• Collins calls for slumping Mets to 'lighten it up'
  • With the specter of another loss caused by too many missed opportunities looming over the Mets' clubhouse, manager Terry Collins delivered a simple message: "We have to lighten it up around here." The call to "have some fun" came after a 6-1 loss to the Rockies at Citi Field in which the Mets' familiar nemesis of not hitting with runners in scoring position showed up once again.

  • Scuffling Mets offense can't back Matz vs. Rox
  • Opposing ballparks have been a home away from home for Tyler Chatwood this season, and on Friday night at Citi Field that trend continued as the right-hander dominated the Mets to lead the Rockies to a 6-1 victory.

  • Colon gets call after Mets retire Piazza's No. 31
  • Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon is 43, but he doesn't need a lot of rest. When he faces the Rockies on Saturday night at Citi Field, Colon will be pitching on three days' rest for the sixth time in his career. Colorado will counter with lefty Jorge De La Rosa. New Hall of Famer Mike Piazza will have his No. 31 retired by the Mets in a pregame ceremony at Citi Field.

  • Lagares to have thumb surgery; Mets recall Nimmo
  • The Mets announced Friday that Juan Lagares has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to miss at least six weeks. Brandon Nimmo was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Lagares' spot on the roster.

  • Familia's 2nd blown save spoils deGrom's gem
  • A Mets team that has not won consecutive games in three weeks is reeling. A Rockies club looking to establish itself as a postseason contender was more than happy on Thursday to take advantage. The Rockies scored the game-tying run on a fielding error and the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the ninth inning at Citi Field, tagging Jeurys Familia for his second blown save in as many days in a 2-1 win over the Mets.

  • Rivera helps at dish, but hurts on bases, with bunt
  • With a 3-for-4 performance in the Mets' 2-1 loss to the Rockies on Wednesday, Rene Rivera's second start in four days, his July batting average rose to .357. The 5-foot-10, 215-pound catcher has never been known for his speed, though. So while it looked like he might've gotten a bit too ambitious trying to stretch an RBI double into a triple in the second inning, Rivera offered an alternative explanation.

  • Familia can't convert immediate shot at redemption
  • Jeurys Familia was sitting quietly in a far corner of the Mets' clubhouse late Thursday afternoon when David Wright emerged from a back room, offered Familia a quick, reassuring pat on the shoulder, then disappeared as quickly as he had arrived. If Familia is as human as he says, and as human as he looked in blowing a second consecutive save in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies, he must have needed the reassurance.

  • Cespedes' quad injury flares up
  • A day after crushing a go-ahead, two-run homer off the facing of Citi Field's second deck in left field, Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup with the same right quad injury that has affected him since before the All-Star break.

  • Ceremony, giveaways highlight Piazza Weekend
  • Last week, Mike Piazza was enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This weekend, he'll be honored in Queens, the borough where he turned into an icon. It'll be Piazza Weekend at Citi Field, where the catcher's No. 31 will be retired on Saturday in a ceremony that will be streamed live on MLB.com.

  • Rosario new top Mets prospect; Draft picks rise
  • Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could not have been clearer this week in saying that the Mets will not deal away any of their top prospects prior to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. MLBPipeline.com's annual midseason prospect re-ranking provides a richer picture of just who those prospects are. June draftees Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay and Peter Alonso all cracked the Top 15 of the Mets' new list, which shortstop Amed Rosario tops.

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