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Mets Morning News: The Mets are back tonight, Matz may still appear in NLDS

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

For the fourth straight day, there was no Mets baseball played, but that streak will end tonight when New York takes on the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. Jacob deGrom will start against Clayton Kershaw starting at 9:30 p.m. on TBS.

Steven Matz said he felt fine after throwing 80 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday morning. If the lefty's back continues to hold up today, he could be added to the NLDS roster.

Despite recent issues with his back and with strep throat, Wilmer Flores says he is ready to perform on Friday.

The first Mets postseason home game since 2006 is scheduled for 8:37 p.m. on Monday evening, but that could be moved up 30 minutes depending on how the American League series play out.

Now that the Wild Card games have been played, the Mets are Las Vegas's biggest underdogs in the race for the National League pennant.

New York has a tough path ahead, but fortunately the team has already defeated Kershaw as well as Zack Greinke this year.

Daniel Murphy talks a lot about his teammates in this interview with the New York Post.

The Wall Street Journal sat down with everyone's favorite sad Mets fan, who is feeling pretty good these days.

Around the NL East

With Toronto finally back in the postseason picture, Phillies fans are preparing to see a lot more of that Joe Carter home run that broke their hearts so long ago.

Max Scherzer says he still has room to improve on his fantastic 2015 season. Maybe he'll throw three no-hitters next year.

Fish Stripes wonders if the Marlins should add an experienced closer for 2016.

Around Major League Baseball

Even though Adrian Beltre was forced to the bench with a tight back, the Rangers stunned the baseball world and defeated the Blue Jays 5-3 to take an early lead in the ALDS.

Toronto's MVP candidate Josh Donaldson was also injured when he took a knee to the head while trying to break up a double play. Fox Sports baseball analyst Pete Rose thinks Donaldson should have stayed in the game.

The Astros struck early and hung on to beat the Royals 5-2 in Kansas City. We've still yet to see a home team win a postseason game this year.

The game was delayed by rain in the third inning and a Royals groundskeeper was nearly devoured by the tarp.

After that brilliant outing by Jake Arrieta on Tuesday night, it's hard to blame this fan from getting the hurler's face shaved into his head.

Legendary Dodgers play-by-play man Vin Scully will not work the postseason due to an undisclosed medical procedure.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steve Sypa recapped the 2015 Brooklyn Cyclones campaign.

Then he did the same for the second half Savannah Sand Gnats.

Chris McShane did some in-depth analysis on the intimidating pitcher whom the Mets will face tonight.

The guys preview New York's upcoming postseason journey in the freshest episode of Amazin' Avenue Audio.

This date in Mets history

The Mets conquered Nolan Ryan in Game 2 of the 1986 NLCS. They also completed an NLDS sweep in 1999 when Todd Pratt hit a walk-off home run against the Diamondbacks.