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Mets Morning News: Yoenis Cespedes stays hot, Mets split series with Giants

Your Monday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard were two stars shining bright in the Mets’ victory on Sunday night. Syndergaard was stellar in his eight innings of work, and Cespedes blasted his third home run in two games. Despite getting no-hit by Jeff Samardzija through six innings, the Mets walked away with the 2-0 win and a split of the series.

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Following an off day today, the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals, who currently hold the second wild card spot.

Yoenis Cespedes provided all the offense that was needed on Sunday, and the Mets will need him to continue this power surge down the home stretch.

Cespedes might be back, but the Mets lost Steven Matz for one start and might lose him for longer if his scheduled MRI reveals anything concerning. They already are contemplating who his replacement would be if he can’t make his next start.

On this recent road trip, the bullpen has not been nearly as effective as it was earlier in the season. Terry Collins believes fatigue could be the cause of these struggles.

Collins continues to focus at the task at hand instead of on what the future might hold for him.

Michael Conforto continues to hit in Triple-A, and former player Aaron Boone shared his thoughts on Conforto’s development.

Darryl Strawberry became more vocal in his concern for the well being of Doc Gooden.

Around the NL East

The Braves defeated the Nationals in extras on a walk-off home run by Jace Peterson. They were able to win without Freddie Freeman, who is dealing with a finger issue and is listed as day-to-day.

The Marlins completed the sweep of the Pirates Sunday with a 3-2 victory. They also believe that Giancarlo Stanton will return before the season ends.

The Phillies were routed by the Cardinals 9-0. The Phillies’ young pitching staff also suffered another loss when Zach Eflin underwent knee surgery.

Gio Gonzalez was not at his sharpest in the loss to the Braves.

Around the Majors

A’s DH Billy Butler was not in the lineup after an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia.

The Royals have caught fire and are pushing their way back into the playoff race.

Cuban phenom Yulieski Gurriel singled in his first major league at-bat with the Astros, but he left in the eighth inning with hamstring tightness.

History was denied for the Angels’ Albert Pujols when Jacoby Ellsbury robbed him of a home run.

Nolan Arenado hit two three-run home runs for the Rockies in a 11-4 win over the Cubs.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa caught up on all the action in the minors with the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Carlos Delgado reached 400 home runs when he belted two home runs, the second being a grand slam, against the Cardinals in 2006.