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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets sweep Marlins 00:01:40
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto crushed 2 HRs including the 100th of his career to help the Mets sweep the Miami Marlins.

The Mets' hot streak is alive and well as they topped the Marlins on Wednesday, 7-2, giving them a four-game sweep of their NL East rival. >> Box Score

Five Takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Two starts ago, lefty Steven Matz recorded his first complete game outing, then on his ensuing start, on Aug. 2 against the Pirates, he had a hiccup and only tossed 3.2 innings. Matz returned to something closer to his complete-game form on Wednesday. Matz threw 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs with seven punch outs against the Marlins en route to the win. He's 5-0 at Citi Field this season. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Luis Avilan, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz
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Mets shut out Padres 4-0 00:01:05
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was sensational throwing 7 shutout innings against the Padres and took the series with the win.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead and Jacob deGrom continued his excellent play against the San Diego Padres en route to a 4-0 win on Thursday. >> Box score

Five takeaways from Thursday's game

1) The Mets jumped on Padres pitcher Eric Lauer early, as his day only lasted 2.1 innings. All four of the Mets' runs came in the first inning. Wilson Ramos scored J.D. Davis on a sac fly for the game's first run, then Todd Frazier knocked in two more on a line-drive double to center field. Michael Conforto then scored Frazier on a soft ground ball to right field against the defensive shift, giving the Mets their fourth and final run of the game. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos
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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (46-55, 13.0 GB in NL East) host the San Diego Padres (48-53, 17.5 GB in NL West) on Thursday at Citi Field at 12:10 p.m. for the rubber match of their three-game series. 

Mets notes

Robinson Cano continued his strong play since the All-Star break on Thursday, adding an RBI to his totals (28). In his last 11 games, Cano has hit .320/ .333/ .714 ... Pete Alonso has played 100 games this season and has 33 home runs and 56 extra-base hits, those rank as the third-most and fifth-most for a player in the first 100 games in major league history, respectively. ... Relief pitchers Luis Avilan and Seth Lugo had led the way for the Mets' bullpen recently, Avilan hasn't allowed a run in six outings since returning from the IL on July 2 and Lugo has 11 strikeouts over his last eight games.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo
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Mets fall 7-2 to Padres 00:01:33
Only two Mets outside McNeil and Conforto had a hit in the 7-2 loss against the Padres. Noah Syndergaard allowed 3 earned runs in 7 innings.

The Mets jumped out to an early lead, but Noah Syndergaard was unable to hold it as the Mets fell to the Padres on Wednesday, 7-2. >> Box score

Four takeaways from Wednesday's game

1) Syndergaard was not as sharp as he would have liked, walking five batters (one intentionally) over seven innings pitched, the most he's issued in a start this season. He did finish the outing strong, however, holding the Padres scoreless over his final four innings. In total, the right-hander allowed four runs (three earned) and eight hits while striking out eight Padres hitters. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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