9/3/15

ROSTER MOVES - St. Lucie

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The Brooklyn Cyclones have announced that the New York Mets promoted 2B Vinny Siena & 1B/OF/DH Jeff Diehl to the St. Lucie Mets.
They are the 2nd & 3rd players to leave the team this week, joining closer Alex Palsha.
Vinny Siena
Vinny Siena
Siena was the Mets 14th round draft pick from the UConn Huskies.
In 68 games in Brooklyn, Siena hit .273 with 6 doubles, a triple and 18 RBIs. He also stole 9 bases and drew 24 walks. He led the team with 32 runs scored & 69 hits.
Siena was the only position player on the Brooklyn to appear in the 2015 NYPL All Star Game.

Jeff Diehl
Jeff Diehl
Jeff Diehl appeared in 58 games this season for Brooklyn, his 2nd overall, hitting .289 leading the team.
Diehl led the team in home runs with 5, while collecting 52 hits, 12 doubles, & 20 RBIs. He also scored 31 runs and drew 28 walks.
For his Cyclones career, Diehl appeared in 94 games, hitting .279 with 19 doubles, a triple, 6 homers, 33 RBIs & 32 walks.
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Tom Brennan - TWO INTRIGUING PROSPECTS

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TWO INTRIGUING PROSPECTS - Tom Brennan

Following the daily progress of all of the Mets' minor league squads, you get a good feel for "Who's Hot, Who's Not."  But sometimes guys do well but don't quite catch your attention for some reason or other, but there they are when you do in fact look, and then you appreciate and reassess them.

Two guys fit that category, just catching my attention more in recent days, Matt Oberste and Christian Montgomery.

Matt Oberste, an 11th rounder in 2013, started the season playing part time, with Michael Conforto getting all the attention through his late May promotion, and then Dominic Smith going on a tear and becoming the focus on St Lucie along with a streaking Jeff McNeil..

Matt was an OK .259 on May 30, having played in only 36 games to that point.

He then went 4-5 on May 31, and has hit .333 since that date.

Since August 1, he has hit a shade under .400, .450 on base, .520 slug.  With only 12 Ks in those 29 games. The 6'2", 220 righty may never fit into the Mets' major league plans, but he suddenly looks like a future major leaguer.

How is He doing versus his peers?  He was in the top 6 in FSL average, on base %, slugging %, and RBIs, despite not playing in 27 of St Lucie's games.

 He has my attention now.

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Christian Montgomery was awful and hardly pitched prior to this year, for a variety of reasons, despite high octane velocity.

He started this year great, however, in Brooklyn, not allowing a run in 9.2 innings while fanning 18.

He got a quick promo to Savannah, where in his first several outings, spanning 8 innings, he gave up 13 runs.  Ouch!

So will the real Montgomery please stand up?  He certainly has, of late.

In his last 3 outings, eye-popping: 6.1 innings pitched, 1 hit, 15 strikeouts, that's 15 of 21 batters by the K. Wow.

Which tells me the 22 year old fireballer may have big league pen stuff by 2017.  Another INTRIGUING guy well worth watching.

There are more INTRIGUING Mets prospect tales, but I felt to highlight these 2 today.

Have a great day.
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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 9/2/15

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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 9-2-15

RAIN, OFF DAYS, AND A BINGO EXPLOSION

STARS OF THE DAY: XORGE CARILLO, TYLER PILL THE SLUGGER


HONORABLE MENTION: LJ MAZZILLI




SCORES:

Las Vegas (75-64) 1 - El Paso 2, 11 innings

Binghamton (75-61) 16 - Reading 4


St Lucie (67-67)  OFF TODAY

Savannah (82-50)  - Augusta RAINED OUT


Brooklyn (32-39)  - Connecticut. TWIN BILL SPLIT


- Game 1 won 7-1

- Game 2 lost 2-1


Kingsport ALSO AN OFF DAY. 

  

Now Here's the Scoop:


Las Vegas went with Tim Stauffer (4-0, 2.23) in the bid to stay ahead of El Paso. Other than Travis Taijeron's 25th, the offense was comatose in a 2-1 loss in 11, won when Chase Bradford surrendered the go ahead run.





Binghamton's 5-0, 1.95 Tyler Pill hoped to stay perfect in his return to AA. He did, moving to 6-0, as he led the Bingo hitters with a 3-5 night. If my mental calcs are correct, he is a stunning 14-28 at the plate this year and last.

Xorge Carillo went 4-5 with 2 homers (10) and Lee Mazzilli also went 4-5 (.269) in this 16 run, 21 hit barrage.




St Lucie OFF TODAY!

 

Savannah sent Josh Prevost to the hill today. He fond it soggy, and yes, another rain out.



Brooklyn doing the doubleheader deal to make up for a June 28 wash out.

Won the first 7-1 behind solid pitching by Villasmil, and Des Lindsay and Jose Garcia (.304) drove in 2 runs each.

Back to insufficient offense in the nightcap. Jeff Diehl (.289) drove in the Clones' only run with his 5th Jack.




Kingsport's got an OFF DAY! Tomorrow, the playoffs against mighty Greeneville!



GOAT: Rain

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The Morning Report 9.3.2015 | The Harvey Plan is the Right Plan, Lost Season for Vic Black, Conforto Continues to Platoon in 2015

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Matt Vaccaro New York Post- Harvey had started the game brilliantly, had clearly lost a yard or two on his fastball, had lost a little bite on the other pitches. After a month of otherworldliness, he had merely been of-this-world-liness. The Mets were fine with that. Identifying Harvey for what they believe him to be — their horse, the nucleus around which their precise October plans reside — is more essential. And as his strength sapped, we might have seen that a vulnerable Harvey still can be a valuable Harvey. “This is the time of year we’ve talked about, that he’s talked about,” Collins had said before the game. “One of the things we had discussed all summer long, when all the innings things started to rear its ugly head, Matt said, ‘I’m pitching in the playoffs. If we get to the playoffs, I want to be able to pitch.’ ”

(Chris Soto: There is now talks about skipping Harvey again during the month of September just to be sure that he will have innings left over for October should the Mets hold on and get there. It's the smart move and the correct one at the same time and Harvey seems to finally be on board with the plan. Secretly, the front office is hoping that the team continues to put the peddle to the floor and lock this thing up before the last week of the season. If they can, it will allow them to essentially bench deGrom, Syndergaard, and Harvey for another turn through the rotation to make sure they are fresh for the start of the playoffs.)



Joe D. Metsmerized Online- When I first learned that the Mets had traded Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Vic Black and Dilson Herrera, I remember an article on FanGraphs entitled Vic Black, Pirates Closer of the Future. I became a huge Black fan almost immediately. He had an electric 4-seam fastball and a great slider that came down and in to left-handed hitters, potentially making him a solid crossover reliever in the near future. I had high hopes for him. So it was kind of sad to hear that the Mets had outrighted him to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, which essentially means he was removed from the 40 man roster. A herniated disc in his neck as well as a shoulder strain sent him to the DL and derailed his season.

(Chris Soto: I was very surprised that Black not only was DFA'd off the 40 man roster...but actually cleared waivers. There are a number of rebuilding teams that could certainly use a strong young arm to anchor their future rotations. The fact that he cleared means that GM's all around the MLB are afraid about just how much damage he has sustained from his injuries over the past 18 months. Like Joe said...it really is a shame to see so much talented be limited due to poor health. Hopefully Black can recover some more over the off-season and earn a spot back on the 40 man roster next year.)



Adam Rubin ESPN New York-  New York Mets manager Terry Collins consistently has said that rookie left fielder Michael Conforto will not be a platoon player during his career. Still, because of the presence of righty-hitting outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Cuddyer and Juan Lagares, the lefty-hitting Conforto essentially will be a platoon player this season. “We’ve brought people in here that hit lefties, that have a career record of hitting lefties,” Collins said. “And right now that’s what we’ve been doing, and I’m going to stay with it.”

(Chris Soto: Look...there is no doubt that Conforto is going to be a special player for the Mets for at a bare minimum the next 6 seasons, However, the Mets have guys on the roster right now that crush lefties. There's no sense letting those guys ride the pine.....like Keith Hernandez says "Play to Your  Strengths!" Having Conforto in vs righties and other guys in vs lefties it working really well right now so if it aint broke....don't fix it! There will be an everyday job for him in 2016.)
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9/2/15

September 2nd 2015 -- Mets 9, Phillies 4

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Wednesday night at Citi Field, Matt Harvey got some run support for a change; the Mets take 2 of 3 from the Phillies with a 9-4 win.  The Mets provided the Dark Knight with some breathing room scoring 3 times in the 2nd and 3rd innings against Aaron Nola. In the 2nd David Wright singled and then scored on a RBI double by Kelly Johnson.  Then in an odd play, Domonic Brown missed a bloop down the right field line by Ruben Tejada and then went flipping over the short fence into to stands as the ball rolled to the wall and Tejada had a 2 run inside the park home run, the first inside the park job for the Mets at Citi Field since 2010, for Tejada his 3rd homer on the year to make it 3-0. In the 3rd, Curtis Granderson singled and scored on a RBI double by Daniel Murphy. Michael Conforto then lined an opposite field 2 run homer, his 5th on the year for a 6-0 Met lead.  Harvey ran into some trouble in the 5th yielding 3 runs on 4 hits in the frame.  Erik Kratz had a 2 run double to make it 6-2.  With Kratz on third, Cesar Hernandez reached on an infield single to 1st scoring Kratz to make it 6-3.  In the 6th Tejada drove in his 3rd run of the game on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-3.  Darnell Sweeney made it a 7-4 game in the top of the 7th with a solo homer, his 3rd on the year. Tejada’s RBI single in the 7th brought home Kelly Johnson from 2nd to make it 8-4. Cespedes launched a solo homer in the 8th, his 10th as a Met and 28th on the year to put the icing on the cake for the Mets. Harvey was human on the night lasting 6 1/3 innings allowing 9 hits 4 runs (all earned) walking 1 and striking out 9. He gets the well supported win he’s now 12-7. Nola takes the loss falling to 5-2. Sean Gilmartin retired the side in the 7th on a double play completed when Hernandez ran out of the baseline.  Tyler Clippard pitched a scoreless 8th; Addison Reed pitched the 9th. Tejada led the way with the homer and 4 RBI, Travis d’Arnaud and Cespedes had 3 hits, David Wright, Johnson, Tejada and Michael Conforto all had 2 hits apiece as the Amazins amassed 16 on the night. With the win the Mets improve to 14-2 against the Phillies in 2015. They are 74-59 on the season and 45-24 at Citi Field.  The Mets are currently 7 games ahead of the Nats in the NL East. That lead can swing ½ game either way pending the outcome of the Nats came against the Cards in St. Louis. The Mets are off on Thursday, Friday night the Mets travel to Miami to take on the Marlins. Jacob deGrom (12-7 2.32) goes for the Mets, Tim Koehler (8-13 4.12) goes for the Fish. 
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Reese Kaplan -- Daniel Murphy's Farewell Tour?

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With all of the attention paid to the question of whether or not to make the investment in Yoenis Cespedes at the end of the season, a perhaps more intriguing question concerns one Daniel Thomas Murphy. He's been a Met since making his debut during the 2008 season. How long ago was that? The team featured Carlos Delgado, Brian Schneider, Carlos Beltran, Luis Castillo, Fernando Tatis and Ryan Church!

During his Mets tenure he's been asked to play 1B, 2B and LF due to the presence of David Wright at his natural position of 3B. As they saying goes, as a fielder he's a pretty good hitter. He's not an embarrassment out there at any position (except perhaps LF), but he's not especially graceful either. What bothers people more than the physical errors he makes are the mental errors. He's been known to throw to the wrong base, fail to cover, and not position himself properly to receive throws from the outfield.

On the basepaths he's raised gaffes to an art form. It's almost surrealistic at times watching him seemingly forget things that are drilled into Little Leaguers.

How did he last so long, given these challenges? He's a model of consistency with the bat. For his career he's a .289 hitter. To put that in perspective, similar players who have moved around the diamond such and made a good living such as Ben Zobrist (.266) and Kelly Johnson (.251) are not quite in the same model of productivity.

Murphy's best year was in 2013 when he hit .286 with 13 HRs, 78 RBIs and 23 SBs while playing nearly every game at 2B. A good parallel for his career would appear to be Martin Prado, a career .290 hitter whose best season of 2013 coincided with Murphy's standout year – .282, 14 HRs, 82 RBIs and 3 SBs while playing all over the place for the Diamondbacks.

I bring up Prado because his comps are probably a good yardstick of what Murphy stands to earn during his pending free agency. At age 30 Prado signed a 3 year/$33 million contract. The $10-$11 million per season rate is probably where Murphy will wind up as well.

Now at first glance you'd think the Mets should simply let him walk away. After all, David Wright is back, Wilmer Flores is well on his way to a solid supersub season and Dilson Herrera is crushing the ball in AAA. Do they need Murphy next season?

In a word, yes. They do need him. David Wright's health will remain a question mark until proven otherwise. Dilson Herrera needs to show what he can do at the Major League level and Wilmer Flores is the new Murphy – a man without a position.

Need and afford are unfortunately sometimes mutually exclusive. Some people advocate giving Daniel Murphy a qualifying offer of approximately $15.5 million dollars, gambling that he won't take it, instead seeking the security of a multi-year deal elsewhere. If so, then you get back the draft pick you lost by preemptively signing Michael Cuddyer.

However, what if he and his agent say to themselves, “Wait, I can nearly double my salary for a year and then hit free agency again at just age 31?” In that case the Mets have themselves a very expensive man without a position to play. That's a lot of money to pay for insurance when lower cost alternatives (like current rentals Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe) or players of that ilk could be more prudent investments.

Of course, the other side of that conundrum is the fact that salary usually dictates playing time. How many people think that a $15.5 million Murphy would collect splinters next to Anthony Recker on the bench?

Consequently, the Mets are on the horns of a dilemma. Do they simply pay up, hoping to get Murphy for 3 or more years at a reduced annual price tag similar to what Prado commanded in his age 30 season? Do they make a QO, fully aware that it's a calculated risk that could prove to be very expensive. Or do they wish him well and let him walk away without any compensation whatsoever?

I'm hoping the Mets go far into the post season, get the extra money that accompanies the playoffs and at the turnstiles. However, I think it would be a foolish investment where the Mets have depth. Going into next season they could use Wilmer Flores at 2B with Dilson Herrera in the wings at AAA, or they could revisit Flores at SS where he's looked much more comfortable in the 2nd half of the season. Then the money saved could be spent on an offer for a Yoenis Cespedes and the expensive bench piece is Juan Lagares at 1/3 the cost of what Murphy would be.


What do you all think?
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The Morning Report 9.2.2015 | Bullpen In Shambles Yet Shaping Up Too, Niese's Struggles Continues, Syndergaard Start Skipped, Arizona Fall League

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Anthony McCarron | NY Daily News- The Mets bullpen has devolved into an element of their game that’s worth more hand-wringing than, say, how Steven Matz fits in or whether Matt Harvey is better than Jacob deGrom. Overall, the Mets have the seventh-ranked bullpen in baseball in ERA, but their relief ERA since Aug. 16 is 4.83. They need answers. It’d be nice to think all that high-end starting pitching could deliver the ball right to Clippard and Familia in October, but that doesn’t always work out. Parnell didn’t record an out and allowed three runs (two earned). He wasn’t the only Met reliever who didn’t retire anyone, either; Eric O’Flaherty gave up a run without an out, too.

(Chris Soto: The back end of the bullpen is in upheaval right now. However, as bad as it was last night...It was always extremely good. Right now, Terry Collins is trying to figure who he is going to take into the playoffs bullpen with him. Parnell and O'Flaherty will probably not make it, however, Goeddel was awesome, Addison Reed was excellent, and Sean Gilmartin was strong too. The three of them combined for 3.0 IP, 0 hits and 4 K. Right now those 3 plus Familia, Clippard, and Robles could be your playoff bullpen.)



Brian Lewis New York Post- As bad as the Mets’ bullpen was, it was yet another sorry start from Jonathan Niese that put them in a hole too deep to climb out of. Niese gave up a five-run third inning to the Phillies for a second straight start. “When I was going good, I was able to throw all my pitches in the bottom of the zone to a consistent basis. Right now, I’m leaving a few pitches up, making too many mistakes and not getting away with them.’’

(Chris Soto: Niese is, very quickly, pitching himself OUT of the playoff rotation and allowing Bartolo Colon back in as the #4 guy in a 7 game series. Not only is the command of his fastball off but his breaking pitches just don't have much bite to them right now. For a guy who's velocity is below average even for a lefty, that's devastating. To get torn apart by the bottom feeding Phillies in back to back starts terrifies me in regards to what a team like the Pirates or the Cardinals would've done to him.)



Kenneth Teape Empire Writes Back- The Mets have decided to skip the next start of Noah Syndergaard, instead opting to insert Steven Matz back into the rotation, as he returns from his DL stint. The New York Mets have made it very clear that they want to monitor the innings of their young arms to make sure they are fresh for the playoff push and postseason run if they make it. Syndergaard has already exceeded his innings count from last season by 15, as he has thrown 152 innings including his time in the minors. It also makes sense to limit the amount of starts that Syndergaard makes on the road. His performance at and away from Citi Field have been night and day in his rookie year. 

(Chris Soto: I'm ok with this entire strategy. What the Mets DO NOT want is a situation the Nationals had when Strasburg was a rookie. Strasburg was so good that he hit his inning limit in mid September and the team wouldn't use him in the playoffs. That can't happen in NY, fans would go nuts if it did. So if this is what's needed in order to preserve those innings for the playoffs.....then so be it. )



Joe Trezza Mets.com- The Mets will send three prospects to the Arizona Fall League once the Minor League seasons end: infielder Jeff McNeil, right-hander Beck Wheeler and right-hander Ricky Jannis. Players from the Mets, Blue Jays, D-Backs, Nationals and Rockies will combine to form the Salt River Rafters, who play their games in Scottsdale, Ariz,. Binghamton pitching coach Marc Valdes will serve the same role for Salt River, which is scheduled to open Oct. 13 at home against the Scottsdale Scorpions.

(Chris Soto: The Arizona Fall League is a fun league to following during the off-season. The Mets generally send both top level prospects and guys who they think COULD be MLB contributors but aren't sure yet. Last season we saw Hansel Robles emerge as a strong RP and Dario Alvarez continued to show an ability to become a solid LOOGY for the parent club. The club will likely name at least 3-4 more guys later in the month including at least 1 top prospect. Perhaps that name will be Dominic Smith or Gavin Cecchini?)
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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor league Results - 9/1/15

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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 9-1-15


STARS OF THE DAY: Matt Oberste, Vic Cruzado, Chris Flexen, and Chris Montgomery


HONORABLE MENTION: TJ Rivera, Vince Belnome, Kevin Kaczmarski, and Des Lindsay



SCORES:

Las Vegas (75-63) 8  - El Paso 7

Binghamton (74-61) 7 - Reading 6


St Lucie (67-67)  - Charlotte Doubleheader split:

- lost 4-2, won 8-6
Savannah (82-50)  - Augusta Doubleheader split

- won 4-1, lost 3-2

Brooklyn (31-38)  4 - Tri City 5

Kingsport (40-28) 6 - Danville 2


Now Here's the Scoop:


Las Vegas started Logan Verrett tonight. Three straight losses for the 51s left them a half game ahead of El Paso. Despite the homer- prone Verrett allowing  6 runs and 3 homers, Vegas won a close one. Herrera hit his 9th.





Binghamton's Gabe Ynoa took the hill. Like Verrett, shaky...5 runs and 8 hits, including 2 homers, in 5 innings. But the pen was strong, including Jeff Walters (winner at 2-0) and Sewald's 23rd save. 

TJ Rivera had 3 hits (.353), Vince Belnome had 4 hits


St Lucie lost 4-2 in game 1, as Kelly Secrest allowed two late runs to take the loss. Matt Oberste (.303) had 2 hits, including his 60th RBI.


In game 2, Oberste added 2 more hits (.306,  RBI 61) and Cruzado added 3 hits (.272) to make it 5 for the doubleheader.

 


Savannah played two yesterday, won 2, then played two more games today. Oswalt and Flexen slated to start. 

Ozzie lost A close game 2, but in game 1, Flexen (8Ks in 5.2 IP, 4-0, 1.45) and Christian Montgomery (4Ks in 1.1 IP) dominated game 1. Chris has an utterly astonishing 15 Ks in his last 6.2 dominant innings. Take notice, folks.



Brooklyn lost 5-4, as it made 4 errors. Desmond Lindsay had 3 of Brooklyn's 15 Ks, but drove in 3 on a bases full double.




Kingsport's Adonis Uceta started today's tilt. Six strong innings for the win. The Unstoppable Kaczmarski (.355) was great(2-3 with 3 ribbies). He is hitting .400 since August 1.


GOAT: Brooklyn, for losing its 33rd in its last 50.
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9/1/15

September 1st 2015 -- Phillies 14, Mets 8

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Tuesday night in Flushing the Phillies beat up on Jon Niese and the Met bullpen as they win their first game in 8 tries this year at Citi Field with a 14-8 rout of the Mets. Niese got hit hard for his 3rd straight game giving up a 5 spot in the top of the 3rd on 4 hits.  Darnell Sweeney had an RBI single, an RBI single by Jeff Francoeur and a 3 run homer by Darin Ruf, his 7th on the year and it was 5-0 Phils. In the top of the 5th Ruf hit an RBI single to make it 6-0 and close the book on Niese. The Mets seemed on the verge of another high powered rally in the bottom of the 5th as they scored 4 times.  Kelly Johnson had an RBI single. Curtis Granderson brought a run home with a fielder’s choice.  Yoenis Cespedes then clubbed a 2 run homer, his 9th as a Met and 27 over all to make it 6-4.  In the top of the 6th the wheels came off the wagon, as they say, as the Phillies roughed up Bobby Parnell, Eric O’Flaherty and Carlos Torres for 8 runs. Sweeney had a 2 run double, Ruf added two more RBI with a single Andres Blanco had a 2 run double and scored on a throwing error by Tejada.  The Mets added a single runs in the 6th on a fielder’s choice by Travis d’Arnaud, 7th on a RBI single by Daniel Murphy in the 8th on a RBI single by Wilmer Flores and in the 9th with a sac-fly by Conforto.  Niese lasted 5 innings allowing 7 hits 6 runs (all earned) walking 2 and striking out 2. He nails the loss falling to 8-10. Addison Reed made his Met debut in the 8th and tossed a scoreless frame. Ruf had a huge day going 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored, the homer, double and 6 RBI.  Sweeney went 2 for 5 with 3 RBI. For the Mets Cespedes went 2 for 4 with the homer and a triple as he snapped a 0-16 streak, Michael Conforto and David Wright both went 2 for 4. With the loss the Mets fall to 13-2 against the Phillies this year. They are 73-59 overall and 44-24 at Citi Field. The Mets lead in the NL east drops to 6 games. That of course can swing a half game either way pending the outcome of the Nats game in St. Louis.  Wednesday night it’s game three of the series. Matt Harvey (11-7 2.48) goes for the Mets. Rookie Aaron Nola (5-1 3.26) goes for Philadelphia. 
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ROSTER MOVES - Binghamton

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Mets.
September 1:
  • RHP Kevin McGowan transferred from Binghamton (AA) to St. Lucie (High-A)
  • LHP Steven Matz completed Major League rehab assignment with Binghamton (AA)
  • RHP Erik Goeddel completed Major League rehab assignment with Binghamton (AA)
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