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Good morning Mets fans! The New York Mets (16-15) split their series with the Cincinnati Reds (13-18) as Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 5.02 ERA) led the Mets’ pitching and hitting in the Mets’ 1-0 victory over the Reds on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

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A day after Jacob deGrom returned to form with a seven-inning shutout, Syndergaard followed suit and then some. Thor had a historic game as he was the first MLB player since Bob Welch in 1983 to record a complete game shutout while also putting up the only run between both sides via a home run.

The Mets open up a three-game series on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Steven Matz (3-1, 3.68 ERA) will take the mound for the Mets opposite Brandon Woodruff (3-1, 5.17 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 8:10 pm EDT and coverage will be provided by SNY, WCBS 880 AM and ESPN 1050 AM.

Pete Alonso was named National League Rookie of the Month by MLB for April.

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Mike Axisa of CBS Sports wrote a piece on the San Diego Padres having the youngest pitching rotation in MLB while also having one of the best.

A.J. Pollock will have surgery on Friday to remove hardware in his elbow from previous operations, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

In addition to Alonso’s accolade, Brandon Lowe took home the AL Rookie of the Month award.

Kirby Yates and Shane Greene won the NL and AL Reliever of the Month awards.

Luis Castillo and Tyler Glasnow received the NL and AL Pitcher of the Month awards.

Finally, Cody Bellinger and Tim Anderson snagged the NL and AL Player of the Month awards.

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On Thursday the Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 and the Atlanta Braves fell to the Padres 11-2. Both the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins had the day off.

The Phillies currently lead the NL East (17-13; 1.5 games ahead), followed by the Mets (16-15; 1.5 games back), Braves (15-16; 2.5 games back), Nationals (13-17; 4.0 games back) and Marlins (9-21; 8.0 games back).

Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia sat down with recently retired Phillies official Frank Coppenbarger, who shared some of his stories from his 50 years of working in baseball.

The Marlins and President of Business Operations Chip Bowers parted ways, as first reported by Craig Mish of SiriusXM. As a result, Adam Jones is the Marlins new Chief Revenue Officer and Caroline O’Connor is their new Chief Operating Officer.

Stephen Strasburg picked up his 1,500th career strikeout on Thursday and became the fastest pitcher in MLB history to do so in terms of innings pitched (1,272 1/3 innings).

The Nationals fired their pitching coach Derek Lilliquist according to Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic. Paul Menhart, a longtime coordinator, takes over the position starting Friday.

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Samantha Brown broke down Syndergaard’s performance on Thursday.

Matt Musico analyzed the close-as-expected NL East race, and touched upon what to be optimistic about and what to be concerned about from the Mets’ perspective.

Brian Greenzang broke down deGrom’s start from Wednesday.

John Sheridan wrote about some of the Mets minor league roster moves.

This Day in Mets History

1938: Former Met Chris Cannizzaro was born.

2008: Carlos Delgado‘s 435th career home run moved him up to 36th on the all-time MLB home run list. It also made him the all-time home run leader for players born in Puerto Rico.

2014: Jenrry Mejia‘s groundout brought the Mets pitching staff’s collective hitless streak to 0-for-46 since Opening Day. That mark set the record for longest hitless streak by a pitching staff to start the year. The previous record was set by the St. Louis Browns in 1914. The Mets went on to extend it to 0-for-64, with their first hit coming off the bat of deGrom in his first MLB plate appearance.

2015: The Nationals beat the Mets by a score of 1-0 at Citi Field for the second consecutive day. It was the first time a road opponent pulled off two 1-0 victories in consecutive days since the Cardinals accomplished the feat in 1996 against the Phillies.

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