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Mets Morning News: Herrera hurt, Mets beat Braves again, deGrom pitches today

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Your Sunday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Kevin Liles

Meet the Mets

The Mets beat the Braves 4-2 last night and reduced Atlanta's elimination number by one in the process. That also marked the Mets' 75th win of the 2014 season, which tops the 74 wins they had last year and in 2012.

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With that, the Mets have a decent shot at finishing in second place in the National League East. With Jacob deGrom on the mound, perhaps the Mets will sweep Atlanta and pull within a half-game of them in the standings.

On a semi-related note, Jason Fry dares to daydream over at Faith and Fear in Flushing.

Terry Collins says Daniel Murphy is his second baseman in 2015.

As you probably already know, Wally Backman is making a coaching cameo with the Mets. He's high on the players he managed this year in Triple-A.

Around the NL East

The Nationals beat the Marlins 3-2 to further emphasize their division dominance. Washington also activated Ryan Zimmerman from the disabled list before the game.

When you're in a playoff race and getting beaten by the 2014 Phillies, things are not going well.

The Braves might shake things up in their baseball operations department, which would be understandable given the way the team's last few seasons have ended.

Around MLB

Athletics Nation is glad that Billy Beane went for it with his in-season moves this year, even if the team doesn't ultimately succeed.

Josh Hamilton has had twelve cortisone shots for pain in the last two weeks. I'm not a doctor, but that sounds like a lot of cortisone shots.