• Duda, Syndergaard share NL Player of Week nod
  • Fresh off one of the most memorable homestands in recent franchise history, a pair of Mets split National League Player of the Week honors. First baseman Lucas Duda and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard shared the nod for pacing the Mets on both sides of the field.

  • NL East set up for thrilling two-team race
  • And the race is on. By completing a sweep of the Nationals on Sunday night at Citi Field, the Mets moved into a virtual tie for first place in the National League East.

  • The tying game: Mets deliver Citi's slickest sweep
  • The Mets' first three-homer inning since 2007 sent Citi Field into possibly the biggest ruckus in its history, shooting New York into a virtual tie for first place with a 5-2 win over the Nationals on Sunday night to complete a three-game sweep.

  • Red-hot Duda caps Mets' three-HR inning
  • Replenished, rejuvenated and apparently revived, the Mets' once stagnant offense once again set Citi Field aflame by clobbering three third-inning home runs en route to a 5-2 win over the National League East-rival Nationals in Sunday's series finale.

  • Syndergaard delivers superhero-like outing
  • To portray Noah Syndergaard's ever-more-popular "Thor" moniker, the Mets have a graphic they like to flash on the center-field video board after important strikeouts.

  • Mets trying to be creative to preserve young arms
  • Even though studies have been done that debunk the strategy, Mets manger Terry Collins said on Sunday night that the club hierarchy intends to restrict the innings of New York's top three young starting pitchers even if the Mets make the playoffs.

  • After sweep, Mets have touch of swagger
  • The Mets completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals on Sunday with a 5-2 victory at Citi Field. And in doing so they got within a whisker of the Nats in a National League East that few thought would play out this way.

  • Surging Mets send Bartolo to the hill in Miami
  • Bartolo Colon will take on the Marlins for the fourth time this season as the upstart Mets -- coming off a series sweep of the Nationals that forged a tie atop the National League East between New York and Washington -- begin a three-game set in Miami on Monday night. They'll try to continue their good fortune against Marlins righty Tom Koehler, who is 0-1 with a 16.20 ERA in two starts against New York this season.

  • Cespedes plays center with Grandy back in right
  • The Mets' trades for outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Kelly Johnson have led manager Terry Collins to consider fiddling with his outfield combinations to create better day-to-day matchups.

  • Mets hope Matz can lengthen rotation in September
  • Though he refuses to look into his "crystal ball" to come to conclusions about his young pitchers, Mets manager Terry Collins did admit he hopes for an early September return for Steven Matz. When the Mets are confident in the health of Matz's left lat muscle, they plan to once again elongate their rotation.

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