Bryce Harper hopes the Mets win the World Series

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Bryce Harper walked the Nationals off in the 12th inning against the Phillies on Saturday, but it was a bittersweet win. Less than an hour earlier, the Mets clinched the NL East — eliminating the Nats from post-season contention — with a win against the Reds.

Harper doesn’t have sour grapes, though. Per Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

It’s a nice sign of sportsmanship from Harper, who gets an undeserved rap for his attitude. The outfielder can take solace in that he’ll be adding some hardware to his mantle this off-season anyway, as he’s pretty much locked up the NL MVP Award. After Saturday’s 3-for-5 performance, he’s hitting .339/.470/.663 with 41 home runs, 96 RBI, and 117 runs scored.

Dodgers place pitcher Noah Syndergaard on injured list with no timetable for return

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CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.

“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”

Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.

Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.

Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”

“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.

“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”