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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Host St Louis Cardinals, With Wainwright And Wacha, In Four-Game Series
The Mets will certainly need some kind of spark against the Cardinals, who are 11-8 and sit in second place in the NL Central, three games behind the first-place Brewers. The Mets stand at 9-9 on the year, three games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. Here is a closer look at the four-game series between the Cardinals and Mets at Citi Field.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Kyle Farnsworth Are Up, Jose Valverde, Ruben Tejada, Curtis Granderson Down For Week
The New York Mets saved what would have been a devastating series sweep at the hands of the Braves Sunday afternoon, topping their NL East rivals 4-3 in 14 innings. The victory allowed the Mets to take one of three games from Atlanta and finish the week at 4-2. Obviously, going 4-2 each week will have the Mets in the postseason at year's end, so the end result is a positive one. Here is a closer look at the players who had the best and worst performances for the week that was, with our 3 Up & 3 Down feature.

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Mets What's On Tap: NL East Showdown As Mets Welcome Division-Leading Braves To Citi Field
Believe it or not, the New York Mets are the hottest team in the National League right now. The Mets have won three straight after sweeping the Arizona Diamondbacks to finish 6-3 on their nine-game road trip. Now, the team returns home trying to keep that momentum against another red-hot team. The Atlanta Braves come into Citi Field starting Friday night with the second best record in the National League and lead the NL East with a 10-5 record, two games ahead of the Mets.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Finish Off Long Road Trip With Three Games Against Diamondbacks In Arizona
Pitching will be the key for both teams in this three-game series. The Mets will send Zack Wheeler, Jennry Mejia and Dillon Gee to do battle with Arizona’s struggling rotation that has posted a major league-worst 7.18 ERA. Here is a closer look at the three-game set with the Diamondbacks in Arizona, as the Mets look to complete their nine-game road trip with some positive momentum.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Travis d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, Jonathon Niese Are Up, Curtis Granderson, Jose Valverde, Ike Davis Are Down After 3-3 Week
The Mets are 5-7 after two weeks and an even 5-5 over their last 10, which isn't completely bad for a team that is focusing on staying in contention for one of the two wild cards this season. Of course, winning weeks is the way to make the playoffs, but the longer the Mets stay right around .500, the longer they can put themselves in position to make a big run and be in the thick of a postseason race at the end of the year. Here's a look back at the best and worst performances from the week that was with our 3 Up and 3 Down list.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Go For Third Straight Series Win, Play Three Games Against Angels In Los Angeles
The New York Mets made the statement they were hoping for by taking two of three games from the Atlanta Braves to start the week. Winning a series against the NL East's top dog should be a big momentum-builder for the Mets, who continue their road trip with three games against the Los Angels Angels starting Friday night.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Hit Road For First Time This Season, Starting In Atlanta For Three With Braves
The New York Mets hit the road for the first time this season, embarking on a nine-game trip that begins Tuesday night in Atlanta. If the Mets fancy themselves contenders for the NL East crown, and to reach that 90-win goal set by general manager Sandy Alderson, they have to go through the Braves. That quest to slay the top dog in the division starts now.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Ike Davis, Jenrry Mejia, Jose Valverde Are Up, Bobby Parnell, John Lannan, Travis d'Arnaud Down
Luckily for everyone, the season is just six games old and all of the offensive struggles will be forgotten if the Mets can start hitting on the road this week. The pitching has been there so far, now if the offense can catch up, the Mets might actually be in position to make a playoff run. As for the first week, here is a look back at those who shined and those who didn't, with our first 3 Up and 3 Down column of the season.

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Mets What's On Tap: Cincinnati Reds Come Into Town With Mets Still Searching For Season's First Win
It's pretty obvious if the Mets don't get more from their offense and bullpen, they won't be going far this season. We're still in the infant stages, so a team's blueprint is far from set. But with no victories on the season, the next series for the Mets is a big one. Next up is three games at home against the Cincinnati Reds, who dropped two of three games in their season-opening series against the St. Louis Cardinals, including a 1-0 win and a 1-0 loss. Here's a closer look at the season's second series.

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Mets What's On Tap: Season Opens With Three-Game Series At Home Against Washington Nationals
The Mets making the postseason is possible too, as Opening Day brings with it eternal optimism. It begins now with a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Here's the first installment of our What's On Tap feature, which will continue for every single series this entire season.

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Mets Offseason Shopping List: Power-Hitting Outfielder, Starting Pitcher, Shortstop, First Baseman Should Top Mets' Priorities In Free Agency
Wednesday night, the 2013 Major League Baseball season enters its final chapter as the World Series begins. The New York Mets, who haven't been to the postseason since 2006, are waiting for the next story to begin so they can begin their quest to make it back to October a year from now. It all starts with the offseason, where free agency begins and the Mets take the next step toward ending their playoff drought. While the team's ability and willingness to spend money this offseason is still a question mark, there's no doubt the Mets need a great deal of help if they want to challenge for at least a wild card spot in 2014. The Mets might not be big-spenders, but they don't have to be, as they could fill multiple holes with lower-cost players to fill out the roster

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Mets Analysis: Who Should Stay And Who Should Go From Current Mets Roster As We Play Pay Him Or Slay Him, Including Santana, Davis, Murphy, Gee, Parnell, Tejada, More
Only $25 million is set aside for existing contracts, so the Mets will finally be able to sit at the bargaining table. David Wright has paid his dues, and the captain will earn $134 million over the next eight years. Jon Niese proved his worth as a solid No. 3 pitcher and will earn $25 million over five years. Manager Terry Collins was also rewarded for his efforts of turning lemons into lemonade the past few years. He's paid for the next two years with an option for a third.

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Mets Five Up & Five Down List To Wrap Up Season, Including Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Jonathon Niese, More
For a team that won just 74 games this season, missing the playoffs for the fifth straight year, the first thought would typically be to blow the whole organization up and start over. Start with a new manager and then follow that up by getting rid of the foundation of players who were responsible for all the losing. But that isn't the case with the New York Mets. First, the Mets gave manager Terry Collins a new two-year contract, with a club option for a third. Second, the foundation of players is actually going to be back next season, and both the fans and organization couldn't be happier.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Close Season With Four Games At Home Against Milwaukee Brewers
The end is finally here for the 2013 New York Mets, as they will host the Milwaukee Brewers for four games at Citi Field before packing up their things and heading home for the winter. It was another playoff-less season for the Mets, but the team and their fans can be proud of the way the season ended, especially winning two of three games against a team fighting for wild card positioning and a division title.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Get To Play Spoiler At Cincinnati Against Reds
While the New York Mets won't be celebrating a playoff berth again this season, they could do some serious damage to a team still fighting for their division, wild card and at least a home playoff game. The Cincinnati Reds currently are tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the two wild card positions, with both leading the Washington Nationals by five games in that race. The Reds trail the NL Central-leading Cardinals by two games with six to play.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: David Wright Returns In Big Way, Vic Black, Daniel Murphy Trending Up, Lucas Duda, Andrew Brown, Sean Henn Down
David Wright returned to the New York Mets Friday night with a blast against the Phillies. In his first at-bat in nearly two months, Wright hit a two-run home run in the first inning in Philadelphia, sparking a 6-4 victory in the first of a three-game series. "It was just fun to be back out there," Wright said after the game. "You get those competitive juices flowing again."
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Mets What's On Tap: David Wright Should Return Against Phillies
There was a time when a Mets-Phillies series in September was important. The teams occupied the top two spots in the division for years during the last decade, but each has fallen on hard times of late, making this weekend’s set little more than a faint reminder of what used to be.

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Mets What's On Tap: Zack Wheeler Could Pitch For Final Time This Year
The New York Mets begin a 12-game homestand Monday against a team they knocked out of the postseason hunt a week earlier. The Washington Nationals were on a tear before welcoming the Mets into town for three games. On paper, it looked like the Nats would continue their dominance and take out the all-but-eliminated Mets and continue to put pressure on the wild card leaders. The Mets had completely other ideas, however, and ended up winning two of three and knocking the Nationals out of the postseason picture.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Mets Fans, Eric Young Jr., Dillon Gee Trending Up, Travis d'Arnaud, Jonathon Niese, David Aardsma Down This Week
It was not a week to remember for the New York Mets, as they lost two of three games in each series against the Braves and Indians. It wasn't exactly a fair fight, all things considered, as Atlanta has the best record in the National League and Cleveland is still fighting for a wild card berth in the AL. But the week did end on a positive note, as the Mets beat the Indians in the series finale Sunday. Eric Young Jr. doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and the Mets held on for a 3-2 win.

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Mets What's On Tap: Runaway NL East Winning Braves Host Three
The interesting subplot to the New York Mets' next opponent, the Braves, is the strange circumstances that had the team injuring two Atlanta players, albeit unintentionally. First, Eric Young Jr. stepped on Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson's ankle, breaking it on a play at first base. About a month later, Mets starter Jonathon Niese hit Jason Heyward in the jaw with a pitch, breaking it. The injuries are huge for a team with World Series hopes this season. But there shouldn't be any bad blood, considering both were accidents. That doesn't mean the Braves won't take some sort of revenge during the series. Hey, it's something to watch in an otherwise meaningless series.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Daniel Murphy, Terry Collins, Front Office Trending Up, Wilmer Flores, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Gonzalez German Down
It was a good week with a tough finish for the New York Mets, as they went 4-3 against the Phillies and Nationals. After splitting a four-game set with Philadelphia, the Mets got to play the role of spoiler against a red-hot Washington team that had incredibly worked its way back into the wild card hunt. And spoil they did.

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Mets What's On Tap: Surging Nationals Host Mets For Three Games
The New York Mets head back on the road for nine straight games, beginning with a three-game series against the surging National in Washington Friday night. The Mets went 3-6 on their just concluded homestand, but the losing on the field doesn't compare to what has happened off it. Starting pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia both underwent surgery this week and ace Matt Harvey might have to do the same.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Matt Harvey Injured; Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares Trending Up, Ike Davis, Dice-K, LaTroy Hawkins Down
The New York Mets have brought many of their problems on themselves in recent years. A series of personnel decisions and outside factors have taken their team from playoff contender to also-ran to laughing stock for the span of a decade. There have also been, however, a number of events outside of the Mets’ control which have compounded their problems. Monday was the latest example of why many believe the Mets are a snakebitten franchise.

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Mets What's On Tap: Matt Harvey's Injury Clouds Series Against Phillies
The New York Mets come into their three-game series with the Phillies starting Monday night reeling from losses both on and off the field. First, the team was swept in three games at home against the Tigers, making it four losses in a row overall. Second, and way more important, the team has lost young phenom pitcher Matt Harvey for the season with a partially torn ligament in his right elbow. The All-Star Game starter might need Tommy John surgery, which would be the ultimate blow to the organization and the pitcher.

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Mets What's On Tap: Matt Harvey Takes On Max Scherzer Again At Citi
From playing the team with the best record in the National League, to playing the team with the best record in the American League, things don't get any easier for the New York Mets this week. The Mets split a pair of games against the Braves to start the week, the latter loss coming in extra innings. Now, the team hosts the Tigers, a team that is tied with the Rangers for the best mark in the AL.

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Mets What's On Tap: Quick Two-Game Series Against Rival Atlanta Braves
The New York Mets may be one happy group after returning home from a long West Coast road trip, which began way back on August 9, but the friendly confines of Citi Field might not be such a happy place considering who is waiting in the opposition's dugout over the next week.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Marlon Byrd, Travis d'Arnaud, Dillon Gee Trending Up, Pedro Feliciano, Juan Lagares, Ike Davis Down After Long Road Trip
The New York Mets ended this previous week just like they started it, with a losing streak. The Mets were swept in three games by the Dodgers early on, then won the first two against the Padres before dropping the last two to end their West Coast trip 4-6. The Mets did beat the Twins in a quick, one-game series Monday afternoon to finally head home with some positive momentum.

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Mets What's On Tap: West Coast Trip Continues With Four Against Padres
The worst case scenario was realized for the New York Mets in their three-game series with the Dodgers to start this week. The Mets, who were on fire coming into the series, were swept, even though they were in every single game. It's exactly the path we wrote it might take in our What's On Tap column setting up the trip to Los Angeles. The Dodgers were so good, the Mets could play great baseball and still get swept.

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Mets What's On Tap: Surging Mets Take On Red-Hot Dodgers On Road
Coming off a week where the New York Mets won five of six games, including two of three from the contending Diamondbacks, the team and the fanbase have to be riding high. There haven't been many positives this season, but last week was definitely near the top. The going doesn't get easier on this long West Coast trip, however, even taking into account the momentum gained. Up next is three games against the red-hot Dodgers in Los Angeles, who have gone from a team ready to fire their manager, to one that could be the best in the National League.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Wilmer Flores, Ike Davis, Matt Harvey Trending Up, David Wright, Jeremy Hefner, Scott Atchison Down during 5-1 Week
Don't look now, but the New York Mets are on fire. With seemingly nothing to play for, the Mets have instead played better than they have all season, with the exception of the four-game sweep of the Yankees, winning five of six games against the Rockies and Diamondbacks. Sweeping Colorado is one thing, but taking two of three from playoff-contending Arizona is on a whole new plain.

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Mets What's On Tap: 11-Game Road Trip Begins With Diamondbacks
Look who just swept a three-game series at home. The New York Mets, who have been struggling since well before the All-Star break, finally put together a series to be proud of, with the pitching staff allowing just three total runs in three games and the offense doing just enough to get the job done against the Colorado Rockies. It was a series that should give fans and the team hope for a positive finish. More than anything, the series against the Rockies proved the Mets have life this season. That's good news for a team that will be playing their next 11 games on the road, including a long trip to the West Coast. First up is the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are fighting for both the division and wild card.

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Mets What's On Tap: Wilmer Flores Debuts As Mets Begin Three-Game Series With Rockies At Citi Field
The New York Mets wrap up a six-game homestand with three against the Colorado Rockies, starting Tuesday night at Citi Field. The Rockies are having just as bad a season as the Mets are, as they're just one game better on the year. So, for both teams, it's a series more about learning about the future of the team rather than the present. One of those future stars, Mets prospect Wilmer Flores, will get his first taste of the big leagues when he makes his debut at third base Tuesday night.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Ike Davis Trending Up, David Wright, Jordany Valdespin, David Aardsma Down
The New York Mets and their fans can officially look forward to turning the franchise around next season while using this current campaign as a measuring stick for those who should remain and those who could take the next step and help in the future at the big league level. With the Mets splitting a four-game series with the Marlins at the beginning of last week and losing two of three to the Royals this weekend, the playoffs are out of reach. By going 3-7 over their last 10 games, the Mets have fallen 11 games under .500 and trail the NL East-leading Braves by 16.5 games and the two wild card spots by 10.5.

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Mets What's On Tap: Royals Come To Citi Field Chasing Playoff Berth
Looking on the bright side, the Mets could turn to younger players to get some major league experience, which would benefit the franchise going forward. It would also give fans a reason to tune into games. Right now, that's getting harder and harder to do. One reason to tune in starting Friday night would be an interleague series against the over-.500 Kansas City Royals. Here's our breakdown of that series.

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At the worst, the Mets must win three of four games, but even that might not be good enough. The Mets need to find a way to sweep this series from Miami. That would actually give the team a huge spark heading into August. It also might keep the team together for a few more months. Here's a closer look at the big, four-game series with the Marlins.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Jenrry Mejia, Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd Trending Up, Jeremy Hefner, Carlos Torres, Eric Young, Jr. Down
All the positive momentum the New York Mets had built up this month came to a crashing halt Sunday afternoon in Washington. The Mets were routed by the Nationals in the series finale, losing 14-1 in a game the team needed in order to get a four-game split. The Mets, however, didn't show up and for the third straight game, scoring just one run in each, and fell 10 games under .500 at 46-56.

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Mets What's On Tap: Another Must-Win Series Up Next In Washington
The New York Mets continue their trek through their NL East rivals starting Friday afternoon, traveling to Washington for a four-game series against the Nationals. The teams hook up for a day-night doubleheader Friday before finishing off the set this weekend. As with every series the Mets will play from here on out, this one is the latest, most important, of the season.

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Mets What's On Tap: NL East-Leading Braves At Citi Field For Four Games
The New York Mets started the second half of the season winning two of three games against the Phillies, a promising continuation of what has been a solid month so far. The Mets are 10-6 in July and with the dominance of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, a continued second-half surge might not be too far-fetched.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Matt Harvey, Juan Lagares, David Wright, Jeremy Hefner, Josh Satin, Eric Young Jr.
The New York Mets needed a strong start to the second half to give the team, and fanbase, confidence that this season isn't going to turn into another disaster. So far, so good. The Mets took two of three games against the Phillies, as a pair of great starts by Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler set the tone.

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Mets Midseason Awards: Matt Harvey Is MVP, Zack Wheeler Surprise, Marlon Byrd, David Wright, More
Just last season, the Mets were in third place in the NL East, six games over .500 and in prime contention for one of the two NL Wild Card spots at the All-Star break. Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. R.A. Dickey was well on his way to a Cy Young award. Matt Harvey was on the horizon and Zack Wheeler was the hot prospect in a steal of a deal for Carlos Beltran’s two bum knees. Oh, how things have changed. There's been a few good runs this season, including a four-game sweep of the Yankees. If nothing else goes right this season, at least the Mets ran this town for four whole days. Before getting ahead of ourselves or cashing in the chips completely, let’s take a look at the highlights and lowlights of 2013.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Take On Phillies At Home To Open Second Half
It may not have the same pomp and circumstances that came with having the All-Star game and its festivities at Citi Field earlier in the week, but the stadium in Queens will be back hosting New York Mets games in the second half of the season. First up for the Mets is their old rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down: Zack Wheeler, Carlos Torres, Marlon Byrd, Shaun Marcum, Ike Davis, Omar Quintanilla
Don't look now but the New York Mets are playing some really good baseball. The Mets are 8-5 in the month of July, have won five of their last seven, and salvaged one game of a three game set with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the National League's second-best team, by escaping a late jam Sunday and ending the first half of the season with a win.

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Mets Prospect Cesar Puello Ripping Through Double-A, But Has Mind Right In Working Toward Big Stage
It's no secret the New York Mets are hurting for offense, especially from the three outfield positions. Guys like Marlon Byrd, Eric Young Jr., Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda and all the rest don't exactly put fear into opposing pitchers. Quite the opposite. So, it's only fitting for a Mets fan to look to the future at who might be working their way through the ranks to finally crack the big league club and perhaps usher in a new era of power hitters in Queens. That player just might be Cesar Puello, a power-hitting outfielder currently with the Binghamton Mets, the Double-A ball club of the New York Mets. Puello, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dominican Republic native, is already making a name for himself in the minor leagues.

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Mets What's On Tap: Mets Travel To Take On Giants, Pirates This Week
The New York Mets finish out the first half of their season this week, as they play a pair of three-game series to close out a nine-game road trip. The Mets take on the Giants in San Francisco first and then the Pirates in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Here's a deeper look at how the week ahead stacks up for the Mets.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 14: Jeremy Hefner, Bobby Parnell, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey
The New York Mets put together their third straight non-losing week, and second winning stretch over that period, going 4-3 against the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The Mets have now gone 12-9 over the past three weeks, moving 11 games under .500 at 37-48 overall. That's the good news. The bad news is the Mets gave up away a great chance to make a successful week even better, dropping the final two games of a four-game series with the Diamondbacks.

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State of the Mets 13: David Wright, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler have Mets present and future looking bright
The New York Mets closed out the month of June with a lot of positives moving forward this season. Matt Harvey continues to lead the Mets pitching staff, and could very well be the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game. Zack Wheeler represents the future perhaps more than anyone, and despite the fact he lost his first game Sunday, his simple presence has everyone excited. And the face of the franchise, David Wright, had a tremendous month at the plate, leading the team as he must. Now, the team needs the supporting cast to step up to make this season count instead of just looking ahead to the future.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 13: Shaun Marcum, David Wright, Jeremy Hefner are up, Brandon Lyon, John Buck, Bobby Parnell down
It has been a rough first half of the season for the New York Mets. They're 35-45 and sit in fourth place in the NL East, 12.5 games back of the leading Atlanta Braves. The Wild Card race doesn't give any brighter a picture for the Mets either, as they are 11 games back of both the Cardinals and Reds, who are tied for the lead. But even with that bad news, there's plenty of good for the Mets. Fans have reason to be excited about their pitching staff, and David Wright continues to lead the team at the plate. The Mets are 6-4 over their last 10 games, and if they can keep up that pace through the All-Star Game break and beyond, who knows how the season will turn out.

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State of the Mets Week 12: Zack Wheeler's debut and the continued dominance of Matt Harvey Has Mets fans feeling great about future
Tuesday was a great day to be a Mets fan. The Mets won both games of their doubleheader against the Braves behind stellar pitching. That’s right. Pitching won two games for the Mets. Matt Harvey held the Braves to one hit over the first seven innings, striking out a career-high 13 and holding on for the 4-3 win in the opening game. Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler’s long-awaited debut in the nightcap lived up to the hype, as he struck out seven Braves, walked five, and allowed just four hits in the 6-1 victory. "That's a formidable two arms that hopefully develop into a 1-A and a 1-B," David Wright said. "Obviously, just like every other Mets fan, I was eager to see what all the hype was about. It gives you a good glimpse of what could be in the very near future." Two top prospects pitching at the top of their game. It was a good day for Mets baseball indeed.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 12: Zack Wheeler, Juan Lagares, Omar Quintanilla are up, Shaun Marcum, Daniel Murphy, Nieuwenhuis down
It was a pretty exciting and exhausting week for the Mets, which included three games played in under 24 hours and two series on the road against division rivals. Instead of folding under the pressure, the Mets rebounded from Monday’s marathon loss to the Braves and responded with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler winning their respective games in Tuesday’s doubleheader. All in all, the Mets went 6-3 on the week through strong pitching, timely hitting and staying focused on the future. Just a few more pieces and the Mets will be a formidable opponent in their division. Before that can happen, let’s look at the 3 Up and 3 Down that need to continue or improve.

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State of the Mets Week 11: Mets sink 15 games under for season, going 2-10 since 4-game sweep of Yankees
Remember when the New York Mets had won five straight games, including going 4-for-4 against the hated Yankees? It seems almost unreal now that the Mets were actually playing good baseball at a time, making their way back from a bad start to begin to put together a season that could actually turn into a wild card chase. But since that sweep of the Yankees, the Mets have gone 2-10 to drop 15 games under .500 and all but end the season before it even reaches the All-Star break.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 11: David Wright, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler are up, Ike Davis, John Buck, Bobby Parnell down
It's too bad the New York Mets put the spotlight on their star, David Wright, for all the wrong reasons this week, especially considering the third baseman is the only hitter on the roster doing anything at the plate. Actually, Wright has been on a tear, raising his batting average 24 points over the past eight games. But the fact the Mets went to an online dating website for 'Cougars' to pick up extra votes to get Wright ahead in the All-Star Game voting leaked and took the attention away from Wright's play on the field. Luckily, if Wright does win the vote, he will do so because of what he's done actually playing the game. He's certainly doing his part in that regard.

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Pimp My Wright? Mets contact dating website for 'Cougars' to boost All-Star Game votes for David Wright
In what might be the worst possible idea of the century, some nimrod in the Mets marketing department contacted a dating website to boost David Wright’s chances of starting the MLB All-Star Game. Not just any dating website, mind you. They could have contacted the ever-popular Match.com or crunchy granola eHarmony, with their annoying commercials. Or maybe even Christian Mingle or J-Date to appeal to Wright’s religious fans. No, this bottom-feeding, scumbag opportunist contacted Cougar Life, known as "the cougar dating site for younger hot men to meet sexy older professional women."

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State of the Mets Week 10: Mets drop four to Marlins, two to rain, and Yankees sweep is a distant memory
Charles Dickens should have been a sportswriter because "A Tale of Two Cities" might as well be about the Subway Series. Instead of riding the high from sweeping the best-of-times Bronx Bombers, the boys from Flushing floundered by getting swept by the last-place Miami Marlins and splitting two games with the Washington Nationals. Let’s just be thankful for the rain that postponed two games until better weather or the Mets find a way to get Matt Harvey some run support or clone him. The worst of times, indeed.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 10: 2013 draft picks, Triple-A, Zack Wheeler are up, Daniel Murphy, bullpen, front office down for week
After a flicker of hope provided by the Yankees’ sweep last week, the Mets returned to their losing ways, getting swept by the Fish and splitting two with the Nats. By most accounts, this season was not expected to be a successful one, so let’s turn our attention to the future of the Mets. This week’s column highlights the good things to come and looks at what needs to change or get back on track.

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State of the Mets Week 9: Ultimate high of sweeping the Yankees, to ultimate low of two straight losses to Miami, the Mets' week had it All
The New York Mets went through the best and worst of emotions this week. From the ultimate feeling of euphoria after sweeping four games from the rival Yankees, to the depressing state of the team after losing two straight to the terrible Marlins, the Mets hit both extremes. In just two days, the Mets went from the toast of the city, with a ton of momentum, to the same-old struggling team that can't buy a victory that doesn't involve the Yankees.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 9: Matt Harvey, Dillon Gee, Lucas Duda are up, Shaun Marcum, David Wright, Ruben Tejada down
This could have been the perfect week for the New York Mets. After beating the Braves Sunday, the Mets swept all four games from the rival Yankees, including a ninth-inning comeback against Mariano Rivera. Everything was suddenly going right and fans had reason to gloat. The Mets had won five games in a row and the struggling Marlins were on tap next. But this has been the season of disappointment, and the Mets kept that trend going, giving all the momentum right back by dropping the first two games to Miami, scoring just two total runs in the process. It makes for a bittersweet 3 Up & 3 Down column.

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State of the Mets Week 8: Another disastrous week at plate results in yet another long losing streak
The New York Mets had momentum at the beginning of this past week, winning a series for the first time in a month and winning four of five overall. But as quickly as that momentum was gained, the Mets threw it right back and ended up with five straight losses heading into Sunday. When you get momentum, you don't want to lose it. But that's been the story of the Mets this season.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 8: Daniel Murphy, Rick Ankiel, Jonathon Niese are up, Ike Davis, David Wright, Bobby Parnell on down list
Few things have gone right for the New York Mets this season, and that was especially true this week, as they come into Sunday's series finale against the Braves losers of five straight games. But not all is lost for the Mets as Daniel Murphy has been a huge positive in his new position at the top of the order, and even Ike Davis actually got a base hit Saturday to break an 0-for-17 slide. Still, when you go 1-5 in a week's span, there's more bad than good.

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State of the Mets Week 7: Other than David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Matt Harvey, not a Lot going right with Mets this season
The bright side this week saw the New York Mets winning two straight games, with Matt Harvey and Jonathon Niese on the mound, to head into the weekend with some positive vibes. The dark side, which has been more the norm this season, had the Mets losing six straight before that mini win streak and then again Saturday. The season has gotten so bad so quickly, the talk around the team has been more of who is going to be sent to the minors rather than anything good on the field. It all equals a 16-24 record and fourth place standing in the NL East.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 7: Daniel Murphy, Rick Ankiel, Jonathon Niese are up, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Jeremy Hefner on down list
There's a lot of things that have gone wrong with the New York Mets this season, but the low point may just be the team's performance from the leadoff spot. From that spot in the order, the Mets are batting a combined .185, the lowest average in the majors. The total on base percentage is just .255, the second worst in baseball, with only the Minnesota Twins being worse. So, it's no surprise manager Terry Collins has decided to address the problem, even if it may be a little late since the season is already seven weeks old. Sunday, the Mets moved Daniel Murphy to the leadoff spot against the Chicago Cubs. Murphy's recent success at the plate makes it a no-brainer, and he leads off our 3 Up & 3 Down list.

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State of the Mets Week 6: How bad is the Mets outfield? Bad enough to sign Astros castoff Rick Ankiel; Plus not sticking up for a teammate
It wasn’t a good week for the Mets. The offense has been so lost the Mets signed Rick Ankiel, recently released by the Houston Astros, not to a minor league deal, but for the big league team. He was in the lineup Monday night. If there was any question left as to how bad the Mets outfield was, let my repeat: Rick Ankiel, who hit .194 for a team with a 10-28 record which let him go, is your starting center field Monday.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 6: Justin Turner, Matt Harvey, David Wright up, John Niese, Jordany Valdespin, Terry Collins are down
The New York Mets are struggling, there’s no question about that. But as they look to find a way to save their season, there are some players doing well that they can look upon for inspiration. There are also several players slumping as badly as the team who are some of the main causes of the Mets issues. On the bright side, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Monday, “I’m not sure things can devolve any further.” So there’s that.

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State of the Mets Week 5: Mets hope April losses turn into May victories this season, so far so good
Maybe the turn of the calendar is exactly what theMets needed to put their horrific six-game losing streak behind them. After ending the month of April with a 3-11 record, the Mets have opened the new month with two straight victories, both of which had their special moments. The Mets and their fans are certainly hoping that's the case, as another stretch of bad baseball will likely end the season before the weather heats up this summer.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 5: Jordany Valdespin, Ruben Tejada, Jeremy Hefner up, Brandon Lyon, Ike Davis, Collin Cowgill down
On the good side, the New York Mets are currently undefeated in the month of May. On the bad side, the 2-0 mark in the new month was preceded by a six-game losing streak that had the team reeling. A Jordany Valdespin pinch hit home run Wednesday may be the start of a momentum shift for the Mets this season. At least that's what fans are hoping for. We start with Valdespin in our latest 3 Up & 3 Down column.

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State of the Mets Week 4: Walk-off grand slam a moment to remember, but that was only positive
The New York Mets have handed back all the momentum they had after starting the season with a 7-4 record. Since then, the Mets have gone 3-8 to drop to 10-12 on the year. They've lost three straight games and an offense that was playing so well in the early going has gone completely in the tank, averaging just 2.8 runs per game over the past week. Even Matt Harvey couldn't get a win. It wasn't all bad, however, as a walk-off grand slam was a moment to remember. But that was about the only positive coming from the week that was.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down Week 4: Bobby Parnell, Matt Harvey, Jeremy Hefner are up, Duda, Davis, Byrd down
If it wasn't for a walk-off grand slam by Jordany Valdespin to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, this week would have been a complete disaster for the New York Mets. They won two games, lost four, and did next to nothing on offense, besides that game-winning home run. So, not surprisingly, our 3 Up list includes all pitchers and our 3 Down goes with the hitters.

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State of the Mets Week 3: Matt Harvey continues to shine, but rest of team needs to step up as well
There's no telling what New York Mets fans would be saying this week if Matt Harvey wasn't on the team. The Mets phenom pitcher has everyone excited, and rightfully so, but the bottom line is the team went 1-4 this week to ruin a great start to the season. The Mets are 8-8 and in third place in the NL East.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down after Week 3: Matt Harvey, David Wright, Lucas Duda are up, Josh Edgin, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner down
The New York Mets took a big step back this week after a strong start to the season, going 1-4 to drop to 8-8 overall. On the bright side, there was Mets phenom Matt Harvey out-dueling Stephen Strasburg Friday night. It makes for an uneven 3 Up & 3 Down edition this week.

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State of the Mets Week 2: Matt Harvey, John Buck, Daniel Murphy, David Wright have Mets riding high
Everyone knew the potential Matt Harvey had coming into this season and beyond. But even the biggest Mets fans couldn't have predicted what Harvey would do to start the year. With three starts under his belt, Harvey is 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA. He's allowed just two runs in 22 innings. He's allowed six hits and has struck out 25 batters. And he was at his best Saturday against the Minnesota Twins, coming within seven outs of recording the second no-hitter in Mets history.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down after Week 2: Matt Harvey, John Buck, Daniel Murphy are up, Ike Davis, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner are down
This season couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the Mets phenom pitcher. Matt Harvey has pitched three times this season, for a total of 22 innings, and has allowed just two earned runs. That's right, two runs. He's 3-0 with an 0.82 ERA and a 0.55 WHIP. And, oh yeah, there was his start Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Harvey took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before a two-out home run by Justin Morneau ruined his bid for history.

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State of the Mets 1: Mets off to solid start this season, with pitching and offense leading way to 3-2 record
The New York Mets raced out of the gate to start the 2013 season, doing it both at the plate and from the mound. Jonathon Niese and Matt Harvey did their part in pitching to victories in the first two games of the season against the San Diego Padres. But it really was the offense where the team shined. It's well known the team doesn't have an imposing lineup this season, and runs might be hard to come by, but the Mets managed to accomplish a feat only done twice before in team history. With the Mets winning 11-2 and 8-4, it was the third time in history the team started a season by scoring 8+ runs in each game.

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Mets 3 Up & 3 Down after Week 1: Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese, John Buck are up, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, LaTroy Hawkins start down
Mets fans should be excited about the Matt Harvey's start to the season. Harvey allowed just one hit in seven innings of shutout ball against the Padres. He struck out 10 and allowed just two walks in picking up the victory. Yes, the Padres are terrible and have a lineup that won't scare anyone. But a big part of baseball is beating the teams you're supposed to beat. Harvey and the Mets did that last Wednesday.

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New York Sports' Top 12 Storylines Of 2012: Johan Santana makes Mets' history, Alex Rodriguez, RA Dickey, Champion Giants, Tim Tebow, Mariano Rivera
As the ball is getting closer and closer to being dropped in Times Square, it's only fitting to look back on the year that was, especially in sports. There was no shortage of storylines making the back pages and lead spots on websites covering the sports world this year, with the good, bad and ugly carving their way into the history books. Of course, with sports, it's all about stats and lists, and we have a great one to end this crazy year in the Big Apple. GameDay names the 12 best New York sports storylines from 2012. Make sure to comment on our list and come up with your own in the comments section below.

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State Of The Mets 24: After disappointing season, Mets have lots of decisions to make this offseason
As the season has come and gone, it's time again for the Mets and their fans to spend the offseason looking toward the future. The team finished the year 74-88 and didn't contend for either of the wild card slots after completely falling apart in the second half. At the break, the Mets were six games over .500. After, they were 20 games under. But for a team that won just 10 home games in the second half, there is a bright spot in one huge area. The pitching staff could be one of the National League's best as soon as next season, with R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jonathan Niese as the possible starting five.

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State Of The Mets 23: R.A. Dickey will have two more shots at reaching magical 20-win mark this season
There's not much to hold onto if you're a Mets fan here in the later stages of the season. You've known for a while the postseason was out of reach. And you've known the team just doesn't appear to even want to win a home game since the All-Star break. But there is one reason to tune in, at least once every five days as the season closes, and that's R.A. Dickey's chase to reach 20 wins this season.

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State Of The Mets 22: Trade rumors involving Ike Davis swirl as team continues to play out string
The latest rumors surrounding the Mets is first baseman Ike Davis might be traded this offseason. A report on ESPN New York says Davis is basically uncoachable and stays out too late after games, and the team doesn't want him to influence the younger players negatively. If Davis was traded, it would be to make room for Lucas Duda. The rumor, which is all it is at this point, and reasoning behind it was news to Davis.

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State of the Mets 21: Chipper Jones gets hero treatment from Mets and their fans ... Are you kidding?
For years, Chipper Jones tormented the Mets, causing that team plenty of anguish. He enjoyed playing in New York so much he named one of his kids Shea. And how did the Mets react during Chipper’s last visit to their home field? Were they eager to get rid of Jones? Was he relentlessly booed for years of torment? Nope. He got applause. And the team gave him a lovely painting. Yes, that’s right. They gave Jones a present.

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State of the Mets 20: We target the team's biggest offseason need ... the outfield, with available players
The New York Mets are actually playing some pretty good baseball, winning seven of their last 10 games, it's just too bad there's not much interest in the season's results anymore. The Mets, as we all realize, are playing out the string, as a postseason berth will not happen at the end of the year. Of course, it would be nice to see the team put up a fight over the final month of the season, something that seems to be missing from their rivals over in the Bronx.

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State of the Mets 19: Pinpointing the two biggest in-house decisions the Mets have to make this offseason
With 32 games remaining in yet another postseason-less year for the New York Mets, we thought we'd take a second look into the future of the franchise. Last week we discussed why the Mets could have one of the best pitching staffs in baseball next season. This week we'll try and pinpoint the two biggest in-house moves the team must make going forward. It's actually not even a challenge coming up with the pair.

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Mets make right choice in shutting Johan Santana down for season
The New York Mets have decided to shut down Johan Santana for the rest of the season. We asked the Mets to do exactly that in this week's edition of State of the Mets, and obviously they listened. Or at least saw the obvious signs and decided continuing to pitch Santana this season made zero sense.

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State of the Mets 18: Looking ahead to what could become one of baseball's best starting rotations
There haven't been many bright spots for the Mets since the All-Star break. We all know they've gone from having a realistic shot at a postseason berth to a longshot to even finishing the season with a .500 record. There is no possible way to sugarcoat the downward spiral the Mets have been riding over the past two months. But there is reason for hope and a possible run next season at a playoff berth. That hope comes in the form of what could be one of the best starting rotations in all of baseball.

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State of the Mets 17: Dickey continues to impress, rest of team still struggling in forgotten season
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 17th installment with a trade (for Kelly Shoppach?!) and another week that has the team falling farther and farther below .500.

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Mets unveil next year's All-Star Game logo
The New York Mets unveiled their All-Star game logo Tuesday and it features the familiar blue and orange color scheme along with the skyline that matches the team's logo. The Mets and Citi Field will host the game next season, July 16.

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State of the Mets 16: Series loss to Padres puts damper on Mets postseason hopes
The Mets have been hanging in the postseason picture for dear life since crashing back to Earth after the All-Star break. But while the chances of making their way into one of the two wild card spots this season are slim, it's still not a foregone conclusion. The Mets, if they can put together a few winning streaks and start to win each series they play in over the next two months, have a realistic shot to at least jump into the conversation again.

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State of the Mets 15: Losing week has postseason hopes dwindling, but Matt Harvey is bright spot
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 15th installment with another losing week, and postseason hopes dwindling even further into the abyss, but a shining light in the distance in the form of Matt Harvey has things looking up.

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Mets super prospect Zach Wheeler working on new pitches, hasn't let recent struggles get to him
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Zack Wheeler’s game has come back to Earth enough over the last month to indicate he might not be quite ready to make his major league debut just yet. While his pitching is still being refined, however, Wheeler has shown he’s ready for the bright lights of the New York market by the way he has handled himself off the field this season. The definition of a big fish in a small pond, the prized Mets prospect is the most popular man in the building in just about every Double-A park he enters.

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State of the Mets 14: Season on the brink after Mets lose 9 of 10 games since All-Star break
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 14th installment with a devastating 10-game stretch after the All-Star break, losing nine of 10 as their postseason hopes dwindle to near extinction.

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Breaking down the brightest, and dimmest, stars of the first half of the New York Mets season
R.A. Dickey: The new ace made the "Up" list 6 out of the 13 weeks, the high-water mark for the Mets in the first half of the season. While he didn't start the All-Star Game, he is still the leader for the NL Cy Young Award, which is the most important honor bestowed upon a pitcher in a season. (And Tony LaRussa won't be able to take that away.) In 17 starts, Dickey is 12-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He's first in the NL in wins, WHIP, win percentage and complete games, second in strikeouts, fourth in innings pitched and fifth in ERA. So, yes, is easy to see why Dickey leads this list.

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State of the Mets 13: Wright, Dickey have Mets in thick of playoff chase at the All-Star break
Who would have ever thought the New York Mets would be heading into the All-Star break in third place in the NL East, six games over .500 and in prime contention for one of the two NL Wild Card spots. Much of this season’s success is due to an outstanding first half from David Wright and R.A. Dickey, the two Mets' representatives on the NL All-Star team, and unexpected contributions by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada and Bobby Parnell.

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State of the Mets 12: Despite four-game win streak, it was a disappointing week overall for Mets
The New York Mets won four straight games this week, but things could and should have been so much better. The Mets started the week by losing the first two games to the Chicago Cubs, a team that today sits 20 games under .500. The Mets won the series finale and then took three in a row against the free-falling Los Angeles Dodgers before losing Sunday night to end the seven-game road trip. Four wins in a row is great, but an overall 4-3 week against the Cubs and Dodgers just isn't going to get the Mets into the playoffs.

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State of the Mets 11: Mets Still Tied For Wild Card Lead After Surviving Stretch From Death
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 11th installment with a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles but a crushing weekend with two losses to the rival Yankees, including R.A. Dickey getting roughed up just the second time all season.

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State of the Mets 10: Tremendous start to week (sweeping Rays) ends terribly (swept by Reds)
The Mets broke out of the gate with perhaps their best series of the season, sweeping away the Rays, highlighted by R.A. Dickey's one-hitter, and renewing faith that this season could still be a special one. But all the momentum gained by that unexpected outcome came crashing down when the Mets returned home against the Reds. The Mets were swept out of their own building, scoring just five runs in the three games, and completely ruined the high that came from taking three from the Rays.

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State of the Mets 9: Mets lose six of last seven games as stretch from hell continues
Our State of the Mets column is back for its ninth installment with a devastating Subway Series sweep at the hand of the Yankees to end a disastrous week, losing six of last seven games.

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Johan Santana, with possible assist from Gary Carter, was right man to make Mets history with no-hitter
I realized if ever there was a moment that needed the unspeakable to happen this was it, on our home turf, and with No. 57 on the mound. And then it did. Finally the 50-year wait was over. 50 years of almosts and not quites are put to rest by the one man whose commitment to winning has never faded, regardless of how much pain he was in.

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Remarkable season continues as Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets franchise history
Our State of the Mets column is back for its eighth installment with one of the greatest moments in the history of the franchise, as Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in team history. 

Our State of the Mets column is back for its seventh installment on this Memorial Day with a pair of shutouts and a whole lot of winning as the season hits its toughest stretch.

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Mets super prospect Zack Wheeler the real deal, with potential as a future ace
Perhaps the most exciting thing about the Mets' future is that the their best young player isn't even in New York yet. It's very easy to get worked up about a minor leaguer who dominates inferior competition. Any Mets fan who saw Zack Wheeler throw the ball Wednesday in New Britain, however, would be unable to contain his enthusiasm.

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State of the Mets 6: David Wright continues quest for .400 in otherwise forgettable week
Our State of the Mets column is back for its sixth installment with their worst stretch of baseball this season, including two straight bad losses to the Toronto Blue Jays, and David Wright's quest for .400 continues.

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State of the Mets 5: David Wright has Mets rolling after near perfect week
Our State of the Mets column is back for its fifth installment with what could have been the best stretch of the season so far, including an epic sweep of the rival Phillies.

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State of the Mets 4: Bad week has positive end, with Santana winning for first time in 20 months
Our State of the Mets column is back for its fourth installment with some very bad losses, a sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros and a big win late to stay above the .500 mark.

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State of the Mets III: Mets get much-needed sweep of Reyes, Marlins, plus best, worst of week
Our State of the Mets column is back for its third installment with the return of a superstar player, a sweep of a rival and some very bad losses.


Our State of the Mets column returns for its second week, and while the mood among fans has mellowed a bit since a red-hot start, there is still plenty to break down and discuss in this second installment.


It's never too early to analyze and opine about baseball in New York, so even though we're still under two weeks into the season, there's no better time to debut our State of the Mets column than right now.

For once, here's some positive news involving the New York Mets. John Franco, the team's longtime closer, was elected to the team's Hall of Fame today. Franco, who will be the 26th player elected, is the team's all-time leader in saves and games pitched. He saved 276 games in his 14 seasons.


Just as elite athletes can buckle under the pressure of playing in New York, being a NY sports fan is not for the weak either. It can go from blissful to downright brutal with no warning at all, similar to a peaceful cab ride suddenly becoming a giant slalom down Fifth Avenue. Sunday was one of those roller coaster rides for me.


Call me naive or say I'm behind the times, but I had a major revelation during my vacation to Chicago last week. What's the major eye-opener? Chicago Cubs fans are not only the most overrated in all of baseball, but they could be the worst fans in the game. I actually can't imagine a fan base that is worse, and I'm surrounded by a great number of Mets fans.


This wasn't my first foray onto the field at a professional sporting event, however. Way back when, when I was 9-years-old, I hopped the field wall (illegally I'll proudly admit) after the Jets played their final game ever at Shea Stadium before they moved to the Meadowlands a couple decades ago. Me and my dad jumped the fence and ran onto the stadium grass, joining the masses that were looking to create mayhem after the Jets lost big to the Steelers.


For the first time since the early years of interleague play, I actually found myself glued to the television for a series that didn't involve the Yankees and Mets. Of course, it was special circumstances as the Yankees were in Wrigley Field for a series against the Chicago Cubs.