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The Mets closed out their four-game series against the Rockies with a doubleheader sweep, winning the first game 1-0 and the second 4-2. Though the team got stellar pitching performances from Marcus Stroman and Joey Lucchesi, the star of both games was bench mob pillar José Peraza, who homered for the only run in the first game and added two more RBI in the second.
The Mets will be shutting down Noah Syndergaard for at least the next six weeks after he suffered elbow inflammation following his rehab appearance in Syracuse. From there the team will assess his progress, though he is not expected to pitch in the big leagues for another three months and there is a possibility he may not pitch for the Mets this season.
Thor reportedly was disappointed with the news and also relieved he didn’t suffer further damage to his ligament.
The new injury adds further intrigue to Syndergaard’s impending free agency this offseason.
So that’s the bad pitching injury news from yesterday. But the good pitching injury news from yesterday is that the Mets plan on starting Taijuan Walker tomorrow against the Braves—though with much rain in the forecast for tomorrow evening, there exists a decent chance of a postponement.
When Seth Lugo returns from injury, Luis Rojas says he will occupy a multi-inning reliever role.
Francisco Lindor’s excellent fielding numbers get a boost with an official change from his throwing error to a catching error on Jordan Yamamoto on a should-have-been double play against the Marlins on Sunday.
Despite showing excellent defense, Lindor has struggled heavily at the plate, and Deesha Thosar wonders how long Mets fans should wait for him to snap out of his slump.
Around the National League East
The Braves had the day off to travel to New York, and Talking Chop spent part of it pontificating on Austin Riley, who is really good at hitting baseballs.
Around Major League Baseball
Javy Báez made the entire Pirates infield look inept, as there were two outs and all Will Craig had to do to end the inning was to step on first base. The Pirates, amazingly, do not have the worst record in the league.
The Yankees split their New York doubleheader against the Blue Jays, losing the first game 2-0 and winning the second 5-3. With four games played in New York and another doubleheader in D.C., 16 MLB games were played on Thursday.
Before their games, the Yankees placed Corey Kluber and Luke Voit on the IL.
The Rockies removed Trevor Story from their second game against the Mets in a precautionary move.
The White Sox beat the Orioles 5-1 Thursday afternoon in Chicago. The team also made headlines when news of a food lounge once named after a beloved employee now named after their condemnable manager circulated on Twitter.
The Rays beat the Royals 7-2 Thursday night in St. Petersburg. In more concerning news, a group of Rays minority owners is suing majority owner Stuart Sternberg, accusing him of attempting to increase his ownership stake and negotiating with a Canadian businessman without their knowledge.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Brian and Chris continue to commiserate over the team’s casualties in this week’s episode of Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show).
This Date in Mets History
On this day in 2014, the Mets beat the Pirates 5-0 with the help of home runs from David Wright and Lucas Duda. More importantly, a young pitcher named Jeurys Familia recorded his first save of the season—and only the second of his career—on his way to becoming one of the greatest closers in franchise history.