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The Mets and Marlins played two on Thursday due to inclement weather in the Northeast. In Game 1, Steven Matz launched a two-run home run in the second. The team then went hitless until, with two outs in the ninth inning and trailing 3-2, Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier hit back-to-back solo shots for a walk-off victory. Game 2 provided less drama; Conforto blasted another four-bagger, this time with a man on, then drove in another run with a single in the seventh inning of a 5-2 win. Jason Vargas bounced back from a rough outing against the Dodgers, surrendering three hits, two walks, and two runs in six innings.
While the Mets managed to avert raindrops on Thursday, teardrops proved to be less avoidable; in an emotional press conference, David Wright announced he’d be calling it a career following the team’s last home stand of the year, prompting an abundance of remembrances of his tenure with the team.
Maggie Wiggin of BP Mets argued Dom Smith should be the team’s everyday first baseman for the rest of the season.
Jeff McNeil has been a late-season revelation for the Mets. Fangraphs’ Stephen Loftus surmised that he’s gotten his shot because, unlike Peter Alonso, he’s not a highly touted prospect.
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Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Brian Salvatore covered Wright’s tearful announcement, which took place before the doubleheader.
This Date in Mets History
Cleon Jones made his Mets debut on this date in 1963. The 21-year-old rookie took over in center field as a defensive replacement in a 4-0 loss to the Colt .45s. Of his 1,213 games in the big leagues, 1,201 came in orange and blue.