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8/29/2016 | Montero displays mettle in high-wire act

As Rafael Montero took the Citi Field mound Monday night, a picture of his face appeared on the right-field scoreboard, a reminder for Mets fans who hadn't seen the right-hander since April.

8/29/2016 | Moment never too big for clutch Cespedes

Even as he centered himself in the dogpile at home plate, gum and sunflower seeds flying around him, Jose Reyes cautioned Yoenis Cespedes to dampen his celebration. This was a night worthy of a party, to be certain. But the Mets remained all too aware of both Cespedes' nagging injuries and their dependence on him over the next month. It is impossible to consider one without the other.

8/29/2016 | Cespedes' walk-off HR lifts Mets over Marlins

Battling through what has become a chronic leg injury, Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning Monday at Citi Field, leading the Mets to a 2-1 win over the Marlins that also evened the two teams in the Wild Card standings. Both clubs still trail the Giants, Cardinals and Pirates, each sitting 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.

8/29/2016 | Dinged up Cabrera, Walker both day to day

The Mets' inability to keep a full, healthy lineup on the field rolled into another week Monday, as they opened a critical four-game series against the Marlins without either half of their starting middle infield.

8/29/2016 | Marlins, Mets looking for leg up in Wild Card race

The Mets and Marlins will be back in action at Citi Field for the second of a four-game set Tuesday following Monday's thriller, in which Yoenis Cespedes hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning. After the mighty swing helped New York draw even with Miami in the National League Wild Card race -- both teams trail the Giants, Cardinals and Pirates -- the clubs will roll out starting pitchers with dissimilar levels of experience for the next chapter of this pivotal set.

8/29/2016 | Cabrera earns NL Player of Week nod

Asdrubal Cabrera returned from the disabled list with a performance that earned him National League Player of the Week honors.

8/28/2016 | Gsellman, Mets endure one rough frame

Mets righty Robert Gsellman kept the game knotted at one through six innings in his first career start, but manager Terry Collins elected to stick with the 23-year-old to start the seventh. The decision proved costly. Philadelphia scored four runs in the frame and avoided the three-game sweep by handing New York a 5-1 loss.

8/28/2016 | Matz expected to start Thursday for Mets

Steven Matz threw a bullpen session before the Mets' 5-1 loss to the Phillies on Sunday, and while manager Terry Collins said the left-hander looked "fine," the Mets have decided to have him throw one more time before activating him from the disabled list..

8/28/2016 | Asdrubal's left knee flareup has Mets concerned

Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was removed from Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Phillies after he appeared to be jogging gingerly to second base following a single by Kelly Johnson in the first inning. The Mets announced that Cabrera left the game with a sore left knee.

8/28/2016 | Marlins, Mets open key 4-game series at Citi

The anticipated Jose Fernandez-Jacob deGrom matchup is not taking place because New York's right-hander is being skipped, with Rafael Montero getting the nod for the Mets at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday in the series opener with the Marlins at Citi Field.

8/28/2016 | Cespedes, Walker held out of starting lineup

The Mets have seemingly found their groove in the National League Wild Card race, having won six of their past seven games entering Sunday, but the club may be facing yet another injury-related setback. Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker were both held out of the starting lineup in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Phillies after past maladies have flared up in the past few days.

8/28/2016 | Groome, Gonsalves among top prospect performers Saturday

It hasn't taken Jason Groome long to reward the Red Sox for rolling the dice on him with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.

8/27/2016 | Montero to start Monday in place of deGrom

Rafael Montero, who was scratched from his scheduled start for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday, will be recalled to start Monday's series opener against the Marlins in place of Jacob deGrom, the Mets announced.

8/27/2016 | Johnson's slam breaks Citi Field HR record

The vibe around the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes said, is starting to feel a lot like it did the last two months of 2015. There are a few reasons: Desire. Motivation. An unwillingness to give up. The Cuban slugger might be right, but the Mets are also borrowing a formula from last season: Hitting home runs in bunches.

8/27/2016 | Lightning the load: Thor, Mets turning corner

Noah Syndergaard didn't have much time to react. After doubling earlier in the fourth inning, he took a lead off third base and watched as Yoenis Cespedes smoked a 104.2-mph line drive foul down the left-field line. Disaster wasn't as close as it seemed, but all Syndergaard could think of was self-preservation as his 6-foot-6, 240-pound frame staggered a bit before dropping to the grass.

8/27/2016 | Cespedes, slam lead Mets' rout of Phillies

He had sent Citi Field into delirium once more, and Yoenis Cespedes wanted to show the 35,832 fans his appreciation. Jogging back to the dugout in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night, his 26th homer of the year in the seats, Cespedes raised both hands to his lips and blew the Mets faithful a kiss.

8/27/2016 | Bruce gets 'mental day'; Ruggiano to DL

Jay Bruce felt his balky right calf flare up on Friday, but the Mets were far more concerned with where the right fielder was mentally. On a day where the club scored nine runs on 11 hits to take the first game of a three-game series against the Phillies at Citi Field, Bruce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

8/27/2016 | Gsellman to make first start in finale vs. Phils

Robert Gsellman probably didn't picture his first Major League appearance playing out as it did. Promoted Aug. 22 to provide bullpen stability, the long-haired righty from Santa Monica, Calif., found himself on the mound one day later in the first inning of the Mets' 7-4 win over the Cardinals.

8/26/2016 | Collins: Colon has kept Mets in playoff race

On a day when the Mets announced that they will skip Jacob deGrom's next start because of mechanical issues, Mets manager Terry Collins couldn't provide enough praise for Friday's starter Bartolo Colon, the lone pitcher in New York's rotation who hasn't dealt with any sort of lingering issue this season.

8/26/2016 | Thor looks to keep Mets rolling vs. Phils

If the Mets plan to make a late postseason push, Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) will likely need to play a big role. After a string of inconsistent outings, the big righty tossed eight shutout innings vs. the Giants on Aug. 21 for his 11th win of the season. The Phillies hope to halt that momentum Saturday.

8/26/2016 | Blond bombshells make history with homers

Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera opened the bottom of the first inning of the Mets' 9-4 win on Friday with back-to-back homers off Phillies starter Adam Morgan, marking just the second time in franchise history the Mets have opened a game with consecutive dingers.

8/26/2016 | Walker returns from paternity list; T. Rivera optioned

Neil Walker hasn't had much sleep over the last three days, but he wouldn't trade those restless days for anything. Over that time, Walker has been on Major League Baseball's paternity list as his wife and he welcomed their first child, Nora Vail Walker, into the world at 3:06 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

8/26/2016 | Mets decide to skip deGrom's next start

Concerned about Jacob deGrom's consecutive poor starts, the Mets spent this week digging into the Trackman technology available to them at ballparks around the country, hoping to spot the root cause of their ace's struggles. Coming away convinced that deGrom's issues are mechanical, not health-related, the team will spend the next 10 days attempting to fix them.

8/26/2016 | Brinson among top prospect performers Thursday

Brewers No. 2 prospect Lewis Brinson was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Thursday.

8/25/2016 | De Aza pushing for playing time with bat

From the months of April through June, as Mets fans busied themselves booing him and calling for his release, Alejandro De Aza compiled a total of five RBIs.

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