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Marc Carig

Marc Carig has covered Major League Baseball since 2008, starting with the Baltimore Orioles ('08), the New York Yankees ('09-'12) and now the New York Mets for Newsday. In related news, he Tweets way too much.

Does New York have enough pieces for even one playoff team?

Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees

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Clearly, New York baseball has seen some better times. At the start of playing on Wednesday night, the Yankees have just an 11.2 percent chance of making the playoffs, according to the fine folks at Baseball Prospectus. The Mets’ odds are a meager 1.9 percent.

It’s a good bet that neither club will be playing in October. But what if we took a page from the wartime “Steagles,” and combined...

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FAQs: On Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Jenrry Mejia

United States' pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a pitch

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets got their hearts ripped out -- again -- letting a five-run lead slip away in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies. But the more pressing issue on Sunday involved a pair of their promising young pitchers.

Jacob deGrom, the rookie of the year candidate, will be examined by doctors today after lingering soreness in his right shoulder. And Jenrry Mejia, who has enjoyed a successful...

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First pitch: Mets aim for series win against Nationals

Mets starting pitcher Jacob Degrom delivers a pitch

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WASHINGTON -- Here's a list of Mets players with an OPS better than .700 in the second half, non-Jeurys Familia division, of course: 

Lucas Duda .992Daniel Murphy .932

That's it. Now, here's a list of those who are nowhere close to a modest .700 OPS in the second half so far:

David Wright .455Ruben Tejada .495Curtis Granderson .515Juan Lagares .563

That leaves little...

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Covering the bases: Nationals 7, Mets 1

Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese throws a pitch

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WASHINGTON -- If Jonathon Niese was still feeling soreness in his arm, manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday night that the Mets lefty would be smart enough to say something.

For the record, he hasn’t.

Even after he was hit hard in the Mets’ 7-1 loss to the Nationals, Niese insisted that health was not an issue. Instead, Niese said he must simply re-learn how to pitch now that he’s...

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The recap: Mets 6, Nationals 1

Mets' Zack Wheeler works against the San Francisco

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WASHINGTON -- Hastened by a youth movement that has solidified the bullpen, the starting rotation, and parts of the starting lineup, the complexion of the Mets has changed since the last time they faced the Nationals on May 18.

The Mets showcased those changes in Tuesday’s series opener, a 6-1 triumph that was just the second in seven games this season against the Nationals. 

For...

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The recap: Giants 4, Mets 3

Mets rookie Jeurys Familia faced three Cardinals, gave

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Well, that was weird.

Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia have been so good in the bullpen that until Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Giants, there hadn’t surrendered a run in the same game all season.

“We have been spoiled,” said Mets manager Terry Collins, who was still a bit red after being ejected after the seventh. (He was arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Ben May, a no no).

 

For...

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Report: Mets check with Rockies on Tulo, CarGo

The National League's Troy Tulowitzki, of the Colorado

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MILWAUKEE -- If Rockies stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez wind up on the trading block, the Mets intend to be suitors, according to a report in the New York Post.

The report cites an NL executive, who called the pitching-deep Mets a “perfect partner” in a trade with the Rockies, “who always need to address pitching.”

The Mets have targeted shortstop and leftfield as places they...

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Source: Mets fielding calls on All-Star Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy of the Mets celebrates after scoring

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MILWAUKEE -- Rival clubs have reached out to the Mets about trading for second baseman Daniel Murphy, who is coming off his first appearance in the All-Star Game.

But according to a source, the Mets appear more likely to keep Murphy rather than deal him away before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Murphy, 29, has scuffled coming out of the break, hitting just .167 (5-for-30) in...

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Mets back in same spot with Wilmer Flores

Mets' Wilmer Flores tosses his bat as he

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MILWAUKEE -- Wilmer Flores will hit seventh and start at shortstop tonight when the Mets open a four-game set against the Brewers.

Manager Terry Collins said Ruben Tejada was held out “just as a precaution,” since he hasn’t reported symptoms in the aftermath of taking a 94 mph fastball to the helmet. Tejada is expected to start on Friday.

“I’m ready to play,” said Tejada, who has no...

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Mets outfielder makes good after run-in with young fans

Eric Young Jr. of the Mets reacts after

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

SEATTLE -- Eric Young Jr. worked quickly to win a few new fans, just moments after nearly wiping them out while in pursuit of a foul ball.

In the fifth inning of the Mets’ 3-1 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night, Young took off at top speed after Endy Chavez’s foul ball. Young wound up diving into the first row, where he crashed into a pair of youngsters near the railing.

Not...

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