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Mets Afternoon News: Panic City is surprised that Yoenis Cespedes didn't stay hot forever

Your Sunday afternoon dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard was hammered by home runs, and the Mets were shut out by Michael Pineda and the Yankees bullpen yesterday afternoon. The Bronx Bombers came away with a 5-0 win.

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With eight strikeouts and zero walks in six innings, Thor pitched better than his five runs allowed suggested. Terry Collins is aware of that and said Syndergaard will pitch in the postseason rotation.

Collins will indeed limit Matt Harvey's workload tonight, but he insists that the right-hander is not on a pitch count.

Are the Mets doomed now that Yoenis Cespedes has finally cooled off?

Speaking of Cespedes, the fact that he switched his walk-up song to a certain New York anthem is only going to fuel speculation that he wants to stay in the city long-term.

Sadly, Carlos Beltran is still booed at Citi Field despite being one of the best players in Mets franchise history.

When one has a bunch of right-handed relief pitchers who can get lefties out, one doesn't need a left-handed specialist.

Logan Verrett will make a spot start on Tuesday in order to give Jacob deGrom some extra rest.

Around the National League East

The Nationals gained a game on the Mets thanks to Bryce Harper's 41st home run, which led to a 5-2 Washington win over Miami.

Freddie Freeman hit a clutch, two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Braves to a 2-1 win over the Phillies.

Around the majors

Check out today's Say Hell, Baseball, where the NL Central race is a lot hotter than the one the Mets are in.

One day after Cubs manager Joe Maddon criticized the Cardinals for hitting Anthony Rizzo with a pitch, Maddon's pitchers plunked three St. Louis batters.

Ian Kinsler got to celebrate two walk-off moments in the same game thanks to his ninth-inning slide to the plate being flipped from safe to out by replay review. In the 11th, Kinsler took matters into his own hands.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Michael McCarty noticed that Jeurys Familia is having one of the best closer seasons in Mets history.

This date in Mets history

The Mets got some great pitching performances throughout their history (perhaps that tradition will continue tonight). Also, it's Jason Bay's birthday!