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The Mets closed out their season series with the Nationals with a win in D.C. Steven Matz was not at his sharpest but the offense backed him up. Jeff McNeil had another big day at the plate as did Michael Conforto who had a bases-clearing triple to give the Mets the lead. The bullpen allowed the Nationals to get back in it, but eventually they shut the door to take the series.
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Despite the poor outing from Steven Matz, the lefty has taken a step forward this season and was able to make thirty starts this year.
David Wright is set to be activated this week, and although they were teammates for only a short amount of time, Neil Walker is happy Wright will be able to play in front of the home crowd again.
Mickey Callaway will try and get Wright a pinch-hit appearance before he starts Saturday’s game.
The fans will have to wait to hear the captain’s thoughts about this final homestand since he is not allowed to speak to the media.
Jacob deGrom is by all accounts having a fantastic season, but he is not the first Met to lead the league is WAR and have a sub .500 record. Jon Matlack accomplished that feat in 1974.
Mark Shapiro is rumored to be in the running for the new GM position, but it is looking unlikely that he will get the position.
Around the National League East
One day after clinching the division, the Braves took down Aaron Nola to complete the sweep of the Phillies.
Trevor Richards was impressive on the mound for the Marlins in their 6-0 win over the Reds.
The Phillies were eliminated from Wild Card contention with their loss to the Braves.
Erick Fedde was not very good in the Nationals’ loss to the Mets.
Around Major League Baseball
The Phillies had quite the collapse in the second half of the season, but so did the Diamondbacks who were also eliminated from playofff contention.
The Yankees’ clinching win came at the cost of Didi Gregorius who could be out for the season after tearing cartilage in his wrist.
Long time White Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson, signed off for the final time in Chicago.
The Cardinals maintained their hold on the second Wild Card when they completed a sweep of the Giants.
Adrian Beltre and Chase Utley both said their farewells to their home crowds since both will be retiring at the end of the year.
This Date in Mets History
The 1969 Mets clinched the NL East with a 6-0 win over the Cardinals.