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Despite mounting a rally in late innings against a shaky Braves bullpen, the Mets fell to 5-5 over their last ten games with a 5-4 defeat. Robert Gsellman was saddled with his second career loss after allowing two earned runs over 5.1 innings.
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At a crucial stage of the game, Terry Collins pinch-hit Eric Cambell for Jay Bruce. While the maneuver paid immediate dividends, Collins acknowledged the difficulty of benching Bruce in a big spot.
Mike Puma of the Post questioned Bruce’s value to the team. Following the loss, neither Bruce nor Curtis Granderson claimed responsibility for an outfield miscommunication in the sixth inning.
A free-agent-to-be, Neil Walker is open to re-signing with the Mets.
Sidelined with a shoulder injury since August 14, Steven Matz is excited at the prospect of starting against the Phillies on Friday. Conversely, Jacob deGrom is slated to undergo elbow surgery, bringing a close to his 2016 season.
Bryan Grosnick of BP Mets delivered a review of Jose Reyes’s season.
The National League Cy Young race is a competitive one, with Noah Syndergaard in the mix to win the honor.
Tim Tebow took three rounds of batting practice before shagging fly balls in his second day of instructional league baseball. The former Florida Gator has boosted merchandise sales, if nothing else.
Addison Reed has had an elite sophomore season with the Mets.
Around the NL East
Jose Fernandez outdueled Tanner Roark in Miami’s 1-0 win over Washington.
Getting to play alongside Freddie Freeman has been a “pretty incredible” experience for rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson.
The Phillies edged the White Sox thanks to stand-out performances from Odubel Herrera and Roman Quinn.
Around Major League Baseball
The Giants were dealt a pair of blows in Tuesday’s 2-0 win over the Dodgers. Not only did Johnny Cueto depart early with a left groin strain, but shortstop Brandon Crawford exited in the second inning with a dislocated finger.
The Cardinals aren’t ready to bow out of the Wild Card chase, as a big night from Adam Wainwright lifted St. Louis to a 10-5 win over Colorado.
It’s “something of a miracle” that Freddy Galvis has hit 20 home runs this season, writes Michael Baumann of The Ringer.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs is undecided between Gary Sanchez and Michael Fulmer for AL Rookie of the Year honors.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 2001, Mike Piazza hit one of the defining home runs in Mets history.
Happy birthday to Antonio Bastardo, Joaquin Arias, Greg Burke, Scott Rice, and D.J. Dozier!