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Mets Morning News: Mets enjoy a Juanderful sweep of the Diamondbacks

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The offense stayed hot and used the long ball to secure the sweep of the Diamondbacks. Juan Lagares had a big day as he hit his first career grand slam and hit another home run for good measure. In fact it was a record-setting day at Citi since six home runs were hit by the home team. In addition to the two by Lagares, Todd Frazier, Robinson Cano, Tomas Nido, and Michael Conforto all left the yard. As for the pitching Marcus Stroman had a strong start and allowed only one run in over six innings of work. Given the big lead, the bullpen was able to shut down the Arizona offense and the Mets walked away with the big victory.

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Juan Lagares rightfully stole the spotlight with his big day, but Michael Conforto reached the 30 home run mark which is a career high.

Tired of having bad at-bats, Pete Alonso shaved his mustache mid-game.

Marcus Stroman had his best start as a Met which he credited to some mechanical adjustments that he had made.

Alonso and the Mets will not be penalized for wearing the special cleats the first baseman had made to honor the first responders who gave their life on 9/11.

The Mets face a big test this weekend when they take on the Dodgers, but they could make a big statement should they defeat the west coast powerhouse.

The team is right back into the playoff race and they get to experience all the fun and heartbreak that comes with it.

The team is once again making a push to get the Wild Card and it looks like they have the makings to do something special, but it remains to be seen if they will actually reach their goal.

Noah Syndergaard will be starting the opening game against the Dodgers and took to Twitter to make peace with Wilson Ramos.

Even though Ramos is the far superior offensive catcher, the choice isn’t so clear to play him over Nido.

Dominic Smith is making progress and still hopes to play before the season ends.

Jeff McNeil got the day off, but he has been doing a great job at beating the shift this season.

This has been a nightmare of a season for Edwin Diaz, but bouncing back after a down year can be done (paywall alert).

Around the National League East

Julio Teheran did not have his best stuff as the Braves lost to the Phillies 9-5.

The Marlins could again offer no help to the Mets playoff chances as they fell to the Brewers.

The Phillies’ offense broke out in a big way in their win over Atlanta.

The Nationals hammered the Twins in a 12-6 win on the road.

Around Major League Baseball

If there is day baseball, there will be doughnuts. Players dish on the secrets behind the doughnut.

Shohei Ohtani will undergo surgery on his left knee which has an eight to twelve week recovery time.

Kyle Crick and Felipe Vazquez got into a fight in the clubhouse that resulted in Crick needing season-ending surgery on his finger. The fight reportedly all started over music being played at Crick’s locker.

The Cubs defeated the Padres 4-1 behind a strong performance by Yu Darvish.

Gary Sanchez exited the Yankees game early due to a groin injury.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Fan confidence in the team has been a roller coaster this season, and before the sweep of the Diamondbacks it had been on the downswing again.

Vasilis Drimalitis took a look at what the other Wild Card contenders are facing as the season winds down.

This Date in Mets History

The Mets had a mystery pinch-hitter on this date in 2010, who ended up driving in the winning run against the Braves in extra innings.