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Noah Syndergaard may see relief work in minors

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a warmup pitch

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Even Thor himself may be sent to the bullpen to make occasional relief appearances.

As a means of limiting their innings, the Mets’ Triple-A starters may occasionally work as relievers while. And that group includes top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard.

On Wednesday, general manager Sandy Alderson discussed the Mets’ young crop of pitchers and how they may ultimately help the team...

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Mets' 0-2 start is bad, historically

Mets' David Wright looks up as he

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The record after their first two games was historically bad. The record following the third won't bode well for a successful season either.

After falling to the Nationals on Wednesday, it wouldn't have been much of a stretch to say the Mets were off to their worst start since 1965.

Yes, that would be the worst start in 49 seasons.

That's because the Mets have started the season...

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Welcome to Strikeout Citi

Curtis Granderson walks back to the dugout after

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Outs are outs. And strikeouts are just another kind of out.Yes, making contact leads to productive outs, moving runners over, sac flies, all that good stuff. But contact also creates the possibility of hitting into rally-killing double plays. Anyway, the point is, a whole bunch of strikeouts on their own aren’t necessarily something to freak out about.This is particularly true for teams such as...

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On Viola, Murphy, Niese and more

New York Mets Daniel Murphy infielder photographed during

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Frank Viola is resting comfortably with his family, the Mets announced on Wednesday, when the East Meadow native underwent heart surgery.

“From that standpoint, we’re all extremely pleased,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said of Viola, who had been promoted to Triple-A pitching coach after drawing raves for his work at Class-A Savannah.

-- Second baseman Daniel Murphy is expected...

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Sandy Alderson and his abysmal track record with the Mets bullpen

Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to the media

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Relievers represent the most volatile investments in baseball. Even the shrewdest organizations will be prone to their share of misses. No team is exempt. Building a bullpen isn’t easy.But few make it look harder than the Mets.Not once during Sandy Alderson’s tenure as general manager with the Mets has he pieced together anything close to an adequate bullpen. And as the Mets begin their fourth season...

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Fantasy baseball: Closer carousel starts spinning early

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez reacts after getting

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It's only day two of the MLB season and already we've seen some major changes at closer.

 

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Entering the 2014 season there were already concerns about Bobby Parnell's health after he suffered a herniated disc in his neck and missed the last two months of the season in 2013. But it's a different injury that has Parnell on the shelf now. Doctors discovered a partial tear...

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Mets make lineup changes on Opening Day

New York Mets Eric Young photographed during photo

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Terry Collins worked much like a plate-spinner in spring training, frantically trying to piece together a lineup despite injuries and other unexpected things. So, it seemed only appropriate that on Opening Day, Collins was once again forced to juggle.

Outfielder Chris Young suffered a strained right quad late in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Blue Jays in Montreal. Second baseman Daniel...

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Mets will carry Young Jr., Lagares, but change could come quickly

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr., left, prepares

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets manager Terry Collins offered some clarity about his plans for the outfield yesterday, hinting strongly that both Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares would make the Opening Day roster.Later on a team official took things a step further, saying explicitly that the Mets intend to carry both players to begin the season, leaving Collins to juggle their playing time.But those...

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Jose Valverde could see some save chances with Mets

Jose Valverde poses for a portrait during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets still envision Bobby Parnell in their bullpen by Opening Day. But after a long rehab from neck surgery that prematurely ended his 2013 season, Parnell may see limits on his usage when the new season begins.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Newsday he and manager Terry Collins have discussed curbing Parnell’s workload, at least temporarily, holding him to nothing...

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Wilmer Flores among Mets' latest cuts

Wilmer Flores catches a ground ball during spring

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Wilmer Flores found himself among the latest round of cuts on Monday. Flores was optioned along with infielder Zach Lutz, and outfielders Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

At Triple-A Las Vegas, Flores will see more playing time at second base and shortstop, where he will serve as the Mets’ Plan B in case Ruben Tejada suffers an injury or struggles at the start of...

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