Newark Star-Ledger "Nine days ago, during the fifth inning of a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis Granderson beat an 89 mile per hour fastball into the ground past an exaggerated shift and into the outfield at Chase Field. That single -- four innings after he ran into a padded stanchion along the right field..." April 23
Viva El Birdos "Jon Jay gets another start in centerfield tonight, despite the expansive Citi Field outfield. With a groundball pitcher, Adam Wainwright, on the mound, and facing the right-handed Dillion Gee, combined with how well Jay has been hitting (or conversely, how poorly Peter Bourjos has been hitting),..." April 23
ESPN.com "Although Kyle Farnsworth was briefly hunched over in the tunnel to the clubhouse and shaking his forearm postgame after converting Monday's save, the Mets say the newly installed closer actually is "fine." The 38-year-old Farnsworth willingly had acknowledged flexing his forearm after his first..." April 22
New York Post "The blister that knocked Jenrry Mejia out of his last start didn’t slow him down any more than St. Louis did on Monday night. Sure, the Mets offense went into hiding again, fitting considering the new camouflage tops they donned. But Mejia was so good, it didn’t matter. He smothered the..." April 22
New York Post "The Mets started Sunday afternoon by demoting struggling Jose Valverde from the closer’s role and pulling slumping Curtis Granderson out of the cleanup spot. They ended it with Valverde getting the decision and Granderson getting the deciding RBI, hoisted aloft by catcher Anthony Recker and mobbed..." April 21
John Lannan has accepted the assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Collins just named Farnsworth new #Mets closer.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As Justin Upton circled the bases on a three-run homer trot in the ninth inning, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel was warming up in the bullpen, ready to enter with a 7-3 lead against the Mets. Victory seemed certain. The Braves did win, but not without plenty of consternation when Kimbrel gave..." April 20
Jenrry Mejia says his bullpen session went fine and he is set for Monday's start. Had been dealing with blister issue on middle finger.
ESPN.com "The Ike Davis saga is over in New York. The New York Mets traded the enigmatic first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The deal was announced just a few minutes prior to the Mets' game against the..." April 19
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A million bucks generally won’t get you much on baseball’s free-agent market these days, but pitcher Aaron Harang is proving to be a major exception for the Braves. The well-traveled veteran pitched seven hitless innings in Friday night’s 6-0 win against the New York Mets at Citi Field, where..." April 19
Hardball Talk "A guy named AJ Mass wore the Mr. Met costume at Shea Stadium from 1994-97. He just wrote a memoir called “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.” In it, he reveals that in 1997, President Clinton visited Shea. Mass wanted to meet him, but the secret service..." April 18
CBSSports.com "If you assume teams might be interested in a hard-throwing back-end bullpen piece who's now available, you'd be right. Close to 20 teams showed up to watch veteran closer Joel Hanrahan throw in a showcase at the University of Tampa on Thursday, and judging by the early reviews, don't be..." April 17
New York Post "Mission accomplished in Operation Desert Broom. Either the Mets have begun getting their act together or the Diamondbacks are a complete farce of a baseball team. Whichever the case, the Mets have decided they will keep the wins. On Wednesday, they used seven shutout innings from Dillon Gee..." April 17
New York Daily News "Bartolo Colon was dealing with a back issue in his last start, a Mets source confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday night, and “it remains to be seen,” if he will be able to make his next scheduled start on Saturday. The 40-year-old pitcher was shelled by the Angels giving up back-to-back-to-back..." April 16
New York Post "Kirk Nieuwenhuis traveled from one desert city to another on Tuesday and naturally went right for the pool. Without literally making a splash, Nieuwenhuis had a substantial night for the Mets. His 3-for-5, three-RBI performance — which included a two-run homer just outside the pool in right..." April 16
ESPN.com "The New York Mets went from an impending outfield surplus to an outfield shortage in the span of a few innings. Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares departed Monday's 7-3 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in consecutive innings with injuries. Lagares suffered a pulled right hamstring..." April 15
New York Post "It wasn’t pretty, but Zack Wheeler managed to limit the damage. In what rated as the right-hander’s best performance of his three to start the season, Wheeler allowed two runs on six hits and three walks over 6 ¹/₃ innings in the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday. Wheeler..." April 15
Los Angeles Times "TURNING POINT: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez hit consecutive home runs in the first inning against Bartolo Colon, the first time the Angels have done that since July 27, 2009. Trout's went into the top of the trees beyond the center-field wall, Pujols' into the Angels' bullpen in left..." April 14
CBSSports.com "Former All-Star reliever Joel Hanrahan, attemtping a return from Tommy John surgery, should expect a big crowd of scouts when he throws for teams Thursday in Tampa. The Mets, Yankees, Royals, Athletics, Red Sox and Dodgers are among a decent-sized group of teams that has lost their closer or..." April 13
New York Post "In the shadow of Disneyland, the Mets got a little Sleepy and Dopey before departing Happy. Anthony Recker’s home run leading off the 13th inning injected life into this sagging bunch, sending the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the Angels. A night after the Mets lost in the 11th inning, when..." April 13
Hardball Talk "A fan was ejected after he reached his hand out into the field of play to touch Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson during a game last night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. During the eighth inning, Granderson caught a fly ball in the right field corner and was about to throw the ball back into the..." April 12
Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: Hank Conger was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th to give the Angels the walk-off victory. That came after the Angels missed a couple of chances in the eighth and 10th innings, when Albert Pujols failed to deliver with runners in scoring position. AT THE..." April 12
New York Post "If the Mets can get this kind of production from the top, they might not be destined for the bottom. Eric Young Jr. and Daniel Murphy were a lethal 1-2 combo at the top of the order Thursday night, reaching base seven times between them to inject life into a previously dormant Mets..." April 11
New York Post "If David Wright was breaking a sweat, it wasn’t over his slow start. The Mets captain, who has battled flu-like symptoms in recent days, realizes it’s much too early to be concerned with his anemic numbers. But it certainly was a positive sign for the Mets that Wright went 2-for-4 in the team’s..." April 10
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ervin Santana may have missed pitching the Braves’ home-opener by one day, but as far as introductions go, Wednesday night’s was hard to beat. The former All-Star pitcher for the Angels who signed a one-year $14.1 million contract to rescue the Braves from a rash of elbow injuries pitched eight..." April 10
Newark Star-Ledger "For Bartolo Colon, his pitching performance in Tuesday's Mets win may have been secondary. He told ESPNdeportes.com that his mother was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. "I have not had my head in baseball for several days. Not since they called me from my house to tell me that my mom has..." April 09
New York Post "Hank Aaron’s 715th-home-run anniversary celebration wouldn’t have been complete without a Babe Ruth appearance Tuesday night. Bartolo Colon, belly hanging over his belt, looked the part at least. The Mets received a jumbo performance from the veteran right-hander and ruined the Braves’ home..." April 09
ESPN.com "New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell has decided to proceed with Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season. Team doctor David Atlchek is scheduled to perform the procedure Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. Parnell was diagnosed Tuesday with a..." April 07
Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds needed a win in the worst way Sunday. It meant avoiding a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, who came into the series 0-3. It meant avoiding going to St. Louis on a four-game losing streak. The Reds got the much-needed win, a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets before a crowd of..." April 07
New York Post "Apparently the Mets’ bullpen is not the only one that stinks. Reds closer J.J. Hoover blew a ninth-inning lead and the Mets scored their second consecutive victory, winning 6-3 on Ike Davis’ walkoff grand slam. Davis drilled an 0-1 pitch off Hoover into the right-field stands to give the..." April 06
Hardball Talk "Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported yesterday that the Mets see trading Ike Davis as the “as the likely endgame” and today he dropped an interesting nugget about a proposal the team turned down over the winter: My reporting on Friday led me to these conclusions: Just as in the..." April 05
New York Post "Hours after Terry Collins took a leap of faith and handed a hitless Lucas Duda the Mets’ starting first base job, Duda gave his manager a pair of towering two-run home runs and his team its first win of the year. Duda was given the first base job Friday afternoon, and proceeded to club two-run..." April 05
Washington Post "Prepared to spend the day as a spectator, Tanner Roark woke up Thursday morning and saw Steve McCatty had called him. He had no idea why. Roark would not make his season debut until Friday back home at Nationals Park. What could his pitching coach want? And why couldn’t it wait until he arrived at..." April 04
New York Daily News "Chris Young made his Met debut Wednesday, but it lasted only one inning because his tight right quad acted up again. Young came out of the game after feeling a twinge while pursuing a foul ball toward the left-field line. He may be facing a trip to the disabled list. “I don’t know. I hope not,”..." April 03
New York Post "Bobby Parnell’s partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right elbow will cost him at least six weeks with the Mets, and potentially much longer. According to general manager Sandy Alderson, the right-hander’s “conservative” rehab approach will entail about two weeks of rest followed by..." April 03
ESPN.com "Bobby Parnell indicated Thursday that team doctors have told him it is “50-50” whether he will require Tommy John surgery. The injured closer added that he may make a decision about whether to have surgery in two weeks -- not wait the full six weeks that includes a throwing program Sandy..." April 03
MLB.com "One day after outfielder Chris Young lasted just one inning in his Mets debut, the team placed Young on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quad. Young is eligible to return April 18 against the Braves, and the Mets expect him back at that time. "I think it's only going to be 15..." April 03
Source: Lucas Duda, not Ike Davis, will start at 1B for #Mets tomorrow, because team wants to find out if he can hold down job.
CSN Washington "After the pomp and circumstance (and wackiness) of Opening Day, and then an abrupt day of rest that followed, the Nationals began the true baseball season tonight, the long slog of 162 games in 182 days that tests a team both physically and mentally. If this performance was an indication of things..." April 03
New York Post "Bartolo Colon kept a low profile for the Mets in spring training, but won’t be afforded such a luxury now. The organization’s big offseason pitching acquisition — he was signed to a two-year contract worth $20 million in December to help fill the void created by Matt Harvey’s absence — will..." April 02
Bad sign for Chris Young. Andrew Brown in left field now. Quad barking once more.
Hardball Talk "Kyle Farnsworth had been slated to begin the season at Triple-A after signing a minor-league deal with the Mets, but Bobby Parnell‘s elbow injury opened up a spot in the bullpen. Jose Valverde is expected to take over as the Mets’ closer, but they’ve recalled Farnsworth from the minors to fill..." April 01
#Mets: Parnell has partial tear of MCL in right below. Prescribed complete rest for two weeks. Could need surgery.
Washington Post "On Sunday night, Matt Williams devoured dinner at an Italian restaurant, retreated to his hotel room, lay in bed and found sleep futile. “Nervous energy,” he said. “That’s part of the deal.” He had never managed a major league game before, and all possibilities rattled around his head. Whatever..." April 01
CBSSports.com "Mets closer Bobby Parnell has a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his elbow, the team announced. He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will rest for two weeks before beginning a throwing program. The team says Parnell will then be reevaluated to see if he needs..." April 01
Covers.com "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01
The Mets signed OF Bobby Abreu to a minor league contract. He will report to Las Vegas.
New York lineup 3/31: Young 2B, Lagares CF, Wright, 3B, Granderson RF, Brown LF, Davis 1B, d'Arnaud C, Tejada SS, Gee RHP