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Mets Morning News: Mets once again do the splits

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets split their doubleheader against the Phillies yesterday, winning the first game 2-1 in extra innings, and dropping the second game 2-1 in extra innings, as well. It was the fifth doubleheader they have split this season, and their third in a row.

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Aaron Nola made history becoming the second MLB player ever to strike out ten consecutive batters, tying the mark set by Tom Seaver for the Mets in 1970.

Down to their last out in the first game, the Mets tied the game on a Francisco Lindor single to center field. Lindor then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth as the free runner on a Dom Smith single to center.

The Mets couldn’t quite repeat their comeback story in the second game, however, falling 2-1 in a game that included Andrew McCutchen robbing Albert Almora Jr. of what would have been a two-run home run in the third inning.

Before yesterday’s doubleheader, the Mets claimed catcher Chance Sisco off waivers and added Sean Reid-Foley as the team’s 27th man on the roster.

The team originally planned to start Jerad Eickhoff on Sunday, but Luis Rojas says there exists a probability of Marcus Stroman getting the start.

In other positive injury news, Brandon Nimmo may return as early as next week.

In not-so-positive injury news, the Mets officially placed Jonathan Villar on the IL.

Joel Sherman made a case for Jacob deGrom’s inclusion in the greatest-of-all-time conversation.

Around the National League East

The Marlins ended the Nationals' five-game win streak with an emphatic 11-2 win in Miami. Miguel Rojas led the way with a home run and four RBI.

The Braves snapped out of their funk with a 3-2 win over the Reds in Cincinnati.

After all of yesterday’s proceedings, the Mets now hold a four-game lead over the Nationals in the division.

Around Major League Baseball

Shohei Ohtani blasted his then-league-tying 24th home run through the roof of Tropicana Field. Well, it didn’t really go through the roof, but it’s not out of the question, as he once did exactly that at Tokyo Dome. The Rays beat the Angles 4-3, by the way.

Very soon after, Vladamir Guererro Jr. retook the league lead in home runs in the Blue Jays’ 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Orioles.

Not to be outdone by his contemporaries, Fernando Tatís Jr. went bananas in San Diego, hitting three home runs in his first three at-bats, tying the league lead with 25 home runs by the bottom of the fourth inning. The Padres ended up winning their eighth-straight game 11-5 over the Diamondbacks.

The Red Sox welcomed back their fans to a full house and a 5-3 win over the Yankees.

The Giants also welcomed back their fans to a full house with a 2-0 win in their series opener against the A’s.

The Milwaukee Brewers treated their first full house with a 5-4 win in extra innings over the Rockies. Keston Hiura hit a walk-off sacrifice fly as the Brewers retook first place in the division.

The Pirates beat the Cardinals 5-4 in a game that featured Nolan Arenado’s fifteenth home run.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Oh boy, it was a busy day. Brian kicked it off by sharing a conversation he had with Jason Fry, a contributor to Faith and Fear in Flushing, who discussed his fandom of Star Wars and the Mets.

Joe then shared This Week in Mets Quotes.

Vas then previewed this week’s series against the Phillies.

The Mets then played two baseball games, the second of which we talked about live on Greenroom.

This Date in Mets History

Mets legend Juan Uribe hit a walk-off single against the Dodgers on this date in 2015.

Uribe batted right-handed, but this date also belongs to a bevvy of lefties.