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Mets Afternoon News: Sunday blues continue, Syndergaard suffers setback

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets looked like they were on their way to a sweep, but then they remembered it was Sunday and fell apart in the late innings. Jacob deGrom started shaky but finished strong and left with the lead, thanks in part to Dominic Smith’s home run. Then the bullpen got a hold of the game and the combination of Paul Sewald, Jeurys Familia, and Hansel Robles let the lead disappear and the three-run lead became a five-run deficit and the Sunday woes continued.

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Jeurys Familia had a rough outing after he pitched on consecutive days. He has not looked nearly as dominant as he once was so could that set up a closer competition for next season?

The latest bullpen meltdown shows that Sandy Alderson has some work to do if the Mets want to be competitive in 2018.

Juan Lagares is using these last few weeks to prove he can be the Mets’ everyday center fielder in the future.

Noah Syndergaard was supposed to make another rehab start but it was shut down due to soreness. With this setback, it might be in everyone’s best interest if he does not pitch for the rest of the season.

The Yankees and Rays will be playing at Citi Field today because of Hurricane Irma, but this is not the first time the Yankees have had their game moved across town. Those traveling to the game will have a hard time getting there because of a concert that will be taking place this weekend.

Around the NL East

The Braves completed a come-from-behind win over the Marlins. The team also made sure that families displaced by Irma felt welcome during their series with Miami.

The case can be made that Giancarlo Stanton should be traded by the Marlins to help them rebuild. Marlins Park suffered minor damage after Hurricane Irma passed over the state.

The Phillies came up just short against the Nationals.

With the win over the Phillies, Washington clinched the division and a postseason berth.

Around the Majors

On this painful anniversary of the September 11 attacks, MLB will pay tribute to all who lost their lives on that tragic day sixteen years ago.

Two of the best teams in baseball, the Indians and Dodgers, are currently heading in opposite directions.

The Brewers jumped right back into the NL Central race with a sweep of the Cubs.

Aaron Judge’s power continues to break records as a rookie.

Stealing signs could have other effects on the game as teams try to combat it.

This Date in Mets History

In 1966, 19-year-old Nolan Ryan made his major league debut against the Braves.