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Mets Morning News: Uninspired Mets fall to Braves in a game to forget

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Atlanta Braves v New York Mets Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Meet the Mets

The Mets may have hit a low point on the season last night as they lost to the bumbling Braves at Citi Field.

In a game that featured poor pitching, poor hitting, and an incredibly questionable slide from James Loney, there was little for Mets fans to cheer about. Matt Harvey looked very mortal again, Michael Conforto continued his hitting drought, and Terry Collins had little to say after the game in defense of a team that looked listless.

Steven Matz takes the mound today as the Mets hope to get back on track against Atlanta.

Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short and long, NY Post, Daily News, ESPN, MLB.com, NJ.com, Bergen County Record, New York Times, Newsday.

The Mets are exploring a trade for Oakland A’s third baseman Danny Valencia. Valencia would not come cheap, as he’s having a career year and is under contract through the 2017 season.

Yoenis Cespedes would like to see the Mets sign his close friend, Cuban defector Yulieski Gourriel. Gourriel is currently being pursued by the Yankees, among other teams.

Bartolo Colon reached a deal in his child support case yesterday.

The Wall Street Journal took a look at other All-Stars who tried to come back from major injuries at David Wright’s age. It wasn’t pretty.

Meanwhile, Wright’s fellow players in the majors weighed in on his predicament, with Jeff Francoeur practically eulogizing him by comparing Wright to Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a tournament since 2013 after having back surgery, and has fallen out of the top 500 players in the world.

Around the NL East

The Braves beat some bums masquerading as the Mets.

The Nationals took down the Padres in a late game on the West Coast.

The Marlins beat the Rockies with some impressive hitting.

A fan ran onto the field during the Phillies game and began to dance before getting speared (not literally) by a security guard.

Around the Majors

The Tampa Bay Rays drew their largest regular season crowd in a decade and raised over $300,000 to help benefit the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Jose Bautista has hit the 15-day DL with a sprained toe.

Count David Price among those who believe the NBA Finals are rigged.

Jake Arrietta became the first pitcher to reach 11 wins as the Cubs beat the Pirates.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Aaron Yorke previewed the Mets/Braves series.

Steve Sypa had the run down on the Mets’ fourth round draft selection, Michael Paez.

Chris McShane tracked the entire Mets draft.

Joe Sokolowski brought you "This Week in Mets Quotes."

Daniel Convery handled the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

Back in 1977, Mets player/manager Joe Torre formally retired as a player to concentrate full-time on managing.