ESPN: Flores just wanted to be a Met

Wilmer Flores, whose show of emotion the night he was nearly traded has endeared him to Mets fans, is profiled by Adam Rubin for ESPN.

Flores won’t say that his high level of play since that night is due to the near-trade, but notes that the ride has been “really fun” since then >> Read more

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Collins: Lucas Duda not swinging a bat yet

When Lucas Duda went on the DL last weekend, he was expected to return quickly. Except Duda, halfway through his DL stint, hasn’t started swinging a bat yet.

Manager Terry Collins said that Duda was tracking pitches but no other activity. This news comes a few days after the Mets claimed to have gotten good news on Duda’s progress and that he was going to be activated as soon as his DL time is over.

“We got a favorable report on Duda,” GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday. “We think with a little bit of rest and some basic core and back exercises, he should be back when the DL time is over.”

Duda has a small thoracic disc herniation, an injury that had given him trouble earlier in August. He still has nine days left on the DL before he would be activated.

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Collins: Harvey keeps pitching in playoffs

Matt Harvey had his first start in 11 days on Friday vs. Boston but was pulled after 103 pitches and six innings. A lack of sharpness provoked manager Terry Collins to give Harvey the hook when the righty thought he could keep going.

“He was rusty. You could see that in the beginning,” Collins said. “That’s why his pitch count got up to what it was. He wanted to throw another inning. And I just said, ‘We can’t do it. That’s why we gave you the time off. We aren’t here to tax you. We’re here to make sure you can get through the month and play into the postseason.'”

Harvey wanted to stay in the game, but understood that the team is just trying to keep his arm fresh for October.

“Although I wanted to stay out there, it was ultimately his call,” Harvey said.

The Mets plan on skipping a start for Noah Syndergaard and do not intend on skipping Harvey again. Though that’s not to say it won’t happen.

“We do not plan on having to skip him again,” Collins said of Harvey. “We don’t want to. But you can’t say we’re not going to.”

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Fans give David Wright warm welcome back

It has been 135 days since David Wright last played in a game at Citi Field and the standing ovation he got from the crowd on Friday night was a little overwhelming for the captain.

“It kind of got me off my game a little bit,” said Wright,  who went on the DL in the spring with a sore hamstring and ended up diagnosed with spinal stenoisis. “I had to step out and just try to focus on the task at hand because I was overwhelmed with the support.”

This was also the first time the third baseman remembers Citi Field getting as loud as Shea used to.

“I haven’t experienced this much since this place opened,” Wright said. “It’s everything I expected it would be. This place was rocking.”

Wright may get Saturday off as a routine day off rest, manager Terry Collins said.



Friday’s minor league recaps…

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith was 2-for-3 with his league-best 33rd double and a walk in the St. Lucie Mets 5-2 loss to Palm Beach. Smith has back-to-back two-knock games, lifting his batting average to .302 >>Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors

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Boston’s three-run 10th ends Mets’ win streak

Carlos Torres allowed three runs in the top of the 10th, including a go-ahead inside-the-park home run to Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, as the New York Mets’ seven-game win streak ended with a 6-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday at Citi Field.

Swihart hit Torres’ first pitch high off the center-field wall. Juan Lagares played the ball by the warning track, but the ball caromed strong off the wall and into no man’s land, allowing Swihart to round the bases for his second home run of the season.

Torres (5-6), who pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Thursday’s 13-inning win vs. the Phillies, allowed three runs and four hits in 2/3 of an inning Friday.

Pitching for the third straight day, Torres allowed a sac fly to Josh Rutledge to make it 5-3 and an RBI single off the left-field wall to Xander Bogaerts that gave the Red Sox a 6-3 lead.

Yoenis Cespedes flew out to center off Craig Breslow with the bases loaded to end the game after Junichi Tazawa walked four straight batters with two outs.

Travis d’Arnaud drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 3 after the Mets gave up the lead in the top half.

Logan Verrett allowed a solo home run to David Ortiz and two-run home run to Jackie Bradley Jr., spoiling Matt Harvey’s start to turn a 2-0 Mets lead into a 3-2 deficit.

Harvey, who had not pitched since Aug. 16 to get extra rest, threw six scoreless innings, striking out eight and allowing two hits on 103 pitches.

His no-decision marks the third time this season in which he threw at least six shutout innings and didn’t earn a win.

The Mets (71-57), who scored 73 runs in their previous seven games, left 11 runners on base and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

D’Arnaud hit an RBI single in the fourth and David Wright scored on Rusney Castillo’s fielding error on a Michael Cuddyer single in the fifth that gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Cuddyer’s single rolled underneath Castillo’s glove, allowing Wright to score after Swihart couldn’t control Castillo’s throw cleanly and Cuddyer to advance to third.

Henry Owens allowed two runs, five hits and four walks in five innings for the Red Sox (59-69). Tommy Layne (1-1) pitched the ninth inning.

Jacob deGrom (12-6, 2.29 ERA) will face Joe Kelly (7-6, 5.18 ERA) in the second game of the three-game series Saturday at 4:10 p.m.


The Gary Carter Trade: 30 Years Later

The Mets defeated the Red Sox in the 1986 World Series in large part due to contributions made by Gary Carter, who was acquired from the Expos 30 years ago…

“In 1986, he was just on a mission playing the Red Sox, obviously Game 6, he never took his equipment off because he said, ‘We’re not losing this game,'” Doc Gooden says, in the following documentary by SNY.TV, which looks back at the deal and how Carter’s arrival in New York served as a turning point for the franchise…