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A few notes before the Mets face the Marlins at 7:10 p.m.:
-- On Thursday, the Mets debuted their new alternative orange-brimmed caps. On Friday, they broke out their new blue jerseys.
-- Entering play on Friday, Mets pitchers have posted a 2.00 ERA, which ranks in the top five in baseball: Nationals 0.33 White Sox 1.00 Dodgers 1.33 Giants 1.73 Mets/Pirates/Twins 2.00
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Righthander Shaun Marcum is officially listed as day-to-day. However, manager Terry Collins acknowledged on Friday that the righthander's absence may linger on.
"With the discomfort he was in last week, I'm sure he will start out slow, so it could be another week to two weeks before we know where he stands," Collins said. "It's all about being able to get his arm up in a consistent...Read more »
Ike Davis has just one hit in his first three games. Though it's early, the first baseman has already taken steps toward a turnaround, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Friday.
"It was addressed yesterday a little bit," Collins said of Davis, who is 1-for-12 to start the year. "We were going to take some extra BP today. We did it in the cage for quite awhile and Ike was the...Read more »
Jordany Valdespin will start ahead of Collin Cowgill when the Mets open a three-game series Friday against the Marlins. The move was expected. As manager Terry Collin said on Thursday, he planned to start Valdespin at some point though he was undecided on what position he would play defensively.
"We're going to see three righthanded starters and pretty much a dominant righthanded bullpen,"...Read more »
Zack Wheeler showed why he's considered one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball.
In his season debut with Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday night, Wheeler needed just three pitches to strike out Sacramento second baseman Jemile Weeks, the first batter he faced in the game. His fastball topped out at 98 mph and he showed the touch with his curveball that has left some scouts raving.
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Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum is day-to-day following an MRI exam on Thursday that revealed nerve inflammation in his neck. Marcum had come to New York to be examined by team doctors though the club announced that the pitcher was sent back to the team's complex in Port St. Lucie.
According to the club, Marcum will be shut down for 48 hours after he underwent trigger-point injections, which are...Read more »
The Mets may be faced with calling up Aaron Laffey to plug another hole in the starting rotation.
But a source said that the Mets had little interest in a reunion with righthander Chris Young, who had been available until Thursday afternoon, when he signed a minor league deal with the Nationals. While the Mets discussed the idea, the source said club stopped short of making an offer.
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It's Dinosaur Education Day here on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. Naturally, there's a 15-foot T-Rex along with a 17-foot animatronic hadrosaurus roaming the field right now. I suspect there's a joke to be made about the Yankees roster. But I'll pass. Anyway, back to the Mets...
-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is out of the starting lineup as the Mets go for the three-game sweep of the...Read more »
Baseball super-agent Scott Boras has been dumped by Yankee headliners before. But one of those former clients, Alex Rodriguez, didn’t stop to talk to reporters after visiting fellow players during batting practice Wednesday. And another, Mark Teixeira, made a point of saying how different the landscape is for potential free agents since Boras negotiated his deal with the Yankees in 2009.
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Matt Harvey won his first decision at Citi Field in dominant fashion. On a windswept evening against the Padres, Harvey struck out 10 batters in his 2013 debut, leading the Mets to an 8-4 victory. A look back at the pitcher's tremendous start on Wednesday night, courtesy of the invaluable BrooksBaseball.net:
-- Harvey had his fastball working against the Padres. Despite the frigid temperatures,...Read more »