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On the day that they were officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Mets assured a losing season as well, losing 2-1 to the Brewers in Milwaukee. Despite a lot of traffic on the bases, Rich Hill kept the Mets in the game, but they were bested by NL Cy Young contender Corbin Burnes, against whom a Javy Báez RBI single in the fourth inning was all the Mets could muster.
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In what was likely his last minor league rehab appearance before joining the Mets, Noah Syndergaard pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Syracuse yesterday.
Jacob deGrom threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday and could face hitters early this week, which gives him a shot to return the final weekend of the season against the Braves.
“Whatever happened this year is not going to define me as a player, as a person,” said Dominic Smith to the New York Daily News. “I know I still have a lot of years in this game. I have a lot of years to improve and get better. I’m obviously going to take that challenge like I’ve taken every challenge and just work. That’s all you can do. There’s a lot of things I want to work on. I don’t worry about my future. I just take it day by day. I live in the present.”
While the very top of the Mets’ farm system is looking promising, beyond that, there is a lot to prove.
Around the National League East
Ranger Suárez shut out the Pirates in a 3-0 Phillies victory.
Archie Bradley is the latest Phillies reliever to hit the injured list, as their bullpen continues to be decimated by injuries.
The Marlins lost to the Rays 7-3, as Tampa clinched its second-straight AL East title.
Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of the death of Marlins pitcher José Fernández at the age of 24.
The Braves beat the Padres 10-8 in extra innings to maintain their 1.5 game lead on the Phillies in the NL East.
The Nationals were the victim of a walk-off Nick Castellanos homer in a 7-6 loss to the Reds.
Around Major League Baseball
Cubs team president Jed Hoyer claims that the club will be “really active in free agency” this offseason.
The success of the Giants and the Cardinals this season shows that older players still have a place in the game, writes Bill Madden of the New York Daily News.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that most of the prominent members of the 2017 sign-stealing Astros are still having success in 2021.
The Tampa Bay Rays are adding a sign to the back wall at Tropicana Field for the postseason to showcase their somewhat controversial plan to split future seasons between Tampa Bay and Montreal.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
The ladies of A Pod of Their Own held their annual Dollars for Dingers fundraising event at Katch in Astoria, Queens, at which they raised $750 to benefit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, bringing the total dollars raised between the in-person event and Dollars for Dingers pledges up over $8,000.
Ken Lavin brought us the Daily Prospect Report.
This Date in Mets History
Happy Birthday, Doug Sisk!