Meet the Mets
A wild game in Flushing didn’t go the Mets’ way. The unanswered scoring stretches made it look more like a Knicks-Sixers game, as the Phillies scored the first ten runs. The Mets came roaring back with eight runs of their own, but couldn’t quite overcome the gaping hole they dug for themselves.
Noah Syndergaard was originally set to start last night, but was scratched due to strep throat (as you might have guessed, Sean Gilmartin’s spot start didn’t go so well). Syndergaard will be back soon, though. He’s scheduled to return to the mound on Tuesday.
As for Steven Matz, he could be back too, but not as a starter.
Jacob deGrom is definitely done for the year, but he has reasons to remain optimistic.
The injury bug has affected position players too. Wilmer Flores’s rehab from a wrist injury is reportedly not going well.
Through all the injuries, however, this team is still fighting. And their slugging shortstop encapsulates that resilienceo r.
Around the NL Wild Card
The Cardinals powered their way to a win at Wrigley, gaining a game on the Mets in the process.
The Giants also won, in extra innings against the Padres. The win puts them back into a tie with the Mets for the first wild card spot. St. Louis is a half game behind.
Around the NL East
The Mets loss gave the Nationals reason to celebrate. Washington clinched a well-earned division title.
From the Phillies’ perspective, watching them barely hold on to a double-digit lead warranted some colorful interpretations.
The Braves had a seven-game win streak on the line (that’s not a typo), but couldn’t keep it going. They lost to the Marlins.
Around the Majors
He’s been injured all season, and they haven’t needed him, but Pablo Sandoval could play a role for the Red Sox this season.
The Texas Rangers are celebrating their division title by letting Adrian Beltre and Carlos Beltran play coach.
Sit back, relax, and watch the second longest home run of the season, courtesy of Nelson Cruz.
And while you’re at it, enjoy this marvelous catch from Eduardo Nunez.
For any of you totally amped for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the final qualifying game is set.
This Date in Mets History
39 years ago today, the Mets narrowly avoided having their stadium expanded to a massive, 90,000-seater. It was part of New York City’s proposal for an Olympic bid in 1984. By 1977, however, the USOC had already made up its mind and picked Los Angeles, who went on to host the games seven years later. It was probably a good thing for the Mets, too, having avoided the potential embarrassment of playing in a stadium less than a quarter full.