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9/28/2016 | Familia becomes 1st Dominican to reach 50 saves

Whenever Jeurys Familia notches a new saves milestone, Mets manager Terry Collins likes to tell the story of his ascension to the closer's role. Collins tells the tale as if it happened decades ago. In reality, it has been 17 months.

9/28/2016 | Loney, Bruce homer as Mets stay atop WC

Days shy of October, Mets manager Terry Collins' head is swimming with the possibilities of postseason play. There are tiebreakers to consider, play-in games and National League Wild Card scenarios running every which way. There are thoughts of pitchers on short and extra rest, tune-up starts and must-win games. There are planes, trains and buses, ready to whisk the Mets in umpteen different directions.

9/28/2016 | Mets attend memorial service for Fernandez

Because they happened to be in Miami the day after Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident, the Mets became intertwined with much of the week's sadness. They were the opponents for the Marlins' first game after Fernandez's death, taking part in a pregame ceremony and watching Dee Gordon's emotional home run.

9/28/2016 | WC hopeful Mets open final series vs. Phillies

A single series is all that remains between the Mets and their second straight postseason, despite the myriad of postseason possibilities that still exist for them.

9/28/2016 | Mets mulling this weekend's rotation options

Heading into their final regular-season series in Philadelphia, the Mets are considering multiple rotation machinations with postseason implications.

9/28/2016 | Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

It was the first chance for Tim Tebow to show that everything he'd done was worth it -- the change of sports, the open workout for nearly every Major League team, the ensuing media and fan circus that followed everything he did. He'd played in some intrasquad games and participated in some open workouts, but Wednesday afternoon was his first chance to play in a real game.

9/27/2016 | Thor ready to strike hammer in big game after tune-up

When Noah Syndergaard next climbs atop a Major League mound, there is a good chance he will be starting the Mets' most important game of the season. Either the Mets will need Syndergaard to pitch them into the postseason this Sunday in Philadelphia, or they will need him to win the National League Wild Card game.

9/27/2016 | Duda playing way back into everyday role

When Lucas Duda returned to the Mets this September following a four-month absence, there was a chance he would not be of much use to them. There was a chance Duda's timing at the plate would never reemerge, considering his complete lack of rehab at-bats against even Minor League pitching.

9/27/2016 | Mets, Marlins conclude season series in Miami

The 19th and final meeting between the Mets and Marlins will also mark the final home game for Miami in 2016. For the first time since Marlins Park opened in 2012, meaningful games were played in Miami deep into September.

9/27/2016 | Yo, Bruce homer to back Thor in WC hunt

It will take weeks, months, even years for the Marlins to recover from the death of Jose Fernandez. In some ways, they never will. But they at least attempted to restore a sense of normalcy on Tuesday night at Marlins Park, where the Mets scored a 12-1 victory in a game bursting with National League Wild Card implications.

9/27/2016 | Flores unlikely to return this season

Continued pain in Wilmer Flores' right wrist should spell the end of the infielder's season. Flores attempted to swing a bat on Monday, but he was forced to stop due to wrist pain. The Mets subsequently shut him down from all baseball activity through Thursday's off-day, essentially ending his regular season.

9/27/2016 | Mets sign Fernandez jersey to honor Marlins ace

As they entered their clubhouse on Tuesday afternoon, Mets players walked by the Jose Fernandez jersey that hung in their dugout the previous two games. One by one, they signed the 1986 throwback Mets jersey, which they planned to present to the Marlins as a gift.

9/27/2016 | Two hits, diving catch highlight Tebow's return to camp

Clad in a mixture of New York Mets and Florida Gators gear, Tim Tebow's fans pushed up on every boundary to see every move he made on Tuesday. As Tebow paced the outfield grade on Field 7 before drills started, a trio of fans passed around a pair of binoculars, looking for his No. 15 jersey until excitedly spotting it.

9/27/2016 | In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

9/27/2016 | Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss

Bartolo Colon stood immobile on the pitcher's mound, a foot or two from the rubber, gazing into the Marlins' dugout. He looked stoic as the Marlins celebrated something bigger and grander and more impactful than a pennant chase, the blistering first note of a 7-3 win over the Mets. Inside, a man who has seen so much over a quarter-century in baseball was melting.

9/26/2016 | Tearful return: Emotional Marlins win

Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park. Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

9/26/2016 | Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

The Marlins on Monday honored pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning, with a rousing ceremony prior to the team's series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park. The ceremony featured a moment of silence and a trumpet rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

9/26/2016 | Matz sees doctor; season most likely over

For at least the fourth time since reporting discomfort in his left shoulder in mid-August, Mets left-hander Steven Matz visited a doctor in Manhattan on Monday for a checkup. Though Mets staff members in Miami did not know details of his visit as of Monday afternoon, they did indicate that Matz's stalled progress means he almost certainly will not return this season.

9/26/2016 | Wound still raw, Marlins try to remain focused

The memorial for Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park will not vanish overnight. Nor will the pain. For manager Terry Collins' Mets, however, Tuesday's game represents another integral part of a postseason push. Noah Syndergaard, who missed his last start due to strep throat, will start opposite Tom Koehler.

9/25/2016 | Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation

Retiring 16 of the final 18 batters he faced in Sunday's game, Robert Gsellman overcame the one weakness he had displayed over his first five starts: a propensity for allowing significant damage his third trip through the batting order.

9/25/2016 | Mets fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'

In the hours following Jose Fernandez's death in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the Mets focused their energies not on remembering the pitcher they battled and respected so many times over the past four seasons. They instead recalled the young man who treated their clubhouse staff so sweetly during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field.

9/25/2016 | With heavy hearts, Mets and Marlins begin series

There will be grief, infinite and untold, for those who walk into Marlins Park on Monday. For those who walk past the makeshift memorials already lining the ballpark. For those who remember Jose Fernandez with their words, their stories, and those who do so with their silence, their deference.

9/25/2016 | Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead

Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.

9/24/2016 | Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally

For months now, the Mets have patched their rotation with spare parts and bubble gum. And it's worked. New York has played large swaths of the season's second half without Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, vaulting back into the postseason race because young pitchers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have been better than expected.

9/24/2016 | Flores' season in jeopardy with injured wrist

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is concerned he may not play again this season due to the wrist injury that has already cost him most of September.

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