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One day after the shocking death of Jose Fernandez, the Mets and the Marlins gathered on the field at Marlins Park and shared hugs before their game. It was a sweet moment on a night full of tributes to a budding star taken too soon.
The game itself was one the Mets would no doubt like to forget. Bartolo Colon had one of his worst nights of the year, surrendering seven earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. The bullpen was solid, though, and Asdrubal Cabrera provided a little offense to make sure the game wasn’t a complete blowout. In the end, the night provided catharsis for the Marlins, who easily won 7-3.
Dee Gordon’s magical lead-off home run will likely be replayed for years to come.
After the game, the Marlins players, who all wore number sixteen in Fernandez’s honor, left their hats on the pitching mound, as a final tribute to their friend and teammate.
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The SNY Broadcast team got extremely emotional following the Marlins’ pregame tribute to Fernandez, and had a difficult time continuing their coverage.
Noah Syndergaard will pitch on Tuesday night, but no one knows when he’ll start after that due to the crazy Wild Card race.
One MLB GM thinks the bidding for Yoenis Cespedes could reach as high as $200 million in the off season.
Steven Matz’s season is likely over.
Amy Schumer was caught on the kiss cam at a recent Mets game.
Robert Gsellman’s start for the Mets yesterday was his best ever for the team.
Michael Conforto’s opposite field home run against the Phillies at Citi Field was something of a rarity.
Around the Wild Card Race
The Giants were idle and gained a half-game on the Mets as a result of their loss.
The Cardinals remain a game-and-a-half behind the Mets after getting blown out by the Reds.
Around the NL East
The Braves and Phillies were off.
In Miami, a bag of baseballs signed by Jose Fernandez washed up onshore twenty blocks from the site of Fernandez’s fatal boating crash.
The Nationals not only got crushed by the D-Backs, they also appear to have lost Wilson Ramos to a knee injury.
The Yankees and the Blue Jays fought with each other during their game on Monday, resulting in an injury to Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit.
The Cardinals’ Aledmys Diaz has been granted leave to attend the funeral of Jose Fernandez, who was his childhood friend.
The Indians claimed the NL Central crown for the first time since 2007.
Derek Falvey has been named the new President of Baseball Operations for the Minnesota Twins.
Yesterday at AA
Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Marlins series.
Steve Sypa examined the many current and former Mets-affiliated players who will be in the World Baseball Classic.
Chris McShane had the new Player Performance Meters for hitters and pitchers.
Matt Varvaro delivered another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.
This Date in Mets History
The Mets clinched the Wild Card on this date back in the year 2000.