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Mets Morning News: Mets rout Phillies, baseball mourns the passing of Jose Fernandez

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

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Meet the Mets

The last regular season home game of 2016 was a 17-0 victory against the Phillies. The biggest blow once again came off the bat of Asdrubal Cabrera, who belted a grand slam in the seventh inning. Jose Reyes drove in four runs from the top of the lineup, Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the year, and even Jay Bruce had a couple of hits. On the mound, Robert Gsellman pitched his best game of the season, and the Mets remained at the top of the Wild Card Standings.

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The Mets mourned the tragic death of Jose Fernandez and placed a tribute to him in their dugout. They now head to Miami for an emotional game that Fernandez was scheduled to pitch.

After an emotionally-charged series in Miami, the Mets can take some comfort knowing their final series will be in Philadelphia.

Robert Gsellman took a step forward on Sunday and earned his manager’s praise after the game.

The manger deserves praise as well for keeping this team in the playoff hunt.

Noah Syndergaard will be returning to the mound this week, and the Mets will need him to step up as the season winds down.

Around the Wild Card

The Giants lost to the Padres by a final score of 4-3. With that loss they are one game back in the Wild Card Standings. They have an off day Monday before taking on the Rockies at home on Tuesday.

The Cardinals lost to the Cubs last night 3-1. They are now on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. They are a half-game behind the Giants for the second Wild Card, and a game-and-a-half behind the Mets for the first Wild Card. They now head home to face the Reds for four games.

Around the NL East

Fish Stripes grieved the loss of the special talent, and the special person, that was Jose Fernandez.

The Braves extended their condolences to the Marlins after their game was cancelled due to the tragic circumstances.

The Good Phight wrote a moving tribute to a respected opponent.

One day after clinching the division, the Nationals played a heated game against the Pirates.

Around the Majors

All around baseball, players and organizations took a moment to remember a bright, vibrant star gone too soon.

Vin Scully’s final call for the Dodgers was a walk-off home run to win them the division.

The Red Sox broke Tom Seaver’s record when Eduardo Rodriguez and Heath Hembree combined to strike out 11 batters in a row.

The Blue Jays got a walk-off win against the Yankees to maintain their lead in the Wild Card standings.

Israel defeated Great Britain to earn a spot for the first time in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Yesterday at AA

Kaitlin McCabe gathered the Mets’ reactions to the stunning loss of Jose Fernandez.

She also updated Wilmer Flores’s ongoing injury troubles.

This Date in Mets History

In 1975, the Mets played an epic doubleheader with the Phillies. Both games went to extra innings, and coupled with some rain delays, the Mets walked away with a split of the doubleheader at 3:14 am.