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Jacob deGrom was set to take the mound against the Marlins last night in Queens, but mother nature intervened. The Mets’ game against the Marlins was rained out and the teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday to make it up. deGrom will take the mound today, in search of a much-needed win to boost his Cy Young hopes.
Unfortunately for deGrom, the rainout is likely to cost him a start at the end of the season.
Despite his lack of wins, deGrom continues to build a strong case for Cy Young consideration.
On the eve of September 11, the Mets visited a firehouse that lost nine firemen during the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Mike Puma says the Mets have more storylines in their final month of the season than just deGrom’s quest.
Fred and Jeff Wilpon apparently have deep disagreements about who the Mets’ next GM should be, with the elder Wilpon favoring an old-school baseball man who came up through the scouting ranks and the younger Wilpon favoring a candidate with a strong background in analytics.
Around the National League East
The Phillies attempted to use flamethrowers to dry the field at Citizens Bank Park prior to their game against the Nationals. It did not work.
The Braves were the only team in the National League East that actually got to play on Monday, and they beat the Giants.
Around Major League Baseball
Justin Verlander made his return to Detroit, pitched a heck of a game, and received three standing ovations from Detroit fans.
Kenley Jansen will need another heart procedure after the season.
Several teams were apparently unhappy with the circumstances surrounding the Josh Donaldson trade.
Fangraphs took a closer look at the NL Cy Young race.
There’s a particular moment where using the on-deck circle makes no sense, and yet most teams send a batter out.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Steve Sypa reviewed the Las Vegas 51s’ season.
Allison McCague had player performance meters for pitchers and position players.
This Date in Mets History
Nolan Ryan made his Mets debut as a 19 year old on September 11, 1966, and John Olerud hit for the cycle on the same date in 1997. If you’d like to remember September 11, 2001, the New York Times’ “Portraits of Grief” series is a sobering look back at all the people lost on that day.