Description: Mets left-hander Jon Niese has been diagnosed with a hyperextended elbow. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Niese just can't seem to catch a break this spring. He missed time with a shoulder problem a few weeks ago and Sunday he hurt his elbow in a game against St. Louis. Originally tabbed as New York's Opening Day starter, it now looks like Niese (8-8, 3.71 ERA in 2013) will begin the year on the disabled list.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday.
Insight: Niese has been dealing with some weakness in his shoulder muscles in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Description: Former Cardinals and Nationals outfielder Rick Ankiel has decided to hang up his cleats. SOURCE: Brian Walton, TheCardinalNation.com
Insight: Ankiel didn't last long as a pitcher but he was able to resurrect his career as an outfielder beginning in 2007. His best season came in 2008 when he belted 25 HR to go with 71 RBI. He last played for the Mets in 2013.
Description: New York closer Bobby Parnell (neck surgery, quad) is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Thursday morning, according to espnny.com.
Insight: Parnell (5-5, 2.16 ERA, 22 saves) hopes to be ready for Opening Day. He isn't getting much attention from fantasy owners (26th closer off the board in Yahoo rankings), but if he's ready to go at the start of the season he'll have solid value.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) will throw in a simulated game on a back field at the team's spring training complex Thursday morning.
Insight: Niese is dealing with some weakness in his shoulder muscles. Fortunately, his soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Description: Mets center fielder Eric Young (side) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Young is competing with Juan Lagares for the starting center field spot and will serve as the Mets leadoff hitter if he wins it. Young stole 35 bags and scored 48 runs in just 91 games with New York after coming over from the Rockies last season.
Description: According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets starter Jon Niese says he has a "pinching" sensation in his shoulder stemming from a lack of strength.
Insight: Niese thinks some rehab and strengthening will get him back on track, but no date is set from him to throw off a mound. Fortunately, his soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Description: Mets expected Opening Day starter Jonathon Niese will travel to New York to undergo an MRI on his sore left shoulder, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Fortunately, the soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season.
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese's MRI revealed no structural damage, according to espnny.com.
Insight: Niese's shoulder soreness is in a different area than the rotator cuff he partially tore last season. Niese was 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 2012 and, after sitting out nearly two months, went 5-2 wth a 3.00 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP in his last 10 starts last season. He should resume throwing in a couple of days.
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell (neck surgery) threw about 15 pitches Monday morning, according to Mets beat reporter Marc Carig.
Insight: Parnell (5-5, 2.16 ERA, 22 saves) hopes to be ready for Opening Day. He isn't getting much attention from fantasy owners (25th closer off the board in Yahoo rankings), but if he's ready to go at the start of the season he'll be a solid value at No. 182 overall.
Description: According to Newsday, Mets manager Terry Collins will try to get Ike Davis 80-100 at-bats this spring to try to avoid a slow start. Davis has averaged 56.3 at-bats in his three full spring trainings and is a career .225/.304/.697 hitter in the first half, compared to .267/.274/.869 in the second.
Insight: Davis batted .327 in 55 at-bats last spring, but it didn't carry over to the regular season. He hit .161 in 186 at-bats over the first 55 games of the season before being demoted to the minors. Davis batted .267 with four homers and an .872 OPS after being recalled a month later. He has the edge over Lucas Duda to be the Mets starting first baseman.
Description: The Mets signed reliever Jose Valverde just in time for spring training.
Insight: They got him on a minor league deal, which means Valverde will need a strong showing this spring to secure his roster spot. Papa Grande was a disaster for the Tigers in 2013, converting just nine out of 12 saves with a 5.59 ERA.
Description: New York Mets ace Matt Harvey (Tommy John surgery) hopes to start a throwing program by the end of February.
Insight: "I can't wait. Even if it's 10 feet, I just want to pick up a ball, Harvey told the New York Post. Harvey (9-5, 2.27 ERA, 0.931 WHIP, 9.6 Ks/9) isn't expected to return to the mound until 2015.
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda inked a one-year, $1.6375 million deal on Wednesday. SOURCE: Joel Sherman, New York Post
Insight: The two sides were able to avoid arbitration. Duda bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season. He's a straight power hitter with a very low contact rate (.246 career average in 1,104 major league at bats).
Description: The Mets have agreed to terms with outfielder Curtis Granderson, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Insight: He'll make $60 million over four seasons. It's a nice signing for the Mets, but fantasy owners aren't going to like him playing in spacious Citi Field. Granderson averaged 36 homers from 2010-2012 in Yankee Stadium, but 23 homers in Detroit from 2006-2009. Fantasy owners and Mets fans should expect power totals more in line with his Detroit days, but without the speed.
Description: Don't be surprised if the Mets trade Daniel Murphy this offseason.
Insight: Though no deal is imminent, Newsday's Andy Martino says the Mets are open to dealing the 28-year-old second baseman. After hitting .286 with 78 RBI and 23 SB in 2013, Murphy's trade value has never been higher.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud won't play Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: d'Arnaud hasn't shown us much this season. Thirty one games into his MLB career, he's hitting just .202 with one homer and five RBI. Fellow rookie Juan Centano is making the start in d'Arnaud's place.
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Milwaukee but he won't play the whole game. SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com
Insight: Wright and second baseman Daniel Murphy will both be pulled about halfway through the contest to receive standing ovations from the crowd at Citi Field. Despite the Mets' struggles, Wright (.308, 18 HR, 57 RBI) and Murphy (.285, 13 HR, 78 RBI, 22 SB) have both performed admirably in 2013.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (thumb) is back in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Wright (.312, 18 HR, 57 RBI) left Thursday's game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch, but he avoided a season-ending concussion and should play the final two games. He missed Friday's game with a thumb injury.
Description: Munenori Kawasaki wasn't the only Blue Jay who had a big game on Wednesday. Catcher Josh Thole chipped in with four hits of his own against the Orioles.
Insight: Somehow, the Jays still found a way to lose 9-5. Wednesday was Thole's second multi-hit game of the season. J.P. Arencibia gets most of the playing time behind the plate for Toronto so Thole isn't a fantasy option.
Description: New York righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka topped Reds starter Mat Latos in a pitcher's duel Wednesday at Great American Ball Park.
Insight: Dice-K (7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 6 K's) saved the best for last. Wednesday's start was a strong conclusion to what was otherwise an unimpressive season for the 33-year-old (4.42 ERA in 38 2/3 innings).
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has homered in two straight games since returning from his hamstring injury but he'll sit out Sunday.
Insight: The Mets don't want to push their star third baseman after he missed seven weeks with a hamstring strain. Wright returned to action Friday and has gone 4-for-8 with two longballs and three RBI in two games against the Phillies.
Description: If Mets starter Zack Wheeler throws seven or eight innings in his next start, it will likely be his last of the year, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: Wheeler has thrown 168 2/3 innings this season between the minors and majors, and the team will limit him to 180 or less. Instead of giving him two starts totaling 10-11 innings, however, manager Terry Collins may give him seven or eight in his next start and call it a season.
Description: Ruben Tejada's season is over. SOURCE: Marc Carig, Newsday
Insight: The Mets shortstop broke his right leg in Wednesday's victory over San Francisco. Fortunately, the injury won't require surgery so he should be fine for the start of spring training in a few months.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey will first try to rehab his elbow and begin a throwing program in 1-2 months, but Tommy John surgery remains a possibility if that does not go well, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Harvey has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament. He has the odds stacked against him in trying to return from the injury without surgery.
Description: Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka notched his first win of the season Saturday against the Marlins.
Insight: Dice-K (7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 K's, 1 BB) pitched the second game of a day-night doubleheader. It was easily his strongest outing of the season. Matsuzaka's fantasy owners should feel encouraged heading into next week's start against the Phillies.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler was the tough-luck loser Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Wheeler took the L despite giving up one run and striking out six in seven innings. After struggling with his control early (4.97 BB/9 first 50 2/3 innings), Wheeler has posted a 2.44 ERA, a 2.44 BB/9 and 40 strikeouts in his last 44 1/3 innings.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler has about 28 more innings left before he reaches his limit, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: That should get Wheeler through another four starts. His turn would come up five times in September if the Mets go with a five-man rotation. The 23-year-old rookie has gone 7-3 with a 3.36 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 83 innings since being promoted from Triple-A.
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy faces another favorable matchup Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Monday he'll take his cuts against lefthander Paul Maholm. Despite being a lefthanded hitter himself, the lefty/lefty matchup hasn't bothered Murphy (.283, 10 HR, 65 RBI, 18 SB) in the least. He's hitting .533 in 15 at bats against Maholm (9-10, 4.37 ERA).
Description: Journeyman Aaron Harang has signed a minor league deal with the Mets.
Insight: He's been assigned to the team's Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old gives the Mets depth but little else. He hasn't been a factor in fantasy since winning 16 games for the Reds back in 2007.
Description: Mets lefty Jon Niese isn't expected to miss any time after exiting Sunday's start early because of calf cramps. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: Just as we figured. He told reporters after the game that he could have kept pitching but manager Terry Collins wanted to play it safe. His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Indians.
Description: New York lefthander Jon Niese had his outing cut short Sunday night against the Nationals because of a leg cramp.
Insight: He departed with two outs in the sixth inning. Niese (6-6, 3.66 ERA) was shown stretching out his leg in the dugout, which would seem to indicate that the injury isn't serious. If the Mets bullpen can hold the lead, Niese should be able to walk away with his seventh win of the year.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games of August.
Insight: He went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs Saturday at Washington in a blowout win. Murphy isn't flashy but he does have 10 homers, 63 RBI, 79 runs and 18 steals to go with a .282 average. At second base, those numbers work just fine.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis suffered a strained right oblique Saturday and is likely done for the season, according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.
Insight: Davis entered Saturday's game hitting .269 with 11 doubles, four homers, 16 RBI, 38 walks, 35 strikeouts and an .881 OPS in 47 games since returning from his exile to the minors. If Davis is indeed out for the year, he'll finish with a .205 average, nine home runs, 33 RBI and a .660 OPS in 377 plate appearances.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis has had a major turnaround over the last month.
Insight: Davis was hitting .174 with a .542 OPS on July 27, but he has hit .296 with nine doubles, three homers, 27 walks and 19 strikeouts over his last 30 games. He went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Friday night against the Nationals.
Description: New York starter Dillon Gee shut down the Nationals over 7 2/3 innings Friday night to earn his 10th win. Gee gave up two runs on six hits in the victory.
Insight: Gee has been an above average starter since late May after starting out 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA. Over his last 16 turns, Gee is 8-3 with a 2.47 ERA and 13 quality starts. He went 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in August.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, Mets closer Bobby Parnell (neck) is unlikely to return this season.
Insight: Parnell is out with a herniated disc in his neck, and the team has yet to determine if he'll need surgery. LaTroy Hawkins is expected to get most of the save chances in the final month of the season, with Gonzalez Germen being mixed in.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (hamstring) will start his rehab assignment this weekend, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.
Insight: He'll play with Port St. Lucie, whose season ends Sunday. After that, Wright will have to settle for simulated games until his hamstring feels good enough to play. The third baseman left open the chance that he won't return at all this season. "You don't want to go into the offseason with the uncertainty of an injury," he said. "And most importantly, I don't want this to affect me next year or the years to come. So I have to rehab this properly, be diligent with it, stay on top of it. And be honest with the rehab guys and the medical guys down in Florida, as I continue to make progress. But all signs are good. I haven't had a single setback yet."
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy pounded out four hits Thursday in a rout of Philadelphia.
Insight: Two of the hits were doubles, giving him 28 for the season. Murphy (.277, 10 HR, 61 RBI, 18 SB) has also been on a stolen base tear. Murphy's first inning theft was his fourth in his last nine games.
Description: Daisuke Matsuzaka is 0-2 with a 8.68 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP after two starts with the Mets.
Insight: After going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 2008, Dice-K has been utterly abysmal over the last five years -- 17-24, 5.63 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 4.48 BB/9, 1.18 HR/9 in 305 1/3 innings. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese threw his second career shutout, and first since 2010, Tuesday against the Phillies.
Insight: Niese three-hit Philadelphia, walked one and struck out five in the complete game effort. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and 28 strikeouts in 28 innings since returning from a shoulder injury.
Description: New York Mets righthander Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, according to Mike Francesca of WFAN.
Insight: Harvey, who will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, might need Tommy John surgery. The 24-year old was the starter in the All-Star game and was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, .931 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 178 1/3 innings pitched.
Description: The Mets called up left fielder Lucas Duda from Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday.
Insight: He was out with an intercostal strain. Before starting Saturday against the Tigers, Duda's last major league appearance came on June 21st against the Phillies. Fantasy owners can expect decent power numbers from Duda but also lots of strikeouts.
Description: The Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Insight: Heyman hears Matsuzaka is expected to join the big league club immediately. New York is in need of starters following injuries to Jeremy Hefner and Jennry Mejia. Matsuzaka had a 3.92 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 103 1/3 innings with Cleveland's Triple-A team this year before asking for his release. Fantasy owners can stay away to avoid a headache.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese has struck out 18 batters over his last 13 innings.
Insight: A torn rotator cuff kept Niese out from late June through mid-August, but he has gone 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and 23 strikeouts over 19 innings since returning to the rotation. He struck out nine and allowed one run on five hits over seven innings Wednesday against Atlanta.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (hamstring) doesn't doubt he'll return this season.
Insight: "I don't think in my mind there's any question," Wright said, according to MLB.com. He hopes to ramp up his daily activity soon before traveling to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for more intensive rehab. He has been limited to physical therapy and light baseball activity.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler threw another quality start Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Coming off his six-inning, 12-strikeout game at San Diego, Wheeler allowed six hits and three earned runs with a 5/3 K/BB over six innings. The right-hander has thrown three straight quality starts and is 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: In 40 games (31 starts) since returning from the minors, Davis is 31-for-110 (.282) with 10 doubles, three home runs, 13 RBI and a stellar 29/33 K/BB. He's batting .333 with six doubles, two homers and an 11/19 K/BB in August.
Description: The Mets have decided to keep Travis d'Arnaud as their everyday catcher. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: d'Arnaud was called up from Triple-A to fill in while John Buck was on paternity leave and now he'll continue to catch while Buck looks on from the bench. The 24-year-old is hitless in his first seven big league at bats.
Description: According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is en route to San Diego to join the team. John Buck has been placed on the paternity leave list.
Insight: Anthony Recker is starting and batting seventh because d'Arnaud's arrival time is unknown. d'Arnaud, who was acquired from the Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, is hitting .304 with a 1.041 OPS in 19 games with Triple-A Las Vegas after dealing with a broken foot for most of the year.
Description: Wilmer Flores is not in the Mets lineup Tuesday due to a right ankle injury.
Insight: Flores rolled his ankle on third base Monday night but stayed in the game and didn't require any X-rays. He was hoping to be in the lineup Tuesday, but the team will give him at least one game off. The 22-year-old is hitting .259 with one homer and nine RBI in 27 at-bats since being summoned to the majors.
Description: With no championships on the line, New York righthander Matt Harvey is not expected to exceed 200 inning this season, according to the mets.com website.
Insight: Harvey threw 169 1/3 innings last season and has thrown 159 2/3 to date so a 200 innings limit is a reasonable level for a young pitcher. Unfortunately, it could cost fantasy owners around four starts because averaging almost seven innings per start he would make just six additional starts this year.
Description: The Mets are sending righthander Jeremy Hefner down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: Hefner got off to a nice start but he's 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in his last five outings. New York Post reporter Mike Puma suspects Hefner, who has been struggling with elbow soreness for some time now, will probably end up on the disabled list.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler beat Arizona with 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday night. He allowed six hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out four. It was his first start without walking a batter; he came in with a 4.97 BB/9.
Insight: Wheeler's start came after Mets manager Terry Collins said the plan to have the young righty pitch in relief later this season to conserve his innings was off the table. Wheeler is expected to remain in the rotation until he hits 180-190 innings combined between the minors and majors. He has around 55-65 innings remaining, so he should be able to finish the season in the rotation.
Description: Mets 22-year-old third baseman Wilmer Flores has eight RBI in his first five big league games.
Insight: Flores is 4-for-19 (.211) and has gone hitless in three of his five games, but he is getting timely hits for the Mets so far. David Wright could possibly miss the rest of the season, so fantasy owners should give Flores a chance.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler will not pitch in relief this season, according to ESPNNY.com. Mets manager Terry Collins had previously mentioned the idea to conserve the rookie's innings, but he said Saturday that the plan is off the table.
Insight: Collins estimated that Wheeler will be capped at 180-190 innings this season. Heading into Saturday's start against the Diamondbacks, Wheeler had 119 1/3 between the minors and majors, so he should have enough remaining to finish the season as a starter without getting shut down.
Description: Mets pitcher Dillon Gee scattered eight hits (seven singles) and allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: Gee gave up a solo home run to Chris Dickerson in the fourth inning but otherwise didn't have much trouble shutting the Rockies down. Over his last 13 starts, Gee has gone 6-2 with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP in 89 1/3 innings.
Description: New York righthander Matt Harvey tossed his first career shutout Wednesday against the Rockies.
Insight: It was also Harvey's first complete game, though he did pitch nine innings against the White Sox on May 7th (that game went into extra innings). He's 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in his last four outings.
Description: The Mets activated left fielder Lucas Duda from the DL on Wednesday but then immediately sent him down to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: It's a tough break for Duda who had 11 HR in 68 games before suffering an intercostal injury in late June. Eric Young Jr. (.257, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 23 SB) will continue to be the Mets' everyday left fielder.
Description: New York closer Bobby Parnell received an epidural injection earlier this week and is still hoping he can avoid season-ending surgery. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: A neck injury sent Parnell to the DL on Tuesday and with very little left to play for, the Mets could opt to play it safe and sit him out the rest of the year. Parnell has different ideas, however, and will do whatever he can to get back in the bigs before the season ends. Stay tuned.
Description: Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole is 7-for-11 in his career against Seattle starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: The sample size isn't big, but the results are pretty good - a .636 batting average with a 1.636 OPS. On the other hand he's batting .098 in 24 games with Toronto and hasn't had a base hit since July 21.
Description: Mets reliever LaTroy Hawkins received the first save chance since Bobby Parnell was placed on the DL Tuesday and converted it after allowing two hits in a 3-2 game.
Insight: Hawkins got the first two outs on pop ups to the infield before giving up a pair of singles. He then induced his third pop up of the inning, a foul ball to first base by Yorvit Torrealba, to seal the deal. Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that he would use a committee in the ninth inning while Parnell is out with a neck injury, but Hawkins could emerge as the best option. The 40-year-old Hawkins has been with 10 organizations and recorded saves with six of them in his career.
Description: Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores will make his major league debut Tuesday against the Rockies.
Insight: Flores celebrated his 22nd birthday with a callup to the majors. He'll start in place of David Wright, who is on the DL with a hamstring injury. Flores, who is considered the No. 4 prospect in New York's system by MLB.com, hit .321 with 36 doubles, 15 homers, 86 RBI and an .887 OPS in 107 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season and should be added in deeper mixed leagues.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has been placed on the 15-day disabled list after injurying his right hamstring, according to Adam Rubin.
Insight: Wright had missed only two games all season. He's lived up to his big contract extension, hitting .309 with 16 homers, 54 RBI, 60 runs and 17 steals, but will now have to sit out the next 3-5 weeks.
Description: Mets closer Bobby Parnell is questionable for Friday's game against Kansas City due to a stiff neck.
Insight: Parnell was 4-1 with nine saves and a 1.85 ERA at the end of May, but he's 5-5 through the end of July. His name was mentioned in a few trade rumors, so perhaps with the deadline passed he'll start pitching well again - after he gets healthy.
Description: According to Mets manager Terry Collins, the team will probably shut Matt Harvey down after ten more starts. SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: It sounds like the Mets are going to cap Harvey (8-2, 2.11 ERA) at about 200 innings. He should only end up missing a couple starts late in the year. This won't be an issue for fantasy owners until mid-September.
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. (knee) is in the lineup Saturday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Young tweaked his knee when he stepped on Tim Hudson's ankle at first base Wednesday night, causing Hudson's ankle to fracture, exited Thursday's game with soreness and missed both game's in Friday's doubleheader.
Description: Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd has surprised this season with a .281 average, 17 homers, 58 RBI and an .841 OPS, and he's in a good position to succeed Saturday with Dan Haren on the mound for Washington.
Insight: Byrd, who leads the Mets in RBI, is 10-for-18 (.556) with two doubles, a triple and two longballs against Haren. He's unlikely to keep this up for the rest of the season, but he needs to be owned in most leagues while he's hot.
Description: Mets ace Matt Harvey allowed just one unearned run in eight innings Friday against Washington but was unable to get the win.
Insight: That's because the Mets only managed one run all night and were defeated in the bottom of the ninth on a walkoff homer by Ryan Zimmerman. Despite a 2.11 ERA (second-lowest in MLB), Harvey has won just four times in his last 17 starts.
Description: Mets starter Jenrry Mejia dominated the Nationals Friday in his season debut.
Insight: Elbow inflammation sidelined Mejia for the first three and a half months of the season. Making his seventh major league start, the righthander allowed seven hits in seven scoreless innings. He also had seven strikeouts (that's a lot of sevens). He's scheduled to throw again Wednesday against the Marlins.
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. (knee) was initially in the lineup for Game 1 of the Mets' doubleheader against Washington Friday, but he was scratched following a pre-game running test, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Young tweaked his knee when he stepped on Tim Hudson's ankle at first base Wednesday night, causing Hudson's ankle to fracture, and exited Thursday's game with soreness.
Description: Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd went 3-for-5 with one RBI Thursday against Atlanta.
Insight: Here's a shock: Byrd leads the Mets in RBI with 57. He's also hitting .282 with 17 homers and should be owned in all leagues while he's playing this well, even if it is unlikely to last the rest of the season.
Description: In his first appearance since starting the All-Star game for the NL Tuesday, Mets starter Matt Harvey struck out 10, walked none and allowed three hits over seven scoreless innings Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: Harvey has 157 K and just 28 BB in 137 innings this season, and he lowered his ERA to 2.23 Sunday. Opponents are hitting under .200 against him in 196 1/3 career innings.
Description: Mets 1B Ike Davis is not in the lineup for Saturday afternoon's against the Phillies.
Insight: Davis spent nearly a month in the minors to work on his swing and batted .293 with seven homers and an 18/17 K/BB in 21 games down there, but it hasn't resulted in much improvement at the major league level. He's batting .233 with zero homers and two RBI in the nine games since his return.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 19-for-57 (.333) against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels with four homers and a .998 OPS.
Insight: Wright homered on Friday night to start off the second half in style. Now a favorable matchup. Wright is an across-the-board fantasy value batting .306 with 14 HR, 46 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals.
Description: Mets All-Star starter Matt Harvey looked like his old self in the "Summer Classic" and should be ready to make his second half debut on Sunday.
Insight: Harvey encountered a bit of a rough patch, yielding eight earned runs over his last 13 innings (ERA 5.54) after giving up just 31 in his first 110 IP (ERA 2.00) because of a blister problem, but it appears he gotten past the injury.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey will start the All-Star Game for the National League.
Insight: With the game taking place at Citi Field, Harvey was the obvious choice. He's encountered a bit of a rough patch, yielding eight earned runs over his last 13 innings (ERA 5.54) after giving up just 31 in his first 110 IP (ERA 2.00). Hopefully he quickly returns to form.
Description: New York rookie Zack Wheeler dominated San Francisco Wednesday in his fifth career major league start.
Insight: Wheeler (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K's) couldn't have picked a better time to face the Giants. The defending champs have now lost eight out of nine and are hitting a league-worst .194 in the month of June. The 23-year-old will head into the All-Star break with a 3-1 record.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey is dealing with a blister and will miss his next scheduled start on Saturday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Harvey has been dealing with the blister over his last few starts and it shows in the results. He's yielded eight earned runs over the past 13 innings (ERA 5.54) after giving up just 31 in his first 110 IP (ERA 2.00).
Description: Mets pitcher Shaun Marcum will miss the rest of the season due to thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Insight: Marcum has numbness in his right hand caused by an artery blockage. He'll have surgery next Monday and will finish the season 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 14 appearances (12 starts).
Description: Ike Davis is not in the lineup Tuesday against San Francisco lefty Barry Zito.
Insight: Davis spent nearly a month in the minors to work on his swing and batted .293 with seven homers and an 18/17 K/BB in 21 games down there. This is the second time since being recalled that he hasn't started against a left-hander. The Mets will go with Josh Satin, who is swinging a hot bat, Tuesday.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey is dealing with a blister and could miss his next scheduled start on Saturday.
Insight: Harvey has been dealing with the blister over his last few starts and it shows in the results. He's yielded eight earned runs over the past 13 innings (ERA 5.54) after giving up just 31 in his first 110 IP (ERA 2.00).
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Giants starter Tim Lincecum with 12 strikeouts.
Insight: Not many pitchers can dominate the All-Star third baseman like that. Wright is on an eight-game hitting streak and Lincecum isn't what he once was, so leave Wright in the lineup and take a chance he finally has some success.
Description: Mets first baseman Josh Satin is batting .382 in 55 at-bats since being called up to the big leagues.
Insight: Satin has a 13/11 K/BB, nine doubles, one homer and eight RBI in that span. No wonder the team was in no hurry to call up Ike Davis. The 28-year-old Satin has played just 35 games in the majors and is unlikely to keep this up.
Description: Mets starter Jeremy Hefner has thrown a quality start in eight of his last nine outings and not allowed more than three earned runs in any of them.
Insight: Hefner was 0-5 with a 5.00 ERA after his start on May 18, but he has gone 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over his last nine turns. The right-hander gave up just two hits and one run while fanning eight over seven innings Sunday at Milwaukee to drop his ERA for the season down to 3.39.
Description: The Mets are discussing skipping Shaun Marcum's next start to give him more rest, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Marcum has been dealing with upper back soreness and felt numbness in his pitching hand during his start Saturday. He could be placed on the DL if it doesn't improve after rest. The right-hander is 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP this season, so it's not like fantasy owners will miss him.
Description: The New York Mets recalled Ike Davis and have installed him back into the lineup. He'll bat in the cleanup spot.
Insight: Davis hit .293 with seven homers in 21 games since being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on his swing. He was batting .161 in 55 games with the Mets, who hope he can explode like he did in the second half last season.
Description: According to the New York Daily News, the Mets will not recall Ike Davis Wednesday.
Insight: The Mets were considering calling Davis up from the minors last week, but a string of several games against left-handed starters prevented the move. He'll remain in the minors for now but should be recalled within the next few weeks. Davis has hit .268 with six homers and an 18/17 K/BB in 20 games since being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas to work on his swing.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against Arizona.
Insight: Murphy had a good week, batting .310 over his last six games, but gets a rest for Tuesday's game. He was a nice offensive factor earlier in the season, but batted just .227 in June which dropped his overall average to .274.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey, who is currently on pace to throw more than 240 innings this season, will be capped at 215-220 innings, according to the Newark Star-Ledger (NJ.com).
Insight: Dialing Harvey back from a 245-inning pace to 215 means the Mets will either have to start limiting Harvey's innings during his starts or skip him 4-5 turns. Harvey is 7-1 with a 2.00 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP and 132 strikeouts in 117 innings.
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. will leadoff for the Mets again on Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Since coming to the Mets, Young has become an excellent leadoff man, batting .359 in nine games. New York has averaged 4.44 rpg over that span versus 3.93 for the entire season, so Young's addition has helped the entire Mets offense.
Description: According to the New York Post, there is "no chance" Ike Davis will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas Thursday against Colorado.
Insight: The Mets are expected to face lefty starters four games in a row from June 29 to July 2 so the team will keep Davis in the minors, where he is hitting .306 with five homers and a 12/14 K/BB in 14 games.
Description: It took him a few months but Mets righthander Shaun Marcum finally has his first win of the season.
Insight: Marcum (1-9, 5.08 ERA) was outstanding Wednesday versus the White Sox. In eight scoreless innings, all he allowed were four hits and a pair of walks. He's still miles away from being relevant in fantasy but at least he's headed in the right direction.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler won his major league debut last Tuesday against the Braves and will get a chance to double the total on Tuesday in Chicago against the White Sox.
Insight: The 23-year-old appeared nervous, which manifested itself in walks (5), but he showed all the skills that will make him a coveted fantasy pitcher - zero earned runs and just four hits along with seven strikeouts in six innings. If you haven't picked him up in your league it's probably too late, but check to see if he's available anyway.
Description: Ike Davis' return to the minor leagues might be short-lived. Adam Rubin from ESPN New York believes the first baseman could be back with the Mets sometime in the next week.
Insight: Davis has looked much better in his first 12 games for Triple-A Las Vegas, producing a .310 batting average in 42 at bats. Obviously, Davis has tons of power (32 HR for the Mets last season) but if he can't cut down on his strikeouts, he won't be able to help fantasy owners.
Description: Mets pitcher Jon Niese has a partial tear in his rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com. He won't have surgery yet, but will rest for two weeks and then have another MRI.
Insight: Niese left Thursday's start in the fourth inning with left shoulder discomfort and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. The left-hander dealt with shoulder inflammation last month and hasn't looked right all season. The team will be able to install Zack Wheeler as a starter without having to turn to a six-man rotation.
Description: Mets pitcher Jon Niese has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.
Insight: Niese left Thursday's start in the fourth inning with left shoulder discomfort. The left-hander dealt with shoulder inflammation last month and hasn't looked right all season. The team will be able to install Zack Wheeler as a starter without having to turn to a six-man rotation.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a lifetime 2-for-17 with seven strikeouts versus Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Wright hasn't been spectacular, but he's been solid across the board, batting .296 with nine homers, 36 RBI, 34 runs and 12 steals. Thursday, however, doesn't figure to be a productive contest.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese left Thursday's start with left shoulder discomfort, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Insight: Niese left Thursday's start in the fourth inning. The left-hander dealt with shoulder inflammation last month and hasn't looked right all season. If he has to be placed on the DL, the team won't have to go with a six-man rotation to accomodate Zack Wheeler.
Description: According to MLB.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said he believes Ike Davis is making progress with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: Davis is trying to eliminate or at least lessen a pronounced hitch in his swing. "When he starts swinging good, that's when he'll be back," Collins said. "I don't have any date. And as I said when we sent him out, I don't think it's going to happen overnight. It's going to be a process of getting comfortable with what he's working on." The first baseman has struck out just once in his last 14 plate appearances with the 51s.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese left Thursday's start with an apparent shoulder injury, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
Insight: The left-hander immediately called for the trainer after throwing a changeup in the fourth inning and motioned to his left shoulder as the problem area. Niese missed some time with shoulder inflammation earlier this season.
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young, who was acquired from the Rockies Tuesday, will start in center field and bat leadoff Wednesday.
Insight: Young was designated for assignment a week ago by Colorado. He's a career .211 hitter with a measly seven RBI in 137 games away from Coors Field, compared to .300 with 33 RBI in 176 games at Coors.
Description: Zack Wheeler won his major league debut Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: He finished with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings. Walks were an issue for Wheeler (he handed out five free passes) but that's to be expected from a nervous 23-year-old in his first major league start. The Mets haven't announced when his next start will be but we're confident Wheeler will stay in the rotation.
Description: New York righthander Matt Harvey lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: Jason Heyward finally broke it up with an infield single. The Braves did get to Harvey for three runs before it was over but the Mets were still able to hold on for the 4-3 win. Harvey (7 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 13 K's, 3 BB) improved to 6-1 on the season.
Description: New York Mets catcher John Buck has picked up three extra-base hits, including a homer, and gone 4-for-10 with two RBI and two walks overall against Paul Maholm, Tuesday's opposing starter.
Insight: If you sold high on Buck after he hit .351 with six homers and 19 RBI in his first 10 games, good job. If not, you've endured a .198 average with 51 strikeouts and five homers over the last 48 games. If you have held onto Buck, however, he should be active in lineups Tuesday against the Braves.
Description: Mets 1B/LF Lucas Duda went 4-for-4 Monday against Atlanta.
Insight: Duda was hitting just .226 coming into Monday's game; the performance raised his average to .241. He has a solid .802 OPS with 11 homers and 33 walks, but he has driven in just 23 runs in 216 at-bats.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum's spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy, according to SNY.
Insight: Marcum allowed six earned runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings Friday against the Cubs to drop to 0-8. The right-hander has a 5.43 ERA. His best outing of the season was actually a relief appearance on June 8, when he threw eight innings of one-run ball in a 20-inning game.
Description: New York Mets catcher John Buck is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Buck (.218, 11 HR, 35 RBI) launched nine homers in April. Since then, he's hit just two homers with 35 strikeouts in 119 at bats. Needless to say, he's no longer the hot catching value he was in April.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey (back) struck out seven and allowed one run on five hits over seven innings Thursday afternoon against the Cardinals, but he was outdueled by Adam Wainwright.
Insight: The good news is that Harvey seemed fine after leaving his last start due to back tightness. However, he picked up his first loss of the season as Wainwright allowed zero runs over seven innings.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee had his third straight strong start Wednesday against St. Louis.
Insight: Gee allowed one run and struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander has given up just three runs and struck out 26 in 21 innings over his last three outings. However, he was so bad prior to that stretch that he still has a 4.84 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP this season.
Description: The Mets have called up first baseman Josh Satin from Triple-A. He'll presumably get most of the starts at first base now that Ike Davis has been demoted.
Insight: Satin is hitting .305 with 14 doubles, nine homers, 32 RBI and a 45/43 K/BB in 59 games with Las Vegas. The 28-year-old is not a highly touted prospect but he has earned a callup with his performance this season. He's a career .297 hitter with 24 home runs and a 186/133 K/BB in 946 Triple-A plate appearances.
Description: The Mets have demoted first baseman Ike Davis to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: Davis is hitting .161 with a .500 OPS in 207 plate appearances this season and will try to work out his issues in the minors. The first baseman had nearly identical numbers in his first 201 plate appearances last season -- .158, .507 OPS -- before batting .265 with 27 HR and a .913 OPS in his final 383 plate appearances, so he's not irredeemable.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) made his first start since May 27 Sunday against the Marlins and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Insight: Niese has been dealing with inflammation in his left shoulder. He has taken a step back this year after going 13-9 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP last season. He's 3-5 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.
Description: New York left fielder Lucas Duda won't be in the lineup on Sunday.
Insight: Duda went 1-for-7 with two walks and four strikeouts Saturday in a 20-inning loss to Miami. His power numbers are strong (10 HR, 11 2B in 192 at bats) but his contact rate needs to improve (58 K's, .229 AVG).
Description: The Mets waived goodbye to outfielder Rick Ankiel on Saturday.
Insight: The struggling outfielder was designated for assignment. It's been a disastrous season for the 33-year-old. In 128 at bats, Ankiel has already struck out 60 times. The open roster spot allowed New York to call up Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Description: New York catcher John Buck shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups Thursday against the Nationals. He's hitting a dismal .167 in 12 at bats versus lefthander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Buck (.217, 11 HR, 35 RBI) launched nine homers in April. Since then, he's hit just two homers with 32 strikeouts in 99 at bats. Needless to say, he's been dropped in 13 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues over the last week.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee earned his second straight win and fourth victory of the season Wednesday against the Nationals.
Insight: Gee scattered nine hits and allowed one run over seven innings. He has a 19/1 K/BB over his last two starts. The right-hander still has a ways to go after going 2-6 with a 6.34 ERA over his first 10 starts of the season.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck is 2-for-13 (.154) against Washington hurler Dan Haren.
Insight: After a huge April in which Buck was a fantasy darling (.241, 9 HR, 25 RBI, 844 OPS), Buck's May numbers have brought fantasy owners back to reality. The unfortunate reality is that Buck owns a .234 lifetime batting average and a .707 OPS. Avoid this matchup
Description: Mets outfielder Marlon Byrd is 8-for-16 against Nationals starter Dan Haren with a 1.306 OPS.
Insight: Byrd was brutal last season for the Cubs and Red Sox (.210, 1 HR, 9 RBI), and at best is a mediocre option, but this matchup might be worth taking a shot. He's batting .248 this season with six home runs and 25 RBI in 137 at-bats.
Description: Mets starter Jeremy Hefner allowed four hits and one run, walked one and struck out seven in seven innings Tuesday against the Nationals.
Insight: He was headed for his second win of the season but Bobby Parnell blew his third save. Hefner has thrown three straight quality starts and posted a 19/3 K/BB in that span. He's 1-5 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.
Description: While Zack Wheeler has been the focus of much attention, the Mets have another very good pitching prospect in the minor league system - Rafael Montero.
Insight: Pitching at Double-A Binghamton, Montero is 6-3 in 10 starts with a 2.72 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a stunning 66/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was also solid in one Triple_A start at Las Vegas. Consider him a candidate for a September call up and a top prospect.
Description: Mets minor league outfielder Cesar Puello is proving to be a solid across-the-board contributor for Double-A Binghamton.
Insight: The 22-year-old is batting .302 with eight homers, 33 RBI, 15 SB and 32 runs scored in 46 games. If he continues to produce at this level he could find a September call up in his future and he could certainly help a fantasy owners with a few late-season steals.
Description: Top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is expected to make one more start before facing the Cubs in the Mets' next homestand. SOURCE: New York Post
Insight: That fits right in the schedule so that he'll avoid earning "Super Two status." The 22-year-old should end up being a No. 2 starter behind Matt Harvey. Both pitchers have a bright future with the Mets.
Description: Mets first baseman Ike Davis ended his home run drought Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: It was Davis' first home run since April 25th. It's obviously a step in the right direction for Davis (.168, 5 HR, 16 RBI) but he still has a long way to go if he's going to top his home run total from last season (32).
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) is expected to make his next start Friday against the Marlins, according to ESPN New York. He'll have to get through a bullpen session Tuesday first, however.
Insight: Niese has inflammation in his left shoulder and has been dealing with soreness after starts this entire season. He was scratched from Saturday's start but said that he didn't expect to miss more than that.
Description: Mets righthander Dillon Gee was sensational Thursday in a win over the Yankees.
Insight: Gee (3-6, 5.68 ERA) gave up just one run in 7 1/3 innings. The 27-year-old struck out 12 without allowing a walk. The Mets were talking about moving Gee to the bullpen but after Thursday's strong start, they might have to reconsider.
Description: Dillon Gee is expected to move to the bullpen when the Mets call up Zack Wheeler next month. SOURCE: Jeremy Hefner, ESPN New York
Insight: The 23-year-old Wheeler is close to making his big league debut. In 10 starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler is 3-1 with a 4.13 ERA. Meanwhile, Gee has struggled to a 2-6 record and a 6.22 ERA in 11 appearances for the big club.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is just 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts against Atlanta starter Kris Medlen.
Insight: Wright is off to another good start, batting .293 with six homers, 28 RBI, 10 steals and a .885 OPS. Wright has hit more homers off of Braves pitching than any other team (30), but this isn't a good matchup.
Description: A high-ranking team official told the New York Post Thursday that barring an injury, top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler is expected to make 2-3 more starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before joining the big league club. SOURCE: Mike Puma, New York Post
Insight: Wheeler missed a start last Friday due to soreness in his clavicle area near his right shoulder, but he returned Wednesday. "If not for the minor setback with the shoulder, he might already be here," the club official said. "We are at the point where you can say it's probably two or three more starts (for Las Vegas)." The flamethrowing Wheeler is 3-1 with a 3.91 ERA with Las Vegas and should be stashed in most leagues.
Description: Andy Martino from the New York Daily News is hearing that Mets first baseman Ike Davis could be sent down to Triple-A after this weekend's series against Atlanta.
Insight: This season has just been a disaster for Davis. He's 1-for-38 over his last 11 games with 14 strikeouts over that span. Outfielders Lucas Duda and Mike Baxter could both see playing time at first if Davis gets sent down.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck is hitless in eight career at-bats versus Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos with three strikeouts.
Insight: Considering it's a day game after a night game and Buck's record against Latos, fantasy owners should not expect Buck to start on Wednesday. After a huge April, Buck's May numbers are well below expectations (.196, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .593 OPS).
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is just 1-for-10 against Cincinnati starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Wright is off to another good start, batting .309 with six homers, 28 RBI, 10 steals and a .929 OPS. The Mets and fantasy owners are always better with Wright in the lineup, but this matchup isn't likely to produce much offense.
Description: Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd is 6-for-11 against Reds starter Johnny Cueto with a 1.220 OPS.
Insight: Byrd was brutal last season for the Cubs and Red Sox (.210, 1 HR, 9 RBI), and at best is a mediocre option, but this matchup might be worth taking a shot. he's batting .267 this season with three home runs and 16 RBI in 101 at-bats.
Description: With New York first baseman Ike Davis' latest cold streak of one hit in his last 24 at-bats, he's batting .160 for the season with four home runs and nine RBI.
Insight: Hopefully, he'll produce when the weather gets warmer as he did last season when he hit 27 of his 32 home runs from June to the end of the year. But the other option being discussed by Mets management is sending him to Triple-A Las Vegas. Fantasy owners beware.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum took a step in the right direction Wednesday with his first quality start of the season. He allowed five hits and three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings.
Insight: Marcum lost the game and dropped to 0-4, but his start is certainly a positive development. He allowed 24 hits and 14 earned runs over his first 14 2/3 innings this season after missing most of April with a neck strain.
Description: Mets outfielder Rick Ankiel hit his first homer with the team Wednesday as part of a 2-for-4 game against the Cardinals, the team he played for from 1999 to 2009.
Insight: Ankiel has struck out an absurd 37 times in 74 plate appearances, but he has hit six homers and three doubles and has an ISO of .300, which would rank fifth in baseball if he had enough plate appearances. He could play himself into regular at-bats with the Mets, as the team's outfield is one of the worst in all of baseball.
Description: Mets VP of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodestall brought up two words no Matt Harvey owners wants to hear - innings limit, according to an Adam Rubin report.
Insight: Harvey has pitched so well and so deep into games this season that he's currently on a pace to throw more than 230 innings. Given that he pitched a combined 169 1/3 innings between the minors and majors last season, the Mets will likely be cautious about overworking their budding superstar if there is nothing on the line come September and October.
Description: Outfielder Rick Ankiel has been signed by the New York Mets and could start in center field on Monday night, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Ankiel batted .194 in 25 games for the Astros before they gave up on him. He's hit as many as 25 home runs in a season, but fantasy owners should stay away as he's likely to be in a platoon situation ... at best.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum is 0-3 with an 8.59 ERA and a 2.05 WHIP in four starts since returning from the DL.
Insight: Marcum spent most of April on the DL with a neck strain and has been hit hard upon his return. He allowed nine hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh in his latest outing Friday.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis is hitless in seven at-bats versus Pittsburgh left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Davis (.178, 4 HR) is off to another miserable start, particularly against lefties, so he should be avoided in Friday's matchup. Hopefully, he'll produce when the weather gets warmer as he did last season when he hit 27 of his 32 home runs from June to the end of the year.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates with left-hander Jeff Locke on the hill.
Insight: Davis (.170, 4 HR) is off to a miserable start for the second straight season, and the Mets are sitting him against lefties. Davis did bat .261 with 27 homers and 68 RBI in 98 games from June 12 to the end of last season, but it's going to take a lot of patience to wait for that again.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey had another dominating effort Tuesday against the White Sox. The right-hander struck out 12 and walked none in nine innings of one-hit shutout baseball.
Insight: The only thing Harvey didn't do Tuesday was get a win, as the Mets didn't score a run until the bottom of the 10th. This was Harvey's second start of the season in which he threw at least seven innings and allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out 10-plus. He is 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA and has given up just 22 hits in 49 1/3 innings (58/12 K/BB).
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright has 68 career at-bats against Braves starter Tim Hudson, but he has just 15 hits (.221).
Insight: Wright is off to another good start, batting .302 with four homers, 21 RBI, six steals and an 18/19 K/BB in 27 games, including 4-for-10 with two homers in the last two. However, Hudson has often come out ahead in their matchups.
Description: Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada is batting .333 (12-for-36) over his last nine games and is 8-for-17 (.471) against Sunday's opposing starter Tim Hudson.
Insight: Tejada posted an average in the .280s in each of the last two seasons, but even with his recent hot streak is hitting just .255 this year. NL-only owners should have him in the lineup Sunday, however, with Hudson on the hill.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis is not in Friday's lineup with lefty Mike Minor on the hill. The first baseman is a career .211 hitter against left-handers.
Insight: Davis has batted under .200 in each of the last two Aprils, and last season he was worse in May, hitting .154. From June 12 to the end of the season, he batted .261 with 27 homers and 68 RBI in 98 games, but it's going to take a lot of patience to wait for that again.
Description: New York starter Jeremy Hefner took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday at Miami but the Mets surrendered two runs in the inning.
Insight: Hefner allowed a leadoff single to Chris Coghlan and was removed after a passed ball and a fielder's choice left men on first and third with nobody out. Reliever Brandon Lyon then gave up a tying single and threw a wild pitch that led to the winning run scoring. That makes two straight strong starts for Hefner, but he is still winless on the season.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck is getting Tuesday's game off after catching 15 innings Monday night.
Insight: Buck has been a major surprise with nine homers and 25 RBI in 87 at-bats. He has been in the league since 2004 and has never hit more than 20 homers or driven in more than 66 runs in any season. He also has hit under .250 in all but one season in his career.
Description: Mets 3B David Wright is one of the few hitters who thrives when facing Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Wright is a career .327 hitter with four homers, 10 RBI and a 1.006 OPS against the left with a great changeup. Wright is 3-for-8 in the first two games of the series and batting .308 this season with a .946 OPS. He's a must start.
Description: Mets left-hander Jon Niese (leg) plans to throw his normal between-starts bullpen session Thursday. SOURCE: ESPNNY.com
Insight: Niese was forced from Tuesday's game after being struck in the right ankle by a comebacker, but he didn't want to disrupt his usual routine. He's expected to start Sunday against the Phillies. Niese's declining fastball velocity is a much larger concern at this time. He's averaging 89.2 mph after throwing 90.5 mph over the last two seasons, and has struck out just 4.85 batters per nine innings while walking 4.15 batters per nine. He has a career K/9 of 7.42 and a BB/9 of 2.82.
Description: Mets left-hander Jon Niese, who left Tuesday's start in the third inning after getting hit in the right leg by a grounder off the bat of Mark Ellis, is expected to be available for his next scheduled start.
Insight: Niese is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.577 WHIP. He'll have to drastically improve on his WHIP if he wants to stay on fantasy rosters.
Description: Mets left-hander Jon Niese left Tuesday's start in the third inning after getting hit in the right leg by a grounder off the bat of Mark Ellis. However, X-rays came back negative, according to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY.
Insight: Niese completed 2 1/3 innings and allowed six baserunners and one run. He has a 3.81 ERA and 1.58 WHIP this season.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum (neck) will make his debut with the team Saturday. SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, MLB.com
Insight: Marcum has been rehabbing from a neck strain since spring training. The right-hander has posted an ERA under four in each of the last four seasons and will be a solid fantasy option while he's healthy.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is batting .355 with two homers, 12 RBIs and 17 runs in 16 games this season, and he'll meet Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann Sunday. Murphy is 7-for-21 (.333) with two doubles and a homer against Zimmermann.
Insight: Murphy has been batting second, which has allowed him to score plenty of runs to start the season. He's a career .294 hitter and is best used at second base, though he's also eligible at first.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis launched two homers Friday in a win over Washington and has another favorable matchup on Saturday against Washington ace Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Four of the six RBI Davis has produced this season have come over the last two games. Friday was the sixth multi-homer game of Davis' career and he's 4-for-10 against Gonzalez with a 1.255 OPS. Start him.
Description: Mets starter Matt Harvey outdueled Stephen Strasburg Friday in a battle of righthanded aces.
Insight: Harvey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) let in just one run over seven innings with seven strikeouts and three walks. Miraculously, he managed to pitch his way out of a no out bases loaded jam in his final inning of work. By recording the win, Harvey became the first pitcher in the major leagues to reach four wins. His next start will be on Wednesday against Los Angeles.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is batting .352 with 15 runs through 14 games.
Insight: Murphy has been batting second, and David Wright and John Buck have been driving him in frequently. The infielder is a career .294 hitter and is a solid fantasy option at second base in 12-team leagues.
Description: Mets 3B David Wright is just 2-for-15 (.133) against Colorado hurler Jon Garland.
Insight: Wright homered twice in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Rockies - his first two long balls of the season. He had been on fire in the WBC before a rib injury slowed down his spring training. We expect him to get back to that level soon, but probably not in Wednesday's unfavorable matchup.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright "owns" Colorado's game No. 2 pitcher Jeff Francis, batting .462 (6-for-13) against the left-hander with three home runs and a 1.765 OPS.
Insight: Wright was extremely hot during the WBC this spring, then suffered an injury and has started the season decently (.293, 9 RBI, 3 SB), though he's yet to hit a home run. The matchup in the nightcap should get him going.
Description: According to Marc Carig of Newsday and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, "there's a chance" Mets starter Shaun Marcum (neck) will be ready to pitch next Sunday.
Insight: Marcum needs to get through a "regular-type" start on Tuesday before he can be cleared, according to Rubin, which means around five innings Tuesday in a simulated game. He could be ready to go next Sunday without needing a rehab start.
Description: Scratch that. Don't start any Twins or Mets on Sunday. Their afternoon game at Citi Field has been rained out.
Insight: The two teams will get together for a makeup date on August 19th. It's a shame for David Wright owners who were expecting the third baseman to go bonkers against Minnesota righthander Kevin Correia.
Description: Baseball is just too easy for Matt Harvey right now. The 24-year-old Mets ace owned the Twins in eight innings of work Saturday night at Target Field.
Insight: He's now 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA in three appearances. Saturday was arguably his worst start of the year and he still only gave up two hits. Forget the All-Star Game. This guy's pitching like a Cy Young winner right now.
Description: If you are holding onto Mets' stud pitching prospect Zack Wheeler in hopes of an early-season call up, his first two starts at Las Vegas aren't going to make you happy.
Insight: Wheeler dealt with a mild oblique strain which may have him a little behind at the moment and could explain his first two starts. He yielded 11 hits and six walks over 8 2/3 innings pitched. Wheeler was solid last season with a 12-8 record a 3.26 ERA and 148 strikeouts in 149 innings and should eventually join Matt Harvey has the core of the Mets pitching staff.
Description: New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis has managed just one hit in nine at-bats over his career against Minnesota starter Vance Worley.
Insight: He's off to a slow start this season batting just .129 through the first eight games and should be avoided if he's in the Mets lineup. Davis came on strong at the end of 2012 and quietly posted very good power numbers with 32 HR and 90 RBI, so it's certainly way too early to panic.
Description: Mets left fielder Lucas Duda cranked two homers Wednesday in a win versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Duda strikes out a lot (eight times in 26 at bats this season) but when he makes contact, you know that ball is going for a ride. His .308 average won't last but Duda's power will. Expect him to reach 30 homers for the second straight season.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck is hitless in seven at-bats against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Buck has never hit more than 20 homers or batted higher than .281 (career batting average of .237) in any of his nine seasons in the majors, so this early production (.393, 4 HR, league-leading 14 RBI) is certainly abnormal. Wednesday's matchup is unfavorable.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis has an unfavorable matchup versus Phillies lefty Cliff Lee. He's managed just one hit in 11 at-bats over his career, including four strikeouts.
Insight: Davis came on strong at the end of 2012 and quietly posted very good power numbers with 32 HR and 90 RBI. He's off to a slow start this season batting just .148 through the first seven games and should be avoided if he's in the Mets lineup, though he'll more than likely get the night off.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright probably isn't excited about facing Phillies starter Roy Halladay as he's a career .167 hitter (.4-for-24) with 12 strikeouts and no homers.
Insight: Wright is coming off a fine season (.306, 91 runs, 21 HR, 93 RBI, 15 SB) and was pounding the ball in the WBC before a rib injury. He's batting .300 through the first six games, but without much power (.812 OPS).
Description: According to Mets.com, Mets manager Terry Collins estimated that a best-case scenario is that Shaun Marcum (neck) will return in mid- to late-April.
Insight: Marcum hasn't throw a bullpen session in more than two weeks, so he'll need time to build up his arm, but he'll have to wait for the nerve inflammation in his neck to subside before he starts that process. We're guessing that mid-April is highly unlikely.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck was 1-for-2 with a two-run double and two sacrifice flys Saturday against Miami.
Insight: Buck has a hit in all five games and two homers and nine RBIs on the season. He has a .236 average and .304 OBP in his career but he does have 15-homer pop and moved up to fifth in the lineup Saturday.
Description: New York first baseman Ike Davis has an unfavorable matchup on Saturday against Ricky Nolasco. In 20 at-bats, he's batting just .150 with eight strikeouts.
Insight: Davis came on strong at the end of 2012 and quietly posted very good power numbers with 32 HR and 90 RBI. he's off to a slow start with just one hit in 16 at-bats this season and should be avoided on Saturday.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright loves hitting against Miami starter Ricky Nolasco with a .397 batting average (25-for-63), six homers and a 1.202 OPS.
Insight: Wright is coming off a fine season (.306, 91 runs, 21 HR, 93 RBI, 15 SB) and was pounding the ball in the WBC before an injury, but has started the season slowly going just 3-for-14 without a home run in the first four games of the season.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum has been diagnosed with nerve inflammation in his neck. SOURCE: Marc Carig, Newsday
Insight: Marcum was recently placed on the DL with an injured shoulder/neck. He's a lock to produce a sub-four ERA if he can stay healthy, but he hasn't been able to do that in the last few seasons. He'll rest for 48 hours after having injections in his neck Thursday.
Description: Mets catcher John Buck went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs Wednesday against the Padres.
Insight: Buck has started off 4-for-8 with four RBIs in two games. He .227 in 2011 and .192 last season so fantasy owners shouldn't expect much in the average department, but the veteran has some power and will play every day for the Mets.
Description: Mets starter Shaun Marcum was unable to pitch a simulated game Tuesday due to neck pain and will remain on the DL through Sunday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: Marcum was recently placed on the DL with an injured shoulder/neck. He's a lock to produce a sub-four ERA if he can stay healthy, but he hasn't been able to do that in the last few seasons. Aaron Laffey is likely to start Sunday, but Collin McHugh is also an option.
Description: Mets center fielder Collin Cowgill smacked a grand slam Monday in a season-opening win over Colorado.
Insight: Cowgill also had a double in the fouth inning. The home run was just the third of Cowgill's major league career. He's only appeared in 75 major league games so the jury is still out on what kind of fantasy potential Cowgill holds.
Description: ESPN's Adam Rubin is reporting that a recent MRI on Mets starter Johan Santana's injured shoulder revealed some troubling results. It appears that Santana has re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and is likely headed for surgery.
Insight: Surgery would knock Santana out for the rest of the year. The veteran's career has taken a downward spiral since joining the Mets in 2008.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, the Mets are going to try to get Shaun Marcum (neck) ready for the season without placing him on the disabled list.
Insight: Marcum has been dealing with discomfort in his neck and shoulder area but he doesn't have any structural damage. He'll throw 75 pitches in a minor league game at some point and try to start the fifth or sixth game of the season.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (intercostal strain) was the DH in a minor league game on Tuesday.
Insight: He finished the game without incident going 1-for-5. Wright is coming off a fine season (.306, 91 runs, 21 HR, 93 RBI, 15 SB) and was pounding the ball in the WBC before the injury. This was an important step toward his availability on Opening Day.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (intercostal strain) was "letting it fly" in batting practice Sunday morning, and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com says that Wright appears to be on track for Opening Day.
Insight: Wright is coming off a fine season (.306, 91 runs, 21 HR, 93 RBI, 15 SB) and was pounding the ball in the WBC before the injury. He has expressed optimism about being ready for the season opener.
Description: New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (intercostal strain) has been cleared to play in a minor league game, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Insight: Murphy suffered a setback in a minor league game last week. Mets manager Terry Collins said that Murphy would need to play in a game by this weekend to be ready for Opening Day, according to Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger. He's still not guaranteed to avoid the DL, however.
Description: Mets GM Sandy Alderson said that the cortisone shot Shaun Marcum had in his right shoulder Wednesday was "largely precautionary" and he doesn't expect the righty to end up on the DL at this point, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Insight: Marcum has a right shoulder impingement and appeared to be in doubt for Opening Day but Alderson has erased any of those concerns for now. We'll see how Marcum responds to the shot.
Description: New York starter Shaun Marcum has a right shoulder impingement and had a cortisone shot Wednesday, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Insight: This puts Marcum in doubt for Opening Day. Marcum has dealt with a shoulder issue in each of the last two springs. Aaron Laffey would replace Marcum in the rotation if he can't make his first start.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright told manager Terry Collins that he would be ready for the season opener, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Insight: We're not so sure and fantasy owners who draft him should probably plan on him missing the first few games, but that shouldn't change his season-long fantasy value. Wright is coming off a fine season (.306, 91 runs, 21 HR, 93 RBI, 15 SB) and was pounding the ball in the WBC before the injury.
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