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The Mets rallied in the ninth inning to tie the game, and then took the lead in the tenth to finish a four-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves. Daniel Murphy hit the game-tying home run in with two outs in the ninth, while the winning runs were scored on bases loaded walks. Michael Conforto had a two-run home run earlier in the game. The Mets now return to Queens to open a series against the Marlins.
The Mets have devised a new means of limiting Matt Harvey's innings. Rather than skipping his starts outright, he may be piggybacked. This will accomplish the dual goals of preserving his arm and allowing him to stay in a rhythm ahead of the playoffs.
Kevin Kernan discussed what the playoff starting rotation could look like. He wrote that it could very much depend on whether the Mets have home-field advantage or not.
Bill Price presented the case for Jeurys Familia as Mets team MVP. Simply put, Familia has been a dominant and steady force at the back of the bullpen all season.
David Lennon wrote that Turner Field has been "no house of horrors," this season, and as a whole, the Mets have shown great resilience and confidence all season.
Around the NL East
You can read a recap of yesterday's game from a Braves perspective at Talking Chop.
The Nationals shut out the Marlins 5-0 on the strength of eight scoreless innings by Max Scherzer. Anthony Rendon had three hits for the Nats. Brad Hand started for the Marlins, but was unable to get out of the fourth inning. You can read recaps at Federal Baseball and Fish Stripes.
The Blue Jays hope that Troy Tulowitzki can return from a crack in his shoulder blade and severe upper back bruising in two to three weeks. In the meantime, they have acquired Darwin Barney from the Dodgers.
Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris will both be returning to the Tigers at the same time, and will piggyback each other. Sanchez is recovering from a shoulder injury, and Norris from a strained oblique.
Peter Gammons profiled former pitcher turned scout Brian Bannister. Due to his affinity for both scouting and analytics, Bannister was named Director of Pitching Analytics and Development by new Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski.
Yesterday at AA
Chris Gaine noted that Addison Reed has pitched quite well since being acquired by the Mets.
This Day in Mets History
In 1963, Cleon Jones made his major league debut at the end of a 4-0 loss to the Colt .45s.