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Las Vegas downs Manny Ramirez, Iowa Cubs

Manny Ramirez talks to media at the airport

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas took the lead with a three-run fifth inning during a 6-4 win over the powerful Iowa Cubs. Iowa’s lineup boasts prospects such as Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. Manny Ramirez pinch-hit and struck out for the Cubs.

The standouts:

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-5 with two triples


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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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Long Island's top minor league baseball prospects

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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1. STEVEN MATZ, LHP – Binghamton Mets (Mets, Double-A)BORN: Stony BrookAGE: 23 | DRAFTED: 2nd round (2009)2.47 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 106 K, 31 BB

Matz bounced back from a rare rough outing with a phenomenal game vs. Bowie. He allowed one unearned run, six hits and one walk in six innings, striking out seven.

2. NICK TROPEANO, RHP – Oklahoma City RedHawks (Astros, Triple-A)BORN: West IslipAGE:...

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Mets daily prospect report: Syndergaard stumbles, Bowman shines

Noah Syndergaard #55 of the Mets looks toward

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Albuquerque scored three runs by the end of the third inning and never trailed in a 6-2 win over Las Vegas.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-4

Cesar Puello, LF: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk


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Mets daily prospect report: Cecchini hot, Herrera hurt

Cyclones' Gavin Cecchini throws the ball around infield

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Wednesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas was off.

DOUBLE-A – Binghamton Mets

The skinny: Binghamton scored three runs in the top of the first and kept Richmond off the board until the ninth inning during a 5-1 Mets win.

The standouts:

Brian Burgamy, 1B-3B: 1-for-3 with a home run and two walks


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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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Mets daily prospect report: Montero dominates again

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Rafael Montero and Chase Bradford combined to allow just one hit to Sacramento during a 3-0 Las Vegas win. Montero carried a no-hitter through four innings, but Nick Buss singled for Sacramento to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

The standouts:

Montero, RHP: Allowed one hit and...

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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. 


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Mets daily prospect report: Puello looking like a platoon bat

Mets' Cesar Puello bats during a spring training

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Monday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas finally broke through in the sixth and seventh innings, taking a four-run lead into the ninth in a 4-2 win over Sacramento.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk

Allan Dykstra, DH: 1-for-4 with a double

Andrew Brown, RF: 1-for-3...

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