Meet the Mets
The Mets pulled off a comeback on Friday night, scoring four runs in the eighth inning to beat the Braves 6-4 in Atlanta and stretch their winning streak to six. Robert Gsellman started for the Mets and was mediocre in five innings of work, giving up four runs, but the Mets’ bullpen shut down the Braves and gave the offense a chance to do their thing.
Curtis Granderson proved to be the hero of the night, homering in the sixth and collecting three RBIs in total. Michael Conforto picked up the oddest RBI of the night though, as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
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Bartolo Colon takes the mound for the Mets today.
Jacob deGrom is ready to begin throwing again, as is Steven Matz.
Lucas Duda is also on the comeback trail and could possibly return this season.
Sandy Alderson defended the Mets’ signing of Tim Tebow.
Neil Walker had successful back surgery.
Mets prospect Phil Evans won the Eastern League batting title.
Faith and Fear in Flushing pointed out that the Mets have played worse at several other ballparks than Turner Field, though their all-time record there is still abysmal.
Jeurys Familia has upped his strikeout rate lately.
Around the Wild Card
The Cardinals won to remain a half-game behind the Mets for the second Wild Card.
The Giants won, too, in a marathon of a game, and they remain a half-game ahead of the Mets for the first Wild Card spot.
Around the NL East
Trea Turner hit a walk-off home run to propel the Nationals to victory over the Phillies.
The Marlins beat the Dodgers in Clayton Kershaw’s comeback game.
Braves prospect Ozzie Albies won’t play until 2017 after fracturing his elbow in a game.
Andrew Cashner has indicated he might not re-sign with the Marlins because they won’t let him grow a beard.
Former Braves outfielder Hector Olivera was found guilty of domestic assault and sentenced to jail time.
Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar left his start early due to arm soreness.
Former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has pulled himself out of the running for the Twins GM job.
Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello became the first pitcher to collect twenty wins.
The Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman was named USA Today’s minor league player of the year.
Yesterday at AA
Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Braves series.
There was a new episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio.
Joe Sokolowski was back with another edition of “This Week in Mets Quotes.”
This Date in Mets History
The Miracle Mets took possession of first place on this date in 1969. The 2016 Mets will have a chance to take possession of first place in the wildcard race today.