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Mets Morning News: Mets leave LA with a win, injury scare for two players

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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

Zack Wheeler was again dominant for the Mets to help lead them to a series win over the Dodgers. He kept the powerful lineup in check until a line drive hit him in the chest. He seemed to shake it off but gave up home runs to Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger. As for the offense, they took advantage of a plethora of bloop hits and Dodger misplays to finish off the road trip with a victory.

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Seth Lugo was spotless in his two innings of work but his success out of the bullpen is preventing him returning to the rotation.

Kevin Plawecki was also hit by a pitch in a similar area to Wheeler so both will be sent for a CT scan.

Devin Mesoraco was forced from Monday’s game early when some neck discomfort reemerged and now he might be done for the season.

Todd Frazier made a “catch” in the series opener but he now admits he had everyone fooled.

The Mets will have a crucial task this offseason when ownership decides who will be the next GM of the team. If the Wilpons really want to win they will have to avoid past mistakes if this team is going to move forward.

Current first base coach and former Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. threw his hat into the ring for the GM search (paywall alert).

The team does have a lot of money coming off the books but a few players are due for pay raises that will cut into the organization’s meager budget.

The Mets will also have to make a decision about Peter Alonso next season and the projections for Jay Bruce aren’t encouraging enough to sit an intriguing prospect.

Alonso will be in New York but only as part of a development camp to give him a taste of New York.

David Wright will be at Citi Field this weekend but he will be taking part in a simulated game as he attempts to return to the majors.

Dominic Smith hasn’t been in the lineup much this season so he will head to the Dominican Republic to play winter ball in the offseason.

All of the major awards have tight competition right now but Jacob deGrom is getting consideration for MVP as well as the Cy Young.

Around the National League East

The Braves suffered a terrible loss against the Red Sox when Brandon Phillips completed an epic comeback with a go-ahead home run in the ninth.

The Marlins defeated the Phillies 2-1. The home run sculpture’s time is rumored to be up at the end of the season.

The Phillies dropped the series to Miami and their postseason hopes are quickly fading.

The Nationals lost their series to the Cardinals with a 7-6 loss in the rubber game. GM Mike Rizzo expects manager Dave Martinez to be back with the club next season despite the team’s struggles. The window seems to be closing a bit for Washington so where did it go wrong for a team that was comprised of so much talent? Sean Doolittle is close to returning from the disabled list and came up with an awesome idea if a player hits a home run off of him.

Around Major League Baseball

The Angels announced that Shohei Ohtani needs Tommy John surgery but despite the upsetting dignosis, Ohtani was still in the lineup and went deep twice.

Roberto Osuna had a scheduled court date on Wednesday but the case will be remanded for another two weeks as his lawyers work to get the charge withdrawn.

Are “clutch” stats measurable and should they be considered when it comes time to vote in the MVP race?

Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story hit three massive home runs against the Giants. His second was a monster shot that was measured at 505 feet.

Luis Severino and Gary Sanchez had a nightmarish first inning in the Yankees’ loss to the Athletics.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Jonathan Maseng wrote about the end of an era in Las Vegas.

Jacob deGrom’s twenty-seventh start of the season against the Cubs was unrelentingly brilliant.

This Date in Mets History

Tom Seaver did it all on this date in 1971. He struck out twelve Expos in a 7-0 win but at the plate he collected two hits, walked once, and drove in one.