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Today’s Game: Mets vs. Marlins, 1 p.m. on SNY

The Mets host the Marlins at Tradition Field on Monday.

The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on SNY and MLB Network.

Rafael Montero (1-0, 4.00) starts for the Mets, opposed by Dan Haren (1-1, 1.93) for Miami. This will be Montero’s fourth spring appearance.

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Dillon Gee could still be traded, still doesn’t know if he’s in the rotation

The Mets could still trade Dillon Gee, according to ESPN reporter Adam Rubin (March 30).

Gee has yet to be told if he’ll start the season in the rotation or bullpen, he told Newsday reporter David Lennon (March 29), despite a spot opening up after Zack Wheeler had season-ending Tommy John surgery.

In 35 starts the last three seasons, Gee is 25-26 with a 3.85 ERA. He hasn’t pitched in relief since 2011.

According to Lennon, because of uncertainty in the bullpen, “the Mets are kicking around a number of options to patch those holes,” and pitching prospect Rafael Montero or Gee may factor in to the solution.

To read more of this story, click here

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David Wright is bringing a little Cardinals to the Mets

David Wright recently talked with Cardinals C Yadier Molina and RHP Adam Wainwright to learn about ways the Mets can be more like the Cardinals, Wright told NY Post reporter Joel Sherman (March 30).

For instance, with roughly one week until Opening Day, just like the Cardinals do this time of year, every healthy player from the Mets traveled to Viera and Jupiter instead of staying back at camp as the usually would have done.

Wright learned of the tactic from Molina and Wainwright, he polled his team’s veterans and manager, Terry Collins, and received unanimous support.

“They have a pretty good thing going over there,” Wright told Sherman. “There is something to them having success every year and you want to pick brains when you get the chance to learn.”

Collins told reporters he expects the team will continue to all travel the remainder of the Grapefruit League season.

“It’s good, it’s time we start getting into the routine and it’s good to be around and watch guys work,” Jacob deGrom said (March 29). “I think it was a good idea, start building team chemistry.”


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Well, as much as it pains me to say it, if you’re gonna get advice from another team’s players, it may as well be the Cardinals.

This again speaks to a different, more mature, more business-like approach from Wright (and the entire camp), which I wrote about earlier this month, after I got back from St. Lucie (March 4).

“In March, 2012, I wrote that Mets camp felt like a college campus. It was a baseball frat party, loose, slightly naive and disjointed,” I wrote. “Today, three years later, camp has a focused, quiet professionalism.”

In a follow-up post a week later, I wrote about how Wright seemed different to me, but in a good way (March 10).

“In my time in St. Lucie last week, I saw fewer smiles and tolerance for things that get in the way of winning. The team acted this way when Willie Randolph took over, as well,” I explained. “This level of focus, discipline and expectation drifted as they lost, and it was totally missing the last few years, but it appears to be back. And, a lot of it has to do with Wright.”

Wright, plus the fame and intensity of Matt Harvey, plus raised expectations, plus veterans Michael Cuddyer and Curtis Granderson, and young players maturing in to their own, such as Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, have this team looking and acting very calm and confident. I realize it’s just spring training and these games don’t matter much, but I like that they’re focused, all playing, all traveling and all on the same page as the season gets closer to lift off. The first 30 games will be important to this team’s success, since 25 of them will be against the NL East, seven against the Nationals. The more camaraderie and momentum they have leading in to these games the better, since a weak start could be fatal.

Page Six: Matt Harvey dating Polish beauty

Matt Harvey is reportedly dating Polish model Ania Cywinska.

Ania celebrated Matt’s 26th birthday on Friday by posting an Instagram picture of herself and the Mets star looking happy together on a Florida beach >> Read more in the New York Post

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What’s on Tap for Monday, March 30

The Mets host the Marlins at Tradition Field on Monday at 1:10 p.m.

The game will air live on SNY and is not on radio.

Rafael Montero, who is still being considered for the starting rotation, starts for the Mets. Dan Haren will start for the Marlins.

In case you missed it this past weekend

Jacob deGrom was dominant as the Mets beat the Nationals on Saturday, and Dillon Gee pitched seven innings as the Mets topped the Cardinals on Sunday.

Matt Reynolds might start at second base on Opening Day if Daniel Murphy opens the season on the DL.

The Mets are discussing a contract extension with first baseman Lucas Duda , according to reporter Joel Sherman and multiple follow-up reports.

Bobby Parnell, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, is on track to return in mid-April.

Vic Black threw a bullpen session Saturday and could could pitch in a game Wednesday, Dan Warthen told reporter Matt Ehalt, though Black’s status for Opening Day remains up in the air.

The Mets re-assigned LH reliever Scott Rice to minor league camp.

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

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Reynolds could get Opening Day start as Murphy rehabs

Mets infield prospect Matt Reynolds may have the edge over Ruben Tejada and Daniel Muno to be the team’s starting second base on Opening Day next Monday, in the event Daniel Murphy begins the season on the disabled list, MLB’s Anthony DiComo reported (March 29).

Murphy, who has a right hamstring strain, hit without running in a minor-league game Sunday for the second day in a row. Terry Collins has said it’s likely he will start the season on the disabled list, but be activated shortly after the start of the season.

Reynolds, who went 1-for-4 on Sunday, is hitting .381 in 42 at-bats and two home runs this spring.

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Mets win, 3-2, as Gee throws 7 innings, Duda hits lefties

Mets starter Dillon Gee went seven innings, allowing seven hits and two runs, while striking out three and walking three batters against the Cardinals on Sunday. It was Gee’s second Grapefruit League win.

Lucas Duda had three hits against left-handed pitchers, with two RBI. Duda raised his spring average (.231) by 102 points in two days.

Curtis Granderson continued his hot spring going 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs to raise his Grapefruit League average to .475.

Gee settled down after a shaky first inning. He allowed three consecutive singles to start the game. However, he got out of it thanks to left fielder Michael Cuddyer, who threw out Matt Carpenter going from first to third. With runners at second and third, Matt Adams hit a liner to shortstop Ruben Tejada, who doubled up Matt Holliday at second.

Mets relievers Dario Alvarez, Zach Thornton, Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel combined to finish the game with two perfect innings. Gilmartin, who is competing to be a left-handed reliever in the bullpen, struck out both batters he faced.


 

The Mets host the Marlins Monday (1:05 p.m., SNY). Rafael Montero is scheduled to start.

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Today’s Game: Mets at Cardinals, 1:05 p.m.

The Mets visit the Cardinals Sunday in Jupiter (1:05 p.m.).

The game will not air on SNY, is available through MLB Network and can be heard live on WOR 710 am radio, according to the team’s website.

Dillon Gee  is scheduled to start for the Mets. He is making his fourth start and seventh appearance of the spring. Gee has a 2.45 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.