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Mets Morning News: Max Scherzer no-hits Mets, Mets now California Dreamin'

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets lost both games of a double-header to the Nationals yesterday at Citi Field, and the Dodgers beat the Padres again last night. That means Los Angeles officially has home-field advantage over the Mets in the NLDS. Games 1 and 2 will be at Dodger Stadium on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Choose your recap: Amazin Avenue Game 1 (shortlong) and Game 2 (shortlong), Newsday, (Game 1Game 2), PostDaily NewsRecordStar-Ledger, or Wall Street Journal.

Perhaps Max Scherzer's no-hitter last night is a good omen for the Mets, who were no-hit in 1969 a little less than a month before they won the World Series.

Jon Niese made another relief appearance yesterday, and he could be making a case for a spot on the postseason as a member of the bullpen.

Steve Serby's Q&A series features Mets rookie Michael Conforto this week, who says he's a big fan of Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch. And if you'd like to feel old, he lists Anthony Rizzo as one of the players whose swings he admires.

Noah Syndergaard is a pitcher now, not just a thrower. He'll be making a big start for the Mets, presumably in Game 2, as they face the Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs.

Mets legend Rusty Staub is said to be doing well after suffering a heart attack on a flight the other day.

Around the NL East

If you're looking for lots of coverage of Scherzer's no-hitter, in which he had one of the best game scores of all time, Federal Baseball has you covered.

The Braves and Cardinals were rained out last night and will play a double header today.

There are changes coming to the Marlins' front office.

And last, but definitely also least, the Phillies have clinched the worst record in Major League Baseball and the first pick in next year's amateur draft.

Around Major League Baseball

The Twins were officially eliminated from postseason contention when they lost yesterday afternoon, but the American League West and second Wild Card have not yet been determined. Jay Jaffe has your #TeamEntropy update:

The Times takes a look at "stuff," as it pertains to pitching.

Yesterday on Amazin' Avenue

The Mets should consider Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the postseason roster if Juan Uribe can't play by the start of the NLDS.

Finally, the Mets have a pulse, and so does Nic Tatano.

Steven Matz received an injection for his ailing back.

This date in Mets history

On this date in 2010, Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel were fired by the Mets. On a happier note, though, the Mets opened the 2006 NLDS against the Dodgers on this date in 2006.