Sep 11, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Matz long tosses, will throw bullpen session

Mets LHP Steven Matz long tossed on Monday, according to Daily News reporter Marc Carig and (Oct. 5).

He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in hopes of pitching Game 4 of the NLDS.

Matz, who missed his last start due to body stiffness on his right side, received an injection in his back to relieve muscle tightness, Terry Collins said Oct. 3.

The 24-year-old rookie is scheduled to pitch an Instructional League game on Thursday, during which he will throw 90-100 pitches.

According to Collins, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will start Game 1 and 2 of the NLDS, while Matt Harvey will start Game 3 at Citi Field. If necessary, Matz or Bartolo Colon will likely start Game 4, which is scheduled for Oct. 13.

Matz is 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts this season. He missed two months with a strained lat, but has a 2.86 ERA in four starts since returning.

He threw six scoreless innings against the Dodgers when he faced them in Los Angeles on July 5.

Sep 10, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman Juan Uribe (2) in action against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Alderson would be ‘very surprised’ if Uribe makes NLDS

GM Sandy Alderson said he would be very surprised to see veteran infielder Juan Uribe travel with the team to Los Angeles for the NL Division Series, according to NY Post reporter Mike Puma (Oct. 5).

Uribe, who missed the last eight games of the regular season due to a chest bruise, is “iffy” for the NLDS, Terry Collins told reporters on October 4.

He initially hurt his chest diving for a groundball in the Mets-Yankees game on Sept. 20. He aggravated it in the middle of a pinch-hit at-bat on Sept. 25.

Uribe, 36, is batting .219 with six home runs and 20 RBIs since joining the Mets in July.

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In case you missed it on Monday, presented by Citi

The Mets were off on Monday as they prepare for the NLDS against the Dodgers…

Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers will start at 9:45 p.m. ET on Friday, Game 2 will start at 9:07 p.m. ET on Saturday, MLB announced.

Mets ratings this season were up 56 percent, averaging a 2.64 rating (196.000 homes) each game on SNY, according to the Sports Business Journal.

Mets players Matt Harvey (ninth), David Wright (11th), and Jacob deGrom (17th) were all in the top 20 for jersey sales this season, MLB announced.

What’s on tap for Tuesday, October 6

Steven Matz is scheduled to throw a bullpen session during a team workout at Citi Field on Tuesday. If all goes well, he will pitch in the Instructional League on Thursday in hopes of starting Game 4 of the NLDS next Tuesday at Citi Field.

Jacob deGrom will start Game 1 for the Mets, with Noah Syndergaard starting Game 2 and Matt Harvey starting Game 3. The Dodgers have not yet announced who will start Game 1 and 2.


Mets Playoffs Live: Kevin Kennedy on NLDS

Radio analyst Kevin Kennedy joins the show to look ahead and discuss who will be starting for the Dodgers in Games 1 and 2 of the NLDS.


Bobby Valentine says TC must be prepared for postseason distractions

According to former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, who took the Mets to the playoffs in 1999 and 2000, says for Terry Collins the key is to be ultra prepared in advance of the postseason…

“It’s not about control, it’s just trying to get the word out as to what it’s going to be so the distractions are as little as possible,” Valentine explained to Matthew Cerrone during last week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi.

Valentine said Collins must be ready for a significant influx in media appearances, requests of his players’s time, interviews, and teammates worrying about all sorts of off-field issues, from hotel and travel arrangements for family, especially ticket requests.


“People say, ‘Oh, big deal,’ about leaving tickets, but that’s a major concern,” Valentine warned, in regards to what players think about in the days before a playoff game. “It’s not only the number of tickets, but where these people will be sitting, are they taken care of, will they get to the right gate, is it the right will call window to pick up their tickets. It does become a distraction if it’s not handled properly. … And then there’s the press situation, where everyone gets interviewed. It’s not just the starting pitcher, there are enough reporters to go around so they get the 25th man in front a camera and microphone. So, you put everyone on alert that it’s going to different and not just another game. It’s a playoff game and the further you go the more these things intensify and you’ve got to be prepared and ready for that.”

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Game 1 will be 9:45 pm ET, Game 2 will be 9:07 pm ET

Game 1 of  the NL Division Series between the Mets and Dodgers will begin at 9:45 pm ET on Friday, October 9, in Los Angeles

Game 2 will be Saturday, October 10, at 9:07 pm ET, also in Los Angeles.

MLB will announce the start time of Game 3 and 4, which will be at Citi Field, this weekend, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark (Oct. 5, 2015).

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This is disappointing, to say the least. I understand it’s a billion dollar business and MLB knows what it’s doing, basing this decision on ratings, market, other games, ad deals, etc. All I know is, thankfully I’m an adult, because I assume most young fans (you know, the next generation) will be fast asleep by first pitch, which is a shame. It would have been nice of MLB to at least split up their early-game and late-game teams, but I guess not… Hopefully, the Mets have several more postseason games in store for them this October and the younger fans can catch up on the NLCS and World Series…

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Curtis Granderson and Citi Announce Record Donation for Community Home Runs Program

The 2015 New York Mets season was one for the history books, as the team broke many club records on the way to their first NL East Division crown since 2006. One record that, in particular, had many local communities smiling, was the 85 home runs the team hit at Citi Field this season. As part of the Citi Community Home Runs program, each time a Mets player hit a home run at home, Citi donated $2,000 to one of four local New York City community non-profit organizations: City Harvest, YMCA, USO Metro New York and United Neighborhood Houses of New York.

On Monday, Mets outfielder and Citi Community Home Runs ambassador Curtis Granderson joined Citi’s Head of Global Public Affairs Ed Skyler and community partners at the Union Square Citibank branch to unveil the record $190K amount (including $20K initial donation), which will support those in need.  After an incredible regular season, Mets fans will sure be rooting for Granderson and team to continue their long-ball success in the playoffs at Citi Field.

To learn more about the Citi Community Home Runs program, click here.


For Mets Fans, 2015 is the Season of a Lifetime

mangan avatarBrian P. Mangan: It’s been nine years since the last time you met with friends or sat down on your couch to watch an actual, bona-fide Mets playoff game. These Mets are good. … Not only have these Mets been winning, but they have been doing so with style and aplomb, hammering the opposition since the trade deadline. … As an added bonus, this Mets team is made up primarily of players who were drafted, signed, and developed by the Mets organization. … None of the former Mets playoff teams, no matter how beloved, can claim this much Mets heritage. … Most importantly, these Mets exceeded expectations. …

It is the confluence of all of these factors that has made this Mets team one of the most enjoyable installments of the franchise all-time >> Read more at The Read Zone.


Mets Links to Read for Oct. 5

David Wright and his team’s veterans have already address their lack of playoff experience, according to reporter Roger Rubin >> Read more at the Daily News.

Mets rookie OF Michael Conforto talked with Steve Serby about anxiety, breathing techniques, motivations, playing football, learning from Yoenis Cepedes and more >> Read more in the New York Post.

If you like good pitching, says Anthony Reiber, prepare to see plenty of it between the Mets and Dodgers in the NLDS >> Read more at Newsday.

Craig E. Sherman is happy next year finally arrived for Mets fans >> Read more at Huffington Post.

It’s time for the Mets to stop acting like underdogs, explains Mike Vaccaro >> Read more in the New York Post.


Mets salute their fans after Sunday’s finale

The Mets spent time thanking fans at Citi Field after competing their regular season with a win against the Nationals.

Manager Terry Collins and several players ran a lap around the warning track, shaking hands and saluting fans cheering them on to the postseason.

“You guys are the best in the game,” David Wright told the crowd, speaking with a microphone in front of the home dugout. “Now, let’s go beat LA!”

“Sometimes you get caught up in the moment,” Wright added later, talking to reporters. “It’s nice to salute the fans, appreciate the effort that they put into this year, too, and enjoy a win. It was nice to end on a positive note.”

To toast 90 wins, Collins brought a cup of white wine with ice to his postgame press conference.

“Cheers,” he said with a smile, raising his cup and taking a sip before fielding questions from reporters. “We worked hard to get there and we’re going to enjoy it. We’re going to get ourselves ready this week and go out to L.A. and play like we know how.”