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5/26/2016 | Student of the game: Yo shows ability to adjust

The visitor's batting cage at Nationals Park is a spacious area, colorless walls contrasting with fake green turf, a bank of white plastic folding chairs off to one side. Throughout the Mets' recent three-game series with the Nationals, the chairs generally sat empty, unused, save for one consistent occupant.

5/25/2016 | Even-steven: Mets, Nats expect long battle

The Mets rode a dominant outing from left-hander Steven Matz to a 2-0 victory Wednesday afternoon to take two out of three games from the Nationals at Nationals Park. They leave Washington a half-game behind the Nats for first place in the National League East and with a measure of revenge after Washington came to New York last week and won two out of three games at Citi Field.

5/25/2016 | Making it look easy: Matz wins 7th straight

Here was the devil's bargain Mets manager Terry Collins faced with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park. Reigning National League MVP Bryce Harper was at the plate, representing the tying run. Closer Jeurys Familia was ready to go in the bullpen. Collins, instead, stuck with rookie right-hander Steven Matz. This was a big game for the Mets, as games in May go. But some things matter more than one victory.

5/25/2016 | Familia sets Mets' mark with nailbiting save

Jeurys Familia has spent his past year building a resume as one of the best closers in Mets history. When he escaped a two-on, no-outs jam Wednesday to seal a 2-0 win over the Nationals, Familia set a franchise record with his 32nd consecutive regular-season save conversion dating back to last season, passing Billy Wagner's 31 straight from 2006-07.

5/25/2016 | Wood, deGrom seek elusive victories in opener

Alex Wood has been one of baseball's best pitchers over the past month. The only problem? He hasn't been able to win any games. Wood will look to correct that trend when the Dodgers travel to New York for a three-game series beginning Friday at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets.

5/25/2016 | Masterful Matz leads Mets' shutout of Nats

Steven Matz and Tanner Roark found themselves in a pitchers' duel on Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park, but it was Matz who came out on top, helping the Mets blank the Nationals, 2-0. New York, which took two out of three games in the series, is a half-game behind Washington in the National League East.

5/25/2016 | Reynolds records first career hit as late sub

The baseball rested on a shelf in Matt Reynolds' locker, ticketed for a spot in his father's collection back home in Oklahoma. Reynolds collected his first career hit in the fifth inning of the Mets' 2-0 win over the Nationals on Wednesday, lining a single to right field.

5/25/2016 | Asdrubal expected to be OK after back spasms

Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera did not take an at-bat or even step foot onto the field in Wednesday's 2-0 win over the Nationals, but he nonetheless left the game in the first inning due to back spasms.

5/25/2016 | Cliff Lee's fall and rise a blueprint for Harvey

As was the case late last week, the Mets are extending the leash on struggling starter Matt Harvey, letting him make his next scheduled start on time, following another eye-catching, ERA-raising night against the Nationals. But given their competitive state, the Mets can't reasonably let this situation linger much longer.

5/25/2016 | Mets will not skip Harvey's next start

Given any number of tools to try to spark struggling starter Matt Harvey to success, the Mets on Wednesday again opted for the battering ram. They will not send Harvey to the Minor Leagues, place him on the disabled list or even skip his next start; instead, the Mets will continue to bull forward with Harvey in the hopes that he can rediscover his previous All-Star form.

5/25/2016 | Harvey's struggles continue vs. Nationals

The ingredients for Matt Harvey's renaissance were all in place early Tuesday evening, and for a fleeting few moments, Harvey's nightmare narrative seemed ready to dissolve.e.

5/24/2016 | Mets to discuss when Harvey will start next

The ingredients for Matt Harvey's renaissance were all in place early Tuesday evening and, for a fleeting few moments, Harvey's nightmare narrative seemed ready to dissolve. Amid a gorgeous night at Nationals Park, Harvey was not quite Harvey. But he was better, much better, well on his way.

5/24/2016 | Nats blast 5 HRs as Stras improves to 8-0

It was a rematch between two power pitchers: Stephen Strasburg vs. Matt Harvey. But just like last week against the Mets, it went the Nationals' way as Washington won, 7-4, at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The Nationals, who hit a season-high five home runs, increased their lead over the Mets in the National League East to 1 1/2 games.

5/24/2016 | Flores plays first base in first rehab game

One possible first-base solution for the Mets inched closer to a return on Tuesday, when Wilmer Flores began a Minor League rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton. Working his way back from a strained left hamstring, Flores played seven innings at first base, finishing 2-for-3.

5/24/2016 | Roark vs. Matz has potential to be marquee matchup

At first glance, the probables listed for Wednesday afternoon's season finale -- right-hander Tanner Roark for Washington vs. Mets left-hander Steven Matz - don't appear to have that same glitter, the same sparkle, the same appeal. Which could have more to do with perception than reality.

5/24/2016 | Mets heavy on sluggers even without Duda

Depth is not necessarily linear. For example: the Mets lost a first baseman on Monday, placing Lucas Duda on the disabled list for the foreseeable future. As assistant general manager John Ricco put it, "We're not going to be able to replace Lucas internally. We're losing one of our better players. It's not like we have another Lucas Duda in the organization."

5/23/2016 | We meet again: Stras, Harvey face off in DC

Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg square off Tuesday night in a rematch of last week's showdown turned mismatch.

5/23/2016 | Legend of Bartolo grows larger with age

Baseball's oldest player turns 43 today, and Bartolo Colon's career would be enthralling enough if sheer longevity were his only calling card. But of course, Big Bart -- or Big Sexy, if you prefer -- has given us so much more.

5/23/2016 | Panic concerning Harvey overblown

The hot takes have been flying. The anonymous scouts have been polled. Calipers have been used on every bit of Matt Harvey's velocity, statistics and mechanics than can be measured. That which can't be quantified -- his psyche, his confidence -- has been speculated on at length.

5/23/2016 | Knight looking forward to 1986 Mets reunion

Ray Knight has a lot of fond memories of the 1986 Mets, who won the World Series in seven games over the Red Sox. Knight was the everyday third baseman for New York that year, and he finds it hard to believe that he won the World Series MVP 30 years ago this October.

5/23/2016 | Wheeler remains on track for early July return

A second operation now fully in his rearview, Zack Wheeler is back on a throwing progression that should put his return from Tommy John surgery around July 1. Wheeler on Monday threw off the slope of a mound for the first time since a minor procedure to remove a stitch from his arm.

5/23/2016 | 10 first-base options for Mets with Duda out

Not long after the Mets received a lump of bad news Monday regarding Lucas Duda, who will miss weeks or even months with a stress fracture in his lower back, manager Terry Collins approached team captain David Wright. He floated the idea of potentially moving the lifelong third baseman to first. Wright's response: "Whatever the team needs, I'm willing to try it."

5/23/2016 | Mets lose Duda to lower-back stress fracture

The Mets placed first baseman Lucas Duda on the disabled list Monday with a stress fracture in his lower back, purchasing the contract of utility man Ty Kelly from Triple-A Las Vegas. There is no timetable for Duda's return.

5/23/2016 | Rays' Adames, Dodgers' Bellinger lead Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

5/23/2016 | More for Thor: Righty earns 2nd weekly award

After a pair of starts matched in Mets history only by Doc, Noah Syndergaard took home National League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

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