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The Mets scored just once against the Red Sox yesterday afternoon and lost 3-1. Jacob deGrom struck out ten and allowed two runs in six innings of work, but that alone was too much of a deficit for the Mets to overcome in the game. It happens. And the Nationals won, gaining a game on the Mets for what felt like the first time in forever. The Mets' lead in the division is now 5.5 games, and Noah Syndergaard starts this afternoon as the Mets look to avoid getting swept.
After the game, the Mets worked out a trade—pending medical review—with the Diamondbacks for relief pitcher Addison Reed, who is still 26 years old after spending the past few years at the back end of the Diamondbacks' and White Sox' bullpens.
The Mets were also awarded a waiver claim on left-handed relief pitcher Mark Rzepzcynski of the Padres, but it doesn't sound like the teams will work out a trade.
Despite the loss, Jacob deGrom looked a lot like himself yesterday afternoon as he bounced back from his worst start as a major league pitcher earlier in the week against the Phillies.
Tyler Clippard had a bit of a nail issue and went to a manicurist that R.A. Dickey used to see when he played for the Mets to resolve it.
Steve Serby's Q&A this week is with Curtis Granderson. As usual, there are some entertaining answers in there, and when Granderson was asked to say something controversial at the end, he said he's not so sure about the moon landing.
Bartolo Colon made a relief appearance yesterday against the Red Sox, but he was just helping out a beleaguered bullpen, not auditioning for a potential relief role in the postseason.
Dave Dombrowski spoke to Mike Vorkunov about trading Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets a few weeks ago, when he was still the GM in Detroit before they let him go and he took over the Red Sox' front office.
Tim Rohan takes a dive into the Mets' lineup matrix, which they use to figure out who plays and who sits on a game-by-game basis. It's nice that the team has so many major league options on its active roster.
Around the NL East
The aforementioned Nationals win came against the Marlins.
Not that it matters much to the Mets at this point, but the Phillies managed to beat the Padres last night.
Vin Scully will return to the Dodgers' booth next year, though he says it will be his final season.
This date in Mets history
Yoenis Cespedes recently had an outstanding game at the plate, one that was compared to the outstanding game that Edgardo Alfonzo once had for the Mets. The Fonzie game took place on this date.