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Robert Gsellman yielded three runs in six innings and struck out six Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Gsellman figures to start the Mets' fourth game of the season with Steven Matz likely DL bound. He's worth trying in mixed leagues, even though the Mets defense won't be much help behind him.
Mar 28 - 4:32 PM

Lucas Duda homered to account for all three Mets runs Tuesday against the Cardinals.

Things weren't looking good for Duda when he was dealing with back and hip issues a few weeks ago, but he hasn't had any issues since he resumed playing in games and he's hitting .244 with a .911 OPS in 41 at-bats. His fantasy upside still isn't what it was; not only will he sit against a lot of lefties, but he's probably going to be stuck hitting seventh behind Jay Bruce in the Mets lineup. Those two are going to draw a bunch of a lefty relievers while paired together.
Mar 28 - 4:30 PM

Mets optioned C Kevin Plawecki to Triple-A Las Vegas.

As expected, Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera will serve as the Mets' Opening Day catchers. Plawecki performed reasonably well this spring (.269 AVG in 26 at-bats) but it wasn't enough to overtake either of the incumbents. The Mets won't need him until d'Arnaud or Rivera gets hurt.
Mar 28 - 4:08 PM

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Steven Matz (elbow) looked "pretty decent" during another throwing session Tuesday.

Matz was scratched from his final scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow, but he was able to make 55 throws off flat ground on Monday and even threw a few pitches from the rubber on Tuesday. It's encouraging, but the expectation is that Matz will begin the year on the disabled list. Seth Lugo is the favorite to take his spot in the rotation, though Zack Wheeler hasn't been ruled out.
Mar 28 - 12:12 PM

Juan Lagares (oblique) said Tuesday that an MRI showed only inflammation.

The Mets have yet to announce anything, but it sounds like the injury could have been much worse. Still, the calendar is working against him at this point, so a DL stint remains the most likely scenario.
Mar 28 - 11:42 AM

Juan Lagares (oblique) said Tuesday morning that he's still waiting on the results of his MRI.

Lagares left Saturday's Grapefruit League game with a left oblique strain and was sent for an MRI on Monday. It would be a surprise if he didn't start the season on the disabled list.
Mar 28 - 9:14 AM

Jeurys Familia is back in Mets' camp on Tuesday.

Familia reportedly traveled to New York on Monday to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred regarding his domestic violence case. The expectation is that he will face a suspension, but Billy Witz of the New York Times reported Monday that it is "almost certain" to be fewer than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received. An announcement is considered imminent. No matter the length of the suspension, Addison Reed is expected to fill in as closer for New York.
Mar 28 - 8:54 AM

Mets reassigned RHP Paul Sewald to minor league camp.

Sewald put up an impressive 2.51 ERA and 12/5 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings this spring, but it wasn't enough to win a bullpen spot. It's worth noting that Josh Edgin is out of options, so that could have been the deciding factor here for the Mets.
Mar 28 - 8:37 AM

Billy Witz of the New York Times reports that Jeurys Familia's domestic violence suspension is "almost certain" to be less than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received.

Familia was arrested in November on a domestic abuse charge in New Jersey after police responded to a call and found Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, with a scratch on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek. The charge was eventually dismissed. Most assumptions have been that Familia's suspension would likely fall right in line with Chapman's, but Witz writes that Rivas and Familia have cooperated with police and baseball investigators and Rivas has denied that her injuries came from an altercation with Familia. Familia met with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday and a suspension is expected to be handed down this week. Addison Reed will handle closing duties for the Mets while Familia is away.
Mar 27 - 9:12 PM

Zack Wheeler shut out the Marlins for five innings Monday as a Mets split-squad won 5-0.

Wheeler allowed two hits, walked two and struck out three in easily his best outing of the spring. It might just be enough to put him in the season-opening rotation with Steven Matz seemingly likely to land on the disabled list. We're still not high on him for this year, but he's more interesting in NL-only leagues now.
Mar 27 - 5:13 PM

T.J. Rivera went 2-for-3 and hit a three-run homer off the Marlins' Hunter Cervenka on Monday.

Rivera, who served as Puerto Rico's first baseman in the WBC, is expected to have a spot on the Mets as a utilityman, though playing time will be a big issue. Even if the Mets decide to sit Lucas Duda against lefties frequently, Wilmer Flores will also be in the mix at first. Rivera will likely do more pinch-hitting than anything else, at least early on.
Mar 27 - 5:06 PM

Seth Lugo yielded four runs and three homers in 4 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Nationals.

Those homers were supplied by a couple of strong hitters in Bryce Harper (two) and Trea Turner, but it was still a bad day for Lugo with the Mets about to decide how they'll set up at the beginning of the season. Most likely, either Lugo or Zack Wheeler will open up as the fifth starter in place of the injured Steven Matz. Lugo seemed like the obvious choice a day ago, but Wheeler performed much better today.
Mar 27 - 4:44 PM
Tim Tebow - OF - Mets

Tim Tebow went 0-for-4 and struck out three times Monday against the Nationals.

At least those strikeouts came against Max Scherzer and Koda Glover. He grounded out against Enny Romero in his third at-bat. Tebow, who has four singles in 24 at-bats this spring, is set to open the season in low-A ball.
Mar 27 - 4:37 PM

Jeurys Familia is expected to meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday regarding his offseason domestic violence incident.

Familia left Mets camp on Sunday night and flew to New York for the meeting. Manfred is almost certain to levy some sort of suspension on the 27-year-old closer, who was accused (but ultimately not charged) of assaulting his wife on October 31 in New Jersey. Addison Reed is in position to open the 2017 regular season as the Mets' primary ninth-inning man.
Mar 27 - 11:47 AM

Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Monday that Steven Matz is working on shortening his arm angle to put "less bang" on his troublesome left elbow.

Altering pitching mechanics to compensate for discomfort in a specific area is often how minor injuries turn into major injuries. Matz has been scratched from his final turn in the Grapefruit League rotation due to irritation in his left elbow, and he felt some lingering tightness Monday while throwing on flat ground from 70 feet. The young southpaw is ticketed for the 10-day disabled list to open the 2017 regular season. Seth Lugo is probably going to take his spot.
Mar 27 - 10:40 AM


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