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Mets Afternoon News: Backstop bash

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links, just a few hours later.

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Meet the Mets

Jason Vargas dominated the postseason-bound Braves to finish his season strong, tossing seven shutout innings and allowing zero walks and just three hits in the Mets’ 4-1 victory on Thursday night. Catchers provided all the offense New York needed: Kevin Plawecki cracked a solo homer deep to left off Atlanta starter Julio Teheran in the third, then Devin Mesoraco drove a three-run, pinch-hit shot off Brad Brach in the seventh.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday, BP Mets, Record, Talking Chop.

Mets are getting booed for not being David Wright, but they don’t seem to mind.

Jose Reyes penned an emotional tribute to the man with whom he shared one side of the infield for much of his career.

Center fielder Juan Lagares, who hasn’t played since May 16 thanks to an injured toe, began running at full speed. He hopes to be able to play winter ball.

Around the National League East

Peter O’Brien, 28, tore up Double-A and Triple-A in the Marlins farm system this year, and he hasn’t stopped battering pitchers following his call-up to the big leagues.

Tommy Hunter imploded in relief of Jake Arrieta as the Phillies fell to the Rockies, 5-3, for their eighth consecutive loss, not that we’d ever take enjoyment in that.

If Bryce Harper is indeed on his way out of Washington, it seems the Nationals have just the man to replace him.

Around Major League Baseball

If the Yankees win three of their last four, three teams will have achieved 100 or more wins in the same league for the first time ever.

With the A’s surprisingly headed to the postseason, Grant Brisbee went back in time to find out when they’d hit rock bottom.

Mookie Betts is putting the finishing touches on one of the best individual seasons ever.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Alex Nelson remembered David Wright’s path from the AAU circuit in Norfolk, Virginia, to MLB stardom.

This Date in Mets History

In the team’s last game ever at Shea Stadium, the Mets suffered a 4-2 loss at the fins of the Marlins, losing a spot in the postseason in the process.