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The Mets are expected to pursue Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez, who should be free to sign on July 2.

Travis d’Arnaud, who is expected to be activated from the disabled list next week, played in his second rehab game for High-A St. Lucie.

The Mets signed RHP Casey Delgado out of the independent Frontier League and assigned him to Low-A Savannah.

What’s on tap for Friday, May 29

The Mets open a three-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Matt Harvey will start for the Mets against Dan Haren for Miami.

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Thursday’s minor league recaps…

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud continued his rehab, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run batted in as the DH in St. Lucie’s Thursday loss to Lakeland.

1B prospect Dominic Smith remained red hot at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games, which is currently the longest in the Mets system. He also has a hit in 16 of his last 18 games, with 11 doubles during that span >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

Alfredo Rodriguez

Mets expected to pursue Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez

The Mets and Padres are expected to have heavy interest in Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez, according to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio (May 28, 1:33 p.m.)

Rodriguez, 21, recently left Cuba in order to pursue a contract with a major league team.

Rodriguez was the 2014-15 Serie Nacional Rookie of the Year in Cuba and the recipient of their gold glove award. In 304 plate appearances last season, Rodriguez hit .265 with a .301 OBP and .284 SLG percentage.

“He has a long way to go as a hitter, but was arguably the best defensive shortstop in Cuba,” according to Baseball America’s Ben Badler (May 28, 1:45 pm). “He’s an athletic, agile defender with smooth, fluid actions.”

Rodriguez should be able to ink a deal during the upcoming signing period, which starts on July 2.

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Mets sign RHP Casey Delgado out of independent league

The Mets have signed free-agent RHP Casey Delgado to a minor league contract and assigned him to Single-A Savannah, according to the Evansville Courier & Press (May 27, 3:40 pm).

Delgado, 24, spent two years playing in the independent Frontier League, where he was 10-13 with a 3.24 ERA in 36 appearances.

He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2013, where he was 9-3 with a 5.14 ERA, 105 strike outs and 35 walks in 96 innings pitched.

Delgado has not drafted and has never played with an MLB organization.

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Mets vs. Phillies vs. Everyone Else

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: The Mets are 8-1 against the Phillies in 2015, but just 19-20 against everyone else.

“So what,” I say, what does it matter? If it indicates anything, it suggests the Mets may not be as strong of a team as we think. But, again, what’s the difference? Strength of schedule, run differential, power rankings, etc., they all have their purpose. However, in the end, all that matters is the team’s actual record, wins and losses. If the Mets win 88 games and grab the last Wild Card spot, it’s not like they’re disqualified if 15 of those wins were against one team.

“You’ve got to win games you’re supposed to win,” Terry Collins added after Wednesday’s victory. “It helps we are as familiar with the Phillies as we are.”

By the way, in case you’re curious, the Mets do not play the Phillies again until Aug. 24, after which they meet up nine times. Also, for what it’s worth, if the season ended today, this is how the playoffs would look…

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Listen to this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast with Toby Hyde and Robert Brender

In this week’s Mostly Mets Podcast, Toby Hyde and Rob Brender discuss David Wright’s back, as well as what the team should do about third base during the short and long term…

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The Mets have a strategy for their six-man rotation

The Mets will activate Dillon Gee form the disabled list June 2 and then institute a six-man rotation that could last through at least mid-August, Dan Warthen said Wednesday at Citi Field (May 27, 12:45 pm).

According to Warthen, the Mets hope to get each of their starting pitchers roughly 30 starts before the end of the season, which will help shave innings and keep them from shutting pitchers down for long stretches during the season.

“It is better for the player and better for the organization, at least, until we get to where we feel like we have plenty of innings left in September and still have the possibility of innings left in October,” Warthen said, noting that each of his starting pitchers will throw two bullpen sessions between starts as opposed to just one.

The Mets currently have the fourth-best team ERA in MLB…

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“With the arms we have and the arms coming, the rotation in a few years on this team could be as good as any in baseball,” Collins said after the game (May 28, 9:30 am). “Obviously, the Nationals have all the big name guys, but stuff for stuff, pitch for pitch, our guys match up with them. And these young kids that are coming are dynamic and they’re going to make a huge impression in this league.”

In addition to Gee, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom, the Mets have Rafael Montero on the disabled list and top LH pitching prospect Steven Matz in Triple-A.

Montero has been on the DL since April 30 with inflammation in rotator cuff. The Mets expect him to throw off a mound Thursday. In one start and four relief appearances this year, he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 innings. Meanwhile, Matz, 23, is 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA and 68 strike outs in 63 innings at Triple-A.

Sandy Alderson has said the team will likely carry a four-man bench to offset carrying the extra pitcher for the six-man rotation.

In case you missed it

Alderson’s strategy to keep Harvey healthy is a mistake, according to reporter Joel Sherman >> Read more in the New York Post.

“I respect their forward thinking in trying the six-man rotation,” Sherman writes. “But, at full health, Gee should be used as a safety net not an equal to the Mets’ best starters. That is why this doesn’t make sixth sense to me.”


Syndergaard is learning, getting better with every start

Noah Syndergaard tossed 101 pitches in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, while going 3-for-3 with a home run, as the Mets swept the Phillies with a 7-0 win at Citi Field on Wednesday.

“Every time I go out there I’m getting better at a certain thing, like today I was throwing my breaking ball in fastball counts,” Syndergaard said after the game. “It didn’t have to be the best breaking pitch I could throw in my life. I just had to get something over the plate for a strike and something to get hitters off my fastball if I was in a fastball count.”

Syndergaard’s 430-foot home run was the first by a Mets pitcher since Jeremy Hefner in 2012 >> To see Noah’s HR, click here!

“That was impressive,” Michael Cuddyer later said. “That’s a long way to hit a ball. You don’t see too many pitchers do that.”

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone: I watched’s Fast Cast of Syndergaard again this morning and two things jumped out at me, 1) I wonder when the last time, if it’s ever happened at all, that a guy threw a 100-mph fastball and also hit a 430-foot home run in the same game, and 2) Who is responsible for getting him to throw a two-seam fastball late in the game? In his first three starts, he tired late and opposing hitters rocked him. In Wednesday’s start against the Phillies, he went to this other variation and managed to squeak out another turn through the batting order, which made all the difference for him. Man, what am impressive day…

In case you missed it

Dwight Gooden likes what he sees in Syndergaard, he told reporter John Harper >> Read more in the Daily News

“With all of this pitching, I really think the time is now for the Mets,” Gooden said.


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