9/27/2016 | Thor ready to strike hammer in big game after tune-up
When Noah Syndergaard next climbs atop a Major League mound, there is a good chance he will be starting the Mets' most important game of the season. Either the Mets will need Syndergaard to pitch them into the postseason this Sunday in Philadelphia, or they will need him to win the National League Wild Card game.
9/27/2016 | Duda playing way back into everyday role
When Lucas Duda returned to the Mets this September following a four-month absence, there was a chance he would not be of much use to them. There was a chance Duda's timing at the plate would never reemerge, considering his complete lack of rehab at-bats against even Minor League pitching.
9/27/2016 | Mets, Marlins conclude season series in Miami
The 19th and final meeting between the Mets and Marlins will also mark the final home game for Miami in 2016. For the first time since Marlins Park opened in 2012, meaningful games were played in Miami deep into September.
9/27/2016 | Yo, Bruce homer to back Thor in WC hunt
It will take weeks, months, even years for the Marlins to recover from the death of Jose Fernandez. In some ways, they never will. But they at least attempted to restore a sense of normalcy on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, where the Mets scored a 12-1 victory in a game bursting with National League Wild Card implications.
9/27/2016 | Flores unlikely to return this season
Continued pain in Wilmer Flores' right wrist should spell the end of the infielder's season. Flores attempted to swing a bat on Monday, but he was forced to stop due to wrist pain. The Mets subsequently shut him down from all baseball activity through Thursday's off-day, essentially ending his regular season.
9/27/2016 | Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace
As they entered their clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Mets players walked by the Jose Fernandez jersey that hung in their dugout the previous two games. One by one, they signed the 1986 throwback Mets jersey, which they planned to present to the Marlins as a gift.
9/27/2016 | Two hits, diving catch highlight Tebow's return to camp
Clad in a mixture of New York Mets and Florida Gators gear, Tim Tebow's fans pushed up on every boundary to see every move he made on Tuesday. As Tebow paced the outfield grade on Field 7 before drills started, a trio of fans passed around a pair of binoculars, looking for his No. 15 jersey until excitedly spotting it.
9/27/2016 | In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'
The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.
9/27/2016 | Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss
Bartolo Colon stood immobile on the pitcher's mound, a foot or two from the rubber, gazing into the Marlins' dugout. He looked stoic as the Marlins celebrated something bigger and grander and more impactful than a pennant chase, the blistering first note of a 7-3 win over the Mets. Inside, a man who has seen so much over a quarter-century in baseball was melting.
9/26/2016 | Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win
Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park. Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.
9/26/2016 | Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose
The Marlins on Monday honored pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, with a rousing ceremony prior to the team's series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park. The ceremony featured a moment of silence and a trumpet rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
9/26/2016 | Matz sees doctor; season most likely over
For at least the fourth time since reporting discomfort in his left shoulder in mid-August, Mets left-hander Steven Matz visited a doctor in Manhattan on Monday for a checkup. Though Mets staff members in Miami did not know details of his visit as of Monday afternoon, they did indicate that Matz's stalled progress means he almost certainly will not return this season.
9/26/2016 | Wound still raw, Marlins try to remain focused
The memorial for Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park will not vanish overnight. Nor will the pain. For manager Terry Collins' Mets, however, Tuesday's game represents another integral part of a postseason push. Noah Syndergaard, who missed his last start due to strep throat, will start opposite Tom Koehler.
9/25/2016 | Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation
Retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced in Sunday's game, Robert Gsellman overcame the one weakness he had displayed over his first five starts: a propensity for allowing significant damage his third trip through the batting order.
9/25/2016 | Mets fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'
In the hours following Jose Fernandez's death in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the Mets focused their energies not on remembering the pitcher they battled and respected so many times over the past four seasons. They instead recalled the young man who treated their clubhouse staff so sweetly during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.
9/25/2016 | With heavy hearts, Mets and Marlins begin series
There will be grief, infinite and untold, for those who walk into Marlins Park on Monday. For those who walk past the makeshift memorials already lining the ballpark. For those who remember Jose Fernandez with their words, their stories, and those who do so with their silence, their deference.
9/25/2016 | Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead
Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.
9/24/2016 | Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally
For months now, the Mets have patched their rotation with spare parts and bubble gum. And it's worked. New York has played large swaths of the season's second half without Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, vaulting back into the postseason race because young pitchers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have been better than expected.
9/24/2016 | Flores' season in jeopardy with injured wrist
Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is concerned he may not play again this season due to the wrist injury that has already cost him most of September.
9/24/2016 | Mets continue their Wild Card pursuit against rival Phillies
The Mets hope for no issues from right-hander Robert Gsellman, who squares off against Phillies righty Jake Thompson in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
9/24/2016 | Mets fall into Wild Card tie after loss to Phils
While Noah Syndergaard spent his Saturday recuperating from a case of strep throat, spot starter Sean Gilmartin allowed five runs to a Phillies club that has shown plenty of life this weekend as they held on for a 10-8 win over the Mets on Saturday at Citi Field.
9/23/2016 | Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR
Michael Conforto's bat helped push the Mets into the postseason and on to their unlikely World Series run in 2015. One year later, his team is hoping he can push them there again.
9/23/2016 | Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets
No sooner had Terry Collins opted to take his starting pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa, out of the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies on Friday than he began weaving a bullpen thread through his mind.
9/23/2016 | Gilmartin, Mets continue NL Wild Card quest vs. Phils
Noah Syndergaard was scratched from Saturday night's game against the Phillies at Citi Field because of strep throat. Sean Gilmartin will start in his place. The announcement came a day after New York scratched Steven Matz because of soreness in his left shoulder.
9/23/2016 | Strep throat forces Syndergaard to skip Saturday start
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard will not make his scheduled start Saturday due to strep throat. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin will start in his place.
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