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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard brilliant in Mets' loss, Campbell optioned to Vegas, Montero activated

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

The Mets took a 2-1 loss to the Marlins, managing just one extra-base hit in their fourth straight defeat. Noah Syndergaard turned in an electrifying outing, striking out 12 over seven innings pitched. But the Mets mustered little offense against Jose Fernandez and Miami's bullpen. Logan Verrett makes a spot start this afternoon, taking on southpaw Adam Conley in in the series finale at 1:10 PM.

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After the game, the Mets optioned Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas in order to clear up a roster spot for Rafael Montero. Jacob deGrom has still not been placed on paternity leave or the disabled list, making a demotion necessary.

David Schoenfield of ESPN compared Noah Syndergaard's swing-and-miss totals to Clayton Kershaw's, claiming Thor is ready to contend for a Cy Young award.

Around the NL East

The Nationals earned a 2-1 victory over Atlanta thanks to a Bryce Harper RBI double. Despite throwing six shutout innings, veteran right-hander Jhoulys Chacin was unable to come away with the win in his first start with the Braves.

Craig Davis of the Sun-Sentinel cited Dee Gordon's 16-pitch at-bat against Jim Henderson as a "pivotal" moment in Tuesday's victory over the Mets. Meanwhile, Michael Jong of Fish Stripes took notice of Christian Yelich's unprecedented plate discipline.

Charlie Morton, Hector Neris, David Hernandez, and Jeanmar Gomez combined for a four-hit shutout of the Padres. Robbie Erlin held the Phillies hitless through four-and-two-thirds innings, only to be saddled with his first loss of the season.

Around the Majors

Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs sung the praises of Brandon Finnegan, one of Cincinnati's promising young pitchers.  Additionally, Eno Sarris examined the trend of right-handers throwing more changeups to right-handed hitters.

The Pirates hope Francisco Liriano, who was scratched from Wednesday's start with hamstring discomfort, is able to avoid the disabled list.

Andrew Simon of Sports On Earth looked into Trevor Story's torrid pace in Colorado, comparing it to other fast starts in MLB history.

With Tuesday's defeat, the Twins fell to a dismal 0-7 on the season.

Justin Upton hit his first home run with the Tigers; a 451-foot blast to dead center field at Comerica Park.

Yesterday at AA

Jim Henderson's first three outings with the Mets were excellent.

Lukas Vlahos delivered the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

Timothy Finnegan rated Mets hitters by exit velocity and launch angle.

Steve Schreiber presented This Week in SNY.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1967, Tom Seaver made his first start for the Mets in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates.

Happy birthday to Ricardo Rincon, John Stephenson, and Al Leiter's brother Mark!