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Mets Morning News: It’s deja vu all over again as Mets suffer September heartbreaker in DC

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

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Meet the Mets

The Mets endured a crushing defeat to end their five-game series in DC, losing 4-3 to the Nationals on Labor Day. The two teams traded runs in the first and fourth, but both squads missed countless opportunities to capitalize. Trevor Williams was in and out of trouble but ended up tossing five solid innings. The Mets went ahead on a Pete Alonso solo homer in the sixth off Patrick Corbin, and the bullpen hurled three shutout innings to get to the final inning. In the ninth, Edwin Díaz coughed up two runs to blow his second straight save in Washington. The Mets now trail by four games in the National League East.

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The Mets didn’t do much to make people believe they’re a playoff team yesterday, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t make the playoffs.

Dominic Smith returned from the bereavement list before yesterday’s game, and Chance Sisco was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Smith.

Mark Vientos, who is currently the club’s No. 6 ranked prospect, has been promoted to Triple-A Syracuse.

Around the National League East

Behind Zack Wheeler, the Phillies shut out the Brewers 12-0.

The Braves extended Charlie Morton, signing the veteran to a one-year, $20 million for 2022 with a club option for 2023.

The Marlins claimed Taylor Williams off waivers from the Padres.

Around Major League Baseball

Evan Drellich wrote about how Marvin Miller shaped baseball and influenced the labor movement. (Paywall Alert)

The Tigers have reached 100% player participation in the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dave Roberts revealed that A.J. Pollock’s hamstring injury is a Grade 2 strain, which will require at least a 2-3 week recovery time.

Frank Schwindel’s eighth inning run-scoring single was the difference as the Cubs won 4-3 against the Reds at Wrigley Field.

The Dodgers cruised 5-1 against the Cardinals.

The Giants outslugged the Rockies 10-5 to hold on to sole possession of first place.

The Pirates dropped a four-spot in the seventh to defeat the Tigers 6-3.

The Blue Jays blanked the Yankees 8-0. In the victory, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 40th home run of the season, which made him and his father only the second father-son duo to each hit 40 in a season. Vlad and Vladito joined Cecil and Prince Fielder as the only other father-son 40-40 duo.

George Springer exited Toronto’s victory in a lot of pain.

The first-place Rays rallied to beat the Red Sox 11-10. In the win, Wander Franco reached base for the 36th consecutive game, tying Mickey Mantle’s American League mark for most by a player 20 years or younger.

The Royals scored two in the eighth to beat the Orioles 3-2.

The Twins topped Cleveland 5-2.

The Astros walloped the Mariners 11-2.

The Rangers shut out the Angels 4-0.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

In case you missed it, Dollars For Dingers is back! Find out how you can make your pledge, with proceeds going to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

In Episode 132 of From Complex to Queens, the crew looks at the end of the minor league season, and where the affiliates go from here.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2015, the Mets erased a 5-1 deficit against the Nationals, defeating their division rivals 8-5 to grow their division lead. With the score knotted at five in the seventh, David Wright drove in the go-ahead run, and then scored a run later in the frame on Yoenis Cespedes’ double, which resulted in his iconic slide and fist pump.