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Mets Morning News: Mets drop Game 2 behind shaky deGrom, stifled offense

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Your Thursday morning dose of Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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The Mets dropped Game 2 of the World Series 7-1. Jacob deGrom started out strong, but was roughed up in the fifth inning for four runs. Johnny Cueto shut down the Mets, whose only run came on a Lucas Duda hit. The Mets have Thursday off, before Noah Syndergaard starts in Game 3 tomorrow in New York.

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The Mets offense has fallen into a slump in the World Series, wrote Anthony McCarron. The Mets mustered just two hits against Johnny Cueto, both by Lucas Duda.

Bob Klapisch wrote about Jacob deGrom losing his magic at the worst possible time. After winning his first three starts, deGrom barely managed to get through five innings, and he walked more batters than he struck out.

Terry Collins did not take issue with Salvador Perez's use of pine tar in Game 1. The Royals catcher was spotted with the substance on his shin guard.

The Mets have a seemingly unlikely supporter former Yankee closer Mariano Rivera. He is especially rooting for Mets closer Jeurys Familia to bounce back after his blown save in Game 1.

Around the NL East

The Nationals are expected to name Bud Black as their next manager. Dusty Baker was also in the running for the position.

The Marlins are preparing to "iron out a deal" with Don Mattingly to replace Dan Jennings as their manager. While details still need to be hammered out, it is expected he will be hired.

At The Good Phight, John Stolnis does not expect the Phillies to sign any big name free agents this offseason. He believes the timing is not right for the team to pursue the top players.

Around MLB

Game 1 was the highest rated World Series game since 2009. In that year, the Yankees faced off against the Phillies.

Andrew Miller of the Yankees, and Mark Melancon of the Pirates were named the American League and National League relievers of the year, respectively. Miller posted a 2.04 ERA over 61.2 innings for the season, while Melancon had a 2.23 ERA over 76.2 innings.

The Diamondbacks hired Mike Butcher as their pitching coach. Butcher was fired from the same position by the Angels earlier this month.

Longtime Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez has taken a job in the front office with the Angels. Chavez retired after the 2014 season, and spent 2015 as a scout for the Yankees.

The Rangers are looking to sign Rougned Odor to a contract extension. After a slow start, Odor enjoyed a strong rookie season.

Yesterday at AA

Andrew Gould presented the case for Juan Lagares being in the Mets starting lineup. Lagares came on as a substitute, and had a strong Game 1, but like the rest of the lineup, struggled against Johnny Cueto in Game 2.

No matter what happens, Sara Novic is celebrating the success of the Mets this season.

Milo Taibi detailed the missed opportunities from Game 1. The list is headlined by errors and stranded runners on base.

This Date in Mets History

In 1969, Tom Seaver received 23 of 24 first place votes and was awarded the Cy Young. He was the first Mets pitcher to receive the honor.