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Mets Morning News: Bartolo wants win 246 in orange and blue

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets were off on Thursday, and they’re back home tonight for their last home stand of the season. compiled a list of 10 things we learned about the team on its recent road trip.

Newsday examined how low-risk acquisitions like Jose Reyes and Kelly Johnson have sparked the Mets’ run up the Wild Card standings.

The New York Post polled various major league officials to get an estimate on what kind of contract we can expect Yoenis Cespedes to sign should he opt out of the remaining two years on his deal.

Bartolo Colon hopes to break the major league record for wins by a pitcher from Latin America while in a Mets uniform. The mark is 246, and he has 231 victories in his career.

As part of his charity “Grand Giving,” Curtis Granderson hopes to provide 1 million meals to those who need them in New York and Chicago this November.

Over at BP Mets, Jarrett Seidler looked into the seemingly only Mets pitching prospect that hasn’t panned out: Rafael Montero.

Around the NL East

Fish Stripes is already looking forward to the Marlins’ 2017 season.

The Good Phight argued against the Phillies adding a bat in free agency in the upcoming offseason. Oh, and they lost 15-2 to the Pirates.

In case you hadn’t heard, Daniel Murphy destroyed the Mets this year.

Around the Majors

The Giants topped the Cardinals 6-2 behind a complete game from Johnny Cueto. San Franisco is now one game up on the Mets for the first Wild Card spot, and the Mets are up by one game on the Cardinals for the second. Read recaps from the McCovey Chronicles and Viva El Birdos.

Padres GM A.J. Preller was suspended once again for some shady dealings.

Why not?: Here’s FanGraphs’ early look at corner infield prospects in the 2017 draft.

Yesterday at AA

Jason Mast looked at options with which to replace Jay Bruce in the outfield the rest of the way.

Over at Amazin’ Avenue Audio: the jazz aficionado in Keith Hernandez; the optimist’s view of the Bruce trade; and, of course, a pulse-gauging of Panic City.

This Date in Mets History

In 1976, Jerry Koosman won his 20th game, the only time he reached the milestone with the Mets. In a 4-1 complete-game victory over the Cardinals, he struck out 13.

It’s the birthday of Orel Hershiser, Chris Carter (this Chris Carter), and Desi Relaford.