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The Mets began a three-game series in Milwaukee last night. Tylor Megill gave up three home runs in four mediocre innings of work. The Mets offense, meanwhile, scored a run in the first inning but only managed two measly singles in the remaining eight. The end result was a 5-1 defeat, leaving the Mets one step closer to being mathematically eliminated from a postseason spot, which may officially happen today.
While the Mets are technically still alive in the division race, a Cardinals win earlier in the day officially eliminated them from wild card contention.
Luis Rojas acknowledged the strain that Megill’s jump in innings pitched this year may have had on him while still expressing confidence in his stuff.
Tim Britton of The Athletic posed several questions facing the Mets as they prepare to search for a new front office head.
Metsblog’s John Harper opined that letting Michael Conforto walk and pursuing other options to replace him should be one step that the Mets take this offseason.
One of the things that has made the Mets’ second-half collapse this season especially painful has been the string of losses to incredibly beatable teams.
Noah Syndergaard will have one more rehab assignment, and then he may well finally be ready to make his major league return.
Jacob deGrom threw a side session yesterday, but the next move for his rehab has not been decided upon.
Pete Alonso will be hosting a charity home run derby at the Cyclones’ park in Brooklyn on Monday.
Around the National League East
The Braves lost game one of a doubleheader (which was technically the resumption of a suspended game) to the Padres thanks to a tiebreaking Fernando Tatis Jr. homer in the ninth, but they came back to win game two behind a complete game shutout by Max Fried.
The Marlins were shut out by the first place Rays and only managed to notch two hits in the process, falling to Tampa Bay 8-0.
The Nationals rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to send the game against the Reds into extra innings, but Cincinnati ended up walking it off in the eleventh on an Aristedes Aquino single.
Around Major League Baseball
The Cardinals have now tied a club record with their fourteenth consecutive win.
Former Mets top outfield prospect Carlos Gomez officially announced his retirement in a pre-game ceremony in Milwaukee last night.
The Blue Jays will be allowed to host larger crowds in their final regular season games and in any potential postseason games this year.
Major League Baseball has never had a home run leader board quite like the one they have in 2021.
The Orioles have at least one thing to be happy about this year, as Cedric Mullens is the newest member of the 30-30 club.
San Diego’s Ryan Weathers has proven himself to be adept at picking runners off this season.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Vasilis Drimalitis previewed the weekend series against the Brewers and predicted a sweep for the not-Mets.
Joe Sokolowski provided one of the final episodes of This Week in Mets Quotes of the 2021 season.
This Date in Mets History
Queens - and by extension, Shea Stadium - was denied the opportunity to host the 1984 Summer Olympics on this date in 1977.