8/21/2014 | Changeup turning Wheeler into a complete pitcher
A year after Mets righty Zack Wheeler leaned heavily on his fastball during an impressive rookie campaign, the right-hander has earned regular praise during an inconsistent-turned-breakout 2014. The development of his changeup, an option he first toyed with during his Giants days but hardly used in 2013, has helped Wheeler take steps forward in producing consistently at the Major League level and underscores his growth as a pitcher overall.
8/20/2014 | Mejia unavailable in series finale vs. A's
Minor injuries continue to affect Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, who was unavailable to close out Wednesday's win over the A's due to a sore back.
8/20/2014 | Niese aims to take a step forward vs. Dodgers
Left-hander Jon Niese will take the mound for the Mets in the series opener against the Dodgers and right-hander Dan Haren on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.
8/20/2014 | Mets ride Duda's bat, Wheeler's arm to win vs. A's
Considering all the things that have gone wrong for the Mets this season, those that have gone right have stood out in stark relief. Two in particular were on display in Wednesday's 8-5 win over the A's: first baseman Lucas Duda's continued emergence and Zack Wheeler's obvious growth.
8/20/2014 | Eveland gets cortisone injection in left elbow
The Mets' recent reliance on lefty specialist Josh Edgin has not been coincidence. Dana Eveland, the only other left-hander in New York's bullpen, is nursing a bout of elbow inflammation -- "tennis elbow," as he called it.
8/20/2014 | Nieuwenhuis a late scratch due to stiff neck
Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was a late scratch from Wednesday's game against the A's with a stiff neck.
8/20/2014 | A's call on Samardzija for finale with Mets
After Daniel Murphy rested during the Mets' loss to Oakland on Tuesday, New York will have one of its best weapons back against A's starter Jeff Samardzija on Wednesday. The Mets will counter with righty Zack Wheeler, who hasn't lost since June 25.
8/20/2014 | Gee's rough fourth inning costly in loss to A's
By the fourth inning Tuesday, the Mets had recorded their fourth hit, matching their daily output in each of their previous four games. It may have been a moral victory, but it proved to be nothing more than that; the Mets mustered only three other knocks in a 6-2 loss to the A's at O.co Coliseum.
8/19/2014 | deGrom throws to hitters, intends to start Saturday
In what he called "a nice step" toward returning from the right rotator cuff tendinitis that has sidelined him since Aug. 8, Jacob deGrom faced live hitters in a bullpen session Tuesday with the intention of coming back from the disabled list for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
8/19/2014 | Collins tinkers with lineup, bats Lagares leadoff
Seeking to jump-start an offense that came into Tuesday's play with 16 hits in its previous four games, Mets manager Terry Collins drew up one of his most unorthodox lineups of the season against the A's. Juan Lagares led off. Curtis Granderson batted second for the 10th time this season. Daniel Murphy sat on the bench and Travis d'Arnaud served as designated hitter.
8/18/2014 | Colon scratched, heading to bereavement list
Bartolo Colon, who was scheduled to start in the Mets' series finale against the Cubs, was scratched. He hopped a flight to the Dominican Republic to be with his critically ill mother and will be placed on the bereavement list.
8/18/2014 | Mets' offense sputters in Torres' fine spot start
Carlos Torres was solid in his spot start with five scoreless frames, but a homer from Lucas Duda was not enough for the Mets in a 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Monday at Citi Field.
8/17/2014 | Wright gets treatment on ailing shoulder
David Wright received 45-60 minutes of treatment on his sore left shoulder following Sunday's game with the Cubs, which he sat out. The shoulder, which has given him problems for two months, was re-aggravated when it absorbed the blow of an 88-mph fastball on Saturday night.
8/17/2014 | Battle of the ages shapes Cubs-Mets finale
The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound for the finale of their four-game set with the Mets on Monday at Citi Field, looking for a split. New York will counter with veteran Bartolo Colon, as it looks to win its series with Chicago.
8/17/2014 | Mejia gives up late homer as Mets fall to Cubs
The Mets lost, 2-1, to the Cubs at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon, their first loss in three games against Chicago this weekend. It was a tight one that might have tilted the other way had Starlin Castro not hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth or if the Mets had figured out Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta before he departed after seven scoreless innings.
8/17/2014 | Dice-K to make another rehab start
Daisuke Matsuzaka's sharp rehab outing on Saturday, during which he needed just 69 pitches (43 strikes) to get through six innings with three strikeouts and no walks, was another promising step forward in his recovery from a sore right elbow that has kept him sidelined since late July.
8/17/2014 | Escape plan: Bring in tenacious rookie Black
Rookie reliever Vic Black continues to impress in difficult situations, including Saturday night's bases-loaded, nobody-out escape against the Cubs.
8/16/2014 | HBP, Wright exits with soreness in troubled shoulder
David Wright was hit in the back with a pitch in the sixth inning on Saturday night, and the Mets third baseman left the game at the start of the seventh inning with posterior left shoulder soreness.
8/16/2014 | Good news from deGrom: 'No pain'
Jacob deGrom declared his right rotator cuff tendinitis much improved, and the Mets rookie right-hander could be on track to start next weekend in Los Angeles.
8/16/2014 | Niese does it again, turns back Cubs
Jon Niese turned in a second straight solid outing, working six-plus innings and allowing three runs in the Mets' 7-3 win over the Cubs on Saturday night at Citi Field.
8/16/2014 | Mets' Montero gets another shot to strut his stuff
Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs opposite the Mets' Rafael Montero as the teams continue a four-game wraparound series at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.
8/16/2014 | Molina racks up 12 more K's for Brooklyn
Right-hander Marcos Molina, the Mets' No. 16 prospect,, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings Friday, helping short-season Brooklyn defeat Vermont, 7-0.
8/16/2014 | Mejia bounces back strong after rough stretch
After blowing a save on Sunday and announcing that he's dealing with a hernia, among other injuries, Jenrry Mejia tossed a perfect ninth on both Thursday and Friday.
8/15/2014 | Wheeler's 10 K's, Campbell's blast lift Mets
Zack Wheeler fanned 10 and gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings, and Eric Campbell's three-run homer in the fourth was all he needed, as the Mets beat the Cubs, 3-2, in the series opener at Citi Field on Friday.
8/15/2014 | Ice Bucket Challenge extra meaningful for Campbell
The Mets participated in the latest viral fundraiser on Thursday at Citi Field, taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge that is meant to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. New York's participation carried extra significance for rookie Eric Campbell.
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