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Mets Morning News: Mets make it two in a row against Giants, Jay Bruce set to return

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

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Meet the Mets

Noah Syndergaard had a solid outing in the Mets’ win over the Giants. He was much improved after his last start but still was not completely dominant. He did enough to get the win, and home runs by Dominic Smith, Jose Bautista, and Todd Frazier helped carry the offense. Jeff McNeil continues to rake and picked up another two hits as well. The Mets will now attempt to take the series against Madison Bumgarner.

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Jeff McNeil had another good day at the plate and he is reminding some scouts of Daniel Murphy.

The Mets could use these final weeks of the season to help prepare for next year but it could also be all for naught since nobody knows what the team is going to look like going forward.

It is a battle of aces on the mound with Jacob deGrom and Madison Bumgarner facing off in the series finale. Bumgarner already went to bat for deGrom and said he should be this year’s Cy Young winner.

Jay Bruce’s return from the disabled list is just on the horizon. The plan is to activate him Friday against the Nationals.

The pitching seems to have settled down some but Mickey Callaway would prefer to have some solid defense played behind them.

If you are already looking ahead to next season you are in luck because the 2019 season schedule was released.

Around the National League East

The Braves completed a sweep of the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Marlins got to Lance Lynn and the Yankees and won in a blowout 9-3. Jose Urena will begin serving his suspension after he dropped his appeal.

It was quite a roller coaster against the Nationals, but in the end the Phillies were walked-off.

Ryan Zimmerman was the hero in the Nationals’ win over Philadelphia.

Around Major League Baseball

The Yankees placed Aroldis Chapman on the DL with left knee tendinitis.

Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna landed on the DL with shoulder inflammation.

Both Matt Harvey and Billy Hamilton have been claimed by unknown teams and the teams now have 48 hours to make a deal with the Reds.

The entire 2019 season schedule was released and there are some important dates to mark down on your calendars.

Blue Jays’ pitcher Aaron Sanchez admitted that he injured his finger when he tried to catch a falling suitcase.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane took a look at how much Zack Wheeler has improved this season.

Jack McLoone wrote about how Wilmer Flores’s season has gone now that he has been seeing more playing time.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2009, the Mets accomplished two very rare feats in a loss to the Phillies. The first was an inside-the-park home run hit by Angel Pagan. Then in the ninth Jeff Francoeur hit into an unassisted triple play to end the game and any hope of a comeback.