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Mets Morning News: Pete Alonso honors those lost on 9/11, Mets power their way to victory over Arizona

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at New York Mets Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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The Mets scored five runs off Robbie Ray chasing him in the first inning and never looked back. Jeff McNeil and Todd Frazier both blasted a pair of home runs to lead the rout of the Diamondbacks. When the offense was done for the night they had scored 9 runs on 11 hits. Steven Matz looked a bit shaky in the second but settled in and pitched six scoreless. The bullpen relieved him and was able to keep Arizona off the board to ensure the series victory.

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September 11 will forever remain a sad day in New York and around the country, but the Mets continue to remember and honor the first responders who lost their lives on that horrible day.

Since the league won’t allow them to wear the hats during the game, the team wore caps bearing the emblems of the first responders during batting practice. They also held a special tribute before the game.

Pete Alonso did not agree with Major League Baseball’s decision to not allow them to wear the hats, so he bought the team special cleats that the team wore without permission from the league.

Despite a tough second inning where he walked three batters, Steven Matz did not allow any runs during his outing and continued his dominant stretch at home.

The Mets signed Jacob deGrom long term this past offseason and there is an argument to be made that Michael Conforto should be next.

Even with the drama surrounding Wilson Ramos and Noah Syndergaard, according to Mickey Callaway Ramos will catch Syndergaard’s next start.

Terry Collins is staying in the organization next year and will be a senior advisor for player personnel.

Around the National League East

Dallas Keuchel had a strong start for the Braves as they defeated the Phillies 3-1.

The Marlins put up a good fight but ultimately fell to the Brewers.

The Phillies offense was a bit too quiet in their loss to Atlanta.

The Nationals defeated the Twins behind a good performance by Stephen Strasburg. Their general manager is confident that Strasburg will still be with the team next season despite the opt-out clause in his contract.

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball set a new record for most home runs hit in a season and there are still over two weeks left to play.

Despite losing Christian Yelich for the rest of the season, the Brewers have a weak schedule to close out the season which could help in their quest for the second Wild Card.

Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Hicks is probably done for the season as he waits to decide on getting Tommy John surgery.

Chris Paddack shut down the Cubs in the Padres’ 4-0 win over Chicago.

Justin Verlander is having another incredible season and he is doing an incredible job of stranding runners when he does allow one to reach base.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

On Episode 24 of A Pod of Their Own, trying to figure out what goes through Mickey Callaway’s head was discussed as well as MLB not allowing the Mets to wear the first responder hats and why booing your own players is bad.

This Date in Mets History

The New York Jets played their first game at Shea Stadium on this date in 1964. They defeated the Broncos by a final score of 30-6.