Tonight’s Game: Phillies at Mets, pres. by Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City

The Mets and Phillies play the second of their three-game series at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

Mets Pre Game begins at 6 p.m. on SNY. The game is scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49) starts for the Mets, while Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72) pitches for Philadelphia.

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1. Curtis Granderson – RF 1. Ben Revere – CF
2. Daniel Murphy – 2B 2. Jimmy Rollins – SS
3. David Wright – 3B 3. Chase Utley – 2B
4. Eric Campbell – 1B 4. Ryan Howard – 1B
5. Chris Young – LF 5. Carlos Ruiz – C
6. Travis d’Arnaud – C 6. Grady Sizemore – RF
7. Juan Lagares – CF 7. Dominic Brown – LF
8. Wilmer Flores – SS 8. Cody Asche – 3B
9. Dillon Gee – RHP 9. Cole Hamels – LHP

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Latest trade rumors for Colon: Happy in NY, Royals may be interested

The Mets have been trying hard to trade RHP Bartolo Colon (Knobler, July 22).

However, while they are willing to pay some of his remaining salary this season, (Martino, July 25), they are unwilling to pick up a portion of his $11 million in 2015 (Carig, July 22), which is exactly what interested teams are asking them to do (NY Post, July 23).


5 pm: The Royals have shown interest in Colon (Martino, July 29). Kansas City is also interested in A.J. Burnett, the report said.


Colon, 41, pitched into the eighth inning Monday night as the Mets beat the Phillies, 7-1, at Citi Field.

He surrendered 10 hits, let up one run, struck out six, tossed 121 pitches and is now 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA this season.


“I would say nothing will happen,” Sandy Alderson said about his chances of making a trade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. However, “you never know what’s going to transpire in the last three days or so.”


Colon continues to tell reporters he is not bothered by the speculation he could end up on a new team in the next few days.

“I know there’s talk about it because it’s everywhere, but I don’t really pay attention to anything anyone is saying,” Colon said through a translator (NY Post, July 28). “I’m happy here. I would like to stay here, but it’s really not up to me.”

Mejia, Familia have been even better than you may realize

Brian P. Mangan

Everyone in baseball knows that Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia have been dominant for over a month now, and that the two of them are a very big reason why the Mets have refused to go away quietly thus far in this second half. What you might not know, is exactly how good they’ve been.

They’re not just lights-out — and fun to watch — but if they continue on this run of domination, Mejia and Familia may end up being the Mets’ most dominant end game in over a decade.

So, how good have the boys been?

To read more of this story, click here

Need to Know: Will the Mets trade Bartolo Colon?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I don’t think so… or, I should say, at least not before Thursday…

Right now, it sounds to me like teams looking to acquire Colon see him as a “second-tier pitcher,” considering his age, sporadic results and the $11 million due to him in 2015.

Instead, Jon Lester, David Price, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and other available pitchers are dominating conversations. In Colon’s class, also on the trade market, you’ll find Ian Kennedy, AJ Burnett, John Lackey, and several others.


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The point is, there is more supply than demand right now. Sure, if for some weird reason a team wants to overpay to get Colon, the Mets would do it. However, he almost certainly will be more valuable in two weeks than he is now, which is all the more reason the Mets should hold on to him and keep pushing for .500; and if they stumble, will look to trade him through waivers to a team that struck out on one of the above in July.

In short, I still feel Colon is on the Mets come August 1. If he’s traded before that, it means some team got desperate and either gives up a really good prospect or the acquiring teams gives up very little and pays the whole contract. Otherwise, I bet he gets dealt for nothing through waivers in August or ends up still on the roster through September. It’s one of the three, with the former being the least likely…

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Conforto getting used to slower pace of pro ball

Mets’ 2014 first-round draft pick and current Brooklyn Cyclone Michael Conforto talked about the difference between college baseball and the minor leagues, as he’s currently riding a 10-game hitting streak, which dates back to his professional baseball debut.

“Here in pro ball, it is a little bit slower-paced,” he said. “And I’ve already realized that I can’t expel all my energy in one spot, I gotta pick and choose where I need to really, really show up. And in those places, when I’m in the outfield and there’s a ball hit to me, that’s when I’m going to use my energy. When I’m in the box, I’m really locked in.”

Conforto is hitting .395 with a .452 OBP and .526 slugging percentage over 42 plate appearances. He has 5 doubles, 4 RBI, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts.

“The dugout atmosphere in college baseball was rowdy, and there’s a lot of talking, a lot of yelling,” he said. “Here it’s a lot more laid back. And I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been great.”


For the entire interview, including Conforto’s take on handling the pressure of pro ball and his development as a player, check out SNY’s Mets Minors…

Connect with SNY presented by Verizon: Pre Game Scene at Citi

On the latest installment of Connect with SNY, presented by Verizon, SNY’s Steve Gelbs takes you behind the scenes of the pre game scene at Citi Field, and talks about being the new guy on the broadcast.


To watch the other video interviews in the Connect with SNY, presented by Verizon, series >> Click here


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Latest on trade rumors about Mets, Rockies, Tulo & CarGo

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In the last few days, I’ve seen several reports indicating interest and a potential fit between the Mets and Rockies for either SS Troy Tulowitzki or OF Carlos Gonzalez.

So far today, David Lennon (Newsday), Joel Sherman (New York Post) and Andy Martino (Daily News), among others (MLB Trade Rumors), have already chimed in.

Here’s what I have learned talking with team insiders and friends in Colorado and Citi Field, as well as reporters and fans, all involved or following the story over the last week…

Is there a match?

The buzz in baseball this week says the Mets and Cardinals best fit Colorado’s needs.

The Mets may prefer Tulowitzki, but I’m hearing Gonzalez is a far more likely target – not just because of the money, but because of how a deal could shake out…


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In a deal for Tulowitzki or Gonzalez, the Mets will be expected to give up some combination of Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Travis d’Arnaud, Kevin Plawecki, Brandon Nimmo, etc. Remember, the Rockies are not looking to start a long-term rebuilding process. Instead, they’d like to get players back who can help them win now, while freeing up money to help them reload for next season.

It will cost more to get Tulowitzki than Gonzalez, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said today (WFAN, July 29), which is probably why a deal for Gonzalez is seemingly more likely for the Mets than Tulowitzki right now.

Is a deal possible?

Tulowitzki is due about $129 million over the next seven seasons, while Gonzalez will earn $53 million the next three years. The Rockies want the best affordable, now-talent they can get, while also freeing up the most money. So, to get, say, Wheeler and d’Arnaud, and one or two top prospects, the Mets would probably want Colorado to pay a portion of Tulowitzki’s or Gonzalez’s contract.


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Naturally, the Mets would prefer to keep their guys. Nevertheless, the Mets can afford the contract and they have plenty of players that interest Colorado. Also, Gonzalez has less money due to him and will likely cost less talent in return. The thing is, I just don’t know that they’ll see eye-to-eye on who is worth what and when. We’ll see.

How will things play out?

I suspect the Rockies know Sandy Alderson’s position and, instead of Sandy making pitches, Colorado is running numbers, scouting reports and weighing deals with other teams. If something were to happen in the next 48 hours, which I doubt it will, I’d say the Mets are only capable of acquiring Gonzalez, who the Rockies seem open to moving at any time for the right deal. Tulowitzki is significantly more complicated than that.

For starters, Tulowitzki can essentially dictate where he wants to go, lots of teams will be interested, he’s adored by Colorado fans and – if the Rockies change front offices – that’s only going to further complicate trading the face of their franchise. This is a big deal for that franchise, a far bigger deal than Gonzalez, and I just can’t see them rushing through it with a Thursday deadline.

In short, based on what I’m hearing, I’d put a Tulowitzki-to-the-Mets outcome at 1 percent, and a CarGo-to-the-Mets outcome at around 25 percent…

What’s on Tap for Tuesday, July 29

The Mets (51-55) continue their three-game series with the Phillies (46-60) on Tuesday at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.

Dillon Gee (4-3, 3.49 ERA) gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Cole Hamels (5-5, 2.72 ERA) for Philadelphia.

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In case you missed it…


The Mets crushed the Phillies by the score of 7-1 on Monday night at Citi Field >> Read more at MetsBlog, ESPN, MLB.com, Newsday, New York Post and Daily News


The Mets are interested in trading for Troy Tulowitzki, who the Rockies are reportedly not ready to deal >> Read more at MetsBlog


Sandy Alderson termed it ‘unlikely’ that the Mets would make a trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.


Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with inflammation in his right elbow, is expected to resume throwing later this week. He’s eligible to return on August 9.


Five Mets prospects appeared on MLB.com’s midseason top 100 prospects list >> Read more at MetsBlog


Dana Eveland was struck in his left (pitching) elbow with a line drive during the ninth inning of Monday’s game and was removed. X-rays after the game came back negative.


Jacob deGrom was named co-NL Player of the Week after going 2-0 with an 0.68 ERA over his last two starts.