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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets swept a doubleheader from the Marlins on Tuesday to begin the final week of the season. The first game was highlighted by Francisco Lindor’s 3 RBI, included a two-run homer in the sixth inning to put the game away, while the second game featured the return of Noah Syndergaard, who last appeared in a game in 2019. The Mets won the second game in extra innings, off a fielders choice by James McCann, though it was Javy Báez’s legs which allowed the Mets to score the winning run.

Choose your recap: Amazin Avenue game 1 short, game 2 short, and long. Newsday, NY Post, Daily News, MLB, North Jersey.

Noah Syndergaard’s return on Tuesday was a success and a victory for him.

Speaking to the media after the game, Syndergaard said he’s confident he will reach an agreement with the Mets to return to the team in 2022, and that he got a little emotional hearing the fans cheer for him as he took the mound.

Jacob deGrom will not be be returning to the mound this season, which Andy Martino writes leaves more questions than answers regarding deGrom’s future with the Mets.

deGrom’s season officially being over means he will have the second lowest ERA in franchise history with a minimum of 50 innings pitched.

Marcus Stroman is looking forward to free agency and says he’s “open” to returning to the Mets in 2022.

Mets’ prospects Francisco Álvarez and Khalil Lee were named to MLB Pipeline’s Second Team of the Year.

Pete Alonso is proud of the personal and professional growth he saw during the 2021 season.

Tim Britton wonders if this week is the last week we’ll see Michael Conforto in a Mets uniform.

Owner Steve Cohen has a plan in the works to widen the appeal and profile of the Mets to a younger and more diverse audience.

Around the National League East

Playing in a crucial series against the Phillies, the Braves beat Philadelphia 2-1 to shrink their magic number to 3.

The Nationals fell to the Rockies, 3-1.

Around Major League Baseball

Continuing their torrid hot streak, the Cardinals won their 17th game in a row and clinched a spot in the NL Wild Card game.

The Red Sox dropped a crucial game with Chris Sale pitching against the Orioles while the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-2 as Giancarlo Stanton homered yet again.

Meanwhile, the Mariners continued their recent win streak, putting them just a half game out of the second AL Wild Card spot.

The Rays have dropped their plans to have signage promoting playing in Montreal during the upcoming postseason.

This plan to split time between Tampa Bay and Montreal has many skeptical that it would work.

Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Jamie Jarrín announced he will retire at the conclusion of the 2022 season.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Vasilis Drimalitis covered the news that Noah Syndergaard would return to a major league mound on Tuesday, and previewed the series against the Marlins.

Kenny Greer was the latest player to be covered on the UnforMETable podcast.

This Date in Mets History

Three years ago today, the Captain David Wright appeared in his final MLB game.