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Montero will get late season spot start

Mets prospect Rafael Montero will get a late season start manager Terry Collins told reporters on Monday (Rubin, Sept. 1).

The start is expected to come later this month. The Mets won’t got to a six-man rotation, something the organization considered doing. The Mets will use Montero when there is a six-day stretch without an off-day. The Mets want to keep their five starters on regular rest throughout September.

Montero came up early in the season is was 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA in six starts, seven appearances.


Today’s game: Mets at Marlins, 1:10 p.m.

The Mets and Marlins play a Labor Day game on Monday in Miami.

The game is scheduled to begin at 1:10 p.m. and is on SNY.

Zack Wheeler  (9-9, 3.44) starts for the Mets, while Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75) pitches for the Marlins

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1. Juan Lagares – CF 1. Christian Yelich – LF
2. Curtis Granderson – RF 2. Donovan Solano – 2B
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Giancarlo Stanton – RF
4. Lucas Duda – 1B 4. Casey McGehee – 3B
5. Travis d’Arnaud – C 5. Garrett Jones- 1B
6. Matt den Dekker – LF 6. Marcell Ozuna – CF
7. Dilson Herrera – 2B 7. Jarrod Saltalamachhia – C
8. Wilmer Flores- SS 8. Adeiny Hechavarria- SS
9. Zach Wheeler- RHP 9. Henderson Alvarez – RHP


Saturday’s Highlights: Herrera’s 1st RBI, Recker’s 3-run HR, Flores’ Diving Catch

Dilson Herrera gets the first RBI of his career with a run scoring single in Sunday’s 6-5 win against the Phillies. >>> Watch Here.

Anthony Recker hits a deep three-run homer to left field to give the Mets the lead over the Phillies on Sunday. >>> Watch Here

Wilmer Flores makes a diving catch to get the force play to end the top of the 8th inning against the Phillies. >>> Watch here.


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Bartolo Colon is still on the Mets…

The Mets did not trade Bartolo Colon before Sunday’s deadline to move a player and have him eligible for a postseason roster.

He signed a two-year deal that will pay him $11 million next season, after which he can be a free agent.

The Mets had been willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). However, they were also comfortable keeping Colon and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).

According to Martino, the Mets had hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon(Daily News, August 26). In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A and only if they’d pay a larger chunk of his 2015 salary, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).

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What’s on Tap for Monday, September 1

The Mets (64-73) open a three-game series against the Marlins (66-69) on Monday in Miami at 1:10 p.m. ET.

Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) will get the start for the Mets, opposed by Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75 ERA) for the Marlins.

Later, Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to make the start for Triple-A Las Vegas.


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Weekend Review…

The Mets took two of three from the Phillies over the weekend, including a 6-5 victory on Sunday >> Read more at MetsBlog

Daniel Murphy, who was placed on the disabled list before Friday’s game, may miss the majority of the rest of the season >> Read more at MetsBlog

The August 31 trade deadline passed without Bartolo Colon getting dealt to a new team.

Josh Edgin and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be examined by team doctors and likely to miss more time.

The Mets called up IF Josh Satin, RHP Erik Goeddel, C Juan Centeno, and LHP Dario Alvarez as rosters expanded Sept. 1.


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Sunday’s minor league recaps…

Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello had a tremendous game Sunday night in Triple-A, going 4-for-6, including his seventh homer and 20th double of the campaign.

The homer was his second in as many games and third in the last nine days.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

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Dice-K to stay behind, visit team doctor

Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) will stay in New York to visit team doctors this week, Terry Collins said after Sunday’s game.

Matsuzaka (3-3, 4.21, 1 save, 3 holds) went on the disabled list July 26 with an inflamed elbow and returned to the Mets this past Thursday.

He allowed three runs and four hits, including a homer, in 2/3 of an inning against the Braves. This past Saturday, he allowed one run on one hit and two walks in two innings against the Phillies. He struck out two.

Game recap: Mets 6, Phillies 5

Result: The Phillies came within one run in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough. The Mets topped the visiting team, 6-5, to take the series victory on Sunday afternoon in Flushing.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

Need to know: The Mets’ bats were alive in Sunday’s series win over the Phillies. Anthony Recker‘s sixth-inning home run sent in three runs to give New York the lead. Matt den Dekker, David Wright and Dilson Herrera also recorded RBI for the home team. Dillon Gee earned the win on the mound, allowing seven hits and three runs over six innings. Ryan Howard led the offense for the Phillies with two RBI, including a solo homer. Grady Sizemore’s ninth-inning single put Philadelphia within one run of New York, but their rally fell short.

Game ball: Recker’s sixth-inning home run helped push the Mets ahead with the 5-2 lead over the Phillies.

Links: Box | Recap

What’s next: The Mets will pack their bags and travel south to Miami for Monday’s game against the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler (9-9, 3.44 ERA) is scheduled to start for New York against Miami’s Henderson Alvarez (10-6, 2.75 ERA).