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Mets Morning News: Mets continue winning streak in Miami

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

MLB: New York Mets at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

After sweeping the Nationals, the Mets showed their resolve by taking the first game of their series against the Marlins on short rest. Noah Syndergaard kept the score low through six innings before the Mets’ bullpen came in and shut down the Marlins for the night. With the win, the Mets moved to 8-1 on the season, tied for their record best start.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, NY Times, MLB.com, Bergen County Record, Newsday.

Former Mets executives have thrown cold water on the idea that Alex Rodriguez was ever close to signing with the team at the turn of the millennium.

Jason Vargas was in the Mets’ clubhouse in Miami, but he isn’t capable of fielding his position yet.

James Wagner is impressed by the Mets’ hot streak.

Is the math in the Mets’ favor this season? They do play a lot of bad teams.

Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier are this season’s best new odd couple.

The Syracuse Chiefs are already testing out selling some Mets gear at their stadium.

Who knew Dan Rather was a Mets fan?

Around the National League East

The Nationals rebounded from their sweep by the Mets by beating up on the Braves.

The Marlins have had low attendance all season, but the attendance for their game against the Mets was abysmal.

Joey Votto took some time to troll Phillies fans during the Reds/Phillies game on Monday.

Around Major League Baseball

Greg Holland’s debut with the Cardinals did not go very well.

Mark McGwire told The Athletic that he didn’t need PEDs to hit 70 home runs. Victor Conte told USA Today that McGwire is deluded.

Torey Lovullo says he’s sorry for the way he acted during the Yadier Molina incident.

The Cubs are expected to put Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day DL.

JC Ramirez will likely need Tommy John surgery.

Two reporters got in a fist fight at the Brewers game, and one is facing battery charges.

Felipe Rivero has somewhat bizarrely changed his last name to Vazquez.

Pete Rogers ranked the fantasy baseball value of every player from The Sandlot, in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Allison McCague had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.

Matt Varvaro was back with another Monday Morning Mets Mind Boggler.

Steve Sypa delivered a daily prospect report.

Robert Wolff previewed the Mets/Marlins series.

Aaron Yorke did some analysis of the Mets’ victory over the Nationals.

This Date in Mets History

Tommie Agee hit the most towering home run in Shea Stadium history on this date in 1969.