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Mets Morning News: Mets finish sweep of Nationals, extend lead to seven games

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

Kelly Johnson
Kelly Johnson
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets were mostly dominated by Stephen Strasburg, but for the second straight night rallied late, this time with a solo shot from Kelly Johnson and a go-ahead two-run home run from Yoenis Cespedes. Jacob deGrom was nearly as good as Strasburg, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out nine. The win completed the three game sweep and extended the Mets' division lead to seven games. Today, the Mets begin a series with the Braves.

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Rather than innings, Jared Diamond looked at the total number of pitches Matt Harvey has thrown this season as a measure of possible fatigue. Harvey has actually thrown the ninth-fewest pitches of any qualified starter.

The Mets have set their schedule for Harvey for the remainder of the season. He will start twice more in the regular season, once against the Yankees, and once against the Nationals at the end of the season. However, this plan is subject to change. Logan Verrett will make a spot start on Monday.

The Mets are contemplating skipping one of Jacob deGrom's remaining starts. His number of innings is not a concern, but they believe he would benefit from some extra rest.

David Lennon is not entertaining the idea that the Mets could collapse in a similar fashion to 2007 or 2008.

Jeff Wilpon was reportedly the victim of identity theft. The owner of an office supplies company in Manhattan forged the Mets' owner's signature while defrauding investors.

Around the NL East

You can read a recap of last night's game from the Nationals perspective at Federal Baseball.

The Braves defeated the Phillies 8-1. Julio Teheran pitched seven strong innings for the Braves, while Christian Bethancourt contributed a home run. You can read recaps at Talking Chop and The Good Phight.

The Marlins beat the Brewers by a score of 5-2. Tom Koehler pitched eight innings and struck out ten while allowing two runs. They also received some good news in the form of Jose Fernandez being cleared to rejoin the rotation after recovering from a biceps strain.

Around MLB

The Athletics are set to announce a contract extension with manager Bob Melvin. Over four seasons, he has a .532 winning percentage with the team.

Former top prospect Jurickson Profar has been shut down for the remainder of the season by the Rangers. He has been recovering from shoulder surgery that he underwent at the beginning of the season.

On the heels of Tim Hudson announcing his retirement, Grant Brisbee reviewed the pitcher's career. Specifically, he looked at ways in which Hudson's career might have been elevated to Hall of Fame levels.

At Beyond the Box Score, Nick Lampe looks at whether Clayton Kershaw is the favorite to win the National League Cy Young Award.

Yesterday at AA

Andrew Gould wondered if Yoenis Cespedes warrants consideration for the National League MVP despite playing the first four months of the season in the American League.

Scot Cohen suggested the Mets might consider moving Harvey to the bullpen as a way to conserve innings down the stretch of the season.

Chris Schubert examined the glut of outfielders at the major league level that the Mets will have next season.

Episode 138 of Amazin' Avenue Audio with Jeffrey Paternostro was released.

This Day in Mets History

In 1969, the Mets swept a double header against the Expos. The two wins, coupled with a Cubs loss, pushed the Mets into first place for the first time in team history.