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The Mets enjoyed a day off on Thursday, but will be right back to action on Friday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies for the start of a three-game set.Taijuan Walker(7-9 4.29) takes the mound for the Mets, who come into the game having lost three straight games to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets now have a record of 72-75 and trail in the NL East by 5.5 games. They trail the St. Louis Cardinals by five games in the Wild Card.

Former MetZack Wheeler(13-9 2.86) is pitching for the Phillies. The Phillies enter the series with a record of 73-72 and are 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Phillies are just 2.5 games back of St. Louis in the final Wild Card spot.

Mets pitcherJordan Yamamotothrewfour innings in a rehab assignment on Thursday for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. Yamamoto has been sidelined with a right shoulder injury since May 25. He threw 58 pitches and gave up three hits in his start. No word on whether he will join the Major League club before the season is out.

Mets prospectMark Vientosstarted at DH and played his first game for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. He went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Prior to the game Vientos spoke to Joe DeMayo and Jacob Resnick of on this weeks episode of Mets Prospective. During thechat, Vientos shared something that Mets starFrancisco Lindortold him this season that has helped him in his growth in becoming a major league player.

Will Leitch ofwrote an article highlighting the best player in each season since 1969. BothTom SeaverandDwight Goodenare featured in the piece.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcherDaniel Lynchleft his start on Thursday with what the team is describing as tightness in his left calf. The southpaw threw two innings of his start before exiting in the third. Initially it looked to be a more serious injury, but after additional tests there are no major concerns. The team says he should be able to make his next start sometime next week. Lynch started the 2021 season as the Royals third best prospect.

The Baltimore Oriolesclaimedright-handed pitcherBrooks Kriskeoff of waivers from the New York Yankees. The 27-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona pitched in eight games for the Yankees in 2021, throwing 7.2 innings and having an ERA of 15.26. He was placed on waivers by the Yankees on Tuesday.

The San Diego Padres signed former Phillies starterVince Velasquezto a minor league contract on Thursday. The team also announced that he is expected to start in one of the games this weekend versus the St. Louis Cardinals. The move comes after the Friars had to placeBlake Snellon the IL with a left adductor groin strain. Velasquez started 17 games for the Phillies this season, going 3-6 with a 5.95 ERA before being released on September 12. The 29-year-old will look for a fresh start with the Padres.

Thursdays game between the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies was postponed due to rain. The game was scheduled to be the series finale between the two but is now in jeopardy of even being played. The teams do not have any mutual off days the rest of this season and will be made up on the day after the regular season on October 4 but only if there are playoff implications.

Matt Musicodiscussesthe evolution ofMarcus Stromanand how he has evolved into the pitcher his today.

It was a rough series for the Mets against the Cardinals this past week. Dilip Sridharwritesabout some of the positives and negatives from the three-game set against the Cards.

What did you think of ESPNs documentary Once Upon a Time in Queens? Brian Wrighttalksabout some of the key points of the series and catches you up on anything you missed.

Connor Grey features Mets top prospectFrancisco Alvarezin his latestpiece.

It was an off-day on the field for the Mets, but it was eventful off the field. Mets owner Steve Cohen had a beef with an article written by the New York Post and let the fans know about it on his Twitter page. Read all about that and more from the incident as Matt Musico has youcovered.

Jerry Koosmanthrew a complete game shutout to give the Mets a 5-0 victory at Jarry Park on this date in 1969. The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning thanks in large part to a two-run single byWayne Garrett. They would add two more as Koosman would shut down the Montreal Expos offense. The win gives the Mets a 3-game lead in the NL East with just 14 games left in the season.

The Mets clinched the NL East on this date in 1986. Doc Gooden threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on six hits against the Chicago Cubs. Gooden won his 15thgame and the Mets scored three runs off of Cubs pitcherDennis Eckersley, knocking him out in the fifth and Gooden was able to hang on. The win clinched the National League East division title for the third time in club history. The would go on to win their second World Series title.

Curtis Grandersonbecame just the eight player in baseball history to hit multiple home runs in extra innings when the Mets beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 on this date in 2016.Seth Lugostarted for the Mets and went five innings, giving up just one run. The Mets tied the game in the eighth inning on aYoenis CespedesRBI single, platingJose Reyes. The game went into extra innings tied at one. The Mets fell behind in the 11thwhenByron Buxtonhit a home run offHansel Robles. Granderson tied it in the 11thwith a solo blast off ofBrandon Kintzler. In the 12ththe Twins bullpen retired the first two batters and Ryan ORourke came in to pitch to Granderson who hit a walk-off home run to right field to win the game for the Mets. The victory gave the Mets a record of 79-69 and put them in a tie with the San Francisco Giants for the lead in the NL wildcard.

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