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Meet the Mets

Every eighth-inning run counted in the Mets win over the Angels. The rally helped stretch out a 7-2 lead over the Halos, which made new acquisition Neil Ramirez’s dud of a debut much more tolerable. The Angels eventually made it 7-5, but Addison Reed shut it down for the save. The Mets will have a chance at the sweep Sunday afternoon.

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Jose Reyes collected his 2,000th career hit, then tacked on hits number 2,001 and 2,002 just to be sure.

It was also a milestone night for Terry Collins, who had never planned to be with the Mets this long in the first place.

Collins had to play some mind games in the ninth inning. He says he considered giving Mike Trout the Barry Bonds treatment.

Zack Wheeler turned another great start, which is leading some to argue his innings limit ought to be reconsidered.

It was nearly ruined by an adventurous night from the bullpen, but they eventually got the job done.

Rene Rivera continues to swing a hot bat, and he may have earned himself the starting catcher job.

The other red hot Mets hitter says it’s way too early to give up on the season.

With Conforto crushing baseballs and Yoenis Cespedes nearly back in action, it looks like the struggling Curtis Granderson may be the one left out of the mix.

Around the NL East

The Braves took down the Nationals at home, and traded for Matt Adams to fill the void made by Freddie Freeman’s injury.

The loss was Washington’s fourth straight, knocking them all the way back to a five-game division lead.

After another loss and another rough start, Phillies pitcher Vince Velasquez sounded off on his owner performance.

The Marlins took it to Dodger pitching early and often, as Giancarlo Stanton continued his run of success at Chavez Ravine.

Around the Majors

The Tigers powered their way to a win over the Rangers, bringing Texas’ ten-game winning streak to an end.

Reacquaint yourself with Aaron Judge: destroyer of baseballs.

Cuban phenom Luis Robert is working out a deal to join the Chicago White Sox.

For the third time already this season, young Blue Jay hurler Aaron Sanchez is headed back to the disabled list.

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is also headed to the DL, but he’s only expected to miss one start.

Legendary Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Lukas Vlahos delivered the Daily Prospect Report, featuring a nice day of work from Binghamton’s Tomas Nido.

We also had a special contribution from Matthew Callan looking back at Todd Pratt’s NLDS home run and how amazingly improbable it was.

This Date in Mets History

If the past is any indication, either Tommy Milone will have a great game today or a pair of future Mets are going at it in college. On this date 12 years ago, the one and only Dae-Sung Koo outdueled Randy Johnson, and even got the game-winning hit off the Big Unit. This is also the 36th anniversary of an unforgettable collegiate clash between Ron Darling and Frank Viola.