In this episode of #AskSNY, Rob Brender answers your voicemail questions about Jon Niese’s and Bartolo Colon’s trade value, Bartolo Colon, the return of Jenrry Mejia and whether to promote Brandon Nimmo or Michael Conforto…



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Wednesday’s minor league recaps…

Mets SS prospect Matt Reynolds homered for the first time since June 16 in the 51s Wednesday loss in Tacoma. It was his fifth home run of the season.

Reynolds has really been struggling at the plate, going 4-for-his-last-36, including the 1-for-4 performance Wednesday. He’s also been battling a sore right elbow, which kept him out of the starting lineup for four games recently >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Video highlights from Wednesday’s loss to the Cubs

Bobby Parnell dives and grabs a bunt off the bat off of Jonathan Herrera to double off Chris Denorfia in the top of the eighth inning. >> Watch here

Mets starter Bartolo Colon strikes out Cubs catcher Miguel Montero in the seventh inning to register his eighth strikeout of the night. >> Watch here

Daniel Murphy hits a line drive double down the left field line, advancing Ruben Tejada to third base in the bottom of the eighth inning. >> Watch here


To read post-game reports from the team’s beat writers, check out MLB.com, Daily News, New York Post, New York Times, Bergen Record, ESPN, Newsday and NJ.com.


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Wright could be cleared for baseball activity next week

David Wright has been making progress and could be cleared to begin running and fielding grounders next week, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports (July 1).

After Wednesday’s game, Terry Collins said that Wright told him he’s “extremely optimistic” he’ll be able to begin baseball activities next week (July 1).

Sandy Alderson noted recently that Wright had made progress in his return from spinal stenosis.

Wright, who will meet up with the team when they travel to Los Angeles this weekend, is still in L.A. with Dr. Robert Watkins and his staff working to strengthen his core, spinal column and back to better manage his condition.

Wright will report to St. Lucie when cleared for baseball activities by Watkins and team doctors.

Wright played in just eight games this season before going on the disabled list for a hamstring injury, after which he reported back pain and was diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis.


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Offense inept again as Mets fall to Cubs, 2-0, in 11 innings

The Mets failed to score for the second straight game as they were shut out by the Cubs, 2-0, in 11 innings on Wednesday night at Citi Field.


A few batters after the Mets failed to convert a double play in the top of the 11th, the Cubs scored the first run of the game on a two-out run-scoring infield single by Starlin Castro. Later in the 11th, Miguel Montero lined an RBI single to right field to increase Chicago’s lead to 2-0.

The Mets put runners on first and third with two outs in the 11th, but Kevin Plawecki struck out looking to end the game.

Bartolo Colon retired 14 straight at one point and tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking one and striking out eight.

The Mets had runners on second and third with one out in a scoreless game in the eighth, but a failed suicide squeeze resulted in the first out before Darrell Ceciliani struck out to end the threat.

In the top of the ninth, the Cubs had runners on second and third with one out, but Jeurys Familia induced a pop out and grounder to short to escape the jam.

The Mets went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.


The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Cubs on Thursday at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (8-5, 2.15 ERA) gets the start for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Jake Arrieta (7-5, 2.94 ERA) for Chicago.


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Mets Plus presented by Citi: Cubs at Mets on SNY at 7 p.m. ET

The Mets (40-38) will take on the Cubs (40-35) in the second game of their three-game series at Citi Field.

Bartolo Colon (9-6, 4.89 ERA) gets the start for the Mets and will oppose LHP Jon Lester (4-6, 4.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m. ET.


During tonight’s Mets Plus presented by Citi broadcast, fans will have chance to win Mets tickets every inning courtesy of Citi. Follow @SNYtv for the questions and then tweet your answers using #SNYMetsPlusSweepstakes!

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Mets Cubs
1. Curtis Granderson RF 1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. Ruben Tejada SS 2. Anthony Rizzo 1B
3. Lucas Duda 1B 3. Kris Bryant 3B
4. Daniel Murphy 3B 4. Chris Coghlan LF
5. John Mayberry Jr. LF 5. Starlin Castro SS
6. Wilmer Flores 2B 6. Mike Baxter RF
7. Kevin Plawecki C 7. David Ross C
8. Juan Lagares CF 8. Jon Lester LHP
9. Bartolo Colon RHP 9. Jonathan Herrera 2B

Colon Notes: His nine wins are tied for fifth in the majors. Gave up four runs in six innings during his last start against Milwaukee. Hitters had a .380 batting average against Colon during his two previous starts. Colon is third in baseball in strike percentage at 70.2 percent. He has an 6-2 record at Citi field this season.


Lester Notes: He allowed four runs in four innings pitched in his last outing against the Dodgers. Has not pitched more than seven innings in any start this season. Lester allowed three runs over six innings during a win against the Mets in May at Wrigley Field. Lefties are hitting .319 against him in 2015.


MLB: New York Mets at Milwaukee Brewers


Mets Notes: The Mets have lost seven straight games to the Cubs dating back to August 2014. Mets pitching has a 0.88 ERA in its last 51 innings. The bullpen hasn’t given up a run in 14.1 innings. The team is 8-13 against the NL Central in 2015. Bobby Parnell has stranded six of eight inherited runners since returning from surgery. Kevin Plawecki has a .314 batting average over his last 13 games.


Cubs Notes: The Cubs have now gone .500 or better in every month this season. Chicago is 20-19 in games away from Wrigley Field. Thirty-two of the Cubs’ first 75 games have been decided by one run. Anthony Rizzo‘s .968 OPS is the fifth-highest in all of baseball. Chicago hitters have averaged 3.98 pitches per plate appearance this season, tops in the majors.


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Reynolds, Taijeron named PCL all-stars

Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron of Triple-A Las Vegas have been named Pacific Coast League All-Stars (Rubin, July 1).

Reynolds, 24, is hitting .270 with 4 home runs and 43 RBI in 73 games this season.

The Mets selected Reynolds with a second round draft pick they acquired from the Miami Marlins when Jose Reyes departed as a free agent in 2012.

Taijeron, 26, is hitting .296 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 67 games this season.

The Mets selected Taijeron in the 18th round of the 2011 draft.


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