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Mets Morning News: Losing streak up to three as Logan Verrett struggles in spot start

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Meet the Mets

Getting wins in the Mile High City is proving to be an uphill battle for the Mets. The team lost its second straight in Colorado, and third straight overall, by a final score of 7-4. Logan Verrett struggled mightily, allowing all seven runs and failing to get out of the third inning. The Mets chipped into the Rockies' lead in the later innings, but couldn't complete the comeback.

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A missed third strike call against Tony Wolters dug Verrett into a deeper hole. Terry Collins argued, got ejected for his trouble, and blamed the call for costing his team the game.

Verrett had been becoming a spot starter extraordinaire for the Mets, but that came to an end last night.

It's been a struggle lately for David Wright, but the Mets plan to keep him in the two-hole and let him work out of his slump.

According to his coaching staff, recent bad outings by Matt Harvey could have something to do with his arm slot.

Regardless of what happens on Sunday, the Mets will lose their first series since the season's opening homestand, and the Post's Kevin Kernan has decided to push the panic button.

Around the NL East

The Mets fell to third place in the division behind the Philadelphia Phillies, who either continue to excel in close games or continue to ride unsustainable luck, depending on how you look at it.

The Nationals made a key decision off the field, picking up a contract option for general manager Mike Rizzo.

On the field, Washington hosted a double-header against Miami, winning the first game and losing the second.

The hapless Braves shut out the defending champion Royals behind a brilliant pitching performance from Mike Foltynewicz.

Around MLB

David Ortiz got the Red Sox a walk-off win against the Astros, and the team celebrated with an unusual substance.

The Cubs' hot start has been astounding, but some of their rivals are beginning to think they're becoming big bad bullies.

Yankees fans got all three members of their super bullpen in action for the first time yesterday.

Injuries continue to be a problem for Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who's back on the disabled list with a nagging shoulder issue.

The Detroit Tigers are struggling mightily, but the players want you to make sure you blame them and not their manager.

You might have noticed the "Play Ball" patches on many teams' jerseys so far this weekend. It's all part of a much larger initiative by Major League Baseball to rebuild their young audience.

Yesterday at Amazin' Avenue

Steve Sypa brought you your daily prospect report, featuring a brilliant game from Dilson Herrera.

Today in Mets History

1999 was a special year for the Mets, and journeyman right-hander Pat Mahomes proved to be a crucial part of that. On this date 17 years ago, he picked up his first of eight wins that season in a game against the Phillies.