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Noah Syndergaard limited the Astros to one run and four hits over six innings on Friday.

Syndergaard struck out five and walked none in his best showing so far this spring. Even though he's just now overcoming bronchitis, he has a 2.63 ERA in his four starts.
Mar 24 - 4:43 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce went 0-for-3 on Friday, leaving him with a .200 average in 35 at-bats this spring.

Michael Conforto has 220 points of OPS on Bruce this spring (.911 to .693), but it doesn't figure to make any sort of difference; Bruce will be the Mets' regular right fielder and Conforto will likely head to Triple-A, even though he's the better player.
Mar 24 - 4:38 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) is not close to returning to game action.

Nimmo had a good shot at a bench spot going into spring training, but it's looking like he might be headed for the disabled list. It could open up a spot for Michael Conforto.
Mar 24 - 11:25 AM

Robert Gsellman continued his excellent spring Thursday, allowing one unearned run over 5 1/3 frames against the Nationals.

He was bested by Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde, but Gsellman was superb again. The righty surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out two while lowering his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.56. The Mets sure seem to want Gsellman to be their fifth starter, and he's done nothing to dissuade them of the notion. Seth Lugo has been solid, too, although he stumbled in the World Baseball Classic final Wednesday.
Mar 23 - 5:45 PM

Seth Lugo allowed four runs on five hits in four innings as Puerto Rico fell to the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals.

Lugo fanned seven during his time on the mound, but he was unable to keep the United States at bay completely. Ian Kinsler put the US on the board with a two-run home run in the third inning. Kinsler was at it again in the fifth, singling to lead off the frame. Lugo would go on to walk Adam Jones and surrender an RBI single to Christian Yelich before he was lifted from the contest.
Mar 23 - 12:53 AM

Seth Lugo has been green-lighted to throw up to 95 pitches in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against the United States.

In what turned out to be a sneak preview of Wednesday night's game, Lugo pitched against the United States on Friday. He surrendered three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in that one, but picked up the win nonetheless. Lugo will be opposed by Marcus Stroman in Wednesday's spring championship game.
Mar 22 - 5:31 PM

Steven Matz gave up five runs over four innings Wednesday against the Marlins.

All five runs scored in the first two frames. Matz bounced back with a perfect third before allowing a couple of singles and working out of a jam in the fourth. Matz's velocity has been very good this spring and he had allowed just one run in 8 2/3 innings coming into this one, so the bad day doesn't seem like anything to worry about.
Mar 22 - 5:11 PM

Jeurys Familia blew his second spring save after allowing three runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Marlins.

It was a fifth-inning blown save, but a blown save nonetheless. MLB still figures to announce a suspension for Familia sometime prior to Opening Day. It's obvious that they always intended to delay that announcement until after the WBC was complete.
Mar 22 - 5:09 PM

Jeurys Familia blew his second spring save after allowing three runs -- one earned -- in two-thirds of an inning Wednesday against the Marlins.

It was a fifth-inning blown save, but a blown save nonetheless. MLB still figures to announce a suspension for Familia sometime prior to Opening Day. It's obvious that they always intended to delay that announcement until after the WBC was complete.
Mar 22 - 5:09 PM

Zack Wheeler surrendered four runs and walked three in three innings of relief Wednesday against the Marlins.

If there was still any doubt, Wheeler should be officially out of the rotation mix after this. Either he'll open up in the pen or in extended spring training. We'd say the latter scenario is more likely.
Mar 22 - 5:06 PM

Curtis Granderson hit a pair of homers as the Mets' cleanup man Wednesday against the Marlins.

We're used to seeing Granderson at the top of the Mets' lineup, but it looks like he'll open the season hitting fourth this year, with Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera occupying the top two spots. It doesn't seem like a bad thing for his fantasy value; it's not like he's much of a basestealer these days anyway.
Mar 22 - 5:03 PM
Jay Bruce - OF - Mets

Jay Bruce told James Wagner of the New York Times that he's hoping for a 50-percent fly ball rate in 2017.

It's all about Bruce embracing his strengths. The veteran outfielder was a disappointment after coming over from the Reds last season, so he asked T. J. Barra, the Mets’ director of baseball research and development, to dig into the numbers. And the data shows that pulling the ball in the air is the optimal outcome for him. "And that’s what I do the most," said Bruce. "So why wouldn’t I work on pulling the ball in the air with efficiency?" Bruce had a 41-percent fly ball rate last season, according to FanGraphs. Despite the Mets' efforts to trade him over the winter, Bruce is expected to begin the year as the regular right fielder. Michael Conforto is likely ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mar 22 - 10:15 AM

Mets optioned RHP Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Goeddel bounced back from the majors to the minors a couple of times last season while posting a 4.54 ERA and 36/14 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings. He required surgery after the season to remove bone spurs from his elbow. The Mets will keep him as bullpen depth in the minors for now.
Mar 22 - 8:24 AM

Mets optioned INF Gavin Cecchini to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Cecchini, 23, had a brief stint with the Mets down the stretch last season. He doesn't really hard the arm to play the left side of the infield, but the Mets are hopeful he could find a home at second base.
Mar 22 - 8:20 AM

Mets optioned INF Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas; reassigned RHP Ben Rowen and OF Travis Taijeron to minor league camp.

Reynolds played in 47 games with the Mets last season while batting .225/.266/.416 in 96 plate appearances. He's likely to see some time again in the majors in 2017. The cut of Rowen makes it increasingly likely that Paul Sewald will be in the Opening Day bullpen.
Mar 22 - 8:18 AM


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