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5/22/2016 | Syndergaard 'on his way' to being elite pitcher

Veterans in the Mets' clubhouse agree: The term "ace" is thrown about too lightly in today's game. Some fans believe every club has an ace. Purists tend to opine that in all of baseball, only six or seven such pitchers exist.

5/22/2016 | Duda has tests on back as Mets await diagnosis

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda underwent testing on his lower back Sunday morning. The Mets received the results of those tests later in the day, but are waiting for a second opinion from team orthopedist Dr. David Altchek before releasing them publicly.

5/22/2016 | Mets share diamond with kids for Play Ball

When Mets players ran out to their respective spots on the diamond Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, they found they were not alone. Local youth baseball players joined the Mets at each position as part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative, chatting with their professional counterparts before Noah Syndergaard began throwing his warmup pitches.

5/22/2016 | Mets, Nats to resume rivalry in nation's capital

The Nationals just took two of three from the Mets earlier this week in New York, so the Mets will try and repay them when the two teams begin a three-game series Monday night at Nationals Park.

5/22/2016 | Thor of the same: Ace K's 11 as Mets sweep

Needing a win to enter this coming week's showdown in Washington with some momentum, the Mets on Sunday let their recently minted ace carry them to one. Quite clearly New York's best pitcher at this juncture of the season, Noah Syndergaard struck out 11 batters en route to a 3-1 win over the Brewers at Citi Field.

5/21/2016 | Cespedes continues tear with game-tying blast

Yoenis Cespedes had bounded out of the Mets' dugout and was already there, waiting to wrap David Wright in a bear hug when the Mets' captain rounded first base on his walk-off hit that gave New York a 5-4 win against the Brewers. Watching the euphoria in Cespedes' reaction, it was easy to forget that the Mets, once again, might well not have been at that point without him.

5/21/2016 | Fight for your Wright: Capt. stages walk-off party

Had David Wright glanced into the Citi Field dugout, or at third-base coach Tim Teufel down the line, he would have seen that his superiors were freeing him to swing away. The Mets were stuck in a tie game, had been for most of Saturday, but Wright was batting with a 3-0 count and every base occupied. Fearing the take sign, he just didn't look.

5/21/2016 | Reed, Teufel take part in Mets' Play Ball clinic

About 100 kids gathered in Hinton Park in Corona, Queens, on Saturday morning, Citi Field just a few blocks away, as the Mets hosted a youth baseball clinic as part of Major League Baseball's Play Ball initiative.

5/21/2016 | Mets slot Harvey in for Tuesday after sim game

As teammates clambered to the top step of the dugout, Matt Harvey took the mound Saturday amid an unusual scene at Citi Field. Throwing multiple innings in a simulated game, Harvey put in the extra work that he hopes will help him begin climbing out of his career-worst funk.

5/21/2016 | Duda scratched with lingering back issue

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup against the Brewers with a back injury that may be more serious than the team initially believed.

5/21/2016 | Wright sends Mets to first walk-off win of 2016

David Wright's difficult season swung dramatically upward Saturday, when he hit a walk-off RBI single to lead the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Brewers at Citi Field. After Yoenis Cespedes hit a game-tying two-run homer in the sixth inning, Wright drilled a 3-0 Michael Blazek fastball into right-center field with the bases loaded and one out to win it in the ninth.

5/21/2016 | Thor, Anderson both looking to build on gems

Both Noah Syndergaard and Chase Anderson will look to carry over the success from their most recent outings when the two square off Sunday at Citi Field to conclude a three-game series between the Mets and Brewers, with New York trying to complete the sweep.

5/21/2016 | Opposite-field homer a good sign for Conforto

Until Friday night at Citi Field, Michael Conforto hadn't homered once to left field this season. However, in the Mets' series-opening 3-2 win over the Brewers, Conforto put one out to the opposite field -- a go-ahead two-run shot on a 95-mph Wily Peralta fastball that was down but over the middle of the plate.

5/20/2016 | Matz eases elbow concerns with brisk gem

After shaking off a first-inning Chris Carter homer on Friday, Steven Matz retired 15 in a row en route to seven innings of two-run ball. He struck out eight. He walked zero. And he proved that when healthy, for however long he can stay that way, Matz is indeed one of baseball's brightest young pitchers.

5/20/2016 | Dominant at home, deGrom faces Davies, Crew

Zach Davies and Jacob deGrom will match up on the mound Saturday as the Brewers and Mets play the second game of a three-game series at Citi Field.

5/20/2016 | Mets ride Matz, Conforto to win over Brewers

Needing a victory to shove memories of Matt Harvey and this week's Nationals series firmly into the past, the Mets turned Friday to two of their budding stars. Steven Matz pitched seven sharp innings to win his sixth consecutive start, and Michael Conforto delivered the decisive two-run homer in a 3-2 triumph over the Brewers at Citi Field.

5/20/2016 | Mets hold Play Ball parade around Citi Field

The Mets kicked off their participation in this year's MLB Play Ball program with a parade around the warning track for youth baseball and softball players before Friday's game against the Brewers at Citi Field. Players donned uniforms of all colors, styles and allegiances, parading from Citi's left-field corner to the right-field line.

5/20/2016 | Students take center stage at Harlem RBI

It may not be Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, but for a couple hours Friday afternoon, the epicenter of New York baseball was the Harlem R.B.I. baseball complex.

5/19/2016 | Nats rout Harvey, Mets to take series at Citi

It was supposed to be power vs. power between Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey, but it turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Nationals pounded the Mets, 9-1, at Citi Field on Thursday night. The Nationals took two out of three games in the series between National League East rivals and remain in first place in the division, one game ahead of the Phillies.

5/19/2016 | Mets to consider skipping Harvey's next start

The Mets hoped Thursday would be the night Matt Harvey began figuring things out. Instead, their one-time ace left a 9-1 loss to the Nationals so shaken that he may not make his next start.

5/19/2016 | Matz returns to mound as Crew visits Mets

Last Saturday, New York starting pitcher Steven Matz missed his scheduled start with elbow discomfort, and Brewers manager Craig Counsell said the team would discuss using alternatives to starting pitcher Wily Peralta after another subpar outing. The dust has settled, however, and both pitchers are lined up for Friday's contest.

5/19/2016 | Colon loses grip on Nats with atypical 5 walks

It was more than eyebrow-raising when Bartolo Colon walked five batters for the first time in more than 11 years Wednesday, throwing 107 pitches and departing with two outs in the fifth inning of a 7-1 loss to the Nationals.

5/18/2016 | Strasburg faces Harvey with series in balance

It's power vs. power, and the series is on the line as the Nationals and Mets square off in the finale of their first clash of the season. And it's sure to finish with a flourish as Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for Washington while Matt Harvey starts for New York in a marquee pitching matchup.

5/18/2016 | Nats take walks, back Gio to even set at Citi

A day after Noah Syndergaard went right after Bryce Harper in a Mets win over the Nationals, Bartolo Colon mostly avoided him -- and paid the price. Seven combined walks for Harper and Jayson Werth played a significant role in the Nationals' 7-1 win over the Mets, who mustered little offense of their own against Gio Gonzalez.

5/18/2016 | Juan great catch: Lagares channels Mays

For eternity, the box score of the Mets' 7-1 loss to the Nationals will show simply that Daniel Murphy drove home Washington's fourth run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. And that's the problem with box scores.

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