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Mets Morning News: Scooting towards an extension?

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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 were off last night, and start a three game series on the road in Buffalo against the Blue Jays. Jacob deGrom is scheduled to start against Chase Anderson, and will be making his first career start against the Blue Jays.

Michael Conforto has finally broken through with his performance this year. Perhaps the Mets should consider extending him to a long-term contract.

Rustin Dodd of the Athletic took a look back at Jacob deGrom’s college years at Stetson University.

Jacob deGrom’s fastball has increased in velocity again this season, which is almost unprecedented for a pitcher of his age.

Pete Alonso is starting to break out of his funk.

Eno Sarris discussed how pitchers are facing Pete Alonso this season for the Athletic.

Edwin Diaz has been good this season, whether you like it or not.

Steve Cohen is reportedly “almost done’ buying the Mets, and does not anticipate having any trouble getting past the owner’s vote of approval.

Tim Healy of Newsday discussed the process of buying a major sports franchise with former president of the Miami Marlins David P Samson.

The Mets’ assistant pitching coach, Jeremy Accardo discussed his daughter’s fight against cancer with John Lott of the Athletic.

Al Leiter discussed his experience being in New York on September 11, 2001 while his teammates were on the road in Pittsburgh.

Around the National League East

The Braves have placed Met legend Tommy Milone on the IL with left elbow inflammation.

The Phillies announced that Zack Wheeler will not pitch until Monday as a result of a problem with the nail on his middle finger.

The Marlins started their biggest series of the year last night, a seven game series against the Phillies at Marlins Park that will be the team’s longest series in a regular season in 53 years.

The Marlins made a series of roster moves on Thursday, including recalling Isan Diaz, and moving Francisco Cervelli to the 60-day IL.

Around Major League Baseball

The Giants have placed Pablo Sandoval on unconditional release waivers.

The Dodgers have placed Walker Buehler on the IL with a blister. Joe Kelly has been activated to take his place.

The Royals announced that Matt Harvey will be moving to the bullpen, in order to make room for rookie Carlos Hernandez in the rotation.

Mookie Betts started at second base for the Dodgers yesterday, in order to prepare for a playoff scenario in which he might be needed there.”

Joel Sherman of the New York Post argued that the players should embrace MLB bubble rules for the playoffs.

The Diamondbacks have designated Jake Lamb for assignment in order to make room for Pavin Smith, the team’s first round draft pick from 2017.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Chris McShane provided an update on where Jacob deGrom stands in the 2020 NL Cy Young race.

Rob Wolff profiled the career of Bill Denehy on the latest installment of UnforMETable.

Steve Sypa deconstructed the 1974 draft.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1966, a 19 year old named Nolan Ryan made his major league debut for the Mets against the Braves at Shea Stadium.