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Collins does some convincing on 6-man rotation

Mets manager Terry Collins gathered five-sixths of his starting rotation together on Saturday to discuss specifics of the team’s new six-man rotation, which should take effect next week. Dillon Gee is set to arrive in Pittsburgh late Saturday, at which point Collins will relay the plan to him as well.

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Harvey endures worst start of career as Mets fall

Saturday’s game at PNC Park was billed as a pitchers’ duel, a showdown between Mets ace Matt Harvey and veteran A.J. Burnett. But the Pirates quickly turned it into the worst start of Harvey’s young career, running away with an 8-2 win over the Mets. Burnett, meanwhile, struck out 10 and improved to 4-1 with a Major League-best 1.37 ERA.

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Niese, Mets look to escape Pittsburgh with a win

A day removed from the much-anticipated matchup between Matt Harvey and A.J. Burnett, the Mets and Pirates look to left-handers in the series finale on Sunday at PNC Park. Jon Niese will try to help the Mets salvage the finale, while fellow southpaw Francisco Liriano looks to lead the Pirates to a three-game sweep.

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Offense must pitch in for Mets to compete

The Mets will only go as far as their starting rotation takes them, but being one-dimensional doesn’t bode well for their postseason aspirations.

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With Gee returning, Mets go with 6-man rotation

Manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that the Mets plan to proceed with a six-man starting staff indefinitely, fitting both Noah Syndergaard and Dillon Gee into their rotation while offering strategic rest to Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon and others.

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Why Syndergaard can be top-of-rotation guy

Noah Syndergaard was a supplemental first-round selection out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 First Year Player Draft. A right-handed pitcher, Syndergaard has the type of upside that can either lead or compliment the top of the Mets rotation for years to come.

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Mets unable to back Syndergaard vs. Cole

Gerrit Cole emerged victorious in a battle of electric young right arms Friday night, outdueling Noah Syndergaard and looking like one of the National League’s top pitchers as the Pirates beat the Mets, 4-1, at PNC Park.

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