SPCold8/20/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span. Mejia is pitching through a sports hernia and his back and calf have been bothering him as well.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot8/20/2014 8:48:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will start Saturday against the Dodgers, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: deGrom (6-5, 2.87 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) was placed on the disabled lsit with shoulder inflammation after his start on Aug. 7, but he's ready to return after missing a couple of starts.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/20/2014 7:32:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon will pitch Sunday before flying back to the Dominican Republic for his mother's funeral, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Colon (11-10. 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) was placed on the bereavement list after his mother's passing and he missed his last start. He shouldn't have to miss another one after Sunday's game.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/19/2014 9:09:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon has been placed on the bereavement leave list, as expected, due to the death of his mother.
Insight: Colon (11-10. 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) has yielded two runs or less in four of his last five starts. If needed, the Mets are considering Daisuke Matsuzaka to substitute for Colon's next start.
Lucas Duda, LF8/18/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk Monday afternoon against the Cubs.
Insight: Duda already has a career high 22 homers and 66 RBI, shattering his previous highs of 15 home runs and 57 RBI. His .839 OPS ranks 12th in the NL.
Carlos Torres, RP8/18/2014 2:14:00 PM
Description: For a last-minute fill-in starter, Mets right-hander Carlos Torres pitched very well, going five innings and yielding just three hits and zero earned runs.
Insight: After 53 relief appearances, this was his first start of the year and based on the results maybe it shouldn't be his last. He did start nine games in 2013 with not-so-great results (3-5, 4.89 ERA, 1.288 WHIP).
David Wright, 3B8/18/2014 11:56:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will return to the starting lineup on Monday afternoon against Chicago. Wright left Saturday's game after a pitch drilled him in his sore left shoulder. He did not play on Sunday. The third baseman has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness most of the season.
Insight: The sore shoulder has appeared to put a damper on Wright's 2014 campaign as he has posted a career worst .711 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage is over 100 points lower than his career average. Wright will not be healthy at least until the start of the 2015 season.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/18/2014 11:12:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon will miss his scheduled Monday start as his mother is extremely ill. He's expected to be place on the bereavement leave list.
Insight: Colon (11-10. 3.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP) has yielded two runs or less in four of his last five starts. His next start is obviously "to be determined." Carlos Torres will get the spot start.
David Wright, 3B8/17/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Saturday's game with a sore shoulder, didn't play Sunday and could miss a couple more games, according to Mets manager Terry Collins.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness for most of the season and he was drilled by a pitch in the same exact spot that has been bothering him Saturday.
Curtis Granderson, RF8/17/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is 9-for-22 (.409) with three home runs against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Despite the favorable matchup you may still want to stay away as he's just 1-for-25 over the past six games to lower his batting average to .220 and has only one home run in the past 24 games.
David Wright, 3B8/16/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Saturday's game with a sore shoulder.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness for most of the season and he was drilled by a pitch in the same exact spot that has been bothering him Saturday.
Jon Niese, SP8/16/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese will face the Cubs Saturday, which is good for him because they have struck out 24 times against the last two starting pitchers they faced.
Insight: Niese will try to follow up the performances of Mike Fiers (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 14 K) and Zack Wheeler (6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 10 K). He's coming off a seven-inning, two-run, six-strikeout start at Philadelphia and has a 2.89 ERA at Citi Field this season.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot8/15/2014 10:26:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out 10 batters and allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Wheeler was inconsistent in the first three months and had a 4.45 ERA on June 25, but he's gone 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 54 Ks in his last 58 innings. The last two starters to face the Cubs have struck out 24 batters in 12 2/3 innings. Chicago will face Jon Niese Saturday, if you're wondering.
Travis d'Arnaud, CHot8/13/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has homered in three of his last five games.
Insight: d'Arnaud is starting to live up to his billing as a top prospect. He's gone 39-for-141 (.277) with 10 doubles, a triple, seven homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs over 38 games since he was recalled from the minors.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot8/13/2014 12:33:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has batted .364 with five doubles and three homers in 44 at-bats against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: The Mets faced Zimmermann on Aug. 7 and Murphy went 3-for-6 with a double. He's red hot, having batted .417 (30-for-72) with seven doubles, a triple and two homers in his last 17 games.
Jeurys Familia, RP8/11/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia has picked up a save in two of the past three games.
Insight: Closer Jenrry Mejia has been dealing with back and calf injuries and he revealed Sunday that he's also pitching through a sports hernia. Familia (1.97 ERA, 50 Ks in 59 1/3 IP) will be the next man up for saves if Mejia is placed on the DL.
Jon Niese, SP 8/11/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese picked up his first win since June 28 Monday at Philadelphia. He lasted seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Insight: Niese went 0-4 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in his first four starts after returning from the disabled list, but he got back on track Monday. He's 6-8 with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 96 Ks in 135 1/3 innings this season.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot8/11/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will be placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, going 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings. Rafael Montero, who posted a 5.40 ERA in four starts with the Mets earlier this season but has a 3.15 ERA and 82 Ks in 80 minor league innings, will take his place in the rotation.
Matt Harvey, SP8/11/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Mets injured right-hander Matt Harvey threw for the third time in the past two weeks, reports Bill Price of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Harvey, who is coming off October Tommy John surgery, is hoping to re-join the rotation this season, but there is no reason to rush him back that quickly. The latest news, that he's throwing off the mound, is just the next step in the rehab process. He should be ready for spring training.
Jenrry Mejia, SPCold8/10/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia is dealing with a hernia, but he wants to finish the season before undergoing surgery, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Mejia has allowed at least two hits in each of his last six appearances and four runs in his last 3 2/3 innings. He also blew a save Sunday at Philadelphia.
Travis d'Arnaud, C8/10/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit his ninth home run of the year Sunday at Philadelphia.
Insight: d'Arnaud has gone 36-for-133 (.271) with nine doubles, a triple, six homers, 20 RBI and 20 runs since he was recalled from the minors on June 24. He's homered in two of his last three games.
Lucas Duda, LF8/10/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Duda has cooled off in August after hitting .293 with seven homers, 19 RBI and a 1.006 OPS in July. On the season, he has a .261 average, 21 home runs, 64 RBI and an .852 OPS in 360 at-bats.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot8/10/2014 12:38:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, going 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings. He's traveled back to New York to have his shoulder examined and will likely miss at least one start. Carlos Torres will likely start in his place if he only has to miss one turn, but if he has to go on the DL the Mets may call up top prospect Noah Syndergaard.
Lucas Duda, LF8/9/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda should probably be avoided in Saturday's matchup against Phillies tough left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda is just 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts. He has walked five times, but that's not enough to play him Saturday.
David Wright, 3B8/9/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .329 hitter (25-for-76) with five home runs versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board with a .270 batting average and an OPS of .712 after 109 games in 2014, but he has solid numbers versus Hamels.
Bartolo Colon, SP8/8/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed one run on six hits and struck out six in eight innings Friday to beat the Phillies for his 200th career win.
Insight: Colon (11-9. 3.97 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) gave up six runs in 4 2/3 innings his last time out and hasn't been able to get his ERA lower than 3.88 since June 24 due to his inconsistency.
Travis d'Arnaud, C8/8/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his eighth of the season, Friday at Philadelphia.
Insight: d'Arnaud's average on the year is still just .225, but don't be fooled. He's been much better since he returned from the minors near the end of June. In his last 34 games, he's gone 34-for-125 (.272) with nine doubles, a triple, five homers, 19 RBI and 18 runs.
David Wright, 3B8/8/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .111 hitter (3-for-27) with 12 strikeouts versus Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board from a .269 batting average to an OPS down 193 points from .904 last season to .711 after 108 games in 2014. Avoid him Friday night.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot8/7/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a career .317 hitter with three home runs versus Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: The 2014 All-Star has been a top-10 fantasy second baseman for a second straight season. He's batting .302 for the season, but .444 with a 1.201 OPS over the past two weeks to raise his value even higher. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Jon Niese, SPCold8/6/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese has gone 0-4 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in four starts since he returned from the disabled list.
Insight: Niese had a 2.96 ERA when he went on the DL with shoulder inflammation, but he's up to 3.51 after allowing six runs on eight hits in six innings Wednesday at Washington.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot8/5/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler allowed 11 baserunners (7 H, 4 BB) in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Nationals, but he limited the damage to one run.
Insight: Wheeler has won four straight decisions and given up eight earned runs in 45 1/3 innings (1.59 ERA) in his last seven starts.
Curtis Granderson, RFCold8/5/2014 4:36:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is just 2-for-19 (.105) versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Granderson is hitless in his last four games (14 at-bats). Given this information it wouldn't surprise of if Granderson gets the night off. Update: Granderson is not in the Mets starting lineup for Tuesday.
Curtis Granderson, RFCold8/5/2014 1:19:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is just 2-for-19 (.105) versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Granderson is hitless in his last four games (14 at-bats). Given this information it wouldn't surprise of if Granderson gets the night off.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot8/4/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy hit his ninth homer of the season Monday against the Giants.
Insight: Murphy has been a top-10 fantasy second baseman for the second straight season. Through 109 games, he's hitting .296 with 41 extra-base hits, 45 RBI, 65 runs, 12 steals and a .770 OPS. He leads the NL in hits.
Lucas Duda, LFHot8/4/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is 11-for-28 (.393) versus Giants Monday starter right-hander Tim Hudson.
Insight: Duda has been the team's best hitter since the beginning of July with a 1.013 OPS over the 26-game span. Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Lucas Duda, LFHot8/3/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda will sit Sunday against Madison Bumgarner, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb,com.
Insight: The Mets will go with an all right-handed hitting lineup versus the left-handed Bumgarner. Duda's seven-game hitting streak came to an end Saturday, but he has six homers in the last 11 games.
Chris Young, LF8/3/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: New York outfielder Chris Young is a career .412 hitter (7-for-17) with a home run and a 1.206 OPS versus Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Young is only having a mediocre year (.207, 8 HR, 28 RBI in 83 games) so may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot8/2/2014 9:20:00 PM
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom was impressive once again, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Insight: He finished the night, going 7 1/3 innings, yielding four hits, two runs, one walk and striking out seven batters. He hadn't given up more than one run in a game in his last four starts before tonight. The bad news is a 185 innings pitched limit this season, but he appears ready for stardom.
Noah Syndergaard, SPHot8/2/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has stepped it up a notch over his last three starts and is showing why the team refused to past with him at the trade deadline.
Insight: Syndergaard has given up just one earned run in his last three starts (17 2/3 IP), while striking out 20 batters. Expect to see him in the Mets starting rotation in 2015.
Lucas Duda, LFHot8/1/2014 9:27:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went yard again Friday against the Giants.
Insight: Duda is locked in at the plate and daily fantasy owners should be taking advantage. He's hit six home runs in his last nine games and is up to 20 homers and 61 RBI on the year.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot8/1/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 4-for-8 against Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Murphy has gone 18-for-50 (.360) over the past two weeks (12 games). Hot hitter plus favorable matchup equals must start.
Lucas Duda, LFHot7/30/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went deep again Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That makes five home runs in his last eight games and 19 on the season to go with 60 RBI and an .864 OPS. Duda walked in 14.3 percent of his plate appearances last year but he may have been too patient. He's become more aggressive this season and he's lowered his strikeout rate from 26.6 percent to 21.4 percent.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot7/30/2014 3:52:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: Murphy has gone 12-for-25 (.480) with four doubles and a homer in his last six games. His 130 hits lead the NL.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot7/30/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler has thrown at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or less in each of his last six starts.
Insight: Wheeler held the Phillies to two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday to win his sixth game of the year. He's lowered his ERA from 4.45 to 3.60 since June 25.
Lucas Duda, LF7/29/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda has 18 home runs (three in six games) to go with 57 RBI on the season. He's hitting just .260 but has reached base at a .358 clip and slugged .498. Too bad this matchup must be avoided. Update: Duda is not in the starting lineup.
Lucas Duda, LF7/29/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda has 18 home runs (three in six games) to go with 57 RBI on the season. He's hitting just .260 but has reached base at a .358 clip and slugged .498. Too bad this matchup must be avoided.
David Wright, 3B7/29/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .329 hitter (24-for-73) with five home runs versus Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board from a .275 batting average to an OPS down 172 points from .904 last season to .732 after 99 games in 2014, but he does like hitting against Hamels.
Travis d'Arnaud, C7/28/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, three RBI and two runs Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: d'Arnaud has gone 29-for-96 (.302) with seven doubles, a triple, four homers, 16 RBI and 13 runs in 25 games since he returned from the minors on June 24.
Bartolo Colon, SP7/28/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon gave up 10 hits in 7 2/3 innings Monday against the Phillies, but he limited the damage to one run.
Insight: Colon improved to 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He may have thrown his last pitch for the Mets, as he's expected to be a trade target for contenders.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot7/28/2014 7:53:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned an innings cap of roughly 185 for rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom this season which leaves another 60 innings or so, but the team has no plan of skipping him now.
Insight: If deGrom pitched every five games for the rest of the season, he would have 11 starts remaining, but if he made all of them the team would have to limit him to less than six innings per start. He's gone 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA and a 30/5 K/BB in 27 1/3 innings over his last four starts, so the Mets won't skip him now. They'll either let him pitch until he hits the cap and shut him down or find the right time to skip him down the road.
David Wright, 3B7/28/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is just 3-for-24 with 11 strikeouts against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Wright's numbers are down across the board from a .278 batting average to an OPS down 165 points from .904 last season to .739 after 98 games in 2014.
Lucas Duda, LFHot7/27/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in four of the past six games.
Insight: Duda has 18 jacks to go with 56 RBI on the season. He's hitting .259 but has reached base at a .356 clip and slugged .500.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot7/27/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom has won four straight starts and allowed two runs in 27 1/3 innings during that span.
Insight: deGrom held the Brewers scoreless on four hits in 6 1/3 innings Sunday. The rookie has a 2.79 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP and 83 Ks in 87 innings this season. He should be added in all leagues.
Jenrry Mejia, SPHot7/25/2014 11:22:00 PM
Description: New York closer Jenrry Mejia struck out the side and saved his 14th game of the seson Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Mejia has settled into the Mets closer role after struggling as a starter earlier in the year. In 31 innings out of the bullpen, Mejia has a 2.03 ERA and 33 Ks.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot7/25/2014 11:20:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine batters and allowed two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Wheeler has had an outstanding month, recording a 1.40 ERA and a 26/7 K/BB in 25 2/3 innings. His ERA is down to 3.64, and he's struck out exactly one batter per inning this season (121 Ks in 121 IP).
Lucas Duda, LFHot7/25/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in three of the past four games.
Insight: Duda launched his 17th homer and drove in two runs Friday at Milwaukee. He's hitting .260 with 53 RBI and an .855 OPS, making the Mets' decision to jettison Ike Davis in favor of him look smart.
Lucas Duda, LF7/25/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is a career 5-for-10 with a double and two home runs versus Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Duda has been good this season with 16 home runs and 51 RBI and an .850 OPS.
Bartolo Colon, SP 7/23/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon was perfect through 6 2/3 innings Wednesday and ended up allowing two runs on three hits in 7 1/3 in a win over the Mariners.
Insight: Colon is 9-8 with a 4.03 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP in his first season with the Mets. He may be moved to a contender before the trade deadline.
Curtis Granderson, RF 7/23/2014 1:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (illness) is out of the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Granderson also sat out Tuesday due to an illness. He's gone 1-for-12 with seven Ks over his last three games and is batting .250 with three homers and a .757 OPS in July.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot7/23/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven over seven innings Tuesday at Seattle.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, striking out 79 batters in 80 2/3 innings and recording a 3.01 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The rookie is still available in 59 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Jon Niese, SP7/21/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against Seattle.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation. Seattle has lost three of their last four while the Mets have won eight of 11 so Niese may be a viable option Monday.
Jon Niese, SP7/18/2014 9:18:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and said he's ready to start Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot7/13/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Granderson had a putrid .129 average and one home run in his first 24 games this season, but since then he's batted .275 with 26 extra-base hits (13 HR), 36 RBI, 39 runs and 42 walks in 67 games.
Jacob deGrom, SPHot7/13/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom turned in seven innings of one-run ball and eight strikeouts in his final start before the All-Star break Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: deGrom has struck out 72 batters and posted a 3.18 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in his first 73 2/3 career innings.
Daniel Murphy, 2B7/13/2014 12:54:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is out of the lineup Sunday.
Insight: Murphy made the All-Star team this year by batting .294 with seven homers, 37 RBI, 56 runs and 11 steals.
Zack Wheeler, SPHot7/11/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler has allowed three runs on 15 hits over his last 19 1/3 innings. He held Miami to one run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings Friday to improve to 5-8.
Insight: Wheeler is inconsistent because he walks a lot of batters (3.82 BB/9), but he has a 3.90 ERA and 105 Ks in 108 1/3 innings. His 3.41 FIP and 3.49 xFIP suggest he'll improve.
Lucas Duda, LF7/11/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a homer Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Duda has 14 home runs and 48 RBI to go with an .841 OPS this season.
David Wright, 3B7/11/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against Miami.
Insight: Wright has gone 10-for-18 with two doubles and two homers over his last five games to raise his OPS from .721 to .760.
Lucas Duda, LF7/11/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 2-for-15 against Miami right-hander Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Duda has probably been the Mets best hitter this season, batting .257 with 13 HR, 46 RBI and an .835 OPS, but Friday is an unfavorable matchup.
David Wright, 3B7/10/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .423 hitter (11-for-26) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright had a bruised rotator cuff and missed seven consecutive games. He's been a solid RBI guy this season (43), but seven home runs and four steals are below expectations for the Mets star third baseman. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Travis d'Arnaud, C7/9/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games since he returned from the minors.
Insight: He's gone d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas to earn a promotion after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. Since he rejoined the Mets, he's gone 15-for-50 (.300) with three homers and 10 RBI.
Dillon Gee, SP7/9/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee beat the Braves Wednesday in his first start since May 10. He allowed one run on six hits and struck out four over seven innings.
Insight: Gee missed nearly two months with a strained lat. Gee has gone 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP this season and he's recorded a 2.67 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over his last 209 MLB innings.
Dillon Gee, SP7/9/2014 12:55:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee (lat) will return to the mound Wednesday against the Braves.
Insight: Gee last started on May 10. He was 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP in his first 52 2/3 innings. In fact, he's recorded a 2.72 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP over his last 202 innings.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot7/9/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson had a .141 average, a .470 OPS and one homer in his first 26 games this season, but he's batted .278 with 11 doubles, a triple, 13 homers, 35 RBI, 40 walks, 35 runs and a .915 OPS in his last 61 games.
Insight: Granderson has homered in back-to-back games and four of his last eight. His OPS for the season is up to .782. Granderson has only 11 hits in 46 career at-bats (.239) against Braves starter Ervin Santana, but that includes two doubles and five home runs. He'll face Santana Wednesday.
Jacob deGrom, SP7/8/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom struck out 11 batters and walked none over seven scoreless innings Tuesday against the Braves to win his second game of the year.
Insight: The 26-year-old rookie has been a nice surprise for the Mets this season, recording a 3.38 ERA and 64 Ks in 66 2/3 innings.
Jon Niese, SP7/6/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained left shoulder.
Insight: Niese has also been dealing with a sore back. He's gone 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 74 Ks in 103 1/3 innings this season.
David Wright, 3B7/5/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (shoulder) is in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Wright had a bruised rotator cuff and missed seven consecutive games. He's been a solid RBI guy this season (41), but six home runs and four steals are below expectations for the Mets star third baseman.
Jon Niese, SP7/4/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese has a contusion on his back but X-rays came back negative, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Niese left Friday's game in the first inning after taking a line drive from Alex Rios off his back. He's gone 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 74 Ks in 103 1/3 innings this season.
Jon Niese, SP7/4/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese left Friday's game in the first inning after taking a line drive from Alex Rios off his back.
Insight: Niese allowed a lead-off homer to Shin-Soo Choo and lasted just three batters. He's gone 5-4 with a 2.96 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and 74 Ks in 103 1/3 innings this season.
David Wright, 3B7/4/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (shoulder) is not in the lineup Friday, but he's not going on the disabled list yet, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Wright has a bruised rotator cuff was expected to go on the DL if he wasn't ready by Friday. However, the Mets were unable to put Wright through defensive drills Friday because of rain. The team will make a decision Saturday.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot7/1/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has homered in back-to-back games after going 0-for-17 from June 26-29.
Insight: Granderson batted .300 with five homers, 13 RBI, 19 walks, four steals and a .933 OPS in June despite the cold streak toward the end and now has 12 homers, 38 RBI, 38 runs and a .764 OPS to go with his .234 average.
David Wright, 3B6/30/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (shoulder) will be out until at least Friday, according to Mike Vorkunov of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Wright has a bruised rotator cuff and will get rest and treatment until Friday. If he's not better by then, he'll likely go on the disabled list.
David Wright, 3B6/30/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is once again not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a few week which ends up being dianosed as a bruised left rotator cuff. Hopefully a short rest will do the trick and he won't need a trip to the disabled list.
David Wright, 3B6/28/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright's MRI revealed a bruised left rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a few weeks, but he doesn't need surgery. He'll be reevaluated on Monday. "Right now they don't think it's a DL, but they'll re-examine him on Monday and we'll have a clearer picture at that point," assistant GM John Ricco said. "... So it's good news. They want to see if it feels better after a couple of days' rest. They don't anticipate it being a DL stint. If he's still feeling the same, we'll reassess it at that time."
David Wright, 3B6/28/2014 12:53:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is headed back to New York on Saturday for an MRI on his ailing left shoulder.
Insight: He's apparently been dealing with the problem for a few weeks. Wright wasn't in the lineup Friday either. He is having a so-so season with six homers, 41 RBI and a .277 average.
David Wright, 3B6/27/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is headed for an MRI on his ailing shoulder. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: He wasn't in the lineup Friday and probably won't be tomorrow either. Wright is having a so-so season with six homers and a .277 average in 79 appearances.
Juan Lagares, CF6/26/2014 8:32:00 PM
Description: New York center fielder Juan Lagares has been activated from the 15-day DL.
Insight: He missed three weeks with a strained intercostal muscle. Lagares is a decent hitter for average (.297 this season) but doesn't provide much power (one homer in 158 at bats).
Daniel Murphy, 2B6/26/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a stunning 12-for-17 (.706) against Pittsburgh right-hander Vance Worley.
Insight: Murphy is quietly having another solid season. He's hitting .297 with six homers, 30 RBI, 48 runs, 11 steals and a .764 OPS.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot6/25/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson slashed three hits in Wednesday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: He's gone seven for his last 13 with three of those hits going for extra bases. Granderson (.242, 10 HR, 35 RBI) will look to stay hot Thursday when the Mets open a four-game set with Pittsburgh.
Travis d'Arnaud, C6/25/2014 9:34:00 AM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud homered Tuesday in his return from Triple-A.
Insight: d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. He's a former top prospect who may have finally figured things out.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot6/25/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson hit his 10th homer of the season Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: Granderson has batted .338 with a 1.043 OPS in June and is up to .234 with a .765 OPS on the year.
Chris Young, LF6/24/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: New York outfielder Chris Young blasted two homers Tuesday in a win against Oakland.
Insight: Tuesday was Young's first multi-home run game since April 24, 2013. Ironically, that came as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Don't read too much into tonight's game as Young is only having a so-so year (.209, 6 HR, 19 RBI in 59 games).
Bartolo Colon, SPHot6/24/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: New York starter Bartolo Colon turned in another strong outing Tuesday against Oakland.
Insight: Colon (8-5, 3.67 ERA) limited his former team to one run in eight innings. The big right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA since May 17th.
Travis d'Arnaud, C6/24/2014 10:48:00 AM
Description: The Mets have recalled catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. Perhaps his second stint in the bigs will yield better results.
Nick Evans, LF6/23/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Arizona minor league prospect Nick Evans is 8-for-20 (.400) since returning from a three-week stint in the majors in which he hit just .091 with one home run in 11 at-bats.
Insight: He's batting .342 with 11 HR, 47 RBI and a 1.034 OPS at Triple-A Reno. Evans is a first basman by trade, but will have little chance of playing there in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt in front of him. He could be trade bait or learn another position.
David Wright, 3BHot6/22/2014 5:27:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has gone 12-for-27 with four doubles, two homers, six RBI and five runs during a seven-game hitting streak.
Insight: Wright batted .138 (11-for-80) from May 25 to June 15 so his season numbers are still disappointing (.278, 6 HR, 39 RBI).
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot6/22/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy had his third multi-hit effort in his last four games Sunday at Miami. Before that, he failed to collect multiple hits in nine straight games.
Insight: Murphy went 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs against the Marlins Sunday. He's hitting .298 with six homers, 29 RBI, 47 runs, 11 steals and a .770 OPS.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/22/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has raised his batting average 36 points in June.
Insight: Granderson entered the month with a .198 average. He's gone 21-for-61 with four doubles, three homers, three steals, nine runs and 17 walks in June.
David Wright, 3BHot6/21/2014 7:59:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 3-for-4 Saturday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: He's put together a six-game hitting streak, batting .435 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Wright is hitting .382 versus Miami this season compared to only .262 against the rest of the league.
Jacob deGrom, SP6/21/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom got his first major league victory Saturday against Miami.
Insight: He hurled seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits and three walks. deGrom's next turn in the rotation will come Friday versus the Pirates.
Zack Wheeler, SP6/19/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler tossed his first career complete game and shutout Thursday at Miami.
Insight: Wheeler allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out eight to win his third game of the year and spoil the debut of Andrew Heaney. Wheeler's high walk rate makes him an inconsistent fantasy option, but he has plenty of talent and owns great fielding-independent numbers (9.0 K/9, 0.52 HR/9, 3.15 FIP).
Bartolo Colon, SPHot6/18/2014 6:29:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon got his ERA below four Wednesday for the first time since his second start of the season.
Insight: Colon allowed one run on four hits over eight innings at St. Louis to improve to 7-5 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He's allowed three homers in his last 43 1/3 innings (1.66 ERA).
David Wright, 3BCold6/17/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright had his first multi-hit game since June 2 and hit his first homer since May 28 Tuesday against St. Louis.
Insight: Wright entered Tuesday's game in a 3-for-43 (.070) slump. He's hitting .266 with five homers, 34 RBI and a .696 OPS this season.
Eric Young, OF6/16/2014 4:27:00 PM
Description: The Mets have activated outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's missed the last couple weeks with a strained hamstring. Young (.220, 1 HR, 7 RBI) has been a productive base stealer, converting 17 of his 18 steal attempts this season. He's also scored 28 runs. Andrew Brown was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Young.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP6/15/2014 3:01:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka left Sunday's start after one inning due to an upset stomach, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Matsuzaka didn't look comfortable from the start of the game and was checked on with two outs in the first inning. He finished the inning and didn't return.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP6/15/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka left Sunday's start after one inning for an undisclosed reason.
Insight: Matsuzaka didn't look comfortable from the start of the game and was checked on with two outs in the first inning. He finished the inning and didn't return.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/15/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (calf) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Granderson didn't start the last three games due to a calf injury. He's leading off for the first time this season Sunday against Ian Kennedy. The Grandy Man has hit .351 with two home runs, seven RBI and a 1.002 OPS in 37 at-bats this month.
David Wright, 3BCold6/15/2014 11:11:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright has batted .385 with two doubles and two homers against Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Perhaps facing Kennedy Sunday will help Wright break out of a 2-for-36 (.056) slump.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/14/2014 2:13:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup for the third straight day because of a calf injury.
Insight: Granderson has played well recently, batting .311 with an .889 OPS over his last 12 games. Bobby Abreu (.319, 1 HR, 11 RBI) is getting another start in right field after going 4-for-4 Friday night.
Eric Young, OF6/13/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: The Mets are expected to activate outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the disabled list on Monday. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: He's missed the last couple weeks with a strained hamstring. Young (.220, 1 HR, 7 RBI) has been a productive base stealer, converting 17 of his 18 steal attempts this season.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/13/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup for the second straight day because of a calf injury.
Insight: Granderson has played well recently, batting .311 with an .889 OPS over his last 12 games. Bobby Abreu (.279, 1 HR, 9 RBI) is getting the start in right field.
Jenrry Mejia, SPCold6/12/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: New York closer Jenrry Mejia exited Thursday's game with back stiffness. SOURCE: Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal
Insight: He left after getting two outs in the tenth inning. Mejia hasn't had a very good month (10.38 ERA in four appearances) and this setback won't help matters.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/12/2014 4:29:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in Thursday's lineup due to a calf injury.
Insight: Granderson has started to hit the ball, batting .311 over the past dozen games with an .889 OPS and is a .471 hitter (8-for-17) with a pair of homers versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse, so he must be in pain.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot6/12/2014 12:04:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is a career .471 hitter (8-for-17) with a pair of homers versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Granderson has started to hit the ball, batting .311 over the past dozen games with an .889 OPS. Put him in your lineup for Thursday in this favorable matchup.
Taylor Teagarden, C6/10/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Mets catcher Taylor Teagarden launched his second career grand slam Tuesday in a win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Teagarden was promoted to the big leagues earlier this week after hitting .279 in 34 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He's never been an everyday player and we're guessing that trend will continue with the Mets in 2014.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP6/10/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka held Milwaukee to three hits and one run over six innings Tuesday night to improve to 3-0 this season.
Insight: Matsuzaka was effective as a reliever earlier this season and has recorded a 3.86 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP in three starts. He's only an option in NL-only leagues.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot6/10/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy has gone 13-for-37 (.351) in June.
Insight: Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee. With a .305 average, five homers, 25 RBI, 40 runs and 10 steals, he's been a top-five fantasy second baseman for the second straight season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B6/8/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy ripped three hits in Sunday's loss to the Giants.
Insight: Murphy went 6-for-13 in the series with two RBI. Though not a power hitter by any stretch, Murphy (.305, 4 HR, 23 RBI) makes enough contact to be a useful fantasy contributor.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/8/2014 8:04:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson blasted a pair of home runs Sunday in a loss to San Francisco.
Insight: One of the home runs was hit to McCovey Cove. It's the fourth time a ball has landed there this season and the 98th time in the history of AT&T Park. Prior to Sunday, Granderson hadn't homered since May 22nd against the Dodgers. We'll see if the power surge continues for Granderson (.221, 8 HR, 30 RBI) Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Eric Young, OF6/6/2014 8:28:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. has suffered a setback in his recovery from a strained hamstring. He won't be able to return from the DL when he's first eligible. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: New York's outfield is so beat up right now that Bobby Abreu and Matt den Dekker are seeing regular at bats. Young was hitting .220 with 17 steals before his injury.
Dillon Gee, SP6/6/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee (lat), who was eligible to return from the disabled list on May 26, is still not close to returning to the mound, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Gee "hasn't picked up a baseball in 10 days and will need multiple weeks to work back into shape once he does" said manager Terry Collins. Gee was off to a fast start, going 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Bobby Abreu, RF6/4/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Bobby Abreu is not someone you want in your lineup Wednesday against Chicago.
Insight: He's facing Edwin Jackson and that's rarely worked out well for Abreu in the past (6-for-33, 4 K's). The 40-year-old has had a good season so far (.309, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 55 at bats) but he won't be an option on Wednesday.
Ruben Tejada, SS6/4/2014 11:37:00 AM
Description: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is hitless in ten lifetime at bats against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Tejada has actually hit the ball with some authority recently (seven for his last 15) but we're not expecting much Wednesday against Jackson.
David Wright, 3B6/4/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: New York 3B David Wright owns Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Wright is hitting .400 against the right-hander in 15 lifetime at bats. The 31-year-old leads all National League hitters with 245 at bats this season. Wright (.294, 4 HR, 32 RBI) won't come cheap in daily leagues but this enticing matchup is worth every penny.
Zack Wheeler, SP6/4/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler had another good outing Tuesday against Chicago.
Insight: In 6 2/3 innings, Wheeler gave up two hits and no earned runs while walking only two batters. Unfortunately the Mets couldn't hold the lead and Wheeler was left with his fifth no-decision of the season. Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) will take the mound again Sunday versus the Giants.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/3/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .350 hitter with three homers and a 1.331 OPS versus Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Granderson is struggling again with a batting average right at the Mendoza Line. He hasn't put up an extra-base hit since May 24 or a home run since May 20 and may not be able to take advantage of this historically favorable matchup.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot6/2/2014 10:46:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon moved to 5-5 with a win Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: It looks like Colon is rounding into form (no pun intended). Over his last three starts, the 41-year-old is 3-0 with 19 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA. He'll look for his fourth straight win next time out against San Francisco.
Wilmer Flores, SS6/2/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores whacked his first career grand slam Monday in a blowout win against the Phillies.
Insight: Flores was responsible for driving in six of New York's 11 runs. He's not a particularly exciting fantasy option with just 12 hits in his first 50 at bats (.240 AVG).
Juan Lagares, CF6/2/2014 2:07:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
Insight: The 25-year-old has been a nice leadoff man in New York, batting .288 with two homers, 18 RBI and 19 runs scored in 156 at-bats. The Mets can ill-afford to lose any offense and this won't help fantasy regulars Daniel Murphy and David Wright.
Curtis Granderson, RF6/2/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .419 hitter with three homers and a 1.370 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Granderson is struggling again, batting just .100 over the past six games without a long ball. Still he's got a favorable history versus Hernandez and could be worthy of a flier.
Juan Lagares, CF6/1/2014 12:41:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares is in the starting lineup Sunday after sitting out yesterday, according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.
Insight: Lagares missed Saturday's game due to a right ribcage spasm. He picked up a Golden Sombrero on Friday, but he's hitting .291 with a .766 OPS this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot6/1/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has been a .298 hitter this season and a .425 hitter in his career against Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Murphy bats from the left side, but he's hitting .360 against southpaws this season and is 17-for-40 lifetime against Hamels, Sunday's scheduled starter.
David Wright, 3B6/1/2014 10:37:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright batted .320 with three homers, 15 RBI and an .821 OPS in May and he gets to start off June against Phillies starter Cole Hamels.
Insight: Wright has 70 at-bats against Hamels and he's hit .329 with five homers, three doubles and a triple. His season average is up to .294 after his hot May.
Ruben Tejada, SS5/31/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: New York shortstop Ruben Tejada clubbed his first home run in 552 at bats Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: The home run was part of a three-hit afternoon for Tejada, who is now hitting .227 through 45 games. Only six of Tejada's 29 hits in 2014 have gone for extra bases, which is probably why his slugging percentage sits at a disappointing .289.
Jacob deGrom, SP5/31/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: New York starter Jacob deGrom fanned 11 hitters Saturday in a no-decision against Philadelphia.
Insight: Things kind of unraveled in the seventh when he gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Howard but before that, deGrom (0-2, 2.42 ERA) had been excellent, allowing just three hits and one walk over six scoreless frames. In four starts, opposing batters have hit just .182 against the right-hander with 25 punchouts in 26 innings.
David Wright, 3B5/30/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is just 3-for-21 (.143) against Phillies starter A.J. Burnett with 10 strikeouts.
Insight: Wright's latest hot streak (.346 over the past 28 days) has raised his batting average from .252 to .302, but he faces a tough matchup on Friday.
Zack Wheeler, SP5/29/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: New York starter Zack Wheeler was in the zone Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wheeler (4 H, 1 ER) struck out six hitters in his first two frames and finished the night with 9 K's over 6 1/3 innings pitched. The win was Wheeler's ninth career victory and his first since April 14th. We'll see if he can add another win to his season total next time out against the Cubs.
Travis d'Arnaud, C5/29/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: The Mets have officially activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the 7-day disabled list. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: He's missed the last two weeks with a concussion. d'Arnaud (.196, 3 HR, 8 RBI) will hit eighth Thursday against the Phillies.
Travis d'Arnaud, C5/29/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) is expected to be activated from the 7-day disabled list for Thursday's game against Philadelphia
Insight: d'Arnaud is batting just .196 this season with three homers and eight RBI in 31 games.
Bartolo Colon, SPHot5/28/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: New York right-hander Bartolo Colon tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings Wednesday in a win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: Colon (4-5, 4.73 ERA) has won each of his last two starts, allowing just ten hits and two runs over 15 1/3 innings. We'll see him pitch again Monday versus the Phillies.
Noah Syndergaard, SP5/27/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: The MRI on Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard's forearm/elbow came back negative, according to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Syndergaard went on the minor league disabled list Monday with a flexor pronator strain. He has a 4.02 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. MLB.com ranks him as the No. 10 prospect in baseball.
Jacob deGrom, SP5/26/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jacob deGrom has thrown a quality start in all three games since he was promoted.
Insight: The 25-year-old worked around five walks to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday against the Pirates. He's issued 10 free passes in 19 2/3 innings, but his ERA and WHIP are 1.83 and 1.17, respectively. He has a good matchup against the Phillies, who were no-hit on Sunday, his next time out.
Noah Syndergaard, SP5/26/2014 3:11:00 PM
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has gone on the disabled list in Triple-A with a mild flexor pronator strain in his forearm, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Syndergaard has a 4.02 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. MLB.com ranks him as the No. 10 prospect in baseball.
Eric Young, OF5/25/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) is expected to go on the disabled list, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: A hamstring injury for a player who relies on speed is never good. Young is hitting just .220 with a .620 OPS this season, but he's scored 28 runs and stolen 17 bases. His absence will provide everyday spots in the lineup to Juan Lagares and Chris Young.
Rafael Montero, SP5/25/2014 8:29:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Rafael Montero struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on two hits in six innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: It was Montero's third career start. He's been shaky so far, walking nine batters and allowing four homers in 16 1/3 innings, but he showed his potential on Sunday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP5/25/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Mets right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka will start the second game of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Matsuzaka has only been used out of the bullpen this season, collecting a 2.14 ERA in 14 relief appearances. We'll see how he does in his first start of 2014.
David Wright, 3BHot5/24/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright picked up three hits Saturday in a loss to Arizona.
Insight: Wright now has 13 hits in his last 29 at bats. The torrid hot streak has raised his batting average from .282 to .307. Make sure Wright is in your lineup for tomorrow's doubleheader.
Travis d'Arnaud, C5/22/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) has been cleared by a specialts and should return to baseball activites, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Juan Centeno, called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, is 3-for-10 with a pair of RBI. The other option, Anthony Recker, is 1-for-12 in D'Arnaud's absence.
Juan Lagares, CF5/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares had three hits, including a triple, in his return to the lineup Wednesday.
Insight: Lagares traveled to the Dominican Republic on Sunday for a family issue. He's hitting .315 with an .842 OPS this season, though he has juss two home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs and zero steals.
Matt Harvey, SP5/21/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Despite Matt Harvey's optimism, the Mets aren't expecting their star right-hander to return before the end of the season. SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Harvey, who is coming off October Tommy John surgery, was hoping to re-join the rotation sometime in August or September. With the team firmly in last place and unlikely to make the playoffs, the Mets can afford to be cautious with their young ace. He should be a full-go for the start of 2015.
Dillon Gee, SP5/20/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee (lat) is eligible to return from the disabled list on May 26, but he won't be ready yet, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Gee threw off flat ground Tuesday and is expected to throw a bullpen session later this week if he responds well.
Juan Lagares, CF 5/20/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Mets CF Juan Lagares (personal) is expected to return Wednesday.
Insight: Lagares traveled to the Dominican Republic on Sunday for a family issue. He has hit .302 with two homers and 15 RBI in 30 games this season but is more valuable to the Mets than fantasy lineups due to his defense.
David Wright, 3B5/20/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is an ugly 1-for-18 (a single) against Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett.
Insight: Wright's batting average is acceptable (.287), but he's lost all his power over the first two months of the season with just 12 extra-base hits and a low .707 OPS. That's not likely to improve on Tuesday in this extremely unfavorable matchup.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot5/18/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy owns a .991 OPS against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Over his last 30 games, Murphy has hit .341 with three homers, 14 RBI, 25 runs and eight steals while not going more than one game without a hit. He's collected 12 hits, including four doubles and three homers, in 38 at-bats (.316) against Zimmermann.
Jenrry Mejia, SP5/17/2014 7:06:00 PM
Description: Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia earned his first career save Saturday against the Nationals.
Insight: New York manager Terry Collins has been going with a closer by committee. Mejia has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts since he was demoted to the bullpen and could keep the closer role given the Mets' lack of options.
Bartolo Colon, SP5/17/2014 7:04:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of two-run ball Saturday in a win at Washington.
Insight: Colon allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in his previous start and has a 5.34 ERA this season. The right-hander throws a fastball (four-seam or two-seam) nearly 90 percent of the time and doesn't have a reliable off-speed pitch to fall back on when the heater isn't working, which has been the case often in 2014.
Curtis Granderson, RF5/17/2014 1:49:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Granderson hit two homers when he faced his old New York team in Yankee Stadium, but has gone 0-for-11 in the three games since then. He's batting just .189 this season with five homers and 19 RBI.
Jacob deGrom, SP5/15/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Jacob deGrom's major league debut was a good one. In seven innings Thursday against the Yankees, deGrom let up just four hits and one earned run.
Insight: Unfortunately deGrom was hit with the loss as the Mets failed to score a run for the sixth time this season. Things don't get any easier for deGrom. His next start is Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Jenrry Mejia, SP5/15/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia will try his hand at closer Thursday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Of course, that's assuming the Mets are in a position to win the game. Bobby Parnell's season-ending elbow injury has forced New York to go with a closer by committee. Given how unsuccessful Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth were in the ninth inning role, Mejia should be an improvement.
Travis d'Arnaud, C5/15/2014 4:52:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud (concussion) will go on the 7-day disabled list, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Insight: Juan Centeno has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to start in his place. Despite a .273 batting average in Triple-A, Centeno's fantasy value is minimal at best.
Nick Evans, LF5/15/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Arizona minor league prospect Nick Evans is crushing the ball at Triple-A Reno, batting .370 with 10 HR, 38 RBI and a 1.120 OPS.
Insight: He's a first basman by trade, but will have little chance of playing there in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt in front of him. The PCL Player of the Week for May 12 has been playing some third base and outfield at Reno, so could be called up to fill a utility role.
Rafael Montero, SP5/14/2014 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over six innings against the Yankees Wednesday in his major league debut.
Insight: Montero had a 3.67 ERA and a 41/18 K/BB in 41 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. MLB.com ranks him as the No. 2 prospect in New York's organization after Noah Syndergaard. With Dillon Gee (lat) on the DL and Jenrry Mejia struggling, Montero should stick around in the Mets rotation.
Dillon Gee, SP5/14/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: The Mets have placed right-hander Dillon Gee on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's been diagnosed with a strained lat. Jacob deGrom (4-0, 2.58 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Las Vegas) is likely to start in Gee's place Thursday against the Yankees.
Curtis Granderson, RFHot5/13/2014 11:15:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has enjoyed his return to Yankee Stadium the last two games.
Insight: Granderson has gone 4-for-8 with two homers, five RBI and three runs against his former team. He has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in 44 at-bats (.341) in May after hitting .145 with one homer in April.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot5/13/2014 11:13:00 PM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer, four RBI, a walk and two runs scored Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Murphy has been destroying the ball in May, going 18-for-51 (.353) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI. He's quietly having another terrific season, hitting .320 with three homers, 27 runs and eight steals.
David Wright, 3BHot5/13/2014 11:13:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has raised his average 44 points during an 11-game hitting streak.
Insight: Wright went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs Tuesday against the Yankees and is up to .296 on the year, though with just two homers.
Jeurys Familia, RP5/13/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that his closer will be decided "game by game." SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, mlb.com
Insight: That's another way to say we're looking at a committee situation. Jeurys Familia, Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be in the mix for saves and Familia is the best option for fantasy owners.
Jenrry Mejia, SPCold5/12/2014 7:45:00 PM
Description: The Mets have dropped right-hander Jenrry Mejia from the starting rotation. SOURCE: Mike Vorkunov, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Mejia (3-0, 5.06 ERA) hasn't made it out of the fifth inning in either of his last two starts. Minor league phenom Rafael Montero (4-1, 3.67 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas) will make his first big league start in Mejia's place Wednesday against the Yankees.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot5/11/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 Sunday in a win over Philadelphia.
Insight: Murphy's ninth inning home run was his second of the season. The 29-year-old has drawn five walks over his last three appearances. He had just seven walks in his first 31 games of the season.
Lucas Duda, LF5/11/2014 9:37:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 with seven strikeouts against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda had to be hospitalized Friday due to food poisoning. The 28-year-old has hit .260 with four home runs, 15 RBI and a .765 OPS this season. Avoid him on Sunday.
David Wright, 3B5/11/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is a career .333 with five homers and 15 RBI against Phillies ace Cole Hamels (22-for-66).
Insight: Wright has yet to do much this season, batting .295 with two homers and 21 RBI. He's no longer the 30 home run guy he once was, but he should still be good for 20 homers and 80-90 RBI.
Lucas Duda, LF5/10/2014 6:10:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda (food poisoning) will start Saturday against the Phillies, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Duda had to be hospitalized Friday due to food poisoning, but he's ready to return to the lineup. The 28-year-old has hit .266 with four home runs, 15 RBI and a .781 OPS this season.
Jenrry Mejia, SPCold5/10/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia could be on his way to the bullpen, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
Insight: Mejia started off 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA, but he's allowed 16 earned runs on 23 hits in his last 14 2/3 innings. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's unsure if Mejia will make his start on May 14 against the Yankees. If he's moved to the bullpen, New York will call a starter up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Rafael Montero (3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 41 Ks in 41 2/3 IP) and Jacob deGrom (2.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 29 Ks in 38 1/3 IP) are the most likely options to replace Mejia.
Curtis Granderson, RF5/9/2014 12:06:00 PM
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson owns Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Granderson holds a .415 average against him with three homers, three doubles, three triples and six RBI in 41 lifetime at bats. If ever there was a day to start Granderson (.175, 3 HR, 13 RBI) in fantasy, this would be it.
Noah Syndergaard, SP 5/8/2014 2:49:00 PM
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has given up two runs (one earned) on 11 hits while striking out 15 in 12 2/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Syndergaard's ERA is down to 3.58 in 37 2/3 innings this season after he got off to an inconsistent start. MLB.com ranks Syndergaard as the No. 10 prospect in all of baseball. The Mets will probably call him up in the summer like they did with Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in 2013.
Wilmer Flores, SS5/8/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: The Mets are expected to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A due to shortstop Ruben Tejada's struggles, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Tejada has batted .183 this season, though he deserves much better. He's hit a line drive on 32.8 percent of his batted balls, eighth-highest in baseball among players with at least 50 plate appearances, but is hitting just .246 on balls in play. Flores owns a .307 average, five home runs and 25 RBI in 29 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Zack Wheeler, SP5/7/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler worked around five walks to throw six shutout innings Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) gave up just two hits and struck out seven. He hasn't allowed many hard-hit balls (16.5 LD%, 52.3 GB%, 6.3 HR/FB%) this season but his BABIP is .342. The right-hander's FIP is just 3.16.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot5/7/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 17 of his past 19 games while batting .341 in that span.
Insight: Murphy homered for the first time this season Tuesday at Miami and he'll face Tom Koehler on Wednesday. The second baseman is 5-for-13 (.385) with a homer lifetime against Koehler.
Bartolo Colon, SP5/6/2014 9:35:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon gave up three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings Tuesday at Miami.
Insight: Colon (2-5, 5.36 ERA, 1.37 WHIP) has thrown five quality starts in seven turns this season but allowed 16 earned runs on 21 hits in 9 2/3 innings the other two.
Jon Niese, SP5/5/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese tossed all zeros Monday against Miami (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 6 K's, 1 BB).
Insight: Thanks to New York's disastrous bullpen, Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) was left with a no-decision. The left-hander has done a nice job this season, limiting opponents to just a .214 batting average over six starts.
Eric Young, OF5/5/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. is back in the lineup Monday after missing yesterday's game with a bruised cheekbone. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Young's X-rays came back negative. He's only useful to fantasy owners who are desperate for steals (12-for-13 this season).
Juan Lagares, CFHot5/4/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: In four games since the Mets activated outfielder Juan Lagares, he has gone 8-for-20 with four doubles and two RBI.
Insight: Lagares missed about two weeks with a strained hamstring. He's hitting .338 this season, but with a 25.3 percent K rate and a .442 BABIP, that average will soon plummet.
Dillon Gee, SPHot5/4/2014 7:33:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee held Colorado scoreless on six hits over six innings Sunday at Coors Field.
Insight: Gee hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings over his last two starts and has a 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 innings this season. He's done that after closing out 2013 with a 2.71 ERA in his final 149 1/3 innings.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP5/4/2014 5:55:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is still New York's closer.
Insight: Farnsworth has gone 0-2 with a 10.81 ERA over his last four appearances and he blew his first save of the season Saturday at Colorado. Daisuke Matsuzaka has posted a 1.74 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 relief innings this year and may get the next shot should Farnsworth continue to struggle.
Eric Young, OF5/4/2014 3:10:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was injured during batting practice and will not play Sunday against Colorado. SOURCE: Jared Diamond, Wall Street Journal
Insight: A ball ricocheted off the screen and struck Young right below the right eye. He's gone to the hospital for X-rays. Juan Lagares (.318, 1 HR, 9 RBI) will start in his place.
Daniel Murphy, 2B5/4/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy provided four hits in Saturday's loss to Colorado.
Insight: He was a home run away from the cycle. Murphy's .308 batting average this season is his highest since 2011 (.320 in 391 at bats).
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF5/1/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: The Mets have sent outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: He's no longer needed now that Juan Lagares has returned from a strained hamstring. Nieuwenhuis hit .222 with five RBI during his nine-game tenure with the big club.
Eric Young, OF5/1/2014 7:09:00 PM
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young will get the night off Thursday against the Rockies. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Young is second in the major leagues with 12 stolen bases. Unfortunately, he's only batting .215 with 28 strikeouts in 93 trips to the plate. Start him at your own risk.
Juan Lagares, CF5/1/2014 6:59:00 PM
Description: The Mets have activated center fielder Juan Lagares from the 15-day DL.
Insight: Lagares was sidelined for about two weeks with a strained hamstring. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (.222, 1 HR, 5 RBI) was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas in the corresponding roster move.
David Wright, 3B4/29/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is a career .349 with five homers and 15 RBI against Phillies ace Cole Hamels (22-for-63).
Insight: Wright has yet to do much this season, batting .275 with one homer and 15 RBI. He's no longer the 30 home run guy he once was, but he should still be good for 20 homers and 80-90 RBI.
Dillon Gee, SP4/27/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee was terrific Sunday in a victory over the Marlins.
Insight: Gee (2.88 ERA) scattered three hits over eight shutout innings. He did walk a few batters (four to be exact) but that was balanced out by a season-high six strikeouts. The win pushes Gee's record to 2-1 for the season.
Travis d'Arnaud, C4/27/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud is not in the starting lineup Sunday against Miami. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: d'Arnaud caught all ten innings last night so it's no surprise to see him get the day off on Sunday. Anthony Recker (.217, 2 HR, 4 RBI) will make his sixth start behind the plate.
Chris Young, LF4/26/2014 5:58:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young won't be available for Saturday's game against Miami. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Eric Young Jr. will start in left with Curtis Granderson getting the nod in center field. Young hasn't done anything to make himself even remotely relevant this season (.182, 1 HR, 3 RBI in nine games) so this news is unlikely to affect many fantasy teams.
Zack Wheeler, SP4/25/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: New York starter Zack Wheeler struck out a season-high 10 batters in six innings Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Wheeler (3.99 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) has thrown 18 1/3 innings and posted a 2.95 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 19/6 K/BB over his last three starts. He hasn't lasted more than 6 1/3 innings in any starts this season but has four quality starts in five chances.
Noah Syndergaard, SPCold4/24/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has allowed 11 earned runs on 23 hits with a 15/8 K/BB in 20 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Insight: Syndergaard had a 3.06 ERA and a terrific 133/28 K/BB in 117 2/3 innings in the minors last season (Double-A and Class-A Advanced). The Mets will probably take the same path with him that they did with Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in 2013, calling him up in June or later.
Bartolo Colon, SP4/24/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon gave up four hits and one run in seven innings Thursday afternoon to beat the Cardinals.
Insight: Colon struck out eight and walked none. The 40-year-old's ERA is still 4.50 because he gave up nine runs in five innings on April 13, but he has thrown quality starts in each of his other four outings this season (2-2, 2.33 ERA).
Jon Niese, SP4/23/2014 10:51:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese threw his third straight quality start Wednesday against St. Louis to pick up his first win of the season.
Insight: Niese held the Cardinals to one run on six hits in 6 2/3 innings and has a 2.45 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings this season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B4/22/2014 11:47:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-11 (.545) against Cardinals ace right-hander Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Murphy is off to a decent start, batting .293, but without much power (.650 OPS).
Jenrry Mejia, SPHot4/21/2014 10:16:00 PM
Description: New York starter Jenrry Mejia improved to 3-0 after Monday's win over St. Louis.
Insight: Mejia registered seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He hasn't given up a run in his last two starts. Mejia's walk rate is still too high (14 free passes in four starts this season) but with a 1.99 ERA across 22 2/3 innings, the right-hander hasn't given fantasy owners much to complain about.
David Wright, 3BHot4/20/2014 5:56:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright stayed hot with four hits Sunday in an extra inning win over Atlanta.
Insight: That runs Wright's hitting streak to 11 games. During that span, he's hit .380 (19-for-50) with two doubles and eight RBI. All four of his hits on Sunday were singles.
Jose Valverde, RPCold4/20/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde will no longer be used in save situations.
Insight: Valverde has been a disaster in recent seasons and 2014 has been no different (5.40 ERA in 8 1/3 innings). Kyle Farnsworth (1.23 ERA in eight games) has been installed as the team's closer and should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Kyle Farnsworth, RP4/20/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Kyle Farnsworth has replaced Jose Valverde as the Mets' closer, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Valverde allowed six hits, four homers and eight runs (five earned) over his last three appearances. The 38-year-old Farnsworth, who has a 1.23 ERA in 7 1/3 innings this season, hasn't closed regularly since 2011.
Jenrry Mejia, SP4/19/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jenrry Mejia (blister) has been cleared to start Monday against the Cardinals, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) left his last start after five scoreless innings and 77 pitches due to a blister on his right middle finger, but he wasn't bothered by it during his bullpen session on Saturday.
Curtis Granderson, RF4/19/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson doesn't hit Braves start Ervin Santana for a high average, but he's taken him deep five times.
Insight: The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .154 through the first 15 games with one homer and four RBI, but the five home runs are the most he's hit off any pitcher in his career (also five off Jered Weaver).
Chris Young, CF4/18/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: The Mets have activated center fielder Chris Young from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's been out with a quad injury. Young does have a 30 HR season to his credit but that came all the way back in 2007. Nowadays, fantasy owners don't have much use for the free-swinging veteran.
David Wright, 3B4/18/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .458 hitter (11-for-21) with a 1.267 OPS against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright is off to a slow start, batting just .258 with a .641 OPS, but this favorable matchup could get him going. Daniel Murphy, Wright, Eric Young Jr. and Ruben Tejada all have good histories against Harang which could mean plenty of scoring opportunities.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot4/18/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-14 (.428) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Five of Murphy's six hits against Harang have gone for extra bases. He's posted three consecutive multi-hit games entering Friday's action and with a favorable matchup is a must start.
Dillon Gee, SP4/16/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: New York starter Dillon Gee had his best start of the season Wednesday in a win over Arizona.
Insight: Gee (1-0, 3.71 ERA) surrendered just three hits over seven shutout frames. He struck out three hitters without walking a batter. The right-hander had earned no-decisions in his previous three outings.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP4/16/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Daisuke Matsuzaka has been promoted to the major leagues.
Insight: Matsuzaka didn't make the team out of spring training but the Mets were impressed with his performance at Triple-A Las Vegas (2.25 ERA in 12 innings). Even if Dice-K joins the starting rotation, he won't be someone fantasy owners can count on for consistent production.
Jenrry Mejia, SP4/16/2014 1:13:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jenrry Mejia is questionable for his next start due to a blister, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: That explains why Mejia (2-0, 2.81 ERA, 1.44 WHIP) left Tuesday's start after five scoreless innings and 77 pitches. Manager Terry Collins says he'll know more about Mejia's availability when he attempts to throw a bullpen session Friday.
Bartolo Colon, SP4/16/2014 1:10:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins emphatically said that Bartolo Colon (back) will make his scheduled start Saturday, according to espnny.com.
Insight: Colon dealt with a back issue during Sunday's start and ended up allowing four homers and nine earned runs in five innings against the Angels. Collins said he has no concern about Colon's back.
Curtis Granderson, RF4/16/2014 1:09:00 PM
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (ribs) will not start Wednesday but manager Terry Collins expects him back Friday, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Curtis Granderson, RF4/16/2014 10:30:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners shouldn't use Curtis Granderson (ribs, forearm, knee) if the Mets right fielder is in the lineup Wednesday against Arizona.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona and sat out Tuesday. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI, and he's 2-for-14 against Wednesday's starter Brandon McCarthy.
Jenrry Mejia, SP4/16/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Jenrry Mejia gave up two hits over five scoreless innings Tuesday at Arizona.
Insight: Mejia is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 18 Ks through three starts, but he has a 1.44 WHIP because he's walked 11 batters in 16 innings.
Bartolo Colon, SP4/16/2014 9:13:00 AM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon is questionable for his next start on Saturday due to a back injury, according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: Colon dealt with the issue during Sunday's start and ended up allowing four homers and nine earned runs in five innings against the Angels.
Juan Lagares, CF4/15/2014 8:52:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Juan Lagares (hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Lagares is hitting .314 with one homer, seven RBI and eight runs in 13 games. He's one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will take his spot on the roster.
Curtis Granderson, RF4/15/2014 7:10:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup Tuesday but he's feeling a lot better and could be available off the bench, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Granderson injured his ribs, forearm and knee when he crashed into the right-field wall Monday night against Arizona. X-rays came back negative. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Curtis Granderson, LF4/15/2014 11:48:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson were negative after he ran into the wall on Monday.
Insight: Granderson appeared to injury his ribs, arm and knee and fantasy owners should expect him to miss a day or two, but it shouldn't require a stint on the disabled list. The slugger is struggling in the early going, batting .170 through the first 13 games with one homer and four RBI.
Daniel Murphy, 2B4/14/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-13 (.462) against Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Insight: Murphy missed some time due to paternity leave, but he's back and a viable fantasy option on Tuesday. He's hit safely in eight of 11 games this season.
Bartolo Colon, SP4/13/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon served up four big flies to the Angels on Sunday.
Insight: Colon only gave up 14 HRs in 190 1/3 innings with the Athletics last year; he has allowed six in 18 this year. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA against the Angels in 2013 but they crushed their former AL West counterpart on Sunday.
Curtis Granderson, LF4/12/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .370 hitter (10-for-27) with five home runs against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver.
Insight: Granderson is struggling this spring, batting just .135 through the first 10 games after batting an ugly .157 in spring training. He's always been a slow start, so don't give up on the slugger just yet, but don't start him on Saturday.
Noah Syndergaard, SP4/11/2014 2:38:00 PM
Description: Mets pitching prospect nearly made the big club this spring, but he struggled a bit at Triple-A Las Vegas in his first two outings.
Insight: He's given up 12 hits and three walks in 11 innings pitched (4.09 ERA, 1.363 WHIP), but he's got great stuff and a bright future. Other teams have asked for him in shortstop trade talks, but so far the Mets have resisted.
Eric Young, LF4/10/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young put his speed on display Thursday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young went 3-for-5 with a triple, three steals and four runs scored. He stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season and has five steals on five attempts this year.
Chris Young, CF4/10/2014 8:15:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young (quad) played in an extended spring training game on Thursday and will play another one Friday, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Young missed Opening Day and didn't even get an at-bat in the second game of the season before he had to leave with a quad strain. If he gets through Friday's extended spring training game he'll probably move on to a minor league rehab assignment.
Eric Young, LF4/8/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young had two hits, one RBI and two steals Tuesday at Atlanta.
Insight: Young stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season. He didn't have much of a chance to steal in his first five games, as he went 2-for-19 with a double and a walk.
Bartolo Colon, SP4/8/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon shut out the Braves over seven innings Tuesday to earn his first win with the team.
Insight: Colon scattered five hits and had a 5/0 K/BB. The 30-year-old walked just 29 batters in 190 1/3 innings last season and went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.
David Wright, 3B4/8/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .524 hitter (11-for-21) with a 1.434 OPS against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright is off to a slow start, batting just .238 with a .701 OPS, but this extremely favorable matchup could get him going. Daniel Murphy, Wright and Ruben Tejada all have good matchups against Harang which should mean plenty of scoring opportunities.
Daniel Murphy, 2B4/8/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is 6-for-11 (.545) with five extra base hits and a 1.727 OPS versus Atlanta starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Murphy missed some time due to paternity leave, but he's back and a viable fantasy option on Tuesday plus multi-position eligible.
Bobby Parnell, RP4/6/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: New York closer Bobby Parnell will have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Steve Berthiaume, Diamondbacks.com
Insight: He'll be out for the rest of the season. Jose Valverde has been filling in at closer though free agent Joel Hanrahan could also be an option for the Mets down the road.
Jon Niese, SP4/5/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: The Mets activated Jon Niese from the disabled list Saturday.
Insight: Niese will start Sunday against the Reds. The left-hander dealt with shoulder and elbow issues this spring after sitting out two months with a partially torn rotator cuff last season. He had a 3.00 ERA in 66 innings after returning from the injury.
Ike Davis, 1B4/5/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Mets first basemen Ike Davis hit a pinch-hit walk-off grand slam Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: Lucas Duda hit two homers and drove in all four runs for the Mets Friday after manager Terry Collins named him the starting first baseman over Davis, but Duda went 0-for-4 with three Ks Saturday. Neither player is a very exciting fantasy option.
Curtis Granderson, LF4/5/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Curtis Granderson hit his first home run with the Mets Saturday against the Reds.
Insight: All four of Granderson's hits this season went for extra bases.
Lucas Duda, LF4/5/2014 9:36:00 AM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is 3-for-8 (.375) with a home run versus Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto.
Insight: Duda homered twice in the series opener and will be hitting with a 20-25 mph wind blowing out to right. He's worth a play.
Bobby Parnell, RP4/3/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: It's 50/50 whether or not Mets closer Bobby Parnell (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Either way, we aren't likely to see Parnell on a pitcher's mound any time soon. Jose Valverde will be New York's closer for the time being, though the Mets haven't provided him a save opportunity yet.
Chris Young, CF4/3/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young left Wednesday's game due to a right quad strain and has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He missed Opening Day due to the injury and didn't make it past the first inning in the second game. The 30-year-old hit .200 with 12 homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and 10 steals in 335 at-bats last season with the Athletics.
Chris Young, CF4/2/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young left Wednesday's game due to a right quad strain, according to Danny Knobler of espnny.com.
Insight: He missed Opening Day due to the injury and didn't make it past the first inning in the second game. The 30-year-old hit .200 with 12 homers, 40 RBI, 46 runs and 10 steals in 335 at-bats last season with the Athletics.
Daniel Murphy, 2B4/2/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (paternity leave) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Murphy missed Opening Day and will sit out Wednesday due to the birth of his child. He had a .286 average, 13 homers, 78 RBI, 92 runs and 23 steals last season and was quietly one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Daniel Murphy, 2B4/1/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will be placed on paternity leave, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Murphy missed Opening Day and will sit out at least one more on Wednesday. He had a .286 average, 13 homers, 78 RBI, 92 runs and 23 steals last season and was quietly one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
Jose Valverde, RP4/1/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde could get plenty of save chances with closer Bobby Parnell sidelined for the next few weeks and likely much longer.
Insight: Once one of the league's better ninth inning options, Valverde will get a chance to revive his career.
Bobby Parnell, RP4/1/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Insight: This explains his low velocity on Monday afternoon. He's expected to rest for two weeks before throwing again, though if it doesn't improve surgery is possible. The closer's role should go to Jose Valverde.
David Wright, 3B3/31/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright hit a 10th-inning two-run homer during Monday's season opener against Washington.
Insight: Wright finished with three hits, two runs and two RBI in five at-bats. The third baseman hit .307 with 18 homers and a .904 OPS last year, but only played 112 games because he missed nearly seven weeks with a hamstring injury. The Mets added Curtis Granderson to protect Wright this offseason.
Chris Young, CF3/31/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young expects to return Wednesday against Washington. SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com
Insight: He'll miss Monday's season opener because a strained quad. Andrew Brown (.227, 7 HR, 24 RBI in 2013) will start in Young's place this afternoon.
Chris Young, CF3/31/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Outfielder Chris Young will not start for the Mets on Opening Day. SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com
Insight: He's out with a strained quad. Andrew Brown is filling in at left field. Given the nature of his injury, Young (.200, 12 HR, 40 RBI for Oakland last season) could spend time on the disabled list.
Daniel Murphy, 2B3/31/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won't be in the lineup Monday for Opening Day. SOURCE: Kristie Ackert, New York Daily News
Insight: He's away from the team while his wife gives birth. Utility man Eric Young will get the start at second base and hit leadoff this afternoon against Washington.
Jon Niese, SP3/30/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: The Mets placed Jon Niese on the disabled list due to left elbow inflammation on Sunday, but the move was backdated to March 21.
Insight: Niese is set to make his first start of the season on April 6. The left-hander dealt with shoulder and elbow issues this spring after sitting out two months with a partially torn rotator cuff last season. He had a 3.00 ERA in 66 innings after returning from the injury.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP3/29/2014 4:35:00 PM
Description: Jenrry Mejia beat out Daisuke Matsuzaka for the No. 5 spot in New York's starting rotation.
Insight: As a result, the Mets have demoted Matsuzaka to Triple-A Las Vegas. Dice-K has been willing to pitch in the minors in the past though if another team has an opening for him, he could ask to be released.
Jenrry Mejia, SP3/29/2014 11:27:00 AM
Description: X-rays on Jenrry Mejia's forearm came back negative. He was hit by a comebacker Friday in a game against the Blue Jays. SOURCE: Kristie Ackert, New York Daily News
Insight: The Mets right-hander has been diagnosed with forearm inflammation. He's scheduled to start next Friday against the Reds. Whether that ends up happening remains to be seen.
Jenrry Mejia, SP3/28/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia left Friday's game after getting hit with a line drive on the right forearm, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: The 24-year-old Mejia left his previous start due to a bunion on his right foot. Either Mejia or Daisuke Matsuzaka will fill the Mets' final rotation spot this season. Mejia has a good deal of upside after posting a 2.87 ERA and 352 Ks in 398 minor league innings, though he has been injured often in his career.
Jose Valverde, RP3/26/2014 8:50:00 PM
Description: Mets right-hander Jose Valverde could get some save chances in the early going while Bobby Parnell recovers from neck surgery. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Parnell should still get most of New York's save opportunities but may not pitch more than two days in a row. Once one of the league's better ninth inning options, Valverde is mostly a non-factor nowadays.
Bobby Parnell, RP3/26/2014 3:37:00 PM
Description: The Mets may not allow closer Bobby Parnell (neck) to pitch more than two days in a row early in the season, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Parnell (2.16 ERA, 22 saves) had neck surgery this offseason and is still building up his velocity, but he'll begin the season as New York's closer. Parnell only pitched three days in a row twice last season so it shouldn't affect his value much if he can't do it this year. Jose Valverde will pick up the save chances when Parnell is unavailable.
Ike Davis, 1B3/25/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Mets first basemen Ike Davis and Lucas Duda will both be on the Opening Day roster, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: The Mets haven't announced who their first base starter will be. Davis has been limited to 2- at-bats this spring due to a calf injury and hit .250 with two home runs, while Duda has batted .200. Davis is the better player for fantasy purposes, though with Josh Satin expected to steal at-bats against lefties Davis should only be drafted in NL-only leagues.
Jon Niese, SP3/20/2014 4:42:00 PM
Description: New York starter Jonathon Niese expects to return April 6th against Washington. He's been out with inflammation in his left elbow. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: That means he'll only miss one start. Niese posted a solid ERA last season (3.71) but his WHIP was high (1.44) and opponents hit .281 against him. He's owned in just 2.7 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues at the moment.
Matt Harvey, SP3/18/2014 6:54:00 PM
Description: Matt Harvey thinks he'll be ready to re-join the Mets' starting rotation sometime in August. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Harvey (9-5, 2.27 ERA) had Tommy John surgery last October. Usually the surgery takes at least a year to recover from. We won't know how close Harvey really is until around the All-Star break. If you're in a keeper league, make sure you hold onto him.
Jon Niese, SP3/16/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Mets left-hander Jon Niese has been diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Niese just can't seem to catch a break this spring. He missed time with a shoulder problem a few weeks ago and Sunday he hurt his elbow in a game against St. Louis. Originally tabbed as New York's Opening Day starter, it now looks like Niese (8-8, 3.71 ERA in 2013) will begin the year on the disabled list.
Ruben Tejada, SS3/14/2014 2:10:00 PM
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated that Ruben Tejada was the team's shortstop, according to a Newark-Star Ledger report.
Insight: The Mets shortstop batted just .202 last seasom with a .519 OPS in 208 at-bats. He's also hitting a miniscule .067 so far this spring. At this point he has little-to-no fantasy value.
Jon Niese, SP3/9/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday.
Insight: Niese has been dealing with some weakness in his shoulder muscles in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Rick Ankiel, CF3/5/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Former Cardinals and Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel has decided to hang up his cleats. SOURCE: Brian Walton, TheCardinalNation.com
Insight: Ankiel didn't last long as a pitcher but he was able to resurrect his career as an outfielder beginning in 2007. His best season came in 2008 when he belted 25 HR to go with 71 RBI. He last played for the Mets in 2013.
Bobby Parnell, RP3/4/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: New York closer Bobby Parnell (neck surgery, quad) is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Thursday morning, according to espnny.com.
Insight: Parnell (5-5, 2.16 ERA, 22 saves) hopes to be ready for Opening Day. He isn't getting much attention from fantasy owners (26th closer off the board in Yahoo rankings), but if he's ready to go at the start of the season he'll have solid value.
Jon Niese, SP3/4/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) will throw in a simulated game on a back field at the team's spring training complex Thursday morning.
Insight: Niese is dealing with some weakness in his shoulder muscles. Fortunately, his soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Eric Young, LF3/3/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young (side) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Young is competing with Juan Lagares for the starting center field spot and will serve as the Mets leadoff hitter if he wins it. Young stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season.
Jon Niese, SP2/28/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets starter Jon Niese says he has a "pinching" sensation in his shoulder stemming from a lack of strength.
Insight: Niese thinks some rehab and strengthening will get him back on track, but no date is set from him to throw off a mound. Fortunately, his soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Jon Niese, SP2/26/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Mets expected Opening Day starter Jonathon Niese will travel to New York to undergo an MRI on his sore left shoulder, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Fortunately, the soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Jon Niese, SP2/26/2014 4:28:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese's MRI revealed no structural damage, according to espnny.com.
Insight: Niese's shoulder soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season. He should resume throwing in a couple of days.
Jon Niese, SP2/26/2014 10:14:00 AM
Description: New York is going to go with lefthander Jon Niese on Opening Day.
Insight: At least that's what ESPN New York's Adam Rubin is expecting. Matt Harvey would be the choice if healthy but he's coming off Tommy John surgery and won't be able to pitch this season.
Bobby Parnell, RP2/17/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell (neck surgery) threw about 15 pitches Monday morning, according to Mets beat reporter Marc Carig.
Insight: Parnell (5-5, 2.16 ERA, 22 saves) hopes to be ready for Opening Day. He isn't getting much attention from fantasy owners (25th closer off the board in Yahoo rankings), but if he's ready to go at the start of the season he'll be a solid value at No. 182 overall.
Ike Davis, 1B2/12/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: According to Newsday, Mets manager Terry Collins will try to get Ike Davis 80-100 at-bats this spring to try to avoid a slow start. Davis has averaged 56.3 at-bats in his three full spring trainings and is a career .225/.304/.697 hitter in the first half, compared to .267/.274/.869 in the second.
Insight: Davis batted .327 in 55 at-bats last spring, but it didn't carry over to the regular season. He hit .161 in 186 at-bats over the first 55 games of the season before being demoted to the minors. Davis batted .267 with four homers and an .872 OPS after being recalled a month later. He has the edge over Lucas Duda to be the Mets starting first baseman.
Jose Valverde, RP2/12/2014 10:39:00 AM
Description: The Mets signed reliever Jose Valverde just in time for spring training.
Insight: They got him on a minor league deal, which means Valverde will need a strong showing this spring to secure his roster spot. Papa Grande was a disaster for the Tigers in 2013, converting just nine out of 12 saves with a 5.59 ERA.
Matt Harvey, SP2/7/2014 2:12:00 PM
Description: New York Mets ace Matt Harvey (Tommy John surgery) hopes to start a throwing program by the end of February.
Insight: "I can't wait. Even if it's 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball, Harvey told the New York Post. Harvey (9-5, 2.27 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, 9.6 Ks/9) isn't expected to return to the mound until 2015.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP1/24/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: The Mets have re-signed righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor-league deal. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: It's 50/50 whether he makes the team out of spring training. Matsuzaka was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets in 2013.
Lucas Duda, LF1/22/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda inked a one-year, $1.6375 million deal on Wednesday. SOURCE: Joel Sherman, New York Post
Insight: The two sides were able to avoid arbitration. Duda bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season. He's a straight power hitter with a very low contact rate (.246 career average in 1,104 major league at bats).
John Lannan, SP1/19/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: The Mets have signed former Phillies and Nationals lefthander John Lannan to a minor league deal.
Insight: Lannan's goal seems to be to play for every team in the National League East. It's possible he could wind up in New York's starting rotation though he won't be a recommended fantasy play.
Bartolo Colon, SP12/11/2013 8:26:00 PM
Description: Veteran Bartolo Colon has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: Colon had one of his best seasons in 2013, going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A's. He'll be 42 when his contract expires.
Curtis Granderson, LF12/6/2013 1:26:00 PM
Description: The Mets have agreed to terms with outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: He'll make $60 million over four seasons. It's a nice signing for the Mets, but fantasy owners aren't going to like him playing in spacious Citi Field. Granderson averaged 36 homers from 2010-2012 in Yankee Stadium, but 23 homers in Detroit from 2006-2009. Fantasy owners and Mets fans should expect power totals more in line with his Detroit days, but without the speed.
Chris Young, CF11/22/2013 10:07:00 AM
Description: Outfielder Chris Young has signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Insight: Young has three 20-20 seasons on his resume, but none since 2011. He batted .200 with 12 HR and 40 RBI in 2013. Fantasy owners won't like his 93 Ks in 335 at-bats last season.
Daniel Murphy, 2B11/16/2013 11:21:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if the Mets trade Daniel Murphy this offseason.
Insight: Though no deal is imminent, Newsday's Andy Martino says the Mets are open to dealing the 28-year-old second baseman. After hitting .286 with 78 RBI and 23 SB in 2013, Murphy's trade value has never been higher.
Johan Santana, SP10/31/2013 9:49:00 PM
Description: The Mets plan to buy out the rest of Johan Santana's contract. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Santana didn't pitch last season because of a shoulder injury. Even if Santana does make a comeback next year with another team it will only be a matter of time before he gets hurt again.
Matt Harvey, SP10/23/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: New York ace Matt Harvey had successful Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Insight: The famous Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery. Because of the lengthy recovery process, Harvey (9-5, 2.27 ERA) won't be a fantasy consideration outside of keeper leagues next season.
Matt Harvey, SP10/4/2013 9:15:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery after all, according to Brad Como of SNY.
Insight: Harvey was expected to try rest and rehab for his partially torn UCL, but he'll just bite the bullet and undergo the surgery now. He should be ready well before the start of the 2015 season.
Travis d'Arnaud, C9/29/2013 11:45:00 AM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud won't play Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: d'Arnaud hasn't shown us much this season. Thirty one games into his MLB career, he's hitting just .202 with one homer and five RBI. Fellow rookie Juan Centano is making the start in d'Arnaud's place.
David Wright, 3B9/29/2013 10:38:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Milwaukee but he won't play the whole game. SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com
Insight: Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy will both be pulled about halfway through the contest to receive standing ovations from the crowd at Citi Field. Despite the Mets' struggles, Wright (.308, 18 HR, 57 RBI) and Murphy (.285, 13 HR, 78 RBI, 22 SB) have both performed admirably in 2013.
David Wright, 3B9/28/2013 1:34:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (thumb) is back in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Wright (.312, 18 HR, 57 RBI) left Thursday's game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch, but he avoided a season-ending concussion and should play the final two games. He missed Friday's game with a thumb injury.
David Wright, 3B9/27/2013 5:43:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright passed concussion tests but is not in the lineup Friday due to a thumb issue, according to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Wright (.312, 18 HR, 57 RBI) left Thursday's game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch, but he avoided a season-ending concussion.
David Wright, 3B9/26/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright was forced from Thursday's game against Milwaukee after getting hit in the head by a pitch. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Wright (.312, 18 HR, 57 RBI) passed all his concussion tests so it looks like he's fine. Justin Turner took over for him at third base.
Josh Thole, C9/25/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Munenori Kawasaki wasn't the only Blue Jay who had a big game on Wednesday. Catcher Josh Thole chipped in with four hits of his own against the Orioles.
Insight: Somehow, the Jays still found a way to lose 9-5. Wednesday was Thole's second multi-hit game of the season. J.P. Arencibia gets most of the playing time behind the plate for Toronto so Thole isn't a fantasy option.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP9/25/2013 10:31:00 PM
Description: New York righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka topped Reds starter Mat Latos in a pitcher's duel Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.
Insight: Dice-K (7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K's) saved the best for last. Wednesday's start was a strong conclusion to what was otherwise an unimpressive season for the 33-year-old (4.42 ERA in 38 2/3 innings).
Eric Young, LF9/24/2013 10:32:00 PM
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young has stolen 19 bases over his last 37 games.
Insight: Young has scored 46 runs and swiped 34 bags in 86 games with the Mets since coming over in a trade from Colorado.
Daniel Murphy, 2BHot9/24/2013 10:29:00 PM
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy has hit .350 with 10 doubles, a triple, three homers and 17 RBI over his last 26 games.
Insight: Murphy, who went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Tuesday against the Reds, has quietly had a very good fantasy season, hitting .285 with 13 homers, 76 RBI, 92 runs and 20 steals.
Jon Niese, SP9/24/2013 10:24:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese has gone 5-2 with a 3.00 ERA and a 54/13 K/BB in 60 innings since returning from a shoulder injury in August.
Insight: Niese threw seven innings, struck out six and gave up two runs Tuesday against the Reds to improve to 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA on the year.
David Wright, 3B9/21/2013 11:00:00 PM
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has homered in two straight games since returning from his hamstring injury but he'll sit out Sunday.
Insight: The Mets don't want to push their star third baseman after he missed seven weeks with a hamstring strain. Wright returned to action Friday and has gone 4-for-8 with two longballs and three RBI in two games against the Phillies.
Zack Wheeler, SP9/21/2013 4:15:00 PM
Description: New York starter Zack Wheeler will not pitch again in 2013. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: The Mets are shutting him down because of shoulder stiffness. The righthander will finish his rookie season with seven wins, five losses and a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts.
David Wright, 3B9/20/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright (hamstring) homered in his return to the lineup Friday night against the Phillies.
Insight: After missing seven weeks with a hamstring strain, Wright went 2-for-5 with two RBI. He's hitting .310 with 17 homers and 56 RBI.
Zack Wheeler, SP9/20/2013 7:04:00 PM
Description: If Mets starter Zack Wheeler throws seven or eight innings in his next start, it will likely be his last of the year, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Wheeler has thrown 168 2/3 innings this season between the minors and majors, and the team will limit him to 180 or less. Instead of giving him two starts totaling 10-11 innings, however, manager Terry Collins may give him seven or eight in his next start and call it a season.
David Wright, 3B9/20/2013 10:36:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright (hamstring) is expected back Friday night and returns to a favorable matchup.
Insight: Wright is a career .339 hitter (20-for-59) with four homers and a 1.008 OPS versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Ruben Tejada, SS9/19/2013 10:04:00 PM
Description: Ruben Tejada's season is over. SOURCE: Marc Carig, Newsday
Insight: The Mets shortstop broke his right leg in Wednesday's victory over San Francisco. Fortunately, the injury won't require surgery so he should be fine for the start of spring training in a few months.
Travis d'Arnaud, C9/19/2013 11:47:00 AM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud (shoulder) is in the lineup Thursday.
Insight: d'Arnaud left Tuesday's game with a sore shoulder after taking a foul tip off it and missed Wednesday's game.
David Wright, 3B9/19/2013 11:34:00 AM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright (hamstring) is expected back Friday night, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Insight: Wright has been out for six weeks with a strained hamstring and was a candidate to be shut down for the season, but at least fantasy owners will have him back for the last two weeks.
Travis d'Arnaud, C9/18/2013 6:14:00 PM
Description: New York catcher Travis d'Arnaud isn't playing Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: He's been ruled out with a shoulder injury. d'Arnaud has struggled at the plate since getting called up to the majors last month (.167 in 78 at bats).
Travis d'Arnaud, C9/18/2013 10:20:00 AM
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is doubtful for Wednesday's game against San Francisco with a sore right shoulder.
Insight: d'Arnaud has done little since coming up to the big team, batting just .167 with a .463 OPS in his first 24 games.
Matt Harvey, SP9/17/2013 8:08:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey will be on a 6-8 week throwing program to see how his elbow responds, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Harvey has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament but will try rehab first instead of immediate surgery. He has the odds stacked against him that he can avoid Tommy John surgery.
David Wright, 3B9/17/2013 5:27:00 PM
Description: New York third baseman David Wright (hamstring) is "not ready," according to manager Terry Collins. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN.com
Insight: Wright has been out for six weeks with a strained hamstring. He's doubtful to play in the Mets' current three-game set with the Giants and could be shut down for the season.
Matt Harvey, SP9/17/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey will first try to rehab his elbow and begin a throwing program in 1-2 months, but Tommy John surgery remains a possibility if that does not go well, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Harvey has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. He has the odds stacked against him in trying to return from the injury without surgery.


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