Morning Briefing: The Final Countdown

The New York Mets will play game 162 of the season today and send Noah Syndergaard to the mound to face Nick Pivetta of the Philadelphia Phillies. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. and airs on SNY.

Last night, the Mets beat the Phillies 7-4 in extra innings to record their 70th victory of the season. Seth Lugo started the game for the Mets and allowed two runs in his four innings of work.  Paul Sewald allowed the other two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

On the offensive side, the Mets did not score until a RBI ground rule double in the fourth inning by Amed Rosario. The Mets later took the lead in the fifth on a Brandon Nimmo two-run triple. They scored again in the seventh on a RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera.

Cabrera was a key cog for the Mets last night as he recorded four hits, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning to lead the Mets to victory.

The offense as a whole recorded 11 hits and some other performances of note were that of Kevin Plawecki, who recorded two hits to add to his three walks and Nori Aoki who also walked three times in which he scored that many runs as well.

Latest Mets News 

Kevin Long and Robin Ventura are the early favorites for the Mets next manager, according to Mike Puma.

Sandy Alderson, when speaking to the press, said he would fire any Mets employees who spoke anonymously about Terry Collins if such identities were to be revealed.

Noah Syndergaard will throw 20-25 in tomorrow’s season finale.

Jose Reyes recorded a hit last night to tie Alfonso Soriano for 14th all-time among Dominican born players in career hits.

Latest NL East News 

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post talks about Max Scherzer‘s injury, which he sustained in his start last night during the fourth inning.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Wei-Yin Chen will not require elbow surgery.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution interviewed R.A. Dickey in which he revealed that he is contemplating retirement.

Matt Gelb of Philly.com talks about the uncertain direction of the Phillies rebuild.

Latest MLB News

The Colorado Rockies clinched a playoff spot yesterday.

Andrew Romine became the fifth player in MLB history to play all nine positions in one game.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and World Series for the first time since the rule change.

Latest on MMO

John Sheridan writes about the 40-man roster complications ahead for the Mets this off-season.

James Reddicliffe submitted an MMO Fan Shot to discuss three moves that could vault the Mets back into championship contention next season.

This in Mets History 

1973: The Mets clinch the NL East after winning the first half of a scheduled doubleheader, in which the second game was rained out.

1974: Tom Seaver records his 201st strikeout of the season to become the first NL pitcher to record 200 or more strikeouts in seven consecutive seasons. The Mets also hired Joe McDonald as their new general manager.

Birthdays: Bradon Knight turns 42, John Thompson turns 44, Chuck McElroy turns 50, Jeff Reardon turns 62, Pete Falcone turns 64, and Buzz Capra turns 70.

Let’s go Mets!

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I am a sophomore at SUNY Cortland majoring in Sport Management. I have been a big Mets fan since 2007 and David Wright has and always will be my favorite player. Also, I do a podcast with one of my friends called Mets on Campus which you can find on theredbeat.com. Follow me on Twitter @JoshFinkMets