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Mets Morning News: Mets and Yankees begin Subway Series as both teams honor 9/11 anniversary

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In the first game of the Subway Series, the Mets scored a whopping ten runs thanks to some timely hits and some cringeworthy defense on the part of the Yankees, and Tylor Megill pitched seven solid innings to help lead the Mets to a decisive 10-3 victory.

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The Mets will be wearing special uniforms tonight to honor the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com recounted the story of one family of Mets fans who persevered after the husband and father’s death in the World Trade Center on that fateful day.

A few members of the 2001 Mets reflected on the difficulties of navigating their way through the aftermath of the attacks twenty years ago.

Megill’s Subway Series debut was one of his most impressive starts of the season.

Even amidst the recent struggles, the Mets showed the kind of baseball they are capable of playing when they are firing on all cylinders last night.

With Javier Báez becoming a free agent at the conclusion of the season, the Mets will need to decide whether they want to try to bring him back.

Noah Syndergaard and Rich Hill paid a visit to a local firehouse in honor of the 9/11 anniversary.

For his part, Syndergaard is still hoping to pitch this season even after a bout with COVID-19 delayed his rehab.

While Luis Rojas has made some questionable managerial decisions this year, things probably wouldn’t change all that much if the Mets decided to let him go and hire someone else.

Al Leiter is technically still employed by the Mets as an advisor, but he has not been very active in the role in recent times.

Around the National League East

The Braves fell behind early on to the Marlins, but Ian Anderson held the Fish off the board after the first inning, and a five-run fifth gave Atlanta all the offense they needed to secure a victory.

As the league’s investigation into Marcell Ozuna’s domestic violence arrest continues, the outfielder has been placed on administrative leave.

The Phillies had a bullpen game against the Rockies yesterday, and that shockingly did not go well, as the beleaguered Philadelphia relievers combined to give up eleven runs (including three homers) in a loss that pushed the team back another game in the NL East standings.

The Nationals had a lead against the Pirates heading into the ninth inning, but Patrick Murphy and Alberto Baldonado combined to blow the lead as Pittsburgh walked it off.

Sean Nolin and Davey Martinez were both handed suspensions after the league ruled that Nolin intentionally threw at Freddie Freeman in Wednesday’s game against the Braves.

Brian Anderson’s season is officially over, as the Marlins third baseman will undergo shoulder surgery.

Around Major League Baseball

The Red Sox have yet another COVID case on their squad, as Chris Sale has tested positive and will miss at least ten days.

After repeatedly having his administrative leave extended by a week, the league and the Player’s Association finally agreed to extend Trevor Bauer’s leave through the remainder of the season as the investigation into the sexual assault allegations against him continue.

Rookie sensation Wander Franco left last night’s game and is likely going to have to spend some time on the injured list due to right hamstring tightness.

Who is the favorite to ultimately come out on top in the competitive NL Cy Young race?

A little over a month after being traded, Kris Bryant made his return to Wrigley Field and was honored by the fans there.

The Mariners are now just one game behind in the wild card race following a win last night.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the Subway Series and predicted the Mets would drop two of three.

Joe Sokolowski provided a week’s worth of Mets-related quotes.

This Date in Mets History

Nolan Ryan made his MLB debut for the Mets on this date in 1966.