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Mets Morning News: It was Thor’s day on Wednesday, Mets’ offense catches fire

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The Mets were in desperate need of a win Wednesday and Noah Syndergaard was more than up to the task to provide them with one. He was simply sensational, pitching into the ninth inning for the first time in his career and striking out eleven. He was unable to secure the shutout but that is a small blemish on an otherwise brilliant outing. Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores sparked the offense on the way to a 11-2 win.

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Noah Syndergaard tried to focus on the positives despite being a bit disappointed by his dazzling performance. It was a performance that put him in the Mets’ history books as he continues to dominate this 2016 season.

Wilmer Flores had a nice game at the plate batting cleanup and has continued to shine since getting the starting job at third.

The Mets were again playing short handed when Juan Lagares had to be scratched when his thumb acted up before the game and he will get it reexamined Thursday.

Neil Walker was also out of the lineup with a back issue. The Mets as a whole have had to deal with an increasing amount of back issues this year.

It has been 10 years since the ‘06 Mets dominated the NL East, and the two linchpins of that team have uncertain futures ahead of them. The Mets are preparing for the worst with David Wright, and, despite needing infield help, they have no interest in Jose Reyes who was designated for assignment by the Rockies.

One name that is available and could provide infield help to the Mets is Cuban phenom Yulieski Gourriel. Yoenis Cespedes was close friends with Gourriel and thinks he could make an impact in the majors.

Cespedes himself has made an impact with the Mets and is being rewarded by fans in the All-Star balloting.

Two of the best in the business, Gary Cohen and Howie Rose talk about how they became Met fans.

Around the NL East

Freddie Freeman hit for the cycle in a wild extra innings victory against the Reds.

The Marlins were defeated by the Padres 6-3 on Wednesday but during the game Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,257th professional hit. Some other news out of Marlins camp is they are planning to skip Jose Fernandez’s next start in an effort to limit his innings.

The Phillies were no match for the offensive prowess of the Blue Jays when they were defeated 7-2. The Good Phight takes a look at what an expansion to 32 teams could mean for the NL East.

The Nationals came back twice against the Cubs and eventually won when Jayson Werth hit a walk-off single in the twelfth.

Around the Majors

Pete Rose is one of the few not buying into the Cubs.

Chris Sale is the first pitcher to 11 wins as the White Sox defeated Mike Pelfrey and the Tigers.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright led the Red Sox to a victory over the Orioles and a tie for first in the AL East.

Clayton Kershaw continues to put up ridiculous numbers. The latest was an impressive outing against the Diamondbacks where he earned his tenth win of the year.

Some former greats shared stories about the struggles they faced at an event at the Negro Leagues Museum.

Yesterday at AA

Lukas Vlahos took a look at all of the action in the minors with the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

Steve Sypa wrote up profiles on draft picks Anthony Kay, Peter Alonso, and Blake Tiberi.

This Date in Mets History

In 1997, the Mets defeated the Yankees 6-0 in the first ever interleague matchup between the two clubs. Dave Mlicki got the start and pitched a shutout and Butch Huskey served as the Mets first designated hitter.