Game 133: Mets vs Phillies, 7:10 p.m. ET

The Mets (73-59) wrap up their three-game series against the Phillies (53-80) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.

Matt Harvey (11-7, 2.48 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Aaron Nola (5-1, 3.26 ERA) for Philadelphia.

Mets Phillies
1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF 1. Darnell Sweeney (S) LF
2. Yoenis Cespedes (R) CF 2. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
3. Daniel Murphy (L) 1B 3. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
4. David Wright (R) 3B 4. Ryan Howard (L) 1B
5. Michael Conforto (L) LF 5. Andres Blanco (S) 3B
6. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B 6. Domonic Brown (L) RF
7. Travis d’Arnaud (R) C 7. Cameron Rupp (R) C
8. Ruben Tejada (R) SS 8. Freddy Galvis (S) SS
9. Matt Harvey (R) P 9. Aaron Nola (P)

Harvey Notes: Harvey is 5-3 with a 1.34 ERA in his last 12 starts. He has allowed two runs in his last 34.2 innings with a 0.52 ERA over that span. In his last eight home starts Harvey is 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA. Harvey has allowed one run or less in 31 career starts, the most such starts in a pitcher’s first 60 career games in the last 100 years.

Nola Notes: The 22-year-old rookie is coming off back-to-back wins. In his last two starts, both coming against the Marlins, he allowed a run and five hits over 15 innings. Nola has won five of his first seven career starts.

Phillies Notes: The Phillies snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Mets last night. Darin Ruf has two home runs and eight RBIs in the first two games of the series. Domonic Brown is 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts against Harvey.

Mets Notes: The Mets have won eight straight series against the Phillies as they head into tonight’s rubber game. Yoenis Cespedes hit his career-high 27th home run in last nights game. He has 17 RBI over his last 11 games. Michael Conforto is hitting .391 in his last 16 games. Jeurys Familia has the fifth-lowest ERA (1.78) in the Major Leagues.




wilmer flores

Wilmer Flores left Mets for family emergency, expected back Friday

Wilmer Flores was allowed to fly home and leave the team for a family medical emergency, according to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal (Sept. 2, 4:30 pm).

The Mets are off tomorrow. Flores is expected to rejoin the team on Friday, when they begin a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami.

Flores, 24, is batting .315 with four HR, 15 RBI and a .533 slugging percentage during his last 96 plate appearances.

Lucas Duda stretches pre-game 324

Duda is swinging the bat, ‘a little,’ says Collins

Lucas Duda started swinging a bat, ‘a little,’ Terry Collins told reporters on Wednesday.

Collins said Duda had only been tracking pitches up until this past weekend.

Last week, Sandy Alderson said Duda was likely to be activated when he is eligible to return from the disabled list on Sept. 6. However, according to Collins earlier this week, that no longer seems realistic.

“We think with a little bit of rest and some basic core and back exercises, he should be back when the DL time is over,” Alderson said last Monday.

Duda was diagnosed with a small thoracic disc herniation in early August, which forced him to miss five games before playing again and then ending up on the disabled list.

Matt Harvey

Harvey likely to be skipped again

Matt Harvey is likely to have another start skipped before the end of this season, Terry Collins said Wednesday.

Harvey recently had a start skipped in late August, when Logan Verrett made a spot-start for him against the Rockies in Colorado.

Harvey will have another start skipped in September in an effort to keep him under 180 innings for the season.

Collins did not say if the team will use a spot-starter, or just skip Harvey’s start altogether, since the team has three more off days before the end of the season.


Matz will start in place of Syndergaard on Sunday

Steven Matz will start in place of Noah Syndergaard on Sunday in Miami against the Marlins.

Jacob deGrom will pitch Friday, followed by Bartolo Colon on Saturday and Matz on Sunday, Terry Collins said before Wednesday’s game at Citi Field.

Matz was activated prior to Tuesday’s game. His start Saturday will allow the team try and keep Syndergaard’s under his innings limit for 2015.

Syndergaard will reenter the rotation next week as the Mets will go to a six-man staff through the end of the regular season.

Syndergaard has thrown 152 innings this season after throwing 137 in 2014.

Matz, who has been out since July 5 due to a strained lat, has thrown 119 innings this season.


Spring Training serenity and September certainty

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It felt like spring training on the field before Tuesday’s game between the Mets and Phillies. Of course, it’s not March for the Mets, it was September 1 with 30 games left to be played and 6.5-game lead in the NL East. Yet, I saw lots of laughter, joking around, smiles, hugs and high fives welcoming back guys to the big-league roster. It was a unique mood for such a crucial and stressful time of year…

In recent seasons, the afternoon before a Mets game in September felt more like an exhibition, featuring players going through the motions, winding down and relaxed because of a lack of pressure. In Spring Training, people are also relaxed, and joking around, but there is also little pressure and everyone is sun-drenched in hope and optimism.

Yesterday at Citi Field, though, I felt like I was watching a team who already clinched their division. Or, who hadn’t started playing their season yet. In other words, it felt like a combination of Spring Training serenity (complete with sun and smiles) and September certainty (complete with swagger and silliness), which is something I’ve never witnessed before this late in a season.

I’m not writing this post to declare this a good thing, bad thing or anything in between. You can do with it what you want… I’m simply relaying the atmosphere to you, while marking it on this blog so I can point back to it one day… in case it matters.


Mostly Mets Podcast: DC reporter Bill Ladson talks about current state of the Nationals

SNY.TV’s Toby Hyde and Rob Brender talk with Bill Ladson, who covers the Nationals for, to talk about the state of the Nationals – on the mound, at the plate, in the field, and in the dugout – as their manager, Matt Williams, faces an uncertain future…

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