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Mets Morning News: Cespedes walk-off evens Mets with Marlins in Wild Card race

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

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Meet the Mets

Jose Reyes manufactured a crucial eighth inning run, and Yoenis Cespedes clubbed a prolific walk-off home run in the Mets’ 2-1 win over the Marlins. Despite six shutout innings from 24-year-old ace Jose Fernandez, the Mets were able to draw even with Miami in the NL Wild Card standings; sitting 2.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker received his first career win in relief.

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Rafael Montero was stellar in his spot start against Miami.

Yoenis Cespedes displayed a tremendous bat flip following his walk-off blast.

After pitching a bullpen session on Sunday, Steven Matz is scheduled to return to the starting rotation on Thursday.

Terry Collins speculated that Jay Bruce’s recent struggles at the plate are mental. Bruce, who (entering Monday) has struck out 14 times in his last 26 at-bats, was recently pulled from the starting lineup with right calf soreness.

The BP Mets staff shared their September plans—assuming, of course, the pursuit of a Wild Card spot doesn’t come to fruition.

Asdrubal Cabrera, who departed Sunday’s game with a left knee injury, has been named National League Player of the Week.

Seth Lugo has thrown an “outstanding” curveball at the major league level.

Around the NL East

The Marlins hope Andrew Cashner, who has been dealing with a blister, will be able to take the mound on Friday.

The Braves absorbed a 13-4 drubbing against the Giants. Atlanta’s woeful play hasn’t affected Matt Kemp’s performance, however.

Tanner Roark tossed seven shutout innings in Washington’s 4-0 victory over Philadelphia. 22-year-old Phillies starter Jake Thompson displayed poise in the loss.

Around Major League Baseball

Yasiel Puig remains a viable trade candidate as the Aug. 31 trade deadline approaches.

Addison Russell’s power has taken him to a new level at the plate.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are locks to miss the postseason for the seventh time in eight years.

Former Met Josh Thole was designated for assignment after Toronto’s acquisition of Dioner Navarro.

Cardinals pitcher Mike Leake was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shingles.

Several free agents-to-be, including Mets second baseman Neil Walker, appear likely to receive multi-year contracts this Winter.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

“The Jose Reyes experiment has worked out well for the Mets,” writes Matt Varvaro.

Plenty of Mets teams over the years have posted winning records only to miss the postseason.

Aaron Yorke previewed a pivotal four-game set against the Miami Marlins.

This week’s Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler was a doozy.

Nate Gismot wrote about the difficulty of preventing arm injuries.

Chris McShane recapped the Mets’ recent hitting and pitching performance in the Player Performance Meter.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1999, Edgardo Alfonzo went 6-for-6 with six runs scored in a 17-1 rout of the Houston Astros. The (then) 25-year-old Alfonzo would tally a .304/.385/.502 line in a remarkable 1999 campaign.

Happy birthday to Jon Adkins, Marlon Byrd, and Tug McGraw!