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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.

Spot start in plans for Mets prospect Rafael Montero

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch

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MIAMI -- The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start with the big league club before the season is finished.

“We’re probably going to get him another start here,” manager Terry Collins said on Monday, when he mentioned the possibility of a six-man starting rotation.

Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast playoffs....

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Will latest award create opportunity for Wally Backman?

Former Mets' second baseman Wally Backman has led

After leading the Las Vegas 51s to the postseason, no other teams last winter sought permission from the Mets to speak with Triple-A manager Wally Backman. Though he had informal conversations about staff openings elsewhere, a source said that Backman was never involved in any formal interview process, a somewhat surprising assertion in light of his successful season.

Perhaps, Backman’s...

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Travis d'Arnaud isn't moving anywhere

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets reacts after arriving

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The Mets have little to no interest in trading catcher Travis d’Arnaud, a source told Newsday Friday afternoon, nor do they envision moving him to leftfield to protect him from suffering more concussions.

Manager Terry Collins told the Daily News that the idea had been discussed informally though it was not a likely scenario.

According to a source, Collins and his staff had talked of...

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How the Mets got Dilson Herrera, and what scouts believe he can do

Erie SeaWolves catcher Craig Albernaz, left, awaits the

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It was around this time a year ago when the Pirates put in a waiver claim for outfielder Marlon Byrd. Prompted by that interest, general manager Sandy Alderson sent word through the organization, in search of standouts in the Pirates’ system.

The name that quickly landed on the Mets’ radar? Dilson Herrera.

From one scout, Shaun McNamara, came a positive report. From Low-A Savannah manager...

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Travis d'Arnaud and Andrelton Simmons: A glove story

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

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As Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons force-fed the Mets another bitter dose of his defensive magic, the worst view in the house belonged to Travis d’Arnaud. That’s because after hitting a grounder toward the hole in the eighth inning on Wednesday night, the Mets catcher lowered his head and busted down the first base line. It was as if he were reliving a recurring nightmare.

In many...

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Mets' coach says David Wright's shoulder is still hurting

Mets third baseman David Wright waits for his

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David Wright and Terry Collins have remained on message, constantly disputing the notion that the Mets' captain still is bothered by a balky left shoulder, one that required a cortisone injection during the All-Star break.

But Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson apparently went off script, saying that Wright’s power outage by the slugger’s insistence on playing through pain in his left shoulder.


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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

(Credit: Ray Stubblebine)

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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