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Mets Morning News: Mets split series with Braves, begin series against Nationals tonight

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

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Meet the Mets

One day after Julio Teheran shut down the Mets, it was more of the same with Bud Norris on the mound for the Braves.

One positive for the Mets is that Bartolo Colon pitched well in his first start since getting hit on the hand with a comebacker. His only mistake was a home run to Freddie Freeman. A big negative was that Antonio Bastardo and Logan Verrett had a combined meltdown to put the game out of reach, so an attempted comeback in the ninth fell well short of the mark. Brandon Nimmo did not find any hits in Atlanta, so both he and the rest of the team look to find better luck against the first-place Nationals in D.C.

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Brandon Nimmo got over his jitters quickly and had fun despite going hitless at the plate. Nimmo is not Michael Conforto and the team as a whole needs to start producing.

Speaking of Michael Conforto, he went 1-for-3 at the plate in his first game with the Las Vegas 51s.

Antonio Bastardo laments lack of command after another poor outing.

Jose Reyes is preparing for his return to the Mets and went 0-for-3 in a game for the Brooklyn Cyclones. He received a warm welcome from the fans in attendance and was emotional after the game. It was also revealed that he has a club option that can be picked up for 2017.

The buzz might be around the Mets’ shortstop of the past, but scouts have cautioned "they better not trade" their potential shortstop of the future.

Once again the Mets are limping into a crucial series against the Nationals.

The Mets might be interested in acquiring a former National to play third base.

After a setback scare, Zack Wheeler is set to resume baseball activities.

The d’Arnaud bros enjoyed renewing their sibling rivalry on the field.

Around the NL East

Mike Foltynewicz had a dominant start for the Gwinnett Braves while rehabbing back from injury.

Jose Fernandez and the Marlins shut down the Cubs in a 6-1 victory.

The Phillies lost a wild game to the Giants 8-7. Scott Boras is concerned with innings limits again, this time with starter Vince Velasquez.

The Nationals placed Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with an upper back strain. Tanner Roark helped end the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the Brewers.

Around the Majors

Pirates starter Chad Kuhl made his major league debut starting opposite Clayton Kershaw and won.

The struggling A’s are open to an extension with Josh Reddick. If no deal can be reached, he might be on the trading block.

The Dodgers might be interested in acquiring Jay Bruce from the Reds.

The Indians won their ninth game in a row when they defeated the Tigers 9-3.

White Sox starter Chris Sale became the MLB leader in wins when he won his 13th against the Blue Jays.

Yesterday at AA

Steve Sypa caught up on all the action in the minors with the Mets Daily Prospect Report.

Chris McShane attempted to make some sense out of how bad Alejandro De Aza has been.

This Date in Mets History

In 1962, the Mets signed 17-year-old Ed Kranepool.