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A Monday matinee went the way of the good guys. Jon Niese went seven strong and the struggling Anthony Recker hit a three-run bomb in the seventh inning to lift the Mets to a 5-3 win, giving the Mets a series victory and a 4-3 record on their road trip.
In case you didn't know, Juan Lagares is a pretty good center fielder. Dominic Brown found that out the hard way in yesterday's game when Lagares threw him out at home plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Back with the Mets, Matt den Dekker is seizing his opportunity, writes Marc Carig. The outfielder is 3-for-8 with a double and an RBI in his return to the team.
Want to face former Mets pitchers John Franco or Doc Gooden? Well, here's your chance to do so.
Around the NL East
The Good Phight bemoans the fact that the Mets have had the Phillies' number at Citizens Bank Park.
The Nationals were off yesterday, but assistant GM Doug Harris swung by MLB Network Radio to talk about some of the club's minor league prospects, as well as Tanner Roark's strong play in D.C. The Nats also recalled outfielder Michael Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse.
Around the Majors
Injury news: first to Detroit, where the Tigers' Justin Verlander, who hadn't been pitching like the Verlander we've come to know, had to leave after the first inning against the Pirates last night due to shoulder soreness. And in Baltimore, the Orioles' Manny Machado twisted his knee in the third against the Yankees and had to leave the game.
Guess who's leading the A.L. Central? Hint: it's not the Tigers or the Indians.
Some Boston Red Stockings baseball memorabilia from the '70s (1870's, that is) fetched someone $1 million.
This Date In Mets History
In 2000, Benny Agbayani was nice enough to hand a baseball to a fan in the stands. Only problem: there were two outs in the inning.
Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue
As mentioned, it is Rafael Montero replacing Jacob deGrom in the rotation while the latter is on the 15-day DL. That sigh of relief you heard was Mets fans everywhere thankful that surgery won't be necessary for deGrom.
Zack Wheeler has been good lately, but his changeup could be better. If he can get that figured out, he could turn out to be great.
Jeremy Hefner has suffered another UCL tear and might need to go under the knife once more. To top it off, he also has a fractured forearm.
Matt den Dekker's stance has changed.
We'd be remiss if we didn't offer our condolences once more to the great Robin Williams, who passed away yesterday at the age of 63. Eric Simon had a brief write-up last night.