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).
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 right 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Description: Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka notched his first win of the season Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: Dice-K (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K's, 1 BB) pitched the second game of a day-night doubleheader. It was easily his strongest outing of the season. Matsuzaka's fantasy owners should feel encouraged heading into next week's start against the Phillies.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler was the tough-luck loser Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Wheeler took the L despite giving up one run and striking out six in seven innings. After struggling with his control early (4.97 BB/9 first 50 2/3 innings), Wheeler has posted a 2.44 ERA, a 2.44 BB/9 and 40 strikeouts in his last 44 1/3 innings.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler has about 28 more innings left before he reaches his limit, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: That should get Wheeler through another four starts. His turn would come up five times in September if the Mets go with a five-man rotation. The 23-year-old rookie has gone 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 83 innings since being promoted from Triple-A.
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy faces another favorable matchup Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Monday he'll take his cuts against lefthander Paul Maholm. Despite being a lefthanded hitter himself, the lefty/lefty matchup hasn't bothered Murphy (.283, 10 HR, 65 RBI, 18 SB) in the least. He's hitting .533 in 15 at bats against Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA).
Description: Journeyman Aaron Harang has signed a minor league deal with the Mets.
Insight: He's been assigned to the team's Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old gives the Mets depth but little else. He hasn't been a factor in fantasy since winning 16 games for the Reds back in 2007.
Description: Mets lefty Jon Niese isn't expected to miss any time after exiting Sunday's start early because of calf cramps. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Just as we figured. He told reporters after the game that he could have kept pitching but manager Terry Collins wanted to play it safe. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Indians.
Description: New York lefthander Jon Niese had his outing cut short Sunday night against the Nationals because of a leg cramp.
Insight: He departed with two outs in the sixth inning. Niese (6-6, 3.66 ERA) was shown stretching out his leg in the dugout, which would seem to indicate that the injury isn't serious. If the Mets bullpen can hold the lead, Niese should be able to walk away with his seventh win of the year.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games of August.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs Saturday at Washington in a blowout win. Murphy isn't flashy but he does have 10 homers, 63 RBI, 79 runs and 18 steals to go with a .282 average. At second base, those numbers work just fine.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis suffered a strained right oblique Saturday and is likely done for the season, according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.
Insight: Davis entered Saturday's game hitting .269 with 11 doubles, four homers, 16 RBI, 38 walks, 35 strikeouts and an .881 OPS in 47 games since returning from his exile to the minors. If Davis is indeed out for the year, he'll finish with a .205 average, nine home runs, 33 RBI and a .660 OPS in 377 plate appearances.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis has had a major turnaround over the last month.
Insight: Davis was hitting .174 with a .542 OPS on July 27, but he has hit .296 with nine doubles, three homers, 27 walks and 19 strikeouts over his last 30 games. He went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Friday night against the Nationals.
Description: New York starter Dillon Gee shut down the Nationals over 7 2/3 innings Friday night to earn his 10th win. Gee gave up two runs on six hits in the victory.
Insight: Gee has been an above average starter since late May after starting out 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA. Over his last 16 turns, Gee is 8-3 with a 2.47 ERA and 13 quality starts. He went 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in August.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, Mets closer Bobby Parnell (neck) is unlikely to return this season.
Insight: Parnell is out with a herniated disc in his neck, and the team has yet to determine if he'll need surgery. LaTroy Hawkins is expected to get most of the save chances in the final month of the season, with Gonzalez Germen being mixed in.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (hamstring) will start his rehab assignment this weekend, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: He'll play with Port St. Lucie, whose season ends Sunday. After that, Wright will have to settle for simulated games until his hamstring feels good enough to play. The third baseman left open the chance that he won't return at all this season. "You don't want to go into the offseason with the uncertainty of an injury," he said. "And most importantly, I don't want this to affect me next year or the years to come. So I have to rehab this properly, be diligent with it, stay on top of it. And be honest with the rehab guys and the medical guys down in Florida, as I continue to make progress. But all signs are good. I haven't had a single setback yet."
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy pounded out four hits Thursday in a rout of Philadelphia.
Insight: Two of the hits were doubles, giving him 28 for the season. Murphy (.277, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 18 SB) has also been on a stolen base tear. Murphy's first inning theft was his fourth in his last nine games.
Description: Daisuke Matsuzaka is 0-2 with a 8.68 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP after two starts with the Mets.
Insight: After going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008, Dice-K has been utterly abysmal over the last five years -- 17-24, 5.63 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 4.48 BB/9, 1.18 HR/9 in 305 1/3 innings. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese threw his second career shutout, and first since 2010, Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Niese three-hit Philadelphia, walked one and struck out five in the complete game effort. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 28 innings since returning from a shoulder injury.
Description: New York Mets righthander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, according to Mike Francesca of WFAN.
Insight: Harvey, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, might need Tommy John surgery. The 24-year old was the starter in the All-Star game and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, .931 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings pitched.
Description: The Mets called up left fielder Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.
Insight: He was out with an intercostal strain. Before starting Saturday against the Tigers, Duda's last major league appearance came on June 21st against the Phillies. Fantasy owners can expect decent power numbers from Duda but also lots of strikeouts.
Description: The Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Heyman hears Matsuzaka is expected to join the big league club immediately. New York is in need of starters following injuries to Jeremy Hefner and Jennry Mejia. Matsuzaka had a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 103 1/3 innings with Cleveland's Triple-A team this year before asking for his release. Fantasy owners can stay away to avoid a headache.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese has struck out 18 batters over his last 13 innings.
Insight: A torn rotator cuff kept Niese out from late June through mid-August, but he has gone 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 19 innings since returning to the rotation. He struck out nine and allowed one run on five hits over seven innings Wednesday against Atlanta.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (hamstring) doesn't doubt he'll return this season.
Insight: "I don't think in my mind there's any question," Wright said, according to MLB.com. He hopes to ramp up his daily activity soon before traveling to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for more intensive rehab. He has been limited to physical therapy and light baseball activity.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler threw another quality start Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Coming off his six-inning, 12-strikeout game at San Diego, Wheeler allowed six hits and three earned runs with a 5/3 K/BB over six innings. The right-hander has thrown three straight quality starts and is 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: In 40 games (31 starts) since returning from the minors, Davis is 31-for-110 (.282) with 10 doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and a stellar 29/33 K/BB. He's batting .333 with six doubles, two homers and an 11/19 K/BB in August.