On night to reflect, Mets out of sync from start

On night to reflect, Mets out of sync from start

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez's presence was everywhere on Monday night, and collectively, the Marlins fed off the energy. Dee Gordon set the tone with a tearful leadoff homer that tugged at the heartstrings of everyone at Marlins Park.

Gordon had four hits and Justin Bour collected three, helping the Marlins break open a big lead and hold off the Mets, 7-3, on a night they paid tribute to Fernandez, whose death on Sunday morning in a boating accident rocked the sports world.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss

Miami community not alone in mourning Fernandez a day after tragedy

Mets can't help but feel ripples of jarring loss

MIAMI -- Bartolo Colon stood immobile on the pitcher's mound, a foot or two from the rubber, gazing into the Marlins' dugout. He looked stoic as the Marlins celebrated something bigger and grander and more impactful than a pennant chase, the blistering first note of a 7-3 win over the Mets.

Inside, a man who has seen so much over a quarter-century in baseball was melting.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Matz sees doctor; season most likely over

Matz sees doctor; season most likely over

MIAMI -- For at least the fourth time since reporting discomfort in his left shoulder in mid-August, Mets left-hander Steven Matz visited a doctor in Manhattan on Monday for a checkup. Though Mets staff members in Miami did not know details of his visit as of Monday afternoon, they did indicate that Matz's stalled progress means he almost certainly will not return this season.

Because Matz has not pitched since Aug. 14, he will not be a consideration for the Mets' postseason rotation. Even if Matz does feel healthy enough to throw off a mound in the coming weeks, manager Terry Collins said it is unlikely he would contribute out of the bullpen, either.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

Marlins moved to tears as rival embraces unity in light of tragic loss

In Miami, Mets' solidarity 'deeper than just baseball'

MIAMI -- The significance of the night outweighed the importance of one regular-season game, and that sentiment came to light at Marlins Park before the first pitch of Monday's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets was thrown.

After a touching pregame ceremony, the entire Mets team approached the Marlins and the two rivals embraced on a day Miami, South Florida and the baseball community paid tribute to Jose Fernandez.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets broadcasters get choked up during Jose Fernandez tribute

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Mets broadcasters get choked up during Jose Fernandez tribute

After the tragic loss of Jose Fernandez on Sunday, the Marlins put on a beautiful pregame tribute before their matchup against the Mets on Monday. The players, adorned in No. 16s with "Fernandez" scrawled across the back, then bowed their heads beside the mound before starter Adam Conley took the hill.

SNY broadcasters Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez also offered their thoughts on the passing of one of MLB's brightest young stars. Fighting back tears, they discussed the 24-year-old's trendsetting personality, his otherworldly talent and how the loss would be such a crushing blow to the baseball world. It's definitely worth a listen in the main clip above.

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Syndergaard returns as Mets' push continues

Syndergaard returns as Mets' push continues

The grieving process will continue for days, for weeks, for months, for years. The memorial for Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park will not vanish overnight. Nor will the pain. Memories of the Marlins' pitcher will linger forever. His legacy will endure.

But as Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated to his team prior to Monday's 7-3 loss in Miami, the best way to honor Fernandez is to play the sport the way he played it. So the Mets and Marlins will continue their series on Tuesday night, regardless of how raw their wounds may still be.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

Mets, Marlins unite in remembering Jose

MIAMI -- In his absence, all of Jose Fernandez's teammates had his back during Monday night's 7-3 Marlins win over the Mets at Marlins Park, literally. Each player on the Marlins, and all of the coaches, wore No. 16 Fernandez jerseys in honor of the passing of the 24-year-old Miami ace.

During a touching pregame ceremony, a lone trumpeter played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," as a video tribute was displayed on the scoreboard. And during the national anthem, all of Miami's starting position players gathered around the pitcher's mound, while the rest of the players on both teams stood at the lines.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Amy Schumer takes in Mets game, ends up on Kiss Cam

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Amy Schumer takes in Mets game, ends up on Kiss Cam

In a contest of celebrity fans, it's hard to top the Mets -- they've got everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Kevin James to Jimmy Kimmel to Jon Stewart. (Plus, Apu and Professor Frink are on their side, so they can't possibly lose.)

Now, though, the time has come to add another famous face to that exclusive family. In attendance at Sunday's 17-0 romp over the Phillies was none other than Amy Schumer, New York native and official Noah Syndergaard roaster. And she brought along a few friends.

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Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead

Mets rout Phils, take NL Wild Card lead

NEW YORK -- Considering the jagged state of their starting rotation, the Mets were set up for trouble heading into a four-game series against the Phillies this weekend. It would not have taken much for their burgeoning playoff hopes to dim before their eyes.

For this Mets club, however, little seems insurmountable. The latest example unfolded when Robert Gsellman saved a worn-out bullpen in a 17-0 blowout of the Phillies on Sunday, the Mets consistently took advantage of Philadelphia mistakes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a late grand slam to secure a series victory at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation

Rookie fanned eight, kept Phillies scoreless over seven innings in best start of career

Gsellman ascending ranks of Mets' rotation

NEW YORK -- Should the Mets accomplish what they intend to over the season's final week, then win a National League Wild Card game over the Giants or Cardinals, they will proceed into the NL Division Series with a broken rotation. Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, three of their top four starters heading into the season, will all be unavailable due to injury.

That ensures rookies Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman will both have rotation spots -- a thought that is no longer particularly sobering to the Mets. Gsellman on Sunday struck out a season-high eight in the best outing of his young career, blanking the Phillies for seven innings of a 17-0 win at Citi Field. He also notched his first big league hit.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'

Mets fondly recall Fernandez's 'love for the game'

NEW YORK -- It was a makeshift memorial, constructed with strips of white tape and posted in anguish. Shortly before the Mets took the field Sunday for their final home game of the 2016 season, Yoenis Cespedes taped a No. 16 Jose Fernandez jersey on their dugout wall. He and others stopped before it to remember, to think, to grieve, to pray.

In the hours following Fernandez's death in a boating accident early Sunday morning, the Mets focused their energies not on remembering the pitcher they battled and respected so many times over the past four seasons. They instead recalled the young man who treated their clubhouse staff so sweetly during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field. They thought of the man who would walk over to their side of the field during pregame warmups, saying hello to everyone whether he knew them or not. They thought of the man who walked into Terry Collins' office at this year's All-Star Game just to thank him for the opportunity to pitch.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Flores' season in jeopardy with injured wrist

Flores' season in jeopardy with injured wrist

NEW YORK -- Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is concerned he may not play again this season due to the wrist injury that has already cost him most of September.

Flores visited a team doctor on Friday for the third time since colliding with Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski in a game on Sept. 10 at Turner Field. Though Flores' original diagnosis of a bone bruise in his right wrist stands, the doctor recommended more rest for Flores. He has already received two cortisone shots.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally

Down 10-0, New York brings potential winning run to plate in 9th

Young Mets keep battling with spirited rally

NEW YORK -- For months now, the Mets have patched their rotation with spare parts and bubble gum. And it's worked. New York has played large swaths of the season's second half without Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz, vaulting back into the postseason race because young pitchers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman have been better than expected.

When the Mets learned that Noah Syndergaard would not be able to pitch on Saturday due to a case of strep throat, they simply sighed, nodded and prepared to cobble together another nine innings -- fresh off using a franchise-record 16 pitchers in their previous two games. It finally caught up to them; the Phillies blasted spot starter Sean Gilmartin for five runs and Rafael Montero for another five in a 10-8 loss at Citi Field, thrusting the Mets into a hole so deep that even one of their most spirited rallies of the season could not save them.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR

Conforto regains late-season swagger with clutch HR

NEW YORK -- Michael Conforto's bat helped push the Mets into the postseason and on to their unlikely World Series run in 2015. One year later, his team is hoping he can push them there again.

Injuries, inconsistency and a couple trips to Triple-A Las Vegas this summer have dimmed the bright hopes for the future that Conforto laid out a year ago. But with two powerful swings Friday night, resulting in a double and a critical three-run home run in the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies, the young slugger could be finding his stride once again.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets

Robles highlights win over Phils with eight outs, first career save

Collins' bullpen shuffle paying off for Mets

NEW YORK -- No sooner had Terry Collins opted to take his starting pitcher, Gabriel Ynoa, out of the Mets' 10-5 win over the Phillies on Friday than he began weaving a bullpen thread through his mind. Perhaps Logan Verrett could give the Mets two innings. Perhaps Josh Smoker and Erik Goeddel could provide another two. Then it would be the later third of the game -- the Mets could play that part by ear.

"You try to plan it out," Collins said, after using six pitchers and 20 total players in the victory. "It doesn't always work. But tonight, fortunately, it paid off."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets win thriller on Cabrera's walk-off homer

Mets win thriller on Cabrera's walk-off homer

NEW YORK -- Ender Inciarte was safely in Miami with the Braves. No one was going to take this win away from the Mets, who needed it so badly.

They had to work all night and they had to come back three times, but when it was all over Asdrubal Cabrera's three-run home run off Edubray Ramos in the 11th inning gave them a dramatic 9-8 win over the Phillies Thursday night at Citi Field.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Thriller night: Mets turn page with emotional win

Cabrera, Reyes hit dramatic homers in walk-off following shocking loss

Thriller night: Mets turn page with emotional win

NEW YORK -- The Mets said they had put the disappointment of Wednesday behind them.

"Everything that happened yesterday and the day before is in the past," Asdrubal Cabrera said Thursday night.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Mets barrel up, walk off

Reyes' tying homer, Cabrera's game-ending shot exemplify new Statcast metric

Statcast of the Day: Mets barrel up, walk off

On Thursday, the Statcast™ lab introduced barrels, a new metric that combines exit velocity and launch angle to identify the best contact.

The Mets then went out and provided two good examples.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis, Satin return to their roots in Brooklyn

Ex-Mets broke in with Cyclones, together again with Team Israel

Davis, Satin return to their roots in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN -- Coney Island is familiar territory for Ike Davis and Josh Satin, as is all that makes up the kaleidoscopic nature of baseball there. The color-coated hot dogs racing down the left-field line, the red-yellow roller coasters rumbling beyond the outfield wall, the ocean breeze streaming from the stands in right, that, if turned stiff, can bat down home run balls like bricks.

Coney Island is baseball home for them, in some ways, the place where Davis and Satin began professional careers that would culminate in careers with the New York Mets.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After lost lead, walk-off dazzler denies Mets

After lost lead, walk-off dazzler denies Mets

NEW YORK -- Off the bat, the Mets were convinced it was a home run -- convinced that finally, for one night, they had managed to vanquish a Braves team bent on disrupting their Wild Card chase.

Ender Inciarte had other ideas. Racing over from his perch in center field, Inciarte leaped, thrust his glove over the fence and brought Yoenis Cespedes' drive back into play. Rather than a walk-off homer, it became a game-ending out, allowing the Braves to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York.

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In disbelief, Mets can only tip cap to Inciarte

Cespedes' would-be walk-off homer instead game's final out

In disbelief, Mets can only tip cap to Inciarte

NEW YORK -- Even afterward, having seen the replay and the crowd reaction and the Braves piling out of their dugout to embrace Ender Inciarte, the whole lot of them hugging on the field, Brandon Nimmo called it a home run.

"It was a home run," Nimmo said of Yoenis Cespedes' near-walk-off in a 4-3 Mets loss to the Braves on Wednesday. Nimmo shook his head. "He crushed that ball, and it was a home run. Then he brought it back."

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inciarte broke many Mets fans' hearts with crazy grab

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Inciarte broke many Mets fans' hearts with crazy grab

In the heat of a Wild Card race, every game is huge for the Mets. So when Yoenis Cespdedes stepped to the plate with two on, two out and the team trailing the Braves by one in the bottom of the ninth, it was a crucial at-bat. Swinging on an 0-1 fastball, the Mets' star drove a ball to deep right-center field. Every fan in Queens thought they'd be going home happy, their team a game better in the Wild Card standings. 

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Bruce understands rationale for benching

Outfielder pleased Mets have played well despite prolonged slump

Bruce understands rationale for benching

NEW YORK -- When Jay Bruce learned before Wednesday's stunning 4-3 loss to the Braves that he was out of the starting lineup for the third time in four games, he told Terry Collins "exactly what a manager wants to hear." Bruce acknowledged that he was not happy. But he said he respected Collins' decision, as aware as anyone of his 3-for-38 slump, which swelled to 3-for-39 when Bruce struck out while representing the winning run as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning.

This may not be what the Mets anticipated when they traded for Bruce on Aug. 1, but it has become reality for a team that entered Wednesday night tied with the Giants atop the National League Wild Card standings. Bruce, unhappy though he may be, has vowed not to become a disturbance.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Inciarte leaves all in awe

A hit 84 percent of time, Cespedes' drive pulled back as Braves secure sweep

Statcast of the Day: Inciarte leaves all in awe

NEW YORK -- Minutes after the catch that broke the Mets' hearts, Ender Inciarte sat at his locker, glued to his phone.

Checking messages?

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

deGrom in line for spring after having surgery

deGrom in line for spring after having surgery

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom's season has officially come to an end, as he underwent surgery to repair nerve damage in his right elbow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday. The Mets expect deGrom to be ready for the start of Spring Training.

As recently as late last week, the Mets believed deGrom was healthy enough to pitch Sunday against the Twins. But when deGrom experienced pain shagging fly balls during batting practice, the team decided to shut him down. Doctors diagnosed deGrom with ulnar nerve damage, which general manager Sandy Alderson classified as "not unusual after Tommy John surgery." (deGrom underwent that procedure in 2010.)

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Alyson Footer

Tebow drawing crowds to Mets' spring home

Executive director of Minor League facilities predicts 'large interest' when games begin

Tebow drawing crowds to Mets' spring home

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Paul Taglieri, the Mets' executive director of Minor League facilities, used one word to describe the buzz during a typical day of instructional league this time of year.

"Crickets," he chuckled. "There's been nobody here."

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piazza's post-9/11 homer: 15 years ago

Hall of Famer hit dramatic home run in NYC's first pro sports event after 2001 attacks

Piazza's post-9/11 homer: 15 years ago

Of the 427 home runs hit by Mike Piazza throughout his 16-year career, it's the two-run homer in a regular-season game against the Braves at Shea Stadium, 15 years ago today, that still resonates most profoundly.

On Sept. 21, 2001, 10 days after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, Piazza provided a small dose of healing for a city rebounding from tragedy.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mets make late push, but fall to Braves

Mets make late push, but fall to Braves

NEW YORK -- The mark of good teams is often beating poor ones. Last year, the Mets fattened up on the Braves, Phillies, Reds, Rockies and others, all of whom finished with losing records. Their renaissance this year dovetailed with the softest portion of their schedule.

But the Braves, a thorn in New York's side for decades, are no longer playing along. In coming from behind to win a 5-4 game over the Mets on Tuesday, the Braves improved to 9-9 against the Mets this season, putting their rival's playoff chances in jeopardy. New York has the same record as fellow top National League Wild Card contenders San Francisco and St. Louis. But the Mets and Cardinals both own a tiebreaker over the Giants, and therefore are tied for the first Wild Card spot.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York and covered the Braves on Monday.

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