Description: Braves starter Julio Teheran is a tough pitcher, but Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .350 hitter (7-for-20) with a pair of doubles and home runs in their matchups.
Insight: He is now hitting .339 with nine RBI, though he's only hit one home run this season after blasting a career-high 30 in 2014. Add in the wind blowing out to right field at about 15 mph on Thursday.
Description: Mets catcher Anthony Recker is questionable for Thursday's game against Atlanta while sealing with a swollen right elbow.
Insight: The Mets a very thin behind the plate with Travis d'Arnaud already sidelined. Kevin Plawecki appears to be the every day catcher at this time while Recker will try to play through his health issues.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will miss three weeks with his hamstring injury according to the New York Daily News.
Insight: Wright has been out for over a week since suffering a right hamstring strain. The good news is manager Terry Collins says Wright is right where he should be with his rehab although he hasn't started baseball activities yet.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud left Sunday's game against Miami and is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fractured right hand.
Insight: D'Arnaud got nailed in the seventh inning by a A.J. Ramos pitch. It's a horrible injury as d'Arnaud was in a groove at the plate, batting .317 with two homers and 10 RBI in 11 games. Anthony Recker should get most of the work, but the career .197 hitter has no fantasy value.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon pitched well again, throwing seven innings and allowing one run on Friday versus the Marlins.
Insight: Colon is a perfect 3-0 and has allowed just five runs in 20 innings. On Friday, the only run he yielded was a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton. He also struck out five and walked none. Colon just continues to defy father time.
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the, 7-5, victory over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Cuddyer singled in Lucas Duda in the sixth inning, and Curtis Granderson scored on Cuddyer's infield single in the seventh. Cuddyer is hitting .297 with a home run and six RBI in 10 games this season.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI in the victory over the Phillies on Wednesday.
Insight: d'Arnaud hit his first homer of the season in the third inning and then scored on Lucas Duda's double in the sixth. d'Arnaud was one of TSN's fantasy sleepers at catcher, and he is off to a good start, hitting .333/.364/.533.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will like need a DL stint.
Insight: He left Tuesday's game in the ninth after injuring his hamstring,a nd manager Terry Collins said the injury is a "major problem." Ruben Tejada would like see the most time in Wright's absence.
Description: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 with a run scored Monday against Philadelphia.
Insight: One of the hits was a lucky triple, as Grady Sizemore lost the ball in the sun, leading to the three-bagger. In his first season with the Mets, Cuddyer has a .250/.300/.429 line with one homer and three RBIs.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is off to a strong start this season and has a favorable matchup on Monday.
Insight: Wright ia a career .429 hitter (12-for-28) against Phillies starter Aaron Harang including five extra base hits. Add it a strong breeze blowing out to left and it could be a good day for Wright, who has started the season batting .320 through six games.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is off to a strong start this season.
Insight: Wright registered two more hits on Sunday versus the Braves and is hiting .320/.346/.440 after the first week. He also had a walk on Sunday. Wright battled injures last season, so he has the potential to be much better this season since he is healthy.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey gave fantasy owners what they were hoping for in his season debut.
Insight: After missing the 2014 campaign, Harvey began 2015 in style. He went six strong innings of four-hit, no-run ball. Harvey struck out nine and walked just one, while throwing 91 pitches. The Mets will undoubtedly monitor his workload, but there have been no reports of shutting him down early.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a lifetime .320 with three home runs and eight RBI in his career versus Nationals starter Jordan Zimmerman.
Insight: Murphy has 50 career at-bats versus Zimmerman, so the sample size is rather large. Murphy also has five doubles and a walk. Murphy is a decent option at second base this season, especially if owners need average.
Description: Padres closer Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in his San Diego debut on Tuesday.
Insight: It wasn't a save situation because San Diego scored four runs in the top of the ninth. The Padres still used Kimbrel, though, because he had already been warming up, anticipating pitching in a one-run game. Kimbrel should be the top fantasy closer once again especially pitching in the very pitcher-friendly Petco Park.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon spoiled Max Scherzer's Nationals debut by pitching six innings, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out eight and walking just one as New York beat Washington, 3-1.
Insight: Two of the three hits Colon allowed were to Bryce Harper. One of those hits went for a solo home run, the only score Washington had all day. Colon threw 59 strikes in 86 pitches and appears to be another fantasy surprise this season despite turning 42 in May.
Description: The San Diego Padres traded for Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in a blockerbuster deal. The Braves also shipped outfielder Melvin Upton in exchange for outfielders Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and Jordan Paroubeck along with right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler and the 41st pick in the 2015 MLB Draft according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Insight: This trade on the eve of Opening Day for the Braves signifies that Atlanta is in full rebuilding mode. Kimbrel will have about the same value for the Padres as he did for the Braves. This means Joaquin Benoit will likely be the setup man in San Diego.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom allowed one run on four hits in seven innings as he beat the Nationals on Saturday.
Insight: deGrom's only blemish was a homer allowed to Bryce Harper, who just crush it, but it still only counted as one run. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year should be taken in the middle fantasy rounds this season.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson returned to hitting second on Saturday after leading off a couple games according to Roto World.
Insight: Granderson hit a three-run homer off Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. It appears Granderson will hit either first or second this season, which should help his fantasy value despite him likely to have few RBI opportunities.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will miss the next week.
Insight: Murphy batted .289 last season with nine homers, 57 RBI, 79 runs and a .734 OPS. He's a useful low-end fantasy option at second base and should be ready for the start of the season. He might start out slow having only seen 21 plate appearances so far this spring.
Description: New York reliever Bobby Parnell, returning from Tommy John surgery last April, has had his first game action pushed back. He'll throw in the bullpen on Tuesday.
Insight: Parnell amassed 22 saves in 2013, but will likely be the setup man for Jenrry Mejia when he's ready to pitch. He'll likely start the season on the DL and return sometime around the beginning of May.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will next pitch on Wednesday when he's expected to throw 50 pitches, according to Kristie Ackert of the NYDN.
Insight: He had a very successful first outing and this is the next step. He will likely start the third game of 2015, and to this point he looks like the guy we remember. However, we would expect the team to keep their most valuable asset under 200 innings this season as a precaution.
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is expected to make his 2015 Grapefruit League debut on Friday.
Insight: Duda has been dealing with an oblique injury. he finished an impressive breakout season with 30 homers, 92 RBI and an .830 OPS and should have a solid chance at repeating those numbers in 2015 if he can get and stay healthy.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey hit 99 mph on the radar gun on Friday.
Insight: This is just another nice development for Harvey heading into the season. He will likely start the third game of 2015, and to this point, there has been no restrictions discussed for the campaign.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Friday's game after being hit on the hand by a pitch by David Price.
Insight: Murphy left the game after the inning was over and we expect x-rays to be taken. He batted .289 last season with nine homers, 57 RBI, 79 runs and a .734 OPS. He's a useful low-end fantasy option at second base.
Description: Mets right-hander Matt Harvey breezed through two innings of work Friday afternoon against the Tigers.
Insight: Harvey, who is coming off October Tommy John surgery, struck out three batters without giving up a hit or a walk. Nice start and fantasy owners should be excited about the possibility of having Harvey ready for the Opening week of the season.
Description: New York closer Bobby Parnell, returning from Tommy John surgery last April, likely won't be ready for Opening Day.
Insight: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source that he'd likely miss 2-3 weeks of the season. Parnell amassed 22 saves in 2013, but will have to beat out Jenrry Mejia if he wants the closer's role in 2015.
Description: Mets starter Rafael Montero ptches well in no-decision.
Insight: He finishes the year going 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and and two walks, while striking out six. Montero was in line for the loss, but the Mets scored two in the bottom of the ninth, to walk-off 2-1.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia escapes trouble for 28th save.
Insight: Michael Tayloy and Bryce Harper both came up as tying runs, but Mejia was able to strike out Taylor, and get Harper to fly out, to close the door for Carlos Torres. Mejia now owns a 3.73 ERA, and has done a nice job since taking over the closer's job in New York.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee takes no-decision Thursday afternoon against the Nationals.
Insight: He threw only 72 pitches in five innings, letting up four runs on nine hits. Gee concludes his season with a 7-8 record and 4.00 ERA. He will most likely go undrafted in standard leagues, in 2015.
Description: An MRI revealed this week that Mets third baseman David Wright has ligament damage in his left shoulder according to ESPN New York.
Insight: The Mets officially shut down Wright for the season on Sept. 9 after the third baseman played through tremendous shoulder pain throughout the year. He may need surgery if a six-week strengthening program doesn't work. He will test his shoulder around Nov. 1 and if Wright does need surgury, he could miss Opening Day 2015. Wright batted just .269 with eight home runs and 63 RBI while playing hurt this season.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Mejia will undergo sports hernia surgery on October 2nd.
Insight: He will remain active until the end of the season, as he has been pitching during the second half the season with the injury. Overall, Mejia has 27 saves and a relatively high 3.77 ERA, for a closer. He should be ready to roll by spring taraining.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has been feast or famine against Braves starter Ervin Santana in his career.
Insight: Granderson has five home runs and nine RBI against Santana but has also struck out 10 times. He is 12-for-49 (.245) with two doubles, five walks, a steal and three caught steals in addition to the home runs and strikeouts. The right fielder hit his 19th home run on Saturday.
Description: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera is likely to miss several days because of a quad strain according to ESPN New York.
Insight: Herrera suffered the injury on Saturday against the Braves. Manager Terry Collins said he intends to leave Daniel Murphy at third base with Herrera out. Do not count on Herrera returning at any point in the final week of the season.
Description: Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores had a career night, batting 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and six RBI to lead the Mets past the Marlins on Tuesday, 9-1,
Insight: Flores might be in the midst of the best stretch in his career as he is 8-for-15 with three home runs in his last four games. Flores has multiple hits in each of his last three games, going 7-for-11 with two doubles, two home runs, a triple and eight RBI. Incredible considering he only has six home runs and 28 RBI on the year.
Description: Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker gets the start in left field Monday night.
Insight: No Mets player has ever faced Marlins starter Jarred Cosart, so Terry Collins has decided to roll the dice and give den Dekker the start tonight. He has produced over the past 14 days with a .318 BA (7-for-22), and could make for an intriguing daily fantasy play.
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. given the night off on Monday.
Insight: Young has been producing from a batting average standpoint over the past 28 days (.303), but only has two extra-base hits and 2 RBI during that span. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow night, as Matt den Dekker gets the nod tonight.
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings and allowed two runs but was handed a loss against the Nationals on Sunday.
Insight: Niese made it through six frames without allowing a run, but Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run in the seventh. Niese struck out seven and walked none. He is 8-11 with a 3.55 ERA.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a career .340 hitter with three home runs and eight RBI against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Murphy went 0-for-4 on Saturday after missing Friday's game with an injured wrist. A pitch hit his left wrist on Thursday. Murphy has had a great season and should be able take advantage of the matchup on Sunday.
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was 2-for-3 with a run, RBI and stolen base to help the Mets defeat the Nationals, 4-3, on Friday.
Insight: Lagares had what ended up being the game-winning double in the fifth, scoring Eric Young Jr. on the hit. Lagares is hitting a very respectable .279 with four homers and 47 RBI in 401 at-bats this season.
Description: Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was 3-for-3 with an RBI-triple on Wednesday to lead the Mets past the Rockies, 2-0.
Insight: Young hit his triple in the second inning to give the Mets the early lead. New York tacked on a run in the seventh. It was Young's first start since Aug. 26. The 29-year-old is having a rough year overall though, hitting .235/.309/.321 with 29 stolen bases.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom threw eight shut out innings and allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked none.
Insight: Jacob deGrom has been a hidden fantasy gem to end the season. Although runs have scored during his last three starts, deGrom has not allowed an earned run in his last 21 innings. He stands at 8-6 with a 2.62 ERA, and 121 strikeouts in 127 1/3 innings this year.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI against the Rockies on Tuesday.
Insight: Granderson is having his troubles in his first season as a Met, but he is on a five-game hitting streak, in which he is batting .421 with two doubles, two home runs and a triple. He also has eight RBI over that stretch. On the season, Granderson is hitting .218 with 18 home runs and 57 RBI.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a walk on Sunday against the Reds.
Insight: We can't say we really expected much from Granderson this season, who is in his first year in the much bigger New York ballpark, but even at. 215, 18 home runs and 55 RBI, he has been disappointing. He does have a three-game hitting streak with two home runs over that span.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler pitched six innings, allowed one run on five hits, struck out six and walked two to beat the Reds, 4-3.
Insight: Wheeler has pitched pretty well down the stretch, not giving up more than two earned runs in a start since Aug. 10. In his last three starts, opponents have scored at least one unearned run, including three unearned in his last start. Cincinnati did not push across any unearned runs on Sunday as Wheeler earned his 10th victory of the season.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed two runs on seven hits in seven innings in a victory against the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Colon allowed a home run to Devin Mesoraco in the first inning and another run in the third, but that was all. The 41-year-old has had an up-and-down season but has put up overall decent numbers: 13-11, 3.96 ERA and 134 strikeouts.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 4-for-5 with a RBI and two runs as the Mets routed the Reds, 14-5.
Insight: It was nice to see Wright explode for a big offensive night. The third baseman has had a tough year, nursing a shoulder injury for much of the second half. In his last three games, Wright has seven hits in 14 at-bats but also has an 0-for-5 night which came on Wednesday.
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares went 4-for-4 with two steals on Tuesday against the Marlins.
Insight: Lagares had a perfect night at the plate, registering four hits, including a double, walk, two RBI, three runs and two steals. Lagares has steals in four of his last five games. Terry Collins said he wants his center fielder to continue to use his speed on the base paths which is great news for fantasy owners.
Description: Mets starter Jonathon Niese left Friday's start in the sixth inning with an injury.
Insight: Niese threw five 1/3 scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and struck out four before he left. It is unclear exactly what the injury is, but he walked off the field and into the clubhouse with the team trainer.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 12-for-20 (.600) with four home runs against Miami starter Brad Penny.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is 9-for-19 (.474) against Miami starter Henderson Alvarez.
Insight: Wright just isn't the same player with his hurt shoulder as evidence by the fact his last extra-base hit was Aug. 7. Despite the favorable matchup I'd keep away from Wright until his shoulder is fully healed.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee won his second straight game on Sunday, beating the Phillies, 6-5.
Insight: Gee posted a 0-5 record with a 5.71 ERA in his first seven starts after the All-Star break, but in his last two starts, he has pitched 12 2/3 innings with a 3.55 ERA. Gee is 6-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 1.18 WHIP this year.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is 5-for 9 with a double and two home runs versus Phillies starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: d'Arnaud is showing some power this season with 12 home runs, but his .227 batting average needs to be a bit higher is he wants more than occasional attention from fantasy owners. Sunday might be one of those occasions.
Description: Mets second baseman Dilson Herrera went 0-for-3 in his major league debut.
Insight: Herrera had a rough first game in the big leagues. He grounded into a double play in his first at-bat and struck out in his second at-bat. Herrera did manage to line out in his final at-bat, but then the rookie committed an error in the ninth. He should remain in the starting lineup though with manager Terry Collins annoucing that All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy could miss the rest of the season.
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Daniel Murphy (calf) is "looking at quite a lengthy DL stint."
Insight: General manager Sandy Alderson added that the MRI on Murphy's right calf showed "a significant issue". With only 28 games left, it is certainly possible that Murphy's season is over. That's too bad too as Muprhy made his first All-Star team and leads the NL with 159 hits. The Mets called up Dilson Herrera to take over second base.
Description: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Thursday that Bartolo Colon is probably not going to be traded this month according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.
Insight: Can't say this is surprising as the three clubs that were rumored to be interested in Colon (Angels, Dodgers, Royals) all downplayed their interest. Colon would have to be traded by Sunday to be eligible for a playoff roster.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will undergo an MRI on his hurt right calf.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and has not returned to the lineup since then. At this point, it looks likely he will end up on the disabled list, but the MRI will confirm whether that's necessary. Wilmer Flores is playing second base for the Mets in Murphy's absence.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves.
Insight: The plan was for Wright to return Thursday, so this isn't a surprise. The third baseman has been sidelined since Sunday with neck spasms and has been dealing with a shoulder injury most of the season. He is hoping to finish the season even though he is less than 100 percent.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has batted 24-for-140 (.171) with two homers and six RBI since the All-Star break.
Insight: Granderson wasn't great before the break, but he was much better than this. He hit .237 with 14 homers, 43 RBI, 46 runs and a .768 OPS but is down to .217 with 16 homers, 49 RBI and 59 runs after going 0-for-3 Wednesday.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright did not deny on Tuesday that his shoulder is hurting him, but Wright also did not blame his shoulder for his below average season.
Insight: Wright has denied in the past that he is still battling a shoulder injury, but after hitting coach Lamar Johnson said in an interview on Tuesday that the third baseman was struggling with his shoulder, Wright did nothing to deny it. He did, however, refuse to blame the shoulder for his well below average numbers this year. Wright is batting just .244 with two home runs in his last 44 games since the injury. He is now out with a minor neck issue. Seeing as he won't be healthy until next year, don't count on those numbers going up in September.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy (calf) is out of the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Murphy left Sunday's game with soreness in his right calf and he's scheduled to see a doctor at the stadium Tuesday. Wilmer Flores is starting at second base. The Mets are playing without Murphy and David Wright so Atlanta starter Alex Wood (3.05 ERA) could have a pretty easy time.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is not in Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is a career .364 hitter with a home run against Braves ace pitcher Julio Teheran.
Insight: Duda has been on a tear as of late. Even though he went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, the first baseman is still hitting .417 with three home runs and six RBI in his last three games. Duda has been a tremendous surprise for the offensively challenged Mets with his .258/.352/.504, 26 home runs and 76 RBI.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright left Sunday's game with neck spasms and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Wright has batted just .266 with eight homers, 56 RBI, 49 runs and a .692 OPS in 489 at-bats this season. He's been dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff for most of the year and it is obviously effecting his production.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy left Sunday's game with a sore right calf and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Murphy, the NL leader in hits, has a modest five-game hitting streak (8-for-21) and a favorable matchup with Braves starter Alex Wood (5-for-11), so is a viable fantasy option if in the lineup.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud socked his fifth homer of August and 12th of the season Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: d'Arnaud was hitting .180 with a .544 OPS when he was demoted to the minors on June 8. He's hit .263 with 10 doubles, a triple, nine homers, 23 RBI and 26 runs in 175 at-bats since he was recalled on June 24.
Description: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda went 3-for-5 with two homers and five RBI Sunday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Duda has hit five balls out of the park and driven in 11 runs in his last six games and he's produced 12 homers and 27 RBI in 123 at-bats since the All-Star break. He's still available in 33 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .765 hitter (13-for-17) with three home runs and a 2.235 OPS versus Dodgers starter Kevin Correia.
Insight: Wright has been battling a sore shoulder and will not be healthy anytime soon, but this matchup may make him feel better for at least one day. He's batting just .265 this season with eight homers and 56 RBI.
Description: The Mets have placed starter Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers according to FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: The latest baseball rumors have Colon returning to the Angels, but in order for that to happen, every team must pass on claiming him. With Garrett Richards out, it is likely some AL team puts in a claim for Colon just to prevent the Angels from getting him. Colon is 11-10 with 3.85 ERA and 125 strikeouts this season.
was placed on the bereavement list after his mother's passing and he missed his last start. He shouldn't have to miss another one after Sunday's game.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness and is questionable for Friday's game against the LA Dodgers.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span due to various injuries (sports hernia, back, calf). It's hard to tell who will get the closing opportunity next time out.
Description: Mets closer Jenrry Meji was unavailable Wednesday due to back tightness, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
Insight: Jeurys Familia has saved three games since Aug. 9 while Mejia has picked up just one in that span. Mejia is pitching through a sports hernia and his back and calf have been bothering him as well.
Description: For a last-minute fill-in starter, Mets right-hander Carlos Torres pitched very well, going five innings and yielding just three hits and zero earned runs.
Insight: After 53 relief appearances, this was his first start of the year and based on the results maybe it shouldn't be his last. He did start nine games in 2013 with not-so-great results (3-5, 4.89 ERA, 1.288 WHIP).
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright will return to the starting lineup on Monday afternoon against Chicago. Wright left Saturday's game after a pitch drilled him in his sore left shoulder. He did not play on Sunday. The third baseman has been dealing with rotator cuff soreness most of the season.
Insight: The sore shoulder has appeared to put a damper on Wright's 2014 campaign as he has posted a career worst .711 OPS. His .380 slugging percentage is over 100 points lower than his career average. Wright will not be healthy at least until the start of the 2015 season.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is 9-for-22 (.409) with three home runs against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Despite the favorable matchup you may still want to stay away as he's just 1-for-25 over the past six games to lower his batting average to .220 and has only one home run in the past 24 games.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese will face the Cubs Saturday, which is good for him because they have struck out 24 times against the last two starting pitchers they faced.
Insight: Niese will try to follow up the performances of Mike Fiers (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 14 K) and Zack Wheeler (6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 10 K). He's coming off a seven-inning, two-run, six-strikeout start at Philadelphia and has a 2.89 ERA at Citi Field this season.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out 10 batters and allowed two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Wheeler was inconsistent in the first three months and had a 4.45 ERA on June 25, but he's gone 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and 54 Ks in his last 58 innings. The last two starters to face the Cubs have struck out 24 batters in 12 2/3 innings. Chicago will face Jon Niese Saturday, if you're wondering.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has homered in three of his last five games.
Insight: d'Arnaud is starting to live up to his billing as a top prospect. He's gone 39-for-141 (.277) with 10 doubles, a triple, seven homers, 21 RBI and 21 runs over 38 games since he was recalled from the minors.
Description: Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia has picked up a save in two of the past three games.
Insight: Closer Jenrry Mejia has been dealing with back and calf injuries and he revealed Sunday that he's also pitching through a sports hernia. Familia (1.97 ERA, 50 Ks in 59 1/3 IP) will be the next man up for saves if Mejia is placed on the DL.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese picked up his first win since June 28 Monday at Philadelphia. He lasted seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits.
Insight: Niese went 0-4 with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in his first four starts after returning from the disabled list, but he got back on track Monday. He's 6-8 with a 3.46 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and 96 Ks in 135 1/3 innings this season.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom (shoulder) will be placed on the disabled list with inflammation in his rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, going 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings. Rafael Montero, who posted a 5.40 ERA in four starts with the Mets earlier this season but has a 3.15 ERA and 82 Ks in 80 minor league innings, will take his place in the rotation.
Description: Mets injured right-hander Matt Harvey threw for the third time in the past two weeks, reports Bill Price of the New York Daily News.
Insight: Harvey, who is coming off October Tommy John surgery, is hoping to re-join the rotation this season, but there is no reason to rush him back that quickly. The latest news, that he's throwing off the mound, is just the next step in the rehab process. He should be ready for spring training.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Insight: deGrom has been excellent this season, going 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP and 94 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings. He's traveled back to New York to have his shoulder examined and will likely miss at least one start. Carlos Torres will likely start in his place if he only has to miss one turn, but if he has to go on the DL the Mets may call up top prospect Noah Syndergaard.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his eighth of the season, Friday at Philadelphia.
Insight: d'Arnaud's average on the year is still just .225, but don't be fooled. He's been much better since he returned from the minors near the end of June. In his last 34 games, he's gone 34-for-125 (.272) with nine doubles, a triple, five homers, 19 RBI and 18 runs.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is a career .317 hitter with three home runs versus Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: The 2014 All-Star has been a top-10 fantasy second baseman for a second straight season. He's batting .302 for the season, but .444 with a 1.201 OPS over the past two weeks to raise his value even higher. Start him in this favorable matchup.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson is just 2-for-19 (.105) versus Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Granderson is hitless in his last four games (14 at-bats). Given this information it wouldn't surprise of if Granderson gets the night off. Update: Granderson is not in the Mets starting lineup for Tuesday.
Description: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy hit his ninth homer of the season Monday against the Giants.
Insight: Murphy has been a top-10 fantasy second baseman for the second straight season. Through 109 games, he's hitting .296 with 41 extra-base hits, 45 RBI, 65 runs, 12 steals and a .770 OPS. He leads the NL in hits.
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda will sit Sunday against Madison Bumgarner, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb,com.
Insight: The Mets will go with an all right-handed hitting lineup versus the left-handed Bumgarner. Duda's seven-game hitting streak came to an end Saturday, but he has six homers in the last 11 games.
Description: Mets rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom was impressive once again, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Insight: He finished the night, going 7 1/3 innings, yielding four hits, two runs, one walk and striking out seven batters. He hadn't given up more than one run in a game in his last four starts before tonight. The bad news is a 185 innings pitched limit this season, but he appears ready for stardom.
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda went deep again Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: That makes five home runs in his last eight games and 19 on the season to go with 60 RBI and an .864 OPS. Duda walked in 14.3 percent of his plate appearances last year but he may have been too patient. He's become more aggressive this season and he's lowered his strikeout rate from 26.6 percent to 21.4 percent.
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda is just 1-for-13 (.077) with seven strikeouts versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Duda has 18 home runs (three in six games) to go with 57 RBI on the season. He's hitting just .260 but has reached base at a .358 clip and slugged .498. Too bad this matchup must be avoided. Update: Duda is not in the starting lineup.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com, Mets manager Terry Collins mentioned an innings cap of roughly 185 for rookie right-hander Jacob deGrom this season which leaves another 60 innings or so, but the team has no plan of skipping him now.
Insight: If deGrom pitched every five games for the rest of the season, he would have 11 starts remaining, but if he made all of them the team would have to limit him to less than six innings per start. He's gone 4-0 with a 0.66 ERA and a 30/5 K/BB in 27 1/3 innings over his last four starts, so the Mets won't skip him now. They'll either let him pitch until he hits the cap and shut him down or find the right time to skip him down the road.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine batters and allowed two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings Friday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Wheeler has had an outstanding month, recording a 1.40 ERA and a 26/7 K/BB in 25 2/3 innings. His ERA is down to 3.64, and he's struck out exactly one batter per inning this season (121 Ks in 121 IP).
Description: Mets 1B/OF Lucas Duda has homered in three of the past four games.
Insight: Duda launched his 17th homer and drove in two runs Friday at Milwaukee. He's hitting .260 with 53 RBI and an .855 OPS, making the Mets' decision to jettison Ike Davis in favor of him look smart.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) was activated from the 15-day disabled list for Monday's scheduled start against Seattle.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation. Seattle has lost three of their last four while the Mets have won eight of 11 so Niese may be a viable option Monday.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and said he's ready to start Monday against the Mariners.
Insight: Niese (5-4, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP) left his last start on July 4 after getting drilled in the back with a line drive, and he was placed on the DL two days later due to left shoulder inflammation.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, one RBI and two runs Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Granderson had a putrid .129 average and one home run in his first 24 games this season, but since then he's batted .275 with 26 extra-base hits (13 HR), 36 RBI, 39 runs and 42 walks in 67 games.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is a career .423 hitter (11-for-26) against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Wright had a bruised rotator cuff and missed seven consecutive games. He's been a solid RBI guy this season (43), but seven home runs and four steals are below expectations for the Mets star third baseman. Perhaps this matchup will help.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games since he returned from the minors.
Insight: He's gone d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas to earn a promotion after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. Since he rejoined the Mets, he's gone 15-for-50 (.300) with three homers and 10 RBI.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson had a .141 average, a .470 OPS and one homer in his first 26 games this season, but he's batted .278 with 11 doubles, a triple, 13 homers, 35 RBI, 40 walks, 35 runs and a .915 OPS in his last 61 games.
Insight: Granderson has homered in back-to-back games and four of his last eight. His OPS for the season is up to .782. Granderson has only 11 hits in 46 career at-bats (.239) against Braves starter Ervin Santana, but that includes two doubles and five home runs. He'll face Santana Wednesday.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (shoulder) is in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Wright had a bruised rotator cuff and missed seven consecutive games. He's been a solid RBI guy this season (41), but six home runs and four steals are below expectations for the Mets star third baseman.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright (shoulder) is not in the lineup Friday, but he's not going on the disabled list yet, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Wright has a bruised rotator cuff was expected to go on the DL if he wasn't ready by Friday. However, the Mets were unable to put Wright through defensive drills Friday because of rain. The team will make a decision Saturday.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson has homered in back-to-back games after going 0-for-17 from June 26-29.
Insight: Granderson batted .300 with five homers, 13 RBI, 19 walks, four steals and a .933 OPS in June despite the cold streak toward the end and now has 12 homers, 38 RBI, 38 runs and a .764 OPS to go with his .234 average.
Description: New York third baseman David Wright is once again not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a few week which ends up being dianosed as a bruised left rotator cuff. Hopefully a short rest will do the trick and he won't need a trip to the disabled list.
Description: New York third baseman David Wright's MRI revealed a bruised left rotator cuff, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com.
Insight: Wright has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a few weeks, but he doesn't need surgery. He'll be reevaluated on Monday. "Right now they don't think it's a DL, but they'll re-examine him on Monday and we'll have a clearer picture at that point," assistant GM John Ricco said. "... So it's good news. They want to see if it feels better after a couple of days' rest. They don't anticipate it being a DL stint. If he's still feeling the same, we'll reassess it at that time."
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson slashed three hits in Wednesday's loss to Oakland.
Insight: He's gone seven for his last 13 with three of those hits going for extra bases. Granderson (.242, 10 HR, 35 RBI) will look to stay hot Thursday when the Mets open a four-game set with Pittsburgh.
Description: Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud homered Tuesday in his return from Triple-A.
Insight: d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. He's a former top prospect who may have finally figured things out.
Description: New York outfielder Chris Young blasted two homers Tuesday in a win against Oakland.
Insight: Tuesday was Young's first multi-home run game since April 24, 2013. Ironically, that came as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Don't read too much into tonight's game as Young is only having a so-so year (.209, 6 HR, 19 RBI in 59 games).
Description: The Mets have recalled catcher Travis d'Arnaud from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Insight: d'Arnaud hit .436 with six homers in 15 games with Las Vegas after batting only .180 with three home runs in 128 at bats for the Mets earlier in the year. Perhaps his second stint in the bigs will yield better results.
Description: Arizona minor league prospect Nick Evans is 8-for-20 (.400) since returning from a three-week stint in the majors in which he hit just .091 with one home run in 11 at-bats.
Insight: He's batting .342 with 11 HR, 47 RBI and a 1.034 OPS at Triple-A Reno. Evans is a first basman by trade, but will have little chance of playing there in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt in front of him. He could be trade bait or learn another position.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright went 3-for-4 Saturday in a win against the Marlins.
Insight: He's put together a six-game hitting streak, batting .435 with two homers and five RBI over that span. Wright is hitting .382 versus Miami this season compared to only .262 against the rest of the league.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler tossed his first career complete game and shutout Thursday at Miami.
Insight: Wheeler allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out eight to win his third game of the year and spoil the debut of Andrew Heaney. Wheeler's high walk rate makes him an inconsistent fantasy option, but he has plenty of talent and owns great fielding-independent numbers (9.0 K/9, 0.52 HR/9, 3.15 FIP).
Description: The Mets have activated outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: He's missed the last couple weeks with a strained hamstring. Young (.220, 1 HR, 7 RBI) has been a productive base stealer, converting 17 of his 18 steal attempts this season. He's also scored 28 runs. Andrew Brown was sent to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Young.
Description: Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (calf) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Padres.
Insight: Granderson didn't start the last three games due to a calf injury. He's leading off for the first time this season Sunday against Ian Kennedy. The Grandy Man has hit .351 with two home runs, seven RBI and a 1.002 OPS in 37 at-bats this month.
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in the lineup for the third straight day because of a calf injury.
Insight: Granderson has played well recently, batting .311 with an .889 OPS over his last 12 games. Bobby Abreu (.319, 1 HR, 11 RBI) is getting another start in right field after going 4-for-4 Friday night.
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson is not in Thursday's lineup due to a calf injury.
Insight: Granderson has started to hit the ball, batting .311 over the past dozen games with an .889 OPS and is a .471 hitter (8-for-17) with a pair of homers versus Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse, so he must be in pain.
Description: Mets catcher Taylor Teagarden launched his second career grand slam Tuesday in a win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Teagarden was promoted to the big leagues earlier this week after hitting .279 in 34 games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He's never been an everyday player and we're guessing that trend will continue with the Mets in 2014.
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy has gone 13-for-37 (.351) in June.
Insight: Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday against Milwaukee. With a .305 average, five homers, 25 RBI, 40 runs and 10 steals, he's been a top-five fantasy second baseman for the second straight season.
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson blasted a pair of home runs Sunday in a loss to San Francisco.
Insight: One of the home runs was hit to McCovey Cove. It's the fourth time a ball has landed there this season and the 98th time in the history of AT&T Park. Prior to Sunday, Granderson hadn't homered since May 22nd against the Dodgers. We'll see if the power surge continues for Granderson (.221, 8 HR, 30 RBI) Tuesday against Milwaukee.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee (lat), who was eligible to return from the disabled list on May 26, is still not close to returning to the mound, according to Anthony DiComo of mlb.com.
Insight: Gee "hasn't picked up a baseball in 10 days and will need multiple weeks to work back into shape once he does" said manager Terry Collins. Gee was off to a fast start, going 3-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Description: Mets right fielder Bobby Abreu is not someone you want in your lineup Wednesday against Chicago.
Insight: He's facing Edwin Jackson and that's rarely worked out well for Abreu in the past (6-for-33, 4 K's). The 40-year-old has had a good season so far (.309, 1 HR, 8 RBI in 55 at bats) but he won't be an option on Wednesday.
Description: New York 3B David Wright owns Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Wright is hitting .400 against the right-hander in 15 lifetime at bats. The 31-year-old leads all National League hitters with 245 at bats this season. Wright (.294, 4 HR, 32 RBI) won't come cheap in daily leagues but this enticing matchup is worth every penny.
Description: Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler had another good outing Tuesday against Chicago.
Insight: In 6 2/3 innings, Wheeler gave up two hits and no earned runs while walking only two batters. Unfortunately the Mets couldn't hold the lead and Wheeler was left with his fifth no-decision of the season. Wheeler (2-5, 3.89 ERA) will take the mound again Sunday versus the Giants.
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is a career .350 hitter with three homers and a 1.331 OPS versus Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Granderson is struggling again with a batting average right at the Mendoza Line. He hasn't put up an extra-base hit since May 24 or a home run since May 20 and may not be able to take advantage of this historically favorable matchup.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon moved to 5-5 with a win Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: It looks like Colon is rounding into form (no pun intended). Over his last three starts, the 41-year-old is 3-0 with 19 strikeouts and a 1.62 ERA. He'll look for his fourth straight win next time out against San Francisco.
Description: Mets center fielder Juan Lagares has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right intercostal strain.
Insight: The 25-year-old has been a nice leadoff man in New York, batting .288 with two homers, 18 RBI and 19 runs scored in 156 at-bats. The Mets can ill-afford to lose any offense and this won't help fantasy regulars Daniel Murphy and David Wright.
Description: New York shortstop Ruben Tejada clubbed his first home run in 552 at bats Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: The home run was part of a three-hit afternoon for Tejada, who is now hitting .227 through 45 games. Only six of Tejada's 29 hits in 2014 have gone for extra bases, which is probably why his slugging percentage sits at a disappointing .289.
Description: New York starter Jacob deGrom fanned 11 hitters Saturday in a no-decision against Philadelphia.
Insight: Things kind of unraveled in the seventh when he gave up a three-run homer to Ryan Howard but before that, deGrom (0-2, 2.42 ERA) had been excellent, allowing just three hits and one walk over six scoreless frames. In four starts, opposing batters have hit just .182 against the right-hander with 25 punchouts in 26 innings.
Description: New York starter Zack Wheeler was in the zone Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: Wheeler (4 H, 1 ER) struck out six hitters in his first two frames and finished the night with 9 K's over 6 1/3 innings pitched. The win was Wheeler's ninth career victory and his first since April 14th. We'll see if he can add another win to his season total next time out against the Cubs.
Description: The MRI on Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard's forearm/elbow came back negative, according to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal.
Insight: Syndergaard went on the minor league disabled list Monday with a flexor pronator strain. He has a 4.02 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 53 2/3 innings for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. MLB.com ranks him as the No. 10 prospect in baseball.
Description: Mets starter Jacob deGrom has thrown a quality start in all three games since he was promoted.
Insight: The 25-year-old worked around five walks to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday against the Pirates. He's issued 10 free passes in 19 2/3 innings, but his ERA and WHIP are 1.83 and 1.17, respectively. He has a good matchup against the Phillies, who were no-hit on Sunday, his next time out.
Description: New York outfielder Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) is expected to go on the disabled list, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
Insight: A hamstring injury for a player who relies on speed is never good. Young is hitting just .220 with a .620 OPS this season, but he's scored 28 runs and stolen 17 bases. His absence will provide everyday spots in the lineup to Juan Lagares and Chris Young.
Description: Despite Matt Harvey's optimism, the Mets aren't expecting their star right-hander to return before the end of the season. SOURCE: Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Harvey, who is coming off October Tommy John surgery, was hoping to re-join the rotation sometime in August or September. With the team firmly in last place and unlikely to make the playoffs, the Mets can afford to be cautious with their young ace. He should be a full-go for the start of 2015.
Description: Mets CF Juan Lagares (personal) is expected to return Wednesday.
Insight: Lagares traveled to the Dominican Republic on Sunday for a family issue. He has hit .302 with two homers and 15 RBI in 30 games this season but is more valuable to the Mets than fantasy lineups due to his defense.
Description: Mets third baseman David Wright is an ugly 1-for-18 (a single) against Dodgers right-hander Josh Beckett.
Insight: Wright's batting average is acceptable (.287), but he's lost all his power over the first two months of the season with just 12 extra-base hits and a low .707 OPS. That's not likely to improve on Tuesday in this extremely unfavorable matchup.
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy owns a .991 OPS against Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann.
Insight: Over his last 30 games, Murphy has hit .341 with three homers, 14 RBI, 25 runs and eight steals while not going more than one game without a hit. He's collected 12 hits, including four doubles and three homers, in 38 at-bats (.316) against Zimmermann.
Description: Mets RHP Jenrry Mejia earned his first career save Saturday against the Nationals.
Insight: New York manager Terry Collins has been going with a closer by committee. Mejia has thrown 3 1/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts since he was demoted to the bullpen and could keep the closer role given the Mets' lack of options.
Description: Mets starter Bartolo Colon tossed eight innings of two-run ball Saturday in a win at Washington.
Insight: Colon allowed 11 hits and six earned runs in his previous start and has a 5.34 ERA this season. The right-hander throws a fastball (four-seam or two-seam) nearly 90 percent of the time and doesn't have a reliable off-speed pitch to fall back on when the heater isn't working, which has been the case often in 2014.
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Granderson hit two homers when he faced his old New York team in Yankee Stadium, but has gone 0-for-11 in the three games since then. He's batting just .189 this season with five homers and 19 RBI.
Description: Jacob deGrom's major league debut was a good one. In seven innings Thursday against the Yankees, deGrom let up just four hits and one earned run.
Insight: Unfortunately deGrom was hit with the loss as the Mets failed to score a run for the sixth time this season. Things don't get any easier for deGrom. His next start is Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Description: Mets right-hander Jenrry Mejia will try his hand at closer Thursday against the Yankees. SOURCE: Adam Rubin, ESPN New York
Insight: Of course, that's assuming the Mets are in a position to win the game. Bobby Parnell's season-ending elbow injury has forced New York to go with a closer by committee. Given how unsuccessful Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth were in the ninth inning role, Mejia should be an improvement.
Description: Arizona minor league prospect Nick Evans is crushing the ball at Triple-A Reno, batting .370 with 10 HR, 38 RBI and a 1.120 OPS.
Insight: He's a first basman by trade, but will have little chance of playing there in Arizona with Paul Goldschmidt in front of him. The PCL Player of the Week for May 12 has been playing some third base and outfield at Reno, so could be called up to fill a utility role.
Description: Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and two walks over six innings against the Yankees Wednesday in his major league debut.
Insight: Montero had a 3.67 ERA and a 41/18 K/BB in 41 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. MLB.com ranks him as the No. 2 prospect in New York's organization after Noah Syndergaard. With Dillon Gee (lat) on the DL and Jenrry Mejia struggling, Montero should stick around in the Mets rotation.
Description: Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has enjoyed his return to Yankee Stadium the last two games.
Insight: Granderson has gone 4-for-8 with two homers, five RBI and three runs against his former team. He has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in 44 at-bats (.341) in May after hitting .145 with one homer in April.
Description: New York second baseman Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 with a homer, four RBI, a walk and two runs scored Tuesday against the Yankees.
Insight: Murphy has been destroying the ball in May, going 18-for-51 (.353) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and eight RBI. He's quietly having another terrific season, hitting .320 with three homers, 27 runs and eight steals.
Description: Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that his closer will be decided "game by game." SOURCE: Anthony DiComo, mlb.com
Insight: That's another way to say we're looking at a committee situation. Jeurys Familia, Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Valverde and Daisuke Matsuzaka will be in the mix for saves and Familia is the best option for fantasy owners.
Description: The Mets have dropped right-hander Jenrry Mejia from the starting rotation. SOURCE: Mike Vorkunov, Newark Star-Ledger
Insight: Mejia (3-0, 5.06 ERA) hasn't made it out of the fifth inning in either of his last two starts. Minor league phenom Rafael Montero (4-1, 3.67 ERA for Triple-A Las Vegas) will make his first big league start in Mejia's place Wednesday against the Yankees.
Description: Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia could be on his way to the bullpen, according to David Lennon of Newsday.
Insight: Mejia started off 3-0 with a 1.99 ERA, but he's allowed 16 earned runs on 23 hits in his last 14 2/3 innings. Mets manager Terry Collins said he's unsure if Mejia will make his start on May 14 against the Yankees. If he's moved to the bullpen, New York will call a starter up from Triple-A Las Vegas. Rafael Montero (3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 41 Ks in 41 2/3 IP) and Jacob deGrom (2.58 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 29 Ks in 38 1/3 IP) are the most likely options to replace Mejia.
Description: New York right fielder Curtis Granderson owns Phillies right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Insight: Granderson holds a .415 average against him with three homers, three doubles, three triples and six RBI in 41 lifetime at bats. If ever there was a day to start Granderson (.175, 3 HR, 13 RBI) in fantasy, this would be it.
Description: Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard has given up two runs (one earned) on 11 hits while striking out 15 in 12 2/3 innings his last two starts.
Insight: Syndergaard's ERA is down to 3.58 in 37 2/3 innings this season after he got off to an inconsistent start. MLB.com ranks Syndergaard as the No. 10 prospect in all of baseball. The Mets will probably call him up in the summer like they did with Matt Harvey in 2012 and Zack Wheeler in 2013.
Description: The Mets are expected to promote Wilmer Flores from Triple-A due to shortstop Ruben Tejada's struggles, according to Adam Rubin of espnny.com.
Insight: Tejada has batted .183 this season, though he deserves much better. He's hit a line drive on 32.8 percent of his batted balls, eighth-highest in baseball among players with at least 50 plate appearances, but is hitting just .246 on balls in play. Flores owns a .307 average, five home runs and 25 RBI in 29 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Description: Mets starter Zack Wheeler worked around five walks to throw six shutout innings Wednesday at Miami.
Insight: Wheeler (1-3, 4.35 ERA) gave up just two hits and struck out seven. He hasn't allowed many hard-hit balls (16.5 LD%, 52.3 GB%, 6.3 HR/FB%) this season but his BABIP is .342. The right-hander's FIP is just 3.16.
Description: Mets starter Jon Niese tossed all zeros Monday against Miami (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 6 K's, 1 BB).
Insight: Thanks to New York's disastrous bullpen, Niese (2-2, 1.82 ERA) was left with a no-decision. The left-hander has done a nice job this season, limiting opponents to just a .214 batting average over six starts.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee held Colorado scoreless on six hits over six innings Sunday at Coors Field.
Insight: Gee hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings over his last two starts and has a 2.51 ERA in 46 2/3 innings this season. He's done that after closing out 2013 with a 2.71 ERA in his final 149 1/3 innings.
Description: According to Adam Rubin of espnny.com, Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Kyle Farnsworth is still New York's closer.
Insight: Farnsworth has gone 0-2 with a 10.81 ERA over his last four appearances and he blew his first save of the season Saturday at Colorado. Daisuke Matsuzaka has posted a 1.74 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 relief innings this year and may get the next shot should Farnsworth continue to struggle.
Description: Mets starter Dillon Gee was terrific Sunday in a victory over the Marlins.
Insight: Gee (2.88 ERA) scattered three hits over eight shutout innings. He did walk a few batters (four to be exact) but that was balanced out by a season-high six strikeouts. The win pushes Gee's record to 2-1 for the season.
Description: Mets outfielder Chris Young won't be available for Saturday's game against Miami. SOURCE: ESPN New York
Insight: He's feeling a bit under the weather. Eric Young Jr. will start in left with Curtis Granderson getting the nod in center field. Young hasn't done anything to make himself even remotely relevant this season (.182, 1 HR, 3 RBI in nine games) so this news is unlikely to affect many fantasy teams.
Description: New York starter Zack Wheeler struck out a season-high 10 batters in six innings Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Wheeler (3.99 ERA, 1.43 WHIP) has thrown 18 1/3 innings and posted a 2.95 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 19/6 K/BB over his last three starts. He hasn't lasted more than 6 1/3 innings in any starts this season but has four quality starts in five chances.
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