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Mets Morning News: Bullpen blows lead in second-straight loss to Braves

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

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Meet the Mets

There’s no way to sugarcoat losing a series to Atlanta, especially at home. The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead Saturday night, but two Braves home runs and an Addison Reed wild pitch helped Atlanta piece together a comeback victory. The Mets take the field Sunday needing a win to not get swept by the worst team in the National League.

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Steven Matz was disappointed in his no decision, but fans are probably even more concerned by his latest bout with elbow stiffness. Matz is downplaying it, for what it’s worth.

Zack Wheeler is almost set to return from Tommy John surgery, and it looks like he’ll be an important part of the Mets plans going forward.

Travis d’Arnaud is almost back on the Mets roster too, and any help they can get in the lineup will be a welcome addition.

David Wright returning this season is a near impossibility, which means Mets need to look for new leadership in the clubhouse.

Father’s Day is a happy and relieving one this year for new dad Jacob deGrom.

Around the NL East

Braves fans are reveling in their team’s current four-game winning streak. There haven’t been many others this year.

Wei-Yin Chen floundered, but the Marlins’ bats woke up in a win against the Rockies.

The Phillies have come back to Earth lately, and that has some fans wondering what direction the roster should be headed.

The Nationals blew a game in San Diego thanks to continued struggles from Felipe Rivero.

Around the Majors

He doesn’t look quite right in another uniform, but former Giants standout Tim Lincecum is officially back in the big leagues.

The Baltimore Orioles have had a surprising season so far, and they’re about to get even stronger.

This Father’s Day will be a tough one for World Series champion Edinson Volquez.

James Shields stunk yet again yesterday, and at least one writer believes Bartolo Colon might be the one to blame.

Want your baseball mascots ranked? Dayn Perry’s got you covered. Find out where he placed Mr. Met.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

There’s at least one fan of Cuban free agent Yulieski Gourriel in the Mets’ clubhouse.

And if Gourriel doesn’t work out, Danny Valencia might be an option to fill the need at third base.

The Daily Prospect Report featured the rehab assignment for one catcher and a wildly long night for another.

This Date in Mets History

June 19 is known for some great performances from some of the best pitchers to ever take the mound for the Mets. Between Jerry Koosman, Dwight Gooden, and Johan Santana, a Mets hurler from every generation has pitched in with a signature performance. Fans hope Jacob deGrom can add to that list today.