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Mets Morning News: Mets gain ground in Wild Card, Jacob deGrom opens an important series in Cincy

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

The Mets enjoyed an off day while traveling to Cincinnati to take on the Reds. Jacob deGrom will open the series and this will be one of his last chances to make his case for the Cy Young.

This has been a tumultuous year for Mickey Callaway and this home stretch could determine whether he is back next season.

The Mets have health on their side as the season winds down and they will need to use it to their advantage if they are going to have a shot at the Wild Card.

Mets’ pitching strategist Jeremy Accardo’s seven-year old daughter has been battling cancer and the team has tried to rally around her and support her in her fight (paywall alert).

Mark Vientos and David Peterson were named the Mets Prospects of the Year by MLB Pipeline.

Around the National League East

The Braves used the long ball to defeat the Phillies 5-4.

The Marlins have reportedly extended manager Don Mattingly.

Aaron Nola and the Phillies couldn’t pull off the sweep of the Braves.

Around Major League Baseball

Yankees pitcher Domingo German was placed on administrative leave under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy (paywall alert).

With their win over the Angels, the Yankees are headed back to the postseason.

The Brewers continued to stay hot and took down the Padres 5-1, but Lorenzo Cain exited the game early with an ankle injury.

After making a thrilling comeback in the ninth, the Cubs blew it in the tenth to the Cardinals.

Plenty of teams are now looking ahead to 2020 and there will be some premier talent on the market for those inclined to go for it.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1970, Jerry Koosman threw a two-hitter against the Pirates.