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Mets Morning News: The Mets are World Series bound!

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets finished a four-game sweep of the Cubs by winning Game 4 of the NLCS 8-3. They got home runs in the first inning from Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud to set the pace. Duda added two more RBIs an inning later. Daniel Murphy hit another home run, making it his sixth consecutive game with a dinger. Steven Matz started for the Mets and last 4.2 innings while giving up one earned run.

Choose your recap: Amazin' Avenue, MLB.com, ESPN New York, New York Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday

Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the second inning due to a sore left shoulder. The injury was labelled a sprained AC joint, and apparently was the result of Cespedes doing push-ups. It is not considered serious.

Daniel Murphy was named the NLCS MVP. Murphy's six consecutive postseason games with a home run is a major league record. Jayson Stark wrote more about Daniel Murphy's historic October.

Dave Cameron detailed Lucas Duda's Game 4 breakout. Before last night's game he had just three hits during the postseason.

Noah Syndergaard is very confident heading into the World Series. How confident? 100% chance that Mets will win the World Series.

David Lennon wrote about the dizzy and amazing ride that this Mets' season has been.

Jon Heyman reported that Terry Collins likely will not ask for more than a two-year contract.

Around the NL East

The Good Phight reviewed the season of outfielder/emergency reliever Jeff Francoeur. For the season Francoeur batted .258/.286/.433. In sum, he was worth -1.1 WAR for the Phillies.

At Fish Stripes, Scott Gelman presented a case for the Marlins to pursue Stephen Strasburg to complement Jose Fernandez at the top of their rotation. It was reported that the Nationals might make the former number-one pick available this winter.

Around MLB

The Blue Jays rode a strong start from Marco Estrada to a Game 5 victory over the Royals, and pushed the series to 3-2 in favor of Kansas City.. Estrada pitched 7.2 innings and allowed just one run, a home run. Troy Tulowitzki had the big hit, a three-run double in the sixth inning. Read recaps at Bluebird Banter and Royals Review.

David Price will start Game 6 for the Blue Jays. During Game 5 he began warming up in the bullpen, but ultimately was not needed.

At Grantland, Jonah Keri profiled Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist. This postseason, Zobrist is batting .325/.364/.500.

At True Blue LA, Eric Stephen laid out the risk involved with signing Zack Greinke to an extension. The risk largely stems from Greinke's age, 32, and the prospect of paying him as he gets older.

Yesterday at AA

Milo Taibi reviewed the rules regarding the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field that affected—though not consequentially—Game 3 of the NLCS.

Listen to Amazin' Avenue Audio Episode 151, a recap of the NLCS-clinching Game 4.

This Date in Mets History

Game 2 of the 2000 World Series saw a memorable moment between MIke Piazza and Roger Clemens occur. Piazza's bat shattered after swinging at a Clements offering, with the barrel of the splintered bat landing near the mound. So naturally, Clemens, who would later claim that he thought it was a baseball, picked it up and threw it at Piazza.