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

The Mets host the Houston Astros on Tuesday afternoon at Tradition Field.

The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and can be seen live on SNY. You can follow along online with SNY Gameday.

Dillon Gee starts for the Mets, while Collin McHugh pitches for Houston.

Jeurys Familia, Zack Thornton and Buddy Carlyle are also expected to pitch for the Mets.

This will be Gee’s sixth appearance of the spring and his third start.


Mets unlikely to pursue LHP Beimel

The Mets are unlikely to pursue left handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel (Rubin, March 24).

Beimel was released by the Rangers after posting a 33.00 ERA and 5.000 WHIP in four spring training games.

He pitched in 56 games for the Mariners last year, his first major league appearances since 2011.

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There are signs of tension brewing between Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins

There is the potential for major friction this season between Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson, writes columnist John Harper (Daily News, Mar. 24).

According to Harper, Collins has been more vocal than usual this spring, either expressing frustration with the roster (left-handed relievers), disagreeing with Alderson or not being on the same page with his front office, such as seeming unaware of elbow issues (Zack Wheeler), potential surgeries (Josh Edgin) and demotions (Noah Syndegraard).

At the same time, a source told Harper that Alderson’s front office has repeatedly had issues with the way Collins has made strategic decisions in games, so much so they nudged him to fire the manager at the end of last season.

In the upcoming book, Baseball Maverick, Sandy Alderson admits that he was closer to firing Collins in 2014 than was being reported.

“Frankly, for me, that percentage (51 percemt) has been eroding,” Alderson said last September, speaking to the book’s author, Steve Kettman, who says a meeting with the team’s hitters ended up saving their manager’s job.

The contentious relationship required a clear-the-air meeting this past winter in which Alderson and Collins aired their grievances, though evidence indicates issues remain, reports Harper.

Collins, 65, has a 2016 option worth $1.2 million, which the team has yet to pick up (Heyman, Mar. 19). He recently denied reports suggesting he might choose to retire at the end of the 2015 season (Rosenthal, Feb. 25).

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone,

Alderson’s view of the GM-Manager dynamic is fairly clear, since he’s talked about it in public and had it covered extensively in the book Moneyball. Basically, he wants a middle manager, there is room for feedback and discussion, but, in the end, Sandy calls the shots and the manager executes the decision. I’m sure this worked fine with Collins when the task had less weight. But, now the heat is on — jobs, options and legacies are at stake, and I’m sure that leads to a different set of reactions for everyone involved.

Collins had essentially been babysitting a transition the last few seasons. This year he, Alderson and their players all keep saying they expect to at least contend for a playoff spot. So, if they don’t do it do that, or by May look like they won’t do it, it should be much easier to point fingers and say who is or isn’t getting the job done, Terry and Sandy included. The heat is on…

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What’s on Tap for Tuesday, March 24

The Mets host the Astros at Tradition Field on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m., which will air live on SNY.

Dillon Gee gets the start for the Mets.

Vic Black, who is dealing with shoulder tendinitis, will throw off flat ground.

In case you missed it

Jacob deGrom gave up two runs in four innings and the Mets beat the Marlins, 12-3, on Monday >> Read more

Wilmer Flores fouled a ball off his foot, X-rays were negative, though he wore a walkinhg boot Sunday >> Read more

Bartolo Colon will start on Opening Day, followed in the rotation by Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey >> Read more

Lucas Duda will start against left-handed pitchers through at least April >> Read more

Matt Harvey wants to always play for the team with the best chance to win >> Read more

The Mets remain interested in Orioles lefty reliever Brian Matusz, but they want Baltimore to eat part of his contract >> Read more


Matt Harvey will play for the team that helps him win the most rings

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone,

In the event the Yankees and Mets were to offer him the same contract, Matt Harvey would sign with whatever team gives him the best chance to win, he told New York Magazine’s Chris Smith, the writer said.

The quote didn’t appear in Smith’s outstanding article, titled, “Are the Mets big enough for Matt Harvey,” during which Smith spent an afternoon in Manhattan talking with Harvey about life after Tommy John surgery, living in Manhattan, fame and the Mets.

I love Harvey’s answer, even if it forces me to consider life without him. It speaks to what makes Harvey so perfect for the Mets right now, which is that he craves greatness. He is only focused on being the best and making his team the best. This is the culture Harvey wants for his current team and, if they get there, if the Mets can become as great as he wants to be, I believe they’ll ride off together in to the sunset. If the organization stumbles, while Harvey excels, I don’t doubt that he’ll leave them behind.

“Matt Harvey, as a human being, is a deeply loyal guy,” Smith told me, when I talked with him Monday for a MetsBlog Q&A Cast that will post Thursday. “He’s very attached to the Mets. He really wants to prove things to Mets fans, to New York City.” However, Smith added, “The guy really, really wants to win and I think where that can happen, more than the dollars, will determine where he goes.”

To read Smith’s article on Harvey, which is beautifully written and worth your time, check it out here.

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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Vic Black may not be ready for Opening Day

The Mets are not confident reliever Vic Black will be ready for Opening Day, Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.

Black was scheduled to throw on flat ground Tuesday. He recently had an MRI and 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.”

He finished anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder on Sunday, after which he was cleared to pick up a baseball.

According to Black, based on what he’s done so far his spring, he can still be ready for Opening Day.

“This is the second year in a row he’s had issues,” Terry Collins bemoaned after Thursday’s game. “He had them last spring, he had them late in the summer and now he’s had them this year.”

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Colon, deGrom and Harvey will start season against Nationals

Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will pitch the team’s first series of the season against the Nationals in DC, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Colon will be making his seventh career Opening Day start and will become the oldest Mets pitcher to start on Opening Day.

“It’s always an honor to start on Opening Day,” Colon said. “Anyone on the staff could have been named the Opening Day starter. I’m looking forward to it. I think we’ve got a chance to have a great season and I want to do my part.”

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone,

This is the right group for these games, not because it’s the first series of the season, not because of the pomp and circumstance, blah, blah, blah, but because it’s three of 19 games against the Nationals and every game counts. These are the best three pitchers suited to pitch against them in their ballpark. The Mets struggled so badly against the Nationals last season, while playing above .500 against everyone else, that every game against Washington should be managed like a playoff game in 2015.

Colon faced 55 hitters from the Nationals last season and gave up 10 hits and six runs, and Harvey and deGrom are Harvey and deGrom. It’s the right group for what is an oddly important series of games so early in the season.