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Mets Morning News: Mets win wacky game over Phillies, Thor has Strep

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Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

How would you feel if I told you Josh Smoker won a game in which he pitched one inning and gave up two earned runs? How would you feel if that wasn’t the weirdest part about the Mets’ pitching that night? Well that was last night’s game in a nutshell. The starter-poor Mets beat the Phillies by using six pitchers over nine innings. The pitcher who pitched the longest was Hansel Robels, who pitched 2.2 innings and picked up the save. Yes, the closer got more outs than the starter, and the Mets won.

Michael Conforto hit like it was April, the team was 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and there was even an Eric Campbell sighting—and he actually got a hit! When all was said and done, the Mets had racked up a 10-5 victory and gained some space in the Wild Card race.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News,, ESPN,, Bergen County Record, Newsday, New York Times.

Asdrubral Cabrera took a foul ball off his good knee, gutted it out, and stayed in the game for the Mets.

And Colon stand alone. Noah Syndergaard has been felled by strep throat and will miss his start on Saturday.

Syndergaard’s illness comes at a poor time as the Mets’ bullpen, particular Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, are showing major signs of fatigue.

Around the Wild Card Race

The Padres lay down a beating upon the Giants.

The Cubs took care of the Cardinals, meaning the Mets now stand in sole possession of first place in the Wild Card race.

Around the NL East

The Braves took down the Marlins.

The Nationals blew a lead and lost to the Pirates on a walk-off single.

Daniel Murphy has been shut down due to a butt strain. Insert jokes here.

Around MLB

The Mariners have suspended backup catcher Steve Clevenger for the remainder of the season after he posted a series of racist tweets on his twitter account. Further investigation by USA TODAY Sports also revealed that Clevenger had posted messages on his Facebook page a month ago calling Black Lives Matter “a racial group no different than the KKK” among other things.

Zack Greinke’s MRI revealed no structural damage to his shoulder.

Vin Scully penned a beautiful and truly classy letter to Dodgers fans as he nears his final game in the booth.

Why have there been so many home runs this season?

The Cubs and MLB are suing Wrigleyville vendors for selling counterfeit merchandise.

The Brewers turned their second triple play of 2016.

Yesterday at AA

Joe Sokolowski delivered another “This Week in Mets Quotes.”

This Date in Mets History

The Miracle Mets clinched the NL East pennant on this date back in 1969.