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Mets, deGrom cruise to win over Nats

The Mets had no trouble with their nemesis of the past three seasons, rolling to a 10-2 win Saturday in Port St. Lucie.

Need To Know

Jacob deGrom pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run on Bryce Harper’s massive homer in the seventh. He allowed four hits and struck out four in lowering his spring ERA to 2.45 (22 innings).

The Mets had four homers among their 12 hits. Curtis Granderson and David Wright hit back-to-back homers in the Mets’ four-run third.

Granderson (.447 spring average with three homers) hit a three-run shot. All the third-inning runs came off Stephen Strasburg (four innings, four earned runs, spring ERA of 5.59).

Johnny Monell and Lucas Duda homered in a four-run seventh. It was Monell’s fourth homer of the spring. . .Wilmer Flores and Matt Reynolds had RBI doubles. . Duda (2-for-4, two-run HR) hit his first triple in four years in the Mets’ two-run sixth.

Jeurys Familia struggled in the ninth, allowing a run on three hits.

The Mets turned two double plays.

The Nationals were 15-4 against the Mets last season and have a 41-15 edge the past three years.

What’s Next

The Mets visit the Cardinals Sunday (1:05 p.m.). Dillon Gee gets the start for New York.

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Black throws bullpen session; could pitch in game Wednesday

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said reliever Vic Black could pitch in a game Wednesday following Black’s bullpen session Saturday (Ehalt, March 28).

Warthen also said Rafael Montero could be a possibility as a 7th-inning pitcher if Black isn’t ready at the start of the season.

Black told reporters he felt good after throwing 24 pitches Saturday and plans to throw another bullpen session Monday (Rubin, March 28).

Black hasn’t pitched in a game since March 9 because of weakness in his throwing shoulder.

Previous Reports

Sandy Alderson expressed concern on March 23 that Black would not be ready for the start of the season after learning the pitcher was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis.

“I think Vic’s a question mark at this point,” Alderson added. “I’m not sure where he’ll be on Opening Day.”

Black finished anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder March 19, after which he was cleared to pick up a baseball.

According to Black, based on what he’s done so far his spring, it will not take long for him to be ready for the team’s first game on April 6.

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Today’s Game: Nationals at Mets, 1:10 p.m.

The Mets host the Nationals Saturday in Port St. Lucie.

The game starts at 1:10 p.m. and is on WPIX.

Jacob deGrom  is scheduled to start for the Mets. In four starts this spring, he has a 3.00 ERA in15 innings. In his last start Monday against the Marlins, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year gave up four hits in four innings — including a two-run homer — while striking out five.

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ICYMI: SNY.TV’s Rob Brender works out with Mike Barwis in St. Lucie

In October, 2014, the Mets hired Barwis to be organization’s new strength and conditioning coordinator, partnering with him to open a public facility at Tradition Field.

In this video, SNY.TV’s Robert Brender takes you on a tour of the facility with Barwis, who puts Brender through the exact workout Mets players did all winter…

David Wright, Bobby Parnell, Wimer Flores, Juan Lagares and several Mets players, as well as a few players from other organizations, all worked with Barwis at the facility in St. Lucie this off season.

“The Barwis Method is clearly having an impact,” MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone wrote in early March. “I can’t speak to the physiology of it, or to what it extent it will help win baseball games, but I know organization and bonding when I see it. And, for whatever reason, be it muscles or motivation, Mike Barwis is treated like a cult figure in Mets camp.”

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Parnell on track for mid-April return

Reliever Bobby Parnell is expected to come off the disabled list in mid-April (Rubin, March 28).

The Mets had been pointing to May 1 as an estimated return date for Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery last April. The righthander will begin the season on the disabled list.

Parnell faced opposing hitters for the first time since the surgery on Wednesday, when he threw 17 pitches against the Marlins’ Triple-A team. He is expected to throw a minor league side session Sunday.

“Make sure you get your tickets,” Parnell told ESPN’s Adam Rubin.

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ICYMI: Why is Matt Harvey having such a dominant spring?

This post originally published March 26, 2015

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Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com


In 14 innings so far this Spring, Matt Harvey has shut down any lingering concerns about whether or not he can be effective in his return from Tommy John surgery.

His performance so far has been nothing less than spectacular, so what is working so well for him >> Read more

Mets debut photos of new OF wall in Citi Field

The Mets posted images to Twitter on Friday of the newly completed outfield wall in Citi Field (March 27).

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In November last year, the team started construction on moving the right-center field fence from 390 feet to 380 feet away from home plate, while the area near the bullpen moved in from 375 to 370 feet.

“These modifications are a refinement of previous changes made to the Citi Field fences and continue to be fair to both pitchers and hitters,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said in a release. “A lot of analysis went into this decision. We believe these modifications will increase the number of home runs without adversely affecting our pitchers.”

The new dimensions should resemble Shea Stadium, Alderson told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona.

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“It’s all about how our hitters feel comfortable, I think that’s more important,” Jon Niese told MLB Network Radio on Monday. “Us, as a pitching staff, I think we can figure out how to get outs.”

According to Alderson’s research, had the new dimensions existed last season, his team would have hit an additional 17 home runs, while opponents would have hit an extra 10.

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What’s on tap for Saturday, March 28

The Mets host the Nationals at 1:10 p.m. ET on Saturday at Tradition Field.

The game will air live on WPIX and WOR 710 am radio.

Jacob deGrom will start for Mets against Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg.

Mets reliever Vic Black said he plans to throw a bullpen session this weekend now that his shoulder feels better, he told SNY.TV’s Robert Brender.

In case you missed it from Friday

Matt Harvey threw 80 pitches on Friday afternoon, he allowed just one run, but the Mets lost, 5-4, to the Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy‘s sore hamstring may keep him from being ready for Opening Day, Terry Collins said.

The Rockies told Troy Tulowitzki they discussed him in trades this winter, and they’ll continue to do so throughout the season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Jon Niese has been focused on adjusting his delivery to reduce stress he’d been putting on his shoulder in previous starts this spring. He’s been on the disabled list with issues related to the rotator cuff each of the last two seasons.