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Mets Morning News: New York’s only winner

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

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

In what will thankfully be the Mets final Sunday Night Baseball game of the season, Jeff McNeil’s seventh inning double made the difference in the Mets’ 3-2 win over the Phillies.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, Faith and Fear in Flushing, Daily News, MLB, Newsday, North Jersey, Post.

While Francisco Lindor has been 2021’s obvious target, some view Steve Cohen as being the one deserving of blame.

Following a 15-20 pitch live BP, the Mets have to decide whether they want Noah Syndergaard to jump straight to the majors or spend just a bit longer down rehabbing.

Jacob deGrom remains two steps removed from making his return to action, still needing to throw off of a full slope and then real batters before anything drastic happens.

With his ERA touching 1.00 after yesterday’s game, Aaron Loup has a solid chance to be the first Mets pitcher in history to throw at least 20, 30, 40, or 50 innings with an ERA below 1.00.

Though it seemed like a small gesture, Luis Rojas made an impact and spoke out in support of the Mets and Phillies minor leaguers protesting insufficient wages.

Wanting to acquire a Big Name Guy, the Mets are said to be considering Billy Beane, David Stearns, and Theo Epstein for their President of Baseball Operations vacancy.

Around the National League East

Juan Soto hit his 26th home run of the season and four different pitchers recorded a hold as the Nationals ended their series against Colorado with a 3-0 win.

Coming back from the brink of losing in both the ninth and tenth innings, Lewin Diaz’s walk off home run gave the Marlins a 6-5 victory over the Pirates.

Seeing five pitches, Eddie Rosario hit for the cycle in the Braves’ 3-0 triumph over the already-clinched Giants.

Just as Luis Rojas supported the efforts of the Mets and Phillies minor leaguers in their protest, Andrew McCutchen wore a wristband during last night’s game to show his support.

Around Major League Baseball

At the conclusion of the 2021 season, catcher Alex Avilia will be retiring, but he won’t be gone for much time, if at all.

Jake Arrieta only pitched long enough to get one out as the Padres fell to St. Louis, giving the Cardinals their eighth straight victory.

On the flip side, the Reds lost their eighth consecutive series, almost certainly pushing themselves out of the Wild Card spot currently occupied by the Cardinals.

After a Reds fan in the stands caught the first career home run of TJ Friedl, Mookie Betts signed one of his bats and traded it to the fan in exchange for the ball.

Following the Twins and Blue Jays contest in Toronto, the Blue Jays’ last MVP in Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays’ future MVP runner-up in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exchanged jerseys.

Pitching two days later than expected thanks to arm soreness, Shohei Ohtani struck out ten Athletics in eight innings of work.

If it’s not cancer, it’s not putting Trey Mancini on the injured list.

Coming off of the mound after a rough outing, Yankees fans gave Gerrit Cole an encouraging round of applause. [a man in a black suit and sunglasses whispers in my ear] Oh, I see. Actually, they booed the hell out of him.

This Date in Mets History

Just because he wasn’t good with the Mets doesn’t mean you can avoid wishing Jason Bay a happy birthday.