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Mets Morning News: Bartolo shelled in St. Louis, Mets try to avoid sweep today

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were blown out by the Cardinals last night in St. Louis. Bartolo Colon struggled the most. The offense didn't do a whole lot, but the pitchers gave up twelve runs, so that didn't really matter much.

The Nationals finished their suspended game and won it yesterday afternoon but lost their regularly-scheduled game to the Dodgers last night, leaving the Mets three games back in the division. And the Cubs won, dropping the Mets to two games back of the second Wild Card spot. Jon Niese gets the start this afternoon in the series finale as the Mets try to avoid getting swept.

Choose your recap: Amazin' Avenue long and shortNewsdayDaily NewsPostRecord, MLB.com, Star-LedgerTimes, or ESPN.

Michael Cuddyer has started hitting a bit lately, and maybe he's moving in the right direction. He's been a hot hitter over the past four games after a month of struggling mightily.

Michael Conforto is still hitting well for the Binghamton Mets. Is he ready to be called up to the big leagues?

Curtis Granderson has been hitting some home runs this year. Should he still be hitting leadoff? Is he the team's only option there? This probably doesn't matter, really.

Steve Serby's Q&A series features Bobby Parnell this week.

Can the Twins, Astros, Cubs, and Mets make it past September? The Wall Street Journal tries to answer that question.

Around the NL East

The Phillies have won two games in a row, and The Good Phight is ready to celebrate. They beat the Marlins to do so.

And here's Federal Baseball's recap of that Nationals loss.

Around MLB

Wade Davis has gone from starting pitcher to relief pitcher to starting pitcher to relief pitcher. He's now one of the very best bullpen arms in the game. That's from the Times, which also has some Brooklyn Dodgers history for you.

Yesterday at AA

Wuilmer Becerra might give you even more reason to love the R.A. Dickey trade.

This date in Mets history

The 1986 Mets' incident at Cooter's in Houston took place on July 19.