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Mets Morning News: Mets sweep Marlins, Scooter and the Big Man do it again

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Led by the powerful bats of Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso, the Mets defeated the Marlins in the series finale and completed the sweep of the Fish. Steven Matz was solid on the mound and the bullpen had no issues nailing down the victory. The Mets will enjoy an off day before welcoming the Nationals to Citi Field for a big weekend series.

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Steven Matz struggled in his last start but he was able to refocus against the Marlins.

The Mets went on their run mostly without Alonso, who had been mired in a slump since the All-Star break. That seems to be changing now.

Despite getting little offensive production out of Adeiny Hechavarria, he is Mickey Callaway’s main option to replace Robinson Cano right now.

With the Mets on a roll, Pete Alonso has his sights a little higher than the Wild Card.

The Mets certainly took care of business against weaker competition, but now the schedule takes a turn and this team will have to show who they really are.

Marcus Stroman opens the series against the Nationals and he received some advice from Steven Matz on what it is like to pitch in front of the home crowd.

The organization is interested in Joe Panik but they will wait to see if he clears waivers before taking any action.

Jeff McNeil’s adorable new puppy has become a new rally puppy of sorts since the team has gone on a run since she was adopted (paywall alert).

Around the National League East

The Braves hammered the Twins in an 11-7 victory. Austin Riley was placed on the injured list after he suffered an injury while working out.

Nothing was clicking for the Marlins in their loss to the Mets.

Jason Vargas struggled in his second start for the Phillies as they fell to the Diamondbacks 6-1.

The Nationals completed a sweep of the Giants in San Francisco. Washington will be without Max Scherzer for the series against the Mets.

Around Major League Baseball

During the Orioles game, Chris Davis got into an altercation with his manager in the dugout.

The Twins turned another triple play for the second time this season.

The Cubs signed Jonathan Lucroy to give them better depth at catcher since Willson Contreras went on the IL with a hamstring strain.

The Dodgers defeated the Cardinals for their tenth walk-off victory of the year.

Keston Hiura’s bat led the Brewers to a win over the Pirates.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 18 of A Pod of Their Own, guest Jen Mac Ramos of Baseball Prospectus discussed their new database that tracks Women’s Baseball World Cup statistics.

Scooter and the Big Man both went deep again and now their heroics are immortalized on a t-shirt that can be yours!

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1997, the Mets traded Lance Johnson to the Cubs and received Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, and Turk Wendell in return.